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Another drowned toddler Army Captain among 29 martyred 13 militants killed, they came in FC uniforms TTP claims responsibility washes up on PAF, Army, police troops defeated and killed all terrorists PAF’s strategic assests safe and secure Turkish beach ISTANBUL—A four-year-old Syrian girl’s body washed up on a beach in western Turkey on Friday, state media said, just weeks after images of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi shook the world. The yet-to-be identified girl was found lifeless on a beach in the Aegean town of Cesme in Izmir province after a boat carrying 15 Syrians to the Greek island of Chios sank, the official Anatolia news agency said. It said the Turkish coast guard rescued the remaining 14 Syrians, including eight children, from the inflatable boat. The girl appeared to be the only casualty. Harrowing pictures of three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat carrying his family to the Greek island of Kos sank, caused an outpouring of emotion around the world, pressuring European leaders to step up their response to the refugee crisis. But two weeks later EU members are still at odds over how to accommodate the tens of thousands of new arrivals. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Friday that the Turkish coast guard had rescued over 53,000 migrants from stricken boats since the beginning of the year.—Agencies

US, Russian militaries launch talks on Syria WASHINGTON—The United States and Russian militaries renewed high-level contacts on Friday to discuss their roles in the conflict in Syria. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Russia´s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by telephone, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. “The secretary and the minister talked about areas where the United States and Russia´s perspectives overlap and areas of divergence,” he said. “They agreed to further discuss mechanisms for deconfliction in Syria and the counter-ISIL campaign,” he added, referring to the Islamic State group. In military terms, “deconfliction” means rival armies will talk to one another to avoid accidental encounters between their forces. The United States is leading a coalition of allies in air strikes against the Islamic State group. Russia, meanwhile, is providing military support to Bashar al-Assad´s Syrian regime, a build-up which has raised concerns in Washington. The United States and NATO broke off direct military contacts with Moscow in April last year in protest at Russia´s intervention in Ukraine. “The secretary emphasized the importance of pursuing such consultations in parallel with diplomatic talks that would ensure a political transition in Syria,” Cook said, in a statement. “He noted that defeating ISIL and ensuring a political transition are objectives that need to be pursued at the same time. Both the secretary and the minister agreed to continue their dialogue.— AFP

Attack on PAF camp speaks volumes

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faithfuls leaving 16 people martyred on the wounds during the operation. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General ing in the Corps Headquarters besides visitspot. The exchange of gunfire between the Raheel Sharif air-dashed to Peshawar Friday ing the injured in the hospitals. Prime Min“Terrorists entered the camp at 2 points law-enforcers and terrorists ceased after al- morning and met with Corp Commander ister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned PESHAWAR—The terrorists once again managed to penetrate into the “fool proof” secu- and further split in into sub groups. The en- most 40 minutes of intense fight while it took Peshawar and was updated about the deadly terrorist attack on Peshawar air force camp, rity arrangement and attacked Pakistan Air counter began immediately due to quick re- the law enforces more than seven hours to attack of militants on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) expressing his resolve to defeat the militancy Force base camp in the outskirts of provin- sponse. The terrorists were contained within finally clear the area that is also surrounded camp in Badaber. General Raheel Shareef, ac- and terrorism. “The Prime Minister was getcompanied by Air Chief Sohail Aman, visited ting minute-to-minute update of the attack. cial metropolis on Friday early morning leav- a close area. Pak Army repulsed the attack by the civilians houses. The DG ISPR said the clearance opera- Corps headquarters Peshawar where he was The armed forces are backed by the entire ing at least 29 people including a young of- killing 13 attackers. Sixteen Namazi were ficer of the Pakistan Army and three PAF also killed as the attackers entered a masjid tion was led by the Peshawar Brigade Com- briefed on the situation by Corps Commander nation. We are determined to completely personnel martyred. The act not only exposed and opened indiscriminate firing on them. mander with Quick Response Force, Army General Hidayat-ur-Rehman. “Army chief ac- shatter terrorist network,” PM said in a statethe security lapses but also left a question Sixteen bodies were recovered from the commandos, local PAF troops and police was companied by Air Chief Sohail Aman, also vis- ment. mark on the forces strategy on tackling the mosque as the militants fled the secuterrorism. Over two dozen faithfuls offering the rity forces’ operaFajr prayer in the PAF base Badaber camp tion and hid there. “Meanwhile, a were among the martyred, while more than 30 people sustained serious injuries. The in- group rushed to dependent sources and some private TV mosque, martyred channels have put the death toll more than 16 Namazi offering prayers”. The DG three dozen. The valiant jawaans of the security forces ISPR Asim Bajwa including the Quick Response Force (QRF) twitted adding he and the Special Services Group (SSG), how- militants aged beever, thwarted saboteurs’ design to play tween 17 and 24 athavoc in the sensitive installation and in re- tacked a guard post taliatory action gunned down all the thirteen and tried to force terrorists in the clearance operation spanning their way into the residential PAF over more than seven hours. While the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban airbase camp. He Pakistan has reportedly owned the responsi- said a captain bility for the filthy act, the Director General named Asfandyar Inter Services Public Relations Major Gen- Bukhari, three eral Asim Bajwa said the attackers were part technicians, Shan, of a splinter group of the Taliban and had Saqib and Tariq come to Pakistan from Afghanistan adding were also martyred in attack. He said the attack was planned in Afghanistan. Top military as well as civil leadership the Army Captain including Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar emArmy Chief General Raheel Sharif and Air braced Shahadat Chief Sohail Aman dashed to Peshawar where while valiantly they were given detailed briefing on the fighting with the Friday’s deadly attack in the Corps Headquar- terrorist on the ters Peshawar. The top bosses are reported to front line. PESHAWAR: Soldiers take position outside Badaber base camp after an attack by militants on Friday.—INP ISPR also rehave also discussed future line of action and The last rituals of the martyrs of Friday’s reaffirmed their resolve to eliminate the ter- leased pictures of attackers on social media present outside the base in an outer cordon ited CMH and met injured army and PAF perrorism and terrorists along with their facilita- showing terrorists bodies lying in the com- while the Peshawar Corps Commander was sonnel. The Army and PAF chiefs also visited terrorist attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pound. Rescue officials said that 25 injured also on the ground overseeing operations. the camp and met PAF, Army, police person- camp in Badaber were offered at the Corps Head tors with full might. As per the report, also confirmed by the were taken to the city Lady Reading Hospi- Number of Army helicopters also took part nel who defeated the attackers and killed all Quarters Peshawar in the evening. The funeral the terrorists, the ISPR said. prayers were attended by Prime Minister Nawaz publicity wing of Pakistan Army, over dozen tal (LRH) and Combined Military Hospital in the clearance operation. The law enforcers, and rescue workers Later in the afternoon Prime Minister Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel terrorists broke into the PAF camp in Badaber (CMH). “Six injured were brought into hoson Peshawar Kohat highway from two sides pital with three of them in critical condition,” shifted the injured to the Combined Military Nawaz Sharif also flew to Peshawar and Sharif and as well as Khawaja Asif, Pervez of the camp around 5.15 in the morning. While said medics in the hospitals where emer- Hospital Peshawar as well as the Lady Read- along with the services chiefs attended brief- Rasheed, CM Parvez Khattak and others. a group of terrorists stormed into the main gency was declared. The ISPR spokesman ing Hospital where 10 more succumbed gate using sophisticated weapons and forcing further said the entire response mechanism to their injuries.The doctors apprethe security personals deployed in the camp reacted quickly and responded effectively to hended the death toll may mount as few more injured continued to be in precarito concentrate on the front gate, another group the terror attack. “The terrorist assault was launched from ous condition. of terrorists made their way into the camp from The DG ISPR said, the attackers the rear gate situated closed to Sorezai Payan two sides of the camp where the attackers village that borders with the trouble Khyber used heavy weapons to target a guardroom were part of a splinter group of the agency, after making hole in the compound of the camp. However, heavy contingent of Taliban and had come to Pakistan from Quick Response Force (QRF) rushed to the Afghanistan. He declared that the at-  One personnel of the Pakiwall with the help or rocket explosion. RAZA NAQVI bers for the attack. It was said the terrorists after entering site to eliminate the attackers”. Said the tack was planned in Afghanistan and stan Navy and two militants  On August 16, 2012, Tehrikthe compound divided into sub groups as one spokesman of Pakistan Air Force. Maj. was also being controlled from AfghaniATTOCK—Captain Asfandyar were killed when militants e-Taliban attackers attacked of the group attacked the mess and another Haseeb of QRF was also injured in the at- stan further adding that the intelligence Ahmad Bokhari who embraced attacked the Navy’s dockthe PAF Base Minhas at rushed to mosque where Fajr prayer was in tack receiving a bullet in his thigh while ten agencies were working on the informamartyrdom in PAF Camp yard in Karachi on SeptemKamra in Punjab’s Attock disprogress and hurled several grenades on the Army men including officers received tion intercepted of the terrorists. Badaber operation on Friday ber 9, 2014. Six soldiers and trict. The base commander led belonged to Attock. He was an officer were wounded in the response and was himself the attack and the Taliban injured. However, all nine atclaimed carrying it out. Setackers were killed and two curity forces arrested four of soldiers also died.  Attack on PAF Base Mehran the militants. in Karachi on May 22-23,  On June 8, 2014, 10 attackSTAFF REPORTER 2011 — it lasted almost two ers including suicide bombdays and caused the deaths ers attacked Karachi’s Jinnah P E S H AWA R —The PAF of 22 people included 18 solInternational Airport. ThirtyBadaber base outside diers and officers and 4 atsix people were killed in the Peshawar where the attackers. Several aircraft on attack on the airport, includtack took place this mornthe tarmac were damaged in ing 10 attackers, and 18 othing has an interesting the attack. ers were injured. Outlawed past. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan  A school bus carrying chilIt is said that from dren of PAF employees was (TTP) initially claimed reJuly 17, 1959 to January attacked by a suicide bomber sponsibility for the attack. 7, 1970, it was used by The attackers were foreignin December 2007 near the Captain Asfandyar America’s Central IntelliFauji gate outside the Pakiers of Uzbek origin who beAhmad Bokhari gence Agency and the longed to the Islamic Movestan Aeronautical Complex United States Air Force ment of Uzbekistan (IMU), in Kamra. Several people part of QRF (Quick Response Security Service as a lisan ally of the TTP.The TTP were injured. Force) and embraced martyrtening post on the Soviet later confirmed that the at-  Attackers fired four rockets dom while fighting/leading Union. The 6937th Comon the Pakistan Aeronautical tack was a joint operation from the front. munications Group was Complex on January 18, they executed with the IMU, He was awarded “Sword Of housed at the base during 2008. No casualties were rewho independently admitted PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and COAS General Raheel Sharif the time. ported. to having supplied its memContinued on Page 7 visiting the injured at CMH.—INP

Previous attacks on installations, bases

Asfandyar received Sword of Honour

Badaber Base’s past

AEDB, Nepra take wind out of energy managers’ sails Former premier Gilani inaugurated the ‘dead’ project in 2009 ZEESHAN JAVAID ISLAMABAD—The bureaucratic cartel of Ministry of Water and Power in the era of former PPP democratic regime was allegedly involved in the embezzlement of billions of rupees of the national exchequer, all in the name of alternative energy. The managers for the Ministry of Water and Power appointed by the former PPP democratic regime seemed involve in the loss of Rs. 13 billion by Zurlu Energies Pakistan Limited (ZEPL) in 49.5MW wind energy power project. The documents available with daily Pakistan Observer revealed that some top bureaucrats in the ministry of water and power, with the connivance of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), Board of Investment and Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) earned billions of rupees in the non-commissioned 49.5MW wind power project, initiated by a Turkey-based wind Power

Company. The 49.5MW wind power project of Zurlu Energy Pakistan Ltd was approved by NEPRA in 2008 at $108 million, at an approved energy buying rate of $0.1046 per electricity unit. Nepra approved $102 million as EPC cost in 2007. Out of this cost the energy equipment cost was estimated at a whopping $95 million against the total cost of the project projected in 2007 as $108 million and energy equipment cost in 2007 approved by Nepra was a significantly lower $13 million. In 2011, Zurlu entered into another Energy (power) purchase agreement, this time for 56 MW with National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC / CPPA), In signing this contract with NTDC without terminating the previous one with HESCO, they effectively have two projects and two contract agreements- one with HESCO, for 6 MW and the other with NTDC for 56 MW. Unfortunately they have put up only one project of 56 MW. The 6MW wind power operation was

inaugurated by former premier Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani on April 19, 2009 without any Commercial Operation Date (COD) knowing that the turbines of 6MW were not able to operate and could not produce 6MW energy and finally ZEPL temporarily abandoned the project in 2009, while the Ahbab Associates Pakistan was awarded the construction contract costing $4.7 million. During the mid-career term of former PPP government in 2011, Nepra illegally re-approved the cost $161 million for 56.4 MW wind power plant and the energy buying rate was drafted with an increase of 30 per cent as $0.133456 million per electricity unit. Nepra and AEDB had approved the additional costs in 2011 in contravention to the NEPRA approval of 2007. The manipulation by ZEPL could be judged from the fact that Energy Equipment Cost (EEC) in 2007 approval was $95 million whereas in 2011 was projected as $108 million to gain investment facility from national and inter-

national financial institutions. The former member Nepra, Maqbool Ahmed Khawaja disagreed with Nepra and wrote a dissenting note, in which he pointed out the illegality, that in the first petition submitted by ZEPL on October 5, 2010, it was reaffirmed that “cost of project as quoted in the petition is firm and final and they will not ask to reopen the cost of project at any later stage” copy of dissenting note, exclusively available with Pakistan Observer, revealed. It was further revealed that ZEPL could not complete their project of 49.5MW as per the commitment. Even the first phase of 6MW (5x1.2) could not be installed and completed by December 2009. Moreover, out of 5 wind turbines installed, the maximum generation so far achieved is less than 1MW against the 6MW installed capacity in any month since installation. Nepra has approved an increase in tariff by Rs. 2.85 per electricity unit; at this rate ZEPL would make a Rs. 23 billion over 20 years if they could produce 56MW and,

at 35% wind guaranteed availability, Rs. 7.5 billion has been gifted by Nepra. Furthermore, by awarding the construction and O&M contracts to M/S ZEPL’s own subsidiary companies without open bidding, ZEPL violated the requirements of Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) decision on power policy 2002, which states that Nepra should stop the practice of accepting EPC costs on the basis of quotations instead of open bidding. On top of all this, Zurlu has a bad track record of its international deals, and has never operated any wind power project successfully, as they have failed to achieve COD in Pakistan as well as in Turkey, and have serious issues with Russian government in Moscow plant, which has not yet been completed to its full capacity and they are embroiled financial issues in New York courts. It seems the authorities either missed the glaring facts or, ignored Khawaja’s dissenting note. This shows they were a party to the gobbling up of funds.


Ulema condemn L AHORE —The Pakistan Ulema Council condemned the attack on Airforce Base in Peshawar and expressed solidarity with security forces in war against terrorism. In a joint statement on Friday, Tahir Ashrafi, Sahibzada Zahid Qasmi and others said the nation stood with the army to weed out terrorism and extremism. They prayed peace for Shuhada and patience for the bereaved families. Meanwhile, PMLN MNA Irmughan Subhani on Friday condemned the terrorist attack on the Pakistan Air Force base in Peshawar. In a statement, he said it was a coward act of terrorist to kill worshipers in a mosque. He said that the government with the help of Pakistan army would weed out terrorism from the country.—APP

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Prompt action saved nation from major disaster: Shujaat Terrorist attacks cannot dent nation’s determination: Rabbani STAFF REPORTERS I S L A M A B A D —Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Ch Shujat Hussain, Friday, paid tributes to those martyred in attack on Budh Bair Airbase Camp Peshawar. In a press statement, he expressed condolence with the bereaved families and said that timely action by the security has saved the nation from a major incident, enemies of Pakistan will never succeed in their nefarious designs nor Pakistani nation will loose courage, it has always stood like an iron wall in front of cowardly activities of the enemy and will remain so in future as well. Praising the martyrdom and bravery of Captain Asfandyar, technicians and jawans, Ch Shujat Hussain said that the Pakistan nation is proud of its brave martyred sons and will never let their sacrifice go waste. Praying for complete and early recovery of Major Habib and other injured, he appreciated Army Chief Gen-

eral Raheel Sharif and Air Chief Sohail Aman, he said that brave and courageous commander always stand with their jawans in difficult time, Zarb-eAzb is successfully continuing under leadership of General Raheel Sharif due to which every Pakistani is not only happy but also standing with him with courage and determination and praying for his success and victory in this great mission. Meanwhile, Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Pakistan Air Force base Budhaber in Peshawar, saying such cowardly attacks could not dent the determination of the nation. Charing the Senate proceedings, Raza Rabbani reiterated the resolve to continue the mission of eliminating terrorism for which the nation had rendered so many sacrifices. He expressed sympathies with the families of the martyers of law enforcement agencies, who sacrificed their lives while fighting the terrorists at the PAF

base. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured Peshawar: The valiant troops and security forces have thwarted the nefarious designs of terrorists who were trying to enter inside the PAF camp and attack sensitive installations, said Information Minister Khyber Pakthunkhwa Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani on Friday. Talking to reporters here hours after terrorists attack on PAF camp on Inqialab Road in Badabar area, the Information Minister said the entire nation solute to the courage and bravery of our valiant soldiers who foiled the nefarious designs of terror-ists through their bloods. Paying rich tributes to the martyred and injured troops, the Information Minister said the entire na-tion highly valued their sacrifices and would never forget it. He said operation cleanup is still underway and cordoned off area will soon be cleared. He strongly condemned the attack and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

RAJANPUR— Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sher Ali Gorchani hailding the mega agriculture package worth Rs 341 billion announced by the Prime Minister, said that it would bring prosperity in the lives of farmers of the country. According to a handout released here Friday, he said that in fact Punjab was growing by leaps and bounds under the leadership of Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, especially in the realm of health and education sectors. He termed the on-going campaign against adulteration was part of measures taken to raise living standard of people. He also thanked the CM Punjab for approving construction of two solid roads namely one from Dajul to Nawan Sher and second from Adda Abid Abad to Malkaani Tuk.—APP

Mehran Varsity budget HYDERABAD— The 34th meeting of the Senate of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro which held on Friday with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili in the chair. The meeting approved the budget of Rs. 2601.684 millions of the Year 2015-2016. The Director Finance Munir Ahmed Shaikh who presented the budget informed that an amount of Rs 1195.887 million has been allocated for disbursement of salaries and allowances of the employees while Rs. 197.750 have been reserved for payment of pension to retired employees of the university.—APP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Acting Governor Asad Qaiser talking to media after visiting the injured of the Badaber Base attack at the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar on Friday.

Senate body reviews lapse in foreign scholarships

Malik for promotion of book reading

between 2011 to 2015. The chairman of the committee took notice in delay of the advertisement process of these scholarships and asked HEC to advertise these scholarships as soon as possible. Chairman HEC informed the committee that currently there were five ministries, receiving these scholarships. He suggested the committee to build a main focal point to receive all scholarships at one place rather than in different points and

Baloch has said that youth and political workers should pay more attention towards reading books as wisdom could not come without literature. “21st century is the century of knowledge and technology. We have no other option but to get education and make progress,” he expressed these views at book launching ceremony of Abdul Manan, “History, in the context of terminologies” held at Quetta Press Club.—APP

Q UETTA —Chief Minister I SLAMABAD —Senate Spe- of the scholarships offered suggested that the ministry Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik cial Committee on the issue of lapse of various foreign scholarships offered by different countries for the student of Pakistan was held here on Friday. The Chairman of the committee Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah asked the Economic Affairs Division, Foreign Affairs and Higher Education Commission (HEC) to present details of these scholarships. The committee also asked the institutions to give details

of education is best option in this regard. The committee was told that there is lack of a mechanism to manage these scholarships therefore many scholarships were wasted. The Chairman HEC informed the committee that there was no lapse in these scholarships. The committee decided that there should be a focal point in the ministry of education so that donors could send scholarships at one point.—APP

Captured Indian air force Ouragon

September 19, 1965

News Highlights  PAF strikes deep in Enemy territory: 106 Indian Planes Downed so Far: 17 other jets damaged so far: Ambala base bombed: 4 Canberras smashed: The Pakistan Armed Forces have so far destroyed 106 Indian Air Force planes besides damaging 17 others. PAF bombers for the first time carried their attacks deep into the Indian territory when they struck IAF base at Ambala. Four Indian Canberras were destroyed.  Enemy attempts foiled: 12 tanks destroyed: Pakistan Army continued to press on the enemy in the various sectors and inflicted heavy causalities. Enemy lost 12 more tanks in various sectors. Total Indian tanks destroyed so far number 453 and those captured number 18. Indian attack Repulsed: Six Gnats of the Indian Air force came to attack our  ground positions in the Kasur area . The PAF fighters intercepted hem and shot down two of them while the rest escaped into the Indian territory.  Napalm bomb not used by PAF. Only military targets hit: The official spokesman denied the Indian allegation that Pakistan air force used napalm bomb on the civil population. Indian General’s Jeep displayed in Lahore: The jeep of an Indian General ,  which was captured along with his diary by the Pakistan Army somewhere on battle front a couple of days ago , was driven through the main streets of Lahore. India Crossed border- Thant’s separate report to U.N: The U.N. Secretary  General U Thant presenting a separate report on military situation which describes that The cease-fire line had been crossed by the Indian forces.  Captured Indian Officers’ names announced: The names of 12 commissioned officers of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, who have been taken prisoners by Pakistan were announced. Threat of famine in India: Consequences of war with Pakistan: India faces  serious food shortages as she mobilizes her resources for the conflict with Pakistan. East Pakistan ready to meet aggression: India deploying troops afresh: India  is deploying her troops afresh along East Pakistan border and people of this province have shown determination to repel Indian aggression at any cost. Deep resentment in Muslim world against India: Offers of help to Pakistan , in  men and material , to defend her territorial integrity and independence against India’s aggression are pouring in from all over the freedom-loving people of the world , especially the Muslim countries. Aggressive India condemned: The Rabita-e-Alam-e-Islami, Mecca had strongly  condemned the act of aggression committed by India. Foreign newsmen visit Sialkot and Sargodha: A party of foreign and Paki stani journalists visited Sialkot and areas of Sargodha, which were ravaged by Indian bombing. India has delocalized Kashmir conflict- French Newsman: A well Known  French correspondent, Alfred Smouler, has blamed India for ‘delocalizing ‘the Kashmir conflict and launching strong diversionary attacks against Pakistan.

PIA pre-Hajj operation concludes K ARACHI —The Pakistan Inter-national Airlines pre-Hajj operation of transporting more than 55,800 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia concluded successfully Thursday. All PIA flights departed on time, maintaining an overall punctuality rate of over 96 percent, said a statement here on Friday. The last pre-Hajj flight departed from Islamabad on Thursday night (Sept 17) signaling the successful conclusion of PIA’s pre-Hajj operation, it added.

The airline operated 147 pre-Hajj flights and carried more than 43,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. PIA also carried more than 12,870 intending pilgrims through its regular scheduled flights to Saudi Arabia. The national flag carrier operated 22 pre-Hajj flights from Islamabad and carried more than 7,497 intending pilgrims from the Capital. It also operated 25-pre-Hajj flights from Karachi with 8,020 intending pilgrims and 16 flights from Lahore with 5,213 intending pilgrims.—APP

Nawaz complaint of conspiracy against him is serious SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

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EARS expressed by Nawaz Sharif that attempts may well be on to “ remove him from power”, generated somewhat belated reaction but the very fact that such a statement had come from Pakistan prime minister, was in itself important and needed a thorough review. His reference to “vested interest trying to unseat” him was interpreted differently by different people. Those less skeptical thought it was aimed at the Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan, but such an opinion was quickly rebutted by researchers who pointed fingers towards far more powerful segments of the society. “ Imran can be a potential danger, but not for the present at least”. The counter-argument comes without hesitation from knowledgeable sectors, who quickly refer to the mounting strife and friction within his party

in the northern KPK province, rightly asserting that putting his own house in order has to be his first priority. Focusing attention on the Punjab heartland, which will also be the principal battleground in municipal or parliamentary polls looks difficult for the PTI chief, at least for now. A general impression is that the cricketerturned-politician may find it hard to defeat Nawaz nominees in the Lahore bye-elections for national assembly seats originally held by speaker Ayaz Sadiq or railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq. A tough contest is however seen for the Lodhran seat in southern Punjab where scale seems tilted in favour of Imran’s right hand man, Jahangir Tareen. Municipal elections are due in Sindh and Punjab within six to eight weeks, and that may be a pointer to trends in future. However, there will a long period of two years between now and the next general elections in 2018. Things can change drastically by then. Drawing a comparison between the, therefore, will be meaningless. Since the scene appears tough for

PTI leader, attention is automatically diverted to “people who matter” but then Peoples Party, despite differences with Sharif looks determined to protect democracy and parliament from any unconstitutional change. Opposition leaders in the two houses of the parliament, Khurshed Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan made their viewpoints abundantly plain in their speeches. Khursheed Shah, however, qualified his statement by saying that Nawaz can be replaced, but only through democratic means. Much more clearer was the reaction from ANP chief Asfandyar Wali who thought that changes can be expected, but will be possible only through parliament and by following the Constitution. Some minor reactions too have been supportive of democratic dispensation. A veteran politician, on condition of anonymity, nevertheless referred to Bangla Desh formula where a two-year government of technocrats “ helped clear the mess before elections were finally resorted to there, allowing Sheikh Hasina Wajid

to take control of the administration. Some experts believe that despite all handicaps the present government was able to restore Pakistan’s image in the world as “an emerging success story”. But mere praises from international institutions like IMF, World Bank etc; will just not be enough to satisfy the public outcry for reforms, in social sectors. Introduction of education, health and labour policies have assumed urgency. The party in power needs to be clear about its strategy. Mere mega projects can never be a viable substitute for welfare schemes. A wholesale review of policies, and priorities, aimed at reforms, long overdue now, has now been unavoidable. Resource mobilization too demands a fresh look if the country has to move forward towards its goal of being a welfare State.The PML(N) administration, despite being in authority for well over two years, has neglected major welfare sectors, and has been subjected to harsh criticism. Sharif was able to counter criticism to some extent by announcing major concessions, tax holi-

days and a number of other incentives for farming community. But he did that only after facing vituperative attacks from Imran Khan, and the PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto. However Sharif’s clarification that “conspirators wont succeed in their designs because we are not here to make money, but we, in fact, have been spending from our own pockets, and are not a burden on the exchequer” , was a moot point again. Imran has been training his guns principally on him and Zardari for being “corrupt and dishonest.” At the same time, ignoring army’s continuing campaign against terrorists, abettors, financiers etc; will be a major mistake. The arrest and interrogation jointly by army, rangers, NAB and FIA of former petroleum minister and a close Zardari aide, Dr Asim Hussain, repeated raids on revenue and land allotment records in Karachi and rest of the southern province, is turning into a litmus test for those accused of acquiring dirty money over the years. Confirmation comes quickly and unhesitatingly from authoritative

sources that a list of those suspected of white collar crime, is not only ready, but is constantly being updated. A number of arrests, including of top notch officials is enough to prove the intentions of the people who matter. Confessional statements from those in detention may lead to much more grimmer scenario than has been witnessed so far. The Nandipur power project, hanging fire for 11 long years, street agitation by parents against rising school fee, by doctors and nurses has become a worrisome factor for Sharif. He had to divert energies to solving issues, which have begun to assume dangerous proportions. The Nandipur plant, capable of producing 425 megawatts of electricity for the Punjab, afflicted with load shedding for considerable length of time, is turning into a mega scandal. If in Sindh, two major parties, MQM, and PPP, have been a source of headache for the premier, rising crime rate, murders and suicide incidents in his power base of Punjab is not a very happy augury for him either.


