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Civil armed forces to be withdrawn from VIP duty Security forces not supposed to be guards: Nisar

Afghan peace talks should not cross ‘red lines’: India

I SLAMABAD —A high-level meeting held here deliberated on law and order situation and finalized priorities to improve security across the country, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. Addressing a press conference, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that civil armed forces will be withdrawn from VIP security. “Our security forces are not supposed to be guards. They do not belong to a private security agency. They have duties to fulfill.” He said that the government ISLAMABAD: Interior Minwas working to formulate a chan- ister Ch Nisar Ali Khan talknel through which security to the ing to media.

BAGHDAD—India has cautioned Afghanistan over peace talks with the Taliban, saying the new initiative should not violate the “red lines” drawn up by the international community. “We have from time to time reminded all stakeholders about the red lines that was drawn by the world community and certainly by the participants should not be touched, should not be erased and should not be violated,” external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister Continued on Page 6 for Water and Power Khwaja Mohammad Asif Thursday said that power tariff for the privileged class would be raised soon and supply of gas to CNG stations would be curtailed. Addressing a conference on energy reforms organized by IESCO here on Thursday, the STAFF REPORTER minister said that supply of cheap KARACHI—The price of gold gas to fertilizer factories has also been stopped. He said negotiain the local market has seen a sharp decline due to a decrease tions are going on for the import of 2000MW of electricity from in price in the international India. He said Pakistan is the only market. The per tola price of gold saw a Rs 1,800 decrease and was sold at Rs 50,500 in the local market. Internationally, gold slumped close to a three-year low after the US Federal Reserve signalled it would wind down its massive stimulus programme this year, dealers said. On the London Bullion OUR CORRESPONDENT Market, the price of gold tumbled as low as $1,287.91 an SOUTH WAZIRISTAN—Chief ounce as the dollar weakened of Army Staff General Ashfaq — the precious metal striking a Pervez Kayani said on Thursday Continued on Page 6 that Pakistan Army will stay in Waziristan till complete peace is restored there. Gen Kayani said “the army is engaged in the area to bring peace and provide protection to the people so that they could live peacefully.” Gen Kayani was speaking during the inauguration cerLONDON—In connection with emony of 50-kilometre-long road Dr Imran Farooq’s murder from Wana to Angoor Aadda. investigation, Metropolitan The army chief further said that Police Counter Terrorism due to the efforts of the army, the Command Unit Thursday operation against terrorists was concluded a 55-hour search in completed in a month. two North West London He went on to appeal to the “residential addresses” —one people of the area – who migrated of them belonging to Muttahida because of the military action – Qaumi Movement (MQM) to return to their homes and rechief, Altaf Hussain, reported a sume their life business activities. private Tv channel. General Kayani added that Continued on Page 6 the government was working on

citizens will be ensured. “We want to make it a transparent process,” he said. Ch Nisar said that two task forces are being created. “One

would address security concerns of the citizens while the other will be tasked with the responsibility of working on the missing persons issue,” Nisar explained. “The citizens of the country feel insecure,” he said. Further explaining how the process of ensuring security can be made more transparent, he said “If an incident of security lapse occurs, it would be investigated and the STAFF REPORTER report would be presented to He said ISLAMABAD—The Sindh gov- the public.” ernment has been given one that a report on the Quetta month to end target killing in the attack will be presented before the Senate and the NaContinued on Page 6 tional Assembly. “When an FIR is registered, 14 stations will be notified and not just a few,” Nisar added. The interior minister further said that all the records of the police stations in Islamabad will be computerised within three

Sindh govt given one month to end target killing

Asif: Privileged class to pay more for electricity

No more cheap gas for fertilizer sector; Quota for CNG stations to be curtailed

Gold drops to near 3-year low

country which generates 50% of electricity through furnace oil which would be converted into coal and other sources in the next two years. He said countries like China and India were generating electricity through hydel, coal and other resources. The minister expressed his anger that power connection of an ordinary consumer is disconnected if he does not pay dues for one month whereas defaulters of big companies and institutions were not being punished and they continue to get the elec-

Army to stay in Waziristan till peace restored: Kayani

COAS visits KA, lauds troops

One of Altaf’s houses in London searched for 55 hrs

a plan to ensure development of the area by providing civic amenities to the people and construction of roads to link the area with the rest of the country. The Pakistan Army completed the third trade corridor on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in South Waziristan Agency to improve the communication network and facilitate the people.

Picture on Back Page The road from Wana to Angoor Adda was completed at a cost of about $40 million dollars with the financial assistance of UAE. Later, Gen Kayani, along with UAE ambassador in Pakistan, inaugurated this facility. Meanwhile, as the fight for Tirah valley in Khyber agency continues, the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the agency to take

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tricity. Similarly, loadshedding is not being implemented in feeders where members of board of distribution companies reside. He said power subsidy was being enjoyed by those using 100 units and 1000 units but now the subsidy would be given to poor people only. Khawaja Mohammad Asif said massive crimes were committed in the last 14 years in the power sector. Rental Power Plants project was launched to pocket billions of rupees for

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PM, DG ISI discuss law, order ISLAMABAD—Inter Services Intelligence chief Major General Zaheerul Islam held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation in Quetta and Karachi on Thursday. The prime minister held a detailed discussion with the DG ISI over the matters pertaining to the new national security policy being formulated by the civilmilitary leadership, the deterio-

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Muttahida holds referendum on joining govt OUR CORRESPODENT HYDERABAD—On the call of the Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain, a general referendum of his party’s supporters was held on Thursday under the aegis of MQM with one

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Omar to name team for formal US talks ISLAMABAD—Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Muhmmad Omar, will appoint a high-level team for formal talks with the United States following progress in the ‘exploratory talks’ with American officials in Qatar, a Taliban spokesperson said on Thursday. Suhail Shaheen, Taliban spokesperson for the Qatar political office, told media via telephone from Doha, that the present Taliban team in the Gulf state will hold preliminary talks with the Americans and key is-

sues will be discussed later in formal dialogue. Taliban sources say that nearly 30 Taliban representatives, including six members of the top leadership, are currently in Qatar. They include head of the team Syed Tayeb Agha, Qari Din Muhammad Hanif, Haji Muhammad Zahid Ahmadzai, Maulvi Nek Muhammad and Sher Muhammad Stankazi Shaheen said the Taliban will first hold talks with the US as it is the major party to the conflict. Contentious issues such as Taliban

prisoners in US custody will be discussed. Shaheen said they will insist on the release of their prisoners in Guantanamo and other US prisons as the release of Taliban prisoners will be a big confidence-building measure for the talks. “We will ask for the immediate release of our prisoners. The Taliban are willing to discuss exchange of the lone US soldier in Taliban custody for the release of the Taliban detainees,” Shaheen said. The Taliban had captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in

2009. Deadlock over the prisoners was believed to be one of the reasons that led to breakdown of talks between the US and Taliban in Qatar in March last year. Asked when the Taliban will talk to the Karzai-backed peace council, Shaheen said, “Time is not ripe for such talks and talks with the Afghan side will come later,” he said. He added that negotiations were not scheduled on Thursday, contradicting earlier media reports. “American

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ECP ready to hold LG polls: Ebrahim

Afghan allegations of terror sanctuaries rejected

STAFF REPORTER

Islamabad supports reconciliation process

LAHORE—Chief Election Com- UNITED NATIONS—Pakistan Ambassador to the UN Masood missioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on Thursday said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was ready to hold local bodies election. Talking to media persons here at the Lahore High Court, he said that it happened first time in the country that power was transferred from one democratic government to another. He said that some mistakes might had been committed in electoral process, but they were made undeliberately. For the first

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on Thursday categorically rejected Afghan accusations over existence of terrorist sanctuaries on Pakistani soil in the United Nations Security Council, reiterating peace and stability in Afghanistan is a key constituent of Islamabad’s foreign policy. “I reject most emphatically (Afghan) Ambassador (Zahir) Tanin’s argument – root, trunk and branch – that terrorist sanctuaries exist in Pakistan and some elements continue to use terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy,” Pakistan’s permanent

Khan said during the 15-member Council’s debate on the report of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. “No, sir, this is not true; and you know this is not true,” he said looking towards his Afghan counterpart. “And this is not good diplomacy. By using such arguments, you cast aspersions on our sincerity.” Khan said that Pakistan operates as one state where all institutions of the state have consensus that terrorism is a threat

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Increase in sales tax led to bigger food price hike: CJP STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Increase in General Sales Tax had led to rise in the prices of food items, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed on Thursday. The Chief Justice made this observation while hearing a case

against the increase in general sales tax and petroleum prices. The case is being heard by a three-judge bench, headed by the chief justice. The chief justice said that one per cent increase in the sales tax caused 15% surge in the prices. He further questioned why would

people look up to parliament if the rulers kept imposing taxes on them. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked the way interim sales tax has been imposed is not acceptable and parliament role will come to end

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Rivers Kabul, Punjkora in low flood: FFC P ESHAWAR —The Irrigation Department Flood Forecasting Cell (FFC) here Thursday reported low flood in River Kabul and River Punjkora while others rivers in Khyber Pakthunkhwa were flowing normal. The Spokesman of the Cell told APP that River Kabul at Nowshera and Warsak was in low flood where 66,300 and 38,130 cusecs water discharged thursday morning respectively. Similarly, low flood was also recorded at Punjkora at Dir where water outflow remained 11592 cusec. Rivers Swat at Khwazakhela, Shah Alam at Takhtabad and Khayali at Charsadda Road were flowing normal where 14462, 1184 and 19292 cusec water was discharged respectively. The other rivers of Khyber Pakthunkhwa were flowing normal.—APP

Our regional environment demands ever-vigilant role for PAF: Air Chief STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —“Our regional environment demands an ever vigilant role for PAF. Presently, in the face of security challenges, our preparedness and response has to be precise and expeditious. It is through the rigorous training imparted by exer-

cises like Saffron Bandit that we look forward to maintain the cutting edge of the PAF”, said the Air Chief at the closing ceremony of PAF Triennial Command level Air Exercise Saffron Bandit at an operational Air Base today. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was

the chief guest on the occasion. While addressing the combat crew, the Air Chief said, “We are a peace-loving nation; but fully prepared to defend the integrity and solidarity of our motherland”. While accentuating the nature of the aerial warfare the Air Chief emphasized, “Combat training in the PAF is

maintained at the highest pedestal of realism and responsiveness to meet the contemporary challenges. You must utilize the experiences gained in the best possible manner. While our quest to modernize PAF continues, we must remember that our generation will have to work even

Dr Bahadar assumes charge of VC BB University Shringal D IR U PPER —Senior academician, Professor Dr Khan Bahadar assumed the charge of vice chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Shringal. He was appointed VC of the University upon the retirement of Dr Jehandad Khan. Prof Dr Khan Bahadar has a vast educational and management experience and is served as VC Agriculture University Peshawar. Upon reaching to Shringal University here, he was was warmly received by the academicians, professors, lecturers and students of the University. Dr Khan Bahadar will continue to serve as VC Agriculture University Peshawar till August and an additional charge of VC Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Shringal was assigned to him. —APP

Minister urges Ulema to promote peace in society P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Zakat, Auqaf and Religious Affairs Habibur Rehman urged Ulema to inculcate true norms of Islam in people and make efforts to eradicate menace of sectarianism from our social edifice. Talking to a delegation of Anjume Ulema Auqaf at Civil Secretariat, he said that Ulema should promote peace, brotherhood and tolerance through their preaching and play an effective role for the establishment of a congenial society. He said that efforts would be made for setting up model seminaries in the province besides ensuring provision of contemporary education facilities to students of madrassas. He said that we are not oblivious of the problems of religious institutions and discussion has been done with the concerned authorities in this regard. The minister said that property of Auqaf Department would be retrieved from encroachers adding fare of the property would be made compatible with the market rates.—APP

ISLAMABAD: JF-17 thunders taking off during exercise Saffron Bandit at an operation Air Base.

harder and offer greater sacrifices than the earlier ones”. The Air Chief further said, “The nature of aerial warfare continues to rise in complexity under a time compressed environment, and PAF being a professional outfit is totally focused on it. As the nation pins high hopes in Pak Fazaia, and we must never let it down”. The eight months long Exercise Saffron Bandit commenced in October, 2012 and is conducted in PAF since 1994. This time, the environment was unique where modern capabilities of PAF were operating under one umbrella for the first time. Pak Army Aviation and Army Air Defence were also deployed for undertaking the exercise. The prime objective of the exercise is to excel in the air combat capability with focus on Air Power employment in any future conflict. The hallmark of the exercise was the participation of JF-17 Thunders in the concluding cycle of exercise Saffron Bandit for the first time. The combat crew from various operational squadrons comprising F-7PGs, Mirages, F-16s and JF-17 Thunders participated in the Air Exercise. JF-17 Thunders operated in multiple configurations alongside other PAF platforms in various combat / support roles which encompassed all spheres of aerial warfare in near war like environments.

KP Govt to take revolutionary steps for welfare: Yousuf Ayub P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r ready been initiated to elimiPakhtunkhwa Minister for Communication and Works (C&W) Yousuf Ayub Khan on Thursday said the KP government would take revolutionary measures for the welfare of people and development of province. Talking to formers ministers Makhdoom Murid Kazim Shah, Habibullah Khan Kundi, newly elected MPA Javed Akbar Khan and a delegation from Haripur here at his office, he assured all available resources would be utilized for uplift of province and people would witness it by themselves. He informed the visiting delegates that steps have al-

nate corruption, unjustice, price-hike and violation of merit, adding that the KP government would rise up to the expectation of the people. The minister said that KP government is determined to put the province on path of development and prosperity. He asserted that people would soon feel a considerable change in the society due to the policies and measures of the sitting government. He said the provincial government is not only recognize of masses’ issues but also have comprehensive strategy and planning to address these on permanent basis.—APP

Rs 1,335m Swat Varsity budget presented SWAT—The annual budget of of Swat, Mehboob ur Rahman the University of Swat has been presented with a total volume of Rs.1,335 million for the fiscal year 2013-14. The budget was presented in a meeting of the Finance and Planning Committee of the University with Prof. Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, Vice Chancellor, in the chair. It was attended by Muhammad Naeem, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Department, Miss Fazeelat Jahan, Budget Officer Finance Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Khalid, Treasurer University

Registrar, University of Swat, and Dr. Fazli Rabbi Director Institute of Economics and Development Studies. The Treasurer University of Swat presented the budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 which showed a deficit of Rs.794 million. Addressing the meeting, the Vice Chancellor said that austerity measures had been adopted to reduce the deficit. The Higher Education Commission and the Higher Education Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been requested to allocate additional funds, he added.—APP

Foundation Pak efforts for facilitating 1.6m Seven barrage-like structures Dost elected as CRM Afghan refugees eulogized to be completed next month secretariat D ERA G HAZI K HAN —The Mian Yawar Zaman during projects,

officials said. Yawar Zaman also visited areas affected by the Indus river erosion in Jakhar Imam Shah and Basti Rindaan project at Wadoor hill torrent. He was informed that schemes worth Rs 500 million had been sent to the government for construction of spurs at Basti Rindan to save people from flood threat by diverting a flow of the River Indus.—APP

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tion for Provincial Secretariat of construction of seven barChild Rights Movement (CRM) rage-like structures will be where held in which Dost Welcompleted in DG Khan next fare Foundation elected as promonth at a cost of Rs 940 milvincial secretariat for the seclion to regulate Wadoor hill ond consecutive year. To deal torrent water and irrigate with the exploitative and abu15,200-acre area besides savsive situation of children in Paing life and property against kistan, a group of likeminded floods. This was stated by NGOs realized that there is an officials in a briefing to an urgent need to start a child official team deputed by Chief rights movement in the counMinister Mian Muhammad try to tackle the widespread Shahbaz Sharif and led by violence, abuse, neglect and Punjab Irrigation Minister exploitation of children. The movement could not be created without the active participation of all civil society actors coming together on a single forum. It is also important to note that countries where comparative progress has been made to address children’s issues have done it through strong civil society advocacy monitoring and by working collectively towards a common goal. The Child Rights Movement (CRM) was established with the aim to work jointly for the promotion and protection of child rights in Pakistan. For this purpose national secretariat was established in Islamabad and provincial level chapters in capitals of the four provinces. In the Thursday gathering new organizations were also invited to join the movement as members, member stressed on playing lively role for the movement as they HYDERABAD: A woman casting her vote during MQM’s referendum on whether they believe that the issues can’t join the Sindh government or settle on the opposition benches. be tackled alone.—APP visits to hill-torrent-affected parts of DG Khan and those hit by land erosion by the River Indus. The minister was informed that small barrages had already been built in tehsil Taunsa Sharif to regulate water of hill torrents, including Sanghar, Kora and Vehoa. The government would be requested to compensate those whose land was utilized in these

P ESHAWA R —Speakers at tant. Alamgir Khan said refugees to their homeland. function here Thursday highly eulogized the role, commitment and efforts of the government of Pakistan and its people for accommodation, hospitality and extending better services to over 1.6 million Afghan refugees during their 33-year in Pakistan. These views were expressed by speakers during a function in connection with the World Refugees’ Day here at University of Peshawar. Special Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs, Syed Alamgir Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. Commissioner Afghan Refugees Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Ziau Rehman and representatives of Afghan refugees attended the function in large number. Speaking on the occasion, Special Home Secretary, Syed Alamgir Khan said Pakistan had provided all out support to Afghan refugees in their 33 years stay despite limited resources looke after them like brothers. In spite of challenges of law & order, he said, the government of Pakistan and its people had taken utmost care of their Afghan brothers in the hour of need and shared with them all major facilities. He said role of UNHCR for smooth and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees and their settlement in their home country are very impor-

smooth and dignified repatriation of afghan refugees to their home country would be facilitated. The Official also commended the efforts of government of Pakistan, Khyber Pakthunkhwa, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners for providing extensive quality services to afghan refugees in our country. Ziaur Rehman, Commissionar Afghan Refugees KP informed that Pakistan will continue to provide better services to Afghan refugees. He said no other country can match the hospitality and care provided by people of Pakistan to afghan refugees. Ziaur Rehman expressed the hope that UNCHCR and others refugees agencies would utilize all available resources for smooth and dignified return of afghan

On this occasion, the UNHCR officials commended the efforts of Pakistan and its people for looking after the afghan refugees for so long. According to a UN Refugee Agency report on occasion of world refugee day, more than 45.2 million people are in situations of displacement, compare to 42.5million at the end of 2011. This includes 15.4million refugees, 937000 asylum seekers and 28.8million people forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. Afghanistan remains the world largest source of refugees. On average, one out of every four refugees worldwide is an afghan, with 95 percent of this population located in Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan has continued to host more refugees than any other nation (1.6million) followed by Iran (868,200) and Germany (589,700).—APP

Pursue economic diplomacy: PM Directive SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has given a new guideline to Pakistani missions abroad to pursue a policy of “economic diplomacy” and market the country as investment and trade friendly. This was stated by the Pakistan ambassador In Germany Abdul Basit in a speech before the Karachi

Council on Foreign Relations here on Wednesday evening. He said the paradigm shift from security oriented to economy oriented foreign policy will have tremendous effect and should keep our ambassadors and diplomats abroad on their toes. As for himself, he said that he had directed all his officers in Germany to reach out to the people, establish better public to public relationship, seek their opinions and present Pakistan in proper perspective. The Pakistani missions do suffer from certain constraints, in-

cluding financial and manpower, but that should not deter them from completing the mission assigned to them. Abassador Basit felt happy that the current political leadership in the country was alive to the needs and requirements of the country, and wanted it to be projected properly to outside world. Repeating his earlier assertions expressed at various functions during the last two days of his presence in Karachi, Basit referred to what he called a “diaspora” of 7 million Pakistanis abroad who should be motivated to

invest at home and guided on scientific lines, which unfortunately had been missing till date Giving an overview of the country’s foreign policy, he said the new leadership was keen to resolve the problems which in turn should yield handsome dividends. Basit said that Pakistan could be the gateway to Central Asian Republic and exit to south east Asia, which has placed it in tremendous positions. The location should be exploited to our maximum gain.” Pakistan can have a very meaningful place in the world, and Germany

can help us reach that goal”. Dr Tino Klinner, the consul general of Germany also spoke. Earlier the guests were welcomed by Secretary general and the CEO of the Karachi Council for Foreign Relations Mukhtar Ahsan Zuberi who felt happy that the organization, formed in 2003, has successfully completed ten years .It is playing its due role in promoting regional cooperation by inviting ambassadors /high commissioners or SAARC, Latin America, ASEAN, African and European Union countries to enlighten its members

who should be in near future turn into a “Think Tank” for the benefit of the government and the country. So far the Council has invited more than 110 foreign envoys from Islamabad to express themselves on their country’s foreign and economic policies. He added that “we in Pakistan hold the German nation in a very high esteem. Germany has played a vital role in Pakistan’s development”. Since 9/11 our two countries came closer still and were working for the QUETTA: Activists of Bloch Human Rights Organization goodwill and world peace. hold a protest rally in favour of their demands.


