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Iran nuclear talks round ends with big setbacks V IENNA—An ambitious round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers ended Friday with serious setbacks, with a senior Iranian official saying the two sides are at odds on several key issues. Continued on Page 7

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LHC issues notices to govt, EC MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Lahore High Court on Friday issued notices to Attorney General, election commission and the government of Punjab

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Modi storms to historic win in Indian elections Humiliating defeat to Congress BJP declares ‘new era’ for India N EW D ELHI —India’s triumphant Hindu nationalists declared “the start of a new era” in the world’s second most-populous nation as the ruling Congress accepted defeat in elections that laid bare anger about sickly economic growth and rampant corruption. Narendra Modi, making his first comments on results day in his constituency of Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat, where thousands chanted his name, told supporters that “good times are coming” as

he thanked them for their “love” which propelled him

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and his Hindu nationalist party to a historic election win. Narendra Modi also promised to fulfil the dreams of 1.2 billion Indians. Preliminary results at the end of the marathon sixweek election showed his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on track for the first parliamentary majority by a single party since 1984. Most of the povertywracked country’s 1.2 billion people — more than half of whom are under 25 — have

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Countrywide protests against Geo PA resolution blasts Geo TV over offensive content STAFF REPORTERS K ARACHI /L AHORE —Protests and rallies are being taken out on Friday against Geo Group after the channel showed blasphemous content in its morning show “Utho Jago Pakistan” hosted by Shaista Lodhi. In Karachi, Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan protested against Geo News in which large numbers of people were present. Protesters demanded that the transmission of the news channel should be shut down as it had hurt the sentiments of Muslims and a case should be filed against the channel

administration. Majlis-e-Wahdatul-Muslimeen staged a protest in Islamabad against Geo News. The protestors had raised placards and banners against the channel. Protest rallies were taken out in Lahore and Faisalabad. The participants in the rally demanded the federal government to close the news channel. Several protests were also reported from different parts of Peshawar as well after the Friday prayers. Punjab Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution condemning Geo TV for airing blasphemous

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Ninety-year-old Hiraben blesses her son and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi at her home in Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Friday.

Diplomats: New era of Pak-India relations to begin LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD —As Narendra Modi has dashed to New Delhi from Gujarat after sweeping India’s general elections, diplomats in Islamabad have expressed optimism on beginning of new era of PakIndia relations. A diplomat on condition of anonymity said there will be difference between Modi of Gujarat and Modi of New Delhi as Prime Minister. Three BJP stalwarts—Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L . K Continued on Page 7

Govt making fresh moves to revive peace process: Nisar STAFF REPORT I SLAMABAD —Interior minister Chaudrhy Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday that govt was making fresh moves to revive the stalled peace process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan with the issue of polio vaccination at the top of the agenda. Chaudrhy Nisar Ali Khan said that he hoped for positive development in the peace process over the next few days. Addressing a press conference Nisar said safe access to polio vaccinators in Waziristan will be on top of the agenda during the next round of direct talks. Explaining the six-week gap in the dia-

logue process, Nisar said some behind the scene contacts were continuing during this period. He said the government wanted to have formal talks and stressed that the next round should be meaningful and result-oriented with fundamental issues expected to be discussed. He hoped that clear demands from the other side would also be presented. Speaking about the larger agenda for the talks, Nisar said the broad agenda of the government was peace under the country’s Constitution. He said the government wanted release of all non-combatant prisoners including foreigners currently in Taliban custody. He said the time and venue for the next

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MMAP to hold protest demonstration on May 19

KP to promote higher education, research: Ghani P ESHAWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa students attended the ceremony. Minister for Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani has said that the KP government keen to promote higher education and modern research for national development but unfortunately this sector has been totally neglected by the previous regimes. Besides other historical initiatives, huge amount of Rs 500 million under the Chief Minister Education Endowment Fund and Rs. 300 million under the Higher Education Endowment Fund have been allocated to achieve the goal through which two foreign scholarships for PHD programmes while 1456 scholarships for four years BS programmes will be provided to eligible candidates purely on merit basis. This he said while addressing an inaugural session of Forum of Zoologists (FoG) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Colleges at Peshawar on Friday. Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid, Additional Secretary Khalid HYDERABAD: Activists of Asgharia Pakistan Division and ISO burning Israeli flag during a demonstration rally Khan, President College Teachers Asfrom Qadamgah Maula Ali on Friday. sociation, Professors, Doctors, Principals of concerned institutions and

Syeda Fatima (RA) a role model for whole humanity

I SLAMABAD —Speakers at the World International Conference, lauding the role of Syeda Fatima (RA), have said that she is not only role model for Muslims but also for the whole humanity. Speaking at the 6th Annual Syeda Fatima (RA) Conference at the House of Lords in London organized by International Imam Hussain Council they said that Syeda Fatima (RA) is a role model whose talent, brilliance resounds down the ages, said a press release here. Lord Avebury, ViceChair of All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group said, “Anyone who thinks women are not honoured and respected in Islam should look at her life.” Lord Ahmad said that praising the role of Syeda Fatima (RA) for being the role model for Muslims and others is highly important. Speaking on the occasion, senior Rabbi Mark Winer said that in Muslim tradition, daughter of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was particularly important because she was not only daughter to Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), but also wife of Hazrat Ali (RA) and mother to Hassan (RA) and Hussain (RA). “She is said to have inherited the wisdom and will - power of her father, was devoted to her husband, gave to the poor, and taught her children in the way of righteousness. In fact, just as Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was an example for all men, Fatima (RA) was an example for all women,” he said. Bharti Tailor, Chair of Hindu Forum Europe said that knowledge of Hazrat Fatima (RA) also indicated that she was not treated any lesser for she too had the knowledge to act as adviser to others. Reverned Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter called for interfaith communities to continue cooperating constructively to find common ground in the creation of just societies through capacity building of religious and civic leaders for inspiring responsible male and female leadership.She acknowledged the role of Hazrat Fatima (RA) in creating space for women: intellectual and spiritual sphere. Rubab Mehdi Rizvi, Chairperson IIHC called it a unique event to celebrate a central lady figure honoured and revered by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Others who spoke included Barrister Lynne Townley, Rev Rose HudsonWilkin Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mayor Nadeem Ali, Mehri Niknam MBE, Shaykh Muhammad Yousif al Khoei, Kaneez Hisbani, Catriona Liang, Heather Yousaf, Dr MA Lais and others.—APP

Strict measures underway to overcome gas theft

No wheat shortage in Ramadan

Provincial Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani while addressing the ceremony lauded the formation of said forum and termed it as golden step for the promotion of education and research. He said that education was the top priority of the present government. He said that office of Research Innovation and commercialization in all public and private universities was being established to ensure socio-economic development. Highlighting the government’s plan “Education for All”, he said that first time in history, the upper age limit of women for admission in degree programme, had been lifted, while 10 years age relaxation and free education facility would also be provided to the special students of degree programmes. Moreover, they would also be exempted for hostel fee and utility bills. Mushtaq Ghani stated that issues faced by the lecturers were also being resolved on priority basis, as 241 adhoc lecturers have been regularized.

Secretary Higher Education Farrah Hamid and Additional Secretary Khalid Khan also addressed the ceremony. They highly appreciated the formation of the said forum (FoG) and termed it a mile stone in the promotion of modern research. Meanwhile, it is also reported that Teachers Association Pakistan Peshawar Chapter has announced supporting and participating in the protest demonstration on May 19 to press for their demands in increase in salary and medical allowances and merging of adhoc relief in basic pay scale. According to details, Teachers Association Pakistan Peshawar chapter has announced to fully support the protest call of Mutahida Mahaz Asatiza Pakistan on May 19 outside Peshawar Press Club. The teachers association has demanded for increase in pay scale in line with price hike, merging of adhoc relief in basic salary, increase in house rent and medical allowance & upgradation. The protest demo would be led by Khairullah Hawari, Vice Chairman Mutahida Mahaz Asatiza Pakistan.—APP

Ulema urged to safeguard national ideology

Opposition stages walk out to protest privatization policy

I S L A M A B A D —Opposition Q U E T TA —Balochistan ISLAMABAD—The country is passing through SNGPL is 10,731 MMCF worth Rs 6,147 mil- Food Minister, Mir Izhar L AHORE—Ameer Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq on Friday staged token walk the shortage of electricity due to multifarious lion. Rs 974 million had been recovered by Hussain Khosa said on Fri- stressed upon the ulema to come for-ward to safegurad out from the Senate to proreasons but at the same time gas theft in many mega cities is also going unchecked. Gas theft is a fact that cannot be ignored at any cost as the masses witnessed severe gas shortage during the recent winter seasons when the government had to cut the supply to CNG stations in order to ensure smooth provision of gas to domestic consumers. The fact is validated by the official data released recently by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. A total of 7,231 cases of gas theft worth Rs 6,357.31 million had been detected from commercial and industry consumers of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL) in first nine months of the year 2013, said according to the official data. The sources said that as many as 11,010 mmcf was stolen from the areas of both companies during the last nine months. Besides a sum of Rs 1,029.96 million had been recovered by both companies from the gas thieves during the aforementioned period. The details show, the Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited had detected 792 cases worth Rs 210.31 million both from commercial and Industry consumers in the same period. The volume of gas theft detected by

SNGPL from gas thieves. The volume of gas was 2,370 MMCF worth 1,582 million by 6,180 commercial consumers while 8,361 MMCF gas worth Rs 4,565 million was stolen by259 industry consumers. Out of 6,180 cases detected from commercial consumers- as many as 2,776 cases of commercial gas theft had been detected from Lahore, 1,028 from Gujranwala, 592 from Sheikhupura, 528 from Faisalabad, 398 from Multan, 251 Gujrat, 216 from Peshawar, 141 from Sahiwal, 87 from Sargodha, 57 from Islamabad, 53 from Rawalpindi, 46 from Bahawalpur, and 7 gas theft cases had been detected from Abbottabad. 259 cases had been detected from industry consumers in first nine months of 2013 included 63 from Peshawar, 51 from Lahore, 35 from Gujranwala, 30 from Sheikupura, 19 from Multan, 14 from Rawalpindi, 12 from Gujrat, 11 from Islamabad, 10 from Faisalabad, 6 from Sargodha, 3 each from Sahiwal and Bahawalpur and 2 from Abbottabad. Out of 769 commercial gas theft cases detected by SSGPL in first nine months of last year- 582 were from Karachi, 49 from Hyderabad, 47 from Quetta, 37 Sukkur, 28 from Larkana, 18 from Nawabshah and 8 from Jacobabad.—APP

HRTC trained engineers can help construct world-class highways ISLAMABAD—Chairman National Highway on “Development of Laboratory Rutting TransAuthority, Shahid Ashraf Tarrar has said that Engineers trained by Highway Research and Training Center (HRTC), will help construct durable and world class highways as HRTC manned by local and international experts, was providing excellent training to engineers. The Chairman NHA expressed these views in his address, while presiding over the concluding session of the two-day seminar organized by HRTC here,said a press release Friday. He also expressed the determination that Central Asian States and neighboring countries will also benefit from HRTC. The Chairman also distributed souvenirs among the learned scholars who presented their papers in the seminar.The Chairman further said that HRTC,which is a subsidiary of NHA, is the only institute of its kind in the subcontinent. During the seminar, Dr. Kamal and Sabahat of UET Taxila presented their research papers

fer/Shift Functions of Bituminous Mixtures for Pakistan”. Dr. Sarfaraz and Aneeq of NUST Islamabad presented their research papers on “Development of Laboratory Fatigue Transfer/Shift Functions of Bituminous Mixtures for Pakistan”, Dr. Naveed and Mr. Akif of UET Taxila presented their research papers on “Durability Assessment of Bituminous Mixtures for Pakistan”. Dr. Shafiq Ahmed of HRTC presented his research paper on “ Damage Impact Analysis of Asphalt Concrete Pavements due to overloading in Pakistan”, overseas scholars Dr. Jurgen Hutschenreuther presented his research papers on “ Strategies to Cope with Heavy Axle Loads/Increased Traffic” & “ Recycling”, Dr. Andreas Beiederman presented his research paper on “In-process Compaction Control/In-Plant Recycling Technologies”.—APP

CHAMAN: Security force personnel searching men before entering into Pakistan from Afghanistan, through Friendship Gate on Pak-Afghan border on Friday.

day that shortage of wheat and flour in the holy month of Ramadan would not be tolerated.“The government is committed to ensure smooth supply of wheat and flour to the people across the province in month of Ramadan,” he said while talking to media here. He said that provincial government was taking allout measures for the welfare of the people of Balochistan. “ Upcoming budget 2014-15 would be deficit free and people friendly”, he said and emphasized that huge amount would be allocated for the project of people’s welfare.—APP

national values and ideology. Addressing the ceremony marking the conclusion of the lessons from the Bukhari Sharif, at Mansoora mosque, he said that the mosques and the madrissahs were the custodians of the country’s ideological boundaries, as none of the Ulema had supported the forces against Islam and Pakistan. He said that over two million students were receiving religious education at the Madrissahs all over the country, and the government should patronize them and allocate budget for the Madrissahs for the benefit of the teachers and the students. The JI chief said that those responsible for the carnage of the Muslims in India were trying to frighten the Pakistanis on the likelihood of Narindira Modi’s becoming India’s next Prime Minister. “ I want to tell India and her allies that we trust more in Allah Almighty and believe that India can’t harm Pakistan in any manner,” he added. Later talking to newsmen, Sirajul Haq said that none of the political parties including the PTI wanted an end to democratic rule to pave way for martial law or dictatorial rule.—APP

test privatization policy, alleging that the government was not taking on board the parent departments in privatization process. Senator Mian Raza Rabbani announced token walk out in protest to what he said was a non-satisfactory answer of a question about privatization policy by the minister.He said that all the stakeholders and provinces should be taken on board for privatizing the National Strategic Assets. He said that according to the orders of Supreme Court privatization should be referred to Council of Common Interest (CCI).—APP

Govt to issue 1m polio cards to provinces: Saira I SLAMABAD —Minister for National adding that it is necessary for the trav- to address this issue.

BANNU: Police official shows a battery at site of explosion occurred on the railway road that injured three persons, on Friday.

Japan continues to support girls education STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —On May 15, 2014, H. E. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan visited the Non Formal Basic Education Center and the Culture Literacy Center in Sheikhupura district, Punjab. He observed progress in non-formal education in Pakistan, which has been supported by Japan over the years. Pakistan’s literacy rate among those aged 10 and above was 58% in 2011/12, which was one of the lowest among South Asian countries. To address this significant challenge, Punjab government established the Literacy and Non-formal Basic Education Department (LNFBED) in 2002, and the Government of Japan has been supporting this effort since 2004 through a series of technical cooperation projects for strengthening non-formal education. The Government of Japan continues to support promoting girls’ education and women’s social participation so that we could help to create “a society in which women shine” which was emphasized in the Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly last September.

Collective efforts needed to support Parliament ISLAMABAD—Collective efforts are needed for providing quality support to the Parliament and its committees for better legislation, policy guidance and oversight, said Secretary Senate, Amjed Pervez Malik on Friday. He expressed these views in a meeting with the second cohort of Young Parliamentary Associates (YPA), here, said a press release. He said that the role of the parliament has changed drastically in the 21st century and more dynamic approach is needed to support the members of the Parliament and the committees in the process of legislation and policy making. He urged the YPAs to play active role and come up with innovative approaches to bring improvement in the functioning.The Secretary Senate added that the parliament debates national and international issues which require research based data for debate and discussion. He said that room for improvement is there and YPAs have to provide updated solid input on areas which remained unheeded for certain reasons. Regarding monitoring, the Senate Secretary said that the only criteria to judge the performance would be value addition by the YPAs in different types of support to the Members.—APP

Jammers to be placed in 14 high risk Punjab jails MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —The Punjab government and Defence Ministry have announced to install mobile phone jammers in fourteen high risk prisons in Punjab. According to reports, Punjab government and the Federal Defence Ministry signed a two year agreement to place jammers in fourteen jails of the province after a meeting at Civil Secretariat in Lahore. Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif approved the summary to install jammers before June 30. Speaking to media here on Friday, Inspector General (IG) of Punjab Jail Mian Farooq Nazeer said that mobile phone jammers will be placed in 14 prisons of Punjab including Lahore, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Sahiwal. The agreement can be extended as well, Nazeer said. Mian Farooq Nazeer also said that Pub-

lic Calling Offices (PCO) have already been placed for the criminals to contact their relatives. He confessed that several inmates carry out their crimes through mobile phones. He said the project having two phases is aimed at blocking illegal mobile phone communications from jails in the wake of terror threats and communication ‘networks’ of high-profile and dangerous prisoners. According to the official statistics, up to 6,300 mobile phones have been seized from different jails of the province through special search operations in the last eight months. These phones were smuggled inside jails by officials who were also punished by the authorities. It is pertinent to mention here that there are 47,800 prisoners in the 32 jails of the province and 180 of them are terrorists/suicide bombers and 140 others linked to sectarianism.

SHEIKHUPURA: Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan with the students and teachers during his visit to the Non-Formal Basic Education Centre and the Culture Literacy Centre.

Arbab challenges Imran for debate over KP govt delivery P ESHAWA R —Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) PML-N senior leader Arbab Khizer Hayat Khan has challenged Pakistan Tehrike-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan for a public debate on the performance of his party government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). “I will quit politics forever if I failed to prove that PTI government in KP is an inefficient, corrupt and failed,” claimed Arbab in a statement issued here on Friday. He further claimed that days of the PTI government in KP have been numbered. “It is a matter of days that Chief Minister Parvez Khattak government would be gone,” PMLN leader added, further saying that its own Ministers, Advisers and MPAs are busy in internal wrangling and this situation may lead to fall of the “corrupt government” any moment. Arbab Khizer believed, “Imran Khan’s protest against election rigging is in fact an attempt to hide weaknesses and failures of PTI government in KP.” He said that Potwaris and Police are still ruling the KP, where Ministers are getting bribes for transfers and postings of government servants. He added blue eyed officers in the Provincial Bureaucracy are being favoured in KP. Arbab Khizer claimed to possess credible proof of massive rigging in KP in the 2013 general elections. He said almost all MPAs of the PTI made it to the KP assembly through rigged elections. “He is not sincere with the people of Pakistan nor with KPK,” claimed the Arbab from Peshawar. “But the people of Pakistan shattered

his dreams to the ground and now is frustrated and disappointed” said Arbab Khizer, who believed that his protest against rigging will fetch no good to Imran Khan except sheer embarrassment. He claimed that Nawaz Sharif government was strong like a rock and would complete its constitutional tenure. While concluding, Arbab reiterated his challenge to Imran for a public dialogue about the performance of PTI government in KP. ***** Meanwhile, leader of PTI and formal Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai Friday said that he would continue struggling for the rights of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa people. Speaking as a guest in “guest hour” programme here at Peshawar Press Club, he said that he did not join PTI to get portfolio, rather his main object was to fight for the rights of KP people. He said that neither he is joining forward block of PTI nor he is leaving the party, adding that he has trust in leadership of PTI chief Imran Khan. He recalled that when he was health minister he took pragmatic measures to ensure better health facilities to masses without any discrimination. As many as 550 doctors and 600 nurses were appointed in health department on purely merit basis, he claimed.To a question Shaukat said that People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) programme was a financial burden on the province and party workers got annoyed with him for not including PPHI in Sehat Ka Insaf programme.—APP

Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Friday informed Senate that the government would issue one million Polio cards to the provincial government as per their need. Replying to an Adjournment Motion in the Senate move by Senator Rubina Khalid, Mian Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition, Saeed Ghani, Moula Baksh Chandio, Afrasiab Khattak and Zahid Khan, the minister said the purpose to issue Polio cards is to avoid the possibility of fake cards and certificates in the country. Saira Afzal said that the provincial government of Punjab has already been issued certificate to the people who are immunization of Polio drops which were valid for one year. She said that the Polio cards would be issued after 1st June and it is up to the provincial government that the certificates are valid or not after the issuance of cards. The minister informed the House that the government was sincere and taking concrete steps with the help of provincial governments and 90 per cent of the country has been free from Polio. Saira Afzal said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed recommendations on Pakistan not restriction because it was exporting Polio. She said that the federal and provincial government has set counters on all airports to facilitate travellers,

4 lac wheat bags recovered in Sindh KARACHI—Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that Sindh Food Department have recovered almost 4 Lac wheat bags and sealed 20 factories and godowns, while FIRs have been lodged against wheat hoarders. This he said while talking to media at his residence on Friday. He said that raids against wheat hoarders were conducted in Sukkur, Panu Aqil, Naushero Feroz, Moro, Sanghar, Shahadpur, Kunri, Khairpur, Shahpur Chakar and Mirpurkhas, and recovered 4 lac wheat bags and sealed 20 factories and godowns while FIRs were also lodged against hoarders in Sanghar. Replying to a question Provincial for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said that Sindh Food Department had procured 10 Lac 24 thousands tonnes wheat and the target of 13 lac tonnes wheat would be achieved soon. “Action is being taken against the wheat hoarders and the positive results are coming out,” he concluded.—NNI

ANF seizes 121 kg drugs, arrests five drug peddler ISLAMABAD —Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) seized 1.94 kg heroin, 1.2 kg opium and 118 kg charas and arrested five drug peddlers. ANF conducted seven operations at Lahore, Attock, Dina, Shaikhupura, Peshawar and Quetta, said a press release. ANF Rawalpindi on information conducted an operation near bus stop at Dina and recovered six kg charas from Muhammad Ansar r/o Jehlum. ANF Rawalpindi on information conducted an operation and recovered 0.5 kg heroin and one kg charas from Muhammad Naveed Anjum r/o Charsadda. He was arrested while travelling on bus at Haji Shah Mor near Attock. ANF Lahore on information recovered 30 kg charas and 1.2 kg opium from a car. Heroin was concealed in the floor of car registered No LOC-7022, which was intercepted near Shekhupura Interchange. Two persons onboard have also been arrested, namely Sohail r/o Sawabi and Hamaish Gul r/ o Haripur. ANF Lahore seized parcel booked through DHL Courier Company and recovered 900 gram heroin.—APP

ellers to take Polio drops four week before travel. The minister said that number of polio cases has increased due to several reasons including law and order situation in the country. S a i r a Afzal said that there are three Polio prone areas included FATA, North Waziristan, Peshawar and some areas of Karachi but from Balochistan no case of polio was reported during the last two years and none from Punjab in last one year. She said that the implementation was the provincial matter and federal government only coordinate and procurement of vaccination and distributed to the provinces. The minister said that district administrations have provided wrong coverage of Polio vaccine to the provincial governments and provinces gave it to the federal government that created the issue more dangerous after the demographic survey. Saira Afzal said that all the religious scholars are on-board on this issue and Imam-e-Kaaba is also expected to visit Pakistan next month whose help will also be sought in this regard. She said accessibility and quality is the major issue to immunization and control of polio and it is prime responsibility of the provincial governments

After the 18th amendment, the minister said that health related issues are much improved, adding that the government has improved the civilmilitary coordination to address the polio issue. The minister called upon all the MNAs, Senators, MPs and their local workers to participate in the campaign of Polio in their constituency. Earlier, speaking on the Motion, Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said that the government should increase the salaries of Polio worker 10 times more than the existing. The Opposition leader assured opposition’s full cooperation regarding the Polio issue because it was the problem of the country’s next generation which on stake. Aitzaz Ahsan urged the government to arrange different kind of conferences on the issue and launch massive campaign on televisions to aware the people. “Attack on Polio workers was challenge for us and the government should take every possible measure for the protection of Polio workers,” the leader of opposition added. He paid tributes to the Polio workers, who rendered their service and continued the Polio campaign in the odd hours despite risk to their life that too at lowest salaries. Aitzaz Ahsan said that the government should also ensure that nobody can issue the fake Polio vaccine certificates.Rubina Khalid said that the government should take serious steps to address the issue because it was the matter of the country’s next generation.—APP

Rain at scattered places ISLAMABAD —Upper Punjab, Khaber Pakhtukhawa, East Balochistan will receive rain during weekend due to a new weather system approaching South West Balochistan on Friday night. Talking to APP here on Friday, an official of Met office said isolated rains are expected at Upper Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashamir and Gilgit Baltistan while scattered rain would occur at Khaber Pakhtunkhawa, East Balochistan, Sukkur and other adjoining areas during next two days. Widespread dust-thunderstorm and rain associated with strong gusty winds are expected in Balochistan including Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Makran and Sibbi division and Sindh including Sukkur, Larkana and Hyderabad. While, dust-thunderstorm with rain associated with gusty winds is likely at scattered places of South Punjab including Bahawalpur, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and Hazara division,Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.—APP

NA assured of action against adulteration ISLAMABAD—National Assembly was informed Friday that the government continuously monitors the food quality and action will be taken against adulteration. Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid told the House in response to a calling attention notice that a national institution for standard checking PSQCA has already issued standards for 78 compulsory edible items. However, he said, quality monitoring and control is responsibility of provinces and they have relevant laws. “What was required at national level, has been done by Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). Now it is responsibility of the provinces to implement these standards”. MNAs Parveen Masood Bhatti, Khalida Mansoor, Nighat Perveen Mir, Shahnaz Saleen and Rana Afzaal Husain had drawn the attention of the minister towards this issue and pointed out that food items were being adulterated for profiteering. The minister agreed with the members that the problem existed and stated although it is responsibility of provinces yet the federal government has also asked PSQCA to also take notice of this problem and proceed accordingly.He also informed the House that certain substandard dyes and colors were reportedly being used in toffees, candies, beverages and edible oil and the report was sent to provinces for action. Similarly, he said, the government is actively focusing on quality of portable and mineral water and Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources check water quality quarterly and issue the report to the federal and the provincial governments.—APP

Measles campaign

KP to vaccinate 9.6m children STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R — P r o v i n c i a l Chief EPI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Janbaz Afridi has said that of all stakeholders, the Provincial Information and Public Relations Department has the most vital role in making the upcoming Measles Campaign a real success and without the full support of this depart-ment, the desired results of the campaign can never be achieved in the province. He was addressing the participants of an Orientation Session arranged for the officers of Information Department about the Measles Campaign to be launched across the province from 19th May here on Friday. The 12-days campaign is scheduled to be launched in all the districts of the province from 19th of this month by Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the aim to vaccinate more than 9.6 million children of the province between the age group of 6 months to 10 years to immunize them against the expected outbreak of measles as a precautionary measure. Dr. Janbaz Afridi said that EPI has taken all the stake holders including the relevant government departments, divisional and district administrations, local po-litical leadership, opinion makers, Ulema, teachers, media and other segment of the society on board to make the campaign a success story. “Being the mouth-piece of the provincial government, the In-formation Department has the most important and effective role to play in educating the public about the campaign.

