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LHC issues notices to 63 politicians

US moves more forces closer to Libya as unrest grows

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W ASHINGTON —The United States has increased the number of Marines and aircraft stationed in Sicily who could be called upon to evacuate Americans from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli as unrest in Libya grows, two U.S. officials said on Monday. Related Stories US positions forces in Sicily over Libya security fears Reuters Libyan special forces commander says his forces join renegade general Reuters US military drones being used

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Modi appointed PM, swearing in on May 26 N EW D ELHI —Narendra Modi, the Gujarat strongman who steered the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, was on Tuesday appointed the Prime Minister, ushering in a new era of a non-Congress government with an absolute majority on its own in 30 years. Modi called on President Pranab Mukherjee after he was unanimously elected leader of the BJP parliamentary party and later at a combined meeting of the

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CIA will not use vaccination programme for spying: WH WASHINGTON —The White House has promised that the United States will not use vaccination programmes as cover for spy operations, after the move was attempted during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. As Pakistan suffers a resurgence of polio, a top White House official pledged in a letter dated May 16 that intelligence agencies would foreswear the tactic, which is partly blamed for the spread of the crippling disease. The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a reported immunization Continued on Page 7

NA budget session on June 3 ISLAMABAD —The President has summoned the session of the National Assembly on 3rd June, 2014 at 4:30 pm in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar will present the Federal Budget for the financial year 201415 on the opening day. The session is to continue for about a month during which the members will debate and Continued on Page 7

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MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notices to 63 politicians including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a petition asking the politicians to bring their foreign assets back to Pakistan. The hearing was held in the courtroom of the High Court judge Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, in which the petitioner Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri contended that most of the politicians had transferred their

assets illegally to foreign countries and if these were brought back to Pakistan, the country would be free of external debt. The court issued notices to 63 politicians including the prime minister, Pakistan Muslim League-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain , former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to submit their response in this regard. On May 9, LHC had issued notices to federal government and at least 64 politi-

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chairing a high level meeting to review national and regional security situation at PM Office. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt General Zaheerul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad and Director General Military Operations are also present.

PM takes notice of Chinese tourist’s kidnapping Gen Raheel brief security meeting on his Kabul visit ISLAMABAD—A high level meeting chaired MO Maj. General Amir Riaz, Secretary to by the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House Tuesday reviewed the prevailing national and regional security situation. The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, DG ISI Lt. General Muhammad Zaheer-ul-Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt. General Ashfaq Nadeem, DG

PM Javaid Aslam and Additional Secretary to PM Fawad Hasan Fawad. General Raheel Sharif briefed the prime minister regarding his recent visit to Kabul and his discussions on border coordination and security for second phase of Afghan presidential elections. The prime minister directed that maximum cooperation be extended to the Afghan government to enable it to hold the

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Govt under pressure to control inflationary pressure LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—The Government is engaged in finalising budgetary proposals for 2014-15 in a situation when it is facing challenges in the streets, though on different issues, but fearing a flare up in coming days. According to sources in finance Ministry, the government is focusing on taking fiscal measures to bring down inflation to single digit which has caused price spiral in articles of daily use during the last one year in-

cluding, flour, pulses and vegetables. The worst affected are fixed income groups including government employees. Ten to fifteen percent increase in salaries and pensions is expected. Though the government has launched Prime Minister ’s Youth programme for extending loans to the young to launch their small projects to generate employment, another weak area, the government is also considering launching other schemes to alleviate poverty.

The sources said with landing of dollar facilities from international financial institutions and also from friendly countries, the government is enjoying a fiscal space to provide relief to the people. The biggest relief to the people will be to check price hike and the government is under pressure to include fiscal proposals to contain inflation in the forthcoming budget, sources said. Exemptions will be reviewed. Tax base will be expanded to bring rich classes in the net, sources said.

ECP orders probe over Imran’s rigging allegations OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered investigation into Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan’s allegations of electoral rigging in Sargodha’s NA-68, a seat won by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the 2013 general elections. The commission has demanded the voters list and record of vote counting after Khan’s allegations of over 100 per cent votes polled at one of the polling stations in the constituency.

The PTI claims that at polling station number 246 of NA-68, where Prime Minister Sharif was declared winner, 540 per cent votes were cast on polling day. The total registered voters at the polling station were 1,510, whereas 8,176 votes were polled, of which 7,829 went to Nawaz Sharif, claims the party. Following election results, Nawaz Sharif vacated the NA-68 seat and retained NA120 (Lahore). Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-N later returned successful from the seat.

Taliban kidnap Chinese tourist Want to swap their prisoners TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—While a Chinese tourist abducted by the militants in Dera Ismail Khan late Monday evening could not be traced and the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has taken strong exception to the kidnapping of the foreign national, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has owned the responsibility for the same saying the Chinese national was in its custody at a “safe place”. The Chinese cyclist namely Hong Xudong was lifted by the Taliban militants from the jurisdiction of Daraban Police station late Monday evening while he was on his way from Lahore to Zhobe and Quetta en-route D I Khan. “The passport, bicycle and other belongings of the Chinese national were found on Tuesday in the town of Daraban

on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan District”. Police authorities said adding the tourist had apparently entered Pakistan from neighbouring India sometime in April. The police also claimed it was not informed about the Chinese cyclist’s presence in the district. “The abductors took away the Chinese tourist late in the evening leaving behind his cycle and bag that contained travel documents and the police identified the Chinese man from his passport”. A Police official said adding a thorough search operation has been kicked off in the region following the incident. The Taliban militants belonging to Hakimullah Mehsud group, on the other hand declared Tuesday the abducted Chinese cyclist was in their custody and he has been taken to a “safe place.”

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China, Russia show off naval forces amid disputes S HANGHAI —China and Russia started joint naval exercises off Shanghai on Tuesday as their leaders promised to strengthen relations in the face of international criticism over their territorial disputes. President Xi Jinping launched the drills at a ceremony in a room lined with officers of both navies in white dress uniform, with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin looking on, state broadcaster CCTV showed. Putin’s visit — his first since Xi took office last year — comes as Moscow’s relations with the United States and European Union have plunged to a post-Cold War low over its seizure of Crimea and Western accusations Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. At the same time Beijing is

quarrelling with neighbours — including Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines — over territorial disputes. Beijing says a combined 14 surface ships from both countries will take part in the week-long drills in the East China Sea which are aimed at a “maritime threat” and include live-fire exercises. The exercises show “the unshakable determination and will of China and Russia to together face new threats and challenges to protect regional security and stability”, Xi was quoted as saying by the government-backed China News Service. Putin said he hoped “the two militaries can strengthen cooperation under the new situation”, it added. It is the third time in as many

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PEMRA spokesman terms private members meeting illegal STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The spokesman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has termed Wednesday meeting of its private members and their decisions as illegal. The PEMRA spokesman’s clarification in an official statement came after reports of a meeting of five private members of the authority in which they decided to forward recommendations to authority’s Council of Complaints (COC) seeking to suspend the licenses of Geo News, Geo Tez and Geo Entertainment and to seal its offices. The PEMRA spokesman said that the meeting was called without followContinued on Page 7


High Court (SHC) did not have constitutional powers to order for removing name of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from the exit control list (ECL). Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt stated this before a 2-member bench of SHC, which comprised Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and justice Shahnawaz Tariq.

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AC reserves verdicts on Zardari’s acquittal plea ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD —An Accountability Court on Tuesday reserved judgment in the five acquittal applications filed under section 265-K of the NAB ordinance by former president and CoChairman of Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari facing five corruption references. AC judge Muhammad Bashir heard the legal coun-

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Dar foresees expansion of economy Asks chambers to remain engaged with FBR SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD —Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is determined to increase the volume of economy and trim down tax rate during the next three years. He was talking to a delegation of Presidents of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI, KCCI, LCCI, QCCI, FCCI, Rawalpindi/ Islamabad CCI, Gujranwala CCI, Sialkot CCI and Hyderabad CCI) here on Tuesday. Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Tariq Bajwa and Mian Manan MNA were also present during the meeting. President Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Suhail Bin Rashid expressed confidence in the measures being taken by the government to strengthen the economy. Ishaq Dar said it is very encouraging that Chambers fully endorse our policies to increase the tax net and asked them to identify the sectors, which could be subject to the new taxes. The Finance Minister said we believe

in consulting all stakeholders including Chambers of Commerce, trade bodies, representatives of the industries, exporters and importers in the process of budget making. He informed the traders that all discriminatory SROs will be abolished in a period of three years and all the stakeholders are working together in this regard. The Finance Minister urged the Chambers and business community to stay engaged with the FBR for consolidation of budget proposals. He assured them that there will be continuity of economic policies in the country and the reform process will be completed within a period of three years. He said that the policies of the PML-N will fill the trust deficit between FBR and traders and there will be win win situation for the business community and the government. He welcomed proposals from the trade representatives and assured them that the government will give a serious consideration to their proposals before finalizing budget. The chamber representatives discussed in detail their issues and recommendations. They appreciated the work being done by the Finance Ministry and FBR for SROs rationalization. The traders

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PM’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme to be launched in Quetta today I SLAMABAD —“Prime Minister’s Fee Prime Minister before assuming the of higher education by reimbursing the Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas” will be officially launched at Quetta today under the aegis of Prime Minister ’s Youth Programme. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Madam Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme,here at Prime Minister’s House. While finalizing the arrangements for the launch of “PM’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas”, the Chairperson said that the present democratic government had accorded top priority to the areas neglected in the past and this time both Balochistan and FATA were placed high on the list of the progressive agenda of development. The chairperson maintained that the Premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s directives would be implemented in letter and spirit by ensuring the outreach of the PMYP to all areas of the country and further said that PMYP was apolitical develGILGIT: Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah inaugurating Chinese Language Centre at High School opmental scheme aimed at providing capiNo 1 on Tuesday. tal along with skilled training to the youth of the country as was committed by the

Nishtar Clock Tower telling incorrect time since long M ULTAN —Clock Tower of Nishtar Medical College, which has the largest dial of 12 feet in the country, is telling incorrect time since long. Built in 1952 having four arms in the four directions, the clock can safely be dubbed as identity of the college. One can see time from a distance of more than one kilometre from it. At night, time can be seen from a longer distance. Unfortunately, the clock has been telling incorrect time to Multanites since long due to some technical problems, APP has learnt reliably. It has around 187 stairs and operates with rechargeable dry batteries. Renovated three years back, the clock was converted to automatic electric system by a Karachi based technician, Asif Iqbal . Asif Iqbal, who has been associated with the profession for last 30 years, told APP from Karachi by telephone that former Principal Nishtar Medical College, Dr Liaq Hussain Siddique and Dr Fahim Javid took keen interest for its renovation. “One of its batteries is out of order which needs replacement and it would only cost Rs 10,000 on it,” he said adding that he had been providing maintenance to the clock for more than two years. “It is about 500 feet high from the ground. It is Pakistan’s largest clock as its dial is of 12 feet and no other clock of the country has such a huge dial,” Asif informed. He added that they had operated it with advanced technology while earlier it had hands which were operated with keys.—APP

Livestock Department reforms on card ISLAMABAD—Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Livestock and Dairy Development Mohibullah Khan has said that the provincial government is introducing reforms in livestock to make the province self-sufficient in production of milk, meat and food. Talking to Radio Pakistan he urged the concerned officials to exploit resources to equip livestock department with modern technology. He said the government has decided to facilitate farmers and landowners, who also have dairy farms in the province. He directed to take pragmatic measures to control outbreak of fatal diseases in animals. The Minister also directed the live stock officials to arrange special training courses for dairy farm owners.—APP

No burden on poor, middle class in budget ISLAMABAD—The Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly and the Senate was informed Tuesday that no financial burden would be put on poor and middle class people in upcoming budget 2014-15. The joint meeting of the committees which was held here under the cochairpersonship of Omar Ayub Khan, MNA and Senator Nasreen Jalil was informed by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Revenue that the government has decided a policy for enhancement of tax network in the country. The Committee was briefed by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Revenue

regarding the targets set by the government of Pakistan for upcoming budget. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar regarding the stabilizing the economy of the country. The members of the committee gave suggestions and proposals for improvement of tax network. Meeting was attended by Saeed Ahmed Khan, Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Sheikh Fayyas-ud-Din, Leila Khan, Phyllis Azeem, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Nafeesa Shah, Nisar Khan Khattak, Abdul Rashid Godil and Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.— APP

Wheat smuggling bid foiled

No ban on flour transportation from Punjab to KP: Minister L A H O R E —Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has said that there was no restriction on transportation of wheat flour from Punjab to Khyber Pakhtoon Khawah (KPK). In a statement here Monday, he said that Punjab province was meeting all the requirements of flour of KPK and would continue to do so in future as well. Bilal Yasin said that KPK could take as much quantity of flour from Punjab as it needs. SA Godha: Midh Ranjha police have foiled a wheat smuggling bid to Afghanistan and seized five trailers loaded with wheat. Police said on Tuesday, on a tip-off, they raided Hilalpur checkpost and impounded five trailers loaded with wheat worth Rs 9 million. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused and started investigations. Umerkot: Deputy Commissioner Umerkot Nadeem Ul Rehman Memon has said that strict action will be taken against illegal hoarding and profiteering of wheat.

According to the press release issued here on Tuesday he was presiding over a meeting regarding the storage of wheat. He also said that hoarders of wheat should bring their stocks in the open market, otherwise strict action will be taken and their stocks will be confiscated. Director Food Mirpurkhas Muhammad Hassan Shah, assistant commissioners and other concerned offices have attended the meeting. Jhang: Almost 95 percent of the wheat procurement target has been achieved by district Jhang as 1.56 million bags of wheat procured by Food department. This was stated by District Food Controller Ch Abdul Ghafoor while talking to media persons here Tuesday. He assured that remaining of the procurement target would be achieved easily within a couple of days.”Our procurement campaign is going very well at all 15 procurement centres. Wheat was purchased from the growers at rate fixed by the government”. He said the farmers approaching these centres were facilitated and their complaints were being addressed on the spot.—APP

KP Quran Board constituted P E S H AWA R —Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has constituted Quran Board in connection with KP Publication of the Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and Recording Errors) Rules, 2013 with immediate effect. The board would be comprised of members including Minister for Auaf, Hajj and Religious Affairswould act as Chairman while other members included Additional Secretary Auqaf, Hajj, Religious and Minority Affairs Department, Additional Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Manager Government Printing Press, Additional Inspector General, DIG Special Branch, President Anjuman Nashiran-e-Holy Quran, Qari Rooh-Ullah Madani Provincial Khateeb, Maulana Fazal Karim Arif, Maulana Bashir Ahmad, Maulana Syed Sajid Shah, Maulana Hafiz Zia Ul Islam, Maulana Hafiz Sirajul Haq, Dr. Fakhrul Islam, Qari Muhammad Waheed, Maulana Muhammad Idrees Qadri, Qari Muhammad Saleem and Allama Khurshid Anwar. The Administrator Auqaf would perform the duties of Secretary of the board, said an official statement issued here Tuesday.—APP

WHO delegates discuss threat of childhood obesity ISLAMABAD—World Health

Organization Director- General Dr. Margaret Chan has said she is “deeply concerned” about the increase worldwide of childhood obesity as the World Health Assembly opened its 67th Session in Geneva. She told delegates in Geneva that obesity numbers were climbing fastest in developing countries, in her opening speech to the assembly of the WHO - the UN’s world health policymaking body, Anadolu news agency reported. “As the 2014 World Health Statistics report bluntly states, `Our children are getting fatter’,” she said. Chan announced that in order to deal with obesity, the WHO had established a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. WHO said in a statement: “The Commission will produce a consensus report specifying which approaches are likely to be most effective in different contexts around the world. The recommendations of the report will be announced at next year ’s Health Assembly.” Turkey’s Ministry of Health, Assistant Undersecretary Dr. Ekrem Atbakan told the Assembly: “As we all know, this year, QUETTA: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Balochistan, Abdul Mateen Akhunzada and Al- the theme of the World Khidmat Foundation president Asif Ali presenting shield to former Nazim Karachi Health Day has been deterNamatullah Khan during the inaugural ceremony of Al-Khidmat Foundation’s Diagno- mined as ‘Small bite, big threat’.” —APP sis Centre on Tuesday.

power. She said that maximum transparency and merit in all the schemes of the PMYP would be followed. “Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for the Talented Students of Less Developed Areas is a milestone in this direction as the scheme is being officially launched from Balochistan which echoes the importance our government attaches to the uplift of the province”, the c h a i r person observed. Highlighting the vital features of the “Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for the Less Developed Areas”, the Chairperson revealed that the scheme is aimed at encouraging the talented students of the under-privileged areas in their pursuit

100% cost of the educational expenses of the post- graduate students undertaking Masters and Ph. D courses. The Chairperson further revealed that under the scheme the government would directly pay to the relevant university at an average Rs. 40,000/- of annual educational expenses on behalf of the students undertaking higher education. The total volume of the scheme is Rs 1.2 billion covering more than 35,000 postgraduate students across Pakistan. All students registered in a Masters/Ph.D program in an HEC approved public sector educational institution and domiciled in interior Sindh, Southern Punjab (Multan, Bahawalpur and DG Khan), Balochistan, less developed areas of KP (Malakand, Kohistan and DI Khan), GB and FATA are eligible to apply for the scheme.—INP

M Phil in ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’

FATA student gets first position LANDIKOTAL—A tribal stu- lation De-partment Chairman, Khan and professor Dr Sarfaraz dent, hailing from Landikotal, professor Dr Adnan Sarwar Ahmad Khan.—INP has gained first division in M. Phil in “Peace and conflict studies” from National Defence University of Islamabad. Sadaqat Khan Shinwari,26, origi-nally from Sheikhmalkhel, a small village in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency completed his M-Phil degree with first division from the NDU. He defended his thesis on” Reasons of current situation in Fata and suggestions for its durable solution” which was approved by International Re-

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt decides PEDO restructuring

PESCO, UET launch CISNR programme to overcome power theft P ESHAWAR —The Peshawar Electric tem and discussed various solutions introduced one another about their

HYDERABAD: Folk singer Shazia Khushkh performing during parents day and annual prize distribution ceremony of a private model school university on Tuesday.

IGP awards police officers, jawans PESHAWAR—The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani awarded Kohat and Abbottabad police officers and jawans on excellent performance in a ceremony held at CPO Peshawar Tuesday. It is worth mentioning that Kohat police has gunned down a dreaded terrorist Rizwan Ullah in a bloody encounter took place at Shakardara, Kohat. The accused was convicted and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by ATC court and had fled from jail during jail break at D.I.Khan. In the said encounter SHO police station Shakardara and his driver received serious bullet and hand grenade injuries. While the Abbottabad police party had recovered the abducted newly born baby and arrested two accused within 48 hours. Addressing the ceremony the police chief highly commended the gallantry act and bravery of the Kohat police especially of the injured SHO and his driver and prompt action and result oriented investigation of the Abbottabad police in the above mentioned cases. The IGP informed that putting their own lives in extreme danger and ensure protection to the lives of the general public should be the hall mark of police duty and urged the awardees to prove their mettle against the outlaws in future too. The IGP awarded SHO PS Shakardara injured Inspector Muhammad Afzal and his driver injured constable Kamal Din and Abbottabad police inspector Shahmraiz, inspector investigation Fazal ur Rahman and ASI M. Nauroz with commendation certificates and cash prizes.—APP

Inter-schools declamation contest gets applause M U LTA N —Students

of seven different government schools participated on “Mega Debate Competition2014” held under auspices of Indus Research and Development Organisation (IRDO) at Multan Arts Council on Tuesday. The debate competition titled “Social Media is a solution or a problem” received immense appreciation from hundreds of audiences. Fourteen male and female students from Government Muslim Boys and Girls school, Basti Shorkot school, Moon Light school, Mumtazabad school, Daulat gate schools and others participated in the event. A group of seven students highlighted merits of social media and stated that it was an open communication. They added that it managed talks amongst friend or people living abroad within seconds. It encourages people to people contact with different background and cultures.—APP

USAID to re-build eleven floods destroyed schools SUKKUR —The earth-breaking of the first of eleven modern high schools to be built by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its $155 million Sindh Basic Education Program held here on Tuesday. The ground breaking was jointly performed by Sindh Minister for Education, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and USAID Provincial Director for Sindh and Balochistan Leon S. Waskin. Senior government officials were also present at the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, thanked USAID and the Provincial Director SBEP Leon S. Waskin for this major educational investment and promised that the Sindh Basic Education Program would receive Government of Sindh’s full cooperation. He also expressed his sincere appreciation for USAID efforts in promoting edu-

cation in Sindh. The Opposition Leader, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah appreciated the efforts of USAID and people of Amrica for their continous support for promotion of education in Pakistan particularly in Sindh province. Provincial Director SBEP for Sindh and Balochistan Leon S. Waskin said that USAID is committed to supporting education in Pakistan, which is the key to a brighter future for Pakistan’s children adding that working together, the U.S. and the Sindh Government will improve the quality of and access to education for the children of Sindh, He said that in the coming five years, USAID Sindh Basic Education Program will provide support for the construction of 11 new schools affected by the catastrophic 2010 floods and will support the Government of Sindh’s policy of consolidating, merging, and upgrading schools throughout the province.—APP

Supply Company (PESCO) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar on Tuesday launched Centre for Intelligent System and Networks Research (CISNR) program to overcome problem of electricity theft and over billing complaints with great extent. According to PESCO Spokesman here, the Pesco with the collaboration of Centre for Intelligent System & Networks Research (CISNR) of University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar has launched a device to detect, curb and eradicate the anomalies of under billing, over billing and electricity theft.Chairman Board of Director Pesco, Malik Muhammad Asad Khan had already approved the said program in the board meeting. General Manager Finance Pesco Anwar Ul Haq Yousafzai was the chief guest in the launching ceremony held at Hayatabad sub division Peshawar in presence of Program organizers Dr.Gul Muhammad Khan and Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mehmood. General Manager Finance, Anwar Ul Haq Yousafzai applauded the program and extended Pesco’s full support in implementing this Smart Phone based Meter Reading solution to curb misuse of energy and over billing issues. The project directors Dr.Gul Muhammad Khan and Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mehmood also briefed the staff about the present meter reading sys-

600 cattle washed away by flashfloods including goats, sheep and cows were washed away in flashfloods in different areas of Shirani district. Reports reaching here on Tuesday said that the four days torrential rains wrecked havoc in Shirani district.” About 600 cattle including goats, sheep and cows were washed away by flashflood torrents coming from mountains in different areas of the district including Sapata, Las Bandai, Lawara and others,” officials said. The heavy showers also damaged the standing crops and fruit orchards. The district management demanded the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to dispatch relief items for the flashflood affectees including tents, ration and drinking water.—APP


Govt to ensure equal rights to FATA minorities: Qadir I SLAMABAD —Federal Minister for States is benefits and losses in issuance of domicile and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. G. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch said on Tuesday that government would ensure equal rights and opportunities to the minorities of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He stated this while speaking here at Senate Standing Committee on SAFRON held here on Tuesday. The meeting of the committee chaired by Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah. The meeting was also attended by Senators including Ahmed Hassan, Muhammad Idrees Khan Safi, Hilal-ur-Rehman, Mufti Abdul Sattar, A. Rehman Malik, Haji Ghulam Ali, Mrs Farhat Abbas and Mrs. Farah Aqil. The Minister said that the community are eligible to apply and be considered for government jobs against the quota reserved for them. He said that Frontier Crimes Regulation is the main legal instrument based on collective responsibility of the tribesmen. Abdul Qadir Baloch said that the minorities are issued permanent residential certificate which is equal to a domicile certificate and can utilized it for different purposes including applying for jobs and land acquisition. He said that the Christian community if can shoulder collective responsibility like other tribes and Sikh community in Tirrah then there is no objection on issuance of domicile to other minorities. Chairman of the committee said that there

to the non Muslim because they need to take collective responsibility which would be difficult for them to adopt tribal culture. He said that several non Muslim working in government institutions on the basis of permanent residential certificates. Earlier senior officials of FATA Development Authority and ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) briefed the committee on the overall working performances of FATA Development Authority and the completed and on going projects. The officials said that since its inception, FATA Development Authority has completed various schemes including Dargai Small Dam South Waziristan Agency, Dandy Small Dam North Waziristan Agency, work on six dams in advance stage- four near completion, feasibility study of 13 small dams, feasibility and detailed design of nine dams completed and solarization of community drinking water supply, hospitals, educations institutions and check posts/ common places. They said that the Authority also trained 5875 youth in reputed training institutes, adding that 13,371 women also trained in embroidery, knitting and tailoring. They further informed that work on Mohamand Marble City (MMC) is in advance stage. “Payment of 305 Acres land made to the owners and approach road to MMC completed” the official informed.—APP

technical experiences and outstanding performances in respective fields. During the meeting the secretary board gave a detailed presentation regarding the ongoing energy projects, the work pace and problems facing during the implementation. The members of the PEDO board gave different proposals and stressed to complete these projects on time in order to control the energy crisis in the country. The chairman board Mr. Tariq Iqbal Khan expressed that during our entire life whatever we earned but this is the time now to do something for the betterment of the people. He stated that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is blessed with the abundant natural resources of oil & gas, thermal and hydel generation to be utilized to make the province one of richest province of the country. He expressed the hope that the constituted team of technical expertise from government as well as private sectors will played a major role for making the PEDO as a corporate body and make it as an authority just like WAPDA.The board had constituted different committees to process the restructuring of the organization and to run the financial matters. Moreover, it is decided that the chairmen for the constituted committees will be picked up from private sector expertise of the board just in mutual consideration.—APP

Rain, dust thunderstorm expected at isolated places

Politics of protests, sit-ins to be avoided

ISLAMABAD—Rain and dust thunderstorm is expected at P ESHAWAR —Central Vice QUETTA—About 600 cattle isolated places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore di- President of PML-N and

Degree college opens at Drosh

GILGIT: WAPDA staffers busy in repairing electric wires without any safety measures.

