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Major upsets in by-elections ANP’s Bilour wins Peshawar seat; MQM sweeps in Karachi, Shazia emerges victorious; PTI’s Asad defeats PML-N Gujjar OUR CORRESPONDENTS I SLAMABAD /K ARACHI —

SHC orders removal of KW&SB MD IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh High Court (SHC) through an order Wednesday declared the appointment of Karachi Water and sewerage Board (KW&SB) Managing Director Misbahuddin Fareed unconstitutional. The SHC said that his promotion from grade 19 to grade 20 was also unlawful. The SHC ordered that the Deputy Managing Director should now be given the charge of the KW&SB MD. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Observer had on Aug 19 published exclusive news about replacement of the

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Punjabi Taliban commander welcomes peace talks with govt STAFF REPORTER DERA ISMAIL KHAN—A senior commander of the Punjabi Taliban has welcomed the government’s recent offer to hold peace talks. Asmatullah Muawiya, a principal ally of the Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan and leader of the Punjabi Taliban, said in a statement Thursday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demonstrated political maturity by reiterating his offer to hold peace negotiations in a speech

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Some major upsets were witnessed in by-elections 2013 held on Thursday as Ghulam Ahmed Bilour of ANP gave major blow to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf beating its candidate Gul Badshah easily. The seat was vacated by Imran Khan, Chairman PTI. The unofficial election results announced for 39 national and provincial constituencies showed that all major parties including PML-N, PPP, MQM, PTI, ANP and JUI-F got their

Party (PKMAP) have secured one NA seat each. PTI’s Asad Omer won against PML-N’s candidate Ashraf Gujjar in NA-48, Islamabad. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) maintained its top position in by-elections-2103 held Thursday in Karachi. The overall elections process remained cool and calm and no untoward incident occurred except an election candidate was gunned down in Lahore. Irfan Aligi from Karachi adds: Asad Omer Ghulam Ahmed Bilour Shazia Marri The Muttahida Qaumi share by winning seats. The rul- seats, PPP 3, PTI 2, Muttahida Awami National Party (ANP) Movement (MQM) maintained ing PML-N has clinched 5 NA Qaumi Movement (MQM), and Pakhtunkhwa Mili Awami its top position in by-elections-

Bomb hits Army convoy, soldier among 2 dead TTP owns responsibility IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—After voting in byelections in Karachi was over, the terrorists attacked the Pak Army convoy near Rangers Wing 84 located at Korangi No 5, a densely populated and busy area with a planted explosive device, killing one soldier and one civilian, injuring 15 others. According to DIG East Capt (Retd) Tahir

Naveed, Pak Army convoy was attacked near Ranger headquarters, which resulted in killing of a civilian and left, as many as 19 injured of whom 11 were security men. Later, one army personnel succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The Army Jawans were returning after performing election duties in an army truck. Soon after the blast, the entire area sunk

into darkness as electricity supply was cut off which impeded rescue operation. The dead and the injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Combined Military Hospital in Malir. The blast, heard from a few kilometres distance, damaged residential buildings in the close vicinity of Rangers headquarters.

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STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Zardari and PM Nawaz Sharif at their meeting in Islamabad also discussed overall situation in the country. Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad tonight (Thursday) Both the leaders discussed overall situation in the country and important national issues. Later on‚ President Asif Ali Zardari hosted a dinner in honour of diplomats at Aiwan-e-Sadr on

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DCC transformed into CCNS to formulate security policy NA, Cabinet body, FO condemn LoC violations; Two more Pak soldiers martyred ing framework for its subsidiary ment of PML (N) was formed policies — defence policy, for- took the situation on security ISLAMABAD—In the face of eign policy, internal security front. In his opening remarks, the formidable security challenges, policy and other policies affectPrime Minister highlighted that Defence Committee of the Picture on Back Page Pakistan was facing daunting Cabinet in its meeting on Thurschallenges domestically while day has given approval to reconfar-reaching developments were stitute it into Cabinet Commit- ing national security. Chaired by Prime Minister taking place in the region. Pretee on National Security (CCNS) to formulate national Nawaz Sharif, DCC in its first sentations were made by the Adsecurity that will become a guid- meeting since the new govern- viser to the Prime Minister on

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I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced re-polling on 18 polling stations of NA-5 Nowshera-I and NA-27 Lakki Marwat after reports that women were not allowed cast their votes. By-elections in 41 national and provincial assembly constituencies concluded as per schedule on Thursday. Women were reportedly stopped to cast their votes during by-polls in NA-5 NowsheraI and NA 27 Lakki Marwat constituencies of national assembly in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa.

President‚ PM discuss important national issues

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2103 held Wednesday in Karachi . The overall elections process remained cool and calm and no untoward incident occurred. However, the voters’ turn-out remained very low and till noon not more than a hundred of voters reached the polling booths to cast their votes. The polling was also commenced quite late and at some polling stations, the polling had stared after 10:30. The security forces especially Pakistan Army Jawans, Rangers personnel and cops had

ECP announces re-polling on 18 polling stations of NA-5, NA-27

National Security and Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary and Director General (MO). The reconstituted CCNS will be chaired by the Prime Minister and would include Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Interior and Finance, the Chairman JCSC and Chiefs of Staff of Pakistan Army, Navy

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ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif exchanging views during their meeting at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

5 including militant commander killed in SWA blast

ECC approves revised scheme for gold re-export

WANA—At least five persons including a senior militants’ commander were killed in remote controlled bomb attack on a vehicle at Mana village, 15 kilometers west of Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, on Thursday. According to political administration, unknown miscreants targeted a vehicle carrying five people with remote controlled bomb in Sholam area, tehsil Barmal of South Waziristan Agency. As a result of blast the vehicle was destroyed com-

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Coordination committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has decided that ban on import of gold will be lifted on 31st August, 2013 when the new scheme becomes operative. Economic Coordination Committee that met under the chair of Senator Ishaq Dar here on Thursday. The Committee decided that the quantity of gold importable by a single party under the revised scheme will be capped at 25kg on revolving basis. Under the revised scheme, a ben-

imported gold in the form of value-added gold jewellery within 120 days. This time limit previously was 180 days. Under the revised scheme it will now be mandatory to have a contract notarized from the foreign country’s legal authorities and then the same would also need to be duly attested by the relevant Pakistan missions abroad. Under the previous scheme, foreign buyers entrusted and sent the gold to the Pakistani

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5 die in various incidents

PIA to lift Haj pilgrims from Myanmar, Afghanistan and African countries Son kills father on property dispute AMANULLAH KHAN

KARACHI—Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is in final negotiations with different countries for arranging special Haj flights for their pilgrims including Maynmar, Afghanistan and two African countries during Haj Operations this year. This was disclosed by Muhammad Junaid Yunus, Managing Director PIA at a crowded Press Conference here today where he announced details of Haj Operations and arrangements for facilitate over 70, 000 hajis from Pakistan. It may be mentioned that the number of pilgrims reduced at least by 20,000 due to slash of Hajis Quota from Pakistan by the Saudi government due to

construction work being carried out in Haram Sharif. It may be noted that the image of the national airline was improved with the reckoning as the best airline for extending the best services to the pilgrims last year by the Saudi government which certainly helped the airline for a marketing access in other countries for providing air services to Hajis of different countries. If PIA succeeded in winning the contract for lifting Hajis from other countries that would not only compensate the reduced quota of Pakistan but help earning profit this year. PIA Chief told the Press that PIA Pre-Hajj Operation will commence from 9th September 2013. The entire Hajj op-

eration will be conducted by PIA’s own fleet without leasing any aircraft. Managing Director PIA said that the airline’s Pre Hajj operation will commence from 9thSeptember and conclude on 9th October 2013 while the Post Hajj operation will start from 19th October and conclude on 18th November 2013. The entire Hajj operation will be conducted by PIA’s own fleet without leasing any aircraft. This will be huge saving for the National Flag Carrier. PIA will operate Hajj flights with dedicated 02 Boeing 747, 02 Boeing 777 aircraft with one aircraft each kept as standby. Boeing 777 aircraft will mainly be operated from Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta

Senate asks PMDC to take action against quacks

whereas Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Sialkot will entirely be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft. Boeing 747 aircraft has a seating capacity of 503 while Boeing 777 has a seating capacity of 329. MD PIA said that PIA will operate Hajj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot. In all, PIA will transport more than 70,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 160 Pre- Hajj flights. PIA will operate same number of flights for Post Hajj operation. This year due ongoing construction of extending facilities at Khaana Kaaba the Saudi Government has reduced hajj quota by 20 percent. On Pre-Hajj flights, the airline will transport 6,985

intending pilgrims from Karachi through 17 Pre Hajj flights (including more than 1,623 intending pilgrims from Sukkur via Karachi), 6,944 intending pilgrims from Lahore through 14 flights, 12,575 passengers through 25 flights from Islamabad, 15,463 through 47 flights from Peshawar, 10,199 from Quetta through 31 flights, 6,170 intending pilgrims through 12 flights from Multan. 3,590 intending pilgrims from Sialkot will be transported through 7 PreHajj flights. 8,000 pilgrims will be transported through PIA regular scheduled flights to Saudi Arabia. He added. A special facilitation desk at Hajji camps for the convenience of pilgrims has been

set up. The facilitation desk will provide guidance and support to intending pilgrims at Hajji camps. This year intending pilgrims will reach airport directly which will save their time. PIA Passenger Handling Division officials and PIA scouts will be available at the airport for pilgrims assistance at the airports in Pakistan and Jeddah Hajj Terminal. MD PIA said that Pilgrims are allowed to carry 5 litres of Zamzam (subject to conditions of Saudi government). Flyers printed at the back of ticket jacket containing the policies of Free Baggage Allowance, Excess Baggage, Change of Bookings & Re- issuance of Ticket etc have been made.

KHANEWAL —A man shot tified as Naseer and Sultan dead his father over a property dispute near here on Thursday. According to police, Rab Nawaz of Dandi Sargana had a property dispute with his son Sher Ali. Mianwali: A teenager boy was killed while another boy sustained injuries; when byelections duty van hired a candidate, hit them on Thursday. According to police, a van carrying voters to Mouza Nawan polling station when it hit two teenager boys. Bahawalpur: Two people killed in a road accident near Hasilpur road here on Thursday. According to police sources, the deceased iden-

were going on a motorcycle collided with a speedy wagon coming from opposite side. As a result they died on the spot. Faisalabad: A youth was killed in an accident in Jaranwala police station limits. According to police, Waqar of Faisal Town was riding a motorcycle when he crashed into a roadside tree while attending a call on cellphone. Khanewal: A minor girl was crushed to death by a voter’s vehicle near a polling station in Chak 6915/L in the limits of Chab Kalan police station in Mianchannu.—APP

First Hajj flight from Sukkur on September 9 SUKKUR—The first Hajj Flight with 115 Hajj pilgrimages will

I SLAMABAD —Senate body PMDC’s role is important for formed the meeting that to leave Sukkur Airport on Sepon Thursday directed the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to take strict action against quacks who are playing with the health of innocent people. The meeting of the sub-committee of the Senate standing committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held here under the chairmanship of Senator Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, who is the convener of the committee. The convener asked the PMDC to maintain the standard of medical and dental education in the country by promoting quality education in public and private medical and dental colleges. He said it is a high time to ensure provision of better health services to people and for this

improving the standard of health delivery system, he added. He said more focus should be on research work and urged PMDC to stop working of fake medical colleges, who are destroying the future of country’s youth. Senator Kalsoom Parveen pointed out the issue of election of PMDC’s representative from Balochistan in recent elections. Earlier, the committee was apprised about the relevant laws relating to the establishment and working of PMDC. The committee was informed that PMDC is a statutory regulatory authority established under Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance 1962 as a body corporate and that it is known and respected worldwide. The PMDC officials in-

safeguard public interest, the PMDC has been given a task to establish uniform minimum standard of basic and higher qualifications in medicine and dentistry throughout the country. They said that the PMDC has been given a mandate to prescribe a uniform minimum standard of courses of training for obtaining graduate and post graduate medical and dental qualifications. They said the PMDC inspects and approves hospitals for house job besides international accreditation of PMDC standards. The members of the senate committee raised various questions regarding PMDC’s functioning and its recently held elections, which were replied by council’s representatives.—APP

tember 9, Commissioner Sukkur D. Niaz Ali Abbasi said here Thursday. All required facilities are being provided to pilgrims. Booklets, banners and pamphlets carrying information about carrying of prohibited items are being published for awareness of the Hujjajs. He directed the authorities to increase the security arrangements at Airport, Hajj Complex and its surroundings with the continuous patrolling of the Police and Rangers, establishing checkpoints at various points. Earlier, director Hajj briefed the Commissioner that total 14 Hajj flights carrying 1,621 passengers will be started from September 9 and all required arrangements at Hajj Complex have been made properly.—APP PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army soldiers and policemen busy in bomb disposing outside a polling station during the byelection in NA-1 constituency.

India’s LoC firing can spark 48 Afghans held off bigger conflict: Khalid under foreign act HAMEED SHAHEEN I S L A M A B A D —The

JK Peoples Party President Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan has warned that continuous ceasefire violations by Indian forces could spark off bigger conflict. “India is burning the peace in the region, her unabated firings in the region can destroy peace. New Delhi should not forget that against all norms of international law and conventions she is an aggressor in Jammu and Kashmir. She has started playing now with live fire. We warn India to desist from such tactics. Her firing cannot dent the resolve of the Kashmiris who have already laid down over 100,000 lives in the ongoing struggle since December 1989”, Sardar Khalid expressed his resolve in a telephonic talk with Pakistan Observer here on Thursday. Asked how the resolution of the Kashmir dispute MUZAFFARGARH: A lady voter casting her ballot during would come about, Sardar the by-elections.

Khalid who has remained twice member of the AJK Assembly said that “his party believes in the UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. Those resolutions must be implemented by the international community. Those resolutions are in fact an international consensus on Kashmir dispute solution. India herself is the signatory to those resolutions; she cannot now back out of that international commitment”. He vehemently condemned consistent violations of ceasefire line by India and prayed for the uplift of status of those Pakistan army jawans and officers who were martyred in the ongoing firing. To another question Sardar Khalid said that at proper time all parties Kashmir conference could also be convened. All Kashmiri political parties are one on Kashmir issue. Replying another query the JK PP chief said that his party has clearcut manifesto to resolve the issues of the masses.

QUETTA —Law enforcement personnel held 48 Afghan nationals under foreign act at Gahi Khan Chowk near Sariab area of provincial capital. Police said on Thursday that the Afghan nationals were apprehended by Law enforcement personnel during checking.They had entered in the country without valid travelling documents, the police added. Later, they were handed over to the police for further interrogation. Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police Thursday conducted targeted operations against anti state elements and arrested as many as 275 suspicious persons along with heavy ammunition, explosive material and drugs. The police spokesman said that the operations were conducted across the province and police teams recovered 26 AK47, 61 rifles, 444 pistols, 13 Kalakoves, 4,872 bullets of different guns, 200 gram explosive material, 23 Kilogram Hashish and 40 bottles of liquor.—APP

Babar asks SC not to take over Parliament’s role of legislation STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Speaking on a point of order in the Senate Thursday PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the SC order to the government to draft legislation in respect of Federal Service Tribunal and get it passed by the Parliament was tantamount to interference in the working of parliament and taking over the job of legislation by the Supreme Court. Earlier he said the SC had taken over the functions of ECP by ordering a new schedule for Presidential election and now it was asking the Parliament to pass a certain law, he said adding that it was against the principle of separation of powers. He said that the SC in independent but its independence was from the executive and it could not be stretched too far to mean independence from the law and the Constitution. The SC he said is as much bound by the law

Muslim world leaders laud ‘OIC Educational Exchange Programme’ I SLAMABAD —Leaders of ber States is currently ben- Makkah in 2005. The Ten the Programme include tremendous benefits in terms Indicators (KPIs): A Guide the OIC Member States at 12th Islamic Summit Conference lauded the Educational Exchange Programme launched by the OIC General Secretariat which is enriching the education experience of students as well as faculty. During the conference held in Cairo in February, they have called upon all Member States to actively support and participate in this programme. The ‘OIC Educational Exchange Programme: Solidarity through Academia in the Muslim World’ is drawing increasing interest and participation from Member States and their public and private sector universities, said a news release issued here. A significant number of students from the OIC Mem-

efiting from the higher education scholarships offered under the Programme by high ranking universities in various Member States and many more offers are in the pipeline. The OIC Educational Exchange Programme is based on the recognition of the central role of knowledge, higher education, research and science and technology in the advancement of the Muslim world. Accordingly, the OIC Secretary General has particularly focused on the promotion of cooperation between the OIC countries in these fields. The Educational Exchange Programme derives its inspiration from the OIC Ten Year Programme of Action which was adopted in

Year Programme of Action articulates a new strategic vision for the OIC and has served as a roadmap to reform and expand the activities and programmes of the organization to become more relevant to the contemporary challenges facing the Member States. The Programme, which aims at developing greater cooperation and linkages in academia i.e. learning, teaching and research, deals with the post-graduate, masters, doctoral, research levels and include i exchange of students, faculty members and researchers for short durations (610 weeks) between interested institutions of higher education in the Member States. Various elements of

scholarships, faculty exchange, distance learning, research projects, and specialized courses meeting the specific requirements of Member States. Further details about the Educational Exchange Programme and currently available higher education scholarships as well as opportunities for faculty exchange are available at the OIC website Member States should encourage their relevant institutions and media to widely publicize the opportunities available under the Programme for the benefit of their students, teaching staff and researchers. Networking and linkages between educational and research institutions can yield

of sharing of expertise and experience, pooling of resources and research collaboration. Eighteen universities from the OIC Member States are now included in the top 500 World University Rankings Supplement of the QS for 2012. These universities can pair up with other universities in the OIC Member States for exchange of experience and expertise. The ongoing cooperation between the four OIC universities (IUTBangladesh, IIUM-Malaysia, IUIU-Uganda and lUN-Nigeria) can serve as a model for cooperation between other universities in the Islamic world. Besides other form of cooperation, the OIC document entitled ‘Key Performance

for Assessment and Quality Enhancement for Universities in the Islamic World’ can serve as a guide for universities for achieving academic excellence. Besides enriching the educational experience of the students as well as faculty and encouraging exchange of knowledge and ideas among them, the Programme can play a positive role towards promoting solidarity and fostering understanding and tolerance, among the Member States. Hence the Programme incorporates Islamic solidarity both as a means as well as an end and directly contributes towards furthering one of the fundamental objectives of the OIC Charter.—APP

and the Constitution as any other state organ he said. He said that the SC had demonstrated a marked tendency to make laws and quoted from the court judgment delivered in March 2011

in the case of Deedar Hussain Shah the former Chairman NAB. Holding the appointment of Deedar Hussain Shah as ultravires of the Constitution and against the spirit of the NAB law he quoted the verdict, “We entertain no manner of doubt that anybody interested in making an honest and good appointments the office of Chairman

NAB would not feel shy of consulting the CJ of Pakistan”. This expression of desire to be consulted in the appointment of Chairman amounted to legislation by the bench he said. He said that lawyer’s bodies had also criticised the decision on this ground. He said that the verdict created the impression as if non-consultation with CJP on the appointment of NAB chairman would render any decision less than honest and would not be regarded as a good decision. He said that in the NAB law there is no reference to statutory consultation with the CJP in the matter of Chairman NAB’s appointment and any expression of desire to involve CJ in it is most surprising. Farhatullah Babar said that time had come for the Parliament to rise and say no to any institution that sought to abridge the Parliament’s role and trespassed in its domain against the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

APHC condemns Al-Quds occupation, Hindustani aggression STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD—The Pakistan/ AJK chapter of APHC (All Parties Hurriyet Conference) here on Thursday via unanimously adopted resolution condemned the continued occupation of Al-Quds Sharif as a provocation to world Muslims. Under the chairmanship of Convener Syed Yusuf Naseem, the APHC passed resolution says: It is 44th year that the Israelis are violating all international conventions in occupying Palestine. She had tried to burn Qibla-e-Awwal in 1969. The APHC resolution says it is time that all out-

standing issues like Palestine and Kashmir must be resolved by the international community through talks. Unless there is global push behind urgency of resolution of these conflicts - the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds Sharif and yoking under aggression parts of Jammu and Kashmir by Hindustan these twin issues would continue posing live threats to the world peace and regional understanding. The convener APHC Syed Yusuf Naseem appealed to the UN Secretary General to visit Kashmir as it is a live issue and the UN observers are already posted in the disputed state.

