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Pak protests against drone strikes Senior US diplomat summoned to FO STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Foreign Office on Thursday summoned a senior American diplomat to protest against US drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office spokes-man, the US Embassy in Pakistan was “démarched on recent drone strikes in North Waziristan.” Pakistani officials told the diplomat, who was not identi-

fied, that the attacks were unacceptable, unlawful and a violation of the country’s sovereignty. “A senior US diplomat was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and informed that the drone strikes were unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” said an official statement. “It was emphatically stated that such attacks were unacceptable.” The latest drone attack in North Waziristan came Tuesday when an unmanned American

CJ annoyed over Balochistan situation

SC declares Islamabad Safe City Project null and void

Q UETTA —Chief

ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court

LAHORE: Makeshift slum home of nomadic people along River Ravi submerged in the flood water.

Heavy rains wreak havoc, 14 dead Major rivers in medium flood

Karzai telephones Raja ISLAMABAD—President of Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Karzai telephoned Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf today and extended Eid greetings to him. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf thanked the Afghan President for his call and extended Eid greeting to him as well. During the telephonic conversation both the leaders reiterated their resolve to work for peace and stability in the region. While talking to Mr. Hmid Karzai, the Prime Minister said that his government was firmly committed to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Emphasizing that interaction between the two countries should continue to further improve the existing brotherly relations, the Prime Minister said he was looking forward to meeting him in the near future.—NNI

STAFF REPORTERS LAHORE—At least 14 people were killed as monsoon rains wreaked havoc in northern areas and eastern Punjab. The Disaster Management (DM) authorities Thursday said that more than thirty people have been reportedly killed since rains started early this week, dozens wounded, and more than a hundred have been rendered homeless in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and Kashmir. The Metrological Department (MD) has forecast more heavy rains in Kashmir, Punjab, Islamabad, and KP. Earlier, a warning of flash floods was issued. The rains will continue for two more days, said the MD in its weather forecast report. Meanwhile, media re-

Nawaz calls Nisar for consultations STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) President Nawaz Sharif has summoned leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan on Friday for important consultations on political situation in the country general elections, apWELLINGTON—The bodies before pointment of caretaker prime of the three New Zealand minister, creation of two new soldiers killed in Afghanistan provinces in Punjab and on have been brought home. Sardar Zulfikar Khosa issue. Corporal Luke Tamatea, Mian Nawaz Sharif will Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker reach Lahore today . Nawaz and Private Richard Harris Sharif telephoned Nisar Ali arrived in New Zealand South Khan from Hajaz to reach Island city of Christchurch on Lahore on Friday. Thursday afternoon for an emotional and sombre military ceremony. Military chiefs, comrades and family members watched on from the tarmac as the caskets were covered in the New Zealand ensign. Members of the three grieving families were the first allowed on to the aircraft. K ABUL —Even as the AfThe soldiers, all members ghan government says that of the Second First Battalion, it would take new measures were killed instantly in a to counter a wave of deadly roadside bomb blast in insider killings of Western Afghanistan five days ago. troops by Afghan security The army paid their forces, President Hamid respects as pallbearers carried Karzai’s office asserted for the bodies out in a sombre the first time that foreign ramp ceremony.—NNI spy agencies were behind most of the attacks, putting it directly at odds with NATO’s assessment of the crisis. After a special meeting of the president’s secu-

Three New Zealand soldiers bodies reach home

ported that several villages were inundated in Punjab and KP districts. Hundreds of poor people were forced to spend days in open fields as their homes had been destroyed in floods. The recent wave of rainfall resulted in increase in the flow of water in certain rivers. According to details, floods have been observed at Marala on River Chenab and at Baloki on River Ravi. In River Chenab at Marala, the inflow of water was 126,860 cusec. The total inflow of water in River Ravi was 54,450 cusec. IRSA sources said the inflow of water at Tarbela in River Indus was 2,56,000 cusec while the outflow of water was 1,40,000 cusec. In River Jhelum, inflow of water in River Jhelum at Mangla

was 62,980 cusec while the outflow was 13000 cusec. Inflow of water in River Sutluj at Sulemanki was 16,487 cusec. In Lahore, the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) Thursday said preventive measures must be taken in order to avoid losses as flash flooding is expected in various areas of the country. A spokesman of FFC said from medium to high flash flooding is expected in Kabul‚ Kurram‚ Gambila‚ Swat rivers and their tributaries due to moderate and heavy rains. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority directed provincial disaster management authorities to be ready to cope with any eventuality. According to Met office‚ seasonal low lies

PPP, MQM bodies meet

‘LG system bill to be finalised soon’ STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Core Committee of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) met at Chief Minister House here on Thursday to discuss the draft on Local Government (LG) system. According to Provincial Minister for Local Government, Agha Siraj Durrani said that the bill on local government system would soon be finalised. Peer Mazhar-ul-Haq and Agha Siraj Durrani from PPP attended the meeting while Dr. Farooq Sattar, Kanwar Naved Jamil and Wassay Jalil represented MQM.

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No immediate blocking of all unregistered SIMs: Malik L ISLAMABAD—Interior Minister Rehman Malik has revealed that there would have been many acts of terrorism if cellular service was not suspended in four cities of the country on the occasion of Eid. In a Radio Programme entitled ‘Naey Ufaq Programme’, the Interior Minister said the Government had definite information about a conspiracy to destabilize the country and designs of the enemies were foiled through effective coordination among intelligence and law enforcing agencies. Replying to a question he clarified that the Government has no intention of blocking all unregistered SIMs immediately as it would cause inconvenience

to users besides negatively impacting upon the revenue. He said a meeting of all stakeholders would be convened to firm up strategy on how to deal with the issue of SIMs issued against fake identity cards or in the name of someone else. The Minister proposed that SIMs should be verified against thumb impression of the applicants through NADRA database. He said the issue of SIMs would be resolved keeping in view the foreign investment and interests of cellular operators. He‚ however‚ vowed that a mechanism would be devised to ensure that mobile phones are not used as tool for terrorist ac-

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Altaf wants stern SIM cards laws STAFF REPORTER

ONDON—Founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has asked the federal government and the people at the helm of affairs to make stern laws for the use of mobile phone SIM cards as the mobile phones were being used in terrorism, bomb blasts, kidnappings for ransom and demand for extortion money. He said that it was necessary for checking heinous crimes and incidents and terrorism. He said this while talking to Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on the telephone. Malik told Hussain that the government had suspended mobile services on the occasion of the Eid in view of the threats for terrorism, and it was very helpful in controlling terrorism.

Afghanistan blames foreign spies for insider attacks rity advisers, Mr. Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said Afghan authorities were studying every known insider attack, also known as greenon-blue attacks. He said that based on interrogations of attackers who had been detained, and other evidence like letters and records of phone calls, the government had concluded that the main culprits in the killings had been put in place by intelligence services from

neighboring countries. He did not name them, but the government frequently accuses Pakistan and Iran of meddling, the New York Times said. “The investigation done so far shows there is infiltration by foreign spy agencies,” Mr. Faizi said. “There is no doubt there is infiltration.” Many Western officials here, and American officials at the Pentagon, were surprised by the government’s

assertions, and some privately sought to discount the spokesman’s remarks. “We don’t have indications that foreign entities are the locus of sponsorship for insider-attack threats,” said a senior Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid publicly differing with the Afghan president. The Afghan government allowed that some of the attacks were also mo-

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aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle near the tribal agency’s Shnakhura village, killing five suspected militants and injuring two. The recent spike in drone action has threatens to add tensions to relations between the two allies, just as they appeared to be improving. The covert CIA drone program has drawn strong criticism in Pakistan. Pakistani officials charge such strikes violate their country’s sovereignty. Many Pakistanis complain that the strikes kill innocent civilians.

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that protection to public lives and properties should be ensured at all costs and indiscriminate action must be taken against criminals in Balochistan. Chief Justice gave these remarks while reviewing the proceedings on cases of kidnapping for ransom in his chamber at SC’s Quetta registry here on Thursday. He directed for launching search operations and crackdowns against the criminals involved in sabotaging peace of the province and killing innocent citizens and destroying their properties.

CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chuadhry expressed dissatisfaction over the non recovery of the abducted Dr Ghulam Rasool and said that writ of the government would be established when the kidnapped persons were recovered safely and without payment of ransom. The Home Secretary briefed the Chief Justice on the measures being taken by the provincial government to maintain law and order situation. He said that ongoing law and order situation in Balochistan was adequate and there doesn’t seem writ of the government in the province.—INP

has declared the contract of Islamabad Safe City Project null and void and has ordered National Accountability Bureau to conduct investigations. According to the Supreme Court, the contract is non-transparent and against the rules, so tenders for the contract should be demanded again. According to media reports, the Pakistani government signed a contract worth $ 125 million, that is Islamabad Safe City Project, with Chinese officials, according to which the machines for checking explosive materials at the entrance and exit points of Islamabad were bought but this contract fell a prey to corruption.—Online

KKH passengers’ security tightened

PML-N holds Interior Minister, CM GB responsible for sectarian tension ISLAMABAD /GILGIT —Pakistan Muslim League-N has held Ministers for Kashmir Affairs, Interior and Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan responsible for killing of innocent people and sectarian tension in Gilgit-Baltistan. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, PML-N’s Chief Coordinator for Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir Mohammad Siddiqul Farooq said if immediate remedial measures had been taken after the Lolo Sir top incident, additional losses and sectarian tension could have been avoided. He accused the Kashmir Affairs Minister and Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan for QUETTA: Relatives of missing persons on token hunger strike as they demand recovery of their loved ones at a not taking steps for implementation of the Mosque protest camp outside Press Club. Regulation Act adopted by the Legislative Assembly on 24th May, 2012. He said the PML-N President Nawaz

Citizens enjoy Eid festival OUR CORRESPONDENT

H Y D E R A B A D —Thousands of fun seekers including women and children thronged the parks of Hyderabad on Wednesday to celebrate Eid ul Fitr’s third day. Having spent the first day of Eid on ritual exercise of greeting relatives, friends, the citizens were seen flocking to numerous parks like Rani Bagh, New City Park and others spots. Girls were seen riding swings while children were screaming on merry-gorounds and the adults were exuberant to see smiles on the faces of their children. However, the people were complaining about lack of facilities at the parks and high rates of edible items at canteens and cafeteria as well. They were of the view that the government should make entry to all the parks with parking facilities free and the prices of all items at canteens should be checked and controlled by the authorities concerned, so that the people could enjoy more. The people also demanded of the government to make new gardens and allocate places for small parks at housing localities so that the people should not cover long distances, which also create transportation problems for them. The families visiting the parks of the city complained that overcharging, sale of substandard food items and non-availability of quality products are main causes of concern. The vendor took full benefit to the situation as the concerned authorities failed to control the quality.

tutional obligations. Siddiqul Farooq said so far 200 innocent people have lost their lives in sectarian tension but the local leadership was more interested in saving the government rather than the lives of the poor masses. He said all the religio-political and social society must take notice of the criminal attitude of the provincial government. He hoped that the print and electronic media would show greater responsibility in reporting the events in Gilgit-Baltistan. To another question, the Chief Coordinator said the PML-N considers GB as collective home of Sunni, Shias, Ismailis, Noor Bakhshi and Ahle-e-Hadith and it was but natural that there must be harmony among them. He pointed out that all schools of thought played their collective role for independence

from Dogra Raj. He said people of Gilgit-Baltistan believe that there was need for unity among them for economic and social development of the area. In reply to yet another question, the Chief Coordinator said a handful of anti social elements have made Gilgit-Baltistan a “ no go area” and due to its vested interests, the provincial government was not taking steps to eliminate these no go areas. He said there is a heavy deployment of army, FC, police and intelligence agencies due to strategic location of the area but regretted that the menace of terrorism was not being rooted out in a few kilometres area. Meanwhile, it is reported that a high level meeting here has taken several important decisions to ensure security of passengers on Karakoram highway.

sustained severe injuries and two vehicles also destroyed in this attack. Sarbaz further claimed that in the area of Dera Bugti Baloch Sarmacharo the outfit attacked on security forces torture cell and destroyed one part of the cell while several personnel were killed and injured. On the other side the Frontier corps spokesperson expressing his ignorance over the incident claimed that no incident occurred and no torture cell is found in Dera

Bugti. The militant’s pledges are wrong and want to get attention of media only, he said. Meanwhile the participants of the Peace Conference stressed upon the need for joint efforts on the part of civilian and military leadership, civil society and politicians to restore peace in Balochistan. The event was organised by a non-governmental organisation, Bardasht. Balochistan Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani said, “Balochistan has experi-

enced multi-dimensional problems over the last few years which had left people traumatised and devastated.” He said that starting from earthquake, terrorism, health issues and catastrophes and other issues, one after another had brought the morale of inhabitants down. “All in the name of peace, we are not at war but there is no peace and it is universally acknowledged fact that we are playing battleground in the name of bringing peace to us,” he added.

Hoti expresses gratitude to Shahbaz for relief BRA owns Balochistan target killings STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif for sending relief goods for the flood affectees of district Nowshera. The chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has appreciated the spirit of the brotherhood of chief minister Punjab and said that the people of the province look this spirit will honour. It has a worth to mention here that Chief Minister

Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif has announced the dispatching of 20 trucks loaded of relief goods for the flood affectees of District Nowshera. Relief activities here Thursday kicked off momentum as people were seen busy in removing standing water and mud from their houses at worst flood affected villages of Azakhel, Pirpai and Nowshera Kalan. The district administration and WAPDA has also started relief operation in Azakhel and Pirpai and adjoining villages and restored electricity. DCO Nowshera,

Ayaz Mandokhel is personally supervising the relief operation. Foods, rice, cloths and relief goods were distributed among the flood affectees of villages Khat Kalay, Azakhel, Nowshera Kalan and Khesgi Payan. It may be recalled that three people drowned in drains after heavy rains had lashed Azakhel and Pirpai of Nowsehra district on Wednesday. The residents have urged the government and philonthropists to come and support the flood victims of Nowshera in this hour of need.

OUR CORRESPONDENT Q UETTA —Banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) has accepted the responsibility of various targets killing attacks in the province. Spokesman of Banned outfit Sarbaz Baloch told through Satellite Phone from some unknown place that the BRA blew up security forces vehicles by remote control bomb on 2nd day of Eid in the area of Saryab road as a result 9 security personnel were killed while 15

Met Office indicates chances of more rains I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- Balochistan especially in

KHAIRPUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah unveiling the plaque to inaugurate the construction work of SOS Village in Mumtaz Colony.

Minister seeks SC action over energy crisis S UKKUR —Federal Minister moto action on energy crisis. He said that appearing be- that PML-N spent worth bilfor Power and Water Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that the Supreme Court was taking suo moto notice on every issue, appealing that it should also take suo

Sharif was seriously concerned over the deteriorating situation in the area and has issued special directon to GB President of the Party Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman. He pointed out that on the direction of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the PMLN has played special role for sectarian harmony in GilgitBaltistan. However he criticized the government for creating hurdles in the attempts of the PML-N to bring peace and order. In reply to a question, Siddiqul Farooq said he has been continuously drawing attention of the Ministry and the GB government for dealing with terrorism and sectarian tension. However due to its inefficiency or to divert attention of the people from its failures, the Federal and GB governments have not been paying attention towards their moral and consti-

Talking to media representatives in Circuit House Sukkur on Thursday, Shah said that the apex should bring the responsible of the energy crisis before public.

fore the court was not a new issue for Pakistan People’s Party. Shah said that PPP always respected judiciary, but it’s members were considered guilty. He alleged

lion of rupees in Tanoor and Laptop schemes. He said that PPP formed a neutral Election Commission and disposed of eight million bogus votes.—INP

teorological Department (PMD) indicated chances of scattered rain and thundershower in Islamabad and Rawalpindi divisions during next 24 hours. The areas including Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Gujranwala will also receive scattered rain and thundershower. According to meteorological analysis, seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. Strong Monsoon currents are still continuously penetrating in southern parts of the country especially Sindh and South Punjab. While a shallow trough of westerly wave is present over northern area. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, isolated rain and thundershower is expected in D.I.Khan, Kohat, Peshawar and Hazara divisions during next 24 hours. However in Sindh, widespread rain and thundershower with heavy falls at times is expected especially in Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas divisions during 24 hours. In Balochistan, scattered rain/thundershower with isolated heavy falls is expected in eastern

Sibbi, Nasirabad and Kalat divisions during next 24 hours. Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan will also receive scattered rain/thundershower during next 24 hours. Under its influence, strong monsoon currents are penetrating in upper parts of the country. Scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy

falls expected over Kashmir, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions while hot and humid weather is likely elsewhere in the country during next 24 hours. The weather of Peshawar, Kohat, Parachinar and Kohat district will remain partly cloudy with chance of rain/thundershowers in the same period. In next 48 hours, scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls expected over Kashmir.—APP

Couple’s bodies hanged on tree after killing Speech patterns reveal

C HAKWAL —A runaway couple belonging to Chakwal was murdered and their bodies were later hanged on a tree, reports said on Thursday. Afzal Pathan, belonging to the Maswal area that

comes under the jurisdiction of Dhadial Police Station, had married Malik Mazhar Hussain’s daughter Salma. The couple had eloped to Mardan. A kidnapping case was registered in the Dhadial

Police Station. On the occasion of Eid, Akhtar’s family contacted the couple over the phone and assured them that they will be forgiven if they come back. A day before Eid, the

couple came back to the village, after which they were shot at and killed. Their bodies were hanged on a tree. The police shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital and initiated investigation.—INP

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HYDERABAD: Residents of Kotri protesting in favour of their demands outside Press Club.

depression levels STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Speech patterns can reveal the severity of depression as well as a patient’s response to treatment, suggests a new study. The study, the largest of its kind in the world, found that improvement in patients diagnosed with depression and undergoing treatment can be monitored over the phone by looking at changes in their speech. Adam Vogel, who heads the Speech Neuroscience Unit at Australia’s University of Melbourne, said speech was a strong marker of brain health, and changes in how we sound reflected how well our brain was working, the journal Biological Psychiatry reports. “The speech of people with depression changes when they respond to treatment, becoming faster and with shorter pauses. Those with more severe depression produce longer pauses and have slower speaking rates,” Vogel said, according to a

Melbourne statement. The randomised controlled trial of 105 patients looked at vocal acoustic properties such as timing, pitch and intonation to see if they could provide reliable biomarkers to depression severity and responses to treatment. Patients were required to call an automated telephone system and leave samples of their speech, such as saying how they felt, reading a passage of text and reciting the alphabet. “This offers greater treatment flexibility as we can now check on our patients remotely, looking at their speech patterns even from remote or rural areas,” said James Mundt, senior research scientist at the Centre for Psychological Consultation in Wisconsin, US, who collaborated with Vogel. “We know that depressed patients have difficulties expressing themselves, so if we can improve how we assess depression, then we can improve how we treat it,” added Mundt.

PEPCO CEO concerned over electricty theft surge Condoles Sher Gondal

M ANDI B AHAUDDIN —Punjab Chief Minister Shabaz Sharif visited Lakha Kadhar Garbi, a village in Qadirabad Police Station of Phalia Tehsil and condoled with the heirs of Dilawar Advocate and his friends Abdur Rehman who were gunned down over an old enmity the other day. The Chief Minister gave cherubs of Rs o.5 million to heirs of each victim. He also directed RPO Gujranwala and DPO Mandi Bahauddin to arrest the accused at the earliest add terrorism clauses in the FIR. It may be mentioned that police have arrested three accused out of four nominated in the FIR and efforts in progress for the remaining one accused. Social circles have expressed grave concern over the lackluster of the police. They said inefficiency of police has reached a point where head of provincial government has to visit the places of occurrence to ensure justice to people. Meanwhile Ex-servicemen of Union Council Jano Chak in Phalia Tehsil have demanded opening a post office branch in their union Council. President Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society Union Council Jano Chak said that the union council comprise Jano Chak Klan, Jano Chak Khurd, Basi Klan, Basi khurd and Jano Chak Nai Abadi villages/ localities having over forty thousands residents. He said about six hundred exservicemen reside in area of the council. For this large portion of population there is no post office and people have to visit Phalia or Pahrianwali for posting/ receiving mail. Beside retirees including ex soldiers have to go to Phalia for drawing their pension every month. He urged General Postmaster of Pakistan to open a post office branch in their union council for convenience of general public and ex-servicemen. Meanwhile Shahid Ranjha, a social worker and local leader of PTI held the other day an Eid Milan party here at Subhanallah Marriage Hall.

FATA peace Staff Reporter

P ESHAWA R —The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Masood Kausar said, “We want peace in FATA and would do everything possible in this regard”. This he has said in a meeting with a delegation from Bajaur Agency, led by MNA Akhoon Zada Chattan which called on him at Governor’s House Peshawar, on Thursday. The Governor further said that the tribes are the peace loving people and their co-operation with government would ensure progress and prosperity in the area. Meanwhile, the Governor was briefed about the law & order situation and pace of progress on the ongoing developmental projects in the area. The MNA Mr. Akhoon Zada said that due to the best security arrangements, no tragic incidence occurred on Eid- ul- Fiter in the agency like elsewhere in the country. Meanwhile, earlier the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar visited Lady Reading Hospital and enquired after the health of the injured of the bomb blast occurred at Sadda Kurram Agency.He especially went to the children ward of the hospital and later on inspected women ward of the Central Prison, Peshawar.During his visit to the children ward of LRH while enquiring after the health of the patients also exchanged eid greetings and presented sweets and toys to them as eid gifts.Barrister Masood Kausar wished early recovery of the patients and assured to ensure provision of best ever treatment facility to the victims.The Governor also presented sweets and eid gifts to the injured of the bomb blast at Lady Reading Hospital and women prisoners at the Central prison.

Hurdles Staff Reporter

Special PSs in Peshawar, Bannu & Charsadda soon to stop pilferage STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —Despite shortage of power generation and loadshedding, electricity theft has become a normal practice in different areas of the province in general and in Peshawar district in particular. According to details, hundreds of electricity consumers in various areas of Peshawar including Badhber, Ahmedkhel, Landi Arbab, Matni, Bazeedkhel, Pushtakhara, Regi, Mithra, Palosi and Kochian lack electricity meters and they have acquired direct electricity con-

nections from the power lines passing nearby their homes. Chief Executive Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) Brigadier (Retd) Tariq Sadozai claimed that Khyber Pakhtunkhawa is on top in electricity theft cases. He said that besides Peshawar district surge in electricity theft cases has also been reported in Charsadda, Bannu and other districts of KP. Tariq Sadozai claimed that different provincial departments were defaulter of Rs120 billion of PESCO due to which it had to face diffi-

culties. He said that due to failure in recovery and overcoming line losses the burden was shifted to electricity consumers in the form of excess bills and surcharges. Meanwhile, Information Minister KP Mian Iftikhar Hussain has hailed the PESCO CEO’s statement but questioned that when there is acute shortage of electricity in the province, how it could be stolen. The KP information minister said that electricity is stolen in industries and factories. KP has least number of industrial units as compared to other

provinces. Meanwhile, KP government taking the notice of PESCO CEO statement has decided to establish special Police Stations (PSs) in Peshawar, Charsadda and Bannu aimed at stopping electricity theft incidents. Meanwhile Despite shortage of power generation and loadshedding, electricity theft has become a normal practice in different areas of the province in general and in Peshawar district in particular. According to details, hundreds of electricity consumers in various areas of Peshawar including

Badhber, Ahmedkhel, Landi Arbab, Matni, Bazeedkhel, Pushtakhara, Regi, Mithra, Palosi and Kochian lack electricity meters and they have acquired direct electricity connections from the power lines passing nearby their homes. Chief Executive Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) Brigadier (Retd) Tariq Sadozai claimed that Khyber Pakhtunkhawa is on top in electricity theft cases. He said that besides Peshawar district surge in electricity theft cases has also been reported in Charsadda, Bannu and other districts of KP.

Hunza road mishaps death toll mounts to 8 OUR CORRESPONDENT HUNZA—Death toll in Hunza road accident has mounted to eight as three more injured persons succumbed to their wounds in hospital on Thursday. It should be mentioned that that five persons were killed and 10 others injured when a bus carrying participants of wedding plunged into deep ravine while negotiating a sharp turn in Hussaini area of Gojal, Hunza on Wednesday. The people, rescue teams in assistance with local people rushed the injured to Hunza hospital where three more people succumbed to their wounds on Thursday morning raising the death toll to eight.

Relief centres for villages at Chenab river belt set up BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI lages situated in the river belt River at Head Punjnad point HAFIZABAD/MUZAFFARGAH— Over a dozen katcha houses and hutments were destroyed in village Burj Bhain near Qadirabad Headworks due to erosion and Chenab water which inundated the said village and Kot Saleem, Peer Kot, Kot Kameer etc. However no loss of life was reported as yet. Meanwhile, the DCO Muhammad Asif and alongwith Asad Ullah Arrain MPA visited the partly affected villages, to apprise themselves of the situation. According to Q.B. Headworks officials the river was discharging 1,32,849 MARDAN: KP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti giving land allotment docu- cusecs today and apparently there is no danger to the vilments to elders of Khazana Dheri.

Seven held over Tando Adam lynching incident T ANDO

3 abducted from Bolan

Q UETTA —Unknown men A DAM —Police such an angry state, the be- have kidnapped three people

claimed to have arrested seven accused involved in the lynching of a man in Tando Adam. Reportedly, the local residents of Joharabad area of Tando Adam here attacked a house after they suspected that illicit activities were taking place there. Allegedly the neighbours turned violent after finding out the three men had brought a woman of easy virtue into the house. They put a lock on the main gate and dared them to come out and face them. Seeing the people in

sieged occupants of the house called their friends to get them out of there. According to sources the friends of the men trapped in the house came to rescue them and fired shots in the air to disperse the angry vigilantes. In the height of panic their firing injured a young boy, which maddened the mob to an extent that they dragged the men inside the house out and subjected them to the most savage of torture killing a man Ghulam Muhammad, 50, and seriously injuring his accomplices. —DNA

I SLAMABAD —Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi on Thursday said that the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) was creating hurdles in the creation of new provinces in Punjab and using delaying tactics. Talking to reporters in the Parliament House here, Kundi said that Chaudhry Nisar’s allegations against the formation of commission were baseless. He said that the Commission was constituted in pursuance of the President’s message and authorization by the National Assembly on July 11. He said that PML-N’s Ishaq Dar, who is Leader of Opposition in Senate, nominated two Senators - Malik Rafique Rajwana of PML-N and Abdul Ghafoor Haidri of JUI-F- while Chaudhry Nisar had nominated none despite repeated requests. The Speaker had to nominate MNAS, Tahmina Daultana and Chaudhry Saud Majeed, to represent the opposition on the commission. Chaudhry himslf did not take interest and now he was speaking in media regarding the nominations. He should rather talk in the Parliament about the issue, he added. He said that all parties would be taken on board for the constitutional amendment regarding the new provinces and it was not a dispute between the two parties. He said that the first meeting of the commission would be held on August 28 to elect the chairman. He said that the Speaker Punjab Assembly had not nominated the two members for the commission despite repeated reminders. The Deputy Speaker said that the commission would look into the issues relating to the fair distribution of economic and financial resources, geographical demarcation, allocation / re-adjustment of seats in the National Assembly, Senate and the provincial assemblies HYDERABAD: A girl purchasing toys from a local market. concerned, including seats of minorities and women.

from Bolan area. Police said that armed men took away three persons including Abdul Malik, Lal Muhammad and Abdul Qadir on gunpoint from Dhadar area of Bolan district. Police have registered a case and started efforts to trace the whereabouts of the kidnappers. Further probe was in process. Police found body of an eight-year-old girl from Karani road area of the provincial capital. Police said that it received information about the body of a little girl in a garden on Karani road. The police took the body into custody and shifted it to hospital morgue for identification. Further investigation was underway.—INP

area. However the district administration has made all possible precautionary measures to meet any eventuality in case of high flood in the river Chenab. According to official source the Health and Livestocks departments have established special camps near affected villages to assists the villagers. Muzaffargah: Two more bodies of drowned victims were retrieved Thursday morning from Chenab River. At least eleven people were feared drowned and six rescued on Tuesday evening when a boat sank in Chenab

in Muzaffargarh. Two bodies have been retrieved Thursday morning, media reports said. According to locals, the road traffic was jam at Head Punjnad since morning due to Eid rush. Therefore, 17 people who wanted to reach the other side of the river boarded a dilapidated boat, which split in two pieces due to overloading. Rescue team reached the spot and pulled out six people alive from the water while the rest of eleven were feared drowned. The rescue team had to postpone search operation till Wednesday morning due to darkness.

One dies, two injured over immoral activities suspicion T ANDO A DAM —An elderly identity. man died and two others were injured due to torture by dwellers of the area over suspicion of their involvement in immoral activities here on Thursday. Police arrested seven persons. According to details, three persons with a teenager girl entered a vacant house located in Joharabad area of Tando Adam. The dwellers over suspicion of immoral activity cordoned off the house and asked the people present in the house to come out and clarify their

The people through telephone called their accomplices who reached the scene and started firing to terrify the people gathered at the scene during which a child was injured. The enraged people climbed into the house and brutally tortured the people present there. An elderly person died of the torture while two were critically injured. The police getting the information reached the scene and arrested seven people

involved in firing and torture and started the investigations. Chakwal: A young couple who married out of love was murdered here by the girl’s brother. Over a month ago Almas Khan had eloped with Shamim Khan which had angered the family of the girl. The girl’s brother Kabir shot and killed the couple when he found the appropriate moment. Kabir has been arrested by the police and the deceased were shifted to the district headquarters hospital.—DNA

Humayun grieved STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance, Engr. Muhammad Humayun Khan visited the residence of Haji Kaki at Jolagram Banda and expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the demise of his wife. The deceased was also the mother of Beram Khan and Hussain and mother-in-law of Qari Noor Muhammad. The Minister also offered “Fateha” on the demise of father of Ziarat Gul at Jolagram and father of Taimur BAJAUR AGENCY: Commandant Bajaur Scouts Colonel Shakeel Janjua distributing (Retd) Subedar at Matkani. Eidi among children on Thursday.

