7.8 earthquake kills 34, hundreds houses collapse Major Pakistan cities jolted: Army starts relief activities; Pak-Iran border areas worst hit 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said. Tremors KARACHI—A major earthquake were felt across several Pakistani struck a region near the Iran-Pa- cities, including Quetta, Pishin, kistan border on Tuesday, killing 34 people in different parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said. Officials confirmed that up to 34 people had died due to the IRFAN ALIGI earthquake, while 180 people were reported to be injured. The worst-hit areas from the KARACHI—People of Karachi 7.8 magnitude quake were re- were caught in by sudden ported to be close to the Pakistan- alarm at about 3:30 pm on Tuesday when buildings, ofIran border. In the Mashkel area of fices, homes and apartments Balochistan’s Washuk district, started trembling. The tremors caused the several hundred houses were repeople of the city from East ported to have collapsed, raising to West to leave their homes fears of casualties in the area. Dozens of shops and build- and offices in panic. However, ings had also been destroyed by no casualty was reported till the tremors. Continued on Page 6 The epicenter was reported by the United States Geological Killa Abdullah, Chaghi, Sibi, Survey to be in southeast Iran in Jaffarabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, an area of mountains and desert. Quetta, Badin, Islamabad, and It was located 201 km southeast Rawalpindi. According to reof the Iranian city of Zahedan and ports, the earthquake shook ar-
Tremors leave Karachiites scared
KARACHI: People evacuating buildings after a major earthquake on Tuesday.
EC bars media from entering its offices ISLAMABAD—The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has forbidden the media from entering any of its offices Tuesday. According to the notification, ECP has warned its officials and stated that action will be taken against those officials who will leak any information to the media. The ECP has restricted its staff from communicating with the media personnel and has also barred them from exchanging information through any other means including mobile, e-mail, etc.—Online
Tauqir Sadiq released from Abu Dhabi prison DUBAI—The bail of former OGRA chairman Tauqir Sadiq has been approved and he has been released from the Abu Dhabi prison. According to media reports, the next hearing of the case will be held on April 20 and as part of his bail Sadiq has submitted his passport to the court and been barred from leaving the UAE. According to sources, the family of the former OGRA chairman has also arrived in UAE. Tauqir Sadiq is allegedly involved in the Rs82 billion corruption case and the Supreme Court during the case has ordered authorities to ensure that Sadiq returns to Pakistan. —Online
Bilawal to lead election campaign from April 20 KARACHI—Chairman Pakistan Peoples’ Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said on Tuesday that
Blast hits ANP rally in Peshawar, kills 18 Bomber targets Ghulam Ahmed Bilour; 6 police officials, 3 kids among dead; Taliban claim responsibility TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—The Awami National Party (ANP) continued to be under attack by terrorists to in the rally of Ghulam Ahmad Bilour at a congested area in the interior city a blast left at least 18 people dead and 49 seriously injured. Those killed included SHO Kotwali, Assistant Sub Inspector and two cops while former federal minister and senior ANP leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour as well as five policemen and a number of kids were among the injured. A reporter of a TV channel also sustained serious inju-
ries. The death toll may go higher as many injured were in critical condition. A number of adjacent buildings, many shops and vehicles were also damaged in the blast that completely burnt down the vehicle of Bilour with his
Picture on Page 6 driver trapped inside the vehicle and burnt to death. The former Advisor to Chief Minister Haroon Bilour escaped unhurt with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) owing responsibility of the Tuesday’s blast saying its target was Haroon Bilour. The ANP leadership questioned the
intentions of the caretaker setup and the Election Commission of Pakistan holding them responsible for terrorism activities against their party and declared to lodge an FIR both against the Election Commission and the caretaker governments. The blast occurred despite tight security arrangements and installation of walk through gate at the venue of the corner meeting. A top leader of Awami National Party and Senior Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Bashir Ahmad Bilour, it may be recalled, had embraced Shahadat along with eight others when a suicide
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Musharraf disqualified from general elections TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—With Election Tribunal declaring General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf heading All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) disqualified from contesting elections from NA 32 Chitral, the former military president playing with the fate of the country for more than nine years, is out of the race for May 11 general elections though according to experts he may file appeal against the decisions of the election tribunal in the Supreme court. However, at present he stands disqualified from all the four constituencies where he had filed his candidature. The nomination papers of the military dictator who returned to
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H AFIZABAD —Quaid of the PML-N Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has declared that if voted to power the party would steer the country out of prevalent crises as his party has the potential to eliminate terrorism, dearness, unemployment, loadshedding and hunger. Addressing big gathering here Tuesday evening, he declared Jehad against corruption, lawlessness and other malaise confronting the nation. He said that due to corruption and bad governess of the pervious regimes during the past 14 years the image of the country has been badly tarnished and vowed that he would revive the respect and image of the country in the world. He declared,
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3 securitymen martyred in Waziristan blast STAFF REPORTER
Two more PPP candidates declared ineligible
GENEVA—Red Cross chief Pe- mittee of the Red Cross told re- strikes today is a widening in-
he will start his party election campaign from April 20. In an address to party workers from
BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI
Pakistan a few weeks back after submitted by Musharraf for NA- MIRANSHAH—Three soldiers five years of self-exile, have al- 48 Islamabad and NA-139 Kasur. were martyred and four others sustained injuries in a suicide attack at a check post of security forces in North Waziristan. Sources said the suicide bomber ripped through a check post in Syed Gai area in the North Waziristan, killing three security personnel and injuring four more. KARACHI /LAHORE—Two Official sources said the inmore PPP candidates from jured have been rushed to Punjab and Sindh were de- Miranshah hospital. Meanwhile, clared ineligible by election tri- five security personnel on Tuesbunals on Tuesday. The elec- day were injured in clashes between security forces and miliContinued on Page 6 tants in the Akka Khel area of Bara in Khyber Agency while ready been rejected from the three The first set back he received was Continued on Page 6 constituencies as on Tuesday. The from Karachi where his papers for Election Tribunal in Rawalpindi rejected the nomination papers Continued on Page 6
Red Cross chief criticises US drone use in Pakistan ter Maurer on Tuesday condemned US drone strikes outside areas officially engulfed in armed conflict, warning against a creeping expansion of the definition of what constitutes a battlefield. Washington’s secretive and controversial use of drones was not a problem in itself, said Maurer, as in the context of an armed conflict drones are considered legitimate weapons. “But if a drone is used in a country where there is no armed conflict…there is a problem,” the head of the International Com-
11 May to be day of accountability: Nawaz
porters in Geneva, urging the “very restrained use” of the weapon. “A drone used in Afghanistan or Yemen is a drone used within the context of an armed conflict, and is thereby used legitimately,” he said. But drone use in Pakistan was “particularly problematic” he said. Returning from a trip to the United States, where he met with President Barack Obama, Maurer told AFP that “the US is very aware… of where we disagree with the use of drones”. The main problem with drone
terpretation of what constitutes a battlefield, he said. “To link (the definition of) battlefields to combatants on the move is an interpretation that we don’t share,” he said. Lawmakers and rights advocates have criticised the US for its strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, but US officials refuse to publicly discuss any details of the covert campaign. Maurer said he had also used his trip to urge Washington to
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eas from Quetta to Pak-Iran Border Taftan and Pak-Afghan border Chaman. And Mekran belt near Arabian Sea. Several part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, also felt the jolts. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army have begun relief activities in earthquake-hit areas, Inter-Services Public Relation said. According to the ISPR, helicopters‚ medical staff‚ medicines‚ tents and other goods have been dispatched to the affected areas in Balochistan. It said that 62 wings of Frontier Corps have been directed to leave for quakehit areas. Meanwhile, FC sources said that over 100 people were injured as a result of quake in Panjgur area of Balochistan. Tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as New Delhi and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain. Across the Gulf,
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Bomb targets PML-N Balochistan chief convoy Four including son, brother, nephew, guard killed STAFF REPORTER QUETTA—At least four people were killed, including the son of the provincial chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sanaullah Zehri, when a blast targeted his convoy in restive Balochistan’s Khuzdar district. The blast, which shook the PML-N leader ’s convoy in Anjira area of Khuzdar district, also claimed the lives of his brother, nephew, and personal
guard. Zehri, however, remained unharmed. According to Levies officials, Zehri’s convoy was targeted through a remote-controlled bomb, which was planted below Ghat Pul (bridge) area of Anjira. The blast has destroyed the bridge and five vehicles in convoy of Sardar Zehri, said the officials. The dead included Mir Sikandar Zehri, the son, Mehrullah Zehri brother, Mir Zaid Zehri nephew and personal guard of Sardar Sanaullah Zehri,
King Abdullah condemns Boston Marathon bombings RIYADH—The king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday condemned the Boston Marathon bombings, saying no religion or morals would condone such an attack. In a condolences message to President Barack Obama and the American people, King Abdullah said the perpetrators of such “heinous terrorist acts” are “enemies of any humane considerations.” He said the perpetrators represent only themselves. In a separate statement, the Saudi Embassy said a Saudi woman was among those injured, suffering from minor in-
juries due to glass fragments. The Saudi government has been cracking down on Islamic militants since al-Qaida launched a wave of attacks in the country in 2003, killing dozens. It has sought to distance itself from terrorist acts in the past, including the Sept. 11 attacks, where 15 of the 19 hijackers involved were Saudi citizens. In Washington, a Saudi embassy official said Saudis have not been informed by the U.S. of any Saudi who is considered a person of interest in the Boston Marathon bombings.—AP
they added. Levies officials said the PML-N leader was going from Khuzdar to Anjira to participate in an election campaign gathering when his convoy was attacked. The blast was followed by firing. More than two dozen people were said to be injured, who were shifted to Khuzdar District Headquarter hospital for emergency treatment. The injured also included PML-N workers, relatives and Zehri’s security staff. Mean-
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Altaf for strict measures to ensure peace STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the bomb attack on the convoy of provincial head of PML (N) Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri. He expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow on the death of his son, brother and nephew in the blast and added that every patri-
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Fresh IMF loan at harsh conditionalities Exchange rate devaluation, withdrawal of subsidy, increase in interest rate AMANULLAH KHAN
KARACHI—Meeting with the IMF seems apparently crucial for entering into a new loan arrangement next week in view of fast depleting foreign exchange reserves which have down to $ 6 billion with the State Bank of Pakistan while an equal amount is held by the commercial banks. However the IMF program is likely to bring alongside it a high likelihood of exchange rate devaluation at by 5 percent bps, de-subsidization of energy tariff to bridge the gap between
cost of power generation and the current power tariffs and potential increase in policy rate of the State Bank through monetary tightening as preconditions to approval of a new loan, which has been already discussed in recent Post Program Monitoring meetings with the IMF said informed sources. It is however interesting to note that despite noticeable ease in the inflationary pressure which at the moment prevailing in the single digit the IMF continues to insist on tightening instance of the monetary policy which is practiced in case of rising infla-
tionary pressures elsewhere in the world, however while negotiating with Pakistan IMF insist of further tightening of the policy rate on assumption of possible reversal in the rate of inflation in the days to come which certainly surprising to raise hue and cry before the spilt of the milk. It may be noted that the State Bank of Pakistan In its latest bimonthly Monetary Policy review left the discount rate (DR) unchanged at 9.5% in accordance to the aspiration and desire of the trade and industry. However SBP cited rising concerns on balance of payments
and declining Foreign Exchange reserves due to which speculative demand for dollar needs to be curbed. It is however encouraging to see that state bank of Pakistan was looking at the possibility for reduction in DR on the back of lower consumer price Index (CPI) at 6.3% and core inflation at 9%), however for a further cut of 50-100 bps in discount rate will depend on consistency in lower CPI AT 6.3 per cent and the current single digit rates lasts for remaining part of the fiscal year 2013, said financial experts.
PM launches free education scheme for Balochistan, GB, FATA students SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Tuesday approved the launch of a scheme for payment of tuition fee to students hailing from Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA who intend to do Masters, M.Phil and PhD. The scheme called “Prime Minister’s tuition fee payment scheme” for Masters, M.Phil and PhD was approved and launched at a high level meeting attended by Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Education, Science and Technology and IT, officials of PM’s Secretariat
Sahibzada Fazal-e-Karim laid to rest OBSERVER REPORT F A I S A L A B A D —Chairman Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Sahibzada Fazale Karim was laid to rest beside the grave of his father Sheikhul Hadidh Mulana Sardar Ahmed Rizvi here at Jamia Rizvia Jhang Bazar on Tuesday. His funeral prayer was offered at Dhobi Ghat where thousands of religious workers, clerics, students of different seminaries, political leaders were present and they paid rich tribute to him. The prominent dignitaries who attended the funeral prayers included President PML-Q Ch Shujat Hussain, Ameer Jamaat–e-Ahle Sunnat Sahibzada Mazhar Saeed Kazmi, General Secretary SIC Haji Hanif Tayeb, Mufti Munibur Rehman, Nazim-e-Aala Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat Allama Syed Riaz Hussan Shah, Pir Aminul Hasnat, Pir Munawar Hussain Jamati, Pir Khalid Sultan Qadri, President ATI Syed Jawadul Hassan Kazmi, Mufti Muhammad Amin, Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Qari Zawar Bahadur, Pir Tariq Wali and other prominent personalities were present on the occasion.
and Ministry of professional and technical education. Dr. Sania Nishtar briefed the Prime Minister on the salient features of the scheme. The Prime Minister was informed that it was approved by the federal cabinet in June 2012 and a sum of Rs. 500 million was allocated for the purpose in the budget. The scheme envisages that students from Balochistan, Gilgit- Baltistan and FATA will be provided tuition fee by the federal government so that they can undertake higher education. The minister said that though education was a devolved subject, the federal government would provide equity to students so that
efforts can be stepped to improve the education standards. This scheme, she said, is a pre-paid scheme where the entire expenditure during Masters, M.Phil and PhD degree will be borne by the federal government for students residing in these areas. The scheme further envisages that federal government will bear all educational expenditure of an estimated 10825 students from these areas of which 9128 students belong to Balochistan. The Prime Minister directed that gender parity must be maintained and the scheme should be available for the next five years. The Prime Minister approved that in case of PhD students
of Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA would be eligible for benefit from the scheme even if they get admission in universities and colleges outside their cities and regions. He has also approved that students hailing from Federally Administered Tribal Areas would benefit from the scheme if they are admitted in Universities and Colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Prime Minister said that his government was prepared to commit more resources to education and prioritize it as it considers it critical to human resource development and future of the nation.
Relief to public at all costs: Tariq STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R — K h y b e r Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez Khan has said that the role of caretaker government is not of an election observer rather is supposed to create a conducive and peaceful environment for holding free, fair and transparent elections besides disposal of the routine administrative business and taking effective measures to address the problems of the public adding that the provincial government will utilize all the available resources to give
relief to the general public. He expressed these views while talking to provincial caretaker minister for revenue, Mr. Samin Jan Babar and Minister for Information, Mrs. Musarrat Qadeem who made a call on meeting with him at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar on Wednesday, and discussed with him matters related to the administrative business of their respective departments and matters of mutual interest. The Chief Minister said that the provincial caretaker government could provide sound footings of good governance for the upcoming elected government by showing bet-
ter performance even in its short period of time. Touching upon the recent postings and transfers in various provincial departments, the Chief Minister said that those postings and transfers were made in the light of the instructions issued by Election Commission of Pakistan in order to create conducive atmosphere for the upcoming general elections, and to make better public service delivery by ensuring good governance. He urged the heads of provincial departments to take necessary steps to resolve the day to day problems faced by the public.
PESHAWAR: PPP candidate from NA-1 Zulfiqar Afghani talking to media persons after
PESHAWAR—Ihsan Ghani on attack on his house in Gulbahar area. Tuesday assumed the charge of Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an informal ceremony held at Central Police Office here on Tuesday. On arrival to the Central Police Office he was received by Personal Staff Officer and a smart contingent of police presented guard of honor to him. Later talking to the high ranking police officers in his office he said “we must stand up as a team as I alone cannot turn the table and everyone has to contribute to see the force successful in this testing tie”. He also paid tributes to the precious sacrifices of the force by saying that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have written the golden history of police with their blood.
World Hemophilia Day today I S L A M A B A D —World Hemophilia Day will be observed on 17th April across the world including Pakistan to advocate a global effort to ensure appropriate care and treatment for a disease that is the oldest known genetic bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in the genes. Even as the country emphasizes on headline-grabbing ailments, hemophilia, a little known blood disorder, is turning out to be a plague with over 50,000 people affected. The theme for this year’s celebration is “ 50 years of Advancing Treatment for All”.Hemophilia generally transmits at birth from an affected father to daughter, who then becomes a carrier of the hemophilia cells who is at higher risk of passing the defective gene on to her children. The disease is not curable, but with proper knowledge and treatment it can be handled. World Hemophilia Day is targeted to stepping up awareness of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.—APP
GB govt to regularize 11000 employees
Ghani assumes charge of IG KP STAFF REPORTER
PESHAWAR: Different Party’s leaders raising their hands after joining Jamat-e-Islami at Al-Markaz-e-Islami.
Woman among three killed H A R I P U R —At least three persons including a woman were killed and five others injured when a passenger van fell into gorge due to over speeding here late on Monday night. According to details, an over speeding passenger van heading to Lassan Nawab area of district Mansehra skidded off road due to slipperiness on road caused by the rain and plunged into a ravine in Hyderabad Phohar locality. As a result of accident three people including Marriyam Jan, Zakir and
Shah Zaman were killed on the spot while a woman identified as Irum Shahzadi among five others sustained serious wounds. The bodies and injured people were shifted to hospital for medico-legal-formalities. At least four policemen were injured when unknown militants attacked a police mobile here on Tuesday morning. According to details, unidentified motorcyclists sprayed bullets at police mobile in Wazirabad area of Tank district bordering
South Waziristan Agency (SWA). As a result of firing four cops sustained injuries. The attackers managed to flee from the scene after the firing incident. The injured policemen were rushed to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Tank, where according to hospital sources condition of two injured cops was serious. Heavy contingent of police cordoned off the area after the firing incident and launched search operation for the attackers.—INP
GILGIT—The government of Gilgit-Baltistan will regularize services of more than 11000 employees working on temporary basis in different departments of the region, official sources said. They said the Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah has directed the Chief Secretary to work out the policy to meet the demands of temporary employees and their services be regularized. The official said presently more than 11000 employees are working on temporary basis and are being categorized so that they could be adjusted in phases. At first, the sources said, about 4300 employees of Water and Power Department shall benefit from their scheme and then Works Department and other departments will implement the directives of the Chief Minister.—APP
PML-N leader denies claims of PPP SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Following their abysmal performance in their 5 years of loot and plunder, Pakistan People’s Party, with nothing worthwhile to claim, has now embarked upon a strategy to hoodwink the nation through blatant misrepresentation of facts, first with economy and now with energy, said PML-N leader Tariq Azim. Making use of their ill-gotten money, he said the PPP recently placed full page ads in all national papers and have tried to shift the blame on the past PML – N government for their own gross negligence and inability to rid the nation of ever increasing load shedding problem. Instead of alleviating the problem, they compounded it by initiating Rental Power Projects in order to line their own pockets. The facts however, show the true picture. PPP went wrong in the first place when it chose to use the wrong fuel mix, relying totally on furnace
oil instead of coal or gas and then awarding contracts at inflated prices. A review of the HUBCO Power Project initiated by the PML – N Government in late 90s, resulted in massive savings for the nation following a court order that forced HUBCO to lower its prices, the PML-N leader added. While in government, Tariq said the PPP failed to control line losses because of massive corruption. Instead of settling the circular debt, billions were fleeced away by the likes of Tauqir Sadiq. Fact remains that thanks to PML–N policies, Pakistan at one time was in a position to export electricity to India. In 1999, when the PML – N’s government was illegally forced out, our production capacity stood at 17,399 MW. Now as claimed by the PPP’s own advert Pakistan’s CURRENT requirement is 17,000 MW. Hence, PML – N left the Pakistan with enough energy to even fulfill the needs 15 years later, he added.
KP TTB criticised STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Residents of landlocked valley Chiltral criticized Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Text Book Board (TBB) for printing a vulgar portrait in elementary book of Chitrali language that does not reflect culture of the area and some non Kohar (Chitrali) language words have been included. The residents castigated the TBB during a protest demonstration here opposite cantonment Railway Station on Tuesday. Sadiq Amin, a chairman Tanzeem-eTahafuz-e-Haqook-e-Chitral (TTHC) heading the protesting Chitralis. Holding banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against the text book board, they were also raising their-throat slogans against the TBB and in favour of their demands. Talking to reporters, he said that former provincial government had taken steps for promotion of mother tongues after long time but the administration of the said TBB had made blunders in reflecting Chitrali culture and language in initial stage in the elementary class book.
Merchants demand old timber auction procedure M HALEEM ASAD TIMERGARA—The Malakand Timber Marchant Association Chakdara on Tuesday demanded of the authorities to restore previous procedure of timber auction otherwise they would boycot the auction. Speaking at a news conference after a meeting, president of the association Muhammad Yar Khan and general secretary Muhammad Naeem Rughani complained that the forest Development Corporation had changed its procedure of timber auction. They said the newly formulated procedure had spread unrest in timber marchants. They said that timber was being classi-
fied and no one was ready to purchase low quality of timber. They demanded of the authorities to restore the old procedure. They warned to boycot the April 23 auction if their demand was not met. ***** A 4th grade student Kamranullah, 9, on Tuesday complained about corporal punishment and demanded of the higher authorities of education department to take notice of the matter. Father of the student, Badshah Khan while speaking at a news conference at here said that his son Kamran was brutally beaten by his teacher Faiz Talab. Showing wounds on his child’s back, he said the stu-
dent went unconscious after the physical violence. He also demanded of the authorities to initiate an enquity against the teacher and strictly ban corporal punishment in educational institutions. **** The judicial employees in Dir Lower on Tuesday condemned hand grenade attack on house of a female judge Sanum Taj at Shabqadar. In this regard a meeting of judicial employees was held at the district bar Timergara with Hayatullah in the chair. The meeting expressed anger on the incident and demanded of the government to provide adequate security to all judges particularly female judges.