to the problems pointed out by the meter readers during the training session. Xen Khyber Division Akhtar Hameed was also present and appreciated the efforts. He also announced Metero Cure solution would be implemented in phase three Hayatabad in the upcoming months. Meter readers who completed the training, were awarded certificates and smart phones. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to restructure the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) which is working in the field of energy sector for utilization of hydel, thermal and oil and gas resources to produce electricity and control the prevailing energy crisis in the country.Initiatives have been started to make this department as an authority just like WAPDA. In this context, a meeting of the newly constituted board of directors of PEDO was held under the chairmanship of Tariq Iqbal Khan. The board meeting was also attended by the Secretary Energy & Power Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary Home Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, Additional Secretary Finance Khan zeb, Sardar Mohammad Tariq, Shahid Sattar, Raqeeb Khan, Ghulam Sarwar, Zahidullah Shinwari and Secretary Board & GM PEDO Engineer Bahadur Shah. In the first meeting of PEDO Board after reconstitution, all the members

inaugurated at Drosh some 45 KM from here after 67 years since creation of Pakistan. Chief Executive Officer of Sarhad Rural Support Program Shahzada Masoodul Mulk was chief guest on the first session while Professor Masood Ahmad Principal Govt Degree College Chitral was chief guest of second session. The ceremony was presided over by Professor Naqeebullah Razi of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Citral campus. Addressing on the occasion Deans of Hira Model School and College SDO Education retired Haji Abdullah said that there was no inter level college for girls and neither any degree college for boys in Drosh area consisting of 75000 population. He said that after retirement from education department he established a degree college both for girls and boys in a rented building in 2005. Since its creation some 519 male and female students have been qualified their Degree and post graduate level education from this college. 129 students completed B.ED including 57 female students, 30 students including 14 female students successfully qualified their M.Ed (master of Education) here. At present some 613 students are reading here from class 1 to post graduate level. As well as 57 deserving male and female students getting their education free of cost without any fee.He said that college shifted this year to its own building and will continue educating students of this neglected area.

visions, Malakand, Hazara, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, during next 24 hours. According to met office here on Tuesday a western disturbance is present over Kashmir and adjoining areas and moving eastward which cause isolated rain while hot and dry weather is expected over rest parts of the country. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mainly hot and dry weather is expected over most parts. Dust thunderstorm and rain is expected at isolated places of Malakand and Hazara divisions. In Sindh and Balochistan mainly hot and dry weather is expected over most parts. While in Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, mainly dry weather is expected over most parts whereas dust thunderstorm/rain is expected at isolated places of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The Highest Temperature recorded during last 24 hours was Mithi 41øC, Sukkur, Badin, Hyderabad, Jaccobabad, Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad, Chhor 40øC, Islamabad 32øC, Lahore 37øC, Karachi 36 øC, Peshawar 33øC, Quetta 25øC, Skardu 24øC, Murree 20øC, Muzaffarabad 29øC, Gilgit 30øC, Faisalabad 36øC, Multan 35øC, Hyderabad 40øC. Rainfall recorded during last 24 hours remained Balakot 21mm, Pattan, Chitral, Drosh 15mm, Abbotabad 10mm, Dir, Quetta 09mm, Malamjabab 08mm, Barkhan 04mm, Kalam, Parachinar 03mm, Noorpurthal 02mm and Hunza 01 mm.—APP

Advisor to Prime Minister, Engr. Ameer Muqam Tuesday said that Tsunami Khan has failed to deliver in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and now misleading public by arranging protests and sitins. Talking to representative delegates of Mardan, Swabi and Lakki Marwat, he said that politics of protests should be avoided by focusing practicalities in greater interest of the people. Ameer Muqam said not a single project has been initiated by provincial government despite the passage of a year and now Tsunami Khan is trying to divert the concentration of people by staging drama on the issue of rigging. He said that people would not be deceived by such kind of politics and will support those who are sincere and dedicated to resolve the issues of masses.—APP

MPAs seek Ulema role against polio, measles C HAKDARA —Members provincial assem- Timergarah Hikmat Ullah and DHO bly from district Dir including Muzaffar Syed and Saeed Gul have urged upon Ulema to play their vital role in creating awareness among masses against polio, measles and other fatal diseases that mostly effect children. Addressing a function at Balambat here on Tuesday in connection with creating awareness among masses against polio and measles, Muzaffar Syed and Saeed Gul were of the view that the role of Ulema in sensitizing masses against these diseases was of prime importance as people follow their sayings. Muzaffar Syed said polio drops were prerequisite for a child to lead healthy life

Muhammad Rehman. The function was informed that anti-polio and anti-measeles campaign would start from today and continue up till 30th May. Naushahro Feroze: Deputy Commissioner Mirza Nasir Ali has said that 403,544 children would be vaccinated for which 70 teams are taking part in antimeasles drive. He said this while presiding over a meeting here on Tuesday to review the arrangement and situation on completion of first day of anti-measles campaign. He said that all schools children will be vaccinated therefore school owners should help in this drive.

LARKANA: Lady Health Worker vaccinating the measles vaccination to the children during a campaign of anti-measles at Shaikh Zayed Children Hospital. and become a useful part of the society rather than falling prey to crippling diseases. The function which was largely attended by area people was also addressed by DCO Lower Dir, Suhail Khan, DPO Ghulam Habib, Assisstant Commissioner

He appealed to the social organization, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and especially parents to cooperate with the teams and advised them to get their children vaccinated so that they could be protected from dangerous diseases.—APP

Are we heading for operation in FATA?


Hope beats fear in India polls


HE dialogue process between the Government and the TTP seems to be deadlocked and there is no indication as yet that it would come to an end despite categorical statement made by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan about resumption of the process in a few days. The Minister also stated that the delay in resumption of talks was not attributable to any action by the Government, rather it had something to do with the TTP itself and the ground realities. It is regrettable that despite the optimism expressed by Ch Nisar Ali Khan about meaningful and result oriented dialogue, things seem to be deteriorating as one Khasadar was killed and five Levies personnel were injured in two separate bomb attacks in Mohmand and Bajaur tribal regions on Sunday. And a day earlier, in a video message, Taliban leader Fazlullah asked his squads of suicide bombers to be ready for taking on ‘evil forces’. This shows the mindset of the TTP, raising apprehensions that something ominous could happen any time. It is also unfortunate that both the governmental and Taliban negotiating teams also seem to be ineffective as their members appear to have lost faith in the process. There are also increasing demands for launching of a decisive and full-scale military operation to wipe out terrorists from the tribal region that not only mount attacks within the country but also create problems for the country at regional and global level by launching attacks inside Afghanistan. Apart from local elements, majority of these terrorists are of Afghan or Central Asian origin and no sovereign country could allow foreign elements to misuse its soil for such activities. Despite all this, we have been emphasizing in these columns that launching of an all out operation would be suicidal as it would have serious consequences for security and progress of the country. The government is pursuing an ambitious economic agenda, which cannot be implemented without peaceful environment and therefore, dialogue should still be the priority with the Government. Delay in resumption of talks also allows anti-peace forces to take advantage of the situation to derail the process and therefore, decisive round of talks should be held at the soonest.

Asia needs to follow EU A

N important event “Conference on Interaction and Confidence-build ing measures in Asia” (CICA) has opened in the Chinese city of Shanghai, aimed at promoting regional peace, security and stability. President Mamnoon Hussain, who is representing Pakistan at the moot, has emphasized the need to transform the Conference into an institution that could exploit economic and political potential of the member countries. The agenda of the Conference is reflective of the fact that the participating countries and organizers are mindful of the need to turn it into an effective vehicle for regional peace and prosperity. However, it is worth mentioning that the Conference was convened by Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the moving spirit behind the initiative was the aspiration to set up an efficient and acceptable structure for ensuring peace and security in Asia but unfortunately it has moved at a very slow pace towards fulfilment of this cherished objective. As is the case with other organizations, at this forum too the leaders meet, exchange views and disperse without firming up mechanism for realization of their dreams. It is often said that 21st century is the century of Asia and no doubt the continent has the potential to grow and prosper but unfortunately it has become centre of regional and global conflicts marring its prospects for development. Most of the ticklish political disputes exist in Asia and there is hardly any progress towards their resolution, which is pre-requisite for true confidence building. Analysts also point out that CICA can move ahead on the pattern of EU where 28 member countries are ignoring their differences and disputes for the sake of economic progress and prosperity. They are gradually moving towards the goal of ‘28 countries one nation’ and countries of Asia can follow that model in addressing their common problems of poverty, disease, illiteracy and backwardness.

Army ultimately intervenes in Thailand T

HE inevitable has happened in Thailand as the Army on Tuesday de clared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. The crisis deepened the last week when Thailand’s constitutional court removed Yingluck Shinawatra from her position as Prime Minister for nepotism along with nine Cabinet members in a case that many viewed as politically motivated. Violence in recent months mark the latest episode in eight years of upheaval that has pitted the largely rural supporters of populist former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra against the Southeast Asian nation’s traditional elites. The military insisted that its assumption of responsibility for national security was not a coup and it has taken control to ensure law and order in the country split by deep political divisions. It was being speculated that the situation would lead to army intervention, as the country was moving towards a possible bloody clash between the two political camps. Martial law gives the army control over security but leaves the government in command of other tasks, unlike a coup. Thailand has witnessed 18 coups in the past eight decades. Censorship of the media has also been ordered by the army and both pro and anti-government protesters have been ordered not to march anywhere in order to prevent clashes. The imposition of martial law in Thailand is a sad development and it is so because in many third world countries the democratic culture is not getting deep roots as pre-requisites of march forward for democracy are not practiced. A party that loses the elections goes all out to hold protest rallies to dislodge the sitting government without caring that tomorrow the same could happen to it. This is the sad state of affairs and politicians need to learn lesson that they better follow the democratic practices and respect the mandate of the people. Though the Army made it clear that it was not a coup but the problem for it will be how to twist arms to force, cajole or convince the opponents to reach a compromise to end the political impasse. That will be a key test for the army and who knows what is in store for the Thailanders.

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Balancing Saudi-Iran bilateralism Iqbal Khan


RAN’s nuclear programme is one of the major irritants stand ing in the way of improvement in Saudi-Iran relations. The issue has been blown out of proportions to the extent that real nuclear culprit in the Middle East—Israel is having a field day. Stalemate in nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 indicates that Gulf region is far from calm. Iran and six world powers made little progress in last week’s talks on ending their dispute over nuclear program, raising doubts over the prospects for a breakthrough by a July 20 deadline. “We believe there needs to be some additional realism. Time is not unlimited here.” a senior US official said. The fourth round of negotiations in the Austrian capital ended with surfacing of difference of opinion on about a dozen issues. The biggest gap was over the capacity of a future Iranian civil nuclear programme, measured in thousands of centrifuges and their output measured in ‘separative work units’. P5+1 think in terms of 4,000 to 6,000; Iranian hope to have up to 100,000. Nawaz-Rouhani summit was long overdue; preceding high profile exchanges of visits between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan had caused unease in Iran despite Pakistan’s assurances that it wishes a balanced relationship with both friendly countries. Iran-Pakistan summit was on hold for the last couple of months due to few untoward spontaneous irritants. Despite immense preparatory work, leadership met in an environment weighed down by information gap, mistrust, confusion and misperceptions. Kidnapping of five Iranian soldiers by militants in Feb-

ruary, positional gap in the way of implementing the IP gas pipeline, illegal emigrants/immigrants issue and Tehran’s overarching discomfort regarding Pakistan’s enhanced contacts with Saudi leadership were good enough reasons to scuttle the launch of any meaningful initiative to strengthen Pakistan-Iran relations. A day after the summit, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal has extended an invitation to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit Saudi Arabia, expressing Kingdom’s readiness for negotiations with Iran. Addressing a press conference on the eve of “Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum with Central Asia and Azerbaijan”, Prince Saud pointed out that ongoing political crises in the Middle East have given major superpowers the opportunity to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, which increases the phenomenon of terrorism. Over the previous years, Pakistan has been trying to narrow the differences between these two friendly countries; however, it will be an overstatement to attribute Saudi invitation to Iran entirely to Iran-Pakistan summit. Saudi invitation is reflective of Kingdom’s serious concerns about the currents and counter-currents decimating the potential of Muslim Ummah. Hopefully, Iran would respond positively to the offer as it is of utmost importance for the stability of the region that these two very important Muslim countries negotiate on all issues and institutionalize and regularize their bilateral engagements through joint commissions and interaction/ partnership between their think tanks. Saudi Arabia should take visible and convincing steps to indicate that it has abandoned the role American proxy against Iran; likewise, Iran should demonstrate that it has given up the mission of agitating “Shiite” population of Gulf counties to upset

the apple cart of status quo in the Middle East. Both countries should realize that the international situation has changed a lot and the super powers are no longer concerned about the sovereignty and independence of less powerful states and all their acts and policies are self-serving. New approach in the international arena seeks to alter the status quo of countries from the inside— and when such efforts fail, intervene externally. This is being witnessed in several Islamic countries, which are facing internal fighting while the international players are weakening them for the attainment of their long term objectives. Concerns of Muslim countries can only be resolved through their inter and intra-state negotiations, aimed at strengthening each state’s internal consolidation, and respecting each other’s sovereignty. On the heels of Saudi foreign minister’s invitation to his Iranian counterpart, “Importance of Expanded Cooperation in the Gulf Region” was the theme of the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s remarks at the “US-Gulf Cooperation Council Defense Ministerial Conference”: “I hope [this meeting] becomes an annual security consultation, and the backbone for renewed cooperation among all the nations of the GCC,” he said. He assured that the United States is determined to support the Gulf countries: “This has been demonstrated by the United States Central Command’s continued forward military presence, which includes 35,000 personnel; our Navy’s 5th Fleet; our most advanced fighter aircraft; our most sophisticated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets; and a wide array of missile defense capabilities…It has also been demonstrated by recent defense sales agreements, including some of the largest in American history.” Iran views GCC as a Saudi led American bulwark to counter Iran. The most

pressing security challenges threaten the whole region and demand a collective response, which has to be Iran inclusive. At the same time, Washington’s rapprochement with Tehran has created mistrust among the Gulf states, which feel isolated and uncertain of their trusted ally’s support and position on key issues and challenges posed by Iran that are perceived as a direct threat to their national interests. Despite Hagel’s articulations, the GCC’s mistrust of the US is likely to persist. The Ummah has suffered a lot because of foreign inspired wars including the Iran-Iraq conflict and tensions between other States. Ongoing developments in the Middle East are creating fissure within the region which could have serious effect beyond the region. As major Muslim counties enjoying a lot of clout over a large number Muslim states, Iran and Saudi Arabia should stop competing for winning America favour and avoid giving an impression of ganging-up against each other. Both countries need to set the parameters for using their influence for the good of Ummah, which will in turn come back to strengthen their respective clout. Pakistan needs to move forward and work with Iran and Saudi Arabia for bringing stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan has reiterated time and again that any improvement in relations with Tehran will not be at Saudi Arabia’s expense and vice versa. Pakistan should play a more proactive role in mediating between Iran and the Gulf states—especially Saudi Arabia. Dynamics of Pakistan’s domestic politics also warrant that Pakistan should perform the balancing act between the two, only then it could manage a sustainable bilateral and trilateral interaction with them. —The writer is Consultant Policy and Strategic Response, IPRI.

System deceives public mandate one way or the other, both Imran and Dr. Qadri pledged a new Pakistan, but Sajjad Shaukat totheymake are not against democracy. Email: Their real intent is that the entire electoral exercise is deeply flawed. Hence, they emphaHAIRMAN of PTI, Imran sized the introduction of electoral reKhan has started contacting forms in Pakistan, because the issue various political and religious is that this corrupt system must go. parties like PPP, MQM, PML-Q, JI Although some elements criticized and PAT to increase pressure on the Geo TV channel for defaming ISI PML-N government for overhaul- since the day the Journalist Hamid ing the Election Commission of Pa- Mir was injured in an attack by the kistan (ECP) due to the rigging in unidentified gunmen in Karachi, yet the general elections 2013. The PPP without naming ISI or Pak Army, they leader of the opposition Syed misconceived that the latter is backKhurshid Shah also endorsed Imran ing the ongoing protest rallies, parKhan’s call for the resignation of all ticularly Imran Khan against the members of the ECP. In these de- present government. Geo TV has also velopments, some analysts opine indirectly raised such baseless allethat a grand alliance of the political gations. But Imran Khan has denied parties will be concluded for mid- these false accusations, as he was alterm elections or a massive move- ready regretting the theft of public ment could be launched against the mandate in the general elections. rulers. On May 11, this year, counImran Khan repeatedly held Geo try-wide protest rallies led by lead- TV and Jang group including its meers of PTI and PAT, PML-Q and JI dia anchor Najam Sethi and ex-Chief were held against the rigging in the Justice Iftikhar Muhammad elections, demanding a corruption- Chaudhry responsible for covert supfree state, instead of a system that port to polls rigging. Taking the brought corrupt politicians in parlia- owner of the Geo media group, Mir ment. In this regard, Dr. Tahir-ul- Shakil-ur-Rehman to task for media Qadri of PAT said in his speech that trial of the Inter-Services Intelligence there was no parliament, and denied (ISI) and its DG, Imran Khan elabothe presence of democracy, consti- rated that his party stood by the armed tuted of good governance and pu- forces and ISI, and was against any rity—both the ingredients are extinct propaganda against them—the “US in Pakistan, as the country is being and India will be gladly looking at ruled by some particular families, the maligning of Pakistan’s armed while poor people of the country are forces by the country’s own TV channel.” He further said, “When we stood deprived from basic necessities. Pointing out rigging in the polls by the armed forces, a defamatory and the multiple problems faced by campaign was launched against me.” the country as well as the people, in He demanded audit of funds Mir


Shakil-ur-Rehman has been receiving from the US, UK and India. He also emphasized the rulers to bring back the looted money. While showing solidarity with the armed forces and ISI, leaders of various political and religious parties like JI and PML-Q including other entities also criticized the Geo TV channel’s irresponsible approach against country’s prime spy agency, questioning the foreign funding of this media group in wake of public protest-rallies against the media outfit. Earlier, Dr. Qadri also expressed similar thoughts. However, democracy has displayed its success in the west, but, it has proved to be fruitless in Pakistan. Therefore, it is generally said that “any instrument can be misused.” Pakistan’s politicians have always claimed that they nourish democratic ideals, but, we could not establish this system on a strong footing due to irresponsible approach of our political entities. Past experience proves that our political parties have worked on undemocratic principles like hostility for the sake of hostility, formation of alliances and counter-alliances to win the elections. Much time is wasted in retaliation against the previous government instead of fulfilling the promises, made with the voters during election campaign. So, they forget the real aim of public mandate by resolving the economic and social problems of the masses. In this context, they also misguide the general masses by forming extreme opinion among them towards their opponents. In fact, concentration of wealth in few hands has created a privileged class of landown-

ers and industrialists who contest elections winning the same against each other again and again. During the election campaign, they employ all means, fair or foul to defeat their opponents and capture political power. They mislead the general masses through, false propaganda and exaggerated speeches. Besides, various malpractices such as horse-trading, nepotism, bribery, illegal obligations and other forms of corruption are very common among our political leaders. Past experience also shows that an alliance of different parties is formed to launch a mass movement to topple the government, which ultimately leads to military rule in the country when there is no third option, because state cannot survive in anarchy. Notably, in 2011, during the Memogate case, some entities were saying that martial law will be imposed in the country. The then Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated, “The Pakistan Army has and will continue to support democratic process in the country.” As Army was acting upon the principle of non-interference in political affairs, therefore, the previous government completed its tenure. Nevertheless, in case of Pakistan, it is owing to the lack of pre-conditions for the success of democracy like education, tolerance, responsible media and political consciousness that general masses become an easy prey to the system, conducted by shrewd politicians who deceive the public mandate. —The writer is Lahore-based political analyst.

HE world’s largest demo cratic pageant — elections in India — has ended with a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As a result, Narendra Modi, the Gujarat State chief minister, should be able to form a government without forging a coalition with smaller parties, a tendency that has hobbled predecessor governments. While the prospect of a strong Indian government led by Modi appeals to those who decry the horse-trading that has sapped the energy of other Delhi governments — and slowed the country’s once-impressive growth — others worry that Modi could also prove to be a Hindu nationalist who will ratchet up tensions in South Asia. Few, though, expected the Modi landslide. The scale of the victory — not only in numbers but also in its crossing every significant social, religious and geographic divide — suggests a great national hunger for an activist government. If that is accurate, then Modi is the right man. He rose to fame as the chief minister of the state of Gujarat, the state that is home to 60 million Indians. During his 12 years in that position, he has focused on building infrastructure and eliminating bureaucratic red tape. The result is an economic environment widely viewed as business friendly with growth rates that have rivaled those of China. The state’s per capita income increased nearly fourfold during Modi’s tenure, outpacing the national average. His motto is “less government and more governance” and some more rapturous supporters liken him to Margaret Thactcher. No wonder, then, that the prospect of a BJP victory pushed national stock indexes to record highs and elevated the rupee to an 11-month high against the dollar. Foreign investors have already sunk more than $16 billion into Indian stocks and bonds over the last six months, a stake estimated to be worth $280 billion in anticipation of a Modi government. The one dark cloud hanging over the prospect of a Modi government is his association with the Hindu nationalist group, RSS. Modi was chief minister when Gujarat was wracked by communal violence in 2002, in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed. While he has been officially absolved of any complicity in the violence by a Supreme Court investigation, questions linger over the efforts he took to rein it in. The suspicions were sufficiently strong for the United States to refuse to issue him a visa in 2005. In fact, however, Delhi’s relations with Washington have been adjusting throughout President Barack Obama’s term in office as the initial enthusiasm for a renewed US-Indian relationship was worn down by the inevitable divergence in the two countries’ national interests. India seeks a greater role in regional and global politics, but on its own terms. And while Delhi has its issues with China, any government that sees India as a willing partner in a policy to contain or confront China will be disappointed. Modi, like his predecessors, is foremost an Indian nationalist. More troubling is the prospect of increased tension in relations with Pakistan. As an RSS activist, Modi would be expected to take harder line against Pakistan and escalate the struggle for influence in Afghanistan as the U.S. withdraws its forces from there. Fortunately Modi has promised continuity in dealings with Islamabad, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited Modi to visit. An early visit to Japan might also be in the cards, given Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s outreach to India and the strong Japanese investment in Gujarat. A genuine partnership with India makes sense for Japan, but that relationship must be founded on realistic expectations. Modi faces several challenges. The first is overcoming the bureaucratic rigidity and political divisions that stifled the efforts of previous governments. His majority will help surmount those obstacles, but will it be sufficient? Second is dealing with the great expectations of success that accompany his victory. They make his job harder by raising the bar for what is considered success. Some fear that Modi might be tempted to fall back on more parochial appeals if he does not succeed. That’s just another reason to wish him every success in his new job. — The Japan Times Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy. Spike Milligan —British author

Pak-Iran pipeline & future responsibility Voice of the People promoting or better pushing only those – not very likely – like the TAPI and Casa Ali Ashraf Khan projects 500 or 1000 or whatsoever in which they have their own strategic interest and that have no immediate relief for Pakistan. HE two-day visit of Pakistan Pakistan got entrapped into unPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif precedented energy crises in 1980 that to Iran was an important event is now taking its toll from the people, in a situation when the relations be- who are paying through their nose: tween the two neighbouring countries electricity and gas load shedding, loss are strained because of several rea- of jobs due to loss of productivity. sons. One, there is the new approach Balochistan that is full of mineral and of Saudi Arabia towards Pakistan im- natural resources if explored and utiplying mire military cooperation and lized in national development could the fear of Pakistan being pushed to have changed our destiny, but for uninterfere directly or indirectly in known reasons Balochistan remained Syria. Second, there is the strained on boiling point from 1974 onward relationship because of the activities hampering development process in of militants in the Pakistan-Iran bor- Balochistan and elsewhere. Oil rich der region and the recent case of Ira- basin in Balochistan was neglected by nian border guards having been ab- successive governments in Pakistan ducted and kept on the Pakistani side under foreign pressure. Now when the of the border in Balochistan — a re- government in Iran is willing to coopgion that is not securely controlled erate for the mutual benefit of both by Islamabad. countries Pakistan should not waste And third, there is the case of the time by making this project another Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, an utterly rolling stone. important project to ease the gas The Iran-Pakistan power project shortage and energy crisis in Pakistan has been already hampered with sancthat has been an ‘apple of discord’ tions put by the US on it. While there because of US and EU sanctions is a legally binding agreement beagainst this project. While otherwise tween Pakistan and Iran that is bindthe US is pretending to help Pakistan ing both countries to construct the gas tackling the energy crisis it has been pipeline on their respective territories


on an agreed schedule, Pakistan so far has not been able or reluctant to do so despite the penalties looming because of their fear of American sanctions. Caught between the ‘strategic’ partnership with the US in the so-called war on terror that cost Pakistan more than $ 100 billion loss against peanuts that were reimbursed as cost of fighting a proxy war, which did not serve any interest of the Pakistani nation and the commitment given to our neighbour Iran is losing time, the project has been stalled for the last many months and the deadline of December 2014 when the Pakistani-side pipeline should have been completed is looming. That is why the visit of Nawaz Sharif was so important for Pakistan. Now the vibes we are receiving from that visit seem to be positive. Especially with respect to the pipeline project Iran seems to have given Pakistan another chance and offered to wipe the sanctions if our government is serious about starting construction. This is definitely good news if true and if Nawaz Sharif is serious. Given growing number of power outages in scorching heat of Pakistan’s summer any project that is offering relief in energy field reliably and short-term has to be not only welcomes but pursued with full effort. It should be given first priority. Our financial

managers are so skillful in procuring money when it is about their own interest, let them show their skills when it is about getting around the financial sanctions and rededicate funds from one project to the other without making much noise; it should not be a problem. All that is needed is political will to do so and cover up for it. If done properly it could be a major relief for gas shortage in Pakistan within a short time. And it would be a factor stabilizing the fragile relations with our neighbouring country that has been most of the time a good neighbour to us: Iran was the first country to recognize the newly founded Pakistan, we should never forget that. And if we continue to fall in the World Bank and IMF trap then the present economic and financial reforms under the banner of privatization will doom us into pauperization, loosely regulated stock market can be manipulated by the new Western players who are monopolizing on our financial arena very articulately perhaps with the connivance of our financial managers, while the rulers and the ruled appears to be in deep slumber or even worse – are getting a part of the spoils. God bless Pakistan. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

