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Musharraf flees from court after bail rejection Ex-president hints at tensions between state pillars IHC summons IGP on issue of Musharraf’s escape from arrest SC moved for bail before arrest STAFF REPORTER

Bugti murder case

Petition for summoning Musharraf filed in ATC QUETTA—Jamil Bugti’s lawyer on Thursday submitted a petition in the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) for summoning former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf, a key accused in the Akbar Bugti murder case. During the hearing, lawyer of Jamil Bugti, son of slain Akbar Bugti, submitted a petition in the ATC stating that Musharraf, a key accused of Akbar Bugti murder case, should be summoned in the court as he was present in the country. Continued on Page 6

Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Dalbandin QUETTA—A mild 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolted Dalbandin and the adjoining areas in Thursday’s small hours. According to Meteorological Department, the quake was measured 4.9 on the Richter scale; the epicenter of the tremor was located in the North West of Dalbandin in Balochistan. It should be mentioned here that a powerful earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck a border area between Pakistan and Iran on Tuesday killing at least 35 people in Balochistan area of Mashkhel, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states. According to a latest

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I SLAMABAD —Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday escaped from the premises of the Islamabad High Court after the cancellation of his bail application by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in the judges detention case. Immediately after the bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, fleeing in his bullet-proof black four-wheeler. A detailed verdict issued by the Islamabad High Court ordered for terrorism to be added to the list of charges against the former military ruler. The order further said that Musharraf’s exit from the court earlier during the day warranted for separate charges to be filed against him. “Islamabad High Court has cancelled Musharraf’s bail and ordered his arrest in the judges’ detention case today,” Muhammad Amjad, secretarygeneral of Musharraf’s All Pa-

kistan Muslim League party, According to reports, Supreme Court to file a pre-ar- avoid his surrender to the police. told Reuters. Musharraf’s lawyers reached the rest bail application in order However, the SC returned the 14-page bail application as the timings for the Registrar’s office had ended. Musharraf’s lawyers are now expected to resubmit the appeal on Friday. According to police, after departing from the IHC’s premises, Musharraf had reached his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad. Security was beefed up in the Chak Shehzad suburban area on the outskirts of Islamabad and all entry and exit routes to the area were blocked. The chief coordinator of the APML, Dr Muhammad Amjad, told reporters outside the former military ruler’s Chak Shehzad residence that the party would announce its further course of action in the evening after approaching the apex court. “I think if an arrest is necessary, the authorities will declare the farmhouse a sub-jail,” Amjad said. “Musharraf did not flee the ISLAMABAD: Former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf leaves the Islamabad court. Actually there was no poHigh Court despite rejection of his bail on Thursday. lice official to arrest him and no-

LHC ‘conditionally’ allows Voting rights to expats being sent Raja to contest polls Law to ministry for Musharraf’s disqualification upheld from Karachi seat STAFF REPORTERS LAHORE/KARACHI—A bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) ‘conditionally’ allowed on Thursday former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to contest the coming general elections. The former prime minister is contesting for National Assembly seat from NA-51 in Gujar Khan, from where he had won in previous two elections. A LHC bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Hassan, was hearing the petition regarding disqualification of the former premier by a Returning Officer (RO), which was later endorsed by the election tribunal of the LHC. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi are the other members of the

bench. The Returning Officer of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had rejected the nomination papers of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader citing in his observation, “Admittedly the apex court has held in its judgment in the RPP case that all the government functionaries, including this candidate (Pervez Ashraf) while increasing down-payment from 7pc to 14pc, had prima facie, violated the principle of transparency. ”He also noted that the apex court had also issued a notice to Pervez Ashraf on March 28, 2013, stating why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for writing a secret letter to the court in an attempt to interfere and influence it in

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approval I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday ordered provincial and federal governments to provide foolproof security to the contesting candidates and specially the leadership of political parties. Secretary ECP, Ishtiak Ahmed Khan while talking media here said that the ECP has decided this in a meeting held under the chairmanship of chief election commissioner and discussed issue related to upcoming elections. The secretary said the relevant departments had been directed to ensure security so that the recurrence of unfortunate incidents of terrorism against contesting candidates could be avoided. He said President Asif Ali Zardari has also asked Chief Election Commissioner to play pro-active role in providing Continued on Page 6

President announces Rs500,000 ECP issues final for heirs of quake victims list of I —President Asif 100,000/- for the wounded. SLAMABAD

Ali Zardari has directed that every effort be made for rehabilitation of the victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Balochistan. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President has also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 500,000/- for next of kin of those who lost their lives in the earthquake and Rs.

Those wounded in the earthquake will be provided medical assistance. The President has further directed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to urgently prepare a damage assessment report so that the Government could undertake reconstruction of the damaged property in the earthquake areas, the Spokesperson said.— INP

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Lower int’l oil price to ease worsening CAD Potential slash in oil imports from $16.4 to $15b AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The 9 percent cut in international oil prices during April may provide a cushon to oil import bill from June which should slash the total oil import bill currently estimated at $16.4 billion to $15 billion. With a lag from June onwards, $10/bbl decline in average oil price during next fiscal from current estimates (US$109/bbl) should ease oil imports by US$1.5bn from current FY14 estimate of $16.4billion.

Informed sources told Pakistan Observer that during March 2013 the current account deficit (CAD) expanded to $513 million taking the current account deficit to $1.22 billion in the third quarter of the financial year 2013 as compared to only $0.16 billion deficit recorded in the second half of the fiscal 2013. Sources said that the key reasons for a worsening QoQ current account deficit were including services deficit increasing to US$623million from $15million last quarter due to absence of coalition support

fund and 8% decline in remittances on quarterly basis. The recent dipping in oil prices at least $10/bbl should ease oil imports by US$1.5billion from current estimate of US$16.4billion in financial year 2014. According to latest current account data, the current account deficit (CAD) has worsened on QoQ basis during March 2013 figure noted at $513million where as current account deficit posted $1.22billion in third quarter of financial year 2013 compared to $0.16 billion re-

corded in previous quarter which took the current account deficit to $1.03 billion in 9 months of the current financial year. Actually the trade deficit increased by 9% MoM to $1.17billion owing to 11% MoM increase in imports to $3.36 billion. Although services deficit grew by a nominal 6% MoM in March 3013; yet key reason for the QoQ deterioration in current account deficit is visible in services deficit figures which increased

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body tried to arrest him,” he added.It remains unclear if and when he could be detained, but a police team which had earlier reached the Chak Shahzad farmhouse apparently to arrest Musharraf, later mysteriously left. SSP Yaseen Farooque, who led the police, avoided the media, while another official, remained there for some time, left once he received a call from highups. Thursday’s order was the latest humiliating blow against the former Army chief who returned to Pakistan last month to contest elections after four years in selfimposed exile. Hours after evading arrest, Former President Pervez Musharraf indirectly warned that the Islamabad High Court’s decision to reject his bail extension may cause “unnecessary tension amongst the various pillars of state and possibly destabilise the country.” “We expect this unwarranted judicial activism, seemingly mo-

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Malala makes it to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list WASHINGTON—Malala Yousafzai was the only Pakistani who made it to the annual list of

100 Most Influential People in the World released by Time Magazine on Thursday. Malala came under international spotlight after Taliban attacked her in Swat for campaigning for girls’ education. She received a bullet injury to her head but successfully recovered after undergoing a surgery in Britain. “The Taliban almost made Malala a martyr; they succeeded in making her a symbol,” said the Time 100 website. “The memoir

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Mossarat seeks collective role in educating women to evolve tolerant society in Islamabad on Thursday. Akhtar Ali Shah, Chief Special The conference had three ses- Branch KP, Tahira Bukhari, P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r sions and the speakers in- Senior Program Officer PAIMAN Alumini Trust, Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker MinImtiaz Gul writer and journalister for Information and Eduist, Ms. Hawa Alam and Ms. cation, Mossarat Qadeem Sheila Shamim, member of has stressed the need for colHigh Peace Council of Aflective wisdom to use mother ghanistan, Ms Myra Imran as an agent for moderating journalist. extremism in our society. The The participants of the intolerance society always conference agreed that weakens the social fabric as it women are the prime victim has political, economic, intelof violence therefore there lectual and psychological should be efforts for their ramification. A weak and inempowerment. The particitolerant society can never pants endorsed that women stands on its own feet, she are the real agents in conflict added. This she remarked prevention and conflict resowhile addressing a Regional Peace Conference of cluded Jehangir Ashraf Qazi, lution process. It is regretPAIMAN in collaboration ex-Ambassador, Miki Jacevic table that in the World Warwith Institute for Inclusive Director Training Institute for II, 90% victims were soldiers Security USA at a local hotel inclusive security USA, but in today’s intolerant so-

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ANF foils heroin smuggling bid

ciety, innocent people of the same ratio are the victims. They indicated various elements for the intolerance in the society which included illiteracy, increasing poverty, lack of economic opportunities, bar on free expressions, poor governance, lack of social cohesion, radicalization and excess against the vulnerable in the society. Mossarat Qadeem said that a mother has a critical role to play to remove intolerance and reform the society therefore; it is prerequisite to enhance the education and awareness level of the mother so that she can bring about a visible improvement in the society.

Three family members shot dead over long running murder feud

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Arif Nizami addressing during inaugural ceremony of 30th specialised training programme of Information Group on Thursday.

Govt denies ics Force (ANF) on Thursmedia death day in two different operations at Sea Port, Karachi C —Three broth- murder Muhammad Ahmad of over a minute dispute in toll in Mashkel successfully recovered 61 M Miani police limits on Thurskgs heroin, worth billion of ers and their uncle were shot rival group. earthquake The deceased were on day. Police said Hamid Khan rupees at international drug dead over long running feud their way to court when and Risat Ali Klas Sharif

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market. Heroin was very tactfully concealed in furniture and destined to Belgium and Malaysia, said a press release of ANF. As per the details, ANF received information that some international drug traffickers will try to smuggle heroin from Sea Port, Karachi to Belgium and Malaysia. On this information, ANF intercepted two suspected containers destined to Belgium and Malaysia at (International Container Terminal) Sea Port, Karachi. During the search of the suspected containers, 38 kgs heroin recovered from the container destined to Belgium and 23 kgs heroin recovered from the container destined for Malaysia. The timely operation of ANF foiled the plan of the smugglers. FIRs against the culprits have been registered under Control of Narcotics Substance Act-1997. Investigation is in progress. Efforts are in hand to arrest the main culprits involved in the cases.—APP

126 CSD stops functioning in country: Ahmer ISLAMABAD—Caretaker Law Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi on Thursday informed the Senate that currently 126 Canteen Store Department (CSD) shops were functioning across the country. Replying to a question during Question Hour, the minister said that the subsidy was being provided by the government which could be passed on to customers. It served the purpose of providing five per cent rebate as welfare to serving military personnel and married civilian personnel of defence ministry, he added. The minister also assured the house that presence of the interior secretary would be ensured in the committee meetings.—APP

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between two rival groups in a nearby village 125/7 ER here on Thursday. According to police sources, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Nawaz, Sidique Ahmad and their uncle Lal Din were going to appear before the court in a case as they were alleged to

Gulsher along with some unknown accomplices opened fire as a result they died on the spot. Police shifted the body to hospital for autopsy and registered a case. Sargodha: A youth was killed while another injured

quarreled with Ehsan over pigeon flying competition. To which, the accused, Hamid Khan, shot dead Ehsan and injured his grandfather Nazir Muhammad. Police registered a case against five accused.—APP

ZHOB: Deputy Commissioner Wali M Barech inaugurates the 3-day anti-polio campaign by administering drops to children.

33.5m children receive anti-polio drops I SLAMABAD —Around 33.5 bus stations, markets and after receiving complaints million children of less than five years of age have received anti-polio drops during the first national immunization drive of the year 2013. According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), anti-polio drops were given to these children in 163 districts, towns and agencies of the country. He said total 77,735 mobile teams moved house to house for vaccination of children while 9756 fixed centres remained functional for vaccination. He added 5642 transit teams remained busy at

hospitals to vaccinate children. He said all provinces have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during every national anti-polio drive to vaccinate all children to protect them from the crippling disease. He added district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the set strategy. They have also been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio drops to their children during every national drive. He added such directions have been issued

from the citizens that district health teams mostly miss the children during anti-polio drives. He said due to law and order situation, health teams could not continue anti-polio drive in Swat that resulted increase in polio cases in the area. He, however, said that now after improving the situation polio drops were administered to children in Swat in recent polio eradication drives. He added the government has planned to immunize maximum number of children in Swat during every polio eradication drive.—APP

UNDP supporting ECP in organizing polls

I SLAMABAD —Country Di- duced by the Commission was of the view that one of QUETTA—The Spokesman of rector of the United Nations including voters’ education, the major factors of poverty

Balochistan government has denied the reporting of section of media in which they have put the death toll of Mashkel earthquake as 35 and injured as over 100. “As many as 11 people were killed and 24 others injured in Mashkel tehsil of Washuk district after the earthquake struck the area bordering with Iran, Spokesman said while referring the official reports and data collected as part of quick response to the calamity by the provincial government. Death toll being reported in section of media is totally exaggerated and baseless as they don’t have any credible source. He noted that in the population of 26,000, there are 2,000 houses in Mashkel Tehsil of Washuk district. Of them 1100 mud- houses were completely destroyed while 400 partially as a result of powerful earthquake. 80 percent assessment initiated soon after the catastrophe in the affected area has been completed and Caretaker Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab would request federal government for their financial support during his meeting with PM Khoso and President Asif Ali Zardari at Islamabad, spokesman added. He further said that Acting DG PDMA and Financial Secretary Balochistan on the directives of Nawab Ghous Baksh reached the Mashkel to review the rescue operation jointly launched by the Army and provincial government. Road network between the Nukundi and Mashkel area was dilapidated, which was hampering the timely transportation and delivery of the relief goods. Finance secretary has directed for issuance of funds to level the area with the help of bulldozers. Spokesman said that 12 trucks carrying 900 tents, hundreds of packets of ration and medicines have reached Mashkel on Wednesday which were being delivered among the catastrophestricken people.—APP

Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan MarcAndr‚ Franche has said that UNDP along with its partners is assisting the Election Commission of Pakistan in organizing the polls efficiently. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that the forthcoming elections provide a historic opportunity for the country to re-order its developmental priorities. The UNDP Country Director said one of the immediate goals of the new government formed after the elections should be to evolve consensus on some of the key reforms and changes in budgetary allocations. He said some of the improvements in the system intro-

training of polling and security staff and results management are very impressive. He was confident that following introduction of several measures, the Commission would be able to avoid the possibility of any fraud in elections. He said the Commission is now independent and assertive that augurs well for strengthening of democracy in Pakistan. He said the UNDP would also provide assistance to the Election Commission in organizing local elections next year. To a question he said presence of foreign observers would enhance credibility of the electoral process. The UNDP Country Director

PSO opens 1st ‘Community Owned Petrol Station’ in Gujrat GUJRAT—Pakistan State Oil with the tools they need to (PSO), the country’s leading energy company, has inaugurated the first ever ‘Community Owned Station’ at Khwaspur Chowk, District Gujrat to empower local communities. A PSO statement issued here on Thursday said that the initiative to this effect has been taken under the guidance of PSO’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Naeem Y. Mir. It said that this retail outlet is the first ever of its kind in the world and the credit of its creation goes to Pakistan State Oil. The PSO statement pointed out that this station has been established as per the Company’s new vision of social emancipation through which the management intends to empower local communities and provide them

improve their status quo. It said that this project is another milestone in PSO’s long list of achievements and will help to support local communities to own their business, generate employment opportunities for themselves and increase their standards of living. Through this initiative, retail outlets will be developed in underdeveloped areas, the dealership of which will be extended by the company to the local residents. Under this programme, the entire worth of the station will be divided into shares for the community. Furthermore, PSO plans to replicate this concept by establishing two such retail outlets in each province of the country, for a total of ten outlets nationwide in this year alone.—APP

in Pakistan was inequality in access to social services especially health and education. He said other countries that farewell in UN Human Development Index achieved success by spending more on health and education, human resource development, effectiveness in governance, transparency and accountability. He said Pakistan should divert resources from less productive sectors to increase funding for social sector. He hoped that the 18th Constitutional amendment, devolution of power and resources to provinces and holding of local bodies elections would bring efficiency to the overall system.— APP

QESCO directed to restore power in Usta Muhammad ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Justice (retired) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Thursday directed the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) to restore power in Usta Muhammad, District Dera Allahyar, on priority basis. The Prime Minister issued these directives after taking notice of media reports about power breakdown in the area which is located in Balochistan province. The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Water and Power to ascertain the reasons of the power breakdown and submit a report in this regard. Baorzai directs equal distribution of relief goods among earthquake victims: Caretaker Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai has said that government is well cognizant of the sufferings of the people in quake batters areas.—APP

Election fever on rise in Sialkot SIALKOT —The election fe- obtaining their maximum quick feedback about the Jat, 13 percent Aryan, 14 per- (PPPP), Zahid Hameed ver is on the rise as the rivals are flexing their political muscles diligently wooing voters to win their support in the elections in and around Sialkot. The contesting candidates belonging to different political parties have started canvassing in their respective constituencies of five National and eleven Provincial Assemblies seats in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of Sialkot district. Candidates alongwith their supporters are busy in contacting voters of their respective constituencies for

support during upcoming elections. Candidates and local political leaders belonging to various political parties are holding corner meetings for getting maximum support of the voters of their constituencies in the district. The supporters of various political parties are using social media as a tool of their election campaign because social media had become an effective instrument in the electoral activity of the country. The basic concept of using social media was to assess the popularity of the political parties and getting

contesting candidates through comments from the social media users. Besides, the supporters of the candidates have decorated their vehicles with colourful flexes and party flags to attract the voters of their respective constituencies . People including females were found busy in heated and interested debates on election and performance of the previous government as the people had sufficient spare time because of prolonged outage of electricity. The main tribes of Sialkot district are 30 percent

cent Kashmiris, 25 percent Gujars, 14 percent Rajput and 5 percent others. It may be pointed out that Kashmiris and Gujars are on the top and had always played an instrumental role in deciding election results in the district. It has been noted that usually voters are reluctant to show their party affiliation and interest in fast approaching elections and have adopted “Wait and See” policy in the district. Many old and new faces including Khawaja Muhammad Asif (PML-N), Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan

(PML) and others are in the election run. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan is contesting from NA-110 and NA111.According to political observers the election in NA-111 will be interesting as the traditional rivals will face neck-to-neck fight because the Pakistan Muslim LeagueN and the Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) have put their very strong candidates Choudary Armaghan Subbani and Choudary Ajmal Cheema exprovincial ministers in NA-111 as a result of which Dr. Firdous may find herself in hot wa- LAHORE: Large number of devotees arrive to attend Urs Mubarik and Ghusal Mubarik ters.—APP ceremony at the shrine of Hazrat Bibi Pak Daman.