159 villages affected by flood in Muzaffargarh Govt for relief to flood victims S HEIKHUPURA —Federal Minister for Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs, Barjees Tahir has said the government is utilising all-out resources to provide relief to flood-stricken people. Addressing the gathering after visiting floodhit areas, including Mian Ali Dogran, Abdullahpur Kaker and Safdarabad near here, the minister said the revenue department and TMOs concerned had started a survey to assess the loss of farmers caused by flood. He said the government would provide instant concession to calamity-hit growers and farmers in agriculture loans, water- rate and water-tax. Barjees Tahir said food, drinking water and milk were being providing to flood-stricken people, adding that floodhit people were being shifted to relief camps by boats. On the direction of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the federal and provincial ministers, MNAs and MPAs were visiting flood-hit areas on emegent basis to facilitate the affected people. The minister ordered officers of the district administration to set up medical camps so that flood-stricken people could be saved from dengue and other viral diseases. Earlier, Minister Irrigation Punjab Yawar Zaman said that overall flood situation was under control and all possible measures were being adopted for the rehabilitation of flood victims. “Thanks God this time flood devastations are on limited scale and the government will soon be able to rebuild damaged houses of displaced families,” he told APP. Talking to this news agency at his Punjab Assembly chamber, he said, rivers in Punjab remained under high flood as India did not inform the government prior to release water in huge quantity. He, however, said the government chalked out a plan to cope with the situation. The chief minister said that he himself was visiting flood-affected areas to provide immediate relief to the calamity-hit people. He said, all concerned government departments had already been directed to utilize all available resources to help flood-stricken people in the need of hour.—APP

Removal of encroachments P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Bodies and Rural Development, Inayatullah Khan has directed all municipal organisations of district Abbottabad for evacuation of their land properties from all provincial departments including judiciary. He issued these directives while presiding a meeting of the officers of District Council and municipal, town committees in Abbottabad on Thursday. The meeting was attended by provincial naib amir JI, Mehboob Elahi and district leadership including Abdurazaq Abbasi and Saeed Ahmad Abbasi. The provincial minister stressed district council, municipal and town committees for fulfillment of their basic duty of the provision of drinking water, sanitation, cleanliness and street-lights like civic facilities to the people in any circumstances. For increase in the revenue of the local bodies and their financial self-sufficiency, he urged the officials for bringing improvement in tax system and proposing profitable schemes like general bus stands, construction of commercial plazas and development of tourists’ attracting spots. He especially directed the restoration of all streetlights in Abbottabad with immediate effect and promotion of plantation to keep environment clean and green. He made it clear the provincial government will not tolerate any kind of bribes and commission in the posting and transfers in the department of local bodies. In case of complaint, he said the officer concerned will be dealt with iron hand. He said that the promulgations of the laws of Provincial Accountability Commission and Right to Information would further strengthen the resolve of the provincial government in this regard.—APP

Masses issues to be resolved DI K HAN —Chairman District Development Advisory Board MPA Samiullah Khan Thursday said PTI led provincial government would bring such an exemplary local government system in the province that the masses’ issue would be resolved at their doorstep. Addressing an event here, he said that youth participation would be ensured in local government system and special attention would be given to their issues. He said under the system public representatives are chalking out such a strategy to resolve masses’ problems in their respective area. He lamented that D I Khan district was totally ignored by its representatives in past and its resources were diverted to other district for development projects there. He asserted that PTI government would end this culture of biased ness and equally distribute funds to all districts of the province. Sami Khan said PTI has attached priority to provision of drinking water, sewerage system to residents of D I Khan city, adding that all the development funds would transparently and equally be utilized in the district for prosperity of masses. Earlier, it was reported that the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) members on Wednesday walked out of the Senate against postponement of by-election in NA 25 (D.I Khan cum Tank). Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, speaking in the House, alleged that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government while sensing the victory of JUI-F, had requested the Election Commission of Pakistan to postpone the election on the pretext of law and order. He said the postponement of byelection was an injustice to the JUI-F.—APP

Govt machinery active to help flood-affectees: Bosan ISLAMABAD —Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Bosan has said that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)

government would not leave flood-affected people alone at this difficult time. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said gov-

ernment machinery has been mobilised to assist the floodaffected people and minimize the losses. He said that relief and re-

habilitation of flood victims were the top priorities of the government and all possible resources were being used for this purpose. To a question,

Sikandar Bosan said that he visited the flood-affected areas including South Punjab and monitored the rescue operations in the areas. To another question, he said the people had given a mandate to the PML-N in general election, adding the elected representatives would stand with the people in difficult time. He also praised the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif ’s maiden speech and said that the Prime Minister’s vision would be implemented to resolve the problems being faced by common man. Muzaffargarh—District Coordination Officer Farasat Iqbal said 159 villages were affected and crops on 20,943 acre were destroyed by flood in the district. According to a handout issued here, he said flood situation in the district was under control while 40 relief camps had been set up in the district to provide relief to flood-hit people. He said food and medical facility were also being provided to them. The DCO said water level in Indus and Chenab rivers were decreasing day-by-day and added that discharge of water at Taunsa Barrage in the river Indus was 229,000 cusecs and DERA ALLAH YAR: Flood affected children carry bottles filled with drinking water as they are facing acute water shortage. 147,000 cusecs at Trimmu barrage in the river Chenab. He

said about 94 houses partially and 101 were compeletly collapsed in the recent flood. Farasat Iqbal said all possible resources would be utilized for rehabilitation of the floodaffected people. Khanpur: Rescue-1122 Liaquatpur provided services to 3,621 flood affectees during last 72 hours. This was disclosed by incharge Rescue1122 Imran Aslam while talking to APP here on Thursday. He said Rescue-112 has also set up a medical camp in floodhit area to provide health care facilities to flood victims. “Our department has two boats and 14 expert swimmers.We have shifted 3,621 people and 300 animals from flood hit areas to safer places with the help of boats and local experts,” he said. Assistant Commissioner Liaquat Pur, Zahoor Hussain Bhutta is also supervising all the relief activities. According to official sources, Irrigation, Revenue, Health departments and TMA Liaquatpur were engaged in relief activities on the direction of provincial government. Tehsil Administration have also set up relief camp at Beet Chohan, Dera Faridi, Gul Muhammad Lanagha and Trinda Muhammad Panah, sources added.—APP

Rain at scattered 48 pilferers held, Rs 1.8m fine imposed places likely PESCO recovery campaign in full swing

STAFF REPORTER/APP FAISALABAD—FESCO Intelligence teams and operation staff has caught 48 power pilferers from different parts of the region. A spokesman for the FESCO told here on Thursday that teams conducted raid at Khiyaban Colony and detected power theft from meter of Ali Raza Fayyaz. The accused was stealing electricity by reversing meter whereas Muhammad Kashif of Koh-

e-Noor Town was caught red handed while pilfering electricity through shunt system. Khanewal—MEPCO First division Khanewal imposed fine Rs 1.8 million to 16 power pilferers and cases against eight power pilferers lodged during the current month. According to MEPCO sources, under the directives of XEN MEPCO Chaudhary Khalid Nazeer, MEPCO teams raided at various places and caught 16 power pilferers included Aslam Qadri, Ammara

Mumtaz, Faiz Raheem, Sajjad Ghaffar, Mubashir Ahmad, Muhammad Ikram, Muhammad Akhtar, Saleem Ahmad, Maqbool Ahmad, Sheikh Islam-u-Din, Romana Anjum, Khushi Muhammad, Yasmeen, Raees Ahmad and Khadim Hussain and imposed fine Rs 1.8 millions to them so far. Peshawar—Disconnection & Recovery Campaign of PESCO is in full swing through out the province. In this connection Pesco Detec-

tion Team of Shahi Bagh Sub-Division Checked and found several direct connections at Zamir Plaza Pajagi Road Peshawar. FIRs have been lodged against the culprits in Faqir Abad Police station. Similarly Direct connections found in Shagai Hindkian, Almasa Town, Pir Bala and FIRs have been registered against the stealers. In the mean time Pesco Recovery teams of Lala SubDivision recovered about Rs.4 lacs from defaulters.

Dr Malik for fair probe into HC power plant corruption QUETTA—Chief Minister Dr purchased from Iran. Abdul Malik Baloch has assured provincial assembly conduct of fair probe into the alleged corruption in the Habibullah Coastal (HC) Power Plant. He said that stern action would be taken against the guards deployed on the electricity pylons if found absent from their duties. Talking on the point of order during the Assembly Session held Jan Jamali in chair, CM said that soon after the takeover of incumbent government, meeting was convened in Islamabad for formation of Pakistan Energy Policy.We strongly opposed the policy as there was very little for the energy sector of Balochistan. About resolving power crisis in the province, CM told the house that QESCO has assured that work on Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai and Khuzdar-Dado Transmission line would be completed till December, 2013. Besides, federal government has assured that Balochistan would HYDERABAD: Security officials checking the vehicles as be given share in the 1000 the security was beefed up to avoid any untoward incident. mega watt electricity to be

7 offices of Online Ads business ‘Click’ sealed

People warned to refrain from investing in financial spree A H RAO MIRPUR—Local administration sealed at least seven offices in various parts of this city and the district engaged in the allegedly unlawful Online Ads internet financial business famously known “Click” involving the investment of billions of rupees of the people, after the AJK High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging the recent actions by the local authorities to make a check on the execution of the business, official sources said. “We have sealed about seven offices of the online business famously known as “Click” in the city and rest of the district following its being illegal having no validity, permission or accreditation by the

competent authorities including The State Bank of Pakistan or the Security Exchange of Pakistan (SEP), the regulatory and supervisory authorities to look after and monitor the lawful financial institutions in the country including AJK”, said Ch. Guftar Hussain, Deputy Commissioner Mirpur. Talking to this scribehere late Wednesday, the Deputy Commissioner said that the local authorities were hecticly engaged in scanning the entire district to unearth and nab the rest of the elements involved in the said online financial scam – which involve billions of rupees of the investors from amongst the general population. Guftar Hussain said that people across the district have been warned to refrain from

CM said that NP-led coalition government has pledged with its people that it would end corruption and ban on transfer, posting and use of secret funds were the visible step taken in this connection.—APP

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- during the last 24 hours were teorological Department (PMD) on Thursday forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country with chances of rain and thundershower at a few places of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low was lying over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Weak monsoon currents were still penetrating into Northeastern and upper-central parts of the country. Rain and thundershower is likely in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, D.G.Khan divisions and few places of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. The highest maximum temperatures recorded

Dalbandin and Nokundi 41. The temperatures in other cities were Islamabad 33 C, Lahore 35 C, Karachi 32 C,

Peshawar 34 C, Quetta 34 C, Murree 24 C and Muzaffarabad 35 C. The chief amount of rainfall recorded during last 24 hours were Rawalakot 10 mm, Nur Pur Thal 9 mm, Jhang 6 mm, Faisalabad, Lower Dir 5 mm, Hunza, Mangla 3 mm, Toba Tek Singh, Saidu Sharif, Gilgit 2 mm, Joharabad and Risalpur 1 mm. According to KP provincial met office hot and humid weather was expected in most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with chances of rain in certain parts of Malakand division.—APP

Qaim: Govt providing better health, education facilities SUKKUR—The Chief Minister (CM) Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that government is taking measures to improve life of masses and paying attention to provide better health and education facilities to the people of remote areas of the province. Talking to people from different walks of life at circuit house Khairpur late Wednesday evening, the CM said that they would handle the flood situation in Sindh as they had provided relief to the flood affected people in year 2010. He said that PPP believes in betterment of people and is providing basic facilities to the people at their door step. The CM said new local gov-

ernment system will further improve the life of a common man and introduce record development projects in the province. Earlier, the CM met with the traders, notables, PPP workers and others, heard their problems and issued directives to the authorities concerned for the redressal of problems. Earlier, he also condoled with MPA Naeem Ahmed Kharal on the death of his cousin. All the embankments in Kandhkot-Kashmore district are intact and Irrigation Department is vigilant and watchful in taking care of them. This was said by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while visiting the old

Tori Bund at Kandhkot, on Wednesday. Chief Minister Sindh said that water in river is not at a dangerous level and it is quite manageable. While directing Deputy Commissioner KandhkotKashmore, the Chief Minister said those villagers/ people who have been dislocated due to rise in level of water in Kutcha area should be properly cared and food, medical facilities and clean water should provided to them. He said there is small number of people who have left their homes and funds are available with the concerned deputy commissioners for providing relief to the dislocated people.—APP

launching their financial investments in this, what he called, prima-facie much attractive business, since it has no required legal cover or protection to the investments launched in the business. The DC made it clear that the District administration can not allow any such unlawful activity as the online “Click” online spree, under the very nose of the authorities, in view of its being highly risky and totally incredible following complete lack of credentials from the competent authorities. The District Magistrate further advised to the people to desist from launching their investment in such type of unlawful business activities, which could deprive them of HYDERABAD: Children of an employee of Sui Gas Department hold a demonstration for regularization of services of their father. their earnings.

Nisar’s forceful rejoinder to Opposition


Toxic victims in Damascus


N a forceful rebuttal to the allegations by the Opposition on the floor of the Senate, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday put up a strong defence of the Government not only in the case of handling of Islamabad standoff but also on other allegations against the Interior Ministry for its alleged poor performance. Through well-prepared and logical arguments the Minister in an emotional manner assailed the PPP Senators for seeking accountability of the two-month tenure of PML-N government ignoring their own misdeeds during the past five years. The Interior Minister is perfectly right in raising two pertinent questions that it is rather too early to judge the performance of a government which hardly settles down in just sixty days and that he cannot be made answerable for the wrongs of the past. In our view the PML-N government has been successful in establishing two things during this short period. Firstly it has set a right direction and it has the will as well as the capacity to resolve the critical issues and secondly it has done necessary homework to tackle the menace of terrorism. We fully agree with the Minister that the whole nation has to back the army to eliminate terrorism because terrorism is an undeclared war against Pakistan. Through his strong defence, Nisar reminded the opposition of past incidents in which 9600 people died and 25000 were injured in 8514 major terrorist incidents during the last five years while earlier, from 2005 to 2008, another 3500 people were killed and 6000 injured in 3797 terrorism incidents. It is easy to hurl accusations against the Government but it is also necessary that those doing so should also keep in view that they too failed to eliminate the menace. The present government cannot be made answerable for the wrongs of the past and it deserves to be given reasonable time and full support by the opposition parties to catch the bull by the horn and bury the menace of terrorism once for all for lasting peace and stability in the country.

Martyrdom of Captain Sarfraz I

N its aggressive posture, India continues to extend the area of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the latest incident indulged in unprovoked firing in Shakma Sector, which resulted in the martyrdom of Captain Sarfraz and injuries to a soldier. Also on Wednesday Indian spy planes violated Pakistani airspace in Kotli, Azad Kashmir which indicates that the situation is gradually becoming worrisome and New Delhi is hell bent upon for some mischief. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and a strong protest was lodged over the unprovoked firing. The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC), which met on Thursday considered in detail the Indian violations and the measures to counter the aggressive designs from across the LoC. There should be no doubt that the Indian army was acting with full backing of the high command and the government in New Delhi. Indian Army chief and the Defence Minister in their statements have repeatedly stated that they have given a free hand to troops and as a result recent weeks have seen a visible escalation in tension. India is deliberately increasing tension on the LoC with two main objectives ie to cancel the proposed meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh in New York and to give a message to the people that the Congress led government was dealing Pakistan in an aggressive manner in order to muster support for the 2014 general elections. For the attainment of the petty objectives, we strongly believe that India is vitiating the atmosphere, which was being created after strong signals by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to improve relations with the neighbouring country and resolution of outstanding disputes through dialogue. The martyrdom of Captain Sarfraz has created strong resentment among the Pakistani masses and those guarding the national frontiers. Therefore, we would suggest the leadership in New Delhi to give up its hegemonic attitude towards Islamabad as people of Pakistan are at the back of the armed forces, which are fully capable to foil any evil design.

Attempts to bring back Mubarak era A

FTER the Military-led coup against Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, a court Wednesday ruled that former President Hosni Mubarak be released from prison pending further investigation into corruption charges against him. After the court order, Government prosecutors said that they would go into an appeal against the court’s verdict, so the ruling removed the final legal barrier preventing the 85-year-old former President from leaving prison. With the release of former President, it is now quite clear that foreign backed Egyptian Army is determined to punish those who staged massive protests across the country leading to the removal of Hosni Mubarak and weakened the grip of the military on country’s affairs. A free Mubarak would be seen by many Egyptians as another sign of the old regime reasserting itself, just weeks after Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected President, was toppled by the military. Egyptian Prime Minister after the court verdict remarked that Mubarak would be kept under house arrest which is an attempt to avoid the wrath of the Egyptians who held mass protests that led to the end of his rule in 2011. The people who were enjoying key positions during Mubarak era, have already been cleared of their wrong doings and are either back in the government or advising the set up from behind the scenes to deal firmly with the Islamists. It appears that General Sissi has not learnt any lesson from the history. He needs to understand that lot of water has passed under the bridges of Nile river and any attempt to bring back Mubarak era’s military hold on the country’s affairs would not be tolerated by the people.

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US dollar sinks India’s economy tor in the post-1942 (“Quit India Declaration”) embrace by London of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his concept of a separate state for the Muslims of InM D Nalapat dia. Manmohan Singh is therefore in exalted comEmail: pany when he takes decisions that are less than optimal from the viewpoint of uring 1977-79,when a State India’s national interest. One of the of Emergency was in force most significant has been his reacross India, LK Advani said peated rejection of offers by Iran to about the media that “when they enter into long-term contracts for the were asked to bend, they began to supply of oil to India at concessional crawl”. The same can be said about prices. Had this offer been accepted, India’s Prime Minister, the reticent with its corollary of the medium of economist Manmohan Singh and his exchanging being not dollars but ruresponse to any “request” from pees, the Indian currency would not Washington. In the past, Delhi have entered into the free fall that would often sway to the beat from Manmohan Singh’s dogged dedicaMoscow, thereby refusing to con- tion to following the dictates of demn even egregious acts of high- Washington has caused. handedness such as the military conAny sane individual without a quest of Czechoslovakia in the vested interest in the US dollar would 1950s and the occupation of Af- testify that the currency is in the same ghanistan in 1979. position as the British pound was What took place in Czechoslo- during the 1920s,an international vakia was a particularly horrible medium of exchange whose fundacrime, given that this small but gal- mentals did not support such an exlant country had been occupied by alted role. As the US is doing now, Hitler just two decades before So- during the 1920s London borrowed viet tanks rolled into the streets of — in effect — from itself, because Prague. Three years later, more than British pounds were the international four million German soldiers medium of exchange. The inherent streamed across the USSR border weakness of the currency and the disand sought to subjugate that nation, tortions caused by its widespread use a huge miscalculation on Hitler’s in international commerce helped crepart, because the people of the ate the 1929 Great Depression, which USSR fought the Nazi armies to a gave way only after the world was standstill on the outskirts of Mos- plunged into a reflationary war. cow within five months of the inIf in the 1920s it was the British vasion. The world owes a lot to the pound that was hugely overvalued people of the then Soviet Union for and overused, since the 2008 finanhaving battered into pulp the Nazi cial crash that place has been taken war machine. by the US dollar. The crash of the fiInterestingly during World nancial system in the US during 2008 War-II, the leaders of India’s free- showed that those responsible for the dom movement adopted a policy of health of the dollar were not to be non-alignment between the Allies trusted with such a sensitive task. and the Axis, the single biggest fac- Rather than ensure that the US dollar

Geopolitical notes from India


was anchored on sound fundamentals, Wall Street looked only at its own profits, and at the expense of the rest of the world. Those credulous enough to believe in the US dollar have paid a huge financial price for their trust, and yet are in no hurry to move away from a currency that is hugely overvalued in terms of the huge debt that the US has. While the previous NDA government headed by A B Vajpayee was also influenced by the dollar, it can be said that Manmohan Singh and his team have been dominated by the dollar. From the start, the PM and his economic team have concentrated on multiplying the benefits earned by those who ran away from the rupee and clung on to the dollar. Thus, those in India who trusted the rupee have been losers on a catastrophic scale, while those who shared Manmohan Singh’s affinity for the dollar have prospered. Those making dollar deposits in the Indian banking system get returns of 20% and more in dollars, while those unwise enough to have placed their confidence in the rupee have seen the real value of their capital fall sharply. This year itself, the rupee has lost nearly 40% of its inherent value through the fall in the value of the rupee (by 25% this year alone) and relentless inflation. Had the Prime Minister been less deferential towards the US dollar, he would have taken advantage of BRICS by spearheading a move to get these five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to use their own currencies while trading. He would have instructed the Ministry of Petroleum to source as much as possible of India’s oil imports from producers willing to give discounts, such as Iran and perhaps even Iraq, were that country to accept India as a reliable strategic partner. Instead, the PM has shunned Tehran and has so annoyed that important capital

that an Indian ship has been impounded by Tehran on the grounds of “oil spill”. Clearly, the PM’s bending over backwards, forwards and sideways to please the US has been noticed in Teheran, as it has in most other capitals of the world. Next month, Manmohan Singh travels to New York for the exalted purpose of making yet another forgettable speech at the UN General Assembly. Much of his staff has been engaged in begging the Obama administration to spare 20 minutes of the time of the President of the US to have a meeting with India’s PM. Reports are that the Obama team is insisting that Manmohan Singh meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in New York as a condition for President Obama meeting him. Given the hunger of India’s PM to follow the advice dished out to him by Washington, it may be that Manmohan Singh ignores the political risk involved in a meeting with Nawaz Sharif and schedules a meeting, just so that he himself can get some face time with Obama. That such a summit will get him zero extra votes is a slice of political reality that is ignored by the bureaucrat who became Union Finance Minister in 1991 when I G Patel refused the job. Those close to Patel say that the latter’s private comment on Manmohan Singh was that he was “over-rated as an economist and under-rated as a politician”. The collapse of the Indian economy under Manmohan, combined with the PM’s success in continuously holding on to the PM’s job longer than any other incumbent save Jawaharlal Nehru, shows that Patel was spot on target. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