Peace imperative for development I SLAMABAD —Senator and leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, Tariq Azeem, has said that progress and prosperity can be achieved after the complete elimination of terrorism. He said that there is no harm to call All Parties Conference (APC) by any party, stakeholders but it must be result oriented. He stressed the need for eliminating terrorism to achieve peace, progress, prosperity and development for the people of this region. Talking to Pakistan Television channel, he urged all the stakeholders and parties to sit together for the resolution of issues confronted the nation. Member National Assembly of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Sharyar Afridi said that all the political parties, religious organizations and stakeholders should come forward to address the issue of terrorism and extremism in this region. He said that initiating talks with Taliban would help flush out terrorism. He was of the view that security and law enforcement agencies should evolve a comprehensive strategy after the involvement of all stakeholders to maintain peace and tranquility in the country. Secretary Information of Pakistan Peoples Party Qamar Zaman Kaira said that dialogue is the only way to bring improvement in any matter or issue. He said that talks with Taliban through dialogue process would help resolve the issues. He said that there must be a clear policy before holding talks with Taliban.—APP

Probe ordered Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health and Spokesman of the Provincial Government, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has directed the health authorities to conduct probe into the use of hepatitis affected instruments, take action against those involved in this malpractice and in this connection get guidelines from the already held fact finding inquiry. He expressed these views while attending a briefing on health department in Peshawar on Thursday. Secretary Health, Abid Ali briefed the minister on the activities of the health department, its different projects, healthcare facilities being provided to the people and steps taken for improving the work of state run hospitals in detail. Speaking on the occasion the minister health stated that they shouldn’t forget that healthcare was one of the basic human rights, state regulated, state controlled and state managed. He said under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, it was the devolved subject and therefore, they had to work to enhance their capacity to efficiently cope with the new challenges. The Health Minister declared that there would be no political interference in the government affairs and they only wanted best results and selfless services to the common man. He said the government functionaries should exercise their delegated powers wholeheartedly for the welfare of the masses. He maintained that they were focusing on the upgradation of the facilities instead of constructing new buildings. Shaukat Yousafzai also directed for carrying out crack down in the markets as well as hospitals against the substandard and spurious drugs and awarding exemplary punishment to those involved in this illegal business. He further directed to make the burn units and other institutions working against the fatal diseases like hepatitis, cancer and AIDS etc more effective. Similarly, he asked the doctors and other staff to ensure their presence in the hospitals and focus on emergency services, cleanliness and services delivery.

Liberation gaining momentum I SLAMABAD —The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the ongoing struggle is gaining momentum and getting stronger with more and more educated youth joining it. According to KMS, Ali Gilani said that New Delhi had used its all tactics to suppress the ongoing Kashmir liberation movement but achieved nothing except despondency and disappointment’. He said that the public reaction to the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru proved that their deceptive methods and plots would fail to change the thinking of freedom-loving people. While lauding the role played by educated youth, Geelani said, “The credit goes to our educated youth, who with their commitment to and practical participation in the struggle despite repressive measures by employed by the government, carried on the struggle successfully.” Ali Gilani lauded the role of Kashmir University students to convey in a dignified and peaceful manner to Chief Justice of India and other participants that India had no legal or moral right over the Jammu and Kashmir. Gilani said as students and faculty members of KU’s Law department do not stand when anthem of India is being played, he personally feels happy and satisfied. “The students have conveyed that through its power India may rule and run the state affairs but can neither conquer our hearts nor suppress our passion for our birth right,” the veteran Hurrieyt leader said. Complete strike was observed in the Islamabad town on the 19th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri scholar, Qazi Nisar Ahmad in occupied Kashmir. The spokesperson of Ummat-e-Islami in a statement said that Indian police authorities had imposed strict restrictions in the town and the people and party activists of Ummat-eIslami were not allowed to pay tribute to their leader at Diyalgam area where Qazi Nisar Ahmad was martyred, KMS reported. He also expressed serious concern over decorating health of the party chairman, Qazi Yasir Ahmad, the son of the martyred scholar who was arrested on June 7. He said that the Indian agencies were involved in the killing of Qazi Nisar Ahmad.—APP

Seven million children not attending schools ISLAMABAD —Around seven million children of five to 16 years age are not attending schools due to multiple reasons. It was stated by I-SAP researcher Ahmed Ali during a special budget briefing here organized by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAF) in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID). Parliamentarians from treasury and opposition benches, including Daniyal Aziz, Nafeesa Khattak, Amjad Niazi, Raja Aamer Zaman, Advocate, Ch Akhter Nawaz, Sajid Nawaz and Senator Saeeda Iqbal attended the briefing. Ahmed Ali said three per cent rural schools were deprived of basic facilities, including drinking water and absence of washrooms. Surprisingly 3.4 per cent primary schools in the country have no

boundary wall, he added. He said that Pakistan had been spending from 1.8 to 2.7 per cent of its gross domestic products (GDP) on education over the years, which was low as compared to other South Asian countries. Literacy rate has increased from 67 to 69 pc and Net Enrollment Rate (NER) from 60 to 61 pc, with a marked improvement in enrollment at middle, secondary, higher secondary and higher education, he added. He said that in the outgoing fiscal year, Rs 12.07 million had been allocated to provide books free of charges to the students of private and government schools in the Federal Capital, but in the next fiscal year budget no such allocation had been made. All the parliamentarians discussed the educational issues of the Federal Capital after the presentation of Ahmed Ali.—APP HYDERABAD: Residents of Dumra Goth Qasimabad protesting against encroachment on their temporary homes.

Sirajul Haq asks Centre to pay net hydel profit, arrears

Pakistan’s Art captivates Singaporeans OBSERVER REPORT

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s artP E S H A W A R — K h y b e r Sahibazada Saeed Ahmad order situation the people of province. Highlighting salient ist, philanthropist and social Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq has demanded of the federal government to pay net hydel profit, its arrears and the frozen funds on priority to the province so that it could meet its development needs. He was addressing a press conference at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad on Wednesday. Secretary Finance

and Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai were also present on the occasion. The senior minister said though the provincial government had presented a taxfree budget but paucity of resources was the main issue in which the net hydel profit was a matter of life and death for the people of this province. He said due to poor industrial activities and law and

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were unable to bear additional taxes and were looking towards net hydel profit. He said the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had assured of giving them their due rights and expressed the hope that when the province was given its due share from net hydel profit along with arrears, public confidence would be restored and new avenues of prosperity would open in the

features of the KP budget Sirajul Haq said it had been divided into three components including welfare, development and administrative for which Rs. 162 billion, Rs. 118 billion and Rs. 63 billion respectively had been allocated. He said according to the prevailing conditions of the province, emergency had been imposed in education. —APP

worker Jimmy Engineer’s art works and paintings were on display at the Exhibition “Pakistan-Singapore Bridge of Goodwill–A tribute to Singapore” at the Art House Gallery from 20 June to 25 June 2013, says a report received from Singapore. The Exhibition is being organized by Pakistan High Commission in Singapore. Speaking at the inauguration

of the Exhibition, High Commissioner for Pakistan in Singapore Syed Hasan Javed stated that Jimmy Engineer’s paintings and art works are reflection of deeper feelings of human relationship, passion, love, solidarity, compassion and struggle. Introducing the artist, the High Commissioner said that Jimmy Engineer represents the soul of Pakistan and his works have been exhibited extensively not only in Pakistan but in a number of other countries.

A global pitch for peace and harmony on FaceBook T HIS is undoubtedly go ing to be a page with no Unlike button! As the founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spiritualizes Facebook by turning it into a tool of meaningful dialogue for transformation, it will be ‘liked’ by over a million people across the globe both online and offline. He is not to be confused with his namesake, the renowned sitar maestro. Mark the page of this electrifying event aimed at promoting his vision of creating a violence-free, stressfree society. The Face2Face event on Facebook with Sri Sri goes live 7.30pm to 9pm on 23rd June 2013, Says the live-wire Zarmina Durrani, local representative of the global movement, and daughter of my old friend S.U. Durrani, a former MD of PIA. The idea is to make

a global connection of responsible citizens, mainly youth who are willing to do their bit for peace and har-

globe with his call for volunteering for a better society. The electrifying event described as one of biggest

mony. This is not the first time that Sri Sri is using social media networks to share and spread his vision for a “One World Family”. On January 26 this year, he used the platform of Google Hang Out to reach out to millions across the

online gatherings drew civil society members, artists, sportsmen, journalists, policy makers from countries like Oman, Taiwan, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, Slovenia, USA, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, Israel, India and Pakistan. “Technology has

shrunk the world into a global village and spirituality will turn it into a global family,” Sri Sri often says highlighting the synergy between technology and spirituality. Sri Sri is now making it happen by providing people in the technological space with a platform to participate in the spiritual pursuit of building a stressfree and violence-free world. “If we can get rid of the stress and anxiety, then the dream of a one world family is not far away,” he had remarked during the Google Hangout event. “Social media such as Facebook are a very effective medium for connecting with youth of today. The efficacy of such medium will be enhanced when it’s used by influential people like Sri Sri to energize them for a good cause. Youth all over the world are restless to make their voices heard and do something to better the world. But often their

energy ebbs, as there is no sense of direction. This Facebook event will help them find their own ways

and means to contribute in building a better society. It will make them feel empowered,” explained Uzair Khan, Media Rep, The Art of Living. During the Facebook event, Sri Sri will answer questions from diverse topics of interest. The event will have four seg-

ments—Sri Sri’s personal life, Success and Creativity, Global Issues and Love and Relationships. Each segment will be peppered with interesting anecdotes, cartoon strips, video clips, etc. The event will also include an online-guided mediation, which is expected to be joined in by over 1 million people worldwide. Participants can post their questions on the event page in Facebook, on the Art of Living website, or on Twitter with the hashtag #Ask SriSri. The best questions will be selected and grouped by a panel based on an online poll for the questions. The selected questions will be posed to Sri Sri by a host on behalf of the questioner during the event and there will be multiple moderators from around the world. The event can be viewed (like a webcast) on SriSri’s Facebook page.


PM gives impetus to Neelum-Jhelum project

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NE of the first things that the new Prime Minister has done is to visit a project which is deeply linked to the economic develop ment of the country and also has strategic importance, which signifies the priority that Mian Nawaz Sharif attaches to speedy implementation of various projects. It has been hallmark of the incumbent Prime Minister to visualize projects and programmes of far-reaching importance and oversee their implementation so as to remove bottlenecks. Neelum-Jhelum hydro-power projects, which would also help establish the country’s priority water rights under the Indus-Basin Treaty, was conceived 29 long years back when its cost was estimated at Rs. 40 billion but the criminal delay has led to escalation of the cost to an alarming figure of Rs. 275 billion. What we have done with NJ, Thar Coal and even Diamer-Bhasha Dam is manifestation of the style of governance, misplaced priorities, and lack of vision and interest on the part of our planners and leaders. It is good that Mian Nawaz Sharif is wasting no time and has started the process of much-needed oversight of vital national projects and his direction to the authorities concerned to ensure completion of NJ project one year ahead of schedule is manifestation of his cherished desire to put the economy back on track at the earliest. Nawaz Sharif is rightly perceived development oriented and industry and business friendly Prime Minister and we are sure he would take similar interest to get work initiated or accelerated on other important but moribund projects. Work on Diamer-Bhasha Dam was initiated during the era of President Musharraf and re-launched by the then Prime Minister Gilani but practically there is no progress towards its implementation as the then top leadership had other priorities and a long-time Chairman WAPDA had more interest in another project than in Diamer Dam because of vested interest. We hope that the Prime Minister and his active Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif would remove all obstacles in the way of start of real construction work. Similarly, some bureaucratic circles, at the behest of oil lobbies, are hindering efforts aimed at exploitation of Thar Coal reserves and personal attention of PM could help clear the road-blocks. The announcement of the PM that a team of Pakistani officials would leave for China on June 24 for talks on proposed KashgharGwadar railway link shows he is in a hurry to get things moved and done and that augurs well for the country.

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ONTRARY to apprehensions that in his maiden speech in the Na tional Assembly, PTI Chief Imran Khan may adopt an acrimonious approach, triggering further tension in the national politics, his remarks and tone and tenor sent positive signals and credit also goes to Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali, who demonstrated wisdom and cool-mindedness in responding to the points raised by PTI leader. The speech of Imran Khan reflected that he is a changed man who believes in real world politics and not fantasies, bickering and mudslinging. The line adopted by Imran was much different from some of his party-men, majority of whom understandably belonged to KPK, who preferred to spew venom even during their first speeches in the National Assembly conveying traditional anti-Punjab mindset, like remarks of an MNA from Peshawar who castigated Sasti Roti Scheme of the Punjab Government (despite the fact that the scheme was launched by Punjab from its own budget and nobody prevented KPK Government from initiating such a scheme) and smuggling of wheat flour to Central Asia, forgetting who were the smugglers. Anyhow, we are glad that PTI Chairman is mindful of the fact that no party alone can resolve the serious challenges facing the country and hopefully his party would play a positive and constructive role, rather than doing opposition for the sake of opposition.

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HILE the international community observed World Refugees Day on Thursday, the problems for host countries with limited resources are multiplying for giving shelter to a large number of people. The refugees are a big burden, as they have to be provided shelter and fed by the host governments because the international community is not forthcoming to extend assistance for an indefinite period. According to estimates Pakistan is currently hosting more than 1.6 million registered and over one million unregistered Afghan refugees in addition to a large number of undocumented foreigners. They are a big strain on meagre resources and have also occupied jobs, which is the right of Pakistani nationals. In addition they are creating security and other problems as they indulge in street crimes including kidnapping, target killing and theft. In fact Pakistan has been made a refugee country where every one can come freely and once he makes it to cities, he is totally free as there is no system of checking of foreigners. One reason for the worsening law and order situation in the mega city of Karachi is the presence of foreigners including Afghanis and Bangladeshis. In the past, the authorities made half-hearted attempts to register and expel the foreigners staying illegally but without success. Under an agreement with the UNHCR and Afghan government, all refugees were to be repatriated to Afghanistan by the end of 2012 but that too has been put in the cold storage. On the other hand almost all the countries have stringent laws and illegal foreigners are either put behind the bar or forcibly expelled. Therefore we would stress that the government must devise a comprehensive strategy to expel all the foreigners staying illegally in Pakistan as that would help address some of our problems to an extent including law and order and unemployment.

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Why is Bashar Assad silent? force to enforce its will on former colonies, France, that leads the UN’s “peacekeeping” efforts. Like Saif Kaddafy, President Bashar Assad of M D Nalapat Syria too has spent long and happy years in London, Email: mgnalapat@gmail.com which is presumably why the man who has been marked by his foes for a ld habits die hard. There is Kaddafy-style execution still protects something about the atmo the interests, not of the population sphere in London that within NATO member-states, but of changes the willpower of an indi- the very policymaking groups that are vidual and makes him or her more thirsting for his head. Years ago, when susceptible to looking at events from his government had evidence of sevan alien viewpoint. Saif Kaddafy, eral dozen UK nationals being among now being daily taunted in a prison those engaged in acts of violence cell in Zintan, Libya, fancied that across West Asia, President Assad those in the UK who clustered kept silent when British Prime Minaround him and grabbed his father’s ister Tony Blair passed off such incash would stand by him in a crisis. volvement as limited to a single indiInstead, they joined those who vidual. Had Assad released the deformed the lynch mob which finally tails in his posession of the UK naensured that the Libyan dictator died tionals active in Wahabbi terror in the same manner as former Presi- groups, it would have shown the dent Najibullah of Afghanistan was people of the UK - who share with in 1996,publicly and in painful and their other European peoples an overwhelming commitment to fair play humiliating circumstances. Those familiar with Kaddafy’s and to honesty - that Tony Blair was policymaking groups know that it a liar, the same man who led them to was Saif who planted false confi- a disastrous war in Iraq on the back dence in Muammar Kaddafy that he of obvious untruths. But Assad kept silent, just as he could escape from the predicament that NATO had created for him by does now when his government has making concessions to that alliance. within its prisons dozens of nationWhat took place was that each con- als of EU countries, all captured as cession was immediately followed a result of the ongoing war between by a demand for more, until there the NATO-backed Ankara-Dohawas nothing left to give. The ex- Riyadh coalition and Damascus-Teamples of Saddam Hussein and heran-Moscow. Releasing information about Muammar Kaddafy demonstrate NATO’s penchant for going after re- these prisoners and the circumstances gimes, but only after it has been en- of their capture would demonstrate sured that they cannot fight back. the unpardonable manner in which The UN was used as cover to gain David Cameron and William Hague what extra intelligence input was are bending before Ankara, Doha and needed to launch attacks, that Riyadh in backing groups that conorganisation’s “peacekeeping” tain individuals to whom Bashar mechanism being dominated by Assad’s regime is just the appetizer. NATO member-states. In a final The main course, once Syria gets subburst of irony, it is precisely the dued, will be the countries whose country that most relies on brute passports they flash. The Baath

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Party, whether in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s time or in Syria during the long reign of the Assad family, is known for its administrative incompetence and its obsessive secrecy. Releasing information is anathema to Baathists, even when such transparency can serve their cause. In the chronicles of conflict between NATO member-states and Third World militaries, it was only Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnam that succeeded in defeating its enemy in Infowar. Of course, Ho had a powerful taliwind assisting him, which was the Draft. Had the US military been an all-volunteer force the way it is now, it is unlikely that campuses across the US would have risen up in anger against the war in Vietnam. However, such advantages do not detract from the fact that “Uncle Ho” came across as what he was, a gallant nationalist and indomitable fighter, who defeated first the French and later the US itself, this during an era when the US military had not yet been defeated by a small band of thugs in Afghanistan. What is being witnesssed in that country is the retreat of a superpower, anxious to make whatever compromise is needed in order to prevent the killing of more of its soldiers, no matter that the dance of Barack Obama with Mullah Omar is pushing back the prospect of the Afghan people themselves defeating the designs of the Taliban to once again take over power in Kabul on the back of a terrified US administration. Had India been gifted the good fortune to have a government led by those not in thrall to NATO, by now both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden would have found homes in this country. However, rather than making India a haven of free speech and of internet freedom, the Manmohan Singh administration, dominated as it is by World Bank logic that sees obedience to US dictates as the natural course to take, has

sought to throttle internet freedom. And as for connectivity, India has the lowest percentage of people who are internet-enabled among all major powers, while bandwidth and speeds are derisory. India’s Information Superhighway is as creaky and dysfunctional as its road network. However, Manmohan Singh and his political superior Sonia Gandhi are not the only individuals dancing to the tune of NATO. The Assad family is in danger of losing not only their liberty but their lives as a consequence of NATO actions, the most recent being the KerryCameron-Hollande plan to give weapons to the Al Nusra front through the fiction of routing it through rootless wonders with zero influence on the ground. Bashar Assad has to get the people of the US and the EU to understand the forces that their governments are unleashing. The only way this can be achieved is by full transparency on the composition of the so-called “freedom fighter” groups.In particular, the nationalities of the Al Nusra front who have been captured by the Syrian army (and which include citizens of India) need to be revealed. So far ,however, Bashar Assad seems determined to follow the example of Saif Kaddafy, who tailored his actions to suit the needs of his tormentors. Going public with details on his prisoners would go against the Baath code of secrecy and backroom deals, but would serve the interests of the people of the globe, who seek a stable and prosperous future free of the violence that extremists inflict on them with support from governments who should know better, and who in course of time (when it is too late), will. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