JI capable to bring real change M U LTA N —Jamat-e-Islami secretary general and candidate for NA-149, Liaqat Baloch said that the JI was only capable party which can bring real change in the country. Addressing a corner meeting at Kotla Tolay Khan, he said the country was passing through critical phase. He criticised over inflation, energy crisis, unemployment and bribery culture in the country. He claimed that JI had efficient leaders and organised workers for originating change in the country. He said the general election should be ensured free, fair and transparent. Asif Mehmood Akhwani, candidate for PP-194, urged people to vote for Jamat-e-Islami in the general election. On this occasion, dozens of JI workers were present. Meanwhile, the Mustaqbil Pakistan Party (MPP) Chairman, Nadeem Mumtaz Qureshi terming the energy crisis as critical, suggested that the quickest way to solve it in the short term was to import power from Iran. Talking to APP Thursday, Nadeem Qureshi said,” Iran has surplus power generating capacity and can easily spare 5000 MW for Pakistan.” He said a high tension transmission line to link the grids of the two countries could be constructed in a matter of weeks. This will give Pakistan breathing space enabling it to put in place long term projects to make up the shortfall, he addedMumtaz Qurehi said, “These long term projects -such as dams- can take many years to complete and hence an immediate short term remedy is needed.” Replying to a question about how Pakistan would pay for power, the MPP chairman said that a barter agreement can be worked out with the Iranian government. Pakistan has agricultural produce which could be supplied in exchange for power.—APP

Pakistan facing food insecurity F AISALABAD —Vice Chancellor (VC), Government College University of Faisalabad (GCUF), Professor Dr Zakir Husain said that Pakistan was experiencing severe food insecurity as its 60 percent population had malnutrition. Talking to the media after inauguration the sale point “Green Foods” set up by the Department of Food Science GCUF, he demanded immediate steps on the part of all stakeholders, scientists and food experts to combat the challenge of food insecurity. He said that because of traditional way of preserving foods, the county wa losing 40 percent of food in post-harvest process that may be overcome by following the international standards. He stressed upon all stakeholders to create a roadmap to address the issue at national level by giving awareness to the masses about the usage of balanced food and proper establishing the food industry. Agricultural Support Fund (ASF) is striving for development of Pakistan Agricultural sector by strengthening processing, marketing and product diversification and value addition activities. This was stated by ASF representative Aqeela Mumtaz who called on Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor UAF along with 3-member ASF delegation. She said the ASF under the umbrella of USAID Agri-business programme was assisting Pakistan in Live Stock Sector and Horticulture value chain to increase the rate of trade on National & International level and aims to create 13 million jobs which would reduce the inflation rate and help in poverty alleviation. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan lauded the USAID initiatives for the promotion of Agricultural Sector of Pakistan and said that these steps would create opportunities for business community in order to transform agricultural sector of the country.—APP

Women varsity providing quality edu BAHAWALPUR—The Women University

Community say in budget making process stressed STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —Participants at a training workshop have underscored the need for enactment of right to information to bring transparency and improvement in the existing governance system, called for involvement of local community in budget making process. The training workshop titled: “Budget Advocacy and Accountability” organized by Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) here at local hotel on Thursday. A large number of representatives from different media organisations, students, members of civil society organisations attended the event. On the occasion, the CGPA Programme coordinator, Abid Hussain and Azra Nafees, Executive coordinator, briefed the participants

about key objective of the advocacy meeting. He highlighted the issues and problems being faced by people for attainment of budgeting documents and other relevant information due to lacking of promulgation of RTI in the province. Though, he said the enforcement of RTI had become mandatory for Pakistan by funding from international donors agencies that how the allocated funds for different sectors is being utilized but unfortunately the former government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa failed in enactment of the freedom of information Act, despite conditional funding from donors states. In this regard, he said his organisation was carried out a consultative process by taking relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, members of legal fraternity, public representatives. QUETTA: Activists of Haqooq Teachers’ Association Balochistan hold protest for their demand.

Iran offers help for earthquake victims

Balochistan demands Rs500m for rehab in quake-hit areas ISLAMABAD—The Balochistan government has demanded Rs 500 million from the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) for the relief and rehabilitation of the earthquake hit people. In a meeting with the Director General ERRA, Abid Hussain at Islamabad, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Mohammad Khalid Baloch sought ERRA support for the rehabilitation of the calamity hit people of Balochistan. As per the initial assess-

ment and damages caused by the earthquake measuring 7.8 on Richter scale, Rs 500 million would be needed to initiate rehabilitation work after the rescue operation completes in the affected areas of Balochistan. DG ERRA on the occasion said that assessment teams have been sent to the affected region and proposal in this connection would be sent to Caretaker Prime Minister for further approval. Quetta: Iran has offered his all-out help to Pakistan for the rescue and rehabilita-

tion of the quake battered people of Balochistan here on Thursday. Delegation of Iranian Consul General led by Deputy Consul General at Balochistan, Aghae Surkhabi called on the Director General (DG) Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Mohammad Khalid Baloch at his office and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of earthquake which struck the Mushkel Tehsil of Washuk district bordering with Iran. “Iran government and people are grieved on the

10,901 polling stations to be set up for KP, FATA

TESCO takes action against 18 FATA defaulters STAFF REPORTER PESHAAWR—Tribal Electricity Supply Company (TESCO) Peshawar Division disconnected power supply to 18 defaulter industrial consumers in Khyber, Bajaur and Mohmand agencies during recovery campaign started with collaboration of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). According to TESCO Press Release issued here Thursday, out of these disconnections, 4 were carried out in Khyber, 10 in Bajaur and 4 in Mohmand Agencies. TESCO has also served notices to defaulter con-

sumers except domestic connections in FATA to clear their dues within a stipulated time otherwise action would be taken against them. This is a last opportunity for defaulter consumers to clear their dues, in case failure lists of defaulters will soon be published to the media for legal action. The Election Commission of Pakistan will setup about 10,901 polling stations for registered voters of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to exercise their right of franchise in general elections.

Official sources in Provincial Election Commission (PEC) told APP on Thursday that these polling stations include 2704 male, 2375 female and 5822 combined. In addition to these polling stations, he said, about 10,901 polling booths include 17,417 male and 12,403 female booths would also be setup. As many as 12,266,157 registered voters including 7,008,533 male and 5, 257,624 female would exercise their right of franchise for 35 general seats of national assembly and 99 provincial assembly in a free atmosphere on May 11, 2013.

of Bahawalpur is providing quality education and favorable environment to the girl students for study. This was stated by Vice-Chancellor Islamia University Bahawalpur and Govt. Sadiq College Women University Prof. Dr Muhammad Mukhtar during a meeting with newly appointed officials. He hoped that the newly deputed female officials would perform their duties devotedly. He informed that various special training courses would be arranged for these officials by the HEC to improve their skill and performance in different fields for outstanding results. Earlier, he said that the Islamia University, Bahawalpur is the custodian of this area’s social and cultural values and trying best to keep alive the centuries old valuable traditions of the best civilization alive and today’s function is the symbol of our traditional hospitality. He remarked these views at a farewell ‘cum’ welcome ceremony jointly arranged by the Islamia University, Bahawalpur and the Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan in the honour of the outgoing DCO, Dr. Naeem Rauf and DPO, Bahawalpur, Sohail Habib Tajik and to welcome the new DCO, Imran Sikander and the DPO, Sohail Zafar Chatha. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar informed on the occasion that the Islamia University, Bahawalpur had been actively performing for the uplift of the area and community through different ways and in touch with the national and foreign organizations side by side the local ones to speed-up the academic, socio-economic and cultural activities to prove that the Islamia University, Bahawalpur had been performing in the right direction according to the current day demands for healthy society. He appreciated the performance and contribution of the outgoing officials, DCO, Dr. Naeem Rauf and the DPO, Sohail Habib Tajik for the uplift and betterment of the area and welcomed the newly posted DCO, Imran Sikander and the DPO, Sohail Zafar Chatha. The outgoing officials termed their stay here memorable while the new DCO and DPO PESHAWAR: Asif Luqman Qazi, son of a renowned Islamic scholar, Qazi Hussain Amed assured to perform according to the rules.—APP addressing a big public gathering in Nowshera.

Elections: AJK units of all major political parties start campaigning M IRPUR —Since the elec- PML-N and former AJK dates contesting the polls. tioneering by the political parties contesting May 11, general elections in Pakistan is getting momentum dayby-day, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) leaders of all the major national political parties have also moved to various constituencies to join the election campaigns of their respective parties. All the major political parties of Pakistan have strongholds in AJK, particularly Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML- N). The incumbent government of PPP in the liberated state is an ample proof of the fact. President AJK chapter of

prime minister Raja Farooq Haider formally inaugurated the election office of his party’s candidate from Rawalpindi, Hanif Abbasi, the other day, since a huge number of Kashmiris are settled in Rawalpindi, according to the reports about political activities pouring in here. PPP AJK President and sitting Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed, along with his top party comrades, have also started conducting visits to different constituencies of the country, on the special directives of the party’s high command, to participate in the election campaign of the party candi-

Meanwhile, former AJK prime minister and the PPP AJK’s front line leader Barrister Sultan Mahmood and his associates have also moved to join the election campaign of the party candidates. The leaders of AJK chapters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as well as various other religious parties including Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammiat Ahl-e-Hadees, Jammiat Ulema-e-Jammu & Kashmir and Jamaat Ahle Sunnat are also girding lions to formally join the election campaign for the nominated candidates of their respective parties.—APP

losses caused by the earthquake and stands by Pakistan in this hour of adversity,” he said. Conveying concerns and grief of Iran government on human losses, he said that Iran was ready to extend their all-out support in the rescue and relief of the calamity hit people. DG PDMA on the occasion thanked Iran for expressing sympathies with his brotherly country and asked to assist in restoration of electricity, which was disconnected after the quake jolted bordering towns of Balochistan.

MSA to safeguard rights of Nishtarians M U LTA N —Medical Students Association pledged on Thursday to safeguard rights of Nishtar Medical college and Nishtarians. Addressing a press conference at the Multan Press Club, President MSA Dr Samar Ahmad along with Chairman Dr Sadeem Lodhi and others said that the association had the representation of students hailing from first year to final year. They demanded the adminstration to stop transfers of senior doctors as twenty-four senior doctors had already been transferred, they added. They urged the NMI adminstration to convene academic council meeting to discuss the matter of transfer.—APP

“The earthquake affectees are without electricity for last two days, they are in dire need of edible water, medicines and tents,” Khalid said and sought Iran cooperation to cope with the situation arose after the catastrophe. He noted that Iran is too closed to the affected region and could help to diminish the sufferings of the quake battered people. Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu phoned Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Wednesday to express sympathy and offer condolence on the devastation

caused by the recent earthquake involving loss of precious lives and property in Mashkel area of Balochistan. On behalf of the people and Government of Turkey, Foreign Minister Davutoglu while expressing solidarity with the Government and people of Pakistan, offered assistance for the ongoing relief efforts in the earthquake hit areas. The Turkish Foreign Minister also expressed his anguish over the recent attacks on the political leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.—APP

Dry, hot weather likely across country I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Balochistan provinces durMeteorological Department (PMD) on Thursday forecast hot and dry weather for most parts of the country with chances of light rain in Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Malakand and few places of Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan. According to the synoptic situation, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A weak westerly wave is present over upper parts of the country and expected to move eastward. The weather will remain partly cloudy in Rawalpindi and Islamabad at evening and night during the next 24 hours. The temperatures will slightly increase in Sindh and

ing the next 24 hours. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Benazirabad 41 degrees Celsius, Chhor 40 C,

Hyderabad, Mithi and Padidan 39 C. The temperatures will rise during daytime especially at southern parts of the country, which will turn the weather hot.—APP

Ex-PM’s 4 sons contesting polls from South Punjab M ULTAN —All the sons of MNA from NA-148,is likely to the ticket. PML-N has left the former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani except one are contesting for different seats of National Assembly and provincial legislature from south Punjab. Qasim Gilani is the only son of the ex premier who is not contesting the forthcoming election. Abdul Qadir Gilani, elder son of former prime minsiter has been awarded ticket of PPP for NA151 and neck-to-neck competition is likely with seasoned rival and potential candidate of PML-N, Sikindar Bosan. Musa Gilani,who was

face a tough competition as his rival is Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He is contesting from three constituencies,including Omer Kot,Sindh province. Another son of Gilani, Ali Haider Gilani has been fielded as a provincial assembly candidate from PP-200 where former PPP MPA Asim Dehar left his parent party, allegedly after being ignored by PPP Vice Chairman,Yusuf Raza Gilani. Although Asim was awarded ticket by PML-N after he joined the party, but later the party had withdrawn

constituency open for all candidates to contest independently. Mujtaba Gilani, the younger son of Yusuf Raza Gilani has been fielded from NA-152,Shujabad. He would face stiff competition from PML-N stalwart former MNA Javed Ali Shah,and Ibrahim Khan,PTI candidate. Mujtaba Gilani was MPA from PP-206. Nine candidates withdraw in Badin: On the first day of withdrawal from candidature, nine candidates withdrew their nomination, on Wednesday.—APP


Indeed, Kashmir is a global issue

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Coming to terms with terror

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N his address to the joint session of the AJK Assembly and AJK Coun cil on Wednesday, President Asif Ali Zardari was categorical in es pousing the cause of the Kashmiri people and made statements that would help clear ambiguities and misunderstanding, if any, about Pakistan’s stance on the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He reiterated resolve of the country to continue providing diplomatic, political and moral support to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination and also urged the global community to fulfill its commitments to Kashmiris made in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The move of the President to address joint sitting of AJK Assembly and Council to reiterate Pakistan’s position on Kashmir dispute was timely and appropriate as there was growing concern amongst Kashmiris that the country had put the issue virtually on the backburner. There was no progress towards finding a solution of the problem through dialogue as Indians have stalled the process as they did on a number of occasions in the past and emphasis on forging trade and economic ties with India had created serious doubts among Kashmiris about Pakistan’s Kashmir policy. The decision of the PPP Government to grant MFN status to India has widely been criticized by Kashmiri leadership as they feel it is being done at the cost of the blood of innocent people who are daily being killed, maimed and tortured by Indian occupation forces. Similarly, despite the fact that Kashmir should be Pakistan’s number one agenda item on its foreign policy but political parties were not as vocal as they should have been on the issue during electioneering. In this backdrop, the pronouncement of the President that Pakistan remains committed to finding solution of the problem as per UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people would definitely be reassuring for Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC. Again, his clear statement that Kashmiris must be part of the dialogue process is in line with the demand of the Kashmiri people and hopefully Pakistan would insist on their inclusion in talks whenever the process resumes. We also believe that there is no point in holding talks for the sake of talks for an indefinite period and therefore, the process should be time-bound to make it substantial and meaningful.

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AKISTAN Business Council, that has been playing a crucial role in the realm of economy, has sounded a note of warning saying Pakistan with all the potential to become a high growth country is fast approaching a critical point beyond which recovery would become almost impossible. Its Chairman Sikandar Mustafa Khan, while addressing a press conference in Karachi, therefore, emphasized that it was the time for taking drastic remedial measures. Though warning of the PBC should be a source of concern but there is also silver lining in the message that the country has the required potential and if tapped appropriately then Pakistan could once again be on a high trajectory. Fortunately, PBC has not confined itself to sensitizing the authorities concerned but also prepared a six point plan of action for revival of the economy, which it intends to take up with the next Government and we hope it would form basis for economic recovery on fast pace. There is no reason that the plan should not work as it has been devised by those who know ins and outs of the business and trade. The most important aspect, as pointed out by Dr Ishrat Hussain, is to restore confidence of the business community and investors, which would help attract much needed inflows and as a result the country could get rid of foreign borrowings. Provision of infrastructure and ensuring energy security are other important elements that could help revive the economy and we are confident that the next Government would prioritize them.

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HILE three days have passed to the earthquake that shook the en tire region, hundreds of affectees in Mashkail, a remote area, which was the worst hit, are still waiting for relief supplies. Besides the death of more than 40 people and injuries to over 100, the earthquake has either completely destroyed or severally damaged more than 300 houses in the Washuk District. Though Pakistan army dispatched relief teams with blankets and medical supplies and airlifted some of the critically injured people to Quetta yet reports from the area suggest that many people were still waiting for relief assistance. They are left at the mercy of the nature and there is dire need that they are attended to on war footing. People in Balochistan are already complaining regarding their sufferings and if the earthquake affectees are left unattended or provided relief partially, it would give another propaganda tool to those who have been carrying out terrorist activities and forcing the people not to cast their votes. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority claims to have provided 360 tents and 800 more were on the way but the question arises where have these supplies gone and why the people were without any shelter. Punjab Government also announced the dispatch of relief items including tents, rice, flour and medicines but it would take time to reach the destination for distribution. We strongly believe that the National Disaster Management Authority should have rushed supplies through C-130 aircraft within hours and that would have healed the wounds of the affectees. Anyhow, we would impress upon all the Federal and Provincial Authorities to pay full attention to the sufferings of the affectees and provide them relief items for sustenance for six months and cash grants for rebuilding of the damaged houses on urgent basis.

