NADRA reveals vote fraud in NA-256 77,643 bogus votes cast in Karachi constituency KARACHI—A report regarding thumb print verification of votes cast at NA-256 constituency in Karachi released by the National Database Registration Authority revealed that 77,643 bogus votes were cast during the May 11 elections. Out of the 84,448 votes cast only 6,805 were verified.
Qatar Hospital MLO, a cleric gunned down STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Unidentified armed assailants gunned down the medico-legal officer (MLO) of Sindh Government Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town on Monday. The MLO Irfan Qureshi died on the spot and his body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The incident occurred near Katti Pahari where the target killers killed the MLO in an ambush. Target killers also gunned down a cleric of a religious seminary in Manghopir area. The deceased was identified as Maulana Ghulam Nabi, administrator of Madressa Misbahul Uloom, located in Muhammad Goth in
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Bugti murder case
SC rejects Musharraf’s plea to move case to Islamabad QUETTA—The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to move the hearing of the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case from Quetta to Islamabad. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the request filed by the former president. Advocate Qamar Afzal was representing Musharraf in the court and the request was filed on grounds of threats to the former president’s security. Musharraf is currently under house arrest in Islamabad, guarded by an army of 300 policeman, paramilitary personnel, soldiers, snipers and anti-terrorist officers. Akbar Continued on Page 7
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CJCSC, COAS will be made same time: PM AFZAL BAJWA ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vehemently resisted party pressures for political considerations in selection of generals for top military slots namely Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff. According to sources in the ruling PML-N, the core committee of the party had advised the
Attacks on Polio teams continue
war was not a solution to any problem, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said Army officers of both India and Pakistan will meet to discuss the issue of terrorism. “For keeping a check on terrorism, Army officers of both India and Pakistan will talk. War is not a solution to any problem,” Khurshid told reporters.Describing the recent talks between India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as positive, Khurshid said the latter had proposed a joint team of Indian and Pakistani officials to tackle issue of intrusion across the Line of Control.—Online
11,346 votes cast from 40 Computerised National Identity Cards. Muttahida Quami Movement’s candidate Iqbal Muhammad Khan had won the elections in the constituency. Pakistan Tehreek-e-
Nawaz not in hurry to announce key mily appointments
India, Pakistan 3 cops killed, 14 injured in army officers Peshawar blast to discuss T S terrorism FARUKHABAD—Stating that
Shortly after the NADRA report, the Election Commission of Pakistan issued a statement saying that the election tribunal will rule over the matter. The NADRA report revealed that 5,893 votes were cast twice and 741 votes were not related to the area. Moreover, there were
PESHAWAR—The Provincial metropolis Peshawar that is being targeted by the terrorism almost every week, saw another bloodshed when the Police squad assigned to provide security to the Polio team was hit by
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Prime Minister not to undermine the political considerations in appointment on the slots that matter a lot even in the politics of the country. However, the sources added, the Prime Minister remained adamant to his policy of meritocracy in appointment of new CJCSC and COAS. The PM has also made it clear to his closest aides that these appointments were his ex-
clusive discretion as per the Constitution in its latest shape especially after the 18thamendment, the sources said. That is why, they said, the Prime Minister has delayed the announcement of new CJCSC and preferred to announce the two critical decisions simultaneously. Resultant to that, the sources said, many raised their eyebrows and heart-burning in
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ECNEC approves 9 projects of Rs 43b STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council has approved nine projects amounting to 42.92 billion rupees in the energy‚ education‚ health‚ transport and communications‚ irrigation and water sectors. Its meeting held in Islamabad today was chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and attended by concerned Ministers
and representatives of the provinces. The ECNEC approved two projects for Punjab amounting to 24.84 billion rupees‚ three for Balochistan amounting to 8.70 billion rupees‚ one for Sindh amounting to.2.08 billion rupees and two projects for Khyber Pukhtunkhwa costing 4.40 billion rupees and one national scholarship programme 2.90 billion rupees.
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RAWALPINDI: General Khalid Shameem Wynne, the outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, reviewing the guard of honour presented by smartly turned out tri services contingent during a farewell ceremony on Monday.
JUI-F team to visit Kabul on Karzai’s invitation OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—A five-member delegation of the Jamiat Ulemae-Islam-F, headed by its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, will visit Afghanistan during the running week. JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai, in a statement here on Monday, said that during the visit, Maulana Fazl would discuss options with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as to how he could play a role in restoring peace in the region. He said that the Afhgan President had extended an invitation to the JUI-F chief to visit his country, which was accepted by the party’s core committee in its meeting on Sunday. Besides Maulana Fazl, the delegation will include Jan Achakzai, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Maulana Abdul Wasey and Mufti Ibrar, he added. President Karzai, who had sought Maulana’s help in the ongoing Afghan reconciliation process, recently sent an invitation to the JUI-F chief through the Foreign Office to visit Kabul. Achakzai said that the party’s delegation would also hold talks with other Afghan leaders.
Court orders arrest of PML-N MNA Sohail STAFF REPORTER
CJCSC hangs uniform
Wynne: Defence of country impregnable RAWALPINDI—All three services chiefs attended the ceremony held for General Wynne in Rawalpindi on Monday. A farewell ceremony in honor of outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne was held at Joint Staff Headquarters. All three services chiefs attended the ceremony. General Khalid Shameem
didate Khwaja Liaquat could OUR CORRESPONDENT only get 17,626 votes. FAISALABAD/DERA GHAZI The by-election results has K HAN —Pakistan Tehrik-e- came as a surprise since Insaf won the PP-72 Faislabad constituency in the by-elections on Monday as PTI candidate Sheikh Khurram Shahzad garnered a total of 23,973 votes defeating Pakistan Muslim League – N candidate. The competing PML-N can-
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Faisalabad is considered to be a stronghold of PML-N. The seat had fallen vacant when Pakistan Muslim LeagueN candidate Khwaja Muhammad Islam’s degree did not receive the Higher Education Commission authentication.
He had won the seat in the May 11 elections. A Faisalabad district and sessions judge is hearing a fake degree case against Islam. Meanwhile, in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan Muslim League (N) candidate Shamoona Ambreen Qaisarani won provincial assembly seat PP-240 in bypolls.
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Talks won’t succeed sans troops pullout, prisoners release: TTP W AZIRISTAN —The spokesman of the proscribed Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has said the peace talks cannot be successful until the withdrawal of army troops from the tribal areas and the release of prisoners. In an interview to a group of journalists at a secret location
Fresh threat to Malala
Rs 80m withdrawn by 22 officers recruited on contract basis besides salaries
the three services and officers of the Joint Staff Headquarters. A smartly turned out joint services guard presented salute as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee arrived at the venue. General Khalid Shameem Wynne reviewed the parade. Later while addressing the officers and troops at Joint Staff Headquarters, CJCSC applauded the sacrifices rendered
PTI wins PP-72 Faisalabad, PML-N bags PP-240
L AHORE —A local court of Lahore on Monday ordered arrest of MNA of PML-N Sohail Shoukat Butt on charges of murder of a man. The court ordered the concerned police to arrest MNA Sohail Shoukat and produce him before the court on October 21. Sohail Shoukat won the general elections on PML-N’s ticket from constituency NAPESHAWAR: A volunteers comforts a mourner after the killing of a policeman in a bomb 130 and he was accused of murattack at Lady Reading Hospital after explosion followed by firing on a police van at der of a man resident of Batapur L ONDON —Pakistan Taliban area of Lahore. Sulemankhel. has issued a fresh threat to kill Malala Yousafzai, almost a year to the day since two assassins failed in their murder attempt. Malala, who is now 16, has been recovering in the UK where she needed extensive surgery after being shot in the head as she left school in her home town of Mingora. moth loss on to the ailing OGDCL services rules. carried out on the basis of speALI SYED A spokesman for the outeconomy of Pakistan. The 42 pages special inter- cific questions raised by Chair- lawed group told Sky News that According to the latest spe- nal audit report completed by Mr man of the BOD in his email its leaders stood by their deciISLAMABAD—The huge scam of appointing 22 unjustified cial audit report regarding ap- Aijaz Kaleem Ashraf (audit dated July 27, 2013 and Syed sion to kill a girl whom he said personalities (loved ones) dur- pointments and financial benefits manager), Hafeez-ur-Rehman Masieh-ul-Islam, Member Au- had “targeted and criticised Ising Zardari and Musharraf re- of contracts of employees (Deputy Chief Internal Audit), dit Committee based on the lam”. gime in the most lucrative en- awarded to contractual officers of Mukhtar Ahmad Sajid (Deputy news published in different “She accepted that she attity of Oil and Gas Develop- which, the copy is exclusively Chief Internal Audit), Riaz newspapers on July 26, 2013. tacked Islam so we tried to kill On the instructions of the her, and if we get another ment Company Limited available with Pakistan Observer, Ashraf (Sr. Internal Auditor) and (OGDCL) has been detected some 22 contractual officers had Mohammad Asif (internal Au- Chairman and Syed Masieh- chance we will definitely kill her who have managed to swindle been appointed during the eras of ditor) has been submitted to ul-Islam, member of BOD, and that will make us feel Rs 80 million other than their Musharraf and Zardari by com- Chairman of Board of directors Audit Department reviewed proud,” said Shahidullah the personnel files of all the Shahid. “Islam prohibits killing questionable salaries agreed in mitting glaring deviations from and relevant top authorities. This special audit has been Continued on Page 7 their contracts inflicting mam- government directives and Continued on Page 7
OGDCL gets swindled, fleeced by ‘loved ones’
Wynne, the outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, who retired on Monday after 42 years in active services, was presented a guard of hounor at Joints Staff Headquarters. The ceremony was attended by army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt and senior officers from
in Waziristan, the TTP spokesman Sha-hidullah Shahid also demanded an end to the drone strikes. He disclosed that they were being funded by Afghan Taliban. He said in the beginning the Pakistani Tali-ban used to provide financial help to the Afghan
Taliban but now the latter had become so strong that they no longer needed support from the former. “Now they extend assistance to others besides pro-viding secure positions in Afghanistan,” he added. Shahidullah Shaid told the journalists that the Af-ghan
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Billions of shortfall to be reduced within months
I will quit if Railways deficit not reduced: Saad L AHORE —Pakistan Rail- department would be given to initial studies the project that billions of revenue ways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday he would quit if the deficit was not reduced and the department had to be privatised. Addressing a meeting with senior media personalities at PR Headquarters here, the minister said the PR did not need privatisation and if it was needed, he would resign and not take charge of any other ministry. He said that improvement was visible in the department with joint efforts of the ministry, officers and workers and hoped the deficit would be reduced in billions within few months. The Minister said it was decided that no officer from district management group (DMG) would be appointed in the PR and officers within the
responsibilities. He said that a metro train project in Lahore would be launched with the cooperation of Lahore Development Authority and the Punjab government, adding that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was determined for the project. He said the train would be run between Kalashah Kaku and Kasur railway stations, adding that new terminals, track and fencing would be installed for the purpose which would make it possible to increase speed and reduce accidents. The Minister said another project of train from Islamabad, Muree and Muzafarbad with the cooperation of Capital Development Authority was under observation and according
Public advised to buy healthy, ticks free sacrificial animals
KP govt approves Rs 100m IDP rehabilitation package
P ESHAWAR —A 33-member L A H O R E —A meeting re- representative tribal Jirga of garding prevention of animals from ticks under the leadership of Ch Muhammad Arshad Jatt, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab for Livestock was organized. Ch Arshad Jatt, directed the members of the meeting to take special initiatives to prevent all the animals form ticks in Punjab. A fatal disease of human beings ‘Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever’ that is commonly known as ‘Congo Fever’ spreads due to ticks in animals. He said that livestock farmers, butchers, flashers, veterinary doctors and other people engaged in animal handing can be affected from this disease. According to the policy of Punjab Government; Livestock and Dairy Development Department has issued direction to establish sales points and cattle market outside the city for sale and purchase of sacrificial animals before Eid-ul-Adha. During his address, Ch Muhammad Arshad Jatt presaged to examine animals after establishing the check posts at all inter provincial entry points and separate ticks affected animas for the treatment. Make it sure that only healthy animals would let to enter in the city and veterinary doctors as well as para-veterinary staff must present at the juncture, he advised.
Mahsud tribes of South Waziristan Agency called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah at Governor ’s House here Monday. It was the first jirga of Mahsud tribes of its nature which met the Governor since 2008. The jirga was led by Senator Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah and MNA Maulana Muhammad Jamaluddin. Additional Chief Secretary FATA Arbab Muhammad Arif and Political Agent South Waziristan Agency, Islamzeb was also
was not so expensive. Discussing the Karachi circular railways, the Minister said that PPP and MQM had been asked for cooperation for restoration of the service the work on the revival of the service would be started after the availability of finance. Talking about the real estate sector of the PR, he said that three options were under review about handling land and property issues of the department. He said the speed of trains on main lines would be increased up to 120 km/hour. The Minister said interference of political leadership for posting and transfer had been removed from the department and all postings and transfers were being made on merit. He said
present on the occasion. Addressing the jirga, Governor declared to implement Rehabilitation package in all those areas where the respective IDP have already repatriated and also approved release of Rs.100 millions with immediate effect for the purpose. Responding to point of views of the tribal elders Governor said, indeed they have courageously faced difficult circumstance because of their dislocation for such a long time and government greatly values their patience. Apart from rehabilitation, he added, all those Mahsud tribes who are still leading their lives as IDPs, the government
could be earned if security on track in Balochistan improved and trains could be operated from China to Central Europe. He appreciated the efforts of Inspector General of Railway Police Ibne Hussain for security and work against corruption and encroachment. He said the PR would earn from the freight service and facilitate passengers. He said the fare of economy and air-conditioned classes was being reduced to attract more passengers. The minister said Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi Cantt railway stations were being converted into model railway FAISALABAD: Women casting their votes during a by-election. stations where all modern facilities would be provided to passengers.—APP
was ready to support their repatriation. In fact, he said, it is his utmost desire that affected Mahsud tribes of South Waziristan Agency should get compensation package for the losses and rehabilitated on the pattern like IDPs of Bajaur Agency. The Governor appreciated the presence of the tribal elders of Mahsud tribes at Governor’s House and expressed the confidence that practical measures for ensuring stability in the area would be continued in future too. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah here Monday condemned terrorist attack at Bazed Khel.
BANNU: Wapda workers removing the transformers during a campaign to collect the arrears from the defaulting customers in Norar area.
Provincial CSW head takes charge STAFF REPORTER
P ESHAWAR —The
newly elected Chairperson Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ms Neelum Toru Monday took charge of the commission here at a ceremony. Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Social Welfare, Special Education & Women Empowerment Department Dr Mehr Taj Roghani said this is a proud occasion today that the formal handing over of the Commission by the former Chairperson Ms. Zubeida Khatoon is to the new Chairperson Ms. Neelum Toru taking place. She said that we have tried to build a strong team bringing in three female Members of Provincial Assembly from coalition parties, social and development activists, women from media and academia and business having people from relevant background. The Commission shall effectively deliver on its given mandate and promised support where needed, she expressed the hope. Ms. Zubeida Khatoon, the former Chairperson on the occasion said she is very happy and honored to have been given this opportunity to come and share her experiences from the first term and said that she expected that the new Commission will take forward and build on the work done in the first term. She said she was very happy about the team selected and hoped that they would work in a team spirit to take forward the mandate given to the Commission including review of the existing legislation, propose amendments and new legislation.
Forensic facilities to be upgraded
I SLAMABAD —The govern- veloping the facilities. ment is working on a plan to upgrade its forensic facilities at its National Forensic Science Agency. According to official sources, the PC-I for National Forensic Science Agency (NFSA) had already been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) and tender for construction of building has also been floated in the press. The agency is presently operating from a rented place. After 18th Amendment, law and order is the responsibility of the provinces and consequently establishment of Forensic Agencies is their own responsibility. Punjab has developed its Forensic Science Agency and Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Baluchistan are further de-
The sources said wherever required, the federal government is extending cooperation is this regard. At the National Forensic Agency in the DNA section, five analysts are working since 2006, for firearms analysis two analysts are working since 2012,two analysts are working for document analysis since 2013, three analysts are working since 2013 for latent fingerprint unit and three analysts are working since 2013 for crime scene unit. Sargodha: District Police Officer Dr Haider Ashraf has said that police officers should take maximum benefit from the modern scientific methods for collecting forensic evidence with the aim to resolve crime cases.—APP
677 police officials pass out M ULTAN—As many as 677 policemen of lower and recruit class course passed out at Police Training School here on Monday. According to spokeperson of PTS Inspector Farakh Ejaz, 361 police officials successfully completed the course which was necessary for their promotion of headconstables. About Recruit class course, he informed that 316 fresh policemen got training under 50th Recruit class course. Regional Police Officer Mohammad Amin Wains was chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the ceremony he pledged to extend maximum service to protect life and properties of people. He urged the new recruits to perform their duties with dedication and utilise their potential to benefit the aggrieved. He maintained that policemen should perform their duties without any fear.—APP
Govt sincere in dialogue with Taliban SHEIKHUPURA—Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain said on Monday the government was sincere in holding dialogue with the Taliban in the larger interest of the country. Talking to a delegation of journalists, he said that the aim of holding dialogue with the Taliban was to ensure peace and save precious lives of innocent people. He said the government’s offer of dialogue should not be considered its weakness. About the energy crisis, he said it would be overcome within three years, adding the government had added 2,000 megawatt electricity to the national grid which meet power shortage. To a question, Rana Tanvir Hussain said the minis-
try was fully capable of meeting the requirements of the armed forces besides selling products to other countries. Earlier, Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, in a policy statement here also said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had himself wished for the talks, which was also endorsed by the political and military leadership at the recent all parties conference. He said the government appreciated the efforts of the country’s religious leaders and Ulema for seeking a permanent solution of the terrorism issue and would extend them full support in that regard. He said the government had made it clear that the drone attacks were not only
against Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty but were also fueling extremism. Nisar said all out efforts would be made to get the country rid of the menace. Meanwhile, Patron-inChief of Supreme Shia Ulema Board Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi on Sunday supported dialogue process to end terrorism in the country. “There is no harm in initiating dialogue with extremists to root out terrorism from the country and restore peace because it is a historic fact that wars always culminate in dialogue,” he said while delivering a presidential address at the two-day high level meeting of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-eJafariya Pakistan here.—APP
Humiliating prison breaks; urgent remedial measures required I
T is high time for the Fed eral Government of Paki stan to come forward and take an initiative to reform the country’s prison system and modernize its outdated security structure under a unified policy for all the provinces, as the prisons have always been a provincial subject under the Constitution of Pakistan. In 1973, the federal government had started a coordination wing in the ministry of interior under a minister of state, Mr. Mahmood Ali, and an institute for training of prison staff of all provinces was opened in Lahore and unified Pakistan Prison Rules were enacted and applied in the four provinces. Previous to this some policies and rules applied in various provinces had been a cause for prison ri-
ots all over the country. We may revive and reinforce this wing in ministry of interior in Islamabad. The recent jail breaks at Bannu and D.I. Khan in K.P.K province are unprecedented in the history of Pakistan and India and should be an eye opener for the policy makers of the state. In our criminal justice system the conviction rate is already much required due to various weaknesses of our system which help criminals to escape from justice. If the very few who are sentenced to undergo imprisonment in jails after a long process of law, escape from these jails, the entire criminal justice system fails. Our prison system is governed by the Prisons Act of 1894.This statute and rules made under its section 4 as Pakistan Prison Rules 1878 are focused at escape attempts from inside a jail and no measures are proposed for organized attacks from out
side. It therefore requires many changes necessitated by techniques and tools used by criminals of today for jail breaks. Prisons have always been a neglected subject in Pakistan, various committees and commissions were set up focusing reforms of the living conditions of prisoners, bringing little changes for betterment, but on the security side no worth while improvement took place, Even comparing with police and other sister organizations, the weapons and training of force remained the nature and condition of weapons and training remained primitive. Just before starting the present “Karachi Operation’’ Maj. General Rizwan, the commander Rangers while speaking to journalists said that the success of his efforts will depend on effectiveness of procedures of arrest, prosecution (Police) and Punishment (Judiciary). He must have added ‘safe custody’ during trials
for years after punishment (Prisons), Prison is the third component of criminal justice system after Police and Judiciary, If there is no ‘safe custody’ for reform and deterrence, the results attained by Police and Judiciary will be futile. One reason for jail breaks is that Prisons do not get due attention by men who matter in this country. The last high level commission ordered by the President of Pakistan in 1967 toured all the jails of the country, consulted all sections of society and recommended a large number of improvements, but the end result was that finally the prison department was asked to implement only those recommendations which involved no finances. Bannu and D. I. Khan are humiliating incidences for the State and its law enforcement agencies and their recurrence will be shameful. The following suggestions may contribute towards, minimizing
the risk of reoccurrence of such incidents in the future: These are based on my discussions with some top former security and prison officials who had spent a life time in this sphere and avidly following the developments in this case: 1In England in 1966 some dangerous prisoners in a famous Train Robbery Case, and prisoners convicted for spying for Russia, escaped from jails bringing great embarrassment to the British government. Consequently, a commission headed by Lord Mountbatten (last Viceroy in India) recommended to the government that all prisoners on admission to the prison may be classified in security categories A, B and C who should then be placed in maximum and minimum security jails and open reform houses. We urgently need such measures and also construction of at least one ‘’maximum security jail’’ at suit-
able locations in each province. 2 So far the policy and rules support the idea of keeping all convicts near to their homes. But now in case of dangerous categories of prisoners, we need to revise this policy. Rules may be framed for inter province transfers of dangerous prisoners, keeping them away from their social links and outside illegal support as well as safe cust o d y. 3 The basic grade warders be trained in Army and Police training centers for the present. 4 Obsolete weaponry of first and second world war needs to be replaced with modern weapons immediately. 5 Central jails should serve as training centers for guarding staff of affiliated district jails and be trained by expert trainers from other agencies. 6 The Central Jail Staff Training Institute” at Lahore, with its status now raised to a “National Acad-
emy” be staffed by professionals from the prison services, Instead of unwilling and disgruntled officers from departments having no concern with criminal justice system of the country. 7 According to the United Nations ‘Standard minimum rules for treatment of offenders’ (to which Pakistan is a signatory), ‘’no officers from any other agency should be imported to replace professional career officers of the prison service’’ .This principal is often violated in Pakistan for political reasons. 8 The prison department should organize its ‘intelligence’ service from amongst the prison population for timely information on escape plans and out breaks. 9 Unlawful links between criminals inside jails and organized criminal mafia in society be totally controlled, which have always been compromised in the past, in the name of ’ ‘’ humane treatment of inmates’’.
10 More than one security cordons around main walls of jails be strengthened, supplementing force from the Police and Rangers. The present ‘mud walls’ for parameter security be immediately replaced with concrete walls fitted with live electric wires and alarm system etc 11 The other components of criminal justice, i.e. the Police and Judiciary must maintain a close mutual liaison at local and provincial levels with regular discussion meetings and sharing of timely intelligence. 12 The close circuit TV cameras experiment at Kot Lakhpat Jail be extended to all jails of Pakistan covering all important security points, There are many more electronic devices and even manual methods used in jails of advanced countries which can be applied But keeping all necessary problems in view, the above can be sufficient for the time being.
Illegal hospitals, schools and guesthouses sealed
Govt responds rapidly to quake-hit I S L A M A B A D —PML-N leader Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that the Federal government has taken immediate steps to provide relief to the people hit by last week’s earthquake in Balochistan. Talking to media, he said that the Federal government will extend full cooperation to the Balochistan government in rehabilitation of the quake-hit areas of the province. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that China has assisted immensely in the relief efforts adding that several other countries have also been approached and assured their help in the rehabilitation of the people of the quake-hit areas. Meanwhile, it is reported from Karachi that Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) has established an Emergency Response Camp at Awaraan, one of the worst hit earthquake affected areas of Balochistan. The Chief Executive of HANDS, Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed told media persons Monday that HANDS has also distributed roof kits/emergency shelters among 300 families and provided food packs to another 1,200 families with the support of its provincial and district offices along with volunteers at Awaraan. Medical camp for victims has treated more than 1,137 patients whereas 50 emergency latrines were established at the initial stage so as to keep the environment clean. More of these toilets were said to be in process of be- PESHAWAR: The FC recovered 6578 kg charas during its search operation in Khyber Agency. ing built to facilitate affectees in general. General Manger of HANDS, Mohammad Raheem Mari referring to difficulties faced by his workers in initiating emergency services, he said it was a little tough due to the distance and poor accessibility to the affected area.—APP
Select Committee meeting held P E S H AWA R —A meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s Select Committee on “Right to Information Bill 2013” was held under the chair Provincial Minister for Information and Public Relations, Shah Farman at Conference Room here Monday. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Imtiaz Shahid, MPAs Syed Jaffar Shah, Shah Hussain Khan, Arbab Akbar Hayat, Amna Sardar, Qurban Ali, Muhammad Ali besides Advocate General, Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Secretary Law Muhammad Arifeen and other concerned officers. The meeting discussed the proposed amendments in the Right to Information bill. The meeting also held detail discussion on the access to Information by the common man, establishment of good governance, transparency in government affairs and performance of democratic institutions. The meeting concluded with decision that the RTI Bill would be finalised in the next meeting of select committee for its subsequent presentation before the provincial assembly. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday tabled ‘Right to Information Bill’ in the provincial assembly while the opposition members walked out from the proceedings in protest against ignoring their demand by the government regarding the District Development Advisory Committee (DDAC). Soon after the recitation from the Holy Quran, newly elected members, including Ahmad Khan Behadar, Jamshid Mohmand from Mardan, Shah Faisal from Hangu and Azam Khan Durrani from Bannu administered oath.—APP
President stresses enhanced capacity to deal with disasters
ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain has stressed the need for building capacity in dealing with natural and human- induced disasters. In a message on the National Disaster Awareness Day on October 8, the President said there should be awareness about the emerging risks of climate change. The President said that devastating floods during the past few years and recent earthquake in Balochistan called for a proactive and effective system to face such disasters. “We need to ensure that risks are continuously monitored and timely mitigating actions are taken,” he said.
President Mamnoon said October 8, 2005 would be remembered for years to come as the day when people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country suffered heavy loss of lives and property in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. “This day brings sad memories of the tragedy, however, it also symbolizes the resilience of the people of Pakistan and their determination to help brothers and sisters in time of need,” he added. The President said the National Disaster Management Act, 2010, had created a disaster management sys-
Sacrificial animals prices beyond reach of commaman
VC inaugurates BB Housing Society
hands,” Ali Khan, H YDERABAD —Vice Chancellor Uni- PESHAWAR—The sale of sac- empty cattle trader from Pachagai rificial animals is getting moversity of Sindh Prof. Dr Nazir A.
Mughal inaugurated the “Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Cooperative Housing Society” (SBBCHS) at a ceremony with the objective to provide residential plots to faculty members, officers and employees of the University. The University spokesman informed here on Monday that residential plots will soon be distributed among the faculty members, officers and employees of the University through a raffling procedure. In presence of a large number of representatives of Sindh University Teachers’ Association (SUTA), Sindh University Employees Welfare Association (SUEWA), faculty members, officers and employees, the Vice Chancellor laid the foundation stone of the housing society and inaugurated the development work at the site. Speaking on the occasion, VC Prof. Dr Nazir A. Mughal said that the process of handing over of plots to the staff members/employees will be initiated within a week through raffling so that the merit ought to be ensured during distribution of the plots. The Vice Chancellor said that he with his untiring efforts got 300 acres of the University’s land approved by the Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat- ul- Ibad with the purpose of providing the employees of the University with their own abode. “No faculty member, officer or employee can work efficiently until he possesses peace of mind and friendly environment; we therefore want them to have their own dwelling for the tranquility of their minds,” he said. He said that the employees had been demanding to provide them with plots for the last 25 years and today; he said, their demand has been met serenely which made him contented.—APP
mentum in provincial metropolises as inter-provincial cattle transporters are bringing their stocks to the lucrative market of Peshawar to earn maximum profit. Apart from local dealers, the businessmen of Punjab and Sindh provinces are also bringing their sacrificial animals in large number to fully exploit the lucrative market of Peshawar, which attracts buyers not only from across KP and FATA but also from neighboring Afghanistan on the holy occasion of Eidul Azha. According to APP survey at different cattle markets of the City here on Monday, it was found that the visitors were more in number than buyers these days as most of them went to the markets only to have some ideas about the prices. “Since last Saturday, I have sold only 20 goats out 80 in Firdus market. These days, the buyers mainly come to the markets to take ideas about the prices of sacrificial animals while many returns
Road said. Nearly eight days ahead of Eid-ul Azha, sacrificial animals have started pouring into local markets but the prices are high and beyond the capacity of low-income groups and middle class as the prices have almost gone double as compared to last year. Misal Khan, a retired government employee told APP that he would prefer to participate in collective “Qurbani” consists of seven families on this Eid as prices of goat and sheep has registered record increase and beyond his purchasing power of common people. “In last days of Eid, I hope the prices of sacrificial animals may go down and will prefer to buy Ox or Buffalo for collective Qurbani,” Khan added. In Peshawar, a buffalo, cow/ox and lean goat are now being sold between range of Rs.120,000-800,000, Rs.95,000-70,000 and Rs.40,000-30,000 with almost 30 percent increase compare to last year. —APP
ECP called for more reforms to improve electoral framework QUETTA —The speakers on Monday called upon government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to undertake comprehensive legislative and administrative reform to improve the electoral framework as the country gears up for local government elections in all four provinces. The seminar was arranged by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) under its European Union funded project on supporting advocacy for electoral reform to highlight key findings and recommendations of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Pakistan 2013. The EU EOM had not been able to undertake its comprehensive observation methodology in Balochistan because of the security situation.
