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US drone strike in KP kills 8 Pakistan strongly condemns, terms attack a violation of territorial integrity, sovereignty Agency on November 1 thus stani Prime Minister Nawaz logue process with the Taliban causing a serious blow to the Sharif had announced only a day had resumed and both the parP ESHAWAR —Making open dialogues process as the Paki- prior to the attack that the dia- ties were likely to sit on a table mockery of the Pakistan’s territorial integrity and the commitment made to the Advisor of Prime Minister on foreign affairs only a day earlier that Washington would not carry out drone attacks in the course of parleys with the Taliban, the American planes in a first ever attack in the settled area struck hard on a Madrassa in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Thursday killing at least eight people mostly teenaged students and seriously wounding eight others. In fact this was a second KABUL—Afghanistan major drone attack believed to president said he backs a be aimed at sabotaging the nesecurity deal with the United gotiation process between the States but told a gathering of Pakistani Government and the elders on Thursday that if they Taliban militants. Earlier key and parliament approve the militant commander and chief of agreement it should be signed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after next spring’s elections. Hakimullah Mehsud was reportHamid Karzai’s abrupt edly killed in American plane HANGU: People gather at Islamic seminary that was destroyed in a US drone strike on decision to defer signing the attacks in North Waziristan Thursday. agreement until after the April 5 elections came even as he said he supported the Bilateral Security Agreement in a speech to the 2,500-member national consultative council known as the Loya Jirga. Such a development could I SLAMABAD—Leader of the Continued on Page 7 ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister always supported a peaceful, ghan-owned reconciliation pro- Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said stable and united Afghanistan cess. slammed the government over and that Pakistan is playing a The visiting Afghan High Pakistan is extending every posthe recent drone strike in Hangu sible help in maintenance of constructive and positive role to Peace Council delegation that killed eight people on facilitate an Afghan-led and Af- thanked the Prime Minister for peace in Afghanistan. his efforts to bring peace and Thursday. He was talking to a delegaTalking to media, Shah said stability in Afghanistan. Chairtion of Afghan Peace Council in man HPC, H.E. Salahuddin that the drone strike shown inIslamabad on Thursday. Rabbani briefed the Prime Min- competency and failure of PaThe prime minister said a STAFF REPORTER ister regarding progress made in kistan Muslim League-Nawaz stable Afghanistan was in the ISLAMABAD—Election peace process till now. Mr. government. interest of Pakistan, adding that Commission of Pakistan has He said that this drone was Rabbani further said that People he would continue to cooperate decided not to use magnetic of Afghanistan are eagerly wait- not on Hangu but on the adviser for verification of thumb Picture on Back Page for the Prime Minister of to the Prime Minister on Foreign ISLAMABAD —Members of ing impression in the local bodies Pakistan to visit Afghanistan, Affairs Sartaj Aziz who claimed an Afghan delegation tasked which would provide momen- that US had assured Pakistan (LB) polls. with the Afghan side to estab- with holding peace talks with Sources in the ECP said, tum to peace and reconciliation that drone strikes will not be the Taliban met with the process in Afghanistan. the commission has decided to lish peace in the region. carried out during dialogue with Prime Minister also undergroup’s former deputy leader use normal ink in the upcoming Taliban. The visiting Afghan delegascored Pakistan’s resolve to con- in Pakistan in an attempt to LB elections as the usage of Shah also raised doubts over tinue to extend all possible fa- jumpstart sputtering negotia- tion also included Secretary the foreign policy being adopted magnetic ink did not provide General HPC Masoom cilitation for the Afghan peace tions, Pakistani and Afghan Stanekzai and Member HPC required results in the past. Continued on Page 7 and reconciliation process. He In this regard, the Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 7 further said that Pakistan has

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Karzai wants to defer signing of US deal

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ECP not to use magnetic ink in LB polls

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Pak, US discuss security, strategic stability ISLAMABAD—Pakistan and United States, Thursday, had productive exchange of views on issues related to security, strategic stability, and nonproliferation here. Both the countries also shared views on issues of mutual importance, including international efforts to enhance nuclear security and peaceful applications of nuclear energy at sixth round of the Pakistan-U.S. Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) Working Group. The working group

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10 killed in Balochistan blast, arson attacks OBSERVER REPORT QUETTA—At least 10 people including two children were killed and 31 injured in bomb explosions and incidents of targeted killings in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochistan, on Thursday. Five people including two children were killed and 22 injured in a blast near Bareech Market area of Quetta. The militants had planted explosive materials in cycle parked on the roadside. “There was a huge blast

when the vehicle of frontier corps passed through the area.” The powerful blast damaged nearby private bank and shops located in the area. Three FC personnel including 22 people

Picture on Back Page sustained injuries and were shifted to civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment. “I was crossing the road when the bomb went off”, an eye witness Shah Wali told Dawn.com. Emergency was imposed in civil hospital after

the blast and senior doctors were called to treat the injured. “All dead were civilians. At least seven to eight kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. “There was destruction everywhere after the blast.” In another incident, armed militants killed two persons in Balochistan’s Turbat town. Police said two militants on a motorcycle opened fire at people near Turbat airport and killed them on the spot. They sped away on their motorcycle after

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PM opens Vision 2025 conference today

I SLAMABAD —One-day National Consultative Conference on the Vision 2025, will be held on today with an aim to work out unanimous agenda for transforming the country into a strong and sustainable economy. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is likely to inaugurate the National Consultative Conference. The Conference will also address many challenges and obstacles the economy, has been facing and will propose practical solutions to overcome these challenges. Continued on Page 7

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Sharmila made advisor to Sindh CM KARACHI—Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA), Sharmila Farooqi was appointed as adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Culture and Tourism on Thursday. Earlier, Farooqi had served as an advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh from September 2008 to January 31, 2011 during the tenure of ex-President Asif Ali Zardari.—INP

Energy crisis worsens, gas production dwindles by 3.3pc ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—In a shocking development, gas production in Pakistan dropped by 3.3 percent to 3.981 billion cubic feet per day from 4.118 billion cubic feet per day, exposing the country to more gas deficit crisis. Major decline came from Uch, Sui and Qadirpur while Kunnar’s production led volumetric leaders, a senior official at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told Pakistan Observer.

However, we expect gas production to average 4,248mmcfd in financial year14. These include additional 320mmcfd from Uch/Tal Block (Dec 2013) and 150mmcfd KPD-TAY/Sinjhoro (April 2014). However, in positive development, Pakistan’s oil production has surged by 7 percent to 82000 barrels per day that was 77000 barrels of oil per day at beginning of 2013. Interestingly, oil production in the country remained in the range of 62-

70kbopd between FY03-12, rose to 76000 barrels per day in FY13 and has now crossed 82000 barrels per day. “Despite this growth, Pakistan still meets 82% of its oil needs through imports,” the official said. We are going to make joint ventures with US companies to accelerate the exploration and production activities and to this affect positive vibes Pakistan is getting from US. According to EIA (Energy Information Administration) — US federal authority on energy

statistics and analysis Pakistan is estimated to have fresh recoverable shale gas reserves of 105 trillion cubic feet (TCF) and more than nine billion barrels of oil. Now we have initiated a strategy to map out the exact assessment of the oil and shale gas reserves for which an agreement has been inked with USAID under which the US consultant Advanced Engineering Associates International, Inc (AEAI) would initiate study to assess the actual

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shortly to find out negotiated settlement of the militancy issue in order to ensure lasting peace in the region. That had ultimately forced the militant’s leadership to cast serious apprehension on the government’s intention to negotiate peace parleys with the Taliban. Reports reaching here from Hangu district say the predator plane or the American CIA operated drone targeted a Madrassa titled Miftah ul Quran situated at Parachinar road in Tehsil Thall around four in the morning with the a hellfire missiles that killed eight inmates mostly teenaged students and seriously wounded ten others. A girls college and power house is also situated closed to the hit seminary. “The American planes fired three missiles on the Madrassa killing as many as sex students and two teachers besides wounding many others in a predawn attack,” locals and officials said. Some reports said the

killed teachers namely Ahmad Ullah and Hammad Ullah of the Madrassa were of Afghan origin. There were conflicting reports about the dead with some reports suggesting all those killed were the elders and the students only sustained injuries in the attack that sent a wave of shock and harassment in the region since it was the first attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s settled area as prior to that the American planes have been doing adventurism only in the tribal areas and killed around three thousand people mostly innocent tribals in more than three hundred drone hits since 2008. “At least eight students were killed and six others were injured in a US missile strike targeting a seminary in Tehsil Tal of district Hangu here on Thursday”. A local official preferred not to be named, however, told this scribe adding the drones kept hovering on the sky for long time causing tension and

harassment among the people. Unfortunately the fresh drone attack came hardly a day after the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz told the Senate body that the US had assured Pakistan of not conducting drone strikes during the course of dialogues process with the Taliban. Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the US drone strike in Tall area of Hangu‚ in which eight people were killed and two others injured. In a statement‚ Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said these strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive‚ entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state rela-

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End ‘dual policy’ on drone attacks, Imran asks Nawaz KP people in danger after US hit ing its “honey-moon period” was remained busy with foreign trips. over, adding that while the counKhan announced that his ISLAMABAD—Imran Khan, Pa- try was in dire straits, the premier Continued on Page 7 kistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, addressing a press conference here placed responsibility for Thursday’s drone strike which killed eight persons including religious students on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The PTI chief said the US had launched an attack on peace in Pakistan. In the same vein, Khan criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying that despite his assurances, the latter had failed to resolve the issue of drone attacks in his recent meeting with US President Barack Obama. He called out to the PML-N- ISLAMABAD: Chairman PTI Imran Khan addressing a led government at the centre, say- press conference on Thursday.

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35 culprits of Rawalpindi clashes identified: Sanaullah STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told the reporters on Thursday that thirty five perpetrators involved in the clashes that erupted in Rawalpindi during Ashura and left eleven persons dead have been identified through the CCTV footage.

Talking to media men here on Thursday, Rana Sanaullah said that investigation of the Rawalpindi tragedy is in progress and thirty five culprits who were involved in the clashes have been identified via video. He said that the perpetrators who were directly involved in spreading violence will be brought to justice at any cost.

Protest against Rawalpindi incident Army to remain alert today I SLAMABAD —Federal Government following the reports of intelligence agencies has decided to keep the security on high alter in all over the country to avert any unpleasant incident during the protests demonstrations to be held on Friday against Rawalpindi incident. Prime Minister (PM) has ordered to keep the army on stand-by position in sensitive districts and to take strict action against the elements found involved in promoting the sectarianism. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani has also assured PM to provide all assistance by army to government in regard

to keep the situation in control. On the other side, Jamiat Ehl-e-Sunnat (JES) has announced to stage the protest demonstrations in twin cities (Rawalpindi/Islamabad) on Friday against Rawalpindi incident. Protests will be held on 6 major spots of the cities after the prayers of Jumma. Different Ulemas (Religious leaders) will address the demonstrations on this occasion, while condemnation resolutions will be also approved in gatherings. The decision of protest has been taken in the meeting held in Hanfia Mosque of Purana Qila, where number of Ulemas participated in meeting.

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PR dismisses Imran’s allegations STAFF REPORT I SLAMABAD —Reacting to I m r a n Khan’s criticism of the federal government for its failure to stop US drone attacks in tribal region, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that the attacks started in the era of people standing around the PaContinued on Page 7

Musharraf meets legal team to discuss treason case ISLAMABAD—Pervez Musharraf on Thursday met with his legal team at his Farm House in Chak Shehzad to discuss treason case against former military dictator. According to sources, Sharifuddin Pirzada and Ibrahim Satti called on Pervez Musharraf and discussed formation of special court and treason case against ex-President. They would submit their power of attorney in the apex court to proceed the case. Musharraf and his legal team have decided to challenge the constitution of special court for his trial on charges of high trea-

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KP CM, ANP chief condemn drone attack in Hangu

Govt that can’t defend its sovereignty has no right to rule Suspension of NATO supply aimed at ensuring dignity of country

DERA GHAZI KHAN: People stage a demonstration in support of their demands with the coffins of two laborers, father and son, who were killed in a target killing incident in Turbat.

Scope of translation studies in Pakistan highlighted I SLAMABAD —Speakers at a occasion spoke about the signifi- ing that the work on translation seminar on Thursday highlighted the importance of translation studies and discussed the significance of this field of education in the contemporary world with particular reference to Pakistan. The seminar titled ‘Translation and its demands’ was organized by the Centre for Languages and Translation Studies (CeLTS), University of Gujrat (UOG), Hafiz Hayat Campus, Gujrat, said a press release issued here. Faculty members of different departments and a large number of students attended the seminar. Eminent poet, columnist and translator Amjad Islam Amjad, who was the chief guest on the

cance of translation focusing on the historical background of translation, its importance in present era and future prospects. He spoke at length about the gradual popularity of translation in different languages and the prospect of translation in Pakistan. He pointed out that in 18th Century, the British translated literature from Persian, Arabic and Hindi languages into English language and then the same literature was translated into Urdu from English. “The theatre dramas of 18th Century in the Subcontinent were also a translation of English plays,” he said. Amjad Islam Amjad said that the first grammar as well as first dictionary of Urdu language were written by a British, add-

at the level of an institution in the Subcontinent was also started by the British at Fort William College Calcutta at the end of 18th Century. He appreciated the UOG for introducing this nascent discipline in Pakistan and underscored the need to initiate a course of translation study in different universities of the country. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor UOG Professor Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin said that the role of a translator was that of a mediator between cultures. “The translator has the capacity to enhance our understanding of development issues and different cultures by mediating ideas across cultural boundaries,” he remarked.—APP

Pak to facilitate Afghan peace process I SLAMABAD —Reaffirming tations” about his country’s role. an environment for regional con-

Pakistan, demanded to expel the US ambassador in Pakistan and to summon National Assembly session to chalk out strategy against drone strikes. Siraj-ul-Haq said that for development and progress, the country should be saved from foreign interference, pressure of US and independent foreign policy should be adopted. He also expressed deep grief and concern over loss of precious lives in Quetta and Khyber Agency blasts. The KP senior minister said the provincial government is reviewing the situation emerged after the US drone strike on seminary in Hangu. Meanwhile, Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak Thursday lodged protest against drone the strike in Hangu district and termed it an attack on the country’s sovereignty. The Chief Minister in a press statement issued, said that provincial Government and cabinet had lodged strong protest against drone strike at Thall Hangu and termed it an attack on the country’s sovereignty. He expressed the concern that, the drone strikes have now reached from tribal areas to settle areas. The Chief Minister termed this incident an attack on the country’s integrity, sovereignty and democracy. He said

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T would be difficult to pre dict the outcome of the treason trial instituted a g a i n s t P a k i s t a n ’s f o r m e r strongman Gen. Pervez Musharraf as it is still shrouded in mystery. However, the trial has stirred a heated debate in the country over the impact of this trial. Many say that the trial can open a Pandora’s box or will reflect poorly on the government of Nawaz Sharif. The masses are keen to know as to why the country’s highest judicial forum, the Supreme Court, instead of nominating a three-member bench of judges for holding the trial, has

thrown the ball back in the government’s court. Under the decades-old practice, the executive requests the apex court to nominate judges for a probe into sensitive issues. The government had adopted the same course of action by forwarding five names — decided by the provincial high courts — to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was supposed to shortlist three from the list. However, in a surprise move — for which no explanation has so far been offered — the chief justice sent the file back to the government allowing it to choose judges itself. Subsequently, the Ministry of Law and Justice selected Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Tahira Safdr, and Justice Yawar Ali from Sindh, Balochistan and the Punjab high courts respectively. The selection showed that

DCO dissatisfied over revenue recovery drive

smaller provinces of the KPK and one in the tribal belt, was considered unworthy for the job. One controversy was already brewing over the selection of the judicial bench; another issue came to the fore. Prominent lawyer and former attorney-general Anwar Mansoor pointed out that Musharraf was not being tried for overthrowing an elected government in 1999. According to Mansoor, Musharraf is being tried for dismissing the superior court judges in 2007. It seems that Chief Justice Chaudhry, who had legitimized Musharraf ’s coup in 1999, wanted to stay away from the case so as to avoid problems in future. PPP’s Syed Khurshid Shah, Opposition leader in the National Assembly, has demanded that the trial’s scope should be extended to the original coup

The ANP leader called for taking effective measures to curb such attacks. Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Revenue Sardar Ali Amin Khan Gandapur Thursday said suspension of NATO supply is aimed at upholding dignity of the country. Talking to APP, he said that US drone attack in Hangu, a settled area was evident of the fact that there was no respect for country’s sovereignty. He said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would demonstrate to the world on Nov 23 that they would not tolerate attack on the sovereignty of the country.—Agencies

I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court was informed on Thursday that an approval for the establishment of a housing society for lawyers would be obtained soon from the prime minister. Shah Khawar, Additional Attorney General (AAG) apprised the apex court that a summary for the approval of land for the housing society had also been forwarded to the Prime Minister House which would be implemented after its approval by the PM. The assurance was given by the AAG to a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during the hearing of a case regarding the implementation on the orders of former prime minister ORMARA: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila addressing the participants of the Command and Staff ConferRaja Pervaiz Ashraf for the es- ence of Pakistan Navy at Jinnah Naval Base. tablishment of a housing society for the members of Supreme ANF seizes 34.58 kg Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP).—APP heroin, 11 kg charas,

UK to support maximum enrolment in schools OBSERVER REPORT

I SLAMABAD —The United Kingdom says it is working in a big way to help Pakistan get more children into schools and train English language teachers and it is heavily engaged with the Punjab and KPK and private sector in Sindh to increase school enrolment. This was stated by British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson in an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan’s Current Affairs Channel on Tuesday. He said the UK helped Punjab Government bring an extra one and a half million children into primary schools during the last three years and is working closely to realize the target of universal primary education in the province by 2018. The High Commissioner said the British Council is working closely and would extend cooperation to KPK and Sindh to train over three hundred thousand teachers of English language. He said the UK is also helping build twenty thousand class rooms by 2015 in Pakistan.

Umrah season to commence from first Safar-ul-Muzaffar

ISLAMABAD —A nine month I-10/3 as pilgrims were being long Umrah season would commence from the beginning of Safar-ul-Muzaffar and continue till the end of Ramzan-ulMubarak,said an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Talking to APP, he said Saudi government has planned to issue over 06 million visas as compared to five million visas issued last year. The Saudi government has invited applications from across the world through its electronic networking system. A visa processing centre has already been established in

against Nawaz Sharif’s previous government, as the removal of judges from service on Nov. 3, 2007, was just a small chapter of a massive thriller, written in 1999. He avoided answering questions as to why did his own PPP-led government did not take any action during its recently concluded five-year term. There are rumors doing the rounds that Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and his officers are opposed to trying their former chief. It is said that the army had been trying to protect Musharraf and did not allow the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe him. On Wednesday, Kayani reportedly presided over a key commanders’ conference in Rawalpindi, which has fueled fears that the army may be making a move to stop the government from taking any action

against Musharraf. Another prominent lawyer, Babar Sattar, expressed his fears that perhaps Sharif is set to take revenge for what Musharraf did to him. A former army general and analyst, Talat Masood, says the whole issue will open up “a can of worms.” The common man and leading journalists are of the opinion that the case is bound to entail risks for key persons in the army and the judiciary, which in turn will expose the country to a new kind of turmoil. Analysts argue that the trial is ill timed as Sharif’s government is already faced with economic issues and terrorism. They recalled that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had announced the trial when Sharif was touring Sri Lanka and Thailand. They believe that the sudden announcement was aimed at

confronted with numerous problems in submitting applications in the red zone. In the centre the passports of intending Hujjaj and Umrah would be deposited. More visa processing centres would soon be established in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta to facilitate pilgrims. He said the Saudi government has also allowed over 50 Umrah companies to provide services to pilgrims and oversee the accommodation in hotels and other housing units in Makkah and Madinah.—APP

2.2 kg opium ISLAMABAD—Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) conducted nine operations in various cities and seized 34.58 kg heroin, 11 kg charas, 2.2 kg opium and weapons along with ammunition. According to press release issued by ANF here on Thursday, ANF Karachi received information that narcotics will be smuggled from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Karachi by Bus. So arrangements to intercept the vehicle were made by ANF, however, the source again told that drug smugglers are changing transportation mode due to strict checking on Karachi entry points and now it will be sent by train. So the drug were concealed in Guava fruit crates and booked from Rohri Railway Station.—APP

No compromise on quality, pace of work Motorcyclists without helmet on GT road banned ISLAMABAD—Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Maroof Afzal said on Thursday that no compromise will be made on quality and pace of work that is being carried out under the supervision of the authority.

Controversy brews over Musharraf’s trial SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

drone strikes in settle areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and killing of innocent people was not acceptable. Earlier, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfand Yar Wali Thursday condemned drone attack in Hangu and expressed sorrow over killing of students. Offering prayer for the departed souls of seminary students, the ANP leader called for an end to drone attacks and said that these attacks are causing anger in people. He said that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for peace in Pakistan and the region as well and such attacks would not help maintain peace by any mean.

Approval for lawyers’ housing society soon: SC

nectivity.” The 105-paragraph resolution, which was co-sponsored by Pakistan, targeted the areas of security and transition, peace, reconciliation and reintegration, governance, rule of law and human rights, social and economic development, regional cooperation, counter narcotics and coordination. By the text, the Assembly supported the continuing and growing SHER GONDAL ownership of reconstruction and development efforts by the Gov- MANDI BAHAUDDIN—DCO ernment of Afghanistan.—APP Imtiaz Niazi held a meeting with revenue officers at his office the other day to review recovery of revenue dues and performance of revenue department. AC Mandi Bahauddin Dr. Rani Hifza Kanwal, AC Malikwal Fahad Waqar, AC Phalia Wahid Arjmand, Tehsildar Mandi Bahauddin Mahmood Ahmed BhuttiSaqib Butt, Tehsildar Phalia Ghulam Rasul Dogar, Tehsildar Malikwal and Naib Tesildars attended the meeting. DCO expressed his displeasure when checking recovery state of outstanding dues of revenue. He said performance of the revenue officers was on decline that showed that revenue officers were not taking interest in their duties. He said this time Abyana recovery was 11% whereas Tawan recovery was HASSANABDAL: Sikh pilgrim girls seen sitting on stairs on the occasion of birth anniver- 60%, which was below target of sary of Baba Guru Nanak at Gurdwara Panja Sahib. 100%. Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, a top Pakistani diplomat told the UN General Assembly that Islamabad would play a facilitating role in the Afghan reconciliation process, as the 193member body adopted a resolution on the situation in that wartorn country. At the same time, Ambassador Masood Khan said Pakistan has “no favourites” in the process, while stressing that there should be “realistic expec-

“Pakistan can exercise influence, but it does not control Taliban,” the ambassador told delegates from around the world. “The people of Afghanistan should be in the driving seat and be the masters of their own destiny,” he said. “Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is making conscious and resolute effort to forge closer ties with Afghanistan, to oppose immediate security threats, to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, and to shape

PESHAWAR—Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Siraj-ulHaq Thursday lashed out at the federal government over drone attack in Hangu and said the leadership which can’t defend the sovereignty of country has no right to rule the masses. It a statement here, Sirajul-Haq said that due to coward stance of the federal government, the US targeted a seminary in settled area of KP. He warned that if the US drone strikes were not stopped then next missile can hit Islamabad. The provincial minister, who is also Naib Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI)

diverting attention from the gruesome incident that had taken place in Rawalpindi on the 10th day of Muharram. If Musharraf submits a list of defense witnesses, which may include top army generals and calls even the former judges, justifying his coup in 1999 through a court judgment, then the matter will take a new turn. The court is ready to charge him on the basis of evidence reportedly collected by the federal investigators, but whether these evidence will hold grounds during debate by rival lawyers in the threejudge court, remains to be seen. Agreement, however, is that the court may entangle itself on issues which will be difficult to resolve. The trial, therefore, may backfire, which would be a major source of embarrassment for Sharif.

He said this during his address on the 2nd of Regional General Managers of NHA. The Chairman said that durable success can be achieved only through untiring efforts with a constructive spirit. Terming the Karakoram Highway, a construction masterpiece, adding that the precedents set by earlier renowned experts need to be followed in the construction process. The Chairman also stressed the need to swiftly wind up pending court cases against NHA and added that NHA’s rules and regulations are the guiding principles in this regard and leaving legal lacunas in technical and administrative matters will be considered a gross negligence by the officials concerned. The Chairman NHA assured the NHA Regional General Managers that their problems will be solved on priority whereas,while dealing with regional issues, the GMs should keep a close contact with Provincial Governments, and local administrations, the Chairman said. The Chairman issued instructions to concerned officials to take prompt measures to stop rain waters accumulating at Kamonky at N-5 PeshawarKarachi Highway; to provide proper uniforms to workers posted at NHA toll plazas; to

construct a Director Maintenance Office on NHA’s property situated at Murree Road Rawalpindi. Earlier, all 14 Regional General Managers gave detailed briefings to the Chairman on ongoing projects in their respective regions. The NHA Chairman also directed to actively follow up all cases pending in courts against NHA. Member Admn NHA Sheikh Zia-ul-Haq, Member Construction Yousaf Ali Khan, Member Finance Shoaib Ahmad Khan, and Member Operations Chaudhry Muhammad Arshad and other officials also attended the conference. Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General Motorway Police Muhammad Zubair Hashmi said on Thursday that motorcyclists would not be allowed on Grand Trunk (GT) road without helmet from December 1. During a meeting with officers of north zone, the DIG instructed SSPs, DSPs and operational staff not to allow any motorcycle without helmet on the road. Muhammad Zubair Hashmi asked all the officers to brief and create awareness among the people about the use of helmet till November 30. The officers would brief the people from North Zone Peshawar to Lahore tool plaza while mobile education units would also visit schools, collages and cities to educate the people.—APP


Iran keen for coop in different KP sectors: CG

Govt for economic development

P ESHAWA R —The Consul- said that with the support of

P ESHAWAR —Advisor to Prime Minister and Central Senior Vice President of PML-N, Ameer Muqam said that federal government was heading towards a better future in a positive way on basis of its priorities that were aimed to strengthen masses by promoting economic development and progress. Expressing views in a meeting with representative delegations of various areas, he said that visits of Prime Minister to Sri Lanka and Thailand would improve the country’s economy besides boosting commerce and trade activities. He said all these factors would cumulatively affect socioeconomic conditions of masses by creating employment opportunities. Ameer Muqam said that leadership of the country has invited foreign entrepreneurs to invest in information technology, telecommunication and sectors adding it would encourage trade and commerce among the regional countries. He said that PML-N assumed power when the nation was confronted by serious issues of militancy and excessive foreign debt that compelled country’s leadership to opt for strict measures. He said that all that steps and decisions have started to produce results and the nation would soon enjoy their fruits. Meanwgile it is reported that the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Shehzad Arbab in a meeting ordered the formation of a restructuring committee to review and revisit the existing functions, responsibilities and scope of delivery of information department. The committee that would also define fresh role of the department regarding projections of provincial government would be headed by Additional Chief Secretary said an official statement issued here Wednesday. The meeting among others was attended by Provincial Information Minister, Additional Chief Secretary, Administrative Secretaries of Information, Finance, Education and other concerned officers.—APP

Only winning party should govern country HYDERABAD—A former chief minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Sardar Mumtaz Ali Bhutto has said that in principle only the winning political party should govern the country which gains victory in the elections. Talking to media persons after addressing a reception here at a hotel, Mumtaz Bhutto said that Pakistan Muslim League (N) has initiated the process of provincial autonomy to the provinces, which he said, was his demand. In Balochistan, he said that PML (N) leadership has provided an opportunity to the nationalists to form the government despite having majority in the assembly. Similarly, the PTI and other parties received the opportunity of forming the government in KPK, he added. Responding to a question, Mumtaz Bhutto said a massive operation against criminals should also be carried out in interior parts of Sindh province on the pattern of Karachi. Replying to another question, he said that besides Pervez Musharraf, action should also be taken under Article 6 of the Constitution against those who were also involved along with Pervez Musharraf. He rejected the delimitation carried out by the Sindh Government and demanded formation of a high level commission for investigation of the alleged rigging in the General Elections 2013 in Sindh. Sardar Mumtaz Ali Bhutto informed that he has started mass contact campaign through the platform of PML (N) as he did in the past for Sindh National Front. Among others, Senior Vice President PML (N) Sindh Engineers Ayoub Shar, Allah Warayo Soomro and President PML (N) Hyderabad Hanif Siddiqui also addressed the participations of the reception.—APP

General of Iran in Peshawar, Hassan Darvash Wand has said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is keen to cooperate and work in partnership with the KP government in the fields of technical education, energy & power, insurance, village community programmes and other sectors. He expressed these views during a meeting with Adviser to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rafaqatullah Babar here Thursday. On this occasion the Iranian Consul-General expressed the desire of Iranian government to take the existing bilateral ties between the Islamic brotherly countries to new heights. The Iranian diplomat PESHAWAR: Activists of Shahab-e-Salfia hold a protest to condemn the Rawalpindi deadly sectarian violence.

