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Election tribunals accept nominations of Fahim, Faisal, Ayaz Musharraf, Raja appeal against rejection ISLAMABAD—An Election Tri- were earlier rejected over allegabunal in Sindh on Wednesday tions of electricity and irrigation accepted nomination papers of water theft. Earlier, Returning Officer senior PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim. On the other hand, the Election Tribunal Multan bench on Wednesday accepted nomination papers of Faisal Saleh Hayat and Abid Imam, while election tribunal bench in Rawalpindi confirmed candidature of PML-N M ULTAN —Lahore High leader Ayaz Amir. The Multan High Court de- Court Multan Bench on cided on Wednesday in favour of Wednesday declared the conaccepting the nomination papers viction of former lawmaker submitted by Faisal Saleh Hayat Jamshed Dasti null and void belonging to the Pakistan Mus- in fake degree case. The bench also allowed lim League–Quaid (PML-Q). Hayat had filed his nomina- Jamshed Dasti to contest in tion papers to contest elections coming elections. from his hometown constituency Continued on Page 6 NA-88 in Jhang, Punjab which

LHC Multan Bench acquits Dasti

Qaim announces names of PPP candidates for NA in Sindh STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Pakistan People’s Party on Wednesday announced list of National Assemblies’ candidates proposed by the parliamentary board of PPP Sindh chapter, excluding Karachi and Thatta, for contesting general elections. The PPP Sindh chapter President Syed Qaim Ali Shah, addressing a press conference at former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon’s House

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PM directs security for Baloch leaders, voters QUETTA—Caretaker Prime Minister, Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Wednesday directed the provincial government to ensure foolproof

Picture on Back Page security for the leaders of political parties and voters besides taking steps for holding free, fair and transparent elections. He gave the direction while talking to the Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Caretaker Chief

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Test-tube baby pioneer Robert dies aged 87 LONDON—British scientist Robert Edwards, who was awarded a Nobel prize for his pioneering work in developing in vitro fertilisation, died on Wednesday aged 87, his university announced. “It is with deep sadness that the family announces that Prof Sir Robert Edwards, Nobel prizewinner, scientist and copioneer of IVF, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 10, 2013 after a long illness,” the University of Cambridge said in a statement.

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Today’s issue of Pakistan Observer carries a 2-Page Special Report on ‘Pak-Russia Relationsip on Pages 10 and 11.

(RO) Jhang had rejected the candidature of both Faisal and Abid Imam over FIR registered against them for stealing water. They had filed pleas in Election Tribunal. Faisal Saleh Hayat and Abid Imam are contesting elections against each other on NA-87 district Jhang. Besides stealing water, Abid Imam was also accused of Rs2.1 million bank defaults, however, his counsel presented clearance certificate before the two-member bench. Similarly, PML-N leader and journalist Ayaz Amir has been allowed to contest elections after an election tribunal overturned the decision of the Returning Officer to reject his nomination papers.

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Deception, not BA degree, issue in upcoming election: SC Court wants constitutional reasons for keeping Info Ministry’s funds secrecy ISLAMABAD—Justice Jawwad S Khawaja of Supreme Court (SC) has remarked that not BA degree but deceit is the issue in upcoming elections as degree condition stays no more. He gave these remarks while presiding over a two members bench of SC during the hearing of fake degree case Wednesday. Legal advisor to HEC, Abdul Rehman advocate appeared in the court. HEC told the court that Maiza Khan had passed matric and FA without English lan-

guage. Wasim Sajjad said she has passed Matric and FA and now BA degree has also been verified. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ degree is no more issue in these elections. Deceit is only the issue. Wasim Sajjad said original degree has to come from London. “We want time be allowed to us. The objection raised on us is that we have not attached original documents. Justice Jawwad remarked “ you have filed nomination papers. Tell us if Return-

ing Officer (RO) has passed on any order on this count. Wasim Sajjad said as April 5 was fixed in this regard therefore only copies of certificates and degree have been filed and we could not file original documents. We would have filed original certificate had more time been allowed to us. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ this order will be issued by Chief Justice bench as April 5 order was issued by this

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PML-N, BNP-M agree on seats adjustment in Balochistan Nawaz League, JI seat-adjustment talks fail STAFF REPORTER QUETTA/LAHORE—Punjab’s former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif assured on Wednesday that the grievances of Baloch masses would be addressed if Pakistan Muslim League–N won the forthcoming general elections. Shahbaz Sharif met with Balochistan National Party chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal on

Wednesday during which the PML-N and BNP–Mengal agreed on seat to seat adjustment in Balochistan during the polls. Shahbaz Sharif stated that the grievances of Baloch masses were genuine and that his party gave high importance to Balochista. He added that “Balochistan is heart of Pakistan”. The former chief minister said people of Balochistan were subjected to in-

justices in the past adding that Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was murdered during military rule in the country. Talks between Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat-iIslami (JI) over seat adjustment in Lahore have broken down. Delegations from the two parties met in Lahore on Wednesday to final-

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ECP displeased over Minister’s statement STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan has expressed its displeasure over the media statement of caretaker Interior Minister in which he appeared to be partial towards a political personality. According to sources, Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed has written a letter to the caretaker Prime Minister, telling him that such statements could compromise the transparency of the upcoming polls. The letter asked the Prime Minister to ensure impartiality of the ministers. It may be mentioned here that the Interior Minister, in a recent statement covered by the media, appeared to have a favourable opinion of Pakistan Muslim League-N President Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan test-fires IRBM Hatf-IV Shaheen-I Shaheen-I has a range of 900km, can carry nuclear and conventional warheads R AWALPINDI —Pakistan on

Wednesday conducted a successful launch of the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Hatf-IV Shaheen-I Weapon System, said a handout issued by the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR). The missile incorporates series of improvements in range and technical parameters of the existing missile. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 900 Kms. Today’s launch, whose impact point was at sea, was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman NESCOM Mr. Muhammad Irfan Burney and other senior military officers, scientists and engineers. Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General (Retired) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai congratulated all scientists and engineers on the successful launch. He said that the improved version of Shaheen 1 has consolidated and strengthI S L A M A B A D — G o v e r n o r ened Pakistan’s deterrence abili- Hatf-IV Shaheen-I test-fired from an undisclosed location on Wednesday. Punjab Makhdum Syed Ahmed ties manifold. —Online Mahmud and Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi Wednesday called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad and apprised the President about the various steps being taken to ensure holding of free, fair and transparent elections in the parties in Natt House Gujrat MUZAFFAR ALI Province. here on Wednesday adding that The President was also IRFAN ALIGI briefed on law and order situa- LAHORE —Pakistan Muslim President Asif Ali Zardari is an tion and overall situation in the League-Qauid-e-Azam (PML- expert on forming and running Q) and Pakistan Peoples Party of alliances whereas Nawaz K ARACHI—Major shuffling Province. was done in Sindh Police The President urged the pro- (PPP) have finalized seat adjust- Sharif lacks this art. PPP central leader Qamar uz Wednesday. Police officers of vincial government to take ev- ment on almost 90 per cent seats ery possible step to ensure free, whereas PML-Q will fully sup- Zaman Kaira said that Chaudhry Superintendent of Police ranks fair and transparent elections in port Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira on Brothers have a big hand in end- were transferred and posted in the Province and expressed hope NA-106 and Tanvir Ashraf ing politics of hatred and the 19 districts of Sindh. The major shuffling in pothat they would rise to the ex- Kaira on PP-112 and Ch Ejaz Peoples Party has completed its pectation of the people in this Ahmad of Ranian on PP- 113 five years tenure because of lice was done in order to expel PML-Q. from Gujrat. the premonitions of favouring regard.—Online In the meeting, PML was candidates of political parties PML-Q senior central leader Ch Parvez Elahi said this after represented by Ch Parvez Elahi, contesting elections in the provmeeting of the leaders of both Continued on Page 6

President directs Punjab govt to ensure fair elections

PML-Q, PPP finalise 90pc seat-adjustment

Nawaz hires chopper for polls campaign

ISLAMABAD—Chief of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday hired a helicopter for electoral campaign. According to a private TV channel, Chief of PML-N made the deal with ‘Princely Jet Company’ the one that is defaulter in Pakistan. Meanwhile ‘Princely Jet Company’ hired the chopper from “Air Gulf” without unclear Custom, the TV channel added. The chopper would move towards Lahore after passing through the testing process of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Continued on Page 6

Major reshuffling in Sindh Police in 19 districts

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Polio team attacked in Mardan, cop killed TARIQ SAEED P ESHAWAR —There was no letup in attacks on the Polio workers in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and terrorists assault on the volunteers dispensing drops in Mardan Wednesday left at least one Police men guarding the Polio team dead and another wounded seriously. The unknown gunmen, however, managed to flee after committing the crime. “Some unidentified armed men opened fire on policemen guarding the polio team in Mosam Koruna area in

Paarhoti Mardan leaving one police personnel dead and another wounded on Wednesday. However, the polio campaigner remained safe”. Police officials said. Some reports said the assaulters were riding on the motor bike and made good their escape after firing indiscriminately on the Polio volunteers who , though , escaped unhurt but the men in uniform giving cover to the health team sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The injured cop was rushed to the

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Ansar assumes charge of Chairman FBR I SLAMABAD —Ansar Javed, chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue, assumed his charge on Wednesday and canceled leaves of all staff for achieving the revenue target. Earlier on Wednesday, Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso had appointed Ansar Javed as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue. Javed belongs to Income Tax Group and is a grade-22 officer. Interim PM Khoso received names of Ansar Javed, Shahid Rahim Sheikh and Abdul Samad for the slot. —Online

No restriction on official media: Nizami ISLAMABAD—Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami said on Wednesday that the government believed in freedom of expression and the official media was free to perform its professional duties but with responsibility. This he said while chairing a high-level meeting during his visit to APP after assuming charge as Information Minister. He assured that the ministry will provide all types of assistance to the APP to overcome its financial crunch and Finance Division will be approached for release of APP dues. The minister appreciated the APP management for its efforts ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami meeting with APP officials during his visit to expand and upgrade the nato APP Headquarters on Wednesday. tional news agency.

Secretary Information Agha Nadeem said that the APP should further enhance its professional credibility as there were no restrictions on it for coverage of events. Earlier Managing Director Muhammad Khalid Sarwar briefed the minister about affairs of the official news agency. During the presentation the minister was informed that the APP was established in 1947 but it was taken over by the government in 1961. He said that APP was converted into Corporation in 2002 through an Ordinance. The news agency has been playing a leading role by supplying authentic and credible news to the print and electronic media round- the-clock.

The number of news reports, released to the National dailies and regional language newspapers in English, Urdu, Sindhi and Pushto,Balochi,Brahvi,Seraiki and Arabic languages have recorded significant improvement with complete domination over all other news agencies in the country,he added. About recent initiatives,he said that APP Video News Service, was formally launched in 2007 to cater to the needs of news channels. This was a major leap forward, expanding and enhancing the agency’s role in the national media by providing clean feed on major developments and important events to the electronic media organizations within the country and abroad.

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US aided 11,417 Pakistani women for vision restoration

PTCL: ECP nation-wide offices inter-connected STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Playing its part

M ANDRA —American Am- as Pakistan’s leading and

bassador Richard Olson, Wednesday, visited one of the largest providers of eye surgery in Pakistan at the Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT) hospital in Mandra, Punjab, to commemorate World Health Day. LRBT is the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Small Grants Program, which has funded surgeries for 11,417 Pakistani women at LRBT. The initiative targeted those who are unable to afford treatment for cataracts and other eye ailments. In the past year, USAID has worked with LRBT to fund surgeries at six hospitals throughout Pakistan, located in Akora Khattak, Mansehra, Khanewal, Mandra, Lar, and Rashidabad. “LRBT’s success over the past year is an excellent example of how our countries can work together to address difficult, health-related challenges. USAID’s small grants are used to augment the efforts of Pakistani organizations throughout the country, and I’m pleased we were able to work with LRBT to improve the lives of so many Pakistani women,” the Ambassador said. At the event, the Ambassador toured the hospital, witnessed the use of the latest technologies to conduct surgeries, and heard directly from women who had received USAID-funded surgery about how their lives had been transformed by renewed vision. USAID’s five-year, $25 million Small Grants Program provides opportunities for Pakistani NGOs, civil-society groups, private-sector organizations, and communities to apply for and receive funding assistance for small-to medium-sized projects that will help to increase jobs, improve educational opportunities, and increase energy resources. To date, USAID has awarded 43 grants totalling $10.5 million under the Small Grants Program to innovative initiatives in energy, education, adult literacy, and economic policy.—Online

national telecommunication carrier, PTCL has extended its full support for the preparation of upcoming elections in the country. In this regard, PTCL has successfully connected 535 Election offices of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) using the flagship voice and broadband range of services including wireline and wireless broadband. Some remote sites have been connected via VSAT technology. Concurrently, more than 500 central, district and regional offices of Returning Officers (ROs) of ECP are being connected through

PTCL network and additional locations will also be connected shortly. It is a unique capability of PTCL to bring forth Telecom Systems Integration to render services for customer like ECP with a demand for the widest possible national coverage. The state of the art connectivity has been provided to ECP and UNDP office bearers across the country. It will enable ECP and UNDP offices in all parts of the country to transmit data whilst remaining connected with ECP Headquarters in Islamabad. This is a significant step forward towards ensuring timely delivery of information which in turn helps to render transparency in the election process.

Only 43.5pc Pakistani women registered as voters I SLAMABAD —Women are bolster voters’ turnout dur- women do not know at all Women are looked down cratic impacts on communinearly 50 % of country’s population but only 43.5 % are registered voters and the situation is more pathetic in rural areas, where they do not know how to vote. There was zero woman turnout during 2008 general elections in 564 Women-Only Polling Stations and women-only polling stations were just 25% of total polling stations set up. An official of UNDP, Nighat Siddique admitted that women do not recognize the importance of vote. She underlined the need for enhancing of women participation and increasing female staff in the election process with an objective to

Mechanism being built to quicken offices’ functioning Corrupt officials to face accountability: Zafar BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI present at the occasion in- who were working in Sialkot

cluded Assistant Commis- and Gujranwala districts were

HAFIZABAD—All-out efforts sioner Saadia Tehreem, ADC posted in Hafizabad district. would be made to improve the functioning in the offices and corrupt officials would be made accountable, declared District Coordination Officer Capt. (R) Muhammad Zafar Iqbal on Wednesday. Addressing the mediamen and officers in his office, he said that the officers were servants of people and they were bound to provide relief to them. He said that honest and dutiful officials would be appreciated but those found indulging in corruption would be taken to task. On the pointation of mediamen, he directed the officers to remove encroachments from different thoroughfares and take action against the transporters who were charging fare more than the fixed rates. He said that he would appreciate positive criticism of newsmen. Prominent among those who were

Sohail Ahmad Khan and District Officer (Cord) Noman Hafeez. ***** Regional Police Officer Gujranwala range Malik Khuda Bukhsh Awan has transferred eleven Police Inspectors working in the range to different districts, it is officials learnt here today. In this connection, seven Police Inspectors working in Hafizabad district, Rana Jameel Qaisar and Zafar Iqbal Gondal were transferred to Narowal, Ch. Tanveer Nat to Gujranwala, Ejaz Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Arshad Seikhu, Arif Gondal and Abdullah Ali Yousaf were transferred to Gujrat. Ten Inspectors, Zulifqar Ahmad, Nadeem Tariq, Zulifqar Ali, Arfan Sher Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Tariq Mehmood, Zahid Hussain, Ali Akbar, Amjad Hussain and Fayyaz Ahmad

***** Unidentified burglars broke into three shops in Kassesay on Tuesdaynight and made off with different articles worth thousands of rupees. According to police source, the burglars broken into the shop of Muhammad Nawaz motor cycle mechanic and made off spare parts worth Rs. 15,000. Later, the burglars broken into the shop of Sarfraz and decamped articles worth Rs. 10,000. They also broken into the shop of Arshad Ali and made of articles worth Rs. 10,000. The police are investigating. Since the start of electioneering theft, burglary and bike-snatching incidents in the district have been increased and the citizens and villagers have called upon the DPO to ensure prevention of recurrence of such crimes.

HYDERABAD: Students performing tableau during First Educational Convention organized by BCSS at Sindh Museum.

ing 2013 general elections. Active participation of women in the electoral process must be ensured at all cost, she said, adding enhancement of women representation and increasing female staff in electoral process is very important. The problems that hamper registration of women includes lack of pre-requisite documentation for making new Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs),which is a major stumbling block that hampers women participation on voting day, said Samina Nazir of Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA). “The irony is that rural

about voter registration processes and there is no mobilization whatsoever about the importance of registering as voters”, she said. Samina Nazir said restrictions in the name of illiteracy and poverty are the main reasons why women do not show up on polling day. Terming transportation as a big hurdle, she said rural women do not come to polling stations due to severe transportation issues they face. They depend on their male counterparts to take them to the polling station and if the male members of the family are not available at home, they cannot go to polling stations, she said.

upon in polling stations and male members generally remain reluctant to take family women to polling stations where no female election staff is working. Despite lofty claims, no spadework is actually done to practically encourage women participation in political process in the country. “Women’s political participation can result in tangible gains for democracy, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across their parties and ethnic lines, and more sustainable peace, she said adding,” Women’s political participation can have a profound positive and demo-

ties, legislatures, political parties, and citizen’s lives.” Limited financial autonomy coupled with limited access to political networks is one of the few major hurdles for women in Pakistan. Low voter registration, bar on women voting, unfavorable environment and obstacles in regulatory framework are major issues hampering women participation in elections. Emphasizing the importance of leadership oriented training and education for women, she said “Lack of leadership-oriented training and education for women, obstruct political participation of women.”—APP

Farmers demand tubewells flat rate OUR CORRESPONDENT VEHARI—Hundreds of farmers from all over the district Staged a sit-in and blocked the main roads to protest against the federal government and wapda for not accepting their demand of flat rate electricity bills of their tubewells. Citizens had to face great difficulty due to the traffic block. Addressing the protestors president Kissan Ittehad Ch. Iftekhar advocate said that farmers were facing great difficulties due to price hike in agriculture based necessities. Water shortage was the main problem and in these circumstances government should provide electricity to farmers at very low rates. QUETTA: Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif meeting with Balochistan He said federal govern- National Party chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal. ment had sent their arrears cases to NAB. He said farmers of all over Pakistan termed this policy against farmers. He warned the government to immediately accept their demands, otherwise, their sitin would continue till their He pointed out that Pakistan STAFF REPORTER demands were met. STAFF REPORTER has become the only country PESHAWAR—Chief Asfandyar of the world where there is no Wali Khan has said that it is concurrent list for legislation. P ESHAWAR —In response to wrong to blame politicians for Asfandyar said ANP is an ideo- Peshawar Electricity Supply opposing the Kalabagh dam logical party and it is because Company (PESCO) drive to as the first opposition to its of its ideology that the party recover outstanding dues, construction came from non- sacrificed its 800 workers in- six more Industrial & ComDefaulters in parties assemblies. He said this cluding members of the pro- mercial OUR CORRESPONDENT in an exclusive interview with vincial assembly. To a ques- Peshawar & Hazara Circles Radio Pakistan. Replying to a tion he said public meetings have paid about Rs 26 Lacs. GUJRANWALA—U.S. Consul question, Asfandyar said are no yardstick for popularity Earlier availing the chance General Nina M. Fite inaugu- WAPDA knew as far back as or vote bank in our politics. He given by Pesco 408 customrated new school facilities 1986 that Kalabagh had be- said ANP has committed work- ers paid their arrears of Rs 32 Wednesday at Sohail bin come controversial then why ers, who may sit at home on million and got their connecSadiq Model School in didn’t it go for other options. the polling day but will not tions restored bringing the Herpoki village, Gujranwala He said demand for power vote to any other candidate. total to Rs 34.6 million. According to details 6 Indistrict. These facilities were is increasing due to rapid in- He said surveys about his constructed with a $100,000 crease in population as well as popularity were misleading as dustrial & Commercial Congrant from the U.S. urbanization and village elec- these were based on inter- sumers of Peshawar and Hazara Circles who paid their Ambassador ’s Fund pro- trification but no power station views of people in Hazara. He said these were as mis- out standing amount of Rs 26 gram. “Education is central was added for a long time. He to improving lives and build- said the PPP and its allies share leading as to ask about popu- Lacs, were Badar Munir Asia ing economic prosperity. I am the blame for the shortages but larity of Akhtar Mengal in Gate Peshawar; Bakh Ali Shah; Ice Factory very glad to have been able others cannot escape the bur- Punjab instead of Baloch ar- Janaullah to partner with Friends De- den as well. Replying to a ques- eas of Balochistan. Asfandyar Shabqadar; Waseefullah Khan velopment Organization to tion, the ANP leader said his said ground realities were dif- Factory Shabqadar;Nawaz increase the opportunities for party would go to the masses ferent from popularity surveys Khan S/o Taza Khan the children of Herpoki vil- in elections with its perfor- and this was evident from the Abbotabad and Taj Mahal lage to receive a quality edu- mance. He said it was after fact that despite security Marbles Havilain. Similarly Pesco Disconcation,” said Consul General three generation of struggle threats for ANP leaders, the Fite. that the province got its iden- party received 427 applications nection Teams are in action With support from the tity and the demand of the ANP for party tickets for the com- and have disconnected 10 U.S. Ambassador’s Fund pro- for provincial autonomy has ing elections as against 185 ap- Industrial & Commercial gram, the Sohail bin Sadiq also been met through 18th plications in 2008 elections. Connections in Peshawar, and Swat When asked why ANP was not Hazara Model School was able to Constitutional amendment. construct seventeen new He said under the 18th holding public meetings for Circles.These ten Commercial classrooms, a science lab, a amendment provincial share in elections, he said we can se- & Industrial Consumers owcomputer lab, a cafeteria, the federal divisible pool can cure the stage but cannot the ing about Rs 30 lacs of Pesco are : Sardar Ali Suri Zai Bala. principal. be increased but not reduced. entire gathering.