“If we want to see increased participation of citizens and wider acceptance of electoral outcomes by all of the stakeholders in Balochistan, its important that the problems that hampered the electoral process during the general elections are addressed promptly and adequately” said Hannah Roberts, former Deputy Chief Observer of the EU EOM to Pakistan in 2013, who returned to Pakistan to lead a series of seminars across the country. The participants of the seminar discussed a wide range of the EU EOM’s findings and recommendations reflecting Pakistan’s international commitments and concluded that reforms are needed so that all can benefit from an improved framework and practice. Moreover, the reforms should be carried
out in a timely manner well before the pre-election period. Many specific measures were widely agreed upon as being clear ways forward. Amongst many issues raised, participants called for effective measures against deteriorated law and order situation in large parts of the province to protect the rights of citizens as voters, candidates, political activists, journalists and observers. They also expressed concern over the lack of effective and timely remedy to address concerns and complaints related to the electoral process. Unusual delays in announcement of results of some constituencies and inadequate security of candidates and campaigners were noted as key issues during the electoral process.
Participants urged all stakeholders including the federal parliament, provincial assemblies, political parties, the ECP, civil society and the media to work together to improve the electoral framework and its complete implementation so that Pakistan continues to strengthen its democratic process. Giving their recommendation about the better future electoral process, they underlined the need for formation of a special parliamentary committee on elections to review related legislation within a framework of international law commitments. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) take full responsibility for the administration of the elections, including through management control of the work of Returning Officers (ROs).—APP
tem. “We need to safeguard infrastructure, crops, livestock, life and property in order to withstand the impact of natural calamities through a robust implementation mechanism,” he said. He said building local response capacity was equally essential, and the provincial governments’ efforts to prioritize Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in their policies and practices were critical. The President said by enhancing response capacity, there was a need to promote awareness, fine tune mitigation strategies and ensure preparedness at the community levels. Resultantly, a
risk free environment can be ensured for our coming generation, he added. He hoped that the National Disaster Awareness Day would continue beyond this day to increase awareness about disasters, enabling to build a disaster resilient nation. Peshawar: Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular is in grip of natural disasters owing to climate and environment changes happening around the globe. The prevention of natural disasters is difficult, but organized strategy at the level of government for combating them to minimize losses is the need of the hour.—APP
STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —On the directives of Peshawar High Court (PHC), Administrator, Municipal Corporation Peshawar (MCP) Rasheed Ahmad Khan Monday sealed illegal hospitals, guesthouses and schools in University Town. According to details following the orders of Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court (PHC), Justice Dost Mohammad Khan, the Administrator, Rasheed Ahmad Khan along with Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee, Maqsood Bacha, Municipal Officer (Regulations), Nasrullah Khan and AMOR, Aziz Khan sealed illegal hospitals, guest house and schools in University Town. The sealed hospitals and clinics were included
Kalsoom Maternity Hospital, Zakia Minhas, Shifa Medical Complex, Zia Surgical, Hamza Surgical and Maternity Hospital, Mehmoodi Medical Lab. Diplex Man, Dr. Atta-urRehman, Dr. Gul Nawaz Babar, Manzoor Qureshi and Dr. Tariq Afridi clinics. On this occasion, the staff of the municipal committee also took the billboards of doctors, schools and guest houses in their possession. Meanwhile, it is reported that Mohmand Students Federation (MSF) here Monday staged a protest demonstration against the scarcity of staff in Government schools in Mohmand Agency and demanded the government to fulfill the vacant vacancies at earliest to safe future of students.
Light rain with thunderstorms likely I SLAMABAD—The Meteoro- Turbat and Benazirabad 40C logical Department here on Monday predicated light rain at few areas of Malakand Division during the next 48 hours. According to Met Office here, light rain with thunderstorm at few places of Malakand division, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir are expected during the next 48 hours. Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country meaning by mainly hot and dry weather in most parts of the country. Swat, Kalam, Malamjabba, Chakdara, Malakand and Mingora are likely to receive showers. In next 24 hours, light rainthunderstorm may occur at one or two places of Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas. However, the weather in other areas of KP would mainly be hot and dry. The maximum temperature was recorded at R.Y. Khan and Sibbi 41C followed by Dalbandin, Nokundi,
while pollen count today remained 252 per m3 of air. The Karachi Met Office on Monday forecast fair/partly cloudy
weather in the metropolis during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature will remain in the range of 32 to 34 degree Celsius, the weather report said. Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region, it said. Day temperature have fallen by 2 to 4 degree Celsius at a number of places in lower Sindh, at isolated places in Balochistan, upper Sindh.—APP
Gen. Kayani’s postNovember 29 role
Dubai takes the lead on Islamic economy
RUE to his tradition of mitigating tension and ending uncertainty, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Monday issued a categorical statement to put at rest all sorts of rumour mongering about his own future and appointment of new Army Chief. He showed remarkable grace by declaring that he would not be seeking further extension and would retire on November 29 on completion of his existing term. Be it Army Vs Government relations or Army Vs Democracy, General Kayani always demonstrated futuristic approach and came forward to quell brewing conspiracy theories. There were, in the past, a number of occasions, when he could have invoked his authority to lay claim on power or interference in government affairs but he showed maturity and kept his institutions away from politics. Instead, he lent every possible support to the nascent democratic process and it is partly because of his visionary approach together with patronage of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary that the country saw orderly transition of power from one civilian government to the other and now a process of healthy transition in the army leadership is taking place. Close to the retiring date of General Kayani, some sections of Western media started airing reports about bargaining taking place about his possible retirement and future role and therefore, credit goes to him for quashing such rumours firmly once for all, as these had the potential to create instability in the country. It would be now quite easy for the Government to make a decision about appointment of the next COAS and hopefully the principle of merit would be upheld. We are also sure that during the next about 45 days, different segments of society would eulogize services and contribution of General Kayani to raising of professional standards in Pakistan Army and in furthering the cause of the country. There are also expectations that the Government would benefit from the immense experience and deep knowledge of General Kayani and utilize his talent appropriately. If that doesn’t happen, then we would urge General Kayani to carve out a role for himself by ways of penning down his memoirs and writing some book as he is witness to epoch-making domestic, regional and international events and how he steered the institution through troubled waters. He can also pursue this cause by establishing some think tank to deliberate and analyse security and defence related issues and help formulate cogent strategies.
Intriguing regular anti-PIA stories H
ARDLY a day passes without appearance of some news item con cerning health of the national flag carrier – the PIA – portraying the institution in negative light. Latest in the series was a report that PIA Dubai bound flight escaped disaster on Sunday as one of its engines caught fire but the pilot made a safe landing. Such incidents do take place in the world but their frequency and the way they are highlighted by media, in the context of PIA, raises many questions as to the motives and reasons behind the apparent adverse propaganda campaign. All sorts of reports appear about the Airline hinting that its aircrafts are not air worthy; mismanagement; steep fall in customer services; rude behaviour of air-hostesses; massive corruption; questionable appointments; huge losses and shabby deals. Some of these reports might be true reflection of the ground realities but others are surely motivated and might be aimed at undermining the worth of the Corporation close to its privatization. It seems that some circles within the Government, in PIA, in the industry and the interested parties are behind this propaganda campaign and as a consequence its privatization might not fetch the money that it should have in normal circumstances. In the past too, such attempts were made during privatization of some of the lucrative state owned enterprises and as a result they were sold at throw-away prices to blue-eyed people. All segments of society especially media should, therefore, keep an eye on the trend and take measures to counter designs of those trying to inflict damage to the state.
Ulema come forward to defend Christians P
AKISTAN Ulema Council has declared attacks on worship places of non Muslims as un-Islamic and said Islamic Shariah ordains complete protection of the lives, properties, dignity and honour of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries. The declaration by the Ulema Council following blasts at Peshawar Church that claimed more than eighty lives would give some solace to the minorities. The statement is in line with glorious Islamic teachings and it is satisfying that Ulema across the country have come forward and are speaking openly against attacks on worship places of the minorities. Ulema have been doing great service on two counts – first by spreading the true spirit of Islamic teachings and second by speaking openly against those who are targeting the minorities, including the Christians. There have been some cases over the past couple of years when minorities and their religious places had been attacked including the incidents in Gojra, Lahore, Mardan and Peshawar. The Federal and Provincial Governments and people at large extended sympathies with the affected people and provided them financial support to rebuild their churches and compensation for those killed and injured. Islamic Shariah gives full rights of protection to minorities and Pakistani Muslims take pride, and rightly so, in their treatment of non-Muslims better than their contemporaries in the past. Islam takes so much care for the minorities that even during the course of ‘announced Jihad’, nobody is allowed to attack religious or worship places of any religion. In the presence of these teachings and orders of Islam, attacks on Churches using the name of the religion are meant to defame the religion of Islam and the Muslims. Islam espouses values of universal brotherhood, tolerance and mutually peaceful coexistence ordaining its followers to be the source of peace for people around them. We hope Ulema would continue to play their role for the establishment of an ideal society where all citizens, irrespective of their religious identity enjoy equal rights and go to their worship places without any fear.
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Crackdown in Karachi is working! killed eight people, including the Advocate. Last month, targeted operation in Karachi was started against criminals, terrorists, Mohammad Jamil batha mafia and land grabbers, after reaching consenEmail: email@example.com sus among all political parties, intelligentsia and civil society. It was decided that ARACHI operation is gath Rangers and Police would conduct the ering steam; and there has operation against criminals irrespecbeen a marked decrease in tive of their political affiliations. bloodshed. The Rangers and Police But whenever MQM activists inhave conducted raids in various parts volved in heinous crimes are imof Karachi such as Lyari, Landhi, pounded, MQM leaders start protestKorangi, Orangi Town, Pathan ing that MQM activists are being tarColony and Soharab Goth. One does geted and dubbed as criminals and not see an iota of discrimination or murderers. Last month, life was pafavoritism, that is why the crackdown ralysed in Karachi amid gunfire and this time is producing desired results. arson attacks after police arrested The MQM leaders earlier protested Nadim Hashmi, a former MPA of the that the operation was being targeted MQM on murder and terror charges against the MQM, but recently MQM over the killing of two cops. At least chief Altaf Hussain has said that the four vehicles were torched; schools, MQM had been demanding opera- shops and petrol stations were closed. tion against the criminals. The change Since the targeted operation started in their attitude is reflective of the fact in Karachi, scores of activists belongthat there is incontrovertible evidence ing to religious outfits, political acof elements in political and religious tivists and Lyari gang criminals have parties who are involved in heinous been arrested, but nobody reacted the crimes. On Saturday, an eyewitness way the MQM leadership reacted. In identified MQM activist Kazim his address to the Coordination ComAbbas Rizvi during an identification mittee members and senior leaders, parade held at City Courts in con- MQM chief Altaf Hussain had at that nection with murder of Advocate time warned his workers to prepare Naimat Ali Randhawa. mentally and physically to face 1992According to Additional Inspec- like situation and confront state optor General of Karachi Police Shahid pression with fortitude. Hayat, the detained suspect MQM Since no major party supported worker Kazim Abbas Rizvi, had the demand for military action in killed Advocate Naimat Ali Karachi, and secondly military leadRandhawa for pursuing the case of ership was not in favour of military TV reporter Wali Khan Babar who operation, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had been killed in 2011. He said Ad- had no choice but to support the Cabivocate Randhawa’s murder was a net decision with regard to targeted “politically motivated targeted kill- action in Karachi. The Sindh governing”. Addressing a press conference ment had declared that it owned the at the Central Police Office, he said target operation against killers, crimithe suspect had confessed to having nals and extortionists in the city and
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dismissed the MQM’s perception that MQM or any political entity was being targeted. In fact, there was consensus on targeted action against terrorists‚ target killers‚ kidnappers for ransom and extortionists. Earlier, MQM supremeo Altaf Hussain had demanded of the government that operation in Karachi should be conducted by the Army. However, all political parties had rejected that demand and agreed that operation should be conducted by the Rangers and Police. Before the operation started, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan during a briefing to the media had said that rangers would lead the targeted action and police would have a supporting role. Anyhow, the operation by the Rangers and Police is progressing satisfactorily, and have arrested many target killers and other criminals. It has to be mentioned that the Supreme Court in its verdict on Karachi in 2011 quoting intelligence agencies had stated that MQM, PPP and ANP have their militant wings in Karachi, which must be disbanded and criminal elements brought to book. The court said that “banned outfits including Sunni Tehreek are involved in extortion, while there are allegations of the same offence against parties such as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamat-eIslami (JI), Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM”. Federal and Provincial governments and LEAs must proceed with firm resolve on single point agenda to maintain order and restore the rule of law. Criminal elements must be targeted irrespective of their political affiliations. All and sundry must support the government decision; courts, media, general masses, civil society, intellectuals and political parties must lend an unflinching support to the government action in Karachi. It has to be mentioned that the MQM had supported the decision for launching op-
eration against criminals, mafias and extortionists, but had wishful thinking that criminals in MQM would be spared. The way the New Scotland Yard is investigating Imran Farooq murder case, Altaf Hussain seems to be in real soup. Despite MQM having won its traditional seats, the decline in votes is reflective of the fact that it is losing popularity in Sindh. Anyhow, the MQM has been part of almost every government after 1988, be it elected government or military dictatorship. It has to be mentioned that Karachi is a commercial and industrial hub; it contributes maximum revenue to the exchequer, and its port caters to the entire country. Therefore, the city cannot be left at the mercy of extortionists, bhata mafia, land mafia and those involved in turf wars. In November 2012, the Supreme Court’s bench hearing the Karachi law and order case in its interim order had directed the Sindh government to take immediate action against all armed groups in Karachi including the Taliban, arrest all prisoners released on parole and nab all unregistered vehicles. It also exhorted Rangers and police to work with zeal to ensure peace in the city. Such remarks were a source of encouragement for law enforcing agencies that were ready to give their lives to protect the citizens. The honourable court had issued directives and guidelines that could help bring peace in Karachi. Having that said, the Judiciary, Law enforcing agencies and Executive should continue facilitating and cooperating with one another to nab the criminals and put them in the dock to eliminate terrorism, target killings and kidnappings for extortion. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.
Yes boss! We serve better ary pressure has hit the nation. Shaukat M Zafar The IMF, in connivance of U.S, along with the WTO Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the World Bank, has put the economies of most of the countries on a path HE economy of Pakistan is of greater inequality and environheading towards a complete mental destruction. The IMF’s disaster due to implementa- structural adjustment programmes tion of conditionalities imposed by (SAP), to cut spending on educathe IMF as well as accepting other tion and health, eliminate basic foreign dictations by the sitting re- food and energy subsidies, devalue gime. Inflation had already plunged national currencies to make exports the country into long periods of in- cheaper, privatize national assets, stability. In complete compliance and freeze wages has a devastating with the IMF loan terms, after in- impact on the living standard of creasing the petroleum prices, the people of Pakistan. government has now increased the Such measures increased povpower tariff for domestic consum- erty, reduced our ability to develop ers by withdrawing the subsidy of strong domestic economies and alRs140 billion. The people of Paki- lowed multinational corporations to stan had expressed confidence on exploit the people. In Pakistan these the present government when it policies have been embraced by lotook over. The government has cal elites, who see their fortunes greatly disappointed the people; (both real and metaphoric) tied to now, the same people think the pre- the deregulation of commerce and vious governments were better than the reduction of social programmes. the present one. Yet the claims that these free-marPML (N) won elections with ket policies would bring economic promises to combat inflation but growth and widespread well-being now the position is quite opposite. have been thoroughly discredited. Instead of combating inflation the Our rulers blindly follow the IMF government has dropped two policies owing to their own interbombs at a time on the people in- ests. PML (N) has warmly welcreasing the power tariff by 40 to comed the anti people conditions 80 percent for domestic consumers imposed by the IMF and by hiking and petroleum products prices; prices has impliedly given message prices of petrol and high-speed die- to IMF: Yes boss! We serve even sel have been increased to better. Rs.113.25 and Rs.116.95 per litre, There is absolutely no logic berespectively. Similarly, for domes- hind the hiking petroleum prices tic consumers using electricity from because the international oil prices 201 to 300 units, Rs.5.89 per unit have come down, while the governhas been increased. Likewise, ment has instead of giving relief to Rs.3.67 per unit has been increased the people put further pressure on for consumers using 301 to 700 them. The recent hike in petroleum units. The new wave of inflation- products and electricity tariff would
add to the miseries of the people already overburdened by escalated price hike. Not only the transportation cost of goods will multiply but fares of public transport will also increase, which will create more problems for the poor commuters in addition to causing unemployment and inflation. These measures could lead to unacceptable high inflation and resultant riots. The masses have expressed frustration and anger over the government’s announcement of
The IMF, in connivance of US, along with the WTO and the World Bank, has put the economies of most of the countries on a path of greater inequality and environmental destruction.
zens pay for the cost of electricity but also the cost of corruption and incompetence It is just another step in the anti poor policies of the PML(N) government. instead of cracking down on power theft, recovering the bills of defaulters, increasing the tax net by recovering dues from tax evaders and taking measures to make use of the changed international laws to recover the illegitimate wealth stashed abroad by Pakistanis, the government just keeps on taking one anti-people measure after another to make the lives of the people of Pakistan miserable. Any wise government always tries to decrease the cost of production and to raise the purchasing power of the consumers but the recent unprecedented price hike has not only raised the cost of production but also decreased the purchasing power of poor and middle class consumers. It seems PML (N) is supporting the policies tailor made for industrialists alone as industrialists have always supported and funded PML (N). Keeping in view the miseries of the common man, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should take notice of the surge in the petroleum and electricity prices. Government should take alternative measures to fight the economic turmoil and to provide some relief to poverty hit common people. Beside ever increasing power, gas tariff and oil prices, the situation of rupee losing its values pitiable due to serious critical situation of the country and if it continues, no wonder the worst ever can happen.
fuel and electricity price increase. But the government seems to be least bothered about manifold problems being faced by the poor masses, general pubic, industrialists and traders on multiple facets. The middle class consumer has been hit the hardest. In some cases the bills of middle class consumers will more than double as a result of this brutal price hike. The government has failed or has deliberately chosen not to widen the direct tax net. It is targeting salaried people by placing a spiraling burden of indirect taxes on them. The increases in prices is absolutely — The writer is Islamabadillegal it is not just making the citi- based former banker.
HIS week, Dubai took a de cisive step towards establish ing itself as the global capital for the Islamic economy. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched a drive to build Dubai’s Islamic economy, which will be coordinated by the new Higher Committee for Development of Islamic Economy, headed by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The launch focused on practical steps to build Dubai’s Islamic economy, and heard from six Dubai government departments on what they will do to boost the Islamic economy, in an overall plan which has seven areas of broad activity, including 46 separate initiatives. Three key areas are to make sure that Dubai is the leading hub for sukuk and Islamic financial services; that Dubai builds itself into becoming the natural centre for finding and setting standards for halal goods and services, including products and certification; and that Dubai becomes the thought leader for writing global legislation for regulation of the Islamic markets. The size of the Islamic economy is vast. The total gross domestic product of the world’s Islamic nations is more than $8 trillion, even if much of that economic activity would not be specifically Islamic. That said, the global Islamic economy is estimated to be growing at a rate of 10 to 15 per cent per annum, with Islamic finance and Islamic insurance being the two main sectors that are driving this growth. — Gulf News
The Lampedusa disaster
HE tragedy on the shores of Lampedusa is a grim reminder of refugees’ plight, who risk their lives to find greener pastures. The sinking of a boat carrying around 500 migrants from Africa, Asia and elsewhere, in which more than 300 are believed to have died, hints at the wayward picture of globalisation and uneven opportunities of growth and development. This is not the first disaster of its kind. The shores of Italy, which happen to be the nearest from Africa across the Mediterranean, have seen many such accidents, as tens of thousands of refugees sail out in their bid to enter the European Union countries.It is quite perplexing to note that in pursuit of a better tomorrow, these poor souls venture out in the high seas on unseaworthy vessels and also end up paying their hard-earned savings. The plight and consequences are same whether it be a destination in Europe or on shores of Down Under. According to the United Nations refugee agency, some 15,000 migrants and asylum-seekers reached Italy and Malta last year, while more than 500 people were reported dead or missing at sea. The island of Lampedusa has hosted some 200,000 irregular migrants since 1999. As rightly stated by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, the tragedy should serve as a wake-up call to the world.As far as the Lampedusa sinking is concerned, there are questions that authorities should answer, as to why the boat could not be saved, as it was hardly a mile away from the shore when it caught fire and capsized. Secondly, the allegation that a UN boat passed by without helping the inmates is condemnable. It is high time for Europe to enact policies over attempts by illegal immigrants to cross into its territory, rather than crying foul. — Khaleej Times I’ve grown accustomed to the trace of something in the air, Accustomed to her face. Alan Jay Lerner —US songwriter
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S Peshawar was mourning the death of more or less 85 innocent Christian people in a terrorist attack on a church, breaking news came from Balochistan about killing of more than 500 people in a devastative earthquake and subsequently, that of attacks on the relief and rescue workers including the Frontier Corps relief trucks. On September 22, the Christians of Peshawar who unaware of the ensuing tragic incident, had gathered in the church for Sunday service, met the unfortunate fats. Later, ‘Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’ [TTP] claimed the responsibility of the attack which started a heated debate in the media. After few hours, the TTP backtracked from its claim Earlier, the government had invited the TTP for peace talks but they had refused to stop attacks and had set fantastic preconditions as if they enjoyed the status of some sovereign nation which had defeated an inimical country in a regular war. All of us know that the world sole superpower, the United States is poised to strike Pakistan’s sovereignty and for this purpose, it has unleashed a game of death and destruction through UAV and Ramyond Davis like operatives. Besides, it has connived with other countries such as India. Every now and then they either blame Pakistan for any violent incident around the globe or they issue an advisory that ‘Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not safe and terrorists can easily get hold of them’. Peshawar church attack too happened at a time when Prime Minister of Pakistan was going to address the UN General Assembly and efforts were being made to resolve the issue of terrorism through peaceful talks. We all know that the United States will start pullback of its forces from Afghanistan from 2014 and Pakistani government desires to a facilitate a peaceful exit through its territory by initiating peace talks with terrorists. Only TTP knows the reality of this act of terrorism in Peshawar but in my view some foreign power that does not want to see Pakistan a stable and prosperous country, was
involved in it. The said foreign power whose role is that of a policeman, wants to impose its decisions on all those states which are self-dependent either economically or politically. However, Pakistan is among those countries which receive a huge amount of aid in terms of cash. It is due to this begging bowl that we carry in our hands that today we are considered as one the most dangerous countries of the world. We are unable to make our decisions on our own. The United States does not want balance of power in Asia and for that reason it is supplying huge amount of arms to India. It is due to this arms supply that now instead of developing their economies, Pakistan and India are involved in arms race. President Obama started his speech in United Nations’ General Assembly Session with condemnation of Peshawar blast and stated that ‘drone attacks are conducted in those areas where ground operations are not possible and that they targets only the terrorists’. However, this is not true. According to the Guardians investigation report, 2,537 people have so far been killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan in which according to some estimates up to a quarter may have been civilians. I think Peshawar attack was also part of the drone strategy of the United States. By conducting drone attacks, the United States wants to spread anarchy in Pakistan and it is because of these attacks that there has been an enormous increase in incidents of terrorism. At the time of colonialism, people of subcontinent started campaigns against the British but now it is the modern era. Today technological advancement has reached to new heights and now weapons are used to throw away the foreign powers. I am in no way a supporter of Taliban nor do I support their violent activities but for me they are fighting against the foreigners. Edicts have been passed by several religious scholars against attacks on non-Muslims. Whole nation stands with our Christian brothers and sisters. But this is not enough. Government will have to take solid steps for ending this drama once and for all. Peshawar church attack should in no way effect the peace process with Taliban. All parties should reach a
consensus and must continue their efforts for bringing Taliban on negotiation table. Military action is in no way a solution to current problems. We have tried it several times but what happened was only an increase in terrorism so for once let us give a chance to peace. On the hands of Taliban, they should also show some leniency in their attitude and should support that government which has always been against US war on terror. So now this is the appropriate time for Taliban to get resolved this issue and they should avail this opportunity. Moreover, this is also the responsibility of the present government to get stopped continuing US drone strikes which is not resolving the issue of terrorism rather is adding fuel to the fire. The United Nations is completely against drone
According to the Guardians investigation report, 2,537 people have so far been killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan in which according to some estimates up to a quarter may have been civilians. strikes and United Nations’ Secretary General Ban-ki Moon has also termed it against sovereignty of the country. Drone strikes are proving counter-productive and are leading towards more hazardous results. It is now high time that government of Pakistan should take concrete measures and permit Armed forces to shoot drones. This courage is now need of the hour. We cannot develop ourselves economically if our major focus remains on the issue of security. Let pass this difficult time together so that we could take our country towards the new heights. World community should also support those countries where the United States is continuing its drone strikes. Today Pakistan has been left alone in the international world because of increasing terrorism. China, Turkey and other Muslim states support us in every possible manner but this support might be
threatened if the issue of terrorism does not come to an end. The ship of Pakistan’s economy is already sinking, hence to avoid more devastation military actions must be halted. We have tried it in Swat, South Waziristan; which is known as the hub of terrorists, and many other areas of Pakistan but this could not produce fruitful results. Religious Scholars have already termed suicide attacks as ‘Haram’. Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan have demanded of the incumbent government to stop US drone attacks and to begin peace talks. Hence a permanent solution must be found to this issue and let begin the peace talks with terrorists. Those who reject idea of holding peaceful talks with Taliban should look at the history. Military action has never produced fruitful results in the past nor would it resolve the issue of terrorism now. Thus in order to end the isolation of Pakistan, it is required that all concerned departments reach consensus and form a strategy to hold peaceful talks as early as possible. The resolution of this problem can resolve the ongoing economic and energy crises. Foreign investors, who are reluctant to invest in Pakistan due to dangerous security situation, would then invest in different sectors and government’s focus would then be on resolving other problems. Apart from this, intelligence agencies must also play a vital role and all those political or religious parties that have militant wings should be brought to book and crackdown must be held against them. Only Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan is not involved in acts of terrorism. All the militant groups must be brought to the negotiation table to get resolved the issue of terrorism forever. In the end, we all must show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters and now that earthquake has also taken lives of more than 500 people in Balochistan, we should support and assist these people in every possible manner. Pakistani society must say ‘No’ to religious intolerance, sectarianism and should work for better and peaceful future. God Bless Pakistan! —The writer is an M.Phil-IR Scholar.
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Israel in a fix over thaw in US-Iran ties Hassan Barari
HE budding rapprochement between the United States and Iran has left Israel in a bit of a fix. In the wake of the recent events on the global political stage, Tel Aviv is apparently judging pros and cons of acting alone to stop Tehran from going nuclear. While Israel and the United States are still committed to the strategy of preventing Iran from developing nuclear capabilities, the difference in their approaches to deal with the matter cannot be more conspicuous. It is widely believed that America restrained Israel from carrying out airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear plants in the past. On more than one occasion, Obama reportedly sent emissaries to convince Netanyahu not to launch a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Obama’s stance has remained unchanged: America will not allow Iran to go nuclear but would prefer to give sanctions time to bite. In his last visit to Israel, Obama assured the Israelis that his country would act to prevent Iran
from building a nuclear bomb. With sanctions leaving a deep wound on Iran’s teetering economy and with a change in the leadership, Tehran is opting for a change in its foreign policy. The media alluded to “heroic flexibility,” a phrase coined by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as a catchword for the intentions of Iran to give up on its nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting sanctions. While it remains to be seen whether or not Iran is buying time, Obama views the change in Iran’s attitude as a vindication of the success of sanctions. Of course, it is far from certain that this would satisfy the increasingly worried Israeli leaders. In his last speech at the United Nations, Netanyahu warned that his country would not hesitate to act alone if needed. And yet he endorsed the negotiations between Iran and the West, which are scheduled to start on Oct. 15 in Geneva. Not surprisingly, Israel has no option but to wait for the negotiations. A unilateral airstrike while the Americans are negotiating with the Iranians seems unlikely. The situation, however, will be aggravated if Iran and the West reach an
agreement that falls short of Israel’s demand i.e. total dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program. Michael Herzog — an Israeli fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy — argues that Netanyahu is hostage to the new developments that allow for a new round of talks between Iran and P5 plus one. Meanwhile, differences between Israel and its key ally — the United States — are to continue. Whereas Netanyahu seeks a total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program, Obama focuses more on what is achievable. Never has it been harder for the Israelis to get an American administration see Iran as an imminent threat to regional security. Netanyahu’s insistence that Hassan Rowhani — the newly elected president — is nothing but “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” is not expected to change much. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that America is getting weary of the Middle East and a war with Iran over the nuclear program will only be the last resort. Key to Israel’s concern is the common impression among Israelis that Iran may be opting for a strategic deception. For this reason, the
American administration made it perfectly clear that its rapprochement with Iran is measured and would not come at the expense of Israel’s security. On many occasions, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if diplomatic efforts failed then the US would take military action. Apparently, Netanyahu is mistaking engagement with appeasement. To that Secretary of Defense Chalk Hagel said, “Aren’t we wiser if we can find ways to resolve disputes, recognizing the danger, being very clear-eyed and keeping the strongest military in the world?” The American senior officials repeated one line: American will not be fooled by the Iranian’s new approach and that Washington would focus on deeds not words. Thus far, the Americans and the Israelis are not on the same page. And yet the Israeli government is not in a position to play the role of spoiler. Simply put, Netanyahu cannot order an airstrike at a time the American administration is talking to Iran on the nuclear issue. —Courtesy Arab News
A small dagger..!