High flood likely in rivers Jhelum, Chenab Departments asked to remain alert STAFF REPORTERS

TAXILA: A large number of people visiting cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Work on NFPP under process: Asif ISLAMABAD—Work on formation of mentation of interventions, pro- in the country. a new National Flood Protection Plan (NFPP-IV) is under process for approval of the Federal Government. In a written reply to senate on Friday the minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that after approval, new draft of NFPP will be implemented during the next ten years subject to timely approval and allocation of adequate funds under PSDP for imple-

UoP admissions starts STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Admissions for different undergraduate engineering disciplines at University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar in Open Category have started from September 17, 2015. The admission will continue till next Monday. In this regard an admission camp is established in the New Academic Block of the University where each facility is provided to candidates under one roof. Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani on Friday visited the Admission Camp set up by the Directorate of Admission UET Peshawar. Vice Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani personally visited each section and also talked to the visiting candidates and parents. Mr. Gilani showed satisfaction over the arrangements made for the admission. Vice Chancellor also directed the authorities to further facilitate the candidates and their parents wherever possible. Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof. Dr. Noor Muhammad and Director Admissions Dr. Laiq Hassan also accompanied Vice Chancellor on the occasion. It is to be noted that around nine desks have been allocated for different procedures for admission. Even the students also get Affidavit on Stamp Paper and Bank Receipt under one roof It is worth mentioning for the information of the students that the admission process will also be carried out on Saturday while Sunday will be off day. The admission process for the open category will end on Monday i.e. September 21, 2015 while the final merit list will be displayed on October 3, 2015.

Badaber martyrs paid rich homage SHER GONDAL M ANDI

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Mandi Bahauddin Ex-Servicemen in a meeting held under arrangement Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society extended deepest sympathies and condolences to heirs and relatives of soldiers and other victims of heinous attack in Bedchamber. They strongly condemned this inhumane tragic incident that took several lives including those offering prayers inside mosque. They praised airmen and soldiers including Captain Asfandyar who reacted in time.

posed under NFPP-IV. He said that earlier work on formation of National Flood Protection Plan-IV was initiated in 2013 on the basis of integrated and innovative approach. The minister said that Federal Flood Commission (FFC) plays coordination role among Provincial and Federal Government Organizations dealing with flood management activities

According to reply, the Senate was told that overall three meetings were organized by FFC prior to start of Monsoon Season 2015, in order to review the status of flood preparedness of Provincial and Federal agencies for Monsoon season 2015. The existing SOPs of Mangla reservoirs were revised in the light of lessons learnt during 2014 floods, so as to enhance its role in flood miti-

ISLAMABAD—The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said that very high flood situation is expected in rivers Jhelum and Chenab from Sept 21-25. However, flood situation in rivers Ravi and Sutlej would depend upon outflows/water releases from Indian reservoirs. Similarly, very high flood situation is also expected in local nullahs including the tributaries of rivers Chenab and Ravi during the same period. According to the daily FFC report on Friday, all main rivers including Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej are flowing normal. The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs are at elevations of 1520.79 feet and 1229.10 feet respectively, which are 29.21 feet & 12.90 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet. Lahore: Chief Secretary Punjab Khizar Hayyat Gondal has directed all relevant de-

83pc dev work at 27 rural roads completed

gation. It is pertinent to mention that Mangla Dam operating authorities have operated the reservoir this year in much better way on the basis of newly approved SOPs. According to their mandate, Provincial Irrigation Departments are performing flood fighting activities. The rescue and relief activities are carried out by PDMAs//GB- M U LTA N —About 83 perDMA/FDMA and SDMA in close cent development work at 27 roads of Multan circle unconsultation with NDMA.—APP der the Punjab Chief Minister Rural Road Programme has been completed. According to Highway department sources, a total of 27 rural roads of Multan circle including Multan, Vehari, Lodhran.—APP

SFD, ERRA to expedite work in quake-hit areas ISLAMABAD—Saudi mission for earthquake reconstruction projects and Acting Deputy Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Brig Abu Bakr Amin Bajwa vowed to complete all under construction projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu Kashmir on fast track basis. Three member Saudi Mission Fund For Development (SFD) headed by Engineer Abdullah M Al-Shoaibi discussed to complete under construction schemes for the benefits of the people, who suffered heavily due to October 8, 2005 mas-sive earthquake in these areas.

High officials of ERRA, State Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority (SERRA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Earthquake Recon-struction Rehabilitation Authority, contractor firms officials and consultants exchanged views and suggestions at the meeting to jack up work and remove bottlenecks for completion of under construction mega projects in AJK and KPK. While eulogizing international partners and Saudi Arabia’s role in reconstruction, Acting Deputy Chairman said that ERRA in collaboration with international development partners has achieved ex-

LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League (PML) senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has said that “Nawaz Publicity Package” announced in the name of farmers for rigging ahead of

I SLAMABAD —Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country while rain-thunderstorm is likely at isolated places in Mirpurkhas, Malakand divisions, Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan. Met office reported weak seasonal low lies over central Baluchistan and its adjoining areas. A shallow westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country.

A strong weather system well marked low pressure area is located over east of Maharashtra India and likely to move westwards in

next 24 hours, then northwest after that.—APP

PM to visit Hafizabad on 21st

local bodies election has been reduced to half without consultation with the provinces as out of Rs 341 billion package Rs 120 billion are to be contributed by the provinces. BASHIR AHMAD REHMANI Why should governments of Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan provide funds of H A F I Z A B A D — M i a n their provinces funds for Nawaz Sharif ’s Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister of Pakistan is scheduled to visit Hafizabad on September 21. He will visit Kolo Tarar, native village of Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar where he will distribute subsidy cheques to the growers under the recently announced Kissan Package.

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HYDERABAD: Students in group photo during the Graduation and trailblazers Award ceremony organized by Beaconhouse school Qasimabad. publicity, in Punjab local polls are of DCOs and police who are forcibly giving NLeague tickets to the independent candidates and will prepare local polls results themselves as well,” Elahi said this while addressing a press conference along with MNA Tariq Bashir Cheema, Ch Zaheeruddin Khan and Tanvir Azam Cheema at his residence here today. Ch Parvez Elahi said that these rulers have announced four packages in the past in the name of Youth Loan, Ashiana, Karachi and families of martyrs but like these packages this package for farmers is also pain package and not relief package whereas no announcement at all has been made for the growers of wheat, vegetables, sugarcane etc. He said the two brothers make announcement with lot of pomp and show but nothing happens like the people are still searching for gold reserves in Rajua as announced by them, zamindars have been advised to install solar tube-well but the govt itself has not yet run a single solar tube-well itself and have invested Rs 16 billion on solar power plant and producing

Hot, dry weather with rain thunderstorm upcountry

ceptional results under Build Back Better strategy. He said ERRA’s inclusive approach to take all stakeholders on board have been successful not only in building back what was destroyed, but have also catered needs of communities for coming years. The meeting of Saudi delegation, ERRA officials and contractors was held with an aim to remove hindrances and addressing issues for speedy reconstruction work which was in larger interest of people of affected areas. He said since people and communities of areas have a strong need to educate their children.—APP

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partments to remain on high alert after a flood warning was issued. He was presiding over a meeting to review arrangements to deal with possible floods, at Civil Secretariat here on Friday. The Chief Secretary said that federal and provincial departments should enhance coordination for effective monitoring of flood and weather situation, directing that all the protec-tive arrangements be checked again. He issued instructions to district coordination officers (DCOs) to personally visits embankments and remain in their districts during Eid holidays. He said that the natural disaster like flood can be dealt with in an effective manner through better planning and coordinated efforts. The Chief Secretary directed the Secretary Local Government to ensure special arrangements for draining rainwater in cities in view of possible heavy downpour. Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Jawad Akram told the meeting that PDMA is having as many as 10000 tents.—APP

only 15 megawatt of electricity. Paying tributes to the defenders of the motherland on the martyrdom of “namazis”, army officer and jawans in Peshawar, Ch Parvez Elahi appreciated that the Army and Air Force Chiefs had rushed to the venue of incident adding that today entire nation is with General Raheel Sharif except jealous elements. He said further that if all the opposition parties do not unanimously agree on boycott till the resignation of members of the Election Commission then there will be rigging much greater than 2013 elections, police and DCOs are playing the role of personal servants of the govt. He said neither practically fertilizers prices have been reduced nor the farmer will get even one paisa loan without guarantee whereas sky rocketing process of seed have also not been reduced and laboratories established by us for preparing new seed have been closed. In response to a question, Ch Zaheeruddin Khan said that NAB has not yet contacted him, our hands are clean, we have not indulged in corruption and only served the people.

fense Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi has said that Pakistan possesses second strike capability against India. He was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Challenges in the India, Pakistan Relations under BJP Government: Security & Diplomatic Perspectives’ at the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI). The SVI seminar, which was attended by academicians, retired military officials and university students, sought to discuss heightened tensions with India, their security implications, possible scenarios and Pakistan’s response. SVI is an Islamabad based think tank which undertakes research, and analyses and offers policy alternatives in the fields of Strategic and Security Policy Studies, Nuclear Studies, Regional and International Stability, and Energy Security. Gen Lodhi in his presentation discussed the security challenge posed by India and Pakistan’s strengths in dealing with it.

KARACHI: Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat presenting shield to the participants during closing session of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium hosted by Pakistan Navy.

IONS activities conclude successfully

PPP’s ex-MNA blamed for prepoll rigging

KARACHI—The 4-day IONS share information and im-

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activities successfully concluded on Friday with Pakistan Navy’s resolve to play an active role in the maritime secu-rity and prosperity of the region. Pakistan Navy hosted Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group and Preparatory Workshop back to back from September 15 to 18, said a statement issued by ISPR here. The events were organized with 30 delegates from 17 countries participating in these events. Pakistan Navy with Australia, Oman, Bangladesh, Thailand, France, United Urab Emirates and India led the first event that is IONS working Group (IWG) on “Information Sharing and Interoperability” as members. The Working Group discussed modalities on how to

prove interoperability amongst participating states to generate syner-getic response against evolving threats. The second event that is IONS Preparatory workshop (IPW), was co-chaired by Australia and Pakistan. This was a precursor to the forthcoming con-clave of chiefs aimed at preparing agenda for the next high level meeting scheduled early next year in Bangladesh. During this Workshop, Italy, Spain & Russia presented their case for inclusion in the IONS as Observers. All unanimously approved their admission into IONS. The participation of navies and maritime secu-rity agencies from 17 countries in the event truly reflects the strength of naval diplomacy.—APP

Sindh edu uplift MoU signed KARACHI—The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sindh Education and Literacy Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Engro Corporation to improve education in Sindh. The collaboration will go a long way towards making education more accessible to children in the province, said a statement on Friday. This includes constructing 120 large public schools in 7 districts of the province, and five towns in Karachi. Under the tripartite agreement, Engro under its “I am the Change” initiative will help generate funding for SBEP schools.” US Consul General Brian Heath on the occasion said “The Sindh government and our corporate partners have shown great leadership in implementing US-funded education projects”. Sindh Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, USAID Mission Director John Groarke.—APP

LARKANA—A candidate for Chairman Union committee Karani Taluka Dokri and District Council Larkana Deen Muhammad Bughio disclosed pre poll rigging before the media that his two people who endorsed and nominated him were kidnapped by former PPP MNA Hizbullah Bughio so that his son Zohaib Bughio could be elected unopposed, in press conference at Larkana Press Club.

Application moved against SI STAFF REPORTER GUJRANWALA—An application has moved against Sub Inspector for illegally occupying official residence 6-B, in officers colony Gujranwala. It was told that the said residence was allotted to the director local government but SI of Police Station Model Town Muneer Hussain has occupied the residence illegally. Later on this residence was allotted to Ghulam Fareed Superintendent DCO office but this was still in the occupation of police inspector and he paid nothing to government against the residence. The affected official demanded of the higher authorities to take action and vacate the residence from the occupier.


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ERRORISTS using heavy weapons targeted guardroom of PAF’s Badaber camp on Air Force Road but heavy contingents of Quick Response Force (QRF) rushed to the site to fend off the attackers. The brazen attack of early Friday morning raises many questions but there are two distinct messages that emanate from it. The way the authorities concerned promptly reacted to the attack, makes it abundantly clear to the enemy that our security forces are in a state of alert to thwart its design. There have been numerous attacks on our security installations and our troops and personnel of security agencies always fought bravely but in this case the personnel of QRF reached the scene instantly, engaged in a gun battle with terrorists and wiped them out within forty minutes. This speaks volumes about professional skills and experience of our forces in dealing with terrorist threats. Earlier, they incurred casualties but now they are familiar with this unconventional war that has become a big challenge to the country. We appreciate performance of QRF and hope that in future too the QRF as well as other parts of the security apparatus would react with same force. There is also another message that despite the fact that our valiant forces have broken the back of terrorists and they are on the run but they still have the capacity to hit any target. There are reasons to believe that remnants of terrorism might be planning somewhere to carry out attack at some other place in the country. Therefore, the Armed forces, law-enforcing agencies and the entire nation will have to remain ever vigilant against such threats. This is particular so when terrorists are being funded, trained and armed by enemies - our enemies - who want to destabilize the country as part of their nefarious designs against Pakistan. It is also worth repeating that terrorism is a state of mind and we will have to chalk out a comprehensive plan of action to transform this mindset through a combination of measures. Presently, we are lacking on this dimension and therefore, there is need to prepare a plan and implement it on war footings. The task is difficult but not impossible.

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ESPITE positive outcome of the meeting between DG Rangers and chief of India’s BSF where the two sides agreed to check ceasefire violations, India continues with its belligerent posture as its troops martyred two more civilians including a thirteen year old girl on the Line of Control. Similarly, there are unabated reports of Indian interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan including conspiracies against a purely developmental mega project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In this backdrop, the announcement made by Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in the Senate on Thursday that Pakistan is taking to the UN a comprehensive dossier proving Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, is a step in the right direction in the given situation. He rightly pointed out that India has been raising hue and cry over activities of non-State actors but here it is question of state-terrorism against Pakistan and the international community should take serious notice of it. While welcoming his intentions, we hope that practical steps would be taken to sensitize the global public opinion against crude Indian interference in Pakistan especially through neighbouring Afghanistan. It has long been complained by Pakistan that Indians are sponsoring acts of terrorism and sabotage in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi; but so far Pakistan has not raised the issue as effectively as it should have been. Similarly, despite passage of 45 years of Simla Agreement, emphasis on bilateral mechanism to discuss and resolve the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, has not delivered as India is hesitant to discuss the dispute, not to speak of meaningful dialogue to resolve it once for all. Therefore, Pakistan cannot wait for an indefinite period for bilateral processes to take any concrete shape and hence, the plan to raise the Kashmir issue at UN and other forums is a welcome development. Kashmir is rightly considered to be a flash point and it is responsibility of the UN to take steps for its permanent solution for the sake of regional and global peace. The indications that Pakistan is saying goodbye to its ostrich like approach vis-à-vis relations with India and Kashmir issue augurs well and one can expect it will be followed with the required vigour and seriousness.

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HE Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC), on Thursday, approved payment of two months salaries to employees of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). On this occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar remarked that the relevant Ministry and Pakistan Steels should find a way out of the current stalemate as the Government just could not afford to continue providing finances to meet liabilities of PSM. There are no two opinions about significance of PSM and its relevance to the economic development of the country. As the Mills almost enjoys monopoly in the field, it is beyond comprehension as to why it should incur losses and that too for so long. The PSM has not only accumulated huge losses over the years but is also running at an embarrassingly low production capacity despite repeated assurances and plans by its management to increase production and also to go for its expansion. The largest industrial complex in the country has a huge work force and it is believed that majority of them have been inducted on political grounds, rendering it into a white elephant. Some of its problems can definitely be overcome by right-sizing of those who are just receiving salaries and doing nothing to contribute to the cause of this national institution. But it is argued that its problems have much to do with other factors including its non-professional running and pushing it to a stage where its privatization should be considered as the only way out. The PSM and several other state-run institutions are just holes in the national kitty as the Government is forced to inject billions of rupees every year to keep them running. One fails to understand as to why restructuring plans made for the public sector entities have not succeeded so far. Pakistan cannot afford this sluggish attitude and it is the genuine demand of the day to take concrete steps to revive these institutions.

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Recipe for protecting democracy had not realized that the biggest enemy to democracy in the country was none else but corruptiontainted and inept leaderof the PPP. Today, Mohammad Jamil ship once again the PPP is Email: mjamil1938@hotmail.com feeling the heat of action against its leaders on corruption charges, and is PP senators alleged that there trying to ring alarm bells for the was disconnect between the PML-N; but at the same time decivil and military leaderships manding that there should be across and they were not on the same page. the board accountability. Meanwhile, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani Punjab NAB has become active and seems to have realized, though be- mega scandals are likely to come latedly, that the constitutional safe- under the radar. The question is why there is fear guards against military takeovers vis-à-vis Article 6 had become re- of military takeover? After February dundant. Addressing the Senate at 2008 elections, people had expected the end of a debate held in the upper that pillars of the state would work house to commemorate the Interna- within the parameters defined in the tional Day of Democracy, he was Constitution, yet there was Parliacandid in saying: “Our weaknesses ment-Judiciary standoff, and they rehave made it redundant. In my eyes, mained engrossed in asserting power. no constitutional clause can protect Parliamentarians said Parliament was democracy. Only the people can supreme; Judiciary considered itself protect democracy provided they as the most important pillar of the are given ownership of the system.” state, and believed that it could strike He is absolutely right; and we will down any article of the constitution discuss later about the sure recipe that contravenes the fundamental for protecting democracy. How- rights. As regards military leadership, ever, civil and military leaderships it has been assuring the politicos that are on the same page as regards it would not intervene, and it did not Karachi operation, action against react during entire PPP’s tenure terrorism and policy of quid pro quo when some politicians and chattering classes continued to lower the with India. However, there have been prestige of the armed forces in the voices by the politicos that military public eye. However, when insult encroaches upon the domain of the was heaped in Kerry-Lugar bill; secelected government, and politicians ondly in regard to Memogate scanhave been expressing concerns about dal and then after the May 02 attack possible takeover. But these con- on Abbottabad compound by Americerns are not new. In July 2012, can Navy Seals. Though the present military leadprime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had made a funniest statement that ership is committed to support and “in the event democracy is threat- obey the elected government, yet ened or imperiled in the country, the politicos, analysts and panelists have entire political leadership across the been criticizing the military for inboard would unite to defend it.” He tervening in the political affairs. They

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expect from the military not to interfere even when there is anarchy in the country, or when the government shows apathy to external threat to its security. They expect that military should not say a word if it is pilloried and denigrated, and they do not want to give the military right to give their assessment of threat perception to the country; and that it should not respond even if it is subjected to unwarranted and scathing criticism. In the US, Britain and even in India the largest democracy in the world political leaderships take decisions on the basis of intelligence provided by their agencies and also act on the advice of military leadership in matters of foreign policy especially related to security matters. Indian military had prevailed upon then prime minister Manmohan Singh not to withdraw from Siachen, as it would make India vulnerable. Similarly, Obama administration had wanted to complete the withdrawal by 2014, but in 2012 US Generals insisted on having 60000 additional troops to win the war and quit. A compromise was reached with President Obama who agreed to send 30000 troops. Today, all countries of the world have professional armies to protect their borders, and to ensure law and order internally, as it is the responsibility of the government to establish the writ of the state and protect lives and properties of the people. Last year, COAS Raheel Sharif in his address on Martyrs Day had reaffirmed the armed forces’ unequivocal support to civilian government, and stood for stability of democracy and supremacy of the constitution. His predecessor General Kayani had also made a similar commitment. That point besides, there is a widespread perception that in Pakistan it is no democracy; it is plutocracy – the government of the rich, by

the rich and for the rich. In fact, democracy means equality, and equality today is at best notional, as the right to vote alone is no guarantor for equality. Already more than 40 percent of the people are living below the poverty line. The government should take measures to improve their living conditions. The politicians, sociologists and analysts have been discussing ways and means to stop army’s intervention, but no serious effort was ever made to identify the causes that led to promulgation of Martial Laws in Pakistan. Only when the government failed to deliver to the masses; corruption and nepotism were order of the day, and opposition parties formed alliances to get rid of the elected government, only then military had intervened. Having that said, our political leaders have yet to imbibe the timetested recipe for the survivability and durability of a true democratic order. It is the vested interest of the mass of the people in the system that sustains it and lends it durability and longevity. And palpably that interest is just not there in the prevalent system, for which the existing political leadership across the divide is squarely to blame itself. It has failed in generating that sort of interest of the masses for its own foibles and stupidities. There is a complete dichotomy between the outlooks of the leadership and the masses. People want economic opportunities, jobs and livelihoods to see some respite in their miserable unlivable lives. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should take measures to dispel the wrong impressions and perceptions, as perceptions are sometimes more important than realities. —The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore.

Intellectuals and their declining presence away as public intellectuals. They were all thinkers of imintellectual powers, Akbar Jan Marwat mense always independent of auEmail:marwat.akbarjan@gmail.com thorities, and on the side of the oppressed and the vulnerable. They spoke against HE term “public/ critical in social evil and abuses of power. tellectual” describes an intel Their opinion carried a lot of weight: lectual who participates in as it had the potential of mobilizing the discourse of public affairs in the thousands of citizens behind certain society, in addition to his/her aca- public issues. demic and professional preoccupaScientists and Artists like Albert tion. Regardless of his/her profes- Einstein and Pablo Picasso were also sional field of expertise, the public public or critical intellectuals, as intellectual addresses and responds they were public figures that took to the problems of his/her society, interest in issues of common good; and, as such, is expected to be fair and were not afraid to stand with the and impartial and engage with uni- deprived segments against the auversal issues of truth, judgment and thorities. Einstein constantly opflavor of the time. Edward Said, posed wars and the production of an oriental scholar and a public in- Nuclear Weapons. Picasso was a tellectual himself, describes the committed anti fascist. public intellectual as following:” More closer in time— although The real or “true” public intellec- in a dwindling list – have been pubtual is therefore always an outsider, lic intellectuals like: Harold Pinter, living in a self – imposed exile, and Howard Zinn the people’s historian on the margins of the society. He and Edward Said. Indeed the or she speaks to, as well as for, world’s foremost public / critical inpublic, necessarily in public, and tellectual still alive is MIT linguisis properly on the side of the dis- tic Professor Noam Chomsky. Unpossessed, the un-represented and fortunately he seems to be reprethe forgotten”. senting a dying breed, and there Historically, Public intellectu- seems to be no one on the horizon als vehemently criticized imperial- to step into his shoes. ism, oppression and the violation In Pakistan, we have, perhaps, of universal values like truth and not had a robust tradition of public justice, were ever such violation intellectuals per se; but leftist pooccurred. In a Modern Western era, ets like Faiz Ahmed Faiz and such public intellectuals were like Ahmed Faraz were certainly pubgiants; their opinion was accepted lic intellectuals in their own right. by a great number of the citizens. They not only highlighted the misThey thus held their national gov- eries of the dispossessed classes, in ernments in awe and fear. their poetry, but also participated in In the context of the West well actual political demonstrations known 20th century men of letters against the authorities. They even like: Bertrand Russell, George braved jail terms, for the cause of Orwell, jean-Paul Sartre and Albert their ideals. Similarly in today’s Camus, come to mind straight Pakistan Dr. Mubarik Ali can truly

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be called a people’s historian. He has written history from the peoples perspectives; always challenging the pro-establishment version of history. Dr. Pervaiz Hudbohy the famous physicist can also be termed a public intellectual, as his interest goes much beyond physics. He is against fundamentalism and believes in a rational and an egalitarian society. Dr. Ali Sharaiti was a great public intellectual of Iran who played an important role in Iranian revolution. According to Academic and Journalist C J Polychroniou, the reason for the diminishing of public or critical intellectuals is that the Western world today is dominated by functional / conformist intellectuals whose mission is not to inform the public about social evils and threat to their freedom’s; but to enhance their own careers and station in life. They thus support the existing order and dominant powers relations. Such conformist intellectuals focus on narrow and highly specialized and technical areas: not daring to engage in issues of common folks. Their excuse is that dabbling in these issues is beyond their remit. But the truth is that they are afraid to lose their jobs and grants if they oppose the authorities. In Pakistan also, the breed of public intellectuals have suffered because of long periods of authoritarian rule, and the ascendency of fundamentalism in every sphere of life; which is certainly inimical to critical thinking. The corporatization of the universities and the media, have also created a stifling atmosphere for critical intellectuals, as profit becomes the sole purpose behind any form of activity: including intellectual ac-

tivity. Noam Chomsky wrote in his famous essay “The Responsibility of Intellectuals’’: “Intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments to analyse actions according to their causes and motives and often hidden intentions”. Chomsky thus exhorts intellectuals to full fill their obligation of supporting common public issues, and exposing the false hoods of the authorities. The decline in the number of public / critical intellectuals worldwide, can be attributed to a number of interrelated causes: (a) universities throughout the world have generally abandoned their role of developing caring and critically engaging citizens. Only professionals fit for the global market places are being produced; (b) With the advent of neo-liberalism as the dominating ideology, today, notions of social justice, and common good have taken a back seat to crude consumerism and self aggrandizement. The intellectual elite has been alienated from universal values like truth justice and peace; (c) the corporate takeover of mass media, has resulted in profit as the sole motive of these media organization, thus role of critical opinion has been stymied. In conclusion, it can be said, that the declining trend of public intellectuals forecasts a bleak future for democracy and its cherished universal values like speaking out against social evils and abuse of power. Today it seems, we have come a long way from the time when public / critical intellectuals, not only challenged the status quo but also struck fear and awe into the hearts of the rulers. —The writer is author, citizen journalist and entrepreneur.

