President’s security officer dies in blast Two police officials among dead in suicide attack IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The Chief Security Officer of the President Asif Ali Zardari was assassinated on Wednesday evening near People’s Chowrangi by an alleged suicide bomber, who had chased him and blasted him. The bulletproof land cruiser jeep of the deceased was totally
smashed. The sound of the blast was heard within a one kilometre and some body parts, probably of the suicide bomber, were found on 4th storey of a building in the vicinity of the blast. Shaikh and one of his friends succumbed to injuries while on the way to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where the bodies and injured
were taken by the ambulance service provider, the Chhipa Welfare Association. As many as 3 became victims of the suicide blast while 8 were injured. According to Police officials, the suicide bomber had used some 4 kilogram of explosives. Sheikh was the chief
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Dar calls for a nationwide price control mechanism STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday said that a mechanism would be developed to monitor prices of essential items of daily use across
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Peace, security inevitable for economic growth: PM STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that peace and security are of paramount importance for economic growth as both are intertwined. “Pakistan has suffered long at the hands of terrorism and we cannot afford inaction anymore. Curbing terrorism is my government’s top most priority”, said the Prime Minister in a meet-
9 ministers inducted in Sindh Cabinet IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The Sindh Cabinet was expanded Wednesday by inducting 9 ministers and 1 advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. The Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan administered oath to the newly inducted
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ing with parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas who met him at the Prime Minister’s Office. Reiterating the resolve of his government to eliminate terrorism, the Prime Minister said that we have no option except vigorously pursuing a well-planned and coordinated strategy to find a meaningful solution to the problem of terrorism. Expressing the utility of dialogue, the Prime Minister said,
“the door to dialogue should be kept open all the time.” He further said that FATA parliamentarians are the real stakeholders and their input and consultation for finalizing roadmap for peace in the region is a must. Showing deep pity over the lawlessness and economic backwardness prevailing in FATA due to terrorism, the Prime Minister said that he wants to give peace
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Huge foreign investment in Punjab, agreements signed SALIM AHMED LAHORE —A ceremony was held here to sign agreements with regard to cooperation between Punjab government and various foreign companies in energy, metro-rail and infrastructure sectors. Punjab Chief
Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Kh. Ahmed Hasaan, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Energy, Secretary Health, Secretary Information, DG LDA and Managing Director Metro Bus Authority were also present on the occasion. Under the agreements,
foreign companies will extend cooperation in energy, metrorail and infrastructure sectors. Secretary Energy Usman Akhtar Bajwa, Chairman LDA Ahad Cheema on behalf of Punjab government while Huang Jian Jun, Chairman Sematic
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World looks anew on Balochistan as China dreams big ISLAMABAD —The world is looking anew on Balochistan as China is making a thumping entry by taking over control of Gwadar Port and agreeing to build an ambitious GwadarKashgar economic corridor in partnership with Pakistan. Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan, with an area of 347,190 square kilometres, but sparsely populated with 7.9 million people, has emerged as a vibrant factor when it comes to trade and energy supplies in the region. Rana Abdul Baqi, an analyst, says Balochistan’s fortunes will be changing as China will make its investments to turn the province into a trade and energy corridor linking Gwadar Port to Silk Route extending into Central Asian states. Grow-
ing interest of China in taking advantage of Balochistan’s potential as regional trade hub, has drawn attention of other powerful players, many giving out ambivalent vibes. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calls GwadarKashgar economic corridor, a game changer, benefitting three billion people in the region. Balochistan province will serve as a transit zone for Iranian natural gas pipeline for Pakistan and Gwadar port is seen as a logistical hub for Afghanistan and Central Asia’s landlocked nations. China, which is partner of Pakistan, in many of its mega strategic infrastructure projects took control of Gwadar port during the first visit to Pakistan by China’s premier Li Keqiang in May.
China’s Overseas Ports Holding Company took charge of the port under an agreement signed in February after buying shares of the Gwadar Port from Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). Talking recently at a conference on Balochistan, Abdul Baqi expressed concern about growing interest of world powers and named intelligence agencies CIA, Mossad and RAW as trouble makers in Balochistan. He said former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Hussain Haqqani issued visas to thousands of Americans, many of them intelligence operatives of infamous outfit Blackwater. Gwadar port has assumed great importance in defence strategy of Pakistan. Abdul Baqi reminded that India’s navy, which besieged Karachi
port in a war some decades ago, will now get its naval tail extended. Now Gwadar port will be connected to far north of the country through two additional routes including Indus Highway giving more strategic space to Pakistan’s armed forces. Former army chief General (R) Aslam Beg sees conspiracies all around when it comes to events in Balochistan and is blunt in saying that Pervez Musharraf set the country in wrong direction by aiding an attack on Afghanistan. He stressed that politicians should take lead in effectively administering Balochistan province and resolving grievances of people. Defence analyst and leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Lt Gen (R) Malik Abdul Qayyum holds previous federal governments responsible for creat-
ing mess in Balochistan. He saw Balochistan as a golden bridge connecting land locked states with sea lanes of Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf and trade routes reaching far and wide in East and Central Asia and Middle East. Abdul Qayyum quoted figures of 19 trillion cubic feet of gas and six trillion barrels of oil that go with huge deposits of gold, copper, iron ore, marble, limestone and a wealth of minerals still lying unexplored in Balochistan. American think tanks like Carnegie Endowment for International Peace mentioned worriness of United States over growing Chinese influence in the region. Pakistani analysts also take note that seven consulates of India are working in areas of Afghanistan close to Pakistan border.—APP
Complaint Cell resolves problem of working women government established Public Complaints and Redressal Cell resolved the issue of extension in the lease of Working Women Hostel, Hayatbad. The expiry of the lease of rent between the Department of Social Welfare and Women Development and the owner of the building of Working Women Hostel had created concern among the inmates of the facility. The department was arranging alternate accommodation to the working women in Hashtnagri and they were reluctant in shifting to the new venue. The matter was brought into the notice of the officials of Public Complaint and Redressal Cell, which intervened into the matter and resolved the matter amicably.—APP
MULTAN—The Railways Vigilance Cell has sent a report to the ministry and requested an inquiry into alleged corruption of former Multan official(s) in recruitment. Vigilance Cell Railways Multan Deputy Director Jamshed Alam told APP that many complaints of bribery for recruitment in the tenure of former divisional superintendent were received recently. The present divisional superintendent after taking note of the complaints directed the Multan Vigilance Cell to launch an inquiry. The vigilance cell completed its inquiry which declared that 300 applications were received after taking bribe during tenure of previous DS Railways Muhammad Ali Rajpur. The report also said some lower cadre employees allegedly collected money from the applicants. The deputy director said the department had cancelled all appointments.—APP
TAXILA—No lull in miseries of the residents and traders living in precincts of Wah Saddar Police station as Police is in deep slumber in the area. It has been observed that monster of bloody robberies took its ugly head again as they remained up in the arms in various parts of the city during last few weeks in the area by swaging cash, gold ornaments and other valuables the tune of millions of rupees. In recent incident, a trader was shot dead and his security guard was critically injured as armed robbers opened indiscriminate firing during a bloody robbery incident a bakery located near Chachi Mohallah on GT road in limits of Wah Saddar Police station
been killed and two others arrested in a targeted operation launched in Dasht area of Mastung district here on Wednesday. Official sources said that Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) along with other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) carried out a targeted operation in Dasht area following a tip-off, in which an exchange of fire took place between law enforcement personnel and the armed men that left one suspect dead while two other were arrested. Sources said that the dead and arrested suspects belonged to a banned outfit that was stated to be involved in target killings of policemen, Shia pilgrims, Levies officials in the area. LEAs also recovered a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and shifted the criminals to an unidentified location for interrogation.—APP
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Border Military Police personnel sowing the weapons seized from the alleged dacoits.
Allegations against 36 male, female POs baseless, concocted BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI Shabbir Muhammad Gujjar, traders here. The prices of could not be ascertained. Sahib Khan Sundarana, Sul- potatoes, tamatoes, onion,
H A F I Z A B A D — M u t t a h i d a tan Ahmad Hanjra, Mushtaq garlic, mango, peach etc. Mahaz Asataza Hafizabad have strongly condemned the registration of 36 male and female Presiding Officers who conducted general election in NA103 at the Saddar Police station and termed the allegations absolutely baseless and concocted in order to make them scapegoat and to save the skin of responsible persons. At the emergent meeting of the Muthidda Mahaz Asataza was held here today under the chairmanship of District Chairman Fiaz Ahmad Warraich and which was attended among others by officer-bearers of others teachers associations including Abu Bakar Alvi, Rana Waqar Ahmad, Naseer-ud-Din Butt,
Ahmad Bhoon and large number of teachers. The meeting demanded the withdrawal of FIR and inquiry into the allegations by retired Judge of High Court or Supreme Court to ascertain the real facts. The meeting threatened that all teachers of the district would stage sit-in demonstration in front of the Press Club Hafizabad on Friday. They also said that if the baseless FIR was not withdrawn they would boycott the upcoming by-election in NA-103. ***** Prices of all the vegetables and fruits have been increased to welcome Ramazan-ul-Mubarik by the
have been raised during the past few days, thanks to the hoarders, who had hoarded the commodities to fleece the fasting people during the holy month of Ramazan. ***** Some unidentified accused opened firing at the residence of advocate Sidra in Mohallah Sharifpura Hafizabad today but the police was reluctant to register FIR against the accused. The District Bar Association Hafizabad has announced to boycott the District Court on July 11 (Thursday) to protest against the incident and non-registration of a case against the accused. The motive of the offence
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on late Tuesday night. Victims and sources said that four bandits riding two motorcycles reached at a bakery located on GT road around 12pm and made hostage the staff of the shop on gunpoint. As they were snatching cash from the counter two shop keepers named Ashaq Hussain and Khalid resisted and voiced alarm resultantly the outlaws opened indiscriminate firing resultantly one shopkeeper Ashaq Hussain died on the spot and Sajid received multiple bullet injuries and rushed to local hospital where his condition is stated to be in danger. The robbers fled away from the scene successfully with looted booty. On Thursday a man along with his four unknown companion
stormed a shop located on Jalala road in same Police station limits and critically injured a man identified Mohammad Zahid and his nephew Umar Arshad and fled away by resorting to aerial firing. Mudassir Mehmood, a resident of Asifabad reported to Wah Saddar Police that four masked men equipped with weapons scaled the wall of his house and made the members of the house hostage on gun point and fled away with 2 told a gold, cash Rs 0.13 million and other valuables. While in same Police station limits, five dacoitcs scaled the house of Murad Ali in Mazar Colony and make hostage the family on gunpoint and closed them in a room. The masked dacoitcs
completely searched the house and took away 20 tola gold, cash worth Rs 0.1 million and four cell phones and fled away from scene successfully. As many as 32 cars, 18 motorcycles and 4 other vehicles were stolen during last six months in the area. As many as 38 burglary cases have also reported in the area during last six months in which outlaws deprived masses from cash and other valuables worth Rs 9,099,000. The gangs of thieves also roam like monsters unabated in the area and 25 cases of theft registered in the area besides a large number of unregistered cases in which thieves took away cash and goods worth Rs 2802000, reveals official Police record.
ISLAMABAD—Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, ex-Premier of AJK and President of Muslim Conference, has wished welfare and success to the people of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir on the advent of holy month of Ramazan on Thursday (today). In his message from London he exhorted the faithfuls to offer additional prayers for the pleasure of Allah and for the end of tribulations from the face of earth for all human beings. He advised the faithfuls that they must try to befrined maximum people during the Razaman month as it endows our heart with generosity and open-mindedness. He said that Ramazan is highly truthful religious and spiritual exercise. Fasting is obligatory in all divine religions. He appealed to the fast-keepers to pray for the early liberation of Kashmir and Palestine.
SC to hear Sindh govt petition orders I S L A M A B A D — S u p r e m e spect of civil servants but it Court (SC) will take up for hearing today the petition filed by Sindh government seeking two months period for implementation of apex court orders on withdrawing shoulder promotions. A 2members bench of SC comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Amir Hani Muslim will hear the petition. A report on implementation of SC orders in regard to shoulder promotions, amalgamation and deputation was filed by the government of Sindh in the court. Sindh government had issued orders for withdrawing shoulder promotion orders in re-
has requested the court to allow him two months more to retrieve the shoulder promotion orders with regard to police officers. Government of Sindh has taken the plea that withdrawal of shoulder promotion orders in respect of police officers will affect the endeavors being employed on maintaining law and order situation in the province in the prevailing situation. Those who were granted shoulder promotions include Farooq Awan, Chaudhry Aslam, Rao Anwar, Omar Khatab, Khurram Wari and others.—Online
Governor wants promotion of education STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah said on Wednesday that we can rightly claim to be proud of the educational institutions, from where men of caliber and intellect graduated, and who since then have been significantly contributing towards ensuring future building of the nation and development and strengthening of the country. Talking to a delegation of elders and educationists who had graduated from the Government High School No.1, Thana of Malakand; the first institution of its nature, established one century ago and called on him at Governor’s House. The Governor welcomed the elders hailing from Malakand who were led by MNA, Junaid Akbar Khan and while mentioning the ongoing Centenary Celebrations of Islamia College, Peshawar, further observed, “we indeed are custodians of very limited number of institutions which bear enriched history and tremendous contribution, as far as their role towards promotion of modern knowledge; awareness
and socio-economic uplift of the people is concerned”. An ex- Principal of the School, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir presented copy of the Postal ticket which was introduced by the Federal Government in acknowledgement of historical importance of the school as well as a set of books which he himself had written. Similarly, the sitting Principal of the School, Noor Akbar presented list of those students of the school who have achieved distinctions from time to time. Congratulating the people of Thana; the delegates in particular towards maintaining the respect and esteem of the institution, the Governor further stated that there is also the need to make constant efforts to maintain the status and quality of educational facilities; teaching methods and level of encouragement towards ensuring better contribution of the institution in future too. Meanwhile, the Governor was informed that the school, being the solitary institution in the entire region at the time of its establishment used to offer boarding facility to those who have been coming for studies from far flung areas.
PTI to win by-polls P E S H AWA R —Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) governing the Khyber Pakthunkhwa would fully participate in the upcoming by-elections scheduled in August this year and would win it like the general elections, said Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. Talking to a PTI delegation from Bannu here Wednesday the Chief Minister impressed upon the party workers to prepare themselves for the by polls by shunning the petty differences. The PTI has one agenda which is to change the present obsolete system of governance with new ones wherein justice prevailed in the society and people gets the facilities. The present KPK government he said is working on plugging the ways of corruption in police stations, Patwar Khanas and other social sectors so that to make welfare oriented entities. He argued that performance of the government departments could not improve unless politicking was stopped adding the present PTI government would not tolerate any political interference in the government departments. About the proposed local government system, the chief minister said that we are bringing a system wherein all the powers would be shifted at village level and the local communities would be responsible for the education, health and other services. The meeting on this occasion agreed to give party ticket HYDERABAD: US Karachi Consul General and others inaugurating the Faculty of Education Building, University of Karachi. to Malik Adnan for PK-70 for coming by-elections in Bannu. MPA Shah Muhammad was present on the occasion.—APP
Free emergency services P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shaukat Yousafzai on Wednesday directed the authorities of concerned to immediately start free emergency services to patients at government hospitals and starting of MRI and CT Scan machine. He also directed prevention of sub-standard medicines to hospitals and providing MRI, and CT scan facilities to every region besides conducting these tests on reasonable rates as announced by the government. He expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting of the coordination committee of his department. It was attended by Secretary Health Fakhare- Alam, DG Health Services Dr. Zafar and other high ranking officials. The minister said the government of Tehrik-i-Insaf has accorded high priority to health sector and initiated reforms to bring massive improvement in service delivery to mitigate the suffering of ailing humanity. He said a working group comprising exports of health have a lready been constituted that will compile their recommendations by July 25, this month. He said the government would provide best medical care to the poor segments of the society for which the role of doctors and para-medics is a paramount importance. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure the attendance of doctors in the hospitals and imposed ban on doctors private practice during office timing epcially 08:00 am to 02:00 pm.—APP
Focus on food security
KP Govt set to initiate 7 projects for uniform education system PESHAWAR —The
Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government has planned to initiate seven mega projects for increasing students enrolment, uniform education and encourage academicians performing duties in hard areas of the province. Official sources in Education Department told APP on Thursday that the government has declared education emergency in the province and seven mega projects are being initiated under this programme to give equal opportunities to children of poor and rich to get quality education at their doorsteps. He said the Government has already launched Da Pakhtunkhwa Scheme (Stars of KP) to motivate and encour-
age talented students, adding its scope has been increased from 10 to 20 position holders in Matric and Intermediate Arts and Science, from each education board in the province for which Rs.10,000 (Matric) and Rs. 15,000 (Inter) respectively shall be granted to them for a period of two years. The scheme shall also cover Diplomas of Associate Engineering, Business Administration and Certificate/ Diploma of Commerce from Board of Technical Education for which Rs. 360 million has been allocated in budget 2013-14. Under removing the gender disparity in education scheme, he said the girls students from the districts
with less/weak girls enrollment shall be granted a stipend of Rs. 200 per month to remove the gender disparity. The parents would also be persuaded to enroll their daughters and about 41,667 girls shall be benefitted from the scheme and that Rs. 100 million has been earmarked for this purpose in budget. Under Conditional Grants programme, missing facilities including additional rooms, latrines, boundary walls are being provided in schools under this initiative through community participation. The civil work for the facilities is executed through Parent-Teacher-Councils for which Rs. 1 billion has been
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earmarked in the budget. He said the Chief Minister KP Endowment Fund has been established for financial assistance to deserving students admitted against self financing schemes in the disciplines of Engineering, Energy, Geology, IT, Electronics and Public Finance in all educational institutions, excellence centers and universities of the Province. He said the number of self finance seats in top educational institutes would also be increased and the Govt has earmarked Rs. 500 million for this scheme. Under the Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa Public-Private-Partnership Education scheme.—APP