PM and energy security of their products including prices, output, and life for the inof consumers, invesRizwan Ghani formation tors and government. Email:sadcat44@hotmail.com Legislation can help overcome energy crisis. China has passed laws for selling alternate n outline of government’s energy to national grid and buying it energy plan has started from consumers. According to the emerging. Nawaz Sharif has law, one kWh can be sold to national talked about long-term energy se- and state grids between 0.41 Yuan curity, invited foreign companies to and 1Yuan, and 6 kW is maximum install solar plants in Pakistan and limit for residences (household Pv). increase power generation through 18 million homes are using renewenergy mix including alternate en- able energy in America. Every 60th ergy. He also called for taking prov- German is selling electricity to nainces onboard in [energy] consul- tional grid. Global solar output will tative process. Similarly, the gov- exceed 100GW in 2013. Our parliaernment has come up with a three- ment can pass laws on similar lines pronged plan to overcome energy to end load shedding between 3 crisis, end circular debt and increase months to two years. The laws could energy generation (Energy plan, include shifting of 70-80 % of enJune 16). However, following mea- ergy mix to alternate sources (1st 3 sures/changes are necessary if PM months = 20%, 2nd & 3rd 6-8 and his government are serious to months= 25% each). Incentives for renewable energy end load shedding, adopt alternate bring down per unit price to Rs. 5. energy and build energy security. Criteria should be made for re- National Saving Centers (NSC) can newable energy companies to work give low interest loans (2-3%) to shift in Pakistan. It should include their to renewables so that Pakistan can world ranking, international market benefit from strategic decision of share and sustainability of their duty free imports of alternate energy products. Their products should be equipment. The loans can be returned certified by established and publicly between 6-8 years in monthly installrecognized international testing or- ments instead of paying bills to enganizations (Solar Pv output/ 25 ergy companies. Chinese investors years and Wind turbines Betz’ Limit expect to recoup cost of 6kW house59.3% maximum attainable en- hold Pv setup in 8-12 years. After ergy). The alternate energy products that, the return rate is expected to be are categorized as residential, agri- 9.3 percent. Chinese homeowners are culture, commercial and utility also given 1 to 1 credit when elecscale (or commercial). World’s top tricity production exceeds home conten companies from China (5), USA sumption (generating interest in (2), South Korea (1) and Norway homegrown power, June 14, China (1) can be asked to publish details Daily). It will allow government to

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bring down per unit price to Rs. 6.50 from 9 (proposed Rs. 11.50 from 1st July & later Rs. 14/15), raise Rs. 350450bn (projected Rs 100-150bn) and end consumption-based per unit price. There can be surplus gas and electricity by implementing commercial sector license agreements. The commercial users are required to shift to independent energy generation as per their licensing agreements and major industries older than ten years or more cannot be given electricity from national grid. By implementing energy related clauses, government can save 50% of the national output being consumed by manufacturing and services sector. It should automatically end load-shedding, 90 % of theft/line losses, have surplus gas including CNG for transport sector and end corruption. It should free bulk of total national gas/ electricity outputs, reduce fuel imports by 60%, and bolster foreign reserves, and cut resultant inflation and fuel poverty accordingly. The surplus energy can be used in agriculture sector, employ millions of people in SMEs, and cottage industry to empower women and end child labor. The government instead of upholding the law is using foreign reserves and public resources to fund surplus energy generation for commercial users, and maintain 50% larger energy and allied setups. If these indirect costs were counted, price of a commercial unit would be seven times more. The commercial users are not generating energy and profiting from cheap energy, thefts and corruption despite license restrictions. Unfortunately, the Supreme

Court also failed to see through the ploy, which could have ended load shedding to provide relief to the public, saved public funds and directed government to uphold law to so that commercial consumers generate their own energy. It would have ended need for spending Rs. 506bn tax money on circular debt, save private power producers, corruption and foreign vested stakes including import of energy from neighboring countries. Otherwise, also, the plan is flawed because it will increase per unit price of electricity, fuel imports, re-accumulate circular debt, and lacks breakdown of energy mix. Corruption and failed policies in energy sector has already cost Pakistan Rs. 1400bn. The loadshedding judgment of the Court merits review to rights of public, state and economy. Universities should serve communities. Peking university students majoring in architecture, engineering, electronics, journalism and law are making solar house in collaboration with foreign university to compete in Solar Decathlon in July 2013 arranged by National Energy Administration and US Energy Department. Chinese PM already called for more innovation in solar technology to boost its domestic after EU standoff. Our government, universities, energy sector, engineers, planners, housing sector, civil society and media must help agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors to adopt renewables to generate millions of jobs, save trillions in costs, and protect energy security.

he key to ending America’s war in Afghanistan has long been a negotiated deal with the Taliban. Finally, such talks will begin Thursday in Qatar. US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he always expected “friction” at Afghan reconciliation talks but voiced hope they could still take place. If they go well, the talks will serve primarily as a test of how much the Taliban have accepted the new realities of progress in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Much has changed since 2001 when the militant group’s ruthless rule ended with an American-led invasion to oust Al Qaeda. The talks, however, will also be a test of President Obama’s idea of keeping an “open door” to negotiating with even the most repressive, violent groups and countries. He laid out this strategy in a 2009 speech, saying jihadist groups like the Taliban should be willing to accept that the purposeful killing of innocents goes against every major religion. Peace, he said, relies on the golden rule of doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. “Adhering to this law of love has always been the core struggle of human nature,” he said. With the Taliban’s move to open talks, Mr. Obama said this is “an important first step towards reconciliation” among Afghans. The Taliban has shown a few signs that they may have altered their ways. To meet a US condition for the talks, they committed to a peaceful end to the war. And they agreed that they never want “to pose harm to other countries from [their] soil,” although that falls short of cutting ties to a much-weakened Al Qaeda. They also dropped their demand that US troops leave Afghanistan before talks start. In addition, the group’s fighting capability is down from a few years ago, while the capability of Afghan forces has improved. They have lost some support from Pakistan, where civilian rule, democracy, and a desire for economic growth have strengthened, weakening the military’s ability to use the Taliban as a strategic tool against India. In fact, no major country in the region – China, Iran, Russia, and India – wants the Taliban to return to power. The world has grown more weary of jihadism, especially since the killing of Osama bin Laden and the promise of the Arab Spring among Muslim youth. The Taliban also face a very different Afghanistan. During their rule, few girls were allowed in school; today there are 2.6 million of them in classrooms. Women run businesses and work in government. Most Afghans use cellphones and watch TV. Instead of having 37 miles of paved roads as during Taliban rule, the country has nearly 8,000 miles today. Most of all, such advances have helped to create a stronger Afghan identity and a better understanding of universal values, lessening the tribal and ethnic differences. Yet despite all this, much doubt remains that the Taliban will give up their arms and operate as a political group under the current Constitution – especially the part that protects women from discrimination. Without that concession, Obama will find it difficult to withdraw all US military presence after 2014, when he plans to end the American combat role. Another potential stumbling block is the Afghan government. President Hamid Karzai fears his bargaining ability has been undercut by the way the United States started the talks with the Taliban with only the hope of bringing him into negotiations later. The US will need to better deal with his concerns. The newly elected government of Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan also needs to be courted in order to bolster its support of the talks. Obama warned the talks may be bumpy. Yet even if they fail, they may have the effect of weakening the morale of lowerlevel Taliban fighters, further splintering the militants. A militant group that is stuck in the past and unaware of what brings peace can’t last for long. — The Christian Science Monitor Inflation in the Sixties was a nuisance to be endured, like varicose veins or French foreign policy. — Bernard Levin British journalist


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ccording to a report in Musnad Ahmed collection of Ahadith, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), said: “From Adam to me, Allah sent a hundred and twentyfour thousand Prophets, of whom three hundred and fifteen were entrusted with a Book.” The question is why were there so many more Prophets than Books? To reflect on this is to gain an understanding about the very institution of Prophethood. If the role of a Prophet were simply to deliver the Book, as some misguided people in our time try to argue, there should have been as many Books as Prophets. But the very fact that there have been many Prophets without a new Book, firmly establishes the need for the Prophets as a source of guidance in its own rights. It had to be so because life emulates life. We need live human beings to inspire us; to show right from wrong in every day struggles of life; to confront us and pose questions; to answer questions; to clarify misconceptions; to hold our hand; to be the model. We certainly need principles to guide our thoughts and ac-

tions. But we also need real life ex- lished in the Opening Chapter amples to relate the principles to real (Surah Fatiha) of Qur’an. It is a short surah, consisting of only life situations. For most of our living experi- seven verses, and it consists of a prayer for guidence involves ance: O’ Allah! judgment calls. The Spirit Of Islam Show us the Politeness is a deStraight Path. Yet sirable moral two of the seven value. But when verses are used to does politeness describe the turn into weakStraight Path in ness? Firmness is terms of people. also a desirable at“The path of those tribute. But when on whom Thou has does it turn into bestowed Thy arrogance? How Grace. Not the do we balance our path of those who duties towards Alearn Thine wrath lah with those toKhalid Baig nor of those who wards other hugo astray.” man beings? How It would have been simpler to do we balance both with duties tojust refer to the Straight path as the wards ourselves? We are constantly faced with Path of the Qur’an. But the longer conflicting claims on our re- description has been used to emsources, energies, and attention. phasis the fact that human beings How do we resolve those conflicts, need a human model to provide without doing any injustice? These complete guidance. Of course Prophets were sent are real life questions that require to provide the needed guidance. It real life answers. This point is beautifully estab- is also obvious that whatever a

Prophet declares is binding on all his followers. “To accept a person as a Prophet of God and then to refuse to accept his commands, is so ridiculous that I would not have believed any sensible person would ever offer this proposition,” says prominent Hadith scholar Maulana Manzoor Naumani. But this most irrational of ideas has been promulgated by a segment of Western educated Muslims. They say, without a sense of irony, that we accept the Qur’an but not the Hadith. Anyone who says that he accepts the Qur’an but rejects the hadith cannot be serious. Or he has not read the Qur’an either. For the Qur’an says: “And We have sent down unto you the Message so that you may explain clearly to the people what is sent for them and so that they may give thought.” (Al-Nahal 16:44). So it is the job of the Prophet (PBUH),to explain the Qur’an. And it is the job of the believers to obey him.”He who obeys the Messenger obeys Allah indeed” (Nisa 4:80). — Courtesy: Albalagh.com

Yearning desire for stable Afghanistan Beenish Altaf Email:beenish@thestrategicvision.com

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he conflict in Afghanistan af fects, and under certain condi tions, will exacerbate the region’s instabilities - ethnic and religious conflict, Islamic extremism, transnational criminal activities, drug trafficking, resource exploitation issues, poor governance, and great power rivalries. As Afghanistan is under severe unrest and turmoil since more than 30 years, an active participation is needed from all the regional stakeholders for securing and stabilized Afghanistan. No decision for Afghanistan can be made without the facilitating role in terms of active politico-economic and diplomatic ones by the regional countries. No doubt numbers of regional conferences over Afghan peace and stability have been held. But no tangible outcome has been seen yet now due to lack of serious efforts taken by the regional powers for the solution of Afghanistan issue. Unfortunately, the di-

lemma with Afghanistan is that all neighbouring countries distinguish their personal interests rather than to unite on common grounds for Afghan and regional stability. A small initiative can be made on regional level if the countries encourage themselves to work for the stability of Afghanistan and accepts a stable Afghan in the interest of whole region. The three decades of instability and war in Afghanistan has had a serious spill over effects on Pakistan’s economy, security, law and order situation in particular to Pakistan and adverse affects on Pakistan’s image as a whole. At present two and a half million Afghan spread from north to south around the country. Pakistan is yearning always and wants friendly political relationship with Afghanistan but unfortunately it become a naive dream that could not get the colours of reality if the prevailing situation of mistrust continues to grow. However, the western backed Karzai government’s double edged strategies are responsible for unreliable policies towards Pakistan and the region as well. While focusing the reconciliation

process, Pakistan’s role is of utmost importance as it played a prudently indispensable role in Afghan reconciliation process. Pakistan always preferred to the regional approach especially the role of Afghan and neighbouring countries for the peaceful and long-term resolution of Afghanistan. President Karzai in his joint press conference with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, said that it was not possible to reach at any conclusion and to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan without the cooperation and positive role of Pakistan. Pakistan showed full support in resolving the Afghan entanglement and contributed to the highest levels with the western powers while having complaints with grievances but still opening Ground Lines of Communication (GLOCs) for the US-NATO-ISAF forces. Though, Pakistan’s position in outlining the future of Afghanistan was previously being denied in the regional politics but is accepted en bloc as a frontline ally and a partner, without whom the reconciliation and exit strategy cannot be put forward.

Pakistan always preferred Afghanistan to be a stable country having properly functional politico-economic systems and behaving like a sovereign and responsible regional and international players. Nevertheless, the new regional geo-strategic and political realities demand that Pakistan needs to enhance its regional relations to fulfil its Regional Conversion of Interest (RCI) which should be preferably restrain by all the regional players for the peace and better security of the regional development. Though, the destiny of Pakistan and Afghanistan is interlinked due to its cultural, ethnic, religious and historical links therefore, instability in Afghanistan would cause adverse sufferings to Pakistan, thus Pakistan’s utmost interest would be a stable and progressive Afghanistan. Although Islamabad and Kabul have not kept same area of regional interest but the geo-strategic compulsions force them to work out on common goals for peace and development.. —Research Associate for Strategic Vision Institute, Islamabad.

Views From Abroad

Obama stalls in Syria David Ignatius

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ritics are correct when they ar gue that President Obama doesn’t have a strategy for military victory in Syria. The reality is that, despite his decision last week to arm the opposition there, Obama is still playing for a negotiated diplomatic transition. It’s a confusing policy with multiple objectives: Obama wants to bolster moderate opposition forces under Gen. Salim Idriss until they’re strong enough to negotiate a transitional government. He wants to counter recent offensives by Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed forces aiding President Bashar alAssad. And he wants to keep Arab nations from bolting the US-led coalition backing Idriss and instead arming radical jihadists. Obama doesn’t want the rebels to overrun Damascus if the jihadists are the strongest faction. As he told PBS’s Charlie Rose in an interview broadcast Monday, “One of the challenges that we have is that some of the most effective fighters within the opposition have been those who frankly are not particularly [friendly] towards the United States.” To

counter the jihadists’ influence, Obama has been trying to build up Idriss, so far with limited success. The public rationale for Obama’s decision to arm the rebels was Assad’s use of chemical weapons. But the basic evidence to support this charge had been available for weeks. The real trigger was a new uptick in the Sunni-Shiite regional war that is driving the Syrian conflict. This escalation began June 5, when Hezbollah joined Assad’s forces in sweeping the rebels from Qusair, a strategic town along the Lebanese border. Idriss warned a few days later that 5,000 Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed fighters were massing near rebel strongholds in Aleppo. As the situation deteriorated, Saudi Arabia and Qatar began pulling away from the US-led “Friends of Syria” coalition backing Idriss and moving instead to support jihadist groups in Syria, figuring that they had a better chance of stopping the Iranian proxies. Obama’s announcement that the United States would arm the rebels was an attempt to draw the Saudis and Qataris back in the fold. A new meeting of the Friends of Syria is likely soon, where the United States hopes for a renewed public commitment by all the Arabs to channel aid through

Idriss rather than the extremists. Critics such as Sen. John McCain have chastised Obama for naively backing Idriss without giving him the military tools to win, such as a no-fly zone. But it could also be argued that the policy contains a cynical dose of realpolitik: Obama doesn’t want Assad to collapse too soon, before Idriss and his moderate forces have become strong enough to control the country. For administration officials, the biggest worry may be that Syria will simply collapse, creating a power vacuum like what happened after Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq in 2003. Even as they support the rebels, US officials want the Syrian army, police and civil service to remain intact — so that they could join in a transitional government after Assad is gone. The US strategy of aiding Idriss is based partly on his public statements that he’s ready to work with reconcilable elements of the regime in such a transitional government. “The way these situations get resolved is politically,” Obama said in his interview with Rose. He noted that the opposition is made up of “carpenters and blacksmiths and dentists. These aren’t professional fighters.” The unstated message was: This takes time. It’s telling that even after last

week’s announcement of military aid to the rebels, US officials were still studying the fine print of last June’s Geneva agreement with Russia, China and other leading nations for a Syrian-led transition. This document calls for a “neutral environment in which the transition can take place,” which US officials see as code for the Assad clan’s departure. The Obama policy on Syria isn’t quite as feckless as it may look. But it has the fundamental flaw of past covert-action programs, which is that the United States is seeking a decisive political change through proxy forces that have limited power and popular support — and could easily be overwhelmed by others who have a stronger ideological or religious motivation. It’s not an accident that the jihadists have been the best fighters among the rebels: They’re the most passionate about their cause. If Obama’s goal is a negotiated settlement, rather than a win on the battlefield, it’s paradoxically all the more urgent to help Idriss. He needs to appear to Syrians as a strong leader heading a disciplined force. Otherwise, Syria’s future will be shaped by extremists, one way or another. — Courtesy: The Washington Post

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istory books tell us that many years ago, nations signed secret treaties with each other, which were revealed when war broke out between two countries. The Russian English Treaty of 1916 being one and Bismarks Pax Britannica being another among hundreds of others. With the world becoming a global village and information becoming more transparent, the general public is under the misconception the days of secret treaties are over. They

are not, not in our country anyway: “Secret pacts are being made between all political parties right now, so whatever the outcome, they will try to come to power,” said a senior leader of the opposition. “Will the NCP and BJP join hands?” I asked. “Well in the secret treaty Pawar has signed with Modi, the NCP will support the BJP at the Center in case there is a hung Parliament with Mr Pawar getting the defense ministry. “What about Mulayam?” I asked. “In the pact signed by Mr Mulayam and Mr Modi, the Samajwadi Party will be part of the NDA and will support the BJP with Mr. Mulayam retaining the Defense Ministry.” “Both have been promised the defense ministry!” I exclaimed. “That is because this secret

treaty rests on the result of the secret pact the NCP has made with the BJP in Maharashtra.” “And what is that?” I asked. “That in case the BJP-Shiv Sena combine does not manage to wrest enough seats in the assembly elections, the NCP will also join and give support to the state units.” “That means Pawar is a certainty as defense minister?” “Not really,” said the senior leader of the opposition. “Unfortunately and known to very few, except Mr Mulayam, the pact was signed by Mr Pawar’s deputy and they feel by the time the elections happen, the deputy would have started his OBC party and the treaty signed by him for the NCP will be null and void.” “Pawar is too shrewd a man to

let this pass,” I said. “Very true,” said the senior opposition leader. “Mr. Pawar is already in touch with Mr. Naidu. Mr Naidu’s voice is still heard by BJP leaders, and Mr Pawar and Mr Naidu will soon be signing a secret treaty.” “What have Naidu and Mr Pawar agreed upon?” I asked, intrigued. Mr Pawar will support Mr Naidu for the deputy prime ministership!” “Does Modi know about this?” “Yes, he does but he has signed a pact that will send the deputy PM to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on a permanent holiday!” “And what about the Congress?” “We will soon start, once Soniajee learns to sign in Hindi..!” —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People NAT needs recalibration TOOBA MANSOOR Victor Asal and Bryan Early from the University at Albany - SUNY utilize a Nuclear Annihilation Threat (NAT) Index published a Nuclear Annihilation Threat (NAT) Index on …. NAT is an interesting way of systematically and empirically assessing the existential threat that nuclear weapon states (NWS) and potential nuclear-weapon states pose to one another. NAT Index is a relationalmetric that draws on four factors in determining these existential threats. One, the potential damage a country’s nuclear arsenal could cause to a target’s population. Two, the ability of a country to strike a target with ballistic missiles. Three, the presence of a strategic rivalry between the two countries. Four, the risk of state failure in the country that is hypothetically attacking a target. According to NAT Index, China and Russia pose a greater threat to U.S. national security that may lead to nuclear annihilation. France, U.K. and Pakistan are at third place in terms of posing a nuclear annihilation threat. India and Israel are at sixth place, while Iran and North Korea, the “rogue states” are at eighth place The reasons behind generating the NAT seem political than a rational assessment of the situation. This NAT Index needs recalibration in ranking the countries because now the situation has been changed. Iran now poses a greater threat to the U.S., because it is pursuing to develop a nuclear weapon. Interestingly, Iran’s nuclear program began with the U.S. support. After the death of Shah of Iran and Khomeini coming into power altered the nature of cooperation. If it was not for the regime, the U.S. would have slapped Tehran on the wrist for enriching uranium to 20% and would consider it as a step towards nuclear program. Israel considers Iran the greatest threat to the U.S. If a committed ally, the U.S. supports the existence of Israel by safeguarding its security interests and its own economic interests in the region. The NAT Index does not take into account the non-State threat to the U.S. if 2001 offers a lesson; it is the threat from the non-state actors. Hence, once the Asal and Early or some another think tank issues another NAT index, it may do a better job choosing the right samples. —Via email