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Pakistan can tackle polio & other menaces


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N the wake of polio-related travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Pakistan very promptly took a number of corrective measures for eradication of the menace of polio. As most of the cases were reported in FATA, special vaccination camps have been established and it has been made mandatory for people of FATA to get vaccinated against the disease before being allowed to move to other parts of the country. The Government is also gearing up to make the anti-polio drive a success in each and every corner of the country. As part of the overall strategy, the Federal Cabinet on Thursday, spent most of its time on taking stock of the prevailing situation and how to make Pakistan a polio-free country at the earliest. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who chaired the meeting, expressed resolve of the government to leave no stone unturned to achieve this noble objective and announced to personally supervise the campaign. The issue has also been taken up with the Army and now troops accompany teams of vaccinators following attacks on them in some parts of the country especially in Karachi and KPK. Hopefully, this would help bring about a major change in the situation and the goal of polio free Pakistan would come nearer. Already about 90% of the country is free from polio and the remaining 10% can be taken care of with the coordinated efforts of the Federal and Provincial Governments, Armed forces and the civil society. The resolve of the national leadership to tackle the challenge at all costs is also reflective of the inherent strength and determination of people of Pakistan to overcome every difficulty. In the past as well, people of Pakistan successfully tackled gravest of the challenges and we are confident that we would succeed in realizing the goal of eradication of polio from the country. This should rightly become a priority as the issue, following world-wide ban, has become a matter of prestige of the country besides being of prime importance for the health of the people and it should be effort of every citizen to play his or her role in achieving the desired targets. It is hoped that the drive would be taken to the logical conclusion speedily, as the deployment of the troops and policemen for the security of the polio vaccinators does not seem good for a civilized nation.

Dar further brightens hope in economy F

INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar, who has successfully played his role in retrieving Pakistan from the messy economic scenario, is rightly and proudly recounting his achievements and painting encouraging picture for the days to come to boost morale of the people as well as local and foreign investors. On the day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif graced the National Assembly after about three months, the Minister dwelt at length on the economic situation and told the house that economic indicators were improving. The goal of 7.2 per cent GDP growth rate by 2016-17 that Ishaq Dar has set seems to be achievable particularly when the Minister has been able to meet targets in different realms of economy. Most of the people were not convinced when he made claims about increasing foreign exchange reserves and strengthening value of rupee vis-à-vis dollar but now these are things of the past. It is another thing that the Government has not been able to ensure trickle down effect of the fall in the value of dollar as prices and fares are as they were before and the margin is being eaten up by industrialists and transporters. But one may say that Dar has done his job while other parts of the governmental machinery are not working up to the expectations of the masses. The very fact that now global financial institutions are willingly to grant loans and assistance to Pakistan for balance of payment as well as for major projects would go a long way in improving overall image of the country. There were times when even Pakistani investors were fleeing abroad to countries like Bangladesh because of gloomy economic conditions but now the situation is reversing. Successful talks with IMF and agreements with World Bank and Asian Development Bank have sent positive signals to prospective investors and hopefully the Government would be able to attract required investment in different sectors of economy especially infrastructure building. It is to be pointed out that potential of the country to grow is there but only we needed was transparency and good governance and it is expected that the present Government would meet benchmarks in this regard as well.

Thrashing of a Pak student in India I

N yet another unfortunate incident, a Pakistani student in the Pondicherry University was attacked by three people on Tuesday morning. Police said Ali Hassan Raza, 24, a student of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation, was sleeping in his room in the hostel when three people armed with iron rods barged into the room and attacked him. The injured student says he has no enmity with anyone and therefore, the incident seems to be yet another manifestation of growing intolerance and extremism in India against religious minorities and whipped up sentiments against Pakistan. Whatever be the background of the incident, it is obvious that such episodes cause dent in the ongoing urge on both sides to promote friendly and good neighbourly relations. Pakistan Government has particularly been demonstrating goodwill gesture and almost same are the general sentiments of the masses but there is a deficit of reciprocity from the other side. It is regrettable that instead of creating enabling environment for the two countries to get closer, many of the Indian leaders especially those hailing from BJP have been sowing seeds of hatred during their election campaigns. There are also apprehensions that the situation could deteriorate further after assumption of power by Modi whose credentials are well known. Countries in other regions are reaping benefits of closer interaction and economic collaboration but we are still relying on same old tactics of creating tensions for the sake of petty political interests. This tendency needed to be checked and abandoned.

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Cementing Pak-Iran relations Syria, and Saudi Arab’s donation of $1.5 billion to Pakistan gave rise to the suspicions. Anyhow, no person in Pakistan Mohammad Jamil sane could ever think of becomEmail: ing part of any intrigue to destabilize Iran, as Pakistan and Iran are bound toURING the recent visit of gether by faith, common heritage Prime Minister Nawaz and shared values of love and peace. Sharif to Tehran and his Pakistan and Iran have cooperated in meeting with Iranian President the past, and stood by each other in Hassan Rouhani. President Rouhani the face of natural calamities or crisaid that the Islamic Republic sees ses. Both countries have identical no obstacle in the way of expand- views with regard to need for estabing relations between the two coun- lishing fairness in international tradtries, particularly in cultural and eco- ing in this era of globalization. Both nomic areas. Prime Minister Nawaz countries also feel the need to reviSharif, for his part, expressed hope talize Organization of Islamic Conthat his visit to Tehran would open ference to effectively meet challenges a new chapter in cementing relations faced by Muslim Ummah at a time between the two neighboring coun- when efforts are being made to matries. He said: “His government is lign Muslims and demonize Islam. determined to overcome obstacles It is an irrefutable fact that in the way of reviving the Iran-Pa- Balochistan has become the hotbed kistan gas pipeline project”. Report- of alien agencies based in Afghaniedly, the reduction in price of gas stan and the regional hub of also came under discussion; how- America’s CIA for its geopolitical ever no details were given in this activities. They propagate against account. Secondly, there was no Pakistan for providing safe havens clue as to who will fund the pipe- to Afghan militants who attack on line on Pakistani side. The Iranian Afghan and NATO forces. It has to President also commented on the be mentioned that it is not only recent incident in which five Iranian Pakistan’s responsibility to stop ilborder guards were kidnapped near legal movements of the militants on the border with Pakistan, and appre- both sides of the border. Iran, Afciated the cooperation of the gov- ghanistan and India are also required ernment and people of Pakistan in to guard their borders. Pakistan and securing the release of the guards. Iran have had excellent relations in In the past, Abdolmalik Rigi’s the past. However, because of brother was arrested and handed Pakistan’s close relations with the over to Iran, which was reflective US and Pakistan’s recognition of the of Pakistan’s desire to do its utmost Taliban government in 1996 had anto maintain good relations with gered revolutionary government in Iran. Last month, Pakistan’s sug- Iran. It is not uncommon that gestion of interim government in friendly countries can have some

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areas of convergence and of divergence. And Afghanistan is the place where Pakistan’s interests and Iran’s ambitions collide. Anyhow, Pakistan should tread carefully and must strike balance in the relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Since NATO forces would withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, regional players like Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and Russia are poised to fill the void created by them. One of the reasons for tense relations between Pakistan and Iran is difference over fiqah. There are hardliners in Iran who hate Pakistan the same way they hate Saudi Arabia. Anyhow, sectarianism in Pakistan has added another dimension to terrorism. Secondly, Iran has developed special relationship with India, which has helped construction of road from Afghanistan to Iran’s port Chah Bahar so that Afghanistan and Central Asian republics can divert their trade through Irani port. There are reports that India is buying weapons for Afghan security forces from Russia. Apart from that Russia has revived development projects in Afghanistan it had left midway at time of exit from Afghanistan. In fact, work on those projects has already been started. In Afghanistan, run-off presidential election will be held next month between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist by profession is of a mixed origin with a Pashtun father and a Tajik mother. However he is largely identified as a Tajik, which is the second largest ethnic group in Afghanistan - around 30 percent of the total population next to Pashtuns that make around 50 percent. He was a resistance leader against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and

a right hand man of Ahmad Shah Masood, a popular Tajik leader, who kept on fighting the Taliban till the end. Political pundits say that Ashraf Ghani is more popular among the youth and other sections of society for his integrity. He is a Pashtun; he has Abdul Rashid Dostum, a war lord from the North, a running mate for vice presidentship. Given the past history of both the candidates, the Taliban are likely to oppose any of them who succeeds in run-off elections. During Taliban era, relations between Iran and Pakistan remained strained; and Iran would not like to see Taliban at the helm of affairs. In this backdrop, it is tight-rope walking for Pakistan. After NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 as per schedule, there is a possibility of civil war just like the one started after Americans left Afghanistan and Pakistan in a lurch after defeat and withdrawal of Soviet forces. Today, Afghan army comprises mostly Tajiks and Uzbaks and few Pashtuns, that have been trained and armed by the US and NATO forces. Yet it is not likely that Afghan army can defeat the Taliban, as US, NATO and Afghan forces have failed to decimate or reign in Taliban. Anyhow, there is need that both Pakistan and Iran work out a joint mechanism to fight terrorism, and also take measures to remove misgivings. Finally, both countries should try to bring the belligerent groups and parties in Afghanistan on the table to work out a solution to keep Afghanistan united. This will be in the interest of Afghanistan and the regional countries. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Power generation alternatives Hira Naveed Email:


ITH the start of spring season in Pakistan, flow ers blossom every here and there. This is the beauty of spring which brings with itself colours, joys and changing moods of people. But this change in moods is not limited to that of living beings. Here in Pakistan, we greet every new season with shortages. In winters, we witness shortage of gas which, we like it or not, has to be greeted with open arms. Similarly, electricity has started showing its mood swings to us with the start of spring season which we will also have to greet with open arms for next 6-7 months. Shortage of electricity is the most common terminology that every Pakistani comes across during summer season. As temperature rises, this shortage increases and power cuts are witnessed for more than 18 hours a day in most of the cities. This has been the dilemma of Pakistan and its society that ever since the death of father of Pakistan, we could not find any leader who might have sincerely worked for the betterment of society and determined to resolve the crises of country. However, it would not be fair to blame only the democratic leaders, as Pakistan is one of those countries where democracy could not survive for long and military intervention was witnessed three times. None of the rulers of Pakistan had worked for resolving the public issues. It was with the start of third military rule in Pakistan when shortage of power became a common problem. Ever since, no government has been able to control the power short-

age issue. Our leaders, in the past, had been carrying their begging bowls in the name of power generation projects and for that matter singed many agreements with the International Donor Agencies. Billions of rupees were added to the national exchequer but this money was not used for the generation of electricity. Our leaders had always been complaining of India’s water aggression but could not begin the Kalabagh dam project themselves which is currently the best naturally built water reservoir. If we, like our leaders, also blame India for its water aggression then dams are not the only source of generating electricity. Pakistan is the 7th largest coal rich country of the world. Coal can be used for generating electricity which is also a cheaper mode of generating electricity. This is also one of the issues with Pakistan that even with one of the largest coal reserves, our leaders have not paid due importance towards mining of coal and using it for generating electricity. Our neighbouring country, India is amongst those countries which are generating electricity through coal. Moving ahead, wind power projects are also another source of generating electricity. These projects are already going on in Pakistan. Nuclear power projects are also source of generating a large amount of electricity in many countries. Only in India, six nuclear projects are working which have the capacity of generating 4780 MW. According to UN report, almost 16% of the electricity across globe is produced by about 439 nuclear power reactors. Not only this, 40% of energy in 9 countries is generated through nuclear power projects. Since the cold war era, many countries have spent huge amount of money on making nuclear weapons. Ever since then, there has

been a continuous nuclear arms race. Pakistan and India are not an exception in this nuclear arms race. On the one hand, nuclear weapons strengthen country’s defence system, while on the other they pose grave threat for the natives as well. Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster is one of the examples. Apart from this, with the growing threat of terrorism, nuclear weapons security is also one of the issues being faced today. To get rid of these problems, UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working to reduce the risks attached to nuclear technology. For this purpose, nuclear non-proliferation treaty has been signed by a number of countries and just recently Pakistan has also showed its commitment towards reducing nuclear weapons. It is stated in this treaty that nuclear technology can be used for sustainable development. This safe, secure and peaceful use of atomic energy can open up new avenues of development for Pakistan as well. Just recently we have heard the Indian offer of selling electricity for which our leaders have given green signal. Pakistan possesses the capacity of generating electricity itself instead of wasting huge amount of money on importing electricity from neighbouring countries. If Pakistan is committed towards nuclear non-proliferation then the funds received from International Donor Agencies can be used for setting up nuclear power plants. This will not only generate a large amount of electricity but would rather be sustainable and peaceful as well, as today West points its fingers towards the security of nuclear weapons of Pakistan. If this nuclear technology is used for resolving one of the biggest problems of Pakistan, then not only speculations of the West would end but also the national wheel of devel-

opment could be started. This is due to the shortage of electricity that today one of the biggest industries ie, textile industry of Pakistan is suffering. If this alternative source of generating electricity is started, there would be enough supply of electricity for the industries and domestic consumers as well. This would, then, be helpful for the development of the country. But this has been the problem of our leadership that they do not work for the development of their country rather they are more interested in developing their own accounts. This is the height of inefficiency at the hands of government that instead of looking for generating electricity themselves, they have decided to import it from India. It is their duality that on the one hand they blame India for its water aggression and on the other, they are all set to import electricity from the same India. This has been the habit of our leaders that they want everything readymade. They carry their begging bowls all around the world and when they receive funds for different projects, they reserve half of the money for their own future and spend the other half on wasting it on costly projects. In the past, millions of rupees were wasted on Rental power projects and now the current leadership is all set to buy readymade electricity from India. If power can be generated by the country that got independence on the same date, month and year as Pakistan got then why cannot we also use our resources to generate it as well? It is high time that the leadership comes out of its self-oriented polices and work for developing and securing the future of Pakistan. God Bless Pakistan! —The writer is an M Phil-IR Scholar.

XIT polls in India have been very wrong in the past. Nev ertheless there seems little doubt about the result of the country’s recent general election. The BJP has ousted the Congress Party government. Only when the official counting is complete will the margin of the BJP’s victory be clear. Talks of a “landslide” may be wrong. But if it is a given that Narendra Modi is to be the next occupant of the Prime Minister’s office in Delhi, there remain many uncertainties about both the construction and complexion of his government. Modi held a long meeting this week with party bigwigs. The debate revolved entirely around the allocation of Cabinet jobs. Veteran BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani will be wanting government positions that they regard as commensurate with their standing. But if Modi is serious about widespread reforms to an ossified bureaucracy that has seriously held back business and economic growth, he has a problem. Key reforming ministries need to be run by younger, more aggressive politicians. India’s new government has to minimize the political baggage of party grandees. Modi is fabled for his intolerance of opposition. However, unless he is prepared to risk a major party split, he is going to have to accommodate the ambitions of some at least of the BJP top brass, even if they are not the right people for a job. The alternative is to mount a Night Of The Long Knives from outset, purging old guard and promoting powerful younger leaders. The complexion of his first Cabinet will be no less important than the people who make it up. The BJP has a worrying record. Founded in 1980, the initial impetus of the Bharatiya Janata Party grew from religious confrontation. The destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya by Hindu nationalists, who claimed the site to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Rama, was a scandal that has stained the party, in and out of government, ever since. Modi himself has been accused of anti-Muslim prejudice. As Gujarat’s chief minister he appears to have held back from defending the minority Muslim community during the disfiguring 2002 Gujarat riots. Up to 2,000 Muslims died in a three-day orgy of violence. Though there have been few reported incidents of overt prejudice during the current BJP campaigning, all of India’s minorities, not simply the Muslims, remain deeply concerned at the prospects of a Modi government. The shock and horror of Ayodhya and Gujarat have not, and probably will never go away. There can be no certainty that the BJP in power will not be actively intolerant of Muslims. The party’s only other period of power is no sure indication. For six years until 2004, it led the National Democratic Alliance coalition, in which only one other party shared its extreme Hindu nationalist policies. Thus the BJP was never seen in its true colors. Now, as he wheels and deals to put together his government, Modi may be tempted to relegate to the side the issue of India’s substantial Muslim minority. This would be a grave error of judgment. Now is the precise moment when this forceful politician should be delivering a clear message of inclusiveness. His supporters may have brought him to the brink of government powered by ignorant prejudice. But Modi must be preparing to rule for the benefit of all Indians, not least for the 175 million Muslims who make up 15 percent of the population. Fine words about inclusiveness may calm some concerns. However only actions will convince Indians of his seriousness. It is just possible that one of his first tasks may be to tackle anti-Muslim violence. There is a hardcore of Hindu nationalists in the party that will be tempted to think that the BJP’s victory means that they are the masters now. If he fails to address this issue, he will be endangering his ambitious plans for economic revival. India needs foreign investment, including from GCC countries with their historic ties with the subcontinent. If his government is shown to be prepared to tolerate bigots, outside money will stay away. Investors from all over the world will see the risk of severe social instability added to all other legislative and bureaucratic problems country already faces. And they will sit on their checkbooks.—Arab News

Ask no questions and hear no lies. —Proverb

Dictatorship: A mindset Anwar Parveen Email:


SK a question to anyone, who is a dictator? The response would always be politically motivated. Why? When we talk about dictatorship, our spontaneous response relates that dictator is a person who wears uniform and rules without having votes of the people; this is the only criterion. The basic fundamental rights of the masses might have been curtailed or overrun, the promises made to the people before getting their votes or support might have been placed at the back burner, every body has to respect and obey the orders or decisions made by the new rulers, because otherwise the rule, authority and mandate of the people, what you call democracy, will be taken as threatened and the one who reminds the newly elected rulers of their pre-election promises is taken as an anti-democracy traitor. It is a play of words, phrases and politics. Change or replace them the meaning will change. The dictatorship is linked with a specific mindset and behaviour. It matters much and out of proportion when the person is at the helm of affairs and has the authority to wield the way he, or she, feels like. Whenever, a civilian Government is elected and it takes over the reins of the state, it has to be fully conscious of the problems, which it is going to inherit, and obviously accepts the challenge to make the things better. Then there is no reason a say that the issues were inherited and so the electors should suffer the status quo. It is unfair and amounts to accepting their own incapability and incapacity to resolve the problems. This succession or inheritance becomes more intriguing for the poor people when the politicians takeover after a Military rule or vice versa. The rulers might have come to power through ballot or the bullet, the criticism is always for the predecessor. These days, politicians are at the helm of affairs; neither do they have competence nor the capability; but any voice of protest is taken as treachery or campaign against democracy. This is the version often repeated when there is inability to perform or to brush the failure under

the carpet. Whenever, there was an extra-constitutional takeover by Army, it was always motivated by the misdeeds of the politicians, the circumstances, events and pressure from the people and even politicians, pleading in the name of saving the country, call the men in uniform to rid the country of the tyranny and misgovernance of the so-called elected regimes. During the tenure they are considered the best having full support of everyone; but when they leave and transfer the power, they are labelled as ‘dictators’ leaving the country in a state where politicians have to work very hard to stabilize the situation. This is what they earn for enforcing discipline, maintaining law and order, streamlining the state affairs, putting the country onto the rails of progress and making all out efforts to keep the country safe and people satisfied. The problems cannot be ignored; they are always there with the personalities and style of governance. But the main issue is the honour and dignity of the country. People of Pakistan now keenly remember a President of Pakistan as the best man because he projected Pakistan as a country equal to any other country whatever their stature was. His diplomacy was on equal terms forcing the world leaders to treat him at par with their status. Whenever he was on an official visit even to the then super powers, he was always received by the host head of the state personally at the airport. His internal policies made the people strong and raised their morale to fight the enemy and defend the country in 1965. His economic policies were borrowed by others to make their countries as strongest world economies. He gave us dams, a network of best canal irrigation system, unprecedented industrial and agricultural prosperity to Pakistan. (The political or so-called democratic regimes could not give us a single Kalabagh dam). Then all sections of society and politicians believe that the 1971 elections were free and fair. They were also conducted during the Government of a military man. The shrewd vested interests politicians made him hostage and the country saw the most unfortunate dismemberment. Then another so-called military dictator had to take over the reins when the country was at the verge of

civil war and mass-bloodshed. He made Pakistan impregnable, helped Afghanistan to fight back the enemy and managed to disintegrate the invading super power and force them to leave the region. This happened due to a person wearing a uniform but having a compassionate heart for its own people. Last but not the least, go back to background of 1999 change; there was a one man show, Constitutional head of the state (President) was clipped of his honour and ceremonial authority (13th Amendment), Members of Parliament were reduced to tongueless robots (14th Amendment), Judiciary was ridiculed and attacked and as many as three successive Army chiefs were removed on whims, the Parliament and the Cabinet were there only to authorise the Prime Minister to take what ever decision he feels appropriate, thus barring the pooling of collective wisdom that could emanate from in-house consultations, National Assembly had no genuine legislation to its credit except the repeated interruptions and breakage of quorum by indifferent money making MNAs; The Armed forces came in action only when their third consecutive Commander was removed while he was coming home after performing an official visit abroad and his landing home was denied. It was in these circumstances that apparently the sacked Commander landed and the Forces restored and honoured him. The nation welcomed the change that saved billions of rupees being pilferaged or spent on the so-called democratically elected representatives. We need to be careful while blaming leaders as ‘dictators’ as it is not something related symbolically but it is an attitude and mindset. Any person who orders and listens to no one, discards opinion of other is a dictator. This change and shift of mind can happen with anyone. The future of the country definitely lies in true democracy and real representation of the ‘Jamhoor’ – the people. Care for the masses, resolve their problems and be humane to them, listen to the logic of your comrades and proceed as a team to serve the nation and strengthen the country. Dictator is a dictator, it matters little if one is a professional soldier or an elected shylock. Let us remind our leaders to

learn statecraft from Hazrat Umar – the second caliph – down to earth humility and care for the oppressed and an iron fist for the wrong doers. Let us appreciate that all of us as living beings are influenced by the ground realities as so is the case with leaders, different governments, the rulers or the so-called dictators. There is a need to be positive. Everybody contributed for the cause of the motherland according to his, or her, faith and perceptions; we can not exclude anybody from the history whosoever valuable or detestable he/ she may be. Quaid-i-Azam gave us Pakistan, Ayub Khan gave us dams, Industrial and agricultural base for prosperity, Bhutto gave confidence to a defeated nation, brought home thousands of POWs, streamlined the foreign policy parameters, gave us nuclear technology and constructed PAC for PAF, Ziaul Haq protected us against on-slaught of an aggressive invading super power and revived moral base of the society, Nawaz Sharif developed communication system, state of the art roads and motorways, made Pakistan impregnable through introduction of nuclear deterrent and economic reforms, Pervaiz Musharraf handled the chaos in wake of an ousted Prime Minister and leaderless Armed Forces on 13th October 1999, countered the anti-state actors and protected the sovereignty of Pakistan against the emergence of states within state and forces of insurgency in difficult times of the history of Pakistan; and last but not the least, Asif Zardari, an epitome of Machiavellian philosophy, despite giving no tangible relief to the masses, introduced the concept of reconciliation, working relationship and peaceful co-existence among all political forces to foster political stability in Pakistan. Politics and personal vendetta apart, let us learn from history, follow the Mandela doctrine – ‘forgive but don’t forget’ – leave finding faults in leaders of the past, don’t fall hostage to nightmare recollections and proceed forward as statesmen to make our resource-rich motherland an honourable, forward-looking progressive country as envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam and Iqbal. —The writer is a socio-political analyst from Islamabad.