WAPDA responsible for power shortages: Wali

PESCO recovers Rs 34.6m from defaulters

Rural schools students enrolment ratio rises

PPP, ANP, PTI paper rejection, internal differences to benefit JI in Dir Lower M HALEEM ASAD TIMERGARA—Election candidates have geared up their campaign in Dir Lower as election days are drawing near while influential candidates whose nomination papers were rejected by DRO and ROs have appealed in election tribunal. A total of 111 candidates including independent ones had filed nomination papers for one national and four provincial assembly seats in Dir Lower out of which nomination papers of 30 candidates including Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan of the JUI-F, former state minister and PPP candidate for NA 34 and PK 97

Malik Azmat Khan, former MPA Dr Zakirullah Khan, ANP candidate for PK 94 Muhammad Ayub Khan and PTI candidate for PK 97 and party district president advocate Fakhruz Zaman were rejected by ROs. They have appealed in election tribunal against the decision of ROs, party sources said. Political analysts while talking to this reporter here on Wednesday viewed that the internal differences in the PPP, ANP and PTI besides rejection of nomination papers of their influential candidates would directly benefit the Jamaat-i-Islami in Dir Lower. The JI at the moment, they said was the only orga-

nized party that had fielded its strong candidates in all constituencies except PK 97 where Bakht Baidar Khan of the Qaumi Watan Party was being predicted stronger than Sultanat Yar of the JI and Hussain Shah of the ANP. The PPP is the worst affected by internal rifts in Dir Lower. The party awarded ticket to former state minister Malik Azmat Khan for NA 34 seat where four other aspirants within the party Zahir Shah Khan, Aurang Zeb Khan, Syed Nasir Jan and Rahmatullah had also filed nomination papers as independent candidates. Nomination papers of Malik Azmat Khan, Aurang Zeb and

Rahmatullah were rejected by DRO Pir Bakhash while papers of Zahir Shah and Syed Nasir Jan were accepted. Workers are not satisfied of Malik Azmat Khan’s Performance during the last five years as MNA and later as state minister. Similarly in PK 94 the PPP awarded ticket to former provincial minister Mahmood Zeb Khan but three other aspirants Ibrahim Khan, Alam Zeb Khan and Aurang Zeb Khan had also filed nomination papers. Nomination papers of Mahmood Zeb and Ibrahim Khan have been accepted while those of Alam Zeb and Aurang Zeb have been rejected. On Wednes-

day Ibrahim Khan said that he would not withdraw and would contest election at any cost. The ANP is also in great trouble as nomination papers of its lone candidate for PK 94, Muhammad Ayub Khan have been rejected by RO Tela Muhammad. The party has not nominated its covering candidate in this constituency and the decision of RO has stirred many workers in the party. Similarly in PK 97 too, nomination papers of the PPP candidate Dr Zakirullah Khan and independent Mahboob Shah have been rejected and the party was in a fix. The party workers would further frus-

trate if appeal of Dr Zakirullah Khan was not accepted by election tribunal. The ANP also faces difficulties as its former district president Haji Bahadar Khan has submitted nomination papers for NA-34, PK-94 and PK-95. Haji Bahadar Khan has been leading a group of the ANP dissidents in the area. The newly emerging PTI is being liked mostly by youths in this part of the country and it has also fielded its candidates in all constituencies, analysts say. However how much it had the support of voters was premature to determine because it had not taken part

independently in the past, they said, adding that after the May, 11 election real position of the PTI would come forward. Nomination papers of the PTI candidate for PK 97 and district president Fakhruz Zaman has also been rejected during scrutiny, however he has also filed appeal in election tribunal against the decision of the RO, Alamgir Shah. The growing number of candidates would benefit the JI as it has fielded its strong candidates like Sirajul Haq from PK-95, Saeed Gul from PK-96, Muzafar Syed from PK-94 and Sahibzada Yaqub Khan from NA-34, political observers are of the views.

They said that the JI had more than sixty thousand solid votes in the district wherein vote bank of other political and religious parties would divide. One to one contest is expected between Sirajul Haq of the JI and Haji Hidayatullah of the ANP in PK-95. Similarly Saeed Gul of the JI, Naeem Jan of the ANP and Muhammad Zamin of the PPP would fight for PK96. However, Saeed Gul of the JI keeps the strong position in the area while position of Bakht Baidar Khan of the QWP in PK-97 is being termed stronger as compared to Sultanat Yar of the JI, Hussain Shah Yousafzai of the ANP, analysts predict.


Fast uplift of FATA top priority: Governor KP educational curricular Staff Reporter

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P E S H AWA R —Khyber P ESHAWRAR —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakhtunkhwa Governor,

Caretaker Minister for Information and Education, Mossarat Qadeem Wednesday emphasized upon developing and harmonizing the education curricula in line with the needs of new era. Attending a presentation on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Text Book Board (KPTBB) here at Peshawar on Wednesday, she said the curriculum was playing a key role in development of new generation and making it capable of the challenges of the world. Chairman KPTBB Dr. Himayatullah, Chairman BISE Peshawar Dr. Shafi Afridi and Chairmen of other boards were also present on this occasion. They, on this occasion, put their share and forwarded their viable proposals and suggestions for making the curricula in line with the needs of the hour. The minister was informed, after 18th Constitutional Amendment, development of curricula is the provincial subject and legislation for it, has already been made, however, proper interpretation of the said law was needed for effective implementation on it. She was further informed that the Provincial Text Book Board Review Committee has also formed which started its work. She was told that development of curricula was the responsibility of the Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers Education (DCTE) while publication of Text Books and its delivery to the schools was the work of Text Book Board. However, capacity building of DCTE was must to efficiently do its job. She was also told that GIZ also extending its full support in this very important task. Mossarat Qadeem maintained that development of curricula was not an easy job but all our future depending upon it. Therefore, experts of good repute should be included in the Provincial Text Book Board Review Committee irrespective of personal likes and dislikes, she said.

Implementation of PHC order Staff Reporter

P ESHAWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (R) Tariq Pervez Khan has directed the concerned quarters to ensure implementation of the order of Peshawar High Court regarding the cleaning of Shahi Kattah and not to disturb the legal and authorized construction of the shopkeepers while removing illegal encroachment during cleaning the sewerage line; adding that no harm should be done to shopkeepers and merchants in the drive. He issued these directives while talking to a twenty member delegation of Markazi Anjman-e-Tajiran Peshawar who called on him with Haji Muhammad Haleem as its head at Chief Minister Secretariat on Wednesday and discussed with him issues related to the cleaning of Shahi Khatta, enhancement of police security in bazaars, exemption in income tax for the merchants of Peshawar, removing the illegal encroachments in the city and other concerns and problems of the merchant community. The Chief Minister said Peshawar is the city of all of us and being the resident of the city, everyone should realize his responsibility and play his individual and collective role to restore the beauty and peace of the city adding that positive change and improvement is possible through practical steps and not through rhetoric, speeches and paper work. The Chief Minister said that provincial government would take all possible steps to ensure peace in the provincial capital and expressed the hope that law and order situation in the city and province will improve in the near future. He urged the merchant community to play their vital role in keeping the city clean and neat. Regarding the illegal encroachments and haphazard traffic in the city, the CM ensured that the provincial government would do what ever it could to restore the beauty of the metropolis in this short span of time adding that necessary directives have been issued to the quarters concerned in this regard and people will soon notice positive change.

Khursheed rules out polls delay I S L A M A B A D —Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Syed Khursheed Shah ruling out delay in the elections Wednesday said that election would be held on time according to the constitution. Talking to APP he said that PPP does not believe in blame game and political victimization of the opponents. He said that in democratic system only people have the mandate of accountability through their vote in the electoral process. Replying to a question, he said that caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar khan Khoso is an honest and credible person, who has been nominated with consensus of all stakeholders. Khursheed said that all political parties have expressed full confidence on the current caretaker setup to conduct free, fair and transparent elections. He said that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim was fully committed to ensure transparency in the upcoming election. Replying to another question, he said that continuity of democratic system and strong democratic institutions is only solution of all challenges the country is facing today. He said smooth transition of power and establishment of neutral caretaker setup was great achievement of all political parties.—APP

People to return ANP to assemblies: Tahir Staff Reporter

P ESHAWAR —Provincial general secretary ANP, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and candidate from PK-5. Arbab Mohammad Tahir Khan has said they are participating in the upcoming general elections on the basis of their performance and was hopeful that the people will once again repose confidence in their party. He was addressing while inaugurating election offices in Lala Zar Colony, Ithehad Colony and Palosai in connections with his election campaign. He said ANP is the only political party that had fulfilled all electoral commitments with of the elections of 2008. He said the party had announced manifesto for the upcoming general elections and the people will again repose confidence in ANP on the basis of its manifesto and restoration of peace. He said that the people welfare oriented projects initiated in health and education and other sectors started by ANP has no precedent in past. Meanwhile, provincial general secretary, Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and incharge election campaign, PK-5 Riaz Khan Marwat has said that sacrifices rendered by ANP for restoration of peace has no precedent and will never compromise for peace in future too. He said that PkSF has constituted their committees for election which is working day and night for success of party candidates in different parts of the province. He said that ANP has already presented its election manifesto and after returning into power will implement it with letter and spirit. The student activist said that the people of PK-5 have full confidence in Arbab Mohammad Tahir and will cast their precious votes in his favour.

Engineer Shaukatullah has said that economic development on sustained basis in FATA is the focal point of every initiative on part of the government whether it is infrastructure development or bringing improvement in educational and healthcare services for ensuring well being of the respective people. He was responding to various points while talking to a group of the participants of the 98th

National Management people of FATA which has Course, currently in progress under the aegis of the Lahore based National Management College and the National School of Public Policy who called on him at Governor ’s House, here on Wednesday. The Governor further pointed out that the amendments made in FCR coupled with extension of Political Parties Act in FATA are accruing highly positive effects in the ongoing measures for ensuring better future for the tribal people. “It indeed is a become possible after almost big change in the life of the more than a century and

which too is not the lasting step, rather bringing further improvement is also possible”, he remarked. Talking about the efforts to ensure efficient rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons, the Governor said that it is still an emergency like situation in certain areas of Khyber Agency where every possible step has been ensured to facilitate the affected people not only in bringing them to temporary camps but also to provide relief and later on rehabilitate them in their respective native places.

Referring to another point, the Governor pointed out that ensuring stability on sustained basis whether it is from ensuring security point of view or maintenance of law and order, realization of the importance of the ground facts very much exists and simultaneously steps are also underway to meet any difficulty. The Additional Chief Secretary, FATA, Dr. Tashfin, Principal Secretary to Governor, Muhammad Abid Majeed and the other concerned authorities of FATA Secretariat were also present on this occasion.

16 inch gas pipeline blown up near Jafarabad Q UETTA —Unknown men blew up sixteen inch Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) pipeline between Tuesday Wednesday night, in Jafarabad district. “Explosive material attached with the high pressure pipeline exploded by remote control,” officials sources said adding as a result Indus Left Bank Pipeline (ILBP) blew up. The pipeline was carrying gas for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. This is the sixth such incident which took place since March 16th this year. SSGC spokesman when contacted said that following the incident.—APP

Dry weather likely in most parts of country I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- Bahawalnagar, Bhakkar and teorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday forecast mainly dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However, there are chances of rain and thunderstorm at few places of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. According to the synoptic situation, continental air will prevail in most parts of the country on Thursday. The weather will remain dry in Punjab, Islamabad, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. The temperatures will rise during day time especially at southern parts of the country which will turn the weather hot. The highest BAHWALPUR: Activists of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad stage a sit-in in favour of their demands at Sutlej Bridge on maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 National Highway. hours were Lahore and Shorkot 36C, Faisalabad,

Speakers stress women tion directed the IESCO offi- tate the Sikh pilgrims regardcials to ensure provision of ing their daily use food and constructive role

No load-shedding during Baisakhi RAZA NAQVI

ATTOCK—Power load shedding would not be observed during four-day celebrations of Sikh festival “Baisakai” at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, which is being held from April 10 to 13 to avoid any hindrance in the security arrangements and others measures. The district administration said in a statement on Tuesday that it was decided in a meeting held here in connection to review the Standing Operating Procedure of Baisaki Meala, that power load shedding in the premises of Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hasanabdal, Attock district, will not be observed to ensure proper security measures. The district administra-

uninterrupted power supply at the Gurdwara Punja sahib. However, as per cautionary measures, there will be standby generator facility to ensure lightening in case of power failure or breakdown, it further said. Moreover, the Sikh Yatrees would be provided all required facilities inside the Gurdwara to ensure their presence inside the Gurdwara as per prescribed security’s SOP, it maintained. For this purpose, counters of money changer, Utility store corporation, mobile phone companies, Small Industries, Railway and Post office have been setup inside the Gurdwara to facili-

others requirements during their stay, it informed. So no nay vendor or handcart would be allowed near the Gurdawara, it said. Such as, only meal would be prepared at the Gurdwara’s “Langar Khana” (Kitchen) instead of any other place by the Yatreess in individual or in groups, it warned. All Sikh Yatress would be provided accommodation and transport facility, it claimed. Except any essential reason, Sikh Yatrees would not be allowed anywhere due to security concerns. All emergency units including Rescue 1122, Fire brigade, bomb disposal squad, mobile medical unit.

AHAN-FDA launch FATA populace skill enhancement project STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) in collaboration with Fata Development Authority has launched a Livelihood and Income Generation Initiative which is a program aimed at undertaking livelihood initiatives in FATA agencies and FR regions. The initiative is aimed at capacity building and skill enhancement of the populace of FATA and FR areas so as to enable them to earn a respectable income on

their own, says a press release issued here on Wednesday. It merits some insertions here that AHAN is a company established by Government of Pakistan as a replica of OTOP Thailand with the objective of poverty alleviation in the rural and peri urban areas by supporting rural micro and small enterprises engaged in nonfarm products including handicraft, embroidery, ornaments, wood work etc. It is meant to generate the much needed non traditional work opportunities

in the rural and peri-urban areas by adopting and indigenizing the One Village One Product concept. To achieve the said objectives, AHAN intervenes through capacity building of artisans in terms of providing them technical help, building of marketing linkages & enhanced marketing, building financial linkages, and provide design and value addition related input The Livelihood and Income Generation program involves three initiatives including training of trainers (TOT).

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Mithi 35C. The maximum temperatures recorded in other cities during the last 24 hours were Islamabad 31C, Lahore 35C, Karachi 30C, Peshawar 28C, Quetta 15C, Skardu 22C, Murree 19C, Muzaffarabad

25C, Gilgit 26C, Faisalabad 35C, Multan 32C and Hyderabad 33C. The pollen count recorded in Islamabad was 663 per cubic meter. The rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours were Parachinar 64, Quetta 30, Dir 13, Noorpur Thal 9, Kalat and Ormara 8, Lower Dir 7 and Panjgur 6 mm.—APP

NA-266 Jaffarabad, big tycoons in ring

Q UETTA —Big political ty- Mir Sadique Umrani, P ESHAWA R —Speakers at coons among them former Nawabzada Gohram Bugti, seminar here Wednesday impressed upon electorates especially women to stand united for general elections2013 and elect honest and uprights politicians with will to deliver for masses and make democratic system forward. These views were expressed by different speakers during a seminar organized by Blue Veins NGO here at Press Club. The function was addressed by Fareeda Iqbal, Asma Riaz of Blue Veins besides members from the civil society. Speaking on the occasion, Fareeda Iqbal said her organization has released a 66-point “Women’s Manifesto 2013" to highlight women issues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA and put it on the political agenda before Elections 2013. She said this document was the outcome of long consultations and focus group discussions with women groups in KPK and FATA to include them in political process and take full advantage from their potential. “As Pakistanis are gearing up for elections 2013 and it is high time for women voters to make their voices heard,” Fareeda Iqbal said, adding women are the backbone of our economy.

prime minister Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali have been participating in general elections in NA-266 JaffarabadNasirabad, triggering the political speculations. The sources in the political parties told APP here on Wednesday that the prominent candidates have been approaching different tribes and communities. The election contest will be held between important candidates including ex-prime minister Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali, former federal minister Mir Changez Khan Jamali, Pakistan Muslim League-N candidate Mir Behram Khan Buledi, Mir Salim Khan Khosa, Sardar Fateh Ali Umrani, the Pakistan Peoples Party candidate

the grandson of late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and Mir Bajar Khan Domki. However, the political observers have said that the real competition will be held between Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali, Mir Salim Khosa and Mir Changez Jamali. The candidates have launched their election campaign and approaching the voters. It is said that the main contest will be held between Jamali and Khosa candidates while two candidates from Jamali family for a same national assembly seat will divide their vote bank. However, some other political observers have been viewing Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali, the most favorite candidate, however, the situation depends on the polling results.—APP

IIUI holds thrilling Mehfil-e-Mushaira

Bahria University Career Expo-2013 held at the occasion. The event was arranged with an objective to ease the students to I SLAMABAD —A better fuget the better job/ internship ture accounts for the best in the market, in addition to it possible opportunities for the objective was also to the future bearers, the stubridge the gap between indents. In the present time dustry and academia the event went for Whole day. Around 57 leading companies of telecom, FMCG, services, manufacturing, NGos and banking sectors participated in the Career Expo 2013. Moreover, the employers conducted the on spot interviews and short listed the candidates as per their requirements. The companies namely SHED Pakistan, UNIDO, Telenor, ENI Pakistan Ltd, MAKKAYS, Hashoo Foundation, TiE Islamabad, Ali Akbar Group, Zong, Channel 7, Maroof Intl Hospital, Bank Al Habib, PTCL, Zigron, IBM Italia S.P.A, Nestle Pakistan, Allied Bank Limited, LMKR, Wi-Tribe, Bank Al-Habib, Ganzee Solutions, Launchpad, Ovex Technologies, Roots, Mobizone, SNL Solutions and Elixir etc participated in the event.A large number of current and ISLAMABAD: Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (Retd) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) in alumni students of Bahria conversation with representatives of companies during Bahria Career Expo 2013 held University participated in this at University Campus. Career Expo 2013.