Why India upped the ante? cause the corruption scandals are not confined to financial but also include moral Sultan M Hali fraud trepidation like rape and Email: sexual harassment of female military personnel and civilians. Additionally a disclohere is a mad frenzy of activi sure of senior Indian military officties by India to create mayhem ers, which indulges in wife swapin Pakistan. There are gross ping and group sex has rocked the violations of the Line of Control boat. It may be mentioned here that (LoC), the number of suicide attacks rape of Indian women is not limas well as terror assaults has risen ited to the military but the thouexponentially while ethnic and sec- sands of rape victims including Intarian violence incidents have shaken dian women and foreigners visiting the nation. Karachi, the economic India have been protesting, decapital of Pakistan has been conflict manding protection. Amongst this ridden for the past many years but wave of scandals, Indian establishwanton killing sprees gained mo- ment including its political leadermentum in the last week. Law en- ship, military and media comforcing agencies point out the in- mences a campaign against Pakivolvement of India and its dreaded stan to divert the attention of its intelligence agency RAW in all these masses and incisive media. The recent outburst of violence. The ob- January 2013 Indian violations of vious question that arises is why In- LoC ultimately subsided when fordia would frantically choose to up eign investors in India started expressing discomfiture. the ante at this juncture. The February 2013 hanging of Apparently there a number of reasons for this onslaught. Since Afzal Guru has resulted in mass proJanuary 2013, India started violat- tests in Indian Occupied Kashmir. ing the LoC, killing Pakistani sol- Readers may recall that Afzal Guru diers but blaming Pakistan for was arrested on charges of being the cross border terrorism. The prime mastermind of the alleged attack on rationale at that time was divert- Indian Parliament Building in New ing attention of the Indian masses Delhi on 13 December 2001. Four of from various corruption scandals the alleged perpetrators were killed of its senior officers of the Indian on the spot while Delhi police had Armed Forces. The involvement of surreptitiously produced Pakistani Indian senior ranked army offic- National Identity Cards and SIMs of ers of General ranks in corruption Pakistani cell phone systems from the cases has become a serious cause person of the alleged assailants. of concern for the whole Indian Blaming Pakistan for the attack, InArmy and India’s political leader- dia amassed troops along Pakistan’s ship. This factor has also lowered international boundary but Pakistan’s the confidence of Indian soldiers timely reaction of counter deployover their military leadership be- ment of its forces thwarted any In-


dian adventurism but Indian forces remained on the war-deployment for eleven months. Indian troops’ withdrawal took place after international investors started departing from India and moral and mental state of Indian soldiers deteriorated to extent that they started attacking their own officers and suffered mental sickness. The trial of Afzal Guru was a sham and despite the failure of Indian law enforcing agencies, its judiciary condemned him to the gallows under pressure from Indian hawks. The protests of Kashmiris exacerbated when a senior Indian Intelligence officer submitted a sworn affidavit in the Supreme Court that both the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament Building and November 2008 Mumbai attacks were orchestrated by Indian security agencies. The attacks on the LoC came about after Indian crackdown on the hapless Kashmiris. Additionally, both the hawkish Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian Congress are likely to face the wrath of their electorate when they face them in the forthcoming general elections as both have failed to uplift the status of its impoverished masses. The only way left for them is to foment trouble with Pakistan and redirect the ire of the masses towards their favorite whipping boy Pakistan thus again the choreographed drama at the LOC and allegations of Pakistani soldiers infiltrating and killing five Indian soldiers. Indian lie should be nailed. The LoC has been fenced and mined by India, besides concertina wire, the barbed barriers are electrocuted and armed patrolling with ferocious dogs is regularly carried out, forestalling any penetration. The night between

13 and 14 June, on the eve of Pakistan’s Independence Day, the explosion on board Indian Naval Submarine Sindhurakhshak unveiled another more macabre episode, which was to unfold shortly against Pakistan. This has now been gleaned from Indian media sources. A couple of weeks back, Indian participants in a war-game in a neighbouring country had contemplated a surgical strike against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Amir of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah after playing a scenario of a supposed attack during a cricket match in India which was being attended by political and Indian film industry bigwigs. The Indians were adamant that the attack on Hafiz Saeed was justified since they claim that he was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and have even convinced the US to announce a $10m bounty for Hafiz Saeed. It has to be read between the lines that Indian media disclosed that INS/M Sindhurakshak was armed and setting off on a war mission. The US had closed down its Consulate in Lahore but not Karachi or Islamabad, because it may have had secret information of the probable Indian attack on Muridke. The heating of tensions at the LOC, the surreptitious moves by Indian Navy and possible involvement of Indian Air Force, belligerent and unprecedented warnings by Indian Army, Navy and Air Chiefs all point to a possible Indian adventurism in Muridke. Perhaps fate has intervened this time but Indian conspiracies against Pakistan will not cease and we should be vigilant. —The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.

here are claims and counter-claims in Dam ascus. The news that chemical weapons had been used in the suburbs of the capital is quite disturbing. And if one goes with the number of casualties, which are conflicting in reports, it makes entire issue suspicious. The government says its forces never used any toxic agents, and termed it as a ploy on the part of the rebels to influence the forthcoming weapons inspectors. But the fact is that rockets and bombs came crashing in over the Ghouta region of Damascus and hundreds are feared to be dead. The main opposition alliance went on to claim that more than 650 people had been killed by the attacks. This is in need of a proper investigation and cannot be left open to debate, as has been the modus operandi of affairs in Syria. The UN inspectors who had, of late, got a nod from President Bashar Al Assad to visit Syria and probe into the claims of state using chemical agents should rush instantly, and come out with a comprehensive probe report. The investigators should also fix the responsibility for any such discovery, and go on to address the issue in a holistic manner. The usage of toxic material had been the thin line for the West to judge whether Syrian borders should be crossed by force or a no-fly zone established to curb such tendencies. US President Barack Obama had time and again said that his administration would not tolerate Baath Party’s usage of chemical weapons over non-combatant civilians, and now it remains to be see how articulately Washington prevails over Damascus to probe into new allegations of them being used on Wednesday. The Arab League, Brussels and the US should take serious note of happenings in Damascus. — Khaleej Times


Save occupied Jerusalem


n Israeli organisation’s plans to build a syna gogue in the heart of the Al Aqsa compound in occupied Jerusalem should be a wakeup call for the international community and the Muslim world that Israel is intent on taking advantage of the diversion of attention away from it to cleanse the Holy City of its Muslim and Arab character. The Al Aqsa compound is the only area of the Holy City that remains outside the control of the colonial regime in Israel. It is incumbent on the Jordanian government, whose Waqf is in charge of the site, to step in and take action before it is too late. The Israelis have already been digging under the mosque, going 18 metres deep to accommodate 5,000 people in the excavated areas, with plans to build an underground city there by 2050 — thereby weakening the foundations of the mosque. There is little doubt that the regional turmoil benefits Israel by diverting attention away from its policies of Judaising occupied Jerusalem and onto the bloodshed in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Meanwhile, coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is confined to the latest round of the often futile and redundant meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a long overdue peace process. Muslims and Arabs should remember that attacks have been planned to destroy Al Aqsa mosque by Zionist groups before and many continue to aspire to destroy the mosque today. The longer our attention is diverted away from occupied Jerusalem, more likely it becomes that a day will come when Islam’s third holiest site will be reduced to rubble. — Gulf News

An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff. Adlai Stevenson —US statesman

Value of time in Islam T

ime is more than gold or any precious material thing in this world. Islam guides mankind not only to the importance of time but also how to value it. Allah the Almighty and His Messenger, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), very clearly tell us the value of time, why we must not waste it and how we can make use of our time wisely to increase our Eeman (Faith) and thus attain success, especially eternal success in the life hereafter. Both the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah enjoin Muslims to be conscious of time. We are reminded that life in this world is nothing but temporary. We never know when death has been appointed for us. We must value time for the satisfaction of Allah the Almighty. For our guidance and success, we must never waste time nor abuse it. Ibn Abbas narrated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said“There are two blessings which many people lose- (They are) health and free time for doing good.” (Bukhari 8/421). Everything we do in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah is an act of worship. Such worship must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah alone. We should make use of our time (which includes our “free time”) in doing

beneficial things especially those that awaiting you- a starvation which may will make us closer to Allah and earn impair your wisdom- a prosperity His Mercy. Islam encourages Mus- which may mislead you- an ailment lims to care for which may damtime, to utilize it The Spirit Of Islam age your health- an wisely and not to old age which may waste it and to benharm your sensesefit from it. Bea sudden death- the sides, it holds them Dajjal (Antiresponsible for their christ)- or Doomstime. We have to day, which is inmake use of our deed the hardest time wisely by and most bitter.” knowing more of (at-Tirmidhi, althe Holy Qur’an Baihaqi). Each one and the Sunnah. We must realize that must have correct every moment that knowledge of what passes by is an opAtif Noor Khan portunity gone, Allah and Holy Prophet (PBUH) used or abusedhave commanded us to do and at never to return. Soon time will be up same time to refrain from what they and we’ll have to leave this physical have forbidden us. This is imperative world and give account for our lives. so we earn Allah’s pleasure and reThe more we remind ourselves ward. Allah Exalted makes it very of the responsibility of the present the clear- “O ye who believe! Obey Al- better we get at living the moment lah, & obey messenger, and make not and the better we live the present movain your deeds!” Qur’an (47-33). ment the better the consequence for The Prophet (PBUH), used to the future. Being positive about life call on Muslims to take the initiative ahead is among life’s greatest motito do good deeds before any obstacles vators. Hope is the best attitude one arise. For instance, he said, “Lose no can harbor towards the future- this time to do good deeds before you are realistic expectation that something caught up by one of seven calamities good or better could/will happen if

only we continue doing the best we can. Remember that today welllived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Having all this great value and importance, time is to be duly appreciated and managed. In Islam there is no room for slogans like the so-called “killing time”, for in Islam time is really valuable. In fact, wasting time is much more dangerous than squandering property, because unlike property, time cannot be compensated. Free time is a blessing that is overlooked, and not wholly appreciated by many people. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) says, “There are two things that people are not aware of how important they are- health and time.” (Sahi Muslim) This Hadith stresses two facts- People are not aware of the importance of being in good health till they fall ill and people are not aware of importance of time and therefore waste their time doing trivial things. A Muslim should learn how to organize his time, and make a realistic plan for his worldly and religious duties, without any of them overlapping the other. —The writer is Islamabad-based freelance columnist.

The killers of peace Nicola Nasser


he Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process hostage, they have become the real killers of peace, who brought the twenty –year old Palestinian – Israeli peace process to its current stalemate. As early as the summer of 1995, the Iraqi born Israeli – British “new historian” Avi Shlaim wrote in the Journal of Palestine Studies: “The settlers now are the ones who determine Israel’s internal political agenda.” Their numbers then were in the tens of thousands; now there are three quarters of a million settlers. The Head of the “Samaria Regional Council” of the Israeli illegal settlements in the Israeli – occupied Palestinian West Bank (WB) of River

Jordan, Gershon Mesika, on this August 6 boasted there will be one million settlers there “in just three years time,” telling “Arutz Sheva” online that “the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria (i.e. the Palestinian WB) has passed the point of no return.” Writing in the “National Interest” on September 6, 2012, the President of the U.S./Middle East Project, Henry Siegman, agreed that “Israel’s colonial… settlement project has achieved its intended irreversibility, not only because of its breadth and depth but also because of the political clout of the settlers and their supporters within Israel.” When Benjamin Netanyahu assumed his second term as prime minister, with the settler Avigdor Lieberman as his foreign minister, the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, quoted by Spiegel on March 17, 2009, wrote: “He and Lieberman are the gravediggers of the Middle East peace process. They want to maintain the occupation and expand the settlements.” The electoral campaign of Netanyahu for his first term in 1995 was blamed by Israeli media for

creating the right environment which led to the assassination of the “father’ of the first Oslo accord for peace with Palestinians in 1993; ever since the “peace process” has been deadlocked. The incumbent government of Netanyahu’s third premiership is now described as the “settlers’ government” or “a settler –friendly government,” the survival of which is secured by a Knesset led by Speaker Yuli Edelstein, himself an illegal settler of the Neve Daniel colony in the WB, who called recently for the annexation of two thirds of the WB area. This is a call that was also repeatedly voiced by the pro-settler Jewish Home party, a partner to Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, which holds three key ministries, including the housing ministry, and controls the parliamentary finance committee. Netanyahu declared his backing for the Jewish Home’s plan. Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett was the chairman of the council of the illegal settlements in the WB and Gaza Strip and is still an advocate of imposing Israeli sovereignty unilaterally. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said

Netanyahu must choose between settlements and peace. Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation organization (PLO), Yasser Abed Rabbo, and the PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said they were considering not to participate in the second round of the talks, scheduled in Jerusalem. Member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Hanan Ashrawi, condemned Israel’s latest settlement plans as “confidence-destruction measures.” Her co – member, Wasel Abu Yusuf, concluded that the PLO committed a “big mistake” by joining the Kerry – sponsored talks. Spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that Israel’s latest plans “aim at obstructing the peace efforts.” However, the PLO is too weak to translate its words into deeds and challenge Kerry’s statement that the issue of settlements should not derail the resumed peace talks. —The writer is a veteran Arab journalist based in Birzeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

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Capitalism is destroying European life Ed Vulliamy


ne of my many regrets in life is that my daughters will never see the Italy I knew. Other people probably feel the same about Greece, France, Spain or Portugal, recalling the age before everyone seemed to be everywhere. When even Florence was not that crowded in summer and the small towns and villages of Tuscany and central Italy — certainly the south — were Italian in every way: few foreigners and that uncompromised way of life. An early start in the cool of morning, hard work followed by a good lunch with wine from a jug. Then the sacred siesta — a nap, or cuddle-up with someone else during the Italian afternoon, when everything is determinedly chiuso — closed. After the impenitent heat of day relents, the shutters reopen and evening begins for most with the passeggiata, Grandpa on the arm of his granddaughter, teenagers showing off, heated discussion over Gazetta dello Sport or the L’Unita. For others, back to work, for a few hours. On Sundays: forget it — no, you cannot go

and buy this or that. Those metal shutters are down and will remain so until Monday morning, possibly late Monday afternoon. Sunday lunch lasts from about 3:30 p.m. to past 11. This is rose-tinted and ignores the appalling tribulations some people faced, but these customs still exist in Italy and across the Mediterranean and Aegean, just about. It is called the quality of life and it is how I lived — and worked — for a while during the early 1970s and (less relaxedly) as a correspondent in the 1990s. But this popular civilization is endangered, because of a pincer movement by tourism and the north’s economic doctrines. The pressure is on southern Europe to stop the indulgences and heed northern Europe’s headlines about debt and deficit: Crisis In The Eurozone! Austerity! This week millions of people will leave Britain, northern Europe and America, heading for the lands where the olive trees grow. Most will find the cheapest deal at a beach or major “tourist destination.” Others will rent a villa; many will travel from place to place, either pounding the beaten track or seeking out ever more remote “hidden treasures.” And why not? Everyone deserves a break.

They may remark on the impact this way of life seems to have on people’s health. There is a sense of well-being, especially among the elderly, sitting out on the street for dominoes or totocalcio football pools, that evades people in the northern Europe, despite their obsession with keeping trim. Platoons of reporters have plodded around the “blue zones” in Sardinia and the island of Ikaria in the Greek Aegean, trying to unlock “the secret” of why people live longer in these places than anywhere else. It’s like the Italy I knew in the 1970s, including the extremist politics. There are worries too, of course; those of almost every Greek (Spaniard, Italian or Portuguese) about the economy, debt, unemployment — and now that very northern word, arriving on the chill political wind from London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington: “austerity.” And here’s the rub. And so August holidays on cobblestones and land where the vine grows become very weird, as people go to play at the way of life their leaders — maybe even they — are destroying. Many of those from Britain, America, Germany and elsewhere this weekend setting off to sa-

vor the southern life are the politicians, bankers, lawyers, managers, civil servants, think tank “brains” — newspaper writers indeed — who have decided, generally if not individually, that the Anglo-American way of capitalism is the only way to go. Fueled, it sometimes feels, more by some combination of cocaine, Red Bull and Viagra than aromatic coffee, a cool aperitif and an afternoon snooze. But in August, they leave their frantic modus vivendi behind. “Oh, look at those little old men playing chess on the pavement — so sweet!” “Campari-soda per favore!” “Tasha, you must try the epoisses, it’s divine!” “I so love the way they whizz about on scooters without helmets and no one wears seat belts — it’s such fun!” Then September comes, back to balancing the books, the shareholders’ interests, the “aggressively managed portfolio,” the stock market indexes. That’s enough Caravaggio and mortadella for one year, time for a new austerity package — those lazy bloody Latins. Ed Vulliamy is a writer for The Observer and The Guardian. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

Giving for publicity..!


any years ago, I had to collect money for a chari table cause: Our choir was having a concert and as a youngster I decided I would pitch in and also try and get donations. I cycled over to a factory in a road called Nelson Manickam Road, where I had seen a huge factory. The owner seemed a nice enough fellow, till he asked me, “What kind of publicity will I get?” “Your ad will come in the brochure!” I told him. “No,” he said, “I need more than that. You

should call me on stage, and try and put my photo in the newspapers!” “Thank you!” I said, as I got up and shook hands with him, “We don’t need your money!” Why? I asked myself do we need to make ‘giving’ such a public event? Can’t we do charity quietly? Don’t we realise that in the very glare of the camera the act of charity is not charity anymore: That the whole act is a publicity gimmick? After the great Chicago fire of 1871, D.L. Moody went to New York to solicit funds for its victims. When he arrived in the big city he was introduced to a wealthy man who was reported to be very generous. Impressed by the great need in Chicago, the man gave Moody a cheque for a large sum of money. He then directed Moody

to several other men in the area who also gave large contributions. When Mr Moody was about to leave, he shook the benefactors hand and made this his parting comment. “If you ever come to Chicago, be sure to call on me. I’d like to tell the people of Chicago who you are and what you have done for them.” “Mr Moody,’ said the man, “Don’t ever wait for me to come for I don’t ever want you to tell them who I am, tell them to return the favour to anyone who is in need.” That man was the kind of giver who pleases God. Moved by the needs of others, he willingly gave of his means to alleviate suffering. He didn’t give to gain attention or to satisfy his ego.” He gave for the love of giving. And that should be our only reason

to give. Let us stop this hypocrisy of publicity in giving, spotlights and photographers and let us quietly give to those who need. Why is it we crave publicity when we give? Because we are afraid that without the glare of lights the whole thing is a bad investment? What about an experiment? Start giving without publicity. Quietly, without telling even your spouse. Just give and give generously. Don’t expect anything in return. Just give because your heart is in the act. Then watch. You will be blessed a hundred, nay a thousand times more than you have given. Go on try it out, and watch as a God above showers His giving on you..! —Email:

Voice of the People Remembering Ahmad Faraz MALIK ATIF M MAJOKA Syed Ahmad Shah generally known as Ahmad Faraz was born on 12 January 1931. An ethnic Pashtun who set new standards in Urdu poetry, Faraz was probably the last of great progressive line of Urdu writers. He spoke the language of common man and highlighted the issues affecting the daily lives of commoners. His was a style of using more easier & meaningful language that makes him the most popular contemporary reactionary with classical touch. Faraz was a poet of many moods; he appears as idealist when he praises dreams and stresses the significance of being an idealist. At the same time he rejects mere idealism as a hollow approach to achieve ends, without genuine struggle. Faraz’s support for Islamic socialism always put him at odds with Pakistani ruling classes. He addressed Pakistani people as Pakistanis of different colours and in the process built bridges between naturally diverse & natively multicultural people of Pakistan. He protested over denial of rights to poor and flayed exploiters in all shapes & colours. He was forced to go into an exile during tyrannical rule of former despot General Zia ul Haq. His famous poem” Muhasara” is an evidence of how he abhorred illegitimate rulers of Pakistan and how did he believe in the supremacy of democratic rule. Faraz travelled across the world and his admirers live in all corners. In recognition of his services on the intellectual front, he was awarded “Hilal e Pakistan”. With his demise on 25 August 2008 a great era of progressive writers came to an end. He would surely be missed for all times to come. —Melbourne, Australia