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For Turkey, far more is at stake than Erdogan’s fate Kenneth Roth


HERE is no denying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talent as a politician, or the considerable popular support he enjoys. However, under this charismatic leader, Turkey is embarking on a dangerous experiment of undermining basic rights and the rule of law as constraints on majoritarian rule. As I saw on a recent visit to Turkey to meet with senior officials, a major corruption scandal had triggered Erdogan’s worst autocratic reflexes, undermining the foundation of Turkey’s democracy. To give credit where due, Erdogan, during the 11-year rule of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), can boast of a booming economy and enormous political progress. The atrocity-ridden repression of a Kurdish insurgency has wound down, with talks under way to end the conflict and with growing respect for the cultural rights of the country’s large Kurdish minority. Religious freedom for the Sunni majority has been enhanced: Bans on women wearing headscarves in public-service jobs and universities have been removed without imposing the religious puritanism of harsher forms of Islamic rule. Systematic torture in police custody has ended, though the police’s use of excessive force remains a problem. Turkey is also being impressively generous to the estimated 700,000 refugees from the

horrible atrocities being committed next door in Syria. For several years, Turkey’s hope of entering the European Union (EU) encouraged reform. However, the opposition of some key EU states, articulated most clearly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, undermined Turkey’s accession hopes. The dashing of EU prospects slowed reforms and contributed to some reversals, but it is only in the last year or so that Erdogan has begun to take major steps backward on basic rights. The most obvious manifestation of Turkey’s eroding freedoms occurred a year ago, during the socalled Gezi Park protests. Erdogan took these demonstrations, which were launched to oppose his plan to build a shopping centre at the site of one of central Istanbul’s last parks, as a personal affront. He saw them as a revolt by an urban elite, allegedly part of an international conspiracy, to topple the pious conservative majority from the Anatolian heartland that he had brought into the halls of government. Police responded to the sit-ins by violently dispersing them with water cannons and tear gas. The scenes were repeated as the demonstrations grew and spread to other cities. In many cases, police fired tear-gas canisters at demonstrators’ heads, seriously injuring scores and killing several. Erdogan has cracked down on not only protesters on the streets, but also investigators within Turkey’s state institutions. In December, prosecu-

tors produced evidence of corruption in Erdogan’s government. Four ministers resigned, and, most damaging, an audiotape was leaked in which Erdogan apparently tells his son, on the morning that the corruption scandal broke, to remove large amounts of cash from their home and conceal it with relatives and associates. Erdogan has said vaguely that the recording, along with other incriminating leaked tapes, are “fake,” a “montage,” and part of a nebulous conspiracy to overthrow him, but he has failed to produce evidence to substantiate these claims. Erdogan’s response to the corruption investigation shows both the extent of his power and his disregard for the basic safeguards of a democratic society. Turkey’s mainstream media is largely owned by conglomerates that are vulnerable to economic retaliation and political pressure — and therefore are all too ready to dismiss journalists and columnists who criticise Erdogan. Several tapes suggest that, in some instances, journalists have been fired after the direct intervention of Erdogan himself, while others have been prosecuted for criminal defamation, following complaints from Erdogan and his allies. Almost none of the mainstream media headlined the bombshell revelation of the father-son conversation to hide huge sums of cash, at most alluding to it tangentially. As a result, Turks took to social media to learn about the leaks. The tapes were posted on YouTube and disseminated via Twitter, where critics of the govern-

ment wrote freely about the corruption allegations. Erdogan’s response was to shut down access to both sites, only reluctantly reopening Twitter access after the Constitutional Court ordered it — and after his party had convincingly won pivotal local elections in March. YouTube remains officially blocked in Turkey. Meanwhile, the AKP-dominated parliament adopted a new intelligence law that criminalises not only the leaking of secret official information, but also its publication, punishable by a prison term of up to nine years. That would be comparable to the US prosecuting not only Edward Snowden for leaking intelligence documents, but also the journalists who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing about his revelations. The law also gives the intelligence services unfettered access without a court order to ordinary people’s private data, while immunising from prosecution any intelligence agent acting in the course of his official duties. As for the investigation into his government’s corruption, Erdogan quickly intervened to quash the probe. He ordered the reassignment of thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges and prosecutors and the four prosecutors who started the corruption investigation are now themselves under investigation. New prosecutors, in turn, have begun to dismiss the corruption cases. The stakes extend well beyond Turkey. —Washington Post

Win, when you lose..!


HERE was a deep sadness in the city of Mumbai some years ago as people woke to read about a spurned twenty two year old lover who drove two thousand two hundred kilometres in his Honda Civic, reached the house of his former lover kills her mother and uncle, waits for her to return, and then kills himself when she locked the door from outside finding him inside her house.

The papers showed families breaking down as they claim their loved ones from city morgue, “He could not have done such a crime!” sobs the father of the boy, “he was a successful businessman and a good son!” Maybe he wasn’t taught to lose. He never knew to accept rejection! And how important it is to reach our children to learn to lose graciously. I love repeating the story of Jim, the little boy who wanted to get into the school play. “Ma,” he told his mother one morning, “I’m gonna practice hard to get into the school play!” “I’ll help you son!” said his mother and worked hard with him on diction and articulation, but realized

that her son still felt shy when he went in front of an audience which was generally his papa and younger sister. “Jim,’ she told her little son, a day before the audition, “life is a game son, and whether you win or lose you get a chance to play again!” “Sure mom!” said Jim and next day was off to give his best. His mother went that evening to his school as she usually did and waited for Jim to come through the school gates. He usually bounded out and ran to her as children generally do, relieved to get out, but this time when the bell rang she found no sign of him. She waited with a heavy heart and finally found him dragging his feet walking towards her. Summon-

ing all her inner strength she asked, “What happened Jim?” “I lost ma!” “Jim!” she shouted twirling him around, “Jim, you’ve been chosen to clap and cheer!” Jim looked at his mother as if she was crazy and then his little face broke into a grin, and a chuckle came from within to see his mother jumping about, “Yes mother!” he shouted, “I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer!” Ah! That was some mother wasn’t she? Dear child I whispered to my lil’ one last night, You can be winner y’ know in every big fight! By learning to lose, you’ ve chosen to choose Of being a winner, e’en if you happen to lose..! —

Voice of the People Mineral water we drink DANIYAL NAJMI


f late, there has been virtually influx of bottled mineral water in more and more brands almost everywhere in the country. Similarly, there has been growing use of bottled mineral water, particularly in official and business meetings, seminars and conferences etc. The mineral water in bottles cost has also accordingly risen to the level of soft drinks in view of its growing demand. But a billion dollar question is, as to how safe the bottled mineral water is, which is being consumed in increasing numbers lately? According to the latest quarterly monitoring report issued by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), which has been given the important task by the Ministry of Science & Technology, 68 samples of mineral/ bottled water were collected from different parts of the country. Out of these, as many as 21 brands were found unsafe for human consumption as per analytical findings with permissible limits of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).The report also mentioned that out of these, 8 brands were found containing high level of Arsenic ranging from 14-66 ppb, against permissible limit of 10 ppb, which have hazardous impact on health as it can cause cancer, diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases etc. Furthermore, another 8 brands were found contaminated microbiologically and three were found to have high levels of potassium, TDS etc. This means that none of the bottled mineral water brands being marketed in different parts of the country are safe for human consumption though still being sold all over. In view of the alarming figures given above, it would be advisable that tap water or the filtered water should be used to the maximum extent possible as these are the safest and nearer to the natural water. Big business houses and government offices should opt for a filtered water system like the genesis energy water system, easily available in the market, instead of displaying one or other brand of bottled mineral water during their official and business meetings. Water filter system may appear costly but human health is certainly and surely more precious, to say the least. —Lahore

Polio, Pakistan and world ALI RAZA According to world Health organization, Pakistan is one of the most dangerous country to spread polio virus and those countries which are more dangerous in spreading virus should take quick actions against polio, Not only this but WHO has advised the affected countries to make sure the vaccination of passengers travelling abroad. The development of any country is dependent of better education and better health, we will talk about polio Pakistan. The government is conscious of the problem and has started immunization programme to provide polio vaccination. The positive campaign of polio eradication was misused by US spies like Dr Shakl Afridi to trace out Osama Bin Laden. This lost the credibility of the campaign and resultantly the polio workers were attacked which affected the fight against polio and as a result thereof, today Pakistan is declared as one of the most dangerous countries in spreading polio virus. A healthy person can play vital role in the development of his country; it means polio does not hit only a person but it also hampers the development of Pakistan. After WHO sanctions, Pakistan’s image in front of the world has become more blur. Now Pakistan govt should take this matter seriously; otherwise figure of polio victims will increase and this will be disastrous for all of us. —Karachi

A cry for justice AMIR AHMED LASHARI Again I am compelled to remind the authorities regarding salaried denied to the Parole and Probation Officers of Sindh. In the revised National Judicial Policy, 2012, according to Sub/Section IV of Section 19 of the D part of chapter 3 (page 29) it is said: “... besides up-gradation to the staff of prison department and the incentive of up-gradation and additional allowance equivalent to one basic pay salary to be extended to the staff of reclamation and probation in line with the Province of Punjab.” In compliance with the National Judicial Policy of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Government of Sindh’s Home Department upgraded all the posts of officers of the prison department. The posts of officers of the Directorate of Reclamation and Probation, Sindh have, however, not been upgraded so far. Unfortunately, we have been deprived of that right. Although our Director has forwarded the summary of extra salary to the staff of reclamation and parole, it has been blocked in the CM House since Sept 7, 2013, and we have been denied our right. Do not know why summary of our salary has been blocked in CM house since 8 months which has created agony and confusion among officers and officials of R&P sindh. The discrimination in the award of salary to the probation and parole officers is unjustified keeping in view Articles 25 and 27. It is mandatory to mention here work of probation officers are in connection with Hon’ble courts. Therefore, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justice Sindh High Court are requested to kindly take notice of the grave injustice perpetrated against the probation/parole officers of Sindh. —Khairpur

people. If it goes on increasing at the present rate, it is estimated that by the turn of the present century only a few people above the age of ten will have normal hearing capacity in many of our most industrialized cities. Many of us are still not aware how dangerous the noise pollution is for human beings. Noise harms us in so many ways. It disturbs our sleep, rest, peace and causes irritation, annoyance and mental tension, stress, strain and anxiety. It interrupts flow of our thoughts and adversely affects both our mental and physical health. Sometimes, a noise may not apparently disturb the sleep, but certainly it produces profound psychological changes in the human body. Frequent loud noise causes decreased flow of blood in the small vessels, dilation of pupils, tensing of muscles, digestive upsets, nervousness and anxiety. It lowers the working efficiency, especially in workers requiring concentration and accuracy. The most glaring harmful effect of noise is in form of gradual loss of hearing. Noise control laws are there, but they are not of much help because the authorities do not strictly enforce them. Only increased public awareness can deal with the menace, which is growing more and more dangerous day by day. Heavy vehicular traffic should not be allowed in the city during the peak hours. Blowing of horns by the drivers and commuters should be discouraged, as it is considered as a real abuse in civilised societies. A new concept suggests that planting of trees can also reduce the noise pollution to some extent. Moreover, uncontrolled and unnecessary noise should be checked by strict enforcement of rules and regulations. The public should also cooperate with the authorities. Without public cooperation nothing appreciable can be achieved. The use of loudspeakers should be totally banned, especially in the areas having schools, hospitals, libraries, etc. —Karachi

City of lights or candle lights? KEHKASHAN ZEESHAN The shortage of electricity is become a headache for the people of Pakistan. Karachi is the biggest city of Pakistan and being a mega city, it is faced with multiple social and economic problems, but the issue which has turned the life of Kharachites into a blazing hell is the ‘electricity load shedding’. Sometime before Karachi was called “City of Lights” but now a days it is drenched into darkness. Fall of electricity has increased and the rate of electricity has increased by 6% (per unit). The rich and wellto-do people can afford this increase but it is beyond the control of an ordinary man. After every two hours there is a one hour load shedding. Students are unable to do homework due to frequent break-downs. The water supply is badly affected due to break downs or load shedding and people suffer due to paucity of water. The KESC is facing electricity shortfall with its own system. The service department of KESC lacks sense of duty and shirks work. It takes hours and sometimes days to remove the fault and restore the power supply. The break downs and the load sheddings are affecting our national economy adversely. The electricity shortfall has hit the record level. I request Government and the authorities to take some serious steps towards load-shedding problem. —Karachi

Russia to colonize by 2030 Noise pollution moon F L AIZA



I want to underline the problem of noise pollution in the big cities and towns of our country. It has been causing damage to thousands of

Konstantin E Tsiolkovsky stated that; Humanity will not remain on the earth forever, but in pursuit of light and space it will at first timidly penetrate beyond the limits of

the atmosphere, and then conquer all the space around the sun. Contemporaneous breakneck efforts in the procession of technology consents a man to dream of any ingenuity for future, like Soviet Union who recently created a triumph by revealing their dream of migrating to moon till 2030. Russia has been highlighted as an integral part in the news pertinent to advancement in space technology for their contraptions and struggle to subjugate the universe since 1950 when Sergei Korolev, an astute soviet aeronautical engineer who was preeminent for his distinguished air craft designs, developed a massive, implausible and preposterous rocket R-7 that propelled Soviet space craft to the moon. This astonishing invention made the way smoother for Russians to further augment their space craft with new advancements that appeared in the form of sputnik 1; the first satellite ever launched in space in 1957 which orbited around the earth every 96 minutes before falling back to earth. Sputnik 2 hauled Laika - a sweet tempered dog into space. After sputnik 2 Russia commenced the launching of Luna chain to moon. Luna 1 called Mechta - ‘the dream’ by Sergei was launched in space in 1959 but missed by around 37,000 miles and went into orbit between sun and moon. On 12 September 1959 Luna 2 was launched successfully and that was a grand slam for Russia. Luna 2 was spherical in shape with antennae sticking out of it and carried instruments for measuring radiation, magnetic fields and meteorites which confirmed that the moon had only a tiny radiation field. Russia with feather in their cap then launched Luna 3 on 4th October 1959 and divulged some blurred images of darker side of moon. In 1961, Korolev went on to put the first man, Yuri Gagarin into space and in 1963; he propelled the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova into space. All these achievement were enough for Russia to stand at the top of ladder in 2014. However in January 2014, a recital spotted that 52 Russians were signed to become the first settlers on red planet - Mars. And now Russian deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin added further sensation and jubilation in their flawless progression in technology by recently giving a breathtaking statement; “We are going to the Moon forever.” A newspaper Izvestia of 8th May 2014 revealed that the plan of residing on moon is a three step plan which is prepared by colossal space research institutes including Russian Academy of Sciences, the Roscosmos Federal Space Agency and Moscow State University. In the first step a robotic craft would be sent to the Moon as early as in 2016 and by 2028, Russia would be ready to send manned missions to orbit the Earth’s satellite. This avowal of Russia spawns a stir, uproar and enormity among super powers as a continuous cold war already ensued between America and Russia since 1950 due to intensifying dedications and breakthrough of Russian space craft and some other issues which is now upsurge by the confession of Russian deputy PM. Despite all the contentions, the breathtaking advancement of Russia should be applauded and one should cross one’s fingers to wait and watch whether Russia will be lucrative in creating a moon base with full-time residents by mid-century or not!!!! —Islamabad

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Israeli justice minister’s UK visit stirs protests L O N D O N —Hundreds of demonstrators have staged a protest outside a London hotel where Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was due to speak for the Jewish National Fund. Jews protesting against Zionism and more than 200 proPalestinian demonstrators held the rally outside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in southwest London on Thursday, chanting “Free, free Palestine” and “Livni war criminal”. Rabbi Cohen, one of the protesters, told the Anadolu Agency: “We must to everything to stand against Zionism. “Today, we are standing on the right side and they - the Zionists - are on the wrong side.” Prosecution call Protesters have repeatedly called for Livni to be prosecuted for her role in Israel’s 2009 Cast Lead Operation in Gaza, in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed - most of them women and children - during Israeli air strikes and troop incursions. Thirteen Israelis died in the conflict. A woman who gave her name as Alice, from London Palestine Action, said: “It’s a disgrace that Livni has been allowed to speak today, especially since it is the day of the Nakhba [the 1948 displacement of Palestinians after the creation of Israel].” “Livni should be prosecuted for war crimes,” she told AA. Pro-Israel supporters, who were fewer in number than the protesters, held up placards, read out the Hamas charter and claimed that Israel was the only democracy in the Middle East. Peaceful protest.—WB

Bosnian Muslims complain of increasing attacks S ARAJEVO —Muslims in Bosnia- said in a press release statement. Herzegovina have complained about the increasing incidents of abuse they encounter in the town of Zvornik after a young man was attacked in front of the local Rijecanka Mosque. In a seperate incident, an 81-year-old ethnic Serb killed a Muslim man with an axe after a public dispute after the latter refused to receive Easter eggs during the Christian festivities. The next day, the Muslim man, Ahmed Hasanovic, was found dead in front of his home in Kozluk, near Zvornik. “In the urban area of Zvornik in recent times several incidents were reported, which have disturbed Muslims in the town,” the Islamic Community in Tuzla

tors have introduced a bill that would scrap planned U.S. purchases from the Russian stateowned arms exporter, Rosoborononexport, under previous $1.1 billion contracts, and would ban any future deals on taxpayers’ money. The bill — introduced by senators Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, and Republicans Dan Coats and John Cornyn — would “immediately terminate existing existing contracts and agreements” with the Russian arms exporter, from which the Pentagon had commissioned helicopters for the Afghan Air Force, Blumenthal’s office said in a statement published on the Senate website. The bill would also block any American or foreign company that “cooperates” with Rosoboronexport from receiving U.S. contracts, the statement said. “The hostile situation in Ukraine is yet another recent example of why the U.S. should stop doing business with Russia and its arms dealer,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “This legislation sends a clear message to Russia and

was recently vandalized after eggs were thrown at tombstones. Another four Muslims were attacked in the town last year by a gang of young Serbs as they were walking to the mosque. The town of Zvornik, which was once a Muslim dominated town, saw a mass exodus of its Muslim residents during the 1992-1995 civil war after acts of ethnic cleansing by the Serbs. Since the war ended, only a fw Muslims have returned home. Related Bosnia Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Serbs bosniak Legal Notice: Copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights in this website can not be reproduced without the prior permission.—WB

BEIRUT—Lebanese lawmakers failed for a fourth time to choose a new head of state and will try again in a week’s time, only three days before President Michel Suleiman’s term ends. If the next round on May 22 fails, it will create a power vacuum in a country that desperately needs leadership to deal with a spillover of violence from neighbouring Syria, more than a million refugees from the civil war there, and a budget deficit close to 10 percent of the size of its economy. Politicians say they expect disagreements over Suleiman’s replacement to drag on for months after he leaves office. Any candidate would have to get support from the two main political blocs - Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah’s March 8 alliance and the rival Sunni-led March 14 coalition - to win the necessary majority from parliament’s 128 deputies. But the two alliances support different sides in neighbouring Syria, where Sunni rebels are fighting to overthrow Hezbollah ally President Bashar al-Assad, entrenching divisions in Lebanon. Thursday’s vote was called off after March 8 deputies boycotted the session, leaving it without the two-thirds quorum needed for the vote to go ahead. WB. Under the country’s religion-based power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, a sect that is itself divided on its support for March 8 and March 14. Some lawmakers from the March 14 coalition have warned that if no president is elected before Suleiman’s term ends they will boycott parliament, leading to further paralysis in the country of 4 million people.—WB

Pro-Russian rebels man a fortified front line rebel position near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk.

US senators want end to arms buy from Russia WASHINGTON—U.S. sena-

“On May 6, in front of the Rijecanska Mosque, an unknown young man verbally attacked and harassed students of the Behram-bey Madrassa [Islamic high school] from Tuzla who were performong a religious-cultural programme in the Home of Culture,” it said. “It is worrying that these events [attacks on Muslims] are being repeated at a time when Bosniaks from these areas are remembering their loved ones who suffered in the bloody war and when they will gracefully and peacefully bury the remains of victims from Zvornik,” the statement added. According to Balkan Insight, the Muslim cemetery in Zvornik’s main mosque

Lebanon MPs fail 4th time to pick president

Rosoboronexport: America will not do business with countries that behave irresponsibly and companies that arm terrorist regimes.” Members of U.S. Congress have previously urged the Pentagon to scrap its contracts with Rosoboronexport over the Russian exporter’s weapons sales to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which the U.S. designates as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Defense Department said last fall that it would remove a request for more helicopters from Rosoboronexport from its 2014 budget. But the remaining purchases under a $1.1 billion worth of contracts signed during previous years for 63 Mi17 helicopters remained in effect. “Given Russia’s hostile actions in Ukraine, business as usual is unacceptable,” Coats said in a statement Thursday. Cornyn called for ending the Pentagon’s “hypocritical relationship” with Rosoboronexport .—Congress. TMT

Maritime Silk Road opens fresh opportunities for China, ASEAN NANNING—Accelerating the maritime Silk Road development became a heated topic at the 8th Pan-Beibu Gulf (PBG) Economic Cooperation Forum, as the initiative is expected to inject fresh impetus to regional growth. The forum, which was held here drew government officials, experts and business people from China and the PBG countries of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Infrastructure development will get a boost from the ambitious plan with better connectivity linked by waterway, road and railway, according to transport officials attending the forum. Attendees also showed great interest in promoting tourism cooperation as countries along the maritime route have long coastlines and beautiful landscapes, and thus boast tremendous potential yet to be unleashed. Cross-border investment, financial innovation and cultural cooperation were also discussed at the forum to promote the building of the maritime Silk Road.

A 21st century maritime Silk Road was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Indonesia last October. Since ancient times, Southeast Asia has been an important hub along the historical maritime Silk Road, a commercial route on which China sold silk, ceramics and tea to overseas markets. The PBG forum, held in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is a sub-regional mechanism under the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) framework. Jiang Zhenghua, former vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, China’s top legislature, said at the opening ceremony that the world is embracing an era of marine cooperation. China will make full use of the China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund and ChinaASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund to promote port construction and logistics development in the PBG region, Jiang said. Ayumi Konishi, director general of the Asian Develop-

ment Bank’s East Asia Department, said 80 percent of trade in the PBG region depends on maritime transport. “Without good maritime connectivity, much of the region’s potential will be untapped,” said Konishi. Better connectivity was echoed by transport officials from Vietnam,Myanmar and Cambodia. Nguyen Hong Truong, vice minister of transport of Vietnam said, “Vietnam looks forward to continued close cooperation with ASEAN countries and China to enhance the PBG cooperation in prioritized areas including infrastructure, environmental protection, agriculture and people-to-people exchanges.” U Han Sein, vice minister of transport of Myanmar, said Myanmar is intensifying efforts to fight corruption, reduce poverty and push for economic reforms, to create a good environment for foreign investment. Tram Lv Tek, minister of public works and transport of Cambodia, wooed investment in construction and expansion of two major ports in his country. — PD

55,000 Egyptian expats vote in presidential poll CAIRO—Expatriate Egyptians continued on Friday to cast their ballot in the country’s presidential election, in which former army chief AbdelFattah al-Sisi faces off against leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi. On Thursday, around 55,000 Egyptians cast ballots in the first day of voting in the poll, the second since the 2011 uprising that ended the autocracy of ex-president Hosni Mubarak. The largest expatriate voter turnout was reported in the Gulf countries, whereas Milan, Italy’s second most populous city, saw the highest voter turnout outside the Gulf, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement. Observers expect a high turnout among Egyptians living in the Gulf region on Friday, an official day-off in the Arab countries. There are no exact figures regarding the number of eligible Egyptian voters living overseas. Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27 in the second phase of a transitional roadmap imposed by the army following last July’s ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt’s first freely elected president – by the military.—MENA

Resist or cooperate? Crimean Tatars Split on Russian rule S

eventy years after their families’ mass de portation under Stalin, the Crimean Tatars are in a quandary: should they cooperate with their homeland’s new Russian authorities or resist them? Some Tatars — Sunni Muslims of Turkic origin — fear a return to Stalinist repression despite official promises to respect their rights and freedoms; others say dealing with Russia is the best way of ensuring their people can flourish. Less than two months into Moscow rule, tensions are running high before Sunday’s anniversary of the deportations in cattle wagons which began on May 18, 1944. “It is either war or compromise. That is the essence of the problem we face. If we do not adopt a unified approach, we risk splitting ourselves up and being marginalized,” said Nariman Dzhelyalov, deputy chairman of the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ main representative body. The Tatars, who make up more than 12 percent of Crimea’s largely ethnic Russian population of about 2 million, are among the most vociferous critics of Moscow’s annexation in March of the peninsula previously governed by Ukraine. Russia views the annexation as righting an historical injustice, describing it as “reunification” of a region which Soviet leader Nikita

Khrushchev handed to Ukraine only in 1954. But the Tatars, whose historical capital of Bakhchysarai lies a short distance from the modern day regional centre of Simferopol, remind Moscow they ruled large parts of Crimea for centuries before Russian Empress Catherine the Great conquered the Black Sea peninsula in the late 18th century. Stalin accused the Tatars of sympathising with Nazi Germany, and many of the estimated 200,000 deportees died on their way into exile in Central Asia and eastern Russia. Only in the last years of the Soviet Union were members of the community able to start returning to Crimea in the 1980s. Many Tatars boycotted a referendum on March 16 in which local authorities said 97 percent of those who voted opted to join Russia. Kiev and the West derided the exercise as illegitimate. The Tatars have continued to fly the Ukrainian flag at the Mejlis since the vote, despite a visit by armed pro-Russian “self-defense” units and threats to close their organization by the region’s chief prosecutor. “We are used to constant struggle. We do not trust the Russian authorities, and why should we? They have always opposed the Crimean Tatars,” Dzhelyalov said. The Mejlis’ former leader, Soviet-era dissident Mustafa Dzhemilev, says he is banned

from setting foot on Crimean soil. “Good Riddance Kiev” While the Mejlis is the largest Crimean Tatar organization, some smaller groups are happy Russia has taken the region under its wing. One such group, Milli Firka, says Kiev had done little to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatars in the 23 years since the Soviet Union collapsed. “In less than two months Russia has done far more for the Crimean Tatars than Ukraine ever did. Only after Crimea became part of Russia did Kiev even remember that we exist,” said Milli Firka’s chairman, Vasvi Abduraimov. President Vladimir Putin recently awarded Abduraimov the order “For services before the Fatherland,” second-class, for backing the annexation. Among the reasons Abduraimov cited for his support of Russian control were the security of knowing that Crimea will be protected by a “strong, respected power” and a presidential decree making Crimean Tatar one of three state languages on the peninsula alongside Russian and Ukrainian. Milli Firka says the Mejlis is a Western project whose aim is to integrate the Crimean Tatars into Europe rather than Putin’s planned Eurasian Union of former Soviet states. “We believe it is better for us to look east to Eurasia, especially as the centre of world

economic development is gradually shifting to countries like China and India,” Abduraimov said. Dzhelyalov said the Mejlis and Milli Firka have the same aims — the revival of the Crimean Tatar people and respect for their right to free speech, education in their own language, property rights and real representation in government — but that the two group’s methods are different. Flying The Flag Rustam Temirgaliyev, Crimea’s deputy prime minister, told Reuters that Russia now treated the Tatars in an “absolutely open and democratic manner” and that they had been given ministerial posts in the latest government. “Russia guarantees that all rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatars will be respected,” he said. The Mejlis says it hopes to receive official permission soon for a march through central Simferopol to mark Sunday’s anniversary, but that the government is insisting the Tatars do not fly the Ukrainian flag or criticize the annexation. After the annual march, the Mejlis typically adopts a resolution on its demands to the local authorities. “What are we to say this year? Some want a peacekeeping force brought in to protect us, while others are more worried about solving everyday problems like housing,” Dzhelyalov said. —Courtesy: Moscow Times