Between culprits & accomplices KHAN FEROZ-UDDIN Another day breaks across Pakistan’s largest province, but little hope accompanies it. Pakistan has again been bruised by a series of well-coordinated, implemented and executed events of terrorism on horrifying magnitude. The newly elected democratic government of Mr Sharif has hardly stepped into the corridors of influence but it has become evident that neither time nor the tide of terrorism and internal feuds will let them settle peacefully. Sharif is not new to Pakistan’s problems nor will Baluchistan come as a surprise to him. For nearly a decade in exile and in opposition he had ample time to witness and assess the situation on ground, and it is about time that he through his actions and wisdom rises to the occasion. For many reasons all the ills of Baluchistan have been placed in the bucket of Pakistan’s military and associated intelligence agencies for quite some time, without mentioning that on paper at least a fully functional democratic provincial setup has been running for as long as I could recall my less than capable memory. Yes, you got me. The famous tagline of all exist that they were never the representatives in true form and hand chosen. Agreed. But let us not forget that all of them, from time to time hailed from the most notable clans and families of Baluchistan, whether it be Marri, Bugti, Raisani or Mengal. In different eras and terms they all have represented Baluchistan where it matters (Governorships/ Chief Minister) and yet I have not seen one of them resigning on the context of noncooperation from certain forces away from Baluchistan (May be a single odd example exists). Baluchistan and its perils have been framed through a smoke screen as if they have no remedy or reason although based on facts, it stands out to be a simple issue

Hajj under debt COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD)

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s the nitty gritty of the budget and the monetary affairs of Paki stan are being discussed threadbare daily over the media by the financial pundits and economic gurus, it has transpired that the state of our economy couldn’t be worse and we would have to go once again to the IMF with the begging bowl for a loan of 5 billion dollars to survive. According to these financial whiz kids we Pakistanis as a nation are under such a colossal internal and external debt that the share of each and every citizen of Pakistan comes to Rs. 18,000/- per head which will increase further with the fresh loan from the IMF. This has greatly disturbed me as according to some Hajj is not obligatory for a person under debt. About 2 million Pakistanis (natives and ex-pats) are expected to go for Hajj this year and each one of them would spend approximately Rs. 4 lacs, thus spending a total amount of Rs. 800,000,000,000 (Rs. 800 billions!!) and that too mostly in foreign exchange. In the l ight of above relaxation while under debt could the religious authorities kindly throw some light on it? Are we as a people under debt not exempt from this obligation till we clear our debts? —Rawalpindi which requires will and mettle. To start with, agencies have to to operate in Baluchistan as they are doing across Pakistan within their defined perimeters and jurisdiction. One cannot have peace in their absence nor in their absolute domination. We come across on routine, thanks to flashing media screens and talk shows, of them being involved in acts ranging from disappearances to killings and harboring of elements which have now shaped into a mafia not to be challenged by the administration and government at all. I have all the heart to absorb arguments like these on daily basis but something toward the end of the day amazes me. I see Pakistani military and its agencies stretched to the maximum of their limitation in the last one decade, courtesy a restless Durand line, FATA, tribal agencies and Afghanistan. On the absolute terms military and its agencies have disengaged themselves from politics in every form and nature in the past 5 years, truly reflected by the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan. Having done all goods, what has kept them glued to Baluchistan where clearly they have a past, a troubled present and an uncertain future? So the answer goes beyond this pointless campaigning of boys in uniform doing all the bad’s in Baluchistan. Also, all political forces have consensus that it’s a consortium of global intelligence, from Delhi to Tel Aviv which are “hot” in Baluchistan. In a case like this, does Baluchistan require a government without accepted ears and eyes or vice versa?. Attack on Quaid’s symbol is an attack on Pakistan. The reconciliation we talk so much is a truly accepted appeasement of BLA/ BRA. The only reconciliation Baluchistan requires is the integration of ordinary Baluchi into the accepted norms of governance that stands out to be politics, services, rights and justice. —Via email

Daunting challenges for govt M. FAZAL ELAHI The PML (N) Government led by Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken the reigns of this country, once again. Things have drastically changed in the country, for the worse, since PM Nawaz Sharif’s last government was dislodged, thirteen years ago, in 1999. One wouldn’t be wrong at all if one says that everything is in shambles. The incumbent PM and his team, I am sure, are fully aware that the challenges their government is facing are indeed daunting, and governing today’s Pakistan, where almost every department and institution is in a state of absolute disarray, will truly be a gigantic task. PM Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet colleagues must be passing through sleepless nights. Because the problems they are confronted with are multifarious and are of a magnitude beyond the stretch of one’s imagination. Steering the sinking ship of the state out of the troubled waters that it is in today, must be persistently haunting their minds. That should not, however, be a cause for getting cowed down. In fact, the problems should be taken as challenges, and sincere endeavors must be made to resolve them, one by one, in order of priority. Foremost of all the problems is none but the rapidly sinking economy. Massive power outage that has a direct bearing on the economy, and has taken a heavy toll on it, is an equally important and serious problem. The government must seek to address these two critical problems, on priority basis, followed by other very important issues like education, health, corruption, law and order, terrorism, inflation, unemployment etc. Pulling the country out of the economic morass and bring it to safer shores will require a strong will to take some stringent measures and make personal sac-

rifices. Drastic cuts will have to be imposed on wasteful expenditures. Luxury, pomp and show will have to be done away with in every aspect of the lives of particularly those who are now at the helm in the government. Resources saved by virtue of imposing these cuts should be diverted towards the development of the country and welfare of its downtrodden masses. Yet another extremely important measure that the government would need to take is to build its resource base by broadening of the tax base. To achieve this vital objective it will have to bring the opulent segment of the society, who have been evading tax since decades, in the tax net. The challenges are no doubt daunting, but with a comfortable majority, credibility, and good past track record, taking the country out of its current extremely critical predicaments should not be as difficult the PM and his government as it was for his predecessor. Nations prayers and best wishes are with him and his government. —Via email

Regime change in Iran HASAN EHTISHAM Iran’s new elected President Rowhani pledged to “build trust” and wants to open possibilities for dialogue to ease tensions over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. In my view the evidences and posture of Iran’s nuclear programme are suggesting some ambiguity in their peaceful use of nuclear energy. But it has to be noted any unilateral or bilateral military action against Iran will create excuses for her to withdraw from NPT and to proliferate peaceful nuclear energy to nuclear weapons. On the other hand USA could raise this issue of Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons but ironically Israel is highlighting nuclear proliferation of Iran with respect to NPT, though Israel is herself a denial of NPT. Israel which is widely believed to have nuclear weapons is a greater threat to West Asia. The greatest threat to the world is clearly nucleararmed Israel with its almost daily threats to launch an attack on Iran, inevitably involving the USA in a potentially catastrophic Middle East war. Continually threatened by Israel, with its 200+ nuclear weapons, and with nuclear-armed neighbors — American allies Pakistan and India — Iran has every reason to arm itself in equal measure, although U.S. intelligence believes it has not yet decided to do so. Global powers especially USA must have to restrain themselves for a regime change in Iran. USA had once tried for a regime change in Iran by supporting Iraq in IranIraq war of 1980s. That support didn’t jolt revolutionary government in Iran. But USA favour created immense implications on regional and global security. After that Middle East region became the largest importer of weapons and international terrorism emerged from this region. The best way to stop Iran from going nuclear is to turn the entire region into a nuclear-free zone, starting with Israel which never signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Other option which is most probable is Iran should get the bomb as Kenneth Waltz argues that, “Nuclear Balancing [between Israel and Iran] Would Mean Stability.” —Via emai

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Afghan peace From Page 1 reporters. Khurshid’s comments came a day after the Afghan Taliban announced opening of its political office in Qatari capital Doha and expressed willingness to hold peace talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government and other stakeholders. “The talks are being held between the high peace council and the chosen representatives of Taliban. Of course, the US had its role in encouraging this, perhaps even in precipitating this,” said Khurshid, who is in Baghdad on a two-day official visit. —INP

Muttahida holds From Page 1 question whether MQM representatives should join the Sindh Government or play the role of opposition. Speaking on the occasion, Shabbir Ahmed Qaimi said that his party always respected the opinion of masses and joining of Sindh Government or sitting in opposition depends on the decision of the people. He said the MQM will announce its future strategy after the results of the referendum and added that the party is waiting for the decision of the voters. The result will be announced today.

Gold drops From Page 1 point last seen in late September 2010. Meanwhile, London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index slid 2.04 percent to stand at 6,219.47 points in late morning deals, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 dived 2.08 percent to 8,027.23 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 2.02 percent to 3,761.82. The European single currency fell to a 10-day low at $1.3183, down from $1.3297 in New York late on Wednesday. However, in a news conference, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the US central bank’s policy committee “currently anticipates that it would be appropriate to moderate the monthly pace of purchases later this year” if the economic outlook continued to improve. “Ben Bernanke has put the cat well and truly among the pigeons with his statement that asset purchases would begin slowing by the end of this year,” said analyst Yusuf Heusen at trading firm IG. “It does feel as if the Fed chairman has pulled the rug from underneath the stock market rally, and he certainly seems to have dealt a killer blow to gold.”

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Shahbaz to change Patwari, Thana culture SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that people have given mandate to Pakistan Muslim League-N to change Patwari and Thana culture, eliminate corruption and resolve energy crisis and it will come up to the expectations of the masses. He said that country will be steered out of the quagmire of problems and put on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that power will be used to provide justice to the weak, uphold rights of widows and orphans, supremacy of justice and eradication of crime. The Chief Minister said that local bodies’ elections will soon be held after consultation with the party and such a local government system will be introduced as will empower the masses and their problems will be resolved at the local level. He said that the energy crisis being faced by the country has badly affected national economy, industries, agriculture, education, health and other sectors. Shahbaz Sharif said that coping with the energy problem is a big challenge and PML-N government is taking measures on war footing to resolve this crisis. He said that the govern-

ment will diffenately succeed in ridding the masses of energy crisis with the consultation of assembly members, experts and its tireless efforts. This was stated by him during meetings with Members Punjab Assembly belonging to Bahawalpur and Multan divisions on Thursday. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Iqbal Channar, Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Ch. Muhammad Shafique, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Asif Saeed Khan Manais, Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chief Secretary, IG Police, Secretaries of various departments, administrative and police officers of Bahawalpur and Multan divisions were also present on the occasion. Assembly Members apprised the Chief Minister of development schemes and problems of their respective areas and he issued on the spot orders in some cases. Speaking on the occasion. Shahbaz Sharif said that the historic mandate given by the nation to PML-N demands that no effort should be spared in the service of the people, resolving problems of the masses and raising their living standard. He said that provincial ministers, assembly members and officers serving the people are our pride

whereas those who have no interest in this regard have no right to stay on their posts. He said that people of south Punjab have also ensured victory of Muslim League-N with thumping majority and rejected corrupt elements. The Chief Minister said that people of South Punjab have remembered the public service of PML-N during floods and repaid it with its glorious victory. He said that solid measures are being taken for the development of health, education and infrastructure in south Punjab and compared to its 31 percent population, 32 percent development funds have been allocated for this region. He said that missing facilities will be provided in all schools of South Punjab within a year. The Chief Minister said political and economic deprivations are not the destiny of the country and Pakistan will be transformed into a prosperous and developed country through collective wisdom, tireless efforts and commitment. He said that the course of the history can be changed by adopting the virtues of simplicity, honesty and hard work. He said that the culture of austerity has been started by curtailing the expenditure of Chief Minister Office.

Increase in sales tax led to bigger From Page 1 if permission is accorded to levy tax in interim way. “We are not restraining the government from levying tax. Government should have adopted legal and constitutional mode. Government cannot run without charging tax. The way interim sales tax has been slapped is not acceptable. If levying of taxes in interim way is allowed then parliament role will come to end. No one will resort to parliament if the rulers impose taxes on their own”, he gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member bench of Supreme Court during the course of hearing of suo motu case on imposition of General Sales Tax here Thursday. Attorney General Munir A Malik, Ikram Chaudhry, Suleman Akram Raja and Rana Shamim, counsel for FBR, completed their arguments. At the inception of hearing CJP remarked “ tell us how can the prices be increased in proposed declaration. Suleman Akram Raja said this tax has been imposed by the government. The CJP observed” we are not preventing government from imposing taxes. Governments run on taxes. President can promulgate ordinance on the

advice of Prime Minister. State is responsible for the welfare of the people. This money is spent for the sake of welfare of the people. Government increased one percent tax and the inflation soared high fifteen fold. Sales Tax details are required to be filed by July 14. Iftikhar Chaudhry remarked “if FBR works properly then too much amount can be collected. If government raises this tax then what work will be left for parliament to do. Amendment in the sales tax act can be made subject to approval of Finance Bill The highest level of sales tax is 16 percent. How can it be charged at the rate of 25 percent? Ikram Chaudhry advocate argued “the issue started from the budget speech of finance minister. After his speech prices of all commodities were increased and 1931 advance tax collection act is in clash with article 77 The CJP observed “state should go to extreme end for protection of rights of the people. Tax slapped on CNG is wrong. The state can survive only when the rights of the people are protected. The money charged illegally should be returned. Ikram Chaudhry said “ the prices

of commodities decrease on the religious festivals of other religions but it is regretted to say that prices of commodities surge to highest mark during the holy month of Ramadan. Raja Shamim, counsel for FBR argued “the impression of recovering of 26 percent tax is wrong and it is only 16 percent tax. The CJP remarked “ you have to recover 16 percent tax at every cost. Consumers are not responsible for the loss or expenses of owners of petrol pumps. The tax ratio has climbed to 25 percent after recovering 16 percent additional tax. The AG said the rules which show you the way to levy additional taxes, are in conflict with the constitution and a flagrant breach of it. Pump owners charge additional tax to compensate for the arrears and amount paid by them under other heads to gas company. The Attorney General prayed “ if court is determined to blow up 1931 act then this decision be implemented from prospective and not from retrospective effect. The court reserved the judgment which will be pronounced today.—Online

From Page 1 The New Scotland Yard, which raided the houses yesterday, ransacked both the apartments during the painstaking search. According to sources, Altaf Hussain is the proprietor of one of the two houses, which the police combed for more than two days leaving no stone unturned. Dr Farooq, the former convener of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was stabbed to death outside his home on 16th September 2010 as he was returning home. It has been learnt that the raid started on Tuesday 19 June at around 6am at two important addresses in the area close to where Dr Farooq was killed in Edgware, London. —INP

PM, DG ISI From Page 1 rating state of law and order in the country with particular reference to the situation in Karachi and Quetta after the recent wave of terrorist attacks and overall security situation in the region. According to the official brief, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also discussed ways and means to improve the law and order situation in Karachi.

Army to stay From Page 1 stock of operations against terrorists.The army has been locked in a stiff battle in the mountainous border region with militants who made swift initial gains, that forced thousands of families to flee from the area and prompt an offensive by the army, backed by the air force. On Thursday, Kayani visited the area accompanied by Commander Peshawar Corps Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani. This is the first time the army chief visited the area since militants launched a fresh offensive in the district in April. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations release, he lauded troops for their swift and successful completion of operations and eviction of terrorists, local and foreign. He specially appreciated their resolve, commitment and sacrifices made during these operations.

PM: Change with changing times, adopt e-governance ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister and accountability which were ernment has always attached Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has underlined the need to bring about a positive change in the mindsets of people serving in public sector for their adoption of e-governance in order to improve efficiency and enhance coordination in the government’s working. The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting on egovernance at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday. The prime minister said that for the attainment of the present government’s agenda of good governance, the implementation of e-governance in public sector is necessary. The Prime Minister further said that with the use of technology and adoption of e-governance, we can overcome redundancies, enhance efficiencies and promote transparency

Huge foreign currency recovered SHAFFAAT MALIK TALAGANG—Talagang Police seized huge amount of foreign currency at Nala Ankar near Talagang. Foreign currency notes worth Rs.150 millions were seized by Talagang Police while doing the spot check. The staff of Nala Ankar Choki, Incharge Hawaldar Amir Sultan, Sepoy Ahmed Hayat and Tasawar Hussain, stopped the black corolla car for regular security check and recovered. 2561450 Saudi Riyal, 81000 British pounds, 616050 Norwegian Krones, 371645 Euros, 2000 Kuwaiti Dinars, 17000 Omani Riyal, 927000 Japanese Yen, 100000 Qatari Riyal, 45000 Danish Krone from the car during the search.

the hallmarks of good governance. The meeting was informed by Minister of State for Information Technology Ms. Anusha Rehman that Pakistan stood 156thin the international e-governance ranking. Terming it a sorry state of affairs, the Prime Minister emphasized that in order to take Pakistan forward, we need to immediately start implementing e-governance and the first stage in this connection, he said, was to automate Ministries and Departments for fast track and knowledge based decision making. Underscoring the need to change with the changing times, The Prime Minister said that Pakistan cannot afford to lag behind in bringing into use the latest techniques and methodologies to the system of governance. He further said that his gov-

high priority to the induction of innovations and modernization in the public sector and recalled that the Pakistan Muslim League (N) - led government from 1997-99 gave the first IT policy to the country. The meeting also discussed various proposals and means to move forward in the direction of complete implementation of egovernance in the public sector. Overall reforms of the public sector also came under discussion during the meeting. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Minister for Planning & Development, Ms. Anusha Rehman Minister of State for Information Technology, Eng. Khurram Dastagir, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Mr. Shaukat Tarin and senior officials of the Ministry of IT and the Prime Minister’s Office also attended the meeting.—INP

Saudi Arab to expel Hezbollah supporters over Syria war BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia plans financially support this party,” to deport Lebanese citizens who support Hezbollah because of the militant group’s role in the Syrian civil war, the kingdom’s envoy to Lebanon said. The warning comes amid Hezbollah’s increasingly prominent participation in the Syrian conflict, with members of the group fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad’s government forces. Saudi Arabia is a strong backer of the mostlySunni Syrian opposition trying to remove Assad from power. Assad belongs to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Shiite Hezbollah fighters were instrumental in a recent regime victory when Syrian government forces regained control of the strategic town of Qusair near the Lebanese border. Saudi Arabia will deport “those who

Ambassador Ali Awad Assiri told Lebanon’s Future TV late Wednesday. He added that Hezbollah bears full responsibility for recent restrictive measures adopted by Gulf Arab countries against the group. The Gulf Cooperation Council — which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates — earlier this month said they would revoke residency permits for Hezbollah members in the Gulf and limit their “financial and business transactions.” For its part, Hezbollah says it has no businesses in the Gulf nations. However, there are more than half a million Lebanese working in the Gulf Arab nations, including tens of thousands in Saudi Arabia.—AP

Omar to name From Page 1 officials have not contacted us for the Thursday talks,” he said. Asked when the preliminary talks could start, he did not give any exact timing but said they could take place on Friday, the day after or within a week. Shaheen further said a ceasefire will not be possible because if the foreign forces attack the Taliban in Afghanistan, adding the Taliban will fight back. “It is not an easy issue to resolve in the first meeting,” said Shaheen, who had previously served as a diplomat when Afghanistan was in Taliban control.—AP

ECP ready From Page 1 time, the turnout was 60 per cent and women in large numbers, also exercised their right to vote, he added. Replying to a question regarding Imran Khan’s allegations, he said that it was possible that negligence might have taken place in some constituencies. If anybody had complaint then he should approach election tribunals, whichb were authorised to order re-polling, he added. Answering another question regarding use of electronic voting machine, he said that three machines were being tested for the purpose and the suitable one would be utilized in by-polls or next general elections.