Dissidents misleading Baloch people Col M Hanif (Retd)


OME members of Baloch elite who are being misled by for eign hands and have been given refuge in some foreign countries are using internet and social media to propagate that Balochistan people have been wronged and therefore they want Balochistan as a separate state. Factually speaking these persons are foreign sponsored Balochi dissidents who want to enjoy life free of cost by staying in capitals of some foreign powers and in return are trying to alienate very loyal Baloch people from Pakistan by misleading them by presenting distorted facts on historical status of Balochistan. The dissidents are also propagating to the people of Balochistan that in the past central leadership of Pakistan has been neglecting the province in its economic development thus keeping its people poor. In the real sense members of this elite group of Balochistan who are involved in this smear campaign are working on the direction and agenda of those foreign actors who cannot see a flourishing Pakistan and also have eyes on Balochistan’s abundant natural resources and its strategic value as an important province of

Pakistan. To justify their claim for independent Balochistan the separatists’ group has prepared a document called “Balochistan Liberation Charter”. This document, which is being widely circulated through various media sources, has been prepared by distorting historical facts about the status of Balochistan and its accession to Pakistan. In this Charter it is falsely claimed that in history Balochistan was a sovereign state that was later divided into three parts by the British Empire in 1871. This politically motivated document further says that Pakistan forcefully occupied the sovereign state of Balochistan on 27 March 1948. The purpose of publicizing this document is to mislead people of Balochistan about the correct historical records and to justify that Balochistan should become a separate state. To falsify the aforementioned fabricated propaganda of the dissidents there is a need to refer to the official records. According to the official records, Balochistan or Kalat had never been an independent state. As per Imperial Gazetteer of India (1908), rulers of Kalat were never fully independent. The Gazetteer reflects that not only Kalat but whole region of Balochistan always remained under the control of Persia, Afghanistan or India. It is also not right to say that at the time of independence of Pakistan the people of Balochistan were reluc-

tant for acceding to Pakistan. In fact at the time of its independence, Balochistan people voluntarily joined Pakistan. The British Government at that time had ascertained the will of the people of Balochistan by holding a referendum in the province on June 3, 1947 to determine whether they wanted to join Pakistan or India. In the referendum when the elected representatives of Balochistan were asked whether they would sit in the constituent assembly of Pakistan or that of India, that Electoral College comprising non officials of Quetta Municipality and Shahi Jirga voted unanimously in favour of Pakistan. No concrete evidence of use of any coercion or political pressure was found on part of either British Government or Muslim League to influence the decision of the Electoral College and Shahi Jirga in favour of Pakistan. Also, Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmed Yar Khan decided to accede to Pakistan unconditionally by signing the Instrument of Accession on 27 March 1948. The above discussed facts should leave no doubt in the minds of people of Balochistan that these young dissident members of Balochi elite are trying to distort history of Balochistan with respect to Pakistan to serve interests of their foreign mentors who are basically interested in destabilizing Pakistan. The fact is that Balochistan is an important province

of Pakistan. There is a great opportunity for the provincial leadership of Balochistan and its people to work for progress of the province that has been much facilitated by granting wider politico-economic powers to the provinces vide 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. Like all other provinces, Balochistan also has an elected government in place that is working very hard for the development and welfare of people of Balochistan. In 2013 elections, Balochistan people voted for electing present members of Provincial Assembly. Balochistan government is the first provincial government that has held local bodies’ elections to devolve powers to the grassroots leadership. The Central Govt of Pakistan is also providing all type of assistance for the development of Balochistan. Pakistan Govt, in collaboration with China, is already undertaking construction of mega projects in Balochistan such as expansion of Gawadar deepsea port, coastal highways and building of economic corridor from Kashgar, China to Gawader, Pakistan. The economic corridor with Gwader as a hub will become a major trade and energy transportation route connecting Pakistan to China and Central Asian States. —The writer works for Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Islamabad

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My part in the global war on polio Rob Crilly


Y now the simple application of my hand to a child’s head must be enough to confer immunity to polio. I had my childhood drops on sugar lumps, then the boosters and then in the form of jabs as an adult – several times in the past decade as a foreign correspondent to protect me as I travelled through the developing world. I’ve got antibodies to spare. Yet there I was in my GP’s surgery on Saturday, in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, sticking out my tongue as he carefully dripped two beads of the oral vaccine on to my tongue. Without a sugar lump it was bitter, nasty. But at least now I have done my part for the war against a disease that was supposed to have

been eradicated from Pakistan last year. Instead of dying out it is on the rise here: 61 cases so far in 2014. With the Pakistani strain apparently responsible for an outbreak in Syria last year, the fear is that the country could reintroduce the virus to parts of the world declared polio free. Officials are particularly worried about the UK, with its big Pakistani population, many of whom travel back and forth to areas of South Asia where wild polio virus circulates in sewage. So the World Health Organisation has now recommended that travellers be vaccinated before leaving Pakistan, a recommendation seized upon with uncharacteristic alacrity by the Islamabad government, which made it mandatory from June 1. The upshot is that my doctor is already turning away patients seeking vaccination to ensure that he has enough drops for

the diplomats (and pushy journalists) who make up much of his clientele, a clientele that is for the most part immunised up to its ears. This does not mean the oral drops are wasted. Unlike the jab we have at home, it apparently prevents me carrying the virus in my digestive tract and passing it into the sewage system. But already there are signs of shortages in Pakistan. The Ministry of Health says it is unable to supply 60,000 doses to the military, for example. So what then of the children in the tribal areas where hundreds of thousands are already at risk through the opposition of religious hardliners and the Taliban to Western medicine? The best way for Pakistan to protect the world from polio is to eradicate the disease from within its own boundaries, not by policing airport departure terminals.

(How long before bogus certificates are on sale?) Worse, the new policy feeds into the hardliners’ argument that the campaign is a Western effort, for the benefit of the West – just like the war on terror. Vaccinating travellers might be one way to prevent the spread of disease, but it should be part of a joined-up strategy which includes a proper public information campaign to face down the opponents of vaccines and ensure protection of Pakistani children. The danger is that a government lacking the will to take on hardliners over polio and which runs vaccination campaigns on the cheap (paying health workers a bonus of about £5 for a three-day campaign, as one told me), will take the easy option of focusing on people like me. I’m due for another dose next May. — Courtesy: The Telegraph

Razor loving fans..!


NDIAN women like their men without facial hair. Now the wife she be looking at me a little strangely, “How’s your fan club?” she ask after some time of looking at me. “Fan club?” I ask innocent like. “Yeah you know what I mean, columnists they be getting letters from lady readers saying they swoon over every word you write? You get them letters no?”“No!” “You don’t get them letters from

old ladies who have nothing else to do with their pension money but buy yer newspaper and read what dear Bob he write today?” “No!” “You got a problem then!” Now I start getting a tad upset and look back at the wife strangely and she be looking at me equally strangely, “You think I have a problem?” I ask. “If you not be getting letters from old ladies and young wimmin’ saying how they..” “Swoon over every word I write..” I complete quickly.“Yeah if you don’t begetting such letters then Bob you got to do something about it!” “I’ve been thinking,” I tell her. “Yeah,” says me wife encouragingly like, “What you be thinkin’ dear?” “I been thinking maybe I should learn

some big words like them other columnists they be using, you know what I mean?” “No!” “Well huge big words, they be very impressive to them old ladies who don’t know what to do with their pension and start reading my column maybe impressed by big words I start using..” “That be costly Bob!” “What?” “Sending you to school agin’ to learn them big words. We can’t go ‘bout spendin’ household money to get yourself some education, you know with the cost of vegetables and dog food being what they are, you want me to start paying school fees fer you? You want us to go hungry so you can write them big words fer those ladies to write fan mail to you?” “Whoa! Whoa!” I shout, “You got a

better idea?” “Yeah!” “What?” “Shave Bob! Just knock off that facial hair and watch us Indian women swoon over every word you be writin’!” “No!” I be shoutin’ as the wife she bring out a razor as big as sheep shears. “Come on Bob be a man just a snip here and a snip there, so much easier than going back to school and learnin’, come on, then we’ll go to the photography man and take a pic of you all clean shaven and send de new snap to yer editor to put next to yer column…” “No!” I shout, as the shears come close to me beard, “No!” “Ah!” say the wife, “Ah! Now you’ll be getting’ some fan mail..!” —

Journalistic ethics — thrown down the gutter! NIDA JAFFERY


few days back, I attended a family dinner. There I met my second cousin after almost a year. She asked me what I was studying and I very proudly answered, “Journalism”. All my smug self-importance went down the lane when she laughed at my face and asked me to watch a certain “Bollywood Movie” (Page 3). I went home and watched the movie the very night and mark my words, it’s a mustwatch for every journalist to-be! It pertains to the modern journalistic trend that a news story can find its place in media only if it is sensational and has a lot of ‘masala’ in it. It specifies how an honest and sincere journalist faces nothing but head-falls because of the unethical policies of the system. With each passing scene, I could relate our media situations to the scenario portrayed in the movie. In this era of independent and free media, being a truthful journalist is a negative point. There should not be any TV channel burying the news of a particular anchor’s fake degree if he is to sign a show with the channel in near future. No newspaper should reject an excellently crafted and covered story because the advertisers are not in the support of it. What are we journalists here for? Are we here for covering parties and funerals and dresses and make-ups only? Or if we cover some rape case, we are here to ask some logically and morally unethical questions to the victim? For example how do you feel? It’s very obvious they feel pathetic! We ask the family members right in front of the dead body of their loved ones about what are their feelings. They feel anger, sorrow and grief and we by asking them these questions add to their miseries. Why we students of journalism are taught these courses about “The Ethics of Journalism” when in reality there are next to no ethics left in the practical scenario? —Karachi

Anti-polio campaign SRH HASHMI Our beloved Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finally jolted into action on polio front, but not until WHO had placed restrictions on Pakistani travellers abroad; such is the state of lethargy in the government circles. And with this state of performance, our civilian government desires to be treated at par with established, well-functioning democracies, where civilians hold control of the armed forces. He is replicating measures taken by WHO, albeit at local levels, and has ordered that all children travelling out of Federally Administered Tribal Ares (FATA) be compulsorily vaccinated, while also declaring a polio emergency. The Prime Minister has also asked the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to deploy army troops at all FATA borders to provide security to polio teams. Perhaps it did not occur to him that the army is already over-stretched, doing a lot in addition to securing international borders, which is its prime responsibility, and that maintaining internal law and order is the responsibility of civilian law-enforcers. He has also ordered convening of the meeting of National Task Force on Polio as soon as possible. According to National Coordinator for Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq, who briefed Nawaz Sharif on polio; opposition by militants and military operation in FATA are the major hurdles to polio-free Pakistan, while threats and killing of workers is another barrier. Moreover, she said that the refusal of misguided parents, rejecting polio vaccination on supposedly religious grounds is 52 percent in Balochistan, 35 percent in Sindh and 30 percent in FATA and these figures clearly indicate that the main reason for KhyberPakhtunkhwa having over ninety percent of the polio cases is threat from militants. It is strange that the government is not taking any effective action in this regard except of course passing on the responsibility to the Army. A religious scholar had mentioned in a television programme that the government’s negotiating team should have raised this matter during talks with Taliban, but unfortunately did not, which clearly shows how seriously it takes the issue. When it came to tackling the rejection of polio vaccine on supposedly religious grounds, stated to be amounting to 52 percent in Balochistan, 35 percent in Sindh and 30 percent in FATA, the government should mount a campaign to enlighten the concerned people of the fallacy of their claim through parties having influence in the area, like local religious and other leaders. After all, there are Fatwas from religious scholars of repute stating clearly that polio vaccine in no way contravenes religious requirement. With the international community taking note of the menace, and the WHO requiring travellers to get vaccinated against polio, there is just no excuse for the government to continue in the half-hearted manner, making disjointed efforts and issuing meaningless directives, in lieu of a well-coordinated campaign that needs to be run all over the country, with greater emphasis on the badly-affected regions. —Karachi

PTI vs AAP SYEDA RABAB FATIMA PTI was founded in 1966 by Imran Khan and claims to be “a non family” party. PTI has come a long way from the time it was founded and has become the third largest party of the country after PML-N and PPP. The party was supported by cross section of people and especially by middle class, upper class and educated people. The agenda

of PTI was “what the people really wanted” PTI were able to form government in KP. The blunder which PTI committed was they promised people to eradicate corruption, load shedding, make judiciary strong and will not ask the world financial institutions for loans. These promises sounded vague and could not be accomplished in a short time.Likewise in India Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came up with a single agenda “to end corruption”, party was supported by middle and lower classes who were being exploited by the bureaucrats and politicians. AAP refused to be a coalition partner with BJP or any other party but PTI proved itself to be opportunist by joining hands with Jamat-iIslami with whom they were at daggers’ end before and after elections. —Karachi

Load-shedding the key issue ARSALA KHAN Here are some severe issues, which are needed to be known by the authorities and to be taken care of. After so many years and countless unfulfilled promises by almost every government, load shedding still exists. All kinds of solution have been discussed multiple times but every year deadlines pass and the public outcry falls on deaf ears. Pakistan has stepped into the modern age of telecommunication with 3G and 4G networks but the future is bleak without adequate electricity. Are we ever going to overcome this curse of load shedding or not? The government must think seriously this time. —Karachi

Birth of first child RANA TASSAWAR ALI I have been blessed with the birth of my first child and the birth of first child is always a good news for family and friends. According to psychology, firstborn children are diligent and want to be the best at everything they do. They excel at winning the hearts of their elders. And it is a fact that the parents of the first child treat the child in a manner that has a lasting impact not only on the child but on the family as well. It depends upon the parents as to how much attention do they give to child as their care and attention builds the personality of child. Being a good citizen of Pakistan we build our children’s personality as they become productive and responsible members of our society. —Via email

Pakistan between India, Afghanistan ZULQARANIN SEWAG On our Eastern border, BJP has come in power in the shape of a hard liner Narendra Damodardas Modi and on our Western border winds are blowing in the favour of Abdullah Abdullah, another critic of Pakistan. India is also getting new army chief, Dalbir Singh Suhag, another hardhitting person who is notorious for brutalities in Kashmir and Sri Lanka. NATO troops too are withdrawing from Afghanistan at the end of this year. It seems that Pakistan is between devil and deep sea. On the other hand though Pakistan has got a democratic government but it is not performing according to the voters expectations. None of the sector can be called stable and above board. Even it has not a permanent Foreign Minister. Parties in opposition are protesting against poll rigging whereas government is reluctant in rechecking the vote casted. And the country is progressing on the loaned money that can burst at any time. Government has not detailed, clear cut and comprehensive foreign policy. It assures to expedite work on the IP gas pipeline and also talks to complete TAPI project but all in meetings and speeches. It is siding

with friends and foes at the same time. On the other hand Northern Alliance is paying back to the pinches and punctures we punched it during 1990’s and onward. India has now more influence in Afghanistan than that of Pakistan. It is investing in and building strategic infrastructure there as well as training its forces. It is also involved in creating disturbance in Baluchistan and FATA. Our Eastern border too is under skirmishes for last several months. Both in Pakistan and India, the right wing parties have won the elections that are posing threat to the minorities on both sides. Minorities in any country always prefer to have secular governments where they can freely practice their beliefs but this time Muslims of India are worried as Modi is historically the representative of conservatism and extremism and same is the case and situation of minorities in Pakistan. Extremists are taking over in every walk and sphere of national life. Whereas India can give us more tough time on the issues of Kashmir, water, Sir Creek and border tensions. Resumption of the composite dialogue process may further linger on. But Pakistan can’t bleed more. It has to build up its economy on strong footings and war footing basis. Instead of making any group favourite in Afghanistan, we should work for the restoration of peace and development there. If once India succeeds, it will become very difficult for us to maintain peace even in Baluchistan and FATA which are already vulnerable. It is high time that we must calculate our strengths and weaknesses. We must work shrewdly by exploiting our strengths and overcoming the weaknesses as well as employing a permanent, competent, far sighted and patriot Foreign Minister. We must overcome our internal differences, grievances and factions for the sake of Pakistan. Otherwise, the hardliners on our both long borders can prove fatal for us. —Jhang

Imran Khan unhelpful UMAIR IQBAL KHAN Imran Khan and his party stalwarts are crying at the top of their voices to exercise their democratic right to denounce the general elections held on May 11 last year. I believe Imran has been poorly advised by his party. The state of Pakistan is mired deep in economic and security-related issues. Was it not wise for him to hold demonstrations both inside and outside the Parliament for holding of local bodies elections? If Imran was so popular then he should persuade shopkeepers to close down their businesses at 5.00pm to help the masses overcome energy shortages. Since he is a leader he should persuade the people to pay their dues, especially income tax and GST to help overcome financial problems. Since he is a popular leader he should appeal to the people to adopt one curriculum so that future generations have a level playing field to compete for excellence in life. By doing this, I am sure he would not only earn respect all across the country, he would be able to win the next elections by a wide margin as well. The role of Opposition is not only to resist government measures but in a country like ours, former should also help steer government to do better. —Via email

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Indian Muslims fear Hindu chauvinism

China dismisses US hacking charges BEIJING—China on Tuesday warned the United States was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it “the biggest attacker of China’s cyberspace.” China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday’s charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies. The Foreign Ministry demanded Washington withdraw the indictment. The testy exchange marked an escalation in tensions over U.S. complaints that China’s military uses its cyber warfare skills to steal foreign trade secrets to help the country’s vast state-owned industrial sector. A U.S. security firm, Mandiant, said last year it traced attacks on American and other companies to a military unit in Shanghai. The charges are the biggest challenge to relations since a meeting last summer between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Sunnylands, California. Ties already were under strain due to conflicts over what Washington says are provocative Chinese moves to assert claims over disputed areas of the East and South China Seas. Beijing complains the Obama administration’s effort to shift foreign policy emphasis toward Asia and expand its military presence in the region is emboldening Japan and other neighbors and fueling tension. Beijing has denied conducting commercial spying and said it is a victim of computer hacking, but has given little indication it investigates foreign complaints. “The Chinese government and Chinese military as well as relevant personnel have never engaged and never participated in so-called cyber theft of trade secrets,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, at a news briefing. “What the United States should do no is withdraw its indictment.” The Ministry of Defense warned that the U.S. accusations would chill gradually warming relations between the two militaries. “The United States, by this action, betrays its commitment to building healthy, stable, reliable military-to-military relations and causes serious damage to mutual trust,” it said. Despite the pointed language, damage to U.S.-Chinese relations is likely to be limited, with little change in trade or military links, because Beijing realizes the indictment of the five officers is symbolic, said Shen Dingli, a director of the Center for American Studies at Shanghai’s Fudan University. He has close ties to China’s foreign policy establishment. Beijing is unlikely to engage in tit-for-tat retaliation such as issuing its own indictments of American soldiers and probably will go ahead with plans to take part in U.S.hosted naval exercises next month, Shen said. tion to name individuals.—AP

AHMEDABAD—Millions of India’s Mus- Muslim widow Parveen Banu, whose famlims fear Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi’s landslide election will fuel religious discrimination, intolerance and even bring bloodshed, but some are also prepared to give him a chance. The right-wing hardliner stormed to victory at the polls, throwing the left-leaning secular Congress from office and handing his Bharatiya Janata Party a powerful mandate for promised sweeping reforms.Critics warn the size of the victory will empower Modi, steeped in Hindu nationalist ideology and tainted by antiMuslims riots, to run roughshod over religious minorities, particularly India’s 150 million Muslims. But some, at least, are hopeful that Modi’s promise during the campaign of jobs and development to revive the stalled economy will benefit all classes, castes and religions, not just the Hindu majority.“My hopes have been rekindled, I am looking forward to better days under his rule,” said Abdul Salaam, 29, a Muslim tailor in Varanasi, a Hindu holy city which has a sizeable Muslim community. Salaam pointed to the prosperity of western Gujarat state, where Modi was chief minister for 13 years, saying he hoped these policies could be reproduced nationally.

ily was killed in communal riots in Gujarat, said the BJP leader would not dare turn against Muslims after weeks on the campaign trail preaching national unity. Banu remembers running through the blood-splattered alleys of Gujarat’s main city of Ahmedabad to escape the Hindu mobs that killed her husband and four children. Banu, 40, has since rebuilt her life and now runs a shop selling mutton minutes from her home in a Muslim slum ? 12 years after the riots that killed at least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims. As chief minister at the time, Modi is dogged by allegations he failed to stop the bloodshed, although he has been cleared by a court investigation. “Of course Modi hates Muslims, but as prime minister can he really afford to show it?” Banu said to AFP. “Plus, he has spoken of cultural unity and he has to live up to our expectations and I believe he will. He’s not crazy. “I just hope Allah shows him the right way.”Despite the optimism that some Muslims have, many fear life under a Modi-led government and voted in large numbers against him. According to a nationwide post-poll survey, only nine percent of Muslims voted for the BJP while 43 percent opted for Congress.

“Muslims are the only community to vote in big numbers for Congress,” Sanjay Kumar, whose Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies conducted the poll, told AFP. Congress, India’s national secular force that has ruled for all but 13 years since independence, was obliterated, winning just 44 seats in the 543-member parliament. Modi secured the strongest mandate of any Indian leader for 30 years, after the BJP won 282 seats, dominating even in states with large Muslim populations such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The number of Muslim lawmakers dropped from 30 in the outgoing parliament to a record low of 24, limiting their clout for the next five years, The Times of India said. Nazma Begum, who runs a small cloth-dyeing business in Varanasi, said she feared few could now stop Modi and the hardline Hindu nationalist groups that are allied to the incoming prime minister. “I find Modi scary. I never imagined he would have such a big win. It’s sad because now he will have a free rein, he will do as he pleases. Who would dare to question him?” the 40-year-old Muslim widow told AFP. Modi himself struck a note of unity in his first comments after his win, saying: “I want to take all of you with me to take this country forward—AFP

Hindu chauvinism has violently attempted to suppress religion minorities in India.

Locals get angry with pro-Russia separatists

JERUSALEM—An investigation of a fatal West Bank clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian stone-throwers indicates that troops used live fire without justification and in violation of the army’s rules of engagement, an Israeli human rights group said Tuesday. Two Palestinian teens were killed and one was wounded in last week’s confrontation. Palestinian hospital officials have said the three were shot in the upper body by live rounds. The Israeli military has denied live fire was used in last Thursday’s clash on the outside of the West Bank town of Beitouniya and that troops only shot rubber-coated metal pellets. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a senior army spokesman, said an investigation is continuing. The rights group B’Tselem said its findings are based on witness accounts and medical records. Spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said security camera footage of the incident that surfaced late Monday supports the group’s findings. The video, which had a Thursday time stamp, captures two moments that purportedly show the fatal shootings. In the first, a figure with a backpack walks across a street toward a group of others standing next to a wall. Suddenly, he slumps to the ground. One hour and 13 minutes later, another figure crosses the street from the opposite direction and also falls to the ground. The video does not show the source of the gunfire or the shooter. An Associated Press cameraman and a stills photographer who were at the scene confirmed that the scenes in the video show the fatal shootings. The owner of the security camera, Fakher Zayed, also confirmed the authenticity of the footage. Zayed said he was watching the events from his balcony. He said they began when several dozen Palestinians threw stones toward Israeli troops who were dozens of meters (yards) away. He said that at the time of the fatal shooting, the stone-throwers had already pulled backed. Zayed said he heard four shots being fired.—AP

Freeing Nigerian girls ‘top US priority’

WASHINGTON—A US official towns, kill civilians and detain SLOVYANSK (Ukraine) — Pro-Russia separat- outskirts of Slovyansk, a city that has been the says that freeing 276 Nigerian innocent people with impunity, ists fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine faced local anger Tuesday and a new challenge from the country’s richest man who demanded they end their rebellion. Russia, meanwhile, said some troops were dismantling their camps along the border with Ukraine. A day after President Vladimir Putin issued a pullout order in an apparent bid to ease tensions with the West, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces in the Bryansk, Belgorod and Rostov regions bordering Ukraine were preparing to return to their home bases. NATO, which estimates that Russia has 40,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, said it’s watching the situation closely, but could not yet confirm a change. NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu on Tuesday challenged the Russians “to prove that they are doing what they are saying.” In eastern Ukraine, separatists exchanged fire again Tuesday with government forces on the

epicenter of the rebellion against the government in Kiev. But this time local anger at the fighting appeared to be growing. Yekaterina Len, a 61-year-old resident whose house was hit by a mortar shell, burst into tears as she looked at the wreckage. She survived the shelling by spending the night with neighbors. She and other residents sounded exasperated and angry with both the warring sides. Some said many houses has been hit when rebels moved around the area, shooting at government troops and drawing retaliatory fire. “They must stop with this banditry so that there can be peace!” said Slovyansk resident Lina Sidorenko. “How much longer can this go on? We had a united country and now look what’s happened.” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the separatist leader in Slovyansk, later met with about 200 residents, many of whom angrily shouted demands at him to end hostilities.—AP

girls from Boko Haram is a top US priority. The State Department’s Robert Jackson says the militant group “has no regard for human life.” He says the US is helping Nigerian intelligence and law enforcement, and seeking global sanctions on Boko Haram. Jackson is testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His written testimony was posted online. The girls’ recent abduction from a remote Nigerian school has triggered global outrage.Jackson said Washington has urged Nigeria to reform its approach to the group. “When soldiers destroy

mistrust takes root,” he said. The US Defense Department’s Alice Friend says Boko Haram’s reach is expanding, and attacks are getting more sophisticated and deadlier. The group is “capable of directly and successfully engaging Nigeria’s armed forces.”She says, “In general, Nigeria has failed to mount an effective campaign against Boko Haram.” “The department has been deeply concerned for some time by how much the Government of Nigeria has struggled to keep pace with Boko Haram’s growing capabilities,” Friend said.—AP

Ukraine crisis: Cold war or cool calculation? IAN BREMMER


ith escalating violence in southern and eastern Ukraine and no solution in sight, the Ukraine crisis has become the world’s most turbulent geopolitical conflict since that triggered by the terrorist attacks against the United States in 2001. The U.S.-led sanctions strategy will neither deescalate the tensions between the West and Russia nor bolster the imperiled pro-Western Ukrainian government. But, even with tightening sanctions against Russia and growing violence in Ukraine, there is little chance that Cold War II is about to start. The U.S. approach has been to ratchet up sanctions in response to Russian aggression, while ensuring that America’s allies remain united. At a recent joint press conference, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a new, lower threshold for additional sanctions. Previously, that threshold was a direct Russian military invasion; now, as Merkel explained, if Russia disrupts Ukraine’s May 25 elections, “further sanctions will be unavoidable.” But Merkel and Obama also lowered the bar for what those “further sanctions” would be. Instead of launching sweeping sectoral measures that would target vast swaths of the Russian economy ? a big step toward “Iranlike” sanctions against Russia ? it now seems that the next round will be only incremental. The elections threshold makes another round of sanctions virtually certain, but allows the tightening to be more modest and gradual. Why slow down the sanctions response?