BISP completes 99pc poverty survey covering 27m households ISLAMABAD—Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has completed 99 percent poverty survey countrywide involving 27 million household to figure out people illegible for financial grant. “Survey was done irrespective of political affiliations, caste, creed, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic status of the population”, said spokesman of BISP, here on Tuesday. He said according to survey findings, they identified more than seven million families comprising 45 million people as BISP beneficiaries,
including 450,000 families from Baluchistan and approximately 250,000 families from Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). The spokesman informed that BISP is playing a vital role for improving the economic condition of the impoverished, needy and deserving people of the country and so far Rs. 145 billion have been disbursed amongst its beneficiaries. “The BISP symbolizes dream of transforming Pakistan into a welfare state and has accomplished 15 years work in just four years”, he
stated. BISP’s target, he added, is to bring into its fold a total of 7.2 million poorest of the poor families which have been identified through the nationwide poverty survey. So far, more than 4.2 million families are receiving the monthly cash grant of Rs. 1000 and apart from the Cash grant - Mahana Maali Muawanat - initiative, BISP’s other initiatives include Vocational and Technical training - Waseela-e-Rozgar, InterestFree Returnable Financial Assistance - Waseela-e-Haq, Health and Life Insurance -
Waseela-e-Sehet - Primary Education (Co-responsibility Cash Transfer) - Waseela-eTaleem and Emergency Relief - Hangami Maali Imdad. The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has facilitated beneficiaries by its Mobile Phone Banking Service in selected districts to help marginalized segments of society at their door step, he further stated. Another innovation of BISP is use of Benazir Card for payments to recipients, this initiative is now being extended all over the country in the modified form i.e.
Benazir Card (Debit Card). Benazir Smart Card holder could only withdraw their money through franchisees, while recipients using Benazir Debit Card can use ATMs as well as Franchisees to withdraw their money. Thus they have more choices available for them. The card has so far been launched in 118 districts. More than three million cards have been distributed among the recipients and an amount of Rs.19 billion has been disbursed through these cards, he QUETTA: Lawyers hold a rally for safe and quick recovery of former Balochistan Advosaid.—APP cate General Salahuddin Mengal outside Governor House.
Judiciary, ECP for free, fair polls ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Ahsan Iqbal has said that that the Judiciary and Election Commission of Pakistan are playing their role effectively for free and fair elections but the decision in the coming polls has to be taken by the voters. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that law should have been equally applied to all without any discrimination. He said there should have been serious efforts and merciless action against those who looted the national wealth. Central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Zafar Ali Shah on Tuesday said the upcoming elections are very important as survival of the country depends on the polls. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said PML-N can meet challenges confronting the country due to its vibrant manifesto. To a question, he said that whenever PML-N has come into power, it has served the people with sincerity and a spirit of patriotism, strengthened national economy through solid policies, introduced comprehensive programmes for poverty alleviation, created job opportunity as well as promoted economic, industrial and trade activities. He said that by the support of the people, PML-N candidates will sweep the upcoming general elections. Earlier, former PMLN MNA, Rana Mehmoodul Hassan has said that his party will resolve electricity crisis within two years, if voted to power. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Rana Mehmoodul Hassan said that PML-N was offering party tickets on merit. He informed that a special mechanism was being adopted for awarding party tickets. He claimed that PML-N would defeat opponents with heavy margin. Rana Mehmoodul Hassan maintained that PML-N would do economic explosion after coming into power.—APP
PPP for public welfare LAHORE—The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will take solid steps to provide relief to the oppressed segment of society after wining elections. These views were expressed by PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki in a press statement issued on Tuesday. PPP Lahore Secretary Information Abid Hussain Siddiqi said the PPP had always safeguarded the interest of the downtrodden, adding that the party would continue making efforts for the uplift of the masses. He said the PPP had always launched people-friendly policies and provided relief to people. In a press statement on Friday, she said people are aware of the elements who consistently conspired against PPP-led government over last five years. Samina said that anti-PPP forces demonstrated their failure to acknowledge democracy. She added that national issues could be resolved while treading on the path of democracy. “PPP had to face pressure repeatedly, but the party didnot allow any one to damage the democratic process. Our party leadership has rendered precious sacrifices for the protection of democracy”. Citing the sacrifices of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, Samina Khalid said PPP leaders gave their lives to sustain democracy. She hoped that people would vote for PPP for its contribution to democracy and efforts to improve life of common man. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab vice president Haji Azizur Rehman Chan has said conspiracies against democratic process will be failed and elections will be held on time. Talking to media here, he said people and workers of the PPP had sacrificed for democracy and they would never allow to damage democracy and democratic institutions. He hoped the people would vote the PPP on its performance and the PPP would form the next government in the country.—APP
ANP to fully participate in elections Staff Reporter
P ESHAWA R —President ANP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senator Afrasiab Khattak demanded of the Election Commission of Commission (ECP) and caretaker government for provision of a level playing field to all the political parties. Talking to newsmen, Khattak said that some elements, who were upset on the popularity of ANP, were out to impose their will on the people. But the government is not taking any notice of the threats to its leaders, candidates and workers, he alleged. General secretary ANP KP Arbab Mohammad Tahir Khalil and former provincial ministers Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Aqil Shah were also present at the press conference. He said that keeping a particular political party away from the people by force would stigmatize the fairness and transparency of polls. He said that the silence of other political parties on withdrawal of security of ANP leaders and candidates was not justified as those having sympathies for ‘terrorists’ could face the same repercussions. Senator Khattak said that no one could usurpe the people’s right of vote and they would again give mandate to the ANP. The ANP leader asked the government to take action against those hurling threats to his party leaders. He alleged that the new Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) was the cousin of a contestant. He said that the ANP would fully participate in the elections and the attacks would not deter it. He said that the ANP had a political history, which believed in the non-violent philosophy of Bacha Khan. He said that the threats and attacks on ANP leaders and candidates would adversely impact the political situation.
PPP believes in masses power ISLAMABAD—Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) believed in the power of the masses and its leadership promoted politics of reconciliation in the country. Talking to APP, he said PPP always came to power through the votes of the people, who had the real power to bring a change in the country and claimed that PPP will win majority of the seats in upcoming general elections. Replying to a question, he said people would elect honest, trustworthy and committed representatives in the upcoming general elections who would take forward the country on the road of progress and prosperity. He said PPP had never made any false promises with the masses, adding his party fulfilled all the promises mentioned in the manifesto. Earlier, Senator Farhatullah Babar on Monday said that the top leadership of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and some other political parties was receiving threats. “Our leaders, former prime ministers Yusuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, former minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, former CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and ex-MNA Akhunzada Chattan are receiving threats,” Senator Farhatullah Babar informed the Senate. He said the leaders had also informed the President House about the threats. Therefore, it is responsibility of the government to provide them security, he added. He regretted a statement by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding security of former prime ministers and the leaders. “They are under threat and are not seeking security for the satisfaction of their ego.”—APP
91 polling stations declared sensitive M HALEEM ASAD TIMERGARA—A total of 91 polling stations out of 308 have been declared the most sensitive while 119 as sensitive for the May, 11 election, official sources told journalists. Sources said that keeping in view the situation a total of 91 polling stations in Dir Lower have been declared as most sensitive, 119 as sensitive and 98 normal. The Lower Dir has one national and four provincial assembly seats. The election commission has set up 308 polling stations. In PK-94, eight polling stations have been declared as the most sensitive while 42 as sensitive. In PK-95 33 have been declared most sensitive and 42 as sensitive while in PK-
96, 27 have been declared the most sensitive and 26 sensitive. Similarly in PK 97, 23 have been declared as the most sensitive while 8 as sensitive, sources said. The election candidates and political parties have been asked to limit their campaigns in-door and avoid big public gathering. ***** The Dir peace and cultural festival organized by the Pakistan army at Dir Scouts’ ground continued for the second day. A large number of school children, youth and elders from different parts of the district visited the venue. Different stalls have been set up in the festival, however, visitors most of them teenagers were seen interested in musical concerts and swings. QUETTA: JUI-F Balochistan Amir Senator Hafiz Hamdullah addressing a press conference.
Free, fair polls not possible under uncertain situation Candidates have concealed real assets to avoid tax SHER GONDAL MANDI B AHAUDDIN—Fair, free and transparent elections are not possible under the prevailing uncertain circumstances in general and with presence of Zardari in his office in special, said local PTI leader and candidate from NA-109 Faiz Ahmed Bosal. He was addressing a press conference here on
Tuesday. He said performance of caretaker government with regard to maintenance of law and order in the country and controversial role of ECP has further strengthened this version. Candidates and their supporters were being killed in broad day light and the government was just acting as a silent spectator. He said even general
public was of the opinion that upcoming election seems to be a drama that is why public at large was not taking any interest in the election. He further said that mostly candidates were exMPs who during last five years looted public money on the pretext of development schemes. They all concealed their actual assets and wealth and showed false
Anti-polio workers tortured in Khanewal, Karachi K H A N E WA L /K A R A C H I — in Khanewal area. Anti-polio workers sustained injuries when some men tortured them in Khanewal and Karachi area on Tuesday. According to details, polio vaccination team was beaten up in Kabirwala town of Khanewal. The incident took place at Mastpur area of tehsil Kabirwala. Unidentified man beat up lady workers, according to DCO Health Dr. Afzal Bashir. He said that lady health workers were identified as Sorayya and Tasleem. Police arrested five suspected men who allegedly tortured the polio team
Meanwhile, aerial firing was reported when polio workers arrived in Baldia Town in Karachi and the team left the area without administrating the drops to the children in the area. Meanwhile, it is reported that three days anti-polio vaccination campaign has been started in the district here on Tuesday. This was stated by DHO Dr.Muhammad Issa while talking to APP on Tuesday that, the health department would vaccinate more than 18885 children in different areas.
He said that various mobile teams were assigned their respective duties at transit points including bus terminals, schools, markets and other public places. The polio campaign will continue till April 18. He claimed that, there is no case of polio registered in the district up till now. He urged the masses to cooperate with anti-polio teams during the compaign. District Health Officer Dr Muhammad Essa said on Tuesday that Health department would immunize some 18885 children under five years of age in the district during polio campaign.—APP
NUML, Suleman Sah varsity sign research-in-social sciences MoU Harun Koken, Chairman Rumi Foundation and Dr Zakeriya Nas, Head of Turkish Department at NUML. Talking on the occasion, Professor Dr Adnan ASLAN
income statements in their nomination forms to avoid income tax. Despite this they succeeded to get their nomination papers accepted. On the other hand new entrants’ papers were rejected on minor technical grounds. The ECP has also failed to come up to its commitment for enabling overseas Pakistanis to exercise their
ous tenure. This was said by Iftikhar Ahmed Ranjha Advocate of Kharaywal village, a party activist said here while talking to press the other day. He said Ch Munis Elahi is candidate from of PP-118 and his success was sure with clear majority since he enjoyed big support of Ranjha Bradri, Bhatti brothers and Tarars including farmers and workers.
FC holds free medical camp Q U E T TA —Around
250 needy patients were given free medical treatment during the medical camps organized by Balochistan Frontier Corps at Loti and Pirkoh areas of Dera Bugti district. According to an FC press release here, during the day-long medical camp the patients including male, female and children were also provided with free. Local people welcomed the initiative and assured their full cooperation in future as well. Speaking on the occasion, Commandant Bambore Rifles, a wing of FC, Colonel Arshad said that FC were determined for public service and persistently holding free medical camps to ensure quality medical facilities to needy CHAMAN: A health worker giving anti-Polio drops to a patients of remote areas of child at Civil Hospital during three-day campaign. the province.—APP
ASI injured in encounter, lady killed in accident
members would be ultimate beneficiary, he added. ISLAMABAD —A MemoranHe also said that the major emphasis would be on the dum of Understanding (MoU) research and students and BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI was signed by the National faculty members would be University of Modern LanH AFIZABAD —A Assistant Sub-Inspector was injured in police encounter in police station Pindi Bhattian Sadar area last night. According to police sources, SHO police station, Pindi Bhattian, received information that some proclaimed offenders including Sajjad alias Haji Sameka were present in village Thatha Raika. Police party cordoned of the area but the proclaimed offenders opened fire on Police party without any discrimination. Resultantly, ASI Tayyab was injured who was shifted to district headquarters hospital, Hafizabad. Police also retaliated and encounter continued for more than three hours. Proclaimed offenders Sajjad alias Haji Sameka and his accomplices Mujahid etc managed to escape in the darkness of the night. Police had announced head money of Rs. ISLAMABAD: Director General NUML, Brig Azam Jamal and Prof Dr Adnan Aslan, 5 lakh on Proclaimed ofdean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Suleyman Sah University exchange fender Sajjad and Rs 5 lakh on Mujahid and wanted by documents after MoU signing ceremony. police of district Hafizabad, guages (NUML), Islamabad, said that Pakistan was a very given opportunities to carry Faisalabad and Cheniot in and Suleyman Sah University, close friend of Turkey and out research under the guid- murder, abduction for ransom Turkey, here today to have a people of Turkey had deep ance of some very highly and extortion cases. **** close academic collaboration fraternal feelings for their qualified and experienced Sister was killed while teachers. DG Brig Azam Jamal in the faculties of Humanities Pakistani brothers. This collaboration be- said that both institutions brother injured in road acciand Social Sciences, Faculty of Administrative and Man- tween two universities of have a lot of similarities and dent on Lahore-Sargodha agement Sciences as well as Pakistan and Turkey would there was a great scope to Road near Sukheki, 50 km from be another opportunity to work in areas of Turkish lan- here. According to police reresearch. The MOU was signed assist each other in the filed guage and literature, Interna- port, Tanveer resident of vilby the Director General (DG) of academic research and tional Relations, Economics, lage Kaleki village was on its NUML, Brig Azam Jamal and learning which ultimately Psychology and Manage- way to Pindi Bhattian accomProfessor Dr Adnan leads toward economic and ment Sciences. Moreover, panied by her sister Rubina ASLAN, Dean Faculty of social betterment. He told promotion of research in all Bibi on bike. When they Humanities and Social Sci- that “there are four depart- disciplines of studies is one r e a c h e d L a h o r e - S a r g o d h a ences of Suleyman Sah Uni- ments under the faculty of of our strategic thrusts. We Road near Sukheki, a seedy versity. The signature cer- Humanities and Social Sci- look forward to some very car coming from back side emony was attended by the ences” and through this col- beneficial and practical op- crushed them. Resultantly, Registrar Brig (R) M. Saeed laboration such arrange- portunities for our students Rubina Bibi was killed on the Akhtar Malik, Director Aca- ments would be made under and faculty members and spot while his brother Tanveer received injuries. demics Col (R) Syed Jawaid, which students and faculty vice verse.
right of vote. **** Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam will give surprise results in coming elections. PMLQ has nominated candidates through mutual consensus of local party workers and activists. The candidates are strong and enjoy good reputation in their respective areas due to party’s remarkable performance in the previ-
Hot, dry weather likely I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- Quetta 27 ,Muzzafarabad 32, teorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday forecast dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, western disturbance prevailing over parts of the country has moved toward north easterly direction. Hot and dry weather will prevail in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan for the next 24 hours. The hot and dry spell across the country will continue to prevaail for three to four days. The maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Islamabad 32 C, Lahore and Karachi 37, Peshawar 33,
Murree 21 and Gilgit Baltistan 30 C. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Shaheed
Benazirabad 45 C, Sukkur, Mithi and Padidan 43 C. The KP Met Office here on Tuesday forecast more rain with thundershowers along with gusty winds at scattered places of Malakand.—APP
KP Govt, Korea to enhance relations STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —A Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed between the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and the Government of Yeonggwang, Jeollanamdo Province, Korea for the promotion of friendly relations at a ceremony held here at Civil Secretariat Tuesday. Secretary Culture, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azmat Hanif Aurakzai and City Headman Yeonggwang, Jeong Gi Ho, signed the letter on behalf of their governments while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Information and Culture, Mossarat Qadeem and a number of the Korean delegates were present on the occasion. According to details of the
LOI, both local authorities will pursue a variety of exchange and cooperation activities in various fields of local authorities and private organizations including culture, sightseeing, art, education and administration. Both local authorities will implement general actions required for the exchange and cooperation, provide a variety of conveniences for exchange to each other and observe the principle of reciprocity and equality. Moreover, both local authorities will implement the cooperation projects after thorough discussion in consideration of the features of each project. It was also agreed that Gandhara art and culture association will actively suggest and help the two cities to cooperate and communicate with each other.
Raja debarred and may go behind bars
Shock wave in Boston
HE case of former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is classical reflection of the proverb ‘Man proposes, God disposes’. In this case the man incharge of almost everything misused his authority to apparently please his vote bank in Gujar Khan to ensure easy sailing in elections but the very action has turned out to be a nightmare for him. The Returning Officer concerned rejected his nomination papers for NA51 on the basis of unambiguous remarks given by Islamabad High Court in the case of award of contracts for development schemes in his constituency in violation of the rules and laws and on Monday his appeal against the decision of RO was turned down by the Election Tribunal, serving a severe blow to his political dream and career. This is a stark reminder that power is a sacred trust and every effort should be made to avail the opportunity to do things that are remembered by the nation and not vested interests. What happened to Raja Pervez Ashraf should be a routine in a real democracy as those who loot and plunder national wealth must be held accountable for the misdeeds. Isn’t it ironical that both the Prime Ministers of PPP era stand disqualified from contesting elections and based on the evidence, if cases are pursued, Raja could well be behind bars some day. But the most disgusting aspect of the entire episode is that both of them have apparently not learnt the lesson as one is still claiming that he upheld the Constitution and the law by not writing letter to the Swiss authorities despite clear instructions of the highest court of the land and the other takes pride in diverting funds from other areas and constituencies to his own constituency in the name of service to the people as if people of Pakistan live only in Gujar Khan. In fact, in a genuine democratic polity, there should have been no room for a person tainted with RPPs and other scandals to reach the top slot of the country but those at the helm of affairs were bent upon making mockery of the judicial system and they are now reaping what they had sown. Whether or not Raja has learnt any lesson but we are sure future Prime Ministers and Ministers would surely not forget that they too could meet the same fate.
Load-shedding breaking back of industry T
HOUGH it is not something new but still the report that the increased load-shedding is inflicting huge industrial losses should be a cause for concern not only for the interim set up but also for aspirants of the power through forthcoming general elections. It is because of this that office bearers of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry have strongly condemned the load-shedding in industrial areas of Karachi by KESC on the pretext of less gas supply by the SSGC. We are talking about industrialization and investment to get rid of abysmal poverty and socio-economic backwardness but regrettably our actions are quite the contrary. No incentive for investment would work until and unless we ensure provision of basic infrastructure and uninterrupted supply of energy to industries and businesses. The dream of substantial increase in exports is also directly linked to our ability to provide energy to ensure creation of required surplus for exports. PPP is blaming PML-N for scuttling the energy policy of then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto which, the party believes, would have increased the installed capacity to take care of even future needs of the country, but experts say it was the very IPPs policy that has landed the country into unending trouble. The commission and kickback mafia concluded power purchase price with IPPs that the country is still not able to pay and which is the fundamental cause of the vicious circular debt that is considered to be the major factor behind power shortages. Anyhow, the country cannot wait for another five year as Imran Khan is promising and the next Government will have to take emergent measures to bridge the gap between supply and demand of the electricity.
Fake mineral water in a fake society W
HILE food adulteration is common in Pakistan, Managing Direc tor Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) has stated that there were more than 500 commercial entities deceiving the masses for bottled mineral water by simply supplying tab water to the consumers. In January this year the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in its report said seventeen companies had been found to be selling unsafe water for drinking. Supply of bottled water has become a roaring business and every office and household is getting the supply for the sake of health reasons. However taking advantage of the trend, many fake companies under different brands have sprung up in every part of the country. One may say that over the last few years, the country which came into being in the name of Islam and the society known as upholder of Islamic traditions and eastern culture is witnessing adulteration in every thing. Even life saving drugs and food items have not been spared and the patients while purchasing medicines are not sure that these items were of standard quality. There had been several deaths in a Lahore hospital last year when patients were supplied substandard medicines and there were several inquiries but nothing concrete came out. So it is understandable that not only the so-called mineral water but every consumer item being supplied is fake and the brigades of inspectors at the federal and provincial levels, employed to keep a close watch and prevent adulteration are either themselves involved in the dirty business or made helpless by their superiors and those involved in the trade. Therefore we would strongly impress upon the concerned government agencies to realize their responsibilities to the country and the people and bring an end to the menace of supply of fake mineral water and other items.