Asif: Privileged From Page 1 which he had to knock the door of the Supreme Court. He said a number of people were coming to him for giving suggestions, some of which are good while others have their own designs. He said annual corruption of Rs207 billion was taking place in Pakistan in energy sector alone. He did not agree with estimates that power companies were suffering losses of 2.2% and said these were much higher. He said people do not get response on 118 helpline as no body picks up the telephone. Khawaja Asif said on 16th June, he received fifty calls from Karachi and Punjab after which their complaints were addressed. The Water and Power minister said an end to energy crisis was essential for the security of the country and the prime minister would announce the energy policy in the next 15 days. He said a policy would soon be introduced to close markets at 8:00 PM to conserve electricity, gas would be provided to sectors where it is more required. “The electricity crisis is like a patient who is still in the ICU and efforts were on to shift it from ICU to ward and then bring it back home” the minister remarked.—INP

Civil armed From Page 1 months. Adding to a point about misdemeanour of the youth that hampers civil life, he said, “Reckless and under-age driving will not be given a free pass, even if the children of member of parliament are involved.” Chaudhry Nisar also expanded on measures introduced for ensuring sanitary conditions of the roads, regularisation of health care and checking tax evasion. “Medicines should be sold with the name of pharmaceutical company and dealer stamped on it, so that they can be tracked down if the medicines prove to be sub-standard,” he said. The minister said that security affairs were discussed with the heads of security agencies and relevant departments during the meeting and the government would soon announce the National Security Policy. Deployment of Rangers and FC as part of the VIPs’ protocols would be withdrawn, however, they would continue to serve the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice, Nisar said. The interior minister also announced to launch a grand operation against non-registered vehicles and underage drivers in next three days, saying that action would be taken against law violators. “We have to bring spoilt children on the right track,” Nisar said referring to the youth who loiter outside public places in the capital. Traffic laws will be strictly observed initially on three major roads of Islamabad in the first phase and later the strict observation would be unfolded onto other roads. A mass transit metro bus programme, from Rawalpindi to Islamabad would be formulated on an urgent basis. A fly-over from Bara-Kahu will be constructed as a joint project between Islamabad and the Punjab government, Nisar said. The interior minister said a list of ‘most notorious’ officials of Islamabad Capital Territory and Capital Development Authority would be prepared and they would be sidelined.

A profile of Hassan Rohani From Back Page During the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, Rohani headed a regional command post and later was commander of National Air Defense. After the war, he began his long term as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. Mr Rohani served as a member of the Supreme Defense Council (1982-1988), member of the High Council for Supporting War and headed its Executive Committee (1986-1988), deputy commander of the war (19831985), commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Operation Center (1985-1988), and commander of the Iran Air Defense Force (1986-1991). He was appointed as Deputy Commanderin-Chief of the Armed Forces between1988 to1989. After the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran was amended and the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) came into being up to the present time, he has been representative of the Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, at the council. Mr Rohani was the first secretary of the SNSC and kept it for 16 years (from 1989 to 2005). He was also national security advisor – to President Hashemi and President Khatami – for 13 years (from 1989 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2005). In 1991, Mr Rohani was appointed to the Expediency Coun-

cil and has kept that post up to the present time. He heads Political, Defense, and Security Committee of the Expediency Council. In addition to executive posts, Hassan Mr Rohani has kept up his scientific activities. From 1995 to 1999, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Tehran Universities and North Region. Mr Rohani has been running the Center for Strategic Research since 1991. Having the rank of research professor, he has written many books and articles in Persian, English and Arabic. He is the managing editor of three scientific and research quarterlies in Persian and English, which include Rahbord (Strategy), Foreign Relations, and Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs. Hassan Mr Rohani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council for 16 years. His career at the Council began under President Hashemi Rafsanjani and continued under his successor, President Khatami. Mr Rohani and his team, whose members had been introduced by Velayati and Kharrazi as the best diplomats in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, based their efforts on dialogue and confidence building due to political and security conditions as well as strong propaganda against Iran. As a first step, they pre-

vented further escalation of accusations against Iran in order to prevent reporting Iran’s nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council. Therefore, and for the purpose of confidence building, certain parts of Iran’s nuclear activities were voluntarily suspended at several junctures. In addition to building confidence, insisting on Iran’s rights, reducing international pressures and preventing Iran’s case from being reported to the UN Security Council, Iran succeeded in completing its nuclear fuel cycle and took groundbreaking steps. Following the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, Mr Rohani resigned his post as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council after 16 years on August 15, 2005, and was succeeded by Ali Larijani as the new secretary who also took charge of Iran’s nuclear case. Larijani, likewise, resigned his post on October 20, 2007, to be replaced by Saeed Jalili. Although Hassan Mr Rohani had already appeared as a diplomat and taken part in many meetings and negotiations with foreign officials as Majlis deputy speaker or the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, it was his leading role in the nuclear negotiations which brought him the nickname of “diplomat Sheikh.”

Afghan allegations rejected From Page 1 to both Pakistan and Afghanistan and therefore both countries should work together to eliminate this scourge. “Peace and stability in Afghanistan is a key constituent of Pakistan’s foreign policy, which is supported by all state institutions.” The ambassador insisted that success of the policy requires reciprocity, trust and goodwill. He made it clear that his rejoinder was not a tit-for-tat response. “I have said this to highlight that terrorists operate on both sides of the porous border. Many attacks against Pakistan are planned on Afghan soil. That is why we need more aggressive policing and surveillance of the border. This will also help stop the shelling. We must not allow terrorists manipulate and divide the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Insisting that political trust needs to be built, Khan said that the joint commission, chaired by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and the President of Afghanistan, is the best forum for pursuing this objective. Earlier, the Afghan ambassador spoke of about continued acts of terrorism in his country, saying the people of Afghanistan “are still the main victims of this heinous (that) continue to exist in Pakistan’s soil and some elements continue to use terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy.” Pakistan Thursday confirmed that it facilitated opening of Taliban Office in Doha as it is part of the larger process of rec-

onciliation in Afghanistan. Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary said at the weekly news briefing on Thursday that Pakistan has been supportive of an all inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue and it is in that spirit that it extended support to the Doha process. He expressed confidence that the process of reconciliation will help bring the war to an end and also lead to lasting peace in Afghanistan. He said earlier when the Afghan High Peace Council delegation visited Pakistan and requested for release of Taliban prisoners in order to allow them to join the reconciliation process, Pakistan had released 26 Taliban prisoners at that time. He said Pakistan will be ready to consider all steps and efforts that can further the reconciliation in Afghanistan. To a question he said Pakistan has been talking to both the US and Afghanistan government led by President Hamid Karzai. He said Pakistan recognizes the Government of President Karzai as the legitimate Government of Afghanistan. About nature and details of Doha office of Taliban, he said Pakistan just facilitated the process and the matter of opening of office was between Qatar, Taliban and United States. Responding to a question, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already stated that Pakistan is ready for talks with Taliban.About drone strikes, the spokesman said Pakistan be-

lieved these must come to an end. He said Pakistan is giving high priority to the issue and the matter has been taken up at the highest level with the US Government on the instructions of the Prime Minister. He said there is across the board political consensus on the position of the Government of Pakistan on drones. To a question he said the visit of the US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan has been delayed due to developments in the Middle East. He would visit Pakistan soon and the dates are being worked out. He denied that there were any unpleasant exchanges when American Charge d’Affaires was summoned to Foreign Office by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi to register strong protest over drone strikes. He said the meeting proceeded as per normal diplomatic courtesies and there was no mishap or any discourtesy. —AP

Sindh govt From Page 1 province. During a high-level law and order meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan, it was decided that if the Sindh government failed to make any headway, the issue would be taken up by the federal government. The meeting was also briefed about the security situation in Balochistan and a nexus between different militant groups.


Confederations Cup: Italy eliminate Japan in thriller, Brazil advance Thereafter, Japan enjoyed a purple patch and after 33 minutes it was 2-0, Kagawa swivelling in the box to plant a leftfoot shot low past Buffon. Italian midfielder De Rossi earned a booking for tripping Honda as the Japanese, their confidence suddenly sky-high and playing neat one-touch football that brought shouts of ‘ole’ from the crowd, looked to go for the kill. Against an Italian side that had before Wednesday lost only one of 23 competitive games under Prandelli, they failed to find the coup de grace. And Andrea Pirlo gave Italy hope when he arrowed in a corner that was met by a powerful De Rossi header just before halftime for 2-1. In what was turning into a superlative advert for attacking football Giaccherini then saw a low drive come back off the base of the post with almost the last kick of the first half. The second half was no less action packed and soon after the restart Giaccherini beat Maya Yoshida and saw his low cross turned into his own net by a Uchida. Three minutes after Uchida’s faux pas Balotelli scored from the spot after Makoto Hasebe handballed in the box. But Japanese heads did not drop and they made it 3-3 in the 69th minute when Yasuhito Endo crossed for Okazaki to head in. In an astonishing finale Okazaki hit the post and, with Buffon stranded, Kagawa saw his header bounce onto the bar when it seemed he must score. With four minutes left of a pulsating match Giovinco netted from close range from Claudio Marchisio’s cross, meaning the pressure is off for the Italians as they go on to meet fellow Group A qualifiers BraRECIFE: Japanese goalkeeper trying to save the goal but in vain as Italy booked their place zil in their final pool match on in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. Saturday in Salvador.—AFP

R ECIFE —Italy booked their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup here with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over Japan that also sent Brazil into the last four. The Italians looked to be heading for a shock defeat after going 2-0 down to Japan midway through the first half, with Keisuke Honda slotting a 21stminute penalty before Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa doubled the lead for the Asian champions. However, Italy fought back with a three-goal blast either side of half-time, courtesy of strikes from Daniele De Rossi, an own-goal from Atsuto Uchida and a Mario Balotelli spot-kick to make it 3-2. Japan levelled at 3-3 courtesy of a thumping header from Shinji Okazaki on 69 minutes as the momentum shifted again before Italy substitute Sebastian Giovinco sealed a dramatic encounter with the winner four

PCB considering ‘performance based pay’ for Pak players after ‘disastrous’ CT

minutes from time. The result saw Japan eliminated along with Mexico, while Brazil and Italy will now face each other Saturday in Salvador in the final pool match to determine who qualifies as group winners - the runners-up will likely face world champions Spain. It was an agonising exit for Japan, whose coach Alberto Zaccheroni had challenged his team to take the game to his Italian countrymen after a lacklustre display in their opening defeat to Brazil. “I think we did show we have a lot of personality but we need to accumulate more experience,” Zaccheroni conceded. “I hope Italy now wins the Cup since we are not going to be in the semi-finals. I hope they win.” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he had had to reshuffle his pack after their poor start, withdrawing Alberto Aquilani and sending on striker Giovinco. “It

was a difficult game for us, we suffered. We knew Japan had one extra day to rest and it showed.” For 40 minutes Japan seemed destined to score a first ever success over the Azzurri. Ryoichi Maeda had almost drawn first blood with a header on seven minutes but Gianluigi Buffon made a smart stop. Kagawa then fired a left foot effort goalwards in the 19th minute that Buffon parried to safety. But two minutes later, Japan took the lead from the spot as Buffon clattered into a 50-50 challenge with Okazaki and referee Diego Abal of Argentina ruled the Italian veteran had impeded his rival. Honda, whose penalty-taking exploits earlier this month had ensured qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, drilled his kick low to Buffon’s left and just inside the post.

Qualifying for World Cup big challenge: Akthar

KARACHI—Pakistan hockey gland, South Africa and hosts Ateeq are good penalty corner strikers. manager-cum-chief coach Malaysia. K ARACHI —The Pakistan team “Every match will be crucial “They must play with their Akhtar Rasool has said as per Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly mulling over introducing a performance based pay package for players in the wake of the national team’s disastrous performance in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. Although PCB has since last year twice given pay raises to the players in their central contracts and match fees, this has not reflected in their performances, with Pakistan losing in all its three group matches to crash out of the tournament. The ANI quoting a PCB source reported Thursday that despite the presence of confusion over the appointment of an interim chairman following the suspension of chairman Zaka Ashraf by the Islamabad High Court, the Board officials are thinking as to whether a performance based pay package can be introduced for the players or not. Stating that PCB rewards players with bonuses for wins and individual performances, the source further said that the board is now thinking that the payment slab system should be according to players‘ performance in series and tournament-to-tournament basis instead of long-term contracts.—INP

Judge summons Messi in tax fraud case MADRID—A Spanish judge has named Barcelona star Lionel Messi as a suspect in a tax fraud probe and summoned him to appear in court on September 17, a spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Barcelona said Thursday. The 25-year-old four time World Player of the Year and his father Jorge Horacio are accused of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of more than four million euros ($5 million, #3.4 million).—AFP

the new format qualifying for next year’s World Cup is a big challenge but a grand effort is being made to prepare them for World Cup League. Top three teams from 8team contest will qualify for the event being played in Johar Bahru (Malaysia) from June 29 to July 7. “Our first target would be to qualify for the semi-finals and than plan things”, former Pakistani captain said. 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Champion Pakistan is drawn in group “B” with En-

for us and we have told the boys that every match will be like a final”, he pointed. He said no team can be taken lightly. He said all three teams in their pool play the game in tough way. “I am expecting contribution from both the forwards and as well via penalty corner conversion”, he said. Akhtar said in veteran Shakeel Abbasi, Shafqat Rasool, Waqas Sharif, Rizwan and Haseem Khan, Pakistan got good forwards while Muhammad Imran, Muhammad

full potential and must click as team”, he commented. He said Pakistan could not do well in Azlan Shah Cup as senior players like were rested but all of them are back. He said an 18-member squad will be finalized by Friday on basis of form and fitness. No trials be conducted by the team management, Akhtar Rasool added. He expressed the hope that players will feel their responsibility to give their best and help Pakistan to qualify for the World Cup.—APP

Ponting to retire from all cricket LONDON—Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain and one of the greatest batsmen of the modern age, will retire from all cricket in October. The 38-yearold is currently in England playing county cricket for Surrey but he has said that the Champions League T20 campaign with Mumbai Indians, winners of this year’s IPL, will be his last competitive outing. “While I’m enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing,” Ponting told the Daily Mail. “My body and mind are in great shape and I know I’m going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins.” Ponting announced his Test retirement during Australia’s home series against South Africa last year, making a farewell appearance in the defeat at Perth. In 168 Test matches he amassed 13378 runs, second only to Sachin Tendulkar, as well as 13704 runs in ODIs, winning three World Cups, two as captain. In what has turned out to be his final season in Australia, Ponting helped Tasmania to victory in the Sheffield Shield - and finished as the competition’s leading run-scorer - before heading to the IPL. He is scheduled to leave Surrey in July and take

part in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, with the Antigua Hawksbills. “To win the Sheffield Shield with Tasmania in my last game in Australia played at Blundstone Arena, will forever be a memory close to my heart. It’s one of a lifetime of memories that will become even more

special to me in retirement,” he said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities that the game of cricket has given to me. I’ve played with so many outstanding people at all levels of cricket with lifelong friendships made.” Although Ponting struggled in his final Test series, accumulating just 32 runs in three matches against South Africa,

uncertainty about Australia’s batting line-up ahead of the Ashes had led to talk of a possible recall. Ponting appeared to encourage such speculation shortly after arriving in England to join up with Surrey - “I would never say never,” he said in a newspaper interview - but he later clarified that he would not be coming out of retirement. He did however make a return to the dressing room to offer support as Australia went out of the Champions Trophy with defeat to Sri Lanka at The Oval on Monday. He made 192 on his firstclass debut for Surrey last month, proving his continued appetite for making big scores, but it will be in T20 cricket that he makes his final bow. He is one of the marquee signings for the CPL and will be expected to play his last innings in the blue of Mumbai, despite dropping himself from the team and handing over the captaincy to Rohit Sharma during their run to the IPL title. He will then begin life as a retired professional cricketer, with promoting an autobiography the first job on his list. Ponting said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Rianna, and their two daughters, as well as working with their cancer fundraising charity.—AP

CARDIFF: Mahela Jayawardene sweeps the ball during India vs Sri Lanka Champions Trophy 2nd semi-final on Thursday.

Tayyab beats Austrian player in main round of POF Squash trophy SPORTS REPORTER W A H C ANTT —The main round of PSF POF Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II for Chairman POF Trophy 2013 was held on Thursday at Jahangir Khan Squash Complex Wah Cantt. Chief executive Wah Nobel Group Syed Naseem Raza, was the chief guest on the occasion inaugurated the main round. The opening match was contested between Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan and Austria’s Aqeel Rehman, which the former won by 3-2 after a tough fight. Vice President POF Sports Control Col. (R) Inamullah Khan in his welcome address said that POF had been contributing a lot in the promotion of sports and games in the country. He said that the tournament had been organized on the special instructions of Chairman POF Board. He also thanked the management of Wah Nobel Group, the main sponsors of the event and Pakistan Squash Federation for their cooperation. Secretary Pakistan Squash Federation Wing Commander Abdul Wahab Marwat, International Referee Faheem Gul and a large number of sports lovers witnessed the main round of championship. The quarterfinals will be held on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

Lucrative Rs 5.1m for CNS Golf Championship KARACHI—Record purse of Rs 5.1 million will be at the offer in the 18th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Golf Championship being staged at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) from June 27 to 30, Organisers announced on Thursday. Addressing a news conference at KGC, Vice Admiral Khawaja Muzaffar Hussain, Commodore Amjad, Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Vice Ahmed Abdul Bari, said country’s topnotch golfers will be taking in the 72-hole competition. A brand new car will also be at the offer for hole-in-one in the event. Big names on Pakistan golf including Shabbir Iqbal, Muhammad Munir, Matloob Ahmed, Shahid Javed Khan, Waheed Baloch, Javed Inayat, Muhammad Tariq and others will be seen in action, Unfancied golfer Muhammad Asif of Lahore Gymkhana Club achieved the rare distinction of hole-in-one to claim prize of Toyota Altis worth Rs 1.89 million last year.—APP

Lawyers suggested Nadir Shah to write a mercy letter to BCB MUMBAI—Nadir Shah, the suspended Bangladeshi umpire is likely to have been suggested by his lawyers to write a mercy letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which has suspended him for 10 years for his alleged links with the bookies. This has been hinted by his brother, Jahangir Shah Badshah, who had played five ODIs for his country. The 50-year-old umpire, who initially was to challenge the ban, has now written a mercy letter in which it has been requested to waive the ban or reduce the punishment. “Yes, you can say it his acceptance of the guilt, but now it is up to the authorities to consider his appeal”, the brother said over tele-

phone from Dhaka. “He spoke to me a day before submitting his letter to the Board”. “He was trapped by the Indian TV people in sting operation. Otherwise, he has been a good umpire and would have been even on ICC’s Elite Panel where no umpire from India figures”. The sting-operation by a TV channel in India claimed to have exposed the several firstclass umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who were reported to be willing to give decisions favouring players for a fixed fee. “He was liked by all current and former players, commentators. Even Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri used to respect him”.