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FAISALABAD—USAID Pakistan Direc- MULTAN—The Multan Elec- Rahim Yar Khan as Model Manger Technical MEPCO H YDERABAD —Hundreds of
tor Jo Lesser said that the issues of food security, water, energy and climate changes were main areas of concerns that need to be addressed with collaborative efforts. Addressing a meeting of Centre for Advanced Studies held at Video Conference Room, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here. Executive Director HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, UET Peshawar Vice Chancellor Dr Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Prof Bilal from Nust, Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Sultan Habibullah Prof Dr Baber, Dr Qamer ur Zaman, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Prof. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha and other notables were present on the occassion. She said that USAID was setting up three centers for advanced studies including Food Security Centre at the UAF, Centre on Energy at NUST with satellite centre at UET Peshawar and the Centre on Water at UET Jamshoro Sindh. She said that USAID was committed to uplift the country and the projects were aimed at addressing the issues at the national level. Speaking on the occasion, UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that four chairs would be set up under Food Security/Agriculture Centre at UAF including Climate Changes Chair, Bio Diversity Chair, Agriculture Policy Chair and Precision Agriculture Chair that will help the country move the new height of the progress in the term of increase in production and to ensure food security. He stressed the need to develop forecast short, mid and long term weather scenarios, to develop strategies for coping climate change, promoting precision agriculture to cope with the challenges.—APP
tric Power Company (Mepco) transferred and posted 21 officials on Wednesday. According to official sources, XEN Operation first division DG Khan Wakeel Ahmad Nadir has been posted as Deputy Manager Technical MEPCO circle DG Khan, Ashraf Mehmood from construction division Muzaffargarh as XEN Operation first division DG Khan, Muhammad Afzal Nadeem from M&T division Rahim Yar Khan as XEN Operation division Rahim Yar Khan, Jaam Gul Muhammad Zahid from operation division
town division Bahawalpur, Abdul Wahid from Model town division as XEN M&T to MEPCO division Bahawalpur, Muhammad Saleem Khan from M&T division Bahawalpur to operation division Lodhran, Muhammad Javed Iqbal from operation Taunsa division as Deputy Manager regional complaint centre MEPCO Headquarters, Rana Muhammad Ayyub from Lodhran division to operation division Muzaffargarh, Nasir Ayaz Kormani from operation division Muzaffargarh as Deputy
Young entrepreneurs festival next month MULTAN—National Produc- told APP on Wednesday. tivity Organization (NPO) will organise a three-day festival for young entrepreneurs of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran and Bahawalpur districts in collaboration with the USAID during the next month of August. “We are going to hold a three-day family festival followed by musical night on each day with auspices of the United States Agency for International Development in which young artisans will display their handicrafts. We have invited nominations by July 16 from interested entrepreneurs,” Assistant Manager NPO Ali Ahsan
He added that they would set up a total of 80 stalls with 20 ones for each district and 50 per cent stalls would be allocated to young entrepreneur below 29. “Out of total stalls, 50 per cent will be for male and 50 per cent for female entrepreneurs.” The assistant manager said they had formally applied for the venue to seek permission from the local administration and added that registration, stalls, lodging and pick and drop for entrepreneurs would be free. “The festival is aimed at providing entertainment to families along with projection of handcrafts of young entrepreneurs”, Ahsan said.—APP
circle Muzaffargarh, SDO operation MEPCO sub division Hassanabad Muhammad Waseem Akhtar was promoted as deputy manager (operation/O&m) while his services handed over to distribution general manager technical MEPCO Multan, SDO Jinnah sub division Rahim Yar Khan Shahzad Habib Gill was promoted as XEN and services handed over to deputy manager technical MEPCO circle Rahim Yar Khan, SDO Imran Majeed was promoted as XEN and deputed at operation division Taunsa.—APP
electrical and digital appliances went out of order due to power outage and fluctuations in different parts of Hyderabad. The citizens of Hyderabad already suffering hardship due to scorching heat and the hours’ long power outage as well as low and high voltage brought their lives more miserable. Markets were deserted and many people closed their businesses early. As the summer season is round the corner, the power load shedding has increased and unannounced power outages are creating many problems for the people. Due to load shedding students are facing extrem difficulty as their examinations have started. Residents of different localities complained of the prolong power suspension and water shortage. The people have appealed to the K HANEWAL —A man alleg- higher authorities to solve edly killed his wife and two their problems.—APP daughters, and injured another at Qital Pur area of Kabirwala, police said on Wednesday. According to details, Muhammad Hayat Chadhar r/o Mauza Ber Baigi, Qital Pur, wanted his 17 years old daughter Asma Bibi marry to his nephew but his wife Shahnaz Bibi wanted to give hand of Asma to a person in the family of in-laws of another daughter Firasat Bibi. In a fit of rage, Muhammad Hayat shot dead his wife, 10 years old daughter Mehwish and Firasat Bibi (20) and injured Asma Bibi.—APP
Man kills wife, two daughters, injures another
H Y D E R A B A D —Prof. Dr. Nazir A Mughal, Vice Chancellor of the country’s oldest higher education institution, the University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro has vowed to initiate hard decisions for improvement in the educational status of the University and to achieve one of the top rankings given by Higher Education Commission (HEC). The VC also vowed that all decisions will be implemented at any cost to ensure quality education to the learners. A University spokesman informed here that the Vice Chancellor vowed this while presiding over a meeting of the Deans Committee, which discussed at length various issues including the conduct of pre-entry tests for admission to Bachelor and Masters’ Drgree Programmes, start of summer classes and admission to M. Phil Programme on merit. The Vice Chancellor said that summer classes will be conducted from August 19 to September 5, 2013 for those students who have failed in semester examinations of first, second and third years and on September 6, 2013, these students should appear in the failure papers examinations. These students would have to pay a fee of Rs 2,000/- per course, he added. He asked all Deans of Faculties to submit the results of the semester examinations to the office of the Controller of Examinations within 15 days so that organising of summer classes could be ensured in summer vacations in future. APP/jvd/saf/mdi Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro plans to organise an important moot on Thar coal to find out solution to power crisis with proper utilisation of the coal reserve of Tharparkar. This was informed by the Vice Chancellor Mehran University Prof. Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Rajput while addressing the participants of the symposium on “Utilisation of Thar Coal for resolving power crisis,” organised on by Mehran University in collaboration with the University of Sindh (SU). The Vice Chancellor said that ongoing research on Thar coal has unfolded the point that the issues of power crisis could be resolved by utilising the huge reserves of Thar coal in power LARKANA: Commissioner Ghulam Mustafa Phull visiting Children Hospital CMCH. generation.—APP
US CG opens 3-varsity edu faculties project H YDERABAD —The Consul General of the United States in Karachi Michael Dodman along with Mission Director USAID Pakistan Gregory Gottileb and Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed inaugurated the project of establishment of Faculties of Education in three universities of Sindh province on Wednesday at thge University of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro. According to a press release, these Faculties of Education will be established with the financial assistance of the government of the United States in the University of Sindh, Shah Abdul Latif University and the Karachi University. Speaking on the occasion, Michael Dodman said that completion of this project will not only help in promting cooperation in education sectors between Pakistsan-USA but also provide an opportunity to teachers to acquire the knowledge and training of latest methods of education. He informed that USAID will provide US dollars 40 million for the establishment of 16 new Faculties of Education in different universities of Pakistan within next two years. The buildings of the faculties will be equipped with
state of the art facilities including internet and media libraries, he said and informed that 2500 students and 200 teachers will get benefits from these faculties every year. Michael Dodman informed that USAID in collaboration with Higher Education Commission will also introduce two new teachers’ education programmes. These programmes including 2-Years Associate Degree in Education and 4-Years Bachelors of Education were prepared in 2010 and now USAID is launching these degree programmes in 110 universities and teachers’ training colleges of the country, he said and added that USAID is also extending cooperation to Government of Pakistan in formulation of effective policies for teachers’ training. Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed while speaking on the occasion, termed this project, an important development for provision of quality education to youth of Sindh province. He informed that since year 2009, around 600 schools have so far been repaired with the financial support of United States while 12 thousands teachers have been trained besides 10 thous.—APP
Monsoon rain spell to continue: Met office I S L A M A B A D —The present by gusty winds is expected spell of monsoon rains has decreased the temperatures across the country and would continue in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan till today with occasional gaps. The synoptic situation says that seasonal low was lying over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas. Monsoonal currents from Arabian sea are continuously reaching into the upper and eastern parts of the country. A western disturbance was also affecting northern parts of the country. According to Met office, rain-thundershower accompanied by gusty winds with isolated heavy falls in northeast Punjab is expected at scattered places of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sargodha and Lahore divisions. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, rain-thundershower accompanied by gusty winds is expected at scattered places of upper KP (Malakand and Hazara divisions)while at isolated places Kohat, Peshawar, Bannu divisions) during next 24 hours. While in Sindh and Balochistan mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the provinces during next 24 hours. In Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan rainthundershower accompanied
at scattered places of Kashmir and GB during same time span. The highest temperatures of Dadu was 44øC, Sibbi, Sukkur 43øC, Nokkundi 42øC, Islamabad 32øC , Lahore 30øC , Karachi 34øC, Peshawar 34øC, Quetta 37øC, Murree 22øC, Muzaffarabad 34øC, Gilgit 32øC. Rainfall recorded during last 24 hour was: Gujranwala 95mm, Mandibahaudin 65mm, Jhang
54mm, Noorpur Thal 48mm, Sialkot (A/P), Islamabad (Z/P) 46mm, Mangla 39mm, Parachinar, Kotli, Lahore (A/ P) 36mm, Lahore (PBO) 30mm, Rawalpindi 28mm, Jhelum 27mm, Chakwal 25mm, Islamabad (Golra) 24mm, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) 23mm, Sialkot (City) 21mm, Islamabad (Saidpur) 19mm, Drosh 15mm, Joharabad, Mianwali 14mm, Sargodha 10mm, Mirkhani, Muzaffarabad 08mm, Murree 06mm, Kalam 04mm, Faisalabad, Malamjabba 03mm, D.I Khan, Saidu Sharif, Gupis 02mm and kakul, Astore, Balakot 01 mm.—APP
Abbottabad Commission report raises lot of dust
How Pakistan prevails over Egypt in democracy
HE findings of the leaked report of the Abbottabad Commission have raised a lot of dust as its different aspects are being debated by relevant circles and media including understanding on drone strikes, security and intelligence failures, lack of coordination among institutions concerned and the need for genuine civilian oversight over administrative and security apparatus. The revelation that there was tacit understanding between the United States and the then Government of Pakistan over drone attacks exposes repeated claims of our policy and decision-makers on the contrary and is a big question mark on their credibility and trustworthiness. America’s get-Osama operation in Abbottabad was a Hollywood like thriller for others but which brought national shame to Pakistan on two accounts – presence of the world’s most wanted man in close proximity to a military training facility for years and free hand that the US strike mission got to carry out operation in the heart of the country without apparent knowledge and reaction by our institutions and agencies concerned. It was in this backdrop that legitimate demands were made for institution of an independent inquiry into the shameful episode and there were expectations that the Commission, headed by a judge of good reputation, would come out with answers to many questions agitating minds of people of Pakistan but unfortunately this has not happened. In the first instance, it is ironical that like many other similar probes, the report of the Abbottabad Commission was kept under carpet despite repeated assurances by the quarters concerned to make it public. No one knows how it was leaked to Al-Jazeera but its publication has not led to fall of heavens and the credit should have been taken by the Government for formally making it public. Even if there are some sensitive things in any such report with regard to national security or relations with other countries, people of Pakistan, being the ultimate sufferers, have every right to know them so that such follies are avoided in future and the institutions concerned too should set their own houses in order. Secondly, it is sad that the Abbottabad Report is somewhat vague as no definite conclusions have been drawn even after wastage of considerable time and resources. The report has raised more questions than answering those that formed the basis for constitution of the Commission. We would, therefore, propose that the Commission should take the nation into confidence through media by officially releasing the report and answering questions that it has failed to respond to in the report.
Tauqir too chooses to be defiant T
HE central character of Rs. 82 billion scam – Tauqir Sadiq, former Chairman of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) is finally back home to face the court. Frantic attempts were made during tenure of the previous Government to shield the accused as he was not brought back home despite frequent instructions by the highest court of the land. It is, however, strange that despite his involvement in the mega corruption case, Tauqir Sadiq has adopted defiant posture and has the audacity even to question the judges of the Supreme Court. He is believed to be the main culprit but still he claims he was under pressure to become approver. There are reports that his defiance started even before the aircraft landed in Pakistan and no one knows the bounds of this shameless attitude. This defiance is not confined to Tauqir Sadiq alone as we witnessed Shahrukh Jatoi making victory signs when sentenced to death in Shahzeb murder case and similar gestures were made by a number of convicts in fake degree, corruption and criminal cases. This is reflective of the moral decay of the society and is in sharp contrast to resignations and even self-immolation (in countries like Japan) by those erring during periods of their power and authority. These are ugly trends and need to be taken note of by all concerned.
Micro financing facilities should be expanded M
ICRO finance banks and other institutions distributed an amount of Rs 28.3 billion among the beneficiaries during the first six months of the last financial year which is a very small amount when compared to the population of over 180 million. The basic objective of the Micro finance is to extend financial services to low income individuals to enable them to lift themselves out of poverty. More than ten micro finance banks and institutions are functioning in the country but their outreach growth rate has not increased to the required level. There has been 13 percent increase in micro finance during the last year, which reflects industry’s potential in the country and confidence of investors in the business environment for micro finance. Potential microfinance market in Pakistan is around 28-30 million people, but microfinance banks served only one million borrowers. The primary reason for lack of microfinance growth in Pakistan is that it is still largely regarded as a social service rather than a financial service. Furthermore, the small and medium enterprises, which constitute 90 percent of business in Pakistan and are regarded as an important instrument of employment promotion, are neither being served by mainstream banks nor the microfinance sector. Financial and business experts believe that if the micro finance sector is encouraged by the government, it could become an engine of growth and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Young people have turned to street crimes and extremism because the country cannot offer them jobs to earn their livelihood. Therefore it is necessary that the government should encourage the micro financial sector, as world over it has proved to be a successful tool to create jobs, particularly amongst groups with difficulties to raise finance from more traditional sources.
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PM’s China visit game changer. It is said that control the debt and control the Pakistan needs to adopt Rizwan Ghani country. renewables, and coal so that it Email:email@example.com can provide cheap energy to public, clear its debt and strengthen its economy. The M’s visit to China and sign speed of shifting of thermal power ing of MoUs was need of the plants to coal and adoption of hour. Pak-China economic renewables will determine the fate corridor, energy cooperation, motor of our economy, jobs and manufacway, metro services and plans for turing. Government will have to end bullet train and exemption of sover- hold of oil mafia, private power seceign guarantees to cut cost of financ- tor and nationalize energy sector to ing are steps in right direction. But make Pakistan energy surplus. keeping in view the history of Privatization has failed in UK and MoUs, it would be better that both Europe. The reports of adopting coal countries adopt speed, accountabil- and renewable energy will allow Paity and transparency to complete the kistan to build mega water storages agreements within stipulated time across the country to store water for frame. The report of establishment agriculture purposes, protect food of Joint Cooperation Mission is a security and use deserts for agriculpractical step and it shows that gov- ture. It will help Pakistan to become ernment is serious about complet- food basket, dairy hub and allied ing the projects to come up to the value added products/produce in the region. China is investing in public’s expectations. The proposed rail (and road) railway including metros to provide link between both countries is a relief to public. There is no doubt that corruproad to Europe. Sino-Euro Railway is set to develop further as tion has destroyed overseas projects Chinese and EU authorities plan to in Pakistan. But there is no tolerance expand the 11,179-km Chongqing- for it in today’s China. People’s Xinjiang-Europe railway network Court gave death penalty to former to 18 EU countries which is cur- railways minister for bribery and rently linking Chongqing with abuse of power. The verdict was Duisburg, Germany, via given after 4 weeks of investigation. Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Experts said that it shows that the Poland. The complete trip takes 16 crackdown on corruption has been days, less by up to 20 days than the tightened, especially among highusual shipping time. The cost is level officials (Graft fight stepped one-fifth that of transporting cargo up; ex-rail chief sentenced, July 9, by air (More cooperation on Rail- 2013, China Daily). Earlier VP of ways sought, July 4, 2013, China China’s Central Bank was given Daily). China and Russia are al- death sentence for corruption. A ready headed towards expanding clear policy on corruption and transexisting rail links. Pak-China eco- parency in the projects will help both nomic corridor will link Pakistan governments to control corruption, to Europe and Asia. PM is there- serve people and strengthen ecofore right in saying that it will be a nomic diplomacy. A comprehensive
security policy is must to realize these objectives. The development of ports is not acceptable to international forces because it changes strategic balance. It explains delays development of ports in Africa and Gwadar, killings of Pakistanis and foreigners, rise in sectarianism, occupation of Afghanistan and establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, support for
There is no doubt that corruption has destroyed overseas projects in Pakistan. But there is no tolerance for it in today’s China. A clear policy on corruption and transparency in the projects will help both governments to control corruption, serve people and strengthen economic diplomacy. India’s illegal nuclear deal, and continuation of drone attacks in the name of SWAT to justify foothold in the region under Asia Pacific policy. Pakistan should discard SWAT, return armed forces to traditional role and improve policing to protect public. Accordingly, Islamabad should secure its borders with help of diplomacy, advanced border surveillance technology including Chinese drones, and traditional methods such as mining, fencing, and border controls. Chinese drones are 1/30th the
price of western drones. The prospects of border industrial zones in securing Pakistan’s borders should also be examined. China, Myanmar and Koreans are employing millions in such zones for mutual economic, job and security benefits. Civilian intelligence setups should also be improved and held accountable for their failures. Foreign embassies should be relocated, the so-called diplomats should be scrutinized and staff of embassies should be rationalized. Dual nationals should be screened and permitted to work as per the laws. PTCL should be nationalized regain control of security, end abuse of satellite technology, and foreign control. NSA spying reports have shown that Western embassies and military setups are involved in spying in host countries. Islamabad should uphold the law on foreign spying to protect constitutional rights of its people and ask UN to tell western countries to pass laws to hold their citizens accountable for overseas crimes. Police should be returned under district magistrate (DMG). In turn, both should be held accountable for crimes, loss of life and property. It will only be possible if SWAT policy is replaced with anti-state policy so that criminals are punished under existing laws. The hue and cry in media about failure of judiciary and state to punish terrorists is hot air because the same media blames powerful state for protecting police for its crimes against public. PM has talked about cleansing of bureaucracy. It should include all other setups including police. The culprits should be brought to book in accordance to the law in next three months with help of judiciary, It will help Pakistan to do business with China and rest of the world.
