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Kabul hints at Islamabad link to attack on Abdullah K ABUL —Afghanistan on Sunday accused “foreign intelligence services” of being behind an attack targeting presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah that killed 12 people, in a veiled reference to Pakistan. Abdullah survived the assassination attempt on Friday when two blasts, including a suicide bombing, hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul ahead of next weekend’s hotly contested run-off election. “Initial investigations indicate foreign intelligence services were involved in this incident through Lashkar-e-Taiba in Continued on Page 7

President leaves for Nigeria today I SLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain will pay a four-day official visit to Nigeria from today. During his stay, the President will have one on one meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan, to be followed by delegation level talks. Senior officials including ministers and regional governors of Nigeria will also call on the President. This will be first visit to Nigeria by a Pakistani President in three decades. The President’s visit to Nigeria will give a new impetus to trade relations between the two countries provide a opportunity to then for strengthening of economic and trade relations. The President would be addressing the Business Forums in Abuja and in Lagos. Nigeria is an important member of D-8, OIC and the UN where the two countries closely collaborate. Several agreements are expected to be signed during this visit. —INP

UN envoy meets Palestinian unity govt ministers GAZA CITY—A United Nations envoy became the first senior international official Sunday to meet with ministers of the new Palestinian unity government in the formerly Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, assuring them of U.N. support. Robert Serry’s visit to came despite repeated Israeli appeals to the international community to shun the unity government, which is backed by rivals Hamas and Fatah. The West considers the Islamic militant Hamas a terror group but appears to have accepted assurances by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, that the new Cabinet will follow his non-violent

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Pope Francis, Israel's President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pray for peace at the Vatican, Sunday.

Pope wades into Mideast peace with Vatican prayer Peres, Abbas embrace, joke and share minibus to the garden ceremony V ATICAN C ITY — Pope Francis string ensemble played. waded head-first into Mideast peacemaking Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel where Francis lives, joked together and shared a minibus with Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians for the quick trip across the Vatican to the garden ceremony. There on the lawn, Francis sat between the two presidents, with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations and Vatican cardinals flanking them, as a

Vatican officials have insisted that Francis has no political agenda by inviting the two leaders to pray at his home other than to rekindle a desire for peace between the two parties. But the meeting could have significance beyond mere symbolism. “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important,” noted the Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter. “And who knows what conversations can occur behind closed doors in the Vatican.” The meeting will also cement Francis’ reputation as a leader unhindered by diplomatic and theological protocol who is willing to go out on a limb for the sake of peace. The enormously popular pope is the first pon-

Imran: Budget to increase sense of deprivation among provinces I SLAMABAD —Continuing his assault Pakhtunkhwa development budget was cut

against the PML-N led government, Paki- off, adding stan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan termed the federal budget as pro-rich and said that facilities were provided to unscrupulous elements, tax evaders and the rich in the budget. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, LAHORE—Pakistan RailKhan said that the budget ways Minister Khawaja would further increase the Saad Rafique said on prevailing sense of depriva- Sunday that slogan of tions in smaller provinces, change by Pakistan adding provincial funds were Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chairman being spent in Lahore and Imran Khan had been exIslamabad. posed in Khyber He alleged that borrow- Pakhtunkhwa. ings are being spent on Talking to media at Punjab, and that the govern- the inauguration cerment has brought the Karachi Continued on Page 7 circular railway project to Lahore. He said that Khyber

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Three-member committee to liaise with political parties

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tiff named for the peace-loving St. Francis of Assisi. The unusual prayer summit was a feat of diplomatic and religious protocol, organized in the two weeks since Francis issued the surprise invitation to Peres and Abbas from Manger Square in Bethlehem. It is taking place in the lush Vatican gardens in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, the most religiously neutral place in the tiny city-state, and will incorporate Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, delivered in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Italian. The prayers focus on three themes common to each of the religions: thanking God for creation, seeking forgiveness for past wrongdoing and praying to God to bring peace to the

ment on Sunday constituted a three-member committee for an effective liaison and consultations with the political parties over the emanating political situations in the country. According to reports, Federal Minister for planning Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Adviser to prime minister, Irfan Siddiqui are included in the said liaison commit-

tee with political parties. Sources said that this committee has made contact with the Leader of the Opposition, Khurshid Shah, while a member of the committee Khawaja Saad Rafique was in touch with Awami National Party (ANP) interim president Haji Adeel. committee to keep ANP spokesman Senator Zahid Khan said that the government committee wanted to seek inputs from his party regarding emerging political situation in the country.

that such steps cause hatred among the provinces. Rejecting federal budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, Khan said that the government has doubled electricity bills over the past year, yet the load shedding remains intact. He said that those who plundered and looted Pakistan’s wealth would benefit from the budget. Khan claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign travel expense is 43 lakh rupees per day. “What benefit did Prime Minister’s foreign visits bring to common people?” he asked. He demanded that the

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No move yet to resume talks with India LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —There is no move yet from Pakistan and India to resume Foreign Secretary-level talks as decided on May 27 meeting between Prime Ministers of both countries in New Delhi. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in New Delhi on the invitation of Indian Government to attend oath taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources in the Ministry of foreign Affairs told this scribe no exchange of correspondence has taken place so far to finalise date for meeting of Foreign Secretaries. Meanwhile, diplomatic

control the situation after two terrorists and five personnel from the Airport Security Force and one each from Pakistan International Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority were killed following an armed attack at the Karachi airport on Sunday night. According to reports, four armed attackers hurled grenades and opened fire as they entered the tarmac from fokker gate. This led to an exchange of fire between ASF personnel and the gunmen. Gunshots and blasts were being heard with intervals outside the airport and flight operations were been suspended. A number of explosions took place inside the airport premises. Fire broke out at various places due to explosion and fire brigade was busy to extinguish the fire. A heavy contingent of Army jawan and commandos entered into the airport and engaged itself to get the airport evacuated from terrorists. inside the airport with the help of local law enforcement agencies. A heavy contingent of police and Rang-

ers was also present inside the airport. A large number of passengers booked inside the arrival and departure lounge are awaiting for green signal of law enforcement agencies before moving to their houses. One plane each of PIA and AirBlue and a cargo plane of a foreign company have been damaged. The firing came to a halt for some fifteen minutes but resumed again. According to another report five Airport Security Force personnel were killed and dozens injured in the attack. A hand grenade attack was carried out on the Isphani Hanger. The attackers are said to have forged fake ID cards of ASF and entered the area. Some eight to ten attackers were said to be engaged in a gun battle with security forces. The army took control of control tower. The terrorists managed to enter the plane and were firing from the inside of the plane. Police and Rangers surrounded the airport and routes to the airport were sealed. Staff was being rescued by the security personnel and moved to safer areas. Rescue teams were being allowed in after

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22 people killed in attack near Pak-Iran border

No travel restrictions imposed on Altaf

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Zardari, Musharraf, other leaders felicitate Altaf’s release

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least 22 people were killed and several others injured in two coordinated suicide blasts near the Pak-Iran border, Taftan late on Sunday night an high level official confirmed. Balochistan’s Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani told media that 10 buses carrying Shia pilgrims had entered Pakistan from Iran. “There were explosions after the buses were parked outside the hotels where the pilgrims were going to stay over night before they commenced their journey back the following day,” Durrani said adding that the blasts were followed by intense firing. He feared the casualties will rise. Frontier Corps and levies personnel were called in to bring the situation under control. Presently, no militant organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

NATO oil tanker attacked OBSERVER REPORT P E S H AWA R —Gunmen in restive southwest on Sunday fired bullets at an oil tanker carrying fuel bound for NATO troops in Afghanistan, setting the vehicle and a car ablaze, police said. The attack highlights

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national and international personalities called London and Karachi Secretariat of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to felicitate MQM supporters and workers on their party chief’s release. Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, former president Asif Ali Zardari, former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former Prime Minister Shoukat Aziz, Senator Rehman Malik, Prime Minister AJK

Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, President Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, President Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, Javed Hashmi, ANP President Asfandyar Wali, Ghulam Ahmed Bilor and Ilyas Bilor congratulated Altaf Hussain and MQM supporters and workers. Meanwhile, people from all walks of life, including social workers, religious leaders, traders, industrialists, lawyers, journalists,

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Troops kill 10 militants in Dera Bugti operation Q U E T TA — P a r a m i l i t a r y forces Sunday killed more than 10 alleged rebels in Balochistan as part of a fresh operation to quell a longrunning insurgency, officials said. The operation in Dera Bugti district’s Gandyari town, 250 kilometres southeast of the capital Quetta, came just three days after troops killed 30 suspected militants in the same area. Officials said the town, close to the borders of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab provinces, was the hub of the separatist movement carrying out attacks on

trains, bridges and security forces. “We can confirm that 10 militants of the outlawed Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) have been killed in an operation in Gandyari today,” Manzoor Ahmed, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan, told AFP. “The forces started operation against the BRA militants early in the morning after receiving information that they are hiding there,” Ahmed said. The death toll could not be independently verified.—AFP

Khalifa orders compulsory military service for Emiratis Emirati men aged 18 to 30 to get 9 to 24-month military training D UBAI —The President, Shaikh for citizens as per the law. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a decree implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men and stipulating the defence of the federation is a sacred duty for every citizen. According to the decree, the national military service, which is compulsory for all medically fit male citizens aged between 18 and 30, will further consolidate and develop the youth through scientific and practical training. Federal Law No.6 for the Year 2014, which is in accordance with the principles of the UAE Constitution, as referred to in Article No. 43, states that defending the Union is a sacred duty of every citizen and national service is an honour

The law aims to instill values of loyalty and sacrifice in the hearts of the citizens, linking them with the teachings of religion and the socialisation of different generations in terms of leadership characteristics, physical power and self-reliance, responsibility and discipline, respect of law, and time. According to the law, published in the latest issue of the UAE Official Gazette, the establishment of the National and Reserve Service Author-

ity at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces has been endorsed. It will be for the higher authority to oversee matters relating to national service. Enrolment will be optional for women after receipt of consent from their guardian, in accordance with the provisions of the law and associated regulations, decisions, regulations and instructions. Emiratis who have not completed secondary school will serve for two years, while those with a

secondary school certificate will serve for nine months. The period of service for female Emiratis will be nine months regardless of the school level. The Deputy Supreme Commander can amend the duration of the national service as required by public interest, while the period of the national service can be extended according to the executive regulations of the law. The national service will be attached to the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, the State Security Authority and other military institutions specified by the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The period of national service will include military training, and na-

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Wattoo questions ECP’s hesitation in verifying thumb impressions Demands disposal of election complaints L A H O R E —While underscoring the importance of the continuity of the democratic process in the country President PPP Punjab, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the next transfer of power should also take place in accordance with the constitution and best democratic practices as was implemented by the Pakistan people’s Party last year. He added that the democratic system must not derail in the country because it was the only plausible hope to overcome the multiple challenges the country was embroiled in presently. Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo urged the Election Commission of Pakistan, Judiciary and other relevant forums to proactively pursue the disposal of election complaints pending before the Election Tribunals almost more than a year. The Election Tribunal is required to dispose off such complaints MURREE: Air Marshal Athar Hussain Bukhari, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force awarding the Quaid- within three months of the elections e-Azam shield to Aurangzeb House, the Champion House for the year 2014 during Parents Day at PAF Public School according to the law, he added. He observed that he failed to underLower Topa. stand as to why the Election Commission of Pakistan was delaying the verification of thumb impressions of the voters in the four con-

Annual parents day held at PAF Public School Lower Topa

MURREE—The Annual Parents’ Day of the Pakistan Air Force Public School Lower Topa was held here on Sunday. Air Marshal Athar Hussain Bukhari, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Chief Guest lauded the efforts of students and faculty members for producing exceptional results in curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Earlier, the Principal of the School Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Syed Imtiaz Hyder presented annual report highlighting the significant achievements of the institute, said a PAF press release. Later, the Chief Guest awarded prizes to the winners of different events. Amongst the key award winners, Imad Khan was awarded with Topian Tiger trophy (Best in Sports), while Kamal Azfar won the Topian Scholar trophy (Best in Academics). Nasr Kakakhel clinched the Topian Eagle trophy (For Overall Best Performance). The Quaid-i-Azam shield for the best All Round Performance was awarded to Aurangzeb House, the Champion House for the year 2014. Later, the students of the school presented an impressive Gymnastics and Martial Art display and a well-synchronized P.T show. The school also put up an attractive Aero modeling Display in which young boys manoeuvred radiocontrolled aircraft models in the air.—APP

Reconciliation Jirgas to be set up district wise

JI asks PM to expose peace talks saboteurs

PESHAWAR —Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq lamented what he said government’s one step forward, two step back approach to establish peace in the country through dialogue with the Taliban. Speaking at a ceremony on Sunday, he urged the prime minister to stay firm to move forward the dialogue process and should disclose the names of the elements who wanted to

sabotage talks. The JI chief said that no economic agenda could be materialized without establishing peace. He said that the money that was being spent on war on terror be allocated for health and education sector. He said that Geo should accept the 15-day punishment and chalk out a future line of action in collaboration with the owners of other media houses.—INP

Exploiters’ era over: Khattak ABDUL KHALIQ QURESHI A BBOTTABAD —KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that despite difficult situation in the province his govt will give a balance and welfare-oriented budget to the people, adding the era of the exploiters was over and the PTI government is following the agenda of bringing change in the life of poor. He was addressing a public meeting at Dheri Katikhel area of district Nowshera. Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation, Mian Jamshiduddin Kakakhel, MNA Dr. Imran Khattak, ex-MPA Liaquat Khattak, president, PTI, district Nowshera, Malik Ibrar and Arshad Khan also addressed and highlighted the welfare and reforms oriented measures of the coalition government in the province. The chief minister said that the change has started delivering, saying that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been totally ignored in the federal budget, which has resulted in the spread of sense of deprivation in the people. He rejected what he called the eruption of a new cyclone of price hike after 100 per cent increase in power and gas tariff in federal budget. He asked the federal government for provision of development funds to the provinces on the basis of backwardness and population. The chief minister said that the vote bank of PTI in Abbottabad by-election had doubled and the future belongs to their party. He said that Imran Khan would be the future prime minister of Pakistan, who after the eradication of terms, hypocracy and corruption will also change the destiny of the nation and country. The chief minister also announced a

development package for the Union Council Dheri Katikhel and said that the PTI government believes in the integrated development of the province while on the other hand federal government has prepared programme for the spending of the national resources on few areas of Punjab, which will damage the national solidarity and increase the sense of deprivation in the provinces.Pervez Khattak said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif should have adopt the approach of equal development of all four provinces and distribution of national resources on the basis of National Finance Commission (NFC), backwardness and population. He said that 100 per cent increase in the prices of power and gas in the federal budget has created a storm of price hike, which has been rejected by the trading community and industrialists of the province. He said that 100 per cent increase in the power and gas tariffs was a conspiracy hatched against the utilization of the surplus gas for generating of cheap electricity while on the other hand he alleged that the province in head of fuel adjustment surcharge is being punished for uncommitted crime. The chief minister said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has huge potential of generating cheap hydel power to meet not only its requirement, but also providing cheap electricity to the whole country. He said that the people have mandated PML-N for bringing change and establishment of the supremacy of justice. But, the federal government is concentrating only on some specific areas of Punjab, which is also creating sense of deprivation in the people of that province too.

Girl kidnapped, raped, strangulated

stituencies of Lahore as identified by the PTI Chief Imran Khan. He also called upon the Election Commission to pay heed to the complaints of Mrs. Bushra Aitzaz, Lahore , and Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, Kasur, who contested the National Assembly Elections held last year. They have presented irrefutable proofs of the election irregularities in the respective constituencies, he argued. He maintained that it was equally important that the democratic dispensation ensure good governance and provide relief to all and sundry. The adequate delivery of services to the people in the fields of education, health, transportation, administration of speedy and inexpensive justice and protection to their life and property would enhance their confidence in democracy in tandem with their aspirations. He cautioned that if democracy

failed to deliver in these accounts then the people would get disappointed that would not serve well to the country and its political system. He added that if the agonizing load shedding cobbled with serious law and order situation continues to sway the society then the vulnerabilities to the system would unleash to the dismay of all of us. He argued that the fair, impartial and transparent elections held the key for the realization of the constitutional objectives and therefore it was of profound importance that the Election Commission of Pakistan, civil society, Judiciary and the Parliament should work out a mechanism based on collective wisdom for holding transparent elections in absolute terms. He pointed out that the manipulated and engineered elections cut the very basis of democracy and undermined the aspirations of the people in a brazen way that could not be condoned on any pretext.—INP

12 killed, over 50 injured in road accidents

P ESHAWAR /H UB /T OBA T EK S INGH /H AFIZABAD —At M UZAFFARGARH —A teen least 12 people were killed and more than 50 others injured girl, 10, and her infant sister, 3 were kidnapped, while the former was raped and strangulated to death by the cold-blooded murderer. Following this horrendous incident, the police went into an action recovered the infant girl, 3 and arrested the accused by registering a case. The incident occurred at Muradabad on Saturday morning, when the two sisters were playing all alone in their house, as father being away on job, the brother-inlaw of the brother of these two girls came in and baited them to accompany him to a nearby house, where the girl, 10 was subjected to rape and later strangulated with a rope, while the accused escaped from the scene along with the infant girl. Later, the family members of the girls and neighbours during search for the missing girls found the body of the unfortunate girl, 10 in nearby house.—INP

on Sunday in separate road accidents in different parts of the country. At least eight people including four children were killed when a vehicle plunged into a ravine near Lower Dir’s Bandi Pull in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday morning. Police said that the incident occurred due to reckless driving, which killed eight persons on board, who were on way from Maidan to Timargrah. The bodies have been shifted to Timargrah Hospital. One person was killed and 14 others injured when a passenger bus overturned due to over-speeding in Toba Tek Singh. A road accident took place in Pindi Bhattian town of Punjab’s Hafizabad district where a bus overturned on the Motorway. Three women were killed and four other passengers were injured. In another incident, at least eight people were injured when the driver lost control of a vehicle which capsized near Athara Hazari Chowk in Jhang district. Police personnel and rescue teams immediately reached the site of the incident and shifted the injured to a nearby hospital. In Balochistan, at least twenty-five people were injured when a passenger bus overturned on the Coastal Highway in Hub district. Several vehicles collided with the bus which met the accident reportedly due to over-speeding. The injured, including women and children, most of them with broken arms and legs, were shifted to different hospitals in Karachi. Edhi sources said the passenger bus was on way from Gawadar to Karachi.—INP

Rs 48.5m released for Murree face-lift, bus stand RAWALPINDI—A grant of Rs 48.5 million has been released for the construction of Murree bus stand and renovation of the city. According to reports, the funds have been released after the approval of Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, while PC-I of the project has also been approved. PHA Lahore has been tasked to carry out the project. The reports said that the provincial government has transferred the funds to City District Government Rawalpindi. District Officer Planning Saima Ghafoor directed the PHA Lahore to immediately start the work on the project, while the grant will be transferred to it soon.—INP

ANF recovers 4.2 kg opium; apprehends a female I SLAMABAD —Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Sunday apprehended a women and recovered 4.2 kg opium from her possession. According to a message received from Lahore, a wife of Hazrallah has been arrested from Niazi Travels bus terminal Lahore early in HYDERABAD: Activists of PPP Shaheed Bhutto Party holds a protest against loadshedding on Sunday. the morning. First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the women and comprehensive search for her accomplices has been initiated.—APP

PESHAWAR—Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) has taken measures to introduce Reconciliation Jirga System for resolution of problems being faced by women folk in accordance K H A N E WA L —Divisional with prevailing Pakhtoon traDirector Multan and Dera ditions of the province. Ghazi Khan, Benazir Income Decision to this effect was Support Programme, Nasira taken during a meeting of Batool said that Rs 150 milChairman PCSW, Nelum Toru lion had been released for with elders of Toru Union monthly support of 36,300 Council of Mardan distrist, said families of Khanewal. a press release issued here. Talking to journalists During the meeting, it here on Sunday, she said was decided that commitdebit cards had been issued tees would be set up at Disto 36,300 families of the district level and the issues pertrict. She said the Khanewal taining to violence against assistant director had been women, harassment, exploidirected to sent a report in tation of the women folk etc the DG office on a daily bawould be resolved in accordance with local customs QUETTA: Activists of Pharmacists Association Balochistan protesting for better ser- sis to make the process vice structure formula. transparent.—APP and traditions.—APP

Rs 150m released for BISP beneficiaries


QUETTA: Activists of PML-Q holding banners in favour of Pakistan Army during the demonstration.

Imran afraid of PML-N development galore: Ahsan ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Imran Khan is afraid that if development projects started by the PML-N government will be completed then his politics has no future. Talking to a media the Minister said, “there was no weight in the statements of Imran Khan. If we will make something of gold, he will even find fault in it.” Responding to criticism of Imran Khan, Ahsan Iqbal said the whole world appreciated the budget because financial resources have been allocated for very basic sectors of the Pakistani economy including energy sector. The minister said poor and ordinary people face many problems because of power shortages. The reason of a slow economy is energy crisis, therefore substantial amount of Rs 200 billion has been allocated for the energy sector projects. Other important sectors were transport and infrastructure which boost economies in the whole world, he added. The minister said Karachi-Lahore motorway, progress in Railways, Gwadar port and China economic corridor projects will redefine the economic future of Pakistan, create thousands of jobs and result in expansion of industries like cement and steel. Nawaz Sharif made Lahore-Islamabad motorway which is still considered a big achievement by the nation, he mentioned. Imran Khan thinks that if Lahore-Karachi motorway is completed by the government, then his politics may end forever, he said adding “this

is not the time for negative politics. We need to work according to the mandate given by the people.” The minister said Imran Khan has the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and he increased the salaries for his ministers. “We did not increase salaries of ministers nor gave incentives to privileged few. Instead of blaming us, Imran should serve the people in the province where his party is in power.” He said it should be told whether Gwadar port, Lahore-Karachi motorway, HyderabadKarachi motorway, Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway, Sukkur-Multan motorway, Khujerab-Havelian motorway, Thar coal projects and Gaddani power projects are situated in Punjab. A national leader should not talk about provincialism, he stressed. He said under a Rs 36 billion package, extraordinary resources of Rs 15 billion have been allocated for Balochistan, Rs eight billion for Sindh, Rs six billion for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan for development projects. And not a single penny was allocated for Punjab on which Chief Minister Punjab protested, he noted The minister said in this budget, incentives have been given to increase the reach and net of the tax system. He said higher taxes are for non-registered persons and lower taxes are for registered persons. The minister said instead of increasing tax by creating fear and harassing people, they

NTS loosing its mandated role

Brain tumor curable in Pakistan

Q UETTA —National Testing Service (NTS) introduced to I SLAMABAD —Dr evaluate academic performance and transparent- on merit selection of the candidates in different sectors, is feared to lose its mandated role due to unaffordable fee charges for lower middle class. In a society where political influence and bribery were common practices to impede the way of poor intelligentsia, it was imperative to make NTS a talent hunting institution, rather than a source of earning. “A large number of our poor students was highly talented and hardworking but finance hampers them from achieving their objectives,” Ali Imran a lecturer in a local college regretted. “It was worth appreciating that the incumbent government and a number of public sector organizations were approaching NTS for the selection of professionals through an independent and transparent system,” said Fahim, a recent university graduate. “I applied for a post in Provincial Disaster Management Authority Balochistan (PDMA) and paid Rs. 1000 to appear in the test, which was not easy to afford for a jobless person”, he added. The NTS, formed in 2003, initially had 3 client departments in the very first year and 17000 candidates were tested. The number of clients has now gone up to 300 with 5,332,810 candidates appeared till 30 April 2014, data shared by NTS reveled. The trend to hire competitive human resource for job market through NTS was gaining popularity in Balochistan but again the emphasis was laid to keep minimum charges for maximum access.To ensure merit and transparency, Speaker Balochistan Assembly had also directed to hire professionals through NTS for assembly’s vacant posts. Another appreciative example in this regard was Home Minister who despite political pressure involved NTS for the selection of grade-17 and other posts in PDMA Balochistan.—APP

16 girls clear fitness test for railways police jobs M ULTAN —About 473 girl candidates took a fitness test for posts of constable and assistant sub-inspector in railway police. According to a railway official, there were 25 posts of female constable and one post of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the department. On Sunday, 473 girls participated in the test and only 16 succeeded. The candidates had to cover a distance of one mile in seven minutes. However, the hot weather created trouble for them and a candidate, Madiha, became unconscious and was shifted to hospital.—APP

Zuber Ahmad from Postgraduate Medical Institute has said that brain tumor was curable and all facilities of neurosurgery were available in Pakistan. Talking to media on world Brain tumor day, Dr. Zuber said that early diagnosis could enhance possibilities of complete recovery. He said that the World Tumor Day was being observed from the year 2000 and the objective of observing it was to highlight the importance and severity of the situation. He also informed that permanent headache and vomiting were early symptoms of brain tumor. He said that the advancement in the health sector and latest research had improved the treatment of brain diseases and the majority of patients were recovered completely. “Although neurosurgeon are scarce in Pakistan but all the tertiary hospitals in Punjab have treatment and diagnostic facilities of neuro diseases. He said that surgery is the initial treatment of brain tumor but sometimes doctors can not remove the whole tumor, therefore, radiation is required for further treatment. He said that both facilities were available in Pakistan. To a question, he said that only 17 professors and 200 neurosurgeon were available in the country of 190 million population. He urged doctors to come forward for overcoming the shortage of neurosurgeon in Pakistan.—APP

should be brought in the tax net through incentives. Increase in the tax revenues this year as compared to the last year is unprecedented in the last ten years, he added. He said due to efforts of the government, tax revenue has increased and the economic indicators are positive including appreciation in value of Pakistani rupee and rise in foreign exchange reserves. The minister said Wall Street Journal has reported that in the whole world, Pakistan tops the list of countries where investor sentiment has changed. In the world, positive change in the perception of Pakistan is the fastest, he said adding international investors are coming to Pakistan and $35 billion investment will be made by China. He said Imran Khan wanted to create disorder in the country and make the investors leave to just save his politics. The minister said in the last one year, the government worked hard to bring transparency and good governance. In the previous tenure, every week a breaking news appeared on the television screens about corruption of millions and billions rupees by the ministers, ministries and prime ministers, he recalled. “While not a single scandal emerged because we believe in good governance and transparency and wanted to make Pakistan a destination where investment comes, industry and development projects are started and youth get jobs,” he added.—APP

