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Kamran Akmal fires as A ‘new Waziristan’ in the making Pakistan warm up in style TTP starts training Central Asians, Africans SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT KABUL—A reliable security source Monday confirmed that the Kunar- based Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has started training a number of African and Central Asian militants for possible use in future

terrorist actions. The security sources told this correspondent that while over two dozen Central Asian militants belonging to Islamic Jihad Union and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan were trained by TTP local commanders, at least six to eight Africans, Nigerians,

Chadians and Somalians had also reached TTP hideouts in Nuristan. There the TTP has three training camps. An Afghan security source confirmed to this scribe that at least two or possibly three Nigerians and two or three Niger and Chad nationals linked with a

militant group called BOKO HAARAM entered into Afghanistan and went missing. The militants had come at the invitation of TTP Deputy Commander Waliur Rehman who is interested to expand its arms to include Africans in war

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COLOMBO —Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday. Pakistan, chasing India’s commanding 185-3, appeared to be out of contention when they lost five wickets by the 12th over with just 91 runs on the board at the Premadasa stadium. But Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls that helped Pakistan beat the shell-shocked Indians with five balls to spare. Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls. Virat Kohli had earlier topscored for India with 75 not out, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets for 23 runs.Some 3,000 Sri Lankan fans watched the arch-rivals battle out in the middle in the only warm-up match to be

COLOMBO: Karman Akmal prepares to play the cut during India vs Pakistan, World Twenty20 warm-up. beamed live by the host broad- Mohammad Hafeez. “Kamran casters of the World Twenty20 was exceptional, and Malik’s experience also helped.” Indian that opens on Tuesday. “We knew that if India could captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni post a huge total, so could we,” Continued on Page 7 said Pakistan captain

PM to appear before Supreme Court today SC seeks clear definition of obscenity from PEMRA ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court (SC) Monday sought from PEMRA clear definition of obscenity in terms of TV channels transmission within two weeks. A 3-member SC bench led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the petitions filed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Justice (Retd) Wajih ud Din and others for hearing. The court directed PEMRA that definition of obscenity on media be determined within two weeks and presented before it. The court also took notice of appointment of acting chairman since long against the post of chairman in PEMRA and directed information secretary to give explanation on this matter to it within two weeks. Hearing was adjourned . —Online

Rains, floods kill 262 this year KARACHI—A total of 262 people have been reported killed and 815 injured so far this year as torrential monsoon rains and flash floods wreak havoc throughout the country, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Monday. Over 70, 000 houses have also been reportedly damaged,

Picture on Back Page with 51,027 partially and 19,465 completely damaged, said the official statistics which are updated until Sept 16. Approximately 3,883 villages, spreading over an area of over 1,345,531 acres, have been affected by the torrential rains. DawnNews reported that the most casualties were reported in Sindh province,

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Allies extend full support to Raja SHARAFAT KAZMI BIN QASIM: Security officials inspecting debris of the trains that met an accident on Monday.

‘Anti-Islam film’ protest turns violent

1 killed in Dir clashes TARIQ SAEED/ AMANULLAH KHAN PESHAWAR/KARACHI—Violent demonstrations against the blasphemous film continued on Monday throughout KhyberPukhtunkhwa as in other parts of the country. At least one protestor was killed and many others sustained injuries in Dir district when the Police opened fire on infuriated mob that also set ablaze a police station, house of a local magistrate and a local Press Club. According to reports, the protester was killed in an ex-

change of gunfire with the law enforcers on Monday during a demonstration in Upper Dir district against the anti-Islam film titled “Innocence of Muslims”. Reports from Dir said around 1000 angry protestors took to streets in Warai area in the Upper Dir to express their anguish against the sacrilegious film. The police and the officials of the district administration said demonstrators during the protest turned violent and torched a Police Station and a local magistrate’s house besides setting local Press Club ablaze. The “Innocence of Muslims”

film, which mocks the Prophet Mohammed and is thought to have been produced by a small group of Christian extremists in the United States with an aim to mock Islam and create misunderstandings about the Universal religion. In Peshawar, thousands of emotionally charged students belonging to five public sector universities and allied institutions marched through the campuses and main roads to condemn the heinous act by a group of Americans and asked the government to effectively take up the matter

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Pak test-fires Hatf-VII cruise missile R AWALPINDI —Pakistan on rain Monday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometers. Babur Crusie Missile is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which can strike targets both at Land and Sea with pin point accuracy. It carries stealth features. Equipped with modern cruise missile technology of Ter-

Contour Matching (TERCOM) and Digital Scene Matching and Area Co-relation (DSMAC), it can carry both

Picture on Back Page nuclear and conventional warheads. The missile was launched from a state of the art Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle (MLV), which significantly enhances the

targeting and deployment options of Babur Weapon system. The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lieutunent General (R) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) Muhammad Irfan Burney, senior officers from the armed forces and strategic organizations. In Monday’s test

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3 die, 100 injured in trains collision KARACHI—At least three persons including a railway guard were killed and more than 100 others injured in collision between two passenger trains near Bin Qasim station here on Monday. According to DS Railway Karachi, Amjad Rizwi, the incident took place 50km away from Karachi when Karachibound Shalimar express rammed into Millat Express standing near Ghagar Crossing for signal clearance. The accident was so severe that two bogies of Millat Express were derailed, engine of Shalimar Express was destroyed while several passengers were trapped in derailed boggies. Millat Express from Multan and Shalimar Express from Lahore were on way to Karachi. As a result of collision three persons including railway guard were killed while more than 100 sustained wounds. The rescue teams reached to the scene of accident and shifted the injured to different hospitals of Karachi. Emergency was declared in all hospital of city to deal with the situation. Commissioner Karachi, Roshan Ali Sheikh said that the accident seems to be result of mistake of driver of Shalimar Express.—INP

Explosives cut power line to Iran nuclear site VIENNA—Explosives were on power lines to Iran’s main used to cut the electricity power lines to Iran’s Fordow underground enrichment plant last month in an apparent attempt to sabotage Tehran’s atomic advances, its nuclear energy chief said on Monday. It was believed to be the first time Iran has mentioned the incident, which atomic energy organization chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani said took place on August 17. He also told the annual member state gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that “the same act” had been carried out

enrichment plant near the central town of Natanz, without giving a date. Abbasi-Davani made clear his view that sabotage would not be successful in slowing Iran’s nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at developing an atomic bomb capability but which Tehran says is purely peaceful. He spoke a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran would reach the brink of being able to build a nuclear bomb in six or seven months. ID:nL5E8KG2P5]

Israel, widely believed to be the Middle East’s only nucleararmed state, sees Iran’s atomic work as a threat to its existence and has ramped up threats to attack its arch enemy’s nuclear sites. Iran has often accused Israel and Tehran’s Western enemies of being behind the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and of trying to damage its nuclear program in other ways, such as cyber attacks. Abbasi-Davani said explosives had been used to cut power lines from the city of Qom to the Fordow underground uranium enrichment plant on August 17.

The next morning, he said, IAEA inspectors had asked for an unannounced visit to Fordow. “Terrorists and saboteurs” “Does this visit have any connection to that detonation? Who, other than the IAEA inspector, can have access to the complex in such a short time to record and report failures?” Abbasi-Davani told the gathering in Vienna. “It should be recalled that power cut-off is one of the ways to break down centrifuge machines,” he said, referring to the machines used to enrich

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ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will appear before the Supreme Court today (Tuesday) in a show-cause notice for failing to implement a Supreme Court order to write to Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. A five-judge special bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed is hearing the case.

The Bench on 27th August adjourned hearing till 18th September on the request of the Prime Minister that he be given time to find a solution of the case. Meanwhile, a meeting of heads of allied parties was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr Monday night with Co-Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in chair. Briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow and the coalition partners, he said, de-

PM orders immediate blocking of YouTube STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has ordered immediate blocking of video sharing site YouTube in Pakistan, on Monday. He said blasphemous content couldn’t be tolerated under any circumstances. The decision to block the website was taken after YouTube denied to remove the anti-Islam film. Earlier, the Interior, Religious and Information Technology Ministry have recommended a complete ban on YouTube.

The ministries also recommended that the summary by an inter-ministerial committee on the matter should also be forwarded to the prime minister. Earlier during the day, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), following the Supreme Court’s orders, blocked 753 links leading to the anti-Islam film on YouTube. The director general of PTA said that almost 100 new clips of the antiIslam film are proliferated on YouTube every day. The recently film on YouTube has sparked violent anti-US protests across the Muslim world.

POL price hike

PML-N to move resolution in NA I S L A M A B A D —Opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has strongly criticized the increase in POL prices and said a resolution would be tabled in the National Assembly in this connection. He said if the PML(Q),ANP and MQM were sincere in reducing the difficulties of the people, they must support the Resolution. Talking informally with media persons at the Parliament House here on Monday, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government instead of giving relief to thepeople was bent upon sucking the last blood

of the masses. He termed the increase in POL prices as unjustified accusing the ruling party of feeling pleasure in giving pains to the people. He termed the increase in POL prices as “ Jugga Tax” and said it has no relevance with international prices and the government only wanted to generate additional revenue. Leader of the opposition said while MQM, ANP and PML (Q) raise hue and cry for the people and they would be tested through the resolution being moved by the PML-N. He said if these parties agreed to

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cided to accompany the Prime Minister to the Supreme Court as a mark of solidarity. The Spokesperson said that coalition partners reiterated their full support to the government. Mr Babar further said that current situation with focus on energy issues, floods situation, law & order situation and coalition matters were discussed during the meeting. The Prime Minister briefed the meeting on the current power situation in the country and the progress on various measures being taken to overcome the

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SC moved to transform death penalty into life imprisonment LAHORE—A petition has been moved in Supreme Court (SC) Lahore registry to turn death penalty into life time imprisonment. The petitioner Barrister Zafarullah said on Monday that President of Pakistan has again directed to not implement the death sentence of the prisoners involved in various heinous crimes. He said that several prisoners were present in death Continued on Page 7

Raja Tridiv Roy is no more I SLAMABAD —Chief of Chakma Tribe Raja Tridiv Roy

has expired. President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grief and sorrow on the demise of former minister and ambassador Raja Tridiv Roy. The President while appreciating the life long services of

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Resolution for restoration of Bahawalpur province Conference rejects any move for making it part of Southern Punjab OUR CORRESPONDENT

ation of Bahawalpur Prov- before One Unit, it was the that there there are five mem- political parties, lawyers, ince. only province having surplus bers from Multan and only traders, farmers, women, stuB A H AWA L P U R —Rejecting The resolution said that budget. two from Bahawalpur. dents, former Nazmeen and to become part of the Southern Punjab Province, the people of Bahawalpur Monday announced the launching of “ Tehrik Tahafaz-eSuba Bahawalpur”. The decision came through a Resolution adopted at the “ Bahawalpur Conference” convened by the leader of Bahawalpur Province Movement and former Information Minister Mr Muhammad Ali Durrani demanding the cre-

Bahawalpur province, whch is their identity. He hoped that their unity would prove a historic turning point. He said the acceptance of their demand would be a justice with the people otherwise it would be violation of the agreement reached between Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Nawab Sadiq Mohammad Khan AbbasiV. Mohammad Ali Durrani said they would not accept the merger of Bahawalpur in any other province or making Bahawalpur capital of any province.

Pakistan Army continues relief, rescue operations

Meeting on KP youth policy held

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P ESHAWA R —In pursuance

R AWA L P I N D I — P a k i s t a n Army troops on Monday continued Relief and Rescue operations in flood affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, Pakistan Army has employed 1200 troops to rescue the flood affectees in Kandkot, Naseerabad/Jacobabad and Dera Murad Jamali. Army troops have rescued over 4305 people to safer places in flood affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Army Aviation has employed 6 Helicopters in rescue and relief activities. Army troops rescued 2500 people from the flood affected areas of district Jacobabad, Tehsil Thul and surrounding areas of Baho Khoso. With the help of civil administration of District Jacobabad Army has established a Tent village, in which cooked food, mineral water and medicines have been provided to the flood affected people. Pakistan Army has distributed 22 ton rations and 500 packs of dry ration at Dera Murad Jamali and Loralai. Army has established a mobile field hospital at Dera Murad Jamali and treated 1200 patients.

of the initiative taken by the Ministry of Sports, Tourism, Archaeology and Youth Affairs, a consultative meeting of KP youth policy was held at Khyber Medical College conference hall under the auspicious of a joint initiative of Ministry Of Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Youth Affairs, Bargad (an organization for youth Development) and UNFPA United Nations Fund for population. The programme was conducted by Dr. Shahbbaz Israr program officer Bargad, Dr.Maryam Alam consultant youth policy Bargad and Zahoor Durrani consutatnt Youth Development program Tckp. The daylong meeting was attended by 25-30 participants mostly university students hailing from various parts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The participants expressed their point view, concerns and issues facing the youth and deliberated upon their solutions. They highlighted the issue of education, skill development, student counselling, job opportunities, travel & tourism related facilities for student community specially females, security and law and order, availability of scholarship for higher education, interprovincial student exchange programmes, formation of provincial youth assemblies lastly youth seminars and purposeful outdoor activities. In the end, it was unanimously agreed that it was a high time to form a youth development foundation to implement the discussed issues.

RTO organizes E-filing training session STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —On the directives of Chief Commissioner, Inland Revenue, Regional Tax Office (RTO) organized an E-filing training session here in the regional office. The training session was attended by about 30 representatives of public and semipublic sector organizations. A team of Inland Revenue through presentation and practical demonstration taught the procedure of the E-filing of withholding statement. On this occasion, the withholding agents expressed happiness and satisfaction over the holding of E-filing training session, which had helped provision of maximum information to them. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Commissioner, Inland Revenue, Qaiser Ali Khan assured the participants of the session that in future more such events will be organized to trained withholding agents on the procedure of E-filing.

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BAHAWALPUR: PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, PML-Q, PTI, JI, JUP, Jamiat Ahle Hadith leaders showing unity sign at ‘Tehrik Tahafaz-e-Suba Bahawalpur’ launching ceremony on Monday. in line with the unanimous resolution of the Punjab Assembly, a commission be established forthwith for the restoration of Bahawalpur Province pointing out that there was no demand in any part of the country for the restoration of a province and boundaries of Bahawalpur are already demarcated. It pointed out that other than elected assembly all the state institutions are in place and

The Resolution further said that after the unanimous resolution by the Provincial, the government and the opposition have no right to make it a point of contention. The Participants of the conference termed as imbalance the Commission set up for the creation of province pointing out that there are eight members from the government and four from the Province. It also pointed out

It was for the first time that the Resolution was unanimously adopted by people from across the political divide setting aside their political differences. The resolution was presented by Pakistan Peoples Party founder member Malik Habibullah Bhutta. The conference was attended by leaders of PML-N, PPP, JUI (F), PML (Q), PTI, JI, JUP, Jamiat Ahle Hadith and other

Shahbaz for 400 ex-servicemen recruitment in police in 2 weeks SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that maintenance of law and order in the society is the responsibility of police and no laxity would be tolerated in this regard. He said that he is personally monitoring law and order situation in Lahore as well as the whole province. He said that all necessary resources have been provided to police and now it is its responsibility to improve efficiency. He said that strict action would be taken if any case of extortion of money came to his notice. He directed that the process of re-

cruitment of 4000 ex-servicemen in police should be completed within two weeks. He was presiding over a high level meeting to review law and order situation in the province, here Monday. Advisor Jehanzeb Burki, Members Assembly Pervaiz Malik, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Hafiz Mian Nauman, Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Advocate General Punjab, IG Police, Secretaries of Home and Prosecution departments, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Commissioner Lahore Division, District Coordination Officer Lahore as well as concerned officers

Councillors. The participants describer the gather as historic and said that they would put in every effort to take the demand for the restoration of Bahawalpur Division to its logical conclusion. Speaking on the occasion, Mohammad Ali Durrani said the participation in the conference has proved that they are all united for the restoration of

Entry test held at IUB OUR CORRESPONDENT

were present. The Chief Minister was given a detailed briefing regarding law and order situation in the provincial metropolis as well as the whole province. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that show of performance only through statistics is not sufficient as the police will have to serve as the servant of the people in the real sense for curbing the crime. He said that the general impression of the people about the police will have to be changed as the masses are the best judge of the efficiency of police. He said that police should perform itsresponsibility of protection of life.

B AHAWALPUR —The entry test for admissions in the Engineering Colleges was held at Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus the Islamia University of Bahawalpur on Monday. According to the spokesman of the university, around 2800 candidates participated in the test and was conducted by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Students and their parents appreciated and thanked the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar for the arrangements of sitting area, proper security, medical and parking facilities. The Engineering College of IUB is offering admissions in four disciplines including Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication and Computer Engineering. The university has anate income of the farmers of nounced 18th September, the area and uplift their live- 2012 the last date to submit lihood and will improve applications. socio-economic development to help poverty alleviation in the country. Meanwhile, the Government of Pakistan has started olive plantation in Pakistan with the help of Italian government while Punjab is major partner of this project. Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal has STAFF REPORTER started research and promotional work of olive in Punjab, P ESHAWA R —The Political a private TV channel reported. The plantation sea- administration of Orakzai son of olive has been started Agency has successfully in Punjab. Ahmad Ali completed the construction of roads and flood protection Auolakh. walls in several villages of the agency and benefited thousands of local people. A spokesman of FATA secretariat Monday said that the keeping in view the constraints and miseries of local communities and to save their homes, agriculture lands and installations from possible flood destruction, the administration has timely completed construction of 30 meters long flood protection walls in Kanganai village of Sheikhan tribe in central Orakzai agency. The construction of another 213 meter extensive flood protection wall was also completed in Bada Khel village of Lower Orakzai to protect school, agriculture plains and dozens of houses from possible flood devastation. Similarly, in order to provide best transportation facilities and improve the sanitation system, about 1443 meter Long link road was paved and retaining wall built up in Saghro Kacha and Kandow Patay village of central Orakzai agency.

KP govt strongly protest against blasphemous film STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, while expressing strong condemnation over making of a blasphemous film by some Jews, has asked the United States to punish those responsible for hurting sentiments of Muslims across the globe. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Provincial Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain said Muslims across the world are hurt by making of this film. Expressing disrespect over the belief of others is not allowed in any religion and such incidents cause hatred and destruction in society, Mian added. He also requested owners of all the websites to delete this film from their links because continuous displaying of sacrilegious content would spread chaos and protest by people. Mian Iftikhar also stressed upon federal government to register its formal protest with US over screening of film by using diplomatic channel. The KP government will also

submit and memorandum with US Consulate in Peshawar in this regard, he added. He said our Holy Prophet’s reverence cannot be belittled through such acts and those who ignited this fire would also suffer and repent. Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a source of inspiration for whole humanity because he taught Muslims to respect human beings either they belong to any religion. Our Prophet (PBUH) has also taught Muslims of not disrespecting people of other religion and accord respect to everyone. However, he continued, some unscrupulous elements play with the sentiments of Muslims by making blasphemous films or cartoons as a result of which protest is being demonstrated by Muslims which become intense in some regions. Mian Iftikhar also requested all the Muslims to do protest over screening of film, but not cross limits ordained in our religion because inflicting loss on those who are not responsible for the blasphemous act is not allowed in Islam.

Scattered rains expected ISLAMABAD—The Met Office last 24 hours. The Quetta Met here on Monday predicted scattered rain/thundershowers in, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punja, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and besides hot and humid weather expected across country. The weather of Abbottabad, Bannu, D I Khan, Peshawar, Parachinar will remain partly cloudy with chances of rain during the same period. In next 48 hours, scattered rain/thundershower is expected in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan whereas hot and humid weather expected elsewhere in the country. The KP Met Office reported that that new spell of hot and humid weather was broken here on Monday morning as the provincial metropolis and adjoining areas received light rain bringing down the mercury besides giving respite to the heat stricken people. The provincial met office has forecast more scattered rains across the province including provincial capital during the next 24 hours. Malam Jabba received 23 mm, Parachinar 19 mm, Lower Dir 7mm, Risalpur 0.5mm and Kalam 0.3 mm rain during the

office has forecast dry weather for the city on Tuesday with maximum temperature expected to range between 27degrees centigrade and 29 degrees centigrade and minimum expected to range between 15 C and 17

C. Dry weather is expected for the rest of region.On Monday, the highest temperature of 43.5 C was recorded at Turbat and lowest temperature 05 C at Kalat. Heavy rains in Lahore and Faisalabad have turned weather pleasant but inundated low-lying areas. According to a private news channel, heavy rains in Lahore and Faisalabad during the night between Sunday and Monday dropped the mercury level and turned the weather pleasant, but the low-lying areas were inundated by the rainwater.—APP

PARC kicks of Olive cultivation project STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has started work on “Promotion of Olive Cultivation for Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation” project with the financial assistance of Italian government. Under this project olive will be planted on thousands of acres of land in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Baluchistan. In this regard, the Agriculture Researchers and olive growers organized an Olive Plantation Day at Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Chakwal

during which olive plants were distributed among olive growers of the Pothwar Region in order to popularize the olive cultivation in the area. It is to be mentioned here that the Punjab government has declared the Pothowar area as Olive Valley. Speaking on the occasion, the scientists highlighted the importance of olive cultivation in Pakistan. Dr. Muhammad Munir Goraya, Senior Director (Crops) PARC/National Project Director is coordinating and supervising the activities of this project at national level. PARC believes that this initiative will gener-

QUETTA: Policemen removing the blinds from vehicles during a campaign.

Roads, flood protection walls completed in Orakzai

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Chairman Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf Imran Khan addressing PTI workers during his visit.

50 animal camps set up in rain hit areas OUR CORRESPONDENT HYDERABAD —The Director Animal Husbandry Sindh informed here on Monday said that the department has set up 50 animal relief camps in six worst affected districts of Sindh due to heavy rainfall with objectives to initiate precautionary measures and ensure prompt treatment of animals in these districts. A total 268449 animals including 170324 large and 98125 small animals have so far been vaccinated and 14003 have been treated till September 16, 2012 in these relief camps, he informed. He informed that out of these 50 animal relief camps, 10 with nine vets and 24 Para vets have been established

in Shikarpur, 16 Camps with 25 vets and 63 Para vets in Khairpur district, 4 camps with one vet and 9 para vets in Ghotki, seven camps with six vets and 17 para vets in Sukkur, four camps with one vet and 10 para vets in Kashmore and nine animals relief camps with one vet and 19 para vets have been established in Jacobabad district to adopt precautionary measures and ensure prompt treatment to affected animals in these districts. Till September 16,he informed that 170324 large animals and 98125 small animals have been vaccinated, while 7123 large animals and 6880 small animals have been provided prompt treatment. In he informed that anti para-

sitic injections have also been administrated on 302328 animals in these affected districts of the province. Meanwhile, the flood affectees of Rajanpur and DG Khan have been provided 2264 metric tons relief goods through 283 trucks dispatched to the affected areas of south Punjab. The relief goods included 63,770 bags of dry food items, 36000 bags of rice, 34000 atta bags, 15000 blankets,7319 camps, 45000 bottles of mineral water, and 78 de-watering sets, stated a handout here Monday. Director general PDMA Mujahid Sherdil stated this while addressing a review meeting that took stock of the relief provision to flood affectees.


Immediate help needed

‘Railways travel to be made convenient’

and procurement of new loSTAFF REPORTER SHIKARPUR—For the first time in one I SLAMABAD —The govern- comotives through revenue/ PSDP budget, bank loans, as hundred years, the District Shikarpur

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has been worst hit by heavy rains of 350 mm last week paralysing life and causimng miseries to the people. The city returned to life after the rain water accumulated on the main circular road and other city streets was drained out thanks to a week long efforts made by the District Administration. However, the other muhallas, and public places including Khanchandabad, New Shikarpur, Allahabad Colony, C &S Degree College, Shah Latif University Campus, Shikarpur Women Hospital, Judges Colony, District Judicial Complex, Doctors Colony still remained marooned by rain water. Besides many of the villages and their link roads belonging to 42 union councils in taluka Shikarpur, Lakhi Ghulam Shah, Khanpur and Garhiyasin are also inundated by rain water and virtually cut off from the main city and towns. Thousands of rain affected people in rural areas are still waiting on the embankments of the cannals and dry road sides under open sky, looking for help from Government and NGOs to provide them food and tents for shelter. The Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Quaim Ali Shah had announced rupees 5 million to meet the rescue and relief requirements for the district which amount is awaited. Deputy Commissioner Shikarpur Dr. Azhar Hussain Shah informed the media men at his office on Sunday evening that according to his first survey report upto 15th September, 22 persons had died and 239 persons been injured in the incidents of some 16104 houses collapse in different rural and urban due to heavy rainfall. He also informed that eight relief camps have been established in four talukas Shikarpur, Garhiyasin.

Visit rain-hit areas Our Correspondent

QUETTA —Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Mohammad Alam Khan Khatak along with Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad made an aerial visit to the Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts of Balochistan. During their stopover at Dera Murad Jamali, Brigadier Kamran Khan of 328 Brigade gave visiting delegation detailed briefing about the rescue and relief operation jointly launched by the provincial government, PDMA, Pak Army and Frontier Corps. Brigadier told that recent flash floods triggered by the heavy down pour badly hit the millions of families in Naseerabad and Jaffarabad, however, Pakistan Army and provincial government immediately launched rescue and relief operation to mitigate the losses of the people caused by the rain water. He told that over 5000 patients have so far been treated in the medial camps set up in Dera Allah Yar, Dera Murad Jamali and other areas. “Some 3000 rain-battered people were shifted to safe places by the Army’s six helicopter and 18 boats”, he added. Mr Khatak said that Army stands by provincial government and would not leave the masses of Balochistan in this critical juncture, adding we are committed to extend all-out help to the masses hit by the recent flash floods in northern and eastern Balochistan. “Hundreds of Packets of relief goods, besides 2000 tents were also delivered among the affectees so far”, he maintained. Meanwhile, plice recovered a body from Essa Nagri area of the provincial capital on Monday. According to police, acting on a tip off, they reached the site and took the body into the custody which was dumped in a sack after killing by unknown men.

Democracy strengthening country Staff Reporter

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Secretary-General Jahangir Badar said that democratic institutions of the country are being strengthened and now all decisions are being taken in the parliament rather than drawing rooms. Talking to Pakistan Television, he said that present government is committed to serve the people in the real sense by providing them maximum relief.He said that PPP has waged great struggle for restoration and survival of the democracy even Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had sacrificed her life for this purpose.He said that PPP would further strengthen the democratic process and respect each other’s mandate. He added that PPP is the only political party that has given matchless sacrifices for restoration of the democracy and provision of basic rights to oppressed class of the country. He said that democracy was restored in the country after huge sacrifices of the PPP’s leaders and its workers. He said that PPP do not believe on empty slogans but was taking practical steps for betterment and welfare of the poor masses of the country. Earlier, PPP Secretary General and Leader of the House in the Senate Jehangir Badar has complimented the vision of the President Asef Ali Zardari entailing paradigm shift in our foreign relations with added focus on the immediate neighbors and beyond for achieving peace, stability and prosperity by capitalizing on the geographical proximity. He said this while talking to APP on Tuesday on the outcome of the visit of the Russian Sports Minister to Pakistan, Vitaly L. Mutko. Badar said it was heartwarming for the people of Pakistan that the Russians had evinced keen interest in financing in the major hydro-power projects and TAPI (Turkmanistan, Afghanistan.

ment is committed to revival of railways and would take measures to make it a vibrant organization. Talking to APP, an official of Railways Ministry said the travel by train can provide convenient and affordable services to the people of the country, adding that the ministry will leave no stone unturned for achieving the targets set out by the government. To a question, he said the main objective of Ministry of Railways is to improve the operational efficiency of Railways and provide modern transportation facilities to the commuters. Meanwhile, Ministry of Pakistan Railways is taking several steps to overcome present crisis. Railway Administration’s strategy includes repair and maintenance of existing locomotives

well as, private sector participation, an official of Ministry of Railways said while talking APP here on Monday. Pakistan Railway, he said, is making efforts to get sufficient funds from the Government for rehabilitation of required locomotives, rolling stock, and purchase of spares parts and fuel etc. He said that Pakistan Railways is inviting private sector to participate in different activities of PR i.e rehabilitation of aging locomotives, development of Dry Ports and commercial Management of Passenger trains etc. He said that at operational level,steps are being taken to control the deficit and the initiative of ECO train has been taken to capitalize through establishing internaFAISALABAD: Rescue workers are busy in their work as the roof of a house collapsed due to heavy rain in city. tional linkages.

PA conference to review law, order, anti-polio campaign held

Masood eulogises Tribals’ coop against militancy

STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The Vice Chancellors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public sector Universities Monday unanimously agreed to convene National Conference of all Pakistan Universities’ Vice Chancellors to look into the dire financial strain being faced by higher education institutions in the country. They also decided to seek an immediate audience with the Chief Minister and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to apprise them with the situation, said a press release issued here.

The VC‘s said they feel that the University employees deserve to get 20% increase in salary announced in budget and the same is there right. However, the university have not received the necessary funds required for it and they will take the issue directly to the relevant quarters and fight for the cause of its employees and students. For the time being the annual increase cannot be extended to them because of the poor monitory position of varsities, they said. The meeting of KP Vice Chancellors held in University of Peshawar was jointly chaired by VC, UoP Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz.