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Time to take global warming seriously of their rain-forest timber. The developed world was never expected to be on the receiving end of things. Nature is a great leveler. It refuses to give Khalid Saleem somehow special preference to the Email: firstname.lastname@example.org rich and prosperous. Manmade disasters may target the poor and the deprived, t is heart-warming that in a but nature shows no such bias. It world, in which human values was interesting, therefore, to come — what to talk of human life across, some years back, a series of — have lost all sanctity; there ex- four articles by a Barry James in ist people who still worry about the International Herald Tribune such causes as global warming. It each on one of “Four Battlefronts” tends to restore whatever little in, what was termed as the “war faith one had in human nature. One against effects of climate change”. had been hearing about the men- The four “Battle Fronts” selected ace of global warming off and on by the author were, understandably for quite some time, without tak- all in the Developed World. The first of the series, relating to ing it too seriously. Most people tend to behave in this lackadaisi- Venice - the much-heralded city of cal fashion until a hazard rears its “romantic canals and splendid palugly head. Very few in this un- aces”- is of direct relevance to the heeding world of ours had taken it Third World. It appears that Venice all that seriously until the tsunami had already sunk a good depth of a and earthquake disasters turned step due to the indiscriminate drainage of the underground water table everything upside down. In several Multilateral Confer- during industrialization. This had had ences in the past, when the subject the effect of leaving several Venetians of global warming came up it was in ankle deep water in their homes brushed aside by the developed and work places. Now that the specworld as a Third World worry. Why ter of the aftermath of global warmbother, they appear to have argued, ing is sending shivers down the spines if merely a few measly poor nations of residents of low-lying areas around were in danger of being submerged the globe, Venetians are faced with by the rising sea? It was hardly the horrifying prospect of large parts worth sacrificing the First World’s of their city being submerged much prerogative to burn fossil fuel to its of the time. This is hardly a happy prospect heart’s content! Besides, it was always expedient to fob off the re- for a city that derives most of its revsponsibility on those Third World enue from the gawking tourists. states that were eking out a measly Venice, one learns, has been taking the living through the clandestine sale problem seriously for more than three
decades now. Regrettably, the same can hardly be said about the Third World countries that are projected to be on the “hit list” of global warming. Tens of millions of hapless people, mainly in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, face serious or permanent flooding of their lands if the climate change predictions become a reality. The World Metrological Organization (WMO) has termed the past decade as the warmest since accurate records began to be maintained in the mid 19th century. The collapse of a huge ice shelf in the eastern Antarctic was reported a couple of years ago. This was apparently due to rise in the temperatures in the region. Scientists have surmised that, if the present trends continue unabated, the Arctic could well turn into a navigable ocean by the middle of this century. This is not a phenomenon to be taken lightly. The ecological disaster that such a change could bring in its wake should make all mankind sit up and take notice. The tragedy is that the world is still engaged in playing ducks and drakes with the issue as it is with several other issues of far reaching import. Multilateral diplomacy, which has progressively become the bane of what we euphemistically refer to as “our civilization”, has once again been let loose in the world’s arena. The multilateral diplomatists are more interested in their paid jaunts to far off exotic resorts than in the well being of the populace at risk. They are bound to sell their sponsors short, as evidently their selfish priorities hardly square in with the anxieties of the struggling millions of the Third World.
The Kyoto protocol came into effect, though the powers that be, in their mighty wisdom, chose to stay out and defy the fury of nature. These powers continue to cling to the belief – as is their wont - that whenever calamity falls it will affect only the weak and that they would emerge unscathed. Be that as it may, they will be doing so at their own peril! Nature, as one mentioned earlier, is a great leveler. Meanwhile, several other ecological upheavals are visible on the horizon. The melting of huge chunks of ice near the North Pole is already the cause of serious concern. Not only will the loose chunks of ice pose an avoidable hazard to the shipping in the region, the consequential rise in the level of the ocean will be a danger for the lowlying landmasses in the area. Nearer home, there is an ecological disaster waiting to happen in the Siachin region, where the glacier is in imminent danger of melting. Experts have already warned that unless the military operations in the area are terminated and the forces withdrawn an ecological catastrophe is waiting round the corner. The moot question is: will the two sides take time off from their inane sparring sessions to pay some serious attention to the ecological disasters waiting to happen? Global warming is not a phenomenon to be taken lightly. The future of millions of human beings is at stake. The sooner the powers that be realize the impending danger, the better it will be for all concerned. What is more, the world would need to act before it is too late.
Debate over Articles 62 & 63 gust, in point of fact, shows a transition from the concept of towards stateM Tahir Iqbal nationhood hood. But that is taken as a Email: email@example.com sole source to render secular meanings to type of Pakistan Jinnah wished to have. The Quaid had a clear concept uge hubbub was raised in recent times about the role of Islam as a code of life. In reply of returning officers and to a journalist in 1943, he said, “Isthe kind of questions they put to lam is not a mere religion, but a the candidates. It has been the most realistic and practical code of conpenned-down and talked-over de- duct.” During his visit to Usmania bate in the latest hours. The politi- University, Hyderabad, he emphacians became het up and the me- sized, “The concept of Islamic state dia men wrought up. Articles 62, is that in which one has to obey Al63 have ignited a heated debate mighty Allah faithfully. This obewedging apart two sections of so- dience is through the injunctions ciety: liberal seculars and the con- and principles of the Holy Quran. servatives; that is what each side In Islam, sovereign powers are not of stratum is labeling for each vested in the persons of King or other. The rejection of nomination parliament.... Quran has prescribed papers of Ayaz Amir worked as the limits of our political and sofuel to turbulent flames burning in cial life.” The current debate, in the liberal fascists’ mind, this is fact, originated from the use of how they are titled. Ayaz Amir’s Articles 62 and 63 by the returnrejection orientated the discussion ing officers. These two Articles to the seemingly unending debate define the parameters of the qualifications and disqualifications for on the ‘ideology of Pakistan’. I read more than a dozen ar- the ones aspiring to join the corriticles on the topic. Most sounded dors of provincial and central legquite liberal stretching the debate islative assemblies of Pakistan. The to the credentials of Quaid-e-Azam Article 62(e, f) proved to be the and Allama Iqbal. An editor of a biggest scratch on the sane brains widely circulated English daily of these liberals. It is vehemently argued that the opines that both these founding fathers of Pakistan would have words ‘sagacious’, ‘righteous’, failed before returning officers of ‘non-profligate’, ‘honest’ and these days. He goes as far as to say ‘ameen’ for the legislators are that Allama Muhammad Iqbal vague and defective, not to menwould have been on a sticky wicket tion difficult to implement. But the if requested to explain the ideol- point is why these words are not ogy of Pakistan. He further tags the taken in general sense of collective behaviour of these returning offic- appearance. After all, these words ers as being ‘absurd display of re- have their legal and moral signifiligiosity’. These liberals, as is cance in many laws of the world called, have nothing in their pock- and specifically Islam, too. The ets but the speech of Jinnah deliv- qualifications of a witness as enunered on August 11, 1947, brushing ciated by Islamic law are that he aside to the basket almost more ought to be of ‘reliable character’, than one hundred sayings of the ‘mature mind’ and ‘understanding’. Quaid for upholding the ideals of Moreover a competent witness is Islam. The speech of 11th of Au- the one who ‘avoids major sins’.
So, nobody has ever bothered here to define these terms since these are as lucid as the light of the day. Nobody can argue that the words used for the qualifications of a witness are defective and obscure. But when the constitution says that a legislator should be the one who abstains from major sins; the so called latitudinarians rush forward
Now there is another problem: the blame is reposed only on Gen. Zia-ul-Haq for interpolating these articles in the constitution. It is related that only Zia was responsible to Islamize the constitution to an imbalance stretch. But flipping over the pages of the constitutional history of Pakistan transpires the other side of the portrait, too. to defend their cohorts and compeers contending that to implement Articles 62 and 63 shall be tantamount to the resurrection of Gen. Zia’s soul. Sir Ivor Jennings has duly written about the qualifications of a minister in his widely acknowledged work on law: ‘Cabinet Government’. He says, “The most elementary qualification demanded of a minister is honesty and incorruptibility.” No legal expert has ever listed these simple words as opaque and demanding further clarification.
Now there is another problem: the blame is reposed only on Gen. Ziaul-Haq for interpolating these articles in the constitution. It is related that only Zia was responsible to Islamize the constitution to an imbalance stretch. But flipping over the pages of the constitutional history of Pakistan transpires the other side of the portrait, too. In the constitution of 1962, the oath of the President, the P.M. and the members of the parliaments bound them just to express obedience to the constitution, hence no reference to the Islamic ideology; but adherence to Islamic ideology was made part in the interim constitution of 1972 and then 1973 under the supervision of Mr. Bhutto. Then Objective Resolution was also retained unanimously as the preamble of the constitution of 1973. In the Asma Jillani vs government of Punjab judgment given in 1972, the Chief Justice Hamoodur Rahman had it thus, “The state of Pakistan was created in perpetuity based on Islamic ideology and has to be run and governed on all the basic norms of that ideology.” The role of a legislator to enforce the Islamic ideology has been defined in Articles 2, 2A, 5, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 203(A), 203(J), 227, 228, 229 and 230. The logic becomes very simple now: how a legislator can help the process for the promulgation of Islamic injunctions and teachings if he himself is destitute of the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah? How a person who overtly goes for the liberty of drinking can assist the parliament forge laws as articulated in the mentioned articles? So, to implement this, vetting of the aspiring parliamentarians by the returning officers as per Articles 62 and 63 ought to be a matter of high priority so as to follow the constitution in its true quintessence.
n the weeks and months after the 2001 terrorist attacks, every iconic sports event became an occasion for anxiety. World Series games, the Super Bowl — with each, trepidation suffused every fan’s normal interest. Over time, the trepidation faded — until Monday. The Boston Marathon, held each Patriot’s Day, is about as iconic as a sporting event can be, for the world’s elite runners and for Bostonians, whether sedentary or fit. As Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said, “This is a pretty special day around here.” That it would be despoiled by two explosions near the finish line, killing at least three and injuring scores, is a terrible development. In the early moments after the blasts, there were indications of the nation’s maturity, for better and worse, in dealing with such shocks. Runners and onlookers seemed to respond, for the most part, without panic. Local police began cooperating seamlessly with state police and the FBI and other federal authorities. Emergency crews responded with professionalism. Officials and reporters, meanwhile, were careful not to get ahead of the confirmed news. Could the explosions have been something other than bombs? In the late afternoon, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed that they were explosive devices. Who was responsible? Again, there seemed to be a general understanding of the danger of jumping to conclusions. The nation has seen its share of foreign terrorism and home-grown terrorism attacks alike (the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta come to mind). Sadly, any number of explanatory scenarios were plausible, absent a claim of responsibility and pending a more thorough investigation. Washingtonians who knew a marathoner, or whose friends or loved ones were in Boston for other reasons, frantically sought reassurance. For everyone else, there was little to do but hold the victims in their hearts and wait for more clarity. Unfortunately, we’ve learned well by now that “senseless” doesn’t mean “unlikely.” Even so, who could help but feel furious that anyone would target such a sunny event and so many innocent people? — The Washington Post
Salam Fayyad’s outlook will be missed
he time could not be more apt for the Palestinians to unite, given the bleak circumstances they face. The Palestinian cause should not be forgotten as the aspirations of an independent homeland will always be the key for any lasting peace in the region. Hence, there are high expectations from the Palestinian leadership to attain this goal. The resignation of prime minister Salam Fayyad is a setback. As the premier, Fayyad was a voice of moderation, and one which was acceptable to the international community. Furthermore, he was also seen by his own people as someone who was capable of tackling difficult issues, especially when it came to the economic woes of the Palestinians. Regardless of his shortcomings, Fayyad did bring along with him a hope that matters could improve, even if marginally. Yet what makes his departure problematic is the fact that the US has expressed its intention to become engaged once again in the muchdelayed peace process. Having Fayyad on board would have been a plus as he is a practical person who believes in long-term planning. Having said that, President Mahmoud Abbas and the senior Palestinian leadership must now refuse to be confined by reality’s limitations, and rather be determined to push for a better future for the Palestinian people. Pursuing such an aspiration will require a different level of leadership, transparency and agility. — Gulf News Wealth is like seawater; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher
Delusion of grandeur Muhammad Daheem Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
S analysts, under the delusion of grandeur, believe that North Korean missiles can’t reach America. According to CS Monitor “North Korea’s US attack plans are nutty.” US analysts are not taking North Korean threats very seriously. The current escalation is dangerous for the world peace. Anything can happen. North Korea is unpredictable. That makes Pentagon much worried. Kim Jong-un, Korean leader, met with military aides to discuss “an urgent operation” against America. The question is: can North Korea strike the US with nuclear missiles? What would happen if Kim Jong-un acts on his threats? What would be the consequences of this attack? The words of the general staff “The moment of explosion is approaching fast” are considered to be a serious threat. It seems that Korean leader is sick of “not war not peace” situation. He seems to be serious to finish it; this way or that way. He has a unique style. As a matter of fact North Korea finds itself in a state of war with South Korea and the United States of America. Pyongyang upholds the idea that it has right to launch a “preemptive nuclear strike on the US.” Its viewpoint is that America is an imperialist successor to Japan. The US forces in South Korea and Japan are “well within range of mediumrange North Korean rockets.” It has openly threatened US and South Korea of nuclear attack. Kim Jong-un has already determined the paths of possible missile strikes on the United States of America. North Korea may be making preparations for a nuclear or missile test to show its strength, in the month of April, to celebrate on the occasion of the birth anniversary of founding leader Kim- il Sung. The hostility between US and NK has its roots in Cold War days’ politics. Korea closed its doors for the western traders in the mid-19th century. After the Second World War Korea was divided along the 38th parallel for a temporary period. It could not be unified due to tussle between Russia and the United States of America. It is pertinent to mention here that in 1951 more than 28,000 US forces stayed on the Korean peninsula. In 1963 Soviet Union agreed to help North Korea in developing a peaceful nuclear energy program and training its nuclear scientists while America had several warheads in South Korea. In 1993 North Korea had enough raw material for
several nuclear weapons from a major nuclear reactor. Negotiations succeeded between US and North Korea in 1994. North Korea agreed to freeze its existing plutonium enrichment program and allowed IAEA to monitor it. Both sides agreed that Korean Peninsula would be nuclearfree zone. In return certain concessions were given to North Korea including heavy fuel oil for a limited period. Soon after, Republicans refused to support the agreement. Congress did not provide sufficient amount of funds. The Americans did not act upon the agreement thoroughly and honestly. Stephen W. Bosworth, KEDO’s first director, later commented: “The agreement Framework was a political orphan within two weeks after its signature”. It is believed that American administration infuriated North Korea at several stages. In fact, change of government, in North Korea, was the prime objective of the American administration. Sick of American tactics, “North Korea, in May 1998, warned the United States of America that it would restart nuclear research.” The tension mounted between North Korea and US when Bush categorized North Korea as part of the “Axis of Evil” in 2002. Bush blamed North Korea for developing a uranium enrichment program for nuclear weapons purposes. The US warned North Korea to terminate the program or face the consequences. Later on, KEDO agreed to suspend heavy fuel oil shipments to North Korea in the same year. “In late 2002 and early 2003, North Korea terminated the freeze on its existing plutonium-based nuclear facilities, expelled IAEA inspectors and removed seals and monitoring equipment, quit the NPT, and resumed reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel to extract plutonium for weapons purposes.” It was, in fact, reaction of American threats and hostile policy towards North Korea. Now North Korea had a great desire to have a deterrent force in the face of U.S. threats. On May 28, 2010, the official (North) Korean Central News Agency blamed the United States for torpedoing ‘Cheonan’. It blamed Obama for “escalating instability in the Asia-Pacific region.”America, on the other hand, conducted war exercises to terrorize North Korea. US is demanding denuclearization of North Korea while North Korea is determined to be accepted as a nuclear power. Moreover, North Korea, in an aggressive mood, has announced the reopening of the Yongbyon nuclear complex. This is the latest aggressive move made by North Ko-
rea. Nonetheless, there seems to be no possibility of any imminent attack from the north side. Ban Ki-moon has offered his services to resolve the crisis. North Korea is neither a joke nor a paper tiger. It has the strength to destroy its enemies. It has massive underground fortifications. It can easily deploy its conventional forces for a possible attack against the United States’ forces stationed in South Korea. America is speeding up deployment of its missile-defense cruisers into the Pacific on Guam. It has already deployed a warship. Many US warships and jets are already present there. The United States of America, no doubt, can destroy North Korea. The important thing is North Korea has the capability to make serious damage to America in nuclear war. America, in such a case, would no more be a world power but just like any third world country begging alms from all over the world. It would, of course, be a horrible war. Some US allies may be wiped out from the map of the earth. This is what really matters to America. In case of nuclear war both sides will be annihilated while Japan and America will face serious losses. China my also join war in case its region is polluted by atomic bombing. This may lead to the Third World War. North Korea has a strong and credible army in case of non-nuclear war. It has 500 combat aircraft. It has potential to destroy its enemies ruthlessly. Its troops are highly motivated, well-trained and wellequipped. Its forces have the capability to destroy Seoul completely. America would not be in a position to save Seoul from massive destruction. Both sides, in fact, are almost equally balanced. If China is affected seriously from the military operation near its border, it would certainly involve itself in war.The potential US allies, just like Britain, would also suffer in this war. China, of course, can play a vital role to lessen the tension between the two countries. The reaction of regional forces would play effective role. Unfortunately America and its allies have double standards. That is the major cause of disturbance all over the world. A quick and sudden attack on North Korea may be retaliated with the same force by the North causing unbelievable losses in South Korea, Japan and the United States of America. The consequences of war, once started, would not be in control of any particular power as it happened in case of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving behind traces of defeat for Americans and finally finding faults with their own false strategy. Americans will have to pay pain-
fully expensive price of war. The aggressive approach of Washington and Pyongyang can lead to the beginning of the Third World War. Kim Jong-un, the son of Kim Jong-il, took the charge of of the government after the death of his father on 17 December, 2011. The same year he became the Supreme Leader of North Korea.The Korean Leader announced on 29 February 2012 that North Korea will freeze nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment at its Yongbyon plant. International nuclear inspectors were also invited to join again to monitor the reactor. The Obama administration responded by offering 240,000 tonnes of food for the people of North Korea. Later on, frustrated from Americans undue behaviour and unnecessary pressure, undaunted North Korea conducted a successful nuclear test on February 12, 2013. It was in response to US threats, “the sworn enemy of the Korean people.” It shocked and greatly annoyed South Korea, the United States of America and its allies. America and its allies warned North Korea that it would have to “pay a price” for its actions. The United Nations Security Council imposed new economic sanctions against North Korea. The young Korean leader threatened a “preemptive” nuclear strike against the United States. The next day it voided its non-aggression pact with South Korea. It is believed that North Korea is developing long range ballistic missiles that could reach the west coast of the US. The United States intelligence community acknowledges that North Korea has the capability to target Hawaii with its current technology.Kim Jong-un, the young leader of North Korea, threatened the United States “declaring that rockets were ready to be fired at American bases in the Pacific.” It was in response to two B2 stealth bombers’ adventure that “flew over the Korean peninsula on the day before.” For Pentagon it was a real and clear signal of danger. It called “for an advanced missile defense system to the western Pacific on April 3.” Though North Korea is the winner in war of words, only time will determine who is the real winner and who is the real loser—— in this game of war. The Cold War between North Korea and the United Sates may change into Hot war.The current escalation of hostilities is really very dangerous. Actions speak louder than words. The outcome may be the beginning of the end of the world.
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A Kurdish renaissance Jackson Diehl
y now it’s obvious that “spring” is the wrong de scription of the political turmoil and civil war that have followed the Arab revolutions of 2011. But for one nation in the Middle East, it’s beginning to look like freedom and prosperity just might be blooming. “People are beginning to talk about the Kurdish Spring, not the Arab Spring,” says a grinning Fuad Hussein, a senior official in the government of Iraqi Kurdistan. Hussein and a delegation from the Kurdistan Region Government, which controls a strip of northern Iraq slightly larger than Maryland, were in Washington last week to talk about where their country stands a decade after the US invasion. From Irbil, Kurdistan’s capital, the war looks like an extraordinary success. Kurdistan is a democracy, though an imperfect one; the territory is peaceful and the economy is booming at the rate of 11 percent a year. Foreign investors are pouring though
gleaming new airports to invest, especially in Kurdish-controlled oil fields. Exxon, Chevron, Gazprom and Total are among the multinationals to sign deals with the regional government. A new pipeline from Kurdistan to Turkey could allow exports to soar to 1 million barrels a day within a couple of years. Turkey is emerging as the Kurds’ closest ally and the potential enabler of a string of adjacent, self-governing Kurdish communities stretching from Syria to the Iraq-Iran border. Having built close ties with the Iraqi Kurdish government, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now negotiating a peace deal with the insurgent Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) — a pact that could mean new language and cultural rights, as well as elected local governments, for the Kurdish-populated areas of southeastern Turkey. Meanwhile, Barzani and the Iraqi Kurds have been trying to foster a Kurdish self-government for northern Syria, where some 2.5 million Kurds live. Syrian government forces withdrew from the area last year, giving the Kurds the chance to set up their own administration.
