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resolve terrorism issue through talks talks with Taliban but unfortu- However, the government nately the entire process was would still wish that peace talks K ARACHI —Prime Minister ruined and a deadlock prevailed. should be held with Taliban. The issues should have been reMian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif solved quite earlier but was desaid on Friday that the governlayed. The present government ment would not take any politiwas determined to resolve the cal pressure on the issue of onissues of extremism by engaggoing targeted operation in ing Taliban so that the country Karachi. The targeted operation could be taken back to the state did not link to politics of the of normalcy, peace and tranquilcountry but was a matter of ity. cleansing the economic hub of Nawaz Sharif said that the the country from crimes, target killings and extortion. The ac- AWARAN—Prime Minister criminals had already shed tion against the perpetrators Nawaz Sharif has assured that enough blood on the streets of PARIS—The United States reconstruction activities in the and Israel lost their UNESCO would be continued without any quake affected areas of the city and the federal government now would not sit idle discrimination. voting rights Friday after KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif being briefed by DG Pakistan Rangers Sindh Maj Gen Rizwan He was talking to newsmen Balochistan will be carried watching more blood to shed. Akhtar about the recovered arms and ammunition during targeted operation against criminals suspending funding to the out on fast track basis. The peace and tranquility in the organisation for its recognition at Governor’s house here Friday. He was talking to the no- port city was inevitable for the The premier said that the of Palestine, a source from the progress of the country. The government had finalised the Continued on Page 7 UN agency told AFP. arrangements for holding peace Continued on Page 7 Neither the United States nor Israel “presented the necessary documentation this morning to avoid losing their right to vote,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Both countries stopped paying their contributions to GENEVA—World powers and I S L A M A B A D —Opposition government is not giving any Chairman of four Standing the global cultural agency after Iran have yet to reach a deal on members walked out from the importance to the Parliament, Committees are underway due Palestine was made a Iran’s nuclear programme but House Friday and decided to adding that Prime Minister to which some members are not UNESCO member in 2011, are working hard to do so, US boycott the house because of Nawaz Sharif himself did not present in the House. He said provoking a major financial secretary of state John Kerry government’s lack of serious- appear in the Senate or National after the completion of the eleckilling of “ their ex Ameer Fazlullah has been opposed to TARIQ SAEED crisis at the agency and putting said on Friday. Hakimullah Mehsud in drone the talks with the government ness over important issues par- Assembly for last five months. tion other members and Minishundreds of jobs in jeopardy. “There is not an agreement at ticularly the peace process with Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said ters will join the proceedings. attack a week back . since beginning. PESHAWAR—As the chances Under UNESCO rules, On the request of the govThe disgruntled militant’s The position of the Taliban this point,” Kerry told reporters the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan that due to price hike commodithe US and Israel had until of Government –Taliban peace commander Mullah Fazlullah head, it may be recalled had shortly after arriving in Geneva on ties of daily use are out of the ernment the Opposition mem(TTP) and over Interior MinisFriday to pay their dues or parleys getting very grim with alias Mullah Radio who was the fallen vacant following the kill- Friday to help seal what is hoped ter Chaudhry Nisar’s absence. reach of the common man. He bers who had earlier walked out hardliner Mullah Fazlullah takSpeaking on the occasion, said that the issues being faced from the House joined the proContinued on Page 7 ing over the charge of Tehrik-i- Swat chapter Taliban chief was ing of Hakimullah Mehsud in to be a landmark deal with Tehran. Kerry, who broke off a Leader of the Opposition Syed by the common people should ceedings and delivered a unaninominated as the new head of missile attack by the American Taliban Pakistan (TTP) , the TTP by the 25 members Shoora planes along with another five Shah said that impor- be properly discussed in the mous statement saying that they militant’s organization on Friday of the organization on Thursday commanders Earlier story on Page 6 Khurshid will continue to boycott the proin North tant issues were to be discussed House. threatened to launch attacks thus eliminating the hopes of Waziristan agency on Friday last Shah Mahmood Qureshi ceedings till the Prime Minister in the House but absence of the against the government and the peace parleys as Mullah Middle East tour to join the on- Ministers at this stage is matter said that the members of the takes them into confidence and Continued on Page 7 security forces to avenge the going negotiations in the Swiss of grave concern. House and the people of the gives a policy statement about city, stressed that “there are still It may be mentioned here country are unaware about the the dialogue with Taliban on some very important issues on that Chaudhry Nisar was sched- dialogue process with Taliban. Monday. On this the members ISLAMABAD—The 136th birth the table that are unresolved.” uled to conclude arguments over He said that the government belonging to opposition parties anniversary of poet philoso“It is important for those to issue of drone attacks, however, must clarify its position in this except MQM staged walkout pher Dr. Allama Mohammad be properly, thoroughly ad- government official confirmed regard. from the House. Iqbal would be celebrated with dressed,” he said, adding though that he will return to the House Minister for Science and Taking part in the debate, traditional zeal and enthusiasm that the six world powers lead- on Monday. Technology Zahid Hamid clari- the speakers said that the govtoday. ing the talks with Tehran were Khurshid Shah said that fied that the elections for the Continued on Page 7 Allama Continued on Page 7 Iqbal envisioned the ISLAMABAD—Minister for Fi- release of second tranche of US IMF to go to their board for the idea of a nance Senator Muhammad $ 547 million to Pakistan under release of second Tranche of US separate Ishaq Dar said Friday that Pakihomeland for stan and International Monetary the Muslims Fund (IMF) have successfully of subconticoncluded the first review for nent, which ISLAMABAD—Senators of the led to the creation of Pakistan. The Poet of East, Dr. joint opposition have ended Allama Iqbal, born on 9th their three day session held November, 1877 in Sialkot, outside parliament after they since UAE has advanced tech- kistan-UAE Joint Ministerial LIAQAT TOOR was great representative of the were assured that the governnology for renewable sources of Commission held here on Nov. subcontinent and an important ment would address their con- I SLAMABAD —Pakistan and energy. 6 and 7 personality for the Pakistan cerns. UAE have established an imporSince Pakistan is looking Pakistan has also welISLAMABAD—The Internamovement. Finance Minister Ishaq tant Joint Committee on energy comed the draft agreement desperately for energy sources, The nation is celebrat- tional Monetary Fund said on Dar, Information Minister to address energy crisis in Pakithe UAE can become a helping proposed by the UAE side for Friday it was broadly satisfied ing the day with dedication to Pervaiz Rashid and Leader of stan. hand, sources in Finance Min- cooperation in the field of with Pakistan’s economic pay homage to the great poet the House in the Senate Raja During his two-day visit to istry said. The UAE Minister has manpower and expressed hope progress after stepping in to ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Zafarul Haq reached the sesphilosopher and to highlight save the country from a pos- IMF mission leader Jeffrey Franks jointly addressing a press sion and persuaded opposi- Pakistan, the UAE Foreign Min- said his country has vast poten- that the issue of visas for Pahis achievements. ister His Highness, Sheikh sible default earlier this year. conference on Friday.—APP photo Various educational, tion members to end their Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan tial in this field and there is tre- kistan nationals would be reThe IMF has agreed to boycott to which the Senators offered assistance in addressing mendous scope of cooperation solved since there are Continued on Page 7 with Pakistan. 12,00,000 Pakistanis residing loan Pakistan $6.7 billion three years Extended Fund Fa- $ 547 million in December for agreed. energy issue through focus on The UAE Minister in UAE and contributing to the On the occasion, Ishaq Dar alternate sources of energy and along with high-level delegation development of this brotherly cility (EFF) out of a total amount approval”, he said while adContinued on Page 7 of $ 6.6 billion.“This will enable Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 7 transfer of technical knowhow attended the 11th Session of Pa- country.

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US drone attacks

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Allama Iqbal birth anniversary today

Second tranche of $ 547m

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Opposition ends Senate boycott

IMF satisfied with economic progress

Pakistan hands South Africa ODI series ABU DHABI—South

Africa beat Pakistan by 28 runs in the fourth daynight international in Abu Dhabi on Friday to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing a challenging 267-run target, Pakistan were bowled out for 238 in 49.2 overs with Dale Steyn taking a career best 5-25. Misbah-ul Haq top-scored with 65 while debutant Sohaib Maqsood made 56. For South Africa, opener Quniton de Kock hit a maiden hundred with 112 while Hashim Amla(46) and AB de Villiers (30) were other contributors. The fifth and final match is in Sharjah on Monday.—Agencies

Visa issues of Pakistanis to be resolved soon

LB polls in Sindh

SC moved for schedule extension KARACHI—Sindh government count. has filed petition in Supreme Court (SC) seeking extension in the schedule for holding Local Bodies (LB) polls. Advocate General (AG) Sindh Khalid Javed filed the petition on behalf of Sindh government in SC Karachi registry Friday. The petitioner took the plea in the petition that Sindh government is committed to provide all facilities to Election Commission (EC) for holding LB polls in Sindh but it is facing certain serious problems on this

Pakistan, UAE establish Joint Committee on energy

Process of delimitation of constituencies has been completed in Sindh and appeals filed in this regard can not be heard before November, 13. EC will be facing difficulties in sending election related material due to Muharram ul Haram holidays, the petition said. EC has set November 27 for conducting LB polls under the orders of SC but it is not possible to hold elections on the appointed dates. Therefore December 7 be set for holding LB

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Shale Gas exploration

Pak to seek US help, funding for $1.4b pipeline ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—Islamabad is all set to seek from Washington the technology of exploring shale gas, the funding for laying out the $ 1.4 billion 1250 kilometers long pipeline from Karachi to Lahore and the participation of US companies in the Joint Ventures with public sector entities to accelerate the exploration and production activities in Pakistan, a senior official at ministry of petroleum and natural resources told Pakistan Observer.

According to EIA (Energy Information Administration) — American federal authority on energy statistics and analysis, Pakistan is rich of shale gas reserves of 105 TCF in Pakistan A high level delegation headed by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Mr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi comprising managing directors of OGDCL, PPL, PSO, Sui Southern and Sui Northern will hold the talks in Washington and Houston on November 12-15 with US authorities concerned on coopera-

tion in energy sector. Director General of Petroleum Concession (DGPC) will also company the delegation. Pakistan wants to exclusively lay down a separate gas pipeline with diameter of 42 inches from Karachi to Lahore which will carry the LNG to be imported to cater to the dire energy needs of the country. The LNG will first be transformed into natural gas then it will be transported to Punjab through the said pipeline. The existing gas infrastrure has the capacity to carry addi-

tional 250 mmcfd against under swap arrangements. Since the government has planned to import the LNG of 2 billion cubic feet gas per day in next 2 and two and two and half years. The government is all set to import LNG of 200-400 mmcfd by November 1, 2014. The government will also seek the US help in installing the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to not only curtail the volume of unaccounted for gas (UFG) but also help in providing the precious details about gas pressures at the point

where meters will be installed. In the Sui Southern, one percent UFG has been curtailed to 9.9 from 10.9 percent meaning by that Rs 1.2 billion has been saved in this account. However, the UFG stands at higher side in the system of Sui Northern that is at over 11 percent. And one percent UFG means in the Sui Northern system means the loss of Rs 2 billion. In addition, the government will also seek the technical know from US in the on-

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Security plans in place to keep peace during Muharram I SLAMABAD —Law enforce- glasses on private and public they are fully equipped to as sensitive places, besides ment authorities have chalked out comprehensive plans to ensure peace and security at hundreds of religious gatherings and processions across the country during Muharram. According to official sources, Pakistan Army and Rangers would stand ready as back up to respond to any untoward situation across the country. The authorities have prohibited writing or distribution of objectionable pamphlets or posters, wall chalking especially on mosques and Imambargahs, provocative speeches, use of tinted SUKKUR: Police and Ranger personnel hold joint flag march in connection with Muharram-ul-Haram.

Ombudsman working free of pressure PESHAWAR—Adviser to Provincial Ombudsman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Atta ur Rehman Lodhi Friday said provincial ombudsman is working honestly and sincerely without accepting pressures by any segment of society. Addressing a workshop at District Council Hall Kohat, he said that the department was set up to address the grievances of people against the public institutions and also make them free from corruption. He said that all administrative institutions of the province are bound to cooperate with provincial ombudsman and they can be punished under the law for non-cooperation.—APP

Pakistan Post issues commemorative stamp in memory of Jaun Elia ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Post is issuing a commemorative postage stamp of eight rupees in the memory of renowned poet Jaun Elia on his eleventh death anniversary being observed today (Friday). 8th November marks the 11th death anniversary of renowned poet, philosopher, biographer and scholar Jaun Elia. Elia was a renowned Urdu Poet of Pakistan. Born in Amroha, India on December 14, 1931, he migrated to Pakistan in 1957. His first poetry collection Shayad was published in 1991, when he was 60. His preface in this collection provided deep insights into his works and the culture within which he was expressing his ideas. The second collection of his poetry Ya’ani was published posthumously in 2003.—APP

Highways crimes rising due to lack of NH&MP staff ISLAMABAD —Senate Stand- National Highways and of land for Motorway Coming Committee on Communications and Postal Services was informed Friday that lack of staff and resources of National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) were the reasons behind increasing incidents of crimes on the national highways and motorways. The committee meeting was held here under the chairmanship of Senator Daud Achakzai and attended by Senators Rozi Khan Kakar, Zahid Khan,Kamil Ali Agha, Nisar Muhammad and Humayun Khan Mandokhail. Minster of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab, Secretary Communications Arshad Bhatti and Deputy Inspector General

Motorway Police (NH&MP) Muhammad Zubair Khan also attended the meeting. The DIG Motorway Police informed the committee that despite lack of resources, the NH&MP was asked to patrol national highways as well as motorways which added to its burden. He said that a summery for recruitment on 259 vacant posts has been sent to Prime Minister office and about 1500 more persons were needed to control crime rate at national highways and motorways. The committee was informed that in the current fiscal year the NH&MP were provided Rs 27.9 million to for purchase

plex at Rahimyar Khan, Central Police Office in Islamabad and Gwadar. He said these funds were not enough to meet requirements of the NH&MP. On this the committee recommended to the federal government to take steps for resolutions of the Motorway Police problems. The committee also directed the NH&MP to ensure deployment of staff on all nationalized highways. The committee also discussed Pakistan Post office matters in detail and the DG Post informed the committee that several steps have been taken to provide better postal services to the customers.—APP

LB polls on scheduled date SIALKOT—Provincial Minister for Law Punjab Rana Sana Ullah has said the Punjab government respects court verdicts and is ready to hold local bodies election on the scheduled time. He expressed these views while talking to newsmen at Sialkot on Friday after reviewing Muharram security arrangements. Punjab Chief Secretary Naveed Akram Cheema, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed and Sialkot DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu were also present. Rana Sana said that there should be no doubt in anybody’s mind regarding LB polls in Punjab. Minister for Law and Local Government Punjab, Rana Sanaullah Khan on Thursday said, the province (Punjab) would have a unique local bodies system,

which will ensure real devo- e-Insaf had been smearing a lution of powers at lower campaign to misguide people level. Opposition, he said, about local bodies polls. Infact, he said, the party by making undue hue and cry wanted to make the LB elections controversial. He said, Punjab government respects verdict of the Lahore High Court regarding party base polls and it would follow the court. Answering a question, Rana Sana said, a total of 7,996 objections were received from people over de-limitations of which 2,076 were entertained. This, he said, proved sincerity of the government and transparency of the process. He inthrough its statements was formed newsmen that bluecreating doubts about hold- print of nomination paper had ing of fair, free and transpar- already been submitted to the ent local bodies polls. Speak- Election Commission of Pakiing to reporters here, the min- stan while electoral list would ister said, opposition parties be prepared by the administraespecially Pakistan Tehreek- tion concerned.—APP

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vehicles, display or carrying of weapons, printing or circulation of objectionable materials and sale and use of fire crackers during Muharram. Aerial surveillance of the processions will be done on the day of Ashura. Police will ensure strict monitoring of elements involved in spreading sectarianism and provocative material. Police will be specifically monitoring activities of proclaimed offenders and reviewing history sheets of top criminals. Policemen will ensure that gas shells, rubber bullets and water guns are in order and

respond to an incident. As month of Muharram started, authorities imposed section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code in three provinces of Pakistan and Gilgit Baltistan to stop unruly elements from disturbing peace. In Punjab at least 78937 policemen, 14,200 officials of the Punjab Constabulary and Elite Police Force, 21373 personnel of the reserved force, 15969 Qaumi Razakars, and 9498 officials of the special force would be deployed on security duties. These officials will be deployed in 880 areas, declared

providing security cover to 9757 processions and 37740 Majalis to be held in the Punjab province. The Punjab government have also banned opening of shops dealing in acids and sale of acids, sale of diesel, petrol, kerosene oil and other flammable fuels in shops or in open areas and the use of loudspeakers other than for “Aazaan and Khutbas” on Friday. As per the countrywide security plan, close circuit television cameras, metal detectors and jammers would be installed at entry points of processions.—APP

Rs 17.2m released for Climate Change Division I SLAMABAD —The government has so far released Rs17.263 million for Climate Change Division out of its total allocation of Rs58.762 million for the current fiscal year (2013-14) under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). According to the latest data of Ministry of Planning and Development, Rs6.675 million have been released for Sustainable Land Management Project Phase-I (Islamabad) whereas Rs2.4 million have been released for the establishment of Geomatic Center for Climate Change.—APP

Walk on World Diabetic Day held OBSERVER REPORT P ESHAWAR —To mark the World Diabetes Day in befitting manner, the Northwest General Hospital and Research Centre (NwGH&RC) organized number of events on Friday with an aim to create more awareness about the diabetes and educate maximum people in this regard in a friendly environment. In this connection a walk was also arranged at NwGH & RC where in people from cross section of society including those from medical profession, politicians and representatives of print and electronic media enthusiastically participated. The walk started at 12:00 noon from Northwest General Hospital and Research Centre Hayatabad and culminated at 12:30 pm by formation of blue circle (Symbol of World Diabetes Day). Former Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Mohammad Akram Durrani graced the occasion as the chief guest and walked along with the participants.—APP

QUETTA: Families moving from mountain areas following start of winter season.

WHO rejects NIH report on polio virus in Multan sewage MULTAN—A report of World formed the meeting that acHealth Organisation (WHO) has categorically rejected the report of National Institute of Health (NIH) about presence of polio virus in sewage of certain areas of city. Executive District Officer (EDO) Health, Dr Iftikhar, said this while briefing a meeting headed by District Coordination Officer, Zahid Saleem Gondal, here on Friday at latter’s office. The meeting was held to review arrangements of polio campaign to be commenced from Nov 18. NIH had reported the presence of the virus in sewage water of Ali Town, Kotla Abdul Fathey in September last from the sample collected from the areas for analysis. He added that a report of WHO received from Geneva had refuted the claims of NIH. The EDO in-

cording to the report, the virus present in the sewage water was harmless adding that they were awaiting the report of Kotla Abdul Fathey. However, he said that the report of Suraj Miani disposal was also proved negative. Dr Qureshi told the meeting that they were sending samples of three disposal stations of theses areas every month for analysis. After the report of NIH, they had dispatched the samples to Geneva for knowing the genetics of the virus, he said. Speaking on the occasion the DCO said that it was a good news for Mulatnites and stressed the need to speed up the anti polio drive with more vigour in other areas of the country where new cases of the virus had surfaced.—APP

Govt to recheck KP terror related casualties: Dar ISLAMABAD—Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Friday assured the Opposition in Senate for rechecking the number of casualties occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in acts of terrorism. Talking to media outside the parliament, he said matters with the Opposition parties in the Senate, who were boycotting proceedings of the house, have been resolved amicably. The Minister said he and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid have been nominated by the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to resolve the issue with the Opposition. He said according to law, incorrect information and figures are being sent to the privilege committee for rechecking. Senator Dar said the Election Commission had been assured by the government that required funds will be provided to it for holding of local bodies elections.—APP

Bus accident claims Iqbal Manzil calling: preserving the edifice need of the day five lives near Bannu BANNU/LAKKI MARWAT—A passenger bus, travelling from Karachi to Peshawar, met with an accident on Friday killing five people and injuring several others in Manjhiwala area near Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Rescue sources said the victims were shifted to a nearby hospital where the condition of some injured including women and children was reported as critical. Witnesses added that the accident took place due to over-speeding. The Bus was carrying more than 60 passengers. In other news, a thick blanket of fog engulfed Peshawar and its adjoining areas as the weather turned cold following two days of rain. The fog disrupted the schedule of all flights at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport, forcing them to be diverted to airports in Karachi and Lahore. Khushab: Two persons were killed in a collision between two motorcycle at Khaliqabad Road on Friday.

According to police, Mahboob along with Muhammad Qasim were going towards Anga by a motorcycle when another motorcycle coming from opposite direction collided with it. As a result, Mahboob and Syed Zafar Abbas died on the spot while Qasim and Sadaqat received injuries. Recue 1122 shifted the injured to DHQ Hospital Jauharabad. A 12-year-old boy was killed in a road accident on Sariab road, in the provincial capital. Police said that a speedy bus hit Mubashar, leaving him dead on the spot.The driver of the bus managed to escape from the scene. Further investigation is underway. A woman was crushed to death while her husband sustained multiple injuries in a road accident in the limits of Sadar police station on Thursday. According to police, a speedy bus hit a motorcycle at Jhang Road near Airport Chowk. As a result, motorcycle rider Riaz.—Online

S IALKOT —The conservation plan of Iqbal Manzil,birth place of Dr Mohammad Allama Iqbal (1877-1938), has been lying shelved since long, while continuous onslaught by sewerage water has hit the ground floor of the precious edifice, besides damaging its exterior walls. About a decade ago, the then Punjab government had prepared a conservation plan and decided to set up advanced research center and library on “Iqbaliyat” at Iqbal Manzil. Unfortunately, the project didnot see light of the day. The management of Iqbal Manzil has displayed some rare pictures of Allama Iqbal, his family members, teachers, class fellows and other leaders of those days. But they regretted that adequate budget was not allocated for the purchase of books on Allama Iqbal. Concerned officials said that the provincial government had repaired the cracks in walls of Iqbal Manzil after conducting a detailed survey of

the building under the supervision of senior architects and engineers. Lack of sensitivity on the part of Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) is also evident when one gazes at continuous flow of sewerage water that is damaging ground floor as well as outer walls of this historical building. When contacted, some officials of Sialkot TMA said that special teams had already been deputed at Iqbal Manzil to stop the leakage and flow of sewerage water affecting the structure. The Poet of the East,Dr Mohammad Allama Iqbal’s 137th birth anniversary will be observed with traditional zeal and enthusiasm here in the city on Nov 9, with main public convergence at Iqbal Manzil (the birthplace of Allama Iqbal) in Sialkot. Quran Khawani would be held at Iqbal Manzil with the participation of hundreds of people from all walks of life. The day will dawn with special prayers and Quran Khawani at several mosques in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial,

Pasrur and adjoining areas for ral wreaths at the graves of Sialkot. Meanwhile, it is also of Sialkot Chamber of Comthe eternal peace of the de- parents and other family reported that a special func- merce and Industry (SCCI) to pay homage to great poet-philosopher Allama Iqbal on his birth anniversary on Nov 9. The members of various trade bodies as well as Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will attend this special function. On the occasion some rear photographs and a number of books written on Iqbal by various authors would be exhibited at Iqbal Manzil on Nov 9. The birth anniversary of great philosopher and poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal will be observed with zeal and enthusiasm in the city and other parts of district Sialkot district. The daylong programmes would start with special prayers for solidarity, unity and prosperity of the country,at principal mosques of Sialkot. Several organizations,educational SIALKOT: Iqbal Manzl, birthplace of poet of the east, Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is institutions and trade bodies have finalized their decorated on the eve of the 136th birthday celebrations of Dr Iqbal. programmes to pay tributes parted soul. People would members of Allama Iqbal at tion will be held here at Iqbal to Allama Muhammad offer Fateha and lay the flo- Shaheedaan graveyard in Manzil under the auspices Iqbal.—APP


Musharraf release to hurt peace talks with militants: Buledi

Human development goals ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for Edu-