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PESHAWAR—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance, Eng. Muhammad Humayun Khan has said that the present provincial government was firmly determined to bring the far-flung and backward areas at par with developed one for which, he added all available resources were fully being utilized. This he said while talking to the people who came to his residence at Jolagram from various areas of District Malakand. Eng: Humayun Khan said that PPP was party of the downtrodden people. He said its foundation was laid down by its founder chairman Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for the rights of poor, peasants and labourers against the landlords, waderas and mill-owners. He said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, party bearers, and workers also sacrificed their lives for this noble cause by suffering lashes and prisons but never stepped back from path of truth. Humayun Khan vowed that being followers of these martyrs, they would also follow their footprints and never compromised on principles. The provincial minister said that the government during its present tenure so far has completed countless developmental schemes casting billion of rupees and their people were now being benefited of it; adding that these include communication, health, education, public health engineering and agriculture sectors. He said funds more than Rs 1510.3 million have been spent in Batkhela, Rs 1470.50 million in Union Council Khar, Rs 166.04 million in Union Council Dheri Jolagram and Rs 199.830 million in Union Council Dheri Ala Dhand have been spent on various developmental schemes.

PIA Umrah operation a great success KHALID BUTT LAHORE —Pakistan

International Airlines (PIA) has remarkably managed to make this year’s Umrah operation quite a success in spite of an increase of some 6 to 7 thousand pilgrims amounting to around 40 thousand in total against the last year’s 32 thousand Umra pilgrims. Sources informed that this year the national flag carrier operated approximately 76 special Umrah flights during the period of 1.5 months from the stations of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad besides regular daily flights to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To the pleasant surprise of every one in the aviation circle including Jeddah airport authority, only 4 flights out of 76 were delayed dur-

ing this Umrah operation. Two flights were delayed due to weather, one on technical reason, and one by dint of the aircraft taxing back to terminal to offload a sick passenger,’ said sources. Considering the situation, sources add, when Jeddah Airport authorities issued stern warnings of imposing heavy fines on PIA over delays in flight operations only few months back early this year, it is a great achievement for the national airline to have managed such a crucial operation with this high punctuality and regularity ratio. He said ‘it is a huge sigh of relief for the national airline. The new management did a remarkable job by taking notice of the warnings from Jeddah Airport Authority and increased technical manpower in engineering

and ground handling departments on ground in Jeddah and saved the country from usual embarrassment. He informed that in April this year Saudi aviation authorities were perturbed that PIA’s delayed flights quite much disturbed the schedules of other airlines at the busy airports of Jeddah and Riyadh due to frequent slot change. This was a matter of concern for the new management as in the first three months of this year almost 400 flights to/from Jeddah got delayed out of more than 500 flights. During the same period, around 50 flights to/from Medina also got delayed out of above 60 flights. Sources close to the new Chairman PIA Rao Qamar Suleman disclosed that after assuming office of Chairman PIAC the first thing he did was to take

notice of warnings from Jeddah. Considering the destinations in Saudi Arabia the ones most lucrative for PIA’s business, he took some strict and stringent measures to augment technical capabilities on ground in Jeddah airport while ensuring availability of funds for spares required to keep the wide body fleet in operations. The previous managements have always been indifferent to this important aspect whereas a top official when asked about huge mismanagement and delays in Hajj operation remarked “Hajjis should be thankful to Almighty as previously people use to go for hajj on camels”. This is the reason why PIA was heavily fined during Hajj operation of the year 2011 over incessant delays, and also its regular flights were diverted from main

Jeddah Airport to the Hajj terminal, which caused hardships to the PIA passengers but there hue and cry had fallen on deaf ears,’ he elaborated. Prior to this, he adds, Director General of Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport imposed a fine of 10,000 Saudi riyals on PIA over delayed flight operations on Medina Airport, the authorities were close to deny landing rights PIA’s flights because of delayed operations of 32 flights out of 40 flights scheduled to Jeddah in just 20 days of February (from 1st to 20th). ‘But, this successful Umrah operation is a proof that the new chairman of the national airline is firm in bringing back all the PIA resources in operations and streamline the flight operations,’ he added. Also, he adds, the PIA

management fully ensured slot compliance in Umrah operation 2012 with the help of all concerned departments and stations and maintained the scheduled departure timings by putting extra efforts. Considering the poor track record of PIA in the Middle East owing to the previous management’s ill planning and lack of vision, it is indeed a pleasant surprise that the new management of PIA is different from the previous lot, sources said. It is pertinent to mention that last year’s Hajj operation has been considered the worst in PIA’s history as the national airline managed only 15% punctuality with 212 delayed flights. And the cancellation of around 1200 flights between August and November last year made PIA to incur a loss of around Rs410m.

Post-budget raises in POL prices


Muzzling menace


HE decision of the Government not to increase prices of POL prod ucts on the occasion of Eid, which was announced with much fan fare to gain political mileage, turned out to be yet another mirage as on the last day of Eid holidays the prices were jacked up hugely just in one go. Petrol has become dearer by Rs 4.85, Kerosene Rs 3.52 and Light Diesel Rs 3.19 per litre while price of CNG has been increased by Rs 3.21 per kilogram. In good old days, rates of utility services and price of oil used to be adjusted just once in a year on the occasion of presentation of national budget. However, this sanctity of the budget has been trampled in the name of so-called deregulation of pricing mechanism, which is mostly to the disadvantage of the consumer. The irony of the whole process is that in principle the prices are re-adjusted as per fluctuation in the price of oil in the international market and an independent regulator called OGRA is supposed to determine the price in the light of these changes but in practice things are manipulated by the authorities concerned. On many occasions in the past, the entire benefit of the price reduction in international market was not passed on to the domestic consumer. Similarly, on several occasions, OGRA recommended either no change or more relief but the Government acted otherwise, making mockery of the entire system. We have also been emphasizing in these columns that revision of prices after short intervals must not be practiced in Pakistan where there is weak governance and exploitative business environment. It is because of this that prices of almost all goods and services including transport fares are increased when prices of oil or electricity are revised upward but there is no precedent of providing relief to the people when their prices go down. The Government has allowed blood sucking of masses by resorting to weekly review of POL prices and has not even listened to the advice of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources that has rejected weekly review and called for monthly review. We hope representatives of the people would raise their voice to safeguard rights of the consumer.

Khurshid’s unacceptable logic on LB polls S

ENIOR leader of the ruling PPP and Federal Minister Khurshid Shah has come out with a strange logic to justify inaction of the Government over Supreme Court/High Courts directions for immediate holding of local bodies elections. He has maintained that local bodies’ polls could not be held before the general elections as Pakistan could not afford the two and as it would not be a financially viable option. It is quite obvious that all the five governments (Federal plus provincial) are defying the court orders just for the sake of political expediencies. As none of the political parties was hundred percent sure about outcome of the forthcoming general elections, they are reluctant to go for local bodies’ polls before them fearing that they could have to face hostile local governments afterwards. Apart from Syed Khurshid Shah, Sindh and KPK Governments have already categorically stated that they would not hold LB polls before general elections. One would ask them if these elections were not possible in 2012 or beginning of 2013 due to general elections then what prevented them to hold them in 2011 or even earlier. The fact of the matter is that the system devised meticulously that served the people effectively, empowered them at grassroots level and resolved their problems at the doorsteps, was discarded by the present Government unilaterally like the Kalabagh dam. The system could have been improved if there were any flaws but to throw it to dustbin at the whims of MPAs and MNAs who considered it encroachment in their domain was not just. Democracy doesn’t mean 446 members sitting in the parliament but real democracy lies in empowerment of the people, which the LG system is meant for. It was in this perspective that a strong advocate of the system Daniyal Aziz had recently announced launching of the movement for restoration of the system and we hope he would get necessary support in view of the benefits that would accrue from it.

Possible impact of Indian banks in Pakistan A

FTER the Indian government decided to allow two Pakistani com mercial banks to open branches, it was understood that soon this would be reciprocated by Pakistan. Now the State Bank Governor has come out with the announcement that Pakistan has also allowed two Indian banks to operate in the country and it would take a few months to approve licences. It would be seen in due course of time how far major Pakistani banks would be able to compete with their Indian counterparts but it is understood that the Indian industry including banking sector is robust and naturally they would give a tough time because huge financial resources back at their headquarters would support them. Foreign bank entry is frequently associated with spill over effects for local banks and increasing competition in the local banking market. However we believe that foreign competition compels domestic banks to be more efficient, to focus on operations due to increased risk and to become less dependent on relationshipbased banking practices. Estimation results suggest that an increased presence of foreign banks is associated with a reduction in profitability and margins for domestic banks. As long as domestic banks continue to lend to more opaque but profitable customers, there should be no welfare loss and foreign bank entry may simply result in a welfare-improving segmentation of the market. On the other hand, if foreign bank entry forces domestic banks out of the market, then more opaque firms may become credit constrained, aggregate credit may decline, and profitable investment opportunities may be lost. The opening of branches would certainly boost trade relations. Therefore we would impress upon the Pakistani commercial banks to fine tune their operations and come out with attractive packages to have a competitive edge over their Indian counterparts.

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Conduct Assange trial in neutral venue Jack.Officials such as Philip Noel-Baker worked tirelessly at the UN to ensure that opinion swung against India, a situation that continued till the M D Nalapat dawn of the 21st century, when 9/ Email: 11 resulted in a sharp decline for backing within the US and the EU to those favouring specially during the 1950s,it the breaking away of territories was India led by Jawaharlal from India. Nehru’s constant preachiness Nehru that incessantly lectured other countries about how ensured that critics of India rethey should behave.The then PM mained so. In particular,his sharpof the world’s most populous de- tongued favourite, Vengalil mocracy fancied himself to be ex- Kumaran Krishna Menon,spewed pert on global issues,the reason vitriol on former colonial powers why he retained the External Af- and their newfound champion,the fairs Ministry till the last day of US,while he led the Indian delegahis life in 1964. Sadly,the glowing tion to the UN. In contrast, testimonials to Nehru by his nu- Pakistan’s delegates acted in a very merous acolytes cannot disguise deferential manner towards reprethe fact that by that year,India had sentatives of the Great Powers, thereby making certain that Nehru’s been comprehensively isolated. With the exception of gamble (of taking the Kashmir isBhutan,no country backed Delhi sue to the UN) failed to generate any in the 1962 war with Beijing,even positive effects for India,although it Colombo and Kathmandu,which must be said that the move was have long been close to India. greatly appreciated by Edwina and Even after Nehru imposed a Louis Mountbatten,who suggested cease-fire in Kashmir and took the the reference to the UN to Nehru in dispute to the UN,more countries the first place. Although Indira Gandhi and to a backed Pakistan than India,a list that included the US. Of course,it lesser extent son Rajiv sought to conneeds to be remembered that the tinue to preach international moraladministrative elite in the UK ity to countries that not so secretly could still not bring itself to “for- looked down on India because of the give” India for the effrontery of country’s poverty, by the 1990s,this believing that freedom was pref- tendency had changed into one of erable to bondage under the Union quiet acceptance of geopolitical re-

Geopolitical notes from India


alities. Since that time,Nehru’s cloak of International Moralist has been worn by the senior members of the NATO bloc,principally the US, France and the UK. These three powers never cease to remind the world of their own presumed morality,and of the low standards of the rest of the international community When emails purportedly from Asma Assad,the First Lady of Syria,surfaced in NATO media,those who procured them were presumably rewarded. However,when Bradley Manning,an idealistic soldier in the US military,shone daylight on a trove of emails from the State Department, or exposed the heinous murder of innocents by criminals piloting US combat aircraft,he was arrested and is now immured in a windowless cell. The whistle-blower who exposed the targetted killing of unarmed civilians from the skies ought to have been given a reward rather than prison,except that NATO’s commitment to free speech extends only to that which suits its strategic objectives. And while Manning is in prison,the man who gave him a platform to reveal his secrets,Julian Assange,remains in what is effectively a prison,a room at the Ecuadorian embassy in London,in daily fear lest British police breach diplomatic protocol and apprehend him That the sexual charges brought against Assange are serious is without a doubt.Unless the founder of Wikileaks faces a court and convinces it of his innocence,the stain will continue to cast a shadow not simply on him but on the ace whistle-blower that he helped to create,Wikileaks. However,given the fate of Bradley Manning and countless others judged to be less

than helpful to the war aims of NATO, it would be foolhardly to expect fair treatment in Sweden,a country closely connected with several NATO member-states,and which fully backs the EU in its efforts at retaining in the 21st century the primacy the continent enjoyed in the 19th century. Clearly,justice will only be assured if the trial of Julian Assange takes place in a country where the long shadow of NATO does not fall. Given that India has become an auxiliary of the alliance since 1998, clearly this country would not be a fit venue. Far better would be Brazil or Argentina, countries that have demonstrated a feisty independence of power blocs. Just as alleged international human rights violaters have been tried in Europe despite coming from Africa,on the (often specious) ground that justice is not possible in Africa, it is clear that Julian Assange ought to face his accusers in a neutral venue Hopefully,either Assange himself or Ecuador will make the suggestion to the international community, to conduct the trial of the Wikileaks hero in a venue that is independent of NATO influence.An alliance that is blind to its own transgressions while constantly hectoring others about (what it considers to be) theirs is hardly the unbiased body that is needed if a trial is to be fair. Julian Assange ought to agree to face a trial,one in which hopefully his name will be cleared,provided that it take place in a neutral venue. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

The ubiquitous drone attacks Rubbing salt in the wound, President O b a m a ’ s counter-terrorSultan M Hali ism adviser, John Email: O. Brennan, last month characterized civilian casualties from drone strikes as rone attacks, which were “exceedingly rare.” US State Deonly sporadic in the era of partment legal advisor Harold Koh George W. Bush, gained stated that the drone strikes were momentum when President legal because of the right to self-deObama took the reins of the Com- fense. According to Koh, the US is mander-in-Chief of the US Armed involved in an armed conflict with Forces. The reign of terror al-Qaida, the Taliban, and their aflaunched by the ubiquitous drones filiates and therefore may use force has wreaked havoc on the people consistent with self-defense under residing in the tribal belt of Paki- international law. On the other hand, stan. Not only are the attacks ille- on June 7, 2012 after a four-day visit gal and a breach of Pakistan’s sov- to Pakistan, UN High Commissioner ereignty but a clear violation of for Human Rights Navi Pillay called human rights. Nobel laureate for for a new investigation into US peace President Obama has in fact drone strikes in Pakistan, repeatedly taken on the role of Ares, the Greek referring to the attacks as “indisgod of war, who brought bane, criminate,” and said that the attacks ruin, curse and imprecation on the constitute human rights violations. people. In a report issued on 18 June Thousands of innocent civil- 2012, Christof Heyns, UN special ians have been killed as collateral Rapporteur on extrajudicial, sumdamage through drone attacks in mary or arbitrary executions, called Pakistan, which commenced in on the US’ Obama administration 2004. In October 2006, 83 to justify its use of targeted assasMadrassah students between the sinations rather than attempting to ages of 9 and 15 were callously capture al Qaeda or Taliban sustargeted and killed. It was not till pects. Earlier this week, Ben January 2012 that President Emmerson UN special Rapporteur Obama admitted to the use of on human rights has asked the US drones in Pakistan to kill the al- to hand over footage of drone leged militants. To underscore the strikes or face UN inquiry, to urge collateral damage and perhaps sat- establishing a mechanism to invesisfy the conscience of its people, tigate such killings. He stated that the US government has changed it was time for the US to open itthe definition of a militant naming self up to scrutiny as to the legality any able bodied male as a militant. of such attacks. While it remains This is the most callous and grue- nigh on impossible for observers to some way of justifying killing in- establish the truth on the ground in nocent civilians by labeling them many of areas, each strike is visuas “militants”. ally recorded and videos could be


passed to independent assessors, he explained. Dennis Halliday, former Assistant to the UN Secretary General, has opined that in the case of Pakistan, the drone attacks are a total violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan by the United States. It is a violation of the UN charter and the provision of the charter which prohibits nation states attacking each other in this sort of violence and thirdly, it is a violation of the Geneva Conventions protocols which very specifically preclude the killing of civilians. It is ironic that the US Constitution itself advises against the killing of innocent civilians. An inscription on a bronze plaque on the Statute of Liberty says: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. Here the United States government, instead of believing in the policy of live and let live, is killing, maiming and making homeless thousands of innocent civilians including children, women and old men in Pakistan. It is the people of the United States, who remain oblivious of the atrocities carried out by its administration in the name of war on terror, and need to be brought on board to exert pressure on their government to cease this endless killing of innocent civilians. Some US politicians and academics have condemned the drone strikes. US Congressman Dennis Kucinich asserted that the United States was violating international law by carrying out strikes against a country that never attacked the United States. Georgetown University professor Gary D. Solis asserts that since the drone operators at the CIA are civilians directly engaged in armed conflict, this makes them “unlawful combatants” and possibly subject to prosecution. Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer has sued the CIA for its actions of

killing innocent civilians through drone strikes. He has also sued the Pakistan government for failing to protect its own citizens from strikes by the United States in Pakistan. Pakistani journalist Karim Khan has sued the CIA for 500 million dollars in Pakistan’s domestic High Court. Khan has petitioned the Peshawar High Court for his case, challenging both the US program and Pakistan’s complicity with the program. His brother and nephew, who became victims of a drone attack, are claimed to be innocent civilians. Jonathan Banks (perhaps a cover name) of the then CIA chief in Pakistan, who was named in the lawsuit along with Robert Gates the then Defence Secretary and Leon Panetta, then CIA Director was withdrawn from Pakistan. It’s ironic that the number of drone operators in the US today, far outnumbers its fighter pilots. A stark reminder that the Obama administration is relying more and more on the unmanned aerial vehicles, which offer little or no danger to the US, even if shot down and have become a cost effective method of dealing with the enemies of the US. The sad part is that the collateral damage, which is estimated to be more than seventy percent per strike, continues to be swept under the carpet as if the lives of the innocent civilians have no value. On the other hand, the relatives of the drone attack victims are often approached by the terrorists and promised redress for the lives of their relatives if they join the ranks of the miscreants; thus causing more harm than good. —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.

he 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act is often cited as a classic ex ample of knee-jerk legislation, a law made in haste and repented at leisure. But this is a caricature of what was a genuine, if illstarred, attempt by the then Conservative government to respond to growing public concern over a spate of dog attacks. A media campaign for Something To Be Done culminated in an emergency measure that sought to eradicate several breeds renowned for their fighting prowess, notably the pit bull terrier. The government also introduced a tougher criminal offence to penalise dog-owners, of whatever the breed, who failed to keep their animals safely under control in public, as well as a power to allow a court to specify the control of a particular dog of any type. That could include muzzling. The idea behind the Act was that the neutering of all the pit bull type dogs would see them die out. Yet 20 years on, it has clearly failed to achieve this goal. More angrylooking young men than ever can be seen out on the streets with what seem suspiciously like pit bull fighting dogs. They have become a must-have accessory in some innercity communities. The number of dog attacks continues to rise. Yesterday, tougher sentences came into force in an effort to deal with this menace once and for all. Owners of dogs that are dangerously out of control in a public place will face up to 18 months in prison, and two years in exceptional cases. Courts will also be encouraged to ban irresponsible owners from keeping dogs, order dangerous dogs to be put down and arrange compensation for victims. Arguably, someone using a vicious dog as a weapon deliberately to maim another person deserves longer than two years in jail. But at least this is the right approach: in the end, it is not the dog that is the problem, but the owner. — The Telegraph


War-ravaged Syria


t’s been less than a week since the new Arab League-United Nations envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, officially began his mission. And if there was ever a sign needed that he has the toughest job on the planet, look no further than the warnings issued from Washington on Monday. In his sternest and loudest caution yet to the Syrian regime, United States President Barack Obama had this to say: “A red line for us is [if] we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilised. That would change my calculus.” And he added: “It doesn’t just include Syria. It would concern allies in the region, including Israel, and it would concern us.” Damascus is largely recognised as having the world’s fourth-largest stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. Last month, the Syrian Foreign Ministry hinted that the weapons would never be deployed inside Syria, though there are unsubstantiated reports that some stockpiles have been moved. It is also worth noting that Obama remains silent about weapons of mass destruction stockpiled by Israel. Clearly, this is an escalation which underlines the need for an end to the violence as quickly as possible. Brahimi said last Monday he wasn’t yet sure if Syrian President Bashar Al Assad “should go”. It’s hard to see the Syrian opposition forces agreeing to any end to hostilities as long as Al Assad stays in power — or indeed his supporters internal and external agreeing to him going. The UN says more than 18,000 people have been killed in the conflict, 170,000 have fled Syria and 2.5 million need aid within the country. Brahimi needs to work on bringing humanitarian relief to those suffering as a result of the conflict — either through aid corridors or having all sides temporarily suspend the violence to allow assistance reach those in dire need. That would be a good first step in a situation that goes from bad to worse. What those suffering on the ground in Aleppo, Homs or Daraa don’t need are threats of escalation from Damascus, Washington or elsewhere. — Gulf News Under capitalism we have a state in the proper sense of the word, that is, a special machine for the suppression of one class by another. —Lenin Russain leader

Myth of population crisis W

hen a hippopotamus gave birth recently, the “world famous” San Diego Zoo in California celebrated the arrival for weeks. At the zoo, it is always a joyous occasion at the birth of a panda, a kangaroo, an elephant, or what have you. You are assured that each arrival has enriched the world! Now contrast this with the birth of a child in any LDC (Less Deserving Country?). An unbelievable assortment of “experts” would immediately tell you that it is a moment of great sorrow. That the world is somehow impoverished by the birth of each child. It is a strange world in which the arrival of a hippo is a blessing but that of a human child is a burden. But it is even stranger that the argument given is economic. A hippo needs 100 pounds of food everyday, compared with a few pounds for human beings. Further it does not produce any of the food it consumes. No animal ever does. Only human beings produce their own food. Yet an extremely powerful propaganda machinery has been busy for more than a century in spreading the nonsense that the world faces a human “overpopulation problem.” It was Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus (17661834) who forcefully presented the idea that the human population

would always exceed our ability to class of very rich people and a large produce food by some natural law. mass at barely subsisting levels. Malthus based his theory on very This made many people to start limited observations in American questioning the system. Malthus colonies and even more limiting as- was a priest in the service of the sumptions about the progress of ag- East India Company and taught riculture technology. generations of its The result is a theory The Spirit Of Islam staffers who would that is totally contrathen go out and dicted by facts. plunder the colonies World population with the satisfaction has more than that the plight of doubled since 1950, their victims was the but food supplies result of “natural have more than laws.” tripled. Further, exAfter World War perts believe that if II, when European technology continpowers found it difues to improve at ficult to maintain ditoday’s rate, it will rect control of their be possible to feed colonies, they were Khalid Baig ten billion people on concerned that the roughly the same newly liberated amount of land currently devoted colonies would develop and beto agriculture. come economically independent While as a work of science and politically powerful if left to Malthus’s theory was worthless, it grow on their own. The current was received enthusiastically for population control mafia is born of political reasons. The industrial these concerns. While Malthus’s revolution and capitalism that ac- original theory remains discredited, companied it, did not deliver what the neo-Malthusians have tried to they had promised. It was expected resuscitate it with “concerns for the that as it became easier and cheaper environment.” Add to it the UN to produce goods, everyone would charlatans who are never short of share in the resulting prosperity; the fancy phrases like “reproductive rising tide would lift all boats. It did rights.” And you get the Population not. Capitalism produced a small Control Bomb that has been devas-

tating the world. It did not have to be like this. The clear Qur’anic teachings destroy the basic assumptions of Population Control campaign. “And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable; and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance. And We have provided therein means of subsistence, for you and for those for whose sustenance you are not responsible.” [Hijr 15:19-20] “And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures.” [Hijr 15:21] “There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance depends on Allah: He knows the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit: all is in a clear Record.” [Hud 11:6] These verses clearly demolish any basis for use of birth control as a tool of economic policy. Our job is to use the resources wisely and distribute them justly. And Allah will provide for all human beings as He has promised and as only He can provide. Muslims are bound by their faith to work to dismantle the obscene birth control establishment in their lands and devote their energies to solving the problems caused by capitalism, imperialism, and neo-colonialism.

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mmediate polls or removal of the government the real magic wands that we need to get out of the crucible of precipice which we have landed into due to the cumulative effect of bad governance over the last six decades? The answer unfortunately is in the negative. We have seen repeated elections during nineties and even earlier that only led to the change of faces rather than any improvement in governance. The reason being that since our independence the political system in the country has encouraged and promoted politics of graft and entitlement— an off-shoot of feudalism—— which is the mother of all the ills afflicting our body politic, including rampant corruption. Therefore, the pre-mature change in the government and elections under the same decadent system will not change any thing. Nawaz Sharif himself has been the Prime Minister twice and corruption was cited as the main reason for the removal of his govern-

ments. Early or new elections without effecting systemic changes will bring back the same old faces, may be with changed loyalties as has been the case in the past. Further, with the holding of elections, oil and gas wells are not going to sprout out of the soil over night; power stations will not descend from heavens; economy will not suddenly leap onto the upward curve and budget deficit will not evaporate with the swearing in of the winner. These problems need time to be fixed, may be at least five years and huge resources which are not available with us. Similarly terrorism and religious extremism will not go away even in a decade; corruption which is now an all permeating social phenomenon will not disappear in a generation’s time. So why then go for fresh polls if these problems cannot be fixed immediately? Our political leaders need to be honest. They must stop acting like carpet beggars craving to clinch power by any means instead of striving to put in place a system of governance that ushers in an era of a healthy change in the political and economic profile of the country, geared to serve

the teeming millions. The nation can no more afford political gimmickry. The country is fast moving towards the tipping point and people are losing their faith in democracy in its present form. Before the forces inimical to democracy——taking cue from the exhortations of some pseudo-intellectuals and arm-chair gladiators to wrap up the system— make their move and render the politicians irrelevant to the emerging realities, it is imperative for them to read the writing on the wall and get their act together. If they are really wedded to the cause of democracy and good governance in the country, which they cry hoarse from every convenient roof-top, then they will have to prove their credentials through their deeds. No body in his right mind could think even for a moment , no matter how bad the things are, that our salvation and progress lies in any arrangement other than envisioned by the creator of Pakistan; a progressive democratic polity. Before the next elections are held in the country it is imperative to effect systemic reforms, particularly the way we election our parliamentarians

and government. In my humble opinion— morphed as a result of minute study of the political systems of the world in the context of their relevance to their social and cultural values——Proportional representation provides the best solution to undo the shackles of feudalism. This system evolved in Europe during nineteen century, is prevalent in Russia, South Africa, Newzealand, Norway, Germany and a number of other countries with some variations suiting their own social milieus. Another reform that needs to be introduced is that the voting in the elections should be made mandatory. This will enhance the stake of the people in the political affairs of the country and also help in gauging the real support of political entities among the masses. These changes would require some amendments in the constitution and may necessitate the same unity among the political parties as witnessed during the passage of Eighteenth Amendment and the NFC Award. The onus for initiating the proposed changes however rests with the ruling party.

