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Case against Baldia Rs100,000 fine on casting fake vote factory owners withdrawn ECP approves bill; Demands additional funds 250 employees were charred to death in fire STAFF REPORTER

‘Afghan spy’ body dumped in SWA TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—Mullah Nazir group of Taliban has reportedly killed an Afghan allegedly spying for the America and facilitating the drone strikes in South Waziristan agency. The dead body of the man identified as Asmatullah Kharoti was found in Wana, the headquarters of the South Waziristan Agency with two notes attached with the coffin. He was accused of spying for US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan. The first note on the body of the killed spy accused him of being a spy and responsible for US drone attacks.

Pneumonia claims 20 young lives in Upper Dir OBSERVER REPORT UPPER DIR—Seasonal Pneumonia in remote villages of Upper Dir District has left at least 20 children dead in the last two weeks, prompting emergency teams from the World Health Organisation to be dispatched to the areas to cope with the epidemic. Local villagers told newsmen that the Thall, Komrat and Lamoti areas of Union Council Kalkot have been the worst hit and scores of children have died in the village and the surrounding hilly cluster. According to the locals, some families have even lost more than child as a result of

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Pak, Afghan generals discuss border issues

KARACHI—Minister of State for Finance, Salim Mandviwala Wednesday disclosed that the case registered against the owners of Baldia Town factory has been withdrawn. Talking to mediamen in Karachi, the State Minister said that the above case was withdrawn on the orders of Prime Minister. He said Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had promised the office bearers of Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCCI) to have the case withdrawn during his visit to the chamber. It is pertinent to mention here that more than 250 employees were charred to death following the eruption of fire into the Baldia Town factory, dubbed as the worst fire incident in Pakistan’s history. KARACHI: A relative of a Baldia factory victim cries over his death.—File photo

Governor rule in Balochistan

PML-N, JUI-F stage walkout from Senate, NA

PML-N leader Saifuddin Khosa joins PPP STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Leader of PakiISLAMABAD—Pakistan Muslim Karachi. The Senators from Karachi but writ of the govern- stan Muslim League (N) PML-N demanded the govern- ment was not seen . He anLeague (N) staged walkout from both the houses of the Parliament against the killing of its leader in Karachi and deteriorating law and order situation in the country. On Wednesday the largest opposition party in the parliament staged a walk out from Senate against the murder of Mian Taimoor Arbab, Provincial General Secretary of PML-N Sindh alongwith his father in

ment to take early action in this regard. Senator Mushaid Ullah Khan said on point of order that special committee of Senate may be constituted to discuss law and order situation particularly in Karachi and generally Sindh and Balochistan. Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that previous day some 20 people were shot dead in

nounced to walkout against the cold blooded murder of Main Taimoor after which all the members hailed from PML-N went out of the house as a token of protest. Senator Nasreen Jalil from MQM also denounced the killing of political leaders at Karachi. It is the need of the hour that all the political parties

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Goverment cognizant of constitutional obligations: PM SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said the government is cognizant of its constitutional and political obligations. Addressing the meeting of Council of Common Interests here on Wednesday, he said we believe in the strengthening of institutions in their own spheres. He said with the collective wisdom of federal as well as provincial governments, democracy is gaining strength in the

country. The National and Provincial Assemblies will be completing their tenure successfully within a few weeks. He said the nation is approaching towards general elections, going to be held within a couple of months. The government is committed to hold free, fair and transparent elections in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and laws on the subject. This will enable the people of Pakistan to exercise their free will to elect a government of their choice for the next

Wait and see policy with Pak: AK Anthony NEW DELHI—Indian Defence Pakistan and India will take time

Minister A.K. Anthony said India is employing a wait and see OBSERVER REPORTER policy with Pakistan. Anthony RAWALPINDI—Director added that talks of normalising General Military Operations relations with Pakistan were preAfghan National Army, Maj mature. According to the Indian Gen Afzal Aman visited Corps Defence Minister, ties between Headquarters Peshawar and called on Corps Commander Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani. During the meeting, overall security situation along the Pak-Afghan Border was reviewed. Measures were also discussed to further improve border coordination mechanism and prevent recurrence of Torkham like incidents. ISLAMABAD—Parliamentary In the same context, Maj Commission (PC) for creation GenMuhammad Zaman of new provinces held its meetWaziri, Commander 201Corps ing in Islamabad Wednesday and colonel Wali Khan and discussed various matters Commander Afghan Border regarding to the issue and fiPolice zone1(Kunar and nalize the draft of the 24th ConNuristan) also had meetings stitutional Amendment Bill. with their counterparts The commission has proInspector General Frontier posed the establishment of only Corps KPK and General one province in Punjab. Officer Commanding Swat on Meanwhile, the PML-N Wednesday.

to normalise. Anthony further said that tension along the Line of Control (Loc) had decreased following talks between DG Military Operations of India and Pakistan.— AP

tenure. Raja Pervez Ashraf said the policy of reconciliation had been introduced by the Pakistan People’s Party with an aim to bring the country out of crisis. We do not believe in the politics of victimization and the proof of this reality is that there are no political prisoners in the country. The politics of reconciliation is being pursued by the government, whereas the politics of hatred and victimization has altogether been ended.