The once-mighty U.S is in decline Get used to it TED RALL


e knew this was coming. The American Century, after all, was the 20th. Things were bound to go downhill. Like fourth-century Romans and post-World War II Europeans, Americans are beginning to realize that they are no longer citizens of an unrivaled superpower. And they’re kind of freaking out about it. Using a novel “purchasing power parity” measure, the World Bank estimates that China’s economy will surpass the United States later this year. By per capita GDP — and most useful indices — the U.S. maintains its lead. Nevertheless, many Americans agree with the thesis of Marxist economist Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” that America’s boom days are behind us, unlikely to be seen again. As The Economist summarizes Piketty: “The middle of the last century was unusual in its growth rates as well as in the distribution of income; the good times most of us see as our due were in fact a fleeting anomaly.” By historical terms, back to normal slogging is a yawner. But humans don’t live in historical terms. We compare where we are now with where we were 10, 20, 30 years ago, and where our parents were. Psychologically if not fiscally, you’re better off never having experienced prosperity than to have had it and lost it. Downward mobility as America’s middle class has experienced it over the last 40 or 50 years — a boom-and-bust cycle featuring shorter expansions and longer, deeper recessions and depressions — is a bummer. “We’re walking small,” New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote on May 3. “And that shift in our gait and our gumption has been palpable for many years, during an unusually sustained period of frustration that has the feel of something more than a temporary dive: a turned corner, the downward arc of a diminished enterprise.” As Bruni points out, we have good cause for bad ennui: America’s shameful global ranking on education quality (39), collapsing social mobility (it’s easier to get rich in Europe and Canada), and our crumbling infrastructure. China unveils its pressurized bullet train to the Tibetan plateau; when they’re not hours late, our Amtraks derail. Not that there aren’t upsides. “Less assertiveness could mean less overreach. Less confidence could mean less hubris. And money isn’t everything,” Bruni allows. Not that the U.S. doesn’t have at least as much money as it used to. Overall, the U.S. is richer. The trouble is, all our loot has gotten aggregated into the claws of too few people. As The Times’ Nicholas Kristof notes in a piece titled “We’re Not No. 1! We’re Not No. 1!”: “Over all, the United States’ economy outperformed France’s between 1975 and 2006. But 99 percent of the French population actually enjoyed more gains in that period than 99 percent of the American population. Exclude the top 1 percent, and the average French citizen did better than the average American.” Of course, Americans have always worried that America was in decline. “A kind of depression has set in,” Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote in 2011. “We’ve lost our mojo, our groove.” U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “malaise” speech addressed what he called a “crisis of confidence … the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.” The Atlantic’s James Fallows (age 64) addressed America’s long-standing we’re screwed vibe in 2010: “Through the entirety of my conscious life, America has been on the brink of ruination, or so we have heard, from the launch of Sputnik through whatever is the latest indication of national falling apart or falling behind. Pick a year over the past half-century, and I will supply an indicator of what at the time seemed a major turning point for the worse. The first oil shocks and gas-station lines in peacetime history; the first presidential resignation ever; assassinations and riots; failing schools; failing industries; polarized politics; vulgarized culture; polluted air and water; divisive and inconclusive wars. “It all seemed so terrible, during a period defined in retrospect as a time of unquestioned American strength. ” ‘Through the 1970s, people seemed ready to conclude that the world was coming to an end at the drop of a hat,’ Rick Perlstein, the author of ‘Nixonland,’ told me. ‘Thomas Jefferson was probably sure the country was going to hell when John Adams supported the Alien and Sedition Acts,’ said Gary Hart, the former Democratic senator and presidential candidate. ‘And Adams was sure it was going to hell when Thomas Jefferson was elected president.’ “ —Courtesy: Japan Times

Japan’s resurgent military


his is no time to break balance of power in NE Asia. Japa nese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made it clear that the island nation will regain its right to collective self-defense through a reinterpretation of its postwar pacifist constitution. At a press conference, the conservative leader cited the need to protect Japanese who want to flee abroad in an emergency as one of the reasons for his government to reclaim the right to collective self-defense. A report drawn up by a government-appointed advisory panel listed the current regional security environment, which apparently refers to threats from North Korea and China, as another reason. Also, America’s support for Japan’s expanded military role must have emboldened Abe, who has been unnerving neighboring countries with his regressive and revisionist policies since taking office in late 2012. Regaining the self-defense right means a lot to Japan, making it possible to send its Self-Defense Forces to help allies under armed attack abroad and intervene in international conflicts. In short, it means that Japan will become a “normal state’’ that can wage war with a full-fledged military. Japan is free to lift a ban on its right to collective self-defense as a sovereign state under the United Nations Charter, but its freedom for that matter can be restrained because of its past atrocities committed against Korea, China and other neighboring countries. Needless to say, Japan’s military expansionism will raise tensions in Northeast Asia, which would in turn spark a competitive military buildup in this already volatile region amid the toughening maritime standoff between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, respectively. It’s not exaggeration to say that Abe is trying to alter the security order in Northeast Asia created since World War II. Abe’s aspiration for the right to collective self-defense puts Seoul in an awkward position. At a time when Washington welcomes Tokyo’s military resurgence in their united front against a more assertive Beijing, it’s hard for Seoul to publicly oppose Abe’s revisionist moves. Most worrisome is that Japan’s push for the right can pave the way for Japanese troops to land on the Korean Peninsula if North Korea attacks U.S. forces in South Korea. Seoul’s Foreign Ministry spokesman urged Japan to dispel doubts and concerns shared by its neighboring countries, reiterating that “there should be a request from us or our consent when it comes to issues related to security on the Korean Peninsula.’’ —Courtesy: Korea Times

Modi storms to historic win From Page 1 never witnessed such dominance, having grown up in an era of fractious coalition politics. Modi, an abrasive former tea boy tainted by anti-Muslim riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002, promised to work for all Indians in a speech designed to sound inclusive amid suspicion of him among religious minorities. “The heat of the election is over and the people have given their verdict, which says that we need to take India forward to fulfil the dreams of India’s 1.2 billion people,” he said at a rally in Gujarat. The results exceeded all forecasts. Firecrackers exploded at BJP offices around the country, sweets were handed out to celebrate and painted elephants paraded in front of party headquarters in New Delhi. “I want to take all of you with me to take this country forward... it is my responsibility to take all of you with me to run this country,” Modi added in front of a crowd of thousands in his constituency of Vadodara. The BJP’s triumph redraws India’s political map, elevating the party to a pan-national power, handing Modi a huge mandate for change, and heaping humiliation on the ruling Gandhi political dynasty. Modi, 63, will face pressure to deliver a quick improvement in the economy, grow-

ing at its slowest rate in a decade, and his commitment to the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda will be closely watched by India’s 150 million Muslims. Preliminary figures from the Election Commission showed the BJP winning more than the 272 seats required for a majority on its own in the 543-seat parliament, with victories by its allies taking it easily in excess of 330. “It is the dawn of a new era. The lotus has bloomed all over India now,” said BJP president Rajnath Singh, referring to the flower symbol of his party, whose previous all-time high was 182 seats in 1999. The Congress party, the national secular force that has run India for all but 13 years since independence, was set to crash to its worst ever result with fewer than 50 seats, a quarter of its tally in 2009. It has headed two successive left-leaning coalition governments since 2004. The disastrous showing is a severe blow to the Gandhi dynasty which runs Congress, particularly for 43-year-old scion Rahul, whose first performance as chief national campaigner will lead to acrimonious fallout. Smiling despite the grim news, Rahul admitted in brief remarks that Congress had “done pretty badly”. “As vice-president of the party I hold myself responsible,” he said.—AFP

Countrywide protests content in its morning programme ‘Utho Jago Pakistan’ hosted by Shaista Lodhi. The resolution says that the host and its team committed blasphemy in in the programme angering Muslims across the country. The resolution demanded that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) should take action against the TV channel. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah presented amendment in the resolution. He said there should be no politics and point scoring over the issue. After the consultation on amendment the resolution was unanimously passed. Speaker Punjab Assembly announced the approval of the resolution. That resolution demands stern action against Geo TV. Meanwhile, the Jang and Geo group reporters on Friday disrupted Cable Operators Association of Pakistan’s press conference at Karachi Press Club. As soon Cable Operators Association of Pakistan Chairman Khalid Arain began his hurriedly-called press briefing, a reporter of Geo News stood up and in-

From Page 1 dulged in bickering with Arain along with targeting other cable operators’ representatives. Initially Arain had spoken that cable operators were facing difficulties due to recent situations. “No TV program has anything to do with cable operators. We have no role in content generation. But we all are instantly blamed and our cable connections are cut off in rage and protest,” said Arain. Talking to media while leaving the KPC premises, Arain said those talk of protecting press freedom have stopped us speaking. “Geo had sent 18 people to sabotage our press conference,” he told journalists. “Geo reporters did not allow us to address a press conference and they attempted to gag our voice and threatened us,” he said, adding, “We keep the right to take legal action against the treatment doled out to us.” He also announced to hold press

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cured a crushing victory in the world’s largest election. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to Narendra Modi on the phone this afternoon and congratulated him on this remarkable election victory and invited him to visit Pakistan,” Sartaj Aziz, Sharif ’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs, said. “Of course the process (for the visit) will take some time, initial contacts still have to be made. But the invitation is there.” The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not visit Islamabad, despite being invited, has caused tension with Pakistan in recent years. A visit by an Indian leader would be seen as a major turning point in the relationship between the two countries. Indian officials were not immediately available for comment. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it welcomed Modi’s victory and looked forward to working with him.— Reuters

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conference after two hours. Meanwhile, the transmission of Geo News has been closed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the instruction of Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed. Protests and rallies were also taken out against Geo Group after the channel showed blasphemous content in its morning show “Utho Jago Pakistan” hosted by Shaista Lodhi. Protests erupted in various cities, including Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan by activists of religious organizations who chanted slogans and flashed banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the TV channel. The participants in the rally were demanding the federal government to close the news channel. Condemnations had flooded in from all religious schools of thought against the private channel soon after the programme was aired.

Pakistan urged From Back Page Senator Rehman Malik,

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former Federal Minister for Interior speaking at the conference reiterated that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state and had been pursuing a policy of nuclear restraint with a credible minimum deterrence. However, he made it clear that Pakistan wanted to have friendly relations with India but not those based on Indian domination. He urged Western powers to stop discriminatory policies against Pakistan and added that Pakistan was qualified to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and export control regimes on a non-discriminatory basis.

From Page 1 over the local bodies elections in the province. LHC single bench comprises of Justice Ameenuddin Khan hearing the petition seeking early local bodies elections and amendment in Punjab Local Government Act. The petitioner pleaded to the court that the provincial government by delaying local government elections increasing hardships of the common man. The petition said that the government was not holding local bodies polls despite the court orders. The court issued notices to the Attorney General, the election commission.

Diplomats: New era of Pak-India From Page 1 Advani and Jaswant Singh had visited Pakistan on very positive notes recognising Pakistan as sovereign independent state. L K. Advani and Jaswant Singh had suffered on this count by losing their positions in the party. Vajpayee visited Minari-Pakistan in 1999 and went an extra mile to resolve issues including Kashmir dispute. He developed good chemistry with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The diplomats who had served Pakistan in the Indian Capital as High Commissioners were of the view they do not see any worsening of situation after Modi’s win, rather Pak-India relations will move on a new wavelength. Making a diplomatic overture to Modi, Sharif has sent a message of congratulations and hoped to establish good neighbourly relations in the coming days.

Zill-e-Huma From Back Page At an early age, she married jeweler, Aqeel Butt. She has four sons, Mohammad Ali Butt, Working at a leading

Cellular Company, Ahmed Ali Butt, lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band E.P. Muatafa Ali Butt and Hamza Ali Butt.

The police claimed that the victim were associated with Sheraz Comrade and Shakil Badshah gangs of Lyari. The police said that the rival Lyari group kidnapped both and threw them after killing. Police said that both victims received three bullets each in the chest. Police claimed that the victims were nominated in all police stations of Lyari Town. Both were accused in killing of policemen, Muttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists and members of rival groups. The victims were also wanted in case of extortion, kidnapping and police Zia ul Mustafa, President ICMAP presenting awards to graduates while Ghulam Mustafa encounters. Tension enQazi, VP, Abdul Khalil Chairman CPDC and Sajjad Ahmad, Chairman Welfare Com- gulfed parts of Lyari and entire town echoed with gunmittee also look on stage. fire. The shops and markets in Nayabad and Khadda Markets were closed and people booked inside their houses to avoid any mishap. Separately, two people were shot dead by unidentified armed men at two different places of the metropolis. Virtual, Augmented and neers, Members of Ground A 28-year-old man was STAFF REPORTER Robotic Humans (VARH), Transportation; and Energy gunned down near Old PoulI S L A M A B A D —Roots Mil- Digital Heritage (DH), Aug- and Aerospace & Defense try Estate, Orangi Town Seclennium Schools, mented Experience within Customers from across in- tor 11 ½. Iqbal Market police Islamabad Department of Real-Time Tele-Immersive dustry sectors around the said that victm Nizamuddin Robotics was invited to be Environments (AE), and globe. They shared their son of Jmshaid Khan was a part the iconic three days Interactive Art for Active ideas and best practices in working in garments factory long 16th Virtual Technol- Audience (IAAA). Mr. Virtual Product Engineering and going to his workplace ogy Conference at Laval, Laurent Chretien, Director with all present and left a big when he was targeted. France. The Conference De Laval Virtual, had the impression on the audience. covered areas like provid- honor of conducting this Throughout the Conference, an Exhibition Area showing global solutions in Vir- one-of-a-kind forum. The Conference invited cased Hardware and Softtual Prototyping for manuFrom Page 1 facturing industries, Natu- an impressive number of ware partners to adopt easy ral User Interaction (NUI), reputable Doctors, Engi- solutions to sustain the inBoth sides were supnovation and productivity posed to start drafting a final required to revolutionize the agreement that the six hope needs of Virtual Technology. will constrain Iran’s nuclear In this digital/modern program. Tehran in turn is era of emerging manufac- seeking a full lifting of sancturing technologies, indus- tions. But Iranian Deputy From Page 1 tries take a new turn as fac- Foreign Minister Abbas About targeted opera- tory operations and other Araghchi told Iranian media round of talks will be detion in Karachi, Chaudhry areas become increasingly Friday that differences were cided by TTP. Answering a question, Nisar said the action would digital. There is a rising in- too big to start the drafting Nisar said the Taliban Com- enter into a meaningful and terest in understanding process. He gave no immedimittee would be part of the effective phase in days current and upcoming in- ate details beyond saying dustrial challenges and the that both sides were apart on direct talks, if the TTP so ahead. Responding to queries solutions at hand. desired. several issues.—AP The interior minister over Muttahida Qaumi also rejected the suggestion Movement chief’s applicathat US Secretary of State tion for a national identity William J Burns had tried to card for overseas Pakistanis convince him to opt for a and passport, Nisar said the military operation in government had no objecWaziristan, adding that the tion. The interior minister question of such an assurance never arose. He as- said that a NADRA officer sured that Pakistan’s policy in London had been sent to will be dictated by the na- Altaf Hussain’s residence tional interest and the to get his fingerprints and policy will not be framed on photograph by the then the advice of any external High Commissioner of Pakistan in United Kingdom power. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Wajid Shamsul Hasan. Khan warned the Muttahida Nisar said this was in violaQaumi Movement against tion of the set procedure, “politics of threats,” saying which requires a team of at there is no gain for the gov- least four to move for such ernment by not issuing facility, even if provided inAltaf Hussain his National side Pakistan. Nisar said the form Identity Card for Overseas given to the MQM supremo Pakistanis (NICOP). He said the matter has had not been returned to been blown out of propor- Nadra and that his is retion deliberately. “We spoke quired to upload data on to with Governor Sindh (Dr the national database. He Ishratul Ibad Khan) and added that the system auHaider Abbas Rizvi … but tomatically deletes data if the issue was made more the form is not returned complicated instead and within one month. “I do not know if the threats were hurled,” said form is still with Altaf the minister. He said the MQM chief Hussain but it was never would have to follow the uploaded,” Nisar explained. proper procedure for getting his identity card, which Nisar claimed he had not applied for last 22 years – the time period Altaf Hussain has spent in a selfimposed exile in the United Kingdom. “I am not Najam Sethi (Pakistan’s cricket chief) who can’t appoint captain of the team and can’t dismiss anyone,” he said.

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LB elections in KP in November PESHAWAR—Chief Minister (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervez Khattak has said lo-cal body’s election will be held in November so that power could be transfer to masses. He was talking to media in Peshawar. The CM said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government has wipe out bribe culture and corruption in land department. He said dialogue process with the banned out fit Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) must be taking forward, adding that ciaos prevails as suspension in dialogue process. —NNI

Poisonous food sends 50 students to hospital PESHAWAR—Health conditions of at least 50 students living in a private hostel was deteriorated after eating poisonous food here on Thursday night. According to details, condition of 50 students of a private hostel, situated in the University Town Peshawar, deteriorated after eating rice. The affected students were brought to Khyber Teaching Hospital where they were provided medical treatment after which they were shifted to different wards of the hospital.—INP

3 women shot dead for ‘honour’ R AJANPUR —Three women of the same family were brutally murdered in the name of honour here on Friday. Police said that the murder incident took place at Peshkotla Andaroon, when three women including two sisters were shot dead by their brother and two relatives and escaped from the scene. —INP

Truck crashes into PIA planes I SLAMABAD —Two

PIA planes that were parked on a hanger of Benazir Bhutto International Airport, were hit by a truck this morning. Both the planes are ART and were severely damaged. The truck that crashed into the planes was used for power supply. The clash disturbed PIA’s short flight schedule as the company usually uses ART planes, that comprise of 54 seats, for shorter routes.—APP

LHC moved against Hajj policy 2014 MUZAFFAR ALI LAHOR—The government’s new Hajj policy (2014) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court. An application was filed on Friday in the LHC in which the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and government’s Hajj fares.

ISLAMABAD: Activists of Ahl-i- Sunnat Wal Jamaat protesting against Geo TV.

US warns China its actions in sea disputes are straining relations

Lyari tense after killing of two gangsters

China: US must be objective about Asia tensions


W ASHINGTON —China’s “provocative” actions in maritime disputes with its neighbors are straining ties with the United States, raising questions over how the world’s two biggest economies can work together, a senior U.S. official said. The strong comments from Washington on Thursday come after deadly antiChina riots broke out in Vietnam in response to China towing an oil rig into a part of the South China Sea claimed by both Hanoi and Beijing. “This is raising some fundamental questions for us about China’s long-term strategic intentions,” the U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said Beijing’s move appeared to fit a “pattern” of advancing territorial claims through coercion and intimidation. “China’s activities are straining the U.S.China relationship because it raises questions about our ability to partner together in Asia or even bilaterally.” China’s top general blamed the Obama administration’s new focus on Asia on Thursday for various disputes in the East and South China seas, saying “some neighboring countries” are using it as a chance to provoke problems. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army’s Chief of the

General Staff Gen. Fang Fenghui also warned Thursday that the U.S. must be objective about tensions between China and Vietnam or risk harming relations between Washington and Beijing. He defended China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea and said Beijing has no intention of abandoning the drilling despite the violent protests it has spawned in Vietnam. Fang was at the Pentagon to meet with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. The session comes on the heels of a mob riot targeting Chinese at a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam and anti-China protests over Beijing’s deployment of a deep sea oil rig about 150 miles off Vietnam’s coast. In response, Vietnam sent a flotilla of boats to the area, which continue to bump and collide with Chinese vessels guarding the rig.Fang made it clear that Beijing believes the drilling is in China’s territorial waters and said, “we cannot afford to lose an inch” of that territory, which has been passed down by ancestors. Dempsey declined to detail his discussions with Fang but said broadly that they talked about “the tensions in the South China Sea and how provocative actions can lead to confrontation.”—Agencies

Pakistan to build 60-km long mud bund on Afghan border C HAMAN —Pakistan has decided to make an area of 60 kilometres to block all illegal extended security arrangements at Pak-Afghan border. According to official sources at Chaman, security forces are constructing a mud bund at the border by using heavy machinery and work on the project is in full swing. The mud bund is being constructed on

ways and stop all unlawful transportation. The mud bund will be five feet deep and eight feet wide. The security officials said that the bund will also indicate exact location of the Pak-Afghan border. Moreover, check posts have already been established on Pakistan side of the border.—INP

K ARACHI —Tension engulfed parts of Lyari Town after recovery of two dead bodies of gangsters by police from Shah Waliullah Road, Nayabad on Friday. As per reports, Kalri police received an information regarding presence of two dead bodies in Street No. 7, Nayabad Block B. A police party reached the spot and shifted the dead bodies to Civil Hospiatl Karachi (CHK) for autopsy where they were identified as Shahzaib, 25, son of Imdad Hussain and 20-year-old Munna Bangali. Continued on Page 7

Geo controversy: PEMRA to decide matter on May 20 STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Pakistan media regulator, PEMRA adjourned its meeting till May 20, its member Israr Abbasi said on Friday. The meeting was called to review complaints made against Geo TV for airing a controversial program in its morning show. Abbasi said that authority would decide the matter on May 20. PEMRA yesterday served a show-cause notice to Geo TV for violating the authority’s code of conduct in its program.

Russian rocket carrying its most advanced communication satellite to date fell back to Earth minutes after lift-off on Friday in the latest blow to the country’s onceproud space industry. Space officials said the Proton’s control engine failed 545 seconds after its nighttime blastoff from the Baikonur space centre Moscow leases in Kazakhstan. State television showed the carrier and its Express-AM4P satellite reported to be worth $29 million (21 million euros) burning up in the upper layers of the atmosphere above China. “We have an emergency situation,” Channel One television showed a Russian flight commentator as saying. “The flight is over,” the commentator said. Russia’s Roscosmos federal space agency said it had formed a commission “to analyse the telemetric data and discover the reasons for the emergency situation.”Channel One said the satellite — built by Airbus Group’s Astrium corporation — was meant to provide Internet access to far-flung Russian regions with poor access to communication.

The RIA Novosti state news agency described it as “Russia’s most powerful and advanced communication satellite”. Roscosmos said it was grounding the Proton — a workhorse of Russia’s space industry that earns tens of millions of dollars a year by launching Western and Asian satellites — during the investigation. Russia sacked its previous Roscosmos chief in October 2013 after less than two years on the job because of a string of failed launches and other embarrassing incidents to the country’s underfunded but historic space industry. New Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko has been charged by President Vladimir Putin with overhauling the entire sector with billions of dollars in extra state funding. The upgraded M version of the Proton has experienced a string of problems that have threatened Russia’s reputation as a reliable but cost-effective alternative to US and European rockets. The Proton-M was last grounded in July 2013 when it crashed back to Earth with three Russianmade Glonass navigation satellites.—AFP

BD official rules out finding more ferry survivors D HAKA —A Bangladeshi record of ferry accidents, official said on Friday there was no chance of finding further survivors of a ferry that sank in a storm with about 200 people on board, the latest in a series of fatal ferry accidents to hit the poverty-stricken country. Twenty-eight people are known to have drowned when the M.V. Miraj-4 capsized on the Meghna river near the capital, Dhaka, on Thursday. About 40 people swam to shore and 35 were rescued, police and rescue officials said, meaning about 100 people were unaccounted for as wailing relatives thronged the river bank. “Now it is more than 20 hours since the ferry sank, so there is no possibility to find anyone alive inside the vessel,” Saiful Hassan Badal, deputy commissioner of Munshiganj district, told Reuters. Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling

with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds and many vessels overcrowded. Each time, the government vows to toughen regulations. Relatives of passengers protested over the slow pace of recovery efforts. “It is more that 20 hours, but we see no visible progress,” said Sabuj Mia, a survivor, who said he had been waiting for news of his missing son. Most of the passengers were city workers and students heading home for the weekend beginning on Friday. Passenger Abdur Rahman, 50, who managed to swim to shore, said passengers had asked the captain to pull into the shelter of the river bank when a sudden storm struck. “But he ignored us ... the ferry capsized within a few seconds,” Rahman said. Another passenger who swam to shore, Liton Hussain, told reporters he had lost his wife, son and daughter.—Reuters

Pakistan urged to develop second strike N-capability strategy Prof Ibrahim wants army AKHTAR JAMAL

I SLAMABAD —A renowned defence strategist has urged Pakistan to consider developing a second strike nuclear capability strategy to counter rising challenges. Dr. Maria Sultan, Director General of South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University, Islamabad presented her new theory termed as “Integrated Strategic Equivalence” at the three-day International Conference on Nuclear Deterrence and Emerging Dynamics in South Asia and attended by senior experts and strategists. Ms. Maria Sultan said that the theory primarily reinforces the minimum credible deterrence by adding credibility to the second strike capability and through a changed military posture. “The basic assumption of that theory is to ensure that the ele-

ment of surprise and technological advantage or battlefield integration of systems does not shift the balance towards the offensive or war.”, she explained. Dr. Maria was of the view that Indian military modernization, acquisition of Ballistic Missile Defence System and huge conventional disparity compelled Pakistan to develop a weapon system that could ensure Pakistan’s territorial integrity. The Conference was also attended by senior experts from Pakistan, China and Russia. Dr. Vladimir Kozin, Russian Defense Analyst, while highlighting the US-Russian and NATO experience with the tactical weapons, said that Russia does not have such ‘forwardbased weapons’ near the US shores and has several times made public statements at the highest military and political level that it would not deploy

such weapons near the US. “The US nuclear doctrine amended last June confirmed that the USA will retain tactical nuclear weapons on European continent indefinitely as the basis for the extended nuclear deterrence.”, he said. Dr. Zulfiqar Khan, Head of Department of Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Dr. Adil Sultan, Director Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Lt. Gen Raza, former President of National Defense University and other experts also exchanged their views on Nuclear Deterrence. State Minister for Religious Affairs, Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah, also attended the closing ceremony of the SASSI’s Three Day International Conference to distribute shields amongst speakers.