Abbottabad COMSATS Convocation

Rector sought students’ role in betterment of country STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The 46th Convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad held at

faculties including Engineering, Business Administration, Information Sciences & Technology and Sciences. Among these students 558 received their BS

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C HAGAI —On the call of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUIF), a rally was taken out in Badin and Washak areas on Sunday in protest against the anti-Islam film. Hundreds of people marched on city roads and raised slogans against the makers of the film. They demanded punishment to the perpetrators. Later, they dispersed peacefully. In Knanewal Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) and Sunni Tehreek took out rallies to condemn sacrilegious film, made in USA. The rally of Sunni Tehreek, led by Shahid Raza, Shiekh Zulfiqar Rizwi, and Allama Saifur Rehman started from Milad-Chowk and ended at Kalma Chowk. They said that the film had hurt feelings of muslims. Workers of JUI (F) led by Allama Akraamul Qadri, Maulana Akhtar Abbas and Irfan Ayub also staged demonstration protest and demanded of government to take up the issue at international forum. They also stressed upon government to bring the person involved in making of the film to justice and award him exemplary punishment. In Hyderabad a man was killed as the people took to streets to protest against the sacrilegious film made in the United States od Amrica. The protests, which started with a peaceful demonstration by a group of Muslim, Christian and Hindu representatives outside the press club, turned violent in the afternoon. A 34-year-old Muhammad Khan Solangi was sitting in his shop in Rahat Cinema area, in the limMULTAN: Lawyers of High Court Bar hold a demonstration against the blasphemous its of City police station, when film outside High Court. he was hit by a stray bullet.

aison with the tribesmen. many other issues in FATA. STAFF REPORTER The conference reviewed “The Political administration PESHAWAR—The 13th Politi- law and order situation and should move forward taking the tribal communities cal Agents (PA) Conference along”, he stressed. He said held here on Monday with that the investment environGovernor Khyber ment must be improved and Pakhtunkhwa Barrister the potential investors Masood Kausar in the chair should be provided every reviewed the law and order facility including security. situation and anti-polio camThe Governor directed paign in FATA, implementathe political officers to take tion on FATA reforms and effective measure to control the causes of many other isthe kidnapping incidents. sues in FATA. The Gover“This must be given serious nor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa consideration so as the Barrister Masood Kausar people feel some kind of imhas highly appreciated the provement”, he added. He support and cooperation of directed that the grievances local tribal community against militancy and urged anti-polio campaign in FATA, and complaints of tribesmen the political administration implementation on FATA re- of Bara should be addressed to further strengthen their li- forms and the causes of properly and added that the

Varsities’ VCs convene conference to look into financial crunch

Rallies against sacrilegious held

Engineering), BS (Electrical Power Engineering), MS (Electrical Engineering) from the Faculty of Engineering.BS (Business Administration), BS (Eco-

SPLGO in province’s interest Our Correspondent

HYDERABAD—Defence Minister, Syed Naveed Qamar, has said a perusal of Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, would show that it does not mean harm to Sindh but is actually in the best interest of the province. “Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) can never even think of going against the interst of Sindh,” the minister said while talking to media men in Tando Muhamamd Khan. The minister said that local government system lies at the heart of democracy and devolution of power to the people and dispelled the impression that the important revenue, police, health, education and other subjects would be given to mayors. “The ordinance will remove the difference between urban and rural population as both will be getting equal standard of services and development,” he added. The minister, however, did not rule out amending controversial provisions from the ordinance when it comes for legislation in the Sindh Assembly. The minister defended the hike in petro- ABBOTTABAD: Director COSMATS, Dr Gul Khan Jadoon, Prof Syed Amjad Farid and leum prices saying it was neither in the hands of the gov- Dr Arshad Parvez seen during 46th Convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information ernment nor Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Technology. but the international market actually decided the price. Responding to a question, the defence minister said if the the newly constructed au- Degrees whereas 102 stu- nomics), Maters Business government gave subsidy on the petroleum products, the ditorium of COMSATS. Di- dents received their MS De- Administration, Masters impact would indirectly come over the people and the en- rector COSMATS, Dr Gul grees. Business Organization, Masergy would also become more costly. He, on the occasion Khan Jadoon conferred deThe students graduated ters Development Studies, also distributed 16 appointment orders of health and edu- grees and medals to 660 in different programs from the MS (Management Sciences), cation departments among the people who qualified for students, who graduated in above mentioned four facul- MS (Banking &Finance) from recruitment tests on merit. PPP district President, Haji Spring 2012. The graduating ties namely BS (Computer the faculty of Business AdAmeen Lakho, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Asif Memon. students were from the four Engineering) ,BS (Electronics ministration.

process of return of IDPs to their homes should be accelerated and facilitated. “Law and order in FATA was the core issue and the political officers should play their proactive role to ensure more improvement”, the Governor said directing that all the relevant authorities and agencies should coordinate their efforts to move forward collectively. The political agents presented reports on current law and order situation in their respective Agencies and highlighted the steps taken to overcome the problems and issues in this regard. The conference was informed that FATA reforms particu-

larly those relating to FCR were being fully implemented. The Additional Chief Secretary FATA presented an overview of implementation on the decisions taken during the previous conference whereas the Chief Executive TESCO briefed the conference on the technical causes of continuous power break down in FATA and suggested certain measures to ensure availability of electricity to the end consumers. Governor Masood Kausar said that now when the law and order situation in tribal areas was improving the political administration should focus the development initiatives and FATA reforms.

FIR against TMA Sacked during Nawaz regime Kohistan lodged STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —Department of Anti Corruption, Peshawar, Monday registered an FIR against staff of Tehsil Municipal Administration Kohistan (TMA) for alleged embezzlement of Rs. 3.167 million in a scheme. Director Anti Corruption, Syed Fayyaz Ali Shah learnt from reliable sources that TMA staff was involved in embezzlement of over Rs. 3.1 million in an irrigation channel scheme meant for Kohistan area. The director along with technical staff inspected the scheme and disclosed that TMA staff was also responsible for Rs. 456,7101 loss to national exchequer.

Saked employees stage rally in KP govt favour STAFF REPORTER

P E S H AWA R — E m p l o y e e s sacked during the government of Nawaz Sharif here Monday staged a rally in favour of the government and to celebrate the passage of bill from the provincial assembly. Speaking on the occasion, presidents of different districts of sacked employees included Dr. Ashfaq, Haji Wajidullah, Ayaz and Fazal Malik expressed gratitude to President, Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Minister, Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, Senior Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet, Bashir Ahmad Bilour and parliamentary leader of PPP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Abdul Akbar Khan on the passage of Act from the provincial assembly. They said that the restoration of five thousands employees is a new chapter in the democracy of Pakistan and said that they were expecting such good treatment from the democratically elected government.

Rs 28.33m allocated for gas provision to PK-10 STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —Deputy Speaker, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Khushdil Khan advocate has said that the provincial government with the allocation of Rs 28.33 million for the provision of gas to deprived areas of the province has written a new history. Addressing different public gatherings in Ghari Banat and Ghari Wali Khan of Mera Sorizai in his constituency PK-10, he said that though the provision of gas is a federal subject, but the steps of

the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti due to his personal interest are highly commendable. The Deputy Speaker said that measures taken by the ANP government for the welfare of deprived and poor classes of society has no precedent in the history of last 65 years of the country. He said that survey for the provision of gas to the deprived areas of PK-10 has been completed and work on gas supply to such areas will start soon. On demands of the people regarding voters’ reg-

istration, over-billing of electricity and preparation of National Identity Cards (NIC), he assured that he will not only raise the matter with concern authorities but will resolve such problems at the door step of the people of the area. Regarding the construction of funeral prayers mosque and road in Mulagori, he said that funds for these development schemes have already been approved. He said that the contract of mega projects will issued soon to start work on them within a period of two weeks.


Caretaker PM be a non-aligned technocrat

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ESPITE apprehensions being expressed by some quarters that conspiracies are being hatched to postpone the forthcoming general elections, the overall scheme of things indicate that the polls are fast approaching and there is no escape but to hold them on time. It is in this context that the possibilities of who could head a truly neutral caretaker set up are being discussed and different proposals given in this regard. As the hunt for a non-controversial personality is in progress, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly has already floated at least seven names. It is really important that a national consensus should emerge, like appointment of retired Justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as Chief Election Commissioner, for selection of the caretaker Prime Minister. This is necessary because most of the names being proposed by different parties and stakeholders are nothing but attempts at point scoring, devoid of the required seriousness. For instance, veteran politician Sardar Attaullah Mengal, while commenting on reports that his name is also included in the list of those being nominated by the leader of the opposition, remarked that ‘this would be the biggest joke’. Similarly, some other personalities being suggested by different circles have clear biased in favour of one or the other interested parties. Though the caretaker set up would be just for about three months and its main responsibility would be to ensure holding of free, fair and transparent elections yet it is understood that some serious and sound personality with a team of dedicated professionals could bring about a positive change, setting right directions for economy and other things. And in view of the ground realities the holding of fair elections itself is a huge task as future of the country is directly linked with the ability of arranging elections in a manner that no one could point an accusing finger towards the caretaker set up. There are many people like Fakhruddin G Ibrahim who have clean slate and least interested to enjoy perks and privileges for a limited period but sincere to serve the country. We, therefore, believe that the caretaker Prime Minister should be a non-controversial technocrat like Dr Attaur Rehman and Dr Ishrat Hussain who earned respect because of their sincerity and devotion to the promotion of education especially science and technology and development of the country’s economy.

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HE government has once again made substantial Rs 6.82 per litre increase in the price of petrol under its new policy of weekly adjustment in POL prices creating strong resentment among people in all segments of the society. The weekly adjustment, according to the government is aimed at passing on the impact of international oil prices to the consumers but the fact is that prices are being increased and no actual relief is being passed on to the citizens. People are now describing the oil prices as POL drones which hit the masses every week but the government is least concerned. The ultimate effect is that transportation and production cost goes up. One cannot object over raise in POL prices in parity with international trend but what is more disturbing is that the levies and duties, imposed on the consumers through oil prices also go up having multiple impact on the consumers. Since petroleum is so important to industrial sector, a large increase in its price can lead to increase in the price of most products, raising the inflation rate which is declared by economists as public enemy number one and plunges countries into long periods of instability. The policy makers in the government must recognize that given the important role of fuel in the operation of the national economy, once oil prices rise, there would be a domino effect and industrial production cost goes up. Thus people have reason to worry about inflation resulting from rising fuel prices. We would therefore impress upon the government to revert to the old system of monthly adjustments in POL prices and at the same time permanently fix GST and other levies on the basis of per litre sale, rather than increasing these duties along with oil price, to reduce impact on the consumers.

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HE nature of challenges facing Pakistan demands total national unity and harmony but unfortunately acts of violence continue to occur and recur with frequent intervals to mar the peaceful atmosphere that is a must for facing these challenges squarely. In the latest development two protestors were killed and eighteen others injured during clashes with police and law-enforcing agencies during a demonstration in Karachi. While there can be no two opinions that holding of peaceful demonstrations and protests is legitimate right of the people, it is equally important that these should remain within the bounds of law. The protests against production of sacrilegious Internet movie by some Americans are understandable as a mischievous attempt has been made to target Islam and its great Prophet (PBUH). It is duty of Muslim Ummah and Governments of the Islamic states not only to lodge protests but also take measures to denounce and counter the move. However, we have been pointing out in these columns that there was absolutely no justification for indulging in violence. Inflicting damage on and torching of public and private assets as well as those belonging to the United States is unacceptable and those resorting to this kind of violence are, in fact, furthering the objective of the enemy. Already, the United States has announced to deploy troops in most of the Muslim countries in the Arab world on the pretext of controlling violent demonstrations, which amounts to sheer insult to the sovereignty and independence of these countries. It is also pertinent to point out that the revered personality of the Muslim world – Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has denounced attacks on diplomats and embassies as un-Islamic. Diplomats are there in every country under a global understanding and their protection is duty of the host governments and therefore, attacks on diplomats and diplomatic missions are highly regrettable.

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Outrage in Muslim world from time to time Americans and Europeans are trying to test the Muslims’ devotion to and reverence for the Holy P r o p h e t Mohammad Jamil M u h a m m a d Email: mjamil1938@hotmail.com (PBUH), and every time they get the message that all Muslims hold him in the highest esteem and nti-Islamic movie “Inno with the same zeal and fervor. In cence of Muslims” has February 2006, there was outrage in sparked global protests and the entire Muslim world over dasoutrage in the Muslim world. tardly act of the Danish newspaper Many countries of the world have and its motivated reproduction by condemned the documentary made others in France, Italy, the Netherby a California-based Israeli film- lands and Norway. The West claims maker including Saudi Arabia and to be upholder of fundamental rights; Turkey that have also condemned it preaches tolerance and respect for the killing of United States envoy others’ faiths, but in practice they do and three other embassy staff in things that tend to inflame the sentiBenghazi describing it unfortu- ments of the Muslims. And when the nate. But the uprising in Libya and latter retaliate, they dub them as exin Cairo, where the US mission tremists and terrorists. According to was attacked and flag set on fire, Foreign Policy magazine’s report, just goes on to establish that reli- Washington said that it was deploygion and region are quite sensi- ing forces to cope with violence in tive issues. as many as 18 different locations as The film producer and his as- deadly anger spreads over US-made sociates should be tried for hate blasphemous movie. But the US has crime and for hurting the feelings already its bases in many countries of the Muslims that make 20 per- of the world, therefore it does not cent of the world population, and make sense that the US would deshould not be allowed to indulge ploy more forces or marines to safein sacrilege on the premise of free- guard its embassies and staff in more dom of thought and expression. In than 192 countries. 2006, the vandalism that the world What US should understand is had witnessed under the guise of that the Middle East, in the afterfree Press from biased cartoonists math of Arab Spring, is too ticklish in Denmark and Sweden was to stand such upheavals. Respective enough to act as an eye-opener. governments and community leadDetractors of Islam should ers have to rise to the occasion to have know as to what sort of reac- subside undercurrents of hatred and tion would come from Muslim fra- bias. Unfortunately, Muslim counternity if they tried to denigrate tries are divided over fiqah and the prophet of Islam. It appears that US and other big powers take ad-

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vantage of those contradictions. There is demand that the OIC should convene summit meeting to chalk out a plan to pressurize the US and western countries to stop the hate campaign against Muslims. But Muslim countries are playing in the hands of the super power, which was obvious when they threw Syria out of the OIC’s fold in the third extraordinary summit conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation held at the holy city of Makkah recently. The two-day summit moot, chaired by custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, ended with a clear polarization within the 57-member body of Islamic states. Syria was suspended from the Arab League last year over its clampdown on the uprising that President Bashar Assad characterized as a plot by Western and rival powers to overthrow his regime. The UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon had appointed former secretary-general Kofi Annan as his special envoy to find a Syrian solution but the attempt failed despite Annan’s visits to Damascus to hold talks with Syrian leadership during the last six months. In August, former Foreign Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi was assigned the task of resolving the Syrian issue. But so far all the bids to resolve the crisis failed after talks with President Assad. But the OIC suspended Damascus without hearing Syrian point of view. This is, therefore, a major anomaly in the Makkah Declaration. Since the OIC also faltered in calling for non-intervention by foreign forces in Syria, this has added to the impact of the jarring decision. As regards Kashmir dispute, the OIC had been issuing statements to resolve the issue on the basis of UN resolutions, but for quite

some time it is also parroting the American and Indian stance that it should be resolved through bilateral negotiations knowing full well that for the last 63 years, India has balked on serious dialogue on the core issue of Kashmir. America and European countries have been eulogizing the Arab Spring in Muslim countries. Though there were uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya, yet they deemed it appropriate only to supply weapons and provide funds to the rebels in Libya. As to the unrest in Middle East and North Africa, after Libya now Syria is the target. Muslim countries have to understand that if they do not show unity they will be taken on one by one. In latest issue of the Time, the author Bobby Ghosh in his article on the violence in the wake of controversial film stated that a chain of violence from Cairo to Benghazi raises the question whether the Arab Spring makes the Middle East more dangerous? He also wrote: “Before Arab Spring, this chain of events would likely have been stopped early. Dictators like Egypt’s Hosnie Mubarak and Libya’s Gaddafi would have either blocked Internet access to prevent their people from seeing inflammatory material (among other things) or used their security agencies to crack down on protests long before they could reach critical mass”. One can conclude from such remarks that Americans have the penchant to support the dictators because they do not like the hassle of dealing with the cabinets and parliaments. In the past also they ditched the dictators only after they had become unpopular because of the policies dictated by the US. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Whither world economic order in the air, time may perhaps be opportune to have a closer look at nature’s design for the world at large (not to be confused with the world’s designs on nature!). Khalid Saleem Globalization, Email: binwakeel@yahoo.com one is informed on good authority, means open borders for flows of finance, business, trade, ideas and cultural values. t is an immutable law of nature Sounds good that, does it not? The that it is always the weaker advocates of globalization – and there creatures that are provided with are many - present this as a panacea extra protection. Would be preda- for all the ills of the world. “Globaltors, by that token, very rarely pos- ize and all will be well” comes sess protective shells. Their pro- through as the most popular slogan spective victims, though, invariably directed at the have-nots. Regrettado. All in all, nature does believe in bly, like all such catchy slogans, this a balance of sorts. If predators were one too has a catch in it. It is based to have their way, no creature on the presumption that what is good would enjoy the protection in the for the goose is equally good for the nature of a hard shell, spikes or gander. The goose in the present concolour camouflage. But, then, na- text happens to be the industrialized ture has its own priorities, quite developed world that happens to beunlike the case with humankind. lieve that what is good for itself deOne can pinpoint several obvious serves to be rammed down the throats differences. Nature, for one thing, of the rest of the world. As a consedoes not believe in multilateral quence, it comes as something of a treaties heavily biased in favour of surprise to the developed world that the strong. Instead, weightage is the developing one may find their afforded only to those that are in concoction somewhat unpalatable to dire need, not to those that are al- swallow, generous sugarcoating notready over-endowed. withstanding. Having trudged this far, one Post World War II, the economic owes the reader an explanation and regime devised by the victors has a plausible one at that. The fact is been heavily weighted against the that one is obliged to hark back to poorer countries of the world, particuthe laws of nature when confronted larly the former colonies. The ineviwith man-made laws in this rather table consequence has been a masunjust world of ours. This is all the sive transfer of resources from the more relevant in the case of coun- developing economies to the industries like the Land of the Pure. To- trialized world, rather than vice versa. day, when talk of “globalization” is This has been made possible, among

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other things, by the very simple mechanism of maintaining an unjust - and unjustified - disproportion between the price structure of the products of industry and that of primary produce. The international prices of finished goods, exported by the industrialized world, have been constantly increased in proportion to the rise in living standard of the inhabitants of these favoured lands. The world prices of primary produce, on which the economies of the poorer countries depend, have not only failed to increase in proportion but also, in certain cases, have actually gone down. This one-sided disparity has been perpetuated through an intrinsically unfair international economic regime. To have a rough idea of the inbuilt economic disparity, a cursory glance at some economic statistics may be of interest. Economies of the oil-producing countries in the Middle-East region that are commonly considered to be “rich” and those of the “Asian Tigers”, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, that have had some economic successes, hardly bear any comparison at all with the ‘economic performance’ of the industrialized Western states. The total gross domestic product (GDP) of the entire Islamic World, comprising almost one fourth of humanity, comes to a paltry amount in comparison with the GDPs of individual industrialized states like France, Germany and Japan. What it all goes to prove is that the industrialized countries and their developing counterparts are all stuck in wellworn grooves from which there is little hope of escape. Globalization appears to be yet another attempt at perpetuating the inequitable status quo. The economies that depend heavily on the export of

primary commodities have never had a fair deal. The world prices of primary produce and those of the finished industrial goods, that use the former as raw material, should logically have an enmeshed relationship. Regrettably, this does not happen to be the case – prices of each being invariably manipulated by the rich industrialized countries to their benefit. Public memory is proverbially short. The courageous battle fought by the oil-producing countries in the seventies and early eighties is all but forgotten. All hell had broken loose when the oil-producers demanded a fair price for their oil. Seeing the lay of the land, the producers of other primary products also added their feeble voices to the protest, demanding a slice of the cake. The ensuing negotiations in the multilateral economic forums dragged on for several years. As always, the “haves” won not only the battle but also the war. Save for the oil-producers, the “have-nots” failed in their quest to win a fair price for their produce. What is more, they were burdened with the extra bill for the expensive oil in addition to dearer industrial products they imported from the industrialized countries. Another aspect of the New International Economic Order on which one has not had time to dwell is the regime of the so-called “international assistance”. This regime gave rise to a game of “lend lease” all to the advantage of the lenders, allied to bureaucratic corruption of horrendous proportions in the borrowing states. The result again was as can be expected, to wit, a net transfer of resources of massive proportions away from the poor economies. But that, as they say, is another story!

akhdar Brahimi can’t be more categorical. The United Na tions special envoy to Syria, after meeting President Bashar Al Assad, has warned of serious consequences if the brinkmanship doesn’t come to an end instantly. Though Brahimi has already expressed his pessimism over his assignment as a peace broker, it remains to be seen what impact he can make in convincing the parties concerned for a negotiated settlement of the discord. The uprising since March last year has cost more than 28,000 lives and left behind more than two million people displaced across its international borders. Moreover, the civil strife that is buoying in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus is getting quite serious, especially taking into account the fact that the regime is using heavy weapons against its own populace. Reports of extra judicial killings, abductions and rape, are pouring in from credible organisations, who are engaged on the field in collecting data and also in providing humanitarian assistance to the victims. Though no reports are available as to what transpired between Assad and Brahimi, as they held tête-à-tête in Damascus on Saturday, it is widely assumed that no headway has been made in defusing the crisis. The UN envoy had earlier met a number of Syrian opposition figures and is likely to get back to them once again in the next couple of days. One hopes the initiative the Algerian diplomat has taken, by drawing his personal expertise from Afghanistan and Lebanon strife, could go a long way in harnessing a consensus for an amicable way out of the crisis. The tough task is to bring an end to violence and broker an immediate ceasefire. Brahimi, who has described the bloodshed in Syria as ‘staggering and catastrophic’, cannot merely act as a hip-hopping envoy, shuttling between world capitals for documenting history. He has to make a difference, and the best possible way to do so is to grant the envoy with the necessary muscles and institutional support to avoid another war in the region. The United Nations, which will commence its General Assembly session next week, has to stand behind Brahimi and draft a blueprint that should send down the message of zero-tolerance to the regime in Damascus and alike to the splinter opposition forces, who are busy carving a niche for themselves at the altar of a nation. The recent uproar in the region over the alleged blasphemous documentary made by a US-based Israeli is too unnerving. The implosion of the conflict in Syria can ultimately come to devastate world peace and security. — Khaleej Times

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hirty years ago this week, more than 2,000 civilian Pal estinians were slaughtered in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in south Beirut by Lebanese Christian Phalange militiamen, who had entered the camps over several days under the supervision of the occupying Israeli army. They allowed the killing to continue and refused access to anyone other than the Phalange while it was going on. The full horror of what had happened took some days to emerge, but Robert Fisk was one of the first journalists into the camp after the massacre and he reported: “There were women lying in houses with their skirts torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart, children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were babies — blackened because they had been slaughtered more than 24 hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition — tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army equipment and empty bottles of whiskey”. To this day, the Palestinians have not received the rights they deserve. They have endured continuing occupation in Palestine, including repeated incursions and massacres, such as in Jenin in 2002 and Gaza in 2009. The commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila massacres is part of seeking the Palestinians’ rightful place in the community of independent nations. — Gulf News Benefits make a man a slave. —Proverb


In the garb of free speech! had the incident of the cartoons depicting again the prophet of Islam as a terrorist. Ali Ashraf Khan This cartoon had to be published for a second Email:balti@super.net.pk time because its publication for the first time in a Danish newspaper did not create the wished uphe Islamic world is up in arms heaval. But after its second publicaagainst the US in protest tion the wrath of the Pakistani Musagainst another blasphemous lims resulted in the burning down act initiated on the 11th anniversary of the Mall in Lahore. We then had of so-called 9/11 with a specific more anti-Islamic films of a Dutch agenda: a film posted on you tube and other European origin and now maligning the prophet of Islam we have this latest provocation (PBUH) and Islam, the Holy against Islam. Qur’an and Islam itself. This is not The death of US ambassador in the first time the West has tried Bin Ghazi reminds me of Pakistan’s this. It started with the infamous President Ziaul Haq’s plane crash in book ‘satanic verses’ by Salman which US ambassador to Pakistan Rushdie a British author of Indian was killed with another American descent who owns much of his ill- and one fails to understand how and fame to this book which was de- why no proper investigations were picting the prophet of Islam in an finalized by US government that Bin outrageous manner that caused the Ghazi incident is being probed to protest of the Islamic world as early link it with Islamists to achieve their as the eighties. More recently we hidden agenda. After the fall of the

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Soviet Union and the ‘second world’ the West lead by the US was in need of a new enemy to justify the enduring existence of large armies and weapons production and an organization like NATO, which has now been turned into a watchdog of the world under US umbrella. The globalization of the capitalist economy which was succeeding in monopolizing the international markets and aiming especially at the monopolization of the energy market as an efficient instrument of control of access to the world market and of the world market itself for those in whose hands this instrument would be. The world Jewry in its US-Israel connection is aiming to get hold of this instrument to control world economy and world market since the nineteen eighties. We have seen a first Iraq war against Iran, we have seen an Iraq war after the Kuwait crisis we have seen a third Iraq war under the pretense of weapons of mass destruction. We have, and are still seeing the war in Afghanistan and how the West is losing it. And we see the cases of what was called ‘Arab

spring’ in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria where the West has been and is still propping up political opposition with arms, ammunition and training and the support of mercenaries to substitute the same dictatorial regimes which they had been installing and supporting years ago with a new ‘democracy’ not realizing that democracy will never succeed in the Arab or Islamic world. Democracy is the political system of capitalism and capitalism to prosper needs the replacement of the belief in God by the belief in money. While our ‘leaders’, the Zardari, Musharraf and Bhuttos and Sharifs and others have sold their souls to money instead of God and are plundering the country and the nation mercilessly the majority of Pakistanis and of the Arab and other Muslim societies as well are believers in God. The West never understood that and is now surprised why the people of Benghazi who have been supposedly ‘liberated’ with the help of Western troops and weapons are now killing the US Ambassador!

Who killed US Ambassador in Libya? Afshain Afzal Email: afshainafzal@yahoo.com

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n a tragic incident that left deep dent in the effort to bring the world communities on the path of tolerance and acceptability, a group of evil minded persons tried to push Muslims to a stage of retaliation by giving publicity to a blasphemous film produced last year. In another incident in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a member from diplomatic corps and three other individuals died due to suffocation while at least 12 Americans received minor burns injuries, which left a deep sense of grief and sorrow for many? The fact cannot be denied that none among those killed in Benghazi received bullet or grenade wounds and died as a result of fear-phobia and suffocation due to smoke. Arab witnesses at the site of incident narrated stories that all the American security and intelligence personnel ran away from the scene leaving the poor Ambassador and a few others alone to take refuge in Safe House, which was especially designed to carry out clandestine operations and served as hideout for agents. How-

ever, before they could muster up enough courage to reach to their car they fainted. The video clips also showed that none of the protesters set on fire Consulate or Safe House in Benghazi. It is quite encouraging to note that Libyan security forces were trained enough to ensure evacuation of all the Consulate officials. However, Ambassador and some others, who were not from the diplomatic corps, flee to hideout. The fire set by Marines in Consulate produced a lot of smoke which did not allow another team of US marines to evacuate Ambassador and US nationals. So there is no lapse on the part of Libyan security forces, which is also evident from the video footages over Internet. In this regard, US President also confirmed, “Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’ body to the hospital.” One wonders, the American guards and Marines on security duty flee the consulate so how can they fight alongside Libyan? According to another local guard, the US Marine Guards themselves set the Consulate on fire, af-

ter they analyzed the situation was getting out of control. He disclosed on the condition of anonymity that other than the personnel from diplomatic corps, Consulate in Benghazi was housing at least 32 illegal American, who were involved in arms and terrorist training to Libyan groups. Due to the same reasons, Libyan Security forces failed to control foreign sponsored armed men who took part in last year’s uprising against government and convince them to lay down their weapons. He also disclosed that when the protesters had even not started scaling the walls and gates of the consulate, Marine started executing emergency plan for the destruction of all classified material and set the basement and other places on fire. The very act created smoke and choked the atmosphere, which caused deaths. If we recall, a similar situation arose when the North Koreans crossed over the 38th parallel in 25 June 1950. Marines were sent to destroy Embassy motor pool to prevent their possible use. The Embassy staff screened and burned classified material. The amount of material was enormous so the Marines used furnaces in the Embassy basement. The drama at Benghazi, Cairo and elsewhere,

which gained momentum and attracted other Muslims to protest, should not remain as a riddle. On the first hand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr Tarek Mitri, a Lebanon Christian, as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on 12 September 2012. Mr Mitri is deadly against Egyptian Muslims and Muslim Brotherhood. He openly expresses his view that they do not particularly care for the basic rights such as religious freedom. The other event is election of new Prime Minister of Libya, as Mustafa Abushagur who was a professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville from 1985 until 2002 and is very dear and near to Washington. One wonders, Washington has developed a habit of blaming everyone on the basis of their association with Islam. US has openly claimed that even if they have ability to block all the blasphemous films form Internet, they will not do so in order to facilitate American tradition of free expression which is enshrined in their constitution and law.

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Puzzled by a ‘red line’ demand seek from Obama that he hasn’t yet gotten? Apparently, it’s some sort of ultimatum or deadline for Iran to stop David Ignatius its nuclear enrichment, which could someday provide fuel for a bomb. In the latest eruption, Netanyahu said that leaders who won’t s Israeli Prime Minister Ben make such ultimatums “don’t have jamin Netanyahu continues a moral right to place a red light behis almost daily demands that fore Israel.” The White House might the United States announce its “red reasonably respond by asking: What line” for going to war with Iran, the are Israel’s “red lines”? If it doesn’t question puzzling the White House accept the president’s public comis what he wants beyond what Presi- mitment to stop Iran, then where dent Obama has already stated. would it draw the line? It has been Obama believes he has drawn the hard to get a clear answer. Israel says that Iran shouldn’t US red line as clearly as a superpower ever should, given that some have nuclear enrichment capability, ambiguity is useful in deterring an but unfortunately that line was crossed long ago. Now, apparently, adversary. For the record, Obama said in Netanyahu wants to prevent the Iraan interview with Jeffrey Goldberg nians from installing enough centriof the Atlantic in March that it was fuges in their fortified mountain base “a profound national security inter- near Qom that they would enter a est of the United States to prevent “zone of immunity,” in which they Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.” could produce enough highly enUS intelligence would provide “a riched fuel for a bomb. But how pretty long lead time in which we many centrifuges are we talking will know that they are making that about? And if the United States can attempt.” So what does Netanyahu bomb Qom and destroy the centri-

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fuges, why does this issue matter so much? Watching Netanyahu’s public, Hamlet-like anguishing over the past year about “to bomb or not to bomb,” one suspects the real issue for him isn’t red lines so much as trust that they will be enforced. Despite Obama’s record of lethal covert action against al-Qaeda, the president clearly hasn’t convinced Bibi. Netanyahu should understand that no country can allow another to impose the conditions under which it will go to war. The Israeli leader wants a tripwire that would trigger military action. But presidents don’t turn over that power of war and peace, even to their best friends. Indeed, it’s precisely because Obama means what he says about going to war that he wants maximum flexibility in how and when he takes action. The Israeli leader also ought to realize by now that Obama doesn’t like to be jammed. That’s the most interesting revelation of Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics.” The book describes how Obama was prepared to risk a financial default last year in preference to giving congressional Republicans a chance to create another debt-ceiling crisis during the 2012 election year.