14 gangs busted in a week

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

FAISALABAD—Police claimed to have busted 14 gangs by arresting their 69 members last week. A police spokesman said on Sunday two cars, 8 motorcycles, 5 Kalashnikovs, 3 guns, 18 animals, 15 mobiles phones and 26 pistols were recovered from their possession. Multan: Police claimed on Sunday to have arrested eight accused and recovered drugs from their possession. According to police, the arrested includrd Mujtaba, Islam Uddin,Kashif, Azam, Khalid, Adnan, Sadiq and Javed. Police have recovered 15 litre liquor, 475 gram hashish, 240 gram heroin, a pistol and bullets from their possession. Lahore: Lahore police claimed to have arrested 607 drug pushers and registered 599 cases against them during crackdown against drug dealers in last month. Police said on Sunday, the police also recovered 32 kg heroin, 118 kg hashish, 295 gram opium and 5996 bottles of liquor from their possession. During action against gamblers, 115 cases were registered against gamblers and 542 accused were arrested and stake money of more than Rs 400,000 were recovered. In a special crackdown, 1133 cases were registered against 1195 culprits on the violation of law. The police registered 342 cases against 347 accused for possessing illegal weapon and also recovered 12 Kalashnikovs, 9rifles, 102-guns, 481-revolvers & pistols and 11910 bullets from their possession. The police smashed 60 gangs of criminals and arrested 161 accused and recovered stolen property Rs 8.8 million during the same period. The police have also arrested 738 proclaimed offenders and 905 court absconders included A&B categories, the sources added. DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar directed the policemen to try their best to eliminate crimes from the society.—APP

P ESHAWAR —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Infor-

cultural policy soon mation and Culture, Shah Farman has said that government would soon announce a comprehensive cultural policy reflecting cultural diversity of the province and extend support to artists for continuing culture related activities. He expressed these views here Sunday in a meeting with representatives of Culture Journalist Forum led by its President, Ehtesham Toru. The minister assured that PTI led government would address issues confronted by the artists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an objective to promote art and culture activities in the province. He said that government had already extended financial support to ailing artists including Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Khayal Muhammad and Murad Ali Alias Gulbali while other deserving artists would be compensated very soon. He told the meeting that Naeem Jan, Qamru Jan, Zarsanga and Khan Tehsil would also be given required help. The culture minister said that a comprehensive cultural policy representing all ethnic groups would soon be announced to facilitate artist’s community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that all stakeholders would be invited to debate and share their proposals in making the policy effective and result oriented.—APP

Hot weather to prevail ISLAMABAD—Director MET Dr. Muhammad Hanif has said that current hot and dry weather pattern will continue during next 24 hours. Talking to PTV news, Dr. Hanif said that intensity of heat is expected to rise in Sindh. Rising temperature was recorded in various cities of the province including Jacobabad, Nawabshah, Larkana, and Sukkur. However, he told, temperature is likely to drop in the province from Monday. He said that maximum temperature in Pakistan was recorded in Larkana where mercury reached 51 C. He said that Mohenjo-daro, Sindh, had recorded 53.3 C on May 26, 2010, which was the fourth highest temperature ever recorded on the earth and the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded in the continent of Asia. He added that Lahore’s highest temperature was recorded on June 10, 2007 when mercury had touched 48 C. He said that scattered dust thunder strom/rain with gusty winds are likely to occur next week over Quetta, Zhob, DG Khan, Kohat, Peshawar, Malakand, Mardan, Hazara, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, FATA, GilgitBaltistan and Kashmir. He added that mainly dry weather with chances of dust raising winds was expected over rest of the country. He said that current hot wave has put serious impact on the routine city life and is due to the changed weather patterns of the country. The Meteorological Department here Sunday predicted severe, dry and hot weather in most parts of Khyber Pakhrtunkhwa with a chance of light rain-thunderstorm in Malakand and Hazara Divisions.According to Met office, existing weather condition is attributed to shallow westerly trough affecting northern areas of the country and likely to persist during next 24 hours.Highest temperature of 43 degree Celsius was reported in Peshawar, while Skardu and Gilgit remained on 28 and 33 degree Celsius respectively. Partly cloudy weather was expected at isolated places of Gilgit- Baltistan during next 24 hours.—APP

24 Ramzan Sahulat Bazaars come up soon FAISALABAD—About 24 Ramzan bazaars will be arranged in the district to provide relief to people. This was said by DCO Noor ul Amin Mengal while visiting Sahulat Bazar Islam Nagar to check prices, quality and availability of essential goods. He said duties and responsibilities for daily Ramzan bazaar had been assigned to officers and steps were being taken. The DCO took around in Sahulat Bazar and check a price list and advised to display price lists on conspicuous places. He directed officers to maintain discipline, cleanliness and security arrangements and asked them for arranging portable water in Sahulat Bazar.—APP

MULTAN: A deserted look of busy road due to scorching heat.

150-year-old Bagh Langey Khan Library boasting of rare books collection M U LTA N —A 150-year-old library with over the Baradari was constructed by Mughal Prince rare collection about the Pakistan movement in 60,000 books offers a rare collection of books Murad Buksh in 1641. The historical Bagh Langey for the pleasure of readers and books lovers. Popularly known as Bagh Langey Khan Library, the Public Library and Reading Room was established in 1860 after the British army invaded and captured Multan in January 1849, said Honoraray General Secretary of the library, Dr Ashiq Muhammad Khan Durrani in an exclusive interview with APP on Sunday. He added that British officers had established the ‘Mooltan Book Society’ and in 1860 a group of Muslims and Hindu literary persons founded a reading room. The society was registered under the Societies Act on March 9, 1886, Dr Durrani said, adding that it was established in an old Mughal Baradari situated on the bank of the Ali Muhammad Khan An inner view of 150 years old Bagh Langey Khan Library. Canal. Dr. Ashiq Durrani, who is also former Vice Khan was adjacent to the Baradari, he added. About the books, he said that they had a Chancellor Bahauddin Zakariya University, said

the pictoral gallery of the library in which the founder of Pakistan Quaid-iAzam Muhammad Ali Jinnah could be seen with several leaders of the movement. Besides, he said that they had about 250 manuscripts and Urdu and Persian dictionaries with 25 editions each. “We have also books dating back to 1850-1860 of the British era which range from world politics to wars.” On a question about funds, he said the government did not provide them funds and they were running it with some philanthropists’ help. “ We urge the government to extend us financial help of one million rupees so that we could get others books published and buy some almirah for them.” Dr. Durrani said that the library also had a section for children. He stated that they had got over 100 books published for the library after he assumed office as president of Bazm-i-Saqafut in 2006.—APP


Can’t SC take a suo motu notice?

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HE decision by Pemra, which as a matter of principle, should have closed the sad chapter of charges and counter charges in Geo case, has unfortunately opened yet another pandora’s box with statements coming from all directions. In this perspective, Minister for Defence Kh Mohammad Asif in his reaction to the Pemra’s decision to suspend Geo News for 15 days said the Ministry of Defence is not satisfied with the penalty awarded and they reserve the right to take up the matter at the next appellate level for enhancement of punishment. Hours before the penalty was announced by Pemra, Geo said it was suing the ISI for defamation over accusations of being anti state and demand payment of Rs 50 billion in damages as against a fine of Rs 10 million imposed by Pemra on the channel for its flagrant insinuations against the ISI and its head. Khawaja Asif asserted that the Defence Ministry was prepared to respond to Geo’s notice and to defend themselves in court. The issue has become a hot topic and analysts and commentators are giving their own opinions about the final outcome. Pemra too unnecessarily took a long time in reaching a decision and that made resolution of the issue more difficult. Even there are differences between members of the Pemra Board and the appointment of the Acting Chairman has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court. It is now clear that the matter has gone out of the hands of Pemra and if allowed to linger on, it would be further complicated. In this perspective with a view to putting an end the Supreme Court should have taken a suo motu notice and come out with a ruling which in our view would have been accepted by all an sundry as a mark of respect to the Apex Court. Therefore may we ask the honourable Court, if it can take notice of a bottle of whisky recovered from the fancy handbag of an Actress and many more cases of human rights, why it can’t take notice of a matter which has become the most talked about issue of Pakistan?

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S Egyptian Ex-army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took over as new President of the country on Sunday, an Egyptian court sentenced ten supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia on Saturday, a move seen by observers to strengthen the grip of the government and bring stability back to the violence marred country. Coinciding with the court verdict, the Egyptian government has banned unauthorized preachers from giving sermons in mosques and other public places. These measures are aimed at strengthening the government’s grip on mosques and a ban on free Imams. In fact mosques on the whole, which are called Houses of Allah Almighty, should have been source of inspiration and for promotion of Islamic teachings in line with Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and centres of peace and harmony, but it is a fact that in Egypt and if we may see in Pakistan too, establishment of mosques have become free for all. In Pakistan one can witness mushroom growth of mosques in every village and city including capital Islamabad where state lands and green belts are being exploited and aspirant Imams set up mosques. In any modern state, life is a totally regulated affair and disciplined under laws of the land. A decree issued by the Egyptian President office warned of fines and jail for freelance Imams, especially if they wore clerical garments associated with Al Azhar centre. Selected employees of the religious Endowments Ministry will be empowered by the justice ministry to arrest anyone caught violating the decree. As a matter of principle, construction of mosques should be a welcome initiative but unregulated and unplanned mosques and that too in close proximity not only cause inconvenience to surroundings but Imams belonging to various sects indulge in hurling accusations against each other. Therefore we would recommend that authorities concerned should give a loud thinking in cooperation with leaders of the religious parties to ensure establishment of mosques at allocated places and delivery of sermons to promote religious harmony.

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HE international community has welcomed the formation of a Pales tinian Unity government and hoped that new opportunities for progress towards a two-State solution with Israel will emerge soon. It follows the reconciliation deal reached in April by rival factions Fatah and Hamas. European Union, United Nations, US and China have announced to work with Fatah-Hamas government, despite Israeli criticism. UN Secretary General in a message said the world body has long underscored the need for progress towards Palestinian unity in line with existing resolutions, within the framework of the Palestinian Authority and the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It is satisfying that the two Palestinians factions have formed the government as divisions between the Fatah and Hamas were seriously damaging the Palestinians cause. Though Israel has criticized the formation of unity government and in retaliation announced building of new Jewish settlements but international observers say that speaking from a single platform will strengthen Palestinian position in negotiations with the Jewish State. Israel on its part must also realise that Hamas is representative of the Palestinians and without an agreement of all the Palestinians, there could be no lasting peace in the region. That is why the UN and major world powers have appreciated the move and committed to work with the unity government and should be welcomed and supported by every one. It is encouraging that Israeli and Palestinian Presidents visited the Vatican City and planted an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens. That augurs well for the Palestinian Unity government and it looks that things are moving though slowly and not as speedily as one had wished to see for a lasting solution to the Palestinian issue. With the international community fully backing the Palestinians point of view, now it is for the United States and particularly the Secretary of State John Kerry to carry on his negotiations with the Israelis and Palestinians to find a final solution to the decades old issue.

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All said and done: It’s water that matters! son it is hit by floods; in another it suffers from draught. Both could have been remedied had the country’s planners disthe necessary vision Khalid Saleem played and made use of their exEmail: binwakeel@yahoo.com pertise and resources. Of course, keeping political differences apart from techUNDREDS of thousand nological planning would have people of Pakistan remain helped; but that is another story. in constant danger of beBefore delving into the whys ing badly hit by floods. In the re- and wherefores, it may perhaps be cent past, their lands were inun- in order to have an over-the-shouldated, their homes washed away der cursory glance at the history of and the affectees forced to move the dispute over the apportionment away into an uncertain future. of Indus waters. The Indus Waters What could be worse than this un- Treaty of 1960 looked –and still mitigated disaster? And yet one is looks – good on paper, but, by hindforced to think: could this catas- sight, it is evident that it has cretrophe have been avoided? ated more problems than it has According to media reports of solved. The very idea of drawing some time ago, the Asian Devel- water from the Indus River through opment Bank had warned in a re- a series of barrages and link canals port that Pakistan was on the verge – to compensate for the lost flow of being classified as a “water of the three rivers exclusively alloscarce” country. This had an omi- cated to India - was technically nous connotation for the future well flawed in that it sought to interfere being of the country. That this land, with the laws of nature – never a that was once the envy of others desirable course to follow. less endowed, should now be near When the Treaty came into beto be classified as “water scarce” ing, the IBRD (World Bank), as in nothing short of a tragedy. At guarantors, took an inordinate interthe same time, it must be admitted est in making vital technical decithat this state of affairs is hardly sions, often overriding the recomsurprising for a country that has mendations of local experts. A glarconsistently failed to utilize the past ing example is the choice of Tarbela forty years and more in initiating Dam over Kalabagh dam, merely beprojects for conservation, storage cause the former cost a bit less. Loor utilization of the water – a bless- cal engineers had pointed to the ing that a bountiful nature had shortfalls in the feasibility of Tarbela showered on it. - in particular, a) its short life span A noted economist had once due to surfeit of silt in the catchment opined that there are no ills on the areas, and b) lack of any feasible economic front of any country that downstream ancillary projects. Their cannot be traced back to ‘water’ – objections were over-ruled and the either its scarcity or its surfeit. Pa- result is before us. One can only kistan has been on the receiving end imagine the situation in the region on both these counts. In one sea- if only Kalabagh dam had been

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given preference over Tarbela dam in the 1960s, as was strongly recommended by the Pakistani engineers working on the WAPDA Indus Basin Project. Over the years, India has continued to play ducks and drakes with the provisions of this Treaty. Pakistan, as the lower riparian, has

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 looked –and still looks – good on paper, but, by hindsight, it is evident that it has created more problems than it has solved. When the Treaty came into being, the IBRD (World Bank), as guarantors, took an inordinate interest in making vital technical decisions, often overriding the recommendations of local experts. ever been on the receiving end. Due mainly to delayed or flawed reaction from the Pakistani technical experts, India has managed to get away with projects in IHK - as fait accompli - to the detriment of Pakistan’s short and long term interests. It is not too late for Pakistan, though, to make amends. The name of the game is to resolutely and determinedly engage India on this issue with a view to define the red lines. Any infringement of Pakistan’s basic rights as a lower

riparian under relevant provisions of International Law (and in terms of the Indus Waters Treaty) needs to be resisted forcefully and betimes. And now, a word about measured responses (or the lack thereof) to the crises created year after year due to the surfeit of water in the flood season helped no doubt by deliberate strategic releases of water from – ostensibly - hydro-electric projects in Indian Held Kashmir. The ideal – and long term - solution would be to construct reservoirs at strategic locations to limit and regulate the flow of water downstream during flood season. This, however, is subject to obvious limitations. Even if the political squabbles in the way of construction of reservoirs were to be surmounted, there is always the non-availability of financial resources as an impediment. Nevertheless, a beginning needs to be made. Needless to add, water as a scarce resource is valuable. There is urgent need to conserve it and/or to divert it into constructive channels. Already, conflicts on the apportionment of water resources are erupting in various regions of the world. It is time that this issue gets the attention it deserves in this region before matters degenerate into a debilitating conflict. In this context, it may be opportune to activate SAARC to take on the task of equitable apportionment of water in the South Asian region as a whole. Unless this Regional Organization wakes up to its responsibilities in the water and energy sectors, it is in imminent danger of being written off as a viable Regional Organization. — The writer is a former Ambassador of Pakistan.

Pakistani stance on Kashmir Dr Muhammad Khan Email: drmk_edu@yahoo.com

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T the international and re gional level, Pakistan has al ways sought the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. On this vital global issue, Pakistani official position has been that, Kashmir is a disputed region, whose future status has to be decided by its people in accordance with UN resolution through a neutral process of plebiscite under United Nations. Unlike Pakistan, India maintains that, Kashmir is its integral part. The factual position is that, Kashmir is an unresolved issue, pending for solution in the UN and India occupied a major portion of the state in October 1947, against the wishes of its people. Since 1947, India has not been able to convince the people of Kashmir to be part of Indian Union. This is despite, giving Kashmiris many facilities at times and using the weapon of oppression and state sponsored terror, otherwise as a routine. The natural inclination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been towards Pakistan. This inclination has not only been because of religious affinity, but, indeed, necessitated by the geo-politics of both and above all, the socio-economic interdependence, goes back to pre-partition history of India. Then, a vast majority of Kashmiri and Pakistani has common origin and post partition, this social bondage has further strengthened to an indissoluble level. This is no exaggeration, but, today the reality is that, Kashmiri blood is in the veins

of every Pakistani and Pakistani blood is in the veins of every Kashmiri. India or international community cannot undo these ground realities through either their prejudices or being insensitive. The people of Pakistan and successive rulers of this God gifted country have kept Kashmir as a top agenda, as an issue of their national interest. Indeed, Kashmiri mandated Pakistan to fight their case at all level; with India at bilateral and regional level and globally at the level of UN and international community. Traditionally, the Pakistani leadership has been consulting the Kashmiri leadership from both parts (Azad Kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir), before engaging with India. There has been a practice particularly, whenever Pakistani senior leadership visited India, there used to be meetings with the leadership of Indian occupied Kashmir. For example, despite many odds and Indian protests, former President Gen Pervaiz Musharraf met with leadership of APHC in July 2001, prior to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister; AB Vajpayee. For the first time in the recent history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has avoided to meet the Kashmiri leadership from IOK, during his visit of New Delhi. Though, the visit was aimed at attending the swearing in ceremony of Indian Premier, Narandra Modi, yet, there was a formal meeting scheduled between both prime ministers, the next day, thus Kashmiri must have expected Pakistani premier to at least meet them and communicate their concerns to new Indian Prime Minister. It is worth mentioning that, BJP and its leadership has extreme views on Kashmir and extremist sentiments against Kashmiri masses. BJP has its agenda

of doing away with the Article 370 of Indian Constitution, thus paving way for integrating Kashmir with Indian Union. Such an act is unacceptable to Kashmiri masses including pro-India National Conference leadership. Reacting over the statement of Indian Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Signh about revocation of Article 370, Omar Abdullah, the incumbent Chief Minister of IOK said, that, “Article 370 is the only constitutional link between J-K and the rest of India. Talk of revocation of not just ill informed but it is irresponsible.” All Kashmiri leadership; the APHC, JKLF and even pro Indian factions like Omar Abdullah had their serious reservations on ignoring to discuss the Kashmir issue by Pakistani Premier with his Indian counterpart for the first time in the history. Engineer Rashid, a MLA in IOK Assembly and President of Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP), has shown his dismay over the Nawaz-Modi meeting and avoiding to discuss Kashmir. He said, that, “Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi by ignoring the core issue of Kashmir have eye-washed the facts as peace in region is subservient to resolution of the Kashmir issue. Mere wishing way will not change the facts as unresolved Kashmir and pain of browbeaten Kshmiris will continue to haunt global peace and prosperity.” Mr Yasin Malik, the Chairman of JKLF has said that, “Whether anyone talks about it or not, it cannot change this hard reality. All roads to trade and friendships, development and construction, stability, peace and prosperity go through Kashmir. Ignoring this issue or putting it on back burner and dreaming of fulfilling these goals is a distant dream.”

BJP and Modi might not have wished the meeting between Pakistani Premier and Kashmiri leadership of IOK; the Pakistan side could have taken a firm stance. By not meeting the Kashmiri leadership and discussing, the issue in his meeting with Premier Modi, Prime Minister Sharif has weakened the Pakistani stance over this long-standing issue and betrayed the trust of Kashmiri people. This is a clear shift in the stance of Pakistan on this issue. Today a common Kashmiri is forced to think that, perhaps business and trade relations with India and meeting business tycoons was more important for Nawaz Sharif than Kashmir, Kashmirs or at least showing concern over the human rights violations in IOK at the hand of Indian security forces. Should the people of Pakistan, who are sensitive on Kashmir, ask their elected PM to explain his position on his Indian visit and taking a U-turn over Kashmir by prioritizing business opportunities over the core dispute? Have the people of Pakistan mandated him to take such a stance or this is Pakistani democracy, where people’s mandate is misused and personal agendas are promoted? Should people of Pakistan and Kashmir take it for granted that, this is the official new policy and major shift in the Pakistani position over Kashmir or just a one-man show? And if that one-man is Chief Executive of Pakistan, than what. It has become obligatory that, before we lose Kashmir masses, and allow new Indian leadership to play with their future, the incumbent Government of Pakistan should clarify its stance on Kashmir. — The writer is Islamabad-based analyst of International Relations.

HE main opponents have been plain to see for they lie outside the Ukraine, which since early April has been wracked by violence and by the rumblings of imminent war. They are, on the one hand, Russia which has the support of a new Eurasia. And on the other, there is the US with allies in western Europe, central Europe (less willingly) and Nato. But for territories in the Ukraine, and especially in those that stand opposed to the regime in Kiev, conflict has already reached their fields and hamlets. Within hours of Sunday’s election, an air assault was launched against targets in the Donetsk, whose citizens have proclaimed a ‘people’s republic’ and therefore disavowed any connection to the Kiev regime. Now, heavier forces are reported to be preparing to follow the air assault with an invasion of the city centre. The deadly air strikes are among Kiev’s “crimes against their own people,” the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced grimly. It has not gone unnoticed in Russia that the intense air attacks coincided with a top US defence official’s visit to Kiev. Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN and current president of the UN Security Council, has urged a peaceful solution to the crisis, as indeed he must, but has also been blunt in airing his views. If Nato is using the situation in Ukraine to “beef up its own muscles”, said Churkin, it is a “detrimental” policy. A White House unresponsive to the concerns of Russia has, instead of offering to discuss peace, promised to send more American troops and equipment to the region to “reaffirm” its commitment to Nato allies, with US President Barack Obama deciding to allocate US$ 1 billion for more troops, military drills in Eastern Europe. Let alone Russia, for many in Europe (western, central or eastern), the steadily growing armed American presence in the continent signals the onset of an extremely dangerous period of geo-political rivalry. For countries bordering Russia and in Eastern Europe, the option of being politically independent of blocs is receding amidst the threatening clank of new militarisation that has turned the region immediately west of Russia’s Euro border into a EU-Nato protectorate that could set rigid limits on local democratic expression and autonomy, as the alarming example of Donetsk is now proving. — Khaleej Times

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S the Indian Parliament be gan its first session on Wednesday with a new speaker, and with the focus on a prime minister who came into office with an overwhelming mandate, it would behove the politicians to remember what their priorities are whenever they sit down to do business in the interests of the country. It is a brand new dynamic, especially in a Lok Sabha (the lower house) that sees an opposition with virtually no numbers to speak of in order to force issues that they might believe are core to the development of the country. The Narendra Modiled Bhartiya Janata Party calls the shots, while the other parties are either disunited or are still reeling, like the Congress, from the scale of their defeat in the recently concluded general elections. This does not mean that the policies and philosophy of a democracy should not be upheld. The actions of the government must be debated, or criticised, in a constructive manner, in the larger interests of the nation. It is time for the politicians of the upper and lower houses to turn a corner, with emphasis on decision-making. Everyone is accountable and the BJP’s credentials must be stress tested, in order for the party to have a good report card when it comes to governance. The people will be expecting more from their elected representatives. It is a challenge and an opportunity. — Gulf News

The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. George Bernard Shaw —Irish dramatist.


