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Pakistan Observer RTC on Islamic Banking

Mamnoon eager to see Islamic Banking revolution in Pakistan President Mamnoon, banks CEOs & Presidents, foreign delegates laud Zahid Malik’s initiative IRFAN ALIGI

of the Islamic Republic of Paki- tion of the Islamic banking in the Banking system in the country the President was keen to motistan has a strong desire to play country. Pakistan almost three but it had not attained the re- vate the Pakistani Bankers to IsKARACHI—The President Is- his dynamic role for the promo- decades ago pioneered the same quired pace of progress and thus lamic banking system. lamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has greatly appreciated the efforts of all those, who had contributed towards organizing the Round Table Conference (RTC) on ‘Islamic Banking — Potential of Today’s issue of Pakistan Pakistan’. Observer carries an 8-Page Pakistan Observer Editor-inSpecial Report on Chief Zahid Malik took the iniPakistan Observer RTC on tiative for holding a round table Islamic Banking — conference on the vital subject of Islamic Banking. Potential of Pakistan. Zahid Malik had conceived the idea during his participation in the world leaders conference on the subject in London and had vowed to play his role in the promotion of Islamic Banking in Pakistan. The President Mamnoon Hussain chaired the RTC and inaugurated the multi-faceted RTC at Sindh Governor House Wednesday. The RTC was presided over by Federal Minister for Finance, Ishaque Dar, Sindh ISLAMABAD—Former Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad president Pervez Musharraf’s embattled counsel Ahmed Raza Khan, Sindh Chief Minister’s adviser for finance Syed Murad Kasuri Wednesday said his Ali Shah and State Bank of Paclient’s appearance on kistan Governor Yaseen Anwar KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain addressing the Round Table Conference on Islamic Banking organized by PakiThursday in a special court graced the RTC. stan Observer at Governor’s House. Federal Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, Governor State Bank Yaseen Anwar, hearing his treason trial on The presence of President Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ibad, Executive Vice President Maybank Islamic, Nor Shahrizan Sulaiman, Vice President January 16 was conditional to on improvement in his health. Mamnoon Hussain was itself Maybank Islamic, Salem Ghandour, Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer, Zahid Malik and Presidents of leading commermanifest of the fact that the Head cial and Islamic banks seen in the picture.—PO photo Sultan Chaki Talking to a private TV channel, Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that the doctors have not yet declared Pervez Musharraf to have completely recovered from his illness. He said that Pervez Musharraf could not take mental pressure for his

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IHC reinstates Zaka Ashraf as PCB chief ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) restored Zaka Ashraf as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman on Wednesday. The decision to reinstate Ashraf was taken by a twomember division bench consisting of Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan. The court accepted the intra-court appeal against the decision by a single-member bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. The bench voided IHC chief justice’s previous decision and restored Zaka Ashraf as PCB chief. Sources said Asharaf would now be handed over all charges to exercise his powers as PCB chief. On July 19, 2013, the Islamabad High Court had Continued on Page 7

Eid-e-Milad celebrated ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/ KARACHI—Eid Millad-unNabi (Peace Be Upon Him) was celebrated with full religious zeal and fervor across the country on Tuesday. The day dawned with thirty-one gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered for progress and prosperity of the country and well-being of the Ummah. It was a public holiday and the national flag flew on all important public and private buildings. A National Seerat Conference was held in Islamabad. The theme was: Proper use of the official

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Islamic Banking can play major role in economy: Zahid Malik

Future outlook of Islamic Banking is positive: Yaseen

Pakistan Observer to hold conference on Islamic finance in Jeddah or Kuala Lumpur



Round Table Conference (RTC) and it was presided over by the organized at Governor House, Federal Finance Minister SenaKARACHI—Pakistan Banking Karachi by Pakistan Observer tor Ishaq Dar. The keynote address was deIndustry has earned international If UK can amass reckoning for its enviable growth £22 billion in Islamic livered by Yaseen Anwar, Governor State Bank of Pakistan. Dr in this region. It should make Banking, why not concerted efforts for promoting Pakistan, Zahid Malik Ishratul Ebad, Governor Sindh made it a rare occasion in the Islamic banking that has great questions at banking history where almost all potential to play a much greater Observer’s RTC. the presidents of the banks both role in building up the national conventional and Islamic as well economy, said Zahid Malik Edi- here Wednesday. The RTC was inaugurated by as heads of the corporate sector, tor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer in his opening remarks at the President Mamnoon Hussain, Continued on Page 7

KARACHI—Yaseen Anwar, Governor State Bank of Pakistan has said the future outlook of the Islamic Banking industry is very positive. He was speaking Wednesday at the Round Table Conference on Islamic Banking Potential of Pakistan organized by Pakistan Observer . The SBP Chief said Islamic finance during the last four decades has witnessed considerable progress at the global front. Besides the traditional Islamic finance markets of the Middle East, financial centres across

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The President hoped that the deliberations during the conference would be instrumental in further promoting Islamic banking in the country. The President, who has been keen on multiplying the literacy rate in the county is also known for his priorities, which included bringing prosperity to people in the framework of Islamic teachings. He said the injunctions of this religion were based on the principles of justice, fairness and

equity. By virtue of being a just system that catered to larger interests of the individuals and society, Islamic financial system and institutions were fast developing into a distinct paradigm of economics. He was pleased to see the initiatives for the Islamic Banking in the country and said that it was indeed a matter of great satisfaction that Islamic Banking

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Zahid Malik pays Maybank’s role in Islamic rich tributes to IDB President Banking lauded OBSERVER REPORT


K ARACHI —Zahid Malik,

K ARACHI —Zahid Malik,

Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer, paid glowing tributes to Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank for his superb leadership of the Jeddah-based Bank. In his address of Welcome at Pakistan Observer’s RTC, he said that during the tenure of Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, the Bank had gained new

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Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer, has lauded the role being played by Kuala Lumpurbased Maybank in contributing a lot towards promotion of the cause of Islamic Banking the world over. While welcoming the twomember delegation of the Bank at the Pakistan Observer’s organized RTC at the Governor House, he paid rich tributes to

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Govt moving towards Shariah compliant financial system: Dar AMANULLAH KHAN\ IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI —Federal Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar has said that the present government is committed and determined to transform the financial system into Shariah Compliant mode of financing and in this respect government is actively considering to appoint a third deputy governor at the State Bank of Pakistan to exclusively persuade the concept of Islamic finance in conformity to the aspirations of the people towards Islamic banking.

The federal finance minister made these remarks while presiding over the Round Table conference organized by Pakistan Observer here at the governor’s house this morning. The finance Minister said that in accordance with constitutional requirements as well as in the back drop of ground realities the PML (N) government is committed to transforming the finance and banking system. “We are in process to review the conventional banking system in line with Shariat Compliant system,” said the minister

This, he said was also in particular context of the fact that after the financial crisis registered in different countries debts had grown to unprecedented levels relative to the economy while the financial sector itself has been growing at rates much higher than the real economy. “The economists in general recommend that debt must be constrained to avoid economic collapse,” said the minister. He also mentioned that European Union itself had required its member countries to restrict

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18 children among 23 killed in Nawabshah tragic accident N AWABSHAH —At least 23 people, including 18 children were killed and 11 injured in a head-on collision between a school bus and a trailer on Wednesday in Nawabshah. The accident occurred at Qazi Ahmed link road located some 350 kilometers northeast of Karachi. Two lady teachers were also killed in the accident. According to eyewitnesses, the accident was a result of wrong

overtaking by the school bus carrying around 40 students. Bodies were torn into two to three pieces. Various bodies were beyond recognition as their faces were badly crumbled and charred”, A.B Qadri, Edhi hearing rescue team told reporters. The dead — both girls and boys — aged between 10 and 16 years. Doctors at People’s medical College Hospital described the condition of most of the in-

jured as critical. Additional paramedical staff has been called out by the administration to cope with the emergency situation. Emotional scenes were seen at the hospital where parents wailed outside the emergency ward as the injured continued to battle for their lives. The injured persons were shifted to People’s Medical College Nawabshah for medical

Youth Business loans

PM assures fairness in loans TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—Calling upon the unemployed youth to take full advantage of the PM’s Youth Business Loan Scheme, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared the applications for business loans would be decided purely on merit basis regardless of the applicant’s affiliation with any political party or group. “The top government

functionaries including even the prime minister would not be able to recommend a person seeking loan under this scheme”. Premier Nawaz Sharif announced this while addressing a

the function was also attended by the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah, Minister for Information Senator Pervez Rasheed, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Picture on Back Page Yusuf, Advisor to PM Amir Muqam, Deputy Speaker Nagathering of the loan seekers tional Assembly Murtaza Javed from Malakand division and Dir Abbasi and others. On this ocat Swat on Wednesday morning. casion the Prime Minister Besides, a large number of youth, Continued on Page 7

treatment. Six of the injured persons were reported as critical who were subsequently shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Police reached the site of accident and started investigation. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed sorrow over the incident. He also expressed condolences to the parents of the deceased students.—Online

CASA-1000 Project to set in motion in Sept LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—The long-awaited CASA-1000 energy project will set in motion in September by laying foundation stone for construction of transmission line from Tajikistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. The project which will provide 1000 MW electricity to Pakistan in peak months in summer will be readied in 2016. Being financed by World Bank, Islamic NAWABSHAH: A man sits beside the dead body of his child killed in an accident at a local hospital on Wednesday. — INP photo Continued on Page 7

Provinces asked to effectively run polio awareness drives ISLAMABAD—The provinces could not continue anti-polio have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio drops to their children during every national drive. According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the set strategy. He said they have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during the national anti-polio drives to vaccinate all children to protect them from the crippling disease. He added such directives have been issued after receiving complaints from the citizens that district health teams mostly miss the children during the anti-polio drives. He said due to law and order situation, health teams

‘Japanese calendars exhibition’ in Multan MULTAN—Around 109 different calendars have been put on display in the “Japanese Calenders Exhibition 2014” to show the culture and contemporary arts of Japan. The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with Multan Arts Council at Multan Arts Council on Wednesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Counsellor Embassy of Japan in Pakistan Mr Toshikazu Isomura and EDO Community Asif Ali Farrukh. The exhibition will remain open for public till January 29. The Counsellor Japan Embassy said that calenders show Japan’s traditional and contemporary arts, spots, automobiles, nature, cultural heritage and architecture. Every calender is a piece of art, the Japan Calenders Association has tired their best to attract viewers through different subjects and mediums, he added. A large number of local people visited the exhibition, however, all calendars would be distributed to the visitors through balloting draw by the Multan Arts Council.—APP

Minority MNA denies report of non-payment of income tax ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD —The PML-N Member National Assembly, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has strongly condemned a newspaper (not Pakistan Observer) report according to which he has not been filing his tax returns for a couple of years. The PML-N minority MNA talking to Pakistan Observer Wednesday, said the report is false and he has never been a tax defaulter nor ever tried to be one. Quoting the newspaper reporter, who had included his name in the list of non-tax payers, Dr Ramesh Kumar regretted the said reporter twisted facts and tried to misguide people of his constituency as well as the party leadership. He should have contacted me before filing that report, he said. “I am a regular tax payer and for the last 15 years, I have never failed to file my tax returns on time. The newspaper’s report on December 23, 2013 has caused irreparable damage to my reputation. The PML-N MNA from Tharparkar, NA-334, further said the newspaper wrongly quoted me as having been elected twice, while the fact of the matter is this is my debut in the National Assembly. “I have never been elected to the National Assembly before,” he added. To a question, he said if the newspaper did not clarify his position, he has options open before him. However, he said, “There may be some confusion to the reporter. Anyone from the media is most welcome to contact me regarding the documentary proofs of my tax returns.” Dr Ramesh Kumar is also President of Pakistan Hindu Council working for the welfare of the Hindus in Pakistan.

drive in Swat that resulted increase in polio cases in the area. He, however, said that now after improving the situation polio drops were administered to children in Swat in the recent polio eradication drives.He added that the government has planned to immunize maximum number of children in Swat during every polio eradication drive.Dr Wasim Khawaja from (PIMS said polio was a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affected young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system, he added. He said initial symptoms of polio included fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent, he added.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Japan’s Rotary Club will soon visit Islamabad, Karachi and Thatta and will observe the polio eradication campaign in the villages of Sindh. This was stated by President of Rotary Club Japan, Masao Horikawa who led a delegation during a meeting with Pakistan’s ambassador to Japan, Farukh Amil, in Tokyo. The main objective of the visit is to acquaint with the Japanese chapter of the Rotary Club with Pakistan and focus on where they can contribute, says a press release received here from Pakistan embassy in Tokyo. The delegation is scheduled to visit the National Rural Support Programme’s (NRSP) head office, Ministry of Health and UN agencies and also plans to observe the polio eradication campaign going on in the villages near Thatta in Sindh.

The Club also intends to establish a ‘Rotary Village’ near Thatta to help settle the floodaffected people of Sindh. The President Rotary Club Japan also expressed keen interest to establish a Health School to train and produce health workers in Pakistan. The delegation was accompanied by Foreign Ministry officials and Japanese parliamentarians. The Ambassador warmly welcomed the Rotary Club Japan’s initiative to visit Pakistan and help meet the challenges in the health sector. He said the people of Japan had always been very generous and supportive to Pakistan especially in rendering developmental and humanitarian assistance. He assured the delegation of the embassy’s full cooperation in making their visit both meaningful and productive.—APP

Need stressed to follow teachings of Islam

MULTAN: People ride on camels during procession of Eid Milad.

Kohistan district bifurcated into Upper & Lower parts

Four killed in suicide, murder attempts

Quetta police finalize list of 5077 wanted men

ABBOTTABAD—Four persons sources said that the incident QUETTA —As many as 5077

were killed in suicide and mur- was also captured by the close men were wanted to Quetta po-

P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r der attempts during the last circuit TV camera of the bank lice in various heinous crimes,

and declared it as a suicide at- according to a list prepared by government twenty hours in the district. SIALKOT—Chairman Ruet-i- teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat should use only one laudspeaker Pakhtunkhwa According to police, body tempt. the Quetta police.Of them 574 Wednesday announced bifurcaMuhammad (PBUH), which will to facilitate the people across the Hilal Committee and Religious Scholar Mufti Muneeb-urRehman has stressed upon the people to mold their lives according to golden principles of Islam. Addressing an annual Mehfil-e-Milad held in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) on Monday he said that it is high time that religious leaders, Ulema and parents should play their due role for educating younger generation about the

tion of Kohistan district in two parts titling as Upper and Lower Kohistan. The decision was taken for the convenience of residents of the area who were facing a lot of problems in accomplishment of administrative and judicial affairs due to huge area of the district, said Abdul Haq Khan, Advisor to the Chief Minister on Inter Provincial Coordination. Addressing a press conference at CM Secretariat, Abdul Haq said Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has approved the summary and a notification has been issued in this regard. Giving details about the bifurcation, Abdul Haq said the Lower Kohistan will consist of two Tehsils including Patan and Palas. Whereas, the Upper Kohistan will consist of Kandia and Dasu. Pattan will be capital of Lower Kohistan and Dasu will be of Upper parts of the district. Flanked by residents of Kohistan district, CM Advisor said people of the area are very thankful to the provincial government which has fulfilled long lasting demand of people. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has done justice with the people of Kohistan by bifurcatMULTAN: Toshikazu Isomura, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan and EDO community Asif ing it into two districts, he Ali Farrukh viewing the Japanese calendars exhibition 2014 after inaugurating the exhibi- added.—APP tion, organized by Multan Arts Council. help overcome multifarious problems facing the Muslim ummah. He said “It is our religious duty that we should respect all sects for developing religious harmony and peaceful society”. The Chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee stressed the need of minimizing the use of laudspeakers during Eid Milad celebrations adding that organizers of Eid Milad processions

route of the procession. The religious leaders, Ulema and parents should join hands for educating younger generation about Islam and golden teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) because it will help the younger generation to understand the spirit of Islam which will surely pave the way for developing Islamic society, he added.—APP

Dr Aziz elected as PMA President QUETTA—Dr Abdul Aziz Lehri across the country and resolve the ment to the bureaucracy. has been elected as President and Dr Mirza Ali Azhar as General Secretary for Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) as doctors association following the directives of court held polls for the new cabinet of PMA. PMA has fulfilled its legal responsibility and held elections in compliance with the court directives, said Azhar Khan Jadoon, former President PMA while announcing the official results of the polls held for PMA cabinet here at Quetta. He said that PMA is striving hard to improve medical care

issues faced by the doctor fraternity. PMA is concern over the poor condition of health sector in Balochistan and pins hope in the leadership of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch for the early resolution of doctor problem in Balochistan, Mr Jadoon stressed. PMA leadership on the occasion called upon government to ensure fresh elections in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) making it more independent and autonomous. It also expressed grave concern over the handing over of the powers of health depart-

Administrative powers of government-run hospitals should be with the Medical Superintendent instead of PSP officers, they stressed. However, Jadoon said that Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik who is by profession doctor would make sure that the issues of health practitioners are resolved. The other officer bearers of newly elect cabinet of PMA included Dr Shahid Malik, (Joint Secretary-1), Dr Mohammad Aslam Marwat, (Joint Secretary2) and Dr S.M Qaisar, (Finance Secretary).—APP

Kotri canals water found unfit for drinking HYDERABAD—Vice Chancellor, Liaquat Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro, Prof Dr Noshad A Shaikh, had shown deep concern about water analysis report and directed public health and local government authorities to take prompt action for checking any expected health damaging effect. According to the report released by Water Testing and Surveillance Laboratory LUMHS, water of Kotri and its adjacent areas is unfit for human consumption. On the directives of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Noshad A. Shaikh, the report was prepared by The Water Testing and Surveillance Laboratory team after

taking water samples from different areas. The areas included Karachi Canal Jamshoro, Inlet Kotri filter palant, Kotri filter plant over hand tank, Outlet tap water Kotri filter plant, Sabeel e-Hussaini Kotri, Taluka hospital Kotri, Taluka Hospital Kotri , Latif Chowk Kotri, T.B Hospital Kotri, Labour Square S.I.T.E Kotri, Keria Mosque Kotri, Filter Plant opposite MPA Sikandar Shoro house kotri, Industrial effluent Kotri, Tubewell near cow farm Kotri. The report said that the Odor, Color, Turbidity, Conductivity, Salinity, TDS (Total Dissolved Salts) chlorides and Arsenic of Samples were higher

than the permissible limits of WHO. Apart from this, the pH of Industrial effluent sample was much higher than the permissible limits of WHO, it further said.The report further revealed that bacteriologically, all samples contained unacceptable numbers of coliform (E-coli) bacteria which could cause water born diseases including diarrhea and dysentery which was unfit for human consumption. The report also advised general public for the low cost measures of safe drinking water at domestic level and it included chlorination, filtration, boiling or use of any other safe source of water.—APP

Three suspects killed, five held in Khuzdar QUETTA—Three suspects were killed while five others were arrested along with arms by Security forces in a search operation carried out in Khuzdar district on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Syed Abdul Waheed Shah told APP that the Security forces and Levies force jointly conducted search operation in Zaidi area as armed men opened fire on them. Security forces and Levies Force retaliated killing three suspects and arrested five others. Two security men also sustained injuries. One abducted persons and heavy weapons including ammunitions were also recovered from their possession.—APP

of a 12-year old Luqman son of ex- candidate for provincial assembly Aurangzeb found at Dotar. SHO Nawanshaer Sardar Zakir dispatched the body to hospital for autopsy. According the initial investigations the ill-fated luqman sustained serious head injuries. In another incident guard of a private company Bara Khan son of Khushal Khan resident of Ogi, who was deputed at the Allied bank Pine View branch Abbottabad shot himself dead with his own weapon. Police

In the third incident, Nara police found a tortured corpse of a 16 years old chap Bilal Ahmed son of Saeed. Father of diseased told police that in the morning he took his goats to the jungle, in the evening the goats came back but is son was found dead in the jungle. The fourth incident took place in Banda Jalal Khan, when Zaheer Gul son of Younus on suspicion of theft was brutally beaten by his neighbors, who was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.—APP

has been arrested in various raids conducted in recent past. High level meeting held by the chair of the Commissioner Quetta division Qambar Dashti was informed that police have finalized the list of wanted men and as per latest development it has arrested 574 wanted men in various crimes. Regional Police Officer Arif Nawaz said that crime rate has seen decline in Quetta division. Due to the better representation of the government 58 percent cases pending in the courts were disposed of,â•• he said. Commissioner Quetta on the occasion urged the officials of the law enforcement agencies to take effective measures against the elements involved in the target killGaliyat area. The decision to ing, kidnapping, car snatching this effect was made in a meet- and other heinous crimes.—APP ing of Board of Galiyat Development Authority with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan in the chair. OBSERVER REPORT Addressing the meeting Inayatullah said that GDA had FAISALABAD—The Faisalabad become financially weak there- Electric Supply Company fore the present government was (Fesco) has issued a shutdown bent upon to make the authority notice for necessary repair, financially sound and provide maintenance and expansion of better municipal services to the electricity lines. According to the notice issued masses. by the company here on Wednesday, power supply from from 132KV Rafhan Maize Products Jaranwala grid station will remain suspended from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while Elyas Park, Gulberg, Kamal Abad and Kausar Abad reached at their duty points feeders emanating fromn 132-KV early in the morning and re- Jhang Road grid station will obmained performing duties till serve shutdown from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday (Jan 16). late night. Similarly, electricity supply A large number of traffic police officials also remained from Al-Murtaza, WASA-II, in downtown area of the city Tayyab Textile and Ahmad Enespecially around Chowk terprises feeders originating from Clock Tower to control the 132-KV Kamalpur grid station traffic flow and provide will remain suspended from 9:00 hurdle free route to the Milad a.m. to 12:00 noon whereas processions which gathered at Jewan Shah, Tahir Rafiq and Chowk Clock Tower where Sarfraz Textile feeders emanatthe religious scholars deliv- ing from 132-KV Kamalpur grid ered keynote lectures before station will observe load shedthe culmination of Milad ral- ding from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. lies and processions.—APP on January 16, 2014.

Uplift work in Galiyat STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government on Wednesday directed the concerned authorities to initiate development work in Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) that included construction and improving cleanliness in Galiyat, eradication of encroachments, widening of roads in Galiyat, stopping unlawful cutting of trees, widening of Nathiagali Bazar and erecting a modern parking plaza at

Fesco shutdown schedule

Traffic flow maintained during Milad processions F AISALABAD—The city traffic police maintained traffic flow by providing alternative routes to the public transport during Milad processions here on Tuesday. On the order of Chief Traffic Officer (CTO), more than 800 male traffic wardens, 40 senior traffic officers and 38 lady traffic wardens performed duties in the city and facilitated the public transport to continue their journey during Milad processions and rallies. The traffic wardens

Nine arrested for gambling FAISALABAD—Police claimed to have arrested nine accused over gambling from Jhang Bazaar police limits. A spokesman for the police department told here on Wednesday that CIA police, on a tip-off, conducted raid at Mohallah Panj Pir and arrested nine accused, including Nokas Maseih etc over gambling. The police also recovered stake money from the accused and handed them over to Jhang Bazaar police which started investigation by registering a case against them, the spokesman BAHAWALPUR: Smoke emitting from the brick kilns is polluting the environment of added.—APP the city.

283 KP feeders suffer over 50% line losses

PA seeks assistance for uplift projects in Bajaur

BAJAUR AGENCY—The local located huge amount of ISLAMABAD —State Minister for Water administration was committed money in the current annual

and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the Senate on Wednesday that there were 283 feeders in Khyber PakhtunKhwa (KPK) having line losses of more than 50 percent. Responding to a question, the minister said the government was bearing a loss of Rs 1.5 million per day through these feeders. He said the government, since its inception, had added 1700 Megawatt in the system besides paying huge amount in clearing the Circular Debt. Sher Ali said all the provinces were equal for the federal government as every citizen has equal right over the resources. Replying to another question he said, as many as 187,126 numbers of employees were working in Distribution Companies (DISCOs), GENCOs and NTDCL, consuming free electricity entitled to them as per their BPS. He said the facility was being provided to the aforementioned employees as part of the incentives being given to the employees of other state departments as well. It is pertinent to mention that few days earlier the Federal State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali accused provincial ministers and MPAs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of being involved in power theft and said that line losses have crossed 90 per cent in their constituencies. Addressing a news conference at WAPDA house Peshawar, Federal State Minister Abid Sher Ali further alleged PTI ministers and MPAs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including information minister Shah Farman, Fazl Elahi, Ishtiaq Urmer, Asif Ahmadzai and Khalid Khan are involved in electricity theft and backing robbers in their constituencies. He categorically said line losses had reached to 90 per cent in some MPAs constituencies in the province. About the information minister Shah Farman, he said more than 90 per cent of power consumers are defaulters in his constituency and there are “no-go areas” in suburb of Peshawar where PESCO teams could not move to make recoveries. MPA Fazl Elahi had lifted arms on PESCO team as FIR has been lodged against him for misbehaving with its team, federal minister informed.—APP

Minister seeks school van accident report NAWABSHAH—Senior Education Minister Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has expressed his deep sorrow over the school van dumper accident in which 21 school children were perished on the spot. He has taken serious notice of the incident and called for immediate report of the accident from Superintendent of Police. Nisar Khuro said that government would take every step to help parents of deceased students. He instructed hospital administration and Deputy Commissioner to provide best of treatment to injured persons. He said that those seriously injured in the accident would be shifted to Karachi for treatment. He said that serious action would be initiated against those responsible for accident. He said that emergency was announced at hospital and appealed to general public for donating blood. On the other hand Deputy Commissioner Abdul Aleem Lashari has announced local holiday on January 16, 2014 to mourn the death of school children. On the other hand District administration has formed information desk led by Assistant Commissioner Nawabshah. District administration has arranged ambulances for shiting bodies of the children and their teachers to Daulatpur and has also arranged air ambulance in order to shift serious cases to Karachi or Hyderabad.—APP

to improving the quality of the life of tribesmen living in backward and remote areas of the agency by providing them basic and modern civic facilities. Several mega development projects would be launched soon in various backward areas of the region. This was said by Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of several development schemes of Multi Donor Trust Fund’s RLCIP (Rural Livelihood and Community Infrastructure Project), held at Lakianoo area of tehsil Salarzai on Wednesday.Tribal elders, members of local peace committee, senior officials of the security forces and the local administration attended the ceremony. He said the administration is taking keen interest in the development of backward areas of the region and had al-

development programme. “We are determined to improving the life standard of the local tribesmen and development funds will be spent in the region without discrimination,” he said. The political agent said that various areas of the agency had suffered by the militancy and war on terror which badly affected the natural resources, basic facilities and infrastructure. He asked the international donor organization to speedup activities for the welfare of tribesmen and should allocate more funds for the tribal areas. Shah said though the administration struggling for the early provision of basic facilities to the people of war affected and backward areas but we can’t achieve goal of providing civic services without the support of interna- Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani meeting with Army Engineers busy in the opening tional organization.—APP of Lowari Tunnel.

LG Bill moved in Balochistan Assembly, resolutions passed

ernment (Amended) Bill 2014 was tabled in the Balochistan Assembly while the house unanimously adopted two resolutions pertaining to release of funds for ongoing road projects in the province and others. The assembly session started with Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali in chair, here on Wednesday. Provincial Minister for Local Government, Sardar Mustafa Tareen tabled Balochistan Local Government (Amended) Bill 2014. The house gave exemption to the bill from Balochistan Assembly Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business 1974. Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel moved resolution that demanded of the provincial government to approach the federal government for making the National Highway Authority bound to deploy

uncontrolled driving and violation of traffic laws as these bad habits causing increase in road mishaps on the highway. Provincial Ministers Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and Obaidullah Babat, Advisor to Chief Minister, Agha Syed Liaquat Ali, and MPAsAbdul Majid Achakzai, Nasrullah Khan Zeray, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar, William Jan Barkat, Miss. Arifa Siddique, Miss. Spozmai Achakzai and Miss. Masooma Hayat tabled a joint and amended resolution for release of funds for repairing and carpeting of Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan highway besides deployment of highway police as the dilapidated condition of the road causing life loss in road accidents. The speaker put both resolutions to the house which passed them unanimously. The question hour was

The debate on two adjournment motions tabled in 13th January session by Awami National Party MPA, Eng. Zamarak Piraliza and Pashtoonkahwa Milli Awami Party MPA, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar on law and order of the province was also made. Participating in the debate, Eng. Zamarak said that chief of Kasi tribe and ANP leader, Nawab Abdul Zahir Kasi was kidnapped from Quetta and now the kidnappers were demanding ransom for his release from Miran Shah tribal area of Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa province. He emphasized the need for solid measures for release of Nawab Kasi.Advisor to Chief Minister on Finance, Mir Khalid Langov said that law and order was improved by 80 percent in the province, adding that steps were being taken to further improve it to provide security and protection to people.—APP

ISLAMABAD—Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada Wednesday assured the House that the government would implement 18th, 19th and 20th amendment of the Constitution in letter and spirit. Replying to a Point of Order raised by the Senator Raza Rabbani and Senator Zahid Khan, the minister said he would soon meet with the Prime Minister and inform him about the grievance of Senators regarding delay in the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI). Riaz Pirzada agreed with the senators in this regard saying that it was a constitutional requirement to convene the meeting of CCI within 90 days. The minister said many important matters were pending including census as without census local government elections were not possible. Raza Rabbani demanded the government to give a time-frame in which it would call the CCI meeting.—APP

P ESHAWAR —Advisor to Chief Minister for Prisons, Malik Qasim Khan Khattak Wednesday informed Provincial Assembly that 91 out of 253 absconder prisoners of D.I.Khan jail have so far been apprehended. The Advisor however, did not make it clear that whether the 91 apprehended prisoners included any terrorist. Responding to a question of PML-N MPA Aurangzaib Nalotha during question hours, he said that a total 23 terrorists were succeeded to flee from the jail during an attack by terrorists. The Advisor further informed that enquiry is being conducted other prisoners who managed to escaped with the terrorists. He said that since the terrorists were equipped with modern weapons and ammunitions so that police official on duty could not resist for a long time, adding that five police officials were martyred during the encounter while nine received injuries. He said the security agencies could not timely respond to the attack therefore, the terrorists succeeded in break through the prison. He said that the provincial government suspended Superintended Central Jail, SP Elite Force, DSP D.I.Khan and 25 officials of Elite force.—APP

mander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani visited Lowari Tunnel and appreciated the role of Army Engineers which despite having adverse weather and heavy snow fall materialized all resources to open Lowari Tunnel during the month of January. According to an ISPR release here, it is noteworthy that Army Engineers have moved heavy machinery and equipment to the northern and southern bounds of Lowari Tunnel in order to remove snow well in time. It is pertinent to mention that since 5th November 2013 up till now 10 spells of heavy snow fall have been recorded and currently 3 feet snow have been removed by the Army Engineers in order to make the smooth flow of traffic. During the last one month 7000 vehicles have safely crossed the Tunnel. Moreover Chitral Scouts with the help of Sarhad Rural Support Program has recently completed the construction of waiting rooms which are meant to facilitate the passengers in the close vicinity of Tunnel.—APP

CJP inaugurates E-citizen system

cold weather in most parts of the country during next 24 hours. The Meteorological Department predicted on Wednesday that the weather will remain dry and cold in most areas of the country, light rain showers could pour in Malakand, Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan while snowfall is expected on hilly areas during next 24 hours. The weather remained dry and chilly, rain showers poured in Malakand and few other places while snowfall covered hilly locations during last 24 hours, told the Meteorological Department. The minimum temperature, minus 12 degree centigrade, was recorded in Parachinar while temperature of Gopus and Astore areas dropped to minus 7 centigrade on Tuesday, added the Meteorological Department. Meanwhile, Dry weather with cold night and hazy morning is expected in Karachi metropolis over the next 24 hours, the Met Office forecast on Wednesday. It said that the minimum temperature is ex-

grade. Mainly cold or very cold and dry weather is likely to

prevail elsewhere in the Sindh and Balochistan region. According to Lahore Met office, mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country including provincial capital during the next 24 hours. According to local Met office,the weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country during last 24 hours.Some of the coldest places in the country were: Parachinar -12øC, Hunza 09øC, Astore, Gupis -08øC, Kalam -07øC, Skardu, Kalat, Quetta -06øC, Chitral, Gilgit, Drosh -03øC. In the metropolis minimum temperature was 3 degree centigrade on Wednesday.—APP

Eight link roads, drains completed in Dir

Similarly the Upper Dir PESHAWAR—Supreme Court PESHAWAR—In order to en- district rehabilitated 704 sure best transportation fa-

Cooperation with Denmark

91 absconders apprehended


Dry and cold weather to prevail across country

ISLAMABAD—The Met Office pected to remain in the range Q UETTA —The Local Gov- Motorway Police on Quetta- deferred as the movers were P ESHAWAR —Corps Com- has predicted more dry and between 9 to 11 degrees CentiDera Ismail Khan road to stop not present in the house.