“He could not give the Republicans that kind of leverage. . . . It was blackmail,” explains Woodward. In the White House view, Netanyahu is trying to do the same thing that House Speaker John Boehner attempted, and this isn’t likely to work. And officials are surely peeved that Netanyahu is making such comments (and pushing for a personal meeting) in the middle of the US election campaign. The danger of these months of semi-public Israeli debate about going to war is that, rather than making Tehran tremble, they may lead Iranian leaders to doubt Israeli resolve. Netanyahu is creating a situation where he almost has to attack, to save face. Obama should help the Israeli leader to climb down from his unwise rhetoric. Yes, the United States has already drawn a red line. But it’s worth restating, publicly, perhaps in a very visible forum such as the UN General Assembly this month. The United States needs to take control of the deadly confrontation with Iran, rather than being cajoled and buffeted by its smaller, weaker ally. Obama needs to own the policy of prevention he has declared. Courtesy: The Washington Post

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eople who think negative are the worst kinds to have around you. Here in a lighter vein is one such incidence how a negative person was handled: Remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing, and cares a damn, tries to make your life miserable. A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Washington with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: “Washington? Why would anyone

want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to go to Washington. Anyway, how are you getting there?” “We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!” “Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser. “That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in the USA?” “We’ll be at this exclusive little place over at the capital, it’s called The Room.” “Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.” “We’re going to go to see the Whitehouse and maybe get to see the President.” “That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to

see him: He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.” A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to the USA. “It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot. And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!” “Well,” muttered the

hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the President.” “Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured Washington and came to the Whitehouse, a secret service man tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the President likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into the Oval room and wait, he would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the President walked through the door and shook my hand and he spoke a few words to me.” “Oh, really! What’d he say?” asked the hairstylist.“ Ah,” said the woman, “He said, “Who messed up your hair? Change your hairdresser..!” —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Why insult any religion? KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ

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entiments are already high in Muslim world against US after Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now sev eral incidents took place recent years further down US credibility in Muslim world. Burning of Holy Quran in Bagram Airbase, Burning of Holy Quran by US priest Terry Jones, Pictures of US forces urination on corpse of dead Afghans also damaged US credibility. Only year ago some US soldiers were showing body parts of dead Afghans as winning trophies. At time when gulf is widening between Muslim and West western countries are doing nothing to calm the situation. Only last year forty people lost their lives in agitations against US government after incident of burning of Holy Quran by US priest. Now pictures of dragging Muslim women’s by French police and their arrest are also showing another negative impact of French government. Unfortunately no one responsible for these events is brought for justice and things are going bad worse. True reality is that in name of independence of freedom of expressions we can’t permit any one to spread hate and create division among different religions. Unfortunately in name of freedom of expression several hated personalities are getting fame and popularity in US and other countries. Hated personalities like Salman Rushdi, Tasleema Nasreen, Moli Nauras and Terrry Jones are getting funds and other support to carry out their hate agenda. —Jeddah, KSA

Religious sensititvity ATIF NOOR KHAN I strongly censure, resent and condemn all the anti-Islamic elements and activities especially the anti-Islamic movie. It is an abomination that under the pretext of freedom of speech, miscreants with vested interest who only want to whip up chaos in the Muslim Umma, have produced a blasphemous film to mock our beloved Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). I urge that we must renew our efforts to forge inter-faith harmony and strengthen religious sensitivity. It is unconscionable to disparage the Holocaust in United States and it should be unconscionable to mock the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). —Islamabad

**** ALI ASHRAF KHAN The protests against the anti-Islamic film that has been upsetting the sentiments of people Muslims world during last week have reached Pakistan and Karachi. Given the fact that Pakistan is an ally of the US in the so-called war on terror which has brought untold socio-economic and political miseries to the people of Pakistan and has the capacity to destroy our national fabric, therefore in my opinion the first and foremost demand of the demonstrators who were risking their lives by taking part in the protests should have been the cancellation of this unfortunate and counterproductive relationship with the US. The majority of the people of Pakistan have never had any sympathy for this unholy war and if they ever had any sympathy for the US they have been taught a lesson. This PPP government which is upholding the policy of the Musharraf regime of not only allowing the US to invade our country, to kill our population by drone attacks and straight murder on the ground like Raymond Davis and others who may not have been recorded is violating the constitution by not upholding the tenets of Islam. This should be the first and foremost challenge to our government which we should be able to change, not to a foreign government which though it is evil we have no chance to change. Those in the West, who consider it as their freedom of expression know that US government does not allow anyone research or question the grossly exaggerated figure of six million Jews killed in Holocaust? Why —Karachi

**** MEHAK ALI NAQVI One fails to understand how acts of a few irresponsible individuals who in no way represent the policies of the government of a country could be attributed to a nation. Had the American ambassador to Libya contributed to making of the offensive film, for which he was subjected to a coldblooded murder? The internet is full of such material/hate-clips for every religion. Does it mean the whole world should start acting irrationally and violenty? Just a few years ago, we saw the US government’s inability to question a box-office hit movie wherein Christ was shown as leading a married life. Libyan and other governments in the region cannot absolve themselves of not doing enough to protect the foreign missions and their respective staff. We condemn production of any offensive material but should not forget that technology has empowered individuals to present their viewpoint without fear of governments haunting them. One such example is the hate material recently uploaded on the internet showing the atrocities meted out to the Burmese Muslims. Later, it turned out that several of the photographs were doctored from other incidents elsewhere in the world to incite anger and hatred among Muslims viewing these images. One wishes that we would be able to talk and discuss religious is-

sues and differences instead of resorting to violent means. We wonder whether the Almighty grants His approval for the ongoing bloodshed in His name —Karachi

**** UMME RUBAB The recent anguish and pain shown by Muslims of Pakistan and Middle East is understandable in the context that respecting the Hoy Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon Him) more than one’s life is the focal point of faith of every Muslim in this world. Not a single example can be quoted from the 1400 years of Islamic history that a Muslim had ever ridiculed a Prophet as honouring all Messengers of Allah is part of faith of Muslims. Sadly, Muslims have been attacked again and again by feeble minded religious sycophants. These zealots in an attempt to gain popularity trigger hate and contempt against Muslims through their devilish acts. Same is the case of recent movie “Innocence of Muslims.” Here is the character of the person who was involved in the filthy act of mudslinging on Muslims and insulting our beloved Prophet (PBUH). It is worth mentioning that Terry Jones who had already teased Muslims is also involved in this fiasco. According to law-enforcement officials, Nakoula has been confirmed as the writer and director of Innocence of Muslims. The Associated Press discovered that the cell-phone number used by the man who identified himself as Bacile to the press is registered to the same address where a reporter found Nakoula. His other aliases, according to federal court papers, include NicolaBacily and Erwin Salameh.Nakoula has a checkered history with the law. All the noble minds of the world should rise and protest against actions of a few mental midgets involved in sacrilegious actions.Through your esteemed paper we demand that these culprits must be hanged in front of people so that no one should dare again to mock Muslims. Government should also apply pressure on US for taking stern action and giving exemplary punishment to Nakoula Basseley, Terry Jones and others. —Karachi

UN team on missing persons IFTIKHAR MIRZA United Nations’ team on missing persons has arrived in Quetta. The sixmember of United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will hold meetings with the relatives of missing and leaders of national and political parties. It is akin to challenge the sovereignty of our country. Time and again, the case of atrocities and brutalities inflicted upon Muslims by Indian army in Indian held Kashmir, were brought to the notice of United Nations High Commission in Pakistan during the past twenty years but to no avail. It would be more appropriate that the Working Group of UN now visiting Pakistan make Srinagar their abode to investigate tens of thousands of missing Muslims there. Equal treatment must be given to all missing persons without any distinction of their country, caste or creed. —Islamabad

Green vs blue KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ According to media news Afghan security forces killed six service members from the American led military coalition in a series of attacks in southern Afghanistan These attacks is the latest in the long series of so called green on blue incidents or insider attacks. Two British soldiers also lost their lives in same incident in Helmond province. Insider or so called green on blue attacks have become big threat to security and future of Afghanistan. Only this year sixty coalition forces member lost their lives in insider or so called green on blue attacks. Increasing numbers of insider attacks also destroy US plan to hand

over security of major cities to Afghan forces after departure of NATO from Afghanistan. US also suspended training of Afghan National security forces after increasing insider attacks and want more scrutiny. According to media reports social and culture difference is main cause of recent dividing gulf between Afghan and collation forces. Due to poor scrutiny process and lack of information Insurgents can easily penetrate in Afghan forces now even high security locations are not save from insurgents attacks. Recent events prove that security situation is going bad to worse in country In an attack last month on Bagram air base an insurgent rocket damaged a top U.S. general’s plane and In latest attack six US fighter jets destroyed in attack on Prince Harry base. Three coalition refueling stations were also destroyed and six aircraft hangars also damaged which cost millions of dollar. —Jeddah, KSA

Flood havoc HASHIM ABRO Floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 30 people and left several others missing and it has also destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes in the upper and lower Sindh region districts. Of course, there are several causes of flood disasters; some are due to natural phenomena, such as heavy rain, overflowing of rivers canals and drain banks amongst others. One has to ponder over manmade causes of disaster in the ill-fated province of Sindh where it is the third consecutive year that flood has visited destroyed each and everything. The main causes range from construction of structures on waterways, poor building construction, dumping of refuse in the drainages and negligence on the part of individuals, public health engineering and municipal bodies. Flood recurs in Sindh, especially during the monsoon season due to poor drainage infrastructures, blockage and improper disposal of refuse. One can witness the victims profusely weeping because they had lost property worth millions of rupees to the flooding, calling on government to come to their aid. However, the illfated estimated to be more than 4.9 million victims. Human development activists, human rights, social engineers and Sindhi intelligentsia have called on the federal, in particular, provincial government to find a lasting solution to the incessant problem ravaging the upper and lower regions in the province. —Islamabad

Visa for senior citizens MEHAK ALI NAQVI Although senior citizens will be granted visas at the Wagah checkpost, it is quite baffling that this facility is not available to air travellers. For the 65-plus persons the hassle of travelling via Wagah is too much. There are many people in this age group who would like to visit their ancestral homes on the other side of the border. What security risk a senior citizen, mostly in poor health, can pose? I appeal to the authorities on both sides to allow senior citizens travelling by air the facility of granting visas on arrival. A quick processing visa regime should be established for these people, without police reporting and restriction on the number of cities to be visited. As you rightly pointed out in your editorial, the real test is the implementation of the agreement, given the unfortunate history of Pakistan-India relations. —Karachi

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HE ingredients for a catastrophe in the making are being mixed in a minute- to-minute unfurling global crisis before our very eyes. It sounds like a bad film plot but that will come later. This is real. Handled well it will be diplomacy at its best; at its worst, there could well be another war. The protests of Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 in Libya and Egypt — ostensibly over a cheap poorly-acted computer-generated mash-up of a film — illustrate the need for caution in jumping to face-value conclusions more than ever. Within one day of the initial attacks on US embassies, riots had spread to Yemen, Bangladesh, Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia and Tunisia. By the time this goes to print, they will have spread farther, fast-moving torrents of anger pouring over the Arab world. But why are these events happening now? There are multiple elements at play: Political one-upmanship, an incendiary film, a fake identity; Jewish blame, Christian responsibility, Salafis, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood; drugs, fraud and prison; drones, destroyers and missiles; defense spending, sequestration and voter promises; neoconservatives, and Egypt the prize. This summer, Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Abu Yahya Al-Libi from, of course, Libya, was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan on June 5. The following day, his supporters in Libya launched an IED attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, filmed the fire damage and uploaded their video to YouTube. On Sept. 11, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s No. 1, released a 42-minute video calling for attacks on Americans over the death of AlLibi, clinging to a pretence of a strength amongst the remnants of Al-Qaeda. Fewer than 50 exist according to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, but inflating membership serves both Al-Zawahiri and the United States and keeps the narrative of the power of Al-Qaeda to the fore. Al-Zawahiri has none of the recruitment skills of Osama bin Laden,

Diplomatic crisis in Middle East and needs to perform like a leader in control of many; the United States must also maintain the image of hundreds of Al-Qaeda terrorists scattered worldwide and behind every action of violence in order to justify military intervention. This week, President Obama signed the September 14th renewal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), the only Congressional resolution passed relating to intervention in Afghanistan in 2001. Only by an Act of Congress can the US declare war. Yet, for neither Afghanistan nor Iraq (agreed upon via the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002) was any such declaration ever made. War has not been declared officially by the United States since 1941. The AUMF did not specify Afghanistan — or any state — by name. The target of military force therefore remains openended, arbitrarily applicable in the use of “all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons” the president deems as connected in any way with Sept. 11 2001, in the planning of present or future attacks. In other words, anyone, anywhere, at any time who ever threatens Americans are subject to military retaliation by force. That permits the president of the US an enormous amount of latitude as long as Al-Qaeda terrorists are consistently identified as the perpetrators of violence. If there are so few left they appear to have tentacles, are multiplying, and — like mercury — smash the center and out pop another 20 cells. Furthermore, as of the beginning of January 2013, the Pentagon is facing forced automatic defense spending cuts of $ 500 billion over the course of the next nine years. Since 9/11, defense spending has become a litmus test of American patriotism, and

neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are prepared to anger their voting base. Republicans believe that defense spending should increase to forever protect the United States from any potential harm; the Democrats fear losing more voters by defense-industry job losses. In an election season, it’s a risky issue:

Almost every state in the US has an element of the Military Industrial Complex manufacturing industry at stake, by design. Excluding war costs, the military budget has ballooned by 50 percent over the past decade, and should the triggered cuts take place the Pentagon’s base budget will revert to 2007 levels of spending. But there is a loophole to sequestration, built in to the original agreement. All the automatic triggers fly out the window if the US finds another reason to go to war, and then the Pentagon can go on a shopping spree. The Cairo protests were, and remain, dominated by genuinely angry men and women, incensed by this obscure film’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). On Sept. 11, three thousand men and women, football fans and orthodox Muslims alike gathered in protest, and some began to scramble

The Sino-Japanese Naval War of 2012 JAMES R HOLMES

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K, it’s probably not going to happen. But if it did, who would win? Lord Wellington depicted the allied triumph at Waterloo as “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life.” Wellington’s verdict would describe the likely outcome should Chinese and Japanese forces meet in battle over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, or elsewhere off the Northeast Asian seaboard. Such a fight appeared farfetched before 2010, when Japan’s Coast Guard apprehended Chinese fishermen who rammed one of its vessels off the disputed islands, but it appears more likely now. After Japan detained and deported Chinese activists who landed on the disputed islands in mid-August, a hawkish Chinese major general, Luo Yuan, called on China to dispatch 100 boats to defend the Diaoyus. In an op-ed published Aug. 20, the nationalistic Chinese broadsheet Global Times warned, “Japan will pay a price for its actions ... and the result will be far worse than they anticipated.” This is more than mere posturing. In July, China’s East Sea Fleet conducted an exercise simulating an amphibious assault on the islands. China’s leaders are clearly thinking about the unthinkable. And with protesters taking to the streets to smash Japanese cars and attack sushi restaurants, their people may be behind them. So who would win the unlikely prospect of a clash of titans in the Pacific: China or Japan? Despite Japan’s latter-day image as a military pushover, a naval war would not be a rout for China. While the Japanese postwar “peace” constitution “forever renounces war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes,” the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has accumulated several pockets of material excellence, such as undersea warfare, since World War II. And Japanese mariners are renowned for their professionalism. If commanders manage their human, material, and geographic advantages artfully, Tokyo could make a maritime war with China a close-run thing — and perhaps even prevail. Past naval wars between the two rivals set the stage for today’s island controversy. During the SinoJapanese War of 1894-1895, a fleet engagement turned Asia’s Sinocentric order upside down in an afternoon. The Imperial Japanese Navy, hurriedly cobbled together from imported hulls and components following Japan’s Meiji Restoration, smashed China’s Beiyang Fleet, a force widely considered superior in material terms. The September 1894 Battle of the Yalu River was won by the navy with superior seamanship, gunnery, and morale. While Japan is no longer a rising power, the JMSDF has preserved a culture of human excellence. If a rerun of the Battle of the Yalu takes place, how would Japan’s navy match up against China’s? This is admittedly an improbable scenario. A straightforward China-on-Japan war is doubtful unless Beijing manages to isolate Tokyo diplomatically — as wise practitioners of limited war attempt to do — or Tokyo isolates itself through foolish diplomacy. Barring that, a conflict would probably ensnare the United States as an active combatant on the Japanese side. War is a political act — “statesmanship directing arms,” as naval historian Alfred Thayer Mahan puts it — but let’s discount politics for now and look at the

prospects of war in strictly military terms, as a contest between Chinese and Japanese sea power. In raw numerical terms, there is no contest. Japan’s navy boasts 48 “major surface combatants,” ships designed to attack enemy main fleets while taking a pounding themselves. For the JMSDF these include “helicopter destroyers,” or light aircraft carriers; guided-missile destroyers equipped with the state-of-the-art Aegis combat system, a combination radar, computer, and fire-control system found in frontline U.S. Navy warships;

and an assortment of lesser destroyers, frigates, and corvettes. A squadron of 16 diesel-electric submarines augments the surface fleet. Juxtapose this against the PLA Navy’s 73 major surface combatants, 84 missile-firing patrol craft, and 63 submarines, and the bidding appears grim for Japan. China’s navy is far superior in sheer weight of steel. But raw numbers can be misleading, for three main reasons. First, as strategist Edward Luttwak has observed, weapons are like “black boxes” until actually used in combat: no one knows for sure whether they will perform as advertised. Battle, not technical specifications, is the true arbiter of military technology’s value. Accurately forecasting how ships, planes, and missiles will perform amid the stresses and chaos of combat thus verges on impossible. This is especially true, adds Luttwak, when conflict pits an open society against a closed one. Open societies have a habit of debating their military failings in public, whereas closed societies tend to keep their deficiencies out of view. Luttwak was referring to the U.S.-Soviet naval competition, but it applies to Sino-Japanese competition as well. The Soviet Navy appeared imposing on paper. But Soviet warships on the high seas during the Cold War showed unmistakable symptoms of decay, from slipshod shiphandling to rusty hulls. The PLA Navy could be hiding something as well. The quality of the JMSDF’s platforms, and its human capabilities, could partially or wholly offset the PLA’s advantage of numbers. Second, there’s the human variable in warfare. In his classic account, The Naval War of 1812, Theodore Roosevelt explained the U.S. Navy’s success in single-ship duels against Britain’s Royal Navy as a product of quality ship design and construction and superior fighting prowess: in other words, of material and human factors. The latter is measured in seamanship, gunnery, and the myriad of traits that set one navy apart from others. Mariners hone these traits not by sitting in port and polishing their equipment but by going to sea. JMSDF flotillas ply Asian waters continually, operating solo or with other navies. The PLA Navy is inert by comparison. With the exception of a counterpiracy deployment to the Gulf of Aden that began in 2009, Chinese fleets emerge only for brief cruises or exercises, leaving crews little time to develop an operating rhythm, learn their profession, or build healthy habits. The human edge goes to Japan. And three, it’s misleading to reduce the problem solely to fleets. There will be no purely fleeton-fleet engagement in Northeast Asia.

Geography situated the two Asian titans close to each other: their landmasses, including outlying islands, are unsinkable aircraft carriers and missile firing platforms. Suitably armed and fortified, land-based sites constitute formidable implements of sea power. So we need to factor in both countries’ land-based firepower. Japan forms the northern arc of the first island chain that envelops the Asian coastline, forming the eastern frontier of the Yellow and East China seas. No island between the Tsushima Strait (which separates Japan from Korea) and Taiwan lies more than 500 miles off China’s coast. Most, including the Senkakus/Diaoyus, are far closer. Within these cramped waters, any likely battleground would fall within range of shore-based firepower. Both militaries field tactical aircraft that boast the combat radius to strike throughout the Yellow and East China seas and into the Western Pacific. Both possess shore-fired anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and can add their hitting power to the mix. There are some asymmetries, however. PLA conventional ballistic missiles can strike at land sites throughout Asia, putting Japanese assets at risk before they ever leave port or take to the sky. And China’s Second Artillery Corps, or missile force, has reportedly fielded anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) able to strike at moving ships at sea from the mainland. With a range estimated at more than 900 miles, the ASBM could strike anywhere in the China seas, at seaports throughout the Japanese islands, and far beyond. Consider the Senkakus, the hardest assets to defend from the Japanese standpoint. They lie near the southwestern tip of the Ryukyu chain, closer to Taiwan than to Okinawa or Japan’s major islands. Defending them from distant bases would be difficult. But if Japan forward-deployed Type 88 ASCMs — mobile, easily transportable anti-ship weapons — and missile crews to the islets and to neighboring islands in the Ryukyu chain, its ground troops could generate overlapping fields of fire that would convert nearby seas into no-go zones for Chinese shipping. Once dug in, they would be tough to dislodge, even for determined Chinese rocketeers and airmen. Whoever forges sea, land, and air forces into the sharpest weapon of sea combat stands a good chance of prevailing. That could be Japan if its political and military leaders think creatively, procure the right hardware, and arrange it on the map for maximum effect. After all, Japan doesn’t need to defeat China’s military in order to win a showdown at sea, because it already holds the contested real estate; all it needs to do is deny China access. If Northeast Asian seas became a noman’s land but Japanese forces hung on, the political victory would be Tokyo’s. Japan also enjoys the luxury of concentrating its forces at home, whereas the PLA Navy is dispersed into three fleets spread along China’s lengthy coastline. Chinese commanders face a dilemma: If they concentrate forces to amass numerical superiority during hostilities with Japan, they risk leaving other interests uncovered. It would hazardous for Beijing to leave, say, the South China Sea unguarded during a conflict in the northeast. That takes lots of ships. If it lost much of the fleet in a Sino-Japanese clash — even in a winning effort — Beijing could see its momentum toward world-power status reversed in an afternoon. Here’s hoping China’s political and military leaders understand all this.—FP

across the walls of the embassy. The crowd called the police over to intervene and stop some men climbing onto sovereign territory but they did little to respond until witnesses screamed for them to act. By then the American flag had been torn down and the new symbol of anti-Americanism — the black flag with the shahada upon it — was already hoisted in its place. Graffiti was sprayed hastily upon the walls, with religious statements (“United States of Islam”) as well as implied threats (“Take care America, we have 1.5 billion bin Ladens”). Most of the demonstrators made clear they did not support Al-Qaeda or terrorism, and the black flag does not represent such: It has instead become a symbol of ever-increasing hostility toward the United States and its years of intervention in Muslim states. Instead this was more of an opportunity to act out against America overseas by agitating outside its Embassy. “Salafis” though, has become part of the mainstream media, the new buzzword to describe any Arab male incensed when his religion is defamed. But their message was clear. The president of the United States should take action against the makers of the film if these responses were to stop. The public viewed the existence of the video as yet another anti-Muslim atrocity in the same vein as so many seen during the years of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Egyptian President Mursi telephoned President Obama and “in the clearest terms” condemned the security breach. “I called him to ask him to put an end to such behavior,” Mursi said in regards the now-viral video, and “I assured Barack Obama that we will not permit any attacks” on US diplomatic compounds across Egypt. The night before, staffers at the Cairo embassy had issued a statement urging “mis-

guided individuals” to stop these continued provocations against Muslims. In his quest to trump the president in this election year, Republican candidate Mitt Romney raced to email reporters with a statement, reaching them one minute after Hillary Clinton contacted the press and explicitly condemned the violence still ongoing in Libya, confirming one death and expressing condolences. Romney, however, managed to act like never before seen during a foreign policy crisis. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions,” Romney slandered. He not only falsely attacked President Obama for “apologizing” and “sympathizing with those who waged the attacks”, but insulted the embassy personnel for having urged calm in the first place. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, then followed suit on Twitter stating, “Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.” It was a pitiful attempt to score political points, and may well have cost Romney the presidency in November. Molded by the Bush-era neoco nservatives, Romney has been told how to shape his foreign policy. He repeats the “attack on Americans” refrain at every chance, perfectly in keeping with the Authorization allowing for military force anywhere in the world, against any American attacked by hostile elements. Whether Democrat or Republican, as long as there are “attacks on Americans,” the “War on Terror” would by definition be never-ending. Mitt Romney did not back down, and continued his critiques the following morning. By this time, there had been four deaths at the embassy in Libya, and Romney took advantage to keep on digging. The hostile rhetoric, however, was not confined to just the Republican nominee. On Tuesday night, in an interview for Telemundo television, President Obama changed the history of foreign relations with Egypt with one short sentence, overturning decades of hard-fought diplomatic efforts.—Courtesy - Arab News

Russia’s ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ in the South Pacific LUKE HUNT

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OSCOW is turning to fi nancially vulnerable South Pacific nations to promote its foreign policy agenda thousands of miles away. Since returning to power as Russia’s president three months ago, Vladimir Putin has lived up to his well-honed reputation as the hard, no-nonsense man of East European politics by bullying his way into the internal affairs of neighbors with fearless abandon. He has served notice that Moscow will challenge the West’s naval dominance of the world’s oceans, moving to shore-up his country’s defenses from the Arctic Circle and its Western flank to its troubled southern borders, breakaway republics and even the South Pacific. His ubiquitous presence on the diplomatic landscape has been most notable in Syria and Afghanistan where NATO is withdrawing its troops. There has been a pre-emptive strike on Finland where Moscow has launched a campaign of intimidation designed to ensure Helsinki abstains from joining NATO. Putin has even struck down a punk rock band, the recalcitrant Pussy Riot. The results are that many countries are feeling an intense Russian heat — torn between maintaining its traditional alliances with Western allies, or, marching forward in step with a revitalized cashcarrying friend, Russia. Among them are the far-flung island-states in the South Pacific. This collection of nations in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) offering access to ports, resource rich seas and a bloc of 16 votes within the United Nations has caught Moscow’s attention. The former superpower is turning to financially vulnerable South Pacific nations to promote its expansionist foreign policy agenda. Importantly, by extending its sphere of influence to the Pacific it can leverage support for the breakaway Georgian territories of South Ossetia and

Abkhazia. About 10,000 Russian soldiers are deployed in the two provinces which represent about 20 percent of Georgia’s internationally recognized territory. The U.S. and Europe are opposed to recognition and have China on their side. A handful of PIF countries recognize Taiwan and while Beijing and Taipei have agreed to end a bidding war over their own recognition issues, it should be remembered their history of attempting to outbid each other in checkbook diplomacy set the precedent for current diplomatic plays. Russia holds great influence over the two Georgian enclaves and their continued independence extends Moscow’s political and military might in the region. Writing a check to encourage a poor Pacific nation to recognize these faraway places is therefore seen by the Kremlin as a wise investment. For tiny Nauru, establishing diplomatic relations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia earned them a U.S. $50 million assistance package in 2009 with additional help for a local airline, port construction and healthcare. In return, effectively, a nation of about 9,300 people granted sovereign recognition to the separatist provinces. Very few, if any, countries give aid altruistically. The money also flowed to Tuvalu from 2011, including shipments of fresh water, when the world’s third least populated nation also formally recognized Russia’s troubled neighbors. In fact, Tuvalu Prime Minister Willy Telavi only established diplomatic links with Russia at the U.N., only two days after agreeing to a recognition pact with the separatist territories. Whether that recognition still stands has been subjected to a separate heated debate. Also last year, Russia’s foreign minister visited Pacific Island leaders for the first time since the end of the Cold War. Diplomats and long-term observers believe this type of influence buying will only escalate as Putin’s third term as President gets underway in earnest. He previously served two terms from 2000 to 2008 when the Russian consti-

tution, which mandates fixed presidential terms, forced him to stand aside and take on the lesser role of Prime Minister while Dmitry Medvedev filled his shoes. In his absence – some say he never really left – Russia endured a significant economic slowdown following the Global Financial Crisis. Oil and gas prices peaked and are now contributing much less to the Kremlin’s coffers. In short, Putin has inherited back a nation far less sure of itself, fiscally and diplomatically, than the one he handed over more than four years ago when the world economy was just beginning its breath taking descent. Moscow’s interference in the foreign policy of other countries could be seen as a response to Washington, which is determined to construct a missile defense system along Russia’s border in Eastern Europe and has also announced it is rebalancing its force towards the Asia-Pacific. And Russia’s Pacific push comes after the U.S. reportedly thwarted its bid to win over more countries in Latin America in addition to Nicaragua and Venezuela. Venezuela reportedly received U.S. $2.0 billion worth of investments and improved military ties after recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But it doesn’t always go Moscow’s way. At the recent PIF summit in the Cook Islands, Russia – a country that holds no status within the grouping – tried to get itself invited to the annual meet of leaders. Sources at the PIF summit said Moscow had been in touch at the last minute through their foreign ministry and had demanded the invitation. They said the Russians would have been welcomed but they would have been lumped under the “attending” category alongside Taiwan and Cuba while the likes of the United States, the United Kingdom and even China enjoyed full status as “dialogue partners”. “They didn’t like that and they didn’t come,” one PIF source told The Diplomat.—Courtesy - The Diplomat

Myanmar feels heat over unrest DIDIER LAURAS

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YANMAR grew used to international criti cism under a notori ously brutal junta, but reformist leaders tackling the fallout from deadly communal unrest are facing a new reality — having to listen. Festering animosity between Buddhists and Muslims in western Rakhine state erupted in June leaving, according to official figures, nearly 90 dead. Whole villages lie decimated as a result of the fighting, leaving tens of thousands displaced, many from the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority who have long suffered persecution in the country and elsewhere. Access to the affected areas is restricted, but a steady stream of foreign diplomats and media have visited, eager to bear witness to the aftermath of unrest that has caught the attention of the Western and Islamic world.“The Burmese have fully joined the global stage,” said a foreign diplomat, who asked not to be named. “They discovered (the unrest) has an international impact which they did not imagine and suddenly found that it was not just an isolated problem in a corner of the

country.” Human Rights organizations have accused Myanmar forces of opening fire on the Rohingya while the UN human rights chief warned of a stream of reports “alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces” against Muslims.

Soon after, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) decided to take the issue to the United Nations. It condemned “the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognize their right to citizenship.” The government scrambled to deny abuses, partic larly religious oppression and — after initial reticence — tried to open the area to representatives from international governments

and aid agencies. “Most of them understood the situation well, but some might not have got the full picture,”said Zaw Htay, a director at the presidential office, of the numerous foreign visitors coming to the Rakhine state capital Sittwe. Anxious to show good will, President Thein Sein set up a commission representing all sides, including former political prisoners, to investigate the cause of the violence and propose long-term solutions.But his statements on the Rohingya — viewed as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the government and many ordinary Burmese — have appeared contradictory, swinging from urging communal harmony to suggesting the stateless group be deported or put in camps. The issue is likely to be high on the agenda in the Myanmar leader’s upcoming trip to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since taking power. But both Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also traveling to the US on Sunday, are wary of any statements that could be seen as supporting the Rohingya with public opinion in such a high state of volatility. —Courtesy - AN.