FATA youth deprivations to be removed P ESHAWA R —MNA

from FATA Al-Haj Shahji Gul Afridi Thursday said that the deprivation of FATA youth would be removed on priority basis and the federal government is committed to provide quality education and much updated sports facilities to the youth of FATA. This he said while addressing and grand ceremony of the FATA youth organized by Khyber Students Association here at local hotel. Besides him Secretary General FATA Olympic Association Shahid Khan Shinwari, former federal minister and ex-FATA MNA Malik Waris Afridi and large number of FATA students and players were also present. Patron-in-Chief of

the Association Niaz Khan Shinwari, President Fawad Afridi, founder member Tufeeq Afridi also spoke on this occasion. Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi promised the students that steps have been taken by the federal govt for provision of quality education besides provision of much updated facilities of sports to the youth of FATA. He said there is no dearth of talent in FATA youth either in the field of education or sports. He said our youth have given good performances in both education and sports. The youth of FATA have taken prominent position in the SSC, FA, FSc, B.A BSc and Master Examinations besides winning lau-

rel at national and international level. He also named Shahid Afridi, Riaz Afridi, Salman Afridi, Najeeb Shinwari, Habib Afridi, Iqbal Shinwari and many others who excellent in sports internationally. He said the player of FATA are representing Pakistan in cricket, football, hockey, rugby, baseball, karate, judo, and other game besides winning positions in academically. They are good engineers, doctors besides rendering services in other field as well. He also read some poetry of Hamza Baba Shinwari. He promised that the problems being faced by youth of FATA would be resolved on priority basis.

All Pakistan Quran conference begins

Corruption charges against PTI P ESHAWAR —Chairman Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao here said that his party would sit on Opposition benches if the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not take them in confidence. Addressing a press conference, the former interior minister said that his party has formally submitted an application to this effect to the Speaker Provincial Assembly. Accusing the PTI-led government in the province, Sherpao said that his party’s ministers were sacked from the cabinet without providing an evidence which they must have brought before going for their dismissal. He announced in clear terms that the are also bringing corruption charges against the PTI government. Chief of QWP complained that being an ally of ruling coalition, his party was not taken into confidence on issues of NATO supply, CCI meeting, and opening of Taliban office during the last five months. He said that all the orders to the PTI government in the province are issued from Banigala, adding that had Imran Khan any complaint against his minister, he should have contacted him. The QWP cheif said that law and order situation in the province was not satisfactory and as such no development work was started. Meanwhile, it is reported that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Majlis-e-Wahdat-ulMuslimen decided to jointly promote unity, peace and harmony among all religious groups. PTI Chairman Imran khan, Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Punjab Ejaz Ch, Bakhtiar Qasoori and Naeem Mir met the representatives of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen under supervision of Raja Nasir Abbas to discuss the situation in the country, said a press release received here on Wednesday.—APP

DCC approves uplift projects Bashir Ahmad Rehmani

H AFIZABAD —The District Coordination Committee Hafizabad has approved seven important uplift projects costing Rs. 1104.748 million, which would be spent in a phased programme during the next three years. The meeting of DCC was chaired by Ch. Asad Ullah Arian MPA and was attended among others by Ex-Federal Parliamentary Secretary Ch. Afzal Hussain Tarar MNA Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti, MPA Malik Fayyaz Ahmad Awan, DCO Mansoor Qadir, EDO Finance and Planning Riaz Ghani Basit, EDO Works and Services Raja Lehrasab Khan, DO Planning Hafiz Mubashar-ul-Hasan, Saeed Ahmad Bhutta Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering Department and other Heads of nation building departments. The meeting was told that the provincial government has already assured to disburse Rs. 200/- million for development projects to be executed during the current year. The projects which have been approved included sewerage system in Garhi Awan (Rs. 181.292/- million), metalling of 14.22 kms bypass in the Northern side of Hafizabad (Rs. 134.612/- million), renovation of 1.98 kms Gujranwala Road from Jinnah Chowk to General Bus Stand (Rs. 166.016/- million), widening and renovation of 24.54 kms Alipur Chattha Road (Rs. 383.100/- million), widening and renovation of 11.19 kms Jalalpur Bhattian-Sukheke Mandi (Rs. 155/- million), renovation of 2.40 kms Pindi Bhattian Bypass Road (Rs. 32.728/- million), beautification of Jalalpur Bhattian Town (Rs. 52/- million).

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also wanted to address the problems of the youth of the country including FATA and for this purpose he announced youth package so that they should come up in the main stream of national development. He said the youth are the future builders of the nation so they should work hard to face tough challenges ahead. He also appreciated Governor KP Pakhtunkhwa for revolutionary steps to provide quality education and sports activities for FATA youth. Shahid Khan Shinwari in his address announced two scholarships for the poor and deserving students from his own pocket.—APP

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah with a delegation of elders from Lund Khwar, a remote village of district Mardan.

Govt to improve socio-economic condition of fishermen: Kamran STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Federal government is striving to promote fisheries sector and in this connection a number of steps have been taken which aimed to improve the socio-economic condition of the fishermen communities along the coast of Pakistan as well as those, who are fishing in the inland water bodies. Government has already taken a number of steps which have resulted in lifting of ban on the export of seafood to European Union countries. Federal minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said this while addressing at a seminar to celebrate the World Fisheries Day held at a local hotel in Karachi Thursday. The seminar of the various stakeholders was titled

as “Promoting Rights Based Approaches for Fishermen” under the chairmanship of Federal minister for Ports and Shipping. The seminar was also attended by Jam Khan Shoro, Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, Government of Sindh and Mir Haji Akbar Askani, Advisor on Fisheries to the Chief Minister, Balochistan. A big gathering of fishermen, fisheries managers, scientists, aquacultures, representatives of academia and media attended the seminar. The Minister pointed out that Government has developed plan to import fiber glass fishing boats from Netherlands which will be distributed among fishermen. He further said that latest communication and vessel monitoring system is being imported from abroad which

will enable fishermen to know their position while fishing in sea and help in reducing poaching. Provincial Minister Jam Khan Shoro, addressing the seminar pointed out that Government of Sindh is helping the fishermen community by strengthening the infrastructure facilities especially the establishment of floating jetties in creek areas. Karachi Fish Harbour is also being upgraded by expanding and modernizing the facilities. He offered his full support to federal government to initiate development projects in the Balochistan. While welcoming the fishermen, Shaukat Hussain, Director General, Marine Fisheries Department outlined the steps taken by the Government for the development of fisheries in Pakistan.

M U LTA N —A two-day the 11th All Pakistan Quran Conference was inaugurated here Thursday wherein scholars highlighted the importance of Quranic teachings which must be regarded. The first session of the conference, being organized by Majlis-e-Muntazima All Pakistan Quran Majeed Conference, was chaired by Chaudhry Abdur Rasheed, chairman Education Board Multan while Mian Ghulam Ahmad Jhandeer, Prof Dr Muhammad Hussain Azad, Prof Dr Saeedur Rehman, AlHaaj A W Nasir and Mahr Khalid Mahmood Haraj were special guests. An Islamic research scholar from Islamia University Bahawalpur Dr Shafiqur Rehman read his paper and declared the Holy Quran as a source of guidance that will remain relevant till the Day of Judgment for the people. Another scholar, Prof. Dr Mahmood Akhtar from Punjab University Lahore stated while reading his paper that all ills in the world can be ameliorated by following the teachings of the Holy Quran.—APP

Forests guards booked for embezzlement SARGODHA—Police have ar-

rested two forest guards for embezzling Rs 50 million. According to a handout issued here on Thursday, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab Ch Shafqat Hussain Panda and an inspection team had visited the Bhakkar Forest division on May 2012 and found many precious trees of Dalbergir Sissoo( Sheesham) worth million of rupees were missing. Similarly, Forest guard Allah Bukhsh Bhakkar Forest division said, in his application to the director ACE, that two forest guards- Maskeen Ullah and Hashmat Ali- had sold 5,101 trees of Dalbergir Sissoo (Sheesham) from Danwana Minor, Klor Minor, Main Wire Minor, Randro Minor 3-R road and from other canals of the Bhajja forest division worth Rs 50,123,796. The investigation team of ACE had recommended a judicial inquiry of the officers. After the investigation, a case was sent to the Lahore High Court, the court had cancelled bail of the accusedHYDERABAD: Residents of Wahowa road sit on derbis of their collapsed houses after Maskeen Ullah and Hashmat Ali- on Wednesday.—APP anti-encroachment drive.

the Iran quality technical education would be imparted to the youth of Pakistan to enable them to earn their livelihood in competitive markets. Speaking on the occasion, Rafaqatullah Babar thanked the Consul-General of Iran for showing the interest of his country in promotion of cooperation and partnership with the provincial government. He said that the Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak was fully committed to put the province on track of development and especially making the province self-sufficient in energy sector for which the provincial government needed the cooperation and help of friendly countries.—APP

Cold, dry weather likely across country I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- Balochistan, Kashmir and teorological Department (PMD) Thursday forecast cold and dry for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours with chances of light rain in some parts of western Balochistan. An official of PMD told APP, there were no chances of significant rain during the next few days except light rain in western parts of Balochistan province during the next 24 hours. The synoptic situation has indicated the prevalence of continental air over most parts of the country. A westerly wave would affect western parts of Balochistan from Friday. The official said that light rain is expected in Quetta, Kalat and Makran division during the next 24 hours. During the next 24 hours, the weather would remain cold and dry in most parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh,

Gilgit Baltistan, the official said.

The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -08 C, Gupis -04 C, Astore, Gilgit -03 C, Kalam, Kalat, Parachinar, Hunza, Quetta 02 C and Chitral -01 C. The minimum temperatures recorded in other cities were Islamabad 06 C, Lahore 08 C , Karachi 17 C, Peshawar 07 C, Quetta -02 C, Murree 04 C, Muzaffarabad 07 C, Gilgit -03 C, Faisalabad 09 C, Multan 12 C and Hyderabad 18 C. Cold and dry weather is expected in the provincial capital during the next 24 hours.—APP

Transparency to be ensured in LG polls U MERKOT —Sindh Minister for Population Welfare Syed Ali Mardan Shah said that the provincial government would hold the local bodies elections in an impartial and transparent manner. Addressing an open Kacheri at Dhoro Naroo, he said that various development schemes are under way in Umerkot to provide basic facilities such as clean drinking water, sewerage system, roads, health and education facilities and electricity. The minister said that the

shortage of irrigation water has been dealt with effectively and now growers have sufficient water to cultivate their lands. He directed SSP Umerkot for setting up police checksposts to maintain law and order situation, particularly eradication of narcotics. Girls college in Zahirpir area would soon begin as hefty funds amounting to Rs 7.5 million have been approved by the government, said Sardar Mohammad Nawaz Khan Rind PML-N MPA here on Thursday.—APP


US assurance on drones

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CCORDING to Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, the United States has given an assurance not to launch drone strikes during peace talks with Taliban. Briefing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, he said Washington has told Islamabad that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed because he was a very high value target for both the US and Pakistan. However, it was not only surprising but shocking that within less than 24 hours of this assurance to the Senate Committee yet another US drone strike hit a school in Tehsil Tal of the Hangu District, inflicting 8 casualties and 6 injuries in the settled area of the KP Province. No one could say with certainty about worth and credibility of the US assurance as similar understanding was thrown into dust bin by Washington by eliminating TTP leader on the eve of initiation of dialogue process with Taliban, creating a wide gulf between the Government and the TTP on the issue of talks. However, as the announcement came from a sober and serious personality like Sartaj Aziz one could hope that it is not miscalculation and based on facts and ground realities. This is because Sartaj Aziz has all along been known to be pursuing a low-profile but meaningful diplomatic campaign to get things right on different fronts including Afghanistan and India. The latest strike on Thursday morning is yet another incident sabotaging our lame expectations. However, we still hope that the United States would abide by its commitment and would not create direct or indirect obstacles in the way of efforts for restoration of peace. Peace is not only in the interest of Pakistan but also in the region and beyond. All, including the Americans and their allies are making frantic efforts for establishment of peace on the other side of the Durand Line and for this purpose they are seeking facilitation by Pakistan as well but peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan is inter-linked because of a host of factors. Therefore, the United States should not drone the peace process in Pakistan as this would also jeopardize prospects of durable peace in Afghanistan. Given the US assurance and the latest drone strike, we expect of the Government to make renewed contacts with Taliban and bring them on the negotiating table at the earliest. At the same time, the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs would hopefully constantly remain in touch with the United States on the issue so as to creating a congenial atmosphere for talks.

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MMEDIATELY on his return from the foreign tour, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday convened a high level meeting to discuss the overall law and order situation in the country with special reference to Ashura tragedy in Rawalpindi. This reflected his concern over deteriorating security environment and the need to take measures to stem the rot. The meeting was frank and candid in that while the Prime Minister expressed his extreme displeasure over shameful negligence of Police and local administration of Rawalpindi, the police chief also acknowledged that his force did not play its role well. The negligent officers have been transferred but transfer is no punishment at all, rather an eye wash and that is why the remarks of the Prime Minister that stern action should be taken against them carry significant weight. The Rawalpindi incident is black spot on the performance and prestige of Police, the only function of which seems to be palm-greasing of people through different tactics as it miserably failed to protect life and property and even its personnel could not protect their own rifles that were snatched by rioters and terrorists. As for the incident itself, the IG claims that nine of the perpetrators of the heinous crime have been arrested on the basis of television footages. We hope that they and their other accomplices would be tried in speedy trial courts and meted out exemplary punishment. But this would not suffice as there is need to formulate a strategy to pre-empt and prevent such incidents in future by keeping a check on hate material, inflammatory speeches, ban on processions of all types and frequent inspection of mosques and imambargahs as some of them are also used to store weapons.

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service agreement has been signed in Ashgabat by the Asian Develop ment Bank(ADB) and Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India for the pipeline that is projected to supply the much needed gas to the energy hungry South Asian countries. The TAPI Service agreement came as a pleasant surprise because it has been on low priority for the last several years. Though the agreement is not a major breakthrough but the usual dusting in the present environment of energy shortages in Pakistan is a welcome development. The original project started in March 1995 when an inaugural Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Turkmenistan and Pakistan for a pipeline project was signed followed by a framework agreement in April 2008 by Pakistan, India and Afghanistan to buy natural gas from Turkmenistan but for different reasons the project is lingering on and remains on the papers only. The Asian Development Bank has played a leading role in coordinating and facilitating the TAPI negotiation process and there is a possibility that the four TAPI nations can still attract commercial partners to build, finance and operate the pipeline as it is proposed to transfer 27 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year of which 2 billion cubic metres will be provided to Afghanistan and 12.5 billion cubic metres to each Pakistan and India and later the capacity will increase to 33 billion cubic metres depending on the requirements of the importing countries. Despite severe energy shortages, the TAPI are just negotiating while other countries including China have reached agreements with producers of oil and gas to secure their energy needs for the next 25 years. We understand that the present way of working in Pakistan cannot be compared with China but at least we should move on fast track on energy projects that are vital to keep the wheel of our industry moving. The much-hyped Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline is now facing uncertainty and import of LNG from Qatar would require development of necessary infrastructure. In the face of crippling shortages, there is dire need to accelerate work on these two gas import projects and we hope that after US withdrawal normalcy would return to Afghanistan and physical work would begin on the laying of TAPI gas pipeline.

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Asian Common Market needed pital products from India. Instead, he is leading the effort to block generic drugs from entering even markets where millions of the desperately poor reM D Nalapat quire affordable treatment. Thanks to such a shortEmail: mgnalapat@gmail.com sighted approach, Obamacare is on track to become a windfall not for F we correct for exchange rate critically ill patients but for Big distortions, Asia accounts for Pharma The chokehold of NATOclose to half the world’s GDP based financial entities on the gloand more than half its population. bal financial system has survived However,as yet the much smaller the loss of $4 trillion by investors continent of Europe carries more outside the bloc who trusted these heft in the global order than the entities to their cost during the 2008 giant continent that is its meltdown. After a brief hiatus, neighbour. In the UN Security speculation and profit-gouging Council, while Europe has two have once again become the norm, seats and its presumed trans- assisted by fellow travellers trained Altantic cousin the US has another, in institutions that instill obedience Asia has a solitary place among the to the interests of NATO member permanent members, that of states in its pupils. India’s central China. Although more than three- bank, for example, is run by an infourths of financial savings origi- dividual who has spent more time nate in Asia while Europe and the in the US than in India, and who US have negative savings, both the frames policy with an eye towards World Bank as well as the IMF Wall Street rather than Dalal Street. continue to be dominated by the In central banks and finance minisUS-EU alliance. tries across Asia, there are those in As for the WTO, that agency positions of high authority who has followed the US-EU agenda function in a manner that will hurt of forcing open markets to manu- their own economies to be benefit factures and services from the of those in the NATO bloc. NATO bloc, while denying Asia Reserve Bank Governor similar benefits in the export of Raghuram Rajan of Chicago School brainpower. A handful of pharma- of Economics fame is busy followceutical companies headquartered ing his two immediate predecessors in the US and Europe have till now by handicapping domestic industry ensured that much of the rest of through higher and higher interest the world get deprived of cheaper rates that even a beginner in ecomedicine. The only way President nomics knows is futile although diObama can universalize healthcare sastrous to the domestic economy. in the US and avoid his country Michael Spence, won a Nobel Prize going into open bankruptcy is by in economics and thereby followed relying on pharma and other hos- the pattern of such prizes going to

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those who uphold the dominance of NATO and its partners over the rest. Naturally, he is a booster of Rajan. For Spence and his ilk, the more pain suffered by domestic industry in India, the better for industry in the countries that he favours, who will thereby not have to face the same competition from Indian companies that they do from Korean, Japanese and Chinese enterprises Scholars in Asia look at the world through lenses provided for them by Europe,which is why Asians see themselves as impossibly divided. There are almost no organisations that have a continental scope, barring the Asia Cooperation Dialogue which was last held in Kuwait. The GCC separates itself from the SCO, which in turn has nothing to do with ASEAN, which in turn keeps its distance from SAARC, which itself is far from APEC. These separate organisations need to form a coordinating mechanism that would bring them together on the same platform. Such a coordinating agency could begin the process of an Asian Common Market. After all, economics is what is most important to most Asians, and there is zero doubt that such a common market would benefit the entire continent. Asia would grow faster as a result of such integration, and as a consequence, the rest of the world too would grow faster. These were the conclusions reached by a conference on “Asia Uninterrupted” organised in the Manipal University campus by the Indian Council for Global Relations, otherwise known as Gateway House because its office is close to that iconic Mumbai landmark. At the conference, participants from

across Asia ( including Ayesha Siddiqua of Pakistan) deliberated on ways to bring about better coordination between Asian countries. An important suggestion was a gas and oil pipeline from Russia through China that would branch off into Pakistan and India, thereby benefitting all four countries and bringing them together. While there are certainly differences between various countries in Asia, the commonalities are much greater. Unfortunately, media and academic attention follows the pattern set by NATObased thinktanks of acentuating the negatives and ignoring the positives. Such a bias must be removed, and scholars and officials across Asia accept that (1) the continent is as much a single if not unified entity as Africa, South America, North America and Europe and (2) working together makes more sense than working apart. Interestingly, many Asian scholars come across each other in Europe or the US rather than in their own continent. This must change. Asia needs to discover itself, and the first step towards that is to understand each other better, through changes in curricula and by travel. Most important, a sense of pride and hope needs to replace the litany of misfortune and outside conquest which permeates the teaching of history in schools. The bell is tolling. Unless an Asian Common Market begin to get formed, the world economy will continue to remain anaemic. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

The right to protest lished an operations room from where he should have monitoring the progress Sultan M Hali been of the processions and mainEmail: sm_hali@yahoo.com tained vigilance. After all he is also the minister for defence too. The interior minHE tragedy that befell the ister has already been found wantcity center of Rawalpindi on ing during previous terror attacks Yaum-e-Ashur correspond- and other trials and tribulation. ing to Friday the 15th of NovemAttacks of the nature of the one ber 2013 is indeed of massive pro- at Rawalpindi are never spontaneportions. The loss of precious hu- ous. They are meticulously planned man lives and in retaliation the to achieve maximum terror, horror loot and arson of hundreds of and shock. The tragedy has ocshops speak volumes for the an- curred apparently owing to the ger and frustration that the people lapses by the Interior Ministry and of Pakistan are deeply steeped in. law enforcing agencies. However, The dastardly attack must be instead of seeking vengeance for condemned in the harshest terms the attacks, the protestors must wait but as a nation we need to realize for the findings of the judicial comthat if protest takes violent forms mission and the inquiry committee. of arson, destruction of public and A judicial commission headed by private property then the protest- Lahore High Court’s Justice ors are no better than the perpe- Mamoon Rashid Shaikh has begun trators of the original crime. In fact a probe into the Rawalpindi tragprima facie, the violent incident of edy in which nine people were 15 November does not appear to killed and 44 others were injured. be a case of sectarian violence. It The judicial commission is exwas premeditated to wreak havoc pected to take testimonies of the and the usual culprits of sectarian witnesses and will examine the intolerance take the blame. CCTV footage. To start with, the government Meanwhile, a separate threemust assume responsibility for the member inquiry committee has odious crime against humanity. As been constituted by the Punjab govusual, the elected head of the gov- ernment to investigate the incident. ernment was away gallivanting on FIRs were registered in four police his incessant foreign tours. stations of Rawalpindi including Moharram remains a month highly Pir Wahai, City, Bani and prone to incineration. There is the Ganjmandi. Cases have also been omnipresent fear of eruption of registered against people who damsectarian attacks while with the aged public and private ongoing terror attacks, there is a property.The protest rally taken out strong likelihood of harbingers of by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri in December hate and odium targeting the large 2012 and his peaceful long march religious congregations and pro- from Lahore to Islamabad and four cessions, which present juicy tar- days’ sit-in should be taken as a refgets to the assailants. In such a erence for peaceful protest. Culcase, the Prime Minister should tured and sophisticated nations take have stayed at home and estab- out millions’ march to protest

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against serious issues but their form of protest never resorts to destroying public property or loot and arson. Tahir-ul-Qadri demonstrated that we Pakistanis too can protest peacefully. Whereas it is essential to cool down nerves, it is equally imperative to give vent to pent up emotions. Pakistani society is caught up in a milieu fraught with emotional roller coaster rides. Bad governance, relentless terror attacks, acute power shortage, double digit inflation, extremely frustrating law and order situation, food scarcity, rampant unemployment have led to frayed nerves. Touched to the quick, people are triggered to react violently to the slightest provocation. Under these circumstances, the government has its work cut out. It has to ensure that no incident occurs which can act as a catalyst to bring out the worst possible aggressive retaliation. If it somehow does occur, then people have to be induced to keep a check on their emotions. It is an uphill task and would require assistance of opinion builders, including the intelligentsia, academics, religious leaders and media. Religious intolerance and bigotry has permeated in the Pakistani society to such an extent that disagreement of views is construed as a terrible crime and dissent leads to murder and elimination. This heinous practice is in direct contravention to the tenets of Islam, which preaches tolerance. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) himself forgave his opponents and was kind and magnanimous towards those who chose to differ with him. How can those who bear the torch of love for the Holy Prophet (pbuh), kill and maim their fellow beings for mere difference of opinion. The masses being

devoid of in-depth knowledge of Islam; get carried away by the emotional appeal to their so called reverence of Islam and The Holy Prophet (pbuh). It is imperative that the record is set straight in light of teachings of the Holy Quàân, the practice (Sunnah) and Hadith attributed to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and research and studies of erudite scholars. Even a cursory glance of the teachings show Islam to be a religion of mercy to all people, both Muslims and non-Muslims. There is no place for religious intolerance in Islam, but unfortunately it has pervaded the Pakistani society to such an extent that bigoted pseudo religious leaders have distorted the tenets of Islam and are preaching violence against perceived offenders against Islam. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) was described as being a mercy in the Quàân due to the message he brought for humanity: “We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures.” (Quàân 21:107) When a person analyzes the legislations of Islam with an open mind, the Mercy mentioned in the above quoted verse will definitely become apparent. One of the aspects constituting an epitome of this Mercy is the way the legislations of Islam deal with people of other faiths. The tolerant attitude of Islam towards non-Muslims, whether they be those residing in their own countries or within the Muslim lands, can be clearly seen through a study of history. It becomes imperative for the government to protect its citizens from violent attacks and also inculcate tolerance amongst them. — The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.

