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Pakistan, China focus on expanding trade ties Economic corridor to become a reality to benefit the two people Trade target of $15b to be achieved China’s premier offers to help Pakistan end energy crisis Li awarded Nishan-i-Pakistan I SLAMABAD —Pakistan and talks between the two close al- addressing a joint press stakeout Premier Li as “excellent” and both sides have decided on a long ridor will become a reality for the of US 15 billion dollars and have China Wednesday agreed to lies were held here at the Aiwan- along with the Chinese Premier added “our discussions focused jointly work on an economic cor- e-Sadr, during the visit of Chi- Li Keqiang said “our top prior- on economic corridor and improving connectivity between Pakistan and Western regions of China.” Premier Li Keqiang said

PPP invites MQM to join Sindh govt OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—President of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Makhdoom Amin Fahim said on Wednesday that his party had formally invited the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to from a coalition government in Sindh. The senior PPP leader said that the people of Sindh had given a heavy mandate to the PPP and MQM, adding that his party would form the provincial government in Sindh and continue the people friendly policies. He further said that the PPP had invited the MQM to join the provincial government and that talks with regards over formation a government had

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Tahir visits Tri National Air Exercise

President extends best wishes for new govt

Nawaz, Zardari agree to face together national challenges STAFF REPORTER

met following the PML-N victory in the general elections. ISLAMABAD—President Asif Ali Speaking to the media after Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Tahir Zardari and Pakistan Muslim the meeting, President Zardari League-N chief Mian Nawaz said that the presidency would Rafique Butt visited InternaSharif held a one-on-one meettional Air Exercise Peace Picture on Back Page ing at the Presidency on WednesFalcons-2013 in Taif, Saudi day and two leaders discussed the Arabia. On his arrival he was overall situation in the country fully cooperate with Nawaz presented with the Guard of and formation of the government Sharif and he already considered Honour. The Air Chief was the PML-N chief the prime mingiven a comprehensive briefing after elections 2013. This was the first time Presi- ister of Pakistan. In reply to a on the exercise. Chief of the dent Zardari and Nawaz Sharif question regarding if the PPP Air Staff, Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Lt. General Mohammed Fayadh bin Hamid al-Ruwaili and Commander Turkish Air Force (TuAF), General Mehmet ERTEN also witnessed the exercise. According to a press release issued by PAF here on fruit seller on wheelbarrows IRFAN ALIGI Wednesday, too benefit from would be expelled from the the expertise and professional- KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi MQM and his basic membership Movement Chief Altaf Hussain would also be terminated. Continued on Page 7 has said the process of cleansing The MQM Chief said this within the party lines was being while talking to the MQM Cocommenced, which would con- ordination Committee at the MQM headquarters Nine Zero tinue till end. The MQM had already im- Wednesday. Altaf Hussain also said that posed ban on collecting donations; hence, any worker or of- the MQM had Zero Tolerance for fice-bearer if found involved in workers and office-bearers indemanding donations form any- volvement in issues pertaining to one whether a businessman or a Continued on Page 6

ISLAMABAD—Chief of the Air

Zero tolerance for those involved in land issues: Altaf

NP mandates PML-N to form Balochistan govt STAFF REPORTER QUETTA—Secretary General

National Party, Tahir Bizinjo, Wednesday said that his party had mandated Pakistan Muslim League-N to form provincial government in Balochistan. Addressing a press conference here, Bizenjo said he hoped that a decision regarding the province’s chief minister would be made by Thursday. Bizenjo added that a government in Balochistan is successful if it is supported by the centre. “Problems in Balochistan are the biggest issue in the country and should be the top priority of the government.” He further said that the PML-N had majority and was in a position to solve the issues in Balochistan. Bizenjo also supported the decision to make permanent teachers who were hired under the Aghaz-eHaqooq-e-Balochistan package.

would support Nawaz Sharif as the prime minster, Zardari replied that this decision would be made by Amin Fahim. Commenting on the meeting, Nawaz Sharif said everyone had to work together to resolve problems being faced by the country. The PML-N chief added that he had made no demands for the resignation of the president. “We

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Imran discharged from hospital STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan discharged from Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after being treated there for almost two weeks. He was admitted in the hospital after falling from a lifter in election-related activity in Lahore on 9th of this month. He had sustained head and back injuries. According to a statement re-

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SC sets aside appointment, transfer orders ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court of Pakistan has suspended appointments and transfers orders on key government posts during the tenure of caretaker set up. In its verdict, the Chief Justice observed that the caretaker government had no mandate of such appointments and transfers. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court admitted for hearing a petition filed by Khawaja Mohammad Asif challenging transfers and postings as well as shuffling of senior government officials by the caretaker government. The petition, filed by Asif’s counsel Syed Safdar Hussain, had requested the court

to declare the actions taken by the caretaker government as unconstitutional, illegal and void ab initio. The constitutional conventions command and mandate the caretaker set-up only to the extent of holding free and fair elections. In this respect, the chief justice directed Attorney General Irfan Qadir to take directions from the government and apprise the court on those. The caretaker government has been directed to file a response on the matter by June 4. Moreover, the court suspended the appointments and transfers. However, appointments and transfers of a routine nature remain exempt.

Asif had provided the court with a list of senior officers who had been transferred, posted out or shuffled. According to that list, National Highway Authority chairman Hamid Ali Khan was replaced by Sajjad Hussain Baloch on May 16, Nepra chairman by retired Justice Ahmad Khan Lashari on the same day, SNGPL’s managing director Arif Hameed by Amin Tufail on May 15, SSGCL’s managing director by Rahat Kamal Siddiqui on March 15 and Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation’s managing director Khalid Khokhar was re-

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benefit of the two people,” Li agreed to speed up work on the said. projects identified under the President Zardari said both Five-Year Development the countries were determined to Continued on Page 6 achieve the bilateral trade target

Accords inked on economic corridor plan, maritime coop

Keqiang pledges robust partnership with Pakistan

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan and


China Wednesday inked several Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) that mainly included the long-term Economic Corridor plan, maritime cooperation and satellite navigation. President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the signing ceremony as the representatives of the two countries inked the documents at a ceremony held at the Aiwan-

ISLAMABAD—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said he has selected Pakistan for his official visit to give a clear and loud message to the international community that whatsoever happens at the international scene our relations with Pakistan will continue to flourish and further strengthen. Speaking at luncheon hosted in his honour here‚ he said both the countries have deep-rooted relations which have been developed by every passing genera-

Continued on Page 6 ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang witnessing the signing of agreement between the two countries on Wednesday. ridor for enhanced connectivity, nese Premier’s Li Keqiang’s two- ity is to further strengthen economic linkages.” President aimed at benefiting their people day visit to Pakistan. President Asif Ali Zardari Zardari described his talks with and the region in general. The

term programme - a strategic idea for the peace and stability of the world. “We hope by pushing forward connectivity, economic cor-

tion. He said his country will continue to extend cooperation to Pakistan for its progress and development. Chinese Premier said his visit is aimed at consolidating the time-tested friendship with Pakistan and show the world that China intends to continue this partnership. He appreciated President Asif Ali Zardari for his pivotal role in giving new dimension to Pak-China relations. He said China wants long lasting relations with Pakistan to further

grow in future in all fields. Addressing on the occasion‚ President Asif Ali Zardari appreciated Chinese stead fast support for Pakistan sovereignty‚ territorial integrity and independence. The President said Pakistan deeply appreciates Chinese support in its economic development. He said regardless of po-

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2 robbers killed in encounter SARGODHA—Police claimed to have killed two robbers in an encounter in Sillanwali tehsil limits. Police said on Wednesday that the accused, Mahmood, along with his two accomplices were present near Chak 115 NB on Shaheenabad Road. On information, police reached the spot but robbers opened fire on them which was retaliated. As a result, Mahmood and an unknown accused died on the spot while police arrested the third accused. Police shifted the injured to a local hospital. Meanwhile the police claimed to have arrested 22 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) from different parts of Faisalabad during last 24 hours. A spokesman of the police department said here Wednesday that the police also nabbed 10 illegal weapon holders, 8 drug traffickers and as many court absconders in a day, besides recovering 5 pistols, 2 rifles, 2 revolvers, a gun, one carbine, 19 bullets, 325 grams Heroin, 350 grams cannabis and 60 bottles of liquor from their possession.—APP

Ombudsman orders implementation of 5 per cent minority quota L A H O R E — O m b u d s m a n ties had been totally ignored cess of recruitments of em- tisement published in the Punjab Javed Mehmood has termed the ignoring of five percent quota allocated for minorities during the recruitments in Sargodha University as serious mal-administration. Ombudsman Punjab Javed Mehmood issued these orders on the application of Ch. Mushtaq Gill, Chairman All Pakistan Minorities Democratic Movement, University Town, Sargodha. The applicant had appealed that five percent quota allocated for minori-

by Sargodha University during recruitments and the university administration was not willing to implement the rules and regulations at any cost despite repeated requests. Ombudsman Punjab called for explanation from the administration of Sargodha University in this regard, and during an inquiry it revealed that the administration of Sargodha University had committed serious violation of rules during pro-

ployees and the application was based on facts. He ordered the Vice Chancellor and Registrar Sargodha University to explain the reason of this constitutional and legal violation and fixed the responsibility of serious violation of rules in recruitments. Ombudsman Punjab in his order said that the maladministration of Sargodha University had been proved during the recruitment process and the minority quota had not been mentioned in any adver-

newspapers by Sargodha University after March 2010. He ordered the Vice Chancellor and Registrar Sargodha University to include five percent minority quota in all recruitments made after March 2010 as per constitution and rules and submit a report to Ombudsman office within a month. He also ordered that in future five percent minority quota should be ensured in every process of recruitments as per law.—APP

ecutive Officer Iqbal Hussain Malezai Wednesday said that the company provided employment to children of those employees who died or disabled during duty. Addressing a ceremony of giving away appointment letters to children of the employees here at Mepco’s Headquarters, he hoped that newly-appointed employees would perform their duty effectively. Iqbal Malezai said employments were being provided only on merit without any discrimination. Staff Officer Ali Akram Gujjar, Deputy Manger T&MP Mian Suhail and Deputy Manager Public Relation Jamshaid Niazi were also present.—APP

boy drowned while bathing in Gogera branch canal in the area of Saddar police station. According to police,14-yearold Sakhawat Ashraf, resident of Faisal park wanted to beat the heat but he failed to keep himself afloat and drowned. Rescue teams fished out body and handed it over to the family after completing necessary formalities.—APP

Balochistan teachers continue sit-in Q UETTA —The protesting teachers seeking regularisation of their services continued their sit-in on Zarghoon road near Governor and Chief Minister Houses on third consecutive day here on Wednesday. The previous Pakistan People’s Party led coalition government had recruited 5000 teachers under Aghaz-eHaqooq-e-Balochistan Package on contract basis. The dozens of the teachers had been continuing their protest and sit-in on Railway Hockey Roundabout on third consecutive day. They had held banners inscribed with the demand for regularisation of their services.—APP

Commendation certificates awarded to 18 officers F A I S A L A B A D —Caretaker Ms. Shumaila Manzoor, AC Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi has awarded commendation certificates to 18 officers of civil administration and police department who performed excellent services during elections in the division. Divisional Commissioner Mushtaq Ahmad Anjum and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Faisalabad Mian Javed Islam distributed certificates among the officers. They include DCO Faisalabad Najam Ahmad Shah, DPO Jhang Zeeshan Asghar, Assistant Commissioner City Faisalabad Mushtaq Ahmad, AC Chiniot

QUETTA: Trailers carrying NATO vehicles passing through a highway as NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

IDPs on hunger strike against misplacing voters’ list STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Khyber Agency staying at Jalozai camp have established a hunger strike camp here opposite Peshawar High Court (PHC) against Election Commission (EC) and Political Administration (PA) for depriving them of votes by misplacing the voters’ lists. Haji Iqbal Afridi, a PTI candidate on NA-46 constituency Tehsil Bara Khyber agency was leading the protesting IDPs de-

manded for their rights of votes. Placards, banners and black flags were displayed in the protesting camp, inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands for rights of votes and against the PA and EC on Wednesday. Talking to reporters, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) contester said that there were 14500 votes of the IDPs registered in the Jalozai camp, but only near 5,00 votes were polled while the rest voters lists were missed, which was tantamount to make the op-

ponent contender win the May 11elections. He demanded that before re-election on some polling stations of NA-46 tehsil bara Khyber agency, original voters’ list of IDPs be provided to all the candidates and concerned authority so that the IDPs could use their rights of votes, adding that polling be conducted under supervision of Pak army aimed at avoiding any unpleasant situation, which he expressed fear that such incident might be happened on the day.

Eight bazar encroachers arrested STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —District administration, Peshawar arrested eight persons for making encroachments in Jhanda Bazaar and remove hurdles in the movement of the pedestrians particularly women in the area, said a press release issued here Wednesday. According to details, the complaint cell of the admin-

istration had received complaints from different people particularly women regarding rampant encroachments in Jhanda Bazaar, Hashtnagri, which is creating hurdles in the movement of women in the bazaar. Taking notice of the complaints, Deputy Commissioner (D.C), Mohammad Javed Marwat directed Additional Assistant Commissioner (AAC)-III, Abdul

Naseer for initiating immediate action, which conducted operation and arrested 8 persons and shifted them to central jail Peshawar. On this occasion, the presidents of traders associations of Shaheen and Jhanda Bazaars assured Police Station Hashtnagri that in future they will remove the encroachments and handover the responsible persons to district administration.

DC directs municipal staff to ensure sanitation

Short films enthrall Islamabad audience STAFF REPORTER

H YDERABAD —The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Matiari Fayaz Hussain Abbasi has warned the Taluka Municipal Administration Matiari (TMA) to ensure cleanliness in the town within three days with full attendance of sanitary workers in the field failing which action will be taken against them. The DC issued the directives while paying surprise visit to different parts of Matiari town early Wednesday morning. The DC also warned the officers of Market Committee and veterinary doctor to ensure the marketing of healthy vegetables, fruits and meats in the town and take action against the defaulters. Fayaz also directed the officers that encroachment of all kinds should be removed with immediate effect and smooth flow of traffic should be ensured. Expressing his dissatisfaction over the performances of TMA official, the DC directed them to prepare an effective plan for the cleanliness in the city. He said that efficient disposal of sewer effluent also related to cleanliness. He said that hygienic condition of any city put healthy impact on the inhabitants and it also to reduce the health bill of individuals and organisations.—APP

films aimed at promoting tolerance, harmony and spirit of coexistence in society was held at PNCA, Islamabad Auditorium today. The short film contest titled “Tolerance is Peace” was organized by Midas Communications and PNCA. The organisers received a total of 145 entries out of which 10 were short listed for screening. An elite panel of judges comprising media experts Shahid Masood, Syed Tafeeq Shah and Azhar Niazselected the top 3 at the screening. The winners received prizes including DSLR camera, laptop and aniphone 4s. The prizes were distributed by the chief guest Senator

Reconstruction of bridge on Sidhnai-Mailsi Link Canal VEHARI—The district admin- transporters to use Vehariistration has decided to reconstruct Sidhnai-Mailsi Link Canal bridge near Thingi town. District Coordination Officer Mehmood Javed Bhatti while addressing a meeting on Wednesday informed that the bridge was getting weak day by day and could cause any mishap. He added that district administration has decided to re-construct the bridge at a cost of Rs 7 million. He informed that the bridge would be completed within period of one month. For heavy traffic between Vehari-Multan, the district administration ordered the

Kachah Khah-Multan route (40km additional distance) or via Mailsi (35 km additional distance). For Light vehicles, the administration instructed the transporters to use Tibba Sultan-Mitro road for travelling between Vehari to Multan. The DCO informed that Highway department had also installed board for guideline of transporters. ADC Mudasar Riaz Malik, DOC Mehr Amir Bukhash, Xen Highway Khalid Perveze, SDO Highway Mehmood Iqbal, DSP Traffic Raja Shahid Nazir and others were also present.—APP

Farrukh directs expediting DHQ Hospital completion P ESHAWAR —The

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Health, Dr. Farrukh Seir presided over a meeting regarding the improvement of District Headquarters Hospitals Haripur and Abbottabad. On this occasion, the minister directed the officials concerned of health department to work for the betterment of

Gojra Shafiullah Khan. AC Shorkot Muhammad Zahid Ikram, TMO Madina Town Faisalabad Ahmad Kamal, TMO Jhang Farmaish Ali, TMO Chiniot Muzaffar Beg, TMO Gojra Syed Nasir Numan, DSP Nishatabad Faisalabad Ehsan Ullah Chohan, DSP Jhang Farooq Hundal, DSP Chiniot Mumtaz Sehrai, DSP Sadar T. T. Singh Rana Ashraf, SHO Chak Jhumra Inspector Aamer Mushtaq, SHO Rajana T.T.Singh Inspector Saeed Akhtar, SHO Massan Jhang Inspector Wajid Bharwana and SHO City Chiniot Inspector Akhtar Ali.—APP

‘Tolerance is Peace’

MULTAN—Mepco Chief Ex- I SLAMABAD —Screening of

F AISALABAD —A teenaged

F AISALABAD —The police claimed to have arrested 22 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) from different parts of Faisalabad during last 24 hours. A spokesman of the police department said here Wednesday that the police also nabbed 10 illegal weapon holders, 8 drug traffickers and as many court absconders in a day, besides recovering 5 pistols, 2 rifles, 2 revolvers, a gun, one carbine, 19 bullets, 325 grams Heroin, 350 grams cannabis and 60 bottles of liquor from their possession.—APP

M UZAFFARGARH —The police claimed to have arrested four dacoits soon after they snatched Rs 5 million from a bank manager near here on Wednesday. According to police, Bank of Punjab Manager Sanawan Ali Raza along with his guard was carrying Rs 5 million and was coming from Kot Addu when five robbers intercepted him at Pull Gajja and snatched money from him at gun point. Soon after the incident, a patrolling police team intercepted a suspected vehicle at checkpost Head Muhammad Wala and arrested four dacoits identified as Mukhtiar Ahmad, Shahid Hussain, Muhammad Ishfaq and Shaban. Police recovered looted money and weapons from their possession. Incharge patrolling post Mehmood Shah told that dacoits were belonging to Dera Ismail Khan.—APP

Appointment letters distributed

Teenager drowned in canal

Police arrest 22 POs

Four robbers held

DHQ Hospital Haripur and also build a road leading to Haripur hospital. The caretaker minister directed to facilitate the students of private medical colleges in imparting training at the hospitals. He further directed the officials of health department to provide medical equipments.—APP

NuzhatSadiq. Addressing the occasion Senator Sadiq appreciated the initiative and said that such efforts are very essential to raise awareness among the society on this topic. PNCA Director Taqeer Nasir also addressed the occasion and said that ours is a very diverse society and this diversity must be celebrated by fostering harmony and tolerance. Mr. Shahid Masood briefed the audience about the criterion of short-listing and selection of films for screening and prizes. The films were judged on the basis of concept, script, production quality and overall impact, he told. Members of civil society, media, students and general public attended the event.

Administration conducts raids on intermediate exam halls P ESHAWAR —On the directives of Deputy Commissioner (D.C), the administration Peshawar conducted raids on the examination centres of Intermediate and nabbed several students red handed while copying, said a press release issued here Wednesday. According to details D.C Peshawar, Mohammad Javed Marwat for maintaining transparency, law and order in the Intermediate examination, resolution of students’ problems, district administration visited different schools. AAC-I, Habibullah Arif and AAC-VII, Mohammad Shoaib conducted raids on Government Higher Secondary School No.4, Kakshal, Government High School Rashid Ghari, Government Higher Secondary School No.3, Peshawar Cantt and Government High School Civil Quarters and nabbed several students red handed while copying and registered cases against under the unfair means (UFM). On this occasion, they also get information about difficulties faced by the students.—APP

Students advised to get admission in registered medical colleges ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has advised all students who intend to get admission in medical colleges to consider only recognized and registered colleges. According to PMDC, all such students can check the list of registered and authorized medical and dental colleges from PMDC website to avoid from any complication. It said no medical or dental institution is allowed to train students in the evening shift

and directed the medical colleges not to admit or advertise for admission of students for evening shift unless institution is allowed to admit students in evening shift, said a press release. It said training of students in an institution in evening shift cannot cover under the law and shall have penal consequences as ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan 2007 SCMR 323 and violations of PM&DC Ordinance 1962 and Medical

and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012 which is liable to take action under Section 22A & 22B of Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012. Under the said law, if any student is admitted before permission letter is issued by the Council, responsibility of any adverse effect on the career of the students shall be entirely on the admitting authorities, PMDC Spokesperson, Hina Shaukat said on Wednesday. She added under rule 22A

no person shall run nor establish any institution for training or grant or both training or grant of medical or dental qualifications, additional medical or dental education, training for house job, internship or foundation year or an organization for continuous professional development opportunity providing neither shall any university grant affiliation to any such institution nor any such institution shall award any degree unless recognition has been granted

to such college or institution under this Ordinance. She said under rule 22B, whoever runs or establishes or endorses any institution or advertises admissions in an institution for imparting education in medicine or dentistry, which is not recognized under sections 11,11 A, 16.16A or 18 or in respect of which recognition has been withdrawn under section 22, shall be guilty of an offence punishable with rigorous impris- HYDERABAD: Recovered farmers from private jail hold a protest sit-in in favour of their demands. onment.—APP

Int’l Day for Biological Diversity marked

Female education stressed Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Information and Education, Mossarat Qadeem Wednesday stressed upon the education of women and said they are integral part of the society and progress sans bringing women into mainstream is impossible. This, she stated while attending a briefing of DFID on transport solutions for female staff to access distant schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and education sector plan at Peshawar Wednesday. The education minister on this occasion directed the authorities concerned of her department to take immediate, practical steps for resolving the transport as well as accommodation problems of the female teachers working in the distant schools of the province. “Until and unless we would not improve the working conditions of the female teachers, we could not change the fate of the province,” she maintained. It was need of the hour to instant work for promotion of female education throughout the province, she stressed. Mossaat Qadeem asserted that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa acknowledged the support and services of the donors which they were providing for promotion of education. Assuring the full support of the provincial government to the donors, she asked them to work for raising the low literacy rate especially in poverty hit areas on priority basis. She assured that all the provincial government departments would extend their support in this regard. The education Minister continued that low enrollment and high dropout ratio in schools were the basic reason of backwardness and taking early steps to overcome these problems was need of the hour. She asked the high-ups of the education department to develop a comprehensive human rights policy side by side revisiting the leave and transfer policy of the female teachers in distant schools.