TTP’s foreign connections tants. And leader of the TTP Maulvi Fazlullah who close connections Sajjad Shaukat has with Pakistan-based TTP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org leader Hakimullah Mehsud, had run to Afghanistan. Based in the Afghan n the past too, Pakistan has provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, w i t his insurgents intensified subnessed a perennial wave of sub versive activities in Pakistan by versive acts. In this regard, while sending suicide bombers and talking to the BBC and Voice of heavily-equipped militants in the America (VOA) through mobile country. Pakistan’s civil and military phone, the late Baitullah Mehsud, leadership lodged a strong protest former Chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban with their counterparts in AfghaniPakistan (TTP), Waziristan had stan, but no action was taken against claimed responsibility for the high- these terrorists. Besides, Kabul also profile terror-attacks in Pakistan. In rejected Islamabad’s demand to hand fact, Bailtullah Mehsud was com- over Maulvi Faqir, former deputy mon agent of Indian secret agency commander of the TTP to Pakistan RAW and American CIA. He never along with four other accomplices talked to Pakistani media, but had who were from Pakistan’s tribal argiven interview especially to VOA. eas, and had been arrested by Afghan Question arises as to why; he was security forces in February 2013. In fact, to fulfill the collective conot killed by drone attack during conversation. While, playing a vert designs of India, Israel and US, double game, he was inciting the TTP has been given a free hand by innocent tribal people against the these countries to continue acts of Pakistani government so as to sabotage in Pakistan because it is the weaken the country by following the only nuclear country in the Islamic instructions of his paymasters. He world. In this regard, Pak-China strawas having a number of secrets re- tegic ties and Pak-Iranian close garding foreign intelligence agen- friendship also irritate them. For the purpose, America has cies. Therefore, US had killed him through a CIA-operated drone strike. been acting upon a secret strategy However, like Baitullah, his against Pakistan by continuing drone successor, and Chief of the TTP, attacks. As results of elections 2013, Hakimullah Mehsud is also collec- Pakistan Muslim League (N) and tive agent of RAW and CIA, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) his main mission is to destabilise which have now formulated their Pakistan in accordance with the governments had repeatedly agenda of anti-Pakistan external favoured peace dialogue with the powers.When in 2009, military op- TTP and to make efforts to stop ateration started in South Waziristan, tack by the spy planes. While during India with the tactical help of the election campaign, TTP which conUS had also intensified its strategy ducted terror-assaults on the leaders to sabotage the same through gue- and election-sites of other political rilla tactics applied by its parties such as ANP, MQM and PPP Waziristan-based agents and mili- had said that it will not target PML-
N and PTI as these are liberal parties. But this militant group killed two PTI members of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa assembly. And ambitions of the newly-elected government received a greater blow when on May, 29 2013; US pilotless aircraft killed four men in North Waziristan. In this respect, US State Department stated that Wali-ur-Rehman, the TTP second in command was killed in a drone attack on a tip off provided by an informer from Hakimullah Mehsud group. This has been a grave blow to Wali-ur-Rehman’s faction of TTP, while Hakimullah Mehsud succeeded in eliminating his major opponent in TTP. Notably, killing of Waliur-Rehman has been an outcome of split between TTP high command and Hakimullah Mehsud who is responsible for the death of Wali-ur-Rehman. The new leader Khan Saeed alias Sajna hailing from Mehsud tribe of Shobikhel must realise that their leader has been eliminated by Hakimullah Mehsud group to get the award of $5million from US. The US State Department refused to disclose the real name of informer belonging Hakimullah group, however, it confirmed that the award will be paid. In the past, Hakimullah Mehsud made numerous attempts to kill Wali-urRehman and this time his plot succeeded by providing information to CIA about his location. Nevertheless, TTP has lost the visionary leader who had supported to start negotiations with the newlyelected government of Pakistan to reach a peace accord and bring peace in the country. But under the pretext of drone attacks, Hakimullah Mehsud who has clandestine connections with CIA withdrew its offer of peace talks with the government. While, again on July 2, a US predator attack killed 17
people in North Waziristan. Especially, US President Barack Obama who has recently stated that America will continue these strikes on Pakistan also seeks to create obstacle in the way of Islamabad’s peace process with the TTP. Majority of our political experts see CIAoperated drone attacks in Pakistan in isolation, while there is a collaboration of these strikes with the subversive activities of the TTP, which have especially been taking place in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Balochistan and Karachi as part of the US secret strategy. Particularly, heavily-armed militants enter Pakistan from Afghanistan where tentacles of terrorism exist. In this context, India has set up secret training centres in Afghanistan where its military personnel in connivance with RAW and CIA have been imparting training of guerilla warfare to the youngsters, having connections with South Waziristan-based TTP where some other such centres are also working. While, Pakistan has been facilitating US-backed dialogue with the Afghan Taliban in Qatar, but US and President Karzai are playing double game with Islamabad by thwarting the peace dialogue of Islamabad with the TTP, as they are assisting this outfit in carrying out terror-assaults inside Pakistan. Consequences of these predator strikes and the coming ones are dangerous for Pakistan, as the entire nation now expects retaliation from TTP terrorists who would create difficult challenges for the elected government. It means, in connivance with CIA and RAW, TTP which has already commenced suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings and attacks on security forces’ check posts including sectarian violence would further
oth Egypt and Pakistan, two of the largest Muslim countries, have struggled to show that Islam and democracy can be compatible. In recent days, however, each has gone down a very different path toward that worthy goal. In Egypt, millions of protesters took to the streets last week to demand the ouster of an elected Islamist president. On July 3, the military complied. That was hardly the best way for a young democracy to self-correct. In contrast, Pakistan not only saw its first peaceful handover of n elected civilian government last month, but on Monday, an official report was leaked that strongly criticizes all levels of government – especially the military – for failing to search for Osama bin Laden, even though the Al Qaeda leader had been living in Pakistan for nearly a decade. The report was commissioned by Pakistani lawmakers after the American secret raid that killed Mr. bin Laden in 2011, embarrassing the country. To Pakistan’s credit, the 336-page report reflects the kind of humble self-examination that any democracy needs to prevent abuse or neglect by those in power. Named after the area where bin Laden lived, the Abbottabad Commission was led by a Supreme Court judge. Its findings were based on 52 hearings and interviews with more than 200 people, including top intelligence officials. This is the sort of root-and-branch probe that shows a seriousness of oversight. The four-member commission cites the influence of radical Islamists within the security forces, suggesting a lack of will by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to hunt down the world’s most notorious terrorist. “In the premier intelligence institution, religiosity replaced accountability,” it stated. But the blame for not spotting bin Laden in his giant compound was spread widely. “How the entire neighbourhood, local officials, police and security and intelligence officials all missed the size, the strange shape, the barbed wire, the lack of cars and visitors … over a period of nearly six years beggars belief,” the report said. (Among the more interesting findings is that bin Laden walked around in a cowboy hat to avoid detection.) One of the report’s recommended reforms is that “the people” (elected civilians) have better control over the ISI or else Pakistan risks “becoming further degraded to an intelligence and police state.” This is bold criticism for a country that only recently emerged from being ruled by the military. The report didn’t go so far as to name names of those who contributed to the “culpable negligence and incompetence.” “It is obvious who they are,” it stated, adding that it may be politically unrealistic to suggest punishments. “But as honorable men, they ought to do the honourable thing,” it offered, “including submitting a formal apology to the nation for their dereliction of duty.” While the report is not perfect – it was leaked, not officially released – it should be held up as an example of how a constitutional system can keep a check on the concentration of power, whether it be the military or a religious figure who claims special authority. Every elected government needs regular lessons on accountability and humility. “The great benefit of democracy is that it allows for self-correction,” said Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona in a speech last December. “It allows imperfect human beings to strive ... to live up to the high standards of our own values, which are perfect and eternal.” — The Christian Science Monitor
That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright, But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight. Lord Alfred Tennyson — British poet
Ramadan and its hijackers R
amadan is a month of tremen dous blessings. Today it is also a time of great challenges. The challenges come from a head-on collision between Ramadan and the materialism, consumerism, and hedonism that have unfortunately engulfed Muslim societies. Approached correctly and observed diligently, the former could help us overcome the latter. In our present state of decay, the opposite seems to be happening in many cases. Ramadan’s month long intensive training programme begins to teach self-discipline by rearranging our daily life. It changes the time we go to bed, the time we get up, the times we eat. We learn to do without the permissible joys of this life for the long prescribed hours of the day. After a day of fasting, we break the fast only to rush to the maghrib salat, which cannot be delayed beyond a few minutes. An hour or two later we are ready for the special nightly prayer, a unique prayer which can only be performed during Ramadan and which both highlights and cements our special relationship with the Qur’an. We stand and listen to the entire Qur’an being recited from heart in the taraweeh prayer. This is in addition to our own reading of the Qur’an that aims at finishing at least one cycle of the complete reading during the month on our own. With all the extra acts of worship, there is hardly any time left for anything beyond the essential during the day and night. This is special time, when the rewards for voluntary acts of worship equal the rewards of mandatory acts and the rewards for the latter are multiplied up to 700 times. With the scales of rewards so extraordinarily high during this month, it would be folly to waste our time on things that can be done during ordinary time — throughout the rest of the year. The opportunity cost is just unbelievably high to do otherwise. Yet that is precisely what we manage to do in so many cases. Consider iftar, the breaking of the fast at the end of the day. A Jewish acquaintance once told me about his fast of Yum Kippur. Unlike the Islamic fasts, all Jewish fasts are a one day affair but the day is longer. It starts twenty minutes before sun-
down on the previous night. At the rakats. But both groups perform the end of the fast, he said, “I went to a khatam. We can discern an emerging restaurant and ate like a pig.” With generational gap in the forms of the maghrib salat and the taraweeh, taraweeh. The twenty rakats with the complete khatam the Ramadan fast does not permit that. The Spirit Of Islam are for the ‘uncles’. For the youth, reNeither does the gardless of the fiqhi spirit of Ramadan school they belong permit indulgence. to, it is just eight Yet today one can rakats. see fancy restauThe practice rants in the Muslim could be excused if world offering high a person were too priced iftar dinner old, too weak, or specials that invite too tired after a you to do just that. long day’s work. One could substitute But we are talking Dubai or Jeddah or about young Kuala Lumpur or Khalid Baig healthy people who any other Muslim would spend the city for Karachi; the message will remain the same. In- rest of the time gossiping or other stead of turning your attention to Al- youthful activities even as the prayer lah, turn it to the exquisite setting and goes on. Should this disregard be alculinary delights. Indulge. Turn the lowed to hide behind a technical lebreaking of the fast into a status sym- gal cover? bol. Exquisite (i.e. esoteric), extravaThere are other variations of this gant, lavish. This is how the agents distortion in taraweeh that cut across of rampant consumerism counter age groups. At some places people sit Ramadan’s message of simplicity, and listen to the Qur’anic recitation sacrifice, and self discipline. All before the taraweeh so as to reduce the while advertising their special regard amount that would be recited in for the holy month. taraweeh. At other places some people To be sure, the fraction of Mus- just sit back and listen to the recitation lims going to these fancy restaurants without joining the prayer. With these is small, although it is increasing. But trends, one wonders whether, if untheir influence on the society goes checked, this very important part of beyond these numbers. For they set Ramadan will be distorted beyond recthe norms and expectations for the ognition in a generation or so. larger society. Lavish iftar parties for The same observations can be which people drive long distances made about Qiyam-ul-Lail. and miss their prayers are an indica- Ramadan nights, especially during tion of these influences. the last third of the month, are meant Consider taraweeh, the special to be spent in personal acts of worlong nightly prayer that is a hallmark ship, in salat, zhikar, duas, reading of Ramadan. Throughout the Muslim the Qur’an and seeking forgiveness. world Muslims stand up in these Instead these are spent in talks, soprayers to listen to the recitation of the cialization, and bazaars set up on the Qur’an, leading to khatam or comple- mosque compounds. tion of a complete cycle of reading The most solemn and demanding during the month. Everyone, young act of worship for Ramadan is the and old alike, cherishes the opportu- I’tikaaf, when a person secludes himnity to take part in this very special self from the world around in a corner act of worship. There is a small dif- of the mosque to devote himself toference between juristic schools re- tally to remembering Allah and garding the details of taraweeh. A ma- strengthening his personal relationship jority offers twenty rakats to finish the with Him. The act could provide spiriday’s portion of Qur’anic reading. A tual rebirth and carries tremendous smaller group finishes the task in eight rewards. Yet today one can see laptops,
cell phones, iPads, and other modern widgets routinely forming a part of the equipment of itikaf. It is an open question how can anyone realize the goals of itikaf with activities like watching videos, Internet surfing, texting, and chatting. One famous hadith states that there are those who get nothing from their fasts but hunger and thirst and nothing from their qiyam-ul-lail but sleep deprivation. While telling us about the great blessings of Ramadan, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), also warned about the possibility that it could cement our loss and wretchedness if we are not serious about taking advantage from its blessings. In one famous hadith He said that there are those who get nothing from their fasts but hunger and thirst and nothing from their qiyam-ul-lail but sleep deprivation. In another hadith He said ameen as angel Jibrael cursed the person who finds Ramadan in a state of health and yet does not use it to win freedom from the Fire through acts of devotion and worship. There can be no sterner warnings than these. We have been forewarned to be forearmed. If we pay attention to them and become serious about Ramadan, then it would be a month of tremendous blessings. This requires fasting with our whole body and soul. Our eyes, ears, tongues, and hearts should be totally committed to the fast by not seeing, hearing, or speaking haram things or thinking haram ideas. Honesty, truthfulness and Allah consciousness or taqwa should be our guiding values. We should avoid all frivolities, including the ones that are committed in the name of religion. Only then we will realize the sweetness in the acts of worship like prayers and recitation and utter foolishness of exchanging them for entertainment. This will turn Ramadan into a month of spiritual renewal that would recharge our batteries of iman and taqwa and prepare us to face the world and its temptations with moral uprightness for another year. Otherwise the blessings would have been hijacked from us. — Courtesy: Albalagh
Views From Abroad
Deterring an Asia nuke race Michael Richardson
ow many nuclear weapons and delivery systems does a country need as an effective deterrent against the threats of attack? Finding an acceptable balance is critically important in Asia, where four of the world’s nine nuclear-armed states are located. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported in June that all four Asian nations with nuclear weapons — China, India, Pakistan and North Korea — appeared to be expanding their arsenals while the United States, Russia, France, Britain and Israel were either reducing them or holding the number static. Asia may be sliding into a nuclear arms race, aggravated by underlying tensions and mistrust. As one nuclear weapons state enlarges its arsenal, other regional atomic powers do the same. SIPRI estimated that China, India and Pakistan had each added about 10 warheads to their operational stockpiles in 2012. Meanwhile, as the SIPRI report noted, each is improving delivery systems: the ballistic or cruise missiles or bomber aircraft that could carry nuclear warheads. Without mutual restraint in Asia, other regional countries with civilian nuclear reactor experience and the necessary resources and skills could also decide to protect themselves by developing their own nuclear arms. Such potential “threshold” countries include South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Austra-
lia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Former US Senator Sam Nunn, a driving force for a nuclear threat reduction group of security specialists and former senior officials from 18 countries, cautions that when “a large and growing number of nuclear-armed adversaries confront multiple perceived threats, the risk that deterrence will fail and that nuclear weapons will be used rises dramatically.” Another prominent member of the group, former US Secretary of Defence William Perry, says that there is only a short time left to pull back from the edge of a nuclear precipice. “Asia is an important backdrop for this discussion, as a nuclear-armed North Korea threatens regional stability and could spark a new wave of proliferation,” he warns. Their comments follow a recent call by US President Barack Obama for America and Russia to open new arms control talks to further cut their deployed long-range nuclear arms by as much as one-third. The last bilateral Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed by Moscow and Washington in 2010, requires each nation by 2018 to cap its stockpile of fielded nuclear warheads at 1,550. So under Obama’s proposal, a new ceiling could become approximately 1,000 deployed strategic warheads apiece. Under the current START pact, the two former Cold War adversaries also agreed to limit fielded nuclear delivery vehicles, including bombers and missiles based on land and at sea, to 700, with an additional 100 allowed in reserve. But the START deal does not cover all nuclear warheads or delivery systems, only those
classed as long range. Nor does it encompass all nuclear armed states, although at least 90 per cent of atomic arms belong to the US and Russia. The SIPRI report estimates that at the start of 2013, eight of the nine nuclear armed nations had approximately 4,400 operational atomic weapons, with nearly 2,000 “in a state of high operational alert.” North Korea was assessed to have perhaps six or eight nuclear bombs, none of them operational. This evidently means they cannot yet be made small enough to be carried by North Korean missiles or bombers. SIPRI said that if all the nuclear warheads held by the nine nations with atomic weapons were counted, the total would amount to approximately 17,270 nuclear weapons, with a variety of short-, medium- as well as longrange delivery systems. The total warhead count includes spares, those in both active and inactive storage, and intact warheads set to be dismantled, as well as operational warheads. Obama also called for the reduction of US and Russian non-strategic, or tactical, nuclear weapons in Europe. These have never been officially counted or limited by any international treaty. One reason Russia gives for being reluctant to negotiate further bilateral nuclear cuts with the US is that some other nuclear-armed countries are strengthening their warhead and missile capabilities. This is an evident reference to China among others, even though Moscow and Beijing have formed a “strategic partnership” to oppose US and Western domination. China’s position is that the US and Russia have the overwhelming
majority of strategic nuclear weapons and delivery systems, meaning those capable of travelling intercontinental distances and causing massive destruction. So Washington and Moscow should continue to make “drastic” cuts in their stockpiles in a verifiable and irreversible manner. Cheng Jingye, China’s top envoy to a U.N. nuclear non-proliferation conference, said last year that once this was done, “other nuclearweapon states, when conditions are ripe, should also join the multinational negotiations on nuclear disarmament.” But when might that be? One of the concerns of US critics of Obama’s latest proposals is that China could use any extended new round of START negotiations that involve only America and Russia to enlarge and modernize its own nuclear arsenal in secret. Some US analysts say that this is already happening. The critics argue that if the size of the US and Russian arsenals keep dropping, China might be able to achieve numerical parity, or nearparity, quite quickly with the today’s two dominant nuclear powers. SIPRI estimates that China has about 250 nuclear warheads, compared with 300 for France and 225 for Britain. It reckons that India has 90 to 110 atomic warheads, Pakistan has 100 to 120, and Israel 80. These are well within minimum credible deterrence limits. Keeping them there will be the key to preventing a postCold War nuclear arms race in Asia. The writer is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore. — Courtesy: The Japan Times
Lusting for the mannequin..!
as in Spain a few years ago with some friends from India and remember their first visit to the beach: “She’s topless!” breathed my young friend ogling a woman sunning herself, “I’ve never seen anything like this!” He stared at hundreds of women sunbathing, but slowly his eyes left them and started looking at the beautiful Mediterranean Sea! “Isn’t she beautiful!” he said with a longing sigh and this time I
knew he was not talking about topless women. It had taken him just awhile to move from never having seen women topless to seeing other things of beauty. It had taken him a few moments to move from lust to joy! It’s not women bathing topless we have in Mumbai, what we have are plastic dolls, mannequins looking out of shop windows with expressionless eyes, wearing two piece bikinis. Along comes a municipal corporator looks aghast at lifeless form, maybe with a little envy at shapely plastic body, declares such plastic beauties are against Indian culture! “Whoa! Whoa! Madam where did that come from?” Indians are now one of the biggest globetrotters madam, they roam the earth like never before and
do you know what we are known for? Staring! Ogling! Leering! Our men unashamedly, and to the utter disgust of the locals, stare at, stare down every woman they see on foreign road, ‘cause we’ve never seen women walking around, dressed as they wish to dress, in India. What those mannequins also declare is a free woman, but that’s another subject. Let our men stare at those bikini mannequins madam, and you can bet your last dollar or Swiss Euro they will soon get bored and get on with other things. Because we excel in such prudery, we are an embarrassment abroad. Look at our state home minister; watch his furtive eyes, not looking for terrorists but seeing no girls,
dance in bars! Quite a few of Mumbai policemen guard bars to see waitresses don’t suddenly gyrate to music. What the honorable minister needs to realize is there would be less crime against women if such activities were legitimately allowed. But men and women as these continue ruling the roost, and with their silly notions and misguided ideas India is slowly but surely becoming the rape capital of the world as lustful men with frenzied hands and curious eyes tear open the whole nine yards to find what lies therein. Instead let them look away from mannequin and sigh, “Isn’t she beautiful!” And you know they speak of the Arabian Sea. —Email:email@example.com
Voice of the People Leaders or luteras COL RIAZ JAFRI (RETD)
bdul Majeed in his letter on 9th July says “PM Should Pay” for the driveway costing crores being constructed to connect the PM House with the helipad in the Presidency for his traffic and hassle free travel to the helipad. He argues that since the PM is a temporary allottee of the official accommodation he cannot make any alterations or additions in the official accommodation, and if any change is made the temporary occupant is responsible to bear its cost and restore the property to its original condition when he leaves. So far so good, but, what about the changes made to the private personal properties of the Presidents, PMs, CMs lying not in the capitals but at far off places like Karachi, Larkana, Multan, Lahore, Gujar Khan etc. etc. and at times more than one as some of them have more than one wife and the residences of all wives are declared as official residences, and upgraded/renovated costing millions to improve their security by constructing huge perimeter walls, installing CCTV cameras, barriers, Security Posts etc and spending other millions on additional structures for offices, meetings and conference halls, offices for the staff etc apart from very lavish and expensive furnishings, furniture and fittings. Should all these be not removed when they leave, some of them ignobly or chucked out by the courts? Alternately, must they not pay for these all if they want to retain them all costing millions and millions? But who cares in Pakistan, especially in the case of our such overlords? Believe it or not, some of our worthy legislators are known to even decamp with the Air Conditioners and Blankets of the MNA/ MPA Hostels and Parliament Lodges on vacating them!! —Rawalpindi
Railways rehabilitation RAJA GHAZANFAR ALI
these problems seem inevitable at the moment and have overwhelmed the actual joys and delights this month suppose to endow upon us. In consultation on these Ramadan challenges, the new government has taken necessary price control measures by providing little relief through Ramadan package. The government has announced subsidy of 2 billions at Federal level for Utility stores while subsidy of 4 billions has been announced at Punjab level. In addition to this, Ramadan bazaars will be established all across the country under the supervision of Food Ministry to ensure quality, quantity, fair price and availability of all daily products to consumers. Certain arrangements are also made regarding loadshedding complains. There will be no loadshedding during Sehr, Iftar and Taraweeh time as per Prime Minister’s instruction. The government has also ordered strict and foolproof security at Mosques and public sensitive areas to ensure law and order in the country. The administration and security agencies are making tight efforts to maintain peace and stability in Ramadan to avoid any act of violence or terrorism. To conclude, fasting despite serious challenges is not the actual task of Ramadan but the sanctity of Ramadan lies in the act of submission and contemplation. One must not just refrain from misdeeds but go beyond the physical ritual of fastings and try to purge one’s soul from impure thoughts, greed, anger and jealousy. This is the month that teaches us to help poor and include them in our joys by raising money through charity, donating clothes, food items and holding Iftar dinners for the less fortunate. Ramadan is the best time to repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness by being best at our moral and social behaviour. May Allah give us strength not only to deal with the worldly challenges of loadshedding and price hike but also to get prepared for the challenges of the world hereafter (Ameen). Happy Ramadan 2013 to All..! —Islamabad
Impossible to rehabilitate. Federal Minister of Railways Saad Rafique has recently announced that he would rehabilitate the most corrupted department of Railway but I am of the view that it would be impossible to rehabilitate and set right the worst and out of control Department of Railway without shuffling and termination of all cruel, senseless, ill-minded and most corrupted officers of the Pakistan Railway and specially Chairman Railway and its all Divisional Superintendents of Divisional Head Quarters of Pakistan Railway because these corrupted officers are still in their chairs on the basis of on sourceful political ground. Hence, it is useless to spend more and more million of Rupees & even billion of Rupees for Rehabilitation of Pakistan Railways. I am saying on the following ground. 1)Now most of the passengers of AC Sleeper Class do not like to travel by trains because of Un-satisfactory services ie selling of Fake and poisonous beverage and stale badsmelling lunch/ dinner/breakfast etc by the goonda types railway caterers who are giving monthly bhutta to all Divisional Superintendent. This secret was told by Nazir and others Caterers of Lahore Railway Station platform Nos 1,2 &3. Now it is the main reason that now most of the passengers like to prefer to travel by luxury type deluxe AC buses or by air. It is also noticed that in every trains, there are always 50 % ticket less Passengers who are traveling free with the Help of railway servants, adding to financial losses sustained by the Pakistan Railways. Now existing tracks can be used for goods trains. Railways Department cannot be set right without termination of all corrupted officers but it is impossible to terminate such sourceful officers and as such, it is useless to rehabilitate the Pakistan Railway. I will urge Federal Minister of Railways that the funds should be utilized in constructing Motorway MAHRUKH IBRAHIM from Multan to Gwadar via Dera Ghazi Khan, Mastung, Kalat and also new railway track from Gwadar Stampede in Karachi during distribution of food items among the poor not to Jacobabad. only highlights the poverty in Paki—Rawalpindi stan but also the bitter fact that we do not learn lesson from the past because this incident is not the first of its kind. In the past so many people lost their lives on such occasions but those AYMEN IJAZ philanthropists who help the poor by providing them staple goods did not The holy month of Ramadan has bother to draw any mechanism for approached with its bountings and distribution of edible items. blessings once again. The layman in Some people argue that such tragPakistan welcomes this month with edies occur because of the hastiness deep anticipation irrespective of but they ignore the reality that povRamadan challenges that lie ahead. erty and price hike is on the rise and Loadshedding and the dramatic in- the purchasing power of common crease in price of all the essential man is decreasing. Therefore when food items are the serious issues at they find any opportunity to get food present. Unfortunately, a local man items free of cost they try to get who earns and spends within the maximum. There is a need to make limits of his monthly salary is mostly a system to avoid such eventuality overburdened with the sky rocket- in future. I have some suggestions ing price of dates, fruits and daily in this regard. The poor and deservcommodities which is beyond his ing people in large number should routine monthly budget. The whole- not be called on one day but they salers and the merchants have should be called in groups on difadopted ill-faceted strategy of grab- ferent days to avoid rush. The coubing and stock piling money through pon system may also be introduced. earning profit thrice than usual. In 3: The best way is that the aid items fact, Ramadan has become more like should be delivered on the doorsteps an instrument of profit making rather of deserving people instead of callthan symbol of help, care, generos- ing them on one specific place. ity and distribution. —Abbottabad With the arrival of Ramadan, people who are already tormented with the price hike of CNG, petrol and diesel finds it unaffordable to provide their family with the basic M AHMED day to day requirements resulting in the overgrowing frustration and discontent among poor and middle Your editorial “Can Qaim Ali Shah class. Apart from this inflation, deal with Karachi” (July 8) the anloadshedding is another problem swer is emphatic NO. This is not the that threatens local public. Fear of first time that President Asif Ali a miserable life in such scorching Zardari has chaired law and order hot weather with low water sup- situation in Karachi but the end replies and long scheduled or un- sult has been zero, more killing, scheduled power cut offs, during deaths and more fight between variSehr and Iftar particularly contin- ous groups. The Rangers have carues to loom over their heads. Both ried out over 80 operations in Lyari
Qaim Ali Shah and Karachi
with no result, in fact it is turning into a Beruit. The root cause of disorder is Bhatta collection from transporters. As reported in the media each trawler that passes on Mauripur Road has to pay Rs 5000/ per container. The average flow of containers is around 200 to 300 per day, it is huge amount and hence the battle on who is stronger? Like Lal Masjid, our intelligence agencies have miserably failed to stop the flow of prohibited bore weapons as mentioned in your editorial. Heavy weapons like machine guns, rocket launchers, anti aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenades, IED’s are being used against law enforcement agencies. The criminals push forward women as human shield and carry out their acts. Qaim Ali Shah in this old age cannot deliver. Look at his priorities. He is raiding Police Stations during odd hours where as he is least bothered what is happening in Lyari. Kutchi community are peaceful people they have been rendered homeless and ssuffered a lot and need our immediate attention. It is strange in a province where law and order situation is getting worst every day the Sindh government is without Home Minister. It appears that the federal government sooner or later will have to intervene to bring peace in Karachi. A proper planned operation of short duration to un arm these unscrupulous elements of society is the only solution. If this does not happen the entire city will be engulfed in the worst law and order situation. PPP and MQM must sit together along with other parties and bring peace in Karachi and end to extortion and Bhatta’s and arrest various gangs operating in Karachi. Nothing short of it will work. Short term measures shall prove counter productive, government has to move fast. —Karachi
Chinese warning LUBNA HAMEED This is with reference to the news about a Chinese general warning India against ‘new troubles’. Apparently, the ever-growing Indian army and its military power are posing a threat to India itself. Once the military men have all these high-tech gadgets, they would surely need to play with them too. The Indian government and its armed forces ought to realise that South Asia needs peaceful existence. Any move that spells trouble for one can very easily become trouble for all and that includes India as well. —Rawalpindi
Power & water K ANWER THE finance minister was confused when he recently talked about the government’s energy policy. He praised China’s Three Gorges Dam which he said was producing more power than our total demand, and lamented that no government had followed China’s example. Then he contradicted himself by downplaying hydel power which, according to him, was not sustainable through the year as its output reduced considerably during the winter months. Coal was the only sustainable source of power, he said, and many countries were using coal for their power needs. He seemed to be forgetting that we need water as much as we need power, and coal will not give us water, nor will wind and solar panel. Desperate times require desperate measures. The people need to be told boldly why they are suffering and who is responsible. By remaining silent the PML-N government is taking all the blame on itself. —Lahore
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Security officer From Page 1 security officer of the president as well as an active worker of the PPPP. Those injured in the incident included one FIA personnel and 6 cops. The health department authorities imposed an emergency in the JPMC and other hospitals. Shaikkh was said to be a trusted friend of the President and a die-hard worker of the PPPP. He had escaped death in past when a group of armed assailants had targeted him with latest assault weapons and a rocket was fired. Shaikh had joined the PPPP as student worker of the People’s Student’s Federation. He was implicated in late Judge Nizam Janjua murder case but was freed as not guilty. He had received life threats several times and always moved in a bulletproof land cruiser jeep. Despite being the Chief Security Officer to the President, Shaikh did not move without police protection and at the time of death in suicide blast, he had a police convoy moving beside him. The President and the Prime Minister while condemning the suicide blast expressed condolences over the deaths and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to those injured in the blast. The dead body of Bilal Sheikh was shifted from hospital to his residence in Gulbahar. Fear and panic gripped the city and people rushed to their residences in a state of panic. Meanwhile, PPPP Patron-inChief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the attack on PPPP activist and Security Officer of Bilawal House. While expressing profound grief and shock over the incident, he said that anti-democratic and extremist mindset was behind such barbaric act of terrorism, which needed to be stopped with firmness and unity. “We will not be intimidated by such cowardly acts and such acts will not deter our resolve to fight terrorism,” he added. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid rich tributes to Sheikh for his struggle for the restoration of democracy.