Why the General must act lives in a suicide attack. Speaking the occasion Muhammad Ali Ehsan on General Raheel Email: muhammadaliehsan1@hotmail.com said, ‘Military will not tolerate terror attacks and effecthink the time to talk about the tive response will be given to the justification of this war is over. terrorists’. Since then military reWhen is war justified- if not sponse to the terrorist activities had now? Cross border raids from Af- become a norm. Every time the terghanistan and suicide attacks on rorists would strike a target a milimilitary officers and targets in the tary response would be generated. heartland of the country speak of Air strikes on the terrorist’s hidecontinuity of this war by the outs spoke loudly that ‘if you hit Taliban’s against us. Little doubt that us hard we will hit you harder’. it is the Indian financial support Terrorist groups were given a clear through Afghanistan to Maulana message that ‘the cost attached with Fazllulah and his likes that helps their terrorist activity far exceeds them to recruit the Central Asian and their gains’. The General had local mercenaries to fight against the picked up his doctrinal agenda of security forces and sustain the con- proceeding with the retaliatory tinuity of this war as well. But what strikes no matter what the status of political negotiations with the is our plan? Are we as a state still riding on Taliban’s. But what now? The only pause in the General’s the hopes of ‘conciliatory policy making’ to get us through in this publically stated military doctrine war? Hasn’t the ‘strategy of ap- of ‘deterrence by punishment’ has peasement’ been tried enough? The been the so far current mute reappeasement mindset and the poli- sponse by the army on the suicide cies that have spawned through them attack that has taken the lives of its have taken us nowhere. Such two senior military officers. This mindsets have only nourished and ‘tactical pause’ in the ‘we will hit promoted political smugness and harder if you hit us hard’ policy may military complacency. For how long be an operational necessity. Or it will we continue to feed the may as well be the proverbial calm ‘Taliban’s monster’ with conces- before the eventual storm. Whatsions? Would the result of the efforts ever it maybe – our generals would of the Tribal leaders from Waziristan do well to finally together with the Agency that met the Governor and political leadership decide to inithe Corps Commander in Peshawar tiate the much awaited military oprecently be any different? Which eration and progressively clear the magic wand will they use to set ev- borderland in Fata from all the forerything right in 15 days that could eign and local militants. Let there be no doubt that our not be put right in 15 years? The ‘retaliatory strikes’ are the enemy is reciprocating on the westglaring omission from the fresh mili- ern front to ensure our military detary landscape that General Raheel ployment in Fata becomes as permapainted on the war on terror canvas nent a feature as theirs is in occuon assumption of his command. pied Kashmir. It’s a battle of quid Why has the military not responded pro quo and a smart move of rediso far on the suicide attack carried recting and rebalancing our military out on the senior officers in capabilities to the other front that Rawalpindi when all terrorist acts so were actually meant to match theirs far against the military and civilian on the eastern front. It’s time that targets have been militarily re- Pakistani military stopped being sponded to since the arrival of Gen- boxed in by constraints and ethics eral Raheel Sharif as COAS. The to fight an enemy that has no value tone for such military responses was for any war ethics either. The ‘colset on December 18, 2013 when five lateral damage’ and ‘only permisjawans from the military lost their sible conduct’ by military units on

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the battlefield are the chains that hold back the progress of military operations and in most cases become the difference between the ultimate success or failure. What end do we peruse? The overriding motive of all wars is to ‘secure peace’. But for that an army has to wage a war and not fight scattered battles of survival and choice. If for terrorists end justifies the means then we must as well chose the means to justify the end that we seek. If it is permissible to eat fish than it is justified to kill, cook and eat it as well. The unchallenged ‘religious hallucinations’ that guide the Taliban’s to commit murders – mass murders- has continued to embolden them. These modern-day Frankenstein’s and monsters that dwell in cages in the mountains and gorges in deep mountain valleys are devoid of reason and intellect. They have no concept of the good life or the conditions that can make them possible. The more they are allowed to live the more they will breed and reproduce only clones with similar worldview. General Raheel Sharif was not renowned for any military achievements on the western front in the borderland with Afghanistan. In fact he performed no military service in the area since 9/11 ushered the army to fight the irregular war on that front. To say that he was not in sync with the ‘core team of decision makers’ and planners and executors of the military operations on the western front – not until he took over as COAS would not be wrong. So now that the General has mounted himself on the horseback and saddled himself in to lead the army will he also chose to continue to stagger along without a clear mandate of what to do with all the assembled foreign and local militants on the western front? After all for over a decade his two previous bosses (General Mushraff and General Kayani) only gifted us this stalemated war. ‘Reaction’ and not ‘preemption’ remained their most favorite tool that they utilized from the ‘military tool kit’ to counter terrorism and the terrorists. General Musharaff was too busy ‘doing poli-

tics’ so the most influential work ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu was not what merited his attention. He was more into reading and understanding ‘The Prince’ by Nicolo Machiavelli – statecraft was the subject that drew all his attention. So for him to become the ‘prudent military leader’- a leader that would plan and lead the military operation to a successful culmination was expecting too much. General Kayani on the opposite extreme remained too engrossed to justify not only his but army’s non-political character. Instead of asking the government to ‘facilitate war’ he toed the government favored option of negotiating peace. That he stuck with the non-delivering idea of peace and in the meanwhile accepted the unprecedented offer of extension of his tenure thus occupying the office of COAS for six long years tells us why we remained in a condition of ‘no peace-no war’ while he stayed in the office. General Raheel Sharif must know that this lame duck political and military approach to the existential threat that we face cannot be allowed to continue. Political ‘consensus and collectivism’ will remain an orphan in a country where not the national but petty party interest guide the leadership of the political parties. If our children and grandchildren are to have a Pakistan in which they can hold a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness then we must deliver them a Pakistan that is livable without the want of terror and fear. Fourteen years was a long time for two military leaders (General Musharaff and General Kayani) to give even a semblance of some hope of ‘militarily prevailing’ over our enemies in the war on terror that we fight. Would we be still be wondering what shape should our response take when General Raheel Sharif would leave the office? If negotiations have disappeared from the negotiating table then what is stopping the general and his army to make its move on the battle front? — The writer, a retd Lt Col, is doing PhD in civil-military relations from Karachi University.

Views From Abroad

A view from Gitmo Ramzi Kassem

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HE week’s national debate around the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Afghans imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay found me at the American base in Cuba for meetings with my clients. Here, too, the swap is the talk of the town — among prisoners, among guards and between the two groups. Some Guantánamo prison guards voiced anger at the news of how their fellow soldier, Sergeant Bergdahl, had been liberated. In their view, he was a deserter, unworthy of the sustained media interest his release had garnered, especially compared to the dearth of attention paid to the sacrifice of those killed and wounded in the Afghan conflict. But to the emaciated man sitting across a rickety table from me in an orange jumpsuit, chained to the floor inside a dilapidated shack, that furious reaction was baffling. My client, Moath al-Alwi, wondered aloud “why those people are not simply happy that this American soldier will soon be reunited with his family.” He reflected that the critics have probably “never tasted this sort of ordeal themselves.” In contrast to the guards, Mr. Alwi and many of his fellow prisoners empathized with Sergeant Bergdahl and his family. After all, they only wanted the same for themselves: to see their loved ones after long years in captivity. My students and I have

been representing Guantánamo inmates for most of the last decade. Mr. Alwi was on one of the first planes to shuttle so-called enemy combatants to the prison in early 2002. A Yemeni citizen raised in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Alwi travelled to Afghanistan in early 2001 to teach the Quran and live in a society that appeared from afar to honour Islamic ideals. He was 24 when he fled the conflict there, was seized by the authorities in Pakistan and likely sold into American captivity for a bounty. At a 2008 hearing, having given Mr. Alwi only three weeks to review a lengthy dossier compiled by the United States government over seven years and consisting largely of uncorroborated and self-incriminating statements that we argued were extracted under coercive circumstances, a federal judge ruled his detention justified. A court of appeals found that the judge’s “haste” was “hard to understand,” but upheld the decision. To protest the injustice of his open-ended imprisonment without fair process, Mr. Alwi has been on hunger strike since February 2013. Every day, Guantánamo personnel strap him in a chair with restraints and force-feed him, in an effort to break his will. Mr. Alwi never fought against the United States and has not been found guilty of any crime. The political controversy over whether the prisoner exchange was conducted legally is even less comprehensible to the inmates at Guantánamo than the guards’ anger.

To their mind, before debating the finer point of whether the transfer of the five Afghans adhered to the law, the American public should ask if the detention and abuse at Guantánamo Bay of hundreds — without charge, fair process or the protections of the Geneva Conventions — were lawful in the first place. From where Mr. Alwi sits, the talking point of legality is almost amusingly quaint. Guantánamo remains at its core a lawless place, and this release in seeming contravention of a solitary statute appears par for the course. In the absurd history of the detention camp, it is not uncommon for inmates among the handful who have been convicted by the military commissions to be the ones who are released. Questionable though their legitimacy and fairness may be, the military commissions can at least determine a finite term for internment at Guantánamo, one that the American government has chosen to honor so far. So the release of the five Afghans, including, by some accounts, known figures in the Taliban, fits a larger pattern in which the many dozens of inmates not accused of any crime and, in fact, cleared for release by successive American administrations languish for years on end. For many, the difference between liberation and limbo has nothing to do with justice or legality, but just the luck of what nationality a prisoner happens to hold. Because no Guantánamo inmate has been repatriated to Yemen in years, Mr. Alwi said that some in-

mates are considering relinquishing their Yemeni citizenship in the hope that it might facilitate their resettlement elsewhere. The furore over the Sergeant Bergdahl affair has simply reinforced a commonly held view among the inmates that the prospects for release from Guantánamo are tied far less to court decisions, threat assessments and the determinations of the military review board, and far more to the politics of the moment. “It is all political,” Mr. Alwi said. “It is all theatre, it is all a game.” Guantánamo has indeed become a sideshow of the American political spectacle, a drama in which the vast majority of the camp’s inmates are held hostage to our partisan politics. If current upheaval around Sergeant Bergdahl’s release proves anything, it is that President Obama is capable of pushing past the congressional histrionics that, until recently, he has pointed to as cover for his failure to shutter the infamous prison. Ending indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, in the face of opposition from his political adversaries and reluctance from some officials within his administration, requires fortitude of Mr. Obama. What is needed now is decisive action to resettle and repatriate as many inmates as possible and give fair trials to any that remain. Only by doing so can America end this grim farce. The writer is an associate professor of law at the City University of New York. — Courtesy: The New York Times

Silver linings..!

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HE skies were dark and a heavy cloud hung over us as we drove on roads that echoed the darkness above. We were two writers in the car, my friend, whose first book published by Penguin, had been a runaway success, now stuck with no offers for his second, and me a newspaper columnist who had just lost lucrative foreign newspaper. Suddenly we both looked up from dismal black road and exclaimed at glorious sight above: The dark cloud above had a beautiful silver lining. A sparkling line of hope! Wasn’t it Jean Kerr who said,

‘Hope is the feeling you have, that the feeling you have, isn’t permanent.’ Ah! What lovely lines; It means we know we WILL eventually survive the night and bask in sunshine once again. It does not deny the present darkness, but reminds us a beautiful bright morning is just round the corner. Brigadier General Robinson Risner spent seven years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam and there he discovered the power of hope. He spent four and a half years of that time in isolation and endured ten months of total darkness. Those months were the longest of his life. One day his Vietnamese captors, boarded up his little seven-by-seven foot cell, shutting out the light, making him wonder if he was ever going to make it. He had already been un-

der intense physical and mental duress after years of confinement. And now, not a glimmer of light shone into his cell — or into his soul. The Brigadier spent hours a day exercising and praying. But at times he felt he could do nothing but scream. Not wanting to give his captors the satisfaction of knowing they’d broken him, he stuffed clothing into his mouth to muffle the noise as he screamed at the top of his lungs. One day he crawled under his bunk and located a vent that let in outside air. As he pressed against the vent, he saw a faint glimmer of light reflected on the inside wall of the opening. The Brigadier put his eye next to the cement wall and discovered a minute crack in the construction. It allowed him to glimpse outside, but was so small that all

Voice of the People Exercise enhances life MUHAMMAD AZAM

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xercise is more than keeping fit. It can also help with emotional and mental health. Exercise can help improve your self-confidence to keep your mind off of the problems, and give you a sense of control. In general, people who are able have less anxiety, depression and stress than people who are not active. It can be hard to stay active when you feel depressed. But the activity can help you feel better, so do your best to find a way to be active. It good to start with small steps. You can build from a few minutes a day. Most of the people in Pakistan prefer to vehicle instead of walk. If people prefer to walk instead of using vehicle in normal routine then they will be more active. In Pakistan people start exercise in excess which is not good for their health. We should start doing exercise step by step. Don’t overdo it. Start it with simple exercises, such as walking. Increase your exercise gradually. If you have any pain or disease then stop exercise and consult to your doctor and then again start your exercise according to doctor. Play actively with your children. In few days you will notice a great difference you will feel more fresh and active. You looks more beautiful. You will enjoy your work and it also increases you stamina. It has many benefits like It saves money or petrol. Walking improves your image. Everybody admires that person ho has motivation to walk instead of drive. Walking is a fun also. You will get more fresh air. You can prevent from traffic problems or accidents. But the problem is that we are becoming too lazy day by day. If we have to go on a 5 minutes distance we will go on a vehicle instead of walk. And it is how much harmful for us we have no idea. In this way there is no exercise and it increases diseases, depression, anxiety, and many more issues. —Via email

Traffic problems in Karachi RIMSHA MANSOOR I want to draw the attention of concerned authorities towards one of the major issue in Karachi. Karachi is the biggest and densely populated city of Pakistan. Its problems are as big as the city. Traffic problem is one of the major issues in Karachi. The number of vehicles is increasing day by day which is also a big cause of traffic jams in the city. Government has built new bridges but still we are facing the traffic jams under the bridges and on the long roads. Travelling is not very pleasant or easy especially in the summers. An ordinary man can’t wait for long in the traffic jam. This causes the air and noise pollution too. Why is it so? This problem has to be solved. Government should take the actions on it. Traffic rules should get stricter and law and order system has to be managed, as the traffic in Karachi is now beyond control. Due to reckless driving hundreds of lives are lost every year. Traffic rule are openly violated. It is very unfortunate that even after sixty six years of our independence we have not been able to solve the transport problem in Karachi. It is my humble request to the government to kindly take the action on this major issue and resolve it as soon as possible. —Via email

Most expensive arrest ARSHAD ALI The news of MQM chief’s arrest spread like wildfire on all news channels on 3rd June. It created panic and chaos throughout Karachi. Those who were in offices had one target after hearing the news and that was to reach home as soon as possible. It caused traffic jams on the main arteries of the metropolis. The whole city was closed down and some 12 vehicles were set on fire by ‘unknown’ people. The point is how long will, such saboteurs, be allowed to remain ‘unknown’. Are really the police and other indigenous law enforcement agencies unaware about these unknown people? If yes, then there remains no need of policing. Why should we pay the government taxes if it is not providing us security? Taxes are paid in lieu of assurance of security. Neither our lives nor our businesses and property are secure. One day closure of Karachi means loss of billions. This is the third day of closure and we still do not know how long will this situation prevail. If we go through the history of arrests, this perhaps may be the most expensive arrest in the history of human kind. —Via email

Karachi roads and transport ZARA ZUBAIR

he could see was one blade of grass. A single blade of grass and a faint ray of light! But when he stared at the sight, he felt a surge of joy, excitement and gratitude like he hadn’t known in years. ‘It represented life, growth, and freedom,’ he later said, ‘and I knew God had not forgotten me.’ was that tiny glimmer of hope that sustained the Brigadier through an unbearable ordeal. That dismal day in the car two writers also saw same hope and clung on to it; a silver lining that told us God hadn’t forgotten us. Likewise my friend, look for your own silver lining, your blade of grass and then let peace fill your heart that a beautiful morning is just around the corner..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Karachi is the big city of Pakistan and it is in fact a city of problems. Due to population, the life of Karachi has become quite difficult and troublesome and among the many problems, one is the transport system. Majority of people in Karachi travel by buses, mini buses and coaches, which run on the roads with full of passengers; even the passengers are boarded on their roofs and are found hanging outside the bus doors and windows. Traffic in Karachi is now beyond control. Due to the reckless driving thousands of lives are lost every year. Great rush of people and heavy transport is a part of daily life in Karachi. Atmospheric pollution is common due to the smoke of vehicle and the use of carbon. Noise pollution also makes the life of

people uneasy. The broken roads and boiling gutters are seen everywhere, which makes it difficult even to move on foot. Crime rate is at its peak in Karachi. In buses and wagons pick-pockets are in abundance. Construction of roads is seen, but better roads are not available in Karachi. The roads are in dilapidated condition after few days of their construction. The broken roads generally produce the problems of traffic flow on roads. The traffic moves slowly and usually traffic remains jam on many roads of the city. So we all need better transport system and better roads as well. We know that the roads are the means of transportation. So the related department of the government is requested to pay some attention towards the construction of better roads and transport system in Karachi. —Via email

ticians, industrialists, land-owners, businessmen, bureaucrats and professionals constitute elite class. They own and control the national resources and wealth. They are responsible for unhealthy traditions and customs prevalent in our society. It is not astonishing that the elite class spends money whimsically to show off their life style to the world. Money is no problem for them. There is no fear of accountability for them in this world or the hereafter. Marriage is a social and religious obligation and wedding is an important event in an individual’s life, but it should be celebrated in a simple and graceful fashion. Islamic culture is rich in such examples, which should be followed by all Muslims. Islam is against wasteful expenditure. All major religions, including Islam, advocate simplicity. Wealth should be spent on education, health, defence and welfare of the underprivileged. It is the responsibility of the state machinery to discourage wasteful expenditure. Media, opinion makers and religious ALI ASHRAF KHAN leaders have important role to play Media reports about our Prime Min- against wasteful expenditure. ister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘unhappiness’ —Via email about his visit to India and the Indian response to his overtures again witness the fact that he has wrong priorities and does not represent the aspirations of the majority of the Pakistani people but rather his own Hina, Bareera, Maryam Sajjad urge for prominence. This is not to say that peace with India would not One might have never wondered that be a good and desirable thing but by the J’s could be so beneficial. In lieu expecting that it could be achieved with the past experiences and modisoon and easily the Prime Minister fications to save our land from shows missing understanding of the drought which was not so much problem and how deep the conflict helpful, today we have got a better is reaching into the past and into the elucidation for it, and that is minds on both sides. It will take a “jatropha tree “which is in fact a key much longer time to make progress to the centuries old drought resistant problem. But this is not it jatropha on this account. On the other hand, Pakistan has holds a rational position today most survived for 67 years despite an un- importantly because of its medicieasy and even hostile relationship nal perspective. Jatropha curcas grows almost with India and it will survive more. What could bring it down was fail- anywhere – even on gravelly, sandy ing economy and rising poverty to- and saline soils. It can thrive on the gether with issues like law and or- poorest stony soil. It is a duple tree der and security. These should be the crop being used for biodiesel oil profirst items on the agenda and be duction and medicinal plant too. It is given priority concern. Looking at momentous to point out that, the nonthe current budget of the PML (N) edible vegetable oil of Jatropha curcas government this has not happened – has the requisite potential of providagain. The budget is heavily tilted ing a promising and commercially towards the rich. It fails to extend viable alternative to diesel oil since the direct tax net towards those who it has desirable physicochemical and so far have avoided taxes and thus performance characteristics companot contributed to the national ex- rable to diesel. Cars could be run with chequer. Instead, it brings new indi- Jatropha curcas without requiring rect taxes that are hitting the poor much change in design. Medicinally and middle class struggling to re- it contains anti-cancerous properties, main afloat most. It is high time that used to cure rectify malaria, rheuthis government sets its priorities matic and muscular pains. Jojoba oil (Simmondsia right, choose the right man for the chinensis) the miracle tree crop or apright job be it foreign affairs or finance instead of making government propriately the wonder tree which an extended family affair because gives off healthy oil, in substantive otherwise there will be no peace with jojoba oil is not actually oil but a fluIndia because the Pakistani state idic wax, and it is pronounced as “hoho-ba”. We might had never thought might be failing. And this budget gimmick of re- that jajoba oil could be so propitious lying on indirect taxation will in- not only it nourishes the skin better crease people’s miseries. The tax than other moisturizers it doesn’t payer shall pass the buck to the end evaporates, it is congruent to human user. This will bring a tsunami of skin oil that’s why is so beneficial to price hikes in every commodity. human skin. It is a multi-tasker oil, The already deprived shall suffer could bestow as eye and face make further. It is high time that Nawaz up remover, as facial cleanser, body Sharif changes course and give moisturizer, massage and bath oil, what the country’s majority needs. foot and hand softner, as deep conditioning hair oil not only it nourishes Otherwise God help us the hair but makes them shiny and —Karachi gave them a healthier look. If you go on swimming and you are afraid that your skin and hair might get distorted from chlorine and other substances present in water just apply a quarter of jajoba ASGHAR MAHMOOD oil and it will prevent you from all Sometime back it was reported in a these complications. section of the media that a cricketer —Via email donned a Shervani on his wedding day, with price tag of Rs. 700,000/ISCLAIMER . Bridal dress in Pakistan is also getting fabulously expensive for the THE articles, columns and middle class, who tries to copy the letters are published on these rich blindly. pages in good faith. However, In egalitarian societies there is the contents of these writings no conspicuous expenditure and demonstration effect, because may not necessarily match the wealth is evenly distributed. Though views of the newspaper. we claim to be an Islamic country, our life style belies our claim. We —Editor are a capitalistic country, where diEmail:editorial@pakobserver.net vide between the rich and the poor is widening day after day. Our poli-

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2-day US, Iran, EU officials meet on nukes issue tomorrow GENEVA—Iranian, U.S. and European Union officials will start two days of talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme on Monday, Iran said, giving its first word about what appears to be a bid to rescue faltering wider negotiations on ending a decade-old dispute. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told staterun Iranian television in remarks broadcast on Sunday that the meeting in Geneva would also discuss sanctions that have damaged the OPEC member’s oil-dependent economy. “The meeting tomorrow with the Americans will be trilateral and Helga Schmidt, the deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will be present as well,” Araqchi said. Nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers in Vienna last month ran into difficulties, with each side accusing the other of having unrealistic demands in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s atomic program in exchange for an end to economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. That raised doubts over the prospects for a breakthrough by a July 20 deadline. Western officials say Iran wants to maintain an excessive uranium enrichment capability. Iran says it wants to avoid reliance on foreign suppliers of fuel for its nuclear reactors and rejects Western allegations it seeks the capability to make atomic weapons under cover of a civilian energy programme. The United States said on Saturday it would send its No. 2 diplomat, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday. Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, would head a U.S. delegation, it said.

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff. The U.S. decision to travel to Geneva and meet with the Iranian delegation appeared to reflect Washington’s desire to try to break the deadlock. “In order to really seriously test whether we can reach a diplomatic solution with Iran on its nuclear program, we believe we need to engage in very active and very aggressive diplomacy,” the senior U.S. official told Reuters. “We’re at a critical moment,” the U.S. official added. “We’ve always said that we would engage bilaterally with the Iranians if it can help advance our efforts, in active coordination with the P5+1.” The United States is set to join the other members of the six-power negotiating group known as the P5+1 – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – plus Iran for a full round of negotiations June 16-20 in Vienna. The talks are coordinated by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. A French diplomatic source said next week’s U.S.-Iran talks were being carried out in concert with the rest of the major powers, which the U.S. official confirmed. ?”There are specific American aspects regarding lifting of sanctions in case of an agreement that they need to go through with the Iranians,” the French diplomatic source said. Ashton’s spokesman Michael Mann said EU Political Director Helga Schmid would join the U.S.-Iranian talks, adding that the U.S. delegation would be meeting Araqchi. Robert Einhorn, a former top U.S. non-proliferation official, said he viewed the Burns trip as an effort to meet what appears to be an extremely challenging deadline of July 20 to secure a com-

prehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. “There were growing concerns, I think, on all sides that the July 20 target date was becoming increasingly difficult to meet,” said Einhorn, now at the Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington. “Because the engagement at Bill Burns’ level proved instrumental in reaching the interim agreement in November, I think both sides thought it would be useful to try that channel again,” he added. Any workable overall deal will likely have to be based on a bilateral agreement between Washington and Tehran. The United States cut off ties with Iran during a hostage crisis shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. High-level bilateral meetings between the United States and Iran, virtually unthinkable in years past, have become almost routine on the sidelines of the nuclear talks with Tehran, which began in Geneva last October and moved to Vienna in February. In announcing the Burns trip, the State Department stressed the talks were taking place “in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations led by EU High Representative Cathy Ashton.” This appeared to be an effort to quiet any discontent on the part of other members of the group, some of whom were displeased last year that they were not fully informed of the details of the secret U.S.-Iran talks led by Burns. The senior U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the talks would be an exchange views ahead of the Vienna negotiating round, which would require Iranians negotiators to give ground. “We haven’t yet seen the kind of realism on the Iranian side that we need to see or seen them make some of the tough choices we’re going to have to see,” the official said.—Reuters.

Saudi Arabia rallies Arab support for Sisi

Freed Taliban militants committed to Qatar deal

D UBAI —As new Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares for his inauguration on Sunday, his most powerful Arab ally is deploying both threats and promises to ensure the Arab Spring cannot upset a new anti-Islamist front in the Middle East. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged Egyptians this week to embrace Mr Sisi, the military man who drove Islamists from power in Cairo a year ago, and said they should to disown the “strange chaos” of the Arab uprisings. It was Riyadh’s starkest message of support yet for Mr Sisi, who won an election last month thanks to support from Egyptians hoping that a strong, military-backed government will bring an end to three years of political instability in the most populous Arab country.—Reuters

D O H A —Five leading Afghan militants freed from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a US soldier have pledged to honour an agreement between the Taliban and Qatar, which is hosting them. The men, officials in the Taliban regime driven from power by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Were released on May 31 and flown to Qatar in exchange for US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Their release provoked criticism from some US politicians, who said they could pose a threat to Americans abroad, and anger from Afghans opposed to the Taliban. But in a statement posted on their Pashto-language website on Friday, the men said they would remain faithful to an agreement with Qatar, which mediated their release. “We want to reassure all sides that we are still holding to the agreement which was reached between the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) and the government of Qatar on our release,” they said, urging the release of fellow Taliban militants held in Guantanamo. The freed prisoners are Mohammad Fazl, Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. Little has been revealed about the deal, but Qatar has said it will impose a one-year travel ban on the men. US President Barack Obama is facing intense scrutiny over the deal to secure Bergdahl’s release after five years. He said Qatar had set up a process to monitor the prisoners and the US would also be “keeping eyes on them”. But Obama admitted it was possible some of them could return to activity “detrimental” to the United States.— AFP.