cation, Trainings and Standards in higher Education, Baligh Ur Rehman has said that new agenda of development Q UETTA —Balochistan gov- nowned Baloch leader in Education, gender equality and other ernment has said that release Nawab Akbar Bugti. social sectors can not be met successHe said that his of former military ruler Pervez fully without adopting need-based (Musharraf) release will affect Musharraf will hurt the strategies for developing and develpeace talks with the militant the peace process initiated by oped countries. He was speaking at the groups of the province. Talk- the provincial government by 37th Session of UNESCO General Coning to media persons, holding dialogues with naference in Paris, the other day. He said spokesman of Balochistan tionalists and bringing them that most of the developing countries have failed to achieve government, Jan Muhammad in mainstream. Buledi feared MDGs because of wrong and inappropriate planning and Buledi said that militant or- that bail of Musharraf will furapproach, said a fax message received here. The emphaganizations and Baloch Na- ther worsen the already detesis, he said during previous planning has been on aid to tionalists consider Pervez riorated law and order situadeveloping countries, which, unfortunately did not work Musharraf as murderer of re- tion in Balochistan.—INP well for them. He stressed that the plan of social development, especially education, should be based on economic growth and mobilisation of external financing of developing countries coupled with greater market access to in the form of lowering of trade barriers and transfer of technology. He pointed out that the people have to be part of process of development instead of being just beneficiaries of it. Therefore, he said, new goals should be “Human Development Goals” with equitability being the key word. I SLAMABAD —In next 24 temperature in upper parts of He warned that without adopting new strategy the dream hours, cold and dry weather the country during night. of bringing 72 million out-of-school children to school will According to Met Office, remain a dream. Earlier, during the day he met Iranian Min- CHAMAN: Pakistani trucks carrying NATO and US military vehicles crossed into Pakistani side of the Pak-Afghan is expected in most parts of a westerly wave is present the country. However, light border at Chaman from NATO and US bases at southern Afghanistan province Kandahar. ister for Sciences, Research and Technology Mr. Reza rain with snowfall over the over Kashmir and is likely to FARAJIDANA and Indian Minister of State for Human hills is expected at isolated move eastward during next 24 Development, Mr. Shashi Tharoor to discuss matters of places in Gilgit-Baltistan, hours whereas continental bi-lateral interest. Largely, the ministers agreed that the Kashmir, Malakand and countries of the region had similar problem, issues and Gujranwala divisions while challenges in the fields of education.—APP night temperatures are likely to fall further in upper parts Resolution of lingering conflicts of the country. Saidu Sharif, Kalam and Malam Jaba are ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan-China likely to receive rain. Institute, Senator Mushahid Hussain Rain with snowfall over Syaed has said that key to future stabil- ISLAMABAD—Leader of the treasury members in National date to the government to he said the government had ity in Asia lies in resolution of lingering Opposition in National Assem- Assembly despite discussion hold dialogue with Taliban. clear stance on the issue of the hills occurred at scatair would prevail over most conflicts like Kashmir, Palestine and bly Syed Khursheed Shah on on serious issues. Now the situation had drone attacks and condemned tered places in Kashmir, parts of the country during Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad, Korea, in which United Nations man- Friday asked the government He said Prime Minister changed and it was the respon- these attacks on every forum, date still exists as they remain on UN to take National Assembly into had attended the proceed- sibility of the government to said a press release issued here. upper Punjab and KP in last next 3 to 4 days. The maximum showers was received by agenda. He said this while addressing confidence on national issues. ings of National Assembly inform the house about the He said that all the politi- 24 hours, making the weather the multilateral forum on ‘Global Trends Talking to media outside the twice and had not taken the present situation, he added. cal parties were on the same cold and chilly. The Meteo- Jhelum 24mm followed by and China in the Next Decades”, said a parliament, he said, “We have house into confidence after Earlier, Federal Minister for page that dialogue is the only rological Department fore- Lower Dir, Rawalakot 19, press release received here on Friday. given time to government till his visit to the United States. Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit way for maintaining peace in cast more rain at isolated Peshawar, Cherat 17, Mangla Referring to the future, he talked of conflicts amidst uncer- Monday to take National As- PTI leader Shah Mehmood Baltistan Chaudhry Birjees the country. He said United places of Malakand division 16, Parachinar 15, Malamjabba tainties on whether the US pivot to Asia would mean a sembly into confidence on Qureshi said, “We have Tahir Friday said the govern- States has tried to sabotage during next 24 hours with 13, Garidupatta 12, Risalpur 10, reversion to a new Cold War based now on encirclement present situation otherwise the given a chance to govern- ment believed in talks process the dialogue process with a prediction of dropping of Sialkot.—APP and containment of what some erroneously call as the Opposition will conduct ses- ment till Monday to inform and expressed hope that drone attack and Taliban ‘China threat’. He said riding Asia cannot afford such a sion outside the parliament.” the house about present Taliban will also support the should understand that US destabilising effort from any quarter. He said peace, secu- He expressed his grave con- situation.” He said all politi- dialogue for ensuring peace. was against the peace and rity and stability are indivisible and until and unless the cern over the thin presence of cal parties had given man- Addressing the ‘Nankana Bar’, dialogue process.—APP causes of such instability are tackled, and resolved according to the UN resolutions which remain relevant on Kashmir and Palestine, enduring peace would remain elusive. Senator Mushahid Hussain said after failure of land wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US had learnt its lesson FAISALABAD—FESCO teams remain suspended from and that is why Washington did a U-turn by backing off during a campaign checked 8:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday from attacking Syria and started talking to Iran to resolve P ESHAWAR —The Khyber 1,824 connections and issued (Nov 9). The Peshawar Elecissues with Tehran. Mushahid also urged the international Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife De- detection bill to power pilferes. tric Supply Company here Fricommunity to reject double standards on the nuclear ispartment is constructing a The teams checked 1,462 do- day issued power shutdown sue and treat it without discrimination, adding ‘nuclear wildlife park in Swabi district mestic, 210 commercial, 111 in- notice for Peshawar cantonbombs have no religion’. Pakistan, he added, went nuclear BAJAUR AGENCY—Political being used for the purpose. particularly in the militancy for conservation and protec- dustrial and 41 tube well con- ment for Monday due to mainfor security, while India initiated the nuclear arms race in Agent Bajaur Agency Syed He said that the administra- hit areas. They also urged the tion of wildlife conservation nections and issued detec- tenance work. Power supply South Asia for a quest for big power status. On Afghani- Jabar Shah has said that edu- tion with the financial support Political agent to initiate a in the province. Syed tions bills of 10,046 units to 6 will remain suspended from stan, he urged its all neighbours to play a proactive role, cation is vital for durable de- of federal government and proper monitoring system to Mubarak Shah, Chief Conser- domestic connections on elec- 132KV Peshawar Cantt Grid saying there would be eventual need of a UN Peacekeep- velopment and the local ad- N o n g o v e r n m e n t a l monitor the performance of vator of Wildlife Department tricity theft and bills of 6255 station on Nov 11 from 8am to ing Force backed by the OIC as well, with genuine national ministration is making efforts organisation is making efforts teaching staff of government told APP on Friday that the units to 14 domestic connec- 2pm and resultantly the conto improve education stan- to arrange training programme running school across the reconciliation involving all factions.—APP wildlife park is being con- tions on dead meters. The sumers of 11 kv Nishtar Abad dard in the agency. He was for the teachers of govern- agency. feeders will face inconveThe political agent said structed at Baja at Swabi dis- Faisalabad Electric Supply nience, says a press release of talking to a delegation of All ment running educational inCompany (FESCO) has issued trict over 162 kanal land to ET suspends membership Bajaur teachers association stitutions which would help that the administration in colthe Company. A BBOTTABAD —Election Tribunal here on Friday. The Political to improve standard of edu- laboration with international protect and conserve endan- shutdown programme for necFrom 132KV Peshawar’s essary repair, maintenance and gered wildlife species. organizations has accelerated Abbottabad Friday suspended the KPK Agent said the local adminis- cation in the agency. Fort Grid station, power supexpansion of electricity lines. Located on Swabi-Top Shah urged the teachers its efforts for rehabilitation of provincial assembly membership of tration is taking measures to According to the ply will not be available on Abdul Sattar Khan who had won on the develop education sector be- to focus their attention on the damaged schools and so Road at distance of five kilo- programme issued by the Nov 10 from 8am to 2pm and meter from Swabi Interticket of PML-N from PK 63 Kohistan- cause education is vital for shaping students’ future and for 40 schools were rebuilt company here Friday, power resultantly the consumers of III. According to the details, on the peti- promotion of peace, tolerance should enhance their perfor- and made several others change on Motorway, he supply from City Tandlianwala 11 kv Fort Jail, Judicial comsaid work on this mega tion of a voter Sirj Udding from PK 63 and sustainable development. mance for improving educa- functional on temporary baand Mahi Chowk feeders ema- plex, Radio Pakistan, Bashir Kohistan III, Judge Zia ud Din Khattak, He said rehabilitation of tion standard in the agency. sis, while work on more project was started in 2012 nating from 132-KV Abad, Shahi Bagh feeders and will hopefully be comThe representatives of schools would be completed giving the verdict said that it has been affected educational instituTandlianwala grid station will will face problems.—APP pleted in 2015.—APP proved that on five female polling sta- tions and providing basic teacher’s community asked soon. He said that the admintions in the constituency no polling pro- and modern education facili- the political agent to acceler- istration was committed to cess was done on the Election Day. He also ordered for re ties in the agency was the top ate efforts to provide basic adopt a proper check and polling on the five polling stations. According to the re- priorities of the administration facilities in the educational balance system in the edusults of the PK-63 Kohistan III total cast votes were 23,312 and all possible means are institutions in the agency cational institutions.—APP and the winning candidate of PML-N secured 6182 votes, the runner up got 4586 while 4887 votes were rejected. On female polling stations No 88,89,90,110 and 114 of PK 63 Kohistan III, election commission did not depute any staff for polling. Meanwhile, it is also reported that despite repeated reminders by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as many as 40 parliamentarians have not yet submitted annual details of assets and liabilities of themselves and their family members. Under the relevant laws, every memsweeper on bank manager’s house of Muhammad Bilal’s ber of the parliament and provincial assemblies has to sub- P ESHAWAR —In an appar- complaint. sister at Shaukatabad. The ent security lapse, dozens mit detail of their assets and liabilities by September 30 evRenalakhurd: The robbers looted 12 tola gold of bags containing gold ery year. The commission after receiving the details waits dacoits looted 58 tolas gold jewellery and three mobile for another 15 days (October 15 every year) to compile the worth multi-million of ru- ornaments, cash and other phones and managed to espees disappeared from the report and suspend the membership of all those who fail to valuables in three dacoity cape. submit the details within the stipulated time. Since there well noted bank’s locker in incidents here on Friday. AcIn third dacoity incident were Eid holidays till October 20, the action against stated Swabi on Friday. According cording to police, 10 bandits ten dacoits looted nine tola to police, the robbery ocparliamentarians was expected on October 21. However, the stormed into the house of a jewellery, cash Rs 37,500, at commission has decided to wait for another day to fulfill its curred at National Bank’s police official Muhammad gun point from the houses branch in Thandkoi area of legal obligation and issuance of notification for suspension Raza and made hostage the of Muhammad Saleem and Swabi. of membership is now expected on Tuesday. —APP The culprits have stolen family members at Wali his brothers Ejaz and 61 bags containing gold colony, Chuchak Road. They Muhammad Akram and fled. District govt strengthening top priority jewelry from the bank’s safe. looted 37 tola gold orna- City and Sadder police have A students briefing a person about his project during second annual elecF AISALABAD —DCO Noor-ul-Amin An FIR of the incident has ments from the house and registered separate cases PESHAWAR: tronic exhibition. and started investigafled. In another dacoity three been registered while the Mengal said that strengthening the district government departments was his police has arrested a dacoits stormed into the tions.—APP top priority for the regional development, city beautification and provision of relief to the public swiftly. Addressing to a press conference here, he said that all energies would be utilized for service of people, adding that uplift projects for the public welfare and beautification of the city would be carried out as per new master plan of Faisalabad. He informed that for a reasonable length of leading life under fear and SHER GONDAL funds of Rs 100 million had been allocated for boosting up time is a genuine demand. He insecurity due to poor perworking of PHA Faisalabad while amount of Rs 50 million M ANDI B AHAUDDIN —The said elections held in haste formance of the police. had been earmarked for the preservation and renovation Another resident of Lahore High Court Lahore would not bring desired reof historical buildings and other heritages to highlight the verdict regarding Local Gov- sult. He called upon SC to Chhimmon village Khurram culture and historical re-organization of this city. He mainernment elections in Punjab review its decision for end- Shehzad Gondal Advocate said tained that Faisalabad Waste Management Company had on party basis is a good omen ing the dead lock between that it is unfortunate that the become in existence for the cleanliness of the city on scifor democracy. PPP District the institutions for larger in- police was not doing their prientific lines as per Lahore model while parking plazas would General Secretary Hassan terest of the public at large. mary task to provide protection be constructed at the surrounding of the Clock Tower to **** to citizens and their property. Aslam Warriach said this redress the parking problems of citizens. Giving other prioriResidents of Kuthiala They mostly perform duties while talking to PPP workers ties regarding development programme, the DCO informed at his native village Sheikhan Police station have with VIPs and their dealing with that the Jhang Road linked with Airport would be reconLakhnewala. He said that lo- condemned police for failing common citizens is insulting. structed earliest and other dilapidated roads of the city would cal government institutions to control dacoity and theft He said without greasing pobe taken for its rehabilitation and improvement including Jail work as nurseries for train- occurrences. Aamer Shehzad lice officials’ palms; grieved Road. He said that the most of the attention of the district ing leadership at gross root Sheikh Advocate said in the people can’t get relief. In many administration was focused on maintaining law & order and level and this objective can- current week five cases of cases they are asked to apimplementation of Muharram arrangements in these days and not be achieved by holding snatching motorbikes on proach local MNA or MPA for coordinated efforts were being made by the district adminisgunpoint and a dacoity in a registering their cases. In such non-party elections. tration and police for this purpose. Responding to a quesHe went further and house had taken place in the case people visit secretary of tion, DCO Noor-ul-Amin Mengal said that new policy destressed that National Police Station limits but the the MNA/MPA who would ask vised by the Punjab government was being got implemented HYDERABAD: Supporters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa set on fire the US flag and chant anti-US Assembly’s unanimous reso- local police was not tracing police to accommodate the slogans during a protest demonstration against the US drone attacks. to control the prices of the essential commodities.—APP lution for delaying election the culprits. The citizens are grieved ones.

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HE Shura of outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Thursday decided to fill the vacuum created by the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike by appointing fugitive Maulana Fazlullah as the new leader of Pakistan Taliban. The militants have also rejected the proposition of talks dubbing it as mere waste of time. Mullah’s appointment as successor to Hakimullah is being viewed differently by different circles. As Fazlullah has remained engaged in anti-Pakistani activities and fought Pakistani security forces and ultimately found refuge in Afghanistan, it is generally believed that his appointment has the backing of, perhaps, Afghan, Indian and the US intelligence that are using people like Fazlullah to destabilize Pakistan. Afghan Government has evaded Pakistani requests for extradition of the terrorist and therefore, his appointment is being seen as a clear declaration of interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan by Kabul regime. But there are others who believe that Mullah’s appointment is purely temporary phenomenon and a matter of few days until the TTP develops a consensus on the name of someone from Mehsud tribe that has traditionally led the umbrella of terrorist outfits. There is also a view that Fazlullah is a Pakistan basher but a weak person having no practical influence even in his own area of Swat and therefore, he is unlikely to make any impact on the overall situation. The fact that he lives in Afghanistan also makes him somewhat irrelevant and the TTP will have to find someone else to head the organization. We are also hearing voices that by appointing an enemy of Pakistan, the TTP has sent a strong message that it was not interested in talks and therefore, a full-fledged operation should be launched against terrorists. We, however, believe that it is time to demonstrate tolerance, sagacity and maturity to handle the emerging situation. Instead of entertaining the knee-jerk reaction, the saner course would be to make use of the good offices of religious leaders to establish contacts with militants and persuade them for dialogue as this is the only way out of the existing mess. Preference for use of force would amount to trading the path our enemy wants us to tread as this would keep the country in a perpetual state of instability.

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ONDON Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rightly and promptly rejected the mischievous BBC report aimed at proving a nuclear nexus between Pakistan and the Kingdom. Pakistan too has firmly rejected the report that suggested that the country’s nuclear assets were on the selling shelf. As has been the case during the last three decades, BBC report is based on US intelligence and this is surely part of the propaganda campaign aimed at painting Pakistan as an irresponsible state and its nuclear programme and assets as security threat for the region and beyond. The US-led West has been trying throughout to build an impression as if the nuclear assets of the country could end up in the hands of other states and even terrorist outfits. This is despite the fact that Pakistan’s nuclear programme and assets are as safe as those of the other members of the so-called nuclear club. Pakistan can take legitimate pride in mastering the complicated technology to become a nuclear power and evolve a foolproof mechanism for security of the programme and the assets. The country has a robust command and control system and publicly even the US officials have been appreciative of the steps taken by Pakistan to safeguard its nuclear installations and assets. But despite all this, the propaganda against Pakistan’s nuclear programme raises its ugly head after regular intervals. This time, attempt has been made to establish a Saudi connection to Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Saudi Arabia is not only signatory to the NPT and supportive of non-proliferation efforts but has also contributed immensely to regional and global peace. Saudi Arabia has known peace credential as it never posed any threat to any country and always tried to sort out things through diplomatic efforts. Therefore, the allegation that it provided funding for Pakistan’s nuclear programme so as to get it ready to deliver weapon at times of need is preposterous, frivolous and unacceptable. But such continued reports serve as a stark reminder that Pakistan’s nuclear programme is not off-the-hook and the real designs behind keeping the country destabilized is to deprive it of its nuclear capability.

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AKISTAN is in the midst of severe crises in the realms of security and economy endangering the very existence of the country. The magnitude of the challenges calls for greater unity and cohesion to face them but alas our political leadership is not demonstrating the kind of maturity demanded by the exigencies of time. PPP leader and former President Asif Ali Zardari deserves credit for taking lead in declaring that his party would not indulge in things that could destabilize the Government and the democratic process. This is surely in line with his policy of patience but it is rather intriguing that some elements within his party and in some other parties have allowed themselves to the luxury of indulging in non-issues. Surely, the opposition has a role, a role to keep the Government on right track and to ensure safeguarding of the rights of the people. There are issues like terrorism and the Government’s approach to handle it; neck-breaking price-hike; heavy taxation; electricity and gas load-shedding; rising crime rate and unemployment to count a few, which can and should be agitated by the opposition but strangely enough for them the figure quoted by the Interior Minister in the Senate about casualties in terrorist acts are more important than any other issue. This is such an important issue that they are putting up shows on roads to amuse no one knows whom. This is a sorry state of affairs as it is reflective of the fact that our politics is still based on point scoring rather than issue-oriented.

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Bleak prospects of talks with TTP NDS, conduct subversive activities inside Pakistan to derail the peace process between Government of Pakistan and TTP. In this Mohammad Jamil regard arrest of TTP’s Email: mjamil1938@hotmail.com deputy chief Latifullah Mehsud by US Special Forces revealed that terrorist attack in Upper Dir tarOING by the statement of geting Major General Sanaullah Interior Minister Chaudhry Khan Niazi was undertaken by IndoNisar Ali Khan, a peace pro- Afghan nexus. He confessed that tercess and dialogue between Govern- rorist attacks against Peshawar ment of Pakistan and the TTP was Church, in Qissa Khawani Bazar imminent, which was sabotaged by and on an official bus of Peshawar the drone attack that killed its Secretariat were also planned and Supremo Hakimullah Mehsud. His sponsored by Indian intelligence statement was contentious, and his agencies working in Kabul. This detractors disbelieved him. Since the goes to prove that Indian RAW and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has NDS of Afghanistan have made inelected a hardliner Taliban leader roads in the militants’ groups. HowMullah Fazlullah as their new chief, ever, Pakistan has been on the dethe prospects of talks are bleak. fensive and did not expose Indian “There will be no more talks as shenanigans, fearing that peace proMullah Fazlullah is already against cess with India may get derailed, negotiations with the Pakistan Gov- though many incidents revealed ernment,” said the TTP spokesman, clear signs of Indian involvement. rejecting the idea of any further On the other hand, India found it peace talks. Fazlullah, whose men convenient to further blackmail Pashot Malala Yousufzai last year, led kistan on peace process. Indian scholthe Pakistani Taliban’s brutal two- ars and writers openly suggested that year rule in North-Western Swat val- a proxy war inside Pakistan would ley in 2007-2009 before a military accrue India benefits as Pakistan will operation retook the area. He fled be weakened. Consequently, India across the border to Afghanistan and continues its efforts to destabilize Pais now believed to operate from kistan by supporting TTP militants Nuristan Province. That point be- in conducting acts of terrorism insides, Indian leadership was against side Pakistan. During Operation such talks, and used overt and co- Rah-e-Raast in Swat, 23 militant vert means to support some TTP commanders of TTP were arrested, leaders to undertake suicide attacks who had confessed before a Joint Inor use IEDs for blasts in sensitive vestigation team that India, through areas and elsewhere in Pakistan. RAW and Afghan NDS, supported Recently, US-led NATO/ISAF militants in Pakistan to conduct tarcommander endorsed Pakistan’s as- get killings, bomb blasts, suicide atsessment and viewpoint that Kabul- tacks, assaults on civil and military New Delhi nexus were harboring installations and forced abductions. safe havens across Durand Line. He On the other hand, Pakistan wants further contended that Indian agen- to see stable Afghanistan and makcies, in connivance with Afghan ing sincere efforts to bring the

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Taliban on the negotiating table. Pakistan’s sincerity in improving relations with India is also beyond any doubt; and PML-N government vows to mend fences with India and to resolve all the outstanding disputes through dialogue. However, India’s deep-seated animosity against Pakistan has proved detrimental to holding meaningful talks to bring sustained peace in South Asia. The reports by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and other government functionaries, and investigating reporting by patriotic media go to prove that Indian agencies are involved in different terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Of course, War on Terrorism (WoT) provided India an opportunity to conduct proxy war against Pakistan. This war is bleeding Pakistan, inflicting losses to Pak Army and hurting the innocent civilians, women and children. Such situation has provided opportunity to the enemies of Pakistan. Pakistan is the worst hit by the vile phenomenon of running-wild extremism; so much so, it has not only become the biggest internal security threat to the country, but also has turned into a dreadful threat to its very existence. In the past, Governors of Balochistan and KhyberPakhtunkhwa had many a time mentioned about foreign countries’ involvement in promoting and fostering terrorism in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Pakistan is passing through the most critical and testing times of its history. The people indeed are currently going through the harrowing experiences they had not undergone before in their lifetime. A multifaceted monstrosity of terrorism is mowing down the people across the spectrum. The security personnel are not safe from its thuggery; what to speak of insecure civilians. Thugs of sectarian, ethnic, nationalist and anti-state brands as well as foreign proxies are

playing holi with the nation’s blood. External forces are operating to destroy the core fiber of national edifice taking advantage of political instability, poor governance, incompetent leadership, menace of terrorism and scourge of corruption. Taking advantage of this situation, foreign countries are working against the interests of Pakistan while their propaganda machines and media openly describe Pakistan as a country that sponsors terrorism. They do not let any opportunity go waste to paint Pakistan and its institutions in bad light. Pakistani leaders, media, analysts and intellectuals appear to be apologetic and defensive in their approach, what to talk of responding to such nefarious allegations. This is extremely frustrating and demoralizing, as Pakistan is not sponsoring terrorism, and Indian allegations are totally unfounded. The aim is to create a sense of mistrust between leaders and the people of Pakistan while stirring conflicts between different segments of society. During debate in the National Assembly on the issue of drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in his address said that he had evidences about the elements that were involved in attack on Church in Peshawar apart from other bomb attacks. He, however, did not name the countries or alien agencies. As stated earlier, Pakistan remained on the defensive, and did not respond to the Indian propaganda, which led international community to believe that Indian propaganda is based on facts. Pakistan media should counter the false allegations of India; it should rather expose Indian sinister designs against Pakistan. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Iqbal, a symbol of unity for Islamic World M Saeed Akhtar Email:makhtarsaeed@hotmail.com

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SLAM and the Muslim world constitute the central theme of all works of the great Poet-Philosopher, great thinker and one of our most prominent Muslim leaders, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, to whom the nation is gratefully paying muchdeserved homage on his birth day today for his scholarly works on politics, economics, history, philosophy and religion as well as betterment of the Muslims. Known as ‘Muffakire-Pakistan. Shair-e-Mashriq‘ and‘Hakeem-ul-Ummat‘, he was a symbol of unity for the entire Muslim Ummah as well as a strong proponent of political and spiritual revival of Islamic civilization across the world. Muslim fraternity forms one of the fundamental themes of his poetry, as he believed that the Muslims, wherever they are, constitute united community, based on common religion and tradition. The message of great thinker, whose poetry in Urdu and Persian is considered to be among the greatest of the modern era, has a special relevance to the people of the third world inasmuch as he enunciates and delineates the cardinal principles of Islamic polity, equality, solidarity and freedom. In fact the values of self-respect and dignity that Iqbal, has so profusely emphasized, make him a world- renowned Poet-Philosopher. Born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot and died on April 21, 1938, in Lahore, the great political visionary was deeply concerned with political situation and political fortunes of the Muslim community of India

although his main interests were scholarly. His works focus on reminding us the past glories of Islamic civilization and delivering the message of a pure, spiritual focus on Islam as a source for socio-political liberation and greatness. He presented many theories for the re-awakening of the Muslims from deep slumber. An extraordinary scholar and harbinger of Islamic renaissance, Iqbal, provided us ideological exposition of a state, based on nationalism, an visioned this homeland of ours, taught us how to uphold self-respect and national honour. He was the first important public figure to intellectualize the Muslim problems in India and thus propounded the idea of a separate Muslim state in India from the platform of the Muslim League. The concept of Pakistan was provided by him in his monumental Presidential address to the 21st session of the League at Allahabad on 29th December 1930. His address represents an intellectual and real justification for Pakistan, based on the ground realities. He pointed out that the problem in India was not communal but international in dimensions since the two peoples, so divergent in their ethos, could not be yoked together. Defining India as a “continent of human groups belonging to different races, speaking different languages and professing different religions, he believed that the Muslim demand for the creation of a Muslim India within India is, therefore, perfectly justified. Personally, “I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sind and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single state. Self Government within the British empire or without the British empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West

Indian Muslim state appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of North-West India.” His vision became a reality and assumed the shape of Muslim State, Pakistan, on August 14, 1947, following successful culmination of historic struggle of South Asian Muslims for their separate homeland under the dynamic, charismatic and gigantic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Iqbal‘s deep involvement with the Muslims had brought him close to M.A. Jinnah. In his letters to Jinnah, he discussed the political situation in South Asia and current burning issues, and identified short-term and long-term goals of Muslim India. Iqbal, in his letter of June 21, 1937, to Quaid-i Azam, only ten months before the former’s death, contended that a separate Federation of Muslim Provinces, reformed on the lines I have suggested above, is the only course by which we can secure a peaceful India and save Muslims from the domination of Non-Muslims. Why should not the Muslims of North-West India and Bengal be considered as nations entitled to selfdetermination just as other nations in India and outside India are? Allama Iqbal was so much appreciative of the Quaid that he impressed upon the Muslims to join Muslim League and strengthen Jinnah’s hands as now none but Jinnah is capable of leading the Muslims. He observed that Indian question, as is now being solved, can be countered by our united front against both the Hindus and the English adding that without it our demands are not going to be accepted. The united front can be formed under the leadership of the Muslim League, which can succeed only on account of

Jinnah. The Founder of Pakistan also had deep regard for the great PoetPhilosopher, and in a condolence message on his death and on different occasions, he said Iqbal was a remarkable poet of world wide fame and his work will live for ever. His services to his country and the Muslims are so numerous that his record can be compared with that of the greatest Indians that ever lived. Jinnah said sorrowful news of the death of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal had plunged the world of Islam in gloom mourning. Iqbal was undoubtedly one of the greatest poets, philosophers and seers of humanity of all times. He took a prominent part in the politics of the country and in the intellectual and cultural reconstruction of the Islamic world. His contribution to the literature and thought of the world will live for ever. The Quaid remarked that Iqbal’s death is an irreparable loss to Muslim India. He was a personal friend of mine and composer of the finest poetry in the world. He will live as long as Islam will live. His noble poetry interprets the true aspirations of the Muslims of India. It will remain an inspiration for us and for generations after us.” In a comment made after the passage of Lahore Resolution, March 23, 1940, “Jinnah said Iqbal is no more amongst us, but had he been alive, he would have been happy to know that we did exactly what he wanted us to do.” He wrote a number of poems, which portrayed the anguish of Muslims over the events, which were detrimental to cause of Muslims. — The writer is a Senior Journalist, Broadcaster and Ex-Editor, Quaid-i-Azam Papers Project.

