Page 1

PM tells COAS.....

TTP suicide blast near GHQ kills 13 Govt to take tough  Six security men, seven civilians among martyred

OBSERVER REPORT

STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister

RAWALPINDI—Thirteen people including six security personnel were killed and 29 others injured after a suicide bomber exploded himself at R.A Bazar close to the army’s General Headquarters, at around 7.45 am here on Monday morning. The blast took place in front of the National Logistics Cell building near the General Headquarters of the Pakistan military and the RA Bazar police station. The market, a short walk from the army headquarters in Rawalpindi is one of the most secure areas of the city, said poSTAFF REPORTER lice chief Akhtar Hayat Lalika. According to police sources, PESHAWAR—Gunmen killed a the attacker (16-18), who was Shia scholar in Peshawar on under the guise of garbage-colMonday, police and hospital lector exploded himself while officials said. riding a bicycle when security Allama Alim Al-Musvi was personnel stopped him at a shot while walking to the check post near the Bazaar’s mosque in the Kissa Khwani main crossing at Mehmood-ulbazaar, police said. Hassan road. The injured were “Two gunmen opened fire rushed to different hospitals inon the scholar and escaped in cluding Military Hospital and the narrow streets when he DHQ Hospital. came out of his house and The Senior Superintendent walked towards the mosque,” Police Operations said a fulllocal police official said. scale relief and rescue operation Al-Musvi was a locally was conducted after the blast in respected scholar and used to which ambulances of Rescuedeliver sermons at special Shia 1122, Edhi, Allied Hospitals, gatherings, he added. A CMH and MH participated. government hospital spokesFour dead were shifted to man, confirmed the death. the District Headquarters Rawalpindi while other victims were transported to the Combined Military Hospital, Mili-

Nawaz Sharif talking to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Monday expressed his grief over bomb blast near the General Head Quarters (GHQ), adding that the government has decided to take difficult decisions in order to establish peace in the country. During the telephonic con-

Shia scholar gunned down

Abbas thanks Pak for supporting Qaim asks Palestinian cause LEAs to speed MARRAKECH—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has thanked the people and Government of Pakistan for their consistent and unflinching support to the Palestinian cause. He was talking with Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the side-lines of the 20th Session of OIC’s Al Quds Committee being held in Marrakech. Continued on Page 7

Govt accords top priority to Balochistan: Dar ISLAMABAD—A meeting of Federal Ministers and the Government of Balochistan would be convened to resolve financial‚ administrative and procedural issues to streamline development projects in the province. An understanding to this effect came during meeting of Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik with Finance

Continued on Page 7

Bannu: Three injured soldiers passes away

up operation STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) to speed up the ongoing-targeted operation against the terrorists, kidnappers and extortionists in the city with full force and vowed that Sindh Police to be made strong enough to combat the terrorists and complete the operation with success. He said that exemplary coordination and cooperation among the Rangers and Sindh Police are being experienced in first time in the history and it must be harvested to have fool proof security to the common man and to maintain law and order situation in the city. This he said while addressing the meeting to review over the performance of targeted operation lunched against the criminals since September 4, 2013 in the city. Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Innam Memon, Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Additional Chief Secretary Home Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Inspector General of Police, Sindh Continued on Page 7

I SLAMABAD —The head of monster of circular debt has re-

BANNU—Three more soldiers, emerged that has touched to who were undergoing treatment in Peshawar, succumbed to injuries on Monday, mounting the death toll from Bannu blast to 25. A bomb struck a military convoy in Bannu on Sunday, killing 22 soldiers and wounding more than 30. Security forces were

Continued on Page 7

whopping Rs 194 billion putting the sitting government in defense who has earlier cleared the circular debt of Rs 503 billion. This was unveiled by Additional Secretary of Ministry of Water and Power Mr Sohail Akber here on Monday in the meeting of Senate Committee on Water and Power.

versation with the COAS, the prime minister said he shared the grief of the dead soldiers’ families and the efforts to exterminate terrorism would continue. Nawaz added that a bill on the issue of national security would be discussed in the cabinet meeting and adopted soon. Moreover, the premier and the army chief also discussed the offer of talks with militant organisation Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Delhi chief minister calls 10-day protest Presses for reforms in capital police NEW DELHI—The chief min- a makeshift podium surrounded

RAWALPINDI: Security officials on high alert on the spot after a suicide bomber exploded himself at R A Bazaar. tary Hospital and the Rawalpindi Cantonment Hospital. Emergency was declared in all the major hospitals to extend all possible medical care to the victims of the attack. Soon after the blast the security agencies including the

Rapid Response Force immediately cordoned off the blast site and no one was allowed to move in or out of the area of the blast. Those lost their lives were identified as Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Akram, Anwar, Abid, Rashid, Zubair Latif, Muhammad Sidique,

Imran and a student including Mubashar Mushtaq (19). Out of total 29 injured, 20 persons namely Abdul Rehman, Amir, Raza Masood, Aqeel, Rafiullah, Javed, Shehla Bibi, Afzaal Abbas, Nasir, Nafees, Mansoor, Shaheen, Jaffar Hussain, Zafar Iqbal, Nasir

Raza, Nadeem, Ghazanfar, Yousaf and Guldaraz were shifted to CMH. Four injured Tariq, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Rafiq and Tahir were brought to the MH. While, two injured Hassan Raza and Muhammad Khaliq

Continued on Page 7

Nawaz for extraordinary steps for crushing terrorism

Two dead in DI Khan explosions

Cabinet reviews new security policy, approves several agreements, MoUs with different countries

TARIQ SAEED

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday said that extraordinary steps were needed in extraordinary situation, adding the government would take all necessary measures to wipe out the menace of terrorism. The Prime Minister in his opening remarks said that “Pakistan is facing a serious secu-

rity situation and to address the extraordinary situation, we need to take extraordinary measures”. The Prime Minister referred to the All Parties Conference which was convened earlier and said that its decisions were endorsed by all the political parties. PM added that APC also endorsed the stance that

economy and security of Pakistan would not be played upon for gaining political mileage. Most of the Political parties have shown maturity in this regard, said the Prime Minister. A number of developments have taken place thereafter and the Government is closely following them.

Continued on Page 7

BD claims to arrest 3 Pak militants DHAKA —Bangladesh police said Monday they have arrested three suspected Pakistani militants who were allegedly carrying a bomb-making manual and other material in the capital Dhaka. The three arrested on Sunday night admitted under police questioning to having received training from the Pakistani Taliban in carrying out attacks, a Dhaka police spokesman said. The arrests come as Bangladesh police step up a security crackdown following Jan

5 elections that were boycotted by the main opposition and religious allies and marred by deadly unrest. “A bomb-making manual and a laptop containing information on military training were seized from them,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The three migrated to Pakistan from western Myanmar and were later trained by the Tehriki-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the statement said. “They have special trainings in

car bombs. They took training on grenade and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from the main trainers of the TTP in Pakistan’s territory of Waziristan,” Dhaka police spokesman Monirul Islam told reporters. After winning the elections, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government ordered a crackdown on Islamist activists, accusing them of leading deadly unrest in the weeks before and during the elections.

Continued on Page 7

Circular debt monster re-emerges even after payment of Rs480b to IPPs ALI SYED

decision for peace

Chaired by Senator Zahid Khan the meeting asked the government to arrange the third party audit into the payment of billions of rupees to IPPs stuck in earlier circular debt and directed the authorities of the ministry of water and power to apprise the committee about the reasons of increasing load shedding in the country. The meeting was basically held here to look into the huge payment of billions of rupees to IPPs to remove the circular debt and the reasons for less produc-

tion of electricity leading to the huge load shedding across the country. Sohail Akber told the meeting that the government had already directed the authorities concerned to ensure the third party audit into the payments to IPPs to erase the circular debt. “The government has paid Rs 480 billion to IPPs,” he said and added saying that the circular debt of Rs 194 billion has emerged again. “Balochistan needs to pay Rs 81 billion to Pakistan Electric Power Com-

pany (Pepco) and the recovery rate in FATA stands at just 4 percent.” He exposed the participants of meeting disclosing that even after the payment of Rs 480 billion to IPPs, their electricity production has tumbled to 5200 MW from 5500 MW. The members of the committee sharply reacting to the disclosure questioned as to how IPPs production has gone down after the clearance of the circular debt. Additional secretary said

Continued on Page 7

ister of New Delhi, an anti-corruption campaigner who swept to power last month, declared himself an “anarchist” on Monday and called for a 10-day protest to disrupt Republic Day celebrations at the weekend. Arvind Kejriwal, a firebrand grassroots organiser, took to the streets near the site of the annual Republic Day military parade on Monday to press his demands for reforms of the police in the capital. “We have come here for auto drivers, the hawkers and everyone who have to pay bribes to the Delhi police,” he said after battling blockades to reach a spot near the presidency building. After his address, he sat on

by several hundred supporters of his Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party as more than 1,000 police and several anti-riot vehicles stood by. The Republic Day celebrations, due Sunday, are an annual celebration of India’s military might when missiles, tanks and marching soldiers parade down the main road leading to the presidency building. “Some people say that I’m an anarchist creating disorder. Yes I’m an anarchist. I agree to that!” Kejriwal shouted. “But today every home has this anarchy, it’s so expensive that people can’t make ends meet. Women are unsafe.” His party, formed little

Continued on Page 7

Zafar rejects demands of disbanding CII

SLAMABAD —Leader of the benches said it was wrong to say PESHAWAR—Twin explosion in IHouse in Senate, Raja Zafarul that the task of the council had

the Dera Ismail Khan (D I Khan) on Monday resulted in killing of at least two people and serious injuries to three others including the incharge of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS). However, the BDS managed to defuse three other bombs before they could go off. Reports reaching here said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Tehsil Kulachi of DI Khan wounded five passerbys. They were rushed to the hospital however, two of the victims succumbed to their injuries. “A roadside remote-controlled explosion occurred in the Loni area of Dera Ismail Khan’s Kulachi Tehsil. Subsequently, five people sustained severe injuries”. Police said adding they were shifted to the Dera Ismail Khan District Headquarters for medical treatment but two Succumbed to their injuries on the way. The deceased persons were

Continued on Page 7

Two Rangers among 6 injured in Karachi attack IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —Two Rangers Sindh personnel and four other persons were injured in a grenade attack in Nusrat Bhutto Colony late Monday night. Rangers personnel were on a routine patrol in a van in the area of incident and as the van reached the spot of Nusrat Bhutto Colony and started snap checking there, some unidentified men attacked the Rangers picket. Subsequent to the attack, two Rangers personnel and 4 civilians were injured and Rangers van was badly damaged in the attack. Heavy contingent of Police and Rangers reached the venue of incident and cordoned off the

Continued on Page 7

Haq Monday rejected all the arguments made by members of the upper house of parliament for disbanding the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). Speaking over a motion moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), he said as the legislation was a continuous process, the work of Council of Islamic Ideology will also continue. “The House may discuss the working and recent pronouncements of the Council of Islamic Ideology,” said the motion moved by Babar. Zafar-ul-Haq of the treasury

ended after it submitted its final report on review of laws. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senator said the Islamic council was imperative for compiling the laws in accordance with the Holy Quran and Sunnah, adding that the government, on the basis of the allegations levelled against CII, cannot shut the institution down. He said some of the decisions of the council had been published in the newspapers but its report was not presented before the parliament.

Continued on Page 7

Pakistan historic win against Sri Lanka SHARJAH—Azhar Ali hit a bril- owed their successful chase to

liant hundred as Pakistan pulled Ali’s fifth Test century (103) as he and Misbah shared a 109run stand for the fifth wicket. Misbah, who finished with 68 not out, hit the winning single with nine balls to spare in fading light. E v e n when Sarfraz was out, caught behind off paceman Eranga, Pakistan needed 116. Sarfraz hit Captain Misbah-ul-Haq greets Azhar Ali af- four boundaries and a six ter scoring his match-winning century. off 46 balls. off a thrilling win in the third But Misbah supported Ali as and final Test against Sri Lanka Pakistan achieved their secin Sharjah on Monday, levelling ond best chase in all Test cricket.—AP the series 1-1. Set a daunting 302 to win in a possible 59 overs, Pakistan Detailed story on Sports Page


KSEW starts building 12 tons Bollard Pull Pusher Tug for Navy K ARACHI —Steel

cutting ceremony of 12 tons Bollard Pull Pusher Tug, being built for Pakistan Navy, was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) here on Monday. Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain was the chief guest at the ceremony attended by senior officers of Pakistan Navy and the Government, and representatives of the corporate sector. The pusher tug has 16.89 meter over all length with a gross tonnage of 63 tons. It is fitted with a robust fendering arrangement for all round tugging operations for submarines, ships and crafts. The Commander Karachi said that KSEW has secured order for construction of 3rd tug of same type in two years for Pakistan Navy reflects full confidence of PN in the capabilities of the shipyard for indigenous construction of ships meeting stringent quality requirements. He appreciated the efforts of KSEW management and workforce for timely

IGP suspends Bannu Elite Force DSP PESHAWAR—Inspector General of Police (IGP), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Khan Durrani has suspended DSP Elite Force, Bannu on charges of corruption, bad reputation and association with smugglers of Non Customs Paid (NCP) vehicles, said a press release issued here on Monday. The provincial police chief had received various complaints from public circles about DSP Elite Force Bannu.—APP

Traffic police received Rs 20m fine in 2013 Q UETTA —Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Abdul Razaq Cheema here on Monday said that the traffic police have received Rs 20 million fine for traffic violations during the year 2013. a joint press conference, CCPO Quetta and SSP Traffic Police Mohammad Salim Lehri said that though, encroachments, shortage of manpower, sheer violation of the building code, inordinate delay in the construction of the sewerage lines, non-functional traffic signals and nonavailability of bus stop hampered smooth functioning of the traffic system, yet traffic police performed brilliantly.—APP

completion of all shipbuilding, ship repair and general engineering projects. It is quite encouraging that after successful delivery of 4th F 22 P Frigate PNS ASLAT, KSEW has recently commenced another mega project of construction of 17,000 tons fleet tanker for Pakistan Navy, he acknowledged. He assured that COMKAR command would continue to provide all support to the shipyard in its endeavours to become a major shipbuilding hub in the region. Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain announced Rs 20,000 cash award each for the best workers of the shipyard on behalf of the Karachi Command. Managing Director KSEW, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah in his welcome address said that steel cutting of this tug is being performed in advance of the contractual timeline and will be completed within scheduled time. This project has complete self-sufficiency in construction activities and that

no technical assistance from foreign yard is being sought. He said, presently KSEW is undertaking five ships building project, which includes 17000 tons fleet tanker, two fast attack missile craft. One 32 tons bollard pull tug, which is ready for delivery, and twenty two (22) bridge erection boats were being built for Pak Army. He thanked Minister of Defense Production and the Naval Headquarters for their continued patronage by awarding such important projects. He highlighted that various construction projects are being negotiated with Karachi Port Trust (KPT). KSEW has also relaunched itself in heavy engineering industry where it is undertaking projects of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Pakistan Railways and local private industries. Besides manufacturing various machineries for industries, complete sugar making plants were manufactured for the Nawabshah Sugar Mills, he said. He informed that ship

repair division is also rendering valuable services of docking and repairs to PN fleet, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Port Qasim as well as foreign ships. The repair/refit of 21 vessels was undertaken during last year. He resolved that KSEW will be made as a leading ship yard in the region. On the conclusion of the ceremony, the milestone certificates were signed. Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain and Managing Director KSEW Rear Admiral Syed Hassan Nasir Shah witnessed the signing. The KSEW was set up in 1952 in collaboration with a German Company as a Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation’s (PIDC) project. Now, it is being run by Ministry of Defence Production. It renders services of shipbuilding and repair of ships. It has so far manufactured 440 ships-cargo and bulk, tugs KARACHI: Commander Karachi, Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain and Managing Director KS&EW Rear and other naval vessels for Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah witnessing the signing of the document at the steel cutting ceremony of 12 tons Bollard Pull Pusher Tug at Karachi Shipyard. the country.—APP

Corruption enquiries, cases to start from 2002: Manzoor IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh provincial government had decided to initiate a process of enquiries on corruption cases from 2002 in government departments including Sindh Food, Local Government, Health, Education, Irrigation, Communications and Works and Agriculture Departments and Sindh Police. It has been decided that enquiries against charges of corruption in government departments would be commenced from the year 2002

and new cases would be registered and subsequent to the registration of such cases, the same would be tried in anti-corruption courts. Sindh Minister for AntiCorruption Establishment, Mines and Minerals s and Prisons Manzoor Hussain Wassan revealed this while talking to the newsmen Monday after a meeting was held earlier on the same subject, which the Minister had chaired. However, the Minister said that those enquiries that had been opened by the ACE Chairman and Director

have been cancelled and they have been directed not to open any further enquiry without attaining formal prior approval from the Sindh Chief secretary and him and all the necessary evidences should accompany the request for opening up any enquiry. He claimed that contrary to previous practices, big fishes would also be arrested on charges of corruption while it was a tradition that only low-cadre employees were brought under investigations and court trial.

Sabir for joint efforts to improve law, order station

PIA operates extra flights to airlift Umrah passengers

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Inter- 50 extra flights alone in the that the airline in the last four I SLAMABAD—Acting Chair- national Airlines (PIA) has so month of January. Chairman days operated 25 flights car-

man Senate Sabir Baloch has urged the importance of joint political efforts for the improvement of law and order situation in the country. He expressed these views at a luncheon hosted in honour of Balochistan parliamentary delegation headed by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik here on Monday. The delegation is visiting Islamabad to register protest against incidents of terrorism. A large number of senators, MPAs Balochistan Assembly, journalists and people from all walks of life were present on this occasion. Senator Sabir Baloch said all political forces should work above their political affiliations and interests for improving situation in the province. He appreciated the steps taken by the government of Dr Abdul Malik for peace, prosperity and progress of the province but urged joint efforts of all political parties in this regard. Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik speaking on the occasion said elimination of terrorism and strengthening of democracy were necessary to bring improvement in the situation. He said issue of missing persons in Balochistan should be resolved; adding increase in cases of kidnapPESHAWAR: Residents of Sarband hold picture of their dear ones during protest in ping for ransom is dangerfavour of their demands. ous trend.—APP

far transported over 25,000 Umrah passengers to Saudi Arabia during its ongoing Umrah Flights Operation. “PIA Umrah operation is in full swing and the national flag carrier is operating extra flights to cope with the demand of Umrah passengers,” a PIA Spokesman said on Monday. He said that PIA is operating 20 weekly flights to Jeddah and Medinah combined from Pakistan while the airline has planned more than

PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi and Managing Director Muhammad Junaid Yunus have appreciated the efforts of various departments including Marketing, Engineering, Flight Operations and Customer Services and Passenger Handling Services for good performance in Umrah operations and have instructed concerned officials to provide best services to Umrah Zaireen. The PIA Spokesman said

rying over 9,000 Umrah pilgrims thus clearing the backlog over the weekend. Now all Umrah flights are operating as per schedule with on time departures and arrivals. However, due to bad weather conditions, and aircraft stranded at Jeddah due technical reasons, flights over the weekend were delayed. He said that PIA has a strict policy to maintain its unmatchable safety standards.—APP

Illegal construction at IslamabadPeshawar motorway to be stopped I SLAMABAD—Senate Stand- for it. In this regard, the com- I s l a m a b a d - P e s h a w a r ing Committee on Communication Monday said that illegal constructions should be stopped at Indus River on Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway. The meeting held here at Parliament House, under the chairmanship of Senator Daud Khan Achakzai. Senators attended the meeting including Nisar Khan, Zahid Khan, Rozi Khan and Senator Hamayun Mandokhail. The committee said that laws should implemented to stop illegal construction and strict action should be taken against people responsible

mittee directed that Secretary Communication should establish a departmental committee and present report to the committee within ten days. Chairman of the committee said that the outstanding dues of Ex contractors of Quetta, Chamman and Qallat should be paid within ten days. Senator Zahid Khan was of the view that National Highway Authority is responsible for illegal construction and encroachment, adding that there is mashroom growth of housing societies along side

Motorway. He said that there is need to implement the laws strictly. Senator Nisar Khan said that action should be taken against those officials who failed to stop illegal encroachments and issued NOC to these societies. Senators Rozi Khan and Hamayun Mandokhail proposed that official committee should be established in view of the seriousness of the matter. In next meeting of the committee Gawadar, Kashgar and transit trade designed should be discussed.—APP

Role of women in higher education SADIA SHAUKAT

H

IGHER education plays a significant role in the socio- economic and cultural development of a country. It is associated with the personal, social, economic and cultural aspects of being human, and underpins the goal of a sustainable society. It helps in the understanding of societal norms; gives individuals selfreliance, and discourages discrimination based on gender, beliefs, religion and social class. Higher education promotes an enlightened citizenship necessary for democracy. Higher education also encourages idiosyncrasy, tolerance, merit, pluralism and analytical and problem-solving values that are as essential for a productive democracy a nation’s position in the world economy. Educated women have a major role in the growth of a society. Educated women have a greater sense of control over their lives and more

power and control over resources within the family than do uneducated women. They get social recognition, which helps to get insight of and have an awareness of what is undesirable and unfavorable about their current situation. The educated female can perceive a better situation and the possibility of attaining it. She can realize what is within her reach and what she should do to effect the improvement. In this way, educated women become empowered and have increased status and autonomy. This empowerment can take place at community or regional/ national level as well as within the family/household. During last fifty years, the matter of females’ rights and empowerment first emerged in Europe and the West, and then expanded to encompass two thirds of the world. Nevertheless, access to higher education remains a barrier for women in many countries. In Pakistan, as in many Muslim countries, females suffer gender discrimination as a consequence of the prevailing socio-cultural climate. There is significant variety in the status of women across classes, regions, and the rural/urban di-

vide due to uneven socio-economic development and the influence of tribal, feudal, religious and social formations on women’s lives. However, women’s situation versus that of men is one of general subordination, determined by the forces of patriarchy across classes, regions, and the rural/ urban divide. The Islamic republic of Pakistan is a generally male dominated society, and commonly adopts a hostile attitude towards women. There are certain reasons in the way of female before getting enroll in higher education. Stereotypical behavior of the society, financial problems and son preference. Financial issues are major ones, travel from and through institute girls face harassment from ramblers and criticism from society. Females from rural areas do not get permission, narrow minded attitude, gender discrimination, conveyance problems, co-education is not acceptable in many families, Lack of support of family, transportation, co-education, male dominating family, fear of female empowerment. Lack of finances, co-education, sending girls to hostel is bold decision,

religious families do not allow girls to study in universities even in veil. Co-education and boarding facilities are the main cause some female do not like to talk with males due to lack of confidence. Females are considered to be breaking the norms of marriages some people with backward thinking think that girls will be over (them) if they get higher education. Family structure is the main reason; family’s preference is the marriage of daughters instead of spending on higher education, as fee structures are very high. Govt. should arrange for scholarship. Transport expenditures are also very high in big cities. Males are lagging behind in education, so it’s difficult to find match for educated females. Parents think conservative thoughts for their daughters’ higher education. If they do cooperate then their daughters can go out of city for higher education. Our system is not supportive for females’ education; females’ confidence is snapped due to male dominancy. Females are not encouraged for higher education, they think females

will join coeducation and will interact with males and will raise their voice against family norms and will demand human rights. Parents keep in mind the society restriction and get marry their daughters soon due to age fear, people like young girls for marriage. After getting higher education females face problems during their professions. Male and female interaction, our society is different from other cultures and females do not feel comfortable while interacting with males. Late working hours are a big problem. Married females cannot stay at workplace late at night. Women get married at the age of 22 or 23 and after this they have the responsibilities of their kids and household tasks, that’s why they cannot manage their job. Harassment and male dominance in society and personal concerns are household responsibilities and low motivations. Long working hours, lack of cooperation by husbands, lack of cooperation by male colleagues, females are not allowed to work in field and are not provided with sufficient resources, if demand of job is

against ethical and moral beliefs of a girl she will quit job. Male domination, lack of support from family and husband, pressure of saving marriage, females are compelled to be dependent on males, Working time and unsuitable work tasks, teasing attitude of males and harassment is a big issue. Some females do not get work recognition and leave job. Females are not allowed to do job because most males think that it’s not their duty, they have to take care of household, have to give full time to the family. Financially strong females don’t want to do job, they get education only for awareness Life partner doesn’t accept the superiority of wife in career. In recent decades in Pakistan, it has been observed that a growing proportion of girls are getting education at higher levels despite cultural barriers. This is essentially an urban phenomenon and a reflection of societal shift. In some cases, girls even outnumber boys at the higher educational level. This trend seems to be good for development of Pakistani society because a significant proportion of population is coming out and taking part in

academic activities. These authors point out that once an initial break-through occurs in a family, other girls find it easier to follow. The limitations imposed by socio-cultural norms are also being challenged in urban areas by the growth in new universities, which lessens the travelling problems. Once females reach higher education, the socio-cultural norms of Pakistani society do not disappear and females continue to have less parity in their experiences.. During studies, transportation, accommodation and continuing family pressures can all cause distractions. It should be noted that all the discriminatory factors are not limited to Pakistan. They are characteristic of many Developing Countries. Gender differences tend not to be catered for in the curriculum and the teaching learning process, which promote gender stereotyping. There are poor security measures, poor transport facilities, and poor environment in the educational institutions As an initiative towards empowering more female students to attain the benefits of higher education, many countries have encouraged the es-

tablishment of all women’s colleges and universities. These universities can introduce areas of special interest to women, offer courses, which meet trials of contemporary life and make women independent. In professional education, males represent the majority of the faculty of higher education institutes worldwide. Managerial positions are usually held by males and they not only have more decision making power but also have more opportunities of social networking In Pakistan education today. The situation shows some improvement but for women to achieve a successful career it is likely to be at the cost of their family life and the inner strength of purpose to overcome the prevailing socio-cultural norms of society. At the end, I would say we should provide opportunities to females to get enroll in higher education to get a prestige in a society and can equally contribute in the welfare of society and its sustainability. —The author is Assistant Professor at University of Education Lahore.


Quetta anti-polio campaign kicks of amid tight security Nation proud of armed forces MULTAN—Jamaat-e-Islami general secretary Liaqat Baloch said on Monday the nation was proud of sacrifices made by the armed forces to safeguard the country. Addressing a press conference here, Baloch said an attack on the army was actually an assalt on the country. “Those, who are targeting the armed forces, want to harm national sovereignty and Islam does not allow killing of innocents people,” he added. Baloch said recent incidents of terrorism were a conspiracy against the country and urged the nation to unite against it. “The US wants Indian hegemony in the region. Enemies of the country have a clear agenda,” he added. He empasized the need of national unity to thwart such designs. Liaqat Baloch asked the government to improve ties with China, Iran and Afghanistan. He condemned a attack on media persons in Karachi and sympathised with the families. *** A street theatre is moving from city to city across Punjab to disseminate a message that IT personnel would soon be taking over public dealing from Patwaris for issuance of revenue documents under the Land Record Management Information System (LRMIS) project. Dozens of people gathered on the green lawn outside the Qasim Fort at Ghanta Ghar Chowk to watch ‘Maya Theatre’ perform in an hour long play depicting proceedings at a Land Record Centre (LRC) here Monday morning. Actors playing IT personnel were seen telling a villager that they no more need to be exploited at the hands of Patwaris and can get ‘Fard’ and ‘Intiqaal’ i.e mutation documents from LRCs through a computerized system and that too after payment of only the government fee. The novel initiative of employing mobile theatre technique for awareness was taken by Project Management Unit (PMU) of Board of Revenue (BoR) Punjab, says Naeem, in charge of LRC Multan city circle.—APP

PTI to eliminate corruption Staff Reporter

P ESHAWA R —Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that unrest and corruption are our two big enemies that weaken a state both on internal and external fronts and always led to downfall of the nations. He expressed these views while to a delegation of Marwat Qaumi Jirga led by tribal Malik Aslam Khan Esak-khel and group of govt officials at DC Office Tajazai Lakki Marwat. He said that the PTI led provincial government is fully committed to eliminate all types of corruption including bribery, commission and misuse of power adding that there is no room for those involved in corrupt practices in his government. He added that PTI is changing the existing system, putting in place a transparent and public friendly system and implementing its set agenda of change at all levels and all costs. The chief minister lauded role of the Jirga members in helping the local administration to maintain law & order, peace and controlling crimes in the district. However he expressed the confidence that it would also cooperate in checking corruption and malpractices especially in the officialdom to cherish the long standing dream of evils free society in KP. He regretted that schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure constructed during the last provincial governments had turned in to ruins because of the corruption and commission culture involved in the contracts of public sector construction works. He vowed that the incumbent provincial government had devised a comprehensive and effective mechanism to close all the ways and means of taking and giving commission in the public sectors contracts to ensure quality of work the developmental projects and the better use of public exchequer in all respects.

Minister opens construction of school block FAISALABAD—Punjab Minister for Law and Local Government Rana Sanaullah Khan laid the foundation of an additional academic block at Government MC Boys High School, Madni Chowk Samanabad, on Monday. This project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.37.20 million. Under the project, 32 classrooms will be built in a two-storey building including a science laboratory and toilet blocks. Speaking at the function, the minister said the government had focused on the provision of missing facilities in existing schools besides establishment of new schools in remote areas. Approval granted for water treatment plant at Mamonkanjan: The government has accorded a formal approval for the establishment of water treatment plant at a ‘Saim Nehar’ (sewerage drain) passing through Mamonkanjan. A spokesman of the local city district government told APP here that the water treatment plant would be set up with an estimated cost of Rs 500 million. Fifty per cent of the total amount would be provided by the government through Environment Department whereas the remaining 50 per cent amount would be arranged by the mill and factory owners who are discharging their water effluent in this drainage, he added. Meanwhile, it is reported that the Education Department has decided to observe cleanliness week in all the government schools of district Faisalabad from January 25 to 31. A spokesman of the Education Department told APP here. that on the directives of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal, the cleanliness week was being observed which would help promoting trend of cleanliness among the students.—APP

Facilitation of affected traders Staff Reporter

P ESHAWAR —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Auqaf Minister, Habibur Rehman and Provincial Minister Local Government, Inayatullah here Monday visited Sarafa Bazar and expressed grief over the loss of trader’s community in the fire eruption incident. Provincial ministers said that we fully share the grief of traders in this hour of need adding government would make efforts for their assistance according to the resources available. They said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister would also be contacted for facilitation of affected traders. Ministers also directed concerned authorities to devise a plan for rehabilitation of the model plaza with the consultation and suggestions of Sarafa Bazar Association. Federal Govt completes two projects in Mohmand Agency: The Federal Government has completed two mega projects in Mohmand Agency to bring improvement in the socio-economic condition of downtrodden and poor segment of the society. In a bid to provide best transportation facilities and to improve irrigation system, the political administration of Mohmand Agency had rehabilitated two projects of link road, irrigation channel and retaining walls in Bhai Dag, Baizai Tehsil and Roodh Qalla, Pindialai Tehsil of the agency, Spokesman of Fata Secretariat told report on Monday. The uplift schemes will not only connect dozens of villages with each other, but will also help irrigate hundreds of acres lands that will put good impact on agriculture production. He said the political administration of Mohmand Agency rehabilitated 2049 meters long link road in Bhai Dag village of Baizai Tehsil besides constructing 335 meters extensive retaining wall and a 15 meters long causeway to protect the road from future floods.