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Jewish vote in US politics Rafael Medoff


ixty-eight years ago, the Repub lican National Convention adopted a plank that would shape the future of US-Israel relations and redefine the role of Jewish voters in American politics. This surprising turn of events was the result of efforts by an unlikely trio: a former president, a maverick journalistturned-congresswoman and the father of Israel’s current prime minister. Luce, a former editor of Vanity Fair and war correspondent for Life, was one of the GOP’s rising young stars. The charming and charismatic Luce had a knack for turning a clever political phrase. Her description of postwar liberal visions of a universal world order as “globaloney” instantly became part of the political lexicon. Former President Herbert Hoover hailed Luce as “the Symbol of the New Generation.” The other major surprise of the convention was the party’s decision to actively seek the support of Jew-

ish voters. In the presidential elections of 1936 and 1940, 85% of American Jews had supported Franklin D Roosevelt. But by the spring of 1944, many Jews were deeply frustrated by the Roosevelt administration’s failure to aid European Jews fleeing the Nazis, and FDR’s refusal to press the British to open Palestine to Jewish refugees. Even the fervently pro-FDR American Jewish Congress challenged the president. The growing bitterness in the Jewish community opened the door to Benzion Netanyahu, a young Zionist activist from Jerusalem who had come to the US to mobilize public support for creation of a Jewish state. (Netanyahu, whose son, Benjamin, is Israel’s current prime minister, passed away this year at the age of 102.) At a time when most mainstream Jewish leaders backed Roosevelt and ignored the Republicans, Netanyahu cultivated ties to Hoover, Luce, Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and other senior GOP figures. He urged them to include a pro-Zionist plank in their 1944 platform. So did Cleveland

rabbi and Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver, who was close to Taft. In an interview some years ago, Netanyahu told me that on the eve of the convention, Luce called him to say, “I’m going now, to do your work at the convention.” Luce was a member of the convention’s resolutions committee, and Taft was its chairman. With Hoover’s encouragement, the committee adopted a resolution urging the Allies to “give refuge to millions of distressed Jewish men, women and children driven from their homes by tyranny,” by opening British-controlled Palestine to “unrestricted immigration” and then establishing a Jewish state. Prominent Jewish supporters of FDR and the Democrats, especially Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, feared the GOP plank might break the Democrats’ lock on the Jewish vote. At the Democratic Convention in Chicago the following month, Wise warned a Roosevelt administration official that their failure to adopt a pro-Zionist plank to match the Republicans “will lose the president

400,000 or 500,000 votes.” Wise was referring to the large Jewish population in New York state. With its 47 electoral votes — the largest in the nation at the time — New York would be crucial to FDR’s 1944 re-election bid. The fact that New York’s governor was the Republican nominee meant it might become a battleground state. The party leadership heeded the warnings from Celler and Wise. This was the beginning of the “Jewish vote” as a factor in US presidential politics. For the first time, both parties recognized that Jewish votes might be up for grabs, and that Jewish concerns needed to be addressed to attract the support of Jewish voters. The two 1944 planks also represented the birth of bipartisan support for a Jewish state. With both parties in agreement, the path was clear for America-Israel friendship to become a permanent part of American political culture. The writer is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. — Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

Plane talk..!


ill be leaving for an airforce base in a day or two to join my cousin a highranking air force officer. I know there will be much talk over there about planes and wars and stuff like that which brings me today to another tale: Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surfaceto-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a

communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Chuck Plumb. “How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb. “I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.” Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers.

I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory —he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emo-

tional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. Who are those who pack your parachute, and equip you each day to overcome life’s challenges? Is it your mother, father, brother or a friend, a husband or your wife you have to thank for the care they have put into your life to see you are having safe landings? If so thank your parachute packer right now..! —

Voice of the People Security for Rimsha DR ALFRED CHARLES

Our manufacturing fault SYED SAYEF HUSSAIN In 1962, President Mr Ayub Khan’s government gave a constitution to Pakistan. This was probably a disputed document, but this is not my point here. While he left the power in 1969, he himself disregarded his own constitution and did not handover power according to the provision the constitution. It shows that, something is fundamentally wrong with us Pakistanis. We have some serious manufacturing fault. We do not respect written words, covenants and rules and regulations etc. More than four decades have passed since the demise of Ayub Khan’s constitution. But nothing has changed; no improvements have come in our national psyche of bypassing the laws, and rules-regulations etc. Rather, the things have gone from worse to worst. How can you claim to be democracy loving people, if you fail to show respect to documents, words and covenants? Any answer? —Karachi

Regardless of further details about Rimsha’s case and her alleged involvement in Blasphemy . Now it is much more important to provide her security in jail.While producing her in open courts any mishap may occur. The govt. should provide her foolproof security. After her 14 days remand period she should not be produced in open Courts. Her case should be heard in jail premises. Local magistrate’s attention and order is much more required in this scenario. Her parents are also facing same kind of life threats so they kistan than the Quaid e Azam, and should be also provided security. if they are not entitled to get justice, nobody else can claim any prefer—Karachi ential treatment on hereditary grounds. Why should it be the fate of this country to be ruled and abused by men like Bilawal, Hamza, Monnis, Musa Gillani, Afzandyar Wali Junior etc, just because of acMUBASHIR MAHMOOD cident of birth, unless each of them earn this privilege. During the Ramadan it was very —Lahore good to see that all the Pakistani channels were airing Azaan for five times. In Ramadan Indian channels were also banned and vulgar advertisements were also not transmitted. But now Indian channels are MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL once again available on TV. Cable TV operators must follow the orders of PEMRA and should stop Late Shamimur Rehman was one of the senior journalists who expired on airing these channels. If Indian channels want to show the next day of Eidul Fiter (August their transmission in Pakistan then 21) after his brief illness at Karachi. they must pay TV license fees and All those who personally knew him all those scene from the Indian in addition to general readers of an drama should be deleted which pro- English daily where he was workmote Indian culture. It is also my ing as senior reporter for years, must request to all the Pakistani chan- have been grieved to receive sad nels to transmit Azaan during news of his demise as they have lost Azaan time and not to air any songs an honest, able, responsible and dedicated person who, no doubt was during Azaan time. loyal to his job. I had an opportu—Karachi nity to work with him in PTV News, Karachi centre as News Translator where he was working as News Producer in 1975 – 76. He was also known as “Papoo” there. Later, I joined as PRO, PIA from where I MOEED ALI SHAH finally retired a few years back but Mr Rehman who joined an English Sepy Muhammad Asif Shaheed daily was still working there as sewho saved the Kamra Airbase from nior reporter but our cordial relations terrorists deserves gallantry award. continue as before. The sensitivity of Kamra Airbase During my professional duties as and its possessions is very high PRO and personal relations with that’s why the base has been tar- him, I always found Mr Rehman geted again and again. Muhammad very honest, cooperative, energetic, Asif Shaheed not only killed three responsible, hardworking and dediof the terrorists but got them en- cated to his job. He was one of the gaged until SSG Force had arrived. senior journalists who can be placed, Thus he saved a big loss. President profession-wise at high esteem. He Asif Ali Zardari has bestowed also enjoyed good relations with our Presidential Awards to people who top political national leaders. I perhave been good for nothing, why sonally knew that when Shaheed not award for the proud son of na- Benazir Bhutto, ex-Prime Minister tion? was holding any gathering at —Hyderabad Karachi, she personally was trying to ensure that Mr Rehman should attend the gathering. It was only that he was impartial, responsible and honest reporter who was above any political affiliation as well as his proMALIK T ALI fessional duties were concerned. Mr Rehman use to work in very diffiPresident Zardari has called upon cult conditions dedicatedly for years. Muslim ummah at OIC meeting to As per press reports, his name was take a unified stand against the included in the list of 30 senior jourmenace of suicide bombing and nalists of Karachi who were threatkillings which have resulted in ened of lives by a terrorist wing of deaths of thousands in Pakistan and an ethnic group of Karachi. This also other troubled parts of the Islamic did not alter his determination for world. What he has forgotten is that working honestly and impartially. In while these suicide killings consti- brief, people like Shamimur tute an act of terrorism and are Rehman, late Sabihuddin Ghousi against teachings of Quran, so are and many others who set good exthe target killings, corruption, and amples for new entrants and others crimes of kidnapping for ransom already working in journalism, and extortion that plague Pakistan. would be remembered by all for deIn fact over 7,400 people have been cades to come. Let us pray Almighty killed in target killings during past Allah may rest his soul in eternal 27 months in Karachi and parts of peace and give courage to his beBalochistan as compared to about reaved family members to bear this 1000 in suicide attacks. While the irreparable loss with fortitude. PPP never tires of claiming to be a —Karachi democratic liberal party, it functions as a cult, where party leadership has become a family inheritance, as if this is a monarchy or a AGHA SHAHEEN KHAN fief, where power is transferred on Pakistan has been facing the worst hereditary basis only. May I ask in what capacity did situation in load shedding and the Bilawal Zardari etc attend the OIC disappointing thing is that nobody is session?. They could have travelled serious to resolve this critical issue. with President as members of first Load shedding occurs daily for 12 family, but have no right to partici- hours and more out of 24 hours. It pate in cabinet meetings or take part has not only destroyed our economy in parleys with other nations or im- but has also conveyed not a good portant sessions such as OIC meet- message to the world. People face ing, because they do not hold any many difficulties due to over load constitutional public office, nor are shedding with no time table. Due to they sworn to oath of secrecy. Can load shedding people face problems the democratically elected President like water deficiency, interruption in quote one incident where a scion of education system, many industries are an established democratic country’s affected due to over load shedding elected constitutional office holder which increases the unemployment attended a cabinet meeting, or took and many electronic devices are afpart in international forums where fected due to interruption in power only public office holders who have supply which causes loss to financial taken an oath, take part. This is un- position of citizens. In villages load shedding has heard of in USA, UK, France, created the extreme stress situation Canada, Iran or even in India. We live in a country where the for the people living there. Many vilgreat grand son of the Quaid, 17 lagers are migrating to cities in oryear old Sinkander Ali Jinnah, was der to get rid of those difficulties murdered in Karachi on 9th Janu- they suffer there. The main cause of ary 1998 and no FIR was lodged load shedding is the stealth electricuntil 2000. No individual or fam- ity. In cities it has been seen that the ily has rendered more service to Pa- ratio of stealth energy has increased

Airing of Indian TV channels

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Award for Asif Shaheed

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much and nobody prohibits them from doing so. The best solution for this is that WAPDA should make teams for all areas of the different cities, whose work should be to check the streets daily and one who does this crime should be charged huge amount so that nobody can play with the basic needs of the people who pay the bills. I request the ministry of Water and Power to support the concerned authorities in doing so. —Ghotki

50,000 children die of hunger CLEMENTE FERRER The Sahel region in Africa is facing a severe food crisis. The droughts of 2005, 2010 and 2012, along with increased insecurity, are driving many families into chaos. More than one million children have no access to food, medicines, safe drinking water, sanitation or education. The image of childhood is the image of our moral condition as adults. A civilization that fights against children is a planet with no hope. Having children live in poverty, abused, beaten and sacrificed is a crime against humanity that will soon be judged by our future generations. According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million newborns are not registered. It is estimated that 100 million abortions are conducted annually throughout the world. More than 120 million children lack basic nutrition. About 50,000 children die of hunger per day. Also, one of every four children under 5 years of age will experience the effects of depletion, anemia, disability, physical or mental defects. Moreover, child mortality rates vary by region: in affluent countries the rate consists of 6 children per every 1,000 births; in Latin America the rate is 31 per 1,000; in South Asia it is 89 per 1,000; and in sub-Saharan Africa it reaches up to 169 per 1,000. Almost 25 million who are under 18 years of age live in refugee areas. They are recruited from the scourges of war. About 16 million children are orphans; a quarter of them due to the virus of death, i.e. HIV/AIDS. About 80% of them live in Africa. It is also estimated that 400 million children are slaves for the despotism of exploitation. These include children chained to hard labor due to the indigent conditions within which their parents survive in. They are forced into agriculture, deposits, mines, industries and as slaves to landowners. There are now about 500,000 child soldiers. Nearly two million kids are forced into being sex objects. Finally, FAO’s annual report was published under the title: “The State of Food Insecurity in the World”. The report asserts that eating is a basic right of humanity and that hunger is an insult to human dignity. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti). —Via email

A matter of shame MOEED ALI SHAH Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had promised the nation that there would be no load-shedding during Eid days but ironically the power shut down situation got worst since Chand Raat. Earlier he had guaranteed no load shedding during Sehri and Iftar but what happened was contrary to his vow. Either he has failed to get rid of his habit of lying to the nation about load-shedding or the concerned authorities of WAPDA pay no heed to what he says. Both ways it is very shameful for him. —Hyderabad

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Obama administration allows earthquake relief money for Iran JOSH ROGIN

orously implementing the measures and sanctions in place to came 10 days after the earthquake. When the Bush adminisincrease the pressure on the Iranian regime, and to continue tration took a similar action, it did so just 4 days after the 2003 HE Obama administration decided Tues increasing the costs of Iran’s non-compliance with its interna- Bam disaster. Sources close to the administration told The Cable that there was significant day to allow Americans to send hundreds debate about whether or not to of thousands of dollars in cash to Iran to help with issue the license. State Departearthquake relief in a rare relief of tight financial sancment officials argued in favor of tions imposed on the country in response to its controgranting the license, while the versial nuclear program. The Treasury Department issued White House resisted the move, a 45-day general license to allow officially registered NGOs worried about how even a temto send up to $300,000 to Iran for humanitarian relief and porary and limited relief of sancreconstruction activities related to two Aug. 11 earthtions against Iran would play in quakes that struck northern Iran and killed more than 250 the media so close to the presipeople. Food and medicine aid is already exempted from dential election. Eventually, with sanctions against Iran. The George W. Bush administrathe support of top State Departtion took a similar action in 2003. ment officials, the White House Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was persuaded to agree to the explained on the White House blog that the Iranian govmove, these sources said. ernment had refused to accept offers of official help for The National Iranian earthquake victims from the U.S. government, so the adAmerican Council, a group repministration decided this was the best way to facilitate resenting Iranian-Americans, aid to the disaster area.“In a disappointing decision, the was also heavily involved in government of Iran has chosen not to accept our offer of pushing for the issuance of the humanitarian assistance,” he wrote. “This step allows the license. NIAC founder and American people to support organizations providing hupresident Trita Parsi told The manitarian relief activities, including the distribution of Cable that his organization moemergency medical and shelter supplies, as well as those bilized parts of the Iranianpursuing broader efforts to rebuild affected areas.” American community, which McDonough emphasized that the move was a temporary one and does not alter the administration’s approach tional obligations related to its nuclear program,” he said. Iran sent more than 3,000 letters to the White House asking offito sanctioning Iran writ large. “We remain committed to rig- watchers have noted the delay in issuing the license, which cials to allow more earthquake relief. “Last time Bush did it,


the U.S. won a tremendous amount of goodwill. And every time humanity trumps politics, the entity that takes the initiative wins a lot of soft power and political capital,” Parsi said. The obstacles facing NGOs who want to send cash to Iran are daunting, Parsi cautioned. He said that NIAC contacted 15 banks about wiring the money into Iran and 14 of them resisted the idea because working with Iranian banks is too risky, even when dealing with transactions that are exempted by sanctions. From their perspective, it’s not worth the risk,” he said. “We hope the banks will take note of this and start doing things that are permissible, because otherwise this general license may have no effect at all.” There is also some concern, including on Capitol Hill, as to whether the money sent to Iran might somehow find its way into the wrong hands. “While all Americans support the Iranian people in this time of distress, we need to make sure assistance sent to Iran is not diverted or misused by the Iranian government,” a senior Senate aide said. “When you allow cash transfers rather than monetizing aid, that’s a recipe for disaster.” Parsi said the best way to prevent the money from getting into Iranian government hands is to work through respected NGOs that are based in the United States and have a presence in Iran. There are some checks on the aid, Treasury officials say.“ The license specifically forbids any dealings with entities on the OFAC SDN list such as the IRGC,” Treasury Department spokesman John Sullivan told The Cable, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. “There is also a mandated report to the Treasury and State Departments so we can make sure the money does not end up in the wrong hands.” :—Courtesy - FP

A plea to Gen. Wes Clark: Please get off The fight for control of the the TV before you do even more damage internet has become critical HUNTER I’m embarrassed to admit, I recently watched a long portion of the second episode of the new “reality” TV show Stars Earn Stripes. The premise of the show is that eight D-list “celebrities” — predominately reality TV returnees, washed up actors, and athletes — train with former U.S. military servicemembers and first responders and take part in “missions” to demonstrate their prowess and nominally learn/appreciate something about military life. There’s also a Survivor element to the “contest” where a nonperforming team is dismissed each episode. The “stripes” the remaining teams earn equate to $10,000 donations to service-oriented charities like the Wounded Warrior Project and their ilk. NBC claims the show will “pay homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.” I found the program lame and somewhat sad. Anyone with military experience would laugh at the canned explosions — M203 rounds do not blow up like that, especially when the blue training round lands under rather than in the target. ( I’m looking at you, Picabo Street.) The “tasks” that the “celebs” were charged to execute were laughable. Indeed, the marksmanship demonstrated (even by the military professionals) wasn’t that impressive given the high powered rifle sights, supported firing positions, and short distances to the target. But the real kickers were the unconvincing hostess Samantha Harris — who previously co-hosted Dancing with the Stars, wearing sexy combat chic clothing that would make the Scud Stud blush, and General (Retired) Wesley Clark — the opportunist flag officer and onetime presidential candidate everyone loves to hate. The two co-hosts, respectively, bat their eyes and look grim and try to sell the concept as a credit to the troops, but the show devolves “combat” down to a series of Darby Queen obstacles with embedded squibs and targets that don’t shoot back.

How sad to see General Clark leering over a fake TV screen (badly overlaid on a circular table) in a fake command post, giving orders and commentary with fake gravitas. But Clark is well known for narcissism and never finding a camera he didn’t love. The late David Hackworth once called Wes Clark a Perfumed Prince — and later retracted his comment — but this madefor-TV endeavor seems to validate the moniker. What’s most worrisome about this show is that it is a show, sold as entertainment. A

squad of Nobel laureates has already criticized the program calling Stars Earn Stripes a “sanitation of war ... likening it to an athletic competition.” They called for the show’s cancellation stating: “It is our belief that this program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence. Real war is down in the dirt deadly. People — military and civilians — die in ways that are anything but entertaining.” I have to agree with their sentiment, especially given the ham-handed nature of the exercises. There’s no real danger, and no real consequences. I’m sure the celebs retire to their Hollywood mansions after each camera shoot,

whereas, somewhere in Afghanistan, PFC “Snuffy” finishes his real “shoot” and retires to his tent built for 6-8 of his closest squadmates. Surprising no one, I hope, there’s no reality in this reality TV. Even if this show was a well-meaning effort to bridge an increasing civil-military divide (as Clark claims), it is so poorly executed that it marginalizes the efforts of U.S. troops in the field. That’s what makes Clark’s involvement all the more worrisome. The public doesn’t know that Clark is not overly respected within the ranks, and likely accepts his involvement as a military stamp of approval. The Army Profession campaign has spent almost two years trying to discern the impact of a decade of war on the profession. One of the ideas the campaign members have been considering is the concept of a “non-acting professional.” In this case, they have been trying to analyze the role of the military retiree (p. 24) within the profession. This need arose as many general officers (e.g. Clark and Honore) took to the papers and the airwaves commenting on military operations and politics (e.g. Newbold, Batiste) from the safety of their retirement. The ongoing concern remains allowing for the proper balance of dissent, First Amendment rights and the role of former government servants — who, it should be remembered, remain subject to recall to active service. This is a continuing discussion that will not be resolved anytime soon. Clark’s latest TV endeavor is more embarrassing than harmful, and likely grazes but does not fall within the area of concern which the Army Campaign is exploring. But I do think Stars Earns Stripes undermines the hard work of our servicemembers around the globe, by turning combat-lite into a game show. The fact that the show is giving money to veterans groups doesn’t redeem it in the least.:—Courtesy - FP. [ The reviewer is best TV Reviewer].


N horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can’t see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few years, largely out of sight, governments have been clawing back freedoms on the internet, turning an invention that was designed to emancipate the individual into a tool for surveillance and control. In the next few months, this process is set to be enshrined internationally, amid plans to put cyberspace under the authority of a largely secretive and obscure UN agency. If this succeeds, this will be an important boost to states’ plans to censor the web and to use it to monitor citizens. Virtually all governments are at it. Some are much worse than others. The introduction last month of a law in Russia creating a blacklist of websites that contain “extremist” content was merely the latest example of an alarming trend. Authoritarian states have long seen cyberspace as the ultimate threat to their source of power. They are given succour by self-styled democracies who seek to introduce legislation enhancing the rights of authorities and security agencies to snoop. The British government’s current draft communications bill would produce a system of blanket collection and retention of all online data. As the group Privacy International pointed out in its submission to parliament: “The technology that will be used is only currently deployed in Kazakhstan, China and Iran … subjecting citizens to the near certainty of ongoing and unremitting interference in their private lives.” All governments, whatever their hue, cite similar threats: terrorism and

If the internet is to be governed more cohesively, and on a less ad hoc basis than now, then it should not be left to governments alone. There has never been a central authority, and the internet has flourished in spite of (or perhaps because of) its decentralised governance model. The reverse is now in prospect. In December in Dubai, a body that has existed for 150 years but few outside narrow industry circles have heard of, is seeking to take control of the internet. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN organisation that counts 193 countries as its members, aims to add the internet to its existing regulatory roles. Its strongest supporters include regimes such as China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, who submitted a proposal last September to the UN general assembly for an “international code of conduct for information security”. Its goal is to establish government-led “international norms and rules standardising the behaviour of countries concerning information and cyberspace”. These countries, and others of their ilk, have three main goals for the Dubai summit and beyond: an assertion of national sovereignty over cyber communication; a clampdown on anonymity and encryption; and a change in global governance. Not that many readers would know as much. Official preparations for the ITU are clouded in secrecy, as is the organisation’s standard practice, but information has been coming out via, a website created by two techies to publish leaked documents for the meeting. The ITU describes itself as a “multistakeholder” organisation, but the claim

organised crime, child pornography and intellectual property are the ones most commonly used. Unsurprisingly these, and local variants, are used by dictatorships, who need merely to point to precedents set in the west to counter any criticism with the charge of hypocrisy. The internet, as originally envisaged, was borderless. In theory, anyone could – if they had access to the bandwidth – find out information anywhere and communicate with anyone. The demarcation between free expression and data and identify privacy on the one hand, and the state’s right to security on the other, is continually debated and recalibrated, partly due to technological advances. One of the most vigorous places for debate has been the Internet Governance Forum, which since its founding in 2005 has brought together governments, private sector firms large and small, academics and members of civil society. This year ’s meeting in November takes place incongruously and intriguingly in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, a country with a particularly poor record on free expression and suppression of dissent. What matters, as the lines are drawn, is transparency and inclusivity.

is spurious. All the big decisions are taken in meetings in which only governments can take part. Lobbying (from all sides) has been taking place for months, but almost completely behind the scenes. Netizens have been shut out from this process. Other cultural and political messages are in play too. Some developing nations and emerging powers are galvanised by the prospect of prising jurisdiction away from the US. This is the most seductive part of their message. Since its inception, the internet has been dominated by the US, both government, corporations, civil society groups and users. This is changing fast. Access to high-speed internet via mobile will transform access to information in developing countries in coming years. The internationalisation of the internet is inevitable, and good. The question is not which countries are in charge, but where the power resides within countries. Control is always the first instinct of the state. The ITU summit in December marks just the start of the battle between those who wish to keep the internet (relatively) free and those who will do everything in their power to reverse the process. :—Courtesy - The Guardian




N unpublished report has again brought the development community under scrutiny. It’s strange that it has been given so much publicity, considering the array of other similar reports out there, carrying a similar message. Apparently, the development community has buckled under the pressure of “elite” groups. The report, funded by DFID, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, was completed last year and shelved. It is a followup to another World Bank and DFID report released in 2006, which has since been a Bible for development practitioners in Nepal. The controversy is over why the donors have shelved the second report, considering that they funded it, and happily published a similar one in 2006. Having gone through the first report, “Unequal Citizens: Gender, Caste and Ethnic Exclusion in Nepal” one can gather that the follow-up declares, most unsurprisingly, that post-2006 changes haven’t empowered or brought change to excluded communities, leaving the Bahun and Chettri communities still with greater representation in government and bureaucracy, and other spheres of public and social life. All this was supposed to have changed after the 2006 Jana Andolan. But it didn’t. So there came a follow-up report on what exactly hasn’t changed and why: “Forging Equal Citizenship in a Multicultural Nepal,” which has been shelved by the donors who funded it.The aid regime It wasn’t only the post-2006 politics that failed the inclusion agenda. The donor community failed it too. Donor money indeed makes up 60 percent of the development budget, but aside from dilly-dallying with small-scale inclusion exercises and development activities, changing hiring patterns to accommodate the elites of marginalised communities, and publishing report after report, there’s very little to show for progress they’ve made on the inclusion front. Quick to point out exclusionary practices in Nepali society, they seem largely oblivious to the discrimination between Nepalis and nonNepalis within their own organisations. They argue for equality in a fine way, but notions of “equal work, equal pay” don’t seem to apply to their own organisations, even as they preach equality to the rest.Historically,

donors have created other problems too. The post-modern anthropologist Talal Asad described in 1991 the colonial baggage carried by his discipline: “there is nothing startling today in the suggestion that anthropological knowledge was part of the expansion of Europe’s power”. Donor communities seem to have also played a similar role in a post-colonial, imperialist world. The good intentions of aid work (ers) are not being questioned here. Anthropology as a discipline became highly critical of itself in the 20th century. But aside from a few rogue academics, economists and practitioners, who have written disturbing accounts of their time in the development world, development agencies are reluctant to criticise themselves, telling themselves — or at least their subjects — that their sole interest is improving lives. But development doesn’t exist in a bubble outside of economic, social and foreign policy interests. And neither do the reports published by development organisations. That’s why when a report like “Forging Equal Citizenship in a Multicultural Nepal” is shelved, there’s no reason to fret. The report wasn’t going to tell any more of a truth than we already know. These reports deserve scrutiny, equal to, if not more than the amount of scrutiny the government or bureaucracy gets over every little thing. The Nepali government may work for a variety of interests, but it works more in the interest of Nepal than any INGO ever will. “Structural adjustment”, “democratisation” and “liberalisation” are terms the development agencies were often used to describe how they intended to promote the interests of the developing world. But we know whose interests those served. Countries in the global South have been left desolate and war-ravaged after the utter failure of these policies to bring “progress” in the decades just gone. In fact, donor interest in promoting the “indigenous” cause came in the aftermath of opposition from groups around the world claiming that the lives of indigenous and tribal populations in much of the underdeveloped and developing world had been ravaged as a result of flawed policies promoted by the Bretton Woods institutions. Nepal’s development agencies do not function in isolation from such realities. The limits of the development agencies should be understood as such. If a report is being put on hold, the rea-

son is not as simple as “donors were bullied into shelving it”. Who’s bullying whom? When a group, the Joint Struggle Committee for National Sovereignty and Ethnic Harmony (comprising of Bahuns, Chettris and Dashnami activists), sat down with some heads of donor agencies and asked the donors to work for the underprivileged in all caste/ethnicities, the meet was seen by some as a form of “bullying” of donors by the dominant caste groups. But it is highly unlikely that the donor community, representing some of the richest and most powerful countries in the world, has been bullied by a group of Nepali activists. At a time when our Prime Minister has outrightly proclaimed that he has no power to decide the fate of the country (he said we’re pawns, in case you missed it!), it is far-fetched to suggest that a few Bahun activists could “bully” the donor community into shelving a report the donors have invested in. Indeed, the DFID, World Bank and ADB-funded report should be published. But blaming an entire caste groups’ alleged desire to remain dominant, for the report being shelved is unnecessary. Now is the time to convince the conservative forces of inclusion and federalism, not further isolate them, and drag large chunks of the population into the debate. Opinion makers should take into account the nuances of history and that there’s plenty of grey area there, not just the black and white of oppressers and the oppressed. However, in the press and internet, the beliefs of the Struggle Committee for National Sovereignty and Ethnic Harmony mutated into the demands of all Bahuns and Chettris, the “hill elites” and simply just “elites”. One’s ethnic identity does not determine one’s politics, and those pushing such an argument are equally to blame as the extreme-conservative forces for a polarised society. As a Janajati is not inherently linked to the political movement for identity, a Bahun or Chhetri is not necessarily against it. No caste group has monopoly on being the “elite”. As for the unpublished report, despite the fact that anything new or productive is unlikely to come from it, the matter has been unnecessarily politicised. The “bullying” allegations are grave. Delaying the report further can do no good for anyone except those who’d like to see a further-polarised society and drumbeats towards that end. —Courtesy - Kathmandu Post

New book on Osama raid next month

Heavy rains wreak havoc, 14 dead

WASHINGTON—A US commando involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year has written an inside account of the still-classified mission that is scheduled to be released next month, according to the book’s publisher. The author, who uses a pseudonym, “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader ’s hideout and was present at his death,” according to a statement from Dutton, the New York-based publisher. The hunt for Osama bin Laden: For almost a decade, US intelligence officials were stymied by Osama bin Laden. That is - until CIA analysts at Langley changed their focus to the alQaeda leader’s secret courier network. The hunt for Osama bin Laden: For almost a decade, US intelligence officials were stymied by Osama bin Laden. That is - until CIA analysts at Langley changed their focus to the al-Qaeda leader’s secret courier network. If the description is true, the book would shatter the secrecy maintained by members of the team of Navy SEALs involved in the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It could also raise legal and political issues for the Obama administration, which has carried out an aggressive crackdown on leaks even while it has also been accused of offering access to journalists and moviemakers to exploit the success of the bin Laden operation. The raid was carried out by the elite and secretive US Joint Special Operations Command under the authority of the CIA. Pentagon and CIA officials appeared to be caught off-guard by Dutton’s announcement of the forthcoming book. Officials indicated Wednesday that neither the author nor the publisher had cleared the book’s contents with the Defence Department or the CIA, a step ordinarily required by former service members or spies seeking to write about classified operations. “As far as we can determine, this book was not submitted for pre-publication review,” said CIA spokesman Preston Golson. Pentagon spokesman George Little said he was “unaware that anyone in the department has reviewed it.” The book is titled “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden.” The author’s name is listed as Mark Owen, which Dutton acknowledges is a pseudonym. The news release quotes Owen saying the book would “set the record straight about one of the most important missions in US military history.” It also says the author has pledged to donate “the majority of the proceeds” to charities that support families of slain Navy SEALs. The author led one of the assault teams on Operation Neptune Spear, as the bin Laden mission was called, and was involved in other missions including a maritime rescue in the Indian Ocean in 2009, according to the publisher.—INP

From Page 1 over Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending southeastwards. Under its influence strong monsoon currents are penetrating in upper parts of the country. Nullah Daik overflowed in Chawinda-Pasrur area of Sialkot on Thursday‚ due to which rice crops in some villages including Chuur‚ Nawaaday and Jabbokay were affected. There was low flood at Nullah Aik and Baeen in Sialkot District. Flood Warning Division in Lahore said river Chenab is in low flood at Khanki & Qadirabad with water level lowering at

Khanki and rising at Qadirabad.Flood Cell Peshawar says river Kabul at Warsak‚ river Panjkora at Dir‚ river Khiali at Charsadda Road and river Indus at Tarbela are in low flood. Other rivers in the province are flowing normally. Flood in Sialkot’s Nullah Daik and Wazirabad’s Nullah Palkhu inundated 50 villages. Heavy rains in Sialkot and Narowal, which started on Tuesday night, caused flood in Nullah Daik. The floodwater inundated 50 villages and submerged standing crop on hundreds of acres of land.