Govt to implement amendments

ISLAMABAD —Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Wednesday said that mutually beneficial areas in agriculture sector should be enhanced between Pakistan and Denmark. According to a press release, Federal Minister said this while in a meeting with Ambassador of Denmark, Jesper Moller Sorenson in Pakistan, when the latter called on the minister here. The minister said that there was a great scope of cooperation in agricultural research institutes of both countries. During the course of meeting, Joseph Moller Sorenson Ambassador of Denmark apprised that Danish agriculture companies were interested in undertaking joint ventures with agri- private sector of Pakistan in dairy sector. The Ambassador apprised that Danish agriculture companies were interested in organizing an exhibition show in Pakistan showcasing their agricultural products which will also provide an opportunity for sharing agriresearch and innovations. Both dignitaries also agreed on sharing technical expertise in agriculture sector to further widen the scope of mutual cooperation. Seerat Asghar Secretary MNFSR and other high officials of the ministry were also present in the meeting.—APP

Gen Rabbani lauds Army engineers

PESHAWAR: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani inaugurating the E-Citizen Grievances Redressal System of Human Rights Directorate at Peshawar High Court.

IT genius Arfa Karim remembered I SLAMABAD —Pakistan’s IT cluding a presidential pride Developers prodigy Arfa Karim Randhawa, who passed away as a result of cardiac arrest following an epileptic attack at the age of 16, is being remembered across the country Tuesday on her 2nd death anniversary. Arfa passed away on January 14, 2012 after remaining under treatment at hospital in critical conditions for weeks. People nationwide held candle-light vigils remembering and mourned the loss. The outpouring of tributes from across the world continues to this day, a private news channel reported. Arfa hailed from Faisalabad, Punjab and was a bright young student who became youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a record which she held until 2008. The IT genius attracted attention of Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft at the time, who invited her to visit Microsoft headquarters in USA. Arfa termed the visit as remarkable and once in a lifetime experience. The young genius continued to conquer success as she bagged several national and international awards in-

of performance. In 2005, Arfa was the recipient of Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in Science and Technology which was presented by the Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.

The IT prodigy continued to bag good image for the country with her representation of the country and its IT industry worldwide. One such event took place in Dubai where IT professionals invited her to speak. To honor her at the reception, prominent dignitaries including Ambassador of Pakistan were in attendance. Arfa was invited by Microsoft to participate in a keynote session at Tech-Ed

Chief Justice, Syed Tassadduq Hussain Jilani here Monday inaugurated E-citizen Grievances Redressal System of Human Rights Directorate at Peshawar High Court. Supreme Court Chief Justice visited different sections of the directorate and appraised himself about its functions. Speaking on the occasion, he said that this system would play a very key role in education, dissemination of information and addressal of grievances. He said fair trial is the fundamental right of citizens and the system would ensure to protect their rights by enabling them an easy access to justice. Chief Justice PHC, Dost Muhammad Khan and Senior Judge SC, Nasirul Mulk were also present on the occasion. The Chief Justice Supreme Court suggested for opening of a wing at Human Rights Directorate for solution of expatriate’s problems. Later, the Chief Justice PHC presented a traditional Chatrali Chuga and a woollen cap to Justice Jilani.—APP

cilities and improve poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, the district administration of Dir has completed eight projects of link roads, drains and retaining walls in various villages of Sheringal sub-division. A press release issued by Malakand Development Programme (MDP) here on Wednesday stated that the projects completed in villages including Chamiar Kass, Ali Mast Sale Miana, Hiddo Khatko, Sowanai Bala, Bundesh-Jatkul, Karborai Mamusai, Siah and Biar village of Sheringal sub-division. These interventions would directly benefit thousands of community members at their doorstep. The administration of Lower Dir rehabilitated 758 meters long link road in Chamiar Kass, Munda union council of Samargbagh and 1264 meters extensive link road and 1112 meters drain in Ali Mast Sale Miana village of Adenzai. 126 meters pipe culverts were also built into the constructed road.

meters road and 233 meters drain in Hiddo Khatko union council of Darrikund Barawal Tehsil besides rehabilitating 1600 meters long link road and constructing 300 meters long drain in Sowanai Bala village of Upper Dir. About 735 meters extensive road in Bundesh Jatkul, Sheringal, 721 meters long link road and 198 meters drains in Karborai Mamusai of Barawal Tehsil, 1000 meters long concrete road, culverts and causeway in Biar village of Sheringal and 1089 meters concrete road rehabilitated and 76 meters drains structured in Siah village of Sheringal market. Apart from construction of these roads, retaining walls were also built up to protect roads from rainwater and future flooding. It is expected that over 14 thousand community members would get benefit of these development schemes and they would have an easy access to markets, health centres and schools in these areas.— APP

conference which was held in Spain. The conference was of approximately 5000 participants and Arfa was the only Pakistani present there. At the end of year 2011, Arfa, while studying at Lahore Grammar School in Lahore suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of epileptic attack and was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH). Her conditioned worsened and had to be put on life support. During this time, she was offered medical assistance by Bill Gates who directed his doctors of the involvement in diagnoses and treatment. Bill Gates also recommended flying Arfa to US for better treatment but the doctors here and consultants abroad decided against it because of the complicated situation and need of putting her on life support. Arfa’s parents thanked Gates for generosity of offering to cover full expenses of her treatment. The IT genius passed away on the morning of 14 January, 2012 leaving the whole nation grieving.— BAHAWALPUR: Prizes being distributed among position holders of handicraft compeAPP tition organized by Social Welfare Department.

Empowering security forces to shoot


Quixote or Tughluq?


HE National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior has passed, with majority, Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, which would al low security forces to shoot suspected persons after warning. The law has been necessitated in view of the increasing incidents of terrorism and the need to remove legal lacunae in bringing the culprits to book. The fact that the proposed law has been passed with majority not unanimously is an indication that some members or parties have some reservations and these would be highlighted when the bill is placed before the two Houses of the Parliament for debate and approval. Flaws, if any, would hopefully be removed and consensus arrived but there is absolutely no doubt that we need such a legislation to enhance effectiveness of the law-enforcing agencies in tackling heinous crime and conferring powers of investigation on Rangers. The intentions are good and we are sure that the authorities concerned would not allow opposition on flimsy ground by some vested interests including NGOs in the name of protection of human rights. Those speaking about human rights always forget that personnel of the security forces and members of the general public also have human rights, which are trampled by terrorists and criminals. These criminals even deny the right of life to the ordinary people and take lives of law-enforcers during engagements and encounters. Personnel of law-enforcing agencies are always in a disadvantageous position during such encounters as they are restrained by the law but the terrorists and criminals go to any extent and as a consequence policemen and personnel of Rangers suffer grievously. The powers to shoot after giving necessary warning would hopefully have deterring effect on crime and help save precious lives of security personnel, who would be in a better position to respond in coin when the situation so demands. Similarly, there is no denying the fact that fair and expeditious investigations are pre-requisite for successful trial of any case but our Police force generally demonstrates sluggish attitude mainly because of the element of corruption and therefore, empowering Rangers to investigate would ensure that those apprehended are probed thoroughly and firm charges framed against them. We are in an emergent situation and therefore, must demonstrate urgency in dealing with the situation in an expeditious, firm and comprehensive manner.

Indian army chief’s thunderous outburst A

T a time when there are signs of some improvement in relations be tween Pakistan and India, Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh has come out with another provocative statement regarding ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC). Talking to media persons General Singh boasted of killing ten Pakistani soldiers along the LoC. The tone and tenor of the Indian army chief was provocative as he stated that respecting ceasefire depends on the ground situation. He went on to say to break the rules in the future as well, which one cannot expect from a person heading the world’s 3rd largest army. It is a known fact that Indian troops indulge in violation of ceasefire along the LoC frequently and this is particularly done when there are possibilities of improvement in relations at the diplomatic front. Pakistan Army spokesman rightly termed the allegations of General Bikram Singh as baseless and contrary to facts on the ground. After the meeting of DGMOs of the two countries the situation along the disputed border had improved and there was no need of making thunderous outburst by the Indian army chief. There is now little doubt that being under constant pressure due to ground situation in occupied Kashmir, the leadership of the Indian army levels baseless allegations against Pakistan in order to boost the morale of its troops. We would say that the Indian political leadership need to give a thorough briefing to the heads of its armed forces about the policy of the government regarding relations with neighbouring countries. If one goes by the statements of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the army chief, there is huge contradiction in their stance towards Pakistan. In the given situation, we expect that the Indian government would take a serious notice of the statement of General Bikram Singh and give him a thorough dressing because his utterances and unilateral acts could lead to dangerous consequences.

Anti-Pakistan literature all around A

CCORDING to media reports, Frontier Corps Balochistan, on Mon day, seized a huge cache of anti-Pakistan literature during a raid on Attashad Degree College Turbat. This included books, maps, posters, banners and other subversive material and the objective of those behind the dastardly act was to use students for their ulterior motives on the dictates of their foreign handlers. This is shocking but not strange as propaganda is widely being used to influence minds of people especially our young lot in a bid to shake their faith in the motherland. Propaganda material is widely used by different pressure groups to advance their nefarious designs and interests but strangely enough the authorities concerned have adopted an easygoing attitude towards this serious problem. Freedom of expression is something else but undermining the very foundations of the state is something quite different, which must not be tolerated. The action taken by FC Balochistan is appreciable and we hope it would work more diligently to foil designs of the enemy with active collaboration of the Provincial government. But the more important aspect of the episode is to unmask the faces behind anti-state campaign and bringing them to book. This is not the only case as numerous reports appear in media about teaching of this or that book or material in our educational institutions having anti-Pakistan contents or distortion of the history or facts. There are also reports of attempts aimed at widening of the sectarian gulf and even teachers are reportedly involved in such loathsome acts. It is quite obvious that secessionist elements, at the behest of their foreign masters, are trying to brainwash our younger generation, which should be a cause for concern. The Federal and Provincial Governments must have a comprehensive review of the situation and issue firm directions to local authorities to keep a constant vigil on such activities and moves. It is also a fact that only administrative measures would not suffice to foil attempts to these subversive elements and members of the civil society will also have to play their role to counter and rebut anti-Pakistan propaganda through modern-day means like Facebook and Twitter.

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Parliamentarians’ travelling sans dignity well. The Andhra Pradesh legislators are reportedly planning a trip abroad. The Kuldip Nayar Akali Dal government sent the legislators to Scotland to see how the scotch whiskey was brewed. All such trips are considered ESPITE the moral edge that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) study tours. Since the reports followmovement has given to poli- ing the tours are not published, it is tics, a 16-member team of legisla- anybody’s guess whether the legistors from the Congress-ruled lators submit anything in writing at Karnataka in the South was deter- all. In fact, they are all paid holidays mined to tour a few South Ameri- for pleasure, something which the can countries at government ex- government uses to placate its own pense. It is the intervention of Con- members and those in the Opposigress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, tion. And this favour is not confined a reinvigorated person after the to legislators alone. Members of the drubbing the party received in committee of the Scheduled Caste Rajasthan and Delhi elections, that and Minorities in Karnataka have just they finally agreed to abandon the returned from a 16-day trip abroad. trip, which was a joy ride, from the Their itinerary showed that they were visiting beaches, posh restaurants and tax payers’ money. The most shocking aspect, how- pleasure resorts. I found the same ever, is that the members going craze of going abroad among our Parabroad were from the State Esti- liamentarians. Since I was a nomimates Committee, entrusted with the nated member of the Rajya Sabha, I task of saving superfluous expendi- was never included in any such trip, ture. Representatives of both the because for the mediapersons, an ethCongress and the Bhartiya Janata ics committee was sought to be set Party (BJP) constituted a team for up to stop extravagant expenses. The the proposed tour. The BJP mem- political parties normally distributed bers developed sudden cold feet the “study tours” among themselves. when some in the media criticized It is flabbergasting that the Language the junkets. The Congressmen caved Committee members, including perin after Rahul Gandhi pointed out sons other than MPs, go to England that the expense of Rs. 16 crore was and America every year to assess the a waste when 60 districts of the state spread of Hindi. In fact, a foreign trip is as much faced drought and when more than 200 farmers had committed suicide. a craze in India as in Pakistan and The members were technically Bangladesh. The legislators there justified because the state assembly also go abroad on one pretext or the has laid down that the legislators other. Whether it is a hangover of the could tour foreign countries twice 150-year colonial rule of the British in their five-year tenure. Probably, or part of thoughtless expenditure of the same provision is offered to the burgeoning middle class is diffimembers in most other states as cult to say. Probably, both assump-


tions are correct. Yet, it cannot be denied that a free foreign tour is the best “bribe” any government can offer. Foreign countries in the West know this. Missions of the United Kingdom and the United States utilize this way to have the best of concessions. Top bureaucrats fall for “invitations” from abroad. It would be revealing to find out how many children of secretaries to the government have gone abroad on scholarships or fully paid studies. Foreign missions see to it that the children of highly-placed people are given pre-travel and full expenses onboarding and lodging in schools, colleges or other educational institutions. Unfortunately, bureaucrats are falling prey to the generous hospitality of foreign missions. Since booze is free and flows like water, you can spot out top officials at parties of minor officials of foreign missions. This greed is nothing new. It has been there since a few years after independence. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was so shocked by the presence of Secretaries to the Government at parties of Third Secretaries in foreign missions that he issued a circular to instruct that the top officials should respond to invitations of only foreign officials of equivalent status. As days went by, the violations of the circular increased. Today it is free, for all. Invitations are sought even by MPs. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should issue a circular on the lines Nehru had done. But I have lost hope after seeing the manner in which the Government of India has suffered humiliation at the hands of the State Department. Devyani Khorbragade was handcuffed and put in jail to share the cell

with criminals. Secretary of State John Kerry has refused to tender an apology on the incident. It has now been found that she enjoyed the full diplomatic immunity when she was arrested. I am not surprised because of America’s arrogance of power. President Obama, who looked different initially, has become part of the establishment. He does not either evoke confidence or hope. He should have himself rung up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express remorse. The loss is that of America’s. The Indians were beginning to feel that the US was different from the rest of West. That impression has dissipated. Washington may talk of strategic ties and New Delhi may reciprocate to be on the same page with the biggest power. But this relationship will stay at the official level only. People of India will remain distant. For them, the treatment meted out to Devyani has little to do with the diplomatic niceties. They consider it as an instance of the weight that Washington throws about. The persistence in prosecuting Devyani says it all. The entire case began when Devyani was not paying her domestic servant the wages as per the US laws. I recall when I was serving as an employee of the USIS at Delhi I too did not get the wages the Americans were getting. This is probably understandable. But what I could not comprehend was the additional allowances that the Americans were getting while touring within the country as compared to the Indians, who accompanied them. I know this from my experience. —The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author.

BD elections: End or beginning of a crisis? Iqbal Khan Email:tweets@wonderous101


HEIKH Hasina has been sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, after a violence ridden deadly General Elections. Awami League (AL) party has won nearly 80 percent of the seats, which should allow it to rule for another five years. But analysts say the new government could be short-lived since Hasina faces a deepening political crisis and mounting calls for new polls from the international community and the Opposition. In a country that has experienced nearly 20 coups, people are questioning the legitimacy of the new legislature and pondering over the likelihood of another coup. Military could step in yet once again if the situation deteriorates further, and there is adequate domestic support and international backing. The Opposition, led by twotimes former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, has called for a blockade of roads, rail and waterways to try to topple the government. Hasina has vowed to take a hard-line stand to bring stability. Police has confirmed the arrest of more than 1,000 Opposition activists in recent weeks, stressing that there have been specific charges against each of the detainees. Crippling Opposition protests, strikes and transport blockades since October have already cost an estimated $4 billion in lost production. The turmoil is also likely to undermine efforts to improve the lot of country’s population of 154 million, out of this a third lives below the poverty line. The former East Pakistan is the world’s eighth most populous nation but also one of the poorest. Bangladesh’s General Elections present an interesting case study. The vote credibility had been

undermined even before the polling day, as 153 Awami League (AL) members or its allies were declared elected unopposed to a House having 300 elected members beats. Since October 2013, around 180 people have died in electoral violence. At least 26 people were killed on the polling day. Hasina Sheikh has accused BNP of making a mistake by shunning the vote. Khaleda has accused Hasina of murdering democracy. Politics in Bangladesh is approached as a zero sum game between the AL and BNP. Elections have not only demonstrated the peoples’ lack of confidence in the government but also proved that, in an environment of mistrust, free, fair, credible, peaceful and participatory elections cannot be held without a non-party neutral government and an independent Election Commission. As per the survey conducted by Daily Star and Asia Foundation in September 2013, 77 percent of respondents supported elections being held under a neutral caretaker government. It is estimated that turnout was a dismal 22 percent. In at least 41 polling centres, not a single voter showed up. Election Commission has acknowledged that no election took place at 570 polling stations. Prior to the election, Opposition mobs had set fire to at least 200 polling booths. Attackers torched at least 127 school buildings overnight before the voting began; nearly 600 polling stations were attacked. Voting was suspended in at least 390 of polling centres because of attacks. The Daily Star, which is sympathetic to the AL, commented: “AL has won a predictable and hollow victory which gives it neither a mandate nor an ethical standing to govern effectively.” The BNP called for the poll boycott over the question of an interim government. Hasina is opposed to non-party caretaker governments

overseeing elections as she is against power being vested in “unelected” people. The government created an all-party interim government, which it headed; BNP opted out of that arrangement. However, neither Hasina nor Khaleda have much credibility on caretaker governments overseeing the elections. Each has demanded a neutral caretaker when in Opposition, only to oppose this when in power. Earlier, the AL government had sought to weaken the Opposition through a crackdown on Jamaat-eIslami (JI), the country’s largest Islamist party, which was the BNP’s main ally. The government last year supported a case brought in the High Court that resulted in banning of the JI on the grounds that its programme contravened country’s secular Constitution. The AL’s claim to be upholding “secular fabric” of Bangladeshi society is simply a political manoeuvre; party had no political qualms about allying itself with JI during the 1996 general elections. The European Union, the United States and the Commonwealth did not send observers to monitor what they considered a flawed vote. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington was disappointed that the major parties had not reached a consensus on a way to hold free, fair and credible elections. The United States has also called for a new vote that would credibly express the “will of the people”. The UNSG Ban Ki-moon was “saddened by the loss of life”, his spokesman said. He criticised both main parties and called for them “to resume meaningful dialogue and to urgently address expectations of the people of Bangladesh for an inclusive political process”. The “Great Game” dimension has it that the US is concerned to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh as part of its broader “pivot to Asia” aimed at countering China diplomatically and encircling

it militarily. American right-wing think tank, the Heritage Foundation, has pointed out: “China is slowly building up ties to Bangladesh and competing with India for dominance in the region.” The report noted that Bangladesh’s relations with India had improved under the AL and advised that the US should “facilitate strong India-Bangladesh ties since New Delhi’s influence in the country will help blunt the growing Chinese presence.” Bangladesh must look inwards. No one stopped Bangladesh from bringing the alleged perpetrators of rapes and murders during the 1971 war to justice for 42 long years. The reason why the AL chose to do it now is because Teesta Water sharing and the Indo-Bangladeshi land boundary agreements are yet to come to fruition. Hasina faces accusations that she has not been reciprocated by India. Best way to come out of the accountability net for its failed pro India foreign policy is to create an anti-Pakistan hype. Over the years Pakistani businessmen motivated by business interests and driven by the desire to revive old relations with Bangladesh, have invested their capital in Bangladesh. More than ten thousand Pakistanis have invested billions of dollars in Bangladesh Unfortunately domestic politics in BD has created an anti-Pakistan environment. Presently Pakistani investors in BD are faced with a constant state of uncertainty fearing irreversible setback to their business due to revengeful politics of the AL government. Hasina may have seriously miscalculated in pressing ahead with the election despiteOopposition’s boycott. An election result without a popular mandate raises more questions than it answers. —The writer is a Consultant Policy & Strategic Response at IPRI.

FTER his dream debut in politics, India’s new maver ick politician Arvind Kejriwal will now have to display some statesmenship if he wants his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to perform as well in the upcoming general elections as it did in the Delhi assembly polls. There is only a very thin line between the heroic and the bathetic and right now, his new schemes are pushing him towards the latter. The former tax official’s grandiose plan to hold a janta darbar, a mass meeting where the common man could meet the big man and lay bare his problems, is noble no doubt but impractical as well, especially given New Delhi’s population, the number of disconsolate residents and the unruly crowd behaviour that tends to lead to stampedes at so many public programmes. The ambitious meet on Saturday had to be shelved hurriedly as there were signs of the crowds going berserk, seeking to catch the new saviour’s eye, and now, a wiser Kejriwal has decided to replace them with his helplines, both through the Internet and phone. However, the pundits watching the new ruler of Delhi have already started pointing out that the same chaos that prevailed at the mass meet will pursue the phone helplines as well since there aren’t enough lines or enough people to man them. Also, with the deluge of woes that is expected to pour in, one wonders how the new chief minister would be able to handle them instead of being swept away. Kejriwal has a predecessor who had the same enthusiasm for reforms but lacked the practical knowhow to implement them. There are shades of Muhammad bin Tughluq about him, the sultan who ruled Delhi in the 14th century. Tughluq was regarded as a visionary ahead of his time. He tried to introduce paper currency and it led to the disappearance of gold and silver and soaring inflation. So despite his progressive ideas, Tughluq became a byword for quixotic schemes. The AAP chief should take heed lest his name too becomes a byword for something else. — Khaleej Times


Syrian coalition should attend Geneva II


HE fighting in Syria is con tinuing with increasing feroc ity and brutality and millions of Syrians in refugee camps have fled for their lives. This vast humanitarian disaster is growing by the week and people are dying every day. This is why the talks in Geneva are so important, even if they may seem hugely optimistic and detached from the appalling reality on the ground. The purpose of Geneva II is to build a political structure that will allow the different elements of the Syrian people to find their own solution. This may seem bizarre as the fighting gets ever more brutal and dispersed, but Syria’s political leaders have failed their people and need to have a peaceful way forward laid out so that it can be followed by the Syrians. This is why the Syrian National Coalition should attend the conference. Their views should be heard and they should be part of the thinking to chart the way forward. This is why the coalition chairman, Ahmad Al Jarba, is making a mistake when he says that “the removal of Bashar Al Assad from the picture of Syria’s future has entered the decisive stage” and is polling his field commanders on whether the Coalition should participate in the Geneva II meetings. He is talking from a very weak position and has lost control of many parts of the opposition forces as different opposition Islamist groups are attacking each other as well as what is left of the Free Syrian Army. It is also important that Iran is not a full member of the Geneva II conference. Iran has backed the Syrian regime and has sent some of its armed forces to fight on behalf of Al Assad, along with units from Hezbollah, Iran’s client militia in Lebanon. As the talks seek a way forward to define an interim regime, in which Al Assad will play no part, Iran can play no useful part other than to stop supporting Al Assad and withdraw its troops from Syria. The answer to Syria’s problems will be found in Syria — not Iran. — Gulf News Experience is the best teacher. —Proverb

Afghanistan-Pakistan-India trilateral ties Voice of the People Sumera Mirza


NDIA’S involvement in the in ternal affairs of Pakistan since its inception to create instability in the country through Afghanistan has remained a core problem in Pak-Afghan relations. India and Afghanistan partnership became a major source of apprehension for Pakistan at both Eastern and Western borders. India supported whatever regime came into power in Kabul that opposed Pakistan. Whereas, Pakistan’s role has been seen negatively by Afghans as it did not contribute much to the socio-economic sectors of Afghanistan rather linked more with Talibanization and their rule and present activities have left severe damage on Afghans’ lives. From the time Karzai got reelected as Ppresident of Afghanistan in 2009, there is a welcome shift in his policies towards Pakistan. Most notably, he has not only acknowledged the role of Pakistan in fighting militancy but has also stopped issuing hostile statements and accusations against Pakistan for each and every nuisance his country faces. In the wake of the planned US withdrawal, Karzai understands he would be left alone and needs to secure himself with Pakistan’s assistance. The international political shift, post-Pak-US-strategic dialogue, and the domestic situation demand cooperative and friendly relations with Pakistan. Both its democratic government and the military seek to have a friendly and stable Afghanistan given the fact that anything happening there impacts Pakistan and vice versa. Hence to overcome the current volcanic mess of insurgency both Pakistan and Afghanistan have a unanimous approach on resolving the issue. Pakistan had for the past few years kept on convincing the US that military strategy alone was not a workable solution for ending extremism in Afghanistan; but of no use as US has its own way of handling the situation. Now both Pakistan and Afghanistan are committed to bringing the insurgents to the negotiating table through political strategy to end the war. President Karzai and Pakistani institutions, in collaboration as well

as independently, are making efforts in their own ways for persuading hardcore elements to renounce insurgency .During the NATO commander’s conference in Brussels Gen. Kayani had offered to prepare the Afghan National Army (ANA) where the Taliban fighters opting for peace would be integrated. The proposition was aimed at helping improve relations between the two countries and helping Afghanistan stabilize. The main idea is that by giving training to the armed for,ces Pak-Afghan interaction level would increase which would in turn build better mutual understanding, leading to convergence of interests. Keeping in mind the US exit strategy both Afghan and Pakistani governments are holding peace negotiations with the Taliban. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan are pursuing the course alongside certain policy differences of US on the matter being reluctant to engage in talks with the Taliban. Despite the official statements of the US administration for not negotiating with the insurgents because the time is not right and the Taliban are still strong, etc., it seems that they are looking forward to the efforts pursued by Pakistan in Afghanistan for softening the insurgent’s stance into accepting the reconciliation process. The US national security priority in Afghanistan is to find a way for their honorable exit from the country. For the purpose they are expecting a solution-based path from Pakistan, their non-NATO ally and now a strategic partner, to prepare ground through negotiating with the hardcore insurgents. Once the hardcore elements are softened up, the US can enter into the mainstream future arrangement through which it can leave the country while at the same time maintain its influence by securing its interests in the resource-rich Afghanistan and the region. Moreover, besides the Taliban’s setting foreign forces withdrawal as a precondition for talks is not in accord with to Pakistan’s interest. Pakistan wants the support of the US and other members of the international community with their presence in the region so it could achieve a balanced strategic relationship with the US vis-a-vis India in the region. Besides, Karzai is also grappling with the problem of balancing Indian and Pakistani interests in Af-

ghanistan. Continuing with the India-Afghanistan nexus that reached an extreme level during his first tenure is neither in the interest of Afghanistan’s stability nor his own regime. In the assessment report of Gen. McChrystal increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan was considered unhelpful as it led to regional hostilities and tensions with Pakistan which is unaffordable. If President Karzai does not balance Indian presence in the country, it will affect Pakistan’s cooperation towards resolving the Afghanistan crisis. Today stakes are high for both the Obama administration and Karzai government for achieving their goals. However, Obama would survive the pressures over Afghanistan but this would not be the case for President Karzai hence, the pressure is focused on him to come up with such strategies that would balance India’s role in the country and ensure that Pakistan does not get offended with the resurrection of conflictual issues like the Durand Line, etc. Still Indian presence cannot be curbed in Afghanistan because of the fact that Afghans have a soft corner for India as being the fifth largest donor in Afghanistan’s reconstruction work it is looked upon as a friendly country. Afghanistan being an independent and sovereign country has its own strategic interests that cannot be ignored or sidelined. That’s why President Karzai is reluctant to put any curbs on India in Afghanistan; instead he tried to balance the relationship with both Pakistan and India when he said India ‘is a good friend’ while Pakistan a ‘conjoined twin’ of Afghanistan. Some analysts believe that though Pakistan is important in Afghanistan after the US withdraws from there, yet not a key factor in its stability as believed in Pakistan. There are limitations to Pakistan’s capability in ensuring that Afghanistan stays a friendly country. How crucial its role is in a future Afghanistan, depends on how much resources Pakistan allocates for Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. It is evident how much other powerful countries of the region like India, Iran, Russia and China are spending on Afghanistan’s development which is far more than what Pakistan has been doing. Pakistan is playing an

important role as a mediator between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Earlier, President Karzai presented a plan in grand jirga which offered amnesty, money and job incentives for Taliban foot-soldiers while asylum for top figures in fellow Muslim countries and removal of their names from the UN and US blacklists which banned them from foreign travelling as well. The chief demand of the Taliban before making peace with the government is the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. The fighting is at its extreme intensity, with the Taliban gaining more strength against massive foreign forces. The militants attacked the opening session of the jirga with guns and rockets. They are presently in a stronger position which gives them little reason to surrender and accept peace. That’s why Pakistan’s assistance is requested to use whatever influence it is considered having over them to get them to lay down arms and accept peace. So far Pakistan has shown willingness to act as a broker in a deal between the Karzai government and the Taliban. Pakistan took up task of becoming an intermediary by bridging differences between the Haqqani network and Karzai govt. Both President Karzai and the Obama administration are backing Pakistan because of edge it has in dealing with the Taliban. Once theWestern troops leave or even reduce their numbers the Karzai government would be in a weaker position. The country would be left with a vacuum that would be open for manipulation by multiple powers. Before this happens Pakistan’s assistance and support is crucially required in bringing insurgents to peace talks or else whole mess might pose a challenge to Pakistan’s existence. Pakistan has got an opportunity to come out of isolation imposed on it by Bush administration despite Pakistan’s unparalleled efforts in the war on terror, India and President Karzai with Indian support against Pakistan. Hence, Pakistan must continue with this cooperative relationship so that it can regain influence in Afghanistan. — The author is defence and diplomatic studies scholar associated with the mainstream media.

