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Charsadda blast kills six cops, student  Police van covering polio team targetted TARIQ SAEED P ESHAWAR —There was no letup in the attacks on the Polio teams. A police van assigned to provide security cover to the Polio volunteers in Charsadda was blasted Wednesday morning resulting in martyrdom of at least seven people including six cops and injuries to four others. However, the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has expressed her resolve to continue Polio eradication campaign in the province despite terrorist attacks on health workMONTREUX (Switzerland): ers and the security forces proPeace talks intended to carve a viding cover to them path out of Syria’s civil war The Police authorities said got off to a rocky start on the unknown militants carried Wednesday as a bitter clash out explosion targeting police over President Bashar Assad’s security van in Charsadda’s future threatened to collapse Sardheri bazaar adding the exthe negotiations even before plosives were fixed in a bicycle that went off with a big bang.

Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad’s future

“At least seven people including six police personnel and a minor were killed and nine others were injured in a blast near police van in Sardheri Bazaar area of Charsadda on Wednesday morning. An Im-

2 injured in attack on Punjab polio team BHAKAR—A day after four anti-polio workers were shot dead in Karachi and Mansehra, violence against health workers reached to Punjab where unknown miscreants attacked on an anti-polio team in Bhakkar district on Wednesday. According to local police,

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they really begin. The dispute over Assad cast a pall over the start of an international peace conference that aims to map out a transitional government and ultimately a democratic election for the war-torn Middle East nation. While diplomats sparred against a pristine Alpine backdrop, Syrian forces and

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Nato tanker burnt, polio team attacked in Balochistan

provised Explosive Device (IED) was blasted with the help of remote control when the police mobile crossed the area and was on way to provide security to Polio teams” the sources in the Police and Health department said. It may be recalled that security to the volunteers dispensing Polio drops to the Children was beefed up following a series of killings of the Polio workers in various parts of the country on Tuesday following which the health workers across the country had refused to perform duties QUETTA: Relatives with dead bodies of pilgrims killed in Mastung bus attack holding sit-in protest. without adequate and foolproof security arrangements. The Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the blast, shifted the injured to the District Headquarter Hospital Charsadda for treatment where emergency was declared. The doctors in

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Country facing energy, terrorism problems: CM Announces mega coal-based power project SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while announcing a mega coal-based power project in

Punjab has said that the aim of this project of national importance is to generate 6000 megawatt electricity during three to five years. He said that an investment of eight to ten billion

QUETTA—Armed militants on Wednesday torched a container carrying Nato equipment in the Western Bypass area of Quetta, police said. A police official said that the gunmen opened fire at the Nato container which was on its way from Kandahar to Port Qasim in Karachi. He said the militants torched the container. LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif adHowever, the driver and dressing a press conference at Model Town. cleaner managed to escape unhurt from the spot. He said the militants sped away on their motorcycles after the incident. In a separate incident, armed militants opened fire at a polio team in the province’s Sibi district. Muhammad Aslam, a police official, said that militants opened fire at the team of polio vaccination workers in Bukhari Mohallah pilgrims will spend 40 days in Continued on Page 7 JEDDAH—Pakistan and Saudi Saudi Arabia and all arrangeArabia have signed the Hajj agreement 2014 and under the ments will be made to provide agreement 143,000 Pakistanis maximum facilities to them. The approval for their numbers and will perform Hajj this year. The agreement was signed other arrangements will be between Pakistan’s Religious granted by the Federal Cabinet. Sardar Yousaf added Affairs Minister Sardar Yousaf and Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Pakistan’s Hajj policy will be formulated in light of the agreeHajj Dr Bandar al-Hajjar. Sardar Yousaf said Pakistani ment with Saudi Arabia.

dollars would be made directly in these coal power projects. The Chief Minister also announced to set up two plants of 660 megawatt each under this project by Punjab government in order to complete this project at the earliest and get better results. He said that at present, Punjab government has selected six sites for launching coal-based power projects which are situated at Qadirabad district Sahiwal, Bhikhi district Sheikhupura, Haveli Bahadur Shah district Jhang, Balloki district Kasur, Taranda Sawaywala Rahim Yar Khan and Mouza Karam Dad Qureshi district Muzaffargarh. He said that government will take concrete and result-oriented steps for ensuring participation of private sector in generating electricity and encouraging it for this purpose.

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143,000 Pakistanis to perform Hajj this year

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia sign agreement 2014

Zardari asks Qaim to establish working ties with parties

Secretary Religious Affairs Sikandar Ismail, Consul General Aftab A Khokher, Joint Secretary Religious Affairs Ministry Shehzad Ahmed, DG Haj Syed Abu. Earlier, Sardar Mohammed Yusuf, who is heading Pakistani Hajj delegation, held a meeting with Saudi Minister for Hajj Dr.

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Militants martyr 7 levies men escorting Spaniard

QUETTA—At least seven Levies personnel were killed and 10 others, including a Spanish tourist, wounded as a militant kidnapping bid was foiled in Koshak area of Balochistan on Wednesday. Asadur Rehman Gilani, the Home Secretary Balochistan, said the militants opened fire at Levies personnel escorting a Spanish tourist in Darin Garh area of Mastung. “Militants wanted to kidnap the Spanish tourist”, he added. At least seven Levies men were killed during the clash whereas ten others including the Spanish national were wounded. Moreover, one of the attackers was also killed during the exchange of gunfire, who was later identified as an Uzbek national. The Spanish tourist was on his way from Pak-Iran border Taftan to Quetta when the militants tried to abduct him. “The Spanish tourist is stable and doctors are providing medical treatment to him in a hospital”, Gilani said. All injured were Continued on Page 7

Afghan crackdown on commercials KABUL—The Afghan government, increasingly at odds with Washington, is cracking down on advertisements that promote keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 and has already shut down a spot aired by the country’s most widely watched broadcasters. The commercials - some funded by a U.S. organisation have drawn official criticism because they urge President Hamid Karzai to abandon his refusal to sign a security pact with the United States that would enable the troops to stay. Broadcasters, which ran the spots for several weeks, came Continued on Page 7

Thousands protest Mastung bloodbath

STAFF REPORTER Q UETTA —Despite freezing temperatures, thousands of members of the Hazara Shia community staged an ongoing sit-in in Quetta to protest against the killing of Shia pilgrims in a bombing in Mastung district. The demonstrators gathered Wednesday morning at Alamdar road, vowing to continue their protests until authorities launch a crackdown against the militants. Officials said Wednesday that three more injured suc-

No operation going on in NWA: Tanveer 33 Uzbeks, 3 Germans died in air strikes WAH—Minister for Defense taken soon if there would be diaProduction Rana Tanveer has said no operation is being carried out in North Waziristan. Talking to the media persons in Wah Cantt on Wednesday, he said political and military leadership have unanimity of views with regard to the strategy on Taliban. The minister said air strike in North Waziristan on late Monday night was not a “military operation” against militants but it was a “targeted action” in reaction of Rawalpindi and Bannu attacks. He said decision will be

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long mission’s end. Anything less than that, the officials said, would be too few to be able to protect the reduced retinue of diplomats, military and intelligence officials that remain in Afghanistan. “The proposal is 10,000 or basically nothing, a pullout,” said one official, who has been briefed on the plan but spoke on the condition of anonymity about internal administration deliberations. Both the intelligence agencies and the State Department, who would have personnel re-

maining in Afghanistan after 2014, back the Defense Department’s proposal, the officials said. But it has met resistance among some officials in the White House National Security Council, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who question why the choice has to be 10,000 troops or zero, and nothing in between. About 37,500 American troops are currently in Afghanistan, about twice as many as the number of international forces also there.

Administration officials declined to confirm a report in The Wall Street Journal that the military’s plan would call for quickly withdrawing the troops so that none remained by the time Mr. Obama leaves office in January 2017. That is a far more rapid departure than considered previously for residual forces; a still-pending agreement with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan would allow for an American presence to 2024. The Obama administration is eager to maintain some military

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ISLAMABAD —Pakistan Teh- to counter the terrorist threat.

reek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday demanded that his party be taken into confidence if an operation against the militants is to be launched. He said his party would stand by the army in case a military operation is launched

US mily eyes Afghan force of 10,000, or pullout WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has proposed to President Obama that 10,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all, senior government officials said Tuesday. That figure, debated in recent days within the White House, is the midpoint of a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops — most of them Americans — that has been contemplated for months as the United States and its NATO allies planned for the

logue or operation. The Minister said some groups have been contacted for the dialogue process. Meawhile, At least 36 of the 40 killed during the air strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday night and Tuesday were foreign fighters. Thirty-three Uzbeks and three Germans were among those killed during the air strikes which also injured at least 15, security sources said on Wednesday.

PTI to stand by army in case of action: Imran

IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The Co-Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) and former President Asif Ali Zardari had directed the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take all political parties into confidence over the ongoing targeted operation in the port city of Karachi in particular and for improving the law and order across the Sindh province in general at the meeting. The PPPP Co-Chairman issued these directives to the Sindh CM, who had called on him at the Bilawal House Wednesday. Member National Assembly (MNA) and PPPP

cumbed to their wounds from Tuesday’s blast on the bus bringing Shia pilgrims from Iran to Quetta. The deaths have raised the toll from 26 to 29. An official at the Combined Military Hospital said 26 bodies had been identified while one corpse was yet to be identified. He said 35 injured were under treatment at the CMH in Quetta. “The condition of seven injured is serious,” he said. A large number of women and children were also part of the demonstration.

presence in Afghanistan after this year, especially given the resurgence of Islamist extremists and Qaeda sympathizers that has exploited the United States’ withdrawal from Iraq and the regional chaos of the civil war in Syria. But Mr. Karzai could foil any plans, as he has balked at signing a bilateral security agreement negotiated late last year to set out the conditions for a continued American presence in his country. The White House would

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Speaking to media representatives here, after addressing a seminar on Status of Women organised by Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Commission on Status of Women, Imran Khan said the government had failed in its bid to hold talks with the Taliban, adding that had it been able to begin talks, it would have been known which groups were opposing the dialogue process. “We stand by the army. We should be taken on board if government wanted to launch a military operation,” Khan said. Khan, whose party has been a longstanding advocate of dialogue with the Taliban, said antistate elements had triumphed which could have been prevented had the government sought cooperation from the people of the tribal areas. The military operation would be a victory for those who didn’t want to see talks, he pointed out. He said all political parties had given the government the mandate to begin talks

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The mourners have brought 26 dead bodies along with them and kept them on the road to press the authorities to launch a crackdown against the perpetrators of attack on Shia pilgrims in Balochistan’s Mastung district. “We will continue our protest until perpetrators of the blast are brought to book,” said Syed Ahmed Raza, a member of the Balochistan Assembly and leader of the Hazara Community. He lamented that the killing of members of the Hazara com-

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PSEs to be privatised at all costs: Dar I SLAMABAD —The Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has said that the government is committed to the process of disinvestment of heavy loss making Public Sector Entities (PSEs) which shall be carried out transparently and in an efficient manner. He made these observations during a briefing on the progress made so far by the Privatization Commission at the Finance Ministry on Wednesday. The Finance Minister said that the disinvestment of PSEs shall be carried out preferably through strategic partnership and directed the Privatization

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OGRA corruption case

NAB gets a day to fix responsibility ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court (SC) has given one day more to NAB for fixing responsibility in OGRA corruption case. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked we have been hearing the talks about holding NAB executive board meetings since 2012. As per court’s decision investigations were to be completed within 45 days but no headway has been made even after lapse of 26 months to ascertain who is responsible. Matter of 83 billion dollars corruption is being talked of. May be the matter runs into trillion rupees corruption. How much time we could give we have given”. A 3-member bench of SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up for hearing OGRA corruption case Wednesday. Continued on Page 7

Khattak announces compensation for victims of Charsadda blast P E S H AWA R — K h y b e r Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has strongly condemned the terror attack on police van at Sardheri Bazar Charsadda on Wednesday morning and announced compensation for the victims of the incident. While announcing a financial assistance of Rs 3 million each for the six martyred police personnel, one lac each for the injured personnel, five laces for the martyred student and two lac each for the civilian injured people, he directed the district administration for their early payment.

Sweet seller held for selling unhealthy ‘Halwa’ THATTA—Thatta police registered a case against owner of noted sweet shop and arrested Umair on the charge of selling contaminated Halwa sweet on Wednesday. As per details, over twenty citizens fell sick and unconscious following eating Halwa of a sweet shop near bus stand Thatta. They included Ashfaque Memon, Ishaque, Imam Bux, Abdul Khalique and Nawaz. They were brought to civil hospital Thatta and admitted for treatment. Following the incident, the Deputy Commissioner Agha Shahhnawz Babar directed the Assistant Commissioner to conduct an enquiry. The assistant commissioner held enquiry and got statements from the affected people. The doctor confirmed that the condition of admitted persons deteriorated due to eating of contaminated sweet. Later, the administration sealed the shop and its adjacent hotel owned by the same owner. Later a case was registered against the owner and police arrested one Umair and started further investigations.—APP

Pervez Khattak has directed the concerned quarters to pay the full salaries of the martyred police personnel to their legal heirs till the completion of their service, arrange to provide free education to their children and give government job to one family member each of the martyrs as per their academic qualification. The Chief Minister regretted that the loss of precious human lives could no way be compensated with meager money but it was just a humble effort on the part of the government to share the grieves of the bereaved families.

Earlier, the Chief Minister soon after the incident took place, came into contact with Provincial Minister Shaukat Yousafzai and authorities of divisional and district administration directing them to reach the spot of the incident and hospitals immediately and to supervise the rescue operations personally. Pervez Khattak paid rich tributes to the martyred police personnel for sacrificing their lives for the security of citizens and expressed the hope that police and the public would struggle shoulder to shoulder with the government to cope

with the difficult situation. “Targeting the police force is nothing but aimed at making the public insecure which no government and nation could allow at any cost”, he added. He prayed for the eternal peace of the martyred police jawans and civilians and early recovery of the injured ones. While deploring the dual policy of the federal government, he said that until and unless we recognize our real enemy and take effective measures on political and diplomatic fronts, terrorism could not be eliminated.—APP

Expansion of defence potential common goal: Tanveer STAFF REPORTER WAH CANTT—“It should be our common goal to expand the defence potential of the country through expansion and modernization of existing facilities. Our Engineers & Technicians are capable to contribute towards strengthening of our industrial infrastructure”. This was stated by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production while inaugurating Urea Formaldehyde Moulding Compound Plant in the premises of Wah Nobel Group of Companies at Wah Cantt. He was Chief Guest of the ceremony. Lt Gen (R) Tanvir Tahir, Secretary MoDP, Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, HI (M) Chairman Wah Nobel Board of Directors and employees attended the ceremony. Rana Tanvir Hussain said that it was his foremost vision to see the defence industry of Pakistan at par with international giants of defence industry. Federal Minister appreciated

the performance of POF Wah and said that under the dynamic leadership of POF Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood all the production units were meeting the requirement of Pakistan Armed Forces amicably. He stressed the need to make strenuous efforts in order to utilize the surplus capacity of POF for export and commercial purposes. Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, HI(M) Chairman POF Board and Wah Nobel Group of Companies said that POF, one of the largest conglomerates of industry in the country principally focuses at manufacture of arms and ammo and Defence equipments. It also undertake commercial ventures for the civil market, either by utilizing its surplus capacity or through its commercial window of Wah Industries Ltd. Chairman POF Board said that the philosophy of Wah Nobel Group of Companies is to manufacture products that are import substitute, thereby working towards self sufficiency and to minimize dependence on the imported

industrial chemicals. In pursuance of this objective the group has enlarged its canvas of activities and established new projects for diversification and in utilization of the potential. Keeping this concept in view, the Board of Director of Wah Nobel Group decided for the establishment of Urea Formaldehyde Moulding Compound Plant (UFMC) with 4000 M. ton capacity per annum. The Chairman POF Board appreciated the efforts of officers, technician & work force for completing the project in record time. He hoped that the Wah Nobel Group of Companies would certainly achieve greater heights in times to come. Earlier, Mr. Syed Naseem Raza Chief Executive Wah Nobel Group of Companies in his welcome address elaborated the salient features of the project. He said, “Wah Nobel has inaugurated UFMC Plant which will serve as a catalyst of growth for moulding industries for the high-end production of wide range of household and commercial products.

Mega projects approved PESHAWAR—Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Muhammad Shehzad Arbab on Wednesday accorded approval for several mega projects including establishment of Technical University in KPK, launching of “Khud Kafalat Scheme” with a sum of rupees two billion and a scheme of imparting world class technical training to 500 youth. The sanction to this effect was granted in a high level meeting held at his office in Peshawar on Wednesday. Secretary Industries, Muhammad Ali Shehzad, DG Technical Education, Prof. Shakeel Khan and others were also present on this occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary said that Khud Kafalat Scheme was a big project and it would help the youth of the province to a great extent. Regarding the project for establishment of technical university, he said that it should be planned in such a way that it could give quality education and training.He also appreciated performance of the industries department.—APP

Co-curricular activities to start on Feb 3

MCP abolishes illegal stand PESHAWAR—Following the orders of high court Municipal Corporation Peshawar (MCP) abolished illegal Suzuki stand at Bacha Khan Chowk and deployed staff of the civic body at the place. According to details on the orders of high court MOR, Shahid Iqbal and Tax Superintendent, Imran Khan along with demolishing staff abolished illegal Suzuki stand. During the operation they also removed seats from 50 suzukis. WAH CANTT: Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production, alongwith Meanwhile, Additional As- Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, HI(M) Chairman POF Board praying after the inausistant Commissioner (AAC)- guration of Urea Formaldehyde Moulding Compound Plant at Wah Nobel. V, Altaf Hussain conducted raids against encroachments on Landay Sadak, Charsadda Road and arrested 10 shopkeepers. Several kiosks were also demolished in the operation.—APP

UoP to develop smart P&M tool for FATA Secretariat

Police Peshawar being the mother in the second phase the methS R University was contributing in odology developed in the first —Institute of Ge- one way or the other through in- phase would be replicated in the impounds 1169 Pography, Urban and Regional formal means, however added rest of agencies, in more refined University of that the partnership between the manner and lessons learnt. motorcycles Planning, Peshawar (UOP), will develop FATA Secretariat and UniverHighlighting objectives of TAFF



P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r SMART Planning and Monitor- sity of Peshawar, apart from the study Dr. Zulfiqar said that Pakhtunkhwa Police in the ongoing search and strike operation against the illegal motorcycles has impounded 1169 motor cycles on different violations. According to details the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police on the directives of IGP Nasir Khan Durrani has impounded 418 motorcycles on charges of without number plates 750 motorcycles for having applied for registration and one motorcycle on fake/bogus number plates. It may be recalled that in the ongoing operation sniffer dog teams, bomb disposal teams and vehicles verification sims teams duly supported by Pak Army and Frontier Corps are taking part in it.—APP

HUB: A large number of vehicles standing in queue at CNG station.

ing Tool for FATA Secretariat. A memorandum of Understanding in this connection was inked between the FATA Secretariat and University of Peshawar here on Wednesday. Vice chancellor University of Peshawar Prof. Rasool Jan and Additional Director General Projects FATA, Yousuf Rahim signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions, whereas a number of high-up’s from the University of Peshawar and FATA Secretariat witnessed the ceremony. Vice Chancellor Prof. Rasool Jan on this occasion said that Universities around the globe were extending support to organizations to build up communities. He said that University of

benefiting both the institutions , would also lead to progress and prosperity in the Tribal region. Director General Project Yousuf Rahim , expressing gratitude, said that the MoU being signed between the University of Peshawar and FATA Secretariat was not the first one, rather both the bodies had a glowing history of partnership and affiliation. He hoped that the journey will go on for the well being of the community. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali of the Institute of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Peshawar on this occasion while making a presentation on the subject informed that in the first phase, study will be conducted in Khar Bajaur, whereas

it was meant to establish spatial enabled data capturing, development, data analyzing and visualizing system for planners / decision makers and the system will be capable of tracking and monitoring ongoing projects as well as evaluating the completed projects. “Similarly it will also lead to Capacity Building of the staff of the line Departments of FATA Secretariat.” He remarked. It is worth mentioning that The SMART Monitoring and Planning Tool will be developed by the University of Peshawar in collaboration with Directorate of Monitoring & Evaluation and Implementation Support Unit of Post Crisis Needs Assessment FATA, with the financial support of FATA Secretariat.

HYDERABAD—The management of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Hyderabad informed here Wednesday that co-curricular activities for the year 2014 will be started from February 3 in all affiliated Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools/Colleges. Giving details, the BISE management informed that competitions of Husn-e-Qirat will be organised on Feb 3, while Naat Khawani on Feb 4, Natinal Songs on Feb 6 and Speech competitions of Secondary School Certificates (SSC) level in (Urdu, Sindhi, English) will be organised on Feb 7. Similarly, Husn-e-Qirat on Feb 10, Naat Khuwani on Feb 11, National Songs on Feb 12 and Debate competitions in (Urdu, Sindhi and English Languages) for the students of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) will be organised on Feb 13. The BISE management has advised the interested students to bring attested copy of School Identify Card on the days of competitions.—APP

Power outages increase BASHIR AHMAD REHMANI HAFIZABAD—Load shedding in the city and rural areas has been further increased to 18hour a day causing multiple problems for the masses particularly the small shopkeepers and daily-wagers have been hard it from the uncalled for loadshedding. The citizens association has called upon the GEPCO authorities to decrease the duration of loadshedding in the area to facilitate them to earn their livelihood. Meanwhile, employees of WAPDA Hafizabad Division resorted to complete strike to protest against the privatisation of WAPDA. Led by Abdul Razzaq Mughal President and Shafqat Mehmood General Secretary of Pakistan Hydro-Electric Union Hafizabad chapter, the protesters taken out rally and raised slogans against the pro-

posed privatisation of WAPDA. The workers pledged that they would not eccept privatisation of WAPDA in any case. ***** HAFIZABAD: Dispensers and Para-medical Staff of all the hospitals staged protest demonstration in the District Complex Hafizabad to protest against the insulting and agrressive attitide of Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad District Manager Punjab Rural Support Programme. According to the dipensers and injured Saqib Ali dispenser of BHU Mian Raheeman village the district manager and his driver has not only abused and insulted Saqib Ali but also injured him with a brick which caused serious head injury to him. They demanded action against the district manager and his driver for his criminal offence.

Arrangements finalized for Haripur by-poll P ESHAWAR—Election Commission has finalized arrangements for holding by-election in PK-50 Haripur-II being held on 23rd January, 2014. The Election campaign ended last night at 12 am. Polling will be started on Thursday at 8 am and continued up to 5 pm without any interval. The Election material has already been supplied to the concerned RO who will hand over the same to the Presiding Officers. Total 116 Polling Stations and 288 Polling Booths have been set up for the election. Similarly 116 Presiding Officers , 288 Assistant Presiding Officers and 288 Poll-

ing Officers have been appointed for the by-election. They have already been imparted training. Presiding Officers have been empowered as First Class Magistrate for 3 days starting from 22 to 24th January, 2014. Mr Sono Khan Baloch Provincial Election Commissioner, KP has requested the voters to cast their votes without any fear. As many as seven candidates are in run including Muhammad Tahir Qureshi (PPPP), Mst Irum Fatima (ANP), Akbar Ayoub (PTI), Muhammad Asad (PML(N), and Independent candidates Muhammad Shehryar, Muhammad Shakil, and Babar Nawaz.—APP

Dearth of funds hits desiltation MULTAN—Dearth of funds has affected desiltation of canals in Multan division, sources said here Wednesday. According to Irrigation department, out of total 51 perennial canals in Multan division only 10 were selected for desiltation work this year due to paucity of funds. The sources informed that the department was needed 20 million rupees for carrying out desiltation work but it was provided 8 millions.Ten canals were selected by officials on priority basis, said the source, on condition of anonymity. The source further informed that the department had completed 25 percent desiltation work at these canals so far however, the remaining work would be completed by January 28. About the pace of the desiltation work, XEN Multan division, Masood Chughtai, said that the work would be expedited as the canals have dried up now. Earlier, the pace of work was slow because of water in canals. Chughtai said that a total of 25.294 lakh Cubic feet desilt would be removed from the earthen canals while the length of these canals was 67.24 miles.He added that 5.517 million funds have been earmarked for the desiltation of the campaign.—APP

FAFEN launches advocacy campaign I SLAMABAD —Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) is launching a nationwide citizens’ campaign to urge political parties to take up an election reforms agenda as one of their policy and legislative priorities. As part of its advocacy campaign, FAFEN is gathering public views on the recent elections to help define the priorities for electoral reforms, said a press release issued here. The campaign is being launched at the constituency, district and provincial levels by engaging political parties, civil society, media, professional associations, trade unions, students and other citizens in 33 districts and 83 constituencies across the country.—APP

Slain lady health worker buried HYDERABAD—The last ritual of lady health worker Akbari Seema Shaikh was held here at Sachal Sarmast Colony Husri on Wednesday. The lady health worker Akbari Seema Shaikh was among those who were engaged in Anti-Polio Vaccination and assassinated by terrorist in Karachi on Tuesday. A large number of people including elected representatives and notables attended her Namaz-e-Janaza. Among others, MPA Sabir Qaimkhani, MPA Dilawar Qureshi and Ex-MNA Tayyab Hussain were also LARKANA: Chairman Zakat Committee of Sindh Justice (Retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi awardpresent on the occasion.—APP ing scholarship money to students at District Social Welfare Office.

