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Two Nawaz League MNAs join PPP STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Two Members of the National Assembly belonging to the Pakistan MusPicture on Back Page lim League-Nawaz have joined the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. Saturday. Raja Afzal, father of two

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Case filed against PPP MNA I SLAMABAD —Police have registered case against Tariq Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila with Royal Saudi Navy western Fleet Anis, member of National Commander reviewing the participating ships during Sea Phase of Joint Exercise Assembly from PPP for allegNaseem Al Bahr. edly subjecting joint secretary of ministry of housing and works to violence. Earlier Ghulam Sarwar

Anti-racism protesters rally in Athens after Pakistani stabbed

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Bill ready for Bahawalpur province ISLAMABAD—A Bill has been evolved to create new province comprising of 3 divisions of South Punjab. The new province, which is named as Bahawalpur province, will be composed of 3 divisions including Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur. The bill will be presented in the next session of National Assembly and government has geared up pace of its contacts with other political parties to solicit their support on the creation of new province. Government is of the opinion that new province will not be created on ethnic basis but it will be carved out keeping in view the local and regional requirements. When contacted by the government on this matter, PML-N raised objection on the bill saying it supported creation of new province

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Kamran Faisal’s body bears torture marks, alleges uncle MULTAN/ISLAMABAD—A relative of deceased National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officer Kamran Faisal, who was investigating the high profile case of Rental Power Projects (RPPs), alleged on Saturday that his body bears torture marks. While talking to a Private TV channel, Kamran’s uncle Mohammad Iqbal said that he witnessed the torture marks on the deceased arms, back and wrist while giving him the ghusl, a full body ablution ritual performed before the burial. He said that after witnessing those marks, the claim has been reinforced that Kamran Faisal did not Continued on Page 7

of demonstrators on Saturday paraded the coffin in central Athens of a Pakistani immigrant who was stabbed to death earlier this week, praying and opening the casket to show his face in protest at racist attacks in the country. About 3,000 immigrants and human rights activists later gathered in the city’s central Omonia square to demonstrate against racism, holding banners reading “Neo-Nazis out” and “Pun-

ishment for the fascist murderers of Shehzad Luqman”. The 27-year-old Pakistani was stabbed to death by two men on a motorcycle as he rode his bicycle to work in an Athens suburb in the early hours of Wednesday, in an attack police say may have been racially motivated. “Perhaps his murder will bring hope that these attacks will stop. We are protesting for the government to take measures to stop racist attacks,” Javied Aslam, head of

the Pakistani Community organisation told Reuters, as about 300 Pakistani immigrants gathered outside city hall with the coffin. Greece is a gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union through its porous sea and land borders each year. They face rising hostility during the country’s worst economic downturn in six

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APKC warns world of nuclear flare-up over Kashmir dispute Conference condemns Indian violations of Kashmir Cease-fire Line; AJK is base camp for liberation struggle of Kashmiri people: Majeed; NATO exit from Afghanistan is strong message for India: Attique; Fazl assures Kashmiris of Pakistan’s principled support ASHRAF ANSARI ISLAMABAD—At All Parties Kashmir conference here Saturday, the leadership of Azad Kashmir and Kashmiri refugees expressed there resolve to continue their support for the people of Indian occupied Kashmir engaged in heroic struggle for liberation. They also renewed their

determination for making joint efforts towards the cherished goal of attaining the right of the Kashmiri people to self determination. Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhary Abdul Majeed presided over the All Parties Kashmir conference. Chairman Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was the chief

guest. The conference was convened by president Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, former prime minister of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan. The conference adopted a resolution highlighting urgency for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of

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ISLAMABAD: (from L to R) Hurriyat Conference leader Mahmud Ahmed Saghar, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, President Muslim Conference, Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, and Hurriyat leader Ghulam Mohammad Safi during All Parties Kashmir Conference on Saturday.

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Sindh stands deprived: Nawaz Day of deliverance soon H ALA —The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Mian Nawaz said on Saturday asked the government what it has done for the people of Sindh during its five-year tenure. Addressing a large public meeting at Hala, Nawaz Sharif said the present government is a guest of few days and the people will soon get rid of them. The PML-N chief said politics should not be done to divide Pakistan. He said Pakistan’s destiny would be changed if people voted for better candidates. “I feel saddened to see

the steps being taken by the current government. There is no government in flood-hit parts of Sindh,” he said. The government, he continued, did nothing for the

Picture on Back Page people during the last five years. He said “We will try to resolve the issues if elected by the people.” He said Pakistan’s currency has devalued and its debts have doubled. About the recent long march of the Tehrik-eMinhajul Quran (TMQ) led by Dr Tahirul Qadri, Nawaz

said few thousand people could not make the 180 million population of the country hostage. He said such mode of pursuing the demands of a specific group would not be allowed. “People come from abroad regularly to Pakistan to stage their dramas and circuses,” he said. He said the government is not doing its job properly, but it is the Supreme Court of Pakistan which is doing the job. The PML-N chief said the government during its

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Professionals to take Pakistan to greater heights OBSERVER REPORT

Youth architect of tomorrow: Envoy

I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n ’s bonds of same religion and Tabinda Al Ghazali along I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n ’s ambassador to United Arab cultural traditions. “We are with the staff welcomed the young talented professionals will take Pakistan to greater heights, says a press report received from Singapore. This was stated by High Commissioner of Pakistan in Singapore Syed Hasan Javed at a Networking dinner on Saturday in honour of 50 young Pakistani professionals and entrepreneurs working in Singapore. Mr. Javed stated that Pakistan is blessed with a talented young population with sixty-seven percent under thirty years of age. The Pakistani youngsters have established world records in O&A Level examinations, Computer Software Applications (Apps), Medical research, Bio-Engineering and Sports fields.

Emirates Jamil Ahmed Khan on Saturday said today’s youth is the architect of tomorrow and investing on youth will ensure bright and prosperous future. Addressing a cultural programme held at International School, the ambassador said education could also play important role in creating awareness among the youth to help in eliminating extremist trends, says a message received here from Abu Dhabi. He said extra curricular activities played equally vital role in the student’s progress. The ambassador said people of Pakistan and UAE are tied with the strong

proud of our rich culture,” said the ambassador in his address on this occasion. Ambassador commanded the efforts of the teaching staff of all the Pakistani schools in UAE. He said he is aware of the fact that teachers are getting less incentives as compared to the others schools but they are very hard working. The ambassador also praised the new principle of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School. The event was held, under the patronage of Embassy of Pakistan, in Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School, Abu Dhabi. Principle of the school Miss

Ambassador. Ms Amal Al Ali and Ms Amal Al Mazroui, senior specialist from improvement division of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Mr. Abdul Al Hanan representative of school sponsor also attend the function. Students from Pakistan Community welfare School Mussafah, Islamia School Al Ain and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School, Abu Dhabi, performed acts on topics of ethics, tradition and culture. Young students wearing national dresses introduced cultural diversity of the provinces of Pakistan and MULTAN: Activists of Muttehida Shehri Mahaz protesting against suspicious death of NAB investigating officer Kashmir.—APP Kamran Faisal at Chungi No 9 on Saturday.

Joint efforts gurantee peace at all levels B K TAHIR B AHAWALPUR —The ViceChancellor, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar underlined the need to curb the negative minded elements for peaceful atmosphere in the society and for it we have to make joint efforts to ensure peace at all levels for national progress. He said that efforts for this cause by the Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan, the South Asia Partnership Pakistan alongwith other organizations are highly appreciable and we have to fully support this cause for healthy society. He expressed these views while presiding over

Motorway opens I SLAMABAD —Dense foggy conditions that had forced the closure of Allama Iqbal International Airport as well as the Motorway, has now reduced, allowing the motorists to now travel through the Motrway. According to sources the operations at the Allama Iqbal International Airport also remained suspended throughout the night but reopened as the fog cleared and visibility improved, reported PTV. According to Motorway Police told that the highway that leads from Lahore to Shaikhupura interchange was closed as visibility level had dropped to zero. The police urged the drivers to drive slowly and switch on fog lights.—APP

a meeting of the Peace Commission and Peace Committees formed by the Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan, Bahawalpur at Union Council level in urban and rural areas of the district. He said that the presence of all communities in this ceremony was really remarkable, as all the religion had given us the lesson of peace, love, brotherhood and tolerance. He urged the teachers to play their due role in this regard and guide the students in the right direction that they could become responsible and peace loving citizens and could perform their due role to eradicate antipeace and anti-social activities.

He remarked that we had to promote tolerance, peace and love in our homes so we could tolerate minor differences in our society, which would surely produce positive results and help us to improve peace conditions in the society. Executive Director, Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan, Bahawalpur, Farooq Ahmed Khan, DSP, Legal, Jamil Akhter Chohan, Moulana Abdur Razzaq Shaiq,Christian community’s Javed Josh, Hindu Community’s representative, Pandat Marary Lal, member, Awaz district group, Akram Nasir District Coordinator, Awaz aur Ehtesab Programme, Mst. Razia Malik, members of the peace commit-

tees and IUB’s Prof. Shehzad Rana urged to develop peace and efforts should be made to curb differences at all level with mutual understanding as efforts were underway to develop awareness among people about their rights and duties as well as to bring them all on a platform to point out the public problems for early redressal and the performance of public service departments would also be monitored to reduce public grievances and better output of these departments which was also a part of maintaining peace in the society. Later a local singer, Salma Khanum presented folk songs of Khawaja Ghulam Farid to highlight the peace message.

Punishment to law breakers JI protests Bara residents killing must to uphold law MH A ALEEM

OUR CORRESPONDENT V EHARI —Oath taking ceremony of newly elected office-bearers of district bar association Vehari was held at bar council hall on Saturday. Lahore High Court Justice Mr. Justice Ata Ibrahim Qureshi took the oath from Advocate Syed Nadeem Raza Bukhari as president and Ch. Muhammad Shaban as general secretary of DBA and other office bearers. Addressing the lawyers on this occasion he said that rule of law was important for justice. He added that country would not progress and situation would keep on de-

teriorating until and unless rule of law was not ensured. He made it clear that sancity of law could not be ensured until the punishment to law breakers was not evident. Mr. Justice Qureshi said that young lawyers were the hope of bright future for providing justice to the oppressed and downtrodden people. He said justice was the only difference between democratic and undemocratic countries. President DBA Syed Nadeem Raza Bukhari thanked the honourable judge for his visit to Vehari on his request and took oath from the newly elected office-bearers.

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TIMERGARA—The Lower Dir chapter of Jamaat-i-Islami took out a protest demonstration yesterday against killing of civilians in Bara Khyber agency and demanded of the government to probe into the incident. Dozens of the JI activists took out a procession from Ahyaol Uloom and marched on the road while chanting slogans against killings of civilians in Bara. They also held rally in front of the Timergara press club which was addressed by Maulana Hidayatullah, Haji Muhammad Rasool Khan, Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, Malik Sher Bahadar.

SKARDU: A view of snow covered surface around Indus River after snowfall in the Valley. Skardu Valley experienced worst winter as the day temperature dropped to minus ten degree centigrade.

No let up in doctors’ fight over MS charge NAZIR SIYAL LARKANA—A tug of war between two doctors over the charge as Medical Superintendent CMC Hospital Larkana was continuing for since couple of days, and due to law and order situation police ha been deployed over the row created by provincial government on a political ground issued three transfer orders of Medical Superintendents within 24 hours. In a press conference by a newly posted Dr Insaf Magsi, as Medical Superintendent (MS) Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana assumed his charge

in the morning and before on dated 25.9.2012. He claimed that the Dr. Afsar Bhutto, who is the Associate Professor of Surgery in a special cadre at Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana, yet occupying the office and utilize resources as well taking TADA and other benefits despite of his relieve orders by the Sindh government authority he told. He further said that the Dr. Afsar Bhutto has filed case against transfers and posting due to 38 billions corruptions in the hospital budget and daily user charges he told. He said Dr. Afsar Bhutto called the po-

lice to pressurize and occupying the office despite of clear notification issued by the SGA&CD Sindh government he told. While, after press conference, Dr. Afsar Bhutto reached Medical Superintendent Office and ran office matters as routine, when asked about the taking charge of Dr. Insaaf Magsi and other issues, he told that he has filed legal case in the court about Medical Superintendent (MS) Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana as he is working and case for illegal transfer and posting, which creates disturbance in routine patient issues.

Compensation released for heirs of terror victims STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Home & Tribal Affairs Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has released a sum of rupees 10 million as compensation amount to the legal heirs of victims of terrorist acts, bomb blasts, unnatural deaths caused due to wall falling and short circuiting of electricity. The compensation amount of Rs. 10 million for victims of terrorist acts, Rs.100,000 for each victim, has been placed at the disposal of Commissioner Malakand division for further distribution among the affected families.

Slain principal, son laid to rest

2 cops killed in firing HYDERABAD—Unknown as- Gharibabad in Noshki. The sailants shot dead on Saturday two police constables who were deputed at a police post in Khanote, Jamshoro, on night duty. According to SHO Khanote police station Ghulam Qadir Shoro, the slain policemen were Abdul Majeed Pitafi and Sahib Khan Macchi. The still unidentified attackers also took away rifles and mobile of the constables, the SHO told the APP. The bodies have still not been shifted to the Liaquat University Hospital in Jamshoro as the incident happened some 30 to 35 kilometre away from Jamshoro town. The SSP Jamshoro Farrukh Bashir also reached the spot in the afternoon. Quetta: The principal of a private school and his son who were shot killed on Friday in Kharan have been buried in native graveyard of Killi

family sources of the dead said on Saturday that the dead bodies of the two were brought from Kharan to Noshki and their Namaz-eJanaza was offered and final rituals were carried out. Faisalabad: A women was killed while her spouse sustained serious injuries in a road accident in the area of Dijkot police station. According to police, 50-year-old Abdur Rauf resident of Dalowal along with his wife Parveen Bibi, was riding a motorcycle when a rashly driven car hit them near Roshanwala at Sammundri Road. As a result, Parveen Bibi received serious injuries and died on the spot while her husband Abdur Rauf was shifted to hospital in critical condition. The police have arrested the car driver and started investigation.—APP

Snowfall whitens Skardu

Cold, dry weather to prevail across country I SLAMABAD —Meteorologi- Bunji,0.2 mm, Gilgit,Trace, cal department Saturday predicted mainly cold and dry weather in most parts of the country and light rain with snowfall in Kashmir, GilgitBaltistan during next 24 hours. According to the daily weather report, morning fog will prevail over some plain areas of Punjab. As per synoptic situation, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Whereas a shallow trough of westerly wave is prevailing over Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and likely to move eastward during next 24 hours. Saturday morning’s lowest minimum temperatures are including, in Kalat, -12 øC, Parachinar, -10 øC, Quetta, -09 øC, Gupis, -07 øC, Malamjabba, Hunza and Dalbandin -06 øC. Rainfall recorded during last 24 hours including Sialkot City, 20.5 mm, Lahore A/P, 10.5, Skardu, 0.2, Lahore PBO,10, Gujranwala,8, Kotli,2, Chilas,1,

Hunza,Trace, Jhelum,Trace, Snowfall: Skardu 05 inch and Astore 01 inch. The Peshawar

Met Office Saturday forecast rain with snow over the hilly areas and dry and cold weather in most parts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa during next 24 hours. Astore: Heavy snowfall occurred in the district, which turned weather severe cold. The snowfall was recorded as 4 to 5 feet in Dewsai, Qamri and Mini Marg which is creating problems for the locals. The Multan Met office has forecast cold and dry weather for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours.—APP


Bhutto family symbolize democracy I SLAMABAD —Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Farzana Raja on Saturday said that Bhutto family has strengthened democracy in the country after sacrificing their lives. Talking to APP, she said Pakistan Peoples Party was guardian of the Constitution and democracy in the country as democracratic process was on its right path. To a question, she said democratic norms and values were getting political boost now in the country. Farzana Raja said PPP would continue the democratic system to serve the poor without any discrimination besides continuing the traditions of political excellence of the Bhutto family in the country. To another question, she said that Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) had been playing a vital role for improving the economic condition of the poor, needy and deserving people. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Nazar Muhammad Gondal on Saturday said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had successfully strengthened the democracy and institutions in the country. Talking to APP, he said the democracy was on its right track and government is serving the people without any political discrimination in the country. He said PPP government was following the Parliamentary guideline to decide the national matters. Replying to a question, he said PPP will continue politics of reconciliation and all issues will be resolved through dialogues. Earlier, talking to a private television channel, he said that political parties had supported the government im resolving the issue arisen due to Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march.—APP

Govt to complete tenure ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Textile and President Pakistan People’s Party Southern Punjab chapter, Makhdoom Shahabuddin has said that due to the sagacious PPP leadership, the coalition government was going to complete its tenure. Talking to APP, he said it was for the first time in the parliamentary history of the country that a democratic government was going to complete its five-year term despite all odds. He said this successful completion of the term has been made possible due to the sagacious and prudent leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari. He said the politics of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto was the “essence of true democracy.” He said PPP leadership always remained committed to the masses welfare and strengthening of the democratic system in the country. Earlier, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi on Friday appreciated the role of all political parties for strengthening democracy in the country. Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), Kundi said that all the political parties, including oppositin and Pakistan Tehrike-Insaf (PTI) had exhibited maturity on the matter of strengthening democracy in the country. The government, coalition partners, opposition parties and the PTI chief have the consensus that democracy should continue in the country, he added. Replying to a question regarding the long march, he said Pakistan had conveyed a clear message to the world that the government and the political parties were in favour of democracy. “Any threat against democracy will not be tolerated,” he added. Faisal Karim Kundi said, “It is a very difficult task to take all the parties and the provincial governments on board.”—APP

Pak ranks sixth in world youth population nations RAFIULLAH MANDOKHAIL ber of journalists, associated

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ZHOB—Pakistan ranks sixth dia. The media men expressed with largest youth population in the world. The most impounding problem they are facing is frustration. This is the right time to look into their problems and give them viable solutions as we have an opportunity to turn the very large and very young people into a productive asset. This was stated by Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan Programme Officer Bargad, a non-government Organization for Youth Development and Hashim Kakar, Media Coordinator Youth Policy Balochistan, while speaking at a consultative meeting on Youth Policy Balochistan, held here Saturday. The meeting, a joint initiative of BARGAD & UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), was attended by a large num-

their point of views, concerns and issues facing the youth in the area and deliberated upon their solutions. The speakers further said that a total of 20 consultative meetings, workshops have been held in 10 districts (Gwadar to Zhob), adding an interaction was part of series of consultative meetings, arranged across the province. During the process, in-depth interviews of youth, including those in prisons, students of seminaries and disables were conducted for their social, economic and political development. They said, Youth Policy Balochistan would be prepared after consultation. More than 1500 youth of all categories participated in the consultative process by QUETTA: Activists of Baloch Human Rights Organization demanding an end to killings during a protest demonstration. submitting their opinion.

15 more kids die of measles in Punjab, Balochistan Anti-polio campaign suspended in MA to launch anti-measles drive JACOBABAD/ DERA G HAZI in Thul, eight in Larkana while drive kicked off in tribal agency from Jan 21 has K HAN —A deadly measles four children died of measles Mohmand Agency (MA) in been suspended and antioutbreak on Saturday left at least 11 more children dead in Punjab and four in Jacobabad while the death toll has mounted to 410 in Sindh. According to reports gathered from different parts of Sindh, three children died in Kandhkot rising the death toll to 151. Meanwhile, 84 died in Sukkur, 48 in Shikarpur, 47 in Khairpur, 33 in Ghotki, 14

in Hyderabad. The death toll mounted to seven after the death of four children on Saturday in Jacobabad. In Punjab, four children died in Dera Ghazi Khan while measles claimed seven lives in Rajanpur, Ahmedpur, Sharqia, Liaqatpur, Taxila and Hujra Shah Muqeem. Ghallanai: The anti-polio campaign has been suspended and anti-measles

order to control the deadly disease in the area. Additional Political Agent of Mohmand Agency Abdul Hameed Jan opened the anti-measles drive in the Agency Headquarters Hospital on Saturday. Briefing the media persons on the occasion, FSMO Dr Shabbir Ahmed said the anti-polio campaign which was scheduled to start in the

measles teams have been dispatched to the affected areas. He said 50 antimeasles teams will administer measles vaccine to children of age from nine months to 10 years. He said emergency cells have also been created in the Agency Headquarters Hospital and Regional Health Centre Ghallanai. He said all the children in Mohmand Agency will be administered anti-measles injections within one week. He urged the parents to give special attention to the cleanliness of their children to avoid spread of diseases.—INP

Rising crimes create in security among people BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI again raided the locality and when challenged the accused

H AFIZABAD —The alarming opened firing as a result of trend in crimes particularly dacoity, robbery and bike lifting cases have created despondency and insecurity among the general public in Hafizabad and its suburbs. According to police source, three armed dacoits stormed in Hassan Clinic near Kolo Road last night and snatched away Rs. 50,000/- from dispenser Muhammad Amin. The bandits also snatched away bike No. HZK-8151 from Sana Ullah S/o Bashir Ahmed an attendant sitting in the clinic. According to dwellers of Park Road some unidentified bandits have let lose reign of terror in the locality for the past over a week, resultantly they themselves have started watch and ward duties. Last night the armed accused

which Abdul Rehman (tailor) was seriously wounded and rushed to the DHQ Hospital. Of late, numerous bike snatching and dacoity cases have been reported which has created sense of insecurity among the public. Two days before bandits barged into the house of Meher Altaf in Sherpura and snatched away cash and gold ornaments worth five lakh. On the same night bandits snatched away bike No. HZK-7238 cash amount of Rs. 1600/- and cell phone from Abu Bakar of Pindi Bawaray. The same night bike No. QR-95 parked by the owner Asghar Ali outside his house in Housing Colony was lifted away. Imran S/o Habib of Papa Nagri was also deprived of his bike and Rs. 1600/ .

People’s lives, properties protection police prime obligation

Police arrest 9 suspects Q UETTA —Satellite Town police have arrested members of car and bike lifter gangs and recovered weapons, vehicles and motorcycle from their possession. Police sources told on Saturday that police teams led by ASP Sariab Circle Bashir Ahmed Brohi and SHO Satellite Town Aajab Khan Kakar raided different places in Ghausabad and Baraich Bridge areas and recovered weapons and three stolen vehicles and two motorcycles. A police teams have been interrogating the accused. Further probe was in process. On the other side SUKKUR: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah talking to the media persons at Airport. Balochistan Governor, while, talking to a delegation of Hazara community who called on him at Governor House led by their leader former provincial minister Saadat Hussain Hazara, said that targeted operation has been initiated in parts of the province to maintain peace and bring the culprits to justice. The Governor said that FIR lodged against the Hazara people would be withdrawn and authorities concerned have been directed for payment of compensation to the heirs of Quetta twin blast by January, Replying to a question, 31. “Effective strategy has been evolved to provide fool- S UKKUR —Director Benazir and has spent billions of ruproof security to the zahereen,” he reiterated. Nawab Magsi Income Support Programme pees for providing infrastruc- she said the government has also introduced various revoexpressing satisfaction over the measures put in place by (BISP) Sukkur on Saturday ture in the country. She also highlighted the lutionary steps, including the law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and tran- said that BISP had been playquility said that situation has improved after the imposi- ing a vital role for improving self accountability system Benazir Income Support tion of Governor’s rule in the province. Secretary Home the economic condition of employed by the BISP which Programme, for alleviating Balochistan, principal secretary to Governor, secretary the poor, needy and deserv- was proving more useful to poverty adding that the demohealth, secretary finance, Commissioner Quetta and CCPO ing people. Talking to APP, ensure transparency which in cratic government was simpliQuetta were also present on the occasion. CCPO for zero she said that the PPP govern- turn had given rise to the trust fying the BISP procedures and tolerance to violence: CCPO Quetta Mir Zubair Mehmood ment had won the hearts of and confidence of donor it was being extended across Friday expressed zero tolerance to violence, as saying anti- the needy people by distrib- agencies and the world as a the country. The female heads peace elements could not deter us from our professional uting billions of rupees among whole. She also said that BISP of families or adult female memduties and obligations.—APP them under the BISP. She said was the first organisation to bers of families were benefitthe present government was implement Harassment of ted by the programme. Apart providing maximum possible Women at Workplace Bill from benefits of long term inQadri-Govt accord hailed basic amenities to the masses which adressed the situation terest and free returnable finanS ARGODHA—State Minister for Water particularly in remote areas working women might face. cial assistance.—APP and Power Tasneem Ahmad Qureshi has said that peaceful agreement between Dr.Tahirul Qadri and the governnent during long march was a victory of democracy and the politics of reconciliation. Addressig a gathering at electricity supply project inauguration at Chak 75-NB on Saturday, he said that Islamabad Long students while Col Nadeem gestions of the parents for furSHER GONDAL March Declaration was a clear defeat to distributed cash prizes ther improving teaching stana particular mindset who wanted to de- MANDI BAHAUDDIN—A prize among male students. Speak- dard in the school and dislay and distort the election process in the country. Qureshi distribution ceremony in ing at the occasion Col cussed with them ways and said that the peaceful agreement had disappointed the honour of the 28 students Nadeem praised students for means in this respect. Earlier rumours factories. The sagacious and timly decision by who secured 90% and above working hard to secure high- College Principal Rana coalition parties had strengthened the democratic process, marks in matriculation exami- est marks in the exam and Maqsood briefed the cerhe said and claimed that PPP would win election 2013 and nation of Federal Board was congratulated on their grand emony participants about colform governments in all provinces including centre. Earlier, held at Ranger Public School success. He also appreciated lege activities. He enumerated Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim on and College the other day. efforts of the teaching staff Rangers School achievements Friday said that the long march declaration was the victory Commandant Pakistan Rang- who dedicated to their task to in promoting education in of democracy rather than any party. Talking to a private ers Academy Col Nadeem raise the education standard Mandi Bahauddin district. He news channel, Amin Fahim said that the D-Chowk of the Asghar was the Chief Guest, of their students. Of course said ex-students of his school Federal Capital should be named as Democratic-Chowk. All while Principal Ranger School without hard work and dedi- in hundreds have cleared comthe political parties were on the same page. The credit goes Col (Retd) Rana Maqsood, cation of teachers it was not petitive exams and now they to the as well Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri Principal Government Post possible for the students to were serving as officers in for reaching an agreement on the latter’s demands for elec- Graduate College Mian obtain “A” grade, he said. He armed forces, Health departtoral reforms and diffusing the tense situation. The consti- Muhammad Akram, Principal told the parents that swim- ment and civil administration. tutional and legal points were discussed during parleys with Jinnah Public School and Col- ming and riding facilities were He said awarding cash prizes Dr Qadri, he added. He appreciated the participants of long lege Col (Retd) Ashiq Hussain, available in Rangers School scheme has been introduced march for remaining peaceful. Replying to a question, the DSP legal Nawaz Ranjha, Mrs and any student desiring to on the directions of Director minister said that general elections would be held on time. Col Nadeem Asghar were avail these facilities would be General Ranger Maj General The whole election process will be free, fair and transparent present at the occasion. Stu- given training in these extra- Balal to create competition as the people have right to choose their representatives, he dents with their parents and curricular activities. Students spirit among the students, the added. Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that all the stakholders teaching staff of the college must avail these facilities as schema is being financed by be taken on board regarding the interim set-up. There is no attended the ceremony. they were not available in the Rangers Headquarters. room for the politics of blame-game in the country now, he The cash prizes amount to Rs Mrs Col Nadeem other schools, he said. added.—APP He also listened to sug- 12,000 each. awarded cash prizes to girl

BISP playing vital role for social betterment

Rangers School students securing over 90 pc marks honoured

Recovered goods returned to owners; policemen given prizes JAVED MOAVIA NANKANA SAHIB—The Regional Police Officer, Sheikhupura Range, Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema, on Saturday said that it was the prime obligation of the state and police to secure the lives and property of its citizens. He said this while talking to the members of the district peace committee, reconciliation committee, civil society, traders, and notable personalities of the district in the Zila Council Hall. During the meeting arranged by district police to give back the recovered and seized goods during the year 2012 amounting to Rs. 11.97 million including cash, gold ornaments, cars, tractors, motorcycles, animals, mobiles and other belongings to their owners. Cash prizes of Rs 20,000 each was given to inspector Najam Iqbal, Inspector Muhammad Akram, Sub-Inspector Liaquat Ali, Rs. 10,000 each to SI Khadum Hussain, Constable Sikander Hayyat, Constable Nasar Shahbaz, Rs 5,000 each to constable Shahid Ali and Ihsan Ali along with appreciation certificates for their

good performance. District Police Officer Ghulam Mubashir Maken and other police officers were also present in the ceremony. ***** Democracy is name of just to be in power by political parties like PML(N), PML(Q) and PPP etc, was said by the well known social worker Khan Baber Khan, father of a government school teacher. He said that a few days ago a democracy demonstration was arranged in front of Punjab Assembly hall and to make it successful school lady teachers, health, education, TMO staff and revenue staff was forcibly was taken to Lahore by the district administration which was not justified. It is unfair and illegal, lamented the father of a government school teacher. His daughter was forcibly taken to Lahore like other districts of Punjab. Father of the teacher said that why the government instructed officials to forcibly take girls and other employees of the different departments. He said that if PML (N) or any other political party wanted to show their public strength it must ask their

MPAs, MNAs and officebearers to take part by themselves or their workers and not the government employees. The social workers said that political parties must refrain from forcing their employees to show their strength. He said that all political parties in power at center and provinces must deliver good governance, provide equal job opportunities, security, should control terrorism, end price hike and corruption for the betterment of the lives of the 180 million masses of the country. ***** Meanwhile, four SHOs have transferred and one was sent to Police Lines by District Police Officer Ghulam Mubashir Maken in the district. SHO Muhammad Imran from Police Lines was posted as SHO City, Nankana, SHO city Azam Basra was posted as SHO Saddar Shah Kot, SHO PS Saddar Shah Kot Saddique Bhutta was sent to Police Line. Whereas SI Abdul Khalique, SHO Mandi Faizabad, was appointed as SHO Barah Gher and SHO Barah Gher Tahir Bashir has been appointed SHO Mandi Faizabad.