Nawaz From Page 1 as a gift to the people of the region. Enumerating the sacrifices that Pakistani civilians and lawenforcement agencies’ personnel have rendered in the war against terror, the Prime Minister said, “we salute all those who laid down their lives in the fight against terror and those who withstood the onslaught of hardships of time without getting intimidated in the process.” The Prime Minister said that the people of Pakistan have shown their utmost resilience in their hour of adversity and it is this national character and unrelenting hope for peace which will help us defeat the forces of terror. The meeting also discussed various proposals and recommendations put forward by FATA parliamentarians to bring the area into the national mainstream. Responding to their suggestions for the uplift of FATA, the Prime Minister expressed the resolve of his government to institute such policies and projects in the area which would help the people of the area to play their positive and constructive role at the national level.
COURT NOTICE In the Court of Mr. Zulqarnain Sahib, Civil Judge Chakwal Civil Appeal: Divorce Ahmed Khan etc VS Khizar Hayat etc Memo Javed Iqbal S/O Muhammad Iqbal R/O Rawal Bala Tehsil & Distt, Chakwal Whereas serving of summon to the respondent in the case as titled above is not porrible, the respondent is herely in formed through this ad in this newspapers that the respondent has been announced to appear in this court in person on be represented by a lawyer in this court on 12-07-2013 at 08.00 hours. In case of noncompliance, ex-party proceeding shall take place. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/- Civil Judge Chakwal
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PPP leader says president is ceremonial head SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Former Information Minister and PPP Leader, Qamar Zaman Kaira, has regretted the understanding of a section of media who were holding the President of Pakistan responsible for OBL debacle as well adding that it reflected poorly on their lack of understanding because the President was the notional Supreme Commander of the armed forces who had no role in their operational and professional responsibilities. In a parliamentary system of democracy, the President is a ceremonial head who hardly takes part in the governance of the country and the Executive part of the government undertakes it for
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad United Bank Limited at Katchery Bazar Faisalabad Vs- Allah Dita. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO-1. Allah Dita S/ O Maqsood Ahmad R/O House # 18, Muhalla Shahbaz Town, Block-C, Faisalabad. 2. Zulfiqar Ali S/o Maqsood Ahmad R/o House # P-456, street # 4, Shadab Colony, Jhang Road, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 2190220- along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 24-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad MCB Bank Limited at Grain Market Toba Tek Singh- VsM/S Maxim Trading Company SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO-1. M/S Maxim Trading Company, (i) Grain Market, Kamalia District Toba Tek Singh. (ii) 702-B, Batala Colony, Satiana Road, Faisalabad a partnership concern through its partners Mr. Tahir Mehmood and Mr. Muhammad Safdar Hussain 2. Mr. Tahir Mehmood S/o Ghulam Rasool r/o (i) 92-A Peoples Colony No. 1, Faisalabad (ii) 105-B, Peoples Colony No. 1, Faisalabad 3. Mr. Muhammad Safdar Hussain s/o Muhammad Hussain r/o Chak No. 317 JB, Noor Pur, Post Office Same, Tehsil and District Toba Tek Sing. 4. Mst. Latifan Bibi w/o Ghulam Rasool r/o (i) 92-A, Peoples Colony No. 1, Faisalabad. (ii) 105-B, Peoples Colony No. 1, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 8222703-54 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 21-08-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 03-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
which it is accountable to the Parliament and not to the President. Mr. Kaira said that it was unfair to expect from the Army and the Intelligence Agencies to detect the US helicopters when these flying machine took off from an airbase in Afghanistan to execute OBL operation in Abbottabad. The US helicopters were equipped with the latest stealth technology that our radar are unable to track them down on our radar’s screen and for that matter no other country has such technology . It will not be a tribute to the knowledge of those who blamed the Pakistan Air Force was incompetent and inefficient, commented Mr. Kaira.
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad Faysal Bank Limited at Liaquat Road Faislabad -VsKhurram Raza. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO- Khurram Raza S/o Ghulam Murtaza R/o 1. House # 649, Street # 2, Muhalla Aub Colony, Faisalabad. 2. Khurram Raza Garments, P203 Jhang Bazar, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 677949-26 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 23-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad National Bank of Pakistan at Civil Line Faisalabad - VsM/S Abdullah Weaving Factory SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO-1)- M/S Abdullah Weaving Factory having place of Business at 13 kilometer Sheikhupura Road, 80 Maraba village, Faisalabad. (Partnership concern) 2. Mr. Muhammad Najeeb Tabasam S/O Mirza Mihammad Abdullah R/O Chak No. 203/R.B Mnawala House No. P-825, Faisalabad. (Managing Partner/Mortgagor) 3. Mr. Muhammad Shafique S/O Muhammad Abdullah R/ O Chak No. 203/R.B Manawala Qabristan Faisalabad. (Partner / Mortgagor) 4. Mirza Hafeez Ullah S/o Mirza Muhammad Abdullah R/O Chak No. 203/R.B Manawala Mohallah New Abadi Faisalabad. (Mortgagor) 5. Mr. Habib Ullah S/o Mirza Muhammad Abdullah R/O Chak No. 203/R.B Manawala near Qabristan Faislabad. (Mortgagor) Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs- 10013931-39 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 12-08-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 01-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad.
He said that it was lack of measuring technological capability of the Pakistan Armed Forces that hindered its ability to either pre-empt or scramble the US helicopters before their entering into the air space of Pakistan. He said that the presence of OBL in Afghanistan, Pakistan or on Pak-Afghan Border was equally the failure of CIA, UK MI6, ISI and other international agencies who were engaged in hunting down OBL adding CIA succeeded after 11 years that reflected the improbability of the issue not withstanding that the US had declared him number one wanted man on the face of planet. Mr. Kaira lamented the critics of the Armed Forces who expect the security apparatus to contain the military operational reach of the only Super-Power whose resources for its army were any body’s guess. He suggested that the Abbottabad Commission report should be withdrawn by the Commission to determine whether Pakistan Armed Forces had the capability to see such stealth technology equipped flying machines on their radar system. He suggested to the lobby to let the better sense sway their thinking and desist from demoralizing our brave soldiers and officers who were deeply committed to eliminate the scourge of extremism and terrorism. Wild speculations will serve the cause of the enemy of Pakistan, he concluded.
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad Faysal Bank Limited at Liaquat Road Faislabad -VsAbdul Hafeez. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO- Abdul Hafeez S/o Gulzar Ahmad R/O: 1. House No. 24, Street # 17, Xblock, Madina Town, Fsd. 2. H.A Tex Shop # 59, Market Satiana Road, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 158400-70- along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 23-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad Faysal Bank Limited at Liaquat Road Faislabad -VsUmer Hayat. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO- Umer Hayat S/ o Muhammad Tofail R/O:- (I) House No. P-149, Street No. 5, Muhalla Khalid Abad, Faisalabad. (ii) Zam Zam Oil and Cake Traders, P-184, Street # 5, Old Green Market, Karkhana Bazar, Faisalabad Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 275311- along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 23-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
Huge foreign investment in Punjab, agreements signed From Page 1 Capital Company Ltd., China Zong Fong Investment Company Ltd. and Mr. Brigham Edward, Chief Executive Officer AIC, LLC signed the agreements on behalf of their companies. Before the signing ceremony, a meeting was held to review the pace of investment by foreign investors in various sectors particularly energy. Addressing on the occasion, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is facing energy crisis and government is taking steps on emergent basis for coping with this serious problem. He said that overcoming energy crisis is top priority of the government and this issue also remained on the top during his recent visit of China. He said that agreements were made with a number of Chinese companies for cooperation in energy sector. The Chief Minister said that metro bus service and other projects are a clear proof of this fact. The representatives of foreign companies said that they would implement these agreements speedily and their engineering team is going to reach Lahore next week in this regard.
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad Faysal Bank Limited at Liaquat Road Faisalabad - VsMuhammad Zulfiqar. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO- Muhammad Zulfiqar S/o Mukhtar Ahmad R/o 1. Chak No. 204 RB, DKHANA Khas, Tehsil and District, Faisalabad. 2. Niagra Mill Pvt. Kashmir Road, Nishat Abad, Faisalabad Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 162911-66 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 23-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-II Faisalabad
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad NIB Bank Limited 3-Liaqat Road Branch Faisalabadnk Vs-Muhammad Ashfaq. SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO-1. Muhammad Ashfaq S/o Abdul Sattar R/o (i) House # P-511, Street no. 12, Rajay Wala Sarfraz Colony, Faisalabad. (ii) City Fabrics, Shop # 09, Shalimar Plaza, Basement, Karkhana Bazar, Suttar Mandi, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 4299020-47 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/ S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 24-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-07- 2013. Judge Banking Court-II Faisalabad
Dar calls for From Page 1 the country. Presiding over the 17th meeting of the National Price Monitoring Committee, Dar said that district price control committees would be established that would comprise of representatives from government bodies, consumers and producers. The finance minister said that price hikes will be controlled by acting on the recommendations put forth by the committee. Dar expressed regret at the fact that a mechanism to monitor prices could not be devised even after holding talks with the government for 45 days, and issued a call for making consumer protection laws functional. The finance minister said that he looked forward to the cooperation of the provinces so that the price disparities amongst the provinces could also be monitored. “Traders in Sindh would be warned against black-marketing, hoarding and profiteering,” said the finance minister, adding that Food Department and Utility Stores Corporation would bring their stocks in the market in case of shortage. Fair price shops and Ramazan Bazars would also be formed in all the provinces. The government has already announced a Rs2 billion Ramazan relief package. The meeting approved a number of measures by the provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory administration for keeping a check on prices during Ramazan. It was decided that in Punjab, district price control committees will be activated and
COURT NOTICE Before: Mr. Asghar Ali Faheem Bhatti Judge Banking Court# II, P-92 Malik Road, Gujjar Basti Faisalabad NIB Bank Limited at 03Liaqat Road Faisalabad - VsAbdul Ghaffar SUMMONS U/s 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance (2001) NOTICE TO-(1) Abdul Ghaffar S/O Abdul Majeed R/ o (i) H# P-48, Sheikhupura Road, Haji Abad, Near Makkah Traders, Faisalabad (ii) Mughal Foam Center, P48, Sheikhupura Road, Haji Abad, near Makkah Foam Center, Faisalabad. 2. Muhammad Zikria CNIC No. 3100-58481297 R/o P48. Sheikhupura Road, Haji Abad, Faisalabad. Whereas: the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of Rs. 3242698-20 along with markup / interest and cost etc claimed to be payable by you. A summon U/s 9(5) of ordinance no. XLVI of 2001 referred above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days from the service of this summon, an application for leave to defend the suit U/S 10(1). 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 favor of in the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date of the further proceedings in this case has been fixed on 23-07-2013. Given under my hand and seal of this court on 05-072013. Judge Banking Court-1I Faisalabad
prices of essential items will be fixed keeping in view the market condition by consulting all stakeholders. In Sindh, all Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners will hold meetings with various traders and caution them against hoarding, black-marketing and profiteering. It was decided that in case of any shortage, Food Department and Utility Stores Corporation will bring their stocks in the market and control rooms will be established in offices of all Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners in the province. To properly monitor the prices in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was decided that to fix prices of all essential commodities, District Price Review Committees will be established, prices will be monitored by district administration and Food Department jointly, District Administration will plan Jumma and Atwar Bazaars at suitable places and strict watch on Atta Dealers to ensure availability of Atta throughout the province. In Balochistan, price lists will be notified in consultation with traders and consumer society, existing stocks of essential items will be verified and measures will be taken to improve supply and address shortage and Itwar, Jumma and daily Ramazan Bazaars will be made operational. In Islamabad Capital Territory, it was decided that rate lists of fruits, vegetables, chicken, eggs will be fixed on daily basis and the prices of yogurt, Basin, Pakora, Samosa, Jelabi will be notified by Deputy Commissioner.
9 ministers From Page 1 ministers. Portfolios of the newly inducted ministers and advisor would be announced shortly. Dramatically, Sharmilla Farooqui was not taken in the cabinet. Sources claimed that Sharmilla Farooqui could be inducted in the Sindh cabinet at a later stage. Sources claimed that Syed Owais Muzaffar would be givebn charge of 5 ministries at a time and if the MQM chooses to sit on the treasury benches, it would be easier for the provincial government to re-distribute and relocate the ministerial portfolios. The new ministers included were Syed Owais Muzzafar, Jam Mehtab Dahr, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Ali Mardan Shah, Giyan Chand, Rubina Sadaat Qaimkhani, Dost Ali, Jawed Nagori and Jam Khan. Muhammad Khan Junejo had been appointed as advisor to the Sindh CM.