Governor for scouting as integral part of education

Population welfare top priority ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar on Wednesday said the government is committed to give top priority to the population welfare programs in the country. Addressing the launching ceremony of Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey of National Institute of Population Studies here, the minister said that country’s population will reach 210 million by 2020 if it continues to grow at the same rate. She said that Pakistan is the sixth most populated country, adding, the infant mortality rate and malnutrition among the children are still high which needs to be addressed at the earliest. She, however, said that the government is committed to achieving reduction in infant mortality rate, the newborn mortality rate and the maternal mortality rate in the country. She said it is important that provincial and federal authorities demonstrate their full commitment through sustained and prioritized allocation of additional resources to family planning services. She said the country faces broad challenges to improve women’s reproductive health. She added it is high time to expand access to high quality, voluntary family planning and reproductive health care so that individuals and couples can meet their desires for small families. She said it is necessary to expand access to family planning in rural HYDERABAD: Activists of Pakistan WAPDA Hydroelectric Central Labour Union hold a protest rally in favour of and hard-to-reach urban areas, as well as among the poor. their demands at Station Road. She said that Pakistan is a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals, and control on infant and maternal mortality cannot be achieved without collective resolve and contribution of all stockholders. “We are fully committed to take every action needed to make it happen as maternal, newborn and child health play a key role in reducing poverty and promoting social and economic development. She MULTAN—Police arrested 36 said improvement in maternal and child health is priority for outlaws, including 16 progovernment and the ministry will make every effort to supNasreen Khetaran under- claimed offenders and three Q UETTA—The women parlia- and speaker Balochistan Asport the provinces in this regard.—APP mentarians of Balochistan sembly, Jan Mohammad lined the need for ensuring court absconders, here on have called upon the leader- Jamali spoke during a consul- equal representation of Wednesday. Deficiency of Iodine Police arrested proHYDERABAD —Child Specialist and the ship of all political parties to tative session on modalities women in the legislative as- claimed offenders and court Dean of Faculty of Pediatrics in the increase the number of seats for women reserved seats semblies and local bodies. absconders, including Riaz, organized by the InternaSamina Khan lamented that in the legislative assemblies Liquat University of the Medical and Sadaam, Abdul Ghafoor, Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, and award at least 33 percent tional Foundation for Elec- women in reserved seats have Bashir Ahmed,Allah Dr. Salma Shaikh said that as many as tickets to the women party toral System (IFES) in col- no respect in the assemblies and Bakhash, Aslam, Ramzan, laboration with Aurat Founstressed the need for strengthworkers for general seats. 11 million children in the world have They also expressed dis- dation here on Wednesday. ening the democratic culture Altaf, Muhammad Aslam, been affected due to not usage of ioGhulam Abbas, Saleem, Speaker Balochistan As- within the parties. dine and the brain damaged of 43 mil- pleasure over the deprivation Amjad, Muhammad Saleem, sembly stressed that political “Political parties should alof women folk in the decision lion people has also been reported due Abdul Rehman, Rafique, to this reason. Talking to this scribe making and asked the main- parties should be made bound locate tickets to women with Shahzad, Faffar Hussain, to award 33 percent of total reasonable proportion,” she stream political parties to take here on Wednesday, Dr.Salma Shaikh Shahzad Hussain and has said that care is better than cure as such we have to steps for strengthening of seats to the women workers maintained. Husan Bano said Ghulam Qasim. invest more for taking preventive measures to reduce the democratic culture in the par- to strengthen the democratic that though there were so many Police also apprehended within the issues confronted by the financial burden of the government being incurred on ties, introduction of pro culture 11 drug pushers and six illecuratives programs and keep the nation healthy through women reforms in the elec- party.“Women are still de- women political workers, yet gal weapon carriers besides their life style. She said that at present 40 Percent women toral reforms and launch of prived of the right of casting they have lot of respect in recovering 53 litre liquor, and 60 percent children were affected only in Sindh prov- country-wide advocacy cam- vote in some rural parts of the Balochistan. province,” Dr Shama Ishaq Yasmin Lehri said that 1.265kg hashish, five pistols, ince due to Iodine deficiency because of the lack of aware- paign for women rights. said adding it would take time women are 52 percent of total a revolver and 28 rounds. Women parliamentarians ness, wrong perceptions about Iodine salt and inadequate Separate cases have been to see the gender balance in a population of the country, including Dr Shama Ishaq, performances of concerned management on government registered against the acand industrial side were the main reasons behind poor Husan Bano, Sameena Khan, province of Balochsitan,”Dr hence they are kept away from cused.—APP the decision making.—APP usage of iodine salt. The importance of Iodine in our nu- Yasmin, Nasreen Khetran Shama Ishaq said. trition, the government had made legislation in 1994 for its compulsory usage but unfortunately implementation on this law had not been made accordingly and the medical community could play vital role in advocacy for usage of iodine salt at gross root level, she said. Dr..Salma inS KARDU —The Skardu disformed that in Pakistan a survey was conducted in the year of 2001, which revealed that 60 percent children in trict received 9 inches of between age group of 6 to 15 years and 70 percent women snowfall here on Wednesin between age group of 15 to 45 years had been affected day. The cold weather has due to not usage of iodine salt. Dr.Salma Shaikh said that gripped the whole area. the deficiency of iodine produce number of disorders in The lowest temperature human population and mostly affected groups are chilrecorded during the last 24 dren, pregnant women, ladies and adultery population and hours was -10C Flight operait creates goiter and reducing their movement due to ention from Islamabad to ergy deficiency in children.—APP Skardu has been suspended due to inclement weather. The cold weather has inAssisting special persons creased the miseries of PESHAWAR —Special Assistant to Chief people and they were bound Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Soto stay indoor. cial Welfare, Special Education and In some areas of the disWomen Development, Professor Dr. trict roads have also been Mehr Taj Roghani Wednesday said a blocked due to heavy snow, departmental meeting regarding funds creating problems for the resiallocated for the assistance of special dents.—APP persons would be held within few days. For the awareness of the people, she explained that the Department of Social Welfare is providing financial assistance MULTAN: Chief Coordinator Prime Minister Loan Scheme Marvi Memon checking the to only special persons while Department of Zakat besides loan scheme applications during her visit to Ahmadpur East National Bank Branch. providing assistance to destitute and deserving persons and also provide assistance in dowry. She urged the poor PESHAWAR—Capital City poand destitute for the resolution of their problems and prolice have foiled bid to vision of financial assistance should approach only the smuggle heroin worth millions Department of Zakat to save their precious time. Professor of rupees from tribal area to Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani said that the fund allocated for the Punjab and arrested two outassistance of special persons would be utilized after de- BASHIR AHMAD REHMANI PESHAWAR—Lower Dir Ad- were also provided bee hives, laws here Wednesday on partmental meeting.—APP ministration provided training boxes and other equipments. khazana road in Mathra. The initiative could prove H AFIZABAD —Imam of to 80 beekeepers on scientific According to police, the Masjid in Chhanni Churera methods aiming at exposing extremely profitable in bee law enforcers on a tip off had was seriously burnt while farmers to current research farming and would increase beefed up security on all enone-room Masjid was totally done in this sector and to productivity in the district. try and exit points of the capiDuring the workshops, tal city and intercepted a destroyed due to explosion make them able to start their of Sui gas. own small business, to boost growers were informed about truck bearing registration According to villagers up bee-keeping industry and various species of bees and number G.L.T/8447. Imam Masjid Mian Ahmad Ali achieve maximum honey pro- how to care them better.They Upon checking secret were also informed about dis- cavities of the truck, police s/o Murtaza locked the Masjid duction. A press release issued by eases affecting bees and help- recovered 50 kg fine quality after Isha Prayer last night and when he opened the door at Malakand Development ful solutions regarding honey heroin and arrested two ofFajar prayer time, he ignited a Programme (MDP) here on extracting/storage. fenders including Muhammad The beekeepers also vis- Rassan s/o Ameer Khan and match stick, resultantly Sui gas Wednesday stated that the which had accumulated in the district administration in col- ited the nearest market and Dilaram s/o sher Khan resiroom caught fire and there was laboration with Agriculture progressive farmers for estab- dents of Dosada chowk a explosion as a result of which Department held four separate lishing market linkages and Mardan.—APP roof of the Masjid blown off training workshops at Agri- production of market oriented and walls of the room were cultural Research Institute items. At the end of the training, (ARI) Tarnab Farm Peshawar destroyed. After hearing the noise of wherein around 80 farmers honey bee kits were also disexplosion villagers rushed to from various villages of Lower tributed among 80 beneficiathe spot and removed the in- Dir were given training to im- ries of the district so as to projured Imam Masjid from un- prove their bee-farm manage- mote small-scale income gender the debris, who received ment skills and management erating opportunities among serious burns and injuries. of honey bee.The beekeepers locals.—APP

Balochistan parliamentarians demand 33pc tickets for women

36 held with arms, narcotics

Skardu receives snowfall

Smuggling bid foiled

Gas explosion Dir beekeepers receive in Masjid training on scientific methods

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has said that scouting must be an integral part of education to help students in practical application of the knowledge which they are offered to gain at the educational institutions. To make this possible, he added, there is a need not only to offer opportunities of scouting to youth but also encourage them to participate practically in scout activities. Addressing scouts leaders from across the province and FATA at Governor ’s House, Peshawar on Wednesday, the Governor further observed, it helps in character building; mental and physical nourishment and in inculcating habit of abiding rules and law amongst youth. The Governor also took oath as Chief Scout of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as FATA on this occasion and Mr. Abdul Karim Baluch, Chief Scout of Pakistan Boy Association administered the oath. Captain ® Sardar

Abbas and Mr. Muhammad Rafique Khattak, Chief Scout Commissioners of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA respectively while addressing on the occasion highlighted their achievements as well as future needs of the organization in their respective jurisdictions. The ceremony beside the senior senior government officials, leaderships of the association both from the province and FATA was also attended by Brig. ® Abdul Hafeez, Principal, Scouts Cadet College, Battarasi in District Mansehra. Congratulating the scouts for being member of this organization of international repute, the Governor said, indeed it must be an honour for them to serve the humanity from this worthwhile forum. This institution, he remarked, is in fact engaged in the noble services which are already stressed by teachings of Islam. “Scouting helps in developing quality of patriotism amongst youth and it reflects positive civic norms in society”, he said.

Cold‚ dry weather expected I SLAMABAD —Mainly cold Meanwhile, The Karachi Met and dry weather is likely in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However‚ light rain with snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places of Islamabad‚ Rawalpindi‚ Gujranwala‚ Lahore‚ Malakand‚ Hazara divisions‚ Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Lahore is likely to remain partly cloudy,said Met office here,while adding that more drizzle at isolated places in Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions is likely in next 24 hours. Weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain occurred at isolated places in Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions during last 24 hours. Some of the coldest places in the country were: Gupis, Kalat, Parachinar -07C, Skardu 06C, Astore, Kalam - 04, Hunza, Drosh, Quetta-03C. In the metropolis minimum temperature was 5 degree centigrade on Wednesday while maximum was 16 degree celsius.

office forecast cold and dry weather in the metropolis for next 24 hours. Minimum temperature is expected to remian

in the range between 8 to 10 degree centigrade. Mainly cold and dry weather is to prevail in the city. The Quetta Met Office has forecast cold, very cold and dry weather for the provincial capital, for Thursday. According to a press release issued by the local Met Office, the highest maximum temperature is expected between 10 to 12 degree Centigrade and the lowest minimum is likely between 0 to 2 degree Centigrade. The cold and dry weather is forecast for rest of the region.—APP

67 police officials martyred in nine months in KP P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r made in the said force durPakhtunkhwa Assembly was Wednesday informed that a total of 67 police officials were martyred in various terror incidents in the province from May 13, 2013 and they have been properly compensated. The provincial assembly meeting was chaired by Deputy Speaker, Imtiaz Shahid. The parliamentary leader of ANP, Sardar Hussain Babak through his question drew the attention of the house about the number of the police officials martyred in terrorism incidents in KP. The house was informed that proper FIR have been registered in respective police stations. Muhammad Rashad Khan in his question inquired about the appointment made in the special community force in District Shangla in 2013. The house was informed that a total of 23 appointments have been

ing the period. Similarly the house was informed that victims of Doaba Tall bomb blast have been compensated by the government. Azam Khan Durrani in his question sought the attention of the house towards health facilities in Bannu District. The house was told that in Bannu there are three big teaching hospitals including Khalifa Gul Nawaz teaching hospital, DHQ teaching hospital and Women and Children teaching hospital. Besides there is one police and services hospital, two category D hospitals, Two RHC’s, 34 BHU’s, 37 civil dispensaries and two MCH centre. Through another question, the house was informed that the number of male wards in Khyber Teaching Hospital is 30 comprising 459 beds and 38 female wards comprising 733 beds.—APP

Special persons condemn attacks on polio teams M ULTAN —Special persons staged demonstration against attacks on polio workers in Karachi, other areas and demanded effective protection for the teams. The demonstration held under auspices of “Society For Special Persons” was held in front of local press club on Wednesday. Addressing the partici-

pants, activist Asif Iqbal stated that it was responsibility of parents to administer polio drops to their kids. They urged the government to provide security to the polio workers as they were working for a noble cause. Asif observed that being a handicapped person he could fully realise the damage caused by the crippling

disease. Another wheelchair user, Nadir Khan maintained that the attack on polio workers was conspiracy against the well-being of coming generations. Other Special persons in wheelchair—Yasir Hameed, Rana Arif, Shahid Malik, Faisal Yusuf Shehzad, Robeena and others were HANGU: Chairman Ansar Barney Trust and former Federal Minister Ansar Barney laying floral wreath at the grave of Aitezaz Hassan who was killed in a suicide blast. also present.—APP

President identifies himself with national causes


Born to rule? Pitfalls of political dynasties


HE anti-polio campaign has suffered a serious setback with the killing of four polio workers on Tuesday, which led to the suspen sion of the drive in Sindh. In an alarming development, three vaccinators were gunned down in Karachi and one in Mansehra. Thirtyone volunteers and policemen have been killed just in 18 months in polio campaign related incidents in different parts of the country, which speaks volumes about designs of those behind these killings and inability of the Federal and Provincial Governments to provide foolproof security to vaccinators. In this backdrop, it is good of President Mamnoon Hussain to have launched the latest anti-polio drive by administering polio drops to a child at a ceremony in the Presidency and chairing a meeting to review the overall campaign and the difficulties being encountered in making the campaign a complete success. He vowed that despite immense security challenges, Pakistan was committed to polio eradication and that every step would be taken to eliminate the crippling disease from the country. His patronage of the campaign is significant in a scenario where heinous attempts are being made to create disdain against polio drive. Americans too have to be blamed for creating controversy about polio vaccination by misusing the campaign through their agent Dr. Shakil Afridi. We, however, believe that the initiative and focus of the President on this critical social and health issue would help remove irritants and motivate people to get their children vaccinated for a safe and healthy life. Earlier too, the President addressed a special tribal jirga where he called upon tribal elders to play their role in making anti-polio campaign a success in FATA, an area where majority of polio cases have been identified and reported. Similarly, the President has also launched a sustained campaign to promote the cause of education in the country by chairing different meetings and attending functions at educational institutions. Quite recently, he was also chief guest at an international event on Islamic banking where he delivered a thought provoking speech. Be it educational, health or identity of the country, all these are non-controversial subjects and President’s patronage would surely help promote these causes for the good of the nation. We hope that he would continue not only to pursue this mission but also expand his role further in this regard.

Bilawal can help tame Taliban B

ILAWAL Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Tues day urged the government to eliminate banned TTP and in doing so many of the country’s problems would be resolved. In his latest tweets following an attack on polio team that killed three workers in Karachi, the PPP leader said “eradicate TTP and we will eradicate polio” and went on to say that with the elimination of TTP, terrorism and drone strikes will also come to an end. Earlier too he expressed his resolve in Tweets to galvanize public opinion which is an appreciable suggestion. However, in our view as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is head of one of the two major political parties and having international clout, he should play a more positive role and undertake a visit to important capitals to build public opinion to support the government and State of Pakistan in endeavours to tame Taliban. We are certain that the world leaders would hear Bilawal with great attention due to sacrifices of the PPP in the fight against terrorism and above all the sacrifice of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who had vowed to free Pakistan of terrorism even at the cost of her life. Earlier speaking on the occasion of 6th death anniversary of his mother, Bilawal openly elaborated his party’s policy on terrorism and asserted that if terrorists do not comply with state’s Constitution, then no talks should be held with them. We would say that terrorism is weakening the very fabric of the society, destabilizing the country and it is time for hard and difficult decisions to be taken, especially viewing in the context of the incidents of Bannu, R A Bazar in Rawalpindi and attacks on polio workers in Karachi and Mansehra. What Pakistan needs today is political consensus, dedicated security agencies and full backing of the nation with the courage and determination that was shown by Hangu student Aitzaz Hassan to rid the country of the country of terrorists, armed gangs, target killers, extortionists and land grabbers and make Pakistan a peaceful and prosperous country as visualized by Father of the nation.

US makes Israel more safer I

RAN has, at long last, has halted production of 20 percent enriched Uranium, pursuant to the landmark deal with the world powers on its disputed nuclear programme. After nearly a decade of negotiations between Western powers and Iran over its nuclear drive, the two sides had struck a deal in November last year under which Tehran agreed to stop enrichment and neutralize its stockpiles in return for easing of crippling sanctions including release of its frozen accounts abroad. It is understood that Iran was under tremendous pressure due to tightening of sanctions that made it difficult to sell its oil or engage itself in trade with the rest of the world and therefore, had to compromise on its original stand on the issue. In view of the domestic situation and increasing diplomatic isolation, the new leadership of the country thought it appropriate to revise the strategy and accept Western conditions. Though, technically speaking, it is just capping which means that at some later stage Iran could resume the enrichment process but ground realities speak otherwise as negotiations have already started to arrive at a final understanding and permanent solution. Therefore, it is quite evident that the United States has achieved its objective vis-à-vis Iran i.e. to secure its illegitimate child Israel from any future threat emanating from a militarily powerful Tehran. Earlier as well, Washington succeeded in building up hype and pressure with respect to Syrian chemical capability and realized its designs by forcing Damascus to destroy its chemical stockpile and here too the ultimate objective was to make Israel safer. In fact, aggression against Iraq on the pretext of weapons of mass destructions, which were never found, was also aimed at neutralizing its growing military prowess. This is how Israel has been made safe and secure to be able to dictate its terms on Palestinians and Arab neigbours.

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Pointless polls in Bangladesh even before one vote was cast, returned as many as 154 members unopposed and 103 Kuldip Nayar through the one sided polls a few days ago. Parliament in the country has strength of 300. Hasina’s victory makes T was not a midnight knock. It little sense when the BNP and most was a blatant arrest in the broad of the parties boycotted the election daylight. Moudud Ahmed, and refuse to accept the new governformer Prime Minister, was picked ment. A survey by a daily newspaup by the police as soon as he per shows that 77 per cent of people stepped out of a hotel at Dhaka. His do not accept the verdict. The most disconcerting part is crime is that he is a top opposition leader belonging to the Bangladesh the unending violence. Dozens of Nationalist Party (BNP), headed by people have died in boycotts and former Prime Minister Khalida Zia. hartals. This is bound to affect the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, economy which has had a steady Chief of Awami League, hates both. growth of 6 per cent for the last five The last time when Moudud years. There will be more unemploywas detained it was during the mili- ment, more poverty and more inflatary rule of General Ershad. He too tion. Neither Hasina nor Khalida are is at present detained and shares the worried about the situation which is same prison. He and his party, Jatiyo deteriorating day by day. The beneficiary is the Jamaat-eSangshad, had refused to support the Prime Minister. No doubt, fortunes Islami which, no doubt, is on the side change. Rulers of today are the op- of Khalida but targets own line to ponents of tomorrow. Yet what is polarize the society and spread funseen in Bangladesh is the politics of damentalism. Organised as the vendetta. Khalida even had gone to Jammat is, it has contaminated the the extent of eliminating Hasina intelligentia as well. Violence through its cadres is the Jamaat’s when she was in the wilderness. Moudud and other detenus have contribution. Unfortunately, India has openly dared to oppose the authoritarian rule of the Prime Minister. An auto- come out on the side of Hasina. There cratic ruler is bad enough. But it is is no doubt that she is secular and, worse when she or he does not want like her father, Sheikh Mujib-urto give up power. This is the crux of Rehman, founder of Bangladesh, she is staunchly pro-liberation. But her Bangladesh problem. The opposition parties’ demand determination to retain power by is to hold free and fair polls under a hook or by crook has thrown all neutral authority. Instead, Hasina norms to the wind. New Delhi should has held elections under her govern- have played a conciliatory role. Iniment, having done away earlier with tially it did but it is now seen partithe constitutional provision to con- san. The anti-India feeling is spreadduct the polls by a care-taker gov- ing and the Hindu population, nearly ernment headed by the outgoing 8 million is feeling the heat. If at all Chief Justice. The farce of elections, India had to show preference, it


should support a person like Kamal Hussain, first foreign minister of Bangladesh and Nobel Prize Winner Yunus, to provide the third front. Khalida, otherwise pro-liberation, puts a question mark against her credentials when she voices protest against the hanging of Abdul Quadir Mullah who had collaborated with Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh war. Those who committed the excesses on this count have to be punished by a regime which liberated the country. Yet hanging person beyond the age of 80 makes little sense. Pakistan cuts a sorry figure when its National Assembly passes a unanimous resolution to hail Mullah as a martyr. It indicates a biased mind. Instead of expressing remorse, the Pakistan establishment goes on behaving as if it is not sorry for all that it did. The country is pursuing a wrong policy on Bangladesh. The Pakistan nation proves again and again that it canot come4 up to the expectations of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who advised Pakistan not to mix state with politics. Islamabad first trained Taliban to fight against Afghanistan and Kashmir. Now those very Taliban are endangering the stability of Pakistan. Fundamentalism in Pakistan is increasing and even liberal voices are rare. When the lawyers shower flower petals on the accused for the murder of Punjab governor Taseer who wanted amendments to the blasphemy law, it shows the deepening of extremism in Pakistan. Taseer’s son, kidnapped two years ago, remains untraced and has been forgotten even by the media which is otherwise alive and kicking. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to make up with India and Afghanistan are a breath a fresh air. He

has to reckon with the rightist forces, many in his own camp, on one hand and the military on the other. Still he sent his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Nothing concrete seems to have come out. New Delhi is not willing to resume the composite dialogue, which is the only option to span the distance between the two countries. Nawaz Sharif would have accelerated the process of détente if he had pushed the punishment of the 26/11 perpetrators, the terrorists, who attacked Mumbai. Pakistan may underplay the retired General Pervez Musharraf’s challenge that the army still ‘stands behind me’. But there has been no contradiction by the army chief or his publicity setup. This makes a mockery of the case of treason being heard by a law court. It means that the military continues to remain Pakistan’s third chamber. That the Pakistan army agreed to a solution of Kashmir, the main impediment, has come around is indeed a surprise. The army cannot afford to have an ex-general sentenced to death or life imprisonment. It seems that an honourable way like his bad health is sought to be found to send him out of the country. One plus point in the relationship between India and Pakistan is the acceptable agreement on Kashmir. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said in a press conference that the Kashmir problem had found a solution but ‘some other things’ came in the way before it was finalized. Why not renew the same solution? —The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author.

No appeasement with Taliban upon peace dialogue with the Taliban, especially those of TTP, while on the other, Sajjad Shaukat the taking note of their perennial Email: terror-attacks, they have also suggested strong action against these militants. FTER the World War I, the In this context, although the rulpolicy of appeasement was ers have expedited the formulation followed by the Great Brit- and promulgation of anti-terror laws ain to pacify German leader Hitler as part of counter-terrorism strategy, who increased his demands and oc- yet they are wavering between fact cupied more European regions. Such and scepticism, as they are appeasa British strategy which showed ing the TTP and their affiliated insigns of weakness resulted into surgent groups which have again and World War II. In one way or the again been rejecting government’s other, Pakistan’s present government offer of peace dialogue, while conis acting upon the similar policy to- tinuing their acts of sabotage. Even wards all the militant groups of the leaders like Imran Khan who were Taliban, especially Tehrik-i-Taliban showing sympathies with the Pakistan (TTP) which has continued Taliban have condemned their recent its terror-activities such as suicide terror-activities. attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killIt is mentionable that TTP is actings, ruthless beheadings of the in- ing upon shrewd tactics, as somenocent people, assaults on security times it claims responsibility for its personnel and prominent religious terror-assaults and sometimes denies figures. On January 20, this year, the same. For example, when its thirteen people including six secu- militants had attacked the church in rity personnel were killed and 29 Peshawar in September, 2013, TTP others injured after a suicide bomb, did not accept responsibility, but afexploded at R.A Bazaar near the terwards, by misinterpreting Islam, army’s General Headquarters its spokesman said that it was in ac(GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Besides other cordance with the Shariah (Islamic cities of Pakistan, particularly Jurisprudence). Similarly, TTP conKhyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Karachi demned bomb blast in the Tableeghi have become special target of sub- Markaz (preaching center) in versive acts, while in Balochistan, Peshawar, which killed nine people the Taliban have connections with on January 16, this year, but, it other insurgents’ outfits like claimed the responsibility of attacks Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) on police in Malakand, Shangla and Mansehra including military convoy and Jundollah (God’s soldiers). Condemning the latest acts of in Bannu and R.A Bazaar near GHQ. Meanwhile, the TTP new Chief terrorism, particularly in Rawalpindi by the TTP which also claimed re- Maulana Fazlullah had dismissed the sponsibility for the same, Pakistan’s proposed peace negotiations with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and government as a “waste of time”, and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali vowed to target the prime minister, Khan stated that attacks on innocent chief minister, chief of army staff and persons and armed forces would not corpse commanders. However, tough be tolerated. On the one side, they terms of the TTP for reconciliation have repeatedly been emphasizing indicate double game. In the recent


past, in a letter, Pakistani Taliban demanded that Pakistan should pull out of the Afghan war, abandon its proAmerican and pro-western policies and change its constitution and foreign policy in conformity with Islamic Shariah. But, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik had pointed out that the Taliban’s offer of conditional truce was unacceptable, adding, “Taliban groups cannot dictate the state.” While indicating unclear policy, the government is indirectly pacifying the TTP and other Taliban insurgents who have been emboldened, and keep on challenging the writ of the state. Notably, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to initiate peace process with the Taliban in accordance with the decision of the All Parties Conference (APC) in which leaders of the mainstream political parties had participated. Contrarily, now, situation has entirely changed. Recently, while condemning the inhuman activities of the insurgents, particularly by those of the TTP, more than 100 Islamic scholars clarified in their joint fatwa (edict) and separate statements that “killing of innocent people, target killings and suicide bombings including sectarianism are against the spirit of Islam…the terrorists’ self-adopted interpretation of Islam was nothing but ignorance and digression from the actual teachings of the religion.” In fact, Islam is a religion of universal application, as it emphasizes peace, democracy, moderation and human rights including tolerance of political groups, religious communities and sects which are in minority in a country. In this connection, the Constitution of 1973 which was unanimously adopted, clearly states that Pakistan is basically a democracy guided by the Islamic principles and values—no law would be made con-

trary to Quran and Sunnah. Undoubtedly, in our country, the victims of terror-attacks have been innocent men, women, and children. While ruthless beheadings of the people, assaults on security personnel and prominent religious figures—blowing children schools and attacking the female teachers in order to deny education to girls, the militants also targeted the places of worships. Their nefarious acts resulted into killings of several persons in Pakistan. Nevertheless, Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as murdering innocent women and children is not Jihad. These Taliban and their banned affiliated groups are defaming Islam, concept of Jihad, and are weakening Pakistan. As terrorists have accelerated their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic practices, therefore, people from all segment of life and majority of politicians want that a handful of terrorist elements must not be allowed to dictate their agenda and to impose their self-perceived ideology on the majority of Pakistanis. While the present government issued three ordinances which are before Parliament — yet to take a concrete form of law. Nonetheless, it is due to delay in formulation and implementation of counter-terrorism policy that the Taliban who continue their brutal acts have been encouraged by the contradictory approach of the present government. As it is a joint war of the nation and security forces, it certainly demands a serious unified action to root out the terrorists including their internal and external supporters. So, the government must not act upon the policy of appeasement regarding Taliban. —The writer is Lahore-based freelance columnist.

ARBARA Bush is the wife of one American president, the mother of another – and perhaps another, assuming her son Jeb tries to win the White House. So when the former first lady now calls it “silly” for the United States to view only a few families as offering good candidates, she should know. “I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes – there are just more families than that,” she said in a C-SPAN interview that aired Monday. Her criticism could be about more than the popular attraction toward a few recognized names in politics. It may reflect the wary eye worldwide against political families, or dynasties that presume a child, a spouse, or other relative is qualified for office simply because of a brand name or a belief in inherited traits through bloodlines. Almost every nation, not just the US, grapples with a lingering faith in political lineages, often realizing at some point that the granting of power by birthright or marriage comes with risks. For one, dynasties concentrate power, sometimes in the hands of an heir with limited experience or skill. They are personality based, putting stock in gene pools rather than talent pools, or in pedigree more than proficiency. Their dominance in networking and fundraising can prevent more qualified people from seeking a leadership post. In India last week, Rahul Gandhi, who is the fourth generation of India’s dominant political family, announced he would not run for prime minister. Perhaps his hesitancy was based on the fact that young people don’t venerate his family name as in previous decades, having become better educated to appreciate that democracy must be run as a meritocracy, not an aristocracy. In the Philippines, a movement is afoot to pass a law that would enforce a constitutional provision against political dynasties. The current president is the son of a former one, Corazon Aquino, and family ties still bind many of those in the elected elite. In the Middle East, the 2011 Arab Spring spread in part over resentment toward leaders who choose a son to succeed them. Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was grooming his son, Gamal, to replace him. In Syria, a second Assad in power helped spark a democracy movement, and now a civil war. North Korea is on its third Kim as dictator, with widespread disdain over this one’s ability to rule. Cuba is on its second Castro. Pakistan has five political families. Bangladesh has two women from political families vying for top office in a long feud that is eroding democracy. In China, the fact that several top leaders in the ruling Communist Party are “princelings,” or the sons of former top officials, is a reminder to the masses of how much family favouritism still plays out in government. Canada has a new Trudeau on the political scene, causing concern that the son may be riding on his father’s legacy. In the US, more than two dozen lawmakers in Congress come from political families. Personality-based rule, such as a powerful monarchy, can prevent people from fully embracing democracy. Thailand’s current anti-democracy protests, for example, are not only about elected Shinawatra dynasty but may be driven by the notion that the current king may save the day and intervene in the protests, as he has in the past. The various types of hereditary rule do not always come with a downside. Jerry Brown has proved his own as a Democrat in California, perhaps outshining his father as governor. Often growing up in politics is a leg up in learning leadership. Some scholars even contend that an elected second-generation politician may know how to avoid extreme actions. But that is not always the case. As world moves steadily toward equality and rule of law in governance, it must also move against nepotistic privilege. Succession in power is best done by popular choice, not family brand. — The Christian Science Monitor Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. —Nelson Mandela S African statesman

Some reflections on state & society Voice of the People and the Ulema of certain school of thought colluded. of the problems faced by Akbar Jan Marwat Many our country today are in a great part, a result of the literal and rigid interpretation of Islam, where form is given preceAKISTAN has over the years dence over the essence of Islam. The foremost problem faced by become a very reactionary and intolerant place. This was not Pakistan today, is the existential always the case. In its earlier years, threat to its very being, by the IsPakistan was a very liberal and plu- lamic militarism. The other two ralistic place; where not only people problems of economic meltdown of different faith coalesced side by and energy shortage are in a very side, but discussions about various linked to the existential threat and aspects of religion were quite com- cannot be solved unless the existenmon. In this day and age, when most tial threat is taken care off. Our inpeople are riding high on the crest telligentsia and our political parties of false religiosity, such a discussion offer two approaches or solutions to would be unthinkable. The debate, the Islamic militarism rampant in whether Pakistan was created to be our society. Liberal and leftist schola Muslim State or an Islamic one, ars and political parties suggest the is as old as the age of our republic. first approach, which is certainly not A Muslim State in this context the more popular one. The ANP, means, a state inhabited by major- PPP, the Pakistan Milli Awami Party ity Muslims, where they had all the and the MQM subscribe to this apopportunities to lead a fulfilling proach. According to this approach life. Islam was to be the guiding no state worth its salt, can afford to source in such a state but the con- have a militant organization with in stitution and legislation was to be its territory. According to this view, formulated by the representative of the war on terrorism is not just US’s the people. The Islamic State on the war now; it has become our war too. other hand connoted a state strictly Many elements in the army also and literally governed by Islamic share this view, which states that negotiation with Islamic Militants laws and Sharia. The leadership of Muslim will only strengthen them as it has League on the eve of partition, led done in the past. Force has to be used by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali against militants and territory or Jinnah, was of liberal and secular sanctuary has to be denied to them. bent of mind. Islam as a unifying This view seems to be in ascendance force was certainly used by this lead- in the military circles currently ership at the time of partition. The though they have tried negotiations move of Muslim League created many times also. As per this view Islamic milisome ambiguity about the future course, which the new state was to tancy will increase rather than detake. It can be argued that the use of crease, especially after the withthe Islamic card was made by the drawal of US forces in 2014. This leadership of the Muslim League, school of thought believes that our only in the content of practical poli- sovereignty is violated equally, if not tics of the time. The founders, per- more, by militants of all hues and haps, underestimated the well-en- nationalities living in our tribal artrenched position of the Islamisits, eas rather than the US drone attacks. not only in politics but also in Army The other view, which is espoused by most of our right wing and Isand the Bureaucracy. Jinnah Sahib did not have an lamic Scholars, as well as number idea of Pakistani State as a theoc- of right wing Islamic political parracy; but a Modern Muslim and ties, including the two of our most egalitarian State, where laws and popular political parties the PML-N constitution were to be made by men and Tahreek-e-Insaf is that the war but in conformity with Islamic on terrorism is basically the west’s teachings. It was only after the death war in which Musharraf has inof the Quaid, that the gradual drift volved us. Tehrik Insaf of Imran towards an Islamic State started, Khan especially subscribes to the which, ultimately culminated in the theory according to which suicide opportunistic Islamization of the bombers in the tribal areas are state and society under the dictator- largely created by drone attacks, ship of Zia regime. In this overplay which kill entire innocent families. of religion for personal aggrandize- These somewhat naïve assertion of ment, the military, the bureaucracy PTI do not have strong factual and


historical collaboration on its side. The legalistic argument against drone attacks raised internationally carries much more weight. According to this argument as the US is not in a state of war with Pakistan, so it cannot send drones across the border into Pakistan. The evidence of innocent people killed by drones is also quite strong. Although, quite a few high value Al-Qaeda leaders have also been killed by drones. The public opinion is generally behind the view expounded by the rightist parties because of the Islamization of the Pakistani Society and hatred against the west in general and US in particular, only because of their polices in the Islamic world. The radicalization and Islamization of the Pakistani Society, like societies in most Muslim countries, is largely due to the strong perception of US and its allies like Israel, unjustly humiliating the Muslims all over the world, from Chechnya to Palestine, to Pakistan, to Afghanistan and finally Iraq, where the US went to war on false pretexts. Due to this overt religiosity the intellectual role of the Politics of the left has almost disappeared. This in my opinion, it is very unfortunate because left represents change and generally change represents progress. It is quite paradoxical that throughout the world, parties of the left are considered to be harbinger of change. In Pakistan, PTI, a right of the center party is considered to be the party of change. Besides extraneous forces, the left has its self to blame, to a great extent for its political demise. Bhutto was the only leader who won genuine support of the poor, for the politics of the left, as represented by his political party, the People’s Party. After the overthrow of Bhutto by Zia ul Haq, the start of the Afghan War and the Islamization of the society, the politics of the left went on the decline from which it has yet to recover. Small nationalist groups, in Sindh, Balochistan, as well as, ANP in KPK have maintained its leftist identity. One of the main reason of the decline of the left in Pakistan besides its secular ideology with which the majority of the middle class Pakistani’s do not agree, is the left’s lack of contact with the masses and its lack of participation in social welfare activities. The right wing parties including some militant and sectarian groups have maintained very affective social welfare wings; which have helped the masses in all kind of social and natu-

ral calamities. The intellectuals of the left have generally restricted themselves to the drawing room politics and have hoped to win over the masses with the strength of their ideas. This of course did not happen. One other reason for the Islamization of our country and society, according to some scholars is, the new liberal economic policies pursued by IMF and other leading institutions. When these institutions are lending money to a government, they require the state to largely move out of social welfare activities and concentrate only on the regulatory aspects of governance as per neo-liberal philosophy. As a result, the weaker and poorer sections of society are left to the market forces and their own devises to fend for them selves. Under such circumstances, the welfare wings of the Islamic parties, filling the vacuum and deliver many social welfare services to the people. The state having abdicated social welfare activities, concentrates more on ritualistic aspects of Islam, which further Islamize the society where the emphasis is more on form rather then essence. The PML-N’s position on Islamic extremism is less radial than that of Tahreek-e-Insaf, and since assuming power it has become even more pragmatic and it seems is earnestly working on an “AntiTerrorism Policy” which of course is a good thing for the country. PML-N has, however some explaining to do about its soft spot for proscribed sectarian parties like Sipah-i-Sahaba. In any event, today our nation of about 20 million people with a huge army equipped with nuclear weapons does not seem to have a strategy to overcome militant extremism. Today the initiative seem to be with the militants against which our government and army seem to be groping the dark, coming up with knee-jerk solutions at best. Although, our problems are stupendous, we have to keep faith and our new leadership has to show character and demonstrate that they are up to the challenges that they are facing. Our problems may be formidable, but they are not in insurmountable, I am sure we can overcome them like many other great nations have done before us, and rise like the proverbial Phoenix from the ashes. —The writer is Author and citizen journalist, entrepreneur.