Naming of Sindh CM in few days I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Nafeesa Shah said Wednesday that her party will announce the name of the next Chief Minister of Sindh province at the right time. Talking to APP she said that a section of the media was making speculations about the name of the next Sindh CM but the party was yet to finalise the name. “The PPP leadership would decide the name of the next Sindh Chief Minister in coming few days after completion of the ongoing consultations in the party”,said Nafeesa Shah,a former MNA. To a question,she said that the PPP leadership has already made a decision to form a coalition government along with the Mutahidda Qauami Movement (MQM) as it was necessary from demographic point of view. She said that in Sindh the PPP has returned to power due to five-year performance of its government.”The PPP in Sindh retained power due to the performance of the former Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and his cabinet”,she said adding that there was no doubt the PPP voters loved Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but that factor applied to the entire country.—APP

Biodiversity Park F A I S A L A B A D —Professor Dr Iqrar

PESHAWAR—In order to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa arranged a function at Municipal Inter College Wazir Bagh Peshawar. The International Day for Biological Diversity is being observed globally on May 22 to highlight the need to stop biodiversity loss if we were to sustain life on Earth. The function was attended by scores of students of different schools and teachers, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. Chief Conservator Wildlife Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Syed Mubarik Ali Shah was the chief guest on the occasion. Theme of this year Biodiversity celebration was “Water and Biodiversity” both of which CHAMAN: Activists of Chaman Sari Action Committee, District Para Medical Association and students hold a protest are important for maintaining the natural balance. Speakrally against the kidnapping of Dr Mubasher Hussain in Chaman. ing on the occasion, Chief Conservator Wildlife briefly highlighted the initiatives taken for the biodiversity conservation through active participation for the local communities. “Providing and sustaining water for the needs of people around the world is already a major challenge for ernment to adopt national ties to give priority for repair/ benefits of people of rural areas. sustainable development in STAFF REPORTER strategy as it came under do- replacement of damaged elec- He said the issue of closed tube both the developed and deP E S H A W A R — K h y b e r main of the Centre,” he told tric transformers in areas wells would be taken up with Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister- APP after attending a high- where consumers are regu- concerned departments soon designate, Pervez Khan level meeting with PESCO au- larly paying electricity bills on after formation of PTI Govt. Khattak said Wednesday that thorities here on Wednesday. emergency basis to provide Khattak said Government Load shedding is one of relief to people. Khattak said would provide maximum relief to we are well aware of peoples’ concerns regarding long the major problem the coun- no negligence on part of Govt people in the budget, adding the hours load shedding in the try is currently facing and Pa- officials would be tolerated in budget 2013 would be pro poor and peoples’ friendly. He said I SLAMABAD —Severe Heat province and reiterated to take kistan Tahrik e Insaf Govern- this regard. He said the Government Government would take com- wave conditions would conup this issue with Federal ment would approach to FedGovernment to adopt a con- eral Government to formulate would clear all the outstanding prehensive measures for protec- tinue to prevail most parts of crete national strategy for a comprehensive plan to ad- dues of closed tube wells to tion of low laying areas from the country during two to tackling it on sound footing. dress this issue imperative for made them operational with an floods in monsoon season and three days including South “Soon after assuming the revival of industries and in- objective to provide clean drink- focus would be made on con- and central Punjab, Khyber power, our first priority would crease output from agriculture ing water to people of remote struction of flood protection Pakhtunkhwa, Sind and be to take up the issue of load- sectors, Khattak informed. He and far flung areas besides reju- walls to protect people of Balochistan. Met office reshedding with Federal Gov- directed the PESCO authori- venate agriculture sector for Charssada, Nowshera. ported here on Wednesday, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and central parts of the country. In Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, severe heat wave conditions would grip central and southern parts of provinces during next 24 C HARSADDA —The court of the hours and hot and dry Additional Sessions Judge, weather will prevail during Charsadda, Jehanzeb next 24 hours. In Sindh and Shinwari Wednesday rejected Balochistan, severe heat an interim bail extension plea wave conditions would conof former provincial minister tinue to prevail in upper and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, leader central Sindh and most parts of Awami National Party, of Balochistan during next 24 Arshad Abdullah and ordered hours. his arrest along with 18 aides. In Kashmir, dry weather The former KP law minis- expected in most parts of the ter had been charged in five Kashmir however, in Gilgitdifferent cases including at- Baltistan chances of dusttack on City police station thunderstorm coupled with Charsadda and intervention light rain is forecast at isolated in official work, in which he places during next 24 hours. had been granted bail. The highest temperatures reWednesday, he appeared be- corded during last 24 hours fore the court to get extension included, Jacobabad and in his interim bail however, the Nurpur Thal 49øC, Dadu, court dismissed his plea and Padidan, Shaheed ordered the arrest. Complying with the court orders, police arrested Arshad Abdullal along with his 18 companions from the courtroom.—APP

KP to ask centre for energy outages end plan

veloping countries ‘,Mubarik Shah said. He apprised the students that ecosystems of our world, particularly forests and wetlands, ensure that clean water is available to the animal and plant kingdoms. Wetlands can help reduce risks of flooding, while restoring soils can reduce erosion and pollution, and help increase water availability for the crops. Protected areas can assist in providing water for the cities. These are, but a few examples of how ecosystem management can help us solve water-related problems. Salim Raza, Principal of the College also expressed his views on the occasion and thanked the Wildlife Department for arranging a function at their school to provide awareness opportunity to the students and teachers. Muhammad Niaz Divisional Forest officer Wildlife Extension Peshawar also focused on the importance of biodiversity and role of students and teachers in biodiversity conservation. At the end the chief guest distributed prizes among the students, certificates among the incharge of the nature clubs, and a shield was also given to the principal of the school.—APP

Severe heat wave to continue for next two days

Former KP Working for edu most important, minister held from courtroom noble cause: Dr Ghazali

Ahmad Khan Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Wednesday said that the university will establish a Biodiversity Park,besides motivating youth and other stakeholders on hazardous effects of environmental imbalance. Addressing a seminar on water and biodiversity arranged by Water Management Research Center (WMRC) UAF in connection with International Day for Biological Diversity at New Senate Hall here, he said that UAF intends to initiate a PhD program in Biodiversity and Ecology to prepare a pool of professionals with full capacity to address eco-related issues. He said after oxygen, water is the most important element for life and its quality and available quantity are threatened. The VC expressed his concern on over-use of insecticides adding that the use must be regulated carefully. He recalled the case of recent floods in the country and said that the three floods in consecutive years hit different areas and this should have invited the researchers to conduct research. Dr. Allah Bakhsh Director WMRC highlighted that although rivers and lakes make up only 1% of the world’s geographic area, freshwater ecosystems however host a rich ISLAMABAD: Students performing a tableau during Annual Day celebration of Alhuda diversity of species. He maintained that about 70% of the International School on the theme ‘Islam A complete Way of Life’. protected habitats and species are water dependent and He applauded the efforts put mances, and tableaus perSTAFF REPORTER in this context,pollution of the oceans, rivers and lakes in this event by the staff and formed by the young stupose a serious threat to biodiversity. Dr Tahir Siddiqui, I S L A M A B A D — E m i n e n t students which gave the mes- dents portraying the five pilDr Anjum Sohail, Prof. Dr M. Iqbal and Dr Mansoor Scholar Dr. Muhammad sage of practical application lars of Islam. At the end of the Hameed also spoke on the occasion.—APP Ghazali has said that Proph- of Islam in our daily life influ- first half, the chief guest Dr. ets were sent to create good encing every sphere of work- Anees Ahmad, a distinhuman beings, so working for ing and should be the main guished educationist, Vice education is the most impor- driving force of our thinking Chancellor Riphah International University and Chairtant and noble cause. He was and actions. He commented that the man WISH, shared his views addressing as chief guest at the concluding session of institutes like Alhuda are play- that the impressive perforannual day of Alhuda Inter- ing an important role in im- mance of the talented AIS stunational School, on the parting the teachings of the dents is a proof of true deditheme “Islam A Complete essence of Islam to the new cation, hard work and the sinWay Of Life” here the other generation and it will bring a cerity of the school faculty. Dr. Anees asked the parday. The objective of the very positive change in our event was to provide a plat- society. The event was also ents to reinforce Islamic enviform for the students to show- graced by dignitaries includ- ronment at homes to raise a case their inborn talents and ing ambassadors of different confident generation and not skills and learn how to mould countries. Renowned educa- a confused generation. He their lives according to the tionists from the twin cities. emphasized that parents and The event spread over teachers should work together golden principles of Islam. Dr Ghazali further empha- two sssions. The morning in synergy and harmony as a sized that this type of educa- session of the event was or- real future can be brought out tion should be followed by namented by Pre-school and by collaboration between all educational institutions. Montessori students’ perfor- child, school and parents.

National Grid power supply lowers MUZAFFARGARH—Electricity supply to National Grid Station got suspended suddenly due to technical fault in Thermal Power Station Muzaffargarh. The sources informed that the darkness prevailed at the Thermal Power Station and its adjacent localities. There were six units of production of electricity which added 1,200 megawatt to national grid and only two units were working now a days which were contributing 625 megawatt in the national grid.—APP

Benazirabad and Moenjodaro 48øC. Recorded temperature in Islamabad during same time span remained 41øC, Lahore 46øC, Karachi 36øC, Peshawar 42øC, Quetta 35øC, Murree 30øC, Muzaffarabad 41øC, Gilgit 31øC, Faisalabad 46øC and Multan 47øC. Rainfall re-

corded during last 24 hours was 03 mm at Gupis and Hunza. The on going hot and dry spell would continue in upper Sindh for the next three days. Talking to APP an official of the local met office said that the mercury would rise further in the coming days and hot, dry weather would continue to grip the Sukkur, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Jaccababad, Kashmore and other districts for the next 72 hours. The temperature would remain 46 maximum in Sukkur whereas Khairpur would record 45 degree centigrade.—APP

Sheikh Muhammadi grid station repair accelerated STAFF REPORTER

P ESHAWAR —Rehabilitation and maintenance work at 500 KV Sheikh Muhammadi Grid Station, which was destroyed by militants last month, is in full swing and would be completed soon. According to PESCO spokesman here, work on the said grid station is in full swing and after completion would help reduce load shedding in the area. He said power supply to most of the areas fed from Sheikh Muhammad Grid Station were restored within few hours of the tragic incident through the alternate sources,

but these alternative sources were unable to bear this extra load, hence additional load shedding is being carried out in Peshawar University, University Town, some parts of Peshawar Cant, some parts of Peshawar City, Gulberg, Kohat Road and adjacent villages for which Pesco regrets. He assured that due to Partial Restoration of 500 KV Sheikh Muhammadi Grid station shortly, load shedding will be reduced. The Spokesman said NTDC Technical Teams are busy in the Rehabilitation and Repair Works on war footing basis in three shifts to complete the entire work within the given minimum time.

Security, facilities provision for Qalandar Urs finalized HYDERABAD —A foolproof trial Exhibition, a Musical prepare a comprehensive security plan and provision of basic facilities for the devotees of Hazrat Usman Marvandi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on the eve of his 761st three-day annual Urs celebrations were discussed at a meeting presided over by Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro, Sajid Jamal Abro. The meeting on Tuesday, was informed that a National Literary Conference, traditional “Sugharan-jiKatchehry,” an Agro-Indus-

Concert, Malakjro (Sindhi wrestling) and other colourful programmes will be the main events during Urs celebrations. Addressing the participants of the meeting, Sajid Jamal who is also the Chairman of Lal Shahbaz Mela Committee said that tens of thousands devotees are expected to attend the annual Urs celebrations from all parts of the country and aboard. There is a need to

security plan in order to avert any security threats and challenges for the local administration, he added. He directed the district police and other departments concerned to prepare a security plan inclusive of arrangements for metal, arms and ammunition detection equipment and installation of close circuit cameras at various places so that strict vigilance PESHAWAR: Affectees of Badaber Grid Station attack demanding compensation. could be ensured.—APP

Expecting miracles from MNS


Hezbollah’s decisive factor


T is hallmark of both Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif to work hard and with utmost honesty and dedication to deliver on differ ent fronts especially the cherished goal of good governance. During his two previous stints as Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif had to his credit some of the achievements worth taking pride and similarly Mian Shahbaz Sharif performed very well as Chief Minister Punjab as compared to other provinces where loot and plunder were orders of the day. His performance was so impressive that a few months back a delegation of Sindhi journalist, during its visit to Lahore, wanted people of Punjab to loan services of Shahbaz to Sindh province for a few years. In this backdrop, the expectations of people from the two brothers are high and it would be a great test for them to come up to these expectations especially when there are enormous challenges and crises in different sectors. These expectations were also sharpened by Mian Nawaz Sharif himself during electioneering when he made different pledges and commitments with people of Pakistan and electorates of different regions and constituencies. There is daunting task ahead as far as dialogue with Taliban is concerned as well as the critical issue of drone attacks and of course, massive corruption that has crept in different spheres of life. People, who are screaming because of excessive load-shedding, are also expecting miracle from him in this sector and it has to be seen what MNS has in store for them. No doubt, there are no quick fix solutions of the crises of such magnitude as elimination of power shortages means huge investment that would take some time to materialize as well as addressing inefficiencies, theft and corruption. It is good that in his address on Tuesday, MNS declared his resolve to work on war footing to tackle the menace of load-shedding but understandably he was unable to give any deadline for the purpose. Similarly, unemployment, poverty and price hike are also issues of serious concern for the people and here again a reasonable margin of time would have to be given to the new Government to deliver. But first 100 days after oathtaking would be crucial as these would send clear message to the masses as to what the new administration has in mind to improve their lives.

All is not well in textile industry T

HE acute power crisis is affecting the entire economy but it is particu larly so in the case of textile industry that is facing massive closures and workers’ lay off in the wake of unprecedented load-shedding. There are reports that many industries have moved out of the country and others are on the brink of collapse with serious consequences for the economy. Textile industry deserves special considerations as it earns 43% of the country’s foreign exchange despite enormous challenges and competition and provides direct or indirect employment to millions of people. It was because of its role, contribution and potential that Shaukat Aziz Government provided lucrative incentives of Balancing, Modernisation and Renovation (BMR) of the textile industry, which increased its capacity and resultantly earned more foreign exchange for the country. However, the power crisis has badly affected the industry and particularly in Punjab which bore the brunt of the power shortage because of biased attitude of the PPP’s Federal Government. It is due to this discriminatory approach that industries in Faisalabad got power and gas just for two or three days in a week and as a consequence thousands of power looms and factories were forced to close. The recent policy of exporting yarn instead of value added products has also resulted into lay offs and workers are protesting the policy in different parts of the country. In view of the crucial role being played by the textile industry in the national economy, we hope that the new Government would give priority attention to the sector and take bold measures to exploit its full potential. We would propose that a Task Force should be set up with representation from the sector to make necessary recommendations for short, medium and long term growth of the sector.

Obama on anti-Muslim riots in Myanmar A

T last US President Barack Obama has spoken about the miseries of Muslims in Myanmar and asked the country’s visiting President to halt violence against Muslim minority. He called for an end to the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, the venue of ethnic cleansing. However the concern by Obama was wrapped in diplomatic language as he stated that he shared with President Sein his deep concern about “communal violence”. We and the international human rights groups would not agree with the US leader when he says inter-communal violence because it was only directed against Muslims and not against any other member of the minority communities. About 9 out of 10 people in Myanmar are Buddhist and there is growing intolerance toward Muslim minority. More than 140,000 Muslims were made homeless in the attacks by Buddhist Monks with the backing of law enforcement agencies only in 2012. Ahead of President Obama’s meeting with President Sein, a court sentenced seven Muslim men to prison on Tuesday on charges related to the spasm of religious violence two months ago that left more than 40 people dead, most of them Muslims. While the Muslims are the victims, they had been the first to be prosecuted when witnesses and human rights groups agree that most of the violence had been carried out by Buddhist mobs attacking Muslims. This shows that it was a one sided trial against the Muslim community and the Buddhists were being treated in marked contrast with the trial of Muslims which was concluded in haste. Therefore we would stress that President Obama, western governments and international human rights organisations must insist for an end to all forms of discrimination against Muslims and all perpetrators are brought to justice.

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Restructuring state enterprises ing resources, and distorting competition. Years of Shaukat M Zafar politicization, corruption, mismanagement lack of Email: vision and discipline have stripped them of their potential making them colossal lifter five years PPP rule the abilities. public sector corporations Over the years enormous in Pakistan are in very poor amounts of money have been spent state. Political interference, corrup- to sustain these ailing state corporation, lack of vision, a dearth of tions. Government has borrowed skills, inadequate investment, all heavily from the state banks and these factors have led to huge from foreign financial institutions. losses. They are being kept on sup- Aid donors will no longer support port, which comes in the form of wasteful expenditure. The incoming state subsidies and protection. Government should focus on imThese state enterprises are fuelled proving governance mechanisms, by money. Governments spend mil- raising public sector performance, lions subsidizing poor management strengthening stakeholder networks, and corruption. Consumers pay building delivery capacity, creating millions for the high price of inef- reforms for change, advocating for ficiency. Workers lose millions as participative social programs and a result of low wages and poor pros- setting standards for accountability pects. Public sector companies in for a more responsive governance. Pakistan are now losing more than Internal & external auditors and five billion dollars per year — a governing boards have proved to be significant drain on government less effective in monitoring and unresources and the overall economy. covering matters of abuse or misThese institutions in fact, should be use of power and resources among productive national assets, making these public corporations which a contribution to the progress and needs to be strengthened. The inefwelfare of the country. ficiency of our national companies Political interference for sure is choking the economy and drainleads to a massive waste of public ing fiscal resources, necessitating resources. Excessive political inter- urgent restructuring of their operaference by the parent ministries and tions. Therefore, either unproductive other political actors has seriously state enterprises will have to be reeroded the operational autonomy structured or shut down, or the enfor many public enterprises. Per- tire economy will go bankrupt. sistent political interference lack of Developed nations are develdiscipline, and poor transparency in oped only because they have sound state-owned companies—including financial and political institutions. Railways, PIA, Steel Mill, NICL, Poor nations like ours are lagging in ZTBL, EOBI, and Postal service, these areas. So reforms and revoluamong several others—has signifi- tions are the need of the hour. In the cantly hampered their productivity, past, the institutions were not alefficiency, and profitability, wast- lowed to be developed and to have a


change. The best solution was to privatize the loss sustaining entities but it was not done. However in some cases privatizations proved to be unsuccessful. In some other cases it has not been executed with transparency. It will have to be seen. For efficiency purposes, procedures must be established so that the officials appointed on merit remain in office irrespective of political changes and circumstances. In order for state-owned entities to revive and flourish, government should not interfere in these companies, which are commercial bodies. The companies must have conditions similar to that of the private sector. Financial protection to public corporations must also be limited. The Government should provide the corporations with sufficient autonomy in day?to?day activities and operations while at the same time allowing the government an appropriate level of direction and control. Appointments to the board of directors should be made purely on the basis of merit keeping in view relevant practical experience and knowledge. CEO should be appointed by the concerned Ministry on the recommendation of the Board. The corporations should establish their own internal policies and practices on governance, consistent with government guidelines. The Auditor General of Pakistan should be appointed auditor for all corporations. In order to achieve the goal, all corporations must be made fully autonomous, and they should be made answerable not to the government but to the legislature. In addition, well qualified professionals need to head these organisations so that the pitiable conditions in which most of

them are today can be reversed. All of us are asked today to say “no” to drugs, smoking and alcohol. May I also ask the political parties, their leaders, cadres, workers and affiliated unions to say “no” to political interference in corporate business? Government should appoint competent and very patriotic persons instead of party loyalty and political colleagues to serve on boards of state institutions. It is inappropriate to use political appointments as a reward system for party loyal because it adversely affects productivity. We have seen political appointments ruining corporations that were doing so well in the past, and we will be seeing more of such disasters taking place if the trend continues. Now almost all of them have become “sick” and in urgent need of an “overhaul”. Since the incoming government have been given a clear mandate, we can expect it to do anything in this direction. It can say “no” to its MNAs / Ministers, from asking the government to appoint incapable people to top level positions or as board members in the government-owned corporations. We all know how such a practice has ruined most of these entities, brought some others to the verge of collapse, and closed some others. There are government-owned corporations today which would still do very well if they were left alone without political interference to carry out their assigned tasks. May the grace and the mercy of Allah and the people’s prayers and support be with the incoming Prime Minister throughout, while he is righting the wrongs done to Pakistan by the out going PPP regime.