Views From Abroad

Bangladesh: A different viewpoint Rajeev Sharma


HE west-led international community is unduly worried about the credibility of recently concluded general elections in Bangladesh, boycotted by major opposition parties. This approach is fallacious and misses the woods for the trees. So much is happening in Bangladesh with so little attention from the world. Stakes are higher than we recognize. Bangladesh is not a small state like Burkina Faso or a small island in the Pacific. It is a country with 155 million plus population with a gigantic youth community. It is overwhelmingly Muslim majority country. Millions of Bangladeshi migrate and eke out their living in Europe, America, Middle East, South East Asia and even in the neighboring India — a country that follows secular democracy. Bangladesh is increasingly a big market with very substantial economic potential that we have largely failed to realize. The government led by Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina has reduced the gap between demands from existing power consumers and available supply. Recently the government celebrated achieving in-

stalled capacity of 10,000 MW of electricity and plans an addition of capacity over 11,500 MW by 2018. This is no mean achievement considering that she took over from a level of less than 4,000 MW only 5 years ago. Hasina’s achievements in past five years in the key sectors of education, health and agriculture are commendable given the difficulties in which the government operated and the low levels from which it took over. For years, textbooks of schoolchildren remained without revision. Most children could not get textbooks at all. In a poor LDC country, textbooks matter far more than one imagines. Hasina’s government got textbooks revised by progressive university scholars deleting topics, interpretations and references promoting fundamentalism and parochial religious outlook among young children for years. Bangladesh is also one of the best performing countries as far as the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals are concerned. Some of its key health indicators are better than in the neighboring India with nearly double its per capita income in real terms. Land to people ratio is one of the worst in world and yet Bangladesh has achieved food sufficiency during Hasina’s tenure. The point here is

not really to eulogize the Hasina’s government but to understand the context of the ongoing political turmoil. In spite of all these, the country is held down by a bloody political conflict marked by mutual hatred of top political leaders and by remarkably cruel street demonstrations by the rightist opposition. On the face of it reason for the ongoing conflict is government’s decision to conduct general elections (now completed) under the present elected government as it happens in most other democracies. Earlier there was a system of caretaker government of technocrats to conduct elections. The opposition, led by Khaleda Zia of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), demanded reintroduction of the former system. The Hasina government did not agree. Below the surface, there could be other factors. The government has embarked up on trials of those political activists who clearly committed great atrocities against fellow Bangladeshis who supported secession from Pakistan. In 1971 these political activists, mostly belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), led pillage, murder and rape of their opposition by way of helping the Pakistan Army. They also oversaw ethnic cleansing of minority Hindus, whose number saw drastic re-

duction in Bangladesh — marking possibly one of the largest enforced demographic changes anywhere in the world. Their trials are belated but they enjoy wide popular support. As can be expected most of those accused are now in JI and BNP. Obviously, BNP and JI are enraged. Progressive Bangladeshis feel that JI and its ally aim at creating anarchy and mayhem to dislodge the government. Bangladesh is at a crossroads. It is either poised to leap frog to prosperity and secular way of life or to go down the slippery path of fundamentalism. Decades ago Pakistan held similar economic and social promises but the West allowed her to choose the worse path. Today the implications will be higher for the western world. Simply put, Bangladesh is not a problem or promise in South Asia, she is a global concern and should be acknowledged as such. The moot point is religious fundamentalism versus economic and social progress in a large and rising country. We cannot ignore possible takeover of Bangladesh by radicals. The writer is a New Delhi-based columnist and strategic analyst who tweets @Kishkindha. — Courtesy Arab News

Hold a mirror to your life..!


OST of us hate criticism. We like being surrounded by yes men. Quite often I see photos of politicians, especially state ones, with the chief minister standing erect surrounded by ministers who are literally leaning over him or her. The chief minister is obviously a person who will not tolerate criticism, but unfortunately that is what causes their downfall. They cannot tolerate holding a mirror to themselves. Two brothers fulfilled their mother’s last wish by hiring

a small plane to carry them out to sea where they might scatter her ashes. One of the two pilots opened the cockpit door and the brothers immediately emptied the contents of the urn into the wind. But a stiff breeze blew the ashes back into the cabin, dusting the four startled occupants. A moment’s stunned silence, and then one of the young men sighed, “Just like Mom – she was always all over everyone.” Maybe she was a critical person. But children, especially, often feel as if parents are “always all over them” when all those parents usually want is for their children to be the best they can be. A humorist once said, “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a

stranger.” And Norman Vincent Peale adds this: “Most of us would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” Few of us enjoy the experience when others point out areas for improvement. After all, who wants to hear what they don’t want to hear? Criticism is hard to take and we all would opt for praise over criticism every time. I hold that encouragement is often more effective than criticism. I will work harder and with more enthusiasm when I am encouraged, and I know I can get the best out of others if I spend more time pointing out what they did right than what they did wrong. But that said – honest feedback is a necessity. To shy away from fair criticism, spoken by someone trusted, may be a great mistake. Those who are wise

will occasionally seek out somebody they trust to hold a mirror before them in order to see themselves more accurately. To know the truth and to see ourselves clearly, as reflected in the eyes of a friend, is an immeasurable gift. And here’s the surprising truth: As you gaze at yourself in the mirror, you will see far more than your flaws. You also will see the beauty that is uniquely you; beauty that others see clearly and you may hardly know exists. That is also part of the truth about you. If you’re courageous enough, allow someone to hold a mirror before you. Plato says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But a life properly examined makes living worthwhile..! —

Creak down on Muslim brotherhood NISAR HUSSAIN Muslim brotherhood, which always preferred political struggle to armed struggle, is now struggling for its survival as in July last year military chief Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi overthrew elected government of Mohammad Morsi and subsequently start persecution of leaders of Muslim Brotherhood. Since the coup, hundreds of civilians have died - mostly supporters of Mohammad Morsi. Prima facie Egyptian interim govt is carrying out cruel tactics to uproot a political force and to curb the strong anti-coup movement firstly government banned Muslim brotherhood and then soon after car bomb attack on police building on 24th December declared it a “terrorist” group although a Al Qaida affiliated group had claimed responsibility of car bomb attack on police. Such a violent crackdown on the people who are demanding reinsstatment of an elected govt could be dangerous if their sentiments are exploited by extremists. It is responsibility of world leaders, particularly of Muslim world, to play their role and compel Egyptian government either reinstate the elected government of Mohammad Mosri or announce immediate fresh election under the supervision of neutral care taker set up along with lifting ban on Muslim brotherhood that all political forces can participate in election. —Balochistan

Let’s make a proud Pakistan BILAL MASOOD I have returned home to Pakistan after my one year studies in Denmark and yes, people were surprised to see that I came at a time when most young people want to settle abroad. Many said that I should have settled in any of the countries I have visited. But, the desire to serve my motherland and represent it with pride urged me to return to homeland. From an early age, I had a dream to raise our green white flag with crescent and star flying high among all nations. I wanted to portray the true image of Pakistan and build friendships across borders on mutual respect and Alhamdulillah I have succeeded proudly. My speeches, interaction with the youth and civil society in foreign lands, presenting the culture of Pakistan by displaying scenic images, giving away country’s brochures, gifts and showing videos of some of the breathtaking places, singing national anthem and folk songs, interviews to international publications have been a small contribution to remove prevailing misunderstandings across cultures, to understand each other beyond borders, and to give true perspective of Pakistan. While we need to address our issues at home, it is also crucial that when we are abroad, we put our country’s interest ahead of everything. The common citizens of the world I had an opportunity to meet, all want a peaceful Pakistan, and they wish to visit here, meet our hospitable people and be inspired by the beauty gifted across our country. The countless blessings and wishes for the progress of Pakistan I have received from foreign friends are testimony to the fact that world respects us if we respect our country and feel proud about it. Traveling to participate for the youth programmes particularly in some of the South East and East Asian countries has been of great learning for me. In this region, I have traveled so far to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Comparably, all of these countries got independence after Pakistan, with Indonesia just two years before. Yet, their remarkable development has been an eyeopener to witness. Common among these countries is that the tumultuous times we are facing in Pakistan today, all of them had also faced in the past. For example, it took Malaysia 20 years to finally defeat the subversives. But then how it was possible for these Asian tigers to reach the height of progress is a matter of just few decades. Can’t Pakistan, which provided the technical assistance to some of these countries, learn from it? Having been there, their real success stories can be summed up as a result of good governance by successive governments, rigorous and targetfocused implementation of developmental projects with relentless hard work and massive investment in formal and informal education.

The unjust laws? ALAM SHEIKH


ndorsing the central theme of the ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ (Jan. 14), it is pertinently hoped that our rulers of ‘ Roti, Kapra aur Makan’ fame, will stop, not only the misuse of state property / buildings for personal use and would also see that no provision of the Constitution is violated, knowingly or un-knowingly, and that no one, howsoever powerful one may think of himself, none of such rulers, be allowed to play with or twist the basic laws of the land to satisfy their personal lust for more power by the ‘entrenched ones’ in their seat of authority. For this national, noble purpose, it is hereby suggested that all changes / amendments, made by such ‘intruding-rulers’ in the 1973 Constitution, should be undone as ‘un-Constructional’ by simple majority vote in the National Assembly making the original abrogated law / laws as deemed to have been restored automatically. Such a provision will certainly facilitate the rehabilitation of the sanctity of the basic law of the Land. Otherwise the sayings of St. Augustine will stand correct to remind us that ‘the unjust law is no law at all’. We must remove all such unjust laws from the Constitution and become a more civilized nation and country. —Jhang. In my last visit to South Korea, the Deputy Director of the International Exchange programme from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family explained me that the Government of Korea is massively investing in the education at the elementary and middle school levels with free education. Fifty years ago, because of the Korean Civil War, social conditions in the country were disadvantageous, with no fossil fuel and no natural resources. He pointed out that for a country to progress, a strong will from the government is required and Korea luckily had it. Moreover, parents were also aware of the importance of schools to raise their children’s social status. During my stay at the National Youth Center of Korea in the middle size city of Cheonan, I discovered that when students are going for entrance exams to the National University, the policemen, volunteers and ambulances are there to ensure that every student reach the examination venue and no student is late. Remarkably, if any student is stuck in traffic then the volunteers are there to rescue, however it is a tragic irony to observe that here in Pakistan, examination are being postponed due to violence. Korea has youth leaders, with national licences, nurtured as per their Framework Act on Juveniles, which defines the nurturing and allocation of youth leaders. In Pakistan, we have no specialized youth workers’ training and official registration of youth workers, something we need to craft. We not only need a vision but bigger dreams and hope from our people, particularly youth. We need to stay optimistic and have full faith that after the worst days, better days will follow. We are blessed with everything and no wonder why we can’t come out of our challenges. Let’s make Pakistan proud by doing whatever good we can in our capacities, wherever possible and beyond our limits. —Via email

Aitezaz Hassan, a brave son of Pakistan ALI ASHRAF KHAN An article titled ‘Legislators shy away from honouring the bravery of teenaged Aitizaz Hasan has appeared in Pakistani media’ explaining that while the young Aitezaz within a second decided to act in the face of danger and stop the suicide attacker’s nefarious attempt to endanger the lives of his school friends and the very school building, not caring what would be the consequence for him the legislators of his Provincial Assembly are much less courageous: they are even afraid to acknowledge the bravery of their son of the soil because they are fearing for their own lives and are afraid of the terrorists and their possible revenge. These are the same people who have won the elections with the slogan of ‘change’ and ‘tsunami’ headed by their leader Imran Khan. Where has the tsunami gone, where do they think change will come from? One needs courage to change things, as much courage as Aitizaz had shown when he sacrificed his life. His bravery has given us hope, which these legislators have destroyed immediately. Poor Pakistan! —Karachi

Appeal for financial assistance NOOR-UL-AMIN My father, Daud Khan is a former employee of Airport Security Force (ASF). During his service, he developed Hepatitis disease and was medically boarded out by the department in 2011. He received a meagre gratuity of Rs. 300,000/from the department, which was

spent on his very costly treatment in Peshawar and Bannu hospitals. Recently his condition became very serious and was perforce shifted to Bannu headquarters hospital for medical check-up. According to the medical report, he (my father) has got Liver Cirrhosis, which means that his liver has been permanently damaged and he needs to be transplanted as soon as possible. Being the elder son of my parents I do not know how to transplant his liver and where from resources are to be collected for this costlier treatment. I am deeply worried about the health of my father as due to acute financial position I am at a loss to provide sufficient medicines to him. Is there any one God fearing enough to help me in saving life of my beloved father from the deadliest disease? Or will the ASF and its authorities come forward to take over the burden of old-age ailment of one of its employees who served it during his hey-days? —Lakki Marwat

Illiteracy mars access to justice HASHIM ABRO While visiting different parts of the country, particularly, those of the Sindh Province, I have logically concluded that apart from extreme poverty, another significant obstacle to the realization of access to justice in the rural Pakistan is the high level of illiteracy prevalent in the country today. It is most unfortunate that the socio-economic structure of the country has made it impossible for the vast majority of Pakistanis to have access to education, notwithstanding the various development plans and programmes by the successive governments, which emphasized the importance of education but unfortunately nothing was virtually done on the ground. This problem has been worsened by the current collapse of public schools, including varsities, which have now made education an exclusive commodity to be purchased and consumed by the bourgeoisie through private institutions. Yet the inestimable value of education and its capacity to empower the citizenry can hardly be over-emphasized. An educated man will easily adapt to the realities of the situation and have the intellectual capacity to insist on the enforcement of his rights, quite unlike the illiterate. Education thus empowers him/her to maximize the opportunities and resources available in his/her environment. Since education has the capacity of liberating the individual from ignorance, poverty and disease, the lack of it has serious mental, political and economic implications, which greatly impede ‘access to justice’ in Pakistan. At a particular level, it breeds poverty, docility, and even forced connivance with agents of oppression and marginalization. The net result is that, today, a large majority of Pakistanis do not have access to social justice and are alienated from the political and economic structures of society. But unfortunately to provide “ access to justice” to the people of this country by promoting literacy, especially, lego-literacy, and alleviating poverty, is not the prime concern of our ruling elite in Pakistan. —Islamabad

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ME peace: Kerry’s mission impossible

Indian police: Danish tourist gang-raped NEW DELHI—A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday. The attack is the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India. The woman also was robbed and beaten in the attack, which happened Tuesday near Connaught Place, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. The woman asked the men for directions to her hotel, Bhagat said. They lured her to a secluded area where they raped her at knife-point, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. The woman managed to reach her hotel Tuesday evening and the owner called police. Police were questioning several suspects but no arrests have been made. “When she came, it was miserable,” said Amit Bahl, owner of the Amax hotel in the

Paharganj area, which is popular with backpackers. The woman was crying and “not in good shape,” he said. “I am really ashamed that this happened,” said Bahl, who sounded shaken. A sign outside the hotel reads, “Recommended by Lonely Planet.” The woman, whose name was not released, was on her way back to Denmark, said Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, head of the Danish Foreign Ministry’s consular department in Copenhagen, which handles cases involving Danes abroad. Egberg Mikkelsen said the woman had received assistance from Indian and Danish authorities, and that her next of kin had been contacted. The cases threaten India’s lucrative tourism industry. Last year, the Tourism Ministry launched an “I Respect Women” Bomb attacks hit the Iraqi capital Baghdad and a village near the northern town of Baquba killing at least 62 people. campaign to reassure travelers. Tourism accounted for 6.6 percent of India’s GDP in 2012, the latest year for which figures are available.—AP

Nowhere to go for S.Sudanese in CAR B ANGUI —Ibrahim Abakar leashed by a March 2013 coup sleeps with a machete at his side, terrified the darkness will bring death or disappearance as it did for his wife and young sons when armed Christian fighters showed up at their door in the capital of Central African Republic. Returning to the land of his birth isn’t an option though South Sudan is now on the brink of civil war, mired in conflict just as the area was when he fled from there more than two decades ago. “I can’t return and I can’t stay here,” the 38-year-old Muslim said desperately. “I just want to go somewhere there is peace. I have seen too many people here killed in front of me.” Death is possible if he stays, or if he goes to the only other country that will take him. Abakar has spent most of his life in Central African Republic, where he also married his wife, but has no passport to travel with. Abakar’s dilemma underscores the volatility of this corner of the world, where the deepening crisis in Central African Republic has forced some to flee across borders to desperately poor and unstable countries like Chad and Congo. Others are now escaping to home countries where they don’t even speak the local language fluently, and have few remaining relatives or job prospects. Central African Republic has long teetered on the brink of anarchy, but the new unrest un-

has ignited previously unseen sectarian hatred between Christians and Muslims. More than 1,000 people were killed in December alone and nearly 1 million displaced. The United States closed its embassy in Bangui last year and urged its citizens to leave. Many Africans with businesses and family ties to Central African Republic, though, chose to stay after the March coup. The imperative to leave now has spiked as the country’s minority Muslim population has come under growing recriminatory attacks from Christians. Abakar is one of 67 South Sudanese who are currently stuck in Bangui, according to Daniel Anakleto, a representative for the community of South Sudanese refugees that includes both Christians and Muslims. Tens of thousands of other Africans mostly Muslims have been repatriated home to Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal in recent weeks, according to the United Nations. Hundreds of Malians have been brought back to the capital of Bamako after seeking refuge at the Senegalese consulate in Bangui because the Malians do not have an embassy there. Another 550 people were being brought back to Mali on Tuesday and Wednesday by the International Organization for Migration.—AP

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Kuwait leads aid pledges for war-ravaged Syria

KUWAIT CITY—Kuwait, the United States and other donor nations have so far promised more than $1.2 billion of new funding to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by their country’s civil war at the start of an international fundraising conference Wednesday that aid officials hope will help cover billions of dollars needed this year. Millions of Syrians have been driven from their homes as a result of the crisis, now in its third year, and getting aid to many of those in need remains a challenge because they remain trapped in communities besieged by the fighting. The United Nations is asking for a staggering $6.5 billion this year to help Syrians affected

by the war, its largest-ever funding appeal for a single crisis. Officials don’t expect to raise the entire amount in Kuwait but do hope the gathering focuses greater international attention on the conflict. “The fighting has set Syria back by years, even decades,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon said at the start of the event at the lavish Bayan Palace in the Kuwaiti capital. Ban said humanitarian and development agencies “face unprecedented demands” because of the crisis, and that it “is vital ... the burden be shared” in helping meet Syria’s growing aid needs. Kuwait’s emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, opened the conference by pledging $500

million, significantly topping the OPEC member nation’s pledge of $300 million last year. He pressed the U.N. Security Council to exert greater effort in bringing an end to the crisis, and urged all those fighting in Syria to “put the fate of their country and the safety of their people above all other considerations.” Kuwait’s Gulf neighbor Saudi Arabia promised an additional $60 million, saying that would boost its existing round of funding to a total $250 million, though it did not specify the time period. It promised $300 million at last year’s conference. Nearby Qatar also promised $60 million Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State John

Russian security forces battle militants before Olympics

responsibility for this was planned and carried out solely by the Indian Army,” Cameron told parliament. Sikh groups have said they were shocked by the idea that Britain may have been involved in the attack, a bloody episode which angered Sikhs around the world and triggered the revenge assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Cameron said on Wednesday he wanted the review to establish whether Britain had been involved in any way. The death toll remains disputed, with Indian authorities putting it in the hundreds and Sikh groups in the thousands.— Reuters

Bosnia houses ancient manuscripts

MOSCOW—Three Russian ser- surgency in the North Caucasus shootings that mainly target po- SARAJEVO—During Bosnia’s vicemen and four gunmen were killed in a shootout in southern Russia on Wednesday during a sweep for militants before the Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia’s National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead gunmen included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year which killed three people. Russia in on high alert following two suicide bombings in southern Russia last month that fuelled security concerns before the Olympics, which Islamist militants waging an in-

have threatened to attack. President Vladimir Putin has staked a lot of personal and political prestige on the success of the Games, which open on February 7, and has put security forces on combat alert in Sochi. The NAC said in a statement that a group of militants had been trapped in a house in the village of Karlanyurt in the Dagestan region of the North Caucasus. Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala, is about 620 km (385 miles) east of Sochi. The mostly Muslim region is plagued by bombings and

lice and state officials as part of the militants’ fight to create an Islamist state. At least 34 people were killed last month in the suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd. Putin ordered safety measures to be beefed up nationwide after the attacks. About 37,000 personnel are now in place to provide security in Sochi, which is on the Black Sea and on the western edge of the Caucasus mountains, and the International Olympic Committee has expressed confidence the Games will be safe.—Reuters

Thai PM stands firm on Britain: No evidence election, says protests flagging of SAS role LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron said, he had not so far seen any evidence that the government of Margaret Thatcher had helped India plan a deadly attack against Sikh separatists in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984. Cameron ordered a review into the matter after newly released official papers suggested that Thatcher, then prime minister, had sent an officer in Britain’s elite SAS special air service to advise the Indians on the raid. “I would note that so far there has not been any evidence to contradict the insistence by senior Indian army commanders responsible at the time that the

Kerry said the U.S. pledge of $380 million will bring brings America’s humanitarian aid contribution to Syrian victims to $1.7 billion since the war began. Half of the money — $177 million — will go to U.N. programs for victims still in Syria. The rest is for neighboring nations that have taken in an estimated 2.3 million refugees. The Kuwait meeting, chaired by Ban, takes place a week before peace talks on Syria are due to be held in Switzerland. The U.N. chief on Tuesday visited a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq, where he praised the largely autonomous Kurdish regional government for hosting more than 200,000 refugees on territory it administers.—AP

BANGKOK—Thailand’s gov- week when demonstrators occu- ahead as scheduled, and it deernment stuck to a plan for a February election on Wednesday despite mounting pressure from protesters who have brought parts of Bangkok to a nearstandstill, and said it believed support for the leader of the agitation was waning. Some hardline protesters threatened to blockade the stock exchange and an air traffic control facility if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had not stepped down by a deadline media said was set for 8 p.m. (1300 GMT). There was no apparent movement as the deadline came and went. The unrest, which flared in early November and escalated this

pied main intersections of the capital, is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict. The political fault line pits the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier ousted by the military in 2006 who is seen as the power behind her government. Yingluck invited protest leaders and political parties to discuss a proposal to delay the general election, which she has called for February 2, but her opponents snubbed her invitation. After the meeting, the government said the poll would go

rided the leader of the protest movement, Suthep Thaugsuban. “We believe the election will bring the situation back to normal,” Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana told reporters. “We can see that the support for Mr. Suthep is declining. When he is doing something against the law, most people do not support that.” Speakers at protest sites across central Bangkok have given the impression Yingluck is worn out and eager to quit. But she seemed relaxed and cheerful at the meeting, which was held inside an air force base near Don Muang International Airport.—Reuters


HEN Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than four million homeless, one group was particularly hard hit: the landless poor. More than a thousand of the dead lived in a single squatter camp. While natural disasters may seem like equal-opportunity destroyers, they are not. The developing world’s landless poor routinely bear the brunt of these disasters. Families without secure rights to land (and that is a majority of rural residents in many developing countries) often remain in their homes when it is dangerous to do so, fearing they won’t be allowed to return.

And without the security of ownership and access to collateral, their homes are often not built to withstand earthquakes, typhoons and other disasters. This has profound consequences that extend far beyond the squatter camps and plantations with their legions of impoverished laborers. Landlessness and the lack of secure property rights among the poor not only hurt a country’s resiliency and slow post-disaster recovery. Those inequities also hold back economic development, perpetuate poverty and fan social tensions. Fixing this problem is not easy. But many countries, including South Korea, Vietnam and Rwanda, have reformed their laws and institutions to provide the rural poor with enforceable rights to the lands they live on and farm. Those success stories are

important because the vulnerability of the world’s landless — squatters, indigenous people, farm laborers and tenant farmers — cannot be overstated. Consider the case of the cyclone that struck the Indian state of Orissa in 1999, killing an estimated 10,000 people. Onethird of the dead were poor fishermen and their families who refused to evacuate their coastal villages, believing it was a ploy to evict them from the government land where they had built their huts. Those communities were washed away. Fears of displacement by government officials and developers are not unfounded. In the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, government officials are considering buying a sixacre parcel that was a squatter camp and preventing reconstruc-

tion. This is just one of many reported cases of efforts to seize valuable land vacated by occupants who fled Haiyan and lacked legal title. Likewise, consider the situation in Haiti. Almost four years after a powerful earthquake struck the island nation, more than 100,000 people, the majority of them poor and landless, remain in tents or other temporary shelters, and many others have moved in with relatives. A key factor hampering rebuilding efforts is the lack of secure land rights among the displaced. A 2012 report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute described a “chaotic” and “almost Kafka-esque” land tenure system in Haiti in which “it is almost impossible to know definitely who owns what.” Time and again, those who have the least lose the most. But

it doesn’t have to be this way. In the Indonesian province of Aceh, devastated by a tsunami in 2004, the government relief effort initially fell short. Displaced renters and squatters received only small cash payments to buy building materials or to pay rent, while landowners received new homes. Years later, tens of thousands of squatters and renters were still living in squalor in temporary barracks. Protests ensued, and government officials agreed to provide them with new homes built either at the sites of their old homes or in new locations — all with secure title to the land. Aceh has since made a remarkable recovery. The region is at peace, the economy is growing, life expectancy is increasing and poverty is falling. While providing the poor with


ong time observers of Middle East politics are skeptical with regard to American efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians Authority. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it perfectly clear that he would oppose any reference to Jerusalem in the framework agreement being worked out by US Secretary of State John Kerry. This statement reveals a rift in the position of Kerry and Netanyahu over the core issue of the conflict. To be sure, Israeli top leaders see no point of responding positively to Kerry’s relentless effort to jumpstart the peace talks unless the framework agreement is in line with Israeli demands. In the end, many Israeli leaders do not believe that the American administration is in any position to exercise pressure on their government. It seems that short of a presidential interference, Netanyahu is not expected to cooperate with Kerry and act in good faith. And yet, President Obama learned the hard way that he could not put pressure on the Israeli government. Just two years into his first term, he acknowledged that he had overestimated his ability to impact Netanyahu. For this reason, Obama is not identifying himself with what Kerry has been doing for fear of failure. That does not mean that Obama would not throw his lot if there were a chance for success! The irony is that it would be highly unlikely that Kerry can sell his framework agreement to the Arab side if Jerusalem is left out. For the Arab side, Jerusalem is the key issue and resolving it can lay the foundations for historical reconciliation between Israel and its adversaries. We all remember when the late Arafat turned down Israeli offer for peace during Camp David talks simply because the Israelis failed to offer enough on Jerusalem. On more than one occasion, Arafat made it perfectly clear that no one can concede East Jerusalem for the Israelis. It remains to be seen how Israeli leaders can sell their position while the Arabs are united behind the issue of Jerusalem. Of course, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas can be flexible but not on Jerusalem. But Netanyahu’s position should not be taken at face value. He understands the centrality of Jerusalem for the Palestinian negotiators and he understands pretty well that if Jerusalem were not on the table, no Palestinian negotiator would show up. It seems that this is exactly what Netanyahu would like to see. Put differently, Netanyahu seeks to undermine the process because the domestic political price for peace is extremely high that Netanyahu may not be able to afford. Additionally, while Israelis continue paying lip service to the two-state solution, they have been creating facts on the ground to present them as a fait accompli. As soon as Kerry left Israel last week, the Israeli government announced that 1,400 more new housing units would be built on Palestinian land. Netanyahu’s decision to go ahead with the new settlements plan helps him keep his ruling coalition intact. It is as if Netanyahu has to appease the pro-settlement components of his government at the expense of the Palestinians. While the construction of new housing units and the persistence of settlement activities can destroy the peace process, the Israeli government does not pay any price for defying the international law by building settlements on the occupied territories. Contrary to what the Palestinian negotiators said, there is simply no price tag on Israel’s policy on settlements. Just a few days ago, the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erakat, said that President Abbas should forget about peace talks with Israel and find another avenue. This is exactly what would relief Netanyahu. I am not making the argument that Abbas should give in to Israeli terms but I argue that Netanyahu does not feel that he has to start a genuine peace process. If anything, the American administration should understand that any effort that fails to address the Palestinians’ minimum demands including Jerusalem would have no chance to succeed. Therefore, Kerry’s mission will be futile if he thinks that the Arabs may accept to leave Jerusalem out of the framework agreement or Israel continues its settlement activities. —Courtesy Arab News

1992-95 war and the siege of Sarajevo, residents moved a collection of ancient books and manuscripts to eight different locations to save them from destruction. Thanks to a $9 million donation from Qatar, Bosnia’s president and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house those books and more than 100.000 manuscripts. The oldest is a handwritten Islamic encyclopaedia that was written in Arabic in 1105. The Gazi Husrev-bey Library OUYANG WEI is located on the site of a famous mosque of the same name that was t a news conference on Jan 6, President of the Republic of opened in 1531. The books and Korea Park Geun-hye said that relations between her coun manuscripts were kept in 1537try and China have become closer than ever, and she ex1863, then moved to another pressed the hope that the two sides will remain committed to imbuilding. The new library stands proving the well-being of the two peoples and realizing peace where the original one did.—AP and stability in Northeast Asia. The good momentum in the development of relations between the two countries has served as a positive element amid the security instability caused by the rapidly evolving strategic landscape in Northeast Asia and the faltering denuclearization process on the Korean Peninsula. In her visit to China in June last year, Park reached consensus with her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on enriching China-ROK B RUSSELS —The European relations, and they issued the China-ROK Joint Statement for the Union’s executive arm is calling Future and the Action Plan to Enrich China-ROK Strategic Cofor stronger, coordinated action operative Partnership, charting the course for the development of to combat what it calls the ris- bilateral relations in the coming years. ing threat of violent political From a historical perspective, China and the Democratic extremism in Europe. People’s Republic of Korea have traditionally shared ties of friendEU home affairs commis- ship, and the ROK and the United States have maintained a milisioner Cecilia Malmstrom said tary alliance. So the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the Wednesday too few EU member hostility between Washington and Pyongyang have, to a certain countries are facing up to the degree, impeded the development of China-ROK relations. But threat. She says the bloc needs despite this drag on strengthening political and security coopera“strong, preventive measures to tion, the strong economic ties and their common interests in recounter extremism in all its gional peace and stability have brought China and the ROK closer forms.” Malmstrom and other together in recent years. EU commissioners want the EuLong gone are the Cold War days when China was inclined to ropean Union and its 28 member engage with the DPRK and estrange itself from the ROK. Today, states to act in 10 areas.—AP China is seeking friendly relations with the two peninsula countries based on mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. At a time when there is no quick fix to the peninsula issue and the DPRK’s nuclear program, the deepening China-ROK ties carry significant weight in promoting peace and stability on the peninsula. The deepening of relations between China and the ROK contributes to the peninsula’s stability through various approaches. secure land rights was not Above all, it helps reduce the possibility of conflict on the peninsolely responsible for the sula. With a growing stake in the ROK, Beijing has attached great progress, the recovery could importance to its relations with Seoul. Obviously, the consequences not have been achieved until of a war on the peninsula are beyond calculation for China, and the fundamental issue of land that is why Beijing is taking the initiative in trying to solve the rights was addressed. peninsula issue. The recent disaster in the By deepening their relations, China and the ROK can make Philippines could provide the concerted efforts to ease the tension between the DPRK and the opportunity for the country to ROK by facilitating the trust-building process, supporting the sweep away the biggest road- North-South dialogue and developing bilateral and multilateral block to growth and stability economic and trade relations. This will boost the DPRK’s ecothere — the widespread lack of nomic development and social progress and hence stabilize the landownership among the poor. situation on the peninsula. The international commuThe deepening of China-ROK relations can also help increase nity should seize this moment, political mutual trust and security cooperation between the two as aid continues to pour in, to countries. By eliminating the antagonistic feelings that were a press for enforcement of the product of the Cold War, the two countries can bring their bilatcountry’s long-ignored land eral relations to a higher level, and having friendly ties with both tenure reform laws. The the ROK and the DPRK, China can play a greater role as medialandowning elite has resisted tor in the peninsula issue. these reforms, but implementWith their great potential and demonstrated resilience, Chinaing them will help the country ROK relations can serve as a point of breakthrough in improving and its landless poor recover relations between the ROK and DPRK, and so in solving the penand prosper. insula issue. The constant development of China-ROK relations —Courtesy The New testifies that the strategic situation in Northeast Asia is not static. York Times —Courtesy China Daily

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EU calls for stronger response to extremism

How the poor get washed away TIM HANSTAD


Zahid Malik pays From Page 1 heights and it was playing a critical role in various developmental projects in the Muslim world. As the President was in Almaty, therefore, he nominated a two-member team to represent the Bank at the RTC.