N another classic exhibition of lack of effective administrative capabilities, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has called for a Loya Jirga to deliberate on critical decisions pertaining to the country’s national security. In fact, the five-day jirga is being seen by many as a sort of delaying tactic by Karzai to sign off on a pact that will, among other issues, determine whether the US government has legal authority over their troops should they enter Afghan homes while tracking down terrorists. Why else would Karzai call for a five-day sit down among tribals and noted village elders from across the length and breadth of a war-torn country to debate and consult each other on issues that could have been addressed by Afghan Parliament? The Loya Jirga is only a body that offers advice. It is up to Parliament to approve any security pact with the US and Parliament has the powers to override the jirga’s decision. The bottom line is Karzai will make the final call, but he is now given to theatrics claiming that he will not sign without the jirga’s approval. Speed is of the essence as US forces are slated to pull out. Fresh negotiations must be struck with emphasis on their new roles and responsibilities as a complete withdrawal of forces will leave Afghanistan’s security apparatus in a deadly vacuum and vulnerable against the Taliban. Karzai must desist from seeking political cover from the jirga with the April elections looming. He must immediately address the concerns of the Afghan people. — Gulf News

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Opinion on statins

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CCORDING to two re spected medical organiza tions, up to twice as many of us — nearly a third of all adults — should be taking statins to avoid heart attack and stroke. But statins, the potent cholesterol-lowering medications of which Lipitor is the most famous brand name, also are associated with some difficult side effects, including most notably muscle pain. And once prescribed, they are generally taken for the rest of one’s life. Last week, the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology concluded that the drug should be prescribed for people with at least a 7.5% chance of having a heart attack within the next decade, a lower threshold than before. The groups devised an online calculator based on various factors, including age, gender and cholesterol levels, to determine that risk. But the new advice sparked immediate controversy, and already there are complaints that the calculator might overrate people’s risks. It’s hard to imagine a more important public health topic than preventing heart attacks. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in this country, and strokes, which statins also help prevent, are a major cause of death as well. The report was written by a panel of doctors appointed by the two organizations. Some critics have accused it of pushing pills in ways that help the pharmaceutical industry. But the panel, which spent years examining studies on the issue, has been widely praised for recommending that doctors determine their patients’ overall risk of having a heart attack or stroke, rather than simply trying to lower cholesterol levels to a preset target. There’s little evidence, the panel concluded, that lowering LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, to one number for everybody saves any lives. In addition, their recommendations would lead to far less use of some non-statin cholesterol-lowering drugs for which the panel found little evidence of reduced heart attack rates. Meanwhile, the panel now says it will re-examine its risk calculator after experts alleged that it contained flaws that would identify millions of people as “at risk” when they’re not. These are exactly the kinds of complicated issues that the US Preventive Services Task Force excels in examining. Before the nation embarks on a radical shift that could double the number of people taking statins, this independent, congressionally authorized group should deliver a second opinion. — Los Angeles Times Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin — US statesman


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NTOLERANCE is on rise in the world today, causing death, geno cide, violence, religious persecution as well as confrontations on different levels. Sometimes it is racial and ethnic, sometimes it is religious and ideological, other times it is political and social. In every situation it is evil and painful. How can we solve the problem of intolerance? How can we assert our own beliefs and positions without being intolerant to others? How can we bring tolerance into world today? Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam. It is a religious moral duty. It does not mean lack of principles, or lack of seriousness about one’s principles. Sometimes it is said, “People are tolerant of things that they do not care about.” But this is not the case in Islam. Tolerance according to Islam does not mean that we believe that all religions are the same. It does not mean that we do not believe in the supremacy of Islam over other faiths and ideologies. It does not mean that we do not convey the message of Islam to others and do not wish them to become Muslims. The Holy Qur’an speaks about the basic

best in presenting and conveying the dignity of all human beings. The Holy Prophet (PBUH), message of God to humanity, but it is spoke about the equality of all human up to people to accept or not to acbeings, regardless of their race, cept. Allah says, “And say, ‘The truth is from your Lord, colour, language or ethnic background. The Spirit Of Islam so whosoever wants let him beShari‘ah recognizes lieve and whosothe rights of all ever wants let him people to life, propdeny.” (An-Nahl erty, family, honor 29). The question and conscience. Isthen comes If Allam emphasizes the lah gave choice to establishment of believe or not to equality and justice, believe, then why both of these values did He punish the cannot be estabpeople of Prophet lished without Nuh, ‘Ad, some degree of tolThamud, people of erance. Islam recAtif Noor Khan Prophet Lut, ognized from very people of Prophet beginning the principle of freedom of belief or freedom Shu‘aib and Pharaoh and his followof religion. It said very clearly that it ers? Answer is in Holy Qur’an itself. is not allowed to have any coercion Those people were not punished simin the matters of faith and belief. The ply because of their disbelief. They were punished because Holy Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion.” (Al-Baqura 256) they had become oppressors. They Muslims do not coerce people committed aggression against the they must present the message to righteous, and stopped others to them in the most cogent and clearway, come to the way of Allah. There invite them to the truth and do their were many in the world who denied

Allah, but Allah did not punish every one. Ibn Taymiyyah, the outstanding Muslim scholar, said, “The states may live long inspite of their people’s unbelief (Kufr), but they cannot live long when their people become oppressors.” Another question is raised about Jihad. Some people say, “Is it not the duty of Muslims to make Jihad?” But the purpose of Jihad is not to convert people to Islam. Islam teaches tolerance on all levels individual, groups and states. It should be a political and legal requirement. Tolerance is the mechanism that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), and the rule of law. The Holy Qur’an says very clearly “To every People have We appointed rites and ceremonies which they must follow, let them not then dispute with you on the matter, but do invite (them) to your Lord for you are assuredly on the Right Way. If they do wrangle with you, say, ‘God knows best what it is you are doing.’ ‘God will judge between you on the Day of Judgment concerning the matters in which you differ.’” (Al-Hajj 76-69).

Recognising our enemies M Tahir Iqbal Email: tahir_iqbal78@hotmail.com

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HE nation is still lost in the maze of confusion about the nature of Pakistani Taliban’s existence and their relation with their Afghan counterparts. The latter have over the years been regarded as a resistant force fighting for their right to oust the foreign occupant forces from Afghanistan. The former are deemed as a loose umbrella organization of several disjoint factions fighting the State of Pakistan in a bid to enforce their version of Shariah. The Pakistani Taliban have always exposed to affiliate themselves with the efforts of Afghan Taliban against Nato-led ISAF forces. They try to portray their outfit under the leadership of Mullah Omer’s Afghan Taliban. They also regard Mullah Omer as their Amir. Every militant

faction in Pakistan intending to join Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has to swear allegiance to the cause of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (led by Mullah Omer), and then the enforcement of Shariah. Associating themselves with AfghanTaliban’s ideological efforts in Afghanistan, the TTP tries to draw the required moral and political legitimacy. Curious enough, the TTP tends to forget its first lesson of commitment with Afghan Taliban, and that is working for the cause of the Afghan Taliban; rather puts all its energies to upset the state of Pakistan. I wonder when it is related that TTP or its erstwhile spearheads have been fighting against the US-led war in Afghanistan; and this premise provides the basis upon which the structure of their martyrdom is being constructed. Per contra, the reality stands that TTP and its chiefs have evermore been antagonistic to those groups of Pakistan which legalize Jihad only in Afghani-

stan. TTP presents weird logic for waging the war against the state of Pakistan. Pakistan is the ally of the US war in Afghanistan, so the ally or friend will not be spared, but the real enemy would not be touched upon leaving aside the sole incident of ‘Camp Chapman attack’. The pages of recent history transpire that the TTP has been against all those who fought the ‘real enemy’ – the example being of North Waziristan’s Hafiz Gul Bahadur and South’s Maulvi Nazir. TTP has always been at odds with these two factions, reason being they believe in armed struggle in Afghanistan in contrast to the TTP’s efforts to decimate the state Pakistan. In early January 2009, on the imperative of Mullah Omer, TTP acquiesced to establish an alliance with Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Maulvi Nazir so as to aid Afghan Taliban in combating the American presence in Afghanistan. This alliance was named as ‘Shura Ittehadul Mujahideen’, but it could

not sustain longer as the ones who reined in the TTP immediately came into action to dismantle this alliance, and succeeded in directingthe guns of TTP towards Pakistan. These rivalries and skirmishes draw a vivid line of distinction – TTP will be averse to all those groups on the land of Pakistan that give the thumps up to Jihad in Afghanistan against the US-led war but do not aim to weaken the state of Pakistan. This tangled web of seemingly irreducible complicacy disentangles when we try to discover the hands which control, finance and provide logistics to TTP so as to debilitate Pakistan’s security apparatus. The looming threat of TTP over Pakistan will never wear off until the nation converge on the point to recognize with clear vision the ones who are our enemies and crafting clever machinations to harm Pakistan. — The writer is Lahore-based freelance columnist.

Views From Abroad

Of Indian elections, onions & salt Nilanjana S Roy

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NSTEAD of consulting psephologists, pollsters and po litical analysts for forecasts on the Indian election next spring, you could just look at the common person’s plate. It all comes down to onions and salt. Shifts in onion prices, especially near election time, are enough to turn any incumbent party anti-allium. Last December, onions cost about 20 rupees a kilo; by October, you couldn’t buy any in Delhi for less than 100 rupees. The soaring prices inspired hundreds of editorials, with news bureaus clocking the fate of the bulb with as much care as if it were an ailing politician — more, because onions are indispensable, while politicians can be easily replaced. The grim ghost of the Great Onion Crisis of 2010 is stalking the Congress Party-led ruling coalition: That year, after onion prices more than doubled in a week, the government had to ban exports and start importing from Pakistan in order to avert street protests and mass unrest. When the cost of onions goes up, governments can come down. And now the politicians are worried again. One impassioned member of the lower house of Parliament said in August that the rise in onion prices and the drop in the rupee reminded him of Humpty Dumpty —

and asked what the government intended to do before its own great fall? Deprived of the fried onions that accompany daal, the braised and chopped onions that form the base of many vegetable and meat dishes, the raw onions without which North Indian kebabs would lose their self-respect, few Indians care to remember that the ancient Hindu texts had unkind things to say about onion and garlic eaters. The Puranas cautioned that eating onions made one sinful, which would require atonement. They declared onions a food best abjured, like mushrooms, pigs that eat waste matter, grains that grow in places of filth, and milk taken from a cow less than 10 days after calving. Though some strict vegetarians and members of the Jain community won’t touch onion or garlic, the rest of India overcompensates. According to the Onion and Potato Baseline Report, India produced a healthy 16.10 million tons of onions in 20112012. That should have been enough to meet the Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research’s tentative estimate for demand, 15.71 million tons. But then villainous forces intervened: bad crops, market forces, over-export, hoarders. By the first week of November, there were tiny hints of hope: The kharif onion crop was just in, prices fell slightly, the government got a bit of breathing space. And then, just as the onion angst subsided, there was an unexpected run on salt.

Prices shot to 100-150 rupees per kilo in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, up from the usual 16-20 rupees per kilo. Panic buying ensued. In the city of Darjeeling, in West Bengal, 13 traders were detained by the police for selling salt at exorbitant rates. The authorities in the neighbouring state of Bihar detained three people for spreading rumours about a salt shortage; the food and civil supply minister promised that any more scaremongers would be interrogated if necessary. The Bihar police are not known for the gentleness of their methods. Salt isn’t only indispensable, especially to the poor, for whom it is often the only affordable condiment; it also carries emotional weight, given the part that it played in India’s freedom movement. Gandhi’s march to Dandi in protest of the heavy British salt tax is well-remembered. (Less well commemorated is the Great Hedge of India, the massive customs barrier built down the country’s central spine, which, according to the travel writer Roy Moxham, made it much harder to obtain salt in the late 1870s and so indirectly contributed to Mahatma Gandhi’s march.) Along with the many freedoms that the architects of independence intended to grant their fellow Indians was freedom from a duty on salt. The minutes of an early session of the Constituent Assembly, on Aug. 20, 1947, reveal a moving proposal to insert a

line into the new Constitution prohibiting any tax on the commodity. Two years later, in Aug. 1949, some legislators suggested that this was impractical. India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was asked for his opinion. “There is hardly anyone in this House who does not feel rather strongly on this question of salt,” he said. “Quite apart from the economic implications involved in this matter, salt, at one time in our national history, in the history of our struggle for freedom, became the word of power which moved large masses of human beings and brought about a strange revolution in the country in the course of a few months.” Having placed this on the record, he agreed it would indeed be impractical to exempt salt from taxation, and the matter ended there. The latest spike in prices was caused by rumour, not iniquitous taxation: Gossip, apparently baseless, had it that recent differences of opinion between Nitish Kumar, Bihar’s chief minister, and Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s contender for prime minister, would result in a salt war, since Bihar imports much of the stuff from Gujarat. Mr. Kumar and the BJP traded seasoned salvos over the weekend, but for now the skirmish has ended without bloodshed. The writer is an essayist, critic and author. — Courtesy: The New York Times

Unlikely winners..!

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INNERS are tall, muscu lar and robust, right? They have a swagger to their walk, cocksure in their talk and carry their attitude heavily on broad shoulders. But the two winners I saw, winning spectacular victories, were anything but that: The first, Ravi Dwivedi, was a mild, affable chap. Went round on a small scooty, left home for a walk everyday, and came back looking a little rounder! Nobody, expected him to win the cricket tournament. But there was

a difference in him this time, a difference the other captains didn’t see and paid heavily for: Ravi batted like a man on fire. This was no mild man at the crease, this was fury, zeal and passion in a tight bundle: The best bowlers looked astonished as their carefully crafted balls were sent effortlessly to the boundary, they watched their fielders looking bewildered at his cheeky singles and his team, suddenly realizing their captain meant business, started whacking the ball, like their little captain was doing. It was a display of courage, tenacity and determination as Ravi and teammates won three games in a row, and held the trophy at the end of the day. What a glorious victory: What a lesson for everybody!

Just a few buildings away from where the first winner lives, lives the second, Alwyn D’Souza: His sightless eyes through tapping stick, treads it’s way through badly parked cars, potholes and open gutters and leads him home. His eyes had failed him over a decade ago, and then he’d been abandoned at his mother’s doorstep by cruel, callous wife. Anybody else at this stage would have given up. He didn’t. He taught himself to forgive just as much as he taught himself to use the stick. He, who had always relied on wife or child to move around, learned to travel alone in crowded local and uncaring bus. He was bitten by stray dogs near Jogeshwari, fell near Churchgate, but continued relentlessly.

He called me yesterday, “ Bob, I’m the guest speaker at the Community Centre!” he said. I attended, startled, shocked, surprised. His sightless eyes came alive as he delivered his speech with professionalism and confidence. A blind man speaking with such assurance: Unheard of! Alwyn’s journey has been long and harsh, he fought, he won, just like his neighbour Ravi. But again, winners are tall, muscular and robust, right? They have a swagger to their walk, cocksure in their talk and carry their attitude heavily on broad shoulders? Wrong! These two were different; they just decided they’d win. A lesson for us all: You can, if you think you can..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People The Wall Art in Karachi SYED MEHDI RAZA JAFFRI

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rom the hustle and bustle of Saddar to the outskirts of Super highway, at the buzzing Tariq road or in the secluded North Nazimabad, in the posh neighborhood of Clifton to the suburbs of Gulshan-eMaymar – wherever you go wherever you see, there is one thing in Karachi that does not change. Target killing? Mobile snatching? No, don’t think so far ahead. It’s staring right at you. The walls. Graffiti on the walls has been the pride of our nation for so long that it does not even feel out of the ordinary now. Karachi in particular, plays host to all sorts of messages, notions and plethora of statements all plastered around the walls for the world to see. From matchmaking advertisements to tips by quacks, the walls of Karachi speak of our people in a language louder than words. Political messages perhaps top the list when it comes to popular wall art that has become a symbol or more precisely a literal part of Karachi. I won’t take names here, but almost all of us see patriotic poetry, invitations to rallies and even motivational messages urging one to go to Nishtar Park or Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore almost every day. From marriage, financial problems to troublesome in-laws, the walls pay tribute to Bengali babas from diverse backgrounds that can remedy any problem and provide solutions to any worry on your mind. Perhaps it is time that we give our people the right to speak out and come out in the open upfront. Then they perhaps may not need to paint their thoughts and feelings in an anonymous fashion. Till then, we Karachites are free to paint color and emblazon the walls with what we have in our minds. And let’s face it, nobody can deny that it’s fun when you are out on a drive and going through an amusing and witty message on the wall! —Karachi

We are with you Pak Army NAZIA PARVEEN Did you ever analyzed what we lack as a nation? I believe we are lacking all those components a nation should have. Our confusion and directionless attributes character as seen in a couple of recent incidents reflect that we can’t even see realities in front of us? Yes I am talking about our attitude towards the Pakistan Army - the only institution in Pakistan working with full dedication and facing war on all fronts. The most unfortunate phenomenon is the demoralizing criticism by its own nation in a situation when they need support of nation. Are we so naïve and innocent that we cant differentiate between right and wrong? If I say they are pure saviors it would not be wrong as they are there to serve us in time of need, whether in peace or war. When state demand sacrifice they are there to protect the nation at any cost. When terrorists threatened us they stood in front of them like an iron wall; when internal stability is at stake they come to serve whatever resources they have. When all institutions, all policies fails they come forward like the first rain drop and give us hope. After Allah, Pak Army is the only institution which is there to save us. And in return what we have giving to them? Abusive words? Criticism? What else? This is what we are giving in return to our saviors? Let’s get united in this difficult time as nation and pay tribute to their sacrifices, let us assure them by saying we are with you. Yes we are with you Pak Army are the hope of nation and we love you, may you rise and shine and take this country to the heights of peace and progress. —Rawalpindi

Mismanagement in traffic YASIR FEROZ SILAT Goods transporters ended their strike on Monday 18th November after assurance of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Importers and Exporters had a loss of more than 500 million which directly affected country’s economy badly but due to the efforts of Federal government they are back on tracks. Their comeback is welcome but has became a big problem for common people in Karachi because of the movement of more than 6000 containers from Karachi port without any planning. This caused heavy traffic jams on 18th and 19th November in the business hubs of the metropolitan city. Few were blaming traffic police, but in my opinion transporters should think and care of those who back them. It is unfortunate that we do good things in a bad manner and instead of earning goodwill, end up in problems for want of discipline, proper planning and haphazard manner of organizing events. —Karachi

The Mehrabpur dilemma YOUNIS NAWAZ BHATTI Mehrabpur is a newly emerging town of the Sindh Province; it is located on the right bank of river Indus. According to a recent survey, population of the town is reached upto 300 thousands. Mehrabpur is considered as economic zone of Sukkur region, the business of the town is recorded about 500 millions a day. This town pays a huge amount of tax to government every year. Now just think for a while a town which is economic zone of the region, pays a huge amount of tax yearly and having a huge population, it must have facilities but the reality is the other

way round. The town having the population of around 3 lacs, has no any family park, the town considered as economic zone of the area has no roads, the town paying huge amount of tax has no facility like a properly equipped civil hospital, special education school, medical laboratory, sports stadium, bus terminal, a public library, auditorium and so on. This situation is the result of corrupt and incompetent leadership. The present PML(N) government has made the condition even worse, they are busy in attending the marry making glee ceremonies of being appointed as a Federal Minister. Drainage system and roads are completely deformed. The town giving famous scholars, educationalists, artists, social welfare icons and poets like Mian Ghous Muhammad Gohar, Ustad Rasool Bux Shaikh, Muhammad Nawaz Bhatti, Altaf Hussain Jokhio, Lutuf Siyal, Ayaz Jokhio and others, has no proper library and art schools. This is the demand of the time that the government should save Mehrabpur from total collapse. PPP leaders Sayed Sarfraz Ali Shah, Sayed Abrar Ali Shah and others are urged through this letter to move the Provincial government of PPP to take some serious actions to stop this havoc. —Via email

Sacred cow IFTIKHAR MIRZA There are indications that a sacred cow is under trial. It would be for the first time in history of Pakistan which is replete with instances of making hollow claims of hanging the culprits; giving them exemplary punishment, so on and so forth. But the facts are that theses black sheep are still in politics, enjoying luxurious life, fully guarded and shielded by all available means and resources. On the contrary, public en masse, remains at the receiving end, suffers all the ill deeds of coterie of military or democratic dictators, adventurists and imported Prime Ministers and Ministers. Things went from bad to worse for majority of the people who have gone down the poverty line and suffer grim miseries of poor life. The gory march did not end here. We were dragged into war on terror, losing last iota of hope; we are subjected to bomb blasts, ethnic violence, feudal feuds, massacre of security personals, suicide attacks, killings of tens of thousands of people, disabling double of them and creating anarchy in society. By sowing thorns, we will, definitely, reap thorns. Therefore, bemoaning over wrongdoings of predecessors is of no use. We must nip the evil in the bud; stand up and say no to every wrongdoer. Had this been done, right from the beginning, things would have been quite different. High claims of present government to initiate treason case against Pervez Musharaff looks to be another storm in cup. Let us wait and see what comes out from the bag of Judiciary this time. The retired General has already been given bail in various cases. It is right for Judiciary to prove its mettle. —Islamabad

International, the first player ever in the history who played 200 test matches and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. He was among those players who inspire others to adopt cricket as their profession. He received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honor, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India’s fourth and second highest civilian awards. Within a few hours of ending of his final match in November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that Tendulkar would receive the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, making him the youngest recipient to date and the first sportsperson to receive the award. He was also the first sportsperson to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force and Lots of lots awards. Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th and the last Test match at his home ground. The 14th of November 2013, marks the end of the enchanting carreer of Tendulkar with his last match against West Indians. In his 200th and final Test match, the “Little Master” of cricket was caught in the slips on the second morning of play at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium. The 40-year-old, the world’s leading scorer in both Test and oneday cricket and the only batsman to score 100 international centuries, took to the crease to a noisy call from the crowd in his hometown, television footage showed, with Indians across the country praying that he could finish his glittering career on a high which he somehow did. He made 74 runs in his last test match. India won this test match also. Whole Indian team gave him guard of honour till he left the ground. So November 16, 2013 will go down as one of the emotional days in a cricket fans’ diary. Sachin Tendulkar was finally saying goodbye to cricket, with never-before-seen tears on his face. Thus the reality now slips into memory. —Islamabad

Lighting our lives SYED MEHDI RAZA JAFFRI

As I’m writing this, I’m afraid of the electricity shutdown and though in an air of tense mind, do wish WAPDA to have mercy upon me and lest my effort to write down these lines are betrayed. Much has been said and written about the importance of electricity in our lives yet no one seems to take up responsibility for the ever increasing gap in demand and supply of energy. A large number of households in the city are plunged into complete darkness for as long as 8 hours per day. The government issued an order for load shedding to be withheld for the three days of eid, but is that enough? During the pre-election era, every political party of the country was promising a quick fire solution to load shedding as soon as they gained office. Now several months have gone down the road, the situation has not even improved one bit. The question remains – how long the public is expected to rant over the issue of load shedding? Will our future ever see the AIZA EHSAN light and would Karachiites ever break free from the clutches of the dreaded The Indian master blaster batsman load shedding? “Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar” was —Karachi born on 24th April 1973 in Mumbai. He started his cricket career at the age of 11. He made his first debut ISCLAIMER test match at the age of 16 against Pakistan in Karachi on 15th NovemTHE articles, columns and ber 1989 and One-Day International letters are published on these debut against Pakistan in pages in good faith. However, Gujranwala on 18th December 1989. He made his first century in his 9th the contents of these writings test match against England in 1990. may not necessarily match the He also made a century in his 79th views of the newspaper. ODI match against Australia in 1994 at Colombo. He was the only player —Editor who scored one hundred internaEmail:editorial@pakobserver.net tional centuries, the first player to score a double century in a One Day

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Mauritania elections: The hard choice

EU president says no military solution in Syria

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B EIJING —EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has a role to play in formulating actions to mitigate the conflict such as the destruction of chemical weapons. China has been criticized for blocking harsher action by the U.N. that could lead to the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Van Rumpoy said China was already working closely with the EU on the Iranian nuclear issue. He said the sides also discussed the need to restore stability in North Africa, Mali and the Sahel to fight organized crime and ter- Prayers during the first day of a four-day long Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul. rorism.—AP

Merkel to accept minimum wage demand BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is prepared to accept demands for a national minimum wage in order to forge a coalition that would give her a third term in office. Merkel and her conservative Union bloc had opposed the center-left Social Democrats’ call for an 8.50 euro ($11.50) minimum wage ahead of the country’s recent general election. But lacking the seats to form a government on its own, Merkel’s bloc has been negotiating a “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats for the past two months. She told an audience of political and business leaders in Berlin that she saw forming a new government as a “responsibility” that would require concessions. Some economists have warned the plan would cause job losses in Europe’s biggest economy.—AP

Indonesians burn Australian flags over spying reports J A K A R T A — I n d o n e s i a n s most popular tourist destina- little economic impact from authorities burned Australian flags over reports Australia’s spies tried to tap the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, plunging relations between the neighbors to their lowest point since the late 1990s. About 200 people marched to the heavily fortified Australian embassy in Jakarta - the scene of a 2004 bombing that killed 10 people - to demand an apology over the alleged spying, which prompted Yudhoyono to downgrade diplomatic relations with Canberra on Wednesday. Many of the protesters carried banners lambasting their southern neighbor, including one saying, “We are ready for war with Australia”. Other protesters in the Central Javanese city of Yogyakarta burned Australian flags in a show of anger, though the demonstrations were smaller than police had expected. Australia earlier updated its travel advisory for Indonesia, the country’s second-

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tion after New Zealand, urging citizens in the Southeast Asian archipelago to avoid protests and “maintain high levels of vigilance”. Yudhoyono went on national television on Wednesday to announce that he was freezing military and intelligence cooperation, including over the issue of asylum seekers, which has long been an irritant in relations. The reports that sparked the Indonesian outrage quoted documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, suggesting Australia had tried to monitor the phones of top Indonesian officials in 2009. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not confirmed the spying or apologized, although he has expressed regret for the embarrassment the media reports had caused Yudhoyono and his family. Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa told Reuters there had been

the row. “In the area of economy and business, our cooperation is continuing,” he said. Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said on Wednesday Indonesia was reviewing its trade ties with Australia, worth more than $11 billion last year. Indonesia is a major importer of Australian agricultural products such as wheat and live cattle, while Australia is Indonesia’s 10th-biggest export market. Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said there had been “no policy change yet” that would affect beef and cattle imports from Australia. Indonesia has loosened its cattle and beef import regulations this year to curb rising food inflation, giving a boost to Australian exporters. The world’s fourth-most populous country is Australia’s biggest market for cattle and beef. But there was some confusion among Indonesian

over Yudhoyono’s threat to halt all cooperation with Australia, including between police who have forged close relations in the fight against Islamist militants and people smugglers. Indonesia’s foreign ministry spokesman Michael Tene said: “The suspension of intelligence and information sharing covers all related institutions including police, not just the military.” However, police officials contacted by Reuters said they had yet to receive word. “We have not yet received instructions on stopping cooperation with them (Australian federal police). I don’t know about it,” Colonel Budi Suntoso, of People Smuggling Task Force, told Reuters. Abbott, in a statement to parliament on Thursday, said he had received an official letter from Yudhoyono seeking an explanation for the spying reports, and reiterated his earlier pledge to respond “swiftly, fully and courteously”.—Reuters

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A NKARA — Turkish police is thought to have psychofired into the air and detained a man carrying a device designed to look like a bomb after he tried to breach a security cordon near Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s offices. The man, described by media reports as in his early 50s, had called police five minutes beforehand to tip them off and is thought to have psychological problems, Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler told reporters. Turkish media published a photograph of what looked like a white corset and a slab of putty wrapped in cling film, attached by wire to a small back device, seized from the man. “There is no suicide bomber. The suspect tipped off police about himself. He

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logical problems,” Guler said. “A device made to look like a bomb was found on the suspect. Police fired into the air during the incident. Nobody was shot,” he added, denying initial media reports that the man had been shot and wounded by police. Television footage showed police sealing off the streets in the area near the building in the center of the capital Ankara. An official in Erdogan’s office said earlier the suspect had refused to show his identity card at a checkpoint in the street. Erdogan was not in the building at the time, the official added. Separatist Kurdish militants, far-left groups and radical Islamists have all carried out attacks in Turkey in the past.—Reuters

G ENEVA —Talks on a draft deal meant to start a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief were delayed, with a senior Iranian envoy suggesting that the momentum characterizing much of a previous round had been slowed. Negotiators from Iran and six world powers parted on Nov. 10 saying that an agreement was within reach, even after added complications posed by a toughened position from France. But a negotiating round scheduled for Thursday morning was postponed in a favor of a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton. That and comments from Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi

indicated that the two sides were pausing to take stock. “What we are trying now is to rebuild confidence that we lost in the previous round of negotiations,”Araghchi told The Associated Press. Speaking of an unspecified “misunderstanding or ... mismanagement in the previous round,” he said “serious negotiations” had not yet started on a draft text meant to outline the contours of any first-step deal. While saying agreement was possible, Araghchi spoke of a “difficult job” ahead to bridge differences, which he described as “remarkable” in separate comments to Iranian state TV. He also said talks have included possible ways to reduce sanctions on Iranian oil sales and banking. The U.S. and its partners have spoken of offering some fi-

nancial concessions, such as unfreezing Iranian bank accounts from previous oil sales. But they have insisted the tough sanctions would remain in place to see if Iran abides by a first-stage deal. Warnings from Iran’s supreme leader that his country’s readiness for compromise has its limits added to the sense of some work ahead. The tough talk reflected the tensions from nearly a decade of negotiations that have begun to make headway only recently. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voiced support for the talks Wednesday but insisted there are limits to what Tehran will deal away at the negotiating table. He blasted Israel as “the rabid dog of the region” comments rejected by French President Francois Hollande as “unacceptable.”—AP

Saudi Fund signs 7 agreements with African countries ISLAMABAD—On the sidelines of the Arab-Africa Summit held in Kuwait on November 19-20, where Saudi delegation was led by its Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, seven agreements were signed between the Saudi Fund for Development and a number of African countries, says a press release issued by Saudi embassy here on Thursday. The agreements were signed with Uganda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Mozambique. These agreements aim at funding several developmental projects in order to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions of the poor people in these countries, as part of efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to support the developmental program in Africa. The agreements worth US $ 136 million were signed by Dr. Ibrahim Bin Abdulaziz AlAssaf, Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Fund for development, Yousaf Bin Ibrahim Al Bassam, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of SFD and the ministers of the relevant. African countries in the presence of several officials from both sides. The Saudi Fund for Development also approved recently an additional loan of US dollar fifty seven million eight hundred thousand (57, 800, 000) for the Golen Gol hydropower project in Chitral, to assist in efforts for resolving the energy problems in Pakistan. The SFD had earlier provided US dollar hundred million as additional loan for the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project in Kashmir as well.