Maintain YouTube ban This activity had cause great mental agony to millions of all over the globe. Sultan M Hali Muslims Even earlier, the horrible Email: caricatures mocking the Holy Prophet of Islam (MPBUH) published by the decrepit DanouTube was banned in Pa ish daily, “The Jyllands Posten” had kistan after a blasphemous created a furor and triggered a wave video titled “Innocence of of protests all over the Muslim Muslims” was uploaded on it world. Apparently, instead of learnwhich caused mass scale protests/ ing its lesson, YouTube is deliberriots leading to loss of life/prop- ately inclined to injure the sentierty across the Muslim world, es- ments of Muslims and indulges in pecially in Pakistan. The US Am- activities which will create distress bassador in Libya, Christopher to the faithful adherents of Islam. Stevens, along with others was Perhaps YouTube endeavours to killed as a result and Islamic coun- raise the hits to its website tries like Egypt, Libya, Iran and multifold; hence it deliberately inAfghanistan asked YouTube to dulges in such malpractice. The decision of blocking block the movie for viewing. On 21st September 2012, at least 23 YouTube was also in line with the people were killed in Karachi Honourable Supreme Court direcalone, as thousands of protesters tives/observations, orders of the ran amok. In Peshawar, five people Prime Minister and in the larger including a policeman were killed. national interest. There is a school of thought, Eight cinemas in Karachi and Peshawar, many banks and shops which preaches that banning and a church in Mardan were at- YouTube in Pakistan deprives students and researchers of a great retacked by the protestors. Before banning of YouTube, source, which depicts knowledge the links of the objectionable video and information in great depth and were blocked by PTA but the ef- detail in the visual form. A petition fort was ineffective because the was filed with the Lahore High anti-Islam elements were continu- Court challenging the ban on the ously uploading the blasphemous YouTube. In a recent statement, the movie targeting the Holy Prophet counsel for petitioner advocate (May peace Be Upon Him). Yasser Latif Hamdani said that the YouTube still contains clippings YouTube ban took away the right uploaded by anti-state elements for of Muslims to respond to scurrilous promoting sectarian hatred, vulgar- attacks on Islam and the Holy ity and also contains clippings of Prophet (MPBUH). A local lawyer beheadings of Muslims/members in Peshawar High Court has also challenged the ban on the YouTube. of Armed Forces of Pakistan. This is not the first time that Indeed this aspect contains logic but the YouTube has indulged in blas- it is a small sacrifice for the greater phemous activities. A couple of good of avoiding sources of anguish years earlier, it had organized a and agony to the faithful Ummah. YouTube on the other hand also competition on the social media desecrating the respected persona contains hardcore pornographic maof the Holy Prophet (MPBUH). terial, which not only affects the


standards of morality but also causes young viewers to be led astray and poison their tender minds with images of debauchery, decadence and depravation. Foregoing in view, the ban on YouTube should continue till proactive measures like Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and technical measures like deployment of an effective URL blocking system are put in place. This scribe recommends that the re-opening of YouTube may be pended till effective blocking is assured by PTA/ Gateway operators. Besides protecting the citizens of Pakistan from mental suffering, it is essential to continue the ban on YouTube, since lifting the ban may once again act as a catalyst, triggering riots/protests across Pakistan as it still contains video clips of the blasphemous move against the Holy Prophet (MPBUH) which may be used by religio-political parties/groups/anti-state elements for vested interests. In the same context, Google has uploaded “Part-2” of the stated blasphemous video on YouTube, which is more derogatory, profane and sacrilegious to the staunch beliefs of the Islamic world. According to a press report, Google Inc. –the owner of YouTube—is currently engaged in talks with Pakistani officials to lift the ban on YouTube in Pakistan. The caretaker government is reported to have declared that ban will be lifted as soon as the blasphemous video that provoked protests in Muslim countries is removed. A senior official of information technology ministry has recently disclosed that the government is of the view that at least the controversial video may be blocked in Pakistan if Google could not remove it altogether from the website. Last November the committee to look into this sensitive issue, had recom-

mended in its report, which was placed before the then Prime Minister that the ban on YouTube in Pakistan should continue until Google Inc., agreed to remove the controversial video voluntarily. So far, the Google has refused to remove the controversial video, let aside apologize to the Muslims, whose sentiments it has hurt. Opening of YouTube with the present content is likely to create law and order and security issues. The best course of action would be for the interim government to avoid handling this powder keg, lest it blow up in its faces and create more mayhem. I/T experts may be canvassing the lifting of the ban but perhaps once the new government is in place and the parliament is settled down, it can take up this sensitive issue and debate it at length dispassionately. In case YouTube provides assurances that it will remove the sacrilegious content and will seriously take pains to avoid using any such material in future, which attacks the basic tenets of Islam and makes a mockery of its Holy Prophet (MPBUH), then due consideration may be given to lifting the ban. In the absence of such assurances, perhaps we would be willing to live with the prohibition on use of YouTube. After all it is not just the religio-political parties that are pressing for the continuation of the ban but the intelligentsia, who may be secular and broadminded but find all blasphemous content repugnant and revolting. The sentiments of this silent majority must be respected. —The author, a retired PAF Group Captain, served as Air & Naval attaché at Riyadh and is currently a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.

ccording to reports, Syrian security forces, in alliance with Hezbollah supporters, are fighting to take back the strategic western town and are on a rampage. At least 28 Lebanese elite forces men had fallen in action. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting had left at least 56 rebels dead, and that included a larger number of civilians. President Bashar Al Assad seems to have introduced the Hezbollah factor as a decisive war-winning chip in the conflict. Meanwhile, the exchange of fire across the ceasefire line in the Golan Heights region between Syrian and Israeli troops underscores a new monster that the conflict is creating. Militancy is begetting more militancy and the sufferings of the people are on the rise. More than 80,000 people have been killed in a little more than two years of insurgency, and around two million uprooted Syrians are languishing in neighbouring countries. Qatar — which has been in the vanguard for brokering a thaw — has already expressed its anguish over the state of affairs, and castigated the international community for inaction. Likewise, Turkey, Jordan Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have time and again expressed their displeasure over the stalemate in the crisis-ridden country, and called for adherence to what was decided in the June 2012 Geneva plan. The international moot in Switzerland had called for a transition government and immediate stepping down of President Assad. The fact that the regional countries and the world community want a solution that is acceptable to all and are willing to give the embattled regime its due in negotiating a way out should come as a consolation for the falling edifice of the Baath Party. What is going on in Syria at this point of time is a witch-hunt exercise wherein anti-regime people are being targetted. Reports claim of villages and towns being wiped out and infrastructure destroyed by security forces in a revenge exercise. Such a tactic has already led to massacres and rendered people homeless on their own lands. The state of lawlessness and absence of an administration is badly being felt. The country is marginalised to the core and there is a fear that if this warmongering continued for a little longer, the country could be split in several ethnic and sectarian zones. Pro-Assad forces already seem to be in a frame of mind to carve out for themselves a regional entity that is Alawite-driven, and is free from Syrian multiethnic dimensions. This is too dangerous a proposition to be even think of. — Khaleej Times


New visa rules


he new rules requiring resi dents to submit bank state ments, in order to sponsor their family members, may sound like extra paper work and more time. However, the process will help ensure that only people who can afford to take care of their families here will be allowed to bring them over, helping build more stable homes in the long run. In doing this, officials hope to weed out those who claim to draw the minimum required salary to sponsor a family, when in reality they do not. Living with the family is healthy for all members of the basic unit of society. But that is not always possible. Workers and migrants living in the country, without their families, sacrifice a great deal in order to give their children and spouses a better life back home. However, it is also a reality that without a certain amount of monetary security, bringing the families here will result in financial strain leading to debt. It is with this in mind that the government has stipulated a minimum salary to sponsor families. The move to submit bank statements will help clamp down on forged documents and ensure that rules are followed across the board. — Gulf News

People ask you for crticism, but they only want praise. Somerset Maugham —British novelist

Secular-Islamic divide lim neighbor by granting airbases, supply routes and into US-NATO forces Asif Haroon Raja telligence in return for $10 billion and US Email: patronage. They do not forgive him for arresting hundreds of Mujahideen and handing them he people have lost trust in over to USA to earn head money. their leaders because they have They say that the security forces are repeatedly betrayed them in the fighting America’s war and killing name of democracy. While democ- their own people in FATA to earn racy was sold as the remedy for all dollars and goodwill of USA. The banned religious extremist their ailments, democracy made the lives of the lower class of society groups who have blood relations with miserable. The elites enriched them- Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashselves by using state resources and mir (IOK) and others having religious looting the national wealth but did and cultural ties felt aggrieved when little to allay the sufferings of the they were prevented from undertakunder privileged. Widening gap be- ing Jihad in Kashmir since they contween the rich and the poor and vast sider it their religious obligation to difference in lifestyle of the two dis- help their relatives in distress. For too tinct classes have created a gulf be- long the Muslim Kashmiris in IOK tween the two. Justice system is pro- have suffered at the hands of Indian rich and anti-poor which adds to the security forces. Their life, belongings wretchedness of the poor. Deprived and honor are unsafe and are leading of justice, they take law in their own a wretched life. The Jihadists feel that hands to kill their tormentors. The had they not been reined in from helppolice instead of helping the needy ing the Kashmiri Mujahideen in their fleece them and collude with the just struggle against the Indian occucriminals. While the rich do not care pation forces, by now Kashmir could about the underprivileged, the latter have been freed. They say that hate the privileged class and have be- Musharraf stopped them to please come lawless. To give vent to their India and USA but at the cost of frustration and anger, the rebellious Kashmir cause and aspirations of youth within the poor class living people of Pakistan. They nostalgically recall Gen below poverty easily get easily induced by criminal and terror net- Ziaul Haq’s efforts to link Khalistan works and give in to robberies, crimi- movement in India with Kashmiri nal acts and terrorism. These adven- movement. Thousands of Kashmiris tures are also proving too costly for had participated in the Afghan Jihad them. Rudderless and bereft of hope, against Soviet forces and had learned they have reached the breaking point. the art of fighting guerrilla war. AfThe people of FATA who have ghan, FATA and Kashmiri blood relations with Afghan Pashtuns Mujahideen as well as Mujahideen joined their war whenever Afghani- from other Muslim countries develstan was invaded by foreign forces. oped deep camaraderie and respect They strongly believe that unlike Gen for each other. Mullah Omar wantZiaul Haq who stood up to the So- ing to repay the sacrifices rendered viet challenge and provided full sup- by Kashmiris in Afghan war offered port to the Mujahideen and won the to Gen Zia any number of Afghan war, Gen Musharraf buckled under Mujahideen to help them gain freeUS pressure and betrayed the Mus- dom from India.


The grand plan died its death with the death of Gen Zia in a plane crash under mysterious circumstances. Afghans who loved him felt orphaned. Benazir regime not only stepped back from Kashmir and Afghanistan but also provided list of Sikh leaders involved in Khalistan movement to India which helped the latter in crushing the most dangerous movement that had the potential to cut India to size. Nawaz Sharif regime also paid lip service to the Kashmir struggle and got involved in meaningless composite dialogue and then in futile track-2 diplomacy to solve the tangle. These maneuvers helped India in gaining time and in keeping the core issue on the backburner. Islamic revolution in Iran and successful Afghan Jihad against the Soviets inspired the Kashmiri youth to pick up arms and seek independence from India which had refused to honor Nehru’s pledges and UN resolutions and Pakistan’s overtures for a peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute. They picked up arms in 1989 as a last option. The armed movement unnerved India and in panic it started to pump in huge numbers of security forces into the small valley of Kashmir. When India’s 700,000 security forces failed to quell the movement and it reached a critical stage, the movement was given a severe blow by Gen Musharraf by changing the Kashmir policy and suggesting out of box solution. Azad Kashmir that acted as the operational base for the continuation of struggle for right of self-determination of Kashmiris was winded up and Jihadi groups providing assistance to the freedom fighters were banned and their accounts ceased. India was allowed to fence the Line of Control and guns deployed along the LoC were silenced. These steps left the Kashmiri Mujahideen in IOK high and dry with no moral or physi-

cal support from any quarters. It enabled India to split All Parties Hurriyat Conference thereby weakening the struggle. Geelani group not agreeing to change the original stance based on UN resolutions was dubbed as an extremist and flexible Mirwaiz group as moderate and reconcilable. Indian military started to crow that because of its sustained efforts and stoppage of cross border infiltration insurgency had died down. Unable to enter IOK because of sealing of all exit points by Pak security forces and fully manned electronic fence by Indian forces, the Jihadi forces in Pakistan felt highly pained over the sufferings of Kashmiris in open prison and blamed Gen Musharraf and Pak Army. In retaliation they decided to join al-Qaeda and TTP with whom they had old connections and to fight Pak security forces to give vent to their Jihadi vehemence. As a consequence, all the forces that were focused towards Afghanistan and IOK got on one page and turned their guns inwards. Collectivization of so many well trained and motivated groups has given added muscle to the TTP which acts as the mother hen and made the task of our security forces that much difficult. Patronization of western liberal secularism by Gen Musharraf regime and then by PPP regime and promotion of obscenity through liberal media was viewed by Islamists as an attempt to undermine Islamic values. Islamists complain that the liberals projecting themselves as progressive, enlightened and moderate are in reality liberal fascists and want to push out Islamists and make Pakistan secular. To give weight to their argument they cite the fascism of liberal parties in Karachi where 8000 innocent people were killed by their target killers in five years.

Pak affairs after the polls Mahboob A Khwaja Email:


ontemporary affairs repre sent Pakistani nation as di vided people, leaderless who have been exploited by the neo-colonial feudal lords causing catastrophic consequences without accountability and engaged in looting the people of their socio-economic, moral and political consciousness for a sustainable future. The nation was incapacitated to think with reason for its future. Elections 2013 facilitated no substantial change in the status-quo of foreign dictated governance except surprisingly people finding Nawaz Sharif as a replacement to Asif Ali Zardari, the previous thug and indicted criminal led regime of the few of which Mr. Sharif was an integral part. This means, the nation will pay with pains, tormenting worries and insane rages of the few egomaniac and perverted rulers who could not THINK right nor lead the nation the political gangsters and the laughing stalk of the wounded nation and perpetrators of violence and the typical “Right Men” syndrome in its most naked form. Nawaz Sahrif could have addressed the issues if he wanted to make a fresh and responsible start in politics. Beginning with “Pakistan: Enigma of Change” in late

90’s, this author has envisaged planned change to make a new beginning only if there were educated and intelligent leaders from the new generation to initiate change and reformation (“islaha”) of the systematic institutionalized corruption prevalent in all aspects of human affairs. Change cannot and will not come out of the nowhere except through men of new ideas, new visionary leadership of integrity and public movement for change. For almost two decades, Pakistan’s capacity for change has been badly fractured and its moral, intellectual and political consciousness and values derailed and undermined by the few. There are three major contending forces escalating conflicts to degenerate the future and cripple the freedom and integrity of Pakistan: (1) the Generals, who have ruled the country for almost four decades and are not willing to relinquish their own strategic- political powerhouse, militarization of the nation; (2) Feudal landlords transformed politicians, the systematic by-products of the military Generals are the selected few families - BhutoosZardaris, Sharifs and Chaudris of Gujarat acting as accomplice to support the military-based indoctrination as and when required for all seasons; (3) People, the besieged masses of Pakistan - the net participatory victims and reactionaries to all of the

tragedies for over fifty years. None of the first two entities were factors in the thinking hub of the Pakistan movement for freedom - a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent and the politically-intellectually enriched people’s democratic movement for the creation for an independent Pakistan. For several decades, the military coups and interventions have degenerated the moral, intellectual and positive thinking of the society and run the risk of continued decadence and corruption in all major endeavors of national affairs. Pakistan and its people are the victim of this prolonged, cruel and unending tragedy. It clarifies that the Generals and their accomplice so called feudal politicians versus the common masses live in different worlds of perceptions and realities – more in conflicting time zones, not being able to see the prevalent realties of the national affairs to come to understand its essence and urgency for change and reformation. The global community sees them with mistrust and discord, not viable entities of the international system. The irrational system of governance propelled by the few does not offer any rational context to political change and reformation unless there is another bloody outburst challenging the insanity with more vigorous form of tragic insanity. Nobody thinks of Pakistan, its national interests or the interests of the people-

the logical legitimacy factor to the embodiment of Islamic Pakistan. More than forty years of time and opportunities have been stolen from the precious lifeline of the nation of Muslim Pakistan; yet, nobody was ever charged with crime nor punished for their treachery and monstrous actions against the freedom and integrity of Pakistan. Those so called politicians who grab power via backdoor conspiracies and political horse-trading never think of relinquishing their hold on the masses. The rulers are the absolute power in Pakistan. There is no democracy, no political accountability and there is no political system based on any known legitimacy. One cannot ignore the facts that some vital segments of the Pakistani nation must have been complacent in these schemes of things institutionalizing corruption and cruel politics. Could we call the nation as a “zalam and muzloom quom” for our discussion purposes? Dr Qadeer Khan had rightly asked the question: Do Pakistanis have any Gharait (honor”). Coinciding this concern, one British journalist of the Guardian asked the same “do Pakistanis have any sense of honor?” Who would respond this imperative curiosity? —The writer specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution.

