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PIA plane escapes rocket attack at Kandahar airport AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—PIA flight PK 199 for the sector Kandahar-Quetta operated by ATR aircraft carrying 20 passengers and four crew members flew from Kandahar airport safely and

landed at Quetta at 2:15 PM (PST). PIA Spokesman said here on Tuesday. He said the flight PK 199 was for departure at 11:20 AM (PST) but was stopped due to closure of airport as a precautionary measure because of rocket

fire outside the airport. PIA aircraft, passengers and crew remained safe at the Kandahar airport. It took off at 1:20 PM (PST) when the airspace was opened and the aircraft was allowed to takeoff, PIA Spokesman said.

PCNS not consulted 8 killed in NW on Taliban release drone attack MIRANSHAH—At least eight people were killed and four others injured in two separate U.S. drone strikes launched in the wee hours of Tuesday morning in an area of North Waziristan tribal region. According to the media reports, the first strike took place shortly after 12:00 a.m. when U.S. drones reportedly fired eight missiles at a house suspected to be a militant hideout in Haider Khel village in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. At least five people were killed and four others injured in the strike and an important Taliban leader is believed to be living inside the house. The identities of the victims are not immediately known. The house was

„15 recommendations proposed on missing persons’ cases STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) was not consulted over the release of Taliban prisoners to Afghanistan. According to sources, PCNS has called for a briefing from the Defence, Foreign Ministries and DG ISI. A letter was written by the PCNS, which calls for the committee to be taken into con-

fidence and briefed regarding talks with Taliban. Pakistan has released Afghan Taliban prisoners in a bid to boost the peace process with Afghanistan. Afghan peace negotiators have welcomed the measure stating that this underlines Pakistan’s support for talks with the Taliban as US led NATO combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan. The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS)

Tuesday also issued 15 recommendations pertaining to the ISLAMABAD: Security personnel busy in putting containers on Parade Avenue in preparation to face the long march of missing persons’ cases in Paki- Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran.—Online photo stan. Senator Mian Raza Rabbani chaired the commission’s session that was held in Islamabad. According to the recommendations issued by the committee, a person’s arrest by any agency or department must be in accorSTAFF REPORTER dance with Article 10 of the Con-

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has begun sealing the red zone and placed containers in DChowk ahead of the Tehrik-eMinhaj-ul-Quran long march. Security has also been heightened in the federal capital as the long march is scheduled to arrive in here on January 14. Continued on Page 7 The Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ulQuran has announced the schedule for long march according to KARACHI—Dubai police have quoted the official as saying that ports earlier on Tuesday, Jatoi which Tahirul Qadri will depart denied reports that Shahrukh if Jatoi were arrested, it would was arrested in Dubai with the from his residence on January 13 at 9:00 AM. His caravan will help of Interpol. Jatoi, the main accused However, Inspector travel to Islamabad via GT Road. in the Shahzeb Khan General Sindh Police murder case, has been Continued on Page 7 STAFF REPORTER Fayyaz Leghari had arrested in the United claimed to have no KARACHI—Pakistan Broad- Arab Emirates, the knowledge of the arrest. casters Association (PBA) has Gulf News reported on The Supreme Court of unanimously approved Media Tuesday. Pakistan on Jan 1, had According to the Protection Policy (MPP) on taken notice of the murTuesday. PBA sanctioned the published report, a poder of 20-year-old STAFF REPORTER said policy in principle during a lice official told Gulf Shahzeb Khan, the son News that Jatoi had not meeting held here. of a serving police DSP KARACHI— Pakistan People’s been arrested in Dubai. According to minutes of and had directed the au- Party (PPP) lawmaker Zafar Ali The police official the meeting broadcasters said thorities to produce the Shah has announced his decision said that if Pakistan they stand united for the accused in court. protection of ‘viewers’ right to wanted to arrest a susShahrukh Shahzeb The Sindh police acting pect in Dubai, a “note of know’. “In the past, news on the orders of the Suthe arrest warrant from Interpol” channels were persecuted should be received by local au- be announced by Dubai Police preme Court had contacted the because they did not take thorities. The report further According Pakistani media repolitical parties and pressure Continued on Page 7 groups’ dictations, but not anymore”, said the PBA stakeholders in the meeting held. nThe PBA categorically warned against any unlawful suspension of transmission. “Those who will try to gag us against the law will bear the brunt of our joint retaliation”, RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army son Tuesday to witness the con- practice Army’s New Concept said PBA members. Staff General Ashfaq Parvez duct of Army Mobilization Exer- of War Fighting, which has alKayani has stressed the need for cise. The Mobilization Exercise ready been evolved and valithe Army to remain fully pre- is being conducted to validate the dated in the Azm-e-Nau series to join the Pakistan Muslim pared to respond to the full spec- recent changes in mobilization of war games in last four years. League – Nawaz (PML-N) folEarlier, on arrival, COAS was re- lowing a meeting with party chief trum of threat, be it direct or in- system of the Army. The changes aim at improv- ceived by Lieutenant General Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif. direct and overt or covert. He expressed these views ing the mobilization time to en- Muzammil Hussain, Commander Shah was the PPP’s Member during his visit to Sialkot Garri- able Pakistan Army to put in Gujranwala Corps. —Online Continued on Page 7

PBA approves Media Protection Policy

Shahzeb murder

Suspect ‘not arrested’, claims Dubai police

PPP MNA Zafar Ali Shah joins PML-N

COAS asks Army to remain fully prepared

Delhi blames Pakistan for killing 2 Indian soldiers

SRINAGAR—Pakistani soldiers crossed the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Tuesday and attacked an Indian army patrol, killing two Indian soldiers before retreating back into Pakistani-controlled territory, an Indian army official said. The violence was the second in three days in Kashmir, where a ceasefire has largely held between the two nuclear-armed rivals for a decade. Deaths in military exchanges are now extremely rare, and the earlier no incident created any signs of escalating tensions. The Indian army spokesman, said the Pakistani soldiers crossed into Indian-controlled Kashmir near the town of Mendhar, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) from Srinagar, taking advantage of thick fog.—INP

Extradited Al-Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty in US court

Jan 14 schedule issued

Govt will be responsible for any crisis: Qadri Taliban deny threatening long march STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—If a crisis emerges during the January 14 long march, President Asif Ali Zardari, Punjab government and federal government will be responsible, said Tehrik-eMinhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday. Qadri was addressing media after a meeting with the leaders of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM). The MWM has announced to take part in Qadri’s march. Rubbishing accusations of him being backed by the establishment or other forces, Qadri

Naseer are also connected to an alleged al Qaeda plot in 2009 to bomb the subway system in New York City, U.S. prosecutors said. Two men, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, have pleaded guilty to planning the attacks and a third man, Adis Medunjanin, was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction last year for taking part in the plot. During a brief court appearance in Brooklyn federal court, Naseer, wearing a bright blue tshirt and black sneakers, pleaded not guilty to the charges through his court-appointed lawyer. The

in detention without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 7. Naseer is one of a dozen men, mostly students from Pakistan, who were arrested in Britain in 2009 on suspicion of plotting to bomb a city center in Manchester. British authorities conducted daylight raids on the suspects’ homes after Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism official was photographed openly carrying details about the operation. British authorities said they found large quantities of flour and oil in the suspects’ homes,

lance photographs of public areas in Manchester and a map of the city center. Naseer and the other suspects were never charged, but British and U.S. authorities said Naseer was part of a broader al Qaeda cell bent on staging attacks in the United States and Scandinavia. Naseer was indicted in Brooklyn federal court in 2010, along with Medunjanin and other individuals alleged to be linked through a multi-national al Qaeda conspiracy. U.S. prosecu-

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directly.“We will stay in Islamabad until the government gives us assurance that it will give people their due rights,” he added. To multiple queries from various journalists, Qadri said he will make important announcements in two major meetings on days prior to the march. Meanwhile, Dr Qadri claimed that several cities of Punjab, and Islamabad were being blocked with the help of containers. He also said that TMQ workers being harassed, added that, MNAs and MPAs have been ordered to stop long march at any

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SC moved Army only for against Qadri’s security of EC staff long march STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Defence Ministry on Tuesday approved a plan for military personnel to join door-to-door verification of 6.8 million voters in Karachi. Army, Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) troops will be deployed in all districts of the city and will provide security to the electoral staff starting from today. The door-to-door verification of voters in the city was ordered by the Supreme Court on complaints about irregularities in enrollment of about three million people. According to the Defence Ministry, army and other forces will only be responsible to provid-

Flour crisis intensifies L A H O R E / P E S H AWA R / K A R A C H I /Q U E T TA —The

N EW Y ORK —A Pakistani ter, England. The charges against judge ordered Naseer to be held as well as highlighted surveil- people continue to suffer as flour man accused of taking part in an international al Qaeda plot to attack targets in the United States and Europe pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges during his first U.S. court appearance Monday in New York. Abid Naseer, 26, was extradited on Thursday from Britain to Brooklyn, New York. He is facing up to life in prison on charges including providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in connection with an alleged plot to bomb a city center in Manches-

said he had the support of God and the people of Pakistan only. Responding to rumours about the government considering putting him under house-arrest, he said no power can stop him from leading the long march. Claiming that the Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied planning an attack on his march, Qadri warned government against attempting to create hindrances for him. Explaining the organisation of the march, the MQI chief said participants from Lahore and surrounding areas will start their journey with him from the city while others will reach Islamabad

shortage crisis in the four provinces of country intensifies besides increase in prices. According to details, many cities are witnessing shortage of wheat flour as floor mills have cut supply and increased rates of flour on the ground that they were being supplied wheat less than market demand. The consumers had to travel far and wide in search of wheat flour. In Peshawar flour was being sold at Rs 38/kg with an increase of Rs 5, in Lahore Rs 40/

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ing security to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) staff. An official notification regarding the decision was issued here Tuesday. According to details, Karachi has been divided into four parts where military forces will assist the police in providing security to ECP personnel during verification. Meanwhile, the ECP is finalising preparations for the verification process. Verification of voter lists will continue from Jan 10 through to March 8. Moreover, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) will deliver to the ECP printed electoral rolls for the verification process by Jan 9.

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A constitutional petition was moved in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday against the January 14 long march to be orchestrated by Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. The petitioner, advocate Arshad Mehmood pleaded the apex court to call off the proposed long-march alleging that Tahirul-Qadri was attempting to establish a parallel system and imposing his own ideology on the populace. Arshad said that Qadri’s long march was against the laws and constitution of the country.

Nawaz for serious Pak-India talks SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said Indo-Pak disputes can be resolved through serious and meaningful talks between the two neighboring countries while internal peace in both the countries is also prerequisite for ensuring lasting peace in the region. Talking to reporters after addressing a seminar on “A South Asian Vision for Economic Cooperation” organized by South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) here at a local hotel, Nawaz expressed concern over

firing on the Line of Control and said such like incidents would have to be stopped as these incidents can hit Pak-India relations. Nawaz further said that there would be promotion of bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries after declaring India as Most Favored Nation (MFN) country. When asked about Long March by Prof Tahir ul Qadri, Nawaz said, “Those who are raising claims would see their worth when they would take to streets for the march.” He also praised the role of media and civil society in bring-

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Extreme fog gives fresh spur to frosty season in Punjab, KP and Sindh provinces

Harsh weather in upper regions adds to miseries, Skardu temperature drops to -17 I SLAMABAD —Severe cold of gas cylinders and wood for predicted the foggy condition weather has blocked the link roads in the upper regions of the country that enhanced the miseries of the common man. Snow has covered and blocked the roads in GilgitBaltistan while cold weather in Attaabad has frozen lakes and streams in the region, private news channel reported. According to met department, the temperature in Skardu has dipped to the lowest of -17 degrees in the country. Malakand, Hazara, Azad Kashmir and tribal areas continue to suffer due to harsh weather. Residents are facing tremendous difficulties due to blockage of roads and unavailability of gas. Adding to the problems is increase in prices

PM greets press club office-bearers

burning. Severe cold weather is prevailing at different parts of the country paralysing the normal life and forcing people to stay indoors. According to private news channels quoting met office, most parts of the county are in grip of severe cold wave with temperatures dropping below freezing point. Dense fog has paralysed life in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar as a result motorway has been closed from Lahore to Kot Momin and Peshawar to Islamabad for all kind of traffic. The fog has also disrupted flight schedule at the Islamabad airport and four Islamabadbound flights from Dubai and Afghanistan were diverted to Lahore. The Met office has

in Punjab, including Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sukkur and Larkana division will prevail during the next few days. The country was in the grip of severe cold wave with thick fog enveloping many areas of Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday. The upper areas of Gilgit-Baltistan including Skardu and Astore braved extreme weather conditions where the temperature was still below the freezing point, a private news channel reported. Though snowfall came to a halt in these areas, freezing wind from the mountainous range decreased the temperature. The minimum temperature in Skardu was recorded as - 17C , in Astore -15C and in Hunza -12 C.

People in Kashmir, Malamjabba, Kurram Agency and Hazara Division also faced extreme winters while the plain areas of Punjab and Sindh remained covered under thick fog. Peshawar: The PeshawarIslamabad Motorway (M-I) has been opened for traffic here Tuesday forenoon after its closure last night now visibility has improved, said Spokesman of Motorway police here. “We have opened the Peshawar-Burhan section of the M-I for traffic at 10am today,” the Spokesman told APP. The Motorway from Peshaawar to Burhan section was closed at 10pm last night due to heavy fog, adding traffic was plying on the Motorway smoothly.—APP PESHAWAR: Vehicles on the way with headlight on at GT Road during thick fog that engulfed the whole Provincial Capital.

Politicians make recommendations to ECP, Nadra for free, fair FATA elections

M U LTA N —Prime Minister I SLAMABAD —As political ECP must take swift mea- ers from neighboring settled represented in the FATA Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated the newly elected body of Multan Press Club. According to a Press Information Department press release, the prime minister felicitated President-elect Rana Pervez Hameed, General Secretary Khalid Chaudhary and other members and hoped that the elected body would utilise all possible resources for benefit of the journalists community. He said the government believed in complete freedom of the press as it had played a vital role in strengthening democracy. Raja Pervez Ashraf said journalists should continue to play their role in highlighting issues of the region.—APP

parties prepare to participate in elections in FATA for the first time in history, the Political Parties’ Joint Committee on FATA Reforms (FATA Committee) have highlighted five key concerns that require urgent action by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure free, fair and transparent general elections in FATA. In a letter delivered to the ECP and NADRA on Tuesday by political parties’ leadership, the FATA Committee recommend that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the

sures in FATA to increase Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) registration and voter registration. The disenfranchised FATA voters deserve increased efforts to facilitate their participation in the upcoming general elections, they added. The FATA Committee also recommended the ECP to allow internally displaced persons (IDPs) to cast votes from camps and host communities for candidates in their home constituency. Political parties also urged the government authorities to ensure that judicial offic-

districts should serve as returning officers and district returning officers, just as is planned for elections throughout Pakistan. The FATA Committee also requested the ECP to ensure polling stations within two kilometers of voter’s homes as required by the Supreme Court. The FATA Joint Committee recommended the ECP regularly meet with the leadership of political parties in FATA to work together in addressing the numerous and complex electoral challenges in FATA. Ten political parties are

Cheques among Blast victims heirs distributed

Consumers’ support in energy conservation sought

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STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) here Tuesday sought the active support of consumers in conservation of energy, requesting for use of energy savers and tube lights specially during peak hours. “We can overcome on problem of energy shortage if the customers conserve maximum energy by switching off all unnecessary bulbs, tube lights and others electronic goods specially during peak hours,” according to Spokesman of PESCO here on Tuesday. Requesting the consumers to save maximum energy from 5 p.m to 10 p.m, the Spokesman urged owners of petrol pumps and jewelers shops to avoid use of decorative lights. The illegal use of electricity is creating problem of power shortage and overloading the power distribution system, he said, adding due to low pressure and load shedding of gas, some people have starting usage of electric heaters and geysers for cooking etc, which has further over loaded our power distribution system. He said tube well operators are required to operate tube wells in accordance with load shedding schedule so that customers does not face difficulties in getting of water.

Committee including Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), National Party (NP), Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PMLQ), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP). The letter was also delivered to President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Syed Masood Kausar.—APP

LANDI LOTAL: Doctors closed the door of Agency Headquarters Hospital as protest against power loadsheding.

Pak among high TB risk countries Sunshine vitamin may help treat tuberculosis ISLAMABAD—Pakistan ranks ment methodology of DOTS with TB. The World Health sixth globally among the 22 high tuberculosis risk countries, contributing 43% of the disease towards the EasternMediterranean region of World Health Organization (WHO). According to available data, the incidence of TB per 100,000 populations in Pakistan is 181; case notification per 100,000 per year is 150 while the treatment success rate is 85%. Official sources said more than 700,000 TB patients have been treated free of cost and 100% latest treat-

coverage is achieved in the country. They said training and health education materials have been developed and all health care providers concerned have been trained. They said external quality assurance for sputum microscopy is implemented in 40 districts of the country while five reference laboratories have been established, one at the federal level and one each at provincial levels. They said an estimated one-third of the world’s population is currently infected

Organization is working on its plan to cut TB prevalence rates and deaths by half by 2015, they added. Dr Sharif Astori from Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC), said TB is an infectious bacterial disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to researchers. Nearly 1.5 million people are killed worldwide by the infection every year.—APP

Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mian Iftikhar Hussain here Tuesday handed over compensation cheques amounting 1.7 million rupees to heirs of Ziarat Kaka Sahib Blast’s victims. Speaking on the occasion, Provincial Minister said that human life is priceless and cannot be compensated. He said financial assistance is only a token of sympathy and encouragement by the provincial government to the victims. He said that saints and sufis were the most respected figures of our society owing to their preaching of love, peace and fraternity adding terrorists had not spare them and targeted their shrines for their nefarious designs. “Terrorism has affected Awami National Party the most and their more than seven hundred workers including MPAs and ministers have lost their lives to the menace of terrorism” he said. He maintained that instead of being emotional we still favor negotiations with the terrorists to restore peace in the region. Mian said President of ANP, Asfandyar Wali Khan has given guidelines to the federal government regarding the negotiations with the terrorists which would bear fruitful results. He said that in case negotiations do not work then effective.

UWT distributes food packag among flood-affectees STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT), a Muslim charity organization distributed a food package among flood-affected people of Punjab and Sindh province More than 1,28,000 flood affectees of Rajanpur, Dera Ghani Khan, Kot Metan, and Rojan districts of Punjab, and Badin, Sajawal, Tharparkar, Mateeli, Mirpur Khas, Umar Kot, and Chor districts of Sindh province. The flood affected people have expressed great gratitude to the trust for continuation of relief-assistance during last two years. The food-package total worth is around Rs48.5million, comprising on different daily use items and other essential utensils. The affectees said they are still faced with difficult situation after closure of Aid-assistance from local and foreign donor agencies. But, they said that the trust didn’t stop distribution of food and nonfood items among them. Due to timely provision of aid, they said the miseries of flood affected mitigated very early. Mualana Mohammad Idress, the trust Chairman in message, said that his organization would continue its relief and assistance program till fully rehabilitation of flood-affected people.

Cold weather to persist ISLAMABAD—Cold, dry and weather with fog in the mornfoggy weather is expected in Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the next 24 hours. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, expected minimum temperatures in Islamabad is -2C and Rawalpindi -1C to -3C. Similarly, very cold and dry weather is expected in Murree, where temperature is expected to down to -3 during next 24 hours. The minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours in Islamabad was 02C, Rawalpindi 1C and Murree -2C. According to met office, foggy and cold weather conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Larkana and Sukkar Division whereas, cold and dry weather would persist in other areas of the country. The Met Karachi office has forecast a dry weather with cool night is likely in the city over next 24 hours. According to the Met office report issued here on Tuesday, the minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 12 to 14 degree centigrade. The Met office said mainly cold and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region. Rain/thunderstorm with snow falls over the hills is likely to occur at isolated places in Kalat, Quetta and Zhob divisions of Balochistan. The Multan local Met office has forecast cold and dry

ing for Multan and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. On Tuesday, the maximum and minimum temperature was recorded as 12.3 degrees celsius and 2.4 degrees centigrade, respectively. Humidity was recorded as 100 per cent at 8 am and 76 per cent at 5 pm. The cold wave and thick fog will continue to grip Peshawar valley and adjoining areas in next 24 hours and temperature would further decrease during night. According to Met Office here Tuesday, foggy and cold weather conditions is likely to

continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP), Larkana and Sukkar Division during next 24 hours whereas cold and dry weather conditions is predicted elsewhere in the country. In next 48 hours, foggy and cold weather conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Larkana and Sukkar Division whereas cold and dry weather conditions is forecast elsewhere in the country. In last 24 hours, foggy and cold weather conditions have prevailed over most upper parts of the country whereas cold.—APP

WAPDA employees reject govt move to stop free power supply M. HALEEM ASAD T IMERGARA —The central chairman of the Pakistan Hydro-Electrical Central Labour Union, Gauhar Taj, on Tuesday rejected the government’s decision to stop the system of providing free electricity to Wapda employees and announced to block power supply to the country if the decision was implemented. Addressing workers of the union at Timergara the Hydro Union chairman said that Wapda employees were entitled to use free of cost electricity in their houses. Provincial chairman Haji

Muhammad Iqbal, vice chairman Zafarullah, divisional chairman Yousaf Khan, Gul Zarin and others also addressed the protesting workers. Gauhar Taj said that Wapda workers would not let the government to privatize the Authority. He demanded of the government to abolish Tesco, Pesco and Lesco, etc. in the country and restore the previous status of Wapda. “The use of free electricity is the right of Wapda employees and we will strongly resist the government decision to stop it,” the Hydro Union chairman said, adding the government should ensure the

plebiscite right of the Wapda workers to choose their leadership on their free will. He said the Hydro union had majority and it would defeat its opponents if fair elections were held in Wapda. The chairman demanded end to political interference in Wapda and appointment of employees on merit. He said a charter of demands including up-gradation of employees and other demands had been presented to the government and was being discussed. He also demanded of the government to end appointment of daily wage workers.

Business leaders to press for Sadique and Ameen candidates in next election ISMAIL DILAWAR

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HE business leaders in this financial capital of the country is determined to press the government for ensuring the strict implementation of Articles 62 and 63 for candidature in the next general election which is due in a mater of weeks. Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution deal with the qualification and disqualification for membership of the “Majlis-e-Shoora” (parliament). The businessmen, traders and industrialists, who gathered here Saturday evening to have an insight on current political situation of the country from Zahid Malik, a seasoned journalist and Editor in Chief Pakistan Observer, vowed not to tolerate those contestants in the polls who would fall short of constitu-

tional provisions under Articles 62 and 63. Saying so automatically put them behind the long march-fame Dr Tahirul Qadri of Tehreeke Minhajul Quran (TMQ) who in his first public meeting had demanded that the election candidates must be “Sadique” (truthful) and “Ameen” (trustworthy) in line the said articles. Hosted by Federal Advisor on Textile Mirza Ikhtiar Baig at his residence, the gathering was attended among others by FPCCI President Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani, business leaders Tariq Sayeed, S.M Muneer, Zakaria Usman, Shaukat Ahmed, Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and Former Sindh Governor Brig (Retd) Moinuddin Haider. Also present on the occasion was Editor Pakistan

Observer Faisal Zahid Malik. The business leaders claimed to have sensed gravity of, what Ikhtiar Baig said “do or die” situation, as Malik urged upon the current rulers to think if crises-hit Pakistan could go with the current “extreme situation”. “There is a pressing need for the leaders to think whether or not we as a nation can sustain the current extreme situation where tolerance of the poor has completed faded,” said the journalist who, quoting local “intelligentsia”, termed Dr Qadri as a “agent of change” in Pakistan a “moderate Islamic movement”. Malik, however, said despite emergent odds like Dr Qadri’s long march the prospect for democracy was bright in the country. “By and large the democratic forces are in favor of continu-

ing with democracy in the of Dr Qadri are not going to oozing out of the Presidency institutional confrontation country that means the per- succeed,” said the editor. A which had so far been able through the policy of reconceived anti-election designs great wisdom, he said, was to avoid the path of politico- ciliation. “No one using a backdoor is likely to disturb the system,” he declared. Malik, however, said the people wanted “change” in the country. And this process of change, he said, must reflect on the doctrinal level when it comes to defining concepts. “The time has come where a new doctrine should also come about democracy and justice,” he emphasized. “Strictly saying it is not democracy nor is the concept of justice confined to sending some corrupt government officials packing,” he said adding “Rather, it is to provide the people with justice at their KARACHI: Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on exports doorstep.” If Army, Malik said, and Chairman Baig Group hosted dinner reception in honour of Zahid Malik, Editor-inChief Pakistan Observer, attended by Haji Fazal Kader Sherani, Tariq Sayeed, S.M. was being expected to Muneer, Ishtiaq Baig, Gen (Retd) Moinuddin Haider, Yasin Malik, Sirajuddin Aziz Mian come up with a new military doctrine the democracy too Zahid Hussain, Faisal Zahid Malik and others.

should have come up with one afresh. Pakistan, the senior journalist concluded, was at a “comfortable stage” both internally and externally. “Our society had turned questioning today and things are heading towards betterment,” remarked Malik. Malik also confirmed that there was a huge pressure from the society against the presence of a large number of landlords and corrupt lawmakers in the parliament. To a question, Malik said media was not giving a factual picture of Balochistan where, he claimed, just a few people and not majority of them was anti-Pakistan. “The rebels are a few and they too are in touch (with government negotiators),” clarified the editor.

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800 cases of measles reported in Punjab Free, fair elections govt’s top priority I SLAMABAD —Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Punjab Assembly Shaukat Basra on Monday said that holding free, fair and transparent elections were top priority of the government for the continuity of democratic process in the country. Talking to PTV, he said in democracy every one had the right of protest, but unconstitutional steps to derail the democratic system would not be accepted. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari had expressed his strong commitment to strengthen democratic institutions in the country and protect political and constitutional rights of the common man. Replying to a question, he said that the PPP was not against the electoral reforms. We have appointed Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as Chief Election Commissioner with the consultation of all the political forces, he added. He said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had introduced a number of electoral reforms to conduct free and fair elections. Replying to another question, Basra said that the PPP had struggled against dictatorship because it believed in strong democratic institutions. PPP striving to fulfil Bhutto’s vision of prosperous Pakistan: Pakistan Peoples’ Party Deputy Secretary Information Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar has said that people’s government has been striving for implementation of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s vision of a prosperous Pakistan. Talking to APP, he said Bhutto gave a constitution to Pakistan as the country was kept without a constitution for 25 years adding that the credit for reviving original constitution goes to the present PPP leadership. He said Bhutto gave courage to the downtrodden and the masses who still pin hopes on PPP for their welfare and betterment.—APP

Anti-measles drive continues in eight districts ISLAMABAD —The vaccina- Ghotki and Kashmore dis- WHO and the UNICEF, while talking to APP here on be stepped up for early con- Public Relations (ISPR) tion drive of the World Health Organization (WHO) against measles on Tuesday continued in eight districts of Sindh to protect 2.9 million children. According to official sources, children from the age of nine months to 10 years are being vaccinated during the campaign, which has been started as an emergency response to the outbreak in the province. Country Representative of WHO in Pakistan, Dr. Guido Sabatinelli, said that the measles campaign would continue till January 9 in Sukkur,Khairpur, Larkana, Qamber-Shadadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad,

tricts. He said a total of 1,300,000 vaccine doses had been dispatched by the authorities. The WHO is recommending adequate steps both on emergency and longterm basis to the provincial governments to ensure that routine immunization coverage is made accessible to each and every child, he added. He said at an average, one single EPI vaccination centre in a union council caters for a population of 20,000 to 30,000. He said that the Government of Pakistan’s Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI), which is technically supported by the

aimsedat protecting children aged 0-1 months by immunizing them against Childhood Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Haemophilus Influenzae and Measles. The programme also protects newborns against neonatal tetanus by giving TT vaccine to all pregnant mothers, he added. Lahore, Jan 8 (APP): Around 800 cases of measles have been reported in different parts of Punjab, mostly in Lahore during the current surveillance drive. This was stated by Director Health Services for EPI Punjab, Dr Tanveer Ahmed

Tuesday. He said that only one death of a five-year-old boy, Sohail, was reported in Gujranwala. On investigation, it was found that the boy was vaccinated but due some other reasons, his immunity could not be developed, he said. Patients of measles live in Lahore but actually migrated from Narowal, Sheikhupura and Kasur districts, he added. A meeting of the health department was held to review the strategy to combat measles in which it was decided the vaccination and surveillance drive should

trol of the threat. To a question, Dr Tanveer said that in all hospitals of Lahore, measles vaccination was available in bulk to treat patients. However, he appealed to parents to get their children up to five years of age vaccinated without any delay. Krachi: An epidemic of measles erupted in upper Sindh areas in last week of December 2012. Hyderabad,Tehsil Saleh Pat, Sangi and Sultanpur became the affected areas and a number of casualties were reported through print media,said an Inter Services

statement issued here on Tuesday. It said that the Pakistan Army decided to establish free medical camps in the affected areas to assist the people. Quick response teams of medical experts were immediately dispatched to carry out vaccination for measles and provision of general medical facilities to people of affected areas on emergency basis, the ISPR statement added. It said that approximately 2,500 children were provided with vaccination and above 4,000 patients were also treated for different other diseases.—APP

Mindset change must to resolve problems

Liaquat: PML-Q to make Hafizabad a model district BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI impounded 24 public trans-

port vehicles on the charge

HAFIZABAD—Federal Minis- of overcharging the passen-

March can’t derail system’ M ULTAN —Media Coordinator to the

ter for Works Ch. Liaquat Abbas Bhatti has declared that Ch. Mehdi Bhatti group of PML (Q) would make Hafizabad, a model district in the Punjab. Addressing a gathering in Hameedpura village after inaugurating sui gas supply, he reminded the gathering that his group believed in the progress and betterment of the masses which has been proved beyond any doubt while his opponents have even shelved out the projects got approved and started by them in 2007 and assured that they would restart the projects hanging fire since then. **** Due to sheer negligence of a young woman, in Mohallah Qadirabad (Hafizabad), her 2-year-old infant burnt to death Monday night. According to Rescue 1122 source, wife of Tanveer Ahmad put a milk utensil on a stove for boiling near her cot and asleep alongwith her twoyear-old son Osama. **** Chief Officer Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited Abdus Salam and District Incharge Rana Imtiaz Ahmad has disconnected the connection of CNG of the KB-1 Filling Station Madhrianwala bypass and Al-Hasnain Filling Station Vanike Road Hafizabad for not paying outstanding bills of SNGPL worth Rs. 20 million since long. **** Secretary RTA Hafizabad Umer Farooq Warraich has

gers on Hafizabad-Lahore, Sheikhupura and Gujranwala routes and have imposed total fine of Rs. Seven thousands. He has warned the transporters to desist from overcharging otherwise stern action would be taken against them. **** MNA Saira Afzal Tarar has stressed the need for change of mindset for the resolution of problems confronting the nation. Addressing a gathering in Jinnah Hall here on the eve of oath taking ceremony of the office bearers of the press club here today, she urged the mediamen to create positive thinking for the betterment of the nation. She appreciated the local press for their positive role in reformation of the society and resolution of the problems of the people of Hafizabad district and expressed her hope to play their vital role to strive for the progress and betterment of the people of the district. **** Deputy District Education Office (W) Samina Yaseem has warned absentee and lethargic teachers to be punctual in their duties. She said that that strict action is being taken against teachers found absent from duties and added that penalty of pay deduction was awarded to nine teachers for their willful absence while warning was issued to 20 teachers and two Naib Qasids for their negligence in the performance of their duties.