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PC proposes only one province in Punjab stuck to its earlier decision of boycotting the commission’s meeting. According to sources, the commission has prepared the draft of the 24th Constitutional Amendment, under which only one, not two, province would be carved out of Punjab. Under the proposed bill, new province would get its share of resources under the current NFC

award. The commission, sources add, has summoned the elected members of Bahawalpur, Multan and DG Khan divisions to seek proposals on the name of the provincial capital. Commission Chairman Farhatullab Babar hoped that deliberations on new province would be over soon.

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Saifuddin Khosa son of senior PML-N leader Zulfiqar Khosa has announced to join Pakistan Peoples Party along with his companions. Announcing his joining of the PPP in Islamabad at Zardari House on Wednesday alongside PPP leaders including Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Faryal Talpur, Saifuddin Khosa said he had

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STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —A fine of Rs100,000 and/or imprisonment of three to five years will be imposed on anyone who is found casting a fake vote in the upcoming general elections, stated a new bill approved by the Election Commission of Pakistan on corrupt practices. A crucial meeting was held in Islamabad on Wednesday, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. The final draft of the

bill was approved during the meeting. The bill defined what would fall under the category of corrupt and illegal practices during the elections, which includes casting a fake vote or forcing someone else to cast a certain vote. The election commission has taken several steps to ensure free and fair elections in the country, including a ban on political advertisements in the media on public exchequer. Meanwhile. the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)

has asked the government for another election grant worth Rs5 billion, Law Minister Farooq H Naek informed the Senate in a written reply regarding ECP’s request for additional funds. Naek explained that around Rs1 billion are requested under the election allowance category, while around Rs210 million are needed for temporary phone connections, Rs870 million for renovation of polling stations, Rs480 million for transporting

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SC separate bench to hear Kamran’s death case Court can’t overlook NAB officer’s death: CJ STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday’s hearing of the rental power projects (RPPs) implementation case said a separate Supreme Court bench would hear the case pertaining to the death of Kamran Faisal, an officer of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) who was investigating the RPP scam. “The office is directed to place this case before another bench on January 24 for further proceedings,” the chief justice told the court. He added that Faisal’s “family members, colleagues, friends and the public at large have shown annoyance and grievances…they are not expecting free, fair and honest investigation because of the involvement of highly influential politi-

cal and executive authorities of the country in the RPPs scam”. Chief Justice Iftikhar said the court could not overlook Faisal’s death. Faisal was found dead in his room under mysterious circumstances. He was investigating the scam under ‘pressure’ and had recently requested the Supreme Court to exclude him from the case in which Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had been nominated as one of the accused. The chief justice remarked that Faisal’s demise was an extremely sad incident, adding that after his death no one could be considered safe in the country. Chief Justice Iftikhar added that Faisal was found dead on Jan 18 and expressed his dismay saying even a First Information Report (FIR) had not been registered on it. NAB Prosecutor General K

K Agha said the bureau was being accused over the investigator’s death. Responding to which, the chief justice said those responsible for Faisal’s death must be arrested. The chief justice added that another apex court bench would be constituted to hear the case pertaining to the investigator’s death. Also during the hearing, NAB’s chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari retracted his statement over suspending the probe into the RPP scam until an inquiry into Faisal’s death was concluded. Bokhari added that the NAB’s investigations into the scam would continue. Moreover, Agha said everyone wanted to know the truth behind Faisal’s death, adding that a transparent inquiry should be

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5000 policemen to guard city Milad processions STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —A comprehensive security plan has been chalked out for peaceful observance of Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) on 12th Rabiul Awal under which over 5000 policemen and security personnel would be deployed on procession routes of the City. Official sources in Police Department told reporters here Wednesday these security personnel would be deployed to provide foolproof security to processions in the sensitive areas in the limits of Hashtnagri, Qisakhwani and Kotwali police stations. The policemen will guard the central procession of Eid e Milad that will be taken out from Milad Chowk and will pass through its traditional routes of Hashtnagri, Karimpura, Ghanta Ghar, Peoples Mandi and will calumniate at Qissakhwani Bazaar on 11th and 12th Rabiul Awal. In addition to it, policemen in plain cloths will also be deployed to assist the district administration and police. As per security plan, no car parking will be allowed in procession routes and entry of heavy vehicles will be banned. CCTV cameras, walk-through gates will also be installed and people desire to join the processions will be allowed after passing through. Assistance of reserve police can be sought to bolster security.