For 9 months Sigrid Kaaj has led the international mission to destroy Damascus’s declared chemical agents

Dutch ‘Iron Lady’ destroying Syria’s chemicals UNITED NATIONS—The diplomat ridding the world of Syria’s chemical weapons is Sigrid Kaag, a statuesque and impeccably dressed mother of four who speaks six languages and is fearless in a war zone. For nine months she has led the international mission to destroy Damascus’s declared chemical agents, braving mortar fire, jetting between the Middle East, Europe and New York, and liaising with Moscow, Washington and maritime fleets. Syria may have missed deadlines but with 93 percent of its declared chemical arsenal out of the country, Kaag is responsible for the only glimmer of good news to emerge from the horror of a war that has killed more than 160,000. Her star is in the ascendancy at UN headquarters, abuzz with praise for the woman who at UNICEF worked with Jordan’s Queen Rania and once dreamed of becoming a singer. The 52-year-old Kaag speaks fluent Arabic and diplomats say she has done an excellent job. She is respected too in Damascus, where some have dubbed her the “Iron Lady.” “She never stops working and practically never sleeps,” one of her local employees confided to AFP. What seems certain is another big job after her mission concludes in the coming months. The media has touted her a possible successor to Lakhdar Brahimi as mediator on the stalled Syrian peace process although others tip her for a different post in the region. She quashes any suggestion that a Western woman should find it difficult in the Arab world, saying she has always been treated with respect and never in a derogatory way. “I think in many negotiations women have great assets,” she told AFP in an interview, dressed in a black trouser suit, red top and high heels. “You can bring different component parts — be as strong and on message and negotiate, but I think we have a wider skill set available.” Her husband is a Palestinian former diplomat and having children who are half Arab can also be an asset, she said. “You’re one foot in, one foot out. But I think ultimately people judge you on the basis of what you bring, if you’re sincere, if you’re committed and if you’re up to the task,” she add

As head of the joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission, she manages a staff of 110. In Damascus she said mortars have fallen around the hotel where they live and work, and that she sent away some staff who were unable to cope. “You’ve got to keep your composure, you’ve got to keep your calm and you’ve got to be in the moment,” she said. “The fact that you don’t get hit, you feel blessed but you know that you’re in an active war zone.” It has been a stratospheric rise for the daughter of a music professor who moved to Egypt to study at the American University in Cairo as an undergraduate. She has a masters degree from Oxford and worked in the private sector for oil giant Shell in London for two years before joining the Dutch foreign ministry. Kaag decided to quit the job after meeting her husband in Jerusalem, signing up instead to the UN Relief and Works Agency which looks after the plight of Palestinian refugees. In the last 20 years, she has lived in Jerusalem, Jordan, New York, Sudan and Switzerland, adopting one child and giving birth to three more, juggling marriage with a career. She was previously number three in the UN Development Programme and UNICEF director in the Middle East and North Africa, during which she met Syria’s first lady Asma Assad. In her current job she has hardly taken a break. Her mother died since she moved to Damascus and she admits it is “very difficult” to see her children, aged 11 to 19. Home is currently in east Jerusalem, where the family moved last year. Do they worry about her living in a war zone? “They’ve been very impressed by my close protection, that gave them an immediate sense of safety,” she smiled. “They cope but they know it’s finite and I’ve underlined that.” She describes herself as “results oriented” and with nerves of steel. “I don’t panic easily,” she said. The rare exception being during a near crash on a tiny charter plane years ago.—AFP.

U.S.-Taliban deal raises six intertwined issues RAMESH THAKUR

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HAT should have been a joyous fam ily reunion, a chance to welcome home a war hero and a photo-opportunity for a beleaguered administration, might prove instead to be a case study of multilayered complexity, nuance and ambiguity. A feelgood story threatens to validate the negative narrative of a president who deals with foreign bad guys and brushes aside the law with cavalier contempt. In hindsight, U.S. President Barack Obama would have done better simply saying that sometimes a president must rise above principles to do dirty deals that save a soldier’s life. On May 31, after five years in Taliban captivity, 28-year old U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Special Forces personnel. He is currently recuperating at a U.S. military base in Germany. In return, the U.S. released the five highest-ranking members of the Afghan Taliban from Guantanamo Bay into the custody of Qatar. There are six intertwined issues: First, the U.S. deserves praise and commendation for its commitment to the policy of “No soldier left behind,” described as a “pretty sacred rule” by Obama. He insisted that this is not conditional on the nature of the circumstances. Five years is a long time to be a prisoner. With the U.S. combat mission drawing to a close, when a window of opportunity opened, Obama moved decisively to secure Berghdal’s release. Second, had he proven to be an all-Ameri-

can hero, complaints about various issues might have been dismissed as partisan carping. Unfortunately the exact circumstances of Berghdal’s capture are murky and need to be investigated. So, the story has legs and will stay in the news, feeding into the narrative of still-unanswered questions about the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 12, 2012, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. In an unfortunate reprise of her performance on Benghazi as America’s U.N. ambassador on the Sunday talk shows, now National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Sunday that Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction.” Hardly. There is evidence he was disillusioned with the U.S. military mission and competence. An entire U.S. Army division plus Afghan police and security forces searched for him for weeks during which six lives were reportedly lost. According to a fusillade of angry criticism from angry fellow soldiers from his former unit, at best Berghdal was a deserter, at worst a traitor. If so, he could be prosecuted. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has said the army would not ignore misconduct and will conduct a fresh review into the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture. Third, did Obama violate the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists? There are two unavoidable risks. On the one hand, it gives added incentive to take U.S. soldiers, diplo-

mats and citizens hostage as bargaining chips for all manner of demands by enemy forces and terrorists. The administration insists that this was emphatically not a terrorists-for-hostages swap but an exchange of prisoners of war (POW). Berghdal was not a hostage but a POW. The Taliban five were not terrorists but combatants captured in a war who represent a defeated government in Afghanistan. On the other hand, the release of five Afghan Taliban could see them return to active duty in due course. Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has hailed this as a “big victory.” Republican Sen. John McCain called the released Afghans “the hardest of the hardcore.” Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, accused the president of having endangered American lives. The White House insists that the deal with Qatar — which brokered the prisoner swap — will “sufficiently mitigate” risks to U.S. national security. The Arab emirate has taken temporary custody of the Taliban five. Qatar’s Emir has personally promised Obama that the five will be closely monitored and will not leave Qatar for at least a year. Fourth, Obama is accused of contravening the law that requires the White House to notify Congress 30 days in advance of any transfers of Guantanamo prisoners. The administration explained it needed to seize the opportunity amid concerns about Bergdahl’s health if the transfer was delayed. Republican House Speaker John Boehner

has backed calls for congressional hearings into the matter, saying it was “important that we get clarity” on the prisoner exchange. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been invited by the House Armed Services Committee to testify at a hearing Wednesday to look into the swap deal. Fifth, it is far from clear that Washington factored in the possible regional repercussions, especially for Pakistan and India. Kabul has criticized the deal as a violation of international law because five of its citizens have been handed over to a third country as prisoners. A year from now, if the Taliban five find themselves back in Afghanistan from which U.S. troops have been withdrawn, the full impact of their return to active duty would be felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Finally Obama may have found a way around the impasse over the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. A legal black hole, Guantanamo has been a symbol of how grievously the U.S. had contravened due process, international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law in its misguided war on terror. It is an indelible stain on the Bush administration. Failure to close it is not merely a broken promise by Obama; it will also be a blot on his legacy. Once the war in Afghanistan is over, it would seem even more unconscionable for prisoners captured in that war still to be held in Guantanamo. A message of the swap is: If you can’t close Gitmo, shrink it. —Courtesy: Japan Times.

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RESIDENT Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster. He talks, but whatever he says carries no weight. Why? Let’s look at the record.Obama has spawned chaos across the globe Mr. Obama and his team have squandered the hard-won security gains in Iraq, which is teetering on the brink of anarchy again. The president famously called the War in Afghanistan “the right war,” the war he was going to win. In truth, he never wanted to win; all he ever really wanted was to get out. Now, Afghanistan’s stability has come into serious question as international troops draw down. The U.S. spent 13 years in Afghanistan, and when we leave, the Taliban will be back and with al Qaeda. The president also famously once said al Qaeda was on the ropes. But al Qaeda’s flag is flying over more cities and villages in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa today than it did before Sept. 11, 2001. In fact, on May 20, CNN reported that the U.S. intelligence community is seriously concerned about a recent series of al Qaeda-based threats to attack American and other Western targets in Europe, as well as threats to launch attacks inside the United States. That doesn’t sound like an organization on the ropes. Egypt, which used to be an ally of the United States and a stabilizing force in the Middle East, is on the brink of either civil war or a military dictatorship and is dealing more and more with Russia. Mr. Obama ignored the Constitution and Congress to go to war in Libya “to stop the killing.” He so badly wanted to believe in the fantasy and that he’d won and stabilized Libya that he ignored a deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and cost four Americans their lives. Libya is no success — it is, in fact, so unstable that the Pentagon is reportedly moving military assets into place for a possible evacuation of Americans. The Syrian conflict, which began as a secular revolt, has taken on a radical Islamist dimension. Some reports have even suggested that radicalized Americans are training with the jihadists in Syria. The ill-advised interim nuclear accord between Iran and Western powers expires in July. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a recent visit to China that he is in “no hurry” to reach a final deal over the country’s nuclear program. In a separate interview with China’s CCTV network, he demanded that the Obama administration pay Tehran reparations for “hostile policies” that have cost the Iranian people “much loss and damage.” Apparently, the $7 billion in frozen assets released by the Obama administration isn’t enough. Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism, actively working to undermine countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Azerbaijan. It is actively working through surrogates such as Hamas and Hezbollah to destroy our closest ally in the region, Israel. The Iranians have also stepped up their efforts to confront the U.S. 5th Fleet and potentially close the vital Strait of Hormuz. In Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is openly laughing at us. In North Korea, the Kim Jong-un regime has stepped up its provocative attacks on the South and is threatening to test a third nuclear device. In Nigeria, about 275 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram (thought to be connected to other terrorist groups, such as al Qaeda). The Obama State Department repeatedly resisted and blocked efforts to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group, throwing away a major opportunity to track and target this deadly organization before it grew into a regional threat. Now, hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls have been taken to be either sold into slavery or killed. Finally, Mr. Obama released five of the worst terrorists in the world (who should have been tried in a military court years ago) in exchange for a deserter who, according to military leaders who served with him, cost six soldiers their lives and endangered hundreds of others. The president violated the law to do it. Major, major disaster. —Courtesy: Washington Times. [Former Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, was a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of its Europe, Eurasia and emerging threats subcommittee].

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ECENTLY , senior officials of the US and Japan have kept launching unbridled verbal attacks against China at domestic or global events through wrenching facts and stirring up trouble. Their rhetoric was strident and even hysterical. That Tokyo and Washington simultaneously lashed out at China is not an indication of their superior power, but of their angst and insecurity. In Japan, economic stagnation over the past 20 consecutive years as well as the nation’s waning clout in Asia and across the world have made many Japanese worry about the “sinking of Japan.” As a result, the ultra-right forces are galvanized to turn around the decline. But the ultimate goal of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the right-wing forces is not “lifting” Japan, but “releasing” Japan from the postwar system which constrains the country’s domestic and foreign policies. They crave to reequip Japan with an independent position and military and operational capabilities to challenge the postwar order. In other words, in the perspective of right-wingers, the Japan which invaded and enslaved other Asian countries was a “normal” state while the one confined by the postwar system was “abnormal.” The US agitation results from the lackluster performance of the Obama administration over the past five years. Given varied difficulties on domestic agenda, a declining approval rating and stranded diplomacy, the Obama government has to find a stage to display its power. Compared with the Middle East, eastern Europe and Russia, China and Asia at large have become the best option, where the US could score points at the lowest cost while not worrying about losing anything. Since the interests of Washington and Tokyo converge in checking and balancing China, the two have ganged up although they also have many divergences over many issues. China needs to elaborate on various occasions that Japan has been the aggressor, saboteur and war-instigator of Asia since the Meiji Restoration of 1868. `Besides, while the country remains impenitent about its criminal past, it is now attempting to break the status quo of the postwar system by resorting to force and military coercion. The US is not a role model on the world stage, but a provocateur and invader. In the 23 years after the end of the Cold War, the US waged wars and military operations against many sovereignty countries including Panama, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, causing massive civilian causalities. The US also dispatched two aircraft-carrier battle groups to Taiwan to act as deterrence against the mainland in 1996 and bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999. Since Japan and the US choose to provoke and confront China, Beijing has to take tit-for-tat actions. China needs to respond accordingly, giving up symbolic, fruitless visits, dialogues and negotiation mechanisms. China should also firmly stick to its own stance over a spectrum of regional and global affairs and snub the US requests. — Courtesy: Global Times.


Khalifa orders From Page 1 tional and security lectures. As for alternative forms of service, those who do not meet the conditions of performing national service will do administrative, civil and technical jobs according to their capabilities and with the same duration of service. Those proven medically unfit will be exempted from service. Alternative service does not include any military exercises or spending nights in a camp or use of weapons. According to Law No (6), government, federal and local departments, as well as private sector institutions, must allow their Emirati employees to join and to complete their national service without risking their jobs. Their positions can be filled on a temporary basis until they have completed their service. Salaries, allowances, promotions, allowances and other privileges should be given to those enrolled in the compulsory service. During the period of national service, benefits and privileges including bonuses, pension or other rights and privileges will continue. Entrepreneurs and skilled workers undertaking the compulsory military service will receive a monthly bonus as specified by federal law. The law states that the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces will provide initial training after which those undertaking the service will be distributed among a number of entities, including the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, the State Security Authority and other competent institutions. The national service for students in the UAE and abroad will be postponed until after their graduation. The General Headquarters of the Armed Forces will determine, in agreement with the educational institutions, mechanisms for informing the competent authorities of the names of those qualified for the compulsory military service. For those for whom national service in the national service at the mentioned entities is postponed to subsequent years in accordance with the rules and regulations issued by the Chief of Staff or his representative in this regard, they will not be exempt from service at a later date, even if they are over the age limit of 30, provided they have not reached the age of 40.—WAM

New set of instructions From Back Page Each CIT will consist of 2 Investigation Officers (IOs) and a Legal Counsel (LC)/ Prosecutor. On finalization of the Investigation, the Prosecutor / LC shall meticulously prepare his/her case for trail and prepare the Reference to be filed in Court. It shall be the responsibility of the concerned Investigation Wing (IW) to address the queries raised by the Prosecutor/LC. To ensure the Prosecutor ’s full involvement in the case the Draft Reference shall be prepared by him instead of IO. He will present the Reference in the Executive Board Meeting (EBM). The same Prosecutor will submit the Reference in Court and follow up for successful Prosecution. Prior to the filing of Reference the concerned DG, DPGA, IO and Senior Prosecutor entrusted with the case shall determine the timeline for execution of the case and each Reference shall be monitored by DPGA on weekly basis to ensure adequate progress of the case against the agreed timeline. It has also been decided that NAB Prosecutors will not ask for adjournments and defence requests for adjournments will be opposed. Prosecution will ensure that all objections to the adjournments are recorded in Order Sheets and the judge’s attention is drawn to S.16 (a) of NAO, 1999. It has also been decided that the IO shall not appear before the Court unless there are orders of the Court to this effect or his/ her statement has to be recorded. —APP

Maryam satisfied over progress of Youth Loans scheme ISLAMABAD—Chairperson Prime Min- posit monthly installments against the interior designing. ister Youth Programme Maryam Nawaz Sharif Sunday expressed her deep satisfaction over the paying back of loans in easy installments by the young beneficiaries of Scheme. She was talking, during a call on by Tahira Raza, President First Women Bank Limited, who briefed the chairperson PMYP on the paying back of loans through installments by the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS here. The Chairperson while hailing the start of depositing back of loans through easy installments by the PMYBLS beneficiaries said that as per vision of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the PMYP has been moving in the right direction. She said that the success of the unprecedented PMYP was evident from the fact that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have been able to de-

loan in the lending banks branches. The chairperson said that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have not only successfully established their businesses but have started making profits. The businesswomen now enjoy the ownership of profitable and demand-driven trades including dairy farming, e clothing (sale of stitched clothes through online marketing, beauty saloons, tuition centres, boutiques, provision of general stores, handicrafts, health clubs and

Chairperson PMYP further said that the returning back of loans through easy installments by the budding entrepreneurs spoke volume of the success of the PMYBLS in particular and PMYP in general. She said that the latter has turned talented but jobless youth into successful and emerging entrepreneurs as now they are able to pay their loan after successfully running their trades. The President of the FWBL, while apprising the Chairperson told that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have also started paying back the principal installments which shows the thriving profit ratio of their respective trades.—APP

Second bomb recovered from PS Mominabad Sindh police enhance security AAMIR MAJEED K ARACHI —Sindh police has decided to enhance security of west zone police stations after recovery of second remote controlled bomb inside Mominabad police station during the last 16 hours. The provincial police department has decided to raise height of the boundary walls and install barriers outside the police stations. The police department has taken this decision after the recovery of second remote control bomb inside Mominabad police station on Sunday. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) West Captain Tahir Naveed said that the police department is thinking to enhance the security of police stations after recovery of two remote control bombs within a police station during the last 16 hours. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) West Irfan Baloch said, an application has been moved to department for installation of surveillance cameras outside the police stations of west zone to monitor the activities of extremists around. According to details, six kilogram remote control bomb was recovered from within Mominabad police station when a team of police was cutting bushes inside the station after recovery of a bomb during late on Saturday night. Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was called which after hectic

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efforts of two hours, defused the bomb. Briefing the journalists, an official of BDS said that some another six kilogram locally manufactured bomb was recovered from inside Mominabad police station. “Nine battery cells, dead codes, two detonators, ball barring and an antenna was used in this remote control bomb,” he added. “The bomb which was recovered from the same police station late on Saturday night has resemblance with the bomb which was recovered on Sunday afternoon,” he accused. Peerabad police station has lodged cases against unidentified armed men under section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO). “After recovery of two bombs, the police department has decided to heighten the boundary walls of Mominabad police station,” SSP West Irfan Baloch said. “Barriers would also be installed at entrance of police station to stop terrorists from entering inside freely,” SSP West said, adding that “We have moved an application to police department for installation of surveillance cameras around police stations of west zone and the cameras would be installed around police station after approval.” “A number of terrorists of outlawed outfits were arrested from west zone and there are threats to law enforcers deployed in west zone,” DIG West added.

Pope wades into Mideast peace with Vatican prayer From Page 1 region. Francis, Peres and Abbas are also expected to deliver brief remarks, shake hands and plant an olive tree together in a sign of peace. Also on hand is the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, to give a united Christian front. Vatican officials have described the prayer evening as something of a “timeout” in political negotiations, merely designed to rekindle the desire for peace through prayers common to all the main faith traditions in the Holy Land. But even Francis’ secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has said the power of prayer shouldn’t be discounted for its ability to change reality. “Prayer has a political strength that we maybe don’t even realize and should be exploited to the full,” he said at the end of Francis’ Mideast trip. “Prayer has the ability to transform hearts and thus to transform history.” That said, no concrete results are expected: Peres has no formal role in peace negotiations, holds a largely ceremonial post and leaves office at the end of the month. But Nadav Tamir, a political adviser to Peres, said Sunday the Israeli government authorized the trip and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in “constant contact” with Peres. Speaking on Israeli Army Radio, Tamir stressed the meeting was

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not political, even though he said Peres and Abbas were expected to discuss political developments when they meet in private after the prayer. Netanyahu had urged the world to shun Abbas’ new unity government which took office last week because it is backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas. His pleas have been ignored by the West, with both the U.S. and the European Union saying they will give the unity government a chance. Peres’ participation thus undermines Netanyahu’s attempts to isolate the Palestinians and instead adds to the growing isolation of Netanyahu’s hard-line position. Netanyahu’s office has declined repeated requests for comment about the Vatican summit. Nevertheless, Tamir stressed that the meeting had a different aspect to it. “The government of Israel decided not to hold political negotiations, but we aren’t talking about political negotiations. We are talking about a different gesture, a spiritual gesture, an act of public diplomacy,” Tamir said. Abbas, for his part, told Italian daily La Repubblica that Francis’ invitation was “an act of great courage.” “Nothing should stop us in the search for solutions so that both of our people can live in their own sovereign state,” he was quoted as saying in Sunday’s editions.—AP

From Page 1 mocracy. To a question about any terrorist activity in the train under the present situation, he said the PR had made arrangements to tackle any attack on the train. Responding to another question, the minister said Pakistan had sent a train to India for carrying Sikh Yatrees, but their government made problems for them and they had to come on foot unto Wahga. Khawaja said more trains would be restored soon especialy on Karachi-Sukkur section. Paying tribute to renowned poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the minister said Faiz

From Page 1 being checked thoroughly. Meanwhile all flight operations at Jinnah Terminal were suspended and flights diverted to other airports. As per reports, a group of terrorists entered into the JIA Karachi from Bhittaiabad. They lobbed rocket launchers at Focker Gate, a gate used by Civil Aviation Authority engineering department for entrance in the airport premises, and entered into the airport. After entering the airport, they fired rocket launchers at Hajj Terminal and Princely jet Lounge and penetrated inside. They also fired rockets at a hanger and some aircraft reportedly caught fire. However, when called CAA Fire Station to ascertain the situation of fire which had broken out at different places due to explosions, the officials present said that they had no idea as law enforcement agencies are busy in operation. When CAA Senior Vigilance Officer Fatima Talpur was approached she said that she could not give any detail as she was also not allowed by security agencies to enter the airport. There were also reports that the security forces had arrested one suspect from the airport area. However, it was not yet confirmed as the arrested was one of the accomplice of terrorists or not. There were reports, too, that terrorists had found it easier to enter the runway premise from Pehalwan Goth area

where security was not so strong. Terrorists showered volley of bullets and hurled several grenades due to which at least two areas of the airport had come under fire. Terrorists also opened fire on fire brigade personnel leaving one injured. Soon after the attack, Police commandos, Rangers and Pakistan Army’s Quick Response unit reached the venue and took positions to deal with the terrorists. There were a few flights ready to take off at the time of attack and those flights were stuck amid the tense situation of heavy exchange of fire. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif contacted DG Rangers Rizwan Akhtar and directed him to ensure safety of all the passengers at the airport. According to DG ISPR Asim Bajwa, Pakistan Army troops have started reaching the airport and taking positions. In a series of tweets the DG ISPR added that proper coordination has being ensured for optimum effect and the DG Rangers was present at the airport leading the operation. He added that the operation was being supervised by Corps Commander. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has ordered an inquiry into the attack. Emergency was declared at Jinnah, Civil and Abbasi Shaheed Hospitals. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also arrived at the airport after the reports of attack.

ISLAMABAD—The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, strongly deplored Israel’s decision approving the building of 1500 new settlement units in the West Bank, including the occupied Jerusalem. He stated that the continued policy of building and expansion of Israeli settlements was a flagrant violation of international law and resolutions of international legitimacy, says an OIC web-post on Sunday. The Secretary General also condemned the desecration of the sacred Al Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds by extremist settlers. He warned against the repercussions of the Israeli settlement and racial policies on the security of the entire region. At the same time, he called on the international community to assume its responsibility and take a firm stand to stop Israel’s, the occupying power, infringements and continued hostility against the Palestinian people, their land and holy places.

Imran: Budget From Page 1 government should reduce its expenses and adopt austerity measures, adding that no foreign leader spends that much on foreign trips. “We have already passed a conflict of interest bill in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We will now table it in the National Assembly,” he said. PTI chief alleged that one family is running Pakistan, adding that this is not how democracy works. Later, he made 10 demands for the budget, including reduction of GST rate from 17% to 15% and bringing back of all the looted money which is in Swiss bank accounts to Pakistan in stages.—INP

No move yet From Page 1 sources closely associated with New Delhi meeting said there was cordial atmosphere and there was no question of handing over chargesheet by Modi to Sharif as portrayed later in a section of media in South Asia.

Imran’s slogan of change exposed: Saad emony for restoration of 209 Up/210 Down Faiz Ahmad Faiz Express train for Narowal section here at Railway station, he said the KPK government had done nothing other than 150 percent increase in salaries of its ministers, adding that Peshawer had become polio city where the number of polio patients was increasing. He said Imran had failed to meet the mandate given by the people of KPK. To a question about family based politics in national politics, he said the people had the right to elect whoever they want. Commenting on alliances, he said there should be connections among political parties as it is good for de-

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was a great poet so the train was named after him, adding it had been very successful train in the past which was closed during the past regime, but now it was being restored. Talking about the train, he said it was first train which had been restored after several years and it would facilitate more than 1600 middle class passengers daily. Daughters and grandchildren of Faiz Ahmad Faiz including Saleema Hashmi and Munizah Hashmi accompnied the minister. PR General Manager Anjum Pervaiz, PR Police IG Ibne Hussain and other senior officers were also present.—APP

UN envoy meets Palestinian From Page 1 program. Abbas swore in the 17-member technocrat government last week, more than a month after the collapse of a nine-month attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The unity government replaces two separate Palestinian administrations — one in Gaza run by Hamas and the other headed by Abbas in the autonomous parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The split between the long-standing rivals broke open after Hamas overran Gaza in 2007, wresting control there from Abbas. In addition to the U.N., the United States and the European Union have also said they would give the new Cabinet a chance, provided it is committed to three rules — renouncing violence, recognizing Israel and adhering to previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. View galleryIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks up … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks up the stairs to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerus … Serry met Sunday with four Gaza-based ministers of the new Cabinet. “I assured them of the full support of the United Nations, which is ready to increase its considerable program of works in Gaza, including in the priority areas of

water and energy,” Serry said in a statement. He called for lifting a border blockade that has been enforced to varying degrees by Israel and Egypt since the Hamas takeover. Mofeed al-Hassaina, the new housing minister, said the meeting was important “because it reflects the international recognition of this unity government.” However, many difficulties lie ahead. Abbas and his Hamas rivals haven’t worked out the next steps toward reconciliation, including who should pay the salaries of more than 40,000 government employees hired by Hamas since 2007. It also remains unclear if Hamas will accept Abbas’ demand that forces loyal to him be deployed at Gaza’s border crossing with Egypt as a way of easing the blockade. View galleryA Palestinian man stands near the body of Emad Salem … A Palestinian man stands near the body of Emad Salem in his house before his funeral in Beit Lahiya, … Meanwhile, Israeli-Palestinian tensions have risen. Last week, Israel announced it is promoting plans for hundreds more apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, war-won lands Abbas wants for a Palestinian state, along with Gaza.—Agencies

No travel restrictions imposed From Page 1 poets, scholars and others congratulated MQM supporters and workers. They said in their messages it was great achievement and defeat for all evil forces who kept conspiring against MQM. They termed the volcano was expertly handled and defused by MQM leadership through Altaf Hussain’s teaching and ended peacefully to record history of nonviolence protest. They said MQM chief had been struggling for the rights of his people and fighting against depressors. Former interior minister Rehman Malik delivered congratulation messages from Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He said only MQM could come out of such high crisis and congratulated its activists and supporters for their peaceful and unbeaten determination for Altaf Hussain. He gave the messages from PPP leaderships to work for the prosperity of Sindh and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party’s Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardai arrived in London to meet Muttahida Quami Movement chief Altaf Hussain who was released from British police custody after interrogation in money laundering case on Saturday. Sources said that former President Zardari would convey his whole hearted support to Altaf Hussain during the meeting and discuss political situation. Former President, Pervez Musharraf exchanged views with Altaf Hussain by phone from Karachi, expressing his soli-

darity with him. Former Prime Ministers Shauket Aziz and Parvez Asharf as well as PML leader Chaudhry Shujat Hussain talked to the Chief by telephone. Muttahida Qaumi Movement party chief Altaf Hussain’s bail conditions did not impose any travel restrictions on him, MQM leader Mustafa Azizabadi said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Azizabadi said that the party supremo has no intention of visiting Pakistan. The MQM also said in a statement that “as the leader of a democratically elected party, Mr Hussain understands that this ongoing investigation is part of due process and completely normal...in a democratic country”. Altaf fully appreciated the MQM workers and sympathisers for staging peaceful protests across the country for him. Soon after his release, Altaf had addressed his party lawmakers and workers who were participating in a sit-in protest at Numaish Chowrangi against their leader’s arrest in London in a telephonic address. He had said: “I salute those who participated in the sit-in protest against my arrest. I will continue to fight for the truth until my last breath. I respect the British law and have complete trust in the British judicial system.” MQM chief Hussain was released yesterday on bail, four days after he was arrested on the suspicion of money laundering by the London Metropolitan Police.