Maybank’s role From Page 1 the Chairman of Maybank, Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin, who could not personally participate because of his other engagements sent two senior bankers namely Nor Shahrizan Bin Sulaiman and Salem Ghandour. “Pakistan has to learn a lot from the Maybank and its leadership”, Mr Malik added.

PM assures From Page 1 mixed up with several loan aspirants and inquired about their plans for business. Nawaz Sharif said all provinces would get equitable share under the PM’s Youth Business Loan Scheme and the loans would be dispensed in accordance with the population ratio of each province. “If the received applicants from a province are less in number, the other provinces would not fill the gap and instead the loans for that particular province would be transferred to next month”. Prime minister elaborated. He said share of each province has been fixed according to the ratio of population. Nawaz Sharif said his government was determined to give utmost support and patronage to the youth of this country and as a prime minister it was his responsibility to ensure the implementation of this agenda. He, however, urged the youth to get selfreliant by prudently utilizing the business loans and contribute to the national economy. Prime Minster Sharif also advised the youth of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and particularly those belonging to Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to take maximum benefit from PM’s Youth Business Loan scheme as they had faced huge challenges in the recent past and rendered sacrifices for ensure lasting pace their area. Nawaz said this was the first time that banks were catering to common people seeking loans adding that eighty per cent people in China, America, United Kingdom, France and Germany belonged to middle class who had a major contribution to the economies of their countries. He declared in categorical tone that the applications for business loans would be decided purely on merit regardless of affiliation with any political group and neither prime minister nor a minister could recommend a person seeking loan under this scheme. “I am personally monitoring the loan scheme and efforts will be made to further expand and improve this scheme to make it a success story”. Nawaz Sharif said adding certain conditions for the loans have been relaxed while reviewing matters relating to the loan guarantee. Paying tributes to the people of Swat for rendering matchless sacrifices for the revival of peace in the area‚ the Prime Minister said the people of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and tribal areas need this scheme the most to rebuild their lives hence the youth must take full advantage of Youth Business Loans to stand on their own feet and put their full share in the speedy development of the country.

IHC reinstates From Page 1 declared appointment of Ashraf “illegal” and directed the acting PCB chief Najam Sethi to hold elections within 90 days. In a 30-page detailed judgment, Justice Siddiqui had pointed out that Ashraf was not appointed on the basis of his career as a cricketer, but because he was Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited’s (ZTBL) president. While declaring illegal sections 28, 29, 30 and 31 of the PCB charter, the court had observed that these sections were unconstitutional and against democratic values. Ashraf, 60, had been PCB chairman since October 2011. On May 8, 2013 Ashraf had become the elected head of the sport body, after winning a four-year term under a new constitution approved earlier last year. Ashraf was accused of corruption. There had been complaints against the ex-chairman for wasting the board’s money by appointing 68 employees on lucrative packages on the basis of favouritism and nepotism. He had also come under the radar for appointing army officials, who had retired or were close to retirement.—Online

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government debt ensuring that budget deficit be less than three percent of GDP. Senator Ishaq Dar also referred to government efforts to modify the existent consumer focused financing to development oriented schemes. He urged the representatives of the Islamic Financial institutions attending the conference to not only design new products but also focus on real sector economy and not on mere consumer oriented products. The Finance Minister said an independent and an autonomous committee is in process of being constituted, under the guidance of well known Islamic Scholar Allama Taqi Usmani to expedite the process of making finance system shariah compliance. The moot was also addressed by Deputy CEO of Islamic Maybank of Malaysia known for its contribution towards promoting Islamic banking. A delegation of Islamic Development Bank also attended the RTC. It was unanimously agreed that such conferences would be conducted regularly to promote the concept at all levels to facilitate institutions engaged in the exercise

was gaining popularity and was fast growing in Pakistan. The President said that ‘Free from the curse of Riba, the Islamic banking would help the believers in striving for a society that would be free from social and economic injustices, exploitation and inequalities.’ While disclosing the giant measures that the present government was taking and had so far taken, the President said that it was indeed a matter of great satisfaction that the present government was making serious efforts towards the implementation of Islamic Banking in the country. A Committee to this effect has been set up to give recommendations for the promotion of Islamic Banking and to formulate comprehensive policy framework for Islamic Financial System in the country, he said that he was confident that the Committee would be able to chalk out clear roadmap for transition towards Islamic Banking system in the country. He also said that it was also heartening to note that the State Bank of Pakistan had recently taken some steps to promote Shari’ah compliant environment in the banking sector. However, more efforts were required in this regard to facilitate citizens fully avail the opportunity of Islamic banking solutions. The President said that he was glad that a delegation of Islamic Development Bank had also joined this conference, which clearly showed the interest of President Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mohammed Ali towards supporting and promoting Islamic Banking in Pakistan. The President while wholeheartedly appreciating the RTC organizers, the management of daily Pakistan Observer said , “I am also pleased to learn that the organizers of this roundtable conference have invited a top Malaysian banker H.E. Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin, Chairman, Maybank, who personally and his Bank along with other banks of Malaysia had done a com-

mendable job in promoting Islamic banking.” He said that he was confident that the presence of these eminent and learned guests at this roundtable conference, their valuable input and collective wisdom would greatly help chalking out concrete strategy for promotion of Islamic Banking in Pakistan. While stressing the need of mutual interactions, the President said that the Pakistani bankers could learn from the successful experience of Malaysian banks towards Islamic banking. In this context, greater interactions among Pakistani and their Malaysian counterparts would be of great significance. Among the dignitaries that attended the RTC were Yaseen Anwar, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Nauman K. Dar,President & CEO, Habib Bank Ltd., Shujat Ali Baig, Divisional Head, Habib Bank Limited, Nadeem Lodhi, CEO, Citibank NA, Charmine Hidayatullah, President, First Women Bank Ltd., Asif Hassan, President, National Bank of Pakistan, Muneer Kamal, Chairman, National Bank of Pakistan, Atif Riaz Bukhari, President, United Bank Limited Atif Bajwa, Chief Executive Officer,Bank Al-Falah Ltd., Bilal Mustafa, President & CEO, KASB Bank Limited, Mohsin Nathani, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank, Azhar Aslam,Country Head,Islamic Banking Department,Standard Chartered Bank, Afaq Khan, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank, Islamic Banking Division, Sirajuddin Aziz,President, Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd., Abbas D. Habib, Managing Director,Bank Al-Habib, Hussain Lawai, President, Summit Bank Limited Shahzad G. Dada, Country Manager,Barclays Bank PLC, Naveed A. Khan, President, Faysalbank Limited, Khalid Imran,President & CEO,JS Bank Limited, Badar Kazmi President & CEO NIB Bank Limited Shahid Sattar,President & CEO,SAMBA Bank Limited, David C. Kenney, Chief Execu-

tive Officer Pakistan,HSBC Bank Limited, Kazuhiro Abe, General Manager, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Limited, Shaharyar Ahmad,Managing Director & CEO, Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company Limited, Abid Aziz, Managing Director & CEO,Pak Libya Holding Company Limited, Agha Ahmed Shah,Managing Director & CEO,Pak Oman Investment Company Limited, Syed Sayef Hussain,Managing Director & CEO, House Building Finance Company Limited, Ayesha Aziz,Managing Director & CEO,Pak Brunei Investment Company Limited, Mohammad Aftab Manzoor,President & CEO, Soneri Bank Limited, Junaid Ahmed,President & Chief Executive,Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited, Irfan Siddiqui,President & Chief Executive Officer, Meezan Bank Limited, Dr. Imran Usmani,Chief Executive,Meezan Bank Limited,Islamic Banking Division, Shafqaat Ahmed,President & Chief Executive Officer,AlBaraka Islamic Bank Limited, Hasan Aziz Bilgrami,Chief Executive Officer,BankIslami Pakistan Limited, Ahmed Khizer Khan,President & Chief Executive Officer,Burj Bank Limited, Syed Ahmad Iqbal Ashraf, Managing Director, Pair Investment Company Limited Arif Habib, Chairman Arif Habib Investment Management, Tariq Hasan Quraishi,Managing Director & CEO,IGI Investment Bank Limited, Muhammad Mohsin Ali,Chief Executive,First Credit & Investment Bank Limited, Tariq Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer,Allied Bank Ltd., Naeem Ashraf,Chief Finance Officer, Invest Capital Investment Bank Limited, Azmat Tarin President, & CEO Silk Bank Ltd.H.E. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz,Governor,Bank Negara Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin Chairman Maybank Islamic Berhad Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and S.M. Muneer, Chairman, Din Group of Industries.

Future outlook of Islamic Banking From Page 1 various Western countries are also accepting and recognizing the viability and utility of this alternate financial system. “Islamic financial institutions are presently catering to most of the financial services needs of various sectors of the economy,” he added. Mr. Anwar said “there are dedicated regulatory, legal and academic institutions at the international level working and providing support for maintaining the high pace growth of the Islamic finance industry.” He said that Pakistan, with more than 95 percent Muslim population, and a constitutional obligation of ensuring a riba free economic system, has had a favorable response to Islamic finance. Pakistan is amongst the pioneers of Islamic finance as we started planning for nurturing the Shariah compliant financial system way back in 1970s, and made a bold attempt in 1980s to bring the whole banking and financial system in conformity with Shariah principles. According to the Governor SBP, the Islamic banking indus-

try has been growing at an impressive annual growth rate of over 30 percent over the last five years with sustained growth momentum despite significantly increased base. “Islamic Banking is currently spread across 80 districts of the country with a network of 1200 branches offering Shariah compliant products and services. Islamic banking assets presently constitute almost 10 percent of the overall banking system in the country while in terms of deposits the share is above 10 percent.” He said that the future outlook of the industry is also very positive with bright prospects of doubling its market share by 2020. He highlighted the leading role of the SBP in nurturing Islamic banking in the country on sound footings. Mr. Anwar said that being the regulator of the banking sector, SBP over the years has introduced and implemented key regulatory reforms and prudential measures to ensure financial stability and to meet the evolving needs of the industry. He said that in order to

align its regulatory framework with international regulatory standards and best practices, SBP regularly reviews and evaluates the standards issued by IFSB, AAOIFI, and IIFM for their possible implementation keeping in view our local legal, regulatory and economic environment. He added that SBP has offered various options to offer the services of Islamic microfinance. He said: “SBP has recently developed a five year Strategic Plan (2014-18) for the Islamic banking industry in Pakistan in consultation with all key stakeholders, which gives a consensus agenda and strategy to take the industry to its next level of growth and development.” According to Mr. Anwar Pakistan has been an active member of leading global International Islamic finance institutions that are all playing a key role in developing prudential and Shariah standards for the industry. “SBP is also a key member of the recently constituted steering committee for the promotion of Islamic banking by the government,” he added.

DG Rangers calls on Qaim Meanwhile, during a high-level meeting held in Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters, the option of discontinuing targeted operations in Karachi was also discussed, said a handout issued here on Tuesday. The statement said issued after the meeting on Thursday that there was a consensus that the current setup of Karachi police should continue for at least another year so that the ongoing operation against target killers, extortionists and criminals in the city could reach its conclusion. Karachi, the largest metropolitan city and economic capital of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings,

From Back Page gang wars, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism. Targeted operations led by Rangers’ forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directive issued by the federal government against criminals already identified by the federal government and military and civilian agencies. The operation had commenced a few days after the Supreme Court of Pakistan had held law-enforcement authorities responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi. Meanwhile, according to spokesman of Ranger, at least 29 suspects were arrested when

raids were carried out in different areas of Karachi during last 24 hours. An alleged target killer belonging to a political party was also among those detained. Target killer Yusuf alias Yusi was arrested in encounter with police in Saeedabad area during an operation. The accused is allegedly involved in different target killing incidents including murder of a police official. The raids were carried out on Tuesday night in different areas including Baldia Town, Gadap Town, Sohrab Goth, Allaha Wali Market, Chakiwara, Klakot, Baghdadi, Liaquatabad, Khosa Goth and Lines Area.

Economy grows at 3.6%: SBP report cent increase from the end of FY12. According to the report, the lack of external inflows also created challenges in financing the relatively small current account deficit. The financial account recorded a net inflow of only US$ 0.3 billion during the year, compared to US$ 1.3 billion last year, and US$ 5.1 billion in FY10. This, along with significant re-

From Back Page payments to the IMF, pulled down SBP’s liquid FX reserves to a 55-month low of US$ 6.0 billion by end-June 2013. Report says SBP projects GDP growth in the range of 3.0 ? 4.0 percent for FY14, which is higher than the IMF’s growth forecast of 2.5 ? 3.0 percent. While inflation outlook based on October 2013 data, reported earlier, was in the range of 10.5 to

11.5 percent, a more realistic outlook based on latest data shows average inflation for FY14 to remain between 10 and 11 percent. It further said that the approval of a 3-year (US$ 6.64 billion) Extended Fund Facility from the IMF, and expected financial support from other IFIs, should bring stability to the domestic FX market in FY14.

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CASA-1000 From Page 1 Development Bank and other world financial institutions, the necessary process including bidding of the project has been completed, said Jononov Sherali, ambassador of Tajikistan to Pakistan. Our President Emomalii Rahmon is very keen and committed to build close and brotherly relations with Pakistan and also CASA-1000 project which will help to realise economic goals in both the countries, he said. The cost of power will be cheaper than it is produced in Pakistan, he said. After being disconnected from Central Asia Energy Grid, Tajikistan has no option but to export surplus power to Pakistan Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan who will be beneficiaries of CASA 1000 project. Pakistan is facing acute energy shortage and CASA-1000 project will bring some ease in the situation.

Musharraf From Page 1 current state of health and added that the doctors were likely to inform about his health by this evening. Justifying 70year-old Musharraf’s absence from all hearings of the case so far on medical grounds, Kasuri said: “At present, he (Musharraf) is not a normal person and I cannot say exactly if he will appear before the court because he is sick and under observation. Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that Pervez Musharraf’s exemption from appearance in the court would be sought verbally. He further said that the former president was facing security threats as well. Last week, the court ordered Musharraf to appear before it on January 16 to face charges of high treason after reviewing a medical report from the Armed Forced Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), where he was admitted with heart problems on January 2. The medical report did not suggest that Musharraf, in his present state of health, was unable to attend hearings, the three judges of the special court said in an order issued on January 9. “It is clear that the accused has failed to obey and comply with the order of this court,” the order added. The government set up the court to try the former army chief on charges of treason for imposing emergency in November, 2007. —INP

Islamic Banking can play major From Page 1 and leading business personalities were present under one roof at the auditorium of the Governors’ House. Paying glowing tributes to President Mamnoon Hussain for his commitment and supportive role to the national and Islamic causes undertaken by the Pakistan Observer and the Nazriya Pakistan Council Islamabad. It may be noted that Zahid Malik is also the Chairman of Nazriya Pakistan Council. Indeed, the President carved out for himself a position of respect in the country and amongst the people of Pakistan for his commitment to Islamic values and Ideology of Pakistan. “ As I visit the Presidency off and on, therefore it is heartening to see that today’s Presidency looks, in all respects, a befitting Presidency of the Islamic Republic Pakistan, said Zahid Malik. Expressing his earnest thanks to the Federal Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Zahid Malik said that despite some crucial engagements of the finance minister in Islamabad he managed to squeeze time for this RTC by arriving through a special plane which truly reflects how much importance he attaches to the concept of Islamic Banking and how such national causes are close to his heart. “Senator Ishaq Dar has many qualities of head and heart. I have great liking, rather admiration and respect for some of his not much-known virtues. Zahid Malik also acknowledged the presence of Rana Asad Amin Advisor Ministry of Finance who accompanied the finance minister. He also acknowledged the encouragement extended to the RTC by H.E Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah. “I am in tough with touch on a regular basis and indeed he has provided superb leadership to the IDB. Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali was also keen to grace the conference through his physical presence but right now he is in Almaty, Kazakhstan in connection with the Regional Workershop on IDB Group-40 years past performance and next 10-years Strategy. So it is very critical meeting. However, the President of the IDB appreciating the importance of this brainstorming session and the resolve of the daily Pakistan Observer to help promote the Islamic Banking in Pakistan had deputed a two-member delegation of the Jeddah based Bank. One of the two Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi is present in this conference with while the other Dr. Najmul Hasan is stuck up in Indonesia. Dr. Shirazi will report back to the President IDB bank about the outcome of this RTC and the recommendations to be made by the participants. He also expressed thanks to the members of the delegation from Malaysia. They were Mr Nor Shahrizan Bin Sulaiman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Mr Salem Ghandour Vice President, Head of International Strategy and Special Project of the Maybank. In fact, Dato’ Seri Ismail Shahudin, Chairman May bank was keen to join us. I had a

vited by the organizers from Pakistan. It indicates that international reckoning for Islamic banking that the British Prime Minister, crown Prince Charles and Mayor of London hosted the magnificent receptions. During the course of conference it was revealed that the UK had attracted 22 billion Pounds in Islamic Banking and that in 2015 the volume of Islamic Banking is expected to rise to 1.6 trillion Pounds. These two mindboggling figures related to Islamic Banking inspired me a lot and it was at that venue that I decided to hold the RTC on Islamic Banking in Pakistan. Actually I have come to an age of 77 at this stage I feel more about the State of Quaid I Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and a question arises in my mind for the greater good of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan rather than my personal well being. The question is if the UK can amass 22 billion Pounds in the name of Islamic Banking why not the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and why not the banks of Pakistan and other Muslim countries like Malaysia should strive? And this RTC is being held as the first step towards that goal. Zahid Malik said that Pakistani banks and their leadership were a vibrant role model in the past i.e. 1950 and in the 1960 etc and even today we are proud of the vitality, vision, vigor and exuberance of the leadership of Pakistani banking industry. Presence of top banks of Pakistan here under this roof is reassuring that they the capacity to run not only a bank but the economy of the country. They are genius jpar excellence. They have midas. Some of them have been bestowed with creative writing talent and they are outstanding romantic poets, he paid the tribute without naming Sirajuddin Aziz President of Habib Metro Bank. What our bankers on the whole require is more encouragement, more enabling environment to perform and deliver, Zahid Malik paid these glowing tributes to the chief of all the leading banks in the hall. The government in Islamabad is business friendly, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Ssharif has first hand knowledge of the requirements and aspirations of the banking industry while the finance minister too is very supportive of the business and industry and particularly the banking industry here t is high time for the banking leadership to available all opportunities to advance the cause of Islamic banking> he urged the heads of the Pakistani banks to do more in Islamic Banking as well not only for their respective banks but for Pakistan also as ultimately Pakistan should be the benefificiary of all our endeavors, mine endeavors and your endeavours. Zahid Malik declared that Pakistan Observer will continue to take more initiatives to advance the cause of Islamic banking and in this respect our future programs may include an RTC or an in depth business sesson of Pakistani bankers with Malaysian bankers in Kuala Lumpur and may be in Jeddah, he concluded

Eid-e-Milad celebrated

positions and resources in the light of the teachings of Holy Prophet (Sallallah-o-Alaih-e-Wa Sallam).Similar provincial level Seerat Conferences were also held in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. Milad-un-Nabi celebration processions traveled on the marked routes in all key cities including Quetta, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Hyderabad, Rahimyar Khan, and Peshawar. The processions reached on the set destinations amid strict security and concluded peacefully with disbursement of the participants in large number. The follower From Back Page of the Holy Prophet Hazrat On his arrival Barton said he was Muhammad (PBUH) took active committed to strengthening Pak- part in the rallies while celebrating UK relationship. He said Birth Anniversary of their beloved “I am delighted to become Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Pakistan. The relationship between the UK and Pakistan remains deep and strong. I am committed to strengthening these connections during my time here, building on the excellent work of my predecessor Sir Adam Thomson.” The UK is working closely with Pakistan through extensive cooperation on trade, investment, energy, education and security. Our rich people-to-people and cultural connections help to underpin the deep and unique relationship between our two countries. “I am looking forward to working with all sections of Pakistani society to continue to build a relationship based on partnership, trust and shared understanding.”

New British HC arrives

meeting with Mr Dato’s Seri Ismail Shahudin at the prestigious World Islamic Economic forum held in London on October 29-30 2013. During an interaction with him on Islamic banking he had indicated his desire to share his Bank’s and Malaysia experience in this Banking. Maybank it may be noted is a leading Bank of Malaysia. Zahid Malik while lauding the leadership of Malaysia and the entrepreneurship of Maybank for having done a lot towards promoting the Islamic banking the world over. Though the Chairman himself could not make it, he very kindly nominated a two-member delegation and they are fully conversant with the subject under discussion today. Zahid Malik also paid rich tributes to Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan and the Governor SB Mr Yasin Anwar for their valuable participation in the conference. While elaborating the reasons for the initiative of holding such a high profile conference on Islamic banking by Pakistan Observer, Zahid Malik said that the Pakistan Observer always stands for certain values, certain principles and it holds the national interest supreme above all other interest. It is therefore acquired a unique position of respectability and credibility among all the segments of the society. Being an independent newspaper Pakistan Observer is not aligned with any group of people, political party or a foreign country and its fundamental policy is to project the vision of the founding fathers of Pakistan, aspirations of the people of Pakistan and to highlight the issues being faced by the State of Pakistan. In this backdrop, Pakistan Observer has become a MUST Paper for the policy makers all around. Almost all the Islamabad based foreign missions in their Daily situation report which they mail to their respective capitals, necessarily quote the though providing editorials of Pakistan Observer. It is so because the much-read editorial in Pakistan Observer represents mainstream thinking of Pakistan on various national and international issues. He also quoted Gallup survey, which has described the Pakistan Observer as a “public opinion-maker” newspaper and the worldwide visitation of its Internet edition, which is more than any of the English newspapers of Pakistan. “What inspired me to host this event is that I was highly impressed by the huge potential of the Islamic banking in Pakistan, and the world over. Sharing his recent experience of attending the 5th World Islamic Economic Forum in London, where Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with his high profile entourage including the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar were also president besides at this most prestigious Islamic Economic event. Some 17 other Heads of States including the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Sultan of Brunei and King of Jordan were other high profile participants while I was the only non-governmental person having been in-

From Page 1 Prophet (PBUH). People decorated their houses, buildings, streets, areas, shops, public spots, hoardings, corners, and key public buildings and distributed free food and drinks in bulk on this special day to express their love and devotion towards the Holy Prophet (PBUH). A large number of passionate people including women, children, elder citizens attended large processions of Eid Milad-ul-Nabi (PBUH) in every city and part of the country to celebrate this extraordinary day. The areas and streets were flashing with attractive colorful lights and air was echoing with loud Naats and recitation of Darood Sharif across the country

on Eid Milad-ul-Nabi (P.B.U.H.) eve. The local administrations made extra ordinary security arrangements for rallies and processions while the cellular services were suspended to avoid any mishap in key cities of the country. After conclusion of the processions, the cellular service was restored in few cities including Quetta. Radio Pakistan and TV channels aired special programs to highlight the teachings of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him). Meanwhile, the federal and all the provincial governments ensured strict security measures to maintain law and order on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him).—INP

Economy grows at 3.6%: State Bank report Inflation falls to single-digit AMANULLAH KHAN K A R A C H I — P a k i s t a n ’s economy grew at 3.6 percent and inflation fell to singledigit in FY13, says the State Bank’s Annual Report on the State of Economy for the year 2012-13 released Wednesday. It said soft global commodity prices, downward re-

vision in energy prices and a relatively stable exchange rate allowed the average inflation rate to fall to 7.4 percent in FY13, which was much lower than the 9.5 percent target for the year. According to the report, robust growth in construction activity and capacity enhancement in a few sub-sectors, supported the industrial

sector. Global prices helped contain Pakistan’s import bill, and there was some improvement in exports. Furthermore, higher than anticipated Coalition Support Fund (CSF) inflows, and modest growth in worker remittances, reduced the current account deficit to 1.0 percent of GDP in FY13. Notwithstanding favorable de-

velopments, growing security concerns and persistent structural weaknesses continue to impede economic growth. SBP report said that challenges in managing public sector enterprises; the need to expand the tax net to untaxed or under-taxed areas; to contain untargeted subsidies; to tackle theft and leakages in

ernment Wednesday appointed Senior Superintendent Police Irfan Bahadur as new head of Crime Investigation Department and Rao Anwaar Ahmed as SSP Hyderabad. Irfan Bahadur has been appointed in place of Chaudhry Aslam who was martyred in a bomb attack a couple of days earlier along with three others. Earlier he was serving as SSP Hyderabad and he has also headed Karachi Anti-Encroachment Cell. Rao Anwaar has been appointed SSP Hyderabad in place of Irfan Bahadur. —INP

Ring Road widening project LAHORE—Development work on widening of Lahore Ring Road will begin during last week of next month. Lahore Ring Road authority sources said that widening of 10.66km Sundar-Raiwind Road and 12km MangaRaiwind Road will be initiated by end of February 2014. The project will cost Rs800 million and it will be completed in four months. The Ring Road authority said that completion of said project will help in smooth and uninterrupted flow of traffic besides resolving the issue of massive traffic jam. —INP

Contempt of court notice to Khaqan ISLAMABAD—Islamabad High Court on Wednesday issued contempt of court notice to Federal Minister for Petroleum, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi. The notice was issued on the petition filed by CNG Association, in which it quoted Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as saying that Islamabad High Court was responsible for gas loadshedding. The IHC had ordered federal authorities to restore thrice-a-week gas supply schedule for Islamabad, Rawalpindi areas, setting aside all objections raised by the quarters concerned. The IHC today issued contempt of court notice to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and sought his reply on Jan 20. —NNI

cal deficit fell entirely on domestic sources – specifically the banking system. The government borrowed Rs 939.6 billion from commercial banks, and an additional Rs 506.9 billion from SBP. In effect, Pakistan’s domestic debt increased byRs 1.9 trillion, a 24.6 per

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BAGHDAD—Bomb attacks hit killed 18 people and wounded Sunnis seen as loyal to the

City Reporter L AHORE —Emeritus Bishop Dr. Alexander John Malik called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan belongs to all of us and the role of Christian community is laudable. He said that services of Christian community and their love with the country are beyond any doubt. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has taken comprehensive steps for the welfare of the minorities.

K ARACHI —The Sindh gov-

sure to secure financing, dominated policymaking throughout the year. For the third consecutive year, the energy sector was addressed by paying off the circular debt, which pushed the fiscal deficits above the respective targets for these years. The report said that, with inadequate external funding, the onus of financing the fis-

62 killed in Baghdad bomb attacks

Christians role acknowledged

Irfan Bahadur new SSP CID Karachi

the energy sector; to revitalize the private sector; and to increase documentation, were largely unaddressed during FY13. “In a repeat abut the previous year, the budget deficit exceeded the target for FY13 by a wide margin, as the realized deficit was 8.0 percent of GDP, against a target of 4.7 percent,” said the report. It added that the resulting pres-

the Iraqi capital Baghdad and a village near the northern town of Baquba on Wednesday, killing at least 62 people, police and hospital sources said. In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It

MINGORA:Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a large gathering at Wadudia Hall at the launching ceremony of PM Youth Programme in Malakand Division.

Kashmir backbone of Pakistan: Qaim STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Sindh

Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that economically and strategically Kashmir is the backbone of Pakistan. Kashmir has great potential of energy production and supplying irrigation water to Pakistan. This he said while talking to the president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, who called on him at CM House Wednesday. Pakistan People’s Party

Parliamentarian Party (PPPP) Leader Sardar Nazakat, Sardar Maqsood Zaman and opposition leaders of Kashmir Altaf Hussain were also present. The CM said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the first leader of Pakistan, who raised his voice for the cause of Kashmiri People on the national and international forums.He said that had Bhutto not been martyred, Occupied Kashmir would have been liberated. He also lauded the services of Sardar Muhammad

Yaqoob and his government for People of Kashmir. The CM said that Kashmiris, who were living in Sindh and Balochistan were mostly PPPP workers and voters. The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob said that whole Jammu and Kashmir was the integral part of Pakistan. Kashmir was not only the source of water and power of Pakistan but its people were rendering marvelous services for the development of Pakistan as well.