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Rizwan Alam on Tuesday said that efforts to sabotage democracy would never succeed in the country. In a statement, he said the future of democracy in the country was bright. He said people would never be hoodwinked by any so-called revolutionary leader. He said that upcoming elections would be fair and held on time. “Power will be handed over to elected people after the election,” he said. He said PPP’s efforts for political development were marvelous and its sacrifices would never go waste. “No long march or sit-in can derail the system,” he said, adding that PESHAWAR: PTI Chairman Imran Khan and others offering Fateha for the departed soul of former Jamaat-e-Islami PPP workers were preparing for the next general election. Chief, Qazi Hussain Ahmed. System can’t be changed in ten days: Member National Assembly of Pakistan Peoples Party, Sardar Nabil Gabol on Monday said that the political system cannot be changed in just ten days. Talking to a private television channel, he said that Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran itself does not know its demands. Tahir- ul-Qadri made late entry into political scenario of the country, he added. Gabol said that long-march of Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran would not show good results, it is waste of time, adding Tahir-ul- Qadri was in Canada when Election Commission of Pakistan was mak- RAFIULLAH MANDOKHAIL shedding. They besieged Mandokhail, Syed Lala, would be more severe. It is ing reforms in electoral system, if Tahir ul Qadri had reserthe grid station and chanted Muhammad Yousaf worth mentioning that the vations, he suppose it here on that time. He said that ZHOB—There is no let up in slogans against QESCO au- Mandokhail and Ubaidullah people are facing great deal Tehreek-e-Minhaaj-ul-Quran claimed to bring four million power outages amid chilly thorities and power outages, said “The people are facing of inconvenience owing to people in Islamabad in the long march but they are not winter which forced people which virtually paralyzed the mental stress due to continu- power outages swollen up to able to bring twenty thousand people. He said that long to go berserk, stage protest normal activities. ous load-shedding. Frequent 18 hours that has created march and revolution required vast sacrifices and it could demo, besiege grid station, A heavy police contin- tripping and voltage fluctua- numerous problems and mulnot be a sudden achievement. To a question, he said that chanted anti-government, gent headed by DSP tion have added to the mis- tiplied the miseries of people Qadri did not want to contest election, while, Tehrik QESCO slogans and blocked Amanullah Mandokhail and eries of citizens marred by manifold here. The rampant Minhaj-ul-Quran was not a political party.—APP Wana Road by burning tyres SHO Abdul Ghafoor rushed outages. Due to this ruthless load-shedding has crippled here on Tuesday. Accord- to the spot but none of the and intense quandary of also the commercial activities, Govt establishes nine universities in KP ing to details, the residents officials of the district admin- load-shedding everyone is adding due to low voltage of various parts of the dis- istration bothered visiting suffering a lot particularly the many appliances have been Staff Reporter burnt, causing loss worth PESHAWAR—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa trict losing their patience, the place. Addressing the poor and lower class”. They demanded of the thousands of rupees. The Minister for Environment and Forests, gathered in front of the grid protesters, Dawood Khan Wajid Ali Khan here Tuesday said the station on Wana Road. The Mandokhail, Engineer Aslam government to construct 500 intensity of load-shedding erected Mandokhail, Sardar Abdul Megawatt high power trans- increased rapidly in the last provincial government has established demonstrators nine universities in KP during its four blockades at Zhob-Wana Ghaffar Hariphal, Malik mission line from Chashma to few weeks. XEN Abdul and half years tenure besides upgrad- Road and blocked the road Abdul Jabbar Mandokhail, Zhob. So the people could Rahaim assured the protestJan Kakar, get rid of the menace. The ers that 20-26 transformer ing primary, high and secondary schools for several hours by setting Abdullah Shafiq protesters also threatened would be installed by Jan 29, to equip students with education. “In tyres ablaze and threw traf- Muhammad past sixty years, only three universities fic out of gear to protest Mandokhail, Haji Jalil that if the situation remained upon which they dispersed. were setup in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against unscheduled load Hariphal, Malik Lawang the same, their line of action while the present elected Government has established nine universities in the province, which speaks our commitment towards promotion of education,” he said reports . Wajid said the old demands of people of Swat for having a separate university has been fulfilled by the present Government and established University of Swat. He said ANP had given pen in the hands of youth and if elected again focus would be made to lay a network imbalance.” According to In the United States, for of technical and vocational educational institutes through- I SLAMABAD —Women and Geneva-based ILO, the gap example, a Yale University out the province. The Minister said the present elected girls run the risk of being between men and women in study found that women sciGovernment has addressed the long standing issue of up- left behind in scientific and the scientific and techno- ence graduates are discrimigradation of teachers. Special emphasis is being made to technological fields if coun- logical fields is linked to per- nated against when applying promote girls’ education in Kohistan and Torghar in order tries do not take measures vasive gender roles and at- for research posts. In Iran, the to combat the deficiency of female teachers, he added. In to address discrimination titudes in different societies Government recently anaddition to it, he said “Stars of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” edu- and change traditional atti- visible in both developed nounced that women will be cational programme has been launched by this govern- tudes, the United Nations and developing countries excluded from a wide range of ment for the encouragement of the talented students. KP said Tuesday. “Women tend to be over- which encourage girls to university studies, including Speaker, Deputy Speaker grieved: Speaker, Khyber nuclear physics and electrical represented in the humanities pursue ‘softer’ subjects. Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Kiramatullah Khan and Deputy Over the past few engineering. In China, several Speaker, Khushdil Khan advocate have expressed sorrow and social sciences, and months, recent stories have universities require women to over the death of the brother of Provincial Minister for underrepresented in science emerged revealing stark gen- obtain higher entry grades Information Technology, Mohammad Ayub Khan and and technology,” said an of- der discrepancies in a num- than men for science courses. ficial from the world body’s nephew of senior politician, Afzal Khan Lala. “Girls are far less likely International Labour ber of countries around the Organization’s (ILO) Bureau world, which are hindering than boys to study engineerElections on time for Workers’ Activities, women’s participation in sci- ing or computer or physical ence and technology both at sciences,” said the Director QUETTA: Women holding placard during a protest in favour of Mir Asad Baloch. Claude Akpokavie. Staff Reporter “Measures need to be school and at work, the of ILO’s Bureau for Gender PESHAWAR—Federal Minister for ComEquality, Jane Hodges. munications, Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan put in place to redress this agency noted. Khalil has said that next general elections will be held on time and no one will be allowed to play sabotage democratic process in any circumstances. He was talking to political and social elites and media in his residence in media organizations partici- tuted by consultation proSTAFF REPORTER Islamabad. He said that electoral repated in the dialogue. cess with religious scholars, forms should be discussed, but the P ESHAWAR —Participants at At the consultative dia- parliamentarians from differcontinuity of democratic process is top a consultative dialogue have logue, the provincial women ent political and liberal parpre-requisite for national development and resolution of stressed the need for legisla- legislators, Uzma Khan from ties both at provincial and basic problems of the people. The federal minister said tion for adolescent, young JUI-F and Mehr Sultana from national level and other relthat PPP is the only political party of the country which mothers and marginalized ruling PPP, attended as pan- evant stakeholders. practically struggled for the salvation of democracy and He said that the consulgroup in order to provide elists, while Ms Aliya, Nacontinuity in every period adding that their leadership health and save a huge por- tional programme Manager, tation process main objective through rendering matchless sacrifices has proved that tion of the population of the Gohar Zaman, Regional Di- was to evolve a policy and the party is the real spokesman of peoples’ hopes. He Rahnuma-FPAP strategy for adolescent girls country. The consultative rector, expressed the resolve that they will bring the country Pakhtunkhwa, and young mothers, having dialogue was organised by Khyber and nation out of severe crisis inherited by the past rulRahnuma-Falimy Planning Yasrab Nazir, Haji Sattar Gul totally neglected despite a ers. Arbab Alamgir warned the undemocratic forces to Association of Pakistan were key speakers. While ex- huge population group of the improve their negative attitude, saying their faces have (FPAP) in collaboration with plaining the key objective of country. He further informed been unveiled before the nation. The whole nation is FPAF under its “Advocating the consultative dialogue, a national level caucus comwith President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja for Improved Maternal and Gohar informed the partici- prising parliamentarian from Pervez Ashraf is carrying forward the philosophy, ideolNeonatal Health (MNH) and pants about the achieve- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and ogy and vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and former Sexual Reproductive Health ments for health reforms for other provinces constituted Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He (SRH) Policy and Practice for adolescent girls and young while working groups also said that they are fully aware of the problems of the poor Adolescent Girls and Young mothers through advocacy established at districts for and despite limited resources making all out efforts for mothers held here at a local with different section of so- addressed of health issues their resolution. He urged the party workers for starting hotel the other day. A large ciety and relevant stakehold- related to SRH and MNH, preparations for upcoming elections and inform the PESHAWAR: Activists of All Pakistan Pensioners Association protesting against in- number of representatives ers. He informed a core especially adolescent girls people about the better performance of the government. creasing prices of daily use items. from prints and electronic group/committee had consti- and young mothers.

Power outages amid chilly winter; people go berserk, besiege QESCO grid station

UN calls for addressing lack of women in science, technology fields

No policy to address adolescents’ health related issues: speakers


Rehman Malik opts for saner course

MEDIA WATCH

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ONTRARY to apprehensions being expressed by some circles, there are indications that the planned long march of chief of Tehrik Minhajul Quran Dr Tahirul Qadri might be a peaceful and smooth exercise and would remain within the ambit of the law and the Constitution. At least, this is what one could deduce from the outcome of Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s meeting with Dr Qadri in Lahore on Monday. There is a general perception that the Interior Minister spoils things and causes unnecessary tension in the atmosphere but this time round he seemed to have adopted a saner course. Before visiting Lahore to meet Dr Qadri, the Minister chaired a meeting in Islamabad to discuss arrangements and security plan for the march. Media reports suggest that instead of opting for confrontation, Rehman Malik is going for arrangements to facilitate the marchers and provide them with necessary security. For this purpose, he is reportedly seeking 250 million rupees from the national exchequer and deployment of ten thousand police and Rangers personnel. In the media interaction with Dr Qadri, the Interior Minister categorically stated that he has neither requested him to abandon plans for the march nor he plans to create obstructions in the way of the participants. This reconciliatory approach augurs well and hopefully the participants too would remain peaceful and there would be no law and order problem. We would also expect from the Punjab Government to show similar gesture and facilitate journey of the participants through the provincial territory. We say so because any confrontation could have serious consequences for all and no one can say in which direction things could proceed. At the same time, it is also obvious that the call of Dr Qadri is gaining ground as even the Interior Minister openly stated that there was need for electoral reforms and that corruption needed to be curbed. This being so, prudence demands that an APC should be convened before beginning of the march and all stakeholders should give their input especially the Election Commission on how best to implement Constitutional provisions on the subject.

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QM Altaf Hussain has created suspense by his announcement of launching a political drone, which was delayed beyond deadline for some unknown reasons, but he gave a pleasant surprise to everyone on Monday by offering unconditional apology before the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case against him. His other partymen also followed his footsteps and as a result the party nullified the impression of evolving confrontation with the judiciary in just one go. The strategy adopted by the MQM leader has widely been acclaimed as confrontation would have led to serious troubles for him and his party in the country. To err is human but it requires higher sense of morality to concede mistakes and make amends for them. By withdrawing his remarks against the judges and offering unconditional apology, Altaf Hussain has raised his stature further in the eyes of the people. His approach would also go a long way in strengthening the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution as well as enhancing respect for the judiciary. The state is collection of institutions and the system can succeed only if every individual, group and party succumbs before the law and shows respect to these institutions. With the passage of time, the Supreme Court has emerged as a saviour of democracy and rule of law and therefore, instead of confrontation every attempt should be made to strengthen its hands. However, people also expect from the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court to reform the justice system so that the common man can get speedy and inexpensive justice. The role of the judiciary at higher levels is appreciable but litigants are pushed to the brink of disaster by the rigmaroles of the system at the lower level that needs to be reformed.

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N line with its practice of violating the Line of Control (LoC), India again launched an unprovoked attack on a Pakistani check post along the heavily militarised de facto border killing a Pakistani soldier and injuring another. The incident shows that certain elements in the Indian army and establishment are more interested to keep the pot boiling unnecessarily in order to sabotage improvement in relations between the two countries. The incident took place on Sunday in Haji Pir Sector where, according to the Pakistan military, Indian troops crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and stormed the check post. The Foreign Office rightly summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Monday and lodged a strong protest over the unprovoked Indian attack. The Indian government was strongly urged to take appropriate measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in the future. It was the first violation by the Indian troops during 2013 and one can only hope that New Delhi would take a serious notice of the development and ensure that such incidents were not repeated. People in Pakistan genuinely believe in improvement of relations between the two countries for their mutual benefit and Pakistan has taken several steps in this direction. However these were not being reciprocated which reflect a particular Indian mindset. The past incidents of ceasefire violations prove that Pakistan never indulged in firing across the LOC but the Indians periodically cross the demarcated line to test the preparedness of Pakistan army and then also lay the blame on it for provocation. The Indian army would be well advised that the era of wars is over but at the same time it must remember that Pakistan is a nuclear and missile power and our armed forces are well prepared to respond any aggression.

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Behind the anti-rape demos were angry and there was disconnect between them and the They expected Kuldip Nayar government. some heads to roll. But mere Email:kuldipnayar09@gmail.com statements could not allay their mistrust. The general feeling was that none would ike an individual, the nation be punished and soon it would be too has a limit of tolerance. business as usual. The government For Delhi and some other cit- should have transferred Police Comies, the gang rape at the national capi- missioner Neeraj Kumar straighttal was the proverbial last straw. Stu- away. His explanation was a poor dents filled the streets to demonstrate defence of his failure. If nobody in and even had one or two pitched his force was to blame, then who battles with the police. One police- blundered? To maintain law and orman has died and many students der in Delhi requires imagination and have been injured. Such incidents are novel ideas, not the outmoded ways bound to happen when anger is to which the police are used. What sought to be fought with water can- was also lacking was human touch or personal contact. ons and lathi-charge. Delhi’s Lt. Governor was on a vaNo doubt, the demonstration at Delhi was ignited by deep anger over cation and according to state chief the rape. But it was an outburst of minister Shiela Dikshit, he was not piled-up resentment against the sys- contactable. Why should such a pertem which neither delivers justice son remain at his post? Even his tennor gives jobs. It is a sad commen- ure of second term has ended. His tary on non-governance and inept- drama, after return, of suspending a ness of administrations which have few lower functionaries lacked script. been run by rulers of all shades since The appointment of a judicial comindependence, particularly after the mission has not evoked response beearly 70s. Prime Minister Indira cause commissions have ceased to Gandhi tried to suppress grievances have credibility. The one headed by and disappointments by authoritar- Sri Krishna to probe the 1993 comian methods although she had swept munal riots in Mumbai and the other the polls on the promise of eliminat- by M.S. Liberhan on Babri masjid ing poverty. Nobody can accuse demolition remain on paper. The acmeek Prime Minister Manmohan cused on both the reports are people Singh of authoritarianism but almost who are politically powerful. What nine years of his rule shows that he would the commission on the Delhi is too much of a bureaucrat who gang rape prove when there is no faith knows rules but not how to take dras- left in such attempts to silence articutic steps. Even his belated address late voices? The mother of the raped to the nation was bald and lacked girl has complained that the police put punch. At least he could have pressure on her, says a letter of the stopped the spectacle of ugly con- magistrate who went to record the troversy among the Delhi chief min- statement of the girl. Shiela Dikshit ister, union home minister and the has rightly taken up the matter with police commissioner. The students the home ministry which has ordered

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an inquiry to find out how far the mother was intimidated by the police, which denied the allegation. In fact, the entire judicial process has no respect in the eyes of the people. It takes too long to get the guilty punished. At present, there are 400 rape cases pending for years to be adjudged. Even if the Delhi gang rape is listed for fast tracking, there are so many loopholes in the law and there are courts of appeal which will take their own time. Laws have to be changed. More importantly, the legal system requires overhauling. Capital punishment does not deter rapists. Chemical castration is a must. There is a public demand for it. Parliament members were up on their legs to ventilate their importance. Two political parties demanded immediate and drastic measures to deal with the guilty. Strange, none asked at least the resignation of MPs sitting among them with charges of rape. One explanation given is that the Election Commission should take action. Why not parliament itself? (One third of Gujarat MLAs face criminal cases, including rape). All political parties should realize that the youth in the country does not find the existing institutions giving answers to their questions: Why so much poverty? Why an increasing gap between the rich and the poor? Why the stranglehold of caste and creed? Why the failure of government to appreciate their aspirations? The Congress leaders did talk to some students in batches but found no leader who could pacify or represent them. The leaderless mob is the worst that can happen in a country. Some lampoon elements were able to introduce violence. This means that the youth is a combustible material which can be set on fire by some demagogues.

Many years ago, alienated students at Osborne in France almost brought a revolution. But the movement failed because ideological differences among the students. More recently, the Arab spring in some Muslim countries changed the rulers. Mobs came on to the streets and found a common cause: authoritarian rulers drenched in corruption. In China, the students gathered at the Tiananmen Square to protest against the dictatorial regime. But then Beijing, with no democracy, crushed hundreds of them to kill dissent. The present rulers have nearly got away with all their excesses. This is because India is an open flabby society. People can express their views freely despite the pressure and prize. But it lives under a delusion that the status quo can be maintained. What has happened at Delhi is a warning. The system requires overhauling. Even the election of members has to be looked into because money and musclemen have reduced the polling to a farce. The police in many states have become the private army of chief ministers. Overall, the country is peaceful, not because the people are contended but because they still have confidence of changing the complexion of parliament and state assemblies through votes. But this confidence is lessening election after election. More than that, the poor cannot live in the cold, hungry and without future, for another 65 years, the span since independence. They want to live. In another context, the raped girl, said: I want to live. The nation seems helpless. —The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author.

Electoral fraud & Qadri’s mission that of a torch bearer who is going to lead the nation by the till their feet are sure and Ali Ashraf Khan hand they know their way. Dr. Qadri Email:balti@super.net.pk should have announced at the outset that he himself is not aspiring for any public office but he coming to stage of a new his Tehrik-e-Islami jointly with likeplayer in the political game for minded parties is going to field its power Dr. Tahirul Qadri has candidates in forthcoming elections created quite some turmoil in the po- to bring a change and to empower litical landscape of Pakistan. In a the people of Pakistan, and not the situation where people are disgusted ruling feudal elite which has hiwith the established parties and es- jacked and turned the so-called pecially with the ruling PPP of the democratic dispensation into their Bhutto dynasty the call for imple- personal fiefdoms. The post-colonial state in the menting Islam has become strong among the unsecularized masses of shape of a western-type democracy Pakistan. Of course most do not has so far not gained much accepmean a Taliban-style state but a tance among the poor – and those are moderate welfare state where law the majority in Pakistan. Corrupt poand order are prevalent. The old re- litical leadership who is using this ligious parties Jamaat-i Islami and type of state and its rules to keep itJUI have never in the 65 years of self in power is of course fond of it Pakistan’s history been able even to and brags about democracy again and create the impression they could again. Also by repeating democracy, implement anything close to it. That democracy again and again they serve might be the reason why a Pakistani the agenda of their western, in the first origin Canadian national arriving place American sponsors. In spite of from abroad could create such a big them being a tiny minority in this hype in the country and awaken so country they are ruling by electoral manipulation and ruining the counmany expectations. While Dr. Qadri’s religious try with impunity. Accountability and transparency views are termed rather well informed and balanced, his political have never been respected in our poideas seem to be quite confused. He litical dispensation while the ruling says that he wants to save the state elite takes shield behind a false claim and not politics which is too vague that elections are the best mode of acto say anything definite. And in ad- countability of members of parliadition, he is changing his statements ment, which they consider a holy cow frequently so that any reliable analy- and rope in the corrupt bureaucracy sis is impossible. And apart from to bulldoze even court decisions and this, as a student of politics and his- yet harp on the tune that fountain of tory I fully endorse the opinion that power is the people whom they repthose who hold dual nationality are resent meaning that if their point of ineligible to become member of par- view is not accepted it comes under liament or hold any government the ambit of high treason because the position because of taking oath of government is the custodian of allegiance in another country; so Dr. people mandate and to challenge any Qadri could have easily announced unlawful act is disrespect of their that his role in this turmoil is only mandate. This arrogant attitude leads

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us to bring the following facts before the readers that in my memory no election held since 1970 has been genuinely representative of the aspirations of the people of Pakistan. Our political system has remained hostage in the hands of feudal lords who dominated Parliament and the government that people had lost hope in it and a person like Dr. Tahirul Qadri was able to create a cool breeze of hope for the hopeless millions fighting for their survival. I hold no brief from the revolutionary movement leading to 14th January sit-in at Islamabad to change the corrupt electoral system that tramples the wishes of masses till the expiry of tenure of five years, which they steal through rigged and engineered elections. 2008 Election is generally alleged as a product of the infamous NRO, the turn-out of voters in the election was 44.23% and PPP bagged 97 elected seats out of 340 with securing only 30.6% votes from the total number of votes cast. PML (N) bagged 71 seats securing 19.6% of the total vote cast with PML (Q) bagging 42 elected seats securing 23% of total votes cast. That means you can claim majority party by securing only 15% of total turn out of voters representing 7% of the total number of voters in Pakistan, what a mockery in democracy. Earlier in 1970 election Awami League bagged 160 seats out of 300 seats of National Assembly, while PPP had bagged 81 seats but transfer of power was not allowed to the majority party under the slogan of ‘Uddher tum iddher hum’ the result we have seen but have learnt no lesson. In the 1977 election PPP bagged 155 seats out of 200 and PNA bagged 36 seats in a massively rigged elections. In 1985 non-party election were held under Ziaul Haq regime and all 207 seats went to independents, which was transformed into PML with Mr Junejo as leader and Prime

Minister. The record of elections in Pakistan show that with a voter’s turn-out between 35 and 40 % and the kind of election system of ‘first pass the post’ a party needs a very small percentage of votes cast to win a majority of seats. And keeping in mind the faulty electoral roles which contain people who have expired and who do not contain the younger generation we can understand how less a representative character our elections have and how much room for manipulation is there. So then, what do these numbers tell us? If Dr. Tahirul Qadri wants a real change in the country, then apart from changing politics he can’t keep this state either; otherwise it will be travesty of history in Pakistan. He now seems to give much importance to constitutional requirement of holding election within 90 days of completion of tenure, this stance creates doubt about his sincerity with the purpose otherwise if the purpose of creating a stir to give credibility to the existing two-partyrule as part of the charter of democracy that will fail to deliver anything for the betterment of masses. That reinforces our belief that Democracy does not suit the genesis of the people of Pakistan. In my humble view then we must give a try to proportional representation system that might bring the desired change to establish a true welfare state; that vision has perhaps inspired Dr. Tahirul Qadri and all other politicians and members of civil society who support 14th January rally. In any case if it is too early to give a final judgment but some caution is required with ‘holy men’ who turn up suddenly from their western exile and attract massive crowds in their rallies with the masses waiting for a Messiah to come and stir the nation out of present political and social morass. God bless Pakistan.

irst, the dramatic setting: a packed opera house, the au dience chanting its support as the president approached the stage to deliver his speech with, as backdrop, a flag carrying photos of the slain; then, when he had finished, a rush from the stalls to mob him as if he were a diva. Second, the monotonous message: yet another proposal for a political solution, immediately dismissed by an opposition whom the president characterised as a “gang of criminals”. After 22 months of conflict, with a death toll estimated by the United Nations at over 60,000, the continued presence of Bashar al-Assad in Syria makes dialogue impossible. Like his Ba’athist counterpart in Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Mr Assad will only be removed by force, and on the battlefield the situation is turning against him. The regime has lost control of large parts of the country and failed to dislodge rebels from the suburbs of Aleppo and Damascus. The economy, suffering from sanctions and war damage, is being propped up by Iran, Iraq and pro-Syrian groups in Lebanon. The formation of the National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces gives the outside world a conduit for the supply of lethal and non-lethal aid to Mr Assad’s opponents. In this terrible war of attrition, 2013 could see the ending of this stalemate. Having rejected direct military intervention, the rebels’ foreign backers will have to work through the new coalition and the Free Syrian Army to limit the influence of the jihadis – and to hold together a country threatened by sectarian enmity, and by the Kurdish drive for autonomy. Iraq has given the outside world ample warning of what can follow the collapse of an entrenched dictatorship. But for all Mr Assad’s bombast the other day, his days as Syria’s leader are surely numbered. — The Telegraph

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he recovery of the property market in the UAE must be carefully managed to prevent the speculation that had damaged both financial institutions and consumers in the recent past. However, the decision by the Central Bank to cap mortgages — at 50 per cent for expatriates and 70 per cent for nationals — is harming the realty industry. The high deposit now required has driven many potential buyers from the market. This has also reduced the banks’ opportunities to lend money that they have in deposits — their main business. This is why the request by the Emirates Banks Association, that the mortgage cap be reviewed and its implementation be delayed by a month, must receive positive consideration. There is much that the banks can do to curb irresponsible borrowing and reduce speculation in the property market. They have offered to use the month to work together to develop a code of conduct to ensure that they at all times act as responsible lenders and reduce risk in their operations. Loans must only be extended to those who can afford them for sustainable investments. The Central Bank has a duty to protect the country’s financial system, but in a free market, regulation must be done with a light hand and in consultation with stakeholders to prevent unintended consequences. By ensuring that they are responsible in their lending decisions, financial institutions can help the Central Bank and the property market, while protecting their business.— Gulf News America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. Arnold Toynbee —British historian


Indo-Pak peace process assessment Voice of the People Dr Raja Muhammad Khan Email: drmk_edu@yahoo.com

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ndeed, peace between India and Pakistan is the prerequisite for achieving stability and economic development in South Asia. In the past, efforts were made at both bilateral and multilateral levels to normalize the relationship between these key South Asian neighbours; however, these attempts only resulted in limited economic interactions. There was little genuine determination or effort to address core political and bilateral issues that were a cause for belligerency between the two. The strategic culture of unpleasantness, the sense of insecurity and mistrust, and the divergent geopolitical interests of the great powers have also contributed to this environment of distrust and antagonism. Consequently, peace remained a distant dream for the people of Subcontinent. Despite nuisances, there have been negotiations and peace talks between officials, at ministerial level and even at the level of top leadership to shed away the environment of distrust between key neighbours

of South Asia. These talks even continued during the period of extreme tension between both countries as track-2 diplomacy. During last two years and particularly in 2012, there have been some very positive developments between two countries in almost all spheres; political, economic and at the level of people to people. Indeed, under the changed environment of interdependence and with pre-eminence of soft power; social constructivism and liberalism in the international politics, there is realization among the South Asian neighbours to shed away the differences and move forward. Scholars on either side feel that, after having followed mutually destructive policies for several decades, the people of both countries had over the last few years began to count their losses-the misery caused in the name of national security, the missed opportunities of mutual benefits through cooperation in the fields of economy, culture and scientific development, and extinction of the role South Asia could have played at international level by virtue of its size and resources. There have been positive steps from the leadership and people of both sides during 2012 to enhance bilateral cooperation. Liberalization of visa and later its operationalized

in December 2012, is one such step in the right direction. This would facilitate many on both sides through people-to-people contact, particularly the members of divided families, business community, old citizens and those among the academic circle. Indeed, in the renewed peace process, both countries have resorted to a gradual approach, thus remained guarded to talk loudly on the core issue(s). Political analysts feel that peripheral issues of less significance remained the focus of discussions, while making promises only on the core issues. Definitely, resolution of core issues needs a change in mindsets, thus would take time. But certainly, there is a need to understand that the peace process has been derailed many a time owing to the unresolved nature of the core issues between India and Pakistan. Indeed, over the years, maintaining a statusquo on these issues produced many other issues, which have now attained their separate identities and significance. In the presence of unresolved core issues, non-state actors would repeatedly find opportunities of spoiling the trust between both states. As a result, the nuclear rivals would again turn to the mobilization of troops, risking nuclear disaster. In the realistic paradigm, the only worry is

that, in the presence of unresolved core issues, the peace process can be derailed even on the occurrence of any sporadic incident as happened in the past, like the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. Under such a scenario, there would be a constant threat to the recently agreed cooperation for the promotion of trade and commerce between India and Pakistan. At the end of the day, both India and Pakistan must devise a via media to keep the peace process on track for the ultimate solution of core issues. This is only possible by adopting an optimistic approach; positive thinking about each other and rejecting the none-state actors, rampant on either side of the divide. Embarking upon the path of promoting trade and commerce, alongside making headway for the durable solution of core political issues and bridging the trust deficit is the best way forward. In collaboration with the Kashmiri leadership, India and Pakistan will have to find a durable solution for Kashmir, the major irritant and potential threat. Indeed, except Sir Creek, all other issues and mistrusts are the product of this issue. —The writer is Islamabad based analyst of IR.