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inclusion in peace talks P E S H AWA R — P r o f e s s o r Ibrahim, a member of Taliban negotiating committee, has blamed the government for its non-seriousness in the peace dialogue process and called for army’s inclusion in the talks. “We are concerned over a deadlock-like situation in peace talks. It is due to government’s lack of interest and non-seriousness which is raising questions,” said Prof. Ibrahim, who is also Jamaat-e-Islami’s central leader, in an interview. He said the military should play its role and army’s representatives should be in-

cluded in the negotiations. “ There would be dangerous consequences if peace talks were sabotaged. We will not backdown despite hurdles,” he said. On the other hands, reports said that Taliban leadership has expressed willingness to hold talks with government team in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Sources said Taliban’s political shura has conveyed decision to the negotiating committee which is led by Maulana Sami-ul-Haq.—INP

Zill-e-Huma, daughter of Noor Jahan, passes away MUZAFFAR ALI L A H O R E — Zil l -e-Huma, daughter of Pakistan’s melody queen and legendry singer Noor Jahan and Director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, was laid to rest in the presence of hundreds of fans here on Friday. The fun e r a l prayers were offered at Jamia Masjid Garden Town, attended by admirers and fans, in a large number as well as her family members, relatives and friends. Zill-e-Huma, passed away on Friday at the age of 70. She was admitted to a local hospital in Lahore where she was receiving medical treatment. It was reported that her condition was getting worse and worse before she passed away. A few days ago doctors had amputated her leg as she was diabetic. Zill-e-Huma was the youngest of the three children of the well-known singer See also Century Page Noor Jehan and director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. She leaves behind four sons; Mohammad Ali Butt, Ahmed Ali Butt, Mustafa Ali Butt and Hamza Ali Butt. Zille Huma was born in Lahore. She was the youngest of the three children of famous singer Noor Jahan and filmmaker, Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. When she was a child, her parents were divorced. Her father, Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi demanded the family’s studio, Shahnoor Studios, in return for her custody. Her mother gladly signed the property papers to get her daughter back. Growing up in Karachi,, singing and music became her passion but during her childhood, her mother refused to allow her to undergo training in music.

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Blast in Bannu leaves 4 police officials injured STAFF REPORTER B ANNU —A blast targeting a police mobile injured four police officials including an assistant-sub inspector (ASI) near Mandan Chowk in Bannu, on Friday. According to police, the bomb was planted in a motorcycle. Six other people were also injured in the explosion. The injured including the ASI, identified as Amin, were taken to a local hospital for medical assistance.

8 suspected terrorists arrested in Lahore STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Eight suspected terrorists affiliated with banned organisations were arrested in Lahore on Friday, Capital City Police Officer Lahore (CCPO) informed the media on Friday afternoon, adding that a significant terror plot had been averted. According to the CCPO, the suspects intended to target senior journalists and important personalities.

Fitness linked to lower death risk in older men


O matter what age a man is, cardiovas cular fitness may buy him more years of life, according to a new U.S. study of men over 70 with high blood pressure. Those who were able to push themselves the hardest during exercise had half the risk of dying of study participants who were the least fit, indicating the benefits of exercising are not limited to the young or middle aged, researchers said. “The population is aging dramatically, so it’s important that we ask questions about patients who are older,” said Charles Faselis, lead author of the study and an internist at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In the study, published in the journal Hypertension, Faselis and his team looked at exercise tests previously performed for 2,153 men who were patients at the Washington, DC and Palo Alto, California VA Medical Centers. All participants were at least 70 years of age and underwent the test either as part of a checkup or to see if the vessels in their hearts were clogged. The men were split into four groups based on the highest level at which they could exercise. The categories were based on a unit of fitness known as metabolic equivalents, or METs. The lowest category - “very-low fit” - comprised men who could achieve between two and four METs; “low-fit” were those who achieved 4.1 to six METs; and “moderate-fit” was between 6.1 and eight METs. The men in the best shape could achieve more than eight METs and were

considered “high-fit.” Faselis and his team took into account other factors that could affect the results, such as body mass index, heart disease and medications for heart disease. Researchers followed the men for an average of nine years to evaluate their risk of dying. During that time, about 1,000 of the participants passed away. The study team found that compared to the men with the least ability to exercise (the very lowfit group), those in the next-highest category (low-fit) had an 18 percent lower risk of dying. The men who were moderately fit had a 36 percent lower risk of dying during follow-up, and the high-fit men had a 48 percent lower risk of death. In other words, for every 100 people in the very low-fit category who would die, the highfit group would have only 52 individuals die, said Peter Kokkinos, another author of the study and a researcher in cardiology at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “As we go higher in fitness, we go lower in mortality risk and death rates,” Kokkinos told Reuters Health. The researchers cannot say for certain that fitness prolonged some of the men’s lives, but after they adjusted for the possibility that sickness prevented some men from being able to exercise the link between METS and mortality still held. Faselis and his team emphasized that being fit doesn’t mean running marathons or spending hours at the gym. In fact, people over age 70 with high blood pressure can lower their risk of dying by walking for about half an hour most days of the week, the researchers said.

IHC reserves judgment in PM&DC fake notification

Former Adviser Dr Asim, 9 others seek FIR cancellation ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reserved judgment in criminal case registered against ten officials of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PM&DC). The said officials are seeking annulment of the First Information Report (FIR) in a fake registration certificates case. IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi reserved judgment after both the parties concluded their augments. According to details, Koshar police had registered an FIR against former PMDC President Prof Masood

Indian HC makes arrangements to show election results LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—The Indian High Commission made elaborate arrangements on Friday to show results of India’s general elections, 2014 at India House here. Indian High Commissioner T.C.A Raghavan invited members of diplomatic corps, mediapersons, retried diplomats and other interested groups to watch the live results of the elections and comments on Indian TV channels. In these elections, for the first time the Indian voters got the option of NOTA (None of The Above) if they do not want to vote for any of the con-testing candidate.

Free treatment at PIMS I SLAMABAD —Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Friday informed the Senate that the patients at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) were being treated free of charge. If there was any case contrary to that, action would be taken against those involved in the act, said the minister responding to a question. He, however, added that Korean Ambassador Dr Song Jong-hwan, giving away the prize to the winner of 8th Ko- no complaint in this regard had rean Language Speech Contest held at NUML. Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan been received so far. Sheikh Aftab is also seen in the picture.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir assured that if there was any case of selling expired medicines in the market, action would be taken against the culprits.—APP

MoST distributes cheques among winners of essay competitions STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Science and Technology here on Friday distributed cheques among the winners of Essay competition being conducted for Quid-e-Azam Standards Award among the students of Schools, Colleges and Universities. The topic of the Essay was “International Standards Ensure Positive Change” and according to results the first prize was awarded to Rayyan Aziz Ansari, Student of National University of Science and Technology, College of E&ME, Rawalpindi. The second prize was bagged by Asma Tariq, Student of Lahore College of Women University, Lahore and Third prize was secured by Aysha

Nazir, Student of Quid-e-Azam University. Later, the minister chaired a high level meeting regarding the arrangements of the forth coming international conference of Standard Metrology Institute of Islamic Conference (SMIIC), a center of excellence on sound mechanism for harmonization of halal standards among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Karman Ali Qureshi, Federal Secretary and senior official of the ministry were present in the meeting. Pir Bakhsh Jamali, Director General , Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) a subsidiary organization of the ministry briefed about the arrangements of the 6th meeting of SMIIC General Assembly and 8th meeting of Board of Director and World Halal Assembly.

Hameed, Registrar Dr Raja Amjad, members of the committee Prof Ghulam Qadir Kazi, Dr Saadat Khan, Dr Khurshid Ahmad Nasim, Prof Syed Muhammad Awais, Prof Hafeezullah, Prof Abdus Salaam, Prof Azam Yousifani and former adviser to the Ministry of Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain for allegedly preparing a fake gazette notification during their election. The petitioner’s counsel maintained that police had registered FIR against the officials on the complaint of two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs, Nasir Khan Khattak and Dr Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, who

titled, “Producing Electricity by Rain” and another one termed,

“Preparation of Beauty Soap by Indigenous Algae” designed by

ISLAMABAD—Three groups of students from different branches of PakTurk International Schools and Colleges got first position worldwide and won two gold medals in an international climate contest held in Kenya. They also bagged third position globally in a science competition held in Indonesia and bronze medal in world’s largest science fair that took place in the US. Muhammad bin Aslam and Naqi Raza of Lahore and Alam Khatoon and Vishah Nazim of Islamabad won first position and two gold medals while competing in the Golden Climate Project Olympiad in Nairobi, Kenya. The projects they exhibited were “Superior Braking System for Mountain Vehicles in Poor Countries” and “The Self-Washing Car System.” Similarly, the projects pre- Students of PakTurk School displaying Pakistani flag after winning third sented by Sameer Husain of Karachi position globally in an international contest.

makers. He said that police was investigating the matter therefore, FIR should not suspend. Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination had also requested Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to register a case against the said officials. However, the agency hasd yet to proceed against them. On Friday, Director (Legal) FIA Qasier Mehmood informed the court that FIA was verifying the facts of the matter and police had registered a case and investigation was underway. After hearing his arguments, the court reserved the judgment and decision would be announced next week.

Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk takes oath as acting CJP STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Justice Nasirul-Mulk on Friday took oath as the Acting Chief Justice of Paki-stan. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja administered the oath to the Acting Chief Justice in a simple, but dignified ceremony in Supreme Court building. Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk will work as the Acting chief justice of Pakistan during the visit of Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to Canada for ten days. The ceremony was attended by Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Senior Lawyers and Officers of the Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan and Federal Judicial Academy.

Mr. Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk taking oath as acting Chief Justice of Pakistan in the SCP.

Expatriates vote for Egyptian presidential election STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Egyptian presidential election is taking place from May 26-27, 2014. 141 Egyptian Missions and Consulates abroad have organized polling arrangements for their expatriates to cast their ballots during the period from 15-18th May, 2014 for their presidential candidates viz Retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and leftist Hamdeen Sabahi. The Egyptian Embassy Islamabad has facilitated their nationals in Pakistan to cast their votes showing a massive turn out. It is worth mentioning here that as per Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, the Egyptian nationals at GCC, Jordan and Australia have showed relatively high turn out beside other countries while in Jordan, a big crowd of Egyptians waved the Egyptian flag and cheered the vote.

‘NH&MP has introduced a disciplined traffic culture’ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Deputy Inspector General, National Highways and Motorway Police, N-5 North Zone, Muhammad Zubair Hashmi, has said Motorway Police has introduced a disciplined traffic culture in the country. He said officers of department not only provide in-time help to the road-users in distress but also educate the commuters about road safety rules and regulations. Addressing to officers at Sangjani Toll Plaza of N-5 North Zone, he said these briefing competitions are being held all over Motorway Police on the special directions of Inspector General, National Highways & Motorway Police, Zulifqar Ahmed Cheema to select the best briefing officers of the force. This competition at Sangjani Toll Plaza was being held to select the best briefing officers of North Zone. The purpose of these competitions were to create an enthusiasm amongst the officers of motorway police to serve and educate commuters with a new passion. He said they were proud

Pakistani students win gold medal in int’l contest STAFF REPORTER

are members of the National Assembly Committee for health services and alleged that executive committee members had been elected un-fairly through a forged notification. He argued that FIR was based on malafide intention and his clients were not involved in this case. He said that ministry had ordered fresh elections however, the complainant had obtained stay order from the court and requested the court to cancel the FIR. Standing counsel, representing the government Zahoor Akhtar Awan, opposed the argument and maintained that FIR was registered against the officials in response to com-plaint filed by law-

Hassan Rizwan and Vinesh Kumar helped them earn third position globally and bronze medals in International Science Project Olympiad (ISPrO) held in Indonesia. Moreover, Huda Nur, a student of PakTurk School Lahore had honour of wearing bronze medal with the pride of representing Pakistan in the Seventh An-nual International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) held at George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. Six hundred students representing seventy countries pre-sented 385 projects in the I-SWEEEP, world’s largest international science fair focusing energy, engineering, and environment. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not alone in their commitment to find solutions to the globe’s sustainability problems.

aabout the perfromacne of the NH&MP which was not only popular in the country but also abroad because of its excellent attitude and performance. The cause of motorway police was very noble, he said and

hoped that the officers will prove their abilities and responsibilities. SP/Sector Commander N-5 North-I, Mian Saeed Ahmed, DSP Beat- 04, Taxila, Iftikhar Ahmed and Staff Officer to DIG N-5 North, Syed Shabbair Abbas

were also present and performed the duties of judges. At the end of competition, three best briefing officers of the zone were selected and awarded certificates and cash reward by DIG N-5 North.

Rs 7.65 billion released for ongoing Metro Bus project Fajar Zohr Asr

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Meghrab at Sunset Isha 09:00 Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers & charity

May 28 A seminar on “The Changing Nature of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Debate”, is to be held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Attaturk Avenue (Service Road), F-5/2, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

60,308 students to appear in Intermediate Part-I exams

STAFF R EPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Federal Government has so far released a hefty amount of Rs 7.65 billion for under construction RawalpindiIslamabad Metro Bus project likely to be completed in record 10 months. Spokesman, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Asif Sheikh said that these funds were released under federal development budget. He informed that the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already accorded approval to this project. Asif Sheikh further said more funds will be allocated for this project in the budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. The project is likely to be completed in January-February 2015 as it will be completed in 10 months, he added. Metro Bus project is feasible and a revolutionary step to benefit hundreds of thousands laborers, students and low paid employees travelling between the twin cities.

R AWALPINDI —Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Friday sought reply from

education department about its reallocation R AWA L P I N D I — A r o u n d the policy introduced in 2013 on a joint petition filed

60,308 students will appear in Intermediate Part-I Examination-2014 starting from May 17 (Saturday) across Rawlpindi division. Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has set up 191examination centers for male and female candidates, a RBISE spokesman told APP here Friday. He said that RBISE Chairman Dr Zareef Bhatti has constituted a special squad to conduct surprise visits at the centers to ensure transparency in holding the supplementary examination. The spokesman informed that a complaint cell has also been set up to address grievances of the students. The students having any complaint can contact on 051-5450910 and fax number 0515450912. —APP

College road blast’s FIR registered against unknown persons R AWALPINDI —City Police Station on Friday registered a First Information Report (FIR) of the college road blast, in which 19 innocent persons including a girl were injured, against unknown persons. The case has been registered under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATC), sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Materials Act and section 324 of the Criminal Procedure Code. A police spokesman told APP that the incident was being interrogated thoroughly from all possible aspects with additional help of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras footage to arrest the culprits. He said different teams have been constituted to probe the incident on scientific lines.—APP

Labourers are busy in construction of Metro Bus project.

LHC seeks reply on teachers’ reallocation policy STAFF REPORTER

by a group of teachers. Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh, hearing the petition filed by teachers including Ausaf Ahmed Satti, Abdul Latif, Muhammad Sabir, Naseer Ahmed, Hafiz Muhammad Zubair, Zafar Iqbal and Sajid Raza through advocate Raja Saim-ul-Haq Satti, summoned Assistant Advocate General and directed to ensure submission of reply by the department on May 27. Making Secretary Education, District Coordination Officer (DCO) and Executive District Officer (EDO) parties, the petitioners challenged transfers of 192 teachers seeking judi-

A minimal fare of Rs. 20 will be charged from the commuters and the bus will ferry them to their respective destinations in 20 to 25 minutes. According to official sources, the project has permission and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (PEPA). The project has been awarded to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) while Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been asked to extend all possible cooperation in this regard. The experts and other stakeholders have highly appreciated the project and lauded the government’s commitment to complete such more projects during its five years tenure. The official said that it was the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give every facility to the needy and poor of the country. He agreed that some trees have to be cut during execution of the project but he mentioned that there was an alternate plan of planting more than those being cut. He said that affected shop owners have also been compensated.

cial order against orders passed by the department in this regard. The applicants, in their petition, contended that the education department was making unjustified transfers of technical teachers to nontechnical schools and female teachers to boys’ schools across Rawalpindi division on the pretext of reallocation policy. Advocate Satti pleaded that all transfers were made on political ground by the DCO, who had no such authority. He apprized the court that under the policy no teacher could be transferred against any vacant post without his willingness and all such transfers were tantamount to violation of Article 25-A, service laws and basic human rights. The court directed the Assistant Advocate General to appear before it on May 27 along with the concerned from education department.

OPF initiates welfare measures for Overseas Pakistanis

Protesting PTI workers baton charged, four injured I S L A M A B A D —Pakistan Tehreek-e- ahead. Insaf (PTI) activists protesting against rigging in May 2013 elections were baton-charged by police near Nadra Chowk in the federal capital on Friday. Four PTI workers were reportedly injured in the incident. A scuffle broke out between the protesters, enroute from their party secretariat to the election commission’s office, and police personnel outside the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) office in Islamabad after the capital city’s administration barred protestors from proceeding into the Red Zone area. The administration had setup barricades along the way, with concrete blocks and barbed wire, to prevent the protesting party activists from moving

The protesters shouted slogans against the government and administration. The district administration had said that the demonstrators would not be allowed to proceed beyond Nadra Chowk to enter the Red Zone area. A large number of the party workers marched from the party office to ECP headquarters to protest against alleged rigging in May 2013 elections. They called for electoral reforms in the country. Despite efforts by PTI’s senior leader Shah Meh-mood Qureshi, who tried to control party activists, the protesters crossed the barricades and moved in front of the OPF office where the clash with police personnel took place. Later, PTI workers were allowed to

hold protest demonstrations near Nadra Chowk after senior politician Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave five min-utes ultimatum to authorities. Security was tightened in Red Zone and outside office of the Election Commission of Pakistan. More than 900 security personnel had been deployed to avert any untoward incident. According to police, road leading towards election commission office had been sealed. The policemen had been ordered to take strict action if anyone tries to disrupt peace in the area. It may be mentioned here that PTI chairman Imran Khan had announced to hold protest demonstrations outside the election commission of-fice every Friday, demanding electoral reforms and vote recount in four constituencies.—INP

ISLAMABAD—Overseas Pakistanis Foundation have been settled down and remaining 197 are (OPF) has initiated welfare measures for the welfare of Overseas Pakistanis during the current fiscal year. Talking to APP on Friday an official of OPF said free transport shuttle service has been launched at Banazir Bhutto International Airport for dropping OPF members within city premises of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He said an amount of Rs 2.3 million has been disbursed among the earthquake affected families of Overseas Pakistanis in district Awaran, Balochistan. The official further informed that 645 complaints relating to property disputes were received by Overseas Pakistanis, out of which 457

under process. Replying to a query, he said 765 death compensation cases were received during the current fiscal year out of which 214 were settled and an amount of Rs 235.41 million has been distributed amongst 400 beneficiaries, adding, the remaining cases are under progress. Replying to another question, he said 94 dead bodies of Overseas Pakistanis were transported to their home towns through OPF Ambulance. Giving details regarding the airport facilitation counters for Overseas Pakistanis, he informed that the centers have been established at Sailkot, Gwadar and Turbat have been established in 2013.—APP

Substandard locally made icecream posing health hazards STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The sale of substandard locally made icecream is posing health hazards to the residents of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye to-wards the situation. Several factories in Tarnol area are involved in making ice-cream and ice candies by us-ing contaminated water. According to some reports, some factories are even packing their substandard ice-creams in wrappers of famous ice-cream brands to make money by deceiving people. These brands are suppliers in both the cities, reports said. The residents of Tarnol said

that the district administration and other concerned authorities are not taking any action against the manufacturers of the substandard ice- Vice Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Shah Mahmood Qureshi arguing with creams for reasons best known to them. rally outside Election Commission Office. They said people especially children are falling prey to abdominal diseases and throat infection after eating the products. The residents of many other areas including sectors G-8, G-9, I-9, I-10 of the federal capital and Chungi No 22, Scheme-III, Dhok Chaudhrian and other areas said that the ven-dors sell the substandard ice-cream outside schools. The children eat the ice-cream and fall ill. The residents demanded the district administration, food department and other concerned authorities to take action against the manufac- ISLAMABAD—Officers and employees of ployees attended the reference. Zulfiqar Ali, son of late Muhammad turers of the substandard ice-cream. Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) on Friday held a condolence reference here Khalid Sarwar who is presently studying at APP Headquarters for late Managing in Canada also participated at Dua. Hafiz Director, APP and senior officer of Infor- Mazhar Farooq Qadri led the Dua and also mation Group, Muhammad Khalid Sarwar recited ‘Naat’ on the occasion. They offered ‘Fateha’ for the departed who passed away on last Sunday. Incumbent Managing Director, APP, soul and expressed their deepest sympaMiss Nuzhat Yasmin, Executive Director thies with the bereaved family to bear this Muhammad Naeem Chaudhry, directors, irreparable loss with patience. They also eulogized the services of the sectional heads, office bearers of APP Employees Union and a large number of em- late MD for the promotion and develop-

the policemen during a demonstration

Condolence reference for late Khalid Sarwar ment of the premier news agency and its employees during his one and half year long stay at APP. Just a week away from his retirement on May 17 this month, Muhammad Khalid Sarwar breathed his last due to cardiac arrest at his residence in Rawalpindi on May 11, leaving two sons and a widow behind to mourn his death. He served on different important positions during his tenure including posting at Pakistan Missions in Canada and India.—APP

Swedish Speaker arrives on Sunday for a 3-day visit STAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —Speaker of the Swedish

Participants of workshop titled “computer assisted language learning (CALL)” with chief guest director general HEC Noor Amina Malik and principal Prof Gazala Karim held in collaboration with Islamabad College for Girls and HEC.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Parliament (Riksdag) Per Westerberg will arrive here on May 18, on a 3-day official visit. The Swedish Speaker is accompanied by a twenty member delegation comprising parliamentarians and leading businessmen, said a press release. The Swedish Speaker is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who extended this invitation as a commitment for promotion of bilateral parliamentary exchanges and supplementing government-to-government interaction with important members of the European Union.

The delegation will be received by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abassi, Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA/Convener PSPFG, Secretary National Assembly and other senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat at Nur Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi. During its stay in Pakistan, the Swedish delegation, apart from meeting with Speaker National Assembly, will also meet President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, Federal Ministers for Finance, Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Information Technology & Telecommunications, National Food Security, Petroleum & Natural Resources and Law and Justice. The Swedish Parliamentarians will

also meet Women Parliamentarians and Members of the Pakistan-Sweden Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly. In last leg of its visit, the delegation will visit Lahore and interact with Members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The visit of Swedish delegation is being viewed as a positive step towards strengthening of bilateral and trade relations existing between Pakistan and Sweden. Pakistan values its bilateral relations with Sweden and appreciates Swedish support for Pakistan for the Autonomous Trade Preferences (ATPs) package for Pakistan including their assistance in attaining GSP plus Status by the European Union.

Martyrdom Week commences in Occupied Kashmir

Rich tributes paid to Moulvi Farooq, Khawaja Lone S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, glowing tributes were paid to prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, on the commencement of Martyrdom Week, today, to commemorate their martyrdom anniversaries. People attended in large numbers the functions of the recitation of Holy Quran held at the headquarters of All Parties Hurriyet Conference and Awami Action Committee in Srinagar and mosques and shrines across the territory. Prayers were offered for Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal. The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, led a mammoth rally from Jamia Masjid to Hawal Shaheedi Chowk amid high-pitched pro-free-

Mirwaiz condemns family eviction S RINAGAR —Terming the eviction of more than hundred families belonging to a particular religious community of Gul Gujral Jammu as “atrocious and communal”, Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the way in which the dwellings (Koths) of these families were demolished and destroyed in presence of administration of Jammu division and the dwellers thrown out was “highly condemnable” and reflected the communal mindset of the authorities. In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said it was the duty of the State government to rehabilitate the poor migrants with dignity but they had been made homeless and subjected to various sufferings only because they belonged to a particular religious community. Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman condemned the continuous detention of senior Hurriyat leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat and hundreds of other youth for holding elections. He demanded immediate release of Zaffar and other youth who continue to be in the police custody.—RK

Martyrdom Week stirs Kashmir cause S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People Political Party has said that the Kashmir dispute has resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris till date. The party Chairman, Hilal Ahmad War in a statement issued in Srinagar said that his party activists would fully participate in the programmes of Martyrdom Week being observed to pay homage to prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone. He said that such events were necessary and of pivotal importance to refresh and remind the people about the Kashmir cause. Hilal Ahmad War said that many great Kashmiri leaders had laid down their lives for the just cause of right to self-determination. He added that his party had always endeavoured to carry forward the message and struggle of the torch-bearers and beacons of the liberation struggle.—KMS

dom and anti-India slogans. Addressing the rally, he reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the mission of their martyrs till complete success. Special prayers were also offered at Shaheedi Chowk for the departed souls. It was on 21st May in 1990, when unidentified gunmen killed Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq in Srinagar. Seventy mourners were martyred when Indian troops fired at his funeral procession in Hawal area of Srinagar. On the same day in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was assassinated by unknown attackers, when he was returning after addressing a gathering at Mazar-e-Shuhada in Srinagar. Earlier, addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid, the Mirwaiz said that change of government in India was

meaningless for the Kashmiris until Indian rulers changed their policies on Kashmir. APHC leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi AlSafvi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Yasmeen Raja, Javed Ahmed Mir, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hilal Ahmed War, Syed Saleem Gilani, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed in their addresses and statements said that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices, which had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at world level, would not go waste. The Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory, Muhammad Abdullah Wani, addressing Friday congregation at Batamaloo in Srinagar condemned the demolition of houses of the Muslim families in Gole Gujral area of Jammu by the authorities.—KMS

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Mohammad Yaqub Khan presenting shield to outgoing Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al Ghadeer here.