N Geneva this week, there was both despair and hope. The de spair came from the latest postponement of a summit, sponsored by Moscow and Washington, that might begin to find a way toward peace in Syria. The hope was produced by positive talks between Iran and the international community over its disputed nuclear program. The Arab League-UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, announcing the postponement of the top-level meeting on Syria, which had been scheduled for this month, said gloomily that the situation in the country was now extremely bad. He hoped, though with little obvious conviction, that the meeting to look for an end to the violence in Syria might take place before the year’s end. Yet the news came yesterday that Assad’s forces had retaken a key Damascus suburb, overwhelming the rebels through a mix of firepower and starvation. With every setback the Free Syrian Army suffers, regime’s bloody forces gain extra time, and with this comes the certainty that the death and destruction will continue. Yet also in Geneva came a general agreement from all sides that the discussions over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the potential lifting of sanctions had made progress. Neither side is grandstanding about the talks, the exact nature of which is not being publicized. Of course, there is more than just the Swiss city of Geneva that links these two talks. The Assad regime in Syria is holding out because of support from Tehran and Iran’s Lebanese clients Hezbollah. A passive Iraqi government permits Iranian munitions and personnel to cross its airspace. The growing extent of Iran’s involvement in defense of Assad was demonstrated during the funeral of a top Iranian revolutionary guard general, who was killed in fighting this week. Russian weaponry, signals intelligence and logistical support may be contributing to the regime’s survival but Russia fears few comebacks from the international community. By contrast, Iran’s economy is being brought to its knees by the US-led international sanctions. The reason Tehran is talking is not because it has a new, apparently more amenable president in Hassan Rowhani but because the entire rule of the ayatollahs is threatened by economic collapse. If the country’s coffers are empty and if it cannot afford to keep the poor happy with massive food and fuel subsidies, there will be trouble on the streets. If the hungry working classes join up with an already deeply disaffected middle class, then there will be a new revolution. That is why Rowhani has been authorized by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to launch his charm offensive and do as much as he can to end the sanctions and keep the regime in power, while protecting as much as possible of the country’s dubious nuclear program. Yet surely the international community is missing an important opportunity here: Linking Iran’s vital support for the Assad dictatorship with sanctions? Why is Obama administration content to treat two issues as entirely separate, whereas in fact they are completely interlinked? The fighting in Syria will not end until there are peace talks, and the Syrian opposition will not entertain any settlement that includes a role for Assad and his henchmen. Now, the question is, would the withdrawal of Iranian or Hezbollah support and Iraqi assistance be enough to force Assad to quit? It is arguable that it would. Russia is no more interested in putting boots on the ground in Syria than Americans. In the end, Russian arms alone will not sustain the Syrian dictatorship. Thus regardless of what President Putin may think, Washington should be pressing to link the lifting of sanctions on Tehran with its withdrawal of support to Assad. It will of course create new tensions between the Kremlin and the White House but their relations could hardly be much worse anyway. Russia is, in any event, no more interested in having a nucleararmed Iran on its doorstep than all the countries in Middle East, not least here in Gulf.— Arab News When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window. — Proverb


Allahabad 1930: Where it all began Voice of the People Syed M Tariq Pirzada Email:stariqp@yahoo.com

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HILE the role of institu tions grows as cradle of hu man thought, and action in the development of states , societies, and civilizations, the function, however, in this debate, of the flame of individual genius that releases the light of a great Idea, and, then, seizes a moment in time to execute the same, remains, undoubtedly, supreme. What thinkers conceive, and develop, does not, in most cases, become a world fact, either, for want of popular acceptance, or for the assemblage, against them, of opposing forces, yet the history of Muslim East vividly remembers and records for us a towering exception in age of political and philosophical renaissance in the 20th century Muslim India. That everlasting day, December 29, 1930, that began, at Allahbad, had only 600 participants as the venue— the 25th annual session of the All India Muslim League- became the trustee of the moment when Iqbal’s consciousness gave a new direction to the current of time in Muslim India , proposing the establishment, for the first time, of a separate home landa Muslim state- to secure the survival of Muslim civilization in the Hindu dominated India. Interestingly, what we see emerging from Iqbal’s address is not only the concept of a new state, but also, the self-discovery of a person uniquely perfected to the highest possible limit that unites so rarely,

through the combination of mind and soul, the mutually dismissive personas of a politician, a philosopher, and a poet, into a super creative self. The question was how to cross the barrier of steep intellectual decline of 6 to 8 centuries, one that started growing, particularly, since the death(808 A.H.) of the historian/ philosopher/sociologist, Ibn-iKhaldun . At hand was the Herculean task of the intellectual, and political resurrection— from remaking the demolished person of an individual to rebuilding the dismantled state structures— of the Muslim East and West that stretched from India to the shores of Atlantic. He had only 63 years to live, yet he broke that barrier with the ingenuity of his philosophical thoughts that enveloped the real time and space, not only in our civilization, but also, to a certain degree, i n the West. We can see, in this short period, that Iqbal’s philosophical doctrine, and poetic soul remained focused , for about 30 years ,on disseminating, and inculcating in the mind of the Muslim community the imperative of rediscovering, and reconstructing the power of individual Self ,of which the true recognition had been lost in the course of historical decline much accelerated, by the Western colonization. Then we see in the latter part of his life—the last 8 epoch-making years between 1930, and 1938- the theorist-philosopher turned into the most creative thinker- Politician of Muslim history whose political-philosophy presented, at Allahbad, the

concrete idea of an entirely new Muslim state that never existed on a foreign soil in history. The compelling force of the logic, that Iqbal collected from the distinct religious, cultural, political, and linguistic history of Muslim civilization in a Hindu-dominated India , built the clearest yet case that the Muslims met every requirement of the definition of a complete nation. “Indeed, t he Muslims of India , said Iqbal, were the only Indian people who can fitly be described as a nation in the modern sense of the word.” There is no where to be found, in Muslin history, or in the history of modern political thought, a document on political philosophy that could rival Iqbal’s Immortal address at Allabadah. It all began in 1930. Iqbal ‘s philosophical inquiry and political judgment scramble to expose the enormous lethality of threats, posed by the looming Hindudomination, to Muslim nationhood, and the survival of Muslim civilization in India. This is how Iqbal travels in his system of thoughts: !. Only the Muslims of India are a nation among all the Indian people in the modern sense of the word. 2. That Muslim civilization cannot achieve its development under a unitary government-one that would be dominated by the Hindu majority India.3. “ I would like to see the Punjab, North West Frontier Province, Sind, and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single state. Self Government within British empire, or, without the British empire, the consolidated North West Indian Muslim State appears to

me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least, of North West India”. 4. The life of Islam as a cultural force in the country( India) very largely depends on its centralization in a specified territory . 5. “ I am not hopeless of the inter-communal understanding ( primarily with the Hindu majority) but I cannot conceal from you the feeling that, in the near future, our ( Muslim)community may be called upon to adopt an independent line of action to cope with present crisis. 6. “At critical moments in their history, it is Islam that has saved the Muslims, and not vice versa . If today you focus your vision on Islam, you will be only reassembling your scattered forces, regaining your lost integrity, and saving, thereby , yourself from total destruction.” Iqbal spoke conclusively for the creation of a free Muslim state when he wrote, in 1937, to Quid that” the enforcement, and development of Shariat of Islam was impossible in this country(India)without free Muslim state,or, states( Letter to Quid, May28, 1937). Iqbal was right about his FEELING when, within 23months of his demise in 1938, his Muslim community was called upon, as predicted by him, to adopt an independent line of action on Saturday, March 23, 1940—the day and the date that demanded an independent state for the Muslims of India. The man and the message transcended their time, ensuring the creation of a state, as well, as the survival of a nation, and its civilization within the geography of South Asia.

Baku International Humanitarian Forum Sarwat Rauf Email:sarwatrana@gmail.com

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HE 3rd Baku International Hu manitarian Forum (BIHF) has ended on 1st November, 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Forum provided a platform to different intellectuals and humanitarian organizations to systematically hold conferences, discussions and round tables with aim of holding a dialogue of cultures and creating an atmosphere of tolerance. Baku International Humanitarian Forum (BIHF) is a yearly event of renowned representatives of political, scientific and economic intellectuals. It also includes famous statesmen and Nobel Prize winners in the different fields of science. The leaders of persuasive international organizations and cultural elite of the world community also participate in this Forum. The aim of this Forum is to discuss and exchange of views on widespread global issues through round tables. Every single person can listen and can be heard. Assembly of the representatives of all spheres of human activity leads to the optimal solution of vital problems, which disturb all humanity. All participants not only represent their countries but they also represent their culture. The forum is therefore, a good example of multi-culturalism The First Baku International Humanitarian Forum was founded at the ingenuity of Russian and Azerbaijani academics. The Forum was formed in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the former president of Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev. The initiative has further been supported by the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia. The main objective was the formation of ground for constructive debates and discussions; exchange of ideas, theoretical

and practical knowledge. Since the formation of the forum, a tradition is set out that it would be held once a year in Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan. To participate in forum all participants receive personal invitation.. The Forum has three working languages i.e Azerbaijani, Russian and English. Positions of the Forum – taking into consideration humanitarian problems in the era of globalization and reflecting voice of the heart of humanity are highlighted in different roundtables. Outcome of the Forum is embodied in recommendations and calls to international organizations, leaders of states and every single individual. Wide range of programmes had been prepared for the participants in order to acquaint them with rich Azerbaijani cultural heritage and art; make them familiar with Baku and other regions of the country. Mainly, IHBF featured two sessions, first, plenary sessions (headed by president Ilham Aliyev) and second roundtable meetings on various topics. The forum included various topics such as Converging Technologies and Outlines of the Future: Landmark Challenges of the 21st Century, Humanitarian Aspects of Economic Development, Scientific Innovations and their Transfer into Education, Multiculturalism and Originality: in Search of Value consensus in Society, National Identity in the Postmodern Era Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization, Achievements in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: from Theory to Practice, The Topical Issues of Mass Media in the Globalizing Information Network. In the Plenary session, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev gave special attention to multiculturalism and forbearance in society. “I think it is inappropriate and harmful to question multiculturalism or talk about its failure now because there is no alterna-

tive to multiculturalism…. Multiculturalism means respect for representatives of another nation, respect for another religion. Respect for one’s own religion begins with respect for another religion” said president. He also emphasized on humanitarian reforms by giving the example of Azerbaijan. “People belonging to different cultures have lived in Azerbaijan like one family for centuries. Irrespective of the sociopolitical system, peoples have always lived like one family in Azerbaijan. There have never been any confrontations and misunderstandings on ethnic or religious grounds in Azerbaijan, discrimination has never been tolerated”. The Forum enabled participants to understand multiculturalism in its real sense. All the participants from different countries brought their novel ideas and get mixed with other culture. Sharing of ideas is the main objective of this Forum. So every year meeting can bring a change not only in Azerbaijan but in the countries of participants. Outstanding representatives of the world‘s political, scientific and cultural elite, statesmen from more than 100 countries, as well as heads of international organizations, attended this forum.. The spectrum of issues put onto the agenda of roundtable was quite broad. Discussion revolved around such issues as technological novelties during the evolution of social networks, interaction between these networks and traditional journalism, inter-civilization dialogue through the lens and with active participation of media.”He said “each of us, public figures, politicians, people enjoying public respect, must strive to strengthen ties between nations in the future. There is a great need for that. This is not just a slogan or trendy word but necessity of time”.

It is possible with the assistance of media to ensure transparency of the decision-making process in cultural policy, functioning and interaction of national-cultural autonomies. Final Declaration has been adopted at the end of forum. Participants of the Forum declared that in order to shape the culture of tolerance, we must pay attention on the problem of racism. They emphasized on the need of dialogue and cooperation to ensure peace and security in world. To ensure sustainable development the need to adopt ecological ethics and civilization was highlighted. The exchange of views and the proposals contributed to further deepening humanitarian cooperation. The discussions and decisions passed strengthened the prospect of dialogue between civilizations. The forum certified that people belonging to different beliefs and civilizations can live in peace and harmony. The prominent public figures accepted forum’s invitation and well represented their views. The discussions and contacts established during the forum will help to bring different civilizations closer to each other. In present circumstances such discussions are highly important and needed. For the participants of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum, the arrangements of special tours of different cities of Azerbaijan have also been made. The two days excursion was given to the participants at the end of forum. The cities of excursion were Gabala, Lankaran, Nakhcivan and Ganja. All of these cities are beautiful sites and all are famous because of its matchless features (history and tradition). Indeed Azerbaijan holds rich culture and valuable heritage. —The writer is Assistant Professor in the department of IR-PCS at NUML, Islamabad.

Views From Abroad

Morocco heading for more prosperity Farouk Luqman

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T is a five-and-a-half hours flight from Jeddah to Casablanca, the largest city of Morocco — one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the top tourist destination in Northern Africa. Earlier, I had visited neighboring Tunisia, small but equally beautiful, but this was before the start of the Arab Spring which is ravaging some Arab countries. Morocco is a vast, fertile and fairly prosperous country with a history of hundreds of years of growth and development. It is strategically located, facing Europe and has been the point from which the Arabs and their neighbors sprang to conquer Spain or Andalusia as it was known eight years ago. Casablanca is the largest city in the country. Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the incoming breezes lend a clean quality to the city. So it was a fabulous experience to stand at the corniche and take in the constant drafts of fresh air which never let up for miles on end. It was this aspect

which was highlighted in the advertisement for the Al Medina hotel where I first checked in and which offered fantastic views of the sea. I later shifted to the Hyatt Hotel a little toward the center of the city. Most of the hotels are at walking distance from the corniche and the city center so one can easily skip the ubiquitous taxis and stroll in any direction one wishes. With a population of 35 million and an area of half a million sq. kilometers Morocco shares with Spain and France the blessing of being both Atlantic and Mediterranean states sharing the beauty of their peoples and the greatness of their weather specially toward the south. Hence, both France and Spain are hugely popular tourist attractions. Ask any Briton or Scandinavian about his favorite holiday resort or where he might wish to retire after decades of life in the north of Europe especially in the winter and the answer would be Spain or the south of France. Moroccan tourism has come of age in the past few decades. Thousands of Arab tourists arrive in the country lured by the fairly low prices, excellent cuisine,

sightseeing, great night life, good hotels at reasonable prices and the lovely cities stretching from Casa to Rabat, the capital to Marrackech. There are many more facing the Atlantic and what’s more, one can go to Europe by sea and return to base the same day. We visited Gibraltar and returned to Casablanca the same day at very reasonable rates. But it is not all milk and honey as some Arabs say. In 1975, after the Spanish colonialists quit, Morocco annexed the Western Sahara claiming that it was her territory. Algeria, on the other hand, also claims part or all of the Sahara, a dispute which remains unresolved. After a dreadful war between the two countries — Algeria standing by the few thousand people who live in the desert, a ceasefire was called in 1991. The United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace to the region have failed to break the deadlock. The war has cost the two countries dearly, especially Morocco which has been unable to develop properly because of the severe drain on its resources Because of its location and rich resources, Morocco soon attracted the

attention of two of the European colonial powers, Spain and France. The others decided by agreement to leave Morocco as the sole prize of the French and Spanish just as Britain and France had done by dividing up the Arab world after the World War I, through the ill famed Sykes Picot accord. By 1860 Spain had found an excuse to declare war on Morocco over a so-called enclave called Ceuta which it holds firmly until this day in a scenario typical of old-style colonialism. The war coincided with Britain capturing the Port of Aden in the extreme south of Arabia from 1839-1967. Spain has refused to negotiate the annexed territories. France, seizing the opportunity, declared the whole of Morocco a protectorate, another word for colony just like the Port of Aden had become under the British. In 1921 the Berbers tried but failed to drive away the invaders in the famous six-year old Rif uprising under the leadership of Abdul Karim Al Rifi who had wanted an independent republic. —Arab News

Dynamics of droning FATA MUHAMMAD QASIM

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lot of politics is being played on the question of drone attacks just to bamboozle the people. Techno logically, it is easy even for a relatively underdeveloped country to shoot down a drone aircraft. Therefore, it is essential for the attacking country to enter into some sort of understanding, usually a clandestine one, with the target country’s ruling elite. All the targeted countries namely Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia are ruled by US-allied governments, which proves this point. The case of Iran, where the very first US drone was captured ‘alive’ also proves this point. Thus all the cries and bewailing by our rulers against drone strikes in an effort to refute any conspiracy, do not hold any credibility. Incidentally, it is highly unfortunate that our people since independence have all along been misled by our own successive governments all along with impunity. For us, the basic problem is not the Taliban but the absence of Pakistan State law in FATA, which grants them an independent status allowing them to become fanatics, easily bribed and misguided by foreign elements. Remember, our country is a nuclear state having a divergent ideology and therefore, it is only in the best interest of the foreign powers to keep us constantly destabilized. In spite of all these realities, nobody still seems to be talking about regularizing and integrating FATA into the state of Pakistan and bringing it under its laws and institutions. If Pakistan establishes its sovereignty in these areas, only then we will be justified in terming the drone attacks from a foreign country as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. —Muzaffargarh.

Stopping drones AMARA ABBASI The drone strike killing Hakeemullah Mehsud comes at a time when the government was about to send a delegation to Waziristan for peace talks. It is rather confusing as to why the US chose this particular time when the peace process was about to begin. In the past, any TTP leader who had shown an inclination towards holding dialogue with the government was also eliminated in a similar manner: Waliur Rehman is one such example. It is time the government took notice of these drone strikes and address this issue seriously or Pakistan would continue to suffer at the hands of those who do not want to see a stable and peaceful Pakistan. Drone strikes should stop at once and measures be taken to initiate dialogue before things get out of hand again. —Rawalpindi

‘Passport blues’: Insider’s view SALIM AHMED I agree with your observations. I have served in the Directorate-General of Immigration and Passports for 25 years. I worked in various capacities having finally retired as the director, Immigration and Passport, in 1995. As an insider, I am witness to many ups and downs in the department. When I joined the department, corruption was rampant and the passport officer’s job was considered a lucrative post. One of the few good things Z.A. Bhutto did after coming to power was that he removed all the restrictions on the issuance of a passport such as a police verification report, a special branch report and, in some cases, a report from the Intelligence Bureau. Additionally, some other requirements included a bank guarantee and financial and character certificates. The removal of restrictions not only curbed corruption but also facilitated the travel of labour force to the Middle East and other countries to earn livelihood which boosted foreign remittances. Things were much better for the next 15 or so years. No doubt there was corruption, but on a small scale. The situation started worsening with the advent of the 1990s which witnessed the exit of honest officers and reintroduction of restrictive policies. Some restrictions were illogical. For instance, a passport cannot be issued at Karachi if the applicant possess the CNIC issued at some other city. I wonder as to how 2,000 blue passports were issued to unauthorised persons. I agree that proper investigation should be held and the persons involved should be taken to task. Unnecessary restrictions on issuance of passport should be removed. —Karachi

Sindhi language wants justice..! YOUNIS NAWAZ BHATTI Sindhi is a language spoken in all over the world. In Pakistan, it is spoken by 37 million people. Before the partition of 1947, Sindhi was used as an official language by the British Empire administration. Sir Bartle Frere, Commissioner in Sinsh (1851) issued an order and made the study of Sindhi language compulsory for the British officers. British scholars like Dr Earnest Trumpp and Captain Stack worked on the Sindhi language and came up with many books, Dictionaries and other literature in Sindhi. Sindhi is spoken in various regions of Pakistan. There are six dialects of Sindhi language. Siroli, vicholi, lari, thareli, lasi, kachi. Very recently, Sindhi Adbi Sangat gave a demand draft to the Government of Pakistan, in which it was stated that: why Sindhi language be declared as a national language of Pakistan. The experts of linguistic science are of view that a language may be declared a national language on the following grounds: (a) it is being used by the

people in their daily life, (b) it is being spoken by a nation through out its generation from the time immemorial, (c) it is being used as official and court language and also as a medium of institutions from primary upto the higher education, (d) it is being used for its literary and media communication, (e) it is an exponent of various feelings of a nation, (f) it is able to borrow and use the words and phrases from any other developed language of the world and can transform that stock of words according to its own grammatical structure, (g) it is originated from the language of the soil of that nation, (h) the speakers of that language feel proud of presenting it as their national language. According to the Lahore resolution of Pakistan of 23rd March 1940, “Pakistan is a Federation of various Provinces where different languages and cultures are spoken and followed respectively. It is an accepted fact that Pakistan is not a mono-cultural, monolingual and mono-national country. In Pakistan there has been a bitter controversy about the national language of the country, in fact this controversy was so lethal for Pakistan that it saw a horrendous massacre in East Pakistan that ultimately resulted in the separation of East Pakistan (Bangladesh). According to Bureau of Statistics Government of Pakistan Year Book P-24 “Urdu is a mother language only of 7.57% of total population of country, yet it is declared as a national language of Pakistan. Besides all above facts, it is submitted that Sindhi is most ancient and most developed language of the world. Sindhi is as old as the man is himself. It is humble request from Sindhi nation to the United Nations, linguistic authorities, Government of Pakistan to declare Sindhi as a national language of Sindh Province. To deny this status to Sindhi language would be tantamount to repeating the past mistake of ignoring the Bengali language and loosing the Province altogether. — Via email

Division of Karachi ZUNAIRA TARIQ As we know Sindh Government on Tuesday created the new district, Korangi, in the Karachi Division. Korangi District consists of Model Colony, Shah Faisal, Korangi and Landhi sub-Divisions. According to Sindh Government carving out of a new district was in response to a longstanding demand of the people and to provide the facilities to people at their doorsteps. There are no advantages of this division because administrative system remains the same and old faces will run the administrative system. We witnessed Karachi being ruled by single Mayor in past. Karachi is not in position to open the door for new districts. It will only help the PPP in winning more seats in elections and they are more interested in bringing all city resources under their control rather than serving the people of Karachi. Karachi should not be divided further, otherwise it will harm whole country. Government should work for peace in Karachi by controlling target killing and bomb blasts, not for its further division. —Lahore

Reading fiction SARWAT AMIN RATTANI While reading a fantasy and science fiction based novel recently, I wondered why people usually read fiction. How come so many people in the world are drawn towards stories and plots that never even occurred! If we explore and analyze this phenomenon, we will see that each reader is compelled to this genre for different reasons, but of course there are always similarities. It is widely believed that reading fiction is an escapist hobby and this is quite true. The world we live in, the world we adapt to and the life we are bound to live may not seem fascinating all the time. We get bored by our daily routines and the repetitive process starts looking like a trap. Now to vent out and

feel fabulous, many of us choose to pick up a more fantasy version of life. A place where everything is possible, where even for a short time you can live someone else’s life! This doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t have grip on the realities of life. It just shows that all of us are humans and that some magical phenomenon always seems appealing. Apart from that, reading fiction is always a treat for your brain. It encourages you to think beyond the boundaries of society, creatively and filling you with new ideas. So to all those parents who are always chasing their kids to read more of the academic books than fiction, should remember that your kids are doing mind exercises. So instead of scolding, encourage them to read and introduce them to the world of ‘The Books’.” —Karachi

Start listening SARWAT AMIN RATTANI The holy Quran’s Surah 4 Ayat 1, clearly defines that the diversity present in this world was created with a purpose. If Allah wanted, He would have created all the humanity as one but He distributed us among our tribes and created differences among us. The diversity that prevails in this world is to be appreciated. Each of us has a right to feel proud of our heritage and culture. But when we talk about collaboration, globalization and pluralism, we do not use these differences as barriers. In our society, we have a diverse background and have variety of people living in one place. But many a times we become so intolerant that it is difficult for us to accept a different idea from our own. In such an atmosphere of intolerance, how can we think of progress? In order to progress it is high time that we start listening. No one is forcing you to accept other’s culture but we can at least listen and reach a common point from where we start and move forward. What we see today in our society is that we are ready to accept western or Indian culture quiet easily, but find it more difficult to listen to our own neighbour’s point of view! We all want our country to progress and one of the key ways to do that is to develop tolerance. If we learn to appreciate this diversity, we will able a become a pluralistic society. —Karachi

Good governance HASHIM ABRO The people of Pakistan voted the Pakistan Muslim League (N) in response to the declared election promises of the PML-N regarding reviving the economy and positive improvements in governance but unfortunately nothing his changed in the country. The populace is craving for steady and speedy changes in administration of justice, lowering of the prices of essential commodities and a relief from corruption-ridden administration but mal-administration is an Achilles’ heel of ruling party. In this backdrop, the rulers are requested to launch a medium-term governance agenda encompassing public sector capacity building, justice system reforms, Human Rights, social sector development, enhancing public participation, ensuring rule of law, enhancing institutional efficiency through improved systems of performance management, human resource development, revenue generation and utilization as well as reorganization of FBR, inter alia. —Islamabad

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Super typhoon Haiyan slams into Philippines, three dead M ANILA —The strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land smashed into the Philippines on Friday, forcing more than a million people to flee, flooding villages and raising fears of widespread casualties. At least three people were killed and seven injured, national disaster agency spokesman Rey Balido told reporters in Manila. The death toll could rise as more reports arrive. “The humanitarian impact of Haiyan threatens to be colossal,” said Patrick Fuller, spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Power and communications in the three large islands of Samar, Leyte and Bohol

were almost completely down but authorities promised to restore them within 24 hours. Officials warned that more than 12 million people were at risk, including residents of Cebu City, which has a population of about 2.5 million, and areas still reeling from a deadly 2011 storm and a 7.2magnitude quake last month. “The super typhoon likely made landfall with winds near 195 mph. This makes Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at U.S.-based Weather Underground. About a million people took shelter in 29 provinces, after President Benigno Aquino appealed to people in Haiyan’s path to leave vulnerable areas, such as river banks, coastal vil-

lages and mountain slopes. “Our school is now packed with evacuees,” an elementary school teacher in Southern Leyte, who gave her name only as Feliza, told a radio station. Leyte and Southern Leyte are about 630 km (390 miles) southeast of Manila. Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla reported a 3metre (10-ft) flood in one village in Leyte. “There is zero communication at the moment,” he told ANC television. “Roads are still impassable. There are some landslides,” said Roger Mercado, governor of Southern Leyte province. More than 100 coastal homes were flattened, while landslides destroyed houses in the hills, but his province had seen no casualties yet, he told Reuters.

In Samar province, links with some towns and villages had been cut, officials said. “The whole province has no power,” Samar Governor Sharee Tan told Reuters by telephone. Fallen trees, toppled electric poles and other debris blocked roads, she said. Authorities suspended ferry services and fishing and shut 13 airports. Nearly 450 domestic, and eight international, flights were suspended. Schools, offices and shops in the central regions were shut, with hospitals, soldiers and emergency workers preparing rescue efforts. Twenty navy ships and military aircraft including three C-130 cargo planes and helicopters were on standby. “Power is off all across the island and the streets are de-

serted,” said Lionel Dosdosa, an International Organization for Migration coordinator on Bohol island, the epicenter of an October 15 earthquake that killed 222 people and displaced hundreds of thousands. He said power was off and streets were deserted. At the Sandcastles Beach Resort in Boracay, guests stayed indoors. “The beach is abandoned. The winds are whistling unceasingly, so we secured our homes and the resort,” Jenelyn Castro, one of the resort’s staff, said by telephone. The state weather bureau said Haiyan was expected to move past the Philippines on Saturday and out over the South China Sea, where it could strengthen even further and hit Vietnam. Meteo-

rologists in Vietnam said it could be the country’s strongest storm ever. Evacuations had already begun, the staterun Voice of Vietnam radio said. The world’s strongest recorded typhoon, cyclone or hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Camille in 1969, which hit the southern U.S. state of Mississippi with 305 kph (190 mph) winds, said Weather Underground’s Masters. An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. Last year, Typhoon Bopha flattened three towns on Mindanao, killed 1,100 people and caused damages of more than $1 billion. Haiyan is the second category 5 typhoon to hit the Philippines this year after Typhoon Usagi in September.—Reuters

Double bombing, shooting kill 7 people in Iraq BAGHDAD—A double bomb- ones, have increased reing of a Sunni mosque in Baghdad and a shooting west of the Iraqi capital killed seven people on Friday, officials said, the latest attacks in a wave of violence roiling the country. The police said a bomb went off just after Friday prayers as Sunni worshippers were coming out from the Ali Bin Abi Talib mosque in Baghdad’s western Shurta district. A second bomb, planted further down the street, exploded seconds later among worshippers trying to flee from the first blast. Police said the two bombings killed five people and wounded 15. Security forces quickly sealed off the area around the mosque. In the western city of Fallujah, a former al-Qaida stronghold 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Baghdad, gunmen sprayed a security checkpoint with bullets, killing two policemen and wounding two others, said police officials. Two hospital officials confirmed the casualties in the latest attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. Attacks on mosques, especially Sunni

cently and while it’s possible that Sunni insurgents seeking to stoke sectarian hatred could be to blame for them, Shiite militias may also be behind the assaults. Friday’s violence comes a day after a series of attacks across Iraq left 30 people dead, most of them soldiers who were killed when two suicide bombers drove their explosive-laden cars into a military base in the town of Tarmiyah, just north of Baghdad. Tarmiyah is also a former insurgent stronghold and home to Sunnis. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks of the past two days. But suicide attacks and large bombings, especially against Iraqi forces but also civilians, are a favorite tactic of alQaida’s local branch. The terror group has recently escalated its campaign of violence in order to thwart the Shiite-led government’s efforts to maintain security. Violence spiked in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April, with the pace of killing reaching levels unseen since 2008. Friday’s attacks bring the death toll across the country this month to 85, according to an Associated Press count.—AP

UN calls for Maldives presidential poll this weekend MALÉ—The right environment held for free and fair elections do exist in the Maldives, insisted a top official of the United Nations here on Friday, dismissing a secret police report used to annul a previous presidential poll on Sept. 7.

UN Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, who concluded a two-day visit to the Maldives ahead of a third attempt to have presidential elections this Saturday, releasing a statement insisted that there was still time for the democratic process to be implemented. “The UN believes that conditions conducive to free and fair elections exist and therefore welcome the presidential candidates’ signature of the Voter Lists, which will allow for the first round of the presidential elections to be

tomorrow,” said Fernandez- Taranco. “We urge Government, political leaders and all other relevant State authorities, including the Maldives Police Service, to cooperate with the Elections Commission in the conduct of the elections and to seize the opportunity to further consolidate democracy in the Maldives,” he added. Nov. 9, he stated, was “a decisive moment for democracy in the Maldives.” “It is time to allow the people of the Maldives to express their voice and their legitimate will through the ballot box. A continued failure to do so would be a serious setback to consolidating democracy in the country, with potentially serious repercussions, including a very likely negative impact on the already fragile economy,” FernandezTaranco warned.—AP

Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines.