KP to launch massive anti-polio drive now in February, hire services of 12,500 PTI workers Q UETTA —Three-day antipolio campaign began in Quetta city on Monday amid tight security. Around 896 teams, comprising 1,792 volunteers have been constituted to administer the polio drops to 4, 48,447 children in the city. Besides door to door campaign, the volunteers will also administer polio vaccination to the children at entry and exit points of the city, railway station, airport and bus stations.

Around 400 officials of Balochistan Constabulary (BC) and Levies have been deployed to provide security to the polio volunteers. It is worth mentioning here that polio vaccinators in the country have been constantly attacked by the extremists during last couple of years in Karachi, Quetta and mostly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa. At least a dozen government vaccinators, whose efforts are portrayed by the Taliban

as a Western conspiracy, have been killed or wounded in the country, in the past three months. Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday decided to launch anti-polio campaign with a renewed vigor next month for which it will acquire services of over 12,000 workers of the ruling Pakistan Te h r e e k - e - I n s a f ( P T I ) . Younus Zaheer, the focal person for the anti-polio cam-

paign, claimed Peshawar will be made polio free in three months. He said that a massive campaign will be launched in the first week of February for which services of 12,500 PTI workers will be acquired. In the meanwhile, the campaign which was to start from Sunday was postponed due to security concerns. Last week, the World Health Organization dubbed Peshawar as the largest res-

ervoir of endemic polio virus in the world. The international group called for urgent action to boost vaccination to prevent the crippling disease. According to the WHO, 83 out of 91 polio cases in the country during the last year were genetically linked to the poliovirus circulating actively in Peshawar. Moreover, 12 out of the total 13 cases reported during the previous year from Afghanistan were

also directly linked to Peshawar. During the last 6 months, all the water samples collected from various locations of Peshawar have shown presence of the highly contagious wild poliovirus strain in the environment. Pakistan is also the only polio-endemic country in the world where polio cases rose from 2012 to 2013. There were 91 cases last year but only 58 the year before.—INP

Cold, dry weather likely I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- was Jiwani 21 mm, Gawader teorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However, there are chances of light rain with snowfall over the hills at isolated places of Quetta, Kalat and Makran divisions during next 24 hours. The synoptic situation says that a shallow westerly wave was affecting western parts of Balochistan and expected to extend to upper parts of the country from Tuesday that may persist during next 36 hours. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu, Astore -11 C, Parachinar -08 C, Gupis, Hunza -07 C, Kalam -05 C, Kalat, Gilgit -04 C, Rawalakot -03 C, Drosh -02 C, Murree and Quetta -01 C. The minimum temperaCHINIOT: Assistant Commissioner Ms Shumaila Manzoor administering polio drops to a child during 3-day anti- tures recorded in the other polio campaign. cities were Islamabad 01 C, Lahore 04 C, Karachi 11 C, Peshawar 03 C, Quetta -01 C, Murree -01 C, Muzaffarabad 01 C, Gilgit -04 C, Faisalabad 05 C, Multan 06 C and Hyderabad 09 C. The rainfall HYDERABAD —An owner of recorded during last 24 hours a money exchange company was robbed of millions of ruKASHMORE—The Jamhoori Punjab, Sindh and interior receiving threats of deten- pees in a robbery allegedly Watan Party (JWP) provincial Balochistan. But the convoy tion from Senior Superinten- committed by dacoits wearpresident Nawabzada of Shahzain was stopped at dent of Police (SSP) ing police uniforms in the limShahzain Bugti, along with Dera Mor in Kashmore and Kashmore. its of Hatri police station here Meanwhile, families, in- late Sunday night. According hundreds of other Bugti tribe was not allowed to travel to cluding women and children, to SHO Nisar Mahar, the members, on Monday refused Dera Bugti. According to Shahzain spent the night under the money changer Arif Memon to end sit-in and strike at Dera Morr in Kashmore which con- Bugti, internally displaced open sky without tents or alias Kalia claims that he had tinued for second consecutive persons (IDPs) of Bugti tribe sufficient food. Protestors been deprived of Rs 30 milday over not allowing him to were not allowed to return to blocked the highway which lion cash and prize bonds. A TTOCK —Four persons intheir homes despite the rul- connects Balochistan to enter Dera Bugti. The SHO said that Kalia, cluding a woman were killed The grandson of late ing of the Supreme Court (SC) Sindh and Punjab due to who owns a shop in and seven others injured Baloch nationalist leader and to resettle the residents. which heavy traffic jam was Karachi’s Bolton Market, when a wedding party veformer chief minister Nawab Shahzain further said that his witnessed on the road. was travelling in a bus from hicle skidded off road and hit Akbar Khan Bugti, Shahzain demand was not a political as Balochistan Levies, police Karachi to Lahore. “He claims a tree here on Monday. Pohad left with hundreds of he and his fellow tribesmen, and Frontier Corps (FC) were that the bus was stopped by lice said that a car with parfamilies from Quetta and was women and children only deployed near Kashmore to robbers wearing police uni- ticipants of wedding cerjoined by displaced families wanted to return to their stop the convoy from pro- forms for checking purpose emony while returning from towards Dera on the National Highway house of the bride struck a including women and chil- homes. He said that the par- ceeding dren, temporarily residing in ticipants of the sit-in were Bugti.—INP near Hatri police station. The tree in Biryar area at Fateh policemen asked Kalia to dis- Jang Road in Attock. mount from the bus and later As a result of accident took him away in the mobile mother of the groom, his van,” he told the APP.—APP nephew and driver of the vehicle were killed on the spot while seven others sustained injuries. Rescue 1122 reached the scene of accident and shifted the injured to hospital. Police said that M ULTAN —Regional Police over speeding and attempt to Officer Capt (R) Muhammad Amin Vans on Monday approved a code of conduct for police officials in the division for effective information QUETTA—Balochistan Union gathering and control crimes of Journalists (BUJ), in strong with community support. term condemned the attack on According to the Code of media men and urged the govConduct, CPOs/DPOs of ernment to take effective meaMultan, Vehari, Khanewal sures for the protection of jourand Lodhran districts would nalists across the country. take steps to improve infor- Under the leadership of BUJ, mation gathering system. Balochistan president Irfan District police heads will de- Saeed, journalists gathered liver wireless messages after outside the Quetta Press Club every three hours that every and raised slogans against the KASHMORE: Bugti refugees seen stopped at Dera Morr, Kashmore, before their entry police officer/official would elements involved in killing of into Dera Bugti. deliver information about at local TV channel staff and atleast one proclaimed of- tack on the Bureau Chief of a fender daily, says a release foreign TV channel. He reiterated that journalissued here Monday.—APP

Money changer Shahzain refuses to end sit-in for deprived of cash denial of entry in to Dera Bugti

17 mm, Pasni 06 mm and Nokundi 04 mm. Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country including provincial capital in the next 24 hours. According to local Met Office, there is some chance of light rain at isolated places in Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions during Tuesday/ Wednesday. The weather re-

mained dry and cold in most parts of the country during last 24 hours. Some of the coldest places of the country were: Skardu, Astore 11øC, Parachinar -08øC, Gupis, Hunza -07øC, Kalam 05øC, Kalat, Gilgit -04øC, Rawalakot -03øC, Drosh 02øC, Murree, Quetta -01øC. In the metropolis minimum temperature was recorded 5 degree centigrade on Monday while maximum was 19 degree celsius.—APP

Four die as wedding party car hits tree

Road mishap claims four lives in Sindh

Code of conduct for police finalized

overtake the other vehicles including in the convoy resulted in accident. Sukkar: At least four people were died and two others wounded in road accident in Ghotki, town of Sindh province, officials said on Monday. According to local police, a bus collided with a vehicle near bus terminal in Ghotki city as a result four people killed and two other seriously wounded. Women and children were among dead and injured. Rescues teams and police rushed to the scene soon after accident took place and shifted bodies and wounded to nearby hospitals.—Online

BUJ flays attack on mediamen

Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized, 13 arrested

H ANGU —The City police seized huge cache of arms and ammunition besides arresting 13 proclaimed offenders wanted in various cases of heinous nature this month. According to Hangu police spokesman, 10 Kalashnikovs, two rifles, six guns, 11 pistols, 1548 rounds besides one hand grenade and thousands of rounds were seized, adding 13 proclaimed offenders were also netted during various raids. He said action against outlaws and criminals would continue and no compromise would be made on law and order situation. Tank: The residents staged protest demonstration against brutal killing of a person at Wazirabad area and demanded arrest of the killers, police said here on Monday. The relatives

of victim, Mansoor Shah later put his body at Tank-Wana Road for three hours as a protest against the broad day’s killing and demanded the arrest of perpetrators. Later, the officials of district administration led by Assistant Commissioner, Riaz Khan Dawar held successful negotiations with enraged protestors, which led to an opening of the road. Mansoor Shah, resident of Garah Baloch was shotdead at Tankin Wazeerabd bazaar on Tank-Wana road and escaped from the scene. Police have registered the case and started investigation. The representative of journalists’ community in the district Tank “Ehsan Panel” Monday submitted nominations for the Press Club election 2014. A meeting was held here

ists would continue to fight for their right of freedom of expression.Lauding the support of Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, he said that the CM’s announcement to form a judicial commission was a good progress towards the resolution of long standing demand of the journalists community. He on the occasion announced that on the directives of the Federal Union of Journalists, three days of mourning would be observed.—APP

at Tank Press Club and decided Ehsan Inqilabi for the slot of president, the other nominees including Senior Vice President Haji Khalil Mehsud, General Secretary Adnan Bettani, Joint Secretary Shah Jahan Mehsud, Press Secretary Ayub Bettani, Secretary Finance Muhammad Imran and Pattern In-chief Lala Qayum Nawaz Awan. Bahawalpur: Some unknown burglars robbed 80 tola gold, one kilogram silver and Rs 15,00,00 cash from a jewelry shop in Himaitian Area. According to police sources, unknown dacoits entered into the jewelry shop of Aftab and fled away with the safe containing 80 tola gold, one kilogram silver, Rs 150,000 cash and other impor- ABBOTTABAD: DPO Mohammad Ali Gandapor distributing Laptops among journaltant documents.—APP ists, after lucky draw.


Alarming flight of billions of dollars

MEDIA WATCH

Sino-Japanese tensions

G

OVERNOR State Bank of Pakistan Yaseen Anwar has made a startling revelation that billions of dollars are being smuggled out of the country through airports. The main factor behind devaluation of rupee, according to the Governor was smuggling of dollars from the country. The Governor SBP has done well by drawing attention to an issue that has assumed alarming proportions and his categorical statement should be a warning for all those who are responsible to rectify the situation. The report about flight of billions of dollars has come from the head of the central bank and therefore, it deserves to be given due consideration. The phenomenon has not developed just overnight as smuggling of this magnitude can take place only in the presence of a network of smugglers, establishment of illegal modus operandi and understandably connivance of the officials concerned. The rupee has lost its value at an unprecedented rate and pace but regrettably no measures were taken by those at the helm of affairs to curb the tendency. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had, a few weeks back, warned those involved in currency speculation and as a result the worth of rupee improved a little bit but it is again on the slide. It is regrettable that we are affording the luxury of allowing this much smuggling of dollars and that too at a time when the country is extending begging bowl before donors for just millions and is finding it hard to finance development projects for want of FE component. The foreign exchange reserves are also depleting at a fast pace while devaluation of rupee has resulted into price hike. It is strange that the smuggling of dollars is taking place through airports and with impunity, making mockery of the huge battalion of lawenforcing personnel deployed at every airport to check against such practices but there are reports that these officials only mint money. Otherwise, how can the smuggling can take place when Commerce Minister claims Pakistan has the capability to scan entire containers in just two to three minutes in a comprehensive manner. Smuggling of dollars, presence of millions of illegal immigrants, bomb blasts and targeting killings are all indicators of shameful erosion of writ of the Government and the phenomenon is sending wrong message to prospective investors.

Martyrdom of more soldiers I

N yet another massive blast in Bannu on Sunday, at least 20 security personnel embraced martyrdom while 30 others were injured, some of them critically. The explosion occurred in one of the private vehicles hired by the FC, when a convoy, comprising military and civilian vehicles, was ready to move towards Miramshah in the North Waziristan tribal region from a ground near Razmak Gate in Cantt area. Bannu has witnessed a number of attacks in the past and was the site of a massive jail break by TTP cadres in April, 2012 during which 384 prisoners escaped from the central prison. Sunday’s massive explosion was certainly the result of a serious security lapse on the part of those responsible for hiring the private vehicles and later their parking at the walled ground. The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sought a report from Inspector General FC as to why the private vehicles were not properly screened when they arrived at the parking ground. Military and FC soldiers have been rendering great sacrifices in the tribal areas and Bannu being next to FATA has become a breeding and hiding place for the militants. In this scenario, even private cars are searched before their entry in the cantonment area and one fails to understand why the hired vehicles were not thoroughly searched and screened, as they were to transport the troops. At the same time one fails to understand why private vehicles are hired to transport ration and troops to forward posts in FATA and why the requirements of the troops are not fully met including provision of adequate number of transport which they deserve as all the time they are facing threats to their lives. We would say that despite open threats by the TTP, security is not being ensured and the suicide blast in Rawalpindi’s sensitive area of R.A. Bazar on Monday morning in which innocent lives were also lost was a proof of that. We hope that the new security policy will comprehensively address these and other issues that are irritating the minds of heads of security agencies and the common people.

If judiciary has a right to intervene C

HIEF Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani has remarked that in the system of trichotomy of power, the judiciary has a pivotal role in ensuring that each organ of the state acts within the Constitutional limits and whenever an organ transgresses that limit, the judiciary has to intervene. Addressing 32nd roll-signing ceremony at the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court, he apprehended that guarantees written in the Constitution were not enough to maintain judicial independence. Being head of the judicial organ of the state, it is, of course, responsibility of the CJP to ensure safeguarding of rights and independence of the judiciary but one cannot subscribe to his view that any organ including the judiciary has any right to ‘intervene’ into the domain of other organs. The CJP himself has admitted that the Constitution provide for trichotomy of powers, which invariably means that every organ or pillar of the state should function within the bounds of the law and the Constitution and avoid meddling into the jurisdiction of others. It is this tendency that results into clash among institutions, weakens them and ultimately undermines the strength of the system itself. It is, in fact, supreme responsibility of the judiciary to ensure that no transgression takes place from any side because over-stepping of the authority by a group of individuals or any institution prompts others to follow the suit. The very words ‘interference’ or ‘intervention’ are offending for others and therefore, must be avoided. It is time that we learn from the lessons of the history and should not repeat mistakes of the past that played havoc with the country and the system. Democracy can take root and institutions can flourish only if every institution and all the individuals in authority, exercise their authority strictly in accordance with the legal and Constitutional scheme of things and avoid poking nose into the domain of others as an assumed right to interfere by one sends wrong impression to others as well.

HURMAT GROUP OF PUBLICATIONS Zahid Malik President & Editor-in-Chief Ph: 051-2256006 Faisal Zahid Malik Gauhar Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32631102

Executive Editor Ph: 051-2853818

Islamabad Ph Exchange: 051-2852027 Reporting Desk: 051-2852028, News Desk: 051-5879329 Marketing: 051-2262254, 2852029 Fax: 051-2262258 Email: observer@pakobserver.net Website: www.pakobserver.net

Lahore

Karachi Faisal Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32211777, 32635403 Fax: 021-32626902 Email: obskhi@pakobserver.net

Khalid Butt Resident Editor Ph: 042-37593341, 37566702 Marketing Ph: 37597364 Fax: 042-36300043 Email: obslhr@pakobserver.net

Quetta

Peshawar

Ghulam Tahir

Tariq Saeed

Resident Editor Mobile: 0333-7944760 E-mail:obsqta@pakobserver.net

Resident Editor Mobile: 0321-9001476 E-mail:obspwr@pakobserver.net

Sadia Zahid Malik Editor Sunday Magazine

Ph: 2852027-8, Ext: 116 Email: magazinesocialdiary@hotmail.com

J

Procrastination can spell disaster that first the government has to take some measures to showcase its sincerity, whereas it continued with attacks with the Mohammad Jamil same ferocity before and Email: mjamil1938@hotmail.com after the talks offer. There appears to be a realization that militants are not interested in talks, and planted bomb martyred 22 TTP’s talks offer after attack on milisecurity personnel and in tary convoy in Razmak comes as a jured 38 others near Razmak strategy to keep the government and gate in Cantt area of Bannu district politicians guessing and confused. on Sunday, while another suicide Addressing police officials passing bombing on Monday morning in out parade, Federal Interior Minister Rawalpindi killed 13 people and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said: “Padozens were injured. According to kistan is in state of war and passing intelligence sources a convoy, com- through the most difficult times chalprising military and hired civilian lenging its existence…The new leadvehicles was ready to move towards ership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban PaMiramshah in the North Waziristan kistan (TTP) refused to hold talks tribal region when the explosion with the government following drone occurred in one of the coaches. attacks”, adding that talks will be held Speaking to CNN Shahidullah in line with the constitution and writ Shahid, spokesman for the banned of the country. It is too well known Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that the TTP has more than once claimed the responsibility for both made it clear that it neither accepts the attacks, and vowed to continue the Constitution of Pakistan nor the attacks on security forces. The na- political and judicial system. Last tion has been listening to the week, the interior minister had also government’s vows for the last said that both talks and operation seven months that it will formulate against Taliban are difficult talks. The national security policy to meet the government should not show its challenges to Pakistan’s internal se- weakness either in holding talks or curity, but now according to gov- in conducting operation. ernment official, Prime Minister Military had successfully flushed Nawaz Sharif has summoned a spe- out militants from Swat; however cial meeting of the Federal Cabi- Jama’at-e-Islami chief Munawwar net on Monday in which draft of Hassan said the other day that despite National Security Policy would be the operation normality has not been presented for approval. achieved in Swat and military is still PML-N leaders advanced TTP there. In fact, the civil administration argument that the drone attack that has to be geared up to take charge killed Hamimulla Mehsud sabo- after the military successfully comtaged the talks; whereas the talks pletes operation. Although the PMLwere never started and the TTP was N and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf insist on record having said that not even on holding talks, yet they seem to be backchannel talks were held. The fed up with the intransigence of the TTP spokesman had of course said militants. Chairman PTI Imran Khan

News & Views

A

who has been the most ardent advocate of peace talks with the militants, condemned Sunday’s bombing. “Such terror attacks by the TTP along with the federal government’s inability to formulate a comprehensive counter-terror policy have made it difficult to actually commence a formal dialogue and give peace a chance. However, latest surge in terrorist attacks made the hierarchy realize that offer for talks with the militants from the position of weakness will prove infructuous. Despite the claim by the government that it is holding backchannel talks with the militants, the TTP has more than once stated that it is not holding talks with the government. Secondly, the TTP had come out with the conditions including demand for the release of militant prisoners and withdrawal troops from the tribal areas. “Pakistan must take steps which can develop an atmosphere of trust and can remove doubts and suspicion. We cannot move forward unless the government accepts our demands”, spokesman for the banned TTP had told the BBC and western news agencies in September 2013. Reportedly, the TTP wants the release of its members languishing in different jails in Pakistan, release of Mumtaz Qadri who had killed former governor Salman Taseer, and handing over to it former president Pervez Musharraf. The tone and tenor of the TTP appears as if it has won the war, and the government and security forces have lost the war. Those political parties and leaders that favoured talks with the militants including Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as well as the PML-N now say that there are many militant groups, and in a way express helplessness in identifying those who wish to hold dialogue. Anyhow, we have a study

case of Sri Lanka, where it was primarily due to the unrelenting efforts and sheer determination of Sri Lankan leadership that it could decimate Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan (LTTE), ending the decades-old civil war and battle for carving out an independent ethnic homeland. At least, once the then prime minister Bandaranaike had offered to amend the constitution to give a special status to the region inhabited and controlled by the LTTE; but Tigers wanted nothing short of independence. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa managed to cut the supply line of ‘Tigers’ including the main source of supply of arms to Tamil Tigers in shiploads from Singapore, financed by Tamil Diaspora. The question is whether our leadership is prepared to display a similar resolve in the face of similar challenges? Do we have the same kind of resolve to fight out the menace of terrorism, and is our politicoreligious leadership ready to deny the militants space? The answer to these questions does not seem to be forthcoming despite the deep concern writ large on the face of every Pakistani. The government has consistently been repeating its offer for talks, but there was no ceasefire from militants’ side. There is a perception that militants want to keep the pressure on the government so that they enter into negotiations with the position of strength. On the other hand, political parties and the government look confused. When these lines are going to the press, the cabinet would have approved counterinsurgency policy, and lacunae in the existing laws would be removed to indict terrorists and those challenging authority of the State. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Killing spree in Karachi age’ as they call it in war and a war it is for all practical purBut the frontline of this Ali Ashraf Khan poses. war going on in Karachi is Email:balti@super.net.pk most of the time not clear at all: this is because police and rangers that are tasked with HILE the provincial and doing the clean-up are in many cases federal governments are part of the problem instead of being loudly apprising them- able to provide a solution a glimpse selves for conducting a successful of which was seen recently. Karachi operation claiming that law For many years under PPP (at and order in the city had improved times in coalition with MQM)on proday-by-day while the reality is vis- vincial and at times federal governibly proving them wrong: only on ment institutions including the Sindh Friday six people were gunned down police have been highly politicized within a short span of one hour in and filled with people who are rather two separate incidents. In the first committed to their political friends incident of firing, three people in- and promoters than to the rule of law cluding Mufti Usman Yar of JUI(S) and the values of the institution to were killed on Shahrah-e-Faisal which they belong. That means juswhile in another incident unknown tice and law and order are comprogunmen shot dead three staffers of a mised in Sindh and in Karachi. It is private TV news channel. And only quite clear that in such a situation the hour’s later people were informed ‘law enforcing agencies’ are rather that don’t go towards the jail road inefficient in doing what they are and surrounding areas because se- meant to do; that was why some had curity has been put on high alert at called for the army to do the dirty job Central Jail in view of risk of terror- before the Karachi operation was ist attack and all the roads around started. That didn’t happen and now the jail have been closed for traffic. the only way to make the operation a A day earlier hype created by success would be to clean up the pomedia reports that a large scale re- lice first from people who are politishuffle in Police department has cre- cal stooges and replace them with ated resentment and that Sindh clean and honest professional. Those Rangers has decided to wind-up are very much available in the ranks operation, this news created confu- of the organization though their casion and big scare in the city, which reers so far have been hampered was later resolved as a result of Chief rather than promoted by honesty and Minister Sindh’s meeting with the professionalism. DG Rangers. This is a new surge in The real success of the Karachi atrocities that are taking place day operation would be if in the course by day despite vows that things had the police would be transformed into improved a lot. For the last so many an efficient, well-organized and honweeks and months during the ongo- est institution. The probability though ing operation many criminals have that this would happen is rather scarce been arrested and probably as many in the face of the current PPP govinnocent citizens of Karachi. That ernment that is hardly going to change might be declared as ‘collateral dam- the ways they have been taking for

W

decades in row. It is the bad luck or the lacking political acumen of the PML (N) that they have thrown their lot in with the PPP. Nawaz Sharif’s success or failure will be decided also in Sindh and especially in Karachi, supposedly economic hub of the country which would have to play a leading role in economic revival of Pakistan through direct engagement with Karachi entrepreneurs and recommendations compiled by premier chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture sectors while ensuring the enforcement of these recommendations in a given time frame. Any success in Karachi would require Nawaz Sharif to look out for different and better allies than the one he has currently in our city. The ongoing economic down turn is the direct result of lack of transparency and accountability, and collusion of our trade bodies with Customs, Excise and Tax departments under patronage of their political clouts in government; the decade after the 1970s saw corruption culture through import of machinery and parts under fake invoices resulting in state losing its lawful revenues and importers and traders becoming rich and richer. The next tragedy came when textile quota regime was established and rebate regime was let lose to mould SRO’s to suit certain privileged quarters who then made hey while sun was shining on their horizon. SRO, Rebate and GST regime was the launching pad for export corruption culture and we saw mammal growth of family groups interlinked through inter marriages in businessmen, politicians, civil and military bureaucracy that led to creation of an exploiter’s family tree and the result was that the common man was made to starve in streets with job opportunities falling to its minimal.

Today the government has ruined the economic and financial system by borrowing a staggering amount of loan in billions of rupees on daily basis, which tantamount to demolishing the very foundations of or beloved country. The term Terrorism has been coined to confuse the illiterate masses in Pakistan by a specially designed agenda to revert our Independence into bondage of the entire nation into slavery. A highly resourceful Pakistani nation is forced to believe that their provider is US and not the Creator of this universe, a strong belief of every faithful Muslim. All over the world insurgencies and dispute settlement method has been through dialogue. Even now dialogue has been accepted as the basic norm and form for resolution of disputes, every war was followed by dialogue and treaty for peace and we saw WW I and WW II ending with creation of The League of Nations and the UNO. Even today US is trying to resolve disputes through Geneva-1 & 2 with Syria, Iran and other African countries. So, why not Pakistan which has been forced to adopt US proxy war of terror is becomes free to choose a path of dialogue to restore Peace, what is missing today is an honest and determined leadership to bail out Pakistan. If Nawaz Sharif’s government wants a chance to successfully implement their agenda of solving the law and order and the economic problems of Pakistan, Karachi would be the hub for providing this solution. But the current provincial government is not only incompetent but unwilling to bring peace and law and order to Karachi. God bless Pakistan. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

APANESE premier Shinzo Abe called today for “frank talks” with neighbouring powers China and South Korea to defuse regional tensions. But the governments of Xi Jinping and Park Geunhye have as yet refused to meet him, not least because of his Boxing Day visit to the Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates the spirits of 14 high-ranking war criminals among other Japanese war dead. The visit elicited a well-telegraphed diplomatic response. According to the Chinese, Mr Abe had raised the “spectre of militarism” by visiting the shrines of the “Nazis of Asia” and had put his country on a path that could threaten global peace. The South Koreans were furious, the Singaporeans regretful, and even Japan’s staunch ally the US was disappointed. Why, then, did Mr Abe do it? Critics say the Yasukuni visit fitted a pattern of provocative nationalist behaviour: in a previous stint as prime minister he suggested that the 200,000 women used as sex slaves by the Japanese imperial army had not been coerced. Mr Abe’s principal aim in his return to the prime minister’s office in 2012 was to reinvigorate the stagnant Japanese economy, and in this he has had some success. He also believes Japan has apologised enough for the war and thinks it should now take its place at the top table of world politics. This is why, in December, his government approved an ambitious new defence strategy with a shopping list that includes submarines and fighter jets as well as surveillance drones and amphibious assault vehicles. Mr Abe has also reiterated his intention to reinterpret a key passage of the Japanese constitution that has kept the country pacifist since 1947. “As it has been 68 years since its enactment,” he said in a new year speech, “national debate should be further deepened toward a revision [of the constitution] to grasp the changing times.” Mr Abe’s defenders say his policies must be taken in the context of the security threat facing Japan, an island nation dependent for its survival on open skies and clear sea lanes, both of which an expanding China is encroaching upon. China’s defence budget, they point out, dwarfs that of Japan, and its leaders have not fought shy of using anti-Japanese sentiment themselves as a diversion from domestic issues. Add into the mix a nucleararmed and unstable North Korea, the rumbling dispute over the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands and the fading might of the US, and Mr Abe’s actions, they say, are justified. Few would argue that Japan has no right to look after its own national security in the face of a threat. Nevertheless, in the increasingly tense East China Sea, any number of actors could provoke an incident. In such a scenario, heightened nationalism will only make it much harder for either country to step back. — The Guardian

*****

Arab peace initiative

T

HE UAE remains committed to its refusal to normalise re lations with Israel until it starts full relations with the Palestinians. Only after Israel has recognised the Palestinian state and treats it as a sovereign nation will the remaining Arab states agree to normalise their relations with the Israelis. This is at the heart of the Arab Peace Initiative, which was agreed at the Beirut Arab Summit in 2002 that made clear full peace means full relations with all Arab states, but only after such a peace agreement has started. There is no contradiction between the UAE’s clear support for this agreed Arab position, and the UAE’s hosting of the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Irena, which is a UN body open to any nation to join. Israel is a member of Irena, as it is of many UN bodies, including the United Nations itself, and its officials are required to be able to attend the Irena meetings, which is why the Israeli Energy and Water Minister has attended the Irena general assembly last week in Abu Dhabi. Such attendance is not unusual and officials from states that are at war and have profound disagreements frequently have to be in the same room at the United Nations. It is part of the UAE’s membership of the international community that any member state can attend the Irena meetings. — Gulf News God helps them that help themselves. —Proverb


Limit power sector circular debt Khalid Pervez Butt Email:zenithnzane@gmail.com

W

E need to admit that we have, during the last over 15 years, been mainly shooting the breeze without applying any rational approach to address energy crisis at a national level. Resultantly the things have been complicated during these years. Continually increasing circular debtadmitted at PKR 200 billion again after recent 500 billion rupee clearance, in plain words is the result of minimum one billion PKR daily deficit in our electricity generation and distribution business. Talking of the restorative steps therefore, we ought also to adopt measures other than putting additional burden on genuinely paying consumers, to recover mismanagement and pilferage costs. Tariff hike alone is bound to intricate things because of resultant increase in living and production costs in the country and connected inflationary matters. Privatization of selected distribution companies or segment of consumers and public-private partnership can be a good answer to the problem. Having 37% fuel oil based generation and that too in a system laden by all type of functional malpractices, can be a wild goose chase at best. We need not expect any miraculous change to take place in the near future but we can set forth to adopt working on implementation of short term, medium term and long term measures, aimed at adding quantum increase in renewable electricity share in total generation. Simulta-

neously we need to adopt measures necessary to bring maximum possible of generated electricity in the billing cycle, obviously by zero tolerance against pilferage/leakage/extravagant use of electricity at all levels viz. general consumers, power generation & transformation points and all exempted consumptions etc. Monitoring of electricity consumption by conspicuously doubtful consumers and to ensure that electricity consumed is genuinely billed and amount recovered. Most likely saving on this account will range between 1500 to 2000 MW on a national level. Initial short time deployment of Army led field intelligence & surveillance teams will be a workable option in selected areas. While framing a pragmatic methodology to minimize electricity theft in the country, one need to keep in view that there are two categories of electricity pilferers in the country viz. the individual swindlers (contributing to a tentative 65% of the total theft quantum) who get into this practice because of the convenience. The other category being of consumer groups (responsible for remaining 35% of total pilferage) who are not easy to apprehend. An effective Energy Conservation and Anti-theft Detachment anyway has to be formed and a system of bonus and reward (out of penalized recovered sum) will probably have to be put in place. Adopting measures to reduce power demand of genuine electricity consumers – mostly offices in the public and private sectors. Consumers failing to observe and comply with mutually agreed monthly power consumption, may be imposed penalty on excessive units

consumed by them. A tentative 5% (of allocated DISCO share) saving can be made. For instance a DISCO getting 2000 MW allocation will most likely be saving 100 MW through this measure. Volunteer reduction in electricity consumption by those high ups in the public sector (for 2014 summer season only) who per right, are entitled to no limit free electricity usage. This will be done by such high ups as a gesture of goodwill and should be properly acknowledged by the federal government. Cutting down electricity usage in generation plants/station auxiliaries/ grid stations, administrative buildings and residential colonies. This needs to be done as a real drill and is expected to bring about 3-5% reduction (of plant generation/rated transformation) in electricity usage in above installations. Taking 10,000 MW as average generation, a saving of 300 500 MW can keep running about 150 medium size industrial units. Energy conservation measures need be implemented both as an administrative matter and after due observance of conservation measures. Saving through above measures will correspondingly reduce UPS operation time. Estimating a tentative UPS population of 08 million in the country and countrywide UPS rating of 5200 MW (taking the UPS average rating of 650 VA, electro-chemical conversion efficiency of 40% and optimum load shedding hours) the entire network will get a minimum relief of 650 MW. Taking all together, the electricity saved through above five short measures is something like 3500-4000 MW. Accepted as a national challenge, this much saving can

be achieved by electricity users in all the above categories. On a national level, a saving of 3500 to 4000 MW would mean minimum 3 hour lesser load shedding hours and substantial reduction in federal government subsidy. This will be an effective single measure to check wild circular debt re-growth (again around 200 billion PKR) after most recent clearance of 500 billion circular debt. All this is an achievable task but we need a real task master or a ‘Genie’ to monitor and supervise this all. Measures should essentially focus on additional generation means resulting in additional cheaper electricity generation resources through low head and very low head hydroelectricity, photovoltaic solar generation, smaller size solar plants using parabolic mirror heat concentrators, wind power generators, medium size composite wind-solar installations, biomass and municipal waste-based thermal electricity. Windy and sunny regions of country such as Hyderabad, selected areas of Baluchistan, Karachi beach areas, coastal areas, Kalar Kahar regions and year-round river sites in KPK and selected sites along Qadir Abad-Balloki Canal should be ideal sites for such measures. Enormous solar, wind and low head hydropower generation is being added by countries like UK, Canada, United States and China. Details of these measures has been discussed in an exclusive write-up appearing in a professional journal. —The writer is a former WAPDA senior engineer having also worked on IBRD/OECF funded electrification projects for over two decades.