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A ‘new Waziristan’ in the making

From Page 1 said the batting worked well, but the bowlers needed to contain runs on the easy-paced wickets. “It was not really a bad game for us,” he said. “We have got to work on a few things with our bowling.”India and Pakistan are drawn in different groups for the preliminary league, but are seeded to meet in the Super Eights round in Colombo on September 30. In other matches, England beat Australia by nine runs, Ireland pipped Bangladesh by five runs, the West Indies slammed Afghanistan by eight wickets and South Africa overcame New Zealand by nine runs. Reigning champions England piled up 172-6 after being sent in to bat, with opener Alex Hales top-scoring with 52 off 38

From Page 1 against terrorism. According to a report the TTP may try to include African nationals holding fake Nigerian, Chad, Mali or Cameroon passports in their group and using Christians also to carry out some terrorist acts. Some Africans who penetrated into the region are known by their codenames: “Yusuf Oveyoza”, “Abu Omar” and “Commander Kola”. Security officials say that Nooristan and Kunar are now popping up as “the new Waziristan” and several Central Asians, Uzbeks, Tajik, Kirghiz, Pakistanis, Afghans and Africans are being trained for expansion of TTP cells. Security officials believe that the expansion of TTP network began soon after Fazlullah (Mulla Radio) of Swat Movement joined hands with TTP leaders in Afghanistan.

balls. Luke Wright hit a 29-ball 35 and Eoin Morgan scored a brisk 30 from 16 balls. Australia managed only 1636 in reply against the tight England bowling despite a polished 71 off 51 balls from Michael Hussey, who hit five sixes. England, who take on Afghanistan in their opening match in Colombo on Friday, play another practice match against Pakistan on Wednesday. A middle-order collapse saw Bangladesh go down to Ireland despite Shakib Al Hasan’s hurricane 52 from 23 balls that was studded with three fours and five sixes. Ireland made 164-6 after being asked to take first strike, with Paul Stirling hitting a 41-ball 71 with five fours and as many sixes.

Seminar on Pakistan’s rich heritage of Buddhism

Several Afghan leaders aligned LAHORE: Students of Engineering University holding a demonstration against the blasphemous film, outside Press Club. with anti-Pakistan elements such as the leader of Wefaq-Milli Afghanistan Bismillah Sher are SINGAPORE —Pakistan High stan effort in restoring the Budfunding the anti-Pakistan militants. Commission and Singapore dhist sites all over Pakistan. Bismillah Sher’s business On the occasion, High ComBuddhist Federation jointly orconnection with Indian business ganized seminar on “Buddhism missioner of Pakistan Syed community is not a secret. From Page 1

Pak test-fires Hatf-VII cruise missile From Page 1

National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS) was once again employed. It enables robust Command and Control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC). The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path. The successful test has also been warmly appreciated by the President, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding success. —INP

SC moved to transform death penalty From Page 1 cells of various jails waiting for execution of their punishment. Barrister Zafarullah prayed that death penalty of all such prisoners should be converted into life time imprisonment so that they are no longer kept in the death cells.—INP

Raja Tridiv Roy is no more From Page 1 late Raja Tridiv Roy, who was first elected member of National Assembly from Chittagong in 1970 elections defeating Awami league candidates, said that he remained loyal to Pakistan. President Zardari said keeping in view the loyalties of Raja Tridiv Roy, he was inducted as Minister in the cabinet of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He continued to serve in the subsequent regimes as an advisor or an ambassador till 1996 and later the government conferred on him the status of a federal minister. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Raja Tridiv Roy, Chief of Chakma Tribe and a former Federal Minister and Ambassador at Large. The Prime Minister said that Raja Tridiv Roy was a great patriot whose services to the nation would long be remembered. —APP

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Steps taken for providing relief to flood affectees: Khosa STAFF REPORTER

L AHORE —Senior Advisor Senator Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that relief activities in Dera Ghazi Khan and other flood-hit areas are continuing vigorously and Punjab government is taking all possible steps for providing relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees. He said this while talking to media-men after distributing 12 trucks of relief goods among flood affectees in Dera Ghazi Khan, today. Local elected representatives were also present on this occasion. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that due to government efforts and personal monitoring by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz

Sharif, the situation is normalizing in DG Khan. He said that 14 more trucks carrying medicines have reached DG Khan for providing treatment facilities to the flood affectees. Earlier, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa distributed 12 trucks of relief items among the flood affectees at Pir Aadil, Chabri, Yaro Khosa, Kot Mubarak, Bahadarka, Bukhari Chowk, Kala and Shah Sadar Din. Meanwhile, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority PDMA) Mujahid Sherdil has said that on the directive of Chief Minister Punjab, the timely relief activities for flood affectees will help in carrying out rehabilitation of

affectees and reconstruction work speedily. He said that the Punjab government shares the grief of flood stricken brethren and their sufferings are being mitigated at all level. He said that PDMA has made the provision of all necessary facilities to the flood affectees as its mission. Mujahid Sherdil said that 63770 dry ration bags, 36000 rice bags, 34000 atta bags and 15000 blankets have been distributed among the flood affectees of DG Khan and Rajanpur through 278 trucks so far. He said that 1749 tents and 5070 tents have also been distributed among the flood affectees of DG Khan and Rajanpur respectively.

US, Japan agree on new missile defence system TOKYO—The US and Japan tensions between Japan and Panetta said. In April, North have agreed to set up a second missile defence system on Japanese soil in an effort to counter the ballistic missile threat from North Korea, officials said on Monday. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta made the announcement in Tokyo with Japan’s defence minister. But the exact location of the system has not yet been determined. While both sides insist the system is not aimed at China, analysts say the decision is bound to anger Beijing. Panetta’s trip comes amid fresh

China over disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, after Japan sealed a deal to buy three of the islands. Japan and the US have worked on a joint missile defence system over the years. This new system would enable Japanese ships to cover other parts of the region, officials say. “[It] will enhance the alliance’s ability to defend Japan, our forward deployed forces and the US homeland from a ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea,” Mr

Korea conducted a failed longrange rocket launch that it said was an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. Critics said the launch was a disguised test of missile technology, banned under UN resolutions. Mr Panetta also discussed with Japanese Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto the deployment of US Osprey aircraft to Okinawa, which has angered local residents concerned about safety. Panetta is on a week-long tour of Asia that includes China and New Zealand. —Online

PML-N to move resolution

support the opposition, they would succeed in giving relief to the people. To a question, Nisar said the nation has given lot of respect to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and he should avoid giving statements which are contrary to the facts. He said such statements would not damage any politician but would have great repercussions for Pakistan. He said the PML-N started contacts with opposition for the care taker set up because when the assembly is dissolved, the care taker Prime Minister is decided within three days by thePrime Minister and leader of the opposition. He hoped that two names would be short listed which would have consensus of all the opposition parties for the slot of prime minister. He said message for Imran Khan was sent through a member of Shaukt Khanum hospital board of director who is a close friend of Imran Khan. —INP

Rains, floods kill 262 this year From Page 1

From Page 1 internationally and snap diplomatic ties with the America. In the meanwhile Information Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Mian Iftikhar Hussein said the anti-Islam movie was intolerable and the government should take it up at the diplomatic level. Speaking at a press conference, the minister said US government and United Nations should take notice of the issue and must stop the entire website containing the movie that sparked widespread protests in Muslim world. He observed that making of the movie “Innocence of Islam” was a deliberate attempt by a few Americans not only to malign Islam and create unrest among the faithful but also widening gulf between the Muslim word and the West, which was highly deplorable and had to be taken se-

riously by the Western leadership. In Lahore, the violent protestors tried an assault on US Consulate, posing real challenge to law enforcement elements. This alarming state of affairs prompted the Government to tighten security of the American Consulate, along with other consulates. In Karachi, a rally in protest of an anti-Islam film met with shelling from police personnel on Monday as the demonstrators tried to march on the US Consulate. The rally was led by the Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT). The atmosphere turned tense when the protestors, demonstrating near the city’s MT Khan road, tried to march towards the US Consulate located a small distance from the scene of the protest. A large contingent of Rang-

Explosives cut power line to Iran From Page 1 civilian and military purposes. He did not say whether the power had since been restored or give any other details. Iran uses the Fordow facility to enrich uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, the part of its work that most worries the West as it takes it significantly closer to the 90 percent level needed for bombs. It built the site some 80 meters below rock and soil to better protect it against enemy strikes. Abbasi-Davani, in unusually strong language in an international forum, also accused the IAEA of a cynical approach and

that “terrorists and saboteurs” might have infiltrated it. The IAEA has voiced growing concern about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program and is seeking to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected atom bomb research in the Islamic Republic. An IAEA report last month said Iran had doubled the number of centrifuges at Fordow, further expanding its capacity to make sensitive nuclear material despite harsh Western sanctions and the threat of an Israeli attack. Abbasi-Davani told the

in Pakistan and China”, to develop awareness about Pakistan’s religio-cultural heritage and Buddhist sites in Taxila, Swat, Dir, Gilgit, Sindh and Punjab. The seminar re linked the heritage of the Silk Route arts and cultural exchanges of Pakistani people with the people of Singapore. Dr Ashraf and Dr Ghani of Taxila Institute of Asia Civilisation at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad were invited by Pakistan High Commission to give an insight into the rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan and Government of Paki-

Hasan Javed said it is good to revisit the Silk Route exchanges between the two great civilizations, Pakistani and Chinese especially through the religion of Buddhism, which was the fountain of the two cultures not only in Central Asia but also in the world at large. Director of Taxila institute of Asian Civilization, Quaid-eAzam University, Islamabad, namely Dr Ashraf in his presentation on ‘The Buddhist Heritage of Gandhara,’ said that Pakistan is one of the few countries of the world having the richest cultural heritage. “The North West region of Pakistan

has been the centre of different culture throughout the ages and the extensive Gandhara Buddhist cultural heritage scattered all over the region bears testimony to its former grandeur. Dr Ghani Assistant Professor at Taxila institute of Asian Civilization, Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad talked on ‘The Gandhara Buddhist Iconography,’ that is, the style of Buddhist art that developed in what is now Northwestern Pakistan In his remarks, Secretary General of Singapore Buddhist Federation, Ven Seck Kwang Pheng thanked the High Commissioner in organising such a fruitful insight in the rich cultural religious heritage of Pakistan.—Online

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Royals lawyers in court in Paris L ONDON —UK’s Duke and only relate to the distribution of unnamed photographer who Duchess of Cambridge’s lawyers are expected in court in Paris later to try to restrict publication of pictures of the duchess nude, British media reported on Monday. The royal couple will seek to have French magazine Closer withdrawn from sale after it printed the images. The photographs have also appeared on several foreign websites and in the Irish Daily Star. The lawyers will also ask French prosecutors to bring criminal charges against the photographer responsible. Most lawyers seem to agree that under strict French law the pictures represent an undisputed breach of privacy - an open-and-shut case. An injunction, if granted, would lead to the magazine being withdrawn from shelves immediately but the tribunal’s judgement will

according to the data, with 106 people killed and 361 injured, and a total of approximately 273,000 people affected by the torrential rains. At least 58 people were killed and 272 injured in Punjab due to rain related accidents, with over 857,000 people affected in total in the province. Torrential rains and flooding killed 39 people and injured about 35 others in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with 104 houses damaged. Meanwhile, 25 people were killed in Balochistan. Pakistani-administered Kashmir (AJK) region recorded ers and police personnel was 31 deaths, while 3 people were guarding the area, and roads reported killed in Islamabad rewhich had been blocked in an- gion.—INP power shortage in the country. ticipation of the protests. The meeting was informed that Security personnel opened the various immediate steps unaerial fire to stop the protestors dertaken by the government have from marching towards the high resulted in steadily improving the security area where the consulate power situation and expressed the is located. Clashes ensued as hope that with the rising water demonstrators pelted security levels in reservoirs as a result of personnel with stones, damaging recent rains, the power generaone of their vehicles. STAFF REPORTER tion will further improve. The A senior police official said 30 students were arrested. L AHORE —Dialysis Unit of President directed for vigorous A demonstrator died after Lahore General Hospital (LGH) steps to address the power issue. The meeting was also upbeing shot in the head during will be up graded costing Rs. 15 clashes with police near the US million with the financial coop- dated on the latest floods situaconsulate on Sunday. eration of Patients Welfare As- tion in various parts of the counCivic life remained in the sociation (PWA) of the hospital. try and the steps taken for the grip of uneasy calm in the city This was informed by Prin- relief and rehabilitation of floods on the back of protests over anti- cipal Post Graduate Medical In- and rain affectees. The meeting Islam film by different groups stitute and LGH Prof. Dr Anjum expressed sympathies with the victims of floods and torrential and counter action by the law Habib Vohra here Monday. enforcing agencies. Flow of trafHe stated that an amount of rains in the country. The Spokesperson said that fic in different parts of the city Rs. 5 million has been allocated remained disturbed. for the repair of medical instru- the meeting condemned the antiments and welfare of the patients. Islam film and called it an act of Medicines worth Rs. 1.8 million grave provocation. The Spokesperson said that were provided to deserving pathe Prime Minister also briefed tients last month. Prof. Dr Anjum Habib Vohra the meeting of coalition parties said that there is no dearth of about his recent visit to China and bilateral meetings with Chinese IAEA gathering that included philanthropists in Pakistan and by leadership and world leaders on senior U.S. and other Western collecting and spending dona- the sidelines of World Economic officials: “Plotters of attack tions in a trustworthy and system- Forum. against Iran’s nuclear facilities atic way can be very helpful for Participants of the meeting have realized, through the IAEA promoting this culture. He said prayed for the victims of fire inpublished reports, that they have that every single penny of donanot gained any success in this tions from well off people is being spent on welfare of patients. regard.” Iranian experts have devised He said that PWA is doing a great “certain ways through which job for the welfare of poor panuclear facilities remain intact tients and it has patronage of gen- PESHAWAR—The United Naunder missile attacks and air erous donors. Professor of Urol- tions working group on Enogy Dr. Ahmed Salman Waris forced or Involuntary Disapraids,” he said. The United States and its said that presently 16 dialysis pearances (WGEID) on Monday allies have launched a major na- machines are functional at arrived in Peshawar where it is val exercise in the Gulf they say LGH, not enough for patients, scheduled to meet officials of shows a global will to keep oil and it will be a great help for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govshipping lanes open as Israel patients to increase these ma- ernment, relatives of the missand Iran trade threats of war.— chines to 26 with the financial ing persons and some representatives of NGOs. assistance of PWA. Reuter

1 killed in Dir clashes

LAHORE—Leader of Opposi- uranium, which can have both mismanagement and suggested tion in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed on Monday said that conspiracies against the democratic system in the country would be foiled. Talking to party legislators at his chamber, he said time was up for hidden hands who toppled elected governments and grabbed power. He said it was high time that all political forces joined hands to strengthen democracy. “Some unpopular and rejected politicians have launched a smear campaign against the PPP government but the party is popular across the country and will win the next elections with a thumping majority.—APP

Ed Joyce scored 39 from 36 balls. Shakib and Tamim Iqbal (35) took Bangladesh to a comfortable 105-2, before four wickets fell for 21 runs to allow Ireland to bounce back. West Indies opener Chris Gayle warmed up for the tournament with an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls as the West Indies eased past Afghanistan’s modest 122-7 in the 16th over. New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hammered seven sixes in an unbeaten 75 from 42 balls, but could not prevent South Africa from carving out a nine-run victory. South Africa rode on captain AB de Villiers’ 54 to make 1866 before four wickets from Dale Steyn restricted the Black Caps to 177-8.— AP

the photos in France. The action has not stopped Closer’s Italian sister magazine, Chi, from publishing the same photos but the speed with which the royal couple have acted may deter others from publishing the pictures. Chi has printed a special edition featuring more than 20 pages of the photographs. It carries a picture of the duchess, topless, on its front cover with a headline that reads: “The Queen is Nude!” Closer and Chi are both part of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori media group. Our correspondent says this is only the first step in the legal battle - St James’ Palace said that alongside a civil case against the magazine they would be making a criminal complaint against the as-yet-

took the pictures. Under French law the damages could run into tens of thousands of euros and in theory the magazine editor could be sent to jail for a year. She has already defended publication, insisting the photos were not the least bit shocking, and has suggested that she has more intimate photos not yet published. The co-owners of the Irish Daily Star - Northern and Shell and Independent News and Media - condemned the decision to publish the pictures and said they had had no prior knowledge of it. No British newspaper has printed the pictures, with the Daily Mail saying it had been offered similar pictures last week but had rejected them and the Sun saying that no responsible newspaper “would touch them with a bargepole”. —Online

Allies extend full support to Raja

LGH’s ‘Dialysis Unit’ to be upgraded

From Page 1 cidents in Lahore and Karachi and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. The Spokesperson said that Law Minister, Mr. Farook H Naek briefed the meeting on the status of various court cases. The meeting was attended among others by Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Mr. Basharat Raja of PML(Q) Mr. Asfandyar Wali Khan and Senator Afrasiab Khattak of ANP, Dr. Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghouri of MQM, Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri of BNP, Mr. Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai and Senator Abbas Khan Afridi of FATA. Former Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani, Senator Farook H. Naek, Law Minister, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Minister for Water & Power, Ms. Mehreen Anwar Raja and Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present during the meeting. The President also hosted dinner for the heads of allied parties. Earlier, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar

Zaman Kaira Monday said consultations were being held to decide about writing letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the alleged money laundering case against the president. Talking to a private TV channel, he said the government was in consultation with prime minister’s lawyers and its allied parties to finalize its stance regarding the case. He said the government had always respected the judiciary, and it had moved ahead in line with court’s directives given in the past. He said now the people were talking about other issues including ending corruption from society, caretaker set up and holding of fair and free elections. Thus these issues should also be discussed, he said adding, the media needed to play its due role by making environment conducive for holding the next general election in a free, fair and transparent manner. He was of the opinion the media should dispel the impression created by certain quarters that there was a confrontation between the court and government.

UN working group in Peshawar According to official sources, the delegation will be briefed about the steps taken to recover the missing persons. The mandate of the UN team that had arrived in Pakistan on September 9 was to collect data about the missing persons. The delegation has been vis-

iting various parts of the country and meeting officials, representatives of civil society organisations and UN agencies. The UN working group held meetings with public representatives, organization working for basic human rights and discussed the missing persons issue with them. —INP


Apex court initiates contempt proceedings against Malik Riaz I SLAMABAD —The Supreme should have reviewed the list of restrictions existed for judges

EC appoints Appellate Tribunal ISLAMABAD—The Election Commission of Pakistan, has nominated three Judges of Lahore High Court, as Appellate Tribunal for disposal of appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officer for rejecting or accepting the nomination papers of candidates for Bye-Election to the Provincial Assembly Constituency No. PP-295 Rahimyar KhanXI: The Judges are Mr. Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq; Mr. Justice Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi and Mr. Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan. —INP

DERA GHAZI KHAN: People shifting their belongings to a safer place in flood affected area.

Pak security situation under watch: US Embassy

ISLAMABAD—A spokesman of US Embassy has said that the security situation in Pakistan is being watched continuously. He also said that public dealings remained suspended at US Embassy in Islamabad and consulates in Karachi and Lahore. Referring to the anti-Islam film the spokesman said the US B Com results rejects the film and its material announced as the US government has nothSARGODHA—University of ing to do with the film. Sargodha on Monday Meanwhile, protests against announced the first annual the film continues across the results of B.Com part 1 and 11 country.— NNI held in May 2012. According to press release, 4,147 candidates participated in Bcom part-1 examination and 1,657 passed and 2438 failed. The success ratio remained 40.46 per cent whereas 2,887 candidates appeared for B Com part-11 exam and 1,252 KABUL — An Afghan soldier passed while 1,632 failed. fired on a vehicle he believed The success rate remained was driven by NATO soldiers on 43.41%. —APP a shared base in southern Afghanistan, slightly wounding a ‘Development foreign civilian worker, officials funds fairly used’ said Monday. It was the latest in a string MULTAN—PPP MPA Usman of insider attacks by local forces Bhatti said on Monday that on their international allies.The development funds were being attacks are threatening to underused in all areas on equal basis mine a partnership that is key to to facilitate the masses. the handover of security responTalking at a ceremony at UC-9 sibility to the Afghan governWahdat Colony, he said it was ment.—AP his priority to solve problems of the public.“The PPP is the party of the public and it is the only party that can solve problems of the masses,” he added. Locals briefed him OBSERVER REPORT about road and sewerage problems of the area, for RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army which Bhatti announced one Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq million rupees from his Parvez Kayani visited Lahore, development funds. —APP on Monday to witness training for Small Arms Firing. The ongoing training is part Prayer leader of an army wide initiative to improve shooting skills in a proelectrocuted HAFIZABAD—A prayer leader gressive and scientific manner. For this purpose training teams was electrocuted while of Army Marksman Unit, are repairing a water pump in a training nucleus staff at all nearby locality on Monday. Reportedly, Afzaal Yousaf was Corps Headquarters. Apart from training, improvements rectifying fault from a water are also being affected in weappump in a mosque at Kot ons and ammunition using inSarwar locality when he received severe shock. He died digenous expertise. on the spot.—APP

Nato soldier wounded in Afghan attack

COAS witnesses training of troops

Pakistan support sought

China to take on Japan for Diaoyu Island ISLAMABAD—Seeking support from Pakistan and other friends, China has vowed to go to any extent, even war, to expel Japan from East China Sea Island called as Diaoyu by Chinese and Senkaku by the Japanese. Centuries’ old but now escalated the Island dispute between the two largest economies of Asia has deteriorated China-Japan ties to dangerous level. War exercises in East China Sea, dispatch of surveillance ships, and other measures are to ensure integrity of Chinese territorial sovereignty and adherence to the Baseline announced with the UN. “China is still exercising restraint against provocative actions of Japan defying the postwar order,” said Chinese Deputy Chief of the Mission in Islamabad Huang Xilian. He briefed a select group of journalists in the Chinese Embassy over the gravity of the situation as mass protests were underway across China against Japan.

Public protests in China and measures taken by the Chinese government for the Island were meant to make Japan to comply with the post-war (WW-II) order. According to the Chinese DCM in the capital, under the post-world-war-II order, Japan was to handover to China the “stolen” Island along other territorial adjustments. As old as the first SinoJapanese war in 1895, the dispute over the Island escalated earlier this month as Japan announced its purchase from a Japanese national and its consequent nationalization. Despite the fact that US was responsible for the Japanese defense in the post-war order, the Chinese diplomat was of the view that the Americans were not taking sides in this conflict. Rising tensions and worsening ties between two Asian economic giants with Japanese shutting down their plants in China are feared to impact not only the global economy but

also geo-political scenario of the world. Therefore, the Huang reiterated that the Chinese side strongly urges the Japanese side to immediately stop all actions that may undermine China’s territorial sovereignty. Japan should truly come back to the very understanding and common ground reached between the two sides and should return to the track of negotiated settlement of the dispute, he added. Should the Japanese side insist on its own way, it shall have all serious consequences, he warned as did the Government of China earlier. To a question, he said, China always takes Pakistan as a closest friend. “Pakistan and China always support each other’s interest in all matters,” he added . Asked whether China wanted Pakistan or any other country for mediation, he said, “We want to go by the previous understanding with Japan to have a bilaterally negotiated settlement of the conflict.”—Online

Panetta concerned over insider attacks in Afghanistan TOKYO—US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday that while he is very concerned about rogue Afghan troops and police turning their guns on US and allied forces, he sees the insider attacks as the ”last gasp” of a Taliban insurgency that has not been able to regain lost ground. The defence chief’s comments followed unusually sharp criticism from Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey on Sunday called the escalating insider attacks a ”very serious threat” to the Afghanistan campaign. Dempsey vowed that something has to change in order to address the escalating problem,

and he suggested that the Afghans need to take the matter as seriously as the Americans do. There have been three socalled insider attacks against US and Nato troops over the past several days, including an attack at a checkpoint by Afghan police Sunday that killed four American soldiers. More than 50 international service members have died at the hands of their Afghan allies or those who have infiltrated their ranks so far this year. At least 12 such attacks came in August alone, leaving 15 dead. The spike in insider attacks is souring the relationship between Nato troops and the Afghan forces that they are training

and fighting alongside. But military and defence leaders have insisted that these attacks are not hampering the war effort, and that it will not impact the plans to have combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The US is expected to announce in the next day or two that it has completed the withdrawal of the 33,000 troops ordered into the fight as part of a military surge three years ago. With those troops gone, the US will have 68,000 forces on the ground in Afghanistan. ”We’re all seized with (the) problem,” said Dempsey, after discussing the issue at a meeting in Romania with Nato officials. ”You can’t whitewash it.—INP

Court on Monday formally initiated contempt of court proceedings against property tycoon Malik Riaz of Bahria Town.A two-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan began the proceedings against Riaz on charges of levelling harsh allegations against Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry at a press conference. During the hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir submitted a list of witnesses which included the names of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain and Arsalan Iftikhar. Justice Khan inquired of the attorney general as to what connection did the witnesses had to the contempt of court case. The judge moreover remarked that the attorney general

witnesses, adding that, the name of an important witness was not on the list.The bench also objected to the inclusion of the chief justice’s name on the witness list. Addressing Qadir, Justice Khan said that there were allegations of bias against him, adding that, how could the attorney general be made to act as prosecutor in the case. Qadir said the allegation of prejudice against him had been levelled by Arsalan Iftikhar. Justice Khan moreover inquired as to whether an oath should be taken from a judge in case he/she was to appear as a witness.Upon which, the attorney general said that judges had been appearing in courts in the past.Justice Khan asked the attorney general whether he had previously acted as counsel for Riaz and whether he wanted to act as prosecutor in the contempt of court case.Qadir said such

Six months to be politically important: Nawaz GUJRANWALA—Former prime minister and president PML-N, Mian Nawaz Sharif has predicted that coming six months would be quite important, politically. Addressing his party activists in Gujranwala, he said that everybody had a responsibility to carry for Country; “something the government of PPP failed to deliver”. He was chagrined over numerous attempts to sabotage the constitution. “Let me assure all that during the coming six months, all would be visible , as to who exactly served the nation , more effectively and progressively during past 65 years”, he declared. He cautioned that the country was passing through severe crisis and challenges, while the government had gifted nothing to masses but loadshedding, unemployment and inflation. —Online

Hina to visit US from today ISLAMABAD—Foreign Minister State Hillary Clinton‚ National Hina Rabbani Khar will pay an official five-day visit to United States from September 18. In the Washington leg of visit‚ the FM will hold bilateral meetings with US Secretary of

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has appointed Syed Raghib Abbas Shah as the new chairman of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda). The appointment has been made in consultation with the Minister for Water and Power, Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar. According to the spokesperson of Prime Minister’s House, the post of chairman Wapda was lying vacant after the completion of the tenure of Shakeel Durrani. The notification regarding appointment of Syed Raghib Abbas Shah as the new Chairman WAPDA has been issued. It merits mentioning here that Raghib Abbas Shah has pre- Pakistan conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously viously served as Member Wa- developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf- VII (Babur), havter in Wapda. —Online ing a range of 700 kilometres, on Monday.

Strange mystery spheres on Mars baffle scientists

KARACHI/LAHORE—The lawyers across country Monday boycotted the judicial proceedings against the advertisement of disrespectful movie produced in the US against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and posted on Youtube as well as to express condolences over Baldia Town and Lahore factory tragedies. According to details, the lawyers and bar councils gave full backing to the strike called by Pakistan Bar Councils and Supreme Court Bar Association to condemn the making of the sacrilegious film and to offer condolences to the bereaved families who lost their beloved relatives in a massive factory fire incidents in Karachi and Lahore claiming over 300 lives. Lawyers of all subordinate courts including Supreme Court and High Courts observed complete strike.— INP

N E W Y O R K —A strange “Kirkwood is chock full of a landing sites. dense accumulation of these small spherical objects. Of course, we immediately thought of the blueberries, but this is something different. We never have seen such a dense accumulation of spherules in a rock outcrop on Mars.” The new photo by Opportunity is actually a mosaic of four images taken by a microscope-like imager on its robotic arm, and then stitched together like puzzle pieces by scientists on Earth. Opportunity on Mars The Mars rover Opportunity is currently exploring a location known as Cape York along the western rim of a giant Martian crater called Endeavour. Opportunity is one of two golf cart-size NASA rovers that landed on Mars in January 2004 (Spirit was the other) to explore different

The solar-powered rovers were initially expected to last just 90 days on Mars, but each survived for years on the Red Planet. Spirit stopped communicating with Earth in 2010, but Opportunity is still operational. Despite its advanced age, Opportunity is still pumping out new discoveries after more than eight years on Mars. The rover first spotted Martian blueberries soon after its landing in 2004. The blueberries are actually concretions created by minerals in water that settled into sedimentary rock. Opportunity has seen Martian blueberries at many of its science sites during its Red Planet exploits, but the bumpy, spherical formations on the Kirkwood rock represent something new, research-

ers said. In Opportunity’s new photo, many of the strange features are broken, revealing odd concentric circles inside. “They seem to be crunchy on the outside, and softer in the middle,” Squyres said. “They are different in concentration. They are different in structure. They are different in composition. They are different in distribution. So, we have a wonderful geological puzzle in front of us.” [7 Biggest Mars Mysteries] Squyres said he and his science team have several theories, but none that truly stand out as the best explanation for what could have created the weird bumps on Mars. “It’s going to take a while to work this out, so the thing to do now is keep an open mind and let the rocks do the talking,” he said.