Irrigation officials in Sialkot said, “5,000 cusecs of water is passing through Nullah Daik. Traffic on Narowal-Pasrur Road was suspended. Heavy rain in Wazirabad, which lasted for almost eight hours, caused flood in Nullah Palkhu. Standing crops were submerged under floodwater. Residents of nearby localities are moving to safer places. Meanwhile three people were killed in Kotli Sattian near Rawalpindi when a wall collapsed due to heavy rain. The rain has also damaged several houses in the area.—INP

India warns Twitter over ethnic violence rumours against Muslims

LAHORE: Makeshift homes of nomad families seen at the bank of the Ravi River which can cause a mishap due to rising “If Twitter fails to respond social networking groups. NEW DELHI—India has threatof water level. “When we tell these sites to ened to take strict action against to our request, we will take apTwitter, saying the content on the propriate action,” senior home inquire about the identity (of website is provoking ethnic ten- ministry official R.K. Singh was people posting material), then sions against migrants from the quoted as saying in the Times they say we are out of your jurisnortheast. Internet posts, SMSs of India newspaper. “We have diction, our servers are outside and fake video clips are blamed asked the information technol- and we are not under the obligaFrom Page 1 for spreading rumours that Mus- ogy ministry to serve them a tion to disclose the identity,” he lims would attack students and notice.” The paper added that the told reporters. “So this means it The matter of missing de- tivated by outrage over ac- workers from India’s north-east- government had set a deadline is a platform where anyone can NEW DELHI—As many as 74 peatedly taken up the matter tions by American troops, inIndian defence personnel, in- with Pakistan through diplo- fence personnel have been raised ern region living in Bangalore of Thursday for the websites to do anything,” he added. The cluding 54 prisoners of wars, are matic channels and during high- with Pakistan during the home cluding the burning of Korans and other southern cities. respond. Information Technol- threats against the migrants were believed to be in Pakistani jails level contacts for the release of secretary level meeting in May at an American base and the ogy Minister Kapil Sibal on linked to weeks of clashes in the India demanded that Twitsince 1971 but the neighbouring Indian PoWs believed to be in this year and foreign secretary video images of Marines uri- ter and other social network Wednesday expressed frustra- north-eastern state of Assam belevel talks last month, Ahamed nating on dead insurgents. But websites remove the “inflamma- tion at the delay and difficulty tween the Bodo tribal commucountry has not acknowledged that country. Afghan officials said that the However, Ahamed said, Pa- said. it so far, the government said. in getting responses from US nity.—INP tory and harmful” material. To a query, he said Pakistan Taliban and other insurgent Besides this, another 314 kistan does not acknowledge the Indians are also in jails in Paki- presence of any Indian PoWs in is awaiting internal approvals to groups were the ones mainly its custody. sign the bilateral visa agreement responsible, and that these stan. In January 2007, Pakistan with India which streamlines were to a large extent directed This was disclosed by Minister of State for External Affairs was persuaded to receive a del- procedure to procure the docu- by foreign countries’ intelligence agencies, though they E Ahamed in the Rajya Sabha, egation of relatives of missing ment. defence personnel to permit Both the countries have did not offer specific evireported PTI. “As on August 16, 2012, as them to visit prisons there where agreed to sign the visa agree- dence. A senior Pakistani secumany as 233 Indian civilian pris- they are believed to incarcer- ment at an early date, Ahamed oners, 81 Indian fishermen and ated. The delegation visited 10 said, adding, “The Pakistan side rity official reached by tele74 missing defence personnel, jails from June 1 to 14 in 2007 informed that some internal ap- phone called the insinuation A centerpiece of the new ment in Japan in 2006. Mosincluding 54 PoWs, are believed but “could not conclusively con- provals were under process and “hogwash” and said that the W ASHINGTON —The US is to be in Pakistani jails,” Ahamed firm the presence of physical the agreement will be signed Afghan government always planning a major expansion of effort would be deployment of cow has voiced similar conpresence of the Indian PoWs”, once they are in place.”— tried to blame the Inter-Ser- missile defences in Asia, a a powerful early-warning ra- cerns about the system in Eusaid. vices Intelligence, Pakistan’s move American officials say is dar, known as an X-Band, on rope and the Middle East. Online He said government has re- he said. spy agency. Without commenting on designed to contain threats an undisclosed southern JapaThe idea that the Pakistani from North Korea, but one that nese island, said US defence specific plans, Pentagon Press ISI has directly supported at- could also be used to counter officials. Secretary George Little said: tacks in Afghanistan against China’s military. The Pentagon is discussing “North Korea is the immediAmerican targets is not new. The planned build up is that prospect with Japan, one ate threat that is driving our Though the Afghan claims of part of a defensive array that of Washington’s closest re- missile defence decision makforeign involvement in insider could cover large swaths of gional allies. The radar could ing.” attacks go beyond any evi- Asia, with a new radar in be installed within months of The Pentagon is particudence presented by coalition southern Japan and possibly Japan’s agreement, American larly concerned about the From Page 1 tivities. About Naran tragedy‚ he in North Waziristan‚ the Minis- officials, some would not rule another in Southeast Asia tied officials said, and would growing imbalance of power said it was a terrorist act and not would rotate among them on ter said they do so at the instance it out entirely. to missile-defence ships and supplement an X-Band the US across the Taiwan Strait. China sectarian incident as those killed quarterly basis. He said this of some one else. Col. David A. Lapan, a land-based interceptors. positioned in Aomori Prefec- has been developing advanced included both Shias and Sunnis. would be a model initiative to He said it is known that spokesman for the chairman It is part of the Obama ture in northern Japan in 2006. ballistic missiles and antiship Rehman Malik said he be replicated in the provinces. Maulana Fazlullah and Maulvi of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administration’s new defence Officials with the US ballistic missiles that could tartalked to Chief Minister GilgitHe said a mega event of Faqir are operating from Kunar Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, said strategy to shift resources to an military’s Pacific Command get US naval forces in the reBaltistan on the tense situation Conference on Interfaith Har- province of Afghanistan. It that General Dempsey spoke Asian-Pacific region critical to and Missile Defence Agency gion. “Physics is physics,” a in the area and he conveyed to mony would be held on the 30th would not have been possible for with Mr. Karzai by phone on the US economy after a decade have also been evaluating sites senior US official said. him three demands of the people of this month to promote toler- them to carry out attacks on this Tuesday morning while both of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. in Southeast Asia for a third X- “You’re either blocking North which have been accepted. ance and ensure sectarian har- side of the border‚ martyr our were in Afghanistan and that The expansion comes at a Band radar to create an arc that Korea and China or you’re not They were provision of po- mony and protect rights of mi- people and take back their own Mr. Karzai committed to time when the US and its al- would allow the US and its re- blocking either of them.” lice escort to passenger traffic norities. injured without active foreign working with the United lies in the region voice grow- gional allies to more accuUS Defence Secretary for Gilgit-Baltistan; compensaRegarding situation in support. He asked Taliban to sur- States to examine potential ing alarm about a North Ko- rately track any ballistic mis- Leon Panetta said during a tion to the heirs of all those who Balochistan‚ the Interior Minis- render arms otherwise the gov- causes for the attacks, includ- rean missile threat. They are siles launched from North Ko- visit Wednesday to the USS had lost their lives and increase ter said it has improved follow- ernment is determined to take ing whether they might be the also increasingly worried rea, as well as from parts of John C. Stennis warship in in number of PIA flights to the ing his detailed briefing to the the campaign against terrorism work of outside spy agencies. about China’s aggressive China. Washington state that the US region. Senate and exposing of activi- to its logical conclusion. “We certainly don’t see stance in disputed waters such Some US defence officials would “focus and project our The Minister said he has ties of a neighbouring country. When asked what he dis- this as the one” reason, Colo- the South China Sea, where have focused on the Philip- force into the Pacific.” asked PIA to double the existRehman Malik once again cussed during his telephonic nel Lapan said Wednesday. Asian rivals are vying for con- pines as the potential site for The US presence on the ing number of flights. He said extended an offer to the es- conversation with Indian Home Nonetheless, he said, “we trol of oil and mineral rights. the third X-Band, which is ground in Asia, especially the Gilgit airport would be upgraded tranged Baloch leaders to return Minister‚ he said they talked don’t know what’s causing US defence planners are manufactured by Raytheon Co. Marine bases in Okinawa, has to receive jet flights like Skardu. to the country and talk to per- about fast-tracking investiga- them, and we’re looking at particularly concerned about Pentagon officials said a loca- been a source of constant tenResponding to a question he sonalities of their choice. He tions into Mumbai attacks and everything.” —INP China’s development of tion has yet to be determined sion, and a more determined said there is evidence of pres- said they should leave their cosy SMS controversy. antiship ballistic missiles that and that discussions are at an presence could spark similar ence of Taliban in Karachi and abodes abroad and return to Rehman Malik said he told problems. could threaten the Navy’s fleet early stage. action is being taken against Balochistan if they are genu- his Indian counterpart that PakiThe beefed-up US presIn addition to the new Xof aircraft carriers, critical to them. inely interested in serving the stan is ready to take action if evithe US projection of power in ence might raise tensions with Band site in southern Japan, About the decision to form people. dence was provided about inthe Chinese, who have been the US plans to increase the Asia. Interfaith Council‚ he said it Asked to comment on re- volvement of anyone from PakiThe focus of our rhetoric sharp critics of US ballistic number of Marines in Okinawa would have seven members rep- ported statement of Taliban stan. He said he also extended an is North Korea,” said Steven missile defences in the past. in the near term before relocatresenting various schools of spokesman that they would re- invitation to the Indian Minister Hildreth, a missile-defence ex- Beijing fears such a system, ing them to Guam. As the Mathought and its Chairmanship taliate if operation was launched to visit Pakistan.— NNI pert with the Congressional similar to one the US is de- rines are pulled out of AfghaniResearch Service, an advisory ploying in the Middle East and stan, going from 21,000 to less NEW DELHI—BJP-led NDA arm of Congress. “The reality Europe to counter Iran, could than 7,000, the number of opposition on Thursday stuck is that we’re also looking diminish China’s strategic de- forces on Okinawa will rise, to its demand for the Prime longer term at the elephant in terrent. Beijing objected to the from about 15,000 to 19,000, U.S.’s first X-Band deploy- officials said.—INP Minister’s resignation on the the room, which is China.” coal block allocation issue at a meeting convened by Rajya W ASHINGTON —The rising cans. The latest was Sunday Sabha chairman to end the imnumber of attacks on U.S. troops when an Afghan police officer passe and boycotted a meeting by Afghan police and soldiers opened fire inside a police sta- called by Lok Sabha Speaker on may be due in part to the stress tion in the southern district of the matter. on Afghan forces from fasting Spin Boldak, killing a 55-yearThe meeting called by during the just-concluded holy old U.S. Army soldier. Hamid Ansari saw BJP and ISLAMABAD—Acting Ambas- Thursday. Mr Hoagland offered Eid GreetThe general said that Congress members throwing sador of the United States Mr month of Ramazan, the top U.S. During the meeting, held in ings. The Acting Ambassador commander in Afghanistan said roughly 25 percent of insider barbs at each other on the con- Richard E Hoagland called on a cordial atmosphere, the Act- thanked the Minister for enhancattacks can be linked to the tinuing deadlock in Parliament. Federal Minister for Interior ing US Ambassador discussed ing the security of diplomatic Thursday. Marine Gen. John R. Allen, Taliban, who in some cases have While all agreed with Ansari’s Senator Rehman Malik here on some of the security issues and enclave.—INP speaking to reporters at the Pen- impersonated members of the “bonafide” intentions of ending tagon from his headquarters in Afghan security forces and in the impasse, they did not budge Kabul, said the reasons behind some cases have co-opted them from their stated positions. the attacks are not fully under- through threats. Leader of the Opposition in Allen was asked about an Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley is unstood and likely can be attributed to a variety of factors, in- assertion by the office of Presi- derstood to have stated that Parcluding Taliban infiltration of dent Hamid Karzai on Wednes- liament is also about accountday that the insider attacks can ability and this role cannot be the Afghan security forces. He cited Ramadan and the be blamed on the brainwashing jettisoned by the government. requirement for Muslims to not of Afghan recruits by foreign Congress leaders said Pareat or drink during daylight intelligence agents. liamentary practices were go“Coalition and Afghan ing downhill and put the blame hours as another factor. “It’s a very tough time for forces have maintained unre- on the opposition’s attitude. these (Afghan) forces,” he said, lenting pressure on the insurBJP countered this by menparticularly since they were fast- gents, and we have denied and tioning that Congress had ing during the heat of the sum- disrupted their operations and stalled mer and the peak of the fighting have largely pushed them out Parliament for 20 days season and have been facing of the population centers,” he when the Tehelka issue came up combat strains for many years. said. during the NDA regime, “We’ve limited their free- sources said. “We believe that the combination of many of these particu- dom of movement, and we’ve The Left parties alleged that lar factors may have come to- interdicted their logistics. the coal allocation issue had now gether during the last several We’ve taken scores of their become a Congress versus BJP weeks to generate the larger leaders and fighters off the fight. They suggested that Prime numbers” of attacks, he said. battlefield, and we’ve system- Minister Manmohan Singh Already this month there have atically separated the insurgents should call an all-party meeting been at least 10 “insider” attacks from more and more of the Af- to end the deadlock, the sources LAHORE: Students returning home from school as classes have started after summer vacations. by Afghans, killing 10 Ameri- ghan population.”—AP said.—INP

‘74 Indian defence personnel in Pak jails since 1971’

Afghanistan blames

US plans new Asia missile defences Names N-Korea as main threat

No immediate blocking of all unregistered SIMs: Malik

BJP-led opposition demand for Manmohan’s resignation

‘Ramazan factor in Afghan insider attacks’

US Ambassador discusses security issues with Interior Minister

‘Republicans to accord more respect to Pakistan’ W ASHINGTON —In hope of more respect and hope that we really not the beginning of a

NATIONAL BRIEFS Theft QUETTA—Unidentified thieves took away a motorbike from a house in the Phanor sentry area on Thursday. Police said that burglars barged into a SEOUL: Retired army men of South Korea protesting in front of Japan embassy. house of one Hayat and took away motorbike parked in the premises of a house. Police registered a case and started investigation.— APP

Killed DERA MURAD JAMALI—A man was gunned down in Jaffarabad on Thursday, police said. Police said that one Peeral Khan was killed in Goth Saifullah when armed men opened fire at him. As a result, he died on the spot. The assailants managed to escape. On being informed, police reached the site and shifted the body to the nearby hospital. Police said an old enmity was cause of the killing.—APP

‘MPs dialogue to improve Indo-Pak ties’

NEW DELHI—Speaker Indian stronger and peaceful relation-

Lok Sabha Ms Meira Kumar who hosted the Pakistan delegation visiting India as part of the 4th round of India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue has said, “our relationship goes back in history through civilisational bonds and beyond.” She was addressing the Pakistan delegation that calledon her on the sidelines of the 4th round of India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue that taking place in New Delhi, Forthcoming polls isAugust 23-24, 2012. LAHORE—Forthcoming polls The Lok Sabha Speaker, would provide an opportunity while welcoming the delegation for change and young men and to the Parliament and in India, women are certainly going to said that the Indian Parliament seize it under the dynamic with 42 political parties repreleadership of Imran Khan. sented in it represents the naThis was stated by PTI leader tional consensus in India that and former minister Malik the people of India want a Abdul Qayyum at an Eid Millan Party. He said, over the past years, they have achieved stunning results, overturn dictatorships in sending waves of hope across regions and round the world. He added PTI recognizes that aspiration of youth extend far beyond jobs; they want a seat GILGIT—On direction of Deputy at the table-a real voice in Commissioner of Gilgit-Balistan, shaping the policies that partial business centres, shops, shape their lives We are making all efforts to include markets and offices reopened in panic situation here on Thursday young people in policies, programs and decision making while government and private educational institutions were still processes that benefit their closed due to tense situation prefuture and ours.—Online vailed in connection with target killing and LoloSir incidents. Third force According to details, tense ISLAMABAD—Interior Minister situation has gripped the region for last few days after Lolo Sir Rehman Malik Thursday said incident as the Gilgit-Balistan that third force is hatching conspiracy to turn different sects government imposed banned on motorcycle riding for indefinite against each other in order to period till normalcy of the situdestabilize and weaken the ation. The public transports country. He was talking to which are travelling between media after meeting with a delegation of Ulema of various Rawalpindi and Skardu reschools of thought in Islamabad mained suspended on eighth on Wednesday night. Referring day after the incident. large to the incidents of terrorism on numbers of people could not return due to suspension of transKarakoram Highway‚ he said portation system. government will make all out Deputy Commissioner told efforts to protect the lives and properties of people. He said it the media persons that strict security was deployed at markets has been decided to provide security escorts to the passenger and business centres so that buy and sell of goods in the shops vehicles travelling on Karakoram Highway. Malik said could be started without panic despite the shopkeepers and local Islamabad Police will escort people were still feeling fears in these vehicles upto Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from where KPK the region.—INP police will take the responsibility of their protection. —INP

Tense situation prevails in GB: Business centres reopened partially

ship with the people of Pakistan. She appreciated the PILDAT initiative to bring MPs of both countries to the dialogue table and said that Parliamentary engagement is committing the two countries to peacefully resolving all issues of mutual concern and interest. On Thursday, the 4th round of India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue was formally inaugurated at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Senator Sabir Ali Baloch, Deputy Chairman, Senate of Pakistan (Balochistan, PPPP) and Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member, Rajya Sabha (Nominated, INC) initiated the proceedings of the 4th round of Parliamentarians Dialogue with their welcome remarks.

Pakistan Co-Chairs Senator Muhammad Jehangir Bader, Leader of the House, Senate of Pakistan and Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Commerce also spoke on the occasion. The MPs from both sides discussed the opportunities of deepening ties between the two countries specifically focussing on the issues of Visa Regime, the Role of Media, Education and Local Government. The MPs also discussed the developments in the official Pak-India Dialogue. Today, the MPs will discuss opportunities of collaboration in the area of Health while also developing recommendations on the future scope of the MPs Dialogue. —NNI

General elections

Nawaz terms assertions of coalition premature JEDDAH—Former prime minis- deep optimism regarding the ter and President of PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that any notions about further coalition in forthcoming general elections will rather be pre-mature. Addressing the Pakistan Journalist Forum here Thursday, he recalled his bitter experiences (and expressed his) great disappointment at the earlier coalition (with PPP), expressing that PML-N had all former electors singly . Replying to another question regarding elections, the PML-N head expressed his

transparency of these elections, since “for the first time in history of country, constitutional amendments have been made regarding the caretaker setup”, he opined. Outlining his top three priorities as “3Es”, economy, energy, and education, he cited many projects of his tenure which had been discontinued. He also expressed his displeasure at vilification game between politicians, asking any politicians lacking any credible agenda to keep quite and rather quit politics. —SANA

JI urges masses to elect honest people in polls L AHORE —Ameer Jamaat e warned that if the people Islami, Pakistan Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the things in the country wont improve by cursing or abusing the rulers, and the masses would have to change their attitude. Talking to delegations at Mansoora on return from Karachi on Thursday, he

elected the dacoits and plunderers in the next elections again, the situation would go worse and the national harmony would be seriously affected. He called upon the nation to accept the collective responsibility of the prevailing serious situation.—Online

Centre for inter sectarian dialogue

Warehouse fire QUETTA —Fire broke out at UN Ware House situated at Airport road was brought under control after seven hours. A fire broke out at UN Ware House near Killi Gul Muhammad Airport road here this afternoon. Fire was brought under control after seven-hour hectic efforts. Media reports said that tents, tarpaulin, medicines, clothes were stored at the warehouse to be supplied to Afghan refugees. Afghan Transit Trade trucks and containers were also parked in the warehouse. Fire also caught another godown in the vicinity. Fire tenders were called from all parts of city to control he fire. —Online

King Abdullah’s move to unite Ummah applauded JEDDAH—Prominent Muslim organizations and individuals have welcomed Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s call to establish a centre in Riyadh to promote dialogue between various religious sects and said the move would strengthen Muslim unity.Several leaders and intellectuals across the world have applauded the king’s proposal, which he made while inaugurating the emergency Islamic Solidarity Summit in Makkah on Aug. 14, 2012.

The proposal enjoys wide acceptance all over the Muslim world. “King Abdullah’s call to establish a centre for dialogue between different Islamic sects is a major step toward realizing Muslim unity,” said Jordan’s Communication and Information Minister Sameeh AlMuaita.King Abdullah has presented an effective solution to end the division and disruption in the Islamic world. “In his speech at the Islamic summit, King Abdullah warned against sedition, which has been the

main reason for blood-shedding in the Islamic world. He said King Abdullah’s speech presented a roadmap for Muslim unity. He hoped the Muslim Ummah would accelerate its efforts to implement the king’s proposal. The chief justice of Jordan, Ahmed Halil, praised King Abdullah’s efforts to unite the Ummah, saying that the action plan presented by the king reflected his sincere desire to protect Muslims from infighting. —AN

Govt to consult all political forces for polls: PM ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that government would continue to consult all political forces specially its allies to create a conducive environment for holding free, fair and impartial elections in the country which would be yet another achievement of the democratic dispensation. The Prime Minister was talking to Chaudhry Imtiaz Ahmed Ranjha, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister who called on him at PM’s House on Thursday.—SANA

getting more co-operation from Pakistan, a top foreign policy aide to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said the Republican administration would treat Islamabad with “little bit more respect”. He also expressed concern over the rise of extremism in Pakistan and security of its nuclear weapons. “On Pakistan, we all know that it is a very difficult challenge. Internally they face many problems. Obviously we are very concerned about the rise of extremists combined with the security of their nuclear weapons,” Mitchell B Reiss, a senior foreign policy advisor to Romney, told a group of foreign journalists yesterday. “They have a part to play in stabilizing Afghanistan. So they have a seat at the table and I think, what we can do and the Romney Administration would do to treat them with little bit

can get a little bit of more cooperation and try and work together to resolve Afghanistan,” said Reiss who has served under both the Bush Administration. Responding to questions on Afghanistan, Reiss refuted the perception that there was no difference between the Obama Administration and the Romney campaign. I hear often from many people in the media that there is little difference between the President’s policy on Afghanistan and what Governor Romney has said,” he said. “All I can say that people really are not paying a lot of attention; I think the President’s policy really was flawed from the start. He questioned the election of Hamid Karzai initially, publicly embarrassed him and then decided after all that we are going to live with the results -

good working relationship with President Karzai,” he noted. “In December 2009, he put forward a policy for surge, but also linked it with a time table for withdrawal; thereby giving the Taliban absolutely no incentive to come to the negotiating table (not audible)....” “This past June the President disregarded the advice he got from his top military advisors including General Petraeus and he announced the full withdrawal of the 30,000 surge forces by September of this year; coincidentally right before the election,” he said. “The generals wanted the troops to remain in the country for another fighting season. So I think, there are some fundamental differences in approach in terms of working with Pakistan, in terms of taking closure counsel of the voice given by the generals,” he said. —AP

PTI to ensure supremacy of law, constitution: Qureshi OKARA—Pakistan Tehreek-e- Muhammad Anwar Pasha, here prospered in their tenure while Insaf (PTI) senior vice chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that change in current political situation is vital and we have to get rid of the corrupt leadership to save the country and resolve the problems faced by masses. Talking to PTI leaders Syed Ali Husnain Naqvi and former member district council

on Thursday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that his party tsunami would ensure the supremacy of law and constitution in the country.He said that all those who looted national exchequer and the elements who stood at their back to give protection to them were culprits in the eyes of law.The PTI vice chairman said that ruling leaders have

masses were left at the mercy of their fate. In the current situation the masses have attached their all hopes with Imran Khan who could help them in getting rid of the looters, he said. He said that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) talks about timely elections so it should resign from assemblies.—INP

Weight loss surgery helps prevent diabetes: study


REATING obese people with weight loss surgery dramatically delays or prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. “We saw a marked delay (in the development of diabetes) over 15 years,” said coauthor Dr. Lars Sjostrom of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “Some of those surgical patients will probably develop diabetes later. But over a lifetime, there will be a large difference.” Among the 1,658 volunteers who received surgery, mostly stomach stapling, the risk of developing diabetes was about one in 150 per year. The 1,771 people in the control group who received standard care had a risk four times higher: one in 35 per year. “Most of the previous studies on bariatric surgery have focused on the remission of diabetes. This study is more about preventing diabetes,” Ted Adams of the University of Utah, who was not connected with the research, told Reuters Health. The improvement was seen even though the people who underwent surgery initially had a higher risk of developing diabetes than those in the control group. “If anything, the surgery group was a bit heavier and had more risk factors than the control group at the start of the study, and still the outcome at 10 years and 15 years was much more favorable in the sur-

gery group,” Sjostrom told Reuters Health. “It’s favorable in spite of these differences.” The team, which reported its results in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found that a person’s starting body mass index - a measure of weight versus height - did not predict whether patients would develop type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels at the beginning of the study, before surgery, were better indicators. Sjostrom said a similar effect has been seen in earlier studies looking at the impact of the surgery on rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer prevention and overall mortality. As a result, “it may be time to give less attention to the degree of obesity when patients are selected for bariatric surgery,” he said. About 285 million people worldwide have type 2 diabetes and people with severe obesity have the highest risk. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. About 220,000 people had bariatric surgery in 2009, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Surgery costs range from about $11,500 to $26,000.In a Journal editorial, Dr. Danny Jacobs of Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said, “it remains impractical and unjustified to contemplate the performance of bariatric surgery in the millions of eligible obese adults.”