Nato soldier killed in Afghanistan KABUL—A Nato soldier was act location of the incident forces in eastern Afghanistan killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, ISAF forces said, though they did not provide details about the ex-

New British HC arrives LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD —A good Pakistan-hand, Philip Barton arrived here on Wednesday to take charge as new British High Commissioner to Pakistan, replacing Sir A d a m Thomson, who left Pakistan last month. Philip Barton has served the British Foreign Office as Additional Director for South Asia from 2008-09, and then the Cabinet Office Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009-2011. More recently, Barton served as the British Deputy Ambassador to Washington. He will present his Credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain in the coming days.

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and nationality of the soldiers. “An International Security Assistance Force service member died following a direct fire attack by enemy

today (Wednesday),” the Isaf said in its statement on Wednesday.Most of the US soldiers in the country are based in eastern Afghanistan. —INP

ECP unfreezes voter lists in Sindh, Punjab KP govt asks ECP to hold LB polls in March I SLAMABAD —The Election tary said holding polls in FebCommission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced unfreezing of voters lists in Sindh and Punjab on Wednesday. After this decision voter’s registration will start again. The ECP also lifted ban on transfer and postings which were announced with election schedule in Sindh and Punjab. It is pertinent to mention here that the Supreme Court on Monday accepted ECP appeal in which they showed impossibility to conduct election within schedule after the provincial high court decisions on delimitations. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has requested Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding local bodies elections in the province in March. In the meeting of ECP here Wednesday, KP Chief Secre-

ruary was not possible, adding that the provincial government could hold LB elections in the last week of March. The ECP has directed the KP government to approach Supreme Court of Pakistan in this regard. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has requested Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding local bodies elections in the province in March. In the meeting of ECP here Wednesday, KP Chief Secretary said holding polls in February was not possible, adding that the provincial government could hold LB elections in the last week of March. The ECP has directed the KP government to approach Supreme Court of Pakistan in this regard.—Agencies

16 in Shatub, a village south of Baquba. Two years after US troops left Iraq, violence has climbed back to its highest levels since the Sunni-Shia bloodshed of 2006-2007, when tens of thousands of people were killed. Al Qaeda-linked militants are pursuing a campaign of attacks, mostly directed at state targets, Shia civilians and

DG Rangers dissatisfied with police transfers STAFF REPORTER

Two Amn Committee volunteers killed in explosion

K ARACHI —Director General Sindh Rangers on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The law and order situation came under discussion during the meeting. During the meeting the DG Ranger reservations over OUR CORRESPONDENT expressed major reshuffling and appointK HYBER —A roadside re- ments in police department. mote-controlled bomb blast Continued on Page 7 in Khyber Wednesday killed two volunteers of the Amn Committee. Unknown militants installed a remote-controlled bomb at a roadside in Khyber’s Zakakhel area near a barricaded post of Amn Committee. The bomb went off with a loud explosion. Subsequently, two Amn Committee volunteers were killed. Following the explosion, security personnel cordoned off the area and a probe into the incident went underway. Earlier last week, nine people, including three children, were killed and several others wounded when a blast rocked the house of a tribal elder in the northwestern Khyber tribal region. Khyber is part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups, who stage attacks in both countries, are known to have strongholds in the zone.

3 killed in Hindu, Muslim riots in Rajasthan N E W D ELHI —Three persons were killed while dozens of others injured in Hindu-Muslim riots in Pertab Garh district of Indian state of Rajasthan on Wednesday. The state authorities imposed an indefinite curfew to control the situation. The incident took place in Kotri village of Pertab Garh district. The injured were sent to hospital where condition of several people was stated to be critical. According to police, the indecent took place when the Muslims were returning after participating in a programme in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW). —INP

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Shia-led government. Half a dozen car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, mostly in Shia districts, killing 34 people and wounding 71, police and medics said. The violence occurred amid a continuing standoff between the Iraqi army and Sunni militants who overran the city of Falluja.—AP

Program may help diabetics head off low blood sugar


six-week behavior-modification pro gram helped people with diabetes over come anxieties and prevent plunging blood sugar in a small UK study. Dr. Stephanie Amiel of King’s College London and her colleagues evaluated a program specifically for people with type 1 diabetes who had difficulty recognizing episodes of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, despite having undergone training in how to adjust their insulin use. People with type 1 diabetes who need insulin to survive are at risk of hypoglycemia, but this can be a problem in patients with type 2 diabetes too, especially if they use insulin or a sulfonylurea drug, according to Dr. Jane Chiang, of the American Diabetes Association. Signs of low blood sugar include shaking, confusion, sweating and blurred vision, Andrew Keen, a health psychologist specializing in diabetes at the University of Aberdeen, told Reuters Health. These signals mean that people can take action early before blood glucose levels drop very low when they are effectively unable to self-treat,” said Keen, who did not take part in the new study. However, some people lose the ability to recognize these signs, he added. Untreated hypoglycemia can lead to seizures and unconsciousness. Many people with diabetes are so concerned about their blood sugar getting too high that they don’t pay as much attention when their blood sugar drops too low, noted Chiang, who was not involved in the study. “People need to be aware that hy-

poglycemia is just as dangerous, even more so, than hyperglycemia, and that it is treatable and avoidable,” she said. “Hypoglycemia is particularly concerning in young adults and older adults because they are vulnerable,” Chiang said. The program Amiel’s team devised included instruction on signs of hypoglycemia and how to reduce hypoglycemia risk. Program leaders also focused on helping participants identify their own emotional and motivational barriers to recognizing low blood sugar episodes. The training consisted of three weekly full-day group sessions and individual follow-up in person and by telephone during weeks four and five, with a final full-day group session focusing on relapse prevention. Amiel and her colleagues followed the patients for a year after the end of the program. Among the 23 participants who completed the program, 14 reported having passed out in the year before the study began as a result of low blood sugar episodes, three said they’d been taken to an emergency room (one individual, 24 times) and three had been admitted to the hospital, Amiel’s team reports in the journal Diabetes Care. After the program, the average annual number of episodes of severe hypoglycemia - meaning patients required assistance from another person - fell from three to zero. The average number of episodes of moderate hypoglycemia, meaning patients were able to treat the episode themselves, fell from 14 to zero per six-week period.

Air chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, Chief of Royal Air Force reviewing the guard of honour during his visit at Air Headquarters.

Fire extinguished at AFIC

Royal Air Force Chief visits PAF Air Headquarters

RAWALPINDI—A fire, which had erupted at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on Wednesday, where former president of Pakistan, Gen CITY REPORTER (retd) Pervez Musharraf is under treatment, was extin- ISLAMABAD—Chief of Royal guished before long. “There Air Force, Air Chief Marshal was a small fire incident at the Sir Andrew Pulford, visited Air hospital, but it was extin- Headquarters here on Wednesguished immediately,” a day and attended a briefing on source at Armed Forces Insti- the organization, role and functute of Cardiology in tioning of Pakistan Air Force. Rawalpindi said. The distinguished guest Sources said the cause of the was received by Chief of the blaze, which broke out at the 4th Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, floor of Pakistan army’s medi- Air Chief Marshal Tahir cal facility, was sparked off by Rafique Butt. an electric short circuit. The On his arrival, a smartly armed forces personnel, trained turned out contingent of Pakito deal with situations like these, stan Air Force presented the took no time to tame the flames Guard of Honour. The visiting and stop the fire from spreading dignitary also laid floral wreath further. at the Martyrs’ Monument. Another source confirmed Later, he was introduced to the fire incident was “of a minor nature”. Officials said the cause was being investigated and may have been started by an electrical short circuit. Musharraf ’s lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that the former president was not affected. “He CITY REPORTER is safe as the fire incident happened on another floor,” Kasuri ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capisaid.—Online tal Development Authority (CDA), Maroof Afzal has approved an amount of Rs. 15 million for repair, maintenance and up-gradation of 46 parks and kids play areas in five sectors of I and G series. STAFF REPORTER These parks and kids play areas are located in sectors G-6, ISLAMABAD—Islamabad po- G- 7, I-9, I-10 and G-10. Followlice have chalked out a strategy ing the directions of the Chairto thwart plans to carry out a ter- man CDA, up-gradation work rorist attack. has been started from today at According to intelligence reports, a clean-shaven bomber has already left for twin cities from Waziristan tribal agency. Sources say that terrorists have a plan to cause massive devastation in the twin cities. The alleged bomber is riding an explosive-laden veSTAFF REPORTER hicle. The capital police issued two sketches of the alleged RAWALPINDI—Survey has been bomber Police have been put on high started to launch metro bus seralert while all entry and exit vice which will run from points have been bolstered with Flashman hotel to Pak Secretariat security presence. Police in both via Faizabad in the first phase. cities have also launched a DCO Rawalpindi Sajid Zafar has issued directives to IESCO, Sui search operation.

Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force. He also called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, in his office. Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest, said a press released issued by PAF here. Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford also visited Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur, where he was received by Air Vice Marshal Rashid Kamal, Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy Risalpur. The Chief of Royal Air Force attended a comprehensive briefing about the Academy’s organization structure and training.

The distinguished guest also visited various training units of academy including College of Aeronautical Engineering, Air Defence Training School, School of Air Traffic Services, Simulator Squadron and Flying Instructors School. Later in the day, Chief of Royal Air Force also visited Air Defence Command, Pakistan Air Force. Chief of Royal Air Force attended a briefing on the working of Air Defence Command and also visited Air Defence Operation Centre. On his arrival, he was received by Air Vice Marshal Ejaz Mahmood Malik, Air Officer Commanding, Air Defence Command, Pakistan Air Force.

Upgradation of public parks

CDA approves Rs 15m

People busy in catching fish at Rawal Lake to spend their leisure time.

Saddar Bazaar to have parking plazas CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Cantonment Board is considering to build parking plazas in Saddar bazaar cantt to sort out problems related to parking of vehicles. Certain areas are being allocated for parking of vehicles in different bazaars of Rawalpindi Saddar. These all points will be put to auction Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rana Manzoor Ahmad Khan said that the auction of the parking points will help enhance the annual income of cantonment board on one side and on the other side it will reduce the chances of illegal business of charging of parking fee by certain unscrupulous elements to the citizens. He said that home work for constructing parking plazas is underway.

Kidnappers arrested, abducted persons recovered CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad police have arrested six kidnappers and safely recovered two abducted persons from a house in sectors. Addressing a press conference, Inspector General of Police Islamabad Sikandar Hayat said that Syed Rehman Ali s/o Syed Mohsin Ali was kidnapped in last month by some unidentified persons and case ( no. 518) regarding his kidnap was registered in Ramana police station on December 29, 2013 under section 365-A PPC. Following threatening message, the IGP said various police teams including techincal experts teams were cosntituted which tried to trace the location of this specific phone call which was found from slum area in

Mirabadia, sector G-12. Police team safely recovered abducted Syed Rehman Ali and other Syed Ehsan Abbass s/o Syed Hassan Abbass resident of G-13/ 3 as case (no. 419) about his kidnap was registered at Golra police station on December 11, 2013. On the occasion, the relatives of recovered persons greatly apprecaited the efforts of Islamabad police team and said police officers and employees worked hard to trace kidnapees and conintuously remaiend in touch with them for sharing their greif, giving comfort and telling about the progress into investigation. Responding to the questions of journalists, Islamabad police chief said that Islamabad police have worked out all the terrorism cases from 2008-13.

Security beefed up in twin cities

parks and kids play areas in “G” and “I” series sectors in the Capital city. Member Engineering and Environment, Sanaullah Aman will oversee the up-gradation work. Chairman CDA said that CDA is committed to provide healthy and recreational facilities to the citizens. He further said that parks and play areas not only provide facilities of physical and mental health for the citizens including children but also help in their mental

grooming of children. The up-gradation work at parks and play areas should therefore be completed at the earliest so that citizens and particularly children may get benefit from it, he added. According to spokesman of CDA upgradation work at all parks and kids play areas would be completed in phases which include up- gradation of all facilities including public toilets. First phase of the up-gradation work has started and the project would be completed in 70 days.

Survey work starts on Metro Bus project Gas, PTCL and WASA to work out survey report and estimate for shifting utilities from Flashman hotel to Faizabad and send their reports to him. Revenue department has started carrying out survey of Murree road. A revenue department team comprising Naib

Tehsildar Raja Shakoot, Abid Shah, Gidawar Azhar Mehmood, patwaris and RDS officials has conducted measurement work of Murree road from Mareer chowk to Waris Khan bus stop besides reviewing the problems related to encroachments and other matters.

Availability of sheesha at Capital restaurants STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The parents have expressed concerns over availability of sheesha at restaurants and parlours in posh areas of the federal capital. The parents said that some fancy restaurants and parlours in various areas including sectors F7, F-1, G-6 and others are offering sheesha to youth, posing threat to their health and future. They said that police and district administration were not taking action against them for reason best known to them.

Repair of footpaths in commercial areas STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Taking notice of the demands of the traders and residents of the federal capital, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials have been directed to repair broken footpaths in commercial and recreational places. On the directives of Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal, Member Engineering and Environment Sanaullah Aman visited several areas including Aabpara Market, Melody, Sitara Market, Jinnah Avenue, Constitution Avenue and Lake View Park along with concerned officials.

Recovery of official vehicle

FDE seeks police help against former director ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is so helpless before its influential employees that sometime, it has to use channels other than the official ones, to take action against them. In the latest case, the FDE has sent a complaint to the SHO Margalla Police Station that one of its directors Dr Tariq Masood has not been coming to the office for last fif-

teen days and was relieved from the duties. Now the FDE needs police help to get its official jeep (Pajeero, Registration no: IDD 1796) from his possession, said the complaint to the SHO. In the complaint dated Dec 6, 2013 Assistant Director (Technical) Alamgir Shah has asked the SHO to take ‘necessary’ action in this regard. Talking to Pakistan Observer the FDE Assistant Director confirmed that the official

vehicle is still in possession of the former director. “Our present director is hardly managing things without the official vehicle for over one and a half months. We first sent a number of reminders and letters to the said person and his principal but after failing to get any response, we were forced to seek police help” said Alamgir Shah. The said director was removed from his post by Senior

Joint Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). He was directed to report back to his parent institution with “immediate effect”. The strong wording of the letter is sufficient to show the conduct of the officer. The order said Prof Tariq Masood was nexus of all mess from the model colleges and more than 1000 teachers of the model colleges had complained against his conduct.

Prof Tariq Masood after the “immediate” transfer order of 5th December submitted his joining report as Assistant Professor of Chemistry on Dec 23, with a break of some 17 days. An office bearer of Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) of model colleges said the former director had created mess and teachers as well as professors of the model colleges had dozens of complaints against him. “Former Director was con-

sidered very close to a PPP minister and therefore, instead of listening to our grievances, he kept busy in pleasing his political boss. Teachers’ hiring issue remained unresolved for the last three years and we held a number of meetings with him requesting to resolve it on priority basis,” he said. The CASA senior vice president further said, “However, later after getting disappointed from him when we

brought it directly to the notice of the CADD high ups, they said the college principals had never taken up the issue with them. The principals, on the other hand expressed their helplessness saying they had been forbidden by the Director to do so.” Although the PPP government is no more yet its legacy of corruption and influence go on in the form of such officials and it seems the present govern-

ment too is helpless before them, he said. Dr Tariq Masood wehen contacted denied all these charges saying he had joined the college some two weeks back. “As far as the return of vehicle is concerned, I have not been able to return it as it has developed some mechanical fault. I have told them (FDE) that the official vehicle is out of order. They can come and take it away,” he said.


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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

January 16 A Poetry Evening in honour of Mr. Najmul Saqib recently appointed Pakistan’s Ambassador to South Africa will be held by ZAVIA in collaboration with Sir Syed Memorial Society on 16th January 2014 at 3:30 pm at “Aiwan-e-Sir Syed”, 19 Ataturk Avenue, Islamabad. The function will be presided over by Brig. Iqbal Shafi (Alig). **** LAUNCHING ceremony of National Proficiency Testing (PT) Scheme by Dr. Sania Nishtar (SI) former Federal minister for Science and Technology on Thursday, 16 January 2014. ****

Alleged mismanagement in PBC refered to AGP

Anti-encroachment operation in Mandi Morr

ISLAMABAD—Public Accounts


Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly Wednesday issued directives to the Accountant General of Pakistan to present a report on alleged mismanagement in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation within 15 days. The PAC meeting chaired by Syed Khursheed Shah, its chairman, issued these directives after hearing the viewpoint of the PBC Director General Samina Pervez who said that no irregularities were committed in awarding advertisement contract to Loud and Clear company. She said that the PBC twice advertised the contract and the said comapny was awarded the contact on merit. She said under PPRA rules there was no need that the company should be registered with Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan. However, on the recommendation of a committee of PBC, she said the company was registered with the SECP in November. She also dispelled the impression given by a section of media that the company was issued funds from the Radio Pa- Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, presenting books on Seerat-un-Nabi to President Mamnoon kistan accounts.—APP Hussain during National Seerat Conference at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Milad celebrated with religious fervor CITY REPORTER

EXHIBITION of paintings by Masood A. Khan, at the Nomad Gallery, House No. 72, Street 32, Sector F-6/1, Islamabad, continuing up to January 16. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (except for Friday).

RAWALPINDI—Eid-i-Milad-unNabi (SAWW) was celebrated here on Tuesday with religious zeal and fervor under tight security arrangements. All the roads, streets and main buildings in the town were decorated with colourful lights and buntings. A number of programmes were chalked out to celebrate the birthday of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) with great reverence and devotion. Different Naat committees organized Naat competitions CITY REPORTER to celebrate the Eid Milad. Like every year, the governISLAMABAD—International Is- ment and religious organizations lamic University (IIUI) was mulls conducting province basis admission tests to facilitate the students of the far flung areas. Addressing concluding ceremony of 21st “young writers’ Training Programme, “President IIU Dr Ahmed Yousif AlDraiweesh stressed the need for creating a balanced course integrated with teachings of Islam provide platform to refrain the youth and children from violence. President IIU said the training programme for young writers would be launched now twice in a year. He added that educational system should not be biased and it should equally address male and females.

IIUI to conduct admission tests in provinces

Workshop on anti-plagiarism CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—In order to ensure implementation of a policy of plagiarism-free academic, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has held a four-week long Online Turnitin Workshop for the regional campuses via Higher Education Commission’s Video Conferencing link facility. Adnan Rashid, focal person for Anti Plagiarism at the QEC, conducted these sessions and this workshop was attended by focal persons from all seven regional campuses including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Multan and Faisalabad campuses. These sessions aimed at highlighting NUML’s Plagiarism Policy and giving a handson practice to focal persons in using Turnitin (an online antiplagiarism solution), key features of academic writing and different citation formats.

arranged a number of activities to celebrate the annual event. As a tradition, Milad-un-Nabi processions were held in all areas of the town. Around 350 Eid-iMilad-un-Nabi processions were taken out from different parts of the city. The main procession of Milad-un-Nabi started in the morning from Jamia Masjid Road which passed through its traditional route of Circular Road, Waris Khan, Murree Road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal road, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar and other areas. Besides, big processions were also brougt out from Sihala, Gorakh Pure, Adiala Road, Pirwadhai, Fauji Colony, Tench

Bhatta, Dhamiyal, Peopleâ•™s Colony, Tipu Road, Chungi No22, Gulzar-e-Quaid, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Kuri Road, Shakriyal, Khanna Dak, Golra Sharif, Mehrabad, Chur, Allahabad, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Waris Khan, Banni, Rawat, Soan, Dhoke Juma, Dhoke Kalhoor, Bakra Mandi, Baraf Khana and Morgah. Similarly, dozens of big and small processions appeared from other localities of Rawalpindi. Wagons, Suzuki, motorcycles, cycles, rickshaws, trucks and cars were included in the processions while thousands of faithfuls were on foot to show love with Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

I SLAMABAD —A three-day event will be organized here on Friday to present the very first edition of the ‘Great Shakespeare Debate’ (GSD) in order to promote literature amongst the new generation. The event is being organized by ‘The English Literary Society’ on behalf of Lahore Grammar School Islamabad by taking inspiration from the original GSD which has been annually held in the United Kingdom since 2005. According to the organizer of the event, this is a brand new concept being held in Pakistan for the very first time and the format of the debate will provide participants the opportunity to explore the world of Shakespeare through dynamic discussion and lively debate.—APP

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal has paid a surprise visit to under- construction Kashmir Highway Wednesday evening. He reviewed the progress and pace of work being carried out on the important highway. The Chairman was briefed by Member Engineering about the progress on Kashmir Highway. The Chairman said that the pace of work on this important and vital inter-provincial road should be expedited to complete it as soon as possible to provide smooth travelling to the motorists. He directed the concerned person to expedite the work on bridges to be built on Kashmir Highway. He also directed to provide alternate routes / diversions for smooth flow of traffic in under-construction areas. Chairman directed the engineers working on the site that CDA will not compromise on quality of work and material, so they should increase the pace of work without compromising quality.

Low gas pressure affecting routine life STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Coupled with cold wave hitting the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the current bout of low to zero gas pressure has made life miserable for the residents. The total consumption of domestic consumers of twin cities stands at 100 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) in summer season while during winter season it went up to 280 mmcfd. Among others, these days in Islamabad G-7, I-10, G-8 sectors and in Rawalpindi Khyaban-eSir Syed, Sadiqabad, Police Foundation and Airport Housing scheme were experiencing low to zero gas pressure, affecting their routine schedule badly. “Our life is miserable, we cannot cook anything at homes, our routine is affected badly, how to send our children to schools

without breakfast”, Akhtar a resident of G-7 sector, Zero Point said. He said the government should take measure for rectifying the low gas issue which is going on despite claims on the part of officials to ensure uninterrupted supply. He said residents had to stand in long queues to get food from restaurants and Tandoors during breakfast and dinner times. Similarly, another resident Gul Akhtar of I-10 sector said the low gas pressure had multiplied for people in most areas, compelling them to use firewood or LPG to fulfil their household chores. “Our routine is badly affected due to the low pressure of gas especially at early morning hours and in the evening when the pressure is reduced to minimum and it becomes too difficult for the people to cook,” he observed. Naqeebullah, resi-

dent of Airport Housing Scheme said it was really annoying when everyone was in hurry to start their daily activities in the morning but could not get the breakfast ready on time due to low gas pressure. The SNGPL spokesman said the a team had been constituted to visit the affected areas and added, the consumers should cooperate and avoid unnecessary use of gas appliances during low gas pressure duration. Replying to a question, he said the issue was temporary and gas pressure would improve as temperature go up in coming months. He said with intensity of clod, the gap had widened in supply and demand, creating this problem. He was of the view that since Islamabad and Rawalpindi region was lying at the tail end of the system, residents were facing the low gas pressure issue.

Conditions in youth loans eased: Marvi

Kidnappers in police custody who abducted two persons from Islamabad and demanded huge amount as ransom.

Literary debate on Friday

Construction work on Kashmir Highway

ISLAMABAD—Assistant Commissioner (AC) Sadar, Islamabad, Rabi Aurangzeb Wednesday conducted anti-encroachment operation in Mandi More area and cleared the area from encroachments. The AC conducted the operation along with SP, I-9 and Capital Development Authority (CDA) encroachment staff and one illegal bus stand namely Bilal Travelers was closed down and took legal action against the owner of the bus stand, said a press release issued here. An illegal cotton factory operating without license was also sealed in the Mandi More area. AC, Sadar told that green belts were also cleared of illegal parking of public service vehicles. The 80 kiosks on footpaths and encroaching roads were demolished. These kiosk were causing traffic jams in the area. AC directed the transporters to refrain from parking their vehicles in the green belts and stern action would be taken against violators.

IHC orders to provide former PMs’ level security to ex-CJ ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday directed the cabinet division to provide bullet proof car and security to former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on the same terms and conditions which was being followed on the security of former Prime Ministers. Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the directive and disposed of a plea filed by former president Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association Sheikh Ahsanuddin for provision of security to the former chief justice. During the course of hearing, Joint Secretary of Cabinet

Division, Ziaul-Haq appeared before the court and presented a notification for providing a bullet proof car of 2005 model to former Chief Justice. He said that the car has been provided to former chief justice for 90 days initially for official use. To This, the Judge expressed displeasure over word officially and observed that the family of the former chief Justice can also use the bullet proof car as he has retired. In earlier hearing,the Court had ordered the cabinet division to provide a bullet proof vehicle within three days to former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. —APP

ISLAMABAD —Chief Coordinator of Prime Minister ’s Youth Business Loans Marvi Memon says the government has eased up many conditions in the loan scheme to attract maximum applications from the youth. In an interview with Radio Pakistan, she said the youth has shown tremendous interest in the loan scheme. Though the rate of return of applications is low and therefore on the directions of the Prime Minister the conditions have been relaxed. Now the blood relative has been allowed to become guarantor, she added. Marvi Memon said she has visited several backward areas of the country in order to also involve them in this scheme. She said people of these areas want to open up schools or do other some other businesses. She said our teams are working day and night to properly guide the people of backward areas. Responding to a question, Marvi Memon clarified that five percent quota has been fixed for the disabled persons in the Prime Minister ’s Youth Business Loans.—APP

Activists of APML and MQM chanting slogans in favour of former president Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf during a demonstration outside the National Press Club.

Power supply to IBECHS Islamabad CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Ministry for Water and Power informed the House on Wednesday that Pakistan Town IB Employees Cooperative Housing Society (IBECHS), Islamabad had not deposited the cost of two 11 KV feeders. In a written reply to a question, the ministry said the cooperative housing societies and private housing societies being supplied electricity from the grid-station in Police Foun-

dation (NPF), O-9 include NPF itself, Federation of Employees Cooperative H/Society, Lohi Bher, Pakistan Town IB Employees Cooperative H/ Society, CBR Town Phase-I Lohi Bher, Soan Garden Civilian Cooperative H/Society and Pakistan PWD H/Society Lohi Bher. Korang Town Federal Employees H/Society, Doctors Cooperative Housing Society Rawalpindi, Accounts Group Officers Cooperative H/Society, Press Club Housing Colony,

Anchorage Sihala Capital Cost for 02 No. Feeders and River Garden were also being supplied electricity from the same gridstation, the reply further stated. The ministry said IESCO had received, on account of Grid Sharing and Capital Cost, Rs. 70.38 million and Rs. 10.42 million respectively, from the said societies. There was no such society or project which had deposited the charges but was not provided the required connections, the reply added.

Religious harmony possible through teachings of Prophet (PBUH) CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Custodian of Eidgah Shrine Pir Muhammad Naqeeb-urRehman has stressed the need to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to ensure peace and religious harmony in the society. Addressing a gathering held in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) here at Eidgah, he said love and affection with Allah Almighty’s last Messenger was essential for unity and harmony among

various sects and faiths. “It is the central point for all Muslims and we being an Ummah will have to follow the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Prophet (PBUH),” he said. Pir Naqeeb said the faithful celebrate Eid-e-Milad with great zeal and fervor, holding Mahafil-e-Naat and arranging gatherings to pay homage to the Prophet (PBUH). He said the message of Holy Prophet (PBUH) was based on strong, social justice and equality, who gave voice and recognition to the weak in the society. He said Hazrat Pir Naqeeb-ur-Rehman of Eidgah Shareef, addressing on the occasion of Eid Milad-un Nabi (PBUH).

Muhammad (Peace Upon Him) actually laid the foundation of a new culture and heritage in the land of Arabs and changed the entire lives of nomads in just twenty three years. Pir Naqeeb appreciated local administration for making elaborate arrangements to celebrate the Milad in a peaceful manner. Inchrage Administrative Affairs of Masjid-e-Nabvi (PBUH) in Saudi Arabia Fazal Ghulam was chief guest at the annual celebrations of Milad at Eidgah. Sahibzada Hassan Haseebur-Rehman and other Naat

Khawans including Amir Fayyazi, Zaib Masood Shahd, Sahibzada Tasleem Sabri, Yousaf Memon, Qari Shahid Mehmood, Shahbaz Qamar Afridi and Noor Sultan Siddiqui recited Naats in their unique style and warmed the audience with love and devotion of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). A large number of devotees from across the country and abroad participated in the annual Mehfi-e-Milad at Eidgah. Special prayers were also offered for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

World urged to support Kashmiris’ freedom struggle Protest in Srinagar against detainees’ sufferings S RINAGAR —The

veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has appealed to the global peace-loving community to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination. Syed Ali Gilani, who continues to be under house arrest, in a media statement in Srinagar, today, said that India had thrust war upon the people of Kashmir and it was the responsibility of all democratic forces of the world to secure their release from the tyrannical grip of India. Kashmiri villagers shout slogans during the funeral procession of a youth in Kulgam district, some 70 kilometres south of Srinagar.