Security Advisor Tom Donilon‚ US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Krik and other senior officials.She will also interact with several important Representatives of the US Congress.—INP

Raghib appointed as Chairman Wapda

Lawyers across country observe protest

picture of odd, spherical rock formations on Mars from NASA’s Opportunity rover has scientists scratching their heads over what exactly they’re looking at. The new Mars photo by Opportunity shows a closeup of a rock outcrop called Kirkwood covered in blisterlike bumps that mission scientists can’t yet explain. At first blush, the formations appear similar to so-called Martian “blueberries” ironrich spherical formations first seen by Opportunity in 2004 but they actually differ in several key ways, scientist said. “This is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission,” said rover mission principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in a statement.

and not for the attorney general and that the case required of him to prosecute Riaz for contempt of court charges.Justice Khan said the bench had to assess whether Qadir could act independently as prosecutor in the case.Justice Khan said there were reservations over Qadir’s role as prosecutor in the contempt of court case against Yousuf Raza Gilani.The bench did not permit Riaz’s counsel, Abdul Basit, to present his arguments over the issue of prosecutor. Basit said the proceedings were being carried out against Riaz and that his client had the right to stress that the procedures be carried out properly. Basit said the court did not have the authority to change the prosecutor in the case. Adjourning the hearing to Sept 20, the bench said a verdict in the case would be issued on the said date.—INP

A Martian spring The Kirkwood outcrop is just one science pit stop at Cape York for Opportunity. Mission scientists have already picked out another interesting rock outcrop nearby, a pale patch that may contain tantalizing clay minerals, for possibly study after Opportunity completes its current analysis. Meanwhile, the spring equinox is approaching on Mars, ensuring increasing levels of sunshine for Opportunity’s solar arrays. “The rover is in very good health considering its 8-1/2 years of hard work on the surface of Mars,” said rover project manager John Callas of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in a statement. “Energy production levels are comparable to what they were a full Martian year

ago, and we are looking forward to productive spring and summer seasons of exploration.” While Opportunity explores the plains of its Meridiani Planum location, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is poised to resume driving toward its first long-distance destination inside Gale Crater. The rover, which has completed its final health checks, is headed for a site called Glenelg near the base of the 3-mile (5-kilometer) Mount Sharp, a mountain that rises from the center of its Gale Crater landing site. Curiosity landed on Mars on Aug. 5 and is expected to spend two years studying Gale Crater to determine if the region could have ever supported microbial life. —AP

Karachi fire

Owners accounts to be frozen STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The accounts of the owners of the Baldia Town garment factory which, caught fire resulting in the death of over 260 workers have been ordered to be frozen.A petition requesting the accounts to be frozen was submitted by the investigation officer Inspector Zafar Iqbal in the court of Judical Magistrate Sohail Mashoori. The petition stated that the owners of the factory could transfer their accounts to a foreign country and flee from Pakistan. The court on the petition of the investigating officer issued orders for the State Bank and other concerned banks to freeze the accounts of Abdul Aziz, Shahid and Arshad Bhaila. The State Bank said Monday that after receiving the orders of the court, banks had been directed to freeze the accounts.


Salt intake tied to higher blood pressure in kids

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HILDREN in the U.S. eat almost as much salt as adults, according to a new government study that finds a clear link between sodium intake and higher blood pressure. The connection was particularly strong among overweight and obese children, said Quanhe Yang from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, who worked on the study. That’s concerning because both high blood pressure and excessive pounds are risk factors for cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke down the road, researchers say. “Our American diet clearly is very high in sodium,” said Dr. Frederick Kaskel, chief of pediatric nephrology at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York, who was not involved in the research. “Not only is the high sodium something to be avoided, but it is also indicative of an unhealthy diet,” he told Reuters Health. The results, released Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are likely to fan the hot debate over the health effects of salt. While health authorities across the globe warn consumers to cut back on dietary salt, a number of recent studies have suggested that not getting enough salt can be as harmful as getting too much. The salt industry has pounced on that research, saying the dietary guidelines for sodium intake are flawed and should be withdrawn.

The CDC study is based on national surveys of more than 6,200 children and adolescents aged 8 to 18. The youths had their blood pressure measured between one and three times and also reported their diet in the prior 24 hours. On average, they ate 3,387 milligrams of sodium a day - considerably more than the 2,300 mg (about one teaspoon of salt) the government recommends as the upper limit. According to previous data from the CDC, U.S. adults consume 3,466 mg of sodium per day by comparison. “Kids are consuming as much sodium as adults, which far exceeds the recommended amount,” Yang told Reuters Health, encouraging parents and others to “read the label when you go shopping and buy the food with the lowest sodium content.” Yang and his colleagues found that for every 1,000 mg of extra sodium in the children’s diets, there was a one-point rise increase in blood pressure. Among overweight and obese kids, each 1,000 mg of sodium was tied to a blood pressure increase of 1.5 points. In adults, high blood pressure is defined as at least 140 mm Hg (the top, or systolic, number) or 90 mm Hg (the bottom, or diastolic, number). Doctors also talk about “pre-hypertension,” which is defined as a top number between 120 mm Hg and 140 mm Hg or a bottom number between 80 mm Hg and 90 mm Hg.

RAWALPINDI: People wading through inundated road after rain at Raja Bazar. Many streets in Rawalpindi submerged due to heavy rain.

IRI Press brings out 3 publications I SLAMABAD —The Islamic

Research Institute Press of the International Islamic University, Islamabad has brought out three publications on Monday. These Publications are “Noor-e-Risalat ki Pacchas kirnain” by Tahir Siddique of the Dawah Academy, Insights - Quarterly Magazine of Dawah Academy and Programmes, Projects, Activities of the Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) of the Islamic University. “Noor-e-Risalat ki Pacchas Kirnain” is a compilation of Fifty Sermons of Tahir Siddique on Radio on Hadith. In his sermons, Tahir Siddique spoke on various aspects of human life in the light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Quarterly Magazine “Insights” Contains research ISLAMABAD: Akira KONO, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to Pakistan and based articles on the seerah the heads of the three Non-Governmental Organizations in a group photo after the of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). signing ceremony held Monday at the Embassy of Japan.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir Those who contributed in this issue of “Insights” include M Mazar Ahsan, Fahd Mohammad Taleb Saeed AlOlaqi and others.—Online

Japan provides $295,282 for basic education in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support worth USD $295,282 (approx. Rs. 26.82 million) to three Pakistani NGOs to improve the quality and opportunities of basic education in the country. The agreements for the three projects were signed here on Monday, between Akira KONO, Charg‚ d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to Pakistan and the Heads of the three organizations separately. According to the agree-

ments, Japan will provide $113,175 to the Rural Education and Development Society, $ 89,626 to Anjuman Falah-eMuashra and an amount of $92,481 would be provided to Learning Awareness and Motivation Programme. The grants will be utilized for the construction of three schools, all in rural areas of the country, which would enable nearly 900 children to pursue quality education in a safe environment. In addition, essential furniture like desks and chairs will also be provided for the students.

All the projects have a strong gender dimension and are hence expected to contribute to the achievement of equality between boys and girls in the field of education. At the signing ceremony, Kono stressed the importance of basic education for the development of Pakistan. He also expressed his hope that these projects would give children a chance to carve out a better future and in addition would certainly strengthen the existing friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.

Heavy rain lashes twin cities, removal of impediments ordered STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Torrential rain on Monday exposed tall claims made by the departments concerned of Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA), Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) and district government about sanitation and cleanliness. Earlier, it was claimed by the authorities concerned that all nullahs and drains of the city have been cleared of silt and solid waste and now, there is no danger of flood during this monsoon. But, heavy rain on Monday exposed the tall claims of arrangements as several main areas of the city were submerged in rainwater. All the arrangements were exposed when rainwa-

ter choked the entire drainage system mainly of low lying areas and turned several roads including roads of Muslim town, Kuri road, Chara road and other areas into ponds of water. Meanwhile, after the federal capital received heavy rain on Monday, Chairman Capital Development Authority Farkhand Iqbal Monday ordered dewatering of all low-lying areas, removal of all structures impeding water flow and construction of retaining walls along nullahs as required. Amidst flooding roads and streets of Islamabad, the Chairman along with his team visited various localities including various slums, Blue Area, 9th Avenue, IJP Road and oth-

ers which are more vulnerable to face any untoward incident. The CDA had already announced the establishment of a Flood Relief Cell comprising the Directorates of Maintenance, Environment, Enforcement, Municipal Administration, Planning, E&M Maintenance, Machinery Pool Organization (MPO), Sanitation and Capital Hospital. After a survey, the CDA had already identified 35 vulnerable points including sectors G7/1, G-7/2, G-7/3, G-8/1, F-7/ 4 and F-6 facing threat in case of heavy rain. During his visit, the Chairman ordered the removal of all impediments from the nullahs to ensure smooth flow of

Fans in twin cities celebrate Pakistan’s win against India

rainwater and avert inundation of nearby areas. The staffers of the Flood Relief Cell reached the affected areas including slum of sector G-7 and other inundated areas to flush out water using dewatering pumps. During the visit, the CDA chief said the Cell functions round the clock, and is equipped with latest relief devices including large and small size dewatering pumps, vehicles including pickups, shovels, front end loaders and dumpers. He said the notices had already been issued to the slum dwellers who had built houses closed to the nullahs flowing through different areas to demolish these illegal structures and houses at their own.

Aviation paintings, aircraft models exhibition extended

I SLAMABAD—The peopel of passing through a host of given us great joy and we are I SLAMABAD —While notictwin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad erupted with joy when Pakistan overwhelmed arch-rivals India in a highscoring warm up ICC Twenty20 clash on Monday. The win sent delirious fans pouring onto the streets to celebrate. “Although it was a warm up match, we are really happy at the win as Pakistan has broken the jinx of not beating India in a world cup,” said fan Kamran Abbasi at Commercial Market, Rawalpindi. “The victory has given us joy at a time when our country is

challenges,” said Khurram Mehmood, another fan. “As it was rain today we could not go for work. We all had gathered at a hotel to watch the match together,” said Raza Khan, a labourer in Rawalpindi. Nauman, a sudent of first year, who had come out in Abpara Market Islamabad along with his friends to celebrate the win said, “Having been skeptical that Pakistan would perform well after India piled up 185 runs, we are really delighted at the win.” “It’s a superb performance. Our players have

proud of them,” said a friend of Nauman. “Hats off to Kamran and Shoaib for finishing the match in style,” said Saeed Ahmed, a shopkeeper, who has recently bought a TV set just to watch the Twenty20 world cup matches. “It’s a wonderful win and showed the fighting abilities of our team. Our players have proved that they are also good chasers,” he added. But he said Pakistan must not run away with themselves and should sit down and analyse their weak points.—APP

ing the great enthusiasm of the Aviation Art lovers, the Aviation Paintings and Aircraft models exhibition by PAF at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) has been extended up till Thursday (September 20). The exhibition provides a rare opportunity for people of all age groups to peep through the PAF glorious history. It was 1996, when these rare art pieces were displayed for the public. Entry at PNCA is free from 0900 am to 0500 pm.—APP

CIIT Convocation—celebration of academic excellence SANA JAMAL I SLAMABAD —“IT institutions, the centre of country’s academia, are aptly evolving a knowledge based socioeconomic culture in the country to help the nation to face the modern challenges of Globalization” remarked Rector of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi (S.I.) while addressing the 46th annual convocation on Monday. At the Convocation, a significant celebration of academic excellence, the grand hall resounded with several rounds of applause when graduating students step forward to receive their precious reward from the Rector of CIIT. The cer-

emony was hosted at the Convention Centre, in which more than 729 successful students of the Islamabad campus were awarded graduate and post-graduate degrees. As many as 377 students received Bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines including Bioinformatics, Biosciences, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Electrical (Telecommunication and Computer Engineering), Electronics, Mathematics and Architecture. Master’s degrees were awarded to 72 students in Faculty of Sciences (Physics, Bio Sciences, Metrology and Mathematics), 4 students in Faculty of Computer Sciences, 35 students in Faculty of Business Administration, ISLAMABAD: Rector Comsats Institute of Information Technology Dr SM Junaid Zaidi 29 Students in Faculty of En- (SI) and Executive Director CIIT Dr Imtinan Ellahi giving degrees to the students during gineering. Doctoral degrees the annual convocation of CIIT at Jinnah Convention Centre.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir

were awarded to 16 students of various faculties including Faculty of Sciences, Computer Sciences and Business Administration. The celebration also encompassed more than 2524 students who were awarded degrees at six different CIIT campuses in Abbottbad, Wah, Lahore, Attock, Sahiwal and Vehari on the same day. Video Conferencing link - a special feature of the CIIT convocation – connected all the campuses with the central Islamabad campus. The pleasant ceremony was perhaps more delightful for those awarded with the Chancellor’s Gold medalists. Those lucky ones included Ammarah Younus, Muhammad Ehsan Javaid, Shazia Raj, Abrar Ahmed, Naqqash Aman, Rizwan

Ahmed, Ayesha Amjed Qaisrani, Umair Islam, Samreen Abdul Hakeem, Azhar Abbas, Bilal Jehanzeb, Mohsin Tariq, Farya Tanvir, Saadia Maqbool and Sanna Mehmood Noor. On the occasion Chancellor’s, Institute and Campus Medals were also awarded to position holding students with 3.96

Another story on page 3 CGPA from different campuses of CIIT. Addressing the assemblage, Dr. Imtinan Ellahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, said “CIIT, recognizing its duties, is committed to provide the best opportunities for learning and personal development within a caring and supportive environment.” The wonderful convocation ceremony was organised by Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas,

Dean Faculty of Business Administration Islamabad Campus while Anyat-urRehman, Deputy Controller of Examination CIIT presented scroll to Chancellor. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), country’s leading in Computer Sciences & IT institute, has contributed considerably in human resource development. Rector CIIT, Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, being fully aware of the importance of education as a driver of economy and importance of Research and Development, has promoted the imparting of quality education and inculcated research culture in the institution and successfully completed several assignments of national and international significance.


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September 18 THE Rawalpindi Art Council will organize calligraphy competition in connection with Punjab youth festival at Art Council Rawalpindi. ***** IN connection with Punjab Youth Festival, Rawalpindi Arts Council is holding a divisional calligraphic competition amongst the students at 11 am. Cash prizes will be given to the students who will secure 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position. September 24 ROHTAS Art Gallery has scheduled a show of Pakistani Contemporary Art at the National Art Gallery here on September 24 to celebrate Rohtas Gallery’s 30th anniversary. More than 65 artists will display in excess of 160 works. The artists are recognized worldwide and the show will celebrate the contribution the Rohtas Gallery has made over three decades to the development of contemporary art in Pakistan.

Police fail to resolve mystery of body parts’ recovery R AWALPINDI —Despite passage of two days police has failed to resolve the mystery of recovery of body parts from jurisdiction of various police stations. It should be mentioned that cut limbs (two legs and two arms) were recovered on Saturday from jurisdiction of three police stations while body of an unidentified person was recovered on Sunday. However, it was not yet confirmed that human remains were of a single person or many. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) city circle Malik Umar Hayat said that none of the three police stations have received report of missing person or murder case, adding that search for the remaining parts was underway by the investigation officers of the respective police stations. He said identifying the person and finding the head and other body parts of the victim was their first priority. Police was trying to trace whether body parts were of local person or brought from other place after brutally killing the deceased.—INP

Citizens await computerised number plates R AWALPINDI —The Excise and Taxation Department motor branch Rawalpindi has failed to register hundreds of government vehicles besides issuances of computerised number plates to commercial and private vehicles despite passage of nine month. However, fee for the computerised number plates was received from owners at the time of vehicle’s registration. Sources said that air-conditioned buses plying between Rawalpindi and Gojar Khan could not be registered despite passage of three month of the service as E&T department was making zero efforts to accomplish the task. Due to casual attitude of E&T Rawalpindi motor branch, a large number of vehicles are without registration causing loss worth millions of rupees to the exchequer. Citizens talking to INP deplored concerned authority for the delay in issuance of computerised number plates, saying that motor branch staff was least bothered on the issue and were attending only those cases for registration which are forwarded by their agents sitting outside the building. —INP

Court reserves verdict on delay in challan STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The court of the additional sessions judge in Islamabad reserved its judgment over Monday’s hearing in the blasphemy case against Rimsha Masih. A ruling over today’s hearing was to be issued later. Senior civil judge Amir Aziz issued an order for the investigation to be conducted by an officer of the superintendent of police (SP) rank. The investigating officer (IO) on the case told the court that the police’ s inspector general (IG) had constituted an investiga-

tive team headed by a senior superintendent of police (SSP) and that the case’s investigation had been completed. The IO asked the court for more time to submit the charge sheet in the case. Rao Abdul Rahim, the counsel for the accuser, reminded the court that the police had already asked for more time to submit the challan and that the court had directed for an incomplete challan to be submitted during its previous hearing. Another lawyer for petitioner told the court that his client, Hammad Malik,

was being threatened by the IG and other officers at the police station. The lawyer requested the court to restrain the police from harassing his client again and again and also requested for the bail of blasphemy-accused Christian girl to be cancelled. The complainant’s counsel alleged that the police had not constituted an investigating team yet and demanded the names of the officers constituting the team to be disclosed. The prosecutor presented the court with the names of the officers included in the investigating team upon request.

Lawyers’ community boycotts court proceedings R AWA L P I N D I — L a w y e r s ’ community on Monday boycotted court proceedings in protest against the anti-Islam film that sparked worldwide violent protests, seeking immediate action against the people involved in hurting the sentiments of Ummah. Lawyers stayed away from court proceeding at all level including the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench, District Courts and other special courts on the boycott-call given by the Punjab Bar Council.

The High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi, the District Bar Association and Tehsil Bar Associations held special meetings and condemned the blasphemous movie. The bar associations underlined the need to exhibit greater unity by the Muslim world and devise a counterstrategy to tackle the conspiracy being hatched against Islam. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered at the Sixth Road and chanted slo-

gans against the film-makers and its motivators. The protest demonstration, arranged by the Jamia Rizvia Zia-ul-Uloom, turned into a rally when the protesters carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the elements involved in the film-making started march at the busiest Benazir Bhutto Road. The rally started from the Sixth Road and culminated at the Rehmanabad Chowk, which suspended the traffic for almost one hour.—APP

ISLAMABAD: German Ambassador, Dr Cyrill Nunn called on Federal Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqar Akram.

Reference held to remember late Safdar Shahid R AWALPINDI —A condolence reference was held in memory of renowned poet, writer and founding Chairman of literary organization ‘Dhandara’ at Anjuman Faiz ul Islam, Faizabad Campus here on Monday. Prof. Aziz Ahmad Hashmi presided over the reference while Rana Abdul Baqi was the chief guest. Nasim Sehar, Naeem Qureshi, Abdul Rashid Mirza, Hamid Shah Bukhari, Farkhanda Shameem and Tamoor Safdar, son of Safdar Sahid spoke on the occasion and threw light on life and achievements of Safdar Shahid. The speakers said Safdar set the precedence for budding poets to explore new ways of expression for conveying their message in a heart touching tone so that a positive change could be brought in the society. His contemporary poets and writers paid rich tributes to the services of Safdar Shahid who dedicated his life for promotion of literature in the country.—APP

Reinstated employees

IHC orders APP to settle issues within one month STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: Islamic Student Federation holds a protest rally against anti-Islam American film and US.

Encroachments irk people I SLAMABAD —Illegal stalls of vegetables, fruits, clothes set up on footpaths and in front of shops in the busy market of I-10 Markaz, are causing nuisance for the buyers. The people especially women and children visiting this market face problems as all the footpaths have been occupied by the encroachers. Moreover, the road dividing I-10 Markez and residential area of I-10 Sector, has also been occupied by the fruit vendors making it very difficult for the buyers to park their vehicles. Ejaz ul Haq, a resident of the area, informed that after the evening, one cannot even walk through this market owing to the encroachments. Some owners of bakeries have also set up stalls of ‘Samosa and Pakora’ in front of their shops causing hindrances for both the traffic and pedestrians. People have asked the concerned authorities to immediately remove these encroachments and obstacles from the footpaths and the market enabling them to purchase commodities and park their vehicles with ease.—APP

Design of Railway underpasses to be handed over to RDA

10 arrested during raids at guest houses, heroin seized STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad police have arrested 15 outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered weapons, drugs and looted items from their possession, a police spokesman said on M o n d a y. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Yousuf from Aabpara police arrested a thief identified as Ibrahim and recovered stolen purses, ATM card and cash from him. ASI Turab ul Hassan from Golra police arrested

Ayub Khan for having 30 bore pistol while ASI Muhammad Ishaq from Sabzi Mandi police nabbed Nauman in possession of 30 bore pistol. Sub-Inspector Javed Iqbal from Shehzad town police recovered 30 bore pistol from murder accused Lal Badshah while Inspector Zulfiqar Ahmed from CIA police nabbed Imtiaz for possessing 50 gram heroin. Station House Officer of Sabzi Mandi police Asjad Mehmud and Sub-

Inspector Muhammad Khan raided a house in sector I-10/1 after getting search warrant and arrested seven persons for their alleged involvement in immoral activities. The nabbed persons have been identified as Jameel, Akhtar Hussain, Sultan Mehmud, Sadiq, Shazia, Shakeel and Sehr. Similarly, ASI Muhammad Arif raided a house in sector I-10/1 and arrested Abid, Nida Ashraf and Aiani for their alleged involvement in immoral activities.

PIMS management asked to improve services ISLAMABAD—Citizens have seriously urged the management of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to improve service delivery system at its OutPatient Department (OPD) and Emergency ward. They complained that most of the time junior doctors attend the patients while senior doctors remain absent from their duties at OPD and emergency ward. “They consider the hospital as picnic place where they just come to spend a few minutes to show their presence and they don’t take anything

here,” said Muhammad Aslam, an attendant of patient at PIMS. He said junior doctors who work in the absence of senior doctors do not have adequate experience to provide proper medical advice to the patients due to which they have to go to private hospitals for treatment. Similarly, those patients who come from far-flung areas after travelling five to six hours for treatment at PIMS also face several problems like getting next date for check up or surgery and

sometimes doctors on duty even refuse to treat them without any reason. Muhammad Arif, an attendant of patient who was admitted to Medical Ward said “No senior doctor is present to examine my brother while junior doctors remain busy in gossip with one another all the time.” He suggested that there should be frequent surprise visits of concerned ministry’s officials to monitor the situation and to check the attitude of doctors with patients.—APP

R AWALPINDI —The detailed designs of the Mareer Chowk Railway Tunnel and Shah Khalid Colony Railway underpass would be handed over on Septermber18 (today) to Rawalpindi Development Authority. RDA official said that shifting of utility services and diversion of the railway track was underway for timely commencement of construction work on Mareer Chowk Railway tunnel project. He said that Wapda would pass the electricity lines in a big pipe under the railway track which was being laid. The representatives of the consultant companies, which prepared design of both projects, would brief RDA officials on Tuesday (today).—INP

Ahmed and others, the Petitioners, through their legal ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad counsel Senior Advocate High Court (IHC) on Monday Abdur Rehman Siddiqui, have before the passed orders directing the maintained management of Associated honourable court that they Press of Pakistan (APP) to settle were reinstated into their serall outstanding and unresolved vices in April 2009 under issues within one month raised Sacked Employees (Reinstateby its reinstated employees in ment) Ordinance 2009, later entheir joint writ petition number forced as Sacked Employees 2364/12 filed under Article 199 Reinstatement Act 2010 by the Parliament. of the Constitution. They maintained before the Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi of the IHC, following court that the respondents have preliminary arguments, has is- denied point to point fixation sued orders to the management of their pay as duly directed by of premier news agency APP the Establishment Division vide to settle the unresolved issues its Office Memorandum dated raised by its 43 reinstated em- 24 Nov 2011, read with the letployees seeking financial com- ter of AGPR dated 04 Jan 2012. The Petitioners maintained pensation, pay fixation and other ancillary benefits granted that the respondents were failed to them under Sacked Employ- to disburse the full compensaees Reinstatement Act 2010 and tion of first three years, within as duly directed by the Cabinet stipulated period up to JanuSTAFF REPORTER Division and inform the court ary 2011, to which they are duly within time period of one entitled under Section 9 and Section 16 of the Ordinance ISLAMABAD—President Pakimonth. In their Petition, titled Aftab 2009 and Act 2010 respectively. stan Medical & Dental Council, Prof. Dr. Syed Sabit ul Hassnain inaugurated Hussnain Auditorium and Workshop on Research Proposal Development at AlNafees Medical college Hospital Isra University. Speaking on the occasion, the President termed establishment of Al-Nafees Medical College Hosiptal, a feather in the cap of Isra Islamic Foundation. He said the Foundation is treading the right path in not only working in the education field, but also meeting challenges on the health and welfare fronts as well. “The monumental scientific and technological advances that have impacted the healthcare profession in ISLAMABAD: Prof Dr. Syed Sabit ul Hasnain President PM & DC on the inauguration recent years have created of Hassnain Auditorium and on stage Pro. Dr Ghulamqadir Kazi, Chairman IIF, Saleem countless new opportunities Kazi Executive Director, Dr. Altaf G Sheikh Pro VC Isra University and Dr. Omer Ali for managing and treating life threatening illnesses. Khan Pro VC Ali Nafees Medical College.

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ISLAMABAD: Agha Sarwar Raza Qazilbash Secretary Wafaqi Mohtasib on his retirement with his personal staff at the Federal Ombudsman’s Secretariat.

Experts seek revision in right to free education act ISLAMABAD—The participants term “he” in the act when re- of the Act reads, “It shall come of a consultative meeting demanded that it was necessary to revise the ‘Right to free and compulsory education act 2011’ to maximize the required prospects and safeguarding future of our young generation. Academic experts hailing from different government, semi-government and private institutions discussing the Act, already passed from Senate, said the penalties mentioned in the Act are not clear and it should be explicitly stated whether the penalty will be criminal or civil. They also asked for clarifying that which procedure must be followed once a penalty is imposed, officials from Ministry of Human Rights told APP here on Monday. They said instead of using only the

ferring to a child, it is more appropriate to use “she/he” to be more gender sensitive. This simple change would go a long way in ensuring that girls are also allowed to reap the benefits of this Act. They asked that it is necessary to make sure children know their rights and are aware of their entitlement to free and compulsory education. The Act must make clear provisions for what is to be done in case of emergencies such as floods, earthquakes etc, participants of the meeting said, adding, displaced children must be accommodated elsewhere to avoid a break in their education. During the clause wise discussion on the bill, the meeting members said, Section 1 (3)

into force on such date and in such areas ..”. Commenting on this point, the participants agreed that the use of the word `areas’ was entirely too vague and left the areas of FATA, GB and AJK undefined. The areas in which the law holds must, therefore, be defined more clearly in the Act, they stated. Section 2 (a) (ii) reads “a school established, owned, or controlled by the Local Government”. Here the participants were of the opinion that other authorities designated by the Constitution to act in place of the local government should be mentioned. Section 2 (d) speaks of a parent “whose annual income is lower than the minimum limit specified by the appropriate government”.—APP


Hurriyet leaders remember martyrs of Islamabad town

Anti-America slogans raised in Kashmir Varsity

S RINAGAR — In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have paid glowing tributes to three youth of Islamabad town on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. In a joint statement issued in Srinagar Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Zafar Akbar Butt, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Javed Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash reiterated the Kashmiris’ commitment to continue the liberation struggle till its logical conclusion. Three Kashmiri youth, Maroof Ahmad Nath, 17, Noorul-Amin Dagga, 30, and Bilal Ahmad Najar, 34, were martyred by Indian troops on September 18, 2010. “The killers of youth during 2010 uprising have not been brought to book,” they said adding that instead they were rewarded which was enough proof to understand the criminal mentality of pro-India parties.—KMS

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Yasin Malik pays tributes to martyrs of 2010 uprising S R I N A G A R — In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik has paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri youth who were martyred by Indian troops and police during 2010 uprising. Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that on 18th September 2010 Indian troops and police personnel killed nine innocent youth in Bemina, Islamabad, Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan and Pulwama areas. He deplored that despite tall claims of the puppet authorities even FIR’s had not been registered against the killers of these innocent people. Meanwhile, the JKLF spokesman in a statement strongly condemned the recent arrests of many people across the Kashmir Valley. “A large number of youth especially students have been arrested by the police in recent days and they are languishing in police stations,” he said.—KMS

Military rule only law in IHK: Sehrai S RINAGAR — In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has said that military rule is the only rule of law in the territory. Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement in Srinagar said that the occupation authorities were blatantly violating the democratic principles in Kashmir. “Even court orders are flouted,” he maintained. The Hurriyet leader deplored that while Indian army and paramilitary personnel were perpetrating the worst crimes against humanity in the occupied territory, the puppet authorities were involved in patronising anti-Islam culture through screening filthy films. Sehrai condemned the arbitrary arrests of youth in the occupied territory.—KMS

Scholar develops Kashmiri language keyboard T ANGMARG — A scholar of literature has developed Kashmiri language keyboard enabling use of Kashmiri in Microsoft Office. Muzaffar Aazim, a resident of Tangmarg now settled in US, demonstrated the technique for writing Kashmiri script using Microsoft office keyboard. The technique was demonstrated at a seminar entitled “Role Of Languages in understanding Knowledge organized by Professional Students Guild (PSG) Tangmarg at Kunzar wherein Aazim was the chief guest. Aazim served in US Sericulture department as director and opted for voluntary retirement in 1984. He got fully associated with literary field. He has translated Tolstoy’s book, “War and Peace” into Kashmiri as “Jang Te Aman” in four volumes. —NNI

S R I N A G A R — Students of leys of the campus and dis- ing public gatherings in BaghKashmir University have organised a large demonstration and burned American flag protesting against the anti-Islam film made by an IsraeliAmerican Jew. A large gathering of students started marching on the campus shouting anti-America and pro-freedom slogans. “The students raised slogans condemning the shameful act by the West and its war on Islam,” a statement issued by the students said. The students called for unity among Muslims “to resist the anti-Islamic moves by the West.” The students shouted the slogans and carried the banners which read “behead those who insult Islam.” The protest rally that started from the University Masjid marched across the al-

persed peacefully after converging on the same place. Near Allama Iqbal library, the students burned down an American flag. “The students called upon the Muslim rulers world over to shun boot-licking the Zionist West and stand up against the western oppression and give a befitting response to the insults on Islam,” the statement added. Carrying placards which read “Arab countries cut off oil supply to the west,” the students also raised pro-freedom slogans. Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt has condemned in strong terms the recent sacrilegious film in the US. Zafar Akbar Butt address-

e-Mahtab and Channapora areas of Srinagar, urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take steps to avoid such incidents in future and impress upon America to take action against the culprits. said that the anti-Islamic elements had started a campaign against the Muslims by hurting their religious sentiments, adding that the Muslims could not tolerate any sarcastic act against their sacred religion. He also condemned the use of brute force by the occupation authorities against the people protesting against the blasphemous film in the occupied territory. MUZZAFFARABAD: Deputy Chairman ERRA, Maj Gen Muhammad Azim Asif receives souvenir from President Azad He reiterated the Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan. Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the liberation struggle till its logical conclusion.— NNI

HR Commission orders fresh probe into custodial killing SRINAGAR—Irked over inordi- tained that an Empowered lice into the case. nate delay by the puppet administration in filing its final report in the killing of a teenager, Umar Qayoom Bhat of Soura, who was killed in police custody in 2010 uprising, the Human Rights Commission of the territory has asked a senior police officer of its investigation wing to conduct impartial probe into the case. Member of the Commission, Javaid Kawoos, gave the direction after the Home Department of the territory main-

Committee constituted by the puppet regime and headed by the Principal Secretary Home could not give its final opinion about the case as police was yet to submit final investigation report to it. The family of 17-year-old Umar Qayoom Bhat had filed a complaint with the Commission on August 1, 2011, maintaining that he died due to torture in police custody. On basis of the complaint, the Commission had sought factual report from po-

In its report, the police had strongly refuted allegations of the family. Later, the Commission had sought opinion of the Empowered Committee headed by Principal Secretary to Home. The officials of Human Rights Commission said that despite many communications by the DC Srinagar office, the Home Department did not respond forcing the Commission to conduct a probe into the killing by its own investigation wing.—NNI

MUZZAFFARABAD: Worker PPP meeting with Azad Kashmir Minister Raja Faisal Mumtaz Rathor in his office to discuses matters regarding development of works.