The Americans understand that if they go too far too fast, Europe will publicly break with the U.S. approach, because the Europeans have a lot more at stake economically. Whereas the U.S. and Russia have a very limited trade relationship ? worth around $40 billion last year, or roughly 1 percent of America’s total trade ? Europe’s financial exposure to Russia, as well as its reliance on Russian natural gas, make it far more hesitant to torpedo the economic relationship. More important, dependence on Russia varies immensely across the European Union, impeding substantial coordination ? and limiting the EU’s alignment with the U.S. That is why, when the latest sanctions were announced, the Europeans issued a modest expansion of their existing list ? primarily focusing on military and political officials ? while the U.S. went further, adding several Russian institutions. When the sanctions were announced, Russian markets rallied, a clear indication that the West’s response fell far short of expectations. Indeed, though the sanctions are having a real economic impact on Russia (particularly in spurring capital flight), tightening the screws further will not materially change Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision-making. Putin’s Russia has too much at stake in Ukraine, and his actions have been overwhelmingly popular at home. But, even as tensions escalate, with no hope of Russia backing down, the world is not headed toward anything resembling a new Cold War. For starters, America’s interests in Ukraine do not justify putting troops on the ground, while Europe has been dragging its feet in support-

ing America’s diplomatic position. Moreover, Russia is in long-term decline. The economy and the government budget have become increasingly reliant on oil and gas; the wealthiest 110 Russians control more than onethird of the country’s wealth; and Russia is far less capable militarily than it was in the Soviet era, with a defense budget roughly one-eighth that of the U.S. The demographic picture is bleak, with an aging population and a low fertility rate. In order to form a coherent bloc that could oppose the U.S.-led global order, Russia would need powerful friends, which it sorely lacks. When the United Nations General Assembly voted on the legitimacy of the Crimea annexation, only ten countries ? neighbors in Russia’s orbit (Armenia and Belarus), traditionally sympathetic Latin American countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela), and rogue states (Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Syria) ? sided with the Russians. The one country that could tilt the balance and establish a Cold War dynamic is China. But the Chinese have proved completely unwilling to pick one camp or the other, as they stand to benefit from more purchases of Russian energy exports and new opportunities as Western firms become more squeamish about doing business in Russia. China can reap those rewards without angering its largest trade partners, the EU and the U.S. And China is hesitant to support a Russian effort to create turmoil within Ukraine’s borders, given that its own restive provinces, such as Xinjiang and Tibet, could learn the wrong lesson from the Ukraine precedent.

Post-Cold War: Emergence of tri-polar paradigm

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So the good news is that we are not heading toward any kind of global war, cold or hot. But the consequences of a misguided Western policy are becoming more apparent. The U.S. cannot successfully isolate Russia for not adhering to international law and seizing another state’s territory. While other major emerging countries may not be rallying behind Russia, they are not subscribing to the U.S. approach. Pushing for tougher sanctions will lead to a rift with Europe, while pushing Russia further toward China economically. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government is at risk. It lacks the military capacity to halt the separatist forces in the south and east but will face mounting domestic pressure and illegitimacy if it does not act. The best path forward for the U.S. is to offer more carrots for Ukraine, rather than more sticks for Russia. Thus far, the U.S. has put up $1 billion in loan guarantees, which is far too little. The fledgling pro-Western government is losing ground to Russia on a daily basis; the West should focus on supporting it. Obama and Merkel’s press conference was symbolically useful in establishing a united front toward Russia, despite the two leaders’ evident disagreement about how ? and how much ? to punish the Kremlin. But rallying around the Ukrainian government and putting their money where their mouths are ? even when Ukraine fades from the headlines and new crises erupt ? is more important for U.S. and European interests, and represents a more viable path forward for both sides. —Courtesy: Korea Herald.



s never before seen, the US, Russia and China - repre senting three different world views and practices - are competing head-on in shaping the norms and values of modern international system that has seen operating since the end of World War II. Never mind the old practices that have kept the world at peace or at bay - sometimes at political precipice - as currently we are living in the real world where actions, tough actions in particular, speak loudest and are likely to determine the outcome and overall situation on the ground. The United Nations for the past six decades have done well to save the world but it is still unable to stop superpowers from engaging wars. The US, which has been the superpower with a global reach militarily, remained unchallenged for decades since the collapse of Berlin Wall. Now that is no longer the case as the US is not in the prime position as before. Washington’s policies and words are not sacrosanct, yielding instant international acknowledgements and later on served as templates for the rest of the world. Washington’s contrived leadership and economic troubles at home have greatly diminished its strength and effectiveness abroad. Throughout the Cold War, the former Soviet Union challenged the US predominance at all levels: ideologically, economically, technically and socially. The US has been able to sustain its capitalism, democracy and continued to reign in existing global systems. After the collapse of former Soviet Union with several new countries surfaced - suddenly friends become foes next to its huge frontiers. This feature has become more dramatic in the world today as nations, big or small, are looking for strategic partners that would fit into their present condition, even though temporary. Russia’s diplomatic strength today rests on of President Vladimir Putin’s current leadership and energy-driven economy. Beyond that, Russia wields counterbalancing forces against the US. His preponderance to use strong measures are quite appealing for some foreign leaders sharing similar traits. Ironically, President Barack Obama is a more genteel leader than his predecessors. Strange as it may see, the current global system allows nations to forge multiple and fragmented relationships. Some call them realpolitik while others prefer to use the term multilateralism. It is no longer either-or dichotomy - a pro-US or pro-Russia ally - that we are used to during the Cold War. Such polarization - or rather put one’s egg in one basket - does not help as less powerful or smaller nations want more leeway and security guarantee amid fast changing strategic environment. Their approaches are more issue-oriented and highly time-sensitive - at time even sporadic. As the US and Russia are wooing for new supports and strengthening old links, China is being left unchallenged. Beijing has patiently constructed the Sino[KC1]-centred regional order with a hope that one day it would turn into an international norm. It has pursued a more practical course befitting strategic thinking of developing countries near and far. As the world’s second economic power, China is bolder these days asserting itself in global arenas. President Xi Jinping has already consolidated his power at home to transform China into a strong country with powerful military might couple with prosperous economy. Under him, China is no longer passive. As a new contender in the superpower’s brinksmanship, China’s views and positions on global issues and international system are still find wanting. While Beijing’s support of UNrelated activities and endorsement have increased, other policies and perceptions are still outside the international radars. Above all, China has yet to lead an international endeavours with global appeals that go beyond self-interest. However, the prolonged US-Russia rivalries as demonstrated over the Ukraine crisis would allow China to readjust and craft out its role and influence in current fragile international system. Beijing would need a new level of engagement and commitment with the regional and international community. For the time being, China’s growing economic and political clouts have yet to be tested in ways that would enhance stability and well-beings at both regional and global levels. The disputes in South China Sea could serve as a barometer of how China handles other equally sensitive security issues. In case a solution is found that rests on an international practice, China’s prestige would be further enhanced. —Courtesy: ANN

The ongoing battle for power in Baghdad ABDUL RAHMAN AL-RASHED


or years, Iraq’s political crisis and security situation re mained top priority of the Arabs. However, three years af ter the American withdrawal from Iraq and with the eruption of the so-called Arab Spring, Iraqi issues took a backseat. That doesn’t mean that the struggle to gain influence in Iraq has ceased, conversely it continues at all levels. The results of the recently concluded Iraqi elections reveal the fragmentations in the Iraqi political arena. The situation is against the hopes of the political project designers. At a time when political pundits were expecting Iraqis to head toward inclusive politics and formation of parties with clear programs for stability in the country, the emerging political scenario is completely different. Parties have further split to even smaller ones. Of course, the multitude of political powers, no matter how small they are, reflect the sorry state of Iraqi politics. The administration of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki is to be blamed for the current situation. Although he stayed in power for eight years, he failed to help Iraqis reach reconciliation, particularly after the US pulled its troops out of Iraq. Instead of joining the Iraqis in broader and larger forces, it exercised the policy of exclusion and marginalization. Many accuse the regime of poll rigging. The less skeptical people believe they were designed to maintain status quo. Whatever the case might be, the results are a reality that needs to be dealt with. The question is: Who leads Iraq? The answer will come at the end of the consultations of the next six weeks. AlMaliki, who won most of the seats, needs the backing of more than 60 other parliamentarians to return as prime minister. Then, he will become the second longest ruling leader in Iraq’s history after Saddam Hussein. He is expected to run the country on his own, thus ending the institutionalized system that Americans hoped to build. If Al-Maliki fails in mustering the support required for the coveted post, candidates from two main religious parties — Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and the Sadrists — might be considered for the premiership. Both parties’ leaders have never been in a leading role before, however, both parties insist they won’t choose religious men as ruling candidates. They claim that they will go for civilians. Whether Al-Maliki remains in power or a new political face emerges, the Iraqi issue post-2003 invasion remains the same. The country needs stability. The state has failed to control terrorism. Secondly, there is an urgent need for development. Iraq has a rich government with poor people. Third, there is a need for political reconciliation. —Courtesy: Arab News

Musharraf travel ban From Page 1 The bench heard the petition of Musharraf Tuesday who pleaded removal of his name from ECL. The AG apprised the bench that the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) had in its order passed on Apr 8, 2013 made it clear that name of Musharraf would remain in the ECL until the apex court would give another order in this context. Thus the SHC was not eligible to hear the petition or order for removing name of Musharraf from the ECL. On completion of arguments by the AG the SHC adjourned the hearing for indefinite period.

Taliban kidnap From Page 1 A militant commander said his Taliban-allied group was behind the kidnapping. The commander of a militant group namely Abdullah Bahar told media from undisclosed location “We own the responsibility for the abduction of Chinese national. Abdullah is also reported to have said his Shehryar Mehsud group, which operates under the Pakistani Taliban, would use the Chinese tourist to try to secure the release of their comrades in the government’s custody “yes we have kidnapped the Chinese tourist who is now in our hands”. Abdullah said adding the Taliban will demand the release of our fighters who are in government custody.” There was no immediate reaction to the abduction of the tourist from brotherly country China from the central leadership of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that said still the chances of holding another round of talks with the government have not diminished. However, the fresh incident is believed to further widen the trust deficit between the TTP and the government with regard to continuation of peace talks that now seems a task impossible. In the meanwhile the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday took strong notice of the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist from Dera Ismail Khan District. The Prime Minister has directed concerned authorities to leave no stone unturned for the early recovery of the abducted cyclist from the brotherly country China.

Dar foresees expansion From Page 1 appreciated strengthening of Pak rupee and observed that it will have positive impact on the economy. They assured the Finance Minister for their cooperation in bringing into the tax net all those traders who are not tax payers. The traders also appreciated Finance Minister’s personal interest in sales tax refunds. There was a general sense of satisfaction on the economic policies of the government and expectations that reforms will bring positive impact on the country. The Finance Minister said it is high time that we all should join hands for our future generations and promoting tax culture will allow the government to spend in socio-economic uplift of the country. He informed the traders that the Finance Ministry has been very strict in bringing down the expenditure of the Federal Government. He said that every rupee of the taxpayer’s money will be spent wisely and we will not allow corruption at any all level of the government.

NA budget session on June 3 From Page 1 approve the federal budget for the next financial year as well as approve the supplementary budget for the outgoing year 2013-14. —INP

Hostel for Sikh Yatrees at Wagha border SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Education & Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan today hosted brunch in honour of 8-member delegation of World Shrumani Gurudawara Parbandhak Committee currently on a religious pilgrimage of Sikh Shrines in Pakistan particularly that of located in the province of Punjab. President World Shrumani Gurudawara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Avtar Singh offered during informal talk on this occasion that the members of his organization will feel extreme happiness to invest in conversation of Gurudawara Dera Sahib Lahore and Marrhi of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh voluntarily if the Punjab government would provide two acre of land near Wagha Border to construct a residential hostel for the Sikh Yatrees. He said, we are thankful to Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who has provided every possible facilities to Sikh Yatrees but we want to invest in the construction expenses of this hostel also. Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan assured the delegation that the

matter is being referred to the Evacuee Trust Board for identification of the required land after which a hostel for Sikh Yatrees will be built in line with the traditional Sikh Architecture in the near future. Commissioner Lahore Division Rashid Mahmood Langrial informed the meeting that the proposed Shahi Bagh will be developed on 840 acres of land which will also include the Theme Park Project and establishment of a five star hotel in the Theme Park in collaboration with Hashu Group. 4.6 km long and 1.5 km wide manmade lake will also be developed in Shahi Bagh to give a water front to the historic city of Lahore. The Punjab government intends to construct four new bridges over the River Ravi to connect Shahi Bagh with the adjoining areas, the Commissioner added. Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan directed to connect the pro-posed Shahi Bagh to the Lahore Ring Road through construction of another dedicated bridge over the River Ravi so that the distance between Lahore Airport to this Novel Project would be minimized to 15 minutes drive only.

Modi appointed PM From Page 1 BJP and its allies constituting the NDA as leader of the coalition. “I came to call on the President. The President has given me a formal letter (of appointment as the PM) and has invited me for oath-taking ceremony on May 26 at 6pm as we had earlier decided,” Modi told reporters after his meeting with the President. Later, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said as Modi has been elected leader of the BJP parliamentary party and the saffron has majority support in the House of the People, the President appointed him the Prime Minister of India and requested him to advise the names of members of the council of ministers. “The President will administer the oath of office and secrecy on May 26 at 6pm at Rashtrapati Bhawan,” President’s spokes-

person Venu Rajamony said. In his brief interaction with the media outside Rashtrapati Bhawan, Modi displayed the President’s letter appointing him to the top post. Earlier the President greeted Modi on his landslide victory. “Welcome, welcome, welcome,” Mukherejee said, receiving a bouquet from Modi. Offering a bunch of flowers, he congratulated him on his “grand victory”. Before that, a 15-member delegation of the NDA, led by party veteran LK Advani, called on Mukherjee on Tuesday afternoon to convey to him that Modi has been elected as the leader of the alliance. According to reports, as the race for key posts in the Modi government intensified the BJP president may get the home portfolio while Arun Jaitley could be the new finance minister.—HT

US moves more forces closer From Page 1 over Nigeria Associated Press Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns Reuters An Ex-CIA Recruit Adds to Libyan Chaos The Daily Beast About 60 more Marines and another four Osprey aircraft, whose tilt-rotar engines allow it to land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane, were being sent to Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily from their base in Spain. That brings the total number of Marines stationed as a precaution in Sicily to around 250, the two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Their location in Italy moves them closer to Libya, speeding response times. One U.S. official added that forces at Sigonella were on heightened alert. Heavily armed gunmen stormed Libya’s parliament on Sunday and gunfire erupted across Tripoli, where rival

militias clashed in some of the worst violence in the city since the end of the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi. Saudi Arabia closed its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital and withdrew all of its diplomatic staff on Monday due to security concerns. View gallery A view of damage caused by Sunday’s clashes in Tri … A view of damage caused by Sunday’s clashes in Tripoli May 19, 2014. Heavily armed gunmen stormed Li … Underscoring the turmoil, the commander of Libyan army special forces said on Monday he had allied with renegade general Khalifa Haftar in his campaign against militant Islamists. Haftar has been denounced by the Tripoli government as attempting to stage a coup.—Reuter

AC reserves verdicts sel for Zardari, Advocate Farooq H Naek at length and reserved judgement that will be announced on May 28. The five corruption references against Zardari included Cotecna, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), ARY Gold, Ursus tractors and Polo Ground. It was on January 18 when Zardari’s counsel and former Law Minister Farooq H Naik had filed five applications under section 265K seeking acquittal of the former president in the said references. According to the coun-

From Page 1 sel for former president Section 265-K empowers the AC judge to acquit an accused if he feels that the evidence is insufficient and there is no chance of conviction. The same court in October last year had reopened the proceedings against Zardari in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment passed in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case in December 2009. Zardari’s counsel argued before the court yesterday that the cases had been pending adjudication

for over 17 years and not a single witness testified against Mr Zardari or the record pertaining to these cases was complete. References were filed against Zardari under Ehtisab Act promulgated in the previous tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) under which maximum punishment even in the offences of serious nature was not more than 7 years while his client had already served 8 years in prison, the counsel added. He said the co-accused in all the corruption references have already been acquitted while the court observed that the record in these cases was insufficient. Advocate Naek said that continuing with these cases would be a futile exercise.

LAHORE: PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain, Senior Central Leader Ch Pervez Elahi meeting with Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Central President Shah Muhammad Awais Noorani at his residence.

PEMRA spokesman terms From Page 1 ing the laid down procedures and thus had no legal standing. “According to Rule 3(4) of PEMRA Rules 2009, the Chairman or as the case may be more than half of the total members can call the meeting i.e. out of 12 members at least 7 members can call a meeting,” the spokesman clarified. He further said that the authority will summon its next meeting after receiving the viewpoint of the Ministry of Law on the issue. This decision had already been taken in PEMRA’s meeting held on May 9, he added. Earlier, 5 out of 12 private members of PEMRA held a meeting which was participated by Israr Abbasi, Mian Shams, Shama Parveen Magsi, Zaiba Hassan and Fareeha Iftikhar.

LHC issues From Page 1 cians for not submitting their affidavits about alleged money laundering. A few of the politicians claimed that they had not received the notices as yet. The court was told that Nawaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz did not receive court notices while ex-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had received it. The court ordered that notices against the respondents would be published in national newspapers if they fail to appear before the court The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned to June 16. Barrister Jafri had filed this petition originally in 1996 against 26 political leaders and later amended it, adding more names of politicians to it.

PM takes notice

China, Russia show off years that the two countries have held naval exercises near China’s coast, according to state media. “The Chinese are much more agitated about what happens on the sea and one sees support there from Russia,” said Raffaello Pantucci, senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. “The Russians want support on the international stage to grandstand,” he added. Relations between China and Vietnam have worsened after Beijing’s move earlier this month to send a deepwater oil drilling rig into contested waters in the South China Sea, sparking violent Vietnamese protests in which two Chinese were killed. China and Japan have a long-running feud over disputed islands in the East China Sea, while the Philippines accuses China of reclaiming land on a disputed

From Page 1 reef within its exclusive economic zone under a UN convention. China and Russia are both veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council, are regularly criticised by human rights groups, and have often worked together to counter the United States on a range of issues. They were at times close allies during the Cold War, when China and the thenSoviet Union were both communist-ruled. Russia said Monday it had ordered troops near the border with Ukraine to return to their bases. The move could ease tensions, but the United States and military alliance NATO said they saw no sign of a withdrawal. Xi, who called Putin “my old friend” as they met for talks, said building a strategic partnership was a necessary choice for building a multi-polar world, the offi-

cial Xinhua news agency reported. Putin called for boosting bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2015, up from nearly $90 billion last year, through cooperation in the aviation, aerospace, manufacturing and energy sectors, it said. The two countries signed a “large” group of agreements in the energy, electric power, aviation and communications sectors, state media said. But a natural gas agreement which had been touted by officials remained elusive, Xinhua said, with Putin citing “significant” progress in talks to export natural gas to energy-hungry China as his country diversifies from the European market. The Chinese and Russian leaders will on Wednesday attend the formal opening of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, a little-known Asian security forum.—AFP

CIA will not use vaccination From Page 1 programme conducted by a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who used a hepatitis vaccine survey in the Pakistani city where bin Laden was later killed in a secret US mission in 2011. Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco had assured the deans in a letter that CIA policy as of last August makes clear “the CIA will make no operational use of vaccination programmes, which includes vaccination workers”. “Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programmes. This policy applies worldwide, and to US persons and non-US persons alike,” she said. The letter by Monaco was first reported by Council on Foreign Relations fellow Laurie Garrett on Twitter and by Yahoo News. Pakistan last week announced that

residents of restive tribal belt would not be able to travel to other parts of the country without getting vaccinated against polio. The order came days after Pakistan said it would set up mandatory immunization points at air-ports to help stop its polio outbreak spreading abroad, in response to new guidelines by the World Health Organisation. The WHO warned that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency – with the virus affecting 10 countries worldwide and becoming endemic in three, including Pakistan – and urged infected nation to implement vaccine requirements for all international travel. The Taliban and other militants violently oppose polio vaccination campaigns, seeing them as a cover for foreign spying and regularly attack immunization teams. Some 56 people have been killed in such incidents since December 2012.—INP

China role model for world: Shahbaz

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second phase of Afghan presidential elections. The meeting also reviewed law and order situation in Balochistan and Karachi. Sources said that DG ISI Lt General Zaheerul Islam briefed the meeting on the security environment. The prime minister also took notice of kidnapping of a Chinese tourist from Dera Ismail Khan district. He directed concerned authorities to take immediate steps for recovery of the abducted Chinese national at earliest.— INP

J ING (China): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the progress made by China is role model for the world and is result of continuous hard work and commitment. He was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by the City Council at Jinig, China. The Chief Minister said people of Pakistan are proud of their friendship with China and consider it an asset. China proved to be a true friend of Pakistan by announcing historic package of 32 billion dollars at a time when Pakistan was facing worst energy crisis. A substantial portion of this package will be spent on power generation in Pakistan. He said that China has played its due role and now it is the responsibility of Paki-

stani leadership to achieve the best results from this package. Shahbaz Sharif said being outside Pakistan, he would not like to say that the former government had not taken the issue of load-shedding seriously but he would assure Chinese leadership that government of Pakistan would spare no effort in achieving self-sufficiency in energy sector with the help of its friendly countries. Efforts being made by the government in energy sector are a proof of its commitment in this regard and the contract of the first 100-megawatt project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park has been awarded while Nandipur power project will also start production by the end of the current month after its rehabilitation. He said that he is accountable to the masses and will come up to their expectations.

3 DAGs resign STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Three Deputy Attorney Generals from Karachi Tuesday tendered their resignation. The 3 DAGs, Zahid Khan, Waleed Ansari and Mohsin Imam despatched their resignations to the authorities concerned. The resigner DAGs served Sindh government in courts. Zahid Khan appeared in Sindh High Court along with the Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt in Musharraf’s case for removing his name from the exit control list.

Blast near railway track in Bolan Our Correspondent


blast was reported near the railway tracks in District Bolan of Balochistan province on Tuesday. According to railway officials, unidentified culprits had planted explosives near the railway tracks in Dengra area of Bolan that went off with a blast and partially damaged the track.

3 TTP members arrested STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Three members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested during a raid by Rangers personnel in Karachi, on Tuesday. The search was conducted in the Quaidabad area of the city after receiving a tip-off regarding the presence of TTP members in the neighbourhood.

President for closer coop among regional countries S H A N G H A I — P r e s i d e n t gamut of issues ranging Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the need for the regional countries to forge close cooperative relationships to overcome shared challenges, on one hand, and to promote mutual economic cooperation for the socio-economic betterment of the people of the region, on the other. During his meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday on the sidelines of CICA Summit (Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia) being held in Shanghai , President Mamnoon Hussain observed that the regional countries share economic and social challenges and it was important that bilateral as well as multilateral multifaceted cooperation among regional countries is further strengthened. Press Secretary to the President Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza while briefing about the meeting said that the during the meeting of the two Presidents, discussed a whole

from Pak-Sri Lanka bilateral relations to further strengthening mutual cooperation and from the shared economic and social challenges to the issues of extremism in the region were discussed. She said that President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka in the bilateral as well as regional context. The President said that there was a strong desire in Pakistan to further develop and promote bilateral equation for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. He underlined the need for the two countries to continue working closely to sustain and build on the useful linkages, both in the context of regional security and in the political and economic fields. President Mamnoon Hussain underscored the need for greater efforts on both sides to translate the existing excellent relationship into economic and commercial terms. —INP

SHANGHAI: President Mamnoon Hussain and President Xi Jinping alongwith their first ladies on the sidelines of CICA Summit.

Suspected suicide bomber killed in police firing OUR CORRESPONDENT SWABI—A suspected suicide bomber

was killed in Swabi on Tuesday. The bomber was trying to cross a police line when he was stopped by the po-

lice. The suspected bomber started firing at the security officials, injuring a police constable.