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IMF exposes tall claims of economic gains

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ITH the Government about to complete its mandated term, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has come out with a realistic assessment of its economic performance that exposes tall claims about so-called economic gains. The Fund has projected that Pakistan’s GDP was expected to grow at 3.5% mainly because of shrinking private sector and slow growth of large scale manufacturing; castigated the Government over stunning gap between income and expenditure and pointed towards low tax to GDP ratio. We have been told by the incumbent Government throughout its tenure that it has performed well on macro-economic level and that fruits of its policies at micro level would start appearing soon but nothing of the sort is visible even in the distant future. Tax collection has not increased, as it should have really been because the Government was unwilling to tax landlords and other privileged sections of the society. Apart from law and order, corruption and malpractices are at the heart of shrinking investment and negligible economic activity. This has resulted in increased in unemployment and price-hike as well as shortage of different commodities. The Government just takes credit for making the country wheat-surplus but ignores the ground reality of taking away morsel from the mouth of the poor as prices of the commodities have massively been jacked up to benefit feudal class. Shortages of electricity and gas reflect poorly on the commitment and ability of the regime to ensure addition of required megawatts and instead the crisis has been used to fleece the national kitty as has been proved in RPPs cases. The Government has also been making claims of reforming state owned corporations and entities that are considered to be white elephants but instead almost all of them are at the verge of virtual collapse due to corruption, bad management and favourtism. Unfortunately, there has been more focus on politics than economy and that is why we have been emphasizing that the political parties should evolve consensus on economic policies.

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HOUGH as a result of the latest contact between Director-Generals Military Operations of Pakistan and India, there is somewhat deescalation of tension on the Line of Control (LoC) but the overall mood in New Delhi clearly suggests that trouble would remain there. It is in this backdrop that chief of the Muslim Conference and former Prime Minister AJK Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan took the laudable initiative of organizing an All Parties Conference in Islamabad to discuss all aspects of the emerging situation. It is unfortunate that despite soft and reconciliatory tone of Pakistan, Indians have not only been belligerent in their statements but also repeatedly violated the ceasefire on the LoC resulting into martyrdom of several Pakistani troops. The sudden turn in Indian policy vis-à-vis Pakistan has encouraged hardliners to adopt a more tougher attitude, which was evident from what happened to our hockey team in that country. Indian provocations have sent shock waves not only on this side of the LoC but across Pakistan as a consensus was emerging to normalize relations with India and some sections of the society were even going to the extent of suggesting that Islamabad should go forward despite lack of progress towards resolution of the core issue of Kashmir. Kashmiris too had discarded armed struggle to give peace process a chance but they are now feeling frustrated due to stubborn attitude of India that has so far refused to talk Kashmir issue seriously. Therefore, the initiative of Sardar Attique was timely as it enabled the leadership of Kashmir and Pakistan to join their heads to analyse the situation and how to proceed ahead. The conference has been a success, sending loud and clear message to India as well as the international community that there is no escape from granting right of self-determination to Kashmiris.

Pak to release all Afghan Taliban P

AKISTAN has been consistently demonstrating its sincerity to help in restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the latest overture in this direction is the statement by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani that the country plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners. The statement by the top Pakistan diplomat after meeting with Acting US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David Pearce and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Luddin in Abu Dhabi is manifestation of its commitment to extend cooperation aimed at restoration of stability in the war torn country. Earlier at the insistence of Afghanistan, Islamabad freed several senior Taliban detainees to promote reconciliation efforts. Though Jilani did not categorically stated that Taliban deputy leader Mullah Baradar would be released but hinted that the aim is to release all and that would be a major development. Earlier US Ambassador to Kabul expressed concerns over the unconditional release of some Taliban prisoners at the request of Kabul and was of the view that the US would have preferred to have greater visibility into that. Secret discussions involving US, Afghan, Pakistani and Taliban officials have been under way for months, focused around confidence-building measures. Now the decision to release the remaining Taliban prisoners after talks between the three countries indicates that they are in agreement to the evolving peace process. We hope that Pakistan’s role in the region in the future Afghan talks would be duly recognised and Islamabad will be kept on board to address its concerns as the US is drawing down its troops by the end of 2014. At the same time we would urge the government to extend similar facility to Pakistani Taliban like the Afghans, release them and enter into dialogue for restoration of peace and stability on this side of the Durand Line.

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Agriculture needs new professionalism ment person who was given the Noble prize for EconomDr Zafar Altaf ics. In agriculture on the other hand no such manageEmail:dr_altaf@hotmail.com ment plan has ever been thought out. The mode of planning and re our agriculture universi delivery is one in which the obsoties custodians of knowl lete method of simple design and, edge? They are not. Be- fixed package, is simply pushed. sides the other weaknesses that We did this in the 60’s, 70’s when they have they are victims of and chemical fertilizers were pushed by creators of transfer of obsolete generalists Deputy Commissioners knowledge. So a distinction has and their staff. This was a catastroto be made between the concept phe on the face of it. Now the sysof learning and that of teaching. tem demands that the policy and Teaching implies the use of trans- design has to be flexible and given fer of knowledge from one who the wide choice is likely to be knows to one who des not know, based on demand pull. That ought almost as if it was a flow of stock. to take care of inflation in the food That the perpetuator of that flow sector. Agriculture in Pakistan has has the latest knowledge is veri- been in the hands of poorly trained fied by the teaching methodolo- extension agents and this has now gies used by the teachers. That it to go because these individuals do is the old system of rote learning not understand the complexity of and giving notes from the 1930s the issues that is to be handled. Since agriculture is time bound that is n vogue. Since we are looking at the in- therefore the action has to be imstitutional basis for the delivery mediately taken and the monitorof knowledge it may be worth- ing factor is more seriously used while to examine the kind of in- for planning purposes. The mode of learning has also terventions that may be changed to admit of better understanding to undergo serious changes. Basiof a delivery to the farmer of not cally how is the lab created knowla stagnant source of but a knowl- edge to be taken to the field and edge that has recently been devel- then to the kitchen table by the exoped by whatever sources. In this tension services. Should there be world of internet the sources of dialogue between the farmer and knowledge can be best understood the scientist or should there be parby examining global knowledge ticipatory functions with the farmcritically and determining the ers. There are many kinds of such level of adaptation that can take interactions. Where there is a mode place. In decision making for in- of external learning the internal stance what can the decision mak- learning and the creation of new ers provide to areas that the cen- knowledge is or should be made tralized decision maker has never mandatory. The libraries are badly visited. So the shift from central- stocked and have obsolete knowlized decision to a decentralized edge. Farmers have over the years decision making maybe necessary. developed new knowledge and that It was Herbert Simon a manage- has to be acquired. That is only

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possible if there is trust between the agent of change and the knowledge deliverer. It is also now clear that the indicative surveys do not provide for the kind of detailed planning that is or maybe required. Internal learning loop is a single bonded one where the subject student only takes down notes. There is no later briefing and the vomit of that knowledge ensures success in any examination. It is in the nature of the society in which we live that social niceties are still maintained. The false praise that is heaped is counterproductive to what the actual situation is. On the other hand in the double loop system that ensures the elimination of psycho fancy. Double loop thinking is done through participatory monitoring and self evaluation processes. The self is critically developed and knows its objectivity. But can the self really evaluate itself in a society that is short on resources and there are hyenas in the social system ready to tear one apart. The question begs an answer and the short answer is that it will be brave men that will accept failure much less criticize them self. The real clamor is for creativity development. This is suppressed when the internal structures are regressive and seen as hostile, the natural reaction to this is a closing down of the personality. The cure for this is linked to taking risks and to accept failure on the part of the experimenter. Original mistakes are not punished and in fact there is an atmosphere of liberalism. Structural issues and institutional issues are also touched since any experimenter has to have a certain levels of comfort with the bosses. Finally the isolation of the research methodology has to be overcome by more connectivity. Individuals that

work alone will not be able to handle the situation and individuals that work alone will not be able to have a critical mass. What are thus required are linkages both formal as well as informal in which multidiscipline groups may work as task force and provide critical futuristic objectives. This is for sure that the world has not been very innovative of late. It is imperative that in the quest for the old to the new professionalism there is a profound requirement for agricultural institutions. That means the focus has to be not on what we learn but on how se learn and with whom. This implies that new roles developmental professionals. lading to a whole new professionalism with new concepts, values, methods and behavior. With the way the world has been taken to specialization the holistic view has suffered. Individuals turn to their own specialization and the club of experts does not allow others to enter their fold. They thus trend to be loners. In a growing complex world the single disciplinary work in areas that are remote from other humans. The time has come to reexamine the actions of our academia and the HEC in order to obtain a balance between the various paradoxical situations that are emerging. Higher education commission is a misnomer as all its activities have now become secondary. If you do not believe me then it is better to seek the report from the farmers. Pakistan will not gain from more of the same. It has to radicalize itself as also the society; but innovation anywhere is difficult and implementation even more so because on entrenched groups.

Indian dubious approach media have perennially been launching a blame game to Sajjad Shaukat distort the image of Pak Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com Army and Pakistan. In this context, Indian Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne stated on n the one hand, India has January 12 in threatening tone that been emphasising to strengthen the Confidence India will be forced to consider other Building Measures (CBMs) with options, if ceasefire violations conPakistan to normalise relations, but tinue from Pakistani side across the on the other, it has continuously Line of Control. A senior leader of been giving a greater setback to the the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath CBMs. In this regard, Indian sol- Singh asked Prime Minister diers crossed over the Line of Con- Manmohan Singh to stop all diatrol (LoC) in Kashmir on January logue and CBMs with Pakistan due 6, this year and attacked a Pakistani to the alleged brutal beheadings of check post in Haji Pir sector, kill- Indian soldiers. ing one Pakistani soldier. Besides, On January 14, Indian Army Indian troops shot dead two Paki- Chief General Bikram Singh also stani soldiers on the LoC on Janu- threatened to retaliate against Pakiary 10 and 15. stan for the alleged killing of two Pakistani Foreign Office sum- soldiers, saying, he had asked his moned the Indian High Commis- commanders at LoC to be aggressioner and lodged a strong protest sive in the face of provocation. Even on the repeated and unprovoked Indian Prime Minister Singh allegattacks on Pakistani soldiers. The edly said on January 15 that there Pakistani foreign secretary also could be no “business as usual” with asked India to thoroughly inves- Pakistan after a clash along the LoC tigate the repeated ceasefire vio- in Kashmir in which two Indian sollations along the LoC by Indian diers were killed and their bodies troops—independent inquiry mutilated. However, ISPR spokesthrough the United Nations Mili- man stated that Pakistan has lodged tary Observers Group for India a strong protest during a flag meetand Pakistan (UNMOGIP), ing with the Indian military officials which New Delhi refused. There on continuous ceasefire violations have been three blatant viola- including attempted raid by Indian tions by Indian troops in five troops on the LoC in which two Padays, which have given a blow to kistani soldiers were martyred. Nothe ceasefire of 2003. tably, conflicting reports of Indian While to justify its aggression, media and rulers have exposed New India concocted a fabricated story Delhi’s self-created story. In this reof accusing Pakistan of killing and spect, some say that one Indian solbeheading its two soldiers in the dier was decapitated, while some same area of the LoC. Despite the reveal the beheading of two soldiers. fact that Pakistan’s civil and army India has also accelerated its spokesmen have denied Indian venomous propaganda to show to baseless allegations, Indian top of- the world that Pak Army is involved ficials, the opposition party and in violations along the disputed bor-

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der of Kashmir, and Pakistan intends to derail the CMBs. Regrettably, our media is so engaged in manipulating internal controversial issues that the incident of indiscriminate firing on Pakistani soldiers at LoC could hardly get any coverage. Our media commentators have totally failed in countering Indian propaganda. In fact, India is emphasising more on CBMs than to pay attention for the settlement of real issues. Notably, regarding the visit of India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Pakistan on September 9, 2012, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Khar stated that with her counterpart Krishna, she discussed all the outstanding issues such as terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, water and especially main dispute of Kashmir. Both the countries also signed agreements of liberalised visa regime and a memorandum of understanding on cultural exchanges in addition to agreeing on new crossLine of Control (LoC) Confidence Building Measures related to trade and travel. Nevertheless, implementation of these agreements has started. In this context, Islamabad also signed a number of trade agreemens with New Delhi, which allowed India exports of mutltiple items across the Wagah border. It is also likely to grant India Most Favoured Nation status, which permits trade in almost everything. But like Indian Prime Minister Singh, during his trip, Krishna had warned that in case of Mumbai-like incident; relations between the two countries could lapse. As part of the CBMs, under the Aman Ki Asha initiative, recently renowned Pakistani and Indian media anchors, retired high civil and military officials including film stars

have participated in various seminars and gatherings in both the countries to create favourable atmosphere to intensify the peace process, and to discuss practical solution to the bilateral issues. By setting aside the CBMs, recently, India decided to erect a ‘floating fence’, along the disputed Sir Creek border area which is sovereign part of Pakistani territory. It is due to New Delhi’s duplicity that Indian rulers availed various crises to suspend the process of Pak-India talks. For example, in 2008, India suspended the ‘composite dialogue’ under the pretext of Mumbai terror attacks which were in fact, arranged by its secret agency RAW in connivance with Indian homegrown terrorists. India and Pakistan had resumed the new phase of talks in March, 2009. Every time, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the two countries ended their meetings with positive notes, vowing for the settlement of real issues, particularly the core dispute of Kashmir, but no tangible results were produced owing to Indian duplicity. In fact, India is determined to keep its hold on Kashmir which is considered by it as integrated part of the Indian union. It also wants to blackmail Islamabad by stopping the flow of rivers’ water towards Pakistan as major rivers of our country take origin from the occupied Kashmir. India which is only fulfilling the formality through the new phase of talks is not serious to settle all the outstanding disputes with Pakistan. Nonetheless, recent violations at the LoC and blatant aggression by killing two Pakistani soldiers in wake of insisting upon CMBs clearly indicate Indian dubious approach.

ragic events”, “disgust and condemnation”, “all thoughts with the families”. The prime ministerial words in the House of Commons on Friday – duly echoed by the leader of the opposition – might be called platitudinous, but confronted by the dreadful hostage crisis in Algeria, what else could he say? When jihadi bandits take civilian hostages and lives, there is only one side to be on. After Algeria took brutal control of the action, the UK was reduced to finding the right words, and these are the first thoughts that any prime minister would have to express. But if we want to go any further – and understand, as well as condemn – things get more complex. Malcolm Rifkind, ordinarily a thoughtful Tory grandee on foreign policy, jumped up in the house to quote Churchill’s line about North Africa being the soft underbelly of Europe. And indeed, the intelligence services have long fretted about threats that grow out of the vast “ungovernable” spaces of the Sahara. The trouble is that this sort of Euro-centrism, which considers the welfare of North Africans only to the extent that it bears upon the richer societies on the other side of the Mediterranean, is the very perspective which has helped to foster brutality and poisonous ideologies in the desert. David Cameron aired disappointment at not being consulted about the Algerian government’s violent assault on the In Amenas gas facility, which – with British lives at stake – was natural enough. But it is natural, too, that the authorities in Algiers – hardened by 20 years of bloody strife, and a bloodier colonial history – see things from another point of view. For this despotic regime, the first thought is not the danger to foreign hostages but the ongoing existential fight against Islamism. It is perhaps because France created the colonial sensitivities here that it is now more aware of them: Paris spoke with more delicacy than London about the Algerian actions. As well as being mindful of history, westerners ought to avoid any pretence that they have an easy formula for resolving sieges. Alongside glorified success, such as the SAS raid on the Iranian embassy, there have been messy tragedies like Waco. Only this month, French intelligence forces swung into action to free a captive in Somalia, and 50 crack commandos achieved nothing but disaster. With an al-Qaida splinter group thought to be behind the kidnapping, we are reminded afresh that the jihadist threat is real and must be taken seriously. But in the end the best hope of seeing it off involves understanding the ecology in which it thrives – and the west’s role in sustaining that. Funds from western-backed Saudi Arabia are one source that has helped spread violent fundamentalism across western-drawn borders. And while western interventions in the region have flowed from mixed motives and yielded mixed effects, one unplanned consequence has been redoubling the jihadi risk. The alleged mastermind of the In Amenas kidnap, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, learnt his trade in Afghanistan – where Washington’s backing for the antiSoviet mujahideen had helped create the Taliban – before returning to Algeria to fight in the civil war which followed the westernbacked scuppering of elections Islamists looked set to win. One consequence of the recent Libyan conflict, in which Britain and France both had a hand, has been arms flowing across regional borders; arms which have poured petrol onto the fire. And now there is the current French intervention in Mali. While its effects must be weighed against the indisputable costs of the west washing its hands, an early downside has been to provide a pretext for the jihadis in the current crisis, even though their attack was likely already being plotted. At this of all times, it hardly needs saying that a real threat to western interests and lives exists in far away desert lands. But the briefest reflection on the west’s own role in the region makes it plain that no continent is an island. — The Guardian You know, you can only perceive really beauty in a person as they get older. Anouk Aimee —French actress


Dr Qadri made a new history Dr Qadri’s demands. I don’t care even if there has been any S Atiq ul Hassan hidden agenda of Dr Qadri as being claimed by opponents of Email:shassan@tribune/intl.com Dr. Qadri because I believe on what I have seen and I have heard in the 5 days of procesn my living memories I have not sion on the main street of the federal seen a political/religious leader capital of Pakistan (Islamabad). I have single-handed gathered thousands, not seen in my living memories so if not millions, of people from vari- many national flags of Pakistan in the ous parts of Pakistan with children, hands of thousands of children, youth, women and old-aged marched 36 men and women in the killing cold hours using different commutes and weather of Islamabad in 5 days. I have by walk towards capital and able to not seen so much knowledgeable sit-in more than 3 days in front of the crowd (even children) of the agenda parliament house and other federal of their leader (Dr Qadri) on the typioffice buildings of Pakistan in appall- cal reformation of political system of ing weather and then in presence of Pakistan. national and international media camI have not seen so much disciplined eras, a group of leaders of the major and patience masses (in thousands if political stakeholders of federal gov- not millions) many days with children, ernment came to meet with him, ne- youth, women and senior citizens. I gotiate on his term and agreed most of have not seen so much determined and his demands. confident leader of the Protestants who Most of the anchors of the Paki- stood firmly on his demands despite stani satellite Televisions seriously ac- of the threats of rebuke and castigaknowledged the efforts and demands tion by the government agencies and of Allama Dr Tahir ul Qadri. However, threats of attacks by the terrorist the traditional, rigid and incapable groups. I have not seen a leader who political/religious of Pakistan con- in front of thousands of protesters uldemned Dr Qadri’s activities and also timatum the government to come and there are some political elements who talk within hours and compelled the could not demonstrate courage to stand rulers who were committed not to with Dr Qadri and in his protest nev- speak with him eventually bow down ertheless they even did not go against and negotiated with him in his cabin

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in front of thousands of protestants, the entire event was covering live by all national and international media and watching by millions of people globally through satellite televisions. Many political opponents and commentators are condemning Dr Qadri because he holds Canadian nationality. For me Dr Qadri’s political reformation demands are more important than his dual national. For me more important is that what Dr Qadri is demanding and for who? and also how the common people of Pakistan see Dr Qadri’s demands? I have been in Australia for the 25 years holding Australian nationality but I can proudly say that in my last 25 years I have been writing for Pakistan in print media and raising my voice for injustices in my radio shows and debating on corruption & lawlessness in Pakistan through organising media & political forums in Australia. No one is pushing me to spend my time and efforts for Pakistan and no one is paying me to organise media events for Pakistan or for the people of Pakistan. This is my love and loyalty to my motherland (Pakistan). Therefore, for me it doesn’t matter where you live and how long you live and which nationality you keep especially in this age when the world became a global village. Yes, what matter is how much

loyal you are with your motherland? In my view, the Pakistanis who live abroad and who hold other country’s nationalities should be more regarded when they demonstrate and fight for their motherland because despite of the fact that their lives are safe, their economical and social conditions are stable they are worried for about Pakistan day and night. Therefore, even if Dr Qadri holds Canadian nationality I would appreciate him more because he had guts therefore he was rewarded citizenship by the Canadian government. And now he has demonstrated guts and ability to lead the people and organised such a historic event which has created a new history in Pakistani politics. Dr Qadri’s demonstration has given the message that the people of Pakistan is changing now, you cannot make them fool anymore. The old, traditional and incapable political force will no more be a political force now in Pakistan. The political parties and their leaders will only survive in Pakistan if they will be ready to change themselves otherwise new political forces will take their place and Pakistan will see new political parties and their leaders in the federal and provincial capitals in result of the coming elections. —The writer is a senior journalist and a media analyst.

Friend or foe of disturbance along the Line of Control. It seems something very to decide about Pakistan Ali Sukhanver difficult and India, the two South Asian Email:alisukhanver@hotmail.com nuclear neighbors, whether they are friend or foe. For the last many years, some of the media few weeks back the Pakistan groups in Pakistan and some hi-ups army published its new Green of the so-called NGOs are trying their Book which identified inter- utmost to paint a picture of Pak-Innal insurgent forces as the country’s dia relations with colours of friendprincipal national security threat. The ship and cordiality. book also indicated a shift of concenMoreover there have been a lot tration of the Pakistan army from of efforts from various think tanks in Eastern borders to the western front. Pakistan that Pakistan must rank InThis doctrinal change was warmly dia as the most favoured country but welcomed by various sections of the the on ground realities are altogether national and the international society different. In spite of a successful and it was being hoped that the rela- cricket and trade diplomacy one can tions between Pakistan and India feel a very hot air of hostility and diswould get better as a result of this shift liking for each other between the two of concentration. countries. India and Pakistan anMoreover it was also expected nounced a cease-fire along the Line that the process of giving India the of Control in the valley of Kashmir status of the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ in November 2003 but the cease-fire would also expedite. But unfortu- has been violated again and again nately just after the announcement of many times by India during all these the policy of this shift in concentra- years. It is not only the matter of viotion, the Indian army started an in- lation of cease fire along the Line of tentional effort of creating a situation Control; India has always been using

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different tactics to destabilize the very foundations of Pakistan. Sometimes the Indian agents are caught involved in airing the sectarian conflicts in Pakistan and sometimes they are found involved in ethnic clashes in different parts of the country. Recently it has been learnt through reliable sources that Indian Embassy Economic and Commercial Counselor, Mr. Arvind Saxena at Islamabad is facilitating Indian based companies for striking deal between Sind Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and TATA & DEHL. The report indicated that Sind Engro Coal Mining Company which is a subsidiary of Engro Group has been preparing a feasibility report on the coal mining projects in the area of Thar for the last three years. Reportedly Mr. Arvind Saxena is arranging visits of SECMC’s technical and administrative hi-ups to Naveli Mines, Tamil Nadu and Gujrat Mineral Development Corporation Limited of India. The aim and objective of these visits is simply to pave way for selling Pakistani coal to India for their projects in Gujrat and Naveli Tamil

Nadu and provide an opportunity to the Indian coal mine developers to take charge of the Thar Coal Project. Some of the well-known Pakistani politicians belonging to Sindh are also lending a helping hand to Mr. Saxena in his efforts. Rumours are in air that USA-India supported corrupt Political Business mafia is deeply involved in this multi billion dollars hidden scam. It is the need of time that the government of Pakistan must take keen interest in the matter of the coal mining development program in Sind. Pakistan has a lot of big names in the field of coal mining and it would be in the larger interest of the country if Thar Coal project is preferably developed under their supervision and command. It is against the logic that on one hand India is taking lives of our soldiers posted at the line of control and on the other hand we are facilitating India by promoting trade relations with it. No doubt trade activities bring the friendly countries closer but trading with the hostile countries could never be fruitful.

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Our tangled foreign-policy problems Jim Hoagland

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he desert sands of Mali and Al geria provide an unlikely arena for an existential challenge to the global alliance system the United States has managed since World War II. But the hesitant and timid US and European Union responses to the crisis in northwestern Africa drip like acid on the rock of alliance cohesion. The Obama administration’s self-described preference to lead from behind in messy conflicts in the Islamic world has much value for war-weary, financially strapped Americans. But great care must be taken with that approach to avoid driving US leadership into a strategic dead end. After days of very public hesitations by Washington and Brussels to provide even non-lethal help — such as in-air refuelling — to France’s reluctant intervention in Mali, the United States and the 27-nation European Union committed just four transport aircraft to the effort. That will intensify doubts abroad about the administration’s intentions and effectiveness in getting others to step for-

ward again. Those doubts, and the turmoil in Mali, are an aftermath of the international intervention in Libya in 2011. Washington sharply curtailed resources and involvement there after helping overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Instead of mission creep, the Obama administration pursued mission shrink in a country it had just helped liberate, and inadequate security contributed to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, last fall. Now, Tuareg mercenaries who fled Libya with extensive arms after the downfall of their patron threaten to take full control of Mali. The Islamist rebels’ thrust south triggered French President Francois Hollande’s dispatch of warplanes and the Foreign Legion to his country’s former colony — and his appeals for help from allies. Hollande expected to spend this week swaddled in the glory of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty of cooperation between France and Germany. Charles de Gaulle conceived that document as the foundation for France’s exit from its colonial past into a European future built on French-German part-

nership. Instead, Hollande grimly deals like the Lone Ranger with a desperate post-colonial expedition totally at odds with Germany’s hypercaution on foreign military involvement. Growing divergences between Paris and Berlin in economic policies and performance also undercut the joint vision and commitment needed to maintain European unity. The Obama administration appears to give insufficient weight to the complex interaction of the many moving parts in international relations as it rolls out one tactical response after another on Syria, Iran, and China and now to justified requests for quick help from a European ally willing to lead from the front. The problem may be even larger and more insidious. Interlocking modern revolutions in instantaneous global communications, social media, trade and means of warfare have created a world that increasingly grants neither the time nor the space leaders need to develop and implement coherent strategic options. That concern was repeatedly voiced in two recent days of private discussions held at the Hoover Institution among some of the leaders who crafted the most durable foreign and

national security US policies of the past half-century. “The world is awash in change,” former secretary of state George Shultz said as he opened those discussions. By the end, it seemed to me that the world may have already been submerged by those changes. The taking of US and other hostages by Islamic extremists in Algeria in the wake of France’s intervention in Mali underscores how complex and tangled our “foreign” problems have become. The best chances of countering the atomisation of foreign policy begin with a US leadership that enunciates and pursues a clear national purpose uniting American actions abroad. Pursuing liberation in Libya and then standing aside or waffling when NATO allies such as France and Turkey are the targets of hostile actions disrupts badly needed alliance cohesion. A West African diplomat with whom I discussed US, British and French involvement in Libya nearly a year ago put it more succinctly: “We saw what you could do militarily in Libya. But we are not impressed by the after-sales service.” Courtesy: The Washington Post

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o many of us are religious people when we enter our places of worship, and we expect everybody to look at us and respect us, for the way we act during that time of worship. But it is the rest of the week, in our office, our workplace and home that governs how we are treated: There lived many years ago a poor family, comprising a woodcutter, his wife and three pretty daughters. The woodcutter would go out in the morning to the forest and

work through the day returning in the evening with his measly earnings which was just about enough to feed his family. His wife however was quite dissatisfied and as she looked out of her window and saw the houses of her neighbor’s and saw how well they lived she was determined to do as well. “Why don’t you work like our neighbors wives do?” asked the poor woodcutter as she continued bemoaning their poverty night after night. “What?” asked the woodcutter’s wife, “you want me to work in a factory ten hours a day? These hands are not meant for slogging!” “Well that’s one way we could buy a bigger house you want,” said the woodcutter but his wife smiled and went to bed and the woodcutter

wondered what sinister plan she had in mind. He soon knew. When her three daughters were old enough and she found men looking at them in a special way she took them to town and introduced them to the worlds oldest profession. Not only where her daughters told to sleep with customers but she also taught them to dance with them, treat them like royalty and even how to relax the poor men with a much needed massage. The children did not much care for what they were doing but as they saw the wealth they were bringing in, as they saw a better house being built and as they felt neighbors envying their money they knew their mother had got them onto a good thing. Soon their fame spread through the whole town and there was not a man who

had not spent a portion of his money on these three worthy women, with the mother also sometimes thrown in as a bonus. The woodcutter knew what was happening but the money shut his mouth. Every Sunday he took his family to church. And every Sunday the mother shouted, “Girls! I want you all to dress like decent young women; long skirts, shawls over your arms and shoulders and a hood on your head!” And every Sunday the whole town laughed at the family as they made their way to church, trying to look like the most respectable family in town, covering every part of their body; arms, legs and face. But to all the men in the town they were still naked..! —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Well-done Qadri COL RIAZ JAFRI (R)

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uch to the dismay of professional, corrupt and hereditary politicians and to the envious anguish of politico religious clerics, Allama Qadri has had his way to a great extent in getting the Islamabad Long March Declaration signed by the government. Apart from his resolute and extremely good organizational capabilities he owes it all to the courage, determination, resilience, dedication and perseverance of the thousands of the Long March heroes – old and young, women – again old and young and the children including infants who braved the great ordeal under the most extreme climatic ravages of cold, rain and chilly winds for the five long days and nights under the open skies in the blue. Not only that, it was probably the largest rally in the world which displayed unbelievable sense of discipline and dedication and was a most peaceful rally where under very trying and adverse conditions not a blade of grass was damaged, not a stone was hurled nor a drop of blood was shed. And yet they achieved their objective. The rally went a long way in demolishing the image of Pakistanis as the ranting extremists and instead portrayed the real face of Pakistan and the Pakistanis to the world. I salute one and all of them and to the nation that they belong to. “Zara num ho to yeh mitti badi zarkhez hai saqi” – Iqbal. —Rawalpind

Is CNG really short? FAISAL H CHEEMA What a plight it would be for any nation if the energy crisis is brought to a level that one of the necessary commodities such as compressed natural gas (CNG) - which has no true shortage at least in the foreseeable future - is snatched away from the deserving people due to a select group’s avarice interests. The irregularities in regulating the price by governmental officials coupled with the corrupted owners of such CNG stations has resulted in such a piteous state of affairs that yesterday CNG stations were opened in several cities for merely 24 hours after a long wait of 24 days. If Pakistan is to prevail, then justice must be served and the orders of the highest courts in Pakistan should be implemented both in spirit and letter so that the people of Pakistan can be finally freed from all such deplorable conditions in which they are being constantly held for decades. —Columbia University, NY

NAB chief’s duplicity SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Congratulations to the people of Pakistan, with the agreement signed by the Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, with Dr Qadri, for General Elections before march 16 this year means that President Zardari won’t be up for reelection. At least now we Pakistanis get a chance to have an honest, chivalrous and educated person as the leader of Pakistan, who can inspire everyone in Pakistan to be honest and hard working. On the other hand, a person, who is ordered by the Courts of Pakistan to be arrested, signing documents on behalf of the Government, just shows us the duplicity of the NAB Chairman in this regard. —Peshawar