Until recently, the principal Syrian Kurdish party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was supporting the PKK’s fight against Turkey and leaning toward the regime of Bashar alAssad. Now, thanks to the nascent peace deal, it may be switching sides: Earlier this month its fighters joined with Syrian rebels to drive government forces out of a Kurdish-populated district of Aleppo. Middle Eastern geo-politics, which for so long worked against the Kurds, is now working for them. The sectarian fragmentation of Syria and Iraq has created new space for a nation that is mostly Sunni Muslim, but moderate and secular. Suddenly the Kurds are being courted by all sides. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this month sent a delegation to Irbil to propose that the Kurds return the parliament deputies and ministers they withdrew from the national government last year. Barzani’s government declined but agreed to send a delegation to Baghdad for negotiations. As Hussein portrays it, the talks may be a last chance to avert a breakup of Iraq into separate Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish areas — a split he
blames on Maliki’s attempt to concentrate Shiite power. “Either we are going to have a real partnership, or we are going to go back to our own people,” he said, adding that the result could be a referendum on Kurdistan’s future. It would make sense for the United States to join Turkey in backing this Kurdish renaissance; the Kurds are a moderate and pro-Western force in an increasingly volatile region. Yet the Obama administration has consistently been at odds with the Iraqi Kurdish government. It has lobbied Turkey not to allow the new oil pipeline that would give Kurdistan economic independence from Baghdad, and, in the Kurds’ view, repeatedly backed Maliki’s attempts to impose his authority on the region. “The administration sees us not as a stabilizing force, but as an irritant, as an alien presence in the region that complicates matters, another Israel,” one of the visiting Kurds told me. That, like so much of the administration’s policy in the Middle East these days, is wrongheaded. — Courtesy: The Washington Post
Master and servant..!
n Mumbai, an assistant sub in spector is summoned to the Maharashtra Assembly and thrashed by fifteen MLAs. His crime? Stopping an MLA from over speeding on the Bandra Sea-Link bridge! The poor policeman was so brutally beaten up by these so called lawmakers, that he was taken out in a stretcher and hospitalized! Even as one wonders how this could happen, I would say it was inevitable. Over the years the police have
become the henchmen of our elected representatives. Even though government after government have promised that the police force will function independently, still as soon as they come to power, they realize they have at their control, an army is at their beck and call, who they can summon upon to handle all their private wars, and the police continue to serve these elected members faithfully. It continues as a master servant relationship. The master tells his servant what to do, the master orders his servant who to beat up, the master sends his servants to get a job done, and the servants serve their masters and get rewarded with plumb postings and other favours. I can imagine the thoughts of the MLA who was caught
for speeding: “Who is that man in khaki blowing the whistle at?” “At us sir!” “But I gave him the whistle! How dare he! Thrash him!” Yes, our elected representatives believed they were just disciplining a servant who had gone rogue. “A few cuffs to his body and he will become alright!” “Kick him on his stomach two, three times, and better sense will come back to him!” “Fist him in the mouth, he won’t be able to use the whistle for a few days, then he’ll be alright!” You can bet your last dollar these were their thoughts as they kicked, punched, slapped and fisted the poor traffic policeman right outside the legislative hall! This is only the beginning! In Gujarat, the cop who sup-
posedly heard Modi tell his men to look the other way when the minorities were being killed, is being bullied by the government. You hear the same story all over the country. The only good that can come out of this Sea-Link episode is to De-Link the cops from the politicians. The cops are the guardians of the Constitution. The Constitution is above the elected representatives, and the cops should be accountable only to the law and nobody else. If not these dastardly episodes, springing from this master servant relationship will happen more frequently. The thrashing should have been the other way around..! —Email: email@example.com
Voice of the People Young voter participation M OSAMA AFNAN HANAFI
n the past several decades, voter participation has been plummeting dramatically. The most notable decline has been the vote of young people. Although the percentage of young voters who participate has always been poor, in last election it has reached an all-time low. Yet there are ways to increase low turnouts, with simple reform and legislation, especially among young voters. The most obvious reasons for low voter turnout are the registration and voting processes. Mostly Young people would not have to take time out of their hectic lives to register. Even though registration takes a short amount of time and is relatively simple, many young people do not see it as productive time and are either too busy or too apathetic to register. A simple solution to this problem would be to make all citizens automatically registered when they turn 18. Countries in which automatic registration has been instituted have significantly higher voter turnouts than the Pakistan. We know that Voter participation is important to young people. Since the turnout of young voters is so low, many candidates fail to address their issues and do not campaign to win the young vote. The privilege to vote is not held in enough esteem by today’s society and that is a problem because it deters voting. Without exercising his right to vote, a citizen has no say in his government. Low voter turnout is a pressing dilemma in today’s society. Poor percentages result in more apathy and thus even lower turnouts. Legislation and reform is Key to increasing voter participation from young people. —Karachi
Changing politics in Balochistan MUKHTAR AHMED Your editorial “Baluchistan comes to mainstream politics”, (Apr 12) has rightly welcomed the steps being taken by PML(N) in bridging the gap in Baluchistan politics in striking electoral deal with BNM. Unfortunately last 5 years were spent in lip service and the provincial government was least bothered about the issues being faced by the people of the province as a result their contribution has been zero. It will be unfair if the role played by Gen Kayani COAS is not acknowledged. He took personal interest and initiated numerous development projects, encouraging the leadership to come forward and take part in elections. Army initiated numerous schemes and allotted 15000 vacancies for youth in Baluchistan from 2009 to 2012.It is heartening to know that over 10000 youth have joined Pakistan Army, all ranks included. In addition army took special projects like Military College and Baluchistan Public School in Sui, Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences, Baluchistan Institute of Mineralogy, Gawadar Institute of Technology, provision of free gas/ water and constructing of 50 Bed hospital at Sui, Dera Bugti Development projects, development of road network and many more were primarily to bring them at par with other provinces and to give them quality education and boost the provincial economy. Now it depends on the new leadership that would emerge after election how they move forward and make the province prosperous as suggested in the editorial. The editorial rightly gives a timely caution to be careful from the vested interests that always create problems and unrest in the province to meet their selfish ends. It is hoped the new government shall pave way for better progress and make efforts to bring peace, stability, prosperity and tranquility in the province of Balochistan —Karachi
Dengue returns SUMAIRA AHMED The fear of dengue fever has come back with the changing season, the sites of standing water is a breeding ground for this mosquito and an open invitation to the spread of this lethal disease. Two deaths have already occurred in the country. Soon they may increase; the people are afraid and do not know what to do. The awareness campaigns must be restarted to educate them. Preventive measures should be taken. Majority of the people do not follow the basic principles of health and thus they fall victim to the disease. The hospitals must get ready to face this menace once again. People must stick to instructions of the doctors. It is a dangerous disease and there is no cure for it. We can hope against hope that health department will combat with disease. —Via email
We hold power GULZAR FARID NAYANI History keeps repeating its self, because we never tend to learn from it .We are big critiques, we blame the government, the agencies but when our own nation needs us we shy away from our responsibilities. In a democracy the power is let in the hands of the people to decide their own leader. But in the democratic state of Pakistan there are people who don’t tend to understand the power they hold, and let it go to waste year after year. They are those who wouldn’t go out to cast the vote because they have to get in a queue or just because the sun is overwhelmingly hot that day. All such excuses are rigorously ridiculous, it shows our level of ignorance. We live in a state of ignorance and delusion. Surely every one of us wants
our state to prosper, but no one is willing to make some effort in order to do so. It is because of this mindset of ours, that big dictators and corrupt politicians one after another come in and loot out our country. We are also responsible for the devastating condition in which our country is in today and it is we who can make it better or worst. We have to show that we are worth the tremendous struggle our ancestors made for us, that we are worthy enough to live here in this gifted country and call it as ours . It is our own beloved country; no one else would come from elsewhere to save it. We hold the power to decide its future. We should not let our right to vote go in vain. —Karachi
Japan’s grand shrine SAAD UDDIN KHAN Today I would like with share knowledge to the readers of the Pak Observers about the sacred shrine in Japan. The Ise Grand Shrine (a series of over 100 shrines) is the most sacred shrine in Japan. It is devoted to Amaterasu-omikami (the sun goddess) and has been in existence since 4BC, officially known as Jingû. It consists of about 125 shrines, the Ise Jingu Shrine is a huge shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main shrines, Naikû and Gekû. Naiku is the inner shrine also officially known as “Kotai Jingu” and Geku is the outer shrine also officially known as “Toyouke Daijingu”. Every twenty years, the two main buildings inside the Jingu shrine are rebuilt. The most valuable part that readers must know is; the next rebuilding year is 2013. The rebuilding tradition is the idea of the Shinto belief of the death and renewal of nature and the impermanence of all things. The shrines are rebuilt on land that is adjacent to the existing shrines, and each rebuilding alternates between these two sites. No other shrines outside the Ise complex are allowed to use these construction designs. I think nobody knows about Ise Grand Shrine, people should read about it to know the existence of secret places in our world, absorb knowledge that belongs to exclusive places that we either don’t know about, or simply couldn’t visit if we wanted to. The world is full of secrets. —Karachi
Power of vote ARSHMAN NASEER A remarkable section of Pakistani society is unable to decide whether they should cast their vote or not. If the answer is yes then the question arises that for which political party they should go. If they are reluctant to use the right of vote then how can we make them understand the importance of their vote? The problem is very serious. The reasons behind the problem are our vested interests, caste system, superficial knowledge of politics, increasing number of political parties, turn-coat politicians, dark years of dictatorship, immature democracy, failure of mainstream political parties to deliver, illiteracy etc. All these causes cannot be rooted out within a short period of time, but pragmatic and feasible techniques can be opted for encouraging the society, as a whole, to participate enthusiastically in the coming general elections. Firstly, the political parties, media and Election Commission of Pakistan should launch a campaign by using modern techniques. Secondly, the educated people and political experts must guide those who are not aware of the worth of their vote. The thought that they can bring change through their votes can be inculcated. Thirdly, the journalists and columnists can guide people through their manifesto oriented writings. There is a dire need to create awareness among the masses that what is a good manifesto; its importance in politics, its impact on health, education, economy, energy sector, politi-
cal system and all other important departments. Finally, the track record and impact of the policies of the ruling parties must be kept in mind; the wisdom and sincerity of the political parties, who have not been in power, can be determined by deeply studying their manifesto and by assessing the feasibility of their policies. All of us will have to play a constructive role in this regard. —Karachi
Pak girl’s pride MISBAH IQBAL No doubt Pakistani girl is a different girl as compared to the other girls in the world. Pakistani girl born in Muslim society is religious by birth. Wears Islamic clothes four her child hood, first word learnt by her was “La illah ha illalah”. Preferably she goes in girls’ school, attaining an age of 10 years she offers prayers with her mother or elder sisters. She starts religious education at home or at nearby madarsa besides going to school for regular studies. Starts having fast as a ‘rukan’ of islam. She uses scarf as symbol of Muslim as preached by Islam. Completing her education in her favorite field vis-à-vis teaching, health, services etc. She has liberty to become a working lady or house wife. Pakistani girl lives in a joint family system and on attaining age of adultery she has liberty to marry of her own choice in her relatives or out side but with the consultation of her parents/ elders. Even after her marriage she prefers to live in a joint family system in her in-laws. It’s the real beauty of a Pakistani girl praised all over the world even in the western society. Being a Pakistani girl, we should be proud of it. —Islamabad
Misuse of antibiotics KHUSHBOO RIZWAN In Pakistan antibiotic resistance is widely spread due to poor infection control and weak regularly practice. Resistance to antibiotics has been a growing concern for decades. Antibiotics are easily available over the counter which leads to misuse of antibiotics. Overuse or misuse of antibiotics increases antimicrobial resistance due to which they are no longer effective against infectious disease. Unfortunately patients are using antibiotics without prior consultation of a doctor, rather follow the advice of relative and friends in buying the antibiotics. Between 50 and 60% of people in Pakistan use over the counter medicine and consume antibiotics prescribed by pharmacist instead of qualified doctor. It is not uncommon for people to take over the counter antibiotics for illnesses that are not caused by bacteria, or to take them in the wrong doses. Antibiotics have become so rampant that if the trend continues infectious disease will become more vulnerable and we will live in a world without effective antibiotics. Successful containment of antibiotic resistance ultimately depends on increasing public awareness and responsibility by health care providers in prescribing and dispensing antibiotics as well as on patient’s compliance.Correctional authorities should take appropriate responsive measures without delay to stop their rational use of antibiotics. Government at state and federal level should take significant step to curb the illegal sales of antibiotics over the counter without the proper doctor’s prescription. —Via email
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Musharraf From Page 1 NA 250 were rejected earlier. The Appellate Election Tribunal of Peshawar High Court here Tuesday disqualified Gen Retd Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections 2013 from NA-32 Chitral. The Tribunal headed by Justice Fasiul Mulk and its members Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Irshad Qaisar allowed the objections appeals of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf candidate, Abdul Latif, former MNA and JI candidate for NA32, Abdul Akbar Chitrali, voters Sajidullah, Alamzaib and Khalilur Rehman and set aside the verdict of Returning Officer NA-32 Chitral. The appellants had challenged the judgment of the Returning Officer for NA-32 Chitral for accepting the nomination papers of Gen Retd Pervez Musharraf from NA-32 Chitral. Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) candidate for NA-32 Chitral, Abdul Latif through his counsel, Abdul Rahim advocate argued that Musharraf did not fulfill the criteria laid down on Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution as he had violated Constitution and imposed emergency on November 3, 2007. Abdul Rahim Advocate said the nomination papers of former dictator was also rejected by the returning officers from NA-139 Kasur, NA-250 Karachi and NA48 Islamabad besides elections tribunals of other provinces, praying before Election Tribunal of PHC for rejection of his nomination papers from NA-32 Chitral also as the grounds are mostly same. Counsels for the petitioners argued that Gen® Musharraf had violated constitution, dismissed an elected Govt on October 12, 1999, imposed emergency on November 3, 2007, and sacked judges of higher judiciary, which was extra-constitutional measures. Musharraf had also appealed against the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-48 by the returning officer, earlier disappointed when The Election Tribunal retained the decision of the returning officer and declined Musharraf’s appeal on Tuesday. The former president and his supporters following rejection of his papers from three constituencies i.e NA 250, NA 48 and NA 139, were pinning hopes with NA 132 Chitral from where his nomination papers were accepted. There last hope, however, vanished Tuesday when the Election Tribunal Peshawar approved appeals against the acceptance of his papers from Chitral on Tuesday. Though according to some experts, former military dictator may file appeal in the Supreme Court against the decisions of the Election tribunals, the legal experts in Peshawar said he was unlikely to get respite from the apex court as rejection of his papers from four constituencies was based on solid facts.
Bilawal From Page 1 Lahore, Multan, Quetta and Larkana via video link, Bilawal warned the opponents that the PPP will give ‘surprising results’ in the upcoming general elections. He said those who think that PPP’s is out of election race live in fools’ paradise. He said that PPP government didn’t do any political witch hunt during its tenure, adding there were no political prisoners during its rule. Bilawal also demanded of the caretaker government to provide security to its election candidates.—Online
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HAFIZABAD: PML-N Mian Nawaz Sharif addressing a public meeting on Tuesday.
Free, fair & transparent polls prime responsibility of govt: Nizami KARACHI—The Caretaker Fed- collaboration between the gov- hanced further. Arif Nizami eral Information Minister, Arif Nizami, has reiterated that the prime responsibility of the present interim set up is to hold free, fair and transparent general elections as per schedule. He was speaking on the occasion of a lunch he hosted for the editors and senior media persons at a hotel here on Tuesday. The Minister pointed out that the election process has entered the third phase and so has the caretaker set-up. He said that the interim government is seized with the security concerns whether in Karachi, Balochistan or the KhyberPakhtunkhwa. Arif Nizami said that efforts of the Caretaker Government are that through the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and with better intelligence fool-proof security is provided to the politicians participating in the elections as well as the voters. He stated that there is a complete cooperation and
Two more PPP From Page 1 tion tribunal has declared PPP candidate of NA 118 constituency Asif Hashmi ineligible to contest elections. The candidate had filed appeal against rejection of his papers by the returning officer. The decision was given on the grounds that the said person had remained chairman of Evacuee Property Trust Board. PPP’s Syed Asif Hashmi was disqualified by the election tribunal in Lahore with objections against him for not being ‘sadiq’and ‘ameen’ upheld. Moreover, another PPP stalwart in Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah who had filed his papers to stand from PS-20 (Naushero Feroz-II) was also disqualified by an election tribunal Former provincial minister of PPP, Murad Ali Shah was also announced ineligible to contest elections.—INP
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ernment and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on this count. The Minister further pointed out that the objectives of the federal caretaker government and the provincial interim set-up are also the same. However, he said, this is a difficult challenge as well for the caretaker government and that every endeavour is being made to deal with this. Arif Nizami said that the media always has a vital role but in the forthcoming general elections such a role has enhanced further for the media. For the electioneering the media would also be utilised keeping in view the prevailing circumstances. The Minister said that the political parties are placing advertisements in the print and electronic media which is also providing a source of income for the media. However, the journalistic responsibilities have also en-
pointed out that the ECP has announced a code of ethics in collaboration with the stakeholders. He recalled his visit to the office of the Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association (PBA) here on Monday and said that this body also has a similar code of ethics. These codes of ethics may be merged to come up with an even better code of ethics. The Minister made it clear that the interim government as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a facilitator in this regard. He said that in this period neither any restriction can be imposed nor any attempt would be made for restriction in the name of code of ethics. Arif Nizami also pointed out that the ECP said yesterday that one should not seek votes on religious or sectarian considerations and that such consideration be kept out of the election campaign.—APP
Senators unveil immigration reform bill W ASHINGTON —A group of ing the new immigration law. Democratic and Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled longawaited landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to eventually become U.S. citizens. Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before December 31, 2011, and had stayed in the country continuously could apply for “provisional” legal status as soon as six months after the bill is signed by the president. But beyond that, they would have to wait a decade or more for full citizenship which would entitle them to federal benefits, while the government works on further securing U.S. borders and enforc-
The bill’s sponsors - four Democrats and four Republicans - felt such conditions were necessary to help their plan succeed where similar measures have failed, mostly because of opposition to what opponents see as “amnesty” for law-breakers. Even with the many caveats, the proposal faces months of debate, scores of amendments and potentially significant opposition, particularly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. “It’s nothing but a starting point,” Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa told reporters on Tuesday. He is the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, the panel that will manage the immigration bill. —AP
Tremors leave From Page 1 filing of this report. According to details, sudden wave of tremors that had lasted for around 9 seconds tormented the people after they come across a situation that had shaken everything in rooms. Almirahs’ cupboards, beds, tables, refrigerators, and walls and floors of the premises had swirled in here to there pattern. The situation was worst in high-rise commercial and residential buildings as everyone was in a great hurry to escape away from the building and rushed toward an open area particularly the roads. The Civic Centre, headquarter of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and defunct Karachi Development Authority
3 securitymen From Page 1 security forces also defused five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by militants to target them. Official sources said that militants attacked security forces at about 1:30 am Tuesday morning which was then repulsed. At least five security personnel were injured during the clashes. Regarding the militants’ casualties, the FC spokesman, Major Fazl, said that the exact number was not known. Officials also confirmed that security forces had defused at least five roadside IEDs in the Akka Khel area which were planted to target them.
Red Cross From Page 1 swiftly address the problem of Guantanamo, where dozens of prisoners have been staging a hunger strike since February. Obama moved to close the controversial US detention facility in 2009, but plans to try suspects in US civilian courts were stymied by Congress, leaving many inmates in limbo. “I think the lack of perspective in terms of transfer… is at the origin of the big malaise that has been transformed into a hunger strike,” Maurer said. While the Red Cross regularly visits the Guantanamo detainees, its reports on the prison’s conditions remain privy to the US government.—AFP
Bomb targets From Page 1 while, strongly condemning the attack on convoy of PML-N Balochistan president Sanaullah Zehri, Mian Nawaz Sharif has declared it as an act of cowardice Offering condolence prayers for the four dead members including Zehri’s brother and son in Khuzdar, and quick recovery of wounded, he urged on Election Commission to ensure the safety of electoral candidates, besides ensuring a conducive law and order situation in the Country. “ Now that process of elections has been conducted and electoral schedule has already been announced, such acts seem to be a conspiracy to derail the process” he expressed, adding that antiState elements and those fearing defeat in elections were conspiring to derail elections. Expressing PML-N’s strong resolve to foil such nefarious endeavors, he pleaded with masses to restrain their anger and anguish.
was also one of those high-rise buildings in the city that preFrom Page 1 sented a completed picture of high-rise buildings swayed and panic and fright. Even the KMC officials ordered evacuations. Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan Meanwhile, there were conhad rushed out of his office situflicting reports regarding casualated on second floor of the Civic ties in Iran. Centre. An Iranian provincial goverThe employees and officers nor said there were no deaths in of the KMC and the KDA conIran due to the earthquake. tinued to stay in the car parking “Fortunately, the earthquake area and left for home from there. resulted in no fatalities,” Hatam It was too early to say if the Narouyi, the governor of Sistan tremors had caused any damage and Baluchistan where the 7.8 to the Civic Centre or any of magnitude earthquake hit, told high-rise buildings in the city but the ISNA agency. it was quite clear that none of the Iranian state television had high-rise buildings in the city had earlier reported at least 40 people any active department of trained killed, but acknowledged it had people to deal with such sudden bomber had blown himself up no official confirmation. and devastating situation. close to him in a congested Qissa Khawani bazaar in Peshawar in December last. While Personal Secretary to senior minister and SHO Police Station Kabuli were among the dead, twenty other people had sustained serious injuries in the blast that had sent a wave of shock and anxiety all over the country. Hardly a couple of days back a senior ANP leader was killed in an explosion targeting his vehicle in Swat while former advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa was injured along with four others in Charsadda district the same day. Eyewitness and the Police said that a suicide bomber blew himself close to Ghulam Ahmad Bilour’s vehicle in highly congested Yakatoot area inside the City when Bilourhad hardly got PESHAWAR: Injured ex-federal minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour is brought to hospital for off the vehicle. Ghulam Ahmad treatment. Bilour accompanied by Haroon
amid thunderous applause, that May 11 would be Day of Accountability who had looted the national exchequer and tarnished the image of the country and even put the country’s sovereignty at stake. He said that whole nation was aware of the damages done to the country in the past and it was time to take stock of the situation and find out remedial measures to resolve the problems confronting the nation. He said that Pakistan today was confronted with serious challenges and the leadership of PML-N has the potentials and capabilities and solid programme to tackle them to steer the country out of the present crises. Referring to terrorism, target killing in Karachi and Blochistan, he strongly condemned the target killing of President PML-N Blochistan Sardar Sana Ullah Khan Zahri’s son, nephew and brother today and appealed to the caretaker government to arrest the killers. He said that these were worst example in the country and we shall launch Jehad to end the menace of terrorism and lawlessness and change to destiny of the country and make it prosperous. He was very much pleased to see the presence of large number of youngmen and
women and said they were future of the country and pledged to provide better education and employment to the youth. He reminded his audience that during his last tenure as PM the country was on the path of progress and prosperity and it was made invincible and no country dared to put evil eye on it but now even the sovereignty of the country had been put at stake due to inefficient and bad governance of the rulers. He said that there was no loadshedding and unemployment problems at that time but due to loadshedding the factories have been closed down and workers have been rendered unemployed. He said at this time when the nation was gearing up for polls it was necessary of them to tell the electorates how serious challenges were up against and which party had the potentials to resolve the same. He appealed to his audience that people must support and stand by PML-N it they wanted to save Pakistan and change their destiny. He said that PML-N believed in good governance and it would remove the sense of deprivation among all segment of society. He refuted the allegation of friendly opposition on PML-N and told the masses that
Pak different than what media portrays Dutch architect says social housing need of time AFZAL BAJWA ISLAMABAD—Visiting senior Dutch architect Jur Jonges has observed that Pakistan is entirely different than “what we have been reading and watching in the news back home”. Jonges is advising the team developing and designing five-year degree course for SADA at NUST. In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Observer Jonges said that Pakistan needs social housing as permanent solution to its problems in the housing sector. “You should not be waiting for the government to take initiative. The private and the nongovernmental sector should take the lead within the given policy of the government,” he added. “You can also learn from very successful experience of 20th century social housing in Holland that was a totally nongovernment initiative,” he pointed out. Jur Jonges, architect member of PUM and senior lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences at Utrecht in the Netherlands, is visiting Pakistan second time to finalize degree course for the students who are now in third year at the School of Art, Design, and Architecture of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Islamabad campus. “While designing the course we are focusing on the capacity building of the graduates, since it is a professional discipline besides being academic,” he said. He was of the view that most of lecturers having education from Europe or US are facing challenges in teaching the students according to the local needs, ecology, environment, and culture. “That is why we are
very much sensitive, in designing the course outline, to the local culture, traditions, and above all the situation in Pakistan,” he said. According to the visiting senior architect, in depth research was required on local tradition, culture, need, standards, landscape, environment, and sustainability of any housing project. Availability of material and labour besides the technological back-up also matter a lot in architectural designing. Jonges has broad experience in applied research on innovative and sustainable developments and expert in curriculum development in architectural programs at Utrecht and the Tswane University of Technology in South Africa. “In South Africa we have executed applied research with our students on social housing in a variety of urban settings and waste management, the last type of research we did in admission of 6 municipalities spread out over the country,” said Jonges who owns a studio back hom. PUM (Netherlands senior experts) is a non-profit organisation, responsible for 2000 missions per year. PUM responds to the need s of entrepreneurs in 70 developing countries. The experts receive no salary for their work. The traveling costs are paid by PUM, the client finances local spends for the accommodation and living of the experts. PUM advices entrepreneurs who cannot afford to pay for commercial consultants. SADA a new department at the NUST University of Islamabad offers a five years course and started 3 years ago. The design of the curriculum of the last two years is under construction and will be finalized in the coming months.