Kabul hints at Islamabad From Page 1 an organised manner, and the terrorists were aiming to disrupt the election in Afghanistan, “Afghanistan’s National Security Council, which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, said in a statement. Sunday’s accusation comes after Afghanistan said last week that it was pulling out of security talks in Islamabad in anger at cross-

border attacks blamed on the Pakistani army, which it said were designed to disrupt the second round of its presidential election. The NSC “condemned” increasing numbers of “rocket attacks (by the) Pakistani military against the country”, which it said were aimed at disrupting the runoff ballot due to be held on June 14.—AFP

NATO oil tanker attacked From Page 1 the continuing dangers facing the US-led coalition as it winds down operations in Afghanistan with 51,000 combat troops due to pull out of the country by the year’s end. Sunday’s incident occurred around 200 kilometres southeast of Quetta.


India, China to inject new momentum in economic ties Agree to set up industrial parks, bilateral trade to touch $65 b annually

IN BOX NEWS Rouhani on Turkey visit today ANKARA— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Turkey on Monday to discuss expansion of trade and the civil war in Syria which has stained relations between the two neighbors. The visit will be the first by an Iranian president to Turkey since 2008. Iran and Turkey are at odds over Syria, with Iran being a strong strategic ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the uprising against him, while Turkey has been one of his fiercest critics, supporting his opponents and giving refuge to rebel fighters. Last year the election of pragmatist Rouhani, whose foreign policy of “prudence and moderation” has eased Tehran’s international isolation, and his concern over the rise of al Qaeda in Syria have spurred hopes of a political rapprochement between Ankara and Tehran. —Reuters

Spain’s king attends fare well parade MADRID — Spain’s King Juan Carlos has presided over his last military parade before abdicating in favor of his son. Prince Felipe accompanied the king at Sunday’s annual Armed Forces day ceremony that honors those who died in the service of the nation. Also Sunday, a new poll showed most citizens want a referendum to decide whether Spain should remain a monarchy. Pollster Metroscopia found that 62 percent of respondents said they wanted a referendum on the monarchy “at some point.” A majority also said they favored the king’s abdication.—AP

Nyong’o named MTV Africa 2014 personality DURBAN—Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o won the personality of the year award at the 2014 MTV African Music Awards (MAMA) held in South Africa’s southeastern city of Durban on Saturday. The 31-year-old, who won the best supporting actress Academy Award in March for her role in historical drama “12 Years a Slave,” was not present to receive her award. —AFP

ISLAMABAD: Chairman PTI Imran Khan flanked by party leaders addressing a press conference at party office.

Suicide bombing on Kurdish party HQ in Iraq kills 19 B AQUBA , Iraq — A suicide bomber Khorsheed Ahmed, chairman of compound and blew himself and the blew himself up at the headquarters of a Kurdish political party in Iraq’s ethnically mixed province of Diyala on Sunday, killing at least 19 people, local officials and medics said. Most of the victims were members of the Kurdish security forces who were guarding the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party in the town of Jalawla, 115 km northeast of Baghdad. A further 67 people were wounded in the blasts, the latest in a surge of attacks by militants who in recent days have overrun parts of two major cities, occupied a university campus in western Iraq and set off a dozen car bombs in Baghdad. “A suicide bomber parked a car packed with explosives near the PUK headquarters and after it went off, he managed to sneak into the building and detonate his vest,” said

Jalawla city council. Jalawla lies in disputed territory, and is one of several towns where Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga regional guards have previously faced off against each other, asserting their competing claims over the area. Both are a target for Sunni Islamist insurgents who have been regaining ground and momentum in Iraq over the past year. The Sunni militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack in a statement posted on its “Diyala Emirate” Twitter account, and said it was in revenge for the arrest of Muslim women in Kurdistan. ISIL gave a slightly different version of the attack, which it said had been carried out by two suicide bombers, the first of whom drove a car packed with explosives into the PUK’s

vehicle up. The second, whose name indicated he was a Kurd, then entered a crowd of people that had gathered to help those wounded in the first blast and detonated his explosives belt amongst them. In April, a suicide bomber struck a Kurdish political rally in the town of Khaniqin, also in Diyala, killing 30 people. Nearly 800 people were killed across the country in May alone - the highest monthly toll this year so far and last year was Iraq’s deadliest since violence began to ease from a peak in 2006-07. Police and security sources said Iraqi special forces were still fighting on Sunday to regain control over several districts on the left bank of the river that cuts through the northern city of Mosul, which militants moved into on Friday.— Reuters

New set of instructions issued to improve NAB prosecution process ISLAMABAD—National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has set a benchmark of 75% conviction rate, against existing 65 %, in a new set of instructions which have been issued for strict compliance by all Regional NABs and NAB HQ. Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry took note of the fact that the Prosecution work is as important as the Investigation Wings and unless the cases are presented and prosecuted properly in the courts of law, the end result cannot be termed satisfactory from the NAB

Two ‘ target killers’ killed in police encounter; six arrested P ESHAWA R —Police killed two target killers in an encounter on Sunday here in Mattani area. According to police, the terrorists attacked police first and when soldiers fired back, two target killers died on the spot while two others were injured severely in the incident. Police said that two deceased target killers were involved in attacks on security forces. The injured were shifted to hospital for medical aid. Dead bodies were also taken to hospital for medicolegal formalities.—INP

point of view. Consequently, a Committee was constituted by the Chairman NAB, consisting of representatives from Prosecution, Investigation and Human Resource (HR) Division to devise a mechanism for inspection, monitoring, and evaluation of NAB prosecution to improve its performance. On finalization of the recommendations of the committee, these directions have been issued by the Bureau as ‘Executive Orders,’ said a press release issued by NAB here on Sunday. The directives approved

by the Chairman have been issued by Prosecutor General Accountability (PGA) K. K. Agha. It has been decided that Monitoring and Inspection Teams (MIT) will be constituted at Headquarters (HQ) and Regional NAB levels to discreetly carryout random checks and report performance of the prosecution to the PGA. It has been decided that the concept of Combined Investigation Teams (CIT) will be developed for the Investigations.

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Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban W ASHINGTON —Secretary of State John Kerry defended the swap of five Guantanamo detainees for American Bowe Bergdahl on Sunday, amid reports the captive US soldier was kept at times in a metal cage and in total darkness. Kerry doubled down on President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to make the trade in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, who the top US diplomat said was at risk of being tortured by his captors.—AP

N E W D ELHI —India and China on Sunday decided to inject new momentum in their economic ties with both countries pushing for exploring “untapped opportunities” including setting up of industrial parks to take the bilateral trade beyond existing $65 billion annually. In their meeting, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi deliberated extensively on economic engagement between the two countries and agreed to intensify business and trade relations. Both the leaders discussed deepening of engagement in specific sectors as well as projects and removing hurdles to spur the trade activities. “There was also a fairly long discussion on economic issues. These included specific projects, trajectory of economic ties, potential for tapping opportunities as well as the hurdles being faced in pursuing enhanced economic cooperation,” spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs said. Joint secretary in charge of China in the external affairs ministry Gautam Bambawale said possibility of investment by Chinese companies in diverse areas were discussed in the meeting.

Conman steals London WWII veteran’s army medals LONDON— Police say a London conman has stolen the military service medals of a 92-year-old British Army veteran of World War II on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Sunday’s Metropolitan Police statement said the conman entered the crime victim’s home posing as a water company worker. It happened Friday during live televised commemorations in France of the Allied invasion of Europe. Police said the man discovered that his visitor had stolen all 11 of his army medals, and nothing else, after he had already left the house. Police said nobody has been arrested. They declined to name the army veteran, but said he served in the Grenadier Guards regiment fighting German forces in North Africa in 1942 and Italy in 1943, not on D-Day in France on June 6, 1944.—AP

He said Swaraj talked about investment by Chinese firms through industrial parks. Asked whether India’s ballooning trade deficit with China was raised by Swaraj, Bambawale only said both the leaders agreed to expand economic ties. China is India’s biggest trading partner with two-way trade standing close to $65 billion, according to official figure but trade deficit in favour of China continued to mount at about $40 billion. The bilateral trade also declined by 1.5 per cent, registering a downward trend for the second consecutive year in 2013.

India has been maintaining that one way to reduce the imbalance is to open up Chinese markets to IT-enabled services, cotton textiles and home furnishings and also in pharmaceuticals. The MEA spokesperson said Wang told Swaraj that China welcomes India’s development and was ready to engage with the new government. Earlier on Sunday, Wang, who is special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, arrived in the wee hours to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s familiarity with China.—PTI

Afghan election security tightened after Abdullah attack KABUL —Security is being ramped up so the two candidates in Afghanistan’s presidential election run-off next week can continue campaigning after an attack on one of them killed 12 people, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Sunday. Front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally. One of the cars in his convoy was destroyed. The death toll from the attack in the Afghan capital had been put at six but had doubled to 12 by Sunday, with at least 40 people wounded. “Security measures have been tightened from last night,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

The new measures included deploying more security forces to rallies and assigning larger teams of bodyguards to Abdullah, a former foreign minister, and his opponent in Saturday’s run-off, former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. The heightened security measures would protect both candidates and their audiences, as well as allow the run-off campaign to continue as planned, Sediqqi said. “We strongly believe nothing will discourage people from voting on Saturday,” he said. No candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round last month, forcing the election into a run-off, although Abdullah led Ghani by almost 14 percentage points.—Reuters

Sisi sworn in as Egypt’s president, calls for stability CAIRO—Former army chief tions as Sisi spoke to foreign mark dark sunglasses. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by a crackdown on dissent since he ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi last year. Last month’s election, which officials said Sisi won with 97 percent of the vote, followed three years of upheaval since a popular uprising ended 30 years of rule by former air force commander Hosni Mubarak. Security in Cairo was extra tight, with armoured personnel carriers and tanks positioned in strategic loca-

dignitaries after a 21-gun salute at Cairo’s main presidential palace. He called for hard work and the development of freedom “in a responsible framework away from chaos” but did not mention human rights or democracy. “The time has come to build a more stable future,” said Sisi, the sixth Egyptian leader with a military background. “Let us work to establish the values of rightness and peace.” Near Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the revolt against Mubarak where protesters now rarely tread, young men sold t-shirts with the image of Sisi in his trade-

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and private media heaped praise on him, turning a blind eye to what human rights groups say are widespread

abuses, in the hope that he can deliver stability and rescue the economy. Many Egyptians share that hope, but they have limited patience, staging street protests that toppled two leaders in the past three years, and the election turnout of just 47 p e r c e n t shows Sisi is not as popular as when he toppled Mursi. “Sisi has to do something in his first 100 days, people

will watch closely and there might be another revolution. That’s what people are like in this country,” said theology student Israa Youssef, 21. Western countries, who hoped the overthrow of Mubarak in 2011 would usher in a new era of democracy, have watched Egypt’s political transition stumble. Mursi was the country’s first freely elected president, but his year in power was tarnished by accusations that he usurped power, imposed the Brotherhood’s views on Islam and mismanaged the economy, allegations he denied. After Sisi deposed him and became Egypt’s de facto ruler, security forces mounted

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one of the toughest crackdowns on the Brotherhood in its 86-year history. Hundreds were killed in street protests and thousands of others jailed. Secular activists were eventually thrown into jail too, even those who supported Mursi’s fall, because they violated a new law that severely restricts protests. Mursi’s ouster was applauded by Egypt’s Gulf Arab allies, who were alarmed by the rise of the Brotherhood, the international standard-bearer of mainstream Sunni political Islam.—Reuters


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new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease - and the best possible treatment – all in a single test. Researchers are set to begin clinical trials using a more comprehensive testing method that looks for all of the known genes that may be active in a tumor. The new method could guide patients to the right drug earlier, potentially replacing current tests known as companion diagnostics that only look for a specific biological trait or “biomarker.” The presence of a biomarker can predict whether a new class of drugs called targeted therapies will work on particular tumors. Results of these broader tests could even be used to quickly identify which patients might benefit from experimental drugs being tested in clinical trials. U.S. health officials see it as the future direction of cancer diagnostics. “We really are moving away from this one drug, one biomarker, one companion diagnostic,” said Dr Richard Pazdur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oncology chief. In advanced melanoma, for example, about half of patients’ tumors have a mutation in the BRAF gene. Roche makes a drug called Zelboraf that blocks that pathway, at least for a time. To get Roche’s drug, patients need to be evaluated with an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test. One of the tests is also made by Roche. In many cases, the FDA requires singlebiomarker companion diagnostics as part of the drug approval process, but the broader testing

model opens the door to additional players in the diagnostics space, including U.S.-based Foundation Medicine Inc and Thermo Fisher’s Life Technologies. In a trial starting later this month, for example, patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung could be recommended for one of five experimental treatments based on which genes are active. Foundation Medicine’s next-generation sequencing platform will be used to screen some 6,000 lung cancer patients over five years. The Lung Master Protocol trial, also known as LungMAP, will take place in some 400 research centers. It is a public-private partnership between the National Cancer Institute, Amgen Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and its U.S.based biotech arm MedImmune, Roche’s Genentech unit and Pfizer Inc. A similar effort called the National Lung Matrix trial being organized in Britain by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Cancer Research UK is set to start taking patients in July or August.[ID:nL6N0N63N5] Pazdur said a conference this fall will also discuss plans for a trial in metastatic breast cancer. “This is a new paradigm in many, many ways,” said Ellen Sigal, chairperson and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, which is organizing the U.S. lung cancer trial. “We’re revolutionizing not only the genetic testing but how patients get into a trial.” Dr Mace Rothenberg, senior vice president of clinical development for Pfizer’s cancer business, said having a single test looking for a single biological marker made sense when there were only a few targeted cancer drugs, which exploit specific weaknesses in patients’ tumors.

Turkish contribution to education in Pakistan termed as great service CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory Jawad Paul has lauded the Turkish contribution to education in Pakistan terming it a great service by the brotherly country. Pak-Turk is supporting quality education in our country which will have a lasting and positive impact on millions of lives and the society in general, he said. Talking to a group of students who won gold and silver medals in international science competitions recently held in Kenya and Georgia, Jawad Paul said that we are thankful to those who have been sacrificing their time and energy with an aim to make Pakistan a better place. The group of students led by Pak-Turk official Ahmet Efiturk included Alam Khatoon and Vishah Nazim, winners of gold medal in Kenya and Aqsa Amber Malik and Kokab Yusaf who won silver medal in the Georgian contest. Paul expressed his appreciation to all the teachers for their contribution saying that Chief Commissioner Islamabad Jawad Paul with students of Pak Turk School who won gold and silver medals in global teachers carry a heavy burden science competition in Kenya and Georgia. in nurturing students to prepare them to bring devel- the Chief Commissioner said. Later, the students and focus on values and ethical education. Research opment to the country. He urged Pak-Turk to con- met with Dr Ikram Ali Malik, Chairman of the Fed- shows that when children read, they improve their stantly improve and strengthen the professionalism eral Board of Intermediate and Secondary Educa- skills in all subjects and their vocabulary, grammar as they have to discharge responsibility to groom their tion. and language skills develop, he said. students to become leaders and face global competiHe appreciated the students for bringing a good Dr Ikram Ali Malik also congratulated Pak-Turk tion. name to the country at international forums. Malik Schools for getting six awards in the international Ordinary teachers direct us along the right path asked students to prepare for future contests while teaching competition held in Turkey and assured all but great teachers inspire us to seek our own path, stressing on better curriculum, improved environment out cooperation by the government.

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Writ filed in IHC for probe into ‘mysterious’ death of former APP boss ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—A writ petition has been filed in the

Children bathing to get relief from sizzling heat during a hot day at Shahdara picnic spot.

Koral police arrest accused for rape, murder of 10-year-old boy STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police arrested an accused Usman Majid for committing murder of ten year old Haider Ali in the area of Koral. During the initial investigation, the accused disclosed that he took the boy to an under construction house and strangled him to death after raping him. According to details, a person Muhammad Mairaj gave an application in police station Koral that on June 4 his son Haider Ali went out of his house but did not return back for a long time. On search his body was found from bathroom of an under construction house. The Police Station Koral registered a case of murder against the unknown killers. Due to gravity of the case, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Ali Naikokar gave task of apprehending the killers, to a team comprising SP Investigation Jameel Ahmed Hashmi and SP Rural Zubair Ahmed Sheikh.

They formed a team consisting of Inspector Muhammad Siddique, Sub Inspector Haibatullah, SHO Police Koral Sub Inspector Shaukat Ali and Sub Inspector Muzafffar Hussain. The investigating team collected information from the area through their sources and on the basis of the evidence gathered from the crime scene reached the conclusion that a young man Usman Amjad was involved. A raiding police party arrested the accused who told that he worked as a painter in Ghori Town and his father was abroad. He told that he enticed Haider Ali to the under construction house and first raped him and later strangled him to death. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Ali Naikokar appreciated performance of the police team and announced commendation certificates and cash prizes for them. He instructed the local police to deal with the case on merit and send challan against the accused to the court.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) for thorough probe into “mysterious” circumstances in which former Managing Director (MD) of the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Khalid Sarwar died. Khalid Sarwar had died on May 11 on his return home after reportedly spending the whole night in office. Rehan Iqbal a senior reporter of the APP has filed the writ petition through his counsel Advocate Tariq Assad claiming Sarwar succumbed to pressure exerted by the state-owned press agency’s influential union leaders. According to the petitioner, the influential elements wanted Khalid Sarwar to do some illegal things like withdrawing inquiry against fake degree holder officials of the APP, approving certain perks that according to Rehan Iqbal were not permissible. The petitioner who himself has claimed to be a member of the union, has requested the honourable

Islamabad High Court to conduct a thorough probe into the death of the APP MD who was to retire on May 14, 2014. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of IHC will hear the petition today (Monday). Giving further details, the petitioner held that just four days before death, Khalid Sarwar arrived in the wee hours of May 10 Saturday and spent the entire night in the office doing “important” office work. According to the petitioner, that night a number of influential union leaders of the APP remained present in his office all that night. “They wanted Mr Khalid Sarwar to sign some papers which were not lawful and were aimed at giving illegal concessions to some non-deserving officials of the APP,” claimed Rehan Iqbal in his petition. The court should order the FIA to investigate what important task he was doing at the time of night that otherwise could not be done during the day time, said Iqbal. Talking to Pakistan Observer Rehan Iqbal insisted Khalid Sarwar was facing enormous pressure as a

number of inquiries were pending against fake degree holder journalists in the APP. The union leaders did not want him to do any action against them, said Rehan. “I am witness to a number of incidents when Mr Khalid Sarwar was given threats by the union leaders that he would face dire consequences if any action was taken against the fake degree holders,” said a visibly shaken Rehan Iqbal feeling loss of a goodnatured kind boss. That night he (Khalid Sarwar) spent in the office and on the morning of May 11 (Sunday) he reached home in deteriorating condition. Rehan also referred to what he called “dirty politics of APP that has enabled many drivers and non-journalists including those who don’t possess valid degree to promote to the level of journalists.” Rehan Iqbal in his petition has made a plea before the court that all the documents signed, decisions taken in the last night of his life should be brought to light as so far, no detail has been given by any quarter.

Women decry rise in incidents of honour killing

Empowering women through showcasing their talent ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—In order to encourage/support budding women entrepreneurs to exhibit their unique creativity through their work, Soroptimist International of Islamabad Gandhara held one of its first colourful interactive events. A large number of families, children, young girls and housewives came up to participate in the activities. “Little known” designers’ outfits, fashion and make-up show were the two highlights of the evening.

However, the main object, according to the founding president of Soroptimist International of Islamabad Gandhara, Sadaf Raza, was to generate self-confidence in women and empower them to face the odds of life independently. Another equally important object was to introduce Soroptimist International and its initiatives to female participants of the event, said Raza. “We aspire to create the bond of sisterhood among women and provide them with a platform to display their superb talent and give vent to their

feelings,” Sadaf Raza who was beaming at the success of the event further said. It may be mentioned here that Soroptimist International (founded in 1921) has recently started its social and womenwelfare activities in Islamabad. It is a world-wide volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The organization claims to seek equality, peace, and international goodwill for women.

Saturday event was inaugurated by two senior Soroptimist International members Dr Shamim Zaidi and Dr Mussrat Sheikh. Sadaf Raza while addressing the participants said there was an alarming increase in incidents of violence committed against women in the name of honour, and it is a shocking fact that the society seemed to be accepting them. She called upon the authorities to act swiftly against the perpetrators of violence against women and take women as individuals, not a commodity. On the

Preschool, Montessori graduation at Al-Huda Int’l School S TAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —A graduation ceremony of graduating students of Preschool and Montessori was held at the Al-Huda International School here. It was a day full of excitement and nostalgia, as the parents witnessed the young students receive their certificates, signifying the achievement and completion of their very first milestone. Lt. Col. Zafar Ahmed and Mrs. Shaista Zafar, Directors of Fountainhead School, were chief

guests of the ceremony. The ceremony was inaugurated with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Huzaifa Muzammil followed by a welcome note delivered by Yusuf Amir. The graduating students presented a short skit reviewing their thre-year journey in the AlHuda International School’s Montessori program, highlighting all that they had learnt in their days at school. The student also presented a poem ‘Thank You’ and a Nasheed ‘When I Grow Up’. A video montage of the young visionaries and their journey of the past 3

Successful students during preschool and Montessori graduation ceremony at Al-Huda International School.

years was also screened at the event. The students expressed their feelings of gratitude towards the school, their teachers and the parents. Parents also shared their sentiments on the tenure of their children at school. They appreciated the efforts of the teachers and the school management to bring about learning in these students. The chief guest distributed certificates to the Preschool and Montessori graduates. He was delighted to see the young students dressed in their graduation

gowns taking another step forward in their lives as literate and confident Muslims. He appreciated the performances of the young students and extended his congratulations to the students, their parents and the teachers. Later, Atif Iqbal, the Director of Al-Huda International School thanked all the guests for attending the ceremony and encouraging the students. He commended the efforts of the parents who are constantly helping to achieve the vision of the school.

occasion a number of participants while condemning violence against women asked the religious institutions to condemn honour killing and contribute to restoring respect for women. The event featured a fashion show also, in which emerging women designers showcased their work. A new and struggling makeup artist, ‘Tahira Naveed’ was also called to provide two free “make overs” to promote her saloon services. What the participants liked most was the ramp made by the Soroptimist staff. It was quite exciting and fun to see the ladies, children and girls all waltz down the ramp in such colorful creations provided by the designers present there.


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June 10 MEETINGS of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics and Privatization will be held in Islamabad from Monday to Thursday.

Rs 48.5m released for Murree face lift STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—A grant of Rs 48.5 million has been released for the construction of Murree bus stand and renovation of the city. According to reports, the funds have been released after the approval of Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, while PC-I of the project has also been approved. PHA Lahore has been tasked to carry out the project. The reports said that the provincial government has transferred the funds to City District Government Rawalpindi. District Officer Planning Saima Ghafoor directed the PHA Lahore to immediately start the work on the project, while the grant will be transferred to it soon.

PM inquires after health of Jhagra, Zulfiqar STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Dr. Asif Saeed Kirmani political scretary to PM met PML(N) leader Zafar Iqbal Jhagra at PIMS hospital in Islmabad on the directions of the Prime Minister. He inquired about his health and conveyed good wishes of Mr Nawaz Sharif. Dr. kirmani also met the personal photgraher of the PM Mr. Zulfiqar Balti. He inquired about his health and conveyed wishes on behalf of PM for early recovery.