“Probably because of his mixing nature with others made him to be indulged in this business”. “He is youngest in the family and was born with a silver spoon in mouth. He had been framed and didn’t do it as a greedy-man”, the brother maintained. Nadir Shah, when contacted in Dhaka, remained hopeful. “The ban on ICL players was lifted, the ban on Ata-ur-Rahman was revoked, I see no reason why my punishment can not be reduced”. It is however, unlikely. The Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir too has pleaded guilty but still facing ban. The ICC unlikely to recommend the reduction in punishment.


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Kerry: US to support India as permanent UNSC member No change in position on Kashmir

Crackdown on illegal phone networks I SLAMABAD —The Govern-

WASHINGTON—The US welcomes India as a rising power and backs its inclusion as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council, Secretary of State John Kerry has said ahead of his maiden visit to New Delhi. In a video message for Indians ahead of the next week’s Indo-US strategic dialogue, Kerry said that this is a critical ongoing conversation between the two countries. “It’s one that demonstrates our firm belief that a strong India is in America’s national interest. The United States not only welcomes India as a rising power, we fervently support it,” Kerry SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to South Waziristan with said in his nearly five minute Tribal elders after inaugurating 50 km long road. video message, which he starts with Namaskar. “That’s why President Obama and I support India’s inclusion as a member, a permanent member, of a reformed and

ment has decided to launch a crackdown on the installation and running of illegal telephone networks in the country. According to the sources, in this connection a strategy is being evolved to conduct the crackdown. About 800 million dollars are expected by be received to the government by OBSERVER REPORT closing the illegal telephone networks operating currently QUETTA—The coalition govin the country.—NNI ernment of Balochistan presented Rs 198.395 billion deficit budget for financial year Portfolios of 2013-14 here in the assembly Sindh ministers session on Thursday. Speaker Mir Jan KARACHI—The Sindh government assigned portfolios to its Muhammad Jamali presided ministers on Thursday. Two PPP over the budget session. veterans, former speaker Nisar Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Ahmed Khuhro and Manzoor Abdul Malik Baloch presented Ahmed Wassan have been given Rs 198.395 billion deficit budeducation and jails departments, get for fiscal year 2013-14. The 15 percent increase in respectively. Earlier, only two ministers and an advisor, salaries of government employSharjeel Memon, Syed Murad ees from BPS-1 to 16 and 10 Ali Shah and Sikandar Mendhro percent for BPS-17 and above. were assigned portfolios while The 15 percent increase was the remaining were working made in head of pension of government employees. The 4493 without departments.—INP

Rs 198.395b Balochistan budget 2013-14 unveiled

Baloch poet escapes attack GWADAR —House of a local Baloch poet was attacked with hand grenades in Balochistan’s Gwadar distract on Thursday. Mubarak Qazi remained safe in the blast. Officials said the miscreants hurled hand grenades on Mubarak Qazi’s residence located in Pasni, a medium-sized town and a fishing port in Gwadar district of Balochistan on Thursday morning. Qazi, remained safe as he was not present in his home at the time of blast, whereas his wife was injured. The house was partially damaged.—NNI

Woman burnt by in-laws FAISALABAD—A woman was shifted to hospital in a critical condition after she was burnt by her in-laws over domestic issues here on Thursday. Police arrested husband of the woman, Najmal, and registered the case. Doctors of Allied Hospital said that 70% of the woman’s body was burnt. Mother and brother of the woman told media that she was never happy ever since she got married. On the other hand, police said that the woman herself told that she was burnt as the stove of house caught fire.—NNI

School blown up in Hangu HANGU—Miscreants blew up another school at Karbogha Sharif in the suburb of Hangu city in terrorism hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. On the other hand, terrorists destroyed a house with remote control bomb; however, no casualty has been reported. Militants of banned TTP have blown up hundreds of schools.—Online

Palestinian PM submits resignation The office of the new Palestinian prime minister says he has submitted his resignation after just two weeks on the job because of a conflict over authority, though it remains unclear whether he will actually step down. Former university dean Rami Hamdallah took office on June 6 after being picked by President Mahmoud Abbas to replace internationally known Salam Fayyad. Abbas gave Hamdallah two deputies, one for political and one for economic affairs, apparently to make up for his political inexperience. Hamdallah’s office said on Thursday that he submitted his resignation to Abbas because of a “conflict over authority.” It was not clear whether Abbas would accept the resignation. His office declined comment.—AP

new vacancies were announced in the budget. Rs 7.942 billion deficit was shown in the budget. Delivering his budget speech, Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik said the new budget includes Rs 43.913 billion of Annual Development Program and Rs 154.482 billion of NonDevelopment expenditures. It was first annual budget presented by Dr. Abdul Malik led coalition government of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party and National Party. Provincial Minister and Parliamentary leader of PML-N, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, Provincial Minister and Parliamentary leader of PkMAP Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal, Parliamen-

tary Leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl Maulana Abdul Wasey, Parliamentary Leader of PMLQ Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel and other lawmakers were present in the house. The mover Dr. Abdul Malik said that about 4493 new jobs have been created in different government departments including education, health and others and the federal government has promised financial support for providing jobs to youth of Balochistan in federal institutions. Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik said that Rs 16.236 billion have been allocated in the budget for maintenance of law and order and for departments pertaining to law and order.

AJK tax-free 55.680b budget presented STAFF REPORTER MUZAFFARABAD—A tax free budget of Azad Jammu and Kashmir of over 55.680 billion rupees was presented in the AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad on Thursday. Finance Minister Chaudry Latif Akbar told the house that total outlay of the budget is 55.680 billion rupees. He said over 10.5 billion rupees have been earmarked for development projects. “An amount of 10,500.00 million rupee has been allocated for development sector with Rs. 45,185.00 million recurrent budget for the coming fiscal year,” he informed the House. The AJ&K assembly was told that the development budget has been increased around nine percent for next fiscal,

compared to the financial year2011-12. In his key note address to the AJ&K lawmakers, he said that the PPP government has presented a well balanced and public friendly budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 of its five years term, and almost all the sectors have been focused. He said the new budget provides solid foundation for the socio-economic uplift of the people by providing maximum facilities to them and accelerating pace of developmental activities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the AJK government would generate 45 billion 18 crore and 50 lakh rupees from its own resources, while the remaining amount would be provided by the Federal Government.

US military throwing away $7b in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON—The U.S. is simply abandoning tons of equipment because shipping it home would cost too much The decadelong Afghan war has cost the U.S. a fortune. And withdrawing from the country, which still faces regular insurgent attacks, won’t be a bargain, either. Military planners have decided to leave behind $7 billion worth of equipment, The Washington Post reports, because it is no longer needed or simply is not worth the cost of shipping home. The military, rushing to clear out on schedule at the end of 2014, has destroyed more than 170 million pounds of vehicles and other military equipment — including 2,000 of the Pentagon’s 11,000 million-dollar Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected personnel carriers, which were rushed into service in 2007 to protect troops from roadside bombs.—Agencies

PTI MNA for Qadri’s release OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —A

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA called for the release of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the man who gunned down Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in 2011. PTI MNA from Mardan, Mujahid Ali Khan made the demand during a debate on the budget in the National Assembly. Khan had won the NA11 seat in the May 11 elections. Another PTI MNA Arif Alvi clarified that Khan had made this demand in his personal capacity, and this had nothing to do with the party.

expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” he said. He said it is safe to say that India-US collaboration has never been more important than it is today. “As President Obama has said, the friendship between our two nations is one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century,” Kerry said. “Today, the US and India collaborate closely in almost every field of human endeavour. Together, we are tackling shared challenges and making the most of new opportunities. From higher education to clean energy, from counter-terrorism to space science, we are seizing new opportunities to work together, and in doing so, we’re increasing the prosperity and security of both of our peoples,” he said. He said the US and India share a strong and enduring com-

Taliban talks

Raja: Parliament to be taken into confidence STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq has said that Pakistan has welcomed the dialogue between Taliban and the United States in Doha and parliament would be taken into confidence regarding talks with Taliban . Responding to a point of order of Raza Rabbani and others regarding Pakistan status in the dialogue, Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq said the Parliament would be taken into confidence on any development in this regard. He said Pakistan has always been apart of the consultations and will also have a role in the current process. The House also resumed discussion on the motion moved by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to make recommendations to the National Assembly on the Finance Bill, 2013-14. Initiating the debate, Farah

Aqil said that the steps including programmes for the youth and enhancement in HEC funds are worth appreciation. He proposed that more funds must be allocated for Balochistan to improve law and order situation in the province. Mohsin Leghari appreciated fifty percent increase in the Public Sector Development Programme. He said the extra burden on the taxpayers and one percent increase in the GST is unfair. Saleem H. Mandviwala said that ten percent increase in the salaries of the government employees does not meet the inflation. He also criticized the thirty percent cut in the expenditures of the ministries and said that this would result in the collapse of the ministries. He proposed the minimum wages must be fixed at twelve thousand rupees. Haji Ghulam Ali said criticized the increase in the GST and said that it will result inflation in the country. —Online

mitment to Afghanistan’s peace and prosperity. “India is making important contributions through its reconstruction and development work. And we also welcome India’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific region,” Kerry said. This is the time for both the US and India to challenge themselves in order to reach higher, in order to strengthen the bonds, and to realise the full potential of partnership, he said. Meanwhile, the USA has said there has been no change in its position on Kashmir and encourages India and Pakistan to resolve its differences bilaterally. She was responding to questions on the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the line of control. “Our position has not changed on Kashmir. And those discussions are up to the governments of India and Pakistan,” Ms Psaki said.—Online\INP

Indian nationwide plan to tap emails, phones N E W D ELHI —India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said. The expanded surveillance in the world’s most populous country, which the government says will help safeguard national security, has alarmed privacy advocates at a time when allegations of massive US digital snooping beyond American shores has set off a global furor. “If India doesn’t want to look like an authoritarian regime, it needs to be transparent about who will be authorized to collect data, what data will be collected, how it will be used, and how the right to privacy will be protected,” said Cynthia Wong, an Internet researcher at New Yorkbased Human Rights Watch. The government started to quietly roll the system out state by state in April this year, according to government officials.—INP

PM seeks Japanese aid to build dams STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan attaches high priority to its relations with Japan and expressed the desire to take these relations to further heights. He was talking to Japan’s ambassador, H.E Hiroshi Oe, who paid a farewell call on him at Prime Minister’s office on Thursday.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan-Japan relations are of great importance to Pakistan and that Pakistan regards Japan as an important friend and a development partner. Underlining the need to raise the level of trade between the two countries which is currently at $ 2.1 billion, the Prime Minister noted with concern that the trade balance is heavily tilted against Pakistan and ex-

pressed the desire for its rectification through concrete measures. Nawaz Sharif said that the existing trade imbalance can be addressed by lowering tariff rates for Pakistan textiles. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the government of Japan for its assistance in up gradation of Unit 1 and Unit 4 of Mangla Dam.—INP

A profile of Hassan Rohani – Iranian President-elect Islamic scholars such as Late Late grand Ayatollah Sheikh 2: Foreign Policy”; Islamic Po- the Supreme National Security Once outside Iran he made pub- capacities including deputy COMPILED BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT grand Ayatollah Seyed Morteza Haeri, and Late grand litical Thought”; Introduction to Council from 1989 to 2005. In lic speeches to Iranian students speaker of the Majlis (in 4th

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ASSAN Rohani was born on 12 November 1948 in Sorkheh, a city in Iran’s northern Semnan Province. He began his seminary education in 1960 in Semnan, before moving on to Qom. Later, he studied law at Tehran University. Mr Rohani did his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and M. Phil. Law, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Hassan Rohani completed Kharij Fiqh and Usul (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence under the guidance of renowed Mohammad Mohaqqeq Damad,

Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Reza Golpayegani. He had the honor to receive Advanced Studies by Late grand Ayatollah Soltani, Late grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, and Late grand Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Shahabadi. Hassan Rohani is the author of more than 100 books and 700 important strategic studies with policy recommendations including ‘National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy”; “National Security and Economic System of Iran”; “Islamic Political Thought; Vol. 1: Conceptual Framework – December 2009” “Islamic Political Thought; Vol.

Islamic Countries”; “Islamic Revolution; Roots and Challenges”; “Fundaments of Political Thoughts of Imam Khomeini” and “National Security and Foreign Policy”. He has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Expediency Council since 1991, member of the Supreme National Security Council since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992. Rohani has been also deputy speaker of the 4th and 5th terms of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) and secretary of

this capacity, he was also heading Iran’s former nuclear negotiating team and was the country’s top negotiator with the EU-3 – UK, France, and Germany – on the Iran’s nuclear program. As a young cleric Hassan Mr Rohani started his political activities by following Imam Khomeini during the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Rohani was prosecuted by the SAVAK (during former regime of Shah) and at that time Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti and Ayatollah Motahhari advised him to leave the country.

studying abroad and joined Khomeini upon arriving in Paris. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hassan Rohani, who had been engaged in revolutionary struggles for about two decades, did his best to stabilize the nascent Islamic Revolution and as a first step, he started with organizing the disorderly Iranian army and military bases. He was elected to the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) in 1980. During five terms in the Majlis and for a total period of 20 years (from 1980 to 2000), he served in various

and 5th terms), as well as the head of defense committee (1st and 2nd terms), and foreign policy committee (4th and 5th terms). His close relations with Supreme Leaders Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are well established. During his work as Supreme National Security Council secretary he had developed a close working relationship with Presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami.

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T’S no secret that smoking increases the risk of heart disease, but now a new study suggests that puffing on cigarettes also raises the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have heart disease. But for people who are able to kick the habit, the increased risk of sudden death seems to disappear immediately, researchers report. Sudden cardiac death occurs when a person’s heart abruptly stops beating, and coronary artery disease - the clogging of arteries supplying the heart with blood - is the most common cause. Smoking increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, but it has been uncertain whether smoking increases the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have artery disease. The current study, described in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, included more than 3,000 people with coronary artery disease. Everyone in the study had either had a heart attack or had heart-related angina pain. Dr. Ilan Goldenberg of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, followed the participants for an average of about 8 years. Current smokers were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac

death during the study than people who had never smoked, the researchers report. In encouraging news for people who are able to quit smoking, however, the study found that former smokers had a similar risk of sudden cardiac death as people who had never smoked. No matter how long it had been since they quit, former smokers did not have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. “Our data indicate that continued cigarette smoking significantly elevates the risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary artery disease,” Goldenberg’s team concludes. The results underscore how important it is for people with heart disease to quit smoking, according to the researchers. They stress that “the decline in the risk of sudden cardiac death with smoking cessation is immediate.” According to the report, the fact that the increased risk of sudden cardiac death virtually disappears after a person stops smoking suggests that something in cigarette smoke has a direct toxic effect that increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. One possibility, the authors suggest, is that nicotine somehow triggers an irregular heart rhythm that can cause sudden cardiac death.

RAWALPINDI: Passengers are bargaining with taxi drivers to reach their destinations as public transport was not available due to transporters’ strike.

Suspension of water supply to HFH resented R AWA L P I N D I —Persistent suspension of water supply has added to the miseries of patients in the Holy Family Hospital. Water supply stands suspended since the last three days even to Intensive Care Units (ICU) including Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, CCU and PACU and care unit. Patients at ENT and Eye wards are also facing this situation as water is not even available at baths and lavatory of these wards. The beds of the patients have gone so filthy that it is feared some fatal epidemic may erupt.—Online

Power suspension schedule ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Algeria Dr. Ahmed Benflis presenting a shield to outgo- ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad ing High Commissioner of Kenya Mrs. Mishi M Mwatsahu during a farewell ceremony Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Thursday issued held on Thursday.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir power suspension programme for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to the IESCO Spokesman, the power supR AWALPINDI —City Traffic sign, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, CITY REPORTER Police (CTP) Rawalpindi isMember Engineering, ply of the following feeders sued 1,118 tickets to violators I S L A M A B A D — C h a i r m a n Sanaullah Aman, coordina- would remain suspended as of traffic rules, besides impos- CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz tor, Rawal Khan Maitla, of- under: June 26 (Wednesday) ing sum of Rs 3,96,500 as fine. said that “Clean and Green ficers of the authority and From 9 am to 1pm, Scheme-II According to the traffic Islamabad” Campaign has President Melody Market Feeder, Chak Shahzad Feeder, police, around 146 vehicles helped out in resolving the Trader ’s Community, Adil NIH Feeder, Chak Shahzad Form, Kurri, Chak Shezad, NIH and motorcycles were im- basic civic amenities faced by Anis were also present. pounded in different police the citizens of the federal Chairman CDA said that (Independent) and surroundstations. Chief Traffic Officer capital. the purpose of Campaign ing areas.—APP (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain On Thursday at inaugu- was to make direct and effecShah told that a special traf- ral ceremony of “Clean and tive coordination between fic campaign has been Green Islamabad” Campaign the officers of authority and launched to maintain traffic here at G-6 Civic Center public, adding that residents flow in the city. (Melody Market) he said that of the city have been filing Similarly, taking action under the ongoing campaign, their complaints in connecagainst the tinted glasses the CDA would establish tion with their grievances diCITY REPORTER police issued 265 tickets to Flowers Market and would rectly at camp office. the violators. He said that also install Water Filtration He directed the officers of I SLAMABAD —A 40-memCity traffic police issued 62 Plant in G-6 Civic Center different formations of the au- ber delegation comprising tickets for over speeding and (Melody Market). thority to resolve the problems students from various unirash driving. CTO also ssued On this occasion Chief of the residents of Sector G-6 versities of Bangladesh 410 tickets who are not us- Coordinator of campaign and and remains present in the visited Higher Education ing helmets.—APP Member Planning and De- camp office for three day. Commission (HEC) here at Islamabad as part of their study tour to Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson Higher Education Commission Pakistan Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said that universities have a leadership role in society. Modern universities are an integral part of the community and the region in which they are located. The HEC, in Medium Term Development Framework 2011 – 15, has paid special and strategic on universities building leadership, communities and economies so that the universities may serve as an engine of growth for the socio-economic development of region. He also emphasized the students to contribute for the economic ISLAMABAD: Nasreen Chima talking about Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar dur- prosperity of region. The students in their ing storytelling sessions at Kuch Khaas.—PO photo

Traffic violators fined

Clean and Green Islamabad completes first phase

Commuters suffer as transporters go on strike CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Absence of public transport in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has multiplied the miseries of the commuters due to strike of the local transporters against the ban on more than one cylinder in their vehicles. While, taxis drivers exploiting the situation charged according to their own will by taking advantage of the strike are seeking escalated fares from the distressed public. A commuter, Karim Madad told Pakistan Ob-

server, that due to absence of public transport,he has no choice but to hire a taxi who charged Rs. 400 from Sadiqabad to Zero Point. He claimed that no traffic police was also available on the roads giving more chances of violation to the transporters and taxis drivers. The strike impaired life in the twin cities, making it difficult for citizens to reach offices and homes. A large number of people, especially officegoers were seen waiting at bus stops, as the public transport vehicles went off

the road. The commuters while demanding proper public transport system complained that the public transport vehicles, especially vans lift passengers only up to a particular destination instead of completing their routes. Similarly, the transporters were fleecing the passengers, as they have to change different vehicles and pay more than double fare to reach their destination. A large number of people, coming from outside of the city, use public transport to reach their destination.