Rawalpindi, Islamabad Metro Bus Project to cost Rs30-32b

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POWERFUL punch in a compact red fruit, the cherry is a vital part of our health. According to Fox News, cherries have the ability to do everything from reducing inflammation to aiding in weight loss. Discover how these sweet little morsels can keep your body on the mend with these five health benefits. Cherries are stuffed with super food antioxidants that are believed to help fight off cancer by destroying cancerous cells. As noted in Livestrong, cherries remove free radicals from the body, which helps in reducing aging and disease. A 2009 study from the University of Michigan, as reported in Medical News Today, noted that eating one and a half cups of tart cherries had a significant increase in the levels of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give cherries their brilliant red glow. This little red fruit features 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. Fiber is essential for generating a full feeling when eating, and it fills up the stomach to reduce the instance of overeating. Additionally, since fiber is not absorbed in the body, but rather pushed through into the stool, a person will absorb less calories per serving. Furthermore, as noted by Huffington Post, a cup of cherries has only 100 calories, making for a low calorie snack that is packed with nutrients. When you eat a cup of cherries, you are getting a substantial

boost in iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Cherries are also great sources of B vitamins including vitamin B6, riboflavin and thiamin. Additionally, this fruit contains no sodium or saturated fat, so you are getting all of the healthy benefits without any negative affects. Skip the bowl of sugar laden cereal for breakfast and instead get your vitamin fix from a bowl full of cherries. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for Americans as noted by the CDC. Include cherries in your regular diet as a way to protect yourself from this debilitating disease. Fox News reports that a single cup of cherries has as much potassium as a banana, without the added starch and sugar. Potassium is essential for lowering blood pressure as it removes excess sodium from the body. Balancing sodium and potassium levels is priority for prevention of hypertension, aka high blood pressure. If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll appreciate the ability of Bing cherries in reducing caustic uric acid. This acid causes painful inflammation that leaves arthritic individuals in misery. Eat two cups of Bing cherries in order to reduce the level of uric acid in the body by up to 15 percent. Additionally, cherries can reduce the levels of C-reactive protein produced by the body, which is another factor related to arthritis. Give your joints a boost with a bowl full of cherries after each meal.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Managing Director National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), Amjad Khan on Tuesday apprised the Sub-committee of National Assembly Public Account Committee that the Rawalpindi- Islamabad Metro Bus project would cost Rs.3032 billion. The sub-committee which met with Shafqat Mehmood in the chair reviewed audit para of NESPAK and WAPDA for year 1998-99. The MD NESPAK said that 25 feet wide road was required for the project adding that fence would be installed in both sides of the track to prevent people movement. The Panel also expressed displeasures over sending 145 WAPDA and all power distribution companies (DISCOs) officials to the committee meeting. The Chair directed the Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power to provide details of expenditure incurred on them to the committee. Shafqat Mehmood said that the officer should take responsibility and avoid such unnecessary expenditure. The committee was apprised that out of total 145 officials, 70 belong to Pakistan Electric Supply Company (PEPCO). The committee also directed to write letters to all ministries and department to send only necessary staff for the

meeting. While reviewing the Audit para of National Trans-

bogus payment but the court restored them. The Panel di-

ply Company (PESCO) official told the panel that average trans-

apprised the committee that smart meters were being in-

Construction work was halted on Metro Bus Project at Jinnah Avenue on Tuesday. mission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), the NA Panel was informed that bogus payment of Rs 237 million and $.2.390 million was made. Two officials were terminated on account of

rected that criminal case should be registered against the responsible officials. The committee members directed to send the case to National Accountability Bureau. Peshawar Electric Sup-

mission and distribution losses of the company has surged to 32 per cent. Recently, nine feeders were completely shut down for non-payment of bills, he added. The Additional Secretary

stalled across the country to curb wrong meter readings. The meeting was also attended by MNAs Raja Javed Ikhlas,Shahida Akhtar Ali and officials of Audit department.

Tabeer to be relaunched after one month: Secretary RTA

Thailand Defence Minister General Tanasak Patimapragon called on Defence Minister Khwaja Asif on Tuesday.

Thai Defence Minister calls Pak Army as most qualified force OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif held a meeting with Chief of Defence Forces of Thailand General Tanasak Patimapragon here in his office in Islamabad on Tueseday. During the call on minister reiterated that Pakistan, its people and its armed forces have suffered immensely due to the war on terror.”Armed Forces have lost more lives than in the three wars, he added saying that we must commend the way they have sacrificed their lives for striking out terror from the country”. Minister Defence added that Pakistan wants the international community to acknowledge the sacrifices both interms of men and money. During the meeting the minister added that Pakistan believes in the policy of non interfer-

ISLAMABAD—Women specific transport ‘Tabeer’ will be relaunched after one month to facilitate working women and students travelling between twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to reach their destinations. Talking to APP here on Tuesday, Secretary Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Awais Manzoor Tarar said the pilot project of women’s specific transport was initiated on February 17 this year and after completing its time period successfully, it was ended on May, 17. “The pilot project was launched to check the trend and feasibility for initiating a complete project”, he said adding, due to ongoing construction work at Murree road, it is decided that the van service has been halted for one month till the completion of pillar work of Metro Bus Service. After that, he informed that long term services would be started again on permanent basis or at

ence and peaceful elections in Afghanistan and civilian participation for the cause of democracy is commendable. The Chief of Defence of the Thai Forces added that Pakistan has a professional, trained and fully equipped armed forces which has very powerfully and successfully played its role in eliminating terrorism from disturbed areas. Thailand fully acknowledges the sacrifices rendered in this regard. He added that Pakistan has a potential defence production market and thus showed interest in exploring areas of mutual cooperation. Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan has a sizeable defence production industry with some state of the art avionics and heavy machinery. We need to focus towards areas of joint collaborations, training, joint exercises, naval and maritime cooperation between Pakistan and Thailand.

least till the starting of Metro Bus Service to benefit working women. The secretary said the project was run by a private company Al-Abrar with the collaboration of a cellular company Zong and the Authority’s responsibilities were to check payment of charges to women hired for collecting fare, availability of vans on roads and monitor their mobility. Awais Tarar said that Rs 17,000 has been given to a woman collecting fares in these vans including Rs 15,000 as salary and Rs 2000 as food charges and the van service plied on two routes including route No. 1 and route No. 7 from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm on which majority of women travel. Sharing his remarks on the observations regarding the pilot project, the RTA secretary stated that the service facilitated women a lot but a number of total 12 vans were not sufficient to mitigate

their need especially during rush hours. He stated that he would recommend to ply 8 to 10 vans on each route so that the time duration between these vans would be reduced and women would avail maximum benefit from the service. While women expressed deep concern on nonavailability of vans as they have to wait for hours to get a seat. Asma Zafar, an employee of Secretariat remarked that the service was a big favour for working women and they are facing tremendous difficulty for last few days after the suspension of the service. She said, public vans accommodate women on two front seats only and often they refuse these two seats also if they got male passengers. “We were happy that concerned authorities paid heed to their long standing demand but the absence of vans disappointed them badly,” she said.—APP

Lawyers boycott courts against FIR involving colleague ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD —Lawyers of the District Bar Association Islamabad Tuesday boycotted courts protesting registration of FIR against their colleague Advocate Hameed Khokhar. A few lawyers however kept appearing before courts. According to details on Monday Islamabad police intercepted a suspicious motorcyclist and asked him to show documents. The motorcyclist could not produce documents of the bike. On this police detained him. When they were taking him to the nearby Aabpara Police Station the motorcyclist

reportedly called Hameed Khokhar Advocate and other lawyers for help. They reached the spot and according to police manhandled the policemen duty. They not only got the motorcyclist released but also tortured the policemen for resisting them. On this the Aabpara Police lodged an FIR against Advocate Hameed Khokhar. Talking to media, the members of the Islamabad District Bar made it clear that they would continue boycott of courts until the FIR is withdrawn. They denied all the charges levelled by police against Hameed Khokhar Advocate.

Awareness campaign on iodine deficiency launched CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —An awareness campaign on iodine deficiency disorders has been launched in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) for importance of iodized salt consumption to prevent from irreversible intellectual impairment. The campaign was launched by The Network in collaboration with UNICEF with primary targets included female of reproductive age, children and parents. They will be approached by different influencers including large consumers of salt, female school and college teachers, healthcare providers, religious leaders and media. Executive Coordi-

nator of The Network for Consumer Protection, Nadeem Iqbal on Tuesday said that Pakistan is an iodine deficient country and consumption of adequately iodized salt is must to meet the daily requirement of human body. He said scientific evidence has proved that iodine intake is critical for the expecting mothers during the early stage of pregnancy for the optimum brain development of fetus. He said the general perception about the diverse health complications resulting due to the deficiency of this vital micronutrient has still been limited to goiter. Unfortunately, the knowledge about the extreme health impact such as irreversible mental impairment

and loss of 10 to 15 points in IQ level is as negligible as 4%. According to NNS 2011, iodine deficiency impacts 52.3 % women of child bearing age, 23% school going children and 37% mothers are severely iodine deficient, he added. He said while knowledge regarding the iodized salt is 64%, yet the use of this salt is only 40%. The major effect of iodine deficiency is still being linked with visible goiter whereas the negligible (4%) household considers it causes mental impairment in children. He said that the developed nations have fought hard with iodine deficiency to ensure a cost effective and sustainable intervention of iodization of edible salt.

Artists perform during a stage play ‘Pawnay 14 August’ written by Anwar Maqsood, organized by Kopykats at Islamabad Club.—PO photo Sultan Bashir

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May 28 A seminar on “The Changing Nature of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Debate”, is to be held at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Attaturk Avenue (Service Road), F-5/2, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Gunmen kill cop after killing woman CRIME REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A police constable was killed when some unidentified armed persons opened fire at him near Faizabad checkpoint here on Tuesday. According to police sources, the suspects were trying to flee on their car after murdering a woman in Nawaz Sharif Park in Rawalpindi. Police constable deployed at check post tried to stop their car but the armed men inside the car opened fire at police personnel. The constable, identified as Safdar, sustained serious injuries. He was taken to PIMS Hospital for medical assistance where he succumbed to his injuries. After the firing, the attackers left their car at site of the incident and managed to get away. Rawalpindi police are carrying out further investigations regarding murder of woman.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) Per Westerberg has said that his country cherishes and wants to solidify its friendship with Pakistan. He was addressing the members of the Pak- Swedish Friendship Group in National Assembly along with the delegation of Swedish Parliamentarians in the Parliament House, Tuesday. He said that Swedish Legislature is keen to work closely with

Parliament of Pakistan through strengthening parliamentary contacts. His country also attaches immense values to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further enhance existing ties through enhancing people-to-people contact and economic cooperation between both the countries, he added. He assured that his country has also vast expertise in telecommunication, automobile and other sectors and Pakistan could also benefit from that. Jonas Haf-strom, Ambassador and Special Ad-

visor to the Ministry of Trade said that Sweden appends enormous importance to its relations with Pakistan and needs to further cement those through enhanced cooperation between the legislatures and business community of both the countries. He also assured that his country will continue its un-flinching support to Pakistan in diverse fields. Convener of PakSwedish Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly Muhammad Khan Daha emphasized the need for

strengthening relationship between the parliamentarians, businessman and people of both the countries for further reinforcing the relations between the two countries. He said that parliamentarians of the two sides could play a meaningful role as “parliamentary diplomacy could enable the real policy makers to understand eachothers’ points of view, better. He appreciated the Swedish delegation’s keen interest in expanding and deepening bilateral relations with Pakistan. The parliamen-

tarians of both the countries held detailed discussion on bilateral issue and explored the ways and means to further strengthen the parliamentary relations between the two countries. MNAs Maryam Aurangzeb, Farhana Qaiser, Asiya Naz Tanoli, Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Malik Muhammad Uzair and Romina Khurshid Alam were attended the meeting. Tomas Ros-ander, Ambassador of Sweden to Pakistan was also present on the occasion.

IHC summons record in ex-DG FDE Dr Shehnaz’ transfer case ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the Establishment Division to submit record alongside original summary of appointment of Dr Shehnaz Riaz former Director General of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). She has worked as DG FDE under an IHC stay order and now she is challenging her transfer orders from the post. Joint Secretary Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) Rafiq Tahir is at present serving as Acting DG FDE. IHC bench directed Establishment Division to submit record by May 23, Friday, and adjourned hearing. It was on May 9 when the same IHC bench had suspended the transfer orders of DG FDE. It may be mentioned here

that CADD had transferred Dr Shehnaz Riaz on February 13, 2014 and had directed her to report to the Secretary CADD Ministry after she was charged with misuse of power and irregularities of funds for evening shifts in schools. Legal counsel for the petitioner on Tuesday argued before the court that CADD was not the competent authority for issuance of her client’s transfer orders. The authority lies with the Prime Minister, he said. Transfer orders on the basis of inquiry were illegal the counsel further argued. Ministry of CADD told the court that Ms Riaz was transferred within the ministry and powers lay with the Secretary CADD in this regard. Ms Riaz was appointed as DG FDE in May 2012. Around 423 schools and colleges work under Federal Directorate of Education in the Islamabad Capital Territory.

Speaker NA leaves for Russia ISLAMABAD—A-6 member Parliamentary Delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Tuesday embarked on a six-day official visit to Russia. On the invitation of Chairman of the State Duma (Russian Parliament) Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin, the Parliamentary Delegation will visit from May 20 to 25. The Parliamentary delegation accompanying Sardar Ayaz Sadiq comprise of Convener of Pak-Russian Parliamentary Friendship Group Ms. Marvi Memon, Mian Abdul Manan,

Sheikh Salahuddin, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, MNAs. During his stay in Russia, the Speaker National Assembly apart from meeting his counterpart will also meet Russian political leadership and business community and discuss matters of bilateral interest. He will also discuss ways and means to further enhance bilateral relation through interaction of Parliamentarians of sides as well as strengthening trade, educational, cultural and investment links between the Pakistan and Russia.—NNI

Residents of Afghan Basti I-11 clashed with CDA officials during an operation to remove encroachments on Tuesday.

Arbitrary rise in milk, yogurt prices irk citizens CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—The retailers have unilaterally raised prices of un-packed milk by Rs 5 to 10 per litre here, the consumers said Tuesday. Tariq Mahmood, a resident of Peoples Colony said this was unjustified raise that too in a short span, as it was only some time back that retailers had announced to increase the cost of the essential commodity. The raise was even then challenged by the City District Government and fines were imposed on the retailers but con-

cerned authorities were unable to bring down the rates of the essential commodity. This is disappointing as nobody is checking milk sellers raising prices, he noted. A housewife in Tench Bhatta said that City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has failed to keep milk retailers under control. They do not listen to anybody and they do not have any fear, she maintained. A poor man cannot buy milk for his children at Rs 90 per litre, she added. Earlier, the unpacked milk was being sold at Rs 80 to 85 per liter and yo-

gurt at Rs 80 to 90 per kg but now the rates have been increased by Rs 10 in the cantonment markets here. She said CDGR should force milk retailers to sell milk at its old prescribed prices. The new increase has once again posed a challenge to the concerned authorities. Adil, a milk retailer in the same area said that milk price has been increased after the wholesalers raised the prices. He pointed out that dairy farmers have increased wholesale prices due to exorbitant rise in the prices of feed stock and transportation cost.

Slain judge’s guard seeks bail ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the bail plea filed by guard of slain judge Malik Raffaqat Awan, who was killed in City District Courts attack on March 3 this year. ATC, Judge Attique-ur-Rehman adjourned the matter till June 2. The police guard of the slain judge Babar Hussain has filed an application seeking bail in this case. He is on judicial

remand since March 11, 2014 for allegedly unintentionally killing the judge. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up on the premises of the district courts on March 3, killing 13 people including District and Sessions Judge Malik Rafaqat Awan on the spot and injuring several others. Earlier on last date of hearing, Margalla Police had submitted a charge sheet against BabarHussain and declared him an accused however, he ha denied the charges.

RAC holds poster contest to highlight Pak-China friendship Police officials at the site of firing by unidentified gunmen who opened fire near Faizabad checkpoint killing a Police Constable.


24 outlaws including five gamblers rounded up CRIME REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Police under its ongoing drive against anti-social elements arrested 24 lawbreakers including five gamblers besides recovering over 16 kg charras, 123 bottles of liquor, 33 liter wine, one pistol 30 bore with four rounds and one pistol 9mm with 15 rounds from the possession of the arrested accused. According to Rawalpindi police, Cantt police held Aslam for having 720 gram charras. Race Course police booked

Ajmal with 500 gram charras. Airport police netted Tasfeen for possessing 845 gram charras. Taxila police rounded up Khawar and Hussain and recovered 5800 gram charras. Kalar Syedan police sent behind the bars an accused namely Zubair for having 1500 gram charras. Rattaamral police arrested Shakeel Khan for carrying 20 bottles of liquor. Bunni police recovered eight liquor bottles from Tariq. Naseerabad police seized 20 liquor bottles and nabbed Kamran. Gujar Khan police conducted a

cil Tuesday held an inter-collegiate poster competition to highlight development agreements recently signed between Pakistan and China. More than 60 students from different colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the contest titled “Journey of development from Kashgar

to Gwadar.” The economic corridor Gwadar-Kashgar is considered a milestone in the history of Pak-China friendship, which would benefit three billion people in the region.Leading artist, Mehmood Ali and RAC Resident Director, Waqar Ahmed adjudged the competition. Sumaira Sultan from RAC bagged first position, Fartashiya Khan from Government Waqar-un-Nisa College clinched

second position, while Faryal Masood from Governmentt College Gawalmandi and Shewana Zareen from Postgraduate College got third position collectively. Shiza from Government Sir Syed College, Wah Cantt secured fourth prize. She also highlighted various aspects of bilateral ties between the two friendly neighbouring counties, and its impact on regional progress and prosperity.

raid and recovered 50 liquor bottles from the possession of Pervaiz while Umar Masih was arrested for having 25 liquor bottles. Other accused were sent behind the bars on recovery of illegal weapons, drugs, liquor, wine and other items. Meanwhile, RA Bazar police acting on a tip-off conducted a raid in Factory quarters Mughalabad area and held five gamblers namely Ijaz, Arshad, Waseem, Munawar and Akhtar Abbas. Police also recovered cash Rs 11300 stake money, two mobile phones and other items.

EPA seals four tyre shops in anti-dengue drive CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Environment Protection Agency (EPA), under its ongoing anti-dengue drive, Tuesday sealed four more tyre shops after finding them a potential hub for dengue larva breeding. Talking to APP, District Officer Environment Mian Mohammed Nawaz said EPA teams visited around 26 sites including 16 tyre shops, nine junkyards and a nursery for in-

spection and prevention of lethal dengue mosquito’s possible brought-up in the summer season. During inspection, he said, although EPA teams found no dengue larva but all possible measures were being taken to keep the surroundings clear of dengue mosquito. Replying to a question, he said EPA teams have sealed 115 premises including tyre shops and junkyards since February 1, 2014 after inspecting 2,347 tyre shops, junkyards, nurseries, under-construction sites and godowns.

Winners of poster competition held at RAC to highlight Sino-Pak relations with Senator Najma Hameed on Tuesday.

March towards Eidgah graveyard tomorrow S RINAGAR —A march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar will be held tomorrow to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal. Call for the march and the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has given shutdown. Meanwhile, the authorities have placed the APHC chairman under house arrest to prevent him from addressing the rally, scheduled to be held at the Martyrs’ Graveyard, tomorrow. It was on 21st May in 1990, when unidentified gunmen shot at Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq in Srinagar and martyred him on the spot. On the same MUZAFFARABAD: Speaker AJK Assembly Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan addressing a Black Day public gathering here.

Allow Kashmiris to decide their future: Geelani to BJP

17 dead, 27 injured in IHK road mishap

D IGDOL (I HK )— SevenSRINAGAR—Reacting to the BJP’s Prime Min- promised Kashmiris that India will not hold teen people were killed and ister designate Narendra Modi’s ‘delivering jus-tice from Kashmir to Kanyakumari’ statement, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said if Modi was serious in his assertions, he should allow Kashmiris to choose their fate by holding plebiscite in the State. According to a statement issued here, Geelani said if Modi would do justice to the Kashmiris, then it will be really an act of welfare for the millions of people of South Asia. “If Modi does justice with the Kashmir, entire region will experience era of peace, stability and development. Though, Modi was born in 1950, but he will be definitely aware of the tragedy of 1947 when only 72 days after the liberation of India and Pakistan from the occu-pation of Britain, “Indian army landed in Kashmir and occupied the land illegally.” Geelani said then India it-self took Kashmir issue to UN where international body termed the “occupation of JK” as injustice and advocated right to self-determination for the people of JK. “Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru himself had

Kashmir forcibly and once situation improved, they will be given a chance to decide their future,” Geelani said. “Nehru is on record saying that if Kashmiris decide not to remain with India, it will be definitely painful for him, but we do not favour forced marriages”. “If Modi is sincere about doing justice, he should fulfil the broken promises by giving Kashmiris a chance to choose their future by holding plebiscite,” Geelani said. He said that Modi expressed his sorrow for not contributing to the freedom movement of India, but he has a chance to understand the freedom movement of Kashmir. “Kashmiri nation is struggling for their freedom from last 67 years. Not only lakhs of innocent people were killed but thousands have been subjected to enforced custodial disappearances and many more are buried in unmarked graves,” he said. Geelani said Kashmiri people were also hanged without giving them a fair trial. “Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru are the two examples,” he said.—NNI

Will reciprocate if BJP adopts realistic approach towards Kashmir: Mirwaiz RAJBAGH—Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said if the new central gov-ernment, most likely that of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) at centre, would adopt ‘realistic approach’ towards Kashmir, the Hurriyat will follow the suit. And in case any rigid stance is espoused, people of entire Valley along with separatist leadership will resist it vociferously. Mirwaiz said before pinning hopes on the BJP on Kashmir issue, the amalgam will first see the approach of new dispensation towards Kashmir and react accordingly. “We will adopt a wait and watch policy and will closely monitor what measures BJP will take for the Kashmir resolution. So far they (BJP) haven’t talked of Hindutva, uniform civil code or haven’t put much stress on the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir Valley,” said Mirwaiz during a seminar titled “Hawal Massacre; Blood Stained chapter of Kashmir His-

tory” at Hurriyat (M) headquarters here. “If BJP would adopt realistic approach for Kashmir, we will respond accordingly. However, if they adopt the communal ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), it will be resisted strongly. It is up to them (BJP) to decide how they want to approach towards Kashmir dispute. The ball is in their court,” said Mirwaiz. Mirwaiz said resolution of Kashmir dispute plays a significant role in the economy, development and growth of India. “If BJP talks for the development of India, they have to solve the Kashmir dispute. More than 25 billion dollars of Indian budget is being utilized on military expenses in Kashmir. Villages like Amethi and Raebareli being run by the stalwarts of Indian politics are still without electricity and water. For India’s prosperity, resolution of Kashmir is a key,” said Mirwaiz.—NNI

Teen’s body fished out from Wullar lake BANDEPUR (IHK)— The body of kindergarten Fahim Asgar, who was believed to have slipped into a stream in state’s summer capital Srinagar on May 6, was fished out on Tuesday from Wullar lake by locals. “Body was found by people of Laharwalpora on the banks of Wullar,” a senior police official told Kashmir Dispatch. He said the village, about 60 kms from Fahim’s residence in Old City’s Nawpur, is located on the banks of the lake in Bandepur district. 3-year-old Fahim, was believed to have slipped into the Nawpur-Babedemb stream on the evening of May 6. On Thursday last week Indian Navy’s specially trained deep divers, Marcos, joined operations in Nawpur locality of Old City to search the missing boy. “A team of river police and Marcos fished out his body from the lake in Varmul district,” he said. His distressed parents had said the boy was afraid of going near water bodies and had suspected kidnapping.—KD TARIQ SHAH


he recent plebiscite in Crimea, seeking separation from Ukraine, is yet another vindication of Jerry Muller’s seminal article that appeared in March/ April 2008 issue of the prestigious Foreign Affairs journal. Muller cogently argued that the nationalist self- determination movements are creeping in a steady locomotion. Muller observed that far from being a divisive force, as was widely feared, nationalism has served as a source of stability and progress in Europe. He argued that the wishful thinking of status quo apologists that mutual advantages afforded by trade and commerce would supplant any demands for separate nationhood, did not come true. Peoples’ pursuit of self-interest has not replaced their aspirations for self-determination. The fate of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia only testified to the enduring power of ethnic- nationalism. While some had feared that ethnic nationalism could lead to rather than avoid international conflicts, the European stability and cohe-

27 injured when a bus going to the Kashmir Valley fell into a deep gorge in the Jammu region Tuesday, an official said. The accident occurred when the bus driver lost control at Digdol on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban district, 170 km from Jammu, an official said here. “Seventeen passengers have died so far, while 27 are injured,” the official said, adding the seriously injured were being air-lifted via helicopters to Jammu. Most of the passengers in the bus were youth going to the Kashmir Valley from Poonch and Rajouri districts for a recruitment rally. A few other passengers were from Gujarat. Army personnel posted in the area are assisting the civil administration in relief and rescue operations, the official said.—KD

Shabbir Shah, Nayeem placed under house detention RAJBAGH —The authorities placed Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan under house arrest immediately after they were released from a more than a month’s detention, today. Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan were released from Rajbagh police station but as they reached their respective residences, they were put under house arrest and informed that they cannot move out, the Hurriyet spokesman said Shah and Khan were first put under house arrest on April 16 in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections and then shifted to Rajbah police station on April 26. “Since then both the leaders were in police station Rajbagh,” the spokesman said. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Zafar Akbar Butt and Mushtaq-ulIslam are among those who still face detention. Gilani has been placed under house arrest since March 16 this year while Zafar Akbar Butt and Mushtaq-ul-Islam were detained in police stations.—KMS

day, seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops fired at the funeral procession of the martyred leader in Hawal area of Srinagar. Twelve years later, on the same day in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was martyred by unknown attackers, when he was returning from addressing a gathering at Mazar-eShuhada in Srinagar. The speakers at a seminar, organized by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in Srinagar, today, emphasized that the election under Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir were not a substitute of the plebiscite, promised by the United Nations. They said India was using the holding of sham elections as diversionary tactics to distract people’s attention from the liberation movement. The Hurriyet leader, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi,