URING the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ameri can military officials often provided misleadingly upbeat assessments of battlefield efforts and belittled reporting that contradicted their narrative. Their take on the progress of the troops was frequently at odds with the conclusions of civilian intelligence analysts and reporting by journalists in the field. The opposing views were important because they sometimes forced the Pentagon to face unpleasant truths and change course. The war against the Daesh also known as ISIS, which the Obama administration launched more than a year ago, however, has unfolded out of sight by design. Press releases summarizing the actions of the American-led coalition include the vague dateline ‘Southwest Asia,’ because the task force leading the effort doesn’t publicly acknowledge it is based in Kuwait. The American military’s Central Command, or Centcom, which oversees the air campaign, periodically releases grainy black-and-white videos showing bombs blasting buildings and other targets into smithereens. But basic facts like the number of civilians killed in airstrikes, the strength of the Daesh and the extent to which the international coalition’s strategy might be having a radicalising effect have remained disturbingly elusive. That makes the reported attempts by senior military officials to alter the conclusions of rankand-file intelligence officers particularly alarming. The Defence Department’s inspector general is investigating whether senior Centcom officials have sought to distort the assessments of military intelligence analysts to paint a positive picture of the war on the Daesh. Those assessments are considered along with others produced by civilian agencies; conclusions from various assessments are then distilled and presented to the president and top policy makers. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of Centcom, said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that he would take “appropriate actions,” once the inspector general’s office concludes its investigation. He told lawmakers that despite some setbacks, “progress is being made” in the military campaign. But his startling responses to questions from senators offered no reason to believe that is true. He said, for instance, that the United States currently has “four or five” Syrian fighters battling the Daesh — more than a year into a campaign that depends heavily on grooming and training a local fighting force. Daesh, a Sunni group, which aspires to establish a caliphate, now maintains control of terrain in northern and eastern Syria, as well as Mosul and Ramadi, two important Iraqi cities. Senator John McCain called the military’s assessment of progress “divorced” from reality and described the status quo in Syria as “an abject failure.” Those characterizations certainly ring true. But Republicans can’t be allowed to place the blame on the Obama administration, as Mr. McCain appeared to do by asserting: “This is a result of leaving Iraq.” This specious attack may well be used by Republicans in the presidential campaign. Of course, they are unlikely to mention that it was President Bush who negotiated the withdrawals of American troops from Iraq. For more than a year, Congress has failed to exercise its power to authorize the war against the Daesh. That has given the Obama administration free rein to escalate the military campaign with virtually no oversight or guidance from Congress. Lawmakers should demand that the military be forthright in its assessments, but their criticisms ring hollow when they dodge all responsibility for setting war policy. — The New York Times The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. —Proverb


Pak-Afghan border worries are divided between different states. There is hardly any state the world that consists of a Ali Ashraf Khan insingle ethnicity only or there is Email:balti1551@gmail.com hardly any ethnicity that is not divided among several states. Afghanistan recognises the borders HOUGH there are many more with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan! hick-ups in the relations be Looking at the problem from the tween Afghanistan and Paki- Pakistani side it would mean that if stan the problem No. one – much more Pakistan would agree to re-negotiate than only a hick-up- is the fact that the Durand line immediately new deAfghanistan refuses to recognise our mands for territorial adjustments ( western border, the so-called Durand which amounts to secession) would be line. This border line – like all other on the table including Kashmir, Sindh borders of former British India in the and others. So it is quite clear that this subcontinent- are a colonial heritage. is impossible for Pakistan. Looking at It was drawn in 1893 after Afghan war it from the point of view of Pakistani that the British Indian army had fought Pashtuns it seems that they are rather in Afghanistan and it was recognised happy in Pakistan (as compared with by the then Afghan ruler Abdur those in Afghanistan) and don’t show Rehman, Amir of Afghanistan. The a great tendency to change the border British allegedly idea was to keep the line or have ‘Pashtunistan’ which was Russian Empire at a bay by creating anyway a Afghan financed idea in the the Durand line and the Wakhan Cor- sixties. But events of early 1980s US ridor that was annexed with Afghani- jihiadi operation against USSR could stan when Amir of Afghanistan was not have succeeded if Pakistan had unnot agreeing on it. So the British bribed derstood the dirty design hidden behim to serve their purpose to consoli- hind newly found western love for date British Raj in India. Jihad that had led to ultimate destrucIn the wake of decolonisation in tion of Pakistan’s national fabric. 1947 the two independent states of While the Pashtunistan question India and Pakistan came into existence has died down long ago the Durand with their borders coinciding with the line kept souring Afghan-Pakistani reprevious borders of British India while lations. Recently two opposing camps a new dividing line was drawn by the in Afghanistan — Daesh (ISIS) and Radcliffe Commission. While it is true former Afghan president Hamid that the Durand line divides the tribal Karzai — refused to recognise Durand settlement of Pashtuns so that Pashtun- Line as the permanent border between settled territory that had been previ- Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both inously British-India is now belonging sisted that the border needs to be reto Pakistan; this is not a unique thing. defined. Well, Daesh with the idea of All over the world ethnic territories a worldwide Islamic khalifate would

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not recognise any borders between territories inhabited by Muslims – so that is understandable. But the opinion of Mr. Karzai is dangerous because it is the opinion of his followers and there are many in Afghanistan. Even President Ghani cannot afford to recognise the Durand line officially; it would damage his political rating too much. This is why the statement of a representative of the US State Department, Mr. Kirby, in a news briefing is so important. On the question raised by an Indian journalist if the US recognised the Durand line he said: “Yes, it’s the recognised border, and we recognise the borders of Afghanistan.” This is a rare statement and it should be taken due notice of. Though in international relations diplomatic relations between countries should imply the recognition of borders this is not the case in many places even in the subcontinent. Kashmir is the most glaring example; another is the IndoChinese border troubles. But history shows that redrawing of borders while a common thing in previous centuries – mainly as a result of war- is not so easy these days when war have become more damaging because of new and dangerous technologies. Thus redrawing borders would imply war which is not in the interest of any country. All South Asian countries including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have a dire poverty problem, an economic and energy problem and need peace to tackle those. The assurance of the US State Department thus comes at a good time and one can only hope that Indians as well as Afghans take the point.

Lastly, Pakistan needs to stop playing for the West, who have been playing their game at our cost and rather start sorting out its problems with the neighbours in the region. Exchange of territory is possible only as a result of negotiations. But it would be even better and more important to make borders permeable for trade and people’s movement so that they are reduced to a line on a map but are not any more dividing lines which are impossible to cross in realty. The recent attacks in Kabul that killed more than 100 Afghan civilians and injured hundreds, have been blamed on Pakistan because they are supposed to house the Haqqani network that is blamed for the attacks though this is not true and has been denied by Pakistan. Afghans are up in arms and anti-Pakistani feelings are being promoted, the peace process between our two countries has been severely disturbed. It is in Pakistan’s interest to restart the peace process and no stone should remain unturned for achieving that goal: Addressing the border woes would be part of the way towards new Afghan-Pakistani rapprochement. Now issue arises as to how long this status quo will go on? The changing scenario will put its mark by creating more violence. If the logic of peace is continued to be neglected by the sitting government it might fall over it and civil war will spread out of control. God bless Pakistan and humanity. —The writer is a senior columnist based in Karachi.

Knowledge-based economy gesting the government and the policymakers to focus on economic growth from the Taj Nabi Khan perspective of manufacturing Email:tnkhan672@gmail.com of hi-tech products. The increasing ratio of export of hi-tech manufacturHE concept of linking knowl ing products has outdated selling of edge with socio-economic de natural resources, agro-goods, minervelopment is considered the only als and raw materials at foreign lands, way forward for putting the develop- especially by the most advanced and ing economies like ours on track to fast developing economies of the progress as traditional approaches of world. Some of these nations, such as economic growth are waning rapidly Singapore, were facing the scarcity of from around the globe. The proportion natural resources, but they managed of hi-tech products is increasing in to increase their overall exports to $450 world trade, but unfortunately, billion annually by focusing on hi-tech Pakistan’s share in manufacturing and products compared to $30 billion from export of these products is insignificant. Pakistan with a population of 40 times Attending a conference on greater than that of Singapore. The ‘Knowledge Economy’ in Higher country needs to acquire competence Education Commission (HEC) re- in several technologies including aerocently, in which the former federal dynamics, thermal imaging, precision minister for education and ex-chair- manufacturing, computational fluid man HEC, Dr. Atta Ur Rehaman’s dynamics, industrial design and testspoke explicitly and impressively sug- ing etc. It is only if we are armed with

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the right knowledge and skills that we can improve our living standards and provide a decent future to our children. The economies of countries such as Ireland and China have witnessed significant transformation with the help of information communication technologies (ICT). The intrinsic cross-cutting nature of ICT is resulting in improved productivity in industry and agriculture and it is creating huge new opportunities for businesses around the world. The industrial and trade policies of the country need to encourage local technology firms and engineering enterprises, through continuous upgrading of technology and skills and access to market. The biotechnology has emerged in recent years as a powerful medium for socio-economic development such as recombinant vaccines, vaccines in drug delivery, molecular diagnostics, bioremediation, sequencing of genomes, bioinformatics development, genetically modified

crops, recombinant therapeutic proteins etc. The information technology, biotechnology, communication technologies, renewable energy, material sciences and health sciences, are also rapidly changing the face of the globe, leading several countries on the path of social and economic development, leaving others for behind. It said that the annual budget of Finland only for the Nokia Mobile Phone is more than the whole budget of Pakistan. The dream of hi-tech products exports could only be realized if R&D organizations are strengthened as sadly Pakistan ranked 134th out of 143 countries in research and development (R&D). Only 0.29% of the total GDP is allocated for R&D, which should be increased exponentially as without good financial support, the research organizations would not be able to perform well. — The writer is freelance columnist based in Islamabad.

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Leaving Afghanistan would be a tragic mistake Mac Thomberry

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HE future of Afghanistan, as well as the extent of the ongo ing terrorist threat to our homeland, hang on crucial decisions about to be made as President Obama decides how many troops, if any, will stay in Afghanistan through 2016. A lot has changed in Afghanistan. The consequences of a power struggle resulting from Taliban leader Mohammad Omar’s death, and the disturbing growth of the terrorist group known as Daesh (ISIS) inside the country. Simultaneously, international assistance has been cut and coalition forces withdrawn — from approximately 100,000 in 2011 to fewer than 10,000 today. Now Afghans face the prospect that no coalition troops will remain at the end of 2016. In 2013, the US military developed a plan to remove Americans from most combat operations in Afghanistan while still helping to develop the Afghan forces’ security capabilities. The Obama administration disregarded the plan. Most bases and out-

posts were closed, and troops were cut below the minimum needed to successfully train and assist the Afghan military. Now, in addition to terrorist attacks, the Afghan military is in a tough fight without the key resources required to battle an insurgent campaign. Tragically, strategic territory that US troops fought and sacrificed to secure may be lost. The current plan is to end any meaningful US military presence in Afghanistan by December 2016, closing the few remaining US bases in the country and foreclosing any real ability to effectively advise and support the Afghan military. A resurgent Taliban and Haqqani network could then make further gains across Afghanistan, threatening the country’s stability and allowing the return of pre9/11 conditions. Closing those bases would also eliminate much of the intelligence collection pertaining to threats against the US homeland. After 14 years of war, why should we stay engaged in a poor country so far away? First, Afghanistan has been and will continue to be a crucial centre for terrorist organisations. It was al-Qaeda’s base as it plotted 9/11 and other attacks, and the group continues

to try to reconstitute itself there. Daesh is growing rapidly within Afghanistan. Only by staying engaged can we fight that threat at its source, rather than waiting for it to come to us. Another reason is we have a motivated partner. Afghanistan’s national unity government is anxious to work closely with the United States and has security forces willing and able to do the fighting. By providing modest financial support and a limited presence to advise and conduct counter-terrorism, we will be in solid position to take direct action against key terrorist targets. Visiting Afghanistan this month, I found unanimous agreement that Afghan security forces have made enormous strides. But they are not yet ready to take on the national and international security challenges they face on their own; essential functions such as intelligence and close air support need more time to develop. And they are anxious for sustained US advisory help. A third reason is credibility. If we expect other nations to join the fight against terrorists, the United States has to prove itself a reliable partner. That reliability is in doubt after our premature withdrawal from Iraq, the neverenforced red line in Syria and a nuclear

deal that does nothing to curtail Iran’s malignant activities in the region. Complete withdrawal from Afghanistan would cause any country to question the wisdom of an alliance with the United States. Right now, we face the danger of repeating the mistake of Iraq, where a new, more virulent terrorist threat has grown after the United States left too soon. If we make the same mistake in Afghanistan, the danger to the homeland and to American citizens and interests around the world will grow significantly. Fourteen years after 9/11, the United States faces many complex security threats. But Afghanistan remains a central node in the terrorism fight. It would be a tragic mistake for the United States to disengage from a fight where we have a willing partner and where so much can be accomplished at a relatively modest cost. We do not want to look back one day and wish we had chosen a different course. The writer, a Republican, represents Texas’s 13th Congressional District in the House and is chairman of the Armed Services Committee. — Courtesy: The Washington Post

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sometimes wonder who coined the word, ‘luck’? I am sure it couldn’t have been someone who had done well in life but coined by someone who blamed all his failures to luck. The man who does well knows that his success is not due to luck, but all those around him like to attribute his success to luck. “Lucky fellow, he got a promotion!” Lucky girl, she came first in class!” But that man who re-

ceived the promotion or you who have topped the class know luck hardly played a part, hard work did. Determination and focus did. Persistence did! How easily we blame luck and circumstances for our failures! In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway learned something about “bad luck” and getting kicked by life. He was struggling to make his mark as an author when disaster struck. He lost a suitcase containing all his manuscripts — many stories he’d polished to jewel-like perfection — which he’d been planning to publish in a book. According to Denis Waitley in his book Empires of the Mind (William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1995), the

devastated Hemingway couldn’t conceive of redoing his work. All those months of arduous writing were simply wasted. He lamented his predicament to friend and poet Ezra Pound who called it a stroke of good fortune! Pound assured Hemingway that when he rewrote the stories, he would forget the weak parts; only the best material would reappear. He encouraged the aspiring author to start over with a sense of optimism and confidence. Hemingway did rewrite the stories and eventually became a major figure in American literature. Don’t pray for fewer problems; pray for more skills. Don’t ask for smaller challenges; ask for greater

wisdom. Don’t look for an easy way out; look for the best possible outcome. When life gives you a kick, let it kick you forward..! And here’s something to make you smile: A woman was being rushed to hospital but couldn’t make it to the delivery room and started giving birth to a baby in elevator of the hospital. When she complained about the location, a nurse said, “Why, this isn’t so bad; last year a woman delivered her baby out on the front lawn.” “Yes,” said the woman with a grin, “that was me too, looks like my luck is improving..!” Yes, laugh when you fail, but don’t blame it on luck..! —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Modi on a superfluous mission SALMAN FARSI

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was shocked to read the contents of an article, published by Pakistan Observer on Thursday, by the veteran Hindu intellectual Kaldip Nayyar wherein the writer has quite intelligently tried to make it believe that India, otherwise an invader of the international boundaries with its neighbour Pakistan, won the 1965 Indo-Pak War. The writer who is known and respected for his objective analytical discourses and write-ups, seems to be formally commissioned by the Modi government under its wider project of rewriting history, or rather defacing historic facts to mislead the Indian youth. It is a known fact that the grant of right of self determination to the people of the state of Jamu and Kasmir remains a pending agendum of the partition plan of the sub-continent, and Pakistan is also a party to it. The internal liberation movements and struggle of the Kashmiri people against Indian illegal occupation, are understandable; hence the movement of the Kashmiri people and their associates across the Cease Fire Line (now known as Line of Control), was never a justification for India to cross international borders. However, as it is said, all is fair in love and war and India wanted to release pressure from Kashmir by hitting the Wagha and Burki borders and to foolishly plan to dine in Lahore Gymkhana, was ably retaliated by the Pakistani nation and the valiant Armed forces. You cannot deface or deny the historic facts. The 65 war in itself was not the result of the uprising of the Kashmiri people against the Indian atrocities but because India formally invaded Pakistan. However, this Indian adventure met a humiliating defeat. I as a young student of 10th class and living close to the Indo-Pak border and eye witness to the PAF’s control on skies and Pak Army’s advances onto the Indian territories and above all the exalted participation of the excited people of Pakistan in the defence of Pakistan coupled with inspiring broadcasts of Radio Pakistan, brought new life to the Pakistani nation. The high morale of the Pakistani nation and mass opposition to the 23rd September ceasefire reflects the material, military and psychological victory of Pakistan over India. The war account recorded in 1965 needs to be gone through; later the pseudo intellectuals of both the countries did their utmost to controversialise everything and history was the worst target. Now the Modi regime has formally commissioned the writers to distort history to upkeep the morale of the younger Indian generations. It is really a pity that conscientious writers like Kaldip Nayyar are also sailing in the same boat. —Islamabad

Go green HASSAN NAQVI Just a few days have been passed since we joyfully celebrated our Independence Day, decorated our country with green flags to show the patriotism. After that day green colour started to disappear slowly from our society. In cities and especially in Karachi only a few houses left with green flag fluttering above. This green colour represents nature, fertility, life, safety and hope. This green colour also indicates of something being harmless for example traffic signal. So why shouldn’t we permanently adapt this national colour, we plant trees, everyone just plant a single tree and look after it. And we get rid of environmental pollution, diseases and lack of rain by transforming Karachi into a green city. —Karachi

BJP hypocrisy towards Muslims SHADAB SHAREEF The BJP government of India has passed a bill which imposes ban on slaughtering of all animal forms and meat. BJP government elected into power by the people of India on the agenda; ‘sab ka sath, sab ka Vikas’. After getting into power; they totally forgot their claims and agenda made during the electoral process. The Indian government holds the mindset of treating Muslims as a minority; a common man can even understand that imposing such ban reflects the extremist Hindu ideology. The ban on slaughtering of animals announced by the Indian government ahead of the Muslim religious festival Eid Ul Adha, describes the hypocrisy of the Hindu government. The statement from the BJP Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi “go to Pakistan, Arab and any other country in the world if you can’t live without meat” is really shameful for a Muslim. How can the BJP government justify its stance on the ban of slaughtering and meat by proclaiming that cows are sacred to Hindu culture, so it’s a sensitive issue for the Hindu population. On the other hand; they can totally forget the slaughtering of animals is also scared matter and a sensitive issue for the Muslims who are on their way to celebrate “Eid-ul-Aza”. If the cows are sacred to Hindus then why they banned the sacrifice of other forms of animals such as goat, sheep, buffalo. The ban on slaughtering of animals describes the discriminatory attitude of BJP government towards Muslims. Indian Constitution in Articles 25, 26, 27 and 28 provides for freedom of religion to every Indian citizen. However, the BJP government defies its own Constitution by depriving the Indian Muslims their right of freedom of religion. —Islamabad

at Karachi’s Super Highway after processing. According to sources, these things are exported to China in large quantity under the guise of frozen food and the factory is owned by people belonging to Faisalabad. These things are also sold and distributed on local level. These data, generated using different sources, are of great importance to inform public health authorities, to detect food borne diseases’ outbreaks early and also to implement and evaluate food safety programmes. —Karachi

Allegations against PIA KAMRAN BAJWA Of late, PIA has been subjected to some very obnoxious criticism on TV. It is obvious from the manner in which these comments are exaggerated that someone has an axe to grind against the airline. In my opinion, the top management of PIA should come up with a suitable and strong rejoinder to all the allegations levelled against it so that such behaviour is not repeated in future and anyone talking about PIA should keep in mind the true facts before going public. —Karachi

Environmentfriendly CJP HASHIM ABRO The incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali is famous for his environment-friendly policies, programmes, intentions and actions in our legal and judicial history. Those who know him from Hyderabad, a city of culture and civilisation, or those who are familiar with his enviable environmental accomplishments and legacy, when he was the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, they sincerely hope that in his present capacity as the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he would also put in practice his innate commitment to help improve the environment of both the judiciary and that of the country. Pakistan today is facing a plethora of monumental challenges such as religious and sectarian intolerance, extremism, militancy, organized crime and corruption, ethnicity and nepotism, educational terrorism, economic terrorism and above all health and environmental terrorism. The more one explores Pakistan, the more one learns about these crimes against humanity in Pakistan. However, united stand, divided we fall. Collective efforts and wisdom is required to create an immaculate and unpolluted environment in and around where people of Pakistan live with the promised dignity and justice as enshrined and guaranteed in the Constitution of Pakistan. —Islamabad

Forbidden meat in Karachi Muniba Mazari, H K the inspiration ADEYA

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News of the sale of donkey meat, fat and hides on large scale in Karachi has caused severe impact on people. Tons of donkey meat and hundreds of donkey hides are sold locally and exported abroad from a factory located on Super Highway, as reported by many news media channels. Organized business of selling donkey meat and hides is being carried out in Karachi as well as other major cities of the country. Large scale sale of donkey meat, hides and fat is being stored at a factory located

in their jobs, schools or any field of their work. Furthermore, if the person is paraplegic, he reckons it as his right to get dependent on others. There are many problems chained up which our country is facing but beggary is getting worst day by day. We mostly see disabled begging and everyone else feel pity for them thus the situation gets pathetic and those beggars seem content and very much self-satisfied with their profession. For such people or everyone who has deterred his life whether he is disabled or not, Muniba Mazari is not less than a candle in the dark. Though inspiration is everywhere if we look around and open our eyes and mind to benefit from it, Muniba Mazari; who is not only an artist, first wheel chair model, an activist, a writer but also a motivational speaker, plays her role very efficiently. While she was doing her bachelor in fine arts, she fell a prey to a disease which made her paraplegic, yet she remained committed to her artistic nature. Though finding painting hard by the dint of her agony of the spinal cord injury, she took it as a challenge and expressed her sentiments through her art. She says, “Although it is hard to paint being a disabled person, it is not easy to paint with a free mind when you are wheel chair bound, yet I know it is the only way through which I can spread the message of strength and courage. So, I forgot my pain and started painting, I paint for people as I believe in spreading the message of ‘Never give up’”. Currently, she is running her brand by the name ‘Muniba’s Canvas’ with the slogan ‘Let Your Walls Wear Colors’. Her paintings give the message of living life. Assuredly, her example reveals that non-accomplishment and omission have nothing to do with physical disability but mental one. It was only her determination which made her not giving up and encouraged her to do such things which definitely made her a role model. Brain is the most powerful thing in a human body. It can make the things possible or impossible for him, rest the option is over him that which way he adopts to entertain, whether it is encouraging which leads his life to the sky or its contrary which makes him disabled in his approach. —Karachi

Pakistan Press Freedom RANA TASSAWAR ALI This is with reference to a news published in the guardian of 14 September that Pakistan press freedom is under pressure of Pakistani army. According to different sources presented in news shows that Pakistani media is mostly controlled by establishment. It is fact that these are all anti Democratic forces deliberately trying to undermine political institutions. Pakistani media which always take stand for democracy need to figure out strategy for defeating these elements. Pakistani media should raise its voice against antidemocratic elements. —Islamabad

SYEDA MAHA QADRI Nature has given the human beings lots of blessings, yet they not only seem ungrateful, but also complain the fate. In spite of having a good health and a vigorous body, man gets cross over the lack of insignificant things. Besides, at times he makes it an evasion of not working more. Sometimes the situation gets worse and crucial for him and gets him smitten into the depression. Many people are losing the drive required for performing well either

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Philippines rebels reject changes in proposed autonomy law MANILA—A Muslim rebel leader said signed into law, then certainly it will put

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While Russia’s increased presence in Syria gives the regime another leg to stand on, some in Damascus say the rebels, said the delays in the bill’s pas- Congress merge their versions and subMoscow could also temper Iran’s influence. sage may send the wrong signal to Mus- mit the bill to President Benigno Aquino B EIJING —It is already a lim communities, which have suffered III for signing, chief government nego- worldwide consensus that NICHOLAS BLANFORD China and the United States,

Friday that changes that would water the MILF in a very, very hard situation down a proposed Muslim autonomy law and, of course, the decision would be not from years of on-and-off fighting but have tiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said, addunder a peace deal with the Philippine to accept the bill,” Iqbal told reporters. Asked how the rebels and their fol- begun to rebuild their lives under a 2012 ing that the government and rebels congovernment are unacceptable and that intinue to lobby for a strong autonomy surgents are appealing to lawmakers to lowers were reacting to delays in the peace cease-fire that has halted clashes. pass legislation that would help end a decades-old rebellion in the country’s south. Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said delays in the passage of the autonomy bill in Congress have made the insurgents anxious. He said rebel leaders are regularly notifying commanders on progress in implementing the peace deal, which was signed last year. Under the Malaysianbrokered agreement, the rebels dropped their separatist bid in exchange for a more powerful and better-funded Muslim autonomous region to be called Bangsamoro. It was to be created with a bill drafted by a rebel-government commission and submitted to Congress. A police anti-terror assault in January, however, spun out of control and led to the killings of 44 police commandos in clashes that entangled some of the Moro rebels. The police deaths, their largest single-day combat loss in years, sparked public outrage and prompted lawmakers to scrutinize and water down the autonomy bill, delaying its passage. At least 77 provisions and passages have been deleted, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal gestures during a forum with foreign corresponchanged or diluted by a Senate dents based in the Philippines, on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which would pave the way for the committee and at least 28 changes creation of a new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have been introduced in the House in southern Philippines. of Representatives. The changes “We risk telling them that their dreams, law. The United States and European would limit the new autonomous region’s deal, he said they were naturally frustrated power and revenue share, Iqbal said. Leg- but suggested there was no danger of an their aspirations have no place here,” Deles and Asian countries have backed the islators have argued that the amendments outbreak of violence. “You know waiting said. “We risk telling them that we simply peace deal, hoping it will turn former were necessary to remove potentially un- is terrible,” Iqbal said. “But we are man- don’t care if they have to once again return battlefields in the south of the largely Roman Catholic country into centers of constitutional provisions that could scuttle aging that anxiety, and rest assured that to the hellish suffering of war.” The proposed changes to the autonomy economic growth and prevent the rethe law if it faces a legal challenge in the the MILF leadership is in control of the situation.” Presidential adviser Teresita bill could still be eased in upcoming delib- gion from becoming a breeding ground Supreme Court. “If this version of the law will be Deles, who oversees the peace deal with erations and when the two chambers of of Islamic extremism.—AP

the two giants sitting on the opposite end of the Pacific Ocean, play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the vast region between them, whose eminence in global affairs is growing each and every day. It is against such an epic backdrop that there is a growing sense among Chinese, U.S. and Asian officials and experts that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming first state visit to the United States could further promote the positive China-U.S. interaction in the Asia-Pacific and thus make the Pacific Ocean more live up to its name. President Xi, a staunch advocator for common peace and prosperity in the AsiaPacific, has made it clear time and again that “the broad Pacific Ocean is vast enough to embrace both China and the United States.” He has also repeatedly urged the two sides to honor their commitment to actively interact in the Asia-Pacific region, encourage inclusive diplomacy, and jointly play a constructive role to bolster regional peace, stability and prosperity. With their shared important responsibilities for the region, China and the United States have been carrying out multi-level and multi-field communication and coordination in the Asia-Pacific. Bolstered by Xi’s upcoming visit, such coordination and cooperation will not only be a blessing to the two countries, but also a boon to the Asia-Pacific and the world as a whole.—Xinhua

New economic impetus needed for full CERN materializing dream to excel global econo-recovery: Premimer Li Pakistan’s in physics: Dr Naeem F : ULL TEXT OF SPEECH

On the afternoon of September 9, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met and held a discussion at the Dalian International Conference Center with Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Klaus Schwab and personages of various circles, who were in China for the Summer Davos Forum 2015. Representatives of heads of international organizations, transnational enterprises, colleges and universities and news agencies, such as World Intellectual Property Organization, Aluminum Company of America and Boston Consulting Group of America, Royal DSM N.V. of the Netherlands, Mitsubishi Group and Keio University of Japan, Unilever, Imperial College London and the Economist of the UK as well as Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, attended the discussion, exchanging in-depth views on such topics as global economic growth and international production capacity cooperation. Li Keqiang expressed that currently, global economy is still undergoing fluctuations and its recovery lacks speed and momentum. To achieve global economic recovery in real terms, we must have a strong, sustained and balanced economic growth and cultivate new impetus. All countries should join hands with mutual help, give play to their comparative advantages and together blueprint economic growth thus open a new chapter in global economy.