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India, China moving closer on Kabul UAE, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in recognizing the Taliban government in Kabul which took office in 1996. Clinton was wise in camouflaging his support to M D Nalapat the group, as later on, after 9/11,he was able to escape Email: mgnalapat@gmail.com all responsibility for the growth of the Taliban, placing the blame entirely at the ince the late 1970s,China door of Islamabad. However,the fact that Benazir backed the US in its efforts at weakening Moscow, pro- Bhutto, under whom the Taliban was viding assistance that was very use- given massive assistance, remained ful in ensuring that the Soviet lead- a favourite of Washington showed ership was constantly kept off bal- that her policy of backing the miliance. The Afghanistan theatre was tia had not only the concurrence of important in such efforts, with China the US, but was in response to a joining hands with the US, Pakistan command from Washington. In the and Saudi Arabia in backing the in- US, several corporate groups saw in surgency against Moscow-backed the Taliban a pathway towards usgovernments in Kabul. Rivals of the ing Afghanistan as a gateway to USSR rejoiced at the decision by Central Asia, especially in the matMikhail Gorbachev to (a) continue ter of oil and gas pipelines. Indeed, the earlier policy of avoiding taking several key policymakers in both the the war into Pakistan territory, the Clinton and Bush administrations way the US is now and (b) hurriedly were employees of Unocal, an oil withdrawing Soviet troops from giant with substantial influence Afghanistan in line with his policy among policy-makers in the world’s of passive non-violent non-resis- largest economy and self-declared tance to anti-Soviet activities. The “leader of the free world” Amid all the bustle, Beijing defeat in Afghanistan provided the first clear indication that the USSR stood by its word to Washington that under Gorbachev had lost the will it would remain a reliable ally to resist its enemies, and was on the against the USSR, including support to the Taliban. Oddly, for a country way to downfall. During the 1990s,when Presi- that at that time was still under the dent Clinton implemented his policy shadow of the Kemalist (and thereof assisting the Taliban to come to fore resolutely secular) Turkish milipower in Kabul, much help was tary, Ankara too backed the Taliban. given by Beijing - usually through It could be argued that the Turkish Pakistan - to ensure such an out- military’s support to the NATO come. The Taliban was from the start policy of backing for Wahabi elebacked by the same constellation of ments worldwide may have diluted countries that had been active in the its capacity to resist the (ultimately anti-Soviet armed struggle in Af- successful) efforts of the “Wahabi ghanistan earlier, although Beijing Lite” Erdogan regime to push the and Washington did not join the men in uniform into a tight box, with

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many top generals in jail or in the courts. Since Erdogan’s triumph in reversing the policies of Kemal Ataturk, Ankara has joined with Doha in joining the Wahabi coalition, most recently in the Syrian theatre, where both are battling to ensure that the

Discussions are due between the military and security establishments of India and China, and the question of a policy towards Afghanistan will be high up on the priority list. Should Beijing join hands with Delhi in seeking to promote the interests of Afghan moderates at the expense of the extremists, that could be a game changer not only for Afghanistan but for Sino-Indian relations. Shia dynasty of the Assads gets replaced with a governance structure that, as in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, is Wahabbi-controlled. Since 2011 in particular, the Wahabis have made significant gains in geopolitical terms within West Asia, although by now, their ascent has led to disquiet in capitals such as Washington and Berlin, if not as yet London and Paris. In a changed context of seeing the

growth of Wahabism and its armed manifestations as security threats rather than opportunities, Beijing may be reconsidering its policies towards Afghanistan. While Islamabad has reverted to the pre9/11 policy of wholehearted backing for the Taliban in Afghanistan, seeking to secure for them the dominant role in any post-2014 government in Kabul, this time around Beijing is no longer cheering the militia on. Problems in Xinjiang and a sharp increase in radical sentiments even within Han communities such as the Hui have led to the pressing of the “pause” button on the question of resuming assistance to the Taliban. This has brought Beijing closer to Delhi, to whom the Taliban continues to be anathema. Should India and China work together in Afghanistan to help block extremists from coming to power, the two countries would prove decisive in enabling Afghan moderates to win back the space that they have lost since 2005,the year when NATO began to revert to the pre-9/11 policy of backing for elements ideologically aligned to the Taliban. Discussions are due between the military and security establishments of India and China, and the question of a policy towards Afghanistan will be high up on the priority list. Should Beijing join hands with Delhi in seeking to promote the interests of Afghan moderates at the expense of the extremists, that could be a game changer not only for Afghanistan but for Sino-Indian relations. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

Pressures on Elections-13 there have been scores of bomb attacks in various parts Pakistan but Khyber Sultan M Hali of Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan Email: sm_hali@yahoo.com and Karachi are bearing the brunt of these attacks. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone akistan’s elections 2013 are 108 precious lives have been lost being viewed with interest by which include political candidates both the external and inter- for the elections. Whereas the nal observers with interest. The ex- Tehreek-e-Taliban-Pakistan (TTP) ternal observers are keen to dis- has admitted responsibility for the cern, what kind of political dispen- attacks, it is evident that the extersation will rule the roost in nal detractors of Pakistan are aidIslamabad. The external forces are ing and abetting these perpetrators having their ethnocentric interest of the heinous attack to keep the in Pakistan’s elections 2013; be- people away from the electoral procause they want to be sure that a cess and the politicians from confavourable government is in ducting election campaigns to garpower, which may serve their in- ner support for their bid to join the terests. The Americans are keen to parliament. Pakistan’s enemies bereceive assurance that the with- lieve that the series of terror attacks drawal of ISAF and NATO troops will destabilize Pakistan. It has been noticed that it is the from Afghanistan takes place without further hiccups. The Brits as secular parties, which are being tarusual are riding on the coattails of geted and the responsibility is bethe Yanks. India, in pursuance of ing claimed by the TTP, who are units own dreams of grandeur and doubtedly extremists and would not power play, is eager to see a weak like a secular dispensation to hold dispensation in Islamabad, which the reign of power and launch a can be browbeaten and made to major campaign to eradicate extremism and terrorism from the kowtow to its dictates. The ramifications of external country. Karachi has also witnessed pressures on Pakistan’s elections attacks on political leaders, which are manifold. One of the is a cause for concern; More so bedénouements is the US and Brit- cause the Awami National Party ish diplomats accredited to (ANP) has laid the blame squarely Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, on the Election Commission of Pamaking a beeline to woo differ- kistan (ECP) for not being able to ent political leaders. Most of provide them security. This of these meetings have been in pub- course is adding to the challenges lic places and one would find of the ECP, which is burning the fault only if they were clandes- midnight oil in trying to determine tine. However, it is not clear the suitability of each candidate for whether any genuine obtrusion elections and has its task cut out rehas been reported. That would be viewing and examining the electoral in bad taste. Another form of pres- nominations, as well as verifying sure being exerted is through ter- discrepancies if any in a short peror attacks. Ever since the care- riod of time since the polls are less taker setup was put into place, than a month away.

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This brings us to another type of internal pressure, which is tantamount to inviting external pressures. No doubt Pakistan is passing through the most testing and disturbing times of its history. The anti Pakistan foreign elements are leaving no stone unturned in utilizing the Pakistani prospect exploiting internal fissures and divisive lines to accomplish their designs. Unfortunately Pakistani political leadership and their concerned parties seem to have developed very narrow and skewed mind-set to promote their party interests and personal advancements. In the process they forget the overall interests of Pakistan as a sovereign state capable of functioning vigorously and operating assertively. In this context MQM made a classic overture and a unique misadventure by submitting a memorandum to the United Nations (UN) against delimitation of constituencies in Karachi by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). As per media reports (The News-31 March 2013 and Geo News 30th March 2013) MQM-US Central Organizer Junaid Fahmi filed a memorandum to UN, casting grave concerns over redrawing of constituencies, terming it gerrymandering, which was considered (by MQM) against the spirit of and principle of one-man-one vote. The memorandum also said that the ECP move was unlawful and unconstitutional, based on a conspiracy to divide MQM vote bank. It must be borne in mind that there are domestic means of redressing grievances if any against the ECP. Pakistan’s judiciary is free, fair, independent and vibrantly active. Nearly all the political parties including the one which has solicited to the UN joined the judiciary’s struggle to shed the shackles of bondage. It should have the confi-

dence that justice will not only be meted out but appear to have been done. Urging international community like UN to use its influence for holding fair and free elections and putting pressure on ECP to stop pursuing the process of delimitation of constituencies in Karachi, is obviously an undesirable misadventure by the political party in question and it speaks volumes about the party’s mind-set to promote its own interests even at the cost of state of Pakistan. Such memorandums submitted at UN simply tarnish the image of Pakistan as a sovereign state and it also reflects the lack of trust by the party concerned on ECP / Government of Pakistan. Perhaps it is in vogue to enjoy all the perks of the party in power by joining its ranks and enjoying all kinds of privileges entitled to any political cliques placed in power. This particular party had its say when the ECP was being appointed; hence it is fair that it respects the rulings of the ECP. Involving international community on purely internal affairs of Pakistan is a misadventure by the party in question and needs to be viewed seriously by all segments of the society, including, media, civil society, political parties and general masses. The people of Pakistan have gained political maturity and are fully capable of exerting their political rights without any external or internal pressures. Let the voice of the people speak unhindered and unencumbered. Let the best candidates win the trust of the people to lead them for the next five years. —The author, a retired PAF Group Captain, served as Air & Naval attaché at Riyadh and is currently a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.

ommenting on the horrific explosions in Boston, President Obama insisted that “the American people refuse to be terrorized.” Brave words, but also accurate ones. In the years since 9/11, residents of this country have acquiesced in an array of inconveniences and encumbrances, hoping they are contributing to their own protection but often suspecting that this or that precaution is either arbitrary or useless. But even as they alternate between stoicism and resentment, Americans have continued to travel, socialize and take part in communal celebrations such as the Boston Marathon and New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square. That won’t change after Monday’s attacks. Initially, citizens will be more circumspect, just as law enforcement will ramp up surveillance. In time, however, behavior will revert to normal — or at least the new normal of metal detectors, airport searches, the deployment of explosive-sniffing dogs at large gatherings and the placement of ugly obstructions in front of picturesque public buildings. None of this is to minimize the horror of what happened in Boston on Monday. Three people died, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, whose father was competing in the marathon, and 176 people were injured, some seriously. The bombs — packed with shrapnel, including pellets and “nail-like” objects designed to maim their victims — profaned Patriots’ Day, a state holiday commemorating the American Revolution, and terrorized an event that is as much a civic celebration as an athletic event. In that sense, they were reminiscent of the bomb planted at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta by Eric Rudolph, who said he wanted “to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.” It is still unknown whether the perpetrator of Monday’s attacks is a right-wing extremist such as Rudolph or Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; a foreign terrorist; an American supporter of a foreign group; or an individual acting out some intense personal — and possibly apolitical — grievance. The design of the “pressure cooker” explosive devices suggests to some investigators that they are of domestic origin, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t employed by a foreign terrorist or an American sympathetic to a foreign group. For now, speculation reigns, though not as angrily and irresponsibly as it has after some previous incidents. On Monday we were reminded that some individuals are willing to settle scores by shedding the blood of innocent men, women and children. That fact must inform the way we go about our lives, but we can’t allow it to paralyse us. — Los Angeles Times

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part from the earth, what also shook many people in the aftermath of Tuesday’s tremors, which affected many parts of the UAE, was fear and a sense of panic. People’s first reaction was uncertainty about what to do, which is not an appropriate way to deal with such a situation. While natural disasters cannot always be predicted, what can make a big difference is teaching people to deal with them as calmly and effectively as possible. Just as fire drills are held in offices and residential blocks to increase awareness of what to do in an emergency, a similar strategy needs to be drawn up to train people about what to do during an earthquake, given the relative frequency with which tremors due to epicentres in nearby geolocations have been affecting the UAE in the last decade. While it is a fact that Abu Dhabi and Dubai are considered as zone zero for earthquakes, and this is undeniably comforting, it is also a fact that tremors are being felt here. There is not much we can do about the earth shaking, but we can learn to steady our responses to it. — Gulf News You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

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ccording to Abdullah ibn Masud (RA), the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Seeking halal earning is a duty after the duty.’ In other words working to earn a halal living is itself a religious obligation second in importance after the primary religious obligations like prayers, fasting and hajj. This brief hadith contains three very important messages. First, it points to the Islamic way out of the apparent dichotomy between the material and the spiritual worlds. We often see them working in opposite directions. Indulgence in the material world does lead one away from the spiritual world. Spiritual uplifting seems to accompany a tendency to distance oneself from the material pleasures. There is a conflict, but is there a contradiction also? Is it possible to resolve the conflict in a way that one can take care of both? Or are they mutually exclusive? This has been a central question for all religions and many in the past suggested the second answer, making hermits as the ideal for the humanity. Unfortunately not much humanity is left when one moves too far in this direction. One

can read today the horror stories of which Allah has made for you a Christian and Hindu monks, among means of support.’ [Al-Nisa, 4:5]. others, who tried to seek spiritual pu- And another hadith praises the merrification this way. its of ‘the halal As a reaction, some The Spirit Of Islam wealth of a pious pertook the other course, son.’ The effort to making material earn a living is not pleasures the goal of only against spirituthis life. The western ality, it is a religious civilization today is obligation! But this the prime example of earning must be that. Its toll on huthrough halal means. man spirit and moralThis is the second ity is well known and message of this is a constant rehadith. Our obligaminder that sometion is not just to thing is wrong here make money but to as well. In between make halal money. Khalid Baig the two extremes IsThis is a broad statelam points out the ment that is the basis proper path. Man is both a material for Islamisation of a society’s ecoand a spiritual being. The solution nomic life. Not every business idea or does not lie in denying the material possible business enterprise is good for needs and desires but in denying the society. And the decision regardtheir claim to primacy. ing right and wrong here cannot be left They are part of being but not to the so-called market forces. the reason or goal of being. As long Right and wrong in the ecoas they are kept in place, they are an nomic life, as in all life, must be deimportant part of our life. The prob- termined by a higher source. Shariah lem is not money but the love of it. guides us as to the halal and haram Wealth itself is not bad. In fact business enterprises and practices, Qur’an refers to it as ‘ ... your wealth and at both individual and collective

levels we must follow that guidance. At times that guidance may conflict with the prevailing practices. For example riba (interest), gambling, pornography, and liquor are haram, and no matter how attractive the financial rewards of engaging in those enterprises may seem to be, a Muslim must refrain from them. This is the economic struggle of a believer, and it is obvious why it should be carried out as a religious obligation. At the individual level the obligation is to engage is halal professions and businesses. At the collective level the obligation is to establish a system that facilitates such individual efforts and discourages their opposite. Third, all this effort for halal earning should not eclipse our primary religious obligations. Indulgence even in a purely halal enterprise should not make us miss our Salat, or hajj, for example. This hadith may help us set our priorities right: The economic endeavour is a duty after the primary duties. And let us remember: In economics, as well as in religion, getting the priorities right is part of being right.

Political instability in Pakistan Yasmeen Kanwal Email:yasmeen.kanwal92@yahoo.com

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he territorial issues and border conflicts with India, the socioeconomic differences within the country, the struggle for a share of power between the provinces and the early death of the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah, are some of those realities which not only politicized the policy making elites and their willingness in introducing the fair democratic procedures but also encouraged the non-democratic elements in the country including the army. Even after 63 years, as a corollary, the country could not get cleaned from feudal, tribal, punchayt system and sectarian segregation. In this grim situation the public has been left untutored in the kind of vigilance usually needed to hold political leaders accountable. Pakistan failed to establish a stable democratic government due to constitutional conflict. Due to politi-

cal instability, Pakistan’s economic and social growth has been curtailed. The root cause of Pakistan political woes lies in its feudal and the winner-take-all approach to governing that has been practiced by successive civilian and military leaders. The Muslim League that brought independence to Pakistan, lacked internal democracy. Once partition and statehood had been achieved, provincial and local political parties confined Muslim League just a paper-party. There were no opposition party to counter Muslim League initially, but latter on, Muslim league itself was disappeared. Coupled with the political legacy of Muslim League, the civil and military bureaucracy, that was of much importance due to its scarce number, gained so much power that they depressed the political institution. The constitution-less 10 years-history from 1947 to 1956was an ill exercise of the political actors, which invoked the military to interfere in the politics. Absence of a complete constitu-

tion, allowed the peoples with power to manipulate the political and constitutional institution, as they wanted. Different powerful civil and military bureaucrats played blasphemy of constitution, parliament and political parties. Political parties in Pakistan are not working fairly. The intra-party election is no to be seen. The leaders, consequently, are autocrats. Political parties are famous in the name of leader of the parties. Personification has harmed extremely the true essence of democracy. The third pillar of the state, the judiciary has also dual strategies all over the history. Mostly the role of the judiciary has been vulnerable. It has always provided a so-called legal way to the dictators to assume the power. The constitution has been abrogated many a time with the help of the judiciary. Beside the judiciary and Army’s role in politics, the intelligence agencies have become a major actor on the national political scene. Military intelligence and Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI) are widely believed to have had a major

hand in shaping the candidates and the choices available to voters at least since General Zia’s general election of 1985. In these situation how a true democratic government would be formed to realized the dreams of the great Quaid? In addition to all above given anti-democracy factors, the dynamic structure of the state is also not in the favour of democratic values to be flourished. For most of its history Pakistan has been divided into provinces drawn basically on ethnic lines. Political loyalties and attitude have a strong ethnic dimension to them, and the central government’s desires to manage Pakistan’s ethnic diversity can have a major impact on resource allocation foreign policy decision, and the game of politics. The nation political parties should embrace a new spirit of cooperation and constructive opposition, moving beyond out dated confrontational and self-defeating street action and walk-outs and boycott politics to engage in vigorous political debates free of violence.

Views From Abroad

Murder from a safe distance William Pfaff

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ar is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen. And even if it were a police weapon (as it may, one fears, become in the future), the United States Department of Defence and the CIA are not police forces, nor has the US a commission to police the world of its radicals, jihadists and religious fanatics, although for too many years it has acted as if it did. Nor is the US constitutionally at war. President George W. Bush declared war on “terror” after the 9/11 attacks, which is legally meaningless, and the US Congress responded with a joint resolution authorizing the president to use all necessary and appropriate force against those responsible for the attacks. That still was not a declaration of war, but it was interpreted by the US government, the UN Security Council, NATO and most major nations to represent a legally legitimate position of self-defence — which it obviously was not, although it was a matter of legitimate retaliation. However, the people currently being killed by the US’ armed drones had nothing to do with the 9/11 at-

tacks, even if they undoubtedly approved, or now approve, of those attacks, considering them legitimate acts of Arab retaliation against American complicity in Israel’s military annexation and occupation of territories legally belonging to Palestinians, Washington’s enforcement of devastating civilian sanctions on Iraq, and the continuing presence of US military forces in Saudi Arabia, in proximity to Muslim sacred sites. Therefore, it is reasonable and necessary to say that the drone attacks are the continuation of an undefined state of conflict between the US government and Muslim individuals and groups hostile to the US and to some of its Arab allies, and who aim mainly to establish radical Muslim religious governments in various Islamic states. However, since 2001, none of these groups has managed to succeed in committing acts of war against the US, although groups have plotted attacks that failed or were thwarted. What the Islamists do with and to their own countries is their affair. However, it is nonsense to treat these and the other bands of self-appointed jihadists, Muslim Brotherhood activists, national insurgents, veteran Fedayeen, and sometime-professional kidnappers and pirates as if they were waging the late professor Samuel Huntington’s famous war of civilization against the US and its al-

lies, with a view to ruling the world. The vast majority of America’s Muslim enemies throughout the Middle East, Africa and Southern Asia are fighting because the US is there. It is not the other way around. Osama bin Laden conceived the 9/ 11 attacks because US military forces were occupying his country, and this in his mind was an affront to his religion. The best way, and indeed the only way, to call off this so-called titanic collision of civilizations would be for the US to call off the war with the Muslims. Only America can do this. Anatol Lieven has a splendid and thoroughly knowledgeable article in the April 4 issue of the New York Review of Books, on the politics of disengaging from the war in Afghanistan. He concludes that it would be dishonourable and unreasonable for the US “to walk away from all this with the declaration that it is ‘a matter for the Afghans themselves.’ “ It would be, but after all that has passed, I cannot believe that the present government and Congress of the US is capable of rescuing an honourable settlement to this war, especially as both Congress and the president seem to remain persuaded that the war’s formal end should nonetheless see a contingent of US troops left behind after their scheduled departure at the end of 2014.