ISLAMABAD: Essa Abdullah Al Basha Al Noaimi, Ambassador of UAE called on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Pak, UAE enjoy excellent relations: Khar I SLAMABAD —Foreign Min- sidelines of the forthcoming Thursday to discuss bilateral ister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan and United Arab Emirates UAE enjoy excellent relations and she looks forward to meeting with Sheikh Abdullah on the

Non Alignment Movement (NAM) Summit in Tehran. She was talking to the UAE Ambassador, Essa Abdullah Al Basha Al Noaimi who called on her at the Foreign Office on

matters and regional issues of mutual interest.The Ambassador also handed over a letter from Foreign Minister of UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.—Online

ISLAMABAD: A view of new building of shrine of Hazarat Bari Imam (RA) which is 80 per cent completed at a cost of Rs313 million. Rs325 million more are needed for the completion of remaining 20 per cent work.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

CDA starts quality bus service ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority will start international level bus service to provide quality transportation to the capital citizen during this year. Applications are being demanded for pre qualification. Companies of Turkey and Germany have shown their interest about this bus service.According to details, CDA will commence international level bus service in Federal Capital city whose feasibility report has been prepared. The bus will ply on routes from F-11 to F-10, Blue area to Pak Secretariat, Rawalpindi to Pak Secretariat Faisal mosque to F-8 markaz and others important routes will be included. Farkhand Iqbal Chairman of CDA has shown his interest and he said due to this bus service rush of traffic could be controlled and people can travel in these buses instead of their own cars.—Online

Gang of dacoits busted; weapons, stolen items recovered ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police thieves identified as Faizan tol while another accused have arrested 15 outlaws from various areas of the city including five dacoits and recovered six pistols and looted items from their possession, a police spokesman said on Thursday.According to details, ASI Muhammad Iqbal from Ramana police arrested three street criminals Shehzad resident of Lahore, Shakeel resident of Pindi Bhattian, Imran resident of Attock and recovered weapons as well as looted cash from their possession. ASI Waheed Ahmed from Tarnol police arrested two dacoits Ghulam Hussain and Zabi Ullah while Sub-Inspector Ajmal Khan nabbed three

Ahmed, Naeem Sajjad and Asad Mehmud. S u b - I n s p e c t o r Muhammad Riaz from Industrial area succeeded to bust a gang of dacoits and recovered two pistols and looted items from them. The nabbed dacoits were identified as Shaaban Iqbal, Sajid and Rizwan Iqbal. Sub-Inspector Mansoor Ahmed from Bani Gala police arrested Shamas ur Rehman and Minhaz Hussain for having two 30 bore pistols. ASI Javed Iqbal from Shehzad town police arrested an accused Waseem for possessing 30 bore pis-

Fazal ur Rehman was arrested by ASI Saleem Raza from Shalimar police station for having 30 bore pistol too. ASI Ghulam Rasool from Loi Bher police arrested Ismail and recovered stolen items from him. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials to intensify vigilance and patrolling in their respective areas to curb activities of anti- R AWALPINDI —Today (Friday) is the last day for subsocial elements.—NNI mitting forms for matriculation supplementary exams to be held under Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and SecondRoad leading to an hours long ary Education (RBISE). According to Board, traffic jam. To add to the problems, water seeped through the RBISE has extended the date roofs of the airport building. of admission form one week This affected the offices and more due to Eid Holidays now machinery thereon.—Online only one day is left for submission of forms.—Online

Matric forms submission last day

BB Airport becomes centre of commotion RAWALPINDI—Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Rawalpindi became a centre of fuss on Eid days.One reason for commotion was heavy rainfall due to which the airport got in-

undated. Poor system of sewerage intensified the problem. Second, there was no police for regulating the traffic inside the airport. There occurred a traffic jam on the VIP

Indonesia celebrates Independence Day ASHRAF ANSARI


MBASSADOR and M r s . B u t a r Latuconsina of Indonesia hosted a very warm and cordial reception in Islamabad to celebrate 67th Anniversary of their country’s independence. It was well attended reception. A large number of guests graced the occasion brimming with mirth and festivities. There were diplomats, Pakistani officials, both civil and military and others belonging to various walks of life. Ambassador of Indonesia and the diplomats of the embassy welcomed the guests with smiling faces. As soon as the Chief Guest Advisor to Prime Minister on National Harmony, Dr. Paul Jacob Bhatti came, national anthems of Pakistan and Indonesia were played. The Chief Guest and other guests joined the Indonesian ambassador in cutting the ceremonial cake amid loud applause. The guest greatly relished Indonesian cuisine. There were also Pakistani delicacies which were attractive to the guests. The Indonesians in their national dress looked very attractive and smart. The children and women attired in colourful outfits added charm to the festive ceremony. Bhatti and Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina noted

with satisfaction that Indonesia and Pakistan are committed to bolster cooperation in various venues to further expand existing excellent bilateral relations. They underlined the importance of close ties and enhancing peopleto-people networks and en-

the occasion, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Mr. Ishak Latuconsina expressed his great satisfaction over the sound diplomatic relations between the two countries. He said Indonesia has always remained a staunch supporter of

friendship between the two countries has now transformed into a multi-faceted, mutually rewarding partnership encompassing all fields of interests. He elaborated that the signing of the Indonesia-Pakistan Preferential Trade Agreement

ISLAMABAD: Chief guest, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Harmony, Dr Paul Bhatti, Ambassador of Indonesia Ishaq Latuconsina, High Commissioner of Malaysia Dr Hasrul Sani Mujtabar, Chairman Pakistan Bait-ul-Mall Zamarud Khan, Ambassador of Vietnam Nguyen Viet Hung and Ambassador of Thailand Marwin Tanattanawin cutting the cake on the occasion of 67th Independence Day celebrations of Republic of Indonesia at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir courage all-around cooperation to further strengthen the fraternal bond between the two nations. Speaking to the media on

Pakistan’s efforts to become a Full Dialogue Partner of ASEAN to develop meaningful partnerships with the ASEAN. The Envoy said, the

(PTA), on 3 February, 2012 in Jakarta and the inauguration of the Pakistan-Indonesia Business Forum (PIBF) in October, 2011 has opened a new chap-

ter in the bilateral commercial relationship. The Envoy also mentioned the cooperation in the area of bilateral defence cooperation and said that the two countries have signed the Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) on 21 July 2010 to combat the emerging challenges of security. Moreover, the educational and socio-cultural linkages and people to people to network between the two countries have also been strengthened considerably, he added. Indonesian people are rightly proud of their long drawn struggle for independence. Their struggle gained momentum during the world war II when erstwhile colonial power of the Netherland was engaged in the great conflict. By the end of the war the Indonesians were in a position to declare independence of their country as they had succeeded in dislodging the colonial rulers from most areas of their country. Dr. Abdurrahim Soekarno had emerged as national hero who laid foundation for the Republic of Indonesia. He was acknowledged as one of only a few Third World leaders. In Pakistan he was a household name and enjoyed great respect. Pakistan government and people supported Indonesian people when their indepen-

dence was being challenged by the colonial power. Indonesian government and people have been grateful to Pakistan for its timely support. Pakistan and Indonesia lost no time in building cordial and cooperative relations between them. Indonesia fully supported Pakistan in 1965 when it got engaged in fighting the Indian aggression. Pakistan will never forget the Indonesian expression of solidarity. Indonesia has made spectacular progress in socio-economic fields in recent years. Pakistani people share joy of the Indonesian people and with them more and more success. Indonesia is largest Muslim country and it has been playing its due role in promoting friendly relations among the Muslim countries. Indonesia is making useful contribution to the activities of Organistaion of Islamic Cooperation and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Pakistan and Indonesia together can make their mark in promoting regional and world peace. They can also join hands in fighting twin scrouge of extremism and terrorism. They can make joint efforts to present real message of Islam and face of true Muslims.


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August 24 QUAID-I-AZAM University will remain closed from August 20 (Monday) to August 24 (Friday) on account of Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. However, for the purpose of admissions, the office of the admissions will function with skeleton staff on August 23 and 24.

National cultural show on August 28 ISLAMABAD—Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with Ministry of National Heritage and Integration has scheduled a “National Cultural Show” in connection with Independence Day Celebrations here on August 28. The colorful show will mesmerize the audience of twincities with folk and national songs, regional dances and stage plays. Local and known singers will present national songs to highlight the Freedom movement and the struggle of freedom fighters in a melodious way. While the segment of regional dances will highlight the vibrant cultural heritage of the country and rich traditions through bright costumes and conventional jewellery. “The show has been planned with the theme of highlighting freedom movement, heroes of Pakistan movement and portraying the rich culture and traditions of Pakistan through performing art,” an official of PNCA said, while talking to APP. These programmes are a regular feature of PNCA to celebrate the national days by presenting a variety of cultural and entertainment activities to promote tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan. Besides depicting the culture and traditions of the country, such shows also educate the youth regarding the struggle of freedom fighters through soft expressions of art, he said. Such events highlight the memories of heroes of Pakistan Movement and their sacrifices which led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of Sub-continent.—APP

Mehergarh to hold ‘Sufi Singing Contest for Youth’ I S L A M A B A D —Mehergarh Center for Learning, will hold a ‘Sufi Singing Cultural Contest’ here on September 2 to explore the talent of youth and highlight the traditions of Sufi culture. The moot is being organized in collaboration with Lok Virsa and PTV to provide a platform for the young singers and educate the masses about the traditions of Sufism. The competition will be followed by the launch of a Web-Based Resource Center on Sufism and Launch of a documentary on Spiritual Heritage of Pakistan. After the results by the Jury comprising renowned singers Areib Azhar, Javed Niazi and Ustad Mehfooz Khokhar, awards will be given to the winning contestants.—APP

Two boys drowned R AWALPINDI —Two boys drowned in Korang Nullah near Rewat on Thursday, Rescue 1122 reported. The boys identified as Zeeshan,20, and Waqas, 19, drowned in the Nullah. Their bodies were recovered by the Rescue 1122 divers.—APP

Slum dwellers without civic facilities in Capital STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The

Slum dwellers (katchi abadis) in federal capital, mostly inhabited by sanitary workers, are without basic civic facilities. These abadis are clusters of mud houses having no potable water, no proper drainage system, dilapidated streets and poor sanitation. These slums are located in sectors F-6/1, F-6/2, F-7/4, G-7/1, G-7/2, G-7/3, I-9, G-8/4 and I-10/3. Most of these katchi abadies are located on the banks of streams in the city. Talking to APP, the slum dwellers said solid waste dumped into the stream and dead trees not only polluted the water but also blocked its flow creating problems for

them, especially in monsoon. They said the streams were full of solid waste as a large number of illegal sewerage connections ended in it. The slum dwellers said stinking smell emanating from water of streams turned into sewerage nullahs had made their life miserable, as the polluted water was a breeding ground for a number of insects spreading deadly diseases. A slum dweller said the resident of katchi abadis were facing various problems due to negligence of CDA. Sahbaz Masih, a sanitary worker, said he earned a meager amount, which was not sufficient to feed even a small family. “I want to send my kids to school but it’s unthinkable for me,” he said, adding, I have no option ex-

cept to live in the slum area to make both ends meet. When contacted CDA, an official said senior planners and representatives of the alliance would be held and finalise plans to move forward for regularisation of the katchi abadis. “The residents must join hands with the CDA to make capital a cleaner city.” “No municipality of the world can succeed to keep the city clean without the cooperation of the residents. Therefore, the residents of the capital should join hands to make it an exemplary city. He also stated that our focus is on removing garbage heaps, construction material and other eyesores, which are ruining the capital’s beauty.

Inter University Consortium, AIPS to sign MoU

RAWALPINDI: MNAs of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Haneef Abbasi, Shakeel Awan, Tahira Aurganzeb, Senator Najma Hameed, Marvi Memon and others seen at Commissioner Office while dispatching trucks of relief goods ISLAMABAD—The Inter Uni- humanities related disciplines tion writing workshops in for arranged by CM Punjab for affectees of recent floods in Nowshera. versity Consortium for Promo- by enhancing collaborative re- Pakistani students. The AIPS will support tion of Social Sciences, Arts search and scholarship and and Humanities Pakistan sharing information and use of and facilitate the mission of IUCPSS to form a Na(IUCPSS) and the American resources more efficiently. The MoU will help pro- tional Social Science ReInstitute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) will sign an agreement vide increased services to search Council in Pakistan to extend cooperation and un- Pakistani universities and and will assist IUCPSS with dertake collaborative efforts for social science research com- the process and program- R A W A L P I N D I — P M L - N ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister pressed the hope that gov- timely promotion of officers promotion of Social Sciences, munity at US and Pakistani ming of it. The AIPS will use its US leader and former MNA Raja Pervez Ashraf directed ernment servants especially is critical to maintain the moArts and Humanities and Busi- academic institutions. According to the details, institutional membership (con- Marvi Memon on Thursday the Establishment Secretary those associated with pub- rale of bureaucracy, motivate ness Education in Pakistan. underlined the need for enThe MoU will signed on though this agreement, the sortium of 32 affiliated univer- suring more coordination to ensure that appointments, lic dealing and in the deliv- them and improve their effisities) to encourage and motiAIPS in collaboration with HEC transfers and postings of ery chain would utilize their ciency. In this connection, he August 24 (Friday) at Univerbetween the Federal Flood sity of Gujrat with the focus on and IUCPSS (Pakistan‘s first vate junior and senior re- Commission (FFC) and Paki- government servants were experience and capabilities directed the Establishment promoting cooperation be- ever inter university alliance search scholars and faculty stan Meteorological Depart- made on merit and on the prin- to address the grievances Division to ensure that protween Pakistani universities formed by 9 leading higher members to conduct academic ment (PMD) aimed at making cipal “right man for right and facilitation of the motions of deserving officpeople. ers in all grades are held on and US academia, improving education institutions HEIs) research in affiliation with preventive measures during job”. The Prime Minister also time. This direction was given the state of social sciences and will organize doctoral disserta- IUCPSS.—APP monsoon season. The Prime Minister diby the Prime Minister when directed the Establishment Talking to reporters after the Establishment Secretary, Division to ensure proper rected that all administrative attending a ceremony held Mr. Taimur Azmat Osman career planning of the offic- and legal requirements to dispatch relief goods to called on him at the PM’s ers. should be fulfilled so that rain-affected people of House Thursday. Prime Minister Raja promotion cases were proNowshera, she said the coThe Prime Minister ex- Pervez Ashraf said that cessed expeditiously.—NNI ordination among the concerned departments would also help provinces to timely shift the people living in low-lying areas to safer places, in case of flashflooding caused by heavy rains. Marvi Memon said provISLAMABAD—Son of former inces suffered significant DSP and his two accomplices loss due to heavy rains dur- ISLAMABAD—On the persis- Chairperson of the Federal allegedly kidnapped and ing last few years just be- tent complaints of parents Board on Thursday. The killed son of ASI after sexual cause of lack of coordination and students, Federal Board Committee considered differ- abuse. among the concerned quar- of Intermediate & Secondary ent options and finally According to details, son Education, Islamabad has agreed that under the exist- of retired DSP DSP Chaudhry ters. “Accurate weather fore- decided to give another ing improvement law, the stu- Taj and his two friends kidcast and issuing timely warn- chance of the students of dents of Chemistry Paper- napped Kashif s/o of an ASI ing for low-lying areas is Chemistry Paper Part-I to im- one be given another chance serving in Islamabad police. to improve their position by must to protect life and prop- prove their position. The kidnappers sexually According to the parents appearing in the supplemen- abused the abductee and erty of the people,” she and students, several ques- tary examination 2012.. added.—APP later killed him to hide the An announcement by the crime. tions in the Paper were out Board said all the students of course and thus they were ISLAMABAD: Acting Ambassador USA, Richard E Hoagland called on Federal MinisThe police recovered the who are interested to im- body and arrested the acdenied to get more marks. ter for Interior Rehman Malik. prove their position in InterThe decision was taken cused who during interrogaat a meeting of the BISE Com- mediate Party-I can benefit tion admitted the crime.—INP mittee constituted by the from this opportunity.—INP

Marvi for enhanced coordination between, FFC, PMD

Raja directs appointments‚ transfers, postings of civil servants on merit

FBISC allows Inter students to appear in Chemistry Part-I paper

1122 rescue 162 victims during Eid holidays


fectively providing medical cover to the public gatherings. The Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), Dr. Rizwan Naseer appreciated rescuers on emergency preparedness and emergency arrangements during Eid days in all districts of Punjab. In this regard emergency vehicles were deputed at all important Eid prayers sites and sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate prehospital emergency cover. Emergency Officers including trained doctors supervised the arrangements during Eid days. The leaves of the rescuers had been restricted and they were assigned special emergency duties to effectively cover large Eid prayer gatherings and to provide the emergency medical, rescue and fire fighting services to

‘Son of former DSP kills a youth after sexual abuse’

CM Punjab to address Pindi rally on Sept 2

R AWALPINDI —Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif will address a rally in Rawalpindi on September 2. To mark the occasion, he will inaugurate development projects costing Rs 8 billion for the constituency NA 56. The projects Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate include Cardiology Institute and Shahbaz Sharif Sports Complex. The political circles are attaching much importance to the visit of Shahbaz Sharif to the constituency after the announcement of Chandni Chowk flyover. The reason for this is that Hanif Abbasi is expected to contest the general elections with a representative of Pakistan RAWALPINDI: A worker busy in giving final touches to the stones into grinding Tehreek-e-Insaaf.—Online tools.

the citizens during Eid holidays. R AWALPINDI —The EmerIn Rawalpindi, the emergency Service Rescue 1122 gency vehicles were deputed Rawalpindi responded 151 at Eidgah Shareef, Jamia emergencies and rescued Masjid (Chungi Number 04), 162 victims during Eid holiRawal Chowk, Nawaz Sharif days. Park, Col Maqbool Imam Out of total emergency Bargah, Zikriya Masjid, calls during Eid days, 94 Chohr Chowk and Police Line were of road traffic accidents, Civil Lines on Eid day for prothree fire incidents, two crime viding medical cover to incidents, one drowning Eidgahs. Four key points had case and 51 medical emerbeen established at Ayub gencies. All emergency calls Park, Jinnah Park, Nawaz were responded with averSharif Park and Chohr Chowk age response time of less during Eid days. then five minute in the disThe Director General trict. Rescue 1122 appreciating the More than 400 rescue services of the rescuers said staff remained on special duthey sacrificed their Eid holities in district control room, days for the safety of the emergency rescue stations, community. He further rewith 13 fully equipped emerquested public to dial emergency ambulances, 11 fire gency number 1122 with vehicles, four special rescue moral responsibility. Only vehicles, one water rescue timely call can ensure timely van and two water bowzers. response and rescue in case Special mobile posts had of any emergency of disasalso been established for efter, he added. I SLAMABAD —The growing trend of fast or junk food outlets is a big source of income in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi but at the cost of the citizens’ health. The increasing number of fast food outlets in every nook and corner of the twin cities clearly indicates how the youth have turned towards the unhealthy trend. Although unhealthy, the demand for the junk foos is on the rise with outlets mushrooming across the city. Retailers say that youngsters and office workers are their main customers. Bilquees Kuaser, a housewife, while talking to APP, complained, “My 18year-old son Ali wastes a lot of money on junk food daily as he doesn’t like vegetables and grains cooked at home. I can’t always cook meat as we ISLAMABAD: Shopkeeper displaying bouquets to attract customers at F-7 Flowers Market. need a balanced diet for a

Junk food outlets source of big income in twin cities healthy life.” According to the perturbed mother, since her son studied in a college she could not keep a check on him, but she tried her best to motivate him towards healthy and home-cooked food. She said the ingredients present in the junk food were considered unhealthy when regularly eaten, and her son got ill whenever there was a sudden change in weather as his immunity system was weak. However, Athar Abbas, a student who was having a zinger burger at a fast food outlet in the Super Market, was of the view that the junk food was delicious and definitely irresistible. The great taste of burger and chicken roll paratha influences thousands of other girls and boys like him who opt for junk food. “It’s not only me who is addicted to

this sort of food but my family members also cannot resist eating the food at various cafes,” he said with a watery mouth. Shahzad Khan, a sales boy at a fast food chain in Melody Food Park, opined that a large number of costumers, with a majority of youngsters, visited the place from offices and educational institutions on lunch time. He said there were five to six other outlets as well and all of them were doing good business, “We clean all utensils properly and use good oil while preparing food,” he claimed but refused to name the oil they use. According to various researches, processed and pre-prepared food, which can be cooked fast and handed over to customers within no time, are eliminate hunger and taste great, but do not

provide essential nutrients and eventually results in weakness and fatigue. The extravagant junk meal rich in oil also makes one start feeling drowsy and fails to concentrate. It is bulked out with pasta, breadcrumbs, corn flour, processed potato, processed egg and milk products as well as hydrogenated vegetable oil, saturated fats, gums and sugar substitutes, and then made to taste good by the addition of herbs and spices, salt, monosodium glutamate and sugars. It also contains artificial colours and preservatives as well as some artificial flavouring just to complete the unhealthy package. Dr Baig at Polyclinic told APP that constant use of junk food resulted in a drop in blood circulation due to fat accumulation.—APP

Plan to change demography will be resisted: Geelani S RINAGAR —The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has warned that India is continuously working on its plan to settle non-Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir in order to change the demographic composition of the territory. Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such efforts would be strongly resisted. He maintained that India had failed to suppress the Kashmir movement through brute force and was resorting to other tactics to accomplish its nefarious designs. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik talking to media men in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir would launch a massive agitation if India tried to rehabilitate non-Kashmiris in the territory.Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi in a statement in Srinagar urged India to make conducive atmosphere for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiris would not be allowed to go waste. An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Khanpur, Nagrotta in Jammu. This raised the number of such deaths among Indian troops and police personnel to 249 since January 2007.—KMS

Over 59000 KP families living outside Kashmir NEW D ELHI—The Govern- Pandits. “Of the total of 430 Delhi,” he said. The minisment of India (GoI) has revealed that 59,442 families of Kashmiri Pandits are living outside Kashmir.”As many as 808 families are residing in Kashmir and 59,442 registered migrant families continue to reside outside the Valley,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. He said 170 temples were damaged in Kashmir after migration of Kashmiri

temples which existed before migration, 260 of them are intact, 170 were damaged and 90 others renovated,” he said when an MP sought details of Hindu temples in Kashmir. “In order to mitigate the hardships faced by the Kashmiri Pandits, a cash relief of Rs 1,250 per person per month subject to maximum of Rs 5,000 per family per month is being provided to eligible families in Jammu and

ter said return of migrant KPs to the Valley is voluntary and no roadmap is possible. “To facilitate their return, a Rs 1618.40-crore package has been announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which provides for assistance for repair or renovation of damaged houses, transit, accommodation, government jobs and financial assistance for self employment among others,” he added. —NNI

JKLF condemn house arrest of Malik S RINAGAR —The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has strongly condemned the house arrest of Chairman Yasin Malik on Eid day. This was mentioned in a statement issued by JKLF. JKLF leaders while addressing various Eid congregations condemned the house arrest of Yasin and various other separatist leaders and termed this police action as “un-democratic and straight interference in religion.”

JKLF leaders including Master Mohammad Afzal addressed people at Trehgam Kupwara, Siraj ud Din Mir Dawood at Tengmarg, Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri at Kulgam, Bashir Ahmad Rather at Ganderbal, Abdul Rashid Mugloo at Haigam sopore and Professor Javed addressed people at Sonawari. It is worth to mention that Yasin was scheduled to perform Eid prayers at TRC grounds Srinagar and he was sched-

uled to address a public gathering there, the statement added. Meanwhile, Malik expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of infant daughter of renowned journalist Javed Malik of Greater Kashmir. Yasin Malik and other JKLF leaders visited Javed Malik’s house and expressed heartfelt sympathies with him and the bereaved family .Yasin Malik while praying for the infant also prayed for the patience of the bereaved family. —NNI

Missing civilian found dead in Doda

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob listening to complaints of affectees of rains at Chehla Bandi on Thursday.

Justice Alvi returns to Muzaffarabad

HAMEED SHAHEEN S RINAGAR —In occupied mentalist, said the number of ticated waste management MUZAFFARABAD— Mr Jus- Kashmir, after the authorities pilgrims visiting shrine had system in place. “The civil tice Muhammad Aftab Alvi, Judge of High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has returned last night here after offering his Eid Al Fitr prayers in his Bagh hometown, advising in a brief chat with the faithfuls complete practice and adherence to Islamic fraternal tenets as a way of societal life. A large number of senior lawyers also called on Mr Justice Ali and offered Eid greetings to him during his hometown stay.

Indian trooper commits suicide in IHK

S RINAGAR —In occupied

Kashmir, a civilian was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Doda district. The body of the missing’ man identified as S RINAGAR —In occupied Mushtaq Ali was found near Kashmir, an Indian trooper Barsi Dhar area, police officommitted suicide by shootcial said. ing himself in Jammu district. “We are investigating The trooper of 16 Corps the matter as the cause of Operating Signal Unit, idendeath is yet to be ascertified as Signalman Ravi tained,” Arif Rishu, Senior Shankar Kumar, committed Superintendent of Police suicide by shooting himself (SSP), Doda said. Rishu said with his service rifle at ‘it is not confirmed whether Khanpur, Nagrota in the disthe man was kidnapped, trict. This raised the number missing or himself left the of such deaths among Indian house last night,’ adding, troops and police personnel “the matter is under investito 249 since January 2007. gations while the case will be Meanwhile, two Indian registered accordingly.” Border Security Force bunOn the other hand, two kers, 24 structures and eight persons died and 28 others were injured in different road MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed giving away cheque to widow of residential houses were swept away and five BSF accidents in the Valley. police, martyred in Shaulned Gali . personnel were injured while Meanwhile, Indian one trooper is missing in a troops of Border Security cloudburst near Tulail in Force arrested two persons Gurez area of Bandipora disidentified as Naib Sarpanch trict, the police officials said. Mohammad Sadiq and and The cloudburst trigShabir Hussain at Katua gered a landslide but there nullah in Poonch.—KMS was no report of any civilian casualty, the officials added.—KMS Under the fold of All Jammu & RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN to accede to India or Pakistan Kashmir Muslim Conference, according to their own will. MIRPUR—The day of August Soon after the announce- the main representative orga23rd, 1947 enjoys exceptional ment about the emergence of nization, the Kashmiri Muslims importance in Kashmir freedom Pakistan as well as the revolt started seriously thinking movement as well as for the by the Jammu & Kashmir about frustrating such nefariMuslim population of Jammu Muslims, the Hindus, with ous conspiracies of Hindus J AMMU —Going by absence & Kashmir. On this historic the connivance of British im- against the fate of the Muslimof follow-up action on their day the Muslim population of perialism, started conspira- majority Jammu & Kashmir S RINAGAR —Hurriyat (M) recommendations, the two the Jammu and Kashmir had cies to weaken Pakistan to state. Ultimately, the historic leader and Chairman of most significant Working formally announced to launch the larger extent. In this July 19 meeting of All Jammu Jammu and Kashmir SalvaGroups on Kashmir set up by the freedom movement by mean and cowardly game, & Kashmir Muslim Confer- tion Movement, Zaffar Akbar Prime Minister Manmohan raising mutiny against the rule Hindus had complete bless- ence decided to attach the fate Bhat said that the permanent Singh appear to have van- Dogra imperialism under the ings and guidance of the Brit- of the Jammu & Kashmir state peace in South Asia and cordial relations between Pakiished into thin air. dynamic leadership of a 23- ish Government General with Pakistan by unanimously stan and India could not be One of the groups headed year-old son of the soil – Lord Mountbatten. passing the historic Kashmir’s established without settling by Hamid Ansari, now Vice- Sardar Muhammad Abdul Entire Jammu & Kashmir accession to Pakistan resolu- the Kashmir dispute in acPresident of India for the sec- Qayyum. At the time of par- state was comprising 85 per- tion. ond time, had among other tition of the sub continent – cent of the Muslim population. This is in deed — a cordance with the Kashmiris’ things recommended lifting of when the emergence of Pa- The Muslims of the Jammu & matchless characteristic of aspirations. Zaffar Akbar Bhat adArmed Forces (Jammu Kash- kistan had become inevitable, Kashmir smelled the nefarious Kashmiris, who observe the mir) Special Powers Act-1990. it was principally decided conspiracies of Gandhi and occasion every year to reit- dressing a public meeting This demand in reality is a ta- that Muslim-majority areas other Hindus as soon as later erate their earnest belief in Beerwah area said: “The boo in official circles from will accede to Pakistan and started trying to muster the about their outlook, aus- unresolved Kashmir is a main reason of tension in Srinagar to New Delhi. the Hindu-dominated parts sympathies and support of the terely in line with the historic South Asia and it should be The second group will enter into the Indian fold. then Dogra ruler of the state – resolution which was resolved without any furheaded by Justice (retd.) Syed Under this determined prin- the Maharaja of Jammu & adopted at a momentous Sagheer Ahmed was tasked cipal, all then states in the sub Kashmir – who himself was a session of their popular po- ther delay in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirawith revisiting Jammu and continent were given the right Hindu, in their (Hindu) favor. litical party. tions.”— NNI Kashmir constitution and come up with recommendations for addressing the Centre-State power distribution afresh. The half-truth about recommendations was trumpeted by National Conference DR GHULAM NABI FAI tries, the number of persons most urgent approach to pro- Think of some oil rich nations (NC)-led coalition government living past 80 years is soar- moting the global social de- mired in misery and destituas its victory until actual conHE fiftieth session of ing. In deprived and con- velopment agenda should be tion. The second urgent aptents of the legally flawed re“the United Nations vulsed countries, the average the elimination of poverty and proach to promoting global port became public. And disCommission on Social longevity is but half that age. the securing for every man, social development is the endcreet silence of both New While citizens of some Afri- woman, and child a right to ing of warfare. War, whether Delhi and the state com- Development” (CSocD) held can countries are starving, the flourishing health, a clean en- intramural or international, in New York in 2012 unanipounded the confusion lendrich countries are beset with vironment, comfortable hous- wreaks havoc on the elements ing credence to theory that it mously approved its priority obesity. Discrepancies of ing, and nutritious food. The necessary for health, housing, theme of ‘Poverty Eradicawas another non-serious exthese types are morally dis- goal is not a choice but a moral education, employment, the periment of New Delhi on tion.’ I agree with the theme turbing. The United Nations obligation. There is no moral environment, and happiness Kashmir, which miserably and I think that the issue of global social development is is ideally suited to ending excuse for regimes in poor generally. War is enorfailed. these shocking inequalities nations to forfeit the rich self- mously expensive, for exWith New Delhi watching the issue of the century. because it hosts all the nations help opportunities for eco- ample, India & Pakistan in the silently and state calling for Never before have so many of the world and endows each nomic growth. As Hong disputed territory of Kashmir. RTI applications for getting suffered amidst liberty and with identical voting power in Kong, Singapore, and Japan It diverts resources from access to this much leaked luxury for the few. The wealth the General Assembly. The teach, economic prosperity schools, hospitals, roads, and report, the recommendations of single individuals exceeds poorest and the weakest are turns more on human capital telecommunications to AKand ultimate fate of the sec- the wealth of many nations. equal to the richest and the and the rule of law than on the 47s, Kalashnikovs, missiles, ond group needs not to be In highly developed coun- strongest. Therefore, the flukes of natural resources. bombs, and artillery shells. detailed herein. ” —NNI

PM’s Working Groups on Kashmir: Follow-up action goes missing

‘Road to Amarnath cave will threaten water sources’

Significance of Neelabut Day in Kashmir Freedom Movement.