Russia, Iran both propping up Assad. A balancing act?

Li Keqiang pointed out that China’s economy is now running within a reasonable range and its fundamentals for overall stability remain unchanged, so it still serves as an important force for global economic growth. The Chinese people have the wis-

dom and the Chinese government has the capability to keep the economy growing at medium-high speed and towards medium-high level. We will continuously and unswervingly deepen reform in a comprehensive way and gradually enhance China’s opening-up to the outside world. Li Keqiang stressed that under the current circumstances, the key for all parties to jointly deal with economic downward pressure lies in developing entity economy and forging new growth points by combining their effective demands and effective supplies. China proposed carrying out international cooperation on production capacity to connect its advantages in production capacity and equipment manu-

facturing with demands of other developing countries in infrastructure con- ISLAMABAD—“CERN has been Nuclear Research (CERN) is struction and industrialization and making an invaluable contribution world’s supreme body of scienmeanwhile utilize high-end products for development of technical and tific research based in Geneva, and advanced technologies of devel- scientific base in Pakistan which Switzerland. The organization will eventually help the country has been working on great exoped countries. This will not only help boost indus- materialize the dream of an all- periments for many decades and trialization and modernization of developing countries at low cost, high speed and high level, but better integrate finance and industry as well as virtual economy and entity economy thus join their forces for the growth of entity economy and provide a strong support for global economic recovery. China will work with transnational enterprises to develop its own market and the third-party market for mutual benefit, win-win results as well as common development Dr Mohammad Naeem presenting shield to Chairman HEC and prosperity. Klaus Schwab said that the Summer Dr Mukhtar Ahmed. Davos Forum is growing in influence, showing that the international commu- time-great Nobel Laureate, Pro- has also introduced the world nity has confidence in China’s future fessor Abdus Salam, into a real- with worldwide web (www), ity,” said Chairman Pakistan first touch screen and above all economic development. The sub-forum on international pro- Atomic Energy Commission Higgs Boson, commonly reduction capacity cooperation was spe- (PAEC), Muhammad Naeem ferred to as ‘god particle’. “I feel cially held on the sidelines of the Davos adding that the maestro desired to elated that Pakistan has acquired Forum, and the participants held that in- see Pakistanis excel in sciences es- the status of an Associate Memternational production capacity coopera- pecially Physics. He expressed ber State of CERN and for that tion helps all countries complement their these views while delivering a July 31, 2015 – the day when advantages and achieve mutual benefit maiden speech to the CERN Government of Pakistan ratified and win-win results through coopera- Council in Geneva as the first- the membership documents – tion, and also helps China’s industrial ever Chairman of PAEC to ad- will always be remembered as upgrading and transformation. The WEF dress the august gathering of sci- a significant milestone in the will further enhance its cooperation with entific community after Pakistan scientific history of the country,” said Muhammad Naeem in China. Yang Jing and Zhou Xiaochuan acquired its membership. European Organization for his opening remarks. —Email attended the discussion.—Email

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USSIA’S increased military assistance to Syria provides President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime with a wel come boost to its hold on power after a series of territorial losses this year to rebel forces. But while Russia appears to have coordinated its military expansion with Iran, Mr. Assad’s other key ally, the move could also serve as a counterbalance to Tehran’s powerful influence in Syria, a phenomenon that has generated ripples of unease in some circles of the Damascus regime. Russia and Iran are staunch allies of Assad and collectively have provided diplomatic, financial, military, and material support to help his regime stave off the challenge posed by opposition groups. Recommended: Do you understand the Syria conflict? Take the quiz. Both countries have much at stake: Syria is one of the few Middle Eastern countries where Russia continues to wield influence, and it provides Iran with a vital geographical conduit to its Lebanese protégé Hezbollah. It is also a key component of the axis of resistance, an alliance of countries and parties opposed to Israel and Western regional interests. “Both Iran and Russia want to preserve the political system in Syria, to keep Assad in power” says Rajab Safarov, the director of the Moscow-based Center for Studying Modern Iran. “Assad’s defeat would have a serious impact on Iran and wouldn’t suit [the interests of] Moscow, either.” Still, despite the shared interest of Moscow and Tehran in the Assad regime’s survival, there are differences that Russia’s expanding military presence in Syria may expose in the coming months. “Until recently, the Iranians had much a bigger involvement on the ground than the Russians. So I think the increase in [Russian] arms supplies is probably an attempt to balance the situation on the ground,” says Nikolay Kozhanov, a visiting fellow of the Russian-Eurasia program at London’s Chatham House and nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Russia continues to work with the Syrian state, while Iran has set up a parallel security structure of local militias and foreign Shiite expeditionary forces from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, granting it prolonged influence in Syria if the Assad regime falls. Russia seeks to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria and prevent it from breaking into militia-run fiefdoms. That is a goal shared by the Assad regime, which continues to fight for distant and isolated areas in the far north, south, and east of the country despite a critical manpower shortage in the decimated Syrian Army. The priority of Iran, on the other hand, is to hold onto the western periphery of Syria, with access to Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Mediterranean coast. In recent months, Iranian-supported forces, including Hezbollah, have pulled back from outer-lying areas to concentrate on securing the key real estate from south of Damascus to Latakia on the coast in the northwest corner of the country. “The Russians see it as important that the country remain with its current borders ... [but] I think the Iranians will be satisfied with control over certain areas of the country with pro-Iranian groupings that would ensure their access to Lebanon and Hezbollah,” says Mr. Kozhanov, previously a diplomat at the Russian Embassy in Tehran. “That’s the difference, and that difference is clearly understood in Moscow.” The Assad regime owes Iran much for coming to its rescue with billions of dollars for the cash-strapped economy and deploying thousands of Shiite fighters against rebel forces. But that Iranian lifeline came at a price. Iranian military commanders, rather than Syrian Army generals, have been shaping much of the regime’s defense, according to Arab and Western diplomats in the region. Tellingly, Iranian and Hezbollah officers, rather than the Syrian Army, recently conducted cease-fire negotiations with a rebel group over the besieged opposition-held town of Zabadani, 17 miles northwest of Damascus. Furthermore, there have been allegations that Iran has been tampering with Syria’s demographic geography by settling Shiites, including the families of foreign fighters, in and around Damascus and preventing Sunnis from returning to their homes in some regime-held areas. Last year, the Assad regime passed a decree allowing Shiite doctrine to be taught in schools alongside Sunni Islam. Shiite mosques are proliferating as well as stalls selling Shiite books, pamphlets, and motifs in Sunni areas of Damascus. The level of Iranian influence has fueled unease in Damascus, reportedly even within the regime itself. There have been several reports in the past year of top Syrian figures grumbling that Syria was giving up its sovereignty to Iran. However, Russia’s expanded role in Syria could serve as a counterweight to Iran’s pervasive influence. “Some observers are reading the Russian intervention as an attempt to preempt the total ‘Iranization’ of the Syrian state, as much as it is an attempt to rescue the regime,” says Faysal Itani, resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. These differences aside, Russian and Iran continue to share a vested interest in the Assad regime’s survival. While the level of coordination between Moscow and Tehran is unclear at this stage, it may be no coincidence that signs of a Russian military buildup began shortly after a reported visit in late July to Moscow by Maj.-Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the external operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Lebanon’s As Safir newspaper reported Tuesday that Suleimani paid another visit to Moscow last week. “I believe Iran and Russia are getting closer in the course of the Syrian crisis, although they have had different approaches in dealing with the situation,” says Kayhan Barzegar, director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran. Still, their common interests should ensure continued cooperation. —Courtesy: CSM

[Writers Scott Peterson contributed to this report from Tehran, and contributor Olga Podolskaya from Moscow].

Where is Nepal headed next? PRAMOD MISHRA

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HAT is going on in Nepal these days?” an American acquaintance asked a Kathmandu-based Nepali-speaking friend of mine who was visiting me for a few days in the US. My friend, an astute observer, casually replied, “We are going through a pre-civil war period right now.” I was taken aback. I sensed a feeling of inevitability in his calm voice just like the unavoidable doom of William Shakespeare’s tragic hero because of his character flaw that leads him to make a mistake which snowballs into a chain of events culminating in a catastrophe. Baburam Bhattarai’s premonition of doom in his Facebook post came not long after. If Nepal is indeed hurtling towards a civil war, are there ways to avert it? Or, will Nepal meet the fate of many African and Middle-Eastern countries—destruction, fragmentation and genocide? When Mahendra, in his dynastic arrogance, annulled democracy and imprisoned and exiled democratic leaders, did he foresee that the longterm effect of his hubris would be the abolition of his own dynasty? Still it was only a dynasty then. What would the consequence be if the Nepali-speaking hill caste leaders of the CPNUML, Nepali Congress and UCPN (Maoist) pro-

mulgate the constitution at the barrel of the gun? First of all, let us examine why the country seems to be headed towards a disaster. The hill caste leaders of the three parties are determined to promulgate the constitution in a few days. Their security forces are determined to suppress the violent discontent in the Tarai-Madhes. So far, they have killed 37 Tharus and Madhesis and nine policemen have also lost their lives in the process. The Madhesis of Bhardah, Saptari complained to the journalists that—in the August 24 raid into the houses of the village, in which a protester died in police shooting—the Nepal police and Nepal Armed Police abused men, women and children by calling them Bihari, Madhise and Dhoti and asked them to go back to where they came from. Even now, after a month of violent unrest in the Tarai-Madhes and simmering discontent in Limbuwan, Tamsaling, Tamuwan and Magarat, you see the hill caste people voicing their opinion in two ways. On the Internet, you read their responses—to Madhesi leaders’ statements, the Hindustan Times associate editor Prashant Jha’s desperate attempt to forestall the doom-drive of the Nepali state, and former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai’s Twitter and Facebook posts—and cringe at the obscene and abusive language.

Then, you read the newspaper reportings of Nepali-language journalists and you marvel at their sanctioned ignorance and lack of intelligence in putting two and two together. To give you just one example, many educated, intelligent, articulate hill-caste folks, including media men, believe that many Madhesi leaders are Indians and they are waging their campaign in the Tarai-Madhes for federalism to split Nepal. They believe that India is behind this grand design and that if the Madhesi leaders had not incited the Tharus of Kailali and Kanchanpur, the Tikapur killings would not have occurred because Tharus cannot be violent. This group of Nepalis has built a wall of ignorance and illusion in their minds; or, rather, the Nepali state, especially during the 30 years of Panchayat system, built the wall of ignorance. Why am I saying so? Let us for a moment assume that we patriotic Nepalis must ignore a Madhesi leader or two who are really Indian (wolves) in the guise of lambs (Nepali). But what about all Madhesi leaders? What about the Tharu leaders? What about the Limbu, Tamang, Gurung, Magar leaders who have been struggling for Limbuwan, Tamsaling, Tamuwan and Magarat? What about the Dalits? Forget about the Madhesi Dalits. What about the Pahade Dalits? Are

all women and Dalits Indians, too? Well, then, they would say they have been incited by the West. Why? The reply would be, they are not Indians but want to become Christians. Give us a break, people! And then, when one argues the inevitability of identity-inclusive federalism as a negotiated settlement between and among Nepal’s stakeholders, such people would say that in such a situation, we should surrender ourselves and our country to India. I have heard and read such argument more than once. The incapacity of these ostrich-like people to critically think through the issues is mind-boggling. What such people do not understand is that the diminishment of the Nepali-speaking elite’s power does not mean the end of Nepal. And that the Limbus, Tamangs, Newars, Gurungs, Tharus and, yes, Madhesis need Nepal’s sovereignty and integrity as urgently as they do. The sooner they get rid of this illusion, the better for the country and its future. But many hill caste Congress and UML politicians are the worst of this lot. What can one say of former prime minister Jhala Nath Khanal’s use of the term ‘Dhoti Pradesh’ in his interview with Reporter Club’s Rishi Dhamala about the Madhes province? By using this derogatory expression, he acknowledged that Nepal has so far been a ‘Topi

Pradesh’. And then you have the word juggler KP Oli whose colourful words have only worsened Nepal’s political situation. In the face of this confederacy of dunces, how can people of all ethnicities, including hill caste folks of conscience and foresight, work together to stop Nepal’s downhill slide to civil war? Yes, all the people of conscience need to come together. Otherwise, it will be too late. And the sufferers would not necessarily be the hill caste elites like Khanals and Olis but the ordinary hill caste folk in the Tarai-Madhes as well as in the hills. Because of the fault of a few, the Madhesis, Tharus, and other Janajatis of the hills and the plains, the Dalits and women may come to hate all hill caste men, which would be really unfortunate. Therefore, public opinion needs to be built in favour of non-violence and justice right now. Public opinion also needs to be built against the Congress and the UML so that in the next election or two, no Janajati, Madhesi, Dalit, woman and hill caste man as well—who is conscious of one’s right—votes for these parties. There has to be a total boycott of these parties in at least a few elections to stop Nepal’s slide to doom and destruction. —Courtesy: TKP


MQM ex-MPA escapes murder attempt IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) ex-MPA Saif-UdDin Khalid narrowly escaped murder attempt in sector 11-A in North Karachi within the precincts of Sir Syed police station. According to details, Khalid was moving in his car toward Orangi Town to attend to his office when at least 6 terrorists on 3 motorcycles reached close to his car when Khalid was in sector 11-A in North Karachi and resorted to indiscriminate fire straight on him. However, he remained unhurt in the attack while at least 3 bullets hit his Toyota Corolla car. Police guards retaliated soon after the terrorist attack and thus the terrorists man-

KARACHI: PML-Q workers lighting candles outside Karachi Press Club to pay tribute to martyrs and the injured of PAF Badaber camp Peshawar.—INP

Asfandyar received Sword of Honour From Page 1 Honour” after completion of his training at Kakul in Oct 2008. He passes his secondary School education from Fauji Foundation School Attock and joined Cadet College Hassanabdal from where he did his FSC and latter joined Pak Army. He was the elder son of Dr Fayyaz Bokhari. His elder brother Shehryar Bokhari is abroad for higher education while Ehsan Bokhari the youngest one is student of MBBS. Asfandyar as per his friends and teachers from the very beginning was fond of joining Pak Army and wanted to get the country rid of the terrorists. His friend and class fellow Syed Hussain Naqvi while talking to this scribe said that last

time during a chat, Capt Asfandyar told him that soon you will see that Asfandyar will be fighting directly with the terrorists and said that he will play hell with them and he proved it well while fighting in Badaber. Hussain Raza said that Asfandyar was a brave, valiant. Tanzeela Ashfaq Chaudhry a teacher of Asfandyar while talking to this scribe said that Asfandyar was an intelligent outstanding and obedient student. He was man of character and was brave boy. He will be laid to rest in Attock today evening with full military honour. His father during a brief talk with this scribe said that he was proud of his son who sacrificed his life for his mother land.

Documentaries on nature conservation to be shown across country TDF Series aims to conserve natural heritage K ARACHI —The Dawood Foundation (TDF)announced the launch of the TDF Nature Series, a set of documentaries aimed to raise public awareness about Pakistan’s degrading natural habitat and the urgent steps needed to sustain it for generations to come. The first two films are about two spectacular National Parks, Margalla Hills and Chitral Gol, and the conservation issues related to them. Using multiple elements including BTL and digital, TDF aims to spread the nature conservation message to millions of people in Pakistan and across the world. These scenic films have been produced by Walkabout Films and are also part of the Give Back Project. As per UNDP data1, Pakistan is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Due to environmental degradation, it increasingly suffers from natural disasters, floods and other catastrophic consequences that lead to loss of incomes, homes and livelihoods.Pakistan has been beset with natural disasters in recent years, which are caused by global climactic changes as

well as poor environmental conservation at home, as exemplified by one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Estimates about Pakistan’s forest cover vary between 2 and 5% against a recommended rate of 20%. These films aim to help mitigate these issues. Hussain Dawood, Chairman, The Dawood Foundation, formally launched the TDF Nature Series campaign. Also present at the event were the Foundation’s trustees, Kulsum Dawood, Shahzada Dawood and Samad Dawood. While talking about the films, Sabrina Dawood, CEO, The Dawood Foundation, said, “The Nature Series aims to advocate and educate the people about the natural resources, sanctuaries and heritage that exist in our country and challenges faced by both humans and wildlife. There is an urgent need to address the environmental issues and the consequences of the degradation of environment.” Nisar Malik, CEO, Walkabout Films, said, “Wildlife is an indicator of the health of our planet. Without a healthy

planet there can be no future for humans. It is to the infinite credit of The Dawood Foundation that they have the farsightedness and maturity to recognize this. It is through their generosity and support that The Give Back Project can continue to generate the awareness and education needed to help conserve Pakistan’s remarkable natural places.” The films will be shown by TDF to people across Pakistan through a 100 day tour of 117 villages and cities on a mobile cinema. Documentary screenings will be supplemented by educational sessions that will help local communities understand and resolve their environmental problems.The country-wide screening tour, which looks to engage local communities, is to be supported by screening sessions at various educational institutes affiliated with Give Back Project, a joint venture between TDF and Walkabout. The films, which have been translated into Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi and other local languages, will also be available free online.

LHC maintains ban on Altaf’s speeches LAHORE—Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday upheld ban on broadcast of speeches and display of pictures of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s chief Altaf Hussain until October 2. A full-bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. Hussain’s counsel Asma Jahangir requested the court to reconsider its decision regarding the ban. MQM rabita committee’s member Dr Farooq Sattar said that Hussain had apologized for whatever it was in his speeches that offended the nation and institutions. The bench said that everyone is equal in eyes of the law.—INP

Governor Sindh inspects pace of development projects KARACHI—Governor Sindh, Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, on Friday visited various areas in the city to inspect the development projects. He was accompanied by the Provincial Minister for Local Government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, and other officials. A statement on Friday said that the Governor reviewed ongoing work on Malir 15 flyover and directed that it be completed at the earliest and hurdles for people be removed. The Minister for Local Government assured the Governor that work on this project would be completed by October 30. The Governor also inspected the work on Lyari Expressway’s 2.2 km portion. He said that a special package has been prepared for Karachi wherein there is allocation in accordance with the projects.—APP

Two new consuls general take over STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Two new consuls-general of Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of Korea have taken over as representatives of their respective countries in Karachi. They are Mr Rainer Schmiedchen of Germany, and Mr Kim Donggi of Republic of Korea. The 55-year old Korean diplomat is a graduate from Hangook University, Seoul, with major in Arabic literature. He joined the foreign ministry of his country in 1986, served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as consul in Rome for three years, ten in Qatar for two and a half years, before coming here for his latest assignment. While Mr Donggi has come in place of Chang-hee Lee, the German diplomat comes in place of Dr Tilo Klinner. Both of them returned to their home office after contributing immensely to promoting bilateral ties between their countries and Pakistan is different fields. Soon after taking over his new responsibilities, Mr Schmiedchen engaged himself in promoting the bilateral relationship. He had a dinner meeting with the office bearers of Pak-German Business Forum which is working to promote economic ties between Pakistan and Germany.

aged to flee from the scene rapidly. Khalid was elected from PS-94 after one of MQM’s MPA Raza Haider was gunned down on August 2010 in Nazimabad locality. Another MQM’s MPA from the same constituency that mainly represents Orangi Town and adjoining areas, Manzar Imam, was also shot dead in Orangi Town in 2013. MQM’s lawmakers are on particular targets and last month, terrorists had severely injured MQM’s ex-MNA Rashid Godil, who had received 5 bullets in his jaw, neck and upper chest near his residence in Bahadurabad. Godil had survived. Residents in particular and people of the city in general are severely fearful of these targeted incidents especially in which the MQM’s lawmakers are being hit. The

attack on Khalid also spread strong waves of concern and insecurity as the area where Khalid was targeted has now got a bad name due to many deadly incidents of violence and killings in past few months. As soon as the attack was reported, contingents of law enforcers reached the site and inquired about the incident while the law enforcers also collected the empty shells of handguns used in the attack to send them to the forensic division of the Sindh police. Though police have started investigations on this attack on MQM’s exMPA, no FIR was registered till filing of this report. MQM strongly condemned the targeted attack on Khalid and demanded government to arrest the culprits.

Development schemes for labourers

KE continues prolonged blackouts

Need stressed to boost pace of work

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SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has stressed upon the need to boost up pace of work at on-going development schemes for laborers and their families with the direction to maintain strict transparency and merit. He said that while addressing a meeting to review the pace of work at on-going schemes of Punjab Workers Welfare Board (PWWB). Secretary PWWB Shahid Zaman Lak, Director Works Muhammad Mazhar and other concerned officers of the board attended the meeting. Secretary PWWB briefed the minister about the status of schemes and said that 60% work on Labor Colony Warburton with the total cost of Rs. 926.126 million, comprising 208 flats, separate higher schools for both boys and girls, community centers, mosques and other basic amenities has been completed. Work on Labor

Welfare Complex Multan with the total amount of Rs. 3017.847 million comprising 992 flats and other facilities is underway and 20% work has been completed, he added. The Minister was informed that extension work of Workers Welfare Girls High School Dandot with the total cost of Rs. 46.781 million has been completed 50% as five class rooms for 200 students, science laboratories and other facilities are being provided there. The Secretary PWWB told the minister that Workers Welfare Primary School Sher-eBangaal Labor Colony has been completed 55 % and its total cost is Rs. 185.46 million as 50 class rooms, library, arts & computer room and other facilities are being provided to more than 1500 students here. Minister Labor Raja Ashfaq Sarwar expressed his satisfaction at the pace of work on the development projects and directed the concerned officers to provide drinking water, sewerage, electricity and other facilities in all these schemes at priority basis.

Unicef to fund ECE in PEF partner schools SALIM AHMED LAHORE—A meeting of the Program Committee (PC) of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was held at PEF head office on Friday with PEF board member Dr. Amjad Saqib in the chair. MD PEF Dr. Aneela Salman, Deputy MD (fin.) Salman A. Malik, concerned PEF program directors and other members of the committee attended the meeting. The committee reviewed in detail different aspect of the educational interventions of the foundation. The meeting accorded principle approval to the project of setting up of Early Childhood Education (ECE) rooms in its selected partner schools in the Punjab. For this purpose, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has offered to provide Rs. 8 million as financial support to the PEF. This beneficial facility will be used to enroll below five year

Ebad inspects pace of development projects KARACHI—Governor Sindh, Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, on Friday visited various areas in the city to inspect the development projects. He was accompanied by the Provincial Minister for Local Government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, and other officials. A statement on Friday said that the Governor reviewed ongoing work on Malir 15 flyover and directed that it be completed at the earliest and hurdles for people be removed. The Minister for Local Government assured the Governor that work on this project would be completed by October 30. The Governor also inspected the work on Lyari Expressway’s 2.2 km portion.—APP

kids for their education in a child-friendly atmosphere. MD PEF Dr. Aneela Salman said that ECE would be a milestone initiative of the foundation which would give self-confidence to the budding minds as high quality education, early in life, gives children the best start. She gave a detail of program updates and briefed about holding of annually held quality assurance tests to judge academic standards of partner schools. The meeting was told that MOU between PEF and Cholistan Development Authority has been further extended to June 30, 2016 to continue the facility of free quality education to the students of Cholistan area in Bahawalpur division. MD PEF said that this collaboration is very useful for enhancing girls’ literacy as they have been enjoying the facility of free schooling in their areas. PEF has also arranged teachers’ training to enhance their professional capacity, she added.

KARACHI—Despite unprecedented hefty increase in electricity tariff of residential consumers, the unannounced and prolonged blackout in Karachi is prevailing with worst impacts on lives of the people of Karachi. The suspension of power supply or technically the power breakdowns on water supply installations of the city’s sole water utility has worsened their agonies at the hands of the Karachi Electric. The Meteorology Department had some 24 hours earlier warned of second wave of extreme heat in the city and the provincial government and city’s municipal corporations have announced for setting up emergency heat stroke treatment centres and emergency is imposed in all public health facilities, the KE felt no responsibility for uninterrupted power supply to avoid any untoward tragedy during extreme heat outside homes and severe suffocation inside closed doors. The same was observed during previous wave of extreme heat in the city and complete blackout by the KE, which led to loss of some 1800 lives. The NEPRA’s counsel had also in the high court submitted that a notice was issued to the KE and further apprised the higher court that either KE’s license would be revoked or privatization be cancelled. But what happened next is that the NEPRA announced 30 percent increase in tariff of residential consumers. NEPRA has utterly failed to curb the menace of unannounced blackouts for prolonged duration in Karachi.


Six more killed in SWA drone attack TARIQ SAEED

Asiya Andrabi arrested SRINAGAR— The Indian police have arrested senior Kashmiri leader Asiya Andrabi for raising Pakistani flag and making telephonic speech in Pakistan. Asiya Andrabi the founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, has been held at Srinagar’s Ram Bagh police station along with another party leader Fehmida Soofi. Last month, Asiya Andrabi hoisted the Pakistani flag and sang the country’s national anthem with a group of women celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day in occupied Kashmi.—KMS

NATO chief to visit Ukraine BRUSSELS— NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg will next week make his first visit to Ukraine, the alliance said Friday, as efforts to solve the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government forces continue. “NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Lviv and Kiev on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September 2015,” a statement said, indicating he would hold talks with President Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine, where around 7,000 people have been killed in fighting since April 2014, is a key partner but not a member of the 28-nation military alliance. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the parliamentary speaker, and will attend a meeting of Ukraine´s National Security and Defence Council, it said.—AFP

Convicted dad gets life term LOS ANGELES—A father who tossed his 4year-old daughter to her death off a Southern California seaside cliff has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Cameron Brown’s sentence Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court was mandatory after he was convicted of first-degree murder. Brown was convicted in May at his third trial in the death of Lauren Sarene Key who plunged 120 feet to her death in November 2000. Brown was in a bitter custody dispute with the girl’s mother at the time and prosecutors say he never wanted the child. Brown’s lawyer acknowledged his client was a bad father, but said the girl tripped and fell as she ran toward Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes. The case lingered for years as previous juries deadlocked.— AP

A girl carries cartons of soup as Syrian refugees queue for food as they rest beside the highway on their way to the border between Turkey and Greece in Edirne.