Views From Abroad

The Obama-Bush nexus Frank Bruni


UR current president and his predecessor in the Oval Of fice are typically cast as opposites, antonyms, not just far apart on an ideological spectrum but cats of wholly different stripes. Barack Obama: lyrical, professorial. George Bush: allergic to any glimmer of intellectualism. Obama: head. Bush: gut. Obama: city. Bush: country. But as I read David Remnick’s widely discussed profile of Obama in this week’s New Yorker, I was struck by something that the two men have in common, an overlooked overlap that perhaps suggests what it now takes to get to White House and why we wind up with leaders we do. I’m talking about their talent for separation, their tendency to retreat, a fundamental detachment and insularity that seem, in one sense, antithetical to politics but may in fact be an answer to surviving frenzy that it’s become. This quality plays out differently in each man, or at least in his affect. Obama can project an icy hauteur, while Bush often communicated a lazy disengagement. And Bush’s surface gregariousness — the chuckling, the nicknames, the vestigial brio of the prep school cheerleader and col-

lege fraternity president that he once was — masked his essential remove. But like Obama, he was constantly pulling back, less fond of crowds than of solitude, less inclined to meet new people than to huddle with a tight circle of trusted intimates. He’s a homebody who grew homesick on the campaign trail and couldn’t hide it, circling back as often as possible to his own bed, to familiar turf. A quote from an unnamed acquaintance of his in a 2012 story in New York magazine by Joe Hagan went too far but hinted at something real. “He’s become increasingly agoraphobic,” the acquaintance said, adding that Bush “doesn’t like people, he never did, he doesn’t now.” Hagan used this comment as a buildup to the revelation that Bush had acquired an asocial avocation: He was spending hours alone at canvases, painting. The hobby was new, but some underlying affinity for it must have always been there. My colleague Peter Baker, the author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” recalled a particular aspect of the two-hour bike rides that Bush took during his years in office. “He would tell people that he was happy to have them bike along with him but that he didn’t want anyone biking in front of him, because he wanted the illusion of being

alone,” Baker told me. Remnick writes that during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama “took a vow of ‘no new friends.’ ” When he now goes to fund-raisers, “he would rather eat privately with a couple of aides before going out to perform.” He watches sports in privacy; tries not to miss his nightly dinner with Michelle and the girls; shoots hoops with an established crew; golfs with the usual suspects. Remnick mentions that since 2009, one aide has golfed with Obama more than 100 times, while John Boehner has done so just once. Commentators and even members of Congress upbraid Obama for this routinely. And rightly. One senator, telling me about the outsize elation of a fellow lawmaker who had finally been permitted to putt with the leader of the free world, theorized that Obama doesn’t fully appreciate dazzle of presidential proximity and the favor that it can win him. Maybe. Or maybe he just can’t give up that much of himself and his down time — as a matter of pacing, as a matter of sanity. Maybe the surest way for him to keep his eye on the ball and his spirits out of the sand traps is to compartmentalize the gladhanding, cordon off the hubbub. Maybe insufficient outreach is inextricable from perseverance. For Obama and Bush, poise and detach-

ment go hand in hand. Their campaigns succeeded in large measure because of steadiness — the trumpeted “message discipline” of the Bush troops, the famed “no drama” of Obama’s operation — and this approach required candidates who could tune out and float above the ever-changing highs, lows, mock outrages and invented scandals of the modern news cycle, with its amplified noise, its extra distractions, its exhausting velocity. This required candidates good at building walls around themselves, and at constructing and sticking to comfort zones in which they could recharge. “Stylistically, the two presidents had much more in common than I expected,” writes Robert Gates, the former defence secretary, in his new memoir, “Duty.” He reports that neither had much zest for wooing Congress or cultivated all that many friends. “Both presidents, in short, seemed to me to be very aloof.” That description applied to many previous presidents, too. But the snugness of its fit for Obama and Bush makes me wonder if, when we talk about how isolating the presidency is, we neglect to consider how deft at isolation some of the people who attain it already are — and, going forward, may have to be. — Courtesy: The New York Times

Adjust your sails..!


ANY of us get out of bed worried: Worried about ourselves, our jobs, our children, health and just about everything, and a little later when we settle down to read the morning paper our worries increase even more as we hear China and America are having a tiff! Few persons have made us as aware of the power of our attitudes as the late Dr. Norman Vincent

Peale. In his book In God We Trust (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994), he tells about a woman he describes as “a nice lady,” but “she got all tired out by eight o’clock in the morning. And she wasn’t even out of her bed by then,” he said. The problem was that she “lay there thinking of all the terrible things that were going to happen to her, how badly everything would turn out, how many problems she had, how many difficulties she had to face - and by eight o’clock, she was so tired she could hardly get out of bed!” An older couple lay in bed one morning, having just awakened from a good night’s sleep. He tenderly took her hand, but she pulled back re-

sponding, “Don’t touch me.” “Why not?” he asked. “Because I’m dead.” Her confused husband said, “What are you talking about? We’re both lying here in bed together and talking to one another.” “No,” she said, “I’m definitely dead.” He insisted, “You’re not dead. What in the world makes you think you’re dead?” “Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts!” Such situation can happen to you and me too; when we think that a normal morning is facing pain and fear. I do agree that often our difficulties and losses are so staggering we wonder how long we can cope. Lingering and chronic illness, loss of someone we love and overwhelming worry can

devastate us. All of us have known almost unbearable pain and hardships. Heart-breaking times. We might think we will never again wake up feeling good. On the other hand, Henry David Thoreau used to lie in bed before rising and tell himself all the good news. When he arose, he was ready to meet the challenges before him. Every day we climb from bed, we can decide how to face the day: Will we dread it or will we anticipate it? Will we resist it or will we welcome it? Attitude is everything! Remember, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails..!” —

Silver-lining TANWEER ABBAS Despite problems in Pakistan, there is a silver lining, i.e. an end to the culture of political victimization. Political leaders were once forced to change their loyalties under pressure and fear tactics. We now see that the Federal and Provincial governments do not have political prisoners. The electronic media and a free judiciary have resulted in the induction of the youth into the political arena. The political leadership should practice more tolerance. They should not tarnish each other’s image and credibility shamelessly. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his youthful years but still followed a policy of truth and reconciliation. If anybody was justified in using cynicism and curt language it was Nelson Mandela; however he had more of forgiveness to offer than revenge. Political leaders should convince people to vote for them and to switch sides by explaining their vision and manifesto. Election results accepted unanimously by all political parties have resulted in stable governments thereby reducing political victimization. —Lahore

A plea for overseas Mirpurians ZAFAR SULTAN Mirpur is a prosperous city of AJK, and a sizeable number of Mirpuris are well settled abroad, especially in England. Veritably, those Mirpuris have contributed generously in the health and education sector. I wonder why Government Girls’ High School Kalyal, Mirpur AJK could not grab the attention of those philanthropists. I visited the schools a few days back but was shocked to see the deplorable conditions in which our young girls – the future mothers of the nation – were facing the brunt of the cold weather under open sky or in the airy rooms with broken window pans. Maybe the children of only havenots go to this underprivileged government school. Whereas, those children hailing from affluent families go to elite schools, which understandably have mushroomed in the recent past (this is a subject for future to deliberate on). With these questions hovering in my mind, innocent complaining faces in front of my eyes, I walked out. “I would certainly weave the picture before the government and dear Mirpuris to the plight of these future mothers,” I resolved. “The people of Mirpur – the residents / owners of the majestic buildings in the vicinity of the school would not leave you alone, you daughters of Eve.” —Mirpur

A tribute to Dr. King Jr. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad-based writers, researchers, human rights activists and students of law and political science from various public and private varsities, paid a glowing tribute to an American civil rights’ leader and a humanitarian for people around the globe, at a seminar held under the auspices of Pakistan Intellectual Forum (PIF), Islamabad, on Tuesday to mark his birthday anniversary. Indeed, the people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are an asset for the entire humanity and they are always remembered by people of the world for their selfless services and commitment for all. It was this great soul whose pursuit of equality and justice helped shape a vision of America as a country where all people could live and work together without regard to their colour, creed or religion. Time has come in this troubled country of ours that we must follow in his footprint and strive for equality and justice as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan as to make this country tears and terror-free and worth living for our upcoming generations. As we know, Dr. King’s greatest legacy is his conviction that justice for Black people could not be achieved in a vacuum but rather that all Americans must live free from oppression in order to guarantee freedom. However, the most befitting honour we can pay to this iconic figure on his birthday is to re-commit ourselves to the principles of social justice for which he gave his life. In this backdrop, it is proposed that the US Embassy, Islamabad may establish the King Center in

Honorary PhD doctors’ galore DR A P SANGDIL Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was recently given an honorary PhD degree by his alma mater the Government College University. Some of the newspapers have even started writing him as Dr. Nawaz Sharif. It has become a tradition, and a bad one, to confer doctorates on anyone in a position of authority. Even Rehman Malik had one such degree when he was the Interior Minister in the last government. Will any university confer on him any such degree now when he is Mr. Nobody? Associated Press Style Book, which is universally followed by writers and editors, stipulates rules for all such titles. It disallows anyone with an honorary doctorate to be called, written, or addressed as ‘Dr.’ so and so. When I read how the universities in my country are awarding honorary doctorates at the wholesale, I begin to wonder if I should call myself a doctor. I remember the last honorary doctor in the West who was always called a doctor until James Bond did him, it was ‘Dr. No’. —Oslo, Norway the public sector universities in each Province and get literature on his life and legacy of ‘Non-violent Social Change” into different Pakistani languages so that young people of Pakistan become enlightened with his noble ideas, vision, mission and life struggle. —Islamabad

Nadra kiosks RAJA GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN The NADRA kiosks set up for the convenience of the consumers to pay their utility bills are creating havocs for the people as the paid amounts, on account of these bills, are not posted in the ledgers of the utility departments and the same same are reflected again in their next months’ utility bills, as arrears. This irresponsible handling of NADRA kiosks is a source of trouble for the consumers as, despite having paid the utility bills, the concerned officials of utility departments disconnect their connections. NADRA kiosk managers argue that the internet is very slow and it is not functioning properly; Internet companies say that internet is functioning properly; Utility departments say that they have not received the bank scrolls; Chairman NADRA says that Nadra kiosks are functioning properly. Then who is at fault? I think that all are at fault. Hence, it is the responsibility of NADRA to streamline the working of its kiosks through cancellations of the licences of the licensees and thus by forfeiting their security. I would also request to Prime Minister to kindly issue necessary orders to all heads/chairmen of utility departments to serve the utility bills at least ten days before the due dates and also set up more and more customers services centres for the convenience of their consumers and all such customers services should collect payment bills round the clocks and don’t disconnect the connection of those consumers who had already paid their utility bills. —Rawalpindi

As expected, the report shows that Middle East and Africa have shown the greatest spike in faith-based violence. Among countries, with high social hostilities based on religion, Pakistan tops the list, like the last year. State-sanctioned discrimination against religious minorities, including those in Pakistan, has also been on the rise, leading to further social unrest and violence. —Via email

Pakistan in 21st century SHAHIDULLAH

Pakistan emerged on the world’s map as a sovereign and independent state on August 14, 1947 and on 28th May 1998, it conducted a nuclear test in Chagi (Balochistan). That landmark incident enabled Pakistan to become seventh atomic power of the Globe. This historic event dramatically changed Pakistan’s firm position in the global politics. Pakistan having nuclear capability, equipped with latest military technology has acquired a significant role in stability of the region especially South Asia. The world is heading towards economic, political and social integration. On the other hand Pakistan is tackling with enormous grave issues like water scarcity, terrorism, political de-stability and economic disintegration. But as a responsible state, Pakistan can no longer afford to remain in such a situation of turmoil or unrest. The West and the United States in particular are engaged in a so-called global war on terror using Pakistan as a front line ally for their own interest. Now it is high and fragile moment to look profoundly to the changing global scenario in twenty first century; it should keep vigilant eye on the alarming situation. The superpowers have their own covert aims to contain Pakistan for its significant geo-strategic location, its nearness to the Arabian Sea (Gwadar Port) and having nuclear arsenal. Thus in the present juncture, Pakistan is in a dire need of revisiting its foreign and strategic policies towards global powers. are optimistic that Pakistan will MUHAMMAD RIZWAN AFTAB We move ahead again onto the progressive and prosperity track for playIt is very shameful to see that in the ing a key role in twenty first censtate where media is considered to tury. be free, the lives of media persons —Mardan and journalists are not save. It seems that the persons who belong to media can easily be targeted any time anywhere. On 17th January, the Express News become the target. Express SYED MINHAS MAHMOOD News has been targeted by the terrorists in the past as well. It was the Either our politicians and Army third attack on Express News. It leadership are casual or indifferent seems that police is powerless and or they are not willing to take bold they are not capable to apprehend the steps. I am in doubt with the first terrorists. According to survey of in- one. TTP is playing tactics on us. ternational journalism, Pakistan is The Taliban are smart enough or we one of the most hazardous country are stupid, I don’t know, but we are for journalism. losing our lives at a rapid rate and Rangers, police and law enforc- we are doing nothing, except waiting agencies claim that they have got ing of a statement from Taliban. full control on terrorists, target kill- Now what Taliban do that after evers and rest of the criminals, but all ery few days, they release a statethese enemies of mankind all roam- ment regarding dialogue and we go ing around and playing havoc with on appreciating their offer while they the lives of the innocent people. take their time and attack us with a —Karachi different plan. We should understand that they will never be ready for talks as long as they are strong. These statements regarding peace talks are just a cause of distraction for our minds. And for God’s sake it is my request to politiAKBAR JAN MARWAT cal parties to stop the point scoring According to press reports, drawing on this critical issue. It is a matter of on PEW research, faith based or re- national threat not a joke. ligious violence has increased sig- —Rawalpindi nificantly especially in the last few years. Increase in religious violence, ISCLAIMER in countries affected by the Arab spring, is quoted as one example. As THE articles, columns and per the research conducted till 2012, letters are published on these religious violence throughout the pages in good faith. However, world has increased in 2012, as compared to the last 2 years. the contents of these writings Countries including Pakistan may not necessarily match the saw high level of religious strife inviews of the newspaper. cluding sectarian violence. Of the countries included in the study, faith —Editor based violence increased to 33 cent in 2012 as compared to 29 percent in 2011 and 20 percent in 2010.

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Faith based violence rising


Ukraine PM takes hard line on protests, opposition meets president

lawmakers Syrian FM urges int’l community to Mali choose leader stop support to armed opposition from ruling party

KIEV—Ukraine’s prime min- MONTREUX—Syrian Foreign they almost do not have any ties situation over Syria. “Syria has nent Representative to the UN Minister Walid Muallem urged international community “to stop supporting armed opposition” in the country. “If you are really concerned over humanitarian situation in Syria, let us act properly,” Muallem said, opening the international conference dubbed Geneva II in Switzerland’s Montreux on Wednesday. “Syria is a sovereign country and will do what we find needed for the interests of Syrian people,” the Syrian foreign minister noted. The Syrian foreign minister doubts that the opposition has a constructive agenda for resolution of the crisis. The Wahhabites seek to throw Syria back in the past,

with Syria, Walid Muallem said. “They rape women, kill children, cut heads and place them in the streets,” he listed the crimes of extremists. Muallem also criticized those who come out against the government under the disguise of slogans of “great Syrian revolution” and their foreign sponsors. “They have put the country in the dirt, but now the masks are torn off, we see what they were seeking for, they want to fan up tension in the country, pump petrodollars in mercenaries, act as barbarians and cover themselves by the goals of Syrian revolution,” he said. The minister blamed Turkish government for deteriorated

suffered a strike in the back from its neighbors. Erdogan’s government let the terrorists go on their land,” Muallem said. Meanwhile, Syria’s Information Minister Omran alZoubi also stressed that the presence of the Syrian delegation at Geneva II conference is based on Syria’s national interests, which include stopping the bloodshed of Syrians, repelling foreign terrorists and protecting the national sovereignty. ‘’Combating terrorism is the main access for any political solution and any political step or political development would be meaningless under terror-ism,” al-Zoubi said at a joint press conference with Syria’s Perma-

Bashar al-Jaafari on Tuesday in Montreux. The Syrian government maintained that its presence at the Geneva conference was not to hand over power, but to negotiate with the opposition to find a solution to the crisis. The Geneva II peace conference was established to resolve the Syrian conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the government and the opposition with the full implementation of the Geneva communique, adopted by the Geneva I conference on Jan. 30, 2012. The communique, which has been endorsed by the UN Security Council, lays out key steps to end the violence in Syria.—ITAR-TASS

ister denounced anti-government protesters as “terrorists” on Wednesday, but in what appeared to be his first real move to end weeks of unrest President Viktor Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s tough line, at a cabinet meeting, appeared to foreshadow a police crackdown on protesters who on Wednesday massed anew in their hundreds, inflamed by reports of at least three demonstrators dying overnight - two of them from gunshot wounds. However Yanukovich, who has so far refused to make any concessions to the protesters, raised cautious expectations of a negotiated settlement, saying he wanted no bloodshed and agreeing to meet opposition leaders. In a statement deploring the three deaths and urging people not to heed the calls of “political radicals”, Yanukovich said: “I am against bloodshed, against the use of force, against inciting enmity and violence.” His website said talks had begun between the president, his aides and three opposition leaders - boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and far-right nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok. Yanukovich, whose decision to ditch a trade deal with the European Union and turn to Russia for financial aid sparked the mass unrest last November, has rebuffed opposition demands for the dismissal of the Azarov government and the prosecution of the interior minister for heavy-handed police tactics. The meeting marked a small victory for the three leaders who have been seeking Yanukovich’s direct participaA woman speaks with police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine. tion in talks.—Reuters

BAMAKO—Mali’s lawmakers have selected a member of the president’s political party to lead the National Assembly, the second most powerful position in the West African nation after the president. Issaka Sidibe, a lawmaker representing the town of Koulikoro, 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Bamako, was chosen Wednesday morning. He is second in line to the president. The opposition did not field a candidate in the assembly dominated by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s coalition. Keita won elections last year after France staged a military intervention to drive out al-Qaidalinked Islamic extremists who had taken over most of the country’s north. Security there remains precarious, especially around the city of Kidal where Tuareg rebels maintain a strong presence. More than 1,000 candidates contested last year’s elections for Mali’s 147 parliamentary seats.—AP

Hungary: Nations get threat about Sochi attacks BUDAPEST—Hungary’s Olympic Committee says it has received an email message written in Russian and English threatening its athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee confirmed there was a message but downplayed the severity of it. Bence Szabo, secretary general of the Hungarian Olympic committee, told the sports daily Nemzeti Sport on Wednesday that the message also urged the Hungarian delegation to stay away from the Winter Games, which run from Feb. 7-23. “If they say you can go to Sochi, we will go, and if one day they will say it is too dangerous and we command you not to go then we will change our plans,” she said. The Hungarian Olympic committee did not immediately respond to AP requests for comment.—AP

Maliki calls for ‘stand’ New Nepal assembly Putin: Russia not against Anbar militants convenes to write constitution ready yet to give

BAGHDAD—Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for residents of the conflict-hit province of Anbar to “take a stand” against anti-government fighters, as the UN warned of worsening displacement. His call came as government forces pressed an offensive against militants, including those affiliated with the Al-Qaedalinked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who overran parts of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi weeks ago. Diplomats have urged Baghdad to foster political reconciliation to undercut support for the militants, but with elections looming in April, Maliki and others have taken a hard line and focused on wide-ranging security operations. “I ask the people of the province — the tribes, the notables, and all who live there — to be ready to take a stand, to take serious action against those dirty people, without making any sacrifices,” Maliki said in his weekly televised address. He added, referring to Fallujah, another city in Anbar that is entirely in the control of anti-government fighters: “It is time to finish this subject, and end the presence of gangs in this city, and save the people from their evil.” Parts of Ramadi and all of Fallujah, both former insurgent bastions in Anbar west of Baghdad, have been in the hands of militants for weeks, the first time anti-government fighters

have exercised such open control in Iraqi cities since the peak of the insurgency that followed the 2003 US-led invasion. Soldiers, policemen and SWAT forces have combined with pro-government tribal allies in an offensive that continued Wednesday against gunmen holding several neighbourhoods of Ramadi, an AFP journalist in the city said. The army said in a statement that 13 militants were killed in firefights there. In Fallujah, meanwhile, shelling in southern and central neighbourhoods left five people wounded on Wednesday, a medic said. Residents of the city blame the army for the shelling, but defence officials say the military is not responsible. The government has tweaked its language in recent days from referring to all antigovernment fighters in Anbar simply as Al-Qaeda, and now uses terms such as gangs. And while Fallujah residents and tribal sheikhs have said ISIL has tightened its grip on the city in recent days, several other militant groups and anti-government tribes have also been involved in fighting government forces in both cities in Anbar. The United Nations warned on Tuesday of “an exponential increase in the number of displaced and stranded families”, with more than 22,000 families having registered as internally displaced.—AFP

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K ATMANDU —After a two- agree on a coalition government,” dressing chronic problems. month delay, Nepal’s newly elected Constituent Assembly convened Wednesday to begin its main task: drafting a constitution, which the Himalayan nation has lacked for the past five years. Wednesday’s meeting was largely ceremonial. The assembly is expected to start discussing proposals for the constitution next week. The 601-seat assembly will also serve as the nation’s parliament. “There should be no doubt that we will be able to complete the new constitution within one year and at the same time we want to assure that we will soon

said Sushil Koirala, leader of the Nepali Congress party. Koirala’s party has the most seats but is short of a majority. The assembly is likely to choose him as the next prime minister. The assembly was elected on Nov. 19, but was unable to convene because the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), made up of former rebels, refused to participate, saying there were election irregularities. They eventually agreed to join. The Himalayan country has stumbled through the last five years with no constitution and a parliamentary paralysis in ad-

A constitution was supposed to have been written by an assembly elected in 2008 following the end of a 10-year Maoist insurgency and the overthrow of the centuries-old monarchy. But the assembly was riven by infighting and never finished its work. The assembly terminated in 2012 and new elections were announced. It took months for the political parties to reach an agreement on who would conduct the polls. Finally it was agreed that an interim government headed by the Supreme Court chief judge would conduct the election so no party would have an advantage.—AP

MOSCOW—Russian president Vladimir Putin said Russia is not ready yet to give up nuclear weapons unilaterally, underscoring his confidence however that humanity will have to give up nukes sooner or later. Putin, who made the remarks during his meeting with students of the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute on Wednesday said that at present, many countries have nuclear weapons and that they have no intention of renouncing them as yet.

gated with another 16 in custody. “We have no problems with the Arabs, with whom we have coexisted for centuries,” he Told the Associated Press. “We have always called for the gendarmes (national police) to be deployed, and now with them calm has returned.” The country’s impoverished south has, however, been a constant scene of demonstrations calling for more jobs and investment from Algeria’s hydrocarbon wealth, which is largely located there.—AP

“Making this move in the present conditions would be extremely odd for Russia, I wish to underline that in the present conditions it would result in significant and grave consequences for our country and our people,” the president said. He noted that developing the nuclear complex, including the maintenance of nuclear triad, was one of the key guidelines of Russia’s defense policy.—ITAR-TASS

