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Former CBI official claims....

Indian govt behind parliament, Mumbai attacks Both terror attacks were staged ‘with the objective of strengthening counter-terror legislation’ N E W D ELHI —An Indian home ministry former officer has disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of ‘orchestrating’ the terror at-

tack on Parliament and the 26/ 11 carnage in Mumbai. The former Indian investigator Satish Verma has said that India itself was behind Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai ter-

ror attacks. According to Indian media‚ the fake encounter case involving a senior officer Under-Secretary of Interior Ministry Ishrat Jahan has submitted an affida-

Nandipur power project

Nawaz orders probe into cost escalation Pakistan’s first IPP hydropower project opens today STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Prime Minister

Pak, India to sign power agreement soon ISLAMABAD—For the elimination of energy crisis across Pakistan, an agreement is expected to be signed soon for import of electricity from India as finalisation talks are underway on technical level. Ministry of Water and Power officials in Islamabad said that federal government is extremely serious for overcoming energy crisis in the country and electricity will be imported from neighbouring country India. Continued on Page 6

Nawaz Sharif ordered an inquiry into the increase in the cost of construction of the Nandipur Power Power on Sunday. The Prime Minister directed Federal Secretary Planning Division to submit a report within three days, according to an official handout. The directives of Nawaz stated that all dimensions of the matter be taken into account and the report be submitted after thorough scrutiny. The Prime Minister who is

currently in Lahore issued the directive following media reports pointing towards an increase in the cost of the project from $329 million to $570 million. The reports questioned the increase and claimed that the additional funds would go to a certain private sector company, implying that it was part of a scam. The Water and Power

vit in the court stating that a member of CBI and SIC investigation team Satish Verma told him that in the terrorists attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai terror attacks were pre-

Crackdown on power/gas thieves intensified; 7 held STAFF REPORTER

Ten militants killed as jets hit hideouts STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—At least ten sus-

Peshawarites, PTI Govt united against WAPDA Situationer Tariq Saeed


HE prolonged hours of scheduled and unsched uled load shedding coupled with low voltage have literally brought the life to standstill in the Provincial metropolis Peshawar and other parts of the province that is a major power producer forcing the law makers of the ruling

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to initiate a series of protest demonstration all over the province from Monday (today) if the inhuman load shedding was not stopped forthwith. As a matter of fact the Peshawarites have been experiencing worst kind of load shedding these days that has badly paralyzed the routine affairs leaving them nowhere but come

to the streets to record their protests and not a day passes by when the protest demonstrations against the WAPDA authorities are not taken out at one or other part of the city. Irked by the power outage and succumbing to the public pressure the law makers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI) in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sunday an-

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pected militants were killed and 12 others injured as jet fighters targeted nine militants hideouts in Khyber tribal region and Darra Adam Khel. Official sources say that the jet fighters struck the militants hideous in Akakhel area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber tribal region destroying at least three of their secret bases while five alleged militants were killed and six others injured. Separately in other strikes carried out by the military jets in Kharmatong, Mansoor

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that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation. Mani has said that Verma narrated that the 13.12. 2001(at-

Secretary Water and Power removed ALI SYED

ISLAMABAD—In a new move, LAHORE—City district govern- the government has removed

ment, having full backing of federal and provincial governments, has intensified crackdown on gas/electricity thieves to recover outstanding dues worth billions of rupees especially the dead arrears. Spinning into action Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd and Lahore Electricity Supply Company officials abetted by law enforcement agents conducted 12 raids in different areas and held at least 7 chronic defaulters. Briefing the media, District Coordination Office Lahore, said the at least Rs80 million worth of gas pilferage was ministry countered this by stat- stemmed during Sunday’s ing that the revised cost estima- crackdown. “A dozen cases have been tion was owing to a change in price of individual items. Continued on Page 6 Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Nawaz at Jati Umra where it was decided that the Planning Division will be called to resolve the matter. Meanwhile, Bong Escape Hydroelectric Run of the River

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planned. A key government official, R V S Mani said that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe team, told him

Secretary Water and Power Mr Anwar Khan with immediate effect and the removal of Wapda chairman Syed Raghib Abbas is expected today (Monday). The additional secretary Mr Saif Chattha has been made the acting secretary of Water and Power. Mr Anwar Khan possesses the integrity and honesty within the ranks of bureaucracy. He belongs to DMG (District Management Group). Mr Anwar khan has disposed off his duties tremendously as Secretary Water and Power and no one has come up with any charge against him. Mr Anwar Khan told Pakistan Observer that he didn’t know as to why he had been removed. The sources said that Mr Saif Chattha who is Additional Secretary (Power) in the minis-

try has been given the acting charge as Secretary. The removal of Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas is also on cards may be today (Monday). The official sources said that Ministry of Water and Power has sent three names to Prime Minister out of which one will be selected as future Wapda chairman. “Meanwhile an acting chairman of Wapda may be appointed today (Monday),”. The sources claimed that the Nawaz government has started implementing its plan to bring its own Ministry of Water and Power as per the script with the aim to introduce the good governance in the whole power sector. They said that the removal of Mr Anwar can not be attributed to any negligence and incompetence as he is a man of integrity. However, the official said,

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tack on Parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by

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Technical reasons behind Sehr, Iftar power outages: Asif ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said though electricity generation has increased by 2,500 to 3,000 megawatt, demand has also increased in the country, reports INP. Talking to media Sunday, the minister said the country was still facing 3,000-megawatt power shortfall. Replying to a query, he said there were some technical reasons behind power outages during Sehr and Iftar. Asif said that loadshedding was carried out in those areas where people didn’t pay electricity bills. NNI add: Tall claims of the government relating to no load shedding during Iftar and Sehri, seems to have fallen flat, as sev-

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Sartaj, Ghous hot favourites for presidential crown Sea-change in political scenario in September LIAQAT TOOR

other three provinces will have end of the tenure. The ruling party has already the honour to be represented in ISLAMABAD—As the PML (N) occupied two important posi- President House now. Ghouse Ali Shah from Sindh was given green has decided in principle to nomisignal by Prime Minister Nawaz nate political figures from Sharif in its previous stint for the smaller provinces for presidenpost, but at the last moment Rafiq tial election to be held next Tarar was crowned. month, Sartaj Aziz and Ghous The sources close to PML Ali Shah have been tipped as the (N) inner circle told this scribe hot favourites. that due to amendments, PresiPresident Asif Ali Zardari dent has become a constitutional will complete his five years tenfigure with no significant power, ure on September 8. Under the but the PML (N) will be happy Constitution, the process of Presidential election has to be tions—Premiership and to grab this position to complete completed thirty days before the speakership from Punjab, one of Continued on Page 6

Asif: Stern action in offing against power pilferers SIALKOT —Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the Nandipur power project at a cost of Rs 57 billion would be accomplished next year to generate 450 megawatt electricity. Talking to APP at his residence on Sunday, he said many new power generation projects would be initiated for getting rid of loadshedding permanently, adding that new transmission lines would be installed and the existing distribution system upgraded in the country. Power and gas theft is creating serious problems for the unprivileged segment of society which is unjust and the PML-N government will protect their rights, he added. Khawaja Asif said that special steps have been taken to

check electricity and gas theft and many cases had been traced adding that theft of electricity and gas was a serious crime against the masses. The federal minister appealed to the masses to cooperate with the government and demonstrate patience and extend their support to improve the electricity supply across the country, adding “We already have managed to reduce the duration of electricity loadshedding and people are seeing the change.” We have been facing the energy crisis for the past 15 years and no practical step was taken for addressing the issue. As a result, the electricity crisis has deepened and people are facing serious hardships, he said.

People hail Railways fares reduction

Special teams visiting Ramadan Bazars in Punjab

The minister urged traders to stop business at 7:30 pm for larger national interests and help the government to save electricity. The impact of the recent visit of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to China will be highly positive and it would open new vistas of prosperity and development as well as help strengthen the national economy, he said. Khawaja Asif said government and private sectors of China had shown keen interest in investing in different projects in Pakistan which was a clear indication of a successful tour. Multan: Farmers appreciated a reasonable reduction in loadshedding hours in villages and urged the government to reduce electricity tariff of tube-wells. Farmer

Ittehad representative Malik Ahmed Nawaz Asar, Mian Ishnaq Watto, Qaisar Khan Budh and others appreciated a remarkable reduction in loadshedding hours in villages. Talking to APP, they stated that it had become very difficult for them to irrigate their crops due to lengthy hours loadshedding. They said farmers used to quarrel over water when loadshedding was at peak. They said after an improvement in the power supply they could run their tubewells for long. They recalled that there was a time when they had to face 20 to 22 hours loadshedding. Aftab Qaisar Budh also demanded the government reduce taxes on elctricity bills QUETTA: Deputy Inspector General Investigation, Syed Mobeen Ahmad addressing a press conference after recoverof tube-wells to boost agri- ing a boy kidnapped for ransom. culture.—APP

Eight injured as passenger van catches fire

Patients to get specialised treatment at AIMTH

L A H O R E — K h a w a j a speciality,no patient would

Safdar Medical be referred to other hospital. L AYYAH —Eight people suf- Muhammad College Sialkot will fully en- “ fered burn injuries when a sure provision of specialised He said that Federal Min- V EHARI —A police con-

I SLAMABAD —A cross sec- M URREE —Labour and Hu- edible items in Ramadan keepers otherwise fine the passenger van caught fire medical treatment to pa-tients ister tion of society has welcomed man Resources Minister bazars and other commercial guilty under law. during filling of CNG in Pakistan Railways decision to cut its fare by 33 percent saying the move would encourage people to frequently use this mode of travel. Pakistan Railways has announced a substantive reduction of 33 per cent in rail fares on the directives of Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and the new rates will be applicable from July 11. A passenger at Rawalpindi railway station Malik Tanveer who was about to travel to Karachi while talking to this agency said, “move of the Railways Minister would be helpful in increasing number of passengers as people love to travel on trains.” However, he said, steps are also required from the Minister and management of Railways to make sure that trains arrive on time. Another passenger Kasim Awan said that rail is cheapest and safest mode of travel but in the last many years it was ignored. “We have noted that after PML-N government was formed and Saad Rafique took charge as minister many positive changes were made to attract passengers.” A family traveling to Lahore, said train is best means to make a journey with children and reduction of fare would help Pakistan Railways earn more money.—APP

Centuries old dhol wala custom still alive ISLAMABAD—With the start of holy month of Ramazan the centuries-old tradition ‘dhol wala’ (Drumbeater) is still irresistible in remote areas of Pakistan. Till two decades ago, most of the Pakistanis would wake up by the loud drumbeats in the wee hours heralding the beginning of Sehri (early morning feast) time during the holy Month of Ramadan. Asif Bashir at Bara Kahu while talking to APP said that with the induction of modern ways of communication in the society, this beautiful custom has almost been van-ished from urban areas but the charm of this cultural delight is still irresistible in rural areas, especially in the villages of Southern Sindh province, and north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KP). Hussan Shah, a 70-year old drummer at Chndni chok Rawalpindi, said that this is a centuries-old custom. I cannot tell you the exact number of centuries, but our forefathers told us that for centuries the people of sub-continent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) would reply on the vibration of drums as there were no other sources like loudspeaker, alarm clock etc,” Hussan, who still plays drum during Ramazan in his street.—APP

Punjab Raja Ashfaq Sarwar Sunday said that special high level teams constituted by the Chief Minister Punajb are visiting Ramadan bazars to monitor the prices of commodities across the province during the holy month. Talking to APP here today, he said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has also assigned special task to provincial cabinet as well and allocated the districts of their origin for conducting series of surprise visits to check the prices of fruit, vegetable and other

markets. He said that hoarders and profiteers will be taken to task. He said that all Divisional Commissioners, District CoOrdination Officers and Assistant Commissioners have been categorically directed that overcharging will never be tolerated especially during holy month and culprits indulged in overcharge must be taken to task. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that labour officer at district and tehsil level have also been directed to check the weight and scale of shop-

He said it has been fully enured that price list of all commodities must be displayed conspicuously.Only quality and hygienic items should be brought for sale. Punjab Minister for Labour, Raja Muhammad Ashfaq Sarwar during a visit to Ramazan Bazars established in Rawalpindi city said that Raja Muhammad Ashfaq Sarwar said that Chief Minister Punjab has provided a subsidy of Rs 3.2 billion on flour for Ramazan Bazaars and 10 kg Atta bag is being provided at the subsidized rate of Rs 315.—APP

Layyah district on Sunday. Rescue sources said fire broke out in the van when CNG gas was being filled in it at a filling station. They said flames erupted owing to gas leakage in the vehicle. The blaze rapidly engulfed the van carrying 8 to 10 passengers. The filling station staff came to rescue the passengers by breaking windowpanes of the vehicle. Eight people were injured, two of them said to be in critical condition. They were shifted to district headquarters hospital. The van was going to Dera Ghazi Khan from Layyah.—INP

Educationist robbed of Rs2m cash M ANDI B AHAUDDIN—Four

ATTOCK: DCO Muhammad Iqbal visiting Sasta Ramazan Bazaar to check prices and quality of different items.

Witness protection bill to be tabled in SA soon: Minister HYDERABAD—Sindh Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Sikandar Ali Mendhro has said that Witness Protection Bill has been finalised and it will soon be tabled in the house for discussion and approval by the Provincial Assembly. In this regard, the government has also re-quested the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court and other concerned to send their recommendations so that the same could be incor-

porated in the Bill, the Minister said while talking to media persons after presiding over a meeting of the Law Officers here at the Circuit House. Expressing his regrets over the law and order situation in Karachi’s Lyari area, the Minister informed that being one of the members of the committee formed by the Sindh Government for restoration of law and order, he reviewed the situation and found the Union Council

Nos: 1, 2, 6 and 8 disturbed. The maps of these areas have been prepared which indicated the movements of criminals with lethal weapons from internal routes in these union councils, the Minister informed and added that the Sindh Government will seal these internal routes by establishing check posts of law enforcement agencies in order to stop the entry of the criminals in these areas.—APP

Man killed over domestic dispute; police constable shot dead

from Sialkot and surrounding areas. College Principal,Prof Dr.Zafar Ali Choudry told APP here Sunday that teaching faculties and medical departments at Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital (AIMTH) are being upgraded on war footings to make it sure that all patients admitted to the hospital are provided specialised medical cover by highly qualified experts. He said that operation theatres and clinical labs were being equipped with state-of-the-art facilities while ex-ray plants,ventilators and other necessary medical gadgets were also be-ing replaced with latest ones. He said being head of the medical institution, in principle, he had decided that in future no patient would be referred to any other hospital without his prior permission as earlier,only Medical Officer used to refer the patients to other hospital for their financial gains. Dr.Zafar said, “As we have full fledged medical facility in any of the

for Water and Power,Khawaja Muhammad Safdar is taking keen interest for the provision of better medical facility at par with Lahore. He said that government had allowed recruitment of staff on adhoc and contract in order to meet the ever increasing shortage of doctors,specialists and para medical staff,adding shortly,best gynaecolo-gists, TB special-ists,radiologists, cardiologists, a eist, medical officers, women medical officers,clinical instruc-tors and other para medical staff will be inducted on merit through proper advertisement. Dr.Zafar said that the first batch of students of MBBS first,second and third years were being im-parted medical education under the supervision of qualified teachers and for practical training,they are taking full advantage of the attached teaching hospi-tal. He claimed that within a short span of time,it would emerge as one the best medical colleges in the country with highly qualified faculty. —APP

stable was shot dead by dacoits during a dacoity near here on Sunday. According to police, robbers entered a petrol pump near Pakhi Morr and held the staff hostage. The robbers looted Rs 40,000 in cash and tortured the staff. On information, police chased the accused and constable Asif Shah was injured by the firing of the accused. The constable succumbed to his injuries on way to the Nishtar Hospital. Faisalabad: A youth killed his father-in-law over a domestic dispute in Sahianwala police limits. According to police, Allah Rakha of Chak No 128-RB had exchanged hot words with his son-in-law Ashfaq Ahmad over a domestic dispute. To which, the accused opened firing on Allkah Rakha and his friend Sajawal. The injured were rushed to a local hospital where Allah Rakha died. Meanwhile, a woman was killed in an accident in Jaranwala police limits. According to police, 45year-old Bani Bibi of Chak No 21-GB was killed after being hit by a speeding tractor trolley.—APP

unknown persons stormed the house of Dr Khalid Khokhar and Principal Government Nawaz Sharif College for Women Mrs. Anjam Khalid in Arshad Town on Saturday during broad day light and took away cash amounting to Rs 11,00,000 plus laptop, mobile phones LCD and other precious hold house items worth Rs 900,000. According to details the bandits made a college official hostage who had come to get signatures of the principal on a document and another PTCL employee who was around to attend a telephone complaint. Thereafter they entered the house and on gun point searched the house and collected the cash and other items. After looting, the bandits phoned someone who brought a car for them. They put the looted material and slipped away from the scene unhindered. City police has registered a case and further investigation is in progress.—INP MULTAN: A view of damaged MDA Road rendering it dangerous.

Global varsities consortium to research natural, renewable energy sources ISLAMABAD —Higher Edu- hands with Ministry of Plan- Programme. These projects SPIRE) including Developing lamic University Islamabad. cation Commission (HEC) has established collaboration with leading American and British universities to undertake joint research projects for effective use of natural and renewable sources available in the country to resolve energy crisis. The prevailing energy crisis faced by the country was playing havoc with lives of common citizen and chocking the industrial development and the economy of the country. Experts are of the view that as a result of energy crisis, the once sustained GDP growth rate of around 6% is now at below 2%. HEC has decided to join

ning and Development to work on ways to lessen the energy crisis and would also organize a major research conference with the support of the ministry on the subject. HEC under assistance of USAID is currently establishing Centres of Advanced Study and Research on Energy at both National University of Science and Technology NUST and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar. While a number of energy specific projects have been undertaken by the universities with leading American universities under the Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation

include Total Solution Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability between the University of Delaware USA and Government College University Lahore, Life Style Improvement of Villages in FATA Using Renewable Energy between the SEI USA and NUST and The Use of Renewable Energy to benefit Gilgit Baltistan region between North Dakota University USA and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Pakistan. Similarly a number of projects have been undertaken with the British universities under the International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (IN-

Water Turbines for Electric Power Generation between the University of Southampton and NUST, Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Energy Systems between Cambridge University UK and Air University Islamabad , Building Indigenous Capabilities for Thar Coal Development between the University of Nottingham UK and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and Co-Combustion of Pakistani Coal and Biomass in Pilot Scale Combustors between the University of Leeds UK , and Pakistani Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University, University of Punjab and International Is-

Through the joint project between the University of Cambridge and Air University, a micro-machined sensor, the first of its kind in the world, is being developed which would enable wind turbines to function more effectively under local wind terrains, and would also allow the direct measurement of the performance of both gas and wind turbines. Other Pakistan universities including Agriculture University of Faisalabad and University of Gujrat have done successful experiments on production of bio gas and green energy while the Islamia University of Bahawalpur is going to adopt solar as sole source of energy soon.

The Agriculture University of Faisalabad is not only closely working with Punjab government for formulation of energy policy but also implementing capacity building on use of alternative energy. The university is also going to introduce degree program on energy from this academic year. Commenting on these programs, Chairperson HEC Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said that the goal of the HEC is to develop local expertise and indigenous technology for effective use of natural and renewable sources including coal, water, wind and solar through strong collaborations with research groups in leading foreign universities.