Murree police arrest 15 Shisha smokers

Raja stresses need of imparting religious education S TAFF R EPORTER ISLAMABAD—Anjuman-e-Taleem-ul-Islam (ATI), Shah Faisal Jamia Islamia held graduation ceremony for its students who were conferred upon turbans and certificates for successful course completion, here on Sunday. Leader of House in Senate, Senator Raja Zafa-ul-Haq distributed certificates and conferred turbans upon 25 students of Jamia Islamia. Speaking on the occasion, Senator stressed on the value of religious education, saying it had equal importance and was essential to impart. He also appreciated the efforts of the faculty who imparted both Islamic and contemporary education to students . Raja Zafa-ul-Haq said without getting Islamic education no one could perform vigorous role for serving humanity, since he added Islam is the religion of peace and har- Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq addressing the Annual Certificate Distribution Ceremony at Anjumanmony. e-Taleem-ul-Islam.

Capital’s residents decry over water shortage ISLAMABAD—A serious water shortage in the should take step to ensure water supply. peak summer months has made life miserable for federal capital’ resident, despite assurance of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) of frequent water supply. With the start of summer, demand of water increases but the residents are supplied water for a few minutes during 24 hours forcing the consumers to look for other alternatives. Inhabitants of various areas are facing hardships to cope with unreliable water supply at times. Meanwhile sector F-6/1, G-7/3, G-6/1 and I-9 are facing water crisis resulting in masses to call water tankers to quench their requirements. The residents of the area opined that due to poor planning, various houses in metropolis are not getting appropriate supply of water and CDA

Use alternative routes to avoid rush at Murree Road: CTO CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Chief Traffic Officer CTO (CTO) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz urged motorists to use alternate routes of Murree road to avoid rush during peak hours for their own convenience. He said motorists should use alternate routes like Airport road through Koral Chowk, and IJP road to reach Islamabad and back. He said traffic police is making all efforts to ensure flow of traffic, Talking to reporter, the CTO said the people should have patience during the construction work of the mega Metro bus project. CTO has advised motorists not to park their

AIOU, Yunnan Open Varsity sign MoU for cooperation in education sector STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yunnan Open University, China for promotion of higher education particularly in the field of science and technology. The document was signed by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), AIOU Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti and XU Bin, President on behalf of the Yunnan Open University in Chinese city of Kuming, says a press release. Currently the VC is on week-long visit to China to explore avenues of bilateral cooperation between educational institutions of the two countries. He is accompanied by the senior faculty member Dr. Zahid Majeed. Both sides agreed to open Chinese Language Lab/ Center at AIOU. This is a second document that was signed between the AIOU and its Chinese counterpart for promotion of education

through joint efforts. Earlier, the similar arrangements were made with Chinese Sichuan University. The cooperation between the two-sides will cover joint research activities, joint teaching, the development of new degrees and training programs, delivery of programs for professional and exploration of possibility of video conferencing for the delivery of courses and development of curriculum/academic programs in areas of common interest. The document will also pave the way for the exchange of staff and graduate students for research teaching and discussions and development of student and learning management system. Under the pact, the two sides will also explore the opportunities of research and industry-focused training for their students. Speaking on the occasion, President Yunnan Open University Prof. Xu Bin said China attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan and

hoped that the document signed between the two Universities will go a long in fostering cooperation in the educational sector. He said they wish to have Chinese Language Center at AIOU, assuring that they will provide faculty and technical support for this purpose. “China gave dominant position to Pakistan in developing of socio-economic partnership due to their decades-long close relationship,” he added. The VC AIOU in his remarks said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government wished to develop maximum cooperation between the two countries in all fields of mutual interest, particularly in education. The AIOU has a strong setup of printing at main campus and they will consider to start combine 3-6 months certificatelevel (online & offline courses) in field of printing. In this connection, he said they will benefit from the experience and expertise of the Yunnan University.

vehicles on Murree road as it creates problems for the ongoing Metro bus project underway on Murree Road. He said that and the citizens can register their complaints with traffic police helpline 1915. Seeking public cooperation, he said, the provincial government has initiated a mega development project to provide fast, cheap and decent public transport service for the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad should tolerate ‘temporary inconvenience’ for lasting facility. Earlier, he said four camp offices, a special helpline and control room have been set up at Saddar-Faizabad section of the project besides additional deployment of traffic wardens for the guidance of motorists.

RCB confiscates goods under anti-encroachment operation STAFF REPORTER

RAWALPINDI—Rawalpindi Cantonment Board R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi (RCB) has confiscated 30 truckload goods from district police have arrested 15 Shisha smokers from Span Cafe Restaurant. According to Rawalpindi police spokesman, Murree police conducted raid at a Shisha center and arrested 15 shisha smokers namely Asad and others. Police also recovered hookahs and other items from their custody. Police, under the special operation launched on the orders of CPO Rawalpindi, taking action against Shisha centers and the shisha smokers are being sent behind the bars.—APP

Resident of F/6-1 Ali Tahir while talking to APP said they were facing water shortage for the last two weeks and buying water tankers at exorbitant rates. He said residents of their area have given numerous applications to the concerned authorities to take notice and resolve the water shortage problem. When contacted, Water Management Wing CDA Official told APP that the water consumption increases manifold during the summer months while unscheduled load shedding and lavish use of water by the residents are the major reasons of water shortage. He said the concerned department has also been directed for necessary repair maintenance of water tankers, tube-wells and water filtration plants.—APP

Raja said this government was taking solid measures to promote Islamic education to defeat extremism in society. He called upon students to follow the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to get real success. He said the poverty, unemployment, corruption, falsehood and other prevailing evils were eating up our society and pushing it towards the deep valley of destruction. “The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the best role model for us to be followed and we cannot seek or claiming righteous in Ishq-eRasool without setting our lives on the lines of Islam,” he added. Earlier, in welcome address, Khalid Rashid Shahbaz president ATI showed gratitude and highlighted history of the Madresa and its role in imparting equality education to students. He said the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is complete code of life for the all mankind.

different markets in its campaign against encroachments. The anti-encroachment operation on the special instructions of Cantonment Executive Officer (CEO) Faheem Zafar Khan has further been intensified in RCB areas aimed at providing relief to the citizens visiting the markets. According to RCB spokesman, the grand clean-up operation against encroachments was underway in RCB areas while now it has further been accelerated. He said, encroachments were removed during last three days from Masrial Road, Naseerabad, Westridge and other areas. He said earlier, raids were conducted in Tench Bhatta Bazaar, Masrial Road, Chungi

Number 22 and other areas. To a question, about ever increasing encroachments in Tench Bhatta and Chungi No 22 Bazaars he said special anti-encroachment teams have been deployed in different areas Successful students with Vice President of Confucius Institute Zhang Daojian during certificate distribution ceremony aimed at checking and discouraging the en- after competition of special Chinese language course for employees at Confucius Institute NUML. croachers. Now the teams will work in three shifts and anti-encroachment operation would start early in the morning at 4 am daily. He said, RCB markets are regularly being visited and the staff concerned conducting raids at main markets. The vendors who are found selling their products while displaying on footpaths and different roads are imposed fines with warnings, Balochistan 9.9%, Punjab 28.9%, KPK He said that it is matter of concern that only STAFF REPORTER he added. Encroachments both temporary and 9.9%, AJK/Gilgit/FATA 2.4% and federal one project from south Punjab has been inpermanent are also being removed. He said that cluded among the new 54 projects. Such I SLAMABAD—The Secretary General, Fed- universities/HEC 42%” he said. strict action would be taken against those vioHe stated that in the light of 18th con- steps would create sense of deprivation eration of All Pakistan Universities Acalating the orders, he added. demic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Dr. stitutional amendment, the federal govern- among the youth and faculty especially from Kaleemullah Berach has showed deep con- ment should allocate the development funds the smaller provinces. He termed the higher education budget cerns on allocation of less development as per the provincial share prescribed in Nafunds in federal budget 2014-15 for the pro- tional Finance Commission (NFC) award. increase insufficient to meet the growing Under the new formula of current NFC needs/ requirements of higher education vincial higher education institutions. “Provincial universities have again award, approximately 51.74% of shares sector and increasing inflation rate in Pabeen neglected in higher education sector were directed to Punjab; 24.55% to Sindh; kistan. He demanded that the provincial in federal budget 2014-15. 54 new projects 14.62% to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; and governments should also allocate maximum of worth Rs. 3275 million have been pro- 9.09% to Balochistan Province. He de- funds for provincial higher education set ups posed in the budget. Out of allocation for manded that current budget allocations in upcoming budgets in order to strengthen 54 new projects, Sindh would get 6.5%, should be according to this agreed formula. higher education throughout the country.

Higher education budget insufficient: FAPUASA

39 lawbreakers netted; police recover charas, liquor

Visitors taking interest in various items displayed at Iqra University, during Textile Thesis Exhibition on Sunday.

RAWALPINDI—Police under its ongoing drive against anti-social elements arrested 39 lawbreakers and recovered over 10 kilograms charras, 81 bottles of liquor, 20 liter wine. Moreover, it also recovered 10 pistols 30 bore with 87 rounds, one rifle 222 bore with 30 rounds, one revolver with two rounds, 450 liter diesel and fireworks items from the possession of the arrested accused. According to police, Bunni police held Shakeel for having 510 grams charras. Naseerabad police netted Allah Ditta and recovered 520 grams charras. Civil Line

police arrested Shahid for carrying 560 grams charras. Gujar Khan police rounded up Masood and seized 1110 grams charras. Saddar Baroni police sent behind the bars Yousaf Masih for having 1250 grams charras while Shah Zaib and Gulwaiz were nabbed for possessing 520 and 1250 grams charras. Kalar Syedan police booked Nowaiz and recovered 1150 grams charras. Taxila police arrested Amjad and seized 2120 grams charras. Jatli police netted Ghulam Murtaza for carrying 515 grams charras. Waris Khan police arrested Aziz Masih

and recovered 10 bottles of liquor. Naseerabad police apprehended Arif Masih with five liquor bottles. Imran Farooq, Qamar Hayat, Amjad Ali were rounded up on recovery of liquor bottles. Other accused were sent behind the bars for having liquor bottles, drugs and illegal weapons. Meanwhile, Sadiqabad police held Mudassir and Aamir Shehzad for running an illegal petrol agency and recovered 450 liter diesel. Race Course police conducted a raid at a wedding ceremony and netted Abdul Majid for having fireworks items.—APP


Sacrifices centre-staged Kashmir dispute globally SRINAGAR —The Chairman of All Parties rest, torture, harassment and killing.

SRINAGAR: Chairman of APHC Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a huge public meeting at Mirwaiz Manzil here on Sunday.

KCEU deplores expulsion of Kashmiri students

DAK demands arrest of DHS, others in molestation case SRINAGAR—Doctors Association Kashmir brought disregard and disrepute to the whole

Tufail hails US State Department’s report

(DAK) on Saturday demanded arrest of Di- profession and should be immediately reBRUSSELS—Kashmir Coun- rector Health Services Kashmir, Dr Salim- moved from their positions. They are blot to I SLAMABAD —APHC-AJK cil EU has condemned expulsion of four Kashmiri students from a college hostel in Ghaziabad city of Indian State Utter Pradesh. At least four Kashmiri students were expelled from their hostel in Ghaziabad’s college in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh a day after a Kashmiri student was beaten by local students.The Chairman of Kashmir Council EU, Ali Raza Syed in a statement issued in Brussels, said that the expulsion of the Kashmiri students from the hostel was an inhuman and shameful act. It is not for the first time; the Kashmir students are being mistreated and targeted by the authorities in the Indian educational institutions, he added. He said that in March this year, over 60 Kashmiri students were charged in treason case and expelled from a Meerut university in Utter Pradesh after cheering for the Pakistan cricket team during an Asia Cup match against India. The Chairman of Kashmir Council EU said such action proves that India has fake democracy as it is not taking care of the basic human and democratic rights of the people of Kashmir. How India is a democratic country and particularly, it claims largest democracy of the world as there is no room for opposition’s voices in India?, he questioned.—KMS

India urged to grant Kashmiris right to selfdetermination S RINAGAR —APHC leader and Chairman of Kashmir freedom Front, Syed Bashir Andrabi has called upon India to give up its transience and fulfill its commitment to the people of Kashmir by granting them right to self-determination. Syed Bashir Andrabi addressing a meeting to condole the death of a party activist’s father at Sanora Kali in Badgam, said that New Delhi would have to take a step for settlement of the Kashmir dispute to ensure peace in South Asia. Andrabi said that India cannot suppress the Kashmiris’ sentiments for freedom through coercion, intimidation, arrests, harassment and torture.—KMS

ur-Rehman and three other health officers allegedly in a case involving complaint by a nurse that they tried to molest her. In a statement issued to GNS, DAK spokesperson also demanded an independent inquiry into the entire incident. The spokesperson while condemned the shameful serial molestation on a staff nurse of health department by Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman and two other officials said that we are in a state of shock because of this beastly act. “People have lost faith and trust in the sacred institution of health as the highest seat of it is a molester”, the spokesperson said, adding “Our sisters and daughters are unsafe and they are reluctant to go to hospitals”. He said that this dastardly act committed by these nymphomaniac officials is unpardonable and unforgivable. They have

the profession and their registration should be cancelled by Medical Council of India. He said that government inquiry is an eyewash as we have seen the fate of previous inquiries where officials involved in sex scandal were given plump postings. The spokesperson demands immediate arrest of Director Health Services and other officials involved and they should be removed from their positions. He demands inquiry by an independent commission as we have lost trust in government probes. The spokesperson appeals nation to come out in support of the brave heart victim who should be saluted for her courage and bravery. “We cannot be silent spectators when the chastity of our daughters are at stake. We will sacrifice our lives to safeguard the honor and dignity of our daughters”, the spokesperson added.—KW.

Modi era will see resolution of Kashmir SRINAGAR—Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief and Prime Minister Vajpayee’s advisor on Kashmir A S Dulat said that Kashmir’s separatist camp must remain optimistic about the settlement of Kashmir issue during the Modi led government and that they will be taken on board once the talks on this vexed issue are initiated. Dulat, considered an influential voice on Kashmir in Delhi, maintained that talks over the Kashmir resolution have not yet begun but disclosed that the same are expected in the near future. “It is just the beginning of the new government at New Delhi. It would be too early to say when the talks shall be started but yes we can say that the same are expected to be initiated soon,” said the former RAW chief in an interview with KNS. He said that Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp will most likely taken on board once the process of talks begins. “Why not. The separat-

ists should be taken on board. The confidence building measures and the related aspects will be keenly looked into,” Dulat said. When asked about the reports of the possible return of Pandit community and the various dimensions related to the issue, he stated that GOI is actively working for the safe return of the Pandits who left valley during the early nineties. “There must be consensus over the safe return of the Pandits to valley. It would be really a great opportunity for the peace to prevail in Kashmir.” Dulat said that the recent statement of chairman Huriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that the state is being ‘polarized’ on communal lines, could be an apprehension and that no such measure shall ever be taken by New Delhi. “There are the media reports going all over wherein analysis of the future is presented to the masses. Mirwaiz might have expressed his worry and that is it.”—KO.

Animal lovers’ NGO fleeces dealers importing sheep to Kashmir SRINAGAR—In a major concern, some ani- 70 lakh. Abdul Rashid Chowdhary, a wholemal rights activists claiming to be associated with an NGO allegedly being run by Union Minister, Maneka Gandhi, are in connivance with Delhi Police officials stopping Kashmir-bound trucks laden with sheep on Delhi highway on the pretext of preventing “cruelty to animals”. The Delhi police, according to wholesale mutton dealers in Kashmir, are stopping the trucks, seizing the sheep and then handing the animals over to the so-called activists for “treatment and feeding.” The dealers alleged that during last one week 8 trucks laden with sheep have been seized by the Delhi police officials allegedly on the direction of officials of Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre (SGACC)-(the NGO run by Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development) — on the charges of “overloading”. The dealers claimed the cost of livestock held by SGACC worth more than Rs

sale mutton dealer whose sheep were seized on Delhi highway, accused Maneka Gandhi of using her influence for stopping supply of mutton to Kashmir. “Earlier there was no problem in importing mutton. Even when the truck was overloaded, the government agency DSPCA would fine us in that case. Both since the BJP-led government has taken over at the centre and Maneka Gandhi became minister, the officials on baseless charges are now stopping our trucks and sending the livestock to Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre for treatment and feeding.” Chowdhary claimed: “After my consignment was seized, I got a release order from the court and went to SGACC but there at the centre, the officials told me to pay Rs 4 lakh on account of cost incurred by them on feeding and medical treatment of animals.”—NNI

chapter leader and Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement vice Chairman, Tufail Altaf Butt while hailing US State Department’s human rights report of 2013 has said that India has failed in crushing freedom sentiments of Kashmiri people despite use of brute force. Tufail Altaf Butt in a statement said that harassment, intimidation and deliberate disregard for the human, civil and political rights of Kashmiri people would not deter them in securing their ineligible right to self determination. Tufail paid glowing tributes to the determination of people of Kashmir mostly youth with freedom struggle reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the freedom struggle to its logical conclusion against all odds. US State Department’s report highlights gross human rights violations in Kashmir.—KMS

Engr Rasheed unfurls IOK’s flag in Srinagar, BJP demands FIR S R I N A G A R —Independent member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly Engineer Sheikh Rasheed, who now heads Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) observed ‘National Day of Kashmir’ by unfurling the territory’s flag in the heart of Srinagar. Engineer Rashid organised a public function at a historic Park in the heart of the city to mark the day. On June 7, 1952 the motion for the Indian occupied Kashmir’s flag – a red rectangular flag with three equidistant white vertical strips of equal width next to the staff and a white plough in the middle with handle facing the strips – was adopted by the so-called constituent assembly. “Scotland and Ireland regained their lost glory by bringing into fore the importance of the National anthem and the National Flag. Kashmir has to follow the same path. This day should serve as a tough message to the Indian government over its misadventures on article 370?, said Engineer Rashid. Calling for reviving the unique identity of Kashmir, Rashid said final peace can only be achieved when the Kashmir dispute is solved in a just manner. The event evoked a reaction from the BJP which has demanded registration of FIR against Engineer Rasheed.—KMS

Six centuries old Kashmir Pashmina industry on the verge of extinction

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HE rampant use of motorized handicraft and with the sale of fake Pashmina in the market, over a lakh women spinners and thousands of pashmina shawl weavers have been rendered jobless. The six centuries old pashmina industry is on the verge of extinction in Kashmir. President Kashmir Pashmina Karigar Union, (KPKU) Rouf Ahmed Qureshi told CNS that they have been fighting against the mechanization of globally famed pashmina handicraft tooth and nail, however, being un-influential and down-trodden their voice has not born tangible results so far. Scores of influential traders with hawkish hands at their back have reportedly introduced spinning machines and power looms despite a ban by the government. “Authorities are still in slumber. They have

taken some cosmetic measures only while the truth is that traders are using machines to wipe out our centuries old industry in Kashmir,” Quereshi said. Artisans associated with spinning and weaving of pashmina said that it is the responsibility and duty of the every citizen of the land to preserve, protect and promote this handicraft, which is a gift for us from revered saint Hazrat Shah Hamdan (R.A). “KPKU have been receiving written statements from hundreds of spinners showing their anger and frustration over the criminal silence of the authorities over snatching their age old livelihood through piety. “We submitted those statements to the Deputy Director Handicrafts Srinagar vide reference number KPKU/074, but no action was taken,” they said. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar according to CNS was however moved and shocked to see the plight of

these weavers and ordered crackdown and sealing of all such machines. “It was a good step but was put on hold after some time,” the artisans said. Thousands of women, mostly who have no other source of income are engaged in spinning the pashmina thread though they get very little returns. But still this was keeping their “Chula” burning. “Introduction of spinning machines and power looms has not only threatened our survival but it has also posed a serious challenge to Kashmir handmade articles, acknowledged across the globe. Fake motorized blended pashmina is coming up in the local, national and international market which is worrisome,” they said and appealed the authorities to launch a crackdown in this regard so that nobody will be able to manufacture motorized handicrafts.—KW

Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs have centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the global level and the best tribute to martyrs is to take their mission to its logical conclusion. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a meeting at Mirwaiz Manzil in Srinagar, today, said that the settlement of the Kashmir dispute had become imperative in the face of India’s growing brutal acts against the Kashmiris. The meeting was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee on the 10th martyrdom anniversary of Moulvi Mushtaq Ahmad.On the occasion, the Mirwaiz said that the youth were the foot-soldiers of the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination. He denounced New Delhi’s policies aimed at pushing pro-freedom leaders and activists against the wall by subjecting them to ar-

Unidentified persons in Srinagar gunned down Moulvi Mushtaq Ahmad on 7th June in 2004. On the other hand, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief, Aasiya Andrabi, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in their separate statements strongly denounced molestation of a nurse by an officer of the puppet regime and demanded strict action against him. APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt in a statement while expressing solidarity with Sikh victim families of operation Blue Star said that Indian armed forces were involved in human rights violations in Punjab and Kashmir. Another APHC leader, Syed Bashir Andrabi addressing a meeting at Sanoor Kalipora in Badgam, called upon India to take steps for settlement of the Kashmir dispute to ensure peace in South Asia.—KMS

Marital discord in Kashmir leads to stoning V ARMUL —A marital discord led to stone evening the the relatives from both the sides hurling in North Kashmir’s Varmul district, a police official said here on Sunday. He said police have taken cognizance of an incident of stone pelting on a house in Takia Tappar of the northern district after people resorted to stone pelting during settlement of a matrimonial dispute. “Abdul Rashid Itoo’s daughter wedded to Javaid Ahmad Ganaie of Takia in August 2013. There was a matrimonial dispute between the husband and the wife,” he said. Last

had come to Ghulam Mohammad’s house to settle the issue which finalized into a divorce. During the settlement the relatives of the woman got agitated and started pelting stones on the residential house of Ghulam Mohammad resulting in damage to the window panes and glasses of the house, he said. “They also tried to snatch the bike bearing registration number Jk05D/ 6293. Later police intervened and restored the order,” he said.—KD.

New rehab package for Kashmir Pandits in offing JAMMU —A comprehensive plan is being worked out for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley and their rehabilitation with the Narendra Modi government according top priority to the issue. Enhanced financial assistance, security to life and property, government jobs and other employment opportunities and subsidies ration will be part of the package that could be announced as incentive for the return of Pandits, government officials said. “The discussions are at a very preliminary stage. The new Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been given a detailed presentation on the status of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits,” an official said. BJP election manifesto also mentioned that it was committed to ensure return of Kashmiri Pandits with full dignity. The number of displaced people post 1990 migration from the valley following militant activities has increased by sixseven lakhs.

According to plans, the new package will be more attractive than the one announced by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in April 2008 for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. That package included assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh per family for reconstruction for fully or partially damaged houses, assistance of Rs 2 lakh per family for dilapidated houses, assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh per family for purchase of a house in Group Housing Societies for those who have sold their properties during the period of turmoil in 1989. Like the previous one, returnee migrant families will be provided transit accommodation during the interim period when they undertake the reconstruction or repair of their houses. Those returnee families, who may not be provided transit accommodation, would be given rental and incidental expenses. All of them will be provided security if they feel insecure anywhere, officials said.—KD

A group of civil and police officials attending to a man who was injured in a mysterious blast in Islamabad, IHK Saturday afternoon.

4 cops, 2 civilians injured in Shopian shootout S HOPIAN (I HK )— Six persons including four policemen and two civilians were injured after suspected militants opened fire on a police party in Shopian district of South Kashmir. In another incident, four cops were suspended after unidentified gunmen decamped with their weapons at a shrine in Budgam district on Friday evening. Reports said suspected militants Saturday afternoon (at about 1:45 pm) opened fire on a police party near BonagaamShopian, injuring four policemen and two civilians. The injured were rushed to a Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment and police identified the wounded cops as constables Mehraj Ahmad, Wikas Kumar, Zahoor Ahmad and SPO Shabir Ahmad. The civilians were identified as shopkeeper Basher Ahmad Hajam and Muhammad Amin Zargar. Reports said soon after the attack, police and Army officials reached the spot. The area was cordoned and a manhunt was launched to nab the attackers. All entry and exit points to the town were closed, reports added. A senior police official said at least three gunmen appeared near a police vehicle in Bonagaam and opened indiscriminate fire at the vehicle, causing injuries to six people including two civilians. He said the fire was retaliated, but the gunmen managed to flee. He said the policemen have

received bullet injuries in legs and were shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital Srinagar while SPO Shabir Ahmad who received bullet injuries in his abdomen was shifted to SMHS hospital here. Reports said panic gripped the area as shopkeepers downed their shutters and people ran for shelter. No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Police said a blast took place under a TATA Sumo vehicle near general bus stand Anantnag (Islamabad). Four persons including two policemen were injured in the incident. All the injured have been shifted to Sub-district hospital Anantnag where their condition is stated to be ‘stable’. Police have suspended four cops whose weapons were taken away by unidentified gunmen at shrine of Syed Ali Balkhi in Pakherpora area of Budgam district Friday evening. “All the four cops have been suspended while inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the facts,” a senior police official told Greater Kashmir. He identified the cops as Constable Shabir Ahmad, Shakeel Ahmad, Muhammad Shafi and Muhammad Altaf—all from district police Budgam. The gunmen decamped with four rifles after they attacked a lone policeman with an iron rod. The other three cops were absent from duty.—GK


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As recovery takes hold, Czech companies’ optimism builds up P RAGUE —Czech companies are growing more confident and slowly starting to look at new investment as a succession of strong data shows the beaten-down economy is beginning to spring back. A year after the central European country climbed out of a record-long recession, Czech consumers are regaining confidence and some firms are planning to increase production and take on new workers. State agency CzechInvest said this week it had already received 100 applications for investment aid this year, the most since 2008 and more than the 2013 total of 98 applicants. Manufacturing is now growing, spurred by double-digit growth in exports to Germany and other western markets. Consumers also have less to worry about as a new centre-left cabinet reverses some of the fiscal restrictions of the previous administration. That is feeding into a new optimism for the economy, says Czech Industry Confederation Vice-President Radek Spicar, although many will likely err on the side of caution for now. “(Companies) will be investing more. Their investment appetite is increasing, that is for sure,” he said. “They see clear signs of improvement, they feel the situation is getting better, but ... companies are still very careful because what they’ve been through in the last few years has taught them a lesson.” Slumping demand at the height of the euro zone’s debt crisis along with budget cuts and higher taxes under a former centre-right government had helped tilt the Czech economy into an 18-month recession that only ended last year. But the economy - and mainly exporters - got a reviving jolt from the central bank’s currency interventions last November to fight the risk of deflation. The move has weakened the crown by more than 6 percent, making Czechmade cars, auto parts, electronics and other goods more attractive. Otto Danek, who runs small electric motor maker ATAS Elektromotory Nachod and is vice-chairman of the Exporters’ Association, said his sales are up 9 percent so far this year. He plans more hiring but is in no rush, illustrating a trend that analysts say show job growth will only come later. “We should have 5060 new people, but we have hired only 20 so far. We would rather do extended shifts and weekends (to meet higher demand),” Danek said. The central bank has said the deflation risk has been averted, giving the economy a firmer footing. Other countries are still flirting with falling prices, including Poland and, notably, the euro zone, whose central bank’s measures to pump money into the economy include charging banks to deposit funds.—Agencies

license terms. This amount has to be utilized for provision of telecom services to un-served, undeserved areas of AJK and GB. Anusha Rahman apprised the Federal Minister, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir that a mechanism needs to be formulated in order to use this amount. She said that despite multiple requests from MOIT in the past, this matter remains pending for the last many years. She hoped that involvement of federal minister for Kashmir Affairs would help to actively look into the outstanding issue for a resolution. PTA officials and Universal Service Fund Company also apprised the meeting about absence of any mechanism for deployment of this contribution. They told that such funds remain parked with PTA, and requiring intervention at Ministerial level. The Federal Minister Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir regretted the neglect of those responsible in the past, and assured his full support in helping expedite resolution of the matter so that this contribution could be used for the welfare of the people of AJK and GB at the earliest.