Dubai airshow closes after rainfall floods exhibit DUBAI—The Dubai Airshow has closed its doors to visitors after rainfall flooded parts of the trade event’s large exhibition hall. Organizers of the airshow said in a short statement that exhibitors and visitors should not travel to the show due to “severe weather conditions.” The show’s daily flying display by international aerobatic pilots was also grounded due to the rainfall.—AP

HE Mauritanian legislative and municipal elections are being held at a moment of national disunity. A number of challenges have caused the vote to be postponed several times in the past. Finally the government has decided to go ahead with it, despite a vote boycott by some of the major opposition parties. The results could be ominous to national unity. Mauritania is one of the least developed nations in the Sahel region of Africa. It has not yet emerged from years of political instability after a series of military coups and failed democratic processes, the result of which is extreme polarization within the political class. Hundreds of small parties are crowding the arena and vying for dominance. None of them has a clear programme or a distinct ideology. They keep switching sides between the ruling party and the main opposition bloc, thereby creating unstable and unreliable alliances. Moreover, there is a deep and long standing mistrust between the ruling party, the Union for the Republic (UPR) and the hardline opposition party, Coordination of the Democratic Opposition (COD). In 2009 the two sides engaged in an unsuccessful political dialogue in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, following the 2008 military coup which led to the ousting of a democratically elected president. Within the present Mauritanian context, being what it is, one may wonder how a legislative and municipal election boycotted by a big part of the political class will help resolve the nation’s crises. Initially the opposition parties categorically rejected the coup and demanded the return of the ousted president. The military, however, soon managed to choreograph a tactical deal whereby new presidential elections were held. The vote results were expectedly in favour of the head of the army who then reinstated himself, this time as a civilian president. Subsequent attempts to hold national dialogue between various political formations failed, causing a long delay of the legislative and municipal elections. Each side has blamed the above failures on the other, further widening the gap between them. The two blocs seem, up to now, unable or unwilling to get over their rivalry, hence the extreme difficulty to reach an agreement on the ways and means to organize and conduct the elections. This sharp polarization and the mutual rejection were compounded by an inherent fragility and an obvious lack of cohesion within each party or bloc. There’s a type of “political nomadism” where individual and group loyalties can never be taken for granted, and where no coalitions are immune against sudden disintegration. It’s a scene of shifting sands where constituencies cease to matter and citizens lose their respect for elected representatives. This anarchical restlessness and the pervasive unfriendly mood, that goes with it, are not congenial to a constructive, consensual political enterprise. The ruling party and the president have adopted a confrontational approach of zero concessions. So there is simply no effort on their part to undertake any significant reconciliatory steps in order to resolve the crisis. And there’s the novel factor of the conservative Muslim Brotherhood as a rising political force. The Tawassul party of the Muslim Brotherhood has gained a bit of momentum of late and it is not boycotting the vote. Its participation could be of use to the government, as it gives a level of legitimacy to the electoral process. In addition to the inadequate socio-political atmosphere, the country is going through tremendous economic difficulties. First, Mauritania, like many other countries, has been affected by the recent international economic crisis. Foreign investments and tourism have decreased. Poverty rates are among the highest in the region. Basic commodity prices continue to rise. Unemployment and illiteracy take a harsh toll on the underprivileged strata of society. In the eyes of many Mauritanians, this shouldn’t happen, in view of the improving national revenues from the exports of fish, oil, iron and other minerals. Many ascribe the economic crisis to poor management and to a failure to eradicate corruption, despite the numerous measures taken by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in that respect. Regionally the country’s security is under threat more than at any time before, due to the fallouts of the conflict in northern Mali. Al-Qaeda continues to pose a real menace as well, as it operates close to Mauritanian borders in northern Mali and western Algeria. The presidential election is only a year away, giving more significance to the results of the current legislative vote. If no challenger to the ruling party rises to power now, then many will see the exercise as another mockery of democracy. It will mean a continuation and a solidification of the status quo. Many Mauritanians are watching this electoral exercise with puzzlement. On the one hand, the government showcases the vote as an indication that the crisis is over and that things are moving ahead in the right direction. On the other hand, the opposition considers it an illegal process because it lacks general consensus and thus constitutes a further roadblock on the path of national reconciliation. The people are caught in the middle between the hard choices of total stalemate and uncertain change. Yet one may not be totally wrong saying that most Mauritanians may prefer a status quo rather than a crippling deadlock or a hazardous political crisis conducive to anarchy and chaos. —Courtesy Aljazeera

France fails to impress Palestinians DAOUD KUTTAB FRANCE has always been a country that cares first and foremost about itself, which is normal, but sometimes it is so calculating that it comes across as not caring and spineless. France is a huge economic exporter to the Arab world. Its wheat and military exports to Saudi Arabia are literally in the billions of euros. At the same time, France is a founding member of the European Union, a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a strong member of any Western alliance of which the US is the leader. This means that Paris has to balance its interests with the Arab

world with its role in the Western alliance. A month ago, France was eager to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons, only to see America suddenly back off as a result of an agreement with Russia. In the Middle East conflict, the French have been slightly leaning in favors of the Arab position while maintaining its good relations with both Israel and the U.S. For years, Arab leaders and ideologues have romanticized France’s role as the savior of Palestinians and the Arab world, only to be disappointed when nothing happened. France’s political calculation and attempts to be seen as neutral sometimes come close to being absurd. One foreign diplomat

once told me that a French leader felt he had to stay in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas longer than he wanted just to give the appearance to the waiting press that he was actually conducting business, when in fact he was simply killing time. This attempt at giving the impression of balance was exposed during this week’s visit by the domestically unpopular President Francois Hollande to Israel and Palestine. Israel gave Hollande the red-carpet treatment largely for his country’s hardline position in the P5+1 talks with Iran. The president responded in kind, delivering a pro-Israel speech in the Knesset and during all his other

outings. Hollande also made the routine visit to Ramallah, met with Abbas and hit all the right notes at all his press conferences. He used the word Palestine a few times when referring to his visit to the Israel-occupied Palestinian areas and repeatedly talked about the two-state solution and the need for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and Palestine. But the cold over-calculation and constant attempt to appear balanced and fair to both sides suddenly came apart when he dealt with the issue that Israelis hate to hear about: settlements. Hollande correctly opposed the latest settlement announcements, including the decision to build in the

controversial E1 area near Jerusalem. Palestinians and even the U.S. have staunchly opposed this particular settlement for its potential to deny any serious contiguity in the West Bank, as it blocks the north-south axis of a future Palestinian state. In his remarks, Hollande was careful not to criticize settlements as such, but the possibility that the announcements might complicate things. In his speech at the Knesset and at press conferences alongside Abbas and Netanyahu, Hollande had the same tone. Speaking to the Knesset, the French president said that settlements “complicate negotiations and make the two-state solution very difficult.”

So despite the fact that the International Court of Justice at the Hague considers settlements illegal, and despite the fact that his own government and the EU, of which France is a founding member, also consider settlements built in occupied areas a violation of international law, and specifically of the Geneva Convention, Hollande is worried that the announcement at this time “complicates” things. In other words, if it had been made at a different time, not now when talks are taking place, he would not have been so opposed to them. This over-calculation was caught by a reporter who simply asked the French president if he was willing attribute the settlements US Secretary of

State John Kerry’s description during a joint interview with Palestinian and Israeli TV: “illegal”. It was a perfect opportunity for the European leader to say something serious while being able to hide behind France’s (and Israel’s) ally. Instead, Hollande repeated that settlements complicate things and that they damage chances for a two-state solution. He described them for what they are: a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. France of all countries should be familiar with the Fourth Geneva Convention, which was produced to deal with prolonged occupations. It came about after (what seemed at the time long) German occupation of France in World War

II. Referring to it, the International Committee of the Red Cross states: “It is unlawful under the Fourth Geneva Convention for an occupying power to transfer parts of its own population into the territory it occupies. This means that international humanitarian law prohibits the establishment of settlements, as these are a form of population transfer into occupied territory. Any measure designed to expand or consolidate settlements is also illegal. Confiscation of land to build or expand settlements is similarly prohibited.” Instead of talking about “complicating” the peace process, the French leader should have simply said that settlements are illegal.


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US drone strike From Page 1 tions. The spokesman said these drone strikes have a negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Islamabad has been raising its concern over the drone strikes with the US administration and at the United Nations. It was one of the first drone attacks to occur outside Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border and could increase tension between Islamabad and Washington.

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Stable Afghanistan From Page 1 Asadullah Wafa. During the meeting Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor to PM Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq and Secretary to PM Javed Aslam were present. The Afghan delegation is also scheduled to meet Taliban’s former number two commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released in September after being held at an undisclosed location inside Pakistan. Baradar is seen by Kabul as the key to restarting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. Karzai formed the Afghan High Peace Council in 2010 to pursue a negotiated peace with the Taliban, who have been leading an insurgency since being ousted from power in 2001.—NNI

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ABBOTTABAD: Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressing officers and jawans during his visit to Baloch Regimental Centre.

Nawaz orders 100 pc From Back Page fish-farming, cattle- farming, gems and jewelry etc. The meeting decided that the First Year of the loan period will be given as grace period and the loan would have to be repaid in the next six years in easy installments and the mark-up on Loan would be 8 percent. Exhorting the youth of the country to gain maximum benefit from the scheme, the Prime Minister said that they must avail themselves of this golden opportunity to secure their and their families’ future. The country would also hugely benefit from this great exercise of national activity. “It

is just the beginning and we have to take this process of progress forward,” said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said that youth of the country have to be given opportunity for doing their own decent, good, profitable business for their benefit and for the benefit of their country. The meeting also emphasized on the training of bank staff which has to be deputed for the facilitation and loan processing at banks all across the country. “They should be well-mannered, well-informed and courteous,” said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister directed National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)

by the PML-N-led government. He also doubted if the Taliban will trust the government’s efforts for peace talks in the current circumstances. Shah lamented that the drone attacks were intensified From Back Page instead of being completely stopped.—NNI of write off (principal, markup/ the cases where written off prinprofit and other charges) shall be cipal is Rs. 0.2 million or more. updated as and when any recovery The banks/DFIs shall comis made. ply with the above instructions From Page 1 The write off of loans/ad- in letter and spirit; any violation The 6 spots where protest- vances, if any, in the names of will attract punitive action uning rallies will be held include Directors, Chief Executives, der the Banking Companies OrCommittee chowk, Abpara sponsor shareholders of the dinance, 1962. Chowk, 22 no. Chungi, Chuhar bank/DFI or their relatives/de- The BPRD Circular No. 06 of Chowk, Dhok Hassu, Dhok pendents shall require prior ap- 2007 dated 05-Jun-07 will no Hafiz Chowk, airport road and proval of SBP. The write offs longer be applicable on write off Tarnol. allowed shall be reviewed by the of loans/advances falling under Ulema have appealed to internal auditor (IA) of the bank/ Prudential Regulations for Congovernment to give strict pun- DFI with special emphasis on sumer Financing, except perishments to people involved in Rawalpindi incident, while requesting people to keep peace during demonstrations. Federal government has also said that From Page 1 mobile service could also be suspended on Friday due to se- be a potential deal breaker as the be signed when the election is curity concerns.—Online United States has said it wants conducted, properly and with an agreement as soon as possible dignity,’’ Karzai said toward the to allow planners in the United end of a speech that lasted more States and Nato to prepare for a than one hour. From Page 1 military presence after 2014, He said such a move would son. Sources said the former when the majority of foreign show America’s assurance “that army chief has directed his legal combat forces will have left Af- we are moving on the path to security and they are accompateam to prepare an application ghanistan. The US had wanted a deal nying us on this path.” which is likely to be filed in the A spokesman for the US Supreme Court of Pakistan on signed by the end of October. Friday. Advocate-on-record Zafar ‘’If you accept it and Parliament Embassy, Robert Hilton, said he Abbas Naqvi has been hired to rep- passes it, the agreement should could not comment because it is an ongoing diplomatic discusresent Pervez Musharraf in the sion. court, sources said. The governThe Loya Jirga can revise or ment has constituted a three-memFrom Back Page reject any clause of the draft ber special court to try the former agreement. Whatever they agree army supremo for treason under for their rights and it was the upon then goes to the Afghan Article 6 of the Constitution. Justice Faisal Arab, Justice PPPP that selected the path of parliament, which could make Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar the struggle for the people’s still more changes before the agreement is approved. Ali have been named for the rights. Khuhru said that the PPPP The Jirga will hold a series court. The former president seized power in a coup in 1999 was in consultation with other of closed-door meetings until and ruled for almost a decade political parties for political Sunday, when it makes its suguntil he was forced to step down alliance for the upcoming lo- gestions on the security deal to cal body polls and soon the Karzai. On the US side, only the in 2008.—Online details about the political al- administration of President liance would be made public. Barack Obama needs to approve the agreement, but it could reFrom Page 1 ject changes made by Afghan officials. reserves of shale gas in Pakistan. From Page 1 If it does, that leaves open “The study will be completed in nine months. To a question, he meeting was co-chaired by the option for the US to pull said that the USAID would fi- Additional Secretary for nance the study.” The study will United Nations and Economic also assess the factual oil reserves Coordination Ambassador in the country. He said that US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and wants its companies to take part Acting Under Secretary of in exploration and production ac- State for Arms Control and Intivities in the blocs particularly in ternational Security Rose Balochistan an off shore blocs in Gottemoeller. joint ventures with OGDCL and The delegations had a proPPL. To a question the official said ductive exchange of views on that US officials showed willing- issues of mutual importance, ness to help Pakistan in coping including international efforts with energy crisis and extend the to enhance nuclear security technical expertise and training to and peaceful applications of Pakistan’s officials in shale gas ex- nuclear energy. ploitation. USAID has already The participants also helped Pakistan in formulating the shared views on nonproliferashale gas policy. tion challenges as well as on the multilateral regimes on chemical and biological weapons, export controls, and From Page 1 the importance of regional commission has asked Pakistan stability and security. The Council for Scientific and Indus- delegations reaffirmed that trial Research (PCSIR) to make the Working Group remains normal ink of better quality for an invaluable forum for disthe LB polls. Earlier, the ECP cussing issues of critical muhad asked the PCSIR for mak- tual importance and stated ing magnetic ink for thumb im- that they looked forward to future sessions.—Online pression of the voters.

to hold workshops at the regional and provincial levels to train Managers and branch managers for exemplary processing and facilitation of the loan applicants. SMEDA and First Women Bank have to work hand in hand with the NBP for the successful accomplishment of this task. Minister Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Governor State Bank Yaseen Anwar, Political Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani and senior officials of the Prime Minister Office, Finance, SMEDA and First Women Bank attended the meeting.—APP

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sonal loans allowed for business purposes which shall continue to be governed by the said Circular. In reply rto a question, the Minister said that the ball was in the court of the judiciary and the results of that trial were being awaited. The military dictator should apologize for hundred times for his offences. Only a strong democracy could block the entry of the military coup de tat.

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all troops out of Afghanistan. The same could happen if the deal is not signed in a timely manner. According to a draft agreement posted on the website of Karzai’s office, the agreement gives the US legal jurisdiction over troops and Defense Department civilians, while contractors would be subject to the Afghan judicial process. Deep divisions in Afghanistan over legal immunity for American soldiers and contractors as well as night raids had threatened to scuttle diplomatic efforts. The pact also provides for US counterterrorism operations in coordination with the Afghans, with the goal that the Afghan forces should be in the lead. It also notes that US troops will not conduct combat operations unless they are ‘’mutually agreed’’ on by the US and Afghans. Karzai said the deal would pave the way for 10,000 to 15,000 US troops to stay in the country after the Nato combat mission ends at the end of 2014 and give the United States 9 bases around the country that it can use.—AP

10 killed From Page 1 the incident. Three people including a levies man were killed in two different incidents of targeted killings. A levies official who requested not to be named said police found two bulletriddled dead bodies near Khuzdar city. He said both victims were abducted from Naal area of Khuzdar on November 18. Similarly militants opened a fire at a levies personnel in Khuzdar bazaar. The levies man sustained serious wounds and succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. Five people were injured in a bomb explosion near a Church in Chaman, Pakistan’s bordering town with Afghanistan. A police official said the militants had planted explosive materials in bicycle which went off with big bang injuring five persons. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. In Balochistan’s resourcerich Dera Bugti district, four women were injured in a landmine explosion. Levies said the women were walking on road in Sham area of Dera Bugti when they hit a landmine. All women were shifted to Sui for medical treatment. Militants intensified their activities during last two days in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochitsan.

PR dismisses From Page 1 kistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman. Speaking to media, the minister said that the attacks began in the stint of rulers who won support in referendum, an obvious reference to Khan’s support of military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf in his disputed referendum. Though, Khan had later sought nation’s apology over his move. He said that Nawaz Sharif had raised the issue of drone attacks at the United Nations since he wanted to improve relations with the international community while Khan was hell bent on spoiling the ties with the whole world.

officials said Thursday. Pakistan released the former Taliban No. 2, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in September after years of detention, a move that stirred hope among many Afghan and Pakistani officials that he could help forge a peace deal between the insurgents and the Afghan government. The U.S. also has pushed for a peace deal with the Taliban, hoping it will prevent Afghanistan from spiraling into further instability when most American troops withdraw by the end of 2014. Washington is currently negotiating with Kabul to work out a pact to let some forces remain beyond that deadline. But some observers have expressed doubt that Baradar will make a difference in pushing forward the peace process, saying he has been in captivity too long and may no longer be trusted by the Taliban. The insurgent group also has poured cold water on hopes that the former deputy leader will spark a breakthrough in negotiations. The Pakistani and Afghan officials who confirmed that representatives of the Afghan High Peace Council met with Baradar refused to provide details about the meeting. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not autho-

rized to talk to journalists about the matter. The Afghan delegation was led by the head of the peace council, Salahuddin Rabbani, according to a statement from the office of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The statement, which said Sharif met with the delegation, did not mention the meeting with Baradar. Baradar was arrested in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in 2010 in a joint operation with the CIA after he held secret peace talks with the Afghan government. The arrest outraged Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who immediately called for his release. Pakistan resisted for years, exacerbating already tense relations with neighbouring Afghanistan. After Baradar’s release, the Afghan government pushed for a meeting between him and the peace council, hoping it would help negotiations. But a senior Taliban official said in recent days that a meeting between Baradar and the council wouldn’t do any good, claiming the former deputy leader had no interest in holding discussions with Afghan officials. Also, Taliban prisoners do not represent the group, even after they are freed, said the offi-

cial, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists. The Taliban have so far refused to talk directly with Karzai, his government or its representatives. Attempts to open talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban in June ended in failure after Karzai accused the militants of setting up a government in exile and demanded they remove their flag and a sign identifying the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Taliban refused and closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar. Pakistan has a complicated relationship with the Taliban. Pakistan helped the group seize control of Afghanistan in 1996, and Kabul has repeatedly accused Islamabad of providing the insurgents sanctuary on its territory following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Many analysts also believe Pakistan has maintained its ties with the Taliban as a way to counter the influence of archenemy India in Afghanistan. But there is also significant distrust of Pakistan among the Taliban, a feeling that has been reinforced by Islamabad’s detention of insurgents possibly as bargaining chips. Islamabad is also fighting its own related insurgent movement, the Pakistani.—INP

PM opens vision 2025 From Page 1 Over 1,000 professionals and experts from public and private sectors, business community, politicians, members of civil society, academia and media professionals, are scheduled to attend the Conference. Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof. Ahsan Iqbal would present Address of Welcome while Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar would highlight the economic challenges being faced by the country. Official sources said that the government has also invited the

representatives of various political parties to evolve a joint economic agenda for the socio-economic prosperity and stability of the of the country. Experts of respective fields would put forward recommendations and inputs to the government regarding the Vision 2025 for making the country self-reliant and economically strong, according to the official document of Ministry of Planning and Development. Similar conferences will also be organized at different levels including provincial levels, at chambers of commerce,

and at universities across the country to get useful inputs regarding the Vision 2025. The Vision 2025 programme and the 11th 5-year plan is scheduled to be finalized by December 31 and after its approval from the National Economic Council, it will be implemented from January next year. The Ministry has already sent invitations to all the political parties asking them to actively participate in the conference for developing consensus besides showing unity on the agenda of national interest.—APP

End ‘dual policy’ on drone From Page 1 party would hold a historic protest in Peshawar on Nov 23 against the war that the US has declared on Pakistan’s peace and on the peace talks that the country has been attempting to start with militants. He added that he has invited all coalition partners of the PTI to Saturday’s protest. He also invited the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to join the rally on Saturday against the first drone strike in Tal area of Hangu. Imran, whose party is in power in KP, questioned why Nawaz has not made a statement on the recent drone strike yet, saying that as the leader of the country he should have been the first to speak up. The lives of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at stake, the PTI chief said, adding that his party would issue the names and photographs of the deceased killed in Thursday’s drone attack in Hangu. He further said that despite Wednesday’s statement by Sartaj Aziz, the premier’s adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, that US would not carry out any drone strikes inside Pakistan

during its talks with the Taliban, the attacks were still happening and therefore diminishing the already bleak chances of arriving at a peaceful resolution with the militants. He told Nawaz not to “play on both sides of the wicket,” adding that he should give up his “dual policy” of telling the US one thing and Pakistan another. “If the prime minister strictly told [America] that drone attacks must stop, they would never conduct such attacks,” he said. “If they attacked Hangu then what will stop them from attacking any other place if they suspect ‘terrorist activity’ there?” the PTI chairman added, stressing that America could strike based on suspected terrorist attacks, not certain ones. “Are we America’s tissue, that they just use us and then throw us away?” Imran exclaimed. He questioned why America is “fighting on our land” if they are our allies. He added that America must not be afraid of Pakistan’s response if they are willing to do this the day after Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s state-

ment. “The Pakistani government does not have the courage and strength to take a stand against them”, alleged Imran. “We will show them that there are people in Pakistan who are not willing to tolerate these attacks”, he added. When asked about the repercussions against standing up to the US, Imran said the only disadvantage would be that we get fewer loans and less money from them. Saying that the rally will be “historical,” Imran remarked that the KP government will announce their plans to “block Nato supplies from going through the province until they [America] swear that drone strikes will stop.” Until now, blocking Nato supplies was the political party’s stance, but after Saturday’s announcement, the whole province will stand against it. Imran said that “whoever talks about dialogues with the Taliban, is called pro-Taliban.” He added that people who use terms like proTaliban also promote peace talks with India, questioning whether that makes them pro-India.


PM’s Business Loan Scheme

Nawaz orders 100 pc transparency, merit

PIA staff member arrested KARACHI—A member of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been arrested in Britain for possessing heroin. Sources said, British airport authorities have recovered the heroin from flight steward of PIA’s flight which reached on Leeds Bradford Airport. The steward has been arrested, while he will be presented before the British court later on. Mentioning that, a similar incident had also took place on September 19 on same airport, when pilot of PIA’s flight to Islamabad was arrested by British authorities because he was found drunk.—Online

ISLAMABAD: Delegation of Afghan High Peace Council headed by Chairman Salahuddin Rabani called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM Office.