These projects have also vast potential for commercialization. National and international power companies and the Government of Pakistan itself would be the main users of this technology. He underlined need to develop more indigenous scientific manpower, research facilities and education infrastructure in Pakistan to tackle the energy related issues through collaborative research. Dr. Laghari also assured that HEC would continue to work closely with the government to share the expertise of higher education sector in order to resolve various socio-economic challenges being confronted by the country.—APP

Food security top priority: Minister

PML-N to end energy crisis SIALKOT—Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has said PML-N government’s effective policies will soon boost the national economy. Addressing party workers at the Dera of MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal in Pasrur here on Sunday, he said the successful visit of PM Nawaz Sharif to China had encouraged the business community of Pakistan, as they were anxiously waiting for Chinese investors to come Pakistan to invest in different trade fields especially in the energy sector. Later, talking to the newsmen at Pasrur here, Zahid Hamid said the PML-N government was committed to resolving all issues, adding that only the PML-N had the capability to end the energy crisis. He said the former rulers had ruined the national economy by creating the energy crisis in the country through massive corruption and plundering the national exchequer. It is reported from Islamabad that Zahid Hamid spoke high about the research and development work carried out by PCRWR in rainwater harvesting and desertification control in Cholistan desert and said this needs to be replicated in deserts of Sindh and Balochistan. He said the groundwater recharge activity carried out by PCRWR through leaky dams construction in Pashin Lora Basin of Balochistan also needs to be introduced in other areas of the country. The Minister also appreciated the tangible and productive work carried out by the Council and said the facilities in National Water Qual- MULTAN: Activists of Muttahida Shehri Mahaz shouting slogans during a protest against US drone attacks. ity Laboratory should be utilized to maximum extent. Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Tahir, Chairman PCRWR briefed the Minister about research & development activities of PCRWR, pertaining to water quality, water management, rainwater harvesting, groundwater investigations and products & services. The Minister also visited National Water Quality Laboratory, F AISALABAD —Five shopGIS Centre, Commercialization Cell and National Capacity keepers were fined for profiBuilding Institute Project site of the Council.—APP teering and not displaying rate lists. Assistant CommisExcessive load shedding denounced sioner City Zaheer Anwar P ESHAWA R —Qaumi Watan Party Jappa raided Sargodha Road, (QWP) provincial Chairman and Tariqabad, Mansoorabad provinicial senior minister Sikandar and Abdullahpur and found largest power producing the streets. PTI members of P E S H A W A R — P a k i s t a n Hayat Khan Sherpao on Sunday exshopkeepers Nasir, Raees, pressed concern over the unannounced Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) an- province and criticised dis- the KP Assembly said elec- Danish, Naeem and Mubeen and unscheduled excessive nounced on Sunday that it criminative treatment. The tricity is generated from selling commodities at high loadshedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would carry out demonstra- lawmakers demanded imme- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it rates. He fined them Rs and said that the people would be com- tions against load shedding diate removal of Chief Execu- goes to Punjab. They vowed 36,000 and warned them of pelled to take to the streets if they were in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with tive PEPCO and said that the to protest against the injus- more strict action and jail if not provided succour. “We will also be Chief Minister Khyber PTI would go to any extent tice of depriving the Khyber they continued the practice. compelled to lead protests against Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pervez to fulfill promises, which they Pakhtunkhwa people of elec- Larkana: Deputy Commispower outages,” he remarked in a statement. He said ex- Khattak leading the protest. have made with the people tricity. Islamabad: Pakistan sioner Larkana Umar Farooque cessive power outages had made lives of people miser- The announcement in this during election-2013. Zia Bullo has warned the shopable during the holy month of Ramazan. He regretted the connection was made by PTI Ullah Afridi said the govern- Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader keepers to display price lists ment had earlier instructed no Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been exposed to prolonged MPAs, led by MPA Zia Ullah at the conspicuous places and outages that had brought life to a standstill. Sikandar Afridi, while addressing a load-shedding would take Sunday said that his party sell the items of daily use on place during Sehri, Iftar and would play an active role in press conference here at Sherpaosaid the duration of the power outages was higher timings in Parliament as real opposition fixed rates. Addressing a meetin the rural areas compared to urban areas. He said the Press Club. Terming pro- Taraweeh ing here on Saturday, he said electricity was the lifeline for the socio-economic develop- longed power as totally un- Ramazan, however, power to strengthen the democratic that profiteering and hoarding outages continued in the process in the country. Talkacceptable the PTI would ment of the country, but the unjustified power breakdown ing to APP, he said that the would be checked throughout had slowed down mercantile activities. The QWP leader stage protest demonstra- province, he added. Meanwhile, KP Chief PTI was largest political force the district. said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been subjected to worst tions across the province. He said strict action would Minister Pervez Khattak in the country and its role MPA Zia Ullah Afridi, loadshedding despite producing cheap hydel electricity. be taken against those violatHe said that loadshedding should be carried out accord- who was elected from KP-1 criticised the federal govern- would be a voice of masses. ing the official rate list. He diment for what he termed as Replying to a question, accompanied by other PTI ing to schedule as it would help the people cope with the rected the Assistant Commissituation. He said the plan announcement by the federal MPAs, said PTI was going unschedule load shedding Hashmi said he always sup- sioners and Taluka government that no loadshedding would take place dur- to launch a protest demon- during Ramazan and de- ported the democratic forces Mukhtiarkars to check the manded the Federal Ministry and it would challenge those stration across the province ing Sehr, Iftar and Taraweeh prayer timings in Ramazan prices of essential commodities couldn’t be materialised and the people continued facing against unjust loadshedding. for Water and Power to pro- elements who were against it and said nobody would be alThey announced that protest vide KP its full share of elec- and his party was committed lowed to hoard sugar and compower cuts, which was deplorable.—Online to uproot traditional and indemonstration would be held tricity. The parliamentarians herited political party system modities, he added. The DC from Monday, if the power Sacrifices not to go waste said that PTI is with its in the country under the lead- asked magistrates to take stern issue was not resolved. action against hoarders.—APP ISLAMABAD —Senior leader of the All They said KPK was the people and support them on ership of Imran Khan.—APP Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that the unparalleled sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri people for securing their inalienable right to self-determination will not be allowed to go waste. According to KashSHER GONDAL mir Media Service, Shabbir Ahmad Shah addressing a big public gathering at M ANDI BAHAUDDIN—With Yaripura in Kulgam said that the marthe arrival of Ramzan, prices tyrs of July 13, 1931, had laid a strong of food items, grocery and fruit foundation for liberation movement. He said that the sachave escalated from 10 to 20per rifices of those martyrs were a source of inspiration for the cent. In order to provide food Kashmiri people. He maintained that Indian atrocities could items on reasonable rate and not prevent the Kashmiris from continuing their liberation keep control on open market, struggle and the day was not far off when they would get District Administration set up rid of its bondage. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, six Ramzan Bazaars in the disSyed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar expresstrict. On first day of Ramzan ing grief over the death of Pervez Ahmed apprehended good quality of grocery and that he might have been killed by Indian secret agencies or fruit items were seen at these Hindu extremists. He demanded an impartial probe into the bazaars at rates cheaper than killing. APHC leader, Yasmeen Raja, led a candle-lit prothat in the open market. Uncession in Pampore to pay tributes to the martyrs of 13th fortunately quality standard July, 1931. On the other hand, a former officer of Indian decreased the next day and at home ministry has disclosed that a member of the secret the afternoon no grocery items service team had accused incumbent governments of “orwere left for customers to purchestrating” the terror attack on Parliament and the Mumbai LARKANA: A family travelling while sitting on the luggage loaded vehicle at Ratodero chase. Potatoes from new crop massacre.—APP totally disappeared. —INP Sukkur Road.

PTI to protest against power outages in KP

5 traders fined for profiteering

Play active role as real opposition: Hashmi

Food items prices escalate

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (MinNFS&R), Sikandar Bosan on Sunday said that self-sufficiency in food and development of agricul-ture sector was the top priority of the government. Talking to APP, he said the government would provide all kinds of assistance to the farmers to achieve the goal of na-tional food security. He said MinNFS&R would be reorganized and reactivated to ensure sustainable agri-sector development in the country. To a question, Minister said he will try to con-vey the agriculture research results at the door steps of the farmers to promote and develop the sector and further enhance the agri-production in the country. To another question, he said steps would be taken for the development and welfare of the farmers adding that a

proper mechanism would be evolved to enhance per acre crop output by introducing new varieties of seed and modern methods of cultivation. Meanwhile, leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML)N Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary has said that government’s top priority is to resolve the energy crisis and eradicate terrorrism from the country. He said that the government believes in dialogue and all the issues would be resolved with consensus and consultation of all the stakeholders in the country. Dr Tariq Fazal said that the government is fully committed to bring foreign investment for the economic stabil-ity of the country. Talking to a private television channel, he said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was concerned about peace and economic stability in the country.—APP

Met office forecast hot, humid weather ISLAMABAD –The Metrological Department here Sunday predicted mainly hot and humid weather in most parts of KP; however rain with thundershower is likely at isolate places of up country and some areas of Kashmir during next 24 hours. According to Met Office, a seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan while monsoon currents are heading towards south-ern and eastern parts of the country. A maximum temperature of 40 Celsius was recorded in Peshawar while Parachinar was on 27 Celsius. The Multan Met office has forecast party cloudy weather with chances of thunderstorm for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. On Sunday, the maximum

and minimum tem-peratures were recorded as 41.5 degrees Celsius and 32.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Humidity was recorded 62 percent at 8am and 37 percent at 5pm. Partly cloudy or cloudy weather with chances of light rain is expected in the Karachi city during next 24 hours. According to Pakistan Meteorological Office here on Sunday, Sindh and Balochistan region will have a mix of weather over the same period. —APP

PESCO seeks consumers’ help for energy conservation SDO suspended over poor role F A I S A L A B A D —Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdul Jabbar Khan has suspended Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Pensara Road Gojra Sub Division Office over negligence and poor performance. A spokesman for the FESCO told here on Sunday that the company reviewed performance of sub divisional officers during a meeting and found performance of SDO Pensara Road Gojra Sub Division very poor. To which, the FESCO chief issued orders for immediate suspension of SDO Muhammad Amjad and warned other officers that delinquent, negligent elements would be dealt with an iron hand, spokesman added. Peshawar: Pesco has requested public for energy conservation to overcome load

shedding during Ramzan specially during Sehri, Iftari and Taraveeh. This was stated by PESCO Spokesman Shoukat Afzal while talking to APP here on Sunday, he said, as per the directions of federal government PESCO is trying its best to avoid load shedding during Sehri, Aftar and Taraveeh in the whole province, but some problems faced by PESCO are hurdles to completely over come load shedding during these timings. Among them the lone 500 KV Shiekh Muhammadi Grid Station Peshawar which was completely destroyed by the miscreants is still under construction and 50 percent repair work is yet to be completed which has caused shortage of power supply to Peshawar in addition to old distribution system in remote areas cause power shortage.—APP

All requirements of defence forces must be met


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EETING of the PAF Chief with Finance Minister on Saturday gives the impression that the vital wing of the defence of Paki stan was facing some financial constraints in the execution of its key projects. There is no doubt that PAF is confronting many challenges all around while it will have to keep itself prepared for the future needs in view of the fact that in the modern day theatres air forces have more role to play. It is encouraging that Mr Ishaq Dar during meeting with Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt assured him that national security was the highest priority of the government of Mian Nawaz Sharif and it will meet all the needs of armed forces including the Air Force. It is a fact that in Pakistan defence strategy, PAF has a strategic role but it appears that over all the defence forces are facing budgetary constraint and that is understandable because of economic situation in the country. However in spite of these difficulties, in our view the security and defence of Pakistan is supreme and the need of armed forces must be met through whatever means possible. We say so because India is on a massive arms buying spree from most modern fighter aircraft to nuclear submarines and anti aircraft carrier in addition to creation of a mountain strike corps, signalling its intent to press ahead with plans to strengthen offensive military capabilities. Though Pakistan has no intention to go for war with any country but it is an admitted fact that a militarily weaker nation invites aggression. The withdrawal of US led NATO forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 would add more burden on PAF and the army because there is all the danger of further instability in the war torn country and there could be a spill over in bordering areas of Pakistan. Therefore it is an obligation of the incumbent government to meet the immediate requirements of PAF and other wings of the armed forces so that they remain attuned to meet any challenge.

PPP loosing patience, so early T

HE Opposition PPP appears to have decided to open propaganda guns against the ruling PML-N for reasons best known to the leadership of the party. Almost every day charges are being levelled against the government and even visit of the Prime Minister to China was criticised under the pretext that Chief Ministers of Punjab and Balochistan were made part of the delegation. The statements emanating from leader of the opposition Syed Khursheed Shah and Senator Raza Rabbani during the last forty eight hours reflect the general thinking that the PPP would continue to pressurize the government for one reason or the other. While Syed Khursheed Shah criticised the government for delaying the All Parties Conference on Security, Mian Raza Rabbani, who is considered as well informed and a an of principle criticised the government for not forming the Council of Common Interests (CCI). That was surprising because as pointed out by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid, the CCI was formed on June 27th and a notification was also issued on the same day. This shows that the PPP is loosing patience, as it fears to come under criticism due to law and order situation in Lyari and the cases of mega corruption. In our view, no one should feel insecure if he had done no wrong during the PPP government at the centre and in the provinces and the party should reciprocate the PML-N as agreed between them in Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed by Mian Nawaz Sharif and late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Therefore we would urge the PPP leadership to avoid undue criticism and levelling of wild allegations so early as that would not help promote image of the party in the eyes of the people.

Egyptian army further squeezes Mursi E

GYPT has announced a criminal investigation against deposed Presi dent Mohamed Morsi, with prosecutors saying they were examining complaints of spying, inciting violence and ruining the economy. It reflects that the army has decided to take the case of Mursi to logical conclusion and crush the Islamic Brotherhood. The public prosecutor’s office issued a statement on Saturday saying it had received complaints against Morsi, eight other named Islamist figures including top Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, and others it did not identify. Egypt’s first freely elected leader has been held at an undisclosed location since the army removed him from power on July 3, but has not yet been charged with any crime. In our view the decision of the new government will be detrimental to the interests of Egypt because it may give rise to further de-stabilization. The Brotherhood, which has maintained a vigil near a Cairo mosque since before the army removed Morsi, has said it will not leave the streets until he is restored to power. On the other hand the military says it deposed Morsi in a justified response to popular demand after millions of people demonstrated against him. The leadership of army should remember that the coup against duly elected popular government, encouraged by some foreign forces, has not been taken well by the Middle East itself as well as other democracies. Turmoil in the most populous Arab state has concerned the regional and other countries , as Egypt sits astride the Suez Canal and has a strategically important peace treaty with Israel. In recent days Washington has called for release of Mursi and for the authorities to stop arresting leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood. As well wishers of Egypt and the Muslim World, we would suggest that the saner elements in Egypt should play their role to save the country from possible turmoil as the Brotherhood has given call for more mass demonstrations after a week long protests in which atleast 90 people were killed.

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A strategic intelligence failure before the Abbottabad ComI find no Muhammad Ali Ehsan mission ambiguity in the Email: roles of intelligence agencies and how they are SI as a long arm of the military required to be performed. There is a has played its part and a huge clear distinction in the role of IB that one in undermining democracy must look after the domestic issues in our country on a number of occa- and ISI which must focus on extersions. If it hadn’t done that the state- nal threats to the security of the State. ment of former DG ISI General It’s not the politicians but the miliAhmed Shujja Pasha before the tary rulers starting from General Zia Abbottabad commission would have who broadened the scope of ISI’s role made a lot of sense. As is now re- and extended it to monitoring both vealed by the report General Pasha the internal and external threats to the has accused the political leadership security of the state. However the role of ‘ignorance and indifference’. He of ISI gradually transformed. It inalso accused journalists for being dulged into controlling and directing ‘heavily bribed with money women the politics of the country under the and alcohol’ for launching a cam- direct patronage of the military high paign against the ISI and acting command. It not only created politiagainst the national interests. But in cal breaches it filled them as well with his final analysis he holds ‘both po- the ‘thrown up’ leadership of its own litical and military leadership re- creation and choice. The Chief of Army Staff always sponsible for the lapse’. My view is different. The unde- had MI (Military Intelligence) to act tected stay of OBL for six long years as his ears and eyes and to gauge the in a compound near Pakistan Mili- morale within the armed forces and tary Academy was a strategic intel- to ensure that disciplined is mainligence failure. It became a tactical tained by the army. However, when military failure when the comman- the politicians started appointing the dant of Pakistan Military Academy ISI heads of their choice the miliwho happens to be the garrison com- tary chiefs didn’t like the political mander in charge for the security of encroachment of their intelligence the military garrison failed to react gathering ability most of which was during the entire 40 minutes of the directed against the politicians themAmerican Special Forces operation selves and thus MI was used as a in the military garrison. Had it been substitute to perform the roles that any other country the head of the in- ISI performed. Had the intelligence telligence agency as well as the gar- agencies been employed in the roles rison commander would have been which were originally crafted for held accountable for these failures. them and had they been allowed to Described as a ‘state within a state’ subject their loyalty to the State and by the ex PM Yousaf Raza Gillani, not particular institutions we would the ISI theoretically is answerable have a professional network of into the Prime Minister but practically telligence agencies spread all over it works for the Chief of Army staff. the country. Not intelligence agenContrary to the impression that Gen- cies that became money distributors eral Pasha gives in his statement amongst the politicians, handling


billions of dollars and weapons to fight a war across the borders, training and arming ‘Kashmir liberating jihadists’ that have now become terrorists and funding and raising Taliban’s as a proxy force that now threaten our very existence. Add to this list over the years other unprofessional matters like spying on political opponents, engineering elections, tapping telephones, harassing journalists and running illegal detention centers where many missing

Military and intelligence agencies are not the only and final legitimate voices on the matters of national interest and national security. This is a lesson that our military and intelligence agencies have to learn quickly if we have to avoid another embarrassment . persons are kept the nation can very well know why was the raid on OBL compound in Abbottabad a complete intelligence failure. Seen in the context of how our intelligence agencies have developed and evolved over the years some of the statements that General Paha made before the Abbottabad commission are mind boggling. ‘Government never tasked the ISI to deal with counter terrorism’ he said that the agency assumed the role itself. ‘PM once asked him for a briefing during his entire stint’. ‘The Defence Ministry never sent a request for information sharing’.

General Pasha’s accusations against the functions of the civilian government could have been valid. This only if the military mindset in our country had overlapped with the political mindset in the belief that military and intelligence agencies subordination to civilians is a prerequisite for democracy, its stability, permanence as well as its continuity. As a matter of fact it is the military in Pakistan that treats civilians as subordinates in the matters of national security. Given this fact the politicians are largely clear that no amount of ‘civilian government tasking’ or ‘requests for briefing and intelligence sharing’ can alter and modify what the military has already decided to do. For the political leadership in country to lead from front in the matters of our national security it will have to do what it has consistently failed to do in the past. Respect the integrity of the military’s chain of command and let the regular change in military high command be institutionalized and not personalized. It must also consider replacement, removal and change in the military leadership on the matters of policy disagreements. Lastly Gen Pasha’s warning to the people who criticize ISI and ‘who should fear ISI’ who which he assumes work against the national interest is not in a good taste. Military and intelligence agencies are not the only and final legitimate voices on the matters of national interest and national security. This is a lesson that our military and intelligence agencies have to learn quickly if we have to avoid another embarrassment like the American seals raid deep down in the heartland of our country. —The writer, a research scholar, is doing PhD in civil-military relations from KU.

Dialogue on counter-terrorism strategy Dr Muhammad Khan Email:


ountering terrorism is one of the main operational tasks, Pakistani security apparatus is undertaking since last over a decade against militants of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Though, there has been concentration of the jobless former Mujahedeen (later turned militants) along the Pak-Afghan border, who fought against the former Soviet Union, but, they never attacked Pakistani installations, its security apparatus or the Government. It was only after 9/11, once Pakistan decided to become part of global campaign against terrorism under U.S and tried to flush out them from Tribal areas of Pakistan, that, these non-state elements started organized attacks against the security forces of Pakistan. In the so far fight against fugitive elements, re-named themselves as TTP in 2007, Pakistani casualties have reached to 42,000 with over 5000 personnel of security forces, who embraced shahadit. There have been many efforts of peace through dialogue between TTP and Government, but, at the end, no peace deal could ever succeed. Why have there been failure in reaching over a long-term peace through dialogue is the biggest question to be answered. One leading and most acknowledged viewpoint is that, TTP comprises of obstinate elements, whose primary demand is that, Pakistan should stop supporting the U.S led ISAF in Afghanistan, before sitting across the

table for negotiations. However, for Pakistan, perhaps it is difficult to pullout itself from this international obligation. Nevertheless, there have been many peace deals between TTP and Governments, which means there are reasons other than this common perception too, which indeed, slabs the peace process from taking place. In this regards, there have been many conjectures that, United States and NATO is the major hurdle in striking a peace deal between the Government of Pakistan and Tehrike-Talban Pakistan (TTP). This argument is supported by the fact that, US visualizes that, if TTP ends its terrorists attack against the state of Pakistan and its institutions, it will re-direct focus of its attack on US and NATO forces alongside the Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan. The view get strength from the fact that, U.S opposes all peace deals, took place between Pakistan Government and militants (later become TTP), right from 2004. According to a recent report of Amir Mir, (the News International, February 6, 2013), “U.S warns Pakistan against signing peace deal with TTP.” The crux of the report is that, through its highest diplomatic channels, President Obama has warned Pakistani civil and military authorities against striking a deal with TTP. The report also warned that, any deal with Pakistani Taliban at this stage “could invite the wrath of the US and might result in the suspension of military and economic assistance.” This harsh warning came amongst the rumours that, Pakistan is striking a secret deal with TTP, which offered dialogues with Government at about the same time. Perhaps, owing to US warnings, the Govern-

ment of that time did not strike a deal with TTP. Later on, the frustrated TTP leadership also denounced the offer after the killing of one of its senior member Waliur Rehman, in a CIA driven drone attack. As indicative from the track record of US drone attacks, any TTP militant, who desired to broker a deal with the Government or military establishment was killed, anyhow. In the so far history of Pakistan’s fighting against terrorism, the militants of TTP have proved deadly for the state of Pakistan and its armed forces. They have reached over to military installations; Army, Navy and Air Force. They have targeted Government installations and did not spare the innocent civilians’ including the Muslims while offering prayers. How can they label themselves with the Islam and Islamic ideology? What type of Islam, they are preaching. Indeed, from their behavior and anti-Islamic acts, one can easily find out that, their all acts are against the basic essence of Islam. Then the question arises, what are their motives. Evidently; anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam. Then whose purpose TTP is fulfilling? Surely, not Pakistani ones. We have to find the forces behind these militants and can we combat them or fight them indefinitely. As evident, Pakistani security, forces are combating terrorism of TTP and its allies as a continuous process since last one decade. TTP is a non-state actor, fighting against the well-trained and well-equipped Army. Whereas, the Army and other security forces are facing budgetary constraints, there is no dearth of finances and sophisticated weaponry to TTP. The question arises, after all, who supports them with un-interrupted finances and weaponry.