Jordan to replace Saudi Arabia on UN SC NEW YORK—Jordan will replace Saudi Arabia on the Security Council for a two-year term starting in January after the Saudis’ unprecedented rejection of the seat hours after they were elected, a UN diplomat said on Thursday. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was made privately, said Jordan’s UN Ambassador Prince Zeid Al Hussein was flying to Amman on Thursday night to discuss Jordan’s new role on the UN’s most powerful body. Earlier this week, Jordan dropped its bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, leaving Saudi Arabia a clear path in the now uncontested election next Tuesday. The UN General Assembly, which voted on October 17 to give Saudi Arabia the seat traditionally reserved for an Arab nation on the council, will have to formally approve Jordan as a replacement. Since Jordan is almost certain to be the only candidate, its election is virtually assured. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry stunned the diplomatic world with the announcement that it was rejecting the seat, less than 24 hours after it was elected. The Saudis issued a scathing attack on the Security Council’s failures to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Syria.—AP

Syrian army closes in on Aleppo after dawn attack A LEPPO —Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad backed by a dawn barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes drove Syrian rebels from a strategic military base near the disputed northern city of Aleppo on Friday, a local photographer said. The advance into Base 80, a large military position which rebels have held since February, will help Assad’s forces move towards rebelheld areas of Aleppo city and follows a string of successful offensives this month. A photographer who supplies pictures to Reuters

arrived at the scene about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the base at dawn and said he saw around two dozen airstrikes and artillery hit insurgent positions. Rebels from Liwa alTawid, the largest insurgent force in Aleppo, told him that their unit as well as dozens of others had been pushed out of most parts of the base but were regrouping to retake the area, next to Aleppo International Airport, which is still under government control. Rebels told him 25 of their fighters had died. A monitoring group that

uses a network of pro- and anti-Assad sources said that the offensive was aided by the Lebanese Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah and proAssad militia. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that hard-line Islamist rebel units linked to al Qaeda also took part in the clashes, which it said killed at least 15 rebels and several pro-Assad militants. State media did not mention the offensive. The armed forces captured the town of Safira, 20km (12 miles) south east of Aleppo, a week ago.—Reuters

Big power foreign ministers go to Geneva as Iran nuclear deal nears G ENEVA —U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow big power foreign ministers headed to Geneva on Friday to help clinch an interim nuclear deal with Iran and ease a decade-old standoff, with Israel warning they were making an epic mistake. Diplomats said a breakthrough at this week’s negotiations remained uncertain and would in any case mark only the first step in a long, complex process towards a permanent resolution of

Iran’s dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions. But they said the imminent arrival of Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French and German foreign ministers Laurent Fabius and Guido Westerwelle hinted that the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany may be closer to an agreement with Iran than ever before. A senior U.S. State Department official said Kerry

was committed to doing “anything he can” to narrow differences with the Islamic Republic. The powers aim to cap Iran’s nuclear work to prevent any advance towards a nuclear weapons capability. “This is a complex process,” the official said in Tel Aviv where Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sees Iran’s atomic aspirations as a menace to the Jewish state.—Reuters

What went wrong in Iraq? OSAMA AL SHARIF

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OTHING good is coming out of Iraq. Until the end of October this year more than 7,000 Iraqis had died in terrorist attacks and ethno-sectarian violence. The government of Prime Minister Nouri AlMaliki has been dysfunctional for years. Al-Qaeda has made a swift comeback since it was repulsed and contained by US forces as a result of the surge that President Bush authorized in 2007. But the lack of a working political formula has damaged that country’s ability to achieve national reconciliation and evade being categorized as a failed state. Al-Maliki’s visit to Washington this week was meant to reverse that terminal trend. But the Obama administra-

tion has failed to realize that Al-Maliki is part of the problem and can never be part of the solution. He was greeted in the White House but the atmosphere in Washington was hostile. US lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, signed a letter that blamed AlMaliki’s “mismanagement of Iraqi politics” for the “recent surge of violence.” They accused him of “pursuing a sectarian and authoritarian agenda.” The lawmakers said they were not compelled to approve Al-Maliki’s demands for US military hardware, including Black Hawk helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, drones, and other weapons, which he says he needs to fight Al-Qaeda. Both Obama and Al-Maliki failed to put their finger on the real problem behind Iraq’s instability: The refusal by the

Iraqi strongman to share power and allow for an inclusive political process to kick-in. Supplying Baghdad with military hardware will not defeat AlQaeda in the absence of a genuine process aimed at achieving reconciliation. Al-Maliki is not the only culprit. The Obama administration had a one-way strategy on Iraq when it took over in 2008, to execute a hasty plan to withdraw its forces and reach closure to a contentious, messy and costly war. To achieve this goal it had forsaken a parallel political path. It sided with Al-Maliki, who was a seen as strong leader, against moderate opponents in the aftermath of a controversial election. It watched on as Al-Maliki hunted down his political rivals and implemented a sectarian agenda. It looked the other way as

he moved closer to Iran and alienated his country from its Arab neighbors. It did little to protest the government’s attack on free media and its attempts to undermine parliament and the judiciary. Even before Al-Qaeda became a problem for him, AlMaliki’s self-serving policies had divided the country’s Shiite and alienated the Sunnis while encouraging the Kurds to sever ties with Baghdad. In fact the US is as responsible for Iraq’s misfortunes as Al-Maliki. With his government now on the verge of collapse, he has come to Washington seeking help. In reality Al-Maliki is driven by his desire to maintain an ironclad hold on power and nothing else. His visit to the White House is an attempt to secure US support for him as he seeks a third term in office.

It is shocking that the Obama administration has missed this opportunity to force Al-Maliki to commit to national reconciliation and to a new political process. Washington had failed to send a message of hope to Iraq’s beleaguered citizens. The reality is that Al-Maliki believes he still has room to maneuver. He knows that Washington has its hands full with so many challenges in the Middle East including Syria, Iran and the peace process in Palestine. He knows that the Obama administration does not have the patience to engage Iraqis or the desire to be sucked back into the Iraqi morass. The solution to Iraq’s problems will have to come from the inside, through an open and inclusive political process, but the question is can Al-Maliki launch such a

process? The answer is no. Instead of supplying his regime with military hardware, the US should have insisted on a major and immediate shift in Al-Maliki’s policies. That means he must redefine his relationship with Iran and Syria and offer the country’s Sunnis a genuine option to come back into the political fold. The containment of AlQaeda in 2008 was not only the result of the American troop surge, but the success of US commanders in building what became known as the Sunni Awakening in Anbar province and others. Empowering Sunni tribal chiefs was instrumental in combating Al-Qaeda terrorists and other insurgents. Today those Sunni tribes feel marginalized and persecuted, as a result of Al- Maliki’s policies.—Courtesy Arabnews

Politics, not arms, is the way forward for the Kurdish issue GALIP DALAY

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HE Kurdish issue has played a double-pronged role in the overall democratisation of Turkey. In the 1980s and 1990s, the establishment cited armed conflict aspect of the Kurdish issue as a pretext for stifling democratisation, curbing liberties and suppressing the emergence of an open society. After the 2000s, the interaction between the Kurdish movement’s demands for greater political and cultural rights and the government’s drive to democritise the political system contributed significantly to the overall democratisation of the country. Just as the armed manifestation of the Kurdish movement emboldened undemocratic forces in Turkey’s system and slowed down democratisation, the movement’s political alteration played a catalysing role in Turkey’s further democratisation. The Kurdish peace process, which began in late 2012, presents the Kurds and Turkey with a great opportunity to not only solve the Kurdish issue peacefully, but also to push Turkey towards a more advanced level of democracy. The process has recently been facing difficulties, though not insurmountable ones. The government and the Kurdish movement have blamed one another for not adequately undertaking their respective responsibilities. In August, Prime Minister Erdogan accused the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) of not living up to its promise to withdraw from Turkey, saying that only 20 percent of fighters had left Turkey’s soil. In response, the Kurdish side accused the government of not being committed to the process, since the government did not undertake the necessary judicial and democratic reforms as part of the second step of the three-phase process. The first phase of the process concerns the withdrawal of PKK members from Turkey and the last phase involves the reintegration of PKK members into society. Consequently, the PKK decided to discontinue its withdrawal until the government carries out the necessary reforms and meets the conditions for more comprehensive negotiations proposed by Ocalan, the incarcerated leader of the PKK. As a result, the government announced a much-anticipated 28-point reform package in late September. Yet, Kurds deemed the package insufficient to address its main demands and reiterated their insistence that the government conduct deep and meaningful negotiations with Ocalan. Thereafter, both sides have adopted increasingly accusatory language, the latest evolution of which took the form of PKK’s Cemil Bayik threatening to renew the fight unless the government revives the process. With this posture, the PKK seeks to achieve two goals. First, it wants to exert pressure on the government as local elections near. Second, it wants to strengthen Ocalan’s negotiating position in the process. Although one can see the logic behind this stance, the threat of resuming armed struggle, let alone initiating it, is ultimately inimical to the interests of both Turkey and the PKK, and counterproductive to the Kurds’ efforts to attain full democratic rights. In an era of opening political channels and improved prospects for peaceful political advancement of their rights. Armed struggle is obsolete. The PKK should not renounce violence as a tactical move; it should do so as part of its strategic vision. Recent reforms have fallen short of meeting some key demands of the Kurdish movement. These include the use of the Kurdish language in education and public life, elimination of Turkey’s infamous anti-terrorism law and introduction of a decentralised local government structure by lifting Turkey’s reservations on the Council of Europe’s European Charter on Local Self-Government. However, the package did free the Kurdish movement from many restrictions that had previously prevented it from being a more effective political force. Given that pro–Kurdish parties usually poll at 5-7 percent of the national vote, it was unable to enter parliament under its name and receive public funding. Therefore, it is clear that the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will be the main beneficiary of the package’s provisions related to the political system. These include: proposing to lower than the current 10 percent election threshold to 5 percent or annulling it altogether; reducing the 7 percent threshold for parties to receive public funding to 3 percent; and allowing political campaigning in languages other than Turkish. These articles mean that Kurdish politics will have secured more direct representation in the parliament and more public financing in the future. Due to the moribund state of Turkey’s main opposition, the lackluster Republican People Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish BDP already functions as the real opposition in parliament and punches above its weight. With increased parliamentary representation and sound finances, an invigorated Kurdish movement in the upcoming years requires little imagination. Such a movement will be capable of bringing about greater pressure on the government for the further attainment of Kurdish rights. The general mood in the country and government officials’ language suggest there is no serious opposition to the demands that the Kurdish movement regards as integral to any solution. The conversation between BDP MPs Sirri Sakik and Hasip Kaplan, and Prime Minister Erdogan during the opening ceremony of the parliament on 1 October affirms this point. When the two MPs conveyed Kurds’ disappointment at the shortcomings of the democratisation package, Erdogan replied by saying “see the glass as halffull”. In addition, as demonstrated by the lack of any significant backlash against the government’s removal of a highly nationalistic student oath, which begins “I am a Turk, I am honest...” and ends with “may my presence be a gift to Turkish nation”, society has matured vis-a-vis the Kurdish issue. This picture reveals two things: First, what we have witnessed is tough political bargaining and calculations. Second, the societal and political environment is ripe for the Kurdish movement to attain Kurdish rights through politics. This assessment does not mean that certain elements of the political calculations cannot go awry and cause setbacks in the process. The road to a peaceful settlement of the issue is plagued with risks apparent and unforeseen. To avoid this, the PKK should continue its withdrawal across the border into Iraq, as the presence of armed rebels on Turkey’s soil means the continuing risk of violent confrontation between the PKK and the army. In return, the government should be clearer about, and bolder in its reforms. For instance, as a sign of its commitment, the government should announce a time-table for amending the notorious anti-terrorism law, which led to the jailing of hundreds of Kurdish politicians and activists. Ocalan shrewdly aligned the Kurdish movement with the zeitgeist of a new era and a new Turkey when he declared in his 21 March Newroz (Kurdish New Year) letter that the era of armed struggle is over, heralding a new period for politics and ideas to speak. The Kurdish movement should not backtrack on this vision, and the government should reciprocate in the same manner. As long as the Kurds can keep their struggle within civilian and political boundaries, they are likely to form stronger domestic alliances and find a more sympathetic international audience. Through struggle in this form, the Kurds not only have a better chance to attain their rights, but they also can play an enhanced role in the further democratisation of Turkey.—Courtesy Aljazeera


Jilani to assume ambassadorial charge From Back Page Hakimullah Masood. The government has condemned this act and described it as an attempt to sabotaging the proposed peace talks between the government and Taliban. The Nawaz –Obama meeting last month in Washington had produced some positivity in their ties after sinking to the lowest ebb in the aftermath of Salala attack and OBL episode in Abbottabad. But the latest drone strike has again developed suspicion and trust deficit. The skillful Jilani has to walk over a bumpy road as Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali had announced to review Pakistan’s ties with the US. Ambassador Jilani joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1979. He was appointed as Foreign Secretary in March 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union. He also interacted with the NATO HQ based in Brussels on regular basis. Ambassador Jilani, born on 2 February 1955, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and M.Sc. in Defence and Strategic Studies. In his professional life, he has specialized in South Asian affairs and remained Director India (1992-1995), Deputy High Commissioner/Acting High Commissioner to New Delhi (1999-2003) and Director General South Asia and SAARC (2003-2007). In 2005 he also served as the Government’s Spokesman on Foreign Affairs. From 1990 to 1992, Ambassador Jilani served as Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. His other overseas assignments include: Jeddah (19831985), London (1985-1988), Washington (1995-1999) and High Commissioner to Canberra, Australia (2007-2009).

Karachi operation From Page 1 government needed support from the people and the media in that regard because the government wanted to provide a safe and protected atmosphere for trade and economic activities and to protect lives and property of the citizens. Those who have created unrest and lawlessness in the port city should be taken to task he said. The Prime Minister said that the LEAs had played a pivotal role in curbing the crimes and had arrested the target killers, extortionists, kidnappers for ransom and others involved in heinous crimes and it was imperative that the courts of law should execute them in accordance to law so that the crimes end and peace and tranquility prevailed. Nawaz Sharif said that the LEAs had so far arrested some 6000 criminals of which 4780 were in judicial custody. Three were awarded sentences while 635 were released on bails and 49 were released for lack of evidences against them. He said that he wanted to see the criminals were duly sentenced for their crimes after their trials on fast track basis. The court proceedings of the criminals was an important factor that should help government’s efforts to end crimes and for that reason the government had made targeted killing and extortions as acts of terrorism and should be tried thus. The Prime Minister said that exchange of criminals was permissible under the law and the government was considering to amend the laws in order to legalize the joint interrogationreports. The country and the port city should be cleaned of illegal weapons. He also approved a decision of constituting a monitoring committee on ongoing targeted operation. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement had demanded the formation of the said committee, which in fact was assured by the federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. However, Sindh provincial government had always opposed the demand for formation of the monitoring committee.

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Pak-IMF successfully conclude first review From Page 1 dressing a press conference at Ministry of Finance this evening.Head of IMF Mission Jaffrey Frank, Advisor Finance Ministry Rana Asad Amin, Secretary Finance Dr. Waqar Masood Khan and Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yasin Anwar were also present on the occasion. The Minister said that the visiting IMF review mission has appreciated the economic policies of the government’s first quarter and its performance which has fulfilled the commitments made with the Fund. “I am pleased to announce that Pakistan and IMF have successfully concluded the first review under the 3-year EFF programme for an amount of $6.6 billion. This will enable IMF to go to their Board for the release of second tranche of about $547 million”, he said. He said this is indicative of government’s seriousness in implementing the home-grown macro economic stability programme. Senator Dar said that higher growth has been registered compared to initial estimate under the programme and the manufacturing growth, spurred by better energy supplies, was behind this development. He said that government has paid Rs.480 billion circular debt and remaining Rs.80 billion has also been cleared. He said due to this initiative, 1700 MW of electricity have been added in the system. The Minister said that government has not increased the tariff of the lowest income group specially the poor segment of the society and paid Rs. 250 billion as subsidy for the relief of this income group. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the targets for budget deficit and projected revenues of FBR, have performed better than expected in the programme. He said that the budget deficit was only 1.1% of GDP as

against the target of 1.7% and FBR revenues were Rs.469 billion against Rs.436 billion projected in the budget. The FBR, he said, is on track on the issuance of notices to the potential tax-payers and broadening tax and improvements in tax administration. The Finance Minister said that the current account deficit for first quarter was higher than the target reflecting strong aggregate demand as reflected in higher growth projection going forward. The deficit, he said, was affected due to lower capital and financial inflows. He said that necessary steps have been taken in energy sector for rationalization of tariff. “We are on track to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Gas companies to reduce losses to match the international standards through investment measures, managerial and administrative improvements”, he added. Privatization, the Minister said that it was the PML-N government which had started the process of privatization and “We are progressing towards the privatization, restructuring and strategic partnerships of PSEs. He said financial institutions, privatized by the PML-N, were performing well and contributing billions of rupees in terms of taxes to the national exchequer. “On the same time we are also taking steps for the protection of the rights of the workers whose entities would be privatized”, he added. He said that committed funds for BISP have been released while the government would move to a mechanism to automatically release funds by mid-quarter to allow time for BISP to deliver payments to the recipients on time. He said government would focus now for building foreign exchange reserves. He said banking system has shown good

indicators which necessary to improving the sector. Developing government domestic debt market and strengthening public debt management would continue, he added. He on the occasion reiterated the commitment of the PML-N government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for provision of low cost electricity by pursuing hydel and coal based power generation to the people in the country. He said during next three to four years about 22000 MW electricity would be produced in this regard while under medium term plan 40,000 MW low cost electricity would be produced. The Minister said other multilateral donors would provide US $ 1.7 billion out of which US $ 700 million would be allocated for 4500 MW Dasu project in KPK and the work on the project would start soon. Apart from it the government has decided to start work on Diamer-Basha dam from its own resources. “We have achieved negotiation of the Programme and first review in relatively short time. Our challenges remain numerous but we are determined that we will remain on track in achieving the objectives of the programme. The policies we have adopted will put our economy on the road of stability and economic prosperity”, he added. He also thanked Jeffery Franks, the Mission Chief and his team, for an outstanding job they have done in conducting the first review within a tight time schedule. The IMF mission leader Jeffrey Franks in his statement said that the IMF mission held constructive discussions wit government and central bank officials on the economic performance under the EFF programme and is encouraged by the overall progress made thus far. —APP

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“working hard” to reach an agreement. Kerry’s comments came on the second and last scheduled day of crunch international talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. The hoped-for agreement seen as a first step ahead of further talks on a final deal - could see Tehran freeze its nuclear efforts for as long as six months in exchange for some relief from the sanctions that have battered its economy. In addition to Kerry, the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany also arrived following lastminute announcements they would join the talks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also cancelled a trip to Rome to continue the talks. The unexpected convening of some of the world’s most high-ranking diplomats has sparked widespread hopes that a deal may be in sight. But Kerry, who is set to meet with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton separately on Friday afternoon before a trilateral meeting including Zarif, pointed to continued disagreements and tried to dampen expectations. “We hope to try to narrow those differences but I don’t think anybody should mistake that there are some important gaps that have to be closed,” he said..—AFP

tables and quake victims in Awaran Friday after attending a briefing on the ongoing relief activities. He said the government has not accepted any foreign assistance for the relief and rehabilitation of quake affected areas. Federal and provincial governments will collectively provide funds for the whole purpose. He said the quake affected district of Awaran will be transformed into a model district and developed on the pattern of Islamabad and Karachi. Announcing several new initiatives for Awaran district‚ he said that solar energy will be introduced in the district to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the people. Similarly supply of gas will be ensured to the area. Appreciating the early rescue and relief activities of the concerned departments‚ Nawaz Sharif said rehabilitation activities including reconstruction of houses and roads will be completed in the shortest possible time after taking on board the quake victims. The Prime Minister also announced compensation of five hundred thousand rupees for the heirs of those died in the calamity and one hundred and fifty thousand rupees for the injured. On the occasion‚ Nawaz Sharif also made an appeal to estranged Baloch leaders and

militants to enter into the national mainstream and become part of the nation building process. Earlier‚ Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited the earthquake-hit area of Awaran and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation measures being taken in the wake of the natural calamity. The Prime Minister flew from Karachi to Balochistan’s Awaran area‚ which was badly affected by the devastating earthquake last month. Interior Minister‚ Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan‚ Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources‚ Jam Kamal and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)‚ Maj. Gen Saeed Aleem accompanied the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was briefed about the relief activities being carried out for the earthquake victims. Earlier‚ Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch received the Prime Minister on his arrival. Senator Mir Hasil Bazinjo and Sardar Sanaullah Zehri were also present on the occasion. According to data available with the NDMA‚ 386 persons were killed while 816 were injured in the earthquake. Also‚ 32‚638 houses were completely destructed and 14118 were partially damaged.—NNI

Opposition walks out ernment should initiate dialogue process with Taliban and demanded that drone attacks must be stopped to ensure the success of the dialogue. The speakers said that peace should be given a chance but the dialogue with Taliban should be unconditional. They said till now about 370 drone attacks took place in the country and 90 percent of these were in North Waziristan. They said that the drone attacks have shattered the economy of the country. Those spoke on the occasion include Tahira Aurangzeb, Shaikh Salahuddin, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal,

From Page 1 Salman Baloch and Nazir Khan. Students and staff members of National Defence University Islamabad and Lahore University of Management Sciences were present in the visitors’ gallery and witnessed the proceedings of the House. Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid introduced “The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2013” in the House today. The bill provides to amend the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan Ordinance, 1979. The House will now meet on Monday at 4 pm. Earlier, the opposition deliv-

ered a unanimous statement saying that they will continue to boycott the proceedings till the Prime Minister takes them into confidence and gives a policy statement about the dialogue with Taliban on Monday. Speaking to the media outside the assembly building, Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said the opposition members will not attend sessions until the government takes them into confidence over talks with Taliban. He also stated that now that the TTP has said there will be no talks with the government, the parliamentarians should be apprised of the situation.—Online

Opposition ends Senate boycott

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said that he came to the opposition session with the information minister following notice taken by the prime minister. The finance minister said that the government wanted to address the concerns of the opposition in senate. The figures that were presented to the senate would be reviewed, he assured. The opposition members after getting assurance from the government ended their token session and Senator Aitzaz

Ahsan said the opposition would attend the next Senate session in Parliament House. He however said that the opposition would still submit a privilege motion against the wrong reply submitted by Chaudhry Nisar in the upcoming session of the Senate. Aitzaz added that the opposition members had been assured that the interior minister’s wrong reply would be reviewed in the House. —INP

political, social and cultural organizations have arranged special programmes to portray Iqbal’s philosophy, life and his contribution to create awareness among the Muslims of South Asia. Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the modern age who aroused a revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages.—Online

US, Israel lose UNESCO voting rights From Page 1 automatically lose voting rights. US contributions represented 22 percent of the agency’s overall budget. With the US and Israel withdrawing their contributions UNESCO’s budget fell from $653 million to $507 million (310 million euros). The reduced budget means some 300 people at UNESCO are in danger of losing their jobs. In 2012 the UN agency employed 1,200 people at its headquarters in Paris and 900 around the world. UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova, who was reelected in October, raised $75 million in a bid to deal with the agency’s financial crisis. “The list of countries that will lose their voting rights will be announced probably tomorrow (Saturday) in a plenary session,” the same UNESCO source said.—AFP

TTP threatens to attack Govt, security forces From Page 1 thus causing a serious blow to the peace efforts as both Taliban and Pakistani government were very closed to sitting on negotiation table to ensure lasting peace in the region. The TTP Shoora head Asmatullah Shaheed Bhettani has said that they would launch a wave of revenge attacks against the government after the appointment of Commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader. ”The Taliban will target security forces, government installations, political leaders and police to take revenge of their former chief killings”. Asmatullah Shaheed Bhitanni warned The TTP shoora head further said that the Taliban’s main target included army and government installations in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s politi-

cal stronghold Punjab. “We have a plan. But I want to make one thing clear. “We will not target civilians, bazaars or public places. People do not need to be afraid,” Shaheen added. It may be recalled that attacks have been on the rise since Nawaz Sharif government came to power in May 11 general elections though Hakimullah Mehsud and his allies had been tentatively open to the concept of ceasefire talks with the government, but Fazlullah, whose men were behind many attacks including the high profile killing of GOC Swat Major General Sana Ullah and his close aid Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef in a road side explosion in Dir Upper near Pak-Afghan border on September 15. With chances of government Taliban talks getting far, observers believe the self-

styled Fazlullah’s rise could signal the start of a new period of uncertainty and violence in the region. Meanwhile the central spokesman of the TTP Shahidullah Shahid said Taliban were always deceived in the name of dialogues in the past and the administration had only killed our comrades. He further alleged that the successive Pakistani governments had been involved in the drone attacks planning and the American planes attacks in the tribal belt have been carried out with the support of the Pakistani governments. He said though final decision with regard to holding talks with the government is yet to be taken but it is understood that new chief of TTP Mullah Fazlullah was strongly opposed to parlays with the government.

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polls in Sindh like the other provinces, petition added. Sindh government prayed the court to hear the petition immediately on November 11. The court while accepting the request adjourned the hearing of the case till November, 11.—Online

over three years as part of the programme, but its condition of quarterly reviews means the cash is not guaranteed. A team led by the IMF’s regional adviser, Jeffrey Franks, visited Islamabad this month to assess if Pakistan was working hard enough to meet conditions intended to promote reforms. “Under the IMF programme the government is making strong efforts to increase tax collections over time to bring down the deficit,” he told reporters in Islamabad after completing his mission. “That will leave them in a much better position two or three years down the road to absorb any decline in other sources of funds.” Pakistan has already once

averted a balance of payments crisis in 2008 after securing an $11-billion IMF loan package, which was suspended two years ago after economic and reform targets were missed. This time around, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was elected in May, promised the IMF to privatise loss-making state industries, reform a faltering energy sector, expand Pakistan’s tiny tax base and cut government borrowing. But the financial situation remains dire. Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have dwindled to about $4 billion, or the equivalent of four week’s worth of imports, and several large repayments fall due in the next six months.—Reuters

going rehabilitation of the gas infrastructure which is being done in the wake of the gas leakage survey that is recently been done in Sui southern system. To a question the installation of the advanced metering infrastructure in the Sui southern system will be materialized over the period of three years that would cost $ 20 million. “We will also seek the US expertise in discovery the huge resources of shale gas, tide gas and coal bed methane in Pakistan,” the official said and added saying that US companies are 40 year ahead of any development country’s company in terms of service delivery and expertise in discovery of shale gas and other minerals.

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Suit No.238/2013 Z.T.B.L Kehror Lal Eison — Plaintiff Versus Muhammad Akram S/O Nizm Din Caste Gujar R/O Chak NO- 90/ML Kehror Lal Eison Distt, Layyah —Defendant Proclamation U/S 9 (5) Financial Institution Recovery of Finances Ordinance 46 of 2001 WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for recovery of Rs-155681/alongwith mark up/interest and costs etc claimed to be payable by you. Proclamation u/s 9(5) Ordinance 46 of 2001 to the above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of this proclamation, an application for leave to defend the suit. Taken notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 10.12.2013. Given under my hand and the seal of the court. 03rd the day of October 2013.

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JuD rallies: Hafiz Saeed urges govt to block NATO supply L AHORE —Jamaat-ud-Dawa on Friday staged protest rallies in different cities against the US drone strikes. Addressing a rally Jamaatud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said that the US drone attacks had sabotaged peace process. He said drone strikes started right after the return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his US visit. He urged the PM to direct to shoot down the US drones. Expressing support for PTI’s announcement of blocking NATO supply, Hafiz Saeed

LB Act 2013 to be amended LAHORE—Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah on Friday said that the preparation for holding local bodies elections on party basis in the province have been completed. He said that the Punjab government would be holding local bodies elections on December 7. Talking to media, the provincial law minister said that LB elections would be held on party basis through an upcoming ordinance amending the LB Act 2013 for which the Punjab cabinet was competent enough.—INP

Sugar price up by Rs2/kg KARACHI—Sugar prices have been increased by Rs 2/kg in wholesale and retail market of Karachi. After recent increase sugar prices in wholesale market have reached Rs56/kg and in retail market Rs58/kg. It should be mentioned that it was second time during the two weeks the sugar prices have been increased. he sugar dealers were of the view that sugar mills have increased price of 50kg sugar bag by Rs100 besides increase in transportation charges due to which they were forced to raise prices.—INP

PESHAWAR: Supporters of a religious party staged a sit-in against NATO supply routes and US drone strikes at Kohat road on Friday.—INP photo.