Resolve K-issue as per Kashmiris aspirations : Zaffar

clarified that they have no plans to construct a road to Amarnath cave, the Valleybased civil society groups decided to follow the developments while expressing serious doubts over the authorities’ intentions. The Convener of a civil society group, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, Hameeda Nayeem, addressing a joint meeting of civil society groups said: “We are not yet sure whether the authorities are truthful while saying that they have no construction plans. GH Kango, an environ-

already crossed the threshold and any fresh intervention through the construction of infrastructure would be disastrous for the place’s environment. “The infrastructure development enroute the cave would melt the glaciers and disturb the snow-water table. It will be the biggest threat to the water sources of the Valley,” Kango said. He said the road is unthinkable and anti-natural seeing the type of areas around the cave. Prominent businessmen Dr Mubeen Shah said the route to Amarnath should be sanitized by putting sophis-

JKSM demands Kashmir settlement as per Kashmiris’ will S R I N A G A R —In occupied solved Kashmir is a main Kashmir, APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt has said that the permanent peace in South Asia and cordial relations between Pakistan and India cannot be established without settling the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations Zafar Akbar Butt addressing a public meeting in Beerwah area said that the Indian authorities were resorting to large-scale arrests in Kashmir, but such tactics could not suppress the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue their liberation struggle. He said that permanent peace in South Asia and cordial relations between Pakistan and India could not be established without settling the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. The unre-

reason of tension in South Asia and it should be resolved without any further delay in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations, he added. He said that the armed forces under the black laws were committing human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that revocation of black laws — Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) — could provide relief to the people till final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He urged the two neighbouring countries to keep the aspirations of the people of Kashmir for accomplishing which they have been rendering sacrifices for the last 66 year, in view while maintaining mutual friendly diplomatic and trade relations.—KMS

society has a big role to facilitate various facilities in make-shift tents to the Yatris for their safe journey. So there is no need to construct big infrastructure,” he said. On August 13, the Supreme Court asked the IHK authorities to finish construction of roads and widening of passage to the Amarnath shrine before snowfall. A bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar passed the order after taking suo moto note of media reports of pilgrims’ deaths due to lack of proper facilities and medical care for them. —KMS

IHK authorities denounced for not releasing detainees on Eid S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has strongly denounced the authorities for not releasing the political prisoners on Eid and preventing the Hurriyet leaders and activists from offering their Eid prayers. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that that the Indian state terrorism had crossed all limits. He said that more than 850 Kashmiris were still languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory but they were not even released on Eid. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader said that he was hopeful that Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, who had completed his life imprisonment, would be freed before Eid-ulFitr, but the puppet administration did not release him.— KMS

MUZAFFARABAD: Presidential Advisor Raja with Mufti Fazal Rasool and Mushtaq Mir.

United Nations and global social development


War also arrests economic development. Foreign investment withers. Infrastructure is destroyed. Lawlessness hikes the risks of any business enterprise. The consequence is widespread poverty. I admit that denunciation of warfare is easier than prevention. But if mankind can assemble knowledge to send men to the moon and Land Rovers to Mars, the knowledge necessary to end wars cannot be far behind. Accordingly, the United Nations should summon all Nobel Peace Prize winners or ‘Elders’ to devise principles of international law and conduct

that will abolish the scourge of war from the face of the planet. The third urgent global social development objective should be universal literacy and education. As Socrates explained, the unexamined life is not worth living. This observation is made not to deride or degrade the uneducated, but to underscore the criticality of education to making life morally meaningful and purposeful. Education is also human capital that fuels economic growth. A worker’s productivity and compensation generally rise commensurate with educational achievement. In

addition, education correlates with a worker’s ability to shift jobs and master new skills in an ever-changing global economy. The United Nations should thus develop educational yardsticks that a nation must satisfy to receive economic or military aid from third parties, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The yardsticks should be incorporated in a treaty to be ratified by all United Nations members. A fourth global social development should be the eradication of AIDS. —KMS

Apple vs Samsung SAN JOSE—Between the hotshot designers and brainy engineers Apple Inc questioned for three weeks in the company’s bitterly fought patent battle against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a marketing expert from MIT took Apple’s lawyers all of three minutes. But the testimony from MIT Professor John Hauser cuts to a central dilemma in the smartphone patent wars. What is a single nifty feature worth? Hauser’s answer: exactly $39 per phone for a device that recognize a second finger on the touchscreen. If such features are deemed to be as valuable as Hauser suggests, a verdict in Apple favor’s might represent more than just a big payout in damages. It could also prompt the judge to award Apple a much bigger prize: a sales ban on Samsung mobile products. Nine jurors began deliberating Apple’s intellectual property claims against Samsung on Wednesday in a federal court in San Jose, California.—APP

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‘Installed power generating capacity to go up 2013’ STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The government has planned to increase the installed power generating capacity from existing 23,718 mega watt(MW)to 24,822 mega watt during on going financial year 2012-13, a ministry of water and power official said. The official said the installed power generating capacity would be enhanced through addition of 1,104 MW in Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) System In line with the Framework of

Growth Strategy (FEG), the implementation of power sector reforms and restructuring plan will continue. Allai Khwar Hydel Power Project of 121 MW is planned to begin generation form October this year whereas, eight units of Jinnah of composite generating capacity of 96 MW will be completed in December 2012. 33 KV Transmission Line (T/L) from 132 KV G/S Thana Bula Khan District Jamshoro HESCO to Dureji (Sub Station at Dureji), 132 KV Pringhabad G/S with T/L, 132 KV Pasinzai G/S with T/L 132

KV Karakh Grid Station with T/L, 132 KV Kan Mehtherzal Grid Station with Allied T/L, and 1200 MW imported coal based integrated jetty and power plant project is being Processed by PPIB. The official further said GENCO-II TPS Guddu has planned for rehabilitation of Units 1 to 13 depending on the availability of funds which will add 405 MW to the national grid and Genco-II Guddu is installing additional 747 MW plant with the help of China which will be completed after June 2013.

IKEA approves local leather supplier STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The world renowned Scandinavian home furnishing company IKEA has approved Royal Leather Limited as its supplier of finished leather from Pakistan. IKEA produces 180 million catalogues and is one of the biggest home furnishing companies in the world with an annual turnover of 63 billion euros. It has 305 stores in a number of countries in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean and Middle East. Marketing Director of the Royal Leather Limited and former Central Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association Agha Saidain said that the Royal Leather would be

SYDNEY—Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways on Wednesday posted a fullyear net loss of Aus$244 million (US$256 million) due to high fuel prices and industrial disputes. The result in the 12 months to June 30 was its first annual loss since it was privatised nearly two decades ago and compared to a net profit of Aus$250 million (US$262 million) in the previous year. Its underlying profit before tax—the airline’s preferred measure of financial performance—was Aus$95 million, down from Aus$552 million in the previous corresponding period. The dismal result was expected after warnings from the carrier that its international arm was struggling due to a deterioration in global operating STAFF REPORTER conditions driven by the European economic crisis and high jet fuel bills.—APP I SLAMABAD —The Federal Board of Revenue has proposed massive changes in PQ activity the customs bonded wareKARACHI—Three ships houses system including carrying containers, wheat control mechanism of wareand furnace oil were allotted houses through automated berths at Qasim International system to facilitate imports Containers Terminal, FAP and exports. Terminal and FOTCO The FBR’s Directorate of Terminal respectively on Training and Research has Wednesday. Meanwhile two submitted a comprehensive more ships schedule to load/ report to the FBR on the new offload containers are also system for the working of the arrive at outer anchorage of customs bonded warehousPort Qasim during last 24 ing across the country. The hours. Berth occupancy was report has suggested new 65% at the Port Qasim on rules and procedures for storThursday where total number of seven ships namely MV, OOCL Sanfrancisco, MV. Heckor, Liberty Grace, Genius Mariner, Stolt Courage, MV. Lahore and Bung Alamanda are currently occupying berths to load/offload L AHORE —Pakistan Induscontainers, wheat, cement, trial and Traders Associachemical, furnace oil and edible oil respectively during tions Front (PIAF) has criticized the government for last 24 hours.—APP making massive increase in petroleum prices in one-go and termed it a very bad news for the country’s economy which was already facing a “Experience tells you number of challenges. In a statement, the PIAF what to do; confiChairman Sohail Lashari, dence allows you to while strongly reacting on do it.” this anti-industry and antimasses decision, said that — Stan Smith government did not bother to

first supplier of finished leather in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India had only a single supplier which has been dropped by IKEA, following its decision to increase its purchases from Italian suppliers. IKEA granted the supplier status to Royal Leather for its environmental and social compliance capacity. Now Royal Leather is the only zero discharge company in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, he claimed. Talking about the state of affair sin the industry, Agha Saiddain said that leather industry in Pakistan is facing ever severe hardships mainly because of shortage of power and gas. Due to unabated export of wet-blue, shortage of raw material badly has hit

the industry, besides being affected by constantly soaring prices of the raw material. He said that the shortage of raw material was because of exports of wetblue, smuggling of live animals to Afghanistan, massive power cuts, domestic leather and leather products were no more competitive in the international market. As a result, all kinds of leather exports, including crust and finished leather have declined by 15 percent during July 2011-May 2012 period. The total quantity exported in this period remained at 22.388 million square meters against 26.207 million square meters in the corresponding period last year.

Radical changes in warehouse operation proposed age and clearance of goods under the existing bonded warehouse system. The FBR has considered the report to analyze its viable suggestions for incorporating necessary changes in the bonded warehousing system. The directorate has suggested that in the light of the fact that the external factors have changed, the world has become a global village, means of communication are getting faster day by day, cost of banks lending has decreased, there is no logic in blocking up capital in inventory for a longer period

of time, as it does not make economic sense. It is proposed that the Board may take necessary steps: Firstly, the control mechanism of warehouses should be automated. Customs must be able to effectively monitor flow of goods into and out of the warehouses. Online linkages should be created with the Customs main computer. The July 1, 2013 should be given as deadline for all Warehouse Licenses who want their licenses to be renewed to become fully computerised. Failure to do so would render

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Govt rapped for increase in petroleum prices pass on the benefit of decrease of oil prices in international market and earned billion rupees, which was a sheer injustice and now made a huge raise in the petroleum prices. He said that PIAF had for the last many months been calling on the concerned government circles to take measures for the promotion of alternate fuels as trade deficit was fast widening due to heavy imports under the head of petroleum products.

He said that the timeline for the increase in the prices of petroleum products was also raising questions. He said that at a time when the whole industry was suffering due to energy crisis and high cost of doing business, the raise in POL prices is bound to give a further blow to the industry. He demanded of the government remove the carbon tax right now otherwise industry would be collapsed within no time.—NNI

Pak cement exports to Afghanistan plummet

NHA to spend Rs 8550.425m on widening of N-45



KARACHI—Pakistan cement exports to Afghanistan have plummeted by 10 percent annually, owing to availability of cheaper Iranian cement there. The Pakistan cement manufacturers claim that the energy crisis and increasing prices of petroleum products have made its product uncompetitive in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been the steadiest market for the Pakistani cement industry, according to an ARI report Thursday. The U.S. sanctions on Iran had been an impediment for Iranian exports to penetrate in Afghanistan. This allowed Pakistan to benefit with exports to the country growing at a four-year CAGR of 14 percent. The overall cement exports plunged by 9.2 percent YoY to 0.76Mt. Total cement sales in July 2012 were registered at 2.81Mt compared to 2.86Mt last year, depicting a decline of 1.6 percent YoY. The recent pledge of US$16bn at an international donor conference as civilian aid for economic development of Afghanistan is likely to bolster construction activity in the country. This should increase the demand for Pakistani cement in the long run.

I SLAMABAD —The National Highway Authority plans to spend Rs 8550.425 million on improvement and widening of Nowshehra- Chitral Highway (N-45). “Improvement and widening of ChakdaraTimergrah-Dir-Chitral (141 km) section” is a new project which will complete left over sections of the project “improvement of N-45 for dualisation, rehabilitation and reconstruction, which was undertaken in 2006 at

Knitwear exports decline STAFF CORRESPONDENT K A R A C H I —Knitwear exports posted a decline of 14 percent or $31.689 million in the first month of the new fiscal year (2012-13) mainly because of persistent energy crisis, exporters said. The domestic knitwear exports fell to $197.281 million in June 2012 against the commodity’s export of $228.689 million in June 2011, showing a decline of 13.84 percent, according to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Exporters criticised the government for not taking the energy issue seriously, as the gas and power shortages, especially at peak export season, delayed shipments. They said delays in export consignments resulted in cancellation of export orders. The country’s knitwear export reduced to 10,064 tons in June 2012 against exports of 10,590 tons in June 2011, showing a decline of five percent or 526 tons, according to statistics compiled by the PBS. However, Pakistan’s knitwear exports grew 9.22 percent or $16.663 million in July this year against the commodity’s exports of $180.619 million, the figures suggest. In terms of volume, the country’s knitwear exports surged to 10,064 tons in July 2012 against 9,444 tons in June 2011, showing a rise of 7 percent or $620 million, the statistics indicated.

the cost of Rs 2399 million,” a source in the Ministry of Communications told media on Thursday. Regarding the new project global PC-I worth Rs 9202.488 m was discussed by Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in October 2011, which was recommended with revised scope of work with rationalized cost of Rs 8550.425 million, he said. The Takhtbai flyover project was also included in the PC-I of the project, he added. However, the

commencement of work on the project, he said, depended on the approval by ECNEC and allocation of funds. A durable and effective communications infrastructure is very important for the promotion of trade, tourism, industry and agriculture in Swat and Malakand areas, and the Ministry of Communications is carrying out construction activity on priority basis in these areas where people have suffered great hardships, he added.

Chairman Mehran Group of Industries Senator Gul Muhammad Lot snapped with Senator Haseeb Khan, Senator Shahi Syed, Rahim Janoo, Mian Zahid Hussain, Yahya Polani, Shakeel Dhingra, Sharmila Farooqi, Shehla Raza & others at Mehran Dabangg Offer Lucky Draw held here on Thursday.—PO photo Javed Iqbal (Story on Page-14)

MCB ATMs remained operational during Eid holidays KHALID BUTT L AHORE —In

line with guidelines from State Bank of Pakistan, MCB Bank had made special arrangements to ensure availability of quality notes from its 685 ATMs across the country during Eid days and provided Rs 2.4 billion to ATM branches for the same. MCB undertook this activity so that the ATM network’s availability is ensured while facilitating the customers in ATM usage. The efficient ATM network of MCB has been providing services to public at large without any distinction as to whether they are MCB customers or not. On Au-

gust 16, 2012, out of total 138,747 transactions on the MCB ATM network, 81,413 transactions were carried out by MCB account holders whereas 57,334 transaction were carried out by other banks’ card holders. It shows people’s confidence over MCB’s efficient ATM systems as majority of people prefer to use MCB network. “We estimate that around 175,000 customers per day would be visiting our ATMs during Eid holidays”, Aamir Ali Rizvi, a senior executive of MCB Bank had predicted. “MCB Bank has always made sure that ATMs provide maximum convenience to public at large, however,

acute power outages renders the ATM non functional at times while law and order situation and security alerts restrict the mobility of staff towards ATMs for cash feeding or addressing any other technical issue in case of need,” he added. Meanwhile, MCB also arranged Chand Raat activities at selected ATMs all around the country under ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Program’. The idea is to decorate ATMs on Chand Raat; the respective Branch Managers and other team members will be there to welcome the customers. While offering small gifts for the families of customers for being a part of MCB family.

Agri Forum wants robust electricity crisis tackling response STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Agri Forum Pakistan Chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal has said there is no dearth of electricity in the country but it does lack good governance and people who could control the electricity stealers and those not paying their bills after consuming power. Controlling the transmission and distribution losses of just four distribution companies out of total nine companies including of PESCO (Peshawar), KESC, QESCO and HESCO can add 1300 to 1500 mw in the system and save a financial loss of Rs. 130 billion per annum, said Mughal.

He stated that biggest opposition against construction of new dams come from Peshawar whose distribution company had the highest transmission and distribution loss (T&D) of around 37 percent. Similarly from Sindh, KESC has T&D loss of 32.2 percent and HESCO 35 percent while QESC has this loss around 21 percent. In case of such huge losses, those who are paying the bills can never have full electricity supply. He said that the government should immediately concentrate on controlling these losses to meet the widening gap of generation and consumption gap of electricity in the country. Mughal claimed that

such a distribution company set up in New Delhi by the Indian government had T&D losses around 60 percent when the government brought private sector to plug these losses and now these had been brought down to 10 to 11 percent only. He was also critical of giving free electricity to Wapda employees and said that there are 141,500 employees in Wapda getting free electricity units from 300 to 700 per month. These employees are using around Rs. 30 billion’s electricity per annum. While there are also 100,000 retired employees who are enjoying similar facility too. A time is not far

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Weak monsoon spurs diesel demand in Pakistan S I N G A P O R E —Pakistan is tors are common through- gasoil due to the nonseeking its largest monthly diesel imports in a year and appetite in India is also growing, with consumers turning to stand alone power generators as shaky power grids come under increased pressure from weak monsoons. Below-average rains have curbed hydropower generation, particularly in Pakistan, and have boosted agricultural demand for diesel to power irrigation systems. Back up diesel genera-

out South Asia, with the lights staying on in a raft of offices and shops as diesel units purred into action when the north of India was hit by massive power cuts in early August. State-owned importer Pakistan State Oil (PSO) is seeking an additional 110,000 tonnes of gasoil after last week tendering for up to 305,000 tonnes for the first time in three months, its largest requirement in more than a year. Pakistan needs to buy

availibility of hydropower and a gas shortage faced by power plants, a Pakistanbased industry source said. The country’s gasoil demand this time last year was quite low due to floods, so PSO has been forecasting higher rainfall and had planned imports accordingly. The delayed monsoon has surprised everyone. Floods killed over 300 people and damaged or destroyed about 1.2 million houses in August last year.

Pakistan’s spot requirements for gasoil are above its long term-contractual agreement with Kuwait Petroleum Corp, with whom it is set to buy around 3 million tonnes of gasoil this year. In the same tender, PSO is also seeking 1 million tonnes of fuel oil and gasoline for delivery from October to December. Pakistan’s oil demand has grown by a total of about 35,000 barrels per day over the past five years to around 400,000 bpd this

year, with the majority of that increase from fuel oil, which is used in oil-fired power stations, said Faruq Taib, an analyst at FACTS Global Energy in Singapore. The country is facing a severe gas shortage and the bulk of their power generators are gas-fired ... so they’re moving towards oil, Taib said. Gasoline demand has also increased due to the gas shortage as more carusers are switching to petrol from compressed natural gas (CNG), he

added. The country’s government faces a circular debt problem where state utilities lose money from non-paying consumers and low electricity prices and cannot pay power-generating companies who in turn cannot pay gas suppliers. Delayed monsoons have also boosted demand for diesel in India, with traders saying the country’s stocks have fallen below their normal average of about 15 days, though the exact volume could not be

verified. Demand from both retail stations and the agriculture sector is very high so that’s drawing down on stocks, said a trader based in the country. Earlier this month, India’s weather office revised its forecast for the monsoon season to deficient rains - a drought in layman’s terms. While India’s stateowned importers have not been seeking diesel aggressively in the international spot market, their uptake has increased from India’s

private refiners Essar and Reliance, with whom they have term contracts, traders said. Refinery maintenance beginning in September that will shut up to 139,000 bpd of capacity is also expected to stoke some import demand from Indian companies, traders said. Still, more expensive international prices and a slowing global economy could curb Indian diesel imports, they added. Recent official import statistics are not available.

Fish, meat exports surge STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Despite decline in overall food trade, the exports of fish and fish preparations increased by 23.83 percent during the fist month of the current fiscal year (2012-13) as compared to the same month of last year. However, as compared to the exports of June 2012, the seafood Exports in July 2012 witnessed negative growth of 5.20 percent, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported. The over all exports of fish and fish preparations during the month under review were recorded at US$ 17.769 million against the exports of US$14.350 million in July 2011 and US$18.742 million in June 2012. Exports of meat and meat preparations also increased by 31.62 percent and 31.16 percent during July 2012 as compared to the exports of July 2011 and June 2012. The exports of meat and meat preparations reached to US$22.632 million in July 2012 as compared to the exports of US$17.195 million in July 2011 and US$17.255 in June 2012, the data revealed. The other food items that witnessed increase in exports during July 2012 included spices, exports of which increased by 2.70 percent as compared to the exports of July 2011. However, as compared to the exports of June 2011, the exports of spices also declined by 17.39 percent. Exports of sugar increased by 100 percent and 51.55 percent in July 2012 as compared to the exports of July 2011 and June 2012, respectively, the data revealed.

Indonesian women entrepreneurs keen in Pakistani jewellery, garments STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Ms

Ir Sharmila, Chairman of the Induk Koperasi Wanita Pengusaha Indonesia (Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs Parent Cooperative), accompanied by two women entrepreneurs called on Pakistan Ambassador to Indonesia Sanaullah on Thursday and discussed measures to improve trade and commercial relations between Indonesia and Pakistan. According to a message received here from Jakarta (Indonesia), Ms. Sharmila, who is also an active member of Golkar Party, agreed with the Ambassador’s suggestion to participate in the Pakistan Expo 2012 being held in Karachi in the first week of October. She said that she would undertake a 20-member delegation of women entrepreneurs to Karachi and other cities of country. The delegation will mainly focus on the garment industry as well as jewellery, she remarked. She requested that the embassy might kindly arrange meetings for the delegation with Pakistani women entrepreneurs and government officials responsible for exports from Pakistan. Ambassador Sanaullah re-assured them that during their stay in Pakistan, their meetings with all the relevant business women associations and reliable exporters would be arranged.

LCCI resents petroleum products prices hike SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Thursday urged the government to withdraw recent hike in oil prices that is bound to jack up cost of doing business in Pakistan. The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that there was no denying the fact that oil prices were on the rise in the international market but instead of passing on this surge to masses, the government should cut the number of taxes on petroleum products as the fuel is the engine of growth. “If the fuel would be heavily taxed the entire economy would suffer and the same happened in Pakistan as the repeated increases in the POL prices had ruined the industrial and economic activities,” he added.

The LCCI President said that only because of high cost of doing business in Pakistan, a large number of industrial units had already shifted their operations to other countries and the recent decision would force more industrialists to shift their industrial units. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that it is not the industrial sector alone buit thye agriculture sector would also badly suffer. “Pakistan agriculture sector is engine of growth. The increase in petroleum prices would increase the input cost of agriculture production as high speed diesel is being used in tractors, tube-wells, harvesters, thrashers and other agriculture machinery,” he added. He said that the cost of thermal generation by private sector to go up. He said that Government is producing huge amount of

electricity through thermal means and after increase in petroleum prices, prices of electricity would touch new highs. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had for the last many years been calling on the concerned government circles to take measures for the promotion of alternate fuels as trade deficit was fast widening due to heavy imports under the head of petroleum products. He was of the view that the timeline for the increase in the prices of petroleum products was also raising questions because at a time when the whole industry was suffering due to energy crisis and high cost of doing business, the raise in POL prices is bound to give a death blow to the industry. “It seems that it is an attempt to create troubles for the government”.

FPCCI delegation led by Tariq Sayeed, Chairman, Pakistan-Iran Business Council of FPCCI, met Abbas Ali Abdullahi, Iranian Consul General to pay their condolences on the recent earthquake in Iran. The delegation was consisting Sultan Chawla, former President FPCCI, Zubair F Tufail, former Vice President FPCCI, Syed Abdul Waheed Shah and Mir Nasir Abbas.

BISP programme gets int’l admiration STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Provincial Min-

LARKANA: Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Khuro inaugurating a pumping station for drainage system near Atta Turk Memorial Tower.

Trade, industry demand blockage of unauthorized SIMs AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —Chairman Businessmen Group & former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli and President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mian Abrar Ahmad welcomed and appreciated the decision to stop cellular services by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Karachi and other major cities during Eid to control/ eliminate chances of terrorist/criminal activities using cellular technology/ mobile phones, it was indeed a timely decision and must have saved lot of lives of Pakistani citizens. The decision of Interior Ministry to stop prepaid cellular services in order to ensure genuine identities of subscribers/ users to control crimes is also appreciated. They said that it has been

proposed and demanded by Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry to the Interior Minister to block all those SIMs being stolen/ unauthenticated and wrongly issued; also block imported mobile phones with same IMEI number with immediate effect; ensure service providers to provide details of all such phones to FIA; No SIM shall be activated if mobile phone has no IMEI number or proper identification of CNIC and new SIM will only be issued through postal services and mechanism should be developed to deliver new SIM through courier/ registered post at purchaser’s address according to CNIC. Finally, Interior Minister realized the genuineness of demands of KCCI

ister for Revenue Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that leaders rejected by the masses are misleading the people. Present democratic government has initiated exemplary projects for the development and welfare of the country. This he said while talking to various delegations here in his office on Thursday. He said that those who declared Benazir Income Support Program a failure, lived in fools’ paradise. The effectiveness and importance of that program was not only appreciated by Pakistani media, but its importance was also admitted by International media. He said, ‘Through Benazir Income Support Program lacs needy and deserving women have been provided financial assistance that is a mile stone in the history of Pakistan.’ He added that Pakistan Peoples party with its coalition partners would participate in general elections and would come out with great victory, because PPP is the largest and most popular political party of Pakistan.’ Provincial Minister said, ‘Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif can not defeat PPP if they try together, because they have limited political approach.’ He was of the opinion that the government would over the come the problem of load shedding. Government knew the problems of the masses and steps were being taken to redress the crisis.

who at times had personally admitted and also declared root cause of rampant crimes in Karachi the mobile phone sets having identical IMEI numbers and unauthenticated/ unregistered SIMs being used by criminal elements. Interior Minister Rehman Malik during his visits to KCCI during last two years gave commitment to implement the demands raised by KCCI for the larger interest of Pakistan and its citizens, they stated. They said that mobile phone is used in more than 80 percent of criminal activities therefore, as per the demands of KCCI and commitment of Federal Interior Minister the demands must be From Page-13 effectively implemented without any further delay. when our system will generate electricity for usage of these people only, Mughal remarked. Agri Forum Chairman also hinted at reducing the unnecessary manpower in distribution companies. He said that the items attracting zero to 10 Gujranwala Electricity Supply percent customs duty consti- Company has 2.5 million contute about 77 percent of the sumers and 12000-13000 emtotal ex-bonding. ployees while KESCO serving Hence, in order to defer lesser consumers have over the lowest slab of customs 18,300 employees. duty, the businesses have Talking about options of to add many additional generating power by Pakicosts related to warehous- stan, Mughal averred that ing including warehousing Pakistan could produce surcharge, transportation 346,000 mw of power through cost, loading cost, off-load- wind energy. 175 kilometres ing cost, bank charges etc. long border of Ketty Bandar in the cost of doing busi- alone can produce 50,000 mw, ness. he added.

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Radical changes From Page-13 these licenses useless. Secondly, the system of audit should also be made more effective. Targeting parameters for each warehouse may be set, as a test case, sample auditing of 20 percent of bonds be conducted through an outsourced auditing firm. Thirdly, the current bonding period for non perishable goods is six months while for perishable goods, it is three months. Board may initially

reduce the bonding period to three (3) months and one month for non-perishable and perishable goods respectively for public and private bonds and not for exporting schemes. The directorate has also studied data obtained from Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) which has given the details of exbonding from July 1, 2007 to April 30, 2012. The data suggests that

Auto sector perturbed over forced measures STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Any move to force the auto sector manufacturers to artificially reduce prices of their products on against the principle of market forces and economy would badly affect the performance of multi-billion auto industry, experts said. The auto sector experts while commenting on the upcoming meeting of Public Accounts Committee to review the car prices, said, that the public listed companies cannot be grilled by the PAC whereas they should have invited Ministry of Commerce and Engineering Development Board but that too is questionable as the govt has failed so far to provide peaceful three times meal to

the poors let alone providing them cars at affordable prices. They said that the prices are governed by market forces in the free market economies and the role of the government is limited to policy framework including tariff and non tariff policy measures. They added that the countries like India with wiser policies and economists strived to protect local industry for years and are now in a position where local cars are cheaper than international brands; however this was possible only after decades of protection. While comparing Pakistani cars the experts said that while there is no comparison in size still our assembled Toyota Altis and Honda City are cheaper than India. On the contrary Pakistan’s policy makers’ se-

riousness could be gauged from the fact that Auto Industry Development Plan which was approved in 2007 under which import of used cars was allowed up to age of three years was changed only 2 years down the lane yet they claim that auto industry is over protected for last 40 years. He said that the legislators failed to provide legal cover to the investors and let them exposed to unfair competition with smuggling, under invoicing, mis declaration and violation of copyrights and yet it was claimed that the industry is over protected. They said that the local auto industry is already facing a number of issues. The cost has increased due to the depreciation of local currency against US$ and Japanese Yen. Low volumes; higher fixed cost, relaxation in age limit for

import of used cars has further lowered the capacity utilization. High sales tax; upward increase in minimum wages; increase in utility charges and energy issues were the major causes that forced the manufacturers to increased prices of their products. “Despite all these challenges the local auto industry is not only meeting the local demand, but also exporting some of its products to earn more foreign exchange for the country’, they said. They said that the issue of price fixation in auto sector once again would be discussed at the meeting of the sub-committee of the Public Account Committee (PAC) scheduled for August 23, 2012. In the previous meeting of the sub-committee some baseless points were raised against the auto sector manufacturers due to lack

of information, they said. They said the ground realities are very different as the Pak Rupee has depreciated against US$ from Rs 59.86 in 2005-06 to Rs 94.83 in July 2012. In the same way the local currency has depreciated against Japanese yen from Rs 0.52 in 2005-06 to Rs 1.14 in July 2012. Similarly, utility charges, minimum wage, reducing production efficiency due to import of used cars, power shortage issues, high interest rates and high inflation are some other issues which are major causes of continuous increasing cost of doing business in the country, they said. They said the parliamentarians should consider all these issues which are affecting pricing of local auto manufacturers products.