Surely, those forces and powers, who want them to fight against the state of Pakistan and do not bother them in Afghanistan. What to talk of TTP, even Afghan militants have been motivated to launch regular and irregular attacks along the Pak-Afghan border. Once Pakistan has all the evidences as to who promote terrorism in the country and through whom, then, why should the stakeholders remain dormant. The best way forward is create awareness among the people, especially the affected areas and engage them through dialogue process. The youth being used as tool have to be made aware about the conspiracy of global powers and its consequences. After all, “There comes a point in any serious peace process when the enemies have to become partners; you have a common aim and you have to decide how to get there. That is what happened with the IRA and the British government. The British government had to do things that it would not naturally do, but which helped the IRA to persuade its radical wing that it was worth negotiating. There were people on the radical republican wing who were outside of the peace process and the IRA then became the group who knew who those people were.” The people at the helm of affairs should find a place for the dialogue and negotiations with militants (TTP in this case) in the National Counter Terrorism Strategy, being formulated since last few years. Fighting terrorist blindly would increase their strength and influence, which is the desire of TTP sponsors. —The writer is an analyst of international relations.

xactly two years ago, at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, the News of the World – after 168 years of publication – was closed by its proprietor Rupert Murdoch. In its aftermath, everyone – including the newspaper industry – agreed that the existing regulatory structure did not work effectively and needed to be replaced. Lord Justice Leveson in his inquiry report last November recommended a beefed-up system of self-regulation, backed by statute. This newspaper, along with most of its competitors, opposed any form of legislative underpinning as inimical to free speech, a view that was shared by David Cameron. Since then, there has been an arcane debate, whose details were lost on most people, about whether and how an independent self-regulator could be established by Royal Charter. In the end, however, most newspaper readers are concerned less with the procedural mechanics (about which organisations such as Hacked Off obsess) and are more interested to know that a tough system exists to consider their complaints against publications and offer redress. The industry has drawn up plans for just such an independent and robust body to replace the Press Complaints Committee. Known as the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), it will address all the failings of the old PCC while having new powers to impose fines, conduct investigations and order corrections. Most importantly, it would keep the state at arm’s length from newspapers, as it has been for more than 300 years. Recent stories exposing scandals in the NHS and the police have demonstrated the importance of a free and fearless press, just as the phone-hacking affair showed the need for a robust regulator. By pressing ahead with the creation of Ipso without any further political interference, we can now have both. — The Telegraph


Hear Malala out


he teenage icon from Paki stan has made a strong point. Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban and is now a leading campaigner for children’s right to education, proudly told the United Nations on Friday that books and pens scare the extremists, and it is here that the world needs to invest. The 16year-old could rightly be credited for highlighting the issue of girls’ right to education in the restive areas of Pakistan. Malala who weathered several storms as she reported to the BBC Service on the state of girl child education — at times when army operation was under way against the extremists in Swat valley and schools were shut — now stands on the pedestal of leadership and invites the world conscience to recast their priorities in fighting the controversial war on terrorism. What Malala said before the world body or had done in the last couple of months to promote the need for investing in education — as she recovered from her nearfatal injury — is not an easy task. She prides in the fact that the Taliban attack had made her more resolute. The little brave heart says that no amount of persecution can now silence her and that she is committed to see education for all in the backward areas of Pakistan. “I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and the terrorists and extremists”, Malala told a stunning audience from the podium of the world body in New York. The onus is now on the world leaders to realise what Malala had taken courage to say in adversity, and further her vision of peace in education. Having doled out billions in armament and security alliances, it’s time for the stakeholders to take a break and invest in human capital. Malala simply represents the millions who find themselves voiceless under the apathy of Taliban and state-centric repression. — Khaleej Times

That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments. Samuel Johnson British lexicographer

Musharraf’s trial: A non-military issue Voice of the People Waseem Ahmad


owadays the country’s politi cal circles are inundated by a debate regarding conducting trial of former President Musharraf for blatantly and contemptuously subverting the constitution twice. An overwhelming majority of legal experts, politicians and analysts support this view that the former dictator must be taken to task for his heinous crime of high treason under high treason act 1973 and article 6 be applied on him if the charges are successfully proven against him. This step is sine qua non for establishing rule of law, supremacy of constitution and also installing deterrence against any future adventurism. Unfortunately, the aides of Musharraf come up with misleading, baseless and strange arguments to create an environment of suspicion and fear as if any step is taken against former despot , military will be compelled to give an institutional response to save the skin of their ex

chief and consequently it will prove fatal for this nascent democracy. From their arguments, one is injected with this belief as if the civilian institutions are still weak and feeble enough to kick off the trial of a criminal for his wrong doings only because he has uniform background. These sayings of people like Sheikh Rasheed also make the mockery of the categorical statements reiterated by General Kiyani assuring the nation of the unwavering commitment of the armed forces with democracy and constitution. As for as, the reaction of military is concerned, as an institution it will have no objection on Musharraf trial because he has given nothing to military except tarnished image, public hatred and rampant suicide attacks. During the tenure of Musharraf soldiers felt lost in demoralization, disrespect and confusion. So why will they do an unconstitutional thing for such an incompetent and selfish commander. And Army has already done much favor to him by helping him move out of the country in 2008 in respectable way. Furthermore, army has also

conveyed him not to comeback and put the entire organization in an awkward position. But Musaharaf had a conspiracy in his mind to implicate the incumbent army chief too in this case. Musharraf is so selfish to slaughter the institutional honor at the altar of his personal glory. So why will military stand to rescue such a mean person. The recent events of past few weeks also suggest that the military will remain indifferent to the trial of Musharraf. In addition to this the argument is entirely baseless that the start if this trial will restrain the army from concentrating on the troops withdrawal in Afghanistan. Actually Pakistan army is a professional institution for which such trial sort of things are non issue. Secondly, after the retirement of Musharraf, his forming a party and contesting elections, it has become a political issue, and being a professional organization army is bound ,under constitution, to stay away from politics. In addition to this, the US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan is not only the concern of army, it is also the primary focus of po-

litical leadership and foreign office. So let the law takes it course. In addition to this the trial cannot be called settling a personal vendetta because the government has announced it in following the directives of Supreme Court. Had it been something regarding personal enmity, PML-N could have made it a part of election manifesto. Moreover, all the political parties except few individuals supported the decision of government. Finally, this fact needs acknowledgement from all and sundry in that Pakistan has changed a lot in past few years. New power centers, like vigilant media and vibrant judiciary, have emerged. Now the hegemony of one institution has been curtailed. If it is a common voice of media judiciary parliament and civil society to prosecute Musharaf then he should be put to trial come what may. Everybody, including Musharaf, his aides and any institution, should have unflinching faith in lawd trust on independent judiciary that justice will be served. And above all, vigilant media is there to ensure transparency.

Gloomy tourism prospects in Pakistan Saman Zulfqar


illing of ten mountaineers at the Nanga Parbat base camp has been widely condemned not just in Pakistan but in the whole world. Killing of these climbers will prove a setback to Pakistan’s already embattled tourism industry that otherwise could have flourished given the favourable and tourist friendly environment. Post 9/11,wave of terrorism and suicide attacks in the whole country in general and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular has badly affected all the areas, tourism industry was among the worst hit. Sectarian and ethnic violence in Gilgit Baltistan has also contributed in worsening law and order situation and decline of tourism. The whole episode is shrouded in mystery as it is the first attack against tourists in mountainous region, Gilgit Baltistan. On the one hand people in Skardu and Chilas have staged protests and demonstra-

tions against the killings and demanded exemplary punishment for the attackers because these people are the ultimate sufferers whose livelihood depends on these foreign expeditions. On the other hand, this incident couldn’t have happened without local support, as it is impossible for outsiders to reach Nanga Parbat base camp without any guide or escort. Ironically two different organizations claimed the responsibility of the killings but the involvement of foreign elements cannot be ruled out and we have to raise some serious questions that who will get benefit from these killings? It might be an attempt to deteriorate Pakistan- China relationsin the wake of visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to China. Major breakthroughs were anticipated during the visit. Security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan has been a cause of grave concern for Chinese government.In the past, most of the energy projects remained incomplete due to increased security threats to Chinese nationals. Tourism industry in developed states works as backbone of

economy, these states can provide best facilities to tourists coming from across the world.For over a half century, tourism has been expanding in the world not only in developing Western states but Asian states are also trying to follow the suit by providing best facilities to the tourists. For the first time in many years, Thailand an East Asian state, is expected to receive more tourists in 2013 than any other state in the world. Talking about South Asian states Sri Lanka and Nepal presents the promising prospects of tourism. For years, Sri Lanka has remained the popular tourist destination, though thirty years conflict had badly affected its tourist industry but it hasnot just successfully sustained its industrybut expanded it as well in the post conflict years.Likewise Nepal, another South Asian state is also generating revenue by promoting tourism. Its Himalayan stretch has eight peaks having nearly 8000 meters height including the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.The government of Nepal has remarkably introduced mountain flights that of-

fer the closest possible aerial view of Mount Everest.Then mountain biking, paragliding, hot air ballooning, rafting all these activities attract the tourists.The Nepalese tourism is an example for developing states especially for Pakistanthat smaller state with meager resources can develop its industry so well.Gilgit Baltistan with its scenic beauty, and snow clad peaks, has great potential to promote Pakistan’s tourism industry. It is home to eight of the twenty highest peaks in the world that inspires climbers, mountaineers, trekkers and hikers to explore the wonders of the land. To be successful on this front, Pakistan has to overcome its weaknesses and for that purpose government’s first and foremost priority should be the maintenance of law and order situation and the elimination of terrorism that has not only crippled the economic and social life of the people but has also contributed to portray the negative international image of Pakistan. —The writer is a researcher at IPRI.

Views From Abroad

Dealing with Egypt’s de facto leadership Tony Blair


he events that led to the Egyp tian Army’s removal of Presi dent Mohamed Morsi confronted the military with a simple choice: intervention or chaos. Seventeen million people on the street is not the same as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of people power. The equivalent turnout in Britain would be around 13 million people. Just think about it for a moment. The army wouldn’t intervene here, it is true. But the government wouldn’t survive either. The Muslim Brotherhood was unable to shift from being an opposition movement to being a government. Of course governments govern badly or well or averagely. But this is different. The economy is tanking. Ordinary law and order has virtually disappeared. Services aren’t functioning properly. Individual ministers did their best. A few weeks back, I met the tourism minister, who I thought was excellent. He had a sensible plan to revive Egypt’s tourist sector but resigned when the president took the mind-boggling step of appointing as governor of Luxor (a key tourist destination) someone who was affiliated

with the group responsible for Egypt’s worst-ever terror attack, in Luxor, which killed more than 60 tourists in 1997. Now the army is faced with the delicate and arduous task of steering the country back on to a path toward elections and a rapid return to democratic rule. We must hope that they can do this without further bloodshed. Meanwhile, someone will have to run things and govern. This will mean taking some very tough, even unpopular decisions. It is not going to be easy. What is happening in Egypt is the latest example of the interplay, visible the world over, among democracy, protest and government efficacy. Democracy is a way of deciding on the decision-makers, but it is not a substitute for making the decision. But as countries move from lowto middle-income status, people’s expectations rise. They want quality services, better housing, good infrastructure, especially transport. They resent and will fight against any sense that a clique at the top is barring their way. This is a sort of free democratic spirit that operates outside the convention of democracy that elections decide the government. It is enormously fueled by social media, itself a revolutionary phenomenon. And it moves very fast in precipitating cri-

sis. It is not always consistent or rational. A protest is not a policy, or a placard a program for government. But if governments don’t have a clear argument with which to rebut the protest, they’re in trouble. In Egypt, the government’s problems were compounded by resentment of the ideology and intolerance of the Muslim Brotherhood. People felt that the Brotherhood was steadily imposing its own doctrines on everyday life. Across the Middle East, for the first time, and this is a positive development, there is open debate about the role of religion in politics. Despite the Muslim Brotherhood’s superior organization, there is probably a majority for an intrinsically secular approach to government in the region. Society can be deeply imbued with religious observance, but people are starting to realize that democracy only works as a pluralistic concept where different faiths are respected and where religion has a voice, not a veto. For Egypt, with an immense and varied civilization, around 8 million Christians and a young population who need to be connected to the world, there really isn’t a future as an Islamic state that aspires to be part of a regional caliphate. So what should the West do? Egypt is the latest reminder that the

region is in turmoil and won’t leave us alone, however we may wish it would. Disengagement is not an option, because the status quo is not an option. Any decision not to act is itself a decision of vast consequence. At its crudest, we can’t afford for Egypt to collapse. So we should engage with the new de facto power and help the new government make the changes necessary, especially on the economy, so that they can deliver for the people. Our interests demand that we are engaged. We have to take decisions for the long term, because short term there are no simple solutions. What U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is doing now with such dedication and drive on the Israeli/Palestinian issue is exemplary. If it matters, act on it, however hard. We are in a long haul transition in the Middle East. It is difficult, time-consuming and expensive. We feel it should be someone else’s job to help sort it out. But it is our job. This struggle matters to us. The good news is that there are millions of modern and openminded people out there. They need to know we are on their side, their allies, prepared to pay the price to be there with them. The writer was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2010. — Courtesy: The Observer

Greeting a new day..!


t’s a new day! It’s a new day!” sang the sun joyously as it rose over a sleeping world. And from every tree a collective caw, a chirp and a cheep of praise rose in crescendo as they were warmly awakened by God’s own sunny herald. And when they had in full throated exultation greeted their maker, they turned and with joyful eyes looked to go about their daily businesses. But below those same shaky, swaying branches, men,

women and children also felt the first rays of God’s messenger of hope…. But their greeting was different. With eyes full of sleep, they pulled warm blankets more closely over themselves and tried to ward of the smiling rays. “Wake up!” laughed the sun. “Get out!” muttered the sleepy people. “It’s a new day!” shouted the sun. “Oh for longer night!” grumbled the sleeping forms. Meanwhile the crows in their branches, the sparrows in the trees, the cuckoo in the foliage, all continued to add to the full throated din….. It was a noisy cacophony to the people below….. It was not for a God above…… The sounds of simultaneous welcome, was music to His ears, as

He watched the sun in gay abandon, wrestling its way up into the sky, yellowing a grey dawn into a lithe lightheartedness…. The cries of the birds spelt hope, and a looking forwardness to a day where just being alive was happiness…. Some birds in joyous spirits zoomed into the air, and some just cawed and chirped and cheeped… The trees were alive with happiness….The warm rays crept steadily but slowly, stealthily but surely into the sleeping households and onto the slumbering members…. …… Unlike the poor birds who had shivered through the night in rain and wind, these here had been warm and snug….Unlike the birds, who had slept with danger lurking on

ground and branch, the people with reinforced roofs and weighty walls had slept secure….Yet…..They, with scowls and frowning faces…with eyes burdened with sleep, looked at the sun as some unruly, insolent intruder….. While……….The birds in chorus, cawed and chirped and cheeped aloud with joy. For a moment the sun looked up and wondered when these comfortable two legged creatures who had more to praise their creator than those winged ones on trees would also rise and praise Him just like these who cawed and chirped and cheeped with joy morning after morning after morning..!. —

Change the brutal system ASIM IQBAL


ccording to media reports a woman, mother of two, on the orders of a tribal court (Panchayat) was stoned to death for having cell phone in Dera Gahzi Khan and buried without performing proper funeral rituals. This act is a glimpse that women in our country are not only deprived of their basic rights but they are also treated as inhuman creatures. This incident also throws a light on the fact that we are living in strong patriarchal society. Specially in tribal areas women are considered as property of men and father, brother and husband treat them like their slaves. In these societies women are forced to practise centuries old customs and those who violate these traditions are awarded brutal punishment through Panchayat or Jirga proceedings to make them example for others. These illegal panchayats and Jirgas work under the patronage of influential people and therefore no one dare to arrest their members. There is need that all political parties, setting aside their political interests, should unite for the legislation against panchayat and jirga system and those people who are running this illegal judicial system should be declare terrorist. —Via email

CNG& gas generators MUHAMMAD SADIQ Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which consists largely of methane, is used cautiously all over the world and that too mostly for heavy transport vehicles. This is because the CNG tank is like a live bomb ready to go off in situations like a traffic accident, a big jolt on a bumpy road, cigarette lighting, and the poor quality of the tank itself. In heavy vehicles it can be safely enclosed but not in small ones. In a country like ours with a hotchpotch vehicular traffic and use of substandard materials it is not an ideal fuel to use in the vehicles. Moreover, because of its cheaper price, unnecessary outings in CNG cars have become commonplace clogging the roads and resulting in wastage of the precious gas. There are also reports of unlimited theft of gas at CNG stations through the connivance of station owners and the Sui gas authorities amounting to a loss of billions of rupees. There is a limited amount of gas produced in our country and if this was used to produce cheap electricity instead, the whole economy would benefit enormously. The Sui gas authorities have banned the use of gas-run generators in homes. This appears to be under pressure from the UPS importers who stand to lose billions if gas is allowed for generators. For the common man, a gas generator is much more economical and useful than a UPS because a small generator costs much less than a UPS set and is much easier to maintain. The Sui gas authorities are requested to allow the use of less than 3 KW generators which use gas equal to one hearth-burner, and ban only the ones that can run air-conditioners. Otherwise the public will be forced to think that they too are enjoying large commissions from the UPS companies. I therefore humbly request the Government of Pakistan to ban the use of CNG for cars and wagons and allow it only for heavy public transport vehicles under strict supervision. Also small gas generators may kindly be allowed for domestic use. —Muzaffargarh

PM’s ISI visit MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Your editorial “PM indicates to take ISI along”(July 13) has rightly supported and welcomed the visit of Prime Minister to ISI Headquarters. This should work as a good move to counter a less than necessary statement made by the interior minister in national assembly that army should get rid of Pasha like Generals’ could have asked DG ISI to brief him at the PM House that he deliberately avoided to defeat the rumor mongers. There are still apprehensions that army and government is not at the same page because army continues to dominate the state of affairs. As pointed out in the editorial the contents of briefing have not surfaced but this meeting shall go a long way in bridging the gap between premier intelligence agency and the government. But one thing is apparent that PM must have politely sounded the ISI that henceforth no independent policymaking and execution and it must have the approval of the government. He would have further emphasized that no more political role except professional tasks. But there should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that Mian Nawaz Sharif will not allow any type of even small hindrance or resistance from the armed forces in running the affairs of the country.PM’s track record is very clear, he wants civilian supremacy over the establishment and would not allow anybody to meddle in country’s affairs. Our state is under attack by militants, the situation in Baluchistan, FATA, KPK and Sind is getting out of control. All our agencies have to sit jointly and chalk out proper security policy

without wasting any more time and come out from the notion that it is more powerful. We have lost so much in this game that country can no more afford any adventure in future. PM should have avoided taking CM Punjab with him. Any one who advised him it was an ill advised move. Why give chance to anyone to raise finger on PM that could be avoided.PM has to move slow and cautiously as the journey is full of thorns with multifarious issues confronting the country. It is hoped that various stakeholders also understand the critical situation of country and would certainly work as one team under the guidance of PM —Karachi

FPSC result HANIA ABBASI FPSC announced the final result of CE-2012 on May 20, 2013 without any mention of the domicile of the candidates. Up till now there is no clarity about the domicile, number of vacancies and the timing for announcement of allocation. Nobody dares to call FPSC after getting disrespect and humiliation from the Telephone operators of FPSC. FPSC has announced the date of CE-2014 and for its new adventure of Screening Test without any care for the successful candidates of CE-2012. They all are half hearted and nobody is sure that whether he/she would be allocated or not and are unable to prepare for their next exam. Their future is at stake and nobody is ready to accept his fault. It is humbly requested that for God’s sake stop playing with the emotions of others. FPSC and Establishment Division should stop putting ball in the court of one another. They must perform their duty timely. —Bahawalpur

Irregularities in CAA & airports M AHMED As reported in the press the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudry while hearing case to probe into the irregularities as a result of audit by AG of Pakistan in the construction of New Benazir Bhutto International Airport and ordered that contractors passports be deposited in the Registrar’s office. The PC-1 of this project was around Rs 31 Billion and is now going to end up around 90 billion.Likewiise Multan terminal building was to be built at cost Rs 2 billion now it is touching Rs 8 billion. This decision of probing irregularities will open new chapter in the history of Pakistan. Gone are the days when people could get away with corruption, favoritism and maladministration. The SC should also go through the contractual appointments carried out by present DG CAA. In his first posting he appointed a retired Air Cdre( reported to be his relative) as IT consultant that was not needed at all at Rs 550000/- PM with free boarding and lodging who was operating on his personal cell phone and private email address. Interesting feature of this hiring was that he was on LPR.His terms of service were so tailor made that it only benefitted him. During his second tenure (now under dispute) he appointed a retired brigadier Chief of Security when senior GM’s are available. The story does not end here . He appointed two retired Air Vice Marshals as Chief Operations Transition Advisers for New Benazir Bhutto International Airport and Multan International Airport without any justification at hefty salaries and other privileges. CAA has built two international airports Jinnah International Airport at Karachi and Allama Iqbal International Airport at Lahore. CAA project directors ensured that the consultants appointed go by the book. It is on record that for that gigantic task not a single Chief Operations Transition Adviser was appointed. Not the least he rehired services of Administrator CAA Schools aged 74 years whose contract was cancelled twice by previ-

ous DG CAA. CAA has appointed Project management consultants M/s Louis Berger for NBBIAP Islamabad and M/s ECIL for Multan international at hefty consultation fee. It is their responsibility to ensure smooth transition of both the projects to the satisfaction of CAA director projects. Why have advisers? Some time back a post of Chief coordinator Mega Projects was created to accommodate present DG CAA whose contract was terminated prematurely but it was opposed by Ministry of defense. After a few months same coordinator was made DG CAA. The role of MOD also needs to be probed as they failed to check the irregularities and contractual hirings. It is very unfortunate that institutions are being run as personal properties. The poor nation can not afford these luxuries at the cost of poor people. It is hoped SC shall call for the documents of all such hiring’s to see how the national wealth is being plundered. —Via email

Ramzan package RAJA GHAZANFAR ALI During the Government of ex President Of Pakistan General Zia-ulHaque from 1977 up to 1987, The Ramzan package would always remain opened for a period of two months ie it was started Just 15 days before starting of Holy month of Ramzan and then ended 15 days after the end of Holy month of Ramzan for the convenience of the people of Pakistan. But now, situation has been changed since the death of of Pakistan. General Zia-ul-Haque . Now all the subsequent governments have adopted and introduced a new policy of Ramzan Packet by reducing the period from two months to one month Similarly, now utility stores remain opened for hardly 21 or 22 days during 29 or 30 days of Holy month of Ramzan. Because, the utility stores then remain closed for three or four days in the last week of holy month of Ramzan on the pretention of Audit purpose and after this, all the staff of the utility stores then run away to their native home villages just two days before Eid for the celebration of EID . Hence in this short period, how it is possible for the old aged customers to purchase the needful items from the utility store in suffocated heavy rush in the non air conditioned utility store in hot season of summer. Besides this, often, it is noted that most items are not available in the utility store because of finishing of stock. It is also noted that such facilities of Ramzan packets existed in the urban areas but such facilities of Ramzan Packets are not being provided in the 80% populated persons of rural areas. I will request the most respected friend Mian Nawaz Sharif Sahib that 1)- He may kindly extend the facility of Ramzan Packet up to 15th of Shawal (2)- He may kindly issue strict directive to Managing Director of Utilty Store Corporation of Pakistan that every needful items should be available in sufficient qty for the convenience of the customers 3)- He may kindly advise MD USCP That necessary arrangement should be made at every cost for the providing most needful items of the Ramzan packet in all the rural areas of Pakistan by using mobile service of utility stores at least twice in a week by using tralers/ containers/trucks etc. 4)- That all utilities stores should remain open upto 12-00 PM (Mid Night) so that customers should be able to purchase needful items after Travih prayers. I hope that our Prime Minister will surely accede to my humble request in a good faith and for a noble cause. —Rawalpindi

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Peshawarites, PTI Govt united against WAPDA

Muzaffarabad, GB, Srinagar From Back Page across the Cease-Fire Line needs to be set up. In future Kashmir Peace Conferences should be held in Muzaffarabad, Srinagar, Jammu, Gilgit, Kargil, Islamabad and New Delhi. The dispute of the land needs to be addressed on the land. Appreciating the world awareness about Kashmir issue, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan suggested that the European Union, British Commonwealth of nations and the OIC must share their role for Kashmir solution. Based on the road map provided by UN resolutions, a revised peace plan for the Kashmir Dispute is need of the hour. He expressed his opinion that Jammu & Kashmir could not be a dispute at all, according to the South Asian geographic adjustment in 1947, Jammu and Kashmir landmass was to be awarded to Pakistan. A simple arithmetic was agreed upon by all parties. In this regard Standstill agreement offered by Maharaja Hari Singh and accepted by Pakistan is another most relevant document to be considered. After the acceptance of Standstill agreement on Aug 15,1947 Pakistan flags were hoisted on official buildings and all outgoing mail from Srinagar Post Office was stamped in the name of Pakistan, thus the writ of Pakistan was established in Jammu and Kashmir. I wonder how this bedrock document remained out of sight, he added.