Educational degeneration Shaukat Ali Email:shauket.ali@gmail.com

I

T is a known fact that the world has become a global village ow ing to technological advancements. Technology has not only transformed the world materialistically, but also the intellectual enhancement is creditable. The impact of modern technology is across the board. It starts from vehicles to buildings and industry and electronics and telecommunication and so on and so forth. It peels all covert areas of man’s life. Its impact is not only material, but also abstractive. It makes the human how to think properly also. Thus technology affects education more than other thing. The educational panorama of the world has been revolutionized at once. The role of Publishing Houses in the west has been significant during the renaissance era that is established till date. Unfortunately, the Third World focused least on it. The First World facilitated and facilitates even today in terms of providing an easy access to knowledge to their students and

research. And they provided knowledge to the learners at their door steps through technology. Furthermore, developed and responsible States patronize all the educational commotions and consider it their moral, national and professional duty to stand by their educational policies and priorities as well. Pakistan being the part of developing world does not prioritize education at all. Short term policies of education are introduced. There is no such policy that lasts for few years but with the departure of a Government, the policy departs too. Therefore, the state of education here in Pakistan is miserable. There are many causes of this educational misery. One can’t single out anyone. There are multiple systems of education in Pakistan which can be held responsible for educational degeneration in Pakistan. The duality of the system does make the system ineffective and distort the importance of education at national level. The dual system of education is not only creating pseudo intellectuals and educationists, but also it alienates the people. People are distanced and divided into classes. They are not taught about social collec-

tivism rather they are told to feel superior. They are told that one is superior to the other. On the basis of institutions, we have classes among the educated people. So I think, the educationists are made and declared on the basis of experience of few years but in the civilized world people call it senility. People are not trained rather measured in terms of marks and the number of years they spend in an institute. They deal in education and books but fail to materialize the time in terms enhancing their intellectual capabilities. Furthermore, the thing that adds to the educational degeneration is teacher. Teacher is one who teaches but today’s teachers tell the techniques how to cram the answer. All the time, they blame the system but do nothing for the betterment of the system. They get involved in politics and form unions. By mentioning unions, it does not mean that unions are harmful rather union members are harmful for the system because of their ignorance. They are unable to look the syllabi critically. None of the teacher unions have ever talked about the syllabi. They always talk about the grades, pay raise and

facilities. They remember their rights but have no clue of their duties. A teacher himself has become a machine by treating education mechanically therefore, he is producing cramming machines. Most of the people who design syllabi are not professional and trained. They are unaware of the latest developments in different disciplines. Syllabi designers still work on traditional lines. Syllabi designers play a very vital role in education of a country. Research and surveys are not conducted while shaping the syllabi. There are lots of mistakes in our syllabus books. The books are not proof-read properly. Surveys play a vital role in designing syllabi. The teachers who are professional and researchers must be consulted to consider the ground realities and classrooms problems. Here in Pakistan, teachers have no say in any of the educational matters and decisions. He is considered as childish. He has nothing to do with wisdom and sages. He is only to perform national duties for national cause like census, election duties, and prevention from Dengue etc. – The writer is an educationist.

Views From Abroad

How inept is Afghan govt? Dan Murphy

T

HE New York Times reported the other day that the Afghan National Police have not been paid for two months and that neither the government of President Hamid Karzai nor the US officers and civilian officials responsible for administrating the funding of Afghanistan’s government appear to have noticed. The paper writes: The government has the money, which comes from the United States and its NATO allies, but the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, missed a deadline for filing the necessary forms with the Finance Ministry, said Afghan officials

interviewed Sunday. The back salaries will be paid in the next few days, the officials said, playing down the issue as a minor administrative mixup ... Western officials, in this case, were caught off guard. Despite the billions of dollars their countries spend to pay the police, many American and European officials were not aware that the police had not been paid for nearly two months. They first heard about it when contacted by a reporter. This is a stunning display of incompetence from all quarters and deserves consideration given the Obama administration’s continued hope that President Karzai will sign an agreement that allows US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.

Karzai has refused to sign and two American-set deadlines have passed. US officials continue to insist that allowing foreign troops to stay is crucial for the continued flow of aid to Afghanistan and for the country’s stability. Afghanistan’s national police number over 150,000 members. Since 2002 more than $30 billion has been spent on training and equipping them. While NATO touts its success in training cops, the police force is better known for its predatory disposition towards average Afghans. Extortion, theft, unlawful killing, and collaboration with the opium trade are often what passes for a thin blue line in Afghanistan. Naturally, it gets worse when their meagre salaries aren’t paid.

But it doesn’t seem that anyone was minding the store. Another problem with the Afghan National Police is that they sometimes sell NATO supplied weapons and ammunition, particularly when they’re in need of cash. With police salaries averaging below $240 a month, that almost certainly happened in the past few months. If after 10 years and a war that has cost the US at least $1 trillion the government can’t remember to pay its police (with money entirely provided by the US and other donors) - how many more years and how much money must be spent before it learns how? — Courtesy: The Christian Science Monitor

It can’t be done..!

W

E all seem to be born with an inner voice that tells us ‘it can’t be done!’ Maybe it’s not the same inner voice that told Sonia Gandhi she shouldn’t be prime minister but this one goes on cautioning us to be little sissies in life, constantly telling us how the odds are against us and we should just give up. In order to get anything done we have to silence that selfcritical voice. It is the primary barrier to our changing our lives for

the better. That’s why once it’s out of the way we can truly begin our journey of changing old habits, a new career or learning a new language. But as long as we have this voice in our heads telling us why we can’t do something then we will never make as much progress as we are truly capable of. When that voice is out of our lives, or at least silenced, we are able to fully do whatever is before us. We’re able to manifest the things and people we want more easily, and able to connect more fully. That voice loves to tell us we can never learn. Or that we can never practice. Or that we’ll never become somebody. Our Inner voice just tries to tell us we can’t do it. “Learning computers? Whatsapp? Italian? Mar-

tial arts? The Law of Attraction? You can’t learn that!” says your Inner Critic. “Who are you kidding? Or even if you did make some progress it wouldn’t produce any real results. You could have spent that time enjoying yourself — watching TV, going shopping, or even some superficial chatting with friends.” Sometimes our Inner Voices are direct like that, but not always: They can actually become a lot more stealthy! Still, some subconscious or conscious variation of this dialogue is true for everyone who isn’t living their ideal lives. The thing our Inner Voices don’t want is for us to change our lives. It only wants to keep us “comfortable.” If we have enough food in the

fridge, the voice might not punish us. If we paid the rent or mortgage this month, things are probably good enough. Like a baby it is primarily concerned about survival: eating, sleeping, etc, etc. Or much like our caveman ancestors who did not know how to stop food from rotting or to farm – the kill of the day was all that mattered. But we are neither children nor caveman. We want so much more from life. We deserve so much more from life. Unfortunately, our Inner Critics gets in the way of that. If you want to move forward, get rid of that inner voice, which is telling you, it can’t be done, and show it can be done..! —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Improving farm yield SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER

A

dmirably, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is making a long-term plan for Pakistan. However, there is no provision in the five-year plan to improve the country’s agriculture sector. Our farm production yield is low as compared to other nations. We hear every year about bumper crops of cotton, wheat, rice, but our production yield per acre for every crop is one-third of other developed nations. Farmers in China, India, Malaysia, Russia, the UK, the US, etc, are all using drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, shallow green house and many other new agricultural technologies to improve their crop yield by 300 400 pc. Although pesticide, fertilizers and tractors arrived in Pakistan decades ago, agriculture technology has not improved. Introducing these new technologies requires extensive training of our farmers as these will fetch them higher yield and more income. They will also help reduce the use of water, pesticide and fertilizers for the farm. But for many new technologies there is also a high initial cost which our poor farmers cannot afford on their own and will hence require extensive government grants and loans. And with higher yield and higher income, our farmers will have an authentic chance to come out of poverty while helping to reduce food insecurity in the country. Therefore, increasing our farm yield by 300 per cent within the next five years should be the government’s target. This will lead to higher exports, higher economic activities and could help take 65pc of our people involved in agriculture out of poverty. —Peshawar

Competition in corruption HASHIM ABRO

plays a major role in shaping minds and society. Our media is continuously showing such content that is not good for our generation. Many Pakistani channels are showing such programs that are really creating a bad impact on young minds. Parents don’t keep a check and balance on the activities of their children, and moreover fulfill their each and every demand. Parents definitely can’t hold back youth in homes to keep them away from all bad stuff but they can at least make it sure that their children are brought up in proper environment and with right teachings. Future of country lies in the youngsters, which direly need proper education and skill development training to meet the global challenges. No nation could run on the track of development with fast pace unless its education system meet the modern requirements. Entertainment is an important activity to keep oneself amused for the little time period. Entertainment is important for every person and especially for the youth. However it is equally important to differentiate entertainment from any immodest and immoral practices. Need of time is to focus on youngsters develop in those competencies and skills which would not only help them to unleash their potential but also groom them as good human being and a successful person not only for themselves and their families but also for playing their due role for the enlistment and well being society and country at large. —Via email

Regrettably, the monster of corruption in Pakistan, particularly, in Sindh is not a simple problem limited to a few rogue or crooked officials, technocrats, politicians but it has become a way of life. Here all and sundry are seen in competition with one another in corruption; not in honesty, integrity and better service delivery. Indeed, corruption in Pakistan is structural; it is a cancer that has crept into the whole Pakistani body politic. The magnitude of ‘administrative corruption”- systemic corruption in the bureaucracy and among a broad cross section of officials and functionaries abusing their authorities, distorting and manipulating the existing laws, policies, regulations and practices for their own personal benefit- which one witnesses and experiences in the Provincial machinery, from top to bottom, has not match in other Provinces in the country. It is no wonder to hear that many serving and retired government functionaries in this Province are millionaires and also billionaires. It is tragic that since the genesis of this country, Sindh Province has always remained under the socalled ‘corruptocracy”. That’s why, its overall infrastructure, as compared with other Federating units, is the worst. It is not hyperbolic to say that even many African countries have thousand times better infrastructure and governance than this Province with rich resources but who cares in this age of corruption in this country of ours where people have eyes but they SYED NAYYARUDDIN AHMAD don’t see and they have ears but they don’t listen to diagnose the Since, India being the larger nation, obviously it will be benefiting at cancer of corruption. least ten times more than Pakistan, —Islamabad in this new warming up of the trade relations, between the two countries. As such, as a quid pro quo, firstly, Pakistan must inform India to allow all our TV channels viewHINA ANJUM ing in India, without any restrictions and secondly, resumption of all InYouth are backbone of the coun- dian sports team’s (cricket, hockey, try! They can either make the coun- badminton, football etc.) visits to try by their positive and construc- Pakistan. tive activities or break it, if indulge This will be an acid test of the in negative activities. Youth have Indians, about their intentions tothe ability, commitment and energy wards a genuine peace with Pakito turn the unfavorable circum- stan, else, it will be a confirmation stances into the opportunity and of the eternal Indian self serving then grab that opportunity to policy, to have the cake and eat it achieve the desired results for their too. In any case, it should not be a country. But where is our young cakewalk for India and side show and energetic youth going? for Pakistan. Our valuable resource – youth —Lahore that was supposed to be a blessing, is now becoming a burden for the country! Youngsters, who are privileged and blessed with free time and money to spend, are just sitting around with their youth and reSHAHIDULLAH source. Free time is free but still made to be used wisely! But that Pakistan is facing deadly crisis at the time is instead spent by youngsters present juncture. The high potential in absurdity and stupid things. threats like weak economy, water Youngsters are living life with the scarcity, poor law and order situanaïve notion that there will always tion, massive separatism, terrorism be enough time to achieve their and sectarianism have adversely afgoals and, as a result, tend to let fected the country’s growth, stabilopportunities slip from their hands. ity and integration. The socio-ecoThey are growing lazy and nomic turmoil like poverty, corrupwasting their precious time in use- tion, unemployment, smuggling, less things. They love to spend time kidnapping, capital flight, and inon short-lived pleasures. They fail creased brain-drain have made the to realize that there are lots of other life of masses cumbersome. Pakistan things that really matter in life. is passing through fragile circumThey tend to take these things for stances at the moment. The governgranted and put them off saying that ment has failed to solve the key there will be time later for them! problems of the country and hence Youngsters are becoming the sort bring a positive change so far. The of people who fill a void by buy- clouds of darkness, pessimism and ing things instead of creating them. disparity are all around. Our politiThey prefer shortcuts and even cal leadership does not know how wrong means to achieve their goals to run the affairs of the country. Bad and aims. Time after time people governance, crippling economy, refer to my age group as ‘The Next poor co-ordination among intelliGeneration’. It concerns me that if gence and law enforcement agen‘The Next Generation’ does not cies, absence of the rule and lack of learn how to function on their supremacy are arisen to alarming own—and continue to expect oth- proportions. Blame game of the poers to oblige their every demand— litical parties and throwing bucks then we are in a world of trouble. I upon each other, Musharaf’s trial cannot begin to imagine how our and flimsy policy on dialogue proworld will function being run by a cess with the Taliban, have added group of people who expect every- fuel to the fire. thing to be handed to them at the The isolation policy adopted by drop of a hat rather than work for the Khyber pakthunkhwa governwhat they want in life. All blame ment, unrest in sindh and can’t go to these youngsters! Media Balochistan, growing talibanization

India wants to have the cake

Where is our youth going?

Pakistan in turmoil

in FATA and sectarian violence in Punjab are the root causes that have pushed the country into a tremendous quagmire. The privatization policy initiated by the Federal government is the testimony of its bad governance. The so-called youth loan business scheme seems having no long term positive outcome. Similarly, Pak-Iran gas pipeline is in limbo. The government is chaotic regarding dialogue process with the Taliban and negotiations on IP pipeline. Among the external challenges the Indian water aggression and its violation on Line of Control, strained ties with the USA and post withdrawal scenario in Afghanistan are certain menaces to cope with. Though Pakistan is confronting enormous challenges, yet it has the capability to compete similar challenges. Pakistan has bestowed with abundant natural resources which are needed to be sought out. It is the seventh atomic power of the world having strong Armed forces, pivotal geostrategic location and ample human resources. It is now high time for the government to formulate a comprehensive policy to counter these grave issues. Political consensus, constructive role of Executive, Judiciary, Legislative and Media can put the country on the track of integration and stability. If the government shows altruism and sincere determination to serve the country, Pakistan can become a prosperous, progressive, peaceful and stable state as envisaged by Quaid-e-Azam. Thus the Pakistani nation should follow the footsteps and guideline of our great Quaid…”You have to be alert, very alert, for the time for your relaxation is not yet there. With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to your duty, there is nothing worth while that you cannot achieve”. —Mardan

The traffic mess SYED OUN ABBAS According to international survey and research, if some one wants to know how the management of a country runs, he should see how the traffic of that country works. This explains all the things about the supervision and management of a country. Traffic problem in Karachi is one of the most common problems of the city. On daily basis more then 20 persons lose their lives only because of the insane traffic hazards. The people doesn’t follow the rules of traffic and because of their childish deeds they lose their lives within seconds. On the other hand, the traffic police is also responsible for this traffic mess. There are around 1700 to 1800 traffic sergeants in Karachi and the have to control around 7 lac motorbikes and 5 lac automobiles; this is impossible for traffic sergeants to handle these huge number vehicles. The most educated and elite class doesn’t observe traffic rules and regulations. On MA Jinnah road, there are only a couple of traffic wardens to cope with the traffic jams that occur every day during the peak hours. The sindh rangers control the traffic, though this is not their duty to control but only because of dearth of traffic sergeants, rangers and ordinary police controls the traffic. Government is not taking any interest in resolving the traffic issues; the biggest example is Shahrae-Pakistan which joins Federal B area and Super Highway; it is around 9 years that there is no improvement or enhancement on that road. It is my request to higher officials to resolve this issue —Karachi

DISCLAIMER THE articles, columns and letters are published on these pages in good faith. However, the contents of these writings may not necessarily match the views of the newspaper.

—Editor Email:editorial@pakobserver.net


Hollande: French first lady on the mend, resting THE HAGUE—France’s President Francois Hollande says his first lady is recovering at a state residence at Versailles after being hospitalized over a report that he is having an affair with an actress. Hollande told reporters that Valerie Trierweiler is “doing better” but refused to respond to a question from The Associated Press on his personal life. Trierweiler was hospitalized with what aides called extreme shock after the report earlier this month. Hollande has never married, and the reported affair with actress Julie Gayet has prompted questions about whether Trierweiler will stay in the statefinanced office of first lady. Neither Hollande nor Gayet has denied the affair.—AP

South Sudan: Rebel-held town of Bor destroyed B O R —The town of Bor in South Sudan is now a ghost town. Every shop is looted of its goods. English-language graffiti curses the ethnic group of President Salva Kiir. A dead body lay stiff on a hospital bed, pools of dried blood beneath it, one of the thousands of victims of South Sudan’s bloody, monthlong war. Backed by Ugandan troops and fighter aircraft, South Sudan’s military retook Bor from rebels over the weekend. Negotiators for Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar told reporters over the weekend that an agreement for a cease-fire is close at hand. But a Twitter account believed to be controlled by Machar on Monday ruled out a cease-fire unless political prisoners are freed.—AP

Iran to attend Geneva 2 talks on Syria, ‘no preconditions’ ANKARA—Iran said it had ac- ing Assad militarily and has land,” he was quoted as saying. “official source” as saying. cepted “without preconditions” an invitation by U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon to attend talks due to start on Wednesday in Switzerland aimed at ending Syria’s civil war, the student news agency ISNA reported. But in comments that may complicate Iran’s participation, two Iranian sources said Tehran’s attendance at the talks, known as ‘Geneva 2’, did not mean it backed a plan for Syria’s political transition agreed at a Geneva conference in June 2012. Western and Gulf Arab nations say they have been reluctant to support the idea of Iran participating at all in the Geneva 2 talks this week in the city of Montreux because it is support-

never backed the 2012 transition plan. The United States and its allies say this plan means Assad would have to step down. “We have always rejected any precondition for attending the Geneva 2 meeting on Syria ... Based on the official invitation that we have received, Iran will attend the Geneva 2 without any preconditions,” ISNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying. Iranian lawmaker Abbasali Mansouri was more explicit, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. “Iran will never accept the Geneva 1 as precondition for attending the talks in Switzer-

“The key to solving the Syrian crisis is in Iran’s hands,” Mansouri added. Fars also quoted an unnamed source as saying Iran’s presence at the Montreux talks did not imply its acceptance of the Geneva 1 agreement. France said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the Syria peace talks if it did not accept the creation of a transitional government with full executive powers. Saudi Arabia, which has strongly backed groups fighting Assad’s forces, also believes Iran should not attend because of its stance on Geneva 1 and its military support for Assad, the Saudi Press Agency quoted an

U.N. Secretary-General Ban said on Sunday he had spoken at length with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in recent days and that he believed Tehran did support the Geneva 2012 plan for the Syria talks. Ban said Zarif had assured him Iran would play a “positive and constructive role in Montreux”. Some 130,000 people have been killed and a quarter of all Syrians driven from their homes in the civil war, which began with peaceful protests against 40 years of Assad family rule and has descended into a sectarian conflict, with the opposing sides armed and funded by Sunni Arab states and Shi’ite Iran.—Reuters

Central African Republic council to choose new leader

Linking academic knowledge to real life

BANGUI—Central African Re-

hen it comes to education, Arab society has reached un precedented levels. Thousands of students, both male and female, head to post secondary education and many earn multiple higher degrees. These students are capable of abstract higher thought and critical thinking; they are experts, sometimes knowing all that there is to know in their own given field, including the very latest research from all around the globe. They are well poised to take part in a worldwide conversation between academics, and isn’t that exactly what we, as a society, set out to achieve? We have certainly succeeded. Saudi students can keep up, converse and compete with the very best students and intellectuals in the world. I would be the last person ever to disparage the merits and even the usefulness of higher education. I believe that learning, in any capacity, in any field, deeply enriches one’s personal and inner life, and by extension, the whole world. To dedicate a portion of one’s life — or even one’s whole life and career — to studying the arts creates a reservoir of inner wealth and culture, as the ideas generated by one individual melds and resonates with that of the larger community and the world. The very evolution of our humanity depends on abstract thought. And, of course, in the field of science, scholars are developing ideas that can literally push forward the state of human existence, solving deeply entrenched problems. But that can only happen if we maintain and indeed nurture and facilitate the link between scientific theory and practice. All too often, it seems, that isn’t what happens. As the emphasis on higher education increases, it sometimes seems as though attaining higher knowledge has lost sight of its own necessary purpose, and has become an end in and of itself. In order for knowledge to enrich life, isn’t it a necessary prerequisite that it remains always intimately connected with life, in a tight feedback loop? When that connection grows weak, scholarship becomes increasingly abstract, like a specialized language that one needs specific qualifications to speak or understand. There are, of course, good reasons for the special vocabulary in most academic practices. But when that language becomes an end in and of itself, and when the content of scholarship therefore becomes alienated from the community life that it arises from — that is when we must question its ultimate usefulness. Most of the Ivy League Universities in the United States now emphasize the ‘hands-on’ aspects of their academic programs. In other words, they emphasize the presence of internships, co-op programs, which allow students to combine work and school, and the implementation of research to devices for the marketplace within the applied sciences. Many universities have programs that enable even undergraduate students to partake of hands-on research, cooperating with graduate students, faculty, and industry leaders. These universities have recognized the importance of integrating academics with the rest of society. It is a trend that is spreading, of necessity, and we must not be left out of it. If we fail to make this connection between the abstract and the real, our highly educated students will be left stranded and isolated, possessing painstakingly — and expensively acquired skills that are of little practical use. They will be like the proverbial sacks of wheat held in the store time of famine. And I would say, finally, that this connection with real life is no less important in the arts than it is in the sciences. If lived experience fails to inform our understanding of art and literature, life cannot truly be enriched by the study of it — and world will be much the poorer for such an omission. —Courtesy Arab News

public began the process of choosing a new interim president who faces the enormous task of stemming anarchy and bloodshed as a top U.N. official urged the international community to keep the country from “crossing the tipping-point into an all-out sectarian conflict.” The National Transitional Council began meeting to select the interim leader from a field of eight candidates, including the current mayor of the capital Bangui and two sons of former presidents. Some people have protested the criteria used to winnow down the field. Candidates could not take part if they had participated in a militia or an armed rebellion in the past 20 years. In a country ravaged by coups and rebellions, that caveat excluded a number of would-be candidates. Many hope the change in leadership will help pave the road to peace. Hundreds of people have been killed since Michel Djotodia stepped aside 10 days ago. He seized power in a coup last year. As the council prepared to make its choice, the United Nations held a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva focused on the embattled country. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for “swift and concrete action to defuse the spiraling inter-communal anger and resentment that is becoming dangerously entrenched.” An African peacekeeping force has grown to 4,400 troops, with 3,200 of them remaining in the capital even as violence flares deep in the countryside. On Sunday, the International A South Sudanese government soldier inspects the body of a dead woman lying in the street in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its local partners reported burying 50 more bodies in the country’s northwest over the weekend. The violence has forced more than 1 million people from their homes. Tens of thousands of migrants from neighboring ment offices. So far, their cloAfrican countries mostly Mussures have been symbolic, they go to government offices and KIEV—Opposition protesters tense with protesters launching nian radio station Radio lims have fled Central African were Monday locked in a tense occasional sorties at the police Svoboda said two of its journal- Republic in the last month.—AP then they leave.” he said. “But if their tactics change standoff with Ukrainian police line to throw stones or Molotov ists had been arrested Monday and they close banks or govern- in Kiev after bloody clashes that cocktails and their numbers morning while filming at the scene. ment offices permanently, then wounded over 200 people, as again increasing. “We are going to stay here The White House urged an the chance for unrest increases President Viktor Yanukovych and we will have to invoke this called emergency talks to re- until our demands are met on the end to the violence, with US solve the crisis. annulment of the laws” restrict- National Security Council law.” The clashes, the worst in ing protests, said protesters spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden The emergency decree gives saying that Washington was security agencies broad powers Kiev in recent times, came amid Yaroslav Pyutilin, 46. In near-apocalyptic scenes deeply concerned and urging to impose curfews, detain sus- mounting anger over new repects without charge, censor strictions on protests imposed by close to parliament, several po- “all sides to immediately de-esmedia, ban political gatherings Yanukovych after almost two lice buses and vehicles were calate the situation”. The spokeswoman warned J OHANNESBURG —A fourth of more than five people and months of demonstrations torched late Sunday by the proagainst his refusal to sign a pact testers who hurled stones and that Washington was still con- man has died in hospital after the declare parts of the country off for integration with the EU. Molotov cocktails at the ranks sidering sanctions against Ukrai- South African police fired rublimits. of the security forces. Police renian officials, a step urged by the ber bullets at community proA special commission set up The size of the demonstratests a week ago, a spokesman tions in Bangkok has declined, by Yanukovych was due Mon- sponded with tear gas, stun gre- Ukrainian opposition. “The US said Monday. “We can confirm nades, rubber bullets and water will continue to consider addiday to meet representatives of but the Centre for the Administional steps — including sanc- that a fourth person died,” said tration of Peace and Order the opposition for emergency cannon. According to the Kiev tions — in response to the use police spokesman Sabata (CAPO), a body grouping gov- talks but it was unclear if this Mokgwabone. could in any way help ease the health authorities, over 100 pro- of violence.” ernment and security officials, The 36-year-old man passed testers were wounded in the In the most violent scenes crisis, with parts of central Kiev said small protests had spread to away Sunday night after police clashes, with four people sussince the protests began in Noresembling a battlefield. 18 other areas. After a night of violence that taining serious injuries to eyes vember, demonstrators late Sun- allegedly shot at protesters in a “The protesters haven’t township west of the capital threatened to shut down govern- continued into the early hours, and limbs. The interior ministry day set five buses and two trucks Pretoria last Monday, hundreds of protesters remained said over 100 members of the on fire while the air filled with ment buildings but they are takMokgwabone told AFP. “We on the streets Monday morning security forces had been the stench of tear gas. Later in ing their orders from protest the night, they began to dig the can’t say at this stage what he having spent the night in tem- wounded. The ministry added that 20 cobble stones out of the road to was shot with. peratures of minus 10 degrees Another person died when people had been arrested for hurl at police and use as barriCelsius. he was allegedly pushed from a The situation remained mass rioting. US-funded Ukrai- cades.—AFP moving police van the following day. The country’s human rights commission criticised apparent police brutality during the on or when I will get the treatprotests in a strongly-worded ment,” said Suraj Biswokarma, statement last week, and said it 22, who lost his left arm in an acwould probe the causes of the cident and could barely speak beunrest. cause of the pain Monday. He travThe police watchdog is also eled for days to reach Tribhuwan investigating the deaths. South EU diplomats interviewed Africa’s police force has come University Teaching Hospital in BRUSSELS—European Union stabilize the situation in and Katmandu after a local clinic in a foreign ministers took the first around Bangui, the CRA’s vio- before the meeting said the under intense scrutiny since step toward deploying an EU lence-torn capital. Where the force, if fielded, would be shooting dead 34 striking plativillage stabilized him. “I arrived here in the hospital military force to assist French soldiers are to come from is still around battalion strength, per- num miners in August 2012. haps 400-600 troops. hoping to get some treatment,” he and African troops trying to in question. Two officers present at last What’s more, “approval of At the foreign ministers’ week’s protests were also said. “I have had only nurses take quell anarchy in Central African concept doesn’t mean there will meeting, the EU official said, mobilised in Marikana, accordcare of me since yesterday.” Other Republic. France, which sent 1,600 be an operation,” said a European Estonia offered up to 55 service ing to a media report. patients at Tribhuwan left without receiving any care. Those who soldiers to the CAR last month, Union official who attended the members, and Lithuania, Violent protests over subwere admitted before the strike be- wants help. The foreign minis- foreign ministers’ session, and Slovenia and Finland said they standard delivery of utilities are gan said doctors had stopped com- ters of the 28-nation European spoke on condition of anonym- were considering whether to common in South Africa, but ing to treat them. The protest was Union agreed Monday on a “cri- ity because she is not authorized participate. French President the latest comes months before mostly peaceful, but police briefly sis management concept,” for a to make on-the-record com- Francois Hollande previously general elections that will test detained about two dozen doctors multinational European force ments. A diplomat from a large said Poland has offered a trans- the popularity of President and transported them in a truck that would be active for six EU member nation indepen- port plane and the personnel to Jacob Zuma’s ANC governmonths and tasked with helping dently confirmed the approval. fly and maintain it.—AP back to the hospital.—AP ment.—AFP