Muttahida Ulema Ahli sunnat calls for Shutdown S RINAGAR — An important time and again to make Mus- meeting on September, the meeting was held at the head office of Kaarwan i Islami in which different issues including the release of UN Islamic video were put forth. All the members of the amalgam from 42 organizations strongly denounced this inhumane, uncivilized act and called for a valley wide shutdown on September 18 (Tuesday). Asking the people to observe a complete shutdown, the chief spokesman of the organisation asked the bar association from all districts, Traders unions, transport associations, College unions and all the common people of Kashmir to make the shutdown successful to show our love for our religion, as it is above everything else. The spokesman of the amalgam, Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir that shameful occurrences like this are done

lims used to such things. But they often forget that Muslims can tolerate anything, but as soon as it comes to Islam everything is Intolerable to us. We do not stand even a word against our religion. He said it is the duty of every Muslim to protect the guidelines and principles led down by Islam and everyone should be ready to sacrifice for this cause. The spokesman said occurrences like this later give birth to Osama Bin laden who later gives nightmares to USA. “Muslims love peace, but episodes like this change this peace loving Muslim to Mumtaz Qadri who later gives bad time to the people who disrespect our Holy Prophet (Pbuh). He said such plots and the people behind them will be soon put to justice by Muslims. He said MUA will be

16th day of September at Shaheed gunj office of Kawrwaan I Islami to discuss the present situation and future strategy of the amalgam. The spokesman strongly denounced the arrest of Youth who have been arrested after yesterday’s pro Islam protest. He warned the government that such arrests may make the government face worst times. More than two dozen youth were arrested in Srinagar, Islamabad, Varmul, Pulwama, Kulgam, Handwara and Sopore during the night raids by Jammu Kashmir police following yesterday’s Pro- Islam protests. He said” These Youth were not protesting against any person, neither against any Police, nor against any regime, but they were protesting for the love of their beloved Prophet (Pbuh)”—NNI

Kashmiri women’s plight raised at int’l forum G E N E VA — The Kashmiri representative, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has said that women are the worst victims in of Indian terrorism in occupied Kashmir. Taking part in the debate at the 21st session of the UN Human Right Council roundtable and interactive dialogue on women rights and development in Geneva, Faiz Naqshbandi said that Kashmiri women in capacity of mother, wife, sister and daughter had fallen a prey to grave human rights violations because of ongoing right to self-determination movement

in the territory. “The occupation forces use rape and other inhuman treatment to women as instrument of terror and to make the people into submission,” he informed the participants. “Over 9000 thousand women have been subjected to gang rape and molestation. These are the reported figures and the hundreds of others unreported. Those who came out to report never received justice because of the militarized justice system in Kashmir,” he pointed out. The Kashmiri leader referred to the 23rd of Febru-

ary 1991 incident of Knnan Poshpora, a village in Kashmir on 23rd February 1991, where 53 women of all ages were gang raped. But none of the perpetuators was brought to justice. The same happened with Aasia and Nelifor of Shopian, who were murdered after gang rape by the CRPF personnel. But no one was tried in court of law, he lamented. “All this is because of the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, that provides total impunity to the troops against any civil prosecution,” he added.—KMS

Kashmiris will never abandon their struggle: Prof Butt STAFF REPORTER

S RINAGAR — In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt has said that the Kashmiris will never surrender their struggle for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Professor Abdul Ghani Butt while addressing a party convention at Butengo in Sopore said, “In absence of any solution to the Kashmir problem according to wishes of the Kashmiris, Pakistan and India can’t have a peaceful relationship.” “A trend of economic prosperity has set off in the entire world, and Pakistan and India are no exception, but both the neighbouring countries can’t move forward unless Kashmir issue is solved as per the wishes of the Kashmiris,” he pointed out.Professor Butt cautioned that both the nuclear countries could not afford to put the Kashmir issue on the backburner.

Party activists framed in false cases: Geelani

S R I N A G A R — C h a i r m a n for his political ideology,” Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has condemned the killings of Sarpanchs and Panchs in the Kashmir Valley. “We condemns the innocent killings and demand that assailants should be tried in an open court”, Geelani said while addressing a news conference at his Hyderpora residence. At least four Panchayat members have been killed by suspected militants and another five wounded since the last year’s Panchayat polls. According to official figures over 320 Sarpanchs and Panchs have resigned in the wake of the killings. “No person should be killed

Geelani said. The octogenarian separatist leader called for release of senior Tehreek-eHurriyat (TeH) worker from Pattan, Nasir Abdullah. According to Geelani, police have arrested Abdullah for his alleged involvement in the killing a Sarpanch, Ghulam Muhammad Yatoo, in Palhalan last week. “He (Abdullah) is innocent, we demand that the case against him should be withdrawn and he should be released,” said Geelani. On September 10, suspected militants shot dead Yatoo, belonging to ruling National Conference (NC). The killing forced many Sarpanchs and

Panchs in north Kashmir to issue resignations. Accusing police of framing Hurriyat worker on false charges, Geelani challenged the state Government to prove the “false charges” leveled against Abdullah. “Let an open trial court decide the case,” said Geelani. “Such acts reflect police’s weakness. They fail to nab the real killers and instead detain innocent people.” Geelani termed arrest of Abdullah as “serious issue”. “It is the question of our survival,” Geelani said. “Allegations leveled against him (Abdullah) are baseless and we condemn his arrest.”—NNI

Troops martyr Kashmiri youth in Baramulla

S RINAGAR — In occupied Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, left Kashmir, Indian troops, in their Ahmed Shah, urged India to Srinagar for New Delhi, today, for fresh act of state terrorism, give up intransigence and take his onwards journey to Geneva martyred one Kashmiri youth practical measures for resolving where the 21st session of the UN during a continued siege and the Kashmir dispute in accor- Human Rights Council is undersearch operation in Uri area of dance with the Kashmiris’ as- way. He will participate in semiBaramulla district. pirations. nars, debates and deliver lectures The veteran Kashmiri He maintained that the un- on Kashmir on the occasion. Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali paralleled sacrifices offered by On the other hand, complete Gilani, in a statement in the Kashmiri people would not shutdown was observed in Srinagar, strongly denounced be allowed to go waste and the Kupwara district against the the arrest of innocent youth by ongoing liberation movement screening of a blasphemous film Indian police after the forceful would be taken to its logical at a school in Lolab by the Indemonstrations across the conclusion at all odds. dian army. Kashmir Valley against blaspheAnother APHC leader, Despite heavy deployment mous film in the US. Zafar Akbar Butt, addressing of Indian troops and police, He demanded immediate public gatherings in Bagh-e- people took to the streets in release of the illegally detained Mahtab and Channapora areas Dooniwari, Cheerkote, STAFF REPORTER youth. of Srinagar condemned in Potushai, Lolab, Trehgam, a meeting of his strong terms the recent sacrile- Kralpora, Handwara and other K O T L I — Like rest of the partyAddressing activists in Srinagar, se- gious film in the US. areas and staged demonstrations country, in Azad Jammu & nior leader of the All Parties The APHC Chairman, against the incident.—NNI Kashmir people were infuriated and angered over release of sacrilegious movie in America and protest demonstrations were taken out in various parts of AJK the other day. In all district, tehsil headquarters, small and big towns, rallies were witnessed and people demanded of the state to ban the blasphemous movie on internet. In Kotli district a big protest demonstration was taken S R I N A G A R — In occupied leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in out from Ghosia Masjid Kashmir, senior APHC leader addressing party activists in a statement in Srinagar said which marched various roads and Chairman of Jammu and Srinagar said that India was that India was blatantly violatof city and culminated at Kashmir Muslim Conference, making all-out efforts to put the ing the democratic principles Shaheed chowk. Professor Abdul Ghani Butt long-pending dispute in cold in Kashmir and even court orWhile speaking to protest has said that the Kashmiris storage but the Kashmiris ders were flouted. demonstration, speakers said will never abandon pursuit of would never allow New Delhi The journalists working that anti-Islam forces had tried their struggle for settlement of to succeed in its heinous de- with various organizations in to hurt the sentiments of the Kashmir dispute till it signs. a statement complained that muslims by the release this reaches its logical conclusion. Indian police arrested the Indian troops had hamovie. Addressing a party conven- APHC leader and the Chair- rassed them while they were tion at Butengo in Sopore, Pro- person of Muslim Khawateen covering protests at Palhallan fessor Abdul Ghani Butt ruled Markaz, Yasmeen Raja along in Baramulla district. They said that the Indian out a peaceful relationship be- with several other women actween Pakistan and India with- tivists during an anti-India army used abusive language out resolving the Kashmir protest demonstration at Lal and restricted their movement during the recent protests.— problem as per wishes of the Chowk in Srinagar. Hurriyet leader, KMS Kashmiris. Senior APHC S R I N A G A R — Hundreds of people took to streets in Bhaderwah and Shopian to protest against the recent antiIslam video produced by the fanatics in the US. Most of the shops and business establishments remained closed in Bhaderwah. People assembled at Jamia Masjjid and denounced the act, which has hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims across the globe. Shouting pro-Islam slogans, the demonstrators passed through various bazars of the town. On the other hand, massive protests were also staged in Shopian town against the video. Muslims are targeted everywhere and it is an international conspiracy against them,” the protesters told me- MUZZAFFARABAD: Member Legislative Assembly of Azad Kashmir, Barrister Iftikhar Ali Giliani dia men.—INP touring Ambur area to meet people and discuses with them matters relating to their social needs.

Protest demonstrations in AJK against anti-Islam movie

Kashmir solution must for sustained Pak-India ties Yasmeen, several other women activists held

Demos in Bhaderwah, Shopian


Pakistan-India talks Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The PakistanIndia Commerce Secretary level talks will be held here from September 20. Indian Commerce Secretary, S. R. Rao accompanied with an 11-member delegation is to visit Pakistan on September 20 to hold secretary level talks with his Pakistani counterpart Munir Qureshi here, a senior official in the Commerce Ministry told media. Both sides will discuss various issues including development on negative list between the two countries, bilateral trade.

Hinders trade growth Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD —Extensive sensitive lists being maintained by different countries is hindering progress and growth of trade within SAARC countries, the Attock Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) observed. “The last two decades have witnessed a number of attempts by South Asian countries to promote intraregional trade through several agreements but with limited success,” Tariq Mehmood, President ACCI said while addressing business community. Main reason behind reduced intra-SAARC trade, which is hovering around four per cent of the total trade, is large negative trade lists maintained by the member countries which has left all efforts to boost trade almost unsuccessful, he added He was of the view that all countries of the region must realize that trade agreements could be beneficial only when negative lists are maintained on merit and for a specific period to be phased out eventually.

Metro bus project Staff Reporter L AHORE —The spokesperson of the Punjab Finance Department has contradicted a news item published in a section of the press wherein sources from Finance Department were quoted saying that Metro Bus Transit Project is targeted to be completed by the end of December 2012, however, there are very little chances of its completion by December. The spokesperson stated that Finance Department is not involved in the execution of the project, hence, its officials are not in a position to commenton the dates for its completion. In any case, it is up to Planning & Development Department and Lahore Development Authority to assess and inform about the likely dates for the completion of this mega project, the spokesperson concluded.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” — Charles R Swindoll,

Pak has potential for investment in energy STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Monday that there was huge potential of foreign investment in the energy generation and telecom sectors and the international companies woulda be provided all possible help to invest in Pakistan. He said this during his meeting with a Norwegian delegation led by Arne Kollandsrud CEO-Tide Tec here. They discussed various matters on introduction of wave, tidal based electricity production in Pakistan. In a detailed presentation, Consultant Tide Tec Mr. Lunderby briefed the partici-

pants of the meeting about the phenomenon, challenges and procedural steps for installation of wave, tidal based power plant. He informed the Minister that tidal/wave energy is a form of renewable energy in which power of waves produced in a channel or ocean is used to run the turbines turning on electric generators to produce electricity. The company “Tide Tec” is specialized in developing technology for energy producing bridges by harnessing potential of tidal and wave energy. He also informed that tidal energy is environment friendly and more predictable as compared to wind energy. Cost for establishing wave

energy infrastructure is approximately equal to the wind based power plant. The company will follow the steps of Technology verification, Pre study, Scale Test and Full scale production respectively for establishment of wave/tidal based energy production in Pakistan, informed the delegation. The Finance Minister acknowledged and appreciated the idea of tidal based energy generation in the wake of current energy shortage and soaring fuel prices in the country. He informed the delegation that energy wing of Planning Commission mainly deals with such types of projects and the Deputy Chairman Planning

Continued on Page 14 Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf talking to Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan, Minister for Communication at PM’s House.

Trade, industry reject hike in petroleum prices AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —The trade and industry has strongly condemned the second time increase in POL and CNG prices in just one month which amounts to paralyze the economy and squeeze the masses already pressed by the abnormal hike in general prices. The Patron In-Chief Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) S M Muneer, Chairman Ehtesham Uddin, President All Karachi Industrial Alliance, Mian Zahid Hussain, Vice Chairmen Hasham A Razzak and Tariq Malik said

in s statement that the government on pretext of increase in POL prices in international market is rapidly skyrocketing prices in local market. he increase in POL prices is nothing to do with the price fluctuation in international market as the real factor behind all this practice is to make money and squeeze the masses to overcome budgetary losses. They said that the rulers are punishing the masses and business community to conceal its policy failure. They warned that such practice by the rulers is real dangerous and against the national in-

terest as trade and industry as well as general masses are going to bankrupt. They asked the government not to take revenge of failure of its policies from the public and not to undermine the democratic set up as public is extremely upset due to unabated and cruelly increased prices of utilities. They demanded of the government to immediately reverse the decision of massive increase in POL and CNG prices. They also demanded of the government to do away with weekly review of prices as the ministry and OGRA are only review POL prices upward.

Deal signed to enhance textile competitiveness

Norwegian firm interested in tidal wave power production ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh met with a Norwegian delegation led by Mr. Arne Kollandsrud CEO-Tide Tec here Monday and discussed different matters on introduction of wave/tidal based electricity production in Pakistan. In a detailed presentation, Consultant Tide Tec Mr. Lunderby briefed the participants of the meeting about the phenomenon, challenges and procedural steps for installation of wave/ tidal based power plant. He informed the Minister that tidal/wave energy is a form of renewable energy in which power of waves produced in a channel or ocean is used to run the turbines turning on electric generators to produce electricity. The company “Tide Tec” is specialized in developing technology for energy producing bridges by harnessing potential of tidal and wave energy. He also informed that tidal energy is environment friendly and more predictable as compared to wind energy. Cost for establishing wave energy infrastructure is approximately equal to the wind based power plant.—INP

KP to add 2,100 MW of power to national grid STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R — K h y b e r Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Planning and Development Rahimdad Khan has lauded the role of engineers community in restoring the infrastructure in the province during natural disasters like floods and earthquakes and expressed the confidence that our engineers would endeavour to further enhance their capabilities in all spheres of development so that the dream of a developed and prosperous nation could be

importance of the continuing training programme for engineers. Rahimdad paid rich tributes to nation building departments of the province especially engineers of C&W department for immediately restoring the destroyed infrastructure in devastating floods of 2010 and incidents of terrorism as well as eulogised viable role of Engr. Zaid Arif in this regard. He contended that engineers of C&W, PHE and Irrigation departments always performed efficiently

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LNG import plan from India in doldrums STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—The import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from India is not materialising as importers are unwilling to pay a higher price. Petroleum Ministry sources says that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government had refused to bear the price difference between imported and domestic gas arguing that the province was self-sufficient in gas production. Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) refused to fix LNG prices, maintaining LNG price should not be STAFF CORRESPONDENT that borne by all gas consumers. P ESHAWAR —Pakistan Flour Furthermore, inadequate inMills Association (PFMA), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Zone demanded maximum increase in daily wheat quota of the STAFF REPORTER flour mills to bring the industry out of present difficult ISLAMABAD—The first Quarsituation. The demand was made in terly Conference of Intellia meeting of the association gence & Investigation (Inland held here with provincial Revenue) was held here on chairman Malik Iftikhar Monday. The Chairman FBR, Ahmad Awan in the chair. Mr. Ali Arshad Hakeem, while Besides, former chairmen, addressing the conference Mohammad Naeem Butt, Haji stressed upon the particiSartaj Ali, Mohammad Sadiq pants to enhance tax complimembers of executive com- ance and curb revenue leakmittee, Haji Mohammad Anis, ages and general non-compliMusarrat Shah, Mirajuddin, ance through concrete and Imranullah, Gul Zarin Khan timely information on all sorts and Arif Khan attended the of tax evasion. He emphasized the central role which an Inmeeting. telligence Agency like the D.G Continued on Page 14 I&I - IR could play in enhanc-

Increased wheat quota demanded

ISLAMABAD: CEO NPO Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf and Secretary Ministry of Textile Shahid Rashid signing agreement. Minister for Textile Industry Makhdoom Shahabuddin is also present at the ceremony. with firm commitment to es- future line of action for the STAFF REPORTER tablish quality standards industry. National Productivity OrISLAMABAD —National Pro- within textile industry. The basic objective of ganization (NPO) has already ductivity Organization (NPO) Ministry of Industries the project will be to bench- implemented benchmarking and Ministry of Textile here mark textile sectors like Gin- systems for various sectors on Monday signed an agree- ning, Knit Processing, Knit in the past. With the implement of Rs. 9.2 million for Stitching. With the imple- mentation of this project the making Textile Sectors com- mentation of this project cur- expert teams of NPO will be petitive and improving its rent level of competitiveness mandated to inculcate best quality in the international in comparison with the inter- practices and monitor them national industries especially for a predefined time frame in markets. Federal Minister for Tex- of Bangladesh, China, India order to ensure quality baltile Industry, Makhdoom and Vietnam etc will be de- ance. For this purpose foreign Shahabuddin also witnessed termined. Thus study will highlight experts have also paid visits the agreement signing certhe factors affecting com- to Pakistan and disseminated emony. CEO-NPO Khawaja petitiveness of the sectors Total Productivity MainteMuhammad Yousuf and Sec- and will help the textile nance among industrialists retary Ministry of Textile, policymakers as well as in- and productivity practitioShahid Rashid inked the deal dustrialists in preparing the ners.

realised in real. He was addressing as chief guest at concluding ceremony of training workshop for capacity building of the officers and officials of nation building departments. It was organised by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and Provincial Communication and Works (C&W) Department at local hotel in Peshawar. Engr. Syed Abdulqadir Shah, Chairman PEC and Engr. Zahid Arif, Secretary C&W and Vice-Chairman PEC, also addressed the workshop and highlighted

frastructure for transport of LNG makes import unlikely during the upcoming winter months, sources said. Locally-produced gas costs about $6 per Million Cubic Feet per day (MMCFD), while LNG would cost $18 per MMCFD. If the government imports 500 MMCFD LNG, tariff would have to be raised by 25 percent for all consumers, the official added. Official said that India had already laid a 100kilometre-long pipeline network to transport LNG to Bhatinda, from where a pipeline could be extended to Pakistan’s Wagha border for gas injection into the Sui

Northern Gas Pipeline Limited’s network; but the laying of a pipeline on the Pakistani side would take time, which is not possible during this winter. To deal with the serious gas shortage during the coming winter, the Petroleum Ministry had proposed import of 200 Million Cubic Feet (MMCFD) LNG per day gas from India which could be enhanced to 500 Mmcfd if an agreement ever gets signed. Pakistan’s gas production capacity stands at 4.2 Billion Cubic feet per Day (BCFD) against total demand of 6.5 BCFD and the country is facing a gas shortage of 2.5 BCFD.

FBR discuss plan to curb revenue leakages ing tax compliance in the country. Later, detailed discussions were held on how to contribute effectively towards achievement of the targets. . Various strategies were discussed to curb revenue leakages through mis-declaration, tax frauds, fake refunds and general non-compliance. The need for effective information gathering to curb tax evasion through all these means, was strongly felt and strategy derived for geographic and sectoral mapping of various businesses to develop a database and use it as tool of

checking non-compliance and evasion. During his concluding remarks, the Director General, I&I (IR), Khawaja Tanveer Ahmad highlighted the role envisaged for the DG I&I – IR and called upon the participants to draw a roadmap for achieving the tasks assigned to the Directorate General. He appreciated the fact that despite numerous hardships and resource constraints, the nascent Directorate General I&I – IR has been able to establish itself as a worthwhile institution within the FBR hierarchy in a short span of one and a half year.

Environment becomes a national emergency, non-traditional security threat TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD—Environment has become a national emergency and a non-traditional security threat. This necessitates enhanced research capacities to cope with daunting challenges of environmental degradation, climate change and recurrent disasters. This was deliberated in a research writing workshop held on “Environmen-

tal and Natural Resource Economics” jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), Nepal. Fifteen young researchers from Pakistani universities mastered the art of research in environmental economics during the 4-day training workshop held on 14-17 September and led by

international trainers. Workshop provided practical training and participants developed research proposals under the guidance and assistance of master trainers. Participants proposals submitted to SANDEE would be considered for grants to pursue various environmental projects across Pakistan. Workshop also featured policy lectures that highlighted political economy of climate change reforms in

Pakistan. “Workshop is aimed at building research capacities of young Pakistani researchers in area of environment and natural resource economics. It also provides an opportunity to them to become more familiar with research concepts, techniques, proposal writing and existing South Asian research on the subject,” said Atif Khan, Senior Capacity Building Specialist at SDPI in his remarks.

Priya Shaymsundar, Director SANDEE, explained that scientific community has now overcome the climate change skeptics and climate change now is a widely established fact. She also briefed participants on significant socio-economic impacts of climate change at local level. “Therefore the need remains to find out and invent local solutions towards adaptation,” she added. Talking of building

capacities in research, she said, SANDEE is providing grants to young university researchers for working on new and innovative research projects in the area of environmental economics. Speaking at concluding session, Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Head Economic Growth Unit, SDPI pointed out the disconnect between policy and research and said, Pakistani academia is producing research which is socially irrel-

evant. “Researchers must focus on issues with policy lens and introduce interventions that are local, innovative and sustainable,” he added. He also emphasized on greater institutional response to climate change which he said, has become a national security threat for Pakistan. Talking of available financial and technical resources, he said, we need to introduce better governance, effective implementation of

polices and build upon social capital available in the country for prudent environment interventions. At the end, Brig. (retd) Mohammad Yasin, Senior Advisor, SDPI distributed certificates among participants. He felicitated SANDEE, SDPI and resource persons for opening new vistas of opportunities for researchers and wished researchers for the success of their projects.


PTCL brings Live Cricket Commentary of T20 World Cup 2012 STAFF REPORTER

LADIESFUND Entrepreneurship Conference M M ALAM

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KARACHI—Over five hundred

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Tele- entrepreneurs, students & communication Company Limited (PTCL) brings live cricket commentary of T20 World Cup 2012 for its customers, which is being played in Sri Lanka from 18th of September to 7th of October 2012. The service allows PTCL customers to listen to the exciting T20 cricket anywhere any time. Customers can access live commentary on their landline or Vfone by simply dialing 1216. Each call will be charged at Re 1 per minute exclusive of tax. PTCL’s rich Value Added Services (VAS) portfolio brings something for everyone. The service has been specially designed in view of the massive power load shedding prevalent in the country and the huge fan following of cricket. “At PTCL, our people power our business by conceiving ideas, sharing insights, and working together to create innovative solutions”, said Executive Vice President (EVP) Wire-line, Aasif Inam. Through this offer, PTCL aims to facilitate its customers by providing them readily available Live Cricket commentary on their telephone sets.

journalists converged at Bahria Auditorium Saturday to attend the 3rd LADIESFUND Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC 2012) having Cutting Edge Entrepreneurship as its theme. Catwalk’s Frieha Altaf who was the most eloquent amongst panelists said that she had no intention to become a businesswoman. Answering to a question regarding democratic system in the enterprises she held that leniency did not work in Pakistan & one needed to assert to get things done. Moreover, she recalled that she had to train human resource, as it was difficult to find skilled people. She said that through their business, girls should show that they could make a living & were not dependent. She said that everybody had good ideas but what mattered was execution. Stressing that one needed to work hard persistently she narrated her upward progress & told that she worked for organizations like

Warid MMS reaches 175 countries

ISLAMABAD—Office-bearers of Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) have asked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to take action against unauthorised tobacco dealers for the recovery of Federal Excise Duty (FED) and sales tax applicable on the commodity sold to cigarette manufacturing companies without payment of duties and taxes. In a written request to the authorities, PTB said that some tobacco dealers were actively purchasing FlueCured Virginia (FCV) tobacco without any intimation or approval of PTB. Such purchases of tobacco (used in

STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —Aimed at best serving the needs of today’s tech savvy customers, Warid has increased the scale of its International MMS service. Warid subscribers can now share International MMS with their friends and relatives through 483 international operators in 175 countries all around the globe. Both prepaid and postpaid customers can send and receive any picture or video within a size limit of 300kb for just Rs. 10+tax. Be it any corner of the world, your loved ones there won’t be missing out on anything happening back home. With this and a number of other tailored services and solutions, Warid continues to stand out by providing multiple cost-effective options to its subscribers for staying connected with their loved ones anywhere in the world.

MCCI concerned over low gas pressure

ISLAMABAD—Chairman

KARACHI: Tara Uzra Dawood President DGF snapped with Catwalk’s Frieha Altaf, Charmaine Hidayatullah Chief Legal Department First Women Bank & Rehana Mohyuddin Manager PR, Kushalibank.—PO Photo Javed Iqbal Interflow for a considerable upto Rs. 60,000/m. She said period of time. that entrepreneurs needed to Dr. Saadia Virk Rizvi Chair- look after their staff’s needs; person & CEO South City for instance (provision of Hospital answering to a query transport or) shower facility at vis-à-vis trickling down of the workplace enabled them to venture’s benefits to the em- stay fresh. Dr. Saadia speakployees lamented that there ing candidly said that the were very few qualified people toughest challenge she had in Pakistan. She told that in her faced was getting money to hospital good nurses drew complete the hospital.

Action against unauthorised tobacco dealers urged STAFF REPORTER

cigarette manufacturing) without prior indication of requirements and approval of the PTB was a serious violation of Pakistan Tobacco Board’s Ordinance, 1968, Martial Law Ordinance 487 and Marketing Control Rules 1993. Moreover, it also results in losses of government revenues in the shape of collection of the excise duty and sales tax applicable on cigarettes. The PTB said these tobacco dealers neither have any cigarette manufacturing units nor they have applied to PTB for domestic or export allotment. They merely work as sourcing agents of established cigarette manufacturing com-

panies, who procure this tobacco to avoid PTB’s cess, Weight Average Price as well as FED and sales tax. Urging the FBR to take action against illegal FCV tobacco purchasers by eight dealers and issue notices to all these dealers to deposit FED and sales tax applicable on this tobacco. The PTB submitted the following names of tobacco dealers to the FBR: Bakhat Sher Khan; Ijaz Khan; Italy Tobacco Company; Sameen Jan Khan; Jehan Zeb Khan Akunzada; Anwar Sher Khan; Murad Khan and Asfandyar Khan. All tobacco dealers are residents of Yarhussain.

21 commodities see price hike ISLAMABAD—Data collected for August shows the prices of 21 commodities went up as compared with the preceding month while those of 18 came down and 12 remained unchanged, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. The report released Monday said FAFEN Retail Price Monitors observed prices of 52 commodities and services at 196 retail outlets in 108 districts. The statistics reveal vegetable prices increased in Ramazan - tomatoes up 69%,

onions 24% and potatoes 9%. However, fruit prices declined in the reporting month as compared with those recorded in July - dark red apples down 31%, golden apples 30% and bananas per dozen 6%. Among poultry and meat items, only the price of farm eggs registered a 7% increase. Live broiler chicken and chicken meat fell 19% and 18% while beef and mutton saw no change, the report said.

Rice varieties basmati386 and irri-6 went up 2% and 1% but the price of basmati broken remained unchanged. On the pulses side, black gram and red beans each recorded a 1% increase while washed mash and washed masoor pulses dropped 3% and washed moong by 2%. The prices of gram pulse, chickpeas and white beans remained constant. A hike of 3% and 1% was seen in wheat grain and wheat flour prices.—INP

STAFF CORRESPONDENT M U LTA N —President of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has expressed concern on low gas pressure in SITE industrial area by the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNPGL). Mian Anis A Sheikh said the production in the SITE industries was badly suffered due to anomalous gas pressure for last two days. He said the industrial production stopped after gas pressure dropped abruptly, several captive power generating units also stopped operating because of the insufficient supply of gas to the biggest and oldest industrial area of the country. He said only the industrialists of Estate area were facing this problem whereas the other industrial area of Karachi did not face this problem. This discriminatory attitude is being made by SNGPL with Industrial Estate area, which should seriously be taken by the authorities. The abrupt low gas pressure may cause heavy threats to human lives coupled with financial loss. The present supplies of low pressure of gas, industries have been put under constraint to meet out their targets resulting decline in earning of foreign exchange and loss of government exchequer. He demanded managing director SNGPL to look into this issue and take necessary steps for improvement of the gas pressure on war footing basis.

Participants of the Tetra Pak Dairy Extension training course during a session. The four month training programme was conducted for covered a diverse range of topics.

ZONG launches new package STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —ZONG has launched the most economical and attractive offer in the entire industry which allows unlimited free ZONG to ZONG calls for 12 hours (between 6AM to 6PM) at a nominal daily subscription of Rs 6 plus tax. The company has come up with a very lucrative offer for its subscribers with absolutely free calls from ZONG to any number of ZONG numbers with no cap on minutes consumed during the promo duration. Talking about this new initiative, Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Commercial, ZONG said, “We want to become a complete solution for all telecommunication needs of our users. Our research had shown that there is a user need to com-

Efforts needed to curb smuggling on Pak-Iran border

municate inexpensively within network for longer duration in daytime and based on our business philosophy of putting the customer first, we have introduced this new offer.” ZONG has the simplest and most economical charging matrix in the cellular industry today. This new offer allows free calls to any ZONG number without a penny been wasted. ZONG emerged as a trend-setter with its unique offers including Location Based Charging (LBC) in Pakistan. It started its offer first in Lahore and then Karachi, Faisalabad and now reaches to more than 100 cities. The LBC offer has been successful and got such wide popularity among the subscribers that industry also followed it and introduced their LBC packages.