COURT NOTICE Peshawar High Court, Peshawar C.R NO 149/2013 Muhammad Fayyaz VS Salau-ud-Din Fixed for 16/9/2013 before the Deputy Registrar NOTICE TO :- 10) Mst, Asif jehan11) Mst. Sultan jehan (Drs) of Firdos Khan 12) Mst. Abida Jehan died through LRs12/1) Zain Khan (Husband) 12/2) Kamran Khan 12/3) Jawad Khan( Ss) 12/4 Mst. Khushbo (dr) 13) Mst Saeedajehan Begum 14) Mst. Hameedajehan begum drs/o Firdos Khan 15) Mohammad Idrees khan s/o Hikmat Khan 16) Mst. Nizakat begum did through LRs 16/1) Jinab-e-Ali (Husband) 16/2) Shah room 16/3) Shah Fahad 16/4) Shah Saood 16/5) Waqas (ss) 17) Mst Shaukat begum d/o Muhammad Arsal khan 18) Iftekhar Ahmad Khan 19) Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan 20) Mukhtiar Ahmad Khan 21) Imtiaz Ahmad Khan (ss) 22) Mst Jehan Ara Begum d/o Abdul Shakoor Khan 23) Arshad Javed Khan (ss) 25) Mst. Sajida begum 26) Mst. Nasira Begum 27) Mst. Nighat Begum 28) Mst. AzraShaheen begum drs/o Fida Muhammad Khan 29) Abdul Qayyum died through LRs 29/1) Mst. Shaheen Begum (wd) 29/2) Nasir Khan 29/3) Tahir Khan (ss) 30) AbdusSamad Khan 31) Muhammad Khalid Khan (ss) 32) Mst. Tasleem Begum d/o Faghfoor Khan 33) RoohulIbrar Khan 34) Sajjad Sarwar Khan (Ss) 35) Mst. Shahida Begum d/o Ghulam Sarwar Khan 36) Mst. Zakia Begum d/o Muhammad Asghar Khan 37) Iqbal Haider Khan s/o Ghulam haider Khan 38) Nazar Muhammad Khans/ o Fazal Illahi 39) Muntazir s/o Umar Khitab R/O Geedar Mehmood Abad Tehsil & district Mardan WHEREAS notices were issued to the respondents mentioned above for appearance before the Deputy Registrar but the said respondents could not be served through normal process AND WHEREAS the service of the said respondents is not practicable through normal process; they are, therefore, served within this notice for their appearance before the Deputy Registrar on 16-9-2013 at 8.30 A.M. personally or through an authorized counsel or an authorized agent, failing which exparteproceedings shall be taken against them. Given under my hand and seal of the Court this 29th day of June 2013
I will not take any illegal or unconstitutional decision: Sethi LAHORE—The interim chair- sions and as the interim would be endeavouring to the national selection comchairman of the PCB I will be live up to the expectations. following the directions of “I have come to know the courts in letter and spirit,” about the affairs of the PCB he asserted. and issues pertaining to the Board and as the interim chairman I will be doing my utmost to resolve them,” he said adding “Necessary directions have been given to the Chief financial officer of the PCB to take measures to reduce the expanse of the Board.” He said: “A lot of questions have been put up regarding the budget of the PCB whose approval will be given after my visit to the West Indies.” Najam Sethi said in next five to six days he will be proceeding to the West Indies to review the performance of He dispelled any impres- the national team and to look sion that the governing into the allied matters relatboard meeting was sum- ing to the team. moned secretly saying that To a question, he pointed due to lesser time and extra out that the process of load of work the meeting was awarding TV rights will be called on emergent basis and carried out in a transparent its invitation was extended to way of bidding to dispel its all members one day doubts and a former Presiahead of it. dent of ICC Ahsan Mani will He said the governing be assisting the PCB free of board members have reposed cost in this regard. confidence on him and he The chairman PCB said
mittee as well as the team captain, vice captain and the coach are responsible for the team selection and they will also be responsible for the results achieved by the team. He mentioned that as chairman PCB he is not drawing any financial benefits from the PCB and he will not be availing the first class traveling facility by air nor any official of the Board will be entitled for it. To a question regarding down or right sizing in the PCB, he said different options are under consideration and necessary measures will be taken to reduce the expenditure in the PCB. “The slot of Chairman PCB is not a bed of roses, it CHITRAL: Players of Jang Bazaar and Moldeh team struggling to get holding on the ball during final of 2nd Malik is a challenging assignment Saad Shaheed Football Tournament 2013. and I will try to do justice by maintaining transparency in all manners,” he asserted. He said the house also discussed the matter of overhauling the domestic cricket structure and it was decided that the proposal tabled in this regard will be put up in N O T T I N G H A M —Australia celebrated the wicket of the SCOREBOARD the next meeting of the governing Board for their ap- GUL HAMAAD FAROOQI fast bowler Peter Siddle England captain, who scored ripped through England’s top 766 runs in the last Ashes 1st innings: proval.—APP C HITRAL —Second Malak order as the hosts collapsed series, but the situation was England Cook b Pattinson .......... 13 Saad Shaheed Football Tour- to 185 for six at tea on an ab- tailor-made for the phleg- JE Root b Siddle ............ 30 nament 2013 concluded at sorbing opening day of the matic Trott. Trott b Siddle ................. 48 parade ground of Chitral. first Ashes test at Trent He greeted Siddle to the Pietersen b Siddle ......... 14 Shahzada Amanur Rehman Bridge on Wednesday. attack with successive fours Bell c Watson b Siddle . 25 royal prince and chief patron The fiery Siddle dis- and also dispatched spinner Bairstow b Starc ............ 37 of District Football Associa- missed Joe Root before lunch Ashton Agar’s first ball in Prior c Hughes b Siddle . 1 tion was chief guest on the and he added the wickets of test cricket to the extra cover Broad c & b Pattinson .. 24 occasion of final match. Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan boundary. Swann not out ................. 0 Some 32 teams partici- Trott, Ian Bell and Matt Prior Root, opening for the first ST Finn c Haddin b Starc . 0 pated in this tournament. in the afternoon session to time in tests, struck six neat Anderson not out ........... 0 Both of teams’ players played put Australia in control of the fours but he was completely Extras: (b6, lb5, w8, nb2) . 21 aggressively and no goal match. deceived by the first ball of Total: (9 wickets) ......... 213 was score until first half time Jonny Bairstow was un- Siddle’s second spell, a rapid Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-78, 3even upto the end of second beaten on 32 at the interval full-length yorker which 102, 4-124, 5-178, 6-180, 7half time. crashed into his stumps to 213, 8-213, 9-213 with Stuart Broad on one. Hence the Refry given England captain Alastair end a second-wicket partner- Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W them chance of running pen- Cook won the toss and chose ship of 51. Pattinson ............ 16-2-67-2 alty. During running penalty to bat in overcast conditions. England took lunch on 98 Starc ................. 16.4-4-54-2 Ahmad captain of Jang Bazar James Pattinson’s first for two but Pietersen, return- Siddle .................. 14-4-50-5 score final goal and won ball of the series was a mas- ing to the side after injury, AC Agar ............... 7-1-24-0 Malak Saad Shaheed Foot- sive wide and the fast nibbled at a Siddle Wa t s o n ................... 4-2-7-0 ball tournament trophy. Talk- bowler initially struggled to outswinger in the first over ing to this scribe Hussain find his line as the ball of the afternoon session and Ahmad coordinator of Malak swung extravagantly in the was well caught by Australia and edged a catch to Shane Saad Shaheed Trust said that air. captain Michael Clarke at Watson at first slip. main objective of the tournaPrior then swatted a wide Cook clipped Mitchell second slip for 14. ment to pay rich tribute to our Starc crisply through midTrott struck eight ball from Siddle straight to police martyred. Shahzada Aman said that Chitral have good potential and players of the area can contest on national and international level but unfortunately there is no public stadium at Chitral where our players can improve our skill. He announced 10000 for winner and 5000 for runner LAHORE: DG Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Major General Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain giving away 1st prize to the up team and distributed cups winner of Pakistan Rangers Punjab Body Building Show-2013 at Rangers Headquarters. and awards among the players. A large number of spectators were present at parade ground who enjoyed final match. man of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi has made it clear that he will not be taking any illegal or unconstitutional decision in the affairs of the Board and important decisions will be taken after receiving detailed orders of the apex courts. “Changes in the PCB constitution, holding the elections for the slot of the Chairman PCB, and formation of the new selection committee and decisions on other important issues relating to the PCB will be taken after receiving detailed orders of the Islamabad and Sindh High Courts,” he told newsmen after a meeting of the Governing Board of the PCB here on Wednesday at national cricket academy. He informed the Islamabad High Court has directed him to resolve issues within 90-day after his appointment as interim chairman of the Board but he will execute the orders of the court after getting detailed orders. “I don’t want to indulge myself in any illegal or unconstitutional acts or deci-
PSB summer coaching camp concludes
Newly renovated swimming pool of POF inaugurated
healthy activities. POF administration always C ANTT — The endeavours to provide best summer coaching camp of W A H the Pakistan Sports Board progress of any society re- standard sports facilities to Coaching Center Peshawar lies upon sports related the employees and their famiconcluded here on Wednesday with 20 each squash and athletic players took part. Former World Champion Qamar Zaman and Squash Wizard Jansher Khan graced the occasion as chief guest. Former World No.2 Mohib Ullah, who is also Director Sports PSB Coaching Center, former national athlete Ghulam Noorani Khan, officials, coaches and players were also present on the occasion. A total of 20 boys and girls trained under qualified squash coaches Mohib Ullah Khan, Pervez Khan and Shehzad Khan imparted training and coaching to the youngsters in afternoon session. Speaking on the occasion, Qamar Zaman said holding of coaching camps for squash players and athletes would benefit for kids. He termed good coaching at grassroots level would also help the youth to learn basic techniques under the supervision of trained and qualified coaches. He also lauded the role of Director Sports PSB Coaching Center Peshawar Mohib Ullah for taking keen interest. He also advised the youngsters to WAH CANTT: Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, Chairwork hard for winning more man POF Board inaugurating the newly upgraded Swimprime and laurels.—APP ming Pool situated at Haider Road.
P ESHAWAR —A month long
Jang Bazaar team win Saad Shaheed Football trophy
lies. These views were expressed by Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, HI(M) Chairman POF Board on the eve of inaugural ceremony of newly renovated Swimming Pool situated at Haider Road, Wah Cantt. which is meant for POF Employees and their families. Chairman POF Board further remarked that this Swimming Pool has been upgraded by spending handsome money and is at par with International standard. POF Chairman added that it has been built with the amount earned by POF employees who worked day and night for the progress of POF and now it should be our collective obligation to take care of this precious asset, so that no one could dare to damage it. Earlier, President POF Sports Control Board Mr. Muhammad Rizwan in his welcoming remarks told that this Swimming Pool was constructed in way back 1968 and now it has been upgraded after 45 years which would certainly provide an excellent facility to the inhabitants of Wah Cantt. He further said that it is a beautiful gift for the residents of Wah Cantt. by POF administration and due to keen interest of Chairman POF Board in the promotion of sports activities Wah Cantt. will soon get the status of Sports City.
1st Investec Test: Five star Siddle rips through England
Why Razzaq not in the team: Sarfraz I SLAMABAD —Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Wednesday questioned Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their biased attitude against the talented allrounder Abdur Razzaq, saying if a veteran of the age of Shahid Afridi could be given another chance, why Razzaq had been overlooked. Prior to the announcement of the squads for the West Indies series, PCB’s medical experts had physical fitness tests of the players including Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Raza Hassan, Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Shahid Afridi and Abdur Rehman. It was After the tests the experts sent their recommendations to the board, to decide their selection in the national teams. Talking to APP, Sarfraz said why was Razzaq overlooked by the board in this test. “If Razzaq would have failed in the test, the PCB would have a reason of dropping him from the squads, rather than ignoring him from the test,” he questioned. The former pacer said he cannot understand why such discrimination was done by the board.—APP
TRENT BRIDGE: Joe Root was cleaned up by Peter Siddle’s yorker during England vs Australia 1st Investec Test on Wednesday. wicket for the first four of the game and although the England openers had to survive the odd unplayable delivery, they looked comfortable at the crease. On 13, however, Cook drove loosely at a wide ball from Pattinson and nicked a routine catch through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. The Australians wildly
sweetly-timed fours and was two runs short of his fifty when he carelessly dragged a wide Siddle delivery on to his stumps to leave England in trouble at 124 for four. Bairstow and Bell shared a fluent 54-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Bell, on 25, limply hung his bat at a Siddle outswinger
Phil Hughes at point to give the bowler his eighth fivewicket haul in tests and send the few pockets of Australian fans in the crowd into raptures. Australia sprang a surprise by picking the 19-yearold Agar, who has played only 10 first-class matches, ahead of off-spinner Nathan Lyon.—AFP
SC seeks report on cost of bringing back Tauqir STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a report on the details of expenditure incurred to bring back former oil and gas chief Tauqir Sadiq. The apex court also ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to clarify who will be charged for these expenses. UAE authorities had handed over Sadiq to a team of officials of the NAB on Monday night. The former Ogra chairman,
who is accused of being involved in a multi-billion rupee scam, had fled abroad soon after the Supreme Court declared his appointment illegal on Nov 25, 2012. A two member bench of the court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, was hearing the case pertaining to the Ogra scam on Wednesday. The bench directed NAB to include in its report the details of the expenses incurred by the foreign lawyers as well as NAB officers’ travel and accommodation to bring Sadiq back.
During proceedings, the bureau presented its initial report on bringing back Sadiq to the country. An accountability court in Islamabad had sent the fugitive former Ogra chief on a 14-day physical remand. Justice Khawaja questioned the NAB on what action it had taken on reports of various influential personalities aiding Sadiq’s escape from Pakistan. Prosecutor General KK Agha replied that a senior investigating officer had been assigned and the report would soon be pre-
sented in court. However, Agha pointed out that the approval of a NAB chairman, a position that has been vacant since May 28 when the SC declared the appointment of former chief Fasih Bokhari void, was vital for the bureau to proceed further. The bench ordered NAB to submit a detailed report in the next hearing on what actions it had so far taken to implement the court’s verdict in the Ogra case. Proceedings were subsequently adjourned until July 24.
Justice Nasir acting CEC ISLAMABAD—Justice Nasir-ulMulk, Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan was sworn in as Acting Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan here on Wednesday. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry administered the oath of the office to Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk. Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Attorney General of Pakistan, officers of Election Commission of Pakistan, prominent lawyers and Law officers also attended the ceremony. Dr. Faqir Hussain, Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan conducted the proceedings of oath taking ceremony. Officers and staff of the Supreme Court of Pakistan were also ISLAMABAD: KP Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM Office. present at the occasion.—Online
Complaint Cell set up Staff Reporter I SLAMABAD—On the directions of Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a Complaints Cell has been established in the Ministry of Interior. The Complaints Cell has been activated to address any grievances the general public may have against the officials of the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control.Complaints can be registered at the following 24-hour helpline number: 051-2270786.
Chhotu gang flee with 8 cops RAJANPUR—The gang of outlaws who have taken nine policemen hostage in river forest adjacent to Rajanpur fled from the area along with eight policemen in captivity on Wednesday. A hostage policeman succumbed to injuries Tuesday. The gang of kidnappers led by Ghulam Rasool alias Chhotu escaped from the area as 700 policemen from five districts failed to recover their colleagues from captivity of dacoits. The authorities on Tuesday gave an 8-hour deadline to gangsters to release abducted policemen and also decided to call Rangers for assistance in the ongoing police operation in Kachcha Jamal area of Rajanpur. The police have also called commandoes and gunship helicopters to help in difficult forest terrain along Indus River, where around 40 members of the gang are engaged in gunfight with the Punjab police for last three days. —INP
Fire guts more than 30 shops FAISALABAD—Fire caused by an electric short circuit gutted more than 30 shops in an oil market here in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to rescue sources, the fire broke out in a godown of the oil market located in Karkhana Bazar, blowing up the drums of oil which created panic in the area. Due to inflammable material the fire spread rapidly and engulfed the surrounding shops. Ten fire brigades reached the site of the incident and extinguished the fire after three-hour long hectic efforts.—INP
Pakistan, Afghanistan ties has improved
Taliban reject appeals for Ramazan ceasefire
to improve security situation with in the country also. He said that Pakistan has suffered a lot of losses because of terrorism. He said that we should not compromise on our national interests. Chairman of the Committee further observed that the matter is of extreme national significance and needs detailed discussion. The Chairman of the Committee decided to take up the matter in presence of the Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs and Secretary of the Ministry. Earlier the Committee was given a detailed briefing on talks with Taliban and role of Pakistan in whole peace process. Special secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DG
made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a senior UN official for a ceasefire in Ramazan and vowed to increase attacks, claiming the “reward of fighting is much higher in the holy month.” President Karzai in his Ramazan message had asked the Taliban to stop fighting. “On the occasion of the holy month of Ramazan, I appeal to the Taliban to follow the path of peace and to stop killing people. I invite them to come and help the country and start an honourable life,” Afghan state television quoted President Karzai. A day before Karzai’s appeal to the Taliban, a UN official also asked all sides in the conflict to show respect to Ramazan. “Afghanistan has endured more than three decades of violence and is undergoing a political and security transition which is vital to its future development – I take the opportunity to also call upon all parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of this month and allow Afghan families to worship and celebrate in peace,” UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ján Kubiš, said. The Taliban however dismissed both the appeals and said that its fighters will step up attacks.—AP
I SLAMABAD —The Afghan ISLAMABAD—Pakistan is sup- however steps should be taken Afghanistan informed the Taliban have rejected appeals porting and facilitating peace process in Afghanistan and currently relationship with Afghanistan has improved. These views were expressed by Special secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DG Afghanistan while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan presided over by Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel The Committee discussed in detail the Afghan peace process with particular reference to talks with Taliban and role of Pakistan in opening the office of Taliban at Doha. Senator Haji Adeel and other members of the Committee observed that peace process is important,
Committee that Pakistan is playing a role as facilitator for positive and constructive engagement. It was stated that Pakistan supports an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. They informed that peace and stability in Afghanistan is directly linked with peace and stability in Pakistan and currently relationship with Afghanistan has improved and the leadership of both the countries is in contact with each other. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has extended an invitation to Afghan President and the Afghan President has extended invitation to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a visit.—Online
EU increases fund for MPs Performance project ISLAMABAD —The European Union Delegation Wednesday informed that the funds for improving Parliamentary Performance project have been increased from 4.7 million Euro to 5.7 million Euro and the project has been extended from 2014 to 2016. In their meeting with Chairman Senate, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari at the Parliament House here, the
members said the project would help in improving the legislative work of the Parliament and would also assist in improving the performance of National Assembly and Senate through young Parliamentary associate programme. The Chairman Senate said that the political forces have to play a responsible role to strengthen democracy and
democratic institutions in Pakistan. “We highly appreciate the assistance provided by EU for improving performance of Parliamentarians.” The Delegation was headed by member of European Parliament Mickle Gahler which also included EU Envoy in Pakistan, Lars Gounnar, Mr.Berend and Ms. Eva. —APP
UK can take action against Altaf: Gahler ISLAMABAD—European Union (EU), Chief Observer of Election Mission and Member EU Parliament Michael Gahler on Wednesday said that Britain government can take action against MQM chief Altaf Hussain about his alleged threatening statements to media as well as his opponents. On the occasion of releasing the final report on elections 2013, held on May 11, the EU chief observer said that the British government was responsible for taking action against Altaf Hussain as the MQM chief is residing there in Britain for the decades. “Altaf Hussain currently residing in Britain and the Britain government can decide any action against him” Michael said. —NNI
Woman stoned to death
Nepra cuts power tariff by Rs. 1.50 per unit ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—Amid the huge hike in inflation with the advent of holy month of Ramadan, the electric power consumers were extended a relief of Rs 1.50 per unit by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra). This is first relief to the power consumers in the last three years. Believe it or not, but it has happened. With the new government of PML-N installed at the center, masses experienced the huge taxation and its adverse impact on petroleum products and amid the huge hike in inflation, the positive news in reduction of power tariff has been received as music to ears. The decision to reduce the power tariff by Rs 1.50 per unit
has been taken by the regulator for the month of June under the head of fuel adjustment mechanism. However, the consumers of the biggest city of the country— Karachi will not be benefiting from the decision as it will not come into effect for the consumers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). However, the consumers of all discos except KESC will be benefiting from the decision. Nepra has sought the report about the fault appeared in the power plant of the Jamshoro and owing to the shutting down of the plant, the electricity could not be generated on gas. The regulator was told the probe has started into the fault in the Jamshoro plant and the responsible will be fixed.
DERA GHAZI KHAN—Mother of two children was stoned to death over recovery of a mobile on the decision of Panchiyat here on Wednesday. According to details, a mobile phone was recovered from Arifa Bibi, hailing from Basti Qaimwala of Dera Ghazi Khan, after which the uncle and relatives summoned the Panchiyat. The Panchiyat gave decision to stone to death the woman after which she was taken to unpopulated area and killed by pelting stones and bricks at her.—INP
Gulf states to aid Egypt by $8b CAIRO —Egypt’s new leaders table, underlined the army’s dehave won $8 billion in promises of aid from wealthy Gulf Arab allies in moves aimed at stabilizing a political transition less than a week after the army deposed the country’s Islamist president. Also on Tuesday, the interim president named a new prime minister and Egyptian armed forces warned political factions that “maneuvering” must not hold up the military’s ambitious fast-track timetable for new elections next year. The sharp message underlined how strongly the military is shepherding the process, even as liberal reform movements that backed its removal of Mohammed Morsi complained that now they are not being consulted in decision-making. The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the transition plan, vowing to continue its street protests until the ousted Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, is returned to power. Tuesday’s appointment of economist Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister, along with the setting of the accelerated time-
termination to push ahead in the face of Islamist opposition and outrage over the killing of more than 50 Morsi supporters on Monday. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates provided a welcome boost for the new leadership. The two countries, both opponents of Morsi’s Brotherhood, celebrated his ouster by showering the cash-strapped Egyptian government with promises of $8 billion in grants, loans and badly needed gas and oil. In doing so, they are effectively stepping in for Morsi’s Gulf patron, Qatar, a close ally of the Brotherhood that gave his government several billion in aid. During Morsi’s year in office, he and his officials toured multiple countries seeking cash to prop up rapidly draining foreign currency reserves and plug mounting deficits — at times getting a cold shoulder. The developments underlined the pressures on the new leaders even with the country still in turmoil after what Morsi’s supporters have called a coup against democracy.—AP
Stock market closes at all-time high OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Pakistani stocks continued their upward trend, breaking through their all time high record on Wednesday. The market gained 263.72 points on the back of heavy trading witnessed in the banking and oil and gas sectors. The benchmark 100 index of the Karachi Stock Exchange gained 1.16 per cent, closing at a record 22984.94 points. Record activity was witnessed on the local bourse as volumes reached close to a four-year high of Rs18 billion. Large cap stocks supported overall activity as foreign inflows increased, evident from the fact that top three stocks made 35 percent of the volume. Riding on the back of continued optimism in the market, the oil and gas sector saw heavy gains as investors expected gas prices going up in the future. This, coupled with the government plan to resolve the circular debt issue, bolstered investor optimism in the power sector as well. An analyst at Optimus Securities claimed continued foreign investment in the market led to the rise yet again.