T’S a small dagger I hold in my hand, deadly, dangerous, a present from the Mayor of Batangas in the Philippines. He was a young mayor and I heard quite a gangster and war lord who had literally inherited the post from his father who had gone up in the Philippine hierarchy. There was a reception at the mayor’s place that evening and one had to see the place to believe the luxury the rich Philippinos live in, but below everything was the undercurrent of violence which the dagger in my hand personified. And as the evening wore on,
suddenly the night burst into song and dance. I have rarely heard voices so beautiful. There were songs which had singers imitating the sound of birds in the background with one plaintive voice singing to his lover. There were religious lyrics and classical numbers and I was spell bound with the harmony that came from the throats of these strange though beautiful people. Strange because harmony and violence existed an inch away from each other. I remember walking along the shore of Manila Bay and hearing the voices of the people, some of whom came up and talked with me and were so friendly, and then near the palace of the former President Marcos, I saw a local who had been playing the guitar, suddenly getting violent and before you knew what was happening, the police had twisted him onto the ground.
Harmony and violence, a strange mixture. Over two decades ago, President Marcos, who had ruled the country with an iron hand had left for America with all the billions he had stashed away. And maybe therein lies the reason why a country with people who are basically good natured, simple and friendly but poor have this violence running alongside. They feel that their simplicity and goodness is being exploited and they are on guard all the time. To a great extent that seems to be happening to our country. We are by nature a peaceful people. We won our independence by gentle means. We have drifted through fifty years of democracy like a sailing boat that obeys the waves and does not fight it. But slowly and surely people are getting fed up, and a violence seems to be coming on
us, manifested a lot in the Naxalite and Maoist movements all over the country. All because millions of rupees meant for the poor, go into the wrong pockets. The poor remain poor and watch their leaders grow with fat with plentiful. The bullock cart with worn out wooden wheel rides down furrows while a few metres away foreign fancy limousines cruise. Fodder meant for cattle, make scam headlines. We are riding on a tidal wave of a rumbling rage that will at any moment roar into a crescendo of untold violence. We need to right this situation, before anger burns the country. Start seeing that justice is meted out, that fairness in dealings is observed. Stand behind those who stand for the truth. It’s a small dagger in my hand, but it is lethal..! —Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Voice of the People 2000 fake official passports IFTIKHAR MIRZA
ost of government departments in Pakistan have gone down the unfathomable sea of corrup tion with no hope of any betterment. Last regime surpassed all records of corruption. The infant government is unable to tackle issues of national importance like load shedding, law order and terrorism; what to speak of corruption. The recently unearthed scam of issuance of 2002 official passports and later on putting them of sale for Rs. Two million per passport during 2010 to Feb 2013, has put forth a ‘wonderful’ example. How efficient, smart and dutiful is the staff of Passport Office? Are not there wheels within wheels? Where is internal control and accountability system of Passport Office? How are black sheep working without any fear of being caught or punished? Every now and then we read news in newspapers about woes of passport seekers. A common man faces countless bottlenecks for issuance of a private passport; runs from pillar to post and post to pillar, wastes handsome amount of time and money in getting passport. On the other hand, you can buy official passport by paying two million rupees. This is the state of affairs in one of the most prestigious departments of the Government. —Islamabad
Living in hearts RAMEEZ FAROOQUI Pakistan faced disaster after partition when founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah died. A great chaos situation and uncertainty appeared, who will hold the responsibility of Pakistan leadership? Who will be the next leader of Pakistan? At that time every eye starred at Liaquat Ali Khan to hold the huge responsibility of Pakistan. He accepted the challenge. He came and delivered. In such a great leadership effort that he saved a sinking boat of Pakistan country. Liaquat Ali Khan was born for Muslim leadership on October 01, 1859 in Karnal, East Punjab, India. First he completed his education from Aligarh Muslim University. He completed his higher education from Oxford University. The Khan family was one of the few landlords whose property (300 villages in total including the jagir of 60 villages in Karnal) expanded across both eastern Punjab and the United Provinces. He possessed the titles of Rukun-al-Daulah, Shamsher Jang and Nawab Bahadur, by the local population and the British Government who had wide respect for his family. He spend his all money for Muslim nation and for Pakistan. He led Pakistan sincerely towards success. ‘Qarar-dade-Maqasid’ was passed during Prime Ministership of Liaquat Ali Khan. He spent 1524 days as prime minister. —Karachi
Unseen force SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Why is it that whenever the government starts any dialogue for peaceful negotiation with local insurgent Taliban groups, we start witnessing a high number of bomb blasts? After witnessing this trend for the past five years, we should have learnt by now that there is an ‘unseen force’ that does not like any efforts for peaceful dialogue with local insurgents. The government should spare the lives of innocent citizens and stop all dialogue with local insurgents. There should be a very clear rule: either you are with Pakistan or you are against it. The people who do not want to follow the law of Pakistan should be asked to leave the country, rather than do illegal activities. —Peshawar
Remembering 2005 earthquake M OSAMA AFNAN HANAFI Time stands still for no one .Life moves on, but there are certain events that stay with you forever. They change who you are and how you view life. The earthquake of 2005 was that one event for Pakistani nation. On the fateful morning of October, 8, 2005 mountains of Kashmir trembled and earth in Punjab shook for 23 seconds resulting in the worst calamity in history of Pakistan. The aftershocks that followed the initial 7.6 magnitude earthquake affected 80% Punjab and 70% KPK. Hundreds of thousands died and millions went homeless. The Margalla Towers in Islamabad collapsed after a 7.6 Richter scale earthquake struck at 8:53 am. The government was initially slow and gaudy in its response, relief activities were delayed due to lack of equipment and skills. However, public reaction towards the disaster was awesome. People of Pakistan, regardless of their faith, caste or creed, were united in relief and rehabilitation activities for the earthquake affectees. During the aftermath of earthquake, we saw massive support campaigns, in and abroad Pakistan, where governments, organizations and individuals came forward to help the affected by cash and kind. The calamity united the Pakistani masses in the efforts of relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. Wondrous tales of sacrifices and philanthropy emerged out of the tragedy. People from as far as
Karachi moved to help their miserystricken countrymen. Generous support, both financial and technical, poured in from outside the country. October 8, 2013 marks the Eighth anniversary of the earthquake. A lot has been done for rehabilitation of the affected but more is still required. The emotional scars will take time to heal but for that physical support and assistance should always be there. On this day, we should analyze and inquire about current condition of those who went homeless after the disaster. Have they received what had been promised to them by the government? What is the current situation of the orphans, the widows and the handicapped? We have to know what are our disaster management and recovery preparation now? Have we learned any lessons after the collapse of Margalla Tower? Do we have required equipment and skills available to deal with similar situations? If not, then we are sitting ducks, as usual. —Karachi
Eid-ul-Azha and Muslims IFTIKHAR MIRZA Eid-ul-Azha a sacred festival of Muslims is due on 16th or 17th of this month. It has sparked enthusiasm is children and youth, The cattle markets are flooded with sacrificial animals and their potential buyers. With colourful bands and garlands, beautiful, young & jubilant animals can be seen all around in the country. The sight is very eye-catching and bewitching. Religious fervour is at peak for believers. Besides, fulfilment of sacred command of Almighty Allah, it is a festival with sumptuous and savoury meals. Food is in abundance for all and sundry. Poor also get sufficient quantity of meat on this holy eve. However, with passage of time, pomp and show and ostentation have overpowered the sacred duty of followers of Islam. Media intentionally gives full coverage to sacrificial animals costing millions of rupees. Such news intensify the sense of deprivation in the “have not” of our society. Avoiding such news would, definitely, mitigate the sufferings of those children whose parents are unable to sacrifice a small goat. Similarly, cases have surfaced during Eid that non-Muslims camouflage themselves as Muslim butchers and spoil the Islamic ritual for a few bucks; a very sorry picture of our degenerated moral and social values. Another, important element to be highlighted here is distribution of sacrificial meat. In many cases meat is distributed to those neighbours and relatives who have already plenty of meat by virtue of their own sacrificial animal. It becomes just an exchange deal. Meat changes hands and remains in same families. Religious scholars should also teach from the pulpit that changing hands would not serve the purpose; meat must trickle down to the lowest segment of society, the “have nots”. And same is the aim of this Islamic ritual. I beseech all my Muslim brethren not to exchange meat on this Eid and try to give it to the poor and needy ones. This would, indeed, give them inner satisfaction and bring happiness to poor masses. Clearing streets of offal would make our city clean and beautiful. —Islamabad
ing there. The drug usage among the youth has certainly increased and this increase is also directly responsible for the increase in the crime rate. I hope this letter finds the eye of parents who are unable control their children and have a numb conscience. —Via email
Cheer up team RAMEEZ FAROOQUI Afghanistan is facing troubles and conflicts. It is in a state of war. No one wants to go to Afghanistan which is rich of natural beauties just like Pakistan. Pakistan is also facing a similar situation of unrest, terrorism and uncertainties. Chaotic atmosphere is clearly seen on both sides. However, in that epic situation the Afghan cricket team has surprised every one. Afghan cricket team has given a moment to the suffering afghan nation to cheer-up and be happy. They have qualified for cricket world cup 2015. They have set an example of unity and patriotism to serve the suffering country for whom USA makes policies. On the other side Pakistani cricket team suffers and struggles very hard with its batting line. Pakistani team has been letting down its name for about a year by his poor batting. Thr national cricket coach has given the statement that: “Pakistani players do not have patriotism”. Pakistan after losing one test match from Zimbabwe came under great criticisms. Well Pakistan is going to face cricket giant South Africa in gulf very soon. Here Pakistani cricket team have to unite and deliver, It shall have to be patriotic and keep high passion to snatch series from the cricket giant. It should learn patriotism, unity from Afghanistan’s cricket team. Best of luck, Pakistan cricket team and Afghanistan cricket team because you represent the suffering sides. You have the capability to improve the image of both countries. You guys actually are our heroes. —Karachi
Imposing GST HASHIM ABRO
Hyper- inflation continues to erode our economic strength but this recent imposition of General Sales Tax (GST) on certain edible and other items will unfold a new wave of a deadly inflationary spiral for the poor people, who already are paralyzed and selling out their children for survival. This hike in GST on food and other items by our prodigal rulers and economic managers, is not justifiable in any manner. We all know this fact that the rulers, bureaucrats and technocrats are selfishly eating all of the resources and revenue generated from taxes and other sources and giving nothing in return for the welfare of the people of Pakistan. From anti-people economic policies of the policymakers, economic and finance managers of the present government, it appears that that they are temperamental and busy getting sweet revenge from the poor people of Pakistan. Those who understand simple principles of the subject of economics and also the economy of Pakistan, they are struck by economic ‘wisdom’ (better to call ‘callousness’) of economic and financial managers in Islamabad. Now the question arises: Why this insensitivity to “ inflation” what I call “injustice to poor people of Pakistan” runs deeper among our rulers and economic managers? Is there anyone in this government to think JAHANZEB TAHIR for the well-being of the hungry and Recently while I was strolling along thirsty people of Pakistan? the seaside, an aura of different types —Islamabad of smell whiffed in my nostrils. At first I thought it must be the sewerISCLAIMER age system which runs down the ocean, but then I noticed a bunch of THE articles, columns and guys in a circle and a strange cloud letters are published on these of smoke hanging above them. One pages in good faith. However, of them looked at me and I could the contents of these writings tell that he was numb. It is very sad state of affairs. may not necessarily match the What is happening to our youth? views of the newspaper. Is there no one to guide these naïve children who are still minors and —Editor they are slipping into oblivion? Why Email:email@example.com was the police officer, standing 20 yards from the place was just stand-
Drug usage in Karachi
Egypt death toll rises to 53, streets now calm CAIRO—The death toll from clashes in Egypt rose to 53 on Monday as calm returned to the streets after one of the bloodiest days since the military toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. Traffic flowed normally in central Cairo where thousands of Mursi supporters had battled security forces and army supporters on Sunday on the anniversary of the 1973 war with Israel. State radio said security forces had regained full control of Egypt, which signed a
peace treaty with Israel in 1979. In addition to the dead, the Health Ministry said 271 people had been wounded in the clashes. Most of the casualties were Mursi supporters, security sources said. Further confrontations may shake Egypt this week. An alliance that includes Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has urged Egyptians to stage more protests against the army takeover from Tuesday and gather on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday. Political tensions since the
army unseated Mursi on July 3 have unnerved foreign investors and hammered tourism, a pillar of the economy, but there is no sign of reconciliation between the Brotherhood and the army-backed government. Security forces smashed pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo on August 14, killing hundreds of people. In an ensuing crackdown, many Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in an attempt to decapitate Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement. Authori-
ties had warned that anyone protesting against the army during Sunday’s 1973 war anniversary would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist - a hardening of language that suggests authorities may crack down harder. The Brotherhood remains defiant, organizing demonstrations, even if they are much smaller than ones staged weeks ago. Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in an interview published on Monday in a privately owned
Egyptian newspaper, alMasry al-Youm, said Egypt’s national interests differed from those of the Brotherhood as an organization. Sisi, in the interview conducted before Monday’s violence, also spoke about his previous meetings with Mursi, whose time in office he said had driven Egypt in the direction of civil war. “I told Mursi in February you failed and your project is finished,” al-Masry al-Youm quoted Sisi as saying. Sisi denied Brotherhood
allegations that the army had intended to remove Mursi through a coup, saying it had only responded to the will of the people. Before Mursi’s overthrow, Egyptians disillusioned with his year-long rule had held huge rallies demanding that he quit. Last month, a court banned the Brotherhood and froze its assets, pushing the group, which had dominated elections held in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak’s fall in 2011, further into the cold.—Reuters
Al-Qaida claims rare attacks in northern Iraq BAGHDAD—Al-Qaida’s local readiness to help the Shiitebranch in Iraq claimed responsibility Monday for a spate of rare suicide attacks last month in the northern, relatively peaceful self-ruled Kurdish region, underlining the terror group’s growing strength across the country. The Sept. 29 twin suicide car bombs hit a complex housing the regional Interior Ministry and other security agencies in downtown the capital of the Kurdish region, Irbil, killing at least six Kurdish troops and wounding more than 30 others. The attacks were the biggest since 2007, when a suicide truck bombing hit the Interior Ministry, killing 14 people, and 2004, when a twin suicide attack killed 109. In a statement posted Monday on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said the attacks were in retaliation for statements recently made by the regional President Massoud Barzani expressing
led central government in Baghdad in its fight against insurgents, and also offering to assist the Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria. AlQaida-linked militants in Syria have been fighting ethnic Kurds in Syria’s northeast. Since 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the Kurdish region in northern Iraq has been relatively peaceful, compared to the rest of the country, making it the best destination for foreign investors willing to pour money in all sectors. The authenticity of the statement by al-Qaida’s Iraq branch could not be independently verified but it was consistent with the group’s earlier statements. The Irbil attacks were the latest in a bout of violence that has hit Iraq since April, sending the country into the deadliest turmoil since 2008. Egyptian security forces and civilians detain a pro-Morsi supporter in Cairo Most of the attacks, which have killed more than 5,000 people since April, have been claimed by al-Qaida.—AP
Iran resolved to settle N issue soon: Rouhani T EHRAN —Iranian President over its nuclear issue, and Hassan Rouhani stressed the country’s strong will to resolve the nuclear issue in the shortest possible time. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined that the nuclear issue be resolved in the shortest possible time,” he said in a meeting with new Dutch ambassador to Iran, adding Iran believes that nuclear rights under the NPT is the country’s certain rights, and it is ready to remove the ambiguities through talks. He also slammed sanctions imposed against Iran
said the sanctions have embattled drug access for Iranians and it is an ‘anti-human rights sanction.’ The ambassador, on his part, stressed recent moves on Iranian nuclear issue, and said, “We hope that we can witness facilitation and development of Iran’s ties with EU members, including Holland in all economic, cultural and political domains.” He also said his country is resolved to boost ties with Iran in all spheres, including economy and business.— Reuters
N Korea warns of pre-emptive strike to counter S Korea S EOUL —North
Korea warned Monday that it will carry out pre-emptive strikes to counter military provocations by South Korea and the United States. In a statement released by spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), Pyongyang strongly denounced the agreement reached at the latest joint South Korea-US Security Consultative Meeting that calls for so-called customized deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Customized deterrence calls on South Korea and the United States to attack the North and take out the communist country’s nuclear arsenal if there are clear signs it may be used against their allies, according to South Korea’s (Yonhap) News Agency. “The military plot aims to derail the ongoing peace pro-
cess and dialogue on the Korean Peninsula and can fuel tensions that can lead to a nuclear conflict,” the North Korean body in charge of inter-Korean relations said in a report carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It added that the North is prepared to respond to all provocations by its enemies in Seoul and Washington and made clear if its warnings are ignored, the country will respond firmly and without hesitation. “If our enemies try to threaten us in the slightest, the country will launch ruthless pre-emptive strikes of annihilation,” the CPRK said. The organization then made clear that talking about denuclearization when the United States is bent on plotting to invade the North shows the level of hypocrisy on the part of Washington.— QNA
Bali on a high amid summit drawing world leaders
BALI—A decade ago, Bali’s famed white sand beaches and popular shopping areas were deserted as visitors scared off by terrorism shunned the “island of the gods.” The dark cloud of the suicide bombings that killed 202 mostly foreign tourists in 2002 lingered for years, decimating one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. But the Hindu-dominated resort island has worked to overcome that image and is sending a message to the world this week that it’s now on a Bali high by hosting leaders and more than 8,000 dele-gates, business people and journalists at the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. “We have to move on,” said Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika. “Many international events in Bali have restored confidence of the Balinese.” Tourism has bounded back. More than 1.8 million foreigners arrived in Bali each year prior to the attacks, which caused the numbers to dive. But last year nearly 3 million visited the island, which was also boosted after Julia Roberts filmed on location for the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” The tourism recovery also has a down-side, with the rapid development of ho-tels and massive golf courses sapping natural resources and water supplies. The quaint Bali beloved by travelers who came here years ago has also been over-taken by massive commercialism, a lack of planning and frustrating traffic jams. For APEC, in a sign of the island’s growth, visitors were welcomed at a new international airport terminal and driven on a just-opened toll road that runs 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) over the ocean to the exclusive resort enclave where the meetings are being held in Nusa Dua.—Reuters
French investigators drop charges against Sarkozy
BORDEAUX—French investigators have abandoned a party funding inquiry against former president Nicolas Sarkozy, a judicial source said on Monday, in a legal case that could have scotched his chances of running for a new term. Sarkozy, who many conservatives want to see lead the centre-right in the 2017 presidential race, was being pursued with others in an investigation into his UMP party’s ties with France’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. At issue were allegations that Sarkozy, 58, took advantage of the mental frailty of billionaire Bettencourt to obtain money for his 2007 presidential campaign. He has denied wrongdoing. The two magistrates in charge of the investigation decided to pursue their case
against former French Budget Minister Eric Woerth and nine others in the case, said the judicial source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Sarkozy has largely stayed out of the limelight since his defeat to Francois Hollande, but since the start of the year has fanned speculation that he is mulling a re-election bid. Some 62 percent of conservative UMP voters want to see Sarkozy run for the presidency in 2017, according to an Ifop poll published in September. But while the ruling grants Sarkozy more freedom to intervene in public life, he faces further questioning in the socalled “Karachi Affair”, a drawn-out corruption case linked to arms sales and a deadly bombing in Pakistan in 2002. A Paris appeals court last week authorized magistrates to investigate whether Sarkozy, then president, violated judi-
cial secrecy in 2011 by publishing a statement which referred to case records that were meant to be kept secret. Legal troubles aside, Sarkozy will struggle despite his popularity with right-wing voters to impose himself as natural leader of his centreright UMP party, which has barely recovered from a leadership struggle between two former allies. Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, once a stalwart supporter of Sarkozy and now a likely electoral rival for 2017, said this week he had no choice but to be “in conflict” with the former president. “I cannot take on all the consequences of a presidential candidacy and not be in conflict with Nicolas Sarkozy, given his state of mind,” Fillon told the JDD weekly paper. —Reuters
Viktor, Yulia feud holds key to EU deal with Ukraine KIEV—It’s a vicious feud that has poisoned Ukrainian politics for a decade. Now the bad blood between President Viktor Yanukovich and Yulia Tymoshenko, his jailed opponent, seems the only real bar to a landmark deal with Europe that offers Ukraine an escape from centuries of Russian influence. She is serving a sevenyear jail sentence for abuse of power but the European Union, with which the ex-Soviet republic hopes to seal agreements on association and free trade next month, wants her released. It says the former prime minister is the victim of political maneuver-
ing and the way she has been treated does not befit a state poised to take a foothold in the democratic mainstream. No-one doubts Yanukovich’s desire to sign with the EU. And, on the surface, the Tymoshenko issue ought to be easy to solve. EU mediators have offered Yanukovich a way out, suggesting he pardon her so she can go to Germany for medical treatment. That would avoid the need for time-consuming changes to legislation. With this option, Yanukovich would get a hefty pat on the back from the 28member EU and land a deal
that would earn him a niche in history. That should fortify him for a bruising time ahead in relations with big neighbor Russia which is readying for “protectionist” action against its former Soviet ally because of its swing to the West. His magnanimity might even cut the ground from under the opposition in time for his 2015 bid for re-election. It might bring a gentler, more human touch to his image of unforgiving, bullying hard-man. Both Yanukovich and Tymoshenko are creatures of the brutal early years of postSoviet independence, a rough world of winner-takes-all when wealth.—Reuters
Is nuclear disarmament possible? DR ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO
USSIA is constantly advocating further limitations and reductions in nuclear weapon stockpiles along with strengthening international regimes of arms control and non-proliferation. At the heart of our approach is the need for responsible, pragmatic and gradual steps to be taken in this sphere aimed at finding effective ways to reduce the nuclear danger. Within this context promotion of the Non-proliferation Treaty is central to such
efforts. We believe that the attention of the international community should be focused on the priority areas of nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy established by the NPT. These are important tasks that should be further implemented, including within the framework of the Action Plan adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference. The Action Plan contains the list of “64 practical steps” that states are asked to take in support of these three pillars of the NPT, which could contribute to the strengthening of the Treaty and serve as a “scorecard” for measuring
progress and ensuring there would be accountability in this sphere. The practical contribution made by Russia to the limitation and reduction of nuclear weapons is well-known: the Soviet-American Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate- and Shorter-range Missiles, which opened the way for disarmament, the 1991 Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), the 2002 Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Potentials, and the 2010 Treaty between Russia and the United States on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strate-
gic Offensive Arms. The entry into force of the new Russian-American START Treaty presented a huge step in nuclear disarmament. The ceilings for the warheads established by the Treaty are one third lower than those of the Moscow Treaty, and for the means of delivery - half as much. It means that the nuclear arsenals of both countries will be reduced to the lowest level since the early 1960s. This is a huge achievement. Further reductions should be discussed after all necessary steps to implement the new START Treaty have been taken. Negotiations on
strategic offensive arms reductions are only possible if all the factors influencing strategic stability are duly taken into account. First of all, it concerns the plans of unilateral development of a strategic missile defense system, development of non-nuclear strategic offensive arms, potential deployment of weapons in outer space, increasing imbalances in conventional armaments, uncertainty over entry into force of the CTBT, etc. We also listen to the calls of those, who propose a serious and responsible dialogue on “general and complete” nuclear disarmament. The
main efforts in this sphere, as we strongly believe, should be focused on creating conditions that enable phased movement towards nuclear disarmament while strengthening strategic stability on the basis of principles of equal and indivisible security for all states. Without this it is hard to imagine how nuclear disarmament could be brought about. Building up trust between major powers is also a factor, including through universal commitment to multilateral diplomacy, collective action and international rule of law, based on the UN system. —Courtesy Rtnews
Imperialism destabilizing Africa
ECENT outbursts of violence in Kenya and Nigeria shocked the world, but with the influx of guns from destabilized countries, and instability, which is a direct result of Western neo-colonialism, the situation could get much worst.The African continent is being ravished as it was in the darkest days of direct colonialism. There are no exact statistics available, but at least 6 million people have died in war-ravaged DR Congo since 1995. But some say that 10 million is a much more precise figure. There, Rwanda and Uganda, two staunch allies of the West, are plundering with absolute impunity, and with total disregard for human lives. Gang rapes are routine, as are the most savage forms of mass murder… So are child soldiers… And so are religious freaks turning into militia commanders. Some of the most horrible warlords in the DRC have actually been from religious groups, including Pentecostal pastors, such as General Laurent Nkunda, who used religious fervor and gospel songs to lead his troops to kill, rape, and mutilate. The DRC is unimaginably rich in natural resources, from Coltan, to Uranium and Diamonds. And that is its curse, its nightmare.The weapons used in Central Africa are often imported from destabilized countries in Northern Africa and elsewhere on the continent, undermined mainly by Western geopolitical interests. These weapons are killing both humans and animals. As reported by Reuters on May 20, 2013: Armed groups in central Africa are using powerful weapons, some of which may be left over from the civil war in Libya, to kill elephants for their ivory, the United Nations said on Monday. Weapons were sized by Libyan civilians during the mutiny against Muammar Gaddafi, and then smuggled to Egypt and to all corners of Africa, including Nigeria and DR Congo. In Egypt, it is now easy to purchase grenade launchers, mortar rounds, surface-to-surface missiles, and automatic weapons; most of it comes from conflict-torn African nations. Mohammad, a police officer in Nasr City near Cairo, explained to me when I was covering the bomb blast that was aimed at killing the Minister of Interior, in September 2013: “The security is now totally compromised. Many police officers never returned to their duty after Mubarak had been brought down… But that is not all. Many of us are now afraid. We are lightly armed, but we have to face combat, battlefield weapons, that are leaking into Egypt from abroad. Crime in Egypt is now totally out of control.” The other destabilized country on the African continent, Somalia, is awash with weapons, from traditional knifes and machetes, to heavy military equipment used in real combat situations. Working in two Nairobi slums, Mathare and Kibera, earlier this year, I was told by several local gangsters, who were my guides, something that is frightening even the hardened Nairobi underworld: “Bila… It comes from Somalia. They are made for killing. The way they are shaped and look; you lose so much blood and you die. Here we call them wambe, which in Swahili means razorblade. But no matter how sharp it is, it’s still a knife.” “They are all over the place. They are very cheap. Guns come with the refugees, and the refugees arrive from Somalia and Ethiopia.” Just over a week ago, on 21 September 2013, the Somali Muslim militia undertook a desperate terrorist action, taking over a luxury mall, The Westgate. They killed some 130 people and turned the expat and upper class Nairobi neighborhood of Westlands into a real battleground. But the West has used Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda to tear once proud Somalia to pieces, for many years and decades. At the recent solidarity action with ‘The Cuban 5’ - Cuban patriots accused and imprisoned in Miami for espionage - Kenyan opposition leader and head of the Social Democratic Party, Mwandawiro Mghanga, declared: “We are talking about terrorism here in Kenya, and it is terrorism what happened at The Westgate… But what the United States and other Western courtiers are doing all over this continent and all over the world, is a much greater terrorism and it triggers terrible consequences.” Weapons are spreading all over Africa, and so are the angry, frustrated men and women coming from the nations converted into combat zones: from Mali to Niger, DR Congo to Somalia. A Ugandan progressive, a businessman who comes from a prominent political family, Arthur Tewungwa summarizes the problem: “There are many Somali refugees in Kenya and Uganda. They have been in these two countries for many years, decades, and have integrated themselves. The businesses they have a large presence in are money transfers, currency exchanges and all aspects of the transport business, passengers and freight. This is a dangerous cocktail when put in the context of the lawlessness that is Somalia. This is a country that has borne the brunt of American meddling and now those countries that sought to assist the Americans in their efforts are bearing the brunt. The country is awash with guns and ammo. The strong position that the Somali community holds in the above-named commercial activities gives it an advantage when it comes to the movement of illegal arms. They have the money, the ability to move it, and the capacity to transfer the arms they have bought. Kenya and Uganda are in peril. Their neo-liberal economies suffer from the cancer of corruption brought about by policies that exacerbate poverty and hence breed corruption. A security guard on $30 a month, or a policeman/customs officer on $60/month is not going to turn down $100 to turn a blind eye!” Uganda has been a target of punitive attacks by AlShabaab, and so has Kenya. Demands and threats have always been the same: ‘leave our country at once, or face the consequences.” In a recently published book, discussion between a leading public intellectual, Noam Chomsky and myself (“On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima To Drone Warfare”, Pluto Press, 2013), Chomsky pointed out: “Actually Europe is helping… by dumping toxic waste into the ocean off the coast of Somalia, killing off the fishing grounds and then complaining that the people turned to piracy.” At the other geographical extreme of the continent, Nigeria is suffering from repeated attacks and massacres conducted by the brutal Muslim organization, Boko Haram. Recently, several towns in Northern Nigeria were attacked and civilians massacred. Carnage at a college dormitory shocked the entire continent and the world. But right after this terrible event, several Nigerian publications and news portals, including ‘Abusidiqu’, reported on Wikileaks information: In December 2011 an Algerian based CIA wing gave out $40 million naira as a planned long-term partnership with Boko Haram with a PLEDGE TO DO MORE… …Disregarding advice from experts, the US armed Saudi Arabia who in turn armed the Libyan rebels, that in turn armed Malian rebels and Boko Haram, a chain tacitly predicted by the CIA… Africa, a victim of the most excessive forms of colonialism, including slavery and genocides performed by European powers and Christian religious fundamentalists, is still losing millions of its sons and daughters. It is not only because of the direct attacks or actions committed by European powers and the United States. Distant conflicts on the continent fueled by Western interests can easily send millions of desperate people to all corners of Africa. And with them come weapons and ammunition, as well as men, women and even children, ready to join any cause and any gang, just to belong and survive. —Courtesy RTNEWS
End to energy crisis must for overcoming poverty: CM
Nawaz not in hurry From Page 1
SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that early solution of energy crisis is essential for overcoming poverty and unemployment, promotion of economic and trade activities and ridding the people of load-shedding. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is taking measures on emergent basis to control shortage of energy and power generation projects are being furthered expeditiously. He said that Punjab government is setting up Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park over more than 10 thousand acre land in South Punjab and a 100 megawatt project will be completed and start power production at the beginning of 2014. He was presiding over a meeting of Punjab Energy Council, here Monday. Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Special Assistant Arshad Jutt, Member Provincial Assembly Ayesha Ghuas Pasha, Chief Secretary, Coordinator Shahid Riaz Gondal, concerned secretaries, representatives of Bank of Punjab and officials concerned were present. The meeting gave approval to setting up of 100mw solar energy project at Quaid-eAzam Solar Park. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that land has been allocated for 100mw power project at Quaide-Azam Solar Park and the project would be completed expeditiously. He said that the solar power project will start production at the beginning of 2014. Shahbaz Sharif directed that the master plan of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park be implemented immediately and no compromise be made on the standard of development activities including provision of infrastructure. He said that third party certification will be compulsory for the transparency of development activities. The Chief Minister said that planning has also been made for supply of water to Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. He said that all possible resources will be provided for infrastructure development at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. He said that Punjab government is working on hydle, solar, coal, baggase, bio-gas, biomass and other alternative sources of power generation and several agreements have been signed with local and foreign power generation companies for this purpose. He directed that suitable sites for the projects of power generation should again be publicized and speedy measures be taken in this direction. Shahbaz Sharif directed Managing Director Solid Waste Management to work on the project of generation of electricity from solid waste expeditiously and the 20mw project be given final shape at the earliest. He also directed Secretary Local Government to submit final recommendations regarding the project of solar home solutions for domestic consumers in the next meeting. The Chief Minister directed Coordinator Shahid Riaz Gondal to submit final recommendations regarding setting up of power generation projects from alternative sources at different places. Secretary Energy gave a briefing regarding implementation of the decisions of Punjab Energy Council while Secretary Local Government and MD Solid Waste Management informed about solar home solutions and the steps taken for generation of power from solid waste.