PM to decide Army chief’s appointment on Nov 28: PR I S L A M A B A D —Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make a decision regarding the appointment of Pakistan’s new Army chief on November 28. Speaking to media here, the information minister said the government had received reports of the Taliban refusing to hold talks via media. “We will wait and see if the other side releases a clarification or makes some changes to their

MQM delegation meets Nawaz Sharif OBSERVER REPORT K ARACHI —A

Contempt proceedings ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court on Friday adjourned hearing of contempt of court case against Defence Secretary till November 18. A five- member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the contempt of court case against Secretary Defene Asif Yasin Malik. During the hearing, the defence secretary’ lawyer Iftikhar Gilani submitted the record of parliamentary discussion regarding election in Cantonment Boards. He argued that the prime minister is authorized to approve elections in the Cantonment Boards. He added that Secretary Defence has already sought an apology from the court; despite this, he is being indicted in the case. He also requested the court to declare the decision of indictment as null and void.Attorney General Muneer A Malik also moved a petition in the apex court.—INP

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Muttahida Qaumi Movement delegation on Friday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Governor House during his day-long visit to the port city. Sources said that country’s political situation came under discussion during the meeting. The MQM delegation comprised party’s parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Senator Babar Khan Ghori, Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Adil Siddiqui. The prime minister had a meeting with traders at the Governor House during his visit. The premier pledged that ongoing drive against criminal elements would continue in Karachi as the city was the country’s commercial hub. He expressed resolve that his government could not be blackmailed over the Karachi operation.

resolve.” The drone attack cannot cause damage to the dialogue process,’ he said. W h e n asked about former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the minister said Musharraf had been granted bail by the courts. “Musharraf

has been granted bail, he has not been released.” Rasheed said, and added that the name of the former president was still on the exit control list and he could not leave the country. He said the Article 6 case against Musharraf was pending and investigations were underway. “If we would have started proceedings against Mushararf immediately after being elected, everyone would have called it revenge.”—INP

SIC declares ex-TTP chief as murderer, criminal SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a conglomerate of organizations of Braveli school of thought, came down hard on elements those who declared former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud as a Shaheed following his death in a US drone attack in North Waziristan last Friday. In a statement issued here on Friday, it said that branding the killing of Mehsud as Shahadat was against teachings of the Quran and an Sunnah. It noted that the former TTP cheif was a murderer and a criminal. The statement also termed the US drone attacks in country’s northwestern tribal region as illegal, immoral, inhuman and atrocity. It termed innocent people including children man and women as martyrs. Meanwhile Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl

(JUI-F) chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman in an interview clarified that he was expressing his hatred for the United States in his statement that even a dog killed by the US is a martyr, made on November 5. During the interview when asked if people associated with former Afghan ruler Najib who died fighting the US could be considered martyrs, Maulana Fazlur Rehman replied they could not. Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer, Munawar Hasan in an interview said if American soldiers being killed the Taliban were not martyrs, Pakistani soldiers being killed by the Taliban could not be declared martyrs. In an earlier statement made on November 3, Hasan had triggered controversy when he declared Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr following his death in a US drone strike.

Jilani to assume charge in Washington next month LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —Jalil Abbas

ECP to continue work on non-party basis

Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to continue with preparations for local government polls in Punjab on a non-party basis despite the Lahore High Court ruling against it. A spokesman for the ECP said Friday that commission officials were of the view that, in light of the LHC’s ruling to conduct local government elections on party basis, the responsibility to amend the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 (PLGA) fell upon the provincial government. The ECP further believes that until and unless a new law is formulated or the existing law amended, preparations for polls should continue as planned based

Jilani, Currently Foreign Secretary, who has been appointed as Pakistan’s new Ambassador to the United States will assume his charge in Washington next month. A career diplomat who has a long and rich experience in diplomatic field, Jilani has a daunting task before him as STAFF REPORTER both the countries have grown uneasy relationship on the latest drone attack killing TTP KARACHI—The debrief of Pakistan Navy war game leader Shamsheer-e-Bahr-V was held at Karachi on Friday the 8th Continued on Page 7 November 2013. Mr Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs was the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest underlined the sigISLAMABAD—Islamabad High nificance of war games in miliCourt (IHC) has allowed peti- tary planning process and said tioner Shahid Orakzai to request that in today’s fast changing Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to world, regular conduct of war constitute full bench of Supreme games to evolve new concepts Court (SC) to hear his petition and doctrines is all the more filed against Maulana Fazlur important. Rehman for expressing objectionThe Chief Guest lauded the able remarks. realistic stock taking and objecThe petitioner told the court tive decision making of the that the said Member of National Force Commanders who earlier Assembly (MNA) expressed ob- presented their detailed plans jectionable remarks in the pre- and the Control team which mises of parliament where NA presented an exhaustive analyspeaker wields all the powers in sis. He said that national serespect of NA. curity has since long tranThe speaker NA can stop the scended traditional concepts of informal session of senators today military defence and is now a in the premises of parliament if more comprehensive and wide he wills so. —Online ranging subject encompassing

died in Paris on November 11, 2004 after falling sick a month earlier. Doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the time.Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that Arafat was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed. But there has never been any proof. Tirawi said Palestinian investigators had studied the findings of Swiss scientists released this week which “moderately” supported the notion of poisoning. In November 2012, Arafat’s remains were exhumed and samples taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poi-

ter the assassination in that manner of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. Speaking to reporters in Lausanne on Thursday, the Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied polonium was the actual cause of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element. Israel once again firmly denied killing Arafat. “I will state this as simply and clearly as I can: Israel did not kill Arafat. Period. And that’s all there is to it,” foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

said. On Thursday, a bench of the LHC headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial declared that holding local government elections in Punjab on non-party basis would be a violation of the constitution. The bench set aside Section 18 of the PLGA 2013. The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q), Lawyers Foundation for Justice, Majlis-iWahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) and others had filed petitions challenging the non-party elections and the Punjab government’s jurisdiction to carry out delimitation of LG constituencies.—Online

Sartaj underlines war games’ significance

IHC refers petition against Fazl to SC

Israel ‘only suspect’ in Arafat ‘assassination’: Palestinians only suspect in the “assassination” of Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss experts said tests suggested their veteran leader was killed by polonium poisoning. “We say that Israel is the one and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case,” said Tawfiq Tirawi, head of the Palestinian Authority’s inquiry into the death. “This is the crime of the 21st century,” Tirawi told a news conference in the West Bank town of Ramallah. “The fundamental (goal) is to find out who is behind the liq-

less accusations at Israel without the slightest proof. Israel did not do it. Enough is enough.” ‘France knows the truth’ The Swiss experts said the excessive quantities of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party. Meanwhile, at Friday’s press conference, Palestinian justice minister Ali Mhanna urged France to send findings from an investigation launched more than a year ago. “We’ve so far received no response from the French side. We’ve sent a letter to the French demanding they accelerate the sending of results, and we’re still waiting,” said Mhanna.

government to end the drone attacks and quit the so-called US war against terrorism. Jamaat-ud-Dawa also staged protest rallies in Gujranwala. The participants were carrying banners and placards with anti-America slogans. A protest rally was also held by Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Quetta where JUI-S activists also participated in the demonstration. The protesters termed the US drone strikes as violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. —INP

PM to visit Thailand from Nov 17

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister, I SLAMABAD —The Election on the laws currently in place, he Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will

“The Palestinians should “From the beginning the RAMALLAH—The Palestinians uidation of Yasser Arafat.” The soned with polonium. That suspicion had grown af- stop levelling all these ground- French have told us they can’t G ILGIT —Dozens of houses said on Friday that Israel is the Palestinian president, aged 75, were damaged and precious household items were spoiled as rainwater flooded nullahs entered residential areas in different localities of Gilgit on night between Thursday-Friday. Heavy rain lashed various areas of Gilgit district late Thursday night. The rain flooded the nullahs and the water entered residential houses of Mujahid Colony, Muslim Colony and Markaz Colony in Konodas area of Gilgit. The dwellers of the affected areas climbed the roofs and upper storey of their houses to with children and valuables. However, the water destroyed several houses and walls of dozens of houses collapsed due to floodwater.—INP

said that the supply should also be blocked at Chaman border. He said it was responsibility of the government to create atmosphere for process of peace talks with Taliban. He also appealed to the Taliban to participate in the peace process. The participants of the rally shouted slogans against drone strikes and the US. Meanwhile, protest rally against the drone strikes was also held in Islamabad. The speakers said that the US had started an unannounced war in Pakistan. The protesters demanded of the

send the results until there’s Franco-Palestinian judicial cooperation.” Tirawi declared that “France knows the whole truth and details of the martyrdom of Yasser Arafat”. A French foreign ministry spokesman told AFP that France’s judiciary would decide when the findings were sent, but a judicial official said the results had not yet been received by the courts. Some 60 samples were taken from Arafat’s remains in November 2012 and divided between Swiss and Russian investigators and a French team carrying out a probe at the request of Arafat’s widow.—AP

foreign policy, economy, security and to some extent environmental security. He assured that the government will provide all the required resources and support for development of maritime infrastructure along our coast. He also emphasized on the need for having strong navy to protect our maritime interests. He said that the development needs of Pakistan Navy, specially the submarines, would be accorded priority despite resource constraints. On his arrival at the venue, the Chief Guest was received by Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Chief of the Naval Staff. Later, Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), presented an overview of the war game outlining objectives set forth and concepts tried. He added that exercise Shamsheere-Bahr-V is held biannually to try various concepts which are then validated in subsequent Navy-wide field exercises before being incorporated into naval strategy.

visit Bangkok from 17-19 November 2013 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, to participate in “Connect Asia Pacific Summit” being held in Bangkok on 18 November. Prime Minister will also undertake bilateral official visit to Thailand after the Summit commitments. Connect Asia Pacific Summit is being jointly organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Government of Kingdom of Thailand and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Summit will inter alia be attended by the Presidents of Mongolia and Rwanda and Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Cambodia and Togo. The visit, which closely follows the visit of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to Pakistan in August this year, is indicative of the closeness of Pakistan – Thailand relations and the desire on part of the leadership of two countries to take these relations to new heights.—INP

Imran directs Khattak to act against corrupt ministers KARACHI—Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Friday said it had come to his notice that some ministers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet were indulging in corruption.In a statement issued from the PTI’s Media Cell, Khan demanded of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to immediately investigate and take action against these ministers. Khan reminded that PTI was given an electoral mandate on two main commitments: One, to bring peace to the country, especially to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the second to stamp out corruption.—Online

Kashmir Issue

US open to any role if asked by India, Pak WASHINGTON—Underlining that India and Pakistan have to “determine the pace, scope and character” of their dialogue, the US has said it is open to exploring any role in resolving the Kashmir issue only if asked by them. “I think that if there is something that both countries would want us to play (on Kashmir), .. It is something that we would be open to discussing and exploring, but we are not getting in the middle of this. This is for the two of them to figure it out,” a senior US official said yesterday. “We have always held that it is for India and Pakistan to determine

pace, scope and character of their dialogue...,” the official said when asked about Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent request to intervene in resolving the issue. “The United States has always been open to and supportive of any role that it can play to advance and improve that, but it is really for the two countries to determine and we have always deferred to the two countries to do that,” the official added. “We strongly support any improvement of all aspects of that relationship,” the official said when asked about the Kashmir issue between the two countries.—Online


FDA seeks to ban trans fats in processed foods due to health risks

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HE US Food and Drug Administra tion on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease. Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of the fats, have been shown to raise “bad” cholesterol. Reducing the use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA said. “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. Public health advocates welcomed the move. “Artificial trans fat is a uniquely powerful promoter of heart disease, and today’s announcement will hasten its eventual disappearance from the food supply,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. The FDA’s proposal is not the first public effort to ban trans fats. New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurants, including their use for deep-frying foods, and many restaurants and fast food chains, including McDonald’s Corp., have eliminated their use. Some European countries have also taken steps. Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland regulate the sale of many foods containing trans fats. Products that still contain

trans fats include some varieties of crackers, refrigerated dough, coffee creamers and ready-to-use frosting, among others. Some products will be harder to reformulate than others, FDA officials said. “We know that technically this is not an insoluble problem,” Hamburg told reporters on a conference call, adding that the use of trans fats has declined dramatically since 2006, when the agency required that trans fat levels be disclosed on package labels. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, food manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amounts of trans fats in their food products by more than 73 percent since 2005, in part by reformulating products. The FDA said the average daily intake of trans fats by Americans fell from 4.6 grams a day in 2003 to 1 gram in 2012. “Trans fats that are not naturally occurring have been drastically reduced,” the Grocery Manufacturers said. “We look forward to working with the FDA to better understand their concerns and how our industry can better serve consumers.” It was unclear which companies would be hit hardest, or what the total cost will be, but many products well known to U.S. consumers are likely to be affected. Among products singled out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest were various Marie Callender’s pies, made by ConAgra Foods Inc; Diamond Foods’ Pop Secret microwave popcorn; and cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury Co, owned by General Mills.

High Commissioner of Mauritius Rashad Daureeawo, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al Ghadeer, Ambassador of Algeria Dr Ahmed Benflis, Ambassador of Tunisia Mourad Bourehla, Ambassador of Nepal Bharat Raj Paudyal, Ikhtiar Baig Mirza, Walid Mushtaq and others, posing for a group photo at a reception hosted by Ambassador of Mauritius in the honor of Honorary Consulate General for Mauritius in Karachi Sohail Yaseen, at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Low gas pressure irks consumers I SLAMABAD —With the ar-

rival of winter season, domestic gas consumers have been facing problems due to low or zero gas pressure in their houses for a couple of days. The temperature fell to a significant level after rain in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and with this change in weather conditions people have started facing low or zero gas pressure. Domestic consumers of different localities including Saddar, Adiala Road, Committee Chowk, Pirwadhai, Gulrez, Chaklala Scheme- III, Dhoke Chaudhrian, Sadiqabad, Satellite Town, Pindora have been facing difficulties due to low or zero gas pressure in their houses for a couple of days. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, people of the twin cities would face worst Activists of Jamat-ud-Dawa holding a protest demonstration against US drone attacks winter.—APP outside Masjid Quba.

Youth have potential to meet challenges: Ayaz Sadiq STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said that future of the country rests in hands of young generation and our youth have potential and abilities to meet the challenges confronting the nation. He was talking to a group of participants and faculty members of the Contemporary Studies, National Defence University (NDU), who called on him at the Parliament House. The Speaker said that nation has a lot of expectations from its youth and they should equip themselves of modern technology and work

Female radio producer facing harassment ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Justice Noor-ulHaq N Qureshi of the Islamabad High Court has directed a station house officer (SHO) of the I-9 police station to appear before the court in person and submit reply for not registering the FIR of a woman employee of Radio Pakistan who alleged that her senior officer tried to rape her. Rizwana Khan a Music Producer at Ra-

dio Pakistan told the court that she had been a contract employee of grade 17 at the stateowned radio station. An officer namely Sajid Durrani has been sexually harassing her for quite sometime asking her for illicit relationships. The person has been making sexual advances through email and sms. By the end of May this year, he intruded the room allotted to her at Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA)

hostel and tried to rape her. The accused person tore off her clothes and severely beat her. The petitioner Rizwana Khan while talking to this correspondent told that she went to I-9 police station for registration of FIR but they did not entertain her application. She then filed the case before the civil judge under section 22-A, which ordered the police to register the case

but it was not once again. She then filed a petition before the IHC seeking relief in this matter. Petitioner Khan told that the alleged accused in this case using his influence has got her terminated, as her contract was not renewed. He also dispossesses her from the official residence that is sealed at the moment, the petitioner further alleged. The court has directed the SHO to appear while the date is yet to be fixed.

RAC stages dramas on anti-dengue theme STAFF REPORTER

Mohanpura and Government tion of the audience to con- breeding grounds of dengue College for Women B Block. vey the message of aware- larvae, symptoms of dengue R AWALPINDI —A comedy The 40-minute comic ness. The drama educates fever and even describes the and awareness drama ‘Den- drama is replete with funny the audience about preven- history of dengue and its gue in Trouble’, carrying dialogues to grab the atten- tive measures to eliminate spreading cycle. the message of keeping our homes and surroundings clean to eliminate dengue, was staged at the Government College for Women Dhok Kala Khan on Friday. The drama was presented by the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in line with the instructions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and special directives of Commissioner Rawalpindi division Khalid Masood Ch to create mass awareness regarding the spread of dengue. The drama was also staged in the Government Girls College Murree Road, the Government Degree College for Women Dhok Mangtal and the Government College for Women Dhok Ratta, Government College for Women Anti-dengue drama being staged at Govt College for Women Rawalpindi on Friday.

Directed by Amin Shahzada and written by Imran Rushdi ‘Dengue in Trouble’ gives the simple but robust message ‘ Don’t be afraid, but adopt preventive measures’ to eliminate dengue and the hall resounding with claps by about three hundred students proved that the message is well received. The cast features Imran Rushdi, Amin Shahzada, Tehseen Victor, Rana Kashif and Shahid Bhatti. Speaking about the campaign, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said on the instructions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif every government department is involved in creating awareness about the dengue control and adopting preventive measures. He said awareness through comedy is the best way of conveying the message of adopting precautionary measures to eliminate dengue.

hard to cope with the challenges being faced by country and come up to the expectations of the nation. He said Pakistan is facing menace of terrorism and extremism that had disrupted civic life of citizens and economic activity in the country and the government is trying to indigenously address the root causes of this menace. “We are committed to peace and stability and elimination of extremism and terrorism in the country as well as in the region.” The Speaker said all political parties in Pakistan are on the same page on the issues of national importance

as he called upon the youth to come forward and join hand for prosperity and development of the country. Speaker shared with the participants the composition, working and functioning of the National Assembly and its Standing Committees and informed about austerity measures introduced in the National Assembly Secretariat. The Speaker also responded to questions raised by participants and expressed desire to devise training program or course on Parliamentary Practices and Legislative Drafting for universities and educational institution.

Anti-polio campaign from Nov 18 R AWALPINDI —A five-day anti polio campaign will start from November 18 and children under five years would be vaccinated against the crippling disease. According to Additional Deputy Commissioner General (ADCG) Muhammad Ali Randhawa all available resources would be utilised to ensure that the campaign is a success. He said, special teams would cover all entry points of the district so that no child remains unattended. He said while reviewing arrangements in a meeting here Friday. The ADCG said arrangements for the polio campaign were being finalised. Teams have been constituted that would cover bus stands, railway stations, markets and other public places. —APP


Educated police personnel to get promotion

FBISE’s HSSC supplementary exams

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ISLAMABAD —Federal CapiI SLAMABAD —The Higher tal Police has decided to proSecondary School Certificate mote the highly educated (HSSC) supplementary expolice personnel on fast track ams under Federal Board of 04:00 as compare to less educated Intermediate and Secondary personnel. Details said, fast Education (FBISE) will comtrack promotion of Bachelors mence from November 19. 07:00 (BA), Masters (MA) and According to a press redouble MA qualified personlease issued by the FBISE on Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity nel would depend on the Friday, roll number slips of performance of employees. the candidates appearing in Sources said that, if the the said examination have performance of highly edubeen dispatched at the adcated personnel will remain dresses given by them in the better till January, then recomadmission forms. mendation will be proposed In case, any candidate November 19 to ministry of Law to approve does not receive the roll number slip, he/she is advised to TALENT carnival for stu- the law of fast track promotion. On the other side this immediately contact the officer dents, organised by the of FBISE, Controller of Examistudent Affairs Forum, at decision has spread disapnation (Conduct) on Phone the Rawalpindi Arts Coun- pointment amongst less educated police personnel who No 051-9250606, Deputy Concil, Cultural Complex, are waiting for their promotroller of Examination (HSSC Shamsabad, Rawalpindi. tion after the completion of Conduct) on Phone No 051their departmental courses. 9250619, Assistant Controller But high police officials of Examination (HSSC Conhave said that fast track product) on Phone No 051motion will boost the moral 9250641, Assistant Secretary of educated police personnel One Window Cell on Phone and it will also not effect the Minister of State for Privatization Khurram Dastgir Khan, Convener Pakistan-Argentine Friendship Group Association Ghous Bux Mahar, No 051-9250651 or Superintendepartmental promotion of Member National Assembly of the Argentine Republic. Julia Arpestina Perie. Ambassador of Argentina. Rodolfo Martin Saravia, and others at a dent (HSSC Conduct) on Phone No 051-9250666 Ext. 130. RAWALPINDI—The city admin- less educated employees. reception hosted by Ghaus Bux Mahar in honor of Argentina delegation, at Parliament Lodges.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir istration has launched an operation against illegal slaughter houses and cattle farms in Rawalpindi. The administration along with police is conducting raids in the city to remove cattles out of the city. Recently, the administraSTAFF REPORTER tion registered 15 cases and arrested two persons, besides more common in areas includnumber of cities with mushCITY REPORTER confiscating nine buffalos and ing G-6, G-7, G-9 and I-10 with room growth and no plan- I SLAMABAD —Three memmeat in Pir Wadhai, Khayaban- I SLAMABAD —Illegal con- construction of rooms on ning, but here in the Capital, bers delegation headed by e-Sir Syed, Dhok Dalal and IJP struction in shape of small roofs of houses and govern- we have a proper department Ms. Julia Arpestina Perie on a baseline survey that citizen committees could be STAFF REPORTER Road. Assistant Commissioner enclosure outside of houses ment quarters. DCHD carried out on the helpful in preventing the torto check such extension Member of National Assembly of of the Republic of Ar- ISLAMABAD—Lawyers, civil state of criminal justice sys- ture. City Quratul Ain is supervising occupying space of streets A resident of G-9 told the which should do its job. the campaign. This step is be- is going unchecked in vari- official news agency, “There Shafiq Chaudhry, Director When contacted, senior gentinian called on Federal society activists and other tem in three districts of ing taken to keep the city clean ous sectors of the Federal are number of houses which CDA official, said that the Minister for Science and stakeholders of criminal jus- Punjab and it was found that Parliamentary Commission for and save the residents of cattle- Capital. However, the con- have been extended about four Authority has been carrying Technology Zahid Hamid tice system have called upon the menace was present and Human Rights presented an induced diseases including cerned department of Capi- to five feet outside of original out anti encroachment drives here on Friday. the government to introduce prevalent in police and overall view of United NaAreas of mutual interest, a comprehensive domestic prison officials. More than 54 tions Convention Against Congo fever.—INP tal Development Authority boundaries as a result occu- and operations to remove il(CDA) has turned a blind eye pying large space in streets legal extensions inside and bilateral ties, and coopera- law against torture by state per cent accused complained Torture (UNCAT) in the conto this illegal practice which which ultimately hinders outside of the houses at vari- tion particularly in the field authorities, in conformity that they were tortured dur- text of world human rights of Science and Technology with the United Nations Con- ing the investigation and movements and Pakistan’s is not only grabbing govern- people parking their vehicles”. ous sectors. “Although, we have not came under discussion in the vention Against Torture more than 50 per cent said obligations in this regard. He Akhtar Saleem, a resident ment land but also causing problems for the neighbours of I-10 sector informed, “We received fresh applications meeting. While talking to the (UNCAT) which Pakistan that their relatives had to said that UN committee that bribe police to escape tor- is overseeing the progress on as well as pedestrians, said often bear this problem at against illegal construction delegation the Minister said ratified back in 2010. UNCAT is now looking toThe stakeholders got to- ture. Alam Khan, a resident of G-7 night when all the residents but we take action after due that Pakistan and Argentina Kamran Arif, prominent wards the client states to form park their vehicles outside investigation as and when enjoy close and cordial rela- gether at a hotel for consulsector. This illegal practice is their homes.” There are a we receive any complaint.” tions. He said that there is a tative session of National lawyer and consultant HRCP their own law. Since Pakistan I SLAMABAD —District Bar great potential to enhance Campaign Against Torture spoke about the existing state had signed the convention in Association (DBA) has demutual cooperation, busi- hosted by Democratic Com- of criminal justice system in 2008 and in 2010 it ratified the cided to take action against ness ties and trade between mission for Human Develop- the country. Arif said that law and in 18th amendment of the lawyers holding fake dethe two countries. He also ment (DCHD) in collabora- before moving on to make the the constitution, Pakistan had grees. As per spokesperson emphasized the need to learn tion with Open Society Foun- law that definition of torture sworn to make elaborate laws to Bar Association, district from each other’s experiences dation and its partners. The had to be made and in the light of these convenbar has decided to again reand adopt best practices in campaign stipulates seven criminalized. He said that in- tions. He said though there start the process of degrees the field of Science and Tech- consultative sessions in dependent investigation was no universal definition of verification of lawyers. nology. which the stakeholders mechanism had to be de- torture, UNCAT definition is He said, bar would take would be tapped on how the vised to shun torture and fre- broadly agreed to. He said action against the lawyers campaign could be run at quency of granting the re- that mental pain and inhuman who will not submit their verigrass-root level and in the mand liberally by judiciary and degrading treatment was fied degrees within 15 days. media. The other sessions has to be curtailed. He said also covered in the UNCAT Remembering that, 1 year were held at Lahore, that courts must order medi- law. before general body of bar Campaign coordinator Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi, cal exam of the accused behad decided that action will fore and after arrest and reArshed Mehmood said that Hyderabad and Multan S TAFF R EPORTER be taken against the lawyers where the issue of legislation mand. He said that it was in the law if torture took place holding fake degrees but, R AWALPINDI —The govern- against the torture was com- clear that torture was preva- the accused could not take decision was not implement hospitals of the city lack prehensively brainstormed. lent and there should be no the position that he was ormented. The campaign is based doubt about it. He said that dered by the superiors. vaccine for snake or rat bitNow, once again before ten patients. the election of bar this issue The residents have exis being raised, sources said pressed grave concerns over that this issue has been only the situation and said that the raised for point scoring belack of vaccine may lead to fore elections. —Online spread of fatal diseases in the city. Recently, granddaughter Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah talking to people during his visit to Qadeemi of Karyana Merchant AssoImambargah to review the security arrangements in Rawalpindi. Begum Tahira Aurengzeb, and Cantt areas and repreSTAFF REPORTER ciation Rawalpindi president Seema Jilani, Asfand Yar sentative officers of various Haji Muhammad Salehin was R AWALPINDI —The minister Bhindara, Pakistan Muslim departments attended the bitten by rats. She was ISLAMABAD —While chill is rushed to Benazir Bhutto for Labour and Manpower in League - N (PML-N) City meeting. witnessing a constant inAccording to reports Hospital but the administra- Punjab Raja Ashfaq Sarwar President Rawalpindi Sardar crease with each passing directed administration to act Naseem, Muhammad Hanif Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said pution refused to admit her and day, the demand for chicken said they did not have the against unhygienic food ser- Abbasi, Marrium Aurengzeb, nitive action be taken against corn soup has increased vicing practices, ensuring Zaib un Nisa, MPA Raja Hanif those selling sub standard vaccine. manifold in the twin cities of fish live in open ponds and Advocate, Ch. Sarfraz Afzal, beef and mutton, running ilThe admin also informed Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A Anniversary of Allama that his poetic message rouse them that all government maintaining of cleanliness in Haji Pervez Khan, Malik legal slaughter houses, sellS TAFF REPORTER large number of people can Muhammad Iqbal Friday. and strengthen the spirit and hospitals lack the vaccine to wake of anti-Dengue cam- Iftikhar, Shaukat Janjua, En- ing unhygienic bakery items, be seen enjoying chicken ISLAMABAD—“The vision of gineer Qamar ul Islam, Dr. milk and other food items. The Speaker said that will of the Muslims to get in- cure the patients bitten by rat paign. soup either by standing near Hakeem-ul-Ummah, Allama prior to 23 March 1940, when dependent and separate He remarked no one He was presiding at a Jamal Nasir, Raja Muhammad soup stalls or sitting in shops Muhammad Iqbal was global, Pakistan resolution was for- homeland for them where they or snake. meeting of public represen- Ali, (Deputy Commission should be allowed to play The residents demanded and restaurants. tatives and divisional and Officer) DCO Sajid Zafar, Di- with the health and lives of encompassing every colour mally passed; Allama Iqbal’s could live according to their But at several stalls and and race of humanity. If we philosophical and poetic writ- creed, culture and traditions. of the higher authorities of district heads of administra- rector General Rawalpindi people. He further said that the Health Department to shops care is not taken to follow his teachings in letter ings were instrumental in for- The Speaker said that Allama tion and government depart- Development Authority (DG First Information Reports serve the chicken soup in and spirit, we do not face the mation and molding of pub- Iqbal visualized the suffering ensure provision of the vac- ments of Rawalpindi on Fri- RDA) Naseer Ahmed, Man- (FIRs) be lodged against cines in government hospihygienic ways. “It’s quite present problems.” Speaker lic opinion. day morning at Commis- aging Director (MD) WASA such responsible persons of Ummah and masses that led tals of Rawalpindi. ironic that care is not taken National Assembly, Sardar Raja Shaukat, EDO Health Dr. along with taking legal prosioner Office. The Speaker said that the to their melt down and also to serve the chicken soup in Ayaz Sadiq expressed these dream of Allama Iqbal was a proposed recipe for their reMinister of National As- Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Assistant cedure for closure of busiaccordance with health stan- views in his message on the great blessing for the Muslims vival and regaining the lost sembly (MNA) Malik Ibrar, Commissioners (ACs) of City nesses of such a mafia. dards,” said Imran Khan at on the occasion of 136th Birth of the subcontinent, and added glory of the Muslims. Raja Bazar. He said he had ordered for a bowl of soup at a stall but STAFF REPORTER returned it on noticing that the pot was not properly washed. “I have seen a soup stall-holder R AWALPINDI —Decision has serving the broth in the same been taken to monitor all prebowl several time without bothscribed routes for Muharram ering to wash it,” said another ul Haram processions from person. He said that he heard 7TH of Muharram till main some one saying that chicken procession of Ashura by soup is also called grandma’s CCTV cameras. penicillin due to its healing efAs many as 119 cameras fects upon health, but the way are being installed on the it was being served “wastes all route wherefrom central its benefits.” mourning procession will Dr Zaka Ullah, who runs a pass. clinic in Rawalpindi said that DCO Rawalpindi Sajid one could not deny that there Zafar said monitoring of prowere a host of benefits of takcessions is being conducted ing chicken soup, but care through video recording beshould be taken to ensure its fore 7th Muharram ul Haram. hygienic serving. Rahul, Control room has been set while taking a sip of soup at up in DCO office for monistall at Faizabad said that toring of the processions. despite the fact that there Monitoring of sensitive arwas so much dust around eas in Taxila and Murree will the stall, he could not resist Workers stitching quilts as their job has increased due to chilly weather in the Federal also be carried out through Teachers of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association holding an anti Capital. dengue walk in Rawalpindi. the temptation.—Online video recording. Zohr

Operation against illegal slaughter houses

Illegal houses’ extension continues unabated

Argentina delegation calls on Zahid

Torture by State authorities

Lawyers, civil society demand comprehensive law

Action against fake degree holders

Govt hospitals lack vaccine

Demand for soup increases

Minister directs for action against unhygienic food

NA Speaker for following Iqbal’s teachings

Processions routes to be monitored


Kashmir settlement, imperative for regional peace: Mirwaiz I SLAMABAD —Chairman of (UN) and the then Prime Min- democratic institutions. All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations is imperative for durable peace in the region. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, said that the Indian leadership should accept the reality that gap between India and the people of Held Kashmir was widening with every passing day due to the aggressive policies of New Delhi, Kashmir Media Service reported. He said that it was India that had taken the Kashmir dispute to the United Nations

ister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had promised to with the Kashmiris that they would be given their right to self-determination. The commitment was not fulfilled yet despite the passage of over six decades, he added. The Mirwaiz said that the people of India were being misinformed about the Kashmir situation and a wrong picture of the territory was being presented to them. About the Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Kashmir, the APHC Chairman said that Rahul Gandhi was not aware of the ground and political situation in the occupied territory as he talked about the democracy and

He said the former Indian army chief had exposed the pro-India Kashmiri politicians. He deplored that the territory had been converted into a police state, saying that lacs of Indian troops had been deployed who were committing the worst kind of rights violations in the territory. The APHC Chairman said that the Indian government should accept the reality about Kashmir dispute and should come to the table for negotiation so that the lingering dispute could be settled peacefully according to the UN resolutions and will of the Kashmiri people.— APP

Freedom from India Kashmiris’ Illegal detention of ultimate objective: Naqash TeH leader,

MIRPUR: Commissioner Mirpur Mahmood-ul-Hasan, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Dr Hanif, Dr Riasat, Junaid Ansari and others at a reception.