Thai govt considers Kiev smoulders from clashes state of emergency as president orders talks

BANGKOK—Thai authorities

are “very seriously” considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital where protesters have been trying for more than two months to bring down the government, the security chief said. The violence is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict that pits Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against poorer, mainly rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled by the military in 2006. “We’re prepared to use the emergency decree ... Everyone involved including the police, the military and the government is considering this option very seriously, but has not yet come to an agreement,” National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattantabutr told Reuters after meeting Yingluck. “The protesters have said they will close various govern-

tors in Nepal left tens of thousands of patients with access only to emergency care, as physicians demanded sweeping changes to the country’s medical education system. The protesters say political appointees should not hold top positions at government hospitals; instead, they say, the schools must be entirely independent. The strike began Sunday and around 4,000 doctors are taking part, according to the Nepal Medical Association. The strike caused major slowdowns at hospitals across Nepal, a poor country where people often travel long distances from rural areas to seek medical care. “I have no idea what is going

crackdown on protest leaves 4 dead

EU diplomats move toward deploying force in CAR

Martin Luther King Jr. and the catalyst of change M

ARTIN LUTHER King Jr. preached nonviolence, practiced it and led a great movement guided by its principles. Yet surely he knew, as did most of his followers, that what they were doing would lead to violence. One need only look at the old black-and-white photos of civil rights protests, at the hatred, scorn and, perhaps most important, fear on the faces of some of the white people there to confront the demonstrators to understand how such simple

W

Faking Egypt’s past: The S.Africa police Brotherhood and Jan. 25

Nepal doctors’ strike leaves thousands without care KATMANDU—A strike by doc-

ALAA ALGHAMDI

acts as sitting down in a bus or entering a restaurant, seeking the right to vote or go to a better school, could lead to the worst sorts of violence — a bitter truth that followed King to the day of his death. Yet out of that violence came new understanding of a sort: People who had been all but invisible to much of the United States came to be seen through the newspapers and television as individual human beings : women and children being firehosed; war veterans return-

ing home to be subjected to all the humiliations and restrictions of the time (or to be murdered, like Medgar Evers); polite young men trying to get a sandwich at a lunch counter; a dignified woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus; the children killed by a bomb in a Birmingham church. For many Americans, this marked the first time they had come face to face, or had allowed themselves to come face to face, with the cruelty of racial separation and oppression, a century after the of-

ficial end of slavery. It was not a new phenomenon. Many of the men who fought to preserve the Union — probably most of them — had little interest in freeing the slaves. Yet as they moved south, saw the faces and witnessed the conditions under which many enslaved people lived, they gained a new sympathy and understanding of how awful it was. Historian Allen Guelzo writes that Union naval officers “who had some chance ashore to see the remains of the slave system for themselves ex-

perienced great awakenings.” Adm. Samuel F. Du Pont, who acknowledged that he had once been “a sturdy conservative” on the question of slavery, “was horrified by the conditions he found on the coastal plantations,” writes Mr. Guelzo. Having seen the institution of slavery in person, Du Pont wrote to a friend, “may God forgive me for the words I have uttered in its defense as intertwined in our Constitution.” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was seen by some as a radical and a troublemaker. The

truth is that he had considerable faith in America. He believed that when people saw the unfairness of the caste system that had grown up in their country in a nation founded on the principles of equality before the law, the opportunity to advance in life according to one’s merits, the right to choose the people who govern us they would understand how truly un-American it was and it would all come to an end, and much of it has. —Courtesy Washington Post

H.A. HELLYER

P

rior to the use of the Internet, historical revisionism typi cally took decades. Different political forces are breaking previous speed records, however, with regards to contemporary Egyptian history. When it comes to the role of the Brotherhood in the Jan. 25 uprising (which led to a revolution, but let’s leave that aside for the moment), three interesting narratives are increasingly becoming popular. They each destroy not only the spirit of the Jan. 25 uprising, but also try to dismantle its memory. One narrative indicates that essentially, the Jan. 25 movement was a weak and feeble movement that could not bring more than a few people to the streets from the wider public. As such, the Brotherhood valiantly took up the cause, mobilising people from day one of the uprising to ensure the revolution succeeded, and was the leading force of the uprising. Recently, this narrative gained credence with supporters of the Brotherhood outside of Egypt, and others who were not actually in Egypt during the 18 days. On the anti-Brotherhood, albeit pro-revolution side, one can find a range of perspectives in support of another narrative. Some, particular in the anti-Mubarak, but pro-military, private media, are positing the notion that the Muslim Brotherhood was essentially absent from Tahrir Square and the various squares around the country at the beginning of the uprising. It joined, according to this narrative, very late, and was essentially inconsequential. The final main historical revisionist narrative is one where the Brotherhood was very much involved in the uprising. In fact, the Jan. 25 uprising was a conspiracy by the Brotherhood. The protesters that were killed by pro-Mubarak forces on the Day of the Camel were killed, actually, by the Brotherhood. There were non-Brotherhood forces in the square, but they were just being manipulated by the Brotherhood. The Jan. 25 uprising was not a “Brotherhood-led revolution” – nor were the 18 days bereft of Brotherhood members. Both of these perspectives are historical revisionisms for contemporary political gain – and essentially lies At times, it is appropriate to call things silly and absurd. I was in Cairo during those 18 days, and I remember clearly the events that transpired. But one did not need to be there, because so much of this was broadcast and reported very effectively at the time – which makes this historical revisionism, indeed, silly and absurd. In the run-up to the protests, the Brotherhood, like most Egyptians, did not take the Jan. 25 call to protest very seriously. There are suggestions the leadership met to discuss the protests, after what had happened in Tunisia. Nevertheless, when this highly disciplined organisation mobilises, it organises. There is no evidence to suggest it decided to do so privately, let alone publicly. Claiming the Brotherhood was thus a critical part of the protests in the early days would be quite a stretch – the leadership didn’t take Jan. 25 seriously, although it did not forbid Brotherhood members from participating if they so chose to do so. The choice, essentially, was up to individual members as independent Egyptians. It was a relatively small crowd that went to the streets on the Jan. 25 – and there was a small minority of Brotherhood youth members among the majority who were not. These youth attended not as Brotherhood members acting under orders, but as young Egyptians who wanted change along with their countrymen. In a very short period of time, the people of Egypt became energised by the Jan. 25 call for change, and the momentum increased, from all sectors of society. Looking at the published statements of the Brotherhood during January and February, it is clear the leadership went through an evolution in its perspective vis-à-vis the protests. In particular, the 48-hour period from the evening of Jan. 25 till the evening of the 27 saw the Brotherhood change its position more than once quite dramatically. When the protests began to trouble the Mubarak regime, the leadership first chose to publicly disassociate itself and the organisation from those protests, after having said nothing at all, except to privately let their youth know they weren’t forbidden from participation. “We were there. You weren’t. Stop lying. Stop trying to bring shame upon those who died to give Egypt a better chance. And stop trying to bring shame upon those who lived to see their revolution used and abused.” —Courtesy Al Arabiya


Nawaz for extraordinary steps for crushing terrorism “We would keep political parties informed of these developments and take them into confidence”, he said. Mr Nawaz Sharif said that cross border illegal movement at the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be curbed. He directed the Interior Ministry to take up this matter with their Afghan counterparts and evolve a joint mechanism / strategy. The Prime Minister said that we would do whatever possible to restore peace, alleviate poverty and put the country on the road to progress. He said that we have to establish rule of law and create a society based on equality, justice and mutual respect. “We are not going to compromise on this at all”, PM added. The Cabinet was given a comprehensive briefing on Internal Security Policy draft and after extensive discussions it was decided to incorporate suggestions and proposals given by

Two Rangers From Page 1 entire area. According to Deputy Inspector General district West, Jawaid Odho, the militants had attacked the Rangers with a cracker and they had just targeted the Rangers personnel, who were busy in snap checking in the area. The injured were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment. Police and Rangers started searching the area to find and arrest any perpetrator.

Two dead in DI Khan From Page 1 identified as Zainullah and Shamsur Rehman. Some reports said the explosion was caused by the land mine. After the explosion, a tip-off was received regarding more bombs in the area. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team reached the site of explosion and defused four bombs. Bomb Disposal Squad in-charge Inayat Ullah was injured when an IED exploded while he was trying to defuse it. Meanwhile, security personnel cordoned off the area and a probe into the incident went underway while there are also reports of forces kicking off operation to net the culprits. It may be recalled that a deadly explosion in Army Parade ground in Bannu Garrison on Sunday morning had led to martyrdom of at least 25 soldiers and serious injuries to 30 others. Those embraced Shahadat included five army men and fifteen FC Jawaans.

Govt accords From Page 1 Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Monday. The finance minister referred to a flyover project on Saryab Road, Quetta, which had been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) recently. Appreciating the financial discipline being maintained by the Balochistan government, the minister said as announced in the federal budget, a reward of Rs.175.4 million had been paid to the provincial government for showing surplus budget in its first quarter. The finance minister and the chief minister on the occasion agreed to convene a meeting of federal ministers and provincial officials to resolve financial, administrative and procedural issues, including development projects in Balochistan. The chief minister assured the minister that the Balochistan government would utilize the funds for the development of province and the welfare of its people. The meeting was also attended by provincial ministers, besides senior officials of federal and Balochistan governments. —NNI

PkMAP From Back Page phase of local bodies’ by-elections concluded Monday in 10 districts of the province in peaceful manner. According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, the PkMAP got 17 seats, while JUI-F’s 9, Balochistan National Party’s four, three each of Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League-N. Independent candidates secured eight seats. The polling were today held on 98 constituencies in Quetta, Harnai, Pishin, Sibi, Gawadar, Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Jaffarabad, Dera Bugti, Zhob and Sheerani districts.—Online

the members of the Cabinet. The draft policy will be brought before the Cabinet for further deliberations in its next meeting. The Prime Minister on this occasion appreciated the important role played by the media and law enforcement agencies in the war against terror. The Cabinet also noted with satisfaction that the Karachi Stock Exchange has crossed the record level of 27,000 points which is an evidence of business community’s confidence in the economic policies of the Government. The Prime Minister said that our country had great potential and if peace and security was restored, we could achieve significant economic progress and development in short time. The Cabinet gave its consent to the signing of a number of MoUs including ex-post facto approval for MoU with M/S Norinco International (People’s Republic of China) on energy

From Page 1 and mass transit projects and approval for an MoU with India for Trade of Electricity. According to the MoU between the Government of Pakistan and M/S Norinco International (People’s Republic of China), it is agreed that both sides shall pursue cooperation in the fields of mass transit, energy particularly solar energy projects in different provinces of Pakistan, setting up of industrial cities along the Motorways, solar irrigation projects and road sector projects. The MoU contains provision allowing Government of Pakistan to identify any other sector in which it requires technical, financial, and managerial assistance, knowledge or expertise of M/s Norinco. The Cabinet gave approval to the signing of the MoU between Pakistan and India for Trade of Electricity. The Ministry of Water & Power had initi-

ated negotiations with India in this regard. The World Bank has undertaken to finance feasibility study of the project. The Federal Cabinet accorded approval to the signing of MoU with the EXIM Bank of Turkey for a Credit Line of US$ 300 Million for Pakistan. The credit line will be utilized for promotion of trade between the two countries. Formal Approval of the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between China and Pakistan was accorded by the Cabinet for Interest-Free Loan of RMB 100 Million for a period of twenty years including ten years grace period. The loan will predominantly be used for education purposes. The Cabinet considered and accorded approval to the Negotiated / Signed Agreement on Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic, Special and Official Passport between Pakistan and Kuwait and

Zafar rejects demands of disbanding CII Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Ameenul Hasnaat said Senator Farhatullah Babar was making non-issue an issue. He said the CII was formed according to the Constitution of 1973, which was made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the former prime minister and founder of PPP. The minister said as long as any bill was not introduced in both the houses of parliament, there should not be discussion over it. Earlier, initiating the debate, Farhatullah Babar criticized the working and recent pronouncements of the Council of Islamic Ideology regarding DNA test, Blasphemy Law and Women Protection Bill. He alleged that the CII was representing political parties, adding that the council submit-

From Page 1 ted its final report on review of laws in 1997 and thus completed its task asking the parliament to review ten per cent of laws. The PPP senator said there was a need to revisit CII whether it should continue working or not. The Federal Shariah Court was there to implement the recommendations of the CII, he added. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Senator Hafiz Hamidullah said that the CII was a constitutional body and it was its responsibility to make recommendations according to Islam and send it to the parliament. He said the person who was of the view that there was no need of that institute, should be questioned that why they had not closed that body in their tenure, adding that the JUI-F strongly

opposes it. Regarding the appointments of its members, the lawmaker said that all the members of the body had been appointed by the Pakistan People’s Party during the previous government. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Col (retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said that no one should do politics in the name of Islam, adding that parliament was the best forum to discuss all issues. He said Farhatullah Babar was a constitutional man and his motion was according to the constitution. Senator Prof Sajid Meer said the purpose of the CII was to make recommendations according to Islam. Regarding the political appointments in the CII, the senator added that appointments may be reviewed.—APP

NDMA meeting reviews performance of different departments during floods STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: A Post Flood National Monsoon Review Conference 2013, was organized by National Disaster Management Authority to review the performance of various agencies, challenges faced during monsoon 2013 and share lessons learnt, good practices and chart out a way forward for all the stakeholders. The Director Generals and Director (Operations) of all the Regional and Provincial DMAs as well as senior representatives of other relevant departments including Pakistan Met department, National Highway Authority, SUPARCO, National Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Network, Federal Flood Commission, Joint Services Headquarters and Engineers Directorate, GHQ, at-

tended the sessions. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem appreciated preparations, collective efforts and collaboration of all stakeholders in managing recent floods. He also emphasized on the need to address the weaknesses observed so as to improve disaster risk reduction, preparedness, mitigation and response in future disasters. The NDMA gave a detailed presentation on the overview of national monsoon contingency plan 2013, identified the challenges faced and proposed a way forward for all the stakeholders. The Provincial and Regional DMAs and key departments also gave briefings on the measures being undertaken to address their weaknesses. The meeting deliberated upon key issues and

Shelter to criminals

Karachi IGP warns of action against parties IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The targeted operation in the metropolis was the last chance for the Police and in the third phase of it, action would be initiated against the political and religious parties that had been providing shelter to the terrorist and criminals. Additional Inspector General of Police, Karachi Shahid Hayat said this while addressing a press conference at his office late Monday night. Hayat said that 1200 retired Army personnel would start performing in the Karachi Police and 75 appointment orders of sons and children of the martyred cops and police officers had been issued of which 4 women had been appointed as junior clerks. earlier, 36 such persons were provided jobs in Karachi police. He said that 1200 appointment orders had been issued to the retired Army personnel whose training would be starting in next couple of days. The Karachi Police Chief claimed that the crime rate had declined, which proof was that the terrorists had mounted their pressure on police through sabotage activities and targeting the cops and police officers as the terrorists wanted to demoralize Police through their attacks. He said that on receiving threats for attacks on jails, se-

curity had been beefed up and contacts were being made to the Wah Cantt factory of the Pakistan Army for procuring bullet proof jackets. He said that special equipments were being provided to high profile Police Stations in the metropolis, which included 100 bullet proof cars and 2,000 bullet proof jackets. The Karachi Police Chief said that the ongoing targeted operation was the last chance for Police to control the law and order failing which the situation would get deteriorated quite badly. He said that in the third phase of the ongoing targeted operation in the city, police had submitted challans for 7000 accused and now action would be taken against those parties that had been providing cover and shelter to the terrorists and criminals. He said that the list bearing names of criminals in political and religious parties would be released to media in couple of next days. In reply to a question, he said that there were around 36 check posts in Karachi’s periphery but those check posts did not prevent any intruder or terrorists from entering the metropolis and hence more check posts would be established. The check posts would also be established in Lyari and Police would overcome the criminals just in a month.

the possible strategies and mechanisms to address the challenges of disaster risk reduction, urban and flash flooding, maintenance /repair of flood protection structures, need of removal of encroachments from waterways, waste management, improvement of seasonal forecasts and early warnings, bridging gaps in relief and rescue related stocks, resource mapping, capacities to meet health related challenge, capacity development of vulnerable districts, information management and other related issues. These deliberations are a part of NDMA’s proactive efforts to tackle disaster management, and are aimed at crafting all encompassing response strategies and action plans which will be shared with all concerned to ensure a well integrated response in Monsoon 2014.

Bannu: Three injured soldiers From Page 1 reportedly patrolling the sensitive areas to avoid any untoward incident. Meanwhile, effective steps were taken to tighten security on entry/exit points of Bannu. Bodies of eight FC personnel and five army men were shifted to their native areas while nine bodies were yet to be identified. The explosion took place in one of the military vehicles of the convoy on Sunday killing 22 soldiers and wounding more than 30. One of the officials said “the convoy was about to leave for Razmak town in North Waziristan when the tragedy struck”, adding the blast occurred in one of the civilian vehicles hired for the movement of troops. Bannu has been the site of several attacks targeting security forces in the past.—NNI

Japan working From Back Page most $ 16 billion investment to development Power Park of 6600 MW in Gaddani with Jetty and transmission line to evacuate the power. “China has also offered to provide $ 4 billion for evacuation of 6600 MW through transmission line, but it demanded the handing over of the project of transmission line.

also gave approval for Ratification of the Agreement. The Cabinet gave approval for Signing Agreement on Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorization between Pakistan and Turkey and also accorded Approval for Ratification of the Agreement. The Agreement will strengthen cooperation between the two countries to combat illegal immigration effectively and establish procedures for identification, safe and orderly return of persons who do not otherwise fulfill the conditions for entry to, or reside on the territories of Pakistan or Turkey. Approval for Signing the Negotiated Extradition Treaty between Pakistan and Kuwait and Approval for Ratification of the Extradition Treaty was also accorded by the Cabinet. The Treaty provides for extradition of any person who is accused or convicted of an offence which falls under the jurisdiction of the requesting party. —INP

BD claims From Page 1 Security forces have arrested more than 1,000 protesters since the elections, which were boycotted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies, including the largest religious party Jamaat-e-Islami. Throughout last year Islamists also protested at the trial of more than a dozen of their leaders for war crimes allegedly committed during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.—AP

TTP suicide blast near GHQ kills 13 were rushed to the DHQ and two victims Rehmatullah and Tayyab Khan were shifted to the Cantonment Hospital. Meanwhile, District Coordination Officer Sajid Zafar visited the DHQ and other hospitals and directed the authorities concerned to extend all possible treatment to victims of the tragic incident. Talking to media the DCO said a preliminary inquiry report on the suicide attack has been sent to Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. According to official sources, following the incident, police arrested two suspects. Meanwhile, Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted a joint check post of the police and the Pakistan Army. “We will continue attacks on the government and its armed forces as the government has neither announced ceasefire nor peace talks with us,” said TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. Police also arrested an injured Afghan national during a

From Page 1 search operation in the area. Two hand grenades were found near him at the blast scene and police suspect he was the second attacker. The injured is out of danger. Two college students wearing blue uniforms were killed, said a news agency photographer on the scene. Their bodies lay near wreckage of a bicycle and pools of blood. Rescue workers struggled to help the wounded. Windows were shattered several hundred metres away. According to SSP Operations, the suicide bomber was between 18 and 20 years of age. Eye witnesses said that the attacker was on a motorcycle. There are unconfirmed reports of a second suicide bomber. According to initial reports, at least 2.5 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack. Two kg of iron and ball bearings were also used in the blast. In light of blast in Rawalpindi and the attack on security forces in Bannu cantonment on Sunday, Prime Minis-

Circular debt monster From Page 1

that the government is getting The committee has termed the electricity from IPPs under the briefing by Peshawar an agreement. In the meeting, the offi- Electric Supply Company cials of NPCC (national (Pesco) unsatisfactory on its power control cell) told that electricity distribution losses, the two wind power plants are theft and recovery of bills. In the meeting, it was told currently producing zero MW From Page 1 of electricity as the said plants that the distribution company Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will generate electricity of 50 and does not recover of electriccontinue its support to Palestin- 56 MWs respectively in the ity bills in FATA on account of dismal law and order situian brethren in the establishment months of June and July. of an independent state and their struggle for the right to self-determination in accordance with the UN and OIC resolutions. Both sides also agreed to continue to strengthen existing cooperation as well identification of new avenues to further From Page 1 cooperation.—Online Shahid Nadeem Baloch, AddiThe meeting took serious tional I G Sindh Police Shahid notice of the non co-operative Hayat , Law Secretary Meer attitude of the cell phone comFrom Back Page Muhammad Shaikh, Prosecutor panies and not blocking the fake/ General Sindh Sher Muhammad un-verified SIMs, the particifence ministry which was pre- Shaikh, all DIGs in Karachi and pants of meeting termed it as sented in Sindh High Court other officers from LEAs attended main hindrance in maintaining (SHC) and was hinted at by the meeting. law and order situation in the Amna Masood Janjua. Due to The participants offered Karachi and unanimously once this no headway has been made prayer on martyrdom of again recommended to the Fedin the matter. The court ordered Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, eral Government to put ban on for presenting copy of the list Banuu and Rawalpindi blast in- fake SIMs and also to ensure and orders of SHC before it. cidents and other corps who bio-metric verification of each Court later heard the case of were martyred in the armed at- individual to whom cell phone missing person Hammad Aamir tacked in Karachi in the start of SIM is issued through NADRA. who was picked up from meeting. The CM took serious It was decided to provide Westridge Rawalpindi. notice of fatal terrorists attacks 300 bullet proof mobiles, 100 During the hearing, AAG in recent past resulting martyr- APC vehicles and required numTariq Khokhar told the court that dom of Chaudhry Muhammad bers of bullet proof jackets/ helISI had denied presence of miss- Aslam SP CID, Maulana Usman mets to the Sindh Police and 05 ing person Hammad Aamir Yar Khan and three workers of APC vehicles to the Karachi while Military Intelligence (MI) Express TV and directed the of- Jail’s authorities. The meeting has sought two weeks time . ficers to arrest the culprits with- also decided to establish ComCourt inquired “ this miss- out further delay. mando type Special Fighter ing person at last has gone where. He directed to speed up the Force (S.F.F) within Police esFather of Hammad told the court targeted operation with full tablishment with latest equipthe solid evidence are available force, with determination and ments and training. that he is in the custody of these take the operation with spirit to It was also decided to recruit intelligence agencies and foot its success. more retired Army Corps in the steps of the matter go to I-9 He said that though consid- Sindh Police in addition to reIslamabad. Another person from erable achievements have been cruitment plan of 2000 corps Vehari had told on telephone that made by the targeted operation decided earlier out of which “ my son is all well and there are but still there is need to pre- 1200 corps have already inno charges against him and he is emptive and swoop with prow- ducted in the Sindh Police to in Islamabad”, father of Hammad ess against the terrorist. strengthen Sindh Police force. further told. —Online

Abbas thanks Pak

Qaim asks LEAs to speed up operation

SC wonders

ter Nawaz Sharif and Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif spoke on the phone to discuss the security situation. “The attack occurred when children were going to school. Our initial assessment is that the bomber was possibly on a bicycle and he then approached the target on foot,” an official said. The blast left the market place a mess of twisted shutters and rubble, with pieces of human flesh scattered on the ground. A bomb disposal officer said the device used five kg (11 pounds) of “very high quality” explosives and was packed with ball bearings and iron shards to cause maximum carnage. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed Monday’s attack as ‘payback’ for a deadly military raid on the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Rawalpindi in 2007. “It was carried out by one of our suicide bombers to take revenge for the Red Mosque massacre,” he told media.

ation there. The officials of Pepco informed that it needs to be paid Rs 30 billion on the head of subsidy being extended to tube wells and the subsidy being given to AJK government. AJK government is just paying Rs 2.79 on one unit of electricity whereas consumers of other parts of the country are paying Rs 16 per unit.

Delhi chief minister From Page 1 over a year ago, made sensational gains in Delhi state elections held in December and he is eyeing parliamentary polls due by May amid a nationwide surge in support for his campaign.—AP


9 bombers, US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack

Suicide jackets, arms recovered C HAMAN —The security forces recovered suicide jackets, arms, hand grenades, ammunition and explosives during crackdown here on Monday. Security sources said that heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel conducted raid in Qamardin Karaiz area of Chaman. During successful operation two suicide jackets, 10 Kalshnikovs, three hand grenades and explosives was recovered. However, no arrest could be made during the crackdown.—INP

5 killed as vehicle overturns N AROWAL —Five persons were killed and three others sustained wounds when a vehicle overturned here on Monday. Police said that the accident took place at Narowal-Shakargarh road when a vehicle got out of control due to bursting of tyre and poor condition of road. Four people including driver of the vehicle died on the spot while four others sustained injuries. The injured were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Narowal for treatment where another injured succumbed to his wound raising the death toll to five.—INP

Gas pipeline blown up DERA BUGTI—Unidentified persons blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in the Dera Bugti area of Balochistan on Monday. According to the police, the incident occurred in Dera Bugti’s Pirkoh area where miscreants blew up a gas pipeline supplying gas to the Pirkoh gas plant from well number 41. As a result of the explosion, gas supply to the Pirkoh plant was suspended. Following the incident, the miscreants fled from the area. Earlier last week, an 18-inch Sui gas pipeline was blown up by unknown miscreants in the Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan.—Online

PU expels six more students S TAFF R EPORTER LAHORE—Punjab University administration has expelled six more students for having found guilty of serious breach of the discipline of Punjab University and for violating the laws relating to the Code of Conduct of students and breach of undertakings submitted by them at the time of admission. The expelled students include Hafiz Wajid Ali, Nasir Ali, Adnan Akhter, Usama Ahmad Khan and Tahseen Yousaf of University Law College and Sohail Azam of Hailey College of Commerce. While Mr. Tayyab Shahzad of Hailey College of Commerce has been kept under probation for a period of three months.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif meeting with Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia.

Summary sent to PM for re-posting Leghari as Sindh IG IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI —A summary has been sent to the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for re-posting the former Inspector General of Police, Sindh Fayyaz Leghari as the IG Sindh. Sources privy to the situation said that the Sindh government had decided to bring back Leghari to take charge of the office of IG Police, Sindh, for which a summary has been sent to the prime minister for approval. The sit-

ting IG Police, Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch would retire from Police service in Feb 2014 and the Sindh government wanted to send him on leaves before his retirement. Leghari had served in the province as IG Police, Sindh and capital City Police Officer. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had during the hearing of the Karachi lawlessness case at the Karachi Registry had ordered for his removal from the post of IG Police, Sindh. Meanwhile, a petition has been submitted in Sindh High

SC wonders where missing persons have gone

Q UETTA —Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s Pashtoonkhwa Court for placing the name of Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) sitting IG Police, Sindh in the bagged most of the seats in Balochistan where first exit control list Monday. Continued on Page 7 The petitioner has prayed to the SHC to put the IG Police, Sindh under the ECL as he has committed violations to the orders of the apex court by appointing Rao Anwar as SP Malir. It is pertinent to mention that the Supreme Court of Pakistan during the hearing of the Karachi lawlessness case at the Karachi had Registry ordered for removal Rao Anwar from his post.