How long a poor person can fight war for his rights: CJP ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of did not appear before it. The

Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked as to how long a poor person can fight the war for his rights adding no injustice should be done to any one. He gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of Two bodies found Habib Bank employee case Thursday. in gunny bags The court had summoned PESHAWAR—The bodies of two president Habib Bank Limited youths were found from gunny (HBL) alongwith record but he sacks in Peshawar, police officials told on Thursday. According to the sources, dead bodies of two young men were found in gunny bags from Regi area of Peshawar. The victims were subjected to torture before being killed and stuffed in the gunny bags, police told. The vicOUR CORRESPONDENT tims belonged to suburban area of Dawoodzai in Peshawar and LANDIKOTAL—27 Person inwere identified as Abdul cluding custom house Torkham Raheem and Abdul Wahab, aged officials and custom clearance between 25 and 26. The police agents were injured in a suicide seized the corpses and initiated attack here on thursday morning. investigation.—Online Suicide bomber blown himself up inside the custom house Torkham building during offiKP former IG cial hours. Landikotal assistant remanded for 14 political agent, Muhammad Tayyab Abdullah,media men in days to NAB that around 9:30am on PESHAWAR—The Accountabil- landikotal Thursday a 12 to 14-year-old suiity Court No 1 on Thursday re- cide bomber entered Torkham manded former Inspector Gen- customs house and exploded his eral of Police Malik Naveed explosives packed jacket. Khan to the National AccountHe said that at least 27 perability Bureau (NAB) KPK for sons including a senior customs 14 days for further investigation official identified as Superintenin the weapons scam. The Ac- dent Qazi Haseeb were seriously countability Court Judge injured. Walayat Ali Khan heard arguments from the accused counsel and the prosecutor. Malik Naveed was arrested by NAB on Wednesday for his alleged corruption in the purchase of weapons and equipment for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police during 2008-2010. Prosecution OBSERVER REPORT lawyer Umar Farooq appealed to the court for remand of the ISLAMABAD: Former president of accused for further investigation the Supreme Court Bar Associainto the case.—Online tion and Pakistan People’s Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan Thursday demanded an open trial in the treaOpp requisitions son case against former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Senate session Musharraf. Speaking to media I S L A M A B A D —Opposition representatives here, Ahsan said members in the Senate have sub- that the prosecution has evidence mitted a requisition requesting and witnesses against Musharraf the Chairman to summon the in the treason case. session of the Upper House of The PPP leader said the forParliament to discuss a host of mation of a special court was a critical issues facing the coun- transparent step that the governtry. The requisition signed by ment had taken, adding that testi46 opposition members includ- monies of judges were not needed ing PPP’s leader of the opposi- over the charge of suspending the tion Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, constitution.Judges would have Mian Raza Rabbani, Farooq to give their testimonies if the Naek, Rehman Malik, charge of placing them under Farhatullah Babar and others house arrest is also brought forth was submitted in the Senate Sec- by the government, he said. Reretariat on Thursday. The oppo- sponding to a question, Ahsan said sition members said they want Musharraf’s treason trial was urgent discussion on the current Pakistan’s internal issue and that prevailing political and security Saudi Arabia and America could situation in the country.—INP not interfere in the matter.

27 injured in Landikotal suicide attack

Aitzaz for open trial of Musharraf treason case

court expressed displeasure over it and refused to give more time for reinstatement of the employee of HBL. The court ordered HBL management to issue orders for reinstatement of the said officer on its own before the expiry of court timings otherwise the court will issue orders on this count. The HBL management issued the orders for reinstatement of his employee and presented it before the court.

Govt should tell nation facts about drone attacks: Altaf

L ONDON —The founder and leader of MQM Altaf Hussain has condemned the drone attack on a madrassa in Tal area of Hangu. He said that Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs, assured the nation that America had promised not to carry our drone attacks during negotiations. However, it is deplorable this attack was carried out within few hours after he gave his statement. This attack indicates that the government is hiding real facts from the nation. In a press release issued here on Thursday, Hussain said that the nation was already disturbed because of problems and crisis. In this situation it was the responsibility of the government to tell facts to the nation instead of talking in riddles. It is a sensitive matter and our security and integrity depends on the issue. Altaf also appealed to owners of the electronic media channels that they should play their Sharr from PMLQ and Dr Gul role to offer real facts to Muhammad Brohi, Zehra people.—INP Shaikh, Zeenat Khaskheli, Zainub Batool and Rani Khoso from PMLF. The new comers in the PPPP vowed that they would strive harder to complete the mission of the slain PPPP leader Benazir Bhutto. STAFF REPORTER The Senior Minister said that the consultation was in process over the given schedule for RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army the local government polls on Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Jan 18 in Sindh province and visited Baloch Regimental Censoon the issues would be taken tre in Abbottabad on Thursday. As Colonel-in-Chief of over. Baloch Regiment, he addressed He said that the local body polls would expose many faces troops of the regiment and paid and many political workers and rich tributes to the sacrifices of leaders would join the PPPP officers and men in the defence prior to conduction of the local of the motherland, said an ISPR body polls. They were the press release issued here. The Chief of Army Staff also people that had always struggled laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-eShuhada and offered Fateha. Continued on Page 7 2 lawyers including Anwar Masood tried to appear before the court to explain the position on behalf of HBL but the court not only stopped them from doing so but also directed them to issue reinstatement orders of the employee forthwith. It may be mentioned that HBL had sacked Mehboob Ahmad Soomro in 2010 without assigning any reason. Soomro had exposed corrupt practices in the bank and he was dismissed from service.— Online

LB polls schedule interference in provincial autonomy: Khuhru IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh senior Minister for education Nisar Ahmed Khuhru said that It was the constitutional privilege of the province to announce for the schedule of the local body polls and any intervention in that regard was tantamount to interfering in the autonomy of the province. He was addressing a press conference at his residence Thursday along with Pakistan Muslim League-Q and Pakistan Muslim League-functional leaders, who had quit their party and joined the Pakistan people’s party parliamentarian (PPPP) while expressing utmost confidence in Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the chairperson of the PPPP. Those who joined the PPPP included Afshan Imran, Begum Rahat Jawaid, Ruknuddin Meerani and Khan Bahadur

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday directed the concerned authorities to ensure 100 per cent transparency and merit at the administrative level in the Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme being launched on December 2,2013. Any complaints in connection with the transparency of the Loan Scheme would be entertained on a toll free number 080077000. The Prime Minister gave these directions while chairing a high-level meeting on Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme at the Prime Minister House. During the meeting, the Prime Minister was thoroughly briefed on the various phases, details, Banks’ processes, training of the Banks’ employees, training of loan applicants etc. Scheme is an excellent opportunity for the youth of the country to change their destinies for their betterment, the Prime

Minister said. Under the Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme, 50 percent loans have been allocated for women, especially the educated ones, and five percent quota has been reserved for widows, families of the ‘Shaheeds’ and disabled. The meeting was briefed that a stringent monitoring system would be put in place to save the Loan Scheme from malpractice and corruption.”The success of the Scheme would hinge on its transparency and merit and I myself, by taking its ownership, would ensure it,” said the Prime Minister. The meeting also decided that the balloting for the Loan Scheme would be conducted on monthly basis and those applicants who fail to get loan at a balloting would be considered in the subsequent ballots. “This will be an ongoing process and in the coming months and years, the Scheme would be extended to new levels, the Prime

Military installations, GHQ made fool proof RAWALPINDI—Pak Army now to use this software. has taken a big step and created a new software to make fool proof all military installations including General Head Quarter (GHQ), local media quoting sources reported on Thursday. According to reports, this software has a power to counter any cyber attack from anywhere. Pak Army has taken services of experts for this software and now has made a proper planning

The reports said that this action has been taken revelation by CIA agent Edward Snowden. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani gave the instruction to prepare the software to defy any kind of cyber attack. Pak Army took help by experts to make this software and it was completed under the supervision of top official of Information Technology.

All officers and staff are compelled to install this software through which all cyber attack can be failed easily, report added. The report further said that this software has the capability to protect all kinds of sensitive and important documents.It is pertinent to mention here that cyber attacks on different websites and e-mails of military have been reported in past.—Online

Kayani visits Baloch Regimental Centre

QUETTA: An injured person of Sarki Road blast being treated at Civil Hospital.

SBP sets guidelines for all banks to ensure transparency KARACHI—The written off bad loans will continue as wirtten off only after apoproval of the State Bank of Pakistan after revisiting the profiles of consumer loans, requirements for write off of irrecoverable loans and advances for consumer financing which includes any form of financial relief allowed to the customer in terms of dues outstanding towards the bank/DFI, including principal, markup/profit and other charges. It may be recalled that there was a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking validity of over Rs512 bil-

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Minister added. The Prime Minister said that the private sector banks would also join in the government’s effort to give maximum business and employment opportunities to the people. The Prime Minister was also apprised that no cost of forms and small processing fee would be charged from the applicants. The meeting was also briefed on the huge response that the Loan Scheme elicited from the public. Pre-feasibility studies, which help budding entrepreneurs in making their business plans and are available on the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) website have been downloaded in huge numbers and is a testimony of peoples’ deep interest in the Loan Scheme. The Prime Minister directed that those business areas should be given precedence which are of vital national interest like

lion written off loans during the rule of General Parvez Musharraf. SBP has advised the banks that irrecoverable/bad loans shall continue to be written off by the banks/DFIs with the approval of respective Board of Directors (BOD) under a well defined and transparent write off policy. The BOD at their discretion may delegate adequate and appropriate powers down the line to the President/Chief Executive Officer and other senior officers of the bank/DFI as they deem fit. To ensure prudent management of write offs of bad/irrecoverable loans/advances under delegated powers, effective internal controls and

systems may be put in place. Before considering/processing of a write off proposal, the banks/DFIs shall adhere to following minimum guidelines: Every reasonable effort shall be made to recover the outstanding loan. It shall be established by all available means that the borrower(s) has not created other business interests and assets out of the non-performing loans proposed to be written off and the loan is truly irrecoverable. The banks shall ensure that all securities/collateral held/ available with the bank/DFI have been realized and sale proceeds thereof appropriated towards adjustment of outstanding

loan. However, in exceptional cases, such as widows and orphans, banks/DFIs may consider relaxation to this requirement under their policy. The latest valuation of properties/other assets held by the banks/DFIs as security for the loan/advance shall be obtained, if not available on record, at the time of write off of loans. The valuation report shall clearly indicate therein, amongst others, the present market value as well as forced sale value. The valuation shall be conducted through an approved valuer on the list of Pakistan Banks Association. For outstanding principal amount of less than Rs. 2 million, valuation may be done by the bank/

DFI itself as deemed appropriate in a reasonable and transparent manner. Further, for writing off of loans/advances where outstanding amount of principal is below Rs. 0.5 million, the requirement of obtaining latest valuation shall not be applicable. The banks/DFIs shall submit to BOD a report on quarterly basis with necessary details in respect of loans written off. The banks/DFIs shall report loans/advances written off to Credit Information Bureau of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). For this purpose, to reflect actual position of write off and recovery, netted balance

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Naval command and staff conference concludes STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI—The command ad staff conference of Pakistan Navy was held at Jinnah Naval Base Ormara on 20 & 21 Novembor 2013. The Conference, Chaired by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admir Mohammad Asif Sandila was aimed to review operational readiness, developmental plans and infrastructure upgradation of Pakistan Navy. The forum took exclusive stock of the PN setup in coastal area in general and operationalization of JNB in particular. Chief of the Naval Staff was given detailed briefing on various developmental projects of the base which will help achieve early commencement of sustained felt operations.


Eating nuts tied to fewer cancer, heart disease deaths

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EOPLE who eat a diet rich in nuts, in cluding peanuts, are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer, new research suggests. The more nuts consumed, the greater the apparent benefit, according to the report. It included data from nurses and other health professionals who have been tracked since the 1980s. Heart disease and cancer - the biggest killers in the U.S. - are responsible for more than one million annual deaths nationwide. The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation helped pay for the new report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings dovetail with other research suggesting regularly eating nuts may lower the risk of common health problems such as heart disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. “Nuts used to be demonized because they’re high in fat. Now, 20 years later, they’re recognized as a healthful food,” Jeffrey Blumberg told Reuters Health. He is from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and wasn’t part of the study team. “It’s just like coffee and eggs used to be demonized,” Blumberg said. “Eggs used to be a heart attack in a shell. Nuts are high in fat, but they’re high in good fats.” The new study - the largest to look at deaths - suggests the health benefits of nuts may translate to a lower risk of premature death, researchers said.

The variety of nut, including peanuts, which are actually legumes, did not seem to make a difference, senior author Dr. Charles Fuchs told Reuters Health. “The benefit really seems to span across nuts,” Fuchs, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said. The two databases used in the analysis included about 76,000 women who are part of the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study and 42,000 men who are regularly evaluated as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The findings are based on questionnaires in which the volunteers periodically recalled their eating habits. The researchers had to account for the fact that nut eaters tended to be healthier when it came to smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, exercise habits and other elements of their diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Yet even when those factors were taken into account, they said, nut consumption seemed to be tied to a lower risk of early death. During 30 years of the Nurses’ Health Study, about 16,000 women died. About 11,000 men died over a 24-year period in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Compared to people who never ate nuts, those who ate nuts once a week were 11 percent less likely to die during the studies and those who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die. People who reported eating nuts at least five times per week were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease, in particular, than those who avoided nuts.

Trees changing their colours due to advent of the autumn season in Federal Capital.

Police didn’t play role in controlling situation RAWALPINDI—Senior police

officers in Rawalpindi have started shifting the responsibly on each other of Rawalpindi fiasco, which saw 11 people killed and a mosque and a number of shops torched on last Friday. According to reports, Zaeem Iqbal Sheikh, former Regional Police Officer of Rawalpindi, told a fact finding committee that SSP Operations and other officers had not played their role in controlling the situation. He said that he had gone to Attock District through a helicopter after receiving information about the presence of a notorious terrorist. The former RPO said that he was not informed about the incident though wireless and came to know about the incident around 3:50 PM. He said he took his time to reach Rawalpindi as helicopter was not in a position to fly forthwith.Sheikh said that he reached Rawalpindi around 5:30 and rushed to the venue of the inAmbassador of Brazil Alfredo Leoni inaugurating a paintings exhibition by R M Naeem, at cident with some officers. He said Tanzara Gallery.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir that most of the officers fled the scene after rioters resorted to firing and he was sheltered by juniors officers, who took him to a narrow street.—INP

Photo exhibition on Islam in Brazil

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Alfredo Leoni along with the Rector of the National University of Sciences and Technology, Mr. Engr Muhammad Asghar, inaugurated the photo exhibition “Islam in Brazil”, on Thursday at the NUST. Brazil is known all around the world as a country that values its rich cultural diversity. Not many people know, however, that Islam also has a part on that cultural diversity and that there is a significant and vibrant Islamic community in Brazil. Thus, “Islam in Brazil”, a photo exhibition by Thomaz Napoleão and Helena Jornada,

aims at showing Pakistanis a little known side of the Brazilian life and culture, that of its Muslim community. The first Muslims arrived in Brazil in the beginning of the XVI century and many more came, mostly from Africa, during the colonial period. In the XIX and XX centuries, Brazil received new flows of Muslim migrants, mainly Arabs, coming from Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Currently, estimates indicate that there are around 1.5 million Muslims in Brazil, spread all over the country’s territory. According to a census conducted by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, the number of Muslims living in Brazil has risen by 29.1 percent

between the years 2000 and 2010. The largest part of this community is concentrated in the Southeast and South regions of the country, from giant cities like São Paulo - with its 18 million inhabitants – and Rio de Janeiro, to the borders with Paraguay and Argentina and southern cities such as Porto Alegre. There is also a significant Muslim population in the Central region of the Brazil, including in the capital, Brasília, and the state of Goiás. This community is formed by migrants of all over the Islamic world, including Pakistan, and also by a large number of Brazilians who have converted to Islam.

Justice Mamoon visits Darul Uloom

500 personnel to escort protest rally

Federal capital comes under security blanket ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Police chiefs in the federal capital spent a busy Thursday chalking out foolproof security plan for today (Friday) protest rallies s in the city. Some Sunni Ulema and workers of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat have given countrywide calls for protests against last Friday incident of arson and killings at one of their seminaries in Rawalpindi. In Islamabad, their rally will start after Friday prayer from Lal Masjid and end at the press club. An office bearer of Jamat Ahl-e-Sunnat on anonymity told Pakistan Observer, Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi Amir of the Jamat will lead the protest rally. Leaders of Difa-e-Pakistan Council and other religious po-

litical parties will also participate, he said. However, he said, “We have not disclosed the number of participants nor the magnitude of the protest. It will be a complete surprise for police and government,” he said. An official of the Special Branch also confirmed this saying police high-ups are not aware of the exact magnitude and intensity of the protest. “They keep saying it will be a peaceful protest rally and very few participants will protest against the Youm-e-Ashur killings in Pindi. However, we doubt that it will be a small and peaceful protest,” he expressed his fears. Majlis Wahdatul Muslemeen (MWM) had also called for a similar protest rally against attacks on their Imam

Bargahs in Pindi and elsewhere. Their rally was planned from G-6 Imam Bargah to D-Chowk after the Friday prayers. However, according to an office bearer of the MWM, the rally has been cancelled at the last moment. The city administration has prevailed upon the Shia Ulemas to postpone their protest as it might lead to sectarian clashes. We have accepted their request in the interest of peace, he said. According to a senior official, police have been deployed a day prior to the rally outside 20 most sensitive buildings including Imam Bargahs and seminaries of the two groups. Likewise, more than 500 personnel will escort the protest rally and all the measures have been taken to make it peaceful, he said.

Human trafficking

Spain’s envoy for efforts to curb menace

Woman dies on PIA flight ISLAMABAD—A female passenger died during flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) due to heart attack here on Thursday. According to the PIA sources, the 50 years old woman passenger was going to London by PIA flight from Islamabad. She was given first aid in the flight when she felt pain in her chest. She died before landing of the flight at London airport due to severe heart stroke.—INP

Motorists asked to repair lights ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Traffic Police have asked transporters and motorists to repair lights and indicators of their vehicles till December 01. The traffic police announced this deadline and emphasized upon repairing all lights of vehicles to control the road accidents rate in the federal capital. The motorists are also advised to fix the vipers. Police warned the motorists that after the end of deadline, strict action will be taken against the people with nonfunctional lights.—INP

CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The Judicial commission comprising Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh to hold inquiry into the Raja Bazar incident Thursday visited Darul Uloom Taleem-ul-Quran and met the seminary administration. Justice Sheikh inspected the burnt building and took briefing from the Rawalpindi police chief. He also went to the hospitals and met with the injured people. Later Justice Sheikh went back to the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench.

Further coop between Pak-Japan

ISLAMABAD—Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that first draft of internal security policy is ready and would be presented in cabinet soon for final approval. He was talking to Japanese ambassador Hiroshi Inomata who called on him here on Thursday. Both dignitaries agreed to find ways of cooperation between security agencies particularly civil armed forces of both countries. The minister said that Pakistan enjoys good relations with Japan and present government determined to raise the length of bilateral relations up to new Ambassador of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata called on Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan on heights of mutual cooperation and confidence.—Online Thursday.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Ambassador of Spain Javier Carbajosa Thursday urged collective efforts to curb menace of human trafficking in both Pakistan and Spain. The ambassador was addressing a seminar at the conclusion of a workshop on ‘Human Trafficking Initiative: Medical and Psychological implications for the Victims’ at the Islamabad High Court. Former Federal Minister Dr Babar Awan presided over the

seminar. The ambassador said human trafficking leads to child abuse, illegal immigration and drug trafficking. In early 1950s and 1960s Spain was the largest exporter of illegal immigrants and today, we are at the receiving end. However, he claimed Spain has taken lead in controlling and dealing with the issue from legal, biological and even psychological point of view. “Civil societies have to make collective efforts to curb this phenomenon and deal relentlessly with han-

dlers of the victims,” he said. Dr Babar Awan agreed with the ambassador that most of the people in Asia, especially of Pakistan, tend to take refuge in European countries despite religious and social differences between the two countries. It is due to social justice and equal economic opportunities these countries provide them and Spain is definitely a leader in the European community, he said. Human trafficking is a global issue and should be treated likewise, said Dr Babar Awan.

Mr Walid motivates students during ACCA conference STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —ACCA Pakistan organized an annual conference on 20 November 2013 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad inviting the dignified leaders and change makers from all over Pakistan to boost up the morale of students of ACCA and help them by addressing their issues. Mr. Walid Mushtaq, CEO Roots International Schools was invited as one of the dignified speakers on the event. He spoke on the E-Professional: Embracing Learning Technologies on the occasion

and highlighted the job opportunities for the students of ACCA and addressing to the issues such as how can gap between problems faced by an ACCA student and the solution be bridged successfully. He spoke on the reasons behind the high level of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. Mr.Walid provided the rational perspective and guided the students to help them attain a successful position in their career. Students of Roots International Schools from ACCA department attended the confer-

ence and actively participated in exchange of dialogue and impressed the listeners with their sophisticated and refined thoughts. Discussed during the conference were the answers to the crucial questions such as how can a country like Pakistan successfully move its young people from education to employment? What are the problems and gaps and how these gaps need to be bridged? Which interventions work? How can these be scaled up? The event continued for a whole day bringing together the

top ten distinguished and Internationally Qualified professors and Business Leaders of Pakistan. In an effort to respond the above issues, the conference brought together expertise and provided a platform for the key stakeholders including education regulators, academia, business and industry to deliberate upon the issues and provide a way forward to improve the situation. Through this event ACCA aimed to contribute to the forward agenda of the profession, business and society at large.


Promotion of religious harmony

NJPMC to meet tomorrow

ISLAMABAD—Meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Making) Committee (NJPMC) M a j l i s - e - Wa h d a t - u l will be held here on Saturday Muslimen decided to jointly under the Chairmanship of promote unity, peace and Mr. Justice Iftikhar harmony among all religious Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief groups. Justice of Pakistan/Chairman, PTI Chairman Imran NJPMC. khan, Vice Chairman Shah The meeting will review Mehmood Qureshi, Presithe performance of district dent Punjab Ejaz Ch, Bakhtiar judiciary with respect to Qasoori and Naeem Mir met disposal of cases, reports the representatives of the regarding timely submisM a j l i s - e - Wa h d a t - u l sion of challan, allocation of Muslimeen under supervifunds for strengthening the sion of Raja Nasir Abbas to district judiciary in terms of discuss the situation in the human resource and infracountry, said a press release structure, status of Model received here on WednesJail in Islamabad, misuse of day. section 489-F P.P.C relating They demanded an imto dishonor of cheques, exmediate inquiry into the peditious disposal of cases Rawalpindi incident and of overseas Pakistanis and appealed to all Ullema and installation of Unified Intethe religious groups to grated Automation System jointly defeat any such for Superior Courts. The recconspiracy. ommendations of InternaCentral Spokesman Relitional Judicial Conference, gious Affairs Mufti Saeed, 2013 and One-day workshop Sadaqat Abbasi, MPA’s Ejaz on Prisoners Vulnerability Ahmed Ejazi, Rashid Hafeez Lacking Awareness, held on and Muhammad Asif were also present on the occa- Rita Akhtar, Executive Director USEFP addressing a ceremony to mark International Education Week Judith Ravin, Deputy Cultural Attaché of the 2nd November 2013 will also be approved.—INP sion.—APP US Embassy in Islamabad is also present.

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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

November 25 ALLAMA Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold a special function to mark “Iqbal Day” on November 25 at 10:00 am in its main Auditorium. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal will grace the occasion as a chief guest. November 27 BOARD of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has announced that the result of supplementary exam of matric will be announced on November 27. November 28 ALL Punjab Inter Universities Drama Festival organized by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) will start from tomorrow (Saturday, November 23) along with Book Festival which will continue till November 28.

Firewood price jumps to Rs 900 per 40 kg ISLAMABAD —The firewood traders have increased the price of firewood due to to shortage of gas in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The price of dry wood have increased from Rs 750 to Rs 900 per 40 kg and Rs 450 to Rs 600 for wet wood, said a customer. With no assurance of smooth supply of natural gas during the winter season so far, people have started using firewood to run their stoves and dealers are taking full advantage of the situation, he added. Talking to APP, Munir Ahmed a resident complained that abrupt rise in firewood price had hit hard the residents, who depend on firewood for cooking and heating in winter season. He said that retailers were earning high profit by overcharging the masses as they are selling the commodity on higher prices. A firewood trader, Jabar Farooq, said that the jump in price of firewood was because of wood available in the market was brought from down country with a huge transportation cost.—APP

German technology to be used in filtration plants R AWALPINDI —Cantonment board has decided to install new imported Ultra Filtration Anti Bacteria technology in water filtration plants to provide hygienic water to citizens. Details said, new German technology will be installed in 27 old plants of the cantt. New technology filtration plants will improve the quality of drinking water. Engineer Cantt Ateeq-urRehman has said that this technology will be used for the 1st time in city, while estimated cost of these 27 filtration plants is more than Rs 8 million.He said information about this modern technology has been taken from internet.—Online

Pakistani students, 3rd largest population in US S TAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —Rita Akhtar, Executive Director United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has disclosed that in the 2012-2013 academic year, Pakistani students studying in the United States increased by 3.7 percent to 4,772, making it the country with the third largest population of students enrolled in the United States. She was addressing a networking sessions for counselors and high achievers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi to mark International Educational Week in Pakistan. “USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments

of Pakistan and the United States, is one of the most active ‘Fulbright Commissions’ located throughout the world and studying abroad strengthens ties and fosters friendship among students from different countries.” She was of the view that Pakistani students who study in the United States are well suited for the challenges and opportunities in all fields with focus on global economy.” She further said. On the occasion, Judith Ravin, Deputy Cultural Attaché of the US Embassy in Islamabad acknowledged USEFP to organize a week-long series of activities across Pakistan to commemorate International Education Week. She said

that American educational campuses attract hundreds of international students across the globe while diversity in education fosters mutual respect and tolerance which are essentials for a better society. Among International Education Week activities were networking sessions for counselors and high achievers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. School principals and administrators recognized a total of 150 O-level students from 18 schools in these cities. The sessions provided a platform for counselors and school representatives to discuss university study abroad programs and to share best practices.