Views From Abroad

Testing time for Syria’s rebels David Ignatius


t’s a rule of thumb in Middle East conflicts that whenever peace talks are announced, each side steps up the fighting so it can grab as much territory as possible before the cease-fire lines are drawn. This struggle for position is happening now in Syria, in the run-up to planned negotiations in Geneva next month that will be co-sponsored by the United States and Russia. But the battling on the ground is so intense, and the demand for additional weapons so vocal, that a sceptical person should ask whether the Geneva talks will take place at all. The two sides may have to fight awhile longer before they’re ready to talk. It’s axiomatic that neither side wants to negotiate from weakness. For the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, that means more Russian weapons and an intense battle (backed by Hezbollah) to control the strategic city of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, which links Damascus with Assad’s Alawite homeland in the northwest. Assad is also bargaining tough about the transition, claiming he wants to stay in power until the

Syrian people hold elections. A good summary of the rebels’ conditions for Geneva came in a telephone interview Monday with Gen. Salim Idriss, the commander of the rebels’ Supreme Military Council. He spoke from Jordan, where his forces had just received a new shipment of 35 tons of weapons from Saudi Arabia; Idriss said these weapons will help, but they aren’t advanced enough to combat Assad’s tanks and planes in Qusair. Idriss said he would not attend the Geneva talks unless the United States and its allies establish “military balance” by giving him modern anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons. “It’s not valuable to go to negotiations when we are weak on the ground,” he said. Rebel forces are chronically short of ammunition, Idriss said. According to one rebel source, he has privately asked the United States for 700 tons of ammunition each week over the next month to help strengthen the rebels’ hand and provide leverage before Geneva. The rebel commander said that Assad is “preparing to bring regime representatives to Geneva in a very strong position. They are trying to tell us that we are weak and we are not unified, and we have to accept everything they say.” Even if Idriss

doesn’t get more weapons from the West, he said he is “prepared to fight for 100 years” to topple the regime. Rebel sources told me that Idriss believes it would be “suicidal” for any opposition leader to go to Geneva without a “green light” that Assad and his inner circle would be removed during the transition. Idriss sent a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry last weekend summarizing these prenegotiating positions. He said the “pressing objective” now is to stop the killing and prevent “total state collapse.” He said his forces “would welcome a peaceful transition” to a new “interim authority” that would include both the opposition and “government members of the departing regime who did not order or participate in atrocities.” “For the negotiations to be of any substance, we must reach a strategic military balance, without which the regime will feel empowered to dictate, or at least stall for precious time,” Idriss wrote to Kerry. He called for reform of the army but dissolution of the security services that have run Assad’s police-state regime. During the interview, Idriss said he hoped to open channels to Russia before the Geneva talks. He also said he’s ready to meet Russian Deputy

Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss Russia’s future role in Syria, and that he would bring along three other rebel commanders. Idriss tried to address White House fears that modern anti-aircraft weapons given to the rebels might fall into the hands of extremist groups. He said the advanced weapons would be controlled by trained fighters who had Syrian army experience, and that trusted contractors could transport them and make sure they were secure. The power of extremists within the opposition is sadly demonstrated by the situation in northeastern Syria. The al-Nusra Front, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, is said to be especially powerful in the Deir ElZour region, controlling local cotton sales, distributing 100 captured vehicles to fighters and planning to market the region’s oil. An opposition source described the situation there as “very worrisome.” Here’s Idriss’s biggest test. He must speak the language of diplomacy, but he must also show his strength as a military commander — not just by battling Assad and Hezbollah in the west, but by combating extremists and warlords in the north and east. — Courtesy: The Washington Post

Voice of the People Change on the anvil IFTIKHAR MIRZA Many leaders have been turned turtle in elections 2013. Ahmed Mukhtar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Qamar Zaman Qaira and Manzoor Wattoo lost from their fortified constituencies. Dynastical politicians have been shown the door. Survival of the fittest can be termed as the rule of game. Those who have deep roots in public can make their way to Parliament. The rest have to look for other options. Although PPP left no stone unturned in mudslinging, yet this strategy backfired and stooped them too low in elections. Negative techniques applied by different parties only brought them shame and distress. It is heartening to know that urban population is quite aware of its electoral responsibility. Positive sign that must be applauded. At the same time applause goes to print and electronic media for urging and forcing people to come out and use their right of vote to change the fate of masses as a whole and bring change in society in particular. Although, rural areas’ population was kept hostage to different sects segments and creeds, yet we may hope that with passage of time change will affect their mindset also and they will use their vote according to their will in near future. Some good gestures are seen form veteran politician Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, when he said, “Let bygones be bygones” and extended hand for cooperation others. It is hoped that this spirit will prevail throughout his regime. Another good omen is the soft attitude of many leaders towards one another. After a heated, rather cursing election campaign, emotions are settling down and being replaced by sagacity; leaders are mature and are vowing to address critical issues like turbulent law & order situation in the country, load shedding, unemployment, debt burden and skyrocketing prices of ordinary use commodities. Public is expecting change from our new parliamentarians and hopefully they will change the fate of Pakistan and Pakistanis. Good luck Pakistan. —Via email

Rebuilding Pakistan JAN ALAM Pakistan is slowly inching towards economic bankruptcy and civil war. I suggest that we formulate a new social contract especially designed for the betterment of the 95 percent of the ‘have-nots’, who always pay 100 percent bills and taxes and never default on bank loans. Let us make a new Pakistan, which is redesigned to cater to the needs of the exploited. In order to achieve these objectives, it is proposed that the following steps may be initiated jointly by the government, the opposition, the bench and the bar, civil and military bureaucracy, students, trade unions and the civil society. For this: the constitution may be amended to change the current faulty election system, which ensures the rule of the minority over the majority. The election system should also be changed so that the whole country directly votes for a president or the Prime Minister. Pakistan’s charter of development for the next fifty years should also be finalised in such a way that it is not politicised. And in order to empower the maximum number of people to enjoy the fruits of self-rule, we should convert every division of Pakistan into a province. —Karachi

Problems of Kidney transplant ALMAS UR REHMAN SHAFI It is ironic that a kidney had to be flown in from the Netherlands as part of an international initiative for a patient in Karachi at a time when Pakistan is one of the more thriving seller’s markets of kidney in Asia. In the absence of a cadaver law, a draft version of which has been gathering in the senate since 1992, the illegal organ trade has been gathering momentum at the cost of local transplant seekers. Those burdened by financial problems have been selling their kidneys to well off Pakistanis and foreigners. It is about time Pakistan’s lawmakers take stringent measures to curb commercial sale of human organs. There are of course middlemen involved in this illicit trade, and unscrupulous doctors too, stand to profit from such transaction. The consequences for the largely poverty, stricken donors many of whom sell one of their kidneys in order to pay the debts incurred by them, can

Status quo wins again WASEEM KHAN


feel sorry for the whole nation. They tried to break the shackles of tyranny and dynastic politics but it is here to stay for another five years, I fear. Now the old wine in the old bottles would “serve” the poor nation. I might sound pessimistic, yet I would like to say that nothing is going to change here, except the very meanings of “Inqilab”. —Karachi

well be imagined. If cadaver laws are in place, the market demand would go down and doctors and middlemen, facing possible imprisonment or heavy fines, would think twice before indulging in exploitative practices. As for the religious aspect of cadaver donations, one can take heart from the fact that there are Muslim countries, where this has been legalized on the authority of religious scholars. The Government should enlist the help of religious leader in promoting the idea of cadaver donation. —Karachi

Altaf’s demands & threats SAMINA AMIR MALIK Reacting to rigging allegations hurled at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the May 11 polls, Altaf Hussain in a speech ‘offered establishment’ to detach Karachi from rest of Pakistan if they do not like the public mandate of his party, Dawn News reported. Speaking to party workers, he said the party’s mandate in Karachi should be accepted by all. “Despite of illegal and unconstitutional delimitation, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf could see rigging in Karachi only,” said Hussain. “If polls were rigged in Karachi then where has tsunami disappeared in Punjab,” he questioned. Snapping at PTI activists, who are currently protesting against alleged rigging in number of constituencies in Karachi, the MQM chief said the party workers will teach the protesters at Teen Talwar a lesson if he orders them to do so. Hussain threatened to break arms of those who are hatching conspiracies against MQM. He directed the party activists to prepare themselves mentally for his next call. “I am about to set free my enraged followers if opposition against our party is not stopped,” he added. Today my conscience forced me to support our country’s Army and Agencies which have long been considered brutal and biased towards certain groups of society. I hope we now have the answer why extremist pronounced missing from certain provinces/areas, this happens possibly because of the reactions and threats to the state by them. Mr Altaf Hussain has been doing the same for long, he is absent from the scene and remotely controlling his followers in fact not controlling he is feeding their minds with devilish thoughts to demand separate state for them!!! I hope the establishment Military/ Civil will reply to the harsh remarks given by Altaf on 12-05-2013. May ALLAH bless our homeland Pakistan and keep her safe from internal and external enemies. Aamin! If nothing has been done about MQM’s wrong deeds on a larger scale so far by the authorities it doesn’t mean that the authorities are supporting Altaf or MQM, the reason I assume can be the influence MQM have on people of Karachi, the innocent minds of these civilians will consider any action by the authorities as another foul play or discrimination towards Urdu speaking leaders of Karachi. First of all the government and all relevant authorities have to clear the minds of common people of Karachi that they are Pakistanis just like any other Punjabi,Pashtun and Baloch living in Pakistan. The sense of being neglected is making them anti government the only well wisher/ savior for them according to their innocent yet false knowledge is MQM. Not only MQM any political party which provokes violence should be questioned by the authorities and be warned of being banned if they continue the practice of creating rebels against the State. His words speak volumes. MQM never was and will never be a political party. His statements facilitate people of Pakistan to find the reason why peace in Karachi is hijacked and who plays sanguinary game and for what ulterior motives? —Islamabad

***** SAMINA MALLAH OBL (Osama bin Laden) is no more. He is wanted no more. His legacy may also die down because it has lesser acceptability in the world societies, including his own Muslim populace. But one wonders many OBLs, of various kinds, still do exist. One has raised questions a number of times as to why Britain has provided ‘sanctuary’ to Altaf Hussain

at the first place and why it is facilitating the ‘self-exiled’ leader to misuse telephone for hours and hours? The British police finds now objectionable contents in his inciting speeches but this scribe has time and again written in the British press and to the home department, judges and lawyers as well as the human rights activists to raise a voice against harbouring a man from Pakistan who has brought Karachi’s law and order to a point of no return. Who and how in the free world and peaceful societies of west can bear or ignore for such a long time his tone and tenor, statements and rhetoric, warnings and threats? British High Commissioner’s statement is welcome but don’t you think it is too late. The city has paid the price of above 60,000 lives ever since Altaf Hussain has got political asylum in Britain. But the question is whether UK is now alive to it or is there some new design behind objecting to Altaf’s statements? One doesn’t know whether the stage has been set for his comeback to take his threats to ‘logical’ ends? —Karachi

Beat the heat IQRA AKBER In summer due to scorching heat every one feel dehydrated and fatigue do. The best way to keep yourself fresh and active is to use as much fluids as you can. Use fresh juices they will keep you cool and energetic. In summers mostly people are dehydrated because of the harsh weather and it is bad for health. Also the fact that one gets bored of drinking water all the time so there are always fresh fruits available that you can squeeze in a glass and chill. These fruit juices are also low in calories so wont increase your weight as people are really conscious about their weight specially females. Mango is one of the best fruits in summers, it is the king of fruits in summers and one should make the most out of it. Mango juices are delicious. One can also make a smoothie. Orange juice is another fresh fruit juice which is excellent for summers and is rich in Vitamin C. Pineapple is good for summers because it has vitamin C in it, pineapple juice is also good for digestion. You can also mix some fruits according to your taste and make your own summer drink. A mixture of water melons, cucumber and grape juice is an excellent combo. All of these are rich in Vitamin C and this particular mixture is also good for constipation. Apple juice with lime is also a great combo for fresh fruit juices in summers. Lemon juice and lemonades are excellent to kill the heat in summers and they are also good for digestion. Keep mixing fresh fruits and have these fresh fruit juices in summers and have a cool summer. —Karachi

Ijazul Haq’s ‘wisdom’ HAMZA ALI MNA-elect from Bahawalnagar has “disclosed” that Mushrraf would leave Pakistan before the new government took over. Who is his informer? So far the son of Ziaul Haq has remained in “hiding”, which was a better option. Otherwise many an unwise thing could have been occurred or uttered by him. Ziaul Haq was considered to be a genius of his kind. Saying goes that the Quaid’s Pakistan has given birth to only two visionaries, so far, one was ZAB and the other was Zia. Both left a legacy and a clear divide which still exists. Ijazul Haq unnecessary press conference on May 15 was to show his long pre-Zia era relationship with NS – that he is in the know about much that is going on beneath the surface, and that he still enjoys close contacts with the army ranks. Musharraf goes or not is a guess of anyone, but what Ijazul Haq says should not be believed. He misguided the nation during the Lal Masjid ‘operation silence’. —Bahawalnagar

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Accords inked From Page 1 e-Sadr. The visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang marked the signing of important documents aimed at long-term cooperation between the two countries in multiple areas. The MoU on Maritime Cooperation between the two governments, an Agreement on Boundary Management System between China’s Xinjiang and Gilgit-Baltistan area, and another Agreement on Border Ports and their Management System was signed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. The MoU on cooperation for long-term plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor between the two governments was inked by Xu Shao Shi, Chairman National Development and Reform Commission, China and Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Advisor to the Prime Minister. China’s Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng and Pakistan’s Secretary Economic Affairs Division Shahzad Arbab signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation and the handing over certificate of Seismographic Network. The MoU on cooperation in the field of marine science and technology between the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan was signed by Administrator SOA and Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar. The Agreement between China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission for Cooperation (SUPARCO) was inked by Director CSNO, Ran Chengqi and Major General (R) Ahmed Bilal.—APP

Zero tolerance From Page 1 land including China Cutting of plots, land grabbing, illegal occupation of homes, shops and empty plots of land. The MQM had no room for anyone from top to bottom involved in that menace. Any worker or office-bearer involved or engaged in land affairs, business of land, sale and purchase of land, plots of land whether directly or indirectly should voluntarily resign from the MQM and from his basic membership. Any worker or office-bearer found involved in land affairs and businesses would be expelled from the party and his basic membership would be terminated. He said that the MQM would never allow any worker or anyone to pose him as the landlord or contractor of land business. However, the workers and officebearers might continue with their land businesses after tendering their resignations from the basic membership of the MQM. Altaf Hussain said that the MQM was a political party and had been struggling for the basic rights of the people; hence, those that were creating problems for the masses had no room in the MQM. The process of cleansing within the party had already begun and would cleanse the party from such elements and would continue till completion of the task. He reiterated that the MQM had Zero Tolerance for those involved in land grabbing, illegal occupation of homes, plots of land and shops. He asked the MQM Coordination Committee to work tirelessly for spreading the party message across the board and behave with the party men with respect and esteem.

Strategic partnership with China cornerstone of Pak policy: PM SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso says strategic partnership with China is corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Speaking at a banquet hosted in the honour of visiting Chinese Prime Minister in Islamabad, Wednesday, the Prime Minister Khoso said that Pakistan takes great pride for having time tested friendship with China and people of China. The banquet was attended among others by President Asif Ali Zardari. He said visit of the Chinese Premier comes at a very momentous and opportune time as the country is passing through a profound political and social transition of transfer of power from caretaker government to newly elected representatives. Through this transition we are determined to make Pakistan a strong, stable and a prosperous country. The Prime Minister said in the context of China’s westward and downwards expansion, Pakistan’s geo-strategic location can be a great asset to change the

development paradigm of the region. He expressed satisfaction that the two countries have been negotiating economic and trade policies which in the long run will be greatly beneficial to their people. Our trade, finance, banking, and economic relations have grown substantially over the years. No doubt greater connectivity through the establishment of trade, communication and energy corridor as well as increased people to people interaction will give further impetus to our existing ties. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso said China has been playing a constructive role in resolving complex regional and global issues. China’s policy of non-interference in internal affairs of states as well as its emphasis on multilateralism rather than unilateralism and its focus on common development has contributed to the stability of the global order. Pakistan and China share these principles and hold common perspectives on peace and stability within the region and beyond.

The Chinese Prime Minister referred to his talks with Pakistani leadership and said the two sides have reached consensus to further enhance relations, increase strategic cooperation, work together to meet challenges, increase people to people contact and strengthen coordination at regional and international fora. He said given the profound changes in the region and the world, China-Pakistan relations have assumed greater strategic importance to deepen strategic cooperation in all areas and work together for peace and development. The Chinese Prime Minister said he was moved by the fact that irrespective of their views on domestic politics, there is strong agreement in Pakistan on the need to develop friendship with China and there is deep affection for Chinese people. Li Keqiang said his visit to Pakistan after elections and before formation of the new Government shows that no matter how our domestic politics evolve, friendship between the two countries will endure.

Pakistan, China focus From Page 1 Programme. The trade between the two countries has for the first time risen over US 12 billion dollars. President Zardari said “We have also decided to press ahead with the second phase of negotiations on China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement and start work on the China-Pakistan Agriculture Demonstration Zone.” He said the two countries discussed various connectivity proposals including fibre optics, road and rail links and energy projects. “We also discussed long term plans about Pakistan-China economic corridor,” he said and pointed that Pakistan greatly values its brotherly relations with China. “We are delighted that Mr. Li has chosen Pakistan among the first countries to visit after taking over as Premier of the State Council,” President Zardari said. He said friendship with China has always been the cornerstone of our foreign policy. “Our friendship with China is rooted in national consensus. This friendship is not only between the governments but also between the two peoples. It is also time tested,” the President said. President Zardari said Pakistan believes that China was an important factor of peace and stability in the region and added that China’s economic progress was an example for many countries.

He said Pakistan greatly values China’s economic support and assistance. “We are extremely grateful to the Chinese government for their continued support to the affected people of Attabad Lake and upper Hunza. We need continued assistance in this regard,” he added. President Zardari said the “two countries believe that terrorism, separatism and extremism pose serious threats to regional peace, stability and security.” “We have reiterated our resolve to continue cooperation in combating these evil forces,” President Zardari said. He also pointed that the two sides have agreed to further expand people-to-people exchanges and said cultural centres would be established in each other’s countries. In this regard he mentioned that the year 2015 will be celebrated as the Year of Friendly Exchanges. He said both Pakistan and China have also agreed to maintain the tradition of frequent exchanges of visits and meetings at the leadership level. Premier Li Keqiang recalled his visit to Pakistan 27 years back as part of the youth delegation and said his visit left deep impressions on him. He said the friendship between the two countries was time-tested and all weather. He said China and Pa-

kistan should make cooperation on power generation a priority, as Islamabad seeks to end an energy crisis that triggers power cuts of up to 20 hours a day, bringing the economy to a near standstill. He said his visit after the holding of general election and before the formation of a new government showed that the Pakistan-China friendship was everlasting. He termed PakistanChina friendship a valuable asset and said it was something not affected by change of a government and politics. Premier Li said the conferment of Pakistan’s civil award on him was not only a personal honour, but also reflective of deep affiliation between the two countries. He said the purpose his visit to Pakistan was to cement friendship between the two countries, that has been nurtured by successive leaders and the people of the two countries. Premier Li said regular meetings between the leaders would help deepen and further consolidate their ties. He however stressed that consolidating the strategic cooperation needs to be backed by concrete actions and mentioned the witnessing of agreements on economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.—APP

Fertilizer sector to invest $ 100m to develop lower BTU gas SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The SNGPL based Fertilizer Plants would invest US$ 100 million for long term development of dedicated lower btu gas fields that would ensure better gas supply to fertilizer plants to get better production from local plants instead of depending on costly imported urea spending hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign exchange every year. Fertilizer sector has been deprived of gas since April 2010 and has been one of the worst affected sectors which has worsened rural economy over the last few years, said Shahab Khawaja,

Executive Director Fertilizer Manufacturers Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC) in a statement issued here Wednesday. He said that the new gas allocation through long-term arrangement is just a replacement of current allocation through which Fertilizer plants based on SNGPL network will get gas through different small fields as a replacement of gas which would be discontinued from existing sources and which is our legal right as all the fertilizer companies have agreements in place GSPA (gas sales purchase agreement) with the utility providers. He said that the decision to supply gas to fertilizer industry through dedicated small fields is in line with the strategy to reduce burden from the SNGPL network, and to ensure continuous supply to general and industrial consumers in the country. This decision has been taken after detailed deliberations from all the

COURT NOTICE In the Court Syed Adnan Mehdi Civil Judge Mandi Bahauddin Afzal Vs Afzal etc. Suit for Declaration . Memo. Akhtar sond of Nadir Khan caste Gondal R/o Malkanwala Tehsil and Distt Mandi Bahauddin. Whereas the services of above mentioned respondents is not possible through ordinary means, therefore, he is directed to attend this court personally or through his council on 28-5-13. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/Civil Judge Mandi Bahauddin

concerned stakeholders in the larger interest of the country which is an agriculture economy. Agriculture contributes around 24% to the GDP of Pakistan and it also provides raw materials to all the major industries of Pakistan including, Textiles and Sugar. He said that successful implementation of the long term plan will ensure self sufficiency of country in fertilizer production and would also bring substantial savings of half a billion dollars of foreign exchange annually and subsidy of approximately Rs. 20 billion that country have to spend on 1 million tons of urea imports. He informed that the post ECC approval, GSAs between gas fields and fertilizer plants were inked carrying the reservoir risks and gas transportation agreements with both sui companies were signed under OGRA’s TPA Rules, these agreements strictly comply the TPA rules. The arrangement is beneficial for Sui companies with additional stream of tolling income and saving on 240 mmcfd of gas allocated to 4 fertilizer plants under existing GSAs with SNGPL.

PPP invites From Page 1 been initiated. Makhdoom Amin said that both the parties would soon enter the phase of negotiating the setup of a government. The stalwart politician said that the PPP accepted the results of the recently held historic polls despite reservations. Meanwhile, MQM leaders when contacted said that the party’s role in provincial government would come to the forefront in a few days adding that the party leadership would not disappoint the mandate of the people of Sindh, especially Karachi.

Nawaz, Zardari agree From Page 1 have Pakistan’s interest in mind not our own,” Nawaz said. The two politicians met during a luncheon organised for the Chinese prime minister at the President House, where they discussed the overall political situation of the country. An understanding could be seen between the two, when Zardari congratulated Sharif for securing a heavy mandate in the 2013 general elections and gave his best wishes to the new government. He also offered his services to solve the problems faced by the new government and promised Sharif that he will continue to co-operate with the new government. President Zardari said that country’s problems would be resolved in consensus with the PML-N. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif told media persons that the Charter of Democracy would be abided by and fully implemented, adding that he held no grudge against President Zardari. Meanwhile, spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar after the meeting stated that President Asif Ali Zardari felicitated PML-N leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz on success of his party in the general elections and wished him good luck for his new government. This was stated by the spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah The President congratulated Nawaz Sharif on the victory in elections and said He expressed confidence that after political transition the new government would successfully address the problems and issues facing the country. The President said that the nation, all political parties and democratic forces of civil society deserved to be complimented for the peaceful democratic transition which was taking place for the first time in the history of the country.