Analysis of Pak political system Saba Ahmad Email: sabamad.ch@gmail.com

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n Pakistan we are hostages to two party system and two major par ties are enjoying splendor of ruling the nation, one way or the other they have always been part of the Government weather its federal government or the provincial. These parties claim their role through democracy, through pole that entitled them to hold the public offices. Transparency of these poles/elections is yet another subject to be addressed. Strangely in Pakistan even in the name of democracy, the same two percent privileged class manages to induct its members into the assemblies and other positions of power, while the 98 percent of the lower and middleclass population is totally deprived of its genuine representation. The democratic system has not developed strong roots in Pakistan, as the two percent privileged class now ruling the country has neither any concern for the masses nor any genuine love for the democratic institutions. Their primary objective is to remain in power and protect their interests at

all costs. Naturally, therefore, people belonging to such a mindset neither resist undemocratic and unconstitutional activities in the country nor feel any compunction in readily accepting and recognizing illegal governments, so long as their personal interests are protected and they are also allowed a share in the booty. If we look at the record of the various governments of Pakistan since its inception, we will easily notice that be it a democratic government or military regime, it has always been monopolized by the same two percent privileged class of the country. As a clever move, this class has inducted its members into all major political parties of the country. This ensures their permanent link with the power irrespective of which party is in the government at a given time. This monopolistic plan of the two percent privileged class is the main cause of the instability in the democratic institutions of the country. The two- percent ruling class mainly comprises of the feudal lords, While the remaining 98 percent population consists of the poor, oppressed and deprived ones. It is now for the people of Pakistan to judge and decide as to how this small self-centred two- per-

cent ruling class could solve the problems faced by the 98 percent. Isolated and insulated from the masses, this class is totally unaware of the sufferings, agonies, anxieties as well as the aspiration and hopes of the poor and oppressed people. The living standards and the life style of the privileged class are poles apart from the way of life of the less fortunate and alienated people. In fact there is hardly any meeting point between the two of them. The members of this privileged class spend millions of rupees to get elected to the national and provincial assemblies. Hence, their first priority on coming to power is to recover their capital spent on the election campaign, of course, along with compound interest and dividends. They have little time and energy for resolving the problems of their constituencies. For them, power and privileges are the main objective in coming into politics, they do not hesitate to compromise our principles and ideologies and willingly indulge in all kinds of undemocratic practices in order to maintain their hold on the establishment. They will establish policies only to facilitate their class. I, therefore, feels strongly that Pakistan can never pros-

per unless the prevailing corrupt political, economic and social system is brought to an end. It is certain that under the existing set up, the people of Pakistan cannot move ahead towards prosperity nor can there be any stability in the democratic system. It is possible only when the 98 percent poor and middle class people get united and adequately represented in the assemblies and places of power through qualified, honest and committed people belonging to their own class. Since last two years we witness the change and contribution of Pakistani youth in political system which is a pleasant change, its results can be seen by every other party addressing youth and trying to attract them. Now is the time to behave mature, rather associating our loyalties with personalities we should analyze their historical roles, their manifesto addressing health sector, development, education , law and order , defense and employment opportunities. Yes ask any and every representative of the political system about our concerns, it will register our concerns and shall bring the practical change in mindset of the prevailing political system.

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he United States’ use of drones is counter-productive, less ef fective than the White House claims, and is “encouraging a new arms race that will empower current and future rivals and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent”, according to a study by one of President Obama’s former security advisers. Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counterterrorism group in the run-up to his election in 2008, said the US administration’s growing reliance on drone technology was having “adverse strategic effects that have not been properly weighed against the tactical gains associated with killing terrorists”. Civilian casualties were likely to be far higher than had been acknowledged, he said. In an article for the Chatham House journal International Affairs, Boyle said the conventional wisdom over the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) needed to be chal-

lenged. He said there was an urgent need for greater transparency because most Americans remained “unaware of the scale of the drone programme ... and the destruction it has caused in their name”. US use of drones has soared during Obama’s time in office, with the White House authorising attacks in at least four countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. It is estimated that the CIA and the US military have undertaken more than 300 drone strikes and killed about 2,500 people. Administration officials have argued their use is lawful, though the Pentagon’s most senior lawyer, Jeh Johnson, recently admitted that the US was heading for a “tipping point”, beyond which it should no longer pursue terrorists by military means because the organisation that Congress authorised the military to pursue in 2001 had in effect been destroyed. In his study, Boyle said Obama pledged to end the “war on terror” and to restore respect for the rule of law in US counter-terrorism policies. “Instead, he has been just as ruthless and indifferent to the rule of

law as his predecessor ... while President Bush issued a call to arms to defend ‘civilisation’ against the threat of terrorism, President Obama has waged his war on terror in the shadows, using drone strikes, special operations and sophisticated surveillance to fight a brutal covert war against al-Qaida and other Islamist networks.” Boyle, who teaches at La Salle University, Philadelphia, said the government claim that drones were an effective tool that minimised civilian casualties was “based on a highly selective and partial reading of the evidence”.He argues one of the reasons why the US has been “so successful in spinning the number of civilian casualties” is that it has reportedly adopted a controversial method for counting them: all military-age men in a strike zone are classed as militants unless clear evidence emerges to the contrary. “The result of the ‘guilt by association’ approach has been a gradual loosening of the standards by which the US selects targets for drone strikes,” his study says. “The consequences can be seen

in the targeting of mosques or funeral processions that kill non-combatants and tear at the social fabric of the regions where they occur. No one really knows the number of deaths caused by drones in these distant, sometimes ungoverned, lands.” Boyle questions the claim that drone strikes have been effective in killing so-called high-value targets, saying records suggested lower-ranked foot soldiers were the ones who had been hit in greatest numbers. “Despite the fact that drone strikes are often employed against local enemies of the governments in Pakistan and Yemen, they serve as powerful signals of the regimes’ helplessness and subservience to the United States and undermine the claim that these governments can be credible competitors for the loyalties of the population,” he writes. “The vast increase in the number of deaths of low-ranking operatives has deepened political resistance to the US programme in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries.” — Courtesy: The Guardian

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ohtaram Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan, while addressing the Bar As sociation, Lahore, has in his presidential address, referred to certain prevailing political situation in Pakistan. Without commenting on the central theme of what he said, the question is that should the Chief Justice of a country, who holds a unique position, touch open political matters. This question should be considered by the Chief Justice himself who alone has the responsibility to review the same. However, I intend to say a few things about the statement of some political and religious leaders whose statements have been published in a section of press on the 7th January. The influential gentlemen have praised and welcomed the political reference in the speech of the Chief Justice and have proceeded to give him the title of “Protector of Democracy”. To them and like, I would strongly urge that we should accept and expect from judiciary to be protector and custodian of Constitution of Pakistan. Democracy has many forms and there is a wide spread disenchantment and question mark in the minds of the people regarding the present working of democracy. In the past, similar praises showered on the decisions of judiciary based on law of necessity gave birth to similar judgments which are being condemned today. It will be appropriate if the politicians and other leaders of opinion refrain from inviting or bidding the judiciary or Armed Forces of Pakistan into murky and ever shifting environment of politics. —Via email

Altaf’s apology COL RIAZ JAFRI (R) The apex court has accepted the apology of the contemnor Altaf Hussain. The apology was unconditional and the MQM Chief had placed himself entirely at the mercy of the court. He has also taken his contemptuous words back, synonymous for which in Urdu is “Thook kar chatna”. Though it was extremely magnanimous and gracious of the SCP to let him off but would it not have been appropriate to make him tender the apology publicly and recite orally all that he has submitted in writing to the court in front of a mammoth rally in Karachi similar to one in which he had committed the offence in the first place. His contemptuous and seething rants and utterings were heard by the millions in the arena and on almost all TV channels in the country, but how many would now know of the exact tenor and tone of his apology?! It has become a sort of customary to insult the judiciary and get away with a simple apology. The court can always demonstrate its large heartedness and forgive, but rendering of a public apology in front of the same crowd and under the similar circumstances in which the contempt was committed will act as an exemplary deterrent for all would be delinquent contemnors. —Rawalpindi

Blazing through firmament SAJJAD HAIDER Air Chief Marshal Shamim went down with the sun-set last afternoon. Pinky to comrades, when he arrived back from training in Australia and posted to the first and only Jetfighter squadron. The fighter was British contraption called Attacker but notoriously known as the flying coffin. Shamim was lobster pink in complexion when he arrived the first day in the squadron, and swiftly bequeathed the Nom du plume Pinky. An ever smiling and warm natured fighter pilot became quickly popular with the Fire can jockies ( No. 11 Squadron rebel raiser pilots). His assent was smooth as he never stepped any toes unlike this scribe. He held several key appointments through his career till he reached the summit and stayed there for seven long years. My personal memories of him are profound as an officer and a gentleman. He was always protective of me and had no qualms even as the Air Chief to utter complementary words to me in the professional context and for what I stood for. Very few men who reach the top of the ladder have the propensity to appreciate rather than to suffer insecurity. Shamim had that incredible quality and flaunted it graciously. Adios my friend, you will find some great souls up there to welcome you. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen. —Islamabad

Democracy in Pakistan? M FAZAL ELAHI

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his morning I spent a few hours at the airport, waiting for my daughter who was on a holiday from the US where she is studying. Unfortunately a lady customs officer who felt she didn’t look too much a student, delayed her, made her open her bags again, was a little confused to see that poor student had only eighty dollars in her purse and not the thousands she thought she was carrying, all this while I

waited patiently outside. But waiting at airports can be interesting; there’s a variety of emotions on display: Like daughter- in- law dutifully touching mother-in-law’s feet as she leaves with her husband, and did I see faint hint of a smile of relief on her face as she leaves those feet forever and rushes off into the safe portals of the tinted doors? Then the grandmother who rushes to greet a grandson, pinches his cheeks, which I think is our traditional way of greeting a child, but unfortunately not tradition the little boy understands, and the little fellow screams, “I’ll report you to my teacher for hurting me!” And father and mother fearfully look at each other and whisper in dear grandmas

ear, she should use less violent methods to show her love if she wants to keep them out of some Norway jail! I stare at the doors but see no sign of my daughter and then watch as a horrified husband gazes at his wife coming out, “That is not your mother!” he shouts to his children, “Yes daddy it is mummy, she looks like Mrs Obama no?” And the horrified husband who last saw his wife wrapped in the whole of nine yards shivers involuntarily at what the Americas have done to her, goes dutifully forward to his wife who winks at him, and suddenly he sees a new world opening and hugs her, jeans, fancy top, boy cut and all. My daughter comes out. Sud-

denly I want to reach out and touch and hold, and whisper into her ears all the days I’ve waited to have her back, but I turn and say, “Wait here, I’ll get the car!” My dog at home was more responsive, he jumped, whined and licked and hasn’t left her side ever since she returned. Maybe watching emotions at the airport made me hide mine, for what I’d actually wanted to say was, “What joy to have you back!” But when you are a voyeur watching others emote, you forget how to yourself, ah there’s somebody giving me a hug: “Ouch you’re hurting me I’ll report you to my teacher..!” —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

A serious question that continues to boggle the minds of the people of Pakistan, even after six and a half decades of the country’s existence, is there democracy in Pakistan? The country has been under military rule for a little over three decades and almost three and a half decades of civilian rule. The military rule obviously cannot be categorized as democratic because it is universally termed, and very rightly so, as ‘dictatorship’. The fundamental reason why it is called dictatorship is that the rulers, under the military regime, come to power by overthrowing civilian governments which are elected to the parliaments through popular ballot. In spite of defining the two types of rules that have been in place in Pakistan, over the past sixty-five years, the need to assess whether Pakistan has ever had true democracy is still legitimate. His-

tory stands testimony to the fact that successive democratically elected governments which came to power in this country always made tall claims of serving the masses and this country. The reality has, however, been totally different. In effect, their personal interests and the interest of their parties have always been very dear to them. They did everything for themselves but nothing for the people who elected and placed them in positions of authority. The so called public representatives of this country became opulent by the day and amassed massive wealth, during their respective tenures, at the cost of the poverty-stricken masses of Pakistan. Access of the poor of this country to even the basic amenities of life such as food, shelter, education and health, as guaranteed by the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, have been blatantly usurped by the rulers over and over again. They have been left to the mercy of Allah. It has become immensely difficult for them to even have three square meals a day, what to speak of the other basic needs of life. Time has come for the people of Pakistan to realize quickly that they have always been exploited by those in whom they blindly vested their trust. They must also realize that it is they who have the power to elect people to the helm to govern the country. Heavy responsibilities lie on their shoulders to elect the right people to power. Elections are round the corner. This is the time when people should exercise their power to elect their representatives judiciously and make conscious efforts not to repeat the past mistakes. If they do, I am afraid, they will be doomed forever. —Islamabad

Qazi’s death MOHAMMAD FAYYAZ The nation has indeed been deprived one of the most sincere politicians in Pakistan. He was vocal, argumentative, and convincing speaker. He was the third elected leader after Syed Abul Ala Maududi, and Main Tufail Muhammad. In 1985 he got elected for six years as member of the Senate . He later on became the head of Muttahida Majlis e Amal (MMA), a coalition of religio-cumpolitical parties. Recently he escaped narrowly a female suicide-bomber’s suicide jacket near Mohmand Agency. Qazi Hussain Ahmad always expressed his pride of being an individual of Muhammad’s (SAW) Ummah. He efforts were for the unity of all the individuals of this Ummah. May Allah forgive his sins, bless his soul, and grant him Jannatul Firdous! —Charsadda

Business for women AYESHA TEHREEM Business is need of every individual and the successful business is the desire and goal of every businessman. One should know the market demand and public interest before starting a new business. One should have an eye on market and proper research about long term and short term businesses, perfect marketing and business strategies to be adopted. It is very hard for a Pakistani woman to jump into some business and entrepreneurship. Women face many challenges, as they do not enjoy the same opportunities as men in our country. They not only lack access to basic needs such as health, education and employment but are also deprived of financial resources. However, financial need is forcing our women to engage in some sort of entrepreneurship. There is a potential envisaged to develop the handicrafts sector and create income generation measures for these women as they possess the talents and aptitude for entrepreneurial development. If you are a woman and thinking to start a business in Pakistan, you can think of some fields like Educational Institute, Call Centre and most popular in women Fashion and Boutique etc. Nevertheless, Pakistani women are now entering in the field of edu-

cation, health, engineering, IT and active participation is seen in the sports and politics arena. Around 65% of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan have opted for traditional business such as parlors, bakeries, boutiques, but the largest number is employed in the garments and handicrafts sector. In general, urban women are better placed in terms of accessing information than those operating in the rural areas. Many women are learning skills such as embroidery, sewing, and knitting for income generation, but lack suitable environment to develop their career. Like many retail businesses, you don’t need any formal qualifications to open a clothing boutique but you will need some business expertise. Unless you plan to outsource someone to handle your finances, you need to be competent with figures in order to determine stock levels, profit margins, prices and tax returns. Because of profit ratios, this is the business worth to consider Top Business to start in Pakistan. —Islamabad

Metro bus service ATHER ALI KHAN Those interested in observing the realization of a sweet dream, actualization of an imagination, completion of wish. defeating an unbeatable and completion of a mission impossible, they must spare some time to watch the historical “Metro Bus System” in Lahore. It will make them the eye witness of a revolutionary process, resulting into removal of the shadows of the depression over the oppressed via minimizing the distances of the progress and hence alleviation of the poverty. In spite of the hullaballoo and baseless propaganda over this Project, the Punjab government has almost completed it but at the minimum possible cost, in the minimum possible span of time. This innovation, no doubt, will improve the lifestyle of the people of Lahore and restore their self-respect and hence will prove the path way for a social & economic revolution in the city. The visionary Chief Minister of Punjab decided to launch an organized & modern system, having no substitute not only in the country but the whole South Asia, with an aim to provide a dignified, comfortable & safe transport to the millions of the citizens who were badly annoyed of overcrowded wagons, busses and uncomfortable n expensive Rikshaws. This system will smoothly address the problem and will ensure mobility besides providing easy access to masses, supporting urban life and making the city livable. Though the volume, prolonged period and other hurdles like the noise against the issue is politically-motivated, aimed at creating misconceptions as were created against Pakistan Movement, Kalabagh Dam and Motorway Project etc. But it‘s the vision and will power which convert such dreams into realities. It‘s neither the part of a dream history nor the story of an advanced country like China or Japan, but is the matter of a few months behind when a delegation from the brother country Turkey visited on the invitation of the CM Shahbaz Sharif, to start the movement of the development and prosperity from the city from where the movement for independen started. It‘s worth mentioning here that the Punjab government has taken special care of the transparency and quality both, in this project too, like all of its other initiatives and has ensured each n every penny of the public funds to be utilized just for the public welfare. —Via email

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drug cartel” a few years ago, the idea seemed too absurd to compel a rational response. Now it is actually written into the new bill turned law as if a matter of fact. (Section 2, Findings 12) The bill doesn’t only lack reason, proper references and is

journalist Belen Fernandez has been looking into this matter for years. In all of her writings on the topic she seemed to trace the very thread that unites the invented upheaval over Iran’s supposed takeover of the “Western Hemisphere.” In an article titled: “Distorting Iranian-Latin American Relations,” nearly two years ago she wrote: “Iranian ‘penetration’ in Latin America has in recent years become a pet issue of Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and American neoconservative pundits, many of whom take offense at the perceived failure of the U.S. government to adequately appreciate the security threat posed by, for example, the inauguration of a weekly flight from Caracas to Tehran with a stop in Damascus.” The issue for Israel and its U.S. conduits is entirely political. Iran is indeed expanding its political and diplomatic outreach, but entirely through legal and official means, something that the U.S. has failed to do since the Monroe Doctrine gave the U.S. exclusive hegemony over Latin America starting in December 1823. But much has changed since then, especially in the last two decades when the U.S. swung toward disastrous Middle East foreign policies, much to the pleasure of Israel. The suffering endured by Arabs and Muslims was the needed break for some Latin American countries to challenge U.S. policies in their respective countries. This period was the era in which powerhouses like Brazil rose and popular governments took the helm. U.S. policies in Latin America are not failing because of Iranians “sinister” plans, but because of something entirely different. Demeaning Latin America as a hapless region

EADING the text of a bill that was re cently signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the U.S.-Mexico border, cutting fences and ready to wreak havoc on an otherwise serene American landscape. Never mind that crazed, armed-to-the- teeth, homegrown mass-killers of children are terrorizing whole cities. It is the Iranian menace that we are meant to fear according to the new law. When compounded with the other imagined threats of Hezbollah and Hamas, all with sinister agendas, then the time is right for Americans to return to their homes, bolt their doors and squat in shelters awaiting further instructions, for evidently, “The Iranians are coming.” It is as comical as it is untrue. But “The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act,” which as of Dec. 28 is an official U.S. law, is not meant to be amusing. It is riddled with half-truths, but mostly complete and utter lies. Yes, Iran’s influence in Latin America is on the rise. However, by U.S. standards, the expanding diplomatic ties, extending trade routes and such are considered a threat to be “countered” or per Forbes magazine’s endless wisdom, “con- This week, a threat against Iran by the United States was published by the ... fronted.” Language in politics can be very dangerous as America there are two contradicting narratives. One dotted with a strange amalgam of politically inspired accusations, it also relies on wholesale allegations it can misconstrue reality, turning fictitious sce- that merely acknowledges Iranians growing diplonarios into “facts.” Despite its faltering economy, matic outreach in Latin America since 2005 and of little, if any plausible foundation whatsoever: “Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies with a presthe United States continues to experience a sharp another that speaks of massive conspiracies involvgrowth in its think tank industry men and women ing Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, drug cartels, ence in Latin America have raised revenues through whose sole purpose are to invent and push political Thus, Obama enacted the bill into law and funds have been secured to evaluate Iran’s growing agendas, which oftentimes belong to some foreign “threats” in “America’s backyard” so that proper measures are taken to counter the frightening entity; in this case it is Israel. Ian Barman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, possibilities. What Duncan doesn’t know however, is that Latin America is no longer hostage, reflected that sentiment exactly in a recent article in Forbes. Only in the past year, “policymakers in neither to the whims of Washington, nor to his South Carolina’s 3rd District. And that the “Western Washington have woken up to a new (Iranian) threat Hemisphere” is no longer defined by the confines of U.S. foreign policies, which seem to be narto U.S. security”, he wrote, citing an alleged Irarowing each year to meet Israeli expectations and not those of America. nian assassination plot in Washington. According to Barman, that was the wake-up illicit activities, including drug and arms traffickwaiting for U.S. saviors and pinning U.S. political call leading to a “deeply worrisome” reality. In a and yes, even underground music piracy groups. moment of supposed level-headedness, he writes: The alleged conspiracy is not only far-fetched, it is ing, counterfeiting, money laundering, forging travel stocks on Iran might serve immediate Israeli purdocuments, pirating software and music and pro- poses, but it will certainly contribute to the grow“exactly how significant this threat is represents purposely fabricated to further punish Iran, on beviding haven and assistance to other terrorists tran- ing political delusion that permeates Washington. the subject of a new study released in late Novem- half of Israel, for its nuclear program. The panic over Iran’s “infiltration” of the U.S. siting the region.” (Section 2, Findings 8) Of course, Alas, there is little indication that Washington poliber by the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. That report, titled ‘A Line “neighborhood” in Latin America, didn’t start a year since the whole exercise is fueled by Israeli anxi- ticians are anywhere near waking up from Israel’s ety, Hamas also had to somehow be pulled in, if not overbearing spell. Just examine the author of the In The Sand,’ documents the sinister synergies that ago (as alleged by Barman) but rather coincided indicted through the same inexplicable reasoning: anti-Iran bill: Representative Jeff Duncan of South have been created in recent years between Iran and with old Israeli-Western propaganda that painted Hezbollah on the one hand, and radical regional Iran as a country ruled by religious fiends whose “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration con- Carolina’s 3rd District. cluded in 2008 that almost one-half of the foreign A “freshman” with massive ambitions, Duncan regimes and actors from Venezuela to Mexican main hobby is to assemble bombs and threaten drug cartels on the other.” But according to Agency Western civilization. When pro-Israeli think tank terrorist organizations in the world are linked to nar- joined the Congress in 2011 and quickly learned cotics trade and trafficking, including Hezbollah and the ropes. He knows that in order to succeed on France Press, reporting on the new law on Dec. 29, “experts” began floating a scenario of “what if Iran “Washington has repeatedly stated it is closely and Hezbollah join forces with Mexico’s Los Zetas Hamas.” (Section 2, Findings 10) U.S. author and Capitol Hill, one must win favor with the pro-Is-

The hard road ahead

A week is a long time in politics KARIM RASLAN

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ATTA Rajasa is one of Indonesia’s most powerful men. As the Coordinating Minister for the Economy he is tasked with managing a booming economy that is fast approaching US$1 trillion (RM3.04 trillion) in size. This media-savvy and intuitive leader is also

Hatta has over the past ten days experienced both and in turn, this reveals the underlying robustness and roller-coaster quality of Indonesian political life – an open-stage where everyone has to face intense public scrutiny, calls for equality before the law plus an atmosphere of general cynicism. For starters, in the early hours of Christmas Eve his daughter, Alia gave birth to her first child and the sec-

A challenging time: Hatta (centre) will need all his wisdom and experience to na vigate his son Rasid’s case through the legal system. ond of SBY’s grandchildren. the head of the Partai Amanat Nasional A resplendent group photo of the two (PAN), the political vehicle of the Reformasi Era icon Amien Rais and a families in the hospital suite, alongside the young couple and the latest addition to the lynch-pin of President Susilo Bambang emerging dynasty, Airlangga Satriadhi Yudhoyono’s (SBY) ruling coalition. Indeed, the relationship with the taci- Yudhoyono was subsequently released nationwide. Little did they all realise, the turn President goes beyond politics. Last family portrait marked a high-point that year, Hatta’s daughter, Siti Ruby Alia would subsequently be erased from public Rajasa married Edhie Baskoro (SBY’s memory by a dramatic tragedy involving second son and the Secretary-General of another family member, namely Hatta’s the largest national party, the Democrats) in a lavish ceremony that some TV sta- youngest son, the 22-year-old Rasid Amirulloh, who was in the group photo. tions carried live. The white-haired The circumstance surrounding the Sumatran is clearly a man with ambitions tragedy – a car crash that led to the death for the future, all the more so as his inof two people – remain hazy and unclear. law SBY is unable to stand for a third term But on Jan 2, Rasid was declared a susin 2014. pect in a reckless driving case that caused Still, political-positioning at such an the deaths – a charge that could lead to a exalted level has its peaks and troughs.

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FTER almost two years of civil war, there are no longer two options for Syria, political or military. Both sides now rely on force. The opposition activists who try to maintain the originally peaceful character of their uprising are still there, but the armed rebels are calling the shots. Those in the regime who wanted to engage the opposition in some form of dialogue were marginalised early on, when Bashar Al Assad chose to respond to the protests with force. Eventually there will have to be a political process. But the conditions under which such a process will come about now largely depend on military developments on the ground plus, to some extent, on the signals and actions of international players. But if both sides are now using military means for political ends, the ends differ. For the opposition, the military struggle is a means to support the initially civilian uprising. It considers the civilian population, even in regime-controlled territory, as its base, and it aims to depose the regime by gaining military and political ground. Many government officials are aware that the regime cannot win militarily Vice President Farouk

five-year jail term. Essentially what happened is as follows: On New Year’s Eve, the young Rasid, having spent the evening with his girlfriend in the nightlife district of Kemang, sent her home and then at around 4.30am, he headed back to his family’s residence in the Fatmawati neighbourhood. Driving a jet-black BMW X5 (and at approximately 5am) along a suburban toll road, Rasid lost control of his car, ramming into a smaller Daihatsu Luxio, leading to the deaths of two passengers in the car: Harun, a 57-year-old man and M. Raihan a 14-month-old baby. In the aftermath of the accident, the BMW was seized by the police. Rasid himself (who has yet to surface publicly) was hospitalised where he was treated for shock. The media have also reported that he has had to undergo a urine test. Whatever the case, the national media attention has been unrelenting. Moreover, the clamour for information has very naturally come head-to-head with Hatta’s immense personal influence. There have been accusations that the police have granted Rasid preferential treatment (including treatment at the VVIP unit of the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta). Hatta however has been extremely sensitive in his handling of the tragedy. Aware of the scepticism surrounding people such as himself from the political elite, he has endeavoured to be as transparent as possible. Moreover, he has conducted himself with restraint, humility and decorum: visiting the homes of the two victims and apologising in public and on behalf of his family, for the tragic deaths. While parents cannot be expected to be responsible for everything their children do, Hatta will need all his wisdom and experience to navigate his son Rasid’s case through the legal system because there is a great deal at stake. In an Indonesia where many feel the elite are above the law, he will have to ensure that justice is done and seen to be done. Any hesitancy on his part could well destroy his future career and indeed undermine SBY’s legacy. Given the challenges, it may well prove easier to manage the economic squalls facing the Republic rather than his own son’s problematic case. —Courtesy Star

raeli lobby. He sponsored the bill on Jan. 3 that year, just a few days before the Iranian president went on a major diplomatic tour in Latin America to expand his country’s international relations. The trip alone was unacceptable, for Latin America has long been designated as the U.S. “backyard” according to the belittling perception of U.S. mainstream media. The trip ignited the ire of Israel, which media and officials considered a travesty at a time when Tel Aviv was tirelessly working to isolate Iran. The bill was clearly a coordinated move, as its language indicates textbook Israeli public diplomacy. Duncan might have been a novice, but he is quickly catching up. On May 20, 2011, he proudly posted a statement on his House of Representatives’ page that sharply censures his own president’s remarks on Israel, while fully supporting the political stances of the leader of another country, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He decried Obama’s siding with the “Hamas-led government”, thus “undermined(ing) Israel’s position in the negotiation process.” “President Obama’s statement that Israel should retreat to its impossible to defend 1967 borders breaks a promise to one of our strongest allies, threatens Israel’s security, and jeopardizes the future of democracy in the region,” he wrote. Of course, Duncan wholeheartedly agreed with Netanyahu’s rightwing policies. “(The Israeli) prime minister understands the hard reality of Israel’s precarious security situation and daily threats of terrorism. “I agree with the Israeli Prime Minister that President Obama’s position is simply unrealistic.” He concluded with a very telling statement: “As a Christian, I ask Americans to continue lifting up the people of Israel with prayers for safety and the hope for a lasting peace.” This strange attitude toward politics and American national security is the real threat, not Iranian embassies and water purification projects in some Latin American countries. But considering the rising religious zealotry, shrewd Israeli lobby and the numerous think tanks of catered wisdom, there is little space for pragmatic politics or sensible approach to anything that concerns Israel. Thus, Obama enacted the bill into law and funds have been secured to evaluate Iran’s growing “threats” in “America’s backyard” so that proper measures are taken to counter the frightening possibilities. What Duncan doesn’t know however, is that Latin America is no longer hostage, neither to the whims of Washington, nor to his South Carolina’s 3rd District. And that the “Western Hemisphere” is no longer defined by the confines of U.S. foreign policies, which seem to be narrowing each year to meet Israeli expectations and not those of America. —Courtesy Japan Times

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HE unnamed victim of the Delhi gang rape incident wasn’t the only woman raped in India in the past weeks. There were several others every single day since the gang rape took place on December 16. Newspapers collated them neatly on their national pages, testimony to about four or five incidents of extreme sexual assault. Of these that do find their way to police complaints, few are investigated and fewer still end in convictions. What they do become eventually is a statistic. There were 24,206 similarly unnamed victims of rape in 2011, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, the statistical arm of the police. Sharing space in those dailies would be a report or two of acid attacks, one on a girl on her way to school in a remote village, another on a young working woman in a burgeoning metropolis. And then there’s sexual harassment that any woman in India risks facing everywhere – in the neighbourhood, on the bus, at work. Countless incidents that insult ordinary women going about their lives, of which there is no statistic simply because of the hassle involved in informing the police. They suffer the indignity, fight back if they can, and move on. As brutal as the Delhi gang rape is, the danger lies in seeing it as an aberration that calls for a speedy trial and certain death to the perpetrators. While the law must firmly take its course, such an understanding of the events in Delhi limits the possibility of broader change. What the Indian capital has seen over the past weeks is a spontaneous outburst of anguish that was enough to make the governing class scuttle behind its security barricades. A high-handed police force filled in for the visible lack of political leadership. Punish the accused, and while that provides some consolation, it seems to be all that the government is pondering – 30 years in prison and chemical castration, according to recent reports. What causes rape? A protestor in Delhi speaking to a news channel spoke of large families living in crammed single-room homes and the resulting lack of privacy such housing

affords. It is true that low-income housing is inadequate in Indian cities, so much

of the confines imposed on them. This is aggravated by an accompanying feeling of

Man should choose not to commit crime, instead of being forcefully conditioned to forego it. The six men in Delhi did not just rape the girl, they butchered her. And for India, this isn’t a stray incident. Yes, it is horrific and punishment is necessary. But Burgess is right. What is more important, difficult but also more effective is social reform and the hard road ahead for the ruling class and civil society in implementing it. so that to a large degree it doesn’t exist. Also, sexual assault is more widely under-reported among the economically

emasculation and a loss of male entitlement. The woman is empowered when she does well and the man infuriated that her em-

weaker. But this defines rape strictly as a sickness of the lower income groups, as something that doesn’t happen to people like us, as something that needs eugenics. As every woman knows, sexual assault isn’t a class problem. In fact, the more a woman seems to be doing well for herself, the more the perpetrator feels the need to reinforce his authority over the victim’s perceived weakness. Unlike the Delhi incident where the rape was by opportunists, a majority of physical and sexual assault against women in India is because of life and choices independent

powerment is challenging his authority. So he decides to put her in place, through verbal harassment, beatings, acid attack and rape. What India needs is education. And jobs for economic security. Safe public transport. Sensitised policing, street lights, and stricter censorship of how women are depicted in the media. For courts to decide on cases of gender violence fast and for political parties to stop fielding criminals as candidates. For people to do their jobs and not shirk responsibility. In the book A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess deals with the morals of human behaviour. —Courtesy bdnews

Looking past Assad Al Sharaa said so much in a recent interview. But territorial losses and political setbacks have not made the regime core around Bashar Al Assad and his brother Maher more inclined to negotiate. Power sharing is simply not a concept in the Baathist worldview. Nor does Assad seem any more willing

Militarily, Assad is now relying almost totally on loyalists from his Alawite sect who dominate the senior officer corps. The mainly Alawite elite battalions and the air force are still largely intact, and supported on the ground by hastily recruited militias the so-called shabiha which have been responsible for

Alawite enclave in the coastal mountains. Certainly the regime is to blame for the destruction of Syria’s social fabric, but this does not help to repair the damage. The more the opposition advances, the more it also becomes responsible for rescuing and rebuilding the state. The opposition has taken an important

The main means of strengthening those who want to build a democratic and inclusive postAssad Syria is to unify the flow of money and material support. The better the Coalition and the Free Syrian Army are able to pay their soldiers and dispense the necessary equipment, other militias and groups will submit to their leadership. than a year ago to negotiate a safe exit from Syria. His political strategy is to stay, but it is no longer about the whole of Syria. Assad believes he can concentrate on retaining a few strategic areas Damascus; the coastal mountains, which are mainly inhabited by members of his Alawite minority; the port of Tartus; and the land connections between these areas while inflicting scorched-earth punishments on rebelheld territory.

most of the atrocities against civilians. With the rising brutality, the war has increasingly turned into a sectarian conflict. As a result, many Alawites are now prepared to fight on Assad’s side not out of conviction, but out of fear that if he falls they and their families will be slaughtered. Without assurances for their future, the elite battalions, air force, intelligence services and shabiha will fight on simply to secure the survival of their community, possibly in an

step by forming the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. It now has a credible leadership with better contacts to the Local Coordination Committees and other civilian groups inside Syria, and it has made progress toward unifying the diverse forces of the Free Syrian Army and other armed groups under one military command. Parallel with the military struggle, though, the opposition has to present itself as a credible alterna-

tive to the regime. Among other things, the Coalition needs to start providing services in liberated areas, particularly by distributing relief aid to residents and refugees. At the same time, the Free Syrian Army needs to distance itself from extremist forces. Opposition leaders obviously appreciate the fighting power of these groups. Politically, however, the opposition cannot win with forces whose actions and propaganda exacerbate the fears of those Syrians who oppose the regime but fear that its fall will lead to more bloodshed and repression. Thanks to their personal histories, leaders of the Coalition such as Ahmad Moaz Al Khatib, Riad Seif and Suhair Al Atassi are well placed to offer a vision of coexistence to those, particularly Alawites, who have so far stuck with the regime. The appointment of an Alawite as ambassador to Paris was a good signal, but it is not enough to reassure the community that it will have a place in a post-Assad Syria. International actors do have an impact in Syria, even in the opposition. —Courtesy Khaleej Times


8 killed in NW drone attack From Page 1 completely leveled to ground and caught fire after the strike, said eyewitnesses, adding that the death toll could further rise as some people were feared buried under the debris of the destroyed house. Shortly after the first strike, media reports said that U.S. drones launched another strike at a house in the Eissu Khel village in the same area, which killed at least three people. Tuesday morning’s strike is the fifth of its kind launched by U. S. drones in Pakistan in 2013. So far at least 38 people have been killed in such strikes. —NNI

Flour crisis From Page 1 kg with Rs 3 increase, Quetta Rs 40/kg and Karachi Rs 45/kg. Utility stores in various cities including Multan, and Rawalpindi are short of supply. It should be mentioned that the crisis emerged after flour mills excusing increase in expenses of grinding wheat refused to sell the flour bag at the rates fixed by government. The flour mills owners have urged the provincial governments and price control authorities to review the rates of flour bag to resolve the issue which was both in their and masses favour. On the other hand consumers were of the view that government was providing subsidy to flour mills and increase in prices was not acceptable at all. They demanded of the government to launch crackdowns against flour mills creating artificial shortages and difficulties for poor people.—INP

PCNS not consulted From Page 1 stitution while activities of intelligence agencies must be regulated. The recommendations also stated that the chief justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts form special benches in their respective courts to hear the cases of missing persons. The list of recommendations also proposes strict action in accordance with the Constitution and the law against officers who detain people illegally. It also proposed that the government should enter the names

of those arrested in a computerised register within 24 hours of the arrest. The arrested individual should be informed about the sections used against him or her within 24 hours of the arrest. The list also recommended that all training institutes of the army, intelligence agencies and police should be administered in accordance with the law. The list calls for the government to announce immediate prison reforms and also take measures to provide knowledge of

fundamental rights to its police trainees. The committee recommended that no action be taken against officials who present the missing persons in court within the stipulated time. Speaking to media representatives after the session, Rabbani said the 15 recommendations would be presented in the Senate and the National Assembly, adding that the government should implement the committee’s recommendations in order to recover the missing persons.