due to far reaching policy of the PML-N the democracy has been flourishing and due to his policies general elections are being held after completion of tenure of the assemblies. He regretted that two former Prime Minister of PPP who refused to respect the orders of the Apex Court were humiliated and one of them was dismissed and disqualified while the other was stopped by the Retuning Officer from contesting the upcoming election. He promised medical college, agriculture & engineering university and network of roads in the Hafizabad district linking motorway if voted to power. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif himself announced the party tickets to Saira Afzal Tarar for NA-102, Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti for NA-103, Malik Fayyaz Ahmad Awan for PP-105, Asad Ullah Arian for PP-106 and Nighat Intisar Bhatti for PP-107. Earlier, on his arrival the workers of the party gave him tumultuous welcome by dancing on the beat of drums. The District Administration had made fool proof security arrangements deputing six hunred COPs and erecting walk through gates at all the entrance of stadium.
Altaf for strict From Page 1 otic Pakistani was grieved on the tragic incident. He said that effective measures should have been taken for improving the law and order situation in the country and general elections should have been held afterwards. No purpose would be served by allowing the loss of lives in the name of elections and it would not be beneficial for the democracy either. He said everyone knew that terrorists were openly threatening that they did not recognize elections and they would see to it that the elections were not held. He said that at present the election campaign was being run in the Punjab province only and it was becoming increasingly difficult to continue election campaign in other provinces. He said that the election commission would have to think if they wanted to hold elections in Punjab alone or the entire Pakistan.
TTP denies hand in Boston Marathon blasts MIRANSHAH—The Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP), which claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot, on Tuesday denied anything to do with explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 100 in Boston.“We believe in attacking US and its allies but we are not involved in this attack,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told. “We have no connection to this bombing but we will continue to target them wherever possible,” Ehsan added. Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, one of America’s top sporting events, forced cities from New York to Los Angeles to go on high alert and conjured up memories of the September 11, 2001 attacks. US President Barack Obama says it is not yet clear who was behind the blasts. —Online
Blast hits ANP rally in Peshawar, kills 16 From Page 1 Bilour was there to address a corner meeting after inauguration of election office. “A suicide bomber approached the vehicle of Ghulam Ahmad Bilour when he got off his car and mixed up with the people, and blew himself with the driver gate. While the vehicle converted into flames sooner, the driver inside the car could not be brought out and he burnt alive whereas Station House Officer Kotwali, an ASI and two other cops also received fatal injuries and later succumbed to their injuries in the hospital”. CCPO Peshawar Liaqat Ali told newsmen at the site of the blast. The blast created panic and harassment in the area as it damaged a large number of houses and shops besides many vehicles. The injured were rushed to the nearby Lady Reading Hospital through private cars and auto rickshaws
where the doctors pronounced sixteen people dead while forty others were admitted for treatment. Ghulam Bilour and Haroon Bilour were allowed to go home after getting first aid in the hospital where emergency was declared and appeals were made for blood donation. Reporter of Express TV Ehtesham Khan was later referred to CMH due to his serious condition. Many kids aging between 2 to 12 years also sustained injuries in the explosion and their parents rushed them to hospital. The Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and other party leaders have taken strong exception to the explosion in party’s rally saying the Election Commission and the caretakers had withdrawn security of ANP leadership and they had warned them in advance that if anything happened to ANP men both would be held responsible.
“We demand registering of murder case against the caretaker setup and the Election Commission of Pakistan”. Asfandyar Wali said. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has strongly condemned the incidents of terrorism in Peshawar on Tuesday and has expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. The Governor while describing the incidents worst acts of inhumanity and cowardice has said that the elements involved in the heinous crime will no more remain at large and will be brought to justice. While expressing his deep solidarity with the respective political leaderships, the Governor has also appreciated their courageous response and wished their safety and well being. Meanwhile, Taliban have claimed the responsibility for the attack.
London Marathon to go ahead after Boston bombings L ONDON —Determined to put on a show of ‘’solidarity’’ for Boston, London Marathon organizers will stage their race on Sunday despite the threat of terrorism. The British capital has long been a top target for terrorists, and concerns have only intensified ahead of Sunday’s race after Monday’s harrowing scenes at the Boston Marathon, where bombs killed three people and injured many more. However, British sports minister Hugh Robertson said the London Marathon, watched by an estimated 500,000 spectators and run through some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, should be staged as planned to show ‘’we won’t be cowered by this sort of behaviour.’’ ‘’The best way for us to react is to push ahead with the marathon on Sunday, to get people on the streets and to celebrate it as we always do in London,’’ Robertson told the BBC on Tuesday. ‘’These are balance of judgments but we are absolutely confident here that we can keep the event safe and secure. I think this is one of those incidents where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible.’’ Security is being scrutinized after the events in Boston, where two bombs exploded near the finish of the marathon. Prince Harry - the patron of the London Marathon
Charitable Trust - will attend Sunday’s race and make the presentations to the winners. ‘’The London Marathon fully expects at this stage ... (to) go ahead as planned on Sunday although we are continuing to review security with the Metropolitan Police in the coming days,’’ Nick Bitel, chief executive of the London Marathon, said Tuesday in an interview on the race website. ‘’The London Marathon will be in touch with the runners through their email and they will hear from us on a daily basis in that way. We will try to keep updating our runners throughout this period.’’ Mo Farah, who won the long-distance double at the London Olympics, will be running a half marathon while the three medalists from the men’s marathon at the London Games are also among the 37,500 entries. Sunday’s race is one of six in the world marathon series along with Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York. Belgrade is among other cities staging marathons this weekend, with organizer Dejan Nikolic expressing confidence that the race will be safe and a ‘’beautiful running festival.’’ ‘’We will do our best so that this year the security level is even higher,’’ Nikolic said. In 2005, suicide attacks on the public transport system in the British capital killed 52 people. London and mainland Britain also face a moderate threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism, according to the government,
and a massive security operation was put in place last year to protect the London Olympics. This year ’s Boat Race between English universities Oxford and Cambridge went ahead amid tightened security after a protester jumped into the River Thames last year and narrowly avoided being hit by the oars of the two crews. Royal Marines were stationed along the length of the 4 1/4-mile (nearly 7-kilometer) course. Police already were preparing a major security operation in London for Wednesday’s ceremonial funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, an event at St. Paul’s Cathedral that will be attended by Queen Elizabeth II and dignitaries. The plans call for a procession through the streets of London, with Thatcher’s flag-draped coffin to be carried on a horsedrawn carriage. The funeral’s security plans are expected to be reviewed in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which is held each year on Patriot’s Day. ‘’It’s particularly ghastly that this should have happened on a day of great national celebration in Boston - on a day when so many families were out on the streets and when so many people were raising millions of dollars for charity. That makes it worse. It’s utterly horrifying and completely appalling,’’ Robertson said. ‘’It’s difficult to think of a more ghastly event that this should be perpetrated upon.’’—Agencies
Ufone-PCB ‘King of Speed’ two young bowlers selected from Peshawar STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —’Ufone-PCB King of Speed’, trials for emerging young fast bowlers were held at Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar here Tuesday. These round 1 trials are part of the initiative taken by Ufone and PCB to hunt and train the best bowling talent in Pakistan. Trials were conducted by Ufone and PCB officials including Abdul Qadir, Rehmat Gul along with two Analysts Khurram Malik and Idrees Ali. A large number of number of people participated for trails, Saifullah Daud and Umar Farooq were the
lucky ones who got selected after a very tough competition. After the selection in round 1, these young bowlers have qualified for the 2nd round of trials which are scheduled to be held on Sunday 21, 2013 in National Stadium, Karachi and Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Trials for round-1 have already been completed in Multan, Faisalabad and Garhi Khuda Baksh, Islamabad and Karachi. A total of Ten(10) bowlers, Two (2) from each city have been selected for the 2nd round of trials so far. Trials for the rest of the cities in the current phase are also scheduled in the current
month, tomorrow on 17th in Quetta and Abbottabad, 18th in AJK (Mirpur) and finally on April 20th in Lahore. A total of 20 fast bowlers will attend round 2. After the completion of both rounds, the three selected players (via wild card entry) will join Wasim Akram and bowlers from the Pakistan National Cricket team in a camp to be hosted in Karachi. To reward upcoming talent Ufone has announced a grand prize of Rs. One Million for the bowler who is the fastest among all besides hitting or passing the 145 km/h mark.
LAHORE: Archers busy in practice session ahead of Inter University Archery Championship at Punjab University.
Afghanistan U-19 team off to flying start in Tri-Match Cricket Series P E S H AWA R —Afghanistan Under-19 team off to flying start when it defeated Malik Cricket Academy Peshawar by five wickets in the opening match of the Tri-Match Cricket Series, which got under way here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium Tuesday. Afghanistan skipper won the toss and invited Malik Cricket Academy to bat first. In the allotted 50 overs Malik Cricket Academy made 252 runs for the loss nine wickets after playing 50 overs. Opener Shafiq Ullah smashed a cracking 87 runs with nine boundaries, Basit made 35 runs with three boundaries and one six and Mohsin scored 23 runs with three boundaries. For Afghanistan Muslim Khan and Zahir claimed two wickets each and Shahid got two wickets. In reply, Afghanistan Under-19 team chased the target for the loss of five wickets after playing 45.1 overs. The Afghanistan team guided by dashing batsman Shahid Khan who hammered a cracking 100 runs with eight boundaries and two sixes, Rahim Migal made half-century (58) runs with seven boundaries and two sixes, Munir scored another quik-fire half-century 50 runs with six boundaries and one six and Kabir Khan scored 34 runs with two boundaries were the prominent runs contributors. For MCA Muhsin claimed our wickets while Basit got one wicket. Thus Afghanistan took 1-0 lead in the three matches series by winning the opener.—APP
SNGPL routs HBL to storm into President’s Cup final KARACHI—Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) thrashed HBL by eight wickets to storm into the final of President’s Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament at National Stadium here on Tuesday. Pacer Bilawal Bhatti took three wickets and pacemen Samiullah Niazi, Asad Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah snapped-up two wickets apiece as HBL sent to bat first, crumbled for 111 in 36th over.
Pakistan’s Twenty20 Captain Muhammad Hafeez smashed a sparkling 62 off 70 balls with eight boundaries as Sui Northern reached the target in 24th over.Taufiq Umar made 23 and Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal returned unbeaten on 13 and 13 respectively. Against the expectations the match turned out to be one- sided after HBL’s starstudded batting surrendered meekly in under two hours. Shahid Afridi and Abdur
Hafeez showers praise on Misbah KARACHI—Twenty20 captain Muhammad Hafeez Tuesday showing goodwill gesture showered praise on Pakistan’s Test and One-day Captain Misbah-ul-Haq for his leadership qualities. “Misbah is calm, honest, dedicated and got great leadership qualities,” Hafeez told reporters in a post match press conference after SNGPL beat HBL by eight wickets in the first semi-final of President’s Cup at National Stadium here. “Misbah does his job with great dedication and he is mentally very strong,” he said. Hafeez said Misbah always remained very positive and avoided negative approach. Despite strong reports that Hafeez and Misbah developed differences during the last South African tour where Hafeez could muster just 43 runs in six Test innings, Hafeez showed a great love for his Pakistan and SNGPL captain.
Farhan clinches KP National Senior Squash League title P E S H AWA R —Farhan
Mehmoob clinched the trophy of the National Senior League Squash Championship after defeating his close rival Nasir Iqbal in the final played at Jansher Khan Squash Complex Court Abbottabad Tuesday. The National Senior League sponsored by Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attracted all top 16 players with Farhan and Nasir Iqbal reached to the final. Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad, who was also transferred to Swat on immediate basis, Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah was the chief guest and witnessed the thrilling final.Director Sports (Games and Training Directorate of Sports Tariq Mehmood, former World Champion Qamar Zaman, national coach Jamshed Gul and large ATTOCK: Players of Pindi Club and Hazroo play during a tie of National Bank of Pakistan Inter Club Hockey number of squash spectators were also present.—APP Tournament.
Ace all-rounder Hafeez went places to praise Misbah to quash the impressions about problems or difference between them.—APP
Rehman both scored 26 each and helped banker’s to cross the 100 mark.Afridi hit five fours in his 27-ball knock while Rehman’s innings included two fours and one six. Disaster struck from outset when their top four batsmen were back in pavilion with 22 runs on the board. Ahmed Shehzad went on the golden duck leg before on the first ball from Asad Ali. Left arm pacer Samiullah Niazi accounted for Imran Farhat caught behind by Rizwan and bowled inform Asad Shafiq for zero while Hasan went for six.Ehsan Adil made 11 which helped HBL to cross the 100 mark. The second semi-final will be played at the same venue between National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and WAPDA on Wednesday.—APP
Nida creates domestic record with 204 runs knock KARACHI—Batswoman Nida Dar created new women cricket record at domestic level when she scored a double century as ZTBL whipped Faisalabad by 312 runs in the 8th National Women’s One-Day Cricket Tournament at Bagh-eJinnah Ground, Lahore on Tuesday. Demonstrating skill, talent, endurance, Nida blasted as many as 31 boundaries in her 204 off 135 as ZTBL amassed 391 for the loss of five wickets. Nida is the first women to score a double hundred in the one-day cricket. Replying to ZTBL mammoth total Faisalabad Region crashed for 79. Former Pakistan opener Kiran Baloch hit a world record Test double century against West Indies in Test match at National Stadium in 2004.—APP
MONACO: Spain’s Pablo Andujar plays a return to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament.
Three Sri Lankan umpires violated Code of Conduct: face suspension between 2-5 years BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —After the suspension of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani umpires, now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan umpires. “The three Sri Lankan umpires violated the Code of Conduct and the action is likely to be taken”, the well-placed source from Colombo suggested exclusively. “The fact-finding committee has completed the investigations and the report is likely to be discussed by the
higher authorities and they may be suspended between 2-5 years”, the source added. All the three Sri Lankans, aged 50, -Gamini Dissanayake, Sagara Gallage and Maurice Winston-, along with now banned Bangladeshi and Pakistani umpires, were caught in India TV sting operation, where they agreed to fix the matches or sale the inside information on pitch and toss. Maurice Winston was alleged to provide information about teams, conditions and the toss 90 minutes before the match (En-
gland vs. Australia, Sept. 17) in return for a bribe of 50,000 rupees, approximately £600. Galage also offered the same information before the warm-up between Pakistan and India and also offered to give a Pakistani batsman not out during a Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) match. Gamini Dissanayake had agreed on favouring his country’s players in any format of the game. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), now busy with the elections, may announce the suspension of these umpires in this month.
Only allegations should not lead to disqualification: Kaira STAFF REPORTER
Last day to dispose of appeals I SLAMABAD —17th April is the last day to dispose off appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers by election tribunals. According to media reports, the candidates can withdraw nomination papers on Thursday. Final list of contesting candidates will be published on the very next day. Polling will be held on the 11th of next month. —Online
KAMRA: Lieutenant General Viktor Nikolayevich Bondarev Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Air Force sitting in the cockpit of JF-17 Thumder aircraft during his visit to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.
PML-Q alliance with SIC intact: Shujaat MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League-Qauid-e-Azam (PMLQ) President Senator Ch Shujat Hussain, expressing his great sorrow over the untimely demise of Sahibzada Fazal Karim, chairman Sunni Itehad Council, on Tuesday said PML-Q electoral alliance with Sunni
Ittehad Council will be intact for upcoming general elections. He was talking to media along with PML-Q Punjab General Secretary Ch Zaheeruddin Khan after attending his funeral of the departed soul in Faisalabad here today. Chaudhary Shujat said that the vacuum created with the demise of Sahibzada Fazal
Karim cannot be filled and the presence of thousands of people at his funeral is an ample proof of his religious and national status and popularity among the masses since the people will always be benefitting from his teachings. Ch Shujat Hussain said that firstly the Election Commission should explain “transport”.
L ALAMUSA —Qamar Zaman Kaira, Central Information Secretary PPP, while commenting on the decision of Election Tribunal pertaining to the disqualification of former Prime Minister and Secretary General PPPP, Raja Pervez Ashraf, to contest the forthcoming elections, said that his disqualification merely on the basis of allegations will raise serious question in the whole electoral process in the country. He said, no one is guilty unless proved so. If disqualification is to be carried our merely on the basis of allegations then it will not be possible to find a single candidate to contest the elections in view of the political environment of Pakistan, he added. He further said that the former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf awarded the contract of building roads to National Logistic Cell (NLC), a government organization known for quality work, on the single tendering basis.
Pakistan-US ties back on track: Shapiro US to continue security assistance; expects Pakistan to act when it is in their interest W ASHINGTON —America’s Laden raid.We had the border not a lot of assistance flowing troubled ties with Pakistan are back on track, a senior Obama Administration official has said, while cautioning that the Pakistanis can be expected “to act when it is in their interest”. “We are now on a track where the communication has started to occur again and we’re making progress. But we have to be realistic in our assumptions and expectations. “We can expect the Pakistanis to act when it is in their interest,” Assistant Secretary of State Andrew J Shapiro said, without elaborating further. Responding to questions from audience at the Council on Foreign Relations, a thinktank based here, Shapiro admitted the relationship with Pakistan went through some challenges over the last couple of years. “We had the Osama bin
incident where Pakistani soldiers were killed. And so we went through a period, a difficult period, where there was
and our communication was not great,” he said, adding that the relationship now appears to be back on track. —INP
The truth about juice
HEN her chronic stomach pain and cramps were diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Newell Freivogel, a 34-year-old business owner in Chicago, decided to try a cleanse. “I didn’t want to take medicine if something natural would help,” she says. While she sipped veggie smoothies and nibbled salads, her stomach issues disappeared. But, she says, “I got splitting headaches and was can’tget-off-the-couch tired.” And the minute the twoweek cleanse ended, her IBS symptoms returned. Working with her doctor, Freivogel realized she needed to change her diet for life, not stop eating for a couple of weeks. “What had made me feel better wasn’t the cleanse [itself],” she says, “but that I’d eliminated certain trigger foods, such as nuts and pasta. When I identified those foods and cut back on them, I got better for good.” You’ve probably tried juice as a health move too. Extolled by Gwyneth and Blake, sold at juice bars and even at national drugstore chains like Duane Reade and Walgreens, detox juices are now a $5-billion business, projected to grow 4 to 8 percent a year. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a “greena colada.” Although eating whole fruits and vegetables is healthiest (you get all the vitamins and minerals plus the added benefit of fiber), juices “are not bad,” says Stella L. Volpe, PhD, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at Drexel University. “However, to use them as cleans-
ers is not necessary.” Never the less, the makers of juice cleanses—generally one- to five-day all-liquid diets—have upped the ante and are making some grandiose health claims with little evidence or oversight to back them. Beyond weight loss, flooding your insides with raw fruits and vegetables can wash away just about any health problem, suggest companies with such names as JuiceRx. Their websites claim to help maladies like abnormal sugar levels, acne, addiction, allergies, anxiety, bad breath, bloating, cancer, cell damage, colds, contamination with chemicals, depression, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, heavy-metal contamination, hormone dysfunction, indigestion, lack of focus, liver disease, liver stones, memory loss, and Parkinson’s disease. “[A cleanse can] reset your body and support its being able to fight and cure whatever the illness is,” says Tim Martin, founder of celeb favorite iZOcleanse. “It can help the body heal anything.” The BluePrintCleanse site promises that cleanses are “the perfect partner” for antibiotics and that they “fight off degenerative diseases.” The site also promotes long-term cleanses as a good idea for the truly sick, saying clients “using [the cleanse] in cancer therapy have continued on a cleanse indefinitely, until they are healed”—never mind that unpasteurized juice could introduce harmful bacteria to people with compromised immune systems.