Yasin Malik to face People’s Court SRINAGAR—Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik is participating in People’s Court programme organized by Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) to discuss the allegations levelled against JKLF during recent Lok Sabha polls. JKLF spokesman in a press statement said: “After successful election boycott in Kashmir, pro-India circles started a malicious campaign against resistance parties and leaders to divert attention of people and international community from it. An Indian journalist Prem Shankar Jha levelled false allegations on resistance circles especially JKLF in a section of media.” “After this, pro-India PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig levelled concocted allegations against Hurriyat leaders of conspiring against his party,” JKLF spokesman

on the streets of Simferopol. While there are troubling questions on the legitimacy of the March 2014 plebiscite in Crimea— tainted as it was by the events surrounding it — the results are, nevertheless, clearest indication yet that the ethnic nationalism is on the rise. Recent times have amply demonstrated that as the societies modernize, and the means of communication gain greater penetration among the subaltern societies, ethnic nationalism will continue to incrementally erode borders and result in fragmentation of artificially created federations, forcibly keeping their subjects against their will. Whether solely through their own efforts at political mobilization or with support from an irredentist neighbour, the ethnic nationalities will continue to press for their sovereign rights to nationhood. The inconvenient truth is that whether a particular self-determination movement seeks total secession from a large federation or a loose au-

Omar offers to quit

said, adding, Front leaders, in a meeting, decided that Malik himself will participate in the proposed People’s Court and will put forth JKLF perspective in this regard. “Right from its founding father, martyr Muhammad Maqbool Butt till date, JKLF has kept its actions open without any ambiguity and never shied away from facing questions regarding political activities. Muhammad Yasin Malik chased a Pakistani American Mansoor Ajaz to Pakistani Supreme Court after he had levelled some fabricated accusations,” the spokesman said. “Often, enemies pose fabricated queries to defame and harm ones personality, organizations and movements and the allegations that have direct bearing on collective social life and political and freedom movements need a firm reply,” he added.—NNI

‘IHK polls a diversionary game’ B ARAMULLA —The speakers at a seminar have emphasized that the election under Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir were not a substitute of the plebiscite, promised by the United Nations. The event was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League at Battamalu in Srinagar, today. They said India was using the holding of sham elections as diversionary tactics to distract people’s attention from the liberation movement. The speakers pointed out that the

real discourse in occupied Kashmir has been how to impress upon India to give people their right to decide their destiny by themselves. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Zamrooda Habib, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Dr Javed Iqbal, Zahid Ali, Muhammad Yousuf Mir and Raiq Ahmad Ganaie, addressed the function among others. The seminar was also addressed by Kashmiri scholar, Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam over phone from Islamabad/Pakistan.—KMS

Kashmiri youth shot dead SHOPIAN (IHK)—A youth was shot dead during the intervening night by unidentified gunmen in South Kashmir’s Shupian town, some 48 kms from here, a police official said on Tuesday. He said police was informed about a bullet-riddled body in Kilora village in the morning. Police identified the slain as Nasir Ahmad Mir, 25, resident of Pinjora. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped him last night, the official said. On Sunday another youth was found shot dead in a nursery in North Kashmir’’s Sopore. Kashmir’s indigenous militant outfit Hizb ul Mujahideen had condemned his killing on Monday.—KD

GUPKAR—Jammu and Kashmir puppet chief minister Omar Abdullah has offered to step down from his post in the wake of his party National Conference’s debacle in the parliamentary elections, IHK media reported. The New Delhi-based newspaper reported that Omar made the offer during a meeting held at his Gupkar residence on Monday. The offer, however, had no takers in the party, the sources added. “If he resigns at this moment, there will be utter chaos,” an NC leader, who did not want to be named, told the HT. The core committee meeting, attended by the party top leaders, was to discuss the party’s performance in the elections and its future strategy for upcoming assembly polls. In a severe setback to the party, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominees in all the three constituencies in the valley defeated the NC candidates. Even NC president and union minister Farooq Abdullah lost seat to PDP’s Tariq Hameed Karra in Srinagar by over 40,000 votes. This is the first-ever electoral defeat for Abdullah.—KD

Hailstorm, cold weather damage 30% fruit crop

SRINAGAR —Hailstorm and bad weather has damaged over 30 percent of fruit crop in Held Kashmir so far. Heavy hailstorm hit Shopian, Pulwama, Budgam, Sopore and other parts of Kashmir last week. The hail damaged fruit crop in many areas which was in its flowering stage. Additionally, the recent rainfall and below normal temperatures further risked the fruit production. Fruit growers said that damage has been caused to 3035 percent fruit crop. The apple crop has been affected the most. “The weather this season has been really bad which has directly affected the crop. The flowering was delayed and now as flowering started we have fluctuating weather,” said Bashir Ahmad of Fruit Growers Association of Parimpora. He says that the frequent change in the temperatures is proving harmful to the crop. Damage has been caused to apple crop in Pulwama, Shopian, Sopore and Budgam MUZAFFARABAD: Chairperson Kashmir Cultural Academy Ms Taqdess Gilani in con- due to the hailstorm, he revealed.—NNI vocation with Ms Shugufta Moorin Kazmi Additional General Secretary of PPP here.

Crimea to Kashmir siveness during the last several decades have proven otherwise, thanks to the success of ethnic nationalism. The much-despised Balkanization did not lead to conflicts. On the contrary, it resulted in political stability and prosperity where nation- states lived together in harmony—albeit separately! There pervades a groundswell of pro-Russian self-determination sentiment among the Crimea’s majority ethnic Russians; this, unfortunately, to the detriment of other ethnic minorities of the region. A recent poll conducted by a non-partisan German Consumer Research group, known as GfK, revealed an upwards of 70% respondents favouring independence from Ukraine. Whether the ill-conceived international sanctions manage to pressurize the Russian strategists in Kremlin’s palatial mansions, remains to be seen. What we already know is that these sanctions will certainly not dissuade the jubilant ethnic Russians

Zamrooda Habib, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Dr Javed Iqbal, Zahid Ali and Muhammad Yousuf Mir, addressed the function among others. Kashmiri scholar, Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam addressed the seminar over phone from Islamabad. At the end of the seminar, Indian police arrested the Muslim League leader, Moulvi Sajjad Ahmad. The authorities placed Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan under house arrest immediately after they were released from Rajbagh police station from more than a month’s detention, today. The Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Political Party in a statement denounced the raid on the house of party chief, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and harassment of inmates.—KMS

tonomous link with it, the underlying causes remains the same—ethnic political self-determination. We have seen the cacophony of violent demonstration for fulfilment of demands for ethnicity-motivated provincial self-rule in the Telangana state, soon becoming the 29th state of the Indian Federation. We have also seen the demands coming to fruition for the formation of nation-states in south Sudan, East Timor, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Kosovo. Unquestionably, the list of freedom seeking contenders is growing as we speak. If any more evidence was needed, Scotland and Catalonia are all set to vote in referenda by the end of this year. The results are widely anticipated to result in independence for the Scotts from Britain, as well as for the Catalonians from Spain. Closer to home, the demand for political self-determination has been a dominant political theme in Kashmir since early 1930s, predating the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

The much maligned two-nation theory only further legitimised its ethnic-religious overtones. Admittedly, this religious expression of an otherwise secular self-determination agenda has served as convenient fodder for some with a different ideological agenda. However, New Delhi and some of the major world powers, know full well that the real issue in Kashmir is not the Pakistan- sponsored ‘jihadi terrorism’ but a genuine ethnic selfdetermination movement, ironically entrenched over the years by the very same military option with which the Indian State has employed to suppress it. As has been seen in the past, there is no end in sight for clamor for self-determination in Kashmir, no matter who walks in the corridors of power in New Delhi or in Islamabad. To be sure, the armed struggle of 1990s against the Indian rule has been increasingly changing into a more non-violent resistance movement.

There has been one glaring constant; the basic demand for right to self-determination has refused to die. The resulting unresolved conflict continues to pose imminent threats of militarised entanglement between India and Pakistan. Much to our dislike, the region has remained a seething cauldron for violent extremism threatening regional and world peace. This continued stalemate sets South Asia’s teeming millions at avoidably disadvantageous positions through wars, and through missed opportunity costs due to mutual antagonism. The region’s social, political and economic integration will continue to remain a Holy Grail until the conflict in Kashmir is resolved to the satisfaction of all the three parties to the conflict. The propensity of the human spirit for self-determination will keep the caravan of nationalism on its course. Its passage may be temporally delayed but it can not be eternally denied. In Kashmir, as in Crimea, the will of the masses must be respected. —Courtesy: Greater Kashmir

Port Qasim shipping activity KARACHI—Three ships carrying Containers, Cement/Coil and Edible oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal respectively. Meanwhile four more ships carrying containers and edible oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 30% at the Port on Tuesday where four ships namely Safmarine Ngami, Ikan Sembak and Global Vika are currently occupying berths to load/offload Containers, Cement/Coil and Edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 40773 tonnes comprising 30733 tonnes imports and 10040 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 1193 containers (TEUs) were handled at the Port during last 24 hours.—APP

95 pc wheat procurement completed J HANG —Almost 95 percent of the wheat procurement target has been achieved by district Jhang as 1.56 million bags of wheat procured by Food department. This was stated by District Food Controller Ch Abdul Ghafoor while talking to media persons here Tuesday. He assured that remaining of the procurement target would be achieved easily within a couple of days. “Our procurement campaign is going very well at all 15 procurement centres. Wheat was purchased from the growers at rate fixed by the government”.—NNI

Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on May 21, 2014. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs. 98.7627, Japanese Yen Rs.0.9750, Pound Sterling Rs. 166.2374 and Euro Rs. 135.2556.—APP

Govt to establish land ports authorities to exploit regional trade: Khurram I SLAMABAD —Government would establish three skill development sectors of FATA to bring the Pakistan was ready to start trade talks with In- college and sport complex would also be estabmodern land ports authorities in Torkham, Chamman and Wagha borders for exploiting the regional trade potential. This was stated by Minister for Commerce, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan while addressing a national conference on “Pakistan in Post 2014 Geo-Political Regional Scenario: Exploiting Trade and Business Potential for Peace Building in FATA” organized by FATA Research Center here on Tuesday. Addressing the event, the minister said that government will soon table a bill in the parliament for the establishment of the land port authorities. He said that government was determined for the development of Federally Administerated Tribal Areas (FATA) and introduced many reforms for the socio-economic uplift of the people of the area. The government, he said has initiated mega developmental projects in education, health care and

people in economic main stream. Khurram Dastgir said that about 22 kilometers border with Afghanistan was passing through FATA which connects the country trade route with Central Asian States. He further said the government would develop communication links including roads network and open more commercial points in these areas for the commercialization of indigenous resources in FATA. The minister said that under the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif regional trade and connectivity was seriously persued and the government has signed several agreements with regional countries to promote trade and investment. Engineer Khurram said that peaceful, stable and prosperious Afghanistan was in favor of Pakistan and the country was acting on the neutral policy about Afghanistan. He said that

Cement manufacturers demand reduced duty on alternative fuel AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —Duty on alternative fuel like petroleum coke and shredded rubber tyres should be reduced to give support to the local industry to be competitive in the export market. This was demanded by Cement Manufacturers with a view to facilitate the industry by reducing the prevalent duties on the alternatives fuels in the forthcoming budget of 2013-2014 as this initiative will enhance its competitiveness in global market. Sources at APCMA stated that cement is the most important building materials which is produced through energy intensive processes. It is due to this reason, various alternatives are being explored worldwide that not only considerably cut the energy cost but also have ecological benefits of conserving non-renewable resources, the reduction of waste disposal requirements and reduction of emissions. They said that these global norms have persuaded cement manufacturers in Pakistan to experiment with different options to substitute coal by using alternate energy resources such as petroleum coke and

shredded rubber tyres due to their higher energy value. It is essential to add here that cement industry in its budget proposal has requested concerned authorities to reduce the duty rate on non-calcined pet coke (HS Code 2713.1100) and shredded rubber scraps to 0% from the current chargeable 5% and 10% advalorum as it has been the case with Coal. These substitutes of coal will allow the cement manufacturers to reduce the energy cost which will allow the industry to export its surplus capacity, explained the sources. Sources also added that industry has also requested government to allow 210 days to file duty drawback claims pertaining to the period when original “Gumrak” was mandated to be provided but was unavailable due to retention by Afghan authorities. They explained that the duty drawback on cement exports to Afghanistan is allowed based on Afghan Customs document called Gumrak. They concluded, “If government take these slight measure it can boost the cement exports, more investment will be attracted and cement manufacturers could be saved from the undue losses.

Govt striving to generate low-cost electricity ISLAMABAD—State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the Upper House of the Parliament on Tuesday that the government was working on a number of projects to generate cheap electricity. Responding to a question during the question hour, the minister said some of the prominent projects include 96 Mega Watt power project at Nandipur, 746 MW project at Guddu, 402 MW at Uch, two coal projects at Thar, three wind power projects of 50 MW each and a solar energy project at Bahawalpur. Abid Sher Ali further said it was due to the credibility of the government that Qatar and China were investing 50% each for installing the LNG terminal at Port Qasim. He said the government had also planned to construct Power Park at Gaddani Balochistan, in which, 10 units of 660 MW each would be installed through imported

coal in Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode. 20% local while 80% imported coal would be utilized in the project, which was estimated, to commence in the beginning of 2015 and expected completion date was the end of year 2018, he added. “There is no environmental hazard due to the project as its survey is conducted by a foreign company,” adding, all the stakeholders were taken on board over the project. To another question, the minister said the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) had signed five MoUs on behalf of the government for development of coal based IPPs having cumulative capacity of 6600 MW. He said after the payment of Rs. 503 billion circular debts last year, the generation capacity had enhanced by 1700 megawatts and that the Audit report of the payments, once completed, would be presented before the House.—APP

Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves. —Herbert Hoover

ISLAMABAD: Trade delegation of Sweden led by Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Trade called on the Minister of State for IT Mrs Anusha Rahman.

dia adding that when new regime to be established, the trade negotiation would also be initiated with open heart and country’s interest would be protected. Addressing the conference, Minister for Textile Industry, Senator Abbas Khan Afridi called for utilizing the natural resources of FATA for the development of the area and checking the menace of terrorism. He said that Textile Industry has started training programmes for women of that area and their produces would be facilitated to export in international markets. He emphasized that the only solution for improving state of affairs in tribal regions lie in democratization of the tribal areas and bringing them at par with rest of the country in terms of political freedom and development. He said that under the directives of Prime Minister, a university, cadet

lished to exploit the talent of that area. Danish Ambassador, Jesper M. Sorensen said that Denmark’s support to FRC was aimed at encouraging research work on FATA, develop a knowledge bank and bring forward local issues to the national discourse. “We fully recognize that the people of Pakistan has suffered more from terrorism than perhaps any other nation”, he added. He further said that it is important that vibrant economic activities were created in FATA and these are most important to the consolidation of peace. It is also the best prevention to curb militant influence on the youth. “We should focus on supporting reconstruction, redressing inequality and create conducive environment that will bring sustainable economic transformation, provide employment and foster hope”, he added.—APP

Govt pursuing investment friendly policies OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —15-member trade delegation of Sweden led by Ambassador Jonas Hafström Senior Advisor to the Minister of Trade called on the Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman on Tuesday in Islamabad. Minister counselor Mr. Andres Sjoberg, MD Tetra Pak Mr. Stephen Johnsson, CEO Ericsson Pakistan Mr. Ashley Gold, Trade Commissioner Business Sweden Ms. Anna Liberg and other senior officials from the Embassy of Sweden were also part of the delegation. Federal Secretary IT Mr. Ahklaq Ahmad Tarar, Chairman NTC Brig (Retd) Viqar Rashid Khan., Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah and Member Telecom Mr. Muddasir Hussian were also present there. In an interactive session Minister of State for IT shared with the delegates that the government of Pakistan is persistently pursuing the investment friendly policies, which are very liberal on investment side while offering 100% ownership, 100% equity and tax incentives. Minister said that after successful spectrum auction of 3G/ 4G investment opportunities in IT sector have increased manifolds. Teledensity in Pakistan is 75%, which covers approximately 90% area of Pakistan while broadband teledensity, which is less than 2%, will be increasing in the wake of spectrum auction. Minister of State for IT apprised the delegates regarding the future prospects of ICT sector, which is expected to gain momentum after the introduction of 3G and 4G services in Pakistan. We are concentrating on the establishment of Telecenters in order to provide e-services i.e. e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, e-commerce to the people of underserved and un-served areas of Pakistan. We are focusing on local manufacturing, R&I and transfer of technology creating employment opportunities and GDP growth. We are going to build technology parks with international collaboration in order to provide a conducive environment for the ICT sector. The Minister further stated that the government is committed to establish local manufacturing of mobile handsets in collaboration with private sector partnership and invite Swedish companies to explore this local manufacturing, as an option, Minister added.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan in a meeting with the Speaker of Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) Per Westerberg.

ICCI lauds SBP’s monetary policy decision ISLAMABAD —The Islamabad Chamber of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. He added that Commerce and Industry (ICCI) welcomed on Tuesday the Monetary Policy announced by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in which the interest rate was kept unchanged. “The SBP’s decision would help enhance the business activity and flourish the country’s economy”, said Shahban Khalid, President of ICCI. Talking to APP, he said that the cost of production was a big cause of inflation in the country,which also affect energy and petrol prices in the country. Shaban Khalid said that the decision of maintaining interest rate unchanged would encourage the small businessmen to get loan from private sector banks to start investment in local market and create new opportunities of employment. Replying to a question, he said “we suggest the government to revive the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve the matter with consensus and business community would not involve in agitation and court cases during the meeting with

the government also agreed to provide special package to the sick industries specially Textile industry and work for the revival of sick units. Replying to a question,he said that stability in rupee prices against US dollars is necessary for international repayment especially on oil prices. He said that cordial relations must be developed with all regional countries for strengthening mutual trade and investment opportunities in the region. He said the bilateral trade and economic relations with Afghanistan would help the country’s access towards energyrich Central Asian States which would help in resolving country’s energy problems. Replying to another question, he called upon the government to broaden tax net and make reforms in the taxation system for enhancing revenue collection for sustainable socio-economic development of the country.—APP

K-Electric installs over 500 legal meters in high loss areas STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—K-Electric stated in a statement that the company successfully installed more than 500 new meters in LERP Musharaff Colony Mauripur, Maunch Goth Baldia and Mehmoodabad. Prior to this, these areas were categorized as High Loss Areas where the residents were using illegal hook connections. Giving details the press statement added that KE has been conducting its Low Cost Kunda Conversion activity for some time. This drive was only made possible by the residents of the mentioned areas, as they welcomed KE and its team and willingly filed for applications for these low-cost new meters in Maunch Goth & Musharaff Colony Baldia. The concept of “One Stop Shop” was

executed where residents and shop owners could fill in the application and get on spot approval and low cost meter installation for an upfront cost of Rs. 2,600. Billing queries were also addressed on the spot by the KE team that was present. In the area of Mehmoodabad, there was no electricity infrastructure and the displaced people of lines area were busy using electricity through Kundas from Azam Basti, Manzoor Colony and from PECHS Block 6. Due to these illegal connections almost 13 PMTs were constantly getting overloaded and that resulted in frequent breakdowns. A comprehensive plan was laid down by KE along with MPA Raza Haroon, where the cost came in the tune of almost Rs. 141 million. KE successfully installed 49 New Meters in this area after applications were filed by the residents.

LCCI gets 20 cost-free stalls at Chinese SME Fair SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Monday, was offered 20 stalls free of cost at Chinese SME Fair scheduled for October 2014 in Guangzhou, Guangdong. The offer was made by He Zuoxian, Deputy Director General, Guangdong SME Bureau, who was heading a 5-member Chinese delegation while talking to the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari. LCCI Executive Committee Members Mian Zahid Javed, Talha Tayyab Butt, Mohammad Aslam Chaudhry and Mian Mohammad Afzal also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Zuoxian said that all the Pakistani businessmen who would take part in SME Fair would be facilitated and B-2-B meetings would be arranged. He said that the SME sector could ensure an economic turnaround provided it is facilitated keeping in view its requirements. He said that they also had meetings with SMEDA so

that a working plan could be evolved in collaboration with Pakistani SME sector. He said that the Chinese SME policy is due next month and it would be shared with Chambers of Commerce in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari agreed to take part in the Chinese SME Fair and thanked the visiting delegation for their 20-free of cost stalls offer. He said that Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand etc. who excelled on the basis of having well performing SME sector. Now China has become the best example of emerging as an economic power largely relying on SME sector. He sought the Chinese systematic approach and those policies, which played major role in transforming the SME sector. He said that there was no second opinion that SMEs provide low cost employment opportunities and help the economies in several ways as they boost exports, reduce poverty, create jobs and enhance rural de-

velopment etc. He said that approximately more than 3.2 million SMEs are functioning in Pakistan. SME sector contributes almost 30% in GDP, employs more than 70% of the non-agricultural workforce and generates around 25% in export earnings. The LCCI President said that due to severe energy crisis, SMEs in Pakistan are not keeping pace with critical minimum requirement needed to remain viable and survive. He said that other challenges include low access to finance, inflationary pressures, little knowhow of best business practices, inadequate technologies, shortage of skilled labours etc. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the biggest hurdle in their way of business growth is shortage of collateral to avail loaning facilities from banks. The LCCI President said that it is high time that there must be some study tours arranged for the sake of knowledge sharing and closely examining the SME models of both the countries to

bring some improvement in the existing setup of SME in Pakistan. He said that because of its strategic location, Pakistan offers tremendous opportunities for foreign investment. He said that ample opportunities of foreign investment are available in energy sector, which is the top priority of the government keeping in view the revival of the economy. He said that grant of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the EU had created new opportunities for local and foreign investors therefore it is high time for Chinese investors to set up joint ventures and make direct investment in areas of interest. The LCCI President also informed the Chinese delegation that LCCI had established a Mediation Center at its premises with active collaboration of International Finance Corporation (IFC). There are more than 40 accredited mediators who can help the local, national and international businessmen for out-of-the-court settlement of business disputes.




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tional Food Security & Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that Pakistan and Sweden possessed great potential for boosting existing bilateral trade ties between the two countries, particularly in different areas of agriculture and agricultural research. The Federal Minister said this during a meeting with trade representatives and businessmen of Swedish Trade Delegation, after the latter led by Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom, Special Advisor to the Minister for Trade of Sweden, called on the minister here. The two sides also agreed upon chalking out a course of action for future collaboration and cooperation in agriculture sector. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that Pakistan was an attractive destination for investment in the field of agriculture. The minister invited Swedish entrepreneurs and businessmen to explore

























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FBR holds Taxpayers facilitation workshop ISLAMABAD—The Facilitation and Taxpayer Education Wing of Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) held a workshop on e-portal services and role and responsibilities of withholding agents at Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industries in collaboration with Regional Tax Office (RTO), Bahawalpur on Tuesday. Presidents, Vice Presidents and other officebearers of Rahimyar Khan Chamber, Tax Bar Associations of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Rahimyar Khan, Corporate Taxpayers and major withholding agents attended the workshop, said a statement issued by FBR. Saleem Raza Asif, Chief Commissioner, RTO Bahawalpur and Ameer Yousaf Khan, President Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industries jointly presided over the workshop. Ameer Yousaf Khan welcomed the workshop participants and the senior hierarchy of RTO Bahawalpur and officers from FBR. In his opening remarks, he encouraged the participants to freely and openly discuss their problems regarding the withholding taxes and give their input for improvement of the withholding tax regime. He emphasized upon the FBR to give special attention to the Southern Punjab in facilitation and creating awareness. Saleem Raza Asif, Chief Commissioner, RTO, Bahawalpur thanked the President of the Chamber for hosting the workshop.—NNI

Glow introduces ‘Glow Generation’ OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—When you live it large, live it free! Where the world talks about 5, 10, 15 FNF numbers we talk about a generation - the Glow Generation! Powered by Warid Telecom, Glow has revamped its identity to lead Pakistan’s youth towards a technologically advanced era. With an evolved logo and tagline of ‘Join the Glow Generation’, Warid plans to take the youth by storm with its latest offerings. Being the nation’s favorite youth brand, Glow, for the first time in Pakistan now gives its customers a platform to add “Unlimited” number of Warid friends & family numbers to their network. Not only this, Glow customers can also enjoy “Free” Social Media on their Glow Generation package. All this can be availed by simply sending “GG” in an SMS to 7777. So make as many Glow friends as you like, snap and share as many pictures on Facebook or Chat the night away on Whatsapp, because Social Media and Glow just became best friends! Glow is powered by Warid, a leading innovator and superior quality service provider in the telecom industry of Pakistan.

joint ventures with Pakistani business community and expressed hope that this will open up new avenues of development for both countries. The Federal minister also expressed gratitude to the Swedish Government for its support for GSP Plus status to Pakistan noting that this will not only increase export of Pakistani products to European Union but also generate job opportunities. Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom, Special Advisor to the Minister for Trade of Sweden, expressed interest in enhancing economic and business ties with Pakistan in various sectors of agriculture. Hafstrom also said that lot of scope existed between the two countries for initiating and implementing joint ventures in different fields of agriculture. The Federal Minister assured of his ministry’s full cooperation in boosting up agriculture relations be-

MNFSR Seerat Asghar sought Swedish assistance in various areas of agriculture particularly cooperation in developing an efficient food production system in the country and sharing of latest agriculture technology and machinery. Both sides emphasized upon enhancing collaborative research in multiple sectors of agriculture. Both sides also committed to exchange mutually beneficial best practices in agriculture in order to maximize agricultural production on sustainable basis. The participants of the meeting stressed on continuing exploring possibilities of cooperation in agriculture sector to further cement business and economic ties between the two countries. Malik Zahoor Ahmed Director General NAPHIS, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Chairman PARC and other high officials of MNFSR also attended the meeting.—APP

FPCCI demands use of modern technology for valuation at customs stage STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Unfair valuation of the goods by Customs authority at import stage causing loss to the exchequer. The Customs authority applies old methodology for valuation of goods which cannot control the under invoicing. The modern economies have connected their valuation department with Scanned magazines and journals for this purpose to ease the valuation process. This was stated by Zakaria Usman, President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI). Smuggling, under invoicing and misdeclaration are the major elements of corruption, which cause financial loss to the exchequer. In the past individuals were involved in under invoicing but now it has been converted into group under invoicing. He said that there is a law that Customs can purchase the goods on invoice price and sell the same on actual price if the declared price is lesser then the actual price. He drew the attention of the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce to the problems of customs valuation at import stage and said that the customs authority has adopted the easiest way of market enquiry or market intelligence. They avoid to use other techniques like searching through website, newspapers, magazines, journals, bulletins, internet and other external sources. He requested the Commerce Minister to modernize the Customs

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Valuation Department to enable them to curb the under invoicing. Zakaria Usman stressed on the use of modern technology for valuation of goods at import stage and urged for recruitment of new professionals along with provision of latest equipments to plug the loopholes in the system. These professionals should be given specific training, which should be made mandatory for valuation officials. In this modern era the price of every commodity can be ascertained from internet. The professional staff can get the access of such website which provides services as per the requirements of WTO. Moreover, due to fluctuation in prices of fuel, the prices of many commodities are changed on daily basis and updated on the internet. He quoted the example plastic granules for which Pakistan Plastic Manufacturing Association (PPMA) recommends the import price on the basis of prices scanned from international journals/magazines to avoid any mis-declaration and under invoicing and the Customs authority accept the same. FPCCI has a team of experts to guide the valuation department on price of each item and we are ready to extend full support to modernize the valuation process so that the under invoicing can be reduced. He said that there is a Standing Committee of FPCCI for Custom Valuation under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Hafeez, which can also extend all possible assistance to the valuation department.