Maleeha warns PakAfghan ties saboteurs

Ruet Hilal Committee comes under Senate spotlight

Reiterates support for peace process

I SLAMABAD —The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in existence since early 70s as the central official body for moon sighting came under Senate spotlight when it transpired during question hour on Friday that it had been set up only on the basis of a Resolution passed by the National Assembly in January 1974 and not by any legislation. The issue arose when PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar asked during question hour whether the Resolution passed by the National Assembly on January 23, 1974 recommending the setting up of Ruet Committee had been formalized by making legislation or by framing rules. The Minister in charge startled everyone when he stated that neither any legislation had been made nor any rules framed thus far. Senator Farhatullah Babar said that it was unprecedented as no official body can be set up merely on the basis of parliamentary resolutions.—INP

UNITED NATIONS—Reaffirming its readiness to assist Afghanistan’s national reconciliation process, Pakistan has cautioned the Afghans that those attempting to sabotage and poison Pakistan -Afghan relations were not their friends. “We have declared that Afghanistan’s enemies are also enemies of Pakistan,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. “We should both be clear who these enemies are,” the Pakistani envoy said, without elaborating. “Those who are working overtime to sabotage and poison Pak-Afghan relations are no friends of Afghanistan,” Dr. Lodhi added, while participating in a Council debate on the situation in Afghanistan , where she was heard in pin drop silence. Reconciliation and dia-

Shahbaz slams attack on PAF camp SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the camp of Pakistan Air Force in Budhber area of Peshawar and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of a Captain of Pak Army, three technicians and Nimazis. The Chief Minister while expressing sympathies with the bereaved families also prayed for the departed souls as well as recovery of the injured persons. He said that the cowardly attack of terrorists on the Air Force camp should be strongly condemned. He said that those targeting innocent people inside a mosque cannot be called human beings. However, he said, such nefarious acts cannot weaken the resolve of the nation in the war against terrorism. He said hat attack on Nimazis inside the mosque is a cowardly act and display of the worst kind of ruthlessness and barbarity. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government equally shares the grief of the bereaved families. He further said that by foiling the attack of the terrorists, the security forces have again proved their courage and bravery and 18 people of the country are proud of their valiant armed forces. The Chief Minister said that the whole nation is fully united against terrorism and terrorists and their facilitators will be rooted out with the force of unity and determination.

logue had to be between the Afghans themselves, she said, stressing that external parties could not impose a solution. At the request of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan had facilitated dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban, which had later ruptured because of “certain developments”. “These developments led to the rupture of what could have been a promising peace process,” the Pakistani envoy said, adding the Afghan Taliban were unable to return to the table, and attacks inside Afghanistan increased. In recent weeks, she noted, the security situation in Afghanistan had deteriorated significantly and Pakistan condemned all terrorist violence there. “But we were saddened when some in Afghanistan chose to lay the blame for es-

calating violence on Pakistan,” Ambassador Lodhi said in a serious tone . “Our efforts to encourage the Taliban leaders to revive the dialogue should not be misconstrued as any form of endorsement for their revived violence, following the scuttling of the intra-Afghan talks,” she said, noting vast uncontrolled areas in Afghanistan from where such violence emanated against both Afghan targets and against Pakistan’ “My country’s priority was, and remains, to defeat the terrorists it is itself confronting,” the Pakistani envoy told delegates sitting around the the Council’s horseshoe table. Those terrorists were responsible for hundreds of attacks against civilians and security targets in which over 64,000 have been killed, including innocent children at a Peshawar school.

PESHAWAR—The American adventurisms continued making mockery of territorial integrity of Pakistan as a fresh drone hit, this time in the South Waziristan agency, Friday wee hours left at least 6 people dead, an act that has been proving counter-productive in the so called war on terror and only making the Pakistanis bear the brunt in the shape of increased terrorist activities and retaliatory action by the insurgents. Reports reaching here said the American CIA operated pilotless plane, commonly known as drone, in a pre-dawn attack targeted a compound and vehicle parked outside the building with the hell fire missiles in Toremanday area in Sarokai Tehsil of South Waziristan agency that destroyed the vehicle and the compound. As many as six people were reported killed, while equal number of others sustained injuries. “The American plane fired two missiles on a house in the Toremanday area before the sunrise which destroyed the building and a vehicle parked nearby completely”. The locals said adding six inmates of the house succumbed to their injuries and five others

wounded. While some officials said those killed in the Friday hit by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) were the suspected militants. The independent sources told Pakistan Observer the identity of those killed and wounded could not be established as terrorists as yet. The American planes or the CIA operated infamous drones which have been launching missile attacks in the Pakistani tribal belt since August 2008, have killed more than three thousand people in over 300 hits moistly in North and South Waziristan agencies. Though the Americans managed to hit their targets a few times yet mostly killed innocent tribals having nothing to do with the militancy, as was even admitted by the international watch dogs. The Pakistan parliament has also passed number of unanimous resolution seeking immediate halt to the drones strikes, yet those at the helm of affairs in Islamabad despite repeated appeals made to their counterparts in Washington, failed to convince them to stop ruining the territorial integrity of Pakistan which was not only adding to the hatred against Americans but also making the things difficult for the government.

Ignoring APC’s CPEC decision

Senate body holds govt responsible MIAN ARSHAD ISLAMABAD—The Senate Special Committee on The Project of Pak-China Economic Corridor has held the federal government responsible for ignoring decisions made at All Parties’ Conference held on May 29 on western route of CPEC. In June this year, Senate had formed a special committee to monitor the progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after a lot of hue and cry by Senators mostly from smaller provinces Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Balochistan. They were critical towards the government for changing the original route linking Gwadar Port to the Northern areas of Pakistan. According to them the original route passed

through D I Khan, Zhob and Quetta and then Gwadar Port. However, then the government had stance that no route had been changed and construction work on all routes continued with same pace. On Friday, PPP Senator Usman Saifullah on behalf of convener committee Senator Taj Haider, laid the report of the committee before the House. The report said that federal government had intentionally ignored the western and original route for CPEC. The report further said that the federal government deliberately fixed no funds for this route in the budget 2015-16 as well as did not mentioned establishment of any economic zone or power generating project in the adjacent areas.

Bomber killed in Bannu as explosives go off OUR CORRESPONDENT BANNU—Hours after an attack in Peshawar which resulted in the deaths of 29 people, including an army captain, an alleged bomber riding a motorcycle in the Bannu area of the province was killed when the explosives he was carrying went off. According to a police official, initial investigation showed that the alleged militant was heading towards his target in the Miryan area of Bannu but his bid was thwarted as his explosives went off, killing him in the process. Further, in the Buner district of Malakand Division, a police officer was killed while he was on duty in Gara Ghokand area, police officials said. The defunct Teheek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.


Delayed cord clamping after birth better for baby’s health

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N WEALTHIER nations it is common practice to clamp the baby’s umbilical cord less than a minute after birth. But a recent review of published studies suggests delaying cord clamping results in healthier blood and iron levels in babies, and this benefit outweighs the slightly higher risk of developing jaundice. The reviewers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing data on nearly 4,000 women and their babies. They report their findings online in a July 11th issue of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. One of the authors, Philippa Middleton of the Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies at the University of Adelaide, says in a statement: “In light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants, a more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy babies appears to be warranted.” In higher income countries, the standard practice is to clamp the umbilical cord within a minute of the baby being born. If cord clamping is delayed, the risk that the baby will develop jaundice rises. Newborns with jaundice are treated with light therapy. However, stopping the blood from the placenta reaching the

baby before the final few pulses stop, means there is a chance the baby will not receive enough blood from the mother and will have lower iron levels. “The benefits of delayed cord clamping need to be weighed against the small additional risk of jaundice in newborns. Later cord clamping to increase iron stores might be particularly beneficial in settings where severe anaemia is common” The researchers reviewed 15 trials comparing early and late cord clamping covering a total of 3,911 women and their infants. They examined results for mothers and babies separately, using haemoglobin measures as indicators of healthy blood and iron levels. Although another reason sometimes given for early cord clamping is that it reduces the mother’s risk of bleeding after birth, the reviewers found no evidence of this. Delayed cord clamping did not change the mother ’s risk of haemorrhaging, losing blood or having reduced haemoglobin levels, they note. But delaying cord clamping did make a difference to the health of the babies. Between one and two days after birth, their haemoglobin levels were higher; between three and six months after birth, they were less likely to be deficient in iron. The reviewers also found that delayed cord clamping was linked to higher birth weight and made no difference to deaths in newborns.

A majestic view of colourful lights on fountains along 7th Avenue near Murghzar Zoo.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

64 suspects held with cache of explosive, weapons ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police Friday nabbed 64 suspects including 14 Afghans during search operation in Koral, Sihala as well as adjacent areas. During this search operation, cache of explosive and weapons with liquor was also recovered. This recovery includes 67 guns of different bore, more than 3000 bullets of all types of weapons and many bottles of foreign liquor, said a police spokesman. He said following the directions of Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan had prepared a special plan of searching and combing in the city. According to this plan, search operation has been initiated and the police are conducting checking at slum areas, inns, hotels, restaurants and Afghan habitats.

Police and ranger officials displaying weapons recovered during search operation in the limits of PS Koral, Sihala and neighbouring areas of Expressway.—PO photo

STAFF REPORTER

Grievances of private school children to be addressed

I SLAMABAD —Khadija Mushtaq, an Educationist by

ZUBAIR QURESHI

Khadija Mushtaq best woman entrepreneur 2015 profession and CEO of the leading chain of education institutions Roots Ivy International Schools Pakistan was awarded“ The Best Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2015” at the 28th Annual Achievement Awards by The Rawalpindi Chamber of Com-

merce and Industry for the third time due to her continuous contributions towards educating the youth of Pakistan making Roots Ivy International Schools Pakistan a benchmark of excellence that has been providing superior quality education for the past decade at Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad by Chief Guest Senator Federal Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar. She is the leading student career counselor in the country and has guided Pakistan towards a prosperous and enlightened future by mentoring and empowering the young generation through her dedication and hard work, commitment to excellence and personal interest in each one of her students. Her compassion and commitment towards the cause of education, has earned her recognition in the field of education as the ‘Most Inspirational Educator’. In 2010, she was the youngest educationist in the history of Pakistan to receive the highest civil award ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ in the field of education by the president of Pakistan. This award is awarded to individuals for their exceptional service, outstanding commitment and highest merit in their respective fields.

I SLAMABAD —Minister for Education and Professional Training Engr Baligh-urRehman on Friday assured parents of private school children that their grievances would be addressed and no private school would be allowed to dictate its terms on children or their parents. He said this during a meeting with the parents and representatives of the private schools. After the meeting a statement was issued by the minister’s office according to which it has been conveyed to the administration of the private schools that unilateral and exorbitant fee hike is not acceptable at any cost and “the private schools have been conveyed the message loud and clear.”

These measures are being taken to ensure foolproof security and keep vigilant eye on the suspected elements. According to details, Islamabad Police along with contingents of Pak Rangers wee hours Saturday conducted search operation in the areas of Koral and Sihala police stations where they screened houses, workshops, markets, under construction buildings and residential areas. Police including lady commandos, women police also participated in operation while sniffer dogs were also used in some areas. The teams succeeded in arresting 64 suspects along with 14 Afghans who are being investigated further. SP Rural Area Zone Dr. Syed Mustafa Tanveer has said that Afghan

Lok Virsa holds Rubab contest STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Qissa Khawani Bazaar Festival organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) in collaboration with the Directorate of Culture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is in full swing here at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian. The festival features ambiance of Qissa Khawani Bazaar of Peshawar, craft displays, food court, musical, dance and Rubab performances. The grand finale of the Rubab Contest was held at

Folk musicians playing Rubab at ‘Qissa Khawani Bazaar Festival 2015’.—APP Lok Virsa open air theatre, which was participated by fifteen contestants from different parts of the country. They were Bilal Khan Bilal from Malakand Thana, Ihtisham Khan, Muhammad Ali-1, Saraj Gul, Sa’d Haider, Muhammad Ali-2, Muhammad Junaid Khan, Liaquat, Shahid Hussain and Umer Gul from Peshawar, Fazal Diyan from Sawabi, Wahab Ali from Nowshera Kalan, Rahat Gul from Mardan, Adnan Haider from Para Chinar, Sanaan Khan and Ata Khan from Swat. Amjad Khan Afridi, Adviser to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Jinan Mosa Zai, Ambassador of Afghanistan and Dr. Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa, Ambassador of Portugal were also present on the occasion. The Rubab is known as “the lion of instruments”. It is a short-necked lute whose body is carved out of a single piece of wood, with a membrane, covering the hollow bowl of the sound-chamber, upon which the bridge is positioned. It has three melody strings tuned in fourths, three drone strings and 11 or 12 sympathetic strings. The instrument is made from the trunk of a mulberry tree, the head from an animal skin such as goat, and the strings either gut (from the intestines of young goats, brought to the size of thread) or nylon.

cards of nabbed suspects would be verified and their mobile phones record would be obtained. He said Islamabad police have set up a cell with latest technology to trace the links of such suspects with criminal elements, dacoits or car lifters if any. Such search operations would continue in coming days and complete combing would be made of sensitive areas, he added. SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani has said the purpose of his search operation and high vigilance is to ensure foolproof security in the city and he further directed all SHOs to continue it. He has appreciated all those who joined this search operation and appealed the citizens to remain vigilant and inform police in case of any suspicious activity around them.—APP

Rare manuscripts of Holy Qur’an displayed I SLAMABAD —Rare manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an were displayed at an exhibition inaugurated by Prince Faisal in Madinah. The event was sponsored by the Simaya Group in cooperation with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Madinah, Arab News reported. The show displayed a set of rare collection of precious manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an from the King Abdul Aziz Library in Madinah and from the Library of the Prophet’s Mosque. In addition, a piece from the cover of the Holy Kaaba, over 140 years old, was also one of the exhibits at the show.—APP


Fajar Zohr Asr

Security of Pindi enhanced after Peshawar incident

05:00 01:30 RAWALPINDI—The overall security of the city 05:30 and surrounding areas has been fortified in

Meghrab at Sunset Isha 08:30 Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers & charity

September 19

Programme launch THE IIm Ideas 2 Collaboration Circle and Programme launch ceremony is being held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9am-7 pm. Venue is the Islasmbad Model College for Girls, F7/2, opposite the Post Mall, F-7/2, Islamabad. Until September 28

Exhibition An exhibition of artworks by Komal Aijazuddin titled “Grace in hand” is being held at the Khaas Art gallery, Hose no. 1, Street No. 2, F-6/3. The exhibition will run through September 28, daily from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm except Sunday. September 30

Conference ONE-Day Conference on “Devolution of Power to Local Governments: Challenges and Reforms” will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 0930 hrs at Islamabad Hotel.

the aftermath of Peshawar terror incident. According to the sources here on Friday, the City Police Officer Rawalpindi has issued special directions to enhance the security of the city with special regard to the sensitive installations and offices. “The employment of police personnel has been enhanced at all the entry and exit points in line to assist the law enforcement agencies to keep strict guard,” the source said. In addition, he said deployment of police personnel has also been fortified at the public places including, airport, railway station, bus stands, bazaar areas and other points to avoid any untoward happening. Special police parties have been assigned to carry out patrolling on foot, motorcycles and vans and keep vigil to counter any threat to the general law and order situation. Personnel in plains have also been positioned in vari-

ous sensitive parts of the city to monitor the activities of visitors of various public places and other points. Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies including, Rangers, Police and Elite Force besides Bomb Disposal officials carried out a joint search operation in various parts of the city and rounded up various criminals. As part of the on-going grand search operation against anti-state elements, under the direction of Punjab Home Ministry, the law enforcement agencies carried out search operations in the areas around Chaklala airbase, Qasim Base, Airport and other sensitive areas. In the wee hours Friday various raids were conducted in the areas of Dhoke Lalyal, Dhoke Gangal, Shah Khalid Colony, Chaklala, Railway Scheme and Rahim Abad. During the operation the necessary identification documents of inhabitants of various Security personnel busy in checking vehicles as security has been tightened after Peshawar incident, in the federal localities were checked and those failed to pro- capital.—APP duce proper proof were detained for further investigations.—APP

PMDC conducting registration exam for Pak students of foreign varsities ZUBAIR QURESHI I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) is conducting registration examination on September 19 (today) at COMSATS Islamabad of those Pakistani students who graduated from foreign medical/dental colleges. Approximately 3,000 candidates are appearing in the examination. According to the management committee the examinations will be transparent and security will be ensured during the examination. The management committee spokesper-

son while talking to Pakistan Observer said a record number of medical and dental graduates are appearing in the National Examination Board (NEB) since its start back in 1992. All the candidates have acquired their basic qualification from abroad from foreign medical and dental colleges/ universities like China, Russia, Bangladesh, Philippine and Iran etc. They apprised that the current examination is being conducted under the supervision of National Examination Board of PM&DC with the help of University of Health Sciences, Lahore which provided the academic support.

October 1

Senior citizens day SENIOR Citizens Day & Annual General Meeting, 2015 will be held on Thursday, 1st October, 2015 in the Auditorium of Pakistan Academy of Sciences (adjacent to Election Commission of Pakistan) Constitution Avenue, G-5, Islamabad.

RAWALPINDI—District government had taken all out measures to control dengue in different areas of the city. The banners and necessary material have been displayed to create awareness among the people to ward off dengue in the district. Talking to APP, Principal of the Allied Hospitals, Dr Muhammad Umer said:”As many as 145 patients have been admitted in the hospitals for the treatment of dengue.” “The best medical care was being provided to the patients,” he stated. He appreciated the efforts made by the Punjab government for disseminating information regarding the control of dengue in different areas of the city. He said that the campaign is in full swing in all the areas of the district so that the people could adopt precautionary measures to avoid dengue.—APP

Extortionist held for demanding Rs.1m from lawyer I SLAMABAD —Special In-

CDA to take strict action against non-confirming properties ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to take strict action against the owners, violating rules and regulations by using residential properties for commercial purposes. In this connection, ten (10) days time will be given to the violators to abolish or remove commercial activities from all residential premises in different sectors of Islamabad, after that authority will initiate strict action to remove all commercial ventures from the capital city. In this regard, violators are being informed through public notice in the media that residential properties in Islamabad which are to be used as residential premises only, have been put to non conforming use by establishing commercial activities in violation of Islamabad Residential Sectors Zoning (Building Control) Regulations- 2005 and CDA ordinance 1960.—APP

Measures taken to control dengue

CDA workers installing barbed wires after demolishing kachi Abadi at G-7.—APP

Preparation in full swing to celebrate Eid RAWALPINDI—Like other parts of the country, preparations are in full swing to celebrate Eidul Azha in different areas of the city. The people belonging to all segment of society are thronging shopping malls and other commercial centers to buy clothes, shoes, and necessary things for their children. The children with their parents are taking keen interest in buying shoes, bangles and colorful clothes for enjoying upcoming festival in a traditional manner. Zubaida, a school teacher while talking to APP said, “It is difficult to buy Eid clothes, shoes, and other things for the children with meager salary.” An owner of Shopping Mall said, “displaying clothes both for men and women with discounted rates is aimed at facilitating customers to enjoy the festival with zeal

Work underway on Nullah Leh bridge.—DNA

and fervor.” Residents of the commercial area said that rates of the sacrificial animals are so high. “The prices of the animals are not fixed due to which this year, we cannot celebrate Eid in an appropriate manner,” they said. Traders at cattle point said, “We have to spend a lot of money on fodder, loading, unloading of the animals while traveling to other city for the purpose of earning some money.” A trader said, “selling sacrificial animals at lowest rates after high expenditure was not affordable.” Meanwhile, Police have taken measures to ensure security in different areas. The steps have been taken after the directives issued by the district administration to avoid any untoward incident during the Eid festivals.—APP

vestigation Unit of Islamabad police has arrested an extortionist who demanded Rs. one million from a lawyer and threatened him of dire consequence in case he failed to pay amount, a police spokesman said. He said Shahid Habib Advocate from Al-Meezan College Gilani Avenue Motorway Chowk Jhugi Syedan Islamabad got a letter placed at roof of his car on September 11, 2015. A bullet was also placed with it and life threats were given to him in this letter. On the next day, he received a call from a person telling his name as Wasif who inquired Shahid Habib about last day’s episode. Following this compliant, senior police officials assigned task to SP (Investigation) to probe into matter who constituted a special team headed by DSP CIA including Incharge Data Center Muhammad Azeem, SubInspector Muhammad Azam, ASI Akram Ranjha and others. This team managed to arrest the culprit who had called Advocate Shahid Habib.—APP

Rs 862m allocated for dev, uplift of BBH STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The Punjab Government has allocated Rs 862 million for the development and uplift of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) to make it a state of the art health dispensation entity, said former MNA Muhammad Hanif Abassi here on Friday. Speaking at a media briefing, he said the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has been taking keen interest for promotion of health facilities to the general public and a huge amount has been allocated for BBH uplift during 201416. He said a summary to the Punjab Government had already been forwarded to offer free of cost pathological tests facility to the in-door patients at the BBH which has attained position as focal hospital for the people of the Rawalpindi and adjoining areas up to Azad Kashmir. Giving breakup about the development projects to be undertaken during the current financial year, he said, Rs 622 million have been earmarked for purchase of machinery and equipment besides development and uplift of the infrastructure. Of the total Rs 197 are being spent on purchase of electro medical equipment for departments like Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Operation Theatre (OT), Radiology, Cardiology Care Unit (CCU), Gynecology, Pathology, Orthopedic, Eye, Psychiatry,

Dentistry, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Urology, besides purchase of Patients beds, Ambulances and air-conditioners. For the setting up of Emergency unit, and provision of necessary machinery and equipment Rs 176 million would be spent while Rs 103 million would be spent on the modernization of Pediatrics Department. Further, he said a separate grant of Rs 146 million had also been released for the hospital renovation. The grant of Rs 260 million spent during the last year includes, construction of Emergency Block at a cost of Rs 89 million had been completed while work at the establishment of Doctors Library at a cost of Rs 100 million is in the completion stage. He said C.T Scan Machine and Lithotripter have been installed at a cost of Rs 59 million while provision of 10 Dialysis Machines at a cost of Rs 12 million is in the process of being imported. Answering a question, he said construction work at Urology Hospital is being carried out but did not mention the date for completion. He told a questioner that the District Government had already provided Rs 90 million for the repair of existing road within the hospital and work would start soon. Chairman Board of Allied Hospitals Dr Muhammad Aslam, Principal Allied Hospital Dr Muhammad Umar, and other senior officials were present at the media briefing.

Gender-based budget allocation may improve education standards STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—There should be gender-based budget allocation to improve curriculum and formal teaching methods as par international standards and it will certainly improve our education standards, this was recommended by eminent scholars and educationists during a discussion forum organized by Idara-ETalem-o-Agahi (ITA). The forum was conducted in connection with recent Global Literacy Day in collaboration with Oxfam GB. A large number of educationists, representatives of education related departments of every province including AJK, senior officials of development sector, teachers along with students and youth attended the event. They shared their views and gave valuable suggestions for the upcoming national education policy 2016 which is being finalized by the federal government. While expressing their concerns over allocation of funds for education sector, the speakers demanded a fair transition of funds allocation along with strict regulations to stop embezzlements and corruption. The recommendations given by the participants of the ITA forum urged the authorities to revise budget share for education and demanded that new national education policy should address the accountability process in education sector as well. These recommendations were taken up by the leading educa-

tionists during a day-long seminar “Finance More to Educate More” held here at a local hotel to commemorate International Literacy Day 2015. The discussion forum was divided into different sessions including ‘Quality vs Quantity’, ‘Gender Responsive Financing’ and Social Accountability while the participants of the forum asked many questions from the leading panelists. IN the concluding session of the forum a set of recommendations, compiled on the bases of discussions and suggestions was shared. On this occasion well known education specialist Vardah Malik said that the private sector was not previously so concerned about education but now education sector is also being looked at by them, this is a positive sign of development for communities, as partnerships are a way forward. KP education department representative Sultan Mehmood highlighted the importance of having skill development to meet the demand and supply market for employment, and more small and medium enterprises apart from medical, sciences and law. In order to have a positive outlook towards education, it is important to award teachers as this is the highest honor in society, he added. Qadeer Baig, Rutgers WPF’s country head discussed the mindset of society regarding women’s education and stressed upon the gender equality by referring it necessary for national development.

A scene from stage play ‘Jeet’ in connection with National Action Plan at RAC.