The advocates of staying on say, “Look at Iraq today.” Indeed, but if the US had left a force behind to “stabilize” Iraq, would this have succeeded? I feel certain that this would have merely prolonged the war’s horror. The drones are evidence that the US is incapable of disengaging from wars that have left ruin in their wake, poisoned Islamic relations with much of the Western world and, with the torture, humiliation and perpetual and illegal imprisonment of its enemies, in defiance of the norms of civilized behaviour, destroyed America’s “honour” and the decent respect of mankind it once enjoyed. Is Washington ready now to end its war in the Middle East — its war with the Islamic Middle East and South Asia? Of course not. Now we have the drones executing mass destruction on the family and tribal scale, in the worst American military tradition, established in Vietnam and Iraq, of anonymous murder from a safe distance, in this case from the White House itself. Who talks about legality, morality — or dishonour? The writer is a political commentator who frequently writes about international relations and US policy. His latest book is, “The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy”. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

There’s light at the end..!

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’m not too fond of tunnels. As soon as I enter one I start peer ing into the distance to see the light at the end. As our country starts getting better machinery and more sophisticated equipment, I’ve noticed our tunnels are getting longer and lengthier, and it takes awhile before I see the end, but there is no doubt as I drive my car into the darkness, that finally there’s a light waiting for me. But there are many who give up hope. Certainly not when they drive a

car through a dismal tunnel, but when they drive themselves through life: We hope for the light, we pray for the light, we peer into the darkness, hoping the light is there, but only darkness greets us. But the light at the end of the tunnel is there. It’s just that your tunnel is longer, and it’s taking a little longer to get out. Do you stop your car in the middle of the tunnel, when you can’t seem to see the light? If you did you would have a pile up, behind you, and would be badly injured. So you have to drive on knowing that a sunny sky greets you at the other end. Even in the darkness of the tunnel, you know there is an end. You know very well the tunnel is only a way of getting through the darkness; it is not darkness, it is the

path out of darkness. This is something that we need to ponder about today, about the times when we think we are in the depths of despair. What we are going through is a way towards light. The tunnel is the solution. The troubles, the problems that burden you today, just build muscle, strengthen faith, bring value to relationships so that the light at the end, is all the more brighter. The path has to be dark for the end to blaze brighter. As I think of a drive through a tunnel, and compare it to a drive through life’s difficulties, I realize that the effort put in is similar. What pays off is discipline as we go through that period of darkness. No stopping. You stop, and you’re finished. Just push on.

Drive straight. You need all your reserves of power and concentration to see you don’t swing from side to side; you can’t afford periods of depression, just drive, there’s a light at the end. Drive steadily: Yes no need to speed. You don’t need to hurry. Just keep a steady pace, and you’ll be out and into the light. Like I said at the very beginning, I’m not too fond of tunnels, but the brilliant light at the other end, the sheer radiance, dazzling and scintillating. The sun bright and shining, makes up and how for the darkness which we’ve just passed through. There’s a joy, a certainty of better days at the end of our tunnels..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Violent protests

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KHSHBOO RIZWAN Day after day acts of violence are increasing and the most common way of protest during these acts of violence is burning the transport buses due to frustration and anger on related issues. Target killing and local issues of locality have increased to such an extent that the people during protest start burning public and as well as government property such as transport buses, rickshaws and cars. Due to the fear of further damage the buses do not facilitate the public and go on strike and the government due to fear or further damage announces a strike or people themselves due to fear cut off social activity and in some severe cases of violent conditions people may not go to office and students might not attend classes. In some cases the roads are blocked so that the security authorities can control the agitation among the people who are causing trouble. This causes people to face trouble in travelling. I would like to enlighten the authorities that such acts should be controlled either by increasing the deployment of security forces or by good surveillance. —Via email

No economic recovery SUMBUL BATOOL The economy of Pakistan is the 27th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity , and 44th largest in terms of nominal GDP. Pakistan has a semi-industrialized economy which mainly encompasses textiles, chemicals, food processing agriculture and other industries. Pakistan’s economic environment is affected by intensification of war on terror and deepening of the global financial crisis which penetrated into domestic economy through the route of substantial decline in Pakistan’s exports and a visible slowdown in foreign direct inflows. Agriculture accounts for more than one-fifth of output and two-fifths of employment. Textiles account for most of Pakistan’s export earnings, and Pakistan’s failure to expand a viable export base for other manufactures has left the country vulnerable to shifts in world demand. Official unemployment is under 6%, but this fails to capture the true picture, because much of the economy is informal and underemployment remains high. Over the past few years, low growth and high inflation, led by a spurt in food prices, have increased the amount of poverty. The UN Human Development Report estimated poverty in 2011 at almost 50% of the population. Inflation has worsened the situation, climbing from 7.7% in 2007 to almost 12% for 2011, before declining to 10% in 2012. As a result of political and economic instability, the Pakistani rupee has depreciated more than 40% since 2007. The government agreed to an International Monetary Fund Standby Arrangement in November 2008 in response to a balance of payments crisis. Although the economy has stabilized since the crisis, it has failed to recover. Foreign investment has not returned, due to investor concerns related to governance, energy, security, and a slow-down in the global economy. —Karachi

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his is with reference to a full page advertisement of PPPP (I wonder why has the erstwhile PPP been turned into an ‘association’), which has appeared in majority of newspapers dated April 14, 2014, wherein the party has ineffectively tried to gather sympathy votes on the electricity projects reviewed/stopped by the PML-N government in 1998. I have only one question to ask. What did the PPPP government do to overcome the power shortages during their current reign of full five years? Nothing added nor improved otherwise we would not have had the shortfall, if not anything in surplus. —Rawalpindi fulfil all our demands and making fake promises like they always do. But they should realise that they have fooled us a lot and unfortunately we know it too. The surprising element comes when we elect them again and give them chances so that they can prove that they are CHANGED and wont repeat those mistakes again, but these are our elites, who remain unchanged At least they should apologize to the nation about their. Bad deed, or least accept there blunders, this will though create a soft corner for them as they will feel guilty and will not try to repeat them. —Karachi

First Azaan in Sweden MAIDAH HARIS DAR In the east where the practice of Azaan is common, people often don’t feel its importance. At many places, it can be observed that despite hearing the call to prayers, instead of respecting that call, people continue talking. It has become something that happens 5 times every day, with the call being heard from various mosques in the locality one at a time. With this said we may be unable to understand the happiness that the Muslims of Sweden must be feeling when the Swedish authorities allowed the recitation of Azaan for Friday prayers. The permission allows the Fittja mosque in a Stockholm suburb to give the call for prayers only on Friday for 3 to 5 minutes between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Despite the fact that this approval applies only to Friday prayers the decision is a positive one. This is the first time that the call to prayers has been approved in Sweden and for the first time on Friday next week the Azaan will be given. —Karachi

inform our friends about the feelings and circumstances. It would not be exaggeration to state that we were deeply involved in our communication processes. We were jubilant enough prior to speaking our parents and friends residing out of the city or country. But today, such kind of feelings and emotions are hardly witnessed. Inevitably, we are technologically advanced but we are morally and spiritually weakened. We are heading towards cultural decadence since the technology has become a part of lives. It seems as if we have sunk in the ocean of nothingness. Apart from this, the modern means of communication has also affected superiority of relations. Since fake I.D can easily be created, everyone can post some vicious content to manipulate his friends or family members for his personal vested interests. Determining technology a blessing or bane is not easy. But, it is true that dignity of relations is in danger. —Karachi

Overcrowded buses AREESHA MAZHAR

It is quite disturbing to see that over crowded vehicles is quite a common phenomenon on the roads in Karachi. Pakistan. People, after a long and tiring day, are unwilling to wait for another bus and just sit on the one available, not looking at the dangers involved .The bus conductor sees money and doesn’t stop people from entering ,even if the bus is full. Some people are lucky enough to get the seats, others stand inside the bus. That is not all, then the people sit on the roofs of the buses, some times they are those who are swinging on the ladder that is attached to reach to the top. All of them pay full fare. Sometimes the bus is so over loaded that it tilts to one side because of the weight .It is not safe at all and one endangers many life on board. More buses should be introduced by the transport sector to M RIZWAN AFATB overcome this problem. Recently ECP decided to print the —Karachi ballot paper under the authorization of Pakistan army. The ECP had decided to introduce a new bland column in ballot paper. Some political observers term it a move to discredit M OSAMA AFNAN HANAFI politicians, other, say it gives a wider choice to citizen who had wanted to cast their votes but not for any of the The industrial revolution of the 19th century promised better days ahead candidate in their constituency. The secretary of ECP Ishtiak for the workers, but even in the 21st Ahmad khan said the commission had century their exploitation continues; decided to include a new column although Pakistan has ratified the in‘none of the above’ in ballot paper. ternational labour laws of ILO. Long To me it provides an option to the working hours, unpaid overtime, electors not to vote for any of the meagre pays, unsafe working condicontestants if they don’t want to elect tions, child and bonded labour, no any one of them. In my views this is compensations for accidents, illness, the positive thing that the ECP had old age or death on job, and lack of resting or catering facilities at meal decided to introduce. times highlight that the working en—Karachi vironment in Pakistan has, by large, little changed, in spite of a rapidly changing world. So long as Agriculture sector is excluded from labour laws in Pakistan the agriculture work force has no protection, not even on WAQAR ABRO paper. Since the world has turned to be a Labour rights in agriculture secglobal village, gap between mankind tor are neglected while agriculture has been widened. Technology has sector is main contributor to brought revolutionary changes in our economy. Bonded labour is another society. It has brought the entire serious challenge which is highly world on our finger tips. Today, a neglected despite provision of laws person living in America or in any such as Bonded Labour System other far-flung area, can communi- (Abolition) Act of 1992.We need adcate with his family or friends very vocates of just and equitable society easily. Yes, it’s faster and time-sav- where fundamental rights of labour ing process. But, the emotions, the are respected, ensured and guaranfeelings, and the attachment, prevail- teed. We should aim to promote a ing in writing a letter few decades democratic and effective labour ago have been lost. Face booking movement enabling people to exerand tweeting are the modern ways cise their core rights. We should foof sharing our feelings and ideas cus on strengthening people’s orgawith our near and dear ones. nizations at the workplace and in their These modern means of commu- communities in their struggles to push nication appear to be very meaning- market, society and state towards the ful styles of communication but re- economic justice by realizing secure ality postulates a negative omen. and prosperous livelihoods. Since, privacy of a person exists —Karachi nowhere on these so-called social sites, we still sing the songs of west for providing us such a great platEADERS form to speak and communicate with are requested to type our friends and family. Every pictheir letters legibly with ture has dark and bright sides. Same as, use of modern means of commudouble spacing and only on nication have both repercussionsone side of the paper. negative and positive. One decade —Editor ago, communicating a relative or Email:editorial@pakobserver.net friend was not as easy as it is today. We were untiringly writing letters to

Ballot paper’s new column

Liberating labour force

Targeted traffic Technology: wardens Blessing or bane? Y F ASIR

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Traffic wardens of Karachi city seem to be the main target of the killers these days. Their participation in controlling interchange helps a lot to improve traffic in some areas of the business hub. Nowadays, their target killing is on peak and that’s a big question mark for the security officials of Sindh province that even their traffic wardens are not safe and are brutally killed by anonymous gunmen. Officials should provide arms to traffic police and wardens for their protection as the conditions of city are demanding this too. —Karachi

Apologise at least MIR MURTAZA HUSSAIN History is what one can’t erase that is his past. People do remember their past and try not to repeat those mistakes again. This is what one should try to believe that you can’t change your past but can make your present admirable with your future bright. Our politicians these days, are trying their level best to be the representatives of public for the next five years, as they are promising to

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Petition for summoning Musharraf filed in ATC From Page 1 The court accepted another petition filed by former interior minister Aftab Sherpao and former home minister Shoaib Nosherwani’s lawyers and gave exemption to them from personally appearing in the court because they are busy in their upcoming elections campaign. The crime branch also submitted investigation report in the court. The hearing was adjourned till May 2.—INP

LHC ‘conditionally’ allows Raja to contest polls From Page 1 the Rental Power Projects RPP case. Later the PPP leader had filed an appeal against the RO’s decision which was dismissed by an election tribunal of the LHC. In Thursday’s court proceedings, former law minister Farooq H. Naek and Ahsan Bhol appeared before the LHC bench on behalf of the petitioner. They informed the bench that a probe was being carried out in the case on the directives of the Supreme Court. The former PM can not be disqualified from the elections until a verdict is announced in the case, they pleaded the court. Upon which the bench ordered the concerned Returning Officer to include the name of Pervez Ashraf in the list of electoral candidates ‘conditionally. The court has also directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to review Ashraf’s candidacy and inform the LHC about their decision by April 22, the date on which the court will resume hearing of the case. Meanwhile, General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf had another blow on Thursday when a threemember appellate bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) threw out his appeal against the rejection of his candidature for a National Assembly seat in Karachi. The larger bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar that disposed of in all 15 election pleas, dismissed his petition and ordered that the reasons for the dismissal would be recorded later. The nomination papers of the former military ruler for NA250 were rejected by the concerned returning officer on the grounds that he suspended the constitution and detained the judges, and he was liable to be tried. Musharraf filed an election appeal in the election tribunal against the decision of the returning officer, submitting that he was presumed to be innocent till he was proven guilty by any court of law and that there was no question of his being proven guilty as he was not tried in any court of law. The election tribunal, however, rejected his election appeal and upheld the rejection of his nomination papers by the returning officer. He moved the SHC appellate bench through a constitution petition against the judgment of the election tribunal. Moreover, Musharraf had escaped from the premises of the Islamabad High Court after the cancellation of his bail application by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in the judges detention case earlier in the day. On Thursday, the bench took up as many as 22 constitutional petitions against the decisions of the election tribunal. The bench allowed 10 petitions and dismissed five others, while notices were issued in six petitions. Those who were allowed to contest the forthcoming election through their petitions included Adbul Aziz Memon, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Dr Nasrullah Boloch, Ali Nawaz Mehar, Mir Ahmed Nawaz and Nadir Magsi.

Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Dalbandin From Page 1 statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), rescue and relief operation by the Pakistan Army is still in progress in the quakeaffected areas of Balochistan. At least sixteen seriously wounded persons were evacuated last night by army helicopter having night flying capability from Mashakhel to Quetta. A careful survey reveals that population of the area is approximately 10-15 thousand and mostly the houses are built of mud.—NNI

Musharraf flees from court after bail rejection

Lower int’l oil price to ease worsening cad

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to US$623million in 3rd quarter of 2013 fiscal from a nominal $15million deficit in the last quarter. This was mainly due to absence of Coalition Support Fund proceeds (US$688mn) received in December 2012 that were recorded under the head of services export while home remittances by overseas Pakistanis also crawled back to US$1.1billion in March 2013 after dipping lower to US$1.0billion in January 2013 and February 2013. In fact on quarterly basis home remittances declined to $3.2billion from $3.5billion recorded in the second quarter of the fiscal 2013 consequently March 2013 witnessed financial account under pressure as financial account deficit increased to $325million against US$97million surplus last month. This was mainly due to repayments of external loan amounting to $483million, excluding $157million repaid to IMF during the month. As a result, bilateral and multilateral loan repayments (excluding that of IMF) increased to $1.8billion during nine months of the current fiscal as against $1.1billion during the same period of financial year 2012. The declining oil price factor by $10 per barrel however likely to give a respite from June onwards Knowledgeable sources added that the drop in oil price is mainly triggered by drop inChina’s energy demand growth however the risk of oil prices dipping to a lower band of US$90- 100/bbl from recent band of $100-120/bbl, in case of lower global GDP trend prevails. Since the energy price hike has severally hit the domestic market with increase in cost of inputs, the impact of recent decline in oil price should reflect in terms of easing price hike in general and inflationary pressures in particular in the country.

tivated by personal vendettas since his (Musharraf’s) return to Pakistan to participate in the upcoming elections, will cease and the Supreme Court, without prejudice, will immediately grant necessary relief following precedence and the Rule of Law; the absence of which will cause mockery of the nation,” said the statement also posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday. The former military ruler was whisked away from the courtroom by his personal earlier on Thursday, after the IHC rejected his application for extension of bail and ordered his arrest.The statement said Musharraf would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against, what he termed, the “ill-conceived decision of Islamabad High Court.” The former president is currently at his farmhouse retreat in Chak Shahzad, a suburb of Islamabad, under strict security. It was unclear if and when Musharraf could be detained, but a police team which had earlier reached the Chak Shahzad farmhouse, apparently to arrest him, later mysteriously

left. Thursday’s arrest order by the IHC was the latest humiliating blow against the former Army chief who returned to Pakistan last month to contest elections after four years in self-imposed exile. Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Thursday took notice of Pervez Musharraf’s fescape from the court premises after his arrest orders and directed the Inspector General Police Islamabad to appear before the court on Friday. In its detailed order, the court directed the IGP to submit a comprehensive reply about the measures taken for the arrest of the former president. The IG has been further asked to provide details regarding what action had been taken against officers who failed to arrest the former president. On the other hand, Former President Pervez Musharraf has filed his application in Supreme Court (SC) seeking bail before arrest. Sources told Online Qamar Afzal advocate, counsel for former President Pervez Musharraf prepared ap-

plication in connection with bail before arrest and submitted it in the court. Interior ministry, IG Islamabad, Election Commission and others have been made respondents in the application. It was taken plea in the application that Pervez Musharraf was the head of a national level political party All Pakistan Muslim and was undertaking country wide tour in connection with election campaign of his party. Pervez Musharraf was also taking part in the election. SC has already issued orders for not taking him into custody. Presence of Pervez Musharraf in political activities and other matters is must, therefore, his plea seeking bail before arrest be admitted for hearing and bail be granted to him. Sources said Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued orders in connection with cancellation of Pervez Musharraf bail on Thursday. Counsel for Pervez Musharraf has also filed application in IHC for seeking attested copy of court decision in connection with cancellation of bail for filing appeal against it in SC.