Peace linked to KP Law & order: Pervaiz ISLAMABAD—Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that all political parties are on the one page for restoring peace in the country. In an interview, he said the recently held all parties conference had unanimously decided to hold a dialogue with Taliban. The Minister said the government is moving in the right direction. He said a peaceful Pakistan was linked to a lasting law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). However, holding talks with Taliban is the responsibility of the federation rather than that of a province. He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wanted to make Pakistan a peaceful and prosperous country. Pervaiz Rashid urged media to avoid discussion on sensitive issues and keep the national interests in view.—Online
LAHORE: Lawyers taking interest in books displayed at Annual Book Fair organised by Lawyers Foundation at Lahore High Court.
OGDCL gets swindled, fleeced by ‘loved ones’ employees currently working on contract basis, pay and allowances and other perquisites extended to contractual employees in addition to their initial/valid contracts of employment. It is the core responsibility of HR Department to make ensure that all the formalities should be fulfilled with respect to appointments and HR related matters as prescribed in the OGDCL Services Rules and Policies, but in the 22 cases, OGDCL Services Rules have not been followed while making appointments & dealing with HR matters and as a result the huge facilities and benefits were granted to the contractual employees in addition to the terms & conditions of their initial service contracts. The report strongly recommends that HR Department needs to be revamped so that in future such violations and procedural lapses could be eliminated while making appointments or decisions about HR matters or awarding irregular extensions in the original contracts. Internal Audit Department had already pointed out such irregularities in internal audit reports in the past quoting examples on test check basis during the normal course of audit and suggested to HR Department for taking remedial measures in all such case but during current audit, it is noted that no action has so far been taken by the HR Department. Those contractual officers who managed to withdraw excessive amount of Rs 80 include Masood Nabi Executive Director (ED) – HR (duel national of Pakistan & USA), Col.(r) Shafqat Hussain appointed as GM(communication) currently working as GM (Security), Mr Salman Amin was appointed as GM (internal audit) currently working as GM commercial, Mr. Ahmed Hayat Lak (Company Secretary /GM Legal Services), Mr. Tariq Mehmood, Manager (Social Welfare), Mr.Aurangzeb Khan Manager (Software), Miss Mehr-un-Nisa Jehangir khan appointed as Dy. chief (CLS) currently working as manager (CLS), Fahd Shakeel (Chief Procurement Officer), Talat haider, chief (HR), Lt. Col. (Rtd.) Javed Iqbal, Niaz Ahmed Khaskhali, registrar, Usman Mansoor Bajwa, Corporate Planning Officer, Zafar Iqbal controller examination, Mian Farooq Ahmed (driller), Suhaib Umar, A E (production), Abdul Kareem Malik, A E (production), Fahad Usman Khaskhely, A E (production),
From Page 1 Irfan Ali Memon, A E (production), Ahsanullah Bughio, A E (production), Shafiq-urRehman, Sr. Proc. officer, Muhammad Hammad Ali, Sr.Proc officer, Iftikhar Ali (Sr. Survey officer). Highlighting the swindling of Rs 80 million by 22 officers, the report reveals that Mr Masood Nabi, Executive Director – HR possess the dual nationality of Pakistan and USA. It mentions that the post of Executive Director (Joint Venture) was advertised in the press on 03.03.2009. Mr. Masood Nabi was appointed as ED(JV) on 15th June, 2009. In his initial contract of employment it was specifically mentioned that “His total salary package was Rs 800,000 per month and was not entitled to any other allowance, perquisite or benefit” for a period of three years. However, he was paid annual increments, award and bonuses. He was given annual increments which should have not been given during contract period as Lump Sump salary was fixed and resulted in over payment of Rs 28 million from June 2009 to July 2013 which needs to be recovered subject to verification from Pay Roll Section or HR Department. The audit reports also mentions saying that contrary to the advertisement Mr. Masood Nabi had only nine years post qualifications experience of Banking & Finance which was not relevant experience against the required experience of 25 years at the time of induction in OGDCL. However, if considering this experience as relevant, the overall experience is short by 16 years to the required experience for which no deviation approval was obtained from the Board. Further as per advertisement the required qualification was MPA whereas Mr. Masood Nabi possessed the degree of MBA which is also a deviation to the required qualification. About Col (R) Shafqat Hussain appointed as GM (communication) currently working as GM (security), the report says that he had withdrawn excessive Rs 6.3 million. The enhancement of salary package of the officer during the currency of his contract appointment, that is not admissible as per contract that resulted in over payment of Rs 6.3 million, needs to be recovered subject to verification from the HR Section. Upon joining OGDCL, Col (R) Shafqat, the internal report discloses, had submitted a fake
copy of his army discharge certificate. It has also been found out that he was appointed in deviation of the government directives and OGDCL service rules. It says that the position of GM (Communication) was not advertised in the press. Hence in this pertinent case not only the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan were violated but also the directives of the Board were not implemented. As per organogram of the Company the position of GM (Communication) was not existed but the appointment was made without vacancy and on fake service certificate later on post of GM (Communication) was created in 19th of May 2011. At the time of appointment factual position of the organogram was not appraised to the Board by HR Department. The detailed audit does not find out in the file discharge book of Col ® Shafqat from Pakistan Army. Mentioning about Mr Salman Amin who was appointed as GM (internal audit) currently working as GM commercial, the report unfolds that he was appointed as General Manager (Internal Audit) with the approval of HRC on consolidated salary of Rs 350,000 per month for a period of three years from 15-09-2009 to 14-09-2012. He joined OGDCL on 15.09.2009. He is currently drawing gross salary of Rs 941,563 per month as G.M.(Commercial). However, he swindled Rs 11.8 million as excessive withdrawal. The enhancement of salary package of the officer during the currency of a valid contract was not justified and resulted in over payment of Rs.11.8 million from 15-09-2009 to 31-07-2013 which needs to be recovered subject to verification from Pay Roll Section. The terms and conditions of the officer were revised with effect from 31.05.2011 and his consolidated salary was raised to Rs 450,000/ - per month. Subsequently, the date of revised terms and conditions was changed to 08.10.2010 instead 31.05.2011 with the approval of MD/CEO, who was not empowered to amend contract approved by the BOD. Likewise the report found out that the post of GM (Legal Services was advertised in the press on 01-07-2010 and Mr. Ahmed Hayat Lak joined OGDCL on 10-06-2011.He has also been found to fleece OGDCL Rs 6.1 million in the shape of excessive withdrawal of the amount.
ECNEC approves 9 projects From Page 1 The meeting was told that the Government of Punjab has started work on two hydel power projects while work on a project of 84 MW was inaugurated recently by the private sector. The meeting was also told that government of Punjab will soon start work on 125 MW Taunasa Hydel Project. While approving
SC rejects Musharraf’s plea From Page 1 Bugti was killed in a cave on August 26, 2006 during a military crackdown ordered by Musharraf who was president and army chief at the time.—INP
Qatar Hospital From Page 1 Manghopir area. In the same incident, his colleague, Maulana Abdul Wadood sustained bullet injuries and shifted to hospital. Orangi Town SSP Chaudhry Asad claimed that the incident was occurred during robbery.
upgradation of girls primary schools in twelve districts of Sindh‚ ECNEC directed that province to commits to ensure 100 million rupees as its share so that work on these project could be completed in the stipulated period. The ECNEC approved a proposal of the HEC for 2.9 billion rupee scholarship for Pakistani students and desired that the nomenclature of the programme should reflect the contribution of government of Pakistan and it should be renamed accordingly. ECNEC appreciated the lead taken by the KP Government for initiating a social health insurance programme aimed at medical insurance which will provide health coverage to 21% of the poorest house holds each comprising 7 persons on average. The meeting expressed the hope that this project if successful may be replicated by other provinces. While approving the 3.00 billion rupee Gomal Zam Dam’s Command Area Development and On-Farm Water Management for High Value and High Efficiency Agricul-
ture Project in principle ECNEC directed the Planning and Development Division to rationalize the cost‚ the period and area of cultivation and report back to the ECNEC in its next meeting. The meeting was told that 73% of the cost of the project would be borne by USAID while the local contribution of .800 million rupees. The ECNEC approved construction of Flyover at Sariab Phatak‚ Quetta which will connect Zarghoon Road with Sariab Road in Quetta city with allied facilities. It approved Construction of 100 Delay Action Dams one and two in Balochistan to increase level of groundwater table. The meeting approved Punjab Irrigation System Improvement Project which will cover three irrigation zones of Bahawalpur‚ DG Khan and Faisalabad. The ECNEC also approved the Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment programme for Gujranwala‚ Pakpattan‚ Sheikhupura‚ Sialkot and Lahore districts of Punjab for construction of seven renewable energy projects.
certain quarters of the PML-N was evident as the PM kept the cards close to his chest. Meanwhile a spokesperson of the PM House stated that the Prime Minister has decided to announce the names of new CJCSC and COAS at the same time. Earlier sources told Pakistan Observer that the PM would do so immediately after the Eidul-Azha falling in the middle of this month. “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that his government would keep the interests of the country supreme while appointing the new Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee,” the statement said. The spokesperson to the PM quoted the Prime Minister as saying that his government was fully cognizant about its constitutional obligations in this regard. He said while expectations regarding announcement of the successor to the outgoing CJCSC before 8th October were reasonable, the issue needed a comprehensive consideration due to the fact that the office of the COAS was also falling vacant on November 29. The spokesperson said the Prime Minister had decided to announce the names for both the appointments at the same time
3 cops killed, 14 injured in Peshawar blast
a powerful blast leaving at least 3 men in uniform dead and over dozen others seriously wounded in the outskirt of the City Monday morning. The Bomb Disposal Squad also claimed to have defused two more bombs from the site thus averting a major disaster. A deadly explosions at congested business hub of the City, Qissa Khawani bazaar last week, it may be recalled, had left at least 43 people including female and children dead and over 80 others seriously. Likewise exactly a week before that, Peshawar was bathed in blood when couple of suicide explosions targeting a church during Sunday rituals had resulted in killing of at least 80 people and over 130 others seriously injured, leading to country wide violent protest demonstrations against the barbarism. The Police officials said a function in connection with the Polio eradication campaign was in progress in Suleman Khel area in the jurisdiction of Badhber Police Station in the outskirts of Peshawar city when a powerful full explosion ripped through the vicinity targeting a police van. As panic and harassment gripped the area, the security forces and the locals rushed the victims to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for treatment where the medics pronounced three men in uniform dead while 14 others were admitted for treatment. “The explosion took place near a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in From Page 1 Suleman Khel of Badhber area at women, but except those that the venue of a function being held support the infidels in their war regarding polio campaign near a against our religion.” dispensary and a heavy firing folMalala was well known in lowed the explosion”. Police offiPakistan as a strident campaigner for girls’ education and chronicler of Taliban abuses before she was shot. In the past year she has been catapulted on to the international Insaf’s candidate Zubair Khan stage, speaking at the United had challenged the victory and Nations and being recognised by filed a petition. human rights group around the The Nadra report has been world. presented to the election tribuOn Tuesday she will publish nal council and its copies will her autobiography, titled I Am be given to the candidates. Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up Returning officer and preFor Education And Was Shot By siding officers will be sumThe Taliban, a day before the moned in court. anniversary of the attack. — Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf canOnline didate Zubair Khan had later challenged the poll result in the election tribunal headed by a former judge of the Sindh High Court, Zafar Ahmed Sherwani, From Page 1 who ordered Nadra for verificaby the armed forces in defend- tion of voters’ thumb impresing the motherland, be it a con- sions on ballot papers. ventional or the unconvenThe Nadra report revealed tional threat. that there were 11,343 ballot He reiterated that defence papers that contained invalid of the country is impregnable national identity card numbers, and gallant soldiers, sailors which were never issued by and airmen will not hesitate in Nadra and 791 votes were found making it even more formi- not registered in the constitudable.—Online ency and the fact was ascertained on the basis of the CNIC numbers mentioned on the used ballot papers. This bogus voting was observed in three different From Page 1 polling stations of the constituAccording to unofficial re- ency. Besides, report said that sults, PML-N’s Shamoona Ambreen Qaisarani secured there were 5,839 duplicate 47,467 votes while her rival in- votes, which were cast by as dependent candidate Khawaja many as 2,812 voters mainly in Dawood Sulemani bagged two polling stations. It said as many as seven votes were cast 19,569 votes. on one CNIC (42201-57963953) of Shakir Zaheer, a resident of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-13 in Karachi.
Fresh threat to Malala
From Page 1 cials said adding the police van which was providing security to a polio team was targeted. They further said around 12 police officers were in the van at the time of the blast. The Peshawar SSP Operation confirmed the death of six persons including four policemen and two Razakars initially yet later the officials said three people succumbed to their injuries. “It was an IED blast and the target was policemen,” Peshawar SSP Operation Najeebur Rehman said, adding that the bomb went off just as officers reached the village to provide security to polio teams. Another law enforcer said that the bomb exploded near a hospital and hit a police mobile that had arrived for protecting a polio vaccination team to whom the vaccination materials were being distributed inside the hospital. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) that said five kg of explosive material was used in the blast claimed they have defused two more bombs found from the blast site. The Security forces surrounded the area and are reported to have also kicked off started a search operation in the adjoining areas. It may be recalled that The Polio teams administering Polio drops and that mostly comprise of the female health volunteers, have been under attack by the unknown terrorists for the last about a year. Dozens of polio workers and law enforcers have been killed and injured in the assaults against the Polio workers police teams which had not only sent a wave of terror, anxiety and harassment among the Polio staff in the country but had also attracted serious
concern of the international community Once that had also forced the UN to withdraw its staff facilitating Polio vaccination in Pakistan and the field staffers of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF were directed to suspend their activities with regard to Polio campaign. However, the activities of dispensing the Polio drops were resumed after the government announced security for the Polio workers and deputed policemen with every team dispensing Polio drops in any part of the country. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has strongly condemned the incident of bomb attack on the police personnels deputed on the security of polio vaccinators at Suleman Khel in the vicinity of Peshawar and has termed it as a cowardly and inhumans act on the part of the perpetrators. In a statement issued here he has expressed his heart-felt feelings of sorrow and grief of the killing of precious human lives in the incident and has directed the management of Lady Reading Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar to provide the best possible facilities of medical treatment to the injured of the incident. The Chief Minister has also ordered probe in to the incident. while expressing sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved families, he has prayed for the eternal peace of the martyrs of the incident and early recovery of the injured one. Meanwhile the Chief Minister has also lauded the efforts and dutifulness of police personnels for timely defusing another explosive devise planted on the spot of the incident.
NADRA reveals vote fraud in NA-256
PTI wins PP-72 Faisalabad
Talks won’t succeed sans troops pullout, prisoners release From Page 1
Taliban had also provided shelter to Mullah Fazlullah in Kunar province. Referring to Malala Yousafzai, he said she was not attacked for pursuing education but for her going against the religion of Islam. “Had we got another chance, we would attack her again,” he added.—INP
China reaffirms From Back Page medicines, tents and other necessary livelihood articles. A cash of $ 1.5 million is also part of the assistance, it added. Thanking the Chinese envoy for the assistance, Secretary EAD highlighted the close and friendly relations between the two countries which she said were strengthening with each passing day. She also lauded the Chinese cooperation in different sectors in Pakistan. The Chinese Ambassador expressed the commitment his government towards further strengthening the existing close friendly relations between the two counties. He said that Chinese government was much grieved over the loss of human lives in the earthquake. He said that China would continue to contribute in the overall development and progress of Pakistan.
Altaf Hussain condemns bomb blast L ONDON —The founder and leader of MQM Mr. Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the bomb blast and firing near a hospital in Budh Bher area of Peshawar. He expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the deaths and the people who were wounded as a result of this act of terrorism. He deplored that the tragic indent happened near a hospital where an event was being held in connection with anti-polio campaign. He said that terrorists who carried out this brutal attack deserved severe punishment. Mr. Hussain expressed his sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of police officers in the firing and bomb attacks. He expressed his heart felt condolence with the bereaved families, police officers and constables and he prayed for the martyrs. He prayed to Allah to give the families, friends and relatives to bear the loss. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the wounded persons. He demanded that prime minister, federal and provincial governments should take notice of the tragic incident and urged to take measures to protect the lives and properties of innocents who had been experiencing incessant brutal attacks.—INP
From Page 1 As many as 314 ballot papers were found without having fingerprints on them. The report said that only 6,815 of the total 84,748 ballots sent to Nadra for verification of certain polling stations were successfully authenticated. The thumb impressions on
57,642 ballots could not be compared or matched through the Nadra system because the fingerprints were of very poor quality. The report said 1,950 votes failed authentication, because someone else voted against the CNIC number mentioned on the used counterfoils.
Bail plea of PPP Shah Jahan Baloch rejected STAFF REPORTER
56 MPs not submit assets details ISLAMABAD—As many as 156 parliamentarians including the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif haven’t yet submitted the details of their assets. According to Media reports, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that the prime minister has sought time for the submission of the details of his assets until October 9. ECP further said that it has thus far received the details of assets from 1013 lawmakers, which included 95 senators, 304 members of national assembly, 335 members of Punjab assembly, 148 members of Sindh assembly, 76 members of Khyber Pukhtunkhaw assembly and 55 members of Balochistan assembly. —Online
Disaster day today STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr. Rizwan Naseer said that we celebrate 8th October as Disaster Day each year, as this day reminds us of catastrophic earthquake, which damaged the infrastructure & caused huge human loss in northern areas of Pakistan. The human loss also increased because of lack of effective emergency managements system, and if the emergency reforms of 2002 were implemented then at least half of the causalities would not have been taken place.
Pakistan lacks trained workforce STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan, which has the 9th largest labour force in the world, is lacking properly trained workforce in line with the requirements of different booming industries including Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R). According to the labour force survey 2010-11, the total labour force in the country was 57.24 million. Out of this labour force, 3.40 million people are unemployed and 53.84 million people are employed. Productive workforce plays a major role in attaining the potential economic growth through competitiveness. It enhances productivity and increase competitiveness.
SIE link road to be reconstructed
KARACHI–The Anti-Terrorism Court has rejected bail plea of Shah Jehan Baloch, who was the Member National Assembly before to Pakistan People’s party Parliamentarian. Baloch was arrested on charges of a high profile murder case of Lyari gang war militant Arshad Pappu. The ATC Judge rejecting bail application of Baloch, said that the accused was not in jail but was in Lyari General Hospital at the time of Pappu’s murder and the plaintiff had stated before the court that Pappu was murdered at his (Shah Jehan Baloch) behest and others. The widow of Pappu had levied serious allegations against him hence the plea for bail could not be entertained. It is pertinent to mention that ex-SHO of Baghdadi police station, Jawaid Baloch was also arrested on charges of facilitating the killers of Pappu and Lyari gang war militants. During interrogation, the ex-SHO had confessed that he had picked several Mohajir youth and handed them over to Uzair Baloch for killing. He had also stated to the joint interrogation team that Shah Jehan Baloch played football from head of Pappu, which the Lyari gang war militants had decapitated. Police has arrested two terrorists belonging to banned TTP from Gulberg Area. Police, on a tip off,conducted raid on a house in the said area and nabbed two alleged terrorists. Police claimed the arrested terrorists were busy in carving out a plan for sabotage activity in the city.
India test fires nuclear capable missile NEW DELHI—India successfully test fires nuclear capable Prithvi-II missileIndia on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.The missile has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial for the defence forces. The surface-to-surface missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at about 9.14 am, defence sources said. “The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the total launch activities were carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by the scientists of DRDO as part of practice drill,” the sources said. India test-fires Prithvi missile’s naval version Dhanus “The missile trajectory will be tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry stations located along the coast of Odisha,” they said. —AP
Senate body shows anger on govt dept fake reports I SLAMABAD —Chairman of the figures provided by the PlanSenate’s sub-committee on Finance has expressed resentment over provision of fake reports and bogus details to parliament’s standing committees by government functionaries. The meeting of the sub-committee was held here at Parliament House on Monday. Chairman Senator Fateh Muhammad Hasni presided over the meeting. During the meeting he instructed that strict punitive action should be taken against those involved in pillaging the national exchequer and system be streamlined through exemplary punishments. He said that it has been noticed that government department often feed the wrong information to standing committees of the parliament, which is highly deplorable as these committees are the part and parcel of the parliament and their members are answerable to the public. The meeting discussed the development in Balochistan , during which it was observed that there is a huge difference between
ning Commission and Balochistan Development Committee. Chairman asked the concerned officials that where the money was spent as enormous amount and development funds were released for Balochistan again and again since 2002 but the projects were not completed on the grounds. The report revealed that Rs 984 million were issued for the instalment of water plant in Gawadar , from where 0.5 million gallon of water would be obtained on daily basis. The committee was told that to prevent the process of erosion of land in Pasni , Rs 984 million were earmarked , whereas Rs 839 million were allocated for provision of land and water for the industrial zone. Senators Humayan Mundokhel and Kalsoom Parveen gave the suggestion that water can be obtained from Mirani Dam project for Gawadar , which would cost much lesser amount.—Online
China reaffirms dev partnership Provides $ 6m quake relief STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Reaffirming its commitment to support overall economic development in Pakistan, China on Monday provided six million dollars contribution to earthquake relief fund. The assistance would contribute to relief and rehabilitation of victims of deadly earthquake last month that had severely hit the Awaran District of Balochistan besides affecting
other parts of the province. According to an official handout, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Nargis Sethi and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong singed certificate for the Assistance amounting to US dollar 6 million for the earthquake affectees. The assistance consists of $ 4.5 million in kind assistance which includes articles like
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Indian Mujahideen behind 2005 Delhi blasts, not LeT N EW D ELHI —Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Asadullah Akhtar, alias Haddi, is learnt to have told officials that the IM was behind the 2005 Delhi serial blasts, and not the Lashkare-Taiba as suspected. The Delhi Police had blamed the Lashkar for the serial blasts in Paharganj, Sarojini Nagar and Govindpuri, and arrested a Kashmiri, Tariq Ahmed Dar, in connection with the case. Dar remains in prison as he faces trial in the case. A Delhi Police special cell team had also claimed to have gunned down the “mastermind” of the blasts in an operation in Kashmir in 2007. But in his state-
ment to the security agencies, Asadullah, who was arrested with Yasin Bhatkal in August-end, has reportedly claimed that although he was not involved in the Delhi blasts, some associates from Azamgarh told him that they had carried out the operation, a report in Indian express newspaper said. According to Asadullah, Atif Ameen, who hailed from Azamgarh and was gunned down in the Batla House encounter in September 2008, planted the explosives along with IM operatives Mirza Shadab Beig, Mohammed Sajid alias Bada Sajid, Ariz Khan, Sadiq Sheikh and Arif Badar.—INP
RAMALLAH: Israeli Parliament members Isaac Herzog (L) and Hilik Bar (C) shake hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as they attend a meeting in the West Bank city.
PM reviews youth programme, low-cost housing scheme ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the youth were the greatest strength of Pakistan and the present government would ensure that they were gainfully employed. He was chairing a meeting held here to review the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on September 21, had announced a development package worth Rs20 billion for the country’s youth comprising six projects, aimed at providing them assistance mainly through affordable education, soft loans and skillbased training. The premier was briefed about all the features of the youth programme. He was informed that so far 350,000 feedbacks/suggestions had been received from the general public.—APP
Son confesses killing exbrigadier, family RAWALPINDI—The mystery behind Brigadier (retd) Sikandar Malik, who along with his family was slaughtered at his home in Rawalpindi last week, was solved on Monday when his son confessed to the murders. A confessional statement from the son, Captain Haider Ali, read that he had fed his family intoxicating pills before shooting them. His two sisters were reportedly asleep when they were killed. The four bodies were sent to CMH, Rawalpindi, for medical and legal proceedings. The police had conducted a forensic examination of the crime scene and reviewed the mobile phone data of the victims.—Agencies
SC cannot shut eyes to what intelligence agencies are doing ISLAMABAD—Justice Anwar be initiated in respect of the per- Tariq Khokhar, Amna Masud Zahir Jamali has remarked “we can not shut our eyes to what the intelligence agencies are doing with the missing persons. He gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of missing persons case Monday. Justice Jamali further remarked “intelligence agencies are found linked in every missing person case. The recovered persons are terrified in such a way that they don’t become ready to give statement. We can not shut our eyes to what the intelligence agencies are doing with the missing persons. It will be better that legal proceedings
sons whosoever are held by any institution. Solid evidence are available in certain cases. However non recovery of missing persons is a tragedy. Police have also shut their eyes. As per its sweet will any institution undertakes action in the limits of their police station and disappears and police remains hesitant in initiating any action.”. Justice Ejaz Afzal has remarked “ the performance of joint investigation teams constituted in respect of the missing persons is nil. These have been set up mere as an eyewash. Their performance reflect that no missing person will be recovered. During the course of hearing Additional Attorney General (AAG)
Adjustment of Payment of taxes Centre, provinces to sign MoU soon, Senate body told ISLAMABAD—Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tariq Bajwa on Monday said that federal government is working to sign a MoU with provincial governments to adjust the payment of taxes. Chairman FBR stated this during the meeting of the Senate standing committee of Finance and Revenue that held here on Monday with Senator Nasreen Jalil in the chair to review of FBR tax collection activity for the 1st quarter. During the meeting the Chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa in-
formed the committee that initially FBR collects taxes but after 18th amendment and devolution of ministries, General Sales Tax (GST) and services are now with provincial governments. He said during last fiscal year federal government paid 9.5 billion of taxes to the provincial government while provinces paid 4.5 billion rupees to the federal government. In this episode FBR faced loss of five million rupees therefore asked the provincial governments to adjust these variations.—Online
Janjua and the concerned police officers appeared in the court. The court took up Sajjad ul Hassan missing person case. Report was presented in the court. Amna Masud Janjua said that application was also filed in 2012 that Sajjad case was an enforced disappearance case. Notice was issued to advocate general Punjab in this case. The court said in its order federation had given its report that intelligence agencies had denied they had picked up him. The court ordered the police to recover Sajjad ul Hassan within two weeks. Saeed Ahmad was picked up from Karachi. —Online
PIA starts probe into a310 mishap ,
KARACHI—PIA has started to probe into the incident of flight PK 213 Karachi - Dubai of Sunday night operated by A310 aircraft. An investigative team of PIA engineers is in the process of minutely checking the aircraft engine which developed a fault during flight. The engine of the aircraft is also being assessed by CAA authorities. The findings will be shared with General Electric for their inputs as well. PIA considers safety of its passengers, crew and aircraft as its foremost priority and therefore all aspects of incident are being examined minutely, PIA spokesman concluded.
Nobel for medicine goes to cellular breakthrough trio
If the package fails to show California. Schekman, 64, told Radio he was “profoundly prize has some indirect knowledge planned public transport system, of the signalling system within STOCKHOLM–A trio of US and LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minis- German scientists won the Nobel up at the right time, or goes to the AFP he was shocked to get the honoured.” “I was completely of one sort or another that they he discovered. In the 1980s and the cell. The Nobel adds to the ter Shahbaz Sharif has approved reconstruction of dilapidated link road between Multan Road and Sundar Industrial Estate (SIE). The Chief Minister announced the decision at a meeting with a group of SIE industrialists headed by S.M. Tanveer, Chairman of Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company, said the PIEDMC spokesman here Monday. S.M. Tanvir apprised the CM that link road was connecting National Highway and Motorway, besides other parts of the province and also taking load of incoming and outgoing goods transportation from important industrial areas, particularly of Sundar Industrial Estate, biggest one in the province.