SC sets aside appointment From Page 1 placed by Saifullah Khan. Similarly, National Fertiliser’s chairman Rizwan Mumtaz Ali was removed on May 9, Oil and Gas Development Corporation’s managing director Masood Siddiqui on May 6 and the State Life Corporation’s chairman on May 16. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation chairman’s has reportedly been removed. The chairman of Pakistan Software Export Board has been replaced by Saleem Ahmed Ranjha, who was inducted directly by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Asif’s petition moreover stated that FIA’s director general appointed a month ago was also reported to be in the process of being replaced, adding that certain employees/officers of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had reportedly been removed without following the procedure envisaged in the relevant statute. It also stated that a number of mid-level staff in corporations/bodies had also been shuffled, transferred or removed.—Agencies

Tahir visits From Page 1 ism of each other, the Tri Nation International Air Exercise Peace Falcons-2013 among RSAF, TuAF and PAF was held at King Fahd Air Base, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 6 to 22 May. PAF Contingent comprising F-16s, Mirages Rose-II and 180 personnel participated in the Exercise with members of other two brother countries. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have a long history of military cooperation. The Air Forces of these brotherly countries have been successfully conducting joint exercises for many decades to enhance mutual understanding among them. In this exercise, the contingents of three Air Forces undertook joint planning and execution of various combat missions. The exercise will hone their professional skills and enhance existing brotherly relations between the three countries and their Air Forces. Earlier, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, also called on Lt. General Mohammed Fayadh bin Hamid al-Ruwaili, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Saudi Air Force at RSAF HQs. Both the dignitaries discussed matters of mutual interest and various fields of future cooperation between the two brotherly Air Forces. —APP

Keqiang pledges robust From Page 1 litical out look every government in Pakistan has reinforced Pakistan’s relations with China. Earlier both leaders held one on one meeting which was focused on further boosting PakChina relations in various fields. President Zardari said that choosing Pakistan for his first visit after assuming power demonstrates depth of time-tested friendship between the two countries. He said it will prove another landmark in our relations which will go a long way in further strengthening our relations. The President said Pakistan wants to take advantage of the Chinese experiences in its socioeconomic development. President Zardari said Pakistan is moving towards peaceful‚ democratic transition of power after general elections and hoped the newly elected government will continue to work for further cementing relations with Chinese government and people. He invited Chinese investors and businessmen to come Pakistan and taking advantage of lu-

crative investment opportunities should also contribute in our economic development‚ especially overcoming power crisis. President Asif Ali Zardari conferred Nishan e Pakistan on the Chinese Prime Minister for his maritorious services for strengthening Pak-China relations. The Award ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso‚ PML-N Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders. Earlier in his arrival statement, Li Keqiang said that his country would reinforce the strategic partnership between the two countries and open up new avenues for bilateral cooperation. In his first statement after arriving in Pakistan, he said China and Pakistan should make cooperation on power generation a priority. Li said there was still “great potential” for the relationship. Bilateral trade last year rose above $12 billion for the first time and both sides are aiming to reach $15 billion in the next two or three years.

US may boost Syria rebels if Assad won’t talk peace AMMAN/BEIRUT—The United diplomacy, compelled to step up States and its allies are ready to increase support for Syria’s rebels if President Bashar alAssad refuses to discuss a political solution to his country’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Rebels called for reinforcements to combat President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, which have launched an offensive in recent days against a strategic town backed by Assad’s allies from Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite militia Hezbollah. The battle has brought the worst fighting in months, and by drawing in Hezbollah militia has raised new fears that a war that has killed 80,000 people could surge across borders and ignite sectarian conflict across the Middle East. Washington and Moscow are scrambling to revive

Imran discharged From Page 1 leased by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMC) administration, Imran Khan was fitted with a specially designed spinal support, or brace. Following this, he stood upright and unsupported for the first time since his injury. It said Imran walked unaided for over 300 metres and remained pain-free throughout this time. Doctors say he will continue to receive regular physiotherapy and is likely to need to wear the spinal support for some weeks to come. It added Imran will gradually increase physical activity over the next few weeks with a return to his full functional capacity expected in approximately six to eight weeks. On Tuesday, President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Khan and enquired about his health. The President also congratulated him on his party’s victory in May 11 general elections.—NNI

peace efforts by new reports of atrocities on both sides, suspicions that chemical weapons have been used and the rise of al Qaedalinked fighters among Assad’s foes. Kerry said several thousand Hezbollah fighters were taking part in the conflict, with active support on the ground from their - and Assad’s - main regional backer, Iran. Forces loyal to Assad had made gains in recent days but those were “very temporary”, Kerry told a news conference in Amman before a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group, made up of Western and regional countries lined up against Assad. “Just last week, obviously, Hezbollah intervened very, very significantly. There are several thousands of Hezbollah militia forces on the ground in Syria who are contributing to this violence and we condemn that.” Kerry is in Jordan for the “Friends of Syria” meeting seeking support from European and Arab states for the latest peace initiative - a call he issued jointly with Russia for a conference, expected in Geneva in coming weeks. —Reuters

“Our two sides should focus on carrying out priority projects in connectivity, energy development and power generation and promoting the building of a China-Pakistan economic corridor,” Li said. Earlier, on arrival a very warm welcome was accorded to Chinese Premier. Six fighters of the Pakistan Air Force, escorted the special Air China Boeing 747 aircraft of the Chinese Premier as it entered the Pakistan air space. The JF-17s, a symbol of deep Sino-Pakistan friendship, guided the aircraft of the Chinese dignitary to the Nur Khan Air Base, where a 21-gun salute heralded his arrival. President Asif Ali Zardari, caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Services Chiefs and ministers of the caretaker setup greeted the Chinese dignitary and his delegation. National anthems of the two countries were played and the Chinese Premier was presented a salute. He reviewed guard of honour of a contingent comprising the three services.—Online

India test-fires supersonic cruise missile PANNAJI—India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the 290km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy’s latest Russian built guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa. According to Indian media reports, the missile performed the high-level ‘C’ manoeuvre in the pre-determined flight path and successfully hit the target. “The launch was carried out by the Navy as part of Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship”. INS Tarkash, which is an advanced Talwar Class frigate, was commissioned on November 9, last year. The warship, along with two other frigates of the class - INS Teg and INS Trikand, have been built as part of an over Rs 8,000 crore contract signed between India and Russia in July 2006. The weapons suite of INS Tarkash includes surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, 100 mm medium-range gun, close-in weapon system, torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rockets. All the three ships will be equipped with 8 vertical- launched BrahMos missile systems as the prime strike weapon. —INP

ACP to propose Samina’s name for national awards I SLAMABAD —The Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) on Wednesday said it will recommend mountaineer Samina Baig’s name for the Pride of Performance and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. Mountaineer Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain with a peak at 8,848 meters. Samina completed the climb to the summit with her brother Mirza Ali, who became the third and youngest Pakistani male to scale the mountain. Talking to APP, Abu Zafar Sadiq, Secretary, ACP said it is a great honor not only for ACP but for the whole nation and for that we will recommend her name for the Pride of Performance

and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. sponsoring Samina for her the country to encourage “On her return here, ACP future mountaineering com- them to come into this sport of climbing. “Samina has set a great example for the women and we believe other women will come into this game by seeing her,” he said. Samina and her brother had been climbing for the last three years together. In 2010, Samina became the first to ascend the virgin peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) now called the `Samina Peak’. She conquered another virgin peak in 2011 that was named ‘Koh-i-Brobar’ or the ‘Mount Equality’ in 2011. Samina Baig and her brother were not so lucky on the 7,027 metres high Spantik will be honoring her (Samina) mitments. He further said Peak when bad weather with a lavish reception,” he that ACP will be introducing forced them to abandon their said adding that ACP will be Samina to women around summit attempts.—APP

Pakistan roaring to go against Ireland D U B L I N —Pakistan are keener than ever to get back on the field for the first of two one-day internationals against Ireland on Thursday after their second ODI against Scotland on the weekend was a wash-out. As Ireland are the strongest team outside the Full Members - they are five places below sixth ranked Pakistan - it promises to be a more searching examination for the team as the countdown to the Champions Trophy starts in earnest. Although Scotland caused Misbah ul-Haq’s side early problems in both innings of the first game, reducing Pakistan to 115 for five and then racing away to 50 for one in 12 overs, a captain’s knock doubled the tourists’ score in the last 20 overs and three wickets each from Junaid Khan and Saaed Ajmal hurried Scotland to a 96-run defeat. But as Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer admitted after the match, from a similar position Ireland would likely to have gone and won the match and that is the difference that Pakistan should notice at Clontarf on Thursday and Sunday. Seven of the Ireland team are regulars in their county line-ups and the other four, including Kevin O’Brien, the man who almost singlehandedly defeated England two years ago with the fast-

est ever century at the World Cup finals, are likely to have more than 230 oneday international appearances between them. Indeed, O’Brien is one of five survivors from the game that put Ireland on the

Peshawar, Mardan advance in KP Baseball C’ship

Asif confident of Pakistan doing well in Asian Team Snooker

P ESHAWAR —Peshawar and Mardan secured victories against their respective rivals on the opening day of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Inter-Region Baseball Championship, which got under way here at Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday. Director Sports Women Games Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rashida Ghaznavi was the chief guest on this occasion. Office-bearers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Baseball Association, Organizing Secretary Gul Nar, Raham Bibi, Najma Qazi, officials and players were also present. Despite scorching heat, two matches were played as in the first match Peshawar and Malakand gave each other tough resistance. Peshawar comprising Sana, Arifa, Somina, Fouzia, Komal, Rukhsar, Anum Shehzadi played well by scoring 8 runs after winning the toss and elected to bat first. In reply, Malakand team got a good start and Laila smashed three runs on the very second strike. She hit a cracking short by adding three runs to the team total. Sonia, Sadia, Maria and Kiran also scored one run each to make a 7 runs total.—APP

world map, their victory over Pakistan at Sabina Park, Jamaica. Also still around and arguably playing better than ever are winning captain Trent Johnston, Niall O’Brien, Andrew White and current skipper William Porterfield. Pakistan still have three players from that infamous day six years ago: Kamran Akmal, their top scorer and

who has previous experience of club cricket in Ireland, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Hafeez disappeared from the Pakistan Test team after the 2007 World Cup but after a three-year exile he has

not only returned to the fold but is now considered the captain-elect when Misbah decides to step down. He is also now the No 1 all-rounder in one-day internationals - the fourth ranked bowler and needing just three for 100 wickets. After the new ball partnership of Junaid and the giant Mohammad Irfan, it is Saeed Ajmal, the No 1

K ARACHI —Reigning World stan, Iran and Syria are not Champion Muhammad Asif was confident of doing well in inaugural Asian Team Snooker and 6-Red Snooker Championship being held Doha (Qatar) from May 24 to 30. “All our players like Sajjad, Hamza and Majid are in a good nick and are in the best frame of mind to do well in Doha e v e n t ” , Muhammad Asif told APP in an interview on Wednesday. A fourmember squad including Muhammad Asif, former Asian number two Muhammad Sajjad, National Champion Hamza Akbar, Asian junior number two Muhammad Majid Ali are due to leave for Doha on Thursday to take part in the championship. He said teams liked China, Thailand are strong.But India, Afghani-

lagging behind. “Definitely it will be a good test of our skill and talent but we are ready for the challenge,” Asif said. He said it was disappointing that Pakistani cueists were not able to do that well in 29th Asian championship. “These things are part and parcel of the game. We tried our best unable to live upto the expectations,” he remarked. Muhammad Sajjad, who had reached the final of Asian championship in Thailand in 2010 said he had really worked hard to prepare themselves for the event. “In the game of snooker, you needed bit of luck with good game. I was doing well in Asian championship but luck eluded me despite century breaks spree,” he said.—APP

ranked bowler, who will cause the teams below the very top class the most problems as the Scots found to their cost. The batting has been too reliant on Misbah in recent series and it is no coinci-

dence that the captain has hit half centuries in the last three ODIs which Pakistan have won. Conversely, the three games they lost in South Africa in March was when he didn’t. The low, slow pitch at Clontarf may not be ideal for batsmen to express themselves but it time for others to come to the party.—AFP

POA directs officials not to participate in national athletics

Aussie cricketer Warner fined for Twitter outburst

S YDNEY —Australian batsLAHORE—Pakistan Olympic man David Warner was Association (POA) has directed the concerned officials of Pakistan Army, Air Force, Navy, Wapda, HEC, Railways and Police Sports Directorates/Boards to not to participate in the so-called National Athletics Championship, being held from May 24 at Islamabad. In a letter addressed to the above POA affiliates, with copy to the secretaries general of the four provincial and FATA, the POA has reminded them that the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) had been suspended through a unanimous decision of the POA’s General Council in its meeting held on February 12, 2013 “with immediate effect. The secretaries of the Olympic Association of Balochistan, KPK, Punjab, Sindh and FATA have been asked to direct concerned provincial athletics association to desist from taking part in the said Athletics Championship, said a spokesman of POA here on Wednesday. The POA letter of May 21, 2013 states: The suspension was immediately notified vide Letter No POA-092 dated February 12, 2013 specifically on account of the AFP president and Secretary’s categorical denial of the authority of the Pakistan Olympic Association and rejection of the directions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and also subsequent attempts to illegally take over the operations of the POA in collusion with other individuals and associations. While directing the above organizations to refrain from participating in an event of a suspended organization that has been in violation of the POA’s constitution and the IOC Charter, the letter signed by the POA President, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan has also warned the addressees that taking part in the said championship could have its adverse fallout. “It [the participation] would be non compliance of the decision of General Council of POA- the supreme national sporting body’ and would be tantamount to action as contained in Article VI-6 (v) of the POA Constitution.”—APP

Wednesday found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour over a Twitter tirade at two journalists and fined Aus$5,750 (US$5,608). Cricket Australia said the explosive opener had pleaded guilty at the hearing late Wednesday and the fine was the maximum financial penalty for a first offence under its code of behaviour. It said its senior code of behaviour commissioner, Justice Gordon Lewis, had found Warner guilty of breaching rule 6 which addresses ‘unbecoming behaviour ’, over Twitter comments made by the 26year-old at the weekend. “In hindsight, clearly I let my frustrations get the better of me and posted some inappropriate tweets last weekend,” Warner said in a statement after the adjudication. Warner was called before the hearing after a heated social media tirade against two of the country’s top cricket writers after he took exception to a story in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph critical of the Indian Premier League. The IPL tournament, in which the Australian was playing for the Delhi Daredevils, has been rocked by accusations of spot-fixing against three players, including Indian Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and the story was illustrated with a picture of Warner. After posting a tweet with expletives aimed at journalist Robert Craddock, urging him to “get a real job”, Warner took issue with Craddock’s News Ltd col-

league Malcolm Conn in abusive tweets that sparked a back-and-forth exchange. “While I disagreed with the story and my image being used alongside the story, I could have chosen my words better and I apologise for any offence that my language may have caused,” Warner said Wednesday. “I’ll continue to have honest conversations with all my followers and I will be mindful of the language I use in future.” Earlier, skipper Michael Clarke threw his support behind Warner, saying he could still captain Australia despite the disciplinary hearing. Clarke said Warner had apologised and learned from the incident. “He’s apologised and

Sahara India withdraws Pune Warriors from IPL PUNE—The IPL, already reeling under a crisis because of allegations of spot-fixing, suffered another blow when Sahara India pulled out its team, Pune Warriors India (PWI), from the league. The decision came after the BCCI decided to encash the team’s bank guarantee of Rs170.20

crore following a prolonged financial dispute. Each franchise has to furnish a bank guarantee at the start of every season which is an amount equivalent to the amount to be paid to the BCCI annually. Since Sahara did not honour its commitment by the May 2 deadline,

Andy Murray’s injury to keep him out of French Open LONDON—Andy Murray will Club on June 10. “(The back) I’ve got a disc problem, it

National ranking boxing tournament L AHORE —National ranking boxing tournament will be held from June 20 at Hyderabad under the aegis of Pakistan Boxing Federation. “It will be a top national level boxing activity being held after the elections of the present regime of the PBF,” said Secretary, PBF, Iqbal Hussain while talking to APP here on Wednesday. He said all the affiliated units of PBF including four provinces, Islamabad, FATA, Army, Navy, Police, KESC, KPT, Pak Rangers and HEC will field their best boxers in the five-day activity which aims at spotting new talent. Iqbal Hussain said bouts will be held in ten body weight categories under the international boxing federations rules during the championship which will serve as trials for picking up Pak team to take part in Asian boxing confederation championship being held from June 29 in Jordan. “We have laid down a strict selection criteria under which only deserving and talented youthful boxers will be picked to represent the country,” he said adding our reliance will be on fresh blood as we want to ensure a better tomorrow of the game with those boxers who can sustain the pressure for few years and at the same time they are capable of producing desired results.—APP

miss the French Open with the back injury that flared up at the Rome Masters, the world number two announced on Tuesday. After meeting with medical specialists Murray has decided to skip the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros to ensure he is fully fit for Wimbledon. “It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete,” the US Open and Olympic champion explained in a statement to Britain’s Press Association. “After consultation with his team and medical specialists, Andy has reluctantly withdrawn from the French Open and will instead focus on preparation for the grass court season,” the statement added. Murray had raised the possibility of his absence from the French Open after retiring with the back problem in his second-round match against Spain’s Marcel Granollers at the Rome Masters last week. “I’d be very surprised if I was playing in Paris,” a subdued Murray said then. This will be the first Grand Slam he has missed since Wimbledon in 2007. The injury was the same one which required him to take a pain-killing injection in order to play Roland Garros last year where he reached the quarter-finals. Murray will now aim to return for the start of the grasscourt season at Queens

made it very clear it was unacceptable,” the skipper said ahead of his weekend departure to England for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes series. “I look forward to having Davey home and having him around the Australian cricket team,” he added. “He’s a great man and I love playing cricket with him and I’m really confident that if he continues to grow as he has done over the past four or five years there’s no reason, in my opinion, why he hasn’t got the potential to captain Australia one day.” On Tuesday, Cricket Australia said it had no immediate plan to curb the use of social media by players, but suggested it could happen in the future.—AFP

has not been perfect for a long period, I want it to start feeling good again. Everyone goes into matches with niggles, but this is very frustrating,” added Murray after his Rome retirement. “I don’t want to go into details, but

changes week to week. It’s been an issue for a while, but I want to make sure it goes away. “I don’t want to be playing with it long-term, it’s not enjoyable at all.” The French Open begins on Sunday.—AFP

the BCCI waited till PWI’s IPL-6 commitments ended before encashing the guarantee on May 20. Sahara, which bought the franchise for a record Rs1,700 crore in 2010 for 10 years, said it was “disgusted” by the BCCI’s attitude and that it would not rejoin the league even if the entire franchise fee was waived off. “It is the final decision of Sahara to withdraw from IPL,” the Sahara Group said in a lengthy statement. The group also said it will not renew the Team India sponsorship deal when the current contract ends this December. It said it was peeved with the BCCI’s failure to initiate arbitration proceedings to lower its franchise fee despite several reminders. “In 2010, Sahara had bid Rs1,700 crore for IPL franchise on the basis of revenue calculation on 94 matches. But we got 64 matches only,” Sahara said, adding that the board turned a deaf ear to its pleas for arbitration and reducing the franchise fee.—Agencies

Five matches decided in National Men Basketball P ESHAWAR —Five matches decided in the 52nd edition of the National Basketball Championship-2013 is being played at PAF Base, here as 12 teams from the country are participating in the championship with PAF is defending the title this year. In the first match strong Army team defeated Sindh in a one-sided affair. The score was 104-32. Army team fully dominated the proceedings and did not allow to play free hands. In the second match PAF faced tough resistance against HEC and first HEC was leading the two quarters and later on PAF, the defendROME: Andy Murray shows his dejection as he walks off ing Championship came court following his withdrawal due to injury at the end of back strongly and secured victory at 89-48.—APP the second set against Marcel Granollers of Spain.