‘Advani’s statement endorses Hurriyet stance over Kashmir’ S RINAGAR —In

occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir and Syed Bashir Andrabi have rejected the claim of India and its puppets that Kashmir is an integral part of India.The APHC leaders addressing a gathering at Beerwah in Badgam said that India by its military might occupied the territory on October 27 in 1947 which was also admitted by Indian politicians themselves like L K Adavni. They said that the senior BJP leader, L K Adavni, in his recent statement certified that Kashmir was occupied by the Indian troops besides Jawaharlal Nehru took the dispute to the United Nations and promised that the Kashmiris would be given the right to self-determination to decide their future by themselves. They said that the BJP leader himself claimed that Sardar Patel insisted Nehru to send troops to Kashmir that clearly proved that India occupied the territory against the will of Kashmiri people. They said that the Congress government was responsible for the bloodshed in the territory. Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit, the APHC leaders said that it was his grandfather who promised to the Kashmiris at the Lal Chowk in Srinagar that they would be given their right to self-determination but the commitment was yet to be fulfilled despite the passage of several decades. They deplored that Hurriyet leaders and activists including Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Nazeer Ahmad Sheikh, Showket Ahmad Khan, Ghulam Qadir Butt and Engineer Fgarooq Ahmad had been kept behind the bars in fake cases. They said that it was also the Congress that hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru and didn’t return their mortal remains to their families that also exposed the criminal face of the party. Participants of the gathering raised highpitched anti-India and proliberation slogans.—KMS

India must repeal black law: Amnesty International AFSPA leads to gross abuse of fundamental rights N EW D ELHI —The world pointed out that the AFSPA dian forces have been “transrights watchdog, Amnesty International, has urged the government of India to repeal the black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and grant full reparation to victims of human rights violations committed by government forces.Shashikumar Velath, Programmes Director of Amnesty International India in a media briefing titled “The Armed Forces Special Powers Act: Time For A Renewed Debate in India on Human Rights and National Security,” in New Delhi said that a recent spate of domestic and international criticism of the AFSPA and continuing human rights violations enabled by the controversial law must lead to its immediate repeal. “From the Justice Verma Committee to the Justice Hegde Commission to several UN Special Rapporteurs, several expert bodies have now

enables serious human rights abuses wherever it is in force,” he said. “As these bodies have noted, the AFSPA has not made these areas safer, but has instead led to gross abuse of fundamental human rights of ordinary people. Authorities cannot simply continue to trot out arguments about national security any longer to defend the AFSPA,” the statement said. The Justice Santosh Hegde Commission, appointed by the Supreme Court of India to investigate six cases of fake encounters in Manipur, said that “the continuous use of the AFSPA for decades in Manipur has evidently had little or no effect on the situation” and described the law as a “a symbol of oppression, an object of hate and an instrument of discrimination and high-handedness”. It also said that In-

gressing the legal bounds for counter-insurgency operations.” “Amnesty International, India, has also found evidence of continuing violations of international law under the AFSPA,” said Shashikumar Velath. “These include continuing use of lethal force in both Northeastern areas and in Jammu and Kashmir, lack of accountability in cases of alleged human rights violations, and denial of justice to victims,” he added. The AFSPA provides sweeping powers to Indian forces including the power to shoot to kill in situations where they are not at imminent risk, and to arrest people without warrants, and even detain them illegally, often leading to cases of extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances.—KMS

JKPFL urges people to boycott forthcoming sham polls S RINAGAR —In

occupied Kashmir, the General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Ghulam Ahmad Parray, has urged the people of Kashmir not to pay heed to the hollow slogans of pro-India politicians and keep themselves away from the forth-

coming sham elections in the territory.Ghulam Ahmad Parray in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the proIndia politicians pushed the people of Kashmir to the Indian subjugation and they were responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri youth for their

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Information Minister Syed Bazil AKNS Khalid Chaudry and others.

Role of media in documenting history can’t be ignored Kashmir, prominent writers and columnists have said that role of media is paramount in shaping the historical discourse on the Kashmir dispute. The speakers at a book release function and a seminar, “Literature and newspaper writings as a source material for history with special reference to Kashmir” said, “Kashmir lacks poets and satirists who could have given an alternative view of its troubled history. There

chiatric disorders and even cases of torture leading to renal failure and these cases need proper documentation.” The function was organised by the Greater Kashmir Foundation, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies and Allama Iqbal Library at Kashmir University in Srinagar. The speakers lauded the role of Greater Kashmir during the past 20-years in the territory. Writers, Aijaz-ul-Haque, Dr Abdul Ahad, Professor M A

Professor Hameeda Nayeem, spoke on the relevance of literature and media in shaping the historical discourses. They said that a scholar should also look at the context in which the news had been written and also pointed out that the role of media in the historical writings couldn’t be ignored. Referring to Kashmir history they said, “It needs to be looked at in context and that the historical narrative has to be fresh dealing not only with the wars and the rulers in-

ISLAMABAD—General Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has denounced the shifting of party leader, Amir Hamza in Jammu after booking him under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA). Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the police had arrested Amir Hamza some two weeks ago from his residence in Qoil Maqam and implicated him in an old fake case, KMS reported. He said that a court in Srinagar approved his bail in the case and ordered his release but the authorities, violating the court orders, sent him to jail, which was highly condemnable. He said that a youth, Sajjad Ahmad Butt, the son of a TeH activist, Ghulam Hassan Butt, of Nagam Chadoora, was detained a few days ago in the Humhama interrogation centre after he was summoned by the police. He said that Sajjad was released last year from jail after seven-month illegal detention. “His only sin is that he along with his father is working with Tehreek-e-Hurriyet,” Sehrai added.—APP

Yasin seeks world help to settle Kashmir dispute

vested interest. He termed the pro-India politicians as selfish and planted to take forward the agenda and policies of Indian government. Ghulam Ahmad Parray called upon the people of Kashmir to completely boy- S RINAGAR —In occupied cott the farcical elections in Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberathe territory.—KMS tion Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has urged the international community to fulfill responsibilities and settle the Kashmir dispute. Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a mammoth public gathering at Kangan Chowk on Friday said that Kashmiris on the persuasion of international community left violent means and started a non-violent struggle in 2008 but it didn’t help in resolution of the lingering dispute. He said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute could disturb the regional peace, adding that India and the international community would have to take some positive steps to resolve Naqvi with representative of Kashmir dispute according to the wishes, aspirations and sacrifices of Kashmiris. Referring to the so-called assembly of Kashmir and its members, he said that the assembly and its members were actually the worst enemies of Kashmir and Kashmiris. It is this assembly and its members who safeguard the interests of India and its forces in Kashmir, he added. Yasin Malik said the volved in them but also on their impact on the common hypocritical behaviour of assembly members be it indeman.” The speakers said, litera- pendent candidates or those ture provides a peep into the who belong to pro-Indian lives of people in different parties is evident from the eras as the newspapers do. fact that they all cry against Three books, “Kashmir the black law, Armed Forces Changing Shades” by col- Special Powers Act (AFSPA) umnist, Z G Muhammad, but do nothing to eradicate “Kashmir Stray Thoughts” it. He appealed to all to by columnist, Javaid Iqbal, and “Social Marketing and forge unity and brotherhood Conflict Resolution” by and defeat all the forces who young writer, Mehboob want to divide the people of Makhdoomi, were released Kashmir on the basis of religion, sect, colour, creed, reon the occasion.—KMS gion and caste.—KMS

Three books released in occupied Kashmir

S RINAGAR —In occupied have been acute cases of psy- Wani, Professor G R Malik and

activist condemned

SRINAGAR —The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, has said that agents of India and all the pro-India politicians and parties in the territory are misleading and befooling people by their false rhetorical slogans of Kashmir solution. Mohammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement issued in Srinagar said that actually the confusing and mischievous slogans by pro-India politicians regarding settlement of the Kashmir dispute were aimed at wooing the support of

people for forthcoming sham polls. He said that death and destruction at the hands of Indian forces would not stop in Kashmir unless it achieved freedom from Indian forced and illegitimate occupation. He added that India had devastated Kashmir through its more than 700,000 troops continuously perpetrating the acts of death and destruction in every nook and corner of the occupied territory. The APHC leader said that the hands of pro-India politician were soaked in the

blood of Kashmiris and they were like chameleons, changing their colours on the directives of New Delhi. “We are indebted to the supreme sacrifices and sacred blood of our martyrs and it is our obligation to take their mission to its logical conclusion and Kashmir very soon is destined to see the dawn of freedom due their countless and supreme sacrifices,” he maintained. Mohammad Yousuf Naqash said that the only one and ultimate mission of the ongoing struggle was freedom from India.—KMS

MUZAFFARABAD: Minister for Jails Muhammad Hussain visiting the land for building of district jail.

Lifting ban on religious processions in IHK demanded ISLAMABAD—Chairman of All shun these anti-Muslim poli- forever,” he added. Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has demanded of the puppet administration to lift ban on religious processions in the territory. The APHC Chairman addressing a seminar in Srinagar to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) asked the puppet regime to shun its anti-Muslim policies and allow the religious processions. “In Kashmir our human and social rights are already violated and now our religious rights are also being trampled. The authorities spend huge amounts of money for smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra every year but Muslims are denied their religious rights by banning them from holding religious functions. We warn the authorities to

Islamabad killings

HC seeks probe status by Nov 18 SRINAGAR—The High Court of occupied Kashmir has directed the police to file by November 18 the latest status report of its investigation into the killing of two youth in Islamabad town during the 2010 uprising. Hearing a petition filed by the families of the victims, Bilal Ahmad Najar and Noor-ulAmin Dagga, a single bench of the court passed the order after it was informed that Additional Superintendent of Police, appointed as investigation officer, has been succeeded by a new police officer.—KMS

cies,” he said. The Mirwaiz pointed out that some vested interests were making desperate bid to divide the Muslims of Kashmir in the name of sects. He said that the nefarious designs of the vested interests trying to divide the Muslims in the name of sects, tribes and regions would be foiled at all costs. The APHC Chairman urged the people to exercise caution and maintain brotherhood. “With coming of Muharram, various agencies are hell bent upon to give an impression among Muslims that they are divided. We have to make collective efforts to defeat their nefarious designs. Kashmir has remained symbol of brotherhood for centuries and it would continue to be so

Paying rich tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), he said, “Our biggest tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) will be to hold the right path and come closer to Islamic teachings by adopting them as the way of life.” He also unveiled the book `The Grand Mosque of Kashmir - Jamia Masjid’ written by Muhammad Khalil Kant. Addressing the seminar, senior APHC leader, Maulana Abbas Ansari, said that the puppet regime was taking lame excuses to ban the Muharram processions in the territory. Others who spoke on the occasion included Agha Syed Hassan Al- Moosvi, Agha Syed Muhammad Jaffar, Maulana Khurshid Ahmad, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Maulana Showkat Ahmad Kaing and others. —APP


SBP mops up Rs117,300m in OMO Staff Reporter KARACHI—State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday mopped up Rs 117,300 million through its open market operation (OMO) in Government of Pakistan’s Market Treasury Bills under repo sale. The bids offered for five-day repo sale were of the same value. The rate of return is 8.6 percent, said an SBP release here.

KESC moves for conversion of power plants on coal Cost of generation to come down AMANULLAH KHAN

KARACHI—The much sought after goal of bringing down the cost of power generation begins when Karachi Electric Supply Company enters into an agreement for the first time with Harbin Electric International of SCCI to host special China here today. Accordingly KESC’S two function units of the utility’s Bin Qasim Observer Report Power Station No. 1 to coal with SIALKOT—A special function Harbin Electric International of will be held here at Iqbal China. The project demonstrates Manzil under the auspices of KESC’s commitment to pioneer Sialkot Chamber of Commerce coal conversion of power plants and Industry (SCCI) to pay in the country, and is in line with homage to great poetKESC’s vision to bring down philosopher Allama Iqbal on power tariff by utilizing low cost his birth anniversary on Nov 9. fuel sources for electricity genThe members of various trade eration. bodies as well as Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will attend this special function. On the occasion some rear photographs and a number of books written on Iqbal by various authors would be exhibited at AMANULLAH KHAN Iqbal Manzil on Nov 9. The birth anniversary of great KARACHI—The export cargo philosopher and poet Allama and import shipments stuck up Muhammad Iqbal will be at Karachi Port and Port Qasim observed with zeal and due to strike called by the transenthusiasm in the city. porters to press the government for approval of their demands PQ remains active which potentially harmful for external flows if the strikes conKARACHI—Three ships carrying containers, ge. cargo tinues to disable cargo moveand chemical were berthed at ment. Trade and industry has exQasim International Containpressed its extreme concern over ers Terminal, Multi Purpose strike called by the goods transTerminal and Engro Vopak porters which has resulted in Terminals on Thursday. piling up export shipments and Meanwhile two more ships outbound cargo at various yards carrying furnace oil and edible oil also arrived at outer of Karachi Port and Port Qasim. In an urgent SOS to the anchorage of port qasim federal and provincial governduring last 24 hours. Berth ments and all departments conoccupancy was 55% at the port on Friday where total six cerned, the Chairman (S.Z.) Pakistan Readymade Garships namely Hammonia ments Manufacturers and ExPacificum, Thorco Atlantic, Visha Vikas, Cardinal, Chem Road Haya and Malhari are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, g.cargo wheat, urea, chemical and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 48915 tonnes comprising 39612 tonnes STAFF REPORTER imports.—APP LAHORE—Energy experts are the view that the prevailing Rates for conversion of energy crisis is a serious chalKARACHI—The following lenge that requires serious and rates will be applicable for sustained efforts not only on part conversion into rupees of of the government but from all Foreign Currency Deposits, the sects of the society. Dollar Bearer Certificates, “Though there can be no quick Foreign Currency Bearer fixes and would require short , Certificates, Special U.S. medium and long term measures Dollar Bonds and profits as well as some firm decisions to thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on on November 11, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar 107.3853, Japanese Yen 1.0936, Pound Sterling 172.7185 and Euro 144.1325.—APP

Under this Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreement, the Harbin Electric International would construct new coal fired boilers and their interconnection with the existing Unit Nos. 3 and 4 of BQPS-1. Following the achievement of this significant milestone, KESC and its partners in the project would be actively pursuing necessary approvals which include the tariff application that have been pending before NEPRA for some time. The Project would take approximately two and half years to complete and once online, would result in generation of reliable and cheap electricity for the advantage of the citizens of

Karachi. The conversion project would also directly benefit the country’s economy since this would replace power generation by expensive furnace oil thereby saving on account of oil import bill through utilizing coal at significantly cheaper price. No other power company in the country has yet signed an EPC Contract for coal conversion, though some feasibility studies have been conducted for pipeline projects. K-Energy Ltd has specifically been formed by KESC ISLAMABAD: Chairman BoI, Muhammad Zubair and Secretary BoI, Imran Afzal Cheema in a meeting with CEO, STFA project investors to undertake the Construction Group, Turkey, Mehmet Ali Neyzi. coal conversion venture. Harbin Electric International is part of Harbin Electric Corporation, one of China’s largest enterprises in power project contracting and export of power equipment.

Export, import shipments stuck at two major ports of the country porters Association (PRGMEA) Arshad Aziz said despite fact that country has to suffer huge losses running into billions of rupees due to various reasons including energy crisis and law and order situation, the exporters have face the hardships as the goods carriers have boycotted the lifting of in and outbound cargo from KICT, PICT and TPX. Aziz called upon the power corridors in Islamabad to take this matter seriously and not to fully destroy the economy, which is already sinking. The United Goods Transporters Alliance (UGTA) the apex body of goods transporters in the country has gone on strike from Thursday. They are demanding the reversal of the decision to increase income tax, a slash in the traffic fines and

action against the frequent incidents of extortion and kidnappings. The strike will continue till their demands are met by the government, said Fazal Manan Jadoon of the alliance. “The Federal Board of Revenue should take back its decision to increase the advance income tax on trucks. The police should stop using our containers and trucks for the safety of the routes of processions in the city and the Karachi Port Trust should retrieve our truck stand at the Fisheries which it has leased out,” he demanded. He informed that they did not lift any cargo from the KPT on Thursday due to the strike. Arshad Aziz said that the government should resolve the matter as earliest as possible so that the export sector should not have to bear the colossal losses.

Energy smart behaviour is a key to success, say energy experts

Today’s workers understand the principle that the only true job security comes from satisfied customers. — Noel M Tichy

implement Policies; However only through “Energy Conservation” without spending any money we can save a lot,” these views were expressed by the speakers in a “Advocacy Workshop” organized by Research Institute of Natural Resources of Pakistan (RINP) in collaboration with USAID here at a local hotel on Friday. This “Advocacy workshop” charts a path forward for the initiative and its stakeholders by identi-

fying critical Action Areas and providing a roadmap for practical steps towards “Energy Conservation”. They said that Robust Steps should be taken to educate the public in power conservation by launching a mass media campaign against energy wastage. Educational Institutes, Think Tanks, Civil Society and Media can play an important role in energy conservation through innovative concepts and public awareness.

PIA brings 46000 Hajis to Pakistan so far

Future direction for Pakistan’s agriculture discussed

AMANULLAH KHAN

that it will play a valuable role in a strong, dynamic and diversified interacting with domestic and in- agriculture and food sector and it ISLAMABAD—Under the aus- ternational agriculture officials. is vital to develop a coherent strategy involving the provincial and pices of Canadian High Comfederal governments and relevant missioner, Greg Giokas, a group organizations in consultations of Islamabad-based diplomats, with sector groups”. development experts, United The Canadian High ComNations organizations and other missioner, on behalf of the officials today met with the committee, congratulated the newly-formed Pakistan AgriculPAC on their excellent work ture Council at the Canadian and the productive discussion. High Commissi-oner’s Official “Today, with this informative Residence, to discuss future diand thorough exchange on the rections for agriculture in Pakiagriculture and food sector in stan. The Pakistan Agricultural They encouraged the PAC to pro- Pakistan, the diplomatic comCouncil (PAC) gave a presenta- vide ideas and support to the pro- munity and international tion on the challenges and oppor- vincial and federal governments in organisations involved in astunities in Pakistan’s agriculture Pakistan in the development of sisting Pakistan’s agriculture and food sector and led a lively policies and reforms in the agricul- development have been able to discussion with the participants ture sector to help create a more focus on specific long-term obon “How business can transform competitive, efficient and sustain- jectives and have also identiable agriculture sector in Pakistan. fied some areas for support” Pakistan agriculture”. The CEO of the PAC, Arif the Canadian High CommisThe delegates welcomed the formation of the PAC and noted Nadeem, stated that “Pakistan has sioner concluded.

KARACHI—PIA Post Hajj Operation of bringing back hajjis from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan is on as PIA has so far, carried more than 46,000 Hajjis through 149 Post Hajj and Regular scheduled flights to Pakistan with on time departures from Saudi Arabia. The airline carried 6,441 hajjis to Karachi, 6,795 Hajjis to Lahore, 9,212 Hajjis to Islamabad, 10,599 Hajjis to Peshawar, 5,572 Hajjis to Quetta, 6004 Multan and 1,007 Hajjis to Sialkot. Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus has congratulated PIA employees for successful Post Hajj Operation with on time departures and expressed hope that the employees will continue with the same zeal and enthusiasm in completing the Post Hajj Operation which will conclude on 19th November 2013 bringing back more than 67,000 hajjis to the major cities of Pakistan.

STAFF REPORTER

PIAF seeks incentives to trade, industry STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan Industrial

and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) on Friday urged the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to get removed all the hurdles being faced by the trade and industry and also announce incentives for the promotion of economic activities. In a statement issued here, the Acting Chairman PIAF Khamis Saeed Butt said that the government decision to convene business community meeting is a welcome step that would go a long way in further strengthening private sector trust on the government. He said that the private sector was always ready to supplement government efforts aimed at revival of the economy. He said that however the government would have to review its three-month gas suspension plan in the larger interests of the economy that had already been facing multiple internal and external challenges. While inviting the attention of the Federal Finance Minister towards complex taxation procedures, the PIAF Acting Chairman said that difficult-to-understand KARACHI: Amjad Parvez Janjua Managing Director PSO and Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi one taxation documents are the biggest of the founders of LUMS sign an agreement for Human Resource Development for PSO in impediment to government meaKarachi.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki (Story on Page 14) sures for expansion of tax net.

Officials of Meezan Bank and TouchPoint signing agreement regarding energy efficient ATMs.

TouchPoint partners with Meezan Bank to install energy-efficient ATMs STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s first and largest Islamic Bank, will soon launch the initiative of expanding its ATM network through installing energy-efficient ATMs in collaboration with TouchPoint, distributor of Diebold energyefficient ATMs. This initiative is a part of the Bank’s focus on delivering technologically advanced and efficient products and services to its customers. Speaking on the occasion Ariful Islam, Deputy CEO of

Meezan Bank said, “We are always making efforts to improve our products and services to enhance the convenience we offer to our customers and this initiative will help us both reduce our costs as well as make our contribution in conserving the environment.” Omer Salimullah, National Manager, Alternate Distribution Channels said, “Meezan Bank has worked closely with TouchPoint to assess the feasibility of these ATMs. These new energy efficient machines will help the bank grow its ATM footprint in areas where

availability of power is a challenge. Veqar ul Islam, PresidentTouchPoint Group, mentioned “We are excited to launch these energy efficient ATMs in Pakistan. The ATM will contribute in significantly reducing the usage of diesel and electricity. We would like to thank Meezan bank for showing their confidence in TouchPoint! for deployment of 50 units nationwide. We believe that the advent of these energy efficient ATMs will contribute towards faster proliferation of ATM’s in the country.

Shell joins forces with LEGO on new Ferrari collection S TAFF R EPORTER K A R A C H I —Shell will launch a new promotion in collaboration with Ferrari and the LEGO Group. The unique range of limited edition LEGO models and LEGO Minifigures will be available in Pakistan with the purchase of Shell Helix Synthetic Motor Oils and Shell Super*. The new Shell promotion introduces six exclusive LEGO models that are based on some of the most iconic vehicles in Ferrari’s

motoring history. This exciting promotion brings together three of the most global brands in the world and celebrates over 60 years of passion for performance between Shell and Ferrari. Spanning decades of motoring heritage – covering truck, road and track vehicles – the models designed by LEGO Group illustrate the innovative and passionate nature of the Shell technical partnership with Ferrari. “This promotion perfectly represents the passion for performance and innovation that

Shell and Ferrari share while incorporating the fun and imagination of LEGO products. Whether you are a fan of Ferrari, motorsport, or LEGO bricks, we think these toys are an exciting reward for our customers,” says Omar Y Sheikh, Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited. With the purchase of a pack of Shell Helix Synthetic Motor Oils and a minimum fill up of 10 litres of Shell Super*, customers will be able to collect one of the six LEGO models or the LEGO Minifigure pack.

First in LEGO history Featuring the smallest pull-back motor ever produced by LEGO Group, this unique range of Minifigures represents the first time any vehicles this size will have powered wheels. The limited edition Ferrari models are capable of performing a minimum of 300 pulls, propelling a 30g vehicle a minimum of 2 metres. In addition to the Ferrari models, Shell has worked with LEGO Group to design three unique LEGO Minifigures. Shell and LEGO Group

worked on the development of the mini-motor for over 18 months and it embodies the spirit of technological innovation and improved performance that is at the heart of Shell products. The ‘micropropulsion’ motor is powerful enough to drive each pocket sized vehicle at high speed, making them ready to race wherever you are! The Cars Shell and LEGO Group have created six of the most enigmatic and unique models associated with Ferrari racing. The models included in the

promotion are: · Ferrari F150° Italia – A LEGO Group reproduction of the race winning 2011 F1™ car includes the options to change the livery to that of either Felipe Massa or Fernando Alonso · Scuderia Ferrari Truck – The familiar transport truck is a key part of the Ferrari motor racing team and brings another dimension to the exclusive model collection. The LEGO version of the cab has been carefully designed to include realistic details on the lights, radiator and front grilles · Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

passo corto (SWB) – A real legend of the motoring world; not only one of the most beautiful vehicles ever created, but also the first Ferrari road car to use disc brakes. Its distinctive round headlights work seamlessly in LEGO bricks, mirroring the beauty of the original · Ferrari F40 – One of the most recognisable sports cars of all time. Its classic aerodynamic form and distinctive square rear spoiler are both instantly identifiable and are translated perfectly with LEGO bricks · Ferrari FXX – The latest

high-performance racing evolution of the Ferrari Enzo, one of the most powerful cars in the world. The LEGO version comes in black livery and reflects much of the Ferrari FXX’s sleek styling · Ferrari 458 Italia – Arguably the most iconic car in the current Ferrari range, making it a natural choice to be part of this promotion. The LEGO Group have pulled out all the stops to reproduce its signature details from a triple exhaust to multi-LED front lights to create an authentic and exciting toy.