Power failure in hospitals shocking: DAK SRINAGAR: Doctors Association of Kashmir Thursday said it was shocking that Chest Disease (CD) hospital Srinagar had no electricity for past two days with the result patients faced huge inconvenience. In a press statement, DAK president Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that CD hospital Srinagar during winter months receives huge number of chronic obstructive lung disease patients requiring oxygen as life saving treatment. “Without electricity oxygen is not delivered to these patients putting precious lives’ to risk. This forced attendants and patients to stage massive protests in the campus of CD Hospital who had come to receive specialized care from peripheral Hospitals,” he said. He said that it is pathetic that CD Hospital has no genset available and during power cuts, patients are left to mercy of Almighty. “This is a criminal negligence on part of authorities. The peripheral hospitals are worst hit with frequent power cuts adding to the miseries of patients,” Dr Nisar-ul-Hasan said. He further said that the snow preparedness of the Government is hoax as there is no connectivity during snowfall with the result patients cannot reach to hospitals. Even hospital staff cannot reach their duties due to road blocks. The Patients suffer because of lack of basic facilities,” he said adding that the politicians are insensitive to this grave human issue.—Agencies

If Gujarat can ban liquor, why not J&K SRINAGAR—President Doctors Association of Kashmir Dr Nisar ul Hassan has said that Association will file a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban on alco-hol in Kashmir Valley. In a statement issued today, Dr Nisar-ul-Hasan said that consumption of alcohol is identified as a major social evil globally and the constitution of India under article 47 in the Directive Principles of State policy reads, ‘the state shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the use and trade of alcohol. The prohibition has been implemented in many states of India like Gujrat, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep. The Gujrat state government introduced a bill in state assembly to amend the prohibition law calling for penal action up to death penalty for those convicted in liquor cases. He said that In view of deleterious effects of alcohol, government of Jammu and Kashmir has legal and moral obligation to have a blanket ban on the consumption and trade of alcohol. When states like Gujrat and others have banned the liquor trade why not in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Nisar-ul-Hasan alleged that Government is promoting use of liquor in the valley with a design. “The use and trade of alcohol in Kashmir is a conspiracy to make our society morbid and socially wreck. The sale of liquor is unacceptable to us and at no cost will we allow this menace in our society. We have a strong obligation towards our society to safeguard it against social evils,” he said adding that DAK will file a Public interest Litigation in Honourable High Court seeking a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in the valley.—Agencies

UN resolutions or tripartite dialogue

Hurriyat (M) eyes to resolve Kashmir dispute S RINAGAR —The Hurriyat Conference (M) has said that the party was working to resolve Kashmir issue either by implementation of UN resolutions or holding a tripartite dialogue. The party also made it clear that it was pursuing a policy laid down in unanimously adopted Hurriyat constitution of 1993. In a statement, a party spokesman said that in a meeting of executive council chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the party members asserted that it was the constitutional responsibility of Hurriyat to take measures to find out a solution of Kashmir issue through United Nations resolutions or through a tripartite dialogue. “UN resolutions provide a solid legal basis to Kashmir dispute so it is the duty and responsi-

bility of the world body to fulfill its obligations and keeping in view the feelings, aspirations and sacrifices of the people of Kashmir, find a solution of this long pending issue,” the spokesman said. He said that the leaders also said that Hurriyat (M) represented the people stands based on the principle of collectivism and there was no restriction on the thoughts or views of its members. “However, decisions regarding its stand or policies are taken, in the larger interest of the movement and on the basis of agreed collective view keeping in consideration the individual views of its members,” he said He said that the participants described the recent relationship between Pakistan and India as a hopeful development said that Kashmir issue stands as the core

issue between the two neighbours. “Without its consideration on priority basis the whole engagement between the two countries would remain fragile. All other issues are of secondary importance,” he said. The spokesman also said that the party leaders was stressed on inclusion of the Kashmiri people in any engagement over the issue. “Until now,bilateral engagement has not yielded any results,” he added. He said that the executive council also took stock of the current political and organisational affairs. “There is the need to discuss means and measures to bring more dynamism, strength and cohesion in the ongoing movement,” he added.—NNI

SHRC concerned over jail inmates’ worsened conditions

Pro-India parties responsible for Kashmir occupation: Sehrai

The veteran leader maintained that Delhi’s fulfilment of its pledges with the people of Jammu and Kashmir would pave the way for peace and stability in the region and would guarantee better future for the people of the disputed territory. Senior APHC leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt addressing a meeting at Sanoora Kalipora in Badgam called upon nuclear powers like the United States, China, Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dis-

pute for ensuring economic prosperity of the region and the world at large. Because this long lasting issue has jeopardized the fate of South Asian region not once but thrice in previous few decades. He further urged the Powers to take serious steps in resolving this major issue which always remain in media. He demanded resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front during a protest sit-in at Partab Park in

Srinagar, today, called upon the world community and international human rights organisations to take notice of the plight of illegally-detained Kashmiris including those awarded life imprisonment. The protest was led by Noor Muhammad Kalwal. APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Syed Bashir Andrabi in their addresses and statements called for inclusion of the Kashmiris in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.—KMS

India was never serious in resolving Kashmir: Navlakha

SRINAGAR—Terming the talks resolution of Kashmir issue, if Voice of Victim’ held a seminar SRINAGAR—The General Sec- between India and Pakistan we go in its depth, is horrific.” on the topic Impact of Non-resoretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has said that all the pro-India parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are responsible for illegal occupation of the territory. Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir were not giving sacrifices for development and other economic packages but for securing their birthright to self-determination. He said that Kashmiris would not come into the hollow slogans of pro-India politicians. Appealing for complete boycott of the sham polls in the occupied territory, he said that the hands of pro-India leaders were coloured with the blood of Kashmiri people and did not deserve to be voted. Paying rich tributes to shaheed Waseem Yousuf of Dogri Pura, Pulwama, Sehrai said that the blood of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste as their sacred mission would be taken to its logical conclusion.—KMS

through backdoor channels a mere ‘eye wash’, noted human rights activist Ghutam Nawlakha has said that through these ‘secret talks’, India tries to convince Pakistan to accept Line of Control (LOC) as a permanent border and shun the demand of holding any referendum in Kashmir. Nawlakha while speaking at a seminar organized by State Human rights group,’ Voice of Victims’ at a local hotel here, stated that corruption is the main part of India’s policy to muzzle the movement of Kashmir and keep Kashmiris economically dependent. “Without laying down sacrifices how you can get Azadi from India, So if you really want to peruse your goal for which you have laid down sacrifices you must resist and continue the freedom struggle,” said Nawlakha while speaking in the seminar. “Every day you have to confront the heavy army coveys on your 10 to 20 feet wide roads that directly affects your day-today life. So the impact of non-

So the impacts of non-resolution of Kashmir issue if we would go in depth are horrifying.” he said, adding that talks between India and Pakistan through back channels mere ‘eye wash’. Terming the talks between India and Pakistan through back channels mere ‘eye wash’, he said, “This kind of talks of through back channels continue since past but nothing was achieved from them. So this time also don’t expect anything from them.” Adding India was never sincere in resolving the dispute. “Through these back channels talks India tries to convince Pakistan to accept Line of Control permanent border and shun the demand of holding any referendum on Kashmir,” he said. Rubbishing main stream politicians for parsing Atal Behari Vajpayee and Modi, he said that instead of parsing them people of Jammu and Kashmir must intensify its movement on diplomatic level besides taking benefit from ongoing spat between India, America. State Human rights group,’

lution of Kashmir issue. Seminar was attended by number of senior citizens, Intellectuals, doctors and students. Praviz Imroaz Chairman Jammu and Kashmir coalition of Civil societies, Dr Javid Iqbal columnist, Dr Nissar-ul-Hassan Malk, president doctor’s association, Senior journalist Zaheer-u-Din addressed the seminar. Senior columnist, Zaheer-ud-Din while slamming Kashmir’s pro-freedom camp stated that Kashmir’s society is united but its leadership is fragmented creating chaos among the people and the world community. “We had two Huriyats in the past and now the third one has emerged. The fragmented leadership is doing no good to people. We want to tell these people that we as common people are united but it is you are divided. ” VOV’s executive director, Abdul Qadeer and Rouf Rasool thanked the gathering who participated in the seminar and pledged to continue raise the voice of human rights victims.—NNI

Indian Army chief slammed SRINAGAR—The Jammu and spection, it has been observed illegally and are serving detenover troops Kashmir State Human Rights that although the overall func- tion for either violating proviCommission (SHRC) has ex- tioning of these jails was satis- sions of Immigration Control pressed its concern over the liv- factory, but there are some im- Rules, crossing LOC without presence remarks ing conditions of jail inmates and portant issues, which the au- travel documents or their travel requested the government to deport the detainees from neighbouring countries as a goodwill gesture. With a purpose to have an on spot assessment and take stock of the living conditions of jail inmates, Rafiq Fida, member of J&K State Human Rights Commission accompanied by Tariq Ahmad Banday, Secretary, Showkat Iqbal, SP and Lazar Khandariya, Dy. SP during an inspection tour to the jails of Jammu province from January 6 to 9, this year, inspected almost all the Jails of Jammu province including Central Jail Jammu and jails of Kote Bilwal, Hira Nagar, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi. The Commission in its report has said that during in-

thorities at the helm of affairs, need to address. According to CNS, the State Human Rights Commission has said that in gross violation of basic and human rights, there are some nationals of neighbouring countries in these jails detained and languishing under preventive laws, without trial or whose cases have either culminated or they have been acquitted by the Courts of Law or have completed their term of conviction and are overstaying. According to the Commission, “amongst them are some poor and impoverished ones from Bangladesh, Burma, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia who, in search of their livelihood or mistakenly and inadvertently, crossed LOC

documents are expired.” The Commission has suggested that both the Governments of the State and Centre need to adopt humane approach, show some concern and, in order to ease out the tensions and strengthen the friendship ties between the neighboring countries, must take effective measures to deport all such nationals to their native countries as a goodwill gesture so that the right to life and liberty of these jail inmates are espoused and protected. “In the Hira Nagar jail an under trial who is 85 years old is languishing and dying down waiting for his trial to complete and see the dawn of his release. Even bail has not been granted to him. —NNI

Kashmiri father’s efforts to trace son ‘futile’ SRINAGAR—The father of the less efforts for nearly two As he did not return till late night teenaged boy who went missing in Dehli in November last returned home hopelessly after 53 days search for his son. Rohan Amin Ganai, a 10th class student of Jadwal Pulwama, had gone to Delhi with his father to sell fruits. On November 20 he went missing in Azadpur area there. His father lodged a missing report with nearby Mahindra park police station. However, 53 days have elapsed, Roman continues to remain untraced. His father’s tire-

months to locate his son proved futile who finally returned home dejected. Talking to Kashmir Times, the dejected father, Mohammad Amin said that they had gone for shopping to Chandni Chowk the day his son went missing. “After returning to our rented room from shopping I again went out for some work. On my return after some time I did not find my son at the room. Since he was not carrying any phone I could not call him too.

I got worried and lodged missing report with nearby police station,” Amin said. “CCTV cameras in Azadpur Mandi area show my son entering the sector-A after which he is not seen anywhere,” Amin said. “I tried to meet Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal but could not as he was busy with the political functions. However the only politician from Kashmir who felt my pain was M Y Tarigami as he tried his best to help me,” said the dejected father.—NNI

SRINAGAR—The Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh’s remarks on presence of troops and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the territory evoked criticism with pro freedom parties putting a question mark on his mandate. APHC Chairman, taking a strong exception to General Singh’s remarks, questioned the authority of General Singh as the army chief to speak on the issues, which relate to political domain. ”It is ironic that army is now talking of the issues and virtually taking decisions of the sensitive political issues”, he added. India’s arrogance of power had made its army chief to issue the statement of such bizarre nature and that the same vindicates the rigid policy of the establishment vis-à-vis Kashmir.—KMS

Black day on Indian Republic Day B RUSSELS —A meeting of

Kashmir Council EU which was presided by Council’s Chairman Ali Raza Syed in Brussels decided that the council would observed the Indian Republic Day on January 26 as black day and the peaceful demonstrators in front of Indian Mission would demand New Delhi to give right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The peaceful demonstration would begin from 10:30am on 26th January at 217, Chaussee de Vleurgat 1050 Brussels and a protest memorandum may also be handed over to the officials of the embassy. In a statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting, Ali Raza Syed said, Indian claims for being largest democracy of the world but it refuses the democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as atrocities against the people are continued. He said, peace in Kashmir is connected to the whole region. If Kashmir is witness of peace, the whole region KOTLI: AJK Senior Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin discussing some important would be witness of peace and matters with Minister for Education and Colleges prosperity.—NNI

MUZAFFARABAD: Advisor to Govt Raja Mubashir Ejaz talking to Secretary Local Government Board Tahir Ayub.

New administrative units

PDP: Fraud being played, a match already fixed

NF will raise voice to save Kashmir movement: Nayeem

SRINAGAR—A working comSRINAGAR—Peoples’ Demo- tutions like Panchayats have re- mittee meet of Jammu Kashmir cratic Party (PDP) has described the government’s proposed creation of new administrative units in the state as a fraud being played on people and a match that was already fixed. Addressing a press conference senior PDP leader Muzaffar Beigh said, “The exercise on the face of it is only an attempt to put up a facade for ruling parties’ designs to use the creation of new units for political purposes. Having failed on all fronts of governance the ruling party is now desperately trying to subvert the system to secure some seats for some influential politicians at a huge price to administrative system.” Beigh said that with elections drawing near, the ruling party seems to have gone into an overdrive on the issue. The cabinet subcommittee, he said, has made some ‘cosmetic’ appearances at some select places for so called interaction to elicit people’s views. “It is beyond comprehension as to how common people or their representatives could offer their views without knowing the contents of the report or its recommendation,” he said. The former deputy chief minster added that the ‘insincerity’ of the ruling parties in attempting to create new administrative units, at this stage, ‘without putting in public domain the reports of experts and without discussion in the state legislature, was heightened by the facts that the statutory insti-

mained defunct because of the callous and unforgivable failure of the government to hold election at the block and district level’. “Further, despite the assurance of the ruling parties given to the legislature through the Governor’s address in Budget session of 2010 the elections to local bodies would be held by May, 2010, no step has been taken till today. The ruling parties desire to befool the electorate at this stage through creating some administrative units on paper only.” Beigh added. Substantiating his claims, Beigh said that CSC exercise was patently farcical as they were working to a deadline given by the chief minister for his obvious political interests. “The audience at these so called meetings is sponsored by the ruling party itself to elicit predetermined opinions. It is a fixed match. If the units had ultimately to be created through such charade what was the need for a committee and why did the ruling party wait for the election time to execute its plans.” “PDP would want to make it clear that any lopsided, manipulative, injudicious or politically oriented creation of administrative units will not only take away the advantage that the ruling party desires to get out of this last hour poll gimmick, but will also create immense anger among the public who will feel deprived of the due rights.”— Agencies

National Front (JKNF) was organized under the party Chairmanship of Nayeem Ahmad Khan in which the prevailing political situation was thoroughly discussed, JKNF statement said. “It was unanimously decided that National Front will raise its voice as and when required so that Kashmir movement is saved and the sacrifices rendered to achieve the goal are protected,” statement said. Statement added that serious concern was expressed during the meeting on the fact that ‘few disruptive elements are issuing statements by using a terminology which would only derail the ongoing struggle and create confusion about the very precious movement’. During the meeting, National Front Chairman while deliberating on the present political situation said, “The people of Kashmir have rendered tremendous sacrifices only to achieve the right to self determination but some elements are using such a language that can create confusion and disruption only.” Khan further said, “We are bound that we will not allow any body to play with the sacrifices of the people and we will come forward to save the movement and the sacrifices of the people as and when necessary.” He added that “Disruptive elements are busy to misguide the movement but Hurriyat Conference (break-away faction) will go to any extent to rein-in these elements.”—NNI

Hearing on CNG licences put off Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of identical petitions on issuance of CNG licenses and corruption in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) till January 23. A three-judge bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja also adjourned the matter of recovering substantial amounts from the property of former Chairman Ogra Tauqir Sadiq till January 16.

Jewellery, gem exports fall Staff Reporter K ARACHI —The country’s export of jewellery falls by over 77 percent during July-Nov 2013-14 to $201.336 million, official statistics say. The country’s export of jewellery fell by $690.681 million during July-Nov 2013-14 from $892.017 million in July-Nov 201213, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) say. Export of gems also posted a fall of 24 percent or $0.491 million to $2.567 million in July-Nov 2013-14 as compared to the gems export of $2.076 million in same period last fiscal year, the PBS indicates.

WB expecting widespread growth for 2014 WASHINGTON—After years of recession, financial crisis, fiscal wars and a patchwork recovery, there are relatively few dark clouds on the horizon for the global economy. That is the conclusion of the World Bank’s latest global growth forecast, released on Tuesday. The bank’s economists expect growth over all to increase from 2.4 percent last year to 3.2 percent in 2014, and to maintain that level for the next two years. “The performance of advanced economies is gaining momentum, and this should support stronger growth in developing countries,” Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, said in a statement.

Indeed, in the latest sign that even battered Europe is on the mend, Eurostat reported on Tuesday that factories in the euro zone ramped up output in November after two months of decline. Industrial production rose 1.8 percent from October, which itself was revised upward to show a smaller monthly drop. Still, it is not necessarily all clear sailing ahead. The Federal Reserve’s slow retrenchment of its economic stimulus campaign which served to push down interest rates the world over - poses one of the most significant risks for the global economy this year, the bank said. Some lower-income economies may suffer from

reduced inflows of investment if interest rates rise, the bank warned, as it has for months. That could lead to defaults and economic turbulence. Even so, the bank’s economists do not see the Fed’s so-called tapering as pushing global growth off its path. “Whatever negative effect the taper might have, that’s going to be offset by the stronger growth in high-income countries,” Andrew Burns, the lead author of the report, said in an interview. “It’s not a doom-andgloom scenario.” He noted that markets responded calmly when the Fed announced its decision late last year to begin cutting its asset purchases, by an increment of

PIEDMC to return Rs 1035m loan to Punjab govt STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC) Chairman S.M. Tanvir said here Wednesday that the Company had eninto an agreement with Shipping activity at tered Punjab government to retire Port Qasim a loan of Rs 1035 million given to it as seed money to K ARACHI —Two ships kick start the company’s opcarrying containers were erations in 2004. He said that berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal. in 2003, Punjab government had established the ComMeanwhile six more ships carrying containers, wheat, pany with a model of Publicgen. cargo, furnace oil and Private Partnership, domiedible oil are also arrived at nated by private sector, to achieve orderly planned and outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours, rapid industrialization in the said a PQA press release on province. The PIEDMC, he added, Wednesday. Berth occupancy was 35% at the Port on Wednesday where a four ships namely Fowairet, CGM Debussy, Safmarine Ngami and M.T Gemini Pioneer are currently STAFF REPORTER occupying berths to load/ offload, containers and urea respectively during last 24 LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Irrigation Mian Yawar hours. —APP Zaman has said that small farmare asset of our country ISE-10 index stays bullish ers and it cannot progress withISLAMABAD —The out resolving their problems. Islamabad Stock Exchange He said that provision of ca(ISE) on Wednesday nal water to small farmers is witnessed bullish trend as top priority of Punjab governthe ISE-10 index was up by ment and no negligence will be 8.74 points to close at tolerated in this regard. 4742.77 points. A total of He said that the water to 7,200 shares were traded, the farmers at tail end will be which showed a negative provided at all costs and the growth of 155,800 shares officers of Irrigation Departwhen compared with ment showing negligence previous day’s trading of would not be spared. He was 163,000. Out of 164 addressing a function held in companies, share prices of connection with redressing 103 companies recorded the complaints of farmers of increase while those of 61 adjacent areas of tehsil companies decreased and Tandlianwala, district no company remained Faisalabad. PML-N leader stable in today’s tradJaffar Ali Hocha MPA, former ing.—APP Tehsil Nazim Ali Gohar Baloch and a large number of farmers as well as concerned officers of Irrigation Department were present on the occasion. Provincial Irrigation Minister said that the complaints of farmers will be redressed One person with a at every cost and all possible belief is equal to a steps would be taken for proforce of ninety-nine viding water to the farmers who have only at tail end. He said that all interest. resources are being utilised —John Stewart Mill for eradicating canal water theft.

Small farmers termed asset

had actively participated in recent industrial developments and was successfully running four industrial estates and developing another five in different parts of Punjab. He mentioned that development of Sundar Industrial Estate was assigned as an initial project to PIEDMC in 2004, and presently, the SIE had achieved 70 percent of its colonization and providing employment opportunities to approximately 30,000 skilled labour. S.M. Tanvir said the PIEDMC had already started new projects like Rahim Yar Khan, Vehari and Bhalwal Industrial Estates and all the three projects were 100 percent financed by the Company,

which was also developing its upcoming projects. Another two major projects had also been launched (Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and Punjab Apparel Park), he said. “PIEDMC has achieved the unprecedented and important milestone to retire the government loan and it is an exemplary benchmark of good governance by repaying its financial obligations,” he added. He lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif under whose leadership, the PIEDMC had achieved this landmark in the history of Punjab and it was very first example to retire a government loan by a publicprivate partnership entity.

Germany offers coop in energy and education, sectors STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI —Germany on Wednesday offered cooperation in vital sectors of energy, education and vocational train-

vocational training”, said German Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Nunn while addressing a gathering at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here. He said

$10 billion, from $85 billion a month. The bank expects that developing economies will grow in 2014 by what would be a relatively moderate pace for them of 5.3 percent. That would be significantly slower than in the boom years that preceded the global recession. But the bank’s economists said they believed that slower growth might be healthier and more stable, driven by improving economic fundamentals rather than cheap money and financial bubbles. The emerging-market giants China and India should see stronger growth this year, the bank said. But concerns remain: India has struggled with inflation and currency depreciation, and

China with a vulnerable banking sector and over investment. “It is important to avoid policy stasis so that the green shoots don’t turn into brown stubble,” said Kaushik Basu, the bank’s chief economist. This year, global momentum should benefit from a growing United States, a bottomedout Europe and a revitalized Japan, the report said. The beleaguered euro area seems to have turned a corner, the report said, and policy and financial uncertainty in the region has significantly eased. Ireland, Portugal and Spain have started growing again, and the pace of contraction seems to have slowed in Greece and Italy. —INP


Lahore chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday demanded of the Punjab government to establish a coal-fired power generation plant at Lahore Township Industrial Area (LTIA) on private-public partnership basis. The demand was raised by the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari

while talking to an eightmember delegation of Lahore Township Industries Association (LTIA) led by its Chairman Zaheer Bhutta. LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Senior Vice Chairman LTIA Mian Khurram and Executive Committee members were also present in the meeting. The LCCI President said that the Punjab government should consider the Lahore

change here Wednesday witnessed bullish trend by gaining 18.63 points, as the LSE Index-25 opened with 5099.83 points and closed at 5118.46 points. The market’s overall situation, however, did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 1.835 million shares to close against previous turnover of 3.262 million shares, showing a downward slide of 1.427 million shares. While, out of the total 130 active scrips 48 moved up, 21 shed values and 61 remained equal. The Major Gainers of the day were IGI Insurance Limited, Muslim Commercial Bank Limited and Pakistan Oil Fields Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 8.65, Rs 3.33 and Rs 2.50 respectively. Maple Leaf Cement Factory, Engro Foods Limited and Kot Addu Power Company lost their per share value by Re 0.88, Re 0.50 and Re 0.46 respectively. Top three Volume Leaders of the day included Lafarge Pakistan Cement Limited with 390,000 shares, NIB Bank Limited with 169,500 shares.—APP

Govt finding longterm solution to energy crisis L AHORE —Federal Minister

for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi has said that the government is opting for a long term solution to the energy crisis focusing on the low cost generation of electricity. He was confident that the government endeavors would be able to end the energy crisis within next four years. He was talking to the media at Foundry Service Center developed by the SMEDA. Earlier, he assured to include a number of the initiatives of five-year SME development Plan evolved by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority. While chairing a meeting at SMEDA head office, he informed that the ing to help Pakistan in eco- Germany being the major trade consultative process on Innomic field. “We can assist Pa- partner of Pakistan in European dustrial Policy was in kistan in energy, education and market would continue. progress.

On the issue of Water Treatment Plant in the Industrial area in the wake of GSP Plus status to Pakistan, the LCCI President urged the LTIA Chairman to finalise a proposal to enable the LCCI to submit it to the concerned government quarters for its early execution. The LCCI President, on the occasion, informed the delegation that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and

into the matter. The Repre-

I SLAMABAD —The Finance sentative of the Exchange Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with representatives of Exchange Companies in State Bank of Pakistan Building, Karachi this evening. During the meeting the Finance Minister reiterated that they should abstain from speculation and that unethical practices if any would not be tolerated. The Representatives of Exchange Companies apprised the Finance Minister about some of the procedural difficulties being faced by them. The Finance Minister directed the Governor State Bank of Pakistan to sit with

Companies also informed the Finance Minister that volume of Gold import had increased under the new entrustment policy issued by the Ministry of Commerce. The Finance Minister directed the Ministry of Commerce to look into the matter and put up a comprehensive report. The Exchange Companies also complained that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is conducting investigation whereas it could only do so in the presence of SBP officials. The Finance Minister directed the FIA to strictly adhere to rules and regulations during investigation.

LAHORE—Lahore Stock Ex-


Township Industrial Area for two reasons including availability of around hundred kanals of government land and secondly a rail track also passes through the industrial area. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that it was a happy sign that the industrialists of the LTIA have shown their strong will to supplement government efforts aimed at mitigating the shortage of electricity.

AMANULLAH KHAN/IRFAN the representatives of Exchange Companies and look ALIGI

LSE gains 18.63 points

Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar called on Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan at Governor House Karachi.

Politicians opposing PIA’s sale STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—With the Privatisation Commission (PC) giving permission to proceed with the privatisation process of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), some political parties are politicising the issue by terming it unfair. However, a close review of PIA’s financial statistics reveals that PIA has become a white elephant and privatisation is the only way out to save this national asset. Earlier, PC approved the sale of the Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC), the National Power Construction Company (NPCC), and the divestment of a minimum of 26 percent shares of PIA to a strategic partner. To understand the financial position of PIA,

Industry was also striving to establish an eight mega watt low-head hydel power project on its own for which the study is near completion. He said that the LCCI had already convened an Emergent General Meeting to get approval and support of all the 18000 members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the said power generation project that would be first of its kind by

Sunrise Research stated in a report that PIA, being a stateowned entity with a government of Pakistan (GoP) holding of 2.43 billion shares or 84.64 percent, is suffering huge losses since more than five years. There are various reasons behind the losses like corruption, incompetent management and political appointments. As per financials of nine months of 2013, losses of PIA stood at Rs 31.94 billion with an increase of 42 percent on yearly basis and so far PIA has accumulated a loss of Rs 180 billion, said the analyst. The finance cost of PIA appreciated by 10 percent to Rs 9.32 billion while due to huge borrowings, liabilities of PIA stood at Rs 267.8 billion

as compared to Rs 238 billion last year with an uptick of 12 percent. In the current scenario due to consistent losses, PIA is unable to pay off its outstanding debt and due to which accrued interest is piling up and as of nine months 2013 it stood at Rs 11.26 billion with an uptick of 66 percent. It is hard to believe that the airline with 26 operational aircraft supports a staff of 16,600 regular and 2,700 contractual employees, having 742 employees per aircraft, which is almost six times higher than the global average of 120 per aircraft. PIA is still having losses of approximately Rs 3.0 billion per month with Rs 1.0 billion mark-up included in Rs 3.0 billion amount.

New opportunity for rice exporters STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—After increment in brown rice prices by India, Pakistan has an opportunity to increase its brown rice exports by 250,000 tonnes to EU countries as its commodity is relatively cheaper. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) former chairman Jawed Ali Ghori said the country in past six months July to December of current fiscal year 2013 has already exported approximately 52,000 tonnes of the said variety to EU countries and now due to duty-free

Punjab govt urged to establish a coalfired power generation plant at LTIA SALIM AHMED

Dar meets representatives of exchange companies

any of the chambers of commerce in the country. Engineer Sohail Lashari suggested to the LTIA office-bearers and the Executive Committee members to constitute to separate committees over coal-fired power project and Water Treatment plant and the research department of the LCCI would extend every possible cooperation for the preparation of feasibilities.

access to these markets it can export 250,000 tonnes more. He highlighted that India has also increased the prices of the said variety by a massive amount resulting in the opportunity for Pakistani exporters to tap EU markets in the current fiscal year. Overall, in past six months of current fiscal year export of Pakistani rice has increased up to 9.0 percent as compared to the same period during the previous fiscal year. Ghori told the country has exported approximately 1.574 million tonnes of Basmati and non-Basmati rice

costing $819 million in the six months of current fiscal year (July to December 2013), whereas it had exported 1.446 million tonnes costing $752 million during the same period of previous fiscal year. Giving a breakdown of above-mentioned figures, he stated Basmati rice export during the said period stood at 274,000 tonnes costing $297 million as compared with 240,000 tonnes priced at $233 million during the same period of previous year, posting an increase of about 14 percent in quantity and 27 percent in price.

Engineering support centre being established STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company has signed an agreement with CECOS University Peshawar for the establishment of a state-ofthe-art engineering support centre in the premises of CECOS Industrial Liaison Centre in Peshawar. TUSDEC is setting up common facility centres in Peshawar, Hyderabad and Lasbela to support the light engineering sector with the provision of precision manufacturing and relevant manpower training on contem-

porary machines and equipment to enhance productivity and global competitiveness of the allied industry. The centre will extend the modern product design, fabrication solutions, training and technical consultancy specifically to the Small and Medium Industrial units comprising the light engineering centre in KP. The centre will be facilitating the rubber and plastic goods, match manufacturing, metal and metal products, engineering and electronic goods, auto rickshaw motorcycle.

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imported vehicles are stuck at port as Pakistan Customs has stopped clearance of model 2009 vehicles since Nov 2013. These vehicles have been imported under the scheme of personal baggage, gift and transfer of residence and government can collect a revenue of about Rs3 billion by releasing these vehicles. In Feb last year, the ministry of commerce through an office order allowed the release of such vehicles that were few months older than the prescribed age limit of 3 years. “Considering the hard-


























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

44,485.00 702.85

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 44580.00 Gold 22 Ct 40750.00 SilverTezabi s695.00 Silver Thobi 635.00

Oil prices down in Asian trade S INGAPORE —Oil prices slipped on profit-taking in Asian trade Wednesday following a recent rally, while the return of Libyan crude boosted supplies and dented demand. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for February delivery, fell seven cents to $92.52 a barrel in midmorning trade, while Brent North Sea crude for February dropped 23 cents to $106.16 WTI was boosted in US trade Tuesday by data showing that December retail sales rose 0.2 percent in December, beating expectations that there would be no change. Retail sales are part of the consumer spending that is the prime driver of the world’s biggest economy. Analysts said investors were waiting for Wednesday’s weekly report on US oil inventories, a closely watched barometer of US demand. Analysts forecast a decline of 800,000 barrels of crude, according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal, which would indicate strong demand. European benchmark Brent oil remains under pressure from the partial restoration of Libyan oil production, which analysts say is back to about 650,000 barrels a day after falling as low as 250,000 owing to political protests. A weekend agreement between Iran and major powers on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions also hit prices.—AFP

Asian stocks, dollar up on hopes for global growth S YDNEY —Asian share markets were mostly higher on Wednesday as the World Bank upgraded its outlook for the global economy while the dollar extended gains in the wake of surprising strength in U.S. consumer spending. A pullback in the yen was welcomed by the Japanese market, with the Nikkei bouncing 1.8 percent after suffering its sharpest daily drop in five months on Tuesday. Progress elsewhere was patchy with investors suffering whiplash after several days of wild swings. Singapore added 0.6 percent and Taiwan 0.8 percent, but MSCI’s broadest index of AsiaPacific shares outside Japan was barely changed. Helping the better mood overall, the World Bank upgraded its forecast for global growth this year by two tenths to 3.2 percent, and predicted a faster pace for both 2015 and 2016.—AFP

ship faced by the importers of vehicles under the schemes of personal baggage, gift and transfer of residence, where the imported vehicle is only a few months older than prescribed age limit of 3-year, it has been decided to allow release of such vehicles against a surcharge levied by the Customs in whose jurisdiction the vehicles was imported on Cost and Freight (C&F) basis,” said an office memorandum issued on Feb 25, 2013 by the ministry of commerce. The delay in shipment of vehicles older than 3 year and 8 months shall be condoned if not in excess of 30 days against a surcharge at 5 per-

cent per fortnight of C&F value, it added. The memorandum also said that the EGM and cargo vessel leaving the port of export may be considered with reference to cut-off date. Following this memorandum, the customs authorities were releasing the above age limit imported vehicles at minimum surcharge of 5 percent and maximum 13 percent during Feb to Oct 2013 and few thousands cars were cleared during the period. However, in Nov 2013, the customs suddenly stopped clearance of imported vehicles of 2009 model declaring the import of above 3-year vehicles illegal.