GUJRANWALA: Federal Minister for Commerce, Eng Khurram Dastgir Khan listening to masses problems in ‘Open Kutchehry’ in his constituency.

SECP okays UBL’s offer for sale of shares ISLAMABAD—The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved offer for sale of upto 241,921,931 ordinary shares (19.8%) of United Bank Limited (UBL) through stock market. The present offer will be made through book building to the Institutional Investors and High Net-Worth Individual Investors, both local and foreign. The Offer is being made as part of privatization process by which the Privatization Commission, Government of Pakistan is divesting its 19.8% shareholding in UBL, according to SECP press statement issued here.

The present Offer consists of 160,000,000 ordinary shares representing 13.1% of the total paid up share capital of UBL with an Upsize Option of up to an additional 81,921,931 Ordinary Shares representing 6.7% of the total paid up share capital of UBL. The book building will be done through International book building mechanism, the statement added. The book will be run jointly by Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited, Arif Habib Limited and Elixir Securities Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd and will be maintained internationally by Credit Suisse.—APP

APTMA for uninterrupted power supply to textile mills LAHORE—All Pakistan Textile Mills Asso- ing jobs to millions of workers and earning ciation here urged the government to ensure uninterrupted energy supply to APTMA member mills throughout Punjab. In a media briefing at APMTA House here, the Association Acting Chairman (Punjab) Syed Ali Ahsan clarified that no APTMA member mill was involved in unauthorised use of electricity. He said, the LESCO’s relief in power supply on May 27 was of institutional nature and for the whole textile industry including the APTMA members. While the APTMA Group Leader Gohar Ejaz termed the harassment of the member mills owners in this regard was an outcome of mere misunderstanding, adding that APTMA was also ready for energy audit of its member mills. He said that he had made thorough investigation and the nominated member mills had stated on oath they were not involved in any type of power theft. He said, Pakistan was known world over for textile industry, which not only bringing respect for the country but also provid-

foreign exchange. Gohar said that increase in energy crisis had resulted into removal of exemption from load-shedding to the Punjab APTMA member mills on independent feeders, while, rains during last month brought additional electricity against actual demand on LESCO network, which was utilised by the member mills like other consumers. The Acting Chairman added that Punjab-based APTMA member mills were supplied electricity by DISCOs through independent/grouped 11kv feeders with nearly zero losses against the weighted average of 21 percent losses of PEPCO. Out of the total 235 member mills in Punjab, 58 member mills having no alternative source of energy were prime electricity users with 138 MW of load. Out of these, 25 mills with 55 MW load were located in LESCO jurisdiction. Five mills out of these were completely shut down, while others operate partially due to non-availability of energy on 27th May, 2014, he said.—APP

US recoups crisis job losses as economy picks up WASHINGTON—US employers kept up a solid pace of hiring in May, returning employment to its pre-recession level and offering confirmation the economy has snapped back from a winter slump. Non-farm payrolls increased 217,000 last month, the Labour Department said on Friday. The gain was in line with market expectations. Data for March and April was revised to show 6,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.

“That suggests the first quarter was an anomaly in terms of what the economy was and we are back to a decent pace of job creation. Overall it’s a pretty solid report,” said John Canally, an economist at LPL Financial in Boston. Despite decelerating from April’s outsized 282,000 gain, when hiring was still bouncing back from a winter lull, May marked a fourth straight month with job gains above 200,000 and an important milestone in the

economy’s recovery. It finally recouped the 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession. Employment has risen by 8.8 million since hitting a trough in February 2010. Average hourly earnings, which are being closely watched for signs of how fast labour market slack is easing, rose five cents last month. In the 12 months through April, earnings grew at a 2.1 per cent rate, suggesting little build-up in wage pressures.—Agencies

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for IT, Anusha Rahman in a meeting with Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir to discuss the way forward for the development of IT and telecom infrastructure in Azad Kashmir and GB.

Shipping activity at PQ

Efforts in full swing to create jobs, improve economy: Ahsan

K ARACHI —Four ships arrived at port to load/offload containers at QICT, Cement at MW on Saturday. Berth occupancy was maintained at 57% at the port on Saturday where a eight ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican Bey Powership, M.V Dong Hai 7001 (Dredger), M.V Amazonit, M.V Veruda, M.V Hansa Africa, M.V Alice Rickmer, M.T Argent Bloom, M.T Al Soor - II, M.T Anema-E-Core are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, cement, palm oil, furnace oil, diesel oil. Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the port where a cargo volume 49524 tonnes comprising 30525 tonnes import, 18999 tonnes export and 575 TUES was handled at the prot during last 24 hours. M.V Hansa Africa, M.T Al Soor -II M.V Alice Rickmers sailed on Saturday afternoon, M.T Argent Bloom sailed on Sunday morning M.T Atlantik Glory at EVTL, M.V Serota Tiga at QICT arrival on Sunday.— APP

Russia, Ukraine, EU to continue gas talks today BRUSSELS—Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission officials will meet in Brussels on Monday evening to continue talks how to resolve a dispute over gas prices, the Commission said on Sunday. The trilateral meeting, initiated by the European Commission, is scheduled to start at 1700 GMT, with European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan present. “The Chief Executive Officer of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, and the Chief Executive Officer of Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev - who consulted bilaterally during the past week with the aim to solve open issues will also participate in the talks,” European Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said. Russia has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay for June supplies by June 10.—Agencies

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that the government was making efforts to create job opportunities, maintain peace and improve the national economy. Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), he said the government had launched various power projects, including construction of motorways, roads networks and infrastructure. He said the PML-N government in previous tenure constructed Lahore-Islamabad Motorway for providing modern travelling facilities to the commuters. He said huge amounts had been allocated for agriculture, power and other sectors in budget 2014-15 to bring improvement in the system. The minister said the government had launched various projects on solar, wind, coal, gas and hydel to meet the energy shortage. The government has increased the salaries of employees, he added. He said,”The government has constituted attractive policy of tarde and investment for foreign investors to invest in the country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed a task force to protect and provide reliable security to foreign investors,” he maintained.

Ahsan Iqbal appreciated the government steps for empowering the youth through Prime Minister Youth Loan Scheme, adding the government was alleviating ratio of poverty through Youth Scheme and also creating business opportunities for loan beneficiaries. He said the government has also distributed laptops among the deserving youth and held festivals to reveal hidden talent of the youth. He said massive resources are present in the country and the PML-N government was utilizing them for development and prosperity of nation. Replying to a question, he said the government has repealed the corruption system from the institutions through their policies and it was acknowledgeable that there was no scandal of corruption has been found in any institution of the country during this Constitutional tenure of PML-N. The minister assured that the stern action would be taken against the corrupt people, if they found involved in corruption. Replying to another question, he said after coming into power, the country was facing terrorism issue but the PML-N government initiated successful dialogue with Taliban. It helped in eliminating terrorism activities from the country, said.

Telecom imports reach $662.1m in nine months I SLAMABAD —The country has imported July to December 2013 as owing to high mobile handsets and other telecom apparatus worth US $ 662.1 million during first nine months of current fiscal year. Of the total imports in three quarters, the country imported cellular mobile sets with battery worth US $ 293.1 million and other telecom apparatus worth US $ 369 million. Sources at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday said the first two quarters of the year witnessed a raise in total telecom imports mostly on account of demand of cellular mobile handsets. The import of mobile handsets have reached above US $ 293 million during

demand the authorities allowed import of cheaper Chinese brand mobile handsets. They said with huge telecom market of over 136 million subscribers, telecom companies and manufacturing industry should put efforts for telecom manufacturing in the country and added several mobile handsets manufacturing companies are showing interest to invest on public-private partnership basis. It is mentioned here that the country witnessed total telecom imports worth US $ 766.3 million during 2010-11, US $ 954 million during 2011-12, 918.4 million during 2012-13.—APP

Overseas remittances register high growth in economy I SLAMABAD —Managing Director Overseas Pakistani Foundation (OPF) Iftikhar Babar said that overseas worker’s remittances registered commendable growth during July-April, 2013-14, growing by 11.5 percent against 6.4 percent growth recorded in the corresponding period of last year. Talking to APP Iftikhar Babar said that the consistent growth in remittances reflects a shift from informal to formal avenues to remit funds from overseas Pakistanis. Babar further said that overseas workers were the main source of economic growth of the country after exports.The country attained 4.14 per cent growth in the outgoing fiscal year, which is the highest one (in six years) since 2008-09,” Babar informed. Iftikhar Babar further said that economic growth during the current govern-

ment would help lead to prosperity through poverty alleviation. “Overseas Pakistani Workers remittances increased by 11.5 per cent during first ten months of the current financial year and reached $ 12.9 billion against $ 11.6 billion of the same period of last year, Babar said. The government and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have focused on promotion of formal channel for international remittances through banks and different money transfer services under the Pakistan Remittances Initiatives (PRI), he added. “The country’s economy grew by 4.14 per cent during fiscal year 2013-14 against 3.6 per cent last year (2012-13) despite various challenges, Iftikhar Babar further said that economic growth during the current government would help lead to prosperity through poverty alleviation.” APP

China’s trade surplus rises to $35.92bn in May: Govt B EIJING —China’s trade surplus cent crackdown by Chinese regulators December last year and the worst since a surged in May, official data showed Sunday, as export growth accelerated sharply while imports showed a surprise fall. Exports increased 7 percent to $195.47 billion year-on-year, while imports declined 1.6 percent to $159.55 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $35.92 billion, the General Administration of Customs announced. It represented a 74.9 percent jump from the same month last year. The figure, China’s third straight monthly surplus, also surpassed the median forecast of a surplus of $23.4 billion in a survey of 15 economists by Dow Jones. Exports, which sharply outpaced April’s 0.9 percent gain, were in line with the median prediction of a 7.2 percent rise, while imports missed their forecast of a 6.0 percent increase. Liu Li-Gang and Zhou Hao, economists at ANZ Bank, attributed the drop in imports to a re-

on the use of commodities as collateral to finance deals. But they noted: “As the import growth weakened, the trade surplus widened substantially ... suggesting that the RMB appreciation pressure remains over the foreseeable future.” Beijing is under pressure from the US and other countries to allow its yuan currency, also known as the renminbi (RMB), to rise in value. Chinese exporters worry that persistent yuan strength hurts their sales by making their products more expensive overseas. The mixed trade results came as worries over China’s growth outlook have increased this year after a series of generally weaker-than-expected statistics, though trade data distortions have partially clouded the situation. China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.4 percent in the first three months of 2014, weaker than the 7.7 percent recorded in October-

similar 7.4 percent expansion in the third quarter of 2012. The country’s trade statistics this year have been erratic, with Beijing reporting an unexpected trade deficit of almost $23 billion in February, which authorities blamed on the Lunar New Year holiday season. That was China’s first monthly deficit in 11 months. In March, China’s trade volumes fell dramatically in a development that analysts blamed on the continued impact of fake over-reporting of exports seen in early 2013. In a sign of optimism for China’s economy, the country’s manufacturing sector has shown renewed vigour recently, with key surveys indicating an improving situation. The National Bureau of Statistics announced a week ago that the official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 50.8 in May from 50.4 in April, the third straight month of improvement and a five-month high.—Agencies


Australia dent England’s semifinal hopes T HE H AGUE —England’s men suf- parts by the Kookaburras, who to prevent Liam De Young convert-

ing the rebound to make it 2-0. Jamie Dwyer scored Australia’s third before they extended their lead in the dying seconds of the first half courtesy of a superb volley from Kieran Govers. Australia increased their lead early in the second half through Aran Zalewski but Pinner showed his class late on with a number of fine saves to keep the score down. England now need to beat Belgium on Monday to secure a place in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Akashdeep Singh scored two goals in the space of three minutes to set up India’s 3-2 victory over Malaysia in the men’s hockey World Cup here on Saturday. Jasjit Singh Kular opened the scoring for India in the 13th minute and Malaysia equalised in the 45th with a penalty corner conversion by Mohammad Razie before Akashdeep got into the goal-scoring act, which helped his team post its first win of the tournament. The victory gives India four points from as many matches in Group A, and ensures that it would not face the ignominy of being the bottom-placed team in the pool. Irrespective of the result of India’s last group match - against defending World champions Australia - they will finish THE HAGUE: Hafifihafiz Hanafi from Malaysia (R) fights for a ball with Dharamvir either in the fourth or fifth Singh from India during the men’s hockey World Cup spot.—Agencies

fered their first defeat of the 2014 Hockey World Cup after going down 5-0 against Australia at the Kyocera Stadium – leaving their semi-final hopes in the balance. Having won two and drawn one of their opening three Group A games, England were outclassed in

Balochistan, Police, HEC, Punjab in rugby semis LAHORE—Balochistan, Police, Higher Education Commission and Punjab qualified for the semifinals of the 21st National Rugby Championship on the opening day at the DHA Stadium here on Saturday. In the first match, Punjab defeated Balochistan 15-7. From Punjab Fahad scored two while Amir Sohail scored one try and from Baluchistan Gul Muhammad scored one try. In the second match HEC defeated Police 1205. Both sides were favorites to play final but HEC led by Abdullah did great job to stop Police boys to register a win. From HEC Khurram Saleem and Waseem scored one try each and from Police Babar added one try. In third match, Punjab earned facile victory against Fata 24-05 while in the the fourth match HEC beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a huge margin by 340. In fifth match Baluchistan thrashed Fata 15-0 while Police defeated KP easily 38-0 the sixth match.—APP

booked their place in the last four with victory. Australia set about their business inside just 25 seconds as Matt Gohdes scored the second-fastest goal of this year’s World Cup. Soon after, a good initial save from George Pinner was not enough

Junaid, Asad guide Pakistan CC into semis

Murray appoints Mauresmo as new coach

LONDON—Wimbledon K ARACHI —Off-spinner Junaid Ilyas and Pakistan bats- champion Andy Murray man Asad Shafiq made telling contributions to enable Pakistan CC advance to the semi-finals of the KCCA Zone-VI Daud Khan Memorial cricket tournament here. Pakistan CC trounced Qasba Sports by nine wickets in their quarter-final fixture at the KCCA Stadium. Qasba Sports, batting first, had no answer to the guiles of Junaid and leg-spinner Shahzaib Ahmed Khan as they were dismissed for a paltry 125 in 21 overs. Barring Saifiullah, who made 45, no other batsman batted with conviction while Junaid grabbed five wickets for just 17 runs and Shahzaib took four for 17. Asad then banged an unbeaten 84, studded with nine fours and three sixes, as Pakistan romped home in only 12 overs for the loss of one wicket. In another quarter-final played at the RLCA Ground in North Karachi, National Gymkhana whipped Orangi Muslim CC by 165 runs. National Gymkhana amassed 286-7 in the stipulated 40 overs with Usman Khalil (65), Abrar Warsi (61) and Allah Rakha (46) being their leading scorers. Leg-spinner Syed Kamran Ali bagged four wickets for 45 runs before top-scoring with 39 as Orangi Muslim CC were all out for 121 at the start of the 18th over. Summarised scores: Pakistan CC beat Qasba Sports by nine wickets at KCCA Stadium. Qasba Sports 125 in 21 overs (Saifiullah 45, Shah Zameen 25; Junaid Ilyas 5-17, Shahzaib Ahmed Khan (RLS) 4-17); PAKISTAN CC 126-1 in 12 overs (Asad Shafiq 84 not out). National Gymkhana beat Orangi Muslim CC by 165 runs at RLCA Ground (North Karachi). National Gymkhana 286-7 in 40 overs (Usman Khalil 65, Abrar Warsi 61, Allah Rakha 46, Abdul Rehman 31, Syed Kamran Ali (RLS) 4-45); ORANGI MUSLIM CC 121 in 17.1 overs (Syed Kamran Ali 39, Zohaib Khan 28; Usman Khalil 2-10, Umar Farooq 2-21).—APP

sprang a surprise as he appointed Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach on Sunday. Murray’s management team announced in a statement that Mauresmo will initially work with the Scot for his grass-court campaign, which gets under way at Queen’s Club this week in the build-up to his defence of the Wimbledon crown. “I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired,” Murray wrote on his official website. “She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon.” Murray had been searching for a coach since parting ways with Ivan Lendl in March and was linked with a host of big names including legendary American John McEnroe and leading coaches Larry Stefanki, Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed.—AFP

DESIO ITALY: Welfarte Attache, Pakistan Consulate Milan, Dr Muhammad Akhtar Abbas and Sindaco de commune Desio, Robert Corti, awarding the Cup to the winners of Cricket Tournament, organized by Pakistan Community.

Masters PVHC out of Masters Hockey World Cup due to rules

JACKSONVILLE—Jozy broke his R OTTERDAM —Pakistan Veterans Hockey Shahid Ali Khan, Rahim Khan, Qamar Altidore Club (PVHC) team was disallowed to take part in the 2nd Masters Hockey World Cup by the Organizing Committee of Masters International Hockey Federation. “Lack of complete squad, late arrival due to late visa issuance and travel problems were the reasons for organizing committee to disallow us to take part in the event”, Islahuddin Siddiqui, manager-cum-coach of the team told a group of the newsmen. PHF Secretary Rana Muajhid and some members of the team were also present on the occasion. On Saturday Pakistan Veterans Club visited the ground with only seven players and conceded. He said Ayaz Mahmood, Khalid Bashir,

Ibrahim, Shabaz Ahmed senior and others failed to join the team. While Khawja Junaid and Tahir Zaman were not allowed by FIH to take part in the Masters Cup. I got a telephone call from the players today that due to ticketing problems they will not be able to feature in the event, Islah said. He said they played their opening match against South Africa with nine players including two officials under continuous rains. They lost the match 24-1. Rana Mujahid scored the lone goal for Pakistan Veterans in Plus 45 category.PVHC was grouped with Australia, Spain, Wales and South Africa in group ‘D’.—APP

Majid, Haris win openers at Asian Junior Snooker KARACHI—Pakistan’s Mohammad Majid Ali, who is aspiring to make amends for last year’s loss in the final, opened his campaign on a winning note while routing Indian Nikhil Saigal 4-0 on the opening day of the 15th Asian under-21 snooker cham-pionship which commenced in Chandigarh. Second seed Majid, who is also the reigning national junior champion, romped home 87-33, 85-31, 83-9, 98-1 to post convincing win in group B opener. Majid’s compatriot Haris Nadeem also delighted by emerging 4-3 victorious aga-inst Hong Kong’s Man Ming Wa in the fully stretched group A battle. Haris cruised to 51-41, 12-49, 60-19, 44-60, 60-17, 6-70, 81-46 victory over his opponent to earn full points. Pakistan’s two other cueists — former national champion Hamza Akbar and Amir Tariq — are redrawn in group E and F respectively. Earlier, the organisers revised the groups due to fallouts of some cueists at the last moments. According to revised groups, 30 players are vying for honours and have been placed in six groups comprising five players each. Results: Haris Nadeem (Pakistan) bt Man Ming Wa (Hong Kong) 4-3 (51-41, 12-49, 6019, 44-60, 60-17, 6-70, 81-46); Mohammad Majid Ali (Pakistan) bt Nikhil Saigal (India) 4-0 (87-33, 85-31, 83-9, 981).—APP

Sri Lanka kept at bay by Keogh N ORTHAMPTON (United

KARACHI: Cyclists participating in 100 km great Shuhada-e-Pakistan Peace Mission Cycle Race organized by Federal Home Ministry, DG Rangers and Sindh Police.

USA beat Nigeria 2-1 in Brazil tune-up

Kingdom)—Sri Lanka encountered some determined Northamptonshire resistance on Sunday’s final day at Northampton in their last match before next week’s first Test against England at Lord’s. Northamptonshire, at lunch on the fourth day of four, were 265 for seven in reply to Sri Lanka’s 558 for eight declared, a deficit of 293 runs. Rob Keogh was 76 not out, with David Willey unbeaten on a quickfire 40. Northamptonshire had lost just two wickets for the addition of 119 runs during a session extended to two-and-a-quarter hours after Saturday’s third day had been washed out without a ball bowled. However, they still needed a further 144 runs to avoid the follow-on. The Midlands county resumed on 146 for five, with Keogh unbeaten on 26 and Matthew Spriegel 11 not out..—AFP

goalscoring drought as the United States beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday in the Americans’ final World Cup warm-up on US soil before heading to Brazil. Sunderland’s much-maligned striker—without a goal in 2014—netted in the 32nd and 68th minutes as Jurgen Klinsmann’s men made it a hat-trick of wins after victories over Azerbaijan and Turkey in their “Send-Off Series.” It was a fitting final dress rehearsal for the American squad and a confidenceboosting game for Altidore, who seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch. Except for a stumble late in the first half when they gave up a couple of scoring chances, the USA put together a complete performance against Nigeria, who are ranked 45th overall. Altidore blasted a rightfooted shot into the bottom left corner for his second goal in the 68th minute. Victor Moses scored the only goal for Nigeria with a penalty four minutes from time to make it 2-1.—AFP

ISLAMABAD: A view of opening match between Islamabad Academy Football Club and Falcon Football Club during the Wajid Zaib Khan Sawati Football Tournament organized by Federal Football Club at G-7/ 4 Football Ground.

Athletics: Kenya’s Rudisha, Kemboi get Commonwealth Games wildcards N AIROBI —World 800m record holder David Rudisha and two-time Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi were notable inclusions in the Kenyan national team named on Saturday for next month’s Commonwealth Games. The selectors decided to give both athletes automatic wildcard entries to the July 23-August 3 championships in Glasgow after the duo missed out on the three-day national trials, which ended Saturday, at Nairobi’s Nyayo National stadium. Olympic champion Rudisha is currently in New York to prepare for his second comeback race, on June 12, after a lengthy knee injury, while Kemboi, who is also a three-time world steeplechase champion skipped the final, citing competition fatigue. In Kemboi’s absence, former world junior champion Jairus Kipchoge Birech dominated the trials race from gun to tape to finish to win in 8:18.7, with Jonathan Ndiku a distant second in 8:21.2.—AFP

Spanish climber dies in French Alps fall G RENOBLE (France)—A Spanish mountain climber fell to his death on Sunday while tackling a difficult descent in the French Alps, mountain rescue workers said. The 38-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was descending with three friends on a snowy part of Col des Ecrins, on the northwest side of the Dome des Ecrins, when he fell a few hundred metres. The part of the mountain traversed by the climbers is described as “long and difficult” by experts. The incident follows the death of a Russian climber and the serious injury of another on Friday after the pair fell several hundred metres on Mount Blanc.—AFP


Sharapova wins title after marathon French Open final PARIS—Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 after a marathon encounter in Saturday’s final. The seventh seed from Russia claimed her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon 2004, the 2006 U.S. Open, the 2008 Australian Open and her first Roland Garros title two years ago. Halep, who had not lost a set entering the final, put up a great fight but bowed out after three hours and two minutes — the longest women’s final in Paris since 1996. Sharapova wrapped it up on her first match point when Halep could not return one of her opponent’s sizzling forehands. “This is the toughest grand slam final I have ever played. I respect Simona a lot, I thought she played an unbelievable match today,”

disposal. Sharapova unsettled Halep with her crosscourt shots but the Romanian held on for 2-0. The Russian bombarded Halep with powerful forehands and managed to break back for 2-2 on her fourth chance when Halep’s crosscourt backhand went wide. Sharapova’s third double fault gave Halep another break point, which the Russian saved with another forehand winner down the line before holding for 3-2 after four deuces. The Russian broke for 4-2, went to 5-2 and then lost two games before taking the set on her opponent’s serve when Halep fired a crosscourt forehand wide. Sharapova won the first game of the second set to love and broke in the second with the contest seemingly heading for a swift conclusion. Halep would not give up, however, and broke back by forcing Sharapova to net a backhand as the crowd roared “Simona, Simona.” They exchanged four breaks in a row as the set went into a tiebreak and the clock ticked past the twohour mark. Halep went 5-3 down but then scored four points in a row to send the match into a deciding set. Sharapova saw off two break points in a hotly contested fourth game and went on to break Halep’s serve screaming “Davai!” (come on), only to double fault yet again as the Romanian leveled for 4-4. In a third set where the serve counted for little, Sharapova broke to love to move one service game from the title and fell to her knees in celebration as Halep sent a looping backhand wide. “It’s my first grand slam page, emotionally it’s difficult,” said Halep, last year’s most improved player. “I hope there will be many more but this one will be special for me all my life. PARIS: Maria Sharapova of Russia holds the French Open trophy after defeating Simona Congrats Maria you’re a great champion.”—AFP Halep of Romania in the women’s singles final at Roland Garros.