Rashid to begin signature drive against beef ban SRINAGAR—MLA Langate, Er Rashid is start- “If government would bring the bill on the subing a signature campaign in all districts of Kashmir valley before finally presenting a bill in the legislative assembly against beef ban. The aim of the signature campaign, he said, would be to build a social pressure on the local Muslim MLAs to support the bill. Rashid said he would start signature campaign from north Kashmir district of Kupwara. “Sajad Lone is first a Muslim, then a Kashmiri and then a BJP man so I appeal him also to support the bill.” On September 19, the signature campaign will reach Srinagar and Baramulla districts; September 20 in Shopian and Pulwama; September 21 in Anantnag and Kulgam; September 22 in Budgam and Ganderbal and September 23 in Bandipore. Rashid has planned to stage a peaceful sitin against the ban on October 3 when the state legislature session would begin at Srinagar. He would present his private members bill to delete Section 298 A and B on October 11.

ject, then I am ready to withdraw my bill.” To amplify the message, he would also create a facebook page. Rashid has appealed all Muslim MLAs cutting across party lines to support “this religious and fundamental issue”. “Even the high court said if law is passed in Assembly against it, ban would be repealed.” Rashid had earlier filed a PIL against beef ban in high court which was rejected. “It was rejected. Registrar told me the reason is I am a lawmaker. But I thank Prof Afzal Qadri.” “What people did on Friday against beef ban, we have legal option also. BJP should also understand that our rights should not be suppressed,” he said. “If there is no problem with wine and dog meat in North-East why should there be a problem in eating beef? Muslims never eat beef to make Hindus feel bad. When Muslims can lift Amarnath yatris on shoulders which is unislamic then why there should be a problem with beef meat?” Rashid questioned. —RK

UNHRC’s session

Kashmiris protest Indian occupation of IHK in Geneva GENEVA—It was a day to be remembered for Kashmir in Europe and at the United Nations as Kashmiris worldwide descended on Palais des Nations in Geneva to hold one of the largest peaceful protests by Kashmiris this year to highlight India’s continuing military occupation of Kashmir. A Member of Parliament from the United Kingdom, Khalid Mahmood MP, joined Kashmiri leaders from Azad [Free] Jammu Kashmir and Indian-occupied Kashmir, in sending a joint message to the United Nations, to world media and to human rights defenders who are currently attending the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council. Despite heavy showers, Kashmiris from the UK, Germany, Italy and other parts of Europe gathered in front of the UN building. Chaudhry Pervez Ashraf, a Minister in AJK government, flew in from Muzaffarabad, to join the protest. Diplomats, the media, and rights activists from around the world witnessed the peaceful protest, the largest by the Kashmiri diaspora this year. Participants shouted slogans challenging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the freedom movement in Kashmir. The Kashmir protest was preceded by a seminar inside the UN building where MEP Khalid Mahmood, senior APHC leaders Altaf Hussain Wani and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, and Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director Kashmir Institute for International Relations [KIIR] addressed international human rights defenders. It was an opportunity to update the world public opinion on the situation inside Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The Kashmiri leaders from UK, Azad Kashmir, Indian-occupied Kashmir and Pakistan did not stop at this. The daylong Kashmir activism concluded with a high-profile press briefing at the Club Suisse de la Presse, better known as the Geneva Press Club. Prior to the event, the Club management sent out press notes and flyers to over onethousand members, briefing them on the significance of this Kashmir briefing. The event, titled “Kashmir and the Standoff Between Nuclear States of Pakistan and India”, was was streamed live, and created an uproar on the social media. Hundreds logged on to watch it. The key speakers in the briefing were Khalid Mahmood, Member of Parliament from the UK, Chaudhary Pervez Ashraf, Minister AJ & K, Altaf Hussain Wani, APHC leader, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, APHC leader, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director KIIR, and Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director YFK who moderated the briefing. The participants in the briefing sensitized the Swiss and international media on the urgency of the Kashmir dispute. They argued that the world was close to a possible nuclear war and that the issue required urgent attention along with the global refugee crisis, Syria and other international matters. The day began when Syed Faiz Naqshbandi addressed the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. World diplomats and human rights activists were stunned when Naqshbandi mentioned a little known fact about Indian jails.—Email

SRINAGAR: Indian troopers stand guard at Palhalan and Pattan on Friday during curfew.

Kashmirti youth clash with Indian forces after Friday prayers in Srinagar during protest against beef ban.

Pakistan flag waved in Srinagar amid beef ban protest

Kashmiris not to brook any anti-Muslim law: Mirwaiz

S RINAGAR —Jamia Masjid area and adjoining localities in downtown Srinagar today saw clashes between police and dozens of pro-separatist stone-pelting youth who were waving Pakistani flag and carrying posters of Militants like Jaish-eMohammad chief Masood Azhar. Police burst teargas shells and used batons to chase away the youth who took to streets shortly after the prayers at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta and started protesting against the recent High Court directive for implementation of beef ban in the state, officials said. Some of the protestors were carrying flags of Pakistan and various militant groups along with posters of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Masood Azhar who was released in exchange of crew and passengers of the hijacked IA flight in 1999, the officials said. As police started chasing them away, they indulged in stone-pelting and police fired dozens of teargas shells besides using batons to disperse them, they said. They said the clashes spread to adjoining areas including Gojwara, Hawal, Rajouri Kadal and Kawdara but there was no report of any casualty in the clashes so far. Earlier, addressing the Friday congregation at the grand mosque, moderate Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq read out a resolution passed at a meeting of Mutheda-Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) - an amalgam of various religious organisations, warning of agitation if the government tries to implement the court order on beef in the state.— KW

Invited by OIC for Kashmir meet SRINAGAR—An extraordinary meeting of Mutheda- Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) was Friday convened by APHC Chairman and head of MMU, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal. While addressing the meeting, Mirwaiz stated that the recent court order declaring ban on beef was a clear court intervention in the religious affairs of Muslims. He stated that Muslims of Kashmir have to adopt and put forward a united strategy against this move which is aimed to hurt our religious sentiments. APHC Chairman stated that by conducting this MMU meeting, we want to communicate to the world and Kashmiris that there was no room for any anti-Muslim law in the Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir, adding, any such court or administrative orders being implemented on the behest of communal forces of India would be met with fierce resistance. Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir has remained a symbol of communal bonhomie. He stated that the majority community has protected the rights of minorities and would continue to do so, but warned that nobody would be allowed to play with the religious sentiments and Islamic character of Kashmir at any cost. Mirwaiz stated that Kashmiris were facing threats on both external and internal fronts from the government and divisive communal forces. He stated that sometime the issue of settling refugees is raked up , sometimes the govt wants to build separate colonies for pandits and retired army men, sometimes it talks of rescinding article 370, and now it has they have come under the garb of courts to ban beef in the state, adding, all such moves are aimed to weaken the Islamic character of Kashmiris. He declared that Ulema, custodian of masjids, Imams, religious poltical and social organizations, intellectuals and law experts all stand united on this issue.

On the occasion, the MMU participants unanimously passed a resolution which will be presented on juma and eid prayers before the muslims of J&K. The resolution declares that the recent ban on beef by the court was against the Islamic codes and direct intervention in the religious affairs of Muslims. While rejecting the ban on beef, MMU has also urged the people to reject this verdict of the court as no court , government or individual can prohibit what is lawful and halaal in Islam. The MMU also asked the government to come clear on its mysterious silence on the issue. The resolution also demands that liquor should be completely banned in the muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir as it is agianst the religious teachings in Islam. The also warned the Govt, particularly the police to desist from haressing or stopping people to slaughter, eat or sell bovines or else a full fledged public agitation against the Govt. will be started. The MMU also called upon the people to organise collective slaugtering of bovine on the coming occasion of Eid-Ul-Azha in Eidgahs and other places all accross the state to fulfill their religious obligations and register protest against the court order. Noted Ulema, head of religious institutions, intellectuals, law experts who participated in the MMU meet include : OIC Secretary General has formally invited APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Dr Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq to attend the annual meeting of the foreign ministers of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the meeting of Kashmir contact group to be held at New York from27 September to October 1 on the sidelines of the 70th sessions of the UN

General assembly. APHC has an observer status in the OIC. APHC Chairman, who has not been able to attend international meetings and seminar since government has not issued him travel documents for the last 3 years, said that if government provided him with travel documents he would attend the OIC meetings. Apart from representing the people’s aspirations and advocating a just solution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, he would lay special emphasis to raise awareness about the cultural and religious aggression being undertaken in J&K by communal and divisive forces like the recent order of the banning beef in the State. Email. APHC Chairman said that in case he is not able to go he will write a letter to OIC general secretary detailing the current political, social and religious scenario in the state. Hurriyat spokesman has meanwhile demanded that government should urgently provide APHC Chairman with travel documents and restore his fundamental right to travel. While addressing the Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz asked people to remain alert and vigilant of conspiracies hatched by those forces who are hell bent to weaken the Muslim identity of Jammu & Kashmir. He stated that these forces right away since 1947 have planned to implement the RSS agenda in Kashmir, adding, the policy is to weaken the Muslim character of Jammu and Kashmir and work towards dividing Kashmiris on sectarian and ethnic lines. Mirwaiz stated that these forces are using several ploys to divert the attention of the people from the freedom struggle. Sometime the issue of settling refugees is raked up , sometimes the Govt wants to build separate colonies for Pandits and retired army men, sometimes it talks of rescinding article 370, and now under the garb of Court orders they have planned to ban beef in the state.—Email

View from Srinagar

Kashmir in turmoil again ASHOK BHAN

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HE recent developments in Kashmir are certainly alarm ing and have added fuel to fire not only owing to nonfulfillment of the promises made to people but also showing no signs of improvement in socio-economic conditions of people. The alienation among the people, particularly the youth, has increased so much that an atmosphere is created to encourage militancy, on the scale and intensity that was witnessed in the early nineties. Who is responsible for this – the alliance government or the people of the state? The BJP and PDP alliance was formed largely on the promise of development and good governance in J&K state. In the hope, the people of J&K provided overwhelming support towards formation of government at the Centre and the state as well. Prime Minister Modi made oft-repeated promises during three visits to the State to address the problems and issues faced by the people, especially due to floods and prolonged militancy in the region. The flood victims were assured of a liberal special financial package for rehabilitation. BJP-PDP alliance also promised to provide need-based assistance to people whose houses were submerged in floods and whose agricultural fields were destroyed. The state government, which is entirely dependent on the Centre for financial support, has passed the buck on the Modi sarkar. The Prime Minister himself has seen the devastated state during his last visits, when he also had interaction with the flood victims as well as other victims of human rights violations. The people were swayed by emotions and there was no reason as to why people should not believe in the words of the PM. They expected that the Centre would sincerely apply healing touch. But, they are hugely disappointed owing to callous attitude of the authorities, which is responsible for perpetuation of sufferings of the victims. A meager amount of less than Rs 5000 was paid to those whose houses were partially damaged and Rs 75000 to those whose houses were totally destroyed. By offering such

a paltry assistance, the government has virtually insulted the people who have suffered due to nature’s fury. Against the government’s apathy, flood victims as well as the traders and businessmen came together to express their resentment on September 7, 2015, and to demand for fulfilling the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-PDP alliance government, headed by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. Until recently, the Hurriyat leaders gave frequent shutdown calls and, at times, curfews were imposed by the local administration. But, the business community, whose expectation of economic revival of state was promised, enforced this shutdown call, which was unprecedented. The state’s economy, which heavily depends on agriculture and tourism, did not get the boost that was required to augment income and employment in the state. The youth are hugely frustrated and deprived of opportunities for realizing their aspirations. If they exercise their democratic rights to claim for genuine entitlements, it may be construed to mean that the youth are engaging in militancy for nonfulfillment of what is owed to them. The state must therefore own the responsibility of messing up issues concerning the welfare of people in the state. By the same token, it must be stated that the Central government must release the grants to the state, which was promised at the time of formation of alliance government. As the state has limited resources of its own, it cannot meet the challenge of rehabilitation of flood victims and those who missed the opportunity to earn from tourism. The Centre must step in to provide relief to the poor people. In the aftermath of the understanding reached between India and Pakistan at Ufa, the NSA-level dialogue did not materialize despite the fact both the countries publically acknowledge that the challenge of laying a roadmap for resolution of all the contentious issues have to be resolved through a dialogue process. The people of the state expect from their elected leaders and governments to provide economic and social security

by neutralizing internal or external disturbances. Since the Indian Independence, people of J&K have suffered due to wars and militancy in the region. The state’s territory has been used as a battlefield by the two warring neighbouring countries, which have standing rivalry in the region. Such objectives should not be pursued at the human cost. PM Modi has righty said that all the political differences can be resolved through an active engagement of the stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue process with Pakistan. Both the countries should therefore resolve to adhere to the principle of maintaining and promoting the process of uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue. If it does not happen, as the last one-year shows, the people of J&K who had acceded to India rather than Pakistan in 1947, will become perpetual sufferers. And the Indian state cannot be oblivious of such sufferings of Kashmiris. Lakhs of Kashmiri migrants and other displaced persons have been assured of justice on legal and humanitarian grounds. Kashmiri Pandits, in particular, have been culturally uprooted and their economic wellbeing is in jeopardy. The Central and the state governments have assured proper return and rehabilitation of the “exiled” people. But, even after lapse of one year of the Central government and six months of its alliance with PDP, there is no blue print available to demonstrate that the decades of sufferings of migrants would be assuaged by government. In the aftermath of brutal killings of 120 youths and widespread violation of human rights, in 2010, an all political parties delegation visited the state and recommended a slew of measures for removal of alienation among the people of the state in general and the youth in particular, who have missed the opportunities for realizing their socio-economic aspirations. The Centre’s appointed Interlocutors have submitted a comprehensive report and recommended set measures to address the grievances of people. While the Central government, of late, has sought comments from the state government, no worth-

while progress has been made for implementing those recommendations. The promise of good governance for the common people remains a distant dream. To alleviate the sufferings of youth of the state, due to conflict and violence, the Central government in 2011 has had launched at least three programs, namely: i) Special Scholarship Scheme for post secondary education, ii) UDAAN for onthe job training and placement; and iii) Himayat for promoting self-employment. But, the concerned Central Ministries, MHA and MHRD, have adopted a lackluster approach for implementation of these schemes, because of which the benefits are not reaching to the target groups. The youth are frustrated due to lack of empowerment and opportunity to participate in the process of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas. Lakhs of youth are getting disillusioned with the kind of governance that is sadly being experienced. In the wake of on-going war of words from both the sides and continuous violations of ceasefire at the LoC, the people of the state have suffered irreparable losses, which have to be avoided at any costs. The indulgence in frequent skirmishes and blame game from both the sides, howsoever justified, has led to mudding of the dialogue process, the outcome of which has turn out to be a flop show. This must be avoided. And, an opportunity must be seized to explore the ways to find solutions in piecemeal to all the problems that we face today. It is expected that both the countries may chart out the path to cooperate with each other in dismantling the terror training camps as well as to ensure that the financers of such inhuman activities are brought to book. Government of India should commence, as a large democracy, the bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan for improved neighbourly relations. —Courtesy: Rising Kashmir [Author is Senior Advocate Supreme Court and Chairman of Kashmir Policy and Strategy Group]


Traders, biz community contribution vital for economic progress: Dar

Paraguay delegation visits SCCI SIALKOT —A delegation of businessmen from Paraguay has stressed the need to promot strong trade relations with Pakistan Consulate General at Pakistan Embassy in Paraguay Kanwar M Tariq led the delegation which discussed in details matters of mutual interest with exporters during a visit to the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here on Friday. He said Paraguay was ready to walk step by step with Pakistan to achieve trade relations with Pakistan. He also stressed the need to explore the mutual business opportunities between Pakistan and Paraguay, saying that exporters could explore and capture international trade markets of Paraguay and South American countries. Talking to the delegation, President SCCI Fazal Jillani said it was right time to develop the strong trade relations between Pakistan and Paraguay besides learning from each other expertise.—APP

Services trade deficit improves 123pc ISLAMABAD—The trade deficit in services sector of Pakistan improved by 123.37 percent as the sector witnessed a deficit of $383.33 million in July 2014 while in July 2015 it turned in to a surplus of $89.57 million. The exports of services during July 2015 increased by 93.92 percent going up from $350.92 million in July 2014 to $680.51 million this years, according to a data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The services imports during the period under review declined by 19.52 percent from $734.25 million in July 2014 to $590.94 million in July 2015. Similarly, on month basis, the services trade deficit also plunged by 118.68 percent in July as compared to same period of previous month of same year as the exports increased by 73.99 percent whereas the imports decreased by 32.11 percent.—APP

Young people in the business have grown up and made the wrong decisions, or bad decisions, and haven’t been good role models. To be someone that people look up to is important to me.

—Justin Bieber

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Finance Minister, Senator

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar giving away trophy to an award winner at the RCCI achievement awards ceremony. Special Assistant to PM on Revenue Haroon Akhtar is also present.

FPCCI to play role in execution of CPEC, Vision-2025 STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Friday vowed to play an active role in the implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Vision- 2025 for the economic prosperity of the country. This was stated by Mian Adrees, President FPCCI in a meeting with Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Reform during his visit at the Federation House, Karachi. The meeting was attended by Waseem Vohra, Shahnawaz Ishtiaq and Ikram Rajput Vice Presidents of PFCCI, Senator Haseeb Khan, Mirza Ikhtiar Baig and various prominent members of business community, a statement of the federation issued here said. The other offices of FPCCI at Lahore and Islamabad were also linked through video conferencing. Mian Adrees said that private sector has already proved its importance in the activities of economic development and in this regard FPCCI also revealed its economic revival plan for the betterment of the country. He said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a historic development megaproject and our future, which will prove a turning point in the welfare and prosperity of our nation. This corridor is a fusion of multiple developments in the global, regional, bilateral and domestic con-

texts. The ultimate objective is peace, prosperity and well being of the people of the two countries, the region and the world. He added that Pakistan is a business friendly destination and offers excellent opportunities to foreign investors. Despite various socio-economic challenges, Pakistan’s economy has been progressing in a right direction and improving day after day. On this occasion Prof. Ahsan Iqbal shared his views about the china economic corridor and vision 2025 and said that all provincial chambers of commerce including Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore would be taken into confidence as the present government always acknowledge the role of chambers of commerce in our country. He also appreciated the role of FPCCI in the economic growth of our country. He also announced that to organise the Joint Summit conference with FPCCI on China economic corridor. He appreciated the law enforcement agencies about the successful operation in Karachi and said that after China economic corridor world is recognizing Pakistan as an economic power and looking for investment opportunities in Pakistan. “However, for its implementation we need political stability and consistency.” In the end the business community appreciated the role of the Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms in the economic prosperity of country.

KSE-100 slides down with major blow of 391 points AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—KSE-100 Index kept moving on the bumpy road to face yet another blow when it dropped 391 points amid volatile conditions to come down below 33000 level

to close in red at exactly 32,728 levels here in the last trading session of the week on Friday. The index is trading below its shortterm moving averages, which suggest that

it could trade in a negative momentum in the backdrop of global financial turmoil led by the falling oil prices and China devaluation factor. The international oil prices were unable to hold gains on Thursday and closed at US$46.90/barrel. The market was not able to rally despite a weaker US dollar due to comments from the Fed. The comments suggested that there was real concern regarding China and its economic health. However Byco Petroleum continued to remain on top of the list of volume leaders with a trade of 15.38 million shares to their credit while K Electric which has entered into an agreement Chinese companies for setting up a 700mw coal based power plant at Port Qasim was the second volume leader at7.81 million shares and TRG PAKISTAN with a trade of 6 million shares on third position.

Meezan Bank, Ruba Digital sign agreement STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s first and largest Islamic Bank, and Ruba Digital – Company of Ruba SEZ Group, signed an agreement to certify Ruba Digital’s Installment sale product ‘Mustafeed Islamic Facility’. Under this facility, Ruba Digital will sell consumer durables on installments; Meezan Bank’s role is to provide guidelines to Ruba Digital for ensuring that their installment sales scheme is completely Shariah-compliant. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Waseem Afridi - CEO Ruba Digital said that Meezan Bank’s Islamic Finance knowledge and expertise would enable Ruba Digital to earn Halal returns on this business. He highlighted that Meezan Bank provides Shariah Advisory services around the globe to the financial sector and Ruba Digital is one of the few companies outside the core financial sector that have requested Meezan Bank to structure their installment product according to Shariah principles. Mr. Waeem Afridi - CEO Ruba Digital, Mr. Aqeel Zahid CFO Ruba Digital, Mr. Abdul Muqsit - Shariah Advisor Ruba Digital and Mr. Farhan ul Haq Usmani Senior Vice President Meezan Bank were present on the occasion. Mr. Farhan ul Haq Usmani - Senior Vice President Meezan Bank while conducting the training on Islamic Finance for the senior management of Ruba Digital, said that this agreement shows that businesses in Pakistan are cognizant of the fast changing trends in the industry. They are revamping their business structures according to Shariah principles to provide their customers with best services in a Shariah-compliant manner. He said that this also highlights the immense growth potential in the Islamic way of doing business.

Mohammad Ishaq Dar has said that contribution of traders and business community is a pre- requisite for economic progress in the country. He was addressing the 28th Achievements Awards Ceremony organized by Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here late Thursday. The Finance Minister said it is great pleasure for him to be among top performing businessmen and personalities from other spheres who have played a key role in socio-economic uplift of the country. “I have closely interacted with members of the business community, they have contributed well by putting forth proposals for tax reforms”, Finance Minister added. The Minister said, he is fully aware of the problems of the business community and assured that the government is devising policies that can address their genuine issues in an appropriate manner. “Let’s sit together, discuss issues and resolve them and it should be the spirit”, Minister Dar said. The Minister on the occasion said he wants to

Weekly inflation up 0.15pc ISLAMABAD—The weekly inflation for the increased by 0.27 percent. week ending on September 17 for the combined income group witnessed increase of 0.15 percent as compared to the previous week. The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 214.99 points against 214.66 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). However, as compared to the corresponding week of last year, SPI for the combined group in the week under review decreased by 1.14 percent. The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-2008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. Meanwhile, the SPI for the lowest income group up to Rs 8000 was also increased by 0.06 percent as it went up from 206.20 points in the previous week to 206.33 points in the week under review. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs 8001-12,000 was increased by 0.67 percent where as SPI for income group from Rs 12,001-18,000 was decreased by 0.57 percent, Rs. 18,001-35,000 increased by 0.28 percent and above Rs.35,000 also

I SLAMABAD —Founder Group has won the ICCI elections unopposed for the year 2015-16. Mr. Nasir Khan was the Chief Election Commissioner while M/s. Abdul Ghaffar Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussain were members of Election Commission. Mr. Atif Ikram has been elected as the President, Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Senior Vice President and Sheikh Abdul Waheed as Vice President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the year 2015-16. They will take over charge on 1st October 2015. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Abdul Rauf, Chairman Founder Group congratulated the new office bearers and executive members of ICCI on their unopposed election and said that all decisions in Founder Group are taken on merit. He said Founder Group has always tried to select best talent for ICCI elections to promote the interests of trade and industry and hoped that the new team would make utmost efforts for serving the cause of business community. Muzzamil Hussain Sabri President, M. Shakeel Munir Senior Vice President and M. Ashfaq Hussain Chatha Vice President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce

& Industry also felicitated the new team on its unopposed election and stressed upon the need of providing best services to the business community. They

During the week under review average prices of 10 items registered decrease, while that of 12 items increase with the remaining 31 items’ prices unchanged. The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included bananas, potatoes, egg hen (farm), chicken farm (live), rice -irri-6, pulse moong, sugar, rice basmati, pulse moong and vegetable ghee (loose). The items which recorded increase in their average prices included L.P.G cylinder 11 (kg), tomato, garlic, pulse mash, gur, onions, washing soap, wheat, pulse gram, mustard oil and long cloth. The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included bread plain, beef, mutton, milk fresh, curd, milk powder, cooking oil, vegetable ghee, salt powder, red chilly, tea, cooked dal, tea prepared cup, cigarettes, shirting, lawn, georgette, gents sandal, gents chappal, ladies sandal, electric charges, gas charges, kerosene oil, fire wood, electric bulb, match box, petrol super, hi-speed diesel, telephone local (calls) and soap.—APP

Byco Petroleum posts Rs 2.9b operating profit I SLAMABAD —Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited Company has posted operating profit of Rs. 2.9 billion and a net profit of Rs. 72 million with net sale of Rs.94 billion in the year 2014-15. A statement issued by the Company here on Friday said the company posted net sales revenue of over Rs. 94 billion which was the highest ever achieved by the company. “Byco had been on recovery road since last year and has shown resilience against and the ability to operate under unfavorable market conditions”, the Company’s statement said. The year 2014 -15, it said had been extremely challenging for the entire oil sector, especially for the refineries, as the sharp decline in crude and product prices persisted throughout the year and it was very difficult for the market players to shield themselves from price losses which hit them almost on a monthly basis. Prices of crude

Founder Group sweeps ICCI election STAFF REPORTER

convey the message to the investors around the world that Pakistan is excellent destination for the foreign investors. “All international rating agencies have given us positive ratings, the latest is Fitch which has awarded us a “B” rating,” he added. The country’s forex reserves stand at a record US $ 18.56 billion and the inflation rate in July August 2015 has been the lowest in over a decade at less than 2%. Highlighting the economic performance of the government, he said during last two years, the GDP growth accelerated, revenue collection witnessed 16 percent increase and crossed Rs. 2478 billion mark. He said, after a long gap Pakistan has re-entered the international bond market and issued bond and sukuk that had received overwhelming response and the bond was 14 time over subscribed. The minister said that operation Zarb-e-Azb was started to eliminate terrorism from the country by taking all the political forces on board and it was heading to its successful completion. He said Karachi operation was also started to restore peace in the city and due to it about 85 percent crime rate was reduced, businessmen were expressing satisfaction.

Atif Ikram, newly elected President, Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Senior Vice President and Sheik Abdul Waheed Vice President ICCI thanked the Chairman & members of Founder Group as well as all the members of ICCI for posing confidence in them and electing them unopposed as Office Bearers of ICCI. They said they would try to perform up to the expectations of stakeholders and use this platform for promoting the interests of business community. Founder Group members, ICCI former Presidents, former Senior Vice Presidents, former Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Se- Sheikh Abdul Waheed Vice Vice Presidents, former ExAtif Ikram President President nior Vice President ecutive Members and also assured that their asmembers of ICCI also congratulated the newly elected sistance and guidance would be available to the new office bearers & executive members and expressed best team as and when required. wishes for their success.

oil were hovering over US$ 100 a barrel at the start of the fiscal year, which by the end of the year nosedived to just above US$ 50. “As a result, the entire oil sector of Pakistan (i.e. the refineries as well as oil marketing companies) had to face reduction in net sales revenue by over 20%. Byco, on the other hand, managed to increase its revenues by 2%, which shows that the company has actually been able to enhance its volume significantly”, the statement said. A lower inventory holding period and proactive supply chain management allowed the company to limit its inventory losses and the company posted a gross profit of Rs. 4.9 billion, the highest ever achieved by the company since it ventured into the refining sector. The company was also able to contain its administrative expenses, other expenses and finance costs as all of which have declined from last year. —APP

Ms. Uzma Adil appointed MD SNGPL STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Ms. Uzma Adil Khan appointed as Managing Director Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL). Ms. Uzma Adil Khan, Managing Director, SNGPL is a chartered accountant by profession. She is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan (ICAP) and Institute of Secretaries and Managers. She joined SNGPL in 2001 and has held various key management positions last being Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Before this, Ms. Khan has wide experience in senior positions in textile,

educational institutions and Securities and Exchange Com-

mission of Pakistan (SECP).


Currency

Selling

Buying

USA

104.20

104.00

UK

162.25

161.94

Euro

118.76

118.53

Canada

79.10

78.94

Switzerland

108.45

108.24

Australia

74.97

74.83

Sweden

12.71

12.69

Japan

0.8686

0.8669

Norway

12.84

12.81

Singapore

74.42

74.27

Denmark

15.92

15.89

Saudi Arabia 27.80

27.75

Hong Kong

13.44

13.42

China

16.37

16.34

Kuwait

345.09

344.43

Malaysia

24.52

24.47

Newzealand

66.40

66.27

Qatar

28.61

28.56

UAE

28.37

28.32

Kr Won

0.0893

0.0891

Thailand

2.914

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Mobicash launches ‘Bachat Account’ STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Mobicash, continuing with its innovative offerings, has launched a savings account for its mobile account holders. Aptly titled ‘Bachat Account’, it provides an incentive to account holders conscious of their saving habits by offering them a daily profit on maintaining a certain balance of money in their mobile account. The profit in the “Bachat Account” is calculated and posted to the mobile account on a daily basis. This service comes with unique features that are industry first initiatives, daily posting to the mobile account and option to subscribe/un-subscribe directly from customer mobile account menu. This service is available to both existing and new Mobicash Mobile Account customers. Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, Senior Director Mobile Financial Services Mobilink, while expressing her joy at the launch of this latest product stated, “This latest product will be of immense benefit to our customer base as it offers them a handsome return on their earnings and promotes a savings culture. Around the globe, people are encouraged to save for a better tomorrow, and our product is a step in that direction. Mobicash wants to provide Pakistani citizens with a safeguard against economic uncertainty and other personal emergencies. In line with our vision to bridge the divide between banked and unbanked proportions, our Bachat Account offers individuals an opportunity to lead a better lifestyle by encouraging micro-saving.”