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LAHORE: Vehicles on their way during heavy rain in the provincial capital

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project on Jhelum River in Azad Jammu and Kashmir with capacity to generate (84MW) 470 million Kwh per annum would be inaugurated on Monday. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is likely to inaugurate Pakistan’s first private hydropower IPP in Mirpur, AJK.The 84 MW run-of-the river New Bong Escape Hydropower Project would replace approximately 135,000 tons of oil import valued in excess of US$ 100 million per annum.Laraib’s New Bong Escape Hydropower Project will contribute 540 Gwh of green energy annually into the National Grid under a 25 year PPA with NTDC. This project will provide cheaper electricity and energy security to the country. Laraib Energy Ltd is a subsidiary of Hub Power Company (Hubco). Hubco is now also poised to be the first IPP to convert its power station to coal to provide even cheaper energy than at present and save hun-

the government wants to change all CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) of Discos, Gencos and Wapda. The government has already issued the advertisements on the newspapers seeking the participation of top class candidates to be appointed as CEOs on the said slots in a transparent manner. Supreme Court had earlier asked the sitting government to appoint new CEOs of all important organization through transparent process and appoint a commission comprising individuals of integrity that will interview the candidates and apL AHORE —Residents of point them. Wandala Road, Shahdara, have demanded Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif take From Page 1 notice of encroachments on the Sangar, Zawao Adda and main bazaar. Talking to APP on Sunday, Khawngai area of Dara Adam Khel region, six militants hide- Saleem Raza, Aashar Bhatti, Nadeem Mughal, Sheikh Afzal, outs were destroyed. Military officials believe Rana Kaleem, Mian Khurrum and mountains linking the Orakzai, Haji Naeem said several applicaKhyber and Kurram tribal areas tions had been sent to the authoriare one of the main strongholds ties but no action against enfor the Taliban-linked militants croachers had been taken. They complained that influential people in Pakistan. Another senior military of- forced shopkeepers to rent their ficial in Peshawar confirmed fronts which had narrowed the bathat air strikes had taken place zaar and it caused problems for “somewhere between Orakzai residents. They said the road had been narrowed due to installation and Khyber”. of illegal stalls during Ramazan and Sunday bazaars.—APP

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dreds of millions of dollars being spent on oil imports every year. One of the biggest issues of power sector in Pakistan is the expensive power generation, and the inauguration of country’s first private sector hydro IPP by Laraib has paved the way for private sector investment in hydropower projects for producing cheap electricity. The project was scheduled to be completed in 42 months, itself a demanding target, but has been completed over 2 months earlier; comparing 3 similar low-head hydropower projects on the Ohio River, USA totaling 191MW started 1 year before NBE Hydropower Project but still have 1 year to commercial operations. The New Bong Escape Hydropower Project has the distinction of being Pakistan’s first hydropower project to be registered with the United Nations’

Framework Convention on Climate Change as clean mechanism development (CDM) Project, and has made solid contribution in offsetting green house emission globally. The Asian Development Bank and other lending banks, multilateral IDB, IFC and Proparco France and two domestic commercial banks NBP and HBL, played a very pro-active and constructive role in structuring the project and finance documents thus making this pioneering project a reality. The successful completion of Pakistan’s first independent hydropower project by a private investor, in record time, has given hope for harnessing the vast potential of the country’s water sector. As per official estimates, Pakistan has 100,000 MW of hydel power generation. However, only about 6,500 MW of potential has been harnessed so far.

Call to remove Indian army chief to review J&K security situation encroachments

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74 new measles cases reported

LAHORE—With 74 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, the number of measles cases in Punjab in the last six and a half months has reached 22,298. According to health department officials, at least 188 deaths have been reported so far while most deaths occured in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Sialkot.—APP

NEW DELHI—In the backdrop of recent terror activities in the state, Army chief Gen Bikram Singh will be in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday to review security situation with the state government and top military commanders. Gen Singh will reach Srinagar on Monday where he will hold discussions with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and governor NN Vohra, senior Army sources told PTI here. During the visit, the Army chief will be given a detailed briefing by the 15 Corps commander Lt Gen Gurmit Singh on the activities of terrorists and the security situation in the Kashmir valley, they said.

The visit comes after an increase in the militant activities in the state including an attack on an Army convoy on June 24 in which eight jawans were killed and several others injured. The newly-appointed Northern Army commander Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra is also scheduled to brief the Army chief about the security scenario in the state. The Army chief is also expected to be given a detailed briefing about the situation along the line of actual control (LAC) with China. The Army is taking several measures to strengthen its position at LAC in view of the recent incursion by the Chinese troops in Depsang valley and the situation in the Chumar sector.—PTI

Mental Hospital treating 500 patients daily LAHORE—Punjab Institute of Mental Health is providing medical facilities to about 300 to 500 psychic patients at its outdoor daily. These views were expressed by PIMH Executive Director Dr Nusrat Habib in an interview with APP here on Sunday. He said the PIMH was providng treatment not only to patients from Pakistan but also from India, Afghanistan, Iran and Myanmar, adding that sev-

eral prisoners, who were suffering from different mental diseases, were also being treated in PIMH. He said the mental hospital was the only facility of its kind in the province which was built in 1900, where about 1400 patients including addicts were treated at a time. He complained that several letters had been written to the health department about the shortage of staff including doc-

tors, nurses and paramedics but the problems were always overlooked.Dr Rana said that a ward of 100 beds had been approved and PC1 had also been passed but construction could not be started due to lack of funds. He said PIMH had to organise several programmes and seminars in halls and auditoriums of other institutions due to the unavailability of an auditorium at the hospital.—APP

its political hierarchy from top to bottom. The party enjoys enough strength to win presidential elections with considerable margin. During the last forty hours, an important development had taken place with the departure of Zardari on Friday on a threeweek private visit to UAE and UK. He is expected to return for a short period to celebrate Eid next month but again he will leave Pakistan for good. The PPP sources said he has no interest in presidential elections. Due to security concerns and of course to avoid complications in the country when he will not be enjoying legal immunity, Zardari will prefer to settle abroad. A serious threat is looming large on him after assassination of his Chief Security officer Bilal Sheikh in Karachi. After his departure, there will a sea change in the political scenario. The PPP which suffered a serious blow in May 11 elections, will brave another storm after the departure of its ‘Man of Iron’. Who will steer the party out of this mess is a six million dollar question.

Indian govt From Page 1 amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). The official has alleged Verma levelled the damaging charge while debunking IB’s inputs labelling the three killed with Ishrat in the June 2004 encounter as Lashkar terrorists. Contacted by Times of India, Verma refused to comment. “I don’t know what the complaint is, made when and to whom. Nor am I interested in knowing. I cannot speak to the media on such matters. Ask the CBI,” said the Gujarat cadre IPS officer who after being relieved from the SIT is working as principal of the Junagadh Police Training College. The attacks were launched to strengthen the anti-terrorism laws. It may be recalled that India had accused Pakistan of its involvement in both of the attacks and started a propaganda campaign maligning Pakistan based organizations and its agencies for the attacks. Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab have already been hanged by Indian government in parliament and 26/11 cases respectively.—NNI

Pak, India From Page 1 While talking to media, the officials said that Pakistan will import at least 2500 mega watts of electricity from India which will result a significant decrement in energy shortage. According to sources, half output of the electricity generation is dependant on the plants running with furnace-oil which will be transferred to coal and alternative resources. Reiterating on major effects on the country’s economy by poor condition of energy sector, the sources claimed that previous government faced Rs10 trillion losses during five years due to load shedding while corruption in power sectors resulted loss of Rs270 billion.—NNI

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LAHORE: Women gather to receive ration distributed by philanthropists at Baghban Pura.

registered and four arrests made following raids at 12 different locations”, said he. Moreover, LESCO has issues show-cause notices to 11 Sub-Divisional Office SDOs for sleeping on the job.

nounced a series of protest demonstrations all over the province from Monday (today). “The inhuman load shedding even during Iftaar and Sehr is a well-planned conspiracy to undermine the PTI government in the province which will be foiled with full might”. A group of parliamentarians belonging to the ruling PTI declared during a news conference here Sunday morning. The PTI law makers while taking strong exception to the scheduled and unscheduled power outage in Peshawar and other parts of the province during the holy month of Ramzan, said the party was left with no option but to consult people over this injustice adding the protest demonstrations would be led by the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and PTI ministers and parliamentarians in the entire province. “This is ridiculous that Khyber Pukhtunkhwa is facing unjust and inhuman load-shedding despite being the largest power producer of the country and that cannot be tolerated any longer”. The PTI law makers warned. The federation, the law makers alleged, was resorting to discriminatory treatment with the KP adding protest demos would be kicked off if the situation was not improved and load

From Page 1 shedding not stopped by Monday. The lawmakers also demanded immediate removal of Chief Executive PEPCO amid the pledge that the PTI would go to any extent to fulfill promises, which it made with the people of this country in general and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in particular. It would not be impertinent to mention that the dwellers of Peshawar and other parts of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa have been subjected to worst kind of power outage as well as low electricity voltage that has literally brought the life to stand still here. A large number of areas in Peshawar are these days experiencing 8 to 12 hours load shedding and the situation has even gone worst with the advent of Ramzan. On the other hand the low power voltage has added fuel to the fire. The air conditions and refrigerators in seventy percent of the areas in Peshawar have stopped working owing to low voltage except for few hours and the people are complaining on regular basis the damaging of their electrical appliance due to release of extremely low power voltage from the national grid and variations in the electricity voltage. “We were surely expecting respite in the power outage with

the installation of the new government in the center but unfortunately the situation has gone grave compared to the previous government” an infuriated consumer told Pakistan Observer. “This is really inhuman that we cannot even get a few hours sleep even in the night after tiresome routine of the day as the electricity is either missing or voltage is too low which would never allow the Air conditioners to run”. A businessmen lamented. The PESCO authorities when contacted, expressed their helplessness in the whole state of affairs saying they have no say in the load shedding schedule and the low voltage which often drops to 160 as the same is managed and controlled by the National grid in Islamabad that is least bothered about the concern shown by the KP Assembly as well as the Pesco authorities. The people KP strongly believe that since the new setup has already been installed in the center and has expressed its firm resolve to mitigate the sufferings of the masses with regard to minimizing the load shedding and overcome energy crisis, those at the helm of WAPDA affairs should not test the endurance of the this province any longer and respond to the genuine complaints of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa before it is too late.

Technical reasons behind Sehr, Iftar power outages: Asif eral cities across the country including Karachi and Lahore were hit by power outages during Sehri on Sunday. Various areas of Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan and Swat among several cities Sunday once again experienced unannounced load shedding during Sehri time. The authorities had claimed that the power load shedding would not at carried out in Sehri, Iftari and Taraweeh timings Power outages were reported from Karim park, Qasurpura, Ravi Road, Misri Shah, Chah Miran, Bhati Gate, Lohari Gate in Lahore, much to the inconvenience of the people during Sehri.

From Page 1 In Karachi, several areas including Ahsanabad, Gulshan Maymar, Sarjani Town, Buffer Zone, North Karachi, New Karachi, Gulshan Iqbal, Gulistan Iqbal and Malir remained without electricity during Sehri. Power outages were also reported from Faisalabad, Khanewal, Chakwal, Renala Khurd, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Hayderabad, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Swat, Shorkot, Jahangira, Mirpur Khas, Shahdadkot and Kohat at Sehar timings. Meanwhile, the power shortfall has mounted to 5,000 megawatts across the country.

According to the Water and Power Ministry sources, current demand of the electricity is 17,500 megawatts but the production is only 12,500 megawatts. Earlier Saturday, the power production mounted to 13,500 megawatts but on Sunday 1500 megawatts has been produced less than the previous day. Currently, power demand in twin city is 1,500 megawatts but only 700 megawatts of the electricity is being supplied to the IESCO for Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The twin cities are facing 850 megawatts’ shortfall now, informed the Water and Power Ministry officials.—NNI

Syrian troops advance against rebels in Damascus D A M A S C U S —Government could not be independently veri- tal, the seat of Assad’s power. troops fired tank shells and artillery in heavy clashes between Syrian forces and rebels Sunday on the edge of Damascus, where the military has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months. The Syrian army has seized the momentum in the civil war over the past three months, wresting back territory lost to rebel forces and solidifying its hold over contested areas, particularly on the fringes of Damascus. Two of the embattled districts are Jobar and Qaboun, from which rebels frequently launch mortar rounds on the heart of the capital. A Syrian military commander said forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have recaptured 60 percent of Jobar, south of Qaboun, and were trying to retake the rest. The commander talked to reporters Sunday during a military escorted tour of Jobar organized by the Information Ministry. His claim

fied. An Associated Press reporter on the tour saw widespread destruction that pointed to heavy fighting in the neighborhood. Marble tile factories were destroyed. Reporters made their way in the devastated area by climbing through holes knocked in walls because of warnings of rebel snipers in the area. At least two bodies, apparently those of rebel gunmen, lay on the floor of a bunker described by the official as a “terrorist” hideout. “The army is advancing rapidly in Jobar ... the area will be secured in the next few days according to a well-studied plan,” the commander said. He declined to be named in line with regulations. Jobar is near the road linking Damascus with its eastern suburbs known as Eastern Ghouta. Rebels have been using the road to transport weapons and other supplies to the capi-

Assad’s government routinely describes the rebels fighting to overthrow him as terrorists playing out a foreign conspiracy hatched by Israel, the United States and some of its Arab allies in the region, like Qatar and Saudi Arabia. During the tour of Jobar, reporters were taken to a hideout the army said it seized a day earlier after killing 30 rebels and their leader there. Reporters were shown RPG mortar rounds and explosive devices, as well as an alleged chemical material with a strong odor. Arabic graffiti on the walls read: “The al-Tawhid Brigade,” and “the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” — names of militant groups fighting to topple Assad. Sunday’s tour came as Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group claimed that 200 civilians were trapped in a mosque in Qaboun as fighting raged outside between rebels and Assad’s army.—AP

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Khurram blasts ton in Royal CC’s win

1st Investec Test: England hold nerve to clinch 14-run win over Australia

Amir survives in IBSF World U-21 Snooker Championship

N O T T I N G H A M — J a m e s call and that meant Ashes- Anderson and England for six runs as Agar (14), PESHAWAR—With a break of K ARACHI —Test batsman Anderson took five wickets holders England had gone 1- batsman Ian Bell, whose sec- Mitchell Starc (one) and Pe- 74, 60 and 57, Amir Tariq of Khurram Manzoor blasted the first century in the ongoing Ramzan events as he knock helped Royal Cricket Club to defeat Karachi Stars by five runs after an exciting contest in the 28th Karachi Gymkhana Cup T20 Ramzan Cricket Tournament at KG Ground on Sunday. Khurram made 112 off 64-balls with ten scorching boundaries and lifted as many as seven sixes as Royal CC batting first, posted a 190 for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Babar Azam slammed three fours and a six in his 54 off 40-balls. Karachi Stars in reply was restricted to 185-5 in their 20 overs. Tasawar Abbas hit a rapid-fire 55 off just 23 balls laced with seven fours and four sixes. In another match of the day, Touchme XI defeated Soni Associates by nine wickets thanks to a sparkling knock of Nadeem Javed 75 in 49 balls studded with ten hits to the boundary and one over it.—APP

ter Siddle (11) were all caught Pakistan led to the second by Cook at first slip to leave round by defeating Wei Cong Australia nine down.—AFP Terence Tham of Singapore in a one-sided affairs of the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker SCOREBOARD Championship being played at Beijing, China on Sunday. England 1st innings: 215 Amir Tariq of Pakistan have Australia 1st innings: 280 74 points break in the first England 2nd innings: 375 frame where he finished with Australia 2nd innings: 91-10, followed by another Watson lbw b Broad ..... 46 break of 60 points in the secRogers b Anderson ...... 52 ond frame and a break of 57 in Cowan c Trott b Root ... 14 the last and fourth frame. Clarke c Prior b Broad ... 23 Amir took the second Smith lbw b Swann ....... 17 frame by 116-8 and got hold of Hughes lbw b Swann ..... 0 taking the third frame by 67Haddin b Anderson ...... 71 33. It was the last and final Agar c Cook frame, Amir did not give his rib Anderson .................... 14 val from Singapore Wig Cong Starc c Cook b Anderson . 1 Terence Tham and got the Siddle b Anderson ........ 11 frame by 97-24. Pattinson not out .......... 25 Badr Obaid Almehairi of Extras: (b 11, lb 10, nb 1)22 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Total: (all out) 296 defeated Mohsin Amin of PaFall of wickets: 1-84, 2-111, kistan by 4-2, the score was 673-124, 4-161, 5-161, 6-164, 7- 23, 48-34, 44-49, 83-09, 23-77 and 207, 8-211, 9-231, 10-296 67-12. Badr Obaid Almehairi reBowling: ........... O-M-R-W corded 70 points break in the Anderson ...... 31.5-11-73-5 fourth frame he won by 83-9 and Broad .................. 23-7-54-2 54 points break in last frame Swann ............. 44-10-105-2 wherein he won by 67-12. HavFinn ..................... 10-3-37-0 ing break of 108 points in the Root ........................ 2-0-6-1 second frame, 102 points break in fifth frame and 52 points frame in the last frame, Wnag Zepeng of China did not give much time to Hamza Akbar to settle down as the two battled his elbow. of sympathy,” said the 32-year- start of the fight, he was very in 4-3 match.—APP Stieglitz was in control from old as Kiyota skipped the post- dangerous.” Kiyota, who the third round onward and fight press conference to go to raised a few eyebrows by turnadmitted he was concerned for hospital. “It was almost un- ing up to the pre-fight press Kiyota as the blood flowed fair to box against someone in conference wearing a surgical K A R A C H I —International down the challenger’s face. that situation. mask, is left with a record of four Shahzaib Hasan smashed an “He couldn’t really see “He had some interesting, defeats, 21 knockouts in 23 vic- aggressive unbeaten half century to lead Port Qasim much anymore and I had a bit unusual movements and at the tories.—AFP Authority (PQA) to a commanding nine wickets victory over NBP in PCB Ramzan Twenty20 Cricket Tournament at National Stadium on BIPIN DANI Saturday. OBSERVER Hard hitting batsman CORRESPONDENT Shahzaib-a member of Pakistan’s ICC World T20 winning team, banged five M U M B A I — H a n i f fours and hoisted four tow- Mohammad, the first “Little ering sixes in his 68 not out Master” of the game inioff 48 balls as PQA raced to tially didn’t wish to answer victory for the loss of one on why he didn’t go for the wicket in 17.4 overs in a surgery in Imran Khanowned cancer hospital in group B. Captain Khalid Latif Pakistan and instead, precracked half a dozen bound- ferred to travel to UK for aries and one six in his 32 off the surgery. “My younger son mere 22 deliveries and Khurram Manzoor returned (Shahzeb) knew a few speundefeated 37 off 40 balls cialists here and that’s how with four sizzling boundaries. I am here”, he said over teleThe pair added 94 runs for phone from his fourth floor the unbroken second wicket hospital bed while watchstand. Earlier Shahzaib with ing Brian Lara’s recorded Khalid gave their team a quick interview on TV. “I have not been obGERMANY: German Robert Stieglitz, left, fights with Japan’s Yuzo Kiyota as he is to start of 60 runs in first six serving Ramadhan fasting defend his WBO super middle weight title during their bout in Dresden. overs.—APP

for the second time in the match as England just held their nerve to win the first Ashes Test against Australia by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Sunday. When Australia lost their ninth wicket on the fifth and final day, they were 80 runs adrift of their victory target of 311 and all but out of the match. But by lunch they were 291 for nine, just 20 runs away from a stunning upset with Brad Haddin 69 not out and James Pattinson unbeaten on 22. However, the third over after lunch saw Haddin, on 71, eventually given out caught behind by opposing wicketkeeper Matt Prior off man-of-the-match Anderson’s full-length delivery England, in a Test full of controversial umpiring decisions, had though first to challenge Pakistani on-field umpire Aleem Dar’s original not out verdict. But third umpire Marais Erasmus, using Hot Spot technology, overturned the