PML-N performance to deliver wonders: Shahbaz Committees working 24 hours to improve energy, other sectors; Rs 700b to be spent on education in five years SALIM AHMED

Three cops dismissed HAFIZABAD—DPO Hafizabad

L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is determined to show wonders with its outstanding performance after taking charge of state affairs while suggestions of the opposition on the issue of power load shedding and educational issues would be welcomed. The PML-N senior leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif told reporters here Wednesday that the PML-N’s committees are working day and night ahead of taking charge of state affairs to bring improvement in energy, education, and other sectors. Shahbaz said the PML-N believes in taking practical steps instead of making claims or propaganda campaign. He said that energy-starved people of Pakistan want their problems resolved and they have no interest in the politics of sit-ins and protests. He said that PML-N’s only priority is to resolve people’s problems and that is why it had started working on ways to end load shedding even before coming to power. Earlier, addressing the meet-

ing of the PML-N, Shahbaz said that education would be our priority and apart from setting up Daanish schools, missing and other facilities in government run schools would be provided. “We would bring revolutionary changes in the field of education and introduce the system of Rapid Education like Rapid Bus Service,” he said, adding, “An amount of Rs 700 billion would be spent on education field during the next five years.” Moreover, while addressing

Faisal Ali Raja has dismissed three constables for being remained absent from duty. Those ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and President PML-N Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif exchanging views durpolice officials were dismissed ing a meeting on the sidelines of luncheon for Chinese Premier at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Zahid Hussain, Faisal Mushtaq and Zahid Mehmood. Meanwhile, the DPO has also stopped one year increment of three ASIs Imtiaz Ahmad, Taj Muhammad and Muhammad Aslam and constables Mehdi Khan, Zohaib Hassan, Shahid Mehmood and Ghazanfar Abbas due to various ISLAMABAD —Six JF-17 ThunLONDON—British police shot a firearm,” said police commander dence tent was visible in the street der fighters of Pakistan Air Force charges.—APP and wounded two men after a man Simon Letchford. Local police of- and police tape sealed off the escorted the aircraft of Chinese thought to be a serving soldier was ficers, then firearms officers ar- scene. Eyewitness pictures showed Premier Li Keqiang as it entered killed outside a London barracks, rived on the scene where they ISE-10 index Pakistan air space today. The forin an attack Prime Minister David found a man who was later pro- an air ambulance landing in the mation of JF-17 Thunders was remains bullish nounced dead. “Two men, who road and three bodies lying on the Cameron called “truly shocking”. commanded by Wing ComISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock In a dramatic move, the we believe from early reports to ground with dozens of onlookers mander Ronald Afzal, guided the Exchange witnessed bullish government’s emergency re- have been carrying weapons, were observing the scene after the po- special Air China Boeing 747 airtrend here on Wednesday as the sponse committee was being sum- shot by police. They were taken lice arrived. Nick Raynsford, the craft of the Chinese Premier to the ISE-10 index was up by 55.59 moned following the killing which to separate London hospitals, they member of parliament for Nur Khan Air Base. To honour the points and close at 3980.57 some eyewitness reports sug- are receiving treatment for their Woolwich and Greenwich, said distinguished guest, the same JFhis understanding was that the points. A total of 486,000 shares gested was an attempted behead- injuries,” Letchford said. He said there would be a man found dead was a serving 17 Thunders also presented a fly were traded, which were up by ing using machete-like knives. past in two formations of three 342,000 shares as compared to The incident took place in heightened police presence in the soldier. He said he had spoken to aircraft each. 02 Mirages and 02 previous day’s trading of broad daylight in a street around area and urged locals to remain local borough police commander JF-17 Thunder aircraft had also 126,000 shares. Out of 146 com- 200 metres (yards) from the Royal calm. Cameron said on Twitter: Richard Wood, and a lieutenant escorted the Former Chinese panies, share prices of 86 com- Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, “The killing in Woolwich is truly colonel at the Woolwich army Premier Wen Jiabao when he shocking”. He added that he had barracks. “One individual is panies recorded increase and the a district of southeast London. visited Pakistan in December, ISLAMABAD—The anti-terrorist said clause 780-A pertaining to share prices of 60 companies Police were called at 2:20 pm asked Home Secretary Theresa dead, two others are seriously in- 2010. court in Islamabad on Wednesday terrorism had been added to the May, Britain’s interior minister, to jured and in hospital,” he said. registered decrease where as no (1320 GMT) to reports of one man rejected a bail plea filed by former list of charges against Musharraf, JF-17 program is a joint chair a meeting of COBRA, the “We think a serving soldier company remained stable in being assaulted by two others. venture between Pakistan and military ruler Pervez Musharraf in making the case against him even government’s emergency civil was the victim. We don’t know today’s trading. —APP “A number of weapons were the judges’ detention case. more strong. In his arguments, the circumstances surrounding China and is termed as a Flagreportedly being used in the at- contingencies committee. Earlier ATC judge Kausar Tabish added that judges and their ship of friendly relationship beA white and blue police evi- the incident.—AP tack, and this included reports of Abbas Zaidi had reserved the rul- family members had been detween two countries. DG Prosecution JF-17 is a co-designed, co-de- ing on Musharraf’s bail applica- tained in their homes for months, nominated veloped and co-produced aircraft tion during a hearing of the case. their children not allowed to apDuring the hearing, public pear in examinations and that the that is being produced at Pakistan PESHAWAR—Home and Tribal Aeronautical Complex, Kamra prosecutor Amir Nadeem Tabish charges against the former army Affairs Department Governthrough transfer of technology. ment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa STAFF REPORTER has nominated Muhammad Arif Khattak, Director General LAHORE—As many as 49 inProsecution Khyber dependent MNAs and MPAs- I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Party. Advocate Barrister Pakhtunkhwa to participate in elect on Wednesday joined the Court of Pakistan on Wednes- Zafarullah, who represented the the 12th Heads of Prosecuting Pakistan Muslim League- day took up a case regarding petitioner, read out the excerpts Agencies Conference The con- Nawaz, by submitting affidavits controversial remarks of the of Altaf Hussain’s speech pubference would be held at Pen- to the Election Commission in MQM leader Altaf Hussain. lished in newspapers. insula, Hong Kong from May Punjab. Zafarullah accused Altaf During his speech in 29 to 31, 2013. —APP The 49-MPs-elect including Karachi last week when the PTI Hussain of giving a statement to 13 independent MNAs-elect and workers were holding a demon- break Pakistan. The chief justice asked why 36 independent MPAs-elect ap- stration at Teen Talwar area of Distt govt to peared before the Punjab Elec- Clifton, Altaf Hussain made the petitioner did not make Altaf tion Commissioner Mehboob some remarks that created con- Hussain as respondent if he had provide relief troversy and prompted many objection to his (Hussain) MULTAN—District Coordina- Anwar on Wednesday. Pakistani and British citizens to speech. The apex court directed They submitted the affidation Officer Syed Gulzar file complaints at London Met- the petitioner to prove the mainvits to the ECP official, testifyHussain Shah said the district tainability of the petition. ropolitan Police. ing that they had joined the Pagovernment would provide I have made MQM’s chairHeading a three-member kistan Muslim League-Nawaz. maximum relief to people after bench of the apex court, Chief man as a party in my petition,” Former Punjab Assembly completing projects. Presiding Justice Iftikhar Muhammad he replied. The chief justice said over the meeting with NHA and Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Chaudhry remarked that if there that the MQM was not probably PHA officials here at his office Ahmed was also present on the was any government or law en- registered in the name of Altaf on Wednesday, he said the dis- occasion. Prominent among the forcement agency in the coun- Hussain in the record of Electrict government was focusing 13 MNAs-elect were Makhdoom try and wasn’t it there job to take tion Commission, it is regison parks and green belts while Khusro Bakhtiar, former state notice of Hussain’s speech. The tered against the name of ISLAMABAD: Six JF-17 Thunders of Pakistan Air Force escorting Chinese Premier’s VVIP trees were also being planted to minister Raza Hiraj and ex- fed- petition was filed by Watan Farooq Sattar. —INP aircraft after its arrival in Pakistan airspace. make the city beautiful. He directed eral minister Awais Leghari. the officials to complete projects as early as possible. —APP

‘Soldier’ killed in ‘shocking’ London street attack

Six JF-17 Thunders escort Chinese premier’s aircraft

the legislators-elect, Shahbaz exhorted upon them to devote their energies for the well-being of people and betterment of the country. He said the assembly members who would devote their energies for public welfare would be rewarded. He said people of Pakistan have pinned high hopes with the PML-N and we would work day and night with a missionary zeal to bring real change in the country for the well being of people and leading Pakistan as a dignified nation in the comity of nations.

Judges’ detention case: ATC rejects Musharraf’s bail plea

49 independents join PML-N

FCCI for gas supply

SC puts off for a week Altaf speech case hearing

strongman were of a serious nature, who therefore should not be granted bail. He further said that the emergency imposed by Musharraf in the country on November 3, 2007 was detrimental not only towards the judges but for the public at large. However, Musharraf ’s counsel, Ilyas Siddiqui, claimed that his client never gave the order to detain judges, adding that there was no proof against him. Tabish moreover told the judge that he had been appointed public prosecutor in the case only until the court’s ruling on Musharraf’s bail plea, adding that he had no authority to present a charge sheet in the case. On which, the judge expressed his amazement and asked as to how it could be the case that one public prosecutor was appointed for Musharraf’s bail plea and another to present charges against him. Subsequently, the judge inquired of the investigation officer as to when would the charge sheet against the former military ruler be finalised. Responding to which, the officer said that three institutions had been approached in this respect; however, all had so far failed to submit their responses. The court reserved its ruling on the bail plea after the parties concluded their arguments and subsequently discarded the former president’s application.—INP

N Korea sends special military envoy to Beijing

Jin, a specialist on China- country’s third nuclear test, Kim irked both Seoul and Washington The diplomatic move by Jang’s trip in 2012 had been SEOUL/BEIJING—North Ko- the North’s third nuclear test, carF A I S A L A B A D —Faisalabad rea sent one of its top military ried out in February, and by China North Korea came after Japan aimed at securing a visit for Kim North Korea relations, said Jong-un presided over the launch when Abe’s aide visited Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) president Mian Zahid Aslam on Wednesday said discrimination in gas supply to industries would not be bearable. He said gas supply to Faisalabad industries had been suspended from May 21 to 27th of May which will pile up the production jobs. He said already gas supply to the industries in Faisalabad was available for three days in a week and any sudden suspension of gas had made the industrial production to standstill.—APP

officials as a “special envoy” from its leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing on Wednesday, accompanied by a high-powered delegation in what appeared to be a bid to mend frayed relations with its most important ally. The delegation led by Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country’s top military body, was the most senior to visit China since Kim’s kingmaker uncle Jang Song-thaek made the trip in August 2012. Ties between Pyongyang and Beijing have been hurt by

agreeing to U.N. sanctions on the North and starting to put a squeeze on North Korean banks. North Korean state news agency KCNA said China’s ambassador to Pyongyang, who is seen as the closest of all foreign envoys to Kim Jong-un, saw the delegation off at the airport. Choe’s first meeting in Beijing was with Wang Jiarui, head of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, China’s Xinhua news agency said, without providing details.

reached out to Pyongyang last week by sending a special envoy to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hold talks over Japanese citizens abducted by the isolated and impoverished state. Choe is one of the tight coterie of officials around Kim Jongun, who has been in power for just over a year after succeeding his father. He is a long-time political administrator and was surprisingly made a vice marshal in the army last year despite having no military background.

to Beijing and to win investment for the North’s shattered economy, although it appeared to have failed, according to diplomats. Jang is seen as the most powerful official in North Korea after Kim. “It is an important visit as he (Choe) is both a high-ranked official and coming as a special envoy of Kim Jong-un, and there have been no high level contacts between the two countries for such a long time,” said Jin Canrong, associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.

Beijing would once again urge Pyongyang to return to the socalled “Six Party Talks” process, aimed at denuclearization. The talks included the North, China, the United States, South Korea, Japan and Russia and have been stalled since 2009 when North Korea conducted its second nuclear test. “The Chinese people have been angered by North Korea’s provocations. Certainly one of China’s demands will be for North Korea to stop doing this,” said Jin. As well as staging the

of two long range rockets. These are banned by the United Nations due to concerns Pyongyang is testing technology to use in a long-range nuclear missile. North Korea is almost entirely reliant on China for imports of fuel and food and since it closed an industrial zone on the border with South Korea, has few other outlets for its exports. The North has traditionally attempted to play China off against the United States and appeared to be open to the possibility of a deal with Japan that

Pyongyang last week. Yoshihide Suga, Abe’s cabinet secretary, told a news conference on Wednesday that Japan aimed to resume talks with North Korea as part of attempts to resolve the abduction issue. “Since we are probing all the possibilities, that is naturally included,” Suga said.Japan and North Korea last held government talks in November 2012, before the North’s last long-range missile launch in December and nuclear test in February.— Reuters

Eating berries may lower men’s parkinson’s risk


EN who regularly consume foods rich in flavonoids, such as ber ries, apples, certain vegetables, tea and red wine, may significantly reduce their risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the journal Neurology this week that saw no such effect among women. Flavonoids are naturally occurring, bioactive compounds present in many plant-based foods and drinks. In this study, the main protective effect appeared to come from a subclass of flavonoids known as anthocyanins, which are present in berries such as blackcurrants and blackberries, and other fruits, and also certain vegetables, such as aubergines. The research was led by Dr Xiang Gao, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health in the US, and Dr Aedin Cassidy, a professor of nutrition at University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School in the UK. The study adds weight to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of certain flavonoids may lower the risk for developing a wide range of human diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and some cancers. However, it is the first to show the compounds may protect neurons against

brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, as Cassidy explained in a statement: “This is the first study in humans to look at the associations between the range of flavonoids in the diet and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and our findings suggest that a sub-class of flavonoids called anthocyanins may have neuroprotective effects.” Parkinson’s is a neurological disease where the death of certain cells in the brain means it does not have enough dopamine, which in turn affects ability to control movement so that it takes longer to do things. The disease is progressive, so symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement, gradually get worse with time. The disease affects around one in 500 people, which equates to 127,000 people in the UK. There is no cure, and very few effective drug therapies. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 49,281 men who took part in the Health Professional Followup Study and 80,336 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study. Both cohorts are based in the US. Over the 20 to 22 years of follow-up, 805 of the participants (438 men and 367 women), developed Parkinson’s Disease.

ISLAMABAD: Children bathing in Sohan River to get some relief from scorching hot weather.

Pakistan shaping up to experience positive change STAFF REPORTER

CJP takes notice of land grabbing, police torture

—The Chief Justice tice ordered “report be ob- the ordered “report be called I SLAMABAD —The change IofSLAMABAD Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar tained from Secretary Forest from IGP for 25.05.2013. which Pakistanis have voted

ISLAMABAD: Famous Journalist and Author Fareeda Hafeez chairing a group discussion on Rarity of Ethical Values in the Society.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Chinese delegation visits NUML CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —A high note Chinese delegation’s visit to National University of Modern Languages, NUML, on Tuesday ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to

Pakistan, prologues the mounting warmth between Pakistan and China through cultural and academic links. The visiting Chinese delegation was headed by Chief Executive Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director

General Hanban, Ms Xu Lin. The students of Chinese Department of NUML, Roots International and other institutions of twin cities presented a very colourful cultural show for the visiting guests.

for in the recent general elections infactis an opening of a gateway to positively revolutionize the social practices and now it rests with the State organs to respect the mandate of the nation to make Pakistan a peace loving, progressive and prosperous country. These remarks were the gist of a scholarly discussion taken place in the monthly socio-literary sitting of Nuqta-e-Nazar at Aiwan-iQuaid, under the auspices of the Nazriya Pakistan Council. The sitting was presided over by senior journalist and short story writer Farida Hafeez. Participants of discussion, representing various walks of life included Horticulturalist Dr. RiazBukhari, Water Sector Expert Dr. Rashid Aftab, Senior Police Officer Ali Asjad, Social Workers Noor ulAin and Muhammad Waseem, Research Associate Ali Qaswar. The two hours deliberations considered to make Pakistan a country of contented people.

Muhammad Chaudhry taking notice of different reports about land grabbing, kidnapping for ransom and torture in police custody Wednesday called reports from Chief Secretary, Punjab, Secretary Forest , Punjab and IGP, Punjab . The notice was taken on the press clipping dated 21.05.2013 wherein it was narrated that about 2500 canal land of Forest Department, Rawalpindi Division, Punjab is under illegal occupation of land Mafia and causing loss to economy and environment of the country. Precious forest trees are being chopped. The Chief Jus-

and Chief Secretary, Punjab for 25.05.2013” Similarly notice was taken on the press clipping of 21.05.2013 carrying the detail of 12 years old kidnapped girl, resident of Rawalpindi, Westridge Police Station. It was further reported in the story that the girl was kidnapped on 25.04.2013, her parents are receiving calls from kidnappers for ransom but Police is still reluctant to take action as neither girl has been recovered nor the investigation has been started by the Police. Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry passed

Moreover, another notice was also taken on a press report carrying an appeal of Shazia Javed resident of Rawalpindi praying that the Police officer of Morgah Police Station has arrested her husband in a fake case and have severally tortured him. Although her husband was complainant in a case but Police instead of arresting the culprits have booked her husband in a fabricated case. She requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan for justice. Taking the notice Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered “report be called from IG, Punjab”.—INP

English language lab for orphans I SLAMABAD —US Ambassa- government bought 22 com- together to improve the lives dor Richard Olson joined staff of the SOS Children’s Village of Islamabad to inaugurate a new English language laboratory at SOS on Wednesday. Established with a grant from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund, the new lab will enable the children living at the SOS Children’s Village to improve their English-language skills. To furnish the lab, the U.S.

puters, furniture, a printer, and special English-language software. “The U.S. government funds comprehensive education programs that will help millions of Pakistani children. Our funding of the new English-language lab for the SOS Children’s Village is an example of this assistance. It shows how the United States and Pakistan can work

of Pakistan’s children,” said Ambassador Olson at the inauguration of the English lab. When asked about the impact of this English language lab, SOS Children’s Village of Islamabad Chairperson, Ms. Naznin Murtaza, said, “English has become the common language of business and education throughout the world.—Online

May 23 CHAIRMAN PAL, Abdul Hameed would brief writers and poets from the twin cities and journalists about establishment of a Coffee House at a meeting in Islamabad. May 24 A 2-day Children Literature Festival will be held at Pak-China Friendship Center to promote reading, creativity, critical thinking and imagination among kids. The event is being organized by Oxford University Press.

Proposed installment of power plants hailed L AHORE —Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad has welcomed Nawaz Sharif’s resolve to set up power plants to immediately curtail loadshedding durations. Talking to APP on Wednesday he said, “It is a good sign that Nawaz Sharif has decided to install power plants on a war-footing well ahead of assuming the charge as a prime minister.” The people, he said, was eying on Nawaz Sharif and expected that he would resolve energy related issues. He said the PML-N had a track record of fulfilling promises made with the masses and this time too its leadership would not disappoint the nation. “The energy crisis is a chronic one,” he said adding that Nawaz Sharif would utilize his energies to overcome it.—APP

Int’l construction tech exhibition on 24th LAHORE—An inaugural ceremony of a three-day Build Tech Pakistan 2013International Building & Construction Technology, Materials, Property, Stone, Interiors & Architecture Exhibition and Conference will be held here on May 24 at the Expo Centre. The stone expo titled STONECA will also be held on the occasion, Saleem Khan Tanoli CEO of FAKT Group which is organizing the event, said in a statement here on Wednesday. He said “Undeniably, construction industry is a backbone of the economic growth of any region throughout the world as it engages the socio economic development factors improving infrastructure and creating employment opportunities. The construction industry in Pakistan is an ever growing sector which propels economy towards designing a better infrastructure and even better investment possibilities.” he said.—APP

PQ shipping activity KARACHI—Two ships carrying containers were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal on Tuesday, port sources said here Wednesday. Three more ships carrying containers, diesel oil and chemical also arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 25% at the Port on Wednesday where a total of three ships namely C.V Najran, Maersk Kolkata and M.T AL Soor-II are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers and diesel oil respectively. A cargo volume of 56238 tonnes comprising 42924 tonnes imports and 13314 tonnes exports inclusive of containerised cargo carried in 1639 containers (TEUs) was handled at the Port during the last 24 hours.—APP

Conversion rates K ARACHI —The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E. 25 deposits) by the State Bank on May 23, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 98.5120, Japanese Yen Rs 0.9577, Pound Sterling Rs 148.7531 and Euro Rs 127.5435.—APP

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. —Anna Freud

Eligibility of GoP Ijara Sukuk in Musharaka Pool STAFF REPORTER

(IBIs), this inclusion will be subject to the following conK A R A C H I —State Bank of ditions: I) Maximum limit for Pakistan (SBP) has notified Islamic Bank Institutions’ inthat now un-encumbered vestment in GoP Ijara Sukuk

Government of Pakistan (GoP) Ijara Sukuk may be included in the Musharaka Pool (MP), created under Islamic Export Refinance Scheme (IERS). According to a SBP circular here on Wednesday addressed to the Presidents/ Chief Executives of all Islamic banking institutions

eligible for IERS MP shall be 50 percent of their total share of financing in the MP. II) GoP Ijara Sukuk included in MP shall not be counted for meeting the concerned bank’s SLR requirements. III) Where GoP Ijara Sukuk are included in the MP.These will continue to be counted towards calcu-

lating the concentration limit on holding of GoP Ijara Sukuk as per DMMD Circular No. 2 of April 22, 2011 and other instructions issued from time to time. IV) Sukuk included in the MP shall appropriately be reported in the attached Revised Appendix I. SBP communique said that all IBIs shall report Sukuk in MP under the sector heading of GoP Ijara Sukuk while reporting Revised Appendix 1 and the same should be verified/certified as over and above the SLR eligible limit by the IBI’s Internal Audit Head/Compliance Head. IBIs shall maintain record of Sukuk issue included and the amount of that issue will be incorporated in the MP. The banks are advised to refer to SBP’s Islamic Export Refinance Scheme and other instructions issued from time to time. Other instructions on the subject remain unchanged, the circular said.