US Navy to attempt 1st unmanned carrier landing NORFOLK, VA —The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the X-47B experimental aircraft will mean the Navy can move forward with its plans to develop another unmanned aircraft that will join the fleet alongside traditional airplanes to provide around-theclock surveillance while also possessing a strike capability. The aircraft’s success would
pave the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft without the need to obtain permission from other countries to use their bases. The X-47B experimental aircraft will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland before approaching the USS George H.W. Bush, which is operating off the coast of Virginia. The drone will try to land by deploying a tailhook that will catch a wire aboard the ship and bring it to a quick stop, just like normal fighter jets do. The maneuver is known as an arrested landing and has previously only been done by the drone on land at Patuxent River. Landing on a ship that is constantly moving while
navigating through turbulent air behind the aircraft carrier is seen as a more difficult maneuver. “Your grandchildren and great grandchildren and mine will be reading about this historic event in their history books. This is not trivial, nor is it something that came lightly,” said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the Navy’s program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons. Just like a traditional airplane, if the landing has to be called off for any reason at the last second, it can perform a touch-and-go maneuver. It performed nine such maneuvers in May, when it also took off from an aircraft carrier for the first time. he X-47B will
never be put into operational use, but it will help Navy officials develop future carrier-based drones. Those drones could begin operating by 2020, according to Winter. Four companies are expected to compete for a contract to design the future unmanned aircraft, which will be awarded in Fiscal Year 2014. The two experimental aircrafts that have been built for the first round of testing will be retired and placed in museums at Patuxent River and at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The move to expand the capabilities of the nation’s drones comes amid growing criticism of America’s use of Predators and Reapers to gather intelligence and
carry out lethal missile attacks against terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. Critics in the U.S. and abroad have charged that drone strikes cause widespread civilian deaths and are conducted with inadequate oversight. Still, defense analysts say drones are the future of warfare. The X-47B is far bigger than the Predator, has three times the range and can be programmed to carry out missions with no human intervention, the Navy said. While the X-47B isn’t a stealth aircraft, it was designed with the low profile of one. That will help in the development of future stealth drones, which
would be valuable as the military changes its focus from the Middle East to the Pacific, where a number of countries’ air defenses are a lot stronger than Afghanistan’s. The X-47B has a wingspan of about 62 feet and weighs 14,000 pounds, versus nearly 49 feet and about 1,100 pounds for the Predator. While Predators are typically piloted via remote control by someone in the U.S., the X-47B relies only on computer programs to tell it where to fly unless a human operator needs to step in. The Navy says the aircraft relies on precision GPS navigation, a high-integrity network connection and advanced flight control software to guide itself. Developed by Northrop
Grumman under a 2007 contract at a cost of $1.4 billion, the X-47B is capable of carrying weapons and is designed to be the forerunner for a drone program that will provide around-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and targeting, according to the Navy, which has been giving updates on the project over the past few years. “It has taken several years of software development, thousands of simulated landings in high fidelity labs and many hours of flight test in the Patuxent River landing pattern to prove this aircraft is up for the challenge,” Capt. Jaime Engdahl, program manager for the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System wrote in a blog post.—AP
CT scans raise cancer risk for children
ITH MRI scans becoming cheaper and more common, perhaps the days of the CT scan that does a similar function using X-Rays rather than magnetic fields, are numbered. A report shows that the cancer risk from CT scans, especially Brain Cancer and Leukemia can triple in some cases. The Article published in The Lancet, and written by Dr Mark Pearce and Professor Sir Alan Craft, Newcastle University, UK; Professor Louise Parker, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada; Dr Amy Berrington de González, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA, and colleagues, represents the culmination of almost two decades of research in this area, and is jointly funded by the UK Department of Health and NCI/NIH. It shows that 2 or 3 computed tomography (CT) scans of a child’s head (child meaning under 15 years old in this case), can triple the risk of brain cancer. The total dose of radiation would be around 60mGy, while 5 to 10 scans giving a dose of some 50mGy or more, triples the risk of leukemia. The researchers go on to point out that the risks are still miniscule as the diseases are not particularly common, thus an increased risk is far from absolute certainty of contracting the disease. The CT scan is a useful and sometimes necessary diagnostic tool, and therefore physicians must weigh the risks and
make patients and their parents aware. The retrospective study used records from the radiology departments of some 70% of the UK’s hospitals, and gathered data from 180,000 patients who underwent CT scans between 1985 and 2002. By looking at the number and types of CT scan from the records, the researchers estimated the dose absorbed in milli-Grays (mGy) by the brain and bone marrow in patient for each scan. The data was then cross-checked with cancer incidence and mortality reports in the UK National Health Service Registry between 1985 and 2008. It was then possible to show if a person having scans was more likely to develop cancer. From this, they calculated excess incidence of leukemia and brain tumors. The UK has relatively low usage of CT scans due to a nationalized health service and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations, that make sure scans are only done when medically justified. “The immediate benefits of CT outweigh the potential long¬term risks in many settings and because of CT’s diagnostic accuracy and speed of scanning, notably removing the need for anaesthesia and sedation in young patients, it will, and should, remain in widespread practice for the foreseeable future ... Further refinements to allow reduction in CT doses should be a priority, not only for the radiology community, but also for manufacturers.
ISLAMABAD: A great rush was seen at Utility Stores where commodities on subsidized rates are available on the occasion of Ramazan.
CDA reeling under ‘municipal’ burden RIAZ MISSEN
ISLAMABAD: Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, Ambassador of Italy called on Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House on Wednesday.
Pakistan to enhance ties with Argentina, Italy ISLAMABAD—Ambassadors of Argentina and Italy separately called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday. They exchanged views on a wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary and economic ties between Pakistan and these countries. Talking to Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia‚ the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to Argentine and wants to take the existing warm relations between the two countries to new heights through parliamentary and economic cooperation. Ambassador of Argentine Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia
said that his country also attaches great significance to Pakistan and would extend its allout support to Pakistan for overcoming its prevalent challenges. He expressed his country’s desire to utilize huge economic and human resource potential in Pakistan for mutual benefit. He agreed that relations between both the countries could be taken to new heights through parliamentary diplomacy. He also congratulated Speaker, National Assembly on his elections as Speaker of the August House. Later, the Ambassador of Italy H.E. Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani called on Speaker National Assembly. Talking to
the Ambassador, the Speaker said that Pakistan values high its relations with Italy and desires to further strengthen it through people-to-people and parliamentary contacts. He asked the Ambassador to energize the engagement between business community of the both the countries especially in energy sector to overcome the prevalent energy scarcity in the country. The Ambassador of Italy said that his country also attaches great importance to its longstanding relations with Pakistan and assured the Speaker of his government’s unwavering support to democracy and sustainable development in the country.—NNI
I SLAMABAD —The management of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is seized with the confusion as to whether the new government will keep on burdening the authority with municipal role or hand over the same to an elected body after holding the local government elections in the federal capital. Islamabad High Court ordered the federal government in October last year that it should hold local government elections in Islamabad within six months. The municipal functions have been assigned to CDA since 1960’s beyond its original task of planning and developing the federal capital. The municipal role continues till today despite the fact the system has been experimented in the rest of the country several times. The prospects of the CDA returning to its original task emerged after General Musharraf had promised local government in Islamabad. Later, Senator Babar Awan said, in late 2011 that the federal capital will have a provincial assembly and he was seconded by premier Gilani in April next year when he hinted at self-rule for Islamabad. “Development and municipal functions make conflicting roles,” said a senior official of the Capital Development Authority adding that the more the city developer is subjected to act as a civic agency, the more it will bring inefficiency its affairs leading to ultimate decay.
ISLAMABAD—Long queues of people were witnessed at Utility Stores in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Wednesday, a day before the start of holy month of Ramzan, to purchase commodities on subsidized rates. The government is providing subsidized basic foodstuff, including ghee, oil, dates, pulses, rice and sugar at the stores. A 20 kg flour bag is being sold for Rs 635 at the outlets of Utility Stores Corporation (USC) against Rs 775 in the open market, vegetable ghee for
Security plan for Islamabad during Ramazan finalized ISLAMABAD—The law enforcement agencies have finalized security plan for federal capital during Ramazan and 40 mosques and 29 Imambargahs have been declared sensitive. Spokesman Islamabad Police said that more than 1500 cops and officials would perform security duty during Ramazan in 685 mosques and 40 Imambargahs of the city. He said that patrolling of police mobile vans would also be increased in the city. It should be mentioned that due to ongoing security situation citizens have expressed deep concerns over the security of worship places, Ramazan Bazaars and public places. The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have vowed to take all possible measures for protecting public lives and properties.—INP
Rs 120 per kg against Rs 160, cooking oil for Rs 140 per litre against Rs 170, dates for Rs 160 per kg against Rs 200, baisen (gram flour) for Rs 70 per kg against Rs 90, white gram for Rs 85 kg against Rs 100, pulses for Rs 65 per kg against Rs 85, tetra pack milk for Rs 74 per litre against Rs 85, rice for Rs 90 per kg against Rs 120 and sugar for Rs 47 per kg against Rs 57. Chaudhry Asad, a costumer at Utility Store G-7, told APP that saving of Rs 20-30 per item would make a big differ-
ence when the grocery for the whole month was purchased. Amin Khan, who was purchasing food items at Utility Store I-10, said there was a big difference in prices of daily use commodities at the state run stores as compared to the open market. There is great rush at the Utility Stores and the people have to wait in long queues to make payment for the grocery they purchased, he said and urged the government to open more stores for providing relief to the masses.—APP
NUML holds workshop on thesis, dissertation supervision CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—National University of Modern Languages (NUML) arranged a two-day workshop on “Thesis and Dissertation Supervision” to enlighten the faculty members about the best ways of judging research activities for a doctoral degree. Prof Dr Masood Ashraf Raja who is highly reputed and renowned scholar and Director NUML-University of North Texas (UNT) collaboration project supervised the workshop sessions. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Masood Ashraf said supervision of a master thesis or PhD dissertation in US is a responsibility where the thesis director, supervisor or committee look after the larger interests of the students carrying out the research.
Dr Raja while introducing participants about the actual process of dissertation supervision at US Universities said that student’s role was to convince three members and a director to supervise his thesis. These three members constitute a committee and Director guides you to get your task accomplished in specific area. He said that entire process involves Course Work, Selection of Research/Topic and Committee, The Dissertation Writing Process, and Oral Defence and they all entail good deal of reading, interaction between students and their Director, writing, revision, and preparation before Director’s building up the consensus among members of the committee that student’s product was ready for putting it into the final defence, he added.
RMS Millennials Digital Lifestyle Expo STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD: Improvised stalls have cropped up selling traditional Ramazan delicacies including Phenian which are liked by people to brake their fast.
Peoples throng USCs to buy commodities on subsidized rates
ing experience where students along with their teachers reISLAMABAD—Roots Millen- flected their learning, and got the nium Schools Digital Literacy opportunity to share their expeDepartment organized a Mil- riences of using different ICT lennium Digital Lifestyle Expo 2013 here on Tuesday at Roots Millennium Schools, Head Office, I-9/3 Islamabad under the leadership of Mrs. Tayyaba Noureen – Manager Digital Literacy & ICT Curriculum. This event was structured to increase focus on developing skills that enable all the learners to live, learn and work as an adaptable and successful professionals in an ever changing and digitally rich environment. The ‘Millennials Digital tools that cater to the core skills Lifestyle Expo 2013’ was de- of 21st century i.e. Collaborasigned for the teachers and tion, Communication, Critical students to showcase their Thinking and Technology Litprojects. It was a great learn- eracy & Creativity.
Students from RMS nationwide participated in the Millennial Expo 2013 to showcase their talent in the field of ICT & Digital Literacy. In this
Expo students’ project was judged by a panel of experienced and high profile professionals from Intel & Microsoft Pakistan.
Chief Guest & Adjudicator of the ceremony wasMuhammad Usman Khan Citizenship & Partners in Learning Executive Microsoft Corporation along with Adnan Shaukat - Education Account Manager Microsoft Corporation, Ramla Hussain - Senior Trainer Intel Education Initiatives, Afshan Javed - Senior Trainer Intel Education Initiatives. As we live in “Digital Literacy Era”, where communications is handled online through emails, messages, chats and through other applications. At the heart of education in the 21st century, Information Technology has a very vital skill set in the information age. Information Technology in modern age has evolved from a back office component to a core opera
Allotment to Kuri Model Village affectees ISLAMABAD—Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) here on Wednesday said the allotment to Kuri Model Village affected people would be started on July 31. The committee, met here under the chairmanship of Senator Kalsoom Parveen, was apprised that payments and allotments to the affected people of sector E-12 would be started in a week. The committee was further informed that decision on illegal occupants of Sector I-11 had already been taken and action would be started this month.—APP
Faisal Mosque timings for Namaz ISLAMABAD—During the holy month of Ramadan, the timing of Namaz-e-Isha would be 09:15 while Namaz-e-Jummah would be offered at 01:30 at Faisal Masjid, Islamabad. According to the circular released by the management of Islamic Centre of Faisal Masjid, Imamat of Namaz-e-Traveeh would be lead by Qari Muhammad Ikhlaq, Qari Mufti Zia ur Rehman, Qari Muhammad Nauman and Qari Ehsan Ullah while Khatam-ulQuran would be done at 25th Traveeh. The Urdu Khutaba in Namaz-e-Jumma during Ramadan would start at 12:45 while the Khutaba of Juma-tulWida would be delivered by honourable Prof. Dr. Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman.—NNI
July 11 ‘The Department of English Language, AIOU is conducting a 10-day long ‘Diploma TEFL Workshop at its main campus in Sector H-8 here from July 11’.
Briefs Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E. 25 deposits) by the State Bank on July 11, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 100.1248,Japanese Yen Rs 0.9998, Pound Sterling Rs 149.0157 and Euro Rs 128.2698.—APP
Tokyo stocks close lower T OKYO —Tokyo stocks ended 0.39 percent lower on Wednesday, reversing earlier gains ahead of a speech by US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, with investors waiting for clues to the future of the bank’s stimulus programme. The Nikkei index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended 56.30 points lower at 14,416.60. The Topix index of all first section shares fell 0.14 percent, or 1.69 points, to 1,195.20.—AFP
Nakheel profit up DUBAI—Developer Nakheel said on Tuesday that firsthalf profit climbed 57 per cent compared to the same period last year, on the back of a rebound in demand for properties in Dubai. A strong pipeline of Nakheel projects is under development across major property sectors. The company recorded a net profit of Dh1.2 billion as revenues surged 36 per cent to Dh4.23 billion in the first half of 2013. “The strong results reflect the ongoing support of the Government of Dubai and the commitment by Nakheel to delivering the post restructuring plan. —AP
Saudi sukuk market gains momentum RIYADH—Depressed initial public offering (IPO) activity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) continued into the second quarter (Q2) of 2013 with three new listings raising a total of only $ 48 million. This compared to two IPOs in Q1, 2013 raising an aggregate of $ 337 million, representing an 86 percent decrease in total value raised. The average offering value dropped 94 percent this quarter compared to the same quarter last year where four IPOs were witnessed raising a total of $ 1.1 billion. —AFP
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Govt active to compete with global market: Ahsan STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said that government believed in economic cooperation to compete with global market economy for economic boost and prosperity of the country. He said that government is committed to enhance the economic ties to search new investment opportunities and to get the avenues for business in all over the world. He
added that “We believe in peaceful co-existence and for this government has started economic diplomacy to enhance the economic cooperation with different countries.” Ahsan Iqbal said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has started the journey of economic cooperation from the visit of China to make strong economic ties between both friendly countries. Talking to a private television channel,he said that during
the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China, leadership of both the countries has agreed to enhance the mutual annual trade volume and provide investment opportunities to the business community of the both countries. Replying to question, he said that China and Pakistan had signed different agreements in the field of energy and communication to establish trade and economic cities in Gwadar and other cities of the country.
Call to decrease LPG prices in Ramazan STAFF REPORTER
sector, that were extracting money through unjustified ISLAMABAD —The Liquified raises. However, he hoped, Petroleum Gas (LPG) Dis- the government would make tributors Association has solid measures for promotion called upon the government to take notice of frequent raises in prices of the commodity to extend relief to consumers in the holy month of Ramazan. “Everywhere in the world, price of commodities comes down on the occasion of religious festivals but, here, we see things otherwise, the government is needed to take notice to withdraw at the least the recent increase of Rs 5 per kg, Rs 60 per domestic and Rs 240 per commercial cylinders to give relief to masses in the month of LPG to extend relief to Ramazan”, the Association’s consumers. “We have high hopes chairman told reporters. He said the Oil and Gas from government to take efRegulatory Authority fective steps for provision of (OGRA) should play its role relief to common people by by taking action against the promoting the LPG and openunethical forces in the LPG ing its filling stations, across
LSE down by 80.27 points LAHORE—Bearish trend prevailed in Lahore Stock Exchange on Wednesday as it shed 80.27 points, following the LSE-25 index opened with 5073.53 and closed at 4993.26 points. The market’s overall situation also did not not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 5.498 million shares to close against previous turnover of 7.232 million shares, showing a downward slide of 1.734 million shares. While, out of the total 96 active scrips 31 moved up, 36 remined equal with 29 shed values. Pakistan State Oil Company Limited, Attock Refinery Limited and Pakistan Petroleum Limited were major gainers of the day by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 16.60, Rs 9.91 and Rs 7.60 respectively. Pakistan International Airline, PTCL and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited lost their per share value by Re 0.99, Re 0.75 and Re 0.59 respectively. The Volume Leader of the day included Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Company Limited with 675,000 shares, Faysal Bank Limited with 553,000 shares and PIA with 384,000 shares.—APP
the country,” he added. He said the LPG association would be fully co-operating with the government by providing workable proposals to it in order to resolve issues for promotion of LPG to extend relief to consumers who were already faced with high prices of daily-use commodities. He said the PML-N party had the capability to drive the country out of the economic problems and overcome the energy problem, besides resolving all outstanding issues of the business community. Replying to a question, he said the association has always welcomed the government’s initiative and added the new LPG policy would address various issues that could not be covered in the previous policies besides encouraging growth of LPG industry for its sustainable and enhanced availability of LPG products.
PLI business go up by 413.721m STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The business target of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) Northern Pakistan rose to Rs. 413.721 million against the set target of Rs. 363.53 million, showing positive growth of 113.8% during the fiscal year 2012-13. The business target of Lahore Region rose to Rs. 270.447 mln against the set target of Rs. 217.100 mln, Multan Region business rose to Rs. 79.802 mln against the set target of Rs. 100.000 and Peshawar Region business rose to Rs. 46.471 mln against the set target of Rs. 46.434 mln, said a report presented by Nasir Hassan, General Manager PLI Northern Pakistan in a daylong workshop here at Postal Staff College. The report also highlighted the new business territories including mobile interface with customer, social media presence, inroads in affluent corporate sector and 100% interactive website for improving business. The report also stressed on the investment in the Information and Technology cadre,
equipment and strategy and creation of two more regions. Nasir Hassan, General Manager, PLI said that the target given to his Circle for the financial year 2012-13 was successfully achieved due to the hard work of his dedicated team. Additional Director General Pakistan Post Fazli Sattar Khan talking to reporters on Wednesday said that Pakistan Post was adopting modern marketing strategies to provide good services. Fazli Sattar Khan said that due to the wide network of over 12000 Post Offices, Postal Life Insurance (PLI) services are fully extended to both urban and rural areas. “Pakistan Post is running the PLI business on no profit no loss basis where maximum benefits are given to the Policy Holders at the minimum cost”, he added. He said that since every post office serves as its outlet, thus it gives Postal Life Insurance an enormous advantage over its business rival and helps to offer a wide range of insurance policies to customers at the lowest premium while ensuring highest bonus on their investment.
ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador in Pakistan Richard Olson called on Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar.
Xpress Money, Dubai Islamic Bank’s ‘Ramadan Special’ promotion SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Xpress Money, the world’s most dependable money transfer brand, has announced its ‘Ramadan Special’ promotion in association with Dubai Islamic Bank. The special offer brings a host of attractive prizes for Xpress Money customers, receiving remittances from more than 100 branches of Dubai Islamic Bank across Pakistan. Commencing on July 08, during the Holy month of Ramadan, the offer will last until October 18, 2013 covering both Eid ul Fitr & Eid ul Adha seasons. Remitters can send money from across the world to any of the Dubai Islamic Bank branches in Pakistan and their beneficiaries will stand a chance to win 6 motorcycles and 25 mobile phones through various contests in three months along with a guaranteed prize with each transaction. Commenting on the promotion, Mr. Rizwan Hamdani, Country Manager – Pakistan, Xpress Money said, “It is that time of the year again; it is Ramadan, the holiest of months. Xpress Money imbibes the values of faith, purity and spreading of happiness which is the spirit of Ramadan. We believe in giving back to our customers at every point. Hence we initiated this ‘Ramadan Special’ promotion which is bound to bring a smile on the faces of our customers.”
Dollar slips against yen TOKYO —The dollar slipped against the Japanese yen in Asia on Wednesday as markets looked for fresh insights on the Federal Reserve’s stimulus tapering plans later in the day, analysts said. The US currency eased to 100.90 yen in afternoon trade, reversing earlier gains and down from 101.11 yen in New York late Tuesday. “Falls in (Tokyo) stocks are prompting selling in yen crosses,” a senior dealer at a major UK bank in Tokyo told Dow Jones Newswires.—AFP
$13.92b workers’ remittances in FY13 STAFF REPORTER
$2,186.21 million, $1,946.01 million, $1,607.88 million and KARACHI —Overseas Paki- $357.37 million respectively stanis remitted an amount compared with the inflow of of $13,920.26 million during $3,687.00 million, $2,848.86 the last fiscal year (July 2012 – June 2013), showing a growth of 5.56 percent or $733.64 million compared with $13,186.62 million received during the same period of the last fiscal year (July- June 2012). The inflow of remittances during July-June 2013 from Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, UK, GCC countries (including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) million, $2,334.47 million, and EU countries $1,521.10 million, $1,495.00 amounted to $4,104.73 mil- million and $364.79 million lion, $2,750.17 million, respectively in July-June
2012. Remittances received from Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during the
last fiscal year (July-June 2013) amounted to $967.79 million as against $935.36 million received in the last fiscal
year (July- June 2012). The monthly average remittances for July-June 2013 period comes out to $1,160.02 million compared to $1,098.89 million during the corresponding period of the last fiscal year, says a press release issued here by State Bank of Pakistan Wednesday. Last month (June 2013), an amount of $1,164.79 million was sent home by overseas Pakistanis, up by 4.23 percent, compared with $1,117.52 million received in the same month of 2012. In June 2013, the inflow of remittances from Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, UK, GCC countries (including
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) and EU countries amounted to $353.18 million, $218.60 million, $179.93 million, $171.94 million, $138.18 million and $31.03 million respectively compared with the inflow of $333.68 million, $219.14 million, $206.60 million, $126.72 million, $128.12 million and $29.24 million respectively in June 2012. Remittances received from Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during June 2013 amounted to $71.93 million as against $73.98 million received in the same month (June 2012) of the last fiscal year.