RAWALPINDI: Activists of PML-N burning tyres to protest against award of party tickets for general election.
Transferring deputation officers I SLAMABAD —The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is facing problems in transferring the deputation officers to their mother departments. According to the CDA officials, Director Maintenance Naseem Akhtar Qureshi and DG Civic Management Tariq Rauf, along with seven other officers, have taken stay orders against their transfer and are not ready to go back to their departments. When contacted, Member Planning and Design and head of legal wing of the civic authority Syed Mustafeen Kazmi said that the chairman CDA has ordered to take legal steps against the stay orders of the deputation officers.—INP
ISLAMABAD: Executive Secretary Nazriya Pakistan Council Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad and Senior Member Majlis-e-Aamla NPC Dr Muhammad Ayub Sabir with the students of Islamabad Model School G-6/1-4 and Islamabad Model School G-9/2, during their visit to Aiwan-e-Quaid.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir
Capitals’ sector-wise beautification campaign SHARAFAT KAZMI I SLAMABAD —Officials of Capital Development Authority (CDA) should have to play their vibrant role to keep Islamabad a green and clean city in all respect. They have to utilize their all energies to root out the civic issues in order to facilitate the residents of the Federal Capital. Islamabad, due to its natural beauty and green character, is a unique among all the cities of Pakistan and being the custodian of the city, we have to utilize all available
resources to maintain it at desired standard. This was stated by the Chairman CDA, Syed Thair Shahabz while chairing a meeting held at CDA Headquarters on Tuesday. The meeting was held to finalize the arrangements of CDA’s upcoming “Sector wise Renovation – Up-gradation – Beautification Campaign. The Meeting was attended by Member Planning and Design CDA Syed Mustafain Kazmi, Member Estate Shaista Sohail, Member Engineering Sanaullah Aman, Member
NUML, Turkish university sign MoU for research I SLAMABAD —A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, and Suleyman Sah University, Turkey, here Tuesday to have a close academic collaboration in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Administrative and Management Sciences as well as research. The MOU was signed by the Director General (DG) NUML, Brig Azam Jamal and Professor Dr Adnan ASLAN, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Suleyman Sah University. The signature ceremony was attended by the Registrar Brig (R) M. Saeed Akhtar Malik, Director Academics
Col (Retd) Syed Jawaid, Harun Koken, Chairman Rumi Foundation and Dr Zakeriya Nas, Head of Turkish Department at NUML. Talking on the occasion, Professor Dr Adnan ASLAN said that Pakistan was a very close friend of Turkey and people of Turkey had deep fraternal feelings for their Pakistani brothers. This collaboration between two universities of Pakistan and Turkey would be another opportunity to assist each other in the filed of academic research and learning which ultimately leads toward economic and social betterment. He told that “there are four departments under the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences”.—INP
Administration Munir Ahmed Chaudhry and officers of the concerned formations. Chairman CDA said that common problems/ issues are in dire need to be addressed on war footing. He urged that civil society, residents, media and people from all walks of life to join hands with CDA to turn the Federal Capital the most beautiful city. He said that there are certain problems which could be resolved without involvement of huge amounts by using manpower and machinery in effective manner.
Measles emergency in hospitals R AWALPINDI —Emergency has been declared in three allied hospital and District headquarters hospital due to the rising number of measles patients.In view alarming rise, atleast 25,000 children from 9 months to 14 months would be vaccinated from 25th to till 30th April as part of Measles elimination campaign. According to statistics compiled by the District Health Department, measles has taken shape of an epidemic and more than 200 children have been admitted in the three allied hospitals of the city. While more than 1000 patients have been admitted in private hospitals. In view of rising number of patients the isolation wards have been evacuated.—Online
Interim govt to ensure free polls: Sania CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Sania Nishtar has said that the mandate of the caretaker set up is to ensure free and fair elections and all out efforts are being made in this regard. Speaking at the floor of the House, she said the caretaker setup is fully conscious of the fact that it should not indulge itself in long term policy making matters. The caretaker minister said we will honour the suggestions of the public representatives sitting in the Sen-
ate for smooth holding of the general elections. The house started discussion on a motion moved by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi regarding the prevailing law and order situation in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Raza Rabbani said that 3 parties of the country including PPP, ANP and MQM are receiving terrorist threats. He said these parties have a specific ideology and are liberal democratic forces. He said targeting the liberal and progressive forces
and silence of the state institutions over the issue is alarming. He said despite all odds we will continue our struggle and will not let the elections to be delayed even for a single day. Other speakers also expressed reservations over the security situation in the country and demanded for proper security of the leadership of the political parties and the candidates. Those who spoke on the occasion include Haji Adeel, Haji Ghulam Ali, Zahid Khan, Nasreen Jalil and Shahi Syed.
Protection and participation of minorities advocated SANA JAMAL I SLAMABAD —Speaker at a day-long consultation, on Tuesday, suggested to provide full protection and support to minorities during the elections 2013 to make sure they fully exercise their right to vote and contest the general elections. Representatives from different political parties reaffirmed their commitment to religious minorities and vowed to work for a Pakistan where every person – regardless of caste, creed or faith is treated equal citizen. Organised by the Coalition for the Rights of Minorities (CRM), in collaboration with the Global Human Rights
Defense, the national consultation on the “Election 2013, Role and Responsibility of the Religious Minorities” was attended by different groups of religious minorities, academia, civil society, youth members and representatives of PML-N, Awami National Party and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Through video teleconference, GHRD Programme Officer Julia de Blaauw, based in The Hague, Netherlands, shared that the Global Human Rights Defense along with the CRM would be monitoring the general elections and would prepare a post-election report on the issues, faced by religious minorities during the whole election process.
Sharing the party manifesto, Siddiqul Farooq, PML-N spokesperson, said that his party would include further suggestions in the manifesto with consent of all religious minorities. “We just want development, betterment of the nation without discrimination and also good and brotherly relations with neighbours for a peaceful South Asian region,” he added. Musarrat Shaffi, ANP leader and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly member; Samson Sharif, PTI Defence Secretary and Sajid Ishaq, PTI Minority Affairs Chairperson, sharing their party manifestos, said they were ready to include inputs from all stakeholders.
Qehwa Khana at Lok Virsa attracts visitors STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The traditional tea house “Qehwa Khana” set up at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pavilion here at Lok Virsa attracted visitors alot, which was being held at Shakrparian. The on-going folk festival Lok Mela, which has got a lot of colorful cultural and entertainment activities for the visitors has displayed the diversity of rich cultural traditions of every region of the country through its every stall/pavilion. Explaining details, Lok Virsa’s executive director Khalid Javaid told that Qehwa khana is a combination of two Persian words,
qehwa means green tea and khana - a place or house. Since centuries, many tribes migrating from Central Asia have settled in Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They have their own culture and traditions, among which use of meat along with fats is very common in their diet. So in order to digest food, they take green tea, he said. In addition to this, Qehwa khanas have become a part of culture of Peshawar. In olden days, merchants and traders coming from Central Asia, China bringing with them silk and spices, would gather in Qehwa Khanas in Peshawar, narrating stories about their journeys while
hot and aromatic Qehwas was served to wash down the greasy food. Usually in a traditional Qehwa Khana, the ground level is meant for males while the upper portion locally called “Bala Khana” is built for females. Even today, there is a market of Qissa Khawani (Bazaar of Storytellers) which still has many tea houses, he told. Giving details about this tradition, he said, Qehwa is traditionally drunk in small cups or tea glasses. The tea is made by boiling green tea leaves mixed with crushed cardamom. Generally, it is served with sugar or honey. Traditionally, Qehwa is prepared in a brass kettle known as a samovar. A samovar is a heated metal con-
tainer traditionally used to heat and boil water. Samovars are said to have been invented in Central Asia, however, it is also used in Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Asia. A traditional samovar consists of a large metal container with a faucet at the bottom and a metal pipe running vertically through the middle. Samovars are typically crafted out of copper, brass, bronze, silver, gold, tin or nickel. It has a “fire-container”, in which live coals are placed for keeping the water hot. Around the firecontainer there is a space for water to boil and the tea leaves and other ingredients are mixed with the water for a perfect blend.
Qehwa may also be made in normal vessels. The outer portion of Qehwa khanas are decorated with big samovars, carved woodwork for giving it a traditional touch, hence attracting customers. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Qahwah is usually served to guests in small cups. People here are very fond of drinking green tea, especially, after lunches and dinners, he said. Besides projecting this centuries old tradition at the annual folk festivals like Lok Mela, Lok Virsa has also created a full-fledged creative diorama on “Qehwa Khana” at its Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum), he stated.
April 24 DISTRICT Health Department Rawalpindi would launch a weeklong special drive to create awareness among women about healthcare of mother from April 24 to 30. April 25 ALLAMA Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has scheduled its final exams of MS, M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2012 to be started from Monday 25th April, 2013 across the country simultaneously.
10 outlaws arrested ISLAMABAD—Islamabad police have arrested 10 outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered stolen car, gold ornaments, cash , 13 wine bottles and narcotics from their possession, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. According to details, Sub-Inspector Nusrat Ali from Golra police station arrested an accused Junaid for having 30 bore pistol. Sub-Inspectors Aness Akbar and Muhammad Ashraf from Shehzad Town police arrested Tanveer and Qamer Zaman besides recovering 12 bore gun and 30 bore pistol from them. ASI Tanveer Ahmed from Kohsar police station arrested Sajid Sohail and recovered 10 bottles wine from him. Sub-Inspector Ghulam Muhamamd Shah and ASI Muhammad Ghaus from Bhara Kau police station arrested Irfan and Gul Shah for having 220 gram hashish and 03 wine bottles respectively. ASI Tarbul Hassan from Gorla police station arrested a thief Yousaf Khan while ASI Qamer Ejaz from Sabzi Mandi police station recovered a stolen car (A- 1272 Hyderabad) from Manzoor Hussain.—APP
Asian markets tumble HONG KONG—Asian shares tumbled for a second straight day Tuesday following weak US and Chinese economic data, while traders were also spooked by a double bombing that hit the Boston Marathon. The weak China outlook hit commodity prices, with gold sinking to its lowest level since 2011 in New York after suffering its sharpest fall in 30 years, while on oil markets the Brent contract fell below $100 a barrel. Tokyo fell 1.06 percent by the break, Hong Kong lost 0.81 percent, Sydney eased 0.64 percent, Shanghai was 0.20 percent lower and Seoul shed 0.93 percent. Bangkok was closed for a public holiday. Global markets suffered a downturn on Monday after China released data showing growth in the world’s number-two economy had slowed in the first quarter of the year, which was followed by weak US manufacturing figures. Asian markets ended Monday in the red and Wall Street’s main indexes were already down when two explosions hit the Boston Marathon, one of the biggest sporting events in the US, killing at least three and injuring more than 100. “Markets are in the red on a knee-jerk reaction to the Boston bombing. It looks like the bears are at the gates,” says Jonathan Ravelas, market strategist at BDO Unibank. As cities across the United States went on high alert President Barack Obama said it was not yet clear who was behind the blasts. While he did not say the blasts were a terror attack, a White House official said “any event with multiple explosive devices— as this appears to be—is clearly an act of terror”.— APP
Rates for conversion KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E. 25 deposits) by the State Bank on April 17, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 98.3794, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0046, Pound Sterling Rs 150.5205 and Euro Rs 128.6409.—APP
PQ remains active KARACHI—Three ships carrying containers and edible oil were allotted berth at Qasim International and LCT Terminals respectively during the last 24 hours, port sources said here Tuesday. Four more ships scheduled to load/ offload containers, wheat and diesel oil also arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the port on Tuesday where total number of eight ships namely MV. Nystead Maersk, Allaince St. Louis, Reecon Faith, Dia Duong Sunrise, Recon Emre Atlantic Glory, Chem Road Journey and Argent Bright are currently occupying berth to load/ offload containers, cement, rice, wheat, chemical and edible oil respectively. A cargo volume of 47,551 tonnes comprising 35,948 tonnes import and 11,603 tonnes exports inclusive of containerised cargo carried in 1,339 containers (Boxes) were handled at the port during the last 24 hours.—APP
PM for increased reliance on indigenous resources STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso Tuesday directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to accelerate its efforts to explore new gas and oil resources so that reliance on indigenous resources is increased. He also directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to come up with fair gas distribution plan so that available resources are utilized optimally. The prime minister gave these directives during a comprehensive briefing given to him by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources on the working, functions, challenges and issues confronting the oil and gas sectors in the country at the Prime Minister’s House. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Petroleum, Suhail Wajahat H. Siddiqui,
IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry (BQATI) President Usman Ahmed expressed concern over sever traffic gridlock due to repairing work at Malir Bridge, which was source of great concern and anxiety to the trade and industry and staffs and foreigners working at Bin Qasim Industrial area. The travelling to Port Qasim via National Highway and back to city was made difficult. He said that the National highway from Malir bridge to
Govt to provide basic facilities for industrial development
Port Qasim More was under great pressure of traffic as the transport heading toward the city and upcountry, Port Qasim, Port Industrial Zone, Steel Mills, Steel Town, Gulshan-e Hadeed and other industries situated in Bin Qasim Zone used to pass through this road, which in fact had been turned into a narrow street. He said that looting and snatching incident at key point during traffic gridlock had created panic, especially among foreign engineers and technical staff working in Bin Qasim Industrial Zone, Such incidents
KESC-SSGC trade blame on each other
Rift hitting hard economy, consumers AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Unending rift between two utilities i.e. KESC & SSGC consequently washing away the true colours of this industrial hub called as the city of lights stemming due to load shedding of long durations. While KESC attributes loading shedding to short supply of gas on the part of SSGC, the later vehemently denied the allegations with the claim that SSGC was supplying 120mmcfd gas to power generating company uninterruptedly despite an agreement of merely 10 mmcfd only to care over 20 million plus population of Karachi. The endless load shedding
has not only given a serious dent to industrial and commercial activity but adversely affected health, education and social activity sending an extremely bad message about the capacity of good governance and management skill of the people sitting at the helm of affairs specially at the stage when the people have to cost their vote to determine future course of the socioeconomic and political order of the country. Meanwhile commenting on the reports that KESC has been forced to start eight hours load shedding from April 13 due to consistent low gas supply from SSGC, a spokesperson for the gas utility has completely refuted the allegation and clari-
fied that there was no deliberate action on the part of SSGC to curtail gas supply to KESC and 120 mmcfd was being supplied to KESC for the past 4 months. The spokesperson reiterated SSGC’s continuing commitment to the 20 million people of Karachi to ensure continuous supply of gas to the KESC so as not to negatively impact KESC’s power generation capacity. The SSGC spokesperson said that the gas utility was continuing to supply gas to KESC to the volume of 120 mmcfd for the past 4 months and it was doing so for the very reason that it did not want to
ISE stays bearish STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock
Exchange (ISE-10) here on Tuesday witnessed bearish trend as the index was down by 60.47 points to close at 3374.79 as compared to the previous day’s trading. Talking to media, Stock Analyst, Ibrahim said that the pressure was seen in the local stock market due to profit-taking. “The investors has off-loaded positions because of booking profits and majority of positions were taken in the cement and banking seche added. Continued on Page 11 tors”, Aside from this, the punters have taken positions when the index comes down resulting an increase of total turnover of the market, he said. Total volume of shares traded was 191,000, which was up by 184,000 when compared it with a earlier closing. Out of 133 companies’ shares traded, the price of 36 was increased while the price of 97 decreased. The price of top gainer Murree Brewery was increased by Rs.10.50 while the price of top loser Mitchell Fruit Farms decreased by Rs.17.95. Lafrage Pakistan Cement, Fauji Cement Company and Silk Bank Ltd remained volume leaders, with volume of ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industries and Production Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf 125,000, 50,000 and 16,000 shares respectively. Sheikh chairing the briefing session about the PIDC.
IPPs in debt of Rs32b due to minimal payments by govt
SBP-SMEDA agree for facilitating SMEs’ access to finance STAFF REPORTER
L AHORE—State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) have agreed to make joint efforts for facilitating SMEs’ access to finance. It was disclosed by a team of SMEDA financial experts at an in-house meeting with CEO SMEDA Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera today at SMEDA head office. The team informed that In line with SMEDA’s new mission to build partnerships for catalyzing growth and development of SME sector, meetings were held last week with senior
officials of the State Bank at Karachi to discuss scope of mutual cooperation of the two organizations for enabling SMEs’ access to finance. SMEDA has identified various instruments that could be developed for increasing SME’s access to finance, including sector specific programme lending schemes as well as mechanisms for building capacity of commercial banks in risk assessment of SME clients. The SMEDA team while visiting SBP head office also met with Syed Irfan Ali, director, Payment Systems Department to discuss E-Payment Gateway for SMEs in order to promote E-Commerce in Paki-
stan. SMEs in Pakistan are currently not present on the canvas of multi-trillion dollar cyber economy. Such initiatives will facilitate SMEs to enter into global cyber economy resulting in better export volumes and entry into new markets. It has been learnt that SBP is developing a policy framework in this regard, which will be shared with stakeholders in the near future. SMEDA CEO is confident that building partnerships with SBP for facilitating SMEs access to finance will prove to be instrumental in creating new enterprises, scaling up production of existing firms and enhancing competitiveness.
Marble mosaic products display in Career Expo STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) in collaboration with its partner, United Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), have displayed marble mosaic products in Career Expo 2013 here at Bahria University. More than 58 stalls were set up by Moftak Solutions, Maroof international Hospital, PTCL, Roots school system,
SNL, Eni, IBM, Telenor, Ufone, Wi tribe, SECP, Nestle, Telenor, Faysal Asset Management, YES, Data Focal, ZONG, the United Nations, Zigron, Askari Investment Management, Information architects, Evamp & Saanga, Knowledge Kottage, Cyber Vision, Hashoo Foundation, PEL, Secure Tech, CRNP, addictive tips, Nexus Telecom, Ovex Tech, Mobizone, TiE Islamabad, Ali Akbar Group, Metro Casy & Carry, CiMA,Universal Human
Aid, Brightspyre, Converge, Launch Pad, Oves Technologies, Makkays, Konket, Islamic Relief, EES, Gen Zee Solutions, Spyko, Channel 7, Scrybe, YNP and Elixir, sayid a PAADEC statement. The stall of Pakistan Stone Development Company under the umbrella of Business Growth Center of UNIDO and First Women Bank Limited (FWBL) remained the center of attention because of eye catching mosaic items.
Call to reserve seats in assembly for biz community K A R A C H I —Government
— Theodore Isaac Rubin
In this connection, the government has issued 126 licenses to various national and international companies for explorations. The Premier was also apprised that in light of his directions, guidelines have been issued to all prospecting companies to ensure that provision is made for welfare of the locals where exploration is taking place to ensure implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility. Similarly, the companies have been issued guidelines to co-opt local people for protection and provision of security ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso being briefed by officials of Ministry of Petroleum with territorial responsibility. and Natural Resources. The Prime Minister was told that oil potential of the country was estimated at 27000 million barrels and gas potential at 283 trillion cubic feet. Nearly 500 million cubic feet of gas is available but it would take another two years to be injected into the Gas fired IPPs are more re- release of funds by MoF and STAFF REPORTER system. liable and are cleaner source of regular collections of WAPDA L AHORE —The Independent energy. Effective usage and / NTDC can settle the overdue STAFF REPORTER Power Producers (IPPs) of the funds allocation to the gas fired receivables of gas fired IPPs and KARACHI—Caretaker Sindh country are in huge debt because IPPs can result in estimated will enable them to sustain opMinister for Industries, Khalid of WAPDA’s default on its con- combined forex saving of US erations thereby helping the enTawab has said that the govern- tractual obligations. Contrary to $3.5 million per day, by utiliz- ergy starved nation. Besides the ment would provide the basic the Power Purchase Agreement, ing indigenous low btu/perme- aforementioned direct loss per had reemphasized the need to facilities to spur the industrial WAPDA has released meager or ate gas. It can offer economical MW, shut down of gas-fired implement strict and additional development in the province. He in some cases absolutely no pay- tariff compared to oil-fired plants will have serious repersecurity measures to minimize was talking to members of the ments to the gas-fired IPPs over power plants, with an average cussions for GoP. Continuation estimated saving of US $2.77 would result in a negative enthe risk of criminal activities in Federal B. Area Association of past few months. WAPDA’s payment default million per day – equivalent to ergy mix skewed towards oilthe area and improve traffic Trade and Industry here on has resulted in severe effects on Rs. 14 per kWh. Gas fired IPPs based generation and would insituation during sensitive Tuesday. hours. The Minister said that devel- the financial viability of these can offer average tariff of Rs. 4 crease the quantum of circular Mian Muhammad Ahmed, opment of industries would help power plants. The combined per kWh versus Rs. 18 for oil debt, ultimately increasing the burden on end consumers in Patron In-chief and founder to bring prosperity. He said that over dues of the IPPs are close fired IPPs. Moreover, it is important to terms of more expensive power. President of Bin Qasim Asso- there are problems for the indus- to Rs. 32 billion. Condition is The independent power prociation of Trade and Industry tries and the government is such that the IPPs are on the note that the funds paid to gas also showed his concern and utilising its resources to help verge of collapse, despite engag- fired IPPs remain in circulation ducers (IPPs) can generate more ing their entire working capital within the country with Govern- energy with more efficiency as briefed that at the time when solve these problems. industrial production needs to Khalid Tawab said that at- resources. This situation is the ment of Pakistan (GoP) being compared to public sector; howbe boosted up to help the tention is also being paid for re- result of ongoing discriminatory the major indirect beneficiary, ever, it is paramount that economy, incidents like these solving the law and order prob- treatment towards the gas fired through its shareholding in Government’s facilities and enwill act as serious deterrent to lem. The members of the Fed- IPPs by routing the funds to oil- OGDCL, SSGC and SNGPL. couragement is required in this local and foreign investors. eral B. Area Association of fired IPPs to keep them running. Any payment to IPPs from the regard. Trade and Industry apprised the Minister of their problems. Prominent industrialist S.M. Munir was also present during the meeting.