Voluntary blood donation camp at FJWU staff members and students of age above seventeen years and body weight of more than fifty kilograms. The blood samples of the donor students would be given free screening for Hepatitis B and C virus. Speaking on the occasion, Coordinator PRCS, Iftikhar said that there is an acute dearth of blood donors in the society, an awareness campaign should be launched amongst the youth in this regard. Appreciating the efforts of FJWU administration, he

Free education till matric in federal capital I SLAMABAD —Ministry Of CADD in view to increase the literacy rate of city has directed Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to provide free education from class 1st to 10th. As per details, the notification has been issued to provide free education from class 1 to matric in all educational intuitions working under FDE. As per notification, it has been decided to eliminate all charges regarding fee, books and stationery from the students enrolled in all government’s Model schools and colleges and government will pay all such charges of students. Ministry of CADD has issued this notice implementing the act of Right to Free and Compulsory Education 2012.—Online

Bread making factory sealed R AWALPINDI —Cantonment Board authority has sealed the bread making factory on showing negligence in cleanliness and using expired ingredients in bakery products. Department of Enforcement conducted the raid on bread making factory located in the area of Dhok Mustaqeem and found sub standard and expired material which was being used in baking of bread. Enforcement department officials taking all material in custody sealed the factory immediately.—Online

said that they arranged CITY REPORTER camp every year, received R AWA L P I N D I —As a gesthe fabulous response from ture of good will, Fatima students. Jinnah Women University He motivated the stuClinic arranged a blood dodents to donate blood to nation camp in collaborasave the lives. tion with Pakistan Red The camp collected 90 Crescent Society on bottles of blood, which Thursday. would be used to save the A team of doctors and lives of thalassemic and workers were invited from cancer patients. This camp Red Crescent Society who is being arranged every arranged all the equipments year by university clinic and provided medical facilithus contributing positively ties for the students who to the society. It would had donated blood for the save lives of many people R AWALPINDI —The police good cause. Blood who can not arrange blood combed different localities was collected from healthy at the time of emergency. on Wednesday and arrested eight outlaws besides recovering drugs, arms and liquor bottles from them. According to police spokesman, Civil Lines police arrested Muhammad Fayyaz and recovered four bottles of liquor from him while Kahuta police arrested Amir and recovered two bottles of liquor from him. In another operation, the police arrested Afzal and recovered a pistol from his possession. Meanwhile, Westridge police nabbed Israr and recovered a pistol with two rounds from his possession. Race Course police arrested Yasir and recovered a pistol with 10 rounds from his possession. Rawat police arrested irfan Shaukat and recovered a Repeater with three rounds from his possession. Police have registered separate cases Activists of Muslim Students Organization holding a rally from Islamabad to Rawalpindi against all the accused and to condemn the sectarian violence. started investigation.—APP

Police comb different localities

COMSATS celebrates vivid Italian Culture Day CITY REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —COMSATS Institute of Information Technology joined hands with the Italian Embassy in Pakistan to celebrate their vivid Italian culture and bring it to life in the grounds of CIIT. On the day there was a variety of academic and fun activities with a host of Italian guests who had flown in especially for the occasion. The day started with the inauguration by the Ambassador of Italy, Mr. Adriano Cianfarani. Following that, two art exhibitions were unveiled at the COMSATS Art Gallery. One showcased the works of contemporary Ital-

ian artists while the other commemorated the trek Italian expedition to the Karakoram in 1913. The Ambassador of Argentina inaugurated both the shows. In addition to Italian art, Italian industry was also well represented with 15 stalls of Italian companies. A film festival featuring classic Italian films ran through out the day. Four seminars were held during the day by Italian academics and experts. Prof FlavioCorradini, the Rector of University of Camerino, Italy, presented a seminar on international education. This was particularly appropriate as on Italy Day, CIIT and University of Camerino

signed a Memorandum of Understanding that promises to explore mutual research, educational and industrial collaborations. The day of celebrations was rounded off by a Gala Dinner held on campus in the evening. It saw in its attendance the Ambassadors of Italy, Argentina, Romania, Egpyt and Greece along with many other members of the diplomatic community, the HEC Executive Director and Secretary Science and Technology. For the entertainment of these illustrious guests a musical recital by Mr. Paolo Zaccarria an Italian guitarist, had been arranged.

Govt to conduct National Mental health survey CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar Thursday said government would conduct National Mental Health Survey soon with collaboration of World Health Organization(WHO) and other International Mental Health Agencies. She was addressing the launching ceremony of “Mental Health gap action programme” at Rawalpindi Medical College. Besides, formation of Federal Committee for Mental Health Services and reactivation of Federal Mental Health authority are underway to implement the mental health Act 2001, to protect the rights of mentally ill peopel, she added.

The Minister said that government was also working for activation of the mental health research agenda to fund and coordinate quality research in the country and develop international linkages adding that reactivation and implementation of National Program for Mental Health is also on the priority list of government. Mental Health is the most important aspect of human health, she added. Despite its great significance, the field of mental health faces a number of problems including shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists, lack of resources and awareness, social stigma and problems at the level of policy and planning. Saira Afzal Tarar said that Mental Health gap action program is one of the many

WHO supported projects of high importance in Pakistan. “Program focuses on the provision of care to the people who suffer from mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders. The vast majority of countries allocate less than 2% of their health budgets to mental health leading to a treatment gap of more then 75% in many low and middle income countries. She said that these disorders interfere in substantial ways, with the ability of children to learn and the ability of adults to function in families, at work and in society at large. These disorders are also risk factors for, or consequences of many other health problems and are associated with poverty, marginalization and social disadvantage.

Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Co-ordination Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar addressing inaugural session for launch of Mental Health Gap.

AIOU to focus on building positive attitude on students CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would further improve its course contents of its various programmes to inculcate positive attitude and healthy social values in its students.

This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing the concluding ceremony of 3-day script-writing training workshop here on Wednesday. The workshop was aimed at developing electronic software of Class six

to eight for open schooling project. The AIOU as a national institution will fulfill its responsibility for developing positive attitude among the youth so that they as a member of the civil society help to avert the incidents like happened in Rawalpindi

on the occasion of the 10th Muharram. While expressing grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident, he said that the civil society must act positively to stop violence. “We need to develop such educated society”

where decency and harmonious dominate as happened in the case of West where people respect the right of difference among various sects. He emphasized that the script-writers, who are engaged in developing educational material should con-

centrate on building of a positive and healthy attitude among the students. The AIOU, he said, has undertaken a huge task of establishing open schooling system all over the country so that illiteracy could be rooted-out and the society could be made capable to

curb imbalance and negative attitude in daily life. Moiz-ud-Din Ahmed, Director Electronic Courseware Design Center highlighted aims and objectives of the scriptwriting training workshop and said that the open schooling project was being developed

on scientific line according to the vision and direction of the Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Naveed Sultana, former Director, Electronic Courseware Design Center and Nighat Farooq, Coordinator, Open Schooling also spoke on the occasion.—APP


1947 Kashmir Standstill Accord

Attique to lodge advisory status writ in Pak SC HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—Ex-AJK Premier/President Muslim Conference (MC) Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan is constituting a legal panel to draft and lodge an advisory writ in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the advice/ implementation of the August 12/15, 1947 Standstill Agreement singed between Pakistan and the Maharaja of United Kashmir Hari Singh determining the geoadministrative workability accord regarding Jammu and Kashmir state, 88,023 square miles in area. Talking to this scribe Thursday here the MC chief who in his two-tenures as

AJK Premier propagated the Kashmir issue worldwide via international peace conferences from Uruguay to Kathmandu, back to Muzaffarabad/Islamabad, interpreted the Accord as strongly pro-peace, pro-Pakistan, pro-Kashmiris that needed to be implemented as it is still an active document. When asked as to why he was taking up the case so late, MC chief clarified that “Kashmir is an ongoing dispute in all world forum. Any of its aspects can be picked up anytime. International disputes are being solved elsewhere through understanding.Nothing is best part of understanding that the Standstill Agreement

on Kashmir. It was offered by the Maharaja himself, of his own accord; Pakistan accepted that and it is now an international document. Sardar Attique said that even now this basic deciding document can be appended to the Kashmir file in the UN Security Council besides its distribution to the world diplomatic community. It strengthens Kashmir case and shows a peaceful way to come to a settlement over Jammu and Kashmir. He repudated the claim of India over so-called ‘accession’ document, explaining that much prior to their propagandist claim, the Maharaja had made this historic agreement with Pakistan.

Over Jammu and Kashmir only two parties - Pakistan and Kashmir were left. In the presence of the Standstill Agreement, no other ‘accord’ as to the status of Jammu and Kashmir could be made at all under international law. Pakistan needs to re-initiate Kashmir cause in the UN Security Council keeping this favorable aspect in view. Answering a query the MC chief said that the legal panel may, however, take time. In the panel Kashmiri international legal experts in Europe would also be included. Officially this document has not been proferred to the international community; but the deficiency of

time can be made good even now. Following are the texts of the Standstill Agreement offered by Maharaja on August 12, 1947 and its acceptance conveyed to him by Pakistan On August 15, 1947. Departments like communication were taken over by Pakistan and had started operating them. Legal document No. 110: “ Jammu and Kashmir Government would welcome Standstill Agreement with Pakistan on all matters on which these exist at present moment with the outgoing British Indian Government. It is suggested that existing arrangements should continue (with Pakistan) pend-

ing settlement of details and formal execution of fresh agreement”. Pakistan’s acceptance: “Your telegram of the 12th. The Government of Pakistan agree to have a Standstill Agreement of Jammu and Kashmir for he continuance of the existing arrangements pending settlement of details and formal execution of fresh agreements”. Had this been made a basis of the Kashmir case in earliest stages in the UNO in 1948 from our side, the situation today would have been quite different and fully in Pakistan’s/Kashmiris favor. There would have been a landslide opinion changer, Sardar Attique asserted.

Indian SC asks IHK authorities to file reply in Faizan case I SLAMABAD —A

division bench of the Indian Supreme Court comprising Justice RM Lodha and Shiva Kirti Singh has directed the counsel for the puppet regime in occupied Kashmir to file a counter reply to the writ petition of the 7th class Kashmiri student, Faizan Ahmed within three weeks. The petition has been filed by senior advocate Bhim Singh through Legal Aid Committee of the territory against illegal arrest and trial of the minor by the Indian police in August last year. Appearing for the minor from Kashmir, Bhim Singh strongly protested that in spite of the Supreme Court directive on July 22, 2013 to the territory to justify the detention and trial of Faizan within four weeks, it utterly failed to file the counter re-

ply. Bhim Singh urged upon the Supreme Court to take appropriate action against the administration and the police for committing a heinous offence and violating the law in regard to the juvenile. He submitted that there was no Juvenile Welfare Board, no Juvenile Courts and no system in the occupied territory to handle the juveniles during the disturbances. He made a strong plea that several school going children had been put in jails, terrorized and tortured by the occupation authorities on one pretext or the other. He urged the court to direct the counsel for J&K to submit the entire list of the minors detained by the authorities.—APP

India has imposed de facto martial law in Kashmir: Geelani S R I N A G A R —The veteran in Kashmir where funda- Islamic Cooperation led by Islamabad. The team was apHurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has vehemently condemned the police action to foil his press conference, which he was scheduled to address at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar, today. Syed Ali Geelani in a media interview said that there was a de facto martial law in occupied Kashmir where restrictions had been imposed on people’s right to freedom of expression. He said that India’s claim to be a democratic country had been exposed

Indian troops arresting an innocent youth in Srinagar which is a violation of basic human rights.

Shabbir Shah, Naqash, Untoo arrested from Banihal SRINAGAR—The Indian police arrested senior leader of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) and the Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmad Shah, APHC leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo along with other Hurriyet leaders and activist from Banihal. The Hurriyet leaders were going to Gool Gulabgarh in Ramban to express solidarity with the family of Kashmiri youth martyred by Indian troops in July this year and address public gatherings in the area. Meanwhile, the DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the arrest of party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and other Hurriyet leaders and said that the authorities were imposing curbs on contacts with people. He reiterated that the people of Kashmir would never hesitate to render any kind of sacrifice for securing their birthright to selfdetermination.—KMS

Goods worth Rs 58 lakh traded across LoC P OONCH —Azad Kashmir

Omar’s dialogue ‘offer’ lacks credibility: Mehbooba SRINAGAR—People’s Demo- whom are facing multiple FIRs, government is insulting for the cratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has urged the people to support a leadership that ensures justice and fair play within the state and is also able to fair deal for Jammu and Kashmir from New Delhi, irrespective of which party or formation is in power there. Addressing public meetings at Hanga Mawar and Palpora Qaziabad in Langate constituency, she said Omar Abdullah’s so-called offer to facilitate a dialogue between separatists and New Delhi comes after the five years of vitiating the political environment in the state and turning Kashmir into a prison. On this occasion chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, MLA Abdul Haq Khan,Ghulam Nabi Pandithpuri Irfan Sultan Pandithpuri and others were also present and spoke to the gathering. Mehbooba said Omar Abdullah’s so-called offer to facilitate a dialogue between separatists and central govt lacks credibility and seriousness, because in the last five years his govt has subverted all norms of democracy and kept most of the separatist leaders in prison or converted their homes into jails. In the process he has further added to the trust deficit existing between the state and the rest of the country. Not only that he declared a war on all sections of society especially the youth; ten thousand of

thus jeopardizing their future and careers. She said Omar Abdullah maligned Kashmiri youth, who fought for their rights and pleaded for justice as stonepelters, drug addicts, Lashkare-toiba workers or paid agents. “This is not the way to create an atmosphere conducive to fruitful dialogue,” said Mehbooba. She said the Chief Minister sought votes for Bijli, Sadak and Pani in 2008, when he has miserably failed to deliver on that front over the five years, he (Omar Abdullah) has started racking up the Kashmir issue now to hide his failures. But instead, the PDP during its brief tenure in the government pursued its political and development agenda rigorously. Line of Control was opened after almost six decades, thus bringing the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir close to each other. The dialogue with the separatist leadership was started at the highest level to ensure that all sections of the political spectrum are heard. Major developmental and economic initiatives were started with sincerity, in all the regions of the state. Castigating the Omar Abdullah government for pushing the entire Valley in complete darkness, the PDP president said the latest curtailment schedule issued by the

people and enough to indicate about the bankruptcy and insensitivity of the rulers. She said soon after taking over as the chief minister of the state, Mufti Mohammd Sayeed brought the power supply back on track and people started feeling relief. Now the situation is almost same as was prior to 2002. Condemning the latest decision to house arrest Syed Ali Shah Geelani, just one week after he was released, Mehbooba said the state govt has made a mockery of fundamental rights, democratic norms and freedom of expression. She said everybody has a right to express views in a democratic system, as it is a battle of ideas that ultimately should take place if issues are to be resolved. Mehbooba said all political compromises made by the National Conference have historically had one objective-power for the Abdullah family. She said in 1975 after putting people of the state to tribulations and trouble, Sheikh Abdulla’s Accord achieved nothing except power for himself. The 1987 Accord was again to facilitate Farooq Abdullah’s reinstatement, which ultimately led to rigging in elections, when Kashmiri youth were completely disillusioned with the electoral process and were forced to pick up guns to fight for their perceived rights.—NNI

Mirwaiz welcomes OIC team in AJK SRINAGAR—The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the visit by a team of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation led by its Special Envoy on Kashmir to Pakistan and Azad Kashmir and has expressed the hope that the OIC will continue its political support to the Kashmiris’ just struggle for freedom. The APHC chairman in a statement issued in Srinagar called upon India to allow the OIC delegation to visit occupied Kashmir to take stock of the ground situation in the territory. The Mirwaiz said that the OIC Kashmir Cell was an internationally-recognized forum, which could play an effective role in sorting out diplomatic intricacies impeding the Kashmir settlement. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory adding that the world had started positively thinking about resolving all political issues including Kashmir. He urged New Delhi to allow the OIC team to visit the occupied territory in respect of the world’s desire for settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The APHC chairman said that a memorandum was formally handed over to the visiting OIC team by an APHCAJK chapter delegation led by its Convener, Syed Yousuf Naseem during a meeting. The team was apprised about political and human rights situation in the occupied territory. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq thanked the OIC for its support to the Kashmir cause, saying that the forum had always been inviting the Hurriyet leadership as an observer to its meetings taking place everywhere in the world.—KMS

traders have returned seven trucks of red chilly to Indian traders where as cross LoC traders carried out trade worth Rs 58 lakhs via Chakkan-DaBagh in Poonch. Official reports said that Azad Kashmir traders returned seven trucks carrying red chilly to their Indian ISLAMABAD—A civilian was counterparts claiming that killed in an explosion in the quality of red chilly was Jammu district. sub-standard. The civilian identified as Meanwhile, goods worth Sanjeev Kumar was killed afRs 58,77,660 were traded in ter an 81 M mortar shell ex17 trucks along the Line of ploded in a cantonment area Control. Indian traders disat Nagrota in the district. patched goods in 15 trucks Meanwhile, Indian Cencarrying red chilly, coriander, tral Reserve Police Force tamarind and herbs to their mobile bunker was attacked Azad Kashmir counterparts at Gole Market in Tral town. worth Rs 39, 33, 660 while Indian troops along with pofrom AJK side 2 trucks carrylice personnel cordoned off ing herbs and dry dates worth Rs 19,44,000 were dis- MUZAFFARABAD: A boy searching for resuable items form the garbage in front of the area and started search operation in the area.—APP patched to this side.—NNI AJK PM house.

CRPF bunker attacked

mental rights of civilians were being trampled upon mercilessly. Earlier, police forcibly prevented the media persons from entering Syed Ali Geelani’s residence to attend his scheduled press conference. The Democratic Political Movement in a statement condemned the police action. On the other hand, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement welcomed the visit by a team of Organisation of

its Special Envoy on Kashmir to Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. He expressed the hope that the OIC would continue its political support to the Kashmiris’ just struggle for freedom. He called upon India to allow the OIC delegation to visit occupied Kashmir to take stock of the ground situation in the territory. The team was formally handed over a memorandum by an APHC-AJK chapter delegation led by its Convener, Syed Yousuf Naseem during a meeting in

prised about political and human rights situation in the occupied territory. The Indian police arrested APHC leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and human rights activists, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo along with other Hurriyet leaders and activist in Banihal. The Hurriyet leaders were going to Gool-Gulabgarh in Ramban to express solidarity with the victim families and address public gatherings.—KMS

A poetic tribute to Kashmir SRINAGAR—Leaving the au- different organizations. The Munawar dience spellbound, prominent poets and writers from across India dedicated to Kashmir, the land of saints and mystic poets, at the “Kul Hind Mushaira” held here at SKICC. The event was organized after a gap of 27 years in Kashmir and was attended by people from different walks of life. The poets dressed in Kashmiri apparel pheran and traditional cap Karakulli enthralled the audience. The Mushaira was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department and ETV Urdu with support from

event was telecast live in 168 countries through ETV Urdu and Doordarshan. The Mushaira began with opening remarks of well known poet of Kashmir and Padma Shri recipient, Prof Rehman Rahi and famous Urdu poet of the subcontinent Mansoor Usmani. Usmani was at his best with his literary expressions. As the Mushaira went ahead, the poets took to the stage one by one and entertained the audience. The fine satire and droll poetry from Nasreen Naqash, Anjum Barabankwi,

Rana, Rahat Indoori, Jalees Sheerwani, Shakil Asmi and Mansoor Usmani was one of the highlights of the event. Charan Singh Bashar, Ashok Sahil, Naseem Nighat, Jalees Sherwani, Afzal Manglori, Tahir Faraz, Nawaz Deobandi and local poets Prof Rehman Rahi, Farooq Nazki, Shafaq Sopori, Liakat Jaferi, Rafiq Raaz and Rukhsana Jabeen also captivated the audience. The melodious poetry recitation from Waseem Barelvi– who presided over the Mushaira was much acclaimed by the audience.—NNI

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Minister of Environment Shazia Akbar Chaudhary heading to attend a function.

Azad, Farooq, Karra likely to join fray SRINAGAR—With the political ley. parties gearing up for 2014 Parliamentary polls, key regional forces in Jammu and Kashmir ruling National Conference (NC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are preparing for a major showdown as both the parties feel that the results of the general election will have a bearing on the state Assembly polls also scheduled to be held next year. While PDP has already declared its candidates Yashpal Sharma and Arshad Malik - for the two Parliamentary constituencies of Jammu region, the party is yet to announce its candidates for the three Lok Sabha seats of Kashmir and one seat of Ladakh. However, given its huge political stakes in Kashmir, PDP is on the look-out for the party’s best faces for the three Parliamentary seats in the Val-

According to PDP insiders, the party has zeroed in on its president for south Kashmir, former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig for north Kashmir and former Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Karra for the central Kashmir Parliamentary constituencies. While, she is being seen as a strong and winning candidate for the south Kashmir seat, Karra seems to be the only possible choice for PDP in the central Kashmir given his stature and influence across the board. PDP had, in 2009, Lok Sabha polls fielded its senior leader Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari against Dr Farooq Abdullah from central Kashmir. Although, according to sources, Baig is not very keen on contesting the Parliamentary polls and instead intends to recontest the As-

sembly polls from Baramulla constituency, the PDP leadership is making frantic last ditch efforts, through various emissaries, to make him join the fray for the Lok Sabha polls. However, in case Baig remains adamant on contesting Assembly elections from Baramulla, PDP is then likely to field the party’s chief spokesperson and member legislative council Naeem Akhtar from the north Kashmir Parliamentary constituency. The name of MLA Bandipora Nizamuddin Bhat is also doing rounds within the PDP circles for the north Kashmir Parliamentary seat. According to sources, PDP’s highest decision-making body the Political Affairs Committee is meeting here to take the final call on the candidature of its prospective candidates for the Parliament polls.—NNI


Punjab govt to extend cooperation to MasterCard

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by President MasterCard Company Middle East and Africa Michael Miebach met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here today. Matters regarding introduction of MasterCard for improving performance of various sectors in Punjab were discussed on the occasion. Talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is following the policy of transparency and solid measures have been taken for promotion of good governance in the province. He said that efficiency of govern-

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Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS

SALIM AHMED

Capacity building workshop conducted by CCP STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI: Gold Tezabi Silver Tezabi

44,485.00 702.85

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 44580.00 Gold 22 Ct 40750.00 SilverTezabi s695.00 Silver Thobi 635.00

Swat farmers put on path of progress I SLAMABAD —After the destruction and damages inflicted by the militancy and the recent devastating floods, the wretched farming community of Swat Valley has managed to come back on the path of progress and development with the help of a project of Italian government. Italian government funded project “Technical assistance and support to fruit and vegetable growers in the Swat Valley for the improvement of production and marketing in the horticultural value chain” has trained farmers in techniques to help them enhance their produce, decrease post-harvest losses, do proper grading and packing to enhance their exports and earn foreign exchange. “The Italian project was launched at a proper time when the whole valley was affected by militancy and floods,” Secretary, Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperation Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Hussain Zada Khan said while addressing the closing ceremony of the project here. He appreciated the Italian government for the project and said that the project provided encouragement to the people in the right way and said through this initiative a horticulture hub will be established in the area.—INP

Global Entrepreneurship Week observed at ICCI STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with the Center for International Private Enterprise and Kauffman Foundation organized a two days conference to celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. The theme of the event was “Business Incubation in Pakistan”. A large number of incubatees as well as representatives of business incubation centers of Quaid-e-Azam, Iqra COMSATS & NUST universities and students attended the conference. The event provided a good platform to incubatees and incubators to exchange views and share ideas on further improving the business incubators culture in Pakistan. Addressing the participants, Shaban Khalid, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) said that our youth possess immense potential and talent that must be exploited with right policies for the economic development of the country.

ISLAMABAD—The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), in collaboration with UK AID under its Investment Climate Facility of UK Specialists Expertise (IFUSE) Programme, conducted a 4-day capacitybuilding workshop for its professional staff. IFUSE is an initiative of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) aiming to share specialist expertise from across UK Government Departments to support investment climate reform in DFID partner countries. This collaboration began in 2012 and was the initiative of Dr. Joseph Wilson, then Member Mergers & International Affairs and currently the Chairman CCP. The first workshop was conducted in March this year and CCP has the distinction of benefitting from this collaboration twice.

ment departments and service delivery system could be improved through introduction of the MasterCard. He said that transparency is the hallmark of Punjab government and an effective strategy has been adopted for transparent completion of development projects and elimination of corruption from government departments. He said that Punjab government will extend all out cooperation to MasterCard Company in introducing MasterCard. He said that health insurance scheme is being launched for providing quality health services to the poor masses and MasterCard can be helpful in this scheme.

He said that importance of modern MasterCard for the simplification of the process of recovery of taxes is established. The Chief Minister directed to devise a roadmap for the promotion of collaboration between Punjab government and MasterCard Company and setting up of a joint committee for this purpose. President MasterCard Company Middle East and Africa Michael Miebach said that his company wanted to cooperate with Punjab government for improving efficiency of provincial institutions. He said that matters relating to launching of the MasterCard are being settled with Bank of Punjab speedily.

Ban on livestock export

Local leather industry to improve exports AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —The

ban put on export of livestock by the government will help improve leather and leather exports from Pakistan, It may be noted that export of livestock especially to Afghanistan had created shortfall of hide and skin for the local industry besides causing a price hike of meat in the country. Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) has warmly welcomed the move by the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan for imposing complete ban on the export of live animals. Chairman PTA (SZ) Fawad Jawed and Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Gulzar Firoz have said that the a complete ban on export of livestock was need of the hour and the coun-

try was fast losing its precious livestock creating a crisis like situation in the meat industry as well as leather sector. They said that PTA had been appealing and crying for the ban on export of livestock as it was badly damaging meat industry while there was a severe shortage of hides and skins had been created besides increasing their prices. They said that everywhere in the world the governments protect their valueadded sectors in order to promote exports and to bring more foreign exchange instead of selling capital goods at cheap rates. Fawad said that on the pretext of export, the massive smuggling of livestock was continuing from Pakistan to Iran, Afghanistan and other countries which had resulted in skyrocketing prices of meat and hides and skins.

Pak-Qatar family takaful announces surplus distribution for the year 2012 MUZAFFAR ALI KARACHI—Pak Qatar Family Takaful Limited has announced the distribution of 27.50% surplus among its Individual Family Takaful participants (Direct Business) for the year 2012, a statement issued on Monday said. The Surplus, on the basis of single rate calculated, has been distributed amongst participants in a defined manner in relation to the cumulative Net Contribution received in the Individual Family Takaful Participant Fund (IFTPF) by each participant. Notably, the actual distri- Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President FPCCI presenting crest to Michael Dodman, US bution of surplus has been Consul General. done only to those participants leaving the pool during the year 2013 by way of permanent withdrawal, death or maturity of the membership.

US urged to give preferential access to Pakistani products STAFF REPORTER

PIA acquires new Boeing 737-800 AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —PIA has inducted two latest, state of the Art Boeing 737-800 in its fleet. The fuel efficient aircraft of Boeing 737 NG Family will greatly benefit PIA in terms of fuel efficiency and savings. Secretary Aviation & Chairman PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi inspected the aircraft on arrival at Jinnah International Airport. Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus and senior officials of the airline were also present during the aircraft inspection. Chairman PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi while

sharing his views on the arrival of these aircraft, said that PIA will now be in a better position to offer more flight frequencies to passengers. He said that these fuel efficient aircraft are planned for deployment on Gulf and major domestic routes. He instructed the concerned officials to speed up the necessary formalities so that these aircraft may be deployed for operation without any delay. Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus thanked Chairman PIA for his cooperation for induction of these aircraft in PIA fleet. The

Boeing 737-800 has a capacity of 189 seats and will be operated with all economy. These aircraft have been acquired from Corendon Airlines of Turkey whereas PIA will be receiving two more alike aircraft also on Damp Lease from Travel Services of Republic of Czech due to arrive next week. The airline has recently introduced additional frequencies on flights to Toronto and Kuala Lumpur. With the increase in the number of aircraft in PIA fleet, the airline will offer flights to new destinations while increasing frequencies of flights on its existing profitable routes.

national and international pa- the China Canton Fair, Mr. vilions and the unique trade HasanJamil, general manager K ARACHI —Dawlance, the matching system of the fair en- marketing at Dawlance, said, no.1 home appliances brand of Pakistan participated at the 114th China Canton Fair that was held recently in China’s largest manufacturing hub, Guangzhou. The exhibition attracted a total of 189,646 foreign buyers from 212 countries, whereas Dawlance was the sole Pakistani brand to display its broad array of product portfolio - as it continues to expand its business on a global foray. The Canton Fair is one of the largest import-export trade fair events in China. The show enjoys a high degree of popularity among visitors and exhibitors alike and draws in more sures that well-targeted buy- “Our objective to participate than 207,100 foreign partici- ers attend the show on a regu- in China Canton Fair is to pants as well, lending the lar basis. The show is also at- build our strong hold in inevent a true global flavor. The tended by more than 48 emi- ternational market by evaluating new expansion opporexhibition attracts business nent trade delegations. Speaking about tunity and to become a retransactions of over USD 36,800 million and has separate Dawlance’s participation in nowned global brand.