PBIF lauds agri package, support price for crops I S L A M A B A D —Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) on Friday lauded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for announcing the relief package for farmers terming it necessary and timely step to bailout the farming community. Government should ensure that the benefits of the move must reach the intended recipients in a quick and transparent manner, it said. The package should be made more effective in the light of reaction by stakeholders so that agricultural growth which was 2.9 percent last year could improve benefitting rural economy, said President PBIF and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain. He said that growers are facing losses due to slump in process resulting in rotting produce which should be taken seriously. Mian Zahid Hussain said that farmers must be educated about latest trends to cut expenses and boost production and support price be announced for important crops.

Shahbaz seeks speedy completion of energy projects SALIM AHMED L AHORE —President of a prominent Chinese company in energy sector Zonergy, Mr. Yu Yong met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here today. The meeting agreed to speedily implement the solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that work on first solar project at Quaid-e-Azak Solar Park Bahawalpur under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been started and this 300 megawatt solar project will start production of energy by the end of current year. He said that the project will be completed speedily while

like other projects a high standard will also be maintained. He said that the concerned departments should work with mutual coordination for the early completion of the project. He said that under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a beginning has been made for removing darkness from the country and power projects will be completed with hard work and honesty. President of Zonergy Yu Yong assured the Chief Minister that the 300 megawatt solar projects will be completed till the end of the current year. Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretary Energy, Chief Executive Officer Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and concerned officials were present on the occasion.

Moodys assigns (P) B3 rating to Pakistan’s global bond offering

US keen on doing business with Pakistan: Cheryl Dukelow

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industry & Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi chairing a meeting regarding PSM to discuss restoration of gas pressure at Pakistan Steel Mills.

I SLAMABAD —Moody’s Investors Service the IMF programme, key goals of which inhas assigned a provisional rating of (P) B3 to the Government of Pakistan’s announced global bond offering. “The outlook is stable” said Moody statement issued on Friday. Highlighting the ratings rationale, the Moody statement said that Pakistan’s B3 issuer rating reflects moderate economic strength with a supply-constrained economy that has been resistant to structural change. Although the scale of the economy is relatively large, globally, Pakistan’s per-capita income level is relatively very low. Implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, will over time, bolster growth through investment in transportation and power generation infrastructure, the Moody said. The Moody added that government has gained significant traction on reforms under

clude deficit reduction, resolving constraints in the energy sector, and the privatization of several state-owned enterprises. However, the Moody observed that other factors that drive Pakistan’s sovereign credit rating are its very low fiscal strength and high susceptibility to event risk. “Key fiscal and external credit metrics are weak intrinsically and relative to ratings peers. These methodological factors are compounded by the country’s narrow tax base, low savings and shallow capital markets —all of which hinder stable domestic financing of sizable budget deficits”, The Moody’s statement said. However, the government is striving to lengthen the maturity of debt which will reduce gross financing needs.—APP

Corolla posts high sales volumes in Asia pacific region STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Toyota’s flagship sedan Corolla had achieved the highest sales volumes last year in the entire Asia-Pacific region, this was stated by . Mr. Kyoichi Tanada, Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) at the 24th Annual Dealers Conference held in Karachim the conference was held on the theme of “A Journey of Continuous Commitment.” The theme marks 25 years of Toyota in the Pakistan market and the outstanding success it has achieved in this period. Dealership CEOs, guests from Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, senior management from the House of Habib, business partners, vendors and the IMC management attended the conference. In his address, Mr. Kyoichi Tanada appreciated IMC’s efforts in successfully promoting Toyota in Pakistan for the last 25 years. “Toyota has grown with the community to become one of the most popular and wellloved brands in Pakistan, and a constant pursuit of innovation and excellence drives us to make ever-better cars to delight our

customers,” he said. He appreciated the dealers for showing continuous support and commitment, through which Toyota’s flagship sedan Corolla had achieved the highest sales volumes last year in the entire Asia-Pacific region. “In Pakistan, the dealers are our trusted partners who help us deliver better performing cars to quality-conscious customers. Therefore, we are expecting to exceed our sales by a significant amount in the current year as well,” he added. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman IMC, Mr. Ali S. Habib said that continuous improvement is a lifetime pursuit at IMC. “Starting 25 years ago with a production capacity of 20 cars a day and a workforce of 500 employees, IMC has now grown into a company of over 2,300 employees and with a production capacity of 240 cars a day. The credit for this phenomenal progress goes to all the business partners who have played a pivotal role in making IMC a huge success,” he said. “It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and a focused effort that enables us to satisfy those who look up to us for mobility solutions,” he added.

Microsoft’s regional GM mulls IT future roadmap in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The

General Manager of Microsoft - North Africa, East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) region – Mrs Leila Serhan, has held meetings with the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and the State Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication – Ms. Anusha Rahman, to discuss progressive reforms and explore the potential for enrichments in the ongoing IT projects, to accelerate progress in the country. While discussing various projects of mutual interest, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal explored opportunities for more collaborative endeavors with Microsoft and appreciated its continued interest in strengthening the IT infrastructure in Pakistan. Ms. Anusha Rahman highlighted the upcoming incubation projects of MOIT and invited Microsoft to extend its valuable technological support. Mrs. Serhan also took the opportunity to meet the Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) - Dr.

Ismail Shah, besides holding talks with the Chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) - Dr. Umar Saif and other senior officials in Islamabad, where she lauded their role in the e-Governance initiative taken by the Punjab government. Microsoft’s regional GM visited Pakistan to celebrate the recent achievements of the team in Pakistan, besides having insightful discussions with major partners, stakeholders and government officials. As reflected by the yearly results - the new Microsoft “Windows 10” Solution is receiving an overwhelming response from the customers in Pakistan. This globally leading IT enterprise is committed to build capacity through its latest technologies and powerful innovations, whereby it has launched the strategy of “Cloud First, Mobile First” in Pakistan, to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities for individuals, businesses, and developers to embrace Cloud Computing. Mrs. Serhan stated that; “The new generation of young and talented developers has encouraged us to work more actively with the local market.

AMANULLAH KHAN K A R A C H I —Commercial Counselor of US Embassy, Cheryl Dukelow has said that the United States was keenly interested in doing business with Pakistan and wants to help Pakistani companies do business with companies in US. Exchanging views at a meeting during her visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), she said that many US companies have been inquiring about business and investment opportunities in Pakistan from the Commercial Section of US Embassy and they were being fully assisted. “My job is to help US companies find the right partner in Pakistan. We are facilitators not only to US companies but also to Pakistani companies as we are always there to reply to your questions. We don’t want you to get discouraged, disinterested or concerned in dealing with US companies”, she added. Cheryl Dukelow was accompanied by US Economic Officer D. Richard Rasmussen at the meeting while President KCCI Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Senior Vice President KCCI Muhammad Ibrahim Kasumbi, Former President KCCI Majyd Aziz and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present on the occasion. In order to enhance trade and business ties, Cheryl Dukelow advised the Karachi Chamber to directly approach the peer chambers in United States who will surely respond as many US companies, who are the members of these Chambers of Commerce in United States, want to do business and enhance trade ties with Pakistan. In this regard, she assured to assist KCCI in case it faces any difficulty or does not receives reply from the Chambers of Commerce or companies based in United States. Commenting on improved trade relations between the two countries, she pointed out that United States has witnessed over 20 percent increase in its exports to Pakistan from July 2014 to July 2015 as compared to the same period of preceding year. Earlier, while welcoming the US Commercial Counselor, President KCCI briefed about the overall strength, membership base, and structure of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry which was actively working to resolve any issue being faced by the business and industrial community of Karachi.

ISLAMABAD: Station Manager Benazir Bhutto International Airport, S. M. Iqbal presenting the keys of Cobuses provided by the Qatar government to Manager Technical Ground Support, Saadat Ahmad. Spokesperson Aviation Division PIA, Sher Ali Khan is also seen in the picture.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra presenting Chamber’s Crest to US Commercial Counselor Ms. Cheryl Dukelow during her visit to KCCI.

ISLAMABAD: Microsoft’s General Manager for North Africa, East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) region, Leila Serhan in a meeting with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal to discuss progressive reforms and potential exploration for enrichments in on-going IT projects.

Serena Hotel provides luxury Hungary’s MOL ride with new car fleet announces new oil, gas OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad Serena Hotel has been setting the standard in guest services and continues this tradition of excellence by providing guests with the ultimate hotel experience in terms of refinement and absolute comfort .The hotel has extended its 5-star service beyond its elegant rooms and onto the road with the unveiling of its newest fleet comprising of the latest Honda Civics. The Serena Limousine Service has added sixteen Honda Civic VTis to its fleet,

giving business and leisure travellers a first class arrival and depar-

ture experience. The CEO of Serena Hotels Mr.

Aziz Boolani and the General Manager of the Islamabad Serena Hotel Mr. Michel A Galopin; were both part of the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are constantly innovating, updating our products and providing new experiences for our guests, the Islamabad Serena offers its guests the pinnacle of luxury, and the addition of the new Honda Civic is a fitting expression of this. Our new fleet of cars coupled with VIP customer service will deliver an even greater guest experience,” said the General Manager of the Islamabad Serena Hotel.

discovery in Karak I S L A M A B A D —Hungarian oil and gas group Mol on Friday announced a new crude oil, condensate and natural gas discovery in Karak Block in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The block is operated by Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) with 60% working interest while MOL Pakistan Oil & Gas Co. B.V has 40% in the block. MOL has a well-established presence in the country with five blocks and over 15

years of successful operation. This is the 10th discovery since 1999 in 3 different blocks. Kalabagh1A ST1 discovery is the Joint Venture’s second success in the Karak block after its first crude oil discovery made at Halini-1 Exploratory Well-1 in 2011. Based on a comprehensive 3D seismic campaign the structure was confirmed as an independent closure at about 8km dis-

tance from Halini discovery. Kalabagh-1A ST1, spudin on March 20, 2015, has been successfully drilled down to a depth of 3,003 meters. During testing, the well flowed gas & condensate in Datta Formation at a rate of 618 boepd and 160 bblpd, respectively. In the Samanasuk Formation it flowed gas and condensate at a rate of 877 boepd and 180 bblpd, respectively.—INP


PCB Cricket Committee decides on diverse range of issues K ARACHI —The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Cricket Committee met here at the Gaddafi Stadium the other day discussed and took decisions on a wide range of issues with regard to Pakistan’s domestic and regional cricket. Chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan was a special invitee in the meeting attended by Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed, Haroon Rashid, Intikhab Alam, Mohammad Akram, Aizad Syed, Shahid Aslam, Shafiq Ahmed Papa and Saqib Irfan. The meeting was chaired by Cricket Committee Chairman Shakil Sheikh, PCB media department announced on Friday. Team Pakistan Head Coach Waqar Younis gave a detailed briefing on a string of meetings and interactions that he had with regional coaches during the just-concluded Haier National T20 tournament. Waqar Younis gave most cogent proposals with regard to sharing the thinking of national coaches with regard to present and future demands

Sultan Shah denied visa to attend WBC meet

of Team Pakistan with coaches at the regional level so that it could translate into channeling their energies towards grooming the requisite talent. Chairman PCB appreciated and agreed to the proposal, which was adopted by the committee. It was also decided to weed out malpractice and corruption at the regional level. It was also decided that in age-restricted tournaments a new, and more effective, regime of age-verification process shall be introduced. The names of selection committees for all regions for the Quaid-eAzam Trophy were also approved. “To eliminate extraneous influences, it was decided that all selected teams shall be approved by the chief selector”, Shakil Sheikh, said. It was also decided to review salary and allowances of regional coaches. “Unlike the previous one-day affair, spread over three days the Quaid Trophy trials for regional

teams shall now be more wholesome and elaborate. These shall be held from Oct. 1 to 3, with one day dedicated to assessing physical fitness, the benchmark for which has been pegged at 40 per cent of the international standard; we have adopted a soft approach on this and this threshold shall be gradually increased upward”, Chairman of the committee, said. The committee also clamped a ban of three years on the-already-suspended match referee Mujahid Jamshed for his indiscreet remarks vilifying chief selector Haroon Rashid, news release said. Chairman PCB and the entire Cricket Committee appreciated the befitting organization of Haier National T20 tournament. The Committee was apprised that, apart from the competitive nature and emergence of new talent, the success of the tournament can also be measured from the fact that it grossed the highest revenue ever from gate money in a domestic tournament.—APP

FIFA suspends number-two KTA Dev Waqar confident of beating official after ticket allegations Ranking Tennis England in upcoming Test commences

LAHORE: Players of Pakistan National Cricket team busy in practice for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour at Qaddafi Stadium on Friday.

NEW YORK/ZURICH—World football body expected. FIFA put Jerome Valcke, its second-rank-

Neither Blatter nor Valcke face charges

hours after an ex-footballer raised allegations he was involved in a plan to resell 2014 World Cup tickets for a lucrative profit. FIFA, which has been rocked by Swiss and US corruption investigations, said in a statement it was made aware of allegations involving Valcke and had requested a formal investigation by the FIFA ethics committee. The swift action against his second-incommand is another major blow for FIFA President Sepp Blatter as questions about corruption during his 17-year reign build. The allegations against Valcke come on top of probes by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Swiss Attorney General’s Office into corruption at FIFA after the indictment of 14 senior football officials and sports marketing executives in May. Blatter announced in June only days after the unveiling of the U.S. indictment that he would be stepping down as president following an election in February. Earlier on Thursday, former Israeli football player Benny Alon said at a news conference in Zurich that he agreed in 2013 to pay cash to Valcke to secure plum World Cup tickets in Brazil. He said the plan was to then sell the tickets to fans at a markup and split the proceeds with Valcke. Alon said the deal fell through and he never paid the football official. Reuters could not independently confirm Alon’s claims. Valcke “unequivocally” denied the allegations as “fabricated and outrageous” in a statement from his US lawyer Barry Berke. “Mr. Valcke never received or agreed to accept any money or anything else of value from Mr. Alon,” the statement said. FIFA controls the rights to sell all the World Cup tickets and has sanctioned officials in the past for reselling the coveted World Cup spots at a higher price. Earlier this week US and Swiss authorities said they were expanding their corruption investigations and more arrests were

FIFA. A spokesman from the Brooklyn prosecutor’s office handling the US case declined to comment on the news of Valcke’s departure. FIFA’s statement did not specify what allegations against Valcke needed to be investigated by the Ethics Committee.

I SLAMABAD —World Blind ing official, on leave on Thursday just in either the U.S. or Swiss investigations of Cricket (WBC) President Syed Sultan Shah has been denied visa by the UK High Commission to attend the WBC Annual General Meeting to be held in Birmingham from October 24 to 27. It is pertinent to mention that, the WBC registered in England and Wales Companies House under incorporation number 7129568, is the governing organization of Cricket for the blind globally. The WBC conduct its AGM in different countries. This time, ECB and Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) are hosting the AGM of WBC at Birmingham, England. ECB being the host invited the Executive Committee of WBC and representatives of its full member countries to attend the AGM. The Pakistani executives invited include Syed Sultan Shah (President WBC & Chairman, PBCC), Mahar Muhammad Yousaf Haroon Masood (Technical Director WBC & General Manager, PBCC) and Muhammad Bilal (Director Cricket Operations PBCC & Pakistan delegate to WBC AGM). According to PBCC Chairman, It doesn’t make any sense that an elected WBC President recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) is denied UK visa “just on probabilities”. It is my fundamental right to chair the Annual General Meeting of the organization”,” he said. He said our passport contains several countries’ visas including England (for a cricket series in 2006). “It is evident that we have neither overstayed in even a single day in any country nor we wish to. But considering us non-genuine is an embarrassment,” he said.

Mardan Club stun Blue Stars in opening match of Mardan Soccer League

ISLAMABAD —Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team can beat England in the upcoming three-match Test series in the United Arab Emirates. The former captain also indicated that Pakistan would rely heavily on their spinners to test the English batsmen. “More than the limited over series in Zimbabwe, we are totally focused on the Test matches against England. It is a very important series for us and I just want the team to repeat the form they showed against Australia and New Zealand last year,” Waqar was quoted as saying by Cricket Country. He noted that Pakistan’s Test squad was a well-settled one and balanced. “I am confident we can win this series against England, if we play the way we did against Australia and New Zealand. Our players are used to the pitches in UAE and if we look at the number of centuries scored by Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq or Azhar

Ali in Tests I think we can do well,” he said. Waqar also said that Pakistan will not feel the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who had played a key role in the 3-0 destruction of England at the same venues in 2012. “I think our spinners particularly Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar have done very well in recent matches and we are counting on them to repeat their form as well. And they have played Tests against England. “I think our spin resources are more than adequate and the pitches there will assist them. Dubai is a bit different but we also have dependable resources in the pace department as well,” said Waqar. He said he had lot of respect for England team which had recently won the Ashes. “They have some quality players but I think conditions in the UAE are different for them while for our players it is like a second home,” he said.—APP

Ahmed leads Qasmi Gymkhana in Memorial Cricket semis

Ronaldo just two goals away from Madrid all-time honours MADRID—Another piece of Real Madrid history awaits Cristiano Ronaldo as he can become the club’s all-time leading scorer when they host Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Ronaldo is officially just two goals shy of Raul Gonzalez Blanco’s 323-goal record despite having played over 400 games fewer than the Spanish legend. However, the club claim he is just one goal behind Raul as they credited Ronaldo

PESHAWAR —Deputy Commissioner Mardan InterClub Football League got under way at Younis Stadium Mardan with Mardan Club stunned Blue Stars by 5-0 in the opening match on Friday. Tehsil Naib Nazim Mardan Mushtaq Khan, TMO Sheharyar Khan, District Sports Officer Jamshed Baloch, Chairman DFA Ali Gohar and other officials were also present. Mardan club dominated the match right from the outset match and scored half dozens of goals in a quick succession. For Mardan club center striker Zahoor scored three goals in the 14th, 19th and 25th minute while Waheed Khan scored both the goal in the 57th and 70th minute to make the tally 5-0. Blues Stars after conceding 5-0 goal, failed to respond well.—APP

K ARACHI —Aqeel Shabbir and Noor-e-Mustufa won their men’s singles first round matches on the opening day of 38th KTA Development Series Ranking Tennis Championship here at the Union Club courts on Friday. Aqeel routed Ahmer Hasan without dropping a single point. After losing the first set 6-0, Ahmer pulled out of the match 2-0 down. Noor face slight challenge from Saad Ahmed before registering victory. KTA is holding the event in collaboration with Sindh Tennis Association to hunt the talent and promote juniors tennis. Ist rd results: Mens singles: Aqeel Shabbir bt Ahmer Ahsan 60,2-0 rtd, Noor e Mustafa bt Saad Ahmed 6-2.6-2. U-17 singles: Eibad Sarwar bt Muhammad Ameer Hamza But two sources familiar with the matter 6-1,6-2.—APP said Alon’s claims were the immediate cause of Valcke being placed on leave. The sources added, though, that questions over Valcke had been mounting since May and could have contributed to the decision. US prosecutors believe Valcke was involved in 2007 in bank transactions worth $10 million in which the South African government approved money to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries, a K A R A C H I — A h m e d person familiar with the matter told Reuters Hussain produced a fine allin June. Prosecutors say the payments were rounder show to lead Qasmi aimed at winning votes for South Africa to Gymkhana in the semifinals host the 2010 World Cup. of KCCA Zone-VI Daud Valcke confirmed he signed off on the Khan Memorial Cricket payments but denied any wrongdoing. The Tournament when they beat transactions are central to a US bribery in- Shama Sports by five wickvestigation into football’s governing bod- ets here at the KCCA Staies.—AFP dium on Thursday. Ahmed slammed 89 with seven boundaries and three sixes off 58 balls and got two wickets for 14 runs. Batting first, Shama Sports scored 175 for the loss of nine wickets in 40 overs. Abid Qasim took three wick“I am happy, it is a proud moment for me ets for 27 runs with his offto be in this position,” Ronaldo said after net- breaks. Qasmi Gymkhana in ting his 33rd hat-trick for the club against reply reached the target in the 24th over for the loss of five Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek. “I have to thank the team, they helped me wickets.—APP a huge amount. Before I was bad and now I am good because I have scored eight goals,” he added in a thinly veiled dig at his critics. “My teammates believe in me, they give me the service with which I scored goals.” Ronaldo will, though, be devoid of some of Madrid’s key creators with Gareth Bale having joined James Rodriguez on the sidelines due to injury. Bale suffered a calf injury in the 4-0 P ESHAWAR —Hoti Club win over Shakhtar and will be claimed the overall trophy sidelined for at least two after securing 80 points while weeks. Madrid are also likely Dolphin Club Peshawar with to be without Sergio Ramos 75 points and Mahaz Akhtar due to a dislocated shoulder, got second and best swimbut Raphael Varane should be ming trophies at Mardan fit to partner Pepe in defence Sports Complex on Friday. after recovering from the District Nazim Mardan ankle knock he picked up in Himayat Ullah Mayar, Tehsil midweek. Nazim Ayub Khan, Director Victory can take Real to Sports Niamat Ullah Khan, the top of the table for 24 Salim Raza and District hours as league leaders Sports Officer Jamshed Barcelona aren’t in action till Baloch were also present. Sunday when they host In the 100m back stroke Levante. The Catalans’ already short squad Hamad Asad won gold will have to do without midfielder Rafinha for medal, followed by Mahaz the rest of the season as he suffered cruciate Akhtar and Haris Khan, ligament damage in a 1-1 draw with Roma on in the 50m free style Ibrahim Wednesday. Barca boss Luis Enrique will also won gold, Muhammad Ali be without defenders Gerard Pique, Thomas and Muhammad Saeed won Vermaelen and Daniel Alves, as well as goal- silver and bronze medals rekeeper Claudio Bravo. spectively. In the 100m breast Atletico Madrid lost their perfect start to stroke Maaz won gold, Saeed the season when Barca won 2-1 at the Vicente and Usman got positions, in Calderon last weekend, but Diego Simeone’s the 100m free style Islamia men recovered well to get their Champions School Hussain won gold, League campaign off to a winning start at Zulafa Asad and Humam won Galatasaray on Tuesday.—Agencies bronze medal.—APP

with a goal back in 2010 that was awarded to Pepe in the referee’s report. The World Player of the Year has struck eight times in his last two games to categorically silence the critics for his slow start to the campaign as he failed to score in either of Madrid’s opening two La Liga fixtures or in two games for Portugal. Ronaldo hit five goals in the same game for the second time in five months in a 6-0 rout at Espanyol last weekend and Granada will be fearing the worst as they were the previous recipients of a five-goal haul in a 9-1 humiliation at the Bernabeu back in April.

Hoti Club win District Swimming trophy

KARACHI: Shoaib Ahmad Saddiqui, Commissioner Karachi giving away shooting ball trophy to the winning captain of PWD Ejaz Ahmad

Calls for cleansing, accountability in PCB KARACHI—Former Head Coach and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan Thursday called for cleansing and accountability in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “I appeal to Patron Inchief of PCB to launch an inquiry into the affairs of the board and for presence of tainted coaching staff in Pakistan team and in Pakistan Super League,” he told reporters at a news conference here at the Karachi Club Hall. He said “PCB should have waited for good time for launching PSL in Pakistan instead of choosing Qatar as the venue,” former Test opener, commented. He praised the Army and Security forces for their sacrifices in improving the security situation and restoring peace in the country and paving the way for return of international cricket back in Pakistan. Mohsin who played 45 Test and 78 ODIs for Pakistan including a Pakistan’s including 200 at Lords, said PCB was not serving the passionate cricket-loving with hallow statements. Mohsin Khan had also hit out at the PCB last year after he was overlooked for Pakistan’s chief coach. He also referred to Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum report which fined six players following a judicial inquiry into matchfixing launched in 1998. Mohsin guided Pakistan to a historic 3-0 rout of then world number one side England in 2012 as chief coach, accused PCB of inducting “tainted” players.