PA panel directs inquiry against E&SE officials STAFF REPORTER

Wafaqi Mohtasib disposes of 14, 442 cases in three weeks ISLAMABAD—Around 14,442 cases have been disposed of by Punjab Region of the Wafaqi Mohtasib within the period of three weeks as part of drive to ensure speedy justice to the citizens. In this connection, a meeting of regional heads of Mohtasib offices in Punjab was held with Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Faruqui in chair. The committee was apprised that around 3,081

cases have been disposed of in Faisalabad, 8,633 from Lahore and 2,728 from Multan regions. Addressing the meeting, the Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib directed the regional directors to ensure disposal of cases within minimum possible time as the citizens had been suffering because the backlog had swelled to 75,000 cases, since the post of Mohtasib was vacant for more than a year. Faruqui said that similar

meetings would also be held with the regional offices of other provinces to examine the pace of disposal of cases. He told the participants that in order to improve functioning and empower the office of Wafaqi Mohtasibs, a draft bill would soon be tabled before the National Assembly for approval. He said the annual number of complaints registered with the Wafaqi Mohtasib is

BISP spends Rs2.4b on Ads, NA told I SLAMABAD —The National in 2012-13. Assembly was told on Wednesday that the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) spent around Rs2.443 billion on the advertisements in print and electronic media during the last four years. Replying a question, the BISP chairperson Farzana Raja said Rs3.5 billion had been allocated during the period out of which Rs93 million were spent in 2008-09, Rs658 million in 2009-10, Rs778 million in 2010-11, Rs863 million in 2011-12 and Rs51 million

To a question she said, BISP beneficiaries resided across the country belonging to deprive segment of society which is not much literate with no access to a solitary source of information. “Thus, it was taken as a challenge to run awareness campaigns relying on various sources of communication to keep them well informed, updated and aware on various components of the BISP,” she said. She said the BISP com-

ponents included Introductory Phase, Waseela-e-Haq, Waseela-e-Rozgar, BISP Achievements, Benazir Smart Card/Benazir Debit Cart, Poverty Survey, Mobile Phone Banking, Grievance Redressal, News Letter and Special Supplement. She said currently an awareness campaign was being run on Waseela-eSehet, Life and Health Insurance and Waseela-eTaleem. Farzana Raja said it was vital to reach out to these

families as per their media habits and diversified cultures through available resources like newspapers and electronic media at various levels of audience outreach. She said within a short span, BISP has made considerable progress by providing much needed relief to more than 5 million poor families comprising around 40 million persons including Internally Displaced Persons, earthquake and flood-affected along with bomb blast victims all across Pakistan.—APP

HYDERABAD: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat shouting slogans during the funeral procession of their co-worker Adnan, killed in a firing incident.

US working to turn Pak into econo-hub M ULTAN —Director Energy

Office USAID Melissa Knight said a reliable child care facility would provide comfort and peace of mind to working women of Mepco and would be helpful for better contribution to their organization. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of day care centre here on Wednesday at Mepco’s Headquarters, she said the USAID launched facility here to improve efficiency and performance of female employees. Melissa said the US in collaboration with Pakistani government was working to make the country as an economic hub. She said power distribution programme was announced by the USA in 2009 to support the Pakistani government in reforming the power sector and mitigating the current energy crisis. The director energy office said the programme helped DISCOs to improve their commercial performance, reducing line losses, increasing revenue and improving customer services through the introduction of new technology. Ms Melissa lauded the performance of Mepco’s officials and said that the provision of new electricity connection to consumers within 15 days was an initiative taken by the Mepco. Chief Executive Officer Mepco Muhammad Shakeel Chaudhary while giving welcome address, said the working women in the company could work effectively through installation of day MULTAN: USAID Representative Ms Melissa talking to children at a Day Care Centre after inauguration at Multan care centre. On this occasion, Electric Power Company (MEPCO) office. Chairman Board of Director Mian Rehman Naseem.—APP