0 up in this five-match series ahead of the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday. Pattinson finished on 25 not out after a last-wicket stand of 65. It was the second remarkable last-wicket Australia partnership of the match after their first innings 163, a tenth wicket Test record featuring teenage debutant Ashton Agar’s 98 — the highest score by a Test No 11. England spearhead seamer Anderson, who took four wickets for 12 runs Sunday, finished with an innings return of five for 73 and a match haul of 10 for 158 - only the second time in his 83-Test career he’d taken 10 or more in a Test following his 11 for 71 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2010. “Australia battled hard and a lot of credit to them. Jimmy was outstanding,” said England captain Alastair Cook at the presentation ceremony. Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke said

ond innings 109 laid the platform for victory, had been the difference between the sides. “The boys can hold their heads high,” said Clarke, after Australia’s fifth straight Test loss, in their first Test under new coach Darren Lehmann, following their 4-0 thrashing in India earlier this year. “It was a wonderful game of cricket but credit to England, they fought well. The two best performers in the match were Ian Bell and Jimmy Anderson and England deserved the win.” Anderson, who has now taken 49 wickets in seven Trent Bridge Tests at just over 17 apiece, admitted: “The match had the nerves going but I love bowling here and I’m happy to pick up some wickets again. “It generally swings here but whatever way we can get the ball moving, it is a bonus for us.” All was going well for England earlier Sunday when Anderson took three wickets

Stieglitz sympathetic for beaten, bloodied Kiyota BERLIN—Super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz admitted he had some sympathy for Yuzo Kiyota after the Japanese challenger boxed on for two rounds despite blood pouring down his face from a cut eye. Stieglitz picked up the 45th win of his career from 48 professional bouts as he defended his WBO belt with a technical points win over Kiyota on Saturday. A cut over Kiyota’s left eye in the eighth round eventually saw the fight stopped after 15 seconds of the 10th and Stieglitz was awarded the fight unanimously 99-90, 100-89, 9990 by the three judges. The referee ruled the decisive cut came from a clash of heads, rather than a punch, which meant the fight was decided on points rather than Stieglitz being awarded a technical knock-out. This was the 29-year-old Kiyota’s first professional bout outside of Japan and he was taken to hospital straight after the fight to have the deep cut over his left eye stitched up. Kiyota was docked a point in the fifth round after repeated warnings for dropping his head and was later warned for using

Shahzaib powers PQA to win in PCB T20 Cup

Cricket Council (ICC) has categorically denied that suspended fast bowler Mohammad Aamir has been allowed to play domestic cricket by the game’s world governing body. A spokesman of the ICC confirmed that the ICC Board had already constituted a four-man committee during the ICC annual conference week last month, on the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board interim committee chairman Najam Sethi, but clarified that any decision regarding Aamir’s five-year ban would only be made by the ICC Board. “Any decision to give any sort of relaxation to Mohammad Aamir will only be made by the ICC Board. The four-man committee comprising Giles Clarke, Wally Edwards, Imran Khawaja and Keith Oliver will present its recommendations to the ICC Board, which will review these before making its decision. Until such time, Aamir will remain suspended from all cricket activities,” the spokesman said. “Any reports that the ICC has allowed Aamir to play domestic cricket or club cricket or use PCB facilities are incorrect,” the spokesman added. Aamir, along with his then skipper Salman Butt and another pacer Mohammad Asif, was banned for five years by an independent anti-corruption tribunal of Michael Beloff in 2011 after he was found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test in August 2010. While Salman and Asif appealed against the bans, Aamir admitted his guilt, attended rehabilitation programmes and also cooperated with the ICC with its investigations. On Aamir’s

five-year ban should be ended in three years. During last month’s ICC conference, Sethi had pleaded Aamir’s case and had

requested the ICC Board to reduce his penalty. Upon Sethi’s request, a committee was constituted to look into the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, as well as Aamir’s case and make recommendations. While the next ICC Board meeting is scheduled in October, it is not necessary that a decision on Aamir will be made in that meeting. “It will be premature to comment when the recommendations will be presented and when the ICC Board will make its decisions,” the ICC spokesman remarked. On Salman Butt, the ICC spokesman said the former Pakistan captain was yet to contact the ICC. “We have seen media reports in which he has accepted his involvement in spot-fixing and has apologised, but till this date, he has not contacted the ICC or its ACSU. “Salman has to come out clean, share information and help the ACSU in its investigations,” he concluded.—APP

Sharapova splits with coach P ARIS (France)—Maria Sharapova split with her coach Thomas Hogstedt on Friday, two weeks after she crashed out of the second round at Wimbledon. Hogstedt, 49, had worked with the former world number one since 2010 and helped her complete a career Grand Slam with victory at the 2012 French Open. “After almost three years of working together, Thomas Hogstedt and I decided to part ways,” Sharapova said in a statement on her website. “Due to personal issues, he was not able to travel in the near future and we both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways. “I am very thankful for all his work, and wish him much success in the future. I will be announcing my new coach in a few days. Very ex-

cited!” Sharapova suffered a surprise second-round loss at Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.—AFP

I want to live for my grand-children, says Hanif but have not had my food today”, he added. When reminded, India’s Little Master (Sunil Gavaskar) is in England too, Hanif Mohammad said, “I always admire him. I have always respected him”. According to the surgeon, Dr. Rober Hutchins, Hanif has well responded to the cancer treatment. “He is extremely well and has been moved from the ICU. He will be allowed to go home next week”, the Dr. said exclusively. “Yes, I had heard about his cricketing abilities when he was first brought to me. I have seen Imran Khan and Javed Miandad playing when I was young”, the surgeon added.

“Hanif Mohammad is not my first cricketer-patient. I have treated world’s few cricketers but would not name them here”, he further added. Dr. Robert Hutchins specialises in liver, biliary and pancreatic surgeries. Hanif Mohammad is very close to his grand-children. “I don’t want to live for myself but for my grandchildren...These were his words”, says his son Shahzeb from London. “Cancer itself is a word the people is scared of. It was unfortunate. I had to break the sad news to the family. Initially shocked, but then my father took it sportingly”, the son added.

Pak women paratroopers make history

Attique suggestion for Kashmir settlement

Muzaffarabad, GB, Srinagar assemblies should meet together HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—Sardar Attique

Minister nixes Abbottabad report issue SHEIKHUPURA—The Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanvir Hussain has said that media should play a patriotic role on sensitive national matters as TARBELA: Pakistan Army lady Para-troopers jumping from MI-17 helicopter. it has played irresponsible role ers were awarded with the Para lady officer who jumped from STAFF REPORTER on Abbottabad Commission reWings (Insignia) by Major MI-17helicopter and marked port. He said this while talking R AWA L P I N D I —Pakistan General Abid Rafique, General the history whereas Captain to journalists during his visit to Army, in another landmark Officer Commanding Special Kiran Ashraf was declared Ramazan Bazaar here on Sunday. achievement, successfully Service Group. According to thebest paratrooper of the The Minister was of the view that completed the first ever Lady ISPR here, a total of 24 Lady batch. Besides challenging media hasn’t play positive, re- Officers Para Trooping Officers of Pakistan Army suc- physical training, Para jumping sponsible role on Abbottabad Course at Para Training cessfully completed three course involved trainingin exit, commission report.—Online School, Peshawar. In this weeks Basic Air Borne course flight and landing techniques. connection, a simple but im- at Parachute Training School The paratroopers are taught pressive ceremony was held Peshawar. to control their parachutes Youth injured by at Tarbella where Lady OfficCaptain Sadia was the first while descendingand to

rivals dies

FAISALABAD—A youth, who was injured by rivals about two weeks ago, died at hospital on Sunday. According to Allied Hospital sources, Kashif of Saeedabad in Civil Line police limits, was injured by his rivals about two weeks ago. Police took the body into custody and started a search for the accused. —APP

New feeder starts work M ULTAN —Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) has operationalised a new feeder in the Garden Town sub-division at a cost of Rs 9 million. Garden Town SDO Muhammad Saleem Gujjar told the media the load of 11 KV Garden Town and Qasim Bela had been shifted to the new feeder. He said the new feeder would help eradicate tripping, low voltage and other technical faults due to overloading at Garden Town and Qasim Bela feeders.—APP

Four culprits held LAHORE —Punjab Highway Patrol have arrested four accused and recovered snatched car and other items besides two pistols and rounds from their possession. The accused were identfiied as Nadeem, Akmal, Usman and Nawaz. HP officials handed over the accused and stolen items to local police for legal action. —APP

Living standard being raised VEHARI—Provincial Minister for Special Education Asif Saeed Maeins said the govt was utilizing all possible resources to raise living standard of the masses. Talking to APP here, he said the country was facing many challenges, including power crisis, and hoped that the government would overcome these challenges very soon. Asif Saeed said the government was focusing on health and education sectors while education for special kids was also included in manifesto of the party. The minister said maximum relief was being provided to the masses in Ramazan Bazaars in collaboration with the trader community.—APP

Pak Taliban set up ‘jihad cell’ in Syria ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR—The Pakistani Taliban have set up camps and sent hundreds of men to Syria to fight alongside rebels opposed to President Bashar alAssad, militants said on Sunday, in a strategy aimed at cementing ties with al Qaeda’s central leadership. More than two years since the start of the anti-Assad rebellion, Syria has become a magnet for foreign Sunni fighters who have flocked to the Middle Eastern nation to join what they see as a holy war against Shia oppressors. Operating alongside militant groups such as the al Nusra Front, described by the United States as a branch of al Qaeda, they mainly come from nearby countries such as Libya and Tunisia driven by similar conflict as a result of the Arab Spring. On Sunday, Taliban commanders in Pakistan said they had also decided to join the cause, saying hundreds of fighters had gone to Syria to fight alongside their “Mujahedeen friends”. When our brothers needed our help, we sent hundreds of fighters along with our Arab friends,” one senior commander told Reuters, adding that the group would soon issue videos of what he described as their victories in Syria. The announcement further complicates the picture on the ground in Syria, where rivalries have already been on the boil between the Free Syrian Army and the Islamists.”—Reuters

carryout emergency measures such as untwisting their rigging lines, takingthe necessary action upon collision with another parachutist and landing inwater. The chief of the Army Staff congratulated all the lady officers and theirtraining staff on successful completion of training and valued their level ofhigh morale.

14 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders assests frozen N ELBaradei sworn in as VP CAIRO—Egypt’s public prosecu- as interim president. The leader tor on Sunday ordered the freezing of assets belonging to 14 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders as part of an investigation into deadly violence, judicial sources said. The order by Hisham Barakat affects nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group’s general guide Mohamed Badie, and five Islamists from other groups including ex-militant faction Gamaa Islamiya, the sources said. The investigation relates to four incidents since the military’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, including clashes in Cairo last Monday in which 53 people died. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Mohammad El-Baradei was sworn in Sunday as vice president for international relations, the presidency said in a statement. Interim President Adly Mansour has earlier appointed the former UN nuclear chief as his vice-president. El-Baradei was among the figures who met military chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and agreed on a roadmap for Egypt that included the ouster of elected President Mohammad Morsi, temporary suspension of the constitution and naming the head of the constitutional court

of the opposition National Salvation Front, an umbrella alliance of liberal and secular parties, took the podium in the same press conference with Sisi to uphold the measures. He also went on a charm offensive through interviews with major international media outlets, insisting that what happened was not a military coup as they reported. The Egyptian presidency had backtracked on appointing El-Baradei as new prime minister, hours after the Salafist Nour Party vocalized vehement opposition to such a move. El-Baradei returned to Egypt in 2010 after having served two terms as chief of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Following his return, the diplomat championed a campaign for change and became a prominent opponent of then President Hosni Mubarak, who had led Egypt since 1981. El-Baradei joined a coalition with all opposition forces in Egypt at the time, including the then banned Muslim Brotherhood, to offer an alternative for the oppressive Mubarak regime. They spearheaded a campaign to gather million signatures to demand change.—Agencies

India’s 21st nuclear plant starts fission

EW DELHI—India’s protesthit nuclear reactor at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu is functioning well after it began nuclear fission process for the first time on Saturday, a senior official said. “Everything is progressing in a normal manner. The reactor is functioning well as per expectations,” R.S. Sundar, site director of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), said. “If everything goes well, we will be able to connect the plant to the southern grid in 30-45 days,” he added. The first unit at KNPP attained criticality at 11.05 p.m. Saturday. All its parameters remained normal. This is a muchawaited development for the Indian nuclear establishment. Sundar said sustained nuclear reaction had been achieved and all parameters were as per expectations. “After a long time, the mood here is good,” he said. Top officials of the Indian nuclear establishment, including R.K. Sinha, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and secretary of the department of atomic energy (DAE), and K.C. Purohit, chairman and managing director of the Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL), were at Kudankulam to see the first of the two Russian-made units attain criticality in a smooth manner.—Agencies

Ahmed Khan, ex-Premier of AJK/ President Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference has suggested an innovative formula to facilitate the solution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute running now into its 66th years. In his historic address to the House of Common at the invitation of All Parties House of Commons Kashmir Committee chairman Mr Andrew Griffiths, Sardar Attique for the first time suggested that the three assemblies of the State – of Muzaffarabad, GB and Srinagar must meet to share hearts and minds as ultimately the people of Kashmir would have to be associated with any solution of Kashmir. UN has already provided an implementable roadmap on Kashmir. The event was also addressed by Chairman Kashmir Committee MP, Mr Andrew Griffiths assuring British assistance to solve Kashmir tangle. Sardar Attique Ahmed briefed members of House of Commons on Kashmir and situation in the region following withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. In his high pitch peace tone, the former Premier of AJK said: “We, the Kashmiris, hold aloft the candle of peace to the world, to the world parliaments, to the world media, to the entire democratic world. Please step forward to seek out a peaceful negotiated solution of this 3-war fought dis-

pute in South Asia. Kashmiri viewpoint is that this dispute needs to be settled down via negotiations with the proper association of Kashmiris. Kashmiris hold a candle of peace to the world, to the House of Lords and to all the democratic world, he asserted. “In the recent past some interim steps taken by mutual consent by Pakistan and Hindustan were welcomed by Kashmiris, but a lot more is yet to be followed. Kashmiris want a restriction free travel across the Line of Control. I, as premier of AJK had proposed that the Line of Control can be turned into a Line of Commerce free Travel, Trade and Tourism. “Joint Kashmir development fund shared by Pakistan,

Turkey redefines armed forces’ duties ANKARA—Turkey’s parliament has amended an internal armed forces’ regulation long relied on by the country’s once-powerful generals as grounds for intervening in politics, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Saturday, in a move that further strips the military of its political influence. The military has wielded huge political power in the country, overthrowing four governments between 1960 and 1997 and issuing a warning against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted government as recently as 2007. The generals have in the past pointed to an internal military regulation that stipulated the army’s duty as watching over and protecting the Turkish republic, to justify army takeovers or stepping in whenever they felt uneasy over civilian leaders’ policies. In a midnight vote Friday, legislators voted to redefine the military’s duty as: “defending the Turkish homeland against external threats and dangers, and maintaining and strengthening military powers to ensure deterrence.” They also emphasized

the Turkish army’s role in international peacekeeping missions, saying its tasks also included taking up any overseas duty assigned by parliament and helping secure international peace. Erdogan’s party proposed the amendment to strip the military of any legal basis for intervention in domestic affairs following a spate of anti-government protests in June, which the prime minister has blamed on a conspiracy against his democratically-elected government. The protesters were airing discontent with what opponents have said is Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style of governing and moves to impose his conservative and religious views on society. The vote also comes at a time when Turkey has spoken out against the Egyptian military’s overthrow of the country’s Islamist leader, Mohammed Morsi, with whom Erdogan had formed an alliance. “This is an important legal reform that ends any legal justification for staging coups,” Lale Kemal, an expert on military affairs and columnist for Today’s Zaman newspaper, said of the amendment.—AP

Hindustan and UN should be established for the welfare of the Kashmiris, the assemblies of the State need to sit together to exchange views. “A joint academic scholarships for students of both sides should be opened, there should be joint sports, commerce , investment events along with the political dialogue over Kashmir”. “We feel that the leaderships of armed forces of both the countries should also meet to discuss security dimensions of the Kashmir dispute. Joint social and economic councils for women, youth, medical research, common tourism, trade, and restriction free crossing

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Govt. favours talks with Taliban for peace: Pervaiz I S L A M A B A D —Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that the PML-N government favours talks with Taliban for peace in the country and the region. In an interview‚ he said if talks can be held with Taliban in Doha why they cannot be held in Islamabad. The Minister said that the government is fully convinced that talks are the best course to address all concerns and reservations of the respective parties. He said even after war‚ the adversaries had to sit across the table for negotiations to settle their disputes. About drone attacks‚ the Information Minister said the government wants to settle this issue with the United States through dialogue. He said the Foreign Office is in contact with the United States on this issue. To a question‚ he said the government wants to address the energy‚ economy and security issues on priority basis. He said the PML N government did not indulge in horsetrading or other tactics to set up its governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said all energies here being used resolve serious problems of the country.—NNI

Fazl wants govt to take drone issue to global platform Islamic wealth being enjoyed by western countries: Shamshad ISLAMABAD —Ameer

of his own faction of Jamiat ulema-eIslama JUI Maulana Fazlur Rehman has asked the government to raise voice against drone attacks after consultation with comity of nations at international forums as these strikes torn away the sovereignty of Pakistan. He was talking to a delegation of his party, which called on him here on Sunday. He said that the country which is already in the grip of crises, has been pushed towards further problems and it seems

that all is going according to an international plots. Maulana said that those who make international rules are watching attacks on Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrality of Pakistan like a silent spectators , however they should play their role. “Drone attacks are the worst form of terrorism. These attacks are the challenge for new government . Only protest is not enough , but consultation with friendly countries is very necessary in this connection”, Fazal added. —Online

SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Wealth of Islamic countries is being enjoyed by some western powers. World powers oppose even democratic government of Islamic countries not adopting prowestern policies and support dictatorship to secure their vested interests. People voice should not be silenced through guns. These thoughts were shared by participants of special session of Pakistan Visionary Forum held at TECH So-

ciety Club on Sunday on the topic of “Egyptian political situation.” Former Secretary Foreign Affairs Shamshad Ahmed Khan, Former Minister of State Qayyum Nizami, Justice (retd) Sharif Hussain Bokhari, Dr. Muhammad Sadiq, Zubair Sheikh, Engr. Muhammad Azeem, Prof. Dr. Hasibullah, Jameel Gishkori, Manzoor A. Sheikh, Khalid Mehmood Saleem, Sardar Saeed Khan, Jameel Bhatti, Engr. Shafqat Mahmood and Engr. Yaqoob Chaudhry participated in this

discussion. Justice (retd) Sharif Hussain Bokhari said that civil society should raise voice against non democratic forces in Islamic countries. He demanded that government of Pakistan should not support military takeover in Egypt. Qayyum Nizami said that due to awareness in public military coups are not appreciated by the majority of people worldwide. He maintained that owing to lack of characterful political leaderships in Islamic countries democratic governments are not able to deliver. President of Pakistan Vi-

sionary Forum Dr. Muhammad Sadiq said that their forum condemns military takeover in Egypt and demanded amicable resolution of the issue through peaceful dialogues. Former Secretary Foreign Affairs Shamshad Ahmed Khan said that Islam introduced democracy first time in the world the best examples of which were the reigns of Khulfa-iRashideen. He disclosed that share of Islamic countries in world GDP was only 5% whereas 50% raw materials of world industries belong to Is-

lamic states. He also maintained that 90% wealth of Islamic countries were lying in only a few western banks. American bases are present in all Islamic countries to achieve their objectives. Shamshad claimed that governments in Islamic countries are established with the support of western powers. Fifty seven Islamic countries were made ineffective in world politics through divisions, he added. Shamshad said that to legitimize dictatorship western powers introduced formulas like NRO.