Wireless broadband OWAIS WAZIR Today wireless internet has undoubtedly become a basic necessity than a luxury, and its importance has spanned across all spheres of our lives, enabling access to a multitude of information, learning and entertainment choices. As a native of D.I.Khan, wireless internet connectivity has brought a lot of convenience for people in my area. I will narrate a personal incident here. A few days ago, I received an interview call, scheduled very next day in Lahore. Owing to the geographical terrain, it was next to impossible to make the deadline, and the interview could not be postponed either. After a few frantic calls, I was finally able to appear for the interview through video-conferencing, enabled by the EVO network of PTCL. As the population of this area is scattered across varied geographic terrain, the importance of wireless internet connectivity in this area is even greater. PTCL wireless broadband has brought innumerable benefits for the locality, enabling people to stay connected with their friends, family and work just through a click of the mouse. This incident has further strengthened my believe that PTCL’s especially wireless broadband is a great enabler, which can be used to change the socio-political sphere of our country. The footprint of EVO wireless must be further enhanced, so that more and more people can experience this technology. —Via email

Social nuisance at Nausheroferoz SANAULLAH C ATTIQUE A visible increase in the social distress and disappearance of tolence in the Sindhi society, if reflected in the sad incident of the assassination of innocent children at Nushahro Feroz district of Sindh. Such tendency has stabbed in the heart of peaceful Sindhi society. Likewise, such miserable conditions are showing extreme violence against children. Such crime against little children is heinous crime and in fact is against ethic, moral, religious teachings and cultural harmony of Sindh. Children’s are ambassador of peace and they are angels on earth wishing happiness around and planting smiles. Being a source of hope, children are collectively shaping social diversity in every society of world. According to newspapers, Bisma, Aaqib and Aadil Panhwar have been brutally gunned down at the gate of star Grammar School, Nusheroferoz. It was reported in newspapers that the text books of



t appears that the rule of law and the principles of moral stan dards have gone non-existent from our state machinery and everybody is striving hard to attain power, wealth and prestigious elected positions. I hope that our elected representatives will one day wake up, see by themselves their true image in the mirror and decide to do what is right, what is lawful and what is good for the nation and the country. The would realize that filling their own pockets will lead them no where as their moral compass is moving in the opposite direction. I am sure that the current situation is still controllable, and our leaders can make this land peaceful and full of life. If this indeed happens, Pakistan will again be the best state to live in. I believe that all those who live here have good hearts and qualities but require better guidance, a sense of direction and good leaders. —Lahore the assassinated children were coloured with blood drops. Such barbaric incident has created panic in all over the Sindh. Such sad incidents are growing day by day; intolerance is carving social debacle at various parts of Sindh. Daily newspapers are full with such heart breaking occurrence. Ignorance about the message of love and peace given bt the sufi saints, negligence of the individual learning from folk wisdom, not chewing traditional Sindhi music and not respecting humanity have collectively created social gaps in modern Sindh. Ultimately, poverty, acute shortage in survival ingredients and lack of education has bitterly traumatized this burning situation. If timely repercussions are not taken seriously, intense violence of human rights, cruelty against women, rifts without reason, hostility without logic and enmity without aim will bleak social order of Sindh. Shockingly, nuisance at Nausheroferoz has inflamed social situation of Sindh. Government should take rapid actions on social issues of Sindh. It should play her positive role to promoting peace and tolerance in every part of Sindh. Such threatening circumstances have roots in social poverty. Promoting of peaceful philosophy of Shah Sachal and Sami will bring fruit of social harmony and respect for humanity. —Via email

Banning of Pashto films in KP MOHAMMAD FAYYAZ The PTI-led KP government has banned five Pashto films for obscene sections, and for being inappropriate for the audience, particularly the youths of the Province. The ban on these films was a most commendable step. The fact is that for the last many years, cinema houses in Peshawar had been showing lecherous films, in some cases nude ones, destroying the morality of the spectators in general, and youths in particular. Just to earn a few millions of rupees, we play with the lives of our citizens, making them a spoiled section of the society. We destroy them with out hands, and then complain ourselves if socially unacceptable, and immoral incidents take place around us in our environment. We cannot reap edible fruits, if we have sown seeds of deadly poisonous plants. There is a hue and cry from the concerned quarters against the banstep of the KP government, particularly the film-makers, and other stakeholders, voicing complaints about their possible loss of invested money spent on the making of these films. The KP government must not succumb to any pressure. After all, why should we invest in immoral activities for promotion of immorality? We are Muslims, we have to live inside the boundaries set up for us by the teachings of Islam. We should be aware of the fact that some elements in the society under the garb of being secular, promote their own ulterior motives and personal agenda. One thing more I would like to say is that the lecherous Pashto films in general, and dances in particular were a source of humiliation and disgrace for the Pashtoons. Through a conspiracy, on the one hands Pakhtuns are being humiliated, on the other hand, our own Pakhtun youths are being morally spoiled, and deprived of their hardearned money. —Charsadda

YouTube is a need TASKEEN ISLAM YOUSAFZAI You-tube is a known word for all of us, we can say that it is the most popular Social website of the world. Every imaginable video can be found on this site. The influence which youtube has on communication can be seen through various videos which are put out on the site by different organizations. Even different. Universities, Professors and teachers give lectures on it that is related to academics, education, entertainment, health and every other field of our lives. In simple words we can search anything on youtube. Everything has its own advantages and disadvantages

but YouTube is the site which is full of advantages and specially for students. But we know that our Government has blocked this site due to some reason but these things affect us a lot regarding studies, so it is the duty of our Government to take proper steps to reopen this site after clipping the loopholes. —Lahore

What do you expect from India? MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Apropos to your editorial “India’s critical role in Pak floods”(Aug 20) is not something very unusual. India’s track record is crystal clear as she always grabs opportunity to create problems for Pakistan. It is not first time that India has let loose overflow of water into Pakistan resulting in worsening the flood situation but it has been her practice all along. Question arises knowing India’s attitude in such situations, what Pakistan has done to minimise the damage caused due to floods. It is so unfortunate we have not bothered to construct dams to store the flood and rain water anywhere in Pakistan. The fate of Kalabagh dam is known to all of us. You can not fully blame India releasing water in to Chenab and Sutlej. Why should India flood their own areas when they have an option knowing well that Pakistan can not retaliate except lodging protests. India has been openly violating Indus Basin treaty and has built small and big hundreds of dams and our protests have fallen on deaf ears. We still believe in Aman ki Asha and very anxious to grant MFN status to India without realizing that this Aman ki Asha in fact is Tabahi ki Asha. Leave water alone what is happening at the LoC, Indian Defence Minister has issued instructions to army to retaliate at the LoC, our Prime Minister during his maiden Address to the Nation, once again reiterated that Pakistan and India would have to join their heads together so that they could address common issues like poverty and ignorance but India is not reciprocating and continues to maintain hostile posture against Pakistan and is not prepared to resolve any of the outstanding issues. What is preventing us not to take up the issue of water terrorism to the United Nations. By not doing so we are weakening our case as we have done in case of Kashmir. The attitude of India runs contrary to the concept of good neighbourly relations as has rightly been concluded in your editorial. It is time to set our priorities through consensus as one sided show shall end up in further failure and shall be counter productive. —Karachi

A salute M.MOAZEN BILAL This letter is a salute to the gallant and valorous security forces of Pakistan who recently seized 100 tons of explosives from Quetta. The Frontier corps (FC) which has already sacrificed many lives in fighting the war against terrorism has again arisen to the occasion by foiling a major terror bid by seizing explosives in such a large quantity. The whole nation must be proud and thankful to our security forces. Explosives in such abundance were capable of creating an apocalypse. It was the same explosive material that was used in Hazara town bombing and the counting goes on. According to the officials for the first time in the history of the country, such huge quantity of explosives have been seized and the credit goes to the dauntless armed forces of Pakistan. While I salute them all, I do urge upon the agencies to be vigilant and also foil the coming and clustering of such deadly explosives in our towns and cities. —Lahore

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5 including militant From Page 1 pletely resulting death of all five persons including militant Commander Ghulam Jan. Political administration said that the militant commander was on his way to his house located in Marra when became victim of the attack. The deceased commander was also wanted by Pakistani government in various cases. South Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which is rife with homegrown and foreign insurgents and is also alleged to be a stronghold of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al-Qaeda operatives. The region is chiefly off-limits to reporters because of security concerns and government restrictions due to which reliable casualty figures are difficult to acquire from there.—INP

Punjabi Taliban From Page 1 over the weekend. In a his first nationally televised speech to the nation after coming to power after the May 11 general eledctions, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had offered dialogue to “those elements who unfortunately have taken the course of extremism”. Muawiya said militants in Pakistan should respond positively if the government is serious about resolving the conflict. Muawiya is believed to be the head of the Taliban’s faction of fighters from Punjab province. It’s not entirely certain whether the TTP top leadership shares his sentiments. But they have backed previous statements made by Muawiya, saying he should be seen as having their support.

SHC orders From Page 1 KW&SB MD wherein crucial information about the MD was presented. In its report, Pakistan Observer had given details about the unconstitutional promotion and other financial discrepancies, which the provincial government took notice of. There were many officers in the higher pay scale including Misbahuddin Fareed, Deputy MD Planning Mashkoor Hasnanin, DMD RRG Waqar Hashmi, DMD HRDM Shakeel Ahmed, Director IT Mairajuddin, Chief Engineer Zone III-B Owais Malik, Chief Engineer Zone IIIA Faheem Akhtar Zaidi and Chief Engineer Projects Saleem Siddiqui. It is pertinent to mention that more than 199 officers in BPS18, 19 and 20 are drawing salary of next higher cadre and had drawn more than Rs 800 million in this regard.

President‚ PM From Page 1 Thursday night. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‚ former Prime Ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani‚ Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman Senate‚ Syed Nayyar Bukhari attended the dinner.

HBL ATM goes live at Wagha Border! STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —HBL the largest bank in Pakistan has entered into a strategic business alliance with Pakistan Rangers to provide alternate delivery solutions and channels to our brethren in Uniform. To commemorate the 66thIndependence Day, HBL deployed an ATM at the Wagha Border site in Lahore on August 14, 2013 as part of the strategic business alliance between HBL and Pakistan Rangers. The ATM inauguration ceremony was attended by Brig Najeeb, Sector Commander, Sutlej Ranger, Pakistan Rangers, Punjab and Mr. Faiq Sadiq, Head – Payment Services, HBL along with the respective Rangers and HBL team members. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Faiq Sadiq said “ today’s inauguration marks an important milestone for HBL and Pakistan Rangers. Wahgah border has immense opportunity to emerge as gateway of trade route between India and Pakistan. We are delighted that we have initiated our ATM facility at this site on our 66thIndependence day. Our countrywide ATM network provides convenient alternate round the clock banking facilities to our customers and reaffirms our commitment to providing ease and convenience of financial services through alternative channels”

DCC transformed into CCNS From Page 1 and Air Force. In the context of regional peace and stability, the DCC deliberated in detail on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. It was emphasized that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest and would contribute positively to peace and security as well as progress and prosperity in the region. Pakistan will fully support the international community’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Pakistan will also work to comprehensively upgrade its bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all dimensions. The DCC received a briefing on the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and took note of the continued violations of the ceasefire. Pakistan’s policy of restraint and responsibility was highlighted. The Committee condemned in the strongest terms the unprovoked firing in the Shaqma sector which has resulted in the Shahadat of Army Captain Sarfraz and offered fateha. It was strongly emphasized that the ceasefire should be maintained in letter and spirit. All military and diplomatic channels should be used to prevent ceasefire violations. It was emphasized that Pakistan will also continue to seek dialogue and resolution of all outstanding issues with India peacefully. The meeting was attended by Ministers for Finance, Information and Interior, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Naval Staff. Meanwhile, according to ISPR Pakistan soldier was martyred during unprovoked firing by Indian forces on Thursday at the LoC in Rakhchakri sector near Rawlakot and one more soldier was killed in Tatta Pani by the Indian fire. In his weekly briefing on Thursday Foreign office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry while expressing Pakistan’s grave concern on the recent incidents of violation of cease-fire across Line of Control in Kashmir, urged India to adopt the process of dialogue to resolve issues and build trust between the two countries. Islamabad asked the Indian leadership to adopt patience like Pakistan has been showing to reduce tension across LoC. Referring to the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the spokesman said Pakistan has

once again called upon India to reciprocate its policy of restraint, responsibility and dialogue for the larger interest of peace in the region. He said India should stop cease-fire violations and other provocations. Expressing concerns over yesterday’s violation at Line of Control, in the Shaqma Sector, in Kargil, which resulted in the martyrdom of a Pakistan Army captain and injury to another solider, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed its distress to the Indian government and the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Office to convey Pakistan’s protest, concern and sentiments. He said a strong protest was lodged over the unprovoked firing by Indian army soldiers in the Shaqma sector, Kargil, which resulted in the martyrdom of a Pakistan Army captain and injury to another soldier. The spokesman said Pakistan conveyed its serious concern on the continued violations of the cease-fire across the LoC by the Indian Army over the past few weeks and the escalation of tensions and told India that it is counterproductive and detrimental for stability and peace in the region. He said as Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement it called upon India to take serious and credible measures to prevent further cease-fire violations and reduce tensions. The spokesman said Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be construed as its weakness and made it clear that the country’s people and institutions are capable to defend its territory and interests at all cost. “Our peace overtures are essentially in the interest of the region and the two countries.” When asked about the doubts about meeting betweenthe prime ministers of two countries in New York in September, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said the leadership of Pakistan is prepared to use that occasion to build confidence and remove the trust deficit. He said all channels of communications should remain open as suspension of dialogue process will serve objectives of those who do not want peace in the region. He said offer of dialogue to India by Pakistan did not mean that Pakistan has given up its stance on Kashmir and referred the recent address of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he categorically stated that Jammu Kashmir issue is still unresolved

issues between Pakistan and India and it has to be resolved. He said Kashmir issue always remained on the agenda in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India. The spokesman said there are many methods to check and stop the violation of cease-fire across LoC and one of them is United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) which is responsible for monitoring any violation across LoC. Replying to a question, the spokesman said the Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit Pakistan in the last week of this month to discuss bilateral issues, trade and economic ties and the regional situation especially in the context of post-2014 scenario. He said Pakistan and Afghanistan had very close ties and leaders of both the countries are talking each other to further improve bilateral relations. Replying to a spokesman about the release of Mullah Baradar. The spokesman said he could not say anything on such issues but assured that Pakistan will take all possible measures to facilitate Afghan-led and Afghanowned reconciliation process to ensure peace and stability in the region. Expressing concern on the latest development in Syria, the spokesman said Pakistan has still diplomatic relations with Syria and its mission is working there. He said foreign office is in close contact with its ambassador in Syria. National Assembly on Thursday condemned continued violation of ceasefire by the Indian forces along Line of Control and called for constructive engagement. Unanimously adopted resolution paid glowing tributes to Capt Sarfraz of Pak Army who was martyred due to unprovoked shelling on LoC near Sakardu on Tuesday. This House condemns this act of aggression and also expresses serious concerns on continued violation of ceasefire across LoC by the Indian army, the resolution presented to the House by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain stated. The House also called upon India for a constructive and result oriented process of engagement. Members across the divide also prayed for early recovery of soldiers injured in shelling and resolved that people of Pakistan fully stand behind civil and military leadership to defend the territory of Pakistan.

UNSC calls for probe of Syria many children as they slept. The government denied using chemical weapons. Western news agencies reports said there were scores of bodies - some of them small children - laid on the floor of a clinic with no visible signs of injury following the alleged attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus. PAKISTAN: “We are deeply troubled by the media reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons - Sarin gas around Damascus,” Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Masood Khan told the meeting, while calling for an impartial investigation, according to diplomatic sources. “If proved, this would be a disastrous escalation and a noxious precedent,” he said, adding that the use of poisonous gas was “condemnable”. At the same time, he questioned the claims about the Syrian government’s involvement in the gas attack, the sources said. “It seems totally counter-intuitive that the Syrian Government would use chemical weapons, especially after allowing the UN team, led by Ake Sellstrom, into the country to investigate the use of such weapons,” Ambassador Masood Khan told the Security Council. “It would be a most brazen and defiant move on part of the Syrian Government to implicate itself under the glare of international spotlight.” Noting Syrian Government’s denial of the use of gas and the opposition activists’ insistance that it has, the Pakistani envoy said it was extremely important to determine facts through an impartial investigation. “We have heard claims and counter-claims in the past too from Government and opposition,” Masood Khan said, adding: “The veracity of these claims has to be ascertained beyond a shadow of doubt.” RUSSIA/CHINA: During the private Council meeting, Russia and China, which support the Syrian government, blocked a stronger press statement supported by Britain, France, the United States and

From Back Page others, according to western diplomats who declined to be named. But Russia and China agreed that the council president could sum up the session with “press elements” close to the weakest response from the U.N.’s most powerful body, the diplomats said, PROBE: Ambassador Perceval, the Council’s president, said Council members “welcomed the determination of the secretary-general (Ban Ki-moon) to ensure a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.” “All council members agreed that any use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances is a violation of international law,” she said. “There was also an agreement for a strong call for a cessation of hostilities and a cease-fire ... (and) the need for immediate humanitarian assistance to the victims.” The attack coincided with the visit to Syria by a 20-member U.N. chemical weapons team which only has a mandate to investigate three previous allegations of chemical weapons use. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who briefed the Council, expressed hope that the Syrian government will give the team access to the site as soon as possible, though he cautioned that “the security situation right now does not allow such access.” This represents, no matter what conclusions are, a serious escalation with grave humanitarian consequences and human consequences,â•• Eliasson stressed. He called for a cessation of hostilities not only in the area of the alleged attack but throughout Syria, where the U.N. says more than 100,000 people have been killed in the 2 1/2 year conflict. “What this incident has shown is, of course, that we must contain this conflict,” Eliasson said. “We have already seen effects on the regional implications, and now, the possibility of the use of chemical weapons which is to be investigated.” A U.N. spokesman, Eduardo del Buey, said the head of the U.N. team, Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, is in

discussions with the Syrian government on all issues pertaining to the alleged use of chemical weapons, including this most recent reported incident. He said the secretary-general was aware that a number of member states, the Arab League and the European Union have expressed ‘grave concern’ about the latest alleged attack. “The secretary-general reaffirms his determination to ensure a thorough investigation of the reported alleged incidents that are brought to his attention by member states,” del Buey said. At the Council meeting, some diplomats cautioned that the mandate for the current investigation is limited. “The current UN investigations team is not mandated to to affix responsibility but to establish whether or not chemical weapons have indeed been used,” Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan told the meeting, according to diplomatic sources.. CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES: “Once the use of chemical weapons is confirmed, a new mechanism could be created by the United Nations with the mandate to assign responsibility and recommend further measures,” he said. “A credible, professional and objective evaluation of the alleged claims of the past is of utmost importance.” He urged the Syrian Government to cooperate fully with the UN team. “The right course of action is that the UN team on the ground be authorized to visit the site to establish the release of Sarin gas as a weapon.” Masood Khan also called for cessation of hostilities, saying, “The death toll is very high. The scale of hostilities is alarming. Killings have to stop. Immediate humanitarian assistance should be given to the victims.” He said ceasefire was needed not only for investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons but to stop massive killings. “We do agree that the Government and opposition should be persuaded to move swiftly to Geneva, to the negotiating table.”—APP

Bomb hits From Page 1 Later, the security forces cordoned off the entire area. Meanwhile, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the deadly blast. Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah have condemned the incident of terrorism and directed the authorities concerned to submit a detailed report. On the other hand, the criminals had continued killing the citizens and as many as 8 persons including a homoeopathic doctor was gunned down on the day of elections in the city. The killers gunned down a political activist Abdul Shakoor in Jumma Goth in Korangi while another man was killed in Surjani Town. Absar, 45, was killed in Gulshan-e-Bihar in Orangi Town and one Hasan was killed in North Nazimabad. Two bodies were recovered from near Baloch Hotel in Liaquatabad No 10. Both were tortured to death and were tied with ropes. They were identified as Tahir Brohi and Ahmed Brohi. Two were killed in Janjal Goth and Tin Hatti area.Dr Ghazanfar was killed near Daak Khana (Post office) bus stop in Liaquatabad as he was going to home after closing his clinic.