SBP appoints 11 banks, investment Cos as primary dealers for 2013-14 AMANULLAH KHAN
Bank( Pakistan) Limited. upon bank borrowing Interesting to note is the through securities and T.Bills KARACHI —The State Bank fact that during out going fi- to cater to its financial needs. of Pakistan has appointed 11 banks, brokerage houses and Investment Companies as Primary dealers for the financial year 2013-14. It is may mentioned that almost all the leading banks, brokerage houses and investment companies had applied for the primary dealership of the central bank. After evaluation of performance of the each bank and other comp;any the On the other hand the State Bank has appointed nancial 2012-13 , Faysal Bank Faysal Bank Limited, Habib Limited, Habib Bank Limited commercial banks also feel Bank Limited, NIB Bank Lim- and NIB Bank Limited were happy in lending to the govited, JS Bank Limited, Na- the top performing Primary ernment is always a secure tional bank of Pakistan, dealers in the previous finan- and free from any risk of deUnited Bank Limited, Bank cial year. It will not be out of fault, however the fall out efAlflah Limited, MCB Bank place to mention that strong fect of government borrowLimited, Citibank NA (Paki- banking insititutions play an ing not only attributes to stan Operations), Pak Oman important role in meeting the high rate of inflation as well Investment Company Limited financial deficit of the gov- as instrumental in increasing and Standard Chartered ernment which heavily relies the interest rate in the county.
PSO clears overdrafts with all banks STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The publicsector oil marketing companyPSO has managed to clear its overdrafts with all banks and now has a net surplus cash position of Rs. 2.1 Billion. This was revealed by the company’s MD Naeem Yahya Mir in a meeting Wednesday with the company employees at PSO House to review overall achievements of the past year and outline the upcoming projects. “ The historic achievement to clear overdraft was made possible with support of the government,” the MD observed, the company’s spokesperson said. The MD further stated that PSO had registered high profits in each of the three quarters of the FY13 and would hopefully continue to perform well in the future as well. He reiterated the vision he had outlined for PSO last year which envisioned transforming the Company into an integrated Energy Company. Following this he mentioned
Heavy buying at KSE K ARACHI —The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on Wednesday showed intense buying and its bench mark 100index crossed two upper barriers to close at historic high of 22984.94 points. The KSE100 index climbed 263.72 points up while 30-index increased by 357.26 to close at 17663.93. Significant trading was witnessed in Foods, Aviation, TeleCom, Banking, Oil and Gas sectors. Out of total 369 active scrips, 163 moved up while 188 shed values and 18 remained unchanged. Unilever Foods closed higher by Rs 240 to close at Rs 5129 while Iceland Textile closed higher by Rs 30.60 to close at Rs 642.75. The stocks of Wyeth Ltd and Indus Dyeing lost their per share value by Rs 79.44 to close at Rs 1799.50 and Rs 15.54 to close at Rs 525 respectively.—APP
some of the key initiatives undertaken in PSO in the past year. These included signing a Contract of Affreightment for the transport of Furnace Oil with the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation as well
as signing an MoU with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the establishment of 40,000 barrel state-of-the-art refinery in the province. He also took this opportunity to outline some of the alternative energy projects the Company was exploring which included signing an MoU with Engro to look into
the feasibility of exploring the Thar Coal project while also signing an MoU with the Balochistan government for establishment of a Jathropa plantation for bio-diesel cultivation in the province. The MD also shared with the employees an overview of his innovative ideas which had successfully been implemented in the past one year. These included development of Biker’s Priority Lanes at PSO’s retail forecourts, the establishment of world’s first Community Owned Social Pump at District Jhelum and the inauguration of the first street under the Company’s “Street Support Program’ in Thatta, Sindh. During the event, the MD also recognized some of the Company employees who had gone beyond the call of duty and distributed certificates of appreciation amongst them. Living up to its role as the nation’s leading Public Sector Company, PSO is committed to fulfilling the fuel needs of the country in a timely and responsible manner.
BoP launches trendsetter solar project MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —The Bank of Punjab (BOP) on Wednesday launched a pioneer financing product named “BOP Solar” to facilitate its customers against the prevailing energy crisis in the country at affordable price. According to a press release issued here, customers will have the option to go for standardized solar solutions or customize the product according to their individual requirements. The designing, customization and installation of the solar systems will be done by the authorized vendors of BOP. These authorized vendors have been selected through transparent process which included due diligence on their financial and technical capabilities.
Currently the list includes six vendors. BOP Solar will be available in all the major cities of the country. Financing up to Rs 5 million will be provided based on the need of the customer. The repayment can be made from 1-7 years. This is a pioneer product and it is expected to be a trendsetter for the industry. This product is also expected to give a boost to the solar industry in Pakistan by making it more affordable for the consumer.
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IMF trims global growth forecast WASHINGTON—Many major emerging economies have weakened since the spring, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday in the latest update to its economic forecasts, while advanced economies, including the United States and Europe, continue to trudge along with subpar growth and the euro area remains mired in recession. The fund now expects the global economy to grow about 3.1 percent in 2013, the same rate as in 2012 and down from growth of 3.9 percent in 2011. That is 0.2 percentage points lower than the Washington-based fund forecast in April. Olivier Blanchard, the fund’s chief economist, said in the periodic update that emerging economies were experiencing a “slowdown in underlying growth,” and the fund lowered its forecasts for China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Russia, among other countries. “It’s clear that these countries are not going to grow at the same rate as they did before the crisis,” he said. Given that emerging economies have in no small part powered the global recovery, their slowdown has a significant effect on the rest of the world, the fund said. For instance, Mr. Blanchard said, if growth in the so-called BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, were 2 percentage points slower than expected, a half-percentage point would be knocked off the United States’ growth rate. “It matters,” he said. The fund said that the recession in the euro area had proved deeper than expected in recent months because of the persistent combination of tight credit conditions, low demand and government budget cutting. Next year, the fund’s forecasters expect growth to pick up in the 17 countries of the euro zone, but to a slower rate than previously thought just 0.9 percent, down from about 1 percent as forecast in April. The fund cut its estimate of United States growth by 0.2 percentage points for both 2013 and 2014. It now sees the country’s economy growing 1.7 percent this year and 2.7 percent next year. Japan is one bright spot in the global economy, the I.M.F. said. The country has been mired in stagnation and deflation for a decade. But since the beginning of the year, the government has been engaged in an athletic effort to spur the economy with aggressive asset purchases by the central bank and a jolt of government spending.—INP
NHA projects to be completed as per int’l standards STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Hamid Ali Khan has said that completion of all ongoing NHA projects in accordance with international standards was the need of the hour for development of industry, trade, agriculture and tourism that will ultimately strengthen the country’s economy. While chairing Executive Board Meeting of NHA here he referred to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision that all Motorways in the country will be upgraded to six lane, and elaborated on the importance of communications sector in the economic development of the country. Inspector General Motorways Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, Additional Secretary Finance Division Khizar
Hayat Gondal, Joint Secretary Communications Sahibzada Faiz Mahmood Faizi, Member Admn NHA Ziaul Haq, Member Construction Yousaf Ali Khan, Member Planning Raja Nosherwan, Vice President NESPAK Qazi Iftikhar, Chief National Transport Research Centre Muhammad Shamsud Din Qureshi and Secretary NHA Akbar Ali Memon participated in the meeting. The meeting reviewed in details progress on Peer Nori Badshah Bridge, Khushal Garh Bridge, City Ring Road Multan, Bahawalpur Chowk, Kumharanwala Chowk, Sukhar-ShikarpurJaccobabad Road, KhanewalMultan Motorway, QallatQuetta-Chairman Highway, Qilla Saifullah-Zhob Road and other ongoing projects, including reconstruction of Sher Shah Bridge Karachi. The meeting also dis-
cussed matters relating to NHA projects in pipeline. Decision was taken to ensure timely completion of all ongoing NHA projects in accordance with the international standards; to remove all hindrances in the way of construction process and to sort all issues amicably. IG Motorways Police Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema and Member Planning Raja Nosherwan stressed the need to further vitalize (NTRC) National Transport Research Institute. The Chairman NHA apprised the participants over the setting up of Flood Emergency Relief Cells for safety measures to be taken for possible floods and said that necessary machinery and equipment have been dispatched to areas in the range of possible floods and relief workers have been put on alert to preempt traffic disruption.
PAJCCI role as bridge boosts trade between Pak, Afghan STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCC)I is playing instrumental role in cementing bilateral relations between the business community across the border, despite existing political upheavals and sensitive sociocultural issues. This was stated by CoPresident PAJCCI, Mr. Khan Jan Alkozoi while visiting PAJCCI booth with Afghan delegation at an exhibition, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. The Afghan delegation was led by Co-President PAJCCI, Mr. Khan Jan
Alkozai along with M. Yonass Mohmand, Vice President, PAJCCI-Afghanistan, Haji Nizamuddin Tajzadda, Director, Mr. Ahmadullah Afghan, Executive Director and Mr. Naqibullah Safi, Deputy Executive Director. A.Q. Khalil, Director, PAJCCI- Pakistan Chapter welcomed the delegation from Afghanistan at PAJCCI booth on behalf of Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, President PAJCCI. A.Q. Khalil briefed about the immense progress of PAJCCI, under visionary leadership of Zubair Motiwala, in the short span of time and ensured that in future the bond between the
business communities would be significantly enhanced. He also raised importance of holding joint exhibition related to business investment opportunities across the border in both Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to attain the desired economic results. The delegation also visited other stalls at the exhibition and was enthralled with the response shown by business community of Pakistan at the PAJCCI kiosk at the event. Ms. Faiza, Secretary General also briefed about the response and interest of business community and presented PAJCCI profile to the delegates.
ARIFWALA: Women farmers are busy in their work in a rice field.
Hong Kong stocks end higher H ONG K ONG —Hong Kong stocks climbed 1.07 percent on Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street and despite worse than expected Chinese trade data. The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 221.55 points, to end at 20,904.56 on turnover of HK$52.85 billion (US$6.82 billion). New World Development rose 3.0 percent to HK$10.96, while Sun Hung Kai Properties gained 1.3 percent to HK$100.00. Chow Tai Fook jumped 13 percent to HK$9.16 after the world’s largest jewellery retailer late on Tuesday reported a bigger-than-expected 48 percent rise in fiscal first-quarter sales, thanks to sliding gold prices.— AFP
Pak, Argentina to enhance cooperation in agri-research STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Pakistan and Argentina will sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of Sanitary and Phytosanitary to promote the agriculture sectors for ensuring food security. This was stated by Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan while talking to Ambassador of Argentina Rudolph J. Martin Saravia who called on him here Wednesday. The minister appreciated Argentina’s technical and research assistance in ensuring food security and enhancing agricultural productivity in the country. He also appreciated Argentina’s efforts in facilitating of export
mangos and citrus from Pakistan to Argentina while both sides also agreed for exploring future collaboration in various areas. Pakistan has a large capacity to design and manufacture the seed processing plants and small agricultural equipments of various models which can be exported to Argentina, he added. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Argentina said that Pakistan has a great potential in meat export and his country was willing to assist Pakistan in establishing modern meat processing units. He said that his country will also initiate a programme for exchange of agriculture production technologies for crops like sunflower, linseed and fruits.
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique addressing the workers during his inspection visit to Mughalpura workshop.
Promotion of seedless citrus imperative to grab int’l markets FAISALABAD—Pakistan should promote seedless citrus, which are in high demand globally, in a bid to grab the international market where citrus with seeds are being discouraged. This was echoed at a meeting of Board of Directors, Endowment Funds Secretariat (EFS), University of Agriculture Faisalabad. The meeting was presided over by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan whereas Farmers Associate CEO Afaq Ahmad Tiwana, Ayub Research Director General Nooral-ul-Islam, Chief Planning Officer (r) Natiq Hussain and Director Planning and Development, Agri University, Peshawar Rizwan Ahmad were the guests. The meeting approved a project of UAF under which seedless plants will be grown in the five districts of the Punjab, including Faisalabad, Sargodha and Toba Tek Singh, on fields of farmers for the demonstration purpose. The ten farmers will be selected from the each district. UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan stressed the need of the technology transfer to farmers that will help in increasing per acre production of the country. Talking about edible oil, he was of the view that Pakistan is importing the edible oil worth 3 billion dollars which is one of the areas of concerns. He called for promoting the oilseed crop to become self sufficient by giving awareness to farmers.—APP
Fair price shops to sell commodities at subsidized rates STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Agriculture Minister Punjab Dr Farrukh Javed on Wednesday said that fair price shops have been set up at 335 Sastey Ramazan Bazaars across the province to provide daily use items at subsidized rates. Availability of 721.543 ton grain pulse, 665.468 ton gram flour, 1734.317 ton potato, 1576.532 ton onion, 199.830 ton okra, 187.532 ton bitter gourd, 205.118 ton round gourd, 189.542,000 dozen bananas, 345.138 ton dates and 457.891 ton rice would be made available in the fair price shops during the month of Ramazan. Talking to reporters, he said, the government under the Chief Minister ’s Ramazan Relief Package was spending Rs 3.5 billion for subsidy on food items in Sastay Ramazan Bazaars.
Regional trade be concentrated to increase exports: FCCI STAFF REPORTER F AISALABAD —The government should concentrate on regional trade to increase Pakistan’s exports as many countries of the globe are preferring to regional trade which is 60 percent of total world trade. In a meeting here on Tuesday, Mian Zahid Aslam President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) said that there are massive changes in international trade and 60 percent trade is among regional blocs.
He said that export destinations of Pakistani products have greatly suffered due to consistent recession in the EU and USA markets and Pakistan’s government should now concentrate on regional trade under the circumstances. He said that instead of focusing on the traditional markets, Pakistan should concentrate to enhance its exports to China, Middle East, Turkey and India where Pakistan with its geographical location can prove regional and intra-re-
gional trade hub. He stressed the need to enhance regional trade particularly for the textile products for which there is a great potential in the regional markets. He urged the government for enhancing Pakistan’s exports by way of increased number of trade delegations to the emerging and regional economies and also concentrating more on trade diplomacy as well as providing congenial and business friendly environments in the country.
PM’s China visit infused new confidence in biz community STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China has helped in restoring confidence of business community on economic policies of the government. President Pakistan Economy Watch Murtza Mughal said this in a statement here on Wednesday. He said that PM’s visit was a success, adding, positive response from Chinese government and private sector for resolving energy crisis is a good omen and will
result in economic stability in Pakistan. “PM’s timely visit to China reflect strong commitment of the PML-N government for economic progress and providing a sustainable and long term solution to energy crisis”, he said. He said that China’s GDP is 8.227 trillion dollar and would be a house of 30% investment of the world till 2030. He said that being a neighbouring country and having Chinese control on Gwader port, Pakistan will
also avail lot of benefits of fast progress in China. He said that Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Qatar could help increase the pace of LNG import project. CM Punjab’s visit was in time and quite useful, he said. Murtza Mughal expressed his hope that the policymakers of PML-N would give proper consideration to the changing scenario of investment in the region. He praised the leadership of PML-N for focusing on poverty alleviation and long term economic development.
HCCI sub-body chief for allocating PQ shipping Hyd dev funds to civic bodies activity STAFF REPORTER HYDERABAD—Chairman Sub-Committee on Municipal, HDA and Sindh Building Control Authority Affairs of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) Zulfiqar Ali Chohan has called upon the Sindh Government to allocate Hyderabad Development Funds to civic institutions so that the repair and maintenance of deteriorating infrastructure of the city could be carried out. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he said that deteriorating infrastructure of the city is causing adverse affect on the trade and industry while no arrangement has been made for prompt disposal of rainwater accumulation as a result of expected heavy rains in the city. He said that the residents of Hyderabad City, Latifabad and Qasimabad are experiencing great inconvenience as a result of acute shortage of drinking water while a number of roads and streets have become water ponds as
a result of accumulation of sewage water because WASA has no funds to operate filter plants and water disposal pumps or even make payment of salaries to workers. He said that whenever the attention of officials is drawn to WASA and the Municipal Corporation regarding public grievances, the managements concerned show reluctance citing nonavailability of funds as the reason. He called upon the district administration of Hyderabad to draw attention of the Sindh Government to public issues with request of allocation of funds for the repair and maintenance of deteriorating infrastructure of the city. He said that trade and business community is paying infra-development tax along with billion of funds on import and if the provincial government allocated district development fund from the collected taxes for Hyderabad district, the city infrastructure could be improved.
KARACHI—Three ships carrying containers and edible oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal and Liquid Cargo on Tuesday. Meanwhile three more ships carrying containers, iron ore and furnace oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 85% at the port on Wednesday where a total nine ships namely Nysted Maersk, Maersk Kolkata, Hanjin Irene, M.V Faith, M.T Sofia, Pearl’s of Jebel Ali, M.T Karachi, Theresa Libra and Wan Zhou Xian are currently occupying berth to load/offload containers, cement, iron ore, furnace oil and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 127506 tonnes comprising 91920 tonnes imports and 35586 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 2694 containers (TEUs) was handled at the Port Qasim during last 24 hours.—APP
No justification of imposing additional burden of Rs18b on gas consumers AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has not approved the Sui Southern Gas Company’s (Unaccount For Gas) UFG losses at 7% and its previous decision of 4.5% UFG benchmark remains unchanged. Since there is no change in OGRA’s decision, hence there remains no question of any additional cost of Rs. 18 billion being imposed on gas consumers across the country. SSGC has emphatically denied the reports regarding change in UFG benchmark. The gas tariff is uniform for all consumers across the country and there is no difference between SSGC and SNGPL on this count, SSGC clarified. Even if OGRA allows SSGC all its rightful ex-
penses, the increase in tariff will only be 5%. Moreover, 70% of SSGC consumers who are already highly subsidized may not even be affected. Notwithstanding the aforestated, the matter of the 4.5% UFG benchmark set by OGRA is subjudiced and SSGC has consequently been granted a stay by the honourable Sindh High Court against OGRA’s decision after hearing detailed arguments raised by the Company in a petition filed before the Sindh High Court in this regard. SSGC’s UFG currently stands at 105 mmcfd and the figure of 400 mmcfd as suggested in the media is therefore 4 times higher than the Company’s UFG. According to SSGC’s understanding, the 105 mmcfd may result in generation of not more than 400
mw of electricity. This is, however, assuming 0% UFG which is not possible in real terms. Even in developed economies, 6% UFG is generally acceptable, and it does not include the added theft and law and order which is prevalent in Pakistan. Despite the stringent benchmarks, SSGC has taken extraordinary efforts in curbing UFG across the board despite adverse law and order conditions prevailing in its operational areas. Measures aimed at curbing theft, minimizing leakages and an elaborate meter change activity have produced encouraging results in reducing UFG. SSGC expects a reduction of 2% in UFG over last year. In monetary terms, that means an increase of Rs. 2.9 billion in the Company’s bottomline. It is quite clear that unsub-
stantiated facts have been placed before the media. The truth is that the honourable Supreme Court is currently reviewing the grant of licenses in the CNG sectors by OGRA whereas Lahore and Sindh High Courts are reviewing the tariff determinations made by OGRA for SNGPL and SSGC, respectively. As per media reports, the Supreme Court has already taken cognizance of the inability of the Authority to control gas theft. Although thousands of theft cases have been placed before OGRA by the Company, the Authority has not acted on them and have instead issued stay orders against the utility companies for recovering amounts of stolen gas themselves. Due to the inability of OGRA to act against gas theft, there exists no real deterrent for gas
thieves. As a consequence, the instances of gas theft have consistently increased. It also has to be highlighted that OGRA by law is required to consider the cost of alternative fuel while setting the prices. However that has not happened and large industrial units are currently buying gas at a fraction of the cost of alternative fuel prices. Clearly there seems to be a larger conspiracy in play meant to bankrupt two companies – SSGC and SNGPL who are amongst the few large scale government-owned companies to have never asked the government for bailout funds. The figure of Rs. 18 billion as quoted in the sections of the press has been deliberately flaunted to distract the public from these true facts. As far as stay orders
granted by the Sindh High Court is concerned, the Authority is expected to show more responsibility and not give the impression that the petition pending in the Sindh High Court has been instituted by private shareholders. In reality, it is SSGC which has challenged the determination made on the first of June 2013 on the Company’s revenue requirements under the relevant provisions of law. The impugned decision was against the law, in disregard of the judgments of the superior courts and passed without the requisite quorum. Moreover, UFG benchmark was set without carrying out mandatory consultation as required by law and as held by the Lahore High Court in SNGPL’s case as well as the meaning and purpose of consultation as
explained by the Supreme Court. It is also not correct to state that the petition has been filed for the benefit of private shareholders. The petition has been filed on behalf of SSGC by the duly appointed legal counsel of SSGC and has been filed to protect the interest of the Company in which the Government of Pakistan directly and indirectly holds 86% shares, and the interest of the public at large. Unfounded allegations only serve to distract the superior courts and the public at large from the real issues being reviewed by the superior courts. SSGC expects media to show more level headedness and responsibility in projecting the gas utilities so that a true picture is communicated to the people.