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when one of the major crises of the world is job inflation, Bahria University Islamabad opened the door to opportunities for its students yesterday by arranging “Career Expo’13”.

The Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (R) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) inaugurated the event. The other senior management of university, Alumni and potential employers were also present

ISLAMABAD: Renowned Poet Dr Ahsan Akbar reciting his poetry in ‘Mehfil-e-Mushaira’ organized by International Islamic University.

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The International Islamic University organized Mehfil e Mushaira which was last activity of 25th cultural week and silver jubilee celebrations. Renowned poet Iftikhar Arif was the chief guest on the occasion while Aslam Ansari presided over the ceremony, both poets and others recited their famous poems and Ghazals. Famous poets of twin cities and from various

parts of the country including Jalil Aali, Khalid Masood, Abid Sial, Habib ur Rehman Asim, Dr. Rawish Nadeem, Shahab Safdar, Hatim Siddiqui, Ehsan Akbar, Dr. Abrar Omer Atta Turab, Hairan Khattak and Ismail Gohar recited their poetry. Literary figures and a large number of students of the university attended the event. This was the last activity of the 25 th Cultural Week & Silver Jubilee celebrations of the university.


Outages: Two weekly holidays no solution

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HE un-expected rise in the duration of daily load-shedding that has crippled the life and economy forced caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, who otherwise seems to be in no hurry to do things for which the entire caretaker set up was envisaged, to call meetings and give instructions for overcoming the crisis. These include, among other things, release of 20 billion rupees to ensure smooth supply of fuel to power plants, which should have been done earlier to avoid the sudden disruption in generation. Understandably, the caretaker Government in Punjab as well took notice of the situation because of province-wide unrest caused by discriminatory treatment meted out to Punjab during PPP tenure and that continues today with the same set of PPP-appointed decision-makers in different departments. But ironically, the caretaker provincial Government, led by Najam Sethi, who is considered to a visionary, confined itself to counseling the people not to resort to agitation and instead accept discrimination as fate accompli and to observe two weekly holidays. This is a strange decision by any yardstick as the interim Government has enormous job to do during the next four weeks that are left at its disposal to ensure that elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner. The gigantic task ahead demanded that the caretakers should work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to discharge the onerous responsibilities that they are expected to fulfill but it seems they are taking the job lightly. We would remind the caretaker CM that shuffling of bureaucracy is not the only job he should do but there are scores of other things that people want him to do to ensure level playing field besides seeing to it that the normal life is not disturbed during interim period. Experience has shown that two weekly holidays cause more damage to the economy and governance than good, if any, in the name of so-called conservation of energy. It was exactly because of this that the former Chief Minister did not oblige the Federal Government of the PPP on this account but the un-accomplished agenda of the PPP has now been fulfilled by the caretaker provincial Government. We must promote work culture in a country where government servants remain on holidays most of the days in a year and do something concrete to overcome the energy crisis rather than indulging in rhetoric.

PTI’s vision of new Pakistan P

AKISTAN Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday formally unveiled its elec tion manifesto which envisages programmes, plans and commitments aimed at translating its vision of a new Pakistan. The document, released in the presence of Imran Khan, seems to be more precise and clear on how the PTI plans to address the basic issues facing the country. Corruption was already there but it assumed alarming proportions during the last five years and that is why the issue is dominating the politics of the country these days. It is in this backdrop that the party has given an undertaking to eliminate the menace within unbelievably shortest period of 90 days. We are sure the goal is achievable if honest people are given charge of ministries, divisions and departments. The promise to hold local government elections within three months of coming into power is also laudable as devolution of power is answer to most of the problems faced by citizens. Economic development is directly linked to energy security but on this account the party seems to be clueless as it earlier promised to eliminate load-shedding in five year and now it has revised it to three years, which is again not good news for jittery masses. Focus on youth, uniform education system, employment generation, maintaining deterrence, conflict resolution and promise to go ahead with Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project in the face of US pressure are all appreciable pledges that have the potential to address most of the ills of our society and enhance prestige of the country.

India on threats from China, Pakistan? I

N line with its old policy, India has once again raised the bogey of threats from China and Pakistan to get support and hi-tech military hardware from the United States and other Western countries. Defence Minister A K Antony at a military brass conclave Monday said it was essential to modernize the armed forces to counter what he called China’s military assertiveness including its massive development of military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control. In the present day scenario, India faces no threat from its neighbours including Pakistan and China. Over the past few years mindset in Pakistan has seen a change of 180 degrees as there is a thinking to improve relations with India and pay more focus on business and trade. This is in line with international developments where regional groups are emerging as strong platforms to promote trade relations to mutual advantage. On the other hand China has no need to contain India, as India poses no strategic threat to it. Most major Chinese industrial and population centers, after all, are thousands of kms away from the Sino-Indian border and also separated by the Tibetan plateau. Making issues out of nothing is in line with the lust of Indian political leadership to become a world military power and for this purpose massive allocations are being made to arm to the teeth to the armed forces. In addition the Indian Army has proposed to the government to raise an additional Mountain Strike Corps and few more divisions to increase the size of the fighting force by close to another one lakh troops. We would suggest that India must come out of its groove, shun the practice of raising the bogey of threats from neighbours and work for peaceful relations that would be to the advantage of the masses in the region suffering under poverty.

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Time to vault over the hurdles Block?) had for quite some time appeared to be going the way of the children’s game “Round and Round the Mulberry Bush”. The point of difference was Khalid Saleem only that at least in the children’s Email: binwakeel@yahoo.com game there is a denouement of sorts in view, which appeared to be conspicuously t is difficult to quite make out missing in the process under diswhat the Indian establishment is cussion. up to if the double-edged stateThe prime movers of the diaments of the leadership of that logue in question appeared to be country are anything to go by. On going round and round in circles the one hand they talk with feeling with nary a goal in mind. There was of hopes for peace in the region. On no shortage of optimists who talked the other, they keep harping on the with fervor about such things as a mantra that Pakistan must first light at the end of the tunnel. No eliminate what they continue to call one bothered to discount the possi“cross-border terrorism”. Just bility that this light may turn out to when the world had thought that be the headlight of an express train this hackneyed phrase - conjured moving in the wrong direction! Our up by the spin-doctors of South liberals rush around clutching at Block - had reached the end of its any drifting straw. Should our Forshelf life, some statement from eign Office not have the gumption across the border promptly brings to anticipate such miscues? But, it back to life. The rub lies in the then, one should not forget that it unwritten caveat that it is India was the past spokespersons of this alone that is to be the sole arbiter very office whose enthusiastic to decide whether or not this statements provided the mantle of wretched ‘CBT’ (not to be con- respectability to cloak an otherwise fused with CBM) has at last come inane exercise. to an end. The much-vaunted While the charade lasted, our peace process between India and experts subsisted on sustenance of Pakistan, it appears, has degener- make-believe. They used to conjure ated into a dialogue of the deaf. up a scenario. If they liked it, they By hindsight, this current state not only proceeded to swallow it of degeneration should hardly sur- hook, line and sinker – but also to prise anyone. As it is, the so-called sell it to a gullible public. They ex“composite dialogue” (another one celled in looking at all and everyof those compound words con- thing through rose-coloured specjured up by the gurus of South tacles, and woe unto those who did

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not see what they saw! The champions in this field were our FO spokesmen, who specialized in giving a positive spin to everything that the Indians said or did. It were our own liberal experts, more than anyone else, who helped raise expectations sky-high. And now that the whole structure has begun to crumble, because it was erected on a foundation of sand, people search around in vain for its architects. The Indian officials’ oft-repeated (and ill-advised?) attempts to somehow draw a parallel between the India-China border issue and the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was something that drew no refutation at all from our side. The former is a classical territorial dispute, i.e. defining the land frontier between two states; in which no population is involved. The latter is essentially a case of denial of the right of self-determination to some ten million people – a right that had been formally pledged to them not only by both the governments of India and Pakistan but, indeed, by the world community through the United Nations. And what does our horde of liberals hope to achieve by constantly harping on the outmoded theme of ‘quest for peace’ in an environment where the two sides have yet to grasp the concept of entering into a meaningful dialogue to settle the contentious issues hanging fire? The transition from the ‘discussion mode’ to a ‘settlement mode’ is, or at least should be, the quest of the two sides, rather than carrying out

an inane exercise in platitudes. The need of the hour is to somehow vault over the hurdles. What is stated in the foregoing paragraphs is merely the tip of the iceberg. It would serve little purpose to go into greater detail. But one thing is abundantly clear. It is time to acknowledge responsibility for failures, as well as to give credit where it is due. For this, what is of extreme necessity is an in-house exercise within our policy-making and implementation apparatus. It would be of advantage to find out what went wrong and where, if only to ensure that the mistakes are not repeated. Leaderships of both India and Pakistan owe it to their peoples to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for their future generations. The world situation has undergone a sea change over the past few years. The era of posturing and scoring debating points at the expense of each other is long past. A rational and mature approach towards the settlement of contentious issues between the two countries is called for. The name of the game is (in the words of the good Dr. Manmohan Singh) to let bygones be bygones and to look to the future. The past of the relations between the two neighbours has been murky at best. And let us hope that people who matter do not forget the axiom that those who opt to live in the past are condemned to repeat it.

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nvironment has never been matter of concern for Paki stan and the tendency goes further chronic as all mainstream political parties, bracing for participation in the forthcoming polls, have placed environment issues at the bottom of their draft manifestos for 2013 elections. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1994, and as a result the adoption of Kyoto Protocol initially in 1997 (which later entered into force on 16 February 2005), has dubbed it necessary for all to have more vibrant climate change policies at political and national level across the world. However, in Pakistan, politics has all glamour but blind to environment issues. Indifference on the subject gets more appalling because common people especially civil society have not bothered to bash political leadership for downplaying environment matters in their manifestos. Adding insult to injury, various NGOs engaged in revamping environmental degradation, government departments and independent associations, national and international, have also opted out to remain silent over the situation. In terms of words, Pakistan claims to be part of global world but at the time of action, it lacks interest to follow environment protocol which are accepted and practiced on international front. Even neighbouring country India has better awakening for environmental problems and its political parties are so sensitive on the issue that they have placed climate matters on the top of their manifestos. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was founded in 1967 by late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, but PPP spot-

ted environmental problems during 2002 general elections when late Benazir Bhutto positioned them in party manifesto. The same manifesto was incorporated in 2008 general elections. The manifesto just mentioned them instead putting greater emphasis on environment to ensure water security, green energy, environment-friendly policies and environment curriculum in educational institutions. With similar fashion and mind, PPP’s 13-member manifesto committee is again on the roll to fine tune its 2013 election manifesto highlighting five Es: ‘Employment, education, energy, equality, environment. According to draft of the PPP manifesto, cosmetic priority has been assigned to environmental protection and pollution control. It establishes apparently a number of programmes to combat environmental issues through Environmental Protection Act introduced in 1996 with the help of Environmental Protection Agency and enforcing National Environmental Quality Standards. A member of committee seeking anonymity said that move to keep environment issues in manifesto was merely ostentation to catch international attention and satisfy foreign friends. The PPP’s ally party including Pakistan Muslim League (Q) headed by Ch Shujat Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) led by Altaf Hussain and Awami National Party (ANP) spearheaded by Asfadyar Wali Khan are also on the same page over the issue. The opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N headed by two-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has even given a cold shoulder to environment issues in all manifestos. It is not surprising that the manifesto does not cater to environment issue specially climate change, pollution of air and marine habitat, water quality, biodiversity, invasive plants and animals, eco-system, unsustainable agriculture, overpopula-

tion and so on and so forth. Pakistan Environment Lawyers’ Association (PELA) president Rafy Aalam criticized political parties for belittling environment issues in their manifestos but courageously confessed “Our like environment associations and NGOs also underperformed as if political parties did nothing and we also stayed out of the focus.” He further said: “Had we been in touch with political leadership in making of manifestos giving feedback on environment issues, they might have enlisted environment problems in true letter and spirit and this would have turned as tipping point but we remained dormant.” Pakistan Eco-Green Society Chairman and Environmentalist Akhtar H Awan also openly admitted negligence on the behalf of NGOs engaged in environment-related issues but to control the damage. He said that letters would be forwarded to political parties to prioritize environment problems at the top. “We have also plan to hold seminars and optimize various medium of mass communication to sensitize political parties over the issue,” he asserted. Story does not end here, parliament also played a blind eye over the most important issue establishing the impression that it has nothing to do with the healthy environment and pollution-free country. “It is true that ministry of climate change worked nothing except passing a bill on the issue,” National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change Chairman Dr. Ghulam Haider Samego accepted his inefficiency. However, there is still a light at the end of tunnel. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), gearing up for polls, has released environment policy in its party manifesto 2013 elections. Everyone praised it and described the PTI gesture with proverb “every cloud has silver lining”. The uncontrolled growth of urban areas with poor sanitation conditions is threatening natural ecosys-

tems,” it elaborated. According to the manifesto, the PTI commits to expedite the implementation of the national environment action plan (NEAP), set up national/public parks across the country, enforce the Environment Protection Act 1997 which provides a framework for conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, establishment of environmental tribunals and magistrates, inclusion of environmental issues in school curriculum, and public awareness, design national guidelines and modules for the development of towns and cities as a planning and implementation tool for urban development. Manifesto also introduces and enforce byelaws to control land, air and water pollution by industry and urban centers, eliminate timber mafia and ensure transfer of economic benefits to the local inhabitants from legal logging, ban import of hazardous chemical wastes for recycling by any industry or for dumping, launch a national campaign of forestation, develop and implement community-based programmes for conversion of degraded forests and wasteland into quality forests, deny exploitation of offshore resources, especially marine life, by big trawlers, offer incentives to the private sector to invest in research and development in environment-friendly technology for application in agriculture, industry and the services sector and develop programmes to clean our river systems, streams and other water bodies. It looks heartening that in a situation all mainstream parties ignored environment issues; the PTI stands alone for the noble cause. But, real challenge will surface when the PTI, after coming into power, will truly translate its words into reality. So time will tell that it is just an election stunt or manifestation of intention to attend environment problems. —The writer is a Lahore-based journalist.

lmost 25 years have passed since Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street, and yet the full scale of her achievement is still surprisingly hard to set out. So completely has her legacy shaped modern Britain, so fully have she and her ideas been woven into its fabric, that it can be hard to appreciate the depth of our debt to this most extraordinary of individuals. For she was not one of those politicians who had the good fortune to go with the grain of her times. She was a leader who wrenched this nation from the path of demoralisation, diminishment and decline so decisively, so self-evidently successfully, that her victory seems, in hindsight, to be almost an inevitability. First and foremost, Baroness Thatcher was Britain’s leading champion of economic and individual liberty. She preached the virtues of a state that gave people the freedom to make their own choices and prove themselves responsible. She drew on great thinkers – Gladstone, Hayek, Keith Joseph, Adam Smith – but in the service of a philosophy that had as its irreducible core the ancient English values and virtues she learnt from her father, a grocer and alderman. Thatcherism in its original form was a creed of thrift, of self-reliance, of aspiration, of liberty in the purest sense. It was also one of unswerving, ironclad patriotism – seen most obviously in her decision to launch a task force to reclaim the Falkland Islands, when so many siren voices suggested she let the junta’s aggression stand. Lady Thatcher was a global shorthand for Britain, an icon of a nation newly unafraid to make the case for its values. Under her, this country counted for something once more. This was partly due to the strength of her partnership with Ronald Reagan. Although their relationship was occasionally frosty, not least over the American invasion of Grenada in 1986, the Soviet Union had no answer to their shared faith in the West’s military, economic and cultural superiority. Her work, not least in bringing Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev together, played an extraordinarily important part in ending the Cold War after 45 miserable years, and bringing liberty to Eastern Europe and well beyond. Even in the twilight of her premiership, she stiffened the sinews of her allies – especially Reagan’s successor, George HW Bush – in responding to Saddam Hussein’s unprovoked aggression in Kuwait. And while some may argue that Lady Thatcher was the leader who reluctantly took us into the Exchange Rate Mechanism, she also secured the British rebate from Brussels, and saw – and warned against – the flaws in the project of ever closer union more clearly than any of her rivals in Europe or at home. With every day that passes, her wisdom in this becomes more evident; it is a shame that the pro-Europeans within her party who helped to force her from office did not share it. So signal was the Iron Lady’s character that she would have been a giant in any age. We should be grateful, however, that her talents were so peculiarly suited to the desperate situation in which this country found itself – and rue the fact that in our current straits, we have no one to match her. She may have divided opinion, and occasionally even outraged it, but she lifted this nation from decline and despair, and restored it to success, influence and prosperity. It is hard, as we said earlier, to appreciate the scale of her achievements, and to acknowledge the depth of our debt to her. But what can certainly be said is that, if she had never been prime minister, or even if the IRA had succeeded in its grisly work in Brighton in 1984, this country would undoubtedly be the poorer, and the ambit of the free world smaller. If Britain is still Great, it is because of this greatest of Britons. — The Telegraph A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.