Air pollution harmful for those with failing hearts


IR pollution is harming people with weak hearts - even killing them, a big international study reveals. Experts estimate the toll includes thousands of Britons each year. The British Heart Foundation, which funded The Lancet work, says the UK must clean up its air - many of its cities often exceed safe levels set by the European Union. The government has already admitted that in 15 regions, air quality will breach EU limits until 2020. But Defra says it is committed to improving air quality and that most parts of the UK meet EU air quality limits for all pollutants. Air pollution, largely from traffic fumes, has previously been linked to heart attacks but not heart failure. This happens when the heart muscle becomes weak and less good at its job of pumping blood around the body. It is often the consequence of a heart attack and affects more than 750,000 people in the UK. The Lancet research looked at 35 studies with data for thousands of patients in 12 countries, including the UK, the US and China. The strongest link was found with gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, as well as fine particulate air pollution fumes from buses, taxis and lorries that can get deep into the lungs and, from there, into the bloodstream. People with already weakened hearts who were exposed to high levels, by living near to

or travelling along busy roads, for example, were particularly susceptible. And the increased risk seems to be strongest on the day of exposure. Dr Anoop Shah and colleagues who carried out the work say moderate reductions in air pollution could avoid 8,000 US hospital admissions for heart failure each year. “There’s no reason why the impact wouldn’t be similar in the UK.” Alan Andrews of the lobby group Client Earth said: “The UK has a big problem with air pollution, particularly from road traffic, and the government response sadly has been worse than useless.” He said people should be alerted when pollution levels are high so that they can take measures to protect themselves, by staying indoors when possible and avoiding busy roads. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution in towns and cities kills 1.3 million people globally each year. UK estimates suggest nearly 30,000 people die prematurely each year as a direct result of exposure to air pollution. Air pollution has been linked to asthma and other lung diseases, including cancer, as well as heart problems. The Chief Medical Officer recently highlighted the impact of air pollution in her first annual report on the state of the nation’s health - air pollution was highlighted among the top 10 causes of mortality in the UK.

People are trying to beat the heat and humid weather while taking bath in a pond created by water from Rawal Dam in the Federal Capital.

Communal Iftars arranged in Twin-cities R AWA L P I N D I — R a m a d a n

brings in best of many God-fearing rich persons, NGOs welfare organizations who open their purse strings for poor and needy masses, by arranging communal iftars. 11 such communal iftar arrangements by rich persons, welfare organizations; NGOs have been arranged for poor, needy masses, like travelers, patients and attendants, etc, at PIMS, Pir Wadhai, Faizabad, A.K. Fazal-ul-Haq Road and Karachi Company, in Islamabad Capitol territory; while communal iftars in Rawalpindi include at Liaqat Bagh, Benazir Shaheed Hospital, DHQ Hospital, Raja Bazaar, Peshawar Road and other areas. However the largest communal iftar, known as Madni Dastarkahawan, is yet to start; while Bahria Town’s largest A man enjoying nap on a water pipeline dangerously and may fall into the nullah below if he communal iftar for 4000 persons moves during sleep, in Federal Capital. is already in progress. Various multi national companies and organizations are also distributing iftar packs on roads and streets to commuters.— Online

Authorities to ensure daily use items on fixed rates

RAWALPINDI—The authorities (DCO) Rawalpindi visited Sasta tion were present on this occaconcerned have been directed that the prices fixed by the administration and displayed on the shops in Ramazan Bazars be ensured so that relief could be provided to the citizens. Promise of providing relief to the citizens through Sasta Ramazan Bazars made by the government would be fulfilled and every effort be made for providing maximum relief to the citizens. Punjab Minister for Labour, Raja Muhammad Ashfaq Sarwar said this during a visit to Ramazan Bazars established in Rawalpindi city. He alongwith MNAs, MPAs, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer

Ramzan bazaars set up near Nawaz Sharif Park, and Haidri Chowk, Satellite Town. The Provincial Minister checked the prices of commodities of daily use in these bazaars and also inquired from the consumers about the prices, availability and standard of essential items. MNAs and MPAs including Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Seema Jilani, Raja Hanif Advocate, Begum Zeb un Nisa, Tehseen Fawad, Lubna Rehan, Commissioner Rawalpindi Khalid Masood Chaudhry, Additional Commissioner Habib Ullah Chaudhry, DCO Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal and other officers of the administra-

sion. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that the Price Control Magistrates should conduct raids regularly against hoarders and profiteers and they should discharge their responsibilities in this respect. No negligence on part of officials concerned with regard to availability, standard and prices of the commodities of daily use, fruit, vegetables and meat in Ramadan Bazaars would be tolerated, he added. Raja Muhammad Ashfaq Sarwar said that Chief Minister Punjab has provided a subsidy of Rs 3.2 billion on flour for Ramazan Bazaars and 10 kg Atta bag is being provided at the subsidized rate of Rs 315.—APP

Enquiry into shuttle bus service ISLAMABAD—Following the report by judicial commission, CDA has ordered its inquiry into suspicious and non-transparent award of contract for shuttle bus service within Diplomatic Enclave. Other enquiries include, high-level embezzlement in allotment of plots for 14 private schools, running for several past years, which include one schools plot allotted to a MNA while another was one allotted to a farflung environ of Islamabad.— Online

CDA Chairman directs resolution of civic issues STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Nadeem Hassan Asif on Sunday inspected Sectors I-8, I9, I-10 and I-11 of the Federal Capital and directed the concerned authority for stern action against the encroachments and resolution of civic issues on top priority basis. Member Planning and Design, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, Member Engineering, Sanaullah Aman, Member Administration, Munir Ahmad Chaudhry and other senior officers were accompanying the Chairman CDA during the visit. During his visit to Sector I8, I-9, I-10 and I-11, Chairman CDA, Nadeem Hassan Asif expressed his concern over the mushroom growth of encroachments in and around these sectors and directed the concerned forma-

Fined for overcharging ISLAMABAD—District Administration (DA) of federal capital has fined fruit and vegetables sellers during price checking in F-10 and F-11 sectors. Talking to media Assistant Director Food Control Authority Chaudhry Mohammad Afzal said that in Khrsheed Market and Ali Market allocated with the particular sectors, vegetables and fruit sellers have been fined of Rs 7500 on over charging. In raid conducted in sector F10/1 against shopkeepers Rs 2000 have been fined. Rs 9500 has been fined totally in raid conducted against profiteers.He said that on the directions of deputy commissioner Amir Ali Ahmed campaign of price checking is being held to provide different eatables to the citizens on lower rates and of better quality.—Online

tions of the authority for removal of these encroachments. The encroachments including immovable road-side food vendors, chapper hotels, stocking of buildingmaterial sand and bricks, illegal wagon and bus stands, kiosks and wild shrubs at green belts that portray ugly pictures as well as security concerns should be removed with immediate effect, said Chairman CDA. He also took notice of the rank vegetation and shrubs, illegal fences around the houses and directed Member Environment for issuance of notice to the owners of these houses, adding that despite the notice if the residents fail to remove these fences, then take direct action for removal of the fences. Chairman CDA also expressed his concern over the commercial activities in the residential areas of the federal capi-

tal and directed Member Planning and Design for initiate appropriate action against non-confirming use. He also took notice of the illegal parking by the owner of hotel in sector I-9 on CDA’s land and ordered for removal of illegal parking and retrieve the land. He also directed the concerned officers of the authority to demolish the wall constructed by the traders along the park illegally. Chairman CDA order Member Administration to probe into the matter of issuance of licenses by the officers of the authority for establishment of illegal wagon and bus stands along the I. J Principal Road. Chairman CDA directed the concerned officers of the authority for open auction of fair price shops in a transparent manner in Sector I-19 so that furniture market in the area could be planned.

Additional policemen to improve traffic system C ITY R EPORTER ISLAMABAD—Inspector General of Police Islamabad, Bani-Amin Khan has provided 100 additional personnel from the department to better performance of traffic police in the Capital. Addressing the officers and personnel here at Islamabad Traffic Police Headquarters, he directed that all resources would be utilized to improve the traffic system with the sole objective to facilitate the residents. He directed to pursue zero-tolerance policy and said the force should take action

Police recover stolen items ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police has traced out around 277 theft cases, and recovered stolen items worth Rs. 72,478,131 during current year, a police spokesman said here on Sunday. According to details, IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan had directed heads of all police circles to accelerate their efforts in resolving and tracing the theft as well as burglary cases and provide maximum relief to citizens.IGP directed all the officers to carry out effective crackdown against criminals elements. He said proclaimed offender should be arrested urgently.He also directed to take action drug baron and brothels. He also directed the police officials to stay in contact with the locals and devise a strategy to check criminal activities and beefed-up security. In compliance of the directions, heads of all police stations have given special directions to Investigation Officers of various cases to make their concrete efforts to resolve the theft cases urgently. Sharing the information, he said, during current year, Islamabad police had resolved around 277 theft cases and arrested 495 accused involved in theft activities.—APP

against violators as per rules and regulations. “The Islamabad Traffic Police should also educate and guide the commuters regarding traffic rules,” he added. On the occasion, BaniAmin gave motorbikes to the department which would help further improve the system. The IGP said the dedicated policemen would be rewarded while strict disciplinary action would be taken against the inefficient personnel. AIG Islamabad Police, Sultan Azam Taimuri was also present on the occasion.

Technologies to resolve energy crisis STAFF REPORTER

Rawalpindi traffic police has been generous enough to distribute Iftari among the road users.

ISLAMABAD—Under facilitation of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistani higher education institutions are playing their pivotal role in resolving the current energy crisis in the country. In this regard, collaboration with leading American and British universities have been established to undertake joint research projects for effective use of natural and renewable sources which are readily available all over country. Pakistan is facing a severe energy crisis which is not only playing havoc with lives of common citizen but also chocking the industrial development and the economy of

the country. Experts are of the view that as a result of energy crisis, the once sustained GDP growth rate of around 6% is now at below 2%. Chairman HEC had recently assured the Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal that universities will join hands with the Ministry to work on ways to lessen the energy crisis, including organizing a major research conference jointly with the Ministry on the subject. HEC under assistance of USAID is currently establishing Centres of Advanced Study and Research on Energy at both National University of Science and Technology NUST and the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Peshawar. Additionally, a number of energy specific projects have been under-

taken by the universities with leading American universities under the Pakistan-US S&T Cooperation Program. These projects include: Total Solution Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability between the University of Delaware USA and Government College University Lahore, Life Style Improvement of Villages in FATA Using Renewable Energy between the SEI USA & NUST, and The Use of Renewable Energy to benefit Gilgit Baltistan region between North Dakota University USA and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Pakistan. Similarly a number of projects have been undertaken with the British universities under the International Strate-

gic Partnerships in Research and Education (INSPIRE). These projects include Developing Water Turbines for Electric Power Generation between the University of Southampton & NUST, Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Energy Systems between Cambridge University UK and Air University Islamabad, Building Indigenous Capabilities for Thar Coal Development between the University of Nottingham UK & Mehran University of Engineering & Technology and Co-Combustion of Pakistani Coal and Biomass in Pilot Scale Combustors between the University of Leeds UK , and Pakistani Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University, University of Punjab and In-

ternational Islamic University Islamabad. Through the joint project between the University of Cambridge and Air University, a micro-machined sensor, the first of its kind in the world, is being developed which would enable wind turbines to function more effectively under local wind terrains, and would also allow the direct measurement of the performance of both gas and wind turbines. Other Pakistan universities including Agriculture University of Faisalabad and University of Gujrat have done successful experiments on production of bio gas and green energy while the Islamia University of Bahawalpur is going to adopt solar as sole source of energy soon.

Briefs Business-friendly policies Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that the government would make business-friendly policies so that private sector could assume big role in the economic development of the country. Talking to media, he said that overcoming the energy crisis was the top most priority of the government and the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz leadership would use all options for the purpose. Replying to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said Rs 225 billion had been allocated for the energy sector in the budget and its positive impact would start emerging in coming months.

World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013: FAO ISLAMABAD —Global cereal from satisfying their food needs. cerns remain in conflict areas in

production is expected to increase by 7 per cent in 2013 compared to last year, the United Nations food agency said Sunday, but warned that in spite of a boost in supply, various regions including Central Africa, West Africa and Syria are still affected by food insecurity. In its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts that cereal production this year will reach 2,479 million tons, a new record level. Wheat, coarse grains and rice production are all expected to expand, which will help replenish global supplies of cereal and stabilize markets over the next year, the report says. HowConsumer price ever, the report warns that many developing countries are still inflation ABU DHABI—Consumer price affected by food insecurity. In particular, the report focuses on inflation in Abu Dhabi and across the UAE is low and well various countries where conflict is preventing the population under control, Dr Hashem Al Nuaimi, Director of Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy said yesterday. Al Nuaimi spoke to reporters while on a visit to the hypermarket located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda Mall to monitor prices of consumable STAFF REPORTER items during Ramadan. “The prices of consumable items across the UAE are stable and ISLAMABAD—The contract of Kabir & Co has been terminated in line with the government’s expectations. There is sufficient by Pakistan Railways due to the violation of the agreement, hallavailability of all essential items, some of which are being marked by awfully poor performance and security money sold by retailers below their thereto was also forfeited. cost,” said Al Nuaimi. Latest While, one of his recent infigures from Statistics Centre spection visits, Khawaja Saad Abu Dhabi (SCAD) showed the consumer price inflation in Rafique, Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways showed his the emirate.—Agencies extreme discontentment over the of affairs at Jaffer Express PQ shipping activity state regarding the service delivery to KARACHI—One ship arrived at the passengers. the Port to offload phosphoric Taking cognizance of the acid at EVTL on July 13, port dismal conditions depicted by sources said here Sunday. Berth Jaffar Express, he ordered imoccupancy was maintained at mediate enquiry and resultantly 50% at the Port on Saturday the guilty contractor had to be where a total of seven ships deprived of his contract, in adnamely M.V KPS-I Alican Bey- dition to a forfeiture of security Powership, M.V Faith, M.V money amounting to Rs Sofia, M.V MSC Kerry, M.V 250,000. Out Rivaling-2, M.T Al- SalamII, M.T Ginga Tiger are currently occupying berths to load/ offload cement, containers, diesel oil, phosphoric acid. Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume of 87629 tonnes comprising 58254 tonnes STAFF REPORTER import and 29375 tonnes export2160 (TUES) was handled at the ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister Port during the last 24 hours. for Science and Technology M.T Al Salam-II sailed on Zahid Hamid has said the conSaturday afternoon. M.T struction of an internationalAtlantic Glory, M.T Cape level airport as well as access Durango, M.V Maersk Detroit roads in Gwadar will generate arrived.—APP job opportunities to thousands of local people,besides offsetting the rising trend of extremism in the region. Federal Minister while commenting on recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China There is only one boss. said the port city has the potenThe customer. And he tial to take the country’s can fire everybody in economy to great heights, and the company from the the Pakistan-China economic chairman on down, corridor could bring it in line simply by spending his with developed countries. He said “ Landmark visit of money somewhere Pakistani premier was signifielse. cant in more ways than one as — Sam Walton the two countries signed eight

In Syria, wheat production dropped significantly this year due to the escalating conflict in the country. The livestock sector has also been severely affected, and the report estimates that some 4 million people are facing severe food insecurity. In Egypt, civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves are also raising serious food security concerns. Conflict has also affected food security in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the Sahel, which has previously experienced famine, the overall food situation is favourable in most parts of the region, the report said, due to an above-average 2012 cereal harvest. In spite of this, a large number of people are still affected by conflict and the lingering effects of the 2011-2012 food crisis. In East Africa, serious con-

Somalia, the Sudan, and South Sudan, with 1 million, 4.3 million and 1.2 million food insecure people, respectively, a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) said Sunday. In Madagascar, damage caused by locusts and a cyclone is expected to reduce crop production in 2013, causing increased hunger, especially in the southern and western regions of the country. In the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), despite an improved cereal harvest in the 2012 season, chronic food insecurity continues, with an estimated 2.8 million vulnerable people requiring food assistance until the next harvest in Octo- LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique visiting Lahore Railways Station. ber. In total, there are 34 countries requiring external food assistance, of which 27 countries are in Africa, the report stated.—NNI

Tanners demand special govt attention

Contract of Kabir & Co terminated by PR The Minister was of the view that the ‘customer promise’ was part of the inherent agenda of governance for the public sector and set out the standard of service that his government was required to provide to the people at large. During the inspection, the Minister checked the dining car personally and was extremely displeased to note the quality of food and edibles available to the passengers, during their journey. Moreover, the Minister showed his sheer disapproval over the level of cleanliness, maintained by the administration. He was informed by the train manager that the contractor was performing the contract through subletting it, earning as much as up to 30 million out of which Railways was getting a peanut share of 2.2 million per

annum as findings of the inquiry report. Rafique said, “The public sector being, collectively, the world’s largest service provider enjoys the pivotal position in any nation’s economy. Any incremental improvement in public services positively impacts millions of people.” As a result of the enquiry, the contract with Kabir & Company was cancelled without more ado on its being found guilty in expressed violation of the Clause No. 24 of the agreement between the two parties. Under the said clause, Pakistan Railways is empowered not only to terminate the contract straight away but to forfeit the security money as well. The company, Kabir & Co was looking after the all four rakes of Jaffer Express under the said agreement.

Construction of airport at Gwadar to generate jobs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and agreements following the meeting between Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Premier Li Keqiang including Pakistan-China Economic Corridor accord”. Zahid Hamid said traders and decision makers of both countries are optimistic that trade between the two countries will take it to USD 15 billion in next three years. “ Pakistan got a new lease of life as all weather friend China promised to pull Pakistan out of its economic woes and horrendous energy crisis that has slowed down economic growth to a mere 2.4 percent of GDP”, he stated. The Federal Minister was of the view that the MoU and agreements signed between the two countries are expected to

start inflow of dollars in the country and boost economic prospects for the country. Pakistan and China signed eight cooperation agreements as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully concluded multi pronged wide ranging talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, paving the way for inflow of multibillion dollar Chinese investment in Pakistan and further strengthening the mutually-cherished bilateral strategic relationship. As a result of agreements, the net investment in Pakistan is expected to swell to a staggering USD 6 billion. Zahid Hamid also hailed the prospect of cross-country motorway and said the feasibility of the project is expected to be completed in mere three months period followed by concrete steps to start the project.

STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan, a country rich in livestock has just 0.76% global market share in export of leather products against global share of 37.50%, 13%, 6%, and 3.50% for China, Italy, Vietnam and India, respectively. Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association Agha Saiddain told media here on Sunday. He said that total exports of Leather Sector of Pakistan were US$ 1.220 billion during 2007-08, which reduced to US$ 1.048 billion during 2011-12. “The global share of Pakistan was 1.25% during 2007-08 in total global market size of US$ 98 billion. The global market has grown to US$ 137.96 billion during 2011-12 whereas Pakistan exports reduced by 14% during this period”, he said. Energy crisis, export of Wet Blue Leather and absence of subsidies and incentives are the reasons behind poor share of exports of the leather sector of the country, he said.

Govt efforts to boost economy soon STAFF REPORTER SIALKOT—Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has said PML-N government’s effective policies will soon boost the national economy. Addressing party workers at the Dera of MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal in Pasrur here today, he said the successful visit of PM Nawaz Sharif to China had encouraged the business community of Pakistan, as they were anxiously waiting for Chinese investors to come Pakistan to invest in different trade fields especially in the energy sector. Later, talking to the newsmen at Pasrur here, Zahid Hamid said the PML-N government was committed to resolving all issues, adding that only the PML-N had the capability to end the energy crisis. He said the former rulers had ruined the national economy by creating the energy crisis in the country through massive corruption and plundering the national exchequer.

Weak Indian rupee hits imports from Pakistan from Pakistan,” Singh said. Traders mainly import cement, gypsum, chemicals, including soda ash, liquid and dry fruits from Pakistan, valuing over Rs 1,000 crore per annum, importers said. Financial transactions between traders of Pakistan and India at Attari-Wagah route is carried out in US dollar currency. He said sharp fluctuations in rupee against US dollar has made costlier to import from Pakistan, thus making it unviable. The rupee got depreciated by over 10 per cent against the dollar since this fiscal and it even touched a lifetime low of 61.21 on July 8. Traders import cement in bulk form from Pakistan as it is 30-35 cheaper per bag against the cement available in India. Besides, gypsum is another commodity which is imported in a huge quantity. Importers further said the appreciating dollar against rupee will also take a toll on the new

season of import of dry fruits, including dry dates, which will start in next 15-20 days. “There has been almost 40 per cent less booking of dry fruits this season against last year’s orders as traders fear losses because of weakening rupee against dollar,” dry fruit importer Anil Mehra said. He said on an average, 17 lakh bags (70 kg bag) of dry fruits are imported ever year from neighbouring country as there is a huge demand for dry fruits across India. Blaming the Centre for its “poor” policies, traders sought early and effective action from the government to stem the weakening of rupee against dollar. “There is a huge volatility in the currency and traders are not sure of which rate they will pay after booking orders as rupee is not stabilising yet. The government needs to step its efforts to bring stabilisation in rupee against dollar,” said trader Rajdeep Uppal.—INP

Economic recovery has begun: Francois

Electricity attracts investors

C HANDIGARH —Weakening Indian rupee against US dollar has cast its shadow on imports from Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah land route as importers claimed downfall of 3035 per cent in volume of import of commodities from neighbouring country because of sharp currency fluctuations. Adopting a cautious approach, Indian traders have now either cut down their new import orders or held them back completely until the rupee gets stabilised against American greenback. “There is a downfall of 3035 per cent in volume of import from Pakistan because of sharp weakening of Indian rupee against US dollar,” Amritsarbased trader Jaspal Singh said on Sunday. “Against the average daily arrival of 125-130 truckloads crossing over to India, we are now receiving just 70 trucks a day carrying commodities like cement, gypsum, chemicals


P ARIS , France—President ally as little as possible,” he said. ISLAMABAD—Improvement in Francois Hollande said on Sunday that recovery had started in France’s struggling economy, which entered a recession this year and has record-high unemployment. “The economic recovery is here,” he said during a Bastille Day interview with top television channels, adding that industrial production had picked up and there had been a slight recovery in consumption. He vowed to fight his nation’s “pessimism”, which he said was worse in France than in neighbouring countries and even “countries at war”. But with France struggling to get its deficit under control, Hollande could not rule out tax increases to help balance the budget. “We will make — we have made — savings (in spending) and I will increase taxes only if absolutely necessary, ide-

France’s economy entered a recession in the first quarter of this year but is forecast to return to growth in the second quarter, with a 0.2 per cent expansion. “There is a recovery in industrial production,” Hollande said, after it increased by one percent in March-April. Hollande also repeated his promise to reverse the rise in unemployment by the end of the year, after the number of jobless in France hit a record 3.26 million. “I am fighting” for jobs, Hollande said. “There is the will, there is a strategy, there is consistency,” he said, promising that 100,000 jobs for youth would be created by the end of the year. He also said France would push ahead with controversial pension reforms expected in the autumn, which have already led to calls from unions for general strikes.—Agencies

Energy sector would give boost to the industry of the country and help bring more investment to overcome the financial crisis. Talking to media here on Sunday Secretary, Ministry of Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Imtiaz Inayat Ellahi giving his remarks on the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between both countries to resolve Energy crisis in Pakistan is a positive sign. He said Pakistan has huge market of pharmaceutical industry and a great potential for China to invest in this sector. “Nearby 550 pharmaceutical companies are running in the country and if our time tested friend China invest in this sector, it would benefit both the countries”, he stated.