Hugo Chavez remains there MUHAMMAD DAHEEM Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías is a political leader of great charisma. He is facing the problem of respiratory deficiency and severe lung infection after his fourth round surgery since June 2011. He has already undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment but with no collectively positive results. This strongman, a great critic of America and its allies, is in a critical condition in Cuban hospital. Hugo Chávez, 58-year-old Venezuelan president, is conscious of his serious and complex health condition. The long-term serious illness could lead to a big vacuum, chaos and turmoil in the corridors of power in Venezuela. The government circles claim that his condition is stable while medical team says that “he is battling hard and is in a delicate state.” Nonetheless, there seems to be information gap about his health. The Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional criticized what it called an “information vacuum”. The people in Venezuela are in the dark because “no one speaks clearly from the government.” Recently government has postponed Chávez’s inauguration ceremony, for his new six-year term, due to his severe infection after undergoing cancer surgery. Lawmakers voted to postpone it. Now he would be sworn in later by the Supreme Court. The opposition has called it violation of the constitution. The Venezuelan Constitution says the presidential oath should be taken before lawmakers in the National Assembly on January 10 but adds that the president may also take the oath before the Supreme Court if he’s unable to be sworn in before the assembly. Government officials argue that clause does not explicitly mention a date, though opposition says it clearly refers to the January 10 deadline. Maduro

claims that swearing-in is a “formality”. It means Chávez is a legal president of the country. —Via email

from ultra right forces must have rung bells for all the liberal left forces in Karachi who always look to the party as the flag bearer for all such forces. The situation is going to be a big challenge for MQM to not only retain their political position but to ensure that they don’t lose their base to fast advancing institutional radicalism in a city which has SANOBAR NADIR BUTT till today the citadel of what ever is Finally after the fives days long left of liberalism in Pakistan. March came to an end. Will it be the —Melbourne, Australia end of people’s sufferings too? We can just hope so, because we do not have any other choice. Well, undoubtedly long march comprised of IQBAL HADI ZAIDI people from almost every walk of life and every part of country and Mian Nawaz Sharif, a self prothat they stood these in such chilly claimed leader with proud and broad and blood freezing weather is really smile on his face said ‘Pally nahen commendable. This for sure proves dhaila tey kary mela mela’ that our nation is not sleeping or rebuking Dr Tahir Qadri in most dedead they can stand for their rights, rogatory manners much before the Its better that every government long march started which media has should understand that, they have shown on all different television almost all the authorities of the state channels for so many days without but one thing can not be denied that, realizing the least as to what could the power lies within the people. It be telecasted a few days later. is the people who appoint them to Now when Islamabad Long their respective positions so, if they March Declaration is signed behave the power to bring them in rul- tween Dr Qadri and PPP government ing position they also posses the which is more flashed on all televicourage to challenge and oppose sion channel than what MNS has their wrong practices. said it is proved beyond even slightThough long march peacefully est doubt that Dr Qadri has emerged came to an end and a declaration has as absolute winner and MNS is not also been signed which is named as only defeated but knocked out to be long march declaration but it surely honest. I do understand that MNS leaves one question in mind that had been our PM not once but twice whether the points which are men- which is rare to some extent and now tioned in this declaration will be fol- even aspiring to become PM for lowed and implemented or it will be third time as well but it does not consider merely a “piece of a paper”. mean that he dilutes each and everyKeeping my fingers crossed, I one for no reason and rhyme. Morehope that government will stand to over, as a former prime minister he their words and follow the points certainly enjoys very prestigious which are mentioned in Long March entity in our nation than rest of the declaration, because before this dec- people which in turn demands of him laration many other declarations had not to stoop so low at least from also been signed but they were just Pakistan point of view simply belimited to papers and hardly any cause if he turns mean and ridicupractical work could be seen on lous then he is telling the whole those declarations. But if this decla- world that a former Pakistani Prime ration was just a move by the gov- Minister is devoid of any morality ernment to disperse the march then which I regret the most. He being people will not pardon them. Since, our former premier and not a street in earlier declaration there was no fellow ought not to turn so mean and involvement by public but here the immoral. situation is entirely different, here MSN should have kept some public is directly involved and they cushion to respect Dr Qadri who had have faced almost every kind of millions of supporters on his back hardship to achieve their demands. even at the time when MNS laughed At least now government should not at him and therefore each and every back down from their words and sane person always do not touch without any kind of hesitation gov- point of no return because none ernment should fulfill their pledge. knows what is stored and what can —Karachi be future reality. Simple prudence demands that the opponent should be graded as zero unless the two are as apart as earth and sky. What prompted MNS to so nakedly blast Dr Qadri and that too at the time M ATIF MAHMOOD MAJOKA at when he had already shown how Another sad sight of a stand still city many millions had attended his 1st of Karachi over the killing of MQM address and in Lahore? Did MNS lawmaker must have worried all po- see just hundred or thousand people litical forces who are anxiously wait- at the meeting at Minar e Pakistan ing for coming elections. The city being addressed by Dr Qadri? Each has been in the grip of all sorts of and every naked eye could see what violence for the last twenty five a mammoth crowd had listened to years. MQM appeared as a strong his address which has shocked and and mainstream representative of surprised many to be honest as none urban middle classes of Karachi in expected that there could be so many 1987 for the first time in their sweep- people at his 1st meeting. MSN when heard that Dr Qadri ing victory in local body elections. Since then they have largely domi- has given just one day notice to nated the city politics with little chal- Zardari as President of Pakistan he called a meeting of all opposition lenge from other political forces. Dominance of MQM meant the parties at his sprawling villa spread end of an era of city’s political sup- over miles and the whole world has port to right leaning forces. Politi- seen that he was sitting all alone in cal meetings of secular progressive then center as if he is emperor and MQM always began with political not a king and all the rest readers slogans combined with music of po- were sitting in row on both right and litical nature from late 80s to all left. All those who attended the through the 90s. In all those years’ meeting were so much intoxicated right wing forces were doing their that they declared in voice that Qadri own trick by opening seminaries and will never ever succeed in his venembarking upon active religious ac- ture under any circumstances whattivism through public gatherings and soever and the whole lot did not remass campaigns of reaching out to alize even for a fraction of a second people belonging to all walks of life. that results could prove otherwise. Twenty five years ago there were Qadri nay loot liya mels Nawaz reh hardly any religious seminaries in gaya akaila. MQM dominated localities but to- —Kuwait day if you tour around you find strings of such small to large sized seminaries producing entire generaEADERS tions of right leaning men and are requested to type women. MQM has also tried to keep pace their letters legibly with with this change by putting lot of redouble spacing and only on ligious stuff into their public meetone side of the paper. ings in the last few years but it seems —Editor the party is struggling to keep pace Email:editorial@pakobserver.net with radicalisation in the biggest Pakistani city. Recent attacks on MQM

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The War in Libya Was Seen as a Success, Now Here We Are Engaging with the Blowback in Mali OWEN JONES

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HE French government has intervened in Mali with the stated intention of estab lishing political stability and defeating the insurgent forces currently destabilizing the country. While many observers recognize the need to stabilize Mali, Owen Jones argues that “this intervention is itself the consequence of another.” The conflict and intervention in Libya destabilized the region and established a well armed, battlehardened contingent of fighters who are now active in Mali. Along with claims about the risks of political instability, humanitarian concerns have also been cited as a reason for the intervention. However, all sides of the conflict have been implicated in these violations, including the Malian authorities that the French intervention is supporting. Since this intervention is partially a consequence of the previous one, there is concern that even if the operation in Mali is initially successful, it may precipitate even further western military entrenchment in the region. No scrutiny, no build-up, no parliamentary vote, not even a softening-up exercise. Britain is now involved in yet another military conflict in a Muslim land, or so we have been informed. British aircraft are flying to Mali while France bombs the country, arguing that Islamist militia must be driven back to save Europe from the creation of a “terrorist state”. Amnesty International and West Africa experts warned of the potential disaster of foreign military intervention; the bombs raining on the Malian towns of Konna, Léré and Douentza suggest they have been definitively ignored. Mali’s current agony has only just emerged in our headlines, but the roots go back generations. Like the other Western colonial powers that invaded and conquered Africa from the 19th century onwards, France used tactics of divide-and-rule in Mali, leading to entrenched bitterness between the nomadic Tuareg people – the base of the current revolt – and other communities in Mali. To some Westerners, this is a distant past to be ignored, moved on from, and certainly not used to preclude noble interventions; but the consequences are still being felt on a daily basis. Ini-

tially, the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, suggested its colonial legacy ruled out a Franceled intervention; its sudden involvement is far more rapid than expected.

made up a large portion of his army. When Gaddafi was ejected from power, they returned to their homeland: sometimes forcibly so, as black Africans came under attack in post-Gaddafi Libya, an

in a military coup and – despite allowing a transitional civilian-led government to take power the army retains its dominance. There can certainly be no sympathy for the

Troops will not be sent, we are told; but the term “mission creep” exists for a reason, and an escalation could surely trigger deeper British involvement. The West has a terrible record of aligning itself with the most dubious of allies: the side we have picked are far from human-rights-loving democrats. But the consequences could be more profound. As well as spreading further chaos in the region just as the Libyan war did France has already put potential terrorist targets on alert, and its allies must be at risk, too. But this intervention is itself the consequence of another. The Libyan war is frequently touted as a success story for liberal interventionism. Yet the

uncomfortable fact largely ignored by the Western media. Awash with weapons from Libya’s own tur-

Libyan war seen as a success, now engaging....... toppling of Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship had consequences that Western intelligence services probably never even bothered to imagine. Tuaregs – who traditionally hailed from northern Mali –

moil, armed Tuaregs saw an opening for their longstanding dream for national self-determination. As the rebellion spread, the democratically elected President Amadou Toumani Touré was deposed

militia now fighting the Malian government. Originally, it was the secular nationalists of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad who led the uprising; they have now been pushed aside by Islamist jihadists with a speed that has shocked foreign analysts. Rather than achieving an independent Tuareg state, they have far more sweeping ambitions, linking up with similar groups based in northern Nigeria. Amnesty International reports horrendous atrocities: amputations, sexual violence, the use of child soldiers, and rampant extra-judicial executions. But don’t fall for a narrative so often pushed by the Western media: a perverse oversimplification of good fighting evil, just as we have seen imposed on Syria’s brutal civil war. Amnesty reports brutality on the part of Malian government forces, too. When the conflict originally exploded, Tuaregs were arrested, tortured, bombed and killed by the security forces, “apparently only on ethnic grounds”, Amnesty says. Last July, 80 inmates arrested by the army were stripped to their underwear, jammed into a 5sqm cell; cigarettes were burnt into their bodies; and they were forced to sodomise each other. Back in September 2012, 16 Muslim preachers belonging to the Dawa group were rounded up at a checkpoint and summarily executed by the army. These are acts committed by those who are now our allies. When the UN Security Council unanimously paved the way for military force to be used at some point last month, experts made clear warnings that must still be listened to. The International Crisis Group urged a focus on a diplomatic solution to restore stability, arguing that intervention could

exacerbate a growing inter-ethnic conflict. Amnesty warned that “an international armed intervention is likely to increase the scale of human-rights violations we are already seeing in this conflict”. Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at Bradford University, has argued that past wars show that “once started, they can take alarming directions, have very destructive results, and often enhance the very movements they are designed to counter”. It is conceivable that this intervention could for a time achieve its goals of pushing back the Islamist militias, and shore up Mali’s government. But the Libyan war was seen as a success, too; and here we are now engaging with its catastrophic blowback. In Afghanistan, Western forces remain engaged in a never-ending war which has already helped destabilised Pakistan, leading to drone attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians and unleashed further chaos. The price of Western interventions may often be ignored by our media, but it is still paid nonetheless. Western intervention led by France, supported by Britain and with possible US drone attacks on the way will undoubtedly fuel the narrative of radical Islamist groups. As Professor Rogers puts it to me, it will be portrayed as “one more example of an assault on Islam”. With the speed and reach of modern forms of communication, radical groups in Western Africa and beyond will use this escalating war as evidence of another front opened against Muslims. It is disturbing – to say the least – how Cameron has led Britain into Mali’s conflict without even a pretence at consultation. Troops will not be sent, we are told; but the term “mission creep” exists for a reason, and an escalation could surely trigger deeper British involvement. The West has a terrible record of aligning itself with the most dubious of allies: the side we have picked are far from human-rights-loving democrats. But the consequences could be more profound. As well as spreading further chaos in the region just as the Libyan war did France has already put potential terrorist targets on alert, and its allies must be at risk, too. It is the responsibility of all of us to scrutinise what our governments do in our name; if we cannot learn that from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, then it is hopeless. —Courtesy Independent

Japan’s grand Asia-Pacific strategy Poverty alleviation: A critical review WU HUAIZHONG

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N the post-crisis era, though Japa nese politicians and pundits acknowl edge the world is moving toward multi-polarization, their belief in “hegemonic stability” is still deep-seated and they recognize and support the Pax Americana in the Asia-Pacific region. Or, taking a step back, Japan at least believes in maintaining an order dominated by Western developed democracies in the Asia-Pacific and the fundamental task of Japan’s long-term foreign strategy is taking in emerging powers that are capable of challenging and revising this “order”. Therefore, besides the United States, Japan is so far the firmest supporter of the existing order. Japan’s grand AsiaPacific strategy is a strong pillar in sus-

.... grand Asia-Pacific strategy……. taining US hegemony and the West-dominated order, which goes against the development trend and direction of the global situation in the post-crisis era, and is also against the diversification and multipolarization of the regional pattern of evolving democratization in international relations. Japan once actively pushed forward regional cooperation in East Asia. But on seeing China’s fast economic growth, rising comprehensive strength and influence, Japan began to worry that China would take the leading role in promoting cooperation and constructing the regional order in East Asia. Thus, Japan began to advocate an expanded “East Asian Community”, augmenting the “10+3”, which comprises the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus

China, Japan and South Korea, to “10+6”, with the inclusion of India, Australia and New Zealand, and is now pulling in the

The Self-Defense Forces will play a role in military surveillance, anti-submarine, air defense at sea, information sharing and become an important part within the framework of US-Japan alliance in response to China’s military buildup and activities. The US and Japanese forces want to forge a linked unity to deal with China and blockade the Chinese navy and air force inside the island chain. US.In the economic field, Japan turned to Asia-Pacific cooperation from East Asian cooperation and intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Japan’s argument is that dealing with China’s “gigantism” and restricting it needs a big system or system expansion. In other words, with China’s development and growth in economic size, the regional framework and system restricting China should expand and extend correspondingly so as to dilute and counterbalance China’s power and influence. In reality Japan is deliberately diluting East Asia’s geopolitical and geo-economic significance, lowering the US’ wariness and pulling in the US. Japan’s actions have undermined or at least diluted the process of East Asian cooperation and become a negative factor in East Asian cooperation. Since former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama suffered a setback in turning Japan’s US-centric foreign policy to a more Asia-focused

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policy, Japan’s Asia-Pacific strategic adjustment is focused on strengthening the Japan-US alliance and trying to woo In-

HE desert sands of Mali and Algeria pro vide an unlikely arena for an existential challenge to the global alliance system the United States has managed since World War II. But the hesitant and timid U.S. and European Union responses to the crisis in northwestern Africa drip like acid on the rock of alliance cohesion. The Obama administration’s self-described preference to lead from behind in messy conflicts in the Islamic world has much value for war-weary, financially strapped Americans. But great care must be taken with that approach to avoid driving U.S. leadership into a strategic dead end. After days of very public hesitations by Washington and Brussels to provide even non-lethal help such as in-air refueling to France’s reluctant intervention in Mali, the United States and the 27-nation European Union committed just four transport aircraft to the effort. That will intensify doubts abroad about the administration’s intentions and effectiveness in getting others to step forward again. Those doubts, and the turmoil in Mali, are an aftermath of the international intervention in Libya in 2011. Washington

dia, Australia and other countries to guard against China’s rise. In recent years, Japan has developed increasingly close relations with India and Australia, forming sort of quasi-alliances. The unfolding of Japan’s Asia-Pacific strategy is, to a large extent, centered on China and thus has an influence on China. In the economic field, Japan’s regional cooperation policy (advocating an expanded East Asian Community and promoting the TPP negotiations) will dilute China’s influence and make China face the pressure of an economic and trade hegemony led by the US and Japan. In a broad sense, this is a game scrambling for the leading role in East Asian cooperation. Japan is trying to portray China as a revisionist country in the Asia Pacific, and intends to depict the competition between China and Japan as a battle between two forces, one that seeks to maintain the status quo, and one that seeks to challenge the existing order. In light of the Sino-Japanese disputes concerning maritime rights and interests and the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands, Japanese politicians have not only called for the US to jointly contain China’s “expansionist behavior”, they also went to Europe to garner sympathy. Meanwhile, Japan is making every effort to uphold the US’ hegemony in the Asia-Pacific, and China faces increasing security and structural pressure from the Japan-US alliance. Japan’s Asia-Pacific strategy has added to China’s geopolitical difficulties and hindered China’s rise in the region. Moreover, Japan’s military adjustment in a bid to the US’ strategic rebalancing toward Asia will have a remarkable impact on China’s surrounding security environment. —Courtesy China Daily

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ANGLADESH remains bogged down in abysmal poverty that thwarts development in all sec tors. In rural areas, there is desperate poverty mainly because of bad politics and uncaring governments. Government efforts to eradicate poverty lack vigour and planning. Policy makers indulge more in rhetoric than taking action. Only when such pronouncements are replaced by serious analysis and bold action will the government discover what has gone wrong in the past years. Given that the time at the disposal of the government is very short and the task is colossal, it has to shake off the past, abolish the corrupt practices and begin a process of renewal. Poverty is not simply disparities of income. It goes well beyond that to include education, health, nutrition, risk, vulnerability, crime, violence, and powerlessness and absence of voice. Reducing poverty, therefore, is about bringing social transformation, which needs a comprehensive framework and multi-dimensional approach. Most of our political leaders and officials in the administration seem to believe that “if you do nothing, nothing will happen to you.” The past years have seen a pathetic lack of leadership and clumsy attempts to plug breaches, sometimes with promises only. True, the world outside Bangladesh has changed so much with economic liberalisation jumpstarting the economies of these countries, but there is a disturbing corollary in this country — scams, stunning apathy, rapid crumbling of national infrastructure of schools, healthcare, roads, railways and civic amenities, with consequent deterioration of investment climate. We have wasted 41 valuable years experimenting with system and methodology either in education sector or development dynamics. Whether it’s at the top of the administration or at the lower level of bureaucracy, successive governments have been fond of instituting commissions, allowing the problem to fester without looking at the solutions that lay near at hand. Technology has changed, expectations have soared and lifestyles have altered, but our governments over the years have put their thoughts of the big changes on hold. The PM, while addressing a meeting of the secretaries of various ministries immediately after assuming power, asked

the officials to transact business through e-governance but our dilly-dallying about incorporating fibre optics and submarine

Sustainable land use critical for food security, poverty alleviation….. cable have taken us away from the inforated. Nowhere in the world can we find mation superhighway. The problem has such a discriminatory, divergent and now come to light when the expatriate messy system running parallel with the ministry, in a bid to lighten the financial early stages of schooling, one for the elite

What prevented us from making investment in roads, bridges, electricity, cottage industries, expansion of tourism facilities, and the sort of agro-industries that would have created jobs in the farthest corners of Bangladesh? Job scarcity and homelessness due to recurrent natural disasters in the remotest part of south western and northern regions forced these people to move to the pavements and slums of big cities. burden and avoid harassment and hassles of the job seekers in Malaysia, adopted a digital method of registering their names from the respective upazilas, in a sense, from their homes. Education, especially primary education, the most vital sector in the literacy drive, has not yet created any impact in the developmental index of the country. No effort in eliminating poverty or empowerment can yield dividend without literacy. And we must not feel complacent if our children have learnt the “three Rs.” Learning the “three Rs” does not meet the requirement of any job in the 21st century. On the other hand, the government continues to experiment with introducing unified system of education without making any effort to bring the English medium, Bangla medium and madrassah sys-

Our tangled foreign-policy problems sharply curtailed resources and involvement there after helping overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Instead of mission creep, the Obama administration pursued mission shrink in a country it had just helped liberate, and inadequate security contributed to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, last fall. N o w , Tuareg mercenaries who fled Libya with extensive

swaddled in the glory of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty of cooperation between France and Germany. Charles de Gaulle conceived that document as the foundation for France’s exit from its colonial past into a European future built on French-German partnership. Instead, Hollande grimly deals like the Lone Ranger with a desperate postcolonial expedition totally at odds with Germany’s

sufficient weight to the complex interaction of the many moving parts in international relations as it rolls out one tactical response after another on Syria, Iran, and China and now to justified requests for quick help from a European ally willing to lead from the front. This strategic insouciance lies at the heart of a gathering crisis of alliance management. For what it is worth, I approve of many of the individual deci-

The best chances of countering the atomization of foreign policy begin with a U.S. leadership that enunciates and pursues a clear national purpose uniting American actions abroad. Pursuing liberation in Libya and then standing aside or waffling when NATO allies such as France and Turkey are the targets of hostile actions disrupts badly needed alliance cohesion. arms after the downfall of their patron threaten to take full control of Mali. The Islamist rebels’ thrust south triggered French President Francois Hollande’s dispatch of warplanes and the Foreign Legion to his country’s former colony and his appeals for help from allies. Hollande expected to spend this week

hypercaution on foreign military involvement. Growing divergences between Paris and Berlin in economic policies and performance also undercut the joint vision and commitment needed to maintain European unity. The Obama administration appears to give in-

tems in one stream. This was done without any brainstorming or diagnosing of the ills the prevalent system has gener-

sions and policies of President Obama. Getting others to take on more burden and expense of leadership is far from dumb. Moving with great caution on Syria ditto. But I am increasingly worried by the lack of a strategic relationship between the individual tactical

class and the other for the poor. Unsurprisingly, English medium schools and madrassahs have sprung up in the nooks and corners of the country, sidelining the traditional system of schools. If our education system, either at the primary or secondary stage of schooling, has failed to generate the desired fruits, the fault lies somewhere else. The system of elementary and secondary education in the country started breaking down ever since government grants started dwindling. Today, there is immense chaos with little hope on the horizon. The system has turned into battle of contending dooms poor quality teaching, uninspiring textbooks, dilapidated school buildings, high dropout rate, and shrinking academic facilities. —Courtesy Daily Star

decisions, which often seem based largely on Obama’s needs, ambitions and/or prejudices (see “pivot to Asia”). Worse: The problem may be even larger and more insidious. Interlocking modern revolutions in instantaneous global communications, social media, trade and means of warfare have created a world that increasingly grants neither the time nor the space leaders need to develop and implement coherent strategic options. That concern was repeatedly voiced in two recent days of private discussions held at the Hoover Institution among some of the leaders who crafted the most durable foreign and national security U.S. policies of the past half-century. The world is awash in change,” former secretary of state George Shultz said as he opened those discussions. By the end, it seemed to me that the world may have already been submerged by those changes. The taking of U.S. and other hostages by Islamic extremists in Algeria in the wake of France’s intervention in Mali underscores how complex and tangled our “foreign” problems have become. —Courtesy: Washington Post. [Jim Hoagland is a contributing editor to The Post. His e-mail address is jimhoagland@washpost.com].


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APKC warns world of nuclear

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Awan, joint secretary of ministry of housing and works filed application with secretariat police seeking registration of case against PPP MNA, Tariq Anees on the plea that MNA has subjected him to violence. But he police did not register FIR. Later the applicant approached additional sessions judge court and filed application therein under section 22A. The court heard the case and gave decision that action be taken on the application and FIR be registered against Tariq Anis, MNA. FIR bearing No 3 has been registered by the secretariat police on the plea that the PPP MNA has subjected joint secretary of ministry of housing to violence.—Online

Bill ready for Bahawalpur province From Page 1 but had objection on the LAHORE: Shopkeepers displaying different stuff on shops name of the province. (PBUH) celebrations. Talking to Online on the matter of province, senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, advisor to Mian Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister Punjab said PML-N was in favor of restoration of Bahawalpur province but it had differences on the name of new K ABUL —It is well known the cars of 10 members of the province.—Online that throughout the Afghan administrative board of the capital city of Kabul there are National Assembly which many vehicles without legal travel around the city by numbers starting with W.J. license plates. What is lesser known is and M.J. The rest which have that some of these vehicles such number plates are illebelong to the country’s top gal,” says Assadullah, Kabul From Page 1 officials, especially represen- Traffic chief. commit suicide but was The Ministry of Finance tatives in the two houses of murdered. says that those who drive the National Assembly. Mohammad Iqbal, disAccording to Kabul Traf- cars with fake number plates closed that Kamran was fre- fic Department, having no or no number plates at all are quently receiving threaten- number plates or illegal plates usually smugglers, and it is a ing calls from unknown per- is a crime. Furthermore, not criminal offence. sons. “The cars which travel in paying the vehicle tax – which Shrill heartrending wails is the reality for most of these the city with fake documents pierced the cold morning air cars – is also a crime. But that are those not paying their when the bereaved family hasn’t stopped most govern- taxes, and are called the members, relatives and ment officials. smugglers’ cars. This is confriends received the body of Kabul Traffic Department sidered a crime,” said deceased NAB officer in says that only 10 cars be- Najibullah Manalai, Media Mian Channu on longing to members of the Advisor at the Ministry of Saturday.Kamran’s body was administrative boards of the Finance. transferred to his hometown two houses are authorised to One MP says he knows soon after his autopsy was carry initials on their number of colleagues who buy the completed.Earlier, authorities plates to represent their unregistered cars because of handed over his body to his standing: “W.J.” for the Par- their cheap prices. maternal uncle in Islamabad, liament (Wolesi Jirga) and “You know that who later brought it to Mian “M.J.” for the Senate internationals are leaving the Channu by road. He was laid (Mishrano Jirga). However, country and they sell their to rest in his ancestral village. many more government cars cars at very low prices. MPs The death of Kamran are sporting the initials. will buy these cars for a little Faisal has become a puzzle for “We have only allowed price, and they use these cars the investigators and even after the passage of 26 hours, no FIR has been registered. Police sources said that NAB officials broke opened the room of the officer before arrival of police which was an illegal act on the part of the NAB officials. Hey however G ENEVA — More than 140 Geneva without drafting a said that they did not find nations adopted the first le- treaty.” The treaty will for the first gally-binding international any letter from the room. Assistant Director NAB treaty Saturday aimed at re- time set enforceable limits on Kamran Faisal, engaged in ducing mercury emissions, emissions of mercury, which the investigation of the RPP capping four years of nego- is widely used in chemical case, was mysteriously tiations on how to set limits production and small-scale found dead in his room in the on the use of a highly toxic mining, and to exclude, phase out or restrict some Federal Lodges on Friday. metal. The treaty was adopted products that contain merHe was found hanging from the ceiling fan when the after all-night negotiations cury. “We have closed a NAB officials broke into his that capped a week of talks room, the people who wit- in Geneva, U.N. environmen- chapter on a journey that nessed the scene, said.A tal officials and diplomats has taken four years of ofthree-member medical board said. A signing ceremony will ten intense, but ultimately expressed doubts at the be held later this year in Ja- successful negotiations death, saying, “This is not pan, and then 50 nations and opened a new chapter like what is being said.” The must ratify it before it comes towards a sustainable fusaid Fernando six-member board concluded into force, which officials said ture,” the post-mortem at 9:30pm they would expect to happen Lugris, the Uruguayan dipbut reserved its opinion till within about three to four lomat who chaired the negotiations. today (Sunday), a Poly years. But some supporters of a “To agree on global tarClinic official said. new mercury treaty said they gets is not easy to do,” UNEP The people engaged in the were not satisfied with the executive director Achim investigation of the case said that the father of the deceased Steiner told a news confer- agreement. Joe DiGangi, a science was reluctant to conducting ence. “There was no delega- adviser with advocacy group postmortem, saying that he tion here that wished to leave IPEN, said that while the had left the matter to Allah. Father of the deceased, Abdul Hamid Kamboh, a retired official of the agriculture department, when contacted for comments, did not blame anybody but confirmed that his son was under immense pressure due to J A I P U R —Rahul Gandhi, party,” Dwivedi said in a the high profile case. the scion of India’s Nehru- statement after a meeting However, he averred that Gandhi political dynasty, of the party’s top policy his son was a man of strong was on Saturday elevated making body in the westnerves and could not com- to the governing Congress ern Indian city of Jaipur. mit suicide.Kamran’s first party’s No. 2 post, posiManmohan Singh, a cousin and close friend tioning him to lead the technocrat, was chosen to Tayyab and other relatives party that his family has fill the prime minister’s seat termed it a murder, claiming long dominated in parlia- in 2004 by Sonia Gandhi, that he could never commit mentary elections next Rahul Gandhi’s mother. suicide and demanded trans- year. Singh was widely seen parent investigation into the Gandhi, a 42-year-old as a regent, keeping the case.They requested the lawmaker, will be the party seat warm until Rahul Chief Justice of Pakistan to vice president, a position Gandhi — the son, grandtake suo moto notice of the behind his mother Sonia son and great-grandson of mysterious killing Gandhi, who is the Con- Indian prime ministers — A special police team has gress party president, was ready to take his birthalso left for Faisal’s ancestral spokesman Janardhan right. town to collect information Dwivedy told reporters. But Gandhi displayed from and record the stateRahul Gandhi is now ex- little public sign that he is ments of his family members pected to be the party’s undergoing any sort of apand relatives.Police is also re- candidate for the post of prenticeship that would portedly looking for Sajid Ali, prime minister in elections prepare him for running the a close associate of Faisal, but due in mid-2014. country. has so far failed in getting in He has never held a “This decision will touch with him.—INP greatly strengthen the Cabinet-level position.

to attract customers in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi

Kabul’s illegal car racket involves top officials

Kamran Faisal’s body bears torture marks, alleges uncle

for personal use – cars that have not gone through the customs process and have no number plate,” Bashar Tayanj says. Despite unregistered, unplated cars being linked to more crimes such as robbery and kidnapping, usually the cars are not stopped by police at checkpoints and so the practice continues. “How could those who do not believe in laws enforce the [vehicle] laws on themselves? You know that there are drug smugglers, weapon smugglers, and human smugglers [using these cars] as well as warlords who do not believe in the law at all,” says Senator Belqais Roshan. MP Fatima Aziz says the use of illegal cars by government representatives and the failure of officials to register their cars are serious concerns. “If someone considers themselves a representative of the people, why would they hide in tinted-window cars with no number plates?” She says. —NNI

Treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions signed treaty is “a first step,” it is not tough enough to achieve its aim of reducing overall emissions. For example, he said, there is no requirement that each country create a national plan for how it will reduce mercury emissions. But proponents of the treaty say it will set meaningful controls and reductions on a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. These would include medical equipment like thermometers, energy-saving light bulbs, mining and cement and coal-fired power industries. Swiss environmental ambassador Franz Perrez said the treaty “will help us to protect human health and the environment all over the world.”—AP

India’s Rahul Gandhi takes Congress’ No. 2 post Party workers have been demanding Rahul Gandhi’s elevation for years, but he had been shying away from holding a top position in the party. His supporters argued he was rebuilding the party at the grassroots level and has taken a lead in the Congress’ campaigns in state elections in Uttar Pradesh and in Bihar in recent years. The party performed poorly in both states’ elections last year. Rahul Gandhi entered politics in 2004 and became a lawmaker from Amethi seat in northern Uttar Pradesh state. The parliamentary seat was held by his mother until she shifted to a neighboring constituency of Rae Bareli.—AP

Sindh stands deprived: Nawaz From Page 1 five-year tenure give nothing to people except poverty, inflation, ignorance and poor law and order. He said the people could not fulfil their daily needs in one salary now. He said there is unprecedented bloodshed in Karachi but it makes no difference for the government. He said the culprits flee to Dubai in this government and the courts had to intervene for bringing them back. Nawaz said the politics of the country and functioning of the security agencies must be improved to improve the situation in Karachi.—INP

Anti-racism protesters rally in Athens after Pakistani stabbed From Page 1 decades.A police official told Reuters earlier this week a 25year-old and a 29-year-old firefighter had admitted to stabbing Luqman in the chest following a drunken argument.Police discovered dozens of pamphlets of the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party in the home of one of the attackers. Golden Dawn, which says it wants to rid Greece of illegal immigrants, won 7 per cent of the vote in parliamentary elections last June, entering the assembly for the first time on its fiercely antiimmigrant agenda. Recent opinion polls show it ranks third among Greek political parties, with support at 10.7 to 12 per cent. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says racist attacks have risen to alarming levels during the crisis, which has made more than one in four Greeks unemployed and eroded living standards, with authorities doing little to tackle the problem.Rights groups say most victims are attacked in public spaces such as squares or on public transport, usually by groups of men dressed in black and at times with their faces covered.Amnesty International said Luqman’s killing was not an isolated incident but showed a “continuing failure” of the Greek authorities to take action to put an end to racist violence.—Reuters

Two Nawaz League MNAs join PPP From Page 1 MNAs Raja Asad and Raja Safdar, flanked by PPP stalwart Syed Khurshid Shah and Faryal Talpur told a press conference held at the Bilawal House that they had decided to join the PPP. However, he parried a question as to why they parted their ways with the PML-N.Sources described the lattes political development as pre-emptive move by the ruling party They said the PPP preempted a PML-N move by inviting some of latter ’s MNAs to presidential camp office at Bilawal House in Karachi as some PPP legislators were also mulling over to join the Nawaz-league.

the Kashmiri people in the framework of UN resolutions on Kashmir which enshrine right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to self determination. It reaffirmed that “UN resolutions on Kashmir are the best roadmap for the solution of this dispute”. The conference vehemently condemned persistent Indian violations of Cease-fire Line in Jammu and Kashmir and appealed to the UN, other international organization and world leaders to take serious note of the sensitive situation in the nuclearised South Asian region. It welcomed the concern shows by the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban KiMoon, US and China over the tension on the Cease-fire Line. The Kashmiri leaders warned the world that there was danger of nuclear flare up over the Kashmir issue. The All Parties Kashmir Conference condemned human rights violations being committed by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to take notice of the situation. The conference stressed the need for trilateral dialogue among India, Pakistan and the true leadership of the Kashmiri people for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. The resolution condemned construction of fencing and bunkers along the Ceasefire Line by the Indian forces. The conference paid growing tributes to more than 600,000 people of Jammu and Kashmir who laid down their lives against the Indian military aggression in the cause of freedom. It also paid homage to the Armed Forces of Pakistan who also rendered supreme sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and who are steadfastly facing the security challenges posed by India.The conference asked political and religious parties of Pakistan to place Kashmir issue on their priority in their manifestoes in the forthcoming genera elections. Former prime minister of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Attique Ahmed khan in his welcome address said, India should read the message of impending exit of NATO forces from Afghanistan and realize the fact that New Delhi would not be able to maintain its military

occupation of vast area of Jammu and Kashmir against the will of the Kashmiri people. He said the world powers are trying to bring peace to Afghanistan. They should not ignore the fact that peace in our region was not merely dependent on Afghanistan; it is also linked with the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said, the Kashmiris want solution of the problem through peaceful dialogue but such dialogue process would only be fruitful if the international community was able to play its role. He pointed out that India and Pakistan have never been able to solve any major issue through bilateral talks, whether it was Indus Waters or Rann of Kach. He expressed reservations over granting of MFN status to India by Pakistan without linking it with the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said, this conference has been convened to give message to India that all political parties of Azad Kashmir are united in their support to Pakistan’s Armed Forces who are fulfilling their security responsibilities on the Cease-fire Line. The Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed in his presidential address said, Azad Kashmir is the base camp for the struggle of Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self determination and he will continue his efforts to make it more effective. He expressed the confidence that the Kashmiri people would finally succeed in their struggle through their unity and with the support of the Pakistani people and government. He appreciated the historic role being played by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in Occupied Kashmir for the cause of liberation. Chairman Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir in his address touched on various aspects of the Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s consistent support for the Kashmiri people in their struggle for liberation from Indian occupation. He said Pakistan will continue its moral and diplomatic support for the struggle of the Kashmiri

people. He said, Pakistan cannot afford granting MFN status to India if that country tries to ruin Pakistan’s economy by blocking waters of rivers flowing from occupied Kashmir into Pakistan. He supported demand of the Kashmiri people that their leadership be included in the dialogue process on Kashmir. He said, all political parties in Pakistan are unanimous regarding right of the Kashmiri people to self determination. Ghulam Muhammad Saffi, Hurriyet Conference Leader said, India has not been sincere in the dialogue process on Kashmir and it seemed it was trying to gain time. He condemned recent Indian aggression on the Cease-fire Line saying that India had exposed its real motives. Condemning human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir he made a mention of a documentary which was telecast by an international TV network which documented that around 500 Indian military personnel were found involved in serious violations of human rights in Kashmir. Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Maik, President Liberation League, Abdul Rasheed Turrabi, Amir Jamat-i-Islami Azad Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Hurriyet Conference leader, Dr. Tauqeer Gilani, Liberation Front leader, Syed Yusuf Nasim, Hurriyet Conference, Zahid Abbasi PTI Azad Kashmir, Muhammad Rafique Dar, Syed Ghulam Raza Naqvi, Allam Kifayat Hussian Naqvi, Ambassador Arif Kamal and Ms Shaheen Akhtar in their speeches stressed the need for highlighting the Kashmir issue world wide to seek greater international support for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Prominent political leaders from Gilgit Baltistan also participated in the All Parties Kashmir Conference. They said, the people of Gilgit Baltistan would not hesitate in making any sacrifice for the liberation of Occupied Kashmir. The leaders from Gilgit Baltistan who participated in the conference included Qazi Nisar Ahmed, Qazi Inayat Ullah, Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi and Malik Muhammad Yasin.

Rape cases in New Delhi jump 23 per cent in 2012 NEW DELHI—Rape cases in New Delhi jumped 23 per cent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to official figures, highlighting rising crime against women in the sprawling metropolis. The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and kidnapping over the death last month of a 23-yearold gang-rape victim, whose assault sparked nationwide protests.

The case against a sixth defendant, who says he is 17, is being heard separately by a juvenile court. “The rate of conviction in rapes in Delhi is much higher than the national rate,” Delhi police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told reporters on Friday. “(But) we are not taking solace in this. We need to do much more,” said Kumar, who has faced fierce public criticism for the perceived failure of his police force to check mounting crime

against women. For 2012, some 706 rape cases were registered – a 23.43 per cent leap from the previous year, police said. Some 45 cases of rape and 75 cases of sexual molestation were reported to police in the two weeks after the brutal gang rape attack on the physiotherapy student on Dec 16, police said. The victim died in a Singapore hospital from massive internal injuries nearly two weeks after the assault.—AFP

Tribals give 48 hours deadline to KP Governor From Back Page the commander FC Khyber agency, replacement of Corps Commander Peshawar and even resignation of Governor KP Barrister Masood Kausar. While the security forces had put the onus for the killing of 18 innocent tribals including females and kids on the militant group Lashker-eIslam led by Mangal Bagh, more than five hundred enraged tribesmen hailing from Alam Gudar and surrounding areas of sub-division Bara in Khyber Agency arrived Peshawar to stage a sit-in along with the dead bodies of the 14 tribesmen outside the Governor house saying the dead bodies of four women were lying in their houses and that the heinous acts was committed by the security forces, which were already operating against militants in the area. The Jirga of the elders of the Khyber agency held in Bagh-e-Naran of Hayatabad, came hard on the government for what they termed its failure to restore peace in the Tribal belt with particular reference to Khyber agency where they said innocent tribesman including women and children

had been falling prey to the military operation being conducted in the region for years. The Jirga members while talking to Pakistan Observer alleged that during the last couple of years hundreds of innocent tribals had been killed during the military operation and landing of mortar shells on their houses. “Enough is enough, are we not Pakistanis, the administration must not test our endurance any longer”. Enraged tribals maintained. The tribal elders as well as the leaders of the various political and religious party, expressing solidarity with the mourners, besides the relatives of the slain tribals demanded of the Governor to accept the demands of ending military operation in Bara, clearing roads and marketplaces, formation of a judicial government to investigate the killings and compensate the victimized families within 48 hours or he (Governor) should quit. The also constituted Jirga a committee comprising former Minister of State, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Malik Waris Khan Afridi, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Malik Imran

Afridi and Malik Hannan to hold talks with the political administration in this regard. In the meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association at a general body meeting of the Association convened here Saturday with President Abdul Latif Afridi in the chair held Governor KP Barrister Masood Kausar responsible for the Bara killings and demanded his resignation. Mr. Latif Afridi, Ijaz Mohmand, Samiullah Ghulam Nabi, and others censured the FATA administration and the provincial government over the killings of innocent Bara residents and police torture on the relatives of the dead who had staged a sit-in demanding justice. The orators at the meeting maintained that closing down highways over fears to reprisal and public outrage against the killings was “a slap on the so-called democratic government.” “Governor Barrister Masood Kausar must accept his incompetence and resign from his position”. The speakers demanded. The general body of PHBA said military operation should be halted, curfew be lifted and the victimized families should be compensated properly.


Tribals give 48 hours deadline to KP Governor

Renowned singer Mehnaz passes away STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Pakistan’s renowned singer Mehnaz Begum

PHBA demands Kausar’s resignation TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—With the crisis of

Law, order top priority Q U E T TA —Commissioner Quetta division Qambar Dashti on Saturday said that target of securing peace in the division was being met by adopting concerted strategy. Addressing at a meeting of divisional committee on law and order situation, he said that new security plan has been finalized and no leniency on the part of the law enforcement agencies would be tolerated. Additional commissioner Quetta division Syed Zafar Shah Bukhari, deputy commissioners of the respective divisional districts and other officials of law enforcement agencies were also present. —APP

Girls’ school blown up

KARACHI: Raja Muhammad Afzal Khan with his two sons MNA Raj Muhammad Asad Khan and MNA Raj Muhammad Safder of PML-N announced their joining PPP during a news conference at PPP media. Ms. Faryal Talpur MNA and Federal Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and other also present on the occasion.

Qadri denies going Canada

Sharif brothers days numbered: TMQ chief MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Chairman Tehrik-eMinhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) Dr Tahirul Qadri on Saturday made it clear that he would stay in the country and not going anywhere on January 27. Addressing a news conference held at the TMQ Secretariat here, he said that he has not taken political asylum in Canada. Neither Canadian Embassy did not write any letter to him nor sought any detail. TMQ leader denounced all romours regarding going

P E S H AWA R —Unidentified militants on Saturday blew up a girls’ primary school with explosives in Budhabair area here. According to police sources, unidentified culprits had planted explosives material near the main gate of the school that went off with a big bang. As a result of explosion, two class rooms were flattened and the building was badly damaged. Fortunately, no casualty was reported in the incident as the school was empty at the time of blast. —INP KARACHI—Two witnesses on Saturday identified the main ‘Govt committed suspect accused in the murder of a 21-year-old Shahzeb Khan to fair polls’ in Karachi, DawnNews reLAHORE—PPP Deputy Informa- ported. Shahrukh Jatoi had been tion Secretary Mian Shams has said arrested from Dubai and brought that the federal government will to Karachi two days ago, where ensure holding of free, fair and police had extended the physiimpartial elections. Talking to me- cal remand for Shahrukh and dia persons, he said despite all con- three other suspects till Jan 23. spiracies hatched to get the elecHe was produced before the tions postponed, the government court of a judicial magistrate for was committed to hold elections on the identification parade on Sattime. He said that the elements urday, where two witnesses working against the Pakistan identified him by as the perpePeoples Party would not succeed trator in Shahzeb’s killing. in their designs. The people will Twenty-year-old Shahzeb, again vote the PPP to power on the son of Deputy Superintendent of basis of its performance, he added. Police Aurangzeb Khan, was He said that it was the need of hour gunned down on the night bethat all the political forces should tween Dec 24 and 25 when he support democracy.—APP was returning home, along with his sister, after attending a wedat the Country Club ApartCM takes notice of ding ments. spread of measles The Supreme Court had LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister taken suo motu notice of the has taken notice of spread of murder. Apart from Shahrukh, the measles in district Layyah and has directed Special Assistant for other suspects in the case – Nawab Health Khawaja Salman Rafique Siraj Ali Talpur, 22, his brother to immediately review the situation Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur, 21, and and submit a report to him in this their servant Ghulam Murtaza regard. CM further directed that all Lashari, 23 – have been in police possible steps should be taken to custody since Jan 7. Shahrukh’s overcome spread of measles and father, Sikandar Jatoi, who is no stone should be left unturned to known to be an influential busiprovide maximum medical care to nessman, was also previously arrested for allegedly helping his son the affected children.—Online flee the country.—Agencies

Eyewitnesses identify prime suspect in Shahzeb murder case

Steps for minorities’ rights assured Staff Reporter LAHORE—State Minister for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill has said the government is taking steps to safeguard the rights of the minorities. Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony among christains community here at Moonis Elahi secretariat on Saturday, he said that PML-Q always supported minorities in good times and even in odd times as well. He said that ministry of national harmony was working to promote harmony among all religions adding that during last ten years a lot of work had been done for the welfare of minorities and the credit goes to Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and his party. He further said that seats are being increased in provincial and national assemblies for minorities.

abroad. He said that he has not taken any asylum in Canada, but residing as a scholar. He said Takht-e-Lahore (Sharif brothers) being conspiring against the democracy but their days were numbered and they would never ever come to power again. Dr Qadri said that Islam does not stop from any kind of dialogue. He warned Sharif brothers to refrain from negative propaganda against him. He said the peaceful march attended by millions of people has established a great example in the entire world. “The democracy would have been

banished from the country, had I directed the sit-in participants to capture the Parliament,” he added. Responding to the critics, Qadri said “those who criticizing me should keep in mind that government have accepted all our demands and we achieved a 100 percent success. He said Punjab government provided the federal government a force of 6000 commandoes to bear down on the long march sitin; but, people in high-ups and in rank and file demanded against it and the rulers have to opt against it.

Russia bans more US citizens entry under ‘anti-Magnitsky’ bill M OSCOW —Moscow con- to ban them from entering Rusfirmed to have increased the number of U.S. citizens blacklisted with a ban to enter Russia to 60, in the latest move of the spiraling tit-for- tat dispute between the two countries. “The list, formed on the basis of the ‘anti-Magnitsky’ bill, includes judges, agents, representatives of security services and prosecutors,” said head of the Russian State Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexei Pushkov. Authors of the “Magnitsky Act” and Americans “who have violated the rights of children adopted from Russia” were also among the blacklisted, Pushkov was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying. Russia announced to single out 11 Americans in December

sia, with visa restrictions being placed on them. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday Moscow “had been forced to retaliate with symmetrical measures,” adding the contents of the list “may change with time.” The U.S. government passed the Magnitsky Act in December, introducing a blacklist of Russian officials allegedly linked to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky at a Russian prison in 2009. In retaliation, the State Duma of Russia, or the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed in the same month a law introducing a ban on Americans adopting Russian orphans and blacklisted U.S. citizens it deemed human rights violators. —NNI

Conspiracy to derail democracy fail: Shahbaz LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said change could not come through sitting in a container but through the power of votes. He sad the “pretend-march” of Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-e-Minhajul Quran, had derailed after striking a deal on Islamabad’s D-Chowk. In a statement released from Lahore, the chief minister criticised the TMQ chief saying the conspiracy to derail the democratic system had failed miserably.The statement added that after the deal was struck at D-Chowk, the “container-revolutionaries” had become akin to the “corrupt” politicians they had been criticising. The chief minister said those claiming to save the state had barely managed to keep their word. He called the march “a drama that lasted for five days”, adding that it reached its “logical conclusion in five hours and without fulfilling its objective”. Shahbaz while critically commenting on the long march, said that it proved to be a deceitful march that ended in joining hands with the thieves. He said his government had created new records with respect

killing of 18 tribals allegedly by the Security forces in Khyber agency a few days back deepening and protest demonstration against the incident continued even on the fourth day , a tribal Jirga of the Khyber Agency Saturday gave a 48-hour deadline to Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Barrister Masood Kausar to end military operation in Bara, lift curfew from the region, probe killings incident through an independent judicial commission and properly compensate the victimized families. On the other hand the High Court Bar Association has also put the responsibility of the Bara killings on Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and demanded of Barrister Masood Kausar to tender his resignation over the execution of 18 residents of Alam Gudar area of Bara sub-division on the night between January 15 and 16. It may be recalled that hun-

dreds of mourners emerged outside Governor House along with 15 dead bodies alleged to be killed by the security forces in Khyber agency on Wednesday last seeking justice for the brutal killings. Though the parleys between the tribal elders and the governor KPK late in the night, as per the government claims, remained successful, where in the government has announced Rs 7 lac compensation for each dead besides constituting a committee to probe the incident, there still existed reservations among the relatives of the slain tribals who reportedly did not remove the dead bodies till late seeking strong guarantees in this regard. The following days saw violent clashes between the law enforcers and the protestors who were also joined by the various political parties including Jamiat-e-Ulema-eIslam, Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf demanding immediate removal of

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passed away after protracted illness at the age of 54-55 on Saturday. Media reports said she was going to United States for her treatment, when she breathed her last in Bahrain. Mehnaz had sung a variety of genres but specializes in ghazal, thumri, dadra, kahyal, drupad and reciting salam, noha and marsiya.She was the daughter of celebrated sub-continental singer Kajjan Begum and the famous government officer Abdullah Tasnim, but when she realized fame, she changed her maiden name to the current one. The famous Pakistani singer had moved to the United States after getting married.

Change only possible through ballot box: Imran ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that election is the solution to the problems facing the country reiterating that President Asif Ali Zardari should resign and that in his presence fair and transparent elections were not possible. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said PTI did not support Tahirul Qadri’s long march as the party believed that there was no justification for unconstitutional demands including dissolution of assemblies. PTI chief said the change would only come via ballot box and added that the decision to not to participate in Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri

sit-in was very difficult. While endorsing some of Dr Qadri’s demands Imran khan said it would have been an unconstitutional act if we had joined long march.Khan said that he had kept his party members on standby for the protest, which is why, he said, he had earlier announced a 7-point agenda.“Being a political party, we hold the right to lodge protests. About two million people in the United Kingdom took to the streets in order to protest the Iraq killings,” said Khan. He said that there was a lot of pressure on him from his party members to join Minhajul Quran International chief Qadri’s long march, however, he said that he

told his followers to wait for the “right time”. Khan said that he will lead the protest “only to get free and fair elections conducted in the country.” Responding to a question, the PTI chief said that there was “no question” of boycotting the elections, because “the upcoming elections are the most important throughout Pakistan’s electoral history.” While talking about a caretaker setup to be put in place, Khan said that all political parties should sit together to deliberate upon the issue and that the caretaker prime minister should be the one agreed upon by all the parties.—Online

US to mount ‘all necessary steps’ to protect citizens: Panetta LONDON—US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday the United States would “take all necessary steps to protect our people” from the threat of Al Qaeda-affiliated militants in Africa. Discussing the Algerian hostage crisis in a BBC interview, Panetta commended France’s military operation against Islamists in Mali and said Washington would assist other countries in trying to stop them making a base in the region. “Whether or not

that involves assisting others with military operations, whether it involves developing in a cooperative way operations there, those are areas that I think remain to be decided,” he said during a visit to London. Panetta was discussing the Algerian crisis, in which at least one US citizen has been confirmed dead, and the wider threat presented by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an affiliate of the global terror network in North HALA: Former Prime Minister and PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a public meeting organized by Africa.—AFP

Why LPG air mix project bound to add 100mmcfd irritate CNG association ! AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —Opposition to LPG Mix projects is feared to deprive 100mmcfd to the energy mix incurring a loss to the tune of over Rs60 billion. It may be noted that the LPG Air Mix projects have been approved by the ECC after a period of due diligence and strict adherence to all Government including PPRA rules over a period of twelve months will add over 100mmcf to enery mix of the country. These projects are necessary to be able to bring an additional 100 MMCFD of Natural Gas equivalent within the shortest possible time and from assets that already exist within the public sector. This project is part of a quick short term solution

that has been developed by the Ministry with the help of the Natural Gas utilities and other energy experts. How can the APCNGA support this loss figure of Rs. 60 billion? It is patently incorrect and only being articulated to create a false impression and agitation in the mind of the people. Lack of Natural Gas has led to the unemployment of nearly 4 million people in the Sialkot/ Faisalabad and Lahore areas. The desire of the APCNGA to not increase Natural Gas and LPG Air Mix as a substitute fuel is paradoxical. The cost of LPG Air Mix will be applied to industry only and will not affect the domestic consumer thereby not impacting the price of ‘roti’. Mr. Paracha is bordering on defamation and speaks

with a malafide agenda. This additional fuel will be supplied by the NG utilities which are regulated by the OGRA and totally operate in the public interest and are owned by the public sector. The LPG Air Mix projects have been operating in Pakistan since the early 1970’s when it was a global pioneer by setting up these alternative fuel projects in Quetta and Larkana. SSGC is providing a clean Natural Gas alternative to Gwadar, Nushki, Kot Ghulam Mohammed and Suhrab. The proposed large LPG Air Mix plants at Karachi bin Qasim can deliver an additional 100 mmscfd within six months. In addition to the mentioned LPG Air Mix projects, there are well over 3

dozen LPG Air Mix projects that have been operating in the private sector in Pakistan for the past eight years. This clearly refutes Mr. Peracha’s contention that LPG Air Mix projects will put people out of work. To the contrary, the injection of LPG Air Mix in the system will create more employment opportunities as the currently Natural Gas starved industry will have a constant supply of fuel available ensuring enhanced productivity, leading to greater exports, improved tax revenues and generation of foreign exchange. These projects have been developed by people who understand the energy sector and have several decades of experience. Mr. Peracha is clearly misinformed and building an

entire argument based on an incorrect understanding of the project and technology. The LPG Air Mix solution is an elegant means of delivering a fuel to increase supply of Natural Gas as it requires no transportation by road but provides a Natural Gas alternative in Karachi through the existing pipeline network. The LPG can be easily imported into Karachi as an alternative fuel for SSGC while Punjab can get the additional 100 MMCFD Natural Gas through SNGPL for its industry through swap arrangement. LPG Air Mix can be implemented and provide relief relatively ‘fast and cheap’ as compared to other alternate fuels. The ability to use LPG Air Mix provides an additional level of flexibility to the management

tool kit of the Natural Gas grid. LPG Air Mix is recognized as a “management tool” for Natural Gas users – both at the utility and industrial level. The successful role of LPG Air Mix in coping with gas shortages, both in the USA and outside is validated by the large capacities of LPG Air Mix systems existing today, some dating from the 1960’s. A few notable systems include: · Center Point Energy/USA (204 MMCFD – 9 aggregated systems); · Laclede Gas/USA (132 MMCFD) · AGL Resources/USA (40, 29 and 18 MMCFD); · Metrogas/Chile (93 MMCFD) · BGE/USA (91 MMCFD) · YPF/Argentina (60

MMCFD) Springfield Utilities/USA (41 MMCFD) · Oman (6 projects of upto 30 MMCFD) · UAE (4 projects in Dubai total of over 40 MMCFD) · Saudi Arabia (several projects of over 25 MMCFD) · Japan (to improve calorific value - just Tokyo Electric Power Company alone uses over 100 MMCFD) · Korea (to improve calorific value - over 150 MMCFD) The initiatives being taken by the honorable Advisor are truly focused to cater to the severe Natural Gas and Energy crisis. Thereby providing innovative solutions for industry and the entire nation. LPG Air Mix is the quickest short term solution for Pakistan’s Natural Gas shortages.


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EDUCING sugar intake has a small but significant effect on body weight in adults, researchers say. Although the effect is relatively small, the findings provide some support for international guidelines to cut sugar intake to less than 10 percent of total energy to help reduce the global obesity epidemic. Excessive sugar in the diet has been linked to obesity, and a higher risk of chronic diseases. The most consistent association has been between a high intake of sugar sweetened beverages and the development of obesity, but not all studies have reported a statistically significant link. The World Health Organization has suggested that intake of “free sugars” should be less than 10 percent of total energy intake, but no upper safe limit has been agreed. So a team of researchers at the University of Otago and Riddet Institute in New Zealand analysed the results of 71 studies of sugar intake and body fatness to summarise evidence on the association between intake of dietary sugars and body weight in both adults and children. Free sugars were defined as sugars that are added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer; plus those naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices. Differences in study design and quality were taken into account to minimise bias. They found that advice to reduce free sugars was associated with an average 0.8 kg

reduction in weight, while advice to increase intake was associated with a corresponding 0.75 kg increase. This parallel effect, they suggest, seems be due to an altered energy intake, since replacing sugars with other carbohydrates did not result in any change in body weight. The evidence was also less consistent in children, mainly due to poor compliance to dietary advice. However, for sugar sweetened beverages, the risk of being overweight or obese increased among children with the highest intake compared with those with the lowest intake. According to the authors of the study, given the many causes of obesity, it is unsurprising that the effect of reducing intake is relatively small, and they point out that some other unmeasured factors may explain some or all of this effect. But they add “the overall consistency of the findings, regardless of study type, is reassuring.” They also acknowledge that the extent to which population based advice to reduce sugars might reduce risk of obesity “cannot be extrapolated from the present findings, because few data from the studies lasted longer than ten weeks.” They concluded that “when considering the rapid weight gain that occurs after an increased intake of sugars, it seems reasonable to conclude that advice relating to sugars intake is a relevant component of a strategy to reduce the high risk of overweight and obesity in most countries.” The study has been recently published on bmj.com.

ISLAMABAD: Nomads shifting from their home town because of severe cold are passing through a capital road along with their camels loaded with luggage.

Two die in separate incidents ISLAMABAD—A young motorcyclist was crushed to death by a van here at sector F-7/1 while a laborer died in sector G-5 on Saturday, a police spokesman said. According to details, 25year old Qaisar Manzoor s/o Manzoor Hussain resident of Shakrial was going on his motorbike (ICT, PW- 141) when he was hit by a passenger van resulting his instant death. The driver of vehicle managed to escape and Kohsar police is searching for errant driver after registering the case.—APP

Young son of DSP commits suicide RAWALPINDI—The 18-year old son of Deputy Superintendent of Punjab Police committed suicide after minor dispute with his mother here. According to sources, son of DSP Shah Malik Arshad, Shar Dill, had a minor dispute with his mother who scolded him. Infuriated over the scolding he went into his room and shot himself dead with the ISLAMABAD: Decorated models by students of National Textile Institute are on display pistol. He died instantly. DSP Shah Malik was livat an exhibition. ing in the Precincts of Airport Police station at Gulzar Quaid along with his family It is claimed that Sher dill was the student of third year.—Online

Foolproof security arrangements for Eid Milad

R AWALPINDI —City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Azhar Hameed Khokhar Saturday directed the senior police officers including Station House Officers (SHOs) to make foolproof security arrangements for Eid Miladun-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him). The CPO chairing a meeting held here in Hassan Raza Complex, Police Line No. 1 said, elaborate security arrangements would be made to ensure the security of the participants of the processions.

The meeting was attended among others by members of district peace committee, members of Markazi Milad Committee, district administration officiers and representatives of Anjuman-e-Tajran. The CPO directed all the police officials to be deployed for security duties on Eid Milad-un-Nabi to perform their duties with dedication and commitment so that no untoward incident could take place. He said that no person will be allowed to stand on

roof tops of the buildings along the routes. All the participants of the processions would be passed through walk-through gates and special branch would check Sabeels. All type of vehicular traffic would be closed on the routes of central procession. Parking of vehicles at the route of the processions would not be allowed, he said adding, Trollers, trucks, Mazada and other heavy duty vehicles would not be allowed to move with the procession.—APP

‘Philanthropists sponsor 1,300 children of PSH’ S TAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —A total of 1300 children of Pakistan Sweet Home (PSH) out of 3,000 have so far been sponsored by various philanthropists for a period of 14 years, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Zamurrad Khan said Saturday while addressing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony. Chairmen Bait-ul-Kubra

I SLAMABAD —Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Saturday completed massive clean up campaign and subsequent fumigation of the venue of the long march and sit-in and its adjoining areas. The work on the improvement of environment especially rehabilitation of the green belts and median strips is in progress and new plantation is being made where required to make for the damage done during the procession at Jinnah Avenue and adjacent locations. Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz who visited the spot to monitor the cleanliness operation being carried out by the different formations of the authority

on second consecutive day appreciated the efforts of workers for putting extra efforts to bring Islamabad back to normal. A lot of litter was scattered in different spots of Blue Area and Jinnah Avenue following the sit-in by a large number of people in the capital city. A massive clean up campaign was launched by CDA immediately after return of the participants of sit-in to remove the litter and provide clean and friendly environment as well as to prevent spread of any epidemic in the federal capital. Chairman CDA on the direction of the Secretary Cabinet, Ms Nargis Sethi cancelled Saturday’s weekly off of the relevant formations of the Authority including Sanitation, Health Services and Environment Wings.