ECP announces From Page 1 The ECP took notice of the reports and announce re-polling at nine polling stations each in NA-5 Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat constituencies. However, the ECP will announce date for re-polling in 18 polling stations in these two constituencies later.—Online

Strategy includes From Back Page expressed very useful insights regarding the issues of extremism and terrorism. He was happy to note that leading experts from Pakistan as well as abroad had prepared a strategy keeping in view all aspects of the issues involved and with focus on ground situation. Earlier Gen. Ihsan-ul-Haq in his inaugural address had touched on all relevant factors of extremism and terrorism. He told the participants that Pakistan has been in the forefront against the scourge of violent extremism and terrorism. After 9/11 incident, he said there was a mushroom growth of Madrasahs and Jehadi fervour was promoted in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions. This was to provide the base for creation of Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The 9/11 incident was a game-changer in the global security dynamics but Pakistan had to bear the brunt of its fall out and suffered heavily in the war on terror. Causalities in Pakistan as a result of terrorist incidents crossed 40,000. Haq further said we have to view the situation in its border ideological context and endeavour to seek effective response, through shared experiences, among the Muslim states. The participants also proposed formation of an independent ‘National Commission for Peace and Harmony’ representing all segments of the society for the effective implementation of the policy. The participants called for initiating legal and judicial reforms to improve existing judicial system for fair and speedy justice and incorporate mechanism for prevention of crime. They urged the government to take ownership of the important institutions of Mosque and Madrisa, initiate educational reforms and also media reforms. On the second day of the conference, the first session was chaired by Professor Dr Richard Bonney. Speakers included renowned scholars including Maj Gen Anwar Bin Majid Bin Anwar Eshki, Professor Dr. Mehmat Ozcan, Faheem ul Hamid and Shaikh Saleh Bin Ahmed Saleh Diyab shared their experiences about ‘Violent Extremism’. The second session was chaired by Dr Mehmat Ozcan of Turkey while experts including Dr Manzar Abbas Zaidi, Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal and Dr Sarfraz Ansari also spoke about the challenges and the way forward.

Nawaz, Shah From Back Page meeting, Khursheed Shah said both the leaders have agreed to give new names for NAB chairman. He said they agreed to drop the names of Rana Bhagwan Das and Khawaja Zaheer and will give one or two new names each. He said it was too late to decide the name of NAB chairman, adding it should be finalized soon. Shah further said chief election commissioner will also be brought with consensus without making it personal issue.

ECC approves revised scheme From Page 1 exporter on the basis of a plain paper contract. The ECC decided to increase the minimum value addition requirements for plan gold bangles/ chains, plain gold jewellery and studded jewellery, respectively to 8 per cent, 12 per cent and 13 per cent . The previous minimum value addition requirement in SRO 266(I)/2001 was 4 per cent, 6 per cent and 9 per cent. Sale of imported gold under this scheme in the Domestic Market. Will be prohibited. Penalties under the prevalent Laws will be applicable in case of violation. Random testing of jewellery export consignments will be done at airports to ensure that they are fully in conformity with the declaration made to the customs. Otherwise, penalties shall apply for mis-declaration and any violation of the SRO under prevalent laws including of the Imports and Exports Control Act, 1950. Under the current scheme export-

ers can get 100 per cent of the export proceeds in the form of gold. This facility defeats the very purpose of encouraging exports in this sector. Under the current scheme the maximum period allowed for realization of export proceeds in the form of gold is 240 days and for Foreign Exchange is 180 days. Now both these periods are being reduced to 120 days. In order to ensure effective over sight and closer coordination between concerned agencies, the import and export of value added gold jewellery under this SRO will only be allowed from duly notified customs station. In the area of procedural improvements, inter-alia, the following steps will be taken: Effective information and date exchange between TDAP and Customs will be ensured on real time basis in order to minimize and eliminate existing loopholes in the system. The internal processing procedures of TDAP

and FBR will be streamlined in order to present circumvention of the requirement of the SRO and for this purpose detailed administrative instruction are being issued. In addition to other measures, in future higher ranking TDAP Officers will be responsible for processing requests for registration and import/export authorization. The final approval in all such cases will come from TDAP Headquarters Karachi. This will ensure that circumvention of the legal requirements do not take place in regional TDAP offices. The revised schemes will not be applicable to those transactions where gold has been imported under the existing SRO 266. Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has said that the new scheme for re-export of gold will not be applicable to those who have imported gold or authorized to import under the existing scheme.—Online

Major upsets in by-elections From Page 1 secured the polling stations and played their role for the conduction of the polls haste-free. The workers and supporters had been present around the polling booths in large number while supporters and activists of other contestants including the Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) were seen in a very limited number. During a survey, Pakistan Observer had observed that there was a long queue of voters whose names were missing in the voters’ lists and were shifted to other constituencies due to which they could not cast their votes and had returned to homes disappointed. According to non-official results obtained from polling stations in Karachi, the candidates belonging to the MQM had taken wider lead over their opponents and had seemingly won the 2 provincial seats, PS-95 and PS-103 and one national assembly seat, NA-254.On the electoral constituency of NA-254, Karachi East-XVI, Ali Rasid of the MQM had apparently won against his opponents belonging to the PTI and the PPPP. Those that contested the polls on NA-254 included Muhammad Ali Rashid (MQM), Muhammad Naeem (PTI), Maulana Abdul Sattar (PPP), Mian M. Ilyas Rasheed (Pakistan Muslim League-N), Waseem Ahmed (Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) and Muhammad Asghar Dars (Pakistan Muslim League-S). There were 378712 registered voters in the electoral constituency of NA-254 of which male voters were 228142 and female voters 150570. The number of polling stations in the electoral constituency was 194. By-Elections for Constituency of PS-103 Karachi CentralXV, was apparently won by the MQM candidate Rauf Siddiqui. The seat fell vacant after murder of MQM member provincial Assembly Sajid Qureshi along with his young son Engineer Wasif Qureshi in Nazimabad. Those, who contested the polls on that provincial seat included Abdul Rauf Siddiqui (MQM), Sultan Ahmed (PTI), Shaikh Faisal Ejaz (PPPP) Ms. Khursheed Raja Asif (Independent).The number of registered voters in the electoral constituency of PS-103 was 150258 of which male voters were 82609 and female voters were 67649. The number of polling stations in the electoral constituency of PS-103 was 88.On the provincial assembly seat of PS-95, MQM’s candidate Muhammad Hussain had appar-

ently won the by-elections. Meanwhile the Election Commission ordered re-polling on 18 polling stations in NA-5 and NA-27. Following are the unofficial, partial results.

National Assembly NA-1 (Peshawar): Ghullam Ahmed Bilour (ANP) 37,710; Gul Badshah (PTI)25,930. NA-5 (Nowshera): ECP orders re-polling on nine polling stations NA-13 (Swabi-II): Aqibullah Khan (PTI) 35,749; Maulana Atta-ul-Haq (JUI-F) 26,996 NA-27 (Lakki Marwat): ECP orders re-polling on nine polling stations NA-48 (Islamabad-I): Asad Umer (PTI) 48,033; Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf (PML-N) 41,186. NA-68 (Sargodha): Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan (PML-N) 67,785 and Javed Hasnain Shah (Independent) 41,273. NA-71 (Mianwali-I): Obaidullah Shadikhel (PML-N) 95,091; Malik Waheed Khan (PTI) 77,973. NA-83 (Faisalabad-IX): Mian Abdulmannan (PML-N) 47,540; Faizullah Kamoka (PTI) 36,000. NA-103 (Hafizabad-II): Shahid Hussain Bhatti (PML-N) 54,140; Shaukat Ali Bhatti (PTI) 45,237. NA-129 (Lahore-XII): Shazia Mubashir (PML-N) 44,894; Muhammad Mansha Sindhu (PTI) 26,071. NA-177 (Muzaffargarh-II): Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar (PPP) 53,049; Muhammad Javed Khan (Independent) 49,547. NA-235 (Sanghar-II): Shazia Marri (PPP) 68,459; Khudabaksh Dars (PML-F) 55,767. NA-237 (Thatta): Shamsunnisa Memon (PPP)78,778; Syed Riaz Shah (PML-N) 48,513 NA-254 (Karachi-XVI): Ali Rashid (MQM) 15,551; Muhammad Naeem (PTI) 2,057. NA-262 (Qila Abdullah): Abdul Kahar (PKMAP) 35,542; Qari Muhammad Sher Ali (JUIF) 19,574.

PP-142 (Lahore-VI): Khawaja Salman Rafiq (PML-N) 14,513; Waqar Ahmed (PTI) 3,683. PP-150 (Lahore-XIV): Mian Marghoob Ahmed (PML-N) 18,872; Mehr Wajid Azeem (PTI) 18,494. PP-161 (Lahore-XXV): Awaited PP-193 (Okara-IX): Khurram Jehangir Wattoo (PPP) 41,426; Noor-ul Amin Wattoo (PML-N) 25,459 PP-210 (Lodhran-IV): M.Zubair Khan (PML-N) 36,778; Syed Khursheed Khan (PTI) 12,206 PP-217 (Khanewal-VI): Rana Babar (PML-N) 49,469; Maqsood Alam (PTI) 22,832 PP-243 (DG Khan-IV): Ali Khan (PTI) 22,493; Sardar Ashsamuddin (PML-N) 18,635 PP-247 (Rajanpur-I): Ali Raza (PTI) 45,594; Abdul Qadir Khan (PML-N) 34,597. PP-254 (Muzaffargarh-IV): Hamid Nawaz (PML-N) 7,482; Irshad Ahmed Khan (PPP) 6,517. PP-289 (RY Khan-V): Raees Mahmood (PML-N) 28,611; Mian Muhammad Aslam Advocate (PPP) 23,270. PP-292 (RY Khan-VIII): Makhdoom Syed Ali Akbar (PPP) 42,207; Maulvi Tariq Chohan (PML-N) 30,964.

Sindh Assembly PS-12 (Shikarpur-II): Abid Hussain (PPP) 13,187; Amir Ali Jatoi (Independent) PS-64 (Mirpurkhas-I): Dr. Zafar Kamali (MQM) 30,150; Abdul Syed Qureshi (PPP) 22,305. PS-95 (Karachi-VII): Muhammad Hussain Khan (MQM)43,274; Muhammad Jameel Zia (PPP) 1,256. PS-103 (Karachi-XV): Muhammad Abdul Raud Siddiqui (MQM) 24,938; Sultan Ahmed (PTI) 2,684.

KP Assembly

PK-23 (Mardan-I): Ahmed Khan (ANP) 13,077; Syed Umer Farooq (PTI) 12,005 PK-27(Mardan-V): Jamshed Khan (Independent) 36,886; Fazl Rabbani Advocate (JI) 9,891. PK-42 (Hangu-I): Shah Faisal Khan (Independent) 34,932; Syed Hasni (Independent) 12,909. PK-70 (Bannu-I): Punjab Assembly Azam Khan Durrani (JUI-F) PP-6 (Rawalpindi-VI): 23,501; Malik Adnan Khan (PTI) Awaited. PP-51 (Faisalabad-I): 19,531 Azad Ali (PML-N) 36,628; Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Ajmal Cheema PB-29 (Nasirabad-II): (PTI) 19,875. Muhammad Khan Lehri (PMLPP-118 (MB Din-III): Akhtar N) 24,372; Muhammad Amin Abbas Bosal (PML-N) 31,305; Umrani (Independent) 12,662. Liaqat Ali Ranjha (PTI) 17,292 PB-32 (Kachhi-III): PP-123 (Sialkot-III): Nawabzada Tariq Magsi (IndeKhawaja Muhammad Mansha pendent) 21,280; Ghani Baksh (PML-N) 21,869; Muhammad Lashari (PML-N) 4,228. PB-44 Dawood Khan (PTI) 6,979 (Lasbela-I): Awaited.

Democracy taking roots The President, however, expressed his satisfaction that he would be handing over a far more stable and stronger Pakistan than what he had inherited five years ago. “For the first time in Pakistan’s history one elected civilian President would be handing over charge to another elected civilian President in a smooth and orderly manner. This fact alone speaks volumes about democracy taking roots in Pakistan,” he remarked. The President said Pakistan sincerely desires to establish durable peace and stability in the neighborhood, adding, “We need peace and stability to realize the vast potential of mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields.” As Afghanistan’s closest neighbor, he added, Pakistan has borne the brunt of the crisis in Afghanistan in the past over three decades. “The cost for Pakistan has been enormous. We have been hosting the largest number of

From Back Page refugees in the world over several decades. We have endured the inflow of drugs and weapons,” he pointed out. The President said the cost for Pakistan has been huge, in both blood and material losses, adding, “history has proved that the destinies of our two countries are inter-linked.” “Our dreams of peace and prosperity cannot be realized as long as Afghanistan remains in turmoil. It is for these reasons that helping restore peace and stability in Afghanistan remained on top of our agenda during the past five years,” he added. President Zardari said Pakistan has been engaged in serious efforts at the bilateral level as well as in concert with other key stakeholders. Pakistan has been part of several forums specially designed for this purpose, he added. The President said since Afghanistan approaches the next important stage of transition as foreign forces will draw-down,

Pakistan remains committed to support an Afghan-led and Afghan- owned process of transition. “We are extending every possible support to the efforts for intra-Afghan reconciliation,” he said. The President said he was looking forward to the visit of his brother, President Karzai, to Pakistan, adding, he was confident that his visit would help in better coordination and stepping up of our efforts. Regarding the relations with India, the President said Pakistan wanted to transform the bilateral relations into a friendly and cooperative partnership through resolving the outstanding disputes. “We believe the way forward for the two countries is to resume the stalled composite dialogue process at the earliest,” he added. The President, however, maintained that the two sides need to ensure that the fall out of the recent incidents along the Line of Control was not allowed to derail the normalization process.—APP

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 1st T20

Pakistan start as favourites H ARARE —In a relatively Herald. “Obviously I am not talking point about him. the expectations off him quiet month for international cricket, save for the ongoing marquee Test series in England, Zimbabwe and Pakistan have managed to shoehorn a series to fill a gap in the calendar. Shortly after the series was confirmed came the off-field distraction involving the Zimbabwe players and the cricket board. A familiar pay dispute led to fears over whether the tour would get under way but, thankfully, the players made peace with the board with the formation of a players union. The dispute, however, disrupted the hosts’ practice schedules and though they have since resumed training, it remains to be seen if it has been sufficient. This is in contrast to the preparations ahead of the recent home series against India. The players trained for ten weeks, but it wasn’t enough to stretch an experimental Indian side. The batting was the biggest let down, followed by the fielding. The result was a 5-0 thrashing. It will only get tougher against Pakistan, who’re playing full strength despite the low-profile nature of the tour. Prosper Utseya, the offspinner, has insisted that the players are in the right frame of mind. “We have managed to put that [contractual issue] behind now and some of the players have been offered contracts,” Utseya told the Zimbabwe

Sarfraz finally departs for Zimbabwe tour LAHORE—Sarfraz Ahmed finally left for Harare on Thursday morning to join the Pakistan team currently on tour in Zimbabwe. He had to wait anxiously as his visa arrived late. He refrained from talking to the media before his departure on the directives of PCB officials. Sarfraz was included in the T-20 and ODI team after PCB’s concern about the fitness of Umer Akmal. Pakistan play the first T20 match of the series on Friday 23rd August.—APP

Life ban on Kaneria unjust: Basit KARACHI—Former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali on Wednesday said that the life ban on legendary leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was “unjust, illegal and without any evidence.” He called upon caretaker Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi to look into the case. Danish Kaneria had already filed an appeal against the ban in the Commercial Court of Britain. He alleged that since England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned Kaneria for life without any proof and evidence, so their action was illegal and against the human rights. “Its very surprising that the PCB banned Kaneria for life on the basis of a ban imposed by the ECB instead of asking them to provide evidence”, he questioned. He blamed ex-PCB chairman Ijaz Butt for mishandling the case, which had damaged Kaneria’s career. “Those, who had accepted their crime, were banned for just five years while Kaneria, who did not admit the crime, was banned for life,” he added. He alleged, “This is double standard of the PCB. On the one hand it backed banned and jailed trio of Muhammad Aamir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif and on the other it did not extend any support to Danish Kaneria, who had rendered great services for the country.”—APP

sure what they’ve got, but they looked happy. It is good that ZC have managed to meet us halfway going into the series.”

Raza’s 82 against India was the highest individual score by a Zimbabwe batsman in the series and though his form fell away in the remain-

Series wins in the West Indies have given Pakistan confidence after the gloom of the Champions Trophy. The performances of the youngsters in the two T20s in the West Indies, including Umar Amin and Zulfiqar Babar, should have pleased them immensely. A few players have been busy in the Caribbean Premier League, though, among them, only Mohammad Hafeez features in the upcoming T20s. The rest of the squad have been training in Lahore. Sikandar Raza is likely to play his first game against the country of his birth, but that alone shouldn’t be the only

ing games, it marked him down as a player to watch. What Raza needs is consistent scores to keep his place in the XI. Zulfiqar Babar had to wait till he was 34 to get his first opportunity for Pakistan. The left-arm spinner was picked in the T20 squad for the West Indies and had a dream debut, taking 3 for 23, but his job didn’t end there. Batting at No. 8, Babar had the honour of facing the final ball of the match with one needed to win. He finished the game with a swagger, hitting a six. He ended the two-match series with five wickets and

would have increased.

Team news Zimbabwe named a 21member practice squad for the series, now minus Kyle Jarvis, who announced his sudden retirement from international cricket to focus on a county contract. A trimmed squad hasn’t been announced (at the time of writing). Zimbabwe full squad: Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Michael Chinouya, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams Pakistan are without Umar Akmal for the series, after he was withdrawn after suffering a seizure while flying in the West Indies. Sarfraz Ahmed was named the replacement wicketkeeper. Pakistan (likely): 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 3 Ahmed Shehzad, 4 Umar Amin, 5 Haris Sohail, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Zulfiqar Babar, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Asad Ali.—AFP

LONDON: Chelsea and Aston Villa players trying to hold the ball during the Premier League match.

Bodla breaks two new World Records ISLAMABAD—Pakistani

Taekwondo black belt Ahmad Amin Bodla has successfully broken two Guinness World Records and aims to break more this year in November. Ahmad Amin Bodla broke the Guinness World Records for the most martial arts kicks in 3 minutes and most martial arts punches in 1 minute using one hand by striking 783 kicks and 313 punches, respectively. Ahmad Bodla attempted the world records in Fitness First Gym Riyadh Gallery at Saudi Arabia on August 21. Earlier the record in 3 minutes was held by Sidhu Kshetri of India with 620 kicks. Ahmad shattered the record by kicking 783 times in 3 minutes. Australian master Mick Faber held the record of punches in 1 minute using one hand with 301 strikes, Ahmad was able to strike 313 wing chun martial arts punches in 1 minute using his right hand. Ahmad Bodla already holds 18 world records in various categories of martial arts from most kicks in 1 hour to most side kicks in 1 minute. Talking to APP from Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Bodla said now he has his sight set on the toughest record in martial arts. “My target is to kick 12 hours continuously to set a Guinness world record in November in Pakistan,” he said. Bodla said I want to make my country’s name shine high in the world and for that I will try to break every record Victoria Azarenka and I can.—APP Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who now moves up to third. Tournament director David Brewer had earlier announced Sharapova’s withdrawal. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New I SLAMABAD —Pakistan will York next year,” he said in a be hosting the 11th West Asia Baseball Cup at Lahore statement.—AFP from November 25 to December 1. Syed Khawar Shah, Pakistan Baseball Federation secretary on Thursday met Minister for Inter Provincial CoOrdination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada here at his feated struggling Mirpurkhas office to brief him about the 42-28. Sabbir Ali (15), Talha arrangements of the West Amjad (10), Ali Chanzaib (10) Asia Baseball Cup. “Teams of India, Sri led the way for the winners while Haris Khan (9) and Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Asad Ali, Tariq Hussain with Iraq and other countries eight points played well for would be featuring in the event,” he said adding that Mirpurkhas. In the most one sided of the visiting teams will be arthe night, District East Greens riving at Lahore on Novemthrashed Central Whites 44- ber 24. At the occasion the sec15.Saifullah (12), Shamir (10) Habibullah (9), performed retary invited the Minster as well for East chief guest at the closing cerGreens.Abdullah Khan emony of the Baseball Cup scored nine points for Cen- which the Minister accepted.—APP tral Whites.—APP

Sharapova out of US Open with shoulder injury N EW Y ORK —Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, tournament organisers said. The four-times grand slam winner, who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2006, fired coach Jimmy Connors last week after just one match together. The 26-year-old world number three, who is suffering from inflammation in her right shoulder, said withdrawing from the year’s final grand slam was “a really tough decision to make”. “I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn’t enough time,” she said in statement on her Facebook page. “I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly. “It’s certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favourite tournaments, but I know it’s the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. “I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation.” Sharapova lost to 20year-old American Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati last week in her only match since a second-round exit at Wimbledon.