Barozai briefs PM on law, order, political scene ISLAMABAD—Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Ghaus Baksh Barozai called on Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso at the PM’s House Thursday and briefed him on the law and order situation as well as the overall political situation in the province. The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that election activity had stepped up in the province and the candidates were carrying out their electioneering. The Chief Minister also

informed the Prime Minister that he was in constant contact with all political parties for ensuring foolproof security arrangements. The Prime Minister directed the Chief Minister to provide all possible security to the candidates and ensure that a conducive environment is created to ensure free, fair and credible elections. The Chief Minister also apprised the Prime Minister on the magnitude and scale of damage caused in the prov-

ince during the recent earthquake. He also informed the Prime Minister about the relief and rescue operation being carried out by the government of Balochistan. The Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that Federal Government will provide all possible assistance to the people affected by earthquake and directed that their rehabilitation and reconstruction work should be taken up promptly.—INP

People will elect PML-N on performance basis: Shahbaz S TAFF R EPORTER L A H O R E —Former Chief Minister Punjab and leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Mian Shahbaz Sharif claimed that people of the country would elect his party considering the performance of former Punjab government. After holding power his party would overcome energy crisis within two years, he added while talking to media. He stressed on the need to provide maximum security to all the candidates and political leaders who were under terrorist threats. Shahbaz stressed the people to support his party to face the challenges of the country, including energy crisis, corruption and maintaining law and order situation. Replying to a question, Shahbaz said that former Punjab government had allocated billions of rupees in education and health sectors, adding that lap-tops were distributed among deserving stu-

dents and Danish school system was a big achievement of his government. Replying to another question, former CM Punjab said that PML-N supported the Pak-Iran gas pipe line project and it would be carried if the people elected his party . He said that delay in polls would be disastrous for the country, as some elements in the country did not want elections, he urged the people to show maximum participation in polling process to bring change in the country. He said that democracy was strengthening in Pakistan as first democratic transition of power was being made in the country. Shahbaz urged to empower youth of the country for the development of Pakistan. He claimed that he did not receive incentives as CM Punjab adding that his government had controlled the extra expenditures. Meanwhile, PML-N central leader and a former MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif Thurs-

day said that his party would make Pakistan ‘Asian Tiger’ through revolutionary economic policies, if voted to power. Talking to party office bearers, he said, that PML-N would implement its manifesto in letter and spirit if his party came into power. He said, no one could deny the record development projects executed during the last regime of Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab. He informed that incentives were given to the poor while middle class segments of the society got benefits of cash prizes, free of cost laptops and foreign tours for the position holders were arranged without any discrimination. Hamza said, PML-N had contributed to a great extent for the restoration of judiciary and letting the democratic system to run. He hoped that the people would keep in mind their sacrifices while voting in next general elections.

PPP nominated candidates reluctant to bow before party’s financial demands M UZAFFAR ALI L A H O R E —Demonstrating their despondency and annoyance, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) nominated candidates for the National and Provincial assemblies have altogether refused to pay extra money towards party funds and threatened the party leadership to return the awarded tickets if they are further pressurized in this regard. Reportedly, PPP central leadership made this compulsory for the candidates contesting elections from national assembly’s seats to pay Rs 3, 00, 000 while those who are contesting elections for provincial assemblies to deposit Rs 2, 00, 000 for the party’s funds. According to the wellplaced sources in Pakistan Peoples Party, the central leadership has decided to take oath on Holy Quran from those candidates contesting elections and voluntary resignations in advance from them to keep their loyalty intact

even after they win the elections. Talking to Pakistan Observer a PPP-candidate said it was very difficult for them to pay three lakh rupees in the party’s funds because they had to spend millions during election campaign in his respective constituency. He said Election Commission of Pakistan fixed the election expenditures and a candidate who is contesting election for the national assembly’s seat is entitled to spend Rs 1.5 million in election expenditures while provincial candidates could not exceed their expenditures from Rs1 million. He said practically a candidate would have to bear expenditures up to Rs 3 million for running an election campaign in his respective constituency so under these circumstances to pay Rs 3, 00, 000 in party’s funds is beyond to their financial capacity. Another candidate told this scribe that the party had already taken Rs4, 00, 00 at the time of submitting nomi-

nation papers for national assembly and Rs3, 00, 00 for the provincial seats. He said the party candidates registered their protest in a meeting held at the party’s secretariat here on the other day and threatened to return their party’s tickets if they were compelled to pay extra money in wake of the party’s funds. According to the sources in the party, the party took resignations in advance from the candidates voluntarily even before elections to ensure that they would be remained loyal with the party. Furthermore, every candidate gave oath of allegiance on Quran while a written oath on a stamp paper worth of Rs50. They further said every candidate would be bound to help the party to generate funds so that money collected from them should be used in election campaign and the party is broadcasting advertisements in television channels to highlight the party’s achievements during the last five years.

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Malala makes it to Time’s 100 Most Influential People list From Page 1 she is writing to raise awareness about the 61 million children around the world who are not in school indicates she accepts that unasked-for responsibility as a synonym for courage and a champion for girls everywhere. However Malala concludes her book, her story so far is only just beginning,” it added. Malala was named under the “Icons” category of the list, with other renowned personalities including Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, US first lady Michelle Obama, singer Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. The “Leaders” category included US President Barack Obama, US Senator Rand Paul, Director Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and Pope Francis. Singer Christina Aguilera, director Steven Spielberg and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel came under the “Artists” category, while Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and satirist Bassem Youssef were named “Pioneers”.—Agencies

ECP issues final list today From Page 1 papers were rejected during the scrutiny period. However, an appellate tribunal struck a blow to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, rejecting his appeal against rejection of nomination papers. Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who ended his self-imposed exile last month, was also thrown out of the election race after his nomination papers were rejected from all the four constituencies.—INP

57 criminals arrested in search operation LAHORE—Police on Thursday arrested 57 criminals during a search operation against proclaimed offenders, drug peddlers and other criminals. During the drive against proclaimed offenders, police conducted raids at their hideouts and arrested 14 proclaimed offenders and 28 target offenders. Police also arrested 15 drug peddlers and recovered 695 litre liquor, five Kg hashish and 473 grame heroin from their possession besides registering 15 cases against them.—APP

Law being sent to ministry for approval From Page 1 foolproof security to candidates and leadership of political parties. The secretary said that meeting of provincial governments, ministry of defence and interior had been conveyed on April 25 to discuss security plan of the elections. Regarding the provision of voting right to overseas Pakistanis, he said, the meeting approved draft proposal to issue an ordinance for providing voting right to overseas Pakistanis. “The propose ordinance would be sent to law ministry for approval with in two days and its details would be sheared to media after the approval”, he said. To a question, he said, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was imparting training to 80,000 Presiding Officers (Pos). Responding to a query regarding non registration of votes of Bugti tribe , he said, a total of 60,000 Bugtis have been registered by NADRA as voters in Dera Bugti. According to NADRA, the votes of only 9000 Bugti have been reg-

istered on their current addresses. He said the decision of providing voting rights to one million IDPs of FATA are in final stages. In 2008, the IDPs of South Balochistan had been allowed to cast their vote in Tank. Now, political agents of FATA had been asked to finalize polling stations for providing vote right to IDPs. To a question he said the printing of 1.8 million ballot papers would be started from Friday and the process would be completed on April 30. Responding to another question he said, the ECP is completely independent body - it derives powers from the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Regarding constituting insufficient Electoral Tribunals (10) for deciding disputes of over 2,4000 candidates, he said the tribunals were constituted as per the traditions of past and nobody had pointed out about the insufficiency of election tribunals. The ECP might have enhanced the number of election

tribunals, if someone had pointed out. To a question about turnout, he said, ECP is expecting 63 percent turnout. However, he said, youth of around 4.4 million of voters would play an important role in the upcoming elections. To another question, he said, the law impedes to provide transport to voters and it has already been discussed with Senate standing committee. The ECP had asked the parliamentarians were asked to amend the law for providing transport facility to voters but it was not done. “The law is there so we have to implement it,” he said. To a question, he said, there is no limit of advertisement expenditure for political parties as per law, however a candidate of National Assembly has to spend not more than 1.5 million on his campaign while a provincial assembly candidates must not spend one million rupees on his election campaign. —APP

Assad frames Syrian uprising as Western plot B EIRUT —In an interview broadcast on television embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected the idea of negotiations and described what he said was a Western plot to recolonize his country. “It is a war in every sense of the word. There are big powers, especially Western powers who historically never accepted the idea of other nations having their independence. They want those nations to submit to them,” he said. Assad also warned that supporting his opponents was a losing strategy, because the rebels would ultimately turn on their Western backers. In Washington, differences between top administration officials on Syria came into focus

as Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all delivered Congressional testimony on Wednesday. While Kerry described a close working relationship with the Syrian rebels and emphasized the need to take further action to speed Assad’s exit, Hagel and Dempsey appeared reluctant to deepen U.S. involvement in Syria. Dempsey, who had previously supported a plan by then CIA director David Petraeus to arm the Syrian rebels, said he was no longer sure you “could clearly identify the right people.” “It’s actually more confusing on the opposition side today than it was six months

ago,” he said. Despite his misgivings about deeper involvement, Hagel announced Wednesday that the United Sates is sending additional military planners to Jordan to prepare for any contingencies involving chemical weapons or spillover of the Syrian conflict. United States: The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks, ban assault weapons, and outlaw high-capacity magazines, dealing a crippling blow to the administration’s campaign to curb gun violence. President Barack Obama called it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.” —AFP

US Senate rejects gun reform bills; Obama calls it ‘shameful’ WASHINGTON—Bristling with anger, President Barack Obama branded Wednesday’s defeat of gun reform in the US Senate as “shameful,” accused lawmakers of caving to the gun lobby, and promised to fight on. A deeply emotional Obama — using disdainful language, and surrounded by relatives of gun victims, including some of the 20 kids gunned down in the Newtown massacre — accused the firearms lobby of lying to halt change. He spoke after a bid to expand background checks for gun buyers, the most significant remaining effort to change gun laws since the school killing last year, was blocked in the Senate by Republicans and conservative Democrats. “ Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders not just to honor the memory of their children but to protect the lives of all of our children,” Obama said. “A minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it,” the president said in the White House Rose Garden, as he absorbed the first significant political defeat of his second term. “The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” said Obama, who was clearly furious about the vote, months after vowing to use all his power to enact gun reform in the tearful aftermath of the Newtown tragedy. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.” In a scathing rebuke, Obama complained that Republicans and some of his own Democrats had simply been scared of the wealthy gun lobby. “They caved to the pressure. And they started looking for an excuse, any ex-

cuse to vote no,” Obama said, vowing to fight on for change. “I see this as just round one,” he said. “I believe we’re going to be able to get this done, sooner or later we’re going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it.” Republicans argued that the bill infringed on the constitutional right to bear arms, but Obama said it did no such thing and merely tried to stop criminals and the mentally ill from getting firearms. Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, the top progun pressure group, said the background checks bill was “misguided” and would have criminalized transfers of arms between honest citizens and friends. “Expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,” Cox said. Obama’s calls for a reinstated ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips were already certain to fall on deaf ears in the Senate. The background checks bill attracted a majority vote — 5446 — but 60 senators were needed for passage. After the measure went down, one gun violence survivor, Patricia Maisch, shouted “Shame on you!” from the Senate gallery. US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (R) speaks as Sandy Hook victim Dawn Hochsprung’s daughter Erica Lafferty (4th L) listens during a news briefing after a vote on the Senate floor defeated a gun reform bill on April 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Maisch was at the 2011 shooting that left six people dead and then-congresswoman Gabrielle

Giffords gravely wounded in Arizona. Giffords was at Obama’s side in the White House Rose Garden, along with Vice President Joe Biden and traumatized parents of several Newtown children. “They have no souls, they have no compassion for the experiences that people have lived through (with) gun violence, who have had a child or a loved one murdered by a gun,” Maisch said. Obama was incensed by claims by some conservatives that he had used relatives of victims as political props in the campaign debate. “Do we really think thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue?” he said. Before Obama spoke, Mark Barden, whose seven-year-old son Daniel died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, promised to carry on the battle. “We will not be defeated and we are not defeated. We are not going away,” he said, as he fought back tears. The vote showed that US lawmakers remain deeply apprehensive about instituting any legislation that could be seen as infringing on Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Shortly before the vote, one Republican Senator, John McCain, announced his backing, but knew the amendment was already doomed. “You did the right thing,” he told his colleague Joe Manchin, who helped write the background checks bill. “Sooner or later, this country will take up this issue,” McCain added. Polls show that 90 percent of American back closing the loophole that allows people to purchase firearms at gun shows with no background check.—Online

People warned of purchasing illegal plots LAHORE—The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has advised intending buyers to verify legal status of plots of private housing schemes before entering into any deal. The LDA took this step in view of reports that certain developers were selling plots carved out on unapproved areas by presenting them as part of approved housing scheme.

The Lahore Development Authority has also established a special counter No 22 at the One Window Cell of its Johar Town office. Staff of the Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has been deputed at this counter for responding to public queries and verifying particulars of plots being sold by these housing schemes. This measure has been taken in view of the increasing

public complaints regarding sale of mortgaged plots, additional plots on unapproved area as well as plots demarcated on public utility sites like schools, dispensaries, community centre and graveyards etc by these schemes. The LDA has also uploaded details of lay-out plans of all the approved housing schemes on its website www.lda.gop.pk.—APP


Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 1st Test

Taylor 171 leads Zimbabwe to 389 HARARE—Brendan Taylor’s record 171, the highest score by a Zimbabwe Test captain, pushed the home side to a strong total against Bangladesh on the second day in Harare. The home side lifted their scoring rate after lunch, making 92 in the session to move to a first-innings total that reflects proper application and patience. On a wicket which has given hints of being slow and two-paced, and with a sluggish outfield to contend with, Bangladesh are well behind

Zimbabwe 1st innings: Maruma lbw b Robiul . 10 Sibanda b Robiul Islam 5 Masakadza b Enamul .. 25 Taylor c Mushfiqur b Enamul Haque jnr .. 171 Waller b Rubel Hossain55 Chigumbura c & b Rubel Hossain ........................ 12 R Mutumbami b Robiul11 Cremer c Mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi ................ 42 KO Meth c Nasir b Enamul ....................... 21 SW Masakadza b Sohag ........................ 21 KM Jarvis not out ......... 3 Extras: (b1, lb5, w2, nb5)13 Total: (all out) ............ 389 Fall of wickets 1-10, 2-22, 365, 4-192, 5-223, 6-238, 7-344, 8-344, 9-381, 10-389

Afghanistan U-19 team clinches Tri-Series P E S H AWA R —Afghanistan Under-19 team clinched the Tri-Series Cricket after defeating Malik Cricket Academy by 132 runs in the Second One-Day of the Tri Cricket Series being played here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium Thursday. Afghanistan Under-19 won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up a huge target of 280 runs for the loss of all wickets after playing the allotted 50 overs. Muslim Khan, Wahid Ullah hammered a cracking 78 runs and 67 runs respectively. Muslim Khan smashed nine boundaries while Wahid Ullah hit another cracking 8 boundaries and two sixes. For MCA Nouman took four wickets while Fawad Khan got three wickets. In reply, MCA bundled out for 148 runs with Fawad Khan smashed 44 runs and Mushtaq scored 33 runs, none of the other batsmen could firmly play against excellent bowling of Afghanistan team. For Afghanistan Muslim Khan claimed four wickets, Rahim Mangal and Younis Khan took two wickets each. Thus Afghanistan Under-19 team won the match 132 runs and thus won the three matches series by 20.—APP

AFC delegation visits Pakistan L AHORE —A three member delegation of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) visited PFF headquarters here to help PFF to further strengthen its marketing department for the overall development of the game. The delegation held multiple meetings to review Marketing performance and to further boost its performance in order to cater the ever growing needs in providing financial assistance for organising football activities, said a spokesman of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) here on Thursday. “Way and means were also discussed to help PFF to market its Premier League in the country”, he said adding “ The two days meetings between the PFF officials and Sponsors were held in order to understand the current situation and to make recommendations to further strengthen the PFF marketing department”.—APP

the home side at this stage. Taylor had top-edged a sweep off Enamul Haque jnr an hour before tea, but it was not before he set three new milestones. Taylor had reached his highest Test score in the first session when he moved past his previous best of 117. In the second session he reached the highest score against Bangladesh by a Zimbabwean when he went past Tatenda Taibu’s 153 from 2005. A few overs later, he went past his hero Andy Flower’s 156 against Pakistan

in 1995 which was the highest score by a Zimbabwe captain. The last part of his innings spanned 36 balls after the lunch break, and he batted at a run-a-ball during this period. The highlight of his acceleration was a blast down the track off Enamul, and his trademark upper-cut aover the slips, this one coming off Robiul Islam. The 324-ball innings has been Taylor’s return to form after a poor West Indies tour. It will also serve as a point of inspiration for a team unsettled by contract issues over the past few weeks. Taylor was well supBowling: ......... O-M-R-W ported by Graeme Cremer, Robiul Islam ... 38-11-84-3 who also reached his highRubel Hossain . 30-6-87-2 est Test score of 42 off 140 Nasir Hossain ...... 5-2-3-0 balls with three boundaries. Enamul ............ 47-5-133-3 He was keen to hog the strike Sohag Gazi .... 22.3-1-55-2 whenever necessary during Mahmudullah ...... 3-0-7-0 their 106-run seventh wicket Shakib Al Hasan 7-3-14-0 stand. Their stand quickened Bangladesh 1st innings: its pace in the second sesJahurul Islam not out .. 38 sion, batting at four an over Shahriar Nafees c Maruma compared to the 1.85 they b Jarvis ......................... 29 started off with in the first Ashraful not out ......... 23 session. Extras: (b 4, w 1) ............ 5 The partnership ended Total: (1 wicket) ........... 95 when Cremer’s edge was suFall of wickets: 1-53 perbly held by Mahmudullah Bowling: ......... O-M-R-W at slip. The one-handed KM Jarvis ........... 8-1-39-1 catch at slip gave Sohag Gazi KO Meth ............ 8-2-22-0 his first wicket of the game. SW Masakadza . 6-1-16-0 Bangladesh’s bowlers E Chigumbura .... 2-0-14-0 continued to struggle as their AG Cremer ............ 1-1-0-0 energy was sapped by the

Zimbabwe resistance. They trudged through the 30-over session, with moments of real frustration as they couldn’t even break the ninth-wicket stand between Shingirai Masakadza and Keegan Meth by tea. None of the Bangladesh bowlers looked to be threatening the tailenders, though they tried several angles and deliveries. Zimbabwe’s innings finally ended on 389 runs early in the final session. The ninth-wicket partnership between Masakadza and Meth held up Bangladesh for more than 15 overs. Meth was caught in the covers off Enamul, who finished with three wickets. Sohag Gazi picked up his third when Masakadza was caught at point. The day had begun on a much better note for the visitors after Rubel Hossain dismissed Elton Chigumbura in the second over of the morning. Debutant Richmond Matumbami also fell soon after, edging Robiul for 12. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim was compelled to continue with Shakib Al Hasan after the lunch break for a six-over spell in all. Enamul and Gazi looked to be losing patience and continued to bowl a limiting line and length that didn’t likely to fetch wickets.—AFP

Nadal into quarters; Murray routed in Monte Carlo M ONACO —Eight-time defending champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 44 matches by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 64 Thursday, while secondranked Andy Murray was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round. Murray dropped serve five times and made a number of unforced errors, lasting less than an hour against the 13thseeded Wawrinka, who had won their two only previous meetings on clay. Murray was jeered off the court. ‘’Just looked at the stats ... 24 unforced errors is far too many. That’s a set’s worth. That’s where half the points went,’’ a despondent Murray said. ‘’I hope that’s not going to be the case over the next five, six weeks. I’ve had tough losses on the clay before and I’ve come back well from them. Hopefully today will be the same.’’ Earlier, Nadal dispatched Kohlschreiber without facing a single break point. The Spaniard will face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. ‘’He’s playing well,’’ Nadal said. ‘’He’s able to play very well, very aggressive, very good technique. He’s (a) complete player.’’ Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 win against Jurgen Melzer, breaking the Austrian player four times. Tomas Berdych again struggled on his serve as he lost 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fabio

Riffatullah Mohmand hammered his third century of the event to power WAPDA into the final of President’s Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament when WAPDA hammered fancied National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) by 111 runs at National Stadium here Thursday. WAPDA will now meet Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) in the final on Friday at the same venue. Like for star-studded HBL, the second semi-final turned out to be a disaster for NBP as they were bowled out for 211 in reply to WAPDA’s mammoth score of 330-5.