During the visit, Chairman CDA was apprised that 150 workers of the Environment Wing are participating in the ongoing drive to rehabilitate the environment and plantation of fresh saplings as well as improving the green belts and median strips. The Health Services Directorate of the Authority carried out fumigation and spray along Jinnah Avenue and adjacent portions of the Blue Area to prevent spread of any epidemic in the vicinity. The cleanliness drive begin very next morning of the return of the participants of long-march, more than 200 sanitation workers took part in the operation to remove huge junk and garbage and other waste which mainly consist of plastic bottles, bags, food packs, sticks and

peels of fruits etc. The sanitation workers were equipped with the machinery and other necessary gadgets to help restore scene of the areas. The workers estimate more than 100 tons of the garbage and waste removed during the operation. Chairman CDA said that Islamabad is a model city due to its natural environment, road infrastructure and landscape and CDA is striving hard to maintain this beauty. He said that the efforts of workers are laudable for returning the city to normalcy after removing huge quantity of left over waste and junks. He directed the Sanitation Directorate to further boost the efforts for better upkeep and cleanliness of the city. Chairman CDA was ap-

of 14 years. The sponsors are being increased persistently due to credibility of Pakistan Sweet Home. He said the project of PSH was launched in year 2010. PBM selects orphans aged 4 to 6 from across the country and provide them residence, food, education and other basic amenities of life. Each child is being provided individual care in PSH aiming to make him useful citizen of the country.

First lady to be chief guest at book launching S TAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Shahida Latif ’s new Travelogue “Bait-ullah Per Dastak” is to be launched on 21st January at Islamabad hotel at 3pm. organized by Literary & Cultural Organization “Aaina.” First lady of Pakistan Nusrat Pervez Ashraf has consented to be the chief guest on the occasion. While Mr. Iftikhar Arif a Prominent Literary Personality will preside over the ceremony senior and famous writers and poets will express their views about the book. This new travelogue is a valuable addition to her previous two travelogue “Burf ki Shahzadi” and “Uf Yeh Bartania”, besides Shahida Latif has already written four poetry books “Moejza, Mein Pakistani hun, Marka-e-Kashmir and Mohabbat Ho Na Jaye” and her current affairs books “Pakistan Mein Fauj Ka Kirdar, America, Islam aur

Massive clean-up operation completed at long march venue STAFF REPORTER

Trust, Sajjad Anwar and Shah Fazal Trust, Syed Rukhsar-ul-Hassan Bukhari signed the MoU. Both Baitul- Kubra and Shah Fazal Trust pledged to sponsor 200 more children of PSH for a period of next 14 years. Volunteer of Mustafvi Welfare Trust Brigadier Sultan were also present on the occasion. Zamurrad said the sponsors of the children bear each and every expense of PSH children for a period

prised that Environment Wing of the Authority is carrying out fresh plantation and improving the belts along the green-belts and at busy crossings to help restore beautification of the area. However, the exact damage to the environment is being accessed. During the two day operation, the sanitation staff of CDA removed the garbage on the first day and carried out micro cleanliness in the Blue Area and adjacent vicinity. The Health Services Directorate of CDA sprayed and fumigate the areas twice during the clean up operation. CDA also provided back up support to the CDA administration during the long march and sit-in. More than 150 sanitary workers of CDA remained present round the clock to help maintain the cleanliness of the area.

Almi Amn and Hikayat Ka Encyclopedia have been given great appreciation. Her novel “Saat Qadeem Ishq” and research translation “Dunya Kay Satter

Ajubay” is great contribution in literature, In Education Sector BA students are getting knowledge from “Short stories and one act Plays” written by Shahida Latif.

NPC chalks out special programmes for Eid Milad OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—The Nazriya-iPakistan Council has chalked out befitting programmes to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with devotion and religious favour. Apart from decorating the Aiwan-i-Quaid building located in the picturesque F-9 park with colourful illuminations from 10th Rabi-ul-Awal, the NPC will hold a special seminar on “Khutba-iHajjatul Wida – Manshoore-Insaniat” on 11th Rabi ul Awal, 24th January, 2013 (Thursday) at 3pm wherein renowned religious scholars Dr. S. M. Zaman, Khanam Tayyaba Bukhari, Dr. Zia ul Haq, Dr. Muhammad Ayub Sabbir and Dr. Tuffail Muhammad will address, while Zahid Malik, Chairman NPC will preside over the function. Prominent poets of twin cities will participate in the Natia Mushaira to be held on 16th Rabi ul Awal (29th January, 2013) at 3:30 pm at the Aiwan-i-Quaid.


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Continuing DA’WAH Academy of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) will hold Seerat-e-Tayyaba celebrations which will continue till January 21.

Sale of unhygienic chicken meat STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Sale of unhygienic and infected chicken meat is going unchecked in all the areas of Rawalpindi city and cantt posing serious health hazards. The owners of poultry farms slaughter the ailing and infected fowls and sell out their meat to retailers at highly inexpensive rate. They even supply meat of dead poultry fowls at dramatically lower rate to the retailers. This meat is sold out by the retailers at relatively cheaper rate to the consumers. “ I am a poor laborer and can not buy a full-sized chicken. I purchased a half kilo chicken meat 2 days before to please my children but it proved fatal as all of them started vomiting after eating the meal and I had to spend twenty times more amount than the price of the meat on the treatment of my children, said Abdul Aziz, a laborer in Sadiqabad. . Scores of patients are admitted into hospital daily due to severe stomach disorder after eating the meat of chicken. Some of them are found in precarious condition, said an employee of a government hospital. The citizens have demanded health department to take steps for curbing sale of meat of dead and ailing chickens.

CDA regularizes 77 contract employees, 307 daily wagers STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has issued notification of regularization of 77 contract employees and 307 daily wagers of grade 1 to 17. According to sources, the employees have been regularized on the decision of a cabinet committee. Meanwhile, the CDA has given three months extension to 1400 other employees of Grade 1 to 16 on political and union’s pressure. Though, 11 daily wages officers of Grade 17 were denied extension after November 30, spreading a sense of anxiety among the officers. These officials had appealed to the member admin and chairman CDA to give extension to them as well but the request was not accepted. Meanwhile, the officers also expressed concerns over the extension in the service of a female Unit Manager on PakChina Commercial Cultural Centre, and filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on discriminatory promotions.

Construction banned in Sector G-15/3, G-14 for two months ISLAMABAD—Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Saddar) Islamabad has banned any kind of construction within the limits of sub-sectors G-14/1, 2 and 3 and G-15/3 Islamabad for a period of two months. Under the ban, concreted and earthen constructions and transportation i.e. loading and unloading of construction material within the limits of sub-sectors G-14/1,2,3 and G-15/3 has been restricted for a of two months with immediate effect under section 144. The order further stated that land in the sub-sectors G14/1,2,3 and G-15/3 has been acquired for the development of housing scheme of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and some people were constructing houses in the said sub-sectors.—INP

RAWALPINDI—District Education Officer (DEO) Elementary Education (women) Naseem Altaf has warned teachers not to carryout corporal punishment on students in any case and said that minimum penalty against the practice is removal from job. The EDO visited three girls schools located on Adiala Road including Girls High School Dhala, Elementary School Bodiyal, and Girls Primary School Khalsa

Khurd the other day. Talking to teachers during her visit to schools, the DEO warned educators to avoid corporal punishment to students in schools and do not even keep stick in classrooms. Minimum penalty in case of physical torture is removal from employment, she added. Naseem said that primary portion of the Govt Girls School Dhala is at located distance of 1.5 kilometres from each other which cause problems to the headmistress

to control both portions. The administration of the both schools would be separated, she added. She expressed satisfaction over attendance of the teachers and took notice of the lack of electricity facility in Khalsa Khurd School and assured provision of electricity at the earliest. “Teachers should pursue roadmap of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif devised for the promotion of education in the province,” she added.

HEC holds interviews on direction of Supreme Court STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD—Interviews of short listed candidates were held here at Higher Education Commission HEC Islamabad in pursuance of orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 20th December 2012 wherein the commission was directed for recruitment/ appointment of new Executive Director(ED) of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan within 30 days. The interviews were conducted by the selection board dully approved by HEC gov-

erning board (commission). All the selection board members attended the meeting. The selection board was chaired by Dr. Javaid R. Laghari Chairperson HEC and included Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar Federal Secretary Ministry of Science & Technology Pakistan, Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani Executive Director HEC, Mrs. Razina Alam Khan Member Commission HEC, Engr. Ahmed Farooq Bazai Vice Chancellor Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences Quetta, Mr. Sartaj Aziz Vice

Chancellor Beaconhouse National University Lahore and Mr. Awais Ahmed Director General HRM HEC/Secretary Selection Board. Twelve candidates appeared in the interview. The selection board shortlisted the top candidates and recommended their names to the commission for appointment as ED HEC. Dr. Javaid R. Laghari extended thanks to board members for assisting in implementation of historic decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan and making the selection process transparent.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman PTI Imran Khan addressing a press conference.

Four dacoits, eight involved in immoral activities arrested RAWALPINDI—Police on Saturday arrested four suspected dacoits and eight other accused who were allegedly involved in immoral activities. According to details, Westridge police on a tip-off, raided in Gulsan Nayyab area and arrested four suspected dacoits namely Sardar Khan, Raheem, Gul Nazar and Sarfraz who were allegedly hiding there with an intention of dacoity. Police recovered four pistols 30 bore with 13 rounds from their possession. Meanwhile Saddar Wah Police on an information, raided at a house in Darbar Kareemi area and arrested eight accused identified as Farooq, Aslam, Abraheem, Saif Khan, Shaheen, Robina, Samia and Malaika who were involved in immoral activities.—APP

Another measles patient admitted in HFH: Toll reaches 23 STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI: A decorated street in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Applied research imperative for economic development STAFF REPORTER

Muhammad Qaiser thanked PSF for organizing the workshop and urged participants to take full advantage of the workshop and learn valuable techniques of formulating the quality project proposals. Earlier Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, Principal Scientific Officer, Natural Sciences Linkages Programme (NSLP) explained the role of PSF for the promotion of S&T in the country as well as main objectives of the workshop. He said the workshop is aimed at training the researchers in good proposal writing, create awareness about PSFNSLP funding process and procedures and encourage the scientists to prepare need based research proposal within the NSLP priority areas. Scientists were trained on different aspects of writing a good quality research proposal by renowned researchers namely Dr. Kazi

R AWA L P I N D I — A n o t h e r measles patient was admitted in Holy Family Hospital bringing the total number of measles patients in Rawalpindi to 23. Latest victim is said to be 16 year old Shabana, resident of Dhoke Kala Khan. She was bought into Emergency ward of the Holy Family Hospital late Friday night with high fever. After medical aid it was diagnosed that she had measles. According to doctors, medical care is being provided to her and she is in stable condition. District Health officer Khalid Randwah told that this is the 23rd case of measles which has come forward in Rawalpindi. He said so far 22 patients have been treated and sent home. According to World Health Organization (WHO) more than 300 children have died from measles in Pakistan in 2012, a five-fold increase from 2011.

Suleman Memon, coordinator projects and programme, I SLAMABAD —Pakistan SciSindh Agriculture University, Tandojam and Dr. ence Foundation (PSF) has Muhammad Afzal, Director organised a workshop on General (Retired), PASTIC, Project Formulation to inIslamabad. Rehana said crease the research proposal training will be useful in writing skills of scientists terms of raising the skills of working in different public researchers about formulatsector universities and R&D ing research proposals beorganizations. fore submitting to PSF. Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. This workshop will over Manzoor H. Soomro inauguall help in elevating stanrated the workshop. Addards of research in the coundressing on the occasion, he try. PSF also aims to hold a explained the role of PSF and series of workshops on called upon the participants project formulation across of workshop to take guidthe country in coming ance from the PSF experts months, she added. and speakers to formulate On this occasion, PSF the fund-winning quality Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor proposals. H. Soomro and Vice ChanHe said quality of recellor University of Karachi search needs to be at par with Dr. Muhammad Qaiser also the international standards awarded Dr. Z A Hasgmi and it can only be possible if R&D gold medal to Dr. researchers concentrate on Shahina Fayyaz. The medal the problem solving aphas been awarded in recog- R AWALPINDI —Federal govproach. nition of her outstanding ernment has released fund Vice-Chancellor, Univerresearch activities. sity of Karachi, Dr. amounting to Rs over 80 million to cantonment board Rawalpindi in connection for completion of Khan Pur Dam Water Supply Project (KPDWSP). Sources said Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) had started Khan Pur Dam water supply project at the cost of Rs 70 million in 2010 to cater to water requirements of the citizens of Rawalpindi. The project was to be completed by 2012 but it is still incomplete due to lack of funds and incompetence of RCB. Only 70 percent work has been accomplished in this regard. In this respect, planning commission had released a sum of Rs over 80 million to defence ministry 3 months earlier but the fund could not be provided to cantonment board by the ministry of defence which resulted into ISLAMABAD: A large number of motorists standing in a queue to get CNG from a delay in the completion of the station in Melody Market as some CNG stations were opened in the capital despite project designed for supplythe announcement regarding the closure of CNG stations on Saturday.—PO photo ing water to the citizens of by Sultan Bashir Rawalpindi.—Online

sealed Int’l ‘Milad-e-Mustafa’ 22forproperties non-payment of taxes rally today nual International ‘Milad-unNabi’ Conference titled ‘Teachings of Hazrat Muhammad PBUH, International Peace, Love and Humanity’ would be held on Monday (Jan 21) in Rawalpindi. As many as 1200 Ulema, Mashaikh and Scholars from 17 countries would participate in the conference. Such conferences would also be held in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Quetta, Peshawar, Gilgit, Skardu, Khairpur, Jhang and Gawadar in Rabi-ul-Awwal. Over 500 ‘Milad’ Committees of federal capital are finalising the arrangements for holding a central Milad rally on Friday (Jan 25) to highlight the teachings, life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

R AWALPINDI —Excise and Taxation (E&T) Department Rawalpindi has sealed 22 properties for non-payment of property tax and recovered R600,000 from tax defaulters. According to sources, teams consisting of assistant ETOs Suhail Sabir and Chaudhry Hanif along with inspectors Riyaz Virk, Gul Sher and Rana Zahid of property tax department, on the directives of Director Excise Rawalpindi, Chaudhry Suhail Arshad, carried out the operation against the property tax defaulters. They sealed 22 properties for defaulting Rs2.3 million tax in the areas of Pir Wadhai, College Road and Ratta Road. They also recovered Rs600,000 property taxes.—INP

Four SC Benches constituted for next week

Mumbai attack case hearing adjourned due to absence of lawyers

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R AWALPINDI —Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi has adjourned hearing of Mumbai attack case till February, 9 without conducting any proceeding. No proceeding could take place in ATC due to absence of the lawyers and ATC Judge Chaudhry Habib adjourned the hearing till February, 9. The lawyers could not appear in the court in this case due to their preoccupation in other cases.—Online

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —An International ‘Milad-e-Mustafa’ rally would be taken out from Rawat on Sunday in connection with the birth anniversary celebrations of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The rally organised by ‘Jamat-e-Ahl-eSunnah’ would commence from Rawat and culminate at Karachi Company (G/9 Markaz) after passing through Islamabad Highway. ‘Nazim-e-Alla,’ Jamat-eAhle Sunnah, Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Shah will lead the rally. Religious scholars, Ulema from different countries have already arrived Islamabad for participating in the rally. Meanwhile thirty fifth an-

of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has constituted four beeches including a special bench at the principal seat to hear a number of important cases during the next week, starting from Monday (Jan 21). The first bench is comprised of Chief Justice,Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, while second bench consists of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

The third bench comprises of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. The special bench would consist of Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed. According to cause lists, no application for adjournment through fax will be placed before the Court. If the counsel is unable to appear for any reason, the Advocate-on-Record will be required to argue the case. Besides, no adjournment on any ground will be granted.—APP

Over Rs80m for KhanPur Dam project

ISLAMABAD: Activists of civil society lighting candles during protest against Bara incident outside press club.

Illegal vehicles weekly bazaar poses security risk STAFF REPORTER

Animal market on footpaths in Chungi No 22 to persistent traffic mess up

they have to face on the road RAWALPINDI—A lot of people RAWALPINDI—Illegal vehicles but it has also turned into have set up animal market on

weekly bazaar is continuing on Murree road from Chandni chowk to 6th fly over due to negligence of district administration. Ban is in place on setting up this weekly bazaar known as Jumma bazaar in official papers but it is held on every Friday with impunity flouting the ban orders. Due to this Jumma bazaar the vehicular traffic comes to stand still and the citizens have to face a severe traffic jam on Murree road. The sixth road fly over has also lost its utility due to operationalization of this vehicle weekly bazaar. This Jumma bazaar is not only a perpetual source of nuisance for the citizens due

safe heaven for the stolen vehicles as it is encouraging the car lifting offence. The stolen cars and other vehicles are sold out blatantly with tempering the chasis and documents. This weekly bazaar is mainly organized by the owners of show rooms and sale of stolen vehicles is the main feature of this bazaar. Due to lack of security arrangements, this bazaar is posing terror attack threat at the congested Murree road. The citizens have demanded crackdown against the organizers of this illegal weekly bazaar and slapping of heavy fines against them for violating ban orders.

the footpaths on both sides of roads in Chungi No 22 allegedly in connivance of the Cantonment Board officials. According to residents of the area, the animal market organizers put filth and animal wastes in the sewerage waterway, causing the blockage in the small nullah under the footpath and overflow of the water. The water starts flowing on the road after the blockage, they said, adding it becomes impossible to pass through the area on foot due to filthy water. Moreover, they said, even passing through the road in a vehicle is also a torment as the whole area stank due to animal wastes and goat pee.—INP


Mirwaiz, Geelani call for shutdown in IHK on Jan 26 SRINAGAR — The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani, have called for complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir on the 26th January, the Indian Republic Day. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq presiding over a meeting of the APHC Executive Council in Srinagar, today, appealed the Kashmiri people to observe complete shutdown on the day to convey to the world that the promises made to the Kashmiris be fulfilled. The meeting was attended among others by Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed

Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Musaddiq Aadil and Khaleel Muhammad Khaleel. The leaders said that Kashmir dispute was the root cause of all issues between Pakistan and India and its settlement was essential for defusing the political uncertainty in the region. They castigated a section of Indian media for its unrealistic reporting on the border tensions between the two countries. Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had no moral or constitutional right to celebrate its Republic Day as it

Two Indian soldiers on LoC die of charcoal smoke

Unmarked graves: Mirwaiz calls for DNA testing

Army soldiers died due to asphyxiation on Line of Control (LoC) in Nowgam Sector of Kupwara district. As per details, two soldiers of 17 JAT Regiment died at Padam Post due to asphyxiation resulting from smoke from a charcoal Bukhari. They were identified as Sepoy Ram Chander- No. 15395386 and Naik Suresh Kumar- No. 15718012. Sources said that due to the smoke, three soldiers in the bunker felt unconscious, however one among them later recovered and two others died. They added that the soldiers could not be shifted to hospital as the area is witnessing heavy snowfall for last two days. “The area has received more than 10 feet snow and movement of vehicles is impossible. The landing of chopper in the area was also impossible because the area is receiving heavy snowfall for last two days,” a senior Army official told Greater Kashmir adding that bodies of the deceased soldiers are still lying there.—NNI

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir government should conduct DNA testing of all those buried in unmarked graves across the State to “unravel the mystery behind them.” He also slammed the government for “failing to address the people’s woes” after the snowfall in Kashmir saying “they are now coming to us with their grievances.” Addressing people at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said he was “shocked” with the reports of presence of 60 more unmarked graves in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. “The total number of such graves in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 6000. The State government should not waste time and conduct DNA mapping of all those buried in unmarked graves to unravel the mystery therein,” he said. He said it was unfortunate to see the silence being observed by the United Nations and other international bodies over the serious issues that

had illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He deplored that New Delhi had never honoured its word of holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to allow the Kashmiri people to decide their future by themselves. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a separate meeting of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee, and Syed Ali Geelani in a statement paid glowing tributes to over fifty Kashmiris who were martyred by Indian troops in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21, 1990. They said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. The

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, at a party meeting and other Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi and Javed Ahmed Mir in their statements eulogised the sacrifices of Gaw Kadal martyrs. A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement visited Srinagar Central Jail and met with the illegally detained Kashmiris. Talking to media after the visit, the delegation members said that the detainees were not being provided with basic facilities.—KMS

dialogue,” he said. SRINAGAR — The Chairman people of Kashmir face. S RINAGAR — Two Indian of Hurriyat Conference (M) According to the Coalition Talking to Greater Kash-

Kashmiri Pandits demand representation JAMMU—A delegation of National Conference Minority Cell presented a memorandum to protest against non-inclusion of Kashmiri Pandits (KP) in the recent cabinet reshuffle. A statement of NC’s Minority Cell issued here said that the delegation stated that since 1947 Sheikh Abdullah and then Farooq Abdullah gave representation to at least one member of KPs in the council of ministers. The statement said National Conference General Secretary Mustafa Kamaal told the delegation that he respects the sentiments of KP community but added that it was not possible to include them because of the fractured mandate given by the people in the 2008 assembly elections. The statement said Kamal told the delegations that there were also limitations of the size of the council of ministers as enacted by the Supreme Court and subsequently cleared by the Parliament and the State legislature. The statement said that Kamal assured the delegation that the memorandum would be sent to the NC President Farooq Abdullah with a copy to the Working President Omar Abdullah for consideration and finding a via media to accommodate one representative of this community in the government in a position of responsibility.—NNI TARIQ BHAT

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N June 9, Major Avtar Singh, a Ter ritorial Army of ficer, killed himself after shooting his wife and their two children dead in California, USA. Singh was wanted in India for the abduction and murder of noted Kashmiri rights activist Jaleel Andrabi in 1996. After Singh fled the country, a court indicted him in absentia and declared him an absconder. For the Andrabi family, however, the news of Singh’s death was a sign of “divine punishment”. The Army had maintained that it had no clue about Singh’s whereabouts. However, his is not a lone case. Since the beginning of militancy in Kashmir in 1990, scores of officers in the Army, BSF, CRPF and the police force have been accused of hu-

of Civil Society, an independent rights group operating in J&K, there are 6217 unmarked graves in five districts of the State. As per the governmentrun State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), there are, however, only 2165 such graves at 38 sites in north Kashmir. On recent skirmishes along the Line of Control, the Mirwaiz said “such situations will continue till the resolution of Kashmir dispute which is the root cause of tension between India and Pakistan.” “So my suggestion to both the countries would be that they need to work for Kashmir resolution,” he said. He said war is no solution as it would bring destruction in view of the fact that both countries possess nuclear weapons. “It is time for India and Pakistan to address the root cause of the rift between them. New Delhi should announce immediate demilitarization in Kashmir so that conducive atmosphere is created on ground for a meaningful

mir, the Hurriyat (M) Chairman said the amalgam was concerned over the recent lifesentences awarded to Kashmiris. “It is irony that those who are being acquitted by the courts are being reframed in one or the other cases,” he said. On public woes due to fresh snowfall, the Mirwaiz said people have now started approaching the Hurriyat leaders with their grievances. “This indicates that the J&K government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has failed on all fronts. Omar used to claim that his government’s primary responsibility is to address the basic problems of the people. We can see that government has vanished with just few inches of snow,” he said. “There is no sign of government on ground. The electricity is off, roads are waterlogged, prices of essential commodities have gone sky-rocketing and LPG crisis is everywhere. So the government is just invisible.”—NNI

Hundreds stranded in Jammu J A M M U — Hundreds

of Kashmir bound passengers including children and women got stranded on General Bus Stand here as Kashmir valley was virtually cut off from the rest of country due to heavy snowfall and rains. The vehicular traffic has not been allowed to ply on 300-km-long JammuSrinagar national highway on second consecutive day today, forcing hundreds of Kashmir bound passengers to remain stranded at general Bus Stand here with no adequate arrangements from administration yet. However, stranded passengers were assured free boarding and lodging facilities till the vehicular movement is restored on the highway by Minister of State for Home Sajad Ahmad Kichloo. He also directed the concerned officers to take stringent action against the profiteers especially those hoteliers who are charging exorbitant rates from the stranded passengers. The stranded passengers, however, looked unsatisfied as till evening no adequate arrangements were made for their boarding and lodging as assured by the minister. They also allege hoarding and profiteering by the shopkeep-

ers besides negligence on the part of district administration to make arrangements for needy. The women and children were seen sitting on their luggage in an open in the chilly weather condition waiting for some arrangements by the administration. Some of them even complaint of short of money due to unexpected blockade of highway. However, minister of State for Home Sajad Ahmad Kichloo along with Provincial President National Conference Jammu, Devinder Singh Rana today went to General Bus Stand, Jammu and assured the stranded passengers that the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which has been closed as a pre-cautionary measures in the wake of weather forecast about heavy snowfall and snow avalanches in different parts of the state especially higher reaches and hilly areas, improves. Kichloo and Rana said that the National Highway has been closed temporarily to protect any loss of life and property in case of any possible eventuality due to vagaries of weather and heaving snow and rain fall going on in various water zone ar-

eas of the state for last two days. They assured the stranded passengers that free boarding and lodging facilities will be provided to them till the vehicular movement is restored on the highway. The minister directed the concerned officers to take stringent action against the profiteers especially those hoteliers who are charging exorbitant rates from the stranded passengers. Speaking to the people, Kichloo said that redressal of the people’s grievances is the prime concern of the Omar led coalition government and “the service to humanity is its mission and goal”. Kichloo has also directed the police and civil administration to activate men and machinery to provide all possible respite to the people living in the snow bound areas of the state and ensure functioning of all the essential departments and health institutions so that people are not put to inconvenience. Kichloo has also called for activating different market checking squads to check black marketing, hoarding and profiteering by unscrupulous shopkeepers and traders, who are habitual to get undue advantage of the weather and road conditions during the winter season.—NNI

MUZAFFARABAD: The Advisor of Azad Kashmir President Raja Sajid talking to AJK Minister for Forests Sardar Javed Ayub during a meeting

Kashmir main reason of tension between ‘nuclear’ India, Pak: Waza SRINAGAR—Executive Member of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Chairman Jammu Kashmir People’s League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, while emphasizing the importance of resolution of decade’s old Kashmir issue said that only peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue can bring peace prosperity and stability in south Asia as well as in India and Pakistan. Addressing gathering at Dooru Shahabad Islamabad, Mukhtar Waza said that Kashmir dispute is the main cause of and source of tension between the two nuclear power countries. Referring to recent LOC Skirmish waza said, “Recent LoC tension is the result of Kashmir dispute and people of Jammu and Kashmir are peaceful we don’t like killings and other tension so Government of Indian should come forward for the final resolution of Kashmir issue, as the Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be resolved politically.” Adding they shouldn’t skip humanitarian grounds because at same time Kashmir is a humanitarian issue that needs to be resolved on humanitarian grounds as well. He said that Kashmir dispute can any time disturb the peace of whole south Asia as Kashmir dispute is now a nuclear flash point in the south Asian sub-continent—NNI

Shabir Shah pays tributes to Gaw Kadal martyrs S R I N A G A R — Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah paid glowing tributes to the ‘martyrs’ of Gaw Kadal and said the nation cannot forget their sacrifices. “We have not forgotten their sacrifices and their peaceful struggle. The way they embraced death by braving the bullets will never be forgotten,” Shah said remembering the January 21, 1990 ‘martyrs’. He said every nook and cranny of the Valley was soaked with blood in which 5 lakh people had laid their lives since the division of the subcontinent in 1947. “The massacres of Jammu, Handwara, Kupwara, Bijbehara, Sopore, Kunan Poshpora mass rapes, Shopian double rape and murder are the events in Kashmir history that can never be forgotten,” Shah said. —NNI

WAPDA launches Rs. 645 million public welfare schemes in Mirpur RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN

MIRPUR—The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has initiated four development schemes worth Rs. 645 million in the vicinity of Mangla Dam Raising Project as confidence building measures, besides spending a hefty amount of Rs. 70 billion on compensation of land and resettlement works for affectees of the project. These new schemes included dualisation of Mangla-Mirpur highway and three Public Parks. Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the schemes here late Friday, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said that WAPDA and its leadership did a tremendous

job in completing Mangla Dam Raising Project and fulfilling their commitments vis-à-vis compensation package for the affectees. He also thanked WAPDA for undertaking additional development schemes in AJK. AJK President Muhammad Yaqoob appreciated WAPDA for not only completing the project of immense importance but also implementing the agreement inked for resettlement and rehabilitation of the affetees in letter and spirit. Speaking on the occasion WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Shah said that WAPDA started additional development schemes in view of its corporate social responsibility, adding that all the four schemes would be completed in six

Pulwama: Inquiry team granted more time for investigations SRINAGAR—The state gov- supposed to submit the inquiry team, confirmed that the team ernment has now granted one month’s time to the inquiry team, probing the alleged firing by the army on people in Pulwama last month, to submit the report. Eleven persons were injured in the incident. Sources said the inquiry team after failing to complete the probe within the stipulated time of 15 days sought more time for concluding the probe. “On the request of the inquiry team seeking more time the government granted one month’s time to it for finishing the probe,” sources said. They said that the inquiry team was

report to the government on January 13 but due to the noncooperation of some witnesses into the incident the inquiry team failed to submit the report on the date. “Despite being summoned several times by the inquiry team many witnesses most of the shopkeepers did not turn up to record their statements. Their non-cooperation with the inquiry team caused delay in the completion of investigations,” sources said. Additional deputy commissioner, Pulwama, Tariq Ahmad Mir, who is heading the inquiry