Nawaz for serious Pak-India From Page 1 ing two countries closer. Earlier, addressing the seminar, Nawaz said, “There can be no peace in one country, without peace in the other. The challenges are enormous, but given a common vision and unflinching resolve, there is no reason why we should not be able to overcome them.” He said he is aware of the many differences and disputes that have continued to haunt Pakistan-India relations. Some of these are the legacy of history, while others have emerged in recent years. However, he said he is confident and convinced that if the two countries remain engaged in sincere and uninterrupted dialogue process, there is no reason why we should not be able to make steady progress towards resolution of all our differences. He was of the view that cooperation in the sectors of energy and power should now occupy the highest priority for the regional countries, both bilaterally

and through the mechanism of SAARC. He said there is an urgent need for this initiative as this energy starved region cannot strengthen its economy, in any significant way, without regional cooperation, that should then be extended to the energy—rich Central Asian states. “Meaningful understanding in these sectors would ensure tangible and immediately visible benefits to the people, which would contribute to strengthening peace and stability in the region,” he said. Nawaz further said that the decision to normalize trade relations with India is a step in the right direction. This move will bring stability and remove arbitrariness in trade matters, he added. As signatories to the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), he said both countries are obliged not to discriminate against each other in matters of trade. It is however essential for the Government to iron out the related issues with India, including removal of non-tariff barriers and finalizing a road map for freer trade. The government must also engage in detailed consultations with the stakeholders, especially on related aspects, such as standardization issues, he added. He also said the agreement on a liberal visa regime is to be welcomed as well. Similarly, ex-

change of media representatives, scholars, sportsmen and women and members of the civic society should be encouraged as it can go a long way in removing many of the myths and misconceptions that have created walls of distrust among us. Visas must also be allowed to these categories, he said. Nawaz further said, “We know that countries of South Asia are endowed with impressive human, as well as natural resources that would be the envy of any nation. Our people have long been recognized as amongst the most imaginative and enterprising; their role and contribution to the development of many foreign countries has been widely recognized. We have a population of over a billion and a half and yet, regrettably, our contribution to the world’s economy is not commensurate either with the capabilities of our people, or with the natural resources that the Almighty has bestowed on us.” He said, “It is not only that we have failed to evolve a satisfactory code of conduct in our bilateral relations, but have not even allowed the only regional organization that brings us together—the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—to live up to the expectations of its Founding Fathers.

Suspect From Page 1 Interpol and had sent two of its high ranking officials to Dubai to seek Jatoi’s custody. Shahzeb was killed allegedly by Shahrukh Jatoi near Mubarak Masjid in DHA on December 25. The killing resulted from a small argument he had with Talpur, when the latter’s servant verbally harassed his sister. Talpur and his friend, Jatoi, allegedly followed Shahzeb, even after the issue was settled, and shot him dead..—Agencies

Extradited From Page 1 tors said Naseer and Zazi coordinated their plans through emails to the same Pakistan-based al Qaeda facilitator, “Ahmad,” using similar code words to discuss explosives and the timing of their respective plots. Naseer was re-arrested by British authorities in 2010 after a U.S. warrant was issued. He fought extradition, saying he feared he could be sent from the U.S. to Pakistan and subjected there to torture. Naseer’s appeal was rejected last month by the European Court of Human Rights, paving the way for him to stand trial in the United States.—Reuters

Red zone From Page 1 Tahirul Qadri will hold his first address in Muridke, which would be followed by addresses in Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Jhelum and several other cities. According to the spokesman of Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran, the leadership of the MQM will also be part of the caravan.

PPP leader From Page 1 National Assembly (MNA) for the NA-212 Naushero Feroze-II seat. The former PPP leader has recently been known for criticising his party’s leaders over “their wrong policies”, especially regarding the revival of local bodies system in Sindh. During the recent by-polls in PS-21, Shah fielded his paternal nephew Zuhaib Shah against his own party’s candidate following his growing disenchantment with the PPP. Shah later accused the PPP of rigging the by-elections. PS-21 fell vacant when PPP’s Dr Ahmad Ali Shah, Shah’s brother, was unseated by the Supreme Court because of his dual nationality. Meanwhile, during the former PPP MNA’s meeting with Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, matters concerning the country’s political situation and the upcoming elections. Sharif, who heads the main opposition party in the National Assembly – the PMLN — said that the people demand that polls take place on time, and that his part would not let elections be delayed at any cost.

Business leaders to press From Page 2 Taking part in the discussion, Former Sindh Governor Brig (Retd) Moinuddin Haider warned that the election would be a “dubious exercise” if the pro-change masses could not replace their current rulers through the power of vote. “Some are asking what if polls bring the same people to power again,” he said. Tariq Sayeed, the business leader and former president FPCCI, said fair election only could dim chances for the return of corrupt rulers. “Therefore this free and fair election is something we all should strive for,” said the business leader. Also, Saeed seconded Dr Qadri’s demand for a neutral interim setup to hold free and fair election in the country. The enforcement of Articles 62 and 63, he said, were Dr Qadri’s prime concern that the

businessmen would fully support. “I also demand that an election candidate must be Sadique (truthful) and Ameen (trustworthy),” said Saeed who believes that January 14’s long march would be a success story. He said in next couple of days he would be holding a press conference to demand the organizers of the election to bar those not qualified under Articles 6263 from contesting election. “we would not tolerate any candidate “This democracy has embezzled Rs 4000 billion with national debt growing by Rs 8000 billion,” MQM Senator Abudl Haseeb Khan told the gathering. To Khan only remedy available to the country’s problems was election. The senator said the masses would have to come out of their abodes and caste their vote. “The election

must be fully participated. Your civil society does vote. The voters would have to come out to elect those who are less corrupt,” said the senator who earlier said his identity was none other than a Pakistani and a Muslim. In his concluding remarks, host of the event Federal Advisor on Textile Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said Pakistan was facing a “do or die” situation where no room existed for further negatives. “We can afford gimmicks no more,” he warned urging the voters to support in the election individuals and not parties. “Vote for best of the lot.” “If we are able to successfully use Articles 6263 (in election) we can clean the things up,” the federal advisor said. About the corrupt politicians, Baig said no one could get away sans accountability.

Govt will be responsible From Page 1 cost. The TMQ leader further claimed that international media reporters have been hired for spreading anti-long march propaganda. Dr Qadri stated that his January 14 long march was according to the Constitution of Pakistan. He warned that if anyone tried to stop the long march, the crowds of millions of people would be out of his control. Pakistan Awami Tehreek has announced schedule for Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s January 14 long march. According to PAT spokesman Abdul Hafeez Chaudhary, a convoy comprising Tehreek Minhaj ul Quran and Muttahida Qaumi Movment would leave for Islamabad from Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s Lahore residence on January 13 at nine in the morning.The convoy’s first stay

would in Muridke. The long march would reach Rawalpindi passing through Gujranawala, Kharian, Dina, Gojar Khan and Rawat. Finally the convoy would set camps in Islamabad. Dr Tahir ul Qadri will address the participants of the long march. The PAT Spokesman said, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, traders organisations and labour unions would join the long march. Meanwhile, Tehreek-iTaliban has rejected reports that TTP had threatened Tahirul Qadri. In Islamabad, the Capital Police has geared up to provide security to the long march of Minhajul Quran Chief Allama Tahirul Qadri. Last night, containers and tankers were shifted near Islamabad’s red zone to block the areas. Interior Minister Rehman

Seerat Conference arrangements discussed STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Inter-Departmental Committee meeting discussed arrangements of annual National Seerat Conference in order to give final touches to the conference. The committee meeting held at Ministry of Religious Affairs and chaired by Additional Secretary Muhammad Arshad Bhatti as the ministry has started preparations to hold annual National Seerat Conference - 2013 in connection with the Eid Milad-un-Nabi on Rabi-ul-Awwal 12 (February 5 or 6 likely). The ministry will invite prominent Ulema and scholars from all across the country to attend the conference and present their articles and thoughts, high-

lighting different aspects of life of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) - the last messenger of Allah Almighty. Such conferences will also be held at the provincial, divisional and district headquarters with a view to project the life, Seerah and disseminate the teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Mahafil-e-Milad and public meetings will be held in different parts of the country, while faithful will actively participate in the programs organised by different local, religious and social organisations. Na’at and the Holy Quran reciting competitions will be held throughout the day in almost every nook and corner of the country to revive the real spirit of Islam and offer respect to the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

Malik directed Islamabad commissioner and IG police to work with Qadri’s staff to ensure security. However, commissioner Islamabad showed some reservations over the security threats. The official said that Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration has informed the interior ministry that Rs 250 million will be required for the security arrangements of the long march. The city administration said, 10,000 security personnel would have to be deployed on the occasion. ICT administration would provide food, fuel along with lodging and boarding facility to the troops deployed on the occasion. Qadri had announced to lead a long march to Islamabad on January 14 if the government fails to reform the system.

11 CDGL daily wagers regularised STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—District Coordination Officer (DCO) Lahore Noorul-Amin Mengal has regularized eleven daily wage employees on City District Government Lahore on the direction of Lahore High Court on Tuesday. Those who are regularized are included Ali Zulfiqar Junior Clerk, Syed Zaheer Hussain Shah Junior Clerk, Syed Shahid Abbas Junior Clerk, Naqash Wakeel Naib Qasid, Wasif Bashir Driver, Muhammad Imran Junior Clerk, Sohail Idrees Naib Qasid, Hafiz Syed Shahzad Account Clerk, Hafiz Muhammad Furqan Driver, Shakeel Ahmad Account Clerk and Shahbaz Ali Junior Clerk.


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Probe into Lal Masjid operation ISLAMABAD—A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court to conduct investigation against those involved in Lal Masjid operation. The counsel of Supreme Court Tariq Asad on Tuesday filed the petition in which he appealed to the court that all those involved in Lal Masjid operation should be summoned for inquiry. He pointed out if it is not possible for everyone to appear in person then they should record their statements through videoconference. The counsel appealed that all Ulema should also be summoned, who were part of the dialogue between Lal Masjid authorities and government, he stated. Tariq Asad also appealed that all media outlets should be summoned which had covered the Lal Masjid operation.—Online

8 doctors fired for assaulting MS LAHORE—The Punjab government on Tuesday took action against 17 doctors who assaulted the Medical Superintendent of the DHQ hospital in Gujranwala. Eight doctors were fired, six were suspended and three were transferred for the assault on the MS which took place on January 02. The young doctors had assaulted the MS and other senior doctors at the DHQ hospital. After the incident several young doctors were arrested. Their arrest led to province wide strike by Young Doctors Association which was called off on Friday. —INP

3 cops injured in hand grenade attack SWABI—Three policemen were injured when unknown miscreants attacked them with hand grenade here on Tuesday. According to details, unidentified motorcyclists hurled hand grenade at police party who were on routine patrol at Swabi Link Road injuring three and fled the scene. The injured policemen were shifted to hospital for treatment. Heavy contingent of police soon reached the scene and after cordoning off the area launched search operation but the attackers managed to escape.— INP

Sikh slaughtered on spying charges JAMRUD—Slaughtered body of a Sikh man was found in Chora area of Jamrud Tehsil in Khyber tribal region. The killers left a chit on the body claiming that the victim was killed due to his involvement in spying activities for the banned religious outfit, Lashkari-Islam. The deceased was a resident of Bara and a practitioner of herbal medicine, who was kidnapped a few days earlier from Tirah valley in Khyber tribal region’s Bara Tehsil. Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, situated between Khyber and Orakzai tribal region is home to the largest Sikh population in the country. —INP

8-year-old boy declared PO DERA GHAZI KHAN—n eightyear-old boy was declared as a proclaimed offender by Kot Mubarak Police here on Tuesday. The boy, Hamza, went to court for justice along with his uncle where the court granted his bail. Hamza was declared as proclaimed offender by police. A case was registered against him saying that the child had not got the oil mill map approved by TMA. On the other hand, Hamza has no land or oil mill at all.—INP

W A S H I N G TO N —President controlled Senate to deny Obama Barack Obama’s choice to head his nominee and undercut the the Defense Department faces a president at the start of his second fight in the Senate as some Re- term and in the midst of fierce publicans quickly announced their budget negotiations with Repubopposition to a former colleague. licans. Moments after Obama anAlso several skeptical Demo- nounced his selection of Hagel crats reserved judgment until the and called him “the leader that our nominee explains his views on troops deserve,” some Senate Republicans expressed opposiIsrael and Iran. The concerns about former tion. “Given Chuck Hagel’s stateRepublican Sen. Chuck Hagel complicate his path to Senate con- ments and actions on a nuclear firmation as the White House Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, I pushes for the first Vietnam War think his confirmation would send veteran to oversee a military exactly the wrong message to our emerging from two wars and fac- allies and enemies alike,” Republican Sen. David Vitter said in a ing deep budget cuts. Obama also chose White statement. “Israel, our strongest House counterterrorism adviser ally in the region, is dealing with John Brennan to head the CIA. a lot of threat and uncertainty right Brennan is a 25-year veteran of now; Hagel would make that even the intelligence agency who is worse.” Hagel has upset some Israel deeply involved with the drone LAHORE:President of PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a seminar of SAFMA. program that is highly unpopular supporters with a comment about overseas. He is expected to be hit the “Jewish lobby,” his votes with questions about harsh inter- against unilateral sanctions rogation techniques used during against Iran while backing interthe George W. Bush administra- national penalties on the regime tion, as well as administration in Tehran and his criticism of talk leaks of secret information. Pro- of a military strike by either the testers gathered in front of the U.S. or Israel against Iran. He also upset gay rights White House on Monday, angry PESHAWAR—PTI leader Imran over Brennan’s background. groups over past comments, inNEW DELHI—An Indian judge or publish any matter in relation rates of sexual violence. Khan on Tuesday called for nePolitically, however, it would cluding his opposition in 1998 to has banned reporting on the New to any such proceedings, except The authorities have charged the gotiations with Pakistan be remarkable for the Democratic- President Bill Clinton’s choice of Delhi trial of a gang rape case that with the previous permission of men with murder, rape and other Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaathas attracted worldwide attention, the court.” The statute makes it crimes that could bring the death e-Islami (JI) and other politiresponding to a chaotic courtroom illegal for the news media to re- penalty to the five adults, news cal parties regarding formation crammed with members of the port on what happens in the court- services reported. The sixth, who of the next caretaker governnews media and a large number room, even if they receive that in- is 17 years old, is expected to be ment. of female lawyers who said no one formation from someone who was tried in a juvenile court, where the “We will adopt a demopresent. Generally in such situa- maximum sentence would be cratic approach to hold proshould represent the accused. “The courtroom is jam- tions, the court will issue an offi- three years in a reform facility. tests if we are not consulted packed with a lot of disturbance cial statement at the end of each Two of the defendants offered to about the caretaker set-up,” he from different nooks and corners,” day.The chaos in the courtroom become informers against the oth- warned while speaking to re- L ONDON —A senior British trust that the public places in a said the judge, Metropolitan Mag- came before five of the six ac- ers, presumably in exchange for porters after visiting the resi- counterterrorism detective com- police officer not to disclose inistrate Namrita Aggarwal, in New cused in the Dec. 16 gang rape leniency, according to reporters dence of Qazi Hussain Ahmed. mitted a “gross breach” of pub- formation on a current investiDelhi’s Saket district. “It has be- case appeared in court on Mon- present at the hearing. The chief “We will not join Dr. Tahir lic trust by trying to sell infor- gation in an unauthorized way, come completely impossible to day.The case, and the punishment prosecutor, Rajiv Mohan, de- ul Qadri’s long march,” he mation to Rupert Murdoch’s or to offer to do so in the future carry out proceedings in this man- the men may receive, is being clined to comment. News of the World about the for payment,” he said. said. The case has stirred strong ner.” Calling the case an “un- closely watched by lawyers, acProsecutors said the newsTo a question, the PTI police investigation into the precedented situation,” the mag- tivists and citizens across India emotions in India’s legal commu- leader said that his party would tabloid’s illegal phone hacking, paper did not print a story based istrate invoked an occasionally and beyond as a test of the nity. The 13,000-member Saket prefer making alliance with a prosecutor told a court on on her call and no money used statute, Section 327 of India’s government’s commitment to de- Bar Association, which represents parties sitting out of the Par- Monday. changed hands. Code of Criminal Procedure, liver justice to victims of sexual lawyers in the district where the liament. —INP Casburn, 53, who managed Detective Chief Inspector which makes it illegal for anyone assault and violence. Gang rapes trial is being held, has vowed not April Casburn is charged with the Metropolitan Police terrorunconnected to a case to be in the have become common in India, to represent the defendants bemisconduct for allegedly phon- ist financing investigation unit, courtroom during trial and makes and some surveys suggest the cause of the nature of the ing the newspaper and offering denies a charge of misconduct it “unlawful for any person to print country has one of the highest crime.”—INP to pass on information about in public office. She also faces whether London’s police force a charge of breaching the Offiwould reopen its stalled hack- cial Secrets Act which will be dealt with separately. ing investigation. The prosecutor said that in Prosecutor Mark BryantG ENEVA —The World Food Heron told a jury at Southwark a police statement Casburn adProgram said Tuesday it is un- Crown Court that Casburn mitted phoning the newspaper SALIM AHMED able to help an estimated 1 milconference. He said the lion Syrians who are going hun- “sought to undermine a highly but denied asking for money. L AHORE — Jamaatud Dawa KABUL—A man believed to be news Tim Wood, the News of the sensitive and high profile inves(JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed Tues- an Afghan soldier turned his shooting occurred at a patrol gry, blaming a lack of security tigation” when she phoned the World news editor who base in Nahri Sarraj district of in the war-stricken country. day said the government should weapon against foreign and Aftabloid’s news desk in Septem- took the call, told the court that This month, the agency aims ber 2010 offering to pass on the Casburn had expressed concern take steps to resolve the issues ghan troops in a southern prov- Helmand province and that the confronting Balochistan on an ince, killing one British soldier, shooter fired at both Afghan and to help 1.5 million of the 2.5 information. that counterterrorism resources in another apparent attack by a British troops. He said the inci- million Syrians whom the Syremergency basis. were being diverted to the phone “It was a gross breach of the ian Arab Red Crescent says need Speaking to media represen- member of Afghanistan’s mili- dent is under investigation. A Taliban spokesman, Qari tary against its foreign allies, the food aid, spokeswoman tatives after meeting with Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) NATO command said Tuesday. Yousef Ahmadi, said in an email Elisabeth Byrs said. The poor security and the chief Talal Akbar Bugti in The Taliban claimed responsi- that “an infiltrator” staged the Lahore, Hafiz Saeed said the bility for the shooting, the first attack and managed to escape agency’s inability to use the Syrgovernment no longer had the insider attack of 2013, in which from the scene but was then shot ian port of Tartous for shipments room to further delay address- several British soldiers were and killed after opening fire on means that a large number of a checkpoint. The Taliban have people in the some of the also reported wounded. ing the issues. used the term in the past to refer country’s hardest hit areas will K ANDHKOT —Measles out- and Sukkur were badly affected Such “insider attacks” by During the meeting, the two break on Tuesday claimed six by the contagious disease discussed Balochistan’s security Afghan soldiers and police, or to members who have enlisted not get help, she said. in the military to conduct such men wearing their uniforms, “Our main partner, the Red more lives in interior Sindh as where a large number of chilsituation as well as the country’s Crescent, is overstretched and death toll has reached to 327. dren had been admitted to hospolitical situation. Hafiz Saeed rose dramatically last year. The an attack. They identified the assailant has no more capacity to expand According to figures, two pitals. told reporters that the govern- attacks come as NATO and Afas Mohammad Qasim Faroq. The provincial Health Deghan forces are in more intimate further,” Byrs said. She also said children died of measles in ment should take immediate steps to resolve the issues con- contact, with foreign troops A Ministry of Defense official that the agency has temporarily Ghotki and four in Shikarpur. partment said that anti-measles fronting Balochistan, adding handing over security to the Af- in Kabul, who requested ano- pulled its staff out of its offices 123 children died in Kandhkot vaccine was being administered that difficulties would increase ghans and continuing to train nymity because the investiga- in the Syrian cities of Homs, district during last few weeks. in the affected areas. However, In Sukkur 74, Shikarpur 24, it admitted that in many areas in case the province’s issues re- them prior to an almost total tion was continuing, said six Aleppo, Tartous and Qamisly British soldiers were also withdrawal by the end of 2014. due to the rising dangers in those Larkana and Thal 16 and at patients were unable to reach main unsolved. NATO command spokes- wounded. areas. least 12 children were died in hospitals for treatment due to He further said that In London, the Ministry of But in December, WFP was Noshehro Feroze, Hyderabad logistic problems. Balochistan should not be made man Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz Defense said the soldier, who The death toll is likely to identified the soldier in able to enter for the first time in and Nawabshah. to undergo a military operation. The World Health increase in coming days as Moreover, he questioned as to Monday’s shooting as British was attached to the 21 Engineer many months some hard-towho would put a stop to “Indian but the name was not released. Regiment, was killed by small reach areas near the Turkish bor- Organisation (WHO) and people in far fling areas com“Yesterday, a suspected arms fire at Patrol Base Hazrat. der, she said. The Syria crisis health authorities in Sindh ad- plained that no medical team interference” in the province.Hafiz Saeed said that member of the Afghan National The statement said the soldier’s began with peaceful protests in mitted that cities including had reached their area where his party would host an all par- Army shot and killed a British next-of-kin had been in- March 2011 but has since shifted Khairpur, Larkana, Qambar, children needed vaccination into a civil war. —AP Kashmor, Jacobabad, Ghotki against the disease. —INP ties’ conference on Balochistan. (NATO) soldier,” Katz told a formed.—AP

Indian judge bans rape case reporting

Imran calls for talks on caretaker Govt formation

James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. He referred to Hormel as “openly, aggressively gay.” Hagel recently apologized, saying his comments were “insensitive.” The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, took out a fullpage ad in The Washington Post highlighting their opposition to Hagel. In an interview with the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, Hagel said his statements have been distorted and there is “not one shred of evidence that I’m anti-Israeli, not one (Senate) vote that matters that hurt Israel.” In a critical sign of support for Hagel’s prospects, the 66-yearold attracted praise from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Intelligence panel. Levin called Hagel “wellqualified.” Feinstein described him as “a knowledgeable and independent voice with a strong grasp of the pressing national security issues facing our country.” Reid said “few nominees have such a combination of strategic and personal knowledge of our national defense needs.”—AP

UK detective on trial over phone hacking leak

Talal Bugti meets Hafiz Saeed

British service member killed by uniformed Afghan

UN says it can’t feed 1m hungry Syrians

Measles claim 6 more lives, toll rises to 327

hacking investigation. He said she also complained of interference from former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, a hacking victim and vocal Murdoch critic. “The one thing that stands out in my mind is the fact that she kept going on about Lord Prescott,” Wood said. “Her saying that he was pressing for them to put charges on the News of the World, and she was saying that she felt it was wrong that he was interfering in the scandal, so to speak, and she resented that.”A News of the World reporter and a private investigator were jailed in 2007 for hacking into the voicemails of royal aides. But the newspaper denied there was a wider problem, and a police investigation did not lead to further charges. Police reopened the investigation in early 2011 amid new evidence about the scale of the law-breaking.—Ap

Woman among 4 shot dead in Karachi KARACHI—At least four more people, including a woman were killed different incidents of firing in the metropolis. According to police, the first incident took place in Baloch Goth area of Orangi Town, where the unidentified miscreants barged into their houses and opened indiscriminate gunfire, killing the two on the spot. The sources said the two deceased have been identified as Ayub and Riyaz. Bodies have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The hospital sources said they received gunshots in their heads and chests. The sources said they were killed by their neighbours for honour. —NNI

17 billion Earth-sized planets in MilkyWay WASHINGTON—The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Tueasday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours. Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft found that about 17 percent of stars in our galaxy have a planet about the size of Earth in a close orbit. The Milky Way is known to host about 100 billion stars, meaning that about one of every six has an Earth-sized planet around it. The finding does not mean that all those planets beyond our solar system, or

exoplanets, could be habitable, though it increases the chances of finding planets similar to Earth. In order to host life, and allow water to flow in liquid form, a planet must be at a distance from its star that allows surface temperatures to be neither too hot nor too cold. The Kepler craft detected possible exoplanets when they passed in front of their star, creating a mini-eclipse that dims the star slightly. During the first 16 months of the survey, Kepler identified about 2,400 candidates. Francois Fressin, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and his colleagues used the results to de-

A view of Milky Way.

termine which signals were true and to list the exoplanets by size. They found that 17 percent of stars have a planet 0.8 to 1.25 times the size of Earth in an orbit of 85 days or less. About a fourth of stars have a super Earth (1.25 to twice the size of Earth) in an orbit of 150 days or less, with a same fraction having a mini Neptune (two to four times Earth) in orbits up to 250 days long. Larger planets are a much rarer occurrence. Only about three percent of stars have a large Neptune (four to six times Earth) and only five percent have a gas giant (six to 22 times Earth) in an orbit of 400 days or less. The researchers

presented the analysis at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California. Separately, NASA’s Kepler mission announced it had discovered 461 new possible planets. Four of them are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit their sun’s “habitable zone,” where liquid water might exist on the planet’s surface and thus make life possible. The findings, based on observations conducted from May 2009 to March 2011, showed the number of smaller-size planet candidates and the number of stars with more than one candidate steadily rising. —AFP


Regaining weight bad for the health

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ECENT research has shown that even after dieting and losing weight, the body tends to try its best to regain the lost fat stores. Holiday times tend to be tough for those trying to stay trim, and New Year resolutions often don’t stick. Perhaps an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition will provide some extra incentive. The study shows that older women who lose weight tend to gain it back again as fat not muscle. Barbara Nicklas, Ph.D., a gerontologist at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist and principal investigator for the study put it rather frankly : “The body composition of some of the women was worse than before their weight loss ... When older women lose weight, they also lose lean mass. Most women will gain a lot of the weight back, but the majority of the weight regained is fat.” Dr. Nicklas and her colleagues evaluated 78 postmenopausal women with an average age of 58. The women were chosen with a criteria of having lost around twelve percent of their body weight as part of a study from a dieting program. Their change in body mass composition was recorded at the end of the weight loss program, comparing muscle with fat components. It was then measured again six and 12 months later. During the year of study the women did not follow any further weight loss program. The aim of gathering the data was to es-

tablish whether women who regained weight did so in accordance with their original body mass ratios. At the end of the study, 53 of 78 (68 percent) of the women at the six-month follow-up and 52 of 68 (76 percent) the women at the 12-month followup had regained some of their lost weight. Eleven women (16 percent) weighed more at the 12-month follow-up than they did at baseline, and 16 (24 percent) women continued losing weight after the intervention. Of those who regained weight, three quarters gained more than four pounds in the following six months and this number increased to nearly 85% at the twelve month mark. The so called “regainers” were then used to evaluate the type of body mass that constituted their weight gain.Unfortunately for dieters everywhere, it appears that fat was regained far faster than muscle. At the beginning of the study it was assessed that the weight loss consisted of one third muscle (33%) and two thirds fat (67%), whereas the weight regain showed 81 percent fat and only 19 percent muscle. “Most people will regain their weight after they lose it ... Young people tend to regain weight in the proportion that they lost it. But the older women in our study did not appear to be regaining the muscle that they lost during initial weight loss in the same way.” Post menopausal women already have it tough with hormonal changes and loss of bone density already known to occur, so losing muscle mass, and worse still, replacing it with fat, is probably the last thing they should be doing.