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Dictators & power politics Mahboob A Khwaja Email: kmaboob@yahoo.com

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akistan is not a free nation out of the century old British colo nial bondage. It was British educational plan for the Indians to create new generations of people who by virtue of their thinking, knowledge and behaviors will be indoctrinated to serve as subjects to the British imperialism and act as loyal agents of influence for ages to come. There is nothing new in Pakistani politics and politicians - they are loyal and committed servants to the colonialism and its institutions. After the WW2 British imperial demise, America has taken over the place of the British imperialism as the new empire in its infancy governing Pakistan and others in the region, mostly modern corrupt beggars - the recipients of economic aid, that means unpayable paper-based loans, dry milk, used clothes, frequent visits by the intelligence agents and technical advisors with huge sum salaries, obsolete military hardware and dictates on foreign relations and vast network of disruptive reactionary terrorism. Pakistan’s freedom is boxed and should be seen within these terms and conditions which money lenders

(US run IMF and other agencies) impose on the Aid recipient nations. Politicians, civil servants and military officers get rich and richer every day. Recently, One of President Obama’s advisors on terrorism - Bruce Rudel told the Congress, “Pakistanis cannot be trusted as they play dubious role, cheat and become double agents in War on Terror.” It is no big surprise that is how corruption is institutionalized in Pakistani politics and other developing nations. The ordinary people view the politicians as most corrupt, uneducated and monstrous criminal agents of foreign influence. Politics is corruption. Yet politics flourishes, people knowingly engage in political activism, organize shouting matches in streets, roads and halls. Pakistan’s problem rests with power poltics. Those who grab the power through intrigues, political conspiracies, military coups, sectarian killings and large social-economic disruptions as is the on-going Pakistani elite supported and American-British led bogus War on Terror, would never cease to act or see an end to their hegemonic power control. For almost half of a century, Pakistani politics in groomed with military dictators and their few created and installed feudal families of the British colonial time- Bhuttos, Sharfis, Zardaris, Chaurdirs and of course, the military Generals them-

selves - the chief instigators of decay and exploitation. These are household names of hatred and disgrace to thinking Pakistanis. The Nation that allows criminally indicted and most corrupt people to hold offices of national governance and responsibility cannot be viewed as nation of moral values and honor. This is how East Pakistan was lost. The political curse and disintegration of the social, moral and intellectual culture goes on for ages without an end in view. Anyone who will challenge their powerhouse is labeled as “extremists”, “fundamentalists” and most often “terrorists”. The real terrorists are never publicly arrested or brought to law and justice. The IMF claims that Pakistan owes some $70 billions in loan mostly in arrears unable even to make the interests-based annual installments. Nobody knows how and where these funds are utilized for the benefits of the people of Pakistan. It is public knowledge that Zardari, Ms. Bhutto and Sharif have stolen billions of dollars from the Pakistani lifelines and brought costly real estates in UK, France and Dubai and elsewhere but none can dare to stop them to payback to the nation. Ms. Bhutto and Zardari built a palace in Dubai, bought mansion in Surrey, UK, a palace in France and were

indicted by Swiss court for money laundering scheme. Sharif twice dismissed on corruption charges is no stranger to filthy politics. Yet they returned to political power as if they self-claimed innocence had any credibility. With so much corruption all is normal. There are always court battles and public wishwash and concerns without any tangible results. All of these are active again in national politics for the future of the beleaguered nation. The Pakistani nation must see the mirror – look at itself straight, candidly and with fullest sense of moral, intellectual and political responsibility: who they were, where they are and where they are heading to? Or the nation stands no chance for any recourse or coming out of the deadly political stunts of the few, time killing legal battles and the historical graveyards. None of political monsters have made any positive contributions toward a genuine functional democracy nor do they have any rational sense or knowledge of it. History has a defined role and the present and future generations must give credence to these developments and learn to be aware of the future in waiting, and how best to make a navigational change to ensure independence and integrity of Pakistan.

Hope for a better tomorrow! Sana Malik Email: SANAZ.1@LIVE.COM

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live in a country called Pakistan. A country which is one of the few nuclear powers of the world, a country with free and independent Judiciary, a 17th largest country in terms of active troops, a country which contains 127 Universities, 27th largest country in terms of purchasing parity, a country with estimated 139 airfields, a country ranked as one of the top 25 per cent tourist destinations for its world heritage Sites, a country that has given birth to daughters like Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Malala Yousuf Zai. With all these beautiful sides of my country, I see some bitter and hidden realities as well. I see the population living below the poverty line, I see an increasing graph of Crime rate, I see child labors everywhere when the deserve to study and play, I see many Fakhra Younus, becoming the victim of Acid throwing by their husbands and ending up killing them-

selves, I see child abuse cases every day, I see mother of Sarfaraz Shah; encountered by Rangers personnel deployed, crying and begging for the justice for his Son’s death. Yes! I see a whole lot of problems poking every Pakistani every day, but then after every bad day we hope for a better tomorrow and satisfy our selves that no matter what, we have an identity of being Pakistani, we are safe and secure in our homeland. I realized the pros of living in my own country the day I met Nusrat Ullah, an eleven years old kid who migrated to Pakistan two years back. Nusrat Ullah is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. He was a student of forth grade when he left Kabul and shifted to Pakistan because of the critical and dead employment rate in Afghanistan. Nusrat moved here with his father, mother and five siblings. Nusrat Ullah says “Firstly we lived in Afghani camps in Peshawar. We shared a single camp with another family of eight members. It was not good at all. We had to stay in camps in cold and hot days. We did not have food, beds and other basic necessi-

ties. I did not have my friend to play with, which was the moment when I missed Afghanistan the most” After a year and half, we moved to Karachi. We reside in Sohrabghot. I see many Afghanis around me there. My father puts up a stall of used clothes in Saddar and I and my brother helps him with the stall. My mother and three sisters stay at home. I asked “what about your schooling”? “Have you started going to school here”? “No, not school, my father says he does not have enough money for that, but yes I go to a Madrassa, which is near my place.” Sadly he added. Anxiously Nusrat said “I love to study, I want to join my school again, play with my friends in the recess” I asked him about the city conditions when the left Kabul. “Everything was fine there, Americans were good to us” Nusrat replied. “They never harmed us in anyway. They were fighting with Talibaan only.” On asking if he wants to go back, he bluntly said “Yes, I want to go back, as soon as possible. Whenever I ask my father to take us back, he

always tells me that we will leave next month, but that next month never comes. I have even stopped asking him now”. I could not ask more questions, I felt he would cry anytime. I said Nusrat Ullah, do not worry; you will get back very soon InshAllah. After thanking him for his time, I shut my notes, put up my bag and started walking. Nusrat Ullah called me “Madam”? I replied “yes”, he asked “Will this get published in a news paper? Will my friends read it in Afghanistan”? I smiled “Hopefully”, he glazed to me “Will you tell my friends that I miss them? Will you?” I replied “Yes Nusrat, I will tell them” he smiled again and said “Good Bye”, I smiled back. On my way back home, I thought of Nusrat and many of his kind, who left their countries, their studies, and their childhood somewhere. I thought if someday it gets peaceful everywhere and these innocent toddlers can return to their home and receive a life, they deserve. —The writer is a student at Institute of Business Management.

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MPs fear civil war in Afghanistan Richard N Taylor

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fghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years of British, US and other Nato troops ending their frontline role there at the end of 2014, the Commons cross-party defence committee warned on Wednesday. The committee suggested that the British government’s attitude towards Afghanistan was one of simply hoping for the best, since it would have little influence over the country’s future. Former British ambassadors to Afghanistan told the committee that Nato’s understanding of the Taliban was limited, that “corruption and abuse of power was intrinsic in Afghan society” and that the country’s economy depended heavily on the drugs trade. The MPs warned that the start of an Afghan-led peace settlement with the Taliban was vital to ensure the country’s stability and security after the withdrawal of British troops next year. But they added that coalition

forces’ lack of progress in reducing violence in the country “does not augur well for improving security and economic development on a longterm sustainable basis”. The committee also criticised the government for failing to combat the perception that the pullout amounted to “withdrawal through fatigue”. Publication of the report came a day after the government announced that the last group of Royal Marines to be deployed in Afghanistan was returning to the UK. Troops from 40 Commando Royal Marines were based in the Nahr-e Saraj district. The 7,200strong Royal Marine Corps has deployed commandos to Afghanistan 12 times since 2001, and 40 Commando were the first British troops in the country that year, securing Bagram airfield and patrolling the streets of Kabul. The defence committee said that the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office took an optimistic view of the future yet gave very little information about how they planned to be involved in Afghanistan beyond 2014, James Arbuthnot, chairman of

the committee, said: “We have received starkly opposing predictions for Afghanistan’s outlook, post-2014. The fact is that the UK has limited influence.” The report concluded: “We hope that Afghanistan can become a secure, prosperous and flourishing country but we are concerned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years.” Some ground may have to be given in negotiations with the Taliban but the committee stressed the importance of open and free elections and said the rule of law and human rights should not be compromised in any settlement. The committee said that all Afghan people, including women, must be involved in the peace process. If women were excluded as a consequence of negotiating with the Taliban, the progress made could easily unravel, the MPs warned. “If the UK is to continue to provide financial and training support to Afghanistan post-2014, there needs to be a clear articulation of the areas the UK will fund and support and the outcomes it expects to achieve”, the report said.

“It must be clear to those engaged in the peace negotiations that, in providing support in the future, the UK will be paying close attention to the progress on the rights of women, children and minority groups, the tackling of corruption and the furtherance of the rule of law”. The report also claimed that not enough was being done to train and equip Afghan security forces properly. Concerns remained over the capability of Afghan forces to fill the gap left by withdrawing coalition forces, particularly in terms of helicopters, close air support and logistics, the committee said. “We are concerned that the ANSF [Afghan National Security Forces totalling about 350,000] will reduce its strength by over a third on current plans based on the expectation that the insurgency will have been diminished,” the report added. “The government should urge the international community to develop a contingency plan in case the level of the insurgency does not diminish”. — Courtesy: The Guardian

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t happened some years ago, a young Indian army officer serv ing in the dangerous Jammu and Kashmir region, received information that terrorists were firing indiscriminately onto the public at the Jammu Railway Station. Reaching the spot in a few minutes Lt. Triveni Singh and his group of commandos started attacking the militants in the station. He cordoned off the station and employed a zigzag strategy to come close to the hardcore terrorists. Risking his life the young lieutenant faced indis-

criminate fire and also the fury of grenades that were lobbed at him. But with courage born of a passion for duty and country, he managed to get within firing range and killed one of the terrorists. The second militant dressed in combat clothes, however, while trying to escape threw a grenade at Singh and seriously injured him. This did not prevent Singh from standing up and killing him just as his commanding officer with reinforcements rushed to his help. “Mission Accomplished sir,” said Singh as he saluted his officer and collapsed, dead. I wonder what our cry will be when we finally meet our Commanding Officer after we die? Will it be ‘Mission Accomplished’ or will it be shouts of ‘God give me some more time!’ or ‘Lord I’m sorry, I couldn’t finish the work I was supposed to do

on earth!’ It might not be heroic work like the young Lieutenant was given. But God’s heroes do the most simple, most mundane, ordinary jobs. In the mid 70’s Ed Roberts created the world’s first commercially successful personal computer, and guess who worked for him? Young Bill Gates! Robert’s sold his computer business and bought a farm. Seven years later at the age of 41 he entered medical college. Today Bill Gates is the head of the largest software company in the world, whereas Ed Roberts is a physician in a small Georgia town. Says Roberts, “People think that the PC is the most important work I’ve done, but that isn’t true. Every day I deal with things that are equally if not more important here with my poor patients…!”His mission was not cre-

ating the PC; it was to serve the sick. In the days before Connecticut became a state, the colonial legislation was in session when a thick darkness blotted out the sunlight. “It is the Day of Judgement!” shouted the people, “let us go home and pray and get ready.” But one member of the legislature, an old deacon stood up and said, “Brethren it may be the day of judgement, but when the Lord does come I want Him to find me at my post doing my duty up to the very last moment. Mr. Speaker, I move that candles be brought in and that we get on with the business of the colony.”Likewise do your duty and finally greet your Commander with a shout, “Mission Accomplished my Lord…!” —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Havocs of deforestation OSAMA AFNAN HANAFI

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eforestation means cutting down trees indiscriminately from an area. It is a global problem, which is haunting the whole world. People cut down trees to meet their increasing demand and also destroy forests in a large scale to increase their cultivable and residential land. Sometimes they cut down trees and destroy forests in the name of development. Deforestation disturbs our ecological balance. Animals and birds living in the forests are on the verge of extinction owing to deforestation. Carbon dioxide is increasing worldwide making the world warmer. It is causing the greenhouse effect. The rising of temperature and the greenhouse effect will disturb the normal production of crops. Forests are one of the most important resources of the planet we live because we know that they use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. They also provide shelter and food for many different types of plants and animals. Deforestation has led to the loss of thousands of species of insects, animals and plants. It means that important chemicals that could be used for medical purposes have not been found and will be lost. Deforestation causes many adverse effects on climate, agriculture and our life. It also causes the rise of sea level. Rising sea level brings about flood. Flood brings untold miseries to the people. Deforestation causes river erosion also. River erosion makes many people homeless and shelter-less. So, we all should be sincere to protect trees and take a firm stand against deforestation. Government should introduce strict law and punishment to the people who are responsible for deforestation. Alternative use of trees should be found out and tree plantation should be inspired. Thus we can prevent deforestation and ensure a happy and healthy life. —Karachi

The caretakers GULL ZAMAN If only we had a responsible sitting elected government during past five years, with some credibility, and a democratic culture with its tolerance and respect for laws and public opinion, then there would have been no need to put in place a caretaker setup to conduct elections in Pakistan. Five years of good responsible government were more than enough, had there been the will, character and moral courage to strengthen institutions like ECP, Auditor General, State Bank, National Bank, FBR, Attorney General etc, by putting men of goodwill and integrity to head them, instead of controversial persons with known affiliations, or bankruptcy of ethics and morality. Unfortunately what we have is a caretaker government, with nominees of parties that have been in power and contesting polls, which defeats the whole purpose of this exercise. Even the facade of neutrality is not being offered, which makes the task very difficult for Election Commission and Supreme Court of Pakistan. It is not the illiteracy of our population, for there are many others, with similar circumstances, where democracy has functioned smoothly and contributed to development of human resources, by investing in education, health, provision of security and research in fields of science and technology. But through the choice of men put after scrutiny by institutions like Election Commission, the electorate cannot be fooled by convicts and habitually corrupt candidates, who having plundered the state are now willing to spend few billions in spin doctoring and buying an election, which they have no chance in winning in a free and fair contest. But for all this to happen the state must have the resources, which can only be generated by collection of taxes. Instead, what we have had, are the biggest of tax evaders, law breakers at helm in elected executive and our paid bureaucracy, involved in massive plunder of state assets and national exchequer, with unchecked flight of capital, devouring our economy like a cancer. —Hyattabad Peshawar

Third gender SADULLAH LASHARI It is for the very first time that those who identify as third gender persons have submitted their nomination papers contesting for national and provincial assemblies. It seems that Pakistan is politically flourishing and people at grass root level are being politically mobilised. Participation of people of transgendered and third gendered people in the upcoming elections is a positive sign. The issues that affect them can only be addressed if they are part of the political system. If political socialisation continues at the same pace, the day is not far when dynastic politics will not exist in the country. In today’s Pakistan a third gender-ed person can also dream of becoming a parliamentarian and this is due to the media, judiciary and a vibrant civil society. —Via email

Stealing petrol KIRAN ZEHRA These days due to the high prices of petrol there is new way to obtain petrol and that is to steal the petrol from the bikes that are standing in the parking are and this now is becoming a problematic issue. I live in Pakistan and recently I have observed that teenagers and boys of 18-20 years of age usually do this illegal act. The fuel pipe that connects the gasoline tank and the carburetor is exposed and it is easy to extract petrol. These culprits pull that pipe and put it into the bottle and the petrol flows into the bottle and thus this is a new costless way to obtain petrol. Inflation is in everything even in petrol. Most people

are converting their vehicles into CNG engines due to the high prices and this is why there are such illegal acts that are emerging in the society. I request the authorities to take notice of this issue and make sure that this issue is resolved soon.... —Karachi

Unhappy youth RAMSHA KOHATI The youth wing of PTI is quite unhappy as the promised seats for the youth have not been fairly distributed amongst them. Imran Khan knows that the only two powers he has with him are the youth and the elite. If even one of the groups is made upset, PTI will be nowhere. In a time like this when everyone is counting on him, Khan should wisely distribute the seats or else the support of youth that he has achieved, with the entire struggle, will just disappear. —Karachi

Gone are good times MOHSIN A H SHAIKH Long gone are good times when POL products and daily use items prices used to be on the lower side and within reach of the people with modest resources. In those since lost good old times, there was lot of difference in the prices of petrol and diesel. Diesel price was almost at half of that of petrol per litre . But now both Petrol and Diesel prices have not only crossed the “coveted” mark of Rs 100 per litre each Petrol is also slightly more costly than Petrol. Despite POL products prices being on staggeringly higher side, these are being used extensively both productive and unproductive manner by the people in the public and private sectors without showing any concern and realization to the very bitter fact that most of POL products requirements , up to the extent of as high as more than 80 per cent, are being met through imports from other countries. It is a matter of grave concern that somehow we are producing very little and consuming much more . Quite bitterly and shamefully, this is true both in cases of POL products and daily use items including vegetables and fruits. The lost good times cannot be brought back. But somehow consumption of POL products can be checked and brought under control, ensuring oil import bill of the country remains on the low side for which we pay in hard earned foreign exchange, by avoiding wasteful consumption on one hand and adopting fuel saving measures on the other hand. —Lahore

Water we drink KAMRAN KHAN People in the urban and rural areas of the country are drinking all sorts of water, both hygienic and unhygienic, potable or otherwise, without bothering the least as what it contains after all. Besides natural water, tap water and boiled water, there is bottled mineral water also which is fast becoming a habit forever-growing number of people besides the soft drinks. This increase in demand has prompted the manufacturers to double the price of the bottled mineral water though they claim to provide natural water. Despite the substantial increase in the price, the mineral water is being used as a must for every function in the public and private sectors. Wastage of surplus mineral water apart, it costs more in the posh hotels as compared to what a bottle of mineral water costs in open market. Lately, imported water filter system is also gaining ground as daily use item in the houses and the offices though the pace is pretty slow. It is said that water filtration system, in most cases imported one, is pretty good and can be used as a safe measure. The water so filtered retains all its natural qualities and is as safe as

tape water if used after boiling it. Imported water filter system should be used to be on the safe side ensuring against all ailments from which the user may suffer in case the water is not pure, healthy and safe for drinking by human beings. PCSIR Laboratories in the public sector and other laboratories in the private sector in the larger public interests should put different “varieties” of water to test and let the people know as to whether we are drinking safe, natural and hygienic water or not. I understand that if put to some medical tests, if colour of water changes then it must be containing some acid which may not be safe for human consumption. I remember many years back, PCSIR Laboratories perhaps had tested all varieties of bottled mineral water then being marketed and, most unfortunately, most of the brands were found unhealthy, unfit and unhygienic for human consumption. What is the latest position in this regard, please? Is it safe to use the bottled mineral water or will the laboratories recommend some imported water filtration system to be on the safe side ? —Lahore