Rs 115.3 bn transaction proceeds till June 30, 2012 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—More than 28.4 million transactions worth of Rs.115.3 billion have been processed during the quarter ending June 30,2012,a state bank official has said. The State Bank official said the number and value of transactions per quarter have grown rapidly during the second quarter (April-June) 2012and 35 per cent respectively. The growth in value of transactions is almost 3 times more than the growth in number of transactions; accordingly the overall average size of transaction has increased from Rs. 3,853 to Rs. 4,065 during the quarter. The official further said the composition of transactions has remained almost similar to the previous quarter.

Azad Group Lahore Chamber of Commerce Raja Hassan Akhtar and President Salman Ali have said the visit of President Tehran Chamber of Commerce would bring the two countries closer to each other through bilateral trade and mutual contacts. In a joint statement issued here on Monday, they said Pakistan wants friendly relations with all countries including India, Afghanistan and Iran. “Azad Group Lahore Chamber of Commerce welcomes Iranian trade delegation with the bottom of heart”. Secretary General Azad Group Mian Shabbir, Senior Vice Chairman Muhammad Yasin, Mian Nawaz, Mian Imran Asghar, Manzoor Butt, Idrees Tabassum and other leaders have urged the government to stop forthwith the smuggling going on at Iran-Pakistan border and legalize this illegal trade. They also stressed upon issuance of Visa through simple means that will boost up confidence of traders of both countries. “There is a large market for Pakistani goods in Iran and several Iranian goods could make inroads in Pakistani markets with effortless ease”. They also appealed the Iranian Consulate to establish a separate booth for issuance of Iranian visa to Pakistani traders as the move will save precious time of traders. Trade leaders said despite global sanction Iran is making appreciable progress in every field.

Automobile production increases STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Despite challenges of energy shortage, the production of various automobiles witnessed increase during the first month of the current fiscal year as compared to the same month of last year. The production of jeeps and cars witnessed 2.35 percent in July 2012 as compared to the production of July 2011, according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The production of cars and jeeps increased from 10,753 units in July 2011 to 11,006 units during July 2012, the PBS data revealed. Similarly, the production of Light Commercial Vehicles

(LCV’s) witnessed surge of 45.33 percent by going up from 1,562 units in July 2011 to 2,270 units in July 2012. The production of motorcycles increased from 139,056 units in July 2011 to 139,125 units in July 2012, showing an increase of 0.05 percent. Production of buses increased from 32 units to 36 units, showing an increase of 12.50 percent while the production of tractors increased from 1,735 units to 4,569 units, showing growth of 163.34 units. However, the production of trucks during the month under review witnessed negative growth of 33.15 percent as its production decreased from 178 units in July

2011 to 119 units in July 2012, according to the data. It is pertinent to mention here that the overall Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) witnessed growth of 0.60 percent during the month of July 2012 as compared to the same month of last year. Among the LSM Sector the indices monitored by Ministry of Industries witnessed increase of 0.26 percent whereas the indices monitored by the provincial Bureaus of Statistics witnessed increase of 0.54 percent. However, the indices monitored by Oil Companies Advisory Committee witnessed negative growth of 0.21 percent, the PBS data revealed.

CCP issues show cause notice to ICAP STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued a show cause notice to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) over a directive dated 4 July 2012, issued by ICAP, advising all its members and the chartered accountancy firms to refrain from engaging trainees of other accounting bodies, particularly trainees of foreign institutes of chartered accountants or any other accounting body of similar nature such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute

of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) . The show cause notice states that the ICAP Directive prohibits students, pursuing membership of accountancy bodies other than ICAP, from getting training from chartered accountancy firms or members of ICAP in Pakistan, thereby, prima facie, foreclosing access to such students to a large segment of the relevant market, which appears to be in violation of Section 4 (1) of the Competition Act,2010. The show cause notice

further states that such a foreclosure of the relevant market may further result in the creation of barriers for undertakings seeking entry in the market for provision of accountancy services in Pakistan in general, thereby preventing, restricting or reducing competition in such a market in violation of the law. Earlier, CCP wrote to ICAP on 16 July 2012 to ascertain the rationale behind the imposition of the bar under the Directive on training of nonICAP students, in particular, that of the foreign accountancy bodies, thus foreclosing a large segment of the market for the professional training.

Oil and gas spending to exceed $1tr L ONDON —The oil and gas industry is apparently one of the few industries not worried about the strength of the global economy and plans to increase capital spending by 13.4% in 2012, according to a recent survey conducted by Global Data. The funds will be spent across all regions of the world in the continued search for the energy resources needed to meet future global demand. Investopedia Broker Guides: Enhance your trading with the tools from today’s top online brokers. The energy industry is expected to spend $1.04 trillion in 2012 on various oil and gas projects, up from the $916 billion spent in 2011. North America will be ground zero for this capital spending with an estimated $254 billion, or about 25% of the total spending allocated here. This level of spending will represent a growth of 16% over 2012, and will make uncovering oil and gas futures very exciting. The areas expected to see these funds are well known to investors and include shale oil and gas plays and the Canadian oil sands.—Newswire

Pak has huge potential From Page-13 Commission and his team will coordinate with the delegation to move ahead in this regard. “In the same way, we setup a series of your meetings with officials of Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB), Ministry of Water and Power, Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA, Ex-PEPCO) and Planning Department of Sindh Government within a few days to work further into the details of project”, the Finance Minister added.

Increased wheat From Page-13 The participants in the meeting held detailed discussion on the problems faced by the industry. The meeting particularly expressed concerned over massive power load shedding and outages, that are crippling the industry. They demanded the resolution of energy crisis and provision of interruption free electricity to the industry.

KARACHI: Consul General of Japan Masaharu Sato inaugurating M Arif Balgamwala (TI)’s permanent stamps exposition titled Japan Through Stamps. President KCCI Mian Abrar Ahmad, VP KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan and Chairman PCDMA Nasiruddin Fateh are also seen in the picture.

ICCI shows concern over rising circular debt STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) strongly criticized upon the Government as it has dropped additional petrol and CNG bombs on the people by approving a hefty increase in the prices of most petroleum products and CNG. Yassar Sakhi Butt, President ICCI expressed grave concern over the rapidly swelling power sector circular debt that has touched an alarming level of Rs.670 billion showing an increase of 63 percent since 2008. He said that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Water and Power should take urgent steps to make the payments to address the rapidly deteriorating energy situ-

ation. ICCI president said that that people in general and the industry in particular, continue to suffer due to doubling of the price of POL products in the last four years. Yassar Sakhi Butt was of the view that circular debt has been caused by government entities like railway, PIA, Pakistan Steel Mill etc, including the provincial and federal government departments not paying their utility bills, resulting in the power companies being cash-strapped and unable to pay for the fuel for their generation plants. He asserted that there was a need to evolve a new policy to attract private sector investment in energy sector to overcome the gap between the demand for energy

PQ remains active K A R A C H I —M.V Sonoma carrying 60,000 tonnes canola seeds was allotted berth at Gran & Fertilizer Terminal on Sunday. Meanwhile another ship Bow Eagle with palm oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim on same day. Berth occupancy was maintained at the Port at 29% on Sunday where four ships namely C.V MSC Jade, M.V Sonoma, M.T Genie and M.T Harsanadi occupied berths to load/ offload containers, canola seeds, furnace oil and chemicals during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 54,438 tonnes, comprising 50,752 tonnes of imports and 3,686 tonnes of exports, inclusive containerized cargo carried in 214 containers (2O imports and

194 exports TEUs) were handled during the period. Three ships C.V MSC Jade, M.T Harsanadi and M.T Genie sailed out to sea during last 24 hours. Three ships C.V Maersk Montana, M.T AI-Salam-II and M.T Bow Eagle carrying containers, diesel oil and palm oil are expected to take berths at QICT, FOTCO and LCT respectively on Monday. Four ships C.V Hanjin Venezia, C.V Hanjin Elizabeth, CV Sealand Michigan and M.T Ambelof carrying containers and furnace oil are due to arrive at Port Qasim on Tuesday, while three more ships CV CMA CGM Latour, C.V CMA CGM Chopan and M.V Star Sea Cosmos with containers and iron ore are due to arrive on Wednesday.— APP

and its supply. ICCI president said that Government decision of revising the prices of petroleum products on weekly basis has created multiple problems for the trade and industry as business community would not be able to calculate return on investment when the cost of doing business would be fluctuating on weekly basis and said that we would strongly condemn this decision at every forum. He said that the transportation cost of goods as well as fares of public transport had already increased manifold due to increase in POL and CNG prices. He stressed upon the Government to reduce POL and CNG rates immediately to facilitate trade and industry as well as general masses.

KP to add 2,100 MW From Page-13 to deliver to the masses. The Senior Minister while highlighting development steps of his government said that special focus was given to reduce the impacts of continuous terrorism and flash floods of the past and hence lion share of resources was spent on it. However, he said that drastic steps are being taken for future developmental needs besides other sectors of public interest that also included enhancing exploration of the hydropower, oil and gas resources. He said considerable progress has been made in this respect as continued increase is observed in the income of oil and gas. Similarly a number of mega hydropower projects were launched in the province.


Gillard climbs back in polls CANBERRA—Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is climbing back into contention for the next general election, still about 12 months away, with two new opinion polls showing a boost for her Labor Party government. Both a Newspoll, in the Australian newspaper, and a Nielsen poll in the Fairfax newspapers show support for Gillard’s government has been building since July in a major turn-around for her minority government. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard wait for the start of the first session of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos June 18, 2012. Government lawmakers said the polls reflected a growing acceptance of a controversial carbon tax, introduced in July, and that a heated opposition campaign against the tax was no longer working with voters. “We always said that once the fear campaign about the climate change changes on July 1 dissipated, our vote would improve,” Government Senate Leader Chris Evans told Australian radio. The opposition has strongly campaigned against the carbon tax, warning it will force factories to close and push up prices, and has promised to scrap it if it wins power. The polls follow public sympathy for Gillard following the death of her father, heated debate about both Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott’s personal integrity before they entered parliament, and as the government reopens an immigration detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru.—Reuters

Two South Africa mines reopen amid tense situation J O H A N N E S B U R G — Tw o South African mines reopened on Monday after labor strife forced them to suspend operations last week, but striking miners vowed to keep operations run by world No. 1 platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) shut. Wage talks were set to resume in a bid to end a violent 5-week strike that has killed 45 people around the Marikana mine of platinum producer Lonmin, bringing its production to a halt and pushing up the price of the precious white metal. The unrest has its roots in a bloody turf war for members between an upstart union and the dominant National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) but it is now unclear who the strikers are taking their direction from. Police used tear gas and

rubber bullets over the weekend as part of an operation to disarm miners, implementing the government’s decision to get tough on strikes that choked off platinum output in the world’s top producer. The army has also been brought in to help restore order. Aquarius Platinum’s Kroondal mine and Xstrata’s chrome operation near the platinum belt city of Rustenburg restarted on Monday. Aquarius’ shares in Johannesburg were up more than 12 percent by 0800 EDT. Amplats said work at its Rustenburg mines would resume on Tuesday, a move dismissed by one workers’ representative as a “joke”. The unrest and illegal strikes have spread from Marikana to Rustenburg along the restive platinum belt. “For us, the reality is that the general

strike is on,” Mametlwe Sebei, a self-styled Rustenburg community leader and Marxist politician, told Reuters. “We are going to be demonstrating in defiance. We will not be intimidated.” Amplats management was “whistling in the dark” if it believed the mines would reopen on Tuesday, he said. “They can deploy the army, they can be shooting people, shooting old men in their shacks, tear gassing young kids ... but let us be clear, there will be repercussions,” he said. A spokesman for Xstrata Alloys said miners returning to work in Rustenburg on Monday had been subjected to intimidation by striking colleagues and that the atmosphere remained tense. “As our employees were coming to work, there has been intimidation

which is all over Rustenburg,” said Christopher Tsatsawane said. Xstrata and other platinum mines in the area have been hit by wildcat strikes since police killed 34 miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine on August 16. All of Lonmin’s mines remain closed. South Africa is home to 80 percent of known reserves of platinum, the price of which has gained nearly 20 percent since the Marikana shootings, the bloodiest security incident since the end of apartheid in 1994. The sector accounts for 6 percent of South Africa’s economy, the biggest in Africa. Police raided a Lonmin hostel on Saturday and seized spears, machetes and other weapons from strikers. They later used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse groups of protesters.

WASHINGTON—It isn’t simply that the stunt distracted rom an otherwise solid Republican National Convention, overshadowing a big introductory moment for the Romney campaign. It’s that Romney has struggled to fill the leadership chair himself, despite several high-profile opportunities handed to him by national and international events. Yes, President Obama got a convention bump. Yes, the fact that this race has a frontrunner for the first time basically since it began can change just as quickly in the other direction. But a static campaign is suddenly on the move. That movement is throwing Romney off his main campaign message; a candidate who has long calculated that the only issue that matters is the economy is chasing headlines, with varying degrees of success. The questionable timing of Romney’s response to anti-American unrest in the Middle East - violence that would include the death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya - constituted a missed opportunity for the Republican nominee. The campaign seems conflicted at times on what other opportunities to pursue in taking on Obama. Recent Romney messaging has focused on welfare policy, the administration’s stance toward China, and even mentions of “God” on U.S. currency, to mention just a sampling. The loss of focus has a growing number of conservatives concerned that Romney isn’t taking advantage of an enormously vulnerable president.—Reuters

C HICAGO —Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised the political stakes on Sunday in a fight with unionized teachers by requesting a court injunction to end a weeklong strike affecting 350,000 public school students, analysts said. “One of the problems for Emanuel is he is alienating all the unions, not just the teachers, but the police, the firefighters,” said University of Illinois political science professor Dick Simpson. “That may hurt long-term.” The confrontation between the union and Emanuel, a former top aide to President Barack Obama, has boosted the weakened U.S. labor movement and opened a rift within the U.S. Democratic Party. Democrats are heavily dependent on labor union support, especially in getting out the vote in the November 6 elections. “Obama has carefully stayed neutral. I don’t expect him to weigh in yet,” said Simpson, a former member of the Chicago City Council. “He will stay neutral as long as he can. Probably most of the congressional Democrats will as well. If it goes longer, nationally they’ll have to start taking sides.” Emanuel said he would “immediately” seek an injunction in circuit court to end the strike by 29,000 public school teachers and staff after union leaders decided to continue the strike while consulting rank-and-file members on a proposed deal. Negotiators on Monday said they had reached a “framework” agreement over contentious issues pushed by Emanuel, including teacher evaluations and school closures. But several hundred union delegates meeting on Sunday refused to accept the deal.—Reuters

Rahul can contest Italy elections R AJKOT —Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, saying that the young leader was an international leader who could contest election in Italy. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had described Modi as a regional leader, and termed Rahul a national leader. “The Congress leaders in Gujarat are enough to take on Modi,” he added. Saying that he is happy being a regional leader, Modi said he did not consider Rahul as a national leader. “A Congress leader made a statement recently that Rahul Gandhi is a national leader of Congress and I am a regional leader. I am happy to be a leader of Gujarat, but I do not consider Rahul as national leader,” said Modi, while addressing the Swami Vivekananda Youth Convention here. “I am proud to be a regional leader of Gujarat. Rahul is not a national leader but an international leader and he can contest elections in India as well as in Italy,” he added, while targeting the foreign origin issue of UPA chairperson and Rahul’s mother Sonia Gandhi. The Gujarat Chief Minister also criticized the Manmohan Singh-led UPA 2 Government for not fulfilling promises made in its election manifesto in 2004. “In 2004, Congress in its manifesto had promised to give job to one crore youths.—Agencies

Trial of pope’s former butler V ATICAN C ITY —The trial of Pope Benedict’s former butler on charges of aggravated theft in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal will start on September 29, the Vatican said on Monday. Paolo Gabriele will be tried alongside Claudio Sciarpelletti, a Vatican computer expert, in a case which involved the leaking of sensitive documents alleging corruption in the Vatican. The Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele (bottom L) arrives with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at St. Gabriele, who helped the pontiff dress, served him his meals and rode in the front seat of the pope mobile at general audiences, is accused of taking letters from Benedict’s desk and leaking them to reporters. The episode, which has been highly embarrassing for the Vatican, exposed what some saw as a power struggle among some cardinals in the Vatican. According to an indictment last August, Gabriele told investigators he had acted because he saw “evil and corruption everywhere in the Church” and wanted to help root it out “because the pope was not sufficiently informed”.—Reuters

Reuters on Sunday he said there was no need yet to revise the outlook for the country’s fiscal performance for this year. The ANC criticized companies for paying lip service to the mining charter, which seeks to give workers and communities a bigger share of mineral wealth and rectify disparities of white apartheid rule by improving their living and working conditions. “Mining remains the bedrock of the South African economy, and yet the abject poverty and squalor surrounding mining areas remains a matter of deep concern,” it said in a statement. “The current instability at Marikana thus poses challenges to the growth of the sector and the international image of the country,” the ANC said.— Reuters

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Lonmin said mining activity at Marikana remained minimal and lowered its full-year production guidance to between 685,000 and 700,000 saleable ounces from 750,000 ounces. Lonmin said on Monday it was temporarily closing its K4 shaft. That ends a contract with construction group Murray & Roberts that supplied about 1,200 staff to that shaft. Lonmin, which is offering increases of between 9 and 21 percent, said 12,500 rand would put thousands of jobs at risk and challenge the viability of the business. The ruling African National Congress has become increasingly worried about the impact of the unrest on the wider economy. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said it could be “extremely damaging”, although in an interview with

Y ANGON —Myanmar may was due to head to the United

DAMASCUS: Fighting raged in Syria’s two biggest cities yesterday as UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi ended his first visit to the country on a peace mission.

EU FP chief to meet Iran nukes negotiator —EU foreign policy (FP) chief Catherine Ashton will meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator on Tuesday, Ashton’s office said on Monday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a political solution was still possible in the stand-off over Tehran’s atomic program. The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog, Yukiya Amano, also said on Monday his agency would hold more talks with the Islamic state aimed at allaying Western concerns that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies. Ashton will meet Iran negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul as “part of continuing efforts to engage with Iran”, after talks between world powers and Iran in Moscow in June failed to secure a breakthrough in the dispute. “While it is not a formal negotiating round, the meeting will be an opportunity to stress once again to Iran the need for an urgent and mean-

ingful confidence-building step” and to show more flexibility with proposals put forward by world powers in earlier talks, Ashton’s spokeswoman said. Merkel told a news conference in Berlin that Iran posed a threat not just to Israel but to the whole world, but added: “I support a political solution ... and I believe that we are not at the point where the search for political solutions has been exhausted.” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Amano said the U.N. agency, which is investigating Tehran’s atomic activities, was “firmly committed” to intensifying dialogue with the Islamic state despite the lack of progress so far. Amano, addressing his organization’s annual member state gathering in Vienna, gave no date for a possible new round of talks that began in January between IAEA officials and Iran, which says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The last meeting was in August. But Iran’s atomic energy

agency chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani accused the U.N. watchdog of a cynical approach and mismanagement when he addressed the gathering. He suggested that “terrorists and saboteurs” might have infiltrated the agency, and that it was influenced by “certain states”, a clear reference to Tehran’s Western foes. Iran’s relations with the IAEA have become increasingly strained in recent years as the agency has voiced growing concern about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear program. But Abbasi-Davani’s outburst was unusually strong in such an international forum. The European Union reiterated its demand in a statement at the gathering that Iran must suspend uranium enrichment - which the Islamic state has repeatedly rejected. The demand that Iran suspend enrichment is enshrined in a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions since 2006.—Reuters

Berlusconi returns to politics ROME—Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the political frontline after months in the shadows, vowing to abolish a key tax on homes in remarks likely to stoke investors’ jitters about Italy’s future after an election next spring. But the 75-year-old media magnate is keeping Italy guessing about whether he will stand for prime minister at the head of his center-right People of Freedom (PDL) party in the election. Berlusconi, one of the country’s richest men, attacked the policies of his successor, unelected technocrat Mario Monti, in his first interview to Italian media since being forced from power last November, when Italy tottered on the edge of a Greek-style debt crisis. Berlusconi said in the interview with his family’s il Giornale daily that the PDL would abolish a deeply unpopular tax on homes worth 20 billion euros a year, which is a major plank in Monti’s tough austerity program to cut Italy’s huge debt.

The former European Commissioner has restored Italy’s credentials since he took over from the scandalplagued Berlusconi at a time when a loss of confidence had pushed the country’s borrowing costs to untenable levels. Berlusconi, who has remained out of the limelight for months, said the tax on the owner of every house in Italy must be repealed in the same way his government abolished a previous levy in 2008. Avoiding property taxes has been a constant theme for Berlusconi who dominated Italian politics for 17 years until his fall last November. “The home is a pillar on which every family has the right to base its security for the future,” he said in the interview conducted on a cruise down the Adriatic coast over the weekend for Giornale readers, and published on Monday. Berlusconi, whose party has slumped in popularity since he left power, said he wanted to see which electoral law would be used before deciding whether to stand in a poll which must be

held by next April. He failed to turn up on Friday for a Rome rally at which many supporters hoped he would throw his hat in the ring. Senior party officials have repeatedly predicted he will be their candidate. An opinion poll published by the Corriere della Sera daily on Sunday showed two-thirds of Italians, suffering in a deep recession and fed up with traditional parties, were undecided how to vote or intended to abstain or cast a protest ballot. Only 36 percent intended to vote for a mainstream party. The uncertainty has unsettled investors who are worried that a new political government could tear up Monti’s unpopular reforms and plunge the euro zone’s third largest economy back into crisis. Berlusconi attacked Genoese comic Beppe Grillo, whose anti-establishment Five Star Movement is snapping at the heels of the weakened PDL, saying his support would evaporate when the public realized he was incapable of governing even a small city.—Reuters

Suu Kyi begins US tour WASHINGTON—yanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be honored in Washington this week and presented Congress’s highest award, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman. The Nobel Peace laureate starts a 17-day US tour Monday that will include meetings at the State Department and, likely, the White House. She then goes to New York, the American Midwest and California. The trip comes as the Obama administration considers easing its remaining sanctions on the country also known as Myanmar. Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under house arrest. Since her release in late 2010, Suu Kyi has transitioned from dissident to parliamentarian as Myanmar has shifted from five decades of repressive military rule.—AP

Fiery protests over mocking video in Kabul KABUL—Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital on Monday, setting fire to cars and shouting “death to America”, the latest in demonstrations that have swept the Muslim world against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Western embassies across the Muslim world are on high alert and the United States has urged vigilance after days of anti-American violence provoked by the film. “There were between 3,000 and 4,000 demonstrators. They burned some police cars, but we could split them up and prevent the insecurity widening,” Lieutenant-General Fahem Qayem, police quick reaction force commander, told Reuters in Kabul. Embassies in Kabul’s heavily guarded central zone were placed on lockdown, including the U.S. and British missions, after violence flared near fortified housing compounds for foreign workers in the city’s volatile eastern suburbs. “We will defend our prophet until we have blood across our bodies. We will not let anyone insult him,” said protester Jan Agha Pashtun, giving what was apparently a false name to avoid police retaliation. “Americans will pay for their dishonor.”—Reuters

have released all of its remaining political prisoners in an amnesty for 514 detainees on Monday, its main opposition party said, just over a week ahead of a rare visit by its reformist president to the United States. “We’re optimistic that these are the remaining political prisoners,” said Naing Naing, a central executive committee member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The timing of the amnesty issued by President Thein Sein could accelerate the pace of reforms in the former military-run state and strengthen its growing bonds with the United States, which has called for the freeing of all remaining dissidents as a precondition for any further economic rewards after easing some sanctions this year. Naing Naing said he understood 424 political detainees were freed in the amnesty. That figure would exclude inmates who were former military intelligence officials purged under the former junta. Thein Sein, whose government released nearly 700 political prisoners between May 2011 and July this year,

States on September 24, where he will address the U.N. General Assembly in New York for the first time as president. He is expected to use the event as a platform to showcase his government’s reforms, attract much-needed aid and investment and try to convince the international community to lift all remaining sanctions, in particular, import bans on Myanmarmade products. Opposition leader Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy champion, left on Sunday for the United States where she will receive a Congressional medal. While Suu Kyi is due to meet U.S. President Barack Obama, it is not known whether Thein Sein will. Thein Sein will be allowed to venture outside the relatively small confines of U.N. territory for the first time after Washington issued a waiver on visa restrictions in its latest concession towards Myanmar. Most Western sanctions on Myanmar, which was ruled for 49 years by an authoritarian junta, have been suspended since April in recognition of its political, economic and social reforms.—Reuters

West Bengal bus strike affects normal life D HAKA —Close to 37,000 private buses were off the roads in the state affecting almost 40 lakh passengers statewide. The transporters have demanded a fare hike after diesel prices were increased by 5 Rupees per litre on Thursday, the Indian news channel reports. In state capital Kolkata, at least 6500 privately-run buses were off the roads. There was overcrowding in state-run buses despite Transport Minister Madan Mitra’s promise to ply additional buses to minimise the effect of the strike. As a result, taxis and auto rickshaws were high on demand. There was also huge rush to avail Metro Rail and ferry services in the city.

The transport crisis is likely to escalate further when the Bengal Taxi Association will go on a three-day strike from Thursday with a similar demand. Yesterday, the talks between the state government and bus owners’ associations failed after the Joint Council of Bus Syndicate (JCBS) and the Bengal Bus Syndicate (BBS) stayed away from the meeting called by Mitra. He had urged the transporters to withdraw the strike and wait till Tuesday when the Trinamool Congress is expected to hold a crucial meeting on the Centre’s decisions on diesel prices, LPG and Foreign Direct Investment in multibrand retail.—Star

US Marines deployment is temporary: Yemen SANAA —A platoon of U.S. Marines sent to Yemen are on a temporary deployment and their only role will be to protect the American embassy after it was stormed by demonstrators, a senior government official said. The deployment of foreign troops is a politically sensitive issue for Arab governments who fear such a move could provoke a backlash from Islamist militants. The Pentagon on Friday said it had sent a platoon of Marines to Yemen after demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Sanaa in protest over an anti-Muslim film made in the United States. A Yemeni official confirmed about 50 Marines had arrived. “Because of the split in the army and the security forces, we allowed a limited number of Marine forces to protect the American embassy only,” Yemen’s President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi’s media adviser Rajeh Bady told Reuters. “They are (here) temporarily for a limited amount of time and they will leave Yemen,” he said.

In Iraq, the 2003 U.S. invasion was exploited by al Qaeda and other militant groups, and bitter memories of the violations committed by U.S. soldiers and contractors during the eight-year occupation are still vivid. Clips of the film “Innocence of Muslims” posted on the Internet show an amateurish production portraying the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser. It provoked an outcry among Muslims, who deem any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous and triggered violent attacks across the region on embassies in countries including Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt. On Saturday, Afghanistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a base which U.S. officials said killed two U.S. Marines, saying it was in response to the film. Four U.S. officials including the ambassador to Libya were killed in the east Libyan city of Benghazi last week after anger over the film boiled over across the region.—AP


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Pak-India warm-up: Akmal’s sixes win the day C OLOMBO—Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday. Pakistan, chasing India’s commanding 185-3, appeared to be out of contention when they lost five wickets by the 12th over with just 91 runs on the board at the Premadasa stadium. But Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls that helped Pakistan beat the shell-shocked Indians with five balls to spare. Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls. Virat Kohli had earlier topscored for India with 75 not

seeded to meet in the Super Eights round in Colombo on September 30. Meanwhile, England beat Australia by nine runs, Ireland pipped Bangladesh by five runs, the West Indies slammed Afghanistan by eight wickets and South Africa overcame New Zealand by nine runs in the warm-up matches played on Monday a day before the opening of the ICC World Twenty20 Cup. Reigning champions England piled up 172-6 after being sent in to bat, with opener Alex Hales top-scoring with 52 off 38 balls. Luke Wright hit a 29-ball 35 and Eoin Morgan scored a brisk 30 from 16 balls. Australia managed only 163-6 in reply against the tight England bowling despite a polished 71 off 51 balls from Michael Hussey, who hit five sixes. England, who take on Afghanistan in their opening match in Colombo on Friday, play another practice match against Pakistan on Wednesday. A middle-order collapse Imran c Raina India innings: G Gambhir b Umar Gul .. 10 b Ashwin ........................ 13 saw Bangladesh go down to Sehwag c Afridi b Saeed 26 Nasir Jamshed run out ... 0 Ireland despite Shakib Al V Kohli not out .............. 75 Kamran not out ............. 92 Hasan’s hurricane 52 from 23 Sharma b Saeed Ajmal .. 56 Afridi c Khan b Ashwin .. 0 balls that was studded with Yuvraj Singh not out ...... 4 Umar c & b Ashwin ........ 2 three fours and five sixes. Ireland made 164-6 after Extras: (lb 3, w 5, nb 6) .. 14 Shoaib Malik not out .... 37 Total: (3 wickets) ......... 185 Extras: (w 4) ...................... 4 being asked to take first strike, (5 wickets; with Paul Stirling hitting a 41Fall of wickets 1-41, 2-45, 3- Total: 19.1 overs) .................... 186 ball 71 with five fours and as 172 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Fall of wickets 1-30, 2-33, 3- many sixes. Ed Joyce scored 39 from 36 balls. Sohail Tanvir ........ 3-0-35-0 84, 4-84, 5-91 Shakib and Tamim Iqbal Umar Gul ............... 4-0-31-1 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Sami ....................... 2-0-31-0 Z Khan .................. 3-0-31-0 (35) took Bangladesh to a comSaeed .................... 4-0-22-2 IK Pathan .......... 3.1-0-40-0 fortable 105-2, before four Hafeez ................... 3-0-22-0 R Ashwin .............. 4-0-23-4 wickets fell for 21 runs to alAfridi ..................... 4-0-41-0 L Balaji .................. 4-0-41-0 low Ireland to bounce back. West Indies opener Chris Harbhajan ............. 4-0-40-0 Pakistan innings: Hafeez b Ashwin ........... 38 Yuvraj Singh ........ 1-0-11-0 Gayle warmed up for the tournament with an unbeaten 65

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out, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets for 23 runs. Some 3,000 Sri Lankan fans watched the arch-rivals battle out in the middle in the only warm-up match to be beamed live by the host broadcasters of the World Twenty20 that opens on Tuesday. “We knew that if India could post a huge total, so could we,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez. “Kamran was exceptional, and Malik’s experience also helped.” Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the batting worked well, but the bowlers needed to contain runs on the easy-paced wickets. “It was not really a bad game for us,” he said. “We have got to work on a few things with our bowling.” India and Pakistan are drawn in different groups for the preliminary league, but are

with regard to bribing the PCB officials even for playL AHORE —Chairman Paki- ing domestic cricket is tostan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf said that Pakistan Cricket Board is striving and talks are in progress with two or three other countries for playing cricket in Pakistan. Talking to a private news channel, he said that we have taken control of Mirpur Stadium of Azad Kashmir so that an international team can play in ICCapproved grounds. Moreover, “I share your concern that all the Pakistani cricket grounds built at huge costs are wearing a deserted look,” tally untrue. If there is he added. Zaka Ashraf said that something wrong, it may immediately after assuming be brought to my notice the charge of the office of and I will take action the Chairman, I established against it, he added. He said PCB will try to a Vigilance Division in the bring the international PCB. He said “I will create Se- cricket into Pakistan and curity and Anti-Corruption Bangladesh team had been convinced to play in Pakiunits”. To a question, the stan and it was coming to Chairman said that strict Pakistan but when we measures will be taken not talked to the Punjab govonly in domestic cricket but ernment for the security of also in international cricket the team and they exto remove the stigma of pressed their inability, corruption which is tar- therefore, the BD team nishing the image of Paki- stayed back although they had completed all formalistan. COLOMBO: Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez take a run during India vs PakiHe said the question ties, he added. stan World Twenty20 warm-up match on Monday..