Bridges and Benghazi: An American myopia GORDON ROBISON America’s political scandal of the moment focuses on the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and hideous traffic jams on one of the main bridges leading into New York City. Viewed from the safe distance of Dubai (a city not unfamiliar with bad traffic) this must seem a bit puzzling. First, how did one city’s four-daylong traffic problem turn into a national issue and, second, why, one may ask, do Republicans keep comparing it to Benghazi? The short answer is: Presidential politics. According to most recent opinion polls, Christie is the Republican who stands the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton in

the 2016 presidential election. Never mind that the election is still nearly three years away, that Hillary has not said she will run (though, frankly, it would be pretty astonishing if she did not), that Christie is not an announced candidate either (though, like Hillary, everyone literally everyone expects him to get into the race eventually) or that neither of them is guaranteed their party’s presidential nomination (if anyone ought to understand the perils of being anointed the ‘inevitable nominee’ three years out it is Hillary Clinton). The scandal began last September when workers blocked off several approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days, ostensibly as part of a traffic study. The bridge connects New York City to neighbouring New Jersey and, as pretty much

everyone in America now knows, is the busiest bridge in the world. The ensuing traffic jam was epic, at least by American standards (anyone who recalls the experience of trying to get from, say, Dubai Media City to the World Trade Centre via Shaikh Zayed Road a decade or so ago will have a good idea what I am talking about). What turned this into a scandal was the revelation that the whole thing was manufactured by Christie’s aides and political cronies to punish the mayor of Ft. Lee, the city at the New Jersey end of the bridge, after he refused to endorse Christie for reelection. When one person involved in all this expressed some mild concern for children missing classes because their school buses were stuck in the clogged

traffic, another replied the parents of those children were probably voting for Christie’s opponent in the upcoming election (Christie is a Republican, Ft. Lee is a heavily Democratic city). Even by the standards of politics, this seemed shockingly petty. Christie promptly fired the offending aides and conducted an uncharacteristically apologetic news conference lasting nearly two hours, during which he repeatedly insisted he learned about all this only a few hours before the rest of the country did. The consensus among the political chattering classes was that for the governor to have any future in national politics that assertion had better be true. What happened next, however, was strange. Left-leaning media (and Democrats in New Jersey’s state

legislature) immediately began digging for evidence to prove Christie a liar. Republicans said little directly in Christie’s defence, but a number of them took to TV, radio and the internet to denounce ... Hillary. “I think what you saw the other day was leadership” party chairman Reince Priebus told NBC News, adding that he wished Hillary had done something similar following the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. On some level, Hillary ought to see all of this as a backhanded compliment; a sign that she is the figure the Republicans fear above all others. That was reserved for a separate addendum to the report, signed only by the committee’s Republicans. The Senate report is not going to end Hillary’s political ca-


he United Nations welcomes the increasingly important role China has been playing across many areas of our (the UN’s) work, including international peace and security. We share China’s view that peace and development go hand in hand. We welcome China’s determination to promote the reform of global governance with the UN at its core. We see China - with its longterm strategy of peaceful development, reform and opening-up as our natural partner in this endeavor. Our efforts to strengthen the UN’s ability to prevent and resolve armed conflicts in fact mirror China’s pursuit of the “3Cs” - comprehensive, cooperative and common security. Regrettably, prevention does not always work. However, even in cases where it has clearly failed, such as Syria or the Central African Republic, good offices offer a potentially successful path back to security and reconciliation: diplomacy must continue to prod the parties to step back from the brink and face each other around a negotiating table. Political challenges lie at the center of most conflicts and are the key both to their prevention and their resolution. Only by finding political solutions can we ensure that peace, when it does come, actually holds over the long term. Along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, I will be in Geneva for the peace conference on Syria. We have worked very hard to get both sides to the negotiation table. We still don’t know if we will succeed. But we see this as the best hope for achieving a political solution that can end the appalling violence in Syria. The UN secretary-general has long emphasized that there is no military resolution to the Syrian crisis, and the attempts both of the government and the opposition forces to impose a military solution has created a humanitarian catastrophe. It should be obvious to all that the cost of a military approach is simply too high. We are grateful to China for supporting the June 30, 2012 Geneva communiqu, which holds out the promise of a political resolution in Syria. We are also grateful to China for supporting the removal of (and helping remove) chemical weapons from Syria. Experience over the years has taught us a number of lessons about what works in preventive diplomacy and mediation as critical elements. China, too, has accumulated important knowledge in this regard. We are highly interested in hearing its views, learning from its lessons and exchanging experiences. We have learnt that reaching a trouble spot early is critical. This is not simply about getting the necessary information at an early stage of a conflict, but also about mobilizing rapid, effective and unified diplomatic action as soon as opportunities present themselves. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China’s role is essential, because we need Security Council support for early engagement. Second, early engagement is only part of the puzzle. We also need to be skilled at what we do. Preventive diplomacy and mediation are complex and increasingly specialized fields, which require expertise in a wide array of areas, some quite technical. We have therefore focused on building up expertise that can be rapidly used and made available to UN envoys, regional organizations and UN member states. Third, partnerships are key. The crises we face are often too complex for any one organization or member state to address alone. In a world where the nature of conflict has evolved, where terrorism and trans-national crime often intersect with political grievances, partnerships have become all the more important. The UN, under the leadership of the secretary-general, is working ever more closely with regional and sub-regional actors, such as with the League of Arab States on Syria and with the African Union on Somalia and Mali. Our cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization provides a solid foundation for engaging with this region and we stand ready to work even more closely together. Fourth, perhaps the most important ingredient for success in preventive diplomacy is leverage. The UN secretary-general commands no battalions and has no treasury. The tools he has at his disposal are largely the power of persuasion, the principles of the UN Charter and the legitimacy that derives from common approach. In Syria, we see how hard it is to make progress when this unity of purpose is not present. In Mali and Yemen, on the other hand, the international community was able to move quickly to prevent the situations from deteriorating further. China is a key actor in this endeavor. Its voice needs to be heard both on specific cases and in general debates about a 21st century approach to these vital global governance issues. This is why this dialogue is so important and why, I hope, it will grow and flourish in the years ahead. We are confident that our partnership with China will contribute to making the world more peaceful, secure and prosperous. The author is United Nations undersecretary-general for political affairs. The article is an excerpt from a speech that he delivered at a recent conference on “Transformative Global Governance: China and the United Nations”. —Courtesy China Daily


A LGIERS —Algeria has sent members of North Africa’s origi- arrested and were being investinal Berber inhabitants and followers of the rare Ibadi sect of Islam on one hand, and Sunni Muslim Arab migrants. For the past month, there have been intermittent clashes between young men from the two groups and over the weekend, a Mozabite man was stabbed to death. At least 30 shops were also set on fire, the state news agency said. Around 3,000 policemen were sent Monday to stabilize the situation and the next day, the state news agency announced seven men had been


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Algerian forces flood desert city to calm violence thousands of police officers to calm weeks of ethnic clashes in a southern desert city, and seven people have been arrested. Ghardaia, a picturesque city perched on the edge of the Sahara desert 370 miles (600 kilometers) south of Algiers, was reported calm Wednesday following a weekend of rioting that left one person dead, 10 wounded and dozens of shops and homes burned. The arrests came late Tuesday. The city is divided between of Algeria’s Mozabites,

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reer. The bridge scandal is not likely to end Christie’s. The crazy partisanship surrounding both, however, undermines legitimate concerns on both sides of the aisle. The more Benghazi discussions focus on partisan point-scoring the less likely they are to solve the problems that left the consulate vulnerable in the first place. To the extent that Christie can convince people that examining his and his aides’ conduct is mostly an effort to keep him out of the White House, he avoids any real discussion of the vindictive office culture that the bridge scandal highlights. Both debates may fuel cable news ratings. Neither does much to make government run more smoothly though. —Courtesy Gulf News


n a year marking the centenary of the outbreak of a landmark European conflict that profoundly shaped the 20th century, the specific causes and wide-ranging consequences of what was once commonly known as the Great War will no doubt be closely examined and hotly debated. Events in the Middle East are perhaps the most obvious instance of how great-power machinations during the course of that war — the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement and the following year’s Balfour Declaration, for example — continue to influence current affairs. For much of the 20th century, it was deemed uncontroversial to consider the two Russian revolutions of 1917 — particularly the second one — as the most consequential outcome of the war in world-historical terms. The February Revolution overthrew a feudal czarist order that had withstood challenges from below for at least a dozen years. The October Revolution sought decisively to bury the past for good, and was facilitated in part by the fact that the interim regime persisted with the folly of a war in which the poorly equipped Russian army, allied with Britain and France, faced massive losses against the Germans. The man whose single-minded determination was crucial to the Bolshevik project died 90 years ago this week, barely six years after the Bolshevik seizure of power in Petrograd. “Even in the camp of his enemies,” noted the writer Maxim Gorky, “there are some who honestly admit in Lenin the world has lost the man ‘who embodied genius more strikingly than all the great men of his day’.” One of the more prominent figures in this camp, British prime minister Winston Churchill, is credited with the intriguing observation that if Lenin’s birth was Russia’s worst misfortune, his death was its second worst. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, to give Lenin his proper name, was in many ways an unlikely candidate for elevation to supreme power in the vast Russian realm. A fierce combatant at the intellectual level, his struggle was mainly conducted in European exile, and even among the emigre intelligentsia, he was a divisive figure. His thesis that Russia could effectively skip the bourgeois-democratic phase taken for granted in Marxist circles and transition from a largely feudal economy to a socialist one was viewed with scepticism even by some of his closest comrades. However, instead of reading this fact as the proof that Lenin is outdated, one should, perhaps, risk the opposite conjecture: What if this impenetrability of Lenin is a sign that there is something wrong with our epoch? What if the fact that we experience Lenin as irrelevant, ‘out of sync’ with our postmodern times impart the much more unsettling message that our time itself is ‘out of sync’, that a certain historical dimension is disappearing from it?” There is certainly scope in that evaluation for, if nothing else, a fruitful debate. —Courtesy Khaleej Times

Syrian peace talks stuck over From Page 1 opposition fighters clashed across a wide area from Aleppo and Idlib in the north to Daraa in the south, where the uprising against Assad began three years ago, activists and state media said. The US and the Syrian opposition opened the conference by saying the Syrian leader lost his legitimacy when he crushed a once-peaceful protest movement. In a strong riposte, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid alMoallem countered that terrorists and foreign meddling had ripped his country apart. He refused to give up the podium despite requests from the UN chief. “You live in New York. I live in Syria,” he angrily told UN chief Ban Ki-moon. “I have the right to give the Syrian version here in this forum. After three years of suffering, this is my right.” Less than three hours into the peace talks in the Swiss city of Montreux, the two sides seemed impossibly far apart. “We really need to deal with reality,” said US secretary of state John Kerry. “There is no way — no way possible in the imagination — that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern. One man and those who have supported him can no longer hold an entire nation and a region hostage.”—AP

Country facing energy, terrorism problems: CM He was addressing a crowded press conference regarding Punjab government initiatives for coal-based power plants here Wednesday. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Chaudhary Muhammad Shafique, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Sher Ali Khan, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, concerned secretaries and senior officials were present on the occasion. Addressing the press conference, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is facing two big problems like electricity crisis and extremism. He said that provision of electricity and gas is of vital importance for strong economy. He said that when economy will flourish, the trends of extremism will reduce. He said that agriculture and industry will progress and new job opportunities will be created. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government has made planning of initiating coal-based power plants in the province and has given practical shape to its steps for initiating coal-based power plants diligently. He said that coal will be transported from Karachi to Punjab by rail

Samiul Haq distances himself from Taliban talks From Back Page prime minister to draw his attention back to the issue through an email and courier, and avoided to show the letter to media due the sensitivity of the issue.” “I requested both the parties to ceasefire and keep themselves away from use of power and military operation,” he added. He also wrote to Nawaz Sharif and said that multiple calls and efforts to reach the premier had gone unanswered. Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulemai-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday expressed concern over ‘innocents’ being killed during Pakistani security forces’ airstrikes in North Waziristan. In a statement issued to the media, he said that his party was not in favour of a

military offensive and vowed to oppose it in the future as well. “Killings of innocents and exodus of civilians after the airstrikes in North Waziristan is regrettable,” the statement quoted the JUI-F chief as saying. “What criteria are adopted to ascertain who is a terrorist and who is not,” he inquired. Assailing the government for its failure to come up with a clear stance on the issue, Fazlur Rehman said that people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were being “sandwiched” from all directions. The JUI-F chief said that his party would not accept the policy of targeting civilian population in the name operations against Taliban militants.—Agencies

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the incident took place at Bahal area of Bhakkar, district of south Punjab where unidentified misFrom Page 1 He said that vast reserves of creants ridding on motor cycles for these power plants. Shahbaz coal exist in Thar whereas 500 attacked vehicle of anti-polio Sharif said that he visited coal million ton coal exists in Punjab. team with sticks and iron rods. power plants at various places He said that Australian company Windows of vehicle were in Indian East Punjab last month has prepared a feasibility report broken in the attack which caused where Chinese companies are about it, however, the coal of injuries to Lady Health Supervisor working on thousands megawatt Punjab is not of good quality. and her driver. Both were shifted to near by plants. He said that more than Shahbaz Sharif said that at 65 percent electricity is being present these plants would be hospital while police rushed to generated from coal in China, 63 run through imported coal on the scene after incident, however percent in India, 60 percent in short term basis, which will be miscreants succeeded in fleeGermany and 50 percent in later run by local coal. He said ing from the scene. Police cordoned off area America whereas less than one that the sites selected by Punjab percent electricity is generated government for generating elec- and checked motor cycles on from coal in Pakistan while 65 tricity from coal are very impor- exit points of the town. On Tuesday, in two separate percent from thermal and 35 per- tant for the reason as the big cencent from hydle. He said that tres using electricity are near to attacks, four anti-polio workers ironically due to poor planning these places and the electricity were killed in Karachi and and strategy during last many to be produced by these plants Mansehra.—Online decades, the low cost generation can easily be added to national of electricity could not be made grid immediately. He said that these places are possible in Pakistan. The Chief Minister said that near to railway track and road no proper work regarding gen- and water is also available near From Page 1 erating electricity from hydle these places. He said that the aim under investigation on grounds of this coal-based power project has been carried out and only paper work was done. He said is to encourage and provide that their source of funding was that Punjab government has guidance to private sector and unclear. All have pulled the adstarted work on solar project of include it in government efforts vertisements off the air. “We have launched an in100 megawatt in Quaid-e-Azam being made for overcoming enSolar Park and bids of this ergy crisis. He said that the sites vestigation into broadcasters to project will be received by mid selected for launching coal- find out where they receive of February. However, coal is based power plants will be money from for such advertisethe best option for generating handed over to private sector ments,” Basir Azizi, a spokeselectricity round the clock, he through open, competitive and man for the attorney general, added. He said that unfortu- transparent process. He said that told Reuters on Wednesday. The commercials often innately Pakistan is spending ten advertisements would be given billion dollars on the import of in national and international clude interviews with rank-andfile Afghans calling on Karzai oil for producing electricity for media for this purpose. The Chief Minister said that to sign the accord immediately. which country’s economy canIn one spot, the head of a not afford. He said that the cost the purpose of initial work of of electricity generated through selecting these sites by govern- cultural association tells the imported oil has been fixed Rs. ment is to overcome present en- president: “You should accept 19 per unit while the cost of ergy crisis within the shortest the people’s demand and sign electricity generated through time and launch power plants at this as soon as possible.” The crackdown is the latest the earliest. imported coal Rs. 9 per unit. symptom of Karzai’s hostility to Washington. Last week, he cited a deadly attack on a restaurant to accuse the United States of doing too little to fight terrorism. Afghanistan’s media watchdog said pressure on broadcastFrom Page 1 ers was hurting attempts to eswith the Taliban. “The APC had as of his three sisters education tablish the industry’s indepenmandated the federal govern- who forced them to get higher dence. “Such actions by the govment to negotiate with militants. education. He said the KPK But where are those talks?” he government would have to pay ernment are a clear attempt to questioned. Responding to a more attention to education, limit freedom of speech and put question, Khan said that armed emphasising that law and order at risk advances in the media forces had rendered huge sacri- was sine qua non to education. industry,” Mujib Khelwatgar, fices. Imran Khan expressed grave Director General of NAI media The PTI chief also deplored concern over continued plight of watchdog, told Reuters. Government figures show militants’ attacks on health Shahzain Bugti and his tribesworkers, saying that polio is a men as they seek to return to that more than 50 private televiserious health issue. He said a their homes in Dera Bugti fol- sion stations, 150 radio broadmajor campaign would be lowing a decision of the Su- casters and about 1,000 newspapers have sprung up since the fall launched in the KPK to elimi- preme Court. nate polio and he would himself Imran reiterated that the of the Taliban regime in 2001. Broadcasters were aware lead it. Earlier addressing the government should facilitate the Seminar Imran Khan said return of Shahzain Bugti and his that the spots were funded by women cannot be empowered caravan to Dera Bugti immedi- ISAF or related groups, but saw without education. He said his ately, instead of putting unnec- “public service” advertising as a source of revenue.—AP mother was behind his as well essary obstacles—Online

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Zardari asks Qaim From Page 1 Women Wing President Faryal Talpur, former Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik and Sindh Minister for Prisons, Mines and Minerals Manzoor Hussain Wassan were present. The meeting discussed in detail the law and order situation in the metropolis and in other parts of Sindh province, forthcoming local government elections in the Sindh, PPPP organizational set-up, working relationship with other political parties in Sindh and the ongoing targeted operation against the criminals. Zardari told the meeting that the country was gripped with serious challenges of terrorism and extremism and in order to get out

of those challenges, all the democratic and political forces had to stay united and should work in close coordination. He asked the Sindh CM that he should pay more attention on the resolution of people’s grievances on priority basis and every measure should be taken to save the lives of the people and the people should be provided with relief. He also directed the Sindh CM that extra security measures should be taken to ensure fool proof security to the volunteers of the anti-polio drive. He asked the Sindh CM to take the political parties into confidence on the matters relating to forthcoming local government elections.

US mily eyes Afghan force From Page 1 not respond to reports of the Pentagon plan, and instead focused on keeping pressure on Mr. Karzai to sign the security agreement — without which any talk of keeping American troops in Afghanistan is moot. “The president has not yet made decisions about final troop numbers,” said Caitlin M. Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council. But absent a bilateral security agreement, she said, “then

we will initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no U.S. or NATO troop presence in Afghanistan. That is not a future we are seeking, and we do not believe that it is in Afghanistan’s interests.” “The further this slips into 2014, however, the more likely such an outcome is,” Ms. Hayden added. Decisions have to be made soon, she said, about issues like base closings and force levels.—NYT


Charsadda blast kills six cops, student DHQ hospital pronounced seven people dead that included six men in uniform and a student while five cops received serious wounds. The security forces cordoned off the area and started collecting evidence from the blast site as the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was called in the area. On the other hand, the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has decided to continue anti-polio campaign in the province despite terrorist attacks on health workers. The provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai told newsmen Wednesday that polio drive would not be called off despite martyrdom of many polio workers. He said that the provincial government was determined to save

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Notorious commanders were also among those killed in the onslaught. These include Wali Mohammad and Asmat Shaheen. Maulvi Farhad Uzbek and Shaheen Betini were also among those killed. The strikes appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to the militant bombings in Bannu and Rawalpindi. But security offiFrom Back Page cials said the strikes were carDelhi CM hospitalised, police to promulgate the ordinance. ried out on the basis of intellifile FIR against ‘APP’ stir can Justice Jawwad remarked gence reports. this process be allowed. Court “ situation is running like the can summon chief minister of tale of shepherded. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). 35 AG said “copy of ordiFrom Page 1 citizens of the province are nance is with us and it is bearea of Sibi. He said there was missing and provincial gov- ing sent to the president for his no human loss as police were ernment says that missing per- signature. sons are not in its custody. Justice Jawwad remarked quick to reach at the spot. NoneAttorney General (AG) “ we know our powers are lim- theless, no arrests were carried Suleman Butt told the court he ited. We can not order the gov- as the militants escaped from the had met chief executive and ernment to promulgate the or- spot. The polio vaccination camother authorities and they had dinance. Tasif Malik case has paign has been underway for the said that court’s orders would also been heard. be implemented fully. Order Court said to Tariq last three days in Quetta and has also been issued for expe- Khokhar “ we will not say that other districts of Balochistan. diting the legislation process you have to promulgate ordi- Wednesday was the final day for and directives have been issued nance or otherwise.—Online the polio drive. —INP

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In the meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussein has strongly condemned the bomb blast near a police mobile van that killed six police personnel and a student. The President said such acts of cowardice cannot deter the nation’s resolve against terrorism and extremism. The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Police Van at Sardheri in Charsadda on Wednesday and expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. The Governor, while paying rich tributes to the immortal sacrifices which the police cops and officers have been offering in course of their official duties, has said that the nation will always remember the brave sons of the soil with great honor and pride.

Thousands protest Mastung bloodbath munity had become the ‘order of the day’ and that the Balochistan government had completely failed to protect the Shia pilgrims coming from Iran to Pakistan. The banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, which it described as a suicide bombing, and warned of more such attacks. It was the second attack on Shia pilgrims in this part of Balochistan over the past three weeks; the first attack took place near Quetta on the eve of New Year. Last year, thousands of mourners staged a three-day sitin from January 10 to 13 in the aftermath of twin-bombings that had left over 100 people dead. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch visited Alamdar Road on Wednesday and expressed his concern over the Mastung incident. He held a long meeting with members of the community to end their protest. “We are all victims of terrorism and I stand by you in this hour of grief,” Baloch told the grief-stricken mourners. Speaking to reporters, the chief minister pointed towards

From Page 1 the presence of foreign militants in Balochistan. “The killing of Uzbek militants in Mastung shows that foreign militants have reached Balochistan,” he said. Baloch claimed that his government was determined to wipe out terrorism despite all odds. Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Jan Muhammad Jamali, provincial ministers Dr. Hamid Khan Achakzai, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and others accompanied the chief minister. Meanwhile, the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) Wednesday held protest sit-insin various major cities of the country to protest the killing of pilgrims in Mastung. The protest sit-ins were held on main roads and highways in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Hyderabad. Later, one side of the road was opened by the police. The MWM held a protest demonstration at Numaish Chorang in Karachi. A large number of people participated in the demonstration. They chanted slogans against the government and demand strict action against the killer, besides providing protection to all sects throughout the

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From Page 1 shifted to Civil Hospital Mastung for medical treatment where the condition of one person was reported as critical. The local administration sought additional deployment of Frontier Corps (FC) and Anti Terrorist Force (ATF) personnel. Security forces launched an operation in Darin Garh area of Mastung after the incident. The Home Secretary said Police, Levies and Frontier Corps personnel backed by two army helicopters were engaged in an operation against the militants. He said one Levies personnel was also killed in the operation after the first incident. Road linking Pakistan with neighbouring Iran was giving a deserted look as result of operation by security forces. Passengers remained the worst sufferers as long queues of vehicles could be seen of awaiting vehicles. The attack comes a day after an explosion ripped through a bus carrying pilgrims in Mastung district, killing 24 people.—INP

From Page 1 children from being crippled and would not be deterred by attacks on police teams by the terrorists”. “We have prepared a new plan to eradicate the disease from the province”. Shaukat said and elaborated that under the new plan, a special anti-polio campaign would be undertaken in Peshawar on every Sunday. He maintained that a special force would be set up to protect health workers adding that PTI’s volunteers and retired security personnel would be hired to complete the tough task. The health minister disclosed that the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has asked for Rs 4 billion from the federal government to implement the plan.

From Page 1 Chairman NAB Qamar ul Zaman Chaudhry appeared in the court and held out assurance that court’s orders will be complied with fully. Only one day time be given more, he prayed. He submitted that NAB had convened meeting of executive board. One reference has been filed and the remaining matters have also been finalized. Only decision has yet to be made in this regard. The court remarked “ nothing has been done except sending a reference even after lapse of such a long period. KK Agha prosecutor general NAB told the court “ I had already told the court that matters have been finalized to con-

143,000 From Page 1 Bandarbin Mohammad AlHajjar. The Minister expressed gratitude to the immense services of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Hajj Ministry Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the numerous steps being taken for the constant improvements and upgrading the Umra and Hajj experiences of pilgrims from all over the world. —Agencies

siderable extent and now orders of chairman NAB were needed. The court remarked “ Attorney General (AG) should give arguments to this effect that no court including SC can give any order to NAB and all the powers rest with only chairman NAB. Chairman NAB said “ you have given orders and they have four parts. Please give more time to comply with them. The court gave him 24 hours time besides adjourning the hearing of the case till today. —Online

country. Traffic remained suspended on the chorangi for many hours. The MWM staged a sit-in in front of Governor House in Lahore against the killing of pilgrims in Mastung. The Mall Road from Alhamra to Club Chowk was closed for vehicular traffic during the protest sitin. A large number of workers of MWM also staged a protest demonstration in front of Hyderabad Press Club. The protestors blocked the National Highways and demanded operation against the elements behind the extremist activity. Meanwhile, a large number of heirs of those killed in the blast, placed dead bodies of their 15 beloved ones on road at Alamdar Chowk in Quetta and staged sit-in, calling for the arrest of culprits. Chanting slogans against government, the protesting victim families threatened to surround the Chief Minister House and Governors’ House if the authorities failed to bring the miscreant to book. The Hazara Democratic Party observed shutter-down strike in the city and markets remained closed in Hazara Town, Ali Abad.

PSEs to be privatised From Page 1 Commission to develop a strategy to balance the competing objectives of maximizing benefits to the country while ensuring the protection of rights of employees of PSEs. The Finance Minister said that at present national and international capital markets are buoyant and the country must benefit from the present confidence of the investors in present government. The Chairman Privatization Commission Mr. Muhammad Zubair assured the Finance Minister that all legal and codal formalities would be adhered to and transparency would be its hallmark.—Online

Thai ‘red-shirt’ leader shot in Bangkok

Govt decides to challenge Zaka reinstatement I SLAMABAD —The federal government has decided to challenge reinstatement of The northeastern US on Wednesday witnessed a deadly storm that dumped more than 15 inches of snow at some Chairman, Pakistan Cricket places. Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf in the Supreme Court. According to sources, on the directives of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asima Jahangir has been appointed as public prosecutor. The sources said that the reinstatement of the W ASHINGTON —The northPCB chairman is likely to be eastern US shivered amid challenged in the apex court heavy snowfall and far below today (Thursday). —INP average temperatures on Wednesday in a storm that I S L A M A B A D /K A R A C H I — not seem serious and con- diers are dying,” he said in the grounded thousands of flights JUI-F leader Maulana Samiul Haq said cerned. I had requested them statement. “A military opera- and triggered traffic chaos. gunned down Wednesday he would no to avoid a military operation tion is not the answer: we The nasty weather with its TANK—Leader of JUI-F and longer act as a government- and use of force but yester- should instead put all our pas- bone-chilling gusts and heavy renowned religious cleric, backed peace broker with the day it started bombing in sion into the process of talks.” snow stretched from WashingMaulana Azhar was shot militants after airstrikes killed North Waziristan and tribal ar- “In such a situation I want to ton to New England. The Middead in Tank, restive prov- 40 in North Waziristan tribal eas,” Sami, who is also chief separate myself from this west was hit hard, too. ince of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa agency bordering Afghani- of his own faction of the reli- bloody tragedy,” he added. Taking into account the The JUI-S chief said wind chill factor, the temperaon Wednesday, officials stan and other tribal areas of gious Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-S) party, said in a state- Nawaz Sharif sought his help ture in Chicago plummeted to said. According to local po- the country. in initiating peace talks and he minus 20 Fahrenheit (-28 CelSmai ul Haq, who heads ment. lice, Maulana was busy in grocery shopping at main the Darul Uloom Haqqania Samiul Haq, whose seminary received positive signals after sius), the Chicago Tribune bazaar of Tank when un- seminary and is often referred has awarded Afghan Taliban contacting the Taliban leader- said. known gunmen opened fire to as the “Father of the leader Mullah Omar an honor- ship, but “the lack of seriousIn the nation’s largest city, on cleric who was shifted to Taliban,” was given the task ary doctorate, said more fight- ness on behalf of the govern- the Tuesday evening coming was not the answer. ment” forced him to quit the mute home in New York was a Tank District Headquarter of initiating peace talks with the “Both sides (Taliban and process.The JUI-S chief said, mess and the city was expected Hospital in critical condition. Pakistani Taliban in December Doctors tried to save Maulana by Prime Minister Nawaz government) are in a state of “I sent a detailed letter to the to get as many as 14 inches Azhar’s life but he succumbed Sharif. “The government does war. Innocent citizens and sol(35 cm) of snow by WednesContinued on Page 7 to his injuries. Police said misday morning. creants have fled the scene “It’s horrible. Snow is cute however—Online for only a little bit,” Mary Catherine Hughes, standing by a subway stop with an um4 suffocate to brella rendered useless in death in Lahore fierce wind, told The New York Times. Staff Reporter The city’s new mayor Bill LAHORE —Four members of de Blasio urged people to stay a family died on Wednesday home say road crews could due to suffocation caused by ISLAMABAD —United States clear streets. not be changed no matter gas leakage in Shalimar area software tycoon-turned-phi- I S L A M A B A D — J u s t i c e Downtown Washington of the city, rescue officials lanthropist, Bill Gates, who Jawwad S Khawaja has re- how much one let our things fell eerily silent after the fedsay. According to Rescue aims at eradicating polio by marked “ ordinance of one’s go heard or unheard. He further observed “ if eral government, seeing the 1122 officials, a family com- 2018, has expressed grave own choice is promulgated court’s orders has not to be swift-moving storm approachprising husband, wife and concerns over the attacks on over night their two kids died as gas polio immunization teams in He gave these remarks complied with then no legis- ing, closed its doors and told filled in the room they were different cities of Pakistan. while presiding over a 3- lation will be made no matter civil servants — who already sleeping in. Gas leaked from Pakistan is among those member bench of Supreme you do whatever for it. But had the day off on Monday the heater, commonly used countries which are still bat- Court (SC) during the course the ordinance of one’s own for the Martin Luther King by families to save them from tling polio but here the aid of hearing of 35 missing per- choice is promulgated over holiday — to stay home on night. It is not known as to Tuesday. cold. Police reached the spot workers have to deal not only sons case Wednesday. On Wednesday, federal and dead bodies were with the disease but with asHe further remarked “ why so much delay is made handed over to relatives af- sassinations. On Tuesday, Certain institutions consider in working out such impor- agencies were to open two ter legal formalities. –Online three vaccinators were shot them above law. Those devi- tant ordinance. He observed hours late. Employees could also dead in Karachi and ating from law and constitu- “ reply of provincial governAnti-polio drive one in Khyber tion are putting the country ment is meaningless. People take unscheduled leave, and Mansehra into difficult situation. Law, are being picked up and how those that can were allowed remains suspended Pakhtunkhwa’s to work from home. —AFP district.—INP Continued on Page 7 constitution and facts will KARACHI—Anti-polio drive remained suspended in the city on Wednesday following gruesome killing of three polio workers a day earlier. Polio workers continued their boycott on serious concerns about their security. These workers are demanding strict security measures for all polio teams across the N EW Y ORK —The US matic dialogue with China, In- Daniel Markey, who is CFR gument is that while Washingcity. —Online should discuss with India dia and Pakistan to reduce senior fellow for India, Paki- ton and Islamabad have found after its general elections the prospects for regional tension stan, and South Asia, said. common cause in fighting Lyari gangster possibility of basing Ameri- and violence. “Starting with Markey acknowledged such against Pakistan’s homegrown can military and intelligence the national security adviser conversations between Wash- Taliban insurgents, Pakistan Behram killed the prime minister of India, ington and New Delhi would has been unwilling to tackle KARACHI—Behram, a noto- operatives in the country to to senior US national security of- be “politically sensitive” and threats posed by the Haqqani address threats posed by rious gangster, affiliated with terror ficials should begin to discuss so should begin only after the network or LeT forcing Washthe a Lyari gang was killed in Pakistan-based options for significantly ex- next Indian government is ington to reconsider the wisan operation jointly con- groups in a post- Afghani- panded counter-terror coop- elected in the spring. “If dip- dom of remaining heavily destan context, a US think-tank ducted by the paramilitary eration with their Indian coun- lomatic discussions make pendent on US personnel and Rangers and the police. Po- here said. terparts, up to and including progress, the Pentagon facilities now based in AfA special report titled lice said the accused was asthe possibility of basing US should work with members of ghanistan. “Over the long run ‘Reorienting US Pakistan sociated with Wasiullah military and/or intelligence op- the US intelligence community and perhaps much sooner if Lakhu group, one of the Strategy: From Af-Pak to eratives in India to address to develop specific implemen- Washington is unable to neAsia’ by the Council on Forgangs operating in Lyari. The Pakistan-based terrorist tation plans for on-the-ground gotiate a satisfactory bilateral police said that the accused eign Relations (CFR) also threats in a post-Afghanistan operations in India,” he said. security agreement with was involved in various recommends that the US context,” the report’s author, The basis for Markey’s ar- Kabul, maintaining a foothold should launch a new diplocrimes. —Online