***** AQSA HYDER KHAN As you all know Allah has blessed Pakistan with abandoned water resources. But unfortunately nowadays our country is facing the worst and severe water crisis. Infact we can say there is a drought-like situation. Once a water affluent country, Pakistan is now water deficient country. There are 2 reasons or factors behind this, one is prolonged drought because of less rains and long dry weather due to climatic changes— which is beyond the control of a man. And because of this water reservoirs are almost dry, losing their capacity and strength due to desilting wearand-tear. Lakes have dried up , underground water table is shrinking day by day. In many areas, the water level has fallen so low that wells have dried up while tube-wells have become totally ineffective. Besides, extensive pumping , misuse of resources provided, water mismanagement, gross negligence in the development etc, are resulting in water crisis. Water shortage is badly affecting crops, cattle, wild life, marine life and natural beauty of Pakistan. Deserts and unirrigated areas are the worst hit and marine life has ended up too. If this dry spell continues, God forbid we may face a chronic food and water shortage like in many of the African Countries. —Karachi

Driving licence SAAD UDDIN KHAN I would like to highlight an issue about the driving license in our country, driving license permits a person to drive legally in a country. In Pakistan, driving licenses can be obtained by applying to any traffic police office/licensing authority in applicant’s place of abode, candidates have to pass a theory and practical test to obtain driving license. This is a serious act which is not capturing by anyone, I can surely say that the civilians can get driving license easily even though a person is blind. I was shocked a blind man got a driving license by paying illegally as the applicant is not appeared for his license. As we all know the accidents in Pakistan are common news many children die for no reason just because of reckless driving. Many of deaths occur by accidents normally. —Karachi

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Amir’s nomination papers were rejected during the scrutiny phase for NA-60 for writing columns which were alleged to be against the ideology of Pakistan. Speaking to media, Amir said his case was different from that of other candidates, adding that he had given his personal opinion in a column which was made the basis of his nomination papers being rejected. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leader Senator Farroq H. Naek filed an appeal with the election tribunal bench in Rawalpindi against the rejection of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s nomination papers from NA-51 constituency. Returning Officer Khalid Arshad had rejected the nomination papers of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after Raja Irfan Aziz, a relative of Raja Jawaid Ikhlas, had complained that Pervez Ashraf had been misusing his discretionary funds in his constituency which amounted to pre-poll rigging and showed his partisan approach and corrupt practices. In related news, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf filed appeal against the decision of the ECP’s RO to reject his nomination papers filed for the NA-250 seat in Karachi. The ex-military ruler was also accused of not disclosing his source of income in his nomination papers whereas he has declared assets worth more than Rs760 million.—INP

Nawaz hires From Page 1 while two Pakistani pilots and an Egyptian technician are among the staff. It is pertinent to mention that the chopper will fly between multiple cities of Karachi, Sukkur, Multan and Lahore. —Online

No restriction From Page 1 APP has News Exchange Agreements with 42 Foreign News Agencies under which bouquet of important news is transmitted to them on daily basis with an aim to showcasing Pakistan’s point of view on regional and international affairs. Senior officials and journalists of the organisation were also present in the meeting. —APP

LHC Multan From Page 1 The bench comprising Justice Jawad-ur-Rehman and Justice Ijaz Ahmed, while hearing the appeal of former parliamentarian, declared his three years conviction and fine null and void and ordered the police to release him immediately. Jamshed Dasti had filed an appeal against his conviction in the fake degree case in Lahore High Court (LHC) Multan Bench on last Friday. It may be recalled that Jamshed Dasti was sentenced for three years in prison and a fine of Rs5,000 besides he was disqualified for contesting elections by Muzaffargarh Session. The bench said that Dasti can contest the general election.—Online

LAHORE: A burning vehicle that caught fire due to short circuit at Shadman Chowk.

Qaim announces names From Page 1 in DHA, announced names of candidates. Ayaz Somro, Faryal Talpur, Eijaz Jakhrani, Azra Afzal Pechuhu and Makhdoom Amin Fahim have been nominated for national assembly seats, while Sharjeel Inaam Memon and Ahsan Mirza, son of Zulfiqar Mirza, have been named as PPP candidates for provincial assembly seats. Names of candidates included Nauman Islamuddin Shaikh for NA-198, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah NA199, Khalid Ahmed Lund NA200, Sardar Ali Gohar Khan Mahar NA-201, Aftab Shahban Mirani NA-202, Sardar Wahid Bux Bhayo NA-203, Muhammad Ayaz Soomro NA204, Nazir Ahmed Bughio NA205, Amir Khan Magsi NA-206, Faryal Talpur NA-207, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani Na-208, Hazar

Sikh Yatrees arrive for Baisakhi STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A delegation of 1,137 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to participate in the Baisakhi festival and visit historic gurdwaras. Officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee greeted the pilgrims when they arrived by a special train at the Wagah railway station. Special banners with ‘welcome’ messages in English and Hindi were put up by the authorities. Faraz Abbas, deputy secretary, ETPB, said that 1,137 pilgrims had arrived in the special train. “A second batch of some 400 Sikhs will reach here by train later,” he said. The main Baisakhi festival will be held at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district, 50 km from Islamabad, on April 13.

Khan Bijarani/Shabbir Ahmed Bijarani NA-209, Ahsanur Rahman Mazari NA-210, Zulfiqar Ali Behan NA-211, Syed Asghar Ali Shah NA-212 and Azra Fazal Pechuho NA213, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah NA-214, Nawab Wassan NA215, Sajid Banbhan NA-217, Makhdoom Muhammad Ameen Faheem NA-218, Ali Muhammad Sahito NA-219, Sagheer Ahmed Qurashi NA220, Syed Ameer Ali Shah Jamote NA-221, Syed Naveed Qamar NA-222, Abdul Sattar Bachani NA-223, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang NA-224, Fahmeeda Mirza NA-225, Shaqat Shah NA226, Munawar Ali Talpur NA227, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur NA-228, Faqir Sher Myhammad NA-229, Pir Noor Muhammad Shah NA-230, MAlik Asad Sikandar NA-231, Sardar Rafique Ahmed Jamali

NA-232, Zafar Laghari NA-233, Fida Ali Butt NA-234, Shazia Marri NA-235, Roshan Din Junejo NA-236 will be the candidates of PPP in general election-2013. Shah said that doors of the PPP were open for seat adjustment and the process of reconciliation of the PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari would continue in future. He said that the PPP had done immense development in the province for the poor people and took concrete steps for the eradication of poverty during its previous tenure. He said that the PPP had contested last general election in the presence of former president Pervez Musharraf and won them. It was nothing but propaganda that the PPP had deployed its favourite secretaries and bureaucrats in the country to help PPP win the polls.

PML-Q, PPP finalise From Page 1 Ch Wajahat Hussain and Mian Imran Masood and PPP by Qamar uz Zaman Kaira, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Moeen Kaira, Zia Mohyuddin, Muhammad Sharif, Mehdi Khan and other leaders. Addressing large number of leaders and workers present there after the meeting, Ch Parvez Elahi said that PML-Q and PPP had formed the alliance at a time when the country was facing political difficulties. “We wanted that the Peoples Party should complete its 5 years tenure, objective of our alliance was to save PPP from being blackmailed and improving national circumstances, till now both parties are together and have decided to fully support each other in the general elections also,” he added. Ch Parvez Elahi said that they are sincere people, their politics is neither against anyone nor filing of false cases. He said that President Zardari desired that this alliance should be further extended; President Zardari knows the art of carrying friends along whereas Nawaz Sharif lacks this art of taking friends along.

He appealed to all friends and colleagues that according to the party decision, they should fully support Qamar uz Zaman Kaira, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and Ch Ejaz Ahmad of Ranian. On this, all present raised their hands and announced to support them. The PML-Q senior central leader further said that they have family relations with Kaira family, which is older than the Peoples and PML-N coming into existence, time has come to restore and strengthen old relations. On this occasion, former Federal Minister Qamaruz Zaman Kaira expressed heartfelt gratitude to Ch Parvez Elahi and Ch Wajahat Hussain and said that alliance of PML and PPP will benefit the entire country, democracy has flourished in Pakistan because of ending hatred among the political parties, Chaudhry Brothers have a big hand in ending politics of hatred, because of their support PPP has completed its 5 years otherwise N-League wanted that the People Party Govt should not complete its five years.

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Mr. Muhammad Tariq Wali Judge Bankin Court-I , 13-A Qafla Road Tehkal Payan University town Peshawar at camp court Bannu Case no 77/1 of 2013 date of hearing 21/05/13 Suit for the Recovery of 1001296/73 United Bank Predy gate Bannu through manager VS Ayub Ahmad Khan NOTICE VERSUS= 1) Ayub Ahmad Khan s/o Ahmad Jan house no 54/A Mohallah Ahmad Jan Bannu City. 2) Nasrullah Khan s/ o Raees Khan R/O Bazid mandozai PO Tarka bazaar Bannu 3) Farmanullah Khan s/o Naimat ullah Khan r/o Bazid Mandozai PO Tarka bazaar Sorani Bannu. Whereas the plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 1001296/73 against you under section 10(2) of the financial institution (recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby summoned to obtain leave of the court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication of the notice in the newspaper failing which an exparte decree shall be passed in favour of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court Judge Banking court 1 Peshawar.

“He will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.” Edwards spent his career making the dream of having a baby come true for millions of people worldwide, running into conflict with the Catholic Church and fellow scientists on his way. He was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 2010, five decades after he began experimenting and long after the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978. “Bob Edwards is one of our greatest scientists,” said Mike Macnamee, chief executive of Bourn Hall, the IVF clinic that Edwards founded with his fellow IVF pioneer Patrick Steptoe, a gynaecological surgeon. “His inspirational work in the early 1960s led to a breakthrough that has enhanced the lives of millions of people worldwide. He is held in great affection by everyone who has worked with him and was treated by him.” He added: “It was a privilege to work with him and his passing is a great loss to us all.”—AFP

Polio team From Page 1 nearby hospital for treatment where he was stated to be out of danger by the doctors. It may be recalled that The Polio teams administering Polio drops and that mostly comprise of the female health volunteers, were attacked by the unknown terrorists for continuous five days in the third week of December last in parts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Charsadda and Risalpur as well as Karachi. Around ten polio workers, mostly female, were killed and many others sustained serious injuries in the assaults against the Polio workers which had not only sent a wave of terror, anxiety and harassment among the Polio staff in the country but had also attracted serious concern of the international community That had also forced the UN to withdraw its staff facilitating Polio vaccination in Pakistan and the field staffers of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF were directed to suspend their activities with regard to Polio campaign. However, the activities of dispensing the Polio drops were resumed after the government announced security for the Polio workers and deputed policemen with every team dispensing Polio drops in any part of the country. A Polio team had come under terrorists attack in Mardan also on February 26 where in police men guarding the vaccinators had lost his life but saved the Polio vaccinators

PML-N, BNP-M agree From Page 1 ize the seat adjustments. PML (N) delegation was headed by its central leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and Hamza Shahbaz while Jamaat-i-Islami delegation was led by Ameerul Azeem and Mian Maqsood.

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Syed Imam Ali Shah, Judge Banking Court No-II Gujranwala Suit No.79/2013 Iftikhar Ahmed Colar S/O Muhammad Malak Colar R/ O Kote Waris —Plaintiff Versus Manager Faysal Bank Ltd — Defendant Summons U/S 9 (5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance; 2001 (Ordinance No.XLVI of 2001) Summons to: Manager Faysal Bank LTD. G.T Road Zia Plaza, Branch Gujranwala. WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you for rendition of A/C. A Summons u/s 9(5) Ordinance XIVI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of the Summon, an application for leave to defend the suit in the form of written statement U/S 10 of the said ordinance. Take 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, in the favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 07.05.2013. Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 28.03.2013 Seal of the Court Banking Court II Gujranwala

Deception, not BA degree From Page 1 bench. The court referred the application by Maiza Khan on extension in time in connection with verification of degree to CJP. The court disposed of the petition filed by Maulana Ilyas against HEC. HEC told the court that SC had issued orders for verification of degrees till April, 5. “But people are still coming to us what should we do”. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ you please resort to Chief Justice bench on this count. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked Ministry of Information for the legal explanation to keep the secret fund clandestine from the eyes of public. Two-member bench under the supervision of Justice Jawad S Khawaja heard the case regarding use of secret funds by Ministry of Information and Broadcast-

ing. The court also allowed Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and All Pakistan News Paper Society (APNS) to file applications in the court for abolishing the stay order, issued to prevent payments of billion rupees to media houses on account of official advertisements. Justice Jawad S. Khawaja in his remarks said that it is an important matter and it should be decided with out further delay. It is the issue of usage of public money and it is out of ponder that why this amount is kept secret from the people. What is the real story behind the use of this fund as Information Ministry does not want to public it. During proceedings senior journalist Hamid Mir told the court about the utilization of secret funds and requited the court that the report submitted by the

ministry may be made public. Justice Khawaja said that there might be many reasons to maintain the secret accounts and the court will give verdict after reviewing the entire record. The ministry has told the court that Rs 84.75 million were allocated for the purpose of “special publicity fund”, but the court wants documentary proofs. On which the lawyer of Ministry said that it is the policy of the government . Different think tanks are working , similarly ministry hires different column writers .Audit of this fund is being carried out. Senior journalist Absar Alam told the court the the ministry should correct its record as secret funds are not only Rs 84.75 million, but it is the matter of usage of Rs 850 million and Rs 870 million separately.—Online

PM directs security From Page 1 Minister Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai at Governor House here. Prime Minister arrived on his maiden visit to his native province to review the law and order situation with special focus on the arrangements for the general elections 2013 in Balochistan. The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction over the participation of the nationalist parties in the general elections terming it as an impressive sign which would bring about positive change in overall situation in

Balochistan. He said that caretaker government is impartial and committed to creating a conducive environment for elections across the country. Mr Khoso, on the occasion, was briefed about the steps taken for maintaining peace and necessary arrangements pertaining to the elections. Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durani, IG Police Balcohistan Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhaira were

also present. Leaders of political parties including Pakhtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Central Senior Vice President Balochistan National Party Mengal Dr Jhanzaib Jamaldini and a delegation of notables from Sibi, Jaffarbad and Naseerabad also met with the Caretaker Prime Minister. Development projects executed in parts of the province were discussed besides matters pertaining to mutual interests.—INP

Major reshuffling in Sindh From Page 1 ince. According to details, SP Matiari Mazoor Ali Khatiyan, SP Badin Fida Hussain Mastoi, SP Hyderabad Afzal Beg, SP Naushehro Feroz Imdad Ali Shah, SP Benazirabad Ghulam Sarwar Abro, SP Tando Allahyar Nisar Ahmed Channa, SP Jamshoro Usman Ghani Siddiqui, SP Mirpurkhas Farooq Ahmed Jamali, SP Tharparkar Mazhar Nawaz Shiekh, SP Umerkot Abdul Qayum Pitafi, SP Muhammad Jacobabad Muhammad Younus Chandio, SP Khairpur Asghar Ali Shah, SP Kashmore Muhammad Umar Farooque, SP Shikarpur Pervez Ahmed Chandio were directed to report to Central Polie Office (CPO). SP Sanghar Muhammad Ali Baloch was transferred as SP Metiari while SP Telecom Shaukat Ali Khatiyan as SP Badin, and Additional Inspector General (AIG) Establishment CPO Saqib Ismail was transferred as SP Hyderabad. SP Suddar Division Tanvir Alam Udho was transferred as SP Tando Muhammad Khan, SP Tando Muhammad Khan Ahmed Sheikh was transferred

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Mr. Rana Muhammad Yousaf Shahib, Judge Banking Court No-I Gujranwala OLD P.W.D Rest House OPP. Commissioner Officer, Gujranwala. Suit No.120-1/2013 NBP Outside Khiali Gate Gujranwala —Plaintiff Versus Shameem Akhtar —Defendant Summons U/S 9 (5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance; 2001 (Ordinance No.XLVI of 2001) Summons to: (1) Shameem Akhtar S/O Sadeeque Masih R/O Street Shah Wali Farid Town Gujranwala (2) Town offices Qila Didar Singh Town Gujranwala. WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and other for the recovery of Rs=24476/along with mark up/interest and cost etc, claimed to be payable by you.. A Summons u/s 9(5) Ordinance XIVI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of the Summon, an application for leave to defend the suit in the form of written statement U/S 10 of the said ordinance. Take 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, in the favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 14.06.2013 Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 10.04.2013 Seal of the Court Banking Court I Gujranwala

as SP Naushehro Feroz, SP Ghulam Sarwar Bhaiyo was transferred as SP Benazirabad and SP/SRP-II Akramullah Soomro was transferred as SP Tando Allahyar. SP North Nazimabad Khurram Waris was transferred as SP Jamshoro, while Eitzaz Ahmed was posted as SP Mirpurkhas, AIG Qamar Raza

Jaskani as SP Umerkot, SP ACLC Captain (retd) Asim Khan as SP Sangahr, Additional Divisional IG Crime Operations Hyderabad Zahir Ahmed Tunio as SP Tharparkar, SP Sukkur Syed Pir Muhammad Shah was transferred as SP Larkana, SP Ghotki Irfan Ali Baloch as SP Sukkur and SP Larkana Javed Jaskani as SP Jacobabad.

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Mr. Muhammad Tariq Wali Judge Bankin Court-I , 13-A Qafla Road Tehkal Payan University town Peshawar at camp court Bannu Case no 79/1 of 2013 date of hearing 21/05/13 Suit for the Recovery of 168700/35 United Bank Predy gate Bannu through manager VS Syed Rasool and others. NOTICE VERSUS= 1) Syed Rasool s/o Taj Mohammad R/O Chando Khel PO Serai Naurang district Lakki Marwat. 2) Mir Baz Khan s/o Umar Khan house no 439 /40/ E Mohallah Risladar I/S Qasabaan gateBannu City. 3) Gul Zaman s/o Mir Azam R/o Pasni PO Kote Kashmir District Lakki. Whereas the plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 168700/35/ against you under section 10(2) of the financial institution (recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby summoned to obtain leave of the court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication of the notice in the newspaper failing which an exparte decree shall be passed in favour of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court Judge Banking court 1 Peshawar.

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In the Court of Mr. Rana Muhammad Yousaf Shahib, Judge Banking Court No-I Gujranwala OLD P.W.D Rest House OPP. Commissioner Officer, Gujranwala.

In the Court of Mr. Rana Muhammad Yousaf Shahib, Judge Banking Court No-I Gujranwala OLD P.W.D Rest House OPP. Commissioner Officer, Gujranwala.