ICCI terms POL price hike unjustified STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) rejected the increase in POL prices up to Rs.4.85 per litre and CNG Rs.3.21 per kg and also strongly criticized the decision of revising the prices of petroleum products on weekly basis. Yassar Sakhi Butt, President ICCI expressed his apprehension over massive hike in POL prices and said that Government has again failed to honour its promise as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources had announced to keep POL prices unchanged for the next 15 days. He said that the implantation of the decision of re-

vising the prices of petroleum products on weekly basis would create multiple problems for the trade and industry as business community would not be able to calculate return on investment when the cost of doing business would be fluctuating on weekly basis. ICCI President said that a comparison between the international oil prices and local prices is enough to make the point that the local prices have registered massive increase in the last two years in comparison with the global rates. Therefore, the Government has no justification to make any increase in POL prices, he added. Yassar Sakhi Butt said that the entire industrial sector was already facing mul-

tiple internal and external challenges and this current increase in POL prices would further aggravate the economic situation. He said that Pakistan is an agrarian country, therefore hike in petroleum prices would increase the input cost of agriculture production as high speed diesel is being used in tractors, tube-wells, harvesters, thrashers and other agriculture machinery. ICCI President said that the transportation cost of goods would multiply as well as fares of public transport would also increase manifold due to increase in POL and CNG prices. He stressed upon the Government to reduce POL and CNG rates immediately to facilitate trade and industry as well as general masses.

Low production cost gives Pak products leverage: Lot M M ALAM KARACHI—Chairman Mehran Group of Industries Senator Gul Muhammad Lot has said that the low cost of production, due to diligent workforce here, made it viable to competitively trade Pakistani commodities in the global market. He was speaking to Pakistan Observer following the first Lucky Draw of ‘Mehran Dabangg Offer’, here on Thursday. Senator Gul Muhammad Lot hastened to add that the quality of Mehran too, above & beyond the economical manufacturing, played vital part in capturing the market overseas. He told that Mehran Spices, that were being exported for 35 years, were introduced to the home consumers just one year ago & due to

its policy of gratifying the local palate Mehran Spices managed to get a sizeable share here. He said that earlier in order to enable more & more consumers try Mehran Spices one pack was provided free with each purchase. Then they had invited people to take part

Picture on Page-13 in a lucky draw (through submitting four wrappers of Mehran Spices) in which 41 prizes - including a Toyota Corolla car - was offered. “Thousands of entries were received from all over the country showing the level of confidence that the customers place in Mehran Spices”, informed Chairman Mehran Group of Industries Senator Gul Muhammad Lot “& to

make it transparent we have requested renowned businessmen & politicians for the draw”. Answering to a question Lot told that Mehran Spice & Food Industries was established in 1975 & owing to the company’s high efforts & dedication the products got a very good response from abroad & as a result the company had been winning Export Award for the last 27 years consecutively. Amongst others Senator Haseeb Khan, Senator Shahi Syed, Rahim Janoo, Mian Zahid Hussain, Shakeel Dhingra (V.P. FPCCI), Sharmila Farooqi (Advisor CM Sindh), Shehla Raza (Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly) picked the names of first Mehran Dabangg Offer Lucky Draw. Second lucky draw is scheduled to be held next September.

ZONG supports Pak, Sony to cut 15% Australia cricket series mobile phone STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Continuing its legacy to promote sports, ZONG – the fastest growing network of the country has decided to support the 3 oneday and T20 matches series between Pakistan and Australia. The telecom company is a co-sponsor of this enthralling event to be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah during August and September this year. ZONG has a long association with sports and has previously taken many initiatives to support sports’ activities in Pakistan including their recent collaboration with Manchester United Football club. The company conducted trials in major cities of Pakistan and selected 32 outstanding players within the age bracket of 13-17

years for training at MU Soccer School, Abu Dhabi. Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Commercial of ZONG says, “Sports and ZONG have a natural relationship, which is growing stronger day by day. Through our strategic partnership with Manchester United, we are the leading corporate supporter of football in the country. As far as cricket is concerned, we have been sponsors of domestic T20 cricket in the past. And now, starting with this series, we are seriously looking at greatly enhancing our support to this great game.” The Abu Dhabi one-day match, scheduled for Friday, August 31, is expected to be watched by a capacity crowd as Abu Dhabi is home to many Pakistani expatriates.


T OKYO —Sony said Thurs-

day it would chop 15 percent of the workforce at its struggling mobile phone unit and move its headquarters to Tokyo from Sweden as the Japanese consumer electronics giant slashes costs. The move to cut 1,000 jobs at Sony Mobile Communications comes about six months after Sony bought Swedish telecom company Ericsson’s share in their former joint venture, called Sony Ericsson, set up in 2001. The joint venture struggled to launch popular smartphones amid stiff competition from rivals including Apple and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics. On Thursday, Sony said the job cuts in Sweden, expected to be completed by 2014, were part of a bid to “increase operational efficiency, reduce costs and drive profitable growth”. “We are accelerating the integration and convergence with the wider Sony group to continue enhancing our offerings,” Sony Mobile chief Kunimasa Suzuki said in a statement. “A more focused and efficient operational structure will help to reduce Sony Mobile’s costs... and bring the business back to a place of strength.” Sony, which makes PlayStation game consoles and Bravia televisions, has Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Commercial, ZONG ad- already said it would cut dressing a press conference at Pakistan Cricket Board, about 10,000 jobs worldwide.—AFP Lahore.

UN SG to attend Iran NAM Summit

Meet again YANGON—Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein met again on Wednesday for private talks, the second meeting in less than two weeks. Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein are shown in an earlier meeting, in a file photo. Photo: MRTV Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein are shown in an earlier meeting, in a file photo. Photo: MRTV The director of the president’s office, Col. Zaw Htay, confirmed Suu Kyi and Thein Sein met, but he declined to provide details of the talks. They have met on three previous occasions, most recently on Aug. 12. No details of that meeting were released. Suu Kyi is the defacto leader of the main opposition group in Parliament, which is currently in session. On August 12, Mizzima reported that their third meeting together included Cabinet members, a first for Suu Kyi and Thein Sein, who have forged an informal agreement to cooperate in addressing the country’s many obstacles to peace and economic development. The recent meetings underscore the government’s desire to use Suu Kyi to try to try to resolve some of the decades-old issues that prevent national reconciliation and hinder economic development. Among the recent high profile issues is the Muslim Rohingya community in western Burma, where two months of community clashes with Rakhine natives claimed up to 88 dead and the destruction of more than 5,000 homes and other property. Soe Thane, who leads a government panel conducting peace talks with ethnic groups, also attended the third meeting in Naypyitaw, said government officials. Two weeks ago, Suu Kyi was appointed to lead a parliamentary committee charged with ensuring the country’s institutions conform to the rule of law, an issue that dominated her campaign for Parliament in April. —MIZZIMA

Warning LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday they would be forced to consider a new course of action if Syria threatens to use chemical weapons on rebel fighters. The two leaders agreed during a telephone call that “the use—or threat—of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far,” Cameron’s Downing Street office said. “Both said that they wanted to see a credible opposition and hoped that the opposition would use their upcoming meeting in Cairo to show real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition.” The White House said Obama conveyed to Cameron his concern about the “increasingly dire” humanitarian situation in Syria, and called for more countries to contribute to humanitarian appeals from the United Nations. “The two leaders exchanged views on ways the international community can assist those displaced by the conflict,” and “apply pressure” on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, it added. On other matters, Obama expressed his “strong support for decisive action” on the economic crisis rattling Europe. Cameron, who has just returned to Westminster after the summer break, spoke separately to French President Francois Hollande in a bid to ensure that Syria remained the focus of international attention. Syrian forces backed by helicopter gunships and tanks launched a deadly assault on parts of Damascus earlier, activists said, as Assad’s regime battles to stamp out rebel resistance in the capital. At least 37 people were reported killed in Damascus alone, a day after a top minister hinted that the embattled regime was ready to discuss Assad’s exit in any talks on ending the brutal 17-month conflict. —AFP

Leeway BERLIN —Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are expected to tell Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras this week that they can give him little leeway on easing the terms of his country’s bailout agreement. The French and German leaders meet on Thursday to fine-tune their joint message to Samaras, who is on a charm offensive seeking more time for Athens to meet its bailout commitments. Senior German coalition leaders have signalled there is little chance of that and Merkel herself poured cold water on far-reaching concessions on Wednesday. “I am going into these talks with the awareness that we have to achieve that every partner sticks to his commitments,” Merkel told reporters during a trip to Moldova. The chancellor may also lean on France’s new Socialist leader to set an example to the euro zone by applying some austerity himself in France’s 2013 budget debate next month. Merkel receives Samaras on Friday and Hollande receives him on Saturday, at a moment of rare optimism on financial markets that the European Union - especially the European Central Bank - is poised for decisive action on the euro zone debt crisis. The ECB has attempted to dampen talk that it could come to the aid of euro states like Spain and Italy by capping spreads on their bonds. On Greece, Samaras is hoping creditors will let him spread out painful economic reforms over four years instead of two to soften their impact on the population. “All we want is a bit of ‘air to breathe’ to get the economy running and to increase state income. —AP

protests TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister met for the first time with leaders of weekly antinuclear protests Wednesday but rejected their demand that two recently restarted nuclear plants should be shut again. Tens of thousands of people have been gathering every Friday night outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s office compound to protest against nuclear power because of safety concerns set off by last year’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. The 11 protest leaders were allowed into the complex for the first time since they started chanting antinuclear slogans outside the tightly guarded building in April. ‘‘When the majority of the general public opposed the restart, you forced it by trampling down on us. It was ridiculous and outrageous,’’ protester Misao Redwolf told Noda as she sat across from him during the 30-minute meeting. ‘‘We will continue our protests as long as you keep ignoring our voices.’’ The protesters said meeting the prime minister was not their goal and they would continue to gather until their demands are met. Noda initially called the demonstrations outside his office complex ‘‘big noise,’’ triggering criticism. He promised the protesters on Wednesday that he would listen to people’s views and reflect them in policy decisions. But Noda did not accept their demands that his government shut down two reactors that were restarted in July and keep the rest of the country’s 48 reactors shuttered. He has repeatedly insisted that nuclear plants need to be restarted to avoid power shortages that would imperil Japan’s economy. The protests started with dozens of people in April and have become mass demonstrations. —AP


DAMASCUS: Syrian protesting against killing in Homs.

Syrian army batters Damascus suburbs, 47 dead A MMAN – The Syrian army in what they called the heavi- sympathetic to the anti-Assad fighting. But state television shelled southern Damascus and helicopters fired rockets and machineguns during an assault meant to shore up President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the capital 17 months into an uprising, opposition activists said. The army has this week used tanks and helicopter gunships in an offensive around Damascus that coincided with the departure of UN military observers, their mission to stop the bloodshed and nudge Syria towards a peaceful transition a failure. The United Nations estimates that more than 18,000 people have been killed in what has become a civil war after the state’s violent response to peaceful street protests triggered an armed rebellion in the pivotal Arab country. Anti-Assad activists said at least 47 people had been killed in Damascus

est bombardment this month. “The whole of Damascus is shaking with the sound of shelling,” said a woman in Kfar Souseh, one of several districts hit in the military offensive to root out rebel fighters. The United Nations said some of the weapons being used by government forces appeared to have been supplied by Iran, in violation of a UN resolution that banned such exports. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon will raise the Syria crisis with Iran at a summit of nonaligned developing nations in Tehran next week, a UN spokesman said. As the army continued to shell southern Damascus, activists said at least 22 people had been killed in Kfar Souseh and 25 in the nearby district of Nahr Eisha. One of the dead was named as Mohammad Saeed al Odeh, a journalist employed at a state-run newspaper who was

revolt. Activists said he had been executed in Nahr Eisha. “There are 22 tanks in Kfar Souseh now and behind each one there are at least 30 soldiers. They are raiding houses and executing men,” an opposition activist in Kfar Souseh, who gave his name only as Bassam, told Reuters by Skype. More than 250 people, including 171 civilians, were killed across Syria on Tuesday, mostly around Damascus, Aleppo and the southern city of Deraa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britishbased opposition monitoring group. Activists in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya said Assad’s forces had killed 86 people there since Monday, half of them by execution. It was not possible to verify that report. There was no immediate government account of the latest

Curiosity Mars rover takes first drive

broadcast footage of weapons it said had been seized from rebels in Mouadamiya, one of the first districts to join the uprising. The conflict, which pits a mainly Sunni Muslim opposition against a ruling system dominated by Assad’s Alawite minority, threatens to destabilise neighbours including Lebanon, where Sunni-Alawite violence flared for a third day. The death toll from the fighting in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli rose to at least 10 with more than 100 wounded, medical sources said, in what residents said were some of the fiercest clashes there since Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. The Syria conflict has revived old tensions in Tripoli between pro-Assad Alawites in the hilltop district of Jebel Mohsen and their Sunni neighbours in Bab alTabbaneh below. —Reuters

US surprised by Navy SEAL’s bin Laden raid book

W ASHINGTON —The U.S. CALIFORNIA—The US space turn clockwise on the spot for of ground on this mission but government was surprised about 120 degrees, and then the significance of the first roll

agency’s (Nasa) Curiosity rover has finally begun to roll. The Mars robot, which landed on the Red Planet two weeks ago, turned its six wheels briefly to satisfy engineers that its locomotion system was in full working order. Curiosity is a sophisticated mobile science laboratory. It has been built to drive at least 20km across the Martian landscape to investigate whether the planet ever had the conditions necessary for life. Wednesday’s drive saw the rover roll forward 4.5m,

reverse up 2.5m. It took about five minutes to complete the manoeuvre. Another 10 minutes or so was spent taking pictures of the outcome, recording the vehicle’s historic first tracks in the Martian soil. Looking at those images, which have been stitched together to make the mosaic featured on this page, it is clear now that Curiosity’s rear-right wheel landed on top of a rock estimated to be some 9cm tall. The vehicle will cover a lot

manoeuvre could not be overstated, said Curiosity project manager Pete Theisinger. “It couldn’t be more important. We built a rover and unless the rover roves, we really haven’t accomplished anything,” he told reporters. “And the fact that we completely exercised it and everything was on track is a big moment.” Nasa has made one other key announcement on what has been the 16th day of this mission.”—BBC/Reuters.

One million Palestinians allowed Eid prayers in Al-Aqsa OCCUPIED JERUSALEM— partment that deals with PalIsrael allowed “more than a million” Palestinians through its roadblocks to pray at the mosques of Jerusalem and paddle in the Mediterranean over Ramadan, in what an Israeli official said was part of several measures aimed at rebuilding confidence between the sides. The new attempt to warm the atmosphere contrasts with the freeze in peace efforts since direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010 over an intractable dispute concerning settlements. Guy Inbar, spokesman for the defence ministry de-

estinian civilian affairs in the West Bank said there had been an unprecedented easing of entry restrictions over the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday at its end. “More than a million Palestinians entered Israel over Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr for prayers, family visits and trips around Israel,” he said. He could not say how many of those limited their visit to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which the Jewish state considers to be part of its capital while the Palestinians, who make up most of its population, claim it as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The city is home to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, and the relaxed restrictions gave tens of thousands a rare opportunity to visit the Muslim holy site, the third-holiest in Islam. West Bankers are usually only allowed into the city or inside Israel with special permits. Palestinians also flocked to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean which many inhabitants of the landlocked West Bank have never seen.“I am so happy that my grandchildren were able to see the sea and now can understand how beautiful our country is,” Fawzya Fararjeh, 55,” told an AFP correspondent while walking along a Tel Aviv beach.— AFP

Dhaka 2nd ‘flood-prone’ city DHAKA —Dhaka is the second most vulnerable city to coastal flooding among nine coastal cities built on river deltas, a study suggests. With climate change impacting in “various and diverse ways”, Dhaka’s “social vulnerability to floods will double by 2100”, says the Coastal City Flood Vulnerability Index (CCFVI). CCFVI defines social vulnerability considering the status of population (including disabled), shelters, awareness and preparedness as flood cultural

behaviours.The Chinese city Shanghai has been ranked as the most vulnerable according to the study developed by scientists from the UK and the Netherlands. Of the nine cities examined, Dhaka is regularly impacted by tropical cyclones and flooding and has very little resilience, underscored CCFVI. The study looks at the physical exposure of a city to rivers as well as “economic and social ones,” Nigel Wright, co-author of the study from the University of Leeds’ School of Civil En-

gineering told the BBC News. Such as how much attention is given by local or national governments to protect citizens and citizens’ property through investing in various forms of resilience,” he said. The CCFVI is based on exposure, susceptibility and resilience to coastal flooding and used a range of data, consisting of 19 components. In terms of susceptibility, Dhaka stands second highly vulnerable considering high number of people living in coastal flood-prone areas with fewer shelters.—AP

by the news that a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan has written a book about the operation in which the al Qaeda leader was killed, U.S. officials said. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden” was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and is to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. It was not vetted by government agencies to ensure that no secrets were revealed. “The book was vetted by a former special operations attorney. He vetted it for tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified by compilation and found it to be without risk to national security,” Christine Ball, a spokeswoman for the publisher, Dutton, told Reuters. The book will be published at a time when Washington has been roiled by controversy over national security leaks ahead of the November 6 presidential election. Republicans have charged that President Barack Obama’s administration has engaged in selective leaks to bolster the Democrat’s national security credentials. The White House denies those accusations and says it takes leaks of classified information seriously. In the wake of Congressional criticism, the administration assigned federal prosecutors in Baltimore and Washington to conduct criminal investigations into leaks related to an undercover counter-terrorism investigation in Yemen and alleged U.S. and Israeli cyberwarfare against Iran’s nuclear program. But the coming book on the bin Laden raid appeared to catch officials off guard. “We learned about this book today from press reports. We haven’t reviewed it and don’t know what it says,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.— Reuters

matic development at the international level has diluted the Western bid to Isolate Iran, as the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon “will visit Iran at the end of the month to take part in the 16th Summit of the NonAligned Movement (NAM)”, a UN report says. The NAM summit is being participated by 120 wold leaders from August 26-31, 2012. An event of that highest profile of global impact will have direct bearing on Iran treatment by the West at this critical time. “The Secretary-General looks forward to the Summit as an opportunity to work with the participating Heads of State and Government, including the host country, towards solutions on issues that are central to the global agenda including follow-up to the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development, disarmament, conflict prevention, and support for countries in Transition,” his spokesperson told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. Taking place in the capital, Tehran, and under the chairmanship of Iran, the NAM Summit will be held on 26-31 August, and is expected to draw representatives from its 120 members, as well as from various associated ob-

server countries, reports adds. Over recent days, there have been media reports of calls, from Israel and the US, for Mr. Ban to boycott the meeting. Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said that the UN chief takes “seriously” his responsibility and that of the United Nations to pursue diplomatic engagement with all of the world body’s Member States, in the interest of peacefully addressing vital matters of peace and security. “With respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Secretary-General will use the opportunity to convey the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” the spokesperson said. “These include Iran’s nuclear programme, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria, it further adds” Over the past weekend, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General was “dismayed” by recent remarks threatening Israel’s existence – attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – and condemned the comments, which he described as “offensive and inflammatory.”

HRW blasts Bangladesh on Rohingyas restrictions D HAKA – Human

Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday blasted the Bangladeshi government’s “cruel” restrictions on humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution and violence in neighbouring Myanmar. The South Asian nation last month ordered three international charities — Doctors Without Borders, Action Against Hunger and Muslim Aid UK — to stop giving aid to the Rohingya because it might encourage a fresh influx. Bangladesh is already home to some 300,000 Rohingya and the country’s border forces have turned back scores of boats carrying hundreds more since sectarian violence broke out in Myanmar, formerly Burma, in June. “The Bangladeshi government is trying to make conditions for Rohingya refugees already living in Bangladesh so awful that people fleeing brutal abuses in neighboring Burma will stay home,”

said HRW’s refugee policy director Bill Frelick. “This is a cruel and inhumane policy that should immediately be reversed,” he said. The New York-based rights group said Dhaka had signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which prohibits the country from denying those within its borders, including refugees, access to food and healthcare. The three charities provide water, healthcare, sanitation and other basic aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Aid workers have said the conditions in the makeshift camps for Rohingya are among the worst in the world. Speaking a Bengali dialect similar to one in southeast Bangladesh, the Rohingya people are Muslims seen as illegal immigrants by Buddhist-majority Myanmar and viewed by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.— AFP

US, Pak must ‘divorce’ as allies: Haqqani WASHINGTON —The United States and Pakistan should stop pretending they are allies and amicably “divorce,” Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington said, citing unrealistic expectations in both countries that include US hopes Islamabad will sever its links to extremists. “If in 65 years, you haven’t been able to find sufficient common ground to live together, and you had three separations and four reaffirmations of marriage, then maybe the better way is to find friendship outside of the marital bond,” Husain Haqqani said, addressing the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank. Haqqani’s recommendation that the United States and Pakistan essentially downgrade their status was based on the premise that it may be

the only way to break from what has been a dysfunctional relationship. A post-alliance future would allow both countries to hold more realistic expectations of each other, cooperating where possible but perhaps without the sense of betrayal, which has become acute in Pakistan. He cited a survey by the Pew Research Center released in June showing roughly three-in-four Pakistanis consider the United States an enemy, even though the United States pours billions of dollars of aid into the country. “If this was an election campaign ... you would advise the senator with these kinds of favorability ratings to pull out of the race, instead of spending more money,” said Haqqani, who plans to publish a book entitled. —Reuters

20 dead in monsoon rains N EW D ELHI —At least 20 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. The rains have disrupted normal life in the state capital, Jaipur, since Tuesday and flooded many areas. About 20,000 people living in the city have been forced to flee their homes due to flooding. Earlier this month, at least 34 people died in northern Uttarakhand state after torrential rains triggered landslides and flash floods. Rajasthan’s meteorological department said Jaipur was

experiencing the heaviest rains since 1981, causing flooding in low lying neighbourhoods and slum areas. least 10 of the people killed in the state died in the city, some of them in house collapses. Many people have taken shelter on the rooftops of homes, and rescue workers from a local paramilitary force have been deployed to evacuate them. In June, at least 27 people died and one million people were forced to leave their homes by floods as rains lashed the north-eastern state of Assam. —BBC

Merit only criteria to pick bowling coach: Zaka SPORTS REPORTER L AHORE —Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Chaudhry Zaka Asrhaf said on Thursday that merit is the criteria for the selection of the bowling coach whose name will be announced shortly to improve the performance of the team. “We have only one consideration in our mind which is merit and the bowling coach is being selected under a similar arrangement,” said the PCB Chief while speaking at the unveiling of event logo of Pak-Australia cricket series here at National Cricket Academy. Bank Alfalah presents Cool and Cool Pak-Australia series in which three one day internationals and three T-20 games will be played from August 28 to September 10. Also present on the occasion were, Subhan Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, PCB, Owais Ashraf, COO,Cool and

Cool, Adnan Anwar Khan, Group Head, Retail, Bank Alfalah, Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Zong and Naureed Awan and Rao Umer Hashim of trans media. Ch Zaka Ashraf said the bowling coach is being selected through a laid down procedure and a committee is thoroughly monitoring the entire process to ensure that the most suitable professional be attached with the team management to lift the pace bowling department. “We just cannot select a coach if a former player announces his availability and willingness and everyone who so ever is has to go through a procedure in order to meet all the requirements,” he answered when his attention was drawn that Shoaib Akhtar is ready to serve Pak cricket in the role of a bowling coach. PCB Chief said the performance of Pak U19 team in the World Jr Cricket Cup

will be ascertained after receiving report from the team management. “In the initial part of the tournament our team’s performance was quite good but then onward its failed to show consistency and could not achieve desired results in the event,” he said. He expressed the optimism that Pak team will show premier performance against Australia by putting collective efforts and hard work. “PCB is taking every measure to lift the overall performance of our team and hiring a bowling coach is also the part of similar efforts,” he added. He expressed his gratitude to the sponsors for supplementing PCB’s efforts for the development of the cricket.”We appreciate the support that we are receiving from Pakistan’s corporate sector.” Adnan Anwar of Bank Alfalah said his organization has over a decade long as-

Tennis: Wozniacki, Kvitova advance in New Haven

sociation with PCB and Cricket and their prime objective of extending sponsorship is to patronage national cricket. “We will continue our association with cricket in years to come.” Subhan Ahmed, while answering a question said wicket keeper Zulqaranin Haider has been served a notice and to appear before PCB’s committee for his recent out-burst on the selection committee and recall of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and selection of Akmal brothers in the national team. “He (Zulqarnain) comes under PCB code of conduct necessary proceedings are being initiated and he has been asked to strengthen his LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf and others clapping after launching ceremony of the claims with the provision of Pakistan-Australia series, presented by Bank Al Falah for the Cool and Cool Cup’s logo. evidences whatsoever he has,” said PCB official saying. “The committee will probe the matter before finalizing its recommendations,” he added.

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test

Zulqarnain uploads video of his injuries

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut— been out for eight months, so head series 7-3. Four-time reigning champ Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Petra Kvitova advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA’s New Haven Open on Wednesday with straight-set victories. Kvitova, last year ’s Wimbledon runner-up, easily defeated American Nicole Gibbs, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to Thursday’s quarters. She will next face eighthseeded Czech Lucie Safarova, who crushed China’s Zheng Jie, 6-4, 6-0. Former world number one Wozniacki, who is seeded third and seeking her fifth straight title at the event, improved to 19-0 lifetime in New Haven with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson. The hardcourt tournament, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University, is serving as a tune-up event for next week’s US Open. Denmark’s Wozniacki defeated Czech Petra Cetkovska in last year’s New Haven final. Her quarter-final opponent on Thursday will be Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova. Sixthseeded Cibulkova won 6-4, 61 over German Andrea Petkovic, who has battled injuries for most of the year. This was Petkovic’s first tournament in nearly four months and only her fourth event of the season. She entered 2012 ranked 10th in the world. Petkovic says it is going to take some time to get her match conditioning back. “I’d play three or four good shots then miss horrible shots I’d never miss in a hundred years,” Petkovic said. “My strokes and movement are just fine, but you can never simulate a match in practice, so when the stress of a match comes I feel like it’s a totally new situation. “And I’ve basically

L AHORE —Former Pakistan really the inconsistency in “We know each other re- wicket keeper Zulqarnain rallies and matches is the ally well,” Cibulkova said. haider has uploaded a video price I’m paying. “She’s a year younger but we on social networking website facebook, which shows him battered and bruised, Geo News reported. It was learned from Zulqarnain’s neighbors that he had a fight with his brothers, which he reported to the police. They further added that the police had facilitated a patch-up. When contacted his wife told Geo News that he was not at home at the moment and would hold a press conference tomorrow.—Agencies

Sri Lanka squad named for World Twenty20

NEW HAVEN, CT: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning the first set against Nicole Gibbs during the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Centre. “Five or six years ago it was the same thing. I was out eight months for my ACL and when I came back, I’d play a few good matches then lose horrible ones. I just have to stay positive. It’s going to take time to get back to my best.” Cibulkova said she was ready to face Wozniacki, who leads their head-to-

travelled to all the same junior tournaments and played many matches against each other. “I know the way she’s playing, and she knows how I’m playing. It’s two different styles as well—she’s the defensive player and I’m the offensive player going for my shots. It’s going to be a really good match.”—AFP

Australia ready for trial by spin: Warner DUBAI—Australia are ready for a trial by spin during their tour of the United Arab Emirates, opening batsman David Warner said on Thursday. Warner’s reputation, forged initially in Twenty20 cricket, is for blitzkrieg batting at the top of the order and he has a strike-rate in excess of 140 runs per 100 balls in that form of the game. But in the UAE, in limitedover games against Afghanistan and Pakistan and on pitches expected to help spin bowling, the left-hander expects a completely different challenge. “Everyone says we struggle against spin and we know they (Afghanistan and Pakistan) are going to

have a lot of spin bowling,” Warner told reporters. “In Darwin on pre-tour training we had a fantastic set-up with (batting coach) Justin Langer who arranged for wickets to be turning and challenging and our batters took a lot out of that. “The boys challenged themselves and we got through it pretty well and now we’re looking forward to that challenge.” Australia will play seven matches in the UAE with a one-dayer against Afghanistan in Sharjah on Saturday followed by three ODIs and three Twenty20s against Pakistan. Pakistan’s commitment to test Australia with spin is highlighted by their selection of five slow bowlers

in a 15-man squad - Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Hafeez and Abdur Rehman. “I’m coming up against these bowlers and I haven’t really faced them (much) before,” said Warner. “I haven’t faced them in turning conditions and I’m looking forward to it. “The challenge for me is to keep rotating the strike. I can’t just go ‘three dot balls and I’ve got to hit a boundary’. “If I do get bogged down for three balls I can’t just try to hit it out of the park and get a soft dismissal. That would put us in a tough situation and it says I’m not playing for the team,” added Warner.—AFP

COLOMBO—Hosts Sri Lanka on Thursday named a 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 starting on September 18:Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akhila Dhananjaya.—AFP

Abidi’s ton helps Pak women cricket team beat Ireland I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n ’s women cricket team defeated Ireland by 73 runs in the TriNation One Day series, a private news channel reported on Thursday. Pakistan team made 254 runs for the loss of three wickets. The main fea-

Pujara boosts India with comeback ton

H YDERABAD , India— Cheteshwar Pujara celebrated his comeback with a maiden century to help India post 3075 on opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Thursday. The 24-year-old, who played his last Test in January 2011, cracked a solid 119 not out in India’s first match after the retirement of veterans Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. India were under pressure at 125-3 after losing experienced Virender Sehwag (47), Gautam Gambhir (22) and Sachin Tendulkar (19), but Pujara and Virat Kohli (58) propped up the innings with a 125-run stand for the fourth wicket. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 29 at stumps. Pujara, who replaced Dravid at number three, looked comfortable against both pace and spin during his 226-ball knock which contained one six and 15 fours. He played some aggressive shots after completing his half-century, hitting left-arm paceman Trent Boult for three fours in

an over and smashing parttime spinner Kane Williamson over wide long-on for the first six of the match. Pujara, playing only his fourth Test, reached his hundred with a single to fine-leg off paceman James Franklin, much to the delight of nearly 15,000 spectators. The 23-yearold Kohli, playing his ninth Test, cracked eight fours in his fourth Test half-century before falling to a poor shot, caught at second slip by Martin Guptill while trying to cut paceman Chris Martin. He gave a chance on 46 when he edged off-spinner Jeetan Patel, but lone-slip Ross Taylor failed to hold on to it. It went for a four, helping the Indian to reach his half-century. India lost one more wicket when Suresh Raina, who replaced Laxman in the middle order, was caught behind off Patel after making three. Boult had Gambhir caught behind and then got a big wicket when he bowled Tendulkar, who was playing his first Test after becoming a member of parliament.