Kashmir shuts against arrests PPP endorses Hurriyat (M) ‘Hafta-e-Shahadat’

B UDGAM — Kashmir observed shutdown Hurriyat (G) to protest against the detenin response to strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G) to protest against large scale arrest of youth and separatist leaders. Shops, business establishments, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained close while government offices and banks recorded thin attendance. The public transport was off the roads but private cars, sumos, and three-wheelers were plying on the roads in many parts of the valley. The police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in large numbers in sensitive areas of Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to thwart any protests. Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Budgam Kupwara and Handwara , Awantipora and Shopain were partially closed. The situation in South Kashmir remained normal for the day,” DIG south, Vijay Kumar said. The strike was called by

tion of youth and separatist leaders and activists in the Valley. Police had detained large number of youth before and after conduct of Lok Sabha polls in the State. Many of the youth including some minors have been detained on charges of stone pelting and few have been booked under infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).A police official said about 700 youth were detained by police in the Valley before conduct of parliamentary polls for their involvement in stone pelting. “At least 43 youth were detained since voting day in North Kashmir,” sources said adding eight youth were arrested by cops in civvies from Nehrapur, Model Town and main square in Baramulla district. Protests have been held in South, Central and North Kashmir against the arrest of youth and relatives and family members of the detained youth have been demanding their immediate and unconditional release.—RK

SRINAGAR —People’s Political Party (PPP) has endorsed the plan of commemorating and observing the martyrs week in remembrance of the martyrdom anniversaries of ‘Shaheed-e-Millat’ Moulvi Muhammad Farroq and ‘Shaheed-e-Hurriyat’ late Abdul Ghani Lone, respectively,” a statement issued here said. “Kashmir one of the longest standing international disputes of the contemporary world has incessantly given nearly a hundred thousand martyrs and millions of tragedies till date. The Achelian heel of the issue remains that due to the vexed proxy wars and vitriolic politics in the international arena by the immediate as well as secondary stake-holders the issue has been in limbo over a many years now. Many great leaders and stalwarts of this land have laid down their lives for the just cause of Right to Self-Determination in accordance with the international laws and the wave continues till date,” PPP said in a statement issued here. In view of the above agenda, People Political Party (PPP) has always

Missing Kashmiri woman found dead K ULGAM — A

Kashmir woman, who had left her home on Thursday last week to see a doctor and had not returned, was found dead in Kulgam district, an MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Finance Minister official said here. Chaudhry Abdul Latif and Information Minister Syed Bazil Naqvi addressing a press Sumaira Jan’s semi-deconference here on Friday. composed body was recovered from a filed in Mir Bazar area of the district in South Kashmir after police were informed by the locals, some 60 kms from here. SRINAGAR—Normal life was paralysed in the detention of the youths by police al“Police rushed to the Kashmir valley today in view of a general legedly involved in stone pelting inci- spot and recovered the festrike against the arrest of people particu- dents. male body. South Kashmir’s Shopian, Pulwama, larly youth. The call for the strike was The body bore burn Anatnag and Kulgam also observed comgiven by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman marks and was in semi deHurriyat Conference (G). Shops, business plete strike. Shops and other business es- composed state,” he said. establishments, banks, courts and semi- tablishments remained closed in the area. Sumaira’s husband government institutions remained closed However, some private vehicles were ply- Mehboob Ahmad, a resiand traffic was off the roads in Srinagar, ing on the district roads. dent of Babdar in The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman neighbouring Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Anantnag Ganderbal, Budgam, Anntnag, Pulwama, Syed Ali Shah Geelani had given a one district, had lodged a comKulgam and Shopian districts of the Kash- day strike call today against the detention plaint with police saying his of the youths by the police. They have wife was missing from a lomir valley. Authorities deployed heavy contin- also threatened to intensify the agitation cal hospital from May 8. gents of police and CRPF in every nook incase the youths are not released imme“A team of FSL experts and corner of the city to thwart any pro- diately. was been deputed to the Around 300 youths have been arrested spot for investigation. The test demonstration. However, despite restrictions, minor stone pelting incidents in various parts of the Kashmir valley for body has been sent for Post occurred in old town Baramulla. A large the last one month. Parents of the detained Mortem,” the official said. deployment of police did not allow the youths have alleged that police are allegSome youth pelted youths to assemble and police foiled their edly demanding money in exchange of the stones at the FSL vehicle at release of the youth who are languishing the spot breaking few winattempt by resorting to lathicharge. The police later sealed all the three in police stations. dow panes of the vehicle. The parents also alleged that police However, police chased bridges connecting old Baramulla with new town and did not allow the protest- have kept some brokers who are demand- them away and carried on ing money from them in exchange of re- with their investigations, he ers to assemble. Reports from Bandipora said that a lease of youths. They said that it has be- added. complete strike was observed in the town- come a business for police officials to first The police are also quesship in response to the strike call given arrest the youths and then demand money tioning the woman’s husby Geelani. The town was observing com- from their parents in exchange of the band and in-laws, sources plete strike for the last five days against money.—KT said.—KD

Anti-detentions strike affects Valley life

endeavored “to carry forth the message and struggle of the torch bearers and beacons of Kashmir’s struggle towards independence.” “Finalizing the list and sequence of events that would mark the commemoration of the martyr’s week, Chairman of PPP, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War said, such events are necessary and of pivotal importance in order to refresh and remind the people with the cause and aspiration of a Free and independent Kashmir for which these leaders attained martyrdom,” he said. He further said that commemorating their martyrdom rejuvenates the flame of freedom that burns inside every soul of Kashmir and strengthens their resolve to struggle and carryon till freedom is had. War appealed Kashmiris to show their response and participation to the week of commemoration so that a strong message gets conveyed. Earlier an extra ordinary joint meeting of Executive Council, General Counsel and Working Committee was held at

Hurriyat headquarters under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Dr. Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq. The statement added that the representatives of all the constituents of Hurriyat (M) participated in the meeting. The participants took stock of current political situation with special focus on finalizing the arrangements for making Hafta-i- Shohda (Martyrs Week) programmes a grand success. In the meeting, the participants discussed the means and methods to make the Hurriyat Programmes of the seminars on 18th May, at Hurriyat Headquarters, May 22, at Kralpora Kupwara in connection with the Hafta-i- Shohda (Martyrs Week) as well as the Eidgah March on May 21 a grand success in order to pay tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir. Pertinently PPP will organize a bike rally on May 18, 2014 from the Historic Maisuma location of uptown Suburb to APHC office (Rajbagh), wherein, PPP Chairman will address a seminar.—RK

2010 massacre: IHK HC calls report in 28 days SRINAGAR—The High Court has granted four weeks more time to the authorities to file status report about the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the killings of 2010 uprising. A division bench comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice M H Attar while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front directed the authorities to file status report in terms of order about the CoI in June last year. As per the June order, the authorities were required to inform the court how the Commission was going into only 17 cases and why other cases were left out from its purview if puppet regime decides to revive it. About 120 persons, mostly youth, were killed in firing

and shelling by Indian troops and police during the 2010 mass uprising. Subsequent to the order, the Director General of Police had filed a compliance report, saying that the CoI stands expired and no useful purpose would be served by constituting it de novo. The DGP had also submitted that the authorities had earlier ordered a Commission of Inquiry on June 26, 2010, and subsequently a new commission was constituted to probe the matter. He had also submitted that as many as 78 cases were registered in the Kashmir Valley regarding 117 deaths – as mentioned by the petitioner in the PIL – that took place during the summer unrest of 2010.—KMS

Indian troops during a siege and search operation at Dadasara in Tral area of Pulwama district.

‘Lava of hate and anger’ bursts in Occupied Kashmir HASSAN ZAINAGAIRI ‘When the decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out’- Abble Hoffman. And an overwhelming majority of people in Kashmir have spoken out through language of boycotting elections, through demonstrations and defiance. New Delhi and its local hirelings strived hard to foil boycott. They took harsh measures, which include extensive crackdown of Hurriyat leadership and its activists and nocturnal raids on youth. Still the ‘free men’ goaded by the boys mostly from 13 to 30 years age group stunned the authorities. They could not believe the spontaneity of the response. Did not fathom the depth of sentiment. It was a lava of hate and anger which waited for the outlet to burst out. In the 3-phase parliamentary election when 70 per cent people – despite all sorts of baits, webs of deceit and coercion – stayed away

from polls, not because of anti-incumbency factor or not getting basic amenities, but only because they think dominant narrative of Azadi gets camouflaged through electoral politics, Delhi smells it out well, though may not accept the truth. A comment from 90 years old Zytoona Begum, haling from Pattan (Baramulla) where from 6 polling booths with 5215 votes not a single vote was cast, guides us to the pith of the argument; after all why should Kashmiris vote? Justifying poll boycott Zytoona says; ‘Why should we cast votes. Our children are being killed, jailed and tortured and these politicians are hand in glove with forces. Why should we support them (politicians)’. Her son echoed the similar views: ‘More than 90 persons have been killed here. There is no question of people voting here till mission of martyrs is achieved. We stayed away from polls to pay tributes to martyrs’. (GK: 08 May, 2014). Deceptive politics, it seems, is now running short of its hosts here. The naïve people too

have run through the guile and political machination of the so called elected representatives. Masks are starting to loose the adhesive force and the face reads the agenda. Once elected, and on Bijli, Sarak, Pani pledges, New Delhi gets adamantly focused on using the vote for legitimating its hold and hoodwinking international community: Kashmiris have faith on India being a ‘secular democratic’ country which in euphemism means hurling 3 NOs (a) one to people of Kashmir (b) Pakistan (c) United Nations. Vote it manipulates for accession and thus clinching the issue once for all. It is hooked on this drug and refuses to free itself of the hallucination. But, to her bad luck, it is the generation third – highly conscientious and sensitive generation that is up against India. Despite many a sinister design to hide the historical realities, this generation knows the genesis of the Kashmir dispute, betrayals, constitutional stabbings and the broken pledges. More resolutely it considers itself the custodian of the ‘mission of

martyrs’. This election more explicitly brought it to the fore. Number of polling booths were attacked. Some were locked up. Some pelted with stones. Protests were held at many a place. That gives us a grasp of the mood of the boys. And perhaps the defensive mechanism they evolved against attempts of trivializing the sentiments. Resistance has entered into a phase where mere “sitting idle” at home at election day the boys feel is not all-demanding. They are resisting any attempt that might give India vantage point, let alone moral legitimacy. Fear it seems they have exorcised. They are more resolute, even hopeful, of making a tryst with their destiny. This enthusiasm and morale boosting is witnessed when Pakistan is beleaguered by its own compulsions and militancy has passed off its meridian. Truly movement is owned by these boys. Many areas which till a few years back Hind-Nawaz forces considered comparatively safe for them, are now reverberating with Azadislogans. Virtually entire Kashmir, save Kupwara

(an area near heavily militarized LoC) has turned its back towards them. Those from the ‘moderate’, ‘pragmatist’ stuff of movement who kept snorting ‘election is non-issue’, thereby indirectly encouraging people to vote, too have been shown their place. In fact, for many salivating mouths who counted months and days for jumping into election fray were also served a dose or two of their medicine by the uncompromising youth. Perhaps the question whether election is an option for emancipation has lost its relevance at now. The boycott campaign, with young generation at its vanguard, has cleared the fog of suspicion. The lines are demarcated. There is no blurring. No trail of escapism. That is how streets speak. The youth of Kashmir are resonating at same frequency and are unidirectional. They remember ‘where your heart is, there you will find your treasure’ – (Paulo Coelho). Courtesy: Greater Kashmir. Writer’s

Port Qasim shipping activity K ARACHI—Four ships carrying Containers, Gen, Cargo, Chemical, and Edible Oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal, Engro Vopak Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal respectively. Meanwhile four more ships carrying Containers and Furnace Oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 40% at the Port on Friday where four ships namely CGM Balzac, Amanvisti, Argent Hibicus and Liquid Fortune are currently occupying berths to load/offload Containers, G,Cargo, Chemcal and Edible Oil respectively during last 24 hours.—APP

EOI invited from reputed banks ISLAMABAD,—The Ministry of Finance has invited all international/local reputed banks to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) individually to work as lead manager/financial adviser to structure and launch the sovereign Sukuk in international capital market. It may be mentioned here that the Government intends to issue a Sovereign Sukuk in international capital markets. According to Ministry of Finance the structure of the Sukuk is flexible and innovative features including the underlying alternative securities will be considered.—APP

Govt to mobilize indigenous resources to overcome energy crisis: Dar I SLAMABAD —Finance Minister, Senator Bond, successful auction of 3G/4G SpecMohammad Ishaq Dar on Friday reiterated that energy remains one of the highest priorities of the present government. The government is working on fast track to tap potential of indigenous resources to reduce dependence on imported resources, Dar said during a meeting with Ambassador Robin Raphel, who called on him here to discuss bilateral economic issues and cooperation between the two countries to encourage trade and investment in the region. The Minister also discussed CASA1000 Power Transmission Project and hydropower projects in Pakistan including Dasu and Diamir Basha Dam with the Ambassador. The Finance Minister had a detailed discussion with the Ambassador on recently completed 3rd successful review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and on the latest economic indicators. He said that the economy of Pakistan was witnessing taking off upward trend in growth while inflation was decreasing. He said that with the over subscription of Euro

trum and improved economic indicators, the international confidence in Pakistan has increased to a level where we can build stronger economic base. He said that Pakistan was back in business with World Bank and Asian Development Bank after a long period, adding in the reform agenda the core principles were transparency, merit and good governance, he added. On the Occasion, Ms. Robin Raphel said that Pakistan’s macro economic picture was on upswing and hoped that it would remain on track. She assured the minister of continued US support for energy projects and expressed the hope that the coal powered energy projects would be installed with clean technology. The Finance Minister was also informed that the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rajiv Shah will be visiting Pakistan soon at the invitation of the Finance Minister. The meeting ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar in a meeting with US Ambassador, Robin was also attended by Secretary Finance and Raphel and other delegates. senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and the US Embassy in Pakistan.—APP

SBP should reduce discount rate to 7pc STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—President, Lasbela Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Ismail Suttar has urged the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan to bring the discount rate to around 6 to 7 per cent in order to support the industrial investment in the current economic scenario and severe shortage of energy and high POL prices. He hoped that the Federal Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar and Governor SBP, Ashraf M. Wathra would further consider this matter to take appropriate measures to facilitate the industrial investment, which has slowed down due to damaging of competitiveness as compared to other countries in

lower than that in Pakistan. Ismail has further said that the expansion of economy is imperative in order to meet the sustained economic growth and to create employment opportunities for the people. It is possible only with the availability of cheaper liquidity to the investors who are looking towards the competitiveness in the wake of appreciation of Pak Rupee against US Dollar, GSP Plus status and the high rate of inflation, besides the law and order situation. For this purpose the central bank should take lead to frame the investment friendly monetary policies keeping in view the current economic indicators.

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 May 19, 2014. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs. 98.5234, Japanese Yen Rs. 0.9702, Pound Sterling Rs. 165.6277 and Euro Rs. 135.1248.—APP

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s trade deficit narrowed by 2.51 percent during first 10 months of current fiscal year as exports expanded by 12.21 percent while imports witnessing a growth of 8.81 percent as compared to the same period of last year. On year-on-year basis, the trade deficit increased by 20.76 percent in April 2014 when compared to the deficit of the same month of last year, according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). According to break up figures, the exports from the country during July-April (2013-14) were recorded at $20.997 billion against the exports of $20.143 billion recorded during July-April 2012-13. On the other hand, the imports into the country during the period under review were recorded at $37.105 billion against the imports of $36.665 billion during the corresponding period of last year.—APP

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Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan meeting with US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Catherine Novelli in Washington DC.

JS Bank signs multi channel contact center project with C-square consultants KARACHI —In line with its vision to pro- customers a superior service experience. vide quality and innovative banking products and services to its customers, JS Bank has selected ‘Genesys’, the world’s leading provider of Contact Center Solutions, which will be deployed by C-Square Consulting. The contract was signed by Group Head - Corporate & Retail Banking at JS Bank Limited, Kamran Jafar and Ahsan Mashkoor CEO of C-Square Consulting. This will be the first implementation of Genesys SIP Solution in Pakistan. In addition JS Bank is also installing an enterprisewide Customer Relationship Management solution named “Avantage” to provide its

PJMA urges govt to promulgate ‘jute’ legislation as mandatory packaging


ties. It is worthy to add here that countries AMANULLAH KHAN like India and Bangladesh are prompting L AHORE—The Lahore Chamthe region where the discount rate is much ber of Commerce and Indus- K ARACHI —Pakistan Jute Mills Associa- jute sacks for wheat, rice and other food

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LCCI to hold 3rd Africa Show on May 26

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try (LCCI) is holding 3rd Africa Show on May 26th at its premises. The daylong Africa Show would have a Conference, Exhibition, B-2-B meetings and a working dinner in its fold. The Lahore Chamber for the last two years is successfully holding the Africa Show with an objective to promote bilateral trade with African countries. As many as 12 Ambassadors of the African countries having their diplomatic missions in Pakistan, are taking part in this mega show that would help pave way for an increased trade between the two sides. The countries that are putting up their stalls at the Africa Show included Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia and South Sudan. At the conference that would be held in the morning of the May 26th, experts and diplomats would be identifying challenges and the opportunities with an objective to further strengthen the economic ties with the African region. Throwing light on the very objectives of The Africa Show, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari and Convener of the Committee Zafar Mehmood said that the LCCI wants to give boost to Pakistan’s business with African region that is very small as compared to the potential exists in the two sides. They said that Pakistan is a resource-rich country but it is only suffering because of unavailability of information and through this unique African Show at Lahore, the LCCI would be giving all trade related information to the business community. They said that the African embassies working in Pakistan have also been asked to also share the rules of business in their respective countries with Pakistani businessmen. The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that in The Africa Show the ambassadors would be directly interacting with the business community.

tion (PJMA) has urged the government to promulgate a legislation nominating jute as the mandatory packaging material for the grain commodities in order to keep the quality and germination capability intact in the upcoming budget of 2014-2015. PJMA argued that this legislation will mitigate the contamination and environmental damage that is caused by the usage of synthetics as a packaging material besides earning green credit to the country. Furthermore, this mandatory order will also generate more employment opportunities in the jute industry, which is at present supporting more than 125,000 people directly and indirectly. The association mentioned that worldwide jute is considered as the best option for the storage of wheat and other grains as the natural fibers do not affect the quality of grains and protect them from sunlight and heat. Moreover, Jute bags offer multiple reuse capability, which can prove beneficial in situation where Pakistan is acutely lacking proper bulk handling facili-

grains packaging under a mandatory packaging order. The association further mentioned that these countries, in addition to mandatory orders, are also providing lucrative support to the jute industry. For instance, the exporters of food grade jute bags in India are given subsidy of 20% of the manufacturing cost and 25% of the cost of new machine for technology up-gradation under the External Market Assistance Scheme. Similarly, Bangladesh is offering 7% cash subsidy on the export of Jute products. Pakistan Jute Mills Association (PJMA) also advised GOP to take an initiative by strategically planning and providing the similar level of support to the domestic Jute industry, which will enable it to survive the competitiveness in the international market. This rise in business will fetch more foreign exchange and contribution to national exchequer will also increase due to expanding business volumes.

UNIDO keen to collaborate with SMEDA SALIM AHMED L AHORE —United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has expressed keen interest to have collaboration with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) for development of SME sector in Pakistan. Mr. Esam Alqrarah, UNIDO Representative based in Pakistan, during a meeting with Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, Acting Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA today at SMEDA head office proposed to form a working committee to identify areas of mutual interests in this regard. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Hassanien Javed, Provincial Chief, SMEDA, Mr. Imran Chaudhry, National Coordinator of the Investment Promotion Unit (IPU) and a number of other senior officials of SMEDA. Mr. Esam Alqararah told that there was a vast scope for SMEDA-UNIDO collaboration in the fields of food packaging, Women Entrepreneurship Develop-

ment and the Information Technology. He assured to work hands-in-glove with SMEDA to carry out all future initiatives in Pakistan. UNIDO representative disclosed that UNIDO was planning to hold an international business conference in Pakistan to bring international investment and joint ventures in the potential sectors of industry. Earlier SMEDA acting CEO Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry welcomed the UNIDO representative and apprised him about SMEDA’s services and projects being run for development of SME sector in the country. He called for UNIDO assistance to enhance opportunities for access to finance, cluster development and e-payments for SME sector in Pakistan. He also highlighted the scope of UNIDO cooperation in the Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan Scheme and the SME Club, which has been developed by SMEDA as an e-marketing platform for SME sector. SMEDA and UNIDO agreed to compile a list of initiatives having a broader scope of mutual collaboration.

FMA reduces flour prices KARACHI—Flour Mills Association (FMA) has announced new price, Rs 39.50 per kg of the wheat flour and demanded to lift ban on movement of wheat within the province for further reduction in the price of basic food commodity. It was announced by Chairman FMA, Muhammad Yousuf in a news briefing here on Friday after a detailed meeting with Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui. He said that fair price shops would be established at 85 flour mills of the metropolis where 10 kg flour bag would be sold at the price of Rs 395. He said that restricting movement of wheat was the main reason behind recent price hike as before imposition of section 144 Cr.PC, in this regard, flour was being sold at Rs 37 per kg. He demanded from the Sindh government to lift the ban and ensure free movement of wheat for benefit of common men as it would help to further decrease the flour price. Earlier, the commissioner talking to FMA delegation said that artificial shortage and increase in flour prices would not be tolerated at any cost as this year we had sufficient wheat production due to bumper crop.—APP

Dilemma of rice exporters: Facing challenging time due to exchange rate AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has urged the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) not to commit willful omission and dissolve the Quality Review Committee (QRC) forthwith in view of the no objection received from the law division and consensus of all stakeholders. Rice exporters are facing very challenging times due to loss in realization proceeds because of exchange rate and are now not in a position to overcome hindrances created by a non-commercial organization devoid of commercial sense and expertise. UNISAME said that the closure of QRC will be for the betterment of the rice industry in Pakistan and will give a free hand to rice exporters to sell their brands and remove hurdles created by the troublesome committee. President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver

pointed out that the creation of QRC was a big mistake as it gave rise to conflict of interest. It was based on wrong premises and it gave the opportunity to office bearers of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) to subdue their competitors. MoC realized this and made amendments and separated the office of QRC and REAP and also removed the mandatory condition of membership of REAP for rice exporters. The QRC cannot function as an inspection company under any law and its formation is based on misapplication and twisting of law to suit the big and influential and it is appreciated that the Moc has realized its futility and made serious efforts to curtail it. He said the QRC has no locus standing as it is neither qualified nor eligible and although just a quality review committee it is posing itself like a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) organization. It was

was basically formed to protect the basmati label but now that rice is sold by the buyers and the exporters own popular brands and other varieties which are not basmati but more costly and more in demand are flooding the markets and the job of the QRC is futile. Secondly most of the buyers have their own nominated PSI agency to carry out PSI. QRC never made efforts to get 386 a very popular variety as basmati although in India 386 is considered and approved as basmati but in Pakistan QRC allowed its export underhand as basmati but did not recommend it to be approved as basmati for reasons best known to itself. QRC is devoid of any substantial work as a protector of basmati and in fact is creating hurdles in its exports due to lack of knowledge on the subject. Needless to state that basically the QRC was formed in violation of the principles of pre-ship-

ment inspection (PSI) and the Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) never recognized and enrolled it as a PSI body because it did not comply with the rules and regulations of the PSQCA and international standards. A PSI body has to be a joint stock company incorporated and with a capital sufficient to pay claims against irresponsible inspections, it needs to be eligible, qualified and must have DNA facilities and laboratory fully equipped with all measuring and quality assessment equipments. It is very important that it has to be independent, transparent and a third party. It cannot be managed by vested interest. Thaver said that we fail to understand the delay for the closure of the QRC as there is consensus for its closure from all stakeholders and the earlier the MoC says good bye to this organization the better it will be for all.





































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Samsung launches ‘Level-A’ new series OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung Level, a new series of premium audio products. The Level series builds on Samsung’s heritage in industry-leading mobile products to offer a range of audio accessories with organic sound quality, superior comfort, portability, and style that give mobile users the best possible sound experience for their smartphone or tablet. The Level series is comprised of four types of expertly crafted audio products for any type of mobile user: Level Over, Level On, LevelIn, and Level Box. All four products allow users to take calls while listening to any type of audio and ensure the best sound clarity during their call in harmony with Samsung’s industry-leading mobile technology. “Samsung understands the importance of music and audio in the lives of our consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With the Level series, we have crafted an incredible line of audio products designed for the mobile user with organic sound, premium design aesthetics, and optimized mobile audio controls.”