Her absence from Flushing Meadows at least puts to rest widely reported plans she had to legally change her name for the US Open in a publicity stunt for her candy business. Defending champion Serena Williams is the top seed for the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York, ahead of Belarusian

Malir, South Greens in NBP Cup Basketball semis K ARACHI —District Malir other main-scorer for the winGreens and South Greens sailed into the semi-finals of 7th NBP Cup Basketball Tournament after victories in the league rounds at Arambagh flood light court Wednesday night. Seasoned Shabbar Rizvi contributed 17 points and Waleed Niksal scored 14 points to lead Malir Greens to 58-44 victory over District South Greens to cement their place in the last four grade. Bukhtiar Ahmed (10) was

ners. Syed Adnan ali (15) and Abdullah (10) played well for the losers. Brilliant Ahad Javari starred in Favorites District South Greens 54-44 win against Central Greens. Display brilliant skill, dribbling and shooting Ahad Javari scored a whooping 23 points.He was well assisted by Asad Ali (12), Mahhad (15), Jazil (9), Najeem (9) excelled for Central Greens. District East Whites de-

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Chelsea fight hard to win 2-1 against Villa L ONDON —Chelsea over- await them at Manchester inrushing defender Luna and came obdurate opposition from Aston Villa to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that maintained their early momentum in the fledgling Premier League season. Breezy 2-0 victors over Hull City in their opening game on Sunday, Chelsea had to dig much deeper against Paul Lambert’s side but eventually prevailed through a header from Branislav Ivanovic with 17 minutes to play. As against Hull, Chelsea had taken an early lead, this time through an own goal from Antonio Luna, but Villa refused to roll over and claimed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when Christian Benteke lashed home. Victory in an occasionally ill-tempered game, brought forward due to Chelsea’s involvement in the UEFA Super Cup on August 30, will give Jose Mourinho enhanced belief that his side are ready for the battle sure to

United on Monday. Villa manager Lambert, meanwhile, will take solace from the doggedness of his side’s display, four days on from their shock 3-1 win at Arsenal and eight months after a humiliating 8-0 defeat on the same pitch. Mourinho made two changes to the team that beat Hull, introducing Demba Ba and Juan Mata in place of Kevin De Bruyne and Fernando Torres, while Ciaran Clark replaced the injured Nathan Baker at centreback for Villa. Chelsea had taken the lead after 13 minutes against Hull and they were just as quick off the mark against Villa.This time the visiting team held out for only seven minutes, although there was more than a touch of fortune about the goal. Oscar released Eden Hazard with an incisive pass down the inside-left channel and although Brad Guzan parried the Belgian’s shot, the ball bounced off

into the net.Despite the early goal, Chelsea were not nearly as dominant as they had been against Hull and Villa might have equalised sooner had Andreas Weimann not completely miscued his header from Luna’s cross in the 20th minute. There was a blow for the visitors shortly before halftime, as Clark had to go off after an inadvertent kick from Ba left him with blood streaming down his face. New signing Jores Okore came on in his place. They finished the half with a stoppage-time flourish, however, as Gabriel Agbonlahor powered down the left flank before squaring for Benteke to smash home an equaliser off the left-hand post. Villa’s tactic of withdrawing 10 men behind the ball when Chelsea had possession frustrated the hosts, and Agbonlahor almost put Villa ahead on the hour with a firsttime curler that cleared the crossbar by inches.—AFP

No play before lunch on second day of Ashes finale LONDON—Rain meant there was no play before lunch on the second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval on Thursday. The umpires decided to take lunch 30 minutes early at 12.30pm local time (1130GMT), with the aim of starting play at 1.10pm following the standard 40minute break. At stumps on Wednesday’s first day, Australia were 307 for four as they sought a consolation victory in a five-match series already

won by England at 3-0 up. Shane Watson’s Testbest 176 was the cornerstone of Australia’s imposing total. It was only his third Test hundred — his first in 25 matches and 48 innings since his previous best of 126 against India at Mohali in October 2010. Watson was especially severe on England debutants Chris Woakes, a mediumpacer, and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan who ended the day with expensive combined figures of none for 105 in 23 overs.

Steven Smith was 66 not out overnight having helped Watson add 145 for the fourth wicket before the all-rounder was well caught at deep backward square leg by Kevin Pietersen after hooking a Stuart Broad bouncer. Nightwatchman Peter Siddle was unbeaten on 18. England have never won four Tests in a home Ashes series, while it is 36 years since Australia last went through an Ashes without winning a single Test.—AFP

Grand celebrations scheduled for Sachin’s 200th Test in South Africa BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —India’s masterblaster Sachin Tendulkar is set to be honored by Cricket South Africa (CSA) during legend’s possibly the last Test series in South Africa. This was revealed by Chris Nenzani, the CSA president. Sachin Tendulkar is scheduled to play his 200th Test on this tour. Speaking exclusively over telephone from South Africa, Nenzani says, “we will definitely be honouring

this icon of world cricket and we will announce plans after discussions with the BCCI and their national team management”. Having scored more than 15,000 runs in Tests and 51 hundreds under his belt, Sachin Tendulkar may announce his retirement after this Test. He has already announced his retirement from IPL, ODIs’ and Twenty20s. The Indian cricket board is yet to approve CSA’s plan to host three Tests, seven ODIs’ and two Twenty20 matches. The itinerary has

been drawn as per ICC’s Future Tour Program (FTP). “We are waiting to hear from the BCCI and will make an appropriate announcement in due course”, he added. The BCCI is reported to have reservation over this itinerary announced without consultations. The CSA official assigned to decide the matches had consulted the BCCI official in London, it is learnt. Stangely, the Indian cricket board officials have been maintaining the ignorance.

Democracy taking roots in Pakistan: Zardari ISLAMABAD—President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said democracy was taking roots in Pakistan, as for the first time in the country’s history one elected civilian President would be handing over charge to another elected civilian President in a smooth and orderly manner. The President was speaking at a dinner he hosted in honour of the Islamabad based diplomats here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to thank them for the support and cooperation that he received from them during the past five years. Besides the diplomats, the

Murderer of 7 labourers held SARGODHA—The police arrested the culprit involved in murder of seven people during a raid here on Thursday. According to details, the police on a tip off conducted a raid at government office of Irrigation Department during which accused Hamza Awan was arrested. It should be mentioned that Hamza Awan had gunned down seven labourers while working in the fields of a local landlord in Bhagtanwala village near Sargodha on Wednesday. —INP

Doctor killed over old enmity C HAKWAL —A Doctor was murdered at village Roopwal on Thursday in the limits of Neela Police Station. According to the Police,Dr.Ghulam Murtaza was severely beaten by the two rival groups over an old enmity. Later, he was shifted to Talagang Hospital but expired on his way.He was 55 year old. Police took the body into custody and started investigation. —APP

Ex-Quetta Nazim arrested Q UETTA —Former Quetta Nazim Mir Maqbool Lehri has been apprehended for possessing being quantity of explosives material It should be mentioned here that he was arrested on Wednesday as over excessive amount of explosive material was seized from a warehouse owned by former Nazim Mir Maqboo Lehri. The sources said Lehri has been given in police custody for interrogations.—Online

New Islamabad airport scam

Why govt unwilling to obey court orders, asks SC

dinner was also attend by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, Federal Ministers and a number of Members of the Parliament. President Zardari welcomed Prime Minister Sharif to the get together and said: “His presence here is a demonstration of the movement towards maturity of our democracy.” He said, “In our journey on the road to democracy and progress we all have suffered in varying degrees. Mr. Nawaz Sharif also endured the rigours of exile and imprisonment in this

Nawaz, Shah agree to put forward new names for chairman NAB STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah have agreed to put forward new names for the chairman National Accountability Bureau slot. Nawaz Sharif on Thursday 2 bombs met Shah at his residence to offer ‘fateha’ for his sister who passed recovered QUETTA—Two bombs were re- away in the recent past. Speaking to media after the covered outside the polling stations of constituency of NA 262 Continued on Page 7 Balochistan, while polling was rearranged in tents after the break of three hours. As per media reports, bombs were recovered from the polling stations of Haji Bakht and Station Shah Sawar of Qilla Abdullah, where they were placed on the main gate of polling stations. Immediately taking action, Pakistan Army cordoned of both polling stations and removed voters from the site, while Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was also Ashraf Ansari called from Quetta. —Online ISLAMABAD—Experts participating in the two day international Roti price seminar organised by the Cenincreased tre for Pakistan and Gulf StudLAHORE—Nanbais of Lahore ies (CPGS) proposed a strategy city justifying hike in flour to the government to fight terprices have increased the prices rorism and extremism prevailof naan and roti by one to three ing in the country. The strategy rupees besides reduction in includes measures to ensure weight.According to details, in peace and harmony in the counthe provincial capital after in- try. The proposed strategy has crease in the prices of flour, naanbais without official notifi- been recommended to the govcation, at their own have in- ernment for its policy guidance creased the prices of naan and roti on critical issues relating to radiby one to three rupees.The citizens calism, religious extremism and have also complained of decrease terrorism. This strategy has in weight of naan and roti and been named as ‘SALAM’ based expressed grave concerns over the on initials. The initials are: role of district administration and S - Sensitize, A Link, A price control authorities to tackle Access, L - Act ,M Monitor the issue.—INP

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Punjab opp stages walkout, to challenge LG law MUZAFFAR ALI

LAHORE—The opposition in I SLAMABAD —The Supreme the Punjab Assembly has anCourt has expressed its anger on the government for not handing over the corruption case in the construction of new Islamabad airport to FIA for probe. The three member bench of the Supreme Court under the supervision of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry restarted the hearing of the case regarding corruption in the construction of new Islamabad airport on Thursday. The CJP said in his remarks that it seems that the government does not want to comply with the court orders and it desires to run the affairs on statuesque position. Another member of the bench Justice Jawad S Khawaja said that it is not understood that why the government is not taking the issue seriously.—Online

journey.” The President besides appreciating the role of the diplomatic core in strengthening the mutual relations between Pakistan and their respective countries also spoke on challenges faced by Pakistan, including the war against terrorism and the country’s relations with regional countries and other important capitals of the world. He said the last five years have been extremely challenging and eventful years, adding, “some of the old challenges still persist and new challenges

nounced that it would challenge the new local government law in court and would also hold protests on Friday against its passage. As the assembly session began, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf member and opposition leader Mahmoodur Rashid strongly criticised the bill in which he was joined by other members of the opposition. Opposition party stood on their seats to shout out their support for Rashid, following which they staged a walk out. After the walk out, opposition members stood on the stairs outside the assembly with tape over their mouths as a symbol of protest. Under the local government

law, there will be indirect election for municipal corporations’ mayors and deputy mayors as joint candidates. A municipal corporation having population of more than one million shall have two deputy mayors and thereafter there shall be one additional deputy mayor for every additional million. A mayor and nine deputy mayors of the Lahore Metropolitan Corporation will also be elected ‘indirectly’ as joint candidates. Speaking to media representatives, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah criticised the protest and declared the bill to be reflective of the aspirations of the people. Sanaullah moreover demanded that the election commission should take notice of the White Paper issued by the PTI.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chairing Defence Committee of Cabinet meeting.

Presiding officer gives birth to baby in Lahore PP-161 MUZAFFAR ALI

LAHORE—A female presiding officer gave birth to a baby after being shifted from her duty place to a medical facility during by-polls on Thursday. According to reports, the pregnant woman was discharging duty in Punjab Assembly Constituency -161 in Chamropur near Raiwind when her condition deteriorated. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she gave birth to a baby boy prompting Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the situation as to how a female officer was deputed in such a condition. The electoral body would also examine whether the woman came to duty for fear their responsibility in the spread of departmental action. or decrease of the phenomenon of Islamophobia, human rights and Islamophobia, and ways of possible cooperation between governments of the OIC Member States with media organizations in order to face up the challenges posed by this phenom- NEW DELHI—India has asked enon. Other issues to be dis- Pakistan to return the belongings cussed include democracy and of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death cultural diversity and their impact row prisoner who died in Lahore on Islamophobia. jail in April. The conference comes in The Indian home ministry, implementation of the content through the ministry of external and articles of the Ten-Year affairs, made a formal request to Programme of Action adopted Islamabad to facilitate the return by the extraordinary Mecca Is- of Sarabjit’s clothes and other perlamic Summit in 2005 and di- sonal belongings, retained by Kot rection of the OIC Secretary Lakhpat jail authorities in Lahore, General. —AP to his family. —INP

OIC Int’l Conference on Islamophobia in Sept JEDDAH—The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will jointly organize an International Conference on Islamophobia: Law and Media in Istanbul in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information under the auspices of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent ARINÇ on 12 and 13 September 2013. The conference will be attended by the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and a number of academics and journalists from around the world. The conference will discuss issues related to the role of media and international law and

India asks Pak to return Sarabjit’s belongings

Missing persons case

CJP: Pakistan not to be allowed to be ridiculed ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked Pakistan will not be allowed to be ridiculed in the world owing to missing persons’ matters. He further remarked, “On one side innocent people are picked up and on the other side the institutions which lift them deny this act. It is better whosoever holds missing persons should inform the court about the details or they should initiate proceedings as per law. We have allowed the time to the people as much as we could give and now we will allow no more time now. FC personnel after picking up one person said he is Hamza Javed and not Mustafa Azam”. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked, “Nothing will run in

the country now except rule of law and constitution. Enough is enough and missing persons should be recovered now. As soon as we dispose of one case we come to know some more people are missing. Dead bodies of the persons who have gone missing in Balochistan are being recovered from Karachi. For how long will it continue.” A 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) presided over by the CJP took up the missing persons case for hearing Thursday. The court was informed that FIR was lodged with reference to Mustafa Azam. This young man was arrested when blast took place in Hayat Abad Peshawar. This young man was held by FC. When investigation was made it came to light that he was student of first year and

he was staying in the hotel when the bomb blast occurred. Sindh police was investigating a case against him He was caught by the police during bomb blast incident at Peshawar. His father recognizes him. The CJP remarked, “Father is recognizing his son. Mustafa Azam be presented before us.” Police told he is Hamza Javed as per their record. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked “bomb blast took place in 2013 in Peshawar. He is missing since 2006. Orders were issued in 2007 in connection with his recovery. CJP said to Additional Attorney General (AAG) “when you had presented this person. Tariq Khokhar told Hamza and his sister were presented in the court.—Online

UNSC calls for probe of Syria gas attack Pakistan stresses cessation of hostilities UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council, which met in an emergency session on Wednesday, called for “a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation” of the latest allegation of chemical weapons use in Syria. “There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general

sense that there must be clarity on what happened and the situation must be followed closely,” Argentina’s U.N. ambassador, Maria Cristina Perceval, the current Security Council president, told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the 15-nation body. The United States, Britain and France are among around 35 countries that called for chief

U.N. investigator Ake Sellstrom, whose team is currently in Syria, to investigate the incident as soon as possible. Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar Assad’s government of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including

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CPGS Seminar proposes strategy to counter terrorism

Strategy includes measures for peace and harmony Gen. Ehsan-ul-Haq calls for holistic approach to defeat extremism Addressing the concluding support of national security im- perative of Pakistan by address- ing extremism, radicalism and session of the seminar, president CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran highlighted the guiding principles that formed basis of the proposed strategy. She said, the experts participating in the seminar fully recognized the importance of Islamic ideals of freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice. She said, we need to fulfil the imperatives of these principles to root out the basic causes of extremism and terrorism. The policy emphasizes the need for peaceful settlement of all intra societal disputes and provision of adequate platforms to encourage dialogue between all segments of society representing different views. Main purpose of ISLAMABAD—Chairman CPGS Board of Advisory General (Retd) Ehsan-ul-Haq speaks durthe policy to reinforce social co- ing the 2nd day of International Seminar “Innovating Means to Resolve Radical Extremism hesion, peace and harmony in in Pakistan” organized by CPGS at a local hotel. —PO Photo by Sultan Bashir

to prevent the promotion of violence and intolerance in order to implement proposed action plan in a coordinated and co-operative manner keeping in view local social, religious, political and economic realities of Pakistani society. The policy was recommended after deliberation of working groups of the two days seminar on “Innovating means to resolve radical extremism in Pakistan.” Main objectives of the Policy were to define and promote Pakistani national identity, values and symbols, deny ideological support to the extremist groups and produce a unified national narrative and advise institutional reforms in the field of intelligence, law and enforcement, necessary to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

Other objectives of the Policy are reducing recruitment space to the extremists through education, skill development, employment opportunities and related initiatives and promote and build closer collaboration, liaison, information-sharing and trust between state and society, encouraging increased participation in national affairs by all segments of the society. In his remarks at the concluding session of the seminar, Chairman CPGS Board of Governors, Gen. (Retd) Ehsan-ulHaq said, Pakistan is faced by complex problems of extremism and terrorism and it needs to adopt a matching strategy to overcome the challenges. He said, the experts at the seminar

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Study gives clues on course of CTE in athletes


N a new study of former athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers have found the disease tends to show up in one of two ways: early, with depression and behavioral changes, or later, with memory loss. Researchers talked to the relatives of 36 people who had the brain condition identified on an autopsy and found all but three had shown symptom patterns that followed one of those two trajectories. Experts not involved in the study called it a “marginal step” or “first stab” at determining the course of the disease, but said what is now needed are studies that track and test living athletes after a head injury. “The findings are certainly consistent with what other studies have been pointing to with this condition,” Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, who studies traumatic brain injury at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Rockville, Maryland, said. But, he added, “We need to be able to have a way, during life, that we can make a diagnosis of this condition.” CTE is a degenerative brain disease that has been found in deceased athletes who suffered repeat concussions and other blows to the head during their careers. The condition gained national attention following the recent suicides of several retired hockey and football players, including former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau in 2012.

For the new study, researchers from Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy interviewed the family members of 36 former male athletes who had died with CTE, most of them football players. They also reviewed athletes’ medical records, when available. Three of the men had no symptoms of mood or memory disorders at the time of their deaths. Of the remaining 33, twothirds fit into what the researchers called the “behavior/ mood group.” Their first signs of CTE showed up when they were in their mid-30s, on average, as depression, hopelessness or violent and explosive behavior. The 11 other former athletes, the “cognition group,” showed no symptoms until their late-50s, when they developed impaired thinking and memory skills, Robert Stern and his colleagues reported Wednesday in Neurology. “What it does is give us a picture of what CTE may look like during life,” Stern told Reuters Health.“Very early studies of boxers also indicated these two presentations,” he said. “Why they occur, it’s too early for us to really understand.” Diaz-Arrastia, who was not involved in the new research, said that pattern shows up with other forms of dementia as well, such as Alzheimer’s disease.“When the pathology is very severe and manifests at an earlier stage, the psychiatric symptoms seem to dominate the picture,” he told Reuters Health.

ISLAMABAD: Election staff issuing the ballots to voters at a polling station during by-elections for NA-48 constituency.

One dies, five Measures to preserve green character of Capital PIMS to have injured in road police checkpost accident I —Police check post

ISLAMABAD —A person was killed and five others injured when an ambulance collided with a car at Peshawar Mor signal in the wee hours of Thursday, police source said. According to details, family members of a deceased woman Naheed was going to Jhelum on an ambulance (LOM-83) along with a body. When ill-fated ambulance reached near Peshawar Mor Signal, another car (DGC-666) came from opposite side resulting the collision between them. Ambulance turned turtle and one of its occupant Sardar Ali (45) died on the spot while three others identified as Ghulam Sakina, Talat and driver Muhammad Beerbal got injured. Two occupants of the car Bilal Azad and Atif also got critical injuries. The injured were admitted in PIMS hospital where their treatment is underISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq presenting a gift to Mustapha way.—APP Salahdin, Ambassador of Morocco at Parliament House.

500,000 saplings to be planted: CDA Chairman

ISLAMABAD—The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif on Thursday said that Authority would plant 500,000 saplings during the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign 2013. While, inaugurating the ceremony of monsoon tree plantation , the Chairman CDA said that CDA is taking preventive measures to increase the green cover and preserve the green character of the Federal Capital. He said that CDA has planned to plant 165,000 trees in the urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), which includes avenues, green belts, Express Highway, 10th and 11th Avenue, green-belts of Sector I-

9, I-10 and I-11, all Marakiz, Parks and Playfields. The Chairman CDA said that 190,000 Margalla Hills National Park and 145,000 saplings would be planted in the Simly Dam Catchments area. He said that CDA is focusing on planting the indigenous species and fruit trees including Chir Pine, Kachnar, Amaltas, Dhreak, Jacaranda, Olive and Jaman etc to enhance the beauty of the city. He said that maximum plantation of trees would purify the environment, which would help reduce the pollution in the city. He urged the participants of the campaign to take active part

in tree plantation campaign. At least every citizen of Islamabad should plant a sapling as our religion encourages those who plant trees, said Chairman CDA. He said that strict monitoring of the planted saplings would be carried out to ensure their maximum survival. He said that CDA involve general public, educational institutions, NGOs, government employees and traders to make this campaign a success. Chairman CDA has requested the public to identify the place deficient with trees to overcome the problems. He said that next time the target for tree plantation would be increased.—APP

Police impound

Beaconite Proposal on cards to set 31 bikes and gets 11 A* in up 200-bed new hospital 10 vehicles I —Islamabad CapiO-level exam Iof the Cabinet—Minister Incharge the minister said that all the big tal Territory Police on Thursday Secretariat Sheikh hospitals had generators to cope impounded 31 bikes and 8 ve-


will be set up in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital to ensure fool proof security therein. This was said by chief commissioner Islamabad here in an exclusive talk with some section of press. He said it is not possible to deploy Islamabad police along the four sides of the hospital..—Online

CONTINUES THIRD International Conference on Aerospace Science & Engineering at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.