Samiul Haq distances himself from Taliban talks

Fazl opposes airstrikes in North Waziristan

Gates worried over Pakistan violence against polio teams

Missing persons case

Court rejects KP govt report

Major snowstorm slams northeastern US

B A N G K O K —A leader of Thailand’s pro-government “red-shirt” group was shot, as the 60-day state of emergency came into effect in Bangkok and nearby provinces, state media reported on Wednesday. Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large big in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani in the north. It came as anti-government protesters continued to block parts of Bangkok to force the prime minister to resign. The emergency decree gives the government wideranging powers. Imposed late on Tuesday, it covers Bangkok and three surrounding provinces. It gives the government the power to control crowds and censor media, but it remains unclear how it will be enforced. The protesters - who began their campaign in November - say Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government is being influenced by her brother, exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra. The protesters want an unelected “people’s council” to run Thailand until its

political system is changed. Ms Yingluck has refused to step down and has called an election on 2 February, which the opposition is boycotting. The emergency declaration follows incidents of violence during protests, with both the pro-government and anti-government sides blaming each other for attacks. At least nine people have died since the wave of protests started last year. Kwanchai Praipana, a prominent leader of the “red shirts” who support Mr Thaksin and the current government, was wounded

in the leg and shoulder while standing outside his home on Wednesday. Police Colonel Kowit Tharoenwattanasuk told Reuters news agency that unidentified people fired shots from a pick-up truck. He added that the attack was possibly a “politically motivated crime”. The “red-shirt” government supporters - who shut down Bangkok in 2010 have for the most part stayed away from these protests. pp’But observers fear that violence could erupt if a trigger brought them out onto the streets.—Online

IGFC blames administration, politicians siding with insurgents ISLAMABAD—Inspector Gen- the day and are with the mili- the forces recovered exploeral Frontier Corps (IGFC) Balochistan Major General Muhammad Ejaz Shahid (R) said that militants, who attack on the forces, should not be called as “estranged Baloch”. Speaking in the meeting of Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior, the IGFC said that the attackers on the forces are not estranged Balochs but militants. “Local administration and politicians are with us in

tants in the night”, he said. He told the senate that as many as 360 security forces’ personnel were martyred during the last few years. The IGFC lamented over the situation of the forces, saying they are serving the country in very horrible conditions and the government is cutting their budget and does not compensate with the families whose sons die for the country. He further added that

sive material from politicians and arrested them but they get themselves freed from the courts. Chairman of the committee said that ‘Raw’ is involved in the worst conditions of Balochistan. He further said that the forces need our support to improve the conditions in the province. The committee also recommended not cutting the forces’ budget. —Online

Despite diplomat row, US important ally: India NEW DELHI—The

case of the Indian consul arrested and strip-searched in New York last month was handled “appallingly” and needs to be resolved, but the United States remains probably India’s most important ally, the Indian ambassador to Washington, Indian media reported on Wednesday. “There was a fair measure of anger about both the substance of the problem and the way it was handled,” S Jaishankar said. “It was not

US think tank suggests military base in India to tackle Pak-based terror groups in landlocked Afghanistan as a means to deal with Pakistanbased security threats is likely to be extraordinarily difficult and costly. In light of Pakistan’s geographic location, India is the obvious US alternative to Afghanistan,” he said. In recent years, Washington and New Delhi have on their part taken steps to expand their counter-terror cooperation with the intention of building defences against future attacks like the Lashkar-eTaiba strike on Mumbai in November 2008. .—INP

just done publicly; frankly it was done appallingly.” Jaishankar said India was “perplexed” by the decisions of US authorities to arrest and strip-search 39-year-old Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul in New York, after she was accused of visa fraud and underpaying her maid. But Jaishankar, who arrived in Washington in December after serving as Indian ambassador to China, played down the impact on the practical side of the rela-

tionship - emphasizing that the two sides were still talking despite the postponement of two high-level US visits this month, including one by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Frankly, it’s probably the most important relationship,” he said. “We are not holding up business, or Pentagon dealings, or congressional dealings ... or science programs and saying, ‘They don’t get done until things get sorted out.’—Online

Delhi CM hospitalised N EW DELHI —Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was admitted to Yashoda hospital near his residence in Kaushambi early on Wednesday morning. He was suffering from severe cough for the past several days. The ailing Delhi chief minister, who called off the stir at Rail Bhavan last evening, had to spend the night on the roadside in chilling cold on Monday and Tuesday was the second coldest day of this winter season because of the rain. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have registered an FIR against Aam Aadmi Party protesters who demonstrated outside Rail Bhavan in the Capital. The FIR has been filed against unknown per-

sons. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who had led the demonstration, has not been named in the FIR. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has sought action against Arvind Kejriwal. “After the anarchist conduct of Delhi’s CM there is a compelling need for a judicial verdict on legal sanctity of a Constitutional oath,” she tweeted. Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his protest after Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung appealed the stir be ended keeping in mind the issue of national security ahead of Republic Day celebrations. The L-G partially agreed to the demands raised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejriwal told cheering supporters after dark.—Online

A world without antibiotics? Deputy Minister for Defence of The risk is real: Experts Saudia Arabia visits ADC


HE wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say. Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains could be rolled back by mutating microbes that make illnesses more difficult and expensive to cure and carry a higher risk of death. Some say the threat to wellbeing is on the scale of global warming or terrorism — yet resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means — improper use of antibiotics. “It is a major public health problem,” Patrice Courvalin, who heads the Antibacterial Agents Unit of France’s Pasteur Institute, told AFP. “It is about more than not being able to treat a disease. It will erase much progress made in the last 20-30 years.” Without antibiotics to tackle opportunistic bacteria that pose a particular risk for people who are very ill, major surgery, organ transplants or cancer and leukaemia treatment may become impossible, he explained. “In some parts of the world, already we have run out of antibiotics,” said Timothy Walsh, a professor of medical microbiology at Cardiff University. “In places in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, possibly Russia, Southeast Asia, central South America, we are at the end game. There’s nothing left. And unfortunately there is nothing in

the pipeline either.” Resistance to drugs emerges through changes in the bacterium’s genetic code — altering the target on its surface to which antibiotics would normally bind, making the germ impenetrable or allowing it to destroy or “spit out” the antibiotic. These super-germs triumph through Darwinian pressure, helped by humans. The wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Instead, the drugs will indiscriminately damage other bacteria and give the resistant strain a competitive advantage — allowing it to dominate and spread. At the base of the problem is doctors prescribing antibiotics wrongly or unnecessarily, and the ease with which medicines can be obtained without a script in some parts of the world, including Asia and Africa. As much as 70 per cent of antibiotics are given for viral infections, against which they are wholly ineffective, the experts say. Then there is the problem of farmers in countries like the United States adding antibiotics to animal feed to help herds grow faster. Compounding all of this is the rise in global travel — a boon for bacterial spread, and a sharp drop in antibiotics development blamed on a lack of financial incentives for the pharmaceutical industry. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says drug resistance “threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era”.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A 17 member Saudi delegation headed by Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Minister for Defence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia visited Air Defence Command, Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday. On their arrival at Air Defence Command, the delegation was received by Air Marshal Athar Hussain Bukhari, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force. Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest. The distinguished guests also attended a briefing on the working of Air Defence Command and also visited Air Defence Operations Centre. The high powered Saudi delegation was on three day visit to Pakistan. During their stay, the delegation visited various Defence organizations and in- Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Minister for Defence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being briefed about Air Defence Operation Centre at Air Defence Command. stallations of the country.

Two extortionists arrested ISLAMABAD—Sabzi Mandi police Islamabad on Wednesday arrested two extortionists and also recovered extorted money from them, a police spokesman said. A police team headed by SP Industrial Area Muhammad Hassan Iqbal including Station House Officer Sabzi Mandi police station Inspector Zulfiqar Ahmed and Assistant Sub-Inspector Zaheer Ahmed arrested Asif Khan s/o Wakeel Khan and Dost Muhammad s/o Umer Khan resident of I-11/4 for extorting money. Police recovered a register and cash from them. During preliminary investigation, both of these culprits revealed the whereabouts of their other accomplices.—NNI

Faizabad inter-change blocked due to sit-in CITY REPORTER

Facebook friendship deprives NHA director of $3400 ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Most of us are in habit of befriending strangers and unknown people on social media, especially Facebook. Usually, we take it lightly but sometime it can cause problems and put us into trouble as it has done to a resident of Islamabad. Police on Tuesday arrested a Nigerian national for depriving a government official of his hard-earned savings. Police arrested the man on the complaint of Sibtain Raza Lodhi, a director in the National Highway Authority (NHA). According to details, Lodhi complained to the Kohsar Police that he befriended a man on the Facebook last month. During the course of conversation, his newfound friend told that he was an investor and dealt in gold, silver and antique items. He further told that his business spanned over a dozen countries and now he was looking forward to doing business in Pakistan. He also expressed his in-

terest in entering into a partnership with some “good and fair” partner. As he was expecting, Lodhi at once offered his services. Lodhi says, “My business partner told me that he was sending a parcel by my name via Afghanistan in which I would find antique items and necessary business documents.” He told that I might collect it from the Islamabad airport, he further said. However, the very next day while chatting on the Facebook he said the packet was mishandled and had some explosive material that could put me into trouble. I was upset to learn that. On my request, my Facebook friend asked me not to worry as he had managed everything. What I had to do was to pay 3400 US Dollars in order to bribe Customs officials and get the packet cleared. He told that he was sending a Nigerian national Anthony to me. I out of sheer fear paid him the desired amount. But the next day, again on Facebook, he said

the flight was wrongly directed to Karachi airport while Anthony had mistakenly paid the money to Islamabad Customs officials. Now I had to pay Anthony some 6000 US Dollars more in order to pay the Karachi Airport staff. SHO Kohsar Police Hakim Ali Khan on receiving the application informed ASP City Yasir Afridi and they asked Sibtain Lodhi to agree to his Facebook friend’s demand. On Tuesday as per plan Lodhi and Anthony met in the Jinnah Super Market where police arrested the latter. Talking to Pakistan Observer ASP Afridi said police had confirmed reports that a number of groups were involved in Facebook robbery. They are looting common simple people through using social media. “Anthony is a mere tool we are going to bust the entire gang,” he said. According to the investigation officer, Sibtain Raza Lodhi would think dozens of times before making any Facebook friends now.

ISLAMABAD—Protestors The Capital city was blessed with rain on Wednesday. The picture shows people passing mostly belonging to the Shia through Faisal Avenue during light shower.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir community on Wednesday staged a sit-in at Faizabad interchange against the killing of pilgrims in Mastung district. Till filing of this report at 8.30 pm, the protest was continuing to express solidarity with those who ISLAMABAD—President Sir Syed promote tourism, which could con- along with coffins of victims in STAFF REPORTER Memorial Society (SSMS) and tribute to the socio-economic de- Tuesday’s blast, were staging sitPakistan Movement Gold Medalin on Alamdar Road in Quetta. ist Brig. Iqbal M. Shafi (Alig), said ISLAMABAD—The tourist train velopment of the country. Railways had earlier started The protesters, including men, Mushaira is our cultural tradition gives a number of people chance and through poetry poets can soften to have glimpse of historical places running the tourist train in Octo- women and children, blocked the hearts of people and create a spirit of Rawalpindi, Taxila, Attock ber 2010, which, however, could Faizabad Chowk, Islamabad ExKhurd, Rohtas Fort, Mangla Dam not continue due to some reasons. pressway and Highway near of tolerance among them. The present government has Shakrial, and Airport Road, not “It should be our duty to en- and Khewra. The tourist train was lighten our youth in character build- started in November last year on restored train service at different allowing even a single vehicle to ing and leadership traits to take on the directives of Railways Minis- stations in line with its efforts to pass. Hundreds of people were their shoulders responsibility of the ter Khawaja Saad Rafique on help Pakistan Railways stand on seen walking to reach their desticountry”, he said while chairing routes from Rawalpindi to differ- its feet. An official of PRACS told nations. Traffic jams were witnessed “Poetry Evening”, organized by ent recreational points. The idea to this agency that the tourist train SSMS and literary organization start tourist train was given by the service was getting overwhelming at I J Principal Road, Peshawar “ZAWIYA” at Aiwan-e-Sir Syed, Pakistan Railways Advisory and response from the people, espe- Road and Airport Road. Traffic police officials were unable to Islamabad. He said poets are intel- Consultancy Service (PRACS) to cially the youth. Since the start of winter sea- manage the movement of velectual are guides of the nation and promoteg use of trains as a means added that Allama Iqbal could be of exploring Pakistan as well as son, the PRACS started receiving hicles as people opted for inner quoted as the best example of this railway heritage, including trains, requests from educational institu- city routes to approach their destions for chartered tourist trains for tinations. Majority of transportphenomenon who through his stations and sections. According to an official different places of historic impor- ers stopped plying their vehicles Activists of Civil Society and members of Hazara Community stage a demonstration against philosophical poetry changed the to avoid any untoward incident. killing of Hazara people. fate of the Muslim Nation.—APP source, the tourist train would help tance, the official said.

Poets, intellectuals guides of nation

Tourist train helping people explore historical places

Pakistan is hugely generous to provide refuge to victims of suppression: Neill Wright Tripartite meeting in UAE to discuss state of refugees; Pakistan is still housing 1.6 million Afghan refugees LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —Describing Pakistan as hugely generous in providing refuge to victims of different kinds of suppression, Neill Wright, Representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan said 1.6 million Afghan refugees are still living in different areas of the country. In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Observer, the UNHC Representative said a forthcoming tripartite meeting of Pakistan,

Afghanistan and UNHCR in UAE will take a holistic view of state of refugees in Pakistan and discuss ways and means to further improve their conditions. Replying to a question, he said though UNHCR has demanded $160 million this year for looking after refugees but commitment to the tune of $ 46 million has been made for the largest number of refugees and IDPs in Pakistan, he said. He said operation in Pakistan is very large and cumbersome. An estimated one million refugees

are living in the community. Dispelling the general perception that Afghan refugees return after repatriation to Afghanistan, he said no doubt an estimated one percent of them come back but the UNHCR procedure is very tight not allowing them to get registered again. About 4500 refugees are non-Afghan hailing from Middle East and African countries. Under a rule, 1500 to 2000 refugees per year are adjusted in the US and other western countries. The repatriation process to Afghanistan is con-


tinuing as 3848766 refugees have been repatriated since 2002. At one stage, he said there were over five million refugees in Pakistan. In 2013 alone, 31224 refugees went back, he said. Similarly, he said 19095 IDPs returned to their homes in 2013. He said Afghans returned largely from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (52%) and Balochistan (30%) provinces. Out of them, majority 85% of returnees were Pashtun followed by 7% Tajik. Almost 30% of the Afghans returned to

the Northern Region provinces of Baghlan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Kunduz and Takhar and about 23% went back to Eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman and Nuristan and around 21% of the Afghans returned to the Central Region provinces of Kabul, Kapisa, Logar, Parwan, Ghazni and Wardak. He said 70% of returnees were living in the urban or semiurban areas of Pakistan while nearly 30% returned from refugee villages.

Bikes, vehicles impounded in general hold up ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Capital Territory Police on Wednesday impounded 65 bikes and three vehicles during general hold up, a police spokesman said. As per details, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to ensure effective security and patrolling measures in their respective areas. Police officials have been directed to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents and irrelevant persons. On Wednesday, Islamabad police impounded 65 bikes and 03 vehicles during general hold up. Black sheets were removed from nine tinted glasses vehicles while police also apprehended 12 suspects during search operation in various areas of the city. Police teams also arrested 12 beggars from various area of the city SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has appreciated the overall performance and directed all police officials to ensure effective policing measures in their respective areas.—NNI

IGP directs to make Rescue 15 more responsive CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Inspector General of Police Islamabad Sikandar Hayat has directed to make Quick Response Unit and functioning of Rescue 15 more effective so that immediate relief may be provided to the people in case of any emergency. He made these directives while chairing a meeting of Rescue 15 staff also attended by AIG(Operations) Sultan Azam Temuri, SP (Saddar) Jameel Ahmed Hashmi, ASP (Ramana) Zahida Bukhari, members of Central Police Coordination Committee, Rafaqat Ali, Dr. Allah Wadhayo Baloch, Rafi Uddin, Shehla Rizwan, Hameed Qazi, Ammad Zia and others. IGP Islamabad stressed to make performance of Rescue 15 more effective because this helpline can play a vital role to bridge the gap between police and public.

Long queues of CNG vehicles perturb commuters CITY REPORTER

gas supply, but the residents of twin cities have complained of low to zero gas pressure at certain localities. “Our life is miserable, we cannot cook anything at homes, our routine is affected badly, how to send our children to schools without breakfast, the government is to take measure for rectifying the low gas issue which has resurrected its ugly head yet again despite claims on the part of official to ensure uninterrupted supply of the commodity after closing down CNG filling stations,” says Ahmed Bhatti. He said residents had to stand in long queues to get food from restaurants and tandoors during breakfast and dinner times. Similarly, another resident Zahoor Ahmed said the low gas pressure had multiplied the miseries of people in most areas, compelling them to use firewood or LPG to fulfill their household needs. “ Our routine is badly affected due to the low pressure of gas especially at early morning hours and in the evening when the pressure reduced to minimum and it became too difficult for the people to cook,” he observed.

ISLAMABAD—The long queues


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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

January 23 13th Convocation of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) will be held on Jan 23 (Thursday) at Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad. Chancellor FJWU and Governor Punjab, Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar will be the Chief Guest on this occasion while Acting Chairman Higher Education Commission, Engr, Syed Imtiaz Gillani will grace the occasion as guest of honour. **** SOUTH Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Pakistan, with Pakistan Literary Forum will hold launching of Uxi Muftis’ Book “KAGHAZ ka GHORA” at 04:00 p.m. at SAFMA Media Centre (4-B, St. 62, F-7/4, Islamabad). January 24 A seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Humanitarian Architecture in Pakistan’ at 1500 hours on January 24, 2014.

Police net 23 lawbreakers

of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles at various filling stations perturb the commuters by halting the traffic specially at busy roads. Twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi witness long queues of vehicles thrice a week as the gas has turned into a rare commodity, disturbing routine life. The filling stations are operating only thrice a week in Potohar Region cause low pressure and traffic jams as taxis and commercial vehicles thronged the filling stations from late Monday night to get their share. The long queues can be witnessed at certain places especially at filling stations situated on one of the twin cities’ main roads of IJP, Islamabad Highway and elsewhere causing inconvenience and traffic jams for commuters. “Though these vehicles queues cause inconvenience for commuters but we are happy to see reopening of CNG stations as people cannot afford to run vehicle on petrol,” Muhammad Khan a taxi driver said. Despite the claims the domestic consumers would have uninterrupted A long queue of vehicles in front of a CNG station in Federal Capital.

Govt to improve education facilities for youth STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shiekh Aftab Ahmad on Wednesday said that sub-campus of Arid University will be established in Attock soon. Different degree programmes will be announced in the sub-campus with special emphasis on agriculture of the area to uplift of the farming community, he said this while addressing the Annual Aridian Youth Festival organized by the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The Minister said the festival would enhance students confidence and to provide them a platform to conceive innovative ideas

and explore their talent He further said that the youth is an asset of the country as they would lead Pakistan in future in various fields and serve the nation. He was of the view that Pakistan needs to take tangible steps to educate the youth and government is committed to taking revolutionary steps for the improvement of the education facilities and making them accessible to everyone. While highlighting the importance of Co-Curricular activities, he said that the involvement of students in all such activities help them to build their confidence, personality and character. Active participation and involvement of the students in different extracurricular activities is

a dire need of the day and essential for inculcating in them the sense of responsibility, discipline, obedience and punctuality, he added. He also appreciated the efforts and developments being made by the University and congratulated the University administration for organizing such a colorful event. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR said such activities are an essential part of the university’s curriculum to help promote a sense of healthy competition among the youth. He lauded the efforts of the university’s faculty members, the management and students for organizing the event.

SLS Montessori school students visit Rescue 1122 RAWALPINDI—A delegation of 18 students and teachers from SLS Montessori School students visited Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi to observe the emergency management system. Deeba Shahnaz Akhter, Emergency Officer Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi briefed the delegation about the structure and working of the emergency service. She briefed them through documentary, pictures and also showed working of the control room. The rescuers also demonstrated about life saving equipments in ambulance and mock exercise of firefighting. The students appreciated Rescue 1122 service and presented thank you card to District Emergency Officer Dr Abdur Rahman and Emergency Officer Ms Deeba for services provided by 1122 for their safety. Kids remembered Emergency Number 1122 and Deeba asked them that the number can be used in case of any emergency. The trainers demonstrated life saving and firefighting skills. Ms Faiza teacher of SLS Montessori School 85-C branch Rawalpindi commented about Rescue Service that we really appreciate your services as Rescue 1122 has given us a feeling of safety.—APP

RAWALPINDI—Police during an ongoing campaign against anti-social elements have nabbed 23 lawbreakers including drug peddlers, illegal arms holders, bootleggers and three drunkards from different localities of the district. The police recovered 4268 grams charras, 315 grams heroin, 17 bottles of liquor, five pistols with 14 rounds and gas refilling gadgets from possession of the detainees informed police spokesman on Wednesday. Rattaamral police held Abdul Wahad and recovered 185 grams charras. Tabish Adeeb was rounded up for having 175 grams charras. Pirwadhai police netted Fayyaz for possessing 500 grams charras and 200 grams heroin. Naseerabad police nabbed Ijaz ul Haq on recovery of 2000 grams charras. Taxila Police arrested Babar Ali with 430 grams charras. Arshad Abbas was ISLAMABAD—As the winter searounded up for carrying 390 son is in full swing, the demand grams charras. and sale of Peanuts has signifiRattaamral police held Yasir cantly increased in the twin cities with six bottles of liquor. Waris of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Khan police apprehended Riaz and recovered six liquor bottles. Students presenting tableau during Annual Aridian Youth Festival 2014 at PMAS-ARID Though peanuts remained favourite dry fruit for entertainment Gujar Khan police nabbed Agriculture University. during gossiping, around sessions Mohsin Bashir for carrying five or watching TV in chilly evenings, bottles of liquor. —APP but the sky rocketing prices of other dry fruits, helped multiply the demand for this commodity manifold. According to a shopkeeper they earn more money in winter ISLAMABAD—Islamabad season from peanut as they sell four High Court (IHC) has issued thousand bags in the whole month. port in this matter. CITY REPORTER another contempt of court noFrom morning till night people The Director General (DG() tice to minister for petroleum come here and they buy mostly CITY REPORTER Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Jus- ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of CDA submitted the report Wednes- peanuts, he added. tice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain day. The court was informed Peanuts have strong associaRAWALPINDI—The interview took up the case for hearing Jillani has sought follow up reports through the report that short and tion with the winter season. Most on quarterly basis from chairman long term plan have been evolved of the people like to eat peanuts to schedule for the recruitment of Wednesday. 1830 educators in Rawalpindi Contempt of court notice Capital Development Authority for dumping solid waster. The site enjoy the season, a wholesaler Abid district has been has been issued on a petition (CDA) on dumping of solid waste will be leveled and decontami- Khan at Abpara Market, said. With nated. A thick layer of fertile soil the advent of winter season, many announced.According to the filed by the petitioner Javed in foot-hills of Margalla. CJP gave these orders during will be laid out and tree plantation vendors on pushcarts are seen sellschedule, the interview for the Akbar. hiring of teachers on Grade 6, The petitioner has taken plea the course of hearing of notice will be carried out. Pakistan Envi- ing the seasonal delight of crispy 14 and 16 will be held in respec- in his application that petroleum taken by him on press clipping of ronmental Protection Agency will peanuts at every corner of the cittive tehsils. minister in a press conference a local English daily with regard periodically monitor air quality. ies. Peanuts are not only tasty, but The education department had made mockery of IHC or- to dumping of solid waste of city Recycling industry will be encour- also nutritious and provide neceshas collected hundreds of forms ders whereby the court had by CDA in the foot-hills of aged to utilize recoverable mate- sary energy to the body. Accordrial. The organizations working in ing to Dr Aftab A Malik the peaand now a merit list will be de- granted stay order against gov- Margalla The CJP had directed chair- the field of Environment Protec- nuts have many nutrients and it vised based on the applications, ernment decision on suspension after which interviews will be of gas supply to the areas of man CDA to hold meetings with tion are being approached for pre- carries more quantity of calcium, held. Rawalpindi and Islamabad re- DG Environment Protection paring a plan for possible area of which is useful for the old age perAgency and submit a detailed re- garbage and for recycling as well. sons.—APP In tehsil Rawalpindi, inter- gion zone-1. —Online views for the posts of male educators will be held on March 08 and for those of female teachers on March 07. Similarly, the interviews for educators post for male candidate in Gujar Khan dents’ competition ceremony region participated in ‘naa’t the regional campuses around STAFF REPORTER will be held on March 08 and held here on Wednesday at the and qira’t competion, It was ar- the country to facilitate poor for female candidates on March I S L A M A B A D — A h m e d AIOU main campus, he said ranged by AIOU’s Rawalpindi and deserving students across 10. the country while rupees In tehsil Kalar Syedan, male Bakhsh Lehri, Federal Secre- that the government appreci- Region. ates the AIOU’s consistent efThe event was also ad20.3million have been allotary, Ministry of Education candidates will be interviewed on forts to improve quality edudressed by the Vice-Chancelcated this year for earn-toand Trainings expressed the March 11 and female candidate on March 12, while the interviews of hope that the recent initiatives cation in the country. The Uni- lor, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed learn scheme. The Vice-Chancellor said, both male and female contenders taken by Allama Iqbal Open versity has taken some far- Sangi. He announced to faciliof will be organized on March 13 University(AIOU), providing reaching steps like setting up tate the distinction-holder stu- the ‘students educational founin Kotli Sattian tehsil, on March financial and technical sup- ‘students educational founda- dents for paying academic- dation’ will be set-up soon to 14 in tehsil Murree and on March port to the students, will lay tion’ ‘Earn to learn’ scheme visit to the University’s cam- reinforce students’ facilities, 15 in Texila tehsil. According to a strong foundation for im- and students’ support fund that puses at four provincial head- aimed at polishing their existsources, the merit lists of the can- proving quality education in he hoped will go a long way quarters. AIOU has been allo- ing capabilities and to provide didate selected for interview and the country, particularly in attracting the students to con- cating 160-million rupees an- them job-oriented education tinue their future study. nually for Student’s support and training. selection committee members will less developed regions. fund which is distributed to all AIOU, he said is ready for Students from Rawalpindi While addressing a stube finalized before first of March.

Unattended garbage heaps, a nuisance for residents ISLAMABAD—Unattended gar- hold waste near Nawaz Sharif ing towards a dumping site bage heaps in different areas of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have made life miserable for the residents. There seems to be no end to the stinking problem in different localities, particularly Sohan, Iqbal Town, Pandorian, Shakriyal, Bara Kaho, Taramri and Barma in Islamabad and Dhok Kala Khan, Shamsabad, Dhok Khabba, Muslim Colony, Alnoor Colony in Rawalpindi. In the absence of an effective solid management system, garbage heaps keep mounting in every nook and cranny of these areas. People are forced to walk with a handkerchief on their nose to avoid the stench of rotting and unsegregated waste. “Residents dump all house-

Park. No efforts are being made to lift the garbage from here on regular basis. The authorities concerned are paying no heed to our complaints,” said Mushtaq Khan, a resident of Shamsabad Rawalpindi. The sweepers are not regular and the supervisors seem least bothered”, he added. Asim Khazeen, a resident of Alnoor Colony said, “Situation is really bad in our area. Sanitation remains a major concern here. But the authorities concerned have done little to solve the problem. The area is in a mess due to overflowing drains,” he remarked. “This pile of rubbish is an eyesore,” said another resident of the same colony while point-

along the busy Khanna road. “Although, following our complaints, garbage trucks have started visiting to clean up this dump site, the problem needs to be tackled on permanent basis,” he added. “The smell pervades in the entire locality,” shared a resident of New Abadi Sohan, Islamabad. According to him the rural areas of the Capital were being neglected and roads and streets there were filthy vessels. Qari Ghazanafar Ali a resident of Iqbal Town Islamabad said that his town consistently had sewage stagnant water on the roads. “It becomes a terrible sight when it rains. It’s really unpleasant here,” he exclaimed.—APP

Peanuts demand, sale on rise

IHC summons in contempt Interview schedule minister of court case

of educators’ recruitment

CDA tells SC

Plan evolved for dumping solid waste in foot-hills of Margalla

PTI Chairman Imran Khan addressing a seminar on “Provincial Commission on the Status of Women in KP”.

signals Adjournment motions toTraffic be switched on RA Bazaar blast to solar energy S TAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has filed four adjournment motions in the Senate to discuss issues of national importance including terrorist blasts in Bannu and RA Bazaar, Rawalpindi, a major scam of more than Rs80 billion excise duty evasion over the past seven years by owners providing franchise service and derailment of five bogies of a train in Rajanpur district due to a blast. The senators who moved the motions said that law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is becoming worse while referring to the Bannu blast. Regarding RA Bazaar suicide attack, they

said the TTP has claimed the attack as they did previously and the government has failed to prevent such acts of terrorism. Referring to the Rs80 billion tax evasion scam, the senators said the tax machinery has failed to recover the taxes and it has put the matter on the back burner. They said as the four issues of national public importance, they should be taken up for discussion on the floor of the House. The adjournment motions have been moved by Senators Mian Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Saeed Ghani, Farhatullah Babar, Syeda Sughra Imam and Saeeda Iqbal.

STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—The Chaklala Cantonment Board has decided to convert all traffic signals in its jurisdiction on solar energy to ensure round the clock functioning. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chaklala Cantt, Shahid Ahmed Khan, there are 17 signals in the area which will be switched to solar system. As a pilot project, the traffic signal on Airport Road, in front of Jinnah Park will be converted on solar system initially. Moreover, LED lights will be installed on the signals. The CEO said that earlier they were facing traffic problems, as the signals used to remain off due to load shedding but now the signals will keep working for 24 hours.

AIOU Students’ Support Fund to improve literacy giving guarantee to thirty AIOU’s students for getting loan from the ‘Prime Minister Loan Scheme’ for setting up Radio channels to serve the society in education and health sectors. The Vice-Chancellor advised the Director, Institute of Educational Technology (IET) to record demonstration of the position holders of the contests in AIOU’s studios for its broadcasting by University’s FM and TV programmes. According to results of the

Qir ’at contest, Muhammad Luqman Shah stood first, Hafiz Muhammad Ayub got 2nd while Umair Rashid and Yar Muhammad got 3rd position. In Na’at contests, Wasim Bashir got 1st, Sanum Mumtaz 2nd while Nauman Adil achieved 3rd position. Mehnaz Anjum secured 1st, Adil Nawaz 2nd and Umair Rashid got 3rd position in the speech contest. Federal Secretary, Ministry of Education and Trainings, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri and the Vice-Chancellor, AIOU Prof.

Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi gave away prizes and certificates to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders of each the contest. Expressing vote of thanks, Regional Director, Rawalpindi Region, Mian Muhammad Aslam said that Regional competitions amongst AIOU’s students were being held at all regional campuses while grand competition between first three position holders of each the region will be held soon at AIOU’s campus in Multan.

Congress, NC, PDP pursues anti-Kashmiri agenda: Geelani Clouds of conspiracies on Kashmir lingering over Pakistan S R I N A G A R — C h a i r m a n and political instability here. close ties with the separatist and 30 injured, Geelnai said that

Women waiting on seeing dead bodies of their beloved ones who were killed by the Indian troops.

Peace in region linked with Kashmir settlement: Yasin ISLAMABAD—The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that neither hostilities between Pakistan and India will end, nor can peace be restored in South Asia until Kashmir is resolved as Kashmiris’ aspirations. Muhammad Yasin Malik in a media interview in Srinagar said that the unresolved dispute was taking a heavy toll on the people of the territory and urged India and Pakistan to make the dialogue process Kashmir-centric. “The Kashmiris have been offering unflinching sacrifices for the ongoing movement for freedom. India and Pakistan must focus on resolution of Kashmir dispute and resolve secondary issues like trade and commerce later,” Malik added. “I want to tell leadership of India and Pakistan that Kashmir is not a border dispute. Ironically, in our case trade and commerce are superseding the human sufferings and tragedies of Kashmiris,” he deplored. Elaborating, he said, “Kashmir has become highly militarized zone with presence of nearly a million of Indian troops. Ninety five percent of Kashmiris are suffering with depression due to the unresolved dispute,” he said. He maintained that Kashmiris would not accept any solution through Radio and TV. “It is high time for both the countries to make the dialogue process Kashmir centric and resolve the dispute according aspirations of Kashmiris,” he said. Malik hoped that after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan this year, Kashmiris would be back on international radar.—APP

IHK Speaker refuses to quash proceedings against V.K. Singh SRINAGAR—The Indian-Held Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker has referred breach of privilege motion against former Indian Army Chief General (retd) V K Singh in connection with his alleged remarks against leaders of the state to committee of privileges of the Assembly for examination. “Speaker Mubarak Gul has referred breach of privilege notice (signed by 15 ministers and members) against former Army Chief (retd) Gen V K Singh along with reply received from him to Committee of privileges of Assembly for further examination, investigation and report,” Special Secretary and spokesperson, IHK Assembly, NR Singh said here Wednesday. The Speaker has turned down Gen Singh’s request for quashing the privilege motion against him, he said. Asserting that various quotes ascribed to him are inaccurate and incorrect to the extent of being “misquotes”, V K Singh, had in his December 13, 2013 letter to the Speaker sought quashing of privilege motion and no further proceedings against him. The Assembly had on December 13 released his reply to the media in order to make it public and also sought comments from the members of the House, who had moved breach of privilege notice against the General.—INP

Indian pushback Kashmir-specific CMB on flimsy grounds: DG TATA SRINAGAR/MUZAFFARABAD— After suspending cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade, authorities in Azad Kashmir suspended crossLoC (Karavan-e-Aman) Bus Service to press for the release of a Pakistani driver arrested by Indian authorities. The state government has sought intervention of Union Home Ministry to resolve the matter. The Azad Kashmir authorities have detained 27 trucks and drivers of these vehicles at Chakoti across the LoC since Friday. While one driver has been arrested, 48 other drivers from Azad Kashmir are also stranded at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre since the stand-off began last week. While the Karavan-e-Aman Bus Service runs on weekly basis, the cross LoC trade is conducted from Tuesday to Friday every week. “The Azad Kashmir authorities informed us that the bus service has been suspended till further notice,” Regional Passport Officer, Firdous Iqbal said. Iqbal said all the people who were scheduled to undertake the bus journey were informed about the cancellation. “I don’t

know when the service will be resumed; it is up to the higher officials to take a call on it but as of now the service is suspended,” he added. The bus service was started on April 7, 2005 as a Confidence Building Measure between India and Pakistan to allow travel of separated families across LoC on ‘Travel Permit’ instead of International Passports. The cross-LoC trade began in October 2008. Meanwhile, the state government has sought intervention of Union Home Ministry to resolve the matter with the Pakistani counterparts. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shailender Kumar said the state government had raised the matter with the central government so that the issue could be resolved between New Delhi and Islamabad. Kumar said after district magistrate of Baramulla met the authorities from Azad Kashmir to resolve the standoff, Pakistani officials stated that as per the trade pact these people have diplomatic immunity and could not be arrested. Earlier, Director General AJK Travel and Trade Authority (TATA), Brig (retired)

Muhammad Ismail has announced that no trade or travel would take place through any of the crossing points between the two parts of Kashmir from Monday. Ismail, who supervises the travel and trade between the divided parts of Kashmir accused the Indian authorities of resorting to “blame game” to bring the trans-LoC travel and trade into disrepute. Talking to a group of reporters, Ismail confirmed that trade or travel would not take place through any of the three crossing points from Monday. To mention, the trans-LoC travel through Chakothi-Uri, Tetrinote-Chakan da Bagh and Chilyana-Titwal takes place on Mondays, while the trade is conducted from the first two crossing points from Tuesday to Friday, every week. It may be recalled that on August 29, last year, Indian authorities had returned two trucks of fresh fruit (mangoes) to Azad Kashmir, maintaining that it could not accept items that were not of Azad Kashmir origin, although the SOP had no mention of the origin of tradable goods.—NNI

‘Commuting death sentence by Indian SC proves discrimination’ S RINAGAR —The Awami Ittihaad Party Chairman, Engineer Abdur Rasheed has said that commuting death punishment to about 15 convicted persons to life imprisonment by the Indian Supreme Court has exposed the ugly face of Indian democracy. Engineer Abdur Rasheed addressing party workers in Srinagar said that by commuting the death sentence of its 15 citizens and hanging Muhammad Afzal Guru India

had proved that it had a discriminatory attitude towards the Kashmiris. Let those Indians who count every atrocity on Kashmiris as an act of national interest, answer that why Afzal Guru was not allowed to file a review petition when his mercy petition was hurriedly, and despite figuring at serial No. 20 in the list of death row prisoners, rejected by the President of India. Why couldn’t Afzal Guru’s death sentence be com-

muted on the same grounds on which death sentence of 15 persons has been commuted today, he questioned? He said: “Today’s decision is a moral victory for Kashmiris in the long run as myth of India’s claims calling Kashmir as its integral part stands exposed.” He said the Indian Supreme Court verdict should be an eye opener for all the politicians representing sentiments of Kashmiri people in and outside the assembly.—KMS

India has no right to celebrate Republic Day: Zafar Butt SRINAGAR—The All Parties as it had deprived the people of movement by harassing the Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt has urged the people of Kashmir to observe complete strike on January 26, the Republic Day of India. Zafar Akbar Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India had no right to celebrate its Republic Day in the territory

Kashmir of their fundamental rights including the right to selfdetermination. He said that complete strike on January 26 by the people of Kashmir in the occupied territory would give a message to the international community that Kashmiris were struggling for their democratic right. He said that New Delhi could not weaken the ongoing liberation

Hurriyet leaders and activists. He said that Kashmiris were committed and would take the movement to its logical conclusion at all costs. Zafar Akbar Butt said that the people of Kashmir had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the sacred Kashmir cause and would continue their struggle till complete success.—KMS

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Minister of Finance Ch Lateef Akbar, Deputy Speaker Shaheen Kousar Dar, Minister for Education Matloob Inqalabi being briefed at Women Branch.

Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani has said that National Conference, the PDP and Congress of playing vote bank politics by issuing statements against each other. Geelani while addressing a meeting of executive council said that these parties carried an “anti-Kashmiri” agenda. “National Conference was responsible for handing over Kashmir to India and deceived people of Kashmir from time to time while as the Peoples Democratic Party is the direct creation of intelligence agencies,” he said. Geelani added that “hate of Congress towards Muslims was an open reality” and the party was responsible for the conflict

Barjees directs AJK police to help eliminate corruption

“The statements these parties are issuing these days are nothing but playing vote bank politics. Otherwise all these parties are same,” he said. He said that in order to create competition and conflict in local politics, agencies created Peoples Democratic Party. “The policy makers of India came to know that the sentiment of freedom in a Kashmiri is strengthening day-by-day and that Kashmiris are remaining separate from local pro- accession leaders, then Indian policymakers created PDP,” he said. Geelani said that during the 2002 elections, the PDP tried to create an impression that it had

groups. “After getting into power, PDP did what its predecessor National Conference had been doing here and there was not even a single difference between the two,” he said. He reiterated the boycott call for upcoming assembly elections. Geelani called for unity among the people of Kashmir. “Without unity, hardships will continue and the distance towards the goal of freedom will increase,” he said. He condemned the frisking and crackdowns at various places before the January 26. While expressing grief and sorrow on the explosion in Banu area of Pakistan, in which 20 Pakistani soldiers were martyred

whatever Tehreek-E-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was doing is not permissible. “Neither does Islam permit such a mass murder nor do such acts have any ethical justification. Pakistan is entangled in the trap of conspiracy hatched by America, Israel, India and puppet regime of Afghanistan,” he added. Geelani alleged that these countries were devising conspiracies to keep the spree of killings and violence on Pakistan. “These countries may be in close connection with some of the Tribals, and they (tribals) might be receiving money from them to spread instability and destruction in Pakistan,” he alleged.—NNI

Expelled Kashmiri students complain of racism

S RINAGAR —Around 23 NGO, J&K People’s Forum. “In with the NGO in May 2012,” I SLAMABAD —Minister for Kashmiri students pursuing Bach- June 2012, we submitted all our said Malik. The students visited Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir has directed Azad Jammu and Kashmir police force to cooperate in eliminating corruption and providing justice to the people. Addressing a passing out parade of 500 policemen at Azad Kashmir Police Training School, he expressed concern about the scarcity of resources for AJK Police and assured providing them necessary equipments. The government of PML-N is being faced with several challenges including terrorism, corruption, energy crisis but due to excellent performance of the government, country’s economy is being termed as most promising economy of the world. He said PML-N government strives for establishing the supremacy of institutions. Individuals must not be made powerful as it harms the institutions. He said individuals if made powerful could harm institutions and trigger anarchy. Last government did not take effective measures for strengthening the institutions.—APP

Kashmiris’ involvement in talks necessary: Hurriyat (M)

elor of Pharmacy at Shekhawati College of Pharmacy in Rajasthan have been evicted from the campus and hostel following non-release of payment from the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS). A group of students told Greater Kashmir over phone from Rajasthan that the college authorities have barred them from entering the classes, campus or even the hostel mess following the non-release of scholarship fund. “The PMSSS fund has not been released into the college accounts despite the fact that we have fulfilled all formalities,” said a student. Giving details, the students said they had applied for the scheme with the help of a local

documents and forms through the NGO along with the affidavit certifying that we have not availed any other scholarship,” said Muhammad Irfan Malik, a B. Pharma student hailing from south Kashmir’s Shopian. “We were promised full scholarship as we are from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and we fulfilled the criteria required for the same.” But the final selection issued by AICTE didn’t mention their name. In the second and third list, their name appeared under ineligible category. “We were declared ineligible, as according to them we had submitted the form after the deadline of 30 September whereas in reality we had deposited all the documents

AICTE office and gave a representation. “We asked them there was no mention of deadline when we applied,” said another student, Mudasir Ahmad, who is originally from Shopian. “But they didn’t give any answer.” The students said they are in dire need of help as currently they live in a cramped space in a rented accommodation outside the college campus. “We are very poor we don’t have any means to pay such a huge fee on our own,” said Irfan. “Till date we have spent Rs 60000 out of our own pockets and we don’t know what to do now.” The students also had a fight with the visiting team from the said NGO on the intervening night of 18th and 19th January. —NNI

KOTLI: Pir Syed Farooq Gilani, Coordinator AJK PM, Arif Panagovi and others in a

SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Confer- group photo. ence (M) has said any process of talks on resolution of Kashmir issue was not going to bear fruit without involving the real representatives of people in it. “Besides, without taking into consideration the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the talks will prove a futile exercise,” said the Hurriyat executive members at a meeting held here with Prof Abdul Gani Bhat in chair. Besides Prof Bhat, the meeting was attended by Moulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari, Bilal Gani Lone, Musadiq Adil, and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza. “The political changes taking place in the sub-continent and the implications of these changes were discussed at length in the meeting,” said a spokesman of the amalgam in a statement. Hurriyat has appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on January 26, as, according to it, “the claimants of democracy have suppressed the democratic and human rights of the people by brutal force and were placing stern curbs and restrictions on the activities and expression of the people as well as their leadership and thus strangulating their voice.” Meanwhile, chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while paying glowing tributes to the Gowkadal martyrs, said, “The people of Kashmir have rendered great sacrifices for the movement and on 21th January 1990 the way unarmed people were massacred in Gowkadal area here by government forces, reminded us of the great sacrifices offered by the people for the cause of freedom and will always inspire us to continue our struggle for the accomplishment of the mission of the martyrs.”—NNI

Protest over Urdu language exclusion

Mushtaq invited to join conglomerate

SRINAGAR—Expressing shock showed utter disrespect towards SRINAGAR—In order to bring and dismay over the issuance of ration card forms by the Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution in English and Hindi instead of Urdu language, National Democratic Front chairman, Abdul Rashid Kabuli has said that it is a grave a offence and challenge to Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. “It is a deep rooted conspiracy and the elements responsible for such act need to be exposed. There are elements who are trying and have succeeded in eroding the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” Kabli told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that it is not an isolated incident but part of a bigger plan. He said that to add insult to the injury, Director CA&PD

Jammu and Kashmir constitution by claiming that English is a popular language. “The Director CA&PD lacks knowledge about Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. He does not know that Urdu is the official language of Jammu and Kashmir from Maharaja rule,” he said. “We must raise our voice against the issue. It is an offence and Government must be made responsible,” he said adding that the concern shown by Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani is justified. Kabli further said that Urdu being national language of Jammu and Kashmir serves identification for the Muslims living in the subcontinent. It is the second most important language next to Arabic and Persian.—NNI

AAP to contest polls in IHK SRINAGAR—India’s anti-corruption political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or Common People’s Party, said it would contest elections in Indian- controlled Kashmir single handed, a local newsgathering agency said. “We have a strong base all over India and we don’t need support of any ally,” the Srinagar based Current News Service (CNS) quoted Manish Sisodia, an AAP leader, as saying. “AAP will contest elections in Jammu and Kashmir too and hopefully will garner the support of common people.” AAP will soon convene a meeting on participation in elections in the restive region, said

the CNS. Sisodia also said AAP has not disclosed its Kashmir policy as yet. Political analysts see AAP as a possible significant force in India’s upcoming elections after the Congress party and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Earlier this month, a senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said a referendum should be carried out in Indian-controlled Kashmir with the presence of Indian army. A strong separatist movement seeking an end of New Delhi’s rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Militants are also engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops in the region.—NNI

‘like-minded’ pro-freedom leaders under a single platform of Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir and to make Hurriyat a people’s forum, a high level delegation of Hurriyat (JK) led by senior pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah met Muslim League chairman Mushtaq-ulIslam and his party colleagues at Batamaloo, Hurriyat (JK) statement said. According to the statement, Shah was accompanied by another senior separatist leader and chairman National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan. During the meeting, the present political situation of Jammu and Kashmir was thoroughly discussed and Mushtaqul-Islam was formally invited to join Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir, statement further said. “On the occasion, Shah made it clear that Hurriyat Conference (JK) will welcome the resistance and like-minded people like Mushtaq-ul-Islam so as to consolidate the Hurriyat (JK) and to strengthen the Kashmir movement. He said only resistance movement can provide us the destination of freedom for which thousands of people have laid their precious lives,” statement said. Statement further said that the leaders recalled the contribution of Mushtaq-ul-Islam towards the Kashmir movement, adding that, “Shah also said that a comprehensive plan has been made to make Hurriyat Conference (JK) a real representative forum of the people.”—NNI

NAB starts inquiry against business consultants PESHAWAR—On receipt of public complaints the NAB KP has authorized formal inquiry against “Xpert Business Consultants”, having offices at cantonment plaza Peshawar Cantt and Town Center Abdara Road Peshawar. They are allegedly involved in cheating public at large and looted innocent people on the pretext that they will be provided loans and policies etc, but failed to do so and thus embezzled the amount. All affectees are advised to register their claims against the firm at NAB (KP) Office Hayatabad Peshawar during office hours. There is a misconception in certain quarters that NAB receives certain percentage from the recovered amount of affectees which is totally baseless. The NAB does not charge a single penny and the amount recovered from fraudsters is distributed among the affectees as per their claims.—APP

Shipping activity at Port Qasim KARACHI —Five ships carrying containers, rice and edible oil were berthed at Qasim International containers Terminal, FAP Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal on Monday. Meanwhile two more ships carrying containers and cement also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 85% at the port on Wednesday where total nine ships namely Saf Marine Ngami, Maersk Kolkata, UASC Sitrah, Blue Cat, MT Karachi, Dailan Star-D, Glory ocean, Feng Hai 32 ad Feng Hai- 35 are currently occupying berths to load/offload, containers, cement, furnace oil, rice and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 90548 tonnes comprising 48185 tonns imports and 42363 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 2281 containers (TEUs) was handled at the port during last 24 hours.—APP

Governor stresses private investment in clean drinking water STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI —Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Wednesday no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of state. “We have unanimity that no one will be allowed to challenge the writ of state and an action is being taken (terrorists and miscreants) after emerging consensus,” he said in reply to a question of newsmen after addressing a function at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). Paying tribute to security forces, police, law enforcement agencies and civilians for sacrifices, he said their blood would bear fruit and

soon the nation would come out of this trying time. Earlier addressing the function, he said the country had been facing multiple challenges and the most significant among those were the scourge of terrorism and corruption. “We need to deal these scourges with zeal and spirit. It’s a proven fact that the nation has resilience and determination to deal with the challenges to re-earn the honour and respect.” He pointed out that there was a greater need that the nation should show oneness in ranks and files to deal with all the challenges either one by one or in toto. Referring to other challenges being confronted to

the nation, he said clean drinking water and provision of quality education to all were among those to be tackled with a national approach. He said about 60 % of population of Punjab was deprived of access to clean drinking water and steps were required to overcome the problem. He said the existing water filtration plants were either non-functional or supplying contaminated water to the consumers. “In some cases the percentage of lethal chemicals like arsenic in water filtered through filtration plants is over 50 %,” he noted with concern. “We need to give extra attention to this factor by employing experts while setting up fil-

Private sector credit demand 8-year high

Textile sector on top of the list AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —The credit demand from the private sector has bounced back in the first half of financial year 2014 rising to Rs296 billion indicating a spark in the economic activity across the country. Informed sources told Pakistan Observer today that the private sector credit has seen a sharp pick-up in the first half of financial 2014 specially in the textile sector which has so far availed over Rs100 billion in the first half while overall demand has grown by Rs296 billionn in the period, the fastest pace of growth in the last eight years. According to sectorwise

break up the Textile acquired Rs100 billion, commerce and trade Rs34billion, electricity, gas and water Rs31billion) consumer financing Rs18 billion and agriculture (Rs 17billion have been the key sectors in terms of credit disbursement. An increase has been seen in both working capital requirements, and fixed capital investment. Improved electricity availability and business sentiment post May-13 elections are the two main drivers, in our opinion. It is expected that the buoyancy in private sector credit to continue, particularly in energy and textile sector. Textile sector is entering into a strong investment

cycle with GSP plus, whilst big-ticket energy projects in coal and hydel are likely to materialize in the months ahead. It is important to note that the investment in the energy sector, textile sector and consumer finance could have multiplied for many times had the IMF conditions were not imposed which seems anti-growth based policies with tightening of monetary policy for the interest rate hike, upward revision of electricity tariffs, constant devaluation of rupee against dollar which are not in conformity to local conditions and ultimately discouraging investment.

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tration plants, besides their proper maintenance, or else these will prove lethal as compared to non-filtered water.” The Governor advised that funds by the private sector be invested in the provision of clean drinking water to the masses instead of opening huge complexes of pharmaceuticals. “If we provide clean drinking water then there will be lesser need to Office-bearers of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Governor Punjab open pharmaceutical compa- Ch Muhammad Sarwar. nies as at present around 60 % diseases are water borne.” In the education sector, he said sizeable foreign funding was available but donors needed to be given assurance that there would be no pilferage of funds.

ISE-10 index witnessed bearish trend ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock Exchange witnessed bearish trend here on Wednesday as the ISE-10 index was down by 60.44 points and closed at 4,693.76 points. A total of 203,100 shares were traded, which were down by 15,900 shares when it compared with previous day’s trading of 219,000 shares. Out of 165 companies, share prices of 101 companies recorded increase while share prices of 64 companies registered decrease where as one company remained stable in today’s trading. The share price of Sanofi Aventis increased by Rs. 40.20 per share while the share prices of Simens Pakistan Engineering decreased by Rs. 71.50 per share. Lotte Chemicals, Bank of Punjab and Byco Petroleum remained the top trading companies in Wednesday’s trading with 71,000, 70,000 and 40,000 shares respectively.—APP

Moot on challenges of business edu from Jan 27 I SLAMABAD —The National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is organizing a two-day international conference on emerging challenges of business schools here from January 2728. Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) are the main sponsors for the conference, said a press release. The conference, which is first of a series of four, shall identify critical steps needed to align education with business needs and recommend actions for the emerging challenges in the business education facing Pakistan. The aim is to bridge the gap between industry and academia and to reflect on the key purpose of business education in Pakistan.—APP

ICCI urges for establishing new industrial estate in Capital STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to seriously consider establishing a new Industrial Estate in the federal area to attract new investment, promote industrialization & exports and to create more employment opportunities. Shaban Khalid, President ICCI said in a statement here on Wednesday that the manufacturing sector is the engine of economic growth and should be high on the priority list of economic revival strategy of the current government. He said the ICCI had taken up the matter for new industrial estate with CDA in 2005 and since then ICCI has been pushing CDA for this project, but no progress has been made on this important

issue as yet. He said ICCI and CDA had also worked with the Economic Reforms Unit of Ministry of Finance on this project and an area was identified, but the matter is still lingering on and urged that Ministry of Finance should give priority attention to this important project for its materialization. He said the existing industrial areas in Islamabad were established in 1960s, but have now been surrounded by the residential areas due to which the presence of industry has become an environmental pollution risk for the citizens. Thus new industrial estate in Islamabad at a suitable location away from residential localities has assumed an additional significance. Shaban Khalid said this region has great potential to become an industrial hub and a lucrative destination for in-

vestors for promoting exports to China, Afghanistan and Central Asian States. New industrial estate would be the crucial step to achieve these objectives. He said economic growth was an important agenda of present government’s manifesto and new industrial estate in an environmental friendly location in this region would contribute significantly to accelerate economic growth as it will promote investment & exports, create new jobs and generate sufficient tax revenue for the national exchequer. ICCI President emphasized that government should give priority focus to establishing a modern industrial estate in this region as a new model and assured that ICCI is ready to work with the government for early materialization of this important project.

BOI to bring Pak ranking of ease to do business down to 80 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—BOI Chairman Dr Miftah Ismail said on Wednesday the Board of Invetment (BOI) would try to bring Pakistan’s ranking of ease to do business down to 80, which was currently 110th among 189 world economies This would restore confidence of investors and attract maximum investment for the prosperity of country, said the BOI new chairman addressing his maiden press conference here at his office. The government, he said, was working to improve the country’s standing on the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index and offering maximum investment opportunities and natural resources, including Thar coal reserves. “We want to take optimum benefit from the generalized scheme of preferences (GSP) status given by the European Union to Pakistan by making our products, epecially textile, competitive in EU markets.” He said the government was committed to provide opportunities to investors

and facilitate them by strengthening the BOI offices across the country through one-window operation. Miftah Ismail reiterated the resolve of Pakistan Muslim League-N government to enhance the country’s investment to GDP ratio to 20 percent in next four to five years. He said, “If the total GDP of the country were $ 240 billion then investment to GDP ratio should be $ 48 billion.” He said portfolio investments had also increased during first six months of the current financial year. Surge in the portfolio investment through stock markets would also help increase assets values of proposed privatized stateown enterprises, he added. He said the government was also making efforts to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), which would create job opportunities and improve the country’s financial resources. The BOI Chairman said many countries, including Turkey, Japan, and Middle Eastern countries, had shown keen interest in investing in Pakistan and

benefit from its rich resources and sectors like coal, agriculture, energy etc. He said during the first quarter of current financial year, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth had reached 5 percent while the large scale manufacturing (LSM) witnessed growth of 6.8 percent due to prudent economic policies of the government. He said the PML-N government was determined to increase the GDP ratio to over 6 percent in coming years in order to absorb maximum people coming in the labour force. Dr Miftah Ismail said the investment incentives recently announced by the government, would help promote investment in the country. He also stressed the need for promotion of agriculture sector and enhance sowing crops like cotton and wheat. Replying to a question, he said the negative list for trade with India was gradually being reduced to facilitate trade between the two countries. “We want trade with India on non-discriminatory and reciprocal basis,” he added.

Pak-US private sector to boost cooperation SALIM AHMED LAHORE —Recognizing the significant benefits accruing from enhanced people-topeople contacts, the leaders of private sectors in the US and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to further strengthen their cooperation at grassroots level to promote the shared goals of security, prosperity and peace. The consensus was developed at a meeting between LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari and leader of 10member US delegation Ms

Kathleen M. Meyer here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The other members of the US delegation were Mr Almas Ali Jovindah, Chairman, the Pakistan Project in Delaware, Ms Rebecca Faber, President and Chief Executive Officer World Trade Center, Delaware, Mr Tunde Durosomo, Senior Economic Development Advisor, Office of the Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware, Beverley Veloris Baxter, President of the Delaware Chapter of International Women’s Forum, Kewal Likhyani, President

of the international NGO, Crush Poverty Now, Martha Louise Carothers, Professor, Department of Art, University of Delaware, Julie Rumschlag, Dean of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Neelam Kapur Likhyani, Bruce Thomas Bigatel, Naveed Baqir, Assistant Professor, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware. Ms Kathleen Meyer said that the sole object of their visit was to promote and project, the most desired, positive image of Pakistan among the important

corridors of American society and we have a huge success and were recognized by people like US Vice President Joe Bidden, State Governors, Senators and Congressmen. On the occasion, she read letters from US Vice President Joe Bidden and Senator Christopher A Coons wherein both the leaders expressed their strong desire to promote ties between the peoples of Pakistan and the United States. The crux of the US Vice President’s letter was “Through individual commitment and person-to-person engagements, Americans and

Pakistanis contribute to the strength of the relationship between our two countries.” Senator Christopher A Coons wrote to the delegation that “It is my sincere hope that the dialogue, shared experiences and friendships generated by your goodwill mission to Lahore will enhance the partnership that exists between the United States and Pakistan as our two Nations continue to jointly work to promote the shared goals of security, prosperity and peace.” Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari

stressed the need for frequent exchanges of political, cultural, business delegations. He said that Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was making all out efforts to bring the global business community including the United States closer to each other. He said that they were sparing no effort to achieve the common goal of progress and prosperity through exchange of peace missions. He said that the trust being built by the visiting delegation would help increase the volume of bilateral trade. The LCCI President said

that the people to people contacts are more interactive way one gets the opportunity to witness the ground realities. “Unfortunately, in case of Pakistan, the international media mostly portrays a negative image. We are wrongly being projected as the battlefield with no law & order. But the reality is totally different from it. We are a peace loving nation. Rebecca Faber, president and CEO of World Trade Center, Delaware, spoke about the business opportunities available in Delaware for importers and export-

ers. Mr.Tunde Durosomo, Senior Economic development Advisor to the Mayor of Wilmington discussed the financial and business environment in Wilmington. Mr Kewal Likhyani gave a detailed presentation on Crush Poverty concept while Naveed Baqir spoke about IT opportunities in USA. The Chairman LCCI Standing Committee on Pak-America Business Council Sheikh Muhammad Irfan also spoke on the occasion and called for exchange of delegations between the two countries.