BQATI shows concern on gridlocks due to work on Malir river bridge
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Advisor for Finance Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry and senior officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and Prime Minister’s Secretariat. Prime Minister Khoso was informed that the total demand of the energy in the country was estimated at 80 million tons equivalent of oil while supply was 65 million tons. He was told that the gap has increased owing to lack of exploration of new oil and gas wells and consequent inability to keep pace with the growing demand. The Prime Minister was apprised that the country had therefore to import oil and to spend an estimated $14.5 billion on its import. The meeting was told that the ministry was now working on a plan to increase reliance on indigenous resources by bringing more area under exploration and increase production of oil and gas.
should allocate reserve seats for business community’s representatives in the national assembly and senate, this was demanded by the leader of the business community and Chief Guest, S M Muneer at a dinner reception hosted by Korangi Association of Trade and industry (KATI) in honour of caretaker Minister on I.T, Mian Zahid Hussain in Karachi. S M Muneer said that like
in other countries where business community is being given representation in their assemblies should also be recognized here in Pakistan considering their remarkable contribution in Pakistan’s economy. Pakistan is a country tied up with bureaucratic chains and economic reforms are unlikely unless and until the business community is given representation in the assemblies. He strongly opposed to ban on businessmen carrying arms under Section 144 imposed by the government.
He made it clear that no businessman is brandishing arms but only keeping it as deterrent considering the critical situation of law and order. He said that load-shedding in industrial areas is alarming and Governor Sindh should intervene into the matter and get the dispute between KESC and SSGC resolved. He asked the caretaker government to order KMC to properly perform its duties as after the ouster of Muhammad Husain Syed no civic work is being done in the city and heaps
of garbage are seen all over the city. He asked the government to bring in a full time and competent administrator in KMC as soon as possible. The law and order situation is getting little better but yet to be normalized and caretaker government should have taken serious steps to maintain law and order and hold free and fair elections. Minister of Information Technology, Mian Zahid Hussain said that though he got very little time to perform but he has taken serious steps to promote information technology in
the province. He said that epolicing system in the government departments is being introduced which would be very helpful to curb irregularities in the government departments. An IT seminar is being planned in order to create awareness and find ways and means to speedy computerization of government departments and introduce high-tech systems to facilitate the people. He said that he would be available to the business community as well as to the general public all the time during his tenure and try to re-
solve their issues to his level best. Speaking on the occasion the Chairman Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Mohammad Zubair Chhaya said that the businessmen should be exempted from carrying arms as they are extremely in distress and frequently receiving threats from ‘Bhatta Mafia’ and need to carry arms and guards for their security. He pointed out that though law and order and situation in Karachi particularly in industrial areas has been improved a little but the government has to make serious measures to
fully restore law and order in the city. Vice Presidents, FPCCI Shaheen Ilyas Sarwana and Gulzar Firoz vowed to make efforts for revival of national economy and asked the trade and industrial bodies to send their proposals for the forthcoming budget so that they could be taken up with the power corridors. Special Assistant to CM, Sharfuddin Memon said on the occasion that issue of exempting the businessmen to carry arms would be resolved in a couple of days.
Germany, biggest supporter of GSP plus status to Pakistan SALIM AHMED
dor to Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Jean Nunn Pakistan has said that Germany is the biggest supporter of GSP Plus status to Pakistan and hopefully Pakistan would get the status once the legal formalities are complete. While speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, he said that the GSP plus status to Pakistan will help strengthen this country economically besides improving its trade relations with European Union countries. The Ambassador said that German government was well aware with the ongoing energy
KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday.
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Women entrepreneurs seek linkage with varsities STAFF REPORTER P E S H A W A R — Wo m e n Chamber of Commerce & Industry Peshawar (WCCIP), organize an interactive session with academia, media and development sector organization for formulation of an entrepreneurship development policy for women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to facilitate more women towards entrepreneurship. Vice president WCCIP shamama Arbab requested the media to join hands with WCCIP to give a soft image of women entrepreneurs in order to develop an encouraging environment for the upcoming entrepreneurs. She said that WCCI takes pride in taking the initiative of bridging the gap between academia and businesses. It was agreed that university-industry linkage will be created and IM Sciences university shall develop curriculum on entrepreneurship in collaboration with WCCIP, as per trade and industry needs whereas, Government shall also be engaged in curriculum development. Shamama Arbab, Vice President of the Chamber said that youth possess immense potential and talent that must be explored in the right way to harness their skills and capabilities. She said that due to prevailing economic situation job opportunities were shrinking so there was dire need to encourage youth to enter into entrepreneurship field resulting in self-employment It was proposed by WCCI that government should develop skill development centers and incubation center in KPK region, and also universities should support this initiative developing incubation centers in the universities. The students were of the view that the current National Internship program is not catering its purpose and proposed to start internship program in the private sector that would help in creating entrepreneurship culture working in the business environment. The media fully supported the Entrepreneurship Policy for the Women of KPK, and assured lunching media campaign to promote women entrepreneurship. It was emphasized by the students that a separate IT Park should be established for the women because they have great talent and abilities in IT field. To promote entrepreneurship culture in the KPK region, WCCIP proposed to develop LOK VIRSA model so that underprivileged could be brought in the main stream for economic development.
and the private sector should focus in these two areas. He said that these are the proven tools that always contribute immensely when it comes to revival of economic activities in any part of the world. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Frooq Iftikhar said that Pakistan offers a great potential for foreign investment. It has a strategic location with abundant raw materials. Any investment made in Pakistan will automatically find its way to the regional countries which goes to the extent of Central Asian States. He urged the Ambassador to motivate and invite the German investors to consider Pakistan as
NRL posts profit of Rs1.93b for nine months STAFF REPORTER
crisis in Pakistan and ready to extend every possible help to this regard. He said that Germany has made remarkable progress in alternate energy sector. He said it was an encouraging sign that a number of German companies had already signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) in energy sector. He said that private sector in Pakistan should join hands with their German counterparts to overcome energy challenge, the country has been facing for the last many years. Ambassador said that tourism and trade fairs & exhibitions could help highlight Pakistan’s soft image to the outer world therefore, both the government
I SLAMABAD —The National Refinery Limited (NRL) on Tuesday announced the profit of Rs.1.93 billion for nine months ended on March 31, 2013, witnessing a decline of 11.73 per cent against Rs.2.16 billion in the same period of the last year. The profit of refinery registered a decrease for the period of nine months due to an increase of administrative expenses and trade discounts, taxes, duties and levies. Aside from this, due to a decline of net sales and a rise of finance cost of the company for 3rd quarter ended on March 31, 2013 had also caused the cut on the profit for nine months period of the current year..
The administrative expenses of the refinery had shown a rise of 12.38 per cent from Rs.0.337 billion for period of nine months of 2012 to Rs.0.379 billion for the same period of the current year. In the same way, trade discounts, taxes, duties and lives had registered a rise of 9.22 per cent to Rs.26.04 billion for nine months of 2013 from Rs.23.85 billion in the same period of the last year. The net sales stood at Rs.43.62 billion for 3rd quarter ended on March 31 of the current year, which was down by 1.98 per cent when compared it with Rs.44.49 billion in the same period of last year. The finance cost of the company recorded at Rs.0.682 bil-
lion for 3rd quarter against Rs.0.198 billion for the same period of the last year. However, the other operating income of company witnessed a surge by 191.43 per cent from Rs.0.584 billion for 3rd quarter to Rs.1.70 billion for the same period of the current year. The company’s overall profit stood at Rs.0.919 billion against Rs.0.578 billion for 3rd quarter of last year which was due to a rise of 191 per cent in the other income of the company in the current year. The earning per share (EPS) for the quarter of 2013 recorded at Rs.11.5, showing an increase of 59.05 per cent when compared it with Rs.7.23 EPS of same period last year.
a safe haven for investments in sectors like energy, livestock, dairy and beverages. He that factors like cheapest agriculture land abundantly available in Pakistan, enormous size of consumer market and etc., will certainly catch the attention of German companies interested to expand their businesses in Sub Continent. He said that Pakistan is severely hit by a horrifying energy crisis that has badly affected our industries. We have never been as much in need for renewable energy sources as today. He said that Germany is meeting its energy needs by vastly using wind tech- ISLAMABAD: Senator Haji Ghulam Ali presenting bouquet to Sh Abdul Razzaq. nology and solar electricity systems installed all across the country in addition to hydel resources.
Emirates special package for travel to Dubai STAFF REPORTER
PIAF seeks CJ help against power cuts MUZAFFAR ALI
LAHORE—Pakistan Industrial and traders Associations Front (PIAF) on Tuesday sought Chief Justice of Pakistan’s help against load shedding due to which industrial productions have nose-dived to alarmingly low levels and law and order situation is worsening with every passing day. The PIAF Chairman Malik Tahir Javed said that the Industrialists have knocked every door for the provision of electricity to the industrial sector but unfortunately there is no let up in the power outages. He said that the power outages were not only depriving the industrial workers of their livelihood but also causing considerable financial loss to the industry as a whole. He said the two hours power cut after every hour has brought the industrial wheel to a halt as the industry needs at least eight hours regular supply of electricity to complete processes but the people sitting at
ISLAMABAD—With something to offer every traveller, whether it be soaking up the sunshine on golden sandy beaches or fuellinga passion for shopping, a dream getaway in Dubai is within reach on Emirates with special package deals for travel until August. Renowned for its iconic skyline, warm Arabian waters, gourmet dining options and nearby desert adventures, Dubai exceeds visitor’s expectations at every turn. From family fun options such as water parks, marine animals, amusement rides and parks to sophisticated shopping, innovative restaurants and five-star luxury, no traveller gets bored in this cosmopolitan city. With special fares for travel to Dubai , Emirates invites customers to experience the best the city has to offer while not breaking the budget. In addition, passengers will enjoy Emirates’ award-winning onboard product and service and stay entertained with up to 1,400 channels of programming on Emirates inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Wide-Screen; making the STAFF REPORTER journey as memorable as the destination. ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) held its 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Islamabad to apprise the company shareholders about various ongoing activities, results and achievements of the past financial year as well as discussing areas of improvement for future STAFF REPORTER growth of the company. In his opening remarks Mr. KARACHI—As the demand for Shahid Rashid, Chairman PTCL Windows Phone 8 platform rises Board informed the shareholdin the country, Nokia Pakistan ers that the company has taken organized the first ever devel- significant steps to synergize oper workshop in association PTCL’s Group resources and with Microsoft Pakistan. The initiated various processes to workshop was aimed at engag- enhance profitability which has ing the local developer commu- resulted in strong financial pernity with whom Nokia Pakistan formance during the period of shares a very strong relationship. past six months as compared to The training was imparted by the same period of last year. Tony Torp, Nokia’s external “In order to meet our custrainer who was flown in from tomers’ expectations and their Finland to share his supreme appetite for latest services; we expertise on the WP 8 platform are focused to utilize our core with the participants. The workshop garnered a phenomenal response which evidently showed a keen sense of interest amongst the local developers for being part of the enhancement process OBSERVER REPORT for the WP 8 platform. Speaking on the occasion, MULTAN—President of Multan Rabia Nizami, area head DX, Nokia Pakistan said, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Muhammad “Smartphones have become an Khan Sadozai Monday said that inherent part of our daily lives the MCCI was offering maxiand with the use of mobile applications, consumers are open to a mum facilities to women-entreunique personalized experience. preneurs for promoting business As the local developer commu- friendly environment. Addressing the concluding nity has remained at the forefront ceremony of hand-made items of mobile app development, exhibition, held under auspices of Nokia Pakistan tapped on their National Productivity talent through this workshop and Organisation, United States gave them an opportunity to unAgency for International Develdergo training for the Windows opment (USAID) and Multan Phone 8 platform. Our associa- Chamber of Commerce Industry tion with Microsoft Pakistan has (MCCI), he said that he always been a major factor in driving this struggled for promoting handtraining towards success”. made items of working women.
helm are least concerned about it because they are getting uninterrupted power supply both at home and at their workplace. The PIAF Chairman feared that if the situation is not controlled, nobody would be able to keep industrial workers from massive protests and demonstrations in coming days. Malik Tahir Javed said that the repeated power outages and massive load shedding is not only giving a bad name to the government but is also forcing the industrialists to go on indefinite strike. He said that the previous government had made tall claims about the provision of electricity but in the end nothing concrete was done and it has pushed the country to wall. The PIAF Chairman said that at the moment when the neighbouring countries are getting huge export orders, the situation in Pakistan is the other way round where the investments have gone down to considerably low levels.
PTCL holds 18th AGM
ISLAMABAD: Zonal Chairman FPCCI Azhar Sayeed Butt, CEO Business Support Fund Saqib Mohiuddin and others with the participants of women’s Expo.
Rift hitting From Page 10 create hurdles in KESC’s generation of electricity for the domestic and industrial consumers of Karachi. As per order of preference laid down by the government, domestic and commercial consumers should be the most preferred recipients of gas while power utilities have second preference. While SSGC has on many occasions invited the KESC to discuss all outstanding issues with it, the power utility has not found the time do so and it is still not willing to pay any late payment surcharge on the amount of more than Rs. 46 billion that it owes to SSGC. This is creating severe operational difficulties for SSGC which is not able to meet its various financial obligations and is also under the pressure of its shareholders to deal with KESC on stronger terms and altogether stop its gas supply, if need be. The spokesperson said that KESC was merely blaming SSGC for its own shortfall in power generation which had nothing to do with SSGC, which was supplying 120 mmcfd gas to KESC while the existing agreement between the two utilities calls for only 10 mmcfd.
Warid receives corporate social responsibility award STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Warid Telecom, leading innovator of Pakistan’s telecom industry, has once again received the honourable Shaukat Khanum Social Responsibility Award from the SKMCH&RC. The event, held inside the hospital premises, is organized annually to appreciate and recognize the support various organizations have provided during the year 2012. Chief Executive SKMT, Dr. Faisal Sultan appreciated the continuous support provided by Warid Telecom in the recent years.
Warid has received this award for the second time in two years, for the organizations support in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Sultan further added “We have embarked upon the construction of Pakistan’s second Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Peshawar. This has only been possible because of the unconditional support of well-wishers and responsible organizations like Warid who believe in the value of life and have enabled us to continue to provide free or supported cancer care to over 75% of our patients over the last 18 years.”
LAHORE: Mian Muhammad Mansha giving away the CSR Award to Shahzad Ahmad from Warid Telecom during a ceremony.
Nokia Pakistan conducts App dev workshop for Windows Phone 8
Empowering the women entrepreneurs in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Ghazo Collection organized an exhibition on Saturday, 6th April 2013 to promote the work of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The main objective of the event was to support the private sector initiative to empower the Women Entrepreneur in Pakistan. Ghazala Humayun highlighted the objective and purpose of organizing this event empowering the Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She said that women entrepreneurs are successfully doing business in textile garments,
fashion designing, handicrafts, jewelry, fancy candles of international quality, handmade gift items, leather garments, furniture and fixtures and this event provided them an opportunity to introduce themselves. She stated education sector, women have made good progress and are today representing many educational institutes. Women are also active in various sports in Pakistan and have already participated in national, regional and international competitions. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President FPCCI, attended the event and stated that (FPCCI) has also been encouraging women entre-
preneurs by way of giving them opportunities to participate in International trade fairs and delegations on subsidized conditions. At present, there are seven women’s chambers in Pakistan that work under the umbrella of FPCCI, all representing the four provinces of Pakistan. He praised the efforts of Ghazo in promoting women entrepreneurs. Tariq Sayeed, Vice President CACCI, former President FPCCI and former and founder President SAARC CCI while visiting the Ghazo Collection event. “Empowering the Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan” praised her cause for women
entrepreneur and stated that without involving women entrepreneurs actively in economic activity, our country cannot achieve the target of economic stability and self-reliance. This should become all the more apparent in view of the fact that the population of women in Pakistan is almost half the total population of 180 million. He also said that in Pakistan, currently Women entrepreneurs are working under the same macro, regulatory and institutional framework as their male counterparts in a free market mechanism. Sheikh Humayun Sayeed, Chief Executive, SMH-Interna-
tional – Events Management informed that the best emerging designer Mr. Imran Rajput who was awarded at the Pakistan Fashion Week organized by Fashion Pakistan Council will be showcasing/displaying his outfits at the forth coming Pakistan Fashion and Textile Exhibition 2013 Dubai and also announced the exhibitions to be held in India, Qatar, USA, Canada and Australia during the year 20130. The exhibition was a great success due to large attendance of Karachiites, famous and leading businessmen and women in fact elite of the Karachi were present there.
competencies to capture the opportunities that shall result in further growth and development of company’s business. The company has expanded its broadband market share and its revenues have witnessed a remarkable growth during the last six months. The subscriber base of wireless broadband product range ‘EVO’ has increased as well as the revenue from corporate services”, said Mr. Shahid Rashid. President and CEO PTCL, Walid Irshaid while assuring the shareholders stated, “At PTCL, we are putting conscientious efforts to drive diverse business avenues and maximize our shareholders’ value in the long term by innovation and superior customer experience.” The shareholders were informed that during the period under review, PTCL won the prestigious ‘3rd Global HR Excellence Award 2012’ for its outstanding achievements and organizational performance in HR.
Razzaque assumes charge of Chairman Coordination FPCCI STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD —Sheikh Abdul Razzaque has assumed the charge of Chairman Coordination FPPCI Capital Office. Senator Haji Ghulam Ali, President FPCCI Malik Zubair, President ICCI Zafar Bakhtwari, Munawar Mughal, Senior Vice Chairman PVMA Atif Ikram Sheikh and other business leaders were also present on the occasion. They congratulated Razzaque on assuming charge and assured full cooperation in discharging duties to the full satisfaction of the business community. Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Abdul Razzaque said that he will serve the community to best of his abilities. He called upon the government to take serious steps to resolve energy crisis that has choked the national growth. It may be mentioned that Razzaque has recently served as Senior Vice Chairman PVMA.
Govt focuses to ensure food security STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Dr Nadeem Amjad, Member (Natural Resources) on behalf of Chairman PARC as Chief Guest at Inaugural Session of the Workshop on “Incorporating Agricultural Service Providers into Demonstration and Dissemination Activities in Rural Pakistan” held at NARC, Islamabad has said that Rural Pakistan – the root/ base of the country, provides every support, not only to rural but also to urban dwellers; any improvement, any success, targeted for rural areas, impact entire country. He said the focus of Government of Pakistan, among others, is to ensure food security for its rapidly growing population at affordable prices, through technological innovations. It is quite a challenging task and requires supportive policies, R&D initiatives and consistent backing for agriculture sector.
Dawlance introduces direct cool refrigerator STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Dawlance, the no. 1 home appliances brand in Pakistan today launched the world’s largest Direct Cool refrigerator, Double French Door. Speaking at the launch, Mr. Hasan Jameel, head of sales, Dawlance said, “The new Dawlance DFD is a class of its own and by introducing this world’s largest DC range; the company is contributing its bit in making Pakistan proud. Dawlance always aspires to fulfill the need of the consumers and the inspiration behind the world’s largest Direct Cool Refrigerator was to fulfill the need for bigger and better refrigeration. Each and every feature of this range has been specially designed in line with our consumer preferences and the modern technology therefore the patents for innovative features like easy door technology, exclusive
designs and H-Zone technology have been applied, says a press report. Talking about the latest innovation from Dawlance, Mr. Noman Rashid, AVP – Engineering said, “The stainless steel interior and sturdy glass shelves offer a strong structure and ensures durability of the product. The breakthrough feature of easy door is another outstanding innovation that not only provides convenience but also helps in cooling retention. The Spill Proof glass shelves prohibit any liquid dripping and can hold up to 100 KG weight. Its Deodorizer feature maintains aroma inside the refrigerator by filtering the air inside and neutralizing any unpleasant smell. The fan is another well designed aspect of the product that ensures faster and balanced circulation of cold air to guarantee steady temperature in all refrigerator compartments.”
KARACHI: Dawlance announces the World’s Largest Direct Cool refrigerator. Seen in the picture Hasan Jameel, Head of Sales, Dawlance along with his team at the launch event.
The truth about juice
HEN her chronic stomach pain and cramps were diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Newell Freivogel, a 34-year-old business owner in Chicago, decided to try a cleanse. “I didn’t want to take medicine if something natural would help,” she says. While she sipped veggie smoothies and nibbled salads, her stomach issues disappeared. But, she says, “I got splitting headaches and was can’t-get-off-the-couch tired.” And the minute the two-week cleanse ended, her IBS symptoms returned. Working with her doctor, Freivogel realized she needed to change her diet for life, not stop eating for a couple of weeks. “What had made me feel better wasn’t the cleanse [itself],” she says, “but that I’d eliminated certain trigger foods, such as nuts and pasta. When I identified those foods and cut back on them, I got better for good.” You’ve probably tried juice as a health move too. Extolled by Gwyneth and Blake, sold at juice bars and even at national drugstore chains like Duane Reade and Walgreens, detox juices are now a $5-billion business, projected to grow 4 to 8 percent a year. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a “greena colada.” Although eating whole fruits and vegetables is healthiest (you get all the vitamins and minerals plus the added benefit of fiber), juices “are not bad,” says Stella L. Volpe, PhD, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at Drexel University. “However, to use them as cleans-
ers is not necessary.” Never the less, the makers of juice cleanses—generally oneto five-day all-liquid diets—have upped the ante and are making some grandiose health claims with little evidence or oversight to back them. Beyond weight loss, flooding your insides with raw fruits and vegetables can wash away just about any health problem, suggest companies with such names as JuiceRx. Their websites claim to help maladies like abnormal sugar levels, acne, addiction, allergies, anxiety, bad breath, bloating, cancer, cell damage, colds, contamination with chemicals, depression, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, heavymetal contamination, hormone dysfunction, indigestion, lack of focus, liver disease, liver stones, memory loss, and Parkinson’s disease. “[A cleanse can] reset your body and support its being able to fight and cure whatever the illness is,” says Tim Martin, founder of celeb favorite iZOcleanse. “It can help the body heal anything.” The BluePrintCleanse site promises that cleanses are “the perfect partner” for antibiotics and that they “fight off degenerative diseases.” The site also promotes long-term cleanses as a good idea for the truly sick, saying clients “using [the cleanse] in cancer therapy have continued on a cleanse indefinitely, until they are healed”—never mind that unpasteurized juice could introduce harmful bacteria to people with compromised immune systems.