Mohsin Khan supported the role of departmental cricket in Pakistan cricket and said lobby was trying to undermine its contribution. He recalled that legendary Pakistan captain and board head Abdul Hafeez Kardar launched departmental cricket which hugely benefitted national cricket.— Convicted trio of Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt should not be inducted in Pakistan team. For the betrayal and damage Amir, Asif and Salman have done to the country, they should be banned for life, he told reporters on Thursday evening. However showing leniency, Mohsin Khan said Amir, Asif and Butt showed be allowed to play domestic cricket for getting the bread and butter. He said what kind of message is being given to the youth of the nation by allowing these cricketers to play for Pakistan again. He dispelled the impression that he was maligning PCB for not getting any position. He reiterated that he will never be part of the PCB which got tainted cricketers in their fold in different position. International Cricket Council (ICC) after extensive inquiry banned Amir, Asif and former captain Salman Butt banned for different periods for spot-fixing charges in the 2010 Lord Test against England. Amir’s banned lifted last year while Asif and Butt were allowed to play cricket from September 2 this month.—APP


Tomljanovic storms into Tokyo semi-finals T OKYO —Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic beat American Madison Brengle to reach the Japan Women’s Open semifinals o n Friday, leavi n g t h e tourn a ment bereft of its top four seeds. Rising star Tomljanovic continued her fine run at the rain-hit Tokyo event with a 1-6, 6-3, 64 victory over the third seed, having already eliminated Japan’s Kimiko DateKrumm, the sentimental favourite who turns 45 later this month. Tomljanovic, seeded seventh, will play Yanina Wickmayer in the last four after the Belgian came from a set down to beat Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Poland’s Magda Linette followed her upset over second seed Zarina Diyas on Thursday by overpowering Taiwanese rival Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 6-3.—AFP

Stuart Law warns Aussies to expect ‘fight’ in Bangladesh DHAKA—Former Australia batsman Stuart Law warned Friday that rookie skipper Steve Smith and his new charges would have a r e a l fight o n their hands from fasti m provi n g Bangladesh in their upcoming two-Test series. Law, a former coach of the Bangladesh national team who is now advising their under-19s, said the world champions would be in for a rude shock if they took victory over cricket’s traditional whipping boys for granted. “If Bangladesh play anywhere near what they have been in recent times, they will give Australia a real fright,” Law told reporters.—Agencies

Colsaerts hits eight straight birdies at Italian Open MILAN—Nicolas Colsaerts became the 11th player to fire eight successive birdies on the European Tour as the Belgian surged to the top of the leaderboard after the Italian Open first round on Thursd a y. T h e former Ryder C u p player started h i s round at the 10th h o l e and produced his spectacular run from the 14th to the third. Colsaerts’ flawless nine-under-par 63 gave him a two-stroke lead over Italian Francesco Molinari, Shiv Kapur of India and Swede Kristoffer Broberg. However, his run of birdies will not go down in the record books because preferred lies were being used at the Golf Club Milano. “The course is not long and the back nine is very scoreable so I would be surprised if I was the only player who gets hot out there,” Colsaerts told reporters at the Golf Club Milano.—APP

PCB should stop pushing for India series: Afridi I S L A M A B A D —Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should stop pushing for a series against India and

concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan. Afridi told reporters on Friday in Lahore, “I don’t know why we are pushing for a series against India again and again. I don’t see any reason to play [against India] if they don’t want to play.” The PCB is still waiting for the green light from its Indian counterpart for December’s planned Test and limited-overs series in the United

Arab Emirates. Both countries’ cricket boards have signed an agreement to play at least six times in between 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government’s approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan. The last time both teams played a Test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a Test series in 2006. Pakistan has scheduled T20 internationals against Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand ahead of the World T20 tournament in India next March and April, after which Afridi has said he will quit playing the shortest cricket format. Afridi has already stopped playing ODIs following Pakistan’s loss in the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup in Australia in March. Pakistan cricket selectors have included rookie left-arm fast bowler Imran Khan Jr. and offspinner Bilal Asif for the two T20s against Zimbabwe later this month in order to start getting ready for next year’s event in India. “The idea is to try out new players and there are number of players who impressed me in National T20

tournament this week,” Afridi said. Imran took 16 wickets in the tournament and played a key role in the final when his Peshawar squad won the trophy over the Karachi side led by Afridi. Asif took nine wickets in the national tournament. In May, Zimbabwe became the first Test country to tour Pakistan since 2009, when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus. The Zimbabweans played three ODIs and two T20s in Lahore. With top-level international cricket a rarity in Pakistan, Afridi said it would have been better if the PCB had decided to host next February’s inaugural T20 Pakistan Super League at home instead of choosing Doha, Qatar, as the venue. “It would have been great had it been organised in Pakistan because we were talking about revival of cricket in Pakistan after the tour of Zimbabwe,” he said. “Our players would have benefited more had it been organised in Pakistan. I am not worried whether foreign players come or not, but at least the crowd will come and our own youngsters get an opportunity.”—AP

Roma blow as ‘keeper Szczesny sidelined’ R OME —Roma have suffered a blow games this season, suffered a liga-

Stuttering Juventus sit in 16th place after two defeats and a draw after on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper ment strain to the finger.” Roma, with Szczesny between so far, although the Turin giants Wojciech Szczesny was sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a the posts, have made a strong start enjoyed a massive boost in midhand ligament injury in a 1-1 Cham- to the Serie A campaign, notably week with a come-from-behind 2-1 pions League draw against beating Juventus 2-1 two weeks ago win over Champions League Group to sit two points off the pace of D rivals Manchester City. Barcelona. Roma host Sassuolo this SunPoland international Szczesny unbeaten leaders Inter Milan ahead this weekend’s round of day, when Juventus are away to suffered the injury after being of kicked in the hand by Uruguayan matches. Genoa.—AFP striker Luis Suarez at the start of the second half of the Group E clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday. The 25-year-old was replaced by veteran Morgan De Sanctis, who went on to make a string of fine saves as Roma held on deperately for a share of the spoils. A statement from Roma said: “Tests have confirmed that Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny did not sustain a fracture to the fourth finger of his left hand against Barcelona last night, despite having to come off injured in the second half after a clash with Luis Suarez. “This morning’s tests did reveal that Szczesny, who is on loan from Arse- Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez clashes with Roma’s goalkeeper from nal and has started all four Poland Wojciech Szczesny and Roma’s defender from Germany Antonio Rudiger durof Roma’s competitive ing the UEFA Champions League football match in Rome.

Boycott on spot-fixing trio: ‘If they do it again, ban them for life’ E NGLAND batting great Geoffrey Boycott believes Pakistan’s spot-fixing tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir deserve a second chance, but “if they do something similar again” they should be “banned for life”. The International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared the way for Amir, Asif and Butt’s return to international cricket when their bans ended on September 2 this year. All three of them were directed to work with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) vigilance and anti-corruption

department and deliver lectures in 16 regions all over Pakistan. The sport’s governing body had banned the cricketers for at least five years after Asif and Amir bowled deliberate no-balls during a Test match against England in 2010 in which Pakistan was led by Butt. Boycott, in response to a question on ESPNcricinfo’s show Bowl at Boycs about whether the ICC set a right precedent by allowing the trio back in the game, said, legally, the trio could not be barred from playing cricket anymore. “If we believe in the rule of law then we have to accept the judgment

handed out by the judges. They tried to be fair and impartial,” the 74-yearold former England captain said. “We, members of the public, can have opinions and views, for example: many of us may feel the punishment wasn’t harsh enough for those three players. But nobody got killed or physically hurt. “So, I am sure the judge took that all into consideration. Remember, he has to deal and give judgment to bank robbers, murderers, muggers, people who create grievous bodily harm. He has got just to make judgment on what is a fair punishment.” Boycott said that under England’s law, once a convicted person had served their sentence, they deserved to be reintegrated back into society and given a second chance. “As hurtful as it may feel to those who love cricket and feel these three guys hurt the integrity of the game we love, I believe we have to accept the rule of law. It’s an obligation on all of us,” he says. “The ICC can ban them from playing or stop them ever again playing international cricket. But that would be opposite of criminal law. “May be the ICC are right to give them a second chance. After that, if they do something similar again, “If we believe in the rule of law then we have to accept the judgment handed out by the then ban them for life.”— judges,” says Geoffrey Boycott.—Agencies Agencies

Mohammed Ali given tribute in his home town and to use their talents and successes to empower others in communities all over the world,” said Ali’s wife, Lonnie. Ali heard his name shouted loud again Thursday night when he was recognized before the second quarter of Louisville’s college football game against No. 11 Clemson. Public appearances by the self-proclaimed “Greatest of All Time” have diminished in recent years. Ali is scheduled to attend this year’s ceremony Saturday for winners of humanitarian awards named after Ali. Singer and activist Harry Belafonte and Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis are among the latest winners of Mohammed Ali Humanitarian Awards. The ceremony Thursday took place near the site where Ali was introduced to boxing as a 12year-old, when he wanted Boxing great Muhammad Ali, holds the Grawemeyer to whip whoever had stoMedal as his wife Lonnie Ali, University of Louisville len his bicycle. Ali became President Dr. James Ramsey look on, at The Louisville a regular at the gym, launching a career that Palace Theater in Louisville, Ky. made him an Olympic gold champion basked in the attention in Louis- medalist, heavyweight champ and one of ville, where he received an award from the the world’s most recognizable figures. Ali has focused on humanitarian University of Louisville. School President James Ramsey presented Ali with the medal causes, promoting racial and religious tolas the first-ever Grawemeyer Spirit Award erance, since retiring from the ring. The Mohammed Ali Center in Louiswinner for his role in inspiring others. Grawemeyer Awards are presented each ville is dedicated to Ali’s humanitarian efyear for music composition, education, re- forts and showcases his boxing career. Ali has homes in multiple states, and ligion, psychology and improving world now spends much of his time in Arizona. order. The event came a day after anti-Islamic After a series of tributes recounting his triumphs as a boxer and his humanitarian messages were found spray-painted on the efforts outside the ring, the 73-year-old Ali outside of the Louisville Islamic Center. During Thursday’s ceremony, the Rev. appeared on stage at a downtown theater. Ali, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville stayed seated but raised his right hand Presbyterian Theological Seminary, referred briefly to acknowledge the crowd, which to the vandalism committed against “our Muslim neighbors.” He said the vandals’ chanted “Ali! Ali!” “In accepting this award, we are re- actions “were not in God’s name.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has minded that Mohammed’s life continues to inspire generations of people to discover asked the community to help the center and cultivate their own path to greatness paint over the graffiti on Friday.—AP

LOUISVILLE—Boxing great Mohammed Ali once again heard a crowd chanting his name Thursday and had a medal draped around his neck in his Kentucky hometown. The three-time world heavyweight

Wozniacki backs Serena to beat Graf’s record S INGAPORE —Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki on Friday backed her close friend Serena Williams to beat Steffi Graf’s record of 22 major titles despite her heartbreaking defeat at the US Open. Williams was bidding for the first calendar year Grand Slam since Graf in 1988, as well as a record-equalling 22nd major victory, when she was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the US Open semi-finals. But Wozniacki, speaking during a promotional visit for the Singapore Tourism Board, said it was only a matter of time before Williams makes the Grand Slam record her own. “She’s won three Slams this year. I think that just proves it,” Denmark’s Wozniacki, ranked sixth, said of the American world number one. “It’s never easy (to surpass Steffi Graf) but I definitely believe that she can do it,” the 25-year-old added. With Williams, who will turn 34 next week, and Swiss great Roger Federer, also 34, still at the top of the game, Wozniacki said players are finding ways to take better care of their bodies.

“I think if you look at tennis nowadays, people play longer and I think they’ve found better ways to take care of their body and everything has helped players to play longer and I think that’s great,” said

Wozniacki. For herself, Wozniacki stressed that staying healthy is her priority after a season affected by injury.—AFP

Jagmohan Dalmiya improving: may be discharged with a week Bipin Dani OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI—If no more complications occur, Jagmohan Dalmiya will be discharged within a week’s time from the B. M. Birla Heart Res e a r c h Centre, where the 75-year-old BCCI president was admitted for the chest pain on Thursday night. This was revealed by his Cardiologist Dr. A n i l Mishra. Speaking exclusively over his mobile, he said, “Dalmiya’s condition is stable. Neither Bypass surgery nor the angioplasty is planned at the moment. He only underwent Angiogram. His condition has improved after the clot is being removed with the drugs”.

“At present he is being kept under observation and if his heath continues to improve, the discharge can be given within 4-5 days”, the doctor added. Dalmiya has been kept in CCU-2 (Criti Care Unit, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is called as CCU in this Hospital). Dr. Mishra was non-committal on the cause of this Cardiac problem but hopes Dalmiya “can continue” with the responsibilities of heading the Indian cricket board. “In long term I don’t see any problem for Dalmiya to continue with this post”. This, however, may not happen as few BCCI board-members want him to retire gracefully and being bestowed with the Patron-in-Chief post. Among all cricket playing countries, only the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Shariff is holding the prestigious post with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). . The Indian teams for the upcoming three T20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals against South Africa may be announced on Sunday without his approval this time. It has been a BCCI tradition to announce the team only after being sounded to the BCCI chief though the president is not required to attend the selection committee meeting.


Delayed cord clamping after birth better for baby’s health

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N WEALTHIER nations it is common practice to clamp the baby’s umbilical cord less than a minute after birth. But a recent review of published studies suggests delaying cord clamping results in healthier blood and iron levels in babies, and this benefit outweighs the slightly higher risk of developing jaundice. The reviewers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing data on nearly 4,000 women and their babies. They report their findings online in a July 11th issue of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. One of the authors, Philippa Middleton of the Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies at the University of Adelaide, says in a statement: “In light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants, a more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy babies appears to be warranted.” In higher income countries, the standard practice is to clamp the umbilical cord within a minute of the baby being born. If cord clamping is delayed, the risk that the baby will develop jaundice rises. Newborns with jaundice are treated with light therapy. However, stopping the blood from the placenta reaching the baby before the final few pulses stop, means there is a chance the baby will not receive enough blood from the mother and will have lower iron levels. “The benefits of delayed cord clamping

need to be weighed against the small additional risk of jaundice in newborns. Later cord clamping to increase iron stores might be particularly beneficial in settings where severe anaemia is common” The researchers reviewed 15 trials comparing early and late cord clamping covering a total of 3,911 women and their infants. They examined results for mothers and babies separately, using haemoglobin measures as indicators of healthy blood and iron levels. Although another reason sometimes given for early cord clamping is that it reduces the mother’s risk of bleeding after birth, the reviewers found no evidence of this. Delayed cord clamping did not change the mother’s risk of haemorrhaging, losing blood or having reduced haemoglobin levels, they note. But delaying cord clamping did make a difference to the health of the babies. Between one and two days after birth, their haemoglobin levels were higher; between three and six months after birth, they were less likely to be deficient in iron. The reviewers also found that delayed cord clamping was linked to higher birth weight and made no difference to deaths in newborns. They also found delayed cord clamping appears to have no effect on longer-term brain development, although only one of the trials examined this. The reviewers conclude their findings suggest we need to adopt a “more liberal approach” to delaying cord clamping which is likely to benefit babies, “as long as access to treatment for jaundice requiring phototherapy is available”.

Two new consuls general take over STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Two new consuls-general of Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of Korea have taken over as representatives of their respective countries in Karachi. They are Mr Rainer Schmiedchen of Germany, and Mr Kim Donggi of Republic of Korea. The 55-year old Korean diplomat is a graduate from Hangook University, Seoul, with major in Arabic literature. He joined the foreign ministry Korean Consul General Kim of his country in 1986, served Donggi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as consul in Rome for three years, years, before coming here for ten in Qatar for two and a half his latest assignment. While Mr

Donggi has come in place of Chang-hee Lee, the German diplomat comes in place of Dr Tilo Klinner. Both of them returned to their home office after contributing immensely to promoting bilateral ties between their countries and Pakistan is different fields. Soon after taking over his new responsibilities, Mr Schmiedchen engaged himself in promoting the bilateral relationship. He had a dinner meeting with the office bearers of PakGerman Business Forum which is working to promote economic ties between Pakistan and Germany.

PML-Q workers lighting candles outside Karachi Press Club to pay tribute to martyrs and the injured of PAF Badaber camp Peshawar.—INP

Met deptt warns of extreme heatwave

KE continues prolonged blackouts IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Despite unprecedented hefty increase in electricity tariff of residential consumers, the unannounced and prolonged blackout in Karachi is prevailing with worst impacts on lives of the people of Karachi. The suspension of power supply or technically the power breakdowns on water supply installations of the city’s sole water utility has worsened their agonies at the hands of the

Karachi Electric. The Meteorology Department had some 24 hours earlier warned of second wave of extreme heat in the city and the provincial government and city’s municipal corporations have announced for setting up emergency heat stroke treatment centres and emergency is imposed in all public health facilities, the KE felt no responsibility for uninterrupted power supply to avoid any untoward tragedy during extreme heat outside

Governor Sindh inspects pace of LEAs urged to complete job diligently development projects IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI—Those alleging the past regimes of commencement of corruption should also look around as they failed to deliver to the poor during their governments’ three times in past and they are still ruling the country for past 7 years. The federal investigation agency (FIA), national accountability bureau (NAB) and paramilitary Rangers are executing their constitutionally defined and assigned duties to cleanse the society and public serving institutions. How-

ever, corrupt politicians and facilitators and patrons of the corrupt and criminal elements are making a hue and cry over legal actions in strict accordance of provisions of the constitution. Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PMLF) Sindh Vice President and PMLF Karachi Tanzeemi Committee Chairman Pirzada Yasir Sain said this while addressing PMLF leaders and office-bearers of different wings. PMLF senior leaders Zameer Usmani, Makhdoom Hussain, Jamal Magsi, Shafi Awan, Rafiq Sarbazi and others had flanked him.

KARACHI—Governor Sindh, pleted at the earliest and Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, on Friday visited various areas in the city to inspect the development projects. He was accompanied by the Provincial Minister for Local Government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, and other officials. A statement on Friday said that the Governor reviewed ongoing work on Malir 15 flyover and directed that it be com-

hurdles for people be removed. The Minister for Local Government assured the Governor that work on this project would be completed by October 30. The Governor also inspected the work on Lyari Expressway’s 2.2 km portion. He said that a special package has been prepared for Karachi wherein there is allocation in accordance with the projects.—APP

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium activities concludes KARACHI—The 4-day IONS activities successfully concluded on Friday with Pakistan Navy’s resolve to play an active role in the maritime security and prosperity of the region. Pakistan Navy hosted Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group and Preparatory Workshop back to back from September 15 to 18, said a statement issued by ISPR here. The events were organized with 30 delegates from 17 countries participating in these events. The first event that is IONS working Group (IWG) on “Information Sharing and Interoperability” was led by Pakistan Navy with Australia, Oman, Bangladesh, Thailand, France, United Urab Emirates and India as members. The Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat presenting shield to the parWorking Group discussed ticipants during the closing session of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium hosted by Pakistan modalities on how to share Navy.—INP information and improve The second event that is (IPW), was co-chaired by interoperability amongst par- synergetic response against IONS Preparatory workshop Australia and Pakistan. This ticipating states to generate evolving threats.

was a precursor to the forthcoming conclave of chiefs aimed at preparing agenda for the next high level meeting scheduled early next year in Bangladesh. During this Workshop, Italy, Spain & Russia presented their case for inclusion in the IONS as Observers. Their admission into IONS was unanimously approved by all. The participation of navies and maritime security agencies from 17 countries in the event truly reflects the strength of naval diplomacy, amply highlights Pakistan Navy’s recognition amongst regional as well as extra regional countries as an important player in the region. It sends out clear message that Pakistan is a peace loving country and desires to have cordial relationships with the member nations of IONS as well as the other countries across the globe, the statement concluded.—APP

homes and severe suffocation inside closed doors. The same was observed during previous wave of extreme heat in the city and complete blackout by the KE, which led to loss of some 1800 lives. The NEPRA’s counsel had also in the high court submitted that a notice was issued to the KE and further apprised the higher court that either KE’s license would be revoked or privatization be cancelled. But what happened next is that the NEPRA announced 30 percent increase in tariff of residential consumers. NEPRA has utterly failed to curb the menace of unan-

nounced blackouts for prolonged duration in Karachi. Six to eight hours blackouts in 3 to 4 spells in 24 hours are a routine but apart from this, sometime on the pretext of maintenance or on the pretext of tripping of the feeders, the duration of blackouts are increased manifold especially at nights when people are fast asleep. The worst affected areas of prolonged blackouts New Karachi, North Karachi, Orangi Town, Gulberg, Buffer Zone, Surjani Town, Landhi, Korangi, FB area, Gulshan-e Iqbal, Gulistan-e Jauhar and other areas.


Delayed cord clamping after birth better for baby’s health

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N WEALTHIER nations it is common practice to clamp the baby’s umbilical cord less than a minute after birth. But a recent review of published studies suggests delaying cord clamping results in healthier blood and iron levels in babies, and this benefit outweighs the slightly higher risk of developing jaundice. The reviewers arrived at this conclusion after analyzing data on nearly 4,000 women and their babies. They report their findings online in a July 11th issue of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. One of the authors, Philippa Middleton of the Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies at the University of Adelaide, says in a statement: “In light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants, a more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy babies appears to be warranted.” In higher income countries, the standard practice is to clamp the umbilical cord within a minute of the baby being born. If cord clamping is delayed, the risk that the baby will develop jaundice rises. Newborns with jaundice are treated with light therapy. However, stopping the blood from the placenta reaching the baby before the final few pulses stop, means there is a chance the baby will not receive enough blood from the mother and will have lower iron levels. “The benefits of delayed cord clamping

need to be weighed against the small additional risk of jaundice in newborns. Later cord clamping to increase iron stores might be particularly beneficial in settings where severe anaemia is common” The researchers reviewed 15 trials comparing early and late cord clamping covering a total of 3,911 women and their infants. They examined results for mothers and babies separately, using haemoglobin measures as indicators of healthy blood and iron levels. Although another reason sometimes given for early cord clamping is that it reduces the mother’s risk of bleeding after birth, the reviewers found no evidence of this. Delayed cord clamping did not change the mother’s risk of haemorrhaging, losing blood or having reduced haemoglobin levels, they note. But delaying cord clamping did make a difference to the health of the babies. Between one and two days after birth, their haemoglobin levels were higher; between three and six months after birth, they were less likely to be deficient in iron. The reviewers also found that delayed cord clamping was linked to higher birth weight and made no difference to deaths in newborns. They also found delayed cord clamping appears to have no effect on longer-term brain development, although only one of the trials examined this. The reviewers conclude their findings suggest we need to adopt a “more liberal approach” to delaying cord clamping which is likely to benefit babies, “as long as access to treatment for jaundice requiring phototherapy is available”.

A deteriorated outer view of the Asif Khan Tomb. Asif Khan or Mirza Abdul Hasan Asif Jahan was the brother of Noor Jahan, Emperor Jahangir’s wife. The tomb is situated along the western bank of River Ravi in Shahadra, Lahore.—APP

12000 LWMC workers to stay on duty during Eid days Hospitals to provide prompt health care facilities SALIM AHMED

MQM leader Farooq Sattar addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club.—INP

Shahbaz condemns attack on Air Force Camp in Badaber L A H O R E —Punjab Chief people inside a mosque canMinister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the camp of Pakistan Air Force in Badaber area of Peshawar and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of a Captain of Pak Army, three technicians and Nimazis. The Chief Minister while expressing sympathies with the bereaved families also prayed for the departed souls as well as recovery of the injured persons. He said that the cowardly attack of terrorists on the Air Force camp should be strongly condemned. He said that those targeting innocent

not be called human beings. However, he said, such nefarious acts cannot weaken the resolve of the nation in the war against terrorism. He said hat attack on ‘Nimazis’( worshipers) inside the mosque was a cowardly act and display of the worst kind of ruthlessness and barbarity. Shehbaz Sharif said the Punjab government equally shares the grief of the bereaved families. He further said that by foiling the attack of the terrorists, the security forces have again proved their courage and bravery and 18 people of the country are proud of their valiant armed forces.—APP

LHC maintains ban on Altaf’s speeches, display of pictures till Oct 2 L A H O R E —Lahore

High Court (LHC) on Friday upheld ban on broadcast of speeches and display of pictures of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s chief Altaf Hussain until October 2. A full-bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. Hussain’s counsel Asma Jahangir requested the court to reconsider its decision regarding the ban. MQM rabita committee’s member Dr Farooq Sattar said that Hussain had apologized for whatever it was in his speeches that offended the nation and institutions. The bench said that everyone is equal in eyes of the law.—INP

LAHORE—As many as 12000 workers of Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) will be on duty for the collection/disposal of the waste of sacrificial animals during three days of the Eid-ul-Azha. According to the official sources, LWMC has prepared a comprehensive plan to collect and dispose off the waste of sacrificial animals from cattle markets as well as other city areas before and during days of Eidul Azha with the aim to ensure cleanliness across the provincial capital. Holidays of all employees have been cancelled

Unicef to fund ECE in PEF partner schools SALIM AHMED LAHORE—A meeting of the Program Committee (PC) of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was held at PEF head office on Friday with PEF board member Dr. Amjad Saqib in the chair. MD PEF Dr. Aneela Salman, Deputy MD (fin.) Salman A. Malik, concerned PEF program directors and other members of the committee attended the meeting. The committee reviewed in detail different aspect of the educational interventions of the foundation. The meeting accorded principle approval to the project of setting up of Early Childhood Education (ECE) rooms in its selected partner schools in the Punjab. For this purpose, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has offered to provide Rs. 8 million as financial support to the PEF.

Development schemes for labourers Need stressed to boost up pace of work SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has stressed upon the need to boost up pace of work at on-going development schemes for laborers and their families with the direction to maintain strict transparency and merit. He said that while addressing a meeting to review the pace of work at on-going schemes of Punjab Workers Welfare Board (PWWB). Secretary PWWB Shahid Zaman Lak, Director Works Muhammad Mazhar and other concerned officers of the board attended the meeting.

Secretary PWWB briefed the minister about the status of schemes and said that 60% work on Labor Colony Warburton with the total cost of Rs. 926.126 million, comprising 208 flats, separate higher schools for both boys and girls, community centers, mosques and other basic amenities has been completed. Work on Labor Welfare Complex Multan with the total amount of Rs. 3017.847 million comprising 992 flats and other facilities is underway and 20% work has been completed, he added. The Minister was informed that extension work of Workers Welfare Girls High School Dandot with the total cost of Rs. 46.781 million has been completed

to implement the cleanliness drive in letter and spirit,sources added. Meanwhile, City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has also formed special squads at town level to carry out antidengue drive in all the sensitive union councils of the city. LWMC, in the first phase of Eid cleanliness drive, deployed its teams along with relevant machinery in each market with the aim to ensure effective and timely waste collection & transportation of animal waste from the cattle markets established across the city by district government. As many as 160 sanitary

50% as five class rooms for 200 students, science laboratories and other facilities are being provided there. The Secretary PWWB told the minister that Workers Welfare Primary School Sher-e-Bangaal Labor Colony has been completed 55 % and its total cost is Rs. 185.46 million as 50 class rooms, library, arts & computer room and other facilities are being provided to more than 1500 students here. Minister Labor Raja Ashfaq Sarwar expressed his satisfaction at the pace of work on the development projects and directed the concerned officers to provide drinking water, sewerage, electricity and other facilities in all these schemes at priority basis.

This beneficial facility will be used to enroll below five year kids for their education in a child-friendly atmosphere. MD PEF Dr. Aneela Salman said that ECE would be a milestone initiative of the foundation which would give self-confidence to the budding minds as high quality education, early in life, gives children the best start. She gave a detail of program updates and briefed about holding of annually held quality assurance tests to judge academic standards of partner schools. The meeting was told that MOU between PEF and Cholistan Development Authority has been further extended to June 30, 2016 to continue the facility of free quality education to the students of Cholistan area in Bahawalpur division. MD PEF said that this collaboration is very useful for enhancing girls’ literacy as they have been enjoying the facility of free schooling in their areas. PEF has also arranged teachers’ training to enhance their professional capacity, she added.

workers along with machinery i.e. arm roll compactors,loaders,water sprinkling vehicles, pickups etc have been assigned duties at all the markets including those established at Shah Pur Kanjran, Saghian, Kahna, LDA Avenue, Bismillah Housing Society etc. Forty five large size containers have been placed which would be emptied by scheduled waste collection and transportation vehicles. According to estimation,480 tons of waste would be produced and managed by LWMC on daily basis. Asif Iqbal, Senior Manager Operations Ozpak area and Suhail Anwar Malik, Senior Manager

Operations Albayrak area would monitor all the clean up activities supervised by concerned managers, assistant managers and zonal officers for effective implementation of the plan. Distribution of customized waste bags would soon be started in these camps to encourage citizens to dispose of animal waste in accordance with standard instructions. Solid Waste Management Plan in cattle markets will remained enforced till end of Eid-ulAzha. Meanwhile, Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has

directed the administration of all the government hospitals to ensure provision of quality and prompt healthcare services to the people round the clock during Eid ul Azha holidays. He directed that all public sector hospitals should prepare contingency plan for this purpose. In this connection, the Advisor has issued written instructions to all the principals of Autonomous Medical Institutions in Punjab, Director General Health Services, all the medical superintendents of teaching as well as DHQs and THQ hospitals, Heads of Special Health Institutions in Punjab and all the EDOs Health in Punjab.


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