Prize for Medicine on Monday for pioneering work on the body’s cell transport system, unlocking insights into diabetes, immune disorders and other diseases. James Rothman and Randy Schekman of the United States and Thomas Suedhof of Germany shared the prize for discovering how molecules vital to cellular functioning are shunted around in an internal freight system, tucked inside sacs called vesicles. They also helped resolve how the vesicles arrive on time and in the right place — a major riddle, given that this takes place in a microscopic environment humming with movement.
wrong location, this can cause cellular malfunction. “Through their discoveries, Rothman, Schekman and Suedhof have revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo,” the Nobel panel said. “Without this wonderfully precise organisation, the cell would lapse into chaos.” Rothman is a professor and chairman of the department of cell biology at Yale University; Schekman is a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley; and Suedhof is a professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University, also in
call from Stockholm: “My reaction when I heard about it was one of disbelief and joy.” Rothman, 62, told Swedish
shocked and surprised,” he said in separate comments posted on the Nobel website. “Almost anyone who receives the Nobel
might be a candidate, so at some level it’s not a complete surprise. But that it actually happens is an out-of-body experience,” he said. Three hours after the announcement, the Nobel Committee said it had still not managed to reach Suedhof, 58, to inform him of his prize, and Suedhof himself had yet to acknowledge it publicly. The trio worked independently on various aspects of the vesicle system, in research spanning three-and-a-half decades. Schekman began his investigations in the late 1970s, when he became interested in cellular genetics, using yeast as a model for study. Yeast cells with defective James E.Rothman Randy W. Schekman Thomas C. Sudhof transport machinery gave rise to a system that resembled a poorly
1990s, Rothman began studying in greater detail how vesicles are transported in mammalian cells. “He discovered that a protein complex enables vesicles to dock and fuse with their target membranes,” the jury said. The binding takes place thanks to proteins that fit with each other like the two sides of a zipper. “The fact that they bind only in specific combinations ensures that cargo is delivered to a precise location,” the citation read. Suedhof’s curiosity was initially piqued by how nerve cells are able to communicate with one another in the brain. In the 1990s, he discovered how the vesicles’ contents are released on command — a vital part
trio’s long list of achievements. In 2002, Rothman and Schekman shared the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, one of the top US science honours. And in 2010, Schekman and Suedhof shared the Kavli Prize for neuroscience. The three will share equally the prize sum of eight million Swedish kronor ($1.25 million, 925,000 euros), reduced because of the economic crisis last year from the 10 million kronor awarded since 2001. In line with tradition, the ceremony will take place in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.—AFP
Meditation alone doesn’t lower blood pressure
TRESS reduction exercises have been linked to many health benefits, but lower blood pressure may not be one of them. A new study found eight weeks of mindfulness meditation had no effect on people with slightly elevated blood pressure who were not yet taking medication. “This doesn’t mean that meditation is bad. It just simply doesn’t lower blood pressure,” senior author Dr. Sheldon Tobe of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said. He said he was expecting to see an effect on blood pressure based on past studies showing benefits with mindfulness meditation. But when he looked back over those earlier trials, Tobe found the majority of participants had been taking blood pressurelowering drugs. In those studies, mindfulness therapy could have worked by helping people take their medicine more consistently, Tobe explained. “Few interventions are as powerful as medication,” he told Reuters Health. “You can reduce salt intake or lose weight and help lower blood pressure, but high blood pressure medication has a more powerful effect.” One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti-
tute considers 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and above to be high blood pressure. The 101 participants in the new study had an average blood pressure of 135/82 mm Hg, which is considered above normal but not yet classified as high blood pressure. Half of them were assigned to start the mindfulnessbased stress reduction (MBSR) therapy right away and the rest were waitlisted to take the class at a later time. Mindfulness participants went to eight weekly group sessions and attended a day-long silent retreat. Each person was also asked to practice stress reduction for 45 minutes daily. The study participants, aged 20 to 75, were all counseled with standard high blood pressure advice: eat less salt, quit smoking and exercise more. At the end of the study period, both people who had gone through the mindfulness program and those on the wait list saw virtually no change in their blood pressure, according to findings published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Physical therapy researcher Marshall Hagins of Long Island University in Brooklyn said he was disappointed with the results, but only because he wanted the program to show benefits.
Islamabad Traffic Police put wrong-parked vehicles on footpath as a warning to owners at Marvi Road F-7.
32 Sheesha centres closed STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The authorities
have closed 32 Sheesha centers in the Federal Capital in last four months, said official sources on Monday. These Sheesha centres were working without any legal permission. Although these places were popular among young people but authorities sealed many of these places after receiving complaints. The places were closed on complaints from concerned citizens and parents who were worried that these Sheesha centres were having negative influences on youth who were skipping classes in schools and colleges and getting involved in unhealthy activities. In the past, one license was issued by Directorate of Municipal Administration, CDA, Islamabad to a Sheesha Center in Melody Market, Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi and Chinese Ambassador to Paki- which was cancelled after stan, Sun Weidong signing handing over certificate of the Chinese Government’s emer- raids by the Sub-Divisional gency relief goods worth $4.5 million and cash amount $1.5 million for the earthquake Magistrate. affectees in Islamabad.
High animal prices force people to opt for collective sacrifice
Tributes to earthquake victims I SLAMABAD —Preston University would lay flowers
ISLAMABAD—Soaring prices facilitate the people marking weighing 18 to 20 kilograms wreaths, offer prayers and of animals are forcing a large number of people in the Federal Capital to opt for collective sacrifice as Eidul Azha draws near. This year the prices of animals have increased almost 80 per cent as compared to last year making it impossible for most of the Capital’s residents to go for sacrifices individually. Various religious and social organizations, including Edhi Foundation, have arranged collective sacrifices to
the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). They can now perform the religious obligation by spending Rs 9,000 to 10,000, sharing in a collective sacrfice of cow etc. Several factors are attributed to high prices of animals, such as inflation, smuggling and export of cattleheads to neighbouring countries. Moreover, the recent earthquake and floods have badly hit the livestock. According to a market survey, the price of a goat
ranges between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, while a sheep of the same weight is sold at Rs 17,000 to 20,000. Javed Arshad, a resident of I-10 Sector, told APP,”The price of a cow or ox of normal weight ranges between Rs 35,000 and Rs 40,000 while a healthy animal is priced at over Rs 60,000 at the Capital’s cattle market.” According to the traders, a large number of animals have died in the recent floods, which is one of the reasons for high price. —APP
observe silence for five minutes, on Tuesday, October 8 to remember the tragedy of October 2005 earthquake vicitims. According to press release issued here, the event would be held to pay respects to the departed souls, of those who lost their lives, to share the grief and sorrow with bereaved families and create awareness in the masses to address disaster issues and infuse human values.—APP
Transporters raise fares ahead of Eid to reach their homes, he STAFF REPORTER added. I SLAMABAD —The residents The passengers said that the transporters were taking of the twin cities of Islamabad full advantage of the special and Rawalpindi have deoccasion of Eid-ul-Azha and manded of the authorities demanding hig fares. An ofconcerned to take strict acficial of the District Regional tion against the transporters, Transport Authority who have increased inter(DRTA), when contacted, city fares. A number of passaid that special teams were sengers at Pirwadahi busformed for checking fare viostand, who were leaving for lations. their hometowns on MonThe teams are visiting all day, complained of overthe bus terminals to check charging of fares by the transovercharhing and overloadporters. ing, he claimed. He said that “Managers of different the passengers should note down the number of buses/ wagons in case of overchargI SLAMABAD —As festival of jewellery,here in federal capi- ing, misbehaviour etc. and Eid draws near, exhibitions of tal attracted a large number inform the office so that stern dresses and jewellery of dif- of fashion lovers, re- action should be taken ferent designers are attract- cently.—APP against the violators. ing women in a large number. These exhibitions feature a variety of exclusive jewellery and fabric collection including Sarees, beddings, kids wear which attracts a large number of females and fashion lovers through its vibrant colours and designs. “Usually, embroidered fabrics, casual and formal trendy wear are displayed in these exhibitions, with variety of kids wear including local and imported garments”, Hiba a student of Comsats told APP. Besides, famous designers have already announced upto 50% off on all their outlets. Shoes of different branded companies are also available in less prices, and upto 75% off is announced on almost all the outlets. A four days exhibition showcasing exclusive collection of designers wear and sophisticated Egyptian bus terminals are creating an artificial shortage of vehicles to charge exorbitant fares,” said Wahid Ullah, waiting at the city’s main bus-stand to board a vehicle bound for Bannu. He said that the booking clerks were informing the travellers that that there was shortage of vehicles, which on the other hand, were parked at places out of the passengers’ sight. Desperate passengers are compelled to pay three-fold fares to catch buses so as
Fashion lovers throng exhibitions
Education key to agenda of change STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parvez Khattak has said that the people have brought PTI into power for bringing about a change and such a change, to ameliorate the lot of the general masses, is impossible without changing the system of education in the Province. Thus, he called upon the donors’ community worldwide to come forward and help them bring about a real change in education. Addressing a DFID sponsored donors stock take here in Islamabad Monday he regretted that histori-
cally the very system of education divided among the public, private and mardrassa systems has been reinforcing the problems of our society as it does not help change the lot of the poor whatever hard work they do. On the other hand, the Chief Minister pointed, due to frequent posting transfers in education, no teacher take responsibility either for improvement of standard of education or looking after the sustenance and durability of the facilities provided there. The Chief Minister announced that from the next education year they were introducing English medium education and schools specific appointments in the pub-
lic sector education institutions of the Province. Under the scheme, he explained, English will be introduced from class –I, just like the private schools while a teacher asking for transfer from the one he is initially recruited to, will have to resign from there and apply for fresh recruitment to the station of his choice. In case he remains in the said school, he will be promoted on the basis of the results he produces in that school. The Chief Minister therefore, called upon the donors’ community to come forward and make these changes into success by training the teachers so that they are enabled to face the challenge of English teaching and provision of basic facilities in
the public sector schools like furniture and fixtures. He pointed out that though the number of schools is sufficient in the province but these are mostly and mainly two-rooms schools thus cannot cater for the 4/5 classes particularly in view of the fact that the Provincial Government is committed to the enrolment of all the 1.5 million out-of-school children of whom over 200,000 were enrolled just last month. While DFID advisor Sir Michael Barber conducted the stock take, representatives of almost all partners of the KP in promotion of education participated besides KP Ministers Mohammad Atif, and Shahram Khan Tarakai, Secretary Finance Syed Said
Badshah Bukhari and Secretary Education Judat Ayaz. It was revealed on the occasion that the Chief Minister had just approved the revitalization of Provincial Education Foundation paving the way for recruitment from a wider pool and increasing private sector participation in it. It was also revealed that an independent monitoring unit equipped with modern technology will be in place throughout the Province while booklets for teachers training and sensitization against corporal punishment plus a communication strategy in this respect is in final stages and will be fully operational from the next education year.
IESCO power suspension programme ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Monday issued power suspension programme for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to the IESCO Spokesman, the power supply of the following Feeders Grid Stations would remain suspended as under:October 8 (Tuesday) from 09:00am to 01:00pm, Bhoun feeder, Mureed feeder, Sukho feeder, Daultala feeder, C.B Khan feeder, Talagang City feeder, Mogla feeder, Lawa feeder, Multan Khurd feeder, Hasal feeder, K.S. Mines feeder, NCI/Alaf Din feeder, Sagharpur feeder, Katas feeder.—APP
Pak donates $1m for construction of Palestinian embassy
Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder
Accused Adil’s remand extended STAFF REPORTER Zohr
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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity
Continuing PAINTINGS exhibition by Iranian artist Mohsen Keiany, at the Tanzara Gallery, House No.14, Street 12, Sector F-7/2, Islamabad, continuing up to October 18. EXHIBITION of paintings titled ‘Halluginations’, by Omar Farid, at the gallery 6, House 19, Street 10, F8/3, Islamabad, continue till October 20 daily (except for Eid holidays) from 11 am to 7 pm.
Wapda employees protest against arrest of lineman in theft case R AWALPINDI —Wapda employees of Rawalpindi on Monday held protest demonstration against arrest of a colleague for alleged involvement in theft. According to details, dozens of Wapda employees posted in Rawalpindi city held protest at Lal Kurti Chowk and blocked the road creating massive traffic jam. The protestors chanted slogans against Saddar police for arresting their colleague in fake theft case. They demanded immediate release of the detainee and warned to widen the protest if their demand was not met.—INP
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Photo exhibition to commemorate 2005 quake I SLAMABAD —National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has organised a three-day photo exhibition to commemorate the earthquake of the year 2005. According to an official of NDMA the exhibition titled ‘National Disaster Awareness Day Oct 8’ would commence on Tuesday and continue at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) till Thursday (Oct 10). Meanwhile the nation will observe the “National Disaster Awareness Day” on October 8 in remembrance of the Martyrs of October 8, 2005 earthquake to express
solidarity with the members of the families who lost their loved ones. This day not only brings sad memories of the losses, but also shows the determination of the people to help their brothers and sisters in time of need and to take steps to avoid such losses in future. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed Aleem in his message on th day said this is also a day to demonstrate our support to our compatriots who have suffered from recent earthquake
in Awaran and Kech districts. The losses caused by the deadly earthquake were enormous primarily due to our less focus on preparedness. This event underscored the need for an institutionalized framework to bring about a paradigm shift from a response-oriented approach to a proactive and holistic approach of disaster risk management. “We need to focus on prevention, mitigation and preparedness on one hand, and to build capacities at various levels for effective and timely response to save lives and property”.—APP
Workshop on national innovation system starts
CDA to construct 3 overhead bridges ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to construct 3 overhead bridges in different sectors in federal capital to facilitate pedestrians. These overhead bridges will be constructed at the cost of Rs 12 million. Construction work on overhead bridge in front of Kashmir Highway Shakarparian is underway. This project will be completed at the cost of Rs 4 million. Work on overhead bridge between Rawalpindi and I-10 will start within a few days. This will also cost Rs 4 million. Work on overhead bridge between G-9 and H-9 will commence within two months at the cost of Rs 4 million. CDA intends to open these three over head bridges for the pedestrians within the next three months.—Online
Citizens advised to properly dispose off solid waste STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have been advised to properly dispose off solid waste at their houses to prevent access to egg-laying female mosquitoes. According to health experts, people should avoid water storage practices and take other special preventive measures to protect themselves from dengue virus. They said mosquitoes breed primarily in containers like earthenware jars, metal drums and concrete cisterns used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres and other items that collect rain water. Dr Sharif Astori of the Federal Government Poly
Clinic (FGPC) said that dengue is a mosquitoborne infection, which in recent years has become a major public health concern. He said dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. He added the spread of dengue is attributed to expanding geographic distribution of the four dengue viruses and of their mosquito vectors, the most important of which is the predominantly urban species aedes aegypti. He said the rapid growth of urban population is bringing ever greater numbers of people into contact with this vector, especially in areas that are favourable for mosquito breeding like where household water storage is common and
where solid waste disposal services are inadequate. Dr Astori said dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female aedes mosquitoes. He added that mosquitoes generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. He said after virus incubation for eight to ten days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding, of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. He said the virus circulates in the blood of infected humans for two to seven days, at approximately the same time as they suffer from fever. He added the clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient.
Vegetable Market turns into haven for criminals
STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Three-day Regional Consultative Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property (Asian Region), started here on Monday. The workshop is jointly organized by the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). While addressing, Incharge CIIT, Dr Shahid Mehmood said that in the present-day world, where scientific advances have become engines for national development and means of transformation into knowledge economies, a National Innovation System (NIS) can provide an excellent impetus for S&T led sustainable socio-economic growth. “With this and similar realizations at work, resource persons from China, Pakistan Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Switzerland and USA, have gathered in Islamabad for this workshop.” The eight technical sessions of this regional event would comprise four country presentations and thirteen invited talks touching upon various aspect of NIS and IPR in the countries represented. These include “Innovation and Business, Polices and Challenges in NIS, Role of University, Innovation Policy, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Conceptual Approach in Innovation Systems; Orientation of National Innovation System for Socio-economic Development; National Innovation System and Intellectual Property Issues; Industries, Research and Technologies Centers; Business, Academic and Technology Sectors; Knowledge-Economy; International IP Laws Drafting and Filling of Patent Applications; and Searchable Databases.”
I SLAMABAD—Pakistan has donated $ 1 million to Palestine for the construction of embassy here in the federal capital. Pakistan had pledged a grant of $ 1 million for the construction of embassy here during the visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in February 2013. The Foreign Secretary, Jalil Aabbas Jilani, Monday, presented a cheque of US $ 1 million to Palestinian ambassador Walid Abu Ali. The Foreign Secretary, on the occasion, stated that Pakistan had always been morally and diplomatically supporting the Palestine cause and the grant of US $ 1 million is one amongst many sincere gestures of the Government of Pakistan in order to express solidarity with the brotherly people of Palestine. The Ambassador of Palestine thanked the people, government and leadership of Pakistan for the grant of US $ 1 million and their principled position on the issue of Palestine.
terrorism court (ATC) has extended the physical remand of Hammad Adil for another three days in Shahbaz Bhatti murder case on Monday. According to media reports, accused Hamad Adil has confessed that his accomplices Tanvir Abdul Sittar and Abdullah were involved in killing of the? former minister for minorities. He said that they monitored all the situation outside Shahbaz Bhatti’s residence on March 1, 2011. The accused further stated that next day he intercepted the minister’s car while Abdul Sittar and Abdullah sprayed bullets on his vehicle. He revealed that he met both suspects in Wana and received training there. Federal Minorities’ Minister Shahbaz Bhatti had been assassinated in broad daylight on March 2, 2011, in an ambush in the Sector I-8/3 area of the capital. At the time of the attack he was alone, without any security. Women from AJK disabled in 7.6 magnitude 2005 earthquake being treated at Rehabilitation Centre, Rawalpindi.
I SLAMABAD —Illegal fruit
President Rotary Club of Islamabad Cosmopolitan Purvis A Hussain presenting a memento to Italian Ambassador Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani.
DMA asked to ensure availability of quality items in bazaars STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Nadeem Hassan Asif has directed the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) to ensure the availability of quality edible items and its sale on concessional rates in the Weekly Bazaars. In a review meeting, he further directed for provision of different kinds of quality vegetables, fruits and other edible items of daily use to customers at af-
fordable rates, says a press release issued here. Chairman CDA also directed the concerned formation of the Authority to ensure hygienic condition in the weekly bazaars. He has asked the Director Municipal Administration to pay surprise visits in weekly bazaars and keep a vigilant eye on prescribed prices of daily use food items. Director Municipal Administration, Hamza Shafqat apprised the Chairman CDA that following the directions of
Chairman CDA, DMA has taken concrete measures and resultantly the prices of food items in the weekly bazaars during the last week were 30-40 percent on average, less than the market price. He also apprised the Chairman CDA that DMA is constantly monitoring the prices of items in weekly bazaars. He said that he has already instructed Assistant Director Weekly Bazaar to take stern action against the stall holders who violate the prescribed prices.
market running in the area of Khanna Pull has turned into safe haven for criminals and murderers. This market is located alongside Expressway, which has now become a security risk. The alleged murderers are sitting there in the guise of owners of hand driven carts. They have killed at least 3 people so far including a lawyer and his brother. VVP and VVIP traffic moves on this road. Obliviousness of police and administration towards these killings of people in vegetable market may lead to some terror act on expressway. Intensified encroachments in the market have posed traffic jams as no one can even breathe at the time of closing hours of offices due to increased traffic jam. Citizens complained that the criminals have been let loose in this market because they extort money from stall holders and hand pushed carts owners and give a major chunk of this extorted money to police and CDA. The social and religious circles and civil society members demanded immediate removal of this market.—Online
Activists of Farmers Right Action Committee hold placards during a protest demonstration against illegal occupation of their land in Islamabad.
Justice Saeed laments growing ‘intellectual laziness’ in society STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Lamenting growing “intellectual laziness” in the society, Justice Sh Azmat Saeed, Judge Supreme Court, Monday said, “We need an intellectual renaissance.” “ We are aware that to which degree we have become intellectually
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12 vehicles impounded with bogus number plates CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad police deployed on pickets and performing patrolling duties are continuously conducting checking of vehicles, suspects through mobile verification system and a total of 12 vehicles were impounded on Monday. According to details, Islamabad Police have created a customized database with three components that include registration data of vehicles, data of stolen vehicles and crime record of proclaimed offenders, court absconders, military deserters, challaned and
convicted persons. In order to check record of any vehicle or suspect, this data can be accessed by picket in-charges and patrol officers through intelligent mobile verification system. During the last 24-hours, police said that 12 vehicles were impounded in various police stations for being driven with fake registration or number plates or having tampered chassis number. Cases have been registered at various police stations against those driving these vehicles on fake number plates An animal vender passing through Benazir Bhutto Road to find customers of sacrificial or tempered chassis numbers. animals in Rawalpindi.
lazy and cynical or retreat into simplistic ways of learning or resort to ‘short-cuts’, both in profession and life.” He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a oneweek orientation on “ Case management and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights ( IPRs) laws in Pakistan” for civil judge-cum- magistrates from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan here at the Federal Judicial Academy ( FJA), said a release. He said, “Efficiency counts. One can’t impress the relevant people with irrelevant activities and things. We need such teaching and training strategies in the educational intuitions and also in our capacity-building institutions, which genuinely foster basic moral and intellectual development among the young people; we also need those practices, exercises and ideas which develop and deepen the most basic intellectual skills and abilities, concepts and virtues among our young generation.” He asked them to always remember that their judgments, which they had written or which they would write in the future, were their “ deeds” and those would be presented on the Day of the Judgment.
AIOU undertakes plan for capacity building of its teaching staff STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Open University(AIOU) has prepared a comprehensive plan for equipping its academic staff with necessary expertise, enabling them to impart education of international standard to their students. Sufficient fund has been earmarked for this purpose. The plan will be implemented in the next three years, this was stated by Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor AIOU while addressing the academic staff meeting here in connection with World’s Teachers Day. The teachers community, he said was playing a vital role in promoting the university’s mission “Education for All”. The University has already been declared 2013 as the year of quality education in order to improve the educational standard and enable its students to compete at the international level in all fields. The Vice-Chancellor further said the University has laid a special focus on improvement of all academic courses and programmes through various initiatives.
Govt committees to probe Kishtwar violence are ‘mere eyewash’ SRINAGAR—Terming the inquiry committees constituted by the state government to probe Kishtwar violence as ‘mere eyewash’, the civil society of the area on Monday organised a press conference in Srinagar and accused J&K government of shielding culprits who instigated the August 9 violence. Anjuman-i-Islamia Kishtwar - an amalgam of traders and civil society - alleged that Village Defence Committees have unleashed terror in the region and have been given immunity by the administration to subjugate local populace. “The people who were behind the killings in Kishtwar are roaming free and have resumed their day to day work. The VDC men who were hand in glove with rioters are roaming freely. Even the persons who have been identi-
fied by the people for their role in instigating violence are untouched. On the contrary, government is stating that they are absconding. If the government is sincere we can help them to arrest the accused people,” said vicepresident, Anjuman-i-Islamia Kishtwar, Riyaz Ahmad, addressing a press conference here. The press conference was also attended by Kashmir Economic Alliance - an amalgam of traders, transporters and hoteliers- who pledged to support the Kishtwar traders and civil society. Riyaz alleged that Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by state government to ascertain facts “is a time consuming exercise aimed to divert attention from the real facts.” “SIT has not recorded the statements of the victims and
neither has it seemed interested in listening to our pleas. We have run out of options that is the reason we travelled so far to Kashmir to highlight our plight,” Ahmad said. A six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe the August 9 clashes and the subsequent incidents of violence in the township. Regarding Gandhi Commission which was constituted to conduct judicial probe of the violence, the civil society alleged that the officials are staying in Jammu. “How can they record the statements of people, when they have set up their office in Jammu and the affected people have to travel there to be heard,” Riyaz informed. The probe was ordered by the state government on August 23. “We want to maintain communal harmony in the
region and everybody in Kishtwar knows that there was a conspiracy to divide society on the basis of religion. But what is astonishing is the fact that government despite knowing everything is not acting against the culprits,” he said. Terming the statement of Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar as a “white lie”, in which he had informed the House that police have registered cases against 14 persons in connection with the killing of Lassa Khanday and injuries to four members of a particular community, Riyaz Ahmad said the local administration of Kishtwar is keeping the state government in loop by presenting wrong facts. The delegation of traders and civil society of Kishtwar ISLAMABAD: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Yaqoob Khan converses with Regional Director of International had come to Kashmir to for- Islamic Relief Organization. Minister for Social Development Mohtarma Farzana Yaqoob is also present on the occasion. mally join Kashmir Economic Alliance.—NNI
JKPM condemns arrest of APHC leaders
Assault of woman in Zalangam shamful
ISL AMABAD —The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement has strongly condemned the arrest and illtreatment of APHC leaders by the Indian police at Pattan in Baramulla. The APHC leader and senior vice chairman of the JKPM, Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement in Jammu said that the Jammu and Kashmir had been converted into a police state where all the basic rights of the people including right to expression and right to free movement were trampled daily, Kashmir Media Service reported. He said that the authorities were using worst kind of oppression and suppression against the APHC workers and leaders to keep them away from the masses, but vowed such tactics would fail to crush the freedom struggle.—APP
ISLAMABAD—Jammu Kashmir dents”, KMS reported. “This over such acts in Kashmir to Liberation Front has strongly condemned the criminal assault on a woman at Zalangam in Kokernag by uniformed persons, terming the act as shameful and intolerable. JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “It is intolerable and unpardonable act and no human society can remain silent over such criminal inci-
has once again proved the fact that no Kashmiri is safe even at his home or in his locality because of the presence of thousands of personnel in uniform,” the statement added. He castigated Indian rulers and media, which he said, remained on their toes to bring the culprits of Delhi gang rape case to justice, but were maintaining criminal silence
safe guard their so- called ‘national interests’ and men in uniform. He praised the people of Zalangam and Kokernag for protesting against the criminal attack. “Instead of subjecting protesters to arrests, torture and suppression, police should accelerate their efforts to arrest the culprits involved in heinous crime,” read the statement.—APP
India cuts off Keran from rest of valley: Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR—The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India has cut off Keran area of Kupwara from the rest of the territory on the pretext of searching militants. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering at Sazgaripura Masjid in Srinagar said that the people of the area were facing hardships due to the blockade. He was concerned about the life and property of the locals in the area. The Mirwaiz expressed apprehension about the prevailing tension along the Line of Control and urged the Directors General Military Operations of Pakistan and India to take prudent measures to prevent it from getting escalated.—KMS
Nayeem demands identification of killed in Keran SRINAGAR—Highlighting the
Kashmiri youth becoming drug addicts S RINAGAR —Minister for Medical Education and Youth Services and Sports Taj Mohuiddin and the leader of opposition Mehbooba Mufti has said a large number of Kashmiri youth were drug addicts. Replaying to question of MLA Khan Sahab and Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Chairman Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen during the Question Hour in the Legislative Assembly, Taj said large number of youth taking to drugs was a cause of concern for the government. He said the government had responded by setting up a Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Center at Government Medical College, Srinagar. Taj said the State also needs a Counseling Center for Youth so that youngsters were kept away from drugs. Earlier, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti said boys as well as girls in large numbers were becoming drug addicts. She urged the government to have a drug deaddiction and rehabilitation problem along with developing sports facilities.—NNI
Family members of disappeared persons protesting in Srinagar.