ISLAMABAD: A view of record thick fog which engulfed twin cities during Monday night.

Students facing tough time in fog to reach their schools ISLAMABAD—Students of twin

RAWALPINDI: Tehrik-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran workers busy in setting up of a camp in connection with long march.

SC moved against Qadri planned long march ISLAMABAD—A constitutional petition was moved in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday against announced march on January 14 by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. The petitioner, Advocate Arshad Mehmood pleaded the apex court to stop proposed long-march alleging Tahir-ulQadri was attempting to establish a parallel system and imposing his own ideology which was against the law and constitution of the country.

CM Punjab to inaugurate 6th Road flyover today RAWALPINDI—Chief Minister for Punjab Shahbaz Sharif would formally inaugurate the Sixth Road flyover today (Wednesday). The city district government had opened the Sixth Road Flyover on Benazir Bhutto Road for traffic on Jan 5. Completed at a cost of Rs1.042 billion in a record 100 days, the Sixth Road Flyover will ease traffic congestion and allow the service roads to be paved under the bridge. Work on the 400-metre long bridge was started in September. Before attending inauguration ceremony he would visit Arid Agriculture University and address the students and also inaugurate the Institute Of Cardiology which is being established with worth of Rs 3 million.—Online

He said constitution’s articles 62, 63 and 218 does not allow such movement in the country added that the government should not allow anybody to make federal capital as TehrirSquire. The petitioner has made Tahirul Qadri, federation of Pakistan and Election Commission of Pakistan as respondents. Any attempt to establish a parallel legislative body seeking to overrule and overthrow the parliament would be a “direct

challenge to the sovereignty of Pakistan which this court is duty bound to defend”, the petition argued. Dr Qadri has vowed to lead a march of millions on Islamabad on Jan 14 in what he terms an attempt to bring electoral reforms before the upcoming general election. A similar petition was moved on last Wednesday and Thursday pleading the Lahore High Court to stop Dr Tahirul Qadri’s planned “anti-democracy march”.—Online

Low to zero gas pressure irks consumers CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The domestic consumers are facing a lot of difficulties in cooking and heating during icy winter which has broken record of past 50 years in the Federal Capital. Since the start of current severe cold wave, the low gas pressure has added to the problems of residents as they are forced to opt for other energy options for cooking and heating homes. “The gas pressure is almost zero in the morning and evening and as a result we have to go to hotels and ‘tandoors’(bread baking ovens) to get cooked food which is quite expensive,” Ms.Shabana said here on Tuesday. She said that concerned officials of the government had time and again assured for

smooth supply of natural gas to the domestic residents but the problem is still persisting. According to a survey conducted by this scribe, the residents of Sectors G-6, G-7, F-6/ 1, G-9, I-10, I-9 and F-7 face low or zero gas pressure. The residents of Rawalpindi including Committee Chowk, Al-Mumtaz Colony, Adiala Road, Gulshanabad, Tahli Morri, Dehri Hassanabad, Saddar, Babar Colony are also facing the problem of low gas pressure. Munir Ahmed, a domestic consumer told APP that even closure of all Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations has not eased the situation. He informed that use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) as alternative energy resource has put extra burden on his pocket.

cities are facing tough time as they head for their institutions in early morning in the prevailing foggy and chilly weather conditions. Their winter vacations have been over a week back but extremely cold weather conditions are hurting thme as they have to sit in the classrooms without heaters. “I have not sent my children to schools and colleges due to extreme cold weather conditions. Most of the classrooms in the institutes are without heaters and those which have the facility cannot utilize due to the low gas pressure”, Nasir Mahmood, a parent said. “Winter vacations have already ended and weather is becoming more colder day by day making it difficult for the parents to protect children from the cold”, he said. Nazia Seher, a student said, “I use my private transport to reach my university while foggy weather and absence of fuel were the hurdles to reach my destination”. She said the local buses are overloaded with male students that keep females hesitant to take risk of traveling on buses and wagons. “It was difficult to drive my vehicle due to cold weather and fog and the institutes must announce few holidays for the students”, Khakwani, a parent suggested.—APP

Children’s Mela

Over 1000 young cancer patients attend CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Over 1000 children under treatement at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre along with their families, on Tuesday attended Annual Children’s Mela which was organized for providing them some entertaining moments in their life. The day-long event was also attended by SKMCH’s institutional partners as well as prominent civil society members and media representatives. Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers and SKMCH&RC jointly organized the Mela to

provide carnival-like atmosphere, featuring outdoor games and activities for the patients, followed by performances and comic skits.On the occasion, Omar Manzur, head of Corporate Communications, Mobilink emphasized expressed thanks to SKMCH&RC for opening their doors to the Mobilink Foundation and our Torchbearers and enabling them to bring some joy to the lives of these young patients and their families. He said the other objective was to provide psychological support to cancer patients. The participation of the

Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers at the Annual Children’s Mela is the continuation of a partnership that has spanned over the last many years. In 2012, Mobilink Foundation contributed Rs. 3 million for an out-patient department at the under-construction Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center (SKMCH&RC) in Peshawar. Each Ramazan, Mobilink Foundation also organizes a zakat and donation campaign to generate funding for the Centre, creating awareness through activities at various customer touch points.

Cold, foggy weather to persist ISLAMABAD—Cold, dry and foggy weather is expected in Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the next 24 hours. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, expected minimum temperatures in Islamabad is -2C and Rawalpindi -1C to -3C. Similarly, very cold and dry weather is expected in Murree, where temperature is expected to down to -3 during next 24 hours. The minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours in Islamabad was 02C, Rawalpindi 1C and Murree -2C. According to met office, foggy and cold weather conditions are likely to continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Larkana and Sukkar Division whereas, cold and dry weather would persist in other areas of the country.—APP

Calligraphic, painting competitions R AWA L P I N D I —Artists ex- judges. Zia ul Haq Awan got said the language of art had pressed their talent at an art competition on ‘Karbala incident on canvas’ through paint and brush here at the Rawalpindi Arts Council on Tuesday. The competition titled ‘Ashurai Saqafat’ was organized by Khana Farhang Iran in which calligraphic and painting master pieces were displayed. Famous calligraphers Khawaja Muhammad Hussain and Azeem Iqbal were the

first, Yonis Roomi second and Aqsa Rasheed third positions in the calligraphic category. Similarly in the painting competition, Aamira was adjudged first, Nabeela second and Hina Saher third. Muhammad Akbari, Director General Khana Farhang Iran, and Waqar Ahmed Resident Director RAC, distributed cash prizes among the position holders. Addressing on the occasion, Muhammad Akbari

been used to highlight the relations between Pakistan and Iran, which were long lasting. Skilled people get inspiration from the incident of Karbala beyond their religious schools of thought, he added. He added that artists must promote spirit of Islam through their work. Waqar Ahmed, Resident Director RAC applauded Khana Farhang for promoting cultural activities in the region.—APP

Graduation ceremony at PAF Finishing School STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Graduation Ceremony of the 33rd batch of students of PAF Finishing School, Islamabad was held at the Officers’ Mess, Air Headquarters Islamabad. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs was the Chief Guest on the occasion. On her arrival, she was received by Begum Shehla Tahir, President Pakistan Air Force Women Association and Patron in Chief of PAF Finishing School; Islamabad. The Chief Guest awarded the certificates to the graduating students. While addressing at the graduation ceremony the Chief Guest said, “The womenfolk have a vital role to play in the betterment of any society. The saying that “Hands that rock the cradle, rule the world” is an apt description of women’s contribution in shaping the destiny of a nation. In fact, no society can afford to ignore women that account for half of its population.

It is equally essential, more so themselves a dignified poise re- kistan girl. numerous, and to cope with for our daughters, to develop in flecting the aspirations of a PaThe complexities of life are them, it is necessary to benefit from a specialized institution like the Finishing School. Such institutions are moral faculties of our younger generation”. Earlier, the director of the school Mrs. Nasreen Aurangzeb presented a report highlighting the main aspects of the training, which are aimed at transforming young girls into useful members of society. Later, Begum Shehla Tahir presented the crest of PAF Finishing School to the Chief Guest. The PAF Finishing School was established in July 1996 for girls. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self presentation, domestic science, general culture, cuisine, protocol, art, child care, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment. PAF Finishing School is the first of its kind in Asia, which is a step by Pakistan Air ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar along with graduating students and Force towards the promotion faculty members at the Graduation Ceremony of PAF Finishing School held at Officers’ of education and literacy in the country. Mess, Air Headquarters.


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January 10-11 PAKISTAN Academy of Letters is holding a twoday International Conference on ‘Literature and Democracy’ at National Library Auditorium, 11:30 a.m. Continuing PAKISTAN National Council of the Arts, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration has scheduled two weeks Workshop on Restoration / Conservation of Paper Art Work conducted by Irshad Ahmed, Deputy Director, Reprography and Conservation and Private Collection Division of National Archives of Pakistan up to 18th January from 10 am to 2 pm at National Art Gallery, PNCA, F-5/1.

Workshop on Standardization of Research Methodology ISLAMABAD—A 2-day workshop on “Standardization of Research Methodology in M.Phil and Ph.D (Islamic Studies) programme in Pakistani Universities kicks off today in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). Professors, Deans, Senior Teachers and Head of Departments from all Pakistani Universities will participate. Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi will preside over the opening session. Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Riphah International University, Justice Prof. Dr. Muhammad AlGhazali, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and Vice-Chancellor, Peshawar University, Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz will also participate. Closing session of the workshop will take place on January, 10. At the end certificates would also be distributed amongst the participants.—Online

Overcharging troubles commuters in twin cities CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Commuters of the twin cities are facing constant difficulties as transporters blame the closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations and continued to overcharge the passengers besides not completing the routes. It’s worth mentioning here that CNG stations in Potohar region, like other parts of Punjab, remained closed on Tuesday, for the 15th consecutive day. The transporters owning to non availability of CNG have been overcharging the commuters traveling between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Many drivers don’t complete the route and load off passengers on halfway under different pretexts.

Emergency Service Rescue1122 on Tuesday expressed concern over the increased number of road accidents in 2012 as compared to the year 2011, urging motorists to adopt safety measures before coming to roads.Director General Rescue1122, Dr Rizwan Naseer reviewed the data compiled by the Rescue from all district of the province, which showed the rising number of accidents especially involvment of youngsters. “The Rescue Service has responded to 1,58,551 emergency calls relating to traffic accidents and rescued victims in an efficient and professional manner in 2012 as compared to 1,44,270 accidents in 2011,” official sources in the Rescue1122 said. The DG Rescue-1122 said all road-safety advocates should play their role in controlling the increasing number of accidents and stressed upon the parents to keep check on their children using cars and motorcycles so that they could be kept away from road-adventurism. “By observing traffic safety rules and wearing protective equipment like helmet and seat belt, we can prevent majority of road crashes and it will ultimately lives of road-users,” he added. The Rescue-1122 Rawalpindi responded to 6,210 traffic accidents calls and saved lives of 6965 persons by timely shifting them to nearby hospitals during last year. The main cause of these accidents was over speeding in which mostly youngsters between age group of 11 to 20 received multiple injuries due to careless riding on motorbikes.— APP

gers who had to travel between Rawalpindi and Islamabad had to face severe hardships to reach the destinations. In view of the high handedness of transporters, commuters are forced to change two to three wagons to reach their destinations. The commuters said that traveling between twin cities has become more difficult and expensive than visiting Lahore and Peshawar. They demanded the regional transport authorities for taking strict action against the violators to help them in getting rid of the ongoing situation. Meanwhile, despite closure of CNG stations for last two weeks, domestic consumers have also got no relief and they continue to suffer due to low pressure of gas.

Lack of doctors in health centres

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Federal Board of Education Dr Shaheen Khan speaks during the Annual Talent Awards ceremony organized by Better Pakistan Foundation at Sir Syed Memorial Society. President of society Brig (Retd) Iqbal M These dispensaries are up of the patients in place of Shafi and Dr Afzal Babar are also present.—PO photo R AWALPINDI —on qualified dispensers have started distrib- aimed at providing heath fa- lady doctors. They prescribe uting death among the patients cilities to the citizens at the medicines while their eduin basic health centers operat- Mohalla level. Over 100 mil- cation level is matric or middle ing in rural and urban areas lion rupees have been spent in standard. connection with upgradation of In the dispensary operating due to lack of doctors. In most of government run these dispensaries and basic in Chamman Zar colony, no R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi dispensaries and health centers health centers but no improve- doctor has been appointed and Board of Intermediate and Secqualified doctors have not been ment has been witnessed in even any LHV is not working ISLAMABAD—Under the ausondary Education (RBISE) ofappointed and the dispensers terms of medical facilities due therein. Only two midwives pices of Higher Education Comfices located in Satellite Town have started practice as medi- to non-induction of medical are working as medical offic- mission (HEC) Learning Innowould be shifted to new Board officers. ers therein. vation Division, the 20th Mascal officer therein putting the spector Muhammad Tehseen Complex at the end of current CRIME REPORTER In this perspective situaThe citizens have de- ter Trainers-Faculty Profeslife of the patients at stake. apprehended Atta Ullah for posOver 192 health centers tion prevailing in rural areas manded of the government to sional Development Program ISLAMABAD—slamabad Police sessing 420 gram heroin. Sub- month. RBISE, chairman Dr can be dubbed worst in mild order for immediate appoint(MT-FPDP) started here at have arrested 16 outlaws from are functioning in the rural and Inspector Muhammad Ashfaq urban localities of district terms as only non qualified ments of qualified doctors and HEC. The course would be com- various areas of the city and re- from Margallah police arrested Muhammad Ashraf said that three floor of the gigantic buildRawalpindi under aegis of personnel and dispensers are lady doctors in these dispen- pleted on March 02, 2013. covered two cars, 3.360 kilo- Din Muhammad for possessing ing including basement ground About 29 faculty members gram hashish, 420 gram heroin, health department. They in- performing the duties of medi- saries and health centers or close them instead of leaving from 29 Public / HEC Funded four pistols and ammunition a dagger while two alleged and first floor have been fully clude 91 basic heath centers, cal officer. In 78 dispensaries of them at the mercy of non- Private sector universities across from their possession, a police thieves Qadeer and Ms. Shamim furnished and would be handed 11 rural health centers, 5 govwere arrested by ASI Zahid over to board administration in ernment rural and 78 munici- Rawalpindi city, mid wives qualified dispensers and mid Pakistan would benefit from this spokesman said Tuesday. Akhtar. next two to three days. are engaged in medical check wives.—nline pal dispensaries. extensive training program. So According to details, ASI Sub-Inspector Muhammad He said that in the first far 551 university faculty mem- Tariq Rauf from Crime Investi- Ajmal from Tarnol police arphase, some of the offices of bers have been trained under gation Agency of Islamabad poHEC’s Master Trainers-Faculty lice arrested Javed s/o Ashraf rested Nizar Ali in possession of Rawalpindi board situated in Professional Development Pro- Khan who was declared pro- 2.80 kilogram hashish while ASI Satellite Town would be transgram (MT-FPDP) in 19 batches. claimed offender in a murder Muhammad Ishaq from Sabzi ferred to the new complex at the Mandi police arrested Nasir This rigorous training pro- case at Abbottabad and also re- Mehmud in possession of end of current month and elecgram is designed specifically for covered 30 bore pistol from him. knives. Meanwhile, Tarnol po- tricity to the offices would be provided through temporary line in-service university teachers. ASI Zafar Iqbal also apprelice arrested Shafique, Barkat during the course of time. The whole span of the pro- hended Riasat for possessing 30 Shah and Faiz Ullah for decantDr Ashraf said separate gram is an arduous exercise bore pistol. ing gas in cylinders illegally. heavy transformer was being which will cover thirteen (13) Sub-Inspector Shaukat Ali ASIs Asif Riaz and Akhtar core modules and additional ses- from Bhara Kau police recov- Zaman from Lio Bher police sta- installed for the newly consions on different important so- ered a car (AAh-693) from tion arrested Tayyab and Khizer structed Board Complex in cial topics. Recreational and Ahmed Ali which was found Hyat for having two 30 bore pis- Morgah, adding that electricity line leading to complex consists study trips would also be ar- stolen from Wah Cantt area of of 33 poles. Two bore were also ranged to different historic Rawalpindi while another car tols and ten rounds. ASI Zahid Hussain from drilled to ensure provision of places. (RU-628) with bogus registra- Sihala police nabbed a thief The main objective of this tion book was recovered from Sajid and recovered stolen valu- water supply to offices, he intensive training is to enhance Firdous Khan by ASI Zafar ables from him. Cases have been added. It should be mentioned here and enrich the teaching abilities Iqbal from Loi Bher police sta- registered against these nabbed that transfer of the RBISE ofof teachers to ensure quality tion. persons and further investigation fices to new complex was schededucation which is entirely deSub-Inspector Muhammad is underway from them. uled in December last year but pendent on the quality of teach- Aslam from Golra police station Margallah police arrested delayed due to reason best ers. nabbed Basit for having 1.180 four suspects during search op- known to the board administraThe program caters to par- kilogram hashish while Sub-In- eration in its area. tion.—INP ticipants of both pure and social RAWALPINDI: Activists of All Pakistan CNG Association protesting against government sciences; therefore the outcome policies at Benazir Bhutto Road. is multi variant. During the inaugural ceremony, Chief Guest of the ceremony Dr. Nasser Ali Khan, Member (Operations & Planning) HEC said that faculty development has been main focus of HEC since its incepI SLAMABAD—With the cold but also durable as compare to tion.—INP wave intensifying, the pur- the products imported from CITY REPORTER chase for heating appliances China which are available abundance but on very RAWALPINDI—The City Dis- has gone up in the twin cities in cheap rates, shopkeeper of Islamabad and Rawalpindi trict Government Rawalpindi said. (CDGR) has approved the con- this winter season, despite However, an average tract of advertisement fee of worst gas shortage. quality gas heater is available A survey conducted by Rawal and Potohar Town and APP found that the demand from Rs 5,000 to 8,000, while other areas. an average quality geyser ISLAMABAD—The Capital DeHowever, Taxilla Town for traditional heaters, geysers price start from Rs 9,000 to velopment Authority (CDA) and other such appliances has advertisement fee contract 11,000 while prices of Officers Welfare Association would be re-auctioned because nearly doubled this year. The shopkeepers told that branded geysers and manufac- (COWA) has strongly conoffers of bidders were below the change in weather com- tured by reputed compa- demned the campaign against the price fixed by city governpelled the consumers to pur- nies start from Rs 16,000 officers who switched to civic ment. to 25,000 this season, which body on deputation. chase these products despite Assistant Commissioner This was stated in a gatherare higher about 10 to 20 perworst gas shortage and counFahad Azeem Waqar said that ing held here on Tuesday in front cent as compare to previous CDGR has approved auctioning trywide power outage. of the CDA chairman office. year. But sale and purchase of of 63 sites for the installation of Riaz Ahmad Javed RAWALPINDI: Two persons are sharing a needle for injecting drugs. Such practices need On the other hand, docthe hoarding boards in Rawal heaters and geysers are still on tors have advised people to Randhawa, COWA general sec- immediate attention of the society before it is too late. rise and even unaffordable Town. not to sleep with heaters on in retary deplored threatening wall Auctioning of the sites prices could not stop them the living rooms or bed- chalking and text messages from purchasing. would be conducted after result against COWA chairman There is a vast range of rooms. of the survey, he added. They said people should Mansoor Ahmad Khan and vice variety of winter items includIt is expected that CDGR allow some air passage in the chairman Ghulam Sawar would earn Rs40.9 million in ing locally manufactured heat- room where heater is kept to Sindhu. ers, geysers and cooking range term of advertisement fee durAddressing the gathering, which are not only expensive avoid suffocation.—APP ing period of six month. Ghulam Sawar Sindhu vowed to work for resolution of problems I SLAMABAD —While chill is same bowl several time withand rights of the officers fear- witnessing a constant increase out bothering to wash it,” said RAWALPINDI—The increasing trend of one-wheeling continues lessly and added, “We are not with each passing day, the de- another person. He said that he heard unchecked on various roads of scared of threats and malicious mand for chicken corn soup has increased manifold in the some one saying that chicken the city, particularly at night, as campaigns”. Syed Imran Shah, president twin cities of Rawalpindi and soup is also called grandma’s teenaged bikers perform dangerpenicillin due to its healing ous stunts and drive their moof the association lauded com- Islamabad. A large number of people effects upon health, but the torcycles on one wheel. The onemitment of officers for unity in the body and said all problems can be seen enjoying chicken way it was being served wheelers, most of the time without helmet, are seen involved in would be resolved through joint soup either by standing near “wastes all its benefits.” soup stalls or sitting in shops Dr Zahid Mehmood, who the dangerous activity on the efforts. runs a clinic in Rawalpindi roads near Faizabad, Committee Speaking on the occasion, and restaurants. But at several stalls and said that one could not deny Chowk, Nawaz Sharif Park, COWA chairman, Mansoor Ahmad Khan gave detailed shops care is not taken to that there were a host of ben- Shamsabad, Ayub Park, GT briefing about how a malicious serve the chicken soup in hy- efits of taking chicken soup, Road and Chur Chowk and usubut care should be taken to ally succeed to dodge the police campaign was started against gienic ways. “It’s quite ironic that care ensure its hygienic serving. and traffic wardens. officers on deputation to CDA. M. Aslam, while taking a Despite police’s claims of “My intention to get a plot is not taken to serve the is secondary. I have informed chicken soup in accordance sip of soup at stall at Faizabad putting efforts to eliminate the CDA administration in this re- with health standards,” said said that despite the fact that activity the trend of one-wheelthere was so much dust around ing is increasing and growing at gard but a lobby has been work- Imran Khan at Raja Bazar. He said he had ordered for the stall, he could not resist a very fast pace. The bikers do ing against the legal rights of the a bowl of soup at a stall the temptation. not take any precautionary meaofficers,” he added. He said that only those sures like wearing helmet, elbow Office bearers of the asso- but returned it on noticing that ciation vowed to spare no efforts the pot was not properly should be allowed to set up guards etc. They come out on the stalls who assure the authori- road suddenly, especially on to maintain the decorum and washed. “I have seen a soup stall- ties to maintain hygienic stan- gazetted holidays and weekly ISLAMABAD: Retired employees of OGDCL hold a demonstration in support of their de- ensure the security of capital’s holder serving the broth in the dards.—APP holidays.—Online civic body.—INP mands outside National Press Club.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Rescue-1122 CDGR approves contract of expresses concern over advertisement fee road accidents R AWALPINDI —The Punjab

Traffic police on the other hand is either not deployed at the bus stops or pay no attention to hot arguments between the transporters and the commuters, which are common now a days particularly during the morning rush hours. The passengers including public servants, students and labourers complained that they were often off loaded at Faizabad while traveling from Rawalpindi Saddar to Ayub Chowk or Aabpara and at Pirwadhai, Mandi More and Pir Wadhai More. The masses have expressed grave concerns over the prevailing situation and negligence of authorities concerned to overcome the crisis. They said that the transporters prefer short distances passengers and passen-

Master Trainers Faculty Programme begins

16 outlaws arrested, hashish, weapons recovered

Partial shifting of RBISE offices

Demand for chicken soup increases

One-wheeling unchecked in Pindi

Purchase of heaters, geysers goes up in twin cities

Campaign against CDA deputation officers


India’s plan to grant PRC to refugees in IHK opposed Authorities arrest senior APHC leader Shabbir Shah SRINAGAR—The Chairman of demography of Kashmir since mir Assembly to grant Permanent 1947. However, he expressed the hope that the Kashmiris would not allow New Delhi to succeed in its designs. The spokesman for the forum led by veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, said that a mass mobilisation movement would be launched if India went ahead with the plan. Puppet Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla had stated that the regime would go for constitutional amendment in the upcoming session of the so-called Kash-

Qazi Hussain backed Kashmiris’ freedom struggle: Butt

AJK PID to be made vibrant AJKMPJ skeptical institution: Info minister of govt efforts to Geelani wants to travel to combat corruption Pakistan to offer condolence

SRINAGAR—The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim has expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of veteran Pakistani politician and former Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad. Senior APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Abdul Ghani Butt while presiding over a condolence meeting of his party in Srinagar said that Qazi Hussain Ahmad remained at forefront to express his solidarity with the Kashmiris. The senior APHC leader said that the people of Kashmir had always found the veteran politician at their back in the just struggle for securing their right to self-determination. The participants of the meeting also condoled with the bereaved family members of late Qazi Hussain Ahmad.—KMS

Resident Certificates to the refugees, mostly settled in Jammu. APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt during his mass contact campaign to different areas of Badgam said that the All Parties Hurriyet Conference would carry on its efforts at local and international level for a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The authorities arrested senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, from Sangam to prevent him from addressing a meeting in the Islamabad town.

On the other hand, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Kashmir Bar Association, Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and Kashmiri leader, Sajjad Ghani Lone, in their separate statements while paying rich tributes to late Qazi Hussain Ahmad said that former Amir Jamaat-eIslami Pakistan was a great scholar and statesman whose compassionate and fatherly figure would always be remembered.—KMS

All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the forum led by veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, and other pro-freedom leaders have said that the Indian move aimed at granting Permanent Resident Certificates to non-resident refugees is a conspiracy to undermine the Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir. The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement said that India had been conspiring to change the

MUZAFFARABAD: Minister for Forests Sardar Javed Ayub listening to the people’s problems in his chamber.

RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN

MIRPUR—AJK minister for Information Syed Bazil Hussain Naqvi said here Monday that under the spirit to make AJK Press Information Department a vibrant institution, an integrated plan was being evolved to promote and strengthen the relationship between the AJK government and the media in order to ensure the most effective role of the media for projecting Kashmir cause both at home and abroad besides to highlight the fast-paced development activities in AJK. “The proposed plan involve the inter-district, inter-provincial and intra-Kashmir study trips of

the AJK journalists to strengthen and improve their professional skills and potential to enable them to serve the nation and the country through the best of their professional activities and high intellect and pen”, the minister said this while addressing journalists, belonging to the national print and electronic media as well as the regional press at the Kashmir Press Club here Monday. He was accompanied by Deputy Director AJK PID (Information) Mirpur Division Raja Azher Iqbal, Press Secretary to AJK Prime Minister Zaffar Mughal and other officials of the State Info. Department. The visit of the AJK Infor-

mation minister to the local press club was primarily aimed to in quire about the problems of the local journalists in performance of their professional duties. Press Club President Syed Abid Hussain Shah, Secretary General Sajaad Jiraal, Senior Journalists Altaf Hamid Rao, Hafiz Muhammad Maqsood, SVP Syed Qamar Hayaat, Rana Shabir Rajourvi and others highlighted the problems being faced by the local media men. Syed Bazil Hussain Naqvi said that the government has fixed the priorities to make affective the AJK Press Foundation in letter and spirit for the welfare of the working journalists.

Police geared to control increasing assaults on women SRINAGAR—In order to control the rising crime against women in the state following some shameful incidents from past couple of weeks the Jammu and Kashmir police is all set to intensify its grip in all significant areas of the state. Talking to Global News Service, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Central Kashmir, Syed Afad ul Mujtaba said that police has been geared up in the wake of increasing crime against women. “We have set up special flying squads in all major areas to combat the growing social crimes and crime against women above all,” DIG said adding “we have also increased the number of cops to particularly look after such crimes”. Mujtaba said the J&K police are already doing well in regulating the growing crimes by nabbing all the culprits involved in any kind of crime but the pace has been increased following a steep rise in crimes. “Since the acid attack on Parraypora girl and increasing reports of violence against women in various parts of the Valley we have intensified our squads to keep a close check on the criminals,” he said. DIG said the security of women is the prime concern of all and only police should not be expected to curb the growing menace. . “The civil society and other social organizations should come forward and contribute in eradicating this social malaise only then can we succeed in our mission,” he said.—NII

HATTIAN BALA: Jiay Bilawal rally under the auspices of PSF being received at Hattian.

Kashmiris have lost a great patron in Qazi Hussain: Hurriyat SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Confer- ate brother. It was Qazi people of Jammu and Kashmir, ence (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has expressed grief over the death of Jamat-eIslami leader, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, adding that he would leave for Pakistan to offer his condolence to the bereaved family, in case he is provided the travel documents. Meanwhile, in a condolence meeting at Tehreek-e-Hurriyat head office, it was decided that acting chairman and General Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai would lead the funeral prayers in absentia at Eid Gah old Barzalla on January 7 (Monday) in the afternoon. “The news of Qazi Hussain’s demise has grieved me and it is a personal loss for me and I have lost an affection-

Hussain, who after succeeding Moulana Syed Abul Ala Maududi , strived hard for Islamic revolution in Pakistan and I feel he was a great man of spirit with deep sincerity and affection for the whole Ummah,” a Hurriyat statement quoted Geelani as saying. In his statement, Geelani recalled the moments he shared with Qazi Hussain during the holy pilgrimage. “He (Qazi) was very anxious and restless about the miserable condition of people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was very serious and committed about the Kashmir cause and has played praiseworthy role for Kashmir at international level.” Terming his death an irrevocable loss for

Geelani said, “We have lost a great patron and benefactor.” Geelani said as soon as he gets travel documents, he will leave for Pakistan to offer his condolence to the family of the Jamat e Iaslami departed leader. Meanwhile, according to the party statement, Hurriyat (G) is in close contact with the passport office in Srinagar and a fresh application in this regard would be submitted for issuance of travel documents for Geelani. “The necessary travel documents are lying with the passport office and despite repeated reminders, authorities have not issued the documents yet,” party spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.—NNI

JAMMU—The leaders of All

J&K Movement for Peace and Justice (AJKMPJ), has strongly reacted to the dilution of powers of State Accountability Commission with regard to taking concrete steps for eradication of menace of corruption in the state which has infamously arrived at the status of being No.1 corrupt state as per independent survey conducted by “Transparency International”. According to a statement, its active member Kuldeep Kumar Rao while addressing the meeting said, “On the one hand, Chief Minister is crying hoarse about taking effective steps to contain corruption. On the other hand, NC lead coalition government has made the State Accountability Commission (SAC) a meager toothless tiger by withdrawing key powers to the Accountability Commission through several amendments. Besides this, the High Court has added to the woes of the common man by stating that the accountability commission can not take Suo-Moto cognizance in any case.” Referring to the Chief Minister’s statement over Lokayukt, he said, “The statement of CM Omar Abdullah that J&K state has its own State Accountability Commission and hence there is no need of Lokayukt, makes the affairs more confusing for the common man.—NNI

SRINAGAR— Syed Ali Shah a mark of protest against ceeding Moulana Syed Abul Ala Geelani,chairman Hurriyat Confrence (G), has said he would travel to Pakistan if provided travel documents to offer condolence to the family of senior Jamat-e-Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad. According to a report by KONS, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani is leaving for Pakistan to offer his condolence to the bereaved family of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. During his visit Syed Ali Geelani is proposed to meet close relatives of late leader and other Jamat-eIslami leaders in Pakistan. It bears mention that Geelani has so far turned down all invitations from Pakistan apparently as

Islamabad’s Kashmir policy which Geelani says is too soft. “As soon as travel documents are provided, Geelani will leave for Pakistan to offer his condolence to family of departed leader and leaders of Jamat-e-Islami, a close aide of the Kashmiri leader said, adding Hurriyat (G) was in close contact with the passport office in Srinagar and a fresh application in this regard would be submitted soon”, he said. Geelani in his statement from Delhi said, “Death of Qazi sahib is a personal loss for me and I have lost a best and an affectionate brother.” He added that it was Qazi Hussain Ahmad who after suc-

Maududi, strived hard for the Islamic revolution in Pakistan. “I feel he was a great man of spirit with deep sincerity and affection for the whole Umah. During the holy pilgrimage of Hajj Qazi Husain Ahmad told me he was very anxious and restless about the miserable condition of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Hurriyat (G) chairman said. He stated that the leader was very serious and committed about the Kashmir cause and has played praise worthy role for Kashmir at international level. Geelani termed his death a irrevocable loss for people of Jammu and Kashmir and added that “we have lost a great patron.”—NNI

Imran rules out military solution to Kashmir Vows to help resolve Kashmir dispute after coming into power ISLAMABAD—Terming Kash- the two countries.