Pak disappointed over US linking aid to Afridi’s detention STAFF REPORT

I SLAMABAD —Justice Mian of missing persons including I SLAMABAD —Pakistan on Saqib Nisar has remarked “ ministry of defence should tell if the earth has swallowed the missing persons or heaven has devoured them. He remarked “Ministry of defence should tell where the missing persons have gone. If the heaven has devoured them or earth has swallowed them. Government has enormous resources and even then non recovery of the missing persons is regrettable. Police can do nothing against any intelligence agency. Termite is eating into the life of missing persons. Government should realize that the allegations should not be levied against it. There is such a mammoth government institution but the missing persons are not being recovered. Policy of evasion will not work for a long time. Court can not close its eyes. No one will be allowed to breach law and constitution. He gave these remarks during the course of hearing

Hafiz Muhammad Jamil and Hammad Aamir case on Monday. Justice Nasir ul Mulk presided over the bench. Justice Nasir ul Mulk remarked “ government should tell cases of these missing persons are pending since the last two years. Lack of progress in these cases is beyond comprehension. When every institution is denying then these youth have gone where. Are they alive or they have died. A new explanation comes on every hearing. This will run for how long more. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar, Amna Masud Janjua and deputy director legal Muhammad Irfan Bhatti appeared in the court. The defence ministry told the court with reference to Hafiz Jamil missing person that the copy of the list has not been provided to the de

Continued on Page 7

Monday expressed disappointment over the Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014 approved by the US Congress, which links $33 million in assistance to Dr Shakil Afridi’s detention. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday evening, the government said that Dr Afridi’s case was sub-judice and that he remains entitled to due process under the law. “Consequently, any linkage of US assistance to this case is not in keeping with the spirit of cooperation between the two countries,” the statement read. The Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014, approved by US Congress, was signed into law by US President Barack Obama on January 17, 2014. As an omnibus legislation, it contains respective Appropriation Bills for all government departments, including the Department of Defence and the Department of State.

Japan working on feasibility of 600 MW coal based power plant at Lakhra ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—In a positive development, Japan has started working on feasibility for installing 600 MW power plant based on Lakhra coal with a view to wriggle Pakistan out of energy crisis, a senior official at Ministry of Water and Power told Pakistan Observer. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan has already 150 MW coal based power plant at Lakhra which currently produce just 30 MW. This plant has manufacturing fault. However, there are

many sites to install more coal based plants at Lakhra. In line with government policy to change the power generation mix which is currently heavily tilted towards the thermal electric power which is being generated on costly diesel and furnace oil run power plants, Japan has come forward to rescue Pakistan and to this effect Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has started working on feasibility for new 600 MW coal based power plant at Lakhra. To a question, the official said that JICA will also fund

Pk MAP leads in Balochistan by-polls

the feasibility of the project. The government has basically planned to install two coal based power plants at Lakhra of 1200 MW of electricity and two more of 1200 MW based on Thar coal at Thar. For the said projects, China has also shown willingness to provide financing, but Beijing at the same time wants the projects for execution with international competitive bidding(ICB) in return of financing. To a question, the official said that Pakistan needs al

Continued on Page 7

KANDAHAR CITY—A complex attack, involving a car bomb and gunmen in Western military uniforms with explosives strapped to their bodies, on a US military base left one coalition soldier and nine assailants dead in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Monday, officials said. The brazen attack that occurred in the militancyplagued Zherai district began around 11am when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-laden car into the wall of the joint US-Afghan troops’ forward operating base, the town’s administrative head, Haji Jamal Agha said.He said the attack involved nine attackers and all of them were killed in an exchange of fire with foreign troops. ISAF said it was a complex attack with a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, enemy forces with suicide vests and small arms fire. The force also confirmed the death of one service member in the attack, saying all other ISAF personnel were

accounted for. Javed Faisal, the governor’s spokesman, also confirmed all the nine attackers involved in the coordinated assault had been killed, but he had no further details. 205th Atal Military Corps commander Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid said the attackers descended from two cars and then of the cars laden with explosives was crashed

against a wall of the base. He said the remaining eight attackers, who were dressed in ISAF military uniforms, tried to force their way into the base but failed and were killed by ISAF and Afghan soldiers. ISAF said the blast caused damages to the outer perimeter of the base and that the base was currently secured and all enemy forces had been killed.—AP


President assures Pakistan’s support to Afghan peace process Belly fat worse for older men than low testosterone Mamnoon for stopping drone strikes

F

OR older men, having a big belly is more closely tied to general health problems than having low testosterone levels, a new study suggests. Researchers have known that obesity is linked to lower testosterone among men. But it’s been less clear how each of those factors relates to men’s well-being, Dr. Marianne Andersen told Reuters Health in an email. She worked on the study at Odense University Hospital in Denmark. In otherwise healthy men, an increased waist may be more important for some aspects of quality of life than low testosterone levels, as long as those low levels are still in the normal range, Andersen said. Sales of testosterone products have shot up in recent years (see Reuters Health story of June 4, 2013 here: reut.rs/1eWVWGK. Treatment may be appropriate for men with seriously low testosterone, but these products are marketed to a much broader group, including men who are just tired or depressed. For their study, Andersen and her colleagues asked 598 Danish men ages 60 to 74 about their quality of life using a questionnaire called the Short-Form 36, or SF-36. The questionnaire measures general health, including ability to perform physical activities, pain, vitality, social functioning and emotional and mental health. The researchers also measured men’s body fat, including stomach fat, and testosterone levels. Four in ten were obese.

The analysis suggested men’s waist size was most closely tied to their quality of life - as waists grew, well-being declined. Testosterone, on the other hand, was “only modestly” associated with quality of life, according to findings published in Age and Ageing. “It is really no surprise that obese men score worse than thin men on the SF-36,” Dr. Bradley Anawalt told Reuters Health in an email. But, he said, that particular questionnaire “is not designed to capture the quality of life issues that would relate to testosterone and men’s health.” Anawalt is an endocrinologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He was not involved in the new research. “If you are a generally healthy man with low testosterone levels, you will have a normal score on SF-36 because that questionnaire does not ask questions about sexual function and it does not quantify strength, bone mass and other organs or functions affected by testosterone,” Anawalt said. Andersen said that’s not just a problem with the questionnaire her team used. “There is a general agreement that no questionnaire may distinguish between patients with normal or low testosterone levels,” she said. “Many men with normal testosterone levels have bad scores and men with low testosterone levels have good scores.” That’s in part because men don’t necessarily feel different when they have low bone mass, one of the symptoms of low testosterone, for instance.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan will continue to support all initiatives aimed at carrying forward the peace process in Afghanistan. Addressing the launching ceremony of book ‘Afghanistan 2014 The Decision Point’ in Islamabad Monday‚ he stressed that all segments of Afghan society should be part of the solution to reap the fruit of peace. He said Pakistan stands for a peaceful‚ stable‚ united and prosperous Afghanistan. We have consistently maintained that the solution of Afghanistan lies within Afghanistan and that it must be achieved through an inclusive afghan led and afghan owned reconciliation process. Mamnoon Hussain pointed out that the year 2014 is indeed a crucial point in the history of Afghanistan and the region. Being the immediate neighbor‚ Pakistan’s security is linked in multiple ways with security in Afghanistan. Since 9/11 Pakistan has incurred enormous human and material losses. He said Pakistan while being part of the international campaign against terrorism has lost thousands of precious lives while economic losses run in billions of dollars. He said Pakistan still finds itself at the center of the global threat of transnational terrorism and is also shouldering an unprecedented share of responsibility in countering this menace. Regretting non-recognition of Pakistan’s commitment in the war against terror at the international level‚ Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan has paid a higher price than Pakistan. There is no parallel to the sacrifices made by the people and the security forces of Pakistan. Referring to the challenges of peace and stability in the region‚ the President called upon the international community to help Afghanistan address issues related to

Commander Yemen Air Force, Air Defence visits air headquarters CITY REPORTER

President Mamnoon Hussain addressing the launching of the book “Afghanistan 2014: Decision Point” written by Dr. Maria Sultan, DG, South Asia Strategic Stability Institute University and her colleagues from SASSI and NDU. drug and small arms trafficking ful place in the comity of nations. shouldering an unprecedented through the book, and similar other besides institutional capacity buildTurning to the drone attacks‚ share of responsibility in counter- contributions, important gaps may ing. It is also important to help build Mamnoon Hussain said these must ing this menace,” he added. The be filled in the debate between what up conducive environment in the come to an end as these are coun- President said sometimes exists at the national levels and country for the honorable return of terproductive to the existing Pakistan’s commitment was ques- regionallevel, and what was asAfghanistan refugees and their re- counter terrorism drive in Pakistan. tioned. “The reality is that, leaving pired for at the international level. integration. He said Pakistan wants to con- aside Afghanistan, there is no other He also appreciated the salient “We hope that the international structively contribute to the real- country in the world than Pakistan contribution by SASSI in highcommunity would recognize ization of peace based on the prin- that has paid a higher price. There lighting the most important aspects Pakistan’s positive contributions ciples of equality and partnership is no parallel to the sacrifices made of regional and global peace and the importance of working with with the international‚ regional and by the people of Pakistan and our through this endeavor. He exPakistan to meet the regional secu- national players. Appreciating the security forces.” pressed the hope that SASSI would rity challenges—as they were not member countries of European He said Pakistan stands for a continue to play this role and conjust regional or Afghan problems Union for their continued support peaceful, stable, united and pros- tribute to the policy debate. Direcbut also impact on international se- to Pakistan in getting GSP plus perous Afghanistan. “We have con- tor General of South Asian Stratecurity,” the President remarked. status‚ the President said this sistently maintained that the solu- gic Stability Institute Maria Sultan‚ These problems are not just re- would help our economy recover tion of Afghanistan lies within Af- in her welcome address‚ highgional but also have impact on in- the huge losses caused by the war ghanistan, and that it must be lighted the key points of the book. ternational security. He said both against terrorism. achieved through an inclusive, Af- She said the book has been written Pakistan and the international com“Yet, Pakistan finds itself at ghan-led and Afghan-owned peace to put forward Pakistan’s perspecmunity should work together to the center of the global threat of and reconciliation process.” The tive on Afghanistan and the 2014 help Afghanistan reclaim its right- trans-national terrorism and is also President expressed the hope that draw down.

Security high alert in Capital STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Security in the Federal Capital has been put on high alert besides deployment of additional contingents of police at sensitive places and important buildings. Inspector General of Police Sikandar Hayat has asked Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad Muhammad Rizawan to ensure elaborate security arrangements at all sensitive locations due to current law and order situation in the country. Following these directions, police have started strict checking at all the entry and exit points in the city. Similarly, patrolling

in the city has been further enhanced. Police Commandos have been deputed around sensitive locations and important buildings. Special police teams have been constituted by each police station for effective patrolling in its respective jurisdiction. Bravo Vehicles have also been deployed to remain vigilant and ready to tackle any untoward situation while squad of falcon vehicles from Rescue 15 have been also deployed to enhance patrolling and staff has been directed keep in touch with heads of the police stations to ensure security arrangements.

Various halting points in Islamabad have been also specified to keep strict checking of those entering or leaving the city. IGP said that all SPs/ASPS/ SDPOs have been directed to launch crackdown against antisocial elements, miscreants and suspected elements. Rapid response force of Pakistan Rangers have been deputed in Islamabad at various points. Meanwhile, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has directed all SPs, SDPOs and SHOs to ensure strict checking at all entry and exit points and keep close watch on suspicious persons.

Major General Rashed Naseer Al Janad, Commander Yemen Air Force and Air Defence, ISLAMABAD —A 06 member delegation of Yemen Air Force called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt at the Air Headquarters. and Air Defence headed by Major General Rashed Naseer AlJanad, Commander Yemen Air Force and Air Defence visited Air Headquarters, Islamabad today. On the arrival of Commander Yemen Air Force and Air Defence, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air 200 to 250 foreigners visiting res- markets of Islamabad like F-7 Force presented the Guard of ZUBAIR QURESHI taurants and cafes in the Kohsar (Jinnah Super), F-6 (Super), F-10 Honour. The visiting dignitary ISLAMABAD—Kohsar Market, Market while during weekends, it Market, Melody (G-6) and Food paid homage to the martyrs of popular with foreigners and elite is almost 500 plus but this week Streets of Blue Area and F-6. “We PAF by laying floral wreath on class of the Federal Capital is end we had only a dozen or so, he have also increased number of Martyrs’ Monument. Later on, under serious threat from terror- said. The warning came after Fri- checkposts and the policemen the honourable guest was introists, it has been reliably learnt. day attack on a popular Lebanese standing on guard there,” he said. duced to Principal Staff Offic“There is nothing to panic. ers of Pakistan Air Force. He Some operatives of Tehrik-e- restaurant “Taverna du Liban” in Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have Kabul by a Taliban suicider, said Islamabad police is alert and also called on Air Chief Marshal planned a major sabotage attempt the sources. The restaurant was awake,” said the official. When a Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the at one of the restaurants and cof- considered a safe place, “an oasis” foreign national asked to com- Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, in fee shops in Kohsar Market among foreigners there. More than ment on this situation, he said his office. Both the dignitaries which is also called ‘Shanzelize 20 people, including 13 foreigners, Pakistan is passing through very remained together for some time were killed in that attack. Among difficult phase and it is our (for- and discussed matters of profesStreet’ of Islamabad. Security sources told Paki- the dead were three Americans, eigners’) collective responsibil- sional interest. The distinstan Observer Monday, “We two British citizens, two Canadi- ity to cooperate with the secu- guished guest also attended a have conveyed warning to vari- ans, the International Monetary rity officials and extend all help briefing at Air Headquarters on ous foreign missions and offices Fund head of mission, and the to them. “I have stopped visit- the organization, role and funcof the international agencies re- Lebanese owner of the restaurant. ing the market but will go there tioning of Pakistan Air Force. Now they (terrorists) have as soon as the threat is cleared,” questing them to be vigilant and Later in the day, the Yemen keep indoors until the threat is planned a similar attack on he said. A resident of F-6, said Air Force and Air Defence delIslamabad’s top restaurants, said a he loved to visit the place every egation also visited Air Defence over,” sources further said. The number of visitors es- security official. Besides, a police evening along with friends. “But Command, Pakistan Air Force. pecially foreigners visiting café source said, after the suicide attack now I know I am going to miss The Delegation attended a briefand coffee houses has drastically in the RA Bazaar of Rawalpindi, that wonderful opportunity of get ing on the working of Air Dedropped, confirmed manager of security has been beefed up in together for next couple of fence Command and also visited Commuters facing hardships as they pass through a security check post on Jinnah Avenue as the a café. In general days it is around around all the frequently visited weeks,” he said. Air Defence Operation Centre. security has been beefed up in the city after the Rawalpindi blast.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Kohsar Market on terrorists’ hit list

Int’l conference on ‘Asian Monsoon, Climate Change’ CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in association with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) of Germany and International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of China, is hosting an international conference on “Asian Monsoon and Climate Change” on 20-21 January 2014. The monsoon is a critical factor in the climate system of our region and monsoon precipitation is of vital importance for more than 60 percent of the world’s population.

Aam Admi Party in Pakistan—Our inevitable destiny

Masud Mufti who launched and shelved Pak Jamhur Party says room for new party very much there ZUBAIR QURESHI I SLAMABAD —In Pakistan, people want to change the current political system that is corrupted with dynasties’ rule, dictatorship within parties and above all involvement of money. They (masses) want to change it all. But unfortunately, they don’t want to change themselves. These views were expressed by Masud Mufti, a re-

tired CSP officer who launched a party Pak Jamhur back in 1998. However he had to dismantle it in 11 years after seeing people did not want change in current political system. Talking to Pakistan Observer Monday Mufti said his party could be compared with India’s Aam Admi Party (AAP) which is ruling the Delhi state and is believed to give more surprises in the coming general elections in the neighbouring country. Our party was also a com-

mon man’s party. It was against dynastic rule. We held party elections every year, continued Masud Mufti. However, despite its sloganeering of ‘A common man’s party’ the party could not attract popular support and finally he had to give it up. “Either our timing to launch it was miscalculated or people were not ready to change themselves at that time,” Mufti wonders. Masud Mufti however, agreed it is leadership that mat-

ters. Leadership can mould public opinion towards the good direction or bad. “We didn’t have that charismatic leadership and our office-bearers too lacked the leadership qualities,” said Pakistan’s Aam Admi Party’s chief. Most of our office-bearers gradually distanced themselves from the party as they did not want elections every year. “If elections are held every year, we will lose our offices and this ‘annual accountability’ process is

not acceptable to us,” they feared. I tried to convince them that if they served masses in true sense, they would ultimately regain their offices but they disagreed and in the end I along with a few was left in the party, reminisced Masud Mufti. To a question, he said Imran Khan had the opportunity to give his party a real “Aam Admi Party” look but he lost that. “I still remember a meeting with Khan Sb in 1998 in Lahore when he had

invited a number of people at his residence. I asked Imran if he would hold elections in his party. His reply was clear, “No, not now.” Long afterwards Imran Khan held party elections on the direction of the Election Commission in 2013 a few months before general elections. It was after Imran Khan’s reply, I decided to launch my own party but the current political trends did not make it a successful venture and the party died down a slow

death. To a query regarding alliance with any political party, Masud Mufti said in Karachi his party had done pretty well but “MQM asked us to start issuing policy statements on various matters. We told them it was against our party policy. We could not issue statements without taking a issue to our party forum. This upset them and chances of alliance with MQM also faded down.”

Masud Mufti said he still believed room was there for a new party that takes its roots from the common people and discourages the personality cult. “We were able to register 10,000 members in a brief period that is sufficient to show people are weary of current political system,” he said. However, when that new party emerges and commands popular aspirations, it is difficult to say, summed up Masud Mufti.


Overcharging of parking fee goes unchecked

Punjab govt approves PCOs in jails STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The Punjab

STAFF REPORTER Zohr

06:20 01:30 03:45 07:00

Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

January 21 SHARIAH Academy, International Islamic University, Islamabad will hold a three-day International Conference on ‘Moderation’ from January 21. The conference will be arranged in coordination with Higher Education Commission Pakistan and Frogh-e-Rawadari Jordon at Allama Iqbal Auditorium, Faisal Masjid Campus of the university.

SC disposes off suo motu in Kamran Faisal murder case ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court (SC) has disposed off suo motu notice in NAB former officer Kamran Faisal murder case on the report of Additional Attorney General (AAG). A 3-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing Monday. AAG told the court through his report that statement of Kamran’s father has been recorded. The statement was recorded by Magistrate on December, 19. A joint investigation team under DIG Khalid Khattak and a special medical board has been constituted. Therefore, further hearing of the case is needed no more now. Aftab Bajwa counsel for father of Kamran Faisal said during the course of hearing that he is satisfied over the court’s orders and he will again resort to the court if need be.

R AWALPINDI —Overcharging of parking fee by the contractors in different markets, plazas and areas in Rawalpindi city and cantonment has sparked resentment among the citizens. The citizens complained that the contractors and their staff have increased the parking fee manifold on their own and they are plundering them with both hands in the name of parking fee. TMA Rawalpindi has awarded parking fee charging contracts in five different areas at Rawalpindi but the contracts are charging parking fee to the citizens at far higher rates than the fixed fee. They don’t take responsibility of the security and safety of cars and motor cycles. In parking areas at plazas, commercial market, college road, Raja bazaar and other trade centers the contractors are charging parking fee rangChief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif offering Namaz-e-Janaza of Shuhada of R.A. Bazar suicide attack. ing between Rs 1o to 15.

Zardari condemns incessant killings STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned suicide attack in a market in Rawalpindi Monday morning which killed 13 people and injured over two dozens and called for effective measures to stop continuing bloodshed of defense Personnel and innocent men, women and children.

In a statement former President said that the attacks on security forces and citizens and the bloodletting of innocent people cannot and must not be allowed to go on with impunity. He called for immediate, decisive and credible measures to stop this barbarism. The former President said that Pakistan People’s Party will not leave the people on

the mercy of terrorists and will fight the militants with the help of the people. In times like these we need to have a unified and firm national narrative against militancy that no one should be allowed to distort it. He prayed to Almighty Allah for eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery for the injured. He also sympathized with the bereaved families.

Eight miscreants arrested ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Capital Territory Police on Monday arrested eight outlaws and recovered 1100 gram hashish and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said. According to details, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to ensure effective security and patrolling measures in their respective areas. Police officials have been directed to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents and irrelevant persons. On Monday, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Abbas arrested accused Khalid Mehmood and recovered one 30 bore pistol from him. —Online

government has approved setting up PCOs in jails throughout the province to discourage the illegal use of mobile phone by the inmates. According to reports, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved installation of telephone booths in the jails and the implementation of the decision will start during next few weeks. In Adiala Central Jail, initially 24 telephone booths will be set up, providing facility of nation and international calls to the prisoners. Deputy Superintendent Adiala Jail, Arshad Waraich told media that policy about the duration of the call and related matters is being devised. It is worth mentioning here that earlier, the inmates in almost all jails of the province were illegally using mobile phones to talk to their families and friends. The officials of the jails’ administrations allegedly used to mint money from the prisoner to allow them keeping mobile phones.

President RCIC Purvis A Hussain presenting a memento to Country Director Population Council Country Office Pakistan Zeba A Sathar.—PO photo

AIOU to set up TV/Radio channels for promoting community services STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon set-up educational TV and FM-Radio Channels at countrywide level to promote

community-based services, particularly in education and health sectors. This was announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi at the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected office-bearers of Educational Broadcasters Forum (EBF) here at the University’s campus on Monday. The University has already applied for TV channel’s license, besides undertaking initial work for establishing 30 FM-Radio stations at various parts of the country to promote educational broadcasting. The electronic network, to be named as ‘Umeed Educational network” will be aimed at serv-

ing the society on the issues of public interest. This network will work in line with the local culture and language that leads towards socio-economic development. The AIOU will also seek the support of commercial channels to achieve the desired result, Dr. Sangi said, adding that the University will provide all possible cooperation to the broadcasters for their proper training and their exposure to new challenges. He advised the participants to come up with proper programming of their broadcasts with maximum participation of the local people, as per their social-economic needs.

No check on Literate Baloch youth to be employed in Federal depts public transport route violations CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The people travelling by public transport are passing through double agony because despite getting high fares, the transporters do not finish their routes. On the other hand, the concerned authorities have failed to check this practice on one excuse or the other. The commuters, who daily travel between twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, are facing worst kind of problems due to noncompliance of route by public transporters on regular basis. The helpless commuters particularly ladies have to wait for longer time to get their desired wagon. The poor commuters complained that the transporters violate routes to mint extra money from passengers. Number of passengers talking to this new agency said that District Regional Transport Authorities (DRTA) and City Traffic Officer (CTO) have totally failed to control ever-increasing violations being committed by the drivers of public transport vehicles, creating difficulties for commuters of the twin cities.

Malik assures Centre to empower Balochis CITY REPORTER

I SLAMABAD—A meeting of Federal Ministers and the Government of Balochistan would be convened to resolve financial, administrative and procedural issues to streamline development projects in the province. An understanding to this effect came during meeting of Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Monday. The Minister said the Government accords top priority to Balochistan as it believes that the future of Pakistan lies in the development of Balochistan.

He recalled that the project for the construction of a Flyover Project on Sariab Road, Quetta had been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council recently. Appreciating the financial discipline being maintained by the Balochistan Government, the Finance Minister said that as announced in the Federal Budget a reward of over 175 million rupees had been paid to Balochistan for showing surplus budget in its first quarter. The Chief Minister assured the Finance Minister that the province would utilize the funds for the development of the prov-

ince and the welfare of its people. Meanwhile sources told Online that federal govt is mulling to appoint literate Baloch youths on 4000 vacant posts and CM Balochistan has been assured in this regard that soon a plan would be devised with the consultation of the provincial govt. The Baloch youths would be given employment on priority basis in parliament house and federal departments. The Baloch CM was assured that the federal govt would leave no stone unturned for the prosperity of the Baloch people and would take all measures for removing deprivation of the people of the province.

Rawalpindi to have children hospital STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The Punjab government has sought recommendations of Rawalpindi division administration to set up a children hospital in the garrison city. The provincial government has decided to open new children hospitals in eight division of the province including Rawalpindi. The proposed 650-bed hospital will provide modern medical facilities, and experienced medical experts and paramedical staff will be recruited for it. The commissioner, DCOs, EDOs Health and principals of medical colleges of the division have been asked to submit their suggestions and prepare a PC-I containing location for the hospital among other recommendations.

Residents of Chitral holding a demonstration on Jinnah Avenue to demand opening of Lowari Tunnel, during winter season.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Students demand relocation 15-days sanitation of public transport terminal Scampaign R CITY REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Public transport terminals located in unsafe sites have caused embarrassment among the girls students of Rawal town. Majority of the girls’ students studying in various colleges and universities live in the locality at the middle of Rawal town but the buses and wagons stop has been set up on the other side of the population as it stands at far

Jesus Zenen Buergo Concepcion, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Pakistan holding meeting with Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC.

off site from the populated area. The parents and girls have to cover a long distance on foot to reach the bus stop where university buses stand to pick and drop the girls students. The girls have to reach the bus terminal after passing through deserted and insecure area and open fields where the unscrupulous elements particularly young boys and addicts continue to fling dirty remarks on every girl student whomsoever they find crossing the fields alone.

TAFF

EPORTER

ISLAMABAD—The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will launch a 15-day sanitation campaign in the federal capital from February 13. Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal will inaugurate the drive and all markets, roads and streets of the city will be thoroughly swept and cleaned. Meanwhile, Member Engineering and Environment Sanaullah Aman said that during the Spring Plantation Campaign.


1990: Unarmed Kashmiris endured bullets of forces

Yasin hopes people’s revolution to continue SRINAGAR—January 21, 1990 the biggest people’s revolution

SRINAGAR: Protesters throwing stones on a giving up policeman.

Rashid: NC, PDP enterprises of political families SRINAGAR—The President of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) and MLA Langate Er Rasheed came down heavily on ruling National Conference and main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accusing them of “ruining the spirit of democracy by dynasty rule and family-run politics.” “The democratic institutions have become fiefdom of few political families in Jammu and Kashmir which has further disillusioned the people from the democratic processes. People particularly youth are striving to change this system which attends to the selfish interests of few political families and dynasties,” Rashid said addressing a workers convention of Handwara assembly constituency. “NC and PDP are political enterprises of influential families. Their family-run politics has ruined the very spirit of democracy. Now people have realized this system of exploitation and they want to see a new era of positive and people-centric politics in Kashmir,” he said. Rashid hoped that in the ensuing assembly elections “people will bring a change in this antipeople system.” Among others who spoke on the occasion included AIP leader and Incharge of Handwara constituency, Dr Nawab Nasir and senior leader AIP from Srinagar Muhammad Adil Hussain.—NNI

Zafar Butt demands release of Hurriyet leaders ISLAMABAD—The All Parties

Policymakers must review Kashmir policy: Geelani Calls for shutdown on January 26 SRINAGAR—Stating that the ‘stubborn approach’ of India has created hurdles for the resolution of Kashmir issue, Hurriyat (G) chief, Syed Ali Geelani has urged Indian policymakers to review their Kashmir policy. Asking the policymakers to learn from the lessons of history, he said India has turned deaf ear to the aspirations of Kashmiris. Geelani said the negotiations between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir, whether open or secret, won’t help until the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir are not addressed. “People of Kashmir are not saleable commodity nor have they authorized any individual, party or forum to go for any agreement or accord divergent to their aspirations,” he said. Geelani reiterated his appeal for election boycott. “India portrays these elections as consent of people and as alternative for self-determination and referendum. Vote is trust and we have been guided by Holy Quran to hand over the trust to competent persons.”