Punjab judo girls win two gold, three bronze medals LAHORE —Punjab girls judo team in its maiden appearance performed brilliantly in the PSP Inter-provincial U16 Judo Championship winning two gold and three bronze medals held at Islamabad. Punjab girls won two gold medals in 35 and 40 kgs weight classes. Mahak took the 35 kg category gold while Aiysha Ayub of Punjab was declared the winner after the KPK player Kalsoom was found overage. A protest was lodged against Kalsoom who won gold medal but she turned out to be overage and was stripped of gold medal. Nimra Javed of Punjab won the first bronze medal for his province in the 57 kgs weight class. On the final day of the championship, Punjab girls won another two bronze medals. Asma was placed third in 44 kgs body weight class while Zainab also won bronze medal in 52 kgs category. The organisers have however, held the decision of the final team winner following protests against some of the players and the winner team will be announced by them in a day or two.—APP

Punjab wins national women cycling title MONACO: Nadal returns the ball to Philipp Kohlschreiber during the Monte Carlo Masters. Fognini. 5, 6-4. Later, top-ranked ‘’It’s difficult to assess Novak Djokovic will face my game because he was not Juan Monaco. really playing his best,’’ Nadal clipped a forehand Tsonga said. ‘’But I’m happy winner past Kohlschreiber to I was able to do the job. break and held at love to When you play tennis, you move up 5-3 in the second always try for perfection.’’ set. The Spaniard served out Fognini will play seventh- the match, clinching victory seeded Richard Gasquet, when the German scooped a who defeated Marin Cilic 7- backhand into the net.—AP

Riffat’s ton powers WAPDA into President’s Cup final K ARACHI —Veteran opener

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Test paceman Junaid Khan caused the main damage in NBP batting ranks with four wickets for 37 runs in 7.2 overs while Nasir Malik claimed two wicket for 18 runs. NBP top batsman Nasir Jamshed went for nine and Kamran Akmal for 26.Captain Fawad Alam showed any resistance with a defiant 60 off 58 balls laced with seven strikes to the boundary. Riffat continued his brilliant run in this event and his amazing score helped WAPDA to pile a big total after being inserted to bat first by NBP Captain Fawad Alam. Consistent Riffat clubbed 16 boundaries and one six in

his 118-ball knock off 115.Riffat with fellow opener Hafiz Saad Nasim gave their team a flying start of 135 runs in 23.1 overs. Saad smashed half a dozen boundaries and one six in his attacking 57 off 63 deliveries. New emerging talent Sohaib Maqsood blasted seven fours and one six in his 68 off 57 balls. Late in WAPDA innings discarded Test batsman Ayub Doggar banged five fours and one six in his 23ball knock off 37. Almost all the NBP bowlers struggled and came under heavy punishment from WAPDA batsman.—APP

L AHORE —Punjab female riders produced a high quality brand of cycling to win the title of the national cycling championship here at cycling velodrome. Punjab gathered 159 for an outstanding performance to remain the all time leaders during the three-day event organised by Pakistan Cycling Federation (Idris Haider Group). President, Pakistan Olympic Federation, Lt Gen retd Syed Arif Hasan was the chief guest on the occasion and witnessed the final day events with keen interest. Higher Education Commission got the second place followed by Wapda. Sindh was at number fourth followed by Railways and Balochistan. HEC riders anticipated greater agility and stamina to win two finals as Wapda took one on the final day. HEC won the one kilometre teams sprint and 100m sprint as Wapda won the elimination race. Following are the results of the finals, 1KM team sprint, HEC, Gold 1M36S.56P ,Punjab Second Silver, Railways bronze. 100m sprint, Mehwish HEC, Gold,16S.24P,Rommna Punjab, Silver, Alvina ,Punjab bronze. Elimination raace, Aysha Amin, Wapda , Gold 4M26S.69P,Nimra ,Punjab, Silver, Mehwish HEC bronze.—APP

Pak bids to host cricket WC 2018 L AHORE —The PCB has lodged a request with the ICC to host the World Cup qualifying tournament in 2018, which will determine the final places at the following year’s event in England, as they attempt to revive international cricket in Pakistan. There have been no international games in country since March 2009 when the buses carrying the Sri Lankan team and ICC officials were attacked on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

There have been tentative steps to try and bring visiting teams back, but Bangladesh’s withdrawal from their tour last year confirmed how much concern remains. Pakistan has had two ICC events removed from them in recent years with the 2008 Champions Trophy shifted to South Africa and they were taken off the 2011 World Cup due to the ongoing security problems. The PCB had previously shown interest in hosting the 2014 World

Twenty20 which was awarded to Bangladesh and now wants to push again for an event. “There is a ICC event in 2018 and Pakistan have requested it should be given an opportunity to host the event,” Ashraf said at Lahore airport on his return from recent ICC meetings in Dubai. “We have also asked them to evaluate the security situation when the time comes, but keep the slot for us.—APP

Umar Gul ruled out of Champions Trophy K A R A C H I — P a k i s t a n ’s Champions Trophy challenge suffered a major blow on Thursday as pace spearhead Umar Gul was ruled out with a knee injury that will keep him out of action for up to 12 weeks. The 29-year-old complained of knee trouble during last month’s tour of South Africa and was sidelined after playing the first two games of the five-match one-day series. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Gul would head to Australia for an operation next month. “Gul complained of right knee pain during the South Africa tour. He was rested for imminent damage to his medial meniscus and bone of right knee. On his arrival back to Pakistan he underwent MRI scan which confirmed knee problem,” a PCB release said. Gul’s initial reports were sent to Australia where a specialist advised surgery and rest and gave a timeframe of 8-12 weeks for full recovery. The PCB said they hoped the operation would go ahead in Melbourne early next month. The bowler has taken 163

wickets in 47 Tests and 167 in 116 one-day internationals. He is also the leading wickettaker in Twenty20 internationals with 74 in 52 matches. Pakistan are in Group B alongside India, the West

Indies and South Africa in the Champions Trophy to be played in England from June 6-23. Defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand form Group A.—AFP

Lawyers advise Mohammad Asif to move Federal Court of Switzerland BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have lost their appeals against the ICC suspension, but the Pakistani bowler has not lost the battle yet, according to his lawyer, Ravi Sukul. Speaking exclusively from Ahmedabad, where the Guyana-based lawyer has come to represent some other case in India, said, “I am very disappointed with the CAS outcome, but strongly feel that everything is not lost yet for Asif”. “Asif can still appeal against the CAS judgement

in Federal Court of Switzerland. I have not spoken to Asif on this, but am expecting him to speak to me tonight and discuss on this subject. He always seeks my advice and has few days time to appeal at Swiss Court”, he added. Barrister Ravi Sukul and his wife, Savita Sukul provided legal representation to Mohammed Asif at CAS. “While punishing Asif, the ICC clearly violated and beached the Article 6 law on Human Rights”. “I argued at the CAS that ICC’s procedure was flawed. The ICC decided to hold proceedings even before a criminal trial took place in the UK”. Ravi Sukul’s wife Savita,

who was also present at CAS representing Asif, said, “it will take some time to forensically analyse this utterly disturbing judgement”. “To those who are familiar with the facts of Mohammad Asif ’s case, that judgement is a blight on the aspect of justice and fairness”. “It is expected that the next venue for this extremely important case shall be the Swiss Federal Court, where history has shown that fairness in particular, irrespective of the status of the parties, shall prevail”, she signed off. The judgement at the Federal Court of Switzerland will be final and can not be contested further.


Beware of deadly new virus

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TATE and health officials have been warned about a deadly virus which has so far killed 8 of 14 infected people in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) explained that this virulent coronavirus is part of the same family of viruses as the common cold and SARS. Experts believe this new coronavirus comes from the Middle East. Of the four confirmed infections in the United Kingdom, three occurred among people who had travelled to the Middle East, one of whom was a family member of an infected person, he had no history of recent travel and had never been to the Middle East. This means that it has become human-transmissible; infected humans can pass it on to other people. One of the family members, the one who had not travelled, died. According to UK authorities, the patient had an underlying condition that may have increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. The novel virus is a coronavirus, part of the same virus family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold. During the SARS epidemic of 2003/2004, 10% of infected people were killed. This new coronavirus has a death rate of over 50% (8 out of 14 infected people have died). “Corona” is Latin for “crown” or “halo”. Coronaviruses have halo-like projections on their surfaces. Scientists working at the Health Protection Agency, UK, say that the new coronavirus (N-CoV) is not the same as SARS-CoV (the

virus that causes SARS), but is similar to it. N-CoV is similar to a coronavirus found in bats. According to the CDC, no cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been reported in the USA. The first case of the novel coronavirus infection was diagnosed Qatar, the patient was taken to the United Kingdom for treatment in September 2012. According to Professor John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at Britain’s Health Protection Agency: “The routes of transmission to humans of the novel coronavirus have not yet been fully determined, but the recent UK experience provides strong evidence of human-to-human transmission in at least some circumstances. The three recent cases in the UK represent an important opportunity to obtain more information about the characteristics of this infection in humans and risk factors for its acquisition, particularly in the light of the first ever recorded instance of apparently lower severity of illness in one of the cases. The risk of infection in contacts in most circumstances is still considered to be low and the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains very low. The HPA will continue to work closely with national and international health authorities and will share any further advice with health professionals and the public if and when more information becomes available.” The CDC is advising doctors and health care authorities in the USA to be watchful for any patients who have been to the Middle East during the past 10 days with unexplained respiratory infections.

RAWALPINDI: Motorists facing hardships due to construction work at Service Road on Sixth Road Flyover.

Director Goethe Institute visits Roots Campus STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Roots School

SC directs CDA to restore agro-farms status

System DHA1 Flagship Campus Islamabad pioneered the German Language Program in 2009. Since then with the collaboration of the Goethe Institute, Roots has been able to develop global citizens and peace ambassadors by implementation of the Foreign Language Programme. Dr Manuel Negwer, Director Goethe Institute Karachi, visited Roots DHA1 Campus. PASCH, Partner Schools Initiative. Executive Director Roots, Khadija Mushtaq, welcomed the esteemed guests. She briefed them about the proactive initiatives taken up by Roots School System DHAI Campus for International language learning progressing towards cultural integration through student exchange programs and school RAWALPINDI: Models exhibiting bridal dresses during a competition organised by Umeed Nu. linkages.

I SLAMABAD —The Supreme these directions when the square feet without any justifi-

Bridging gap between academia, industry

ISLAMABAD—On the directives of caretaker Interior Minister Habib Khan, security around the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has been beefed up. Inspector General (IG) Islamabad Police Bin Yamin along with DSP Khursheed Khan and SHO Fayyaz Ranjha held meeting with Imran Khan on Thursday and exchanged views on security matters. Following the meeting number of police personnel at the residence of PTI leader was enhance from 6 to 16. More than 100 enraged workers of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf Wednesday night protested against the unjust distribution of party tickets in KhyberPakhtunkhawa at the residence of Imran Khan and PTI Secretariat in Islamabad. Window panes of the secretariat were smashed by the enraged workers.—INP

District support plan for elections RAWALPINDI—The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has finalized the district support plan for the general elections 2013 to be held on May 11, distributing 2,150 polling stations into various sectors. According to the plan, each sector will consist of 20 polling stations and an official of the CDGR will be in-charge of each sector. The in-charge will be secretary union councils or from Land Department who will have phone numbers of higher officials in case of any emergency and will work under the code of conduct devised by the Election Commission. After that, the plan will be sent to the Punjab government, he said.—INP

Islam should not be bracketed with terrorism I SLAMABAD —Judge of the Islamabad High Court, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Thursday said that Islam is essentially a religion of tolerance, peace, equality which should not be bracketed with extremism, militancy, intolerance and terrorism. He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of a two-day deliberation under the aegis of newly-formed Forum called, “National Counter Terrorism Judicial Forum” (NCTJF), British High Commission, Islamabad, and the Federal Judicial Academy. He said, “Islam never allows the massacre of innocent citizens, explosions, and suicide bombing in business centres,

streets and markets, and mosques, churches, other places of worship, national installations, and other public places. Killing of innocent lives anywhere in the world, whether those are being killed in Washington, New York or any other place in the world, is strongly condemnable.” About the scourge of terrorism, he said, “Terrorism has many implications for the society. It puts peace, stability, development and even the very existence of the society and the State at stake; hence, we all have to make collective concrete efforts to combat the curse of terrorism.—APP

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Department of Computer Sciences & Software Engineering (DCSSE), Female Campus, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) conducted a Workshop on “Bridging the gap between academia and industry”. Zakia Jalil and Sadia Arshad lecturers DCSSE were the organizers of workshop. The workshop aims to give better understanding of new technology and to provide an opportunity to become familiar with current research in software engineering and more generally with the methods and challenges of scientific research.

Court Thursday took serious notice of the agro-farm land being used for the commercial and residential purposes and directed the Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take effective steps for the restoration of their original status. The court also directed the CDA to take measures against the farm owners violating rules in this regard. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed issued

bench resumed hearing of misuse of agro- farms in the Federal Capital. The bench directed the Chairman CDA to take personal interest to stop the misuse of agriculture farms for business purposes in the Federal Capital. The bench observed that the CDA’s by-laws made for the construction of buildings on agro-lands were amended to accommodate influential people who were misusing the agriculture lands as construction area on the agro-farms had been extended from 2,500 to 10,000

JUI-F to introduce changes in system STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Presenting manifesto at a seminar, the JUI-F Deputy Secretary General Malik Sikandar Khan has said the party pledges to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. He was speaking at seminar on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) manifesto here on Thursday. The event organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) was sixth in series of seminars, planned to bring manifestos of political parties into discussion and assess their impact on the electorate in run up to the general elections. Shakeel Ramay of SDPI moderated the proceedings while Moazzam Bhatti presented introductory remarks. Speaking on the occasion, Malik Sikandar Khan said that their party would introduce comprehensive changes in the system

based on Islamic laws, where state would not only ensure the provision of basic needs to every citizen but their safety, security and freedom would be protected as enshrined in the Constitution. He was of the view that whenever Islamic laws were implemented in true spirit, the society made socio-economic and cultural progress. The welfare system was so strong that in some cases, the people for giving Zakat were hard to find. Referring to manifesto, he said that JUI-F would increase workers salary equal to price of one tola gold (14 grams). He said that JUI-F believes in a strong system of accountability and if voted to power, they would introduce merit in the affairs of civil service and strictly comply with the rule of law. He said JUI-F would give complete freedom to media but media have to observe certain obligations.

Master artisans bring colours of all regions STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Over fifty (50) master artisans in the specialized craft of embroidery from all over the country have fascinated the visitors with the display of their skills at Lok Mela. Thousands of people from different walks of life including women, families and youth visit it daily and acquaint them about various facets of Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage. Besides other features of the festival, the creativity of the artisans and variety of designs based on traditional motifs is catching the visitors’ eye. Female artisans practic-

ing embroidery include Mst Nijat Bibi from Hunza, Suriyya Abdulla from Karor Pacca, Ambreen Fatima from Rawalpindi, Ishra Bibi, Naheed Bibi, Aziz Bibi, Zainab Bibi, Hameeda Bibi and Tanzeela Bibi from D.I. Khan, Rashida Bibi, Saira Parveen, Nadia Bibi and Shaista Bibi from Haripur, Rehana Younas, Naseem Sultan, Siani Bibi and Parri from Sindh, Uzma Bib, Malaika and Sakeena Bibi from Balochistan, Roheena Begam, Aziza Sultana, Bibi Rehnuma and Najab Bibi from Gilgit Baltistan. While male embroidery practitioners are Khurram Shahzad, Asif Mahmood, Zahir Shah and Muhammad Shafqat from Punjab, Kishan Lal and

Suleman from Sindh, Muhammad Akhtar and Azam from Balochistan. Talking to the scribe, Executive Director Lok Virsa Khalid Javaid informed that ‘embroidery’ is the embellishment of any material with pattern or design done with the needle and thread on material. The traditional embroidery patterns incorporate decorative elements prevailing in the art media of ancient times. As a result, the great diversity of embroidery styles and motifs preserve comprehensive evidence of the complex history of Pakistan. Mantles embroidered with gold, produced in these regions, are mentioned in the Rigveda. By 300 B.C. Greek accounts of

the Sub- continent describe that the wealthy wore lavish apparel embroidered with gold. Such achievements in embroidery link the Sub-continent with ancient cultures of Greece, Egypt, Persia, Syria and Babylon. It is also believed that the simpler traditional forms of embroidery made of cotton and silk may have also existed by then. Embroidery work of today is a blend of the old and new methods and the ethnic mixture of the population has resulted in each region of Pakistan involving its own distinct type and style of the typical traditional work. Punjab, Hazara and Swat’s “Phulkari”, Kashmir’s “Kashidakari” and “Do Rukha” and the magnificent work

wrought on the Baluchi “Pashk” and “Gaj” work of Sindh are indeed praiseworthy, he stated. He further said, the embroidery of Balochistan is magnificent, bold colors and fine stitches characterize Balochi embroidery which enjoys worldwide fame. There are no less than 28 types of stitches applied in this art. Mirrors form an integral part of Balochi embroidery. The stitch applied generally name after seasons and flowers. In addition to this, Sindh is also renowned for lavishly embroidered wedding shirts, fully covered with intricate silk embroidery and mirror work. The “Kanjro”, “Ganj”, “Loi” and other costumes are always neatly and exquisitely embroidered

while ceremonious saddle covers for horses and camels are diligently embroidered with silk, gold and silver thread. The “Thari” women use precious stones and beads in various products. Another kind of embroidery known as “Mukey jo Bhaarth” is fascinating art form prevailing in this area. Sindh is also famous for the “Hurmicho” art. The great variety of Sindhi decorative styles and techniques are employed in embroidering the “Abochanais” shawls ornately embroidered with traditional circular motifs and Sindhi caps, fully covered with floral designs, with colorful thread and mirrors, he informed.

cation in 20 kanal plots since 2004. It was also observed by the court that the authority was not willing to take action against the violators even after the two years, since the case started. During the course of proceeding Munir Paracha, counsel for the CDA, apprised the court that there were total of 504 agrofarms in the capital, however, the owners of 300 farms were adhering the CDA by- laws made for the construction of buildings on the agriculture lands.—APP

Security of Imran’s residence beefed up

April 20 NATIONAL book foundation would arrange 3-days book festival on the eve of “National Book Day”. The three days book festival to be held at Pak-China Friendship Center will commence from April 20. April 24 DISTRICT Health Department Rawalpindi would launch a week-long special drive to create awareness among women about healthcare of mother from April 24 to 30. April 25 ALLAMA Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has scheduled its final exams of MS, M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2012 to be started from Monday 25th April, 2013 across the country simultaneously.