Saudi-Pak 3rd Annual Accountancy Symposium held in Riyadh

Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Managing Director Teradata Pakistan, Khurram Rahat with winners of 12th Teradata IT Excellence Award.

PBC board supports SOEs privatisation ISLAMABAD—The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) on Tuesday strongly supported early privatization of State Owned Enterprises (SOE). A statement issued here said that the PBC is of the view that most of the SOE are losing money and, that even the profitable ones are underperforming. “The SOE are a major drain on the public exchequer with the quality levels of their service delivery needing major improvements which would not be possible unless they are privatised” read the PBC statement. Without commenting on the mechanics of the privatization process, the PBC has urged the government to develop a privatization strategy for each entity, which takes into cognisance the dynamics of the industry in which a particular SOE operates in. —APP

Launching ceremony of ENERCON: Project Secretary Science & Technology, Kamran Ali Qureshi expressing his views. National Project Coordinator, Jameel Akhtar DGPCSIR, Dr S S Tahir and Joint Secretary Water & Power, Sayyed Tanveer Hussain Bukhari are also present on the occasion.

3rd Int’l Halal conference & expo starts today STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The 3rd International Halal Conference

KARACHI—Under the aus- Group and former Minister of and Expo will be held from

L AHORE —Lahore Stock pices of the Institute of Char- Industry & Electricity). Other 22nd to 23rd May 2013 at Exchange here Tuesday witnessed bullish trend by gaining 35.02 points as the LSE Index-25 opened with 5322.95 points and closed at 5357.97 points. The market’s overall situation, however, did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 828,100 shares to close against previous turnover of 851,400 shares, showing a downward slide of 23,300 shares. While, out of the total 89 active scrips 15 moved up, 17 shed values and 57 remained equal. The top three Major Gainers of the day were Highnoon Laboratories Limited, Pakistan State Oil Company Limited and Otsuka Pakistan Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 7.45, Rs 4.36 and Rs 1.80 respectively. Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, Pakistan Petroleum Limited and Muslim Commercial Bank Limited were among top three, which lost their per share value by Rs 4.21, Rs 1.90 and Re 0.97 respectively.

tered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) KSA Chapter and Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), the 3rd Saudi-Pak Symposium was held recently at the auditorium of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Riyadh. The theme of the event was “Financial Leadership – The Way Forward” and was attended by the major business leaders in KSA, CEO’s and CFO’s of leading corporates, senior partners of audit firms, and by members of ICAP and SOCPA in general. Participants and speakers had flown in from varied parts of the region and wider destinations to contribute, communicate, educate and network at the most prestigious annual accountancy symposium event of the calendar in Riyadh. The agenda, being at the heart of a successful event, included the Keynote Address by the renowned economist Dr. Muhammad Umer Chapra and followed by the Special Address by H.E. Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah AlZamil (Chairman of Zamil

interesting topics included the Great Debate on “Developing Good Financial Leaders: Nature or Nurture?” and a technical Session on the IFRS transformation Agenda for Saudi Corporates. Amongst other innovative sessions such as on mentoring and innovative thinking where Cloud computing was discussed; the event also included a special video address by the President of IFAC, Mr. Warren Allen. Some notable speakers who graced the event with their thoughts included Honourable Khayyam Akbar (Pakistan’s Deputy Ambassador to KSA), Dr. Ahmed Almeghames (Secretary General SOCPA), Mr. Naeem Akhtar Sheikh (President ICAP) and Muhammad Iqbal (President ICAP KSA Chapter). ICAP KSA Chapter also announced the inaugural ‘Most Valued Contribution to the Profession’ Awards and in recognition of their exceptional services, awards were given to Dr. Umar Chapra for Islamic Economics.—NNI

Expo Center Lahore to show case the Halal trade potential of Pakistan. In the Event, Dr. Russly from Malaysia, Dr. Winai form Thailand, Professor Ir. Sakoo from Indonesia, Dr Munir from USA are participating in the Event. In the Event, More than 30 renowned Importers of Halal Industry from Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Indonesia, Argentina, Australia, USA and Russia are participating. This Event will provide a unique opportunity to our Entrepreneurs, Business Houses dealing in Food & Non-Food Products especially the Exporters of Mutton, Beef, Poultry and allied industries to showcase their products. PHDA has also planned field visit for the international guests. While talking to the media men, Chairman PHDA Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan said that they are working to introduce Pakistan as Halal Kitchen for the world.

PIAF seeks tax-free budget for year 2014-15 SALIM AHMED LAHORE —Pakistan

Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) on Tuesday called for a tax-free budget for the year 2014-15 to achieve economic goals set by the government. The PIAF Chairman Malik Tahir Javaid was addressing the PIAF Executive Committee. PIAF Senior Vice Chairman Khamis Saeed Butt, former LCCI Presidents Mian Anjum Nisar, Muhammad Ali Mian, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh were also present in the meeting. The PIAF Chairman said that the increase in number of taxes always encourages people to stay out of tax net while cut in tax rates expands tax base therefore the government should rationalize tax tariffs instead of making any increase in their rates. Malik Tahir Javaid said that the government would have to allocate more funds towards the energy generation projects as the shortage of electricity had already caused irreparable loss to the over all economy and the economic activities in the country. He said that it was imperative to achieve revenue targets that they are set realistically keeping in view the ground realities. He said that new taxes mean more burden on the existing taxpayers that would ultimately increase the cost of doing business. The PIAF Chairman said that the fact remains that th Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar were putting

in their best efforts to attract much-needed foreign investment in the country but their efforts would bear fruit only when the taxation procedures are simple and their rates are on the lower side. He said that the private sector should be facilitated for the creation of jobs as the government alone cannot provide jobs to all the unemployed graduates therefore the coming budget should be tax free having incentives for the manufacturing sector. Malik Tahir Javaid said that the government would have to curtail the size of bureaucracy to control the day-to-day running cost of the government as the concept of smart organization well equipped with latest technology was fast gaining ground in the leading economies of the world. The PIAF Chairman said that the Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front had already prepared proposals for the upcoming budget that would be forwarded to the concerned quarters very soon. He said that the PIAF had proposed to the government to increase the rate of duties on smuggling prone items while the rate of taxes for the local manufacturers should be curtailed. He said that the business community also hopes that sufficient funds would be allocated for the construction of water reservoirs in the country to ensure cheaper electricity to the masses and the high power tariff was hitting hard the competitiveness of Pakistani merchandise in the global market.

KARACHI: A group photograph of Consul General of Royal Thai Wichai Sirisujin, Senior Vice Chairman ABAD, Saleem Qasim Patel, Arif Suleman, President Pak-Thai Business Forum and others after the meeting regarding ABAD International Expo 2014.—PO Photo by Sultan Chaki

PakWheels aims to provide best online services L AHORE —, community witnessed recognition of based automobile website in Pakistan, has managed to bag two major awards this year, the 12th Teradata IT Excellence Award and the Brands of the Year Award 2013. The Brands of the Year Award, which is one of the highest honours in the business and corporate communities in Pakistan, was awarded to due to its popularity and provision of best online platforms for cars and bikes in the country. Mr. Suneel Sarfraz Munj, Chairman received the award at a ceremony held in Karachi on Sunday. Teradata IT Excellence awards are held annually to appreciate the efforts of companies offering increasingly better services to its users. The 12th edition of the awards

as the best service provider for online buying and selling solutions in the country. The company was acknowledged due to its simple yet constructive online services, which empower Pakistani car consumers to make better decisions with the use of unbiased information. Speaking on the occasion, Suneel said, “we are honoured and pleased to win these prestigious awards and believe it is a reflection of our unwavering commitment that has established as a leading brand in Pakistan. Over the years, we have established trust within the communities and will continue to offer the best online services with unbiased information for everyone”.—PR

Daily opening & closing rates PMEX Index Total Volume (Lots): Traded Value (Rs):

3,025 9,855 2,107,876,680

Commodity .............................. Price Quotation ........................ Open CRUDE OIL ............................. $ Per Barrel ................................. 102.61 SILVER ..................................... $ Per Ounce ................................ 19.525 GOLD ....................................... $ Per Ounce ................................ 1,300.8 GOLD ....................................... Rs Per 10 gms ............................ 41,586 MTOLAGOLD ........................ Rs Per Tola ................................. 49,810 GOLD ....................................... Rs Per Tola ................................. 49,810 RICEIRRI6 ............................... Rs Per 100 kg ............................. 3,578 PALMOLEIN .......................... Rs Per Maund ............................ 4,526 SUGAR .................................... Rs Per kg .................................... 44.56 ICOTTON ................................ US Cents per pound ................. 89.85 WHEAT ................................... Rs Per 100 kg ............................. 3,377

Close 102.26 19.368 1,292.8 41,338 49,466 49,466 3,577 4,525 44.64 89.46 3,376

The total value traded was reported at PKR 2,107m. Number of lots traded were registered at 9,855 and PMEX Commodity Index closed at 3,025. Major business was contributed by gold amounting to PKR 1,372m, followed by crude oil (PKR 646m) and silver (PKR 89m).

Sports university to be established: Senate told ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada Monday informed Senate that the government was planning to establish a Sports University in the country and funds in this regard would hopefully be allocated in the next budget. Concluding the discussion over National Sports Policy, the minister said the Sports Complex at Islamabad was being upgraded as the government wanted to make it a Sports University. He said different sports related programmes and courses would be started in other universities of the country as well, adding, international coaches and trainers would be invited to groom the national players as per international standards. Riaz Hussain Pirzada said a fund had also been set up for the welfare of the veteran players facing financial problems. Pirzada said the government fully defend the national sports policy while resolving the issue of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA). He said Lt Gen (Retd) Arif Hassan himself made the law that no one could be elected as the president of POA thrice and now was negating the same. “The government could proceed against him but if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) put a ban on the national body, the whole blame would be on the government,” the minister added. Pirzada said after the 18th amendment in the constitution, the subject of sports was devolved to the provincial government, however, the government was still making efforts to boost sports activities in the coun-

try. He said the menace of terrorism had badly affected sports as the terrorists had not even left the playing grounds. Earlier, while moving the motion, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the national sports policy which was formed in year 2005 with cabinet approval, clearly mentioned that a person could be elected the president of any sports organization for two times but Lt. Gen (Retd0 Arif Hassan had got himself elected for the third time which was illegal. He said there was a decision of the Supreme Court over the same which also supported the sports policy. He said elections of POA were conducted as per recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee, under which, Akram Sahi was elected as the president of the association but Lt. Gen (Retd) Arif rejected the elections. Babar urged the government to announce that the association under Arif Hassan was not legal. Taking part in the discussion, Senator Mushahidullah said there were no two opinions that sports activities were affected in the country in past few years. He stressed upon the need of forming a National Committee on the issue having representation of parliamentarians and former QUETTA: Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai inaugurating Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and players, adding, funds for the promotion of Management Science (BUITEMS) Sports Complex. sports should also be allocated to the committee. He said the industrialization of sports should be done and that the matter should be taken up seriously. Senator Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said he fully endorse whatever argued by Farhatullah Babar.—APP

Govt to construct cricket stadium in Lower Kohistan

First ever full fledge U16 cricket academy launched

LAHORE—The first ever U16 cricket acad- institution or academy to groom and train PESHAWAR—The provincial emy has been launched with 20 players liv- the talented cricketers free of cost ,” said

LAHORE: A view of under-14 hockey championship in provincial hockey stadium.

PU students win team trophy in Zestival-2014 MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Punjab University students have shown outstanding performances in Zestival-2014 organized by Bahauddin Zakrya Univeristy, Multan in connection with All Pakistan Intervarsity Competitions and won various prizes/ awards and Team Trophy. In these competitions, students including Sikandar Hayat from University Law College and Hafiz Muhammad Tayyab, Ali

Hassan Razaq, Yasir Rasheed from Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) got 1st positions in Photography, Qiraat, Singing and Punjabi speech competitions respectively. In Naat competition Ghuffran Chishti from College of Art & Design got 1st position while in Short Film competition Harris Bhatti from ICS clinched 2nd position. Students including Hafiz Muhammad Tayyab, Shahzaib Hassan, Ms Sanae-Rabi, Zain ul Hassain

Norani, Osama Ghayyur, Ali Hassan Razaq, Naveed Ahsan from ICS while Ms. Rameesha Khan from College of Pharmacy, Sibt-eHassan from Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Syeda Faiqa from College of Engineering and Emerging Technology and Sibtain Raza from University Law College won 1st position as ‘Best Play’ in Drama competition. Sibt-e-Hassan from ISCS won 1st position in best actor competition while PU got 1st positions in Best

government will construct cricket sports stadium over 40 kanal land in Lower Kohistan to promote sports activities in the remote region of the province, said Chief Minister’s advisor for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Abdul Haq Khan on Tuesday. Addressing the concluding ceremony of Cricket Tournament in Lower Kohistan headquarters Pattan, the advisor said PTI Govt accorded high priority to sports as it play a key role in promotion the values of tolerance, discipline and control over emotion besides protecting youth from wrong hands. He said PTI government was striving hard to promote sports activities in the province and will construct sports Cricket stadium at Pattan to provide congenial atmosphere to youth. He said youth of Kohistan district has a great potential to earn name in sports and only congenial atmosphere was required to groom them in sports. Haq said Govt believed in uniform development and wanted to use sports for development and peace. He said government would lay a strong network of development in Kohistan and remove sense of depravedness of people. Later, the advisor distributed Trophy and prizes among the wining players and runnerup team. Residents of the area, elite of the city besides ex lawmakers of Kohistan attended the concluding ceremony.—APP

ing under one roof to learn cricket and to get education. “Salman Khan (SK) academy is a non-commercial cricket learning institution which has been setup to indentify talent at grassroots level and to groom it under a three year plan,” said the President of the academy, Salman Khan while talking to APP here on Tuesday. The academy is functioning at Khayaban-e-Amin ground where boarding and lodging facilities are being provided free of cost to the players to learn cricket besides getting education to become good cricketers as well as useful citizens of the society, he added. “It is the first ever inhouse academy for deserving and aspiring cricketers who have the passion to progress in the game and to serve their country by getting a place in the national and junior teams in due course of time,” said Salman, himself a keen cricketer and captain of a veteran cricket team, Golden Eagles which has won tournaments including SPM Cup and Aamir Cables T20. He said he conceived the idea of setting up a cricket academy at early level while being a part of the veteran cricket. “I have finally established that veteran cricket is a form of entertainment and it is not serving cricket except helping the veteran cricketers to remain in touch with the game whereas there is dire need to support the grassroot cricket as there was not any

Salman, a private business entrepreneur. He said before setting up the academy he concentrated on forming his own U16 team ‘Golden Eagles’ and his hard work eventually paid when all the members of his team were selected in the Lahore region team which is now a days playing Lahore inter district cricket and recently beat strong Sialkot side in a pool match. “I am still funding these players who are full of talent and they are also part of my academy as well and I am confident that few of them will make their mark in the national junior time in years to come ,” he added. Salman Khan said he would also be fielding his own team in the national level grade two tournaments and he has started the process with the Pakistan Cricket Board to enter his team. Highlighting the salient features of the academy, he said the players have been selected for a period of three years to learn the finer points of cricket under the supervision of top class domestic coaches. “We have abundance of talented players who are not able to learn cricket because of financial constraints and I have come forward to provide them a platform and to contribute in national duty,” he asserted. He said the academy will function in its full capacity in few months and its strength will be increased to 35 players who will be replaced after every three years in order to induct new players.—APP

Afridi for WC Captaincy: Shoaib Akhtar I SLAMABAD —Former Pakistani bowler, in the future. Shoaib Akhtar has said that Shahid Afridi should be the captain for next world cup as he has the potential to lead the side to success. Talking to Private news channel, Shoaib Akhtar said that Shahid is not regular batsman but his credentials as bowler and aggression in his attitude is the key factor for him to qualify as a captain. Shoaib added that the coach should understand how to take the best out of each and every individual in the team. To a question, he said that Waqar would bring changes beneficial for Pakistan team

“He as a coach has to rise above everything and act as father figure in the dressing room”, he said. He said that a cricketer of Waqar’s stature would be able to help Pakistan team overcome the problems and grab victories in the future. He stated that the current Pakistani team has the potential to at least reach in the final of the Cricket World Cup 2015. However, he said that it is going to require a lot of effort since the competition is immense, especially with new teams entering the pool this time round.—APP

CM Advisor on Sports directs completion of Qayyum Sports stadium pavilion in year

P E S H AWA R —Advisor to Chief Minister for Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Malik Amjad Khan Afridi here Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to complete work on Rs. 164 million old pavilion project at Qayyum Sports Stadium Peshawar within a year and warned that further delay in this regard would not be accepted. The advisor said work on this project should be immediately started and be completed within one year instead of two keeping in view of its importance. Addressing a function regarding reconstruction of old pavilion costing of Rs. 164 deferred project at Qayyum Sports Complex Peshawar, the advisor took strong notice of delay in completion of the project and directed to complete it within one year instead of two, adding further delay in this regard would not be accepted. He also directed to make the old pavilion of international stature and provision of all modern facilities. The advisor also visited different sections of the stadium and directed opening of basking court. He said Pakistan Tahrik e Insaf led govt accorded high priority to sports keeping in view of its paramount importance in promotion values of tolerance and bring positive changes in attitude and encourage self discipline.—APP

Cricket must confront the magnitude of fixing THE sad truth is that the most recent spotfixing revelations bring to mind nothing so much as Captain Renault’s line as he shuts down Rick’s Café in Casablanca: “I’m shocked – shocked! – to find that gambling is going on in here.” What was it, exactly, about the evidence accrued in recent years that fixing has been committed in international and domestic cricket across all three formats by a mix of players, umpires, and administrators from across the Test-playing nations that has left us so startled by the allegations made by Lou Vincent? Was the guilt of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Mervyn Westfield, Shariful Haque, Gurunath Meiyappan, Danish Kaneria, the Sri Lankan umpires Sagara Gallage and Maurice de la Zilwa not all the confirmation that was needed? Were the approaches reported by Shane Watson, Mashrafe Mortaza, Paul Nixon and so many others insufficient proof? Or is it that cricket, the community around the sport, is still in denial about the extent of the problem it is facing? The allegations made by Vincent have, it is reported, been corroborated by at least three people, one a county player, another a friend in New Zealand, and the last involved in cricket but not as a player. Mal Loye, Brendon McCullum and Iain O’Brien have all said that they knew what Vincent was up to. Which rather begs the question as to why Vincent was allowed to go on playing top-level cricket for the Mid West Rhinos, Auckland, and the Khulna Royal Bengals long after he was trying to fix matches. It is not just Vincent. The Anti-Corruption

and Security Unit says it is monitoring more than 100 individuals around the world who it suspects of involvement in fixing. Depressing and distressing as it is to admit, this means that if you’ve been watching a lot of cricket and you’ve not been wondering whether at least some of what you’ve seen may have been fixed, you’re either wilfully innocent or unwittingly naive. If that seems excessively cynical, then remember that as Sir Humphrey had it, that’s only the label an idealist gives to a realist. Time was when I would have thought differently. In the 2011 World Cup I was at Pallekele for a group match – almost a dead rubber – between New Zealand and Pakistan, which was illuminated by a spectacular century by Ross Taylor. It was all the more unexpected because he had been in such dismal form for so long, and hadn’t scored a hundred in his last 48 ODI innings. This, though, was his lucky day. Kamran Akmal dropped him twice in his first full over at the crease. Thus reprieved, Taylor resolved to make the most of his good fortune and ground his way to 68 from 105 balls. In the 46th over, bowled by Shoaib Akhtar, Taylor clicked. He hit a four past point, followed it with three sixes and another four. With two wides, the over cost 28. The 48th, bowled by Abdul Razzaq, was dearer still. It went for 30, and again there were a couple more wides in among it all. Taylor hit 62 off the final 16 deliveries he faced and, together with Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram, scored 114 runs in the last six overs of the innings. Startled journalists, long since snapped out of the torpor induced by the stifling heat,

turned to each other, incredulous, exhilarated. And then an email arrived in my inbox, sent by a colleague who isn’t especially keen on cricket, but who has an excellent eye for a news story. It said, simply, “Do we think this is legit?” Pop. A pin-prick to a party balloon. It hadn’t even occurred to me ask whether I was watching anything other than a wonderful batting against some woeful bowling. The elation I felt seeped away, and in my irritation snapped back a short reply. The thing is, though I didn’t admit it at the time, he was right to ask. Only six months before, three Pakistan players had been caught spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test. Rumours, unsubstantiated, still swirled around some of their players. I knew all that, but in the excitement of the moment l preferred to suspend my disbelief, which is, after all, what we want to do when watching sport. I was thrilled by the fact that what I had seen seemed almost unbelievable. My colleague was only suggesting that it might be exactly that. There is no evidence to suggest that any aspect of that match between Pakistan and New Zealand, least of all Taylor’s performance, was fixed. But the unpalatable question put to me is one that those of us who love cricket should be asking ourselves, and each other, far more often than we tend to do. Especially when you think that the sport we support has such a long history of fixing and cheating, and that, as Ian Chappell has just written, its administrators have so often sought to softsoap the offences have come to light. Later in 2011, I switched across to cover the athletics circuit in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. The small band of British athletics

writers are a convivial lot, but as sceptical as any group I’d ever worked with. And understandably so. Some of them had been on the beat since the early 1980s and, until Usain Bolt, of seven winners over nearly 30 years of men’s 100 metres finals only Donovan Bailey, successful in 1996, made it to retirement without his medal getting at least figuratively tarnished. A lifetime spent lionising athletes who are later found to have cheated is enough to disabuse even the most misty-eyed of us of our romantic notions. On the athletics circuit, I learned, when something is celebrated as being too good to be true, the first thing to ask is, in private, if not in public, is whether it really is. Bitter experience means fans and journalists feel compelled to ask awkward questions. Similar thinking informed the remarks made by the US swim coach John Leonard about the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen during the London Olympics. Leonard remembered the ’76 Olympics, when the East German women’s team, who were later found to have been doping, swept the swimming events. He had his suspicions, but said nothing about them, and regretted his silence ever after. So he decided that the next time he had misgivings about a performance, he would speak out about his doubts, which turned out to be unfounded. Switch back to cricket, where there seems to be a striking lack of such scepticism – partly because the offences can be so subtle, and so similar to the inadvertent actions of innocent players. But even the more ham-fisted examples, like Amir’s infamous no-ball in the Lord’s Test of 2010, seem to provoke little suspicion. Amir was, as Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball

commentator put it at the time, “a good half metre over the line”. Cricket fans, journalists too, simply weren’t, and perhaps still aren’t, attuned to the possibility that a player may be cheating. Sequences of no-balls, strikingly soft dismissals, sudden de-accelerations in the scoring rate, incongruously stodgy batting, these things should all raise red flags. Was a player involved in the ICL, or one of the teams implicated in fixing in the BPL, IPL, or county cricket? Are there whispers about him on the circuit? Is the match being televised in India? Are there curious betting patterns around the match online? Combinations of these criteria make it reasonable to ask “is this legit?” even if, as is likely, you don’t know the answer. The trouble is, of course, that you risk being paralysed by a paranoia that prevents you from being able to enjoy the sport. The idea that spectators and media will be forced to think this way is anathema to the authorities. The alternative, what they would have us do, is choose to believe wholeheartedly in what we see and leave them to make their investigations. These would be the same authorities, in the ICC’s case, who are about to appoint N Srinivasan as chairman even though he has been suspended from the BCCI by the Supreme Court of India while investigations are held into his conduct regarding allegations of spot-fixing in relation to his son-in-law and involving the team he owns, the Chennai Super Kings. As is so often the case, the first step towards the solution is to confront the magnitude of the problem, something cricket still seems to be struggling to do. —Courtesy: The Guardian

Pakistan government appeals Sethi decision I SLAMABAD —Pakistan

cricket’s power struggle escalated on Tuesday as the government appealed to the Supreme Court to reinstate Najam Sethi as the head of the board. The Islamabad High Court in February had overturned an order from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint Sethi and oust Zaka Ashraf as chairman. The high court’s ruling reinstated Ashraf for a second time after he was initially suspended in May last year over his dubious election. The Ministry for Interprovincial Co-ordination, which oversees sports affairs in the country, has now asked the supreme court to annul the high court’s decision. “This appeal is against the Islamabad high court judgement which wrongfully suspended the (order) by the PM,” Asma Jahangir, the government’s lawyer, told AFP. Ashraf took charge on Monday and vowed to review all the decisions made under Sethi. This means chief selector Moin Khan, head coach Waqar Younis, batting coach Grant Flower of Zimbabwe