AUA protests againsts alcohol business SRINAGAR—Anjuman-i-Ulmai Ahnaf, (AUA) a religious organization staged a demonstration in front of the wine shops in Batwara area of Srinagar protesting against the sale of liquors in the area. They raised slogans against the Jammu & Kashmir government and police officials for their indifference to the unIslamic business. Following the demonstration, the staff of the wine bar locked the gate and confined themselves to the bar premises. There is a bar and a wine shop at Batwara where people especially youth throng during evening hours to taste wine and beer. Residents of the area frequently take to streets against the thriving un-Islamic
business. According to reports, scores of members of Anjumani-Ulmai Ahnaf carrying banners and placards gathered near children hospital Sonawar and marched towards wine shop and bar. ‘Wind up liquor businesses, ‘close wine shops in holy land of Kashmir’ were some of the slogans that banners were depicting. Traffic came to standstill as passerby also joined the procession and demanded immediate closure of wine shops in Kashmir especially in Srinagar city. The agitators threatened to intensify their agitation, if Government failed to take action in this regard. “We will come again and that time with brooms and shoes if these shops are not
closed,” said Maulana Akhzar, who led the demonstration.” He told CNS that liquor business in Srinagar is having a negative impact on children and more important is that we would not allow any such activity in the State which is prohibited in Islam. Police swung into action and stopped the protestors in front of the wine shop. At least 7 persons were bundled into police vehicle and detained in police station Ram Munshi Bagh. A police official identified the arrested persons as President AUA, Maulana Akhzar, Maulana Shakeel, Maulana Syed Maqsood Bukhari, Maulana Shabir-ul-Hasan, Maulana Ali Akbar and Maulana Ashiq Elahi.—NNI
Indian military operation enters 14th day in Kupwara
S RINAGAR —The
Indian Army operation backed by gunship helicopters in Keran area of Kupwara district entered its 14th day on Monday. The area has been cut off from rest of the territory and operation continued in Gujjardur, Fateh Gali and Shalbhatti areas since September 24. Earlier, the two Army generals visited the Keran sector and took stock of the situation. “General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Sanjiv
Chachra and General Officer Commanding of the 15 Corps Lt Gen Gurmit Singh have visited the area to review the situation on ground,” Officiating Brigadier General Staff (BGS) Colonel Sanjay Mitra told media men. At least seven youth have been killed so far, three in Gujjardoor village on Friday and four in Fateh Gali area on Saturday. Meanwhile, following the recent attacks at various places in the Srinagar city, the restrictions were imposed only in Srinagar city but in other parts of the Val-
ley as well. Police have set some checking points to halt any untoward incident. “There is no Independence or Republic Day celebration in near future but the security checks give us a feel like that,” said Irshad Ahmad a local resident of Sonwar while his car was being checked by the police at Moulana Azad Road Srinagar. Police have been checking vehicles at various places but in the heart of city Lal Chowk at Moulana Azad Road, the police exercise has become a daily routine now.—KMS
Yasin to meet his family in Nepal as India denied visa for his wife, daughter NEW DELHI—Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has arrived in New Delhi wherefrom he is scheduled to leave for Nepal to meet his daughter Razia Sultana there. “Yasin Malik and his family were gifted by Allah with a baby girl on 27 March 2012. He at that time was in Islamabad, Pakistan, with his family. His wife and baby were still in the hospital when the sad news of his father’s death came to him. He had to leave Pakistan in hurry and attend his father’s funeral in Srinagar. In January 2013, he again visited
Pakistan to complete travel documents of his family especially daughter that were necessary for her traveling to Srinagar. In the meantime, Shaheed Afzal Guru was hanged by February 9, 2013. Yasin Malik protested against this tyrannical act of Indian government and sat on a hunger strike in Islamabad, Pakistan. This annoyed Indian rulers and media who announced a war against him. After he arrived back to Srinagar, Yasin Malik’s passport was confiscated and has not been given back till date. On the other hand, his family approached Indian high commission in Islamabad for
visa. Their application has been there for the last 9 months but no reply has been given to the applicants. Yasin Malik’s wife and daughter Razia have completed all the formalities in this regard and have number of times approached Indian high commission but have neither been given visas nor have been replied back. Because of this tyrannical act of Indian rulers a 20 month old daughter has been continuously denied a meeting with her father and the wife is being forcefully kept separated from her husband,” said a spokesman of the Front in a statement today, adding that —NNI
human aspects of ongoing Keran crises, senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan has demanded identification of those claimed to have been killed in Keran. In a statement, he said that forces have claimed to have killed 19 people in the last fifteen days but it is a matter of serious concern that they have not identified the deceased people. “How tragic it is that forces are claiming the killings 19 people but nobody dares to ask them whom are they killing?” Khan said. Highlighting another human aspect of the Keran crises, Khan said that a large number of population has been compelled to live under complete siege and a war like situation and the ‘so called’ State rulers are not bothered about the children, aged and sick people. “Nobody is there to ask the forces about the common people who are restricted to their homes,” Khan said, adding, “The forces know that nobody can ask them questions so they are encouraged to do anything in the name of infiltration and so called national interest.” In the statement, Khan also raised a political aspect of the Keran issue and said it seems that State is trying to create military pressure on Pakistan and the international community is once again ‘deceived’ MUZAFFARABAD: The Participants of a walk on the occasion of national Disasters day October 8 carrying banners organized by the AJKRSP. about Kashmir.—NNI
Kashmir dispute: What ahead? A
LTHOUGH the word “Kashmir” was to tally missing in the whole electoral process of Pakistan but now when the elections are over and political power is going into democratic hands, new faces have started to utter words in favour of its resolution. This points out the reality and nature of Kashmir dispute that no political dogma in Pakistan can survive with ease and sustain hope without talking or dealing with Kashmir issue. Elections in Pakistan brought that very ideology back in power which ruled it in early nineties. It is very important to mention here that early nineties witnessed the creation of an armed struggle in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the era which shook the whole Indian state
and proved to be the bad omen for its rulers because after a long span of time the controlling authority of India in Kashmir was rejected and denied with strapping intensity. After the creation of armed struggle in early nineties, it prospered during the reign of Nawaz Sharif and continued in full swung. Until now this struggle has not ended despite some international issues which attested its decline to some points. At this juncture it would be a foolishness to say that in near future it will meet with an immediate end. Right from 1947, this problem continued to be the top most escalating agent of detestation not only between India and Pakistan but it also entangled China in its flames. No doubt, many rounds of nego-
tiations were held; (only after the wars) the outcome was intentionally never invented. This is an issue which nourished the leaders of both the nations with nothing less than the elixir. They preferred the taste of power over the human values and fundamental rights. Before 1947, who could have assumed such fate of a princely state called Jammu and Kashmir? But it is the partition of British Empire which has to be blamed for this mess because the dividing principles were sidelined and a non egalitarian approach was handled. At that very moment, politics full of imposture was played and the whole innocent generation of Jammu and Kashmir was made hostage of this politics. It can be also said that this dispute always found a fully developed
mindset on its back which not only kept it alive but also portrayed it according to their wishes. Their impotence and greed for power kept this issue unresolved. They played this game with great folly because some domains of power kept changing with time. Being a princely state, Jammu and Kashmir was supposed to join either India or Pakistan or remain independent. But negative role played by some leaders including Mounbatten made it a dispute. Nehru despite declaring a free plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir never pulled its forces back hence made Indian occupation in Kashmir strong. He being a head of the state tried to focus on this new born issue but was confined to be far from any solution. If any progress for a
peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue had started then the current situation might have not taken place. Indian denial mode for a peaceful settlement of this tragic issue during early fifties can be put in words by mentioning a round of direct IndoPak discussions in January 1951 in presence of common wealth prime ministers in a conference in London. Here in this meeting, Nehru clearly rejected an offer made by the Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzes that Commonwealth forces would be deployed while conducting a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. So India keeps changing the tracks for a settlement. Pakistani leaders are also there to be blamed because they failed to maintain pressure on India through in-
ternational organizations and by their own they never intended to come forward with hope and delight. It is obvious that where talks fail wars take place. Same is the case with Kashmir issue; Nehru era failed and war of 1965 took place. War ended and it was announced by the Pakistani leaders that “State of Jammu and Kashmir is not, and never has been, recognized as a part of Indian territory and therefore Government of India have no locus standi to lodge any protest with the government of Pakistan”. Then the two nations with the support of Russia sat across the table and tried to find a solution in Tashkent, but unfortunately nothing special came out. In Shimla Agreement, again the two countries sat for reconciliation but all in vain be-
cause two needed serious steps were not taken. So we must understand that after taking birth as a dispute with major intensity, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed nothing other than the reluctance showed by its stake holders. Present scenario of this Kashmir conflict is known to everyone all over the world, as it acted as an escalating agent for wars which destroyed the humanity and property of both India and Pakistan. Now, when the world politics is going to see another phase after the withdrawal of western forces from Afghanistan, Kashmir has either to act as bridge for friendship or has to be a battle field again. Many leaders link peace in Afghanistan with Kashmir issue and they believe Kashmir resolution is gateway
for all conflicts across the world. Yes, this is a fact but if ancient processes will lead the future again then friendship is far away as compared to wars. Status quo if maintained may again turn Kashmir into a major hell. Only a solution that convinces India and Pakistan along with Kashmiris, has a spirit to bring rivals closer. Otherwise both the nuclear powers have no option other than to see the humanity at the edge of destruction. Leadership in Pakistan (Nawaz Sharif) should confine itself to resolving efforts because only a democratic government can find a better solution. Velocity of negotiations must be increased by the leadership of these two nations. —Courtesy Kashmirvally.info
Pakistan a potential ICT market to earn $50b a year
Pre-Hajj operation concludes on Wednesday Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The monthlong pre-Hajj flights operation will conclude on Wednesday with airlifting of over one hundred and forty-three thousand Pakistani pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the post-Hajj flights operation would start on October 19 and conclude on November 18. It said an eleven-member Hajj Advisory Committee is monitoring the entire Hajj operation.
ISE index stays bearish Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) Monday witnessed a bearish trend as the ISE-10 index was down by 66.19 points to close at 4060.6 points. A total of 77,600 shares were traded, which showed a growth of 58,366 shares when compared to previous day’s trading of 19,234. Out of 129 companies, share prices of 23 recorded increase while those of 106 companies decreased. The share price of ABBOTT Laboratories increased by Rs 10 while that of Siemens Pakistan Engineering decreased by Rs 21.08 per share. Askari Bank, P.I.A. and Bank of Punjab remained the top trading companies with 56,500, 15,000 and 5,000 shares respectively.
AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —Sarfaraz Alam, CEO TEXPO an ICT solution company operating from UAE, UK, USA and Pakistan sponsors of the 13th ITCN ASIA beginning at Expo Center from tomorrow while assessing the huge and young talent in Pakistan has said that Pakistan has a potential information technology market to earn not less than $50 billion a year by giving a chance to young 300,000 IT graduates qualified per annum in Pakistan. Speaking at a Press Briefing prior to opening of the ITCN ASIA here today he said that the overwhelming growth of ICT ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar chairing the meeting of Executive Committee leaves no option but to opt for e governance to tackle issued conof National Economic Council. fronted to the government of the day. He was so confident that weather we like or not the cutting edge technology has to take
Energy crisis has gone out of proportion: German expert
KARACHI—Although energy crisis is a global phenomenon and several countries are making serious planning to overcome energy shortage which is feared to emerge in near future, however the energy crisis has gone out of proportion in Pakistan. This was stated by Colin Mander, Regional Director, Gardner Denver and expert from while speaking at a PQ shipping activity Germany, seminar on fuel and air effiKARACHI—Four ships C.V ciency organized by manufacMaersk Hartford, M.T Semua turers of world’s most prominent Perdana, M.T Kagusta and air-compressors – Compare, M.T Al-Soor-II carrying Gardner Denver’s Pakistani repcontainers, palm oil, phospho- resentative Rastgar Ltd, ric acid and diesel oil were He said that Pakistan is top allotted berths at Qasim International Container Terminal Liquid Cargo Terminal, Engro Vopak Terminal and FOTCO Oil AMANULLAH KHAN Terminal respectively at Port Qasim on Sunday. MeanKARACHI—Secretary Aviation while, another ship ILC and Acting Chairman PIA Friend ship carrying wheat also arrived at outer anchor- Muhammad Ali Gardezi has orage of Port Qasim during last dered immediate implementation of measures identified by 24 hours. Berth occupancy was maintained at the Port at “way forward committee” during its first session, saving of 71% on Sunday where ten more than Rs 1 billion is exships namely C.V pected through the measures Clementina, C.V Maersk undertaken in first session of Hartford, M.V Luzern, M.V Alammanis, M.V Ionic Spirit, four days. The committee comprising M.Y Capital, M.V Lady Capt. Sohail Baloch as Team Amna, M.T Kagusta, M.T Semua Perdana and M.T Al- Leader, Secretary First Officer Soor-II were occupied at PQA Syed Chakar Ali Shah, Aircraft Engineer Syed Zakir Farooq berths to load / offload containers, cement, fertilizer, Deputy secretary, Flight Purser chemicals, palm oil and diesel Noor Laghari, Asst. Mgr. Anwar oil respectively during last 24 Hussain and senior Technician Obaidullah as members, conhours.—APP ducting first marathon session with the management last week Asian shares with DMD Engineering Qasim TOKYO—Asian shares, oil prices and the dollar came under pressure on Monday as politicians in Washington showed no signs of making progress to resolve the U.S. budget standoff, while safehaven gold inched higher. OUR CORRESPONDENT Financial bookmakers expected European shares to follow Asia Solar, lower and open down between H ARIPUR —Tesla Pakistan’s manufacturer of so0.4 and 0.5 percent. Democrats and Republicans remained far apart on ending the government shutdown, let alone reaching a deal on the U.S. borrowing limit by Oct. 17 to avoid an unprecedented default. Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed not to raise the debt ceiling without a lar power systems has success“serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while fully commissioned its first 100 KW on Grid micro power plant Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a default. The comments appeared to mark a hardening stance since late last week when Boehner was reported to have told TARIQ KHATTAK Republicans privately that he would work to avoid default, ISLAMABAD—In the face of even if it meant relying on the social unrest, economic crivotes of Democrats, as he did ses, and more frequent natuin August 2011.—APP ral disasters, preparation and recovery efforts by governments, communities, and individuals have become increasingly essential. Effective risk management can provide both resilience to withstand Willingness to change adverse events and the abilis a strength, even if it ity to take advantage of demeans plunging part of velopment opportunities. It is, the company into total therefore, a critical ingredient confusion for a while. in the fight to end poverty, says a new report from the — Jack Welch
on those industrial cities where energy crisis has gone out of proportions. He said that Pakistani industries would have to adopt fuel and air efficiency and can save a significant amount of energy cost by adopting latest techniques. He claimed that if the industries comply with the safety and conservation manuals, the air-compressors’ cost could be paid off in just two to three years. He advised the industrialists to become update with the latest techniques of energy conservation and fuel efficiency. Colin Mander has visited Karachi’s industrial zones to hold meetings with the industrialists and deliver lectures about technological efficiency of air com-
pressors and blowers. He also inaugurated the expansion of Sales and service Center of Rastgar. Colin Mander has inaugurated the new and expanded premises and the service and training facilities developed at their new premises. The Gardner Denver team also visited the expanded Air End Service Department with technicians trained and certified at the CompAir manufacturing plant at Simmern Germany and designed to cater to the needs of air ends refurbishing from world-wide customers. CompAir is the leading Air Compressor Brand from Gardner Denver with a 60 year history of sales and service in Pakistan.
Cost cutting measures in PIA Masood leading the session, identified and recommended measures that needed only issuance of directives. The Way Forward committee (WFC) team presented the same to Secretary Aviation, Chairman PIAC who appreciated the committee on crossing Rs 1 billion mark of savings in 4 working days in only phase 1 of fly smart program. He appreciated the efforts of committee and assured support in reviving the airline taking it out of financial turmoil. The Chairman asked the committee to undertake some out of the box solution to reduce expenses in operations without compromising safety. Chairman PIAC Muhammad Ali Gardezi gave immediately approved 14 out of 20 proposals submitted by the
committee and ordered information on remaining proposals. He emphasized on co-branding, improvement in website and its mobile applications. He further ordered committee to explore cost effective options for wi-fi in air, plan to reduce electricity and other utilities and immediate implementation of flight watch programme in phase 2. The Secretary WFC F/O Chakar Ali Shah mentioned the outstanding support of incumbent MD capt Junaid Younus specially in expediting the implementation of FLY smart program. Earlier, the implementation meeting, chaired by DMD Engineering and attended by director Engineering, director HR & C Director Customer services Director P&L G.M IT Principal
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100 KW solar power plant commissioned in Haripure on Monday. The plant was designed and installed by Pakistani engineers with all of the mono panels manufac-
signed capacity at noon, verifying the design parameters. The payback time at the current power tariff is estimated at less than 3 years. This new facility will not only help reduce the load on the national grid but will also provide green renewable energy to the local production facility. This is the largest private solar power generation facility in Pakistan, other than Tesla’s own facility. The plant tured by Tesla in-house solar consists of four hundred - 250 panels production facility. panels and covers around 900 sq The plant achieved its de- meters (10,000 square feet).
UBL plans to extend help to quake victims
AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—United Bank Ltd (UBL) has planned to extend help earthquake affected peoplein Awaran. The ‘’UBL Village‘’ is our effort towards rehabilitation of the earthquake victims enabling them to move on with their lives and start anew towards a better future”, commented Mr. Atif R Bokhari, President & CEO, UBL on the proposed project, “UBL’s vision is to continue to work towards providing relief and a better future to people adversely affected by natural calamities in Pakistan”. The recent earthquake in the area of Awaran in Balochistan has left innumerable homes devastated and livelihoods destroyed in its aftermath. It has adversely affected thousands of lives and left countless people homeless in the face of a harsh environment and a fast approaching winter. UBL as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has decided to build a village in the affected area to provide much needed relief and shelter to the displaced.
Policy directive on 3G auction issued STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Ministry of IT has issued policy directive regarding “Spectrum Auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan” to PTA on 7th October 2013. The policy directive pertains to auction of spectrum for next generation mobile services in Pakistan (including 3G and advanced generations). PTA is entrusted to carry out the auction in the most transparent manner in the shortest possible time. In this regard, PTA will hire the services of a consultant. According to the directive, the allocation of the spectrum will be technology neutral and auction will be open for new entrants as well. Also, auction winners will encourage and facilitate local manufacturing, transfer of technology and research and innovation in telecom sector of Pakistan. PTA has informed that auction will be complete by end February 2014.
over and brush aside the manual file culture from each and every corner whether is it governor of private sector. Pakistan is becoming the destinations of choice for the sificificant number intrnational companies looking to relocate their operations. The ready availability of skilled professionals and comp[rhensive ICT infrastgructure and affordale rates for connectivity after considerable time and cost savings for entgreprenuers. The global share of the country’s ICT industry is estimated at over $2 billion at the moment which is a pea nut Compared to the potential of our skilled and trained youth in IT sector. Sharing his experience abroad he said that the young Pakistanis have done a magic in the international market and now they desire to do something
for our own country. Texpo has also decided to expand its investment in Pakistan with the core motive to encourage talented Pakistani youth to get the country out of socioeconomic crisis. He said that TEXPO ism planning to have a country wide network of resellers and value added reseller which will not only bring it solutions in the local market but also to empower local talent to learn and understand the technicalities of the real Data Centre infrastructure solutions. We are foreseeing an estimated investment of multimillion us dollarsn which we aim to spend in creating a partner network from Karachi to Gilgit. Gradually trainings on these solutions will be offered to the students of politechnic institutes and engineering universities of Pakistan.
Pakistan affected with climate change TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD—Experts during a discussion at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) were unanimous that Pakistan is one of the most effected countries as far as the climate change in concerned. The experts said Pakistan is experiencing worst effects of climate change that include serious threats to its agriculture sectors due to increasing scarcity of water resources. The decline in agricultural growth, the experts maintained, would result in decline of country’s economy and enhance the food insecurity. They were speaking at a seminar on “Climate Change Repercussions for Pakistan: Perspectives from the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report” organized by Sus-
tainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday. Kashif Salik Research Associate, SDPI moderated the event. While giving introductory remarks, Dr. Qamar Chaudhry, Deputy Director of CDKN’s Asia Programme, said that IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is the most authoritative, intergovernmental scientific body on climate change under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced, and form a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential impacts. So far, the IPCC has produced four assessment reports. Thousands of scientists and experts
worldwide voluntarily contribute to the preparation of these IPCC reports. He highlighted some key ways in which scientific understanding has evolved since the IPCC’s last Assessment Report in 2007. “Evidence of the effects of human influence on the climate system has continued to accumulate and strengthen since the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The consistency of observed and modeled changes across the climate system, including regional temperatures, the water cycle, global energy budget, cry sphere and oceans (including aspects of ocean acidification), point to global climate change that results primarily from anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gas concentrations” he added.
Rs56.592b released for uplift projects STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Planning Commission of Pakistan has so far released Rs.56.592 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for various projects against the total allocations of Rs.540 billion for the fiscal year 2013-14. According to latest data of Planning Commission of Pakistan, out of these allocations, Rs.7243.403 million have been released for various projects of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commis-
sion, out of its total allocations of Rs.52300 million earmarked under PSDP for FY2013-14. Similarly, a sum of Rs. 7312.961 million has been released to National Highway Authority out of total allocation of Rs. 63038.619 million for the current fiscal year. Out of the total funds of Rs.25,739.199 million allocated for the National Health Service Regulations and Coordination Division for the current year, the Planning commission released Rs.5644.614 million so far. The Commission also re-
leased Rs.5589.679 million for Railway Division out of its total allocations of Rs.30,964.894 million whereas Rs.160 million have been released for National food Security and Research Division out of its total allocations of Rs.750 million for the year. Rs. 3698 million have been released for Higher Education Commission out of its total allocation of Rs.18490 million for the year 2013-14 whereas out of total allocations of Rs. 2363.974 million earmarked for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division.
ISLAMABAD: Advisor, Regional Economic Cooperation (South Asia) at World Bank Haroon Sharif called on Minister for Privatisation Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan.
Better risk management can unlock opportunities, prevent crises and protect poor World Bank Group. According to the World Development Report 2014, titled ‘Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development, adverse shocks – above all health, weather shocks, and economic crises – play a major role in pushing households below the poverty line and keeping them there. The report concludes that managing risks responsibly and effectively can save lives, avert economic damages, prevent development setbacks, and unleash opportunities. Risk management can be a powerful instrument for development, bringing security
and the means of progress to people in developing countries and beyond. Over the past 25 years, the world has experienced rapid integration, economic reform, technological modernization, and increased democratic participation, but has also endured financial turbulence, job and income loss, and environmental damage. The WDR contends that, rather than rejecting change in order to avoid risk, people and institutions need to prepare for the opportunities and risks that accompany change. The report argues that proactive, system-
atic, and integrated risk management efforts are needed more than ever. “We’re advocating a sea change in the way risk is managed,” says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “Our new approach calls for individuals and institutions to shift from being ‘crisis fighters’ to proactive and systematic risk managers. Doing so will help build resilience, protect hard-won development gains, and move us closer to achieving the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.”
The report finds that the benefits from preparing for risk can significantly outweigh the costs. For example, mineral supplements designed to reduce malnutrition may yield benefits 15 times greater than the costs. The report also finds that preparation induces people to be less risk averse. For instance, having access to rainfall insurance can induce farmers to invest in fertilizer, seeds, and other inputs, instead of simply stashing money in a mattress as a cushion for when the next dry spell comes. Some risks have fallen dramatically in recent years. Life expectancy, for example, has
risen thanks to expanded immunization, better safety nets, and improved forecasting of cyclones, tsunamis, and quakes. Moreover, most developing countries undertook reforms over the last decade that helped them build greater resilience to swings in global capital flows. This improved resilience helped countries maintain growth and poverty reduction during the recent global financial crisis. “Risk drives a wedge between outcomes and decisions. If a person puts all her savings on a roulette bet, and wins, the outcome is to be cheered but the de-
cision to place the bet may, nevertheless, be regarded as faulty,” says Kaushik Basu, World Bank Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President. “This World Development Report shows human decision-making falters most where risk is involved – for this reason, risk creates special challenges for development policy. As globalized nations contend with fluctuations between good and bad outcomes, there is at times a propensity to shy away from development and globalization, when in fact doing so is to opt for the bad outcome in perpetuity.”
IMF policy to wipe out middle class: FPCCI
LAHORE—The Federation of
Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said the International Monetary Fund-influenced contractionary policy of the government will result in negative growth rate, making life difficult for the poor while wiping out the distressed middle-class. “The shrinking middle-class of Pakistan will collapse under the painful austerity measures and unmatched fall of the rupee as prescribed by the IMF, while it is difficult to measure the miseries of the poor, already living in hell,” said FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik. He said the middle-class is facing reduced disposable income and will try to make lifestyle adjustments, compromising on quality of food, standard of education and health, which will trigger many crises in the years to
Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi
MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi
45808.00 41930.00 770.00 710.00
FPCCI clarification OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—The press release issued by the FPCCI showing concern over levying of extra Sales Tax @2% vide SRO 896(I)/2013 dated October 4, 2013 did not convey the actual message as instructed to the FPCCI Secretariat and as such was mistakenly issued. This was clarified by the President FPCCI Zubair Ahmed Malik, S.M. Muneer, Zakaria Usman, Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra, Mian Zahid Hussain, Shaukat Ahmed, elaborated that in response to FPCCI Proposals the FBR vide SRO 896(I)/2013 dated October 4, 2013 has omitted certain items from the Third Schedule of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 and in lieu has levied a 2% extra tax on these items to be paid by the manufacturers at ex-factory price instead of retail price thus facilitating the Trade & Industry. They further disclosed that FBR vide SRO 897(I)/ 2013 dated October 4, 2013 has reduced the rate of Withholding Sales Tax from 17% to 1% (un adjustable) on purchases from unregistered persons and waving the condition of seeking their CNIC/ NTN, which is a welcome move and would raise the confidence of the Business Community. They also hailed for accepting the FPCCI suggestions and exempting the items chargeable to Sales Tax on retail prices from Sales Tax withholding regime, slashing down the rate of withholding Sales Tax for wholesaler, dealers and distributors from one-fifth (3.4%) to one-tenth (1.7%) of the applicable rate of Sales Tax, reduction of Sales Tax from 5% to 3% on imports and supplies of fabrics. They also thanked for excluding from Sales Tax withholding regime to those commercial importers who are already paying 17% Sales Tax plus 3% additional Sales Tax in anticipation of their value addition at Custom stage.
Cost cutting From Page 13 PTC was presented with the implementation plan and requirement of different cost saving measures approved by the Chairman. The measures included different adjustments which require only slight procedural changes without compromising safety and involving huge approval processes. As a startup the committee has managed to put all three stakeholders i.e. Civil Aviation, Air Force and PIA on negotiation table to deliberate and finalise changes to ensure direct commercial routes between different destinations in the country. This will not only benefit PIA and other private airlines to save fuel during domestic flights but will also help local and foreign carriers flying in and out of country.
come. The FPCCI chief said that as the rupee heads towards 110 to the dollar again, almost 10 percent cheaper than it was a few months ago, the industries depending on the disposable income of the mediocre would experience defaults and foreclosures. He said that prices of consumer goods which are imported or use imported raw materials are rising steadily, hitting the salaried class that will soon find it difficult to survive without other sources of income, which seems to be a far cry for the majority. “People will be paying more for everything because of the mismanagement of the economy that has led us to high budget and trade deficits and inflation,” Zubair Ahmed Malik observed. He said that the rural economy which has remained largely cushioned over the years due to the rural agenda of all major
political parties will also face problems despite the fact that countryside poor do not travel frequently or spend on non-essentials. Reducing expenditure cosmetically and stress on enhanced revenue generation in the absence of any serious initiative to broaden the tax net or push rural nobility to pay taxes will leave urban taxpayers at the mercy of collectors while its overall impact will be economic contraction, said Malik. He said high inflation would not only slow the growth but spur layoffs and delay creation of new jobs, hitting the vulnerable, including poor, lower middle to middle income earners. “The recent deal with the IMF which is against the manifesto and the claims of the ruling party, will never improve the current state of the economy rather deteriorate it,” Malik noted, adding that the solution lies in expansionary policy.
Coca-Cola announces Rs10m for earthquake relief efforts STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Coca-Cola Pakistan has announced a donation of PKR 10 million to provide immediate earthquake relief goods to people of Baluchistan. The earthquake, hitting the remote villages of Baluchistan and affecting the districts of Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar, has caused great damage to the province. The event has struck as a national catastrophe and calls for assistance from its responsible citizens. Coca-Cola, being no different, has announced to donate PKR 10 million for immediate earthquake relief. The relief goods mainly constitute staple food items such as rice, wheat, lentils, oil, milk, sugar, tea and salt and other seasoning products. These will be distributed among the families
JCR-VIS upgrades IFS rating
in Baluchistan that have been severely affected. Expressing his views, Rizwan U. Khan, Country Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan Region, Coca-Cola said, “The loss of precious human life in the recent earthquake in Baluchistan has been shattering. Times like these make it imperative for responsible citizens to unite for the sake of humanity and help their brethren in such an hour of need. It is our duty to make sure that all the possible assistance is given to those affected by this disaster” John Seward, General Manager of Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited, expresses deep sorrow over the incident: “Pakistan is going through an immensely difficult time given the internal unrest in the country and now the very unfortunate earthquake in Baluchistan. The
affected families are in dire need of help and it is our responsibility to make sure their pain and sufferings are minimized.” The Coca-Cola System takes its corporate social responsibility extremely seriously and remains amongst the first companies to respond to the nation’s call in the hour of need. As part of its relief and rehabilitation efforts in 2010-11, the Company alone donated over PKR 103 million for flood victims across the nation. Coca-Cola has invested significantly in the areas of community development, thus establishing itself as one of the most respected Companies in Pakistan. It has invested extensively in its CSR initiatives which cover a diverse range of sectors such as, Education, Healthcare, Women Empowerment and Environment.
KASB Bank branch opened at Gujranwala STAFF REPORTER
enue Branch, Rawalpindi Saddar Road Branch, K ARACHI —KASB Bank in Sheikhupura Bhatti Chowk KARACHI—JCR -VIS Credit line with its strategy to provide Branch and Sialkot Shahabpura Rating Company Limited (JCR -VIS) has upgraded the Insurance Financial Strength ( IFS) rating of Reliance Insurance Company Limited ( RICL) from “A” —( Single A Minus) to ‘A’ ( Single A ) . Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘ Stable’ . The upgrade takes into account improved capitalization level , achieved on the back of higher internal capital generation and market value of investments . While the company registered cash outflow from operating activities in 2012 , liquid assets carried on balance sheet depicted a rising trend innovative financial products is Road Branch will be converted as the market value of listed eq- in process of transforming its 21 into a Business Branch by Ocuities portfolio increased during conventional branches into tober 15, 2013. the period .In 1H13 ,the com- Business Branches. Faisalabad In addition to the convenpany has generated positive cash Branch, Karachi I.I. Chundrigar tional banking these Business flows from operating activities. Branch, Hyderabad Saddar Branches will be offering The quantum is still small and Cantt Branch,Lahore Gulberg Credit Facilities, Trade Fisustainability will be tested over Branch,Lahore Peco Road nance Solutions, Seasonal FiBranch, Lahore Circular Road nancing, FOREX Products time . The Company has contin- Branch, Karachi Korangi Indus- and much more. In this regard ued to post growth in premium trial Area Branch and Trust KASB Bank Gujranwala base, led by marine business ; Plaza G.T Road Gujranwala Trust Plaza G.T Road Branch given higher cession level , it’s Branch are now functional as was inaugurated on October translation into net premium Business Branches. Whereas, 01, 2013 by KASB Bank Shahra-e-Faisal President & CEO Mr. Bilal revenue has been less signifi- Karachi Branch,Islamabad Jinnah Av- Mustafa. cant.