ICCI president participates in BU biz plan exhibition ISLAMABAD—Bahria University Islamabad Campus has organized Business Plan Exhibition. The university intends to equip its students with the finest principles and educational tools to enhance their talents and capabilities. President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICC&I), Mr. Shaban Khalid and Mr. Imran Masood, Ex. Education Minister Government of Punjab, graced the occasion as chief guests. There were total 50 entrepreneurial projects from the field of marketing, project management displayed on the exhibition. The purpose of the event was to enable students to produce work as entrepreneurs and collaborate with the industry to cope with challenges of the economy. It was a medium to give access to students to interact and collaborate with industry people, as students need a platform on which they can play an active role in the development and progress of the country. This unsurpassed arrangement and renewal of industry linkage offers several benefits such as polishing of entrepreneurial skills and feedback on the success of the project. This exhibition was held to identify the gaps to link industry with academia and build new capabilities to sustain our economy. It will also serve to enhance University’s collaborations with the industry.—PR

LCCI appreciates SRO 351 (1) 2014 suspension SALIM AHMED LAHORE —The

Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) Friday welcomed the government decision to suspend controversial SRO 351 (1) 2014. The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari, Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar thanked the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for listening to the business community point of view and taking a prompt action against the SRO that has disturbed the entire business community of the country. The LCCI office-bearers said that they also appreciate the efforts of all the Chambers of Commerce & Industry who joined hands with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce against the SRO and raised their voice. They said that the efforts of

Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry for convening of all Chambers of Commerce & Industry moot against the SRO also deserve appreciation in the highest terms. They said that the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has raised the confidence of the private sector and it would go a long way in the promotion of economic activities in the country. They said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has won the confidence of private sector by issuing directions for the suspension of the SRO and the decision would go a long way in the promotion of economic activities in the country. The LCCI office-bearers hoped that the Federal Board of Revenue would continue to facilitate the business community and all the SROs in future would be issued in consultation with the stakeholders.

Tax collection target of Rs.2275b achievable ISLAMABAD—Member FBR for Inland Revenue Service, Shahid Hussain Asad said that FBR has collected tax to the tune of Rs.1745 billion by 30th April, as compared to Rs.1505 billion in the previous year by this time. Talking to media, he said that 530 billion rupees will be collected in the two remaining months of the financial year adding that the target will be achieved. Responding to a question about broadening the tax net, Shahid Hussain said that Pakistan has an understanding with IMF that one lac more people will be brought under tax net and 91000 people have been added to the tax net so far. He further said that the government also launched an investment scheme to strengthen economy. Head of IR Department, National Defence University, Dr. Muhammad Khan hails the announcement of Finance Minister in which he predicted an increase of foreign reserve to the tune of 15 billion dollars by

Oil prices rebound in Asia SINGAPORE—Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Friday but gains were capped by weak economic data from Europe and oversupply in the United States. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate for June delivery, was up 50 cents at $102.00 a barrel in mid-morning trade, while Brent North Sea crude for July gained 33 cents to $109.42. Gross domestic product across the 18-nation eurozone grew just 0.2 percent in the three months to March, the Eurostat data agency said, much lower than expectations for 0.4 percent. “Eurozone GDP was weaker than expected, Germany is fine but the rest of Europe is struggling,” Shailaja Nair, senior managing editor at energy market information provider Platts, told AFP. In the US, data showed an oversupply of crude stocks, putting downward pressure on prices.—AFP

July this year. He said that it was a positive development as Pakistan’s foreign reserves remained low during the last few years. Dr. Khan said that government’s measures for the promotion of 3G and 4G technologies are really appreciable that will generate considerable employment opportunities in the country. President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shaban Khalid said that some of the economic policies of the current government are good that will yield positive result in long term. Senior economist, Dr. Salman Shah also said that it is too early to say that the next budget will give relief to people as necessary reforms are being introduced under the guidelines of an IMF program. He said economic indicators are showing positive trends. Government has to control inflation. Reduced inflation will have positive impact on the lives of general public.—APP

NBP branches to remain open for PMYBL applicants’ facilitation today STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —All NBP designated branches for Prime Minister ’s Youth Business Loan (PMYBL) Scheme will remain open today (Saturday). The candidates of the first balloting which was held in Islamabad on February 28, 2014 have already been intimated through calls and SMS. Offer letters have also been dispatched to the successful applicants. However, in order to facilitate the process, the

applicants are requested to contact their respective designated hub branches for collection of their offer letters, if not received already, and for completion of required documentation. The branches have been directed to facilitate all successful candidates of the first balloting as the Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan has very kindly consented to attend a graceful ceremony marking the disbursement of loans to the successful applicants.

Govt wants all stakeholders on board for decision on Pak-India trade I SLAMABAD —The Senate was informed pressed apprehensions that will be addressed Friday that the government is taking measures to improve trade relations with India and final decision will be made after taking all the stakeholders on board. Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi told the House during Question Hour that the local industry is generally supportive of giving Non-Discriminatory Market Access on reciprocal basis. He said it would enable the local industry to procure cheap and competitive raw materials and intermediate goods from India which will lower their cost of doing business. He said all the leading chambers of Commerce and Industry and Trade Association are positive regarding Pak-India normalization process. He said some elements in sectors such as agriculture, auto-mobiles, synthetic yarn based textile and pharmaceutical have ex-

appropriately. To a question, he said that the different cases of corruption and misappropriation worth 2.270 rupees surfaced in National Insurance Company Limited and out of these 2.25 billion rupees have been recovered while the cases are underway for the recovery of the remaining amount. Members belonging to opposition parties staged a token walkout from the House alleging that the privatization of PIA is not being done in transparent way and according to the constitution. Members belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement staged a token walkout from the House over nonissuance of passport and CNIC to their leader Altaf Hussain. In his remarks, Asif Hasnain said his party will continue protest inside and outside the Parliament House till the issuance of required documents to Altaf Hussain.—NNI

Weekly Inflation increases 0.24 pc ISLAMABAD—The Sensitive 0.37 per cent as it went up from changed. The items which Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on May 15, for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000, registered an increase of 0.24 percent as compared to the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 200.81 points against 200.32 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The weekly SPI has been computed with base 20072008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group also increased by

208.94 points in the previous week to 209.71 points in the week under review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 9.22 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8001-12,000, Rs 12,001-18,000, Rs 1800135,000 and above Rs 35,000 increased by 0.30 percent, 0.34 percent, 0.38 percent and 0.41 percent respectively. During the week under review average prices of 10 items registered decrease, while that of 23 items increased with the remaining 20 items’ prices un-

registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tomatoes, LPG (11 kg cylinder), tea, wheat, red chillies, vegetable ghee (loose), sugar and kerosene oil. The items which recorded increase in their average prices included bananas, egg hen (farm), moong pulse (washed), onions, mash pulse (washed), chicken live (farm), salt powder, curd, potatoes, milk fresh, masoor pulse (washed), energy savor, gur, cooked dal plate, long cloth, gram pulse (washed), lawn, georgette, cooked beef plate, mustard oil, garlic cooking oil (tin) and rice irri-6.—APP

Minister vows to make railways profitable ISLAMABD—Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says important steps are being taken to turn Pakistan Railway into a profitable institution. In an interview to private media, he said the government has set Rs 21 billion target, which would be achieved within the stipulated period. He said 30 locomotives are functional and efforts are underway to enhance the capacity of the department. The Minister said land record of Railway is being computerized to bring improvement and transparency in the system. He said all out efforts are being made to recover illegally occupied Railway land.—NNI

NIB Bank to improves treasury efficiencies with Misys

Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC inaugurating AVRDC-World Vegetable Centre, Pakistan Office at NARC Campus. Dr M Azeem Kihan DG NARC, Dr Shahid Masood, Member (PSD), Dr Nadeem Amjad, Member (NRD) Dr M Imtizz (CIMMYT), Dr Abdul Majid (CARDA), Dr M Islam (ILRI), Dr Altaf Sher, Drector (IC) and other PARC/NARC senior officers and international development partners are present at the event.

KARACHI—Misys, the global leader in treasury and capital markets solutions, has announced today that NIB Bank in Pakistan has implemented Misys Opics Plus and Opics Risk Plus in its Treasury and Risk Department. NIB Bank needed to automate treasury processes for FX, money market, capital market and derivatives in its operations in Karachi, Pakistan. NIB Bank, headquartered in Karachi, is one of the largest banks in Pakistan and also one of the largest corporate entities of the country with a paid up capital of Rs. 103 billion. The advanced risk management and compliance tools from Misys will help NIB Bank to enhance the transparency of its operations. The solution gives a fully integrated treasury and capital markets solution with rich straight-throughprocessing, treasury and back-office functionality. Within the solution, an award-winning risk analytics engine enables risk managers to reduce the total cost of ownership of NIB Bank’s treasury and trading operations. Khurram Agha, CIO at NIB Bank states, “Expanding our collaboration with Misys offers us a full-fledged treasury solution that meets NIB Bank’s requirements.—PR

Silkbank senior management visits LSE

KARACHI: Honorary Consul of Mauritius Sohail Yaseen Suleman and Abdul Baqi visiting operation theatre. Pakistan Eye Bank Society President (PEBS) Qazi Sajid Ali, Dr Akhtar Jamal and others also seen in the picture.

LAHORE: Dr Fan Yunjun, Chairman and CEO, ZonG speaking a 1st Business Partner Conference in Lahore. The event started a series of event to share ZonG’s strategy for the super 3G&4G roll out in Pakistan.

SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The senior management of Silkbank Ltd., visited the Lahore Stock Exchange to participate in the Corporate Briefing Program (CBP). CBP is an interactive program initiated by the Lahore Stock Exchange under the Corporate Communications Department to encourage companies to come forward and share their financials and non financial projects before the members, TREC Holders, investors and the media to abridge the communication gap between the listed companies and the market participants. CFO, Silkbank Ltd - Mr. Azfar Naqvi addressed the participants explaining and highlighting the financial performance of the company. He explained that despite economic and social challenges facing the country and the industry, Silkbank remained persistent in focusing its strategic direction which has resulted in gradually strengthening its position in the banking sector. While speaking about the company’s achievements, Mr. Naqvi shared that the group has expanded its operations adding 33 new branches across the nation since 2008. He also informed that new products and services have been introduced such as Emaan Islamic Banking, Visa Credit Card, Consumer Personal Loan, Consumer ready line, Visa Debit card, Bancauurance, Alternate Delivery Channels and various deposit products. Mr. Naqvi stressed that Silkbank Ltd would continue its focused approach in maintain low cost of funds and reduction in expense base to further improve the financial performance of the Bank.

PESHAWAR: Chairperson KP Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KP-WCCI) Fitrath Ilyas Bilour awarding certificate to a participant of three-day workshop on ‘Small Management Skill’ organized by KP-WWCCI in collaboration with British Council.

Daily opening & closing rates PMEX Index Total Volume (Lots): Traded Value (Rs):

3,039 15,619 2,971,366,900

Commodity .......................... Price Quotation ............................ Open CRUDE OIL ......................... $ Per Barrel ..................................... 102.06 SILVER ................................. $ Per Ounce .................................... 19.710 GOLD ................................... $ Per Ounce .................................... 1,304.8 GOLD ................................... Rs Per 10 gms ................................. 41,732 MTOLAGOLD .................... Rs Per Tola ..................................... 49,969 GOLD ................................... Rs Per Tola ..................................... 49,969 RICEIRRI6 ........................... Rs Per 100 kg .................................. 3,517 PALMOLEIN ...................... Rs Per Maund ................................ 4,497 SUGAR ................................ Rs Per kg ......................................... 44.61 ICOTTON ............................ US Cents per pound ..................... 91.04 WHEAT ............................... Rs Per 100 kg .................................. 3,381

Close 101.64 19.368 1,294.2 41,380 49,544 49,544 3,581 4,530 44.60 90.79 3,380

The total value traded increased by 38.73 percent to PKR 2,971m from PKR 2,141m. Number of lots traded also increased to 15,619 from 10,757. PMEX Commodity Index closed at 3,039. Major business was contributed by gold amounting to PKR 1,444m, followed by crude oil (PKR 1,387m) and silver (PKR 138m). While there was 87 percent increase in silver volume to PKR 138m from PKR 74m, there was also 43 percent increase in gold value to PKR 1,444m from PKR 1,007 m.

Five Pakistani cricketers fined $5,000 each SPORTS REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Pakistan Cricket Board fined five of its cricketers $5,000 each Friday for participating in an unauthorised Twenty20 tournament in the United States. The PCB said fast bowler Wahab Riaz, allrounder Abdul Razzaq, middle order batsman Fawad Alam and opening batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzeb Hasan all were

trained for the forthcoming season. Last month, the PCB formed a threemember committee to investigate players’ participation in the tournament. The committee comprised domestic cricket director Intikhab Alam, general manager of vigilance and security Azam Khan and international cricket manager Usman Wahla. All five players admitted to the committee they had participated in the event. How-

ever, the players told the committee they didn’t know a prior approval of the PCB was required, according to ICC regulations. ‘’Their (players) contention of not being aware of the No Objection Certificate was not accepted by the committee which recommended that each of them should be fined rupees 500,000,’’ the PCB said in a statement. Legspinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life ban, also competed in the tournament and the PCB has referred his case to its integrity committee for further fined 500,000 rupees ($5,000) for competing in last month’s Friendship Cup T20 tournament in Houston. Riaz, Alam and Jamshed are part of Pakistan’s summer training camp in Lahore in which about 40 cricketers are being

action. The PCB has also officially reprimanded its marketing director for attending one of the matches on the invitation of the organizers and ‘’showed poor judgment’’ while posing for a photograph with Kaneria.

Lodhi vs 40 players in simultaneous chess on Tuesday K A R A C H I —Pakistan top chess player International Master Mahmood Lodhi will play against 40 boys and girls in simultaneous chess at Russian Cultural Centre on Tuesday from 3pm onward. The event is being staged by Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP) in collaboration with Pakistan Chess Players Association. “We want to promote the game among the school kids,” PCPA Secretary General and IM Shahzad Mirza told APP on Friday. He said it will be big occasion for boys and girls to play against a record 14-time National Champion Mahmood Lodhi.

“Lodhi is keen to popularize and boost the game among the youth in order to raise the standard of chess in Pakistan,” Mirza, who had qualified for this year’s chess Olympiad being staged in Norway in August. “I am eagerly looking forward to this exciting event,” Pakistan best-ever chess player, Lodhi commented. “I had played simultaneous chess for a couple of times in nineties.But this first after almost 16 years,” Mahmood Lodhi, who will be featuring in record-breaking 12th Chess Olympiad, added. Mahmood Lodhi has already in the city at the invitation of MSAP.—APP

PHF bars overage players from competing in Jr hockey SPORTS REPORTER KARACHI—The scrutiny committee constituted by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has barred no less than 42 players from competing in the ongoing 33rd National Junior Hockey Championship after they were found overage. “Yes we’ve expelled 42 players belonging to 14 of the 15 competing teams on account of being overage over the last two days,” retired Col Nadeem Ahmed Bhatti, a member of the scrutiny committee, told Dawn on Thursday. Bhatti said he along with another member of the committee, Ramzan Jamali, con-

ducted scrutiny of players of eight teams on Wednesday and the remaining seven teams on Thursday to discourage the practice of fielding overage players. Two other members of the committee, Tahir Zaman and Dr Waqar could not make it to the event. Players born on or after 1.1. 1996 are eligible to compete in the country’s premier junior hockey championship. In the absence of wrist test, the players were disqualified on the basis of their face reading. Bhatti, an FIH course conductor, said the only exception was Pakistan Board team and he will recommend to PHF to honour them with an award.

PESHAWAR: Sports Minister Amjad Afridi giving away trophy of the KHUJ Cricket Tournament to the skipper of winning team at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium.

FTP signing was need of the hour: Sarfraz

All Pak Quaid gold cup hockey from May 25 RAHIM YAR KHAN—First All Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup hockey tournament will be held here from May 25 to June 1 with the participation of 15 important teams from the country. Cash prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively will go to top three teams, said organising secretary of tournament Rana Arif Qayum. All matches will be played at Khawaja Fareed Govt College ground.This tournament is being held after a gap of six years,it was learnt.—APP

Golden Eagles get victory in veteran cricket L AHORE —Golden Eagles beat Gujranwala by 4 wickets and qualified for the regional semi final of the national veteran cricket cup at Ali Garh cricket ground here on Friday. Chaudhary Sports, Aftab Qarshi & SPM Stags have already qualified for the semi final. Brief scores, Gujranwala Blues batted first 248/7 in 30 overs. Majid Saeed 87, Kamran Dar 60, Naeem Khalid 30 & Basit Butt 22 runs not out were their main scorers. Golden Eagles bowling Sajjad Akbar 3/57, Shan Shahid 1/42, Javeed Hayyat 1/43 & Chaudhary Tajamal 1/ 57 wickets. In reply Golden Eagles answered with 249/6 in 29 overs thanks to magnificent 101 by man of the match,Shahid Anwar. Nadeem Farooqi 58, Muhammad Shahbaz 34 & Naseer Ahmad 34 runs also supported the winners. Gujranwala Blue bowling Tariq Mehmood 2/39, Abdul Jabbar 2/57, Naeem Khalid 1/ 25 & Aurangzaib 1/37 wickets.—APP

P E S H AWA R — K h y b e r ISLAMABAD—Former Test cricketer Sarfraz in all respects but India has overtaken us Pakhtunkhwa Badminton Nawaz while hailing the news of PakistanIndia signing a FTP to play six full bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 said this was the need of the hour which is undoubtedly done with the all-out efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi. Pakistan and India have signed on to play six full bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, the first of which, at the end of next year, is likely to take place in the UAE. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had signed MoUs with several countries, including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and for six series, covering the Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2015-2023. Talking to APP, Sarfraz said Pakistan and India face-to-face is just like the Ashes series of the subcontinent. “By these types of series we can get a lot of quality cricketers. At one time Pakistan was a better team

and produced some of the best batsmen in the world as a lot of cricket in happening there,” he said. Sarfraz said he was the greatest fan of Indo-Pak series and the news of it resuming on regular basis will help in developing a new relation between the two nations. “Both the countries governments should also put their part in this FTP and help in the happening of these series. “Sethi had been paying special attention for the revival of Indo-Pak series and it is great to hear that he did it,” he said. The former pacer said besides cricket other sports activities ahould also be conduted between the two nations on regular basis. “This way both countries can improve their relation,” he said adding sports are a source of income which could result in the betterment of the economy of both the countries.—APP

RISJA elects new office-bearers IS

All the office-bearers Aiysha Khan (Dunya TV), were unanimously elected Zeeshan Qayyam (PTV) by the RISJA members at and Vincent David (APP) a meeting here. A think Vice Presidents; Nasir tank headed by Bilal Dar Hashmi (Daily Khubrain) (Jang Group) and Abdul Secretary, Waseem Qadri Jabbar Faisal (Daily (Such TV) Senior Joint Times/Sports Line), Yasir Secretary; Rana Moazam Malik (Daily Pardes), (INP), Abdul Mohammad Kashif Abbasi (Daily Malik (ANN) and Raja Dawn), AD Abbasi (Hill Adnan (Capital TV) Joint News) and Aamar Bashir Secretaries; Nasir Abbas (PTV) as members was Naqvi (Daily Ausaf) Fialso formed. nance Secretary and Raja The newly elected of- Javad (Akhbar-e-Haq) Infice-bearers include: formation Secretary. Ahitsham-ul-Haq (PTV) The executive body Chairman; Akhtar Ali will be announced in the Khan (Daily Dunya) Vice next couple of days. Chairman; Nasir Aslam It may be noted that L O N D O N — J a m a i c a n Raja (K2 TV) President; RISJA is an affiliated body sprinter Yohan Blake re- Shafique Raja (APP) Se- of Pakistan Sports Writers vealed on Friday that he nior Vice President; Federation.—APP would like to play for English county cricket team Yorkshire when he ends his athletics career. “I’m OK, you know. I can make the England team,” the 24-year-old double Olympic silver medallist joked on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’m good in the outfield, so they would prob- P E S H AWA R —Khan and Usmania clubs advanced to ably pick me for that as well.” next round after registering victories against their reAsked if he was serious spective rivals in the ongoing Frontier Foundation Lion about swapping the track for Twnety20 Cricket Tournament being played here at the crease, he added: “Yes, Gymkhana ground on Friday. definitely. I’ve been wantIn the first match Khan club won the toss and ing to play for Yorkshire or elected to bat first by scoring 173 runs in which in England so, after running, Shafique Ullah smashed a cracking 70 runs, Inam (31) definitely I’ll put my mind to and Younis (16) were the other leading contributors. that.” He went on to claim For Richards club Farhan, Tanveer, Alluddin and Malik that talks had already taken Shahid took one wicket each. place, saying: “We have In reply, Richards club bowled out for 128 runs with some talks with some of the Tanveer (38), Adil (29) were the prominent scorers. For people (at Yorkshire) and we Khan club Ijaz took four wickets, Shafique Ullah took are looking forward for it.” two wickets, Hanif and Saifullah got one wicket each. Asked when he foresaw Thus Khan club won the match by 41 runs. himself joining Yorkshire, he In the second match Malik Stars won the toss and said: “Well, probably like elected to bat first by setting up 135 runs wherein when I’m 29 I’ll come off the Zubair (35), Babar (32) and Mohib (31) were the leadtrack and field.” Yorkshire ing contributors. For Usmania club Miskeen Khan, and welcomed Blake’s interest, Zohaib claimed three wickets each. tweeting via their official In reply, Usmania club chased the target for the loss of account: “Hey one wicket after playing 13.2 overs with Khan Maluk ham@YohanBlake you’re al- mered an elegant knock of 63 runs, Sheraz Khan made 48 ways welcome to come and runs. play for Yorkshire.—AFP For Malik Stars Babar took one wicket.—APP L A M A B A D —The Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists’ Association (RISJA) on Friday elected Ahitsahm-ul-Haq as chairman, Nasir Aslam Raja (president), Nasir Hashmi (secretary) and Nasir Naqvi (finance secretary) for the year 201415.

Sprinter Blake eyes Yorkshire switch

Khan Club, Usmania advance in T20 Cricket

KARACHI: Players of Pakistan Railways and Balochistan teams in action during National Junior Hockey Championship at Hockey Club.

KP squad for Inter-Provincial Girls Badminton Association Friday announced seven members squad for the forth coming Inter-Provincial U-14 Girls Badminton Championship to be commencing from May 20-22 at Lahore. This was stated by District Sports Officer Zakir Khan while talking to APP here on Friday. He said to select the squad a trials in this connection was conducted in the Wadood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex. He said a total of 23 female took part in the trials and among them seven players were short-listed to represent the province in the forthcoming Inter-Provincial Girls Under-14 Badminton Championship. The names of the selected probables comprising Urug Ahmad (Peshawar), Urug Akhtar (Mardan), Arifa Hasan and Iqra Hassan (Swabi), Javeria Khan (Peshawar), and Noureen (Peshawar). He said that the final seven members squad of the boys would be announced on Saturday. The team will leave for Lahore on May 19.—APP

Elections of DCA Okara LAHORE—The elections of district cricket association Okara will be held on May 23. “The elections will be held for the posts of President, Secretary and treasurer”, said a spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board here on Monday.—APP

Brazil Embassy reception for Street Child footballers SPORTS REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —On the occasion of the 2014 football world cup, the Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad is going to organize a ceremony on Mondayto honor the Pakistani Street Child football team who won third place at the Street Child Football World Cup, held in Brazil last April-2014. Alfredo Leoni, Ambassador of Brazil to Pakistan will appraise the performance with shields and other gifts in their honor. Apart from the nine winners, kids from two Islamabad organizationsLettuce Bee Kids and Mashaal Model School also took part at the event and one Rawalpindi school Rah-e-Amal also will also take part.

Messi gets new contract at Barca, Schedule for Pakistan Sri Lanka series announced becomes highest paid player LAHORE—Pakistan will play Tests in first Test in Galle from August 6. The ODIs spread across the major limited- M ADRID —Four-time World Player for Leo it is very good news.” Galle and Colombo on their tour of Sri Lanka in August, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday. The teams will also play three one-day internationals during the short tour, originally not included in Future Tours Programme but was agreed on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai last month. This will be the fifth series between the two Asian neighbours since Sri Lanka had to cut short a tour of Pakistan after the visitors were attacked by terrorists in Lahore in March 2009. Pakistan also toured Sri Lanka in 2010 and 2012, while they hosted the Islanders in United Arab Emirates in 2011 and earlier this year. The PCB said the team will reach Sri Lanka on August 2 and play the

New trophy for 143-year-old FA Cup LONDON—The winning captain in Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium will be presented with a brand

new trophy, the Football Association revealed on Friday. A new version of the famous trophy, awarded to the winners of the world’s oldest knockout competition, has been made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London. The trophy has been replaced only twice before, in 1911 and 1992. The new model is an exact replica of the 1911 version. “This is an historic moment in the proud 143-year history of the FA Cup,” said FA general secretary Alex Horne in a press release. “The current trophy is fragile and is too delicate to continue to repair, so must be retired for these reasons. “However, it will remain cherished and will forever be an integral part of the FA Cup’s rich history, having been lifted by the likes of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard and Tony Adams.” The 1992 trophy is due to remain in the FA’s possession at Wembley. Meanwhile, Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has agreed terms on a new contract with Spanish giants Barcelona, the club confirmed on Friday. —AFP

second Test will be played at P.Sara Oval in Colombo from August 14-18.