KARACHI: Ladies talking to their relatives on cell phones as people rushed outside buildings after earthquake at Sarwar Shaheed road.
Police action against illegal car parking at Tariq Road IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI — Police had arrested staffs hired by a private contractor of charged car parking venue at Tariq Road. Police termed the charged car parking site on Tariq Road was illegal and had received complaints from the commuters to look into the situation and if found illegal should take action. However, the KMC charged car parking department had till filing of this report not produced any document that could confirm the said charged car parking site was legal.
Conspiracy to shatter sectarian harmony: MQM
However, the KMC Charged Parking Director Syed Raza Abbas Rizvi, who was also given an additional charge of the KMC Media Management Department Director declared the illegal act of harassment and arrest of KMC Charged Parking Contractor staffs on Tariq Road. He said it was an act of interference in KMC works and demanded higher authorities of police department to take notice of the incident. According to a statement issued here Tuesday, the KMC had allotted the contract of receiving charged parking to private contractor
JI claims services for ailing humanity
could not release the arrested staffs until the SP would give new directives to do so. KMC charged car parking director condemned the act of police and said that KMC spent budget millions on construction and repairing of roads and cleanliness and receiving the parking fees of parked vehicles was its right and the revenue thus generated was spent on public welfare, hence, no department has right to interfere in KMC works. He said the act of police could result decrease in KMC revenue since KMC did not have many resources to KARACHI—Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister, Justice (Retd) deploy its staffs. Zahid Kurban Alavi, called on Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishrat- ulEbad Khan, on Tuesday. At the meeting held at the Governor House here, the premaintain and control the law vailing situation and the law and order situation before and order was discussed. Dr. the general elections. Ishrat and Caretaker Chief Australian High Commis- Minister also reviewed the sion Peter Heyward thanked performance of the concerned the Caretaker Chief Minister organisations given the task for attending the ceremony of busting the gangs of terand said that Pakistan and rorists. Australia were old friends They said that the elimiwhile Australian government nation of terrorism is among had supported many the top priorities of the govprojects for well being of the ernment. They stressed the Pakistani people. need of further intensifying He said that they were the activities of the finding new ways in differ- organisations concerned with ent fields to further promote the law and order and activatand strengthen the bilateral ing further the intelligence relations. network and that all resources would be utilised for exposing the terrorists and bringing them to justice.—APP
CM calls on Governor
Elections would be free and fair: Alvi IRFAN ALIGI
KARACHI — Sindh caretaker K ARACHI — The Coordina- Chief Minister (CM) said that tion Committee of Mutahidda Quami Movement (MQM) has KARACHI: Chairman KATI Zubair Chaya presenting memento to patron-in-chief S.M. said that there are conspiracies Munir at the dinner reception hosted by KATI. Mian Zahid Hussain advisor to CM on IT, to shatter the sectarian haralso seen in the picture.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki mony and to sabotage the elections atmosphere in Karachi. In a statement the Committee strongly condemned the murder of Head Moharir of Pakistan Bazaar police station Syed Murtaza Hassan Rizvi by terrorists. The Coordination Committee said that the incident was the continuation of social sectors were in front understand that the brave the conspiracies to sabotage STAFF REPORTER of the people and the elec- leadership of JI will remove Karachi’s peace and elections’ K ARACHI — The sincere ef- toral symbol of JI ‘Tarazu’ extortion and terrorism from atmosphere. forts of Jamaat-e Islami (JI) had become the ray of hope the city. It asked President Zardari, The JI candidates for PS- interim prime minister Mir leadership for the welfare of for the people of the coun98 and PS-99 Muhammad Hazar Khan Khoso, interim fedthe ailing humanity without try, particularly the city. He said that the people Yousuf and Shafiq Ur eral interior minister Malik any discrimination could not should reject those leaders, Rehman Usmani also ad- Habib, Governor Sind Dr be forgotten. This was stated by JI who gave the gifts of unem- dressed the gathering. Ishratul Ibad and care-taker In their addresses, they chief minister Sind Zahid Sindh Chief and candidate ployment, inflation, terrorism for NA-245 Dr Mairaj Ul and extortion to them and said that the coalition gov- Qurban Alvi to notice of Syed Huda Siddiqui during his ad- vote for ‘Tarazu’ to change ernment of PPP, MQM and Murtaza Hassan Rizvi’s ANP on the name of recon- muder.—NNI dress in a convention ‘Azm- the system. He further said that the JI ciliation policy had cone inqilab’ held at North leadership will bring peace verted the city into slaughKarachi area Tuesday. Addressing a gathering, and prosperity in the city and ter house. However, the JI Dr Mairaj said that the ser- make it the “City of Light” pledged to eliminate extorvices rendered by JI leader- again with the help of people. tionists, target killers and ship in education, health and The citizens of Karachi can land mafia from the city.
on Tariq Road, which deployed its staff to receive parking fees of vehicles. It said that the mobile of Ferozabad Police Station visited charged parking area of Tariq Road at about 12:30pm on Tuesday and following the directive of SHO Ferozabad Azam Gopang took seven staffs of charged parking into custody. According to sources, Ferozabad Police Station SHO had acted on the directives of his superior, which the KMC also endorsed in the statement as it said that the SHO acted as per order of his SP Usman Bajwa, therefore he
some elements were circulating the rumors that the general elections scheduled for May 11, would be postponed. The elections would be held on time as scheduled. This he said while addressing the ceremony as chief guest to mark the “Australian Day In Spring 2013” organized by Australian Consul General at a local hotel on Monday evening. The ceremony was at-
tended by Australian High Commissioner, Consul Generals and diplomats of varies countries. He said that he was a believer in democracy and would ensure that everybody would get the chance to cost his vote. He added that he was trying hard to meet the challenges of holding free, fair and transparent elections. The government would accomplish this task with success. He expressed his firm resolve and commitment to
KWSB seeks exemption for its staff from election duty KARACHI—Managing Direc-
Health minister seeks support for hemophilics
KARACHI—Hemophilia is a hereditary disease that can be prevented through prenatal screening of the expecting mothers with their or of their spouse’s family history. Caretaker Sindh Minister for Health, Dr. Junaid Ali Shah in his message on the eve of World Hemophilia Day 2013 said people in general must also at the same time remember that one fourth of all cases of the ailment are registered in the patients who may not have any family history. It is therefore equally important that not only the couples at risk must strictly comply with the instructions of their doctors but child otherwise born with no family history is protected against all sorts of minor as well as major KARACHI: Students of DOW Medical College buying flowers from a stall during an- injuries causing loss of blood, nual Bake sale Mela, organized by Patient Welfare Association at Civil Hospital. said the minister.—APP
KARACHI: Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward, accompanied by Ms. Nicola Watkimson Australia’s new senior trade and investment commissioner for South Asia, and Kevin Gallagher representative of FAO announcing funding support for election commission of Pakistan and agricultural support in Balochistan on Monday in Karachi.—PO Photo
Four including cop gunned down K ARACHI —Four persons told that the deceased was colony and arrested 8 suswere mercilessly gunned down including a policeman in various areas of the metropolis while Rangers also launched targeted operation in Afghan Basti and Madina colony and apprehended 8 suspected criminals on Tuesday. According to DSP Qasim Ghauri, policeman who was identified as Javed Iqbal was shot dead in Bilal Colony area of Korangi. The DSP further
waiting at a bus stop when unknown gunmen opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. On the other hand, a man was killed in Qayyumabad area. Earlier, a man was gunned down near a cinema in Pak Colony area while 27year-old Akram was shot dead in PIB Colony. Meanwhile, Rangers has launched targeted operation in afghan Basti and Madina
pected criminals. Upon receiving the secret information, Rangers has launched targeted operation and nabbed 8 suspected criminals. The female’s rangers including squad also took part in this operation while they also took help from Sniffer dogs. All entry and exit points were blocked during operation and started door-to-door search for criminals.—Online
tor, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Misbahuddin Farid has requested the Chief Election Commissioner (CEP) and Provincial Election Commissioner (PEC), Sindh to exempt the KWSB staff from election duty to ensure uninterrupted water supply and sewerage facilities to the citizens of Karachi. In a letter to the officials, he stated that KW&SB is working day and night to ensure provision of water and sewerage facilities to the largest metropolis of more than 20 million population. The staff, especially technical and engineering ones plays a vital role to ensure the mechanism work properly. Furthermore, Revenue Staff ensures financial routine and recovery of outstanding dues from the defaulting consumers in order to run operations smoothly. Therefore, deployment of KW&SB staff on election duty can disrupt the system. KW&SB infrastructure needs 24/7 attendance.—APP
Meditation can stave off cold and flu: Study
EDITATION can be extremely ef fective at preventing winter ail ments like cold and flu, according to a new research. Adults who meditated or did moderately intense exercise, such as a brisk walk, for eight weeks suffered fewer colds than those who did nothing, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin?Madison. Previous research has found that mindfulness meditation may improve mood, decrease stress, and boost immune function. Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India. The new study divided 149 people into three groups. One performed mindful meditation, a type of meditation that essentially involves focusing the mind on the present, the Daily Mail reported. Another group jogged regularly for eight weeks while the third group did nothing. The researchers then followed the health of the volunteers through the winter from September to May, although they didn‘t check whether or not people carried on exercising or meditating after the eight?week period. The participants were observed for cold and flu symptoms such as a runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing, and sore throat. Nasal wash samples were collected and analysed three days after the symptoms began. The
study, found that meditators missed 76 per cent fewer days of work from September through to May than those who did nothing. Those who had exercised missed 48 per cent fewer days during this period. In addition, mindful meditation can reduce the duration or severity of acute respiratory infections such by up to 50 per cent, and exercise by up to 40 per cent. According to the website Scientific America, those who had exercised or meditated suffered for an average of five days; colds of participants in the control group lasted eight. In addition, tests confirmed that the self-reported length of colds correlated with the level of antibodies in the body, which indicate the presence of a virus. “Nothing has previously been shown to prevent acute respiratory infections,” said lead author Dr Bruce Barrett, a family medicine doctor and associate professor at the University. “A lot of previous information suggested that meditation and exercise might have prevention benefits, but no high-quality, randomised trial had been done,” Barrett said. “Flu shots are partially effective, but only work for three strains of flu each year. The apparent 40 to 50 per cent benefit of mindfulness training is a very important finding, as is the apparent 30 to 40 per cent benefit of exercise training. If this pans out in future research, the impact could be substantive indeed,” Barrett said. The study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
PML-Q announces final candidates for 25 constituencies STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Pakistan Muslim League-Qauid-e-Azam (PML-Q) senior central leader and Punjab President Ch Pervez Elahi has announced the names of final candidates of the party from another 25 constituencies of the Punjab Assembly here on Tuesday while PML-Q candidates for the remaining PA constituencies will be announced shortly. Party tickets have been awarded to Sohail Ashraf from PP-5 Rawalpindi, Sardar Amjad Ilyas from PP-22 Chakwal, Ch Farrukh Altaf from PP-24 Jhelum, Abid Ashraf Jotana from PP-27 Jhelum, Rab Nawaz Lak from PP-29 Sargodha, Khalid Nabi Gujjar from PP-60 Faisalabad, Sardar Dildar Cheema from PP-61 Faisalabad, Khawaja Waqar Hassan from PP-94 Gujranwala, Moonis Elahi from PP-110 Gujrat, Mian Imran Masood from PP-111 Gujrat, Ch Muhammad Arshad from PP-114 Gujrat, Ch Naeem Raza from PP-115 Gujrat, Baasima Chaudhry from PP-117 Mandi Bahauddin, Moonis Elahi from PP-118 Mandi Bahauddin, Mohammad Arif Gondal from PP-120 Mandi Bahauddin, Hafiz Muhammad Raza from PP123 Sialkot, Ziaullah Khara from PP-130 Sialkot, Shahid Daihar Advocate from PP-135 Narowal, Moosa Raza Bokhari from PP-136 Narowal, Habibullah Bhatti from PP-149 Lahore, Mushtaq Ahmad Gujjar from PP-163 Sheikhupura, Sajjad Warraich from PP-196 Multan, Akbar Hayat Hiraj from PP-212 Khanewal and Ch Muhammad Altaf from PP262 Layyah.
LAHORE: Syed Irfan Shah Mashhadi speaking during the annual Urs of Allama Ellahi Bukhsh Qadri organized by Jamaat Ahle-e-Sunnat at Shah Alam Market here.
Nearly 15,000 hospital patients, attendants won’t be able to cast votes MUZAFFAR ALI
Need stressed to develop curriculum on reproductive health L AHORE —The
speakers stressed the need for introducing a comprehensive curriculum for creating political will to educate children on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in Pakistan. Chairman Curriculum wing Punjab Text Board M Saleem Akhter Kiyani, Deputy Secretary Secondary Education reforms M Aftab, Director Local Government Najeeb Aslam, Consultant Health Department Youth
PML-N to end energy crisis: Pervez LAHORE—PML-N Lahore President Muhammad Pervez Malik on Tuesday said the party would make an all-out effort to eliminate loadshedding in the country after winning the upcoming general elections. Addressing corner meetings at Baghbanpura and Shadbagh here, he alleged the previous corrupt regime had become history and a new era of progress and prosperity would usher in soon. He said the PML-N, under the dynamic leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif, would spend all its energies to ensure relief to the masses. He said the PMLN did not believe in hollow slogans and always worked for the welfare of the poor and it would again utilize all resources to bring the country out of crisis.—APP
Reform Amina Khan, Professor Abdur Rehman Ludhianvi and Maulana Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia spoke on the occasion. They stressed the need for creating a political will at federal and provincial level amid policy-makers, opinion leaders and education authorities for including the required information in this regard in the curriculum. They said that taking care
of the emotional, psychological and health aspects of growing up children are of great importance. They said that in Pakistan where despite media emancipation, the issue remains a taboo for wider section of society. All the stakeholders including government officials, religious scholars, school teachers, parents and youth should play their due role in highlighting importance of the issue.—APP
Performance of NH&MP police officers lauded LAHORE—Inspector General of National Highways & Motorway Police (IGP) Zafar Abbas Lak Tuesday said that professional, enthusiastic and gallant patrolling officers were the positive feature of the department and they would always be encouraged and rewarded. The headmoney amount distributed among these officers for their commendable services could never be a matching reward. These hard working officers are an asset of the department and their services must be acknowledged, the IGP NH&MP expressed these views while addressing the prize distribution ceremony at zonal office, Lahore. He said that patrolling officers of National Highways and Motorway Police who have foiled an attempt to kidnap an 11-year-old child
from Hafizabad and arrested two kidnappers with weapons near Kala Shah Kaku. He said the police officers who were providing protection to the lives and properties of the citizens by putting the lives at stake deserve appreciation at top level. DIG Dr Muhammad Shafiq said that brave, honest, sincere officers are flag bearers for the department and all possible step will be adopted for their welfare and added that policing was a noble profession and only by serving the people the image of the police could be enhanced. He further said on motorways & highways the considerable decrease in crimes rate was the result of untiring efforts of patrolling officers and the policy of vigilant patrolling.—APP
ballot papers are in common practice across the globe and it allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they will be absent from city or town on election day, and/or have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polling place, and/or cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs. He further said presiding officers, assistant presiding officers, polling officers and police personnel who were assigned duties at polling stations could also use this facility. The EC requires voters using this facility to get a counter signature of a gazetted officer or a commissioned officer on the postal ballot, failing which the ballot would be rejected. He added that anyone wishing to avail the above facility could visit the returning officer concerned and upon showing his CNIC, stat-
L A H O R E —Approximately 15,000 patients and their attendants regularly admitted in public and private hospitals across Punjab will not be in position to cast their votes in the upcoming 2013 general elections as no special arrangement has been announced so far by the Election Commission (EC) to facilitate them in this regard. According to Punjab Health Department details made available to Pakistan Observer, the province have 250 hospitals with a total capacity of 41,000 beds, while in Pakistan there are 916 major hospitals with a total capacity of 99,908 beds. Besides this, in Punjab there are 193 Rural Health Centers with the capacity of 6 beds each. Patients have never been provided dedicated faLAHORE—Inspector General cilities to vote by the EC. of Punjab Police Aftab Sultan has said that 97,000 police personnel will be recruited for holding free and fair election and law and order. Addressing a press conference here at IGP Office on Tuesday, Aftab Sultan said that eight personnel would be appointed for every A category sensitive polling station while four would be arranged for others. He said that free and fair election was the top priority of Punjab police and the department would ensure full implementation of the code of conduct of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He also asked the media to highlight violations of the code of conduct anywhere and police would take strict action against it.—APP LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Najam Sethi and British High Commissioner, Adam Thomson cutting cake to mark the birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth.
Police to recruit 97,000 personnel for election
LAHORE: Girls taking interest in the floral arrangements displayed during an exhibition organized by Punjab Arts Council at Bagh-e-Jinnah.
According to the spokesman of Election Commission, the EC has introduced postal ballot papers for the general elections to the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies to facilitate registered voters who could not cast their votes in person in their respective constituencies. He said that this facility, under the law, had been extended only to the government employees, members of the armed forces, holders of public offices, their wives and children who are registered voters and ordinarily reside with them. He said that prisoners and others held in custody could also cast their votes by postal ballot. When he was asked about absentee ballot papers, he told Pakistan Observer that as such facility is not available in the country. It is pertinent to mention here that absentee
Death of Conference on British HC celebrates 87th Sahibzada Fazal-e-Karim birthday of Queen Elizabeth II ‘Tuberculosis a esty Queen Elizabeth II became S R Zoonosis’ condoled both the British Sovereign and TAFF
L AHORE —Guests from all the Head of the CommonL AHORE —Political leaders over Pakistan gathered in wealth. and people from across the sections of society have condoled the demise of Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman Sahibzada Fazal Karim. Former MPA Dr Zumurd Yasmin Rana in a statement here on Tuesday said that Sahibzada was strong advocate for peace and harmony among the Muslims. The vacuum created by his death would never be filled. Agriculture Engineer and PML-N leader Rana M Saeed Akhter praised the services rendered by late Fazal Karim for unity of Muslim Ummah. Other people also appreciated Sahibzada’s personality and prayed Allah Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and also give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.—APP
Lahore last night to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 87th birthday. Around 600 people attended the celebrations, including representatives from the Caretaker Government of Punjab, political parties, the military, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society, the local media and business in Punjab. The British High Commissioner, Adam Thomson, and the Chief Guest Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Najam Sethi cut a cake to mark the occasion. The British High Commissioner and the Chief Guest also toasted their respective Heads of State. The Queen’s Birthday celebrations are an important occasion for the UK, Pakistan and the other Commonwealth countries. 2013 marks the 61th anniversary of when Her Maj-
This year Her Majesty the Queen also signed a formal ‘Commonwealth Charter’ of core values of democracy, rule of law, good governance and similar legal systems, agreed for the first time by all Commonwealth countries. Speaking on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Adam Thomson, said: “The Queen’s birthday is an occasion to reflect on the close ties between the UK and Pakistan. Pakistan came into being only shortly before Her Majesty became Queen and the enduring partnership between Pakistan and the UK has taken shape during her reign. It is a partnership that is set to become more important as we continue to work together for the mutual prosperity and security of both our countries.
STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Naseer Pasha has urged the need for medical and veterinary sciences professionals to work together to prevent zoonotic diseases like TB in Pakistan. The Vice-Chancellor said this in his welcome address at the inaugural session of a National Awareness Conference on “Tuberculosis a Zoonosis” organised by the Quality Operations Lab of the UVAS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission here Tuesday. University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor MajGen (retd) Dr Muhammad Aslam chaired the inaugural session while medical and veterinary professionals, teachers, researchers attended the conference.
ing his address and voter registration number could become eligible for using this service. Rafique Aslam, a patient admitted in Punjab Institute of Cardiology, told Pakistan Observer that he was a resident of Okara city and neither the hospital administration nor any one informed him about such a facility. He said that he wanted to cast his vote but his physical condition did not also allow him to go to Okara as doctors have advised him to stay in Lahore. He said that the EC should provide this facility to him.
PES prevented 493 road accidents LAHORE—The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) rescued 493 road accidents in all districts of the Punjab during last 24 hours, in which 5 were killed and 561 persons sustained injuries. These road accidents affected 93 pedestrians, 254 passengers and 219 drivers. Some 119 RTAs took place in Lahore with 122 victims placing the provincial capital at top of the list followed by 45 in Faisalabad with 48 victims and Multan at third position with 33 accidents and 34 victims. According to the data of Provincial Monitoring Cell of the Rescue 1122, out of total 566 RTA’s victims, 442 were males and 124 females.—APP
2 shopkeepers fined L AHORE —Food safety officer Miss Fariha imposed fine on two shops for using substandard oil at Sabzazar here on Tuesday. The officer found Hafiz Sweet shop and Jameel sweet shop using sub-standard oil. She imposed Rs 2,000 as fine on each shop. She said that food safety department took the action on the complaint of residents.—APP