Cricketer turned politician who is expecting a big win in the 2014 elections in the country said that Kashmir was the ‘bone of contention’ between the two neighboring countries and must be resolved for peace to prevail in the sub continent. “I have three former foreign ministers in my party and they have acquainted me about the Kashmir issue, so I don’t think I will have any problem to sort it out once I come to power”, said Imran in an interview.

Khan said that he had sought suggestions from the Hurriyat Conference delegation that recently visited Pakistan, and would incorporate their suggestions in his policy planning. “We have to see how we can settle the issue through negotiations with India and I am of the opinion that Kashmiri leadership should also be taken into confidence”, said Imran, adding that the Kashmiri leadership should be involved in the dialogue process.—NNI

JKMM pays rich tributes to Sajjad Keno

mir ‘dispute’ as the biggest hurdle in normalization of relations between India and Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Insaf party chief Imran Khan has said solving the dispute will be the top priority of his party if it came to power after the upcoming general elections in the country. However, Khan, Pakistan’s 1992 Cricket World Cup winning captain turned politician, ruled out military solution to the long pending issue between

SRINAGAR–The Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JKMM), Farida Behenji has reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue liberation struggle till the mission of Kashmiri martyrs is accomplished. Farida Behanji addressing a meeting of the party workers in Srinagar paid rich tributes to a prominent liberation activist, Sajjad Ahmad Kanno, on his 17th martyrdom anniversary. She said, the martyrs have laid down their precious lives for a sacred cause and every effort will be made to achieve the objective. Other speakers including Maulvi Bashir Ahmad on the occasion eulogized the role of Sajjad Ahmad Kanno in the liberation struggle. Sajjad Kanno was killed on January 8, 1996, by the personnel of Special Task Force in Natipora area of Srinagar.—KMS

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Administrator Municipal Corporation Sheikh Azhar and PPP leader Saim Farrukh enquiring after the health of Chairman Azad Kashmir Red Crescent Society.

A review of human rights in Jammu & Kashmir in 2012—III

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HETHER it was the kill ing of Altaf Ahmad Sood, a 21 year old boy allegedly shot dead by paramilitary Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) when they opened fire upon protesters demonstrating against non-availability of power supply at Boniyar in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, or Hilal Ahmad Dar, a 25 year old a resident of Lahipora, Aaloosa, Bandipora who was killed in a fake encounter by army (27 RR) which was admitted by the army as a ‘genuine encounter’, or Ashiq Hussain Rather, a resident of Rafiabad, Baramulla killed by the army (32 RR); the armed forces continues to kill civilians with the impunity provided under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and so far in none of these cases as well any meaningful investigations has been carried out, which could have led to the prosecution of the armed forces personnel. Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, a 35 year old employee of Srinagar Municipal Cor-

poration and a resident of Dalgate, Srinagar, according to his family was killed after torture in the Srinagar Central Jail. PROBES AND INQUIRIES: In 2012, the government while remaining consistent with the previous year has ordered 8 different probes on various human rights abuses. So far only two inquiries have concluded and officials have been indicted but no prosecution proceedings have been initiated, which is nothing unprecedented as even in the past probes have been announced by the government to neutralize the public pressure. From 2003 to 2012, different governments have appointed 163 probes but justice remains elusive. On 12 January 2012, JKCCS sought information under RTI Act regarding all the probes and inquiries ordered and/or conducted by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, including inquiries under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1962, and mag-

isterial inquiries, between 1990 and 2011. Since almost a year the Home Department has not given any information related to the inquiries ordered from time to time by government on various human rights violations. It appears that the Jammu and Kashmir government’s reluctance to share this information is based on the fact that these inquiries will only expose the lies of the politicians and officials who order these inquiries to mislead the people of Jammu and Kashmir and to pacify public anger. The aim of these inquiries has never been to convict perpetrators. If perpetrators would have been punished as a result of meaningful and effective probes in the past, it would have helped in creating deterrence for the recurrence of these crimes. We urge the government to ensure that investigations and probe should not be politically motivated, but aimed at holding the perpetrators accountable. KILLINGS OF POLITICAL

WORKERS: Killings of civilian political workers continue to be an unabated phenomenon. In the year 2012, we have recorded killings of 5 civilian political workers. 3 out of the 5 political workers killed belong to ruling National Conference party, 2 were independent Sarpanches. In the last several years the political workers who have been killed no one has been prosecuted. Killings of civilian political workers at the hands of state or non-state actors, is completely unacceptable. Killing of civilian political workers only creates a culture of intolerance and chokes dissent. It is therefore, JKCCS has been urging all the combatant forces – Indian military forces and the members of United Jehad Council to refrain from killing any civilian political workers. JKCCS demands an impartial and independent investigation into all the killings of civilian political workers. Impartial investigations would help bringing the perpetrators to justice and

also act as a deterrent. SUICIDES AND FRATRICIDES BY ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL: Suicides and fratricides by the personnel of the Indian armed forces, continues to exist as an issue in the year 2012. This year, 9 armed forces personnel committed suicides in Jammu and Kashmir due to unknown reasons and 1 personnel was killed in fratricidal incident of violence. TORTURE/HARASSMENTS/ ILLEGAL DETENTIONS: The paranoia of government regarding the summer uprising of 2008 and 2010, was very evident this year in the actions taken by the government. Even in 2011 and 2012, when there was no apparent street uprising, hundreds of boys were detained on the pretext of being stone pelters. These young boys are subjected to torture, intimidation and harassment. In many police stations boys are illegally being detained; sometimes for few hours and sometimes for few days. Some boys are

regularly being called to police stations on one pretext or the other. There is complete disregard towards the juvenility of the boys being detained. This year many minors were arrested on charges of stone pelting. Around 225 persons were detained under the Public Safety Act in the year 2012. In some cases people alleged that police officials have been demanding ransom for releasing these boys who were illegally detained in various police stations. Also this year parents of some alleged stone pelters were detained in various police stations to pressurize their children to surrender before the police. RAPES AND MOLESTATIONS: On 15th August 2012, Altaf Ahmed Khan presently a S.P ranking officer in Jammu and Kashmir Police was awarded Gallantry Award by the President of India. Altaf Ahmed Khan is an accused in a rape and torture case of 2004, when he was posted in


Strike halts Nato, Isaf supplies Staff Reporter KARACHI—All kinds of supplies for Nato and Isaf have come to a halt from Karachi port following an indefinite strike by the Afghan-bound goods carriers for last several days. “Whether it is supplies of goods for Nato, Isaf or general cargo for Afghanistan…all have been stopped from Ka-rachi port for last week,” official sources at Karachi Port Trust (KPT) confirmed. However, they said local supplies for cargo for the port are “smoothly” going to different parts of the country. “There is no halt in supplies of local cargo from the port,” they added. “No trawler carrying goods to Afghanistan for Nato or local Afghan markets have been seen inside the harbour for last several days because of deadlock over a number of issues with the government,” they said. One of the striking transporters, head of Goods Transport Company, Umar Shah Afridi said their meeting with the key government officials was held during for two days to reach a permanent solution to the problem.

Managing Director Suzuki Company meets Shahbaz SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Managing Director Suzuki Company Hirofumi Nagao called on Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Model Town, today. General Manager Marketing Suzuki Company Azam Mirza, Staff General Manager Marketing Nabutaka, Wajahat Ali, MNA Pervaiz Malik, MPA Sheikh Allauddin, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Industries and other concerned officials were also present. Talking on the occasion, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is giving maximum facilities and incentives to the foreign investors. He said that there are vast opportunities of

investment in automobile industry as Punjab has become an attractive province and a number of foreign companies are investing in Punjab. He said that unemployment and poverty can be eliminated by promoting economic activities and Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme in this regard. The Chief Minister informed that Punjab government is providing low-cost, comfortable and modern transport facilities to the people of the province. He said that Metro Bus Project will play an important role to rid the masses of the traditional transport system. He said that metro bus project is a marvelous project in the transport history and will be completed during the current

month. He said that no such public transport project has been launched in the 65 years’ history of the country. The Chief Minister invited Managing Director Suzuki Company and his delegation to travel in metro bus. The Chief Minister said that setting up of a driving school in Lahore with the cooperation of Suzuki Company will be considered. He also constituted a committee to review establishment of the driving school. The committee will comprise of MNA Pervaiz Malik, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Industries and Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board. Managing Director Suzuki Company presented gift of two motorcycles to the Chief Minister.

Reverse OSMOS plants to cater water supplies to industries AMANULLAH KHAN

chief Minister already and his approval is being awaited. He said that following installation of these RO plants Korangi’s industries would be receiving four million gallons additional water per day mostly resolving the issue of water shortage in industrial zones. Misbah said that all issues of KIA pertaining to water supply, revamping of sewerage lines would be resolved within three months. Regarding pending bills of KWSB since 2009, a committee has been formed headed by Chairman KATI Mohammad Zubair Chhaya and MD KWSB

to look into the disputes of the bills and then decide the cases. This committee would also act as recovery committee. Misbah further informed the meeting that KWSB is having massive financial crunch as most of the recovery amount goes to the KESC against electricity bills as KESC is now charging commercial tariff of Rs17 per unit to the KWSB instead of Rs4.70 per unit. He asked KATI members to support KSB in its quest to declare KWSB as an essential service and electricity bill should be charged accordingly. The Patron

KARACHI—Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) will soon have two RO (Reverse Osmosis) plants of Online trading two million gallons per day each Staff Reporter KARACHI—Total exports via for supply of water to the water online trading will account for deficient industries, this was stated by Managing Director more than 100pc of the total Karachi Water and Sewerage revenue till 2015, result-ing Board (KWSB), Misbah Uddin into 1-lac new employment opportunities in the country. It Farid at a meeting with Chairman and office bearers of Korangi was announced by Irfan Haider Awan Chief Execu-tive Association of Trade and industry (KATI) here Tuesday. Officer Pearl Shine Group He informed that summary International (PSGI) Pakistan for the installation of two RO in a seminar titled “Open Continued on Page 14 Secret 2013”, which was held plants in KIA has been sent to the to celebrate 7th anniversary of PSGI Pakistan. Awan said that before January 2011 not a single leading business-tobusiness (B2B) company was willing to offi-cially start its business operations in The first issue is that plant STAFF REPORTER STAFF REPORTER Pakistan, but all credit goes to and machinery were exempted PSGI who has successfully K A R A C H I —Small traders I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Ap- by the FBR through attracted B2B gi-ants like have strongly reacted to the parel Forum has raised crucial SRO.727(I)/2011 in consultaAlibaba.com to invest into the government’s move to in- issues with the Federal Tax tion with trade and industry. Pakistani market as a ‘land of crease gas tariff by 16 per- Ombudsman (FTO), which inThe notification issued unbusiness and trading’. “PSGI, cent, saying such a raise will clude illegal import blockage by der section 13 of Sales Tax Act in partnership with Ali Baba, hit the domestic consumers customs, input tax adjustment 1990 provides sales tax is working continuously to badly and reduced industrial between Federal Board of Rev- exemp-tion on import by regremove all sorts of communi- output. enue (FBR) and provinces, istered manufacturer and imcation and language barriers President All Pakistan Orga- pending refunds of special ex- porters upon submission of found among local and global nization of Small Traders and cise duty (SED) claims, audit post-dated cheque. Customs traders, and to ensure the rapid Cottage Industry – Karachi notices, transfer/change of own- authori-ties are requires to reonline trading tricky process of Chapter, Mehmood Hamid, said ership under SRO 589/2012 and lease the surety in shape of online trans-actions will soon the gas load shedding was al- post-refund audit notices prior post dated cheques within one become hassle-free for the month after filing of sales tax ready on the rise which badly hit to 3-5 years. local businessmen as well”, he the domestic consumers and The issues were raised by return by importer. explained. However, it was reported the exporters with Federal Tax manufacturers. He said the government Ombudsman Dr. Muhammad that Customs Authorities are move to increase gas tariff by 16 Shoaib Suddle to apprise him putting blocking against all the Industry support percent would impede the indus- about irritants and problems importers who did not have reStaff Reporter by exporters involving ported imported consignment PESHAWAR—Provincial Chief, trial growth and the stag-nant faced or leading towards mal-ad- within one month in their sales production will scale down pheSmall and Medium Enterprise ministration. The FTO tax return in-spite the fact that nomenally. Development Authority promptly took action on the under section 7 of the Sales “Gas is not being supplied (SMEDA), Khyber issues raised by association to Tax Act imports/purchase smoothly while the raise in tarPakhtunkhwa, Javed Iqbal resolve them during last meet- could be report within six iff will collapse the economy,” Khattak has said that the months. ing at Karachi. he feared. authority will train young engineers on energy management and industry support in the province. He was addressing a one-day seminar on Energy Management System and Renewable Energy held under the auspices of Industry Support and Environment & Business Sustainability (IS&EBSC) Lahore here at CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences. The seminar was largely attended by faculty members and students of the campus. The Smeda chief elaborated the concept of the energy audit management campaign and said that though project is industries specific, but HBL Officers Association bearers with Seema Kamil, Head Retail Banking, Abdul Sattar academia has to play major role Head of Global Operation and Dr Razi Azmat, Head of HR at a function. M. A Saeed and in this regard. He said that the Naveedur Rehman are also seen in the picture. project will go a milestone in the development of academia and industry linkages in the province. IS&EBSC, Smeda Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had launched energy audit management campaign and has joined pyramid schemes, carried out by tion mechanism should be instiSTAFF REPORTER hands with various universities companies and unregistered en- tutionalized by setting up an allon matters relating to efficiency encompassing anti-fraud body ISLAMABAD—A high level tities. and renewable of energy. “The effects of fraudulent like the National Fraud Authormeeting was held at the SECP office today. The representa- businesses can be devastating, ity of the UK. Mr. Tahir tives of the Securities and Ex- robbing people of their hard- Mahmood, the SECP Commischange Commission of Paki- earned money. Through our col- sioner, said on the occasion. The SECP Executive Direcstan, State Bank of Pakistan, lective and sincere efforts, we National Accountability Bu- need to create a society that has tor, made a comprehensive prereau, Federal Investigation zero tolerance for fraudulent sentation on ‘Combating People forget how fast Agency, Financial Monitoring businesses. In order to achieve Fraudulent Businesses Toyou did a job — but Unit and the federal and pro- this objective, we urgently need gether’. He elaborated on varithey remember how vincial police agreed to de- to have a new strategy. While ous frauds encountered in near vise a comprehensive strategy emphasized the need for devel- past such as forex companies, well you did it. to combat illegal business ac- oping a national anti-fraud strat- multi-level marketing, illegal — Howard Newton tivities, including Ponzi and egy, he said that the coordina- deposit taking, prize schemes

Gas tariff hike to hit consumers hard

Apparel Forum takes up issues with FTO

Sindh govt slashes wheat flour price to Rs33.50 kg ISMAIL DILAWAR KARACHI—The provincial food department of Sindh on Tuesday decreased the prices of wheat for the floor mills. The downward revision would reflect positively on the retail prices of wheat flour (Atta). The provincial food department, through issuing a notification on Tuesday, slashed the prices of 100-kilogram wheat bag by Rs 50 to Rs 2,800 from Rs 2,850. Tuesday’s cut automatically set the ex-mill price of wheat flour at Rs 32 per kilogram and its retail price at Rs 33.50. The food department directed the concerned officials to ensure availability of “Atta” to the consumers at the revised rate. The provincial government asked its field staff to keep a vigilant eye on the prices of wheat flour ensuring that the floor mills were selling the daily-use kitchen item at the newly-fixed prices. “Any laxity in the regard would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against the concerned staff,” warned the notification issued.

TDAP finalizing programme to participate in Stone Fair 2013

Kalim-ur-Rahman, President and CEO of JS Bank and Khalid Jamil Shamsi, CEO Computer Research at the Cash Management Solution signing ceremony.

JS Bank, CRPL sign agreement to launch cash management solution STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —In line with its continuous efforts to bring its customers a broad range of banking services, JS Bank has signed an agreement with Computer Research (Pvt.) Ltd. (CRPL) for purchasing a state of the art Cash Management Solution.The agreement was signed recently by Mr. Kalimur-Rahman, President and CEO - JS Bank and Mr. Khalid Jamil Shamsi, CEO - CRPL at the JS Bank Head Office in Karachi. Speaking at the signing cer-

emony, Mr. Kalim-ur-Rahman, said, “The launch of the Cash Management Solution (CMS) by JS Bank is an opportune decision in line with our growth strategy. The CMS will enable its corporate customers to manage their cash flows efficiently and in a hassle free manner, thereby improving their financial management and giving them more time to focus on their core business”. The Cash Management Solution will enable the bank to offer a wide array of payments and collections services to its custom-

Karachi CNG stations not to join strike

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AMANULLAH KHAN

ISLAMABAD—Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is finalizing arrangements to participate in Xiamen International Stone Fair, 2013, scheduled to be held from March 6-9, 2013 in Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China. The Stone Fair would bring together about 2,000 of the world’s leading suppliers and manufacturers, so it is a perfect platform to springboard new products and services, a top official of TDAP told. Xiamen Stone Fair 2013 is the world’s largest stone exhibition with 158,000 meter square area. A newly-built exhibition center of over 30,000 meter square floor would also be put into use as overseas exhibiting space, with more sufficient exhibiting facilities and luxurious exhibition ground. “This is for the second time that Pakistan is participating in this international fair to showcase its marble and stone products and develop business with international buyers,” Director of the Authority, Roubina Taufiq Shah said. About ten companies would be participating in the fair under the banner of TDAP and the authority has been finalizing arrangements for participation in it,” she added. Roubina was of the view that participation in the Fair would help Pakistan attract international market towards its marble and stone resources. She said that China was one of the major importers of Pakistani marble so this fair would help Pakistani businessmen to further boost marble trade with China.

K ARACHI —The CNG stations’ owners have decided not to join nationwide strike on the plea that people ere already suffering badly due to energy crisis and frequent closure of gas supply by the SSGC. Chairman All Pakistan CNG Owners Association (APCNGA) Malik Khuda Bux while talking to media categorically stated that they would not join any strike called by any group of CNG owners upcountry and remain open to facilitate the suffering consumers. He said that APCNGA would not become part of any

CNG cartel and continue to fair business practices. He said that there is no shortage of natural gas in the country as we produced 4.23 billion cfd gas in December 2012 as compared to only 3.76 cfd gas during same period of 2011. He said that government has provided gas connections to as many as 1.2 million consumers in the country. “Why this massive number of connections have been sanctioned if the country is facing acute gas shortage”, he questioned. He said that whenever government wants to bag votes of the public it makes decisions contrary to its policies. “If you stop gas supply to

the CNG sector how you generate a huge amount of foreign exchange to the tune of $5 billion per annum to import POL or LPG”, he further questioned adding that CNG sector is saving precious foreign exchange to the nation and providing clean environment as over 3.8 million vehicles are plying on CNG nationwide and as per foreign experts report it cleaned the environment by 58 per cent in big cities and 62 per cent in small cities. He said that exaggerated figures are being presented in the media about CNG consumption while it is not over 8

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Current fiscal witnesses declining trend in inflation S TAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —Consecutive declining trends have been witnessed in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation during the first half of the current fiscal year, as year-onyear inflation rate dropped from 11.3 percent in June 2012 to 7.9% in December 2012. The analysis of the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reveals that the inflation rate stayed single digit during the first six months (July-December 2012) against the double digit inflation from January 2012 to June 2012. The CPI based inflation rate was recorded at 9.6% in July 2012 but declined to 9.1% in August and dipped down to 8.8% in September 2012. The inflation rate again declined to 7.7% in October 2012, then to 6.9% in Novem-

ber 2012, however went up to 7.9% in December 2012, the data revealed. Based on the data, the food inflation rate dropped from 10.3% in June 2012 to 7.7%. The food inflation rate was recorded at 9.1% in July, 8.5% in August, 7.6% in September, 5.8 % in October, 5.3% in November and 7,7% in December. On the other hand, the non-food inflation rates also witnessed declining trends, as it dropped from 12% in June 2012 to 8.1% in December 2012. The non-food inflation remained at 10% in July 2012 while it was recorded at 9.4% in August, 9.7% in September, 9.1 % in October, 8.1% in November while it was recorded at 8.1% in December 2012. The inflation rates based on Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) showed mixed trends during the period under re-

SECP, experts for new strategy to combat fraudulent businesses etc. He emphasized the need for developing a whistle-blowers’ hotline and rapid proactive approach. Spot it—stop it, should be the slogan of this strategy, he said. The participants of the meeting deliberated on ways of preventing illegal business activities, including Ponzi and pyramid schemes. They unanimously agreed on the need for a new strategy to combat all kinds of business scams. Some participants said that in addition to amending old laws, there was a

ers through the internet banking platform and a growing network of branches across the country. JS Bank is one of the fastest growing and most performance driven banks in Pakistan with a branch network of over 185 branches in 100 cities of the country. JS Bank is part of the JS Group, one of Pakistan’s largest and most prominent business entities. JS Bank is a full service bank providing its customers with a wide range of products and services to fulfill their needs for quality banking and financial services.

need for a new law to deal with fraudulent businesses. The meeting was organized to achieve synergy to prevent fraudulent business activities aimed at cheating the public. It agreed on sharing of information to identify and prevent business scams. It identified various areas of common interest, including intelligence sharing, and training of investigators. The participants suggested media anchors should also be made part of committee. A participant expressed the view that

NADRA should also be involved in this effort. It was decided that the SECP would request various law enforcing and investigating agencies to nominate focal persons for coordination. It may be added here that in 2003, the SECP had received many complaints regarding fraudulent businesses. Consequently, it formed a committee comprising of representatives of the SECP, State Bank and NAB. Now more stakeholders such as the FIA,

view as it was recorded at 9.7% in June and fell to 7.7% in July but again went up to 8.2% in August. The SPI was recorded at 8.0% in September, 6.7% in October, 6 % in November and 8.2% percent in December. The WPI based inflation rate however witnessed increasing trends as it stood at 6.4% in June, 7.2% in July, 7.7% in August, 7.8% in September, 7.5% in October, 7.7% in November and 9.6% in December. Meanwhile, non-food, non energy (NFNE) inflation showed mixed trend during the period under review as it went down from 11.4 % in June to 11.3% in July, 10.8% in August but again increased to 10.4 % in September again going down to 10.1% in October and to 9.7 % in November but witnessed slight increase to go up to 9.8%.

Bank Alfalah opens branch at DHA OBSERVER REPORT K ARACHI —Bank Alfalah, owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Group has announce that it has surpassed the centennial branch mark with the opening of its 100th branch at Bokhari Commercial, DHA Phase VI, Karachi. Today, the Bank boasts a nation-wide network of 110 Islamic banking branches and is ranked the no.2 Islamic Bank in Pakistan. Bank Alfalah’s Chief Executive Officer, Atif Bajwa said, ‘We are pleased to cross the cen

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Insurance cover to visiting businessmen AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Insurance cover to the visiting businesspersons during their stay in Pakistan was widely appreciated especially in Western countries. Jennifer Harbison British Independent South Asia Political Risk Analyst & Consultant said London’s media has appreciated Commerce Ministry’s initiative for comprehensive insurance coverage of businesspersons visiting Pakistan for commerce purpose during their stay. During her visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) she informed that she frequently visits Pakistan to have an insight on political and economic affairs. She informed

that it was an information seeking visit to KCCI on Indo-Pak trade liberalization and recent development on South Asia trade. She said that being frequent visitor to Pakistan she found Pakistan and its people very hospitable. She also appreciated the role of KCCI in socio-economic development of Pakistan and to enhance trade with friendly countries. She told that being analyst on political risk consulting on South Asia, with particular expertise in assessing the political, operational and security risk environment for investors in Pakistan and India, she delivers actionable analysis as per client’s requirement particularly in the sectors of mining, telecom, tex-

tiles and pharmaceuticals. Muhammad Haroon Agar, President KCCI during the meeting asserted upon the need to depict real image of Pakistan with all its strength and spurn the negative perception of Pakistan being portrayed by some foreign media. KCCI Chief remarked that negative propaganda of Pakistan as a country having unrest and deteriorating law and order situation has tarnished its real image and affected the commerce. Perception shown in the western media was unfair which need to be corrected in the eyes of countries around the globe, he maintained. He also emphasized to bridge the trust deficit with countries worldwide through trade.

He stated that many multinational corporations were successfully operating in Pakistan since last many decades and not a single company was closed down, hence, more foreign companies should come and invest in Pakistan and capture the markets of three regional trading blocs viz. SAARC, ECO, Central Asian Republics whereby Pakistan is geo-strategically located in the centre. He invited the investors to invest in energy sector and alternate energy solutions. Stressing upon the SAARC Economic Integration, he said that fostering the process of regional trade, Indo-Pak economic cooperation and trade liberalization will bring peace and prosperity in the region.

Escalating gold prices impacting jewellery retailers STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Rising gold prices have always been a cause of worry for the jewellery retailers. As a result of increased gold prices, jewellers suffer from twin problems of higher input costs and lower sales. Gold prices have risen by nearly 13% in the past few months. In addition to rising gold prices, currency depreciation has further increased gold input costs for jewellers. And importantly, jewellers can do little as consumers defer or cancel their purchases with rising gold prices. The drop in consumer sentiment link further ensured that jewellery buyers stay away from showrooms. “Times have been difficult as consumers have postponed their purchase of jewellery. Most of them are reusing the old sets or moving towards artificial jewellery altogether”, said Najia Anis famous diamond jewellery designer. Many established names in business have reported loss as they find it impossible to make profit in this current scenario. The rising inflation and dollar depreciation is the main reason behind this whole problem.

2012 remained unfavourable for businessmen STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Traders and industrialists have termed the year 2012 as hard, unfavorably discouraging for the business community. They said that during the year neither the federal government nor the provincial government has given any heed to their grievances and suggestions. They were of the opinion that the law and order condition was so grim in the country that if similar conditions prevailed in another other country of the world, the government in power there may resign. They said that during the year, incidents of targeted killing, strikes, extortion of money, closure of industries and city business centers due to power and gas supply disrupted business and strikes registered a substantial increase as compared to the last few years. President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohammad Haroon Agar termed the year 2012 as discouraging for the business community. He said thought out the year, criminals remained active in looting goods-carrying vehicles, extortion of money and the police failed miserably to apprehend them. He said that he apprised the Prime Minister about the prevailing bleak conditions in the business and industrial hub of the country and demanded for it to take appropriate measures to normalize conditions which could affect other parts of the country adversely.

Textile industry yet to get 16-hour power supply STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Textile industry in Punjab is yet not getting 16 hours a day uninterrupted power supply despite clear-cut instructions from Prime Minister. According to industry sources, there was heavy fluctuation in power supply to the textile mills in Punjab, causing losses to the production units. It may be noted that the Prime Minister had intervened last Monday, directing the Ministry of Water and Power to avoid a complete shutdown to the textile industry in Punjab and ensure 16 hours a day uninterrupted power supply. The direction was acted upon in letter and in spirit for a short while the ministry started interrupting power supply to the mills.