Mobilink Foundation, UNESCO sign accord STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Mobilink Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed an agreement to enhance the award winning ‘SMS Based Literacy’ program. The ‘SMS Based Literacy’ program uses Short Messaging Service (SMS) to impart education to learners across Pakistan. The program was conceived by UNESCO Islamabad, who started piloting this project with Mobilink in May 2009. The fourth (4th) phase, in 2013, will include two projects with the first being the continuation of the SMS based literacy initiative for learners with an extended outreach across Punjab, KPK, FATA and Sindh. The second

project extends the outreach of the program to help enhance the capacities of participating teachers across Pakistan. As of 2013, the ‘SMS Based Literacy’ program will be managed under Mobilink Foundation’s flagship ‘mTaleem’ initiative. ‘mTaleem’ aims to provide education to underprivileged communities across Pakistan utilizing resources available to Mobilink Foundation. This includes initiatives such as ‘SMS Based Learning’ and ‘Teach 2 Transform’, which is an innovative program to engage Mobilink Torchbearers (employee volunteers) as teaching assistants in schools across Pakistan. Elaborating on the project, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director / Represen-

tative, UNESCO stated, “We have come a long way in this public –private partnership with Mobilink and other partners. Earlier when we started, it was only for rural women, but in its upcoming phase we are also using this innovative educational approach for the youth of FATA; off course this would not had been possible without our trusted partners.” Bilal Munir Sheikh, Chief Commercial Officer, Mobilink highlighted, “The Mobilink Foundation has been the custodian of Mobilink’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives since 2008, with education being one of our primary areas of focus. We look forward to working closely with UNESCO to enhance the impact of this initiative for both learners and teachers over the course of this project.

Etihad airways boosts services STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Etihad Airways,

Large gold mine discovered in Xinjiang

STAFF REPORTER the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has finalised the agreement to ac- I SLAMABAD —Geological quire three airport services workers have discovered a companies which will accel- large goldmine in north erate and consolidate the de- west China’s Xinjiang velopment of in-flight cater- Uygur Autonomous Reing services, ground handling gion, officials said. With and cargo operations at Abu gold reserves of at least 53 tonnes, the mine in Dhabi International Airport. Formerly part of Abu Xinyuan County in the Ili Dhabi Airports Company Valley is expected to have (ADAC), the three compa- an economic value of 20 bilnies, Abu Dhabi Airport Ser- lion yuan (3.2 billion US dolvices (ADAS), Abu Dhabi In- lars), said Zeng Xiaogang, Flight Catering (ADIFC), and head of the region’s geolAbu Dhabi Cargo Company ogy and mineral resources (ADCC), are being incorpo- bureau, Xinhua reported. Covering a length of 3 km rated, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, into and depth of 60 to 300 Etihad Airport Services, a meters, the gold mine also wholly owned subsidiary of holds 31,200 tonnes of copEtihad Airways. The companies, which employ more than 4,000 people, are being integrated into the airline’s existing organisational structure to maximise synergies STAFF REPORTER and operational scale. The reengineered business units will continue to provide the full ISLAMABAD—Xpress Money range of ground handling, ca- in association with Union Insurance - one of the leading intering and cargo services. surance firms in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, today launched remittance industry’s first free life insurance for overseas Pakistanis working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Kuwait. Designed specifically to STAFF REPORTER suit the blue collared population, this monthly renewable K ARACHI —Samsung Elec- free life insurance scheme, is tronics announced today available to any person remitthat the Samsung GALAXY ting money through Xpress S4 is TCO Certified, the first Money. This pioneering insurance smartphone to be awarded such an honor. TCO Devel- will provide a life insurance proopment, an independent tection of 15, 000 Saudi Riyals / body that focuses on 1150 Kuwaiti Dinars including sustainability in the IT indus- 5000 Saudi Riyals / 390 Kuwaiti try, found the GALAXY S4 Dinars of repatriation expenses was sustainably designed of the mortal remains, someand manufactured and met thing that not many insurance customer demand for sus- companies cover. The life insurance benefit will be available tainable mobile products. “The demand for environ- to any person remitting money mentally friendly products in- through Xpress Money for a formed our decision making period of one month, from the process when we were creat- day the customer makes a ing the GALAXY S4. We are transaction. A remitter can avail delighted to be the first this life insurance free of cost smartphone manufacturer to be irrespective of the amount TCO Certified as this validates our approach to sustainability,” said JK Shin, CEO & President, IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.

per, said Zeng. He said the of 2015. Its annual gold probureau, in cooperation with duction capacity is expected

the Meisheng Group based in Hainan Province, took five years to find the mine, finally confirming its location on May 13. The group has invested nearly 150 million yuan in the project, which will be put into operation by the end

to reach three tonnes, or 1 billion yuan of production value every year, according to Zeng. It is the second large gold mine discovered in the Ili Valley following one with gold reserves of 50 tonnes found in 1988.

Life Insurance cover offered to overseas Pakistanis

ISE-10 index remain bullish gains 55.59 points

Galaxy S4 becomes TCO certified smartphone

transacted. Mr. Rizwan Hamdani, Country Manager, Xpress Money, said: “Majority of the Pakistani expats from blue-collared category, residing and working in the KSA and Kuwait, generally work in hazardous conditions at construction sites, factories etc. We launched this free life insurance scheme because we are sensitive to humanity and believe that every life is priceless. This life insurance is a critical value addition to our services and we are glad to be associated with Union Insurance - a leading insurance brand in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region in creating a new milestone in the remittance sphere.” Mr. Hamdani further added, “This is a pioneering initiative that no remittance player has offered so far. The launch of this innovative product will truly benefit many bluecollared Overseas Pakistani workers and will give an edge to Xpress Money and Union Insurance. Being one of the biggest global remittance brands, we look forward to further expansion to other countries and regions over the next few months” he added.

ISLAMABAD—The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has issued a license to the Sahara Insurance Company Limited (SICL). A statement issued by the Commission here Wednesday said that SILC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Employees Old-age Benefits Institution (EOBI) to transact non-life insurance business in the country. With continuing emphasis on social insurance, the EOBI decided to incorporate the SICL with the primary objective of providing health insurance coverage to the EOBI pensioners, aged between 60 and 70. In addition, accidental death and disability coverage will be provided to expatriate Pakistanis working abroad. In case of health insurISLAMABAD: Bilal Sheikh, CCO, Mobilink and Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO, following the signing ance the premium will be funded by the Workers Welceremony of the ‘SMS Based Literacy’ programme.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

were traded, which were up by 342,000 shares as compared to previous day’s trading of 126,000 shares. Out of 146 companies, share prices of 86 companies recorded increase and the share prices of 60 companies registered decrease where as no company remained stable in today’s trading. The share price of National Foods increased by Rs. 17.97, while that of Indus Motors decreased by Rs. 11.00 per share. PTCL, Fauji Cement and Bank of Punjab remained the top trading companies in Wednesday’s fare Fund while premiums for trading with 250,000, 100,000 accidental death and disabil- and 100,000 shares respecity insurance will be paid di- tively.—APP rectly by the expatriate Pakistani labor force to Sahara Insurance Company Limited (SICL), it added. Following the registration of the SICL, the total number of active non-life insurers has reached 40, while the total number of active insurance companies K ARACHI —The Karachi (life and non-life), including Cotton Association (KCA) Pakistan Reinsurance Com- has strongly opposed the pany Limited, now stands at introduction of International Cotton (ICOTTON) Futures 50. It is important to note Contract at Pakistan Mercanthat the last time a license was tile Exchange Limited issued by the SECP to an in- (PMEX). In a statement issurance company was in sued here on Wednesday, 2009, and that was to a life the KCA said that the same insurer. With this move, it is decision has been taken withanticipated that the health out adequate consultation insurance sector in Pakistan with the stakeholders of the will witness visible growth, cotton economy including while holistically improving the KCA, APTMA, PCGA, insurance penetration and FAP and PCF. It is observed that ostendensity figures that have resibly PMEX International mained one of the lowest in Cotton (ICOTTON) Futures the region, it added. Contract is based on the NY Cotton Futures Contract and is a cash settled contract, that is, delivery is not contemplated. It was claimed that this contract will provide hedging facility for all those who revealed. The main commodi- are involved in the various ties of imports during April activities in the cotton value 2013 were petroleum products chain.At the same time (Rs72,320 million) petroleum PMEX stated that trading is crude (53,529 million), iron and not based on local cotton. steel (Rs16,231 million), palm It is also interesting to note oil (Rs15,415 million), plastic that US Cotton comprises materials (Rs12049 million), only about 15 percent of the medicinal products (Rs8,210 world crop and only US cotmillion), electrical machinery ton is tenderable in NY Fuand apparatus (Rs8,209 mil- tures Contract, it pointed lion), raw cotton (Rs7,938 mil- out. lion), gold (Rs7,608 million) PMEX claims that their and motor cars (CKD/SKD) contract is based on NY Fu(Rs 5,011 million), the data re- tures Contract. However, this vealed. Based on these provi- is another anomaly as NY Fusional figures of PBS, the trade tures is a deliverable contract deficit during July- April (2012- whereas PMEX contract 13) was recorded at does not involve physical Rs.1,592,336 million. delivery, it said. —APP

Exports surge 13.38pc to 1.941tln in 10 months ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s exports in rupees term surged by 13.38 percent to Rs1.941 trillion during the first ten months of the current fiscal year as against the corresponding period of last year. Exports from the country during July-April (201213) were recorded at Rs1,941,654 million against the exports of Rs1,712,557 million during July-April (2011-12), according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. On month-on-month basis, the exports from the

country increased by 0.08 than basmati (Rs.14,591 mil- towels (Rs6,804 million), rice percent to Rs.209,441 in April lion), bedwear (Rs14,552 mil- basmati (Rs5454 million) and 2013 when compared to the lion), sugar (Rs9,141 million), leather tanned (Rs5,372 milRs209,274 million exports of March 2013. On the other hand, on year-on-year basis, the exports during April 2013 increased by 3.68 percent when compared to the exports of Rs.202,010 million during the same month of last year. The main commodities of exports during April 2013 were cotton cloth (Rs.24,034 million), cotton yarn (Rs18,447 million), readymade garments (Rs16,068 million), knitwear (Rs 14,849 million), rice other

Stock Exchange witnessed bullish trend here on Wednesday as the ISE-10 index was up by 55.59 points and close at 3980.57 points. A total of 486,000 shares

SECP issues license to non-life insurance co STAFF REPORTER



lion). Meanwhile, imports into the country during July-April (2012-13) totaled Rs3,533,990 million against the imports of Rs3,279,526 million during the corresponding period of last year, showing an increase of 7.76 percent. During the month of April 2013 the imports into the country were recorded at Rs384,277 against the imports of Rs361,585 million in March, showing positive growth of 6.28 percent. As compared to the imports of Rs340,480 million during April 2012, the imports in April 2013 witnessed increase of 12.86 percent the PBS data

KCA opposes ICOTTON Futures Contract at PMEX

FPCCI demands disbandment of TOR
















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Organizatgion Rules (TOR), the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has demanded of the government to do away with the DGTO having vast discretionary powers to exploit trade bodies. The TOR 2013 came to under discussion at the Executive Committee Meeting of FPCCI held at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Zubair Ahmed Malik, President, FPCCI in the chair the meeting was attended by the office bearers, presidents and chairmen of various chambers of commerce and industry and associations respectively as well as a large number of Executive Committee Members










KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

45428.00 754.28

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 45430.00 Gold 22 Ct 41540.00 SilverTezabi 789.00 Silver Thobi 760.00

Farmers reiterate demand for approving modified corn L AHORE —Farmers

of corn growing areas have reiterated their demand to approve genetically modified (GM) corn for commercial plantation in Pakistan. The technology has a potential to reduce losses caused by various pesticides and weedicides that in turn result in increasing production of corn crop, farmers belonging to Sahiwal, Pakpatan, Arifwala, Mian Channu and Vehari areas said at an interaction with the members of Agriculture Journalists Association here Wednesday. Monsanto’s Technology Development Officer Asif Nazir, while briefing farmers, said biotechnology was the fastest adopted crop technology in the world, adding that Pakistan could increase productivity of various crops by embracing this revolutionary technology. He informed the field trials of the product have been completed by Monsanto and now they were just awaiting government’s nod for commercial release of the product in the country. “We (Monsanto) have submitted our application to the official body - National Bio-safety Committee - for approving commercial release of our GM corn product in Pakistan and would hand over this technology to you (farmers) as soon as we get go-ahead from NBC”, said Asif Nazir. The farmers said agriculture was a backbone of the country’s economy so bringing about an improvement in this sector was imperative for development, adding that the latest technology would certainly play a key role. “Some of us (farmers) did not have much knowledge about biotech crops earlier but now, after practically seeing the GM corn field, we have learnt a lot about biotechnology and are sure that crop biotechnology has a potential to deliver in Pakistan,” remarked Chaudhry Tahir Mahmood, a progressive farmer from Sahiwal. The farmers also urged the government to play a proactive role for farmer education on biotech crops so that Pakistan could benefit from this technology in a better way. The farmers urged the need for more debate on biotechnology in Pakistan to highlight benefits of biotechnology and develop understanding among farmers about biotech crops. “We should utilise this technology keeping in mind our own needs,” said Chaudhry Asifwahla, a grower from Vehari.—APP


of FPCCI from across the country. The participants also demanded that the enforcement of TOR 2013 should be immediately stopped and in the meantime it should be redrafted in consultation with the representatives of FPCCI. In this respect some members referring to the Bhurban Declaration passed in the Bhurban Business Convention organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry recalled that the declaration has out rightly rejected the TOO 2013 and TOR 2013. The meeting was also informed that TOO 2013 and TOR 2013 nowhere in the world, except Pakistan and Bangladesh. The meeting inter-alia, also discussed Trade Organizations Ordinance (TOO), 2013 and Trade

Organization Rules (TOR), 2013; considered FPCCI Proposals for the upcoming Federal Budget 2013-14 and current economic issues in the backdrop of protracted power load shedding, shortage of gas and deteriorating law and order situation etc. The business community was of the view that the trade bodies are being run on the revenue being generated by the trade bodies themselves. There is no financial grant from the government for the support to trade bodies. They further opined that in the presence of the companies’ laws of SECP RAWALPINDI: Member RCCI Khalid Farooq Qazi presenting cheque to NUML University students during a Busithere is no need of the DGTO ness Plan Competition. office or of TOR. It was also decided in the meeting that FPCCI will form a committee to review the TOR 2013 and make necessary recommendations for incorporation in it.

ICCI urges resolution of issue of Rent Control Act STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) led by its President, Mr.Zafar Bakhtawari have a meeting with Mr.Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and congratulated him on winning election from NA-49 Islamabad in recent Elections. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said that he would make all-out efforts for the development of rural parts of Islamabad as NA-49 consists on 70 percent rural parts of Islamabad and 30 percent urban areas. He said that his party would launch development projects throughout the country as PML-N leadership

had already delivered various development projects to the masses in past and it would continue its struggle to make the country prosperous. Mr.Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI informed the newly elected MNA about various problems faced by business community. He highlighted the problem of balanced rent control because non-existence of a balanced rent law in the federal capital was the main cause of rising rent disputes between tenants and landlords. ICCI President said political stability is a pre-requisite for economic growth and development of the country in the prevailing global scenario to offset the future fiscal chal-

lenges. There should have been plan for practicing good governance for sustaining and maintaining a sound political and socio-economic system in the country, he maintained. He urged the leaders of all the political parties to help strengthen democratic system in the national interest and said that political stability was a key factor worldwide for economic development and restoring confidence of foreign and local investors. Mr.Bakhtawari informed Mr.Tariq Fazal Chaudhary that ICCI and CCCI were jointly working for establishing industrial estate on Chakwal Moterway which would bring further prosperity in this area.

Facebook in talks to buy Israel’s Waze

TEL AVIV—Facebook Inc is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze for $800 million to $1 billion, business daily Calcalist reported. The deal, which would be Facebook’s largest acquisition, would give the social networking company a mapping service and allow it to better compete with Google Inc and Apple Inc. Maps and navigation services have become a key asset for technology companies as consumers increasingly adopt smartphones and other mobile devices. Waze uses satellite signals from members’ smartphones to generate maps and traffic data, which it then shares with other users, offering real-time traffic info. Due diligence between Waze and Facebook is underway after a term sheet was signed, Calcalist said, adding that talks began six months ago. Officials at Waze and Facebook declined to comment on the report.

Over 50 pc cotton sowing completes

ISLAMABAD: Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI presenting bouquet to Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary on winning election from NA-49 Islamabad.

Pak student discovers novel way to combat environmental degradation STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —A Pakistani student bagged forth position worldwide and got Honourable Mention Award in the International Sustainable World Energy Environment Engineering Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP 2013) held recently in Houston, Texas. Muhammad Bilal Bhutto, a class 10th student from PakTurk Khairpur Branch presented his Biology project regarding decreasing air pollution by using common grass in the competition in the 5th I-SWEEEP 2013 to be honoured. His project provided applicable suggestions for cleaning the environment by improving air quality, main-

taining higher treatment and decorating the surroundings which was admired by the judges, participants and contestants representing 363 projects from 68 countries and 41 states from the USA. Participants were also

provided the opportunity to visit Stem Expo, Robotics Contest, NASA field trip and Houston Museum of Natural by the organizers. It may be mentioned that I-SWEEEP is international science fair which has been

promoting sustainable energy solutions since 2008 on energy, engineering, and environmental projects. Commenting on the success, PakTurk Chairman Unal Tosur, MD Fasih Celik and Director Education Kamil Ture said that participation in competitions is not just about winning; the students gets opportunity to study other projects, participate in workshops, symposiums, cultural events, exhibitions, listen to legendary scientists and interact with brightest young minds. They said that today’s students are the innovators of tomorrow, we’re helping to empower the next generation of Pakistani scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs so that they can change the world.

M U LTA N —Cotton sowing has been completed over an area of 235,343 acre in Multan district meeting around 53 per cent sowing against a target of 441,000 acre set for the on-going cotton season. District Officer Agriculture Yousuf Hassan Tatla said in a meeting here Wednesday that late wheat harvest and changing weather conditions delayed cotton sowing, however, added that cotton sowing target would be achieved in Multan by May 31. Giving tehsil-wise sowing break-up, he said cotton had been sown over 42,970 acre in Shujabad, 53,057 acre in Jalalpur Pirwala and 139,314 acre in Multan. The DO agriculture advised growers to complete sowing by May 31 for better per acre yield. He advised growers willing to sow Bt varieties that they should also cover ten per cent of their area by non-Bt cotton varieties so that pests do not develop resistance against Bt varieties. Growers should sow registered and healthy seed having 60 per cent germination strength and it should be treated with some suitable pesticides before sowing to keep it safe from sucking pests, including white fly and Jassid for a month. For safety against white fly which carries CLCV virus, growers should double the pesticides application to seeds from five gram per kilogram of seed to 10 gram per kilogram of seed.—APP

Google’s conversational search arrives with new Chrome STAFF REPORTER


“OK, Google” command isn’t just for Glass anymore. People equipped with the newest version of Chrome now can use the line before speaking up to ask Google a question and can hear the answer spoken back. Google demonstrated conversational search at Google I/O a week ago, a style of search designed to be more like natural human speech than the technically constructed search queries that people often use today to retrieve information from a search engine. It’s all part of the gradual arrival of Google’s vision to build Star Trek-style search, in which the computer grasps what people want and answers them. To start a “conversation,” people can click on the microphone icon in the search

KARACHI —The persistent acute energy crisis has created an attractive investors market in Pakistan reflected in the noticeable participation of global energy players in the energy exhibition. According to exhibition organizers the energy players at least from 30 countries are coming to participate in the 11th International Exhibition for the Energy Industry-

are participating in the show including with a majority from China, Germany, U.K., Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, U.A.E and U.S.A. The exhibition provides an opportunity to bring together the international business professionals and the leading local industry players to exchange their technical and business expertise to acquaint the local industry with the latest developments in the energy

sector. Besides, the 9th International Conference for Oil, Gas and Energy Industry will be held in concurrence with the exhibition, featuring two exclusive sessions on “Securing Pakistan Energy Future : Options and Solutions”. The eminent speakers and delegates are participating from Finland, France, India and Saudi Arabia. The conference will address current and future

of conversational search from Google I/O. Google sometimes delivers the results firsthand, a major departure from search results years ago that typically were located on others’ Web pages. The search engine optimization industry grew around this search-driven Web traffic, but it’s not clear yet how it’ll be changed as Google gives the answers itself.