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I SLAMABAD —President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zubair Ahmed Malik on Thursday said changing perceptions to enable enhancement of trade between Pakistan and USA is very important. He said that Pakistan was and is paying a very heavy price for fighting war on terror and that it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to contain the outbreak of violence. The FPCCI chief said this while speaking to the business community during visit of US Consul General Michael Dodman to the Federation House. S.M. Muneer, President Pakistan India Chamber of Commerce and others leading business leaders were also present on the occasion. Zubair Ahmed Malik said that the business community was the main affectee of this fiasco as their MUZAFFAR ALI losses have reached in billions of dollars which has L AHORE —MNA Pervez also dented the economy. Malik on Thursday urged Italian investors to join hands with their Pakistani counterparts as the present government is taking unprecedented measures to facilitate foreign investments Pervaiz Malik was talking to the Ambassador of Italy Adriano Chiodi. Head of Economic and ComAMANULLAH KHAN mercial Dr. Federico Bianchi KARACHI —The banks have and MNA Shaista Pervez been given a target to dis- Malik were also present on burse Rs360 billion as agri- the occasion. culture loans during financial The MNA said that since year 2013-14 by the State Asia was fast emerging as Bank of Pakistan. The target future market of the world is 14.2% higher than the target of Rs 315 billion and 7.1% higher than the actual disbursement of Rs 336.2 billion for 2012-13. Out of the target, Rs 180.0 billion have been allocated to five large banks, Rs 69.5 billion to ZTBL, Rs 81.4 billion to Domestic PriSTAFF REPORTER vate Banks, Rs 9.0 billion to Punjab Provincial Coopera- K ARACHI —The Securities tive Bank, Rs 19.6 billion to 7 and Exchange Commission Microfinance Banks and Rs of Pakistan in collaboration 0.5 billion to 3 Islamic Banks with the Islamic Research inducted from the current fi- and Training Institute (IRTI), nancial year. Against the tar- Islamic Development Bank, get of Rs 360 billion, banks Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi disbursed Rs 91.2 billion dur- Arabia held a two day training July-October, 2013, ing workshop on Islamic Fiwhich is 25.3% of the target. nancial Products and Risk The disbursement is 7.0 % management for Islamic Fihigher than Rs 85.6 billion nancial Institutions under the disbursements during the theme “Sharing Knowledge corresponding period last and Experience”. year. The outstanding portThe overall objective of folio of agri. loans has in- the training program was to creased by Rs 37.2 billion i.e. create awareness and share from Rs 230.2 billion to Rs knowledge and experience of 267.4 billion at end October the experts from the Islamic 2013 as compared to the finance sector. The specific same period last year. objective was to assist the

Italians urged to invest in Pakistan

Banks agriculture credit target at Rs 360 b

KARACHI: Secretary Aviation and Chairman PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi inspecting the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Dawlance represents Pakistan at 114th China Canton Fair

therefore, the Italian businessmen should visit Pakistan to have first-hand knowledge about the business potential of this resourceful country. He said that the availability of cheap labor and abundance of natural resources is of great attraction for the potential foreign investors. Pervaiz Malik said that the climate for foreign investors is so conducive that they could now have 100 per cent equity and there are no restrictions on remitting dividend and profits etc. He said that Italian investors can invest in

agro-based industries, construction, mining, textiles and tourism sectors, where Pakistan could contribute and find complimentary areas in design and fashion. Other sectors included IT and telecommunication. He said that Italian businessmen could take advantage from the investmentfriendly climate of Pakistan that offered best return on the foreign investment with economic policies providing for legal protection to foreign investment. Despite ups and down and other problems, not a single foreign investor has suffered in Pakistan.

SECP organizes workshop on Islamic financial products market players to meet the technical and Shari’ah related needs of the Islamic finance industry in Pakistan. Eminent local and international Islamic scholars and professional were invited to share their knowledge and practical experiences of their respective jurisdictions and for providing an exhausted overview of various disciplines of Islamic finance to the participants. A large number of chief executives, directors and professionals comprising of Modarabas, Islamic mutual funds, Islamic pension funds, takaful companies, leasing companies and investment banks participated in the training course. Dur-

ing the two days, substantive interactive sessions and discussions were held, focusing on the practical solutions of the problems encountered by the Islamic finance industry. Mr. Imtiaz Haider, Commissioner of SECP inaugurated the event and the keynote address was delivered by Mr. Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The representative of IRTI and other guests from SBP, the stock exchanges, and Islamic banks also attended the program. Mr. Muhammad Asif Arif, Commissioner Insurance of SECP made a presentation on takaful experience in Pakistan.

Ahsan stresses need for focussing on value addition R AWA L P I N D I — F e d e r a l in the agriculture and in- the forming community with working on it. He further said Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal stressed the need for focusing on value addition, as the country has still commodity-based economy and no attention has been given towards value addition. He said this while addressing as chief guest at International Seminar on “Saemaul Undong & ECONOMIC Development” to celebrate Pak-Korea 30 years of Diplomatic ties at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMASAAUR) here on Thursday. He urged the scientists of the University to play their role to create awareness in farming community about the latest techniques

sisted that the farmers should adopt the latest techniques of production and value addition in their produce, so that they can earn more through export as well. The progress of the country can be made only by the development in agriculture sector, he added. He further said that Pakistan largely dependent on agriculture economy and it is the need of the time to shift agriculture on modern trends to make Pakistan a food sufficient country and improve the financial condition of farming community. Federal Minister appreciated the efforts and developments being made by the University for socio-economic Uplift of

special emphasis on rain-fed agriculture in the country. He emphasized the significance of orchards for the agricultural economy of Pakistan and said that high value agricultural products will help to generate better income for farmers in the country, if exported to other markets.He was of the view that there is a lot of potential in the region of Pothwar and if we work on it Fruit industry can become a big industry of the area. He emphasized the significance of olive cultivation and said that that Pothwar area has great potential for it. He informed the gathering that Government is already

that new initiative to promote olive cultivation in Pakistan will help generate better income for farmers in the country. Olive is a high-value agricultural product, which can also bring in the muchneeded foreign exchange, if exported to other markets, he added. Earlier, PMAS-AAUR, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Amad inhis welcome address said that the establishment of Pak-Korea Capacity Building Centre for Agriculture and Livestock Technology at the University is replication of “Saemaul Undong program” which will be helpful for the improving livelihood of the area farm- RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Planning, Development Ahsan Iqbal addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of Pak-Korea Capacity Building Centre. ers.


Malik, Razzaq deny rumours K A R A C H I —Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have insisted their return from Pakistan’s ongoing tour of South Africa was for fitness reasons and not because of a disciplinary issue. They were declared unfit on Tuesday and were sent back home on the next available flight, cricinfo.com reported on Thursday. There had been talk of a breach of the code of conduct but Malik denied such reports. “Unfortunately we are not winning, and these kind of things only start to emerge when a team is losing,” Shoaib Malik said. “There is no rift at all; everyone is in good spirits.In my case, I got injured in Dubai and was not able to recover in time as expected.”

Malik had been struck on the finger by a rising delivery from Wayne Parnell in the second T20 international in Dubai. He retired hurt but returned to be dismissed for 15.”It needs three to four days to undo my stitches and thereafter I will chalk out my plan for a comeback,” said Malik, who had been dismissed for 12 in the first T20. “How can a player express himself in only two matches, and regardless of excessive bleeding I still managed to return to the crease only for the sake of the country. I know what I need to do, I need consistency.” Malik was part of the squad for the T20 on the tour of South Africa and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped for the tours of

West Indies and Zimbabwe this year.He was recalled for the T20s in the UAE against South Africa, where he failed to impress. Razzaq had pulled his hamstring in South Africa.He had been out of favour with the Pakistan set-up since the 2012 World Twenty20, following his outburst against the captain Mohammad Hafeez for which he was fined Rs 100,000 and sidelined from the squad. He also fared poorly in the T20s against South Africa in the UAE, taking 0 for 14 and making 10 and 0. “There is no cause other than fitness,” Razzaq said after his return to Pakistan. “I am required to rest for 10 days and this is why I was sent back,” he maintained.—APP HYDERABAD: Nazareth Girls College players showing their shields after winning final match of Inter-Collegiate Table Tennis Tournament 2013 at Board Stadium.

Swat Green, Fatipur XI to clash in Inter-Club Hockey

LAHORE: Rizwan Naseer with the players who participated in 4th National Rescue Challenges Tournament at Rescue-1122 Head Office.

Sajjad smashes 133 break in National Ranking Snooker KARACHI—Spectacular Muhammad Sajjad made his highest career break of 133 in Pakistan while chalking out 42 win over Farhan Noor in 4th National Ranking Snooker Championship at Sheraton Arcade on Thursday. 31-year-old from Sargodha Sajjad constructed the break in the final frame after Farhan had compiled the break of 100 in third frame. The victory gave Sajjad his fifth win in a row in group “A”. Sajjad’s best ever break of 134 came during the Asian championship in Thailand in 2010. However Sajjad winning was broken when Reigning IBSF World Champion Muhammad Asif hammered him in four straight frame in the sixth round. Pakistan number one Shahid Aftab carved out breaks of 122, 60 and 72 while berating Amir Tariq of Punjab 4-1. Shahid later in his 6th match beat Farhan Noor 4-1 despite a break of 101 from his opponent. Shahid Aftab also

raised the breaks of 99 and 67 during the match. Baber Masih from Rawalpindi continued his fine run when he beat former world champion Muhammad Yousuf 4-1. Last day league matches will be played on Friday after which semi-final line-up will be decided in Rs.150,000 prize money event. Day three results: Shahid Aftab (Pjb) bt Amir Tariq (Pjb) 4-1 (41-73, 6147, 123-01 (122), 73-62, 90-16, Muhammad Sajjad (Pjb) bt Farhan Noor (Pjb) 4-2 (09-72, 71-17, 0-101, 66-33, 72-06, 1330, Imran Shehzad (Pjb) bt Abu Saim (Pjb) 4-2 (97-23, 63-46, 7251, 0-93, 31-92, 83-40, Hamza Akber (Pjb) bt Abdul Sattar (Sindh) 4-2 (56-58, 54-41, 5668, 73-37, 97-0, 74-37(73), Mohsin Amin (Pjb) bt Sharjeel Mehmood (KPK) 4-3 (65-51, 44-54, 28-60, 22-56, 81-43, 6251, 57-46), Baber Masih (Pjb) bt Muhammad Yousuf (Pjb) 41 (54-48, 31-76, 75-34, 66-04, 71-64), Khurram Agha (Sindh) bt Muhammad Majid Ali (Pjb) 4-2 (54-57, 78-13, 55-69, 75-24, 52-42, 71-49) Muhammad Bilal

(Pjb) bt Sultan Muhammad (Sindh) 4-2 (76-22, 80-43, 800, 62-01), Shahid Aftab (Pjb) bt Farhan Noor (Pjb) 4-1 (6709, 71-32, 99-0, 0-105, 74-29), Muhammad Asif (Pjb) bt Muhammad Sajjad (Pjb) 4-0 (53-42, 67-15, 68-08, 55-10), Abdul Sattar (Sindh) bt Asjad Iqbal (Pjb) 4-0 (68-08, 67-12, 61-15, 64-19) Baber Masih (pjb) bt Mohsin Amin (Pjb) 41 (45-56, 66-33, 83-18, 68-57, 75-01), Muhammad Bilal(Pjb) bt Muhammad Majid Ali (Pjb) 4-0 (62-58, 56-07, 57-47, 634).—APP

PESHAWAR—Swat Green and Fatipur XI will clash in the final after securing victories against their respective rivals in the ongoing Swat InterClub Hockey Championship being played at Makan Bagh Hockey Ground on Thursday. The final will be played on Friday at 3.00 p.m. Assistant Commissioner Swat Ashfaq Ahmad will grace the occasion as chief guest and will distribute prizes among the players. Earlier, in the first semifinal Swat Green defeated Swat XI by solitary goal in the thrilling match wherein the players of both Swat Green and Swat XI produced some excellent attacking moves but due to poor finishing none of the teams could score any goal in the goal-less first session. Swat Green took five penalty corners against four taken by Swat XI team but none of them could be materialize due to poor handling of the drill. It was the second session in which Swat Green took the lead through Afzal Khan on the field attempt. Thus Swat Green won the match by 1-0. Swat XI did some resistance in the dying moment of the match but failed to click. In the second semi-final Fatipur XI defeated Swat Red by 2-1 in another thrilling match. Swat Red took the lead through Musa Khan on the field attempt. Swat Red well defended their lead till the end of the first session play. Fatipur XI tried their hard to level the tally but due to tight marking and defensive strategy adopted by Swat Red team, it failed to score any goal. It was the second session in which Fatipur XI scored two quick goals through Alam Khan, the center forward, in the 57th and 69th minute. Thus Fatipur XI won the match by 2-1 and qualified for the final.—APP

Malakand clinch HED Regional Inter-College Volleyball title P E S H AWA R — M a l a k a n d clinched the trophy of the Higher Education Department Regional Inter-College Women Volleyball Tournament played here at Frontier College for Women on Thursday. The team of Malakand comprising Maria, Samina, Hina, Madiha, Shazia, Zainab, Sana Tehseen played excellent game by keeping strong Mardan under tremendous pressure right from the start of the match. The Mardan team comprising Saba, Sonam, Tabasum, Nusheen, Zakia and Sidra also played well and got first two sets by 21-25 and 22-25 but failed to click in the remaining three sets battle won by

players managed their position and got the set by 25-19, 25-23 and 16-14. Earlier, in the semifinal Mardan defeated Bannu by 3-0, the score was 25-20, 2519 and 25-18 while Malakand defeated Dera Ismail Khan in the second semi-final by 3-1, the score was 22-25, 25-20, 2521 and 25-19. At the end, the Principal Frontier College for Women Professor Durr-e-Shawar, who is also President of the Sports Committee, was the chief guest and gave away trophies. Organizing Secretary Raham Bibi, member Najma Qazi and large number of college students enjoyed the thrilling matches.—APP

Sana lift MCB KP Chief Minister Ranking Tennis Cup

P ESHAWAR —Top seed Sana Ullah Thursday lifted MCB Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ranking Tennis Cup played here Tennis Courts, Qayyum Sports Complex here. In the Men singles final top seed of the Cup and national ranking player Sana Ullah defeated Shahid Afridi in a marathon three sets battle, the score was 4-6, 6-3 and 7-5 (6-6). The final lasted for one hour and 21 minutes where both Sana Ullah and Shahid Afridi produced excellent tennis for the large FAISALABAD—The sixth annumber of sitting spectators. nual FESCO employees tapSana Ullah los the first set ball cricket tournament will be but he staged a strong comeplayed at FESCO Headquarback by winning two conters Football Ground from secutive sets 6-3 and 7-5. In December 01. Teams comthe last and third sets both prising officers and employthe players were tied at 6-all ees from four circles of the but in the tie-breaker Sana company will participate, Ullah won the set. says a press release issued In the Under-14 category here on Thursday.—APP final Barkat Ullah took a sweet revenge from his strong rival Saqib Umer in the marathon three sets battle, the score was 2-6, 6-3 and 61. Barket Ullah recently lost to Saqib Umar in the KP Inter-Regional Tennis Cup but in the final he played firmly and putting Saqib on the back foot. Barket Ullah, a baseline player, despite losing the first set, staged a strong comeback. National ranking no. 2 Saqib Umer tried his hard to come back into the game but hitting some fine smashes but he was failed and thus Barket Ullah won the final. In the Under-12 category final Shoaib Khan defeated Aqib Umar, the younger brother of Saqib Umer. Although Shoaib Khan faced tough resistance at the hands of Aqib Umar yet overall he dominated the proceedings and won the final by 6-4 and 6-3. A total of 150 players from all across the province took part in the Cup organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lawn Tennis Association with the help MULTAN: A view of hockey match between Govt Girls High School Shamsabad and Lodhran during Inter-Collegiate and support of MCB. Hockey Tournament played at Board Office ground. At the end, Member Na-

Cricket tournament on Dec 1

Malakand. Both Malakand and Mardan played well by exhibiting some fine smashes and attacking game. The first set won by Mardan at 21-25 was tied thrice as Saba, Sonam and Tabasum, the front-row smashes played well against strong blockers of Malakand including Sana Tehseen and Zainab while setter Shazia also played well by giving some fine setting to smashers Maria, Samina, Hina and Madiha. Mardan team, the last time winner, also got the second set by 22-25 which was tied on four occasions. It was the remaining three sets battle in which Malakand

Stags wins Amar Cables T20 veteran cricket title L AHORE —SPM Stags won the title of the 4th Amar Cables T20 veteran cricket championship defeating Amar Cables by 35 runs in the final here on Thursday at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground. Brief scores, SPM Stags batted first made 154/9 in allotted 20 overs. Mujhid Jamshaid 28, Ashfaq Aslam 28. Sohaib Faisal 25. Masroor Hussain 19, and Shakeel Malik 15 Runs not out were their main run getters. Amar Cables Bowling Muhammad Munir 3/35, Ahmad Shahab 2/16, Rauf Wain 2/30, Jamshaid Salman 1/26 and Munir Shah 1/21. in reply Amar Cables were all out at 119 runs in 17.4 overs. Rauf Wain 28 Runs, Ghaffar Kazmi 16, Muhammad Munir 15 and Ahmad Shahab 11 were main scorer. SPM Stags Bowling Rehan Rauf 5/9, Javed Khan 1/11, Naseer-ud-din 1/16, Shahzad butt 1/35, and Masroor Hussain 1/13. Rehan Rauf was declared Man of the Match. Rana Sohail Ahmad and Sagheer Ahmad were the field umpires, Adnan Rasheed was T.V Umpire and Muhammad Anees was the match referee while Azhar Hussain was the scorer.—APP

Governors Cup Golf tees off

PESHAWAR: MNA Imran Khattak giving away men singles winner trophy to Sana Ullah during prize distribution ceremony of MCB Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Open Tennis Ranking Cup. tional Assembly (MNA) Ullah got Rs. 12000 cash prize Imran Khattak was the chief and winner trophy while guest on this occasion. Ad- Shahid Afridi pursed Rs. visor to Chief Minister 8000/-. Winner of Under-14 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dilroz got Rs. 7000/- cash and runKhan, MPA Arif Yousaf, GM ners-up got Rs. 6000/- cash MCB Azharul-Islam, Man- while the winner of Udner-12 ager HMC Branch got Rs. 5000/- cash prize and Muhammad Irfan, President runners-up got Rs. 3000/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lawn cash prize. A special prize of Tennis Association Dr. Tahir, Rs. 5000 was given to Director General (Acting) Shaheen Mehmood who got Tariq Mehmood, former injured in the opening round World Champion Qamar while coach Roman Gul Zaman, World No. 2 Mohib awarded Rs. 3000/-. The Ullah Khan and large num- semi-finalists were awarded ber of players and officials Rs. 4000 cash prize each while were also present and wit- quarter-finals got Rs. 2000/nessed the thrilling finals of cash prize each. MNA Imran Under-12, Under-14 and Men Khattak also announced Rs. Singles. 0.1 million on behalf of the The chief guest MNA Chief Minister Khyber Imran Khattak gave away Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak trophies and cash prizes to for the organizing committhe position holders. Sana tee.—APP

LAHORE—A galaxy of golfers will show case their talent in the 30th edition of the Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Tournament commencing here from tomorrow, Friday at Lahore gymkhana course. This was stated by Agha Ali Imam, Convenor Golf, Lahore Gymkhana at a press conference also attended by Ahsan Imran,CEO Millat E q u i p m e n t , O m e r Zia,Tournament Director and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed,Director Media of the Tournament here on Thursday. Agha Ali Imam also stated that in friendly and pleasant weather and supportive playing conditions of the historic Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course, aspiring golfers from all over the country will apply their golfing expertise to attain success in this prestigious event which will be contested over three rounds with final round to be played on November 24. Tracing the history of this event, Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed said that it was introduced in the year 1984 ,and it now enters the 30th year. He added that Millat Tractors have been sponsoring this event for 20 years in succession. The Chairman of Lahore Gymkhana, the golfers from around the country, the home based golfers of the club, accept with gratitude the largesse of Millat Group and graciously applaud and compliment Sikandar Mustafa Khan,Chairman of Millat Group who has kept the relationship intact and live.—APP


Broad defies boos to put England on top in Ashes B R I S B A N E — E n g l a n d ’s Stuart Broad hit back at booing fans with a devastating five-wicket haul Thursday but Brad Haddin’s fighting knock kept Australian hopes alive in a compelling start to

tralia lost another wicket when Peter Siddle was caught in the slips for seven off James Anderson. At the close, Australia were 273 for eight and well short of what skipper Michael Clarke would have

BRISBANE: Mitchell Johnson was bowled by Broad for 64 during Australia vs England 1st Test on Thursday. the Ashes Tests. Wicketkeeper Haddin and Mitchell Johnson came to the rescue after Broad, loud boos ringing in his ears at Brisbane’s Gabba ground, ripped through Australia’s top order on day one. The pair combined in a counter-punching 114-run stand for the seventh wicket before the outstanding Broad bowled Johnson (64) with the second new ball for his fifth wicket of the innings. Just before stumps, Aus-

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expected after winning the toss, with Haddin unbeaten on 78 and Ryan Harris not out four. Haddin made his 13th Test half-century as runs came easily in the last session. Johnson racked up his eighth Test 50 with a booming boundary before Broad had the last word. Had it not been for Haddin and Johnson’s fightback, Australia would have been in a parlous state after Broad struck twice in the

morning session and twice more after lunch to have the home side teetering on 132 for six. Broad, who was vilified in the build-up to the series for not walking at a key moment during the summer’s Ashes Tests in England, was unconcerned at his bad-boy role. “We don’t read the papers in the changeroom so I haven’t been aware of too much, but it doesn’t spur me on...you don’t need any more inspiration in playing for your country in Australia’s backyard in the first Test of a series,” Broad said. “To be able to come here and pick up wickets like I did today and as a team to stamp our authority on the series like we have today, that’s all we’re here for.” The boos rang out when Broad, branded a “smug Pommy cheat” by a local newspaper, stepped up to bowl but he quickly snared opener Chris Rogers for one in his second over. Broad also accounted for Shane Watson (22) just before lunch, and he then took the prized scalp of Australian skipper Michael Clarke in the second over after the first break. Clarke looked uncomfortable against a shortpitched delivery and popped a gentle catch to Ian Bell at short leg for one, in what was a quick and tame end for Australia’s premier batsman. Opener David Warner had smashed Broad’s first ball of the day for four but his determined innings ended with a whimper as he became the tall quick’s fourth victim just short of his half-century. Warner looked disgusted at himself as he drove lazily at a short ball from Broad and spooned a catch to Kevin Pietersen in the covers, for 49 off 82 balls. The England batsman is playing in his 100th Test. The innings continued to unravel for Australia and debutant George Bailey

edged Anderson to Alastair Cook for three, leaving the home side 100 for five in the 36th over. Steve Smith looked effective with his unconventional shot-making, but perished when he sparred at Chris Tremlett away from his body and was caught by Cook at slip for 31. It was not the start Australia needed as they try to avoid losing four successive Ashes series — something which last happened in 1890 — and defend an unbeaten record at the Gabba stretching back 25 years. “I think we’re in a great position. We have two wickets in hand and we can put some more runs on the board,” Johnson said. “We’re going to put it back on them. The position we’re in is definitely par for today.” Broad had a fascinating duel with the pugnacious Warner, who hooked his first ball to the boundary and then dabbed an audacious uppercut high over the slips for four. But Broad then prised the key wicket of Watson, who needlessly played outside his off-stump and was snapped up by Graeme Swann in the slips.— AFP

Australia 1st innings: Rogers c Bell b Broad ..... 1 Warner b Broad ............. 49 Watson b Broad ............ 22 Clarke c Bell b Broad ...... 1 Smith c Cook b Tremlett 31 Bailey c Cook b Anderson 3 BJ Haddin not out ......... 78 Johnson b Broad ........... 64 Siddle c Cook b Anderson7 Harris not out .................. 4 Extras: (lb 11, w 1, nb 1) 13 Total: (8 wickets) ......... 273 Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-71, 373, 4-83, 5-100, 6-132, 7-246, 8-265 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Anderson ........... 22-5-61-2 Broad .................. 20-3-65-5 Tremlett .............. 19-3-51-1 Swann ................. 26-4-80-0 Root ........................ 3-1-5-0

Uruguay reach World Cup with Jordan draw

H ONG K ONG —Hong Kong M O N T E V I D E O —Uruguay proach.

KOCHI: Ravindra Jadeja leaps to take a return catch during India vs West Indies 1st ODI.

Armstrong reaches settlement in one fraud case W ASHINGTON —Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong reached a settlement on Wednesday in one of the fraud cases spawned by his confession that his Tour De France victories were fuelled by doping. Mark Kincaid, an attorney for Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance, confirmed the company had reached a settlement with Armstrong but gave no details. The company sued Armstrong and the Tailwind Sports Corporation in March claiming the cyclist committed fraud by concealing his use of performance enhancing drugs during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours. The lawsuit sought repayment of $3 million “in undeserved an unearned pay Lance Armstrong obtained by fraud,” the suit filed in Travis County Court in Austin, Texas, said. The payment cited was a $3 million bonus paid to Armstrong for his first three Tour victories. USA Today reported the agreement reached between the parties allowed Armstrong to avoid a scheduled deposition in which he would have been asked to talk under oath about his doping practices under oath. Armstrong has not given sworn testimony since he admitted to US television host Oprah Winfrey in January that he doped throughout a career that saw him win the Tour de France seven times.—AFP

Medical tests in Barcelona on Wednesday confirmed that Valdes had a torn right calf, the club said in a statement. “The approximate time off is about six weeks,” Barcelona said. Valdes injured himself while he was striding backwards towards the goalmouth during Spain’s loss in Johannesburg on Tuesday, a deflating return to the site of their 2010 World Cup victory. Spain’s national squad medical services had already diagnosed a torn calf. But further tests were needed to decide how long he would MADRID—Brazilian full-back Dani Alves has become the need to recover.—AFP latest Barcelona star to be struck by injury as he has been ruled out for up to 10 days with a calf problem. The 30-year-old suffered the injury whilst away on international duty with Brazil and will miss Saturday’s league match at home to Granada and Barca’s Champions League visit to Ajax next week. “The tests carried out on Thursday morning have confirmed that Dani Alves has a small muscle tear in his right calf. The approximate time out will be seven to 10 days,” said a statement on the club’s website. Alves’ absence means that the Catalans will be without at least six first-team regulars at the weekend. Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes have both been ruled out for the rest of the year due to hamstring and calf injuries respectively. Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba are also sidelined, whilst Xavi MONTEVIDEO: Jordan’s footballers Hatem Aqel and Sharif Nassar struggle for the ball with Uruguay’s forward Hernandez is a doubt with a hamstring strain.—AFP Edinson Cavani, during their Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup intercontinental playoff second leg football match. will next year host its first tennis tournament on the international tour for more than a decade when it stages a WTA competition, organisers said Thursday. The week-long Hong Kong Tennis Open in September 2014 will be played in Victoria Park, the city’s major downtown green space, and there are hopes of attracting the international stars of women’s tennis. “Hong Kong has never held a WTA tour event before,” said Tom Reed, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Tennis Association which is organising the event.—AFP

became the final team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday after grinding out a 0-0 draw in a gritty battle with Asian minnows Jordan. After thrashing the Jordanians 5-0 in the first leg in Amman last week, a capacity crowd at Montevideo’s famous Centenario Stadium had looked forward to seeing a full-strength Celeste side produce a high-scoring send-off. However a fiercely committed Jordan frustrated the South Americans at every turn, defending in numbers and ruffling Oscar Tabarez’s men with a physical ap-

It did not stop the Uruguayan players and their fans from erupting in wild celebrations at the final whistle, as fireworks exploded above the stadium. Meanwhile, Injured Valdes out for 6 weeks Barcelona Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be sidelined for six weeks after injuring his right calf in Spain’s humbling 1-0 defeat to South Africa, the club said Wednesday. The 31-year-old Valdes’s problem adds to growing injury woes at Barcelona, with four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi heading a lengthening list on the treatment table.