No action against people involved in massive tax fraud STAFF REPORTER

According to customs authorities, the memorandum was for a specific time period and only for those vehicles shipment of which was delayed after the government’s decision to reduce the age limit. The federal government had reduced the age limit of imported cars from 5 to 3 year in December 2012 aimed to support the domestic automobile industry. Customs officials claimed that interpretation of that memorandum was incorrect that created a crisis like situation and now vehicles of 2009 model will be released after a new approval from ministry of commerce. Presently, the customs has completely stopped

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the clearance of imported vehicles of 2009 model and seeking a clarification from the ministry for release of these vehicles, source said. “We are not sure about the actual units but around 1,000 imported vehicles are stuck at port as customs has refused to clear these vehicles without any new directives from the ministry or Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)”, they added. Sources said that some Rs4-5 billion investment of overseas Pakistanis has been blocked due to non-clearance of these vehicles, while the government is also suffering billions of rupees loss on account of revenue.

Dar decides to appoint deputy governor SBP to promote Islamic banking STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Spokesman of the Ministry of Finance has said that the Minister of Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has decided to appoint another Deputy Governor in the State Bank of Pakistan to look after Islamic Banking as well as the banking sector in the country. The new Deputy Gover-

nor will in addition to his own duties oversee promotion of Islamic Banking in the country, the Spokesman added. This decision has been taken by Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to promote Islamic Banking in the country as well as further strengthen the State Bank of Pakistan in carrying out its regulatory duties.


KARACHI—The Consul GenN EW D ELHI —Google, Ya- eral of Turkey Mr. Murat that delinquent intention of panies, the senior tax officials hoo, Facebook and other Mustafa Onart visited Pakithe Inland Revenue Officers are deliberately delaying the

stan Standards and Quality K ARACHI —The Regional were apparently cleared from matter,” an official at the RTO websites are facing prosecu- Control Authority (PSQCA) tion in Indian courts for reTax Offices have remained unable to take any action against individuals involved in the tax fraud worth Rs128 billion. The officials said that the amount included Rs40 billion in which around 4,000 registered sales tax units with the three RTOs had obtained on fake invoices and another Rs88 billion income tax where input adjustment were made in such cases. A document revealed that the three RTOs blacklisted the sales tax registration of around 4,000 registered persons under Section 21 (3) of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 who were involved in tax fraud. “But no such coercive or corrective measures were ever been taken by the RTOs to recover the evaded amount of sales tax worth around Rs40 billion, besides forge / bogus sales tax refund awarded with the collaboration of some senior tax officials,” the document showed. It also revealed

the fact that no such income tax assessment or reassessment order was ever been passed against such bogus or the so-called purchases made from blacklisted suppliers / transactions. “Although, the Inland Revenue Officers blacklisted the sales tax registrations of the culprits / fraudsters but neither any recovery action nor any reassessment order of income tax was ever been passed by them.” It also showed that in order to reassess the income tax against such crimes, the approximate amount of income tax involved is Rs88 billion, which is recoverable from the culprits, as well as from their beneficiaries under the law. The officials said that a comprehensive report was prepared against people involved in Rs128 billion scam by June 2013. “Instead of taking harsh measures against identified individuals / com-

Karachi said on the condition of anonymity. The official said that the tax officials having jurisdictions over the cases were simply saying that the people involved in fraud cases are not detectable. “The sales tax registration is only issued after thorough verification of documents provided by the taxpayers and physical inspection of the premises by the tax officials,” the official said, adding that the contention of the tax officials for untraceable was just to help out those fraudsters. Some officials at the RTOs may take up the issue at a meeting with Tariq Bajwa, chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), who is scheduled to visit Karachi tax offices on January 15, officials said. The official document regarding the issue also criticised the role of the Directorate General of Intelligence.

Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi in a meeting with Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegoving, to Pakistan, Hedim Makarevic.

Divestment of OGDCL shares seen difficult STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Market analysts have expressed reservations over the planned divestment of 10 percent stakes in the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), which the Privatisation Commission has reportedly approved. “While most of other quantities look manageable, OGDCL’s 10 percent planned divestment may have to be reduced,” Farrukh Khan at KASB Securities said.The Privatisation Commission has approved the divestment of

shares to a 10 percent divestment in Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, five percent in Pakistan Petroleum Limited, 20 percent in Habib Bank Limited and 10 percent each in United Bank Limited and Allied Bank Limited. The Privatisation Commission has been keen to stress that it is too early at this stage to talk about pricing, which will be decided in consultation with the financial advisers. The government is likely to set a floor price for these divestments and run a book-building pro-

cess thereafter. According to KASB, the overall scope of these divestments are fairly large, at current market price, totally to Rs215 billion ($2 billion), or 13 percent, in terms of the Karachi Stock Exchange’s free-float. Current equity holding under Special Rupee Convertible Accounts (SCRA’s) is Rs470 billion, including strategic stakes. Meanwhile, net foreign portfolio investment from January 2012 to date is $483 million and frontier market AUM’s are currently $8.3 billion.

Motivating workers imperative for success STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Urging the entrepreneurs to motivate their workers, experts point out to those employees who know how their work has a meaningful, positive impact on others or that they are important members of the enterprise as they are happier and more productive than others. “We should stop treating our workforce as robots that come to the factory and start the routine job without even knowing the importance of the task they perform,” Almas Hyder, an entrepreneur, said. Workers are partners in the enterprise and no company has ever sustained

for long if it has dissatisfied workers, he said, adding that if you are a service provider your worker should know the importance of that service. Ideally, he said, the company should arrange meetings of the workers with the beneficiaries of the service so that they feel elated for the service they performed. Life guards at coasts are seen hanging around without much interest in the job they are supposed to perform, Hyder said, adding that before assigning the duty as life guards, if a meeting between them and those that were saved in the past by the life guards is arranged; the gratitude shown by the sur-

vivors will motivate the new guards to take keen interest in their job. They will consider the job as a service to humanity, he added. “Your worker should consider himself as an important part of the organisation,” he said, adding that no job has ever been done well, if it lacks ownership of those that performed that job. An enterprise should be sensitive to the genuine needs of its workers, Hyder said, adding that they should take interest in their health and wellbeing. The workers, he said, should be adequately rewarded for their work. They should have the confidence that their carriers will build as the company grows.

fusing to censor themselves and remove contents considered insulting to Indian leaders and major religious figures. Government officials are upset about Web pages that are insulting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and major religious figures. Some illustrations have shown Singh and Gandhi in compromising positions and pigs running through Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.—Newswire

Roundtable discusses climate change challenges STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan should not bear the brunt for climate change alone as it cannot afford to halt development or increase its cost manifold for mitigation purposes. The country contributes only 0.08 per cent of carbon emissions in the world for more than last two decades but suffers drastically from climate change being one of the eight top most affected nations. This opinion was unanimously agreed upon by experts participating in a roundtable titled “Pakistan and Climate Change: Challenge and Response”, which was jointly organized by Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad and Riphah Institute of Public Policy (RIPP). The roundtable was addressed by Dr Qamar-uzZaman, Senior Advisor, LEAD Pakistan, and former VP, World Meteorological Organization as the main speaker while Mirza Hamid Hasan, Member IPS-National Academic Council and former Secretary, Water & Power. Other speakers included Professor Dr Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University, Khalid Rahman, Director General, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, and Dr Rashid Aftab, Director, Riphah Institute of Public Policy. It was attended by a number of environmental scientists, policy advisors, students and activists.

Distribution of CEO excellence awards on Jan 17 STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Senior management leadership of some 45 public and private sector companies will be awarded the 4th Global CEO Excellence Awards-2014 & Multinational’s CEO excellence Awards 2014 at a splendid ceremony to be held here at Marriott Hotel on January 17, 2014. Federal Minister of state for privatization & Chairman, Privatization Commission Muhammad Zubair will be Chief Guest at concluding session, while Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal likely to be chief guest of the inaugural session. Both Ministers will also give away the awards to heads of successful public, private, and multi-national companies. Guests of honour of the event included Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, minister for State for Commerce and Mr. Younus Dagha, chief secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan.

on to discuss the issues pertaining to 8th Board of Directors (BoD) meeting and 6th General Assembly (GA) meeting of The Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC). Turkish Consul General was received by Director General and other senior officials of PSQCA. Mr. Pir Bakhsh Jamali, Director General, PSQCA and Consul General discussed about the next BOD and GA which will be held at Islamabadwhich was decided in the 5th GA Meeting. They also discussed necessary arrangements to make this conference a success & to inform

The Turkish Consul General and Director General, PSQCA discussing upcoming 8th BoD and 6th General Assembly meeting of SMIIC. the SMIIC Members in time for necessary planning for visa arrangements, approval procedures and to enhance the possible participation rate in the 8th BoD and 6th GA meetings. The Chairman of the BoD has already informed the

SMIIC General Secretariat of his availability for the Second week of April 2014. The discussion was also attended by Dr. Barkat Saeed Memon, Deputy Director General (Finance) and Mr. Ali Bux Soomro, Secretary, PSQCA.

Punjab government establishing 100 megawatts power plant STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Punjab

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government is setting up a solar power plant of 100 megawatt in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park with its own resources and the project will be implemented expeditiously. He also said work on provision of infrastructure for the project is being carried out speedily and 12 prominent companies in energy sector have pre-qualified for the project; 100-megawatt solar project will prove to be a role model in energy sector. He was expressed these views while presiding over a meeting which reviewed the pace of progress on the 100megawatt solar power plant in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, disclosed an official. Wapda former chairman Tariq Hameed, Member Provincial Assembly Ali Khokhar, Chairman Planning and Development, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, President Bank of Punjab, German con-

sultant Dr Gerone Dressman, Managing Director NTDC, concerned secretaries and senior officers were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said 100megawatt solar power project

is being carried out with team work and national spirit,” he added. He expressed his satisfaction over the pace of progress on the project and appreciated the performance of the German consultant,

at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is unique, as it will be executed by the Punjab government with its own resources. He said work would be undertaken round the clock and the project would be completed in a transparent manner. “The solar power project would be a role model in every respect and play an important role in evolving a roadmap for the solar power projects in future. The project

Chairman Planning and Development, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretary Communication and Works, Chief Executive Officer Quaid-eAzam Solar Park and other concerned authorities. German consultant Gerone Dressman while informing the meeting about the progress of the project said that the Punjab government has selected a highly suitable site for this purpose.

Withdrawal of tax concessions begins STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—With a mandate to withdraw several tax exemptions, a 14-member committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has fulfilled a major structural benchmark condition of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for completion of its second review and release of third tranche of $545 million under the extended fund facility to Pakistan. In a major development, the Nawaz Sharif government has constituted a high-powered 14-member committee under chairmanship to identify concessionary Statutory Regulatory Orders (SROs), which could be rationalised, simplified, minimised or deleted at the time of budget for financial year 2014-15. By abolishing tax exemptions, the government is going to impose Rs500 billion taxes in the next three years from 2014-15 to 2016-17 under the conditions of the International Monetary Fund F programme. The withdrawal of exemptions would bring the perks and privileges of the president of Pakistan, four provincial governors, judges of superior courts and officers of Army into the tax net.

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund highups are scheduled to hold second review talks from January 28, 2014 here in Islamabad to gauge the country’s performance on the basis of agreed targets till December 31, 2013. Under the structural benchmark, the government had committed to prepare a plan and submit before the International Monetary Fund a draft to abolish tax exemptions in three different phases starting from July 1, 2014. After submitting the plan for abolishing tax exemptions, the government notified the constitution of a 14member committee comprising the finance minister as its chairman and other members included minister for industries, minister for planning and development, minister of state for commerce and textiles, chairman board of investment, secretary finance, secretary commerce, secretary industries, secretary revenue division/chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) (who will also assumes the charge of the secretary of the committee), Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries president, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president.

Ten development schemes of Rs 12162m okayed STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Punjab government on Wednesday approved ten development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 12162.08 million. The schemes were approved in the 25th meeting of Provincial Development working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Muhammad Irfan Elahi. The approved development schemes included: Chief Minister’s Ujaala Programme (2012-13) (Revised) at the cost of Rs 356.954 million, Construction of Parking Plaza at Hassan Chowk, Gujrat at the cost of Rs. 226.949 million, Rehabilitation/Improvement of Raiwind-Manga Road Lahore length=12 km, District Lahore at the cost of Rs. 889.443 million, Rehabilitation/ Improvement of SunderRaiwind Road Lahore, length=10.66 km, District Lahore at the cost of Rs. 943.995 million. Construction of Dual Carriageway from Gujrat to Salam Interchange (Motorway) through Mandi Bahauddin (Section km 27.90 to 124.30=96.40 kms) District M.B. Din at the cost of Rs. 5771.478 million, Widening/Improvement of Lahore Jaranwala Faisalabad Jhang Bhakkar.

Bari suggests Pakistan to attack Sri Lanka with spinners KARACHI—Former Test cap- our batting struggled against ter show in batting departtain Wasim Bari firmly believed that Pakistan’s only chance of squaring the 3match Test series against Sri Lanka is by attacking with their spinners. “Pakistan should go into the third Test on their own strength which is spin,” he told APP in an interview here on Wednesday ahead of series decider third Test which begins in Sharjah on Thursday. “I was surprised to see tracks prepared for the second Test in Dubai which brought the downfall of our own team,” veteran of 81 Test and 51 ODIs, commented. He said team management, coaches should be held responsible for kind track which suited more to Angelo Mathews’ Sri Lankan team. “Despite having world class spin attack, Misbah’s team lost the advantage on a seaming and swinging pitch,” he said. “Preparing such a track proved deadly for Pakistan as

Sri Lankan pace trio of Lakmal, Pradeep and Eranga. “It was very difficult for Pakistan in Test match to survive after being bowled out on 165 in the first innings,”

he recalled. “It was astounding to note that Pakistan was bowled for low total after being 50-1 at one stage,” he said. This was pathetic batting show. He said putting a far bet-

ment in third Test was very crucial for levelling the series. He said Pakistan tactics worked very well against England as the home team made a clean-sweep of 3-0 match series with Saeed and Rehman sharing 42 wickets between. “I know Lankan batsmen play spinners better. But I still believed that Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman could have proved dangerous for them on a spin attack,” he reckoned. Responding to a question, he said Pakistan got to take some risk of spinning track as Sri Lankan got dangerous left arm spinner Rangana Herath in their fold. Wasim Bari also questioned the dropping of Azhar Ali in place of Muhammad Hafeez. “I think Azhar should come in place of Hafeez in the team because of his better LANDIKOTAL: Commandant of Khyber Rifles Col Mansoor Janjua giving trophy to the winning team of Khyber Rifles Inter-Wing Volleyball track record,” he pointed out. Championship. He said Pakistan should also drastically improve their fielding as they dropped half a dozen catches in Dubai.—APP

Sri Lanka say Bangladesh tour still on COLOMBO—Sri Lanka is to go ahead with a tour to Bangladesh later this month after carrying out its own security assessment in the violence-plagued country, cricket board officials said Wednesday. “We are very positive about playing in Bangladesh,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told AFP. “We look forward to playing there.” Confirmation that the tour is going ahead comes after SLC vice president Mohan de Silva and the board’s former chief executive Ajith Jayasekera travelled to Bangladesh earlier this week. Ranatunga said the pair were joined by Sri Lankan diplomats as they held discussions in Dhaka about player

safety for the tour. The first of two Test matches begins in the capital on January 27 and the two teams are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches. Bangladesh has been rocked by some of the deadliest political violence in its history in recent weeks, with the opposition trying to derail a January 5 general election which was marred by boycotts. The violence has also prompted speculation that the 50 over Asia Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup, which are both due to be hosted by Bangladesh in the coming weeks, could be shifted. Ranatunga rejected reports that Sri Lanka had been

sounded out by Asian cricket authorities about the possibility of hosting the Asia Cup which will also include India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “There is no such thing. No one has asked us to host the Asia Cup,” Ranatunga said. “The original decision of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) stands.” The Asia Cup is due to begin in Bangladesh on February 25 and the finals will be on March 8. The Twenty20 World Cup, which features all of the major teams in international cricket, is to run from March 16 to April 6. The three venues chosen for the T20 tournament—Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet—have all experienced violence over the past month.—AFP

Mohmand Gymkhana, Bashir Bilour clubs advance in STC Twenty20 Cup P E S H AWA R — M o h m a n d Gymkhana and Bashir Bilour clubs advanced to next round after securing victories against their respective rivals in the ongoing STC Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Twenty20 Cricket Cup being played here at Gymkhana ground on Wednesday. In the first match Mohmand Gymkhana won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 127 runs in the allotted 20 overs wherein Ghulam Khan smashed 47 runs including four boundaries and two sixes, Mukhtiar made another cracking 35 runs with four boundaries and one six and were the prominent contributors.For Hankers

club Riaz Khan claimed four wickets, Naveed Khan bagged three wickets. In reply, Hankers club failed to chase the target and bowled out for 122 runs, five runs short from the winning target.Fahan hit a cracking 54 runs including seven boundaries and one six, Sadiq Khan made 31 runs. For Mohmand Gymkhana Asif khan bagged four wickets while Nadeem took two wickets.Thus, Mohmand Gymkhana won the match by five runs. In the second match Bashir Bilour club won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 134 runs target in which Fakhre Alam ham-

mered an elegant knock of 48 runs including five boundaries and two sixes, Sajid Khan made 22 and Rahim Khan scored 21 runs.Both smashed three boundaries each.For Union club Obaid Ullah claimed three wickets, Mohsin and Mushtaq got one wicket each. In reply to 134 runs target, Union club bundled out for just 60 runs wherein Mushtaq scored 30 runs, none of the other batsmen could cross the double figures. For Bashir Bilour club Munawar claimed four wickets, Imran, Fakhre Alam and Shafique Ullah took one wicket each.Thus Bashir Bilour Shaheed club won the match by 74 runs. —APP

Abid, Atif’s show give UBL edge in President’s Trophy

KARACHI—Brilliant Abid Ali scored half century in each innings and captain Atif Maqbool captured five wickets to give United Bank Ltd (UBL) an edge over State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in their President’s Cricket Trophy match on Wednesday. By draw of stumps on the second-day of their 4-day match, UBL was 192 for the loss of five wickets in their second innings at UBL Sports Complex ground. Abid followed his 57 in the first innings with an enterprising 73 in 152-minutes studded with 11 hits to the boundary. Saeed Bin Nasir blasted ten fours in his sparkling 55. UBL are enjoying overall lead of 194 runs with five wickets in hand. Pacer Muhammad Naveed finished the day with three wickets for 41 runs in 11 overs after his haul of six wickets in first innings. Resuming at their overnight score of 10-7 SBP was dismissed for 145 in their first outing thus giving three points first innings lead to UBL. Earlier on day one, SBP medium pacer Muhammad Naveed snapped-up six wickets for 55 runs in 20 overs as UBL was bowled out for 147 in their first innings. Abid Ali top-scored with 55 off 92- ball with ten boundaries. Summarized scores: UBL 147 all out in 47.3 overs (Abid Ali 57, Saeed Bin Nasir 21, Muhammad Naveed 6-55, Hassan Mahmood 3-39) & 192-5 (Abid 73, Saeed Bin Nasir 55, Saad Surkhail 25, Muhammad Naveed 3-41) SBP 145 all out in 48.2 overs (Rizwan Haider 36, Mohtashim Ali 21, Atif Maqbool 5-53, Kashif Bhatti 2-28).—APP

Malaysia hopeful of Pakistan’s participation in Azlan Shah Cup

ISLAMABAD—Although Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has not yet confirmed Pakistan team’s participation in this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the hosts of the event are still optimistic about their (Pakistan’s) chances to play in the event. The 23rd edition of the Cup is scheduled to take place in Ipoh, Malaysia and the event this year could turn out to be a second grade tournament following India’s decision not to accept the invitation to send their team in it. And to make matters worse, Pa-

Malaysian website India and Pakistan have always taken part in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India are five-time winners of the Cup, in 1985, 1991, 1995, 2009 and 2010. While Pakistan have won three titles in 1998, 2000 and 2003. So far, four teams ‘Australia, South Korea, Canada and France’ have confirmed their entry along with Malaysia. The Australians are the most successful team in the series, having won seven times in 1983, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013.—APP

KARACHI—President Asghar Ali Shah Memorial Sports Foundation and former caretaker Health Minister Dr.Juniad Ali Shah has called upon Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for hiring services of Shoaib Akhtar as national team’s bowling coach. “Pakistan team needed experience of Shoaib to train battery of fast bowlers like Junaid, Bilawal, Anwar, Talha and Rahat,” he said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Shoaib got the requisite expertise and ideal choice to train and groom these rising pace bowler,” Dr.Junaid, himself a former class cricketer and pace bowler said. Dr.Junaid Ali Shah also demanded that team manager Moin Khan’s services should retained till World Cup 2015.—APP

Elections of KCCA postponed L AHORE —Pakistan Cricket Board, consequent upon an inquiry has de-notified the office bearers of the Zone V of the of the Karachi City Cricket Association. “Following an inquiry, it was found that Syed Muhammad Ahmed, President Zone-V and Mr. Shahbaz Qureshi, Secretary Zone-V, KCCA are Government Servants being employees of District Municipal Corporation Korangi Karachi, as such, they are not eligible to hold the offices of President & Secretary respectively as per PCB rules,” said a spokesman of PCB here on Wednesday. WAZIRABAD: Supporters bucking up participants of race competition held under Punjab Therefore, pursuant to Youth Festival 2014. the directions of competent authority, the above office bearers of Zone-V have been de-notified with effect from 15/1/2014 and the above seats including.—APP

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ISLAMABAD: Students playing volleyball on a ground near National Press Club.

kistan, another regular in the series, have also not yet replied to the invitation. Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Datuk Johari Abdul Aziz said in a statement that they were hoping that Pakistan would participate as they have a tendency to reply late. “We have also written to India to reconsider their decision. We are waiting for a reply before making any alternate plans. We were hoping to keep it as a seven-nation affair,” Aziz was quoted as saying by

Plea for hiring Shoaib Akhtar as bowling coach

Governor’s Cup Inter Banks’ Regional Cricket Tournament will be held here from Jan 16 to Jan 25 at Multan Cricket Stadium. During the ten days tournament, a total of 13 teams of various banks, including the HBL, Faysal Bank, NBP, M C B , U B L , F D B , BoP,SBP,SCB, ABL and KASB, will participate, said official sources of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Wednesday. Two matches of 20 overs each will be played on daily basis, added the sources. First match will be played at 9am and second at 1pm daily. The event, held under the auspices of State Bank of Pakistan, is dedicated to “ SBP Clean Note Policy”. President MCCI, Khawaja Muhammad Usman, will be chief guest at the colourful opening ceremony.—APP

Junaid delighted for Indo-Pak U19 World Cup clash

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan on Thursday said he is thrilled for the national junior team who will be getting a chance to open their campaign against archrival India in the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in the UAE from next month. Junaid Khan, who was a member of the Pakistan squad for the 2008 edition, said that is where you feel the most pressure as an Indian or as a Pakistani, and it will be a baptism by fire for many of the boys in both teams, says an ICC press release issued here. The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 will be staged across seven venues from 14 February to 1 March 2014. A total of 48 matches will be played, with India looking to defend the title it won in Australia in 2012. “The fact that so many of my peers from my U19 days the likes of Ahmad Shehzad,

Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Mohammad Amir and Usman Salahuddin have also worn national colours, stands as a true testament to the ICC U19 CWC as a breeding ground for future stars,” he said. Junaid said the bonds they had had formed and the experiences they had shared during their transition to the senior team have all been lasting and memorable. “We have grown together, learnt with and from each other, and can all say that playing the ICC U19 CWC went a long way in making us the players we are today,” he said. “With both Pakistan and India also opening their campaigns against each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, these matches promise to be another couple of exciting chapters in the long saga of important Pakistan-India matches,” he said.—APP

Four rounds of matches decided in National Clay Tennis

ISLAMABAD—Four rounds of matches were decided in the Subh-e-Nau National Clay Tennis Championship being played here at PTF Tennis Complex on Wednesday. The event included Men’s Singles Pre-qualifying, Men’s Single Qualifying First Round Men’s Single Qualifying Final Round and Boys U-14 First Round. In Men’s Singles Prequalifying, Arham Atiq beat Faizan Eubaid 6-0; Raja Shafaqat beat Taimoor Mughal 6-0, Adeel Arif got a walk over against Saad Masood. In Men’s Singles Qualifying first roundFahad Masood beat Syed WasilKaleem 6-3, Hassan Tariq beat Asad Khan 6-0, Hamza Bin Asif beat Zeeshan Ashraf 6-0, Muhammad Umer got a walk over against Major Suleman, JibranulHaq got a walk over against Husain Abbas, Syed Yawar Abbas beat Raja Shafaqat 7-6, Babar Ali Akbar beat Hasnain 6-1, Masood Anwar beat Ahmed Murad 63, Adnan Amer beat Shafae Bagri 6-2, Salman Bin Saleem beat Adeel Arif 6-0.—APP

Kiwis beat Windies by 4 wickets to sweep T20 series WELLINGTON—Luke Ronchi played a second consecutive match-winning innings to not only win the Twenty20 series for New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium but also indicate that his flagging international career might have turned a corner. His 51 off 28 balls, a maiden T20 half-century scored at a similar pace to his blitz at Eden Park, and his 68-run partnership with Ross Taylor revived a stumbling chase, ensuring West Indies could not make a late comeback to level the series, like they had in the ODIs. Their efforts backed up clinical spells from Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne,

Zealand having slipped from 36 for 1 to 79 for 5, needing 81 off 57 deliveries. He was watchful for his first few balls, before moving back into his crease to hoist Nikita Miller’s spin into the stands beyond midwicket. Ronchi then changed the game in the 15th over. With New Zealand needed 54 off 36, he carted Dwayne Bravo over deep midwicket and glanced to fine leg to take 16 runs off six balls. He continued to score boundaries off Sunil Narine and Jason Holder in the overs that followed, so when New Zealand’s anchor Ross Taylor fell, there was not much more to do. The equation had come down to 13 off 12 balls and Tino Best began the penultimate over with two New Zealand innings: West Indies innings: dots. Jimmy Neesham then Guptill c Ramdin b Holder1 Simmons c Neesham b McClenaghan ............. 29 Ryder b Holder .............. 23 got an outside edge that Charles c Guptill McCullum lbw b Narine 17 screamed to the third-man b Milne ............................. 7 Taylor b Narine .............. 39 boundary and put the next Fletcher run out ............. 40 Munro c Miller b Russell . 5 into the midwicket crowd, Bravo b NL McCullum . 12 Anderson c Charles b before hooking to finish the Walton c Ronchi Russell .............................. 6 chase with an over to spare. Had West Indies taken b Milne ............................. 0 Ronchi not out .............. 51 the numerous opportunities Neesham not out ........... 14 Ramdin not out .............. 55 they created, however, they AD Russell not out ....... 10 Extras: (lb 3, w 4) ............. 7 Extras: (lb 2, w 4) ............. 6 Total: (6 wickets) ......... 163 might have finished their tour Total: (5 wickets) ......... 159 Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-36, 3- on a high. Ryder was dropped by Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-37, 3- 49, 4-69, 5-79, 6-147 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Johnson Charles off the third 66, 4-67, 5-137 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Holder ................... 3-0-34-2 ball of the chase, and went McClenaghan ...... 4-0-29-1 Best ....................... 3-0-37-0 on to make 23 off 9; Brendon Milne ..................... 4-0-22-2 DJ Bravo ............... 3-0-31-0 McCullum scored 7 more afNeesham ............... 4-0-39-0 Narine ................... 4-0-18-2 ter he was dropped by Anderson ............. 4-0-50-0 NO Miller .............. 3-0-24-0 Chadwick Walton on 10; and McCullum ............. 4-0-17-1 AD Russell ........... 3-0-16-2 Taylor was on 5 and yards out of his crease when

Peterhansel clinches 9th stage of Dakar Rally

who had conceded less than a run a ball and taken wickets round the halfway stage of West Indies’ innings, to limit them to a par score on a ground with large boundaries. That the visitors got to 159 was only because Denesh Ramdin, who replaced Kieran Powell, also scored his maiden T20 fifty, in his 36th game. Ronchi had averaged only 15 in 13 ODI innings for New Zealand and it’s arguable that he lasted this long only because Brendon McCullum hasn’t been fit enough to keep wickets. He was Man of the Match in the first T20 and he began his innings today with New