***** PAKISTAN PNCA has scheduled a photo exhibition titled ‘the Land of diverse cultures and civilizations’ from 11 am at NAG, F-5/1, Islamabad. The exhibition will continue till August 31.



OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Asad Jamil student of Beacon House, Margalla Campus H-8/4 Islamabad, has secured 11 A* in O Level Cambridge examination. Congratulations are in order for his outstanding academic achievement and the very best in his aspirations of becoming software engineer.

Aftab on Thursday informed the National Assembly that Islamabad Capital Territory Administration has prepared a PC-1 for construction of 200 beds Islamabad General Hospital at Tarlai. Replying to a question during Question Hour, the minister said that in the year 1990 a proposal for establishment of 125 beds DHQ Hospital at Tarlai was initiated and according a PC-1 of the scheme was prepared with estimated cost of Rs.131.24 million with completion of three years. However the scheme could not materialized. To a supplementary question,

with emergency and operations in case of power supply failure. He said that letters would also be sent to all relevant departments to arrange generators for all hospitals to ensure power supply during operations and emergency. The minister said that the federal government has few hospitals and maximum hospitals were under the domain of respective provincial governments. He also requested the parliamentarians to visit government hospitals in their respective constituencies in order to bring improvement in hospitals’ performance.— APP

hicles during general hold up while black sheets from 11 vehicles were also removed besides fine to them, a police spokesman said. According to details, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to ensure effective security and patrolling measures in their respective areas. Police officials have been directed to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents and criminal elements.In compliance of these directions, Islamabad police impounded 31 bikes and 10 vehicles ISLAMABAD: CDA Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif and others offering Dua after inauguduring general hold up.—APP rating the monsoon tree plantation campaign.

Lack of extra-curricular activities in private schools I S L A M A B A D — D e s p i t e making.

ISLAMABAD: Motorists face a test as they try to cross a hurdle in the middle of Islamabad Highway. Islamabad Traffic Police have placed barricades on the extreme right lane on all major roads of the city, adding risk of accident. One wonders who will be blamed in case of accident caused due to these barricades.

charging heavy fee from parents, many private schools in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi had failed to provide quality sports and extra-curricular activities, which is affecting students’ physical and mental health. The private school industry has grown and flourished extensively in almost every city, district and even small town at a very fast rate, especially in the last couple of decades. Sports and playing activities play important role in students’ lives by teaching them sportsmanship, physical fitness, team spirit, mental strength, constructive use of time, maintaining health, confidence and decision

Students can also use sports as a recreational activity to get away from their hectic academic schedules for sometime. Due to a low standard of education in public schools, people prefer sending their children to private schools. However, a lot of these private schools have been unable to fulfil the expectations of parents. One can go as far as to say that the condition of public schools is somewhat better than private schools as their campuses are built on vast pieces of land unlike private schools operating in small buildings or even houses. A lot of parents in twin cities have expressed concerns over shortage of playgrounds

and urged the officials concerned to construct playgrounds in their respective schools. Talking to APP, Rayan Sadique, father of a child, said that most of the schools do not have playgrounds due to the lack of space. He said that a large number of schools were operating in small houses, hence were unable to accommodate playgrounds. Resultantly, the situation has forced several schools’ authorities to use parks and residential streets as playgrounds that is creating problems for the residents, he added. Similarly, Ayesha Noor, mother of a student, said that schools without playgrounds should not be allowed to function. She said that private

schools, despite charging heavy fee from parents, had failed to provide quality sports and extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, none of the government authorities was willing to take action against such schools, she said, adding that the government alone was not to be blamed, rather the schools were equally responsible for the negligence. A physical training instructor serving in a government school said that usually the private schools did not arrange sports activities in their schools as most of the schools had no playgrounds or “school heads were unaware of the importance of physical training and games for students”. He said, “Students use school playgrounds to play

games with their schoolfellows during break hours. And if there are no playgrounds inside or adjacent to schools, they would be compelled to play on roads or on streets.” An official from the Higher Education Commission named Murtaza Noor said it was mandatory for schools’ administrations to arrange cricket, hockey, football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastic competitions and physical training sessions for students at the school level; however, such activities were rarely taking place. He, nevertheless, was unable to answer as to why no action was being taken against schools that lacked playgrounds.—APP

SBP mops up Rs 168,350m thro OMO Staff Reporter KARACHI—State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday mopped up Rs 168,350 million through open market operation (OMO) in Government of Pakistan Market Treasury Bills under repo sale. The bids received for 7-days repo sale figured Rs 170,350 million. The rate of return is 8.55 percent per annum, said SBP statement here.

Chinese investors show interest for joint ventures in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —A four-member

Chinese delegation from Yantai Chamber of Commerce on Thursday showed its keen interest in initiating joint ventures with Pakistani counterparts in different sectors of the economy. The delegation comprising Vice Presidents of Yantai Chamber of Commerce Yu Li, Wang Fenghua, Xiao Xingku and SecNew facility for retary General Wang Han spoke services sector at length on various areas of Staff Reporter their interest. LCCI President KARACHI—SBP has decided Farooq Iftikhar presented adto introduce a new Long Term dress of welcome and gave an overview of the available investFinancing Facility for the ment opportunities in and Services Sector. Currently around Lahore. rates of SBP’s Long Term LCCI Vice President Mian Financing Facility (LTFF) for Plant & Machinery are as under. For period of financing up to three years, rate of refinance is 8.80 percent. Fromthree to five years it is 8.40percent, and from five to 10years the rate is 8.40percent. Bank’s spread is 1.50 STAFF REPORTER percent to three years, from three to five years its 2.50 percent, and from five to ten I SLAMABAD —An Advisory Committee comprising repreyears 3percent. The End user’s rate is 10.30percent to sentatives of ICCI and Regional Tax Office (RTO) Islamabad three years, 10.90percent may be formed to facilitate taxfrom three to five years and payers, to avoid any element of on five to ten years it is harassment in business commu11.40percent. nity and to improve tax revenue, said Mian Saeed Iqbal, Chief Rates for conversion Commissioner, RTO, Islamabad while addressing a large numKARACHI—The following ber of traders and industrialists rates will be applicable for at Islamabad Chamber of Comconversion into rupees of merce & Industry. Foreign Currency Deposits, He said the said Committee Dollar Bearer Certificates, should hold monthly meetings Foreign Currency Bearer to analyze development and adCertificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on August 23, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 103.6350, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0501, Pound Sterling Rs 161.3700 and Euro Rs 137.9382.—APP

Abuzar Shad, former Senior Vice President Engineer Sohail Lashari, former Vice President Saeeda Nazar, Executive Committee Members Tanvir Ahmad Sufi and Nabila Intisar also spoke on the occasion. The Chinese delegation members were ready to join hands with Pakistani counterparts in the sectors including Mining, Infrastructure Development, Construction, Environmental Protection including water treatment projects, Dairy, Chemicals (Glue) and cold storage establishment. The Vice President of Yantai Chamber of Commerce Yu Li said that the Chinese business community values Pakistan highly therefore they were al-

ways ready to put their money in new ventures in Pakistan. He said that both China and Pakistan are resourceful countries but the level of bilateral economic relations do match with the warmth of their ties therefore the private sectors in the two countries need to come forward to further strengthen these relations. He said that more Chinese business delegations would soon be visiting Pakistan to evaluate business opportunities available here. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar informed the delegation about the establishment of LCCI Mediation Centre and offered them to use the facility in case ISLAMABAD: Delegation of World Bank led by Philippe Le Houreour meets with Federal Minister for Planning, Prof of the need. Ahsan Iqbal and Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

New MD takes FBR to facilitate businessmen welfare measures for NESPAK in tax compliance dress problems of businessmen with Zafar Bakhtawari as focal person from ICCI. He said RTO in collaboration with ICCI wants to resolve the issues of restaurants owners /professionals amicably to facilitate them for tax compliance. Sardar A. Khawaja Commissioner RTO Zone-I, Sarfraz Ahmed Commissioner RTO Zone-II, Masood Akhtar Additional Commissioner RTO and Amir Javed Deputy Commissioner RTO were also present at the occasion. The Chief Commissioner RTO Islamabad assured that no harassment measures would be

taken and FBR would try to woo taxpayers for tax compliance in collaboration with ICCI. He said ICCI would be taken on board for addressing business community concerns about tax matters. He said honest officers have been brought in RTO, Islamabad and they have been instructed to deal with taxpayers courteously to ensure their dignity. If any tax officer found involved in corruption, he will not be spared. Mian Saeed Iqbal said tax refund matters are being streamlined with automation of system and refund cases would now be disposed off within 45 days.

Shipping activity at PQ KARACHI—A ship carrying containers was berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal on Wednesday Aug 21. Meanwhile four more ships carrying containers, diesel oil, edible oil and rape seed also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 55% at the port on Thursday where a total six ships namely CGM Chopin, Ikan Salmon, Beks Nazik, Arundel Castle, MT. Brizo and Mykines are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers, cement, fertilizer. furnace oil and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 93655 tonnes comprises 69998 tonnes imports and 23657 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 900 containers (TEUs) was handled at the Port during last 24 hours.—APP

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid chairing a meeting of committee constituted by Economic Coordination Committee regarding the framework policy of NGOs/INGOs.

ISE index sheds WB, PMN organized half-day 140.15 points roundtable discussion STAFF REPORTER


ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad PESHAWAR—The World Bank Stock Exchange witnessed a bearish trend on Wednesday as the ISE-10 index was down by 140.15 points to close at 4352.39. A total of 77,300 shares were traded, which were up by 41,300 shares as compared to previous day’s trading of 36,000 shares. Out of 141 companies, share prices of 32 companies recorded increase and those of 108 registered decrease. No company remained stable. The share price of Treet Corporation increased by Rs. 14.38, while that of Siemens Pakistan Engineering decreased by Rs. 54.73. Bank of Punjab, Byco Petroleum and Silkbank remained the top trading companies with 25,000, 9000 and 2,000 respectively.

and Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) organised a halfday roundtable discussion on “Financial Inclusion and Literacy Outcomes: Way forward for Technology-based Payments” at a local hotel in Peshawar. This initiative has been made possible through the Rapid Social Response (RSR) Trust Fund at World Bank (WB) and has taken input from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), participating commercial banks, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the national Income Support Program, the Cabinet Division and others. ThisRoundtable was the second in the series of provincial stakeholder roundtable sessions to take place under the World Bank’s RSR Trust Fund to raise

awareness of stakeholders on financial inclusion and literacy (FIL) outcomes via cash transfer payments through the banking system in Pakistan. Apart from the current engagements, this initiative included a comprehensive beneficiary assessment, a position paper on financial inclusion and literacy through Government to Person (G2P)cash transfer programs, a documentary highlighting evolution of cash transfer payment systems over the years and development of training modules on financial literacy for beneficiaries, over the course of the previous year. The event brought together various Government Departments from KhyberPakhtunkhwa (KP) involved in cash transfers such as Zakat and Ushr, Health, Education, Social Welfare and Women’s Empowerment, Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP.


LAHORE—Amjad A. Khan having assumed the charge of the new Managing Director NESPAK has taken a number of positive steps for the well-being of NESPAK and its employees. Mr. Amjad A. Khan was appointed as the new Managing Director of NESPAK by the NESPAK Board of Directors as per law. Soon after taking the charge as the MD, he has taken a number of positive steps. Austerity measures have been adopted and a ban on purchase of new vehicles has been imposed. He has stopped the additional fuel facility that was being availed by Vice Presidents/Divisional Heads, without the approval of Board of Directors. A pre-audit cell has been created in NESPAK, which will ensure that all purchases are made in accordance with the rules. Vehicles hired on rental basis have immediately been curtailed and strict measures have been adopted to control unnecessary foreign visits. Medical Committee has been reconstituted so as to have further strict control on the expenditures on this head. An investigation has been ordered to probe into the matter related to huge fees being paid to advocates without the approval of the Board.

Gillette organizes racing challenge OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Gillette Pakistan recently introduced its consumers to an exciting and thrilling Remote-Controlled (RC) Racing Challenge. The 15-day event is being held at Hyperstar, Dolmen Mall Karachi from 16th – 30th August and the consumers can participate in this exciting extravaganza simply by purchasing a Fusion or Mach3 product. The event is a racing challenge where consumers get a chance to speed around the Gillette racing track with incredible RC cars. The event constitutes 5 seasons with every threeday of the event counting as a single season. The participants get a chance to speed away on the track and get the time recorded to win a FREE branded picture along with the chance to win the grand prizes of the season such as iPad Mini, S4 Mini or Xbox360. Gillette as a brand has always been about breakthrough innovation, providing men around the globe with best shaving solutions.

Habib Bank declares interim dividend AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) has declared first interim dividend of Rs.4 per share for the year ending 31 December 2013. The Board of Directors of HBL in its meeting held on 22 August 2013 reviewed the performance of the Group and approved the financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2013. In spite of declining policy rate, imposition of floor at 6% on saving and term deposits on the basis of monthly average balances, lack of credit demand from businesses and challenging economic environment in domestic and inter-

national markets, the after tax profit of HBL for the second quarter ended 30 June 2013 was up by 6.4% at Rs. 5.4 billion as against Rs. 5.1 billion in the first quarter ended 31 March 2013. The improvement in profitability during the quarter April – June 2013 is attributable mainly due to reversal of provisioning and increase in non-interest income. The pre-tax and after tax profit of HBL were Rs.15.9 billion and Rs.10.5 billion respectively for the half year ended 30 June 2013 as against Rs.19.2 billion and Rs.11.9 billion for the half year ended 30 June 2012. The pre-tax and after tax earning per share for the half year ended 30 June 2013 was

Rs.11.8 and Rs.7.8 respectively. The net interest income declined by 10% to Rs. 26.2 billion for the half year ended 30 June 2013, while Non Interest Income at Rs. 8.0 billion registered a growth of 3 % as compared to first half of 2012. The deposit growth was modest at 3.6% to Rs.1,259 billion as on 30 June 2013 as against Rs.1,215 billion as on 31 December 2012. The CASA of HBL improved to 73.8% as on 30 June 2013 as against 67.0 % as on 31 December 2012. As on 30 June 2013 the advances stood at Rs. 481 billion, while investment at Rs. 850 billion recorded growth of 6.6% as compared to 31 December 2012.

Engro continues positive turnaround STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Board of Directors of Engro Corporation Limited today announced the financial results for the first half ended June 30, 2013. Engro continued its positive turnaround during the second quarter of 2013 showing an excellent improvement in results. Company’s consolidated revenues increased by 25% to Rs. 66,874 million in 1H 2013 whilst net profit (attributable to the equity holders of the holding company) was Rs. 3,441 million as compared to a net loss of Rs. 340 million during the same period last year. The return to profitability is mainly attributable to the fertilizer and polymer businesses increased production and better results.

Our fertilizer business reported its highest ever six month revenue of PKR 20.5 billion during 1H 2013. It also recorded a highest ever six month urea sales volume of 622 KT during 1H 2013, attributable to increased production on the back of continued operation of Enven Plant on Mari gas as well as lower imports and higher offtakes in anticipation of GST and gas price increase. The increase in sales is 57% higher than 1H 2012 volume of 397 KT. The Company received rota gas from SNGPL for 28 days during 2Q. Subsequently Engro’s market share in the total urea market increased to 23% in 1H 2013 from 14% in the same period last year. Market share within domestically-produced urea market also im-

proved to 28%, as compared to 20% in the same period last year. During 1H 2013, Engro Foods revenue fell by 4.3%, driven by a slowdown in consumer demand and due to distribution issues in certain cities, electoral process in the country, deteriorating law and order situation and severe power crisis. Despite lower revenues, profit after tax was 9% higher than the same period last year. The company is in process of revamping its distribution structure to support the growth trajectory going forward. The ice cream business reported revenue of Rs 1,441 million, a decrease of Rs. 114 million as compared to the same period last year. The industry declined by 17% due to ongoing load shedding.

Soneri bank announces half yearly results STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Soneri Bank Limited posted a pre-tax profit of Rs 833.24 million for the first half year ended 30 June, 2013. The Board in its 131st meeting held on 20 August, 2013, approved the Bank’s half yearly financial statements. On this occasion the Chairman, Mr. Alauddin Feerasta appreciated Bank’s continued positive performance during second quarter and expressed satisfaction on overall scale of growth. He also informed the Board that bank has recently launched a corporate campaign via brand positioning as “Roshan Har Qadam”, which has been well received by the

people giving bank a good market presence. During the first half year Bank’s total revenue amounted to Rs 3.49 billion, which is up by 11.68% from the last year’s comparative figure of Rs 3.13 billion. The deposit momentum continued, registering growth of 11.12 percent in the half year, to close at Rs.134.27 billion (December 2012: Rs 120.83 billion). Net advances also grew by a remarkable 7.97 percent and stand at Rs 82.95 billion (December 2012: Rs 76.83 billion). Consequently, the net asset of the bank stood at Rs 13.03 billion at end of first half year being 5.65 percent higher than 2012 base of Rs 12.33 billion. The Board was briefed that

going forward the Bank plans to retain its focus on the overall loan book and follow the policy of proactive loan restructurings and timely recoveries and at the same time increase the overall revenue base of the Bank. Soneri Bank has a unique market position in trade-finance and transactions banking services and boasts a loyal and satisfied client-base in all its 234 branches spread all over the country. The Bank is committed to meet the increasing expectation of its customers and continue to provide them par-excellence services, for which the bank has been investing responsibly in information technology, human resources, marketing and infrastructure.

APBF seeks revenue generation through investments in energy sector STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Rejecting the huge jump in electricity tariff for industry from Rs9.18/KWH to Rs14.82 under the new energy policy, the APBF executive committee has asked the government to generate revenue through new investments in energy sector by attracting oversees Pakistanis introducing better regulations as economy cannot grow in presence of

energy crunch. Addressing the executive committee meeting held here on (day), the All Pakistan Business Forum chairman Nabeel Hashmi, said that access to energy is imperative to transform lives but it does not mean to increase power tariff up to 74 per cent in one go, saying the move is likely to have serious repercussions on the economy and masses. The meeting was also addressed by Mr Yaqoob Izhar, Mudasser Masood, Central Ex-

ecutive committee members, Mr Munir K. Bana President APBF Sind Chapter and Mr Faisal Shah President APBF Fata. Nabeel Hashmi said that the government’s move was against its manifesto of economic revival and poverty alleviation, adding that this step would raise products’ prices by at least 33 per cent. He observed that average electricity tariff for industry in the region is below 10 cents against 14.4 cents in Pakistan, as power tariff cost in China,

India,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is 8.5 cents, 11.3 cents, 7.3 cents and 9.2 cents respectively. He said that industries already face deteriorating law and order situation, complexity of taxes, curtailed supply of gas and now the power tariff hike would further hit the exports and the revenue. Addressing the meeting APBF Central Vice President Mr Imtiaz Rastgar suggested the government to evolve a mechanism to become more effective in facilitating investments in the

country and for this purpose oversees Pakistanis should be given maximum incentives to win their trust. He said that overseas Pakistanis are one of the biggest sources to boost economy of the country adding that Overseas Chinese and Indians have made huge investment in their respective countries. He said that government failed to attract foreign investment particularly in energy sector, as the present process of approval of projects discourages

investors. There is need to work on a one window system where the investor can be provided all necessary information and facilities. “If government serves its overseas Pakistanis and take initiatives by providing them incentives then they can play a vital role in boosting Pakistan’s economy through their remittances and investments for the socio economic prosperity of Pakistan”, he remarked. Imtiaz observed that such an

unprecedented increase in electricity tariff is mounting the cost of production on account of electricity cost, interest rate and high labour cost due to comparatively low productivity comparing with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The APBF executive body was of the view that electricity tariff, financial burden and labour cost due to comparatively low productivity are set to cast dark clouds over employment, exports and growth and needs immediate review

of situation by the government. The meeting urged the government to withdraw increase in industrial tariff and let it sustain by making drastic cuts in interest rates so that growth and labour productivity issues could be overcome. APBF also resolved and demanded the government to take accountability of the utility companies staff that has colluded with power and gas theft consumers also.