Development work restarts in Sector G-14 CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The development work in Sector G-14 has restarted as the concerned officers of the city administration and police have started regular monitoring in the area. The development work was stopped following the threats from the affectees. Deputy Director (Technical) Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) Rana Munir Ahmed informed that construction of an overhead water tanker of capacity 70,000 gallon in Sector G-14/3 has been started. Development work in street No.s 86, 87 and 88 of Sector G-14/2 and street No.s 92, 102 and 107 of Sector G14/3 is also underway, he said,

adding that teams of Public Works Department have also been formed to conduct the survey of houses in Sector G14/1. He said the DG of the housing foundation Mian Talat Rasheed held successful talks with the affectees and the survey of the houses will be started during the next week. Meanwhile, allottees showed satisfaction on the ongoing development work and demanded of the concerned authorities to conduct the survey as soon as possible. They also demanded to get the possession of all the land of the sector by paying compensation to the affectees, so that uplift work could be started in the whole sector.


Pak biz team for Kathmandu Staff Reporter LAHORE—A 12-member delegation of Pakistani businessmen will leave for Kathmandu Nepal on April 19 to attend 57th Executive Committee meeting and the 18th General Assembly of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) being held from 20-21 April. The delegation include Tariq Sayeed, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Zubair Ahmed Malik, Haroon Rashid, Hameed Akhter Chadda, Engineer Abdul Jabbar Memon, Zahid Maqbool, Mian Muhammad Ahmed, Iqbal Tabhish and Mumtaz Khan. Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is hosting the event. Over 50 members from National Chambers/Federation of South Asian member states ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Ukraine to Pakistan, Volodymyr Lakomov called on Federal Minister for Petroleum and are participating in the event. Natural Resources, Sohail Wajahat H Siddiqui.

Trade deficit TOKYO—Japan’s trade deficit more than quadrupled on year to $3.7 billion in March, government data showed Thursday, as a weaker yen inflated import costs. The monthly trade deficit expanded to 362.4 billion yen from the year-before shortfall of 81.8 billion yen, finance ministry data showed. The heavy deficit was still smaller than 480 billion yen economists predicted in a poll by the Nikkei business daily. Exports rose 1.1 percent to 6.27 trillion yen while imports climbed 5.5 percent to 6.63 trillion yen. The yen’s average rate was 94.08 to the dollar in March against 81.04 in March 2012, meaning the value of the Japanese currency fell by 16 percent on year, the data showed.—APP

Oil down in Asian trade SINGAPORE—Slowing Chinese growth and concerns over weaker global energy demand weighed down oil prices Thursday, with Brent crude falling back below $100 a barrel. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in May dropped 83 cents to $85.85 a barrel and Brent North Sea crude for June delivery declined 81 cents to $96.88 a barrel in midmorning trade. “Prices have ticked down as the Chinese slow growth story is still filtering through, and we’re seeing ramifications of a hard landing scenario again,” said David Lennox, resource analyst at Fat Prophets in Sydney. “Chinese and Asian growth was expected to balance the soft demand in the United States and Europe,” he told AFP. However, official data released this week showed that China’s gross domestic product slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, fuelling fears a recent pick-up in the world’s number-two economy is faltering.—APP

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SECP initiates criminal proceedings against Manzar Alam appointed as chief Ahmed Nadeem Securities Pvt Ltd. ISLAMABAD—The Securities evidence has issued summons to trading rights on May 25, and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has filed a criminal complaint in the competent court of law against Muhammad Ahmed Nadeem, chief executive and shareholder of Muhammad Ahmed Nadeem Securities (Pvt) Ltd, an exmember of Islamabad Stock Exchange and Muhammad Ahmed Janjua company secretary. According to a statement issued here on Thursday, the Court after recording the complainant’s statements and examination of documentary

the accused to appear on July 5, 2013. It is pertinent to mention here that the Commission after receipt of investor complaints against the company regarding non-payment of cash balances available in investors’ accounts, and refusing to transfer their shares took notice of the matter. It directed the Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) to take appropriate action against the company. The Governing Board of ISE suspended the company’s

2012, and directed the company to settle investor complaints. Contrary to the directions issued by ISE, the Company on June 02, 2012 filed a winding up petition under sections 305 and 309 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 in the Islamabad High Court. Subsequently, ISE notice dated June 12, 2012 canceled the membership of the company in accordance with the terms of Article 33(b) of Articles of Association of the Islamabad Stock Exchange.—APP

FPCCI media committee STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—President Federa-

F AISALABAD —Agricultural Support Fund (ASF) is striving for development of Pakistan Agricultural sector by strengthening processing, marketing and product diversification and value addition activities. This was stated by ASF representative Aqeela Mumtaz who called on Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor UAF on Wednesday along with 3-member ASF delegation. She said the ASF under the umbrella of USAID Agri-business programme was assisting

Pakistan in Live Stock Sector and Horticulture value chain to increase the rate of trade on National & International level and aims to create 13 million jobs which would reduce the inflation rate and help in poverty alleviation. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan lauded the USAID initiatives for the promotion of Agricultural Sector of Pakistan and said that these steps would create opportunities for business community in order to transform agricultural sector of the country. He maintained that UAF had established policy research

ISLAMABAD —The country’s Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) has registered positive growth of 2.93 percent during the first eight months of the current fiscal year over the corresponding period of the last financial year. On year-on-year basis, the LSM grew by 3.84 percent during the month of February 2013 when compared to the same month of last year, according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The Quantum Index Numbers (QIN) of LSM stood at 111.33 points during July-Feb-

ruary (2012-13) against 114.59 points during July-February (2011-12). During the period under review, industries monitored by Oil Companies Advisor Committee (OCAS) registered increase of 0.63 percent growth while the indices of Ministry of Industries grew by 0.79 percent and that of Provincial Bureaus of Statistics by 1.51 percent. The manufacturing items that witnessed growth during the first eight months of the current year over the same period of last year included food beverages and tobacco (5.44%), Iron and steel products (13.02%), coke

ISLAMABAD—In a positive development, the country’s trade deficit decreased by 4.86 percent during the first nine months of the current fiscal year as exports and imports expanded by 5.36 percent and 0.39 percent respectively. The overall exports from the country increased from $17.1 billion in July-March 2011-12 to US$18.02 billion during JulyMarch (2012-13), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). On the other hand, the imports increased from $33.285 billion last year to $33.414 billion during the current fiscal

year, showing growth of 0.39 percent, the data revealed. According to the data, the trade deficit during the fist nine months of current fiscal year stood at $15.34 billion against the deficit of $16.2 billion, showing negative growth of 4.86 percent. Meanwhile, on month on month basis, the exports during the month of March, 2013 witnessed growth of 16.29 percent when compared to February 2013. The exports during March 2013 were recorded at $2.134 billion against the exports of $1.835 billion during February 2013. On the other hand, the im-

ports into the country increased by 28.44 percent in March 2013 to $4.345 billion against the imports of $3.383 billion during February 2013. The trade deficit during March 2013 stood at $2.211 billion against the deficit of $1.548 billion during February 2013 showing an increase of 42.83 percent. Similarly, on year on year basis the exports as well as imports increased by 8.16 percent and 24.25 percent respectively in March 2013 as compared to same period of last year. The Exports in March 2012 were recorded at $1.98 billion while the imports stood at $3.5 billion respectively, the data revealed.

Unjust gas distribution causing difficulties for people: APCNGA STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Unjust gas distribution has led to untold miseries for the people, led to closure of various industrial units, triggered brain drain and flight of capital from the country, said Abid Hayat, Chairman All Pakistan (CNG) Association (APCNGA) on Thursday. Talking to media he said, the previous government did not listen to the recommendations else the country would not have suffered from the energy crisis. Lauding the NAB move to probe captive scam, Hayat

said the development has proved that APCNGA’s stance on unjust gas distribution, increased oil import bill and failure to introduce liquid gases was true. All those who had pushed the country into darkness for personal gains should be made accountable and trillions be recovered from them, he said. Speaking on the occasion, Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said that those terming captive power plants state-of-the-art are misguiding the masses. These plants have efficiency level of around 18 per cent and waste 454 mmcf gas. Disconnecting gas to private power

plants and provision to efficient power houses would have increased power generation by 2.5 thousand megawatt reducing load shedding to a great extent, he claimed. Owners of captive power plants are making electricity at the cost of Rs 5 per unit and selling it at Rs 18 per unit in connivance of the government officials, he alleged. Captain Shuja said that CNG stations were deprived of gas for two months in Punjab and gas provision priority list was changed frequently which was exploitation of the masses.

Country’s Call to foster awareness for risk mitigation thru insurance foreign reserves

Apple plunges as supplier slashes profit forecast

LSM grows 3.84pc in February, 2.93pc in 8 months STAFF REPORTER

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tion of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Zubair Ahmed Malik has appointed Sheikh Manzar Alam as Chairman of FPCCI Standing Committee on Press and Media for the year 2013. Earlier Sheikh Manzar Alam remains twice as member of the Managing Committee of FPCCI, Director Industrial Development Bank, Director Pakistan National Shipping Corporation and remain continuously nine years as member governing body of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution. This is third time that FPCCI leadership has selected Manzar Alam STAFF REPORTER to head country’s apex trade body’s press and media commit- KARACHI—The Insurance Day centre in order to highlight tee. is being marked on April 18 by policy issues in agriculture and the Insurance Association of live stock sectors. Pakistan (IAP) with the call that He was of the view that Pathere is a need to foster awarekistan is the 4th biggest Date ness among the masses about the producing country but stands risk mitigation through insurnowhere at International sceance. nario in the shape of export outN EW Y ORK —Apple shares This was stated by Chaircome. He urged the need for plummeted more than five per- man Karachi Insurance Institute mechanization and processing cent Wednesday after Cirrus and Executive Director Pakistan network at village level in order Logic, a supplier of Apple com- Reinsurance Company Limited to promote value addition in ponents, slashed its own profit (PRCL), Ayaz Hussain M. Gad. He said that insurance inhorticulture and livestock sec- guidance, suggesting its Apple dustry was looking for more business had weakened. tors. Prof. Dr. Asif Ali, Director Apple shares closed at dynamic people who are capable ORIC UAF and Dr. Mubashar Mehdi also attended the meet- $402.80, down $23.44 or 5.5 to deliver extraordinarily with percent, after briefly dipping creative and out of box solutions ing. below $400 earlier in the ses- and ideas in the emerging and sion. The decline robbed Apple financially strong sector. Ayaz Gad stated that the inof its crown as biggest US company by market capitalization. surance sector expanded its inApple is now worth $378.25 bil- fluence and proximity to crops, lion, compared with oil giant ExxonMobil’s $385.68 billion. Shares in Apple are well beand petroleum products low their 52-week peak above $700 (11.23%), paper and board in September as the California tech (27.42%), rubber products giant faces tougher competition (21.13%), pharmaceuticals from South Korea’s Samsung and (6.78%), non metallic mineral others in the busy smartphone and products (5.06%), textile tablet technology space. The sell(0.76%) and chemical (0.94%). off came after Cirrus, which relies LAHORE—Sui Northern Gas The manufacturing items that on Apple for a majority of its sales, Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has witnessed decrease in production warned that profits for its fiscal changed the schedule of providuring the period included fertiliz- fourth-quarter, through March 30, sion of gas to CNG stations in Punjab due to blasting of major ers (5.36%), electronics (9.37%), would be lower. Cirrus reduced its revenue gas supply lines in Hassan wood products (20.36%), engineering products (15.49%), auto- forecast and trimmed its gross Kounj and Pir Koh. Earlier gas supply to CNG mobiles (11.97%) and leather prod- margin forecast after disclosing ucts ((4.71%). Meanwhile, the in- that it expects a $23.3 million stations in Lahore, Sheikhupura, dustrial growth during February inventory reserve, of which Sahiwal, Multan, Gujranwala 2013 increased by 3.84 percent and $20.7 billion is “due to a de- and Gujrat regions was to be 1.37 percent when compared to the creased forecast for a high-vol- restored at 06:00AM on Thursgrowth of February 2012 and Janu- ume product as the customer mi- day but the authorities congrates to one of Cirrus Logic’s cerned had to reschedule the ary 2013 respectively. supply for Friday morning due newer components.”—APP

‘ASF struggling for development of agri sector’ OBSERVER REPORT

Trade deficit shrinks by 4.86pc

assets and business. He was of the view that insurance industry was beaming to attract young professionals in competitive market, who could adopt it as a career. Ayaz was optimistic that the insurance sector is likely to flourish with tremendous pace in the foreseeable future to explore untapped markets. Chairman EFU Hasanali Abdullah, on the occasion congratulated the Insurance Association of Pakistan for designating April 18 as Insurance Day. He said that the origin of insurance business in Pakistan goes back to the time of Independence in 1947. Abdullah added that insurance is important for trade and commerce and it is rather considered a backbone for trade and commerce of any country.

Gas shortfall

Restoration of supply to various cities of Punjab rescheduled to destruction of gas pipelines at two localities by unknown miscreants. According to Senior General Manager (GM) SNGPL, Rahan Nawaz due to disruption in gas supply from destroyed gas pipelines gas shortfall has claimed to 550 million cubic ft. He said that gas supply to CNG stations and industries of Lahore and other affected cities would be restored after repair of destroyed pipelines.—INP

$11.69b

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at US$ 11,690 billion. According to a statement issued by the State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday said that upto April 12, 2013 liquid foreign reserves was recorded at US$ 11.690 billion. Foreign reserves held by the state bank of Pakistan was recorded at US$ 6,640.2 million while net foreign reserves held by banks other then SBP stood at US$ 5,049.8 million, it added.

SCCI chief hails Webinar FAISAL KHAWER S IALKOT —Sheikh Abdul Majid, President, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed his appreciation on live online Webinar conducted by US Trade Representative USTR from Washington to present New US-GSP Policy. He mentioned that the webinar took place in Sialkot Chamber Auditorium connecting Pakistani exporters in major business hubs, including Karachi, Islamabad, Gujrat, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Sialkot through USTR Live Chat weblink. As per the presentation he appreciated the fact that US imports from Pakistan under the Generalized System of Preferences programme surged by 49 percent in 2012, touching $195 million.

‘Pakistan has a vast opportunities to expand its exports to US’ SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Pakistani businessmen, under US GSP scheme, can make duty-free exports of 3500 items including Gemstones, precious metals, jewelry, leather sports gloves, mittens, and mitts; certain non-cotton pillows, cushions, and similar furnishings; certain athletic articles and equipment; miscellaneous iron and steel articles, jewelry, many agricultural products; chemicals, minerals, marble and carpet etc. This was stated by Deputy

Assistant US Trade Representative Bill Jackson while addressing a Webinar (Seminar through Website) on US GSP Scheme to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, former President Mian Muzaffar Ali, former Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra, Executive Committee Members Mudassor Masood, Mian Zahid Javaid Ahmad, Mumshad Ali were prominent among the participants. Bill Jackson said that Pakistan has a great opportunity to expand its exports to the United

States substantially under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme but unfortunately a big number of businessmen are not very familiar with this scheme. He said that many US importers are also unaware that a product may be eligible. As a result, they often pay duties on these products even when they don’t need to do so,” he emphasized. He said US imports from Pakistan under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme, which offers dutyfree market access to the United

States, surged by 49 per cent in 2012, reaching $195 million that represents one of the largest increases among all major GSP beneficiary countries. He also explained how Pakistani exporters can further take advantage of duty-free access to the United States currently available for over 3,500 Pakistani products under the GSP programme. USTR identified all GSP-eligible products and highlighted how Pakistani exporters who are actively looking for potential U.S. buyers can use GSP to increase their exports to the United States.

Jackson noted that Pakistani exports of gemstones, precious metals, and jewelry to the United States showed impressive growth of 300% in 2012 totaling $32.4 million - following a previous training session that raised awareness about available market access. Gemstones, precious metals, and jewelry are among the many items eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP programme. Jackson advised Pakistani exporters of GSP-eligible products that there are several ways to make the most of the avail-

able tariff advantage. “First, consider using GSP as a marketing tool with US buyers. US importers may be willing to buy new products from Pakistan or buy more of a particular product if they know that the item is eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP. Products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP include: most manufactured items; many types of chemicals, minerals and building stone; jewelry; many types of carpets; and certain agricultural and fishery products. Among the products that are not eligible for GSP

duty-free treatment are: most textiles and apparel; watches; and most footwear, handbags, and luggage products. He said that top GSP beneficiary countries are: India ($4.5b), Pakistan ($195m), Thailand ($3.7b), Brazil ($2.3b), Tunisia ($149m), Sri Lanka ($158m), Indonesia ($2.2 b) Bolivia ($128 m) South Africa ($1.3 b) Georgia ($124 m), Philippines ($1.2 b) Kazakhstan ($111 m).Turkey ($1.1 b) Angola ($632 m) Ecuador ($107m), Venezuela ($99m),Russia ($544 ), Cote d‘Ivoire ($96 m), Argentina

($233 m) Congo ($94 m). Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry will create awareness about GSP Scheme amongst the business community so that they could avail full advantage. He urged the Pakistani exporters to make their all efforts to get benefit from duty-freeaccess to the US Market under GSP scheme to earn much needed foreign exchange that would certainly help in strengthening the dwindling economy.