Tendulkar could only add seven more runs to his lunch score of 12 before he was suprised by a Boult delivery that came in sharply. He hit just two fours in his slow 62-ball innings. The world’s leading scorer in both Tests and onedayers with an unprecedented 100 international centuries, the 39-year-old Tendulkar was in April nominated to the upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha, for his contribution to the nation. Fast bowler Doug Bracewell was the other wicket-taker, having free-scoring opener Sehwag caught by Guptill at second slip. New Zealand earlier did not allow India to build a big partnership on a good batting track, removing both the openers in the morning and then dismissing Tendulkar in the afternoon. India put on 49 for the opening wicket after winning the toss when Boult dismissed Gambhir in the 10th over. The Indian opener hit four boundaries in his 36-ball knock. Sehwag cracked nine fours in his brisk 41-ball

knock before he fell to a loose shot, caught in the slips while attempting to cut Bracewell. He was lucky to survive in Bracewell’s previous over when his edge went between wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk and first-slip Taylor for a four. He hit two more boundaries in the same over.—AFP

India 1st Innings: Gambhir b Boult ............. 22 Sehwag b Bracewell ....... 47 Pujara not out ............... 119 Tendulkar b Boult .......... 19 Kohli c Guptill b Martin 58 Raina c van Wyk b Patel . 3 Dhoni not out ................. 29 Extras 1w 6b 3lb .............. 10 Total: (for 5) .................. 307 Bowling ............. O-M-R-W Martin ................... 18-260-1 Boult ..................... 162-63-2 Bracewell .......... 10.4-1-53-1 Franklin ............. 11.2-0-33-0 Patel ..................... 24-6-58-1 Williamson ............ 7-0-31-0 Fall of wicket: 1-49, 2-77, 3125, 4-250, 5-260

Boxing: Unbeaten Garcia to defend against Morales NEW

Y ORK —Unbeaten Danny Garcia will defend his light-welterweight world titles in a rematch against Erik Morales on October 20 in the first major title fights in Brooklyn for more than half a century. Garcia, of the US, will defend the World Boxing Council crown he took from Mexico’s Morales by unanimous decision in March and the World Boxing Association title he won last month from England’s Amir Khan with a fourth-round stoppage. Garcia, 24-0 with 15 knockouts, fought Khan on short notice after the British fighter’s bout against Lamont Peterson was wiped out when the American tested HYDERABAD: Sachin Tendulkar was bowled for 19 during India vs New Zealand, 1st positive for abnormally high Test on Thursday. levels of testosterone. Morales, 52-8 with 36 knockouts, has not fought since losing to Garcia in Houston. The card, at the new Barclay Center arena, will also include Brooklyn-born Paulie Malignaggi, who is 31-4 with seven knockouts, defending his WBA welterweight crown against Mexico’s Pablo Cesar job of the Australian cricket Australia’s General ManBIPIN DANI Cano, 25-1-1 with 19 knockteam when John Buchanan ager said from Melbourne.. O BSERVER outs. left at the end of the 2006/07 “That report recomCORRESPONDENT Malignaggi, a former world Ashes series. mended that the old nalight-welterweight champion, S HARJAH —The New Now Rixon is here coach- tional coaching role be exhas won four fights in a row Zealand Cricket (NZC) ing the Australian team for panded to effectively besince losing the WBA light- board and the national di- the ODI component of the come the head coach of welterweight crown to Khan in rector of cricket, John team’s VB Tour of the UAE Australian cricket – not just 2010, most recently taking the Buchanan had expressed and the regular coach, Micky coach of the Australian WBA welterweight crown an interest in having sepa- Arthur has stayed back and men’s team”. from previously unbeaten rate coaches for separate is preparing for the remain“As such, the Argus reVyacheslav Senchenko last formats of the game. He ing part of the series. port recommended that the April in Ukraine before his may not have given this “I can’t recall coaching national coach not coach rival’s home-nation support- idea during his tenure as duties being split this way every single game as time ers. Cano lost to Morales for coach in Australia. before the Argus Report would require him to also the WBC light-welterweight It was also reported that which, by coincidence, was attend to other duties title last September in his only Rixon was interested in tak- tabled a year ago today”, across Australian cricket”, prior world title fight.—AFP Young, Cricket he signed off. ing over the head coaching Peter

Split coaches for different formats was John Buchanan’s idea

ture of Pakistan innings was Nain Abidi’s century. Abidi became the first woman cricketer of the country to score a century. In the reply, Ireland team made 181 runs. Pakistan will play its second match with Bangladesh.—APP

Weight loss surgery helps prevent diabetes: study


REATING obese people with weight loss surgery dramatically delays or prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. “We saw a marked delay (in the development of diabetes) over 15 years,” said coauthor Dr. Lars Sjostrom of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. “Some of those surgical patients will probably develop diabetes later. But over a lifetime, there will be a large difference.” Among the 1,658 volunteers who received surgery, mostly stomach stapling, the risk of developing diabetes was about one in 150 per year. The 1,771 people in the control group who received standard care had a risk four times higher: one in 35 per year. “Most of the previous studies on bariatric surgery have focused on the remission of diabetes. This study is more about preventing diabetes,” Ted Adams of the University of Utah, who was not connected with the research, told Reuters Health. The improvement was seen even though the people who underwent surgery initially had a higher risk of developing diabetes than those in the control group. “If anything, the surgery group was a bit heavier and had more risk factors than the control group at the start of the study, and still the outcome at 10 years and 15 years was much more favorable in the surgery group,” Sjostrom told Reuters Health. “It’s favorable in spite of these differences.” The team, which reported its results in the

New England Journal of Medicine, also found that a person’s starting body mass index - a measure of weight versus height - did not predict whether patients would develop type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels at the beginning of the study, before surgery, were better indicators. Sjostrom said a similar effect has been seen in earlier studies looking at the impact of the surgery on rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer prevention and overall mortality. As a result, “it may be time to give less attention to the degree of obesity when patients are selected for bariatric surgery,” he said. About 285 million people worldwide have type 2 diabetes and people with severe obesity have the highest risk. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese. About 220,000 people had bariatric surgery in 2009, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Surgery costs range from about $11,500 to $26,000. In a Journal editorial, Dr. Danny Jacobs of Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said, “it remains impractical and unjustified to contemplate the performance of bariatric surgery in the millions of eligible obese adults.” But the results may help doctors understand why the various types of surgery work and pick out the best candidates for the operation, he said. Sjostrom said more studies are needed and a cost analysis of the pros and cons of surgery, now underway, could be published in a year or so.

Free, fair elections is foremost priority: CEC K ARACHI — Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim has urged the lawyers to ensure inclusion of the name of every eligible voter in the voter lists. Addressing Sindh High Court Bar Association in Karachi he said holding of free and fair polls is the foremost priority of the Election Commission. He said it is the last chance for the nation to usher in a change in the country through vote. The Chief Election Commissioner also held a meeting with Chief Justice of Sindh High Court in Karachi. He said he accepted the responsibility of Chief Election Commissioner as a challenge.— NNI

Admissions in KARACHI: A view of massive traffic jam at old Nomaish M.A Jinnah Road on Thursday. NED University from August 27 K ARACHI — Admissions to

NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi for the academic session 2012-13 will commence from August 27. This was announced by the Registrar of the institution, Javed Aziz Khan, on Thursday. He said that with the addition of 24 seats this year the total number of seats in the available 23 disciplines, have arisen to 1,952. Admission forms will be available from August 27 at the NED University branches of National Bank and Metropolitan Bank on payment of Rs. 1,800 per form. The filled in admission forms can be deposited from September 3 to October 3. Entry test would be conducted on October 6 at 10 a.m. at the NED University Campus. Javed Aziz Khan further stated that there will be nine TCS centres for the issuance and receipt of admission forms in the interior of Sindh. These centres are located in Sukkur (two), Hyderabad (two) and one each in Larkana, Khairpur, Mirpurkhas, Moro and Shaheed Benazirabad District (Nawabshah). A fee of Rs. 350 would be charged at these centres for the KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah called on President Asif Ali Zardari dispatch of the admission forms, at Bilawal House. it was further stated. APP

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Women Welfare Department is pursuing various projects in accordance with the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. This was stated here on Thursday by the Sindh Minister for Women Development, Ms. Taqueer Fatima Bhutto. The Minister attended a programme at the Bilquis Edhi Centre, North Karachi, and exchanged Eid greetings with the inmates there. Sindh Minister for Women Development, Ms. Taqueer Fatima Bhutto also asked the young girls there to acquire education and help bring about the required change in the society.

Police arrest more than 50 bikers K A R A C H I —Police

on Wednesday night arrested more than 50 bike riders in Clifton, Sea view and Defence area and shifted them to Darakhsha police station, media reports said. The police arrested them under section 550 and confiscated their vehicles. They will be released after court order. Police claimed the bike riders were arrested over charges of one wheeling, over speed and race. Talking to private channel , the accused rejected all the charges.—Online

(KWSB) Dhabeji pumping stations on Thursday developed mechanical problems at the pumping stations, thus depriving Karachi of 50.5 million gallons of water (MGD). According to KWSB spokesman, the suspension of power supply at Dhabejilinked pumping stations caused serious disruption in water supply to major areas of three districts of Karachi – East, South and Central, particularly in the areas of North Nazimabad, Gulistan-eJauhar, Mehmoodabad, Qurangi, Shah Faisal Colony and Landhi. The spokesman said the pumping stations of Gharo, Pipri and Dhabeji also suffered frequent load shedding

supplied to the city during these three days. He told DNA that major pumping stations of Gharo and Pipri are badly hit due to unannounced loadshedding. “KESC had announced before Eid that no loadshedding will be carried out at KWSB pumping stations but it did not honor its commitment and also ignored the orders of the Sindh High Court in this regard,” said the spokesman. Managing Director KWSB Misbah Fariduddin has appealed to top government officials to constitute a high-level team to assess the damages incurred to KWSB machinery owing to unrestrained loadshedding of KESC during last six months.—DNA

Qaim holds meeting with PPP Div’s office bearers K ARACHI — Chief Minister order, excessive against party Sindh and President PPP Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday held a meeting with office bearers and workers of PPP Karachi Division at CM House. The office bearers of PPP Karachi Division had came to extend Eid greeting to Chief Minister Sindh, said a statement. The workers of PPP Karachi division expressed their full confidence in the leadership of Sindh PPP particularly the CM Sindh and lauded his struggle and services for the strengtheng the programme of peoples party. The members presented problems pertaining to minority workers, issues of Lyari, law and

workers in Orangi, delimitation of constituencies for election, and other issues. The workers of Lyari also proposed to establish football Academy in Lyari and committee be formed to encourage, train the children of Lyari for promoting them in Football upto international level. The workers expressed their full confidence in President PPP Sindh and CM Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who thanked the workers of Karachi. He stressed upon workers to remain united and extend their services for poor and needy people.—APP

K ARACHI — The Defence areas, plots and all mainte- commenced while Sector De-

Housing Authority (DHA) is taking various measures to improve the living environment in the area. An official said here on Thursday that the DHA has issued a communique to inform/ update the residents about these measures being taken by the Housing Authority to improve the living environment in the area. The communique enunciates the roles and functions of DHA and CBC, the two separate organizations working in tandem for the shared goal of providing best civic facilities for the welfare and well being of DHA residents. DHA is essentially a development authority (a body corporate) responsible for carrying out land usage planning and infrastructure development, while CBC being a service provider assures provision of municipal services and maintenance of civic infrastructure in developed phases of DHA. However, presently DHA is performing most of these functions in Phase-VIII as it is not fully developed yet. It was pointed out that for the convenience of DHA residents and members, some of the major functions of CBC include distribution of water, maintenance of roads, street lights, traffic signals, parks, KARACHI— At least three per- sewerage system, commercial sons were killed in different areas of the city on Thursday. According to police sources, a 25year-old man named Anwar Sattar was shot dead in Ayub Goth, New Karachi. His body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities. KARACHI—A delegation comA limb-tied body of a 30-yearold man was found near A-3 bus prising of members of Dawoodi stop, Suhrab Goth. Sources said Bohra community called on that he was kidnapped and then President Asif Ali Zardari at killed. Identification of his dead Bilawal House Thursday. The delegation included Mr. body could not be ascertained Ibrahim Ezzum, Mr. Taikhoon yet.—INP Mohi-ud-Din, Mr. Abdem Anaf Hakeem-ud-Din, Mr. Kumail Younas, Mr. Hussain Kumail and Mr. Mustansar Poonawalla. Chairman PPP Bilawal

Women Power suspension at pumping 3 more killed Welfare Dept stations hits Karachi water supply in Karachi following BB’s K violence —Frequent spells during the three days of Eid, and as a result 170 million of loadshedding at Karachi vision Water & Sewerage Board gallons water could not be ARACHI

DHA takes measures to improve living environment in area nance related works. Cleanliness of area including garbage collection/disposal, bush cutting etc also fall under the jurisdiction of CBC. Infrastructure development work in DHA Phase-VIII has gained momentum and is being completed on a fast track basis as per the timelines set forth. Two to three more sectors of Phase-VIII will be opened for construction of houses by the next year whereas rest of the major infrastructure works would be completed in 3-4 years. Comprehensive master planning of Phase-VII Extension has also been completed and infrastructure work of the area would commence soon to provide all requisite civic facilities to residents. It was pointed out that the DHA is working concertedly on early revival and rehabilitation of the stalled Cogen Plant in DHA to ensure availability of additional water. The process is complex and entails dealing with numerous stakeholders. However, lately the rehabilitation process has started rolling and positive results are expected soon. The preliminary development works on the site of DHA’s new mega project ‘DHA City Karachi’ have

velopment Works in the area would start in next few months. Balloting of plots in DCK is being planned by the end of this year. DHA made concerted efforts to revive the dormant water front development projects failing which DHA land was repossessed in most cases through the help of court. DHA remains committed to the concerns of allotees/ affectees, while handling these projects and is continuously interacting with the developers for early revival of such projects. DHA has formulated a new security plan to improve the security in the area and has also planned electronic surveillance of the entire DHA in phases. 120 digital cameras at all entry/exit points have been installed in DHA for surveillance/monitoring of the focal points while 260 more cameras are being added in Phase-II of the programme, furthering the aim to attain safe and secure environment in DHA. Administrator DHA, Brig Aamer Raza Qureshi, said that comfort and convenience of residents remains the top priority of DHA and concerted efforts were being made to provide the best housing and residential facilities to residents.—APP

Delegation of Dawoodi Bohra community calls on Zardari

Red Zones reopen

Bhutto Zardari, Mr. Saleem H. Manviwala, Chairman Board of Investment and Ms. Nasreen Haq, Special Secretary to the President were also present during the meeting. The delegation conveyed best wishes of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, leader of Dawoodi Bohras community, to the President and said that Syedna Burhanuddin would

visit Pakistan soon. The President inquired about the health of Syedna Burhanuddin and appreciated his services for the humanity and the people of Pakistan. It may be recalled that the President had a meeting with the leader of Dawoodi Bohra community during his visit to UK and invited him to visit Pakistan.—NNI

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Red zones, which were sealed through containers, on Eid ul Fitar, have reopened for transport on Thursday. The red zones were sealed through containers in southern Karachi for four days due to possible terrorist attacks on the occasion of Eid ul Fitar. Due to security concerns, Governor house, Chief Minster House, Supreme Court, Sindh Assembly building and offices of law and enforcement agencies were sealed through containers before one day of Eid in red zones of Karachi. But now theses containers have been removed by lifter and Governor House Fowara Chowk, Supreme Court and Shaheen complex have been KARACHI: A view of PPP Core Committee and MQM meeting at CM House. opened for public.

President Zardari takes serious notice of Tando Adam incident KARACHI—President Asif Ali Zardari has taken a serious note of the incident occurred in a village at Tando Adam in Sindh and has directed for submission of a report to him in this regard. In the incident one person died and two others injured in a village Joharabad due to the violence of the villagers on three persons. Case against twenty persons has been registered and so for eight have been arrested Meanwhile‚ DIG Mirpur Khas has submitted preliminary inquiry report to Sindh Government on Tando Adam incident. The report says seventeen accused involved in the incident have been arrested . Meanwahile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House Thursday and briefing him over the law and order situation in Sindh in general and Karachi in particular. Sources said the President directed the Chief Minister to take effective steps to control incidents of target killings, kidnapping for ransom and extortion. He said elements behind these incidents must be apprehended and awarded exemplary punishment. The President said the government is committed to provide security to the citizens and would take all possible to measures for this purpose.—INP

KESC asks for 17 paisa per unit raise STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has asked to raise the tariff of power by 17 paisa per unit under fuel adjustment. According to the NEPRA, KESC had asked to raise the power tar-iff by 17 paisa per unit under monthly fuel adjustment of June. NEPRA will hear the KESC’s request on August 31 in Karachi.

Cartoon stickers may sway kids’ food choices


OR youngsters who turn up their noses at fruits and vegetables, slap ping a cartoon face on a healthy snack could make those choices more appealing, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when elementary school students were offered apples and cookies with lunch, kids were more likely to opt for an apple when it was branded with an Elmo sticker. One researcher not involved in the new study said parents and school administrators can take a lesson from food companies: Elmo, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob help sell snacks, healthy or unhealthy. “There are so many foods that are of poor nutritional quality and they are being marketed to children,” said Christina Roberto, who studies food choices at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Kid-friendly characters used for marketing “aren’t popping up on the carrots and apples as much as they are on a wide range of foods that aren’t so good for kids,” Roberto told Reuters Health. Those cartoon characters and other flashy advertising often don cookie and candy packaging, said David Just, co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs in Ithaca, New York. For the new study, Just and his colleagues did the apple and cookie experi-

ment with 208 eight- to 11-year-olds at suburban and rural schools every day at lunch for a week. Kids were allowed to choose an apple, a cookie or both snacks along with their normal meal. Some of those days, the snacks were offered without cartoon stickers or other branding. On other days, either the cookie or the apple was branded with a familiar kids’ character. When the snacks weren’t specially marked, 91 percent of kids took a cookie and just under one-quarter took an apple. Putting an Elmo sticker on the apples led 37 percent of kids to take fruit, the researchers reported this week in a letter to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Stickers on cookies didn’t affect kids’ choice of the sweet snack - probably because the youngsters already knew they tasted good, according to Just. Roberto said some experts want branding off of kids’ foods altogether, but others are willing to experiment with marketing strategies to encourage kids to make healthier choices. Just advocated for the latter strategy. “If we’re trying to promote healthier foods, we need to be as smart as the companies that are selling the less-healthy foods,” he told Reuters Health. “The message should be: fight fire with fire.” Fire, in this case, being Elmo and other friendly faces, of course.

Non-defaulting tour operators to be granted Hajj quota L AHORE —Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs that the Haj tour operators, who have paid their taxes, should be allotted their respective quotas. The LHC was hearing the petitions filed by private tour operators. The petitioners, Imran and Sohail, pleaded the court that despite the payment of taxes they were listed as defaulters and have not been granted the quota. The petitioners appealed the High Court to provide them justice. The LHC directed the Ministry of Religious affair’s Secretary to grant quotas to the tour operators who have paid the taxes and remove the names of the defaulters from the quota list. Earlier, the court had directed the minis- LAHORE: Makeshift homes of nomad families seen at the bank of the Ravi River which can cause a mishap due to try to divide a quota of 3,000 rising of water level. Haj pilgrims amongst the 100 registered private Haj tour operators who pay timely taxes.—INP

Position holder students of Sindh, AJK

Punjab schools, offices reopen L AHORE —Private and government offices of across Punjab on Thursday reopened after holidays of Eidul Fitr. Also private and government schools re-opened after summer vacations. Punjab witnessed the end to the Eid holidays and schools’ summer vacations, as all private and government educational institutions have resumed their routine affairs; however, some private institutions will begin academic session from Monday. According to health officials, preventive measures against the dengue have been taken up at schools.—INP

Downpour floods rivers partially STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE: Students returning home from school as classes have started after summer vacations.

PTI convener Rana Tanvir joins PML-N STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The make-up of Imran Khan in which he appeared at Minar-e-Pakistan wore off till he reached Liaqat Bagh. Tehrik-e-Insaaf is the only party which has forgotten its promises with the workers even before coming into power. These views were expressed by Senator Pervaiz Rashid while addressing a press conference on the occasion of joining of Pakistan Muslim League-N by Convener Tehrik-e-Insaaf Lahore Cantt, Rana Muhammad Tanvir along with thousands of his companions. Members National Assembly Pervaiz Malik, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Ishaq, Naseer Bhutta, Members Punjab Assembly Mian Naseer and

Yasin Sohal were also present on the occasion. Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that whenever the people gave power to PMLN, it returned the same to the masses by strengthening political workers. On the other hand, Imran Khan put the power of people in the lap of feudal who do not need support of Imran Khan as they come into power on the tanks of armed corps. He said that it is usually seen that political parties forget the people after coming into power but Tehrik-e-Insaaf is the only party which have forgotten its promises even before coming into power. Speaking on the occasion Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the slogan of change by Tehrik-e-Insaaf

has become an illusion and that is why Tehrike-e-Insaaf of Imran Khan has reached Lal Haveli of Sheikh Rasheed. He said that the horses trained by establishment cannot pave the way for prosperity for the people. He said that as a result of sagacious politics of PML-N, elections would certainly be held in next few months and the people of Pakistan will defeat the corrupt and incapable governments and parties. Convener Pakistan Tehrike-Insaaf Lahore Cantt Rana Muhammad Tanvir while joining PML-N along with thousands of companions expressed confidence in the leadSTAFF REPORTER ership of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and said that the leaders of Tehrik-e-Insaaf are L AHORE —A one-day traindreaming of ministries. ing session for volunteers was organized here on Thursday under the auspices of Social Welfare Department. Addressing the training session at Muhammadi Hoswell. He flayed the Punjab pital, Director General Social government for not initiating Welfare department Malik even a single project in Muhammad Aslam said that power sector and said Chief the aim of organizing training Minister’s tent office was a for volunteers was to create drama and a bid to divert awareness among the masses peoples attention from his to overcome dengue outfailure in handling the affairs spread. of the province. He urged the volunteers Khaksar Tehrik leader Dr to help the social welfare offiSabiha Almashraqi hailed the cials to sensitize the public continuous power supply on about dengue virus after the Eid days and said, no doubt completion of training. the government deserves About 100 volunteers appreciations especially attended the training seswhen people were facing with sion while district social hot and humid summer sea- welfare officer Sheikh son. She called for efficient Tanvir and other officials steps to end load shedding were also present on the in the country.—APP occasion.

Uninterrupted power supply hailed LAHORE—Leaders of differ- Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz ent political shades have thanked Prime Minister especially the Water and Power Minister for ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply to the people during Eid days. In their separate statements, they said that it was indeed a big relief for the heat-stricken people. They urged the government to take practical steps for the eradication of load shedding in the country. Opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz said the PPP government under the dynamic leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and

Ashraf was committed to resolve people’s problems and in this regard it had initiated a number of projects in energy sector which when completed would help overcome load shedding. He advised Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to end his tent office as it had become useless. PML-Q parliamentary party leader in the Punjab assembly Choudhry Zaheerud Din said, the government was inherited energy crisis and soon it would be able to ensure smooth supply of electricity to the people and the industry as

L AHORE —The recent wave of rainfall has resulted in increase in the flow of water in certain rivers. According to details, partial floods have been observed on the location of Marala on River Chenab and at Baloki on River Ravi. In River Chenab on Marala, the inflow of water was 126,860 cusec. The total inflow of water in River Ravi was 54,450 cusec. IRSA sources said the inflow of water at Tarbela in River Sindh remained 2,56,000 cusec while the outflow of water was 1,40,000 cusec. In River Jhelum, inflow of water in River Jhelum on the location of Mangla was 62,980 cusec while the outflow was 13000 cusec. Similarly, the inflow of water in River Sutluj at Sulemanki was 16,487 cusec.

Training session for volunteers

Punjab Govt to bear education expenses SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader and advisor to Chief Minister Punjab, Zaheem Qadri has said that provincial government would bear the academic expanses of the position holders talented students of Sindh and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Zaheem Qadri said that Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has is-

sued special directives to make all arrangements to bear the expanses of the talented students of Sindh and AJK who despite poor financial position and unfavourable situation bagged top positions in respective academic boards. It should be mentioned that Amina Asif hailing from a poor family of Sindh acquired first position in BA annual exam while Qiyanoos Khan, who gather scrape after school time to support his

family and continue education bagged first position in AJK SSC exam. Both students in a private TV channel program had requested for financial support from the government so that they could continue their education. The Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif taking the notice said his led provincial government would bear all the expanses of the said students who were the future of the country.

No fee raise in GCU this year SALIM AHMED LAHORE —Government College University Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman Thursday announced that the university would not increase its fee this year despite all the financial crunch and reduction in government grants. A notification in this regard has also been issued after the approval by the GCU Syndicate that “there would no increase in the fee structure this year.” Prof Khaleequr Rahman last year

had slashed the GCU fee by record 23 percent and hostels’ dues by 50 percent to facilitate students. This year, the decision would provide financial relief to almost nine thousand students of the GC University Lahore. Talking about his decision, Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman said “the ongoing economic crunch is affecting the budgets of all public-sector universities but it does not anyway mean that the financial deficit is covered from the students.” He said that GCU is might be the only university in Pakistan which

has decided not to increase its fee this year. “Students are our top priority and we would take all necessary steps to facilitate them,” he added. The Vice Chancellor said GCU in 2011-12 first-time gave away scholarships of a record amount of Rs 20.127 million to its financially-challenged students, and would also continue its practice this year. Prof Khaleeq hoped that the government realized the importance of higher education and would increase budget for the public sector universities.

Suspected held from LHC courtroom

LAHORE—A suspected man was arrested from courtroom of Lahore High Court (LHC) for his suspicious activities here on Thurs-day. According to details, LHC Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal was hearing a case when a suspected man belonging to Azad Kashmir sketched pic-ture of judges’ photos which hanged at the wall in the courtroom and on suspicious activities, the LHC security personnel arrested him. Police registered a case against him on charge of suspicion activities.—INP

Health relief review STAFF REPORTER L AHORE—Punjab Secretary Health Arif Nadeem directed Director General Health Dr Nisar Ahmed Cheema to conduct physical verification of health related relief arrangements made for flood high risk districts, including Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura and Lahore. He gave these instructions while presiding over a meeting regarding reviewing arrangements to ensure provision of quality medical care to people in flood high risk areas on Thursday. The meeting took detailed review for provision of medical relief in the concerned districts.

22 arrested STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Mujahid Squad claimed to have arrested 22 criminals involved in narcotics, possessing illegal weapons, aerial firing, hooliganism and registered 18 cases against them during Eid days. The force also recovered 8 pistols, four rifles/pump actions, 152 bottles of liquor and hundreds of rounds from the outlaws, Mujhaid Squad spokesman told APP on Thursday. LAHORE: Resident of Dipalpur, Shameem Bibi addressing a Press conference against SP Mujahid appreciated removing of eyes and cutting of tongue of her husband Muhammad Yousaf, a barber, by a the performance of those officials who were deputed at local landlord. 15 during Eid days.

PDMA updating people over rivers situation STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Mujhaid Sherdil has said that district administration is updating the people about the water levels of rivers and nullah’s across the province. He said that erosion in rivers due to monsoon is a matter of normal. Water entered in few houses of a Burj Battain village near Qadirabad due to

erosion in river and the administration of the area took action on time and drained out water from the houses, he added. He said that people could contact at 99205371 for any guidance. The recent wave of rainfall has resulted in increase in the flow of water in certain rivers. According to details, partial floods have been observed on the location of Marala on River Chenab and at Baloki on

River Ravi. In River Chenab on Marala, the inflow of water was 126,860 cusec. The total inflow of water in River Ravi was 54,450 cusec. IRSA sources said the inflow of water at Tarbela in River Sindh remained 2,56,000 cusec while the outflow of water was 1,40,000 cusec. In River Jhelum, inflow of water in River Jhelum on the location of Mangla was 62,980 cusec while the outflow was 13000 cusec.

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