The first one-day will be played in Hambantota on August 23 followed by two day-night encounters in Pallekele on August 27 and Colombo on August 30. Pakistan will play Tests in Galle and Colombo in August, as well as three

over venues in Sri Lanka, SLC has confirmed. Although Pakistan would have played their last Test in January, they are not scheduled to play a first-class practice match in the lead-up to the series, partly because several Pakistan players will be competing in the Caribbean Premier League. A 10day training camp is believed to be in the works, though. Pakistan arrive in Sri Lanka on August 2, four days before the Galle Test begins. The P Sara Oval will host the second Test, starting August 14, before Pakistan play a 50-over warmup in Moratuwa on August 20. Hambantota, Pallekele and Premadasa Stadiums will host the ODIs on August 23, 27 and 30. The teams will not play a T20I.—AFP

Snooker: Lee’s fixing ban upheld LONDON—Stephen Lee has failed in an appeal to overturn his record 12-year ban from snooker, officials announced Thursday. The 39-year-old Englishman, a former world number five, was banned after being found guilty of match and spot fixing in relation to seven matches from 2008-09 following a tribunal hearing in September. Thursday’s statement from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, the sport’s governing body, said Nicholas Stewart, a senior English lawyer sitting as the appeals committee, had dismissed Lee’s appeal. Stewart also increased the costs order against Lee in relation to the original hearing from #40,000 ($67,000, 49,000 euros) to #75,000 ($126,000, 92,000 euros). Lee’s ban means he cannot play professional snooker again before October 12, 2024. The WPBSA statement added that the costs in relation to the appeal hearing on

of the Year Lionel Messi has agreed terms on a new contract with Spanish giants Barcelona, the club confirmed on Friday, likely making him the best paid player in the world. “FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first team player. The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days,” the club said in a statement on their website. The deal is expected to see Messi overtake Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest earner in world football. “There is the will within the club that he becomes the best paid player in the world,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said in an exclusive interview with AFP back in March. “He is the number one and, as we have said various times, he also deserves to be the best paid player in the world.” Messi has become a legend at Barcelona since making his debut in 2004 scoring 354 goals in 424 games making him the club´s all-time leading goalscorer. “The deal should allow him to relax and fundamentally for the club it is important to tie down the best player in the world,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday. “For Barcelona and

Monday are yet to be determined. February saw Lee, who has maintained his innocence, lose the first of a two-part appeal when he challenged the suitability of Adam Lewis, like Stewart a QC or senior English lawyer, to sit as the chairman of the original tribunal hearing. Lewis has also represented Leyton Orient, the third tier football club owned by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, in their attempt to secure a judicial review of West Ham being handed the Olympic Stadium tenancy. Lee claimed this meant there was a conflict of interest, but his argument was rejected. Lee’s case is the biggest match-fixing scandal to hit snooker since Australia’s Quinten Hann was suspended for eight years in 2006 after he was caught in a sting by undercover reporters where he agreed to lose a game at T OKYO —Japan captain the China Open in return for money.—AFP Makoto Hasebe Friday backed veteran striker Yoshito Okubo’s surprise selection for the World Cup and said he could help inspire younger players.

Surprise pick Okubo will boost Japan: Makoto

Cycling: Australian Matthews retains Giro as Evans lurks

M ONTECASSINO (Italy)—Race leader there were two falls in the final 12km, 8.7km of Michael Matthews of Australia won the gruelling sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday as compatriot Cadel Evans lurked on a day’s racing marred by a nasty crash. Matthews, 23, surged home in a sprint finish to the 257km stage from Sassano to Montecassino, the longest on the Tour, ahead of Belgian Tim Wellens and Evans. The leading peloton had a 49sec advantage over the main chasing pack that included a host of rivals to Evans, the big beneficiary of the day’s racing. “It was all for the win today,” said Matthews. “Fair play. It was me against him (Cadel Evans) for the jersey and the stage, and I was lucky enough to have really good legs in the final after my team put me in the perfect condition at the bottom of the climb. “On this sort of terrain, it’s definitely my best win, and totally a dream come true. Winning a hilltop finish over Cadel Evans while wearing the Maglia Rosa in the Giro d’Italia: it doesn’t get much better than that.” Heavy rain made for a slick surface and

which was a steep climb. Evan’s BMC teammate, Switzerland’s Steve Morabito, accelerated away to build up a lead that the fallen riders were unable to reel in. In the general classification, Matthews has a 21sec lead over Evans, with Colombian Rigoberto Uran at 1min 18sec. “Everyone wanted to be in the front because of the wet conditions,” Matthews said of the lead-up to the worse crash. “The road narrowed before the roundabout, we were riding at 60 kph, and everyone wanted to be in the front. If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you’re OK. That’s racing these days. It’s all about positioning.” Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez pulled out of the race later on Thursday with injuries suffered while falling, his team Katusha confirmed. A medical release stated that ‘Purito’ had suffered a fractured finger and two broken ribs on a stage that took place just three days after his 35th birthday.—AFP

MONTECASSINO: Michael Matthews celebrates his victory at the end of the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia.

Okubo has played only once in the last four years under Alberto Zaccheroni and there were audible gasps when his name was announced in the Italian’s final 23-man group this week. “Bringing him into the squad will increase the competition,” Hasebe said of the Kawasaki Frontale forward, who was the J-League’s leading scorer last season with 26 goals. “But more than just that, he’s also a 31-year-old veteran and I’d like him to help boost the atmosphere in the squad. He can be another leader.” Okubo started all four of Japan’s games at the 2010 World Cup but he had not been considered a contender for Brazil, where they will aim to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Hasebe’s place had also been in doubt after a knee injury in January which required two operations. But he is confident of regaining full fitness after completing 90 minutes for relegated Nuremberg on the final day of the Bundesliga season last week. “I’ve been injured so I’ve been in rehabilitation and all that goes with that,” said the 30-year-old. “I’m looking at it like it’s pre-season training. In pre-season you get four to six weeks to get ready, and that’s the way I’m thinking now.”—AFP

Should Barca beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday the Argentine will win his seventh La Liga title and

his 22nd trophy overall with the Catalans, including three Champions League titles. However, despite scoring over 40 goals for a fifth consecutive campaign, Messi has had his most difficult year both on and off the field in

his career. The 26-year-old appeared in court in September over tax fraud allegations relating to his image rights, whilst the arrival of Brazilian star Neymar at Barcelona this season has challenged his position as top dog at the club. Messi was also struck down by persistent hamstring injuries during the first-half of the season and returned to Argentina for a month in December to rest and recuperate away from the spotlight in the Catalan capital. He hit the ground running on his return including a run of 17 goals in 12 games as Barca ousted Manchester City from the Champions League and brought themselves back into the La Liga title race with a 4-3 win at Real Madrid thanks to a Messi hat-trick. However, his threat was blunted by Atletico as Barcelona bowed out before the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years and in Barca´s defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final last month. Once Saturday´s title-decider with Atletico is out of the way, Messi´s focus will turn to his quest to win the first major trophy of his career at international level as he captains Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil next month.—AFP

Squash: Cool David reaches British Open quarter-finals K INGSTON U PON H ULL (United King- and you have to be ready for what’s dom)—Nicol David’s coolly carved-out 11-6, 13-11, 11-4 victory over Sarah-Jane Perry which carried her to the quarterfinals of the British Open included a 24th birthday gift to the hard-hitting but tempestuous Englishwoman. It took the form of exemplary focus and patience, which helped the world number one from Malaysia chisel her way through a difficult second game in which she saved a game point. Had Perry been able to adopt some of those qualities herself, she could have caused David even more trouble than she did; instead she had to settle for what might have been and some idea of what might help her do even better in future. David, too, may take important things from the match. This was her first outing on an allglass court since losing her world title last month, and she dealt comfortingly well with the uncertainties of new conditions, with a crowd cheering for her opponent, and with important moments in which she let leads slip. “I hadn’t played her before, so it was a case of getting used to what she was doing with the ball,” David said. “Because her hands are really good,

coming. “Once I got used to a certain angle or a certain space I was settling down a bit better - but without doubt she played really well. I had to dig deep, but I know I have to keep going, and to take the lead and take it right through. Happy birthday to her!” The first game saw Perry angered by a refereeing decision at 6-6, immediately lose five rallies in a row to drop it 116. The pivotal second game saw her get a warning for dissent at 5-7, which seemed to make her focus better and which was followed by her surging to 97 and to 10-9. That game point was saved when David’s speed of foot pressured Perry into putting a volley drop shot down. After that several disciplined rallies pulled the favourite away from difficulty and into a two-game lead. She next plays Omneya Abdel Kawy in a repeat of the 2010 world final at Sharm el-Sheikh. That became possible after the 11thseeded Egyptian came from two games down and saved two match points during an improbable survival.—AFP

Former ICC match-referee Talat Ali begs to differ

Woolmer and Cronje family-members favour ear-piece device BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Fifteen years ago on this day (May 15, 1999), in the World Cup match at Hove, Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje, the South Africa coach and captain then, used the earpiece device for the communication between them from dressing room and on field of play. However, the innovative idea was then not approved by the ICC match-referee, Talat Ali. Both coach and captain are not alive today, but their family-members, speaking exclusively over telephones from South Africa, believe that time is right now to introduce the system back in the game. Russell Woolmer (the late Bob Woolmer’s son) : “I hope the earpiece system is used in cricket more and more. Its a great innovation for Sport and has been used in other sports before cricket”. “It is a great idea and would benefit both teams in the same way. In my opinion The coach and respective coaching staff should be more involved with onfield play”. “I am not sure why the ICC are not allowing it to be used. I believe it should

be though”. Frans Cronje (the late Hansie’ Cronje’s brother) : “I am no longer involved in cricket but from my sporting experience in cricket, rugby and cycling I know that it is vital for coaches/mangers and captains/players to communicate. That is why you have communication between match officials as well”. “In cycling the communication between managers and cyclists is vital. I like technology and would always favour using it. I think the technology used for LBW and other issues have already improved the game 120%”. Talat Ali’s views : The former ICC match referee, who objected to this device says from Manchester, “I beg to differ with this idea. There are several other ways for the coach to send message to his fielding captain. The message can be sent between the overs or during drink intervals. Or even, the deep fielders can take ideas from the coaching staff between overs. It was a sort of a gimmick and therefore I objected to it”. “If the device is to be used, it should be discussed by the match-referee panel and the matter be put in the ICC’s cricket committee”.

Fitness linked to lower death risk in older men


O matter what age a man is, cardiovas cular fitness may buy him more years of life, according to a new U.S. study of men over 70 with high blood pressure. Those who were able to push themselves the hardest during exercise had half the risk of dying of study participants who were the least fit, indicating the benefits of exercising are not limited to the young or middle aged, researchers said. “The population is aging dramatically, so it’s important that we ask questions about patients who are older,” said Charles Faselis, lead author of the study and an internist at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In the study, published in the journal Hypertension, Faselis and his team looked at exercise tests previously performed for 2,153 men who were patients at the Washington, DC and Palo Alto, California VA Medical Centers. All participants were at least 70 years of age and underwent the test either as part of a checkup or to see if the vessels in their hearts were clogged. The men were split into four groups based on the highest level at which they could exercise. The categories were based on a unit of fitness known as metabolic equivalents, or METs. The lowest category - “very-low fit” - comprised men who could achieve between two and four METs; “low-fit” were those who achieved 4.1 to six METs; and “moderate-fit” was between 6.1 and eight METs. The men in

the best shape could achieve more than eight METs and were considered “high-fit.” Faselis and his team took into account other factors that could affect the results, such as body mass index, heart disease and medications for heart disease. Researchers followed the men for an average of nine years to evaluate their risk of dying. During that time, about 1,000 of the participants passed away. The study team found that compared to the men with the least ability to exercise (the very low-fit group), those in the next-highest category (low-fit) had an 18 percent lower risk of dying. The men who were moderately fit had a 36 percent lower risk of dying during follow-up, and the high-fit men had a 48 percent lower risk of death. In other words, for every 100 people in the very low-fit category who would die, the highfit group would have only 52 individuals die, said Peter Kokkinos, another author of the study and a researcher in cardiology at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “As we go higher in fitness, we go lower in mortality risk and death rates,” Kokkinos told Reuters Health. The researchers cannot say for certain that fitness prolonged some of the men’s lives, but after they adjusted for the possibility that sickness prevented some men from being able to exercise the link between METS and mortality still held. Faselis and his team emphasized that being fit doesn’t mean running marathons or spending hours at the gym.

Activists of Imamia Students Organisation hold placards during anti-US and Israel rally in connection with 66th anniversary of Nakba on Friday.

Administrator KMC chairs Budget planning meeting

US officials discuss USAID projects with Ebad

K ARACHI —Administrator

Khalid Arain Chairman Cable Operators Association briefing media out side KPC.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

Strict action to be taken against encroachments K ARACHI —Strict Action will be taken against encroachments in Saddar, Empress Market and the adjacent areas to expedite the work on the Beautification of Saddar Project. This was decided in a meeting of Steering Committee on Restoration and Beautification of Saddar project in accordance with the vision of Sindh Governor, said a statement on Friday. Chairing the meeting, Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi said that cases be registered against the persons who repeatedly established encroachments in Saddar and its adjacent areas. He said that the encroachments cause traffic jam as well as hampering the work of Beautification of Saddar Project. The meeting was informed that re-routing of the pub-

KMC Rauf Akhtar Farooqui chaired a meeting on the planning of budget for next fiscal year which was attended by all departmental and sectional heads of KMC. The Administrator on the occasion directed officers to include such projects in the next budget of KMC which could provide immediate convenience and facilities to the citizens, said a statement on Friday. He said further improvement was needed in the transport, communication, health, education and food quality control sector. He directed to allocate necessary sums in the budget of next financial year for the establishment of mobile laboratory for on the spot checking quality of food items. Such an arrangement would help checking food adulteration and taking immediate measures against this practice, he added. He said all computer and information technology related works must be shifted to the I.T Department.—APP

lic transport in Saddar area has been completed while lane marking and establishment of sign boards is being carried out. It also decided to set up a camp on permanent basis at Empress Market to keep a watch on those who establish encroachments and stop them from re-establishing the encroachments. In this regard, the Commissioner constituted a vigilant committee comprised of SP Saddar, the MC DMC South and Assistant Commissioner Saddar. Metropolitan Commissioner KMC Samiuddin Siddiqi, DIG Traffic Arif Hanif, Senior Director T&CD KMC Syed Haider Ali, SSP South Syed Suleman, Secretary RTA Ghazanfer Ali Qadri and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.—APP

KARACHI—Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul-Ebad Khan has appreciated the steps taken by USAID for skill development among youth under the Karachi Youth Initiative. He said the youth are asset and hope for the bright future of the country. Pakistan is amongst the few countries which have more than fifty percent youth population and this is a sign of stability and better future of a country. The Governor stated this during a meeting with United States’ Assistant for the Economic Development Ms. Robin Rafael who called on him at the Governor House along with US Consul General in Karachi Michael Dodman, said an official statement here on Friday. Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, emphasizing the need for capacity building of the

100 shopkeepers fined KARACHI—The divisional and district administration Karachi has challaned 100 shopkeepers and fine of Rs 3,11,000 were imposed for profiteering and violation of officially approved price list. Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said that the city administration has taken action in those areas from where the complaints of price hike were received which include Aram Bagh, Civil Line, Saddar, Ferozabad, Gulshan Iqbal, Gulzar Hijri, Mominabad, Gulberg, Liaquat Abad, North Nazimabad and New Karachi. According to a statement issued here on Friday, during crackdown against profiteers 69 milk sellers, 11 flour sellers, one meat vendor, 18 chicken sellers and a food item grocer were fined.—APP

Price-hike, profiteering to hit people worst in next FY IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Recent increase in prices of essential commodities indicates that the graph of poverty and unnatural price-hike and profiteering would drive people a few more degrees of below poverty line. In May, the dairy farmers and milk retailers had already hiked prices of milk and milk by-products while the dealers and wholesalers of wheat bran and fodder made manifold increase in process of these two products that constitute major part of diet of milching animals. On the other hand, the traders of flour by-products such as bread, biscuits, had also exploited the common man during flour millers’ strike in first week of this May and despite the strike had ended without any pecuniary impacts on prices; the dealers in bakery products did not reverse the increase.

In past two days, the price of indigestible, unhealthy and non-nutritious 2.5 rate, which is mainly consumed by 80 percent of Karachi’s population has also been increased by Rs 2 per kg. Apart from unchecked inflated electricity bills imposed by K-Electric on its helpless consumers, the monthly electricity bill has started carrying the high impacts of increased electricity tariff along with certain hidden charges. In this regard, the federal and provincial governments and the civil district and divisional administrations have also utterly failed to ensure strict price control except conduction of raids and collecting revenue from the profiteers, which also goes to the national exchequer and the common man gets zero level relief. Certain indicators are portraying a drastic portrayal of poverty and profiteering as there are reports that the government has decided to fur-

ther increase the federal excise duty by one percent totaling to 17 percent. The federal excise duty (FED) would be raised upto 17 percent, which is currently 16 and in this regard, the Federal Board of revenue (FBR) has despatched its recommendation for an increase in FED to the Ministry of Finance. Sources in FBR claimed that the decision for raising the FED is meant to keep the tax rate up to a standard rate of 17 percent. In the Finance Act, the rate of General Sales Tax was elevated to 17 percent, which was 15 and 16 in recent past years due to which the prices of essential goods had crossed over the buying power of the common man. The people of Karachi would be the main victim of proposed increase in FED by one percent and the manufacturers of essential goods would further raise prices of essential commodities.

youth, said if their potential and capacity is not duly exploited they can indulge in crimes and be harmful for the society. He said Pakistan is rich with competent manpower and is available at lower wages in this region. For this reason, he continued, Pakistan has become more attractive for investment in the region. Dr Ebad said that he is personally pursuing the initiatives to create maximum entrepreneurs in information technology sector who may become a model for other people of their age group. He said the government is very much capable and has focussed on to meet the challenges facing the country. The government is successfully moving towards finding a permanent solution of the energy crisis in the country besides setting the national economy

on the right track which has helped in restoring the confidence of the local and foreign investors. Robin Rafael informed the Governor that various youth programmes have been launched under the USAID for enhancing their creation capacity, and skill and educational standards. Millions of people have so far benefitted from these programmes. She said that under USAID programme, a medical units has been set up at Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Centre. This unit is being run through female doctors and female staff which has become popular among the people. She praised the Governor’s initiatives under which different faculties are interlinked and through youth help line they are provided guidance and information.—APP

Pakistanis are second to none in abilities

Fitness linked to lower death risk in older men


O matter what age a man is, cardiovas cular fitness may buy him more years of life, according to a new U.S. study of men over 70 with high blood pressure. Those who were able to push themselves the hardest during exercise had half the risk of dying of study participants who were the least fit, indicating the benefits of exercising are not limited to the young or middle aged, researchers said. “The population is aging dramatically, so it’s important that we ask questions about patients who are older,” said Charles Faselis, lead author of the study and an internist at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In the study, published in the journal Hypertension, Faselis and his team looked at exercise tests previously performed for 2,153 men who were patients at the Washington, DC and Palo Alto, California VA Medical Centers. All participants were at least 70 years of age and underwent the test either as part of a checkup or to see if the vessels in their hearts were clogged. The men were split into four groups based on the highest level at which they could exercise. The categories were based on a unit of fitness known as metabolic equivalents, or METs. The lowest category - “very-low fit” - comprised men who could achieve between two and four METs; “low-fit” were those who achieved 4.1 to six METs; and “moderate-fit” was between 6.1 and eight METs. The men in

the best shape could achieve more than eight METs and were considered “high-fit.” Faselis and his team took into account other factors that could affect the results, such as body mass index, heart disease and medications for heart disease. Researchers followed the men for an average of nine years to evaluate their risk of dying. During that time, about 1,000 of the participants passed away. The study team found that compared to the men with the least ability to exercise (the very low-fit group), those in the next-highest category (low-fit) had an 18 percent lower risk of dying. The men who were moderately fit had a 36 percent lower risk of dying during follow-up, and the high-fit men had a 48 percent lower risk of death. In other words, for every 100 people in the very low-fit category who would die, the highfit group would have only 52 individuals die, said Peter Kokkinos, another author of the study and a researcher in cardiology at the Washington, DC, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “As we go higher in fitness, we go lower in mortality risk and death rates,” Kokkinos told Reuters Health. The researchers cannot say for certain that fitness prolonged some of the men’s lives, but after they adjusted for the possibility that sickness prevented some men from being able to exercise the link between METS and mortality still held. Faselis and his team emphasized that being fit doesn’t mean running marathons or spending hours at the gym.

Animal Sciences University

Livestock, dairy sector backbone of economy SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a modern Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will be set up over one thousand acres in Bahawalpur and the site has been identified for this purpose. He said that the project will be completed with the cooperation of Seluck University of Turkey in one year. He said that modern veterinary courses will be conducted for the youth at this university. He said that a livestock company will be set up in Punjab for livestock and dairy development. He was presiding over a high level meeting regarding livestock and dairy development sectors. The Chief Minister said that livestock and dairy sector is the backbone of national economy and it can be strengthened with the cooperation of private sector. He said that Punjab government has adopted an effective strategy for the uplift of livestock sector as it can help overcome pov-

erty and unemployment. He said that a large portion of rural population is associated with livestock and dairy development and rural economy can be uplifted through development of this sector. He said that 100 percent vaccination of livestock is essential for its protection against diseases. The Chief Minister constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary for livestock and dairy development and directed the committee to submit a comprehensive action plan within a week for the development of livestock sector. Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Friday. Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata appreciated the measures taken for the progress of the province and development of education sector and said that services of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in this regard are commendable. He said that his country wants to promote cooperation with Punjab government in vocational education and other sectors.

OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —A very young Microsoft certified computer specialist Mehroz Yawar called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here on Friday. The Chief Minister gave him gift of a laptop for achieving honour of being Microsoft certified computer specialist at the age of six and a half years. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and mother of Mehroz Yawar were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Mehroz Yawar has won laurels for the country by becoming a computer specialist at a very young age. He said that Pakistani student has proved her mettle through hard work and talent. He said that Pakistanis are second to none in abilities. He congratulated the student and his mother and said that talented children like Mehroz Yawar are precious asset of the country and entire nation is proud of them. An interesting dialogue took place between Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and the young Microsoft certified computer specialist. The Chief Minister asked the student about the courses for Microsoft certification. Mehroz Yawar replied that there are IT

Political system of Islamic country is democracy MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Renowned scholar Prof Dr Fatah Muhammad Malik has said that differences among various sections must be used to resolve conflicts and democratic powers flourish despite ideological variations. He was addressing a seminar titled “Contemporary Ideological Conflicts in Islamic World” organized by Department of Philosophy at Al Raazi Hall here on Friday. Chairperson Department of Philosophy Dr Shagufta Bukhari, Prof Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria, Prof Dr Syed Akram Shah, Prof Dr Rafi uddin Hashmi, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Prof Fatah said according to Allama Iqbal, the political system of an Islamic country was democracy and there was no space for monarchy in Islam. He said that in today’s Arab world, there were conflicts among monarchist, democrat and autocrat political sections.

Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan addressing the annual exhibition of building material at a local hotel.

courses. The Chief Minister asked him what he wants to be-

LAHORE—Surveys and projections indicate that all urban growth over the next 25 years will be in developing countries with Asia leading the race on this front. The UN forecasts that today’s urban population of 3.2 billion in the world will rise to nearly 5 billion by 2030, when there out of five people will live in cities. By 2025, it is estimated that, in Asia alone, we will have at least 10 of the mega cities. Pakistan along with its neighboring countries like India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Indonesia must face this challenge with a well planned & sustainable approach by learning from each other. This was stated by Provincial Minister for Education and Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan

while addressing the inaugural session of 3-day Annual Architects Convention, here today. The convention has been organized by the Institute of Architects Pakistan, Lahore Chapter which will continue till May 18, 2014. While emphasizing the need to come up with pragmatic solution for solving the problems associated with urbanization, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said that the mega cities can be the engines of rapid economic growth. Mega cities may provide mega opportunities for massive growth patterns taking root in these urban centres. It is how we face this challenge that will determine our future. Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, is already ranked amongst the 10 most populated mega cities of the world. Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan, has already surpassed the

that he reads foreign newspapers and journals on I Pad.

of Microsoft on net and will take examination next year. Shahbaz

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif giving laptop to a boy for achieving the honours in Microsoft certified computer specialisation at the age of six and a half year. come in future upon which he replied that he wants to serve the

whether it was rain or sunny days. The Chief Minister said

Mehroz Yawar said, Sir, I am also preparing for a new course

Sharif expressed good wishes for the child.

LHC moved against Hajj policy 2014 MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The government’s new Hajj policy (2014) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court. An application was filed on Friday in the LHC in which the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and government’s Hajj fares. The petitioner stated that under government scheme the Hajj package will

Minister for ensuring supply of canal water at tail ends STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Irrigation & Chairman PIDA Mian Yawar Zaman has said that progress regarding repair of water outlets is being taken from field officers on weekly basis to ensure just supply of canal water at tail ends. He said this while presiding over a meeting of officers of Irrigation Department with regard to improving the supply of canal water in his office today. Secretary Irrigation Capt. (R) Saif Anjam, Additional Secretary (Operation) Malik Saleem, Additional Secretary (Technical) Khalid Hussain Qureshi, Chief PMIU Habib Ullah Bodla, General Manager PIDA Afzal Toor, General Manager (Operation) Mian Abdul Rasheed and Dy General Manager Syed Shaiq Hussain Abidi were present on the occasion.

Need stressed for ensuring political continuity SALIM AHMED

people as he has seen the Chief Minister among the people

ten million bench mark and is at the threshold for joining the club. Our urban centres are plagued by a multitude of issues which include lack of urban and social planning, limited financial resources, scarcity of water, electricity, gas, sewerage facilities, public transportation, housing, overburdened and aging infrastructure, traffic congestion, environmental pollution and mass migration to the cities which necessitates sustainable approach to optimize the potential locked in to these great concentrations of human resources. The Punjab government has adopted an active strategy to address these issues through urban policy and planning, urban design, urban economics and urban sociology which are being simultaneously brought into play, the Minister added.

cost over Rs 2, 72,000 for those travelling from Punjab and KPK but the private operators are charging over Rs.500,000. The LHC has summoned Attorney General of Pakistan for assistance in the matter. Over 143,000 Hujjaj will perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj policy announced in April this year. The original Hajj quota of 179,210 allocated to Pakistan for year 2012 was

reduced by 20% last year due to expansion plan of Haram Sharif and was accordingly fixed as 143,368. The Hajj scheme, 2014 will be implemented through government scheme and private Hajj group organizers (HGOs) in the ratio of 50 percent each. According to new Hajj policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the last five years won’t be eligible to perform Hajj this year.