Sukhera takes charge of CEO SMEDA ISLAMABAD: Commissioners SECP Imtiaz Haider, and Tahir Mahmood, Superintendent SALIM AHMED Police Malik Jabbar, Muhammad Azam (SP), Director NAB Raza Khan, AIG Police Islamabad Tahir Alam, Director FIA Tahir Jameel, and others after a seminar on prevent- L AHORE —Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, a senior civil ing illegal business activities.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir officer of Grade 20 from the Pakistan Administrative Service has assumed the charge as new Chief Executive Officer of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA). According to SMEDA sources, he was on the with the textile industries in faculty of the National ManageSTAFF CORRESPONDENT annum. ment College, Lahore before his He lamented that unjust Faisalabad. He was critics on the oppo- appointment in SMEDA and his F AISALABAD —Government distribution was being made of last assignment before joining is non-serious to resolve the gas and electricity to the indus- nents of Kalabagh Dam con- the National Management Coltries in Punjab particularly to struction and said that we have energy crisis while Ministries industries in to be answerable for this to our lege in November 2011 was of of Textile and Industry are on textile Faisalabad, which is the excoming generations. He main- Principal Secretary to Governor the same page for relocation of Punjab. industries to other countries port-oriented and textile hub of tained that the government was An officer of the 1985 from Pakistan, said Mian the country. It seems that clo- not realizing the huge unem- Batch, he has 28 years experisures of industries in Punjab ployment flood and would not Zahid Aslam, Presi-dent ence in public service, having Faisalabad Chamber of Com- are under some agenda and be able to face that will create served in the Punjab Governmerce & Industry (FCCI), in a Ministry of Industry and Min- due to lay off of 1.5 million in- ment as Secretary (Implementameeting of heads of various istry of Textile are equally dustrial workers only in tion & Coordination) in trade associations held at respon-sible for re-location of Faisalabad if the supply situa- S&GAD, Additional Secretary industries to other countries tion of electricity and gas was FCCI. (Development & Budget) in Finot made smooth. He said that our economy is from the country. Nothing tangible progress Mian Javed Iqbal former nance department and various directionless and the energy criother departments like Indussis that we face today is due to has been made by the govern- president FCCI said that the real tries, Home, Education and mismanagement on the part of ment on electricity generation solution lies with the de-regula- P&D. the authorities. Elaborating he and gas exploration by the gov- tion of the power sector and at During his field assignsaid that every year about ten per ernment so far and whatever gas least government to allow set- ments, he has served as Assiscent in electricity generation and electricity is available be ting up of power generation upto tant Commissioner (Okara, needs to be made if we sustain a supplied on equitable basis to 200MW units in the private sec- Fereozewala, Lahore), Deputy GDP growth of 6 per cent per the industries in Punjab along tor. Commissioner (Faisalabad, Sheikhupura) and District Coordination Officer (Sheikhupura). From Page 13 Ahmad had his schooling at the Aitchison College, In-Chief KATI, S M Muneer Deputy Indian High Commis- Lahore. He holds a BSc (Hons) SALIM AHMED said on this occasion that sioner Gopal Bagly, Additional Korangi’s industries should be LAHORE—The Lahore Cham- Commerce Secretary, Pakistan, degree in Economics from the provided adequate water so that ber of Commerce & Industry in Fazl Abbass Mekan, Chief Ex- London School of Economics industrial productivity would not collaboration with Indian Coun- ecutive ICRIER Rajat Kathuria, (UK), MA (Development Ecobe affected severely as due to cil for Research on International Professor Nisha Taneja, Coun- nomics) degree from Williams energy crisis industrial sector is Economic Relations (ICRIER) try Director International College (USA) and an MPA already facing its worst ever pe- and Lahore University of Man- Growth Centre, LUMS, Ijaz degree from Harvard Univerriod for the last five years and agement Studies (LUMS) is Nabi and DG Mumbai Chamber sity (USA). economy has been inflicted ir- holding a day-long Roundtable of Commerce and Industry reparable loss during the period. Conference on Thursday (Janu- Atindra Sen. Chairman KATI Zubair Chhaya ary 10) on the various facets of The three main areas that said that KATI is doing its utmost Pak-India economic and trade have been identified to delibFrom Page 13 efforts to facilitate industries in cooperation. erate upon include: importers tury mark for our Is-lamic BankKIA by providing utilities uninThe core objective of and exporters perspective on terruptedly but a number of in- Roundtable Conference is to trade normalization between ing branches - this is a major dustries are facing acute shortage prepare a working paper for key Pakistan and India, Non-Tariff milestone for the Bank. Since of water especially in Tannery decision makers in Pakistan and Barriers on either side and inception in 2003, Bank Zone where water supply by India for future policy guide- Prospects for Foreign Direct Alfalah’s Islamic banking has KWSB has remained suspended lines. The key speakers include: Investment in the two coun- evolved into a vibrant entity. I would like to give credit to Ijaz for the last many years. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, tries. Farooq, Head of Islamic Banking who has ably led a team of dedicated individuals whose efforts and commitment have made this milestone possible. We remain focused on developing an innovative range of W ASHINGTON —The Indian cent of the national energy ation threatens to submerge Shariah compliant products and government plans constructing needs projected for 2030. Sci- over 130,000 acres of forest, services based on the re292 dams throughout the In- entists and citizens alike are which would probably push quirements of our customers. dian Himalayas, roughly a dam crying foul, however, pointing 22 plants and seven vertebrate We are optimistic that with the every 20 miles by 2050 that out that the dams will probably groups into extinction by addition of new branches, we would reduce the flow of wa- displace millions and wreck 2025, according to an estimate will be able to further enhance ter by 8 percent in Indus and ecosystems throughout the by Dr. Grumbine and Dr. customer convenience and serve Himalayas. Pandit that was published ear- our clients even better.’ 20 percent in Brahamputra. Islamic Banking remains a For starters, impacts on lier this year in Conservation A report in the New York top priority area for the Bank. It Times said that when com- species and ecosystems are Biology. Estimates of the number of will continue to focus on intropleted, the 7,000 to 11,000 likely to be significant. The megawatt dams would double dams are proposed in areas of people already displaced by ducing new products, services the country’s hydropower ca- the Himalayas that are rich in dams in past decades range and expanding its network for pacity and meet about 6 per- biodiversity. And their cre- from 16.4 million to 40 million. its customers in the country.

Govt held responsible for relocation of industries

Reverse OSMOS Roundtable moot on facets of PakIndia economic coop

Bank Alfalah

India to build 292 dams in Himalayas by 2050; reduce water in Indus by 8pc

Mobilink Torchbearers participate in children’s mela

Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers and Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center employees at the Annual Children’s Mela 2013. The event was arranged for over 1000 cancer patients at the SKMCH&RC, Lahore. outdoor games and activities for thanked Mobilink Foundation STAFF REPORTER the patients, followed by perfor- Torchbearers for volunteering their services in this carnival LAHORE—Mobilink Founda- mances and comic skits. Omar Manzur, Head of Cor- which aims to provide psychotion Torchbearers participated at Communications, logical support to cancer pathe Annual Children’s Mela or- porate emphasized; tients. ganized by Shaukat Khanum Mobilink, The participation of the Memorial Cancer Hospital and “Mobilink’s Torchbearers are Research Center the backbone of the various ini- Mobilink Foundation Torch(SKMCH&RC),organizing a tiatives undertaken by the bearers at the SKMCH’s Anhost of entertainment opportu- Mobilink Foundation. We are nual Children’s Mela is the connities for the children being grateful to SKMCH&RC for tinuation of a partnership that opening their doors to the has spanned over the last many treated at the hospital. The day-long event in- Mobilink Foundation and our years. In 2012, Mobilink Founvolved over 1000 young patients Torchbearers and enabling us to dation contributed PKR 3 miland their families, and was also bring some joy to the lives of lion for an out-patient departattended by SKMCH’s institu- these young patients and their ment at the under-construction Shaukat Khanum Memorial tional partners as well as promi- families.’ Shaukat Khanum Memo- Cancer Hospital and Research nent civil society members and media representatives. The car- rial Cancer Hospital and Re- Center (SKMCH&RC) in nival-like atmosphere featured search Centre (SKMCH&RC) Peshawar.

Tractor roll-out ceremony held tor of Pakistan. The representatives of Shifeng group along with KARACHI—The first tractor roll- a large number of dealers were out ceremony for “Rahi Tractors” also present to bear witness to this under a joint venture between historical day which marks the

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Ruba Automotive and Shifeng Group was held at the assembly plant at Raiwand. Director Ruba Automotive, Mr. Asad Afridi along with Mr.Qasim Saeed marked this as a major landmark in the agriculture of Pakistan. The introduction of latest technology for the consumers will go a long way towards the promotion and betterment of the agricultural sec-

birth of Rahi tractors and finally gives a choice of selection to the consumers. Meanwhile, Mr. Shah Faisal President & CEO of Ruba SEZ Group has been nominated as member for Board of Investment of Khyber Phakhtoonkhwa Government. It’s reflection of Mr. Faisal contribution to Pakistan’s economy and industry.

IPO holds workshop for women entrepreneurship STAFF REPORTER LAHORE —Intellectual Property organization of Pakistan (IPO) in collaboration with Women Entrepreneurship of Punjab organized one day workshop on “Developing a Link between Branding and Trademarks and on Understanding Utility of Industrial designs.” Chairman IPO Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi presided over the workshop. Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the awareness campaign of IPO and stressed on

the need to reach out small level and potential entrepreneurs in order to enable them to run their businesses in line with the Market trends. He also expressed Government’s desire to accelerate efforts to uplift and polish Business potential in aspiring entrepreneurs especially in women. The women entrepreneurs, who attended the workshop, were also briefed by the leading Brand Companies about their strategies to protect and promote the individuality and sanctity of their businesses and trademarks.

Kashf Microfinance Bank officials opening one of the sales and service centers in Punjab.

Ford to sell 2.2m cars in US DETROIT—Ford Motor Co is on track to sell 2.2 million cars under its main brand this year, up 7 percent from 2011, the automaker said, but the company has acknowledged losing market share as it struggled to keep up with consumer demand. It marks the second straight year the No. 2 U.S. automaker has surpassed the 2 million threshold. The projected sales jump for the Ford brand falls short of the overall industry’s gains, which many analysts expect to exceed 13 percent in 2012. This year is the third in a row that industry sales have climbed by double digits, as American automakers rebound from a deep recession that pushed Ford’s rivals, General Motors Co and Chrysler Group LLC, into bankruptcy in 2009.—Newswire

Karachi CNG From Page 13 per cent of the total consumption of natural gas in Pakistan. He said that vested interests are trying to deny gas to CNG sector as some influential have invested heavily in LPG sector which is an imported fuel as compared to indigenous fuel of CNG. He informed that CNG owners have invested Rs500 billion besides Rs190 billion by the vehicles owners. Malik said that whenever government’s shuts down CNG stations it creates havoc in the country by stopping industrial wheel and the commercial activities resulting in massive loss to the industrial output and revenue loss running into billions of rupees to the national exchequer. He made it clear that CNG sector has no agreement with the government while all other sectors including industry have signed the agreement that they would be provided gas for nine months only. He brushed a side the impression that CNG sector is consuming industry’s gas. He said that CNG sector has also assured the government to join hands to promote LPG sector by selling it at their outlets along with CNG and POL but some influential did not want to improve the situation.

Fatburger to revolutionize food quality in 200m consumers market ISMAIL DILAWAR K ARACHI —The crises-hit Pakistan may not be a favorite destination for the foreign direct investors, but the country of close to 200 million people has a compelling appeal even for world famous high quality food chains like the Fatburger when it comes to consumer marketing. Fatburger, a global brand having a Hollywood celebritydriven caliber, has partnered in Pakistan with BIL Foods which would be investing in the country around Rs 700 to Rs 800 million (over $ 8.3 million) over the next three years. With half of its population

aging below 25 years, 30 to 40 percent of whom based in urban centers like Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, to the Fatburger, stands to be an “attractive market” with its unique demographics, foreign brands-friendly consumers and gap in choices of high quality fast food market. Friday last saw the joint venture (JV), Fatburger and BIL Foods, launching its first food outlet here at Dolmen City Mall in the presence of Andrew A. Wiederhorn, chairman and chief executive officer of Fatburger, and Samiullah Mohabbat, CEO of the BIL Foods. “We would initially be developing five stores in Pakistan. The outlet here in Karachi is being opened today.

While very soon, within 90 days, we would set up another store in Lahore,” Andrew told Pakistan Observer in a pre-inaugural joint interview with Samiullah Friday. While the Karachi’s has a capacity to accommodate 135 diners, the JV’s Lahore outlet is going to be the ground-plustwo-storey flagship store with a seating capacity of more than 200 people. Islamabad, Andrew said, would come as a next destination for a third Fatburger’s unit. “Today’s launching marks the beginning of a three-year project that would see a significant investment of about 700 to 800 million rupees we would be making to open more stores,”

said Samiullah of BIL Foods This three-year project, Fatburger estimates show, ways a prime concern of the inwhich, the chief executive said, Samiullah said, would create at ranges between 4 to 5 percent vestors. had a successful track record in least 300 much-needed jobs in year-on-year. However, this concern, the Fatburger chief believes, can be allied with the presence of a committed local partner like BIL Foods. “You have to have local partners committed to their local establishment, government and consumer relationship,” he said. Andrew said regions across the world were breathing hard under severe economic recession or political turmoil. “But we believe despite intense violence or economic slowdown the consumers still need to eat food that must be healthy and of good managing and operating interna- the country where the economic Queried about the uncertain value,” the Fatburger chairman tional brands and franchises like managers were focusing more security situation in Pakistan, viewed. Fatburger. on GDP growth that, the Andrew said security was alAnd Fatburger caters this

very need of the health-conscious consumers by offering what Andrew described it as value-driven products. “We are pretty higher in product quality,” he boasted. Illustrating Fatburger’s quality standard, Samiullah added that the beef to be used by the Fatburger’s burgers would be imported from the US while the yellow onions from Spain. Asked what was wrong with Pakistani beef that the Fatburger would be importing it from America, the BIL Foods chief explained that while the country was lacking in “organized farming” his side needed “a lean part of the grass-fed animals”.


Japan needs women power

Riot breaks out in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

TOKYO—Japan must put more women in key Z AATARI ,J O R D A N —Syr-ian with large puddles caused by of fighting. “It’s one misery af- plan” that Syrians on both sides Syria, the towns of Taybet Imam residents said Assad’s speech,

posts to boost its economy and to prove its ruling party has changed its hidebound ways, the party’s top spokeswoman said on Tuesday, just days after two female party executives clashed over quotas for women managers. “To mobilize women would create a breakthrough in Japan’s economy. This itself would change the paradigm of Japan’s economy and ought to be ensconced as part of our growth strategy,” said Yuriko Koike, a multilingual former defense minister who was appointed head of the LDP’s public relations headquarters after the party surged back to power last month. Shinzo Abe, who returned to the premiership in December after the LDP’s stunning election victory, three years after it was ousted, has appointed Koike and two other women to important party posts in what the prime minister called an effort to show that the long-dominant party has changed. But in a sign the conservative party remains ambivalent about the role of women, the two other female appointees - LDP policy chief Sanae Takaichi and party General Council Chairwoman Seiko Noda - quibbled on Sunday over the need to set a legally binding target for boosting women’s share of managerial posts in the public and private sectors to more than 30 percent by 2020. The LDP’s campaign platform called for a numerical target but did not specify whether it would be compulsory.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Japan in a report in October to make better use of working women, noting females accounted for 9 percent of the country’s managers as of 2009, compared with 43 percent in the United States. Female labor force participation overall also lags other advanced countries.—Reuters

Greek coalition party expels MPs ATHENS—The smallest party in Greece’s government expelled two lawmakers on Monday for backing an investigation into a ruling party leader over his handling of a list of possible tax cheats, cutting the fragile coalition’s majority in parliament. Democratic Left lawmakers Odysseas Voudouris and Paris Moutsinas supported a call by the main opposition Syriza party to look into Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos’s role in a scandal over the so-called “Lagarde list” that names rich Greeks who stashed money abroad. “What is now clear is that the two deputies not only express a different opinion but also support a different political plan,” the party said in a statement confirming their expulsion from its parliamentary group. The expulsions left the ruling coalition with 164 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament. The Lagarde list - and the failure of successive governments to investigate those named on it - has provoked outrage among austerity-hit Greeks furious that authorities have done little to crack down on tax evasion by the wealthy elite. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government has rejected calls to look into accusations that Venizelos - a former finance minister who heads the PASOK party - has not done enough to pursue the alleged tax cheats. The government has instead focused on the role of Venizelos’s predecessor at the finance ministry, George Papaconstantinou. Syriza submitted to parliament on Monday its proposal over the set-up of a parliamentary committee that will investigate both former finance ministers.—Reuters

Venezuela opposition furious

refugees in a Jordanian camp attacked aid workers with sticks and stones on Tuesday, frustrated after cold, howling winds swept away their tents and torrential rains flooded muddy streets overnight. Police said seven aid workers were injured. The refugees may be about to face even deeper misery with warnings of a major snowstorm threatening Jordan and Turkey the two countries with the largest Syrian refugee populations. “It is hell boiling hot in the summer and freezing cold now,” lamented Ahmed Zibi, 45, who said he spent the night watching over his five children when his tent collapsed. “Rain flooded the tent and its shafts submerged and collapsed on us.” The riot broke out after the re-gion’s first major winter storm this year hit the Zaatari refugee camp, home to nearly 50,000 refugees in Jordan’s northern de-sert. Inside the camp, pools and lakes surrounded tents, stranding refugees including pregnant women and infants. Some refugees scurried to evacu-ate their flooded tents while oth-ers used small buckets to bail out the water. Women, children and the elderly whose tents collapsed were hosted at other tents. Ghazi Sarhan, spokesman for The Jordan Hashemite Chartiable Organization, said frustration over the harsh conditions trig-gered the riot. The charity runs the camp along with the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR. Dozens of refugees hit the work-ers with sticks and pelted them with stones as they distributed bread for breakfast. Calls from loudspeakers echoed across the camp urging protesters to evacuate muddy streets

heavy rains. Rain was intermittent and the wind had subsided by Tuesday. But there were warnings a large snowstorm could hit Turkey and Jordan on Wednes-

ter the other as the international community sits idle, doing nothing to help us get rid of the tyrant Assad,” he said. “But this one is dangerous: There’s a se-

said would do nothing to end the country’s 21-month-old uprising. Hours after Assad addressed cheering loyalists at the Damascus Opera House on Sunday

Syrian refugee boys look outside their tent, at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj near the border with Syria Monday. “Every four to five minutes, day. rious storm that could kill chil- in his first public speech in Temperatures dipped below dren and old people.” Of months, fighting erupted near we hear the burst from a rocket. freezing overnight and were ex- Zaatari’s nearly 50,000 refu- the road to the city’s interna- We cannot get any wounded out pected to be similar late Tuesday gees, at least half are under the tional airport, the Syrian Obser- because we are essentially under night into Wednesday. Winds age of 18. They are part of more vatory for Human Rights said. siege by the shelling,” he said, The opposition-linked group adding that many civilians had gusted up to about 35 miles per than 280,000 who fled to Jordan hour overnight. Fadi Suleiman, since the revolution against As- said artillery hit the district of fled. Taybet Imam sits on an en30, said camp conditions were sad broke out in March 2011. Aqraba, 3 miles (5 km) from the trance to Syria’s main north“worse than liv-ing in Syria,” Meanwhile fighting raged Opera House. Fighting contin- south highway, close to the cenwhere rebels are fighting a civil across Syria on Monday with ued all night and into Monday tral city of Hama. The governwar against au-thoritarian ruler clashes reported just a few miles around the capital, as well as in ment restricts access by internaBashar Assad that has killed from where President Bashar al- the northern provinces of Idlib tional media and the accounts some 60,000 in nearly two years Assad had unveiled a “peace and Aleppo, it said. In central could not be verified. Damascus

Libya’s NFA bloc boycotts congress TRIPOLI—Libya’s largest parliamentary coalition boycotted the national congress for a second day on Monday, protesting at delays in forming a committee to draft the country’s first constitution, a spokesman said. The National Forces Alliance (NFA) bloc, formed last year by liberal war-time leader Mahmoud Jibril and holding 39 of the 80 seats in parliament, walked out of the session late on Sunday and did not show up for the meeting on Monday. “We have withdrawn from the congress meetings because it has not met its duties in making the constitution a reality,” bloc spokesman Tawfiq Breik told Reuters. Libya desperately needs a viable government and system of rule so that it can focus on reconstruction and on healing the divisions opened up by the war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. It has never had a constitution, being ruled by a bizarre set of laws drawn up by Gaddafi in his Green Book. The new charter is to be drawn up by 60 members elected by Libyans, but the election is still only a distant promise rather than a near prospect because of internal squabbling and administrative delays. The majority of parliamentarians in Libya’s General National Congress are civilian professionals and former exiled opposition members with little or no political experience or knowledge of how to run a government. Congressional sessions usually last for hours with members making vague speeches, asking off-topic questions, or arguing personal drama.—Reuters

PM cautions against gas wastage DAKHA—Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants Bangladeshis not to waste gas , because her government’s policy wants the highest possible utilisation of natural resources. “Gas production has been raised since the Awami League-led government took office. We are also looking out for new gas fields. The government is keen on the optimum utilisation of natural resources to meet the demand of the people,” Hasina said after inaugurating the Shahjadpur-Sundalpur gas field on Tuesday in Noakhali. Hasina said the state-run energy exploration company, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) has been strengthened and will be given more teeth in future. The Prime Minister urged everyone to refrain from wasting gas and said the government will ensure that gas from this field is as much used by locals as by industries . She alleged the previous BNP-led government had tried to sell the gas abroad when it was in office. “The Awami League had protested the decision saying the matter (gas export) would only be considered after fulfilling the demands of the people.” she added. —Reuters

which offered no concessions to his foes, was met with celebratory gunfire in pro-Assad neighbourhoods. But even there, some saw no sign peace was closer: a loyalist resident of southern Damascus reached by internet said the speech was eloquent but empty. “It sounded more like gloating than making promises,” said the woman, who gave only her first name, Aliaa. “I agree with the ideas but words are really just words until he takes some action. He needs to do something. But even so, everything he suggests now, it is too late, the rebels aren’t going to stop.” In the once-affluent district of Mezzeh, scene of several bomb attacks, an Assad critic said people had more pressing concerns than a TV speech. “Here, no one cares about this speech. They care about food and electricity.” Another said few people had watched the speech and that Assad’s crackdown would not stop: “Military operations will continue in full swing, and he is staying.” France, the United States, Britain and Turkey all said Assad’s speech, his first to an audience since June last year, showed he had lost touch with reality after unrest that the United Nations says has killed 60,000 people. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland had harsh words for Assad when she was asked whether the United States regarded him as a rational actor and whether he was “evil.” “I don’t think anybody who is guilty of the kinds of crimes against your own people that he’s guilty of could be considered rational,” Nuland told reporters in Washington. “I personally consider what he’s done evil.”—Reuters

Snowstorm Militants attack Turkish Uprising verdict shows Bahrain forces Turkish outpost, 13 killed straits to close, courts can’t protect rights flights cancelled

DIYARBAKIR—Twelve Kurdish night, the sources said. Turkish

New York-based Human ing justice and key posts in the UBAI—An appeals court rulCARACAS—Venezuela’s opposition has ac- D Rights Watch said its own inves- judiciary. ing confirming prison terms for cused the government of violating the consti-

tution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez’s inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation’s political future. The socialist leader’s allies say the January 10 inauguration date laid out in the constitution is just a “formality.” They insist Chavez, who has not been heard from for almost a month after complex cancer surgery in Cuba, can take office when his health allows. His adversaries say that would be running roughshod over the constitution as the former soldier remains in Havana and appears too weak to return to Venezuela after winning re-election in October for a third six-year term. “If the president of the republic does not take office (on January 10), the country cannot be left in a power vacuum,” said Tomas Guanipa of the opposition Justice First party, insisting that the head of Congress, Diosdado Cabello, should be sworn in temporarily. The dispute centres on an article of the constitution that says a president-elect should be sworn in on January 10, but does not say what happens if the inauguration does not take place that date. A fierce debate over the issue has deflected attention from the president’s absence from the political scene and apparent inability to speak in a live broadcast. The government, which has refused to discuss having Chavez temporarily step aside as he recovers, is providing only terse statements with bare-bones details of his condition. On Monday, the information minister said Chavez’s condition was “stationary” with respect to the last medical bulletin, released on Thursday, which described a “severe” pulmonary infection that has hindered the president’s breathing.—Reuters

and Halfaya were bombarded with aerial strikes and artillery, said Abu Faisal, an activist speaking over the internet from Taybet Imam.

13 protest leaders in Bahrain this week shows that the Gulf Arab state’s judicial system is flawed and unable to protect basic rights, international watchdog groups said. Bahrain, a U.S. ally against Iran and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has been in political ferment since a street revolt led by majority Shi’ite Muslims erupted in early 2011, part of a tide of unrest against autocratic rulers across the Arab world. On Monday, Bahrain’s highest appeals court upheld sentences ranging from five years in prison to life that were originally handed down by a military court in June 2011 to protest leaders, a ruling that could kindle further unrest. Bahrain’s case has stirred international criticism, with U.S. officials calling for acquittals to help restore calm and stability in the island monarchy.

tigation showed that evidence against the convicted men was based on public statements in which they called only for reforms and on confessions apparently obtained through coercion. “The mind-boggling verdicts in these cases did not mention a single recognizable criminal offence, instead pointing to speeches the defendants made, meetings they attended, and their calls for peaceful street protests in February and March 2011,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s deputy Middle East director. “Bahrain’s Cassation Court has proven its inability to protect the most basic rights guaranteed in Bahrain’s constitution and the international treaties it has signed,” he said in a statement. The government says Bahrain’s courts are independent, though the Sunni Muslim ruling Al Khalifa family holds senior cabinet portfolios includ-

headed by an Al Khalifa relative and King Hamad heads the Supreme Judicial Council. In Geneva, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly said she “regrets” the convictions despite “conclusions of the Bahrain independent commission of inquiry and appeals by the international community concerning the judicial procedure and allegations of torture”. “These persons are political and human rights activists and we are concerned they may have been convicted wrongly for legitimate activities,” Pouilly told a news briefing on Tuesday. Widespread and excessive use of force, including confessions under torture, was detailed by the commission of international legal experts in November 2011, and they recommended measures to stop such practices.—Reuters

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat C OOMA ,

A USTRALIA — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeastern Australia on Tuesday as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas. No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find around 100 residents who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police said no bodies were found during preliminary checks of the ruined houses. “You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Com-

missioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.” Catastrophic threat level is the most severe rating. Wildfires have razed 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forests and farmland across southern Tasmania since Friday. In New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, the fires had burned through more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of land. All state forests and national parks were closed as a precaution and total fire bans were in place with temperatures surpassing 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas. In Victoria state, fire officials said two people were treated for minor burns and four people for

smoke inhalation. Up to 20 properties in the town of Chepstowe west of Melbourne had reportedly been hit by a fire, though officials said it was too early to know the extent of the damage, a Victoria Country Fire Authority spokeswoman said. More than 130 fires were blazing across New South Wales, though only a few dozen houses were under threat as night fell. One home was destroyed in the village of Jugiong, northwest of the capital of Canberra, fire officials said. A fire was threatening about 30 homes near the small town of Cooma, south of Canberra. Cooma-Monaro shire Mayor Dean Lynch told Australia’s Sky News some residents had evacuated to the nearby town of Nimmitabel.—Reuters

Malian Islamists move south toward government forces BAMAKO—Islamist rebels in trucks had been reported in the “jihadist groups” had deployed at control of northern Mali pushed south, close to government positions on Monday, army sources said, raising fears of fresh clashes after months of tense standoff. Militants seized the northern two-thirds of the arid African nation in April, setting up what Western and regional powers fear could provide a haven for radicals to plot international attacks. Heavily armed Islamist groups in convoys of pick-up

Mopti region, where government troops have been stationed since the revolt, a Malian military official told Reuters. “The rebels have been advancing and have been sighted in several places ... We are waiting for them. If they attack us, we will fight back,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. Malian Defence Minister Colonel Yamoussa Camara told Radio France International that

militants and one Turkish soldier security forces fired mortars at

were killed in clashes along the the militants who were using the The Court of Cassation is ISTANBUL—A snowstorm that Turkey-Iraq border after the mili- area’s thick fog and snowfall as

several points along the demarcation line separating the vast rebel-held desert north from the government-controlled south. Regional leaders and the African Union have been pushing a twopronged effort of trying to negotiate a peace deal with some moderate Islamic groups and the ethnic Tuareg separatists that started the rebellion, while at the same time pushing for a military reconquest of northern Mali.—Reuters

sharply reduced visibility in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait forced maritime authorities to shut the key shipping channel on Tuesday, shipping agent GAC said. Traffic for all northbound and southbound vessels was suspended at 11:45 a.m. (0945 GMT) because of the poor visibility, GAC said in an email. It was the second day of intermittent closures. The snowstorm also prompted flag carrier Turkish Airlines to cancel 76 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, after cancelling dozens of flights on Monday due to the weather, according to its website. GAC said the Dardanelles Strait at the other end of the Sea of Marmara remained open to tanker traffic. The Bosphorus and Dardanelles are the only maritime outlet for oil, grain and other commodities from Russia and other Black Sea countries. Poor weather frequently forces their closure in winter. Each year, some 10,000 vessels carrying 150 million tonnes of oil and petroleum products pass through the straits.—Reuters

Boeing Dreamliner catches fire in Boston N EW Y ORK—A smoky fire broke out aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner in Boston on Monday, officials said, in the latest trouble to hit the fuel-efficient Boeing passenger aircraft. The plane was being readied at a gate for a noon departure after arriving at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts from Tokyo at 10:00 am (1500 GMT), when smoke was found in the aft cabin. Japan Airlines said no passengers or crew members were injured in the incident. “The fire department was called and the fire was extinguished,” a JAL statement said. “The smoke was traced to a fire from the battery used for the auxiliary power unit (APU) which was situated in an electrical room at the aft section of the aircraft.” It said 172 passengers, including one infant, had been aboard the plane, along with three cockpit crew and eight cabin crew. They had all disembarked before the fire was detected. “We’re aware of the situation and we’re working with the airline to understand more about it right now,” Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told.— AFP

tants opened fire from inside Iraq on a remote outpost in southeast Turkey, security sources said on Tuesday. The attack coincides with efforts to end a near threedecade insurgency through talks with the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group. A group of PKK militants, located in northern Iraq about 8 km (5 miles) from Cukurca, a remote and mountainous border district in Turkey’s Hakkari province, opened fire on the Karatas military outpost on Monday

cover, they said. One Turkish soldier was killed in the initial attack and 12 rebels were killed by the return fire. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Turkey and the PKK. The militants began fighting in 1984 with the aim of carving out a separate state in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey. They now seek autonomy in the region. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.—Reuters

Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds boycott cabinet session BAGHDAD—Iraqi Sunni Mus- al-Esawi. “They made a decision lim and Kurdish ministers boycotted a cabinet session on Tuesday to show support for protests that threaten Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s fragile cross-sectarian government, lawmakers and a government source said. Thousands of protesters have demonstrated and blocked a key highway in Iraq’s Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to challenge Maliki, a leader many Sunnis feel has marginalized their community a year after the last U.S. troops pulled out. Sunni-backed Iraqiya party lawmakers said their ministers stayed away from the cabinet in support of the protests sparked in late December when security forces arrested bodyguards of Sunni Finance Minister Rafaie

to boycott the session today,” Iraqiya lawmaker Jaber al-Jaberi told Reuters. “They don’t see a response from the government to the demands of the protesters... or to accepting power-sharing.” Alaa Talabani, a Kurdish lawmaker, said party leaders had also asked Kurdish ministers to stay away. A senior government source at the meeting confirmed Sunni and Kurdish ministers had missed the Council of Ministers session. Violence and bombings are down sharply since the height of Iraq’s conflict, but the government, split among majority Shi’ites, minority Sunnis and ethnic Kurds, has been deadlocked over power-sharing since it was formed in December 2010.—Reuters

Murder trial of accused school gunman delayed CHARDON—Prosecutors told a scheduled. judge on Monday that they had more forensic evidence in the case of an Ohio student charged with killing three other teenagers in a shooting rampage at a rural high school in February, delaying his trial indefinitely. T.J. Lane, 18, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder charges, had been scheduled to go on trial on January 14. Judge David Fuhry in Geauga County granted a joint request by prosecutors and defence attorneys for more time to prepare for trial. Prosecutors told the court they had recently received a substantial amount of newly discovered forensic material that requires expert analysis before it is handed over to the defence. They did not describe the exact nature of the evidence and no new trial date was

Lane, who was 17 at the time of the shootings in Chardon, Ohio, faces trial as an adult. If convicted, he cannot receive the death penalty. Prosecutors have said Lane confessed to bringing a .22-caliber pistol to the school and shooting people. The Ohio school shooting was among several shootings in 2012, including a heavily armed gunman killing 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14. Also, a gunman killed seven people and wounded three last April in a shooting at a Christian college in Oakland, California. He is charged with the attempted murder of Nick Walczak, 18, who was paralyzed from the waist down, and felony assault for wounds to two other students.—Reuters


Arif: Putting POA on ad-hoc committee illegal L AHORE —President, Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt Gen retd, Syed Airf Hasan has termed the action of Pakistan Sports Board for putting POA under an ad-hoc committee ‘illegal’ and a move to draw an action from International Olympic Committee. “We have not yet been officially communicated regarding the action of PSB for placing us under ad-hoc and there is no valid justification for it and PSB cannot take such an action against the national Olympic committee,” he told a news conference here on Tuesday at Pakistan Olympic House. POA Chief said it so unfortunate that efforts are being made to push POA to the wall by adopting different tactics to harm the interest of sports in Pakistan. “Such an action is against the Olympic movement and charters of IOC and Olympic Council of Asia and we will not accept it as we are the elected body recognized by IOC and OCA,” he asserted.