BCCI official says India threatened to break away NEW D ELHI—India forced a revamp of the International Cricket Council by threatening the world body with forming a breakaway faction, according to the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. “We were criticized and a lot of them did not agree but we told them that if India did not get its due and importance, we might be forced to form a second ICC,” Sanjay Patel said at a function in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Saturday night. The revamp of the ICC gives greater power and a greater share of revenues to India, England and Australia. “England and Australia agreed and after that it was decided that from June 27 onwards the new structure will come into place. I would like to state that all 10 full members have signed the resolution,” Patel said. “India would play a leading role in the ICC and the reasons are well known. India is more or less responsible for 68 to 72 percent of the ICC´s gross revenue but unfortunately so far we were getting three to four percent of it. We worked out that India should get 24 per cent, which works out to approximately $700-800 million,” Patel said. Suspended BCCI chief Narainswami Srinivasan was cleared by the Supreme Court to take over as the chairman of the ICC later this month despite an ongoing investigation of his potential role in corruption in the Indian Premier League. Patel said that since the court had not restrained Srinivasan from running the world body, India will take a leading role in the ICC.—AP

Sharapova said with smudged mascara under her eyes. “I can’t believe it, seven or eight years ago I would not have thought that I would win more Roland Garros than any other grand slam. “To think I won it twice … I’m so emotional now I can’t talk.” The wily Romanian had forced a decider just as Sharapova seemed to have ended her resistance. The Russian, however, had won the last 19 three-set matches she had played on clay since losing to Justine Henin in the third round at Roland Garros in 2010 and made it 20 with a characteristically gutsy display. Halep, hoping to become the second Romanian woman to win a grand slam title after her manager Virginia Ruzici won at Roland Garros in 1978, broke in the first game of the match when Sharapova sent a backhand long despite having an open court at her

Incomplete stadiums force FIFA to re-allocate World Cup tickets I SLAMABAD —FIFA says about 1,400 people will have to change their tickets less than a week before the World Cup begins because they were handed out before work

at the stadiums was completed. FIFA said it notified 1,376 people whose tickets will have to be swapped because they do not correspond to valid seats. Football’s governing body said seating configurations changed after technical teams established exactly where the media tribunes and broadcast equipment had to be placed in each of the 12 venues. FIFA said the changes were not caused by the delays in finishing Brazilian stadiums, and that such adjustments also happened in previous World Cups. It said the swaps account for “just a

few cases comparing with the 2.2 million tickets sold to the general public.” “For some venues, FIFA had to produce and hand out tickets prior to the completion of the infrastructures,” football’s governing body said in a statement. Brazilians and foreigners received the notifications on Friday, five days before the Brazil-Croatia opener in Sao Paulo. FIFA said the tickets fans have now will not be accepted at the stadiums. People affected by the changes can swap their tickets in one of the country’s 24 ticketing centers, or at the stadium on match day. FIFA said it was providing the “additional service” to fans affected “by such deviations from the plans so that they have a perfect match day experience,” AlArabiya reported. FIFA faced a lot of complaints during last year’s Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up tournament in Brazil, as fans only found out about changes to their tickets after arriving at the stadiums. Some ended suing FIFA. Fans are not immediately told exactly where they will seat when they purchase their tickets. They only pick one of the four ticket categories available.—APP

China’s Ma makes history with touring car win MOSCOW—Ma Qing Hua, driving a fourth gree, having been a test driver for the works Citroen car, made history on Sunday by becoming the first-ever Chinese driver to win a race of an FIA World Championship. Ma won the 16-lap Race 2 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Moscow. “When I crossed the finish line of race two, it was history for my country and also for motorsport to see the first Chinese driver standing on the top of the podium in a world championships,” Ma said. “It was a special moment for the country, for everything. I’m really happy, it’s a really fantastic feeling.” Ma, 26, has an impressive racing pedi-

Caterham F1 Team in 2013 and the HRT Formula 1 Team the year before, as well as appearing in British and Spanish Formula 3 championships. “It wasn’t easy yesterday in practice and qualifying, but gradually we managed to improve,” Ma said. “For the races the car was just perfect. At the start of the second race I had a good scrap with Norbert Michelisz for second place, which soon became first place, once the leader had to pit. “I did my very best to make a clean pass which took a few laps, and after that I could enjoy the race from the front.”—AFP

LYON: Britain’s defending champion Chris Froome crossing the finishing line to win the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday.

Cycling: Froome wins first Dauphine stage LYON—Britain’s defending champion Chris Froome won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, an individual time-trial in Lyon, on Sunday. Froome finished the 10.4km course in 13min 13sec, 8sec ahead of biggest rival Alberto Contador of Spain. Early pace setter Bob Jungels of Luxembourg finished third at 9sec ahead of American Andrew Talansky. “I’m a bit surprised to be honest, I didn’t expect to win. It’s a result that confirms the work done in training and the fact that I’m in form,” Froome said afterwards. “During the course I didn’t have any information regarding the times of my rivals, I preferred to just focus on myself and what I was doing. “I only knew that the final 4km were difficult going into the wind, so I saved my strength for that part. Froome, who will also try to defend his Tour de France title next month, admitted th0at he hadn’t anticipated wearing the race leader ’s yellow jersey quite so soon. “It’s a bit of an unexpected situation because I didn’t expect to find myself in this position but it’s great to not have any time to make up.

Belgium,s injured Lukaku to rest for several days B R U S S E L S —Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku will need to rest for several days after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against Tunisia, his coach Marc Wilmots said. The Chelsea forward, who spent last season on loan at Everton, came on in the 61st minute of the 1-0 victory in Brussels but limped off just before fulltime. “He’s in pain but the doctors don’t think it’s too serious, at least at first glance,” Wilmots was quoted as saying in Belgian press on Sunday. “He will be checked over more closely on Sunday but it’s probably a bad sprain. Hopefully he just needs three or four days to recover.” The news was worrying for Belgium who have already lost Christian Benteke due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. It means their only remaining out-andout striker is teenager Divock Origi, who started on Saturday before being replaced by Lukaku.

Wilmots lashed out at the Tunisian players for what he perceived as roughhouse tactics in what was a friendly. “I had hoped there wouldn’t be any injuries but in the changing rooms all I saw were bruises and ice-packs,” complained Wilmots. Belgium trained for the last time in Brussels at the King Baudoin stadium Sunday morning before heading to Brazil, after which players posed for photos with King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and the royal couple’s four children. As well as Lukaku, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and full-back Jan Vertonghen sat out the training session as a precaution. Expectation and excitement is at fever pitch in Belgium as the country has not competed at a World Cup since 2002. King Philippe is due to travel to Brazil to watch the team, unless negotiations over the formation of a new government get in the way.—AFP

Cotto stops Martinez for WBC middleweight title NEW YORK—Miguel Cotto battered Sergio Martinez for nine rounds on Saturday, his technical knockout triumph giving him the World Boxing Council middleweight title to make him Puerto Rico’s first four-division champion. Argentina’s Martinez didn’t answer the bell for the 10th round, and referee Michael Griffin officially called a halt six seconds into the 10th. Cotto had set the tone early, sending the champion to the canvas three times in the first round before a soldout crowd of 21,090 at Madison Square Garden. The Puerto Rican improved to 39-4 with 32 wins inside the distance while southpaw Martinez fell to 51-3-2 with 28 knockouts. All three judges had it scored 90-77 for Cotto through nine rounds. Cotto relentlessly pushed Martinez back throughout the bout, landing punches almost at will. Cotto was credited with a fourth knockdown in round nine when Martinez’s glove grazed the canvas. “I think we passed the audition,” Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach said of Cotto’s devastating middleweight debut.—AFP

NEW YORK: Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, fights Sergio Martinez of Argentina during the first round of the WBC middleweight title boxing match.

Chris Gayle invites school students for his landmark Test BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —At least 25 students of Rollington Town Primary School in Jamaica will be present at Sabina Park, Kingston, to celebrate Chris Gayle’s landmark (100th) Test (June 8 - 12). This was revealed by Dr. Margaret Bailey, the principal of the school, where Gayle took education. The West Indies star had credited female primary school teacher with his batting prowess. “I guess most people won’t know this but my first ever school cricket coach (Mrs. June Hamilton) was a lady. See, you never know the strength of a woman; they are very powerful and I’m here today to

give thanks”, Gayle had said this in Dubai in last September. Speaking exclusively over telephone from Jamaica, the principal says, “as a school we celebrate with Chris Gayle and we are very proud of his achievement”. “He has invited students and teachers fro, our school to celebrate with him in this series. Different groups of students including members of our cricket team will go on different days”, she added. “Chris has launched the Chris Gayle Academy as part of the celebration and our students are beneficiaries as they are taught important values and attitude through cricket to take them through life” , the principal further added. “We are indeed proud of our hero Chris Gayle”, she signed off.


New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

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new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease - and the best possible treatment – all in a single test. Researchers are set to begin clinical trials using a more comprehensive testing method that looks for all of the known genes that may be active in a tumor. The new method could guide patients to the right drug earlier, potentially replacing current tests known as companion diagnostics that only look for a specific biological trait or “biomarker.” The presence of a biomarker can predict whether a new class of drugs called targeted therapies will work on particular tumors. Results of these broader tests could even be used to quickly identify which patients might benefit from experimental drugs being tested in clinical trials. U.S. health officials see it as the future direction of cancer diagnostics. “We really are moving away from this one drug, one biomarker, one companion diagnostic,” said Dr Richard Pazdur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oncology chief. In advanced melanoma, for example, about half of patients’ tumors have a mutation in the BRAF gene. Roche makes a drug called Zelboraf that blocks that pathway, at least for a time. To get Roche’s drug, patients need to be evalu-

ated with an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test. One of the tests is also made by Roche. In many cases, the FDA requires single-biomarker companion diagnostics as part of the drug approval process, but the broader testing model opens the door to additional players in the diagnostics space, including U.S.-based Foundation Medicine Inc and Thermo Fisher’s Life Technologies. In a trial starting later this month, for example, patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung could be recommended for one of five experimental treatments based on which genes are active. Foundation Medicine’s next-generation sequencing platform will be used to screen some 6,000 lung cancer patients over five years. The Lung Master Protocol trial, also known as Lung-MAP, will take place in some 400 research centers. It is a public-private partnership between the National Cancer Institute, Amgen Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and its U.S.based biotech arm MedImmune, Roche’s Genentech unit and Pfizer Inc. A similar effort called the National Lung Matrix trial being organized in Britain by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Cancer Research UK is set to start taking patients in July or August.[ID:nL6N0N63N5] Pazdur said a conference this fall will also discuss plans for a trial in metastatic breast cancer.

PPP Minority wing Karachi division President Mushtaq Matoo and leader of PPP Minority wing Punjab Napoleon Qyum after meeting with Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardariat Bilawal House.

CM to head committee for protection of minority rights STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Surendar Valasai, Advisor to PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Minority Affairs said that a high-powered Committee for Protection of Minority Rights in Sindh would soon be announced with Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah as head to deal with the issues being faced with by the

minorities in the province. Talking to a delegation of minorities, Surendar Valasai said PPP was the only political party in the country, which was seriously concerned about the rights of minority communities and its leadership will always stand for them and their rights. He said Committee for Protection of Minority Rights would look into all the issues and grievances of all

the minority communities in monthly meetings to be presided over by the CM. This would be the first committee of its kind in the entire Pakistan where almost every minority including Hindu, Christians, Dalit/Scheduled Castes, Sikh, Parsi, etc would have representation, he added. From government side, 2 Provincial Ministers, Home Secretary, Sec-

retary Finance, Inspector General of Police and others would also be the members of this committee to ensure swift remedies on the issues. Surendar Valasai thanked young Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for taking keen interest in the grievances of minority committee and it were his express directives that the above committee is being formed by Government of Sindh.

PPP Senators appeal to MNAs not to approve elite- federal budget IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Afeef Group Rashid Siddiqui and CEO TDAP S.M. Munir presenting bouquet to Chairman BOI Dr. Miftah Ismail during dinner reception. Mian Zahid Hussain, Cpt. Kamal Mehmodi are also seen in the picture.

Change of Karachi Police Chief on cards IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Karachi Police Chief additional Inspector general of Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo might be asked to step down as Sindh government was to take a major step to replace him with one of senior Police officers presently posted in Balouchistan. In this regard, Sindh government might shortly demand federal government to hand over services of 4 senior Police officers now stationed in Balouchistan and as soon as federal government would accept such demand, Thebo’s replacement would be actualised fast. According to sources in Sindh Police Department, Thebo was given the post of AIG and Karachi Police Chief after the Su-

(PPP) Senators Saeed Ghani, Ajiz Dhamra and Karim Khawaja had criticised federal government for presenting rich and elite-friendly federal budhet-20141-5. In a joint statement issued from PPP media Cell Sunday, the PPP Senators said that federal government for the first time in history of-

preme Court of Pakistan had ordered to remove all such Police officers that were working in Over Pay Scale and at the time of relieving former Karachi Police Chief AIG Shahid Hayat, Thebo was the only choice as there was no Police officer in grade 21 to take that post in compliance to orders of the apex court. The situation now being developed to replace Thebo and bring some other senior Police officers from Balouchistan was due to absence of Thebo during situation in Karachi after arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain and the higher provincial authorities had also sought explanation from Thebo as where he had been during those days when Karachi was shut for 2 days and there were sit-ins across the city.

fered tax relaxation of Rs 477 billion to the elite class, which was Rs 239 billion in past fiscal year. Contrary to that huge tax relaxation, federal government had claimed that it had cut the tax relaxation limit by reducing Rs 103 billion, which was a candid lie, they added. The PPP Senators said that present federal government had in its first year raised the tax relaxation limit with Rs 237 billion, which was

a serious joke with the povertydriven masses and its negative impacts on economy would be devastating in near future. They said that offering incentives to foreign investors was a good step toward boosting economy of the country but such incentives should not be at the cost of local investors as federal government had suggested levying 20 percent tax on foreign investors while the local in-

vestors were already paying taxes at the rate of 33 percent. The PPP Senators said that 200 percent increase in gas tariff for industrial, commercial and fertilizer sectors in terms of GIDC was an act of open enmity to the masses because the 200 percent increase would increase the cost of production by 30 percent and it would leave a heavy negative impact of agriculture.

Encounter at Pir Baba Ground

AIG announces one lac for police team STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi has announced Rs 1 lac rupees for Mominabad police station team for holding a successful encounter in Pir Baba Ground on Sunday. As per reports, a suspect was shot

dead in exchange of gunfire between police and robbers and a pedestrian was gunned down by robbers in an encounter at Baba Pir Ground in jurisdiction of Mominabad police station. He said police party rushed to the spot and tried to arrest the criminals but they opened fire on police instead and

tried to flee. In retaliation, one got fatal wounds while another received gun shots but managed to escape with the help of his accomplices. Later, AIG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo has announced a reward of Rs 100,000 SHO Mominabad and his party with commendation certificates.

Nigleria threat on rise with untreated potable, pool water STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I — High temperature in Karachi with the mercury that had halted at 42-43 compelled the Karachiites to get cooled by staying at sea side, lake sides in interior of Sindh or stay in swimming pools. Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed Ansari had this past week ordered Sindh Heath department to keep a check on swimming pools in the city and ensure those were closed for public for fear of deadly Nigleria virus that enters human brain through nostrils.

However, the episode of worst ever high temperature in the city, citizens had pounded on swimming pools in the city with the patronage of local Police that kept eyes closed for a hefty sum of money. Apart from commercially managed swimming pools, there were some parks in the city where the local district municipal corporation’s authority had unofficially lifted the ban and hundreds of children were allowed to dip in water to defeat the high temperature. None of the swimming pools whether commercially managed or inside public parks were

safe as water of the pools was neither treated with bactericide nor was treated with disease preventive chemical. Meanwhile, sources in Karachi Water and Sewerage Board claimed that the management was not treating water with Chlorine prior to pumping it into water lines that reached the people. This situation had escalated threats for the people especially children to attract Nigleria virus. It is pertinent to mention that Sindh Health Department had imposed ban on swimming pools for 4 months.

A large number of People throng to Clifton beach to get relief of scorching hot weather.


New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

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new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease - and the best possible treatment – all in a single test. Researchers are set to begin clinical trials using a more comprehensive testing method that looks for all of the known genes that may be active in a tumor. The new method could guide patients to the right drug earlier, potentially replacing current tests known as companion diagnostics that only look for a specific biological trait or “biomarker.” The presence of a biomarker can predict whether a new class of drugs called targeted therapies will work on particular tumors. Results of these broader tests could even be used to quickly identify which patients might benefit from experimental drugs being tested in clinical trials. U.S. health officials see it as the future direction of cancer diagnostics. “We really are moving away from this one drug, one biomarker, one companion diagnostic,” said Dr Richard Pazdur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s oncology chief. In advanced melanoma, for example, about half of patients’ tumors have a mutation in the BRAF gene. Roche makes a drug called Zelboraf that blocks that pathway, at least for a time. To get Roche’s drug, patients need to be evalu-

ated with an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test. One of the tests is also made by Roche. In many cases, the FDA requires single-biomarker companion diagnostics as part of the drug approval process, but the broader testing model opens the door to additional players in the diagnostics space, including U.S.-based Foundation Medicine Inc and Thermo Fisher’s Life Technologies. In a trial starting later this month, for example, patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung could be recommended for one of five experimental treatments based on which genes are active. Foundation Medicine’s next-generation sequencing platform will be used to screen some 6,000 lung cancer patients over five years. The Lung Master Protocol trial, also known as Lung-MAP, will take place in some 400 research centers. It is a public-private partnership between the National Cancer Institute, Amgen Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and its U.S.based biotech arm MedImmune, Roche’s Genentech unit and Pfizer Inc. A similar effort called the National Lung Matrix trial being organized in Britain by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Cancer Research UK is set to start taking patients in July or August.[ID:nL6N0N63N5] Pazdur said a conference this fall will also discuss plans for a trial in metastatic breast cancer.

Shahbaz for exploiting potential of livestock, dairy sector SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that livestock and dairy farming sector is the backbone of national economy and it can be strengthened with the cooperation of private sector. He said that Punjab government has adopted an effective strategy for the development of livestock sector as it can help overcome problems like poverty and unemployment. He said that a large portion of rural population is associated with livestock and dairy sector and promotion of this sector can strengthen rural economy. He was presiding over a high level meeting here today which reviewed various measures for livestock and dairy development. The

Chief Minister said that livestock, dairy farming and agriculture are important sec-

and dairy farming. Shahbaz Sharif said that work is being carried out

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a high level meeting on livestock dairy development on Sunday. tors of national economy. He said that Allah Almighty has given Pakistan abundant water, suitable climate, hard working farmers, best human resource as well

ment department to make the country self-reliant. He said that this department will have to come up to the expectations by the development of livestock

speedily on the project of establishing a state-of-theart veterinary university in Bahawalpur. He said that this project will help in livestock and dairy development. He

said that modern veterinary courses will be conducted for the youth in this veterinary university. He said that there is a need to take practical measures to modernize livestock farms as promotion of livestock farming will result in strengthening of rural economy. He directed that comprehensive planning be made for this purpose under public-private partnership. The Chief Minister further directed that a comprehensive programme be evolved for giving cattle to the poor women of villages. Special Assistant on Livestock Arshad Jatt, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development, Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, progressive farmer Mumtaz Manais and concerned officers were present.

CJ terms performance of district Judiciary as source of pride SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial has said that performance of District Judiciary of the Province of Punjab is source of pride and enviable for rest of the Judiciary of Pakistan. This fact was acknowledged by the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and the present incumbent Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani. Hon’ble Chief Justice was addressing at a farewell dinner hosted by the District Judiciary. Senior Puisne Judge Mr. Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad and other Hon’ble Judges as well as District & Sessions Judges were present on the occasion. Hon’ble Chief Justice advised the Judges to respect Bar which is necessary for proper and mean-

The designated Chief Justice of LHC Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed presenting a painting to Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial at a functions.

Uplift of underdeveloped areas to be focused in budget LAHORE—Proper and judicious utilization of vincial economy will also be introduced in funds of Annual Development Programme (ADP) and uplift of underdeveloped areas will be the main focus of Punjab budget 2014-15. Priorities are being set on a realistic basis under the budget, official sources told APP here on Sunday. They said various programmes for the development of the province and improvement of living standard of the masses are part of the budget. Various programmes for the development of the province, improvement of living standard of the masses and the pro-

as livestock wealth and there is enough potential in livestock and dairy develop-

the budget, they added. Resources of the province will be increased for providing maximum funds for public welfare and more financial resources will be allocated for the uplift of underdeveloped areas. The budgetary steps will encourage value addition for the progress of various sectors including livestock, dairy development etc. The schemes aimed at the betterment of the masses will be completed expeditiously and the performance of all departments would be monitored on a regular basis, they said.

ingful assistance for dispensation of justice. Only due respect and honour extended advocates can lead to quality arguments which are useful for delivering better and unreviewable judgments. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that he is thankful to the Almighty Allah for augmenting the judiciary with the assistance of brother Judges of Lahore High Court. The idea behind reformation of District Judiciary dates back to 2009 lawyers’ movement for free judiciary. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that Sessions Courts are the back bone of judicial hierarchy and can bring stability and harmony in society by their just and impartial judgments. “A few people knock the doors of LHC for justice as you people decide two million cases annually which shows the enormous confidence reposed in the litigant public”, Hon’ble CJ added. He further

said that today’s judiciary is more confident as compared to the past and there is always room for refinement and further efforts are needed to improve the system of justice. Judges are not ordinary public servants but entrusted to sift truth from the falsehood and deliver justice the attribute of Almighty Allah bestowed on the judges, CJ further said. Hon’ble Chief Justice also lamented on the low rate of conviction in the Country. He said that only 10% convicts are punished while 90% murderers go scot free and sometimes innocent people are sentenced due to improper investigation and other bottlenecks. The designate Chief Justice of LHC, Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad said that it was very difficult to say goodbye and bid farewell to anyone as we have to analyze his performance before utter-

ing any remarks about him. He said, when we talk about the period of Justice Umar Ata Bandial, we find cluster clear achievements on his part and perhaps anybody else can perform like this. Hon’ble Justice Bandial has introduced the sense of confidence and affection in the District Judiciary without compromising on the performance. Justice Khawaja Imtiaz asked the judges that people have pined high hopes with the judiciary and judges have to perform more vigorously. Register Maboob Qadir Shah and number of other Sessions Judge spoke high for the Chief Justice for patronizing and encouraging the District Judiciary. Later, a painting and shield was presented to Hon’ble Chief Justice and souvenir to Justice Imtiaz Ahmad by the Sessions Judges.

Indian govt deems train unsafe

Sikh pilgrims arrive in Lahore by bus LAHORE—Around 1,000 Sikh pilgrims made their way to Pakistan from India by bus on Sunday after the Indian government thought that tr4ain journey would be unsafe for them. Earlier in the day, Pakistan had sent a special train to India to bring the pil-

grims across the border, however, the Indian government had refused to send its citizens via train citing security concerns. Sources had said that this decision was taken, fearing that trains might be targeted by terrorists. According to earlier reports, the pil-

grims were told about the security issue and asked to make their way to the border on foot. Sikh pilgrims journey to Pakistan annually to celebrate their religious festivals and both governments facilitate them in their pilgrimage.—INP

Record funds being provided for health, education sectors STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said that in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), record funds are being provided to health and education sectors and the major focus of the government is on protecting the health of people trough strengthening of Primary Health Care & Disease Preventive Programmes. He said that resources worth billions of rupees are being allocated for provision of education, health and other basic facilities in the budget of next financial year whereas, special attention is being paid to the provision of best treatment facilities to the people of far-flung areas specially remote areas of South Punjab. He said that more resources will be provided for the uplift of socio-

economic status of the masses belonging to downtrodden areas. While talking to various delegations at his residence regarding World Tumor Day, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that government is focusing for the treatment of chronic & fatal diseases. He said that for imparting modern education to the students Rs. 244 billion are being spent on education sector during the current fiscal year which is 26 percent of the total budget of the province. He told that establishment of 82 new colleges has been planned while missing facilities will be provided in 68 colleges with a cost of Rs. 1470 million. He said that funds to the tune of Rs. 175 million have been allocated for different projects of commerce colleges in the province while Rs. 266 million were provided for establishment of new universities. Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that

government was encouraging the NGOs as well as educational institutions for organizing awareness events against fatal diseases. He said that Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab. He said that by increasing the health budget up to 102 billion rupees, the present government has ensured modern health facilities and free medicines as well as air-conditioning in general wards to poor and resource-less people. He told that Rs.4 billion have been allocated for launching of health insurance scheme. He said that Rs.30 crore has been reserved for dialysis facilities to the poor kidney patients. He said that huge amount of 7.5billon is being spent on the provision of free treatment and medicines to the poor and destitute in public sector hospitals of the province.

Sikh Yatrees being welcomed at Wagha border who have arrived to participate in Jor Mela.


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