PM Nawaz Sharif government’s new vision on aviation STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on assuming the office of Prime Minister with missionary zeal has embarked upon a campaign to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Pakistan. While Mr. Nawaz Sharif has moved swiftly to tackle the gigantic challenges of power shortage, a stagnant economy and a deteriorated law and order situation, he has also laid out his vision to improve “Air Travel” facilities in Pakistan. In this regard, he has taken a land mark decision where-in he has separated the “Aviation Division” from the Ministry of Defence and laid the foundations of an independent Aviation Ministry. Mr. Shujaat Azeem has been ap-

pointed the Advisor to Prime changing the attitude of all agen- the host country. It is with much regret, when it comes to Pakistan International Airports, which have been subject of great neglect from all perspectives. No sincere efforts have ever been put into force to make them operationally convenient for the passengers yet secure from national interest. With new government in power, the task, though monumental, yet the dream of making them of par excellence can be achieved through sincere, honest and focused approach, this is what Aviation Ministry plans to do. In the first few days, after being Minister on Aviation. The Prime cies at the airports to make the entrusted with this tedious task, Minister gave a clear vision to life of travelling public comfort- several actions have been initistream line air travel by upgrad- able and hassle free. ated at PCAA and PIAC. ing the CAA infrastructure, imAirports globally are the Shujaat Azeem has moved proving “Passenger Facilita- first picture visiting guests will swiftly to comply with the vition” by streamlining out dated come across and their presenta- sion and directions of the Prime procedures, inducting new tech- tion along-with the facilitation Minister. Starting with a daylong nologies, and importantly, will define their experience of visit to Quetta International Air-

port, he has since visited CAA Headquarters at Karachi and addressed all Senior Directors exhorting them to work hard to comply with the vision of the Prime Minister. He has since visited Karachi, Multan, Lahore and Islamabad airports. He has also visited and been briefed on the latest progress on the Mega Projects of Islamabad and Multan International Airports. The Advisor to PM on Aviation has formed a panel of leading national architects to seek their guidance and inputs on measures to be taken to improve CAA facilities. He has declared the existing Benazir Bhutto International Airport as a “Pilot Project” to launch his drive to upgrade CAA facilities. He has visited the airports at peak rush hours on several occasions in the middle of the night inspecting various facilities, checking dif-

ferent passenger traffic flow patterns and discussing passenger difficulties with passengers present at different levels. To ensure quick clearance of passengers, he held on-site meetings with DG CAA, ASF, ANF, Directors Customs and Immi-

rection to bring about changes where required. A great emphasis has been laid on cleanliness, serviceability of equipment, quality of services being provided at the airports and expressed deep concern on traffic jam at the airport

gration and gave on the spot di- in peak hours. He has demanded

availability of clean drinking water, good lighting, clean bathrooms and quick facilitation of passengers through ASF, ANF, Customs, Immigration and airline desks. He has also directed DG CAA to ensure that porters do not harass the passengers. Mr. Shujaat Azeem has also directed that CAA study the possibility of constructing a multi-storey car parking at airports facing shortage of space and congested parking areas specifically at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Pursuant to the directive of the Prime Minister on security environment Mr. Shujaat Azeem has directed DG CAA and ASF to initiate the process of acquiring latest scanners to be deployed at all major airports. Taking

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Massive evasion of sales tax unearthed ISLAMABAD—Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Inland Revenue has unearthed massive evasion of sales tax in the export oriented sector, exposing serious discrepancies in sales tax matters of export units. Sources told Business Recorder here on Saturday that the directorate of intelligence IR has obtained a list from M/s Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (Pral) of pending refund claims of registered persons against whom Computerised Risk-based Evaluation of Sales Tax (Crest) has been showing discrepancies relating to Export Oriented Sectors. The RTOs/LTUs wise list of Crest discrepancy has already been compiled by the agency. The directorate of intelligence IR has directed the Chief Commissioners of Regional Tax Offices and Large Taxpayer Units (LTUs) to adjust the amount of pending refund claims after due processing and sanctioning against adjudged Crest discrepancies as per the relevant provisions of Sales Tax Act, 1990. A list containing name of unit, Crest discrepancy value and pending refund claim unit-wise pertaining to RTO/LTU jurisdiction has also been communicated to the field formations for further necessary action. It has been further, directed, that the aforesaid task/exercise may be accorded top priority so that precious government revenue can be protected/secured, the directorate added.—Agencies

and several international businessmen and Investors including UAE based Entrepreneurs see this as a wonderful opportunity for them to consider Pakistan as a destination for their investments. Top UAE based and regional business leaders will attend the 2nd Pakistan-UAE Business & Investment Conference and multinational companies with a view to highlighting the business, trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resolve to have “zero

assurance that investors will be encouraged through a series of incentives and special zones”, he added. The Focus of the conference will be on energy as this is the top priority for Pakistan but there is a lot of interest in Agro based projects, IT as well as livestock and dairy industry, and it has been decided that sector specific roundtables, and focus groups will be organized during the conference in which relevant industry leaders will be invited so that the conference remain result oriented.—Online

Afghanistan inks 30-year gas supply contract with Turkmenistan ASHGABAT—Afghanistan and Turkmenistan signed the Contract on Sales and Purchase of gas under the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project which will have a duration of 30 years. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Afghanistan following a statement announced that the contract was signed on the sidelines of the “The 17th Steering Committee Meeting on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India TAPI Project.” The statement further added, the meeting was hosted and chaired by Khojamukhamedov the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan, in which the ministers of petroleum and mines, ambassadors, officials of the ministries of foreign affairs and technical agencies of the mem-

ber countries participated, Khaama Press reported. This contract was signed between Afghan Gas and Turkmen Gas companies and the Ministries of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, the foreign ministry said in statement adding that the signing of this contract is considered as a fundamental and practical step towards implementing the TAPI Project through which Afghanistan will address its gas needs for the next 30 years. Afghanistan will purchase 500 million cubic meters of gas in the first ten years, and 1bilion and 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas annually in the second and third ten years respectively, foreign ministry officials said. The gas imported from Turkmenistan will be used for industries and generation of power for homes and factories.

According to Afghan foreign ministry, the four countries in the meeting agreed to establish a joint consortium in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank. The consortium will be called TAPI Ltd, and will be formed by the end of 2013 which will comprise of the gas companies of the member countries. TAPI Project is one of Afghanistan’s major regional projects. The length of this project is 1800 km and passing through the borders of Turkmenistan and India, it will traverse several provinces. In addition to buying gas, Afghanistan will also play an important role as a transit country for implementation of this project. As a result of the transit of this pipeline, Afghanistan will also earn about $ 500 million annually.—NNI

Muneer welcomes Zero Point Wagah Border Market proposal STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —SM

Muneer, President of the India Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the proposal to develop a Zero Point Border Market at Wagah border, which would allow the businessmen from India and Pakistan to meet without any visa requirements. He said that if this proposal is realized, then it will go a long way in developing the interaction between the business community of both the countries, resulting in

Thailand hotel chain to expand GCC operations ABU DHABI—Abu Dhabi is on the verge of a tourism boom following the launch of major hotels and associated projects, including museums on Saadiyat Island such as the Shaikh Zayed Museum and the Louvre, which would turn the city into the capital of highlevel tourism in the region and the world, said William Ellwood Heinecke, chairman and CEO of Minor International, a major Thailand-based hotel chain. Heinecke, who was announcing the launch of new projects in the GCC and the UAE, said the company’s push into the UAE was part of a strategic plan to expand its presence worldwide following a strong financial year.—Agencies

higher bilateral trade and closer economic relations. It would also help in overcoming the visa issue, which is one of the biggest non-tariff barriers to Indo-Pak trade. The World Bank has offered to develop a Zero Point Border Market at Wagah at cost of $500 million, which will be equipped with all the necessary facilities and infrastructure that will be required by the business community to hold meetings, discuss business ventures and make business deals. The biggest advantage allowed by this facility

would be no requirement for visa, since the market would be located in a “no man’s land.” S.M. Muneer said that Pakistan and India have made some notable progress on moving forward on trade liberalization, but there was still a long way to go, in order to improve bilateral trade from $2.4 billion to the potential of $10 billion. The realization of this project will help accomplish this goal, and will also provide the business community of Pakistan to target the Indian market more effectively.

FFC, PRCS build houses for flood affectees of 2010 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) and PRCS has lived up to its pledge for the relief, rehabilitation and assistance of flood affected masses from across Pakistan, which swept through 1/3rd of the country in 2010. In the proximity of FFC fertilizer plant at Goth Machhi and Mirpur Mathelo, hundreds of villages were affected by the floods, sweeping away houses, crops and livestock. In coordination with district administration of the respective areas, FFC and PRCS initiated the reconstruction of 3 villages including Mohib Shah, Muaza Chacharan (Rahim Yar Khan) and Chuttoo Chachar (Ghotki). The project includes construction of 207 model houses i.e.

150 at Ghotki and 57 at Rahim Yar Khan, customary designed as per the requirement of the native families and all associated facilities for the affected population of the respective villages. FFC was joined by Pakistan Red Crescent Society for this Rs 102 million project, with 50% contribution from FFC. Through collective efforts and initiative, FFC and PRCS has handed over 57 newly constructed houses to the effected families of Mohib Shah and Muaza Chacharan on 30th May 2013 and 150 houses on 5th July 2013. Marking the return of life to the previously heart-rending streets of the said villages, a ceremony was held which was honored by the presence of Chairman PRCS Maj Gen (R) Ch Muhammad Nawaz Khan and officials of FFC.

STAFF CORRESPONDENT F AISALABAD —Industry has suffered severely due to 10 hours electricity load shedding, hence Energy Policy announcement is anxiously awaited, said President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) Mian Zahid Aslam. He said that the energy situation has already hit the economy hard and now with the increased load shedding in industries is hampering the industrial production to unaffordable level. Faisalabad being textile-export oriented, about 1.5 million workers are directly and indirectly employed with the sector besides backward and forward linkage with the agriculture and domestic commerce. Many of the textile units are at the verge of closure and apprehended that the huge unemployment will be inevitable due to lay-off of the workers in the area. He said though with the curtailment of timing and 4 days’ working of Government offices, the usage of electricity consumption seems to be curtailed yet the domestic and industrial consumers are facing the severe load shedding and even people are facing load shedding in Aftar and Sehar timing in the month of Ramzan. He said that announcement of Energy Policy by the Government is anxiously awaited to streamline the energy supply to the industries. He said that these outages have disturbed the domestic and social fabric of the society. He hoped that the Government will confidently come forward with shorter and long-term steps for uninterrupted supply of electricity to the industries in the forthcoming Energy Policy for smooth running of businesses, trade and industry.

KARACHI: Prominent Industrialist Ishtiaq Baig receiving Environment Excellence Award from former federal minister Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui at 10th Annual Environment Excellent Award 2013 ceremony held by National Forum for Environment and Health. Also seen Dr Ikhtiar Baig, Kaiser Waheed and Naeem Qureshi.

Chemical traders asked to maintain buyers record STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Commander Brigadier Shahid Afzal said on Saturday that small traders dealing in laboratory chemicals do not need any sort of No Objection Certificate (NoC) but they have to maintain record of buyers of chemicals. Addressing members of the LCCI Standing Committee on Educational Equipment and Laboratory Chemicals here, he said that harassment of laboratory chemical traders would not be tolerated at any cost and if any such thing happened the issue must be reported to the ANF. Anti-Narcotics Force was meant to guide and help people instead of creating troubles for them and it operated in accordance with the rules and regula-

tions envisaged in the United Nation’s Convention on sale of chemicals, he said, citing, the UN convention called for proper record keeping avoiding any mishandling. LCCI Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry appreciated the ANF Drug Free City project as it was need of the hour. He, however, added that ban on open sale of certain chemicals and introducing new procedures to purchase banned chemicals had affected most industrial sectors. Chemicals like HCL, H2SO4, KMNO4 etc were used in educational institutes as well as in a number of industries and these chemicals were freely traded and used in other countries but they were banned in Pakistan and due to that a lot of

people associated with the sectors were facing problems, he maintained. He observed that it was not possible that each customer acquired an NoC for purchase of the chemicals which were required in a very small quantity but proper record keeping might be one of solutions. Traders, who dealt in chemicals, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the matter, he said and assured that traders would not sell or supply chemicals without any written order from an authentic institution/organization. LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that if a businessman completed all formalities like LCCI membership certificate, NTN number and Sales Tax registration then he should be allowed sale and purchase of all chemicals.

PM Nawaz Sharif government’s serious notice of threats to airports and the experiences at Peshawar and Kamra, Mr. Shujaat has ordered fool proof security at the airports and has written a personal letter to Minister of Interior for beefing up surveillance at CAA airports and enhancing the security cover at CAA airports and Mega Projects. While security is the number one priority, yet ASF is still operating with CAT – I scanning machines while CAT III scanning machines are the standard configurations at all major international airports to counter increasing security threats. This area has been overlooked for a considerable period of time. Efforts on war footing have been initiated wherein CAA and ASF have been involved to ensure that Pakistan Airports are properly equipped with latest technology. A working paper has been developed to immediately procure CAT III scanners on urgent basis so that security is not compromised. Another major security concern is congestion at the airport. At Islamabad airport, which is a joint user airfield, the same had been neglected and all international carriers/flights have been placed in one block time at night thus resulting in problem of congestion for all concerned agencies, passengers as well as for the airport authorities. On immediate basis, a meeting of all International carriers has been called to develop a staggered time frame to create better working environment. The same will be made effective from August

From Page 10 2013. Hopefully, this change chines have been placed at the will make the airport, again pas- entrance with each agency havsenger friendly and a role model. ing to electronically scan all The Benazir Bhutto Interna- baggage jointly. This has retional Airport is the gateway to sulted in saving a lot of time for the National Capital as indeed the passengers. Earlier, all agenit caters for the travelling needs cies were checking the passenof people upwards of river gers separately thus tripling the Jehlum and extending as far scanning and checking time. north as the Northern boundaries This action alone has resulted in of Gilgit Baltistan. Over a pe- a tremendous saving of time and riod of time, the airport has been facilitating the smooth flow of overcome by a gradual surge in passengers. air travel. It has now run short Lahore International Airport on space in all areas starting (Allama Iqbal International Airfrom parking to concourse hall port) due to high traffic from all and the departure and recovery over Punjab region has been lounges. Its facilities have be- neglected for a very long period come old and at peak hours, this of time. The problem of conold airport seems to bursting gestion at the passenger termifrom seams. The Adviser to nal can only be addressed Prime Minister, Mr. Shujaat through re-modeling of the opAzeem realizing that it could erations (Domestic & Internatake upto two years for the new tional) or to extend the airport. Islamabad International Airport Both options are being studied to become operational, has de- with a view to cater for next 5 cided to find out of the box so- to 10 years of passenger load and lutions to improve the facilities also to be a minimum drain on at the existing airport. national economy that is already Mindful of the fact, that the fragile. The option of remodelupgrades must come in the ing the old airport terminal shortest possible time, Mr. building at Lahore is being studShujaat has ordered the provi- ied to route the domestic traffic sion of clean drinking water in through this terminal and interthe passenger lounges. As a ges- national on the other side. ture of leadership, he was arQuetta Airport again reranged placement of mineral quires a complete uplift as part water dispensers at the airport of the Government efforts to and immediate supply of large make it a true domestic hub of waste bins, free of cost. Baluchistan and to facilitate the To ensure that passengers people of the area. Efforts are spend as little time in security/ being made in areas related to scanning process as is necessary, navigational services, airport Mr. Shujaat has introduced the infrastructure so as to make it “Combined Check of Passenger viable for international/foreign Baggage” by ASF, ANF, Cus- airlines to start their operations. toms and Immigration at a joint No major upgrade or induccounter. Three scanning ma- tion of latest technology/equip-

ment has taken place in CAA for the last 20-25 years. It radars, communication and radio nav equipment has become old, while it runway and passenger terminal infrastructure at Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Nawabshah and Faisalabad has deteriorated through fair wear and tear. All these need to be upgraded/replaced. The Advisor on Aviation has directed CAA to draw immediate plans to rectify the situation on war footing. A major renovation plan worth Rs. 100 billion is being formulated to ensure that these vital changes are brought in by 2015. National Aviation Policy 2013, a step long awaited by all aviation stake holders, from Airlines, private operators, ground services, cargo & freight management companies and aircraft handling companies. The last such review was made by PCAA in 2000 and since then aviation globally has seen a tremendous change after 9/11. The process of leasing & operating the aircraft at airports have changed considerably. To meet the international standards and to get the view point of all stakeholders, letters have been dispatched for their suggestions and comments. Tentative date for holding the first aviation seminar to develop a comprehensive strategy to formulate a National Aviation Policy is underway. While the policy for the last 13 years has been neglected, this government will unfold the policy in its first 90 days as promised. The policy will be transparent and take care of all concerns of the stakeholders.