Later, addressing an important meeting at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), South Africa High Commissioner Mr. Mpendulo Kumalo, agreed with the SCCI proposals regarding the regular exchange of updated trade information and mutual trade delegations to enhance trade between the two countries. During this meeting, local businessmen pointed out that there was no doubt to say that Sialkot made sports goods, surgical instruments, leather products, gloves, textiles items, sports wear, martial arts uniforms & accessories, musical instruments, kitchen ware, hollow ware, knives, cutlery items and military uniform badges etc. could find a good market in South Africa. The main hurdle is direct link between business communities of both countries. There is lack of communication and proper marketing,

they added. The meeting was told that it was encouraging to note that Pakistan and South Africa were both desirous of close relations with each other to achieve the goal of mutual economic benefits. However, the major bottleneck in the promotion of trade ties was lack of timely information to the business opportunities. Earlier, the South African High Commissioner visited the several leading industrial units in Sialkot, amid tight security. He witnessed the international standard craftsmanship of Sialkot based artisans and said that Sialkot exporters have a great potential to explore and capture the international trade markets of South African by exporting their world class traditional and non-traditional export products. He hailed the unique export culture of Sialkot.—APP

Collector Customs agrees to KPCCI demand

LCCI looks new avenues from Chinese premier’s visit

S IALKOT —South Africa is keen to boost trade ties with Pakistan by making investment in tourism and joint ventures in different sectors. The High Commissioner of South Africa in Pakistan Mr. Mpendulo Kumalo stated this while talking to the industrialists and exporters during his visit to some leading industrial units here on Wednesday. He said that his country pledged to make allout sincere efforts to remove all bottlenecks in the way of promoting mutual trade ties between the both counties. Both countries have been enjoying cordial trade relations, he said and offered some direct trade relations to Sialkot business community, besides, pledging full support and technical assistance to ensure easy access of Pakistan business community to international South African trade markets.

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR—Collector Customs Peshawar, Zulfiqar A. Kazmi has agreed in principle with demand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) of allowing rebateable export from Ghulam Khan check post in Bannu. In this regard, Collector Custom has also held out assurance of sending recommendations to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to declare Ghulam Khan check post as ‘Export Station’ on immediate basis. These views were expressed by him during a high level meeting at KPCCI along

30 countries to participate in energy exhibition POGEE 2013 scheduled from 30th May to 1stJune, at Expo Centre, Lahore. The exhibition is geared up for an extensive display of technological advancement and innovative services and is attracting a good number of visitors from cities like Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Muzzafargarh, Shaikhupura, Multan, Lahore and Karachi. Around 200 companies from more than 30 countries

then answers. Subsequent queries can be made using the “OK, Google” initiation that the company uses for making Glass receptive to voice commands. Google tries to be clever enough to understand that “here” means “the questioner ’s present location” and that a pronoun could refer to the subject of a previous query.

SA keen to boost trade ties

Persistent energy crisis attracts int’l players AMANULLAH KHAN

box, then speak a question, To see the feature in action, which Google shows and check Google’s demonstration

energy challenges along with the recommendations that will be provided by the prominent speakers, related to innovative options and solutions. This globally recognized platform anticipates that participation of each individual brings benefit and success in their businesses and enables the country to move a step forward towards its economic growth.

with its president, Yousaf Sarwar and other businessmen, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. During the meeting, Zulfiqar Kazmi also assured participants of the meeting that a special committee will be constituted for valuation of pharmaceutical and other products. In his welcome address, President KPCCI, Yousaf Sarwar laid stress on making tax departments as business friendly and for introduction of reforms in subordinate departments of FBR. He said business community is in favour of expanding the tax net and is already paying taxes. However, he continued, the loopholes in tax collection system should be removed and the amount collected under the tax head should be utilized on nation building schemes. KPCCI president appreciated the process of payment of rebate from Custom Collectorate Peshawar and demanded some improvement in the process. He also mentioned problems being faced by business community specially those belonging to pharmaceutical sector in evaluation of goods under One Custom System and demanded clearance on the basis of declared value of Letter of Credit (LC). Yousaf also presented suggestions for further improving WEBOC system and demanded to allow export from Peshawar dry port through trucks as were allowed under bonded carrier.

LAHORE—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday expressed optimism that Chinese Primer Li Keqiang’s visit to Pakistan would open new avenues of cooperation besides reinforcing economic partnership between the both countries. In a statement issued here, LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said the business community had attached great significance to the Chinese primer’ s visit to Pakistan. He said that Pak -China bond was unbreakable and the trade and economic ties as a whole had maintained growth momentum. “Pakistani nation has feelings of great respect for China who always extended admirable cooperation to the Pakistan at all fronts. China has always backed Pakistan in areas of mutual benefit and Pakistani people are proud of Pak-China exemplary friendship.”, he added. He said Pakistan was the first South Asian country to sign a free trade agreement and currency swap agreement with China and it was the largest destination of Chinese investment in South Asia. China is Pakistan’s second largest trading partner and fourth largest export market. He said important agreements and MoUs in the fields of economy, science and technology, space & upper atmosphere communication and energy would put Pakistan’s economy on path to recovery. —APP

official urges parties Eating berries may lower KATI to avoid rallies , sits-in men’s parkinson’s risk STAFF REPORTER


EN who regularly consume foods rich in flavonoids, such as ber ries, apples, certain vegetables, tea and red wine, may significantly reduce their risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the journal Neurology this week that saw no such effect among women. Flavonoids are naturally occurring, bioactive compounds present in many plant-based foods and drinks. In this study, the main protective effect appeared to come from a subclass of flavonoids known as anthocyanins, which are present in berries such as blackcurrants and blackberries, and other fruits, and also certain vegetables, such as aubergines. The research was led by Dr Xiang Gao, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health in the US, and Dr Aedin Cassidy, a professor of nutrition at University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School in the UK. The study adds weight to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of certain flavonoids may lower the risk for developing a wide range of human diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and some cancers. However, it is the first to show the compounds may protect neurons against

brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, as Cassidy explained in a statement: “This is the first study in humans to look at the associations between the range of flavonoids in the diet and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and our findings suggest that a sub-class of flavonoids called anthocyanins may have neuroprotective effects.” Parkinson’s is a neurological disease where the death of certain cells in the brain means it does not have enough dopamine, which in turn affects ability to control movement so that it takes longer to do things. The disease is progressive, so symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement, gradually get worse with time. The disease affects around one in 500 people, which equates to 127,000 people in the UK. There is no cure, and very few effective drug therapies. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 49,281 men who took part in the Health Professional Followup Study and 80,336 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study. Both cohorts are based in the US. Over the 20 to 22 years of follow-up, 805 of the participants (438 men and 367 women), developed Parkinson’s Disease.

KARACHI—The Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Law and Order Sub-committee Chairman Nadeem Khan said that the protest rallies and sit-ins in the city were damaging trade and economic activities of the city and were inflicting colossal loss to the national exchequer worth Rs1 billion a day. The elections were over and the political and religious parties should immediately stop producing rallies and staging sit-ins on city’s key arteries, which were blocking

MQM basic membership of KTC in-charge Hammad terminated STAFF REPORTER Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee had sacked Hammad Siddiqui, incharge of MQM Karachi Tanzeemi (Organisational) Committee. The basic membership of Siddiqui in MQM has also been terminated with immediate effect. The Coordination Committee has also directed MQM workers and officebearers not to keep contact with Siddiqui in any form and those that would fail to comply to that directive would be liable to strict disciplinary action by the party.

K ARACHI — Sindh Chief

MQM MNAs condemn power utilities for inflated bills, prolonged load shedding STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) newly elected members national assembly have vehemently condemned the

charging of extra fee from the consumers of electricity through sending inflated electricity bills to the consumers. They also condemned the unannounced prolonged load shedding in Karachi and

the country, which added to peoples’ grievances while unannounced prolonged load shedding was curtailing trade and industrial activities in the country especially in the city.

KW&SB striving to supply safe drinking water to citizens: MD IRFAN ALIGI

ARACHI—The Karachi WaKARACHI—Muttahida K ter and sewerage Board

CS for undertaking measures for monsoon rains

KARACHI: Chairman Indus Pharma Zahid Saeed briefing media regarding first Indus Pharma Tennis Championship Tournament 2013.—PO photo

free movement of goods carrying transport from the port and city’s trade centres to other cities of the country. The protest rallies and sit-ins were creating obstruction to the working of the ports of the city due to which the export graph of the country was severely compromised. The political parties should join hands with the traders and businessmen of the city for taking the country to the apex of economic stability and for that purpose they should avoid staging sitins and producing protest ral- KARACHI: Students of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University taking interest in books lies on pure political grounds. during an exhibition.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Secretary (CS), Muhammad Ijaz Chowdhry has directed that appropriate measures be undertaken to meet any eventuality in the monsoon 2013. He called upon the Additional Chief Secretaries and secretaries of Planing and Development, Home, Rehabilitation, Implementation and Local Government Departments to remain alert and jointly chalk out a plan for prompt implementation in this regard. Ijaz expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of the heads of these Departments.The JICA consultant Syed Ali Gardezi was also present. The matter of security improvement in Karachi was also discussed in the meeting, aimed at strengthening the security.—APP

(KW&SB) had so far collected 110 samples collected from throughout the city were tested in the Negleria Monitoring Laboratory and chlorine level was not as per standards in 30 samples. Focal persons would be responsible for collecting samples from all over the city and taking measure to ensure chlorine level in the supply based on lab testing reports. They will submit reports to the head of their respective departments. These steps are taken to ensure that standard chlorine level is maintained in the wa-

ter supply to the city. Samples collected from the city would be used to find out the areas where chlorine level is under the standards and maintain it. However, KW&SB has already taken steps to ensure the standard chlorine level in the water supply. These measures were initiated by the KW&SB Managing director Misbahuddin Fareed for ensuring wellchlorinated water supply to the consumers so as to prevent the possible spread of Neglleria bacteria. The MD said that we were striving to further raise the quality of water within our limited resources. Provision of clean and healthy

water to the citizens was our first priority. Water supplied to the citizens is checked for Chlorine level even after supply. In this regard, the MD had announced formation of a Focal Group to monitor presence of Neglleria in water supply to Karachi in a joint meeting of Caretaker Provincial Minister Health, Commissioner Karachi, MD KW&SB, Senior Director Health KMC, Public Health Karachi and Department of Health, Sindh. The focal group would comprise of one focal person from each department responsible for collecting samples from all over the city.

Dilapidated bridges in city pose serious threat to citizens’ lives STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Traffic gridlocks, poor traffic management and fast deteriorated infrastructure in the port city have become nuisance to the people of the city and the destruction of city’s roads, bridges and fly-overs, parks and playgrounds have been decaying fast due to corruption and political influence. The sheer manifests of ridden means of communications in the city were Jam Sadiq Bridge that connected Korangi and Landhi to the centres of the city, Fatima Jinnah Fly-over near Cantt. Railways Station and the right turn bridge on Rashid Minhas Road connecting to Shahrae Faisal toward Karachi’s In-

ternational Airport. The bridge on Rashid Minhas Road had in past collapsed and later in 5 years developed holes and fractures due to which the lives of the citizens moving in their cars from the said that the Bridges were directly exposed to calamity anytime. Recently, the bridge had lost the smoothness of the Deck Slab, the part of the bridge on which the vehicles move. The local authorities concerned have proposed that the entire Deck Slab of the bridge should be replaced for which hefty funds would be required while the local authorities were already going through financial crunch and were unable to disburse employees’

monthly salaries and pension to the retired employees. The proposal was included in budgetary proposals for the annual fiscal budget of the province and called for allocating Rs50 million for the replacement of the Deck Slab. The work on the bridges on Rashid Minhas Road, Fatima Jinnah Bridge and Jam Sadiq bridge would start after seeking assurances from the provincial government for provisioning of the required funds. According to an engineer in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation on condition of anonymity told Pakistan Observer that the bridges were not meant for heavy transport but the load was high from sunset to dawn.

Commissioner asks buyers to insist on display of price lists K A R A C H I —Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has urged the consumers that while purchasing grocery they should insist that the shopkeepers display conspicuously the official price lists In a statement on Wednesday he said that steps are being taken against the profiteers and hoarders in order to provide relief to the people. The Commissioner said that the deputy commissioners of all the five districts in the metropolis as well as the assistant commissioners are initiating measures against profiteering and hoarding. As a result fines were imposed on 30 flour sellers, five meat sellers and 18 other shopkeepers for profiteering. He said that in all, the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners took action against 53 sellers on charges of profiteering, fines of Rs 77,900 were recovered while four shopkeepers were sent to jail.—APP

Stronger statin doses tied to kidney injury


NEW study finds that high po tency statins are tied to higher risk of being hospitalized for acute kidney injury compared with less potent statins and that the risk persists for two years. Lead researcher Colin Dormuth, of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues, write about their findings in a BMJ paper that was published online on 19 March. Statins are a widelyused class of drug for lowering cholesterol as a way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, with higher doses prescribed for those at higher risk.Largely as a result of clinical trials showing improved cardiovascular outcomes, there has been a trend toward increasing the potency of statins, either with larger doses, such as simvastatin or atorvastatin 40-80 mg, or with the more potent form, rosuvastatin. But researchers are beginning to suggest that increasing potency may lead to adverse kidney problems, and because statins are so widely used, concerns are being raised about these adverse events. Clinical trials don’t involve large numbers of people, so adverse side effects may not be common enough to be identified, and it is only in postmarketing monitoring, and analyses of large groups of patients, that they begin to show.

LHC notices minor girl’s rape LAHORE—The Lahore High Court Wednesday took notice of the news published in a section of press regarding rape of an eight years old schoolgirl by the son of a landlord in Mangtanwala Area. The LHC Complaint cell has directed District & Sessions Judge, Nakana Sahib to probe into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, resident of village Mango Taaro of Mangtanwala reported to police that her daughter, a student of class two, was abducted on her way to home from school. He said that he had gone looking for her and heard her cry out from nearby fields. He caught her assailant, Zahid, in the act and handed him to the police. The victim was shifted to Children Hospital Lahore in a critical condition. However, police registered a rape case against accused Zahid, 16, and started proceedings against him.—APP

For this latest study, researchers from across Canada compared patients who were prescribed high potency statins to those who were prescribed low potency statins in seven Canadian provinces and two international databases (UK and US) between 1997 and 2008. They used the health records of 2 million people from the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) to assess the link between treatment with high versus low potency statins and hospitalization for acute kidney injury in patients with and without chronic kidney disease. High potency was defined as rosuvastatin at doses of 10mg or higher, atorvastatin at doses of 20mg or higher, and simvastatin at doses of 40mg or higher. All others were defined as low potency. When they analyzed the data, the researchers found that high potency statin users were 34% more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury compared with low potency statin users in the first 120 days of treatment. Expressing the results in another way, the researchers estimate that for every 1,700 patients without chronic kidney disease treated with a high potency as opposed to a low potency statin, there is one additional hospitalization for acute kidney injury.

Laws against women harassment implementation urged STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —There is a dire need to implement laws against women harassment at workplace so that they could play their due role in the stream of national development in an effective manner. This was stated by Aima Mehmood, Executive Director of Working Women Organization, a non-governmental organization on the second day of the three-day media training workshop titled ‘Gender and Labour Issues’ held at a local hotel on Wednesday organized by Intermedia Pakistan. She said that the state was responsible to give protection to women who were facing harassment at workplace. She said after passing the law against harassment at workplace, all public and private organizations were bound to constitute a committee to resolve harassment matters and if a victim woman

thinks that committee was showing undue favour for accused person(s), then she can submit her application to the office of ombudsman. Aima urged the journalists to publicize laws against the gender equality and sexual harassment to sensitize people about the repercussions of the offense. Delivering a lecture, Trainer Aafia Salam of Intermedia Pakistan, said that Intermedia Pakistan would launch ‘Journalism excellence awards 2013 for quality reporting on gender and labour issues and journalists can submit their entries till June 30. She said there were four categories of awards and all stories and reports should be focused on gender issues at workplace, case studies and research and reference, facts, figures or statistics relating to gender empowerment for decent employment and references to laws, treaties, and conventions on gender and labour issues.

Children harbingers of safety: DG Rescue LAHORE—Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer said school-going children were harbingers of safety and could change specific road behaviors of their parents and others as well. Addressing “Road Safety Awareness Seminar for Kids” organized by Safe Communities Pakistan (SCP) at Emergency Services Academy on Wednesday, he said children could play a vital role in building safer communities in Pakistan by sensitizing the general public about road usage. Dr. Rizwan Naseer praised the efforts of First Muslim British Parliamentarian Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, President SCP.—APP

Ceiling fans, water coolers donated to jails LAHORE: A vendor selling manual fans to customers.

L AHORE —A group of philanthropists donated 500 ceiling fans and 350 water coolers to different prisons across the Punjab. Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Mian Farooq Nazeer told APP here Wednesday that rich people of the area in all districts were asked to donate ceiling fans and water coolers. He said that ceiling fans and water coolers are already working in all barracks but in view of scorching heat, it has now been decided to install additional ceiling fans and water coolers in overcrowded barracks. It may be mentioned here that a total of 48,897 inmates are housed in 32 jails throughout the province against the sanctioned strength of only 21,527 persons.—APP

Lawyer gunned down L AHORE —A local lawyer was gunned down by unidentified persons near his house at Y-Block Defence here on Wednesday. Police said that Zain Ghaffar resident of Y-block, was going to his office when unidentified motorcyclists intercepted him and opened fire at him and fled, as a result he died on the spot. The brother of slain lawyer was killed in Gujranawala over property dispute some six months ago and the lawyer was pursuing the case.—APP

253 new measles cases reported

No confirmed dengue case in Punjab: Arif STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Secretary Health Punjab Arif Nadeem Tuesday said there was no confirmed case of dengue virus in Punjab at present. Speaking at a meeting of Dengue Response Committee presided over by Chief Secretary Javed Iqbal, he said, however, three confirmed patients of dengue were reported in the province during the last five months out of which two belonged to Faisalabad and one to Lahore. Dengue tests of 398 suspected patients were conducted in Punjab during the last five months which were found negative. Secretary Health briefed that 495 teams were engaged in indoor and outdoor vector surveillance in Lahore and besides Ravi Town, positive sites of dengue larvae were also found at some places in Samanabad and Aziz Bhatti Town which had been mechanically removed. He said that diagnostic and treatment facilities for dengue patients were available in all government hospitals and High Dependency Units were being kept functional. Vice Chancellor KEMU and Chairman Dengue Ex-

perts Advisory Group (DEAG) Prof Dr Faisal Masood informed that due to increase in temperature, the growth of dengue mosquitos in outdoor was not possible, however, the mosquitos could refuge in houses and shady places and could multiply during monsoon season. Additional Chief Secretary Iftikhar Ahmad Rao, Secretaries of concerned departments and senior officers, Commissioner Lahore Rana Nasim and DCO Rizwan Mehboob were also present in the meeting. Meanwhile, as 253 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours, the number of measles cases reported in Punjab in last six months has reached to 13,220. According to health department officials, at least 93 deaths have been reported so far while mostly deaths occurred in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Kasur and Sialkot. During the last 24 hours, around 253 cases of measles were reported from Punjab, including 73 from the city hospitals. Meanwhile, Director General Health Services Punjab Dr Tanveer Ahmed talking to media persons said on inves-

tigation it was found a majority of deaths in Lahore were caused by severe pneumonia and delay in reaching hospitals. However, measles vaccination is available in all hospitals of the city in an ample quantity and patients were being treated free. He appealed to parents to get their children upto five years of age vaccinated against meassles without delay and cooperate with vaccinating teams.

Five injured in house fire L AHORE—Five of a family, including four minors, sustained injuries when fire broke out in a house, near Peco road on Wednesday. Rescue 1122 sources said that fire erupted in a house near Pindi stop due to short circuit and gutted valuables worth thousand of rupees. Fire brigade and Rescue teams reached the spot and rescued the family. However, four children and a man received some injuries and were taken to hospital. They were discharged after treatment, said the sources.—APP

Action against juvenile rickshaw drivers L AHORE —The city traffic police on Wednesday took action against underage rickshaw drivers, practice of overloading in public transport and professional beggars at traffic signals. According to traffic police sources, Chief Traffic Officer Capt (retd) Sohail Chaudhry highlighted in a meeting that cases were registered against 71 underage rickshaw drivers, 236 drivers for overloading, 170 careless drivers, and 6 alm seekers for obstructing flow of traffic. He said traffic wardens have counselled the rickshaw drivers to drive at extreme left lane of the road to ensure smooth flow of traffic.—APP

e-Paper May 23, 2013  

e-Paper May 23, 2013

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