Suit No.119-1/2013 NBP Outside Khiali Gate Gujranwala —Plaintiff Versus Yousaf Masih etc —Defendant Summons U/S 9 (5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance; 2001 (Ordinance No.XLVI of 2001) Summons to: (1) Yousaf Masih S/O Shafi R/O Kalar Abbasi Sharif Pura Mohallah Tariqabad Gujranwala. (2) T.M.O. Khiali Shah Pur Town Gujranwala. (3) Sanitary Inspector Tehsil Municipal Administration Gujranwala City Gujranwala. WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and other for the recovery of Rs=25150/along with mark up/interest and cost etc, claimed to be payable by you.. A Summons u/s 9(5) Ordinance XIVI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of the Summon, an application for leave to defend the suit in the form of written statement U/S 10 of the said ordinance. Take 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, in the favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 14.06.2013 Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 10.04.2013 Seal of the Court Banking Court I Gujranwala

Suit No.145-1/2013 A.B.L Bhuda Goriya — Plaintiff Versus M/S Hakim Rice Mills etc — Defendant Summons U/S 9 (5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance; 2001 (Ordinance No.XLVI of 2001) Summons to: (1) M/S Hakim Rice Mills Ghallamandi Kotli Faqir Chand Tehsil Perrur Distt, Sialkot through Prop, Tahir Mehmood (1) Zahid Mehmood (2) Tahir Mehmood S/O Maqbool Ahmed (3) Zahid Mehmood S/O MaqboolAhmed Bhatti R/O Sahari Sorangi Tehsil Parrur Distt, Sialkot. WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and other for the recovery of Rs=2507297/along with mark up/interest and cost etc, claimed to be payable by you.. A Summons u/s 9(5) Ordinance XIVI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of the Summon, an application for leave to defend the suit in the form of written statement U/S 10 of the said ordinance. Take 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, in the favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 07.06.2013 Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 04.04.2013 Seal of the Court Banking Court I Gujranwala


Aisam to fight Pakistan’s Davis Cup case L AHORE —Pakistan tennis was part of the squad that tie to New Zealand, as the star Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi Wednesday said he would fight Pakistan’s case after a referee’s decision to award a Davis Cup tie to New Zealand because of an unplayable court surface at a neutral venue. Qureshi, 33, the country’s first player to reach a Grand Slam doubles final,

faced New Zealand in an Asia Oceania group II tie, which was shifted to Myanmar over security fears in Pakistan. Pakistan were leading 10 on Friday and Qureshi was ahead in the second singles match when Sri Lankan referee Ashita Ajigala stopped the match and awarded the

courts were Pakistan’s responsibility. The Pakistan Tennis Federation had already announced it was lodging a protest with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but Qureshi said he would meet Davis Cup officials in London to present the team’s case. “I am leaving for London and will meet Davis Cup officials on Friday to put Pakistan’s case before them and I am positive of a solution as the tie was unfairly awarded against us,” Qureshi told a press conference. “It seemed the referee was not working for the ITF but for New Zealand and he was clearly partial and unjust.” The area declared unplayable was outside the lines of the court, he added. Qureshi paired with India’s Rohan Bopanna, LAHORE: Winning team in the 113th annual sports of the Government College University with Vice Chancellor Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman dubbed the “Indo-Pak ex- at Punjab Stadium. press”, to reach the final of US Open doubles in 2010, where they lost to the American Bryan brothers.—APP

NTDC rewards Mr Pakistan

Misbah’s captaincy has not failed yet: Amir

L AHORE —National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) honoured its bodybuilder, Muhammad Rashid for winning the Mr Pakistan title by awarding him a cash prize at a reception here on Wednesday at Wapda house. President, NTDC Sports Board, Tahir Mahmood who was the chief guest on the occasion awarded a cash prize of Rs 20000 to muscleman Rashid for his achievement of winning the title at Okara during the annual Mr Pakistan competition which was participated by top bodybuilders of the country. Tahir praised the hard work of Rashid for bringing a big laurel for the department and announced to promote him in the next PBS scale 11. He said NTDC sportsmen are performing to a higher level in various disciplines.—APP

1400 students of GCU compete in 113th Annual Sports SALIM AHMED

LAHORE—The 113th Annual

Sports of the Government College University Lahore Wednesday began at a grand inaugural ceremony at the ISLAMABAD —Former crick- drop him from the one-day Australia was not very Punjab Stadium. About 1,400 eter Amir Sohail has said that team and dispose of him as hopefull; we have won no series in those countries. students from 26 departMisbah had done a very captain.” He opined that individuRather than people ments of GC University good job as captain within Lahore took part in the certhe given resources in South als can not be blamed for the criticising the players and one-day and Test series de- individuals, the Board needs emony marked by a grand Africa. march past, sports day oath Talking to a private news feats in South Africa. Some to be looking at how to imand athletics meet. channel, he said that some are sitting there and are blam- prove the system in PakiThe Institute of Bio-techpeople are saying Misbah ing Dav Whatmore, others stan, he added. He commented that nology bagged the prestishould be ousted as captain are pointing the finger at gious trophy of the Best and dropped from the one- Misbah, some are blaming Misbah was absolutely right March Past Contingent, day side but that was not the other individual players. But, when he suggests that the wider and actual problem young Pakistani cricketers while Department of Urdu solution. stood second. The GCU athHe said that Pakistan is the system in Pakistani should be sent to places letes, led by GCU 112th Ancricket needed to utilise and cricket and not the individu- such as South Africa and nual Sports record-holder get the best out of Misbah als that are representing the Australia to play in their First-Class cricket, because Adeel Anjum, took oath that that he has got left to serve team. He said that Pakistan’s the conditions in those they would take part in anhis country. “We need nual games abiding by the Misbah’s experience in the record in recent years in Test countries could not be reprules and in the true spirit of team at the moment and it cricket in countries such as licated in Pakistan no matter sportsmanship for the glory would be the wrong move to England, South Africa and how hard we try.—APP of sports and the honour of their teams. The musicians hailing from GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS) this year presented a special anthem for 113th GCU Athletics Meet. In his message on the annual sports, Vice ChancelDespite the hosts’ bright lor Prof (Meritorious) Dr D O R T M U N D — B o r u s s i a Santana to toe the ball over the Malaga in the semis in their Dortmund scored twice in line for the crucial third debut season in Europe’s top start, a mistimed clearing Muhammad Khaleeq-uradded time to seal a dramatic Dortmund goal to put the Ger- club competiton with a goal header from Dortmund centreeight minutes from time, before back Santana gave Malaga 3-2 quarter-final, second-leg mans in the last four. Dortmund go through 3-2 Dortmund produced two goals their first chance on 25 minwin at home to Malaga on utes, which the Spaniards Tuesday to reach the last four on aggregate after last in two magical minutes. Wednesday’s first leg finished It was heart-break for pounced on to score the early of the Champions League. With Malaga leading 2-1 goalless and are into the semi- Manuel Pellegrini’s side after away goal the Germans had in the dying stages, finals for the first time since the Malaga coach had to make dreaded. a round-trip to his native Chile When the ball fell to Dortmund’s Marco Reus gave 1998. Malaga winger Joaquin following the death of his fa- Joaquin, the former Spain his side a glimmer of hope with a 91st-minute equaliser, but the had given the Spaniards an ther in the days before the winger pulled the ball back Spaniards would still have early away goal before Poland game. Dortmund continue onto his left foot, out of reach gone through on away goals. striker Robert Lewandowski’s their run as the only unbeaten of his marker Marcel ISLAMABAD—A strong PakiIn the frantic closing sec- equaliser made it 1-1 at the team in the competition, but the Schmelzer, and rolled his shot stan outfit will feature in the winning goal came as late as through the legs of Neven AFC Under-14 Football onds, Reus managed to stab break. Second-half substitute the 93rd minute at the Signal Subotic and past goalkeeper Championship scheduled to the ball across the Malaga goal Roman Weidenfeller.—AFP be held at Mashhad, Iran from for Brazilian centre-back Felipe Eliseu then looked to have put Iduna Park. April 23-29. “The team will fly to Mashhad, Iran from Lahore Airport on April 21”, a spokesman of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) told APP on Wednesday. He said 24 players were undergoing a tough training at the camp set up by PFF at City School Gulberg Lahore. Head coach Hassan Baloch and goalkeeper coach Zahid Taj are imparting training to boys, he added. This will be for the first time that a competition at this level is being held. Prior to this event, the festivals for Under-13 and Under-14 players used to be held. Probables Goalkeepers are, Mudassar, Muhammad Asad Fareed, Bilal Waheed, Abdul Waheed, Defenders: Adil Ali, Uzair, Said Ali, Zubair Umer, Yasir and Atta Ullah, Midfielders: Shahzeb, Muhammad Saqib Javaid, Abdul Wahid Khan, Muhammad Riaz, Saqlain Tariq, Mohammad Ikhlas, Strikers: Muhammad Shahid Ali, Ubaid Ahmed, Shakeel Ahmed, Junaid Ahmed, Sulman, Habib GERMANY: Dortmund players celebrate at the end of the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match Ullah, Shaharyar Lasi, Majeed between Borussia Dortmund and Malaga CF in Dortmund. Khan.—APP

Dortmund reach Champions League semis after 14 years

Rahman said that he had always encouraged his students to take part in sports and healthy co-curricular activities, adding that that he had increased funds for the sports and co-curricular activities in the university budget. The Vice Chancellor believed that sports made students better human being, adding that “sports teach tolerance and encourage the spirit of competitiveness.” The Vice Chancellor said GCU was made one of the finest sports nurseries for producing and grooming sportsmen for national teams, besides it was involving its students and faculty members in healthy sports activities. He advised the university students to never compromise on the standards of sportsmanship. “Sportsmanship is more important than winning an event,” he added. Prof. Khaleeq revealed Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Sports Board Chairman Prof. Dr. Ikramul Haq said that the importance given to sports by the developed countries was no less than education. “The GCU leadership has provided full

encouragement and conducive environment for the sports activities right from the beginning,” he added. Later, the first day of the annual sports event was marked by 800 meters race which was won by Urdu Department student Wasim Sajid by covering the distance in 2:10:13 seconds. Urdu Department student Moshin Naveed set a new record in 110 M Hurdle race by covering the distance in 15:30 seconds. He broke the record of Abdul Ghaffar Gujjar which he made at the GC Annual Sports in the year 1996. The athletics events of 5000 meters, 1500 meters, Triple Jump, and Pole vault will be held at the Punjab Stadium today (Thursday). However, the most enthralling Gymkhana events which include Ministerial Staff Race, Naib Qasid Race, Four Legged Race, Cricket Throw Ball for Girls, Pillow Fighting, Staff Children Race, Stilt Race, 60 Meter Race, Sack Race, Chatti Race for Girls and Obstacle Race will be held at the closing ceremony at GCU Oval Ground tomorrow (Friday).

Heavier punishments recommended for Racism

L ONDON —Players found guilty of racial abuse will face minimum suspensions of 10 matches, under plans laid out by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Wednesday. Infantino also said racist offences would trigger partial stadium closures in the first instance and full stadium closures for a second incident. The proposed punishments would affect all matches in European competition. “We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect and what we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism, they should receive a 10-match suspension at least,” Infantino told the Soccerex forum in Manchester. “If supporters at a club are found guilty of racist abuse, the first sanction will be a partial closure of the part of the stadium from which the racist abuse took place. “For a second offence, there will be the full closure and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros ($65,000).”—AFP

Pak U-14 team to feature in AFC Football C’ship in Iran

LAHORE: Students take part in race during 113th Annual Sports Day of Government College University at Punjab Stadium.

PCB making extraordinary efforts for women cricket: Basit STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Former test cricketer, Basit Ali has said that Pakistan Cricket Board was making extra ordinary efforts for the overall development of women cricket in the country. “The present regime of PCB led by Mohammad Zaka Asrhaf has done a lot to set new bench marks as far promotion of women cricket is concerned “,he told reporters here on Wednesday.

He said women cricket has gained rapid success in recent years and significant improvement has been seen in the performance of Pakistan women cricket team at international level, “The steps being taken by Zaka Ashraf for the further uplift of women cricket will produce long term results as players are being groomed with the help of experienced coaches and a comprehensive activity plan is there to polish

the skills of the players”, he asserted. “I don’t say that in a year time or so we will be able to make a strong women side like champions Australia but I am very confident that in years to come Pak team will emerge as a force to reckon with at international level “,he added. To a question he termed the recent outburst of a former chairman of PCB, Ijaz Butt “ anti cricket and damaging “ for the cause of cricket in Pakistan.


Defaulters attack Pesco team STAFF REPORTER

Officials reshuffling challenged LAHORE—Caretaker government’s step of reshuffling the government officials was challenged in Lahore High Court here on Wednesday. Rana Arshad, Advocate submitted a petition in the LHC stating that caretaker government was only responsible to hold fair and transparent general elections in the country. He said the large scale reshuffling was creating uncertainty among civil servants. The petitioner said that the caretaker government has no power to reshuffle the government officials. He appealed the court to nullify such steps of the government.— INP

Lawyers beat colleague

P ESHAWA R —Pesco team was attacked by the defaulters during the recovery drive in Karak district on Wednesday resulting in serious injuries to a Line man and damage to the officials vehicle. The PESCO officials say as per the defaulters List provided to NAB , the Pesco & Police Team headed by SDO Karak Ridwanullah reached at the site of 5 tube wells having heavy arrears at MattaWalaKarak.On this occasion mob gathered and attacked on Pesco Team and abducted Pesco & Police Officials. Pesco officials were restrained to disconnect the premises, nor to remove the meters. Xen Karak immediately informed the DPO Karak who giving positive and immediate response disQUETTA: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso being received by Chief Minister patched Additional Police force under command of Balochistan Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai at airport. DSP Head Quarter Karak to the site, where firing was exchanged and protesters also pelted stones on them, resultantly Pesco Line ManII Muhammad Ismael was badly injured and Pesco vehicle was also badly damThe committee said it curity operations across the aged. L ONDON —The start of an Afghan-led peace deal with wanted to see open and free country shows we are well the Taliban is needed to se- elections; An appropriately on the way” he added “The fact is that the UK cure the future of Afghani- trained and equipped ANSF stan after British troops leave, with continuing financial has limited influence. Indeed, a group of British MPs has support; A strong judicial it is for the Afghan people system that protects human themselves to determine their said. The Defence Select Com- rights; Continued develop- own future. Defence Secremittee warned that failure to ment aid and effective mea- tary Philip Hammond said “However, the UK and ISLAMABAD—PML-Q Presido so could lead to civil war sures to tackle corruption and the drug trade its international partners dent Chaudhry Shujaat has in Afghanistan. The committee high- must show the Afghan written a letter to Chief ElecThe UK had a responsibility to use its influence to lighted significant gaps in the people that they will abide by tion Commission (CEC) “make Afghanistan work” capabilities of the ANSF in their obligations to continue Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim in after 2014, the MPs added. areas such as helicopters and to support them in their ef- which he has stated that apart Defence Secretary Philip close air support and medi- forts.” The MPs said they from the caretaker interior had received “very little” in- minister the conduct of other Hammond said the UK would cal care. Committee chairman formation about the involve- ministers is also irresponhelp Afghans to reach “a sustainable political settlement”. James Arbuthnot, said: “We ment of the Ministry of De- sible. In the letter, Shujaat has The MPs’ report focused have received starkly oppos- fence and the UK Foreign predictions for Office in Afghanistan be- asked the CEC to announce on the planned withdrawal of ing UK combat troops at the end Afghanistan’s outlook, post yond 2014. There are cur- a policy which defines the rently 9,000 British service duties of the caretaker cabiof 2014 and the transfer of 2014. The fact that Afghan se- personnel in Afghanistan, net. —INP responsibilities to the Afghan National Security curity forces are now leading reducing to 5,200 by the end on more than 80% of all se- of 2013.—INP Forces (ANSF). Harassment

Afghanistan peace deal with Taliban needed: UK MPs

Shujaat writes to CEC about conduct of ministers

S UKKUR —Lawyers of the Sindh High Court (SHC) badly beaten up a lawyer for filing a petition against approval of former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s nomination papers. On Tuesday, Khairpur District Bar’s president Manzoor Ansari filed a petition against approval of Qaim Ali Shah’s nomination papers. On Wednesday, Ansari and Qaim Ali Shah’s lawyer Liaqat Shar presented in the Election Tribunal and both exchanged harsh words. Tribunal issued notices to Qaim Ali Shah and others and summoned them on April 12. As Ansari came out of the court, supporters of former CM started beating him. He was bleeding and sent to hospital for B HAKKAR —An officer, who attested degrees of treatment. —NNI former MPAs Nawani Brothers as originals, has missing; a local court Presiding officers gone was told in Bhakkar to get phones Wednesday. A local case resumed S ARGODHA —The Election of Nawani Commission of Pakistan hearing (ECP) has decided to provide Brothers’,Rasheed Akbar mobile phones with secret Nawani and Saeed Akbar numbers to presiding offic- Nawani, case of fake deers to ensure transparency in grees in Bhakkar Wednesforthcoming polls. Sources in day.. The court demanded rethe ECP revealed that the special numbers would be al- port of missing government located to presiding officers, officer, Dr. Fayyaz, from the which will remain completely SHO City while giving time secret. The ECP will issue di- to the missing officer for aprectives to presiding officers pearance before the court that the issued SIMs should till April 11. Rasheed Akbar Nawani only be used to contact the appeared personally while ECP officials. —Online his brother Saeed AkbarNawani presented Khawaja not to application for excuse before the court. hear Nawaz plea The court had sumMuzaffar Ali moned that government ofL AHORE —Justice Khawaja ficer Dr. Fayyaz, who atImtiaz of the Lahore High tested Nawani Brothers’ deCourt, heading an election grees, while warning that he tribunal Wednesday refused will be declared absconder to hear plea filed over dis- and his property will be qualification of Pakistan confiscated, if not appeared Muslim League-Nawaz before the court. D r . (PML-N) President Nawaz Fayyaz’s son appeared beSharif. Commenting on this, fore the court this day and Justice Khawaja Imtiaz said presented FIR, stating that he could not hear the plea as he is missing. he had earlier given decision court called SHO City in favour of Sharif family in and demanded his reply on defaulter case. A petition was the report and granted time filed before the Election Tri- to Dr. Fayyaz till April 11, bunal in Lahore. for appearing.—Online

Nawanis’ fake degrees confirmer goes missing

France’s Muslim women fearful School going girl as govt seeks to widen hijab ban commits suicide P ARIS —The controversy surrounding the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, has been rekindled in France this week after the French Court of Cassation annulled the 2008 dismissal of a Muslim nurse from a private daycare center because she refused to stop wearing the hijab. The court’s decision created a fire storm in France, prompting President Francois Hollande to seek a law that would extend restrictions on wearing “prominent religious symbols” to private schools. Politicians agreeing with the president have spoken out. “The Muslims here are French too, and we are proud

of their presence, but I agree with the president on the importance of issuing a law that will block the right wing from promoting a complete ban on headscarves,” Socialist Party MP Olivier Four told Al Arabiya. Muslim women wearing the hijab have voiced concerns over their future in France. Algerian graduate student Souad, fears any new restriction might affect her chances of finding a suitable job in the future. “I can’t work in public institutions, and now I can’t work in private institutions. What is my future? In my opinion, this is a disastrous law,” she said.—INP

H ARIPUR —A 17-year-old girl, student of ninth class, Wednesday shot herself dead in a school here purportedly following receiving harassment and threatening calls on phone. According to police, the girl had written a message for her mother on her one arm, asking forgiveness, and a mobile number of a boy who harassed her, on her other arm. The girl, Naqasha, shot herself dead in the school. She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Police registered an initial report and started further investigation.—INP