United Mobile gets noticed with voice STAFF REPORTER
seen enthused by the hands on experience of the Xtra and LAHORE—After a successful Xtreme mobile phone series by launch event in Karachi, United VOICE. United Mobile has been ofMobile has done it again with ‘Pakistan’s First Smart Phone Brand – VOICE’ at the Mall of Lahore. The VOICE – Xtra and Xtreme mobile phone series by UM (United Mobile) was well received by the locals and the event itself attracted audiences in large numbers as it was an experience for the whole family. Staying true to the Lahori Way of celebration, the event was filled with plenty of music, fun, entertainment and a chance to win the grand prize. The event featured an exclusive Flash Mob, gaming competition that was being displayed on a large LCD screen, an opportunity to win a brand new fering innovative products includSuzuki Heavy Bike ‘Inazuma’ ing products from renowned inand a whole lot of fun and ex- ternational brands over a decade citement. While the young en- to the Pakistani consumers. Bejoyed taking part in the event ing the leader in customer service especially with the games and through its wide spread customer Lucky Draw, the majority were care centers around the country,
UM aims to make VOICE available for every Pakistani Consumer while staying true to their mission and values of maintaining the best customer service and providing
only the best quality of products to its loyal customers around the nation. The event was held on Saturday, 5th October 2013 at the Mall of Lahore, which was managed by R-team/ Sentient.
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid being briefed at Centre for Applied Molecular Biology.
SECP facilitates companies on election of directors STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The election of directors of the companies is held in general meetings, on completion of the term of office of directors after every three years as laid down in Sections 178 and 180 of the 1984 Companies Ordinance. The SECP has received many queries from the companies that the date of election of directors coincides with the forthcoming Eid-ul-Adha holidays. The SECP in this regard clarifies that if the date of election of directors of a company overlaps with the holidays, the company can hold the election of its directors immediately after the official holidays. Besides the election of directors, if any other requirement of the Companies Ordinance, which is time-constrained and its deadline coincides with the holidays, the companies are advised to comply with the respective statutory requirement, immediately after the holidays.
Oxford book on development issues wins award OBSERVER REPORT
Fish exports surge 35.57pc in 1Q, 65.46pc in August STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Exports of fish and fish products surged by 35.57 percent during the first two months of the current fiscal year as against the exports of the corresponding period of last year. The exports of fish and fish products were recorded at $43.311 million during JulyAugust (2013-14) against the exports of $31.947 million during July-August (2012-13), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). In terms of quantity, the exports of fish and fish preparations increased by 40.04 percent by going up from trade of 13,789 metric tons last year to 19,310 metric tons during the current year. On year-on-year basis, the seafood exports surged by 65.46 percent by going up from
Rates for conversion K ARACHI —The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on October 8, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 106.2507, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0956, Pound Sterling Rs 170.6280 and Euro Rs 144.2566.—APP
RIM surprises market TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd reported a narrowerthan-expected loss and the struggling BlackBerry maker bolstered its cash reserves, sparking optimism ahead of the launch of its make-or-break line of next-generation smartphones. Shares of RIM surged 20 percent in after-hours trade on indications the company will have plenty of cash to ramp up production of its new BlackBerry 10 devices and mount a robust marketing campaign for the revamped line, due in early 2013. It was the biggest jump for the stock since a 50 percent surge in December 2003, underlining the importance of the BB10 launch. The company, which has fallen far behind its rivals in a smartphone market it once dominated, has staked its future on the BB10 and its completely redesigned operating system.— Newswire
during the first two months of the current fiscal year as exports expanded by 3.66 while imports witnessing nominal increase of 0.54 percent as compared to the same period of last year. On year-on-year basis, the trade deficit decreased by 11.45 percent in August 2013 when compared to the deficit of the same month of last year. According to break figures, the exports from the country during July-August (2013-14) were recorded at $4.091 billion against the exports of $3.946 billion recorded during JulyAugust 2012-13). On the other hand, the imports into the country during the first two months of the current fiscal year were recorded at $7.386 billion against the imports of $7.346 during the corresponding months of last year, showing nominal growth of 0.54 percent.
Abbott organizes awareness programme for children’s health issues STAFF REPORTER
private sector hospitals in Karachi, Dr. Sohail Salaat, Consultant & Head of Neonatology at the Aga Khan University Hospital said that over 70% of all under-five deaths occur in African and SouthEast Asia regions. According to estimates published in the Lancet, Pakistan with a total of 424,377 under-5 deaths in 2010, was third among five countries that accounted for almost half (3.754 million) of deaths in children under 5 worldwide, and contributed to half the deaths from infections (2.440 million). “Personal hygiene, public health measures including access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation, good nutrition, frequent health checkups and immunization are preventive strategies for minimizing child mortality,” said Dr. Salaat.
Dr. Shahnaz Ibrahim, Consultant Pediatric Neurologist, Aga Khan University Hospital stated that around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy with nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy in developing regions. Emphasizing the need to effectively recognize and manage epilepsy, she said “According to the WHO, epilepsy responds to treatment about 70% of the time, yet about three fourths of affected people in developing countries do not get the treatment they need.” The learning sessions were followed by workshops on identifying red flags to signal early developmental issues in children; how to educate parents regarding domestic injuries and poisonings; and early diagnosis and treatment of nephrotic syndrome.
HBL signs ATM partnership with Shell Pakistan
Sir Syed University plans to introduce three new technologies
KARACHI—Authorities in the fields of paediatrics gathered
I SLAMABAD—The HEC, re- yesterday in Karachi to discuss sponsible for formulating the higher education policy of the country, confers the award each year on a publication for its originality; value to the academic community and policy makers; and contribution to further advancement of knowledge through the quality of empirical evidence and new insights provided by the book. The book maintains that some basic policy issues should be evaluated in the light of real-life experiences of successful developers. It argues that central development decisions about growth, equity, poverty reduction, human development and macroeconomic stability should be taken together in a holistic framework.
$14.098 million in August 2012 to $23.326 million in August 2013. In terms of quantity, the exports increased from 6,260 metric tons in August 2012 to 9,917 metrict tons, showing an increase of 58.42 percent. Meanwhile, on month-onmonth basis, the seafood exports increased by 16.72 percent by going up from $19.985 million in July 2013 to $23.326 million in August 2013. In terms of quantity, the exports increased by 5.58% by going up from 9,393 metrict tons to 9,917 metric tons. The overall food exports during the first two months of the current fiscal year increased by 10.17 percent by going up from $619.694 million in July-August (2012-13) to $682.712 million in July-August (2013-14). It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s trade deficit narrowed by 3.07 percent
the latest clinical knowledge and evidence-based practical recommendations to address health issues in children at the primary care level. More than 250 health care professionals participated in the “All 4 Kidz” Learning Program organized by healthcare company Abbott, which highlighted the issue of early childhood mortality in Pakistan; pain management in children; myths and facts associated with Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (ARI); and the recognition and management of epilepsy in children. Speaking to the forum of leading pediatricians and neonatologists from public and
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Habib Bank Limited (HBL) entered into a strategic partnership with Shell Pakistan Limited today wherein HBL will install over 50 ATMs at Shell fuel stations across Pakistan. Faiq Sadiq, Head of Payment Services at HBL added, “This partnership with Shell is one way HBL is looking to strengthen its ATM network and position as the largest ATM provider and banking industry leader in Pakistan. The deployment of our ATM’s at Shell’s fuel stations is part of our commitment to providing convenient, efficient and alternate banking services to our custom-
ers. We strongly value this alliance with Shell and look forward to strengthening it further.” Commenting on the new initiative, Mazhar-ud-Deen, General Manager for Shell Pakistan’s Retail Business, said, “This will enhance the one-stop customer experience at Shell stations across the country. Customers will now be able to access comprehensive ATM services around the clock, all at one location. We hope to augment our cooperation with HBL and provide customers with the convenience and services they want.” Both HBL & Shell Pakistan plan to enhance their partnership in other areas of common interest.
Engro honours individuals serving marginalized communities STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Engro launched the ‘I Am The Change’ campaign to honor efforts of individuals who are impacting life of marginalized communities in the spheres of education, health and livelihoods. I Am the Change is a digital competition to recognize the efforts of Pakistani individuals and institutions who have joined forces in a relentless pursuit of shaping a better tomorrow, as they strive for change through long-term investments in the key areas of education, livelihoods and health. Speaking at the occasion, the keynote speaker Sarfaraz A. Rehman – CEO, Engro Foods said, “We strongly believe in investing in tomorrow by taking complete ownership to inspire change. Our business
strategies too are aligned with our vision of creating a sustainable future and serving all our stakeholders beyond their expectations. We take ownership of the welfare and growth of the communities in which we operate and the ‘I Am The Change’ initiative is a magnification of our outreach to a multitude of individuals and institutions operating outside the communities that host us. Our focus through this campaign essentially is to help and empower these unsung heroes so that they can expand the magnitude of their benefits to the masses.” To participate in the ‘I Am The Change’ competition, nominations can be submitted through the dedicated microsite www.iamthechange.com.pk . The entries will be judged by a panel of judges.
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Chancellor of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Engr. Muhammad Adil Usman, has said that the nation is facing serious educational challenges today that call for renewed efforts to offer students a technologybased education for economic prosperity across the country. He was of view that improving education is essential to win future for the country. Emphasizing the power of education to improve people’s lives he said, “Education is the new game-changer that enhances economic growth and human development to alleviate poverty. The education frees the spirit from the chains of ignorance and no country has succeeded without educating its people.” Chancellor Engr. Muhammad Adil Usman has introduced and implemented some fertile policies and rewarding strategic systems at the campus, equally benefitted for both the faculty and the students, to cope with the challenges of modern world. To keep pace with the constant changing world of information technology, he made hard efforts to launch three new technologies i) Architecture, ii) Software Engineering and iii) Bio-Informatics from the academic year 2014. He said that Sir Syed University makes innovation its tradition and prepares future leaders to succeed in the competitive world of professionals with their extra ordinary skill and outstanding ability.
Adnan wins Skeet Shooting Championship PESHAWAR—Promising ama- show in the first round where I coming teur shooter Adnan Rashid clinched the trophy after hitting most targets on the last day of the first Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Skeet Rifles Shooting Championship concluded here at Army Shooting Range Garrison Park on Monday. IG Frontier Corps Maj Gen Ghayoor Mehmood Ahmad was the chief guest who witnessed the thrill-packed moments wherein prominent shooters exhibited their class. Adnan Rashid, who is struggling at no 4 overall, gave stunning performance in the Super-10 and Super-6 rounds by hitting 72 clay made pigeon out of 87 fires. Adnan had finished first round with 39 targets out of 50 gun-shot and moved to Super10 round where he finished with 64 targets out of 75 fires. In the Super-10 round he did not miss a single target and in all 25 fires he hit 25 targets, followed by Super-6 round where he hit 8 targets out of 12 gunshot. “It is not in my mind to reach Super-6 because of poor
was struggling behind Ismail, Habib Hassan, Tariq Azam Khan, Ahmad Sherpao, Murtaza Hassan and Fahad Aziz,” Adnan told APP. “When I hit 25 targets on as many gunshots it was really a turning point for me and thank God I was come up as leader in Super-6 as Ismail and Malik Shafique hit 7 targets out of 12 and I hit 8 targets out of 12,” he added. Ismail and Malik Shafique were tied and were stretched to sudden death for the second and third position. Ismail succeeded in hitting all three targets from three different stations (posts) while Malik Shafique just missed a target on station (post) no 3. Besides Adnan, Ismail recorded 69 targets out of 87 and got second position, and Malik Shafique got third with 68 targets. For the fourth and fifth positions Abdul Jabbar and Fahad Aziz were also tied at 59 targets each out of 87 and on the sudden death Abdul Jabbad got fourth position, followed by Fahad Aziz while the most promising and up-
shooter Habib Hassan, who was struggling at second, remained at sixth position. Habib Hassan only hit 3 targets out of 12 fires. In his introductory remarks national shooter Emmad Sherpao promised to promote the shooting sports. He said in December two events for boys and girls comprising 10m Air Pistol and 10m Air Rifles Competitions would be organised so to spot out new faces at grassroots level. Speaking on this occasion, Major General Ghayoor Mehmood Ahmad lauded the role of organising committee. He said the Championship will be organised on annual basis and Frontier Corps would extend all out support to the organisers. He termed sports activities very vital for bring peace in KP and FATA in particular and in the country in general. Later on, he gave away trophies and cash prizes to the position holders. A total of 35 shooters from all across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took part in the Championship.—APP
Olympians contact PM Secretariat to seek meeting K ARACHI —Former hockey Olympians have requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give them time for a meeting before his US visit, so that they could inform him about the condition of Pakistan’s national game. Informed sources said that the Olympians had contacted the PM Secretariat a few days back. Olympian Islahuddin told media persons that they had finalised their move to puncture all tactics of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials to save their skin. The request for a meeting with the PM was part of that, he said. Before the meeting with the PM, the Olympians would hold a meeting of their own, either in Karachi or Islamabad, to finalise the details, said Islahuddin, who is the main leader of the group of those hockey players who want to dislodge the current PHF leadership. PHF’s former secretary Asif Bajwa, taking the responsibility of Pakistan’s ouster from the World Cup 2014, resigned recently. A few days later the Green-shirts’ manager Akhtar Rasool also resigned. But Olympians have demanded that the entire PHF management should be suspended and an interim committee should be appointed to run the PHF.—APP
Asad, Zuhaib excel in Essa Jaffar T20 Club cricket KARACHI—Opener Hafiz Asad
PESHAWAR: IG FC Maj Gen Ghayoor Mahmood giving winning trophy to players on the occasion Skeet Rifiles Shooting Championship
Hayatullah’s wonder goal gives Muslim FC win KARACHI—Discarded international Hayatullah’s solitary goal guided Muslim FC to a 1-0 victory over their traditional rivals Afghan FC in their match of the Pakistan Premier Football League here at the KPT Stadium. The 37-year-old Hayatullah, who has played four international matches, struck in the 68th minute through a well-connected shot from 25 yards. “It was an unbelievable goal,” Muslim FC’s coach Dawood Khan told media persons.. Both sides played tough football, never allowing each other to create any perfect move. At half time the game was evenly poised without any goal. After the breather even tougher game was witnessed before Hayatullah hit the goal
for Muslim FC with a rare drive. A few minutes after getting down, Afghan FC created a couple of god movements but failed to capitalise on them as Muslim FC blocked their striker Jadeed Khan Pathan. Dawood was satisfied with his team’s performance. “Although more chances could not be created.. but the team played according to the plan,” he said. The victory catapulted Muslim FC to seven points from four meetings. Afghan FC manager Adam Khan said that they were extremely unlucky. “It was not our day as Hayatullah managed a vicious shot which our gloveman could not negotiate,” Adam told this correspondent. “We had five junior players in our side. They need
some more time. Our key striker Jadeed Khan Pathan was completely blocked and that is why we failed to score,” Adam said. He said the team would bounce back because the boys were not conceding many goals, which was a good sign. Afghan FC have five points from four appearances. A source told this correspondent that Abdul Malik, a supporter of Afghan FC, came close to the bench of Afghan FC in the 14th minute of the first half. He said the man was seen using abusive language against former FIFA referee Jehangir Khan who was acting as assistant referee. In the second half Jehangir was replaced with the fourth official, a move that avoided further disturbance.—APP
Baig and left arm spinner Zuhaib Ahmed excelled in their respective team’s victories on the opening day of inaugural Essa Jaffar Memorial T20 Inter Club Cricket Tournament at Arabian Sea Country Club Ground on Monday. Zuhaib captured four wickets for 31 runs to spin Eaton Cricket Club to 14 runs victory over Students CC in the second match of the day. Students CC chasing 147 for victory, was restricted to 132 for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs. Abdullah smashed a fighting undefeated 56 off 59 balls with four boundaries and brace of sixes.But his knock failed to save his team from defeat. Batting first, Eaton CC scored 146 for nine in their 20 overs.Fahad Anjum hit two boundaries and one six in his 38 while Kashif Ahmed hoisted one six and four boundaries in his 34. Earlier in the opening match, Vital Five Cricket Club thrashed Pak Mujahid CC by eight wickets, Summarised scores: Vital-5 CC bt Pak Mujahid CC by 8 wickets. Pak Mujahid CC 134-5 in 20 overs (Saifullah Magsi 60, Yasir Khan 31 not out, Arsalan Hussain 2-17, Khurram Shahzad 2-42), Vital-5 CC 135-2 in 17.2 overs (Hafiz Asad Bagi 73 not out, Rameez Aziz 22 not out). Eaton CC bt Student CC by 14 runs.—APP
RAWALPINDI: Players struggling to get hold on the ball during match of Inter Collegiate Girls Hockey Tournament played at Government Viqar-un-Nisa College Post Graduate College for Women.
Govts should play role in revival of Indo-Pak series: Sarfraz
Khanewal, Jhang riders steal show in Punjab tent pegging c’ship K HANEWAL —Horse riding men led by Sardar Zada Raza
I SLAMABAD —Former Test revival of Indo-Pak bilateral “This way both the coun- Abbas Shah of Qatalpur cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz while hailing the caretaker Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi for his concerns regarding the revival of IndoPak cricket series next year said both the countries governments’ should also play their part in the happening of this series. During the logo unveiling ceremony of the Pakistan and South Africa series in the UAE, Najam Sethi said he had got assurances to have a bilateral with India next year. India has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 although it invited Pakistan for a short series in India last December. Talking to APP on Monday, Sarfraz Nawaz said Najam Sethi had been paying special attention for the
series and he believes he could make it happen with some help required from the government. Speaking of the national Test team for series against South Africa, he said the whole teams of all three formats should have been announced by the PCB. “If our batsmen won’t score massive runs in the series then I feel our bowlers’ wouldn’t be able to win them matches,” he said adding that the said series will be a real test for our batsmen. Former captain Zaheer Abbas said he had earlier proposed that a stadium or ground should be built at a neutral venue for the PakIndia series to be played there. Abbas said that besides cricket multi-sports activities should also be held between the two nations.
tries can improve their relation by playing matches of any sports disciplines against each other they want,” he said. Zaheer Abbas said sports can prove as a tool to make both the countries relations better and prosperous. “Sports are also a source of income and if both the countries can have any type of sports activities it would result in the betterment of the economy of both the countries and would further provide business opportunities also,” he said. Zaheer Abbas also suggested that the Indo-Pak series should be given a name like the Australia-England Ashes series. “If this happens it would prove as a memorable series between both the countries,” he added.—APP
Tent Pegging Club emerged champions in Four-Scale category while Sajjada Nasheen of Darbar Hazrat Sultan Bahu (Jhang) Sahabzada Sultan Fateh Muhammad won singlescale category contest in the Punjab Tent Pegging Championship 2013 concluded here Monday. Clad in traditional colourful dresses, horse riders galloped their horses while skilfully handling their spears to collect wooden pieces from the field at Khanewal stadium on Monday, the second and concluding day of the championship. The traditional two-day competition was a part of ‘Jashn-e- Khanewal’ and scores of balloons and pigeons were released as DCO Usman Moazzam and MPA Nishat Ahmad Khan Daha opened the traditional sport.—APP
Foxy wins KBA event K ARACHI —Unbeaten Foxy accumulated a total score of 95 Victory Points (VPs) to win Karachi Bridge Association (KBA) weekend Duplicate Bridge Tournament which concluded Sunday evening. Foxy comprising A.K. Bhurgri, Khalid Manzur, F.A. Naeem and Khalid Zaki appeared on the top six team round robin league event. Foxy won all the five matches of the day, Deuces 2010, Mushtaq 18-12, Attackers 19-11, Fatima 22-8 and Masood 16-14 VPs. Deuce having its regular pairs of Wajahat Suri-Abdul Muqeet, Anwer Kizilbash-Ghulam Muhammed occupied second berth having score 90 VPs and RAWALPINDI: Chief Finance Office Attock Oil Begum Asad Abbas giving the trophy of winning four matches in a 5th Rawalpindi Region Inter District Women U-19 Cricket Tournament to the captain of winning team. row.—APP
KCCA presidential candidate Nadeem Omar vows to bring change K A R A C H I —The Presidential candidate of Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) Nadeem Omar vowed to bring change and quality in Karachi cricket if elected. “My mission is to bring change and quality in the biggest cricket association of Pakistan,” former KCCA Vice President told a press conference at a Karachi Gymkhana on Monday. A group of his supporters including former Test cricketers Sadiq Muhammad, Jalaluddin, Salahuddin, Nadim Khan, MD Medicam Junaid Nainitalwala, Test umpire Riazuddin, former KCCA President Mian Azmat Hussain, Masroor Mirza and large of former KCCA zonal office bearers were also present on the occasion. “I have been approached by many friends and supporters who perHYDERABAD: Players of Hyderabad Young Baloch and Tando Jam Shuda Football Club trying to push the ball in pole suaded me to jump into the post during final of Riaz Qureshi Memorial Football Championship at Wapda Football Ground. fray and contest for the top
KCCA slot,” he said. “It is may endeavour and objective to improve the quality of Karachi cricket in all areas of the game,” he commented. “I know it is a big challenge to bring change.But I am confident to put the game on the right path,” he said. He said, Karachi is full of talent being cosmopolitan city with people from all over the country living here.We can find here top batsmen, spinners as well fast bowlers,” he said. “By raising the overall standard of cricket in Karachi, sponsors can be attracted which can bring change and quality,” he added. He said they will be finalising their panel in due course of time after the competition of KCCA Zonal elections. Nadeem Omar expressed the hope that keeping in his plans and vision, zonal office bearers will come and
support in the interest and betterment of Karachi cricket. “We must come out of stereotype approach which had caused a great harm to Karachi cricket.You got me elected and you will see the change,” he stressed, Nadeem claimed that favoritism, nepotism and Parchi system caused a huge damage to Karachi cricket and added he was looking to revolutionised cricket here. He also thanked Senior Vice President KCCA Khalil Ahmed Nainitalwala for joining hands with him and supporting him in the elections. Sadiq Muhammad lauded the contribution of Nadeem Omar in Karachi cricket for the outstanding performance of his team, Omar Associates in Ramazan cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board Patrons Trophy Grade-II circuit. “Nadeem got the vision
and ability to bring change, quality and improvement in Karachi cricket,” he said. Former Test paceman Jalaluddin while announcing his support and backing for Nadeem Omar’s candidature said they will be extending him all kind assistance in order to improve the overall standard of cricket He said Nadeem Omar’s support and vision is known to entire cricket fraternity of Karachi and he got solid plans to bring quality and change. Salahuddin Ahmed while describing Karachi as Asia’s biggest cricket nursery with several players from humble background rising to the fame. He said Nadeem Omar is right man of the job and if elected, he has the capacity to raise the overall standard of the game, from administration, grounds, offices to players, umpires and other connected with the game.—APP
Golf: Tiger leads US to Presidents Cup C OLUMBUS —Tiger Woods at 17 and halved 18 for the
It was the third triumph for Fred Couples as the US captain, all having ended Woods taking the winning point. “Three in a row and Tiger has the winning point all three times — that’s pretty good,” Couples said. Couples is not planning to guide the team again in 2015 when the event will be played in South Korea. “A three-peat is good enough for me,” Couples said. Internationals captain Nick Price was proud of his team’s rally, winning four matches in a row with the US on the brink of clinching to create some late drama. “We’re a real hodgepodge team that came from the four corners of the world and gave the might of America a run for their money,” Price said. “The all played incredibly well. They tried their hardest and I’m proud to be their
captain.” Aussie Jason Day won the first singles point 6 and 4 over Brandt Snedeker. The Muirfield Village member won four of the first six holes and led all the way. Hunter Mahan answered for the hosts, beating Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 3 and 2. Mahan birdied six and seven to take the lead for good and prevent an Internationals run. Jason Dufner, who won the PGA Championship two months ago, edged the US closer by beating Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge 4 and 3. Dufner led from start to finish and won after de Jonge hit his tee shot way left into trees at the par-5 15th. Canada’s Graham DeLaet chipped in from a bunker at the 18th hole to beat Jordan Spieth 1-up. Zach Johnson beat South African Branden Grace 4 and 2 to put the US on the brink of victory. But Scott edged Bill Haas 2 and 1 and South African four-time major winner Ernie Els outlasted Steve Stricker 1-up to keep Internationals hopes alive for a draw. The tension increased as Aussie Marc Leishman made a 10-foot par putt at 18 to edge Matt Kuchar 1-up and South African Charl Schwartzel beat Keegan Bradley 2 and 1 before Woods ended the drama. Webb Simpson led for 16 of 17 holes but gave South African Louis Oosthuizen the last to halve their match and Phil Mickelson gave Argentina’s Angel Cabrera the last putt, hole and the match 1-up to create the final margin. The US team won 2 1/2 key points in foursomes OHIO: US golfer Tiger Woods sits in a golf cart with his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn as they watch matches that ended Sunday morning.—AFP play during the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament.
clinched the Presidents Cup for the third time in a row on Sunday, leading the Americans to an 18 1/2-15 1/2 victory over the Internationals at rain-soaked Muirfield Village. World number one Woods edged 41st-ranked Richard Sterne of South Africa 1 up to secure the trophy, thwarting an Internationals fightback and boosting the Americans to 81-1 in the overall rivalry with their fifth win in a row. “It feels good,” Woods said. “It was a tough day, tough conditions, rain, wind all around. It was a long week, but it was worth it.” Battling nagging back spasms over the final five holes, 14-time major winner Woods won the par-3 16th with a par, chipped from the rough to inches from the hole
victory. “(My back) went out on me at 14 and from then on it just kept getting worse. We played a lot of holes the last couple days so a lot of our guys are dinged up and unfortunately I was one of them.” Woods is a five-time winner of the US PGA Memorial tournament, which is played at Muirfield Village, and he went 4-1 in Cup matches, improving his overall singles record in Ryder and Presidents Cup to 10-3-2. His victory put the hosts up by four with only two matches remaining on a course that saw heavy rain for the fourth day in a row, forcing lift, clean and place rules to be used. “We’ve all slogged it out and did our best,” said 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia.
LAHORE: Former international wrestler Antonio Anoki shaking hand with hockey players during his visit to the Hockey Stadium.