Kulsoom’s photographic work attracts visitors ISLAMABAD—The exhibition of photographic master pieces of the Wazir Khan Mosque’ architecture captured by Kulsoom Aftab continues to attract the art lovers at Nomad Gallery. A number of visitors thronged the gallery to see the eye-catching photographic images carrying traditional and historical look. “The artist has very skillfully captured the historical images exploring the most attractive dimensions”, a visitor said. “Many artists have earlier captured these scenes but these photographs have left deep impact on my mind with the unique angling”, the visitor said.—APP

IIUI to accommodate students of Balochistan on priority basis CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is the leading institution which has always enrolled maximum students from Baluchistan in comparison of other universities of Pakistan, the province was ignored since emergence of the country but now special measures taken by the present government show

that it really desires to improve the situation of province on priority basis. These views were expressed by Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Acting President of the university during 15th Islamic training program for the students of Baluchistan organized by Children’ Literature Department of Dawah Academy and Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue.

Dr Mumtaz Ahmed said it is quite unfortunate that after 1972 no representative government was formed in the province due to that situation of Baluchistan could not improve. On the occasion, he assured that IIUI would not only accommodate students from Baluchistan on priority basis but university would also cooperate with them according to its financial resources.

BD Universities students visit HEC, FJWU remarks greatly admired the quality of teaching, research, infrastructure, digital library facility and development in higher education sector of Pakistan. The delegation of students from Bangladesh also

visited Fatima Jinnah Women University as part of their study tour in Pakistan. The visit was arranged by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad and consisted of students from University of Dhaka, Rajshahi

University, University of Chittagong, Jahangirnagar University. Delegation was led by Dr. Aslam Hussain, Deputy Registrar Rajshahi University and students belonged to Social Sciences Departments.

While addressing the students, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that such study tours are always very fruitful in knowing each other’s academic environment and culture. After that Ms. Humaira Sadia, Placement Officer gave presentation on introduction of the university and briefed them about the different Departments and the Scholarships offered by University Dr. Aslam Hussain, spoke about the role of the universities in development of Bangladesh and informed that there are thirty four Public Sector and fifty two Private Universities in Bangladesh which are imparting quality education to its students. He said cooperation in academics and research will prove to be beneficial for both the countries because the two are struggling to achieve success in all walks of life. He stressed that such visit would help to promote harmony and ISLAMABAD: Dr Javaid R Laghari Chairperson HEC is presenting souvenir to Head of goodwill between Pakistan Bangladeshi Students Delegation on their visit to HEC. and Bangladesh.


Collective efforts stressed to overcome power crisis

Foreign reserves decrease to $11.34006b Staff Reporter KARACHI—Total foreign reserves of the country have decreased to dollars 11.34006 billion against the previous week’s balance of $ 11.446 billion, said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). According to SBP weekly statement here on Thursday, the foreign reserves held by State Bank on 14th of this month amounted $ 6,239 million. The net foreign reserves held by banks other than SBP were $ 5,101.6 million.

KBP rejects Sindh, Punjab budgets Staff Reporter LAHORE—Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) Central President Sardar Zafar Hussain Khan reacting to provincial budgets announced by the Punjab and Sindh alleged that the provincial governments have totally neglected the farmers’ community. He said that the Punjab government provided subsidy on electricity tariff for agricultural tube wells in the past which provided a much required relief to the growers but withdrawal of subsidy in new budget would multiply the hardships of the farmers. Zafar claimed that all the countries across globe provide subsidy to farming sector for fetching desired positive results but it seemed rulers had taken the decision to strangulate agriculture in the country but not extending any kind of subsidy. He said there had been a need to introduce flat rates for agricultural tube wells on the pattern of Balochistan.

PQ shipping activity KARACHI—Brisk shipping activity was observed at the Port where five ships C.V CMA CGM Strauss, C.V AINoof. M.V Zhe Hai-505, M.V Mu Dan Song and M.T Akaki scheduled to load/ offload containers, rice, project cargo and furnace oil were allotted berths at Qasim International Container Terminal, Grain & Fertilizer Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and FOTCO Oil Terminal respectively at Port Qasim on Wednesday, port sources said here on Thursday. According to port sources five more ships with containers. chemicals, soya bean and bitumen also arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was maintained at the Port at 64% on Wednesday where nine ships namely C.V CMA CGM Strauss, C.V AI-Noof. C.V MSC Clementina, M.V Sam Tiger, M.V Titan, M.V Zhe Hoi-505, M.V Mu Don Song, M.T Akak.—APP

“Customers, I realized, don’t care about functions or specific activities that occur within our organization. The end game is whether they are getting the right product at the right time at a competitive price.” — Max Guinn,

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Thursday underlined the need for making collective efforts to overcome power shortage in the country. “It is the responsibility of everyone including the privileged and underprivileged classes of the society to play role for improving power situation that has gone from bad to worse over the past years,” the minister remarked while addressing a national conference on power sector reforms, organized by IESCO and Islamabad Chamber ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Science and Technology, Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan chairing a meeting to review the of Commerce and Industry, here. performance of PCSIR. However, he was of the view the privileged class should not be allowed to have good times at the expense of the underprivileged one and the latter Lalpir Power Ltd IPO,” said by Ali, CEO, Next Capital. TARIQ KHATTAK should be protected from undue Mr. Ali Munir, Group Head StraLalpir’s principal activity burden who had been subjected I SLAMABAD —The Initial tegic Planning & Investment, is to own, operate and mainSTAFF REPORTER tain oil fired power station, Public Offering of Lalpir MCB Bank Ltd. “Oversubscription of with a gross generation capac- KARACHI—The Pakistan SoftPower Limited, has been oversubscribed by Six Times Lalpir Power indicates tremen- ity of 362 MW and net genera- ware Houses Association (P@SHA) stresses on the imporas the offer drew substantial dous investor confidence in tion capacity of 350 MW. The company was estab- tance of the government’s role interest from investors and Nishat Group which has a solid total bids for around 170 mil- track record of paying regular lished in 1994 as an Indepen- in formulating ‘IT-friendly’ polilion shares were received dividends to shareholders of dent Power Producer (IPP) and cies that will aid innovation in during the book-building each of its companies and in commenced its operations in the local industry and help it to STAFF REPORTER portion against an offering of its ability to meet stakeholder November 1997. The plant is flourish. The P@SHA, feels that if 28.488 million Ordinary expectations,” he further located in Mehmood Kot, added. Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Paki- properly cultivated and nour- KARACHI—HBL entered into shares. “Nishat Group has been a stan. ished, the local IT sector can an agreement with Atlas Honda The strike price deterpioneer in power generation in Next Capital Limited and play a vital role in creating high Ltd. to offer its salary account mined via Dutch Auction Method was rupees 22 per the private sector of the coun- AKD Securities Limited (“Fi- paid jobs for Pakistan’s young holders a personal loan facility share against a set floor price try and with the generous sup- nancial Advisors & Arrang- population. Furthermore, it can for the purchase of Atlas Honda port and visibility of investors, ers”) have been retained to pro- also contribute to building up an motorbikes. of rupees 15 per share. The agreement was signed “Nishat Group appreciates it is expected that the company vide financial advisory and ar- effective and transparent govand acknowledges the strong will strengthen its books and rangement services to Lalpir ernment and abet a strong by Nauman K. Dar, President support by investors within earnings and will reflect a Power Limited for the pro- growth in GDP. However, steps and CEO HBL and Saquib H Pakistan and foreign funds positive gain for other compa- posed listing of LPL at the need to be taken by government Shirazi, CEO Atlas Honda Ltd., abroad who participated in the nies under the umbrella of Karachi and Lahore Stock Ex- to ensure that IT is a “priority during a ceremony held at the HBL Head Office in Karachi. item” on their agenda. book building process of Nishat Group”, said by Najam change. Naseer Akhtar, Chairman Also present on the occasion P@SHA, expressed his willing- were Ms. Sima Kamil, Head – ness to extend the organization’s Retail & Consumer Banking support, with the consent of all HBL, Aamir Irshad, Head – the stakeholders, towards con- Corporate Banking HBL and the structive policy-making, espe- Atlas Honda Ltd. team comprisand skill enhancement, cially in the local IT sector. He ing of Suhail Ahmed, Vice PresiSTAFF REPORTER through curriculum develop- observed that nothing has hurt dent Marketing, Kashif Yasin, STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Secretary Minis- ment, training of trainers and the growth of the local IT indus- CFO. Speaking at the occasion, KARACHI—All Pakistan Motor try of Commerce, in his inaugu- accreditation of institutions. try as much as ineffective The meeting also discussed policy-making, which was why Nauman K. Dar said, “This Dealers Association (APMDA) ral address, emphasized the need has welcomed the government’s for further expansion of bilateral the progress made so far in ex- P@SHA extended its full sup- collaboration with Atlas decision to allow duty-free import economic and trade relations. porting mangoes from Pakistan port to the new Minister of IT Honda demonstrates our abilof hybrid cars. In a letter to the Secretary Commerce mentioned to Australia. The Audit Team of & Telecom in formulating new ity to leverage our corporate Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar, that in order to address reduce the Department of Agriculture, policies and overcoming loop- relationships and to provide our corporate customers a conChairman APMDA, H M the imbalance in bilateral trade, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), holes in previous ones. duit to market the large retail Shahzad urged that hybrids should a closer and more intensive co- Australia would visit Pakistan customer base of HBL, resultbe introduced as public transport operation is required in areas of in the 1st week of July 2013. This would result in export of as buses, vans and coasters, to get trade and investment. The JTC deliberated on the mangoes from Pakistan to Austhe most benefit from fuel saving. The Association maintains possible measures to enhance tralia. The Australian side also that age limit for used imported existing trade between the two agreed to extend similar supSTAFF REPORTER cars should also be increased to countries in sectors including port for other horticulture prodL AHORE —The Punjab governfive years from three years. “As Textile, Agriculture, Light En- ucts, particularly citrus. Press ment has drastically cut down Release gineering and SMEs. Both sides you are aware, the PPP governThe 4th session of Joint development funds of several ment reduced the age limit of agreed to increase collaboration STAFF REPORTER imported used cars from 5 to 3 amongst relevant organizations Trade Committee (JTC) be- departments including cultural, religious affair, social welfare, tween Pakistan and Australia on both sides to effectively plan years with consequential reducLAHORE—Punjab Chief Mintion in depreciation to 2 years. for visits of business delegations was held in Islamabad on June environment departments in FY ister Muhammad Shahbaz 2013-14 budget and did not in19, 2013. Secretary Ministry of and participation in exhibitions. This has almost made imSharif has said that Punjab govport of used cars unfeasible and The Australian side agreed for Commerce, in his inaugural clude any new schemes of these ernment was taking concrete government is being deprived of exchanging cooperation in trade address, emphasized the need essential sectors. The annual allocations of measures for promotion of agRs 40 to 50 billion revenue,” he and investment and assisting for further expansion of bilateral local government & commu- riculture and farmers’ problems economic and trade relations. Pakistan in capacity building claimed in the letter. nity development including the would be resolved on priority Katchi Abadies Development basis. He said provincial minisProgramme has been reduced from Rs. 7.2 billion to Rs. 3.9 ters and concerned authorities billion. The annual allocation should sit together and review for promotion and conserva- the resolution of farmer’s probtion of language, art and cul- lems including electricity bills, ture of the Punjab on sustain- tariff, and other problems. able basis has been cut from Shahbaz Sharif said that he Rs. 200 million to mere Rs. himself would talk to federal government for resolving the 106 million. The budget of Auqaf and problems of farmers. He was Religious Affairs department talking to the delegation of has been curtailed from Rs. farmers led by President Paki185 million to Rs. 36 million stan Kisan Ittehad Khalid for the year 2013-14. Similarly Mehmood Khokhar at Model funds for archaeology depart- Town. Shahbaz assured the farmment have been downsized ISLAMABAD: Secretary Commerce Munir Qureshi addressing the seminar on the theme, from Rs. 350 million to Rs. ers that Punjab government ‘Trade in Services – issues and prospects’ organized by the WTO Wing. would sincerely take all possible 294 million.

Lalpir power’s IPO oversubscribed

Govt’s role in forming IT-friendly policies sought

to it in past. He lamented that a single person, referring to Gen(R) Pervez Musharraf exploited the national’s resources for nine years and the country’s elite class showed submission, paving way for him to prolong his rule at the cost of the common man. He said it was a criminal negligence that power situation deteriorated, giving rife to corruption, indiscrimination and projects’ over-costs, taking massive toll on the national economy. He said the government was taking solid measures to weed out culture of nepotism, favoritism in postings and transfers matters of employees besides, making it best serivce-oriented entity for the consumers. He said there should be tariff rationalization without any discrimination and each consumer had to pay it in order to

effectively ameliorate power situation in the country. He added the government was equally treating all sectors and anomalies in taxation should be removed to achieve national prosperity, adding the provinces should also follow the suit. He said the government would accord priority in fuel provision to only those sectors which were efficiently working and had long term benefits for the national development. Thus, he added, the government could not afford to supply around 500mmcfd gas to the CNG sector or to provide the fuel to the fertilizer company at the present rate. He said the government was devising an energy policy which might be finalized within a fortnight period, and soon he would apprise the nation about the roadmap and the steps in this regard in his upcoming address.

HBL signs agreement with Atlas Honda

Decision to allow duty-free import of hybrid cars lauded

4th session of JTC between Pakistan, Australia held

Punjab cuts allocations

KARACHI: Nauman Dar, President & CEO of HBL Saquib H Shirazi, CEO of Atlas Honda at the signing ceremony. ing in a product offering which will facilitate the consumers is tailored to add value to in the form of availability of both.” credit for purchasing quality Saquib H. Shirazi, CEO of motorcycles on easy Atlas Honda Ltd., the largest instalments. producer of motorbikes across Through this strategic alliPakistan stated that this is an- ance, HBL will move forward other step to expand and towards delivering innovative strengthen the existing rela- products to its customers and tions between Atlas Group continue to fortify its relationand HBL and this endeavour ship with corporate entities.

Farmers issues to be settled steps for resolving problems of the farmers. The delegation informed the Chief Minister about electricity bills, tariff and other problems being faced by small farmers upon which, Shahbaz Sharif assured that sincere efforts would be made for resolving all problems of farming community including electricity tariff. Referring electricity crisis, Shahbaz said “we have made promise with the people of overcoming energy crisis and we all have to work day and night for eliminating loadshedding. We are considering to setting up 15 and 20 mega watt plants of biogas and biomass through public private partnership.” He said utility of technology for generating electricity through biogas and biomass had proved in various countries and “we will also take full benefit from this technology.”

Airblue Jeddah route launch STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Airblue has announced the launch of direct flights to Jeddah starting July 2013. According to the schedule, there will be three weekly flights from Karachi and four weekly flights from Lahore. Director Commercial Mr. Raheel Ahmed said that airblue has achieved yet another great milestone with launch of Jeddah flights and believes that this step will help facilitate the growth, propel healthy competition within the aviation industry in Pakistan, and provide passengers with an additional option of flying directly to Jeddah without the hassle of any stopovers in between. He also said that airblue aspires to continue to be the airline of choice, by providing its customers with best value and optimum convenience for a truly pleasant traveling experience.

Masses moot urged to promote Islamic financial system in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Bankers, businessmen and economic experts urged masses to adopt Sharia-based banking and insurance in their need of daily lives and businesses being an alternative and interest-free financial system witnessing tremendous growth globally and across the country. Speaking at the Second Islamic Financial Expo and Conference (IFEC) held at local hotel on Thursday, they enlightened participants of various walk of lives about the po-

tential of Islamic banking and their advantages in the world and hereafter underlining the need of awareness and penetration of Islamic banking and Takaful services across the country. Islamic Banking Industry (IBI) is not only flourishing by leaps and bounds in the world but in Pakistan as well despite of the fact there are lot of challenges regarding policy-making of the government for its promoting and misconception about its modalities among the masses. There is a widespread misconception about the Islamic banking services among the

masses but people are reluctant to get awareness and doing research on the importance of Sharia-based banking system in their lives which is much better than of conventional or interestbased banking system, Faizan Ahmed Memon, Head of Products Development, HBL Islamic Banking Division said. Though the growth of Islamic Banking Industry is superb in Pakistan but it pace is still slow keeping in view the relevance of religion with majority of population and Islamic welfare state, he said. The acceptable of Islamic banking is

not encouraging among the masses because Muslims of our country have forgotten the teaching of religion but prefer adopting non-Islamic ways for their financial needs. Memon urged the participants of the conference going through the financial system of Islamic which is not only comprehensive for their worldly needs but it helps them avoiding major sins of involving in riba or interest. Rizwan Atta, Head of Islamic Banking, Bank Alfalah Limited, said Islam is a complete code of life and it could not

avoid addressing the financial aspect of the people, which is most important for them in the world. He said that Islamic financial system is very old and it is compatible in the present times and alternative of different interest-based and non-Islamic financial system. The system is based on roots tracing back from 70 to 80 decades and even at times of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) where we had history of financing and partnership. Atta said that Islamic bankers are very active in introduc-

ing different products to the customers which are not only meets their demands at commercial and domestic levels but it must fulfill Sharia principle equally. He added that bankers have introduced different products and services under the head of consumers and trade financing to facilitate the commercial sector as well as masses to avail banking services as per their needs. Mufti Ibrahim Essa, Sharia Advisor Ernst and Young Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder said the confusion and negative mindset of the people is the biggest im-

pediment towards the expansion of Islamic Banking industry in the country but scholars and education institutions must do their job to change the mind of people towards the adoption of Islamic banking services. He said the renowned Ulemas of the country are Sharia Advisors of the banks which are not involve in any corruption nor in any financial scam or moral scandal but people are shying away to follow them who are promoting financial system of Islam. There must be loopholes in the Islamic banking industry which must be addressed mutually by

banks, regulator and the government, otherwise, people are left to use interest-based banking system despite of the fact Islamic financial system is stronger and better than any other financial and economic system of the world. Qazi Abdul Samad, Sharia Advisor Bank of Khyber, Saqib Zeeshan, Head of Distribution Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited, Muhammad Faisal Shaikh, Head of Products Development, Bank Islamic, Majyd Aziz, former president KCCI, Kaiser Waheed, Executive Member of PPMA, and Naeem Quershi also spoke on the occasion.


Stop Smoking, Prevent Sudden Death

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T’S no secret that smoking increases the risk of heart disease, but now a new study suggests that puffing on cigarettes also

raises the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have heart disease. But for people who are able to kick the habit, the increased risk of sudden death seems to disappear immediately, researchers report. Sudden cardiac death occurs when a person’s heart abruptly stops beating, and coronary artery disease - the clogging of arteries supplying the heart with blood - is the most common cause. Smoking increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, but it has been uncertain whether smoking increases the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have artery disease. The current study, described in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, included more than 3,000 people with coronary artery disease. Everyone in the study had either had a heart attack or had heartrelated angina pain. Dr. Ilan Goldenberg of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, followed the participants for an average of about 8 years. Current smokers were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death during the study than people

who had never smoked, the researchers report. In encouraging news for people who are able to quit smoking, however, the study found that former smokers had a similar risk of sudden cardiac death as people who had never smoked. No matter how long it had been since they quit, former smokers did not have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. “Our data indicate that continued cigarette smoking significantly elevates the risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary artery disease,” Goldenberg’s team concludes. The results underscore how important it is for people with heart disease to quit smoking, according to the researchers. They stress that “the decline in the risk of sudden cardiac death with smoking cessation is immediate.” According to the report, the fact that the increased risk of sudden cardiac death virtually disappears after a person stops smoking suggests that something in cigarette smoke has a direct toxic effect that increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. One possibility, the authors suggest, is that nicotine somehow triggers an irregular heart rhythm that can cause sudden cardiac death.