Beware of deadly new virus

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TATE and health officials have been warned about a deadly virus which has so far killed 8 of 14 infected people in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) explained that this virulent coronavirus is part of the same family of viruses as the common cold and SARS. Experts believe this new coronavirus comes from the Middle East. Of the four confirmed infections in the United Kingdom, three occurred among people who had travelled to the Middle East, one of whom was a family member of an infected person, he had no history of recent travel and had never been to the Middle East. This means that it has become humantransmissible; infected humans can pass it on to other people. One of the family members, the one who had not travelled, died. According to UK authorities, the patient had an underlying condition that may have increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. The novel virus is a coronavirus, part of the same virus family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold. During the SARS epidemic of 2003/2004, 10% of infected people were killed. This new coronavirus has a death rate of over 50% (8 out of 14 infected people have died). “Corona” is Latin for “crown” or “halo”. Coronaviruses have halo-like projections on their surfaces. Scientists working at the Health Protection Agency, UK, say that the new

coronavirus (N-CoV) is not the same as SARS-CoV (the virus that causes SARS), but is similar to it. N-CoV is similar to a coronavirus found in bats. According to the CDC, no cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been reported in the USA. The first case of the novel coronavirus infection was diagnosed Qatar, the patient was taken to the United Kingdom for treatment in September 2012. According to Professor John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at Britain’s Health Protection Agency: “The routes of transmission to humans of the novel coronavirus have not yet been fully determined, but the recent UK experience provides strong evidence of human-to-human transmission in at least some circumstances. The three recent cases in the UK represent an important opportunity to obtain more information about the characteristics of this infection in humans and risk factors for its acquisition, particularly in the light of the first ever recorded instance of apparently lower severity of illness in one of the cases. The risk of infection in contacts in most circumstances is still considered to be low and the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains very low. The HPA will continue to work closely with national and international health authorities and will share any further advice with health professionals and the public if and when more information becomes available.”

KARACHI: Girls taking keen interest during the Tabinda Chenoy’s painting exhibition at Indus Valley.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

JI lauds LEAs for role to eliminate No Go Areas STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) regarding elimination of ‘No Go Areas’ in the city. He said that those opposing such verdict were not sincere with the people of the city. He said that the SCP’s verdict said that Rangers and officials of other law enforcement agencies (LEA) should carry out the operation against the criminal elements keeping in view that none of

the innocent citizen should come in the range of operations; otherwise opportunists would take advantage of the situation. Mahenti said that the JI fully support the clean-up operation conducted by Rangers in different areas of the city and demanded of the Rangers director general and other officials concerned to carry on the said operations as per the directives of the apex court without taking any pressure. Elimination of ‘No Go Areas’ was imperative to conduct fair and free elections, as extortionists, terrorists and target

killers had held the city and its people hostage, said Mahenti adding that candidates of political and religious parties could easily run their election campaign with the elimination of No Go Areas. The MQM chief had remained silent when the operation was being conducted in those areas where the offices of his party were not found, however, he criticised Rangers for conducting the targeted operation by Rangers in MQM-dominated areas of the city, he commented. He also termed the statement of the MQM chief against the clean-up operation by LEAs was unjustified.

KARACHI: Fishermen going for fishing in the water of the Arabian Sea.

City violence claims six more lives K A R A C H I — At least six persons were killed and several others injured in fresh spate of violence in different localities of the city on Thursday. According to details, unknown gunmen opened fire killing a woman in Faqeera Goth locality of Gulzar Hijri and fled away. Rescue sources said that three bullet riddled bodies with torture marks stuffed in gunny bags were recovered from Kharadar area of city. Hands and limbs of the deceased were tied with ropes. Two bodies were stuffed in gunny bags and it appeared that the three were killed after being kidnapped. MLO Civil Hospital Dr Aftab Channar said that the deceased aged between 16 and 17 year were shot in head and neck which proved fatal. Dead body of an abducted boy was recovered from Bengali Parra area of Korangi. Three-day old dead body of an unknown person was also found from bushes near Kala Pul locality in Malir. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued in different localities of the city during which seven persons were reported injured. The wounded people were shifted to various hospitals of concerned areas. The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel continued targeted operation against criminals in several areas of Karachi and nabbed 12 suspects with arms and drugs.—INP

MQM delegation calls on CM STAFF REPORTER

K A R A C H I — A delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Thursday called on Sindh caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi. The 4-member delegation of MQM at Chief Minister House. The MQM delegation comprised Dr Farooq Sattar, Raza Haroon, Adil Siddiquie and Dr. Sagheer Ahmed. They discussed matters of mutual interest including forthcoming general elections, and over all political situation of Sindh Province. The caretaker CM informed the deletion of MQM that fair, free and transparent general elections are the top priority of the provincial caretaker government, and we fulfill our responsibility regardKARACHI: Workers are busy in printing banners, flags and posters of different politi- ing conduct of free and cal parties at a printing press in Liaqatabad. transparent elections.

Alvi set to take active measures to eradicate polio IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI — Sindh caretaker Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi said that it was a national responsibility to make concerted efforts for the eradication of Polio from Pakistan and make the country Polio-free and in that regard, all possible steps would be taken and support provided. The caretaker CM assured the participants that the provincial government would fully support and cooperate and would provide necessary security and complete protection to the teams engaged in performing duties and administering Polio drops to children. He was talking to a high profile meeting of authorities concerned with Polio eradication in the country. The meeting was held at the CM House Thursday. Dr Paul Rutter Secretary General of International Monitoring Board (GPEI) held at CM House regarding measures to eradicate Polio from Sindh and make a Pakistan

Polio free country. Pakistan Polio Plus Committee Chairman Aziz Memon, PM Monitoring Cell National Coordinator Dr Altaf Bosan, Sindh Health Secretary Dr Suresh Kumar, Special Health Secretary Taha Farooqi, EPI Sindh Project Director Mazhar Khamisani, Provincial Technical Focal Person for Polio eradication Sindh Dr Ahmed Ali Shaikh, WHO Polio team leader Dr Salah Tumsah and UNICEF Dr Shaukat attended. The meeting was informed that the polio cases were reported from Gadap area of the city due to very poor hygienic conditions and open drains and tons of garbage dumped in nook and cranny. The caretaker CM said that if there was a good sanitation system and clean water was to be provided to the people so that the required better results could be achieved. Secretary General (GPEI) informed the caretaker CM that during the Polio cam-

paign, maximum facilities and security was to provided so that the field worker could perform their duties without any harassment. The meeting was further informed that due to migration of people from one place to other, the germination of polio was increased so keeping in view this on exit points the facility of Polio vaccination to child was provided so that a large number of children could be benefited. The caretaker CM assured that facilities will be provided to persons performing duties and engaged in administrating polio drops to children, while Inspector General of Police, Sindh and DG Rangers Sindh would be directed to provide necessary security and protection to polio teams. He said that deputy commissioners were controlling authorities of respective districts for polio campaign and they should monitor the campaign at district level monitoring cell and upto union council level.

Dr Fauzia Siddiqui unflods election agenda K ARACHI — Dr

Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, contesting elections from NA-250, Thursday issued her 10 point election agenda, terming justice, equal rights and good governance as her mission. Sharing details of her election agenda with the media, she said the first point of her agenda is access to justice, equal rights and opportunities for all segments of the society with special focus on women and all those deprived in the socio- economic and political spectrum. “Recovery and freedom of missing persons is the second point of my agenda,” she said. She demanded production, release and record for all missing persons and those who she said were unjustly incarcerated including her sister Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. “With my watchful presence in the parliament I will ensure that never again a Pakistani citizens is reported missing for unknown, mysterious reasons” said Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui. Fauzia said she will seek right of due process for all citizens. No person will be held by police or any other agency for more than 24 KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Zahid Kurban Alvi cutting the cake to mark ‘Austra- hours without registering a lian Day in Spring 2013’ organized by Australian Consulate at a local hotel.—PO Photo charge and will be presented before a judge within this stipulated time frame. —APP

SSUET to collaborate with Spanish Varsity STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology and University of Malaga, Spain, Wednesday agreed in principle to have collaboration between the two for Masters and PhD programs besides exchange of students and faculty members in various disciplines of engineering. The agreement reached at a meeting held between Chancellor SSUET, Engineer Adil Usman and Dr Javier Poncela,

a visiting Professor from the reputed Spanish Malaga University.The meeting was attended, among others, by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi, Chairman Electronics Department, Prof. Dr Bilal Alvi, Registrar Shah Mahmood H. Syed, Dr Makhdoomi, Dean of Engineering, Dr Najeeb Ahmed, Associate Dean Engineering, Director QUE, Prof. Zakaullah, Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Consultant, Yahya Waliullah, Director IT and Statistics and

M. Aamir, Assistant Professor Electronics Engineering. During discussion Dr Javier sought collaboration between the two universities with focus on research and development. He said he had seen the facilities available at this university and he was of the opinion that such collaboration between the two institutions will be of mutual benefit, particularly for collaboration in PhD programs, exchange of students and faculties.

PTI candidates for NA seats KARACHI—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has announced the names of its candidates to contest the general elections from Karachi constituencies for National Assembly. According to the PTI spokesman, Subhan Ali Sahil will be fielded for National Assembly’s NA239 seat, Naaz Baloch for NA240, Zahid Hashmi for NA243, Khalid Maqsood Advocate for NA244 and Dr. Arif Alvi will contest for NA250 seat.—NNI


WHO adviser for realizing vision of pre-TB elimination

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AKISTAN’S national and provincial mechanisms for the control of Tu berculosis are performing well but there was the need to go into the fifth gear with greater dedication in order to realize the vision of pre-TB elimination in the country during our lifetimes. These views were expressed by Dr Mohamed Abdel Aziz, WHO’s Regional Adviser on Stop Tuberculosis for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) while addressing a meeting of national, provincial and regional managers of Tuberculosis Control in Pakistan at a meeting here Tuesday.

Dr Aziz who is heading a mission to Pakistan stressed that the programmes were working under highly challenging conditions including security problems in Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw, Balochistan and FATA and grappling with the huge TB burden in Punjab and Sindh but they were doing very well under the circumstances. He added that as Pakistan accounted for 60% of the Regional TB burden in the country, its success or failure in combating the disease would translate into the region’s success or failure. Earlier the national, provincial and regional programmes gave their presentations and highlighted their successes and challenges. Dr Aziz praised the programme

for having an over 90% treatment success rate and a gradually increasing case detection rate; however, there was a need to tap the private sector more in order to detect more cases. He particularly appreciated the province of Sindh for attracting a large number of national and international partners. He pointed out that WHO would be organizing a review mission of the programme in November. Dr Ejaz Qadeer, National TB Control Programme Manager described WHO as a strategic technical and highly supportive partner for operational research and advocacy purposes, which was vital for the program. He appreciated the WHO-HQ, WHO-EMRO and WHO Country Office for their consistent support. The Mission later met with Dr Ni’ma Saeed Abid, Acting WHO Representative in Pakistan and exchanged views of mutual interest. Dr Abid pledged his unflinching support to the program as Tuberculosis was causing such a lot of morbidity and mortality in Pakistan and acting as an impediment in the country’s economic development. He was confident of the national ownership and commitment for the program leading to enormous public health gains over the last 12-13 years since it was rejuvenated.

LAHORE: PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif leading a rally of PML-N president’s election campaign of NA-120.

People warned of purchasing illegal plots L AHORE —The Lahore De- plaints regarding sale of mort- firmed the dismissal orders velopment Authority (LDA) has advised intending buyers to verify legal status of plots of private housing schemes before entering into any deal. The LDA took this step in view of reports that certain developers were selling plots carved out on unapproved areas by presenting them as part of approved housing scheme. The Lahore Development Authority has also established a special counter No 22 at the One Window Cell of its Johar Town office. Staff of the Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has been deputed at this counter for responding to public queries and verifying particulars of plots being sold by these housing schemes. This measure has been taken in view of the increasing public com-

gaged plots, additional plots on unapproved area as well as plots demarcated on public utility sites like schools, dispensaries, community centre and graveyards etc by these schemes. The LDA has also uploaded details of lay-out plans of all the approved housing schemes on its website www.lda.gop.pk. Meanwhile, The Lahore Development Authority has dismissed from service Mujahid Hamoodur Rasul, an assistant director (Engineering), on account of noncompliance of transfer orders, continuous absence from duty for almost three years and for his failure in participating in the disciplinary proceedings despite repeated notices. A LDA spokesman con-

Party Lahore President and former federal minister Samina Khalid Ghurki has said her party will promote the information technology sector after forming the next government. In a statement here Thursday, she said the IT sector needs investment and it could boost national economy in due course of time. She said PPP tried its best to resolve the problems of masses during its tenure.

OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Sikh Yatrees will leave for India by a special train on Friday (today) after celebrating the Baisakhi Festival. Pakistan Railways will arrange a special train which will depart from Lahore railway station at 6.00 am. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) officials will see off the Sikh Yatrees at Wahga railway station. During their ten days stay in Pakistan, Sikh Yatrees attended the Baisahi Festival at Hassanabdal beside visiting their holy Gurdwaras at Nankana Sahib, Farooqabad, Eminabad and Lahore where they performed their religious rituals.

EU team meets election commissioner Punjab OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —The foreign delegation of Election observers from European Union and US Consulate visited the Office of Provincial Election Commissioner Punjab, Mehboob Anwar to get familiar with the conduct and process of upcoming General Election 2013. The Provincial Election Commissioner Punjab, Mahboob Anwar, Joint Provincial Election Commissioner, Khaliq-ur-Rehman and his team made a presentation regarding ongoing election activities in Punjab. The members of the European Union foreign delegation included Election observers Marcell Nagy, Gabor Basch, Eirini Maria Gounari and Samaranda Ileana. The members of the US Consulate foreign delegation included Political Analyst Micheal Gray, Democracy and Governance Officer, Waseem Ashraf, and Protocol Officer Zahir Shah also attended the meeting.

57 criminals arrested in search operation L AHORE—Police on Thursday arrested 57 criminals during a search operation against proclaimed offenders, drug peddlers and other criminals. During the drive against proclaimed offenders, police conducted raids at their hideouts and arrested 14 proclaimed offenders and 28 target offenders. Police also arrested 15 drug peddlers and recovered 695 litre liquor, five Kg hashish and 473 grame heroin from their possession besides registering 15 cases against them. DIG Operations Jawad Ahmad Dogar said the search operation would be launched daily against anti-state elements to make the election process peacefull.—APP

adding that the officer had been proceeded against under Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act, 2006 on the allegations that he was transferred to TEPA, LDA on 08.07.2010 but he did not report and and he did not comply with the transfer orders which shows his non-serious attitude towards his official duty. The accused officer refused to receive a showcause notice and was directed to submit his reply but he did not. Despite all these efforts, the accused officer remained absent from duty and Additional Director General (HQ) LDA Mariam Kayani, imposed major penalty of “dismissal from service” upon the assistant director (Engineering).—APP LAHORE—Inspector General of Police Punjab Aftab Sultan on Thursday transferred and posted six officers. According to a notification, Waheed-ur-Rehman Khattak, AddI SP Security Sadar Rawalpindi has been Samina expressed with transferred and posted as confidence that PPP would AddI SP Sadar Division, put the country on the road Rawalpindi and Muhammad of success after victory. Masood Raza, AddI. SP, Sadar Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Division, Rawalpindi, posted SP Headquarters, Party leader and former MPA as Nargis Faiz Malik alleged on Rawalpindi, Syed Junaid Thursday that the PML-N Arshad, AddI. SP Sadar Diviwould get restricted to the sion, Gujranwala, transferred provincial capital due to its and posted as AddI. SP CRO, policies. In a statement, she Lahore, Muhammad Shahzad claimed that Sharif brothers Asif Khan, Deputy Director, were contesting elections Elite Police Force, Punjab, only from Lahore which has Lahore, transferred and exposed popularity myth of posted as SP Special Branch, PML-N in the country.—APP Punjab, Lahore.—APP

PPP to promote IT in future: Ghurki LAHORE —Pakistan Peoples

Sikh Yatrees returning to India

6 police officers transferred

LAHORE: Former chief minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif addressing the notables of NA-129 and PP-159. Rana Mubashir Iqbal and Kahlid Farooq Khokhar were also present.

New ward for People will elect PML-N on poor patients in performance basis: Shahbaz Hijaz Hospital OBSERVER REPORT

STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Former

Chief Minister Punjab and leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Mian Shahbaz Sharif claimed that people of the country would elect his party considering the performance of former Punjab government. After holding power his party would overcome energy crisis within two years, he added while talking to media. He stressed on the need to provide maximum security to all the candidates and political leaders who were under terrorist threats. Shahbaz stressed the people to support his party to face the challenges of the country, including energy crisis, corruption and maintaining law and order situation. Replying to a question, Shahbaz said that former Punjab government had allocated billions of rupees in education and health sectors, adding that lap-tops were distributed among deserving students and Danish school system was a big achievement of his government. Replying to another question, former CM Punjab said that PML-N supported the Pak-Iran gas pipe line

Three more children fall prey to measles L AHORE —Measles epidemic has spread across as three more childred died of the disease and another 45 were admitted in different hospitals here on Thursday. Government and health authorities have failed to overcome the measles and death toll due to measles in Punjab has risen to 49. Provincial capital Lahore is the worst hit where 23 children affected of measles were admitted in Mayo Hospital and 22 in Children Hospital of which three died during treatment. During recent weeks 12 children have died of disease in Lahore district. In Jhang 10 children fell prey to measles during last three months and 195 affected of the epidemic in Multan so far. Punjab health department seems to be playing role of silent spectator in this regard and no policy has been chalked out to overcome the disease despite loss of precious lives. DG Health Punjab Dr Tanveer was of the view that the department lacks the antimeasles vaccine which was vital to help in overcoming the epidemic. Health experts say that measles immunization is the only solution to stop spread of measles.—INP

project and it would be carried if the people elected his party . He said that delay in polls would be disastrous for the country, as some elements in the country did not want elections, he urged the people to show maximum participation in polling process to bring change in the country. He said that democracy was strengthening in Pakistan as first democratic transition of power was being made in the country. Shahbaz urged to empower youth of the country for the development of Pakistan. He claimed that he did not receive incentives as CM Punjab adding that his government had controlled the extra expenditures. Meanwhile, PML-N central leader and a former MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif Thursday said that his party would make Pakistan ‘Asian Tiger’

through revolutionary economic policies, if voted to power. Talking to party office bearers, he said, that PML-N would implement its manifesto in letter and spirit if his party came into power. He said, no one could deny the record development projects executed during the last regime of Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab. He informed that incentives were given to the poor while middle class segments of the society got benefits of cash prizes, free of cost laptops and foreign tours for the position holders were arranged without any discrimination. Hamza said, PML-N had contributed to a great extent for the restoration of judiciary and letting the democratic system to run. He hoped that the people would keep in mind their sacrifices while voting in next general elections.

L AHORE —A new ward for needy and poor patients has been completed in Hijaz Hospital Gulberg. The new ward consists of 26 beds and provides all necessary facilities for the patients. This was stated by Sohail Iqbal, President Hijaz Hospital during a meeting of executive committee members here on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Begum Mian Abdul Wahid, while Haji Inam Elahi Asar, Begum Nasreen Haneef, Shahnaz Saeed, Musarat Qayum, Salahuddin Sahaf, Azeem Pasha, Sahaid Ismial, Tajammul Latif, Hamid Ali Baig and others were also present on the occasion. Sohail Iqbal said that total number of beds were 146 after completed new ward. He said Hijaz Hospital was also offering free treatment for dialysis patients and 10 new units would install soon. Later members of the meeting also visited the new ward.

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