He said the hands of pro-Indian politicians are smeared with the blood of innocents. “And they are promoting liquor consumption and waywardness in our society.” Accusing Government of India of plundering the natural resources of Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said the state has enormous hydropower potential. “We are in a position to generate income from hydroelectric power generating units and if exported we can become economically self-sufficient. The state is also rich in mineral, horticulture and forests and if this plunder and swindling is stopped the state can become economically next to Switzerland of Europe.” Reaching out to the minority community, Geelani said: “Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists or Christians need not feel insecure. They are our brothers. They are safe and there is no threat to their life, honor or property. We will continue to uphold our age old traditions of mutual brotherhood.” The veteran Hurriyet leader

Syed Ali Geelani has called for complete shutdown in the territory on January 26, the Republic Day of India, to protest New Delhi’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar appealed to the Kashmiri people to observe India’s Republic Day as Black Day. “January 26 will be observed as black day to protest against the forced and undemocratic occupation of Kashmir by India,” he said, Kashmir Media Service reported. The veteran leader said that Kashmiris had no animosity with India or its people but the country had no right to celebrate its Republic Day in the occupied territory till it gave the people of Kashmir their right to selfdetermination. It was also observed in the meeting that the freedom struggle was sacrosanct and the people of Jammu and Kashmir wanted peaceful and permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with their aspirations.—APP

Kashmir woman deterred to perform Hajj JAMMU—Notwithstanding the claims of J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that no person would be denied passport for involvement of his or her kin in militancy-related activities, a 70-year-old woman from north Kashmir is awaiting CID clearance since 2007 when she had applied for passport to perform Hajj. Hajra Bano wife of late Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Singhpora Pattan has lost all hopes to undertake the holy pilgrimage as her pleas for the passport have yielded no results. Like many others, she is being denied passport because her son had, decades ago, left home allegedly to join some militant organization. Bano had applied for passport in February 2007 but hasn’t received the clearance from CID

so far. She made many representations to the Inspector General Police (IGP) and DIG (CID) Srinagar; District Development Commissioner Baramulla and other senior officials but all ended up in vain. Talking to Greater Kashmir, Bano said the only reason she is being denied the CID clearance is that in 1991 her son mysteriously disappeared and never returned back. “My younger son Shabir Ahmed Bhat, 12 years old then, was kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen in 1991. He was reportedly taken to Pakistan but was killed while crossing the border,” she said. “As a mother, I too grieve for my son, but I have accepted the reality that he is no more. But now the authorities are creating trouble for me and coming in the way of my religious obligations

by not giving me the passport,” Bano said. When contacted, Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo said it is unfortunate that someone who deserves the passport has been denied the same. “Recently the Chief Minister during a meeting with Divisional Commissioners and senior officials of Home department issued strict instruction to clear all pending cases of passports where the person himself or herself is not directly involved in militancy related activities,” Kichloo said. He said the CM made it clear that involvement of kin should not be a reason to deny passport. Kichloo assured he would personally look into all such cases and ensure that the deserving persons get the travel documents without any delay.—NNI

Hurriyet Conference leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, has demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists languishing in different jails. Zafar Akbar Butt in connection with the mass contact programme of the APHC visited different area of Srinagar. Addressing public meetings on the occasion, he condemned the continued detention of Muzaffer Ahmad Malik, Abdul Ahad and others. The APHC leader paid glowing tributes to dozens of Kashmiris who were killed by Indian troops in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21, 1990, during a peaceful demonstration. He deplored that the culprits had not been punished so far and affected families were still waiting for justice to be SRINAGAR/MUZAFFARABAD— vice shall remain suspended to- directed TFO that till Indian audone.—APP Authorities in Azad Kashmir day. No reasons were assigned,” thorities do not give us back our Monday suspended the cross-Line Regional Passport Officer trucks till than we will not allow of Control (LoC) bus service on Firdous Iqbal told PTI. 29 of their trucks to cross the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road to AJK authorities are seeking border. It is unlikely that cross press for the release of a Pakistani release of the driver Mohammad LoC trade on Muzaffarabaddriver arrested by Indian authori- Shafiq and his vehicle from Srinagar route will commence ties in connection with alleged which Indian authorities have al- anytime soon in view of the onsmuggling of narcotics worth Rs legedly said114 packets of going row. While the Karavan100 crore. Brown Sugar valued at Rs 100 e-Aman Bus Service runs on “We were informed by AJK crore in international market weekly basis, the cross LoC trade SRINAGAR—Muslim League authorities that the Karavan-e- were recovered last week. DG is conducted from Tuesday to Jammu Kashmir has urged the Aman (Peace Caravan) bus ser- Trade and Travel authority has Friday every week.—Online international community to fulfill its responsibilities in resolving the Kashmir issue. In a statement, the League chief spokesman, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai has urged the international community to “exert pressure on India to take steps for resolving Kashmir issue to ensure abiding peace and security in the south Asia.” “They also demanded revocation of anti-Kashmiris laws including AFSPA, demilitarization the state and immediate end to the human rights violations,” the statement said. Meanwhile, League organized special prayers meetings at different places in Valley for the speedy recovery of its incarcerated chairman Dr MUZAFFARABAD: Deputy Administrator Municipal Corporation Khalid Awan talking to members of a delegation. Muhammad Qasim.—NNI

AJK authorities suspend Cross-LoC bus service

ML urges int’l community to help resolve Kashmir dispute

is an important day of our history as this is that the day when hundreds of innocent unarmed Kashmiris endured bullets of forces, JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said. In a statement, he added that this started a people’s revolution in Jammu Kashmir. Yasin Malik said that Kashmiris continued their peaceful struggle for right to self determination for years but India never provided any space to this peaceful struggle and subjected Kashmiris especially the youth to worst kind of oppression. “After this denial, Kashmiri youth started a fresh revolution in 1988 and this struggle soon brought about a new people’s revolution in 1990. It was on 21st January, 1990, when people in lakhs came out of their houses and marched for their right to self determination and started

Indian troops martyr a youth ISLAMABAD—Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one Kashmiri youth in Islamabad district. The personnel of 9 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group killed the youth identified as Javed Ahmad during a siege and search operation at Shempora in Qazigund area of the district. A residential house of a civilian, Ghulam Nabi Parray, was also damaged during the operation. Indian police claimed that Javed was an active militant of Hizbul Mujahedeen and was killed in a gun battle.—APP

Several protesters injured in police action ISLAMABAD—Several people,

in 5000 year old history of Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said. He added that, “On 21st January, Indian rulers ordered their forces to open their guns on unarmed civilians killing and injuring hundreds. This was the start of an oppression to stop people’s march for their rights and same kind of oppression was ordered and executed by forces in Sopore, Handwara, Zakura, Batamaloo bBypass, Bijbihara ,Sailan Poonch, Baderwah, Marwa, Kishtwar and at so many other places.” The only purpose of this oppression was to end or defeat the people’s revolution in Jammu Kashmir but with the grace of Allah till date India has not succeeded in their efforts and the people’s revolution still continues and will continue till the goal is achieved, said Yasin Malik.

He said that, “Indian rulers should look into this matter. Their efforts of bribing, oppression, torture and denial have yielded them nothing and it is high time when they should realize the fact and change their mindset about Kashmiri people.” He added that to commemorate the day (January 21,1990) JKLF will hold a public meeting on 21st January, 2014 at Basant Bagh Nai Sadak road. The kith and kin of those killed, JKLF leaders, activists and people from every walk of life will participate in the meeting and pay tributes to those who laid down their lives for Kashmir cause, he said. Commenting upon the upcoming republic day of India, Yasin said that “India celebrates becoming a democratic country on 26th January. The real meaning and necessity of democracy is that people should be given a

free choice of living, thinking and doings. Democracy means respecting people’s verdict and choice.” Yasin questioned in his statement that whether India has ever done this in Jammu Kashmir? “In fact India has turned Jammu Kashmir into a military garrison to keep a hold on it and has continuously denied people of Jammu Kashmir their basic rights. It were Indian leaders who pledged before the international community and people of Jammu Kashmir that they will be given their right to choose their future. But India is now using its military might to oppress Kashmiris on demanding the same,” he said, adding that, “Because of these facts, people of Jammu Kashmir will observe the Indian republic day as a protest day and there will be a complete shutdown in Kashmir on 26th January 2014.”—NNI

Hizb Chief lauds the role of Masrat Aalam, Faktoo Pays tribute to family of Farooqi SRINAGAR—Hizbul Mujhadeen chief Syed Salahudin Monday paid glowing tributes to the family of Siraj-uDin Farooqi, the brother-in-Law of Al-Umar Mujhadeen chief commander Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar who according to Hizb Chief disappeared at the hands of Indian Security Forces on Jan 23, 1992. Spokesperson Hizb, Salim Hashmi said that Salahudin while appreciating the role of the family of Farooqi with respect to freedom movement said that the enforced disappearances of more than ten thousands Kashmiri innocent people has exposed the Indian democracy.

India uses cowardly acts against defenseless Kashmiries that not only put their lives at peril but also worsens their situation. India should stop all the atrocities committing against Kashmiris at once. “Thousands of unmarked grave are testimony to the fact that these people were killed by Indian Forces through torture but unfortunately, world community failed to impress upon Government of India to stop indulging in human rights violations in Kashmir Valley,” the statement reads. Accusing India of playing with life of scholar and freedom movement leader Dr Qasim

Faktoo, Salahudin said there are apprehensions that Faktoo may lose his eye-sight the way he is being treated. “India will be solely responsible for any harm to Dr Qasim Faktoo’s life,” he said. He said that India is enacting drama and tarnishing the sanctity of its own Judicial System by releasing and re-arresting Masrat Aalam frequently. He appealed to Human Rights Organization and the leaders of Bar Association to play their role in the cases involving Faktoo and Masrat Aalam. Salahudin reiterated that the freedom struggle would continue till it is not taken to its logical end.—Agencies

including a photojournalist, were injured after Indian police used brute force against protestors in Bijbehara. People staged a demonstration on SrinagarJammu Highway in Uranhall area of Bijbehara against erratic power-cuts. Indian police resorted to teargas shelling and baton-charge to disperse the protestors, resulting in the injuring of several people including a photojournalist, Sajad Muniwardi. Indian troops beat up a civilian, Suhail Altaf Lone, at Arigam in Bandipore. The troops also arrested four youth during house raids in Tral. Meanwhile, an Indian trooper, Avtar Singh, died under suspicious circumstance at his camp in Pattan area of Baramulla. On the other hand, a Kashmiri MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Minister for Education Mian Waheed, Bazil Naqvi, Sadaf Shaikh student of B-Tech engineering, and Faisal Shahzad leading a walk “Quality Education for All”. Khalid Mintoo, a resident of Doda, died under mysterious circumstances in Hoshiarpur city of Indian Punjab.—APP

Solution of Kashmir dispute inevitable SRINAGAR—Terming the solution of Kashmir issue as inevitable for bringing peace in South Asia, Hurriyat (M) has said the resolutions passed by United Nations have given the people of Jammu and Kashmir primacy to decide their political future. In a statement issued here, a spokesman said that party leaders including while continuing with the public contact programme, across the Kashmir and stressed upon the need to solve the Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspirations of people. He said that the leaders vowed to continue the freedom struggle, adding, Kashmiri participation was necessary to make any process aimed to solve the dispute meaningful and result-oriented. The spokesman said that the leaders expressed serious concern over the condition of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails. Meanwhile senior hurriyat leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat led a delegation and participated in a prayer session called for the late Khadija Sheikh, relative of Javaid Ahmad Mir. Paying glorious tributes to the deceased, the delegates said the women folk of Kashmir have always depicted bravery and courage as far as the freedom struggle was concerned.—NNI

Hurriyat Conference Shura discusses Kashmir roadmap

S RINAGAR —An important he said. meeting of Majlis-e-Shura (Consultative body) of Hurriyat Conference (JK) was held at Inqilabi Manzil Nigeen. Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan, M. Yousuf Naqash, Shabir Dar and Mir Iqbal also participated in the meeting. Addressing the Hurriyat meet, Chief Patron Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Muhammad Azam Inqilabi said MeA will use its full potential to strengthen the Shura system of the amalgam. “It is imperative that other pro-active resistance organizations are invited to be members of this consultative body,” he said while addressing the meeting. It is also important that the Hurriyat consultative body prepare a road map, in accordance with UN resolutions, for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, he added. MeA patron said at a time when Pakistan is keen to improve business ties with India while Kashmiris continue to face India’s onslaught, Hurriyat leadership has to widen its intellectual horizon and engage international community. “It is true valiant Pakistani nation has fought eight conventional and unconventional wars due to Kashmir dispute. But Pakistan’s leadership is ironically busy in showing contempt and disregard to its national heroes as an operation diversion,”

Inqilabi said Pakistan played present day role of Ottoman Empire and has gained enough strategic advantage by facing eastern and western imperialists in north and south, which is enough for ‘liberation of Kashmir’. He said Pakistan’s leadership should shun ‘apologetic and defeatist’ approach. “Pakistan in league with China, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other friendly countries should create such situation on diplomatic front that India comes clean on Kashmir issue,” he said. Inqilabi presented the detailed viewpoint of MeA before the conglomerate members about Kashmir issue. “As a first step towards resolution Mahaz believes India and Pakistan should withdraw their troops from war-affected-areas of J&K and demands demolition of LoC and installation of a parliament in united-Kashmir,” he told the Shura meet. He said the parliament under the principle of self-determination will decide whether to opt for Independence or to have administrative relation with India or Pakistan. The chapter deals with the way and attributes of ulmai deen and resistance leaders, importance of consultative process and association with movement and curbing egoistic behavior.—NNI

Medico gives panorama to Kashmir dispute

SRINAGAR—A book authored by a medico, narrating events related to medical fraternity in the backdrop of ‘harrowing’ Kashmir conflict was released in Srinagar. The non-fiction paperback, White Man in Dark, was released at Government Medical College, with reviewers calling it a “masterpiece.” The book, released by Dr Farida Ashai, has been published by Patridge. “It is a masterpiece,” said Prof Muhammad Yousuf, former HoD at Department of Medicine, during the book’s review. “The author has compiled human emotion, pain and distress and also how a doctor feels that pain and emotion.” Yousuf said the sentences of the book carry volumes and that the author has described people who are caught in different situations. “It narrates the stories of crackdown and of human dignity in detail and how doctors have witnessed all what has taken place in Kashmir,” he added. Columnist Dr Javid Iqbal, while reviewing the book, said Dr Ruman’s book is dedicated to those killed in Kashmir conflict “who once dreamed to become doctors.” Noted Psychiatrist Mushtaq Margoob, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said White Man in Dark is a beautiful treatise. “The book underlines the trans-generational trauma,” he said, adding that it shows resilience of Kashmiris.—NNI


Gold import banned Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Monday imposed a 30-day ban on the import of gold in order to check smuggling and speculation in currency. The import of gold under SRO 760 and its commercial imports under Import Policy Order 2013 would remain banned. The ECC met here with Federal Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar in the chair at the Prime Minister’s Office here. The finance minister said according to credible reports, there had been surge in the smuggling of gold in the wake of steep increase in duty on its import in a neighbouring country. The 30-day import ban, he said, would help curb smugglers activities without effecting the legitimate demand supply position of gold in the country. The exports, however, would continue without any restriction, the ECC decided. The ECC was told that the issue of gold smuggling.

HCCI condoles with Bohra community

GSP Plus facility to give impetus to economic revival: President STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain said on Monday the grant of Generalized System of Preference (GSP) Plus status to Pakistan demonstrated the trust and confidence of the EU countries in the quality and competitiveness of the country’s goods and products. He expressed his confidence that the facility, which would remain effective from January 2014 to 2017, would give great impetus to the government’s efforts for steering the economy towards the path of revival and stability. The President said this during his meeting with a group of ambassadors from European countries led by EU Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemarkat, which called on him at the Presidency here. Other members of the delegation included Charge d’Affaires of Austria Christian Wohlmuther, Ambassador of Belgium Peter Clases, British Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake, Ambassador of Bulgaria Rouman Pironcthev, Ambassador of the Czech Re-

public Miroslav Krenek, Charge d’Affaires of Denmark Ms Inge Durant, Ambassador of France Philippe Thieband, Ambassador of Germany Dr Cyrill Jean Nunn, Ambassador of Greece Petros Mavroidis, Ambassador of Hungary Isvan Szabo, Ambassador of Italy Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, Ambassador of the Netherlands Marcel de Vink, Ambassador of Poland Dr Andrzej Ananicz, Ambassador of Romania Emilian Ion, Ambassador of Spain Javier M. Carbajosa, Ambassador of Sweden Thomas Rosander, and Charge d’Affaires of Portugal Jose Carneiro Mendes. From Pakistani side those present during the meeting included among others Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Secretary Commerce Qasim M. Niaz, Secretary Textile Industry Ms. Rukhsana Shah and Secretary to the President Nadeem Hassan Asif. Welcoming the European Union (EU) ambassadors, the

President appreciated the European Commission, European Council, all EU institutions and members of European Parliament for their continued support and assistance to Pakistan for getting GSP Plus status. He also thanked EU’s Ambassador in Islamabad, Lars Gunnar Wigemark, for his positive role in Pakistan’s inclusion in the scheme and strengthening Pakistan-EU relations. He said the GSP Plus Scheme would not only help boost Pakistan’s exports to the EU countries, but would also strengthen its economy through greater trade, increased economic activities and creating employment opportunities for its people. The President noted with satisfaction the upward trajectory in Pakistan-EU relations since the return of democracy in Pakistan and expressed confidence that relations between Pakistan and European Union would continue to grow in coming days to the mutual benefit. On the occasion, he also highlighted the present government’s priorities including revival of economy, overcoming the energy shortage, eradicating extremism and pro-

HYDERABAD—A fourmember delegation of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) led by acting president Turab Ali Khoja visited the local Daudee Bohra Jamaat khana to offer condolence over the demise of Syedna Dr Muhammad Burhan Uddin. The HCCI delegation met with the president of Jamaat khana Amil Shaikh Murtaza and Mufazil Bhai and expressed deep grief on behalf of the business community of Hyderabad over the sad demise of Syedna Dr Muhammad Burhan -ud-din. They said that the business community of Hyderabad sympathised with the Bohra community on this time of great grief. The other KARACHI: Stockbrokers are busy in trading during the ascending trend at Karachi Stock members of the delegation Exchange. included former Vice President HCCI Zia-ud-din Zia Masroor and Yousuf Dada.—APP

Shell to sell stakes in LNG project LONDON—Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it had agreed to sell small stakes in a liquefied natural gas project and related joint venture in Australia for $1.14 billion to Kuwait’s Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company. “Shell will remain a major player in Australia’s energy industry. However, we are refocusing our investment to where we can add the most value with Shell’s capital and technology,” Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden said in a statement. Shell said it was divesting an 8 percent stake in the Wheatstone-Iago joint venture and a 6.4 percent interest in the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project in Western Australia.—APP

Rates for conversion KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on on January 21, 2014. The rates are U.S. Dollar 105.4613, Japanese Yen 1.0124, Pound Sterling 173.4416 and Euro 142.8895.—APP

— Gary Ryan Blair

Govt mulling reduction in PoL prices STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—In order to pro-

vide some relief to the public, the government is seriously mulling to reduce petroleum prices and it is expected that on Jan 30 an announcement in this regard would be made. According to sources, the government is considering reducing the petroleum prices by Rs 1.45 paisas. The main reason behind this reduction is due to raise in value of rupee vs the dollar as well as reduction of petroleum prices in the international market. Sources told that govt is considering reducing petrol prices by RS 1.45, Kerosene oil by Rs 4.20, high Speed diesel by Rs 2.48, High Octane by Rs 2.89 and Light Diesel by Rs 3. The announcement to this effect is likely to be made on Jan 30. It merits ness to Business dialogue in mentioning that for the past two April 2014. He further stressed months the government has not the need to seriously consider increased the PoL prices. Pakistan as an alternate for sourcing under Japan’s Asian diversification strategy, it said. Yanai thanked the ambassador for visiting Fast Retailing Co Ltd and informed that of all the STAFF REPORTER international markets, they believed that Asia and the Pacific KARACHI—On the directives Rim offered the greatest poten- of Sindh Food Minister Jam tial. As the core of future global Mehtab Hussain Dahar, three economic development, this re- thousand (3000) wheat bags out gion is expected to witness a of eight thousand wheat bags rapid expansion in its middle-in- have been recovered which were come population and a conse- missing from Sindh Roller Flour quent explosion in consumption. Mill Khairpur. He expressed keen interest According to details offiin Pakistan in the near future and cials stock 15725 wheat bags said that the briefing by the were present at Sindh Roller Ambassador was very informa- Mill which were misappropritive and he would now like to ated and Special Inspection have detailed information about Team of Minister for Food the textile industry of Pakistan. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, found 8000 wheat bags missing. On this the team suspended the Food Supervisor and Rs 6.24, respectively. Ghulam Hussain Simming Engro Foods Limited, Na- while the flour mill was tional Bank of Pakistan and Fauji sealed and its wheat quota Fertilizer Company lost their per was also stopped. share value by Rs 4.79, Re 0.70 Due this action of the Deand Re 0.67, respectively. partment, so far 3000 wheat Top three Volume Leaders bags have been recovered and of the day included Lafarge Pa- one crore and nine lac rupees kistan Cement Limited with deposited in Government Trea1.164 million shares, Dewan sury while measures are being Salman Fibre Limited with taken to recover the remaining 889,000 shares. amount.

Pakistan values Japanese companies contribution to its economy STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s ambassador to Japan Farukh Amil said Monday it valued the contribution of the Japanese companies to its economy and urged other companies to take advantage of the investor-friendly incentives of the government- focusing on revival of the economy. The ambassador was talking to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fast Retailing Co.Ltd Tadashi Yanai and senior executives of the company during his meeting with them here. He was accompanied, on the occasion, by the trade and economic team of the embassy, said a message received here from Tokyo. He assured them that Pakistan was on a positive trajectory of growth and development and

as always, valued highly the seventy six Japanese companies already operating there and warmly welcomed new ones to join in to benefit given the huge domestic and neighbouring markets. In the meeting the ambassador underlined the new Government’s focus on rebuilding the economy and attracting investments for jump starting growth. The ambassador congratulated them on successful year of 2013 with total annual net sales of the company reaching for the first time to 1 Trillion Yen. In order to help Pakistan create jobs for young population, he requested his support for duty concession for Pakistani textile products on the lines accorded by the EU. He requested Chairman Fast Retailing Co Ltd to join the delegation planned to visit Pakistan for the Joint Busi-

3000 wheat bags recovered

Pakistan all set to capture int’l Halal food products market STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is all set to take steps to foster halal industry of Pakistan and to capture the international Halal products market worth US$ 3 trillion. An inter-ministerial meeting would soon be convened in this regard, to expedite the progress on Halal food and making the industry compliant to international standards. “There is strong need of developing standards and enacting a law to advertise our Halal products, and will boost our export especially in Middle East

and Europe”, a Ministry official told media, here on Monday. He said Pakistan needs Halal professionals because globalization of food trade and increased consumer awareness regarding food safety standards contribute towards new demands for halal, healthy and hygienic food. “We possess all imperative elements for Halal products’ production and have to streamline them at par, the demand of the target community”, he added. He said creation of Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) is a step toward making Pakistan, Halal hub by opening

new vistas for entering the global Halal market while serving the domestic consumer market. The demand for healthy and safe agro-livestock food products is increasing rapidly with increasing population growth rate and socio-economic conditions. This will also open up new economic opportunities and employment for the youth and traders. PHDA, being a leading entity of government of the Punjab is established to prescribe standards and processes for Halal Certification of food and non-food sector in line with research and advanced laboratory testing facilities.

Teradata National Information Technology Excellence Awards STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company, announced that nominations for the 12th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards are being accepted until February 14, 2014. Nominations will be received for the period January 2013December 2013. The National IT Excellence

Awards, sponsored by Teradata, have been designed to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals in Pakistan’s information technology (IT) sector. Winners will be recognized at a gala event to be held in March in Karachi. “We look forward to recognizing those individuals who have made the greatest contributions to the Pakistan IT community – we are looking for the best of the

best,” said Khuram Rahat, managing director, Teradata Pakistan. “We launched the program in 1997 as part of Pakistan’s Golden Jubilee to recognize professionals in the IT industry. We are pleased that the program has continued to grow ever since.” To maintain neutrality and transparency in the nomination and evaluation process, Teradata has engaged KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. as an independent auditor.

LSE gains 12.20 points STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Lahore Stock Exchange here Monday witnessed bullish trend by gaining 12.20 points, as the LSE Index-25 opened with 5200.73 points and closed at 5212.93 points. The market’s overall situation also corresponded to an upward trend as it remained at 3.972 million shares to close against

previous turnover of 1.925 million shares, showing an upward move of 2.046 million shares. While, out of the total 136 active scrips 41 moved up, 14 shed values and 81 remained equal. The major gainers of the day were Mari Petroleum Company, Engro Corporation Limited and Highnoon Laboratories Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 11.24, Rs 8.74

KARACHI: Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi, Chairman Pakistan Korea Business Council and Chairmen/Presidents of bilateral business councils from Australia, Belgium, France, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Sri Lanka hosted a dinner and interactive session on ‘Privatisation Policy and Priorities’ in honour of Mohammad Zubair Umar, Minister of State for Privatisation.

24-hour Pak-India trade flow to boost economy in region STAFF REPORTER

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.

ISLAMABAD: Ambassadors and Charge d’Affaires of European Union with President Mamnoon Hussain. moting Human Rights. troducing fiscal measures to re- Gunnar Wigemark and the del- member countries to Pakistan in He reiterated the vive and stabilize the country’s egation thanked the President revival of the economy, promotgovernment’s commitment to- economy. for meeting and assured support ing good governance and comwards good governance and inEU Ambassador Lars- and assistance of the EU and the bating terrorism and extremism.

I S L A M A B A D —Vikramjit Singh Sahney, President of SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry, on Monday hailed the decision of Pakistan and India for 24-hour flow of trade between the two countries, saying it would boost economy in the region. He was talking Vice President of SAARC CCI Pakistan chapter Iftikhar Ali Malik, leader of a high-powered 60

member traders delegation currently visiting India to attend 5th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave, who called on him in New Delhi, said a message received here from India. Sahney said the world economy had witnessed unprecedented changes and undoubtedly the changes in South Asia were going to influence the global economy like never before and Asia would be the nucleus of economic growth. Earlier addressing the 59th

Executive Committing meeting of SAARC CCI on Monday, Iftikhar Ali Malik said the conclave at such an appropriate time was designed to be a global platform and would help forge new business alliance across the region and beyond, and help image building of South Asia as a region of great potential for trade and investment. He said the world today had become a global village. The integration of business and multinational firms has made the world

a smaller place to live in, he said and added distances and time were no longer the constraints for business across the globe. Iftikhar Ali Malik said with the rapid advancement of technology, the need for sustainability and survival had become crucial perspective for firms throughout the world as competition grew. He said the current global crunch had become a setback for countries throughout the world, especially in developing and

transition economies. Therefore, regional co-operation was one of the most important phenomena today which had now become inevitable as the process of globalization was still underway. He said the SAARC countries should lay emphasis on joining hands in trade, agriculture and economic activities, and must refrain from animosities. Ifikhar Ali Malik hoped that deeper and sustained interaction between the governments and the private sector stakeholders

would bear the fruit. He said the conclave would help promote and compliment the ongoing inter-governmental efforts in SAARC to expand and develop trade among the South Asian countries. He said that its deliberations would help provide liberalization inter-SAARC through SAFTA, besides generating concerted ideas in fields of trade facilitation and on measures to improve intra-regional connectivity which would contribute to

smoother trade flows and reduced transaction costs in intraregional trade. The delegates from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives,India and Bangladesh attended the conclave. The prominent among Pakistan’s delegation were President FPCCI Zubair Ahmad Malik, President elect FPCCI Usman Zekeria, and Chairman Nestle Pakistan Syed Yawar Ali.


Currency

Selling Buying

USA

105.30

105.10

UK

172.40

172.07

Euro

143.41

143.14

launches Pakistan, Morocco to boost newICMcertification for trade, commercial ties programmes capital markets STAFF REPORTER

Canada

96.31

96.12

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan and

Switzerland

115.89

115.67

Australia

92.29

92.62

Morocco agreed to give priority to boosting trade and commercial cooperation by finalizing Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries at an early date. This was agreed in a meeting between Advisor to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Minister of Morocco Salahuddin Mizwar which was held on the sidelines of the 20th Session of OIC’s Alquds Committee convened in this ancient Moroccan town. The two sides decided to call the second session of their Joint Ministerial Commission in April in Pakistan for which the

Sweden

16.29

16.26

Japan

1.0042

1.0023

Norway

17.18

17.15

Singapore

86.68

85.52

Denmark

19.22

19.18

Saudi Arabia

28.08

28.02

Hong Kong

13.58

13.55

Kuwait

372.14

372.43

Malaysia

31.95

31.89

Newzealand

87.70

88.53

Qatar

28.67

29.61

UAE

28.67

28.61

KR. WON

0.0990

0.0988

Thailand

3.202

3.187

Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

44228.00 720.00

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi

43550.00 39820.00 686.00 627.00

Afghanistan expected to join WTO K ABUL —Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI)have announced that preparations for Afghanistan to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) are in the final stages and that in the next three months Afghanistan will become a member. According MoCI officials, after already signing a trade agreement with the U.S., Afghanistan needs only to sign trade deals with the European Union (EU) and two other countries, expected to be peened in the next 15 days, before it can be admitted into the WTO. Out of eight negotiating members of World Trade Organization, Afghanistan needs must sign bilateral trade agreements with the EU, Turkey and Taiwan. But according to officials, U.S. support is critical to gaining membership to the WTO. “This is a very good day, we are very pleased that we have come to an agreement and we look forward to the day when Afghanistan can sit at the table in Geneva as a full member...” said Mara Burr, the Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs.” The MoCI was very positive about the deal with the U.S., which marks a rare point of accord between the two countries which have been at loggerheads over a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that outlines U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan post-2014. “The signing of this agreement with the U.S. takes us closer to joining the WTO,” Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Muzamel Shinwari said. “We had discussions with eight countries, now we have to work for approval of this law, and with that, we will have membership to the WTO in the next three months.” As a member of the WTO, trade and investment with Afghanistan is expected increase. But economic analysts have maintained that the yield of membership in the WTO will ultimately come down to the economic management of the government and the quality improvement of Afghan products. “The signing of this agreement with the U.S. takes us closer to joining the WTO,” Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Muzamel Shinwari said. “We had discussions with eight countries, now we have to work for approval of this law, and with that, we will have membership to the WTO in the next three months.” “Our membership in the WTO is very important, but this relates to government officials, on how they can use the opportunity for producing according to international standards and quality goods,” Kabul University economist Hameedullah Farooqi told TOLO news.—NNI

Moroccan Foreign Minister will visit Pakistan. Pak-Morocco Joint Business Council will also be revived. Aziz said that a forward move in negotiations for a PakMorocco PTA, stalled since 2008, was imperative if the bilateral trade was to be enhanced which at present was in Morocco’s favour. The two sides also agreed to facilitate issue of business visas and increase exchange of business delegations to improve their commercial cooperation in addition to exploring extra means of doing this. Mizwar said that Morocco was a completely open market and would welcome increased business cooperation particu-

larly with the brotherly Islamic nation of Pakistan. Both sides held that the closeness and goodwill that existed in political field must be reflected in economic and commercial cooperation. Aziz said that the people of Pakistan look forward to welcome King Mohammad VI, under whom the Kingdom has made enviable progress in all fields. Frequency of bilateral visits on other levels should also be increased. Mizwar lauded Pakistan’s active participation in the Alquds Committee meeting. He said that Pakistan has always played a proactive role in the Palestinian cause and resolving other issues facing the Muslim Ummah.

Review of economic performance

IMF’s delegation to visit Pakistan by January end STAFF REPORTER

cials of Finance Ministry, SBP source revealed. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants the SBP to build foreign exchange reserves by increasing the monetary policy rate, however the central bank announcing the monetary policy on Friday declared to keep the rate unchanged at 10 per cent for the next two months. Earlier, in a staff report issued in the first week of January, the IMF had noted that firm action was required to address the critically low foreign exchange reserves.

STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Institute of Capital Markets (ICM), a Karachi-based non-profit organisation, has launched a new certification programme for the capital markets. A Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) statement said here on Monday. It stated that the ICM, working in the area of investor awareness, is being supported by the SECP. The ICM is launching four new certification programmes for capital market professionals. The new certification programmes are “Pakistan Markets and Regulations Certification”, “Fundamental of Capital Markets Certification”, “Financial Derivatives Traders Certification” and “Financial Advisor Certification”. The first examination of new certification programmes will be held in February and March 2014. The ICM certification programmes aim at promoting high ethical standards, enhanced competency of the industry professionals and protection of consumers.