Currency

Selling Buying

USA

107.20

107.00

UK

172.43

172.10

EURO

144.95

144.67

Canada

102.86

102.67

Switzerland

117.63

117.41

Australia

101.58

101.39

Sweden

16.50

16.47

Japan

1.0872

1.0852

Norway

18.00

17.97

Singapore

86.34

86.18

Denmark

19.43

19.40

Omani Riyal

250.00

249.00

Saudi Arabia

28.58

28.53

Hong Kong

13.83

13.80

Kuwait

378.60

377.89

Malaysia

33.72

33.65

Newzeland

89.61

89.45

Qatar

28.44

29.39

UAE

29.19

29.13

KR WON

0.1011

0.1009

Thailand

3.428

3.422

Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

47142.00 788.75

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi

45430.00 41540.00 770.00 710.00

PSO, LUMS join hands to work for human resource development

Cycle of economic crisis to phase out: CG Italy Italy’s food and cultural festival at Avari Towers AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Roberto Frances Chinis, Consul General of Italy in Karachi has expressed his confidence that the Italian Food which the second most popular attraction after Chinese food all around the world and second to none Italian Music which is known for giving a message of peace and harmony will pull the art and culture loving crowd to the forthcoming Italian Culinary week being organized at Hotel Avari Towers from Nov 17-25 in Karachi. Accompanies by his wife and the General Manaer Avari Towers Peter Forsyth the Italian diplomat while discussing the persisting global economic crisis said that it is a cycle which usually comes in the human so-

ciety and every cycle has a beginning and the end, as far as Italy is concerned the economic crisis is estimated to phase out next year in 2014. When asked to comment on the world wide energy crisis which has adversely affected the developing and under developed economies is stemmed from a common root which has affected the economies including of Pakistan for example it was the energy crisis which forced a ban on import of CNG Kits in Pakistan, he agreed to some extent but described the economic crisis as a part of the world wide phenomenon and has to come to phase out at the end of the day. Recalling the association of Itlay with Pakistan he said the

cordial relations between Italy and Pakistan begun in 1959 in Ayub Khan era and since then the Italian Consulate is housed in the same premises in Karachi indicating strong commitment to his country. Elaborating the forthcoming Italian event, Roberto said that classical interlude and an Italian food festival will thrill Karachiites as these are some of the activities chalked out at the Italian Cultural week to be observed in Karachi. The Italian culinary classics will take place from November 17 to 21 at Avari Towers, Asia Live restauant followed by a classical musical interlude in Cinnarion Lounge by Maestro Marco Giftliberti accompanied by Tenor Mariano Sanfilippo.

IMC, PIF announce NIGC STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Indus Motor Company (IMC) and Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) have announced the launch of National Innovation Grand Challenge (NIGC) 2013-14. A year long ‘Open Innovation’ competition, NICG encourages Pakistani Innovators, youth, students, professionals, entrepreneurs and citizens to innovate to solve Pakistan’s development challenge in four main areas of Agriculture, Energy,

Sanitation and Manufacturing. IMC, being the founding partner of PIF, is sponsoring the award for best innovation in the manufacturing sector, titled the Toyota Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (TMIC). The award is worth Rs. 1,000,000 for the best Innovation and will be judged by a jury based on specific criteria. Details of these criteria can be viewed at the PIF website www.pif.org.pk. The challenge invites creative minds from all over Pakistan to

come up with unique and innovative ideas in two critical domains. The first challenge is to develop a replicable, scalable and marketable product or process that enhances productivity, reduces energy requirement or reduces industrial waste by at least 33%. The second challenge is to develop an innovative product, service, or tool that complements or enhances the utility of a manufactured product and has a compelling market potential and cost-performance profile for rapid commercialization in Pakistan.

KARACHI—Pakistan State

Picture on Page 13 formation initiative in line with best international practices. In this regard, a high level seminar by Professor Zafar Iqbal Qureshi was organized at PSO House, Karachi which was attended by members of management of PSO from all across the country, many of whom participated through video conferencing. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi is one of the founders of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the Chief of Party, Assessment and Strengthening Programme currently funded by US Aid. Dr. Zafar has over 40 years of experience and his research interests are in the areas of change management, leadership and organizational design and performance management. In his presentation, Dr. Zafar Iqbal gave an overview of change management and its positive impact on organizational development. He apprised the audience on the benefits of effective and organizational development which included an organization’s ability to successfully meet current and future business challenges while enhancing the return on investment. He further outlined that change management is a gradual process and one which needs to be communicated, accepted and implemented by employees at all levels in order to be truly effective in bringing about actual change in the Company.

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has called upon the Capital Development Authority to revise its decision of levying a new tax in the form of car parking fee in Islamabad’s markets as it is against the interest of business activities. Chairing a meeting of local traders, Khalid Chaudhry, Acting President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that a meeting of the representatives of federal capital’s markets has been called in ICCI on 12th November 2013 to consider the negative impact of parking fees in markets and to develop a future course of strategy to deal with this matter. He said imposition of parking fee has created law and order situation in Super Market Islamabad and CDA got registered a fake FIR against traders which is not based on facts. It seems that some hidden powers are active in Islamabad not only to create law & order problems during the Muharram ul Harram, but also to pit the traders against the government.

Huawei becomes world’s third-largest smartphone vendor AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Huawei, a leading

AMANULLAH KHAN Oil (PSO), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) will be working together for human resource development indicating a sign of maturity among the corporate sector of the country which is the right way to add value to available human resource in the country. The two prestigious organizations have undertaken a major human resource development and organizational trans-

ICCI for withdrawal of fake FIR against traders

ISLAMABAD: Khalid Mahmud Mirza, Joint Secretary (NFS&R) chairing planning meeting of Olive Promotion/Cultivation in Pakistan Project whereas Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC Dr Muhammad Munir, NDP (Olive), Dr Luigi and Dr Vertusi, Italian experts and provincial olive experts including AJK also present on the occasion at PARC headquarters.

Zong partners up with UBL to provide online recharge facility to customers STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—China Mobile Pakistan-Zong, Pakistan’s fastest growing Telecom Network, under its O2O project has partnered with UBL to establish for the first time in the Telecom Industry of Pakistan a unique service enabling subscribers to recharge their accounts and pay Post-paid Bills online. Zong which started its operations only a few years back in 2008, has been taking giant

leaps in the competitive market of telecom services by introducing customer centric services for different segments of mobile phone users along with expanding its network at an exponential rate. This latest partnership with UBL enables the customers of Zong to enjoy a unique service that allows subscribers to make payments via an Etisalat/UBL powered portal using their Debit or Credit cards (powered by MasterCard/VISA) to avail the Online Recharge or

Bill Payment option regardless of the card issuing bank. Simplifying service availability and establishing an alternative channel, the option is meant to introduce a fast and effective way for the subscribers to reach Zong. Expressing here delight on the occasion, Mr. Sikandar Naqi, Chief Public Relation Officer, Zong said, “At Zong, we believe in continuous progress and innovation, which in turn means better services and facility for our esteemed customers.

global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, emerged as the world’s third largest smarthphone vendor. According to a recent research at the Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 45 percent annually to reach a record 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013. This was the first time ever that smartphone shipments exceeded a quarter-billion units in a single quarter. Smartphones accounted for 6 in 10 of all mobile phones shipped worldwide. Woody Oh, Senior Analyst at the Strategy Analytics, commented, “Huawei was a star performer as global shipments grew 67 percent annually to 12.7 million units in Q3 2013. Huawei captured 5 percent market share and became the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. The popular P6 and G610 models have been among the main drivers of Huawei’s success”. Huawei has been working in Pakistani market since 2009. It has sold approximately 10million smartphones in 2009 and 14 million in 2012. Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across the carrier networks, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing fields.

KARACHI: A group of DHA officials who visited DHA City Karachi being briefed about the ongoing development activities at the site.

DHA’s upcoming residential cum commercial project STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A group of Officers visited the site of DHA’s upcoming residential cum commercial project ‘DHA City Karachi’ (DCK) on Super Highway. DCK area is abuzz with intensive development activities as one can see excavators, graders, bulldozers and tractors working all around. A large number of contractors including FWO and NLC have already mobilized in the area and more than 3000 committed work force is engaged in the ongoing development activities. Project Director DCK, Brig Muhammad Rafique said that DCK is being developed in accordance with a versatile development strategy. He added that projects of Immediate Action Plan including DCK Boundary Wall, Watch Towers, Central Entrance Gate, DCK Directorate,

S TAFF R EPORTER L AHORE—NComputing, the leader in accelerating the adoption of desktop virtualization, has been recognized as the fastest growing vendor in the worldwide enterprise client device market in the second quarter of 2013. According to the IDC Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Tracker Q2 2013, published recently, NComputing showed 70% QoQ growth, as well as 65% YoY growth, far stronger than Dell, Wyse or HP. The impressive showing closed the market share gap between NComputing and the two traditional market leaders to just a few percentage points. According to the report, the company has also maintained its leadership position with 30.7% market share in the APAC region, miles ahead of some decades-old IT majors.The report also shows that NComputing dramati-

cally increased its number one market share position in the APAC/Japan region, with QoQ growth of 138.9%. NComputing is the leading desktop virtualization innovation organization, forward in both hardware and software with more than 20 million daily users in 140 countries. Market pressures, budget constraints and an enterprise focus on mobility are driving organizations to desktop virtualization as a viable alternative to traditional PC computing. “NComputing’s one of the biggest deployments was in Pakistan when Punjab Government selected it for its ambitious ‘Punjab IT Labs Project’ to provide more than 65000 virtual desktops in more than 4200 secondary schools of Punjab. By deploying NComputing’s cost and energy efficient solution, the Punjab Government was able to save over PKR 1.8 billions

on the total project cost while estimating savings of PKR 10 million per month on operational expenses,” Khawaja Samiullah, CEO, NConnexion, distributor of NComputing in Pakistan. Manish Sharma, Vice President-Asia Pacific, NComputing, Inc. said, “We appreciate the recognition accorded to us, of being the leader in the desktop virtualization market space. All this would not have been possible without the support of our partners spread across the region and NConnexion, our value added national distributor in Pakistan.” He added, “Going forward, we intend to expand the market further through introduction of new products and programmes aimed at nurturing the existing customer and partner/channel base and growing it further by augmenting customer experience and increasing adoption of our solutions.”

Jubilee Life won ‘HR leadership’ award for excellence STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Jubilee Life, the largest life insurance provider in the private sector, reaffirmed its position as the leading insurance company with its recent achievement – the “HR Leadership” award. The award was presented at the Asian Leadership Awards function by World HRD Congress to the HR head of Jubilee Life, Mr. Munawar Khalil. The objective behind these KARACHI: Former Chairman, Travel Agent Association of Pakistan (TAAP), Yahya Polani, presenting a souvenir to the awards is to recognize the efforts GM Abacus Pakistan, Sam Wong. Muhammad Rehan, Kumail Polani, Riazuddin Rajoo, Abdul Jabbar and Shahid Ali are of those individuals or organialso seen in the picture. zations, who have surpassed

Streamlining business visa at Karachi airport KARACHI—The government agencies have expressed apprehension of misuse of business visa issued to foreigners and has sought assistance from trade bodies to streamline such visas at migration stage. Additional Director FIA, Immigration & Anti-human Smuggling, Javed Akbar Riaz has asked the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to help in streamlining the facility of ‘Business Visa on arrival’ facility at Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) as this facility, which

projects have also been undertaken concurrently. In Kot Allahdad a dispensary, a school, a mosque and a community centre have been uplifted and refurbished by the DCK Team. DHA doctors provide free medical facilities alongwith medicines thrice a week to the area residents. Many locals have been given employment in DCK project. The Project Director, Brig Rafique, revealed that DCK project is being evaluated at Harvard University USA for inclusion in international rating calendar which would lure in international investors and organizations and give a tremendous boost to the speedy development of the project. The enthusiasm and professional dedication with which the development work in the area is in progress suggests that DCK would soon emerge as the best and the biggest residential area of the region.

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Misuse of business visa by foreigners feared AMANULLAH KHAN

Visitors’ Centre, DCK Central Facility Building and Staff Accommodation are near completion while the sector development works under the Short Term Development Plan have already been initiated to make DCK a livable entity by 2015-16. The work on the construction of road network in the area is being undertaken on priority. Two wind masts have also been installed at DCK for recording the wind data to be utilized for generation of renewable wind energy. Planning for development of solar energy and independent power generation is also afoot which would make DCK self sufficient in energy requirement. There is abundance of underground water of high quality to meet the DCK’s water requirements. The local community is also enthralled by the mega project as a number of social sector uplift

is being offered to foreign businessmen/ investors only was being misused. During his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to meet KCCI office bearers, Additional Director FIA said that Visa Facilitation Desk, which has been established at all international airports including JIAP Karachi, issues Business Visa on arrival to foreign businessmen and investors of designated countries by authorized Immigration Officer. However, it has been observed that visa on arrival facility exclusively meant for genuine businessmen and investors is being misused by local indus-

tries/ firms. President KCCI, A. Abdullah Zaki, while expressing deep concerns over the situation, assured KCCI’s full support in ensuring that only genuine foreign businessmen/ investors are allowed to enter Pakistan using visa on arrival facility. Senior Vice President KCCI, Muffasar Ata Malik, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees and other members of the Managing Committee were also present at the meeting. President KCCI further assured that Karachi Chamber will further intensify the scrutiny process for issuance KCCI recommendation letter to its mem-

bers and the FIA will not face such issues. President KCCI also stressed the need for raising awareness amongst members of the business community about the eligibility of passengers seeking Business Visa on arrival as most of the businessmen are unaware of the fact that only Directors, businessmen, investors and major shareholders can avail Business Visa on arrival facility whereas Mangers, Sales managers, technicians and other representatives of foreign companies are ineligible for this facility. Additional Director further informed that FIA has taken a

number of steps to improve its facilities and is striving hard to provide best services to passengers. He said that FIA facilities at JIAP will be further organized in the next 20 days at par with similar facilities being offered by various airports around the world. Highlighting some of the problems being faced FIA officials in dealing with passengers requesting Business Visa on Arrival, Javed Akbar Riaz advised KCCI members that the applications for grant of business visa on arrival should be addressed to Additional Director FIA, I&AHS, JIAP Karachi and must reach his office at least three days prior to

the arrival of the passenger so that the request may be properly scrutinized and processed before arrival of the guest. “All applications should be routed through Chamber of Commerce and Industry or relevant trade body/ association. The authorized persons of the chamber of commerce should verify the genuineness of the request and specifically endorse that the passenger is in fact a foreign businessman or investor”, he added. In this regard, KCCI office bearers extended full support to FIA in effectively dealing with passengers seeking Business Visa on arrival.

several levels of excellence to reach the benchmark point as an exemplary leader and a role model for the entire industry. The aim is to bring together the best individuals of Asia under one roof, who have through their consistent effort, leadership and hard work, managed to build excellent organizations. The criterion of selecting the winners is based on a framework that consists of individual’s abilities, strategic perspective, business goal management, risk management, people management, change agent, customer focus and performance management that leads to excellence in their field. Based on these standards, entries are judged by a panel of jury and a research cell that thoroughly reviews all participating individuals. The award was presented by Professor Indira Parikh, India’s Iconic HR Leader and

President, Foundation for Liberal and Management Education. On this occasion, Mr. Khalil said, “It is an honour for me and my entire team to be selected for such a prestigious award. Jubilee Life is a growing company with growing human resource needs and our aim is to excellently and effectively manage the most important resource of our company which is our employees.” “We are proud of this achievement as it shows that Jubilee Life is going out of its way to keep its employees happy. We strongly believe that one of the most important factors behind the company’s success and current market standing is our dedicated team and we will continue to innovate our practices to provide them the best working environment.” said Mr. Javed Ahmed, MD and CEO, Jubilee Life.

Munawar Khalil, the HR head of Jubilee Life received the Asian Leadership Award for excellence in HR by the World HRD Congress.


Sethi committee gets extended run I SLAMABAD —A two-judge it called the “dubious” and a former official of the Army bench of Islamabad High Court heard arguments of the PCB and the petitioners on a judgment passed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui before adjourning the case till the first week of December. Till then, the bench said, the Najam Sethi-run Interim Management Committee in the PCB could continue to function. The PCB is appealing the judgment passed by Justice Siddiqui that called for fresh elections to elect the board chairman. That judgement was itself a formal and full version of the order delivered on May 28 that ordered the suspension of Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman over what

“polluted” process to elect him. Today, the bench heard arguments by Ashraf ’s lawyer Afnan Karim Kundi for close to two hours. “The learned judge had no authority to legislate on the PCB constitution,” Kundi said. “My client acted only to comply with the ICC direction. The [PCB] constitution was vetted by all the concerned departments of the government of Pakistan and he was elected according to the constitution.” The bench then asked the main petitioner, Ahmad Nadeem Sadal, to present his arguments. The judges asked Sadal -

Cricket Club in Rawalpindi how he was an aggrieved party so as to file a petition and how his fundamental rights were affected by the PCB’s actions. Sadal’s lawyer argued that the petition was filed in the public interest. Sadal’s petition, and the court’s response, has effectively derailed the PCB by throwing its daily functioning into confusion. The lack of administrative leadership forced it to sign a short-term broadcasting deal, affecting its major source of income, and cricket is currently being run on an interim annual budget.—APP

Ashiana Boys beat Tigers in Amar Cables T20 veteran cricket L AHORE —Ashiana

Boys beat Tigers by four wickets in a match Amar Cables T20veteran cricket championship at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground here on Friday. Brief scores, put into bat, Textile Tigers batted scored 175/6 in 20 overs Khalid Butt 54, Tahir Irshad 39, Muhammad Sohail 22, Rizwan Nisar 21 and Tahir Irshad 39 runs not out were their main scorers. Ashiana boys bowling Dr Ashar 2/33, Amir Riaz 1/14 and Wasim Abbas 1/28 wickets. In reply Ashiana boys answered with 156/5 in 13 overs Zaheer Iqbal 53, Amir Riaz 52 and Khwaja Jawad 16 runs led their side to success. From Textile Tigers Javed Hafeez bowled well and took 5 for 39 wickets. Rashid Riaz and Qasir Khan were the umpires and Waqar Ahmad QUETTA: Administrator Metropolitan Hisham Ghazali with players before match during Hazara Shuhada Football was the scorer.—APP Tournament.

MEPCO wins three positions in IUWT-2013

BAGH: Administrator Municipal Corporation Syed Naseem Gardezi giving away trophy of Volleyball tournament to the winning team captain.

Asmatullah’s strike helps Muslim FC whack ZTBL ALAM ZEB SAFI K A R A C H I —Asmatullah’s second half strike guided the second-placed Muslim FC to a 1-0 victory over Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in their Pakistan Premier Football League match here. In the other game of the day Afghan FC whacked Faisalabad’s Lyallpur FC 4-2. At the KMC Stadium, Asmatullah scored the winner in the 51st minute as Muslim FC overcame ZTBL to take their points to 26 from 14 meetings. The loss shocked ZTBL coach Najeebullah Najmi. “We were really in control throughout and had not only good ball possession but also got several chances but could not capitalise on it, which disappointed me a lot,” Najmi said. Although the loss left ZTBL reeling at 17 points after 16 appearances, Najmi is confident that his outfit will fight back. “We are in deep trouble at the moment but we will

make concerted efforts to stage a comeback,” said Najmi. Six bottom-placed teams will be relegated from the league this year. At the KPT Stadium, Afghan FC notched three more points to move to 19 from 14 matches when they whipped Faisalabad’s Lyallpur FC 4-2 thanks to Himmat Khan’s double. Lyallpur FC could have opened the scoring in the 30th minute, but Rizwan Ali’s drive from inside the area went off the target. Following incisive rallies, Afghan FC were lucky to get onto the scoresheet when Abdul Samad’s slow drive from just outside the area went through the hands of goalie Ahmed Manzoor in the 42nd minute. “Our keeper should have stopped it,” Lyallpur FC coach Mohammad Habib said. At half time, Afghan FC had 1-0 edge. Soon after the breather Lyallpur FC fought back with a neat equaliser from Usman

Manzoor in the 51st minute. But after that Afghan FC went all out and hit three goals inside 14 minutes to take the game away from their rivals. Himmat hit a brace with strikes in the 62nd and 71st minute, while skipper Jadeed Khan Pathan landed the fourth in the 75th minute. Lyallpur FC, however, pulled one back through Mohammad Afzal in the 79th minute. “We needed the win and we got that, which has improved our position,” Afghan FC captain Jadeed Khan said. “In the first half we were not in our element but in the second we raised the game,” said the discarded international striker. Lyallpur FC coach Mohammad Habib admitted they were in trouble. “We know that we are going to the rock bottom of the table. But our basic purpose behind fielding a young team is to give some young blood to the country,” said Habib, an AFC License B coach.

M ULTAN —Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) have won three positions in all Pakistan WAPDA Inter Unit Wrestling Tournament (IUWT) 2013. According to a press release issued here Friday, the tournament was held at Gujranwala in which MEPCO participated first time and defeated Rustame-Pakistan. In 120 kilo gramme weight competition, MEPCO’s wrestler Saeed Ahmad Arain defeated the player of FESCO and Rustam-ePakistan Muhammad Usman and clinched second position. Similarly, in 96 KG competition, Umair Hussain and in 60 KG category, Allah Yaar bagged third position respectively. The wrestling tournament was started on Nov 3 and continued till Nov 6 in which five teams from DISCOs had participated. Pattern in chief of MEPCO Sports Board and CEO MEPCO Abdul Mateen Khan, President MEPCO Sports Board Zafar Iqbal Awan and Secretary MEPCO Sports Board Ali Akram Gujjar felicitated the MEPCO wrestling team over getting top positions and also appreciated the performance of the comp a n y. Meanwhile, Four hockey players of Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) have been selected for Junior Hockey World Cup to be started from Dec 6. According to press a release issued here, the four MEPCO hockey players included Muhammad Irfan, Adnan Shakoor, Waseem Abbas and Adnan Anwar. The hockey players were participating in practice camp which was continued in Islamabad while the Junior Hockey World Cup would start from December 6 and continued till December 15.—APP

Waleed, Noor hit tons in U-19 cricket K A R A C H I — M u h a m m a d wickets for 80 runs. Waleed blasted an enterprizing century against a weak Dera Murad Jamali outfit in the third round of National Inter Region/Departmental Under-19 Cricket Tournament on Friday. Sent to bat first, Lahore Shalimar made 309 for the loss of nine wickets in their 83 overs on the first-day of their 3-day match at UBL Sports Complex. Right handed Waleed made 118 in 151-ball and his knock was studded with 19 sizzling boundaries. Ali Mustufa finished the day on 45 which included five boundaries while Muhammad Rameez was batting on 33. Asim Nazir was most successful bowler taking three

Dera Murad Jamali was 41 in 5 overs in their first innings at the draw of stumps. At Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad Noor Wali smashed a scintalatting unconqurered 130 with 13 boundaries and brace of sixes as Karachi Whites was bowled out for 243 in their first innings against Hyderabad. Local team was 6-1 at the close. Sheeran Malik was the pick of Hyderabad bowling attack taking six wickets for 111 runs. At Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto International Stadium, Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Saddam Hussain took five wickets for 52 runs as Quetta was dismissed for 171 in their first innings. Larkana in reply was 32-1

Summarized scores: Lahore Shalimar 308-9 in 83 overs (Muhammad Waleed 118, Ali Mustafa 45 not ot out, Muhammad Rameez 33 nt out, Kamran Shaukat 20, Asim Nazir 3-80, Israr Ahmed 2-42, Mohammad Asif Jr. 264) vs Dera Murad Jamali 4-1 in 5 overs. Karachi Whites 243 all out in 82.4 overs (Noor Wali 130 not out, 2x6s, Mohammad Yaqoob 44, Kashif Iqbal 24, Sheeran Malik 6-111, Mohammad Osama 3-84) Hyderabad 6-1 in 2.1 overs. Quetta 171 all out in 81.2 overs (Sagheer Ahmed 38, Sagheer Shah 33, Ghulam Haider 29, Hameed Khan 21, Saddam Hussain 552, Nasir Ali 2-34, Sardar Ali 2-33) Larkana 32-1 in 21 overs (Mohsin Ali 14 not out, Chahat Ali 13 not out).—APP

PESHAWAR: A snooker player aiming the target during 1st Malik Saad Shaheed Memorial Snooker Tournament.

POA refute Arif’s allegations I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n Farooq Saeed said the former charge them for contempt Olympic Association (POA) Friday refuted the allegations of Former President Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Arif Hasan that the legal and government recognized POA President was not given an audience by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) representatives in the meeting held on October 4. In a press release issued here, Secretary POA Khawaja

Shahnaz: Junior World Cup is more important

president had even tried to conceal the actual contents of the agreement arrived at between the Government of Pakistan and IOC. He said Arif Hassan had not only concealed the ratio decided in the various judgments of the Supreme Court and High Court, but have also never disclosed that his application against the Minister and other sports dignitaries to

of court. “I ask Arif Hasan to tell as to how many more clear orders and directions of IPC Minister he requires to understand that he is no more President POA,” he said. He said Arif Hasan should now show some respect to the institutions to which he belonged which still is in the highest esteem in the eyes of the people of Pakistan,” he said.—APP

Shah to take part in Japan grand slam

“Currently he is 41st in K ARACHI —Pakistan’s JaK ARACHI —Keeping an eye pan-based judoka Shah world rankings. We plan to

on next month’s FIH Junior World Cup in India, Pakistan should also have featured mostly youngsters in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy in Japan, feels former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh. Shahnaz praised the Green-shirts for beating India in the tournament 5-4 on Thursday and qualifying for the final, but he said that the more important tournament was next month’s Junior World Cup and that should have been kept on priority by using the ongoing tournament as a preparatory event for the junior team. “Malaysia and India have mostly featured junior players in the event. I think MULTAN: Women’s hockey players with Saleem Kamran during the first time women hockey scrutiny in Shamsabad we should have done the same,” Shahnaz said.—APP High School.