Nawaz Sharif’s landmark visit to China JAVED MALIK


HE decision by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to choose China as the destination for his first foreign visit after coming to power was indeed a prudent step that has successfully expanded the scope of Pakistan’s strategic partnership with one of its most trusted allies. It is often said that Pakistan’s relationship with China is “higher than the Himalayas” and this visit has in many ways manifested these words into a tangible form in the shape of several bilateral agreements that both countries have signed. It is though such agreements and MOUs that we can clearly lay down a comprehensive framework that outlines a roadmap to upgrade and expand the economic, trade, cultural and strategic ties between Pakistan and China and quite literally take it even “higher than the Himalayas”. Some of the projects that would start as a

result of these agreements most certainly have the potential to positively revolutionize the bilateral trade activity and also transform the entire economic landscape of this region. Or as the prime minister put it quite aptly, be a “game-changer.” Relations between Pakistan and China have always been exemplary. Both countries take pride in their excellent political, strategic, Cultural and defense ties, and it is important to build upon and continue our cooperation in these areas which would undoubtedly remain an integral part of Pakistan’s foreign policy. However at the same time, there is growing realization on both sides that more needs to be done to expand the Economic and Trade aspects of our ties especially in view of the huge potential that exists in this area. Although trade between Pakistan and China stands at an impressive $12 billion, observers on both sides are convinced that with some innovative planning and meaningful efforts this fig-

ure can quite possibly be doubled. In today’s world where relations between countries are being increasingly shaped by trade diplomacy, the future of Pakistan China relations will also be defined by trade and this visit by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented a real opportunity for Pakistan and China to take their economic ties to a new zenith. Especially because just like in Pakistan a new leadership has taken the reins of power in China too, and this was an important juncture for both countries. As an experienced leader with vision, Nawaz Sharif he was able to recognize this important opportunity quite quickly and this was evident from the discussions he held with the Chinese premier Li Keqiang when they first met in Islamabad in May. This meeting was important as it enabled the two leaders to develop a rapport that has been the driving force to put in mo-

tion a process, which made it possible for them to meet again within a span of a few weeks. Their next meeting in China was with a clear agenda focused on upgrading their strategic and economic ties. The preparatory visit by Pakistani Minister for planning, Ahsan Iqbal, Ambassador (F) Tariq Fatemi and senior Pakistani officials showed Pakistan’s seriousness and laid down the groundwork for the two premiers to finalize the roadmap that will positively transform Pakistan’s relations with China. The warm welcome by the Chinese leadership for Pakistan is a clear indicator of the importance China attaches to its relations with Pakistan. So, during this visit both sides not only identified key areas of cooperation but have signed crucial agreements which include the landmark understanding on the “PakChina Economic Corridor.” Geo-strategic experts will tell you that Pakistan’s strategic

location is one of its many strengths. A Glance at the world map is enough to give you an indication of the Pakistan’s crucial geographic proximity. South and Central South Asian States, the Oil rich Gulf Economies and an Economic giant like China are all in its immediate vicinity making Pakistan the gateway that connects this emerging region. While Karachi already provides access to Arabian Sea, but all eyes are fixed on the port of Gwadar The state of art Port of Gwadar, being developed by the Chinese experts, has the potential to emerge as the major trade gateway that connects this region to the world. This will make Pakistan a hub of trade, commerce and economic activity. It is therefore important that a road link be established linking China to Gwadar and both premiers have agreed to start work on this project. This project is indeed long term, but in the in-

terim a further motorway project has been agreed to link Pakistan’s federal capital Islamabad to its trade capital Karachi through a new motorway that connects Lahore to Karachi. Motorways that link Lahore to Islamabad and Peshawar are already in place, and were built during PM Nawaz Sharif’s previous tenures. Similarly bullet trains connecting various cities in Pakistan are also being started which would not only provide quality transport links but also strengthen Pakistan’s economy. Energy is vitally important for the economy and this remained on the top of the prime minister ’s agenda. He addressed the Pakistan Energy Forum in China, in which leading energy companies based in China took part, in addition to meeting several energy companies bosses to finalize agreements to start and expand solar, coal and alternative energy projects in Pakistan. China is

keen to play a key role in supporting Pakistan in meeting its energy needs and this has been a major success of the visit. The prime minister has always attached a lot of importance to the city of Karachi, which is Pakistan’s port city and the commercial and trade capital. The prime minister’s plan for economic revival of Pakistan has Karachi at its center, and this was evident from his discussions in almost every meeting. His interest to meet and take briefings on metro and subway bosses in China was with Karachi in mind as he is very keen to provide a good and reliable transport system for the residents of Karachi. Information technology would be at the heart of Pakistan’s journey towards economic revival and in this area Pakistan and China have agreed to expand their cooperation too and lay down a sophisticated network of fiber optic connectivity which is the need of the modern times. Further agree-

ments in textiles as well as health sectors were also signed and the cooperation between Pakistan and China will continue to grow. While agreements have been signed the key to the entire process would be in the follow up, and it is heartening to know that a “China Cell” has been established in the prime minister’s Office to monitor the progress. Let me tell the prime minister that just like you, even the people of Pakistan would be keeping a close eye on the progress of these projects with hope and optimism as it is absolutely essential that these projects start soon. Javed Malik is an Adviser to President PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador between 20082011. He is the president of The Diplomat Business Club based in UAE and can be reached on Twitter @JavedMalik

Air pollution ‘harmful for those with failing hearts’


IR pollution is harming people with weak hearts - even killing them, a big international study reveals. Experts estimate the toll includes thousands of Britons each year. The British Heart Foundation, which funded The Lancet work, says the UK must clean up its air - many of its cities often exceed safe levels set by the European Union. The government has already admitted that in 15 regions, air quality will breach EU limits until 2020. But Defra says it is committed to improving air quality and that most parts of the UK meet EU air quality limits for all pollutants. Air pollution, largely from traffic fumes, has previously been linked to heart attacks but not heart failure. This happens when the heart muscle becomes weak and less good at its job of pumping blood around the body. It is often the consequence of a heart attack and affects more than 750,000 people in the UK. The Lancet research looked at 35 studies with data for thousands of patients in 12 countries, including the UK, the US and China. The strongest link was found with gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, as well as fine particulate air pollution - fumes from buses, taxis and lorries that can get deep into the lungs and, from there, into the bloodstream. People with already weakened hearts who were exposed to high levels, by living

near to or travelling along busy roads, for example, were particularly susceptible. And the increased risk seems to be strongest on the day of exposure. Dr Anoop Shah and colleagues who carried out the work say moderate reductions in air pollution could avoid 8,000 US hospital admissions for heart failure each year. “There’s no reason why the impact wouldn’t be similar in the UK.” Alan Andrews of the lobby group Client Earth said: “The UK has a big problem with air pollution, particularly from road traffic, and the government response sadly has been worse than useless.” He said people should be alerted when pollution levels are high so that they can take measures to protect themselves, by staying indoors when possible and avoiding busy roads. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution in towns and cities kills 1.3 million people globally each year. UK estimates suggest nearly 30,000 people die prematurely each year as a direct result of exposure to air pollution. Air pollution has been linked to asthma and other lung diseases, including cancer, as well as heart problems. The Chief Medical Officer recently highlighted the impact of air pollution in her first annual report on the state of the nation’s health - air pollution was highlighted among the top 10 causes of mortality in the UK.

KARACHI: People waiting to break their fast.

All efforts being made for revival of PIA, make profitable K ARACHI — Advisor to the out package of Rs 7 billion for Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem, has said that the biggest challenge is to make PIA a profitable airline. This was stated in a PIA statement issued here on Sunday. Shujaat Azeem said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, all efforts are being made for the revival of the airline and to put it on the path of recovery within the next six months. He said that the Economic Coordination Committee in the first phase has approved a bail-

the National Flag Carrier. Shujaat Azeem thanked Prime Minister Mian Mawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, for their support in the grant of Rs 7 billion bailout package for PIA by the Economic Coordination Committee. The newly constituted PIA Board of Directors have decided not to take any perks and privileges from the airline such as pay, free travel for self and family members. The Chairman PIA, Aslam Khalique, has also announced that he will not draw any salary as Chairman PIA.

The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem and PIA’s newly constituted Board of Directors made critical analysis of passenger traffic over the last 5 years and the projected figures from IATA and local aviation advisers, decided to induct 10 narrow body new generation aircraft on priority basis. This will facilitate the domestic flights that have been put into jeopardy for a very long time due to non-availability of narrow body aircraft and bring down the fuel cost by 28 to 30%. It will also improve the flight schedule of the airline. PIA

plans to increase frequency of its profitable routes while the loss making routes will be reviewed and need be closed, the statement said. Shujaat Azeem has said that the change process has started in PIA. Corruption, mismanagement, politics and nepotism will be rooted out. Together with the highly skilled Board of Directors, experienced and dedicated workforce of the national carrier, PIA will once again achieve new heights and the results of positive change will be visible in the near future, the PIA statement added.—APP

Mirza has no intention to record statement against MQM KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui distributing cheques among deserving people during a ceremony organized by Anjuman Hayatul Islam.

Strategy being made to restore beauty of Frere Hall OBSERVER REPORT K A R A C H I — The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has been working on a plan to restore the beautification of historical buildings and parks of the city, said Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi while visiting Frere Hall here the other day. “The KMC will take all necessary measures to bring back the beauty of old buildings and parks as well as monuments in the city,” he said. During the visit, he inspected the ongoing up-gradation, restoration and installation work at the Edulgee

Dinshaw Fountain which was established back in 1890. Hashim Raza mentioned that Rs 20 million have been allocated for the renovation and beautification of the Baghe-Jinnah (Frere Hall), saying that a new pathway was being constructed and the garden would be upgraded to give a new look to the park. According to him, the KMC will construct a boundary wall and install iron-grills besides restoring other fountains and monuments in their original form. The Sindh government is extending cooperation in the renovation and beautification of the building

and its ceiling. “The Frere Hall building is not only a historical structure it is also an identity of this city, and no changes have been made in the over a century-old fountain, while Sadequain’s painting has added beauty to the ceiling and the building,” he said, adding that there was a dire need to protect the national assets. The administrator said that at least Rs 120 million would be spent on the re-construction of Gulshan-e-Jinnah (Polo Ground) and a musical fountain worth around Rs 0.4 million would be installed at the ground.

KARACHI—Fifteen more dengue cases have been confirmed in Karachi, raising the toll in Sindh to 432 during the current year. According to the Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh spokesperson, the patients affected by dengue virus are being given treatment in different hospitals of the province. Three of the dengue patients have died so far. The spokesperson said that anti-mosquito liquid is being sprayed in different areas of the city as a measure to save the citizens of dengue virus.—INP

OBSERVER REPORT K ARACHI — Former Sindh Home Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Zulfiqar Mirza’s visit to London has led to speculation that he would help the Scotland Yard investigation against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for money laundering and instigating violence in Karachi. When contacted, one of Mirza’s close aides said that the PPP leader was on a personal visit to London. “Mirza has gone with his family. He has no intentions to record a statement against the MQM chief,” PPP MNA Kamal Chang from Badin said. Local media reported that President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also in London, telephoned Mirza and requested him to not meet with the British investigators. The latter, however, allegedly refused to abide by the president’s advice.

KARACHI: MPA Mehtab Arshad Rashdi addressing National Medical Health Seminar at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Water and Sewerage Board braces up for monsoon rains

KARACHI—The Karachi Wa- supply lines, filter plants, pump- Dhabeji filter plant and pumpter and Sewerage Board ing stations, reservoirs, treat- ing station, Gharo pumping (KWSB) has taken special mea- ment plants, sewerage lines, station and filter plant, Pipri sures to cope with monsoon sewerage pumping stations dur- filter plant, North-East filter rains expected to start from 20th ing the monsoon rains, said a plant and pumping station, Krelease here on Sunday. 2 and K-3 water supply of this month. He directed the Deputy schemes, Haleji and Dumloti Managing Director KWSB Misbahuddin Fareed, presiding Managing Director KWSB conduits, reservoirs and bulk over a meeting, asked all his se- (Technical Services), Chief water supply system before the nior officers to ensure safety and Engineer (Bulk) and Chief En- monsoon as during the rains it proper working of KWSB in- gineers Electrical and Me- becomes very difficult to visit KARACHI—Chief of Chhipa stallations including bulk water chanical to visit and inspect the sites.—APP Welfare Association (CWA) Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa, has expressed his concern over the killing of six new-born girls in the city during the current month. He appealed to the people not to kill their new borns but put these quietly in cradles of Chhipa network. Chhipa Welfare Association has developed a strong network engaged in human rights and social activities in the country. M. Ramzan Chhipa was talking to media on the occasion of receiving an abandoned newKARACHI: Artscene Gallery organized a group exhibition of renowned 23 artists. Calligra- born girl from Chhipa Welfare phy artists presented inspiring religious art pieces featured on holy places and verses of Association’s centre in Cattle Holy Quran. On the occasion of inauguration, a large number of general public besides art Colony area of the city, said a critics were present.—PO Photo release here on Sunday.—APP KARACHI: Ali Mardan Shah Minister for Population, addressing a seminar.—PO photo

Chhipa concerned over killing of six new-born girls

15 more dengue cases confirmed

One killed, two injured in violence KARACHI—According to details, firing broke out during a dispute between two group in Gabool Town area of Karachi on Saturday night due to which a man named Noor-ud-Din was killed a two other men sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment. In a separate incident in Punjab Colony, an accused named Kamran threw acid on his aunt Nasreen Bibi over a family dispute. Nasreen Bibi received burn injuries on her face and hands. She was shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment.—NNI

Air pollution ‘harmful for those with failing hearts’ AIR pollution is harming people with weak hearts - even killing them, a big international study reveals. Experts estimate the toll includes thousands of Britons each year. The British Heart Foundation, which funded The Lancet work, says the UK must clean up its air - many of its cities often exceed safe levels set by the European Union. The government has already admitted that in 15 regions, air quality will breach EU limits until 2020. But Defra says it is committed to improving air quality and that most parts of the UK meet EU air quality limits for all pollutants. Air pollution, largely from traffic fumes, has previously been linked to heart attacks but not heart failure. This happens when the heart muscle becomes weak and less good at its job of pumping blood around the body. It is often the consequence of a heart attack and affects more than 750,000 people in the UK. The Lancet research looked at 35 studies with data for thousands of patients in 12 countries, including the UK, the US and China. The strongest link was found with gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, as well as fine particulate air pollution - fumes from buses, taxis and

lorries that can get deep into the lungs and, from there, into the bloodstream. People with already weakened hearts who were exposed to high levels, by living near to or travelling along busy roads, for example, were particularly susceptible. And the increased risk seems to be strongest on the day of exposure. Dr Anoop Shah and colleagues who carried out the work say moderate reductions in air pollution could avoid 8,000 US hospital admissions for heart failure each year. “There’s no reason why the impact wouldn’t be similar in the UK.” Alan Andrews of the lobby group Client Earth said: “The UK has a big problem with air pollution, particularly from road traffic, and the government response sadly has been worse than useless.” He said people should be alerted when pollution levels are high so that they can take measures to protect themselves, by staying indoors when possible and avoiding busy roads. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution in towns and cities kills 1.3 million people globally each year. UK estimates suggest nearly 30,000 people die prematurely each year as a direct result of exposure to air pollution. Air pollution has been linked to asthma and other lung diseases, including cancer, as well as heart problems.

LAHORE: Women gather to receive ration distributed by philanthropists at Baghban Pura.

Mental Hospital treating 500 patients daily L AHORE —Punjab Institute about 1400 patients includof Mental Health is providing medical facilities to about 300 to 500 psychic patients at its outdoor daily. These views were expressed by PIMH Executive Director Dr Nusrat Habib in an interview with APP here on Sunday. He said the PIMH was providng treatment not only to patients from Pakistan but also from India, Afghanistan, Iran and Myanmar, adding that several prisoners, who were suffering from different mental diseases, were also being treated in PIMH. He said the mental hospital was the only facility of its kind in the province which was built in 1900, where

ing addicts were treated at a time. He complained that several letters had been written to the health department about the shortage of staff including doctors, nurses and paramedics but the problems were always overlooked. Dr Rana said that a ward of 100 beds had been approved and PC1 had also been passed but construction could not be started due to lack of funds. He said PIMH had to organise several programmes and seminars in halls and auditoriums of other institutions due to the unavailability of an auditorium at the hospital.

74 new measles cases reported L AHORE —With 74 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, the number of measles cases in Punjab in the last six and a half months has reached 22,298. According to health department officials, at least 188 deaths have been reported so far while most deaths occured in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Sialkot. During the last 24 hours, around 74 cases of measles were reported from Punjab, including only eleven from city hospitals on Sunday. Officials appealed to parents to get their children upto five years of age vaccinated against measles without delay and cooperate with vaccinating teams. Meanwhile, EPI focal person Dr Younas talking to APP said the current drive in five high risk districts of Punjab was getting good response and people were contacting them to vaccinate their children against measles.—APP LAHORE: Vehicles on their way during heavy rain in the provincial capital

Call to remove encroachments L AHORE —Residents

of Wandala Road, Shahdara, have demanded Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif take notice of encroachments on the main bazaar. Quarrels among shopkeepers and motorists take place several times a day which could cause any serious incident in the future. Talking to APP on Sunday, Saleem Raza, Aashar Bhatti, Nadeem Mughal, Sheikh Afzal, Rana Kaleem, Mian Khurrum and Haji Naeem said several applications had been sent to the authorities but no action against encroachers had been taken. They complained that influential people forced shopkeepers to rent their fronts which had narrowed the bazaar and it caused problems for residents. They said the road had been narrowed due to installation of illegal stalls during Ramazan and Sunday bazaars.—APP

Teachers promotion linked with academic performance

turn disappointedly, sources said. Similarly, another equipment, Flowcytomitry machine, has been out of order for the last over four years while needy child patients are forced to undergo the test privately which is highly costly. Around 15 patients visit the hospital every day for the test. According to a doctor at the hospital, the test costs Rs 17,000 to Rs 22,000 at private hospitals which is beyond the reach of poor families. Hospital officials said they had written many times

LAHORE —Optimum utiliza- tricity has since then been fuel mix by ensuring more de- besides tasking an Australian tion of all energy resources including hydel, coal, biomass, wind and solar; more dependence on local sources as well as reviving the installed capacity of electricity are the key to bridge the electricity demand and supply gap, currently hovering between 3000 to 3500 mega watts, at the earliest. Electricity is considered as lifeline of a country’s socio- economic and human development but its shortage results in grinding halt to almost every sector of life. Pakistan like other Asian countries is also faced with energy shortage, especially of electricity, the main source of energy. The electricity crisis has been prevailing since 2006 due to past governments least interest in developing the energy sector and initiating timely the new projects to overcome this grave problem. Insufficient quantum of elec-

impacting negatively the routine life in Pakistan. The recently elected PML-N government, however, has sensed the gravity of the situation and placed the energy sector on its highest priority by making strenuous efforts to narrow down the power demand and supply gap to cater to the needs of all consumers-industrial, agriculture, commercial and domestic. Since, Pakistan is generating a major chunk of electricity through furnace oil and gas that proved to be very expensive, owing to ever increasing prices of petroleum in the international market, which ultimately enlarged the power sector’s Circular Debt as well as compelled the electricity managers to increase the power tariff for consumers. The PML-N government is committed to change the

pendence of electricity generation on in- expensive components specially the hydel, besides exploiting potential of other indigenous resources like biomass, coal, solar and wind on priority basis, before stepping ahead for electricity import from neighbouring countries. The government’s sincerity and determination is also evident from the fact that it was retiring the circular debt of Rs 500 billion, a main hurdle in the way of capacity-full electricity generation, thus enabling Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to induce an additional 1700 mega watts of electricity in the system. The government has also expedited work on projects, which could ensure lowpriced energy but within a shortest time such as 425MW Nandipur Hydropower Project, 960MW NeelumJehlum Hydropower Project,

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for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has announced to link the promotion of school teachers, lecturers and other educationists to their academic performance. Presiding over a briefing session about policy matters of educational system in the province here today, he expressed his concern over the fact that 70 per cent educationists are granted promotions on seniority basis while 30 per cent quota is fixed for direct recruitment on higher posts which is unacceptable to the rest of 70 percent teachers. This policy needs rectification by adopting a formula based on academic performance and professional grooming. He directed Secretaries of both Higher Education and Schools Education to formulate a transfer policy in a fortnight, which would essentially be academic perforto the health department for mance centric in its characthe repair of the machines but teristic, he added.—Online in vain. The caretaker health minister in a meeting with YDA office-bearers had promised to provide a new MRI machine within one month but nothing could be done practically in this re- LAHORE —Punjab Highway Patrol have arrested four acgard. It has been learnt from cused and recovered snatched hospital sources that the car and other items besides two health department has given pistols and rounds from their approval to purchase MIR possession. The accused were and other equipment but un- identfiied as Nadeem, Akmal, known hurdles have blocked Usman and Nawaz. PHP officials handed their purchase. According to hospital sources, the practice over the accused and stolen has been continuing for the items to local police for legal action.—APP last three months.—APP

He stressed provincial governments to build mental health hospitals at every provincial capital as 20 to 25 percent of the population of the country was suffering from mental diseases. Rana said that medicines for several diseases including asthma and epilepsy were provided free. “Some 1360 including 100 abandoned patients are under treatment in emergency and other wards,” he added. He said special Sehr and Iftar arrangements had been made for the patients and annual family days, spring festivals and music programmes were also organised for the patients. APP

No MRI, other equipment at Children Hospital despite approval L AHORE—Despite approval by the health department to purchase new equipment including MRI and Flowcytomitry machines, used to diagnose cancer in children, which have been out of order for over three and a half years affecting over 25,000 patients so far could not be procured. The MRI machine has been out of order for over last three and a half years and patients have to undergo tests at private hospitals which charge around Rs 10,000 per test. Many patients visit the hospital every day for the test and re-

Local, alternate resources vital to energize Pakistan

Four culprits held

Company to prepare feasibility report of coal reserves located on the outskirts of Jehlum district. While, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to China also focused on joint ventures for promotion and development energy sector. The PM’s Special Advisor on Energy, Dr Musadik Malik said that hydel and biomass generation would be the corner stones of government’s three-year energy plan. It is to mention that Engineers Study Forum (ESF) has also called for focusing the optimum utilization of local resources and short-term viable plans in the proposed National Energy Policy to end power crisis within a year. The NSF also underlined the need for concentrating internationally proven benchmark of recovering 40 percent electricity from the existing power system by ensuring better load-management, energy conservation as well as reducing technical and commercial losses through modern techniques.—APP

Eye infection on rise LAHORE—Viral eye infection is increasing in the city after rains, an expert said. Head of the Ophthalmology Department of Mayo Hospital, Prof Asad Aslam told APP that over one dozen cases of the virus were being reported in the OPD of the department every day. To a question on symptoms of the virus, he said the eyes turned red and watery. About precautionary LAHORE: Vendor sells different items at his stall in Shadman Sasta Ramazan Bazaar. measures, he said in case of the virus attack, the eyes should not be rubbed but washed frequently with cold water and sunglasses be used. Negligence may cause corneal problems, he added.—APP L AHORE —The people be- Ul Haq and Sobia Aurangzaib tyres without service charges longing to different walks of civilians who visited CSD told at Guard Auto Zone outlet. life Sunday widely hailed the APP that it was good experi- They said that it was good decision of CSD management ence to shop at CSD super mar- addition to CSD for better serfor 20 % special discounts ket, the Mall, Lahore. Ms Sofia vice for all visitors to save time during Ramadan at all its out- said that it was quite surpris- and get quality automobile lets throughout the country. ing for her family to shop good services while shopping. Official sources told APP The shopping facility, quality products at discount. Another civilian visitor that Managing Director, CSD, which was previously exclusively for the armed forces per- Chaudhary Muhammad Hanif, Major General Anwar Saeed sonnels has now also been Chief Librarian Punjab Univer- Khan, in view of holy month of extended to civilians as well sity told that he purchased a Ramadan had approved special number of edible items for his discount upto 20 per cent. after about a century. Now civilians are also buy- family which is better than About working of guard auto zone, the sources told that afing best quality grocery, food, other commercial markets. Major (Read) Zahoor ter excellent response from cusgarments, wood furniture, fresh fruits, vegetables and Ahmad Ranjha, Lt.Col (Read) tomers, its network is being other household items at rea- Sultan Haider, Majors (Read) expanded to all important CSD sonable rates, comparatively Umar and Anzar told that they outlets throughout the coungot changed mobil, oil and air try to provide best oil change less than open market. Mrs. Sofia Haq, Sana Izhar, filters of their cars and also got and other allied automobile faMrs. Safia, Muhammad Izhar checked the air pressure of cilities to all visitors.—APP

Buyers hail special 20 % discount at all CSD stores