Nazir jumped out of the window. He hit a high-tension electric wire before falling on the road. The police recorded his statement in a hospital in Srinagar, where he died. The court issued a warrant against Nath but the BSF pretended ignorance about his whereabouts. A police team from Kashmir, accompanied by BSF men, travelled to Nath’s hometown in Maharashtra, where his family told them that he was in Kashmir. The family even lodged a counter complaint against the BSF, accusing it of not providing information about his whereabouts. The court declared Nath an absconder. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) intervened and directed the police to trace the accused and put him on trial. Twenty-one years have passed

but Nath is still at large. Often, people use the Army to settle a personal score against a person. On June 21, 1997, Ghulam Nabi Malik was taken from his home during a raid by a team of uniformed men led by a Major Pereria and constable Muhammad Yaseen Sofi and his brother Arshid Ahmed Sofi. Malik was later found dead in a canal in Ganderbal. During the investigation, Muhammad Sultan, a police informer-turnedapprover, told the police that Yaseen had sought Pereria’s help to settle some personal issues with Malik over a pashmina shawl worth Rs 60,000. While Yaseen and Arshid were arrested, Pereria was given the option of a civil trial or a court martial. The arrested duo got out on bail while Pereria

moved the Supreme Court, which stayed his trial. Manzoor Ahmed Mir, a father of four, was also taken away by an Army contingent led by Captain Atual Sharma in September 2003. The Army had gone after Manzoor after a tipoff from two surrendered militants, who were his neighbours. After a few days, the Army informed Manzoor’s family that he was absconding. His family moved court, which ordered an investigation. An FIR was registered against the two surrendered militants and Sharma. While the former were arrested, no action was taken against Sharma. It was later revealed that the officers were instigated by one of the surrendered militants against Manzoor to settle a personal score. After the Army

has been granted one month time to complete the investigation. “Since many witnesses were in the hospital who could not record their statements before the inquiry team on time due to which we could not finish the investigation within the stipulated time. Now we have sought one month’s time for completing the probe and the government has granted the same,” he said. He also said the army men required for questioning as a part of investigation are cooperating well with the inquiry team. NNI

Mufti asks Indo, Pak political leadership to avoid provocative utterances JAMMU—Patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayed today said that peace process initiated by his government was a irreversible process and roadmap laid by his party was the only way to establish sustainable peace in this subcontinent. He said that PDP through its programmes and policies has created a sense of security among residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a function to welcome prominent political activist of Akhnoor, Harbans Bral, who joined PDP today, Mr Sayeed again appealed political leadership of both India and Pa-

kistan to maintain spirit of the cease-fire on Line of Control (LoC) to ensure peace and tranquility in this sub-continent. He said that residents of border areas were the worst victims of the hostility between two countries so “I urged leadership of both the countries to maintain ceasefire for the security of life and property of people of Jammu and Kashmir”. “The situation necessitate that instead of indulge into provocative utterance both the countries should continue this process of dialogue to prevent another era of turmoil in this sub-continent”, he urged and recalled how residents of Jammu and Kashmir

IHK HR abuses guilty officers go unpunished man rights violations and have got away with it despite there being compelling evidence against them. Consider the case of Nazir Ahmed of Nadihal in Baramulla who died of burns after a BSF sepoy, Gorakh Nath of 88 Battalion, set him on fire to fake his own death so that his family could claim an insurance of Rs 26 lakh. The incident happened on December 29, 1990, when Nazir had gone to Sopore’s Iqbal market to buy some household items. Nath spotted him there and made him carry some boxes to a nearby BSF camp. There he forced Nazir to strip. The young boy had no idea what was happening until Nath sprinkled some inflammatory substance on him and set him alight. Engulfed in flames,

months. He vowed to actively execute resettlement and rehabilitation agreements in case of all other water and hydropower projects being constructed in the country including AJK. Dilating upon the benefits of Mangla Dam Raising Project, WAPDA Chairman said that the project will be instrumental in socio-economic uplift of the country. The project will provide 2.9 million acre feet of additional water for agriculture and generate 644 million additional units of electricity annually from the existing Mangla Hydel Power Station, he added. Earlier, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed laid foundation stone of dualisation of Mangla-Mirpur Road, while WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Shah, former WAPDA.

moved out of the site, two skeletons were found. Manzoor’s brother believes that he was one of the dead. There are many cases where people have vanished without a trace. The custodial disappearance of Khursheed Ahmed Bhat of Sopore in 1990 is one such case. The SHRC had indicted a CRPF commandant, two deputy superintendents, an assistant sub-inspector and a constable for Khursheed’s disappearance, based on investigation by the crime branch. The case was sent to the government for permission to take action against the accused men. But, to date, the government has not reverted. Why were these men picked up? And, why were

they killed? Most men targeted by the security forces are accused of being a part of or supportive of a militant group. But often these accusations fall flat. Javid Ahmed Magray, 19, was dragged out of his home on the night of April 20, 2003, by an Army patrol led by Subedar Surrender Sinha of the Assam regiment and shot dead. Investigations revealed that Magray had no connections with any militant group and Sinha was held guilty of murder. The subedar didn’t cooperate with the investigation and refused to even have his statement recorded. The police were later informed by the Army that his battalion had been shifted to a different location and with it the accused, who escaped scotfree.

had faced worst situation during hostility between India and Pakistan before announcement of cease-fire on LoC. While cautioning against approach of hawkish elements who are opposing continuation of dialogue between India and Pakistan, he reminded that it was during the NDA regime that a composite dialogue process was started. “When the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had extended hand of friendship towards Pakistani during historic rally at Srinagar on April 18, 2003, tension was high on the borders and there was an eye ball to eye situation.—Kashmir Watch It is not just the Army that has a bad reputation. The Kashmir Police are equally guilty of letting their men get away with crimes against innocent people. Take, for example, the cases of Bashir Ahmed Wani and Bashir Ahmed Bhat, who were summoned to the Pampore police station in November 1997 and handed over to the Special Operations Group at Lethpora camp, only to be never seen again. Wani’s father, Ghulam Nabi Wani, told the SHRC that his son was taken away by subinspector Ashiq Hussian and constable Riyaz Ahmed Zargar and had not returned. The police had told him that his son would be released after questioning, which didn’t happen despite a local legislator intervening. A similar complaint was lodged by Bhat’s brother. The commission sought a report from the police. Courtesy.—KMS


Industrial growth Observer Report FAISALABAD—Industrial sector has suffered due to shortage of basic inputs, Government and private sector should jointly endeavour for industrial growth, stated by Afsheen Afzal, Director National Institute of Management (NIM) Islamabad during visit of 14th Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) participants to Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here on Friday. He said the industrial sector demands positive steps and long-term policies framed for its growth. “Pakistan is rich in resources, our people are industrious and hardworking,” he said. Earlier President FCCI Mian Zahid Aslam presented welcome address and said that business friendly environments were important for industrialization and economic growth in the country.

Oil prices rebound NEW YORK—World equity and oil prices rebounded on Friday after Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives said they would seek to break a budget impasse next week, while the yen hit a 31-month low against the U.S. dollar ahead of potential asset purchases by the Bank of Japan. On Wall Street, the Dow and the S&P 500 posted five-year closing highs after Republicans said the House will consider a bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling enough to allow the country to pay its bills for another three months. The strategy would buy time for the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget plan that shrinks the federal deficit. The Nasdaq finished slightly lower, pulled down by a weak earnings outlook by Intel Corp, the world’s leading chip maker. “It could be a big positive for the markets if we come up with a plan of spending cuts that isn’t too awfully hard on the economy,” said Bryant Evans, investment adviser and portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management, in Champaign, Illinois.—APP

Pak, Iran gas project to help tackle energy crisis STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The $1.2 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, set to be completed next year, may prove a bonanza for the hard-pressed energy sector of Pakistan’s economy as the initiative will supply 750 million cubic feet of gas besides helping to contribute 4000MW of electricity to the national power grid. Iran is stated to have completed 900 kilometer of work on its side while Pakistan launched its part of work last month, thus setting the stage for an ambitious undertaking which will greatly overcome Pakistan’s severe energy shortages. In the prevailing energy crunch, the PPP-led coalition

government decided to go ahead with the project despite stiff opposition from some quarters. However, the Pakistani government in spite of all the pressure has signed the agreement with Iran to meet its energy shortages. President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed the InterGovernmental Framework Declaration (IGFD) of the IP project in Tehran on May 24, 2009. After signing ceremony of the Sovereign Guarantee Agreement (SGA), Pakistan’s then Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar signed Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with Iran on June 5, 2009 through which Pakistan would import one million

cubic gas per day. The government had also appointed the Engineering & Project Management in April 2012, to conduct route surveys on IP, who later submitted its final detailed report on the project. Pakistan is experiencing a prolonged power crisis, low gas pressure and suspension of Compressor Natural Gas (CNG) to CNG stations adding to the problems of the masses. Dr Asim Hussain said the government wanted to complete the project as soon as possible in order to overcome the looming power and gas crises. He termed the project beneficial for both the countries and said, “We are dependent on this project as there is no other substitute at present to meet the

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BoK declares half-yearly profit on varied PLS deposits STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Bank of Khyber (BoK) has declared half yearly profit on various types of Profit and Loss Sharing (PLS) deposits for the period ended December 31, 2012. According to details in JulyDec 2012, BoK offered profit on PLS saving accounts and special deposits account at the rate of 6 percent. On PLS 7-29 days’ notice deposit and PLS 30 day’s notice deposits below Rs one million the rate remained at 1.25 and 1.50 percent respectively. Similarly on PLS 7-29 days and 30 days’ notice deposit above rs one million, the rate stood at 3 and 5 percent respectively. On three months Term Deposit Rate (TDR) profit announced at 6.10 percent, on six months TDR 6.20

percent, on one year DTR 6.30 percent, on two years TDR 6.50 percent, on three years TDR 6.75 percent, on four years TDR 7 percent, on five years TDR 8 percent, on regular Amdani scheme (5 years) 7.25 to 11.30 percent, on Zabardast Amdani scheme 10.60 percent and on Maala Maal Munafa scheme in first year 10 percent, second year 11 percent, and for senior citizens first year 11.25 percent and on second year for senior citizens the rate remained 11.50 percent. On Be-Baha Mahana Amdani scheme from July-August 28, three months profit stood at 10.50 percent, six months 11 percent and on one year TDR 11.50 percent. First year profit remained 11.50 percent, second year profit 12 percent, third year profit 12.50 per-

cent, fourth year profit 13 percent and on fifth year profit remained 13.50 percent. On fresh deposit August 29Dec 31, rate on three months 9.50 percent, six months 10 percent, one year 10.50 percent, first year profit 10.50 percent, second year 11 percent, third year 11.50 percent, fourth year 12 percent and on fifth year profit stood at 12.50 percent. On 5 year Term Deposit Friendly scheme, first year profit for senior citizens/widows stood at 11 percent, second year 11.50 percent, third year 12 percent, fourth year 12.50 percent and on fifth year profit stood at 13 percent. On deposits from financial institutions special deposits for both periods stood at 1.50 percent.

Long march proved support for business community AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The long march led

dren and aged demonstrators who were undergoing extremely hazardous weather conditions. None of the opposition political parties had courtesy for sending relief goods whatsoever and the deliberation remained only focused in the selfish interest of convening the General Elections in time Shaikh Haroon Rashid however expressed sense of satisfaction of culmination of DHARNA and extends full compliments to Allama Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and his supporters for maintaining peace, tranquility and perseverance during the whole episode of five days prolong sit-in despite awful weather conditions. The entire nation has witnessed this successful conclusion

of negotiations with utmost jubilation manifesting surge of Karachi Stock Exchange by 500 basis points thereby demonstrating positions of positive Economic & Investment climate to all concerns. The Media both Print and Electronic had played their due patriotic role in faithful projection and coverage of the events on moment to moment basis and are worthy of all praises and appreciation. Muttehda Quami Movement and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf are the only political parties who had voiced their support to the cause of Allama Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and also extending their support in relief efforts.

FBR working on new taxation suggestions STAFF REPORTER

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I SLAMABAD —The Federal ISLAMABAD—Pakistan State Board of Revenue is seriously working on some new taxation proposals to generate additional revenue in second half of (201213). The proposals include withdrawal of middle tier of federal excise duty (FED) slab on cigarettes, imposition of 16 percent sales tax on domestic zero-rating and restoration of ‘further tax’ on supplies made to unregistered persons. The new taxation proposals have also been discussed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as possible revenue generation measures in remaining period of 2012-13. These are merely proposals being discussed and nothing is final in this regard. The FBR is examining different options to overcome revenue shortfall during 2012-13. The said three proposals are also been analyzed at the Board level, but are at the preliminary stage yet, they added. The first proposal is to abolish the middle tier of FED slab on cigarettes to jack up the effective rate of the federal excise duty. This would generate additional revenue from multinational companies. The cigarette brands falling in the middle tier come in the higher slab of the FED. In case the proposal is finalized with the approval of the federal government, the FBR will amend the Table-I of the First Schedule of the Federal Excise Act 2005. The amendment in the Federal Excise Act 2005 is possible through the Finance Act or Presidential Ordinance.

Fuel price may go up STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The prices of petrol, High Octane Blending Component (HOBC) and Kerosene oil are likely to go up in the range of 85 paisa per litre to Rs 2.5 per litre, while the diesel price is expected to go down by 40 paisa per litre from January 22. Prices of petrol, kerosene oil and HOBC are likely to be raised by Rs 1.05 per litre, 85 paisa per litre and Rs 2.50 per litre, respectively. The price of High Speed Diesel is expected to decrease by 40 paisa per litre, while Light Diesel Oil (LDO) price would remain the same. The government has calculated the changes in the POL prices keeping in view the trend of international oil prices and a summary would be forwarded to the petroleum ministry for final approval on January 20. The new prices would be implemented from Jan 22, they added.

by Dr.Tahir Qaderi on one hand has won the support of the business community while has exposed the vested interests of most LAHORE—Agriculture of the opposition political parties Marketing Information to the masses. Service Punjab (AMISP) Shaikh Haroon Rashid vice issued rates of agriculture President Federfation of Pakistgan products in local market on Chambers of Commerce and InSaturday. As per details, following are the per 100 kg dustry (FPCCI) HAS expressed rates of different agriculture extreme regrets at the callus and selfish behavior and attitude of all products in Lahore market: Maize minimum Rs 2400 and the political parties those which maximum 2500, Rice Super congregated at Mian Nawaz Sharif’s residence. All the oppoKarnal Basmati (New) sition parties combined did not minimum Rs 10000 and have a word of sympathy towards maximum Rs 11000, Rice the plight and the women, chilBasmati (old) minimum Rs 11500 and maximum Rs 12500, white sugar minimum Rs 5060 and maximum Rs 5060, white gram (local) minimum Rs 10200 and maximum Rs 10200, Red Chili Whole (Dry) minimum Rs 12500 maximum Rs 14500, Cauliflower minimum Rs 800 and maximum Rs 1000, Onion minimum Rs 1200 and maximum Rs 1600, Tomato minimum Rs 3000 and maximum Rs 3500, Ginger (china) minimum Rs 8500 and maximum Rs 9500, Garlic (China) minimum Rs 10000 and maximum Rs 11000, Peas minimum Rs 5000 and maximum Rs 6000, Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim chairing a meeting of Task Force on GSP Plus. Brinjal minimum Rs 2000 and maximum Rs 2500, Potato Fresh minimum Rs 1100 and maximum Rs 1400, Apple Kala Kullu (Pahari) minimum Rs 7000 and Commerce and Industry on Sat- Urdu Bazar, Brandreth Road only because of gas and electricSALIM AHMED maximum Rs 9000, Banana urday. Traders Association were promi- ity suspension and the remain(Dozen) minimum Rs 30 and Business leaders from a nent among the participants who ing is paying a very high cost LAHORE—The Lahore Chammaximum Rs 44.—APP ber of Commerce and Indus- number of trade and industrial had meetings with the LCCI of- for keeping the industry wheel on the run.” try (LCCI) has warned the gov- associations, including Lahore fice-bearers. After listening to their point Farooq Iftikhar said that the ernment of more industrial clo- Township Industrial Associasures in Punjab if it fails to stop tion, Ferozepur Road Industrial of view, the LCCI President said situation today has reached the power outages and restore sup- Association, Katarbund Road that the government would not point that the International doply of gas to the industry. The Industrial Association, Kahna be able to control the situation nors have started showing their I think we’re having LCCI President Farooq Kacha Industrial Association, triggered by the demonstrations reluctance in rescheduling Pakifun. I think our custom- Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Anjuman-e-Tajiran Pakistan, and strikes called by the angry stan loans. He said that the iners really like our Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Vice Qoumi Tajir Ittehad, Anjuman- industrial workers against their dustry needs a continuous supPresident Mian Abuzar Shad e-Tajran Badami Bagh Auto retrenchments as a result of gas ply of electricity to complete the products. And we’re were talking to the office-bear- Market, Township Traders As- suspension and power outages. export orders well within the always trying to do ers of Trade and Industrial As- sociation, Pakistan Auto Parts “Industrial productions had al- given timeframe but only bebetter. sociations who called on them Manufacturers and Exporters ready gone down by fifty per- cause of the shortage of electric— Steve Jobs here at the Lahore Chamber of Association, Anjuman-e-Tajran cent in the province of Punjab ity the exports are not up to the

AMISP issues commodities rates

PSO, Bakri agreement terminated Oil (PSO) and the Saudi firm Bakri Trading Company has decided to terminate the agreement for supply of furnace oil blended in Pakistan after facing lacunas and functional hitches. The Bakri Trading Company had written a letter to PSO seeking an end to the agreement. Bakri Tradnig had stated it was facing difficulties in arranging the financing of local blending of furnace oil in Pakistan mainly due to what they claimed as malicious media campaign against the Company. Bakri Trading told the PSO the work environment was not conducive in Pakistan and they

were facing more resistance over the agreement than the expected business prospects of the deal. The financiers and other business partners of Bakri Trading abroad have also expressed concerns over various reports related to the agreement between them and the PSO, said an official of the PSO. The officials said, “Business of furnace oil importers were being hit by the deal and they had launched a campaign against the agreement.” The PSO had signed the agreement with Bakri Trading in May 2012 for localising the supply of furnace oil, since Pakistan a large fuel importer due to massive demand from electricity

producers. Under this agreement the PSO would have procured 1.4 million tonnes of furnace oil per year from Bakri Trading for a period of five years with all payments to be made in rupees. The annual furnace oil import in Pakistan is around 6 million tonnes and the payments are made in dollars, which also causes a huge loss to the PSO due to depreciation of the rupee. At the time of agreement the PSO had estimated it would save around $1 million on the LC charges and $18.5 million per year on freight and port charges as it would be procuring furnace oil from the blending plant of Bakri Trading established at Port Qasim.

Call for increase in export varieties SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Economic policies of the country need to be revisited to increase its export varieties instead of depending on single sector of textile by exploring new international nonconventional markets of Africa and other regions, as textile sector shares just $700 billion in total world trade of $91 trillion. This was demanded by the All Pakistan Anjuman-eTajiran central general secretary Naeem Mir here on Saturday. He said that the government should now focus on exports of non-traditional items, in view of their huge potential. He said every sector should search new markets to increase exports as cost of

production had increased due to the energy crisis and Pakistani products were no more competitive for European and American markets. He said Pakistani industry could benefit from the EU market concessions only when it would produce in accordance with its potential. He said processing units could not be operated due to gas supply interrupted by outages. APAT leader said that jewellery, agricultural, dairy, livestock products and fisheries have great potential, as India exports gems and jewellery products of around $20 billion. He said agriculture sector figures were not available on TDAP website which exposed the negligent attitude of the government towards the sector of exports. According to him the

Cotton production to exceed target STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Cotton production in the country may exceed the estimated target of 13.3 million bales for the current season. The Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) has projected cotton production at 13.3 million bales against the initial estimate of 14.6 million bales for the current season 2012-13. However, over 12 million cotton bales have reached the market up to January 15, 2013 for local consumption as well as for exports as compared to the 12.829 million bales in same period last year. About 1.58 million bales remained unsold in the local market up to January 15 while 2.39 million

cotton bales were exported from July-November 2012. Combining the arrival and unsold cotton figure revealed that more than 13.3 million cotton bales arrival has been reported, however it weigh 150 kg against the standard weight of 170 kg. In the last meeting of CCAC, Secretary Textile Industry who is also chairman of CCAC urged PCGA and other stakeholders to standardize the weight of bale at 170 kg against 150 kg. Still three months remain in ending of the current season and it is expected that cotton production would easily exceed the projected estimates for the current year, officials sources revealed.

government should improve the infrastructure in this regard so that dairy and livestock sector could play its due role to increase exports. He said that promotion of biotechnology was the need of the hour. Traders leader asked the government to raise trade fund which is just Rs.60 billion- a small amount as compared to regional countries. He also asked the government to focus on promotion of regional trade for being more efficient in terms of cost and logistics, as the current regional trade consists of just 17 percent. The inputs from the stakeholders would be more useful to develop a strategy of engagement with the regional countries

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SNG not to raise price STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has said the impression that Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) would increase the natural gas price to the extent of the price of furnace oil is absolutely wrong and misleading. The ministry’s spokesman said that the All Pakistan CNG Association has criticised a decision of Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) regarding induction of LPG to boost supplies of natural gas in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan is facing acute shortage of natural gas due to increasing demand and depleting domestic resources.

Bright prospects of potato exports STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Prospects of potato exports have increased in the wake of better crop this season. Exports are expected to start after a gap of two years from this month. Exporters have decided this year not to wait for huge export orders and grab even small order of meagre quantities. Last season farmers had suffered colossal monetary losses due to halt in exports and lack of subsidies to help them overcome their miseries, according to Ahmad Jawad, CEO Harvest Trading. On account of halt in export activities, previous year’s huge quantity of potatoes, which stood

at around 600,000 to 700,000 tones, were lying either in warehouses of farmers or in the field without any proper safety or required care needed to preserve them in the traditional growing areas of the country. Pakistan will have a stiff competition with India and Bangladesh as their price is expected to be at 200 dollars per ton as compared to Pakistan’s 210 dollars per ton. Buyers are bound to be attracted to lower rates. Till date the private sector engaged in exports using their own resources and drastic addition of $1500/40ft on the reefer containers, without adding any new technology in the existing system, is considered unjustifiable. Jawad questioned, is there

any government agency which could monitor freight charges being unilaterally increased by the shipping lines from time to time and without any reason. Expressing utter dismay over the unilateral decision of shipping lines, he said it would badly affect fresh produce export of the country. He expressed the fear that buyer may cancel the coming month orders of potatoes and Kinnow due to revised freight, because it is already expensive in the international market with the high input cost. If we take an example of Kinnow export, the addition has been of Rs 150,000 on all new shipments

LCCI warns of industrial closure in Punjab mark. He said that Pakistan had already lost a number of international markets while the condition of both local and foreign investment is also precarious. He said that cheaper and uninterrupted power supply is only way to achieve economic targets set for the year 2013 but neither the government is sharing its future plans to this regard nor paying any heed to the difficulties being faced by the trade and industry in Punjab. He said that it is astonishing that on the one hand the government circles were talking of economic stabil-

ity in 2013 while on the other hand they were not sharing any kind of roadmap to achieve this goal. The LCCI President also feared a surge in street crimes, saying that law and order situation is bound to aggravate in the coming days as repeated power outages in the industrial estates is jacking up the graph of unemployment and is particularly hitting hard the daily wagers. He said that the most of industrial units had reduced their working to single six-hour shift from the previous three shifts system.

This had led to increased level of raw-material wastage leaving production process non-profitable. Now the leading industrial units were experiencing losses despite being managed professionally. The crisis in industrial sector is causing flight of capital and relocation of industrial units to the countries like Bangladesh and Malaysia. The LCCI President urged the President and Prime Minister to take notice of this grave situation and act promptly to save industrial and social fabric of the country.


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Pak envoy asks Germans to invest in agri sector BERLIN—Pakistan Ambassador investments and technology. to Germany, Abdul Basit said that German investors should take full advantage of the Bilateral Investment Treaty which provided sovereign guarantees for bilateral investment. The ambassador was addressing a Seminar on “Agriculture in Pakistan” on the sideline of the Green Week commenced in Berlin, today. The German side at the seminar was represented by Dr. Gred Mueller, State Secretary for Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. In his remarks, Mr. Mueller underlined the deep & diverse relationship between Pakistan and Germany. He said Germany was ready to assist Pakistan in developing its agricultural sector through German

Michael Wiedmann, Vice President of Metro Group also attended the event and made a presentation on the Metro’s exceptional investment experience in Pakistan. He observed that Metro was fast expanding its presence in Pakistan as opening and doing business in Pakistan was far easier than in any other South Asian country. The detailed presentations were made on investment opportunities in the agriculture sector of Pakistan by the senior officials of the Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company and the Sindh Board of Investment. It was followed by a lively Question & Answer session. Replying to a question, Ambassador Basit said that Pa-

kistan despite challenges was moving forward and had made many strides in different sectors of the economy. He said that with foreign investments & technology, not only could Pakistan feed its region but also supply food around the world. The seminar was attended by scores of German businessmen. It was arranged by the Embassy of Pakistan in collaboration with the German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV). Mrs. Helene Rang. CEO of NUMOV in her welcome remarks appreciated the opportunities offered by Paki- German State Secretary for Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection speaking at a seminar titled, stan in the agriculture sector. “Agriculture in Pakistan” organized by the German Near and Middle East Association in collaboration with Pakistan Packets of Basmati Rice and Embassy. Kinnows were presented to the participants at the end of the seminar.—APP

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Seminar on consumer protection laws STAFF CORRESPONDENT PESHAWAR—TheNetwork for consumer protection held a workshop for the lawyers of district courts Peshawar on ‘Consumer Protection Laws and Grievance Redress Mechanism in Energy Sector’. Funded by United State Agency for International Development (USAID) the Ms Afshan Basharat advocacy and communication officer of TheNetwork said the aim of the project was to mobilise consumers and link them with the lawyers that they could get efficient and cost effective legal help. Another objective is to motive lawyers to take their own initiatives and go for public interest litigation. She briefed the participants about self, co and third party regulations to make the consumer redress framework more effective in consumer sector. She said National Electric Power Regulatory Authority and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority laws provide for the effective contribution of consumers in the open hearings for price determination of the tariff but the consumer representation is negligible. There is a consumer court operational in Peshawar where a judge with an additional responsibility can be approached. The workshop has a specific focus on energy sector laws and regulations as in the recent past the Peshawar city have experienced violent electricity protests taking the public life to standstill. Thousands of people suffered during those protests.

Girls entrepreneurship forum established STAFF CORRESPONDENT PESHAWAR—Women Business Development Centre (WBDC) Peshawar has formed Youth Entrepreneurship Development Forum for the young potential female entrepreneurs of educational institutes. In order to familiarize them towards the concept of entrepreneurship, other than campuses WBDC, Peshawar had also started holding orientation seminars in girls hostels of University of Peshawar. One of the foremost objectives behind targeting girl’s hostel is to assure the representative participation of all the respective departments and other districts of province in the mentioned seminar. Besides the orientation of female students regarding the significance of entrepreneurship, such seminars will also contribute to discover the talented and skillful young potential entrepreneurs from all the departments of Peshawar University.

SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The Federal Board of Revenue has finalized all arrangements to introduce WebBased One Custom System (WeBoc) in the city from February 1, 2013. Collector Customs (Appraisement) Zeba Hye said this while addressing the LCCI members at a programme “Walkthrough Weboc” jointly organized by the Collectorate of Customs and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. LCCI former Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra, Collector Customs (Preventive) Fazal Yazdani Khan,Additional Collector (HQ) Dr. Muhammad Adnan Akram, Chief Manager PRAL Inam-ul-Wahid and Yaseen Murtaza also spoke on the occasion. Zeba Hye said that since the

WeBoc system was operational and working well in Karachi for the last one year therefore, a decision had been taken to introduce it in Lahore as well. She said that the Collectorate of Customs is ready to impart training to the LCCI members in due course while planning is being made to appoint a focal person at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to give awareness on the new system that is fully automated. She said that the WeBoc system would not only reduce drastically the time for clearance of goods but also work in accordance with the latest SROs and international price mechanism. The companies having good track record would be provided an opportunity to use Green Channel Facility, she added. LCCI former Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra, while ap-

preciating the FBR Chairman for bringing in the technologically advanced systems for the benefit of business community, said that for achieving better results and give more awareness to the businessmen, the system should be put in place in the month of July instead of February this year. Elaborating the point, Aftab Vohra said that he was advocating a few months delay because the LCCI members have some reservations about registration with the new system. Meanwhile, LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said that the initiative taken by the Federal Board of Revenue to educate LCCI members while holding subject-specific seminars would further strengthen its liaison with the business community and help government get more revenue.

KMBL mission is poverty reduction STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Kashf Microfinance Bank along with TiE, Lahore Chapter organized an interactive session with “Rupert Scofield”, President and Co-founder of FINCA International; an Agricultural Economist with over 40 years of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia and Middle East. During the session, he shared some very interesting insights from his early years as a young entrepreneur to building

and sustaining a wide network of institutions across different continents. He welcomed the opportunity to address a large gathering of professionals from the business community, banking, education and other sectors, and shared his plans to develop the microfinance sector in Pakistan with Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited. Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited serves its mission of poverty alleviation through job creation by giving enterprise loans to micro and small business owners. Since its inception in 2008, the bank has extended

more than Rs. 4 billion loans and created over 175,000 new jobs. The bank also provides savings and deposit products with a special focus on small savers and entrepreneurs. M Muddasar Aqil, CEO Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited, appreciated Rupert Scofield’s passion and conviction towards the development of microfinance sector in general, and his interest in investing in the Pakistan market, in particular. The chat was followed by Q&A and a networking session among the guests.

Schlumberger says profit rise hit by shale gas slowdown P A R I S —The oil services group Schlumberger reported a 10.0-percent rise in net profit last year, saying on Friday that performance was driven by activities outside North America but that fourth-quarter performance slowed owing to slowing North American gas activities. The French-US group reported a net profit of $5.49 billion for 2012 on a 14-percent rise of sales to $42.15 billion.

In the fourth quarter, net profit fell to $1.36 billion and profit growth was weaker than sales growth of 8.5 percent. The results were slightly below the figures expected by analysts. Net earnings per share were $1.02 in the last quarter and $4.10 for the whole year from $1.07 and $4.19 expected by analysts on average. The price of shares in the company was showing a gain of 0.27 percent to 55.15 euros in early af-

ternoon trading. In December, Schlumberger had warned that its results for the fourth quarter would be disappointing because of delays with contracts in the Europe-Russia-Africa region and because of unexpectedly weak activity by land-based activities in North America where a drop in the price of gas had slowed investment in the hitherto booming shale gas business.—APP

Uninterrupted energy to industries urged OBSERVER REPORT

Nepra asks Pesco to redress complaints STAFF CORRESPONDENT

F A I S A L A B A D — P r e s i d e n t P ESHAWAR —The National Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), Mian Zahid Aslam had called for ensuring uninterrupted electricity and gas supply to industries in the larger interest of country’s economy. In a press statement issued here on Saturday, he said that ministries of Industry and Textile should intervene for ensuring smooth supply of electricity and gas to industries to honour the deals of textile exports. Referring to his recent visit to ‘Heim Tex’ Germany Trade Fair - the largest one in the world, he said that Pakistani textile exporters obtained 60 percent less orders than Indian exporters this year. The cause behind less orders by foreign importers was loadshedding of electricity and gas to industries in Pakistan, he added.