East Asian Games: China takes early medals lead B EIJING—Hosts China took
an early lead in the medals table on the opening day of the East Asian Games on Monday, winning eight of the first 17 golds awarded. Chinese athletes triumphed in two shooting disciplines, two women’s taekwondo contests, two diving categories, one weightlifting division, and the men’s hammer at the quadrennial multi-sport event, being held in the northern port of Tianjin. China also had seven silver and six bronze medals by late afternoon Monday. Japan was in second place, with three golds, one silver and five bronzes, just ahead of Taiwan on three golds and three bronzes. The first gold to be awarded went to Japanese distance runner Riko him (to get into the team) but I Matsuzaki, 20, who won the LAHORE—Pakistan captain down repeatedly. They go into the series with am sure others are also capable women’s 5,000m race in 16 Misbah-ul Haq said Monday his side was ready to take on just one specialist opener in the to do well,” said Misbah. minutes 9.72 seconds.—AFP Misbah said a three-day the mighty South Africans, de- 12-man squad as regular I S L A M A B A D — T h e spite missing an opener and Mohammad Hafeez was practice match between PakiIslamabad High Court (IHC) enduring a wretched recent run stan ‘A’ and a South Africa XI, on Monday summoned a re- of form. starting in Sharjah on Tuesday, ply from Acting Pakistan would give them the chance to The sides meet for a twoCricket Board (PCB) Chair- Test series in the United Arab identify a replacement. man Najam Sethi in a con- Emirates starting next week, “We will use a regular tempt of court case. opener, there will be no make- I SLAMABAD —President of with Pakistan coming off the Hearing the case, Justice back of an embarrassing drawn shift arrangements and I am Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui asked series against minnows Zimbasure that we will find another Pakistan Olympic AssociaActing Pakistan Cricket bwe. South Africa, rated numopener from the three-day tion (POA) Maj Gen (r) Muhammad Akram Sahi said Board (PCB) Chairman ber one Test team in the world, match,” said Misbah. Najam Sethi to explain within whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 at With the experienced on Monday that he had ala week the progress made so home earlier in the year, but Hafeez, Imran Farhat and ways respected the Internafar with regard to implemen- Misbah insisted his men would Taufeeq Umar left out, it is a tional Olympic Committee tation of the court’s order for rise to the challenge. fresh-faced Pakistan top or- (IOC) Charter and its proviholding election of the der that will take on the might sions relating to Olympiasm. “Our preparations and Sahi, in a statement isboard. of South Africa’s four-man moral are good,” the 39-yearsued here after his return to Petitioner Javed Iqbal old skipper said as the team left pace attack. The selected Advocate said that the court for the UAE. opener Khurram Manzoor country after attending the had asked the acting Pakihas played only nine Tests IOC meeting in Lausanne, “We have to forget the past stan Cricket Board head to and play competitive cricket in dropped after scoring just 102 while two other candidates Switzerland, appreciated the conduct board elections this tough series.” in his last five Tests. for the second opening berth IOC President and Secretary within 90 days. “No doubt Hafeez is a se- — Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Ministry of Inter Provincial Pakistan have won only But nothing was done one of their last eight Tests, nior player but because he is Masood — have yet to make Coordination (IPC) Fareed Ullah Khan for their efforts in this regard, he noted.— with their batsmen letting them out of form it was difficult for their Test debuts.—APP to resolve the POA issue. INP He also hailed Syed Shahid Ali, Pakistan’s IOC member, for having arranged the meeting in the interest of sports and the players at large in Pakistan. “We have always respected the IOC Charter and its provisions relating to Olympiasm in its true spirit and have not deviated even an inch from the instructions of Mr. Jacques Rogue, the former President IOC, conveyed to us in the letter dated 11th January, 2002 in reply to the letter of the IOC Member in Pakistan,” he said. “The very acceptance of the visit and meeting with the IOC delegation at Lausanne, expresses the concern of POA in promotion of sports though we have the support of all the masses,” he remarked. The contents of the official IOC press release which ends with the words that after completion of the process of determination of valid federations, the parties will strictly act within the frameBEIJING: Serena Williams of US and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia with their trophies after the final of the China Open work of the structure of POA tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium. and in accordance with the
IHC summons Sethi’s reply in contempt case
Pak ready for S Africa: Misbah
Botha under renewed bowling action scrutiny SYDNEY—Former South Africa allrounder Johan Botha has been ordered to undergo biomechanical testing again after once again being cited for a suspect bowling action, Cricket Australia said Monday. The 31-year-old South Australia captain will still be eligible to play and bowl but would face suspension if the analysis proves his action is illegal. Cricket Australia said that three umpires in a match must agree on a suspect bowling delivery, but it did not say in which game Botha had been reported. South Australia have played one domestic one-day cup match this season, a sixwicket loss to Victoria on Friday in which the offspinner finished with no wicket for 39 off nine overs. Botha was reported for a suspect action following his Test debut for South Africa against Australia in Sydney in January 2006 and was subsequently banned from bowling
by the International Cricket Council. He was cleared later that year but following a one-dayer gainst Australia in Port Elizabeth in 2009 Botha was reported once again and it was ruled that his action while bowling the ‘doosra’ (a ball that turns away from a righthander, as opposed to a con-
appearances as well as playing 78 one-day internationals and 40 Twenty20s for South Africa. The South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) said it would back Botha. “We acknowledge that there is a process to be undertaken and the SACA will support Johan and work with him though this process,” SACA’s
ventional off-spinner which turns towards him) was illegal and he was banned from bowling it. Botha has made five Test
director of cricket Jamie Cox said. “Johan will continue to lead our team in this week’s one-day cup fixtures.”—AFP
Sahi says he honours IOC Charter POA Constitution approved by the IOC, clearly expresses that while determining the status, the Constitutions of the federations and the POA in terms of its article 6 relating to membership of the federation shall not be ignored. Furthermore, the said agreement also conveys in an unequivocal term that the letter will be sent shortly to the Government of Pakistan and to the POA to establish the details of the process and what is expected from each party.—APP
DRS form drama and excitement, says former umpire BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI—DRS in cricket is used for creating drama and excitement, according to former umpire John Holder. Speaking exclusively from London, the Barbados-born Holder says, “from years of experience I know that there are times when there is an appeal and you as umpire do not know if the batsman is out or not. He should then be able to ask the third umpire to review it”. “However I feel that both ICC and the TV companies prefer the players challenging the decision because that is far more dramatic and creates excitement among commentators
and viewers. There is no concern for the feelings of the umpire who has made a decision in good faith and has to stand there in the middle while his decision is replayed from several angles and finally he has to revoke his decision. That was one of the reasons why a former Elite umpire quit the job”. “According to ICC DRS was brought in to overturn obvious mistakes by umpires but in reality it has not been used for that purpose”, the 68-year-old Holder, who umpired in 47 First Class matches, added. “Teams use it tactically, with a great deal of guesswork. As a result of this, reviews are all too often used up. Then having used up all its reviews, an obvious umpiring error is made but cannot be reviewed. This has
elicited much criticism from commentators”, Holder signed off. In use: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has agreed the use of DRS in the forthcoming series against Pakistan. This was revealed by Nadeem Sarwar, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official. Speaking exclusveily over telephone from Lahore, he said, “we,as a host for the matches in UAE, had proposed the use of DRS and it will be used in all matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka”. The PCB is hosting two Test matches, five ODIs’ and two T20 games in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Two T20s, five ODIs’ and three Test matches are also scheduled in UAE later this year.
Meditation alone doesn’t lower blood pressure
TRESS reduction exercises have been linked to many health benefits, but lower blood pressure may not be one of them. A new study found eight weeks of mindfulness meditation had no effect on people with slightly elevated blood pressure who were not yet taking medication. “This doesn’t mean that meditation is bad. It just simply doesn’t lower blood pressure,” senior author Dr. Sheldon Tobe of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said. He said he was expecting to see an effect on blood pressure based on past studies showing benefits with mindfulness meditation. But when he looked back over those earlier trials, Tobe found the majority of participants had been taking blood pressure-lowering drugs. In those studies, mindfulness therapy could have worked by helping people take their medicine more consistently, Tobe explained. “Few interventions are as powerful as medication,” he told Reuters Health. “You can reduce salt intake or lose weight and help lower blood pressure, but high blood pressure medication has a more powerful effect.” One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute considers 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and above to be high blood pressure. The 101 participants in the new study had an average blood pressure of 135/82 mm Hg, which is considered above normal but not yet
classified as high blood pressure. Half of them were assigned to start the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy right away and the rest were wait-listed to take the class at a later time. Mindfulness participants went to eight weekly group sessions and attended a day-long silent retreat. Each person was also asked to practice stress reduction for 45 minutes daily. The study participants, aged 20 to 75, were all counseled with standard high blood pressure advice: eat less salt, quit smoking and exercise more. At the end of the study period, both people who had gone through the mindfulness program and those on the wait list saw virtually no change in their blood pressure, according to findings published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Physical therapy researcher Marshall Hagins of Long Island University in Brooklyn said he was disappointed with the results, but only because he wanted the program to show benefits. “MBSR does lots of positive things, however, if you are an individual with stage one hypertension not currently on medication, and lowering your blood pressure is your goal, then MBSR may not be the optimal program,” Hagins said. “It’s important to remember that this study was limited to a highly standardized stress reduction program, and the results do not apply to other techniques,” he told Reuters Health. Some examples include Tai Chi and Transcendental Meditation.
KARACHI: Angry mob forced the businessmen to close their business after killing of arrested suspects from Lyari in allegedly fake Police encounters.
Desecration of a Dalit in Badin condemned STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Pakistan Dalit Soli-
KARACHI: Nisar Ahmed Khuhro addressing a seminar ‘World Teachers Day’ at Arts Council. —PO photo Sultan Chaki
WAF calls roundtable on ‘opposing violence in country’ KARACHI—Women’s Action Forum in coordination with Social Sciences Department of SZABIST has called a Roundtable on “Opposing Violence in Pakistan: Identifying Challenges, Improving Responses,” here on October 10. WAF, a non-funded activist and pressure group that lobbies for equal democratic rights, in particular for women, minorities and marginalized classes, recognizes and considers itself responsible for, the protection, security and dignity of all its citizens equally and without discrimination on any basis.—APP
Extra-high security measures for Karachi jail STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh government had initiated extra-high security measures around the Central Prison of Karachi where more than 150 hardened criminals, terrorists belonging to different banned and terrorist organisations were held. The measures thus initiated were not as ordinary as there were serious threats of the attack on the Central Prison of Karachi from the extremist groups and the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan for setting their accomplices free. With regard to extra-ordi-
nary security measures that authorities concerned had already packed the Central Prison of Karachi and its periphery with the video surveillance system and installed around 50 close circuit cameras for round the clock monitoring of movements around the jail. Further, the authorities concerned had also ensured setting up of a dozen of police check posts that covered the Central Prison of Karachi from all sides and 100 cops with bullet proof vests and latest weapons had also been deployed all around the Prison.
darity Network, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and other civil society of Sindh Monday condemned the violence against lower caste Dalit families by a mob that removed the body of a Dalit (Bheel) from the grave, dragged, desecrated and put it on the road for many hours in a remote village of Pangriyo in Badin district of Sindh, the southern province of Pakistan. Dalit families, while protesting on this discrimination of a human being claimed they had been burying their dead in the graveyard of Haji Faqeer Oliya in Pangriyo town for decades and there is a separate space of Dalits in the graveyard for burying. They said they buried the body of a youth artist Bhooro Bheel, who died in a traffic accident the other day, in the graveyard. Some mischievous religious elements of the town objected on the burial of a non-Muslim in the graveyard but with the intervention of local civil society and notables they managed to bury the youth’s body. PDSN, PILER and other civil society and human rights organisations and activists had vehemently condemned the act of discrimination and violence against non-Muslims by religious zealots, who exploited the religious sentiments against followers of another religion. They expressed concern over the increasing violence in name of religion in Sindh, which was famous for its secular nature and majority of its residents were followers of Sufi saints of this region. They demanded the government to register cases against the leaders of the area and nearby towns like Jhuddo and Matli, who incited the public sentiments and exhibited deadly weapons to terrorize the minority.
Over 4,00,000 Pakistanis suffer from foot ulcers
Most of diabetes related to leg amputations are preventable KARACHI —Foot complications are among the most serious and costly complications of diabetes and in Pakistan about 10% of the diabetics suffer from foot problems, many of which lead to leg amputation, stated Prof Abdul Basit, Chairman Pakistan Working Group on Diabetic Food. In an interview Dr Abdul Basit disclosed that currently there are over 400,000 people with foot ulcers in the country. He described Diabetic foot a source of huge economic burden as the direct cost of treating a diabetic foot ulcer comes
to Rs 3500- 61000, which is more than 10 times the average health expenditure of a Pakistani and added that to treat all the people with foot ulcers an amount double the total health budget of Pakistan, is needed. He said unawareness, shortage of trained health care professionals and scarcity of foot care facilities are major causes of diabetes related leg amputations, 4589% of which are preventable through timely and efficient foot care. “We have been conducting nation wide training programs and have established 115 diabetic foot clinics However further
1700 such clinics are required”. He pointed out that Pakistan Working on Diabetic Foot (PWGDF) in collaboration withBaqai Institute of Diabetology andEndocrinology organized a symposium on diabetic as part of efforts to create greater awareness against this serious problem.. Dr Zahid Miyan, Chairman of Organizing Committee emphasized the need to discuss the current practices in Diabetic Foot management, to provide handson skills. He pointed out that the symposium organized in this regard at the end of last month,
encompassed a wide horizon of diabetic foot problem, including prevention and early diagnosis, clinical & surgical management and recent advances in targeted therapies for diabetic foot. He said over 200 health care professionals from across the country including subject specialists and eminent experts shared their diversified experience in this area. Dr Zafar Iqbal Abbasi, Symposium secretary stated that the event proved a great leaning opportunity for doctors, family physicians and health care professionals.—APP
Sindh Govt imposes Code of Conduct for hides collection IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh government had approved the code of conduct for the collection of hides of sacrificial animals during three days of Eid Al Adha starting from 10th of Zil Hajj ( Oct 16-17-18). The Code of Conduct was approved by the Sindh Additional Chief Secretary of home Department Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah in a high level meeting held at the Tughlaq house (Sindh Secretariat) Monday. Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Additional Inspector General of Police, Sindh Shahid Hayat, Deputy Commissioners of Karachi’s 5 districts, DIGs of polices and Pakistan Rangers Sindh officers attended. According to detailed of the code of conduct, the collectors of hides of sacrificial animals would obtain a prior permission from the Deputy Commissioner of their respective districts on submission of a written request for the grant of approval for the collection of hides. The DC’s had been directed that they would only entertain ap-
plications of those that had been in the process of collection of hides for past 5 years along with letters of approval from DCs during past 5 years. Under the code of conduct, collectors of hides would not be allowed to set up a hide collection camp and receiving the hides from door to door would also be banned and the people offering sacrificing animals should visit the mosques, religious seminaries and welfare organisations to donate the hides voluntarily. The Code of Conduct was read in the meeting and it stated that it was the right of the person that would sacrifice an animal on Eid Al Adha to donate the hide of the animal sacrificed to anyone according to his own will and wish and should not be pressurized by any group or party to donate the hide to them. The meeting was told that only registered religious seminaries, political and religious parties, welfare organisations would be allowed to collect hides and those that would follow the
Code of Conduct in letter and spirit. The Code of Conduct stated that the volunteers of political and religious parties, religious seminaries and welfare organisations should keep their computerized national identity cards and letter of approval from the DC and office card with them during transfer of hides from one place to another or else the law enforcement agencies would confiscate hides. The meeting decided that security would be provided to vehicles carrying hides from one place to another and all the political and religious parties, religious seminaries, welfare organisations would provide details about the places of shifting the hides to the Senior superintendent of Police (SSP) of their respective areas. The Code of Conduct also stated a ban on carrying any form of weapon including a wooden staff, iron rod, etc; This would also apply on weapons under license. The law enforcement agencies personnel would search
anyone for weapons and their motorcycles and cars and other vehicles would be put under search. The meeting asked all the political and religious parties, religious seminaries and welfare organisations to instruct their volunteers to fully cooperate with the personnel of the law enforcement agencies. Collection of hides in violation to the clauses of the Code of Conduct would lead to confiscation of hides and legal action against the violators. The meeting asked the people that they should immediately inform the DC or the SSP of their respective areas in case they were issued any hide collection coupon by any political or religious parties, religious seminaries or welfare organisation. The Additional CS told the meeting that the government had lauded the role of the law enforcers for maintain the law and order in the city and was determined to provide best possible support and equipment to them so that they could continue to performing diligently.
Half of Karachi without water as 6 KW&SB pumps go out of order STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Karachi water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) had failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the pumping stations at the Dhabeji Pumping Station (DPS), Gharo Pumping Station (GPS) and other key installations despite the fact that the rampant power breakdown and cables faults had deprived more than the 60 percent of water consumers in Karachi of water supply. The KW&SB and the Karachi electric Supply Company (KESC) had been responsible for the mental anguish they had inflicted on the Karachiites but both the water and power utilities had been shifting their wrongs to each
other. The KW&SB had heavy duty stand-by electrical generators but either those were lying dead or were not operated for saving the expenses to be incurred on purchase of diesel and in any case the water consumers were the recreants of sufferings. Again the KW&SB alleged the KESC of creating a power breakdown at the DPS and said that due to that major power breakdown, 2 pumps of the Phase-IV, K-III and K-II each had gone out of order. As a result, more than the half of the city including Nazimabad, north Nazimabad, Malir, Korangi, Landhi, Shah Faisal Colony, Manzoor Colony, Mehmoodabad, Kashmere Colony, Karachi Administrative
housing Colony, New Karachi, North Karachi and other areas suffered from acute paucity of potable water. The damages done to 6 pumps was a colossal loss to the KW&SB and more of it the water consumers of the metropolis had come under drenching pressures both mentally and physically. The damages to the pumps would require a hefty sum of money to get them back to order and more days to get the water supply restored. The mechanical and electrical departments and the chief engineers of the departments concerned had failed to prevent such rampant problems, while they had never been held for the accountability.
Mushaira held at KPC by KUJ Dastoor STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI—A Mushaira (poetry session) at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) was held Sunday night under the auspices of the KPC and the Karachi Union of journalists (KUJ) (Dastoor), which was the tradition of the Dastoor faction of the KUJ. Eminent journalist and writer Mehmood Sham preside over the Mushaira while the senior journalist and former President of the KPC A H Khanzada and conducted it. Rashid Noor performed as the administrator of the Mushaira. Eminent poets including Mehmood Sham, A H Khanzada, Ajmal Siraj, Umair Ali Anjum, Khalid Moeen, Aqeel KARACHI: Newly elected President of Korangi Association of Trade & Industry Syed Danish, Rashid Noor, Fazil Farrukh Mazhar with Patron-in-Chief S M Muneer, Mian Zahid Hussain, Zubair Chhaya, Jamili and others offered their Senior Vice President Hasham A Razzak and Vice President Farazur Rehman. —PO photo poetry to the audiences.
Meditation alone doesn’t lower blood pressure
TRESS reduction exercises have been linked to many health benefits, but lower blood pressure may not be one of them. A new study found eight weeks of mindfulness meditation had no effect on people with slightly elevated blood pressure who were not yet taking medication. “This doesn’t mean that meditation is bad. It just simply doesn’t lower blood pressure,” senior author Dr. Sheldon Tobe of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said. He said he was expecting to see an effect on blood pressure based on past studies showing benefits with mindfulness meditation. But when he looked back over those earlier trials, Tobe found the majority of participants had been taking blood pressure-lowering drugs. In those studies, mindfulness therapy could have worked by helping people take their medicine more consistently, Tobe explained. “Few interventions are as powerful as medication,” he told Reuters Health. “You can reduce salt intake or lose weight and help lower blood pressure, but high blood pressure medication has a more powerful effect.” One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute considers 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and above to be high blood pressure. The 101 participants in the new study had an average blood pressure of 135/82 mm Hg, which is considered above normal but not yet
classified as high blood pressure. Half of them were assigned to start the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy right away and the rest were wait-listed to take the class at a later time. Mindfulness participants went to eight weekly group sessions and attended a day-long silent retreat. Each person was also asked to practice stress reduction for 45 minutes daily. The study participants, aged 20 to 75, were all counseled with standard high blood pressure advice: eat less salt, quit smoking and exercise more. At the end of the study period, both people who had gone through the mindfulness program and those on the wait list saw virtually no change in their blood pressure, according to findings published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Physical therapy researcher Marshall Hagins of Long Island University in Brooklyn said he was disappointed with the results, but only because he wanted the program to show benefits. “MBSR does lots of positive things, however, if you are an individual with stage one hypertension not currently on medication, and lowering your blood pressure is your goal, then MBSR may not be the optimal program,” Hagins said. “It’s important to remember that this study was limited to a highly standardized stress reduction program, and the results do not apply to other techniques,” he told Reuters Health. Some examples include Tai Chi and Transcendental Meditation.
LAHORE: Vendors displaying animals to attract customers in animal market setup for upcoming Eidul Azha.
Workshop on ‘Animal breeding, genetics’ STAFF REPORTER
Sindhu: Minorities support govt in elimination of terrorism
LAHORE—The University of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore’s Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (Dairy Project) arranged a one-day workshop on “Animal Breeding and Genetics on Sahiwal Cattle” here on Monday. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural session of the workshop and called for promoting local breeds of animals. He also spoke about the importance of genetics for enhancing animal productivity. Peter Thompson form the University of Sydney and David McGill from the Charles Sturt University Australia were the resource persons of the workshop. Researchers, faculty members and farmers from across Pakistan participated in the workshop.
LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Health, Human Rights and Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu has said minorities of Pakistan fully support efforts of the government for eliminating terrorism from the country. He was presiding over a meeting to review development schemes of minority MPAs here on Monday. Secretary Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Javed Iqbal Chaudhary, Members of Punjab Assembly Kanji Ram, Tariq Masih Gill, Skakeel Ivan,
SIE link road to be reconstructed LAHORE—Punjab Chief MinisLAHORE: Lawyers taking interest in books displayed at Annual Book Fair organised by ter Shahbaz Sharif has approved Lawyers Foundation at Lahore High Court. reconstruction of dilapidated link road between Multan Road and Sundar Industrial Estate (SIE). The Chief Minister announced the decision at a meeting with a group of SIE industrialists headed by S.M. Tanveer, Chairman of Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Manannounced to start as many as fifty percent population does not agement Company, said the MUZAFFAR ALI 1343 water supply schemes across have access to safe drinking wa- PIEDMC spokesman here MonLAHORE—Access to safe water the province but due to the non- ter in Punjab. day. S.M. Tanvir apprised the “On one hand there is scar- CM that link road was connectand sanitation is a daily battle for availability of adequate funds, lax the people of rapidly growing cit- attitude of the civil administration city of water, while on the other ing National Highway and ies, especially in slums and safe and lack of political commitment, hand the water available is prone Motorway, besides other parts of drinking water supply remains a the plan of these water supply to various biological, chemical the province and also taking load cause of concern for the Punjab schemes remain on backburner. and Physical contaminants. There of incoming and outgoing goods According to the reliable is a dire need to purify and filter transportation from important government since as many as 40 millions people out of total popu- sources it was the plan of the the available water in order to en- industrial areas, particularly of lation of 80 millions are still de- Punjab government to initiate sure protection from water born Sundar Industrial Estate, biggest prived of easily availability of safe water supply schemes in 21817 diseases and disorders but the gov- one in the province. drinking water across the prov- villages across the province but ernment has its own priorities During the meeting the Chief these schemes failed to material- other than providing safe drink- Minister issued instructions to ince. The Punjab government set ize due to various reasons. Ac- ing water,” the sources added. relevant authorities to start conThe sources further said the struction work on this link road millennium goal of providing safe cording to the initial inquiry redrinking water to 80 percent ur- port, this failure is related 49 per- different reports submitted to the on immediate basis and complete ban while 64 percent rural popu- cent to technical faults, 26 percent office of the environment Punjab it as early as possible. The lation by the end of 2015 but the to non-availability of funds and 25 about unhygienic potable water PIEDMC Chairman PIEDMC Punjab government is still lagging percent to the poor and inefficient trace multiple deadly rudiments thanked the Chief Minister and far behind to achieve this target performance of the civic admin- including the human feces have assured him of his full cooperawithin the given timeframe. The istration. The sources said the of- been found in water by laboratory tion to implement his policies, the incumbent Punjab government ficial data reveals that more than reports conducted in mega cities. spokesman said.—APP
Safe water and sanitation remains a serious problem
Shahzad Munshi and Zulfiqar Ghauri attended the meeting. He said that public representatives belonging to minorities stood by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The minister asked minority MPAs to submit their development schemes to the office of DCOs concerned so that funds may be released after getting formal approval of the schemes at the earliest. Khalil Tahir Sindhu informed the members that Rs 200 million had so far been allocated for development schemes of minority MPAs.
He said that keeping in view the current situation of the country, it was high time to promote interfaith harmony so that the culture of moderation, tolerance and forgiveness could prevail. The minority MPAs requested for increase in their development funds. They said that five percent quota be also fixed for minority students in professional and technical educational institutions. Khalil Tahir Sindhu assured them that he would convey their suggestions to the chief minister personally and steps would be taken to resolve their issues.
Disaster day today STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr. Rizwan Naseer said that we celebrate 8th October as Disaster Day each year, as this day reminds us of catastrophic earthquake, which damaged the infrastructure & caused huge human loss in northern areas of Pakistan. The human loss also increased because of lack of effective emergency managements system, and if the emergency reforms of 2002 were implemented then at least half of the causalities would not have been taken place. He said that we must learn a lesson from catastrophic earth-
quakes of Balochistan in 1935, recently earthquake in Waran & adjoining districts, 2005 Earthquake in northern areas, therefore, we should have to prepare ourselves to tackle such incidents in future. Dr. Rizwan Naseer further said that we should have to avoid from illegal and unsafe construction, because these are potential hazards for society and which may damage our generations to come. He, however, expressed his happiness on launching of Rescue 1122 in Azad Jammu & Kashmir on October 8 (tomorrow), which is the same day when a horrible earthquake had devastated major portion of northern areas of Pakistan in
2005. He congratulated the government and citizens of AJ&K on taking historic step of launching Rescue 1122 in their territory with effective emergency management system. He said he had dreamt for a Safer Pakistan and launching of Rescue 1122 in AJ&K is a step of completion of his dream. He further congratulated the Chief Secretary AJ&K Khizer Hayat Gondal and Secretary SDMA Faheem Ahmad Khan on their sincere efforts towards achieving this goal. DG Rescue Punjab hoped that the rescuers in AJ&K shall maintain the same service standards and shall never compromise on quality of service.
Pakistan lacks trained workforce STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan, which has the 9th largest labour force in the world, is lacking properly trained workforce in line with the requirements of different booming industries including Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R). According to the labour force survey 2010-11, the total labour force in the country was 57.24 million. Out of this labour force, 3.40 million people are unemployed and 53.84 million people
are employed. Productive workforce plays a major role in attaining the potential economic growth through competitiveness. It enhances productivity and increase competitiveness. However, it is irony the fact, that most of the workforce in HVAC&R field is trained under ‘UstadiShagirdi’ system. There is dearth of institutes which could properly train young men who could play their role in the booming air-conditioning industry of the country as well as earn handsome foreign exchange by getting employment
in UAE and other gulf countries. The current demand for skilled manpower is around 5000 professionals per annum in the services, field segments and the engineering design segments,” Abu Zafar Mahmud, a leading HVAC&R consulting Company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) said here today. The shortage was mainly due to the fact that the supply had not kept pace with the demand of the industry which had been witnessing an unprecedented boom in the last few years.
Tajik diplomat seeks closer ties with Pak in different economic sectors SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The Ambassador of Tajkistan, Jononov Sherali, has said that his country was keen to further develop bilateral ties with Pakistan as both the sides have a huge potential in various sectors of the economy. The Ambassador was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday. LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari presented the Address of Welcome while Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah, Vice President Kashif Anwar, Executive Committee Members Mian Zahid Javaid, Raja Hamid
Riaz, Zafar Mehmood, Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Afzal, former Executive Committee Members Jamil A Naz and Rehmatullah Javaid also spoke on the occasion. As much as 60 per cent of the cement consumed in Tajkistan is being imported from Pakistan while a number of other companies belonging to pharmaceutical sector, agriculture and livestock are doing good business, the Ambassador added. Jononov Sherali said that the signing of resolution by inter-governmental council of central Asia South Asia (CASA) for provision of 1300 MW electricity during summer season would further strengthen relation be-
tween Pakistan and Tajkistan. He said that the work on the project would start in January 2014 and complete in 2 to 3 years time. Talking about as to how the bilateral trade between the two countries could excel through exchange of trade delegations and holding of single country exhibitions. He said that China and Iran are used to hold single country exhibitions in Tajikistan therefore, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce should take lead in this regard. He said that he was ready to arrange B-2-B meetings of Pakistani businessmen in Tajikistan provided the LCCI arranges a delegation. He said that the embassy of Tajikistan in
Islamabad would continue to facilitate Pakistani businessmen in getting visa on priority basis. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that Pakistan and Tajikistan have good diplomatic relations. Both the countries enjoy rich historical bonds of brotherhood. He said that the relationship as members of the OIC & ECO and the proximity to each other has, however, not been translated into tangible economic ties. He said that working relations between Tajik Embassy and LCCI will certainly contribute in improving the situation. He said that world is going through a fast paced integration
process. ECO countries are well placed in terms of their economic potential and can become a major hub of trade and energy. The LCCI President was of the view that the regional grouping of ECO needs to be activated on the lines of EU and ASEAN. He hoped that Tajikistan being an important country among CIS will try to play a leading role in developing closer linkages among the member states. Unfortunately, he said, Pakistan does not figure prominently among the trading partners of Tajikistan. The major reasons for such a low level of twoway trade are lack of transportation facilities, absence of developed banking system in
Tajikistan and to some extent security issues etc. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that it is matter of concern for both the countries for not being able to succeed in exploiting the actual potential. He said that the trend of trade between the two countries has been erratic. If our exports to Tajikistan picked up in any year then the imports from Tajikistan dropped heavily. We need to make consistent efforts by following a pro-trade strategy to set the right pattern of trade between two countries. He said that the industrial base in Tajikistan is not developed and most of its domestic needs are met through importing goods from other countries.
He said that we must take this as an opportunity for Pakistani businessmen to consider Tajikistan as a feasible destination to start business ventures. It is needless to mention that we definitely need your active support for it. He said that a greater interaction between the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries, exchange of trade delegations, holding of single country exhibitions can increase the volume of our bilateral trade. He said that that LCCI took initiative in 2004 and 2005 to hold single country exhibitions in Dushanbe and Khudzand respectively by the name of “Made in Pakistan”.
PZC extends tenure of local Zakat bodies STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Provincial Zakat Council (PZC) has given approval to the extension of three months to all such local zakat committees, the tenure of which had been completed in August/ September 2013 This was decided at 148th meeting of Provincial Zakat Council presided over by Chairman Justice (R) Akhtar Hassan, here today. Secretary Zakat & Ushr Capt.(R) Jehanzeb Khan, Administrator Zakat Punjab Muhammad Yousaf Butt, Deputy Administrator Zakat(Field) Punjab Muhammad Sajjad Babar, members of the Council Hafiz Fazal Rahim Ashrafi, Saeed Ahmad Ansari, Muhammad Azhar Farooqi, Ahmed Naveed, Section Officer, representative of Secretary Finance Punjab Shabbir Ahmad Bhatti, Deputy Secretary Local Government Punjab, Sarfraz Ahmad Khan, Section Officer and a representative of Secretary Social Welfare Punjab attended the meeting. The meeting decided that the process of reconstitution of local zakat committees would be completed during the extension period of three months so that distribution of zakat fund and funds in other heads to the deserving people could be made on time in a transparent manner.
Poultry meat cheapest source of protein: Pasha STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that poultry meat is the cheapest source of protein in the country. Speaking to the BSc students of Queen Mary College Lahore on Monday, the ViceChancellor said that poultry feed was the most balanced feed and it was a misconception that poultry meat was dangerous for human health due to poultry feed. He said that it was the genetics which grows poultry chicks to full grown birds in a short period of time. The students also put various questions related to nutrition, poultry and livestock.