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manufacturers have welcomed the recent Pak-India trade pact to continue 24 hours trade through Wagha- Attari land route and approving of liberalized visa policy for businessmen to help expand bilateral trade. PAAPAM chairman Usman Malik greeted Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan for conducting successful talks to expeditiously establish normal trade ties and providing Non-Discriminatory Market Access on a reciprocal ba-














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

44400.00 720.00

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 43550.00 Gold 22 Ct 39820.00 SilverTezabi 686.00 Silver Thobi 627.00

Oil prices extend gains in Asia S INGAPORE —World oil prices extended gains in Asian trade Wednesday as investors cheered the IMF’s upbeat forecast for global growth this year, which is expected to boost demand. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery, was up 38 cents to $95.35 in midmorning trade, while Brent crude for March rose 33 cents to $107.06. For the first time in nearly two years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its global growth forecast by a tenth point to 3.7 percent, after a 3.0 percent pace in 2013. The optimistic outlook is fuelled by solid growth in the United States as other countries also move away from austerity budgets. The International Energy Agency (IEA) also raised its prediction of global oil demand, which is dependent on the strength of the world economy. Oil prices were “lifted by (the) IMF’s upward revision of 2014 global growth and (after) the International Energy Agency upped its prediction of oil consumption growth in 2014,” analysts from United Overseas Bank said in a market commentary. Stronger economic growth “denotes greater demand for crude oil because of expected higher economic activity,” added Tan Chee Tat, investment analyst at Philips Futures in Singapore. Tan also said that the coming into operation Wednesday of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States helped bolster WTI prices. “The pipeline is expected to be able to transport 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day,” Tan told AFP. Meanwhile Global crude-oil prices gained on Tuesday after the IMF raised its forecast for global growth in 2014 and the International Energy Agency upped its prediction of oil consumption growth. The main US contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in February, rose 62 cents to finish at $94.99 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent North Sea crude for March, the European benchmark, advanced 38 cents to settle at $106.73 a barrel in London trade. An upbeat forecast from the IEA supported the gains. In its monthly report, the IEA projected demand would grow by 1.3 million barrels per day in 2014, up from a previously forecast increase of 1.2 mbd. The IEA said oil consumption accelerated at the end of 2013 as advanced economies, led by the United States, saw growth pick up.—AFP


sis, with commitment of protecting local industry, as Pakistan’s domestic industry is in a gross comparative disadvantage position in terms of energy and access to credit. He made it clear that Pakistan’s auto industry is not prepared for phasing out negative list, as our government has not carried out administrative and organizational changes in their internal systems, for gearing up to the onslaught of Indian products. PAAPAM wants manufacturing based trade with India and does not want Pakistan to become a market

for Indian finished goods, he stated. He suggested the government to allow import of raw material, inputs, machine tools, machinery & equipment and other set of products categorized under industrial inputs through land route. “The re-exportable items can also be allowed by establishing a specific framework as several international buyers, who hesitate to come into Pakistan and have established warehouses in Indian Punjab, would buy Pak goods directly through Wagha route to save freight cost.” “The auto sector has

SAFE presents Pakistan IPO Summit-2014 STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—South Asian Federation of Exchanges, (SAFE) presented Pakistan its 4th annual IPO (Initial Public Offering) Summit-14 to be conducted at Karachi on January 31. The event is being organized with all the three stock exchanges of Pakistan as lead promoters and the apex corporate and securities market regulator, SECP (Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan) as the principal patron. Minister of State for Privatization Muhammad Zubair was also expected to attend the summit as chief guest while the SECP Chairman Tahir Mehmood and SMD-SECP Commissioner Zafar Abdullah would also participate in the event, said the Lahore Stock Exchange (LSE) spokesman here Wednesday. Lauded by market experts as an ideal venture, he said, the Summit se-

ries started three years ago and was designed to provide a unique platform to build cooperation amongst companies having potential for public offerings and investment/ financial services industry. The event had acquired the status of the premier networking and information exchange meeting place linking the financial advisors/underwriters, regulators and exchange professionals with the corporate sector, he added. This year’s edition also added two new features, as the Summit introduced Special Awards acknowledging IPO Markets Contributions by honouring in roads made by Financial Capital Institutions towards expanding the market base, besides a special category for corporate entities stepping forward for a Secondary Public Offering (SPO), having successfully undergone an IPO process wherein the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) under Privatisation Commission’s

divestment planned shall be especially highlighted. The event sponsorship profile included the Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad Stock Exchanges, National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL), AKD Securities, Arif Habib Limited, HBL Asset Management Limited and Shajar Capital Pakistan Pvt. Limited. Corporate sector entity participants include Oil & Gas Development Company Limited, Treet Corporation Limited and Hascol Petroleum, Shan Foods, BBJ Pipe Industries among others to be featured as potential IPO companies. SAFE is a cooperative platform launched by the bourses in South Asia with a purpose to promote the development and harmonization of the securities markets in the region. SAFE is a not for profit association having recognized body status of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

KARACHI: Group photo of Minister of Industries & Production, Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, during visit to Karachi Tools, Dies & Moulds Centre (KTDMC). Also seen in the picture are Joint Secretary Industries, (Neelofur Hafeez), CEO, PIDC (Khalid Mahmood Chadda) and Chairman KTDMC (Munir K. Bana).

Role of KTDMC commendable STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi has said that government is committed to develop industrial sector because this sector ultimately leads to the prosperity and economic growth of the country. He said that government will support the institutions which are providing technical education to under- privileged students at subsidized fees and trying to enable them to become productive citizens. Federal Minister said this while talking to journalists during his visit at Karachi

Tools, Dies and Moulds Center (KTDMC) Wednesday. All out efforts are being made for the development of industrial sector” Federal Minister added. He appreciated the achievement of KTDMC for gaining historical growth in revenues which has been Rs 71.7 millions in 2013 as compared to Rs.23.6 millions in 2010. He said that most of the state owned institutions were running in loss, where as KTDMC is getting profit which is commendable. He assured his full support to KTDMC. On this occasion, Chairman KTDMC, Munir K Bana briefed the Federal Minister about the KTDMC

project and its achievements. He said that it is high-tech training center. Chairman briefed that 137 Dies and Moulds were completed since inception to Jun 30, 2013. He also elaborated that currently, Dies and Moulds facilities are operating at 100 percent capacity on three shifts basis. Bana said that for its outstanding services, Atlas Honda has bestowed KTDMC with an “Award of Excellence. Minister was further informed that Companies and Institutions receiving trainings from KTDMC including Pakistan Air Force, Suparco, Steel Mills, Procon, Suzuki, Agriautos and Atlas Engineering etc.

‘Industry needs to save power for national interests’ FAISALABAD —The industry should save power by attaining energy efficiency for the larger national interest. Mohkim Sheikh, Vice President and Partner, Schneider Electric Pakistan said this while addressing the seminar titled “Energy Management Solutions” held at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), on Wednesday. He said that there is need to improve energy efficiency in the industry as huge cost was involved in putting up new plants while greater sav-

ing in energy utilization might be made through energy management solutions. He said that upto year 2030 electricity demand would be doubled while its shortage based on the current generation would be increased to four time. He said that Ozone layer is also disturbing due to Carbon Dioxide emissions resulting into global warming causing changes for weather pattern and a source of greater destruction throughout the world. He said that 50 percent saving in energy

consumption can be made by way of energy management solutions being offered by Schneider Electric. In Pakistan, he said, no serious attention was paid to save energy besides the usage in industry and currently out of 6 billion world population only 2 billion people have access to electricity. Earlier, in his welcome address, President FCCI Engr. Suhail Bin Rashid said that Pakistan’s economy was facing with the two top most problems like energy shortage and security situation.—APP

made clear to the concerned quarters that the Association will always welcome manufacturing and technology based investments from India. Further all trade openings should be two ways rather than one way. It is appreciable that minister has given assurance that auto sector, pharmaceutical sector and agriculture items would be fully protected, as India was extending massive hidden subsidies to its different sectors and allowing import of those goods would have negative impact on local industry.” Moreover, Pakistan’s

Need for competitiveness through energy saving stressed

exportable items inclusion in the reduced tariff lines is also vital as balance of trade between the two countries is heavily tilted in favour of India, which requires to be turned into a win-win situation for both the countries. PAAPAM chairman was of the view that Non-Tariff Barriers are the biggest impediment in the way of bilateral trade between Pakistan and India, which should be dismantled on priority basis. He said that PAAPAM is in favour of promotion of trade with regional countries, especially with next-door

neighbours for the sake of peace, prosperity and economic revival. He said that it is the era of economic collaboration and competition as many regions have already made big strides to promote trade by establishing regional block. He said that stronger economic relations between India and Pakistan would not only prove beneficial for both the countries, it would also contribute significantly in promoting regional integration and stability in South Asia. Malik said that end of negative list is not fair before

providing level playing field to the Pakistani manufacturers who are hit by prolonged electricity shutdowns, gas interruptions and skyrocketing energy tariffs. “Several industrial zones in India offer concessions to promote the industry while in Pakistan there are frequent and prolonged energy outages, and the production capacities remain un-utilized across the board increasing the production costs for the majority of those SMEs who do not have resources to set up captive plants” he added.

DIBPL Sabzi Mandi Branch opened

K ARACHI —Energy saving and Productivity are the focus areas for all manufacturers. In current scenario of energy crises and price hiking of raw material it necessary to focus on air efficiency to reduce production cost. This was stated by Shakil Ahmed, Chairman PPMA (Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association). He was chief guest of a Seminar, Competitiveness Trough Energy Saving in Compressed Air” at Karachi. Chris Goldworthy, the CompAir air compressor expert, gave a lecture on New , energy efficient technologies, like variable speed compressors and heat recovery. Chris threw light on the selection criteria for air compressors, service and spares considerations, efficient piping systems ,pressure , filtration and humidity requirements peculiar to each installation. Chris said it is possible to achieve up to a 30% reduction in its compressed air energy costs by judicious selection of compressed air equipment like air compressors, dryers, filters , piping layout and piping materials. He further said that it is important to monitor the compressed system on a regular basis, so as to identify and control those areas of the installation where air losses occur. Chief Guest Shakeel Ahmed said that to compete in international export market Pakistani manufacturers should consider for latest technology that helps in lower the production cost. CompAir compressor are one of the best compressors in energy consumption and efficient in air production. The Seminar was organised by Pakistan’s leading air compressor distributor, Rastgar & Co who distribute CompAir, Quantima, Hydrovane and Reavell compressors in Pakistan since the last 32 years. Speaking on the occasion, CEO Rastgar & Co, Maqsood Zulfqar gave an outline of the training facilities provided for customers’ engineers and technical staff in Pakistan and abroad. He also informed the audience about the sales, spares and air audit services provided by Rastgar & Co.—NNI

US stocks finish mixed as earnings underwhelm N EW Y ORK —US stocks ended Tuesday in mixed fashion after a stream of generally lackluster earnings reports and a modest upgrade to the International Monetary Fund’s economic forecast. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 44.12 points (0.27 percent) to 16,414.44. But the broad-based S&P 500 rose 5.10 (0.28 percent) to 1,843.80 and the techrich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 28.18 (0.67 percent) to 4,225.76. Alec Young, global equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, said the first batch of earnings reports has been “a little underwhelming,” with fewer than usual companies beating expectations. Other companies beat expectations, but gave outlooks that suggested mediocre earnings growth prospects. “Given the moves that we’ve seen, people are waiting for fundamentals,” Young said. “They want to see the fundamentals justify further gains.”—AFP

OBSERVER REPORT K ARACHI —Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited (DIBPL) inaugurated its New Sabzi Mandi branch in Karachi on 2nd January 2014. The New Sabzi Mandi branch was inaugurated by Mr. Wamiq Rizvi, COO DIBPL. Mr. Naveed Malik Distribution Head DIBPL, and members of the New Sabzi Mandi Association were also present at the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, COO DIBPL Mr. Wamiq Rizvi said the inauguration of our branch at the New Sabzi Mandi Karachi shows Dubai Islamic Bank’s commitment to the long term prosperity of Pakistan by opening more branches to spread Islamic Banking nationwide. “This

new branch of DIB happens to be the only branch opened by any Islamic bank right in the middle of the New Sabzi Mandi Karachi, the largest wholesale market of fruits and vegetables in Asia. Besides, this new branch is, also the only branch in New Sebzi Mandi offering bank transfer (TT) services to any bank operating across the country. This unique feature of BIB’s New Sabzi Mandi branch will help cater to a significant number of businessmen, traders and commercial customers in this crucial area”, Mr. Rizvi COO DIBPL said. DIBPL is a subsidiary of the Dubai Islamic Bank UAE, the world’s first Islamic Bank. DIBPL has an endeavor to provide innovative financial products and services to its

customer to experience World Class Banking.The Bank enjoys a short-term credit rating of ‘A-1’ and long-term credit rating of ‘A’, indicating the bank’s robust position in the industry. The Bank continues to reaffirm its commitment to Pakistan with new branches and absolutely Halal & Shari’a compliant new products and services. The Bank has established 125 branches and 25 branches booths in 40 cities. The Bank well poised to become one of the largest player in the market. DIBPL intends to keep this momentum going for 2014 as well, aiming to take the overall footprint of 225 outlets nationwide. Therby creating an additional employment opportunity of over 600 people across Pakistan.

National water summit next month ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Planning and Development Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday that the Planning Commission is organizing a National Water Summit here next month to cope with looming water crisis in the country. “Different stakeholders from across the country would participate in the Summit to devise a policy to cope with the future threat of water crisis in the country”, said the minister while addressing a two-day second

annual conference organized by Pakistan Strategy Support Programme (PSSP) in collaboration with USAID. He said that the government would have to address the water issue very seriously otherwise in ten years the country will be facing sever challenges. He said the infrastructure of water in the country is ageing and it needs to be re-align in view to climate change. “We have no water storage arrangements and there is dire need of building

small and big water reservoirs to avoid water crisis in the country”, he said. The United States have 5000 cubic meter of water storage per inhabitant while in China the water storage per inhabitant is 2200 cubic meter and Pakistan has only 150 cubic meter storage of water per inhabitant, he added. The minister stressed the need for making water as a source of social harmony not only with the neighbouring country but also among the provinces.—NNI

Arab countries can alleviate poverty AMMAN—Poverty is increas- ficer - AlHuda Centre of Is- effectively through Islamic ing rapidly in the Arab countries which are blessed with surplus of mineral and oil resources, one of the reasons is absence of financial products for poverty alleviation which are compatible with their religious, cultural and social values and beliefs While through Islamic microfinance poverty can be controlled over and poor can be brought into the financial inclusion in Arab countries. These views expressed by Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Of-

lamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) in an international workshop on Islamic Microfinance jointly organized by AlHuda CIBE and Arab Student Aid International in Amman - Jordan. To discuss the current status of poverty in Arab World, he said that poverty is increasing rapidly in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia as the consequence of Arab Springs while poverty already exists in Sudan, Somalia and other Arab countries which can be addressed

Microfinance as it quite suited to their religious beliefs. He, presenting the poverty index in Arab countries, evidenced the substantial existence of poverty in Arab countries including Iraq by 23%, Iran 18%, Yemen 35.8%, Jordan 13.5% and Lebanon 28% etc. He said that if we look into the geographical location of Jordan it seems to be surrounded by the conflict zones including the neighboring countries like Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.—NNI

Pakistan offers vast business opportunities for SW China B EIJING —Prominent enterprises from South West China were working on many mega-projects including energy in Pakistan, said a Pakistani diplomat. In addition, companies from Yunnan and Sichuan were engaged in Pakistan to develop new cities, said Saifuddin Junejo, the acting consul general of Pakistan in Chengdu. According to China Daily, Mr. Junejo was among the diplomats and representatives from consulates generals from

Chengdu and Chongqing who attended the opening ceremony of the Chongqing People’s Congress and the Chongqing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference during the weekend. These diplomats witnessed the development of economic power in the region, exploring more avenues for foreign investment and cooperation opportunities. They also expressed their opinions on potential opportunities to reinforce such co-

operation. I’ve attended these meetings since 2010. The consulate-general covers Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Chongqing, said Mr. Junejo. The southwestern region of China is a fast-developing area. Central government pays great attention to this part. That is the reason Pakistan set up the consulate general in Chengdu in 2007. Pakistani presently doing more trade with Sichuan and Yunnan than Guizhou.—AFP

PCB to seek advice from former players for WC 2015 L AHORE —Pakistan Cricket Board will seek advice from former players specially whose who were the part of the 1992 World Cup winning squad to construct and formulate a comprehensive strategy for raising Pakistan team for the World Cup 2015. This decision was taken at a meeting Chaired by Chairman, PCB, Zaka Asrhaf here at Gaddafi Stadium which was also attended by the officials of PCB and former cricketers. Various suggestions were made during the meeting and after deliberations it was decided that advice from former players especially the ones who were part of the winning squad of World Cup 1992 should be taken. Former captains Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam, presently serving the Board as Director General and Director, International Cricket, were asked to contact mem-

bers of the World Cup winning 1992 team in order to solicit plans from them for the World Cup 2015 in long term and for ICC World T20 in Short Term. Both Pakistan Captains, Misbah-ul-Haq (Test and ODI) and Mohammad Hafeez (T20) will be part of deliberations. Javed Miandad was vicecaptain to Imran Khan while Intikhab Alam was the manager of the triumphant 1992 squad that sealed the World Cup victory in 1992 at Melbourne. Imran Khan retired immediately after the World Cup 1992 to focus on other matters while most of the rest including Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ramiz Raja, Aaqib Javed, Mushtaq Ahmed and Ijaz Ahmed etc. continued to serve Pakistan through the decade of 1990s and even up to mid 2000s. “Most of the 1992 World Cup winning team turned

out to be high achievers. They have played some great cricket then and afterwards. The idea is to draw from this great resource of knowledge and experience in order to raise a winning team for the 2015 World Cup which is like 1992 again and brings World Cup back to Pakistan,” said the PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf after the meeting. “The task is not to merely give suggestions but to draw a blueprint to replicate the 1992 win. The purpose is to start preparing now - with nearly 13 months to go for the event, so that Team Pakistan is ready for a shot at the title come February 14, 2015 when the event kicks off,” said Javed Miandad. The Board has tasked Miandad and Intikhab Alam to invite any other cricketer to this forum whom they feel would help in preparing the plans for the Pakistan team.—APP

Whatmore commends Pakistan team for Perfect Send Off KARACHI—Dave Whatmore has commended the Pakistan team for giving him the “perfect” send-off as his coaching tenure with the team came to an end in the form of an exciting five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to draw the Test series in the UAE 1-1. contest with crucial knocks. “[I am] absolutely delighted. It’s a satisfying win and a perfect gift the boys have given me on my departure,” said Whatmore. “I am leaving the Pakistan Cricket Board on amicable terms, but it’s not a case of leaving Pakistan and not wanting ever to come back,” it was reported the other day. “I am sure that I will be back in a different capacity, sooner rather than later. I will always look forward to coming back to Pakistan.”

Whatmore confirmed in India and one-day win in that the victory was defi- South Africa (2013) and the nitely one of the highlights Asia Cup, are pretty decent to start with. When we arrived we were not given any chances in South Africa so there were some high points.” He also stated the team’s future will be determined not by the legacy he has left, but rather how the new coach, when appointed, would fare over the next coming months. It is for the next coach to do the [future development]. The nucleus is there. We have to pay a little bit more attention to the eleven we play. The will is there and that is a major asset.” Whatmore took over as of his coaching career. coach in March 2012 from “This victory [against Sri Mohsin Khan. Prior to that, Lanka] will be ranked up there he had also coached Sri Lanka with the (one-day) series win and Bangladesh.—APP

Amir wants PCB to hire batsman head coach I SLAMABAD —Former Cap- Miandad, Intikhab Alam and can make the team detain Amir Sohail has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hire a batsman head coach in place of Dav Whatmore, who was bidden farewell by the national team by winning the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Monday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited applications for the positions of Head Coach, Batting Coach and Fielding Coach for the national team. An advertisement has also been floated in this regard on the board’s website. To evaluate and recommend a candidate for the jobs the PCB has made a committee comprising Subhan Ahmad, Javed

and Wasim Akram. The final date for receipt of applications is February 6. However, names of three former cricketers have been floating in the air since the news of Whatmore’s departing from the job. The former cricketers’ names include Mohsin Khan, Moin Khan and Waqar Younis. Waqar and Mohsin had already served as national coaches in the past. Mohsin was replaced by Whatmore in March, 2012. However, Moin is presently Pakistan team manager. Talking to APP, Amir Sohail said Pakistan team needs a batting head coach. “A person who should be well-known for his batting

liver with the bat,” he said. Amir said batting is always been a weakness of the national team and it is the need of the hour to hire a batting head coach. “Consistency in team’s batting is always lacking,” he said. While parsing the team for their triumph in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Amir said there was always a blend of youth and experience that makes a team successful. “Pakistan needs to keep batting like this only with the same consistent order as more the same order plays the more their skills will develop,” he added.—APP

SUMANDARI: Athletes participating in a race organised by Punjab Youth Festival.

FAISALABAD: Players in action during a kabaddi match arranged by Punjab Youth Sports Festival at the University Ground.

Sami fires UBL for 235 in President’s Trophy

29 matches decided on opening day of AJCL Tennis C’ship

Memorial Professional Golf tomorrow

K A R A C H I —Test reject Muhammad Sami took four wickets as Port Qasim Authority (PQA) bowl out United Bank Ltd (UBL) for 235 in their first outing in the President’s Cricket Trophy at Southend Club Stadium on Wednesday. Fiery Sami took four wickets for 89 runs in 18 overs and Azam Hussain, Sohail Khan, Tabish Nawab took the other six wickets. By close PQA had reached 77 for the loss of one wicket in 17 overs.Khurram Manzoor and night-watch-man Atif Ali Zaidi were batting on 26 and eight runs respectively.Umar Amin went after slamming 36 with seven boundaries. Veteran batsman Saeed Bin Nasir emerged as the leading score with 41 in 107 minutes and laced with seven strikes to the boundary. Meanwhile, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) medium pacer Muhammad Naveed and spinner Hassan Mahmood shared seven wickets between them to bowl out struggling PIA for 225 in their first innings in the final round of President’s Cricket Trophy match at National Stadium on Wednesday. Naveed took four wickets for 58 runs in 19 overs and left arm spinner Hassan captured three wicket for 35 runs in 10.5 overs as sent to bat first PIA bowled out for low total.Tabish Khan claimed three wickets for 81 runs in 23 overs. Sheharyar Ghani topscored 46 with six hits to the boundary, Sarfraz Ahmed hammered eight fours in his run-a-ball 43 and Faisal Iqbal hit six fours in his 39.—APP

ISLAMABAD—A total number this championship. A total over against Ahmad Danish,


of 29 matches were decided in the AJCL PTF Open Tennis Tournament being played here at PTF Tennis Complex. Farhad Ali Raja, Mohammad Muzamil, Abdal haidar, Hamza Bin Asif, Jibran Ul Haq, Talha Bin Asif, Syed Nofil Kaleem and Aman Atiq moved in to the main draw by winning their respective matches of men’s singles qualifying round. According to the men’s singles draw, the top 8 seeds are Aqeel Khan, Yasir Khan, Mohammad Abid, Usman Ijaz, Uman Rafiq, Jalil Khan, Sana Ullah and Heera Ashiq. The events to be contested in the championship include mens singles, men’s doubles, Junior under-18 and under-14. As many as 100 players from all over the country are participating in

prize money amounting to Rs. 200,000 will be distributed among the winners Results men’s singles (First round qualifying): Iftikhar Ahmed beat Rehmat Ali 8-2, Raja Shafaqat was given a walk over against Amir Khan, Taj Adnan beat Murtaza 9-7, Saad Bin Rehan beat Asad Khan 8-4, Asim Israr was given a walk over against Asad Ullah. Second round qualifying: Adnan Khan beat Iftekhar Ahmad 8-2, Farhad Ali Raja beat Faizan Ubaid 8-2, Mohammad Muzamil beat Ahmed Mehmood Khan 8-6, Fahad Mehmood khan was given a walk over against Bakhtiar Afridi, Fahad Masood beat Raja Shafaqat 9-8(4), Abdal Haider beat Masood Anwar 8-5, Hamza bin Asif beat Asi Israr 8-1, Francesco was given a walk

Jibran Ul Haq beat Taj Adnan 8-4, Adil Malik beat Ahmed rizwan 8-3, Kashan Ul Haq beat Saad Bin Rehan 8-5, Talhan Bin Asif beat Wasil Kaleem 8-1, Syed Nofil Kaleem beat Ahsan Waleed 8-0, Mehboob Khan beat Yousaf Hassan 8-4, Aman Ateeq beat Hassan Tariq 97, Ahmed Murad beat Ijalal Ahmed 8-2. Final round qualifying: Farhad Ali Raja beat Adnan khan 8-5, Mohammad Muzamil beat Fahad Mehmood khan 9-8(8), Abdal Haidar beat Fahad Masood 9-7, Hamza Bin Asif was given a walk over against Francesco, Jibran Ul Haq beat Adeel Malik 8-2, Talha bin Asif beat Kashan Ul Haq 81, Syed Nofil Kaleem beat Mehboob Khan 8-2 and Aman Ateeq beat Ahmed Murad 8-2.—APP

KARACHI—Three-day Rashid D. Habib Memorial Professional Golf Tournament will be held at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) from Jan 24 to 26, it was announced on Wednesday. This competition is open to all eligible professionals and senior professionals on the National Circuit, as approved by Pakistan Golf Federation. A subsidiary competition for the rated Professionals, Veteran Professionals and caddies of the KGC will also be played. An ehanced prize money of Rs 3.4 million will be at the offer besides a 1300 CC Toyota car professionals for achieving hole-in-one. Last year Afsar Ali of KGC performed the unqiue feat of hole-in-one to win the car.

Diamond Paints win Hush Puppies Polo Cup SPORTS REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Hush Puppies Pakistan Polo Cup 2014 concluded with a stunning final as Diamond Paints took the title beating HBP PLC Royal Residencia after an invigorating contest which ended 6 - 5.5 goals. Rajah Samiullah was declared man-of-the-match. The players and ponies jostled continuously throughout the match the crowd were enthralled as the result went right to the wire. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker of the National Assembly was the esteemed chief guest, Mian Shaheen Senior Director Umer Group, Yousaf Salim - Director Firhaj Footwear, Faisal Shakeel Director Firhaj Footwear, Natalie Chau - Director Asia Pacific for Hush Puppies International and Ahsan Rashid - Head of Retail Hush Puppies Pakistan were all present on the event. “This was an amazing collaboration by Hush Puppies Pakistan and fell in line with what Hush Puppies stands for”, said Natalie Chau after the match in an interview with the press. Hush Puppies is the pioneer in casual footwear worldwide. Hush Puppies takes pride in being the manufacturer of world’s most comfortable shoes and serving the trendy individuals in more than 150 countries around the globe. Hush Puppies shoe range is known for its signature style, comfort and durability as well as a symbol of leisure and expression.”

RAWALPINDI: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the National Assembly, giving away Hush Puppies Polo Cup trophy to Captain of Diamond Paints.