Singapore swoops on illegal betting ring ahead of World Cup S I N G A P O R E —Singapore police said they have arrested 18 people believed to be part of a multi-million dollar illegal football betting ring less than a month before the World Cup starts. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received illegal soccer bets amounting to an estimated Sg$8 million ($6.4 million) in the past two weeks alone,” the force said in a statement released on its website late Monday. It did not reveal the nationalities of the suspects, 16 women and two men, who were detained during raids on Sunday and Monday. Cash totalling Sg$1.4 million as well as computers, mobile phones, and documents detailing betting and bank transaction records were seized during the raid, police said. “Bookmakers and bettors who assume that they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to commit criminal offences should think twice,” deputy assistant commissioner of police Kenny Tan warned in the statement. “The police will find them and prosecute both bookmakers and bettors alike to the fullest extent of the law.” If convicted, the suspects face fines of between Sg$20,000 and Sg$200,000 and up to five years in jail. Sports betting is deeply entrenched in wealthy Singapore, with top European league matches the most favoured among punters. The Singapore Totalisator Board, which manages the country’s two legal football betting and lottery companies, saw revenues of $983.3 million in the year to March 2013, from a total population of just 5.4 million. Experts say there are dozens of illegal football betting outfits in the city-state. Last year, Singapore police nabbed fourteen people believed to be members of a global match-fixing syndicate, including the suspected mastermind Dan Tan. In June last year, three Lebanese referees were convicted by a Singapore court of accepting sexual services in return for fixing future games. Singaporean businessman Eric Ding, who is accused of offering the bribes, is currently on trial.—AFP

and spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed may lose their positions after being appointed earlier this month. Since taking over Ashraf has removed PCB legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi with immediate effect. It is pertinent to mention here that

according to news reports, the IHC said it was necessary to suspend the notification which brought Sethi in power at the expense of an elected Zaka Ashraf regime. Ousted chief Sethi earlier on Sunday had also announced that he would challenge the decision of reinstating

Zaka as the PCB chairman. Sethi said the court judgment would be challenged “vigorously and swiftly.” “The good steps we took to professionalise and invigorate cricket and clean up the PCB will not be allowed to go in vain,” Sethi told AFP. Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi of the IHC on May 17 had set aside the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) issued by the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) government which brought Najam Sethi in the PCB as chairman and also reversed the termination of 38 PCB employees carried out by the Sethi regime. While announcing the decision to the challenge the IHC’s decision in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sethi reiterated his stance of correcting and cleaning up the board’s system and indicated at conducting elections in this regard. He added that the board’s constitution had been prepared already with the help of two former Supreme Court judges but the process was suspended due to the court’s decision.—AFP

Messi promises return to form at Football World Cup B UENOS A IRES —Argentina superstar city of Rosario on arrival before linking up Lionel Messi said on Tuesday that his army of fans will see a different player at the World Cup than the one that underperformed this season with Barcelona. “As I join up with the national team, the atmosphere is completely different. Lots of times in the past when I have gone back to Barcelona I have played well. Now I am hoping that the opposite happens,” he told journalists on arrival at Buenos Aires airport. Messi took his time to transcend his talent with Barcelona onto the international stage and it was only at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that he started to perform well. The 26-year-old returned to his native

with coach Alejandro Sabella and the rest of the squad next Monday at Ezeiza, the team’s training camp. He vowed to train “with maximum energy in order to give his best like always”. “When I return to the training ground with my teammates, with my friends, it’s going to change my mentality and it’s going to be another story. He also revealed that along with the rest of the Barcelona team this season, they were suffering from a “lack of energy”. Argentina will play friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago on June 4 before taking on Slovenia three days later. Their opening Group F match will be against Bosnia on June 16 which proceeds Iran on June 21 and finally Nigeria on June 25.—AFP

Tiger Woods: I feared I’d never play again WASHINGTON—Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when he’ll return. For a while, he didn’t know whether he would return at all. Woods said today his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. “Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn’t get out of bed,” Woods said. “I was certainly doubtful at that point. What’s it going to feel like? Am I going to be pain free? “Am I going to be able to actually do this again, where I can to get out of bed, and go out there and play with my kids and play golf? All those things were up in the air.” Tiger Woods speaks at today’s National PGA tournament media day. Tiger Woods speaks at today’s National PGA tournament media day. Source: AP Woods said the doubt was erased after microdiscectomy surgery on March 31. He said the procedure, which relieved pain from a pinched nerve, provided immediate relief, although he said there’s still “no timetable” for his return to golf - or even for taking a full swing. As of now, he remains limited to chipping and putting. “It’s not going to be up to me whether I play or not, it’s going to be up to my docs,” Woods said. “Obviously, I want to play now.” Speaking at Congressional Country Club in his role as host of next month’s Quicken Loans National, Woods even joked that he wished he could join reporters on the course for their media day rounds - “even though I don’t like to play with you guys.” But he offered no hint that he might be anything more than an onlooker for the Quicken Loans tournament on June 26-29 — or at the US Open at Pinehurst two weeks earlier. He’s already missed the Masters for the first time. Woods said he was so much pain, he wondered if he would be able to get out of bed. Woods said he was so much pain, he wondered if he would be able to get out

of bed. Source: AFP To hear Woods, known for unyielding resolve, give voice to doubts is certainly unusual. But this injury is different from those he has endured before. He said rehab had been tedious and it was a challenge simply to not join in when his children want to play sports. “I’ll tell you what,” he said, “I am damn good at video games.” When Woods does return, he’ll resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major

SWANSEA, WALES: Luke Garbutt of England breaks away from Lee Lucas of Wales during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between Wales and England at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales.

Pakistan to supply top-quality footballs for FIFA World Cup

HYDERABAD—New opening pair of Shikhar scampered for couple of singles and a double I SLAMABAD —Pakistan is Dhawan and David Warner put on a century to steer SRH home by seven wickets in last going to supply top-quality World Cup balls after a gap of more than 10 years. One of the most important industries of Pakistan will join China as a key supplier of official footballs of the Adidas AG (ADS) for 2014 FIFA World Cup, such as those to be stroked around by stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Bloomberg reported. The FIFA world cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. “More than 3,000 “Brazuca” balls will be used at the month long tournament. That compares with millions of Adidas and other brands of ball produced annually by factories in Sialkot.” Khawaja Hassan Masood, the company’s head of new product development, estimates his company would supply more than two million Brazuca balls of various grades.—APP

Indonesian striker dies after kick to stomach J AKARTA —A Indonesian

victories. Woods, 38, sounded as if the surgery had given him a new lease to keep playing for a good while. “I would like to, as all athletes, go out on my own terms,” Woods said. “And ultimately I want to continue playing at an elite level as long as I deem I want to do it. For some guys it’s in their 60s and 70s, and other guys it’s in their 40s and 50s “But prior to the surgery, I didn’t think I would have much of a playing career if I felt like this.—AFP

Hyderabad beat Bangalore by 7 wickets

striker playing in one of the country’s top leagues has died after a goalkeeper kicked him in the stomach during a recent match, an official said Tuesday. The death of Akli Fairuz, 27, is a further blow to the reputation of Indonesian football, which has been beset by numerous problems in recent years, from leadership tussles to foreign players dying after complaining of going unpaid. Fairuz sustained serious injuries after the challenge during a game on May 10 in Banda Aceh, on western Sumatra island, said Mahfudin Nigara from the Indonesian Football Association. Video footage showed the player, from club Persiraja Banda Aceh, run into the box of the opposing team, PSAP Sigli, to take a shot after the ball rebounded off the goalkeeper. But the goalkeeper ran out and kicked him in the stomach as he took the shot, knocking him to the ground. Akli was substituted immediately but continued to watch the match and was only rushed to hospital later when his condition worsened, Nigara said.—AFP

stand to help their side beat Royal Challeng- over. Varun Aaron (2-36) was the lone RCB ers Bangalore by seven wickets and stay in bowler to pick wickets as other bowlers failed to leave the mark. contention for play-offs. Earlier, quick wickets upfront pegged Shikhar Dhawan was relieved of the captaincy job and that proved an effective move back RCB but Virat Kohli batted his team out as he along with David Warner gave RCB of trouble along with Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers to post a respectable score. Kohli bowlers hard time in the middle. SRH chase got off to a flying start and who scored his first half-century of this seaafter the power play overs they were 51 for son looked in good touch and hammered SRH bowlers hitting four 4s and equal numno loss. Dhawan played some exotic shots as ber of 6s.—AFP Warner at other end kept rotating strike. RCB bowlers looked helpless as Warner too joined in and attacked spinners. Dhawan finally managed to convert a start into a decent innings when he brought up his 17th IPL fifty, his first this season. One ball later after reaching the milestone Dhawan (50) was run-out at the striker’s end but SRH were well ahead with 101-1 after 13 overs. Warner then continued his good show as he notched his 15th IPL fifty, his fifth this season. His innings of 59 was cut short when he was caught by Yuvraj Singh off Varun Aaron leaving SRH 126-2 in 16.1 overs. Naman Ojha and Aaron Finch then took SRH close to victory before Ojha (24) was caught at covers. With still 11 runs required off 8 balls it looked like RCB might pull things back but Darren Sammy smoked one back over bowler for a six to get off the mark in style and leave HYDERABAD: Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Parthiv SRH to get four runs from last Patel in the first over during Sunrisers Hyderabad and over. Sammy and Finch then Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2014 on Tuesday.

Mudgal committee may discuss the names of former captains for the probe panel BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —The members of the Mukul Mudgal panel will meet on Sunday and discuss their scope of work. This was confirmed by the chairman. Speaking over telephone from Delhi, he said, “our scope of work is limited and as ordered by the Supreme Court, the work would begin:. “No name of any former player has been finalized by the panel. We are meeting for the first time on May 25 and there only will discuss and decide about the inclusion of the new member in the panel”, he said. As suggested in the Supreme Court order, a former cricketer of repute and integrity will be chosen. Many names are being speculated for the post. “We would prefer any former captain for this job”, one of the present member of the probe panel said. The names of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Dilip Vengsarkar and Bishan Singh Bedi are likely to be discussed. “Sachin Tendulkar is believed to have

provided some vital information during his first interaction with the panel and he had been in the team for a long time. His presence in the probe panel can be very useful”, Naresh Makani, the close confidant of Aditya Verma said. However, according to one of the probe members, Sachin is too big a name to be included in the panel. The probe panel, if decides to chose from non-captains, Mohinder Amarnath;s name may be discussed. Amarnath had not led India, though he was a captain to the zonal teams. Bibhuti Bhushan (BB) Mishra, the new member of the probe panel will investigate the underworld links with the match-fixers. Being a Dy. Director in the Narcotics Control Bureau in Delhi, his links with the Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai police are likely to be very useful in the enquirers, it is believed. The 59-year old Mishra was a club cricketer in his college days. He is a great fan of Sunil Gavaskar. “Sachin Tendulkar being a recent cricketer has more fans but I am Sunil Gavaskar’s admirer. I have on my lips every run scored by this legendary batsman. He was technically a better sound batsman”, he says exclusively.

Five ways cherries make lives happier


powerful punch in a compact red fruit, the cherry is a vital part of our health. According to Fox News, cherries have the ability to do everything from reducing inflammation to aiding in weight loss. Discover how these sweet little morsels can keep your body on the mend with these five health benefits. Cherries are stuffed with super food antioxidants that are believed to help fight off cancer by destroying cancerous cells. As noted in Livestrong, cherries remove free radicals from the body, which helps in reducing aging and disease. A 2009 study from the University of Michigan, as reported in Medical News Today, noted that eating one and a half cups of tart cherries had a significant increase in the levels of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give cherries their brilliant red glow. This little red fruit features 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. Fiber is essential for generating a full feeling when eating, and it fills up the stomach to reduce the instance of overeating. Additionally, since fiber is not absorbed in the body, but rather pushed through into the stool, a person will absorb less calories per serving. Furthermore, as noted by Huffington Post, a cup of cherries has only 100 calories, making for a low calorie snack that is packed with

nutrients. When you eat a cup of cherries, you are getting a substantial boost in iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Cherries are also great sources of B vitamins including vitamin B6, riboflavin and thiamin. Additionally, this fruit contains no sodium or saturated fat, so you are getting all of the healthy benefits without any negative affects. Skip the bowl of sugar laden cereal for breakfast and instead get your vitamin fix from a bowl full of cherries. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for Americans as noted by the CDC. Include cherries in your regular diet as a way to protect yourself from this debilitating disease. Fox News reports that a single cup of cherries has as much potassium as a banana, without the added starch and sugar. Potassium is essential for lowering blood pressure as it removes excess sodium from the body. Balancing sodium and potassium levels is priority for prevention of hypertension, aka high blood pressure. If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll appreciate the ability of Bing cherries in reducing caustic uric acid. This acid causes painful inflammation that leaves arthritic individuals in misery. Eat two cups of Bing cherries in order to reduce the level of uric acid in the body by up to 15 percent.

IGP Sindh Iqbal Mahmood inaugurating measles vaccination campaign at Sindh Police Hospital.—PO photo

One million children receive anti-measles vaccine IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —Sindh health department had as yet administered drops of anti-measles vaccine to 1076922 children of 29 districts of Sindh during day of extended campaign for the prevention of measles, which had recently affected a vast population of children in rural Sindh while many had been fateful to the pandemic of measles in recent days. The campaign was launched under the supervision of Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed

Ansari and the Minister had also chaired a special meeting of Sindh health department to review the progress of the campaign. While addressing the meeting, the Minister for Health instructed that all children falling within the age limit of 10 years must be administered drops of anti-measles vaccine. The Minister said that for the purpose of making the ongoing campaign a success, civil society should be mobilised. The local influential should also assist the Sindh Health department in their areas of influence

so that the vaccine could be administered to all the children up to 10 years of age. He appealed to the print and electronic media to give a hand to Sindh Health department for the eradication of the measles that could jeopardize lives of those children, who would fail to get vaccinated. He said that the role of religious scholars and cleric at Mosques was of pivotal importance and they could play a vibrant role toward the elimination of the deadly disease and secure the children. Meanwhile, the Minister warned the officers and

staffers of Sindh Health department that they should perform their assigned duties with complete dedication and honesty failing which they would face the stern departmental action. The Minister said that every step was being taken to ensure security of the volunteers of the ongoing anti-measles campaign and law enforcement authorities were in close contacts. The antimeasles campaign would last for 13 days and in this regard, Sindh Health Department had been directed to accomplish the target by 100 percent.

Hearing of petition against Shahid Hayat adjourned CITY REPORTER Students on the occasion of 48th Convocation of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.—PO photo

Food minister issues show cause notice to 7 DFCs STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Sindh Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has issued show cause notice to the District Food Controllers of seven districts who failed to achieve the target of wheat procurement. According to details the district food controllers of Hyderabad, Tando Allah Yar, Dadu, Matyari, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot showed poor performance and could not achieve the target of wheat procurement. While taking the notice of their poor performance Minister for Food Jam Mehtab

K ARACHI—Despite clear orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) for removing 920 officers falling in the unlawful category of Over Pay Scale (OPS) from their present posts and

Hussain Dahar, issued them show cause notices. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said that the said officers were busy in minting money and did not take interest to protect the interests of the department, so departmental action was being taken against them. Besides this Minister for Food was informed in a meeting that Food Department Sindh had procured 1.63 million tonnes wheat during current year while last year total procured was 1.60 million tonnes. It was also informed that the process of wheat procurement was going on and the target of 13 lac tonnes wheat would be achieved soon.

reverting them to their original positions as per their pay scales, Karachi Police Chief, additional inspector general of Police, Sindh Shahid Hayat was still not removed from his present post that also fell in the OPS category. This was stated by the counsel Malik Naeem of 6 DIGs of Police in-

cluding DIG Sanaullah Abbasi before a 2-member bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) consisting of Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq Tuesday during hearing of the constitutional petition of high-ranked Police officials. The petitioners had in their joint

petition informed the bench about the fact that Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat was on number 89 of the seniority list and he was given unlawful promotion due to which the deserving senior Police officers were being deprived of their due placement.

SBC denounces PBC CITY REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Bar Council (SBC) had denounced decisions taken by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC). In this regard, SBC Vice Chairman Abdul Haleem Siddiqui said that political intervention in affairs of Bar had always ruined the Bar and the Bench due to which the Judiciary was not yet fully independent

and autonomous. He said that elections of district and Taluka Bar Councils of Hyderabad, Badin, Khairpur and Mirpurkhas were not conducted for past couple of years while federal and provincial governments had been interfering into the affairs of the Bar, He alleged federal and provincial governments of favouring other Bar councils with release of hefty sums of money in terms of funds worth millions and office-bear-

ers of certain Bar councils were accommodated with lucrative government positions.He said that the SBC would not accept double standard of PBC as only SBC was deprived of funds while other Bar councils were favoured with financial grants worth millions. Siddiqui said that it was mandatory as per law to hold elections of PBC every year but the negative propaganda and conflict of interest had ruined SBC’s laws.

OPS case: KMC favours blue eyed, removes 17 others IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —Different authorities in Sindh government had failed to comply to the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan given on removal of officers in the category of Over Pay Scale (OPS). Majority of officers in OPS category that counted to 920 in various departments of Sindh province had now been reverted to their original pay scales. However, there were still a large number of officers in OPS that had been allowed to continue to enjoying their present lucrative post in OPS. In this regard, Board of Secondary Education Secretary Hoor Bi also fell in the category of OPS but she was not yet removed form the OPS category. Meanwhile, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator

had on Tuesday approved the list of 17 officers in OPS to revert to their original pay scales. However, 8 officers were, however, not added to that list of 17 OPS officers. While talking to Pakistan Observer, KMC Parks and Horticulture Department Director General Tahir Durrani, who is the senior most officer in grade 19 in KMC, said that the KMC had not fully complied to the orders of the SCP as not only 8 officers were allowed to continue to enjoy their positions in OPS category but had also appointed a KMC officer as Financial adviser. Durrani said that Shoaib Waqar was earlier posted as Director General of KMC HR department, which was a lucrative post while his mother department was Works and Services. Today (Tuesday – May 20, 2014) the KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar

Farooqui had appointed him as the Financial Adviser, which was a reserved post of Sindh Government and no KMC employee or officer could hold that post. He said that the appointment of former Financial Adviser Farhan Durrani was also illegal as he was also a KMC officer and in past, Finance Department of the KMC had always remained under direct aegis of Sindh Government. Durrani had told he would move SCP over discrimination in KMC by the Administrator as he was personal over certain matters that pertained to him (Durrani). Shoaib Waqar was also alleged of embezzling Rs 1.2 million during his tenure as Safari Park Director General, which were released for purchase of medicines for the captive animals at Karachi Safari park.

Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Justice Maqbool Baqar inaugurating 3-day blood donation camp organized by Dow University of Health at High Court. —PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Five ways cherries make lives happier


powerful punch in a compact red fruit, the cherry is a vital part of our health. According to Fox News, cherries have the ability to do everything from reducing inflammation to aiding in weight loss. Discover how these sweet little morsels can keep your body on the mend with these five health benefits. Cherries are stuffed with super food antioxidants that are believed to help fight off cancer by destroying cancerous cells. As noted in Livestrong, cherries remove free radicals from the body, which helps in reducing aging and disease. A 2009 study from the University of Michigan, as reported in Medical News Today, noted that eating one and a half cups of tart cherries had a significant increase in the levels of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give cherries their brilliant red glow. This little red fruit features 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. Fiber is essential for generating a full feeling when eating, and it fills up the stomach to reduce the instance of overeating. Additionally, since fiber is not absorbed in the body, but rather pushed through into the stool, a person will absorb less calories per serving. Furthermore, as noted by Huffington Post, a cup of cherries has only 100 calories, making for a low calorie snack that is packed

with nutrients. When you eat a cup of cherries, you are getting a substantial boost in iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Cherries are also great sources of B vitamins including vitamin B6, riboflavin and thiamin. Additionally, this fruit contains no sodium or saturated fat, so you are getting all of the healthy benefits without any negative affects. Skip the bowl of sugar laden cereal for breakfast and instead get your vitamin fix from a bowl full of cherries. High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for Americans as noted by the CDC. Include cherries in your regular diet as a way to protect yourself from this debilitating disease. Fox News reports that a single cup of cherries has as much potassium as a banana, without the added starch and sugar. Potassium is essential for lowering blood pressure as it removes excess sodium from the body. Balancing sodium and potassium levels is priority for prevention of hypertension, aka high blood pressure. If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll appreciate the ability of Bing cherries in reducing caustic uric acid. This acid causes painful inflammation that leaves arthritic individuals in misery. Eat two cups of Bing cherries in order to reduce the level of uric acid in the body by up to 15 percent.

Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and College of Tourism and Hotel Management Executive Director Ahmed Shafiq hold the Lamp of Knowledge Award for outside International Educators UAS during a ceremony held to honour of COTHM at Governor House on Tuesday.

Hostel for Sikh Yatrees at Wagha border SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Education & Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan today hosted brunch in honour of 8-member delegation of World Shrumani Gurudawara Parbandhak Committee currently on a religious pilgrimage of Sikh Shrines in Pakistan particularly that of located in the province of Punjab. President World Shrumani Gurudawara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Avtar Singh offered during informal talk on this occasion that

the members of his organization will feel extreme happiness to invest in conversation of Gurudawara Dera Sahib Lahore and Marrhi of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh voluntarily if the Punjab government would provide two acre of land near Wagha Border to construct a residential hostel for the Sikh Yatrees. He said, we are thankful to Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who has provided every possible facilities to Sikh Yatrees but we want to invest in the construction expenses of this hostel also. Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan assured the delegation that the

matter is being referred to the Evacuee Trust Board for identification of the required land after which a hostel for Sikh Yatrees will be built in line with the traditional Sikh Architecture in the near future. Commissioner Lahore Division Rashid Mahmood Langrial informed the meeting that the proposed Shahi Bagh will be developed on 840 acres of land which will also include the Theme Park Project and establishment of a five star hotel in the Theme Park in collaboration with Hashu Group. 4.6 km long and 1.5 km wide manmade lake will also be developed in Shahi

Bagh to give a water front to the historic city of Lahore. The Punjab government intends to construct four new bridges over the River Ravi to connect Shahi Bagh with the adjoining areas, the Commissioner added. Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan directed to connect the pro-posed Shahi Bagh to the Lahore Ring Road through construction of another dedicated bridge over the River Ravi so that the distance between Lahore Airport to this Novel Project would be minimized to 15 minutes drive only.

Work in progress on 138 health projects Labourers busy in construction work at Minar-e-Pakistan Chowk road in the City.

LWMC holds awareness drive MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —An awareness campaign was organized by Lahore Waste Management Com-pany (LWMC) at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) to aware students on company’s Solid Waste Management System in the city as well as to sensitize them on their helping role for the estab-

CITY REPORTER L AHORE —Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and Finance Mujtaba

lishment of a cleaner and healthier community here on Tuesday. Students were given lecture by LWMC’s assistant manager communication Muhammad Umair Khan and assistant manager operations Irum Zahra. Documentaries were screened on the procedure and mechanism of cleanliness operations being carried out by LWMC in collaboration with Turkish companies.

No Hajj quota for private operators CITY REPORTER L AHORE —Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Religious Af-fairs not to allot the quota of Hajj pilgrims of government scheme to private tour opera-tors and adjourned hearing of

the Hajj quota case till the next Friday. Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan of LHC heard the case. During case proceedings, petitioner Azhar Siddiq told court that the Ministry of Religious Affairs is illegally allotting Hajj quota to private tour operators.

Shujaur Rehman has said that work is in progress on 138 projects in health sector under Annual Development Programme during current fiscal year and out of

these 26 projects are new. While addressing the delegation of nurses, paramedics and party workers, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that the serving to ailing

humanity is a noble job, therefore, the nurses are performing their duties as a sacred mission. He said nurses and para-medical staff have a vital role in providing basic

Turkish dairy model discussed MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—A meeting of the committee constituted to recommend financial models/plans for the support of small livestock farmers and assistance to corporate dairy sector replicating the Turkish Dairy Model in Punjab was held in the University of

Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore on Tuesday. Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab Dr Aamer Ahmed and UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha cochaired the meeting while officers from the livestock department, representatives of private sector and farmers at-

International conference on social psychology SALIM AHMED L AHORE —An international conference on ‘Social Psychology’ Tuesday began at the Gov-ernment College University, Lahore, under the auspices of Psychology Department and Higher Education Commission, to deliberate upon sensitive issues like divorce, family and ethnic conflicts, financial burdens, altruism, regional identity, and experiences of infertile women. As many as 150 eminent scholars including eminent American psychologist Dr Richard Oliver and Dr Aneeq Ahmed from Henderson State University, USA were participating in the two–day international conference which was spread over five scientific

sessions. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said human behaviour was the most complex phenomena in the world, and it became more complex when humans interacted and entered in social relationships. However, he said he always considered psy-chologists as reformers of the society and it was their responsibility to propagate wisdom. He directed the organizing committee to publish the recommendations of the conference, so that they could be used for common good. He also termed the conference an opportu-nity for young scholars to interact with well-known psychologists and learn from their knowledge and experiences.

Dr Syeda Salma Hasan said that about 67 research papers would be presented at the con-ference and they would help them to understand various complex social issues. Dr Iffat Batool said for an ideal society, it was necessary for people to have an internal sense of responsibility for the reforms of thought, for the promotions of high principles of morality, for the establishment of good relationship among members of the society and for elimination of every sort of discrimination. Later, eminent psychologist Dr Aneeq Ahmed gave lecture on topic “from brain elements to social wholes”, and gave different examples to explain how a human brain could be measured.

health facilities to the people at grass root level, therefore, the nurses & paramedical staff should perform their duties with dedication, devotion, zeal and zest.

Vehicles on their way during the rain in Provincial Capital on Tuesday.

tended. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor stressed on the importance of nutrition, vaccination, genetic improvement, artificial insemination and intensive extension for the development of livestock sector in the province.