Gen said POA is actively playing its due role in the development of sports and it was following the Olympic chapter in true and spirit. “We will resist any such move (to impose ad-hoc) as we have the backing of the IOC and OCA on this issue and both the international bodies are well aware of the situation as we are informing them on regular basis,” said Gen Arif. POA President said they will inform IOC regarding the latest development and it is the IOC which will decide its course of action in the prevailing circumstances. To a question, he said, the ad-hoc committee has no power or authority to declare the recently concluded National Games in Lahore null and void and to re-organise the games at Islamabad in the current year as announced. “According to Para 5-D of the National Sports Policy, POA is the only supreme sports institution to announce the dates of the na-

tional games and to allocate them to a province or a service or a department which is affiliated with POA and any committee has no legal authority to allocate the games,” said POA President. Gen Arif rejected a questioner of holding the fresh elections of POA by the adhoc committee. “How can they do so, they have no authority for conducting the elections of the national Olympic committee which is a democratically elected house “,he added. He said the matter of implementing the sports policy is pending in two apex courts, the supreme court of Pakistan and Lahore High Court where certain issues and points are under review or appeal. “It is shocking that when the matter is in two courts, how can ad-hoc could be imposed on POA, under which law or authority and all these actions are aiming to disrupt the smooth functioning of the POA which will not bow down to these pressure tactics,” he added.—APP

Messi wins Player of the Year for fourth time ZURICH—Argentina’s Lionel age me to become a coach,” Messi, still only 25, was named the world’s best player for an unprecedented fourth year running. The award, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or, came after the Barcelona player scored a remarkable 91 goals in 2012, a record for a calendar year. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was second, the third time the 2008 winner has finished runner-up, and Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was third as Spain again missed out. Despite dominating international football for the last four years, no Spanish player has won the award. “It’s incredible to win a fourth in a row, amazing,” said Messi. “I want to share this with my Barcelona team mates and my Argentina team mates.” Although Messi did not have an outstanding year in terms of Barcelona titles, missing out on the Champions League and La Liga, he enjoyed a resurgence of form with Argentina, scoring 12 goals including his first two international hat-tricks. Spain’s Vicente del Bosque was voted as coach of the year for the first time after his team won Euro 2012, holding off Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. “I want to remember all the coaches I had in my career who all encour-

MANCHESTER: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, scores a goal past Manchester City’s goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, during their FA Cup third round soccer match at the Etihad stadium.

Sports festival players demand awards distribution

Brazilian Ronaldo and he said before appealing to his Frenchman Zinedine Zidane SYED ADNAN NOOR fellow coaches and players for both won the old FIFA award better behaviour. three times, although neither J HANG —The players who “I think everyone in foot- did so in successive years, had achieved positions in the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Youth Sports Festival programme in the Jhang District have not yet been given awards by the sports festival organisers in the district. The Punjab Chief Minister Youth Sports Festival programme, like other districts of the Punjab, was launched on August 24, 2012. The youth had shown keen interest in the competitions and players participated from the union level to district level in the competition and showed thier talent and won promonent positions in the sports festival. This mega event organised throughout the province had ended in October. The winners, even after the passage of two months have not been awarded prizes. The players have repeatedly demanded distribuball, we all feel this fascination while Michel Platini won the tion of awards in the Jhang for the game, we want the same France Football award three District but no heed is being but we want to defend foot- times successively in the paid to their demands. ball, to take care of it and be- 1980s. The players have dehave with the highest ethics The team of the year fea- manded the Chief Minister of and best personal conduct.” tured Iker Casillas in goal, Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif to Messi was voted FIFA Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, direct the Jhang administration Player of the Year in 2009 be- Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, and the elected representatives fore picking up the new-look in defence, Xabi Alonsi, Xavi to arrange the distribution of award in 2010 and 2011 after it and Andres Iniesta in awards among the players and was fused with the Ballon d’Or midfield and Messi, Radamel fulfill the promises made by him award previously handed out Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo to promote healthy activities in by France Football magazine. in attack.—Agencies the province.

Junaid says Wasim helped him develop inswing bowling I SLAMABAD —Pakistan left- who has relied on bowling a decent pace, he can create arm fast bowler Junaid Khan has credited Wasim Akram for helping him develop the incoming delivery for righthanded batsmen, which led

to him picking up eight wickets in the three-match ODI series that concluded in Delhi on Sunday. Junaid was the most potent in the first ODI in Chennai, taking out four of the top five to reduce India to 29 for 5. He also took two top-order wickets in the second ODI in Kolkata, finishing with 3 for 39. The Indian batsmen had struggled to counter Junaid’s swing and his contributions helped Pakistan take the series 2-1. “I have been a bowler,

outswingers consistently at a good pace. It was Wasim Bhai who told me to develop the incoming delivery, which would be my weapon against the Indian right-handers,” Junaid was quoted as saying by website espncricinfo.com. Junaid had dismissed Virender Sehwag with an incoming delivery in Chennai and Virat Kohli in all three matches. “It’s very natural for leftarm fast bowlers to slant it across the right-handers,” Junaid said. “Once a guy like Virender Sehwag gauges the length of the away-going deliveries, you can be murdered. When I did my homework, I found out that Sehwag has a problem with the ball that comes in. I then started working hard on that incoming delivery with our chief bowling coach Mohammed Akram.” In his short career with Pakistan, Junaid has established a reputation for being one of the quickest bowlers in the country. However, he says swing is more important to him than pace. “I don’t want to compromise on pace but swing is the most important aspect of my bowling,” he said. “One might get adjusted to pace but if one has the ability to move the ball consistently at

trouble in batsmen’s mind.” He said it was a team effort that helped Pakistan win. “I was never under any kind of pressure to perform. I also got a lot of back-up from the other end as Mohammed Irfan and Umar Gul also bowled superbly. It was certainly a collective effort.”—APP

PPL logo ceremony held L AHORE —The logo unveiling ceremony of the Pakistan Premier Cricket league will be held here on January 10 at a local hotel. Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Muhammad Zaka Ashraf will unveil the logo of the first ever league which will be participated by foreign players, said a spokesman of PCB while talking to APP on Tuesday.—APP

Warne’s week gets worse L ONDON —Fresh from his 103mph.

ban for an ugly spat with Marlon Samuels during an Australian Twenty20 match, cricket great Shane Warne found himself in trouble on the other side of the world Tuesday with a speeding fine. Warne, 43, was fined #500 ($803) after admitting driving at more than 100mph on a south of Scotland motorway where the maximum speed is 70mph. He escaped a driving ban, but had five penalty points put on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court south of Glasgow. Warne was represented by lawyer Graham Walker, who entered a plea of guilty on behalf of the leg-spinner, widely regarded as one of cricket’s greatest players of all-time. In remarks quoted by the BBC, Walker described the incident on the A74(M) motorway north of Gretna in September as an “error of judgement”. The prosecutor told the court Warne, driving on an Australian licence at the time of the offence, had SYDNEY: Brad Hodge top scored for his side with 39, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, MCG. been caught travelling at

Walker added: “Warne is a man who had no previous convictions and no points on his driving licence and travels thousands of miles a year.”—AFP

SYDNEY: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a backhand in her second round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during day three of Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Saeed Ajmal unlucky to miss MoM award BIPIN DANI OBSERVER

CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Last year, Pakistani off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal was not shorlisted by the ICC’s for the two top awards. On Sunday, the 36year-old bowler was not chosen for the MoM award against India in Delhi. “He seems to be unlucky”, Ajmal’s family friend, Shabbir Hussain said from Lahore. “Ajmal and not India’s casptain Dhoni, was more appropriate for this award”, he said.

“Ajmal not only grabbed five wickets, but took two wickets (Suresh Raina and R.Ashwin) in two consecutive balls. Perhaps, the hattricks would have earned him the price”. “I don’t understand the adjudicators’ policy in this regard. If the MoM is chosen from the winning squad, why it was Dhoni and not Nasir Jamshed, in the Chennai match. Nasir, like Dhoni, too schored hundred in the match “, he asked. Nasir Jamshed scored 101 n.o. and Dhoni was unbeaten with 113 runs in the match, won by Pakistan by six wick-

ets. “Anyhow, our “unlucky” Ajmal has no regrets. “The bowler will establish an academy in this country and the announcement is likely to be made soon”, he further added. The commentators’ are alleged to have been influenced by the BCCI to announce Dhoni, the MoM awards. Nasir Jamshed, who forgot his Man of the Series trophy in the hotel could finally get at the last minute. Thanks to the timely efforts by team’s liasion officer, Mayank Parikh.


Regaining weight bad for the health

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ECENT research has shown that even after dieting and losing weight, the body tends to try its best to regain the lost fat stores. Holiday times tend to be tough for those trying to stay trim, and New Year resolutions often don’t stick. Perhaps an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition will provide some extra incentive. The study shows that older women who lose weight tend to gain it back again as fat not muscle. Barbara Nicklas, Ph.D., a gerontologist at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist and principal investigator for the study put it rather frankly : “The body composition of some of the women was worse than before their weight loss ... When older women lose weight, they also lose lean mass. Most women will gain a lot of the weight back, but the majority of the weight regained is fat.” Dr. Nicklas and her colleagues evaluated 78 postmenopausal women with an average age of 58. The women were chosen with a criteria of having lost around twelve percent of their body weight as part of a study from a dieting program. Their change in body mass composition was recorded at the end of the weight loss program, comparing muscle with fat components. It was then measured again six and 12 months later. During the year of study the women did not follow any further weight loss program. The aim of gathering the data was to establish whether women who regained weight

did so in accordance with their original body mass ratios. At the end of the study, 53 of 78 (68 percent) of the women at the six-month follow-up and 52 of 68 (76 percent) the women at the 12-month follow-up had regained some of their lost weight. Eleven women (16 percent) weighed more at the 12-month followup than they did at baseline, and 16 (24 percent) women continued losing weight after the intervention. Of those who regained weight, three quarters gained more than four pounds in the following six months and this number increased to nearly 85% at the twelve month mark. The so called “regainers” were then used to evaluate the type of body mass that constituted their weight gain.Unfortunately for dieters everywhere, it appears that fat was regained far faster than muscle. At the beginning of the study it was assessed that the weight loss consisted of one third muscle (33%) and two thirds fat (67%), whereas the weight regain showed 81 percent fat and only 19 percent muscle. “Most people will regain their weight after they lose it ... Young people tend to regain weight in the proportion that they lost it. But the older women in our study did not appear to be regaining the muscle that they lost during initial weight loss in the same way.” Post menopausal women already have it tough with hormonal changes and loss of bone density already known to occur, so losing muscle mass, and worse still, replacing it with fat, is probably the last thing they should be doing.

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Ambassador for Eradication of Polio Miss Aseefa Bhutto Zardari administering anti-polio drops to a child at a school in Gizri Colony.

Faculty of University at Albany visits Dow University K ARACHI — Dr Haider A.

Khwaja, (PhD) from the Department of Environmental Health & Toxicology, School of Public Health, State University of New York (University at Albany) visited the School of Public Health at the Dow University of Health Sciences Ojha Campus Tuesday. Dr Haider along with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Masood Hameed Khan discussed the latest developments in the area of Public Health. They discussed the importance of promoting occupational health, environmental health and health policy management in Pakistan. They also discussed various aspect of collaboration in the above mentioned fields. They were of the view that there is indeed a great opportunity to train human resources in public health and share knowledge in areas of teaching and research. In time when there is a dearth of cost effective methods and globally we are striving to find better solutions in promoting KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto talking to Sardar Yar Jamali during a meeting. health among the marginalized between these two universities can go a log was in making a positive difference.—NNI

Sindh ministers say long march is worthless

these floods and rains affected know the real meaning of revoOBSERVER REPORT people. This they said in state- lution. They were trying to misKARACHI—Provincial Minis- ments, issued here on Tuesday. lead the masses in the name of ters for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla and Revenue Jam Mehtab Dahar Tuesday said the long march had no wroth. They said those who now talking about a revolution, where were these leaders when the people of Pakistan were in trouble and floods and rains destroyed the very fabric of the agricultural and economic system. At that time Pakistan Peoples Party worked day and night for the rehabilitation of

They said that long march would not harm the democracy. The democratic process would continue in the country. Political forces, workers and people should prepare themselves for elections. They added ‘Pakistan Peoples Party pays due respect to judiciary, political parties, leaders and institutions. No one will be allowed to hinder the elections.’ Provincial Ministers said that those who talked about the revolution, they did not

revolution. They said that the present democratic government provided all basic facilities to the people including education and health. First time in the history twenty percent of the budget in Sindh had been allocated for education. “Election Commission is an impartial institution. Government and people have full trust in elections commission. People should not heed towards rumours and prepare themselves for elections,” they said.

Aseefa inaugrates anti-polio drive Calls on Chief Minister children under five years. She was also present at C.M. House STAFF REPORTER stressed that for the eradication of It said that Ms. Aseefa KARACHI—Pakistan’s Ambas- polio it is essential that the par- Bhutto Zardari discussed mat-

sador for Polio Eradication, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, inaugurated the anti-polio drive at Ibrahim Ali Bhai School in Gizri here on Tuesday. She administered polio drops to children under five years and also distributed gifts among them. Adviser to the Prime Minister, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, MNA Nafisa Shah, Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Shahla Raza, were also present on the occasion. Shahnaz Wazir informed that the target during the anti-polio drive is to administer polio drops to 34 million

ents extend their full cooperation towards this very campaign. Shahnaz Wazir recalled that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has initiated the drive against polio in the country by administering the polio drops to her daughter (Aseefa Bhutto Zardari). Pakistan’s Ambassador for Polio Eradication, Ms. Assefa Bhutto Zardari, on Tuesday called on Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, at C.M. House here. Adviser to the Prime Minister, Ms. Shehnaz Wazir Ali,

ters of the campaign and the efforts with regard to the eradication of polio from province of Sindh. Syed Qaim Ali Shah apprised her of certain issues, while he fully assured Ambassador of Polio for Pakistan that the Government of Sindh and its all institutions will fully cooperate in fulfillment of the task so that the campaign becomes fully successful.Various measures to this effect were also discussed in detail in the meeting, the statement added.

CNG closure, low gas pressure, loadshedding irk people KARACHI—People across Sindh that the decision has been taken dents and labourers were seen on

province have to suffer due to closure of CNG stations and low pressure of gas for domestic consumers on Tuesday. According to details, the commuters and motorists had to face difficulties as CNG stations in Sindh including Karachi were closed from 8:00am on TuesOBSERVER REPORT day to 8:00am on Thursday for 48 hours. KARACHI—Animal Husbandry The spokesman of Sui SouthSindh Tuesday asked the live- ern Gas Company (SSGC) said stock owners to get their animals vaccinated to avoid seasonal diseases likely to hit in the months ahead. The provincial directorate has officially informed the livestock owners, maldars and farmers that there was a possibility of the spread of seasonal diseases among the animals during first quarter of 2013, ranging from January to March. “All livestock owners and maldars are advised to get their animals vaccinated against the above contagious diseases from nearest veterinary hospital, dispensary or veterinary centre in time,” the directorate said.—NNI

Vaccination of animals ordered

due to shortage of supply of gas from different gas fields and low gas pressure. Special vigilance teams will monitor the situation to ensure implementation of the decision and any gas filling station which violated the schedule would be closed for further 24 hours, he warned. Large number of people including public servants, employees of private offices, stu-

bus stops in various cities waiting for transport of concerned routes as the public transport remained very thin. However, despite suspension of gas supply to CNG the citizens in various districts of Sindh continued to suffer due to low pressure of gas besides unscheduled and prolonged loadshedding of electricity in intense cold weather.—INP

Chartered Accountants Family Carnival held KARACHI: An artisan is busy in preparing clay pots at Kumharwara. KARACHI—The Southern Regional Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) organized the Family Carnival recently at Sindbad Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The event turned out to be a huge success as a big number of ICAP members participated with their families and the total turnout was 1500 plus. A number of amusement activities for children were organized as well (including magic show, jumping castle etc.) KARACHI: The coffin of Imran Abbas being taken to Rizvia Imam Bargah after he was which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.—NNI killed in a target killing incident in Soldier Bazaar.

Youth centres being set up in all big cities STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I — Youth centres are being established in all the big cities of the province in order to provide healthy recreation to the youngsters. This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari. He was reviewed the Annual Development Programme (ADP) in his office here on Tuesday. The Minister said that for the development schemes the Department of Youth Affairs Sindh has been allocated a sum of Rs. 358 million in the current fiscal year. He informed that the Youth Centre in Hyderabad has been completed and would be inaugurated soon. The Centre at Larkana is in a process of completion. Subzwari pointed out that a youth centre for the disabled would be set up at the cost of Rs. 20 million. He said that a youth hostel would be constructed in Jacobabad while a youth centre would be established in Khairpur. The Minister informed that a mobile skill development centre would be set up with a cost of Rs 15 million for the youngsters from the backward areas. A youth development centre would be established in Karachi with a cost of Rs. 70 million. Subzwari said that for the youth promotion and development scheme the collaboration of the private sector would also be sought.

Contractual employees of LDA to be regularised OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Sindh Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani on Tuesday said all contractual employees of Lyari Development Authority (LDA) would be made permanent. The he said was being done on special directives of President Zardari and Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. This was decided at a meet-

ing of 5th governing body of LDA presided over by the minister here Tuesday at the Authority’s office. He said it was essential part of Pakistan Peoples Party’s manifesto not to unemployed any one and it was a fact that when ever Pakistan Peoples Party Government came into power it brought maximum number of employment to the youth and pros-

perity to the country. The provincial minister said “It is a great work of present democratic government that it has provided millions jobs to youth on merit and following the same spirit all contractual employees of Lyari Development Authority are being made permanent irrespectively”. He directed the officers concerned to speed up development works on the Hawksbay Scheme

saying it should be ensured that all basic and standardized facilities be provided there and transparency should be maintained there. He said his government was trying its best to provide standardized living facilities to the people of Sindh. Secretary Local Government Lala Fazal ur Rehman, Director General Agha Maqsood Abbas and other high officials also attended the meeting.


Many people unaware of radiation risk from CT scans

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NE-third of people getting a CT scan didn’t know the test exposed their body to radiation, in a new study from a single U.S. medical center. Researchers found the majority of patients also underestimated the amount of radiation delivered by a CT scan, and just one in 20 believed the scan would increase their chance of ever getting cancer. The study’s lead researcher, Janet Busey, said doctors need to do a better job of talking to patients about the risks and benefits of the tests, including about radiation exposure. One challenge is that there is still debate within the medical community about just how much long term cancer risk the scans carry, she said. That risk also depends on how many scans a patient gets and which organs are exposed to radiation. “There’s no doubt, CT saves lives,” Busey, from the University of Washington in Seattle, told Reuters Health. And their benefits usually outweigh their risks, she added. Still, even if the radiation risk is small, patients “definitely should be aware of it.” CT scans are high-powered X-rays that provide clearer images but expose patients to between ten and 100 times more radiation than a normal head or chest Xray, for example. Busey said from their earlier studies, she and her colleagues learned anecdotally that many patients didn’t know much about CT scans. So they surveyed 235 people who were having a non-emer-

gency scan, for example to check a cancer’s spread or to look into symptoms such as shortness of breath. Those scans included CTs as well as another type of imaging, known as single photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT scans. Two-thirds of the patients believed their scan was definitely necessary and would benefit their health, and 84 percent said their doctors had explained the reason for the scan. Another two-thirds of the patients understood CT scans involve radiation, but less than half of those had learned about radiation risks from their doctor. Few patients were worried about the scans or the link between radiation exposure and cancer. More people reported having thought about when they could eat or whether their parking would be validated after the test than about the effects of radiation, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “It’s really a physician’s job to explain to a patient what the risks and the benefits are… and sometimes we need to do a better job,” said Dr. Angela Mills, an emergency medicine researcher who has studied radiation risks at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The radiation dose from one CT scan typically ranges from a couple of millisieverts - comparable to the yearly background radiation from natural sources - to close to 20 millisieverts.

YDA strike call challenged in LHC STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court against the Young Doctors Association’s move to go on strike on January 10, if their demands would not be accepted. The petitioner urged the court to cancel the licences of striking doctors as the doctors had put the lives of patients at risk, which he described as “criminal negligence”. He said the court should take action against them under Sections 300 (murder) and Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

11 CDGL daily wagers regularized STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —District Coordination Officer (DCO) Lahore Noor-ul-Amin Mengal has regularized eleven daily wage employees on City District Government Lahore on the direction of Lahore High Court on Tuesday. Those who are regularized are included Ali Zulfiqar Junior Clerk, Syed Zaheer Hussain Shah Junior Clerk, Syed Shahid Abbas Junior Clerk, Naqash Wakeel Naib Qasid, Wasif Bashir Driver, Muhammad Imran Junior Clerk, Sohail Idrees Naib Qasid, Hafiz Syed Shahzad Account Clerk, Hafiz Muhammad Furqan Driver, Shakeel Ahmad Account Clerk and Shahbaz Ali Junior Clerk.

Polythene sheets draped at all gates of camp jail barracks

LAHORE: Visibility level was very low in the city due to fog near Allama Iqbal International Airport as the country is facing extremely cold weather.

Concern over increasing number of road accidents STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Punjab Emergency Service, Director General Rescue 1122 Dr. Rizwan Naseer reviewed the data pertaining to road traffic crashes of 2012, their causes and type of vehicles involved in such accidents and showed great concern about increasing number of road traffic crashes and involvement of young age groups in these crashes during the year. The Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer emphasized the role of all road safety advocates to address this serious public health issue and also stressed upon the responsibility of parents to ensure safety of their children. He further said that by following traffic safety rules and wearing of protective equipment (helmet, seat belt etc) we can prevent majority

of road crashes and turn it or reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with these collisions. The Director General analysed in detail the research conducted on road traffic accidents in all districts of Punjab to highlight the main reasons of accidents and to adopt preventive measures to minimize the number of emergencies in future related traffic accidents. It has been observed that the Rescue Service has responded to over 160280 emergency calls of road traffic accidents and rescued around 81717 people from disability with professional rescue response and safe transportation to hospitals, whereas 144270 accidents calls were reported in 2011 with increase of 14281 accidents in one year. Similarly, 2190 people succumbed to

injuries and 102984 people suffered critical wounds during these accidents and were shifted to base hospitals for their medical treatment. The statistics collected by Rescue 1122 show that 97745 accidents of motorbikes were recorded during this span of time, and 11 to 20 years age group people were affected and got multiple injuries in these accidents. The emergency calls to which Rescue 1122 Lahore responded during 2012 were 81995 road traffic accidents and saved 78144 victims. The main cause of accidents in the District Lahore was observed over speeding by 11-20 years of age youngsters, who sustained multiple injuries from these accidents specially from bike driving. The data revealed that Rescue 1122 Lahore responded to several nature of incidents.

L AHORE —Jail authorities

LAHORE: Ameer Jamat ud Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, flanked by President Jamhoori Watan Party, Talal Bugti addressing a press conference at Jamia Qudsia.

Arrangements for procession of Imam Hussain (RA) MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —District Coordination Officer (DCO) Lahore Noor-ul-Amin Mengal has stated that all departments of City District Government Lahore would carry out all its arrangements on the occasion of the Procession of Martyr of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) on 11th January. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting in this connection at Nadir Hall on Tuesday. On this occasion MNA Bilal Yaseen, SP (City) Multan Khan, ADC (G) Asfand Yar Baloch, DO (C) Waseema Umer, Tauqeer

Hussain Baba, Sikandar Raza, Kh. Meesham Abbas, Syed Asif Ali Zaidi, Syed Jaffar Ali, Abbas Ali, X-EN LESCO, Zahid Raza DSP Traffic and other officers were present on this occasion. Mengal directed the official concerned to make all necessary arrangement i.e. cleanliness, Patch work, Lighting, Security, removal of cleanliness on the occasion of Procession. He stated that encroachment from Akbari Bazaar would be removed till tomorrow. DCO directed for the removed of hanging wires of PTCL, Wapda and cable network. He also directed

Lahore Parking Company to make outstanding Parking arrangements on this occasion and vehicle should not be allowed to move with vehicles. DCO urged upon Shia Leaders to end the Procession on given time, so that any untoward incident could be avoided. He revealed that Procession would be monitored through CCTV cameras and a control room would be set up at DCO Office Nadir Hall. On this occasion Shia Leaders appreciated DCO and his entire team over best arrangements on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).

have draped polythene sheets at gates of all barracks to save the prisoners from chilly weather. Superintendent Camp Jail, Ejaz Asghar told APP here Tuesday that on the special directive of prisons chief, Mian Farooq Nazeer, a total of 2948 inmates, majority of them under trial, are confined in barracks of jail against the sanctioned strengthen of only 1050 prisoners. He said that any kind of heater is not allowed in barracks and keeping in view persistent harsh winter spell, the gate of all barracks were covered properly with best quality of polythene sheets well ahead of current cold waves. He said that donors have also supplied blankets to prisoners. He said that all barracks are being visited daily by Deputy Superintendent Abdur Razzaq Khan Niazi and Assistant Superintendent Jail, Muhammad Zaheer to check the arrangements made to protect the inmates from winter. He said that DIG Lahore Range Mubashar Ahmad Khan during his recent surprise visit, expressed satisfaction on the arrangements.—APP

Every possible step will be taken to Notice to rubber strengthen democracy: Governor manufacturing L AHORE —Governor

of Punjab Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood has vowed to take every possible step for stabilising and safeguarding democracy by implementing the policy of reconciliation. In a meeting with Federal Minister and President of the Lahore chapter of Pakistan People’s Party, Samina Khalid Gharki, Governor Punjab Syed Ahmed Mehmood said that politics is meant for people’s welfare. “Those political parties which work for the people can never be defeated, as

their performance is assessed through good governance,” he added. Secretary Information of PPP Lahore, Abid Hussain Siddiqui, Manzoor Hussain, Afnaan Butt, Tariq Shabbir, and other leaders of PPP were also present on the occasion. According to Abid Hussain Siddiqui, Governor of Punjab Syed Ahmed Mehmood said that whatever the people of Pakistan decide in the upcoming elections, they would accept it wholeheartedly. “I will play my role for realising the goal of transpar-

ent elections,” Syed Ahmed Mehmood observed. “I am the Governor of every street, every nation and every political party. The doors of Governor House are open for all and sundry,” he maintained. On the occasion, Samina Khalid Gharki said that PPP is the biggest democratic party of the country and is a custodian of democracy. “We have been respecting public opinion in the past and will continue to do so in future too,” she observed.—ONLINE

unit LAHORE—The Environment Protection Department of the city district government on Tuesday issued notice to rubber manufacturing unit for polluting environment. The unit was operating in residential area of Shahdara, due to which the residents were facing the problem of pollution. On complaints by residents, the EPD warned the unit owners to improve environment condition, said EPD Media co-ordinator.—APP

Laptop distribution in UVAS today STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—A laptop distribution ceremony in University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) will be held at 9:30am on January 9. Laptops will be given to newly admitted morning and evening students of the university. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be chief guest. Some 851 laptops will be distributed among undergraduate and postgraduate students.

‘Strict action taken against traffic violators’ LAHORE—Chief Traffic Officer Capt (R) Sohail Chaudhry on Tuesday said that city traffic police had taken strict action against violators of the traffic rules during year 2012. According to the CTO, city traffic police ticketed 5,814 vehicles for not having route permits, 382 over fitness certificates, 36,955 for overloading, 9,419 for smoke and 2,789 for not covering loaded material during 2012. The CTO said action would continue against violators of the traffic rules and traffic wardens should educate drivers about the rules to ensure safe journey.—APP

Cop killed on road L AHORE —A constable was LAHORE: Residents of Qila Gojar Singh protesting against gas load shedding outside killed when a rashly driven Press Club. car hit his motorcycle near Apwa College Jail road here on Tuesday. According to police, Muhammad Azam (35) was riding a motorcycle at jail road when a PCB employee Muhammad Akhtar allegedly under the influence of liquor L AHORE —The Supreme political leaders, judiciary and was driving a car hit him. S TAFF R EPORTER Court Bar Association of Paki- other institutions had a conAzam died on the spot. stan (SCBAP) will hold an all sensus that democracy should Police have arrested the be continued. “Judiciary has L A H O R E — T h e c u r r e n t parties conference titled accused and registered a “Democratic System, guaran- already made it clear that it spell of biting cold has case against him. The body tee for Pakistan’s dignity and would not endorse any uncon- suspended outdoor activi- of deceased has been shifted ties of people to a great to City morgue for ausurvival” here on Thursday, stitutional step,” he added. He said that it was for the extent as picnic points of topsy.—APP January 10. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Presi- first time that democratic setup the city especially the dent SCBAP Mian Israr-ul-Haq was completing its constitu- Lahore Zoo wears a desaid that leaders of key politi- tional tenure despite various serted look. cal parties and lawyers’ repre- problems and now the general Zoo sources said APP sentatives would address the election should be held on here Tuesday that the time. number of visitors has conference. To a question about declar- been registered only 40 Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Federal Information ing Dr Tahir Al Qadri’s party percent during the winMinister Qamar Zaman Kaira, unconstitutional, he said that ter. PML-Q Leader Chaudhry it was not a registered party. He said that temperate “The demand of reforms in weather attracts around Shujaat Hussain, and lawyers’ representatives will address electoral system is good but it 10,000 to 12,000 visitors the second session whereas is not an appropriate time for daily but now this figure Mian Muhammad Nawaz long march, which can cause has fallen to only 4,000 owSharif, Jamaat-i-Islamai leader chaos in the country,” he ing to the inclement and others will address the added. To another question weather. Multi-vitamin supplefirst session of the conference, about conference’s agenda, he said, “We want to let people ments like eggs, honey he added. He said that the country inform that democratic system and dry fruits were being had reached at a juncture was the best and any step given to animals as well as where all people were con- against it will be unfortu- birds to protect them from cerned about it. He said that nate.”—APP severe cold.

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