Noting that the SBP must unhesitatingly use every policy tool at its disposal to boost reserves, ISLAMABAD—In context to the including adjusting the policy rate, few issues that were recently the IMF stated the SBP policies had raised between International thus far failed to give sufficient priMonetary Fund (IMF) and ority to the crucial challenge of rePakistan’s government, IMF building reserves. team will visit Pakistan in the SBP further informed that end of January. Governor SBP has received an IMF’s delegation is exe-mail from IMF regarding their pected to visit Pakistan on Januvisit; they further appreciate the ary 28. The delegation of IMF financial management of SBP. STAFF REPORTER will individually meet Federal The sources claimed that the Finance Minster Ishaq Dar, upcoming visit of IMF officials KARACHI—The Karachi CotGovernor State Bank of Pakistan is out of schedule. (SBP) Yaseen Anwer and offiton Association (KCA) on Monday urged the government to reconsider levying of grading fee on cotton trade. A KCA meeting presided over by its chairman Khawaja M Zubair, appreciated the government for realizing and strengthening cotton grading and standardization system government would remain un- Muhammad Ishtaiq, on the oc- (GSS) in the country and for STAFF REPORTER fruitful. The LCCI President casion, requested the LCCI focusing on improving quality LAHORE—The Lahore Cham- Engineer Sohail Lashari said President to form new commit- of cotton to fetch higher price ber of Commerce and Industry that the all the institutions tee comprising members of the for the commodity and its (LCCI) and the Lahore Bar As- should be on same page to get Lahore Bar Association for the made-ups in international marsociation (LBA) on Monday resolved the challenges being early resolution of all the legal ket. decided to jointly raise voice on faced by the country. He said issues. According to a KCA statethat the government alone could He said that the Lahore Bar ment, it, however, expressed all national issues. A 15-member LBA delega- never put economy back on rails Association would work hand-in- reservations over the proposal tion led by its President and we all would have to play hand with the Lahore Chamber of to impose grading fee at the Chaudhry Muhammad Ishtiaq our role proactively to achieve Commerce and Industry for the rate of Rs 5 per bale on cotton called on LCCI President Engi- the goal of progress and pros- betterment of the society in gen- trade. Referring to various eral and the business community duties and taxes, including cotneer Sohail Lashari here Mon- perity. The LCCI President urged in particular. The delegation com- ton cess, already levied on cotday. LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and former EC member the Lahore Bar President to prises: Senior Vice President of ton trade, the KCA called for Amjad Chaudhry were also motivate bar Associations of the LBA Ghulam Abbas Sahir Awan, reconsidering imposition of present in the meeting which other provinces including Sindh General Secretary Ch Saleem grading fee. continued for well over an hour. and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to Ladhi, Secretary Ch. Qasem Both the sides also agreed to pave way for early construction Aslam Hinjara, Joint Secretary appoint focal persons in their of Kalabagh Dam that is lifeline Tahir Riaz Sulehri, Finance Secrespective organizations to fur- for our future generations. The retary Peer Farid ul Haq Chishti, ther expedite their liaison on LCCI President said that the Library Secretary Rashid Nazir, Lahore Chamber of Commerce Auditor Inam ul Haq Pasha, EC day-to-day issues. There was a consensus that and Industry was making every members Ch. Naik Muhammad, things were fast getting out of possible effort to bring all pub- Malik Muhammad Imran, Zahida STAFF REPORTER hand and if collective wisdom lic and private sector institutions Sadiq, Idress Aslam and Miss was not applied, all the correc- close to each other. The Presi- Tehseen Zehra Karmi and ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock tive measures on the part of the dent of the LBA Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan. Exchange witnessed bearish trend here on Monday as the ISE-10 index was down by 4.89 points and closed at 4,744.64 points. A total of 360,000 shares were traded, which were up by 335,000 shares when it compared with previous day’s trading of trade. ministers also decided to enhance 25,000 shares. STAFF REPORTER He said both the countries volume of trade between the two Out of 163 companies, share ISLAMABAD—President Paki- will benefit from the under- countries. He stressed the need to prices of 100 companies restan India Chamber of Com- standing reached between the reduce trade barriers between the corded increase while share merce S.M. Muneer has said that two countries. He said Pakistan two countries. prices of 62 companies regisHe said political stability is tered decrease where as one it is good news that Pakistan and will get an access to a huge Innecessary for promotion of bi- company remained stable in India have agreed on some dian market. He said it was also decided lateral trade. Former Finance today’s trading. points in a bid to enhance bilatthat branches of Indian and Pa- Minister and Economist Shaukat eral trade. The share price of Sanofi Talking to Radio Pakistan, kistani banks will be opened on Tareen said SAARC countries Aventis increased by Rs. 35.90 he congratulated Pakistan for each other’s soil. He termed it a are doing hardly 5% regional per share while the share prices positively moving in trade ties good decision. He said previ- trade, which is very low. of Pakistan Tobacco decreased He said we have to remove by Rs. 37.77 per share. with India, saying that through ously, the visas were issued for this, Pakistan economy espe- one-to-two months and for three non-trade barriers between PaP.T.C.L, Lotte Chemicals cially industrial sector would cities. Now the bonafide busi- kistan and India. He said and Byco Petroleum remained nessmen will get a visa for one ASEAN and European Union the top trading companies in boost. are doing more than 35% of re- Monday’s trading with 155,000, Regarding the solution of year and for ten cities. Taking part in the gional trade. other issues with India, Muneer 101,000 and 32,000 shares reIndian Journalist Nilofar spectively. said that mutual trade should be programme, analyst Dr. promoted at any cost, adding Muhammad Khan said that Pak- Soharwardi said the Pak-India that in this regard politics should India joint communiqu‚ is a posi- trade ministers agreed to take be separated from trade ties be- tive development. He said Prime number of steps to enhance biMinister Nawaz Sharif during his lateral trade. She said opening of tween the two countries. Muneer added that points meeting with Indian counterpart 24-hour customs post at the boron which both countries agreed in September last year decided to der and setting up bank branches STAFF REPORTER in both countries will greatly help are all laudable especially open- boost bilateral trade. He said Pak-India commerce increase bilateral trade. ing of Wagah border for mutual KARACHI—147th CAA Board meeting was held at CAA Headquarters Terminal-I, here on Monday. This was the first meeting of the recently re-constituted CAA Board after shifting control of Civil Aviation activities under Secretary Aviation. The meeting was chaired by Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary Aviation & Chairman CAA Board. Due to nonconstitution of the Board, there were many agenda points which needed to be ratified. During the meeting, Board also gave approval of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Budget 2013-14 which also inKARACHI: Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary Aviation and Chairman Board presiding cluded in ADP schemes of fisover 147th CAA Board meeting. cal year.

KCA for revisiting of cotton grading fee proposal

LCCI-LBA to voice for national issues jointly

ISE-10 index witnesses bearish trend

PICC President hails Pak-India agreement on trade

147th CAA board meeting

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan performing ‘Logo-Change’ ceremony of KESC which has now been renamed as K-Electric at Mohatta Palace.

OGDCL makes efforts to add more gas to system STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The public sector entity-Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) is effectively pursuing its projects to meet the country’s growing energy needs. As part of such efforts, an official source says the company has accelerated its efforts and its Nashpa-IV project is in final stage, which would go a long way in easing the energy crisis. According to the source, the project completing soon would contribute additional 4500 bbl oil and 12-15 MMCD gas to the system. The source added, the government had started work on the import of LNG on a fast-track basis and the Qatar has agreed to provide 400 MMCFD LNG to Pakistan by November 2014. There is no LNG terminal in the country and proposals have been presented to the ECC in this regard, which include

Conversion of existing LPG to an LNG terminal for 200 MMCFD and establishment of a long-term facility through a competitive process for 5001000 MMCFD, the source says. It added that import of 400 MMCFD Fast Track LNG Terminal and the 500 MMCFD SSGC LPG Retrofit Terminal are in process. Besides, the government is also making solid measures to effectively explore indigenous hydro-carbon resources, amending and then implementing the Petroleum Exploration and Production Policy 2012 and implemented after approval from the CCI to encourage investment in the oil and gas sector. Moreover, the PPL has started first-ever Tight Gas production of 1 0 MMCFD in Sindh and the exploration and production has made four discoveries which will add 135 MMC gas and 860 bbl oil per day in the system.

The source said supply of 152 MMCFD gas to 4 IPPs Saif, Sapphire, Orient and Hall more - has provided additional efficient power generation of 800 MW. The source said the PSO was currently supplying 24,000 M tonnes of oil as compared to previous supplies of 17,000 M tonnes to the power sector to address power shortages. All fertilizer factories in the country have been provided gas which has resulted in reduction of urea imports by more than 300,000 tonnes. PARCO refinery production capacity has been increased to 100 percent compared to 80 percent in the past. And above all, the source added effective coordination with Exploration and Production companies has resulted in increased gas and oil supplies from existing fields. Gas production has reached 4.2 BCFD and Oil 80,000 barrels/day.

Johnny Rockets a valuable addition in Lahore OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—“Lahori people are very fond of eating good food, I therefore think Johnny Rockets is valuable edition in the eateries in Lahore, we welcome this chain in city of festivals, “said Governor Punjab, Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar on the opening ceremony of Johnny rockets in Lahore. Almost a month after its flagship restaurant debuted in Karachi, Johnny Rockets continues to sizzle in Pakistan by opening a new restaurant in Lahore. Standing by its promise and commitment, this marks the brand’s 2nd around the country. Abdul Wahab Bandhani, an aspiring magnate in the business world, is the mastermind behind Johnny Rockets landing in Pakistan. The first restaurant in Karachi, which opened on 5th December 2013, is already a rage with food lovers in the city. Our Rocketeers

LAHORE: Governor Punjab Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar, inaugurating Johnny Rockets outlet in Lahore while Abdul Wahab Bandhani, and Monavar K Ahmad, CEO Hamdan International (Pvt.) Ltd are also present. love a menu of all- American favorites that include made-toorder burgers, hand-spun shakes, classic sandwiches and American Fries, served with our signature ketchup smiley face.

PQ remains active KARACHI—Three ships C.V fertilizer, palm oil and diesel oil Maersk Pitts Burgh, C.V Albert Rickmers and M.T Al-Salam-II carrying containers and diesel oil were arranged berthing at Qasim International Container Terminal and FOTCO Oil Terminal respectively at Port Qasim on Sunday. Meanwhile two more ships scheduled to load/ offload container and rice also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was managed at the Port at 50% on Sunday where seven ships namely C.V Maersk Pitts Burgh, C.V Albert Rickmers, C.V MSC Anahita, M.V Blue Cat, M.V Gemini Pioneer, M.T Bunga Allium and M.T AI-Salam-II are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, cement,

respectively during last 24 hours. Cargo handling activity remained active at the Port where a cargo volume of 115,143 tonnes, comprises 105,897 tonnes import and 9,246 tonnes exports inclusive containerized cargo carried in 2.304 containers (TEUs) (2,052 imports and 252 exports TEUs) were handled during last 24 hours. Three ships C.V Safmarine Ngami, M.V Dalian Star-D and M.T Feng Hai-35 scheduled to load/offload containers, rice and palm are expected to take berths at Container Terminal, Grain & Fertilizer Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal respectively on Monday, while oil tanker ‘Karachi’ is due to arrive at Port Qasim on same day.—APP

LCCI condemns terrorism in Rawalpindi, Bannu STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday strongly condemned terrorism attacks in Rawalpindi and Bannu and urged the government to take concrete measures to weed out this menace that was not only tarnishing Pakistan’s image but also hitting its economy hard. LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari, Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif Anwar said here that repeated terror attacks were a wellplanned conspiracy to destroying social and economic fabric

of the country. “Such acts of terrorism are an ugly attempt to destabilize Pakistan and to create an impression of unsafe place to do business in the eyes of international community,” said Lashari. The LCCI office-bearers said that the government needed to evolve a new policy to cope with the menace of terrorism, adding that any further delay in taking a firm stand against terrorists would cause undue damage to the country therefore, the President, the Prime Minister and all the Chief Ministers should sit with the politicians and business leaders to evolve a methodology to get rid of this menace.

Music from the past decades, dancing servers and twirled straws further add to the atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Now Lahore is all set to embrace our unique combination of flavorful food and friendly service.

KPCCI President visits Auqaf plaza STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KPCCI) Zahidullah Shinwari visited Auqaf Plaza that was gutted due to short circuit the other day and expressed solidarity with the traders who were affected in the tragic incident. He assured the businessmen that KPCCI would raise the issue with provincial government besides playing role in waiving off three years rent of affected properties in Auqaf Plaza. He asked president of Niaraghar Market to estimate the losses and to prepare a comprehensive report in this regard. Vice President of KPCCI Muhammad Taimur Shah, Traders leader Haji Muhammad Afzal, office bearers of KPCCI and goldsmiths were in attendance on the occasion. Zahidullah Shinwari expressed profound grief over the tragic incident that destroyed the 400 years old Niaraghar Market and assured all out support to the businessmen who were adversely affected. He asked president of Niaraghar Market to estimate the losses and to prepare a comprehensive report in this regard. Shinwari said that in the light of the report he would discuss the issue with the provincial government and make best efforts to get support for the affectees.


16-year-old Hamza clinches Air Pistol Shooting title P ESHAWAR —A 16-year-old Hamza Khan clinched the trophy after the Air Pistol Shooting after securing more points in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Air Pistil Shooting Contests organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rifle Shooting Association held here at Ghandapur Shooting Range on Monday. Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah was the chief guest on this occasion. President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rifle Shooting Association and former SAF Gold Medalist Dr Inam Ullah Khan Ghandapur, officials, players and spectators were also present and witnessed the thrilling contests in which a total of 50 contestants took part. It is for the first time that such a contests have been organised by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rifle Shooting Association on a help self basis by involving shooters at junior level. Speaking on this occasion, Dr Inam Ullah

Ghandapur, a former international shooter, highlighted the aim and objective of holding the shooting contests in which a total of 50 junior amateur shooters took part. He said they have developed a mini-shooting range with own resources and expressed the hope that the young talented shooters would utilize that facilities by taking due interest. He said initially all the 50 junior shooters have been registered through Air Pistol event, followed a similar Air Pistol contests would be organized for the female amateur shooters and later on proper registration drives would be launched to have proper club. He said shot-gun, skeet contests would also be organized very soon wherein players from all across the province would be invited. He said the shooting range would be a source for finding out new talent in the game. Syed Aqil Shah lauded

the efforts of the Dr Inam for the construction of shooting range with own resources. He also paid rich tribute to Dr Inam Ghandapur for rendering great services for the promotion of shooting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular and in the country in general. He said it is an honor of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that Dr Inam won gold medal internationally when he was a shooter. He said shooting is very expensive game and establishing of own shooting range is a remarkable efforts of Dr Inam. It is a great facility for the youngsters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Aqil Shah added. He also announced Rs. 10,000 for Hamza of winning the contest. Muhammad Adil Khan and Bilal Asif won second and third position respectively. Former MPA and Vice President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rifle Shooting Association Shagufta Malik was also present.—APP PESHAWAR: Inamullah Gandapur, International Shooter giving senior category award to Adeel Khan.

WSF nominates Tahir for Muirhead, Lynn Wapda utilizing resources in Australia’s Glasgow C’wealth Games T20 squad for new talent in sports World Squash Federation (WSF) has nominated Tahir Jamil Khanzada of Pakistan as Referee for Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Glasgow (Scotland) from July 23 to August 3. Tahir Khanzada, who is also the President Sindh Squash Association (SSA) has been serving the sports for over a decade and half and had been supervising at the International circuit since 2004. “Its great honour for me to be picked for such a prestigious games again,” he commented. Hyderabad-based Khanzada has been on WSF Referee panel since 2004 and had officiated in many Professional Squash Association

(PSA) & WSF events like Seoul Open, US Open and many more around the world. Tahir Khanzada has also honoured to be the only WSF Referee officiated in four major games had started in Dec 2009 with the East Asian Games in Hong Kong, then 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka, 2010 Commonwealth Games at Delhi India and 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou. Khanzada later became the only WSF Referee from Asia to be nominated by WSF as referee in the US Open in October 2012. Secretary SSA Muhammad Amir Khan has Tahir World Open, World Team complimented Championships, World Junior Khanzada on his extension of Championships, Super Series his contract and declared it a Finals, Kuwait Open, Qatar great honour for the counClassic, Malaysian Open, try.—APP

Ski Federation sets up media cell

Ahmed guides Fazal Sports to semis

K ARACHI —The

KARA I SLAMABAD —The Ski Fed- Hussain eration of Pakistan (SFP) has established an independent media cell to create an awareness among the masses about Winter Sports in the country. The President Ski Federation of Pakistan has appointed Obaid-u-Rehman Abbasi as the first chairman of the media cell, said a press release issued here on Monday. The cell will work to promote skiing and other Winter games in the country. Obaid pledged to take steps to attract the youth towards the game and asked media to help the federation in its efforts in this regard.—APP

—Ahmed smashed an attackling half century to guide Fazal-ur-Rehman Sports in the semi-final of Qasim Usmani Acchay Bhai Memorial Cricket Tournament by beating Nazeer Hussain Gymkhana by two wickets after an exciting contest the other day. Brilliant Ahmed slammed 72 off 39-ball with half a dozen boundaries and brace of sixes as Fazal-urRehman Sports reached the target for the loss of eight wickets in 36th over. Umer Farooq hit five fours in his 40 off 29 balls and Chaudhry Mazhar hit 31 in 23-ball with four boundaries to give good support to Ahmed Hussain. Earlier batting first, C H I

Nazeer Hussain Gymkhana scored 192-9 in their allotted 40 overs. Wahajuddin and Dinar Azeem scored aggressive half centuries. Wajih hit five boundaries in his 51 in 31 deliveries.Dinar hit six fours in his 29-ball knock of 31. Medium pacer Chaudrhy Mazhar snappedup three wickets for 33 runs. Summarised scores: Nazeer Hussain Gymkhana 192-9 in 40 overs (Wahajuddin 54, Dinar Azeem 54, Ashfaq Shafee 22, Chaudhary Mazhar 3-33, M. Rameez 2-31) Fazal-urRehman Sports 193-8 in 35.2 overs (Ahmed Hussain 72, Umer Farooq 40, Chaudhry Mazhar 31, Atif Khan 2-41, Wahajuddin 2-31).—APP

SYDNEY—Legspinner James

Muirhead and batsman Chris Lynn will be in line for international debuts after being named in Australia’s Twenty20 squad to take on England. Aaron Finch has been named vice-captain to George Bailey for the threematch T20 series that follows the ODIs, with Cameron White and Mitchell Starc both back in the reckoning along with Josh Hazlewood, Ben Cutting and Moises Henriques. The most surprising selection was that of Muirhead, 20, who has played only four Twenty20 matches in his career, including only two for the Melbourne Stars this summer for a return of one wicket. However, Muirhead did bowl well in the Prime Minister’s XI match against England in Canberra, where he took 3 for 52, and he also played against England in two other tour games earlier in the summer. “We’ll select the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup in the middle of February and we’re looking at spin-bowling options,” John Inverarity, the national selector, said. “There are a number of spin-bowling options. Xavier Doherty of course has strong claims, Brad Hogg still has strong claims and we’re interested in a legspinner also. “So we’re having a look at James Muirhead this time. He’s a young man and he’s impressed this season when he’s played against England. He’s a young man who really puts a lot on the ball and his legbreak turns. He’s in the squad for the experience and if he plays I’m sure that he’ll be striving to make the most of the opportunity.”—Online

CHINIOT: Old men participating in arm wrestling competition under the Punjab Youth Festival.

Aqeel lifts National Clay Tennis trophy I SLAMABAD —Aqeel Khan clinched the Men’s Singles

M ULTAN —Managing Direc- He said that behaviour was was on top in bringing new title of the 14th Subh-e-nau tor Admin Wapda & president Wapda Sports Board, Yousaf Naseem Khokhar said on Monday that all possible resources were being utilized to bring new talent in sports. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of fitness trails of players who had got training in 2009 under Wapda endowment funds here at Divisional Sports Ground. As many as 100 players were being facilitated with best facilities by Wapda endowment funds in order to give them an opportunity to bring laurel. Chief Executive Officer Mepco & pattern chief of Mepco Sports Committee, Engineer Abdul Mateen Khan, speaking on the occasion, said that same method was being used in the world to bring new talent in sports.

main thing for sportsmanship. He said that all under16 players were taken from all provinces. He expressed that mepco have less resources but giving special focus on sports and added that practice would continue to give hardworking players to the Pakistan Sports Board. General Manager Wapda sports board, Muhammad Khalid Mehmood said that former Chairman Wapda Shakeel Durani had established Wapda endowment funds at a cost of Rs 100 million in 2009 under which these 100 players were being provided Rs 5000 every month. He said that this scheme was made on Australian style under which players had completed their four-year training now. He claimed that Mepco

talent and providing them best facilities. Director Human Resources and Administration Mepco, Zaffar Iqbal Awan said that various players were representing Wapda on national and international level. Chief Engineer Operation Mepco Chaudhry Muhammad Akram, Director Customer Services Fazal Ullah Durani, Manager HRM Imam Ahmed, Director Finance Mian Ansar Mehmood, Manager Admin Liaqat Memon, Manager Commercial Malik Imtiaz Ahmed, Deputy Manager Mian Suhail Afzal, Jalil-URehman, Deputy Manager Public Relations Jamshaid Niazi, Assistant Manager Admin Haider Usman and other officers were also present on the occasion.— APP

National Clay Tennis Championship here at PTF Tennis Complex on Monday. In the Men’s Singles Event, Aqeel Khan smashed Yasir Khan by 6-4, 6-2 and won the Title. In Men’s Doubles Event, Aqeel Khan-Jaleel Khan shocked Yasir Khan-Shehzad Khan by 6-4, 7-5. In Boys Under-18 Singles Event, Mudasir defeated Zaid Mujahid by 6-4, 6-1. In Boys Under-14 Singles Event Hafiz Arbab beat Ilham Khan by 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. In Ladies Singles, Sara Mansoor Beat Aleena Aftab by 6-0, 6-0. Ambassador of Argentine and Dean of Ambassadors Corps, His Excellency Rodolfo was the chief guest at the final event. He was accompanied by Sultan Hayat Khan, former ambassador of Pakistan to Kazakhstan and Mrs. Shahida Kauser Farooq, Chairperson Subh-eNau. —APP

Pakistan’s victory brings joy to the nation ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s historic test match win against Sri Lanka on Monday gave a new breath to the dejected national side bringing joy at the faces of cricket loving nation as well. A way of happiness sprawled across the country when Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the third Test squaring the series at Sharjah. Fans thronged roads of the major cities of the cricketcrazy Nation to express their delight at the landmark victory. Former cricketers have hailed the performance of the national side, especially the fighting spirit of Azhar Ali who smashed 103 runs on 137 balls. Talking to APP, Former test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said Pakistan surprised him in their triumph over the Lankans. “This is what was lacking in the previous games Pakistan played,” he said. He said there was always a blend of youth and experience that makes a team successful. “For victory Pakistan needs to keep its batting order consistent as the more the same order plays the more their skills will develop,” he added. Speaking about the future replacement for captain Misbah ul Haq, Sarfraz said currently he sees no other player who can replace Misbah as captain, adding, Misbah has been performing tremendously well for the last few years and a captain like him was the dire need of the hour. Former coach and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan while praising the team’s performance said the team played as a unit coupled with fighting spirit.—APP

FAISALABAD: Players in action during Inter University Jiu Jitsu Women Championship organized at the University of Agriculture.

PU wins Jiu Jitsu Women C’ship F AISALABAD —The Punjab Commission Deputy Direc- making all out efforts to University Lahore here on Monday won the Inter University Jiu Jitsu Women Championship organized at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Principal Officer Public Relations and Publications UAF Prof Dr Jalal Arif was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the position holders. Seven universities participated at the event. The PU stood first with the score of 161 points and University of Lahore got 87 points and stood runner up. Kazim Ali was chief referee while Higher Education

tor Sports Faisal Butt was also present. Addressing on the occasion, Prof Dr Jalal Arif lauded the participation of universities in sports, providing a platform to exhibit their skills. He stressed the need to develop sportsman spirit among the youth to prove their mettle in the fields. He said that the country was having a lot of talents that must be explored. He said that sports maintain their health and increase their thinking ability. Prof Dr Amjad Aulak said that the university was

provide state-of-the-art facilities to students. He said that such contests are must to create an atmosphere of competition. He said that seven institutions across the Punjab participated in the event. Assistant Director Sports Slama said that PU, UoL, University of Sardodha, GCU, Lahore College for Women, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, and UAF participated in the competition. Director Sports PU Shamsa and Director University of Sargodha Maar were also present on the occasion.—APP


Pakistan claim historic Test victory against Sri Lanka Ali as Pakistan achieved their in Abu Dhabi. second best chase in all Test Pakistan had lost Ahmed cricket, behind the 314 they Shehzad (21), Khurram chased against Australia in Manzoor (21) and Younis Khan (29) as they were derailed in their chase. Needing to score at a rate of more than five an over to win, Pakistan were given a rapid 35-run start by the sixth over but paceman Suranga Lakmal (3-79) halted that progress by dismissing openers Shehzad and Manzoor within 13 runs. Younis Khan tried to increase the pace before being caught off Angelo Mathews two overs before tea, but the scenario changed in the last session. With the series tied, Pakistan also remained unbeaten in five series in the United Arab Emirates, which has become their home since security fears — sparked in the wake of attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009 — forced them to play at neutral venues. They twice drew series with South Africa (2010 and 2013) and beat Sri Lanka (2011) and England (2012). Misbah said Pakistan desperately wanted the win. “That was really a much wanted win. We wanted the win it for our coach Dav Whatmore and wanted to give him a winning farewell,” said Misbah of the team coach who ends his two-year tenure with this match. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews regretted batting failure. “We dominated for three-and-a-half days but unfortunately could not score big in the second innings and lost,” said Mathews, declared man-of-the-series for his 412 runs in three Tests. Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 214 in their second innings, with left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman finishing with 4-56 and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking 3-53, SHARJAH: Misbah-ul-Haq plays a winning shot through the leg side against Sri Lanka but not before their batsmen had kept Pakistan at bay on in 3rd Test’s final day on Monday. the morning of the fifth and Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Mon- Pakistan needed 116. Sarfraz Karachi in 1994. Sri Lanka had final day. On an exciting day when day, levelling the series 1-1. hit four boundaries and a six won the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets while both teams had a chance of Exclusive Interview: A off 46 balls. But Misbah supported the first Test ended in a draw victory, Mathews (31) and captain in exile Prasanna Jayawardene (49) Set a daunting 302 to win shared a 62-run stand for the in a possible 59 overs, Pakisixth wicket and batted posistan owed their successful chase to Ali’s fifth Test cen- s Lanka 1st innings: 4 2 8 Abdur Rehman 33-10-56-4 tively to add 56 in the first tury (103) as he and Misbah- Pakistan 1st innings:3 4 1 Saeed Ajmal .... 25.4-7-53-3 hour after the tourists resumed at 133-5. Pakistan 2nd innings: ul-Haq shared a 109-run Sri Lanka 2nd innings: But Mohammad Talha stand for the fifth wicket. Karunaratne b Talha ....... 8 Khurram b Lakmal ......... 21 Shehzad c gave Pakistan their muchMisbah, who finished Silva b Abdur Rehman . 36 Ahmed with 68 not out, hit the win- Sangakkara b a Rehman . 8 Karunaratne b Lakmal .. 21 needed breakthrough when ning single with nine balls to Jayawardene b Saeed ... 46 Azhar Ali c Jayawardene he had Mathews caught off spare in fading light. Ali, ironi- Chandimal b Talha ........ 13 b Lakmal ....................... 103 a miscued hook. Rehman then grabbed cally dropped for the first two Mathews b Talha .......... 31 Younis Khan c Sangakkara Tests, hit paceman Suranga Jayawardene c Azhar b Mathews ..................... 29 two quick wickets to put the Ahmed c brakes on Sri Lanka, having Lakmal for a boundary, then b Saeed ........................... 49 Sarfraz twice took two to reach his Perera b Abdur Rehman . 8 Jayawardene b Eranga . 48 Dilruwan Perera caught at hundred off 133 balls. He hit Herath b Abdur Rehman 0 Misbah not out ............. 68 short-leg for eight before resix boundaries before falling Eranga b Saeed Ajmal ..... 3 Asad Shafiq not out ....... 1 moving Rangana Herath for caught behind with just seven Lakmal not out ................. 2 Extras: (b6,lb1,w3,nb1) . 11 a first-ball duck. Herath recorded a golden still needed to win. Extras: (b2,lb4,w2,nb2) . 10 Total: (5 wickets) ......... 302 Pakistan’s chances Total: (all out) .............. 214 Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-48, 3- pair in the match as he was also dismissed first ball in the seemed to have faded away Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-37, 3- 97, 4-186, 5-295 at 107-3 at tea, as they needed 66, 4-89, 5-127, 6-189, 7-203, Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W first innings. Prasanna hit six Lakmal ................. 12-0-79-3 boundaries in his 88-ball 195 in the last 35 overs. But 8-203, 9-209, 10-214 Ali upped the tempo during Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Eranga .............. 15.3-0-68-1 knock before he was disa rapid 89-run partnership in Junaid Khan ....... 20-6-34-0 Herath ............... 19-0-100-0 missed by Ajmal, who also 14.5 overs with Sarfraz Talha ................... 23-2-65-3 Mathews ............ 11-0-48-1 removed Shaminda Eranga to wrap up the innings.—AFP Ahmed (48) which left Sri

S HARJAH —Azhar Ali hit a Lanka on the defensive. Even when Sarfraz was brilliant hundred as Pakistan pulled off a thrilling win in the out, caught behind off third and final Test against paceman Shaminda Eranga,

Champagne launches bid for FIFA presidency L O N D O N —Former

FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne on Monday launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of the organisation that runs the global game. The 55-year-old Frenchman, who worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005, announced his campaign to become football’s most powerful man at a press conference in central London. “I’m here to announce and launch my candidacy for the FIFA presidency in the elections in 2015,” he told reporters. Blatter, 77, is approaching the end of his fourth term in office and is yet to announce whether or not he will stand again in next year ’s election in Zurich.—AFP

Pakistan firm at fifth place in ICC Rankings I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n ’s thrilling six-wickets win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday not only helped it level the series 1-1, but also ensured it held onto its fifth place on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table. The 1-1 score line meant that Pakistan dropped two ratings points to finish on 100 in fifth place, while Sri Lanka gained two ratings points but remained in sixth place at 90, three ahead of seventhranked West Indies, says an ICC press release issued here. Sri Lanka had entered the final Test, with a 1-0 lead, needing to win it to move ahead of Pakistan into fifth place. Pakistan, on the other hand, needed to either draw

or win the Sharjah Test to avoid dropping behind Sri Lanka on the Rankings table. Sri Lanka went into the series ranked sixth with 88 points, while Pakistan had slipped to fifth position at the end of the Ashes series with 102 ratings points. With the top four sides as of December 31, 2016 qualifying for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship scheduled for 2017, every Test counts towards the qualification. The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017. The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying

period being from May 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016. The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of all Test series ending after May 1, 2013, and the results of all Test series starting before December 31, 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC. Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table include 1. South Africa (133 points), 2. India (117 points), 3. Australia (111 points), 4. England (107 points), 5. Pakistan (100 points), 6. Sri Lanka (90 points), 7. West Indies (87 points), 8. New Zealand (82 points), 9. Zimbabwe (34 points) and 10. Bangladesh (18 points).—APP

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova of Russia follows through on a shot to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship.