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Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has urged Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (Pesco) to rectify all complaints forwarded by the authority within 20 days, besides asking all executive engineers (XENs) and SDOs to follow suit and strictly adhere to the authority’s instructions. Chairman Nepra Habibullah Khilji issued these directives during a visit to Wapda House in Peshawar. During a meeting with Pesco’s Chief Executive Tariq Saddozai, the chairman Nepra desired that a Customer Service Performance Report should be provided to Nepra on a monthly basis. Stressing the need for facilitating all customers, he ordered that all complaints of customers should be redressed on top pri-

Lack of infrastructure hits Kattar Bund industries STAFF CORRESPONDENT

KARACHI—One ship arrived at LAHORE—Kattar Bund Road Port Qasim to load/ offload containers at QICT on January 18, port sources said Saturday. Berth occupancy was maintained at 21% at the Port on Saturday where a total of three ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican BeyPowership, M.V MSC England, M.V Star Eracle are currently occupying berths to load/ offload. containers, fertiliser. Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume 35513 tonnes comprising 19584 tonnes import, 15929 tonnes export and (1500) Tues was handled at the Port during last 24 hours. M.V CMA CGM Latour at QICT and M.T Harsanadi at EVTL arrived on January 19, as per arrival schedule.—APP

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From Page 13 growing energy demand.” He said the government of Pakistan had started work on the project in December 2012, while Iran had already constructed more than 900 kilometer gas pipeline on their side. Asim stated that after the completion of the project, it would start supplying 750 million cubic feet gas per day. He said the implementation of the project showed that Pakistan had a flexible foreign policy. In a press conference on the sidelines of summit of the Group of Eight Developing Countries (D8) in Islamabad on November 22, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to complete the multi-billion dollar project within stipulated time. He said the portion of pipeline on Iranian side was about to complete while Iran was also extendFAISALABAD: Afsheen Afzal, Director National Institute of Management addressing the ing financial assistance to Pakistan to complete the project. members of FCCI.

ority and in case of a lack of response, sending their complaints directly to the Nepra’s Consumer Affairs wing. Directing Pesco officers to visit their respective areas, he urged them to hold meetings with consumers every day for redressing their complaints. Earlier, the Pesco briefed the meeting about steps taken by his organisation for facilitating consumers, saying that Pesco had set up a number of Customer Service Centers across the Province at circle level. A Central Complaints Cell was operating at Pesco Headquarters. Complaint Offices, he said, were also working on subdivisional and Divisional levels. According to the CEO, new domestic connections were being provided in 20 days in line with the new procedures, and 40,000 new connections had been provided against a backlog of 50,000 pending applications.

Industrial Association has criticised the WASA authorities for not fulfilling their commitment made in connection with construction of main sewerage line in the industrial area that has caused blockade of all roads in the industrial estate. The President Kattar Bund Industrial Association Mehmood Ghaznvi, Vice President Mian Mohammad Nawaz and Secretary Chaudhry Mohammad Yousaf said that the area industrialists were unable to understand the logic behind the digging of most part of the sewerage line at the same time against the commitment of work on 100 feet area in one go. They said that it was agreed between the Industrialists and the WASA authorities that the work on 100 feet sewerage line

would be completed first and then digging on the other 100 feet would be started but unfortunately little attention was given to this decision. They said that the vehicular traffic in the industrial area has come to a grinding halt due to heaps of earth all around. Mehmood Ghaznavi said that the power and gas shortage had already stopped the economic activities but such mindless decisions of the bureaucracy were adding fuel to the fire. They said that they appreciate Chief Minister Punjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif for giving a special focus on infrastructure development in the province. But at the same time also want of him to direct the concerned officers to carry out the needed work in consultation with stakeholders.

NS to introduce dollar bonds STAFF CORRESPONDENT

M ULTAN —Director General National Savings (NS), Zafar M Shaikh has said, “We are going to introduce dollar bonds to attract the overseas Pakistanis, and 1200 new jobs were created in the organisation to expand its network while 400 IT professionals would also be recruited. He was addressing a press conference. Regional Director Saeed Ahmed Rana, Assistant Director Head Quarters Arsalan Malik, Asghar Bukhari, Kaleem Shehzad and Mehmood Ali were present in the press conference. He said that we have collected Rs250 billion against the target of Rs224 million showing good performance. He further said that people have saved more than Rs 1,350 billion in the last five years. He said that students bonds of denomination of Rs100 would be sold through national saving centres instead of State Bank.

Call for increasing From Page 13 which could benefit Pakistan’s economy, he maintained. “No doubt, Pakistan can play a pivotal role in transforming the region into a trade and manufacturing hub but that requires sincere commitment on the part of our commercial attaches who should play an active role rather than doing their routine and formal jobs” he maintained. In view of the ongoing power outages, high mark up and electricity tariff, worsening law and order situation, our industry is facing tough time in their survival. How it can compete with the regional countries, particularly India whose government is providing all kinds of facilities to the export industry, he added. He was of the view that the trade policy designed in consultation with the exporters and the stakeholders would help minimize negative impact on the country’s economy.

SCCI president concerned over vacant posts of officials FAISAL KHAWER BUTT S IALKOT —Sheikh Abdul Majid, President, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry showed serious concern over vacant posts of higher officials at Regional Tax Office Sialkot. He said that no Chief Commissioner or Additional Commissioner is at present appointed at Regional Tax Office Sialkot due to which business community is facing problems relating to Income and Sales Tax matters. He said that Regional Tax Office Sialkot is one of the most important Tax offices as it deals with the matters of refunds of the exporters. He informed that due to posts of officials lying

vacant, the pendency of refunds has increased to 4 to 5 thousand and the pendency is increasing by 3 to 4 hundred cases a month. He said that export sector of the country is already under distress due to numerous factors including non-availability of cheap energy inputs, severe electricity and gas load shedding, dearness of raw materials, uncertain political condition and unfavourable travel advisories issued by some countries due to deteriorating law and order condition of Pakistan. He highlighted that export sector of Pakistan is gradually losing its competiveness due to above mentioned factors whereas Government has failed to provide

any relief. He said that instead of providing facilitation in refund matters, Government has left important posts of higher officials vacant at Regional Tax Office thereby resulting in increase in pendency of refunds. He demanded that Government should immediately take appropriate action and issue instructions for appointment/posting of officers according to approved strength to expedite issuance of refunds and to rectify problems arising out of shortage of important staff at RTO Sialkot. He said that if immediate action is not taken in this regard, it would cripple already affected export industry of Sialkot.

Traders, industrialists lose Rs4b as city mourns slain MQM leader STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—In a rare move the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) halved its trading session and the traders and industrialist claimed to have incurred a loss of not less than $ 4 billion as the city observed Friday as a day of mourning. Thursday in fact had set the course of socio-economic activities in the violence-hit city where the paranoid Karachiites preferred to remain indoors to avoid any untoward situation on Friday when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was mourning the cold-blooded killing of its provincial legis-

lator, Syed Manzar Imam. The day also witnessed the front regulators at KSE suspending trading at the country’s largest bourse at 12:30pm. Through a notice, the KSE notified to the trecholders and brokers of the Exchange that it had decided to suspend all markets at 12:30pm “due to prevailing situation in the city”. The window for trade rectification and NDM market, however, was available up to 1:30pm. The KSE operation department said the Friday’s trading shall be merged with that of Monday and the two would be settled Wednesday. The short session said the KSE 100-share index gaining

310.68 points to close at 16,601.77 points against Thursday’s 16,291.09 points. The trading volumes surged to 181 million from 144 million of the previous session. ”The investor sentiments turned bullish at KSE after long march ends on a positive note amid political consensus on electoral reforms,” said Ahsan Mehanti, an analyst and director at Arif Habib Securities. He said strong earnings outlook, higher global commodities and current account surplus of $250 million reported for first 6 months of fiscal year played a catalyst role in bullish close in stocks across the board at a short session at KSE amid hopes for

positive Pak-IMF talks on fresh loans. Atiq Mir, chairman All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI), in the afternoon declared that the markets could now be opened. He said to have attended the funeral of the slain MQM leader, Manzar Imam. After the funeral, he said, the traders took the MQM leaders into confidence for the opening of markets during the second half. “A delegation of AKTI attended the funeral of the MQM leader. The markets would immediately be opened,” said the trade leader. Mir, however, said only retail markets and not the wholesale ones would be opened Fri-

day. “The wholesale markets may not be opened today” However, despite the AKTI announcement most of the retailers in the city’s commercial centers kept their shutters down with only a few doing business some with half-closed shutters. The fuel stations, however, were seen opened in the second half after the traders’ body showed them a green signal. The AKTI chief said a delegation of traders participated in Imam’s funeral where they took the grieved leaders of the MQM into confidence and decided to open the markets. Asked about the estimated looses to the traders, Mir said it was around Rs 2 billion a day.

“The retailers would also have incurred losses for the half day closure,” he said. In his estimates for losses, Mir said industries were not included. The AKTI chairman replied in affirmative when asked if all the retail and wholesales markets would open from Saturday (today) in the city. When contacted Muhammad Haroon Agar, President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said the losses trade and industry faced on the day ranged between Rs 3 and Rs 4 billion. When asked if the figure was inclusive of the losses faced by the retail and wholesale mar-

kets, the KCCI chief said “All together”. Disappointed with the government’s “hollow” assurances on improvement of law and order in the city, the traders in this volatile city have been calling for the deployment of Army in this city to maintain peace. AKTI chief Mir, long been one of the proponent of Army’s deployment in Karachi, still believes the city should be given under the control of armed forces. “Of course,” was his response when asked if he still deemed the military as a saviour of the peace and order in this financial capital of Pakistan.


Progress made in UN nukes talks: Iran DUBAI—Iran said it had made some progress in resolving its disputes with the U.N. atomic watchdog, state media reported, even though the two sides’ latest talks failed to seal a deal on letting inspectors visit a military site. The Islamic state and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met this week, but did not manage to revive an investigation into Iran’s suspected nuclear arms research, the U.N. organisation’s officials said on Saturday. Iran’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh briefs the media after a meeting with IAEA’s chief inspector Herman Nackaerts at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. Iran’s ambassador to the body, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, later said some progress had been made in the talks, Press TV reported. “We had two days of intensive talks and we were able to in fact bridge the gap to some extent,” Soltanieh was quoted as saying late on Saturday. “There was agreement with the agency about some issues, but no document has been signed yet ... In terms of getting views closer together and resolving some disputes the negotiations with the agency were successful,” he told state news agency IRNA. Soltanieh, however, stuck to Iran’s stance that it would not stop uranium enrichment “for a second”. The West suspects Iran is working to develop the ability to make nuclear bombs - an accusation dismissed by Tehran which says its atomic work is focused on generating electricity and other peaceful projects.—Reuters

Berlusconi makes poll recovery ROME—Four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi extended his surge in Italy’s opinion polls on Saturday, increasing prospects that the centre-left Democratic Party now leading the race will have to seek a pact with Mario Monti’s centrist bloc. With a little over a month to go before the vote, Berlusconi narrowed the gap with Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left coalition by 4 percentage points in just a week, but still trails by 6 percentage points, a poll published on Saturday showed. His gains follow a blitz on almost every television talk show in Italy, where the 76-year-old billionaire has mixed blistering attacks on Monti’s technocrat government, Germany and the left with promises to restore growth and scrap a hated property tax. Berlusconi sought to maintain the momentum on Saturday by announcing he would sign a new “contract with the Italians”, re-producing a famous stunt from a triumphant campaign in 2001 when he set out five election promises and signed them on prime time television. “I’ve heard Monti will do the same, but in his case it will be a contract with the Germans,” Berlusconi told his own Canale 5 TV channel, reiterating a frequent line that Monti’s austerity policies have been more in the interests of Germany than Italy. The surge has been reminiscent of 2006, when the flamboyant showman clawed back 10 percentage points and nearly robbed Romano Prodi of what looked like certain victory just a month before the election. But so far, despite similar results in several recent polls, there seemed to be little chance of an election shock giving Berlusconi a fifth term after the stew of scandals and the financial crisis forced him to step down in 2011.—Reuters

Clinton invites Abe to US WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japan on Saturday of U.S. support in Tokyo’s dispute with Beijing over a string of islands and invited new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington in late February for a meeting with President Barack Obama. Clinton held a working lunch with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and both emerged pledging that U.S.Japan security and economic ties would remain strong following Abe’s landslide election victory last month. “Our alliance with Japan remains the cornerstone of American engagement with the region,” Clinton told reporters, noting a wide range of cooperation on everything from disaster relief to the stand-off over nuclear North Korea. Clinton, due to step down in coming weeks, again affirmed that the United States would stand by its longtime ally in its territorial dispute with China over islets in the East China Sea claimed by both countries. Tensions over the tiny islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have flared in recent months, one of several maritime territorial disputes involving China that have worsened as Washington seeks to shift its security focus to Asia. “Although the United States does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the islands, we acknowledge they are under the administration of Japan,” Clinton said, repeating the long-standing U.S. position on the dispute. —Reuters

Tymoshenko accused of murder KIEV—Ukraine’s chief prosecutor accused jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko of ordering the killing of a business rival 16 years ago, dealing a new blow to the exprime minister who the West says is the victim of a political vendetta. The announcement came on Saturday after a court adjourned a second trial against Tymoshenko for tax evasion and her defence counsel warned her health had declined to a “critical” level. Tymoshenko is already serving a seven-year jail sentence for abuse of office, meted out in October 2011. She and Western governments say she is the victim of a witch-hunt by the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovich who narrowly beat her in a run-off for the presidency in February 2010. Political enemies of the 52-year-old politician have indicated for a year that an additional case was building against her over the killing of Yevhen Shcherban, a deputy and businessman who died in a hail of bullets in 1996 as he stepped from a plane. But the announcement by state prosecutor Viktor Pshonka that Tymoshenko, a powerful gas trader in the 1990s, had conspired with a former prime minister, Pavlo Lazarenko, in ordering a $2.8 million “hit” against Shcherban came as a surprise. If convicted she could face life imprisonment, Pshonka said in remarks carried by Interfax news agency. “The material which has been assembled in the pre-trial investigation testifies to the fact that Tymoshenko indeed ordered the killing together with Lazarenko.—Reuters

Zimbabwe groups condemn critics HARARE—Zimbabwean rights groups on Friday condemned what they called an escalating campaign against critics of veteran President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party ahead of elections expected this year. A group of 58 civic organisations, including church and legal groups, said in a statement there was a “well-calculated and intensified” assault on human rights activists, journalists and artists through slander, intimidation, raids, arrests, prosecutions and persecution. ZANU-PF, in power for four decades, has long been accused of cracking down on the opposition during elections. Fears of poll violence hang over Zimbabwe which has a history of deadly chaos at the ballot box. No date has been set for the presidential and parliamentary polls which will end a power-sharing government set up by Mugabe and his bitter rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after violent and disputed 2008 elections. In Geneva, the United Nations also condemned what it described as a crackdown against civil society groups “We condemn recent attacks against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, including arbitrary arrests, intimidation and harassment,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing on Friday. “We’re concerned about the crackdown on non-governmental organisations and dissenting voices seen as critical of President Robert Mugabe’s rule,” Colville said.—Reuters

Commandoes wipe out three Algerian terrorist group chieftains T AGS ,A LGERIA—A commando unit has wiped out three chieftains of the terrorist group known as the Undersigned in Blood Battalion, which seized hostages in Algeria several days ago. The chieftains were killed in a mop-up operation at the oil and gas complex where the hostages were held, according to the local media. Rebels involved with AlQaeda seized several hundred Algerian and foreign experts at the oil and gas complex on January 16. According to the latest reports, more than 600 hostages, including 573 Algerians and some 100 foreigners were set free during a special operation that’s still going on. The terrorists are holding 7 foreign nationals, while 12 people, both Algerian and foreign hostages, have been listed as dead. UNSC urges world community to help find, punish hostage-takers The UN Security Council has urged the world community to help Algeria track down and punish those guilty of taking hostages at an oil and gas facility in the east of the Arab country. The Security Council has circulated a statement at the UN Headquarters to point out the need for putting the perpetrators, masterminds and sponsors of the outrageous attack on trial. The Security Council member states have reiterated their resolve to fight any acts of terror irrespective of the motives involved and of who and where launches such attacks. Islamic militants took hostage hundreds of staff-mem-

bers of a gas-processing facility in the east of Algeria on Wednesday. After the terrorists turned down the ultimatum to surrender, Algerian army commandos launched an operation to set the

complex. Operation to free hostages at Algerian gas plant continues In the course of a special operation against terrorists at the gas processing plant in Algeria about 100 foreign and 573 local

hostages free. According to the latest reports, the military has set free more than 600 people, of whom foreign nationals make up some 70. 1 2 hostages have been listed as dead, while seven others are still in the hands of militants who are hiding inside the oil-and-gas

BEIRUT—Twelve people were tary air strike.

hostages were released. This was announced on Saturday by the Algerian agency APS. The fate of more than 30 foreigners remains unknown. The operation at the plant near the city Amenas continues. The group of terrorists is holding at least two Americans, whom the

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in the explosion. “The rebels do not have this capability yet,” said Hameed Barrasho, an activist in Aleppo speaking by Skype. “We have several reports of a jet in the area before the strike. This is the regime trying to sow more chaos in the city.” Car bombs, rocket strikes and summary killings are now daily occurrences across the country in the 22-month-old conflict and it is often difficult to determine who is behind an attack. Two blasts at the University of Aleppo killed more than 80 people on Tuesday and each side blamed the other for that attack. More than 60,000 people have now been killed in the con-

flict, which began in March 2012 as peaceful pro-democracy protests but descended into civil war after a state crackdown. The opposition, mostly drawn from Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, is demanding that Assad surrenders power. He and his family, from the Shi’ite-linked Alawite minority, have ruled Syria for four decades starting with his late father Hafez. Residents of the capital Damascus reported government air raids on rebel-held suburbs. The opposition holds a semicircle of territory around the city but has been blocked from advancing into central Damascus by heavy daily air and artillery strikes. Opposition activists in the suburb of Douma, east of Damascus, posted video of the bodies of at least 10 men who appeared to have been executed.—Reuters

Army retakes town, rebels flee French air raids BAMAKO—Islamist rebels in Mali abandoned the central town of Diabaly after fleeing a French air strike, military sources said, while West African troops arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents in Mali’s north. France, warning that Islamist control over Mali’s vast deserts and rugged mountains threatened the security of Africa and the West, had targeted Diabaly in an eighth day of air strikes to dislodge hardened al Qaedalinked fighters there. “They (the Islamists) fled the town, dressed as civilians, early this morning. They abandoned their weapons and ammunition,” a Malian military source said. The source said government soldiers had not yet entered the town but Diabaly Mayor Oumar Diakite told Reuters that troops were there carrying out mopping-up operations after a French air strike earlier in the

day. Diakite said residents had dug up some of the Islamist fighters’ weapons caches. “There are lots of burned-out vehicles that the Islamists tried to hide in the orchards,” he added. A commander in the Malian army in nearby Markala said ground forces were operating around Diabaly, which lies about 360 km (220 miles) northeast of Bamako, but could not confirm that the town, seized by Islamists on Monday, had been recaptured. French armed forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard said he was not aware of any operation in the area. If officially confirmed, it would be a second military success for the French-led military alliance after Islamists on Thursday night abandoned Konna, to the north of the central garrison town of Sevare. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has appealed for

access to Konna but said it has so far been refused despite days of talks with all armed forces. Bolstered with weapons seized from Libya after the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and homegrown Malian groups Ansar Dine and MUJWA has put up staunch resistance. The progress of French and Malian troops has been slowed also because insurgents had taken refuge in the homes of civilians, residents said. The military operation is expected to force hundreds of thousands more people from their homes, on top of the 400,000 that have fled since a rebellion erupted last year. French President Francois Hollande ordered the intervention on the grounds that the Islamists could turn northern Mali into a “terrorist state” radiating threats beyond its borders.—AP

Myanmar set to modernize with reforms NAYPYITAW—Myanmar’s government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organizations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 but also quickly improve the lives of its citizens. In opening remarks to donors on Saturday, President Thein Sein said the government wanted “a modern, industrialized country” but also stressed the need to develop the agricultural sector and narrow development gaps between the regions.

free workers kidnapped by Islamic militants at a natural gas plant in the Sahara. The APS news agency quotes an unidentified security source for the new death toll and says the

A commando unit has wiped out three chieftains of the terrorist group known as the Undersigned in Blood Battalion, which seized hostages in Algeria several days ago.

Explosion rocks govtheld area of Aleppo killed when an explosion rocked a government -held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, and both sides in the conflict accused the other of mounting the attack. State television showed the collapsed side of a building and rubble spilling into nearby streets. A crowd sifted through the wreckage as medics loaded bloodied bodies onto stretchers. It said the explosion had been caused by a rocket fired by a “terrorist group” - a term it uses to describe the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Activists said the building in Muhafaza Sakaniya, a government-held neighbourhood of a city fought over by the army and rebels for months, had been hit by a mili-

extremists offered to exchange for two of their “brothers-inarms” detained at U.S. jails. According to the Algerian security authorities, there were 132 foreigners and hundreds of Alge-

He told the donors the government wanted their help to raise living standards and skills of its people. “This will also help us undertake political reforms that are aimed at transforming the country into a modern, developed democracy,” he said. A wide-ranging “Framework for Economic and Social Reforms” seen by Reuters set out broad initiatives to achieve those goals by 2030 plus more immediate priorities for the next three years. Admitting Myanmar was “way behind neighboring

countries”, it touches upon the liberalization of trade and investment, health and education, transparency and infrastructure. Thein Sein, himself a former junta general, has already pushed through far-reaching reforms since taking office in March 2011 at the head of a quasi-civilian government. He has introduced a marketoriented exchange rate, freed hundreds of political prisoners and agreed ceasefires with most of the ethnic rebel groups that have fought for decades for autonomy.—Reuters

tage standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara took a dramatic turn Saturday as Algeria’s state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed. The terrorists still continue to hold seven foreign hostages. Operation to free hostages at Algerian gas plant continues In the course of a special operation against terrorists at the gas processing plant in Algeria about 100 foreign and 573 local hostages were released. This was announced on Saturday by the Algerian agency APS. The fate of more than 30 foreigners remains unknown. The operation at the plant near the city Amenas continues. The group of terrorists is holding at least two Americans, whom the extremists offered to exchange for two of their “brothers-in-arms” detained at U.S. jails. According to the Algerian security authorities, there were 132 foreigners and hundreds of Algerians at the facility. Apparently, an unconfirmed number of hostages have been killed and wounded. US won’t negotiate with ‘terrorists’ The United States said Saturday it would not strike deals with “terrorists” after Islamist gunmen who seized hostages at a remote gas field in Algeria proposed a swap for prisoners. “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters when asked about the proposal, declining further elaboration..—Reuters

rians at the facility. Apparently, an unconfirmed number of hostages have been killed and wounded. 12 Algerian and foreign hostages killed in gas plant rescue mission Algeria’s state news agency says 12 hostages have been killed since the start of the operation to

fatalities include both Algerian and foreign workers at the remote desert facility. APS also said Saturday that 18 of the hostage takers have been killed. 573 Algerians and ‘around 100’ of 132 foreign workers were freed at the In Amenas facility. The bloody three-day hos-

France Islamophobic lab

Thai ruling party quashes rift rumours

ISTANBUL—The news posted in French Poitiers on Saturday is at the same time the footsteps of a growing hazard. A fascist group called “732 Generation Identitaire” occupied a mosque under construction. The group of 60 young people picked up their name referring to the Battle of Tours in 732 AD that stopped the Muslim army, and organized the “action” to broadcast themselves. Police forces emptied the mosque in the afternoon arresting three. The incident was criticised by the French Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault and the Interior Minister Manuel Valls. Was the timing a coinsidence or did this attack happen “all of a sudden”? Two days after the news headlines appeared saying that according to the Interior Ministry report 4000 Christians annualy convert to Islam reciting the shahadah. A week after Marine le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, called on the ban of wearing veil in public. And a few weeks after the UMP leader Jean François Copé made his famous “pain au chocolat” statement. The ground for the attack was prepared by the politicians; social engineers, scared by the Interior Ministry data showing growth of Muslim population, ignited the wick.—WB

Egypt court dismisses cases against 379 persons C AIRO —An Egyptian court dismissed cases against 379 people accused of involvement in clashes with police during protests near the Interior Ministry in November 2011 in which 42 demonstrators were killed, the state news agency reported. Saturday’s decision was based on President Mohamed Mursi’s offer of an amnesty for those facing charges related to events during and after the 2011 uprising that ended the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, the agency reported. Cairo and other cities saw many violent protests against the army rulers who took over interim power after Mubarak was ousted on February 11, 2011. Judge Gamal el-Din Safwat Roshdy, who presided over the Cairo criminal court, dismissed the cases against 379 suspects linked to clashes in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, the agency said. The street, which lies next to Cairo’s Tahrir Square and near the Interior Ministry, became a focus of violent protests in November 2011 by demonstrators who accused the ruling generals of employing the same heavy-handed police tactics as Mubarak. The generals handed power to Mursi after he was elected president in June 2012.—Reuters

BANGKOK—Thailand’s ruling Pheu Thai Party has quelled rumours about infighting by holding a much-publicised meeting between its gubernatorial candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen and veteran politician Sudarat Keyuraphan. Yesterday, Sudarat also made her first appearance at Government House since the 2006 military coup, where she met Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and PM’s Office Minister Sansanee Nakpong to discuss the state’s Women’s Empowerment Fund. Pongsapat initiated yesterday’s meeting by visiting Sudarat to introduce himself as a newcomer and first-time candidate in the gubernatorial election. “Sudarat is a veteran and I want her advice on campaign platforms,” he said as he went on to thank her in advance. While greet-

ing Pongsapat, Sudarat said she was willing to do her best to help bring better services to Bangkok residents and make them happy. She also said that she hoped Pongsapat would win so his platforms could be implemented. The two held a meeting behind closed doors for about half an hour, before Sudarat presented two amulets to Pongsapat for good luck. She later told reporters that she and Pongsapat had exchanged ideas on how work could be done for the benefit of Bangkokians. She added that Pongsapat was already planning to deal with the traffic problem by building more tunnels. Bangkok MPs who joined the meeting also spoke up about problems in several parts of the city. “The Pheu Thai Party already has policies that cover many of the problems.—Reuters

West African leaders holding Mali summit BAMAKO—West African leaders big issue will be sorting out a cenheaded to a special Mali summit in Ivory Coast on Saturday to discuss how to step up their role as the French-led military intervention to oust Islamic extremists from power entered its second week. Neighboring countries are expected to contribute around 3,000 troops to the operation in Mali, aimed at preventing militants from advancing further south toward the capital. While some initial contributions from Togo and Nigeria have arrived, concerns about the mission have delayed other countries from sending their promised troops so far. Charles Koffi Diby, Ivory Coast’s foreign affairs minister, said that Mali’s neighbors must “face up to the weight of our responsibilities in conducting and coordinating military operations in Mali.” At Saturday’s meeting, the

tral command for the African force, a French official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the sensitive security matters. Nigerian Gen. Shehu Usman Abdulkadir is expected to be named the force commander. As the military intervention entered its second week, Malian forces had reclaimed the key town of Konna whose capture prompted the French action, according to French and Malian military officials. However, phone lines to the town were still down making it difficult to independently corroborate the claim. Mali once enjoyed a reputation as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies with the majority of its 15.8 million people practicing a moderate form of Islam.—AP

UN HR chief raps Sri Lanka over CJ NEW YORK—United Nations setback for the rule of law in Sri human rights ( UN HR) chief Navi Pillay has accused Sri Lanka of “gross interference” in the judiciary, warning that its removal of the chief justice (CJ) could jeopardise efforts to prosecute war crimes. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after sacking the previous top judge for impeachment despite opposition from the Supreme Court. “The removal of the Chief Justice through a flawed process - which has been deemed unconstitutional by the highest courts of the land - is, in the High Commissioner’s view, gross interference in the independence of the judiciary and a calamitous

Lanka,” Pillay’s spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday. Mohan Peiris, who replaces Shirani Bandaranayake as chief justice, has been active in Sri Lanka’s delegations defending its record at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The government has resisted calls at the 47-member state forum to set up an international inquiry to investigate massacres of civilians during its three-decade civil war, which ended in May 2009. A U.N.-sponsored panel has said that the army committed largescale abuses and was responsible for many civilian deaths in the final stages of the war against the separatist Tamil Tigers.—WB


India vs England 3rd ODI

India thrash England to take series lead RANCHI—MS Dhoni has not had too much to smile about in recent months, as his India side suffered unexpected home defeats in Test and ODI cricket, but he was able to pack away the defensive frown and wary gaze and enjoy the occasion in Ranchi, as India strolled to a seven-wicket victory in the first international match ever to be staged in his hometown. Dhoni was even out in the middle to hit the winning runs and soak up the atmosphere as England, who appeared as eager as the crowd to give him a day to remember, slipped 2-1 down in the five-match series. All of India’s bowlers contributed in a concerted display, aided by a touch of early movement and a middle-order collapse against spin of familiar proportions. Dhoni also claimed three catches, including a diving take to dismiss England’s top-scorer, Joe Root, and a sharp chance at the wicket off Ian Bell, as England were once again spooked by the ghosts of their recent past in 50-over cricket in India, mustering a paltry 155. India’s innings proved that the pitch was a

good one - the curator had predicted a score of 350 for the side batting first but he was obviously banking on that side being India. Although Steven Finn cleaned up Ajinkya Rahane again, bowled through the gate for the second time in as many matches, and James Tredwell claimed his sixth and seventh wickets of the series, Virat Kohli made sure England were the only ones doing any chasing. Kohli twice hammered Tredwell over the ropes, to go with a further nine fours in an unbeaten 77, his return to form yet another fillip for his captain. England’s total was their second-lowest batting first against India (in full matches), as they subsided from an initially promising 68 for 1. Although there was an element of luck about the second breakthrough, as the sound of Kevin Pietersen’s bat on pad seemed to deceive the umpire into awarding a caught behind, India did not owe their victory to fortune. The early dismissals of Alastair Cook, Pietersen and Bell left the middle order exposed and despite another promising display of character from Root, who

put on 47 with Tim Bresnan, India were always in control. The gods had already smiled on Dhoni at the toss, as he was given the option and chose to insert an England side still apparently winded from their emphatic, 127-run defeat in Kochi on Tuesday. Although the pitch looked hard and flat, there was a light covering of grass and just enough moisture to aid the bowlers, further justifying Dhoni’s decision, made ostensibly in view of the possibility of evening dew making the ball difficult to grip. By the time the sun set, however, it was the match that had slipped out of England’s hands. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed bowled impressive opening spells and although Cook christened the ground with its first international boundary, in the second over, England’s captain was soon undone by swing. The fans at the newly constructed 39,000-capacity Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium had come to see only one inspirational leader among the two sides, and the cheer that went up when he moved across his stumps to be hit in front by a Shami delivery that curved back at him conShami ..................... 8-0-23-1 firmed it was not Cook. England innings Cook lbw b Shami ............ 17 Sharma ................... 7-0-29-2 Pietersen is an England Bell b Kumar .................... 25 Jadeja .................. 6.2-0-19-3 player capable of whipping up an Pietersen b Sharma ........... 17 Ashwin ................. 10-0-37-2 Indian crowd but they were even Root b Sharma .................. 39 Raina ........................ 1-0-1-1 more delighted by his downfall. Morgan b Ashwin ............. 10 India innings Having added 44 in 41 balls with Kieswetter b Jadeja ............. 0 Gambhir b Tredwell ......... 33 Bell, both batsmen fell in conPatel lbw b Jadeja ............... 0 Rahane b Finn .................... 0 secutive overs, Pietersen given Bresnan b Ashwin ............ 25 Kohli not out .................... 77 out after again briefly threatenTredwell not out ................. 4 Yuvraj b Tredwell ............. 30 ing despite there being no apparFinn b Raina ....................... 3 Dhoni not out ................... 10 ent edge. Dernbach b Jadeja .............. 0 Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 5) ........ 7 Pietersen was visibly relucExtras (lb 6, w 9) ............. 15 Total (3 wickets) ............ 157 tant to drag himself away after Total (all out) .................. 155 Fall of wickets 1-11, 2-78, 3-144 fencing at a length ball from Fall of wickets 1-24, 2-68, 3- Bowling ............. O-M-R-W Ishant Sharma that rose sharply, 68, 4-97, 5-98, 6-98, 7-145, 8- Finn ..................... 9.1-0-50-1 the awkwardness of his stroke Dernbach ................ 5-0-45-0 forcing the bat into the flap of his 145, 9-155, 10-155 Bowling ............. O-M-R-W Bresnan .................. 7-2-31-0 front pad. If there was doubt Kumar .................. 10-2-40-1 Tredwell ................. 7-1-29-2 about that dismissal, there was

none three balls later as Dhoni collected a scrape off the toe of Bell’s bat while standing up to Bhuvneshwar. England were never able to feel at home on the Ranchi surface and India’s hold on the match was further strengthened as Morgan tamely lobbed the ball to short-third man. Morgan laboured for 10 off 30 balls in a manner reminiscent of his poor form in the UAE last year, playing and missing against the quicks before getting out attempting a premeditated reverse-swipe through point against R Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja then burst one through a loose defensive shot from Craig Kieswetter and pinned Samit Patel lbw pushing half forward as three wickets fell for one run in nine balls to send the crowd into further raptures. Root again dropped anchor, displaying familiar circumspection and timing a handful of boundaries. He and the returning Bresnan - the one change on either side - formed a Yorkshire coalition in an attempt to heave England towards a respectable total but a loose drive from Root gave Ishant his second wicket and the spinners quickly cleaned up the tail. Before the start, there was already a palpable sense of anticipation in the ground at the return of Dhoni, India’s captain and their standard-bearer during a testing recent run in ODI cricket. A light aircraft trailed a message in coloured smoke across the milky blue sky as Dhoni was interviewed at the toss. “It’s a big moment for me but it’s important to be focused,” he said. Dhoni also suggested that he may have played cricket with “at least 15,000” of the crowd, during his tennis-ball days as a youngster in Jharkhand, but his ten team-mates on the pitch were more than enough to rout a dismal England.—AFP

RANCHI: MS Dhoni leaps after getting Ian Bell out caught during India vs England 3rd ODI.