Indian security forces killing own citizens, admits SC NEW DELHI—Reflecting the grievances of people in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern troubled states, Indian Supreme Court said prolonged deployment of armed forces in disturbed areas was bound to result in extra-judicial killings, Indian media reported on Wednesday. Dealing with the issues raised by public interest litigations alleging 1,528 extrajudicial killings in Manipur in the last three decades, a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P Desai said, “Manipur’s woes must be recognized. It has gone on for 10-15 years. If security forces are kept in a state for 10-15 years, these things are bound to happen. No one can prevent it.” It praised the painstaking efforts of the Justice Santosh Hegde committee to inquire and conclude that the six incidents of encounter referred to it were fake which resulted in the cold-blooded killing of seven persons including a 12year-old boy. The bench said it could never express the depth of sorrow felt by it on reading the findings of the inquiry report. “We cannot tell you how shameful the case is. Indians were being killed by Indian security forces. What is the use of our sitting here (in the Supreme Court) if people are killed like this,” the bench said. “Those deaths (fake en-

counter killings) reflect utter callousness and no respect for human rights and no respect for the right to life,” the bench said but did not forget to mention the constraints and difficult situation into which the armed forces personnel were thrown in. “But we must also see the picture from the side of the security forces who are away from their families for long periods. These are young soldiers. The constant violence has a brutalizing effect on them. If you keep Army in a place for 10-15 years, these things are bound to happen. The security force personnel do not lead a normal life being stationed in the midst of constant violence,” the bench said but clarified that even a single fake encounter

killing was unacceptable. Additional solicitor general Paras Kuhad made an impassioned presentation saying Justice Hegde committee’s report was being considered at the highest level in Army headquarters, ministry of home affairs, ministry of defence and the Union government and the authorities were one with the court that even a single fake encounter was unacceptable. When the bench made it clear that it would brook no objection to the Hegde panel report, Kuhad said, “The response of the Union government and the Army will be restrained yet calibrated. We will have to show the constraints faced by the Army in difficult situations and terrain in which they operate. —Online

Political crisis in West Bengal over attacks on CM

16- inch gas pipeline blown-up in Jafarabad

N EW D ELHI —The eastern Commission office for a meetIndian state of West Bengal has plunged into a political crisis over Tuesday’s attacks on its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra by student activists of the state’s main opposition Communist party in the national capital. Members of the ruling Trinamul Congress party have ransacked several offices of the opposition Communist party across the state since Tuesday in retaliation against the alleged manhandling of the Chief Minister and Finance Minister by members of the Students ‘ Federation of India, the student-wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which was in power in West Bengal for 34 years till 2011. The demonstrators — angry over the death of a 22year-old student activist in police custody in state capital Kolkata last week, though cops claim he died after hitting a pole — were caught on TV channels heckling the Chief Minister and beating up the Finance Minister as the duo were entering the Planning

ing. Mitra has been admitted to a government hospital in the Indian capital with injuries. Banerjee, who came to the Indian capital on Tuesday to attend a series of meetings with the central government, has cancelled all her meetings, including those with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, slated for Wednesday. “Delhi is not safe. I was manhandled. When I tried to get down to the Planning Commission (office), the police did not cooperate at all,” the Chief Minister and head of the regional Trinamul Congress party told the media while leaving for Kolkata. West Bengal’s Governor M.K. Narayanan has condemned the attacks, calling the incident “a blot on India’s cherished democratic values”. “The shocking premeditated assault on the Chief Minister, the Finance Minister and other senior ministers of West Bengal in the national capital is an extremely unfortunate incident,” he said in a statement.—NNI

IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—A 16-inch diameter Indus Left Bank Pipeline was blown in Jafarabad in early hours of Wednesday. According to details, a serious incident of insurgency occurred at 1:35 am on April 10, in Jafarabad District, Balochistan. As a result of the incident, SSGC’s 16 inch diameter Indus Left Bank Pipeline (ILBP) was blown up by some unknown miscreants. The pipeline was carrying gas for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. It was the 6th sabotage activity, which took place since March 16 this year. SSGC’s system had not been affected due to that sabotage activity. Following this incident, the effected section of pipeline was immediately isolated. According to SSGC spokesperson, the emergency response teams of the gas utility were ready to rush to the site from Shikarpur to inspect the situation. However, they were awaiting permission from the security agencies that were engaged in clearance of the said area.

US Korean peninsular action aims encircling China, Russia TEHRAN —Chinese have good reasons to understand that this is an encirclement of China that the massive hardware that the US has put into the area, is beyond anything needed to deal with the North Korea threat and therefore the idea that some sort of spark in North Korea could be used for a broader confrontation has to be taken seriously especially since the US has refused to make any kind of agreement with Russia to stop the deployment of their anti-ballistic missile systems around the

Russian border in Europe.” An analyst says that the North Korean leaders are not going to wage war against the United States and that Washington is using this false flag to further encircle Russia and China in the region. The comments come as according to reports, South Korea and the United States have increased their coordinated military surveillance of North Korea amid the rising tension in the Korean peninsula. On Tuesday, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, the commander of US Pacific Command said that the US de-

fenses could intercept any ballistic missile launched by North Korea in the coming days. On April 4, the North Korean Army said it had received final approval for a nuclear attack on the US in response to Washington’s threats. The army said a preemptive nuclear war with the United States “could break out today or tomorrow,” warning Washington to “ponder over the prevailing grave situation. ”Press TV has talked with Mike Billington, with the Asia desk of Executive Intelligence Review from Washington

D.C. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: Mr. Billington how much do you expect the current escalations to turn into a war? Billington: Well, it is unfortunately very possible. Not the way it is generally thought of, however. The Chinese response to this, has been very precise, very accurate. They warned repeatedly that there are provocations coming from North Korea, which, they have encouraged them to stop, but that there are also very sever provocations coming from

the United States and the Chinese have good reasons to understand that this is an encirclement of China that the massive hardware that the US has put into the area, is beyond anything needed to deal with the North Korea threat and therefore the idea that some sort of spark in North Korea could be used for a broader confrontation has to be taken seriously especially since, as you know, the US has refused to make any kind of agreement with Russia to stop the deployment of their anti-ballistic missile systems around the

Russian border in Europe. And we are doing now the same thing in Asia claiming that it is about North Korea, just as they claim in Europe that it is in response to Iran, which has no threat, no weapon. So this is perceived correctly by Russia and China as a thereat to them, whose purpose is to get them to back down to the regime change policy, the new colonial policy being driven by London and by London’s puppet in the White House, Obama.— Press TV.


Watermelons lower blood pressure

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ESEARCHERS have found that healthy watermelons can do just as good of a job to normalize blood pressure without all side effects, which have been linked to statin drugs. In a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, food scientists at Florida State University found that consumption of six grams of L-citrulline extract from watermelon extract for six weeks normalized the blood pressure of all nine adults in the study who previously had elevated blood pressure, reported a private news channel. The large watermelon fruit is the richest edible source of the amino acid Lcitrulline, which regulates healthy blood pressure. Lcitrulline is converted to another amino acid, L-arginine, once in the body. However, taking L-arginine as a dietary supplement can cause nausea, gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea, especially among adults who already suffer from raised blood pressure. “Individuals with increased blood pressure and arterial stiffness - especially those who are older and those with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes - would benefit from L-citrulline in either the synthetic or natural (watermelon) form,” Figueroa said. Helping lower and control blood pressure is just one of many health benefits for the large summertime favorite. Watermelons have the highest water content of any fruit

and, in addition to being a supreme thirst quencher, are excellent sources of several vitamins: vitamin A, an antioxidant which helps maintain eye health; vitamin C, which strengthens immunity, heals wounds, prevents cell damage, and promotes healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy. Watermelons also have plenty of thiamine, magnesium, and potassium which are all vital for optimal health. Thus if your children, or perhaps yourself, are reluctant to dig into spinach, other dark green leafy vegetables or lima beans on a regular basis, servings of watermelon would be a very healthy substitute - and would make a healthy addition at any rate. Watermelons help muscle and nerve function and help maintain the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base balance. They also reduce the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Watermelons are also excellent for kidney health as it can both flush the kidneys and dissolve kidney stones. One of the most popular and effective natural remedies for kidney stones is a tea made from watermelon seeds, though often the juice alone in plentiful quantities will do the trick. A good one-way to cleanse both the colon and the kidneys is to go an entire day consuming nothing but watermelon. Besides flushing the kidneys it will also usually clean out the colon as well.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik, Chairman Higher Education Commission Javed Leghari, Executive Director RSS Faisal Mushtaq, Federal Minister for Housing and Works Dr. Younis Soomro, Executive Editor Pakistan Observer Gauhar Zahid Malik, Shahid Ahmad Khan, US Ambassador Richard Olson, Ambassador of Spain Javier Carbajosa, Federal Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin, Jamal Ansari and Halal Raza during a gathering of Shahid Ahmed Khan’s friends to celebrate awarding him Sitara-e-Pakistan.—PO photo

Autonomy of HEC should be respected I SLAMABAD —Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Information Technology and Professional Education & Training, paid visit to Higher Education Commission (HEC) here. The Chairperson HEC, Dr. Javaid R Laghari welcomed her and apprised about the working, functions and role of HEC for strengthening higher education sector in Pakistan. Dr. Sania Nishtar appreciated the role of HEC in brining vibrant and effective changes in the higher education sector of Pakistan. She was of the view that the international recognition of achievements of higher education sector is real success story of Pakistan which needs to be celebrated and appreciated. She acknowledged that HEC is one institution which has functioned extremely well and has delivered during the last decade and its au-

tonomy should be respected. She remarked that she has been impressed by visionary and capable leadership of HEC, the development strategy of HEC and various steps undertaken to improve quality of teaching and research, equitable access to higher education, university industry & community linkages and human resource development in Pakistan. She also assured her cooperation for notifying the Task Force on higher education as proposed by HEC as well as resolving issues related to HEC autonomy and delay in release of budgetary allocations. She also showed keen interest for collaborative and joint programs with HEC and Chairperson HEC also showed his cooperation in this regard. Qamar Zaman Ch. federal secretary federal ministry of education and training, Prof. Dr.

Sheesha smoking in capital’s posh areas I SLAMABAD —Different restaurants and cafés continue serving sheesha in different parts of the federal capital especially posh areas and the concerned authorities are not taking any effective action against the illegal activity. A large number of students of colleges and universities throng to sheesha centers in posh sectors of the federal capital including Jinnah Super Market, F-10 Markaz, F-11 Markaz and Gol Market in F7/1 but the concerned authori-

ties have turned a blind eye towards the issue. Ujala Tirmizi, a university student, told INP that she visits sheesha cafes in F-7 or F11 at least once a week with her friends and was a privileged customer for the café owners. Ayesha Manzoor, another university student, said that some of the restaurants and sheesha centers in the federal capital also offer drugs along with a variety of sheesha flavours.—INP

Mukhtar Ahmed Executive Director HEC and divisional heads of HEC were also present on the occasion.—NNI

ISLAMABAD: Action on photo published by Pakistan Observer; CDA workers installing boundary wall on the median of the road along Faisal Avenue as motorists used to cross the median in the absence of the boundary wall, which could have caused any accident.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Prize distribution ceremony at IIUI CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—In recognition of the performance of teachers, staff and students the International Institute of Islamic Economics of International Islamic University (IIUI) organized award ceremonies at male and female campuses of the university separately. The ceremonies were presided over by Dr. Asad Zaman, Director General of International Institute of Islamic Economics (IIIE) presided over the ceremony held in the female campus. Addressing to the ceremony, Dr Asad Zaman appreciated the performance of students in sports and curricular activities and said students are the future builders of nation. He said the purpose of this activity is to acknowledge the services of all the contributors associated with the institute. He added that good performance should be encouraged and negative attitude should be discouraged as well. He said we should follow the Islamic conduct and work hard with devotion to achieve the aims and objectives of the university. At the end, Shields, certificates and cash prizes were awarded to the best performers.

Election 2013

CDA sets up election cell, fee on election advertising ISLAMABAD—The Capital De- CDA and ECP should take no- flags. Strict action would be velopment Authority (CDA) has established election campaign compliance cell to ensure application of code of conduct of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) pertaining to display of posters, hoardings, banners, stickers and penaflex during election campaign. The compliance cell would ensure implementation of ECP code of conduct besides taking strict action against candidates violating conduct. Moreover, CDA Directorate of Municipal Administration has prepared a compact strategy in this connection. No person or a political party should affix posters, hoardings or banners larger than the sizes prescribed by the ECP. According to ECP code of conduct, the size of posters is 2X3 feet, hoardings 3X5feet, banners size is 3X9 feet and leaflets/handbills size should not exceed 9X6 inches. The rules also restrict political parties from wall chalking as part of an election campaign. It may be noted here that

tice of the display of posters, banners and stickers at inappropriate places like sign boards, and on poles of street lights etc. Meanwhile, following the code of conduct of the Election Commission of Pakistan, the Rawalpindi district government has announced to charge fee on advertising at public places through hoardings, banners and poster for election campaign. The district government has warned candidates of all political parties and their supporters that if they did not pay the advertising fee, the ECP would be informed about the violation. Assistant Commissioner City and Taxation Officer, Fahad Waqar Azeem informed that Rs120 per month would be charged on 3x2 feet poster, Rs450 per month on 3x5 feet hoarding, Rs225 per month on 3x9 feet banner and Rs10.56 per month on 9x6 inches pamphlets. He further said that the candidates would have to take prior permission for other advertising material including pictures and

taken against the candidates who failed to comply with the code of conduct, he added. Meanwhile, Tehsil Municipal Administration (Rawal Town) removed 300 banners and hoardings from different parts of the town including Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree Road), Liaquat Road, Saidpur Road and others for violating the code of conduct devised by the ECP. Interior Ministry is mulling to suspend cellular phone service on May 11, the election day, to ensure security of masses on that very day.Sources in the ministry revealed that former interior minister, Rehman Malik suspended mobile service on many occasions that brought fruitful results, so following suit the interim government is mulling to follow the formula of Rehman Malik, sources added. Now, the government has started consultation regarding suspension of mobile phone service on the eve of polling for 24 hours, from 7:00 am on 11 May upto next morning.—Agencies

Roots School System marks its silver jubilee celebrations with full zeal C ITY REPORTER

The chief guest on the pressed by the outstanding young performers performing very well and speaking confi- ocassion was Mr. Saeed academic record of Roots ISLAMABAD—Roots School dently that was absolutely Mehdi, Founder Parent of which has carved a name for System marked its silver Ju- mesmerising. The history of RSS. He said “Education is itself as an institution par exbilee celebrations with full Roots School System shown the most dynamic field which cellence. enthusiam at Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad today (Wednesday). Approximately 2000 guests were invited on this momentous ocassion to celebrate the Silver Jubilee Celebrations. Roots Alumni were also invited on the ocassion to share their views and success stories. The function commenced with recitation from Holy Quran and translation, which was followed by Roots Virtual Tour. The performance items included Aerobics, Jungle Dance, calesthenics, Performance on Hamd & robotic performance which was appreciated by all parents and guests. The students of Junior and Preparatory ISLAMABAD: Wife of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer presenting a school showed cultural folk shield to a student during golden jubilee celebrations of Roots School. dances of different countreis Founder Director Roots which included Thailand, through virtual tour, which can transform lives of the stuChina, Spain, Turkey, Sri was started from 1988 and dents and Roots School Sys- School System Mrs. Riffat Lanka and Germany. Every now Roots has successfully tem is providing that platform Mushtaq shared her views one present on the occasion completed 25 years of aca- to its students. Today indeed with parents, that “we are loudly applauded the efforts demic excellence. Rootsians is a day to be proud of as roots continuously committed to of the students and their are internationally competing has carved a name of “all improve the educational exin academics and in extra cur- round excellence” in a span of perience of our students. Stuteachers. 25 years. I am highly im- dents are provided numerous It was stunning to see the ricular activities.

exciting opportunities to display their abilities and skills and to think both critically and creatively at Roots. No doubt, the enormous success of Roots School System is evident from the strong bonding of parents, teachers, students and employees with the school and its founder and now the young dynamic Executive Director Khadija Mushtaq who is following the footsteps of excellence and commitment to the cause of education. The success of the institution is evident from the fact that many students from Roots School are pursuing to world top universities including Mit, Stanford, Duke, Cornell, Darthmouth, Oxford and Cambridge. Many students in their achievement perspectives had payed great tribute to their school and Founder Director Mrs Riffat Mushtaq At the end of the ceremony Roots school System awarded their High Achievers, Alumni, Founding Team and Event Organziers. The awards were distributed by the Chief Guest.

April 12 HIGH Achievers ceremony and silver jubilee celebrations, organised by the Roots College International, at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad, 3:30 pm. April 13 PAF Retired Officers’ Association (PAFROA) Rawalpindi / Islamabad chapter is holding monthly meeting at Officers’ Mess, PAF Base Nur Khan at 1630 hours on 13 April, 2013. All members and their families are cordially invited and are requested to intimate about their attendance to Secretary PAFROA, Wg Cdr (Retd) Zafar Hameed on Telephone No – 9525811, 9280376. PAF retired officers who desire to become member of the association are also cordially invited.

Criminal gangs busted ISLAMABAD—Islamabad police have busted two gangs of criminals and also arrested two proclaimed offenders besides recovery of 15 snatched mobile phones, 08 pistols along with 200 cartridges, 271 wine bottles, 48 cans of beer from their possession, a police spokesman said. According to details, SP (Investigation) Mustansar Feroz constituted special teams of officials of Crime Investigation Agency of Islamabad police to launch crackdown against the absconders involved in crime of heinous nature. This team being supervised by Zubair Ahmed Shaik DSP CIA arrested an Afghan national Abdul Rauf s/o Muhammad Bai wanted to police in dacoity, theft and street crime cases at Shalimar, Margalla, Golra and Industrial area police stations. Another proclaimed offender Muzammil Abbassi was also arrested for his involvement in dacoity and other theft cases in areas of Islamabad.—Online


Watermelons lower blood pressure

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ESEARCHERS have found that healthy watermelons can do just as good of a job to normalize blood pressure without all side effects, which have been linked to statin drugs. In a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, food scientists at Florida State University found that consumption of six grams of L-citrulline extract from watermelon extract for six weeks normalized the blood pressure of all nine adults in the study who previously had elevated blood pressure, reported a private news channel. The large watermelon fruit is the richest edible source of the amino acid Lcitrulline, which regulates healthy blood pressure. L- citrulline is converted to another amino acid, L-arginine, once in the body. However, taking L-arginine as a dietary supplement can cause nausea, gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea, especially among adults who already suffer from raised blood pressure. “Individuals with increased blood pressure and arterial stiffness - especially those who are older and those with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes - would benefit from L-citrulline in either the synthetic or natural (watermelon) form,” Figueroa said. Helping lower and control blood pressure is just one of many health benefits for the large summertime favorite. Watermelons have the highest water content of any fruit and, in addition to being a supreme thirst

quencher, are excellent sources of several vitamins: vitamin A, an antioxidant which helps maintain eye health; vitamin C, which strengthens immunity, heals wounds, prevents cell damage, and promotes healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy. Watermelons also have plenty of thiamine, magnesium, and potassium which are all vital for optimal health. Thus if your children, or perhaps yourself, are reluctant to dig into spinach, other dark green leafy vegetables or lima beans on a regular basis, servings of watermelon would be a very healthy substitute - and would make a healthy addition at any rate. Watermelons help muscle and nerve function and help maintain the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base balance. They also reduce the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Watermelons are also excellent for kidney health as it can both flush the kidneys and dissolve kidney stones. One of the most popular and effective natural remedies for kidney stones is a tea made from watermelon seeds, though often the juice alone in plentiful quantities will do the trick. A good one-way to cleanse both the colon and the kidneys is to go an entire day consuming nothing but watermelon. Besides flushing the kidneys it will also usually clean out the colon as well.