Jayawardene joins 11,000 Test club

Sharapova out as Nadal, Federer into last eight

S HARJAH —Experienced Sri M E L B O U R N E — M a r i a Lankan batsman Mahela Sharapova crashed out of the Jayawardene joined the Australian Open in another seismic shock Monday as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka saw off challenges to keep their title bids intact. A day after Serena Williams’ exit, Dominika Cibulkova kept the upsets rolling as she ousted injurycompromised Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, blowing the women’s draw even further open. The main expected beneficiary, two-time defending champion Azarenka, is in position to take full advantage after she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to 11,000 Test runs club during reach the quarter-finals. the fourth day of the third and The Belarusian world final Test against Pakistan in number two will face Polish Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. India’s recently retired M ELBOURNE —England torSachin Tendulkar topped the mentor Mitchell Johnson list of most runs with 15,921 capped a remarkable summer by shading Test and one-day in a record 200 Tests. The list includes two captain Michael Clarke to win players each from India, the West Indies and Australia and one from Sri Lanka and South Africa. Jayawardene scored 46 in Sri Lanka’s 133-5 at close of play on the fourth day. List of players with 11,000 or more runs in Test cricket: (name, country, matches, runs) Sachin Tendulkar India 200 15,921 Ricky Ponting Australia 168 13,378 Jacques Kallis South Africa 166 13,289 Rahul Dravid India 164 13,288 Brian Lara West Indies 131 11,953 Shivnarine the Allan Border Medal for Chanderpaul West Indies 152 Australia’s player of the year 11,229 Allan Border Australia on Monday. The fearsome paceman 156 11,174 Mahela Jayawardene Sri lanka 141 took 168 of the votes made 11,033.— AFP

fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter-finals, with Cibulkova heading into a clash with Romania’s Simona Halep. Roger Federer will play Andy Murray in a much-anticipated quarter-final showdown at the Australian Open after tossing aside JoWilfried Tsonga in straight sets on Monday. World number one Rafael Nadal also won through to the last eight where he will face rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in Wednesday’s quarters in the top half of the men’s draw. Record Grand Slam champion Federer had few problems with 10th-seeded Frenchman Tsonga, win-

Johnson wins Allan Border Medal

Stockholm not to hold 2022 Winter Olympics S T O C K H O L M — S w e d e n ’s capital city will not bid to hold the winter Olympics in 2022, Stockholm’s ruling Moderate party said. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in November that six cities, including Beijing and Stockholm, had launched bids to host the games. The Moderate party said Stockholm would not proceed with such a bid. “Arranging a Winter Olympics would mean a big investment in new sports facilities, for example for the bobsleigh and luge,” the Moderate party said in a statement. “There isn’t any need for that type of that kind of facility after an Olympics.”—APP

by the media, players and umpires to beat Clarke by 12 with James Faulkner a distant third. It was the 32-year-old’s first Allan Border Medal win—judged on performances in Tests and onedayers throughout the season—and denied Clarke a record fifth triumph. “It has been an amazing journey coming back from injury, having a lot of doubters out there,” Johnson said. “But I just knew in my own heart that if I had that opportunity that I could make the most of it.” While Johnson missed the first Ashes series in England this year, he more than made up for it on home soil in Australia’s 5-0 whitewash of their old rivals, claiming 37 wickets at 13.97.—AFP

ning 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in one hour 52 minutes in the fourthround evening match on Rod Laver Arena. Federer ’s comfortable victory over the 2008 Melbourne finalist set up a rematch of last year’s semifinal which Murray won in five sets. Wimbledon champion Murray was taken to four sets and smashed his racquet in frustration before finally ending ‘lucky loser’ Stephane Robert’s dream run. In Monday’s other men’s action, Nadal received two time violation warnings for slow play as he fought off a spirited challenge from Japan’s Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (7/ 3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in three hours 17 minutes.—AFP

Under-fire Cook to reconsider England captaincy S YDNEY —England captain Alastair Cook has admitted for the first time that he will reconsider his leadership role after eight successive defeats to Australia. The hosts emphatically beat England on Sunday night by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare to seal the one-day series 3-0 and leave two dead matches still to play. Coming on top of a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Cook said he would review his position as skipper once the tour is over. “I think I am going to have to make a decision on that stuff after we take stock after the next two games,” Cook told reporters. “We are going to have to sit down and talk about a lot of things.—AFP

Sachin Tendulkar accepts legendary title BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Sachin Tendulkar is known as India’s legendary cricketer. His name has been included in the list of legends of the Legends Club. The late Raj Singh Dungarpur founded the club (headquartered at the Cricket Club of India-CCI) after his visit to England in 2002 where he attended the Master’s Club Lunch. The Club has been celebrating the birthdays of Vijay Merchant (October 12), Vijay Hazare (March 11)

and Vinoo Mankad (April 12) every year. Last year, the Club conferred the legendary-ship to Sunil Gavaskar. “Many a times he is away in England on his birthday on July 10 and he may not be available on the Legend Club meet. We will now invite Sachin Tendulkar (April 24) to attend his first meeting and most likely he will be present (subject to his availability”, Madhav Apte (the Club president) and Rahul Mankad, the committee member said exclusively. In a letter, the copy of which has been made avail-

able by Marcus Couto, the BCCI umpire, Sachin Tendulkar has thanked the Legends Club president for making him the Legend. “Dear Mr. Apte, Thank you for your letter dated 9th December. I am aware of the Legends Club and it is absolute honour to have my name included in the list of Legends. I hereby grant my permission to The Legends Club to include my name in the list of existing legends. Please convey my best wishes to committee and members”, Sachin Tendulkar has said on his letter dated 6th January, 2014.


Belly fat worse for older men than low testosterone

F

OR older men, having a big belly is more closely tied to general health problems than having low testosterone levels, a new study suggests. Researchers have known that obesity is linked to lower testosterone among men. But it’s been less clear how each of those factors relates to men’s well-being, Dr. Marianne Andersen told Reuters Health in an email. She worked on the study at Odense University Hospital in Denmark. In otherwise healthy men, an increased waist may be more important for some aspects of quality of life than low testosterone levels, as long as those low levels are still in the normal range, Andersen said. Sales of testosterone products have shot up in recent years (see Reuters Health story of June 4, 2013 here: reut.rs/1eWVWGK. Treatment may be appropriate for men with seriously low testosterone, but these products are marketed to a much broader group, including men who are just tired or depressed. For their study, Andersen and her colleagues asked 598 Danish men ages 60 to 74 about their quality of life using a questionnaire called the Short-Form 36, or SF-36. The questionnaire measures general health, including ability to perform physical activities, pain, vitality, social functioning and emotional and mental health. The researchers also measured men’s body fat, including stomach fat, and testosterone levels. Four in ten were obese. The analysis suggested men’s waist size was most closely tied

to their quality of life - as waists grew, wellbeing declined. Testosterone, on the other hand, was “only modestly” associated with quality of life, according to findings published in Age and Ageing. “It is really no surprise that obese men score worse than thin men on the SF-36,” Dr. Bradley Anawalt told Reuters Health in an email. But, he said, that particular questionnaire “is not designed to capture the quality of life issues that would relate to testosterone and men’s health.” Anawalt is an endocrinologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He was not involved in the new research. “If you are a generally healthy man with low testosterone levels, you will have a normal score on SF-36 because that questionnaire does not ask questions about sexual function and it does not quantify strength, bone mass and other organs or functions affected by testosterone,” Anawalt said. Andersen said that’s not just a problem with the questionnaire her team used. “There is a general agreement that no questionnaire may distinguish between patients with normal or low testosterone levels,” she said. “Many men with normal testosterone levels have bad scores and men with low testosterone levels have good scores.” That’s in part because men don’t necessarily feel different when they have low bone mass, one of the symptoms of low testosterone, for instance.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over a meeting regarding law and order situation in the Province.

MQM submits 4 resolutions Those opposing peace talks with Taliban not sincere to Pakistan in Assembly STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The members provincial assembly (Sindh) belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have submitted different resolutions at Sindh assembly secretariat Monday. According to details, a resolution is about condemnation of terrorist attack at Tableeghi Markaz in Peshawar, bomb blast in R A Bazaar in Rawalpindi and attack on armed forces convoy in Bannu. The resolution stated that it was a high time for the nation to stand united against the wave of terrorism. The national was standing beside the aggrieved families of those died in those terrorist attacks. The resolution carried demands from the Federal Government to take the nation into confidence about proposed peace dialogues with Taliban.

Azeem Qureashi General Manager Pearl Continental Karachi along with Consul General of Bahrain Ebrahim Ahmed Isa Al-Hejazi, Deputy Consul General of Germany, Hans Juergen Paschke and Consul General of Iran Mehdi Sobhani at the inauguration of Every Night Different Bite at Marco Polo at Pearl Continental Karachi.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

Fly into Japan without a ticket SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

HRs complaint cell to work round the clock

KARACHI—It was like flying

STAFF REPORTER

into Japan for free. The annual calendar exhibition showing multi-faceted Japanese life was depicted as if you are really feeling yourself in that great country, which apart from an economic giant, has a rich history, and a mixture of modern and traditional cultures. Inaugurating the 5-day exhibition, the Sindh adviser Sharmila Farooqi spoke highly of the Japanese values, saying he felt back in a country, which she visited about a decade ago. She paid great tributes to the Japanese nation, and a country with which Pakistan has tremendous relationship.

KARACHI—The Special Coordinator to the Sindh Chief Minister for Human Rights, Nadia Gabol announced that the Sindh provincial government would apply all scientific means for the revival of the complaint cell at the Human Rights department. Further, complaint cells would also be established in all divisions of the Sindh province. She made this announcement in a meeting with the official of Human Rights department officials Monday, which she had chaired. Nadia Gabol said that with the establishment of complaint cells in all divisions of the

province of Sindh, it would facilitate the general public to lodge their complaints regarding child labour, sexual harassment of working women at their work places, violation of privacy and sanctity of residential premises and many others. She directed the Human Rights Department officials should ensure brisk action on the complaints through devising a rational strategy. The complaint Centre at Karachi should be kept open and working round the clock while the staffers and officers should be divided into two parts so that the round the clock working should be smooth and in two equal duration shifts.

No Polio campaign in 15 UCs due to security risk STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The ongoing antpolio vaccine administering campaign in Karachi had confronted a set-back as the said campaign has not been carried out in more than 15 union councils of the metropolis owing to security risk. The areas where the anti-polio campaign could be started included Gadap, Baldia and Bin Qasim where the volunteers assigned to administer anti-polio vaccine drops to children under age 5 were attacked with arms and ammunition.

US, Israel, India behind surge in terrorism in Pakistan IRFAN ALIGI

K ARACHI —Jamia Binnoria Aalmia Administrator Mufti Muhammad Naeem while expressing his profound grief over loss of more than 30 lives of armed forces personnel in Bannu and Rawalpindi said that the United States of America, Israel and India were behind those tragic incidents in Pakistan and these countries had been after spoiling the government’s efforts for holding peace dialogues with Taliban. He said that the situation would continue to prevail unless the government would not get rid of policies that were imposed by the Military dictator Pervez Musharraf. Government should waste no more time and should immediately proceed for the holding of peace dialogues with

Taliban. Those opposing peace dialogues with Taliban were not sincere to the country. He said that the rulers had for more than a decade only making statements of sheer condolences and had not done anything practical to save people’s and armed forces personnel’s lives. He expressed his astonishment over the escalation of wave of terrorism in the country with the emerging situation about holding of the peace talks with Taliban. The terrorist had inflicted colossal loss to the security forces, political and religious parties’ leaders, Pakistan Army, media and religious scholars. The situation was a candid manifest of the fact that a third force was behind the recent escalation in terrorism in the country. He said it was no secret now as ev-

eryone was fully aware of the forces behind terrorism in the country and it was a troika of USA, Israel and India, which proof were also not concealed but the rulers had been reluctant to name the real enemies. The forces opposing the holding of peace talks with Taliban were playing a ‘Great Game’ in Pakistan. The forces were by prolonging the trial of former Military dictator Pervez Musharraf and by attacking the media houses, religious scholars and religious party leaders making the public opinion hostile to peace talks with Taliban, claimed Mufti Naeem. He urged the rulers to adopt a free and liberal home and foreign policies if they were serious on seeing peace and tranquillity prevailing in the country.

Altaf condemns suicide blast near GHQ in Rawalpindi STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the suicide attack in R. A. Bazaar in Rawalpindi near the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army. He appealed to the people of Pakistan to get united against the brutal attacks of the Taliban by forgetting all differences. He ap-

pealed to the political and military leadership to take a decision without wasting further time if the dialogues will be held or not. He said if the decision was not taken soon it would create despondency in the police, armed forces and other law-enforcing agencies. It would also create a state of fear which may increase with time. Hussain appealed to the federal government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Min-

ister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the military leadership adopt a concrete strategy for the national security by taking the people of the country in confidence. He said it was necessary to save precious lives and building the morale of the armed forces. He offered condolences to the grieving family members and prayed Almighty Allah to shower His blessings on the people martyred in the blast.

Food Dept recovers stolen 3000 wheat bags STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—On the directives of Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, three thousands (3000) wheat bags out of eight thousand wheat bags have been recovered which were missing from Sindh Roller Flour Mill Khairpur. According to details, official stock 15725 wheat bags were present at Sindh Roller Mill, which were misappropriated and Special Inspection Team of Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, found 8000 wheat bags missing. On this the team suspended the Food Supervisor Ghulam Hussain Simming while the flour mill was sealed and its wheat quota was also stopped. Due this action of the Department, so far 3000 wheat bags have been recovered and Rs 10.9 million deposited in Government Treasury while measures are being taken to recover the remaining amount.

LG Minister assures Businessmen targeted operation would go on with full force STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Minister for

Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Innam Memon said that the Sindh provincial government would soon increase the number of industrial zones in the province. The ongoing targeted operation against the terrorists and criminals would neither be suspended nor it would be stopped but would go on with full force till the arrest of last remaining criminal. There are ghost employees in all government departments such as education, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, district municipal corporations, Karachi water and sewerage Board and a crack-down against them has Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Culture Sharmila Farooqui inaugurating the Japanese already been launched. Only calendars exhibition 2014 at the Japan Information and Culture Centre of the Consulate those legitimate employees General of Japan.—PO photo

would be eligible for salaries and those that would diligently perform their assigned duties. The Sindh provincial government has started a development works package in Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Limited worth Rs 280 millions and it would not be very far that a network of development works would be extended over to other industrial zones in the province. It was the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian that had initiated the development works in industrial zones and against the party would extend the same. The Minister stated this while talking to the newsmen after a meeting with the officials of S.I.T.E, which he had chaired Monday. S.I.T.E Association Chairman Younus Basheer, Businessmen Group Chairman Siraj

Kassam Teli, Sindh Secretary for Industry Shazia Rizvi, member provincial assembly Abdul Hafeez, S.I.T.E Managing Director (MD) Nazar Muhammad Buzdar were present. He on the occasion inaugurated the newly constructed road in the S.I.T.E. He said that no development works were done in the area during past 10 years. The Sindh Chief Minister had assured the businessmen of the S.I.T.E to resolve their problems on priority and had immediately approved and released Rs 280 million for development works in the area with which the roads are being constructed and carpeted. The Minister also lauded the Sindh Secretary for Industry and S.I.T.E MD for their untiring efforts for bringing improvements

in the area. He said that the businessmen of the S.I.T.E would soon hear a good news regarding the restoration of the infrastructure in the area. A campaign has also been kicked off for the removal of encroachments and new roads are being constructed in the area. In response to the reservations showed by the S.I.T.E MD, the Minister said that the ongoing targeted operation has neither been slowed down nor it would be stopped but would go on with full force. The media reports about rifts between the Sindh provincial government and Pakistan Rangers Sindh were sheer speculations. He said that the time has come to stand united and work together for the welfare of the people rather than opposing the

government just for political points scoring. The Sindh provincial government is fully determined to wipe out the terrorist and criminals from the province especially from the metropolis. The terrorist and criminals are just terrorists and criminals and they have no party or religion. He said that the Sindh provincial government is standing beside media, political and religious parties’ leaders, and students of seminaries, teachers and scholars and would not leave any on the mercy of the criminals. All the political and religious parties should now stop providing shelter to the perpetrators so that the terrorism could be eliminated from the city and the province.


Belly fat worse for older Education top priority of Govt: Shahbaz men than low testosterone OBSERVER REPORT

F

OR older men, having a big belly is more closely tied to general health problems than having low testosterone levels, a new study suggests. Researchers have known that obesity is linked to lower testosterone among men. But it’s been less clear how each of those factors relates to men’s well-being, Dr. Marianne Andersen told Reuters Health in an email. She worked on the study at Odense University Hospital in Denmark. In otherwise healthy men, an increased waist may be more important for some aspects of quality of life than low testosterone levels, as long as those low levels are still in the normal range, Andersen said. Sales of testosterone products have shot up in recent years (see Reuters Health story of June 4, 2013 here: reut.rs/1eWVWGK. Treatment may be appropriate for men with seriously low testosterone, but these products are marketed to a much broader group, including men who are just tired or depressed. For their study, Andersen and her colleagues asked 598 Danish men ages 60 to 74 about their quality of life using a questionnaire called the Short-Form 36, or SF-36. The questionnaire measures general health, including ability to perform physical activities, pain, vitality, social functioning and emotional and mental health. The researchers also measured men’s body fat, including stomach fat, and testosterone levels. Four in ten were obese. The analysis suggested men’s waist size was most closely tied

to their quality of life - as waists grew, wellbeing declined. Testosterone, on the other hand, was “only modestly” associated with quality of life, according to findings published in Age and Ageing. “It is really no surprise that obese men score worse than thin men on the SF-36,” Dr. Bradley Anawalt told Reuters Health in an email. But, he said, that particular questionnaire “is not designed to capture the quality of life issues that would relate to testosterone and men’s health.” Anawalt is an endocrinologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He was not involved in the new research. “If you are a generally healthy man with low testosterone levels, you will have a normal score on SF-36 because that questionnaire does not ask questions about sexual function and it does not quantify strength, bone mass and other organs or functions affected by testosterone,” Anawalt said. Andersen said that’s not just a problem with the questionnaire her team used. “There is a general agreement that no questionnaire may distinguish between patients with normal or low testosterone levels,” she said. “Many men with normal testosterone levels have bad scores and men with low testosterone levels have good scores.” That’s in part because men don’t necessarily feel different when they have low bone mass, one of the symptoms of low testosterone, for instance.

LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that education is essential for development and prosperity and only those nations have progressed which have attached top priority to the promotion of education. He was talking to Chairman Fortescue & Walk Free Foundation, Andrew Forrest during a meeting here on Monday. He said that problems like extremism and terrorism can also be countered through education. He said that Punjab government has taken revolutionary measures during the last five years for the uplift of education sector. He said that more than two lakh talented boy and girl students have been provided laptops on merit basis and students of seminaries have also been included in this programme so that they could also acquire modern knowledge. He said that state-of-the-art Daanish Schools of the standard of Grammar schools and Aitcheson College have been established in the backward districts of Punjab where students of extremely poor families are being imparted quality education free of cost. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government would welcome cooperation of the Australian group in energy, education and other sectors. Provincial Minister for Minerals Sher Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretaries of Labour, Minerals and

Book on ‘Hospital Management’ launched STAFF REPORTER

Higher Education Departments, Honorary Consular in UAE for investment in Pakistan Raza Jaffar and officials of Fortescue & Walk Free Foundation were present on the occasion. The meeting decided to promote cooperation between Punjab

Punjab Minister for Population Welfare and Convener Special Review Committee on Women Package Begum Zakia Shahnawaz presiding over a meeting regarding implementation and future strategy of Women Package at Civil Secretariat.

Zakia: Women package a revolutionary programme OBSERVER REPORT

Islam Raja, Saba Sadiq, Member Provincial Assembly Hina Pervaiz Butt, Provincial Ombudswoman Dr. Mira Phailbus, representatives of Board of Revenue, Planning & Development, Finance, Higher Education, School Education, Health, Industries, Labour, Museum, ILO, SPO, Aurat Foundation and Shirkatgarh attended the meeting. Provincial Secretary Irum Bukhari gave a detailed briefing to the meeting on the Women Package. Addressing the meeting, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said that the aim of setting up Women Development Department was to

bring women into mainstream of national development. She said LAHORE—Punjab Minister for that complete implementation of Women Package is being ensured Population Welfare and Conand under this package daycare vener Special Review Commitcentres and working women hostee on Women Package Begum tels are being set up with the colZakia Shahnawaz has said that laboration of concerned departWomen Package is a revolutionments throughout the province. ary programme, which would She said that huge funds are leave a far-reaching impact. being utilized for provision of She was presiding over a transport, toilet and other facilimeeting regarding implementaties in women colleges as well tion and future strategy of as construction of their boundary Women Package at Civil Secrewalls. She said that the scope tariat, today. of Women Package would be Provincial Secretary Irum extended in current and next Bukhari, members of the Special STAFF REPORTER financial year so that women Committee Dr Ayesha Ghaus, Dr could benefit at every level. LAHORE—Punjab University Nadia Aziz, Engineer Qamar-ulDirectorate of Students Affairs (STC) organized an Interdepartmental Quiz Competition at Centre for Undergraduate Studies Al-Raazi Hall. Almost 26 teams of various departments participated in the competition in which Schoool of Biological Sciences students Ashraf Hashmi and Ayesha Talib got 1st Position, Centre for Coal Technology students Humaira Ijaz and Qurat ul Ain grabbed 2nd position while Institute of Agricultural Sciences students Hafiz Umer Farooq and other student Umer Farooq and Pakistan Study Centre students Zia ul Haq and Muhammad Waseem Akram got 3rd position. The questions were asked from students on Seera-unNabi (S.A.W.W), General Science, History of Pakistan, Current Affairs, Geography (PakiLAHORE: Khwaja Ahmad Hasan with newly-elected office-bearers of Allama Iqbal Town stan & World) and Sports & EnMoon Market Jewellers Association during a ceremony in the provincial capital. tertainment.

Quiz competition

the top priority of the government. He said that Pakistan is facing serious energy crisis and sincere efforts are being made to cope with this problem as the dream of progress and prosperity cannot be realized without overcoming this problem.

coal-based power projects. He said that a comprehensive programme is also being implemented for elimination of forced labour. The Chief Minister constituted a four member committee for promoting cooperation with the Australian group in vari-

A delegation of Chairman Fortescue & Walk Free Foundation meeting with Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. government and Fortescue & Walk Free Foundation in education, energy, coal mining, elimination of forced labour and other sectors. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government has taken solid measures for the promotion of education as well as information technology. He said that besides distribution of laptops among the youth, IT labs have been set up in more than five thousand high schools

a population of ten crore and 60 percent population of this province comprises youth between the age of 15 to 30 years. He said that provincial government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the empowerment of the youth. He said that besides striving for promotion of education the government is also trying to raise socio-economic standard of the life of the citizens. He said that creation of job opportunities is

Shahbaz Sharif said that electricity is of vital importance for industrial activities, creation of job opportunities and controlling the trend of extremism. He said that government is sparing no effort for overcoming energy problem and extremism through determination, commitment and collective thinking. He said that Punjab has vast reserves of coal which can be used for generation of electricity. He said that government is working on

ous sectors and directed the committee to submit practicable recommendations. Chairman Fortescue & Walk Free Foundation said that his organization wants to cooperate with Punjab in the elimination of forced labour and promotion of cooperation in education, energy and other sectors. He said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is striving for the welfare of the people of the province in the real sense.

Imran should do something practical instead of boasting OBSERVER REPORT

LAHORE—Provincial Minister LAHORE—The book “Hospital for Law, Rana Sanaullah Khan

Administrant and Management” written by Dr. Zia Ullah has been launched. The author of the book Dr. Zia Ullah, presently working as Additional Medical Superintendent in Lahore General Hospital, has more than 20 years practical experience in hospital administration. The author has adopted a comprehensive approach in designing this book and has included all the relevant aspects of hospital administration. Some newly emerging ideas have also been given due importance. The book provide guidelines to the hospital administrators to face the challenges of present day management issues of the hospitals and it serves as a practical guide for practicing hospital administrators and a text book for students of MHA and MPH. It would be the reader delight to find all the topics related to hospital administration at one place in a concise and logical manner. It is pertinent to mention here that there is hardly any book written by a Pakistan author on this topic which exhibits in its true sense the real challenges faced by hospital administrators now a days.

in the province. He said that a Knowledge Park is being established over 852 acres in Lahore where prestigious educational institutions of the world will set up their campuses. The Chief Minister said that Punjab is a big province having

has said that Imran Khan and his cronies are unwise politically and instead of boasting, they should do something practical. He said that instead of issuing statements from Rawalpindi and Lahore, Imran Khan should serve the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. He said that people are aware of the poor performance of KPK government. Commenting upon the statement of Imran Khan, Rana

Sanaullah Khan said that Imran Khan should inform the people about the eight months’ performance of KPK government before leveling baseless allegations against federal and Punjab government. He said that everyone is aware of the worst law & order situation and poor administrative performance in KPK. The Provincial Minister said that international institutions have acknowledged the speedy completion and transparency of development projects in Punjab. He said that after flop rally, Imran

LHC takes notice of assault, murder of student STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Lahore High Court today took notice on a press report that a 5-year-old girl was murdered after assault. District & Sessions Judge, Hafizabad has been directed to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, a minor daughter of Abdul Rasheed, resident of suburban village Nidaal Kham who works in Greeks, was playing outside the house after returning from school when some

unidentified accused abducted her. They took her to an unknown place where they molested the ill fated girl and then strangled her to death. Later, they put her body in a bag and threw in a pound. Victim’s family was searching her desperately and on fourth day they found her body in pound. However, police registered a case and arrested one Faisal. LHC Complaint Cell took notice of the news on administrative side and directed the concerned D&SJ to look into the matter and submit report in a week.

Khan should know that people will not repose confidence in him again. Rana Sanaullah further said that Imran Khan does nothing except raising hue and cry of rigging. He said that prices of essential items are higher in KPK than other provinces of the country but PTI and Imran Khan have not made any effort for resolving this problem. He advised Imran Khan that instead of issuing statements, he should play his role for bringing the country out of quagmire of problems like a seasoned politicians.

LWMC reviews techs suitable for waste to PU expels six energy project

more students

LAHORE—As rapid progress on LAHORE—Punjab University the construction of Pakistan’s administration has expelled six more students for having found guilty of serious breach of the discipline of Punjab University and for violating the laws relating to the Code of Conduct of students and breach of undertakings submitted by them at the time of admission. The expelled students include Hafiz Wajid Ali, Nasir Ali, Adnan Akhter, Usama Ahmad Khan and Tahseen Yousaf of University Law College and Sohail Azam of Hailey College of Commerce. While Mr. Tayyab Shahzad of Hailey College of Commerce has been kept under probation for a period of three months.

Youth to play ideal role for national solidarity: Ch Shujaat MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League-Qauid-e-Azam (PMLQ) president senator Ch Shujat Hussain has said that youth were the precious asset of our party, youth had played unforgettable role in the Pakistan movement under the leadership of the Quaid-i-Azam, today youth should unite under the PML-Q flag play untiring and ideal role for safeguarding security and stability of Pakistan and transforming it into Pakistan of the Quaid-i-Azam. He said this while talking to a delegation of the PML-QYouth Wing which called on

him along with Central Secretary General Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed under the leadership of Youth Wing President Bilal Mustafa Sheerazi and newly-elected Secretary General Malik Shakeel Sikander at his residence here on Monday. Ch Shujat Hussain said that the youth wing members were the vanguard of the party and they were like backbone in the party, youth wing was the ideal wing and precious asset of the party organization of which was present all over the country. He said that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal and Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah were

STAFF REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER

our role models and PML-Q was a nation-wide party only because of practising their principles. He maintained that along with the youth wing, women were also playing quite laudable role in the party. Handing over the notification of newly-elected Secretary General to Malik Shakeel Sikander, Ch Shujat Hussain said that the annual convention of the youth wing will be held in Islamabad in February. Delegation included Abid Chaudhry, Bilal Hassan, Sajid Chaudhry, Hassnain Naseer, Mutahir Ahmed, Amir Iqbal and Ehsan Shaikh among others.

first ever scientific waste disposal site at Lakhodair is underway, Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) is reviewing various technologies suitable for its Waste to Energy project likely to be adopted in future. In this respect, a five member delegation of a US firm named ‘Princeton Environ Group’ visited LWMC here on Monday and briefed officials about ‘Recycling & Gasification’, a technology on which the company is considered to be an authority. Led by Peter Tien, Chief Executive Officer, delegation elaborated that use of this technology would help eliminate maximum waste through recycling of its recyclable components and conversion of its combustible parts into Refused Derived Fuel (RDF), an alternative of coal that can be used in cement industry. Even remaining ash can also be used in the manufacturing of bricks. The plant would have the capacity of processing 1035 tons of waste daily and that can generate 550 megawatt electricity daily. The feasibility study would require 2 to 3 months whereas installation and functioning of plant needs at least 3 years. The delegation also paid visit to LWMC’s under construction Sanitary Landfill Site at Lakhodair and dumpsite at Mehmood Booti. Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director LWMC Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary said that our experts and engineers are considering all technologies suggested by our international consultants and later on most suitable one will finally be adopted.

Ep21january2014  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you