Walton missed a direct hit from cover. Taylor went on to be the steadying hand New Zealand needed, shelving his penchant for leg-side lofts during his 39 off 41 balls. Unlike West Indies, New Zealand were ace in the field. Martin Guptill set the standard when he ran to his left on the deep backward square leg boundary to catch Charles on the hook. And when Lendl Simmons’s was caught at point, West Indies were 37 for 2 after six overs with both Bravo and Andre Fletcher yet to score. Nathan McCullum bowled Bravo and did not concede a boundary in his spell, while Milne combined pace with accuracy to not concede more than six in any of his overs. They reduced West Indies to 67 for 4 in the 11th over, but the rest of New Zealand’s bowlers were expensive. Fletcher hit Corey Anderson for two consecutive fours, and Ramdin took him for consecutive sixes in successive overs, and he finished with figures of 4-0-50- WELLINGTON: The New Zealand team with the T20 series trophy after beating West Indies in 2nd T20 on Wednesday. 0. Ramdin and Fletcher also ran hard between the wickets - keeping the number of dots in the innings to 41 - and they were eventually separated by a run-out. West Indies had scored 58 off the last five overs, but their top order had scored too few before that and their fielders let ZURICH—Cristiano Ronaldo playoffs in November and around 50 to 88 per cent. them down.—AFP Ronaldo said earlier won the FIFA Ballon allowed voters to change SHARJAH—Pakistan may fi- has Monday that he made peace d’Or award for 2013, ending preferences. nally go with two spinners Lionel Messi’s four-year run The Portugal star’s dis- with FIFA President Sepp against Sri Lanka in the third as the world’s best player. play in Stockholm was so Blatter, whose stated perTest from Thursday in search Ronaldo scored 69 goals impressive it seemed certain sonal preference last Octoof the right combination to for Real Madrid and Portu- to sway voters at a time when ber for Messi sparked speculevel the series on a flat pitch gal last year, and his stun- Messi was sidelined by his lation that the eventual winat Sharjah Cricket Stadium. ning hat trick against Sweden third injury of the year. ner would snub the cerCaptain Misbah-ul-Haq in a decisive World Cup playStill, FIFA spokesman emony. ‘’We talked over the teleoff was perhaps the defining Walter De Gregorio said ing to the two fans holding Monday the standings were phone and everything was individual performance. up a sign — “Serena´s ‘’There are no words to unchanged by the voting cleared,’’ Ronaldo at a news Arena.” “I just try to hit a describe this moment,’’ said rules adjustment, which conference before the cerbunch of aces and a bunch Ronaldo, who was sobbing raised the turnout from emony.—AP of winners — that´s all you in tears after he accepting the trophy with his young son, also named Cristiano, beside him on stage. He defeated Barcelona’s Messi and France winger Franck Ribery, who helped Bayern Munich to a sweep of major titles. Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA’s 209 member countries. thinks the pitch will take spin, Ronaldo rolled back his and says, “it´s a do-or-die head and closed his eyes, situation for us, we need to smiling, when Brazil great be pro-active.” Pele, after a dramatic pause Pakistan also thought the and smile, read out his name. second-Test pitch in Dubai He kissed his girlfriend, last week would take spin, model Irina Shayk, before but it hardly broke and Sri going up to the stage. Lanka won to take a 1-0 lead. Ronaldo had to wait five Confident Sri Lanka cap- years since first winning the can do because it´s too hot tain Angelo Mathews aims to to get into long rallies,” she award as a Manchester finish off the series with an- United player, and was SWITZERLAND: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is said. The heat topped 40 Cel- other win. heavily favored after FIFA awarded the prize for the FIFA Men’s soccer player of the He says a draw is not on extended the balloting dead- year 2013 at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 gala at the sius (104F) during the 63minute match, and peaked at their mind “because it sends line beyond the World Cup Kongresshaus in Zurich. just under 42 C (108 F) dur- a negative message to the ing Novak Djokovic´s 6-0, 6- whole team, so we want to 4, 6-4 win over Leonardo win it and win the series 20.”—AP Mayer.—AP

Pakistan may go with two spinners against SL in 3rd Test

Serena, Djokovic through to 3rd round at Aus Open

MELBOURNE—Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer I Q U I Q U E — E l e v e n - t i m e into her second-round match winner Stephane at the Australian Open, givPeterhansel won the ninth ing the impression she stage of the Dakar Rally, edging him closer to the overall lead in cars with four stages remaining. The Frenchman finished 2 minutes, 17 seconds, ahead of Nasser AlAttiyah of Qatar and 11:36 clear of overall leader Nani Roma of Spain. The stage took riders across the Atacama desert from Calama to Iquique.Roma leads Peterhansel by 12:10 in the overall with Orlando Terranova of Argentina nearly an hour behind. In bikes, overall leader Marc Coma of Spain won the stage and stretched his advantage over countryman Joan Barreda Bort to wasn´t feeling the heat. 55:36. After her 6-1, 6-2 win over Coma won the stage, Vesna Dolonc on Wednes5:45 ahead of Cyril Despres day, the second consecutive of France and 9:00 in front scorching day at the of Spaniard Juan Pedrero season´s first major, Williams Garcia. said she could remember hotWednesday´s 10th stage ter matches. heads south from Iquique to She extended her winAntofagasta.—AP ning stretch to 24 matches

dating back to August, and improved to 60-8 at the Australian Open, equaling Margaret Court´s record of 60 match wins at the tournament

in the Open era.Court, who won seven of her 11 Australian titles before the Open era began in 1968, has a show court named in her honor adjacent to Rod Laver Arena. On day three at Melbourne Park, the center court was — at least accord-

ICC mulls two-tier Test cricket L ONDON —World cricket’s custodians are to consider a revolutionary proposal to bring relegation and promotion to Test matches as a partial sop to the imminent death of the World Test Championship (WTC). The ICC executive board is expected to consider the proposal at the next round of meetings later this month, the same gathering expected to end any hopes for the WTC due to the reluctance of broadcasters and the lack of certainty around the format of an event that was postponed from its original 2013 launch date and re-launched for 2017 last October. ESPNcricinfo understands that the board will instead entertain the promotion/relegation plan, which will open up the possibility of nations like Ireland and Afghanistan earning their way into Test matches while

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award

at the same time placing the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on the precipice. It will be introduced on the “no disadvantage” condition that none of the current ICC Full Member nations would lose that status and its financial advantages. Instead, the Associate nations will have the chance to press for spots at the Test match table on the basis of performance against the lower-ranked Full Members. This would provide a strong incentive for nations currently playing Test matches to improve themselves while also offering opportunities for Associates to compete at the highest level of the game. Precise details of how promotion and relegation from Test cricket would work in practice are yet to be revealed, but the concept of play-offs for Test status ev-

ery four years is believed to be one of the options under consideration. The idea of dividing Test cricket up into two tiers has been debated for some time, with various noted voices on the game

expressing opinions on its merits. In 2013, the former England captain Michael Vaughan suggested that the incentives provided by promotion and relegation would also add context and value to Test cricket, perhaps to the

point of dissuading some players from fringe nations prioritising the IPL over representing their country at that time of year. “Just imagine if New Zealand have to come to England and win one out of three Tests to stay in the first division or win promotion,” Vaughan wrote in the Telegraph. “If there is a proper financial incentive to playing in the first division, like there is in football’s Premier League, then players would be less likely to choose the IPL instead.” In addition to promotion and relegation, the ICC is expected to consider increasing the financial rewards on offer to teams earning the No. 1 spot on the Test rankings, for which the Test Championship Mace is currently awarded on an annual basis. It is also likely that regulations requiring all teams to

play each other regularly will be relaxed - a state of affairs that has already begun to exist. There have been an increasing number of diversions from the Future Tours Programme, as nations make bilateral agreements that flout the authority of officially agreed schedule. India recently reduced their tour of South Africa to the minimum two Test matches while adding two unscheduled home fixtures against the West Indies, while this week it was confirmed that Pakistan’s series against Australia in October would be downsized from the earlier agreed three Tests to two. The ICC has previously flagged that promotion and relegation will become part of the landscape for ODIs, coming into effect following the 2019 World Cup.—Agencies

Steve Finn’s technical issues have always gone unresolved: Ian Pont BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT

M UMBAI —England fast bowler Steven Finn who has flown back from Australia to work on technical aspects of the game was always facing these issues, according to Ian Pont, the former coach of the Bangladesh team, who has also worked with Finn in the past. Speaking exclusively from London minutes after the news of Finn returning home made public, Pont, who also worked as Head Coach for Dhaka Gladiators, BPL CHAMPIONS 2012, 2013, says, “It’s sad to hear the demise of Steve Finn. But he has always had some technical issues that have gone unresolved”.

“The issue for coaches is that ONLY make a change when things have completely gone wrong. It’s like leaving a dripping tap until it creates a flood and causes the roof to fall in before anyone does anything”. “Steve (Finn) will be mentally shot. Spending more than two months in Australia and not playing will destroy any young fast bowler. However, I would question what the heck has been going on ahead of his selection for the Ashes and also whilst on the tour itself. It’s fine for coaches to say they are not technical coaches. So then bring in coaches who are?”. “It’s quite simple. Fix the issues. Any tradesman will tell you that. If you don’t, you can only mask over the problem at best”, Pont, also the author of Book-The Fast Bowler ’s Bible, Coaching

Youth Cricket and Ultimate Pace Secrets-added. “I feel Steve needs a change of environment and coaching. It might be that sending him back to his county will make him feel better as he feel ‘at home’ there. We saw with Steve Harmison that some technical issues became mental ones and it badly affected his consistency. Finn is at a stage where the ECB cannot even select him, such are the issues”. “I genuinely hope Middlesex staff can support Steve through this difficult time. But it does raise huge questions over everyone involved in his development, his initial Ashes selection and his ongoing technical support”. “Repair the leak before it becomes a flood, not after”, he concluded.

Program may help diabetics head off low blood sugar


six-week behavior-modification pro gram helped people with diabetes over come anxieties and prevent plunging blood sugar in a small UK study. Dr. Stephanie Amiel of King’s College London and her colleagues evaluated a program specifically for people with type 1 diabetes who had difficulty recognizing episodes of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, despite having undergone training in how to adjust their insulin use. People with type 1 diabetes who need insulin to survive are at risk of hypoglycemia, but this can be a problem in patients with type 2 diabetes too, especially if they use insulin or a sulfonylurea drug, according to Dr. Jane Chiang, of the American Diabetes Association. Signs of low blood sugar include shaking, confusion, sweating and blurred vision, Andrew Keen, a health psychologist specializing in diabetes at the University of Aberdeen, told Reuters Health. These signals mean that people can take action early before blood glucose levels drop very low when they are effectively unable to self-treat,” said Keen, who did not take part in the new study. However, some people lose the ability to recognize these signs, he added. Untreated hypoglycemia can lead to seizures and unconsciousness. Many people with diabetes are so concerned about their blood sugar getting too high that they don’t pay as much attention when their blood sugar drops

too low, noted Chiang, who was not involved in the study. “People need to be aware that hypoglycemia is just as dangerous, even more so, than hyperglycemia, and that it is treatable and avoidable,” she said. “Hypoglycemia is particularly concerning in young adults and older adults because they are vulnerable,” Chiang said. The program Amiel’s team devised included instruction on signs of hypoglycemia and how to reduce hypoglycemia risk. Program leaders also focused on helping participants identify their own emotional and motivational barriers to recognizing low blood sugar episodes. The training consisted of three weekly full-day group sessions and individual follow-up in person and by telephone during weeks four and five, with a final full-day group session focusing on relapse prevention. Amiel and her colleagues followed the patients for a year after the end of the program. Among the 23 participants who completed the program, 14 reported having passed out in the year before the study began as a result of low blood sugar episodes, three said they’d been taken to an emergency room (one individual, 24 times) and three had been admitted to the hospital, Amiel’s team reports in the journal Diabetes Care. After the program, the average annual number of episodes of severe hypoglycemia meaning patients required assistance from another person - fell from three to zero.

President Mamnoon Hussain exchanging views with Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul-Ibad Khan and Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar at Governor House.

Political leaders expresses grief over bus accident STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Bilawal Bhutto

13000 clay lamps were lit by JDC on Eid Milad-un-Nabi, breaking the world record, at Numaish Chowrangi.

Hamdard Naunehal Assembly

Good character is beauty of human being CITY REPORTER K ARACHI —A function of Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi, comprised recitation of holy verses from Holy Quran, Na’at, speeches, tableaus and Dua-i-Said, was held on the theme: “Good character is the beauty of a human being”(Saying of Hakim Said) at a local hotel. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Maham Munir Ahmed, Mutwallia, Hamdard (Waqf) and Vice President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan said that God had

sent His messengers for the formation of morality and good character of His bondmen and Hadhrat Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was the last messenger of God and a supreme model of morality and best character. We should follow the teachings of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) to get emancipation on doomsday, she added.‘It is the personal character of a person which makes him / her good or bad, respectable and unrespectable. Therefore he / she are totally responsible for their character,

because it depends on their choice, ‘she said, adding: ‘Scientific inventions have provided with tremendous materialistic facilities to human beings, even then if they don’t have inner satisfaction, it is because of lack of morality and soundness of character. She advised the children and youths to act according to the saying of Hakim Said to make Pakistani society a place of peace, love and mutual understanding in order to take Pakistan to the heights of glory, progress and prosperity.

Zardari, Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Peoples Party has expressed deep grief and shock on the loss of precious lives, including 16 school-going children in a tragic road accident in Shaheed Benazirabad Wednesday. In a press statement, he expressed sympathies with the families who lost their near and dear ones in the accident and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant them courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable losses and rest the departed souls in eternal peace. Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Innam Memon and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian Central Leader and member national assembly Mohtarma Faryal Talpur had expressed their deep grief and shock over death of school children in Qazi Ahmed in Shaheed Benazirabad. They have said that the PPPP and the Sindh Government was highly shocked over that tragedy, which claimed lives of innocent school children and the party and the Sindh Government would stand beside the aggrieved families through thick and thin. The Sindh Government would not only offer financial compensation to the aggrieved families but would also ensure best medical treatment of those injured in the accident. The Minister and the MNA both had directed the Sindh Secretary health to take immediate measures for shifting the injured so that they should be taken care of under best medical facilities in Karachi. They also issued necessary directives for proper investigation of the accident and said that if any found responsible for the tragedy would face the music under the law.

Rs 20m for widow

SP Aslam infused spirit of bravery into police officers STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah today visited the House of slain SP CID Chaudhry Aslam Shaheed where he offered prayer for the departed soul. The CM handed over a cheque amounting to Rs 20 million to the widow and sons of Chaudhry Aslam on account of compensation and in recognition of his matchless and bravery performances of Chaudhry Aslam that he rendered during his professional duty. Inspector General (IG) of Police, Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch, Additional IG Police Karachi Shahid Hayat, Principal Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Shukaib Qureshi, and other civil and police officers were also

present on the occasion. The CM while lauding the services and sacrifices of Chaudhry Aslam termed him as a brave, honest officer. He directed police officers to complete the investigation of that tragic incident within shortest possible time as not only the family members but whole nation was anxiously waiting for result. He directed that all aspects of the incidents should be investigated thoroughly and causes, lacuna behind the incident must be identified to avoid such incidents in future. While responding to the widow of Chaudhry Aslam about her sprit to sacrifice more for the cause of nation, the CM assured her that the son of Chaudhry Aslam would be inducted into

Sindh Police on maturity of his age. He also assured the bereaved family that in addition to fool proof security, all of their socioadministrative problems would be attended on priority basis and Sindh government would not leave them alone in this difficult time. He said that sacrifice that had been rendered by Chaudhry Aslam had infused the spirit of bravery into other police officers, who according to him have committed to fight with terrorism like Chaudhry Aslam did. The Widow of Chaudhry Aslam said that she was proud of the brave performance of her husband and was ready to offer more sacrifices for the cause of nation and wanted to send her son into police force to continue the mission of his father.

Officers add sand to wheat bags to hide theft KARACHI—The officers and staffers at the wheat godown in Landhi had stolen wheat from the godown and had added sand to the wheat stocks to keep the weight of wheat bags. There were around 5,000 wheat bags of 100-kg each of which 1365 bags were spoiled with sand. The wheat was brought form district Khairpur to Karachi. Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Food jam Mehtab Hussain Dahr and Sindh Minister for Anti-Corruption Establishment Manzoor Hussain Wassan had

on a tip off raided the godown and inspected the wheat stocks and had found the sand was added to a huge quantity of wheat. ACE Chairman Mukhtar Hussain Soomro, ACE Director Ghulam Hussain Memon and Sindh Secretary for Food Muhammad Naseer Jamali had accompanied the Ministers. Wassan on the occasion revealed that millions of gunny bags bought for wheat procurement were also missing since 2002 and the matter would also be investigated while there were 25 cases of corruption of Sindh

Food Department officers and staffers were also being tried in ACE courts. Further, investigations would also be conducted for similar crime of stealing gunny bags from godowns in Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad and other districts of Sindh province and the involved would be taken to task, said Wassan. The Minister Wassan said that 40 Food Grain Inspectors were facing court trial for charges of corruption while 8 had so far been sacked from service.

Refinement, transformation in life only from education STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The annual day function of Defence Authority Neelum High School was held at DHA SKBZ College’s auditorium. Registrar, Rafia Mallah was the chief guest on the occasion. Rafia Mallah said that education brings refinement and transformation in one’s life. She said that education is the potential power that can change the destiny of nation. She elaborated that progress and prosperity of the country is dependent on the

educational and intellectual prowess of its people. The chief guest said that education instills spirit of patriotism and a real urge in a person to work for the betterment and wellbeing of society. She exhorted the students to concentrate on their studies and to work hard for progress in life. She said that teachers and parents had the arduous responsibility to play their active role in character building of students for making them the useful citizens of society. Rafia commended the ex-

cellent performance shown by the students in academics and co-curricular activities. She said that it was encouraging that the students graduating from the School were promising individuals and had the potential to succeed in different walks of life. The Principal, Shazia Saleem in her welcome address reiterated that the school provided academically vibrant learning environments to the students and equipped them with necessary confidence, ability and decisiveness so essential for progress in life.

The students on the occasion presented a colouful variety programme which showcased their talent. The presentation included national songs, skits, Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venus’ and an Urdu comedy tableau ‘Taleem-e-Balighan’. At the end the chief guest awarded prizes to the students who excelled in various curricular and co-curricular activities and awarded certificates of merit to the teachers. Commodore Talib Hussain, Director Education DHA also attended the function.

A reception was arranged by S.M.Muneer and Mian Zahid Hussain in honour of ADIG Shahid Hayat and MD. SSGC, Zuhair Siddiqui. At this occasion, Station Commander Karachi, Brig. Farukh Waseem, Sector Commander Rangers, Basit Shuja, Deputy Director, Javed Akbar Riaz, Ex-Director, FIA, Abdul Malik, S.M.Naseer, Khalid Tawab, President KATI Syed Farukh Mazhar, Zubair Chhaya, Farhan-ur-Rehman, Zubair Tufail, Ahmed Chinoy, Shakeel Ahmed Dhengra and Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui were present.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Transfers in police

Attempt to divert attention from SP’s murder: Altaf STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain had expressed his concerns on the news circulating in the national media about the differences between the Sindh Government and the Rangers. He said that differences and misunderstandings were developing between Pakistan Rangers Sindh Director General Maj. Gen. Rizwan Akhter and the Sindh government on the largescale transfers in the police department. Hussain said that a news item was published in a section of the press that the murder of Chaudhry Aslam could be due to the internal disputes between some institutions. He said that instead of investigating the case by extending cooperation to each other, unnecessary controversies were being raised.

Resolution of public issues STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana had directed Deputy Commissioners (DC) to adopt a rational strategy to address grievances of the people in the precincts of their respective jurisdiction. DCs should also monitor schemes for social benefits of the people such as sewage and drainage, health and education and other social matters and play their role for removing flaws in them if observed any. The CS issued these directives to the provincial Secretaries Commissioners and DCs in a meeting he had chaired at his office Wednesday. The CS was on the occasion was briefed about the computerization of land revenue record, anti-polio vaccine administering campaign, promotions of social and cultural activities in the province, monitoring of ongoing development schemes and other matters.

Program may help diabetics Govt ready to opt any option head off low blood sugar for peace: Hamza


six-week behavior-modification pro gram helped people with diabetes over come anxieties and prevent plunging blood sugar in a small UK study. Dr. Stephanie Amiel of King’s College London and her colleagues evaluated a program specifically for people with type 1 diabetes who had difficulty recognizing episodes of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, despite having undergone training in how to adjust their insulin use. People with type 1 diabetes who need insulin to survive are at risk of hypoglycemia, but this can be a problem in patients with type 2 diabetes too, especially if they use insulin or a sulfonylurea drug, according to Dr. Jane Chiang, of the American Diabetes Association. Signs of low blood sugar include shaking, confusion, sweating and blurred vision, Andrew Keen, a health psychologist specializing in diabetes at the University of Aberdeen, told Reuters Health. These signals mean that people can take action early before blood glucose levels drop very low when they are effectively unable to self-treat,” said Keen, who did not take part in the new study. However, some people lose the ability to recognize these signs, he added. Untreated hypoglycemia can lead to seizures and unconsciousness. Many people with diabetes are so concerned about their blood sugar getting too high that they don’t pay as much attention when their blood sugar drops too low, noted Chiang, who was not involved in the study. “People need to be

aware that hypoglycemia is just as dangerous, even more so, than hyperglycemia, and that it is treatable and avoidable,” she said. “Hypoglycemia is particularly concerning in young adults and older adults because they are vulnerable,” Chiang said. The program Amiel’s team devised included instruction on signs of hypoglycemia and how to reduce hypoglycemia risk. Program leaders also focused on helping participants identify their own emotional and motivational barriers to recognizing low blood sugar episodes. The training consisted of three weekly full-day group sessions and individual follow-up in person and by telephone during weeks four and five, with a final full-day group session focusing on relapse prevention. Amiel and her colleagues followed the patients for a year after the end of the program. Among the 23 participants who completed the program, 14 reported having passed out in the year before the study began as a result of low blood sugar episodes, three said they’d been taken to an emergency room (one individual, 24 times) and three had been admitted to the hospital, Amiel’s team reports in the journal Diabetes Care. After the program, the average annual number of episodes of severe hypoglycemia - meaning patients required assistance from another person - fell from three to zero. The average number of episodes of moderate hypoglycemia, meaning patients were able to treat the episode themselves, fell from 14 to zero per six-week period.

L A H O R E —PML-N MNA Muhammad Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday the government would not allow few thousand militants to hijack the nation of 190 million people, however, it is ready to opt any option including dialogue for peace. He was talking to media at ground-breaking ceremony of Azadi Chowk Interchange and Alternative Route to Circular road projects here at Minar-ePakistan. To a question, he said there were about 56 groups of Tehrike-Taliban Pakistan and the doors of dialogue were opened if someone wanted to talk. Giving details of the projects, he said that more than 222,000 vehicles per day would be facilitated after the comple- Hamza Shahbaz MNA offering dua after inaugurating Interchange at Azadi Chowk . tion of project and fuel of worth He said these projects would hopefully be completed one billion approximately would be saved on daily basis.

Role of Christian community acknowledged CITY REPORTER L AHORE —Emeritus Bishop Dr. Alexander John Malik called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan belongs to all of us and the role of Christian community is laudable. He said that services of Christian community and their love with the country are beyond any doubt. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has taken comprehensive steps for the welfare of the minorities.

LWMC launches cleanliness campaign MUZAFFAR ALI

People move past and looking at the models of Muslims’ sacred places on the eve of Jashnee-Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).

Training workshop for judicial officials today MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —A two days joint training programme for the judicial officers and advocates of Rawalpindi Division under the directions of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan will start on Thursday (today) at Punjab Judicial Academy. The Law and Justice Commission had directed that joint sittings of the judges as well as lawyers be arranged at the divisional level. The training workshop will held under the aegis of Access to Justice Development Fund. Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates and Lawyers from Rawalpindi Division will participate in the workshop and Director General of Academy, District and Sessions Judge Sohail Nasir will deliver inaugural speech to the participants.

PU seminar

Education way forward for development CITY REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan Study Centre, University of the Punjab organized a special lecture on “Balochistan: Conflict Resolution through Parliamentary Politics” on Wednesday. Dr. Muhammad Waseem (LUMS) and Dr. Kaleem Ullah Barraich (University of Balochistan) were the keynote speakers. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran presided over the seminar “Education is a way forward for the development of Balochistan,” these were the views expressed by the Vice Chancellor in his presidential address. Thowing light on various steps adopted by Punjab Univer-

sity for the educational uplift of the students of Balochistan. He emphasized that the government should consider allocation of more funds for the province of Balochistan in the fields of education and health. Prof. Waseem said that political parties of Balochistan have exhibited their confidence in the parliamentary system by participating actively in the democratic process which has been vindicated by improved turnout in the general elections of 2013 and local government elections. Prof. Kaleem Ullah urged upon the need to increase student exchange programmes among the universities to improve the interprovincial harmony and national solidarity.

LAHORE—Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has launched a weeklong campaign focusing on the less privileged and deprived localities of the city in the northern Lahore. The objective of the campaign is to improve the state of cleanliness in these areas by targeted cleanliness operations, on the one hand, and encouraging responsible role of locals through awareness on the other hand. Besides awareness sessions for community, campaign includes setting up of camps, mechanical sweeping and washing, clearance of open plots and on spot complaint redressal. In this regard, activity was carried out in Baghban Pura, main GT Road where local Member Provincial Assembly Bao Akhter joined LWMC team and led an awareness walk in the area. Other participants including deputy manager Shafqat Rasool, assistant manager Ms. Maryam Khalid, Zonal Officer Kashif John, representatives of local trader association and teams of social mobilizers distributed brochures during door to door awareness drive. Awareness teams sensitized masses not to openly dispose of waste rather requested them to use waste bins. During operation clean up handsome amount of waste was removed from 10 open plots.

within the current year. Hamza said that Metro Bus route on the spot would be made underground and this would be the part of the Azadi Chowk Interchange project. To a question, he said the affectees of the projects would be compensated transparently under the direction of Punjab Chief Minister Mian M Shahbaz Sharif and all complaints would be addressed accordingly. He said that lease of several affectees had been expired, however, proper claim would be considered in this regard. It is pertinent to inform that an amount of Rs 4 billion will be spent on Azadi Chowk Interchange and Rs 1.35 billion is an estimated cost of Alternative Route to Circular Road project.—APP

Paediatrics Shahbaz for provision of ophthalmology best municipal services unit at LGH CITY REPORTER

SALIM AHMED LAHORE—A delegation of international experts associated with municipal services called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here today. Cooperation with regard to improving the provision and drainage of water system was discussed during the meeting. Secretary Housing, Commissioner Lahore Division, Director General LDA, MD WASA, CEO Urban Unit, concerned officials, Faisal Haq Shaheen of Toronto Municipality Water Division Canada and Water & Sanitation Specialist Masroor Ahmed were also present on the occasion. MD Darban Water Utility South Africa NA Macleod and MD National Water & Sewerage Corporation Uganda William T Muhairwe gave briefings for im-

proving provision and drainage of water system. Talking to the delegation of international experts, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif welcomed their arrival at Lahore airport. He said that provision of best municipal services to the citizens is of great importance. He said that Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on the provision of clean drinking water and other civic facilities to the citizens. He said that improving the provision and drainage of water system is of vital and experiences of international experts should be benefited for improving the performance of WASA. The Chief Minister said that a roadmap in consultation with international experts should be evolved for improving the provision and drainage of water system and making WASA a vibrant

institution. The Chief Minister while directing to constitute a committee for making WASA an effective and vibrant institution said that the committee in consultation with experts should evolve a practicable roadmap for the improvement of provision and drainage of water system. William T Muhairwe while giving a detailed briefing about the reasons and shortcomings of provision and drainage of water system and the steps taken for its improvement in Uganda told that the provision and drainage of water system has been improved in Uganda and South Africa through reforms. He said that the provision and drainage of water system can also be improved through effective reforms in Lahore. He assured to cooperate with Punjab government in provision of clean drinking water to the citizens and improving other civic facilities.

LAHORE—A special unit has been set up for the treatment of paediatrics ophthalmology and retinal disorder in Opthelmo logy Department at Lahore General Hospital established with the cooperation of Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia, for which Foundation has donated equipments worth rupees two crore. Advisor to CM on Health Kh. Salman Rafique inaugurated the new unit. Consular for Development Cooperation of Australian High Commissioner Islamabad Gregelis, Principal PGMI/LGH Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra. Prof. Asad Aslam told that at present 15 lakh people are blind in Pakistan, out of which eight lakh belong to Punjab. He said that 80 percent eye diseases are curable, however, due to negligence, delay in diagnosis and improper awareness, this disease becomes permanent. Prof. Asad Aslam told that Fred Hollows Foundation besides upgrading Ophthalmology departments of all districts headquarters hospitals of the province is also cooperating in imparting training to manpower. He said that this Foundation has taken the responsibility of promedical, financial, psychologi- viding treatment facilities and cal, moral and vocational sup- eradication of paediatrics ophport. thalmology. DSF also assisted job placement for these rehabilitated individuals. Masarrat Misbah, President DSF while speaking on the occasion said, “We at Depilex Smileagain Foundation, have completely devoted ourselves to this challenge. We have been able to empower many women victims of violence by helping them acquire skills and subsequent jobs. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support from our partners; I express my gratitude to Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (PMPKL); who have always extended their help in furthering the objectives of this project.”

Women empowerment, priority of government C ITY R EPORTER LAHORE—Women empowerment was an issue of priority on the agenda of Punjab government and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has already announced to establish 14 daycare centers in Punjab to support working mothers, advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique said. Speaking at a function organized by Depilex Smileagain Foundation (DSF) held to mark the success of its Women Empowerment Project that rehabilitates domestic violence victims, Salman Rafique appreciated that DSF was involved in a project that has helped domestic violence victims in reintegrating themselves in life and living productive and normal lives again. “We assure DSF of our full support for their noble cause, we will be there to help them whenever they need,” he said.

While addressing the gathering, Humaira Naveed expressed her views and appreciated the work done by DSF for women empowerment. Dr. Awais-e-Siraj, CEO Genzee Solutions (pvt.) Ltd., gave presentation on the important aspect of financial and economic empowerment of women. Dr. Zahra Ahmed, a renowned doctor at CMH Lahore Medical and Dental College shared her views on the psychological support provided to the victims through the workshops conducted round the year. Under the banner of this project 30 victims were treated by DSF in 2013. The victims were provided reconstructive surgeries,

Awareness against rapidly increasing population stressed SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Minister for Excise & Taxation, Finance Punjab, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur-Rehman has said that it is the dire need to create awareness among people regarding the rapidly increasing population as the increased population can only increase problems for the nation. He said that Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab. He said that by in-

creasing the health budget up to 102 billion rupees, the present government has ensured modern health facilities and free medicines as well as air-conditioning in general wards to poor and resource-less people. While talking to various delegations, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur-Rehman said that the world’s population is more than six billion and it would be doubled in 2050 and Pakistan’s population would be doubled in 2024. The reformatory initiatives are being introduced in education, health

and other social sectors which resulted in providing relief to the masses and improvement in their living standard and the present government is keen to uplift the rural development, however, these objectives cannot be achieved unless we do not control rapid growth in population, he maintained. Mian Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman told that population growth rate in the developing countries is three to seven percent whereas, it is 0.5 percent in Japan, 0.3 percent in Germany,

0.1 percent in England and one percent in the United States. The Minister said that government has focused on the health of infants and mothers and for this purpose two billion rupees has been provided in the budget and integrated Reproductive Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition Programme is shortly launched in all district of the province. He said Punjab government will spend Rs. 102 billion for the provision of standardized healthcare facilities to the masses during current fiscal year.

Mian Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman said that with a view to increase accessibility of quality reproductive health services including family planning and to enhance understanding of adverse consequences of rapid population growth, a project in collaboration with UNFPA has been launched. The rising population was increasing unemployment which resulted in poor law & order situation and other socioeconomic complications, he Abid Naji, Prof. Dr. Akbar Chaudhry, Prof. Mehmood A Malik, Dr. Mughis-ud-Din Sheikh and others sitting on stage during a ceremony to highlight writings of late journalist Riaz concluded. batalvi on the occasion of his 11th death anniversary at Lahore Press Club.