KARACHI: Director General Information Dr Zulfiquar Ali Shalwani presiding over a meeting of PROs in his office.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

Measures for curbing use of unfair means in exams STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The spokesperson to Sindh caretaker Chief Minister (CM) said that to ensure the smooth and peaceful conduct of SSC Part I & II. Examination a central control room established at CM House under the especial directives of caretaker CM has imposed section 144 of the CRPC within the jurisdiction and surrounding the examination centers throughout the province. He said that serious notice of the untoward incident in Gulistan-e Johar examination centre had been taken and concerned officers had been directed to submit immediate report about the incident. The spokesperson said that Addi-

tional Chief Secretary (Home) and IG Police Sindh had been directed to strictly implement the section 144, stoppage of operating photostat machine within the surrounding the exam centers, security of the candidates and exam invigilation staff and enhancing security personal deployment at sensitive centers, stoppage of interference of irrelevant persons in the premises of the exam centres to curb the copy culture. He said that the control rooms established at respective educational boards were directed to remain in continuous coordination with central control room at CM House during exam hours. “All the divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners

and officers of education department and concerned educational board officers had been directed for surprise, random visits through vigilance teams to ensure fair and transparent examination process, he added. The spokesperson said that divisional commissioners and officers of education boards have been given a proforma through, which daily report about the conduct of examination should be sent to CM Secretariat. He said that the power distributing companies including KESC, HESCO, & SEPCO had been directed to ensure un-interrupted power supply during examination hours to all centers across the province so that candidates may not face any difficulty.

KARACHI: Models on the occasion of launching of Nadia Khan Lawan.—PO photo

KARACHI: Motorists facing hardships due to illegal encroachments on Super Highway.

Two more killed in fresh spate of violence: 34 held KARACHI—At least two persons were gunned down in fresh spate of violence in different incidents on Wednesday while 34 suspected criminals were arrested in on-going targeted operations in different parts of Karachi In the first incident, some unidentified armed assailants opened indiscriminate firing on one man Arshad (45) resultantly he died on the spot. Upon receiving information, Police reached on the scene and shifted the dead body to hospital for autopsy. Later on, Police claimed that the deceased was a property dealer and preliminary investigation shows that the dispute ccurred over some money issue. In another incident, some unidentified armed personals stormed into the house located at Nusrat Bhutto Colony and opened unprovoked firing resultantly one man died on the spot. However, he could not be identified yet. Meanwhile, the Rangers launched operation in Old Mandi and nabbed 9 more criminals and recovered 10 TT pistol, 18 weapons from them. According to Media reports, upon receiving the information, rangers launched operation in karnal Colony along with heavy contingents of Police and apprehended 9 criminals and recovered 50 bottles of fresh beer, 10 TT pistol and 18 other weapons from them.—Online

Young designer ready to make a mark STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Fashion Designer Agha Noor is the unsullied addition to the rota of Pakistani fashion designers, with her inimitable and young at heart designs she has gained success in a short period of time. Agha Noor got recognition from her customized casual wear. Agha Noor’s previous eid collection was a major success story which made in roads for the talented young designer. The talented young designer launched her summer 2013 collection recently. The collection comprises of both, prêt-a-porter wear. Her collection includes long flowy shirts in bright tones like red and purple, embellished with motifs on the bodice and contrasting borders. “I’m very much excited about my new collection as the level of expectation has risen for me and I believe in rising to the occasion every time”, said the enthusiastic designer. “My new collection offers new and exciting designs and I m sure it has something for everyone”. Agha Noor new collection full fill all expectations, the designs are great and use of colors is spot on and best of all it feels that every outfit is custom made for every individual.

Media cells to be established in all districts: Huda IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI — Sindh caretaker minister for information Noor Ul Huda Shah said that the role of media would be of great importance as regards to covering the process of elections in the country. The media could help attain the goal of holding the elections free, fair and transparent. The minister said that the caretaker government would establish media cells in all districts of the province and efforts would be geared up to strengthen coop-

eration with the newsmen. The media cells would keep operational till last moment of the elections. The minister said this while talking to senior officials of Sindh information Department Wednesday. Sindh Secretary Information Noor Muhammad Leghari, Sindh Information Department Director General Dr Zulfiquar Shalwani, Sindh Information department (Regional Offices) directors attended. She asked the officials to gear up efforts for bringing the newsmen into the loop of coop-

eration and no negligence in this regard would be tolerated. The minister said that the role of Sindh information department was of pivotal importance as regards to monitoring the process of elections and communicating the information to the newsmen on time. The officials should visit the proposed media cells in person and prepare a road map for the facility of the newsmen. The officials of Sindh Information Department assured the minister of their best cooperation.

Pakwala orders removal of corrupt FGIs

Brig Abdullah inaugurates Futsal in DHA STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I — Administrator

DHA Brig Muhammad Abdullah inaugurated a newly constructed Futsal, a mini play KARACHI — Sindh caretaker ground for playing football and Minister for food Iqbal Dawood other games on a smaller pitch, Pakwala Wednesday issued orin a simple ceremony held at ders for removing food grain Khayaban-e Hilal in DHA Phinspectors (FGI) from their VI. DHA has recently made four place of posting, such as wheat Futsals in various phases of godowns and wheat procureDHA to provide safe and secure ment centres across the provplaying facilities to children of the area. These Futsals are located at Khayaban-e Hilal (near Lane 6 and 7) DHA Ph-VI, Qasim Pumping Station, Khayaban-e Hafiz DHA Ph-VI, 16th Street near Creek Vistas DHA Ph-VIII and another near Hamza Mosque DHA Ph-VIII. While speaking on the occasion, he said that DHA has constructed these Futsals to provide healthy recreational and sports facilities for children. He said that the facility is open to the public and DHA will continue to provide best recreational, sports and healthy facilities to its residents. A large number of people including reps of residents’ associations, notables of the area, KARACHI: Administrator DHA Brig Muhammad Abdullah inaugurating a Futsal by unveiling media personnel and DHA officials attended the ceremony. plaque in a simple ceremony held at Khayaban-e Hilal, Ph-VI DHA.—PO photo

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ince. The order would be for those FGIs that were allegedly involved in cases of corruption registered with the Anti-Corruption Establishment or those that were allegedly involved in theft and pilferage of the guinea bags. The caretaker minister said that he would make surprise visits to the wheat godowns and pro-

curement centres and if found any FGI listed in the category of removal working there would lead to strict departmental actions. The minister asked the food department employees to return the guinea bags immediately that they had taken away as the substance of the loot or else they would be taken to task.

Mushir asks South Asian states to make efforts of bring harmony in the region STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC) Justice Mushir Alam on Wednesday underlined the need for concerted efforts in the South Asian states to bring harmony in diversity and pluralistic society and ensure peace in the region. After hearing from the victim families belonging to minority from different parts of Pakistan, the Chief Justice said the incidents narrated by the people are similar to other countries. Most of the incidents will benefit the political groups.

It was the responsibility of live nations to avoid retaliation against the incidents in which they could not get justice. He realized the fact that there might be weaknesses in judiciary but above all it is our responsibility to follow the laws through judiciary. “In fact the incidents we are observing in Karachi today were not common in the past. But, there are unequal system and inaccessibility to facilities and resources. And these incidents might be its reflection. He was speaking at closing session of a two day ‘Religious Minorities and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities’

organised by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) at a local hotel. He said the issue of forced conversions was not common to only for the minority people but also the Muslim families are facing similar problems. The Muslim girls were leaving parents for wedding on their own choice and they also face the same situations, he added. The Chief Justice also clarified that there was not much religious differences in Pakistan. We could see tribal conflict, caste system and social bindings in Pakistan. If we see the specific context of religious minori-

ties they are in trouble and facing insecurity. But you should keep in mind that courts had taken such matters seriously. He said that there were judges belonging to minority communities working on the merit and doors for other minority people are open. There was no discrimination against any specific group of the society in recruitment in judiciary. Earlier, in a resolution, passed on the occasion, the conference suggested that the South Asian civil society should take the initiative of developing a South Asian Charter for Minority Rights.


Heavy schoolbags may cause spinal injury

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UTSIZED school bags are turn ing into a curse for kids, 80 per cent of whom carry loads up to a fifth of their body weight, really taxing their backs, says a new research from the charity BackCare. Studies show that carrying any more than a tenth of your body weight can cause spinal damage. Experts warn we are facing an epidemic of back problems in young adults when the longterm effects of this early damage starts to appear. “We are seeing increasing numbers of young adults coming for treatment in relation to back trouble and this can often be traced back to carrying heavy bags to school,” warns Peter Skew, an Essex-based expert in musculoskeletal medicine, the Daily Mail reported. Skew, vice-president of BackCare, adds: “Children’s skeletons are still developing, and having a heavy bag slung over one shoulder can exert unnatural force on the spine, muscles and attachments. “Rather like exercising only one side of your body in the gym, you quickly get unilateral muscle-loading, which can cause the small muscles in the back to tighten and compress the spine,” adds Skew. A 2007 British study showed that 13 to 50 percent of 11-17 year olds have experienced back pain. And it’s been

shown that if you experience back pain as a child, you are four times more likely to have to endure back pain as an adult. “Picking up and swinging a heavy backpack onto your shoulder multiple times a day is potentially more damaging to a growing body than having to walk a long distance with a static load,” says Skew. It’s not just getting to and from school that’s the problem, because most schools no longer provide lockers or desks to store books (children sit at tables), so children have no choice but to carry everything around with them all day. Skew says young people are made even more vulnerable to back problems by their increasing inactivity - muscles don’t develop properly if you spend your time playing computer games instead of running around. This is compounded by poor posture and one-size-fits-all furniture. The weight of the bag is not the only factor to consider: the type of bag your child is carrying can contribute to pain and strain. The ideal school bag, according to Lorna Taylor, paediatric physiotherapist, is a not-too-large backpack with wide, padded straps to spread the load, and a waist belt. Heaviest items should be closest to the spine, which is the centre of gravity, to reduce the strain.

Nawaz foresees more economic cooperation with Turkey STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, H.E Babur Hizlan, called on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday and discussed various matters of mutual interest including upcoming elections in the country. During the meeting, views were also exchanged on Pak-Turk current economic ties and future prospects, sources said. Talking to Turkish diplomat, Nawaz Sharif said the PMLN is determined to introduce economic reforms to overcome price hike, load shedding and inflation. He said, if voted to power, the PML-N will further enhance economic ties with Turkey. He also lauded coop- LAHORE: PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif holding talks with Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Babur eration of Turkish government Hizlan. Former Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was also present in the meeting. in Metro Bus project in Lahore. Babur Hizlan said on the occasion that Turkey greatly values its strong brotherly relations with Pakistan. He said that Turkish investors and businessmen will further invest in various sectors of Pakistan.

British HC meets CM

Father of Sh Waqas to get PML-N ticket STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Muslim League-

LAHORE: A burning vehicle that caught fire due to short circuit at Shahdman Chowk.

Punjab govt’s 5-day week decision criticised MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) while expressing serious worries over the proposals to observe two holidays in a week, has demanded of the government to drop the idea of two holidays as an extra holiday would further spoil the things. In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, Chairman PIAF Tahir Javed Malik said that two holidays would halt business activities and lay very negative impacts on economy as bank and other concerned government departments would remain

Govt officers’ postings, transfers challenged in LHC

close for two days. He said that working of government department was already examining the patient of businessmen while two holidays would further deteriorate the situation. Malik Tahir Javed said that export oriented industry was suffering deficiently as it has to wait two days for their necessary documents. He said that two holidays were not helping the government aim to save energy and causing more troubles for the business community which was already facing various crises. PIAF Chairman said that government should enhance power generation despite tak-

No compromise on observance of election conduct code MUZAFFAR ALI

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L A H O R E —Commissioner LAHORE—The postings and Lahore Division Lahore transfers of the government officers by the caretaker government have been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday. Rana Arshad Advocate in his writ submitted in LHC has said that the postings and transfers of government officers are beyond the authority of the caretaker government, as it was tasked to hold transparent elections only. The petitioner made a plea that the caretaker government’s actions relating to the postings and transfers be declared void.

ing baseless measures to overcome the energy crises. He urged the government to enhance hydel power generation to accelerate the industrial process in the country. He demanded of the government to end discrimination with Punjab in electricity supply as bill recovery in Punjab is 99% but despite the fact, industry of Punjab was facing more than 12hour long load shedding while the situation in some parts of the country were quite different. He said that decision of two holidays would hardly help in reducing the electricity demand and supply gap.

Naseem Nawaz has said there would be no compromise on any violation of code of conduct for general elections 2013. Presiding over a meeting regarding election arrangement here at his office on Wednesday, he said the administration and police should work as a team to ensure general election free, fair and transparent. The commissioner directed the DCOs to facilitate monitoring teams and the district election commissioners, adding that a close coordination among all stakeholder in districts would pave a way to-

wards peaceful elections. He said that all sensitive polling stations would be monitored by CCTV cameras. Commissioner said matter of improvised polling stations would also be brought into the notice of higher authorities to make polling stations more secured. CCPO Abu Bakar Khuda Bakhsh, DIG (Operations) Jawad Dogar, DCO Sheikhupura Capt.(R) Nasir, DCO Nankana Ghulam Farid, DCO Kasur Sheikh Khalid Mehmood, DCO Lahore Syed Rizwan Mehboob, DPO Nankana Athar Ismail, DPO Kasur Raey Ijaz, DPO Sheikhupura and other officers attended the meeting.

Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to give party ticket to the father of former member national assembly (MNA) Sheikh Waqas to contest election from the constituency NA-89. PML-N sources said that the ex-MNA Sheikh Waqas was not given the party ticket for his being disqualified after his degree was declared fake and instead this ticket would be given to his father Sheikh Akram, who would be contesting election from NA89. Sheikh Waqas was voted in with the highest number of votes cast in NA-89 from the party PML- Q. Previously he had been Parliament Secretary of Pakistan and is currently a senior vice President of party PML-Q. As of 2011 he was Member of National Assembly of Pakistan and Minister of State for Labour and Manpower but before general election of 2013, he left PMLQ and joined PML-N as the former partly was loosing popularity and was left with very few leading politicians.

Paintings, models on ‘Calligraphy, Jewellery Making’ exhibition STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—A three days exhibition of paintings and models on “Calligraphy and Jewellery Making” arranged by University of Education, Division of Arts & Social Sciences and Da’ Art Institute of Art & Design held in Exhibition Hall at Lower Mall Campus. The chief guest was Vice Chancellor University of Education Dr. Faiz-ul-Hasan while Incharge Fine Arts Department Madam Sobia Tanveer was coordinator of this exhibition. She gave a detailed briefing regarding the exhibition topic, importance and creative learning models and paintings designed by students under the supervision of a famous Pakistani calligraphy artist Jamsheed Qaisr in a short period of two weeks which is itself a record. Proximately 150 paintings and models were displayed in the exposition which were made with waste materials of daily routine life by using creative skills in which paintings, jewellery models, dry flowers showpiece and others were prominent.

Serious steps afoot for improving provincial security arrangements: Sethi SALIM AHMED

L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said that holding of free, fair and peaceful elections is the foremost responsibility of the caretaker government and every effort is being made to ensure conducting of elections in a transparent manner. He said that there is no pressure on him regarding postings and transfers which are being made in the light of the orders of the Election Commission. He said that Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police have been given free hand in this regard. He expressed his firm belief that general elections will be held on time. He was talking to a delegation of office-bearers of APNS and CPNE at Chief Minister ’s Secretariat. The Chief Minister said that necessary measures are being taken for improving security arrangements. He said that provision of security to the leaders of political parties is the responsibility of the state and only 25 percent security

staff has been called back. He said that maximum security will be provided to election public meetings and rallies and directions have been passed on for taking safety measures in this regard. He said that bullet proof rostrums and jammers are being purchased for public meetings in connection with elections. He said that necessary resources are being provided to police for improving law and order and Punjab government will extend maximum support to police for this purpose. Najam Sethi stressed the need for improving intelligence sharing system between law enforcement agencies. Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government has taken no decision on Basant so far, however, permission to allow kite flying at specific parks and open places can be considered but final decision in this connection will be taken in the cabinet meeting. He said that government will not take any irresponsible or non-serious step.

He said that caretaker government is making efforts for improving the living standard of the common man and it is his desire that problems of every citizen should be resolved. The Chief Minister said that he has taken immediate notice of shortage of water in the provincial metropolis and other areas due to loadshedding and directed WASA to ensure uninterrupted supply of water to the citizens. He said that necessary recourses are being provided to WASA for this purpose. He said that in order to provide better healthcare facilities to the patients, sanitary arrangements are being improved in hospitals. Najam Sethi said that Health Department has been directed that all machinery and equipment should be in working order. He said that he has been a man of principles throughout his life and after his appointment as Chief Minister Punjab, he has been receiving numerous “Safarish” but he gives priority to merit.

Najam Sethi replied to questions as well as also expressed his views off the record. British High Commissioner Adam Thomson met Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi at Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting. Talking to British High Commissioner, Najam Sethi said that UK is an important trade partner of Pakistan and friendly ties between Pakistan and Britain exist. He said that the cooperation of UK in various sectors including education is laudable.

Sikh Yatrees arrive for Baisakhi STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A delegation of

1,137 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to participate in the Baisakhi festival and visit historic gurdwaras. Officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee greeted the pilgrims when they arrived by a special train at the Wagah railway station. Special banners with ‘welcome’ messages in English and Hindi were put up by the authorities. Faraz Abbas, deputy secretary, ETPB, said that 1,137 pilgrims had arrived in the special train. “A second batch of some 400 Sikhs will reach here by train later,” he said. The main Baisakhi festival will be held at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district, 50 km from Islamabad, on April 13. Abbas said strict security LAHORE: Sikh Yatrees family showing passport upon their arrival at Wagha Railway measures had been put in Station through special train to celebrate the Baisakhi Mela. place for the pilgrims, adding that Pakistan Rangers had been deployed to protect them.

Postal voters to apply for two ballot papers

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voters should send their applications for postal ballot papers separately to the Returning Officer of National and Provincial Assembly constituencies in which they are registered voters. This was observed by the experts addressing a workshop organized by Aurat Foundation here on Wednesday. The workshop was organized to explain the procedure on how to avail facility of postal ballot papers.

Abid Ali Programme Officer at the Foundation and other speakers said two ballot papers will be issued separately by the Returning Officers of NA and the Returning Officer of PA to the voter who will mark the ballot papers in favour of National Assembly candidates and Provincial Assembly Candidate of his/her choice. They said women who were in the service of Pakistan or were holding public office or had been appointed for any election duty or are

on some security assignment, away from their residential electoral area, were entitled to make use of the facility of postal ballot paper. Aurat Foundation has emphasized such voters to make application without further delay. Latest by 15 April 2013 which is the last date fixed for this purpose by the ECP. They must give that serial number as in the voters list in addition to mentioning their name and address.—APP

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