Alves adds to Barcelona’s injury woes

South Africa secure narrow win over Pakistan after rain JOHANNESBURG —South Africa have been declared winners by four runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first Twenty20 International match after heavy rain that caused a stoppage and made resumption of play impossible. Pakistan stuck on 60 at the loss of two wickets in 9.1 overs. Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed scored 9 and 18 runs respectively. Earlier, South Africa set a target of 154 runs for Pakistan in the first T20 of the two-match home series. Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and put South Africa into bat who could make 153 for seven despite an aggressive start of 72 provided by Quiton de Kock (43) and Hashim Amla (31). Later, Pakistan bowlers led by spinners Hafeez and Shahid Afridi dismissed three South African batsmen for just 15 runs. However, the latter batsmen continued the assault but then seamers Junaid Khan and debutant Bilawal Bhatti claimed three more wickets

besides a run-out. Hafeez and Junaid captured two wickets each for 25 and 24, respectively while Afridi and Bhatti took one wicket each. Teams: Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin,

Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali. South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Henry Davids, JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.—AFP

South Africa innings: Kock c Sohail b Hafeez 43 Amla b Hafeez ............... 31 Plessis b Junaid Khan .. 22 Davids b Shahid Afridi ... 3 Duminy b Bilawal ........... 11 Miller not out ................. 19 Parnell run out ................. 6 Steyn b Junaid Khan ...... 1 M Morkel not out ........... 8 Extras: (b4, lb2, w2, nb 1) 9 Total: (7 wickets) ......... 153 Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-81, 387, 4-110, 5-116, 6-134, 7-140 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Anwar Ali ............. 2-0-22-0 Sohail Tanvir ........ 3-0-27-0 Junaid Khan ......... 3-0-24-2

Hafeez ................... 4-0-25-2 Bilawal .................. 4-0-35-1 Afridi ..................... 4-0-14-1 Pakistan innings: Ahmed Shehzad b Tsotsobe ....................... 9 Jamshed c & b Duminy 18 Hafeez not out ............... 13 Umar Akmal not out ........ 7 Extras: (lb 7, w 6) ........... 13 Total: (2 wickets) ........... 60 Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-50 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W LL Tsotsobe ......... 4-0-19-1 Steyn ..................... 2-0-13-0 M Morkel ............. 1-0-10-0 Duminy ................ 1.1-0-3-1 Imran Tahir ............. 1-0-8-0

Kallis returns to ODI squad in WC bid C APE T OWN —All-rounder 14-man squad for matches Jacques Kallis will return to against Pakistan and India, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday. The 38-year-old Kallis, who has 321 one-day international caps, last played in the 50-over format for South Africa against New Zealand in February 2012. His return means Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis drops out of the ODI squad. “As well as Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell have done as emerging allrounders, it is very welcome news to have Jacques back South Africa’s one-day side as our premium all-rounder,” for the first time in almost two CSA selection convener Anyears after being named in a drew Hudson said in a state-

ment. “There is no substitute for the experience he brings to the game,” Hudson added. “We have a number of young batting talents in the squad such as Quinton de Kock and David Miller and the more experience they have around them, the better it will be for their development.” Test captain Graeme Smith also returns to the squad after recovering from a head injury suffered in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, where South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in a five-match limited-overs series.—AFP

PCB defends Misbah’s interview by Sethi on TV L AHORE —While signalling that Misbah-ul-Haq may remain national captain until at least the 2015 World Cup, PCB’s interim management committee chairman Najam Sethi has defended his decision of interviewing the skipper on a private TV channel, for which he also works as anchor person. “PCB chairman Najam Sethi reiterates that Misbahul-Haq enjoys his full confidence and should continue to be captain until at least the 2015 World Cup,” stated a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press release issued to Dawn on Wednesday. The press release was issued in response to a recent Dawn report in which both former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and former Test cricketer Mohammad Ilyas criticised

Sethi for interviewing Pakistan captain in the media. Last Saturday, Sethi surprised everyone as he appeared in his TV programme on a private TV channel along with Misbah, asking national captain questions as journalist. The move was widely criticised in cricket circles as everyone believes the same questions could have been asked in a one-on-one meeting between the two. And later, as PCB chairman, Sethi should have defended Misbah at all front, since it was his decision whether or not to retain him captain for Pakistan’s ongoing tour to South Africa in the backdrop of the team’s dismal performance in the last series against same country in the UAE. In another TV programme of the same TV channel, presi-

dent of the Islamabad Cricket Association Shakil Sheikh called Misbah ‘jackal’ but it is surprising that so far the PCB has not sought an explanation from the ICA chief over his controversial remarks about Pakistan captain. It is to be noticed that the PCB rules prohibit its all affiliated members not to talk with media over any controversial issue. In his statement, Ilyas alleged that Misbah was called ‘jackal’ with the consent of the PCB. On Tuesday, like many others relating to the game, Ijaz Butt and Ilyas also criticised the decision of Misbah’s grilling by the PCB head in a media programme. However, while ignoring the criticism from all other quarters, the PCB expressed its concern about Dawn’s story and issued a statement.—Agencies


Eating nuts tied to fewer cancer, heart disease deaths

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EOPLE who eat a diet rich in nuts, includ ing peanuts, are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer, new research suggests. The more nuts consumed, the greater the apparent benefit, according to the report. It included data from nurses and other health professionals who have been tracked since the 1980s. Heart disease and cancer - the biggest killers in the U.S. - are responsible for more than one million annual deaths nationwide. The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation helped pay for the new report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings dovetail with other research suggesting regularly eating nuts may lower the risk of common health problems such as heart disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. “Nuts used to be demonized because they’re high in fat. Now, 20 years later, they’re recognized as a healthful food,” Jeffrey Blumberg told Reuters Health. He is from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and wasn’t part of the study team. “It’s just like coffee and eggs used to be demonized,” Blumberg said. “Eggs used to be a heart attack in a shell. Nuts are high in fat, but they’re high in good fats. ” The new study - the largest to look at deaths - suggests the health benefits of nuts may translate to a lower risk of premature death, researchers said. The variety of nut, including peanuts, which are actually legumes, did not seem to make a difference, senior au-

thor Dr. Charles Fuchs told Reuters Health. “The benefit really seems to span across nuts,” Fuchs, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said. The two databases used in the analysis included about 76,000 women who are part of the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study and 42,000 men who are regularly evaluated as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The findings are based on questionnaires in which the volunteers periodically recalled their eating habits. The researchers had to account for the fact that nut eaters tended to be healthier when it came to smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, exercise habits and other elements of their diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Yet even when those factors were taken into account, they said, nut consumption seemed to be tied to a lower risk of early death. During 30 years of the Nurses’ Health Study, about 16,000 women died. About 11,000 men died over a 24-year period in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Compared to people who never ate nuts, those who ate nuts once a week were 11 percent less likely to die during the studies and those who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die. People who reported eating nuts at least five times per week were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease, in particular, than those who avoided nuts. They were also 24 percent less likely to die of respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 11 percent less likely to die of cancer.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique addressing a Press conference at CM House.

Rangers recover cache of weapons STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Pakistan Rangers

have conducted targeted raids in Lyari, Abul Hassan Isphani Road, 100 Quarters, Gulshane-Mazdoor, North Karachi, Nazimabad, Frontier Colony, Fawara Chowk, Shah Faisal Colony, Morio Khan Goth, Dak Khana Chowrangi areas last night. While an information driven was conducted in Orangi 5 and recovered a huge cache of weapons and ammunition hidden by the miscreants affiliated with a political party. Snap checking was also carried out at Karachi University and Kamran Chowrangi areas. During the above mentioned actions 27 hardened criminals including have been arrested. Activists of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam held a demonstration against Rawalpindi incident out- Weapons including heavy calibre side Press Club. machine gun, SMGs and huge quantity of mixed ammunition was also recovered.

Bilawal appeals for prayers for peace STAFF REPORTER

Changes in Cabinet sheer speculations: Sharjeel

KARACHI—Pakistan Peoples

STAFF REPORTER

Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appealed to the people to pray for peace, tranquility and brotherhood in their Friday congregations and discourage the elements, who were out to tear apart nation’s unity through fanning sectarianism and disintegrity. In a statement issued Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the PPPP had always stood for an egalitarian Pakistan where Islam was our religion and we would fully defend it from being taken over as hostage by gun-toting extremists.He said that spreading hatred and hate mongering was a weapon, mostly used by disintegrating, anti-peace and anti-unity forces.

KARACHI—Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon had ruled possibility of changes in Sindh Cabinet and had termed the media reports were based on sheer speculations. Dubai meeting had totally focused on the development works and specially development in energy sectors, progress and achievements in education, health and law and order situation, as those sectors were being given top priority by the Sindh government. He was talking to the newsmen at Sindh Chief Minister House Thursday on occasion of a ceremony held for signing an MoU between Sindh government and Turkish companies. The Minister, who also held the

portfolio of Minister for local government said that the operators of illegal water hydrants had been warned to close their businesses during next 4 days failing which, not only the owners of those water hydrants but other responsible officers including SHO of the area police would be taken to task. This he said while talking to the newsmen at Sindh Chief Minister House in the side line during the MoU signing ceremony. He said that water at the estimated cost of Rs 3 billion was being annually stolen only in Karachi. Recently a Saudi Arabian company had agreed to provide 200,000 water meters for Karachi and by installing same, we would be able to prevent water theft to a large extent.

Rauf Akhtar new Administrator KMC STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —Rauf Akhtar Farooqui took over charge as KMC Administrator on Thursday. Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui after taking over his charge met with heads and officers of various departments and said that work for development of the city would be done as a team and all available resources will not only be utilized but also efforts will be made to enhance them so that KMC could play its vital role in the development of the city.

Strong democracy

Military intervention in politics should be blocked STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Federal Minister for railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that it was for the first time in the history of the country that a Military dictator was being placed under court trial for his wrong doings. The action initiated against Pervez Musharraf did not nor bear any personal enmity or grudge but were taken in light of the provisions of the constitution of the country. The political parties should be given space to continue with the political engagements and military intervention should be stopped for good or else the democracy would hardly prevail in the country. Her expressed these views while addressing at the Meet The Press at the Karachi Press Club Thursday. The Minister said that it was imperative to restore the trust of the foreign donors and investors

and they should be assured of foolproof security so that they could take part in the development of the country. the government had a plan to take all the political parties on board on the subject-matter of the Circular Railways in the metropolis. Rafique said that it was the blessing of the Almighty Lord that the transition of powers was peaceful and despite issues the process of democracy was heading forward with success, which needed more time to see the democracy could gain deep roots. The Minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz was wrongly criticised for a friendly opposition role but yet the PMLN did not allow the Zardari government to get toppled only for the sake of the democracy. The PMLN was satisfied by ruling the country with provincial governments of opposite political parties in Khyber

Govt should tell facts about drone attacks: Altaf STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The founder and leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has expressed condemnation of the drone attack on a Madressa in Tal area of Hangu. In a statement issued Thursday, the MQM chief said that Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs, has assured the nation that America had promised not to carry our drone attacks during negotiations. However, it is deplorable that the drone attack

was carried out within few hours after he gave his statement. This attack indicated that the government is hiding real facts from the nation. Hussain said that the nation was already disturbed because of problems and crisis. In this situation it was the responsibility of the government to tell the facts to the to the nation instead of talking in riddles. It is a sensitive matter and our security and integrity depends on the issue.

Pakhtoonkhawa and Sindh. He said that the way of the military dictators should be blocked for ever and the alleged Pervez Musharraf should be provided full liberty to prove his innocence in the court of law and he should not be exposed to any personal grudge or revenge. He said that Karachi was the city of lights and literature and the PMLN-led federal government would take measures for making the dreams of the circular railways true but no specific deadline could be given in that regard. The land of Pakistan Railways occupied would be evicted especially along the route of the proposed circular Railways. The Minister said that’s he would not allow any recruitment in Pakistan Railways on political basis and asked the political parties to immediately remove their party office from the premise of the Pakistan railways.

High-level security meeting STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A high-level security conference was held at Pakistan Rangers Sindh headquarters Thursday in wake of the current developments in the country. Rangers had been directed to exercise utmost vigilance to identify and arrest terrorists and anyone trying to disturb city’s law and order. According to Pakistan Rangers Sindh PRO, in this connection, anyone found with weapon or seen with weapon will be dealt according to the recent amendments in the Anti Terrorist laws.

Shia Ulema Council postpones protest STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Shia Ulema Council General secretary Syed Naazir Abbas Taqvi had announced the postponement of protest demonstration on Friday (today) in condemnation to Rawalpindi incident. In a statement, Taqvi said that in view of religious harmony and peace in the country, the Shia Ulema council had decided to withdraw the call of protest demonstrations on Friday (today), Nov 22, 2013. However, he said that the protest demonstrations would be produced across the country on Nov 24 (Sunday) to denounce the terrorism and sectarian violence. Meanwhile, the Sindh provincial government had imposed ban on pillion riding from 12 AM Friday night till 12 AM Saturday night as precautionary measures. On the other hand, the passenger transporters had said that they would only ply their passenger coaches and buses on streets of the metropolis after judging the situation and if the situation in the city would remain calm and peaceful, the passenger transporters would feel no hesitation in plying their vehicles on roads for people’s sake.

Metropolitan Commissioner sets unprecedented record of favouritism IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—There was no limit

Artists perform during Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ at the National Academy of Performing Arts.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

of corruption and nepotism and misuse of financial and administrative powers in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). At one hand, the train of employees and officers were waiting for release of their monthly salary for the month of Oct, 2013 as on Nov 20, 2013 while on the other hand, the Metropolitan Commissioner (MC) Samiuddin Siddiqui, whop also held the charge of the office of the deputy Commissioner district East had with just a single stroke of pen approved

a hefty sum of money as honorarium/bonus, which was an unprecedented case in KMC’s history. The MC had approved a sum of Rs 1608532/= as bonus for the head and subordinates of KMC Pay Roll department . The KMC Pay Roll department head, director Asghar Durrani in BPS19 (Employee No. 0106790) had received a sum of Rs 397840 in his account number 00150024348201. Other beneficiaries from the same Pay Roll department that received honorarium/bonus were Adil Farooqui (Deputy Director) (Rs 170032), Abdul Qadeer (Computer Operator) (Rs

138464), Rizwan Ali Khan (Computer Operator) (Rs 144124), Syed Saghir Hussain (Computer Operator) (Rs 155452), Muhammad Rashid (Computer Operator) (Rs 126056), Muhammad Aamir (Assistant) (Rs 103180), Asghar Ali Pirwani (Senior Clerk) (101628), Imran (Warden) (Rs 69020), Muhammad Nasir (Peon) (Rs 84756), Noman (Peon) (Rs 61476)and Hafeez (Peon) (Rs 56076). The sources in KMC’s finance department told Pakistan Observer that the release of honorarium. bonus was in contrast to the existing laws and since the

hefty sum of money was released on the occasion of Eid Al Adha was also unlawful as the Pay Roll department had nothing to do with any activity that pertained to Eid Al Adha such as cleanliness, sanitation or any similar civic issue. The sources also claimed that the particular case of favouring the blue-eyed persons was itself a case of misuse of financial powers, which the MC had exercised. It was a ridiculous case that the head of the Pay Roll department had prepared the note sheet and submitted it to the MC for approval, which was approved having received com-

ments from the financial advisor. The financial advisor had in his favourable note wrote that ‘the above-mentioned officers and staffs are deserving employees, they are hard working and honest workers….and their request may be considered’. Then the MC had with just a single stroke of pen ordered for immediate release of honorarium/bonus. Each one in that particular case was give a reward of 4 basic pays, which reasons were best known to the KMC Pay Roll department, financial advisor and the approving authority, the KMC MC.


Eating nuts tied to fewer cancer, heart disease deaths

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EOPLE who eat a diet rich in nuts, includ ing peanuts, are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer, new research suggests. The more nuts consumed, the greater the apparent benefit, according to the report. It included data from nurses and other health professionals who have been tracked since the 1980s. Heart disease and cancer - the biggest killers in the U.S. - are responsible for more than one million annual deaths nationwide. The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation helped pay for the new report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings dovetail with other research suggesting regularly eating nuts may lower the risk of common health problems such as heart disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. “Nuts used to be demonized because they’re high in fat. Now, 20 years later, they’re recognized as a healthful food,” Jeffrey Blumberg told Reuters Health. He is from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and wasn’t part of the study team. “It’s just like coffee and eggs used to be demonized,” Blumberg said. “Eggs used to be a heart attack in a shell. Nuts are high in fat, but they’re high in good fats. ” The new study - the largest to look at deaths - suggests the health benefits of nuts may translate to a lower risk of premature death, researchers said. The variety of nut, including peanuts, which are actually legumes, did not seem to make a difference, senior author Dr. Charles

Fuchs told Reuters Health. “The benefit really seems to span across nuts,” Fuchs, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said. The two databases used in the analysis included about 76,000 women who are part of the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study and 42,000 men who are regularly evaluated as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The findings are based on questionnaires in which the volunteers periodically recalled their eating habits. The researchers had to account for the fact that nut eaters tended to be healthier when it came to smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, exercise habits and other elements of their diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Yet even when those factors were taken into account, they said, nut consumption seemed to be tied to a lower risk of early death. During 30 years of the Nurses’ Health Study, about 16,000 women died. About 11,000 men died over a 24-year period in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Compared to people who never ate nuts, those who ate nuts once a week were 11 percent less likely to die during the studies and those who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die. People who reported eating nuts at least five times per week were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease, in particular, than those who avoided nuts. They were also 24 percent less likely to die of respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 11 percent less likely to die of cancer.

Sikh Yatrees standing at a PCO to make phone calls to their relatives as they are here at Gurdwara Dera Sahib on the occasion of birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

MMG organizes training workshop STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Department of Mi-

crobiology and Molecular Genetics organized a workshop for the students of Govt Science College, Wahdat Road at the department for helping them understand few concepts of the field. Addressing the seminar, Dr Zakia and her PhD student Mr Atif of MMG Department said that to excel in field of biotechnology, knowledge of molecular biology was indispensable. They said apart from being a part of biotechnology, molecular biology alone had led to numerous crucial discoveries about human genetics and microbial genetics, giving insights about diseases Workers are stitching quilts and mats alongside Canal Road as their business has increased and their possible cures. due to further fall in temperature.

Need for antibiotic policy stressed STAFF REPORTER

LHC takes notice of man killed in police custody STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—Lahore High Court L AHORE —There must be (LHC) on Thursday took notice proper antibiotic policy in the country aiming at prudent use of antibiotics and at the prevention of spread of disease resistant bacteria. This was stated by consultant microbiologist of Newcastle Hospitals Trust, UK, Dr Waqar Raza while delivering a lecture here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Thursday. The lecture was arranged by UHS Microbiology department. Dr Waqar said that national campaigns could be helpful in creating awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and the need for prudent use among general public.

on a press report that a 20-yearold Shahid Iqbal expired due to alleged police torture. District & Sessions Judge, Vehari has been directed to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, Mitro and CIA police had detained two young boys, 20-year-old Shahid Iqbal and his cousin 19-year-old Nadeem, in connection with the kidnapping of a seven-year-old boy in July 2012 from Chak 94WB, Garah Mor area, without registration of any case against them. They were allegedly tortured by the police at a private

residence where Shahid breathed his last. The police shifted his body to the emergency ward of Vehari DHQ Hospital. The victim’s family protested against the alleged police used third degree method during interrogation that resulted in his death. They also demanded stern action against the delinquent cops. According to news report, District Police Officer Sadiq Ali Dogar suspended 13 police officers, including two sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors and seven constables. DPO claimed strict action would be taken against the accused persons if the postmortem report confirmed torture. Mitro police registered a murder case against the policemen under sections 302, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

BZU delegation visits Lahore campus OBSERVER REPORT

Dengue threat

More attention required on indoor surveillance SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Advisor to Chief Minster Punjab Khwaja Salman Rafique has said that due to the consolidated efforts of various government departments and full participation of masses in antidengue campaign the dengue situation in Rawalpindi is visibly improved whereas more attention is required on indoor surveillance and vector control in Lahore to eliminate dengue fever. He stated this while presiding over a cabinet committee meeting on dengue, here Thursday. Besides, Members Punjab Assembly, Khwaja Imran Nazir and Kiran Dar, Secretaries of various departments, Commissioner, DCO Lahore, Officers of Punjab Information Technology Board and Special Branch attended the meeting.

The secretaries of Health, School Education, Higher Education, Labour Department, Environment, Agriculture, Irrigation, Social Welfare and other officers briefed the meeting regarding anti dengue activities including indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance, larvaeciding and awareness activities carried out by their departments. Kh Salman Rafique informed that Health Department has made clusters of public hospitals with the private hospitals for shifting of dengue patients to the government hospitals. Special Secretary Health Babar Hayyat Tarrar informed that aspirators have been provided to the experts to catch the dengue mosquito for testing of chemical reaction on the mosquitos and to identify the type of virus. He further informed that so far 1927 out of 2086 dengue

LAHORE—A special delegation of Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan visited BZU, Lahore Campus on Thursday and admired Campus Management on running things so smoothly and said Lahore Campus was providing quality based education. The delegation further said that the way they have handled the things in the times of hardships is really commendable. The BZU, Lahore Campus has excellent infrastructure and provides semi-furnished accommodation to all the faculty members as well as staff members in the Campus. They were of the opinion that BZU Lahore Campus endeavours to provide excellent education to the students through undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs so as to create finest professionals and human beings. Given the commitment and devotion of the Chairman Munir Ahmad Bhatti, Faculty, Staff and Students, the day is not far when our vision of making this a world-class institution will be accomplished.

Campaign against traffic violations LAHORE—National Highway & Motorway Police, N-Central Zone has started campaign against the violations of traffic rules by motorcyclists especially focusing on compulsory use of ‘Safety Helmet’. During a surprise visit, DIG Mirza Shakil Ahmad directed the field officers to check the violations by motorcyclists including ‘driving without safety helmet, improper U-turn, careDIG Mirza Shakeel Ahmed instructing a motorcyclist about compulsory use of helmet dur- less driving, driving without rear ing motorcycle helmet campaign. view mirrors’ etc.—APP

PU Youth Loan Scheme STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday chaired a high-powered meeting regarding Prime Minister ’s Youth Loan Scheme at Al Raazi Hall. The meeting was attended by deans of faculties and heads of departments. Addressing the meeting, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s Youth Loan Scheme would play pivotal role to brighten the future of our young

people. He said that the scheme was a ray of hope for the youth and would strengthen country’s economy. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif’s scheme had encouraged the students of Punjab University and the scheme would meet success like Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s laptop scheme. On the occasion, heads of various departments informed the meeting regarding around 175 projects of students which would be finalized through committee after scrutiny today.

patients have been cured and discharged from the hospitals. He directed that provision of best diagnostic and treatment facilities should be continued to the dengue patients free of cost. On this occasion, convener of Dengue Experts Advisory Group (DEAG) and VC KEMU Prof. Dr. Faisal Masood said that elimination of dengue from inside the houses is very essential otherwise this mosquito will continue to bite the residents. He advised the people to adopt preventive measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Earlier, Secretary Environment Anwar Rasheed Chaudhary informed that due to the weather change, the incidence of larvae from open places has been minimized and mostly dengue larvae presently being discovered from inside the houses.

Lawyers brutally torture two brothers LAHORE—Lawyers set another example of barbarism and amateurish attitude as they brutally tortured two persons over petty dispute and later handed them over to police here on Thursday. According to details, a motorcycle carrying two real brothers identified as Zahid and Shahid accidentally hit the motorcycle of Advocate Nadeem at Mall Road outside Lahore High Court (LHC). The two brothers apologized over their fault but the lawyer started abusing and threatening them which led to exchange of hot words.—INP

Religious scholars urged to promote tolerance STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Peace and Harmony Network Pakistan, an association of scholars and representatives from different religions and faiths, has asked religious scholars and intellectuals to spread universal message of peace and promote tolerance and patience in national character to avoid incidents of intolerance in future. In a statement issued here on Thursday, Peace and Harmony Network Pakistan Co-Chairperson Bishop Dr Andrew Francis, its Secretary General Javaid William and Archbishop Sebastian Shaw asked the government to arrange seminars, symposiums and open public forums besides debates on television channels on inter- and intra-faith peace and harmony. He pointed out that sectarian unrest and continued violent incidents in different areas reflect failure of institutions and lack of tolerance in the society. “We have to work together for finding a solution to prevent actions that offend religious sentiments, incite violence or acts of violence and intolerance in our society,” said Bishop Dr Andrew Francis.

Market-oriented skills for youth MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The Punjab government has decided to replicate Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), launched early this year in Karachi by the German Consulate General, to provide market oriented skills to the youth. To prepare the launching of GPATI in Punjab, which is expected next month, a seminar is being organized today (Friday) at a local hotel by the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (PunjabTEVTA) in collaboration with

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which supports German government to achieve its objective of sustainable development in the field of international cooperation around the globe. In the seminar, experts will share information about the implementation of GPATI, which is initially piloted in Karachi with the support of German and Pakistani companies and training providers and recommend putting in place the required infrastructure in Punjab. Punjab-TEVTA, being the

main implementing body for replicating GPATI in Punjab, has already done the required homework and is ready to launch the project in Lahore by mid of December. GPATI is modeled on the German Dual Training System, which is a globally accepted vocational training approach and is being employed successfully in Germany since long. Dual Training System engages youth in a skilled form of occupational activity through an extensive training program in a changing working environment. It’s a combination of on

job training at companies/industries and learning at vocational institutes. This unique model system of skill development has been modified as per Pakistan’s local environment and needs, making it a cooperative training form to benefit both the employers and workers. Through this approach, employers will have a skilled workforce readily available to them to place in the areas of need. The prospective employees, on the other hand, will gain the necessary occupational experience.

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