KARACHI: German Consulate General in Karachi Dr. Tilo Klinner, Dr. Julie Reviere, Principal Advisor GIZ Education Projects and others on the occasion of launching ceremony of ‘Germany Pakistan Training Initiative’.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

KMC administrator address meeting on budget preparation STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi said that KMC budget had been finalized for upcoming fiscal year and printing of budget documentation had started which will be completed soon and budget will be presented. KMC budget for fiscal year 2013-14 would be a realistic one in which distribution of resources would be made according to requirements and only real goals will be included in budget for expected income of KMC. He said this while addressing a meeting held on KMC budget preparation. On this occasion Fi-

nancial Advisor Khalid Shaikh, Director Budget Nasir Mehmood and other concerned officers were present. The Administrator said that every possible effort while finalizing budget for forthcoming fiscal year has been made that the balance between income and expenditure will remain so that KMC could have financial stability and get out of current financial crunch. He said that KMC budget presents real picture of financial condition of the organization therefore it should be realistic. Social sector has been given much importance in budget for next financial year and suitable amount for

health, cleanliness, social welfare, recreation and sports activities sectors has been allocated so that common citizens could be facilitated as much as possible and overall condition of cleanliness, health, education, sports, recreation and social welfare could improve. He said that KMC budget for next fiscal year 2013-14 has been prepared in the light of Sindh Local Government Ordinance 1979 whereas guidance has also been taken from next fiscal year budget of Provincial Government and full effort has been made that important development projects for the city could be carried on in budget and be completed in less time.

KARACHI: Seats seen empty during token boycott of Sindh Assembly session by MQM MPAs against the killing of party workers.

MQM can’t be finished by oppression, conspiracies: Altaf STAFF REPORTER

Public referendum beginning of new chapter of democracy STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—The Deputy ConKARACHI—The Founder and vener of the Central Coordination Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has said that the movement of truth and justice cannot be suppressed by oppression. The workers and sympathizers of the MQM have shown by their unity and steadfastness in every difficult time that they were strongly with the MQM. He said this while talking to the MQM workers and office-bearers on telephone on the occasion of the public referendum for obtaining public opinion on joining the Sindh government. He asked about the details of the referendum and paid tribute to the office-bearers and workers busy in the process. The MQM workers told him about the zeal and fervour shown by the public in expressing their opinion on joining the Sindh government. Talking to the workers, he said that the MQM wanted to uproot the archaic feudal system for establishing the rule of poor and middle-class people. He said that the MQM is a public movement and it was nurtured by the blood of the martyrs. The MQM workers had shown once again by exhibiting exemplary unity that the movement could not be finished. He praised the MQM workers and asked them not to get disappointed by the force of circumstances. He asked them to remain determined and continue their struggle.

Nine more lose lives in Karachi unrest K ARACHI — At least nine

people including a woman were killed in different gunfire and violence incidents in different metropolis areas. A man was gunned down in Mauripur. Meantime, a four-day old body was recovered from a house located in Lines Area. Another limb-tied body was found from Mewa Shah Cemetery. A school van came under drive-by shooting by motorcyclist assailants in North Karachi’s sector 5C-2. The van driver 35year-old Imran was killed in the gun assault; however, the school children escaped unhurt in the attack. Two more bodies with torture marks were found one each from Juna Market and Mauripur. Two youths heading for picnic were abducted at National Highway in the limit of Malir City Police Station. A little later, Raja Pervez’s body with torture marks was found from nearby village and the other abductee was in critical state. A man was shot dead in Bhittai Colony, Korangi. Body of a woman who seems to have been tortured was found from a house in Surjani Town’s Khuda ki KARACHI: People offering fateha for the rest of soul of former Prime Minister Benazir basti. Police registered cases of Bhutto on the eve of her birthday anniversary, organized by PPP Women at People’s the incidents and started invesSecretariat. tigations. NNI

Committee Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi said that today’s Public Referendum of 20th June 2013 was the beginning of the new chapter of democracy in Pakistan. MQM had laid the foundation of strong Pakistan and stable democracy by including the opinion of masses in important decision making process. All the political parties of the country should follow the role model of MQM. Many such instances of stable democratic values could be observed since the time MQM practically started its political journey. He expressed these views in a press briefing at Nine Zero on the occasion of “Public Referendum 2013” conducted to seek public opinion if MQM should join the Sindh government or not? He said that only few days back soon after getting the invitation from Sindh government to join them we had committed before media in this regard to seek public and workers opinion

whether to join the government or not and take our decision in the light of the majority votes. Dr Siddiqui said that media is the witness that people enthusiastically participated in today’s Referendum. MQM had introduced a strong and stable democratic system and its practical proof was the amazing and pleasant participation of the public in this Referendum throughout the Sindh. He said that Ex-Member of National Assembly Dr Abdul Qadir Khanzada was appointed as the Chief of Election Commission of this Public Referendum while renowned intellectual Long Khan Channa, Professor and poet Khawaja Rafique Anjum and Hameed Uz Zafar are the members of the election commissioner and they will do the counting of the votes. He said that today both the camera’s eyes and people of Pakistan had observed the practical proof of “masses involvement” in entire Sindh including Karachi. Today’s Referendum conducted to seek public opinion whether to join the government or not is the

practical beginning of the new chapter of the democracy in Pakistan. MQM had set a unique example of real, durable and participatory democracy, which was a role model for other political parties of the country to include public participation on the verge of difficult decision making. While thanking to all the workers and peoples who participated in Referendum and used their right of self-determination said that “you have not only assisted us but also helped Pakistan and democracy.Afterwards replying to the journalist’s questions Dr. Khalid said that people were the true judge and the decision would be taken on basis of people’s mandate.He said that 5 million ballot papers were printed but it seems after watching public interest that more papers will be required. MQM had given significance to the public opinion rather than accepting any pressure to join government or not. MQM would take its final decision now in this context after taking into consideration the majority public opinion.

CM orders inquiry in LUH maladministration STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I — Sindh Chief

Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah while taking serious notice of a news item about maladministration corruption and political interference in Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad has sought report from the Secretary Health immediately. He has also directed Chairman of CM’s inspection team (CMIT) for urgent inquiry into the matter. The CM expressing his dissatisfaction and displeasure over the reported situation of the hospital, said that Liaquat University Hospital was one of the most important hospital which was catering the needs of hundreds of poor and needy patients of province especially interior Sindh on daily basis Maladministration, corruption and political interference would not be tolerated at any cost” he added. He further directed the provincial health authorities to take prompt measures to improve the situation and suffering poor and needy patients may be provided relief on urgent basis. He asked the Secretary Health to personally visit the hospital to ascertain the situation on the ground and initiate departmental action against the negligent KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon briefing to media at Sindh officers and officials of Assembly.—PO photo theHospital.

Intervention to control deteriorating standards of medical education sought KARACHI—A senior member about the urgency to re-organise ing medical education in the to produce glorified MBBS of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and an Ex-member of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Dr. Shershah Syed, has sought early intervention to counter deteriorating standards of medical education in the country. Talking to media Thursday, he appreciated (PML-N) government’s concern towards deteriorating standard of medical education and the mushroom growth of medical colleges in the country. Dr. Shershah said that there is growing realisation

PMDC so that it may regulate medical education without pressure and any influence of groups with vested interests. “It was heartening to know that Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is seriously concerned about PMDC’s affairs,” he said. The senior activist alleged that this was all the more important as the medical education system has deteriorated because of incompetence prevalent within PMDC. Dr. Shershah Syed also reiterated that the government has to take some initiatives regard-

country. He alleged that strong presence of vested interest groups in the government and private sector medical colleges is responsible for blatant corruption and this must be duly investigated. “Almost all members of PMA believe that a high powered Commission should investigate the irregularities committed by PMDC regarding recognition of medical colleges all over Pakistan,” he said. This, he said was extremely important as these “so-called” medical colleges are responsible

quacks playing havoc in health care system, he alleged. Dr. Shershah said there was need to regularise all aspects of medical education and training in the country. He also expressed his concern about the functioning of Medical Universities running affiliated colleges and different departments without proper faculties. Some of the medical universities are needlessly involved in construction of buildings and procurement of expensive equipment, he alleged.—APP


Stop smoking, prevent sudden death

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T’S no secret that smoking increases the risk of heart disease, but now a new study suggests that puffing on cigarettes also raises the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have heart disease. But for people who are able to kick the habit, the increased risk of sudden death seems to disappear immediately, researchers report. Sudden cardiac death occurs when a person’s heart abruptly stops beating, and coronary artery disease - the clogging of arteries supplying the heart with blood - is the most common cause. Smoking increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, but it has been uncertain whether smoking increases the risk of sudden cardiac death in people who already have artery disease. The current study, described in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, included more than 3,000 people with coronary artery disease. Everyone in the study had either had a heart attack or had heart-related angina pain. Dr. Ilan Goldenberg of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, followed the participants for an average of about 8 years. Current smokers were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death during the study than people

who had never smoked, the researchers report. In encouraging news for people who are able to quit smoking, however, the study found that former smokers had a similar risk of sudden cardiac death as people who had never smoked. No matter how long it had been since they quit, former smokers did not have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. “Our data indicate that continued cigarette smoking significantly elevates the risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with coronary artery disease,” Goldenberg’s team concludes. The results underscore how important it is for people with heart disease to quit smoking, according to the researchers. They stress that “the decline in the risk of sudden cardiac death with smoking cessation is immediate.” According to the report, the fact that the increased risk of sudden cardiac death virtually disappears after a person stops smoking suggests that something in cigarette smoke has a direct toxic effect that increases the risk of sudden cardiac death. One possibility, the authors suggest, is that nicotine somehow triggers an irregular heart rhythm that can cause sudden cardiac death.

LAHORE: Women MPAs coming to attend budget session at Punjab Assembly.

PU teachers rally against terrorist attacks STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) has demanded of the American people to pressurize Obama government for refraining it from funding and backing terrorists in Pakistan and also asked Pakistani government and media to impose ban on USAID advertisements. The ASA on Thursday took out a rally against attack on residency of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah from Institute of Chemistry to Institute of Education and Research in which a large number of teachers participated. The participants were holding banners and placards inscribed with the slogans that “Quaid’s love cannot be

eliminated from our hearts”, “US must stop funding terrorists in Pakistan and let Muslims live a peaceful life” and “Government and Media must ban USAID advertisements instantaneously”. Earlier, in a meeting of its executive body attended by President Dr Ehsan Sharif, Secretary Javed Sami and many other teachers, the ASA while condemning attack on Quaid’s residency demanded of the government to build models of Quaid’s residency in all the provinces in order to give strong message to anti-state elements. The teachers also requested PU vice chancellor to let them build the model of Quaid’s residency on their own expenses. The house unanimously passed a

resolution that “the meeting expresses serious concern over attack on Quaid-e-Azam’s residency and killing of female students of Bahadur Khan University Quetta and demands Government of Pakistan and Balochistan government improve security arrangements to avoid such brutal incidents in future. Ziarat Residency be reinstated in its original shape as soon as possible. The meeting also expresses solidarity with the families of deceased and injured female students and assured its full support to them. Female teachers while condemning also passed a unanimous resolution against a female teacher who discussed personal affairs using non parliamentary language instead of agenda item.

Knowledge source of power: PU VC STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that knowledge was the source of power and respect and around 750 verses of Holy Quran, which is 1/8th of the Holy Book, stressed to focus on resolving mysteries of the universe while the verses related to legislation were around 225, which reflected that how much important the knowledge was before Allah. He was addressing a workshop on environmental pollution awareness organized by Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology at Al Raazi Hall here on Thursday. Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Director ICET Prof Dr Ejaz Ahmed, Principal College of Engineering and Emerging Technologies LAHORE: Chief Election Commissioner, Fakharuddin G Ebrahim with lawyers during his visit to Lahore High Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed, Prof Dr Court. Muhammad Ali, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. The VC said that the cabal of rich families wanted to establish one world government and for the purpose they introduced LAHORE —Following an upthe system of usury, divided roar over rigging during polls, mankind and imposed wars. He Chief Election Commissioner said that the abolishment of the elections on one pretext or Danish schools etc. (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim SALIM AHMED usury was equal to the abolishanother like during the last Mr. Latif Khosa said that seems to be awaken after a ment of their power. LAHORE—Secretary General tenure and would thus deprive the people were also denied long sleep saying electronic PPP, Latif Khosa, has said that the people of rural areas from the valuable experience and voting system is under develit was the constitutional re- the development they were training at the local levels opment. The CEC says that computsponsibility of the Punjab entitled todevoted for the which they would have got Government to hold local bod- improvement of their civic through the functioning of the ers are being developed having local institutions devoted to vote facility and it is expected ies’ elections as life. He said that that the Au- provide health, education and that these would be ready for the alsoemphasized by the Punjab STAFF REPORTER by-elections. leader of opposition. Article ditor General pointed out that counseling services. Such training is abso“All efforts are underway to LAHORE—Lahore High Court 140 (A) of the constitution the funds allocated for the on Thursday took notice of the makes it obligatory to hold lo- Local Bodies to the tune of lutely important to groom the introduce electronic voting sysnews published in a section of cal bodies elections, he said. Rs, 350 billion could not be leadership for the provincial tem in the country,” he said He pointed out that the reconciled because the funds and later for the national while talking to newsmen in press that a student of 9th class Lahore. was done to death after unnatu- KPK government was con- were spent on other ostenta- level, he observed. He said that the Chief The Pakistan Tehreek-eral act in Factory Area. District templating to hold local bod- tious project and money so & Sessions Judge, Lahore has ies’ elections in the province spent was devoid of valid Minister of Punjab would re- Insaf (PTI) and other mainpeat the previous practice be- stream political parties have been directed to probe into the for which they have allocated charge. He said that the Chief cause he was known for complained massive rigging in funds in the budget. matter and submit a detailed reNo such funds have been Minister was responsible for implementing his own flawed Karachi, Punjab and Sindh. port regarding steps taken by the To a query about the allelocal police along with his own allocated in the Punjab Bud- the depriving the people at priorities at the expense of village, town, Tehsile and legitimate and legal priorities gation leveled on the Election get which explicitly unfolded comments. Commission that they failed to According to details, Kashif their mala fides regarding the district levels from the devel- of the rural population. He is known for assuming control rigging in the general Mehmood son of Feroz Din, holding of local bodies’ elec- opment which was their right. all powers to himself, at odd elections, the CEC said those tions in the province of resident of Yasin Town Ghazi The Chief Minister in- with the spirit of democracy. who have reservations on the Road went out on an evening in Punjab. He expressed his appre- stead spent their funds on Democracy thrives on collec- fairness of the elections might connection with some work and hension that the new Punjab flawed schemes like sasti roti, tive wisdom and empower- go to the election tribunals with did not turn up. His family got worried and Government led by Punjab yellow cabs, laptops, Ashiana ment of the people at all lev- evidences and get the elections cancelled.—INP started search. When he was Chief Minister would delay Housing Scheme, metro bus, els, he concluded. not found, his elder brother Shafaqat lodged a complaint with factory area police. But the very next day, some people saw a hanged body in a nearby plaza and informed police. Police informed the family of Kashif who identified their son’s body. According to news reports, STAFF REPORTER police said that some unidentified accused kidnapped Kashif LAHORE—District coordinaand after alleged Sodomising tion Officer (DCO) Lahore killed the victim and threw his Naseem Sadiq chaired High body in plaza for fear of being Level Design Committee caught. meeting at Town Hall on Thursday and discussed 18 commercial and Residential buildings cases, which were submitted by people for obtaining permission. DCO Lahore Naseem Sadiq approved seven maps of commercial and residential buildings i.e. commercial plaza Iqbal Avenue residential house, Masjid L AHORE —The fire which LAHORE: Men oblivious of World Music Day, preparing musical instruments . map, commercial plaza at broke out at the Punjab Institute chuburgi, commercial plaza at of Cardiology (PIC) on early Iqbal Town. Thursday morning has been He also postponed 8 cases brought under control after hecover technical mistakes and tic efforts. asked DO (SP) to visit the spot According to details, fire and submit their reports in next broke out at the Angiography meeting. Ward of the Punjab Institute of He also rejected the maps of Cardiology (PIC) due to short Shahzad of Ferozepur Road In- that would help bring improve- two buildings while he asked the STAFF REPORTER circuit as a result smoke accudustrial Estate, LCCI Executive ment in the system. people concerned to change map mulated in the ward.—INP He also announced forma- and submit it again. LAHORE—The Lahore Elec- Committee Members Mian tric Supply Company (Lesco) Zahid Javaid, Waqar Ahmad tion of a two-member commitin collaboration with USAID is Mian and former Chairman tee comprising LCCI Vice introducing a most modern LTIA Iftikhar Ahmad Bashir President Mian Abuzar Shad and Chief Engineer Lesco monitoring system that would also spoke on the occasion. The meeting, which contin- Mehboob Ahmad on load mana modern slaughterhouse for improve the supply of electricexport and for backward sup- ity in particular to the industrial ued for well over two hours, agement and for meeting with discussed a host of electricity trade and industry representaply chain, we are producing areas. This was stated by Lesco supply-related issues. Stagger- tives to gather their feedback on quality animals and in centivizing the investors Chief Engineer Muhammad ing holidays for trade and in- electricity supply. The Lesco Chief categoriabout meat and by-products Saleem speaking at the Lahore dustry to cope with the shortcally said that there would be age and to ensure longer hours Chamber of Commerce and Inexport. While talking on the oc- dustry. LCCI president Farooq power supply was also taken no unannounced loadshedding in Lahore and the industry casion Dr Kanwar Naeem, Se- Iftikhar, Senior Vice President up. would be provided with 14 The Lesco Chief said that Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Vice Presinior Manager Meat production said that cash incentives dent Mian Abuzar Shad, former the very objective of the instal- hours power supply at every have encouraged the farmers President Mian Muhammad lation of new Monitoring sys- cost. He said that the LESCO and they are rearing their ani- Ashraf, President QIE Board M tem was to ensure equitable mals more effectively. He fur- I Kurram, Ahsan Mehmood supply of electricity to all parts was getting only 2200/2300 ther said that livestock farm- Butt of Sunder Industrial Es- of the city. He said that apart MW of electricity against a deing gradually is becoming an tate, Almas Haider, President from this system, the provincial mand of 4500/4700 MW but industry which would be KatarBund Industrial Estate government has also started 24- was supplying 14 hours of elecMehmood Gaznavi, Hassan hour feeder-wise monitoring tricity only. fruitful for meat sector.

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LHC notices murder of minor

7 out of 18 commercial, residential buildings cases approved

Fire at PIC brought under control after one hour

2800 livestock farmers get financial assistance MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company has distributed Rs 125 million as financial assistance among 2800 livestock farmers in all districts of Punjabagainst 51544 saved animals under “Quality Meat Enhancement Program” in the province. 1151 Livestock farmers registered 21000 calves and saved 20311 in Save the Calf project, Rs 70 million were distributed among them whereas other component of the project was Feedlot Fat-

tening, in this project 1648 farmers registered their 32000 animals and fattened 31233 and received subsidy amounting Rs. 55 million. For healthy and hygienic meat production in the province for local use and for export to the globe, Government of Punjab has reserved Rs 670 million for Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company’s projects Save the Calf and Feedlot Fattening which would be distributed to farmers in different phases. PAMCO distributes cheques at farmers’ doorstep

to avoid them travel and other expenses. While talking on a ceremony at Lahore, CEO PAMCO said that Government of Punjab is working on pro-farmers policies and facilitating them with imported material and cash incentives. PAMCO is also educating the farmers about new farming trends in this sector alongwith financial assistance and free vaccination and tagging, he added. He further said that PAMCO is triggering the meat export sector as we have established

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