Hussain Shah will feature in the Grand Slam to be held in Tokyo from November 29 to December 1, a top official of the Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) said. “Yes, Shah will feature in the Grand Slam in the -100 kg and I expect him to put in his best,” PJF secretary Masood Ahmed told this correspondent. Shah is the son of Pakistan’s boxing great and Olympic bronze medallist Hussain Shah, who has been training professional boxers in Japan. “Because of the professional environment he has got in Japan Shah is improving quickly and I believe that he is one of the strong contenders to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

provide him opportunities in vital assignments to help him gain a place in the Olympics,” said Masood. If Shah is able to make a cut for the Olympics he will be the first Pakistani to achieve the milestone in judo. Shah Hussain has participated in several key international events, including the World Championship in Japan in 2010, Grand Slam in Japan in December 2012 and World Judo Championship in 2011 in Morocco. He grabbed fifth position in the Grand Prix in China in November 2012. Soon afterwards he again clinched fifth position at the World Cup in Korea as he lost in the semifinals after beating players from Japan and Azerbaijan in the initial rounds.—APP

Athletics training camp concludes I SLAMABAD —The training camp for preparation of Junior Asian Athletic Championship to be held in India from November 10 concluded here at Pakistan Sports Complex on Friday. Talking to APP, Maj Gen (R) Muhammad Akram Sahi, President, Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP), said a total of eight teams including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan and Bhutan will be participating in the event. “Pakistan athletes will be chipping in 15 events in championship. Male athletes will participate in 14 events while female athletes will chip in 5 events,” he said. The coaches imparting training in the camp comprise Muhammad Yousuf, Muhammad Amin and Zahid Aziz. The male athletes in the camp include Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Shafiq, Wajid Ali, Saddam, Obaid Ali, Ghous Muhammad, Fakhar Ayub, Usman Moavia, Adnan Jhangir, Muhammad Afzal, Rana, Antah, Muhammad Shahbaz, Bader and Fawad Hussain. The female athletes in the camp comprise Sahib-e-Asra, Sara Mumtaz, Javeria Kiran, Aneela Gulzar and Samabia Noureen. The team will depart to India on Saturday.—APP

Karachi Blues recover to reach 284-8 in Quaid Trophy KARACHI—Karachi Blues recovered to reach 284 for the loss of eight wickets in their first innings on day-one of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy third round tie against Lahore Ravi at National Stadium on Friday. Pacemen Bilawal Iqbal took two wickets and Aleem Yousuf one wicket in a fiery opening spell as Karachi Blues slumped to 51 for three wickets after sent to bat first on a lively track. Opener Hassan Sajjad was trapped leg before the wickets for four by Bilalwal and Behram Khan went in same fashion for 19 while Naveed Khan was caught by Junaid off Aleem for two to make home team struggling. However contribution from middle and order batsmen boost their total thanks to an unbeaten 50 knock by Faraz Ahmed Khan. He was batting on exactly 50 and 103-ball knock in 145 minutes was laced with seven hits to the ropes when play ended for the day. Mansoor Javed made an attacking 49 in 56 balls with nine scorching boundaries. Mansoor Javed hit five fours in his 48. Ashraf Ali hit seven fours in his 44 and Abdul Jabbar contributed 38 with five boundaries. Bilawal Iqbal finished with three wickets for 61 runs in 20 overs and Aleem Yousuf got three wickets for 76 runs in 16 overs. Asif Ashraf and Ahmed Daar got one wickets apiece. Summarized scores: Karachi Blues 284-8 in 83 overs (Faraz Ahemd Khan 50 not out, Mansoor Ahmed 49, Javed Mansoor 48, Ashraf Ali 44. Abdul Jabbar 38, Behram Khan 19, Bilalwal iqbal 3-61. Aleem Yousuf 3-76).—APP


India thump West Indies in Tendulkar’s penultimate Test K O L K ATA —Debutant Mohammed Shami produced a devastating spell of reverse swing to return with a dream match haul of nine wickets as India spanked West Indies by an innings and 51 runs in the first cricket Test and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series in Kolkata on Friday. Ravichandran Ashwin also made it a memorable day by cracking his second Test century and then chipped in with three wickets as the hosts bundled out the visitors for a paltry 168 in the second innings to clinch the match with two days to spare. Rohit Sharma, too, made his Test debut special, cracking a magnificent 177 in the first of the two-match series which is also retiring legend Sachin Tendulkar’s last outing in international cricket. Apart from Sharma, the star of the match was undoubtedly Shami who claimed 5/47 in the second innings and returned impressive match figures of 9 for 118

W Indies 1st innings:2 3 4 India 1st innings: S Dhawan b Shillingford 23 Vijay st Ramdin b Shillingford ................. 26 Pujara b Cottrell ............. 17 Tendulkar lbw b Shillingford .................... 10 Kohli b Shillingford ........ 3 Sharma lbw b Permaul 177 Dhoni c Ramdin b Best 42 Ashwin b Shillingford 124 Kumar b Shillingford .... 12 Shami st Ramdin b Permaul1 PP Ojha not out ............... 2 Extras: (b4, lb8, w1, nb3)16 Total: (all out) .............. 453 Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-57, 379, 4-82, 5-83, 6-156, 7-436, 8-444, 9-451, 10-453 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Best ..................... 17-0-71-1 Cottrell ................ 18-3-72-1 Shillingford ...... 55-9-167-6 Permaul ............ 23.4-2-67-2

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at the Eden Gardens. Shami’s effort is the second best by an Indian on debut after Narendra Hirwani’s 16/136 against the same opponents in Chennai way back in 1988. Earlier, Sharma missed out on a double century on debut by 23 runs while Ashwin slammed his second Test ton in a record 280-run stand for the seventh wicket as India extended their lead to a mammoth 219 runs before being bowled out for 453. Starting their second innings with a huge deficit, West Indies were bundled out for just 168, with off-spinner Ashwin (3/46) providing Shami the support at the other end. Sharma slammed an exquisite 177 off 301 balls with the help of 23 fours and a six, while Ashwin made his runs off 210 balls, hitting 11 fours. Making his debut at his home ground, Bengal pacer Shami, who took 4/71 in the first innings, utilised the con-

ditions to maximum effect as he rocked the West Indies batting line-up with his lethal reverse swinging deliveries that skidded in sharply. It was India’s fifth Test victory in a row after their 40 rout of Australia as the victory also snapped the West Indies’ six-match winning streak. In their second innings, West Indies collapsed from 101 for one to 168 all out to hand India an easy win. The two teams will now travel to Mumbai for the final Test and Tendulkar’s last in international cricket. Ashwin made a couple of key breakthroughs before the 23-year-old Shami blew apart the West Indies batting be getting the old ball to swing considerably. It was Ashwin who effected the key breakthroughs first up as he did not let Kieran Powell (36) and Darren Bravo (37) steady the ship after Chris Gayle’s (33) early exit. After Ashwin broke the second-wicket 68-run partnership, Shami got into the Sammy ................ 12-1-52-0 rhythm as the Indies lost two Samuels ................ 4-0-12-0 wickets in two overs before tea to brighten India’s hope West Indies 2nd innings: Gayle c Kohli b Kumar . 33 of wrapping up the match on Powell lbw b Ashwin .... 36 the third day itself. After a fine spell of 7-0Bravo b Ashwin ............ 37 Samuels lbw b Shami ...... 4 18-2 that continued post tea, Chanderpaul not out .... 31 Indian captain Mahendra Ramdin b Shami ............... 1 Singh Dhoni made the BenSammy b Shami ............... 8 gal pacer bowl from the High Shillingford b Shami ....... 0 Court end and it turned out Permaul run out ............... 0 to be another good move Best c Ojha b Ashwin ..... 3 from the ‘captain Cool’ Shami had a two-wicket Cottrell b Shami .............. 5 Extras: (lb 10) ................. 10 burst with his lethal in-cutTotal: (all out) .............. 168 ters and the third came Fall of wickets 1-33, 2-101, through Dhoni’s smart work running out 3-110, 4-120, 5-125, 6-152, 7- while Veerasammy Permaul as the 152, 8-152, 9-159, 10-168 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W 49th over opened the gates B Kumar ................ 6-1-20-1 for the Indians. The visitors, Shami ............... 13.1-0-47-5 at that stage, were on the R Ashwin ............ 19-2-46-3 verge of defeat at 152/8. Shami first uprooted PP Ojha ............... 13-3-27-0 Tendulkar ............. 3-0-18-0 Darren Sammy’s middle stump and with the fourth

ball, he unsettled Shane Shillingford’s offstump en route to his fourth wicket. Ashwin joined in the party when he had Tino Best and it was a formality from thereon. The W-Indies staged a steady recovery with Powell and Bravo to frustrate the Indians for a brief while in the post—lunch session. Ashwin put down a difficult low catch from Powell while Ojha continued his streak of bad luck as the opener was dropped by Bhuvneshwar at long leg. Desperate to break the Powell-Bravo partnership, Dhoni tried out various options and even gave the ball to Tendulkar for a second time in the match. Kohli was hit on his abdomen region because of uneven bounce and had to go out of the field. Ashwin then gave the breakthrough when he trapped Powell with a low delivery. Samuels was the next batsman to get out as Shami returned before tea to win an lbw appeal in what looked like another dubious decision by English umpire Nigel Llong after Tendulkar’s controversial dismissal on Thursday. It was a gripping sevenover spell from Shami who reversed the ball as the Caribbean outfit once again ran for cover. Ashwin, at the other end, did not let did not let Bravo get into the groove. Earlier, midway into the first session, the West Indies triggered a collapse following Sharma’s dismissal as India’s first innings ended at 453 in 129.4 overs. The hosts lost four wickets for 17 runs in the first session. Off-spinner Shillilngford grabbed 6/167 for his fifth five-wicket haul while rookie left-arm spinner Permaul (2/ 67) effected the day’s first breakthrough with the prized scalp of Sharma.

Pak women to make debut in Kabaddi World Cup

P ARIS —France rugby man- K ARACHI —Pakistan’s men while the PKF is providing but India — who will defend ager Philippe Saint-Andre took a gamble when he picked the inexperienced flyhalf Remi Tales in an untested halfback pairing with Morgan Parra to face world champions New Zealand on Saturday. Tales, who will be paired with Parra for the first time, won his only two caps against the All Blacks this year as Les Bleus lost 30-0 and 24-9 in New Zealand in June. Parra was included in the squad after his ban for punching an opponent in a Top 14 game was reduced from four to two weeks last month.—Online

and women teams will be featuring in the Kabaddi World Cup to be staged in India from November 30 to December 14. This is the first time that Pakistan women team will take part in the spectacle. The event is being organised by India’s Punjab Sports Board. This is also the first time that Punjab Sports Board has been sent the invitation. In the past Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) used to receive such invitations. Sports Board Punjab is managing everything,

technical assistance to them. A top official of the Sports Board Punjab has said that the camps for both the teams had been set up at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore. “The camps are in full swing at the Punjab Stadium. The camps have 30 players each. The final squads will be announced on November 13,” Deputy Director and Coordinator Mohammad Waqas said. He said that Pakistan contingent would leave for India on November 29. Pakistan have a great standing in men’s kabaddi,

the title — always try to avoid Pakistan in the final. Waqas hopes that the women team will extend their best. “The 30 players in the camp belong to different areas of Punjab and they are doing good practice. I hope that the team will perform well,” Waqas said. He said that former international Ghulam Abbas Butt was coaching the men’s team, while Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain was the coach of the women’s team. He is being assisted by Miss Ayesha. As many as 16 nations have been invited for the events.—APP

KOLKATA: Mohammed Shami bowled with great pace and precision during India vs West Indies 1st Test.

Hazlewood soreness thins Ashes pace ranks

Djokovic in ATP World Tour Finals semis

S YDNEY —Australia’s fast- LONDON—Defending cham- his current winning run to 19 Rafael Nadal wrapped up top bowling stocks for the Ashes have thinned still further after it was revealed Josh Hazlewood is suffering from shin soreness and will be out of action for up to a month while he recovers. Hazlewood had been set aside by Cricket Australia as one of eight fast bowlers to be prepared for the Ashes, and was believed to be in line for consideration around the time of the second match of the series in Adelaide. However Hazlewood’s likely absence for a month will rule him out of action until mid-December, forcing CA’s team performance manager Pat Howard and the selectors to look elsewhere for their eighth fast man. Others in the group are believed to include Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Clint McKay. Chadd Sayers and the discarded Doug Bollinger are two pacemen who will now be under closer consideration.—Online

pion Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro. After Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet earlier in the day, Djokovic knew any win against the Argentine fourth seed would guarantee his qualification from Group B with one match still to play. And the world number two seized his chance, surviving a tough test lasting nearly two hours to extend

matches. Del Potro can still make the last four as well, but he will have to beat Federer in their match on Saturday. “With his serve it’s definitely a big advantage if I can get a break and then close it out,” Djokovic said. “Thankfully I managed to do that. I’m very glad I could win this match and make it to the semi-finals.” Djokovic discovered on Wednesday that his bid to finish the season as world number one had failed after

spot in the year-ending rankings. But he showed no signs of letting that disappointment affect him as he continued his bid to retain the title at the prestigious seasonending event at London’s O2 Arena. Four months ago, on a sweltering July afternoon, Djokovic out-lasted del Potro in an epic encounter that took nearly five hours and finished as the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon.—AFP

Rain plays havoc with England plans

HOBART —Where cool temperatures and overcast skies were a major contributor to LONDON: Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of PakiEngland’s Ashes victory in stan play a return to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of United States during their ATP Australia four summers ago, World Tour Finals double tennis match. a similar belt of weather through Hobart is now playing havoc with the meticulous planning of Alastair Cook’s men. Two consecutive days of showers have confined the Englishmen to the Bellerive Oval dressing rooms, while the lack of indoor nets due to a redevelopment at the what my son has done to- be quoted on umpire’s deBIPIN DANI ground has cruelled the playday. I hope to see him doing cision which has raised O BSERVER ers’ chances of even cursory best in the Test series’. doubts about Sachin’s CORRESPONDENT preparation. The family members wicket. Graham Gooch, the Enwatched the game at odd Bishan Singh Bedi has gland batting coach, has D U B A I — S h a n e hours in their island. raised questions about Shillingford may have brotaken non-playing members ‘Yes, I did watch the Shillinford’s bowling acof the squad to the TCA ken millions of hearts on game. I did not sleep to watch tion. However, his local Thursday when he took the Ground elsewhere in Hobart him play. He plays cricket for coach, Mervin Thomas at for use of indoor facilities, wicket of India’s master- the Dublanc club where we Dominica Cricket blaster (suspectful LBW but the likes of Kevin live and the people in Assocation insisted, ‘his decision) but the bowler’s Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Dublanc and Dominica are so doubtful action was cleared Stuart Broad are yet to spend father, Henson Shillingford happy that he took the wicket in May 2011 after he was was overwhelmed with the any time in the middle with of Sachin Tendulkar. We in being initially banned. He only five allotted playing performance. Speaking exclusively Dublanc are so proud of his has a clear action and the days left for the tourists beshould not telephone from achievement’, the father people fore the first Test begins in over added. demoralise the bowler when Dominica, he said, ‘I am LONDON: Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta vies for the ball against Schalke’s midfielder Christian Clemens Brisbane on November The family didn’t wish to he is performing’. feeling so overwhelmed by 21.—Online during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Chelsea and FC Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

Shillingford family overwhelmed with Sachin’s wicket


FDA seeks to ban trans fats in processed foods

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HE US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease.Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of the fats, have been shown to raise “bad” cholesterol. Reducing use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA said. “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. Public health advocates welcomed the move. “Artificial trans fat is a uniquely powerful promoter of heart disease, and today’s announcement will hasten its eventual disappearance from the food supply,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. The FDA’s proposal is not the first public effort to ban trans fats. New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurants, including their use for deep-frying foods, and many restaurants and fast food chains, including McDonald’s Corp., have eliminated their use. Some European countries have also taken steps. Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland regulate the sale of many foods containing trans fats. Products that still contain trans fats include some varieties of crackers, refrigerated dough, coffee creamers and ready-to-use frosting, among others. Some products will be harder to refor-

mulate than others, FDA officials said. “We know that technically this is not an insoluble problem,” Hamburg told reporters on a conference call, adding that the use of trans fats has declined dramatically since 2006, when the agency required that trans fat levels be disclosed on package labels. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, food manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amounts of trans fats in their food products by more than 73 percent since 2005, in part by reformulating products. The FDA said the average daily intake of trans fats by Americans fell from 4.6 grams a day in 2003 to 1 gram in 2012. “Trans fats that are not naturally occurring have been drastically reduced,” the Grocery Manufacturers said. “We look forward to working with the FDA to better understand their concerns and how our industry can better serve consumers.” It was unclear which companies would be hit hardest, or what the total cost will be, but many products well known to U.S. consumers are likely to be affected. Diamond Foods said Pop Secret offers products that are trans fat-free. “On behalf of the Pop Secret brand, we at Diamond Foods are currently reviewing the FDA’s announcement regarding trans fats. Pop Secret currently offers products that are free of trans fats; the product ingredients are on Pop Secret labels. Consumers can make a choice of which products they select,” Diamond Foods said.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila receives Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on his arrival at PNS Jauhar.

Police arrest 90 accused KARACHI—Police in their ongoing drive against criminals, arrested 90 accused from different parts of the metropolis during the past 24 hours. A police official said here on Friday that these included 27 absconders, proclaimed offenders and others allegedly involved in murders, dacoities, robberies and other crimes. He said 19 weapons of various calibres were also recovered from their possession.—APP

Chinese language course admissions at KU KARACHI—The Confucius Institute, University of Karachi, is offering admissions to the Chinese language certificate course in the morning and evening sessions. Italian Consul General Roberto Franks addressing a Press conference regarding Italian A spokesman of the instituFood Week at a local hotel. —PO photo Sultan Chaki tion said on Friday that the process of admissions would commence from Nov 11. For time being there would be a one-year certificate course which would be in two phases of six months each.—APP

Iqbal Day observed by Shura Hamdard STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—On the eve of Iqbal Day, Hamdard Shura organized a talk to discuss and recall the services of Allama Iqbal which led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of Subcontinent here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion Dr Mirza Arshad Ali Beg said that the meaning of Khudi has been distorted and now it became self worship instead of self-esteem. The real meaning of Iqbal’s concept of self-esteem was self-reliance and without self-reliance we

could not be able to maintain selfesteem. A loan-taker could not stand before a loan-giver, he added. Justice (R) Haziqul Khairi said that it was a fact that without self-reliance, maintaining of self-esteem was quite impossible. We only could enjoy self-esteem by acquiring self-reliance. Haq Nawaz Akhtar, former Chairman, Pakistan Steel Mills said that the poetry of Iqbal was the poetic translation of Allah’s word and imbibed with knowledge of Holy Qur’an and love to Holy Prophet (PBUH). Allama Iqbal had predicted in 1920 that

the Chinese would awake from their dong and deep sleep and this prediction became true in 1948 after 28 years, he added. He lamented that Pakistani nation had not transferred the message of Iqbal to its new generation and the results of this carelessness were now before us that the society became intolerance and rigid. Iqbal’s thoughts could make our thinking universal and create the qualities of tolerance, self awareness and trust in God among us, so the spreading of Iqbal’s message was the need of the hour, he added.

NED reschedules examinations KARACHI—The NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi has rescheduled examinations were to be conducted on Muharram 8 and 11. A statement of the institution said here on Friday that this has been done on the directive of the Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, who is also the Chancellor of public sector universities in the province.—APP

PSMA shuns favour on commercial tariff issue IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) has said that the principals, headmasters and administrators of private schools did not need any favour from any minister toward the resolution of their problems because the independent judiciary today was the greatest source of remedying the wounds of all sections of the society and the PSMA was included in that segment. It was a tactic to dupe the owners and managers of the private schools of the metropolis that a minister would raise his voice on the floor of the Sindh assembly on the issue of

commercial tariff for the private schools in Karachi. PSMA Chairman Sharaf Uz Zaman said this while talking to Pakistan Observer Friday. The issues was pending to different authorities since 1988 and the private schools in the entire country were relieved of their burden of commercial tariff of electricity and they were only private schools in Karachi that were not allowed to pay the electricity bills as per residential tariff, said Zaman. The PSMA Chairman continued to telling that the PSMA had started its movement for seeking the imposition of the decision made in favour of whole of the country and finally, the PSMA had sought the required

remedy from Sindh High Court, which had maintained the appeal of the PSMA for the implementation of application of residential tariff for the private schools and now the private schools would pay their electricity bills as per the residential tariff. While lambasting a faction of association, the PSMA Chairman said that there was a faction of private schools association that had made efforts to hijack the success story of the PSMA and had in recent days held a seminar wherein Sindh senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhru had said that he would raise the issue on the floor of Sindh assembly. The organizers of the seminar had not informed the Minister properly that the Higher Court had already

passed an order for the implementation of residential tariff on private schools. Therefore, it would be a waste of time and energy to discuss the issue on the floor of Sindh assembly and that Minister should stay attentive to other essential matters. The PSMA was the only representative association of private schools owners, manager, administrators and academicians and had truly struggled to get things in order through court and had always avoided to beat the trumpet without result-oriented efforts, claimed Zaman adding that the PSMA would distribute copies of orders of the higher Court in a seminar to be held after Ashura Muharram.

Minister for strict action against illegal hydrants STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Information Minister with additional charge Local Government Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon expressed his displeasure over water theft and a huge shortfall on account of recovery of bills faced by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB). The Minister directed senior officials to take strict action against business of illegal hydrants and assured them that help

of police and Rangers personnel would also be provided to break the vicious circle. He was presiding over a meeting of senior officials of LG Department Friday at his office. The meeting was attended by the Secretary LG Department, KW&SB managing director Qutbuddin Shaikh and other officials. He was informed that the KW&SB was facing a shortfall of Rs 250 million every month on account of billing as people in many locali-

ties did not pay their water bills on regular basis. The Minister directed the officials to take all out efforts to improve recovery position. He was briefed on salient features of the sewerage treatment plant called S-III and impact thereof on mitigating environmental pollution in the metropolis. Memon directed that work on the project must be started within 20 days failing which serious action shall be initiated against the officials concerned.

JI urges Govt for shooting drones STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The entire nation would stand with the PML-N government if the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will decide to strike the drones. JI would provide full support to

MBBS course at Ziauddin University AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Ziauddin University has commenced MBBS degree courses with the induction of medical students adding yet another prestigious addition to medical education in the country. “Success is achieved only through hard work, dedication and commitment to your profession. Only by adopting ethics, values and moral principles in your academic and professional lives, can you attain excellence”, said Dr. Asim Hussain, Chancellor, Ziauddin University at the Commencement Day of Batch XIX MBBS held Friday at Ziauddin University. “I welcome you all to the College of Medicine. Today you have been inducted not just as medical students but as researchers, academicians and ethically responsible medical professionals. Starting today you will begin an exciting journey through the internationally respected medical field that will yield tremendous learning opportunities.

KP government and Imran Khan in stoppage of NATO supply. Addressing a rally organised by JI Karachi Chapter at Baitul Mukarram Mosque against the drone attacks and western terror-

ism, JI Karachi Chief warned that if the Prime Minister will not take courageous steps in connection with striking the drones, then the nation will stand against the PMLN government.

Customs seizes 2800g heroin STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Pakistan Customs recovered and seized 2800gm Heroin concealed in a wooden crate of crockery at Airport. According to details, the Customs Drug Enforcement Cell staff in collaboration with a renowned Courier firm intercepted a suspicious courier package consisting of a wooden crate at Karachi Airport. The package which was booked from Karachi for an address in Sri Lanka upon minute examination was found to contain Heroin powder packed in 24 polythene packets that were concealed in specially crafted cavities in the planks used for making the wooden crate. The sender in his bid to hoodwink the Customs staff misdeclared the contents of the parcel as crockery and family gifts and the crate was apparently containing crockery packed in different size cardboard boxes.


FDA seeks to ban trans fats in processed foods

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HE US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease. Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of the fats, have been shown to raise “bad” cholesterol. Reducing use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA said. “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. Public health advocates welcomed the move. “Artificial trans fat is a uniquely powerful promoter of heart disease, and today’s announcement will hasten its eventual disappearance from the food supply,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. The FDA’s proposal is not the first public effort to ban trans fats. New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurants, including their use for deep-frying foods, and many restaurants and fast food chains, including McDonald’s Corp., have eliminated their use. Some European countries have also taken steps. Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland regulate the sale of many foods containing trans fats. Products that still contain trans fats include some varieties of crackers, refrigerated dough, coffee creamers and ready-to-use frosting, among oth-

ers. Some products will be harder to reformulate than others, FDA officials said. “We know that technically this is not an insoluble problem,” Hamburg told reporters on a conference call, adding that the use of trans fats has declined dramatically since 2006, when the agency required that trans fat levels be disclosed on package labels. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, food manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amounts of trans fats in their food products by more than 73 percent since 2005, in part by reformulating products. The FDA said the average daily intake of trans fats by Americans fell from 4.6 grams a day in 2003 to 1 gram in 2012. “Trans fats that are not naturally occurring have been drastically reduced,” the Grocery Manufacturers said. “We look forward to working with the FDA to better understand their concerns and how our industry can better serve consumers.” It was unclear which companies would be hit hardest, or what the total cost will be, but many products well known to U.S. consumers are likely to be affected. Diamond Foods said Pop Secret offers products that are trans fat-free. “On behalf of the Pop Secret brand, we at Diamond Foods are currently reviewing the FDA’s announcement regarding trans fats. Pop Secret currently offers products that are free of trans fats; the product ingredients are on Pop Secret labels. Consumers can make a choice of which products they select,” Diamond Foods said.

Students boarding roof of a bus to travel back to their homes putting their lives in danger.

Education resolves all problems LAHORE —Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said the federal and provincial governments valued the support of organizations working for the welfare of poor people. Addressing a second regional seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility with the theme “Promise of Rural Development and Services Delivery” at a local hotel on Friday, the Governor said that if one was rich and had resources, it was obligatory to think for the betterment of deserving people. Chaudhry Sarwar said that he had told a member of the European parliament that if Pakistan got the generalised scheme of preferences GSP Plus Status, it would be beneficial for the people of Pakistan belonging to different segments of society.—APP

Qatar to invest in energy, housing sectors STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is facing severe energy crisis and Pakistan Muslim League-N government is making sincere efforts to overcome energy problem. He said that government is determined to rid the people of load-shedding. He said that facilities and incentives are being extended to foreign investors in energy sector on priority basis while special measures have been taken for providing them security cover. He was talking to Member Supreme Council of Qatar Shiekh Ali Bin Abdulla Althani who along with a delegation met him, here today. Members of royal family of Qatar Sheikh Mubarik

Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique chairing a meeting in connection with Metro Train System on Friday.

Seminar on dengue awareness STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab University Centre for Coal Technology (CCT) conducted a seminar about “Dengue virus and its Preventive Measures”. Director, Prof Dr Shahid Munir, faculty members and students of the centre were present at the occasion. Ms Sonia Omer Assistant Professor from Social Works Department delivered a lecture about causes, symptoms, treatment and precautionary measures. The audience applauded the informatory lecturer and wow to play a role in curbing this social problem.

LHC takes notice of PR to initiate work assault on KG student on Metro Train MUZAFFAR ALI

LAHORE—Lahore High Court LAHORE—Pakistan Railways overs and underpasses were dis- (LHC) on Friday took notice on will initiate up-gradation work of signalling system between Shahdara and Raiwind on emergency basis for launching metro train. This information was revealed by PR Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique while presiding over a high level meeting to review metro train service at PR headquarters here on Friday. The meeting was attended by Punjab government representatives, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hassan and Sabtain Fazal Haleem. Resources and requirements for the train, level crossings at the metro train track, fly-

cussed in the meeting. The Punjab government representatives asked for timings and rolling stock for metro train service. The minister ordered the PR administration to present detail study about level-crossings with in seven days. Khawaja Ahmad Hassan appreciated the efforts of the minister for restoration of the railways. PR General Manager Operations Anjum Pervaiz, Additional GM Traffic Javaid Anwar, AGM Infrastructure Ghulam Muhammad Qureshi, AGM Mechanical Asad Ahsaan and PR IG Syed Ibne Hussain attended the meeting.—APP

a press report regarding assault on a 4-year-old student. District & Sessions Judge, Faisalabad has been directed for looking into the matter and submitting a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, the father of the four-year-old victim told the media that his son was a kindergarten student at the Dare-Arqam School where he was subjected to abuse by the school principal, the watchman and two others. He further said that his son was subjected to sexual and physical abuse. He was seriously injured. After the assault, the cul-

prits left him in school lying unconscious. Angry relatives of the boy staged a demonstration against the school administration and demanded the public hanging of the principal and others involved in the heinous crime, besides closing down the school. The protesters also burnt tyres and blocked the main Narwala Road, suspending traffic. Gulberg police registered a case under Sections 376 (punishment of rape) and 377 (unnatural offences) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Investigation Officer said during the initial investigation, the victim said he was sexually abused by the four accused. The school principal and watchman have been arrested, while a team has been constituted to arrest the remaining accused person.

USAID delegation SNGPL holds medical camp calls on VC STAFF REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Health, Safety and Environment department of

LAHORE—A delegation from SNGPL arranged a 03 days medi-

Activists of Jamat-ud-Dawa hold a protest demonstration against US drone attacks.

the USAID Agribusiness Project led by Derald Smart called on University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore ViceChancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and discussed various areas of collaboration. USAID Agribusiness Project consultant Dr Hamid Jalil, UVAS Department of Meat Science and Technology In Charge Dr Muhammad Hayat Jaspal and other officials were also present on the occasion. The delegation discussed collaboration between the USAID and UVAS for initiating various training programs for meat industry workers, supervisors and managers.

cal camp (6-8 November, 2013) for employees working at Multan Region. Doctors in Camp carried out general medical examination, Hepatitus B and C screening, eye testing, pulmonary function testing, along with other tests. Suitable guidance / medicines were provided to employees diagnosed with any ailment. At the concluding ceremony of the free medical camp, General Manager Multan appreciated the efforts of HSE Department team of executives comprising of Moazzam Ali Hamdani, Dr. Huma Tabassum, Miss Asma Maqbool, Muhammad Hashim, Shahbaz Ali, Hamza Raheel, and other support staff.

Saood Althani, Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Fiannce Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Housing and other concerned officers were present. Shahbaz Sahrif said that there are deep-rooted brotherly relations between Pakistan and Qatar and stressed the need for promoting trade relations between the two countries. He said that bilateral ties between Qatar and Pakistan will be further promoted during the tenure of present government. He said that Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is being set up over 11000 acre of land in Bahawalpur and the work of provision of infrastructure is being carried out expeditiously. The

Chief Minister said that Punjab government would set up a 1000 megawatt energy project in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. He said that in the first phase, 100 megawatt solar project is being started which will be completed at the beginning of next year and the production of electricity will be started. Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Ali Bin Abdulla Althani said that Qatar will cooperate in investment in energy and housing sectors in Pakistan especially Punjab. He appreciated the tireless efforts and revolutionary efforts of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He said that Shahbaz Sharif is serving the people of Punjab tirelessly which is highly praiseworthy.

11 dacoits arrested LAHORE—CIA Sadar police on Friday arrested 11 dacoits and recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 5 million, three motorcycles and illegal weapons from their possession.—APP


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