CT scans raise cancer risk for children
ITH MRI scans becoming cheaper and more common, perhaps the days of the CT scan that does a similar function using X-Rays rather than magnetic fields, are numbered. A report shows that the cancer risk from CT scans, especially Brain Cancer and Leukemia can triple in some cases. The Article published in The Lancet, and written by Dr Mark Pearce and Professor Sir Alan Craft, Newcastle University, UK; Professor Louise Parker, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada; Dr Amy Berrington de González, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA, and colleagues, represents the culmination of almost two decades of research in this area, and is jointly funded by the UK Department of Health and NCI/NIH. It shows that 2 or 3 computed tomography (CT) scans of a child’s head (child meaning under 15 years old in this case), can triple the risk of brain cancer. The total dose of radiation would be around 60mGy, while 5 to 10 scans giving a dose of some 50mGy or more, triples the risk of leukemia. The researchers go on to point out that the risks are still miniscule as the diseases are not particularly common, thus an increased risk is far from absolute certainty of contracting the disease. The CT scan is a useful and sometimes necessary diagnostic
tool, and therefore physicians must weigh the risks and make patients and their parents aware. The retrospective study used records from the radiology departments of some 70% of the UK’s hospitals, and gathered data from 180,000 patients who underwent CT scans between 1985 and 2002. By looking at the number and types of CT scan from the records, the researchers estimated the dose absorbed in milli-Grays (mGy) by the brain and bone marrow in patient for each scan. The data was then cross-checked with cancer incidence and mortality reports in the UK National Health Service Registry between 1985 and 2008. It was then possible to show if a person having scans was more likely to develop cancer. From this, they calculated excess incidence of leukemia and brain tumors. The UK has relatively low usage of CT scans due to a nationalized health service and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations, that make sure scans are only done when medically justified. “The immediate benefits of CT outweigh the potential long¬term risks in many settings and because of CT’s diagnostic accuracy and speed of scanning, notably removing the need for anaesthesia and sedation in young patients, it will, and should, remain in widespread practice for the foreseeable future ...
KARACHI: People buying dates from a stall as the commodity is in high demand in the month of Ramazan.
Qaim for effective price-control mechanism in Ramazan IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The officers concerned should take effective measure to control the prices of essential commodities during the month of Ramadan so as to provide relief to the common men. The Provincial Ministers and Secretaries of departments concerned to personally monitor the price control mechanism in the districts and take prompt
188 profiteers challaned, Rs 1.28m collected as fine KARACHI — During the on-
KARACHI: DG Rangers, Sindh, Major General Rizwan Akhtar and IG Police Shahid Baloch called on Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
Inquiry to ascertain people behind stampede ordered K ARACHI — Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has ordered an inquiry to ascertain identity of people responsible for incident leading to stampede during distribution of Ramazan ration bags in the city. In his directives to the Deputy Commissioner-East, Samiuddin Siddiqui, he said a detailed report must be submitted to him in two days time with clear identification of those responsible for the unfortunate incident, resulting in the killing of two women on the spot. It was on Monday that a local welfare organisation had arranged distribution of free ration bags among needy women at Al
Nisa Club/Marriage Hall, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The number of women who had gathered at the site to collect the bags was registered to have grown much beyond the estimates of the donors consequently the desperate women fearing to be left out got chaotic, said a preliminary report prepared by Assistant Commissioner, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Mushtaq Ali Solangi. Poor management and absolute lack of discipline were identified to be the major factors causing death of Uzma, wife of Asif, (aged between 25 to 28 years) and Nusrat, wife of Altaf (aged between 40 to 45 years). Both the women were residents of Surjani Town and died
of suffocation, after being pulled down to floor and trampled under the feet of other women. According to the preliminary report prepared by A.C. Gulshan-e- Iqbal, the organisers had not sought any prior permission from Deputy Commissioner-East nor did they intimate the area police about the programme. The Commissioner Karachi, taking notice of the preliminary report has appealed to the philanthropists and welfare organisations that charity work, including distribution of ration, is appreciable, however, administration of the concerned area must be adequately informed about any such programme.—APP
going crackdown against the profiteers in the metropolis the officials pertaining to all its districts and sub divisions on Tuesday challaned 188 profiteers and violators of official price list. According to the statistics made available to the media on Wednesday Rs 1.28 million collected as fine from 67 milk sellers, 25 fruit sellers, 30 vegetable sellers, 16 owners of general provision stores, 46 chicken sellers and four flour sellers were fined last. The Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has asked all the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners to continue with the crackdown with due care that measure adopted by them against the profiteers must prove to be real deterrent.—APP
Motor vehicle tax system computerized K ARACHI — Director Gen-
eral of Excise and Taxation Department, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said that the motor vehicle tax system in each district has been computerized to eradicate corruption and revenue leakage in the department. Shoaib stated that the professional tax in Excise Department has also been made on line and this system started functioning in Karachi since first of July. He further pointed out that the infrastructure cess is already on line. Shoaib also informed that the properly tax and excise duty system was also being computerized. He said that the purpose of these measures was to eradicate corruption and generate more revenue. On being established on modern lines, the generation of revenue will be more, public grievance will be removed and KARACHI: Silani Welfare Trust distributing one month ration among the needy people.— it will also save time, he conPO photo by Sultan Chaki cluded.—APP
steps to stop the hoarding and profiteering. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah issued these directives to the officials concerned in a high level meeting held at the CM House Wednesday to review the arrangements for Ramadan. Provincial Minister Information Sharjeel Enam Memon, Provincial Advisor for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Chaudhry
Muhammad Aijaz, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Waseem Ahmed, Additional Chief Secretary Food, Secretaries of Finance, Agriculture and Principal Secretary to CM Sindh Naveed Kamran Baloch attended. He said that Ramadan was a sacred month during which profiteering, charging over the prescribed price and hoarding of the essential com-
modities should be stopped and people may be provided essential eating items on prescribed prices. Sindh CM strictly directed the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Mukhtiarkars of the province to pay random and surprise visits of the markets to assure that the commodities be sold on their actual prices.
NH&MP enforces traffic discipline on roads K ARACHI — The National Wednesday.
Boy Scouts walk about consumers rights
on motorways and highways. Strict action has also been taken against overloaded vehicles and no overloaded vehicle is allowed to enter on motorways and at highways. Zulfiqar informed that strict enforcement is being ensured on roads to implement traffic rules and discipline. He also said that help is being provided to road users in distress and are struggling to make safe roads for the people.—APP
K A R A C H I — Sindh Boys Scouts Association Wednesday arranged a public awareness walk to ensure close coopoeration between citizens and the administration against profiteers and other unscrupulous elements fleecing unassuming consumers under one or other pretext. The walk, started from Pakistan Arts Council and culminated at Karachi Press Club, was participated by boy scouts of all age groups, including community based scouts as Burhani Scouts and Bohra Boys. It was led by Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and Secretary, Sindh Boy Scouts Association, Akhter Mir alongwith Additional Commissioner, Karachi (II) Haji Ahmed and other notables of the city. The walk was also joined by the citizens in general and the discipline that was maintained in the exercise was highly appreciated by all. People, including commissioner acknowledged that an attempt has been made to involve masses for protection of their rights. The commissioner said the city administration, as per directives of the government, has launched a crackdown against shopkeepers and tradKARACHI: Dead body of Bilal Sheikh, Chief Security Officer of Asif Ali Zardari, who died ers trying to exploit the conin bomb blast.—PO Photo sumers.—APP Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) are actively enforcing traffic rules and discipline on road on the special directions of Inspector General NH&MP Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema. During the last 15 days, thousands of road users have been challaned by taking strict action for violating lane discipline and over speeding, said a statement issued here on
Millions of people are being briefed daily on road safety and traffic discipline on toll plazas by the officers of Motorways Police. Strict action is being taken against the under age drivers and without Iicense drivers all over Pakistan and they have been challaned while the drivers of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) who are not holding driving licenses are not allowed to enter
Officials to asked quicken anti-dengue fever campaign KARACHI—The Chief Sec- regulations, so as to ensure pre- at public sector hospitals. retary of Sindh, Mohammad Ijaz Chaudhry has directed the provincial secretary for health and commissioner Karachi to facilitate Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in improvising its “Anti Dengue / Malaria Campaign,” and protect people against the fatal diseases. Presiding a meeting in his office on Wednesday the Chief Secretary said need based financial requirement would be fulfilled by the government, in accordance to the rules and
vention of dengue, negelria as well as malaria and the associated complications. Sindh Secretary for Health, Inamullah Dharijo told the Chief Secretary and others attending the meeting that 1000 bed nets would be provided, in next 72 hours, to the hospitals where dengue units have already been established. Dharijo also asked the Director Malaria Control to present him a detailed report about measures already adopted to handle malaria and dengue fever cases
Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on the occasion said that a public awareness program, with major focus on prevention as well required intervention to handle dengue fever, malaria and negelria is already underway in all five districts of the metropolis. This, he said is being complimented with strengthening of inter- departmental linkages with all relevant stakeholder taken on-board to prevent the mentioned diseases.
The Commissioner said that tire shops are being inspected, problematic swimming pools, with inadequate arrangements, are being closed and efforts have also been made to furnish many of the city hospitals with bed nets and kits. The Chief Secretary of Sindh, Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed stressed need for social mobilization and directed the KMC officials to also involve NGOs and teachers of local schools and colleges in the anti dengue / malaria campaign.— APP
CT scans raise cancer risk for children
ITH MRI scans becoming cheaper and more common, per haps the days of the CT scan that does a similar function using X-Rays rather than magnetic fields, are numbered. A report shows that the cancer risk from CT scans, especially Brain Cancer and Leukemia can triple in some cases. The Article published in The Lancet, and written by Dr Mark Pearce and Professor Sir Alan Craft, Newcastle University, UK; Professor Louise Parker, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada; Dr Amy Berrington de González, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA, and colleagues, represents the culmination of almost two decades of research in this area, and is jointly funded by the UK Department of Health and NCI/NIH. It shows that 2 or 3 computed tomography (CT) scans of a child’s head (child meaning under 15 years old in this case), can triple the risk of brain cancer. The total dose of radiation would be around 60mGy, while 5 to 10 scans giving a dose of some 50mGy or more, triples the risk of leukemia. The researchers go on to point out that the risks are still miniscule as the diseases are not particularly common, thus an increased risk is far from absolute certainty of contracting the disease. The CT scan is a useful and sometimes necessary diagnos-
tic tool, and therefore physicians must weigh the risks and make patients and their parents aware. The retrospective study used records from the radiology departments of some 70% of the UK’s hospitals, and gathered data from 180,000 patients who underwent CT scans between 1985 and 2002. By looking at the number and types of CT scan from the records, the researchers estimated the dose absorbed in milli-Grays (mGy) by the brain and bone marrow in patient for each scan. The data was then cross-checked with cancer incidence and mortality reports in the UK National Health Service Registry between 1985 and 2008. It was then possible to show if a person having scans was more likely to develop cancer. From this, they calculated excess incidence of leukemia and brain tumors. The UK has relatively low usage of CT scans due to a nationalized health service and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations, that make sure scans are only done when medically justified. “The immediate benefits of CT outweigh the potential long¬term risks in many settings and because of CT’s diagnostic accuracy and speed of scanning, notably removing the need for anaesthesia and sedation in young patients, it will, and should, remain in widespread practice for the foreseeable future .
LAHORE: Badshahi Masjid workers busy in cleaning the frontyard in connection with the start of Holy Fasting Month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak.
PML-N candidates for bye-polls interviewed STAFF REPORTER
Police clueless about a serial killer of young girls MUZAFFAR ALI
L AHORE —The Parliamen- LAHORE—The Lahore police
tary Board of Pakistan Muslim League-N Wednesday interviewed the aspiring candidates for bye-elections on 21 vacant seats in the province at the Central Secretariat of PML-N Model Town. The Parliamentary Board is comprised of Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Ghulam Dastigeer Khan, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Rana Tanvir Hussain, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Pervaiz Malik, Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Saood Majeed, Anosha Rehman, Saira Afzal Tarrar, Abid Sher Ali, Mian Javed Latif and Sardar Arshad Khan Leghari. The Board interviewed the candidates for six National Assembly and 15 Provincial Assembly seats. LAHORE: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf unveiling The Parliamentary Board the plaque to inaugurate the renovation work of Haji Camp Building. will send its recommendations to the President PMLN Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for final selection.
Shahbaz felicitates Muslims over advent of Ramazan-ul-Mubarik SALIM AHMED
L AHORE —Punjab
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has felicitated the nation on the commencement of Ramazan-ul-Mubarik and said that this holy month provides us an opportunity of earning the blessings of Allah Almighty. In his special message, Shahbaz Sharif said that Ramazan-ul-Mubarik gives us the lesson of sacrifice, therefore, we should take care of those sisters and brothers during this month who need our attention. He said that the motherland is passing through a very critical phase of its history and nation is facing serious challenge of
terrorism. The Chief Minister asked the entire nation to bow before Almighty Allah during this sacred month and offer special prayers for peace, development and prosperity of the country. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is giving a special package of four billion rupees for the provision of quality daily use items to the people at reasonable rates during Ramazan-ul-Mubarik. He said that special monitoring teams have also been constituted for ensuring provision of quality essential items at fixed rates. He appealed to the trading community to extend cooperation to the government for the pro-
vision of daily use items to the fasting people at cheaper rates during the holy month. The Chief Minister said that besides administration, the role of public representatives is of great importance with regard to provision of quality items to the people at fixed rates during Ramazanul-Mubarik. Therefore, elected representatives have been assigned the responsibility of personal supervision of Ramazan bazaars, Dastarkhwans and fair price shops, he added. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is taking all necessary steps for providing maximum relief to the people.
Fair price shops to provide commodities at subsidized rates L AHORE—Agriculture Minister Punjab Dr Farrukh Javed on Wednesday said that fair price shops have been set up at 335 Sastey Ramazan Bazaars across the province to provide daily use items at subsidized rates. Availability of 721.543 ton grain pulse, 665.468 ton gram flour, 1734.317 ton potato, 1576.532 ton onion, 199.830 ton okra, 187.532 ton bitter gourd, 205.118 ton round gourd, 189.542,000 dozen bananas, 345.138 ton dates and 457.891 ton rice would be made available in the fair price shops during the month of Ramazan.
Talking to APP, he said, the government under the Chief Minister ’s Ramazan Relief Package was spending Rs 3.5 billion for subsidy on food items in Sastay Ramazan Bazaars. He said, besides, district monitoring teams and assembly members, representatives of Agriculture Department and Market Committees would ensure quality commodities of daily use at government prescribed rates. He said, no mismanagement and dereliction on the part of officers would be tolerated in maintaining the prices at minimum level. “We have devised a mechanism to
discourage profiteering of the middle man at the fair price shops which the Minister said would help avoid price hike,” the Minister said. He said, complaint cells had been developed in provincial capital for monitoring Sastey Ramazan Bazaars. Answering a question, the Minister said, foolproof measures had been taken for security of shoppers at Ramazan Bazaars. “We have also doubled the security around mosques, imambargahs, churches, railway stations, and other important places to avoid any untoward incident.—APP
Ramzan Bazaar cleanliness
have appeared clueless so far about the murders of as many as 13 girls who were raped, tortured and murdered under mysterious circumstances in the different localities of the metropolis during the last two and half months. According to police investigation, all the deceased girls’ were 16 to 28 years old and apparently they belonged to Pashtun ethnicity. Autopsy reports also reveal that the victims were heavily intoxicated prior to their murders. Rape and the marks of severe physical tortures are also identical in all the victims. These similarities indicate that either a serial killer, religious fanatic or a gang running brothel house could be involved in these blind murders. “We don’t have any clue into these blind murders and similarly we can’t arrest anyone until we have some solid proof,” said SSP Investigation Abdur Rab Chaudhary. Interestingly, the police also seemed lethargic and reluc-
tant to investigate the case on modern lines and reach out to the culprits. The serial of killing started when an unknown dead body of 20 years old girl was found from the precincts of the Shahdarah police station on 13th April 2013.Two days later, another 20-yearold girl was found shot dead in the Valencia Town Lahore. According to Kahna Police, unidentified killers rapped the young woman, shot her dead, and fled after throwing her dead body in the posh residential locality. Since then 13 unresolved murders of young women in Lahore raise the strong possibility that a serial killer or religious fanatic could be involved in rape-torture murder cases but investigators have so little information about these murders, it’s difficult for them to say flatly that they have a serial case on their hands. However, one thing that investigators are sure about is that all the victims belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces so this is the reason the police have failed to
establish the identification of these victims. According to details, as many as 13 dead bodies of beautiful girls were found from various parts of the city during the last two and half months who were allegedly murdered after rape while five out of thirteen were wrapped in gunny bags. Another dead body of 22 years old unknown girl was found along the Bund Road in the localities of Shafiqabad police station and she was asphyxiated to death after making victim of severe torture. Similarly, unknown dead bodies of young girls found from the precincts of Islampura, Qila Gujar Singh, Sundar, Muslim Town and Sheikh Zayd Hospital had analogous details which showed that all the victims were assassinated either with blunt weapon or shot at the head or strangulated to death after alleged raped. A CIA police official, who spoke to Pakistan Observer on condition of anonymity, said now after initial investigation, the police are work-
STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Lahore
Waste Management Company (LWMC) has issued cleanliness plan for Ramzan Bazaars for the holy month in order to ensure the provision of clean environment to shoppers. Cleanliness and awareness camps will be set up in all 20 Ramzan Bazaars of the city deploying special crew and machinery of Albayrak and Oz Pak. Sanitary crew will be equipped with wheelie bins, waste bags and other sanitation tools. New waste drums have also been installed. Teams of social mobilizers will be deployed to impart awareness among shopkeepers and visitors about proper disposal of waste. Complaints will be registered and redressed on LAHORE: Commuters move on the road during heavy rain in the provincial capital. the spot as well.
Prisoners in city to observe fast in both jails :DIG L AHORE—As may as 6,582 dents of Jail had been di- and proper meal at Iftar arrangements have also under trial Muslim prisoners and convicts, housed in Camp Jail and Central Jail Kotlakhpat Jail in the city will observe fast during Ramazan-ul-Mubarik. Deputy Inspector General Lahore Region Malik Mubashar Khan told APP here Wednesday that 3,576 inmates had been kept in Central Jail,Kotlakhpat while 3006 are housed in Camp Jail and Muslim prisoners will observe fast. He said superinten-
rected to make it sure the provision of quality and hygienic food containing 3000 calories daily to all inmates at Sehr and Iftar strictly in accordance with jail manual. He said new menu includes chicken four days a week and beef two days, in addition to best quality super basmati rice. Tea prepared with packaged milk will be served daily. At Sehr, parathas will be served and sweet drinks
with dates. Deputy Inspector General Lahore Region Malik Mubashar Khan said that immaculate arrangements have been made in jails to provide quality food to the prisoners on the direction of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. “Special lectures on Islamic values will be delivered to prisoners by religious personalities at jail mosques on a daily basis,” he said, adding that special
been made for Sehr, Iftar and for offering prayers. All doctors posted in the jails have also been directed to check the quality of food before it is cooked and served,he added. He said that Senior Superintendent Central Jail Kotlakhpat Kamran Anjum and Camp Jail, Ejaz Asghar have been directed to personally supervise Ramadan arrangements followed by the surprise visits by DIGs and IG.—APP
ing on the line that all these victims could be residents of another province that was the reason police did not receive any complaint of missing girls from the localities from where their dead bodies were found. He further disclosed that pimps running brothels in other provinces are settling down in Punjab along with the bunch of prostitutes. He said the police did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of a serial lady killer or a gang. However, he claimed that the victims neither were the residents of Lahore or other city of Punjab and if anyone of them belonged to Punjab then police could identity the victims after receiving a complaint at least from their families. DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed said he had formed a special team comprising senior officials of CIA to investigate the serial killings of young girls in Lahore and soon a big breakthrough is expected in this regard.
Rain inundates roads L AHORE —Most of the city roads after rain were inundated on Wednesday, affecting the flow of vehicular traffic, speaking the volume of WASA’s performance. Thin public transport was seen in the city due to which people had to face immense problems and many employees could not reach their destinations on time. The water accumulated at Shahdra, Data Darbar Road, Shah Alam Market, Urdu Bazar, Anarkali, Azam Cloth Market, Nicolson Road, Mcload Road, Davis Road, Railway Station, Gawalmandi, Lawrence Road, Misri Shah, Shad Bagh, Ik Moria Pull, Kashmiri Ghati, Khokhar Road, General Bus Stand, Lajpat Road, Farrukhabad and many other low lying areas of the city.—APP