CDGL to organize Open National Squash C’ship MUZAFFAR ALI

LAHORE—District Coordina- J O H A N N E S B U R G —Justin the various formats. tion Officer (DCO) Lahore Noorul-Amin Mengal said that City District Government Lahore (CDGL) with the collaboration of the Punjab Bank would organize Lahore Open National Squash Championship at Punjab Squash Complex from 23rd January to 26th January, 2013. National & International players (both male and female) of all provinces of the country are participating in this tournament. He expressed these views while briefing the media persons at a press conference at Punjab Squash Complex here on Saturday. The representatives of Punjab Bank and members of Squash Association were present on the occasion. Mengal told that City Government had been carrying out all possible steps for the promotion of squash particularly in Lahore and generally in Pakistan. “By organizing such sort of tournament, we may search new talent and this tournament will be a guideline for the young upcoming players of squash”, he added. He also revealed that cash prizes would also be give to the winners and runners up.

PTF master Cup

Aqeel, Yasir to vie for final

LAHORE: Pakistan Women’s Cricket team with Head of Depilex Beauty Clinic & Institute Masarrat Saba during their visit.

Cycling: Today’s riders paying price for doping - Schleck A DELAIDE —Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck said Saturday that today’s riders would pay the price for the systematic doping undertaken by disgraced seventime Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. Speaking ahead of the season-opening Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Schleck said most of the current riders were not even competing when the Texan began his doping regime in the late 1990s. “When this all started I was 14, 15 years old so I came into a different era,” the 27-year-old said. “I think it’s a bit sad that we now have to pay the price for what happened 15 years ago.” —APP

ICC Women World Cup 2013

‘Cuttack is new to us but our hopes are high’ MURIDKE—Pakistan women ried about being stopped from fea- will.” “When our team played in cricket team’s chief coach Mohtashim Rasheed hopes for a good tournament for his team at the new venue, Cuttack, in India which was announced by the ICC in view of security concerns that came up after nine men hockey players from Pakistan, who were to feature in Hockey India League (HIL), were forced to return home following threats to their lives by Hindu extremist party Shiv Sena. “The ICC Women’s World Cup is a big international event, so the grounds in Cuttack must be up to a certain standard. But grounds and wickets are not really a major concern for us at this stage as we have been more wor-

turing in the event,” the coach told India earlier, in 2007, it was in media persons on Friday. Guwahati. We hadn’t even heard of that city then and even Cuttack 40 will be a very new place for us. But we aim to play good cricket there,” said Mohtashim. Team captain Sana Mir said that she had heard that Cuttack was a cantonment area which makes it a safe venue. “But it will be interesting to see what happens if we qualify for the Super Sixes. Because the next round’s matches are all in Mumbai.” “Some of them are also day “The girls have qualified for and night encounters and most of the World Cup and have been the matches, especially the India working very hard for it. They matches, are televised, too.— deserved to play and play they Agencies

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Ontong to lead SA Invitation XI against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD—Top seed Aqeel Khan and 2nd seed Yasir Khan will vie for the top honor today (Sunday) in the final of PTF master Cup 2013 (Men’s). In the first semifinal top seed Aqeel Khan won his encounter against Abid of Lahore in a thrilling and well contested three set match. Aqeel Khan won the first set at 6-2 by breaking 6th game of Abid. Abid fought back in the 2nd set and won the set at 6-4 after breaking 9th game of Aqeel Khan with the help of some good volleys. The final set was marked with asses, lobs and excellent execution of passing shorts. The score went up to 2 all at this stage Aqeel Khan hold his serve and build up the winning lead 3-2 and broke the Abid’s game with good over head short and won the set at 6-4 by breaking 10th game of Abid. The match lasted two hours. Both the players displayed quality tennis. In the 2nd semifinal 2nd seed Yasir Khan proved too good for his elder brother Jalil Khan and eliminated him in straight sets 6-2,6-3 with the powerful baseline game. Imran Shaukat secured the 5th position when he beat 4th seed Sanaullah of Peshawar in one sided affair at a score of 6-2,6-2. —Online

Ontong will lead the South African Invitation XI against Pakistan in the four-day tour opener which takes place at Buffalo Park, East London, from Jan 25-28. “We were not able to consider players from either the Titans or the Highveld Lions as they will be playing their outstanding Sunfoil Series match over the same weekend, which is why it will be a South African Invitation XI rather than South Africa A,” commented coach Vincent Barnes. “It is nevertheless a very strong team drawn from the other four franchises and includes five players who have represented the Proteas across

“We have achieved a balance between established franchise players who have been doing well in the Sunfoil Series as well as giving an opportunity to younger players who have shown promise. Wayne Parnell is making good progress on his rehab program and is expected to be fit in time for the game. SA Invitation XI: Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras, captain), Kyle Abbott (Dolphins), Cody Chetty (Dolphins), Ayabulela Gqamane (Warriors), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras), Davy Jacobs (Warriors), Wayne Parnell Jaarsveld (Dolphins), Stiaan van (Warriors), Andrew Puttick Zyl (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras), Vaughn van (Cape Cobras).—Agencies

Australian Open

Federer slaps down Tomic after Del Potro upset MELBOURNE—Roger Federer the other players. I think he has a 3 win. “I had nothing to lose towas in no mood to let a trend develop after the first real upsets of the week at the Australian Open tennis on Saturday and slapped down local upstart Bernard Tomic with authority to reach the fourth round. Juan Martin del Potro stunned Federer to win the U.S. Open in 2009 but the Argentine sixth seed was on the receiving end of the shock on Saturday when an inspired Jeremy Chardy led a four-strong French charge into the last 16. Serena Williams and Andy Murray never looked like losing sometimes challenging contests earlier in the day but defending champion and world number one Victoria Azarenka had a closer call and was forced to dig deep for her victory. All eyes were on the evening match in Rod Laver Arena, however, where Tomic had been talking up his chances of translating his good early-season form into a victory over a player rated by many as the best to ever pick up a racket. Tomic gave his best and came within two points of winning a thrilling second-set tiebreak but the 17-times grandslam champion simply upped the gears, pulled out a couple of extraordinary winners, and raced away to a 6-4 7-6 6-1 victory. “I had to be able to bring the whole repertoire to the court today, defense and offence, which I enjoy,” said the second seed, who next faces Milos Raonic, before offering some advice to Tomic. “I think it’s important to be confident but obviously you respect the game and you respect

lot of respect for me.” Del Potro battled back from two sets down to level his thirdround contest but the mercurial Chardy grabbed a break in the decider and held his nerve to serve out for a 6-3 6-3 6-7 3-6 6-

day so it was easy to play,” said the world number 36. “It’s a big win for me, maybe the best of my career.” After five days without any upsets of note at the year’s first grand slam, two came along within minutes.—AFP

MELBOURNE: Switzerland’s Roger Federer serves to Australia’s Bernard Tomic during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship.


‘Sugar intake level affects body weight‘

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EDUCING sugar intake has a small but significant effect on body weight in adults, researchers say. Although the effect is relatively small, the findings provide some support for international guidelines to cut sugar intake to less than 10 percent of total energy to help reduce the global obesity epidemic. Excessive sugar in the diet has been linked to obesity, and a higher risk of chronic diseases. The most consistent association has been between a high intake of sugar sweetened beverages and the development of obesity, but not all studies have reported a statistically significant link. The World Health Organization has suggested that intake of “free sugars” should be less than 10 percent of total energy intake, but no upper safe limit has been agreed. So a team of researchers at the University of Otago and Riddet Institute in New Zealand analysed the results of 71 studies of sugar intake and body fatness to summarise evidence on the association between intake of dietary sugars and body weight in both adults and children. Free sugars were defined as sugars that are added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer; plus those naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices. Differences in study design and quality were taken into account to minimise bias. They found that advice to reduce free sugars was associated with an average 0.8 kg reduction in weight, while advice to increase intake was associated with a corresponding 0.75

kg increase. This parallel effect, they suggest, seems be due to an altered energy intake, since replacing sugars with other carbohydrates did not result in any change in body weight. The evidence was also less consistent in children, mainly due to poor compliance to dietary advice. However, for sugar sweetened beverages, the risk of being overweight or obese increased among children with the highest intake compared with those with the lowest intake. According to the authors of the study, given the many causes of obesity, it is unsurprising that the effect of reducing intake is relatively small, and they point out that some other unmeasured factors may explain some or all of this effect. But they add “the overall consistency of the findings, regardless of study type, is reassuring.” They also acknowledge that the extent to which population based advice to reduce sugars might reduce risk of obesity “cannot be extrapolated from the present findings, because few data from the studies lasted longer than ten weeks.” They concluded that “when considering the rapid weight gain that occurs after an increased intake of sugars, it seems reasonable to conclude that advice relating to sugars intake is a relevant component of a strategy to reduce the high risk of overweight and obesity in most countries.” The study has been recently published on bmj.com.

KARACHI: Abaji from France, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, Ustad Bashir Khan from Pakistan and Mehmet Ergin from Germany performing fusion music to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany.

International performers enthrall music fans STAFF REPORTER

Karachiites to get electricity from garbage STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—International stars K ARACHI — The agreement from France and Germany together with Pakistani maestros enthralled music fans at a wellattended fusion concert held here at the Alliance Francaise on Friday night. The organisers said that Abaji from France, Mehmet Ergin from Germany and eminent Pakistani musicians Ustad Naseeruddin Saami and Ustad Bashir Khan gave a series of performances. Tehzeeb Foundation, Alliance Francaise and Goethe Institute arranged the concert on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the treaty of friendship (The Elysee Treaty) between France and Germany. The German and French Consulates in Karachi were partners in the event. President Tehzeeb Foundation, KARACHI: Consul General of Malaysia, Abu Bakar Mamat, inaugurating Study Malaysia Malahat Awan, said that exhibition at Pearl Continental Hotel. Picture shows Babar Bashir Ahmed, MD, North Pole Tehzeeb Foundation, Alliance Francaise and Goethe InstiInternational, and GM, of hotel Azeem Qureshi. tute had joined hands to create an opportunity for the city’s music-lovers to enjoy fusion music with an international flavour.

Malaysia to accommodate Pak students for best education STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI— Pakistani youth can now avail the best possible higher education in Malaysia that ranks among the top in the world. This was said by Malaysian Consul General Mr Abu Bakar Mamat while inaugurating the two-day 9th Study Malaysia Exhibition Expo held in a local hotel. The Malaysian Consul General said the quality of education and scholarships provided by Malaysian universities for Pakistani students should make Malaysia the first destination choice for Pakistani youth seek-

ing higher education. Mr Mamat also met the Malaysian universities delegation, students and their parents, and cross-checked the quality of services being provided by the organiser for this all-Malaysian event. The Managing Director of North Pole International (Pvt.) Ltd and chief organiser of this event in Pakistan, Mr Babar Bashir Ahmad, thanked the chief guest and the participating universities and termed the launch of this event an excellent opportunity for people in Pakistan. He added that top Malaysian Universities representatives available to guide career savvy stu-

dents and their parents on study options available in Malaysia. Mr Bashir Ahmad pointed out that with the uncertain political and economic situation in Pakistan, and the strict visa policy in most western countries were factors that had forced potential students in this region to look for an alternative from usual choice of UK, USA, Australia and Canada. The two-day 9th Study Malaysia Exhibition held in Karachi was organised by North Pole International (Pvt) Ltd. The exhibition will also be held in Lahore on Jan22& 23 and Islamabad on Jan 25.

Significance of quality education stressed KARACHI—Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, has said that no nation can achieve its development goals without quality education. He stated that the Sindh Madressatul Islam University is engaged to fulfill such an objective with dedication. Shaikh was addressing the farewell party organised by SMIU at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium in honour of Afroz Abbasi, Principal of SMl Girls Model School, who retired from her service on Saturday. He said Afroz Abbasi was a dedicated and highly learned teacher and good administrator, that is why, 15 batches of girl

students have passed Matriculation examination from SMl and quite a large number of girls who passed out from SMI have been serving on an important positions in various fields. Shaikh said that Afroz Abbasi was the first headmistress of Sindh Madressah’s junior section in 1990. In 1997 she became its first incharge, then first vice- principal and after that first principal. Similarly, when Sindh Madressah received university status last year she became its first officiating registrar. Shaikh said the girls section of SMI was opened as the English cum Sindhi medium set-up, because there was no quality public sector school for girls in the

city and later SMI’s girls school proved one of the quality schools of Sindh as its girls used to secure hundred percentage results in the board examinations. In recognition of Afroz Abbasi’s service spread over 22 years and 5 months at SMI, Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh gave her a cheque of her pension contributions. Dr. Afroz Abbasi in her speech said that she fulfilled her responsibilities with loyalty and dedication because she considered the teaching job a most sacred one. Senior teachers of SMI’s boys and girls model schools Zahida Abbasl, Syed Wajid All and Rajab Ali Mallah also eulogised her services, rendered at SMI.—APP

Test for appointment of ASIs tomorrow STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A spokesman of Sindh Police on Saturday announced that the physical tests for appointments on vacant posts of Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) in police department will be held on January 21 at 9 am. He advised the candidates to remain present in their respective district police lines alongwith original qualification and other documents. The spokesman has also issued the schedule for candidates belonging to Karachi as under: South Zone—Police Headquarters Garden, East Zone Police Headquarters Razzaqabad, West Zone Police Headquarters Khawaja Ajmair Nagri.—APP

signed between Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and a British international company to execute the project of disposing of 10,000 tons of garbage daily in the city and consuming it to produce electricity will prove a revolutionary step. This was stated by Administrator KMC, Muhammad Hussain Syed during a meeting with Head of the British Company, Richard Cook in his office here on Saturday, said a release. The KMC Chief said this

project will help in maintaining cleanliness in the city besides enhancing the power supply to the city. He praised the cleanliness system, transfer of garbage to land-fill sites and its very scientific handling in London and Glasgow. He proposed that service of the international companies providing civic services should be sought to upgrade the municipal system in Karachi under public-private partnership. Muhammad Hussain Syed said that Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul- Ebad Khan was also

taking keen interest in this project and wanted to see its earliest execution in view of its importance.Richard Cook said that it would be a pride for them to provide their service to the citizens of Karachi. His company has a long experience in solid waste management and has been working in many countries. He said that his company would do solid waste management in such a way that it would have no effect on population of the city. The small vehicles would bring the garbage to landfill sites for the production of electricity.

Qadri on the successful culmination of the long march KARACHI—The Soyem of the through mutual understanding martyred MQM MPA Manzar and dialogues. Both the leadImam, his driver and two security guards was held at all the offices of the MQM throughout the country.The main gathering for offering fateha and recitation of the Holy Quran was held in Lal Qila Ground Azizabad in the close vicinity of the MQM Headquarters Nine Zero. Deputy Conveners of the Co-ordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar, Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani, Senator Nasreen Jalil, Dr Nusrat Shoukat, other members of the committee, Senators, MNAs, MPAs, delegations of different political parties, office-bearers of various wings and sectors of the MQM and a large number of MQM workers attended the Soyem gathering held in the Lal Qila Ground. After the recitations of the Holy Quran, Maulana Tanvirul Haque Thanvi offered prayers for the martyrs. Special prayers were offered for the good health and long life of Mr Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of the MQM. Similar gathering were held in Interior Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan at the local zonal offices of the MQM. Meanwhile, Head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri telephoned the Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain and offered condolences on the martyrdom of MPA Manzar Imam. Dr Qadri termed the assassination of Manzar Imam a blatant act of terrorism and condemned it in strongest words. He expressed sympathies on behalf of the leaders and workers of Tehreek-i-Minhaj-ul-Quran and Pakistan Awami Tehreek and prayed for the divine forgiveness of the deceased MPA, his driver and security guards. Mr Hussain thanked Dr Qadri for expressing sympathy and solidarity in the hour of grief. He congratulated Dr

KARACHI—A grand operation

was carried out in Shah Faisal Town to remove encroachments on roads and streets. The action was taken on the orders of the Administrator Shah Faisal Town Kamal Mustafa who responded to complaints from the organisers of Eid-eMilad-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) processions and the notables of the town. The Administrator also visited various areas of the town, said an official statement here on Saturday, The Administrator directed that all routes of the Milad processions, Milad gatherings and mosques be cleared of all kinds of encroachments and ers agreed on extending co-op- declared as “no parking eration with each other for zones” to ensure security on eliminating the obsolete politi- the eve of Eid-e-Milad-uncal system from the country. Nabi (PBUH).—APP

Soyem of Manzar Imam held in Lal Qila STAFF REPORTER

TMA Faisal prepares to celebrate Eid-e-Milad


A broken heart breaks your heart, literally! A

CCORDING to an article published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, heart attack risk after bereavement is much higher for several weeks after the loss. The day the loved one dies, the risk of a heart attack is a stunning twenty one times higher. The article also warns friends and family to look for signs of heart failure in the bereaved person, ensuring they relax and maintain any medication regime they may be on. The study was conducted with nearly 2000 adult heart attack survivors and while the risk of a heart problem declined over the first month, it still remained at six times the normal risk during the first week after a loved one died. Murray Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., a preventive cardiologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and School of Public Health’s epidemiology department in Boston, Mass. said: “Caretakers, healthcare providers, and the bereaved themselves need to recognize they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.” This is the first study of its kind to focus on the effects of emotional events in our lives, on the heart. Broken heart syndrome is a well documented effect, but it is not thought to produce any lasting health problems, and while it may be true that those suffering from symptoms of a broken heart generally recover with no ill effect, it certainly appears that others, while not suffering

from the “pseudo” heart attack of broken heart syndrome, jump straight into full blown symptoms and physical heart issues. Researchers say that figures show that 1 in 320 people who are at high risk for heart failure and 1 in nearly 1,400 people who are at low risk, will suffer increased heart problems due to a bereavement. Additionally, the grieving spouses are more likely to die in the future, with heart attacks and strokes accounting for 53 percent of their deaths. As part of the multicenter study, the scientists analyzed charts and talked with patients while in the hospital, after a confirmed heart attack between 1989 and 1994. Patients answered questions about circumstances surrounding their heart attack, as well as whether they recently lost someone significant in their lives over the past year, when the death happened, and the importance of their relationship.Researchers used a case crossover design to compare patients over the past six months. The approach eliminated the possible confounding factors of comparing different people. The authors also estimated the relative risk of a heart attack by comparing the number of patients who had someone close to them die in the week before their heart attack, to the number of deaths of significant people in their lives from one to six months before their heart attack. Psychological stress, such as that caused by intense grief, can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting, which can raise the chances of a heart attack.

Steps for minorities’ rights assured STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—State Minister for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill has said the government is taking steps to safeguard the rights of the minorities. Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony among christains community here at Moonis Elahi secretariat on Saturday, he said that PML-Q always supported minorities in good times and even in odd times as well. He said that ministry of national harmony was working to promote harmony among all religions adding that during last ten years a lot of work had been done for the welfare of minorities and the credit goes to Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and his party. He further said that seats are being increased in provincial and national assemblies for miLAHORE: Shopkeepers displaying different stuff on shops to attract customers in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi norities. Masih Gill said that general (PBUH) celebrations. election were near to come and the people should cast their vote to the deserving candidate. Later, a cheques of Rs 2.5 million were distributed among Christians.

Oxford organises talk on Quaid-i-Azam STAFF REPORTER

Transport system being reorganised on modern models: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED

LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz

LAHORE—Oxford University Sharif has said that those who Press (OUP) is organizing a talk by Sikandar Hayat on his book The Charismatic Leader: Quaidi-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan. His study provides a detailed and systematic analysis of the charismatic leadership of Jinnah during the decade of 1937–47. It focuses on the ‘personality-related’ and ‘situational’ factors that led to the emergence of Jinnah as the charismatic leader of the Muslims. Sikandar Hayat is currently Dean, National Institute of Public Policy at the National School of Public Policy, Lahore. The talk will be held on 19 January, at the Oxford Bookshop, Mini Market, Lahore, at 4.30 pm.

LAHORE: Justice Lahore High Court, Justice Manzoor Malik with female civil judges who completed their course at Punjab Judicial Academy.

Long delayed decision in a case is no justice: Justice Manzoor L AHORE —Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik of Lahore High Court has said that decision of a case after 20 years is no justice as justice delayed is justice denied. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of Capacity Building Training Course designed for female Civil Judges at Punjab Judicial Academy. Mr. Ashtar Ausaf, Advocate General Punjab, District & Sessions Judge Lahore, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gajana, Mr. Sardar Ahmad Naeem, Registrar Lahore High Court and newly elected President of Lahore Bar Association, Mr. Nauman Qureshi also attended the ceremony. The judge underlined the need for early dispensation of justice without fear or favor. He advised the judges to render judgments with hard and honest work and curb the tendency of increas-

ing the work of higher courts by deciding cases on technical grounds. Suppose in mind there is no forum of appeal against the case you are adjudicating and write comprehensive and complete judgments destined to be upheld in the higher courts in case of an appeal. This should be motto of the district judiciary, Justice Malik further said. A judge should earn respect by his judgments. You are judges of the people on earth and Allah Almighty is your Judge. Litigants and lawyers also judge your performance. Collective approach of lawyers about your work and conduct cannot be wrong and they have not uttered a single work against honest and hardworking judges. Justice Malik said that we are living in man’s dominated society where

attitudes and customs more suited for men have been developed. But now this scenario is changing. This is your responsibility to make way for women folk and prove by your work that you can deliver better than men. Consider yourself as a judge and not a female while deciding cases. The participants of the course include Shabana Risalat, Ambreen Qureshi, Shazia Zafar Raja, Nadia Ikram Malik, Saira Noreen, Uzma Ahsan, Mehrun-Nisa, Sobia Tirmazi, Shamaila Sheikh, Gul-eNaseen, Aqsa Hanif, Zalay Huma, Aqsa Ghaffar, Huma Altaf, Afshan Ijaz Sufi, HIna Muzaffar, Poonam Adnan, Saira Chaudhary, Shabana Afzal, Nahid Ali Sher, Farzana Bashir, Ayesha Rasheed Awan and Shabana Hameed Mughal.—INP

remain silent over the provision of facilities to the elite and raise hue and cry at the projects for providing relief to the common man have no sympathy with the poor people, therefore, they looted the national resources ruthlessly in the name of development projects during their tenure. He said that PML-N government by implementing its manifesto has completed development projects worth billions of rupees throughout the province expeditiously for providing best facilities to the people. He said that the historic public welfare project of metro bus service, is a glorious example of service to the masses and expressed the hope that this project will be completed during this

Humara to train singers ‘Govt committed to fair polls’ L —Prominent Singer AHORE

Humara Arshad has signed an agreement with a music company to train the new talent in singing. Talking to APP, she said there was not proper arrangements of training of new artists and singers in the country. Humara said “She will be proud of it to do the job.”—APP

LAHORE—PPP Deputy Information Secretary Mian Shams has said that the federal government will ensure holding of free, fair and impartial elections. Talking to media persons, he said despite all conspiracies hatched to get the elections postponed, the government was committed to hold elections on time. He said that the elements working against the Pakistan Peoples Party would not succeed in their designs. The people will again vote the PPP to power on the basis of its performance, he added. He said that it was the need of hour that all the political forces should support democracy. He said undemocratic and unconstitutional demands would not only harm economy but also hamper progress and development of the country. Shams said that the credit went to President Asif Ali Zardari as because of his sanity, Dr Tahirul Qadri had agreed to call off his sit-in.—APP

UHS promoting allied health sciences: VC MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences (UHS), Prof. I.A.Naveed has said that the university is committed to strengthen allied health sciences education, research and provide courses and training to allied health personnel through formal, distance learning, e-learning method. Addressing the newly admitted class of 2-year transitional programme in Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) on

Saturday, UHS VC said that the programme was designed to provide contemporary knowledge and skill to practicing physical therapists for better patient care. “What makes physical therapists important is that they know how to look at the bigger whole picture and take care of the smallest details which sometimes means nothing to others even patients themselves, but at the end make a huge difference”, he added. He emphasized the need of research and evidence-based

clinical practice and said that there would be no compromise on quality and standards of education at the university. UHS registrar, Dr. Asad Zaheer said that the role of physiotherapists was important because they took care of all three dimensions of healthcare-preventive, curative, and promotive. He further said that the university was in contact with the Higher Education Commission to make t-DPT programme equivalent to M.Phil.

The Course Coordinator, Dr. Muhammad Asim said that the curriculum of t-DPT had been designed in line with international standards with a focus on the evidence-based format. The teaching would be through the highly sophisticated web portal to encourage constant and active learning among students in term of discussion board activities and projects. One of the faculty members, Dr. Fariha Shah, said that across the globe, physical therapy had gotten its recognition in

healthcare due to its research backed validity as a necessary and important treatment for patients suffering from a variety of pathologies including musculo-skeletal, neuro-muscular, cardiopulmonary, integumatary, vestibular and sports related injuries. She added that with the launch of new programme by UHS, it would be ensured that the knowledge which is required out of these professionals would truly be displayed through their practice.

month. He said that the opponents will become silent at the provision of facilities to the common man through metro buses. He was presiding over the second meeting of Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA), here Saturday. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh. Ahmad Hassan, Advisor Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries Finance and Transport, Managing Director Metro Bus Authority and officers concerned attended the meeting. The meeting gave approval in principle to the budget of Metro Bus Authority and also reviewed in detail administrative and other matters of the authority. Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has adopted a concrete strategy for provision of best transport facilities to the people and transport

system is being organized on modern lines. He said that after the completion of this splendid project of metro bus service, best, comfortable and safe travelling facilities would be available to the people. The Chief Minister said that metro bus project is unique in respect of transparency, quality and speed. He disclosed that this excellent project of metro bus service is in the final stages of completion and the temporary problems of the masses will soon convert into permanent relief. He said that for the first time in the history of the country, modern terminals, e-ticketing system and automatic escalators are being installed on metro bus project for the convenience of the masses and the fare of metro bus will be within the reach of the common man. He said that Punjab government is writing a history by

completing the historic metro bus project in a record period by working round the clock and after completion of this project the transport culture and the lifestyle will totally change. Shahbaz Sharif disclosed that the splendid and unique metro bus project in the transport history of the country will be completed during this month and best traveling facilities to the masses will be available. He said that an agreement with Lahore Solid Waste Company has also been signed for the cleanliness of the metro bus route. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government is spending resources on the provision of facilities to the poor as they have equal right on the resources. Earlier, Managing Director Metro Bus Authority gave a detailed briefing about administrative, financial and other matters. The meeting also reviewed the progress on metro bus project.


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