Study gives clues on course of CTE in athletes


N a new study of former athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers have found the disease tends to show up in one of two ways: early, with depression and behavioral changes, or later, with memory loss. Researchers talked to the relatives of 36 people who had the brain condition identified on an autopsy and found all but three had shown symptom patterns that followed one of those two trajectories. Experts not involved in the study called it a “marginal step” or “first stab” at determining the course of the disease, but said what is now needed are studies that track and test living athletes after a head injury. “The findings are certainly consistent with what other studies have been pointing to with this condition,” Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, who studies traumatic brain injury at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Rockville, Maryland, said. But, he added, “We need to be able to have a way, during life, that we can make a diagnosis of this condition.” CTE is a degenerative brain disease that has been found in deceased athletes who suffered repeat concussions and other blows to the head during their careers. The condition gained national attention following the recent suicides of several retired hockey and football players, including former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau in 2012. For the new study,

researchers from Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy interviewed the family members of 36 former male athletes who had died with CTE, most of them football players. They also reviewed athletes’ medical records, when available. Three of the men had no symptoms of mood or memory disorders at the time of their deaths. Of the remaining 33, two-thirds fit into what the researchers called the “behavior/ mood group.” Their first signs of CTE showed up when they were in their mid-30s, on average, as depression, hopelessness or violent and explosive behavior. The 11 other former athletes, the “cognition group,” showed no symptoms until their late-50s, when they developed impaired thinking and memory skills, Robert Stern and his colleagues reported Wednesday in Neurology. “What it does is give us a picture of what CTE may look like during life,” Stern told Reuters Health. “Very early studies of boxers also indicated these two presentations,” he said. “Why they occur, it’s too early for us to really understand.” Diaz-Arrastia, who was not involved in the new research, said that pattern shows up with other forms of dementia as well, such as Alzheimer’s disease. “When the pathology is very severe and manifests at an earlier stage, the psychiatric symptoms seem to dominate the picture,” he told Reuters Health.

KARACHI: Acting Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Mr Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani visiting a polling station to review polling during by-elections.—PO photo

Sikandar: Govt’s priority to set up universities KARACHI—The Sindh Gov-

ernment is according priority to the establishment of universities for the promotion of higher education and research. This was stated by the Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Sikandar Mandrio.He was speaking on the occasion of day-long workshop at a hotel here on Thursday. The moot was held under the auspices of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET). The topic of the workshop was “University, Industry, Government Linkage in Pakistan.” The Minister said that such a linkage would help ensure rapid headway for the economic development. He assured that the Government of Sindh would help provide assistance in this very regard. The Minister was of the view that the syllabus of KARACHI: Women viewing painting of Independence Day Art Exhibition at Allince Francais the institutions of higher learning should also aim at caGallery organized by Grandeur Art Gallery.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki tering to the needs of the industries. The Vice-Chancellor of Mehran University, Prof. Dr. Qadeer Khan Rajput, and others also spoke at the workshop.—APP

Naimatullah terms LG Bill ‘violation of Constitution’ STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI–Jamaat-e Islami (JI) that had already rejected the newly passed Local Government (LG) Bill from Sindh provincial assembly termed it was a sheer violence of the Article 140-A of the Constitution. Former City Nazim and a senior leader of the JI, Naimatullah Khan Advocate expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq here on Thursday. JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti, Naib Ameers Nasrullah Shajih, Raja Arif Sultan, Ameer JI District Central Farooq Naimatullah Khan and others were present. Khan termed the said step

of the government against the constitution, as there was a concept of the third tier of the government after the federal and provincial governments in the Constitution, which had financial and administrative powers with it. However, the present government in its recent presented LG draft has not only suppressed the financial and administrative powers of the third tier of the government, in-fact giving only municipal powers to the City Government, adding that commissions and boards have also been formed above the LG system, which will control by the provincial government. In the newly presented LG draft, the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and Karachi

Building Control Authority had also given in the control of Minister for Local Bodies, which was tantamount to an unjust act with the people and the elected representatives of the city”, Khan added. He said that the provincial government did not hold any consultation with JI leadership before presenting the said LG Bill in Sindh Assembly. Despite the fact that the JI leaders had served as a city mayor for 2 times and city Nazim for once, the provincial government did not contact with JI in the formulation of new LG draft, Khan said adding that it was a conspiracy to shift powers and authorities from City District Government to Sindh Government”, he added.

Sindh Govt puts flood contingency plan into action KARACHI—Sindh government has put into action a well prepared contingency cum emergency plan to combat possible destruction caused by rains and floods in the prov-ince, said provincial information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon. In a briefing on Thursday, he said population in low lying areas, are being evacuated and shifted to safe sites where medical camps are fully functional. He said adequate stocks of anti-malarial and other relevant ailments, particularly water borne diseases are available at these camps.

“An emergency plan has also been prepared for expecting mothers, new borns and infants who happen to be the most vulnerable in such situations,” said the provincial minister for informa-tion. In reply to a question, he said rain and flood emergency centres are operational, round the clock, in all the districts and divisions of Sindh. Sharjeel said all government machinery has been deployed to provide prompt and every needed relief to flood affectees and that this was being personally monitored by the

chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Mosquito nets, food, tents and medicines are being distributed alongwith adequate arrangements to pump out water standing in low lying areas, he said in reply to another question. The information minister said the irrigation de-partment has declared 46 different sites to be highly sensitive, however, the provincial government has ensured 24 hours vigi-lance of all decks, bunds and barriers raised to prevent river flow to-wards human settlements.—APP

Rubina Qaim Khani suspends absent employees S TAFF R EPORTER K ARACHI — Sindh Minister

for special education, social development and women development Rubina Saadat Qaim Khani had suspended a number of employees of Government Educational complex, Vocational Training Centre for Disable Persons, Rehabilitation centre for employment of Disable Persons, Regional Directorate of Special education and other departments that fall under her portfolio on charges of late-coming and absence from duty without formal inKARACHI — An outstanding formation to the heads of the achievement award has been conferred on the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Prof. Dr Zafar Iqbal. The award has been given by the teachers society of the FUUAST in view of the ViceChancellor’s superb performance in a span of six months. A statement here on Thursday said that the award was conferred to the Vice-Chancellor by the Vice-President of the teachers’ society, Dr Syed Tahir Ali.—APP

Award for VC FUUAST

departments. She took the decision during her surprise visit to the above-mentioned departments Wednesday and issued further directives for the issuance of show cause notices to those suspended. While talking on the occasion, the Minister said that the officers and staffers of the departments that fall under the ministry of social and women development should improve them and pay attention of resolving the issues of the concerned people or else they would be liable to strict departmental actions.

The Minister directed the officials of the ministry and the department she had visited that they should carve out programmes for proper rehabilitation of the disable persons so that they could also play their role for the country as normal citizens. On the occasion, the officials of said departments had also briefed the Minister about the functioning of the departments and received necessary instructions from the Minister for better results of the government’s initiatives take for the betterment of the disable persons.

KARACHI—Need for stringent accountability of all relevant stakeholders and authorities responsible for implementation of infant, child and maternal healthcare programmes was largely felt during the launch of a Report on Diarrhea and Pneumonia vis- a- vis Global Action Plan and Implications for Pakistan here on Thursday. Speakers at the programme organised by Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University took strong exception to minimal reduction in under five

mortality rates in the country. The situation was said to be no better in context of vaccine preventable diseases as despite repeated emphasis on their relevance for children the vaccine coverage rates were found to be beyond satisfactory level for most of these ailments. Speakers also took strong exception to poor routine coverage rates in the country and sought need for a countrywide demand creation whereby all stakeholders be compelled to ensure that the right of the children to quality life and safe survival

is guaranteed. Poorest of the poor children, comprising a significant number of local population, based in rural as well as urban slums were cited to be largely denied of these essential life saving interventions. Senior pediatrician, Prof. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, addressing the event mainly focused on promotion and implementation of Global Action Plan for the prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea attributed the situation to lack of political commitment among the concerned

sections. Mentioning that the two diseases continue to be the leading infectious cause of death for below the age of five children in the country, he said each and every stakeholder need to realise their responsibility towards these hapless kids. Provision for clean water and proper sanitation coupled with due stock towards personal hygiene and cleanliness are extremely important yet given the ground realities relevance of vaccines could also not be overlooked.—APP

KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the act of depriving women to exercise their right of casting vote during by election in the constituencies of NA 5 Naushera, NA 71 Mianwali and NA 27 Lucky Marwat. Hussain while lashing out this cowardly act has declared it not only as a severe violation of election code of conduct but also as an open violation of women’s basic rights. He said that the ratio of women are more than half percent of the whole population of the country and keeping women deprived of their democratic right of casting vote in Pakistan during by election in above mentioned constituencies in such a modern and advance era is a sign of backwardness and age of darkness.


KARACHI: Women voters protest after their names were not found in the voters’ list at a polling station during bye-elections in NA-254, at Korangi.

Prudent approach against war of narratives required KARACHI—In the age of infor- “Perceptions” are deemed to be mation, the war of narratives has become even more important than the war of armies, bullets and bomb, said Dr Khalid Rahman, Director General, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad in a seminar organised by Karachi University. “In the given situation where


Police arrest four proclaimed offenders

Implementing healthcare programme

Accountability of stakeholders suggested

Altaf slams keeping women away from voting

more important than the reality, the researcher lamented that positive aspects of the Pakistani society and state have been deliberately kept hidden from the masses. He warned that the “war of narratives” against Pakistan aims at shaking the confidence of its people in themselves.

“International actors, in their bid to control the strategically important region were busy in manipulating the fault lines within the Pakistani society and dividing the people on the basis of language, geography, sects, political affiliations, economic conditions and even approach to life,” he said.—APP

per-taining to districts east, west and south, undertook 50 different raids in the metropolis and apprehended four absconders alongwith 35 others engaged in different criminal activities. According to a police report, issued on Thursday about its performance during past 24 hours, those arrested were found to be involved in cases of carjacking, murder, burglary, mugging and other minor as well as major nature of crimes. The four absconders were said to also include those on whom head money had been announced and they were declared proclaimed offenders. Police also recovered eight different categories of arms and ammunition, including two hand grenades. Hard drugs were also retrieved from their pos-session.

Study gives crues on course of CTE in athletes


N a new study of former athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers have found the disease tends to show up in one of two ways: early, with depression and behavioral changes, or later, with memory loss. Researchers talked to the relatives of 36 people who had the brain condition identified on an autopsy and found all but three had shown symptom patterns that followed one of those two trajectories. Experts not involved in the study called it a “marginal step” or “first stab” at determining the course of the disease, but said what is now needed are studies that track and test living athletes after a head injury. “The findings are certainly consistent with what other studies have been pointing to with this condition,” Dr. Ramon DiazArrastia, who studies traumatic brain injury at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Rockville, Maryland, said. But, he added, “We need to be able to have a way, during life, that we can make a diagnosis of this condition.” CTE is a degenerative brain disease that has been found in deceased athletes who suffered repeat concussions and other blows to the head during their careers. The condition gained national at-

tention following the recent suicides of several retired hockey and football players, including former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau in 2012. For the new study, researchers from Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy interviewed the family members of 36 former male athletes who had died with CTE, most of them football players. They also reviewed athletes’ medical records, when available. Three of the men had no symptoms of mood or memory disorders at the time of their deaths. Of the remaining 33, two-thirds fit into what the researchers called the “behavior/mood group.” Their first signs of CTE showed up when they were in their mid-30s, on average, as depression, hopelessness or violent and explosive behavior. The 11 other former athletes, the “cognition group,” showed no symptoms until their late-50s, when they developed impaired thinking and memory skills, Robert Stern and his colleagues reported Wednesday in Neurology. “What it does is give us a picture of what CTE may look like during life,” Stern told Reuters Health. “Very early studies of boxers also indicated these two presentations,” he said. “Why they occur, it’s too early for us to really understand.”

LAHORE: Rana Sanaullah, Punjab Law Minister, talking to media at Punjab Assembly.

Six uplift schemes approved STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —The Punjab government has approved six development schemes of various sectors of the economy with an estimated cost of Rs. 6135.670 million. These schemes were approved in the 4th meeting of Provincial Development working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Irfan Elahi. Punjab Secretary P&D Arif Anwar Baloch, all members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial

Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting. According to Spokesman, P&D the approved development schemes included: Purchase of Land for Lahore College Women University at Kala Shah Kaku at the cost of Rs. 311.231 million, Establishment of Government Polytechnic Institute for women Narowal (Phase-I) at the cost Rs. 210.987 million, Punjab Municipal Services Improvement Project (PMSIP) (Revised) at the

cost of Rs. 4100.810 million, Construction of road from Jinnah Chowk to Northern Bye Pass to Multan Public School and Bosan Road to Matti Tal Road length=11.44 km in District Multan (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 909.918 million, Rehabilitation / Improvement of Sunder-Raiwind Road length=10.80 km in District Lahore at the cost of Rs. 280.876 million and Dualization / Improvement of Golra Road from G.T. Road to Kashmir Highway Islamabad length=1.92 km (Revised) at the cost Rs. 321.848 million.

LHC notices student’s burning incident in school MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Chief Justice of Lahore High Court has directed District and Sessions Judge, Sheikhupura to send report about the submission of challan by police before the relevant court within a week so that the investigation could be concluded transparently. According to a news published in a section of press, 9-year-old Ali Muzaffar son of Muzaffar Hussain, resident of Narang Mandi, was studying in a private school. One day he went to the washroom and got a electric shock due to which fire broke out. Fire badly burnt his clothes and shoes. The child was immedi-

ately referred to Lahore where doctors had to chop off all the fingers of his hands and feet and his arm also became disabled. Muzaffar Hussain said that School Principal Dr. Naik Muhammad in connivance of his brother Shaukat Ali, who was a WAPDA employee, was involved in electricity theft. This was a criminal negligence of School Principal who left the electric wires naked. On cognizance of LHC Complaint Cell, D&SJ reported that a case was registered at Police Station Narang on the statement of Muzaffar Ali against Naik Muhammad and some other culprits. According to the report during the course of investigation accused Naik

Muhammad has been arrested and efforts are being made to arrest the remaining accused. Complainant Muzaffar Ali appeared before the Session Judge and made statement that he was satisfied with the investigation and his grievance has been redressed. However, directions have been made to DPO Sheikhupura to complete the investigation strictly in accordance with law and submit challan without loss of time. Complaint Cells has directed D&SJ Sheikhupura to ensure compliance of the orders of Hon’ble Chief Justice regarding submission of challan in a week so that justice could be ensured to the complainant.

Roti price increased L AHORE —Nanbais

of Lahore city justifying hike in flour prices have increased the prices of naan and roti by one to three rupees besides reduction in weight. According to details, in the provincial capital after increase in the prices of flour, naanbais without official notification, at their own have increased the prices of naan and roti by one to three rupees. The citizens have also complained of decrease in weight of naan and roti and expressed grave concerns over the role of district administration and price control authorities to tackle the issue. The naanbais were of the view that with the increase in flour prices, gas tariff and other expenses, they were left with no other option but to raise the roti prices. Flour Mills Association when contacted by INP told that Punjab government has LAHORE: Acting Chief Election Commissioner Mr Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani visited different polling stadecreased their quota due to tions during the by-election. which they were forced to purchase the commodity from open market and increase flour prices. The Association warned that the price of flour could be increased further by Rs 40 to 50 per 20kg bag if the quota of flour mills was not restored.—INP L AHORE —Foolproof security arrangements were made on 41 constituencies in four the polling material was disSALIM AHMED during the by-elections and provinces and 1850 out of patched on time and they no untoward incident took L AHORE—The acting Chief 2600 polling stations have were satisfied. Later, Tasaddaq Hussain place any part of the provinElection Commissioner been declared more sensitive. cial capital. (CEC), Justice Tassadaq He also said that law and or- Jilani said that police officials STAFF REPORTER About 7,000 police offider situation has been made should not hinder reporters Hussain Jillani Thursday viscials and 4,500 army personL AHORE —US ambassador ited different polling stations satisfactory and Army is fully from media coverage as it nel had been deployed at 638 cooperating with them. “It is would help in holing fair and set up in connection with in Pakistan Richard Olson polling stations of four concalled on Pakistan Muslim bye-elections on one Na- now responsibility of voters transparent elections. He as- stituencies, including NAL e a g u e - Q a u i d - e - A z a m tional Assembly (NA-129) to use their right of vote.” sured that by-polls would be 129, PP-142, PP-150 and PPHe made it clear that if rig- fair and conducted in peace(PML-Q) President Senator and three Punjab Assembly 161. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. seats (PP-142, PP-150 and PP- ging is committed within any ful atmosphere. Acting CCPO polling station, presiding ofOn the other hand, Sec161) and reviewed arrangeThey had an hour long Muhammad Tahir Rai said ficer would be held responretary Election Commission meeting at Ch Shujaat ments. that at least four armed poThe acting CEC who was sible for it. He said police has made it clear that presid- lice officials were deployed Hussain’s residence in should not stop the media ing officer would be responaccompanied by provincial Islamabad. at each polling station to enDuring the meeting, election commissioner and from covering main aspects sible for any disorder or cor- sure peaceful polling. He said ruption within the limits of which was held in cordial at- other officials was briefed of the polls. To a query he said bye- polling station. After by- that about one hundred pollmosphere, they discussed about current situation reing stations were declared matters of mutual interest in- garding law and order and election on NA-25 was post- polls, the institution would sensitive and SPs had been poned in the light of reports make arrangements for local cluding Pakistan American other issues. directed to ensure their presJustice Tassadaq of district returning officer bodies’ polls, said Secretary ence in their respective areas. relations, Afghanistan and Election Commission. the situation in the Muslim Hussain Jillani expressed sat- and army. He also visited different Earlier, Justice Tassadaq He also said that law and world. PML Secretary Gen- isfaction over the arrangepolling stations and checked eral Senator Mushahid ments and assured that bye- Hussain Jillani went round order situation has been security arragements and diHussain Sayed was also elections would be held in a various polling booths and made satisfactory and Army rected the officials deployed present in the meeting, while peaceful and transparent inquired about the arrange- is fully cooperating with at polling stations to remain the American Ambassador manner. He said that by-polls ments as well as the facilities them. He made it clear that high alert till the end of elecwas accompanied by the new would be fair and conducted and talked to the presiding if rigging is committed within tion process. officers and the polling any polling station, presidUS Political Counsel Rick in peaceful atmosphere. Meanwhile, City Traffic agents. He inquired from the ing officer would be held reTalking to reporters, he Waters. Police made effective arsaid that polling is underway Presiding Officers whether sponsible for it. rangements for maintaining smooth flow of traffic at different polling stationsset up on busy roads. CTO Sohail Chaudhry deployed two SPs, seven DSPs, 51 inspectors and 653 traffic wardens at different busy L AHORE —Law Minister roads on the by-polls day. He Punjab Rana Sanaullah Khan directed incharge city traffic observed Thursday that PTI police radio station FM-88.6 chief has attempted to hoodto broadcast a message about wink people and termed the situation of traffic flow on party’s white paper ‘Fool Pavarious roads.—APP per’. He urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take notice of “objectionable utterances” by Imran Khan against returning officers. Talking to reporters outside L AHORE —A labourer died the Punjab Assembly today of suffocation during cleanhe said,issuance of white ing a well here on Thursday. paper ahead of by-poll was According to rescue merely a bid to put returning sources, a labourer climbed officers under pressure. down for de-silting a well loHe said by-elections cated in a house at Sharqpur would be held in fair,free and LAHORE: Army soldier stands guard while voters wait for their turn at a polling station Road of Lahore but fell unduring by-elections. transparent like general elecconscious due to poisonous tions on May 11. “Like gengas. eral elections,this time too the The rescue personnel masses would give overpulled up the affected whelming mandate to PMLlabourer and shifted him to N”. Answering a question, hospital but he expired on the Law minister said the Punjab way.—INP government was prepared to hold local bodies elections any time now it was upon STAFF REPORTER Other participants of flag LWMC spokeswoman, said election commission to hold march included assistant that on the directives of CM these polls sooner or later. L AHORE —Some hundred managers LWMC Mehdi Punjab LWMC is running an He said, they were highly students of LWMC Youth Shah, Asad Ahmed, Umair extensive public awareness obliged for opposition’s co- Club flag marched against Khan, faculty members and program to sensitize citizens operation it extended to the dengue on city’s main students of Islamia Second- on dengue by accessing treasury with regards to the square despite having local ary School and Elite Public people almost from all walks Punjab Local Bodies Bill 2013. holiday. School, Mehmud Booti, of life. He said the new local bodies Lead by manager commu- Albayrak representatives Today we are accompabill would help common nication Memoona Arslan, and teams of social nying little angels and man,as their problems would ‘youthful’ flag march started mobilizers. youth from city’s outskirt. be resolved at local level. from Chairing Cross, and finAlbayrak also set up a Coordinator Islamiya SecTo another question, ished at Regal chowk. dengue awareness camp at ondary School, Mr. Usman Sanaullah said the stance of Purpose of this flag march chairing cross where assis- Khadim expressed his gratiinterior minister Ch. Nisar was to highlight the worsen- tant managers Sonya, M. tude for LWMC for engagAli Khan was not aggres- ing issue of dengue epidemic Usman, Umair Rana along ing his institution in this sosive, but he responded to in the metropolitan and sen- with team briefed masses and cial cause and pledged to all allegations of the oppo- sitize masses on the precau- distributed awareness pam- play their part for sensitizsition in the same tone and tionary steps to get rid of this phlets among commuters. ing people against common manner.—APP menace. Ms. Memoona Arslan, enemy.

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