Peshawar Panther, Board IFA bars clubs from clubs advance in STC I Football League Twenty20 Cricket PESHAWAR—Board club and Peshawar Panther clubs registered victories against their respective rivals in the ongoing STC Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Twenty20 Cricket Tournament being played here at Gymkhana ground on Wednesday. In the opening match Norther club won the toss and decided to bowl first by inviting Board club to bat. Board club setup 136 runs in which Qadar Khan scored 48 runs with four boundaries and one six, Hafiz hammered a cracking 48 runs including five boundaries, Zahir Khan made 26 runs including three boundaries and one six. For Northern Sports

Farman claimed four wickets, Zahir Shah grabbed three wickets and Rias Khan took one wicket. In reply, Northern Sport failed to chase the target and bundled out for just 65 runs after playing 12.5 overs of the allotted 20 overs match. Saeed Anwar made 22 runs and Dawood scored 19 runs, none of the other batsmen could cross the double figures. In the second match Peshawar Panthers club defeated Iqra club by 24 runs. Peshawar Panther won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 136 runs for the loss of five wickets after playing the allotted 20 overs.—APP

SLAMABAD—Islamabad Football Association (IFA) has stopped PTCL youth club from playing in their B Division Football League due to the non-payment of match fees amounting to Rs. 3,000. Talking to APP, the players of PTCL youth club said the players in their club are mostly students and are unemployed. “IFA should help the poor clubs in promoting the game in the federal capital rather than prohibiting them to play the match,” they said. The same thing happened with the Model town club which was also barred from playing in the Football League due to the non-payment of match fees but after the interference by the PFF secretary Col. (R) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi they were allowed to play the match.—APP

India lose No.1 ODI ranking after another loss H AMILTON —New Zealand beat India by 15 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-shortened second one-day cricket international on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Tim Southee claimed four wickets, including the critical

9 in reply. The second international mirrored the first as New Zealand reached a competitive total after being sent in and India’s chance of winning seemed strong until Kohli fell at a crucial stage. India’s second straight loss meant it forfeit the No. 1 ranking in one-day

the home team’s favor when Southee grabbed his wicket in the 30th over with India still needing 129. After Kohli was dismissed in the first over of the batting powerplay, India’s hopes fell on the shoulders of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He made 56 including a half cen-

HAMILTON: Corey Anderson of New Zealand hit 44 off 17 balls against India in 2nd ODI on Wednesday. one of Virat Kohli for 78. tury from 42 balls which was Kane Williamson top- internationals to Australia. Kohli made 123 in the first completed with a six off scored with 77 as New Zealand made 271-7 batting first in a match on Sunday when New Southee. But when he was out in the match reduced to 42 overs per Zealand won by 24 runs. He side, and India, set a revised was pivotal again and the 40th over, skying a catch to target of 293, was held to 277- match tipped substantially in Williamson off Corey Ander-

son, India still needed 40 runs from 17 balls, a task that seemed beyond its remaining batsmen. Anderson dismissed both Ravindra Jadeja (12) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (11) to add three wickets to his rapidfire 44, which was a key contribution to New Zealand’s total. India needed 81 off the last seven overs, and 50 from the last 24 balls. But when Dhoni fell, their winning target became oppressive and they wilted under its weight. They still needed 22 from the last over but the rain which spoiled the match when it delayed play for almost two hours during the New Zealand innings, returned with three balls remaining, when stumps was called. ‘’I think when the New Zealand team was bowling there was a bit extra in the wicket and it was nipping around,’’ Dhoni said. ‘’As the game progressed, even when the fast bowlers were bowling, it was not coming on nicely which meant it became quite difficult to freely play the big strokes. ‘’Even somebody like Virat, who is in tremendous form, found it quite difficult to consistently hit.’’ New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum welcomed a performance which saw his team take another step towards the consistency they have been seeking. ‘’With the bat it was a good performance to get that size total,’’ he said. ‘’In a reduced game against such a good batting lineup as India’s we knew we needed all of those runs. ‘’It was a tremendous game of cricket and it was great to be on the right side of it. ‘’The batting of Kane (Williamson), Ross (Taylor) and Martin (Guptill) was critical in giving us a good platform to work from and then Corey (Anderson) came in and showed again how much he is learning at this level and what a dangerous player he is.’’ Anderson slugged five sixes in an innings of 44 from 17 balls to give New Zealand a crucial boost late in its innings.—AP

South Africa slam ‘flawed’ ICC plan

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Andy Murray of Britain during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championship.

PFF orders inquiry against IFA ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has taken notice of suspension of a football club’s secretary and a player by Islamabad Football Association (IFA) and directed to conduct an inquiry into the matter. The Secretary of Akbar Football Club Shahid Sideeque and player Farhanullah Khan were fined and suspended by Islamabad Football Association recently. Talking to media-persons here on Wednesday, Secretary PFF Lt. Col. (rtd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi said that if it is proved that the secretary and player of the club were innocent then action would be taken against the Association. “However, before the inquiry report the Federation cannot intervene in the affairs of the Islamabad Football Association,” he added. He said as PFF was facing shortage of funds and it was the responsibility of the Associations to themselves find the sponsors for organizing different events in their areas. He said he was aware that clubs in Islamabad were protesting against the fee being taken from them to participate in league matches. This fee is being charged from clubs as the Association has failed to get sponsorship to hold events, he said. Lodhi said football clubs were playing an active role in promotion of the game in the country. He asked Islamabad Football Association to search sponsors for organizing different events so that clubs are not burdened financially.—APP

The proposals need It added: “The proposal erly constitutionally-ordained L ONDON —South Africa have become the first major seven votes from the ICC´s self-evidently is inextricably approach is required.” But not cricket nation to call on the 10 leading nations to tied up with a fundamental all boards from amongst ´the pass.According to some fore- restructuring of the ICC, seven´ were as scathing, with casts South Africa, currently which has far-reaching con- New Zealand Cricket director the world´s top-ranked Test stitutional implications.”The Martin Snedden, a compatriot side, could see their share of draft proposal is, therefore, of Isaac, saying of the BCCIfuture revenue fall below that fundamentally flawed as re- CA-ECB plan: “Don´t jump to of Pakistan if the new set-up, gards the process and, there- the conclusion what they´re labelled “unconstitutional” fore, in breach of the ICC doing is not good for world by Nenzani, is adopted. constitution.”In the circum- cricket.” “These proposals stances we propose that the The once close relationshould first be referred to the draft proposal be withdrawn ship between CSA and the relevant ICC committees or immediately given that the BCCI appears to have desub-committees for proper proper procedures have not clined markedly since former consideration and to make been followed. ICC chief executive Haroon recommendations to the ICC “In our respectful opin- Lorgat took up a similar poInternational Cricket Council Board,” Nenzani´s letter to ion, a more considered, inclu- sition with his home board in sive/consultative, and prop- South Africa.—AFP (ICC) to withdraw a draft plan Isaac said. that would give greater control of the world game to England, Australia and India. A “position paper” outlining the proposed changes is due to be discussed by the ICC´s executive board next week. But, ahead of that meeting, Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani published an open letter to ICC president Alan Isaac on Monday urging the “fundamentally flawed” plan be taken off the table. One key proposal is for a four-man executive committee where the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the three countries that bring most revenue into cricket, would all be guaranteed a place, with the other position selected by the trio annually. On the field, there is also a suggestion of the creation of two divisions for Test cricket but with England, Australia and India all guaranteed to avoid relegation from the top tier because of LONDON: Manchester City´s Portuguese midfielder Marcos Lopes vies with West Ham United´s English midfielder their commercial importance. Ravel Morrison during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match at the Boleyn Ground.

‘Explosive’ Federer downs Murray to book Nadal in semis M E L B O U R N E —Resurgent his composure to post an im- I’m feeling good physically,

then I can really think about tactics I want to play, how aggressive or how passive do you want to play,” the 32year-old told reporters. “I have all these opportunities now. I’ve been hitting the ball really well for some time now, so it’s just nice that it all came together in a big match against Murray like this.” Murray saved two matchpoints in the third set tiebreak and 13 of 17 breakpoints during the match, but crumbled at 4-3 in the fourth set to concede the decisive break. Federer made no mistake on his third match point, sealing the thriller with an ace after three hours and 20 minutes. “I’m explosive out there. I can get to balls. I’m not afraid to go for balls,” he said. “Of course last year at times (I) couldn’t do it, but what’s important is that I can do it now. “It was a great game on many levels today, not just physically. Also just mentally it was tough. Then I really played some good tennis. I was very happy.” Having mowed down JoWilfried Tsonga in straight sets in his previous match, the red-hot Swiss appeared set to do the same to Murray, who showed signs of his lack of match practice on the comeback from back surgery. Federer broke him early MELBOURNE: India´s Sania Mirza plays a shot during and calmly served out the fiher women´s doubles match with partner Zimbabwe´s Cara nal game of the set to love, Black against Italy´s Roberta Vinci and Italy´s Sara Errani sealing it with a huge first of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament. serve.—AFP Roger Federer relished passing a stiff mental and physical test against a dogged Andy Murray to book his 11th successive Australian Open semi-final and a mouthwatering clash with great rival Rafa Nadal. Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times grand slam champion suffered a wobble that dragged him into a fourth set but recovered

pressive 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 win under the lights of Rod Laver Arena. The win continued Federer ’s revival after his annus horribilis of 2013, and with new coach Stefan Edberg and a bigger racquet in his arsenal, the Swiss master is confident he can give the top seed a shake. “Physically I know that I can do it. And then because

Mohammad Ashraful prepares for today’s tribunal hearings BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —The 30-yearold Bangladeshi righthanded batsman and offbreak bowler will appear before the Tribunal members in Dhaka on Thursday, it is reliably learnt here. According to the highly placed sources close to the player, the former captain Ashraful has been asked to appear for the full hearing into the alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) which began in Dhaka on Sunday. On Tuesday, Ashraful is believed to have had a long meeting with his UKbased lawyer, Yasin Patel in one of the hotels located at diplomatic enclave of Gulshan-1 area in Dhaka. Ashraful is likely to have been advised to an-

swer whether he still stands to whatever he had committed of indulging in the fixing of the matches. Interestingly, Yasin Patel, who also represented the suspended Pakistani captain Salman Butt, has also been appearing for Darren Stevens. Stevens is one of a number of individuals including the Dhaka Gladiators owners, ex-Bangladeshi Captains and coaches, Indian nationals and players from Sri-Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Stevens is one of the most-liked and popular cricketers in both English domestic cricket and also worldwide, has maintained his innocence and insists that he has never ever had any involvement in any form of corrupt activities. His exemplary disciplinary record and the fact that his success on the pitch last year led to him receiving numerous cricketing

awards including being awarded the Player of the Season at Kent CCC. He recently was awarded the ‘Cricket Society’s Wetherall Award for the best all-rounder in firstclass cricket. Steven is likely to have a bonafide certificate from Kent Captain Robert Key which states that ‘Darren is an exceptional cricketer, person and individual. He is the most honest and unselfish cricketer that I have ever played with. The amount of charitable work and that which he does for good causes is second to none. I truly hope that the Tribunal see the true person that he is and clear him of these ridiculous charges’. The Tribunal is expected to last 2 -3 weeks with a numerous amount of witnesses expected to give evidence in this matter.

A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: Experts


HE wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say. Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains could be rolled back by mutating microbes that make illnesses more difficult and expensive to cure and carry a higher risk of death. Some say the threat to wellbeing is on the scale of global warming or terrorism — yet resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means — improper use of antibiotics. “It is a major public health problem,” Patrice Courvalin, who heads the Antibacterial Agents Unit of France’s Pasteur Institute, told AFP. “It is about more than not being able to treat a disease. It will erase much progress made in the last 20-30 years.” Without antibiotics to tackle opportunistic bacteria that pose a particular risk for people who are very ill, major surgery, organ transplants or cancer and leukaemia treatment may become impossible, he explained. “In some parts of the world, already we have run out of antibiotics,” said Timothy Walsh, a professor of medical microbiology at Cardiff University. “In places in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, possibly Russia, Southeast Asia, central South America, we are at the end game. There’s noth-

ing left. And unfortunately there is nothing in the pipeline either.” Resistance to drugs emerges through changes in the bacterium’s genetic code — altering the target on its surface to which antibiotics would normally bind, making the germ impenetrable or allowing it to destroy or “spit out” the antibiotic. These super-germs triumph through Darwinian pressure, helped by humans. The wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Instead, the drugs will indiscriminately damage other bacteria and give the resistant strain a competitive advantage — allowing it to dominate and spread. At the base of the problem is doctors prescribing antibiotics wrongly or unnecessarily, and the ease with which medicines can be obtained without a script in some parts of the world, including Asia and Africa. As much as 70 per cent of antibiotics are given for viral infections, against which they are wholly ineffective, the experts say. Another worry for health planners today is the spread of a multi-drug resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae — a common cause of infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract and bloodstream, and a frequent source of hospital outbreaks. In some parts of the world, only the carbapenem antibiotics class remains effective, but now signs are emerging of resistance even to this last line of defence.

People shouting slogans at the site where lady polio workers were killed.

Aseefa to continue anti-polio drive STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The UN ambassador for Polio Aasifa Bhutto Zardari said that the Sindh provincial government would at all cost continue with the antipolio drive in the province and anti-polio centres would be established at all union council and district level. This she said in a meeting she had chaired Wednesday. The meeting reviewed the post-volunteer killings situation in the metropolis.

Karachi, slaughterhouse of Sunni Ulema STAFF REPORTER A view of sewerage water, which is hindering smooth traffic flow at Shahrah-e-Faisal.

Malik for surgical operation against Taliban STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Former Interior Minister and sitting Senator Abdul Rehman Malik said that the solution to the problem of Taliban was in surgical operation, not in dialogue. The track record of Taliban was based on ill intentions and they never fulfilled their commitments they had made in past. While talking to a private television, the Senator Rehman said that the terrorists wanted to declare Pakistan as a failed estate and the peace would never be maintained without launching a surgical operation against Taliban.He said that a proxy war was being waged in the region and the country was the worst of its outcome.

Killing of polio workers

Police arrest 60 suspects from Qayyumabad IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Police arrested 100 suspects and recovered illegal weapons from their possession from Qayyumabad area Wednesday where 2 lady volunteers for anti-polio drive were shot dead. Following the arrest, families of those arrested took to the street and pelted stones on private vehicles and kept the main avenue blocked for several hours. Police had resorted to aerial firing and use of tear gas to disperse the protestors. The situation had created a mess for several hours and thousands of citizens in the private cars and in passenger coaches had

badly stuck. The tear gas had also badly affected the citizens in their vehicles as they were helpless to move either side of the blocked road. Later, Police had released 40 suspects while the remaining were held for further investigation. The arrest of the suspect from Qayyumabad area was made with connection to the killings of 2 lady volunteers, who were killed while they were busy in administering anti-polio vaccine drops to infants and children up to the age of 5 in Qayyumabad. The search and arrest operation was performed by a heavy contingent of Police comprising strength of 17 Police Stations of Karachi.

KARACHI—Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Sami Ul Haq) Karachi chapter Ameer Qari Muhammad Usman said that the metropolis had been converted into a slaughter house and the Sunni clerics and religious scholars were indiscriminately gunned down in the city. On the other hand, the Sindh provincial government had utterly failed to nab any perpetrator and the terrorism was on the rise with the passage of each single day. He was addressing a gathering of the clerics and religious scholars on the occasion of inauguration of Masjid Khatamun Nabiyeen in Mehran Town Wednesday. Qari Usman said that the lawlessness was at its apex in the city of Karachi and the perpetrators had been targeting the Sunni Ulema and workers on daily basis. The Sunni Ulema and workers had been left at the mercy of the terrorists while the authorities concerned did nothing except lip service.

Anti-polio campaign to continue

Govt not to bow before terrorists: Sharjeel IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Innam Memon had directed the Sindh Secretary for Local Government and Sindh Secretary for Health to take necessary measures for the continuation of the ant-polio drive in the metropolis. The Minister said that the anti-polio drive would continue while the local government departments and their employees would take full participation in the drive. He issued these directives to the Secretaries of local government and health from his office Monday and said that the antipolio drive should be continued while all local government departments including Taluka Councils, Union Councils, District Councils and other local

government departments would take up the assigned obligation in letter and spirit so as to accomplish the given target of administering the anti-polio vaccine drops top more than 2 million children. The Secretaries Health and Local Government should in this regard ensure full utelisation of available resources so that no child could be deprived of getting the antipolio vaccine drop at his/her doorstep in nook and cranny of the metropolis. He said that the Sindh provincial government would not bow its head down before the terrorists and would also not allow the anti-polio drive to fail to inflict the children of the deadly polio virus. The terrorists were coward and attacked the volunteers in an ambush. The Minister said that the Sindh

Chief Minister had taken notice of killings of the volunteers and had sought report from the Inspector General of Police, Sindh and arrest of the killers. He said that the Sindh provincial government would not leave the volunteers alone or at the mercy of the terrorists and the Sindh provincial government had also announced compensation money for the aggrieved families of the slain volunteers. The antipolio drive would be expedited more vigorously in retaliation to the designs of the terrorists that wanted to prevent the children from getting the anti-polio vaccine drops to stay safe for life time from the deadly polio virus. The Minister also appealed to the people of the province to help the government foiling the conspiracies being hatched by the terrorists to discard the antipolio drive in the province.

Seven persons gunned down

Bodies found a day earlier identified as TTP members STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Seven persons were gunned down in the metropolis Wednesday while bodies of 3 that were found at Malir River near Sharafi Goth area were also identified as Kifayat, Qari Sarwat and Qari Ahsan. They belonged to banned Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Police found 4 bodies from a link road in Gulshan-e Hadeed and they were exposed to vehement torture prior to their killings.

All 4 received bullets in their bodies and were dressed in Shalwar and Qamees. Their identification was not yet ascertained. Police had shifted their bodies to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for onward medico-legal procedures. Body of a woman with slit neck was found from Block-15 of Gulistan-e Jauhar. Her identification was also not yet ascertained and was shifted to hospital. One person was shot dead in Gulshan-e Buner while another

was killed in Gulshan-e Maymar near Chakar Hotel. The killers had easily managed to flee from the scenes. Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Police had jointly conducted a raid in Lyari where they were intercepted by Lyari gang war militants. During exchange of fire, a militant Behram belonging to Wasiullah Lakho group of gang war was executed. The executed militant was wanted to Police for various heinous crimes.

PML-F, PML-N, MQM invited to join Govt STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Speaker Sindh Assembly Aga Siraj Khan Durrani had invited all political parties in Sindh Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League Functional, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and especially the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to join the treasury benches. He was talking to the newsmen at his office located in Sindh Assembly building Wednesday. The Speaker said that the political parties should for the sake of province and in the larger interest of the people of the province should join hands and work for the betterment of the province and the people of the province. He made it loud and clear that the opposition parties in Sindh Assembly had been mistaken to assume that they would fail the Sindh provincial government because the government would continue to serving the people till last day of its constitutional tenure. He said that the Pakistan people’s Party Parliamentarian would now provide opportunity to its opponent to join the party so that they could also serve the people because the PPPP always believed in reconciliation and never closed its doors for any.

PMA Sindh demands imposition of emergency for polio eradication KARACHI—General Secretary Army must be engaged in oral ensure smooth administration protecting children against dis- ties,” he said adding that tribal of Pakistan Medical Association, Sindh, Dr Haider Baksh Jatoi has urged the authorities concerned to impose “Polio Eradication” as a “Medical Emergency” in the country. Talking to APP Wednesday, he said Pakistan being among last of the three countries to achieve the target demanded absolute commitment for the cause so as to avert any possible international sanction on foreign travelling by countrymen. “Since polio eradication is Road blocked by residents of Baloch Colony during their protest against arrests made by a medical emergency hence Rangers and jawans of Pakistan Police during search operation.

polio vaccine administration campaign,” said Dr Samrina Hashmi, former President of PMA-Sindh. The two senior medical professionals of the province said women health workers and volunteers comprising resourceless sections have turned to be a soft target for the terrorists and therefore there is need for a strong alternative. Dr Dur e Naz Jamal Kazi of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI -Sindh) said there was need to impose emergency in high risk areas so as to

of the warranted vaccines. “Our future is at stake and we can not allow our children to be at constant risk of disability,” she said. “Stringent and strong action that must also be felt by all ought to be taken,” said the official in reply to a question. The professionals were also unanimous that routine immunization programme has to be strengthened in the country so as to protect children against all vaccine preventable diseases. “Billions of public money is being spent for the cause of

eases covered under EPI, that too absolutely free of cost for the targeted population, yet outbreaks of measles was registered last year,” mentioned Dr. Samrina Hashmi. “We have to give serious thinking and ensure optimum protection of our children,” said Dr Jatoi. He suggested active involvement of all area GPs, pediatricians and even quacks in Polio eradication. “They must be provided with the free of cost OPV and facilitated to administer children who may be visiting their facili-

and community leaders, prayer leaders must also be engaged. Dr Samrina Hashmi suggested strengthening of primary healthcare facilities in the province so as to provide needed preventive assistance against identified diseases among children and women in the province. To a query she said these facilities have to be adequately equipped and also manned to meet healthcare needs, both curative and preventive, of the people pertaining to rural and sub-urban areas.—APP

A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: Experts


HE wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say. Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains could be rolled back by mutating microbes that make illnesses more difficult and expensive to cure and carry a higher risk of death. Some say the threat to wellbeing is on the scale of global warming or terrorism — yet resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means — improper use of antibiotics. “It is a major public health problem,” Patrice Courvalin, who heads the Antibacterial Agents Unit of France’s Pasteur Institute, told AFP. “It is about more than not being able to treat a disease. It will erase much progress made in the last 2030 years.” Without antibiotics to tackle opportunistic bacteria that pose a particular risk for people who are very ill, major surgery, organ transplants or cancer and leukaemia treatment may become impossible, he explained. “In some parts of the world, already we have run out of antibiotics,” said Timothy Walsh, a professor of medical microbiology at Cardiff University. “In places in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, possibly Russia, Southeast Asia, central South America, we are at the end game. There’s noth-

ing left. And unfortunately there is nothing in the pipeline either.” Resistance to drugs emerges through changes in the bacterium’s genetic code — altering the target on its surface to which antibiotics would normally bind, making the germ impenetrable or allowing it to destroy or “spit out” the antibiotic. These super-germs triumph through Darwinian pressure, helped by humans. The wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped to early, will fail to kill the altered microbes. Instead, the drugs will indiscriminately damage other bacteria and give the resistant strain a competitive advantage — allowing it to dominate and spread. At the base of the problem is doctors prescribing antibiotics wrongly or unnecessarily, and the ease with which medicines can be obtained without a script in some parts of the world, including Asia and Africa. As much as 70 per cent of antibiotics are given for viral infections, against which they are wholly ineffective, the experts say. Another worry for health planners today is the spread of a multi-drug resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae — a common cause of infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract and bloodstream, and a frequent source of hospital outbreaks. In some parts of the world, only the carbapenem antibiotics class remains effective, but now signs are emerging of resistance even to this last line of defence.

Motorists passing through The Mall during rain in the provincial capital on Wednesday.

Giving birth to daughter

Husband attacks wife with acid OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Lahore High Court

A view of long queues of vehicles on Davis Road during traffic jam on Wednesday.

Govt taking steps to root out terrorism LAHORE—Punjab Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said lack of education is a root cause of terrorism and extremism. Talking to a media persons at his office on Wednesday, he said terrorism was a main challenge for the county and ignorance was its major root-cause. The government, he said, would promote education at all levels to eradicate the menace from the country. He stressed the need for educating the new generation on lines of advanced knowledge. The minister said strict action will be taken to root out terrorism and the government had approved a strategy.—APP

Complaint system for convenience of citizens OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Provincial Food Minister and Chairman Price Control Cabinet Committee Bilal Yasin has said that Punjab Government has introduced a prompt Telephone Complaint System for the convenience of the citizens where they can get their complaints registered, at a toll free number 08000-2345, regarding quality and prices of everyday items, including vegetables and fruits. The Provincial Minister said that 771 complaints have so far been registered, at the toll free number 08000-2345, upon which immediate actions was

taken and complainants were informed after redressal of their grievances. He informed that legal action has been taken for overcharging against 50409 persons in all districts, and an amount of 6 crore, 15 lac, 51 thousand, 659 rupees have been received, 754 FIRs have been registered and 447 persons have been arrested, while 62422 visits of various fruit and vegetable markets, across Punjab have been conducted Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin said that the Punjab Government is utilizing all available recourses to ensure provision of inexpensive everyday items to the general public.

today took notice on a press report that husband threw acid on wife for giving birth to daughter in Jahanian. District & Sessions Judge, Khanewal has been directed to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, in Jinnah Colony, a cruel man threw acid on his wife for giving birth to a daughter. The illfated woman got severe burn injuries. Affected lady was shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in a critical condition whereas the accused had gone into hiding. However, police registered a case and started investigation. LHC Complaint Cell took notice of news on administrative side and directed the concerned D&SJ to look into matter and submit report in a week.

Three criminals arrested LAHORE—Shera Kot police have arrested three criminals involved in a number of dacoities and recovered stolen property from them. During preliminary interrogation, the gangsters confessed to 25 incident of dacoity and robbery committed in different areas of Lahore, Gujrat, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura. A special police led by ASP Nawan Kot which conducted a raid and arrested Iqbal, a ring leader of inter-district dacoit gang and his two accomplices Muhammad Arif and Ali Arif. The arrested are history sheeters.—APP

Security for workers

Terrorists targeting polio workers are country’s enemies STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafique has said that terrorists who are targeting the polio workers are not only enemy of Pakistan but also enemy of their own children. He said that if polio drops would not be administered to every child this fatal virus can disable any child forever. He said that during 3-day anti-polio campaign in Punjab, police was on high alert and no untoward incident occurred in Punjab and the polio teams completed their targets. He said that 23rd January will be the catchup day during which missing and not available children will be covered. He expressed these views while talking to media during administering polio drops to the

children on the 3rd day of antipolio campaign in the area of Najaf Colony, Imam Bargah Bazaar, Allama Iqbal Town here Wednesday. He said that disinformation and concocted propaganda is being spread against polio vaccine. He said that disinformation is being spread by those elements who did not aware of the facts. He said that full security will be provided to the polio workers in the sensitive areas during every anti-polio campaign and on the orders of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Secretary has already issued directions to all the DCOs and DPOs to ensure proper security for this purpose. Kh Salman Rafique said that he himself visiting the areas along with polio teams for the encouragement of health workers. He said that people, govern-

Govt taking steps for generating electricity OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Law, Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that leaders of PTI are expert in staging dramas. He said that prejudicial approach has deprived PTI leaders of the thinking ability. He said that Mahmood ur Rasheed by accepting reality, should admit the failure of PTI government in KP. Commenting upon the statement of Mahmood ur Rasheed, Rana Sanaullah said that PTI leaders cannot hoodwink the people through false statements. He said that the reality of those

showing rosy picture has been exposed to the people. The Provincial Minister said those criticizing Punjab government unjustifiably should not forget the fact that due to good governance and transparency in public welfare projects, Punjab has become an exemplary province and international institutions have also recognized its performance. Rana Sanaulah said that Punjab government is taking steps on emergent basis for generating electricity and strict action is being taken against persons involved in electricity theft.

ment and other institutions have joined hands to foil the nefarious designs of terrorists. Kh Salman Rafique further said that WHO and other international partners declared Peshawar the most affected area of polio virus due to which special arrangements have been made for administering polio drops on the transit points in Punjab. He expressed his sorrow over the loss of lives by the terrorists during polio campaign in Karachi. He praised the humanitarian spirit and dedication of polio workers who are participating in anti-polio campaign with courage and enthusiasm despite threats of terrorism. Kh Salman Rafique reiterated that polio campaign would continue and hoped that by the grace of Almighty Allah, 2014 will be polio-free year for Pakistan.

Four die of suffocation LAHORE—Four members of a family including husband, wife and two children died of suffocation caused by gas leakage here in Shalimar area, on Wednesday. According to police, the deaths were presumably caused by gas leakage after the family went to sleep without switching off the stove in their house in Sohwari bazaar. Those dead have been identified as Haider (35) his wife Yasmeen (30), kids Anas (6) and Hassan (4). Concerned police and Rescue 1122 reached the spot. Legal formalities were being carried out before handed over bodies to relatives.—APP

Pakistan, an attractive place for investment STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—With about 30 million internet users, Pakistan provides an excellent environment for developing and promoting online businesses, a young Entrepreneur and Managing Director Rocket Internet Koen Thijssen said. Talking to a select group of media personnel at a local hotel Wednesday, Koen Thijssen maintained that Pakistan possesses huge growth potential attracting an increasing attention of international investors and foreign companies. Seeing this potential, he said his group which had presence in over 40 countries started investment in Pakistan. “We have expertise in IT, online marketing and aggressively growing businesses around the globe,” he said. He further said this was his first visit to Pakistan that has changed his perception about Pakistan. He said, people here are kind hearted, loving and caring. Country Director Lamudi Pakistan Saad Arshad said on the occasion that is a real Estate website which enables customers to sell, buy and rent properties.

Widow aid grant

Ombudsman orders inquiry to fix responsibility SALIM AHMED LAHORE—On taking notice by

Workers of All Pakistan WAPDA Hydro Electric Power Union chanting slogans during a protest demonstration against privatisation and price hike outside Press Club.

the Ombudsman Punjab, Javaid Mahmood, on the issue of nonpayment of Widow Aid Grant to a widow of deceased pensioner, the Punjab Benevolent Fund Board and Punjab Education Department woke up. Administrative Officer Punjab Benevolent Fund Punjab and Executive District Officer Education Okara personally visited the house of widow and delivered cheque of arrears of Widow Aid Grant amounting to Rs. 300,000 approximately. Ombudsman Punjab has ordered to hold inquiry to fix the

responsibility of abnormal delay and awarded compensation of Rs. 20 thousand to widow for the damage suffered by her which would be recovered from the responsible for delay. Ombudsman Punjab has also ordered Secretary Punjab Benevolent Fund Board to send a letter of an apology to the widow under his signature to console her for abnormal delay within 15 days. According to details, Shehnaz Azam, ,widow of late Muhammad Azam Mughal, exDirector Education (Elementary) lodged a complaint to Ombudsman Punjab that her husband retired from service in 1997 and

expired in 1998. She applied for Widow Aid Grant well in time to DCO Okara Office through Education Department but according to Benevolent Office Lahore, no such claim was ever been lodged. She kept on following her case from one office to another but no one bothered to move. She claimed that she was still deprived of her legitimate right of Widow Aid Grant. Ombudsman Punjab took serious notice of delay and directed Incharge Mohtasib Punjab Pension Cell, Wazir Ahmad Qureshi to probe the issue who sent a notice to the concerns. Benevolent Fund Board Management and

Punjab Education Department took prompt action and Administrative Officer of Punjab Benevolent Fund Board along with EDO Education Okara personally visited the house of widow and delivered cheque of arrears in compliance to the notice issued from Ombudsman Office. Ombudsman Punjab in his orders mentioned that although grievance of the widow has been redressed yet the legitimate claim took seven years to move from Okara to Lahore. There was need to fix the responsibility of abnormal delay and compensate the widow for facing untold miseries and agonies of widow. In a way the

widow was penalized for none of her fault and the attitude of the concerned department was harsh, cruel and unjust but no apology was submitted by the concerned departments, says the order. Ombudsman Punjab Javaid Mahmood, ordered to award compensation of Rs. 20 thousand to widow for the damage suffered by her which would be recovered from the responsible for delay. Ombudsman Punjab has also ordered Secretary Punjab Benevolent Fund Board to send a letter of an apology to the widow under his signature to console her for abnormal delay within 15 days.