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off 48 balls as the West Indies eased past Afghanistan’s modest 122-7 in the 16th over. New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hammered seven sixes in an unbeaten 75 from 42 balls, but could not prevent South

Africa from carving out a ninerun victory. South Africa rode on captain AB de Villiers’ 54 to make 186-6 before four wickets from Dale Steyn restricted the Black Caps to 177-8.—Agencies

Davis Cup: Juve back on top with 3-1 Spain to face away win in Genoa Czechin Republic final

ROME (Italy)—Two late goals hour mark. Gianluigi Buffon Edinson Cavani opened the L OS V EGAS —Carl Froch from Mirko Vucinic and then did well to save Andrea scoring for the Partenopei in P ARIS —Defending champiBertolacci’s strike. the third minute and fellow believes Ricky Hatton has made the wrong decision to come out of retirement and re-start his boxing career with a fight in November. Hatton, 33, has confirmed he will return to the ring more than three years after his last bout. IBF super-middleweight champion Froch says Hatton has not “let anybody down” and should enjoy his retirement. “I think he should stay retired but who am I to tell him that?” Froch said on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek. “He’s two years younger than me and only he will know if he can get himself into shape to compete at the top level again.” Hatton was well beaten by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 in his last fight, a contest for which he has since raised doubts about his preparation . That bout brought a brutal end to a career in which Hatton was only beaten twice in 47 contests by Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather - and won world titles at light-welterweight and welterweight.—Online

Kwadwo Asamoah sent Serie A champions Juventus back to the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win away to Genoa on Sunday. A double strike from Brazilian midfielder Hernanes and a second half effort from Miroslva Klose was enough to send Lazio top on goals difference thanks to a 3-1 away victory away to Chievo in the day’s early match. But three days before meeting Chelsea in the Champions League Juve showed poise and determination to remain unbeaten in 42 matches. Genoa seemed intent on capitalising in a dominant first half which they ended one goal up thanks to a 17th minute strike from Ciro Immobile. But a double Juve substitution just before the hour mark breathed life back into the visitors’ hopes, with Vucinic coming on for Alessandro Matri and Asamoah replacing Paolo De Ceglie. Genoa seemed ready to grab a second goal with Marco Borriello slamming his header against the bar just before the

But Juventus pulled level moments later when midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini shaped a great shot past French keeper Sebastien Frey from 25 metres. The match then turned in the 76th minute when Juve were awarded a penalty after Bertolacci fouled Asamoah in the box. Frey dived the right way, but could not stop Vucinic’s shot from the spot. Asamoah virtually put the match beyond reach for Genoa when he pounced to slam the ball past Frey after Vucinic’s pass came off Genoa’s Swedish defender Andreas Granqvist. Prior to Sunday, only four teams had managed to win their first two games of the season and the same four maintained their 100 percent records. In a highly entertaining match Sampdoria gave the other half of Genoa some cheer with a 3-2 win away to struggling newcomers Pescara. Napoli, meanwhile, continued their promising start with a 3-1 home win over Parma. Uruguayan international

Talks going on for playing cricket in Pakistan: Zaka

striker Goran Pandev made it two six minutes before the interval. Parma pulled one back on the stroke of half-time through Marco Parolo, only for Lorenzo Insigne, who has recently made his debut for Italy, to make it 3-1 in the 77th minute. While Lazio are celebrating, their cross-town rivals Roma were left scratching their heads after a 3-2 reverse to Bologna at the Olympic Stadium. Roma had a 2-0 lead at halftime thanks to a headed goal from Alessandro Florenzi and a left-foot strike from Argentinian Erik Lamela. But the Giallorossi were stunned late in the second half. On-loan Genoa striker Gilardino pulled one back on 72 minutes and the visitors levelled through playmaker Alessandro Diamani a minute later. Gilardino then grabbed a shock winner on 90 minutes to leave Zdenek Zeman’s fancied side in sixth with only four points from three games.—AFP

ons Spain will face the Czech Republic in November ’s Davis Cup final after beating the United States 3-1 in Gijon. David Ferrer beat John Isner in four sets to ensure victory after Spain had won the opening two singles matches. The Czech Republic, defeated by Spain in the 2009 final, beat last year ’s runners-up Argentina 3-1. Tomas Berdych sealed the win by beating Carlos Berlocq, who played instead of the injured Juan Martin del Potro. Spain are hopeful that Rafa Nadal will recover from a knee injury in time to help their attempt to retain the title. Nadal, a winner of 11 majors, has not played since his shock second-round exit against Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.—Online

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‘Int’l sports teams should play in Pakistan’ Hafiz Aftab, Irfan Ahmed, Hashim Raja and Anwer Jalal.

L AHORE —Inaugural cer- While speaking on launching ISLAMABAD —Administrator emony of Lahori Golfer ’s League was held at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club, which was attended by large number of citizens, golf admirers and players. Lahori Golfer’s League played its inaugural match after the launching ceremony. The Core Committee Members are Syed Abid Hussain, S. Imran Hasan,

ceremony, Abid mentions that LGL’s Vision is to establish Pakistan on World Golfing Map by creating a conducive & professional environment for Golfers by engaging them in series of golfing activities. Chairman Gymkhana and Convener Golf Club appreciated the initiatives taken by LGL and pledged their full support for future events.

Guns and Country club and leader of Pakistan People’s Party has urged upon the foreign sports teams to visit and play in Pakistan. He stated that the first ever International Cricket Stadium of the capital city will give a message of peace to the world and would attract the international teams to play in Islamabad.—Online

Women’s British Open: Shin Jiyai strolls to win LAHORE: Core Committee Members of Lahori Golfers League with Zia-ur-Rehman, LONDON—Shin Jiyai claimed

her second Women’s British Open title in style, winning by nine shots at Hoylake. With Friday’s high winds forcing two rounds to be played on Sunday, the South Korean began the final day with a five-shot advantage. That was cut to three by Australian Karrie Webb after the third round. While Shin Jiyai’s win completed a clean sweep of Asian major wins in 2012, Korean YE Yang’s 2009 US PGA victory is the only major success for Asian men But, as Webb capitulated, a one-over-par round of 73 was enough for Shin to take victory ahead of compatriot Inbee Park, who finished on level par. The 24-year-old’s victory on the marathon 36hole final day completed a landmark year for women’s golf, one in which all four ROME: AS Roma Argentine forward Erik Lamela escapes Bologna’s players during the Italian Serie A football match majors were won by players between AS Roma and Bologna at the Olympic stadium. from Asia.—Online

Chairman and convener of Gymkhana Lahore.

Happy to hold this world record, says Duleep Mendis BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Until few years after he scored the identical score of hundreds in both the innings of the same Test match, Duleep Mendis was unaware about it being a world record. Exactly 30 years ago on 17th September, on the opening day of the inaugural Test between India and Sri Lanka, Sunil Gavaskar lost the toss for the 9th consecutive time. Mendis scored 105 in the day. He also scored 105 in the sec-

ond innings to become the only batsman to hit identical hundreds in the same Test. Mendis was awarded the Man of the Match award in this Test for the runs he scored. “Well, it was a long time back. I was pleased with my performance, but I was not aware about this world record for few more years until it was brought to my notice”, the 41-year-old Mendis said Muscat, where he is coaching the Oman team. “It was a nice feeling to hold record for so many years”, he added. “However,

I am surprised that this record is still intact. Records are meant to be broken and I shall have no regrets if someone breaks this record”, he added. More than 1000 Tests have since been played thereafter. “Mendis celebrated his country’s first Test match against India with a century in each innings, a feat achieved previously against India only by Sir Donald Bradman and Everton Weekes”, the Wisden Almanack has noted about his performance.


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HILDREN in the U.S. eat almost as much salt as adults, according to a new government study that finds a clear link between sodium intake and higher blood pressure. The connection was particularly strong among overweight and obese children, said Quanhe Yang from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, who worked on the study. That’s concerning because both high blood pressure and excessive pounds are risk factors for cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke down the road, researchers say. “Our American diet clearly is very high in sodium,” said Dr. Frederick Kaskel, chief of pediatric nephrology at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York, who was not involved in the research. “Not only is the high sodium something to be avoided, but it is also indicative of an unhealthy diet,” he told Reuters Health. The results, released Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are likely to fan the hot debate over the health effects of salt. While health authorities across the globe warn consumers to cut back on dietary salt, a number of recent studies have suggested that not getting enough salt can be as harmful as getting too much. The salt industry has pounced on that research, saying the dietary guidelines for sodium intake are flawed and should be withdrawn.The CDC study is based on national surveys of more than 6,200 children

and adolescents aged 8 to 18. The youths had their blood pressure measured between one and three times and also reported their diet in the prior 24 hours. On average, they ate 3,387 milligrams of sodium a day - considerably more than the 2,300 mg (about one teaspoon of salt) the government recommends as the upper limit. According to previous data from the CDC, U.S. adults consume 3,466 mg of sodium per day by comparison. “Kids are consuming as much sodium as adults, which far exceeds the recommended amount,” Yang told Reuters Health, encouraging parents and others to “read the label when you go shopping and buy the food with the lowest sodium content.” Yang and his colleagues found that for every 1,000 mg of extra sodium in the children’s diets, there was a one-point rise increase in blood pressure. Among overweight and obese kids, each 1,000 mg of sodium was tied to a blood pressure increase of 1.5 points. In adults, high blood pressure is defined as at least 140 mm Hg (the top, or systolic, number) or 90 mm Hg (the bottom, or diastolic, number). Doctors also talk about “pre-hypertension,” which is defined as a top number between 120 mm Hg and 140 mm Hg or a bottom number between 80 mm Hg and 90 mm Hg. The potential health effects of the small blood pressure variations seen in the study are not clear. But Kaskel said they could spell trouble later on.

KARACHI: Students run towards the US Consulate during anti- American protest rally,organized by the student wing of Jamaat-e- Islami.

52 accused arrested in 3 days KARACHI—The Karachi police in their on-going drive against criminals, arrested 52 accused during the past three days.A police statement on Monday said that those arrested included five absconders and four proclaimed offenders. It said that there were encounters of the police with in which two alleged dacoits were also killed. Four gangs of the alleged criminals were also busted during the period. In all, 26 pistols, one hand grenade and mobile phone recovered from the possession of the accused, the police statement further pointed out. —APP

PIA Scouts observe National Scouting Week KARACHI—Different KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over meeting of Fi- programmes organized by the PIA Scouts to observe the nance and P&D regarding development schemes in Sindh at CM House. National Scouting Week concluded here on Sunday. Addressing the concluding ceremony, Senior Vice Provincial Commissioner PIA Scouts, Muhammad Shoaib Khan said the objective of the Karachi buses which were used to scouting is to promote peace, KARACHI—Rescue and Fire Administrator affection, harmony and brothBrigade crew of KMC Muhammad Hussain Syed bring injured to Karachi. Muhammad Hussain erhood, said a statement. reached at the site of train instructed rescue, fire briHe called upon the scouts gade, municipal services and Syed had not only monitored accident and provided firstto play a significant role to aid to the injured passengers city wardens to arrive at the the operation and continued promote integrity and patrioafter the Shalimar express accident site and take part in instructing the concerned tism through scouting moveofficials as well. Passengers collided with Millat express rescue operation. Senior Director Munici- in the train admired the ser- ment. near Bin Qasim railway staThe PIA Scouts organised pal Services Dr. Shaukat vices of KMC crew. tion. various programs at Airports Zaman, Director Research Muhammad Hussain The rescue staff took in the provincial capitals and out the injured by cutting and Rescue Naeem Yousuf Syed said that KMC always districts’ headquarters to mark with their crews arrived at with all its resources perthe train compartments, the National Scouting Week. said a statement issued by accident site whereas 4 fire form duties in any emer- —APP brigades also took part in gency situation and enthe KMC on Monday. On getting the informa- rescue works. The KMC sured safety and security tion of accident at late night made arrangements of 7 for the citizens.— APP

KMC takes part in rescue operation near Bin Qasim Railway Station

Kyrgyz CG inaugurated M M ALAM

K ARACHI —Alik Orozov

KARACHI: Alik Orozov, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic in Pakistan, Honourary Consul General of Kyrgyz Republic in Sindh Khizer H Schon, Nasir Schon, Editor Pakistan Observer Faisal Zahid Malik and other guests at the cake-cutting ceremony marking inauguration of Hon Consulate General of Kyrgyz Republic —PO photo Javed Iqbal.

Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic in Pakistan and Honorary Consul of Kyrgyz Republic in Sindh, Khizer H. Schon formally inaugurated the Honourary Consulate General Kyrgyz Republic by hoisting the Kyrgyz flag here on Friday. Metropolis’ crème de la crème who attended the inaugural soiree included diplomats from Afghanistan, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Sri Lanka as well as Middle East, businessmen including Captain Kamal A Mahmoodi, Zia Ahmed Khan, Haji Abdul Majeed, Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Khurram Nanitalwala, Zafar Moti, Anwar Tata, Rauf Tabani, politicians such as Jam Madad Ali, Faisal Zahid Malik Editor Pakistan Observer & Chairman Abad.

Recruitment of teachers to be on merit: Mazhar ul Haq K ARACHI —All the teachers distributed offer/posting letwould be recruited on the basis of merit so as to enhance the academic standard in the province. This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Education and literacy, Pir Mazhar ul Haq.He was speaking at a ceremony at the NJV School here on Monday in which he

ters to 128 lecturers who have qualified the Sindh Public Service Commission examination. Pir Mazhar ul Haq said that the present democratic government was endeavouring for the promotion of education and provision of employment opportunities.

He stated that all recruitments in the Education Department are being made on the basis of merit and without any political pressure. The Minister also asked the newly appointed lecturers that they have got the opportunity to serve the country and spread the knowledge.

WAF for public debate on Sindh Local Government Ordinance K ARACHI —Women Action Forum (WAF) has urged the Sindh government to provide opportunities for public debate on Sindh Local Government Ordinance so as to help to developin it. In a meeting held on Monday the forum members said trust will develop only through consultations and listening to whatpeople are saying. WAF members said opposition to the Ordinance by the political parties and civil society groups in Sindh, in-

dicated a lack of trust in the process. They urged the government truly demonstrate its commitment to democracy and table the Bill on Local Government for debate in the Sind Assembly. WAF has also called upon civil society groups and teaching institutions and working group for drafting a bill only to built strong local government in the province without abrogating any constitutional right of the people of Sindh

to education and health and equal opportunities to all. It is imperative that civil society groups note that powers to be transferred to local government guarantees protection and promotion of rights of the poor within the local government, said the WAF members. The meeting was attended by Anis Haroon, Zubeida Mustafa, Nuzhat Kidvai, Kauser S Khan, Mahnaz Rahman, Uzma Noorani, Adv. Rubina Brohi and Malka Khan. —APP

CG seizes 94kg hashish K ARACHI —Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) seized a huge quantity of Hashish from Garho Regulator Post on Keti Bandar Road in Sindh province.A statement here on Monday said that the PCG officials received credible information from intelligence resources about the smuggling of narcotics from Keti Bandar Road. During checking at Garho Regulator Post the PCG officials spotted a suspicious Mehran Car. On searching the car they recovered approximately 94kg of Hashish from the hidden cavities of the car. Two persons have been taken into custody along with Suzuki car. —APP

Session of Karachi University Journalism Alumni Association KARACHI—The Chairman of

KARACHI: Sindh IGP Fayyaz Ahmed Legari presiding over a high level meeting on law and order at CPO.

‘Sindh to cope with rains water’ KARACHI—The Government has decided to construct a mega canal across Sindh province down to the Arabian sea, having feeders from Balochistan and South Punjab, besides clearing all natural water passages to deal with monsoon heavy rain water effectively. This year also rain-generated flood from Balochistan has badly hit upper Sindh districts which is a matter of serious concern for the Government, said Federal Minister for Disasters Management Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan. He was briefing the media about the rescue and relief operations by the Government in rain affected areas of Sindh, Balochistan and South

Punjab, here at Pakistan People’s Party Media Cell on Monday afternoon. Sindh Minister for Rehabilitation Haji Muzaffar Shujra also joined him in the briefing. Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan said that during his visit to the rain affected areas of Sindh on Sunday, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf supported the proposal that a large size canal must be constructed to manage heavy rains water specially coming from Balochistan, which causes big losses in kind and human in Sindh every year. “ Construction of mega canal across Sindh can only help manage the heavy monsoon rains water flow and

avert big losses of human life and kind,” he emphasized. The existing natural passages of rain and flood water in the province would also be cleared from all kind of encroachments for the protection of life and property of people of Sindh, he said. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf were personally monitoring the rescue and relief operations in rain/flood affected areas of the country. He pointed out that this year , the rain affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan had received more than 500 milli meters rain in one week which has broken the record of last one century. —APP

the Department of Mass Communications, University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Tahir Masood, has convened a session of the Karachi University Journalism Alumni Association (KUJAA) on September 20 at 5 p.m. An announcement here on Monday said that the meeting will elect office bearers of the Association and discuss ways and means to revitalize the KUJAA. Prof. Dr.Tahir Masood has requested all graduates of the Department to participate in the meeting which will be held at the Department. — APP

Asim Bukhari appointed Treasurer of FUUAST K

A R A C H I — S y e d Muhammad Asim Bukhari has been appointed as Acting Treasurer of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST).An announcement to this effect was made by the spokesperson of the institution here on Monday. —APP


Leg pain can mean heart danger AN otherwise healthy 57-year-old, he figured he just needed to learn some backstrengthening exercises, so he found a personal trainer to help him. But despite the workouts, his leg pain got worse making it hard for him even to walk from the car to the gro-cery store entrance. He and the trainer suspected something else was wrong and he sought the advice of his doctor. Soon his doc-tor’s tests revealed the true cause: blockages in the blood vessels of his legs. In fact, the arteries going to his lower extremities were nearly 100 percent blocked. The cause? Years of heavy smoking and high-fat meals, and other factors had caused choles-terol, scar tissue and blood clots to build up inside his blood vessels. Most people think this kind of clogged artery disease, or arteriosclerosis, only happens in the heart. But as Dow’s case shows, it can happen throughout the body. When it does, it’s called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. And in some people, PAD causes leg pain that acts as an ‘early warning’ that someone is at high risk for a heart attack or a stroke, says a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center expert. “This is the hallmark of a disease that’s all over,” says James Stanley, M.D., a director of the U-M CVC and the vascular surgeon who operated on Dow. “It’s like gray hair you don’t just get it on one side of your head. So if you’ve got this kind of blockage in your leg, you’re going to have it other places.” In fact, nearly a quarter of people who have leg pain due to PAD will be dead in five years, mostly due to heart attacks and other

heart problems, Stanley says. For people like Dow, whose leg pain kept them from walking even short distances, the odds are even worse: as many as half will die by five years. Fortunately, Dow got diagnosed and treated before that happened to him. Stanley performed a bypass operation to open his blocked leg arteries, similar to the bypasses that heart patients have. A recent checkup showed he’s doing well. “For sure, it’s a wake-up call,” says Dow, who has quit smoking and changed his eating habits. “You know that old saying, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire’? I’m sure that I not only have the vascular issues in my lower extremities, but I’m sure I have them in other parts of my body.” Dow isn’t alone, says Stanley, who has operated on thousands of patients with severe PAD in his decades as a professor of vascular surgery at the U-M Medical School. Nearly 30 million people in the United States have some form of PAD, though the vast majority are “silent” cases that don’t cause symptoms. Among people over age 70, nearly one per-son in five has PAD. So, the advice for preventing PAD, or stopping it before it gets serious, is largely the same as the advice for preventing a heart attack or stroke: Quit smoking, eat healthier, get more exercise, control your blood sugar if you have diabetes, lose weight, and get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. And ask your doctor if you should take a daily aspirin to prevent clots, or drugs to reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Local bodies convention on 30th: Warraich L AHORE —Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has said the first local bodies convention will be held in Lahore on September 30. Addressing a press conference on Monday, he said the decision had been taken in a meeting. He said all Punjab district organisations and former councillors would be invited to the convention. “It aims to pressure the Punjab government to provide local bodies funds worth billions of rupees to elected representatives for use for the welfare of people. They will also appeal to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to hold local bodies polls immediately,” he added. He said participants in the meeting had flayed the antiIslam film made by the US. LAHORE: Students of Engineering University holding a demonstration against the blasphemous film, outside Press He said the film had hurt Club. the sentiments of Muslims all over the world and a resolution was also passed against it. He said the constitution did not allow to open cases against the president.—APP

No death due to dengue fever Department has said that no death has occurred due to dengue fever during the current year and news items in this regard are baseless. A spokesman of the department said that 123 cases of dengue fever had been reported since March this year while five new confirmed dengue cases were reported on Sunday September 16. He said that 25 dengue patients are under treatment in different government hospitals while the remaining have been discharged after recovery.—APP

LAHORE —UNICEF,

in collaboration with the City District Government Lahore, set up a polio eradication camp at Lahore zoo on Monday. According to zoo offiLAHORE: Policemen putting barbed wires on the road leading to US Consulate to avoid cials, visitors had their chilany untoward incident. dren vaccinated against polio at the camp. Suzi, the elephant, also distributed pamphlets among visitors.—APP

Steps taken for providing relief to flood affectees: Khosa

Police officials reached DG Khan for provid- facilities to the flood suspended ing treatment facilities to the affectees as its mission.

L AHORE —Senior Advisor flood affectees. Senator Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that relief activities in Dera Ghazi Khan and other flood-hit areas are continuing vigorously and Punjab government is taking all possible steps for providing relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees. He said this while talking to media-men after distributing 12 trucks of relief goods among flood affectees in Dera Ghazi Khan, today. Local elected representatives were also present on this occasion. Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa said that due to government efforts and personal monitoring by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the situation is normalizing in DG Khan. He said that 14 more trucks carrying medicines have

Earlier, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa distributed 12 trucks of relief items among the flood affectees at Pir Aadil, Chabri, Yaro Khosa, Kot Mubarak, Bahadarka, Bukhari Chowk, Kala and Shah Sadar Din. Meanwhile, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority PDMA) Mujahid Sherdil has said that on the directive of Chief Minister Punjab, the timely relief activities for flood affectees will help in carrying out rehabilitation of affectees and reconstruction work speedily. He said that the Punjab government shares the grief of flood stricken brethren and their sufferings are being mitigated at all level. He said that PDMA has made the provision of all necessary

Mujahid Sherdil said that 63770 dry ration bags, 36000 rice bags, 34000 atta bags and 15000 blankets have been distributed among the flood affectees of DG Khan and Rajanpur through 278 trucks so far. He said that 1749 tents and 5070 tents have also been distributed among the flood affectees of DG Khan and Rajanpur respectively. Mujahid Sherdil said that livestock and health departments are providing medical facilities to the cattle and people on the spot. He said that heavy rain is expected in the adjacent areas of rivers Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum and North East Punjab Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Rawalpindi and there is a chance of high flood in rivers Chenab and Jhelum during the next 36 hours.

LGH’s ‘Dialysis Unit’ to be upgraded STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Dialysis Unit of Lahore General Hospital (LGH) will be up graded costing Rs. 15 million with the financial cooperation of Patients Welfare Association (PWA) of the hospital. This was informed by Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and LGH Prof. Dr Anjum Habib Vohra here Monday. He stated that an amount of Rs. 5 million has been allocated for the repair of medical instruments and welfare

of the patients. Medicines worth Rs. 1.8 million were provided to deserving patients last month. Prof. Dr Anjum Habib Vohra said that there is no dearth of philanthropists in Pakistan and by collecting and spending donations in a trustworthy and systematic way can be very helpful for promoting this culture. He said that every single penny of donations from well off people is being spent on welfare of patients. He said that PWA is doing a great job for the welfare of poor patients

and it has patronage of generous donors. Professor of Urology Dr. Ahmed Salman Waris said that presently 16 dialysis machines are functional at LGH, not enough for patients, and it will be a great help for patients to increase these machines to 26 with the financial assistance of PWA. He said that one time dialysis presses costs a patient Rs. 3000 whereas these patients have to go through this treatment twice or thrice a week which is not easy to afford.

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Polio camp set up in zoo

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PML-N gains popularity throughout country: Shahbaz

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the popularity of Pakistan Muslim League-N is not only increasing in Punjab but throughout the country and its candidates will win with a thumping majority in the next general elections as PML-N has solved the problems of the masses during the last four and a half years and implemented a number of programs for their welfare and betterment. Therefore, he said, Muslim League-N today is more popular in the people as compared to its rival political parties. He was talking to assembly members of various districts here Monday. The Chief Minister said that it has revealed in the recent Gallup survey that not only support of Pakistan Muslim LeagueN but the popularity of its president Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is also growing which is a proof of the fact that masses like PML-N and its leadership and vote for its

candidates in the forthcoming elections as a result of which PML-N will form its governments all over the country and new records of public service will be set. He said that due to revolutionary development programs initiated by PML-N government during the last four and a half years, a network of welfare oriented projects has been laid throughout the province. He said that contrary to loot and corruption of the dictatorial era, a new culture of transparency and merit has been introduced in the execution of development schemes. He said that PMLN does not need a certificate from anyone as the confidence of the masses is enough for it. He said that due to inefficiency, corruption and nepotism of the federal government people are still facing the worst load-shedding even after four and a half years and lakhs of people have been rendered jobless while national institutions are being destroyed through

loot and corruption. He said that Ali Baba and 40 Thieves have made the Pakistan which is rich in natural resources a beggar country while national sovereignty has also been put at stake by the incompetent rulers only for few pennies. He said that Zardari mafia has not concerned with the problems of the people and the whole gang is engaged in loot and plunder. He said that the people are not ready to tolerate corrupt rulers any longer and will hold Zardari gang accountable as criminal negligence has been shown to the solution of their problems. The Chief Minister said that PML-N government does not believe in power only for the sake of power but considers it as a means of serving the masses. He said that Muslim League-N government has taken hard decisions for the welfare of the people and even its critics cannot point a finger to it as it has promoted transparency and merit in every sector.

Advisor stresses more efforts to control dengue STAFF REPORTER

ing these high-level antidengue meetings, is to reMuhammad Tahir Rai sus- L AHORE—Special Assistant view steps taken to control pended seven police officials to Chief Minister Punjab on dengue virus, at the Town including four SHOs on the Health, Khawaja Salman level, during the last two charges of negligence and Rafique, has expressed disweeks, alongwith removing misbehave with citizens. hurdles in the way of the satisfaction over dengue The DIG visited differ- larva eradication reports subworking teams. He said that ent pickets set up at entry mitted by Cantonment officers of town administraand exit points of the city Board, Health Department tion, Health Department and and suspended seven offi- besides other departments, others related departments cials. have been made clear that and has directed the officers Those police officials of all departments to ensure identification and eradication were suspended are ASIs- better mutual coordination in of dengue larva is the actual Qasim Ali, Muhammad this regard. He said that the work, which can go a long Nadeem, Muhammad Ali, SI officers, instead of sitting in way in ensuring elimination Rafique Ahmad, con- their offices, should go into of dengue mosquitos. stablesMuhammad the field and personally moniHe directed officers to enAmeen, Naeem Riaz and tor the anti-dengue activities sure spot targeted eradication Karamat Ali.—APP of mosquitoes, during the being carried out. rainy season. He appealed to the public to assist government administration by keeping their houses clean, from inside, outside and surroundings, during the rainy season so that dengue virus can be curtailed. He said a great deal of hard work has been made to ensure anti-dengue steps, however, as long as people do not extend their help, dengue virus cannot be controlled. Moreover, Chairman Dengue Control Committee Nishter Town, Naseer Bhutta MNA has said that youngsters, NGOs and students should extend full cooperation to the government for eradicating dengue virus and join the going on awareness campaign in this regard and the government is extending every possible cooperation to the students and educational LAHORE: Residents of Lahori Gate trying to stop the motorcycle rickshaw during institutions for holding semiprotest against the load-shedding. nars and walks in this regard.

L AHORE —DIG Operation

He gave these directions while presiding over antidengue review meeting, at the Cantonment Board office, Monday, which was also attended by Member Provincial Assembly Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Arifa Khalid, DCO Lahore, Noor-ul-Amin Mengal, Administrator, TMO Aziz Bhatti Town, Chief Entomologist Dr. Waseem Akram, representatives of Health Department, PHA, LWMC and members of Emergency Response Committee. Addressing the meeting, Khawaja Salman Rafique, said that the purpose of hold-

He said that corruption and malpractices have been rooted out through promotion of good governance all over the province. He said that under a comprehensive strategy revolutionary changes have been brought about in education, health, infrastructure and other sectors. He said that Punjab government is taking lead in the provision of maximum facilities to the masses. The Chief Minister said that the party workers who rendered sacrifices during dictatorial era are a precious asset and upholding of their respect and honour is his responsibility. He said that genuine problems of the workers will be resolved on priority basis. He vowed that the country will be put on the road to progress and prosperity under the leadership of PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and such a Pakistan will be built where there is predominance of constitution, law and justice and equal opportunities of progress are available to all citizens.

Conspiracies against democracy to be foiled: Riaz L AHORE —Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed on Monday said that conspiracies against the democratic system in the country would be foiled. Talking to party legislators at his chamber, he said time was up for hidden hands who toppled elected governments and grabbed power. He said it was high time that all political forces joined hands to strengthen democracy. “Some unpopular and rejected politicians have launched a smear campaign against the PPP government but the party is popular across the country and will win the next elections with a thumping majority.—APP

E-paper Sept 18, 2012  

E-paper Sept 18, 2012

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