PESHAWAR—Standing Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday directed suspension and conducting of inquiry against District Education Officer (DEO) (Girls), Peshawar, Sofia Tabbasum and DEO (Boys), Sharif Gul. The meeting of the standing committee held here in the conference room of the Provincial Assembly with chairman, Mukhtiar Ali advocate in the chair. Besides, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education, Sardar Hussein Babak, the meeting was also attended by Deputy Speaker, Khushdil Khan advocate, members provincial assembly, Saqibullah Khan Chamkani, Manwar Sultana, Murid Kazim, Israrullah Khan Gandapore, Atif-urRehman, Abdul Akbar Khan, Mohammad Zamin Khan, ofSTAFF REPORTER ficials of the department of education and other depart- P ESHAWAR —Chief Minister ments concerned. Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that stability and future of Pakistan were linked to democracy. He said that People and government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa were effecSARGODHA—District officer tively battling terrorism and Wild Life Nasar Hayyat has not any operation succeeds said a strict action would be without support and cooptaken against poaching. eration of the people. Talking to British Minister Talking to the media, he said moorfowl hunting was al- for International Development lowed in tehsil Sahiwal and Right Hon. Justine Greening at House Darya khan only on Sunday. Pukhtunkhwa He said new licenses for Islamabad, Hoti said that impet moorfowls were not be- portance of education was viing issued. Nasar Hayyat said tal in defeating terrorism a plan to make zoo and wild mindset. DFID leader in Pakilife park in Sargodha was un- stan George Turkington, Diderway. He urged the masses rector South Asia, and Mozem to protect wild life and avoid Malik, Authorities from British Embassy, Provincial Chief Secillegal hunting.—APP

‘Battle against terrorism can’t succeed sans people’s support’

Action against poaching

30,000 to 40,000 and steps have been taken to finalize the decisions that included the verification of findings that would follow final approval by Wafaqi Mohtasib. Faruqui told the meeting that more advisors were being appointed for early disposal of cases and that various bottlenecks were being removed and the government agencies are being asked to respond within 15 days.—APP

retary Ghulam Dastageer, ACS, Secretary Finance and officers of P&D were also present on the occasion. Matters pertaining to collective security situation in the region, progress on development schemes with British assistance in the province, development strategy in services and social sectors, political situation in light of coming general elections and other remained discussion. He said that long term and positive impacts of governments special imitative for unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and removal of fatal diseases, were surfacing while capacity of hydel power, oil and gas , agriculture and minerals of the province has been made the foundation of stability of its economy and construction

and development. He said that Khyber Pukhtunkhwa was the only province that supported agriculture tax and has under practical measures for lessening national crises. The CM said that terrorism in the region resulted in huge life loss alongside negative repercussions for economy of the province and infrastructure and we believe that promotion of education was vital for defeating terrorism mindset. He said that the present Govt has given prior attention to this sector in its development strategy. He said that promotion of education at all levels was the only way to effectively battle challenges and testing times the province and the Govt remarkable imitative in this connection reflect unshakable resolves.

Commissioner takes notice of sub-standard construction works

S A H I WA L —Commissioner Nabeel Ahmed Awan on Wednesday took notice of sub-standard construction of various roads in the Division. Taking action on the complaints of area residents, that the newly constructed road were fast breaking up due to use of sub standard material by the contractors, he directed the three District Coordination Officers to immediately stop payments to the contractors. The roads constructed in various areas include Fateh Sher colony, Goal Chakar and Tariq-Bin-Ziad colony. The residents were facing great hardship while commuting due to the dilapidated condition of the newly constructed roads in these areas and they demanded taking stern action against the contractors. The Commissioner directed the contractors to rectify the situation by re-carpeting the broken up roads.—APP

13 POs among 184 outlaws arrested STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —Capital City Police on Wednesday arrested 184 outlaws including 13 proclaimed offenders and seized arms and ammunition from their possession. On the directives of CCPO, Imtiaz Altaf, an operation was conducted under the headship of SSP Operation, Imran Shahid. During the raids in various areas of the city, police arrested 184 outlaws including 13 POs for their complicity in crimes of serious nature. Police also recovered 3 Kalashnikovs, four rifles, 33 pistols, 523 cartridges and 612Kg hashish from their KOHTA: Activists of All Pakistan Goods Transport Union protesting against increase of NHA’s weighing charges. hideouts.

Northern areas to receive rain, snowfall I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- and minimum between -4 to teorological Department (PMD) on Thursday forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country with chances of light rain and snowfall in northern parts. Mostly partly cloudy weather is expected in northern parts of the country and rain and snowfall is likely at one or two places of Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas during the next 24 hours. Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of Punjab and Islamabad during next 24 hours. Shallow foggy conditions are likely to prevail over few plain areas of Punjab during morning time. The weather will remain cold and dry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -14 C, Astore -13 C, Parachinar -10 C, Hunza -08 C, Gupis -07 C, Kalat -05 C, Drosh, Bunji -04 C, Gilgit -03 C, Chitral and Quetta -02 C, Dir, Rawalakot -01 C. The snowfall recorded during last 24 hours in Kalam was 01 inch and traces in Astore. The Met Office has forecast a dry weather with cold night in the city during the next 24 hours. According to local Met Office here on Wednesday, the minimum temperature will remain in the range of 10-12 degree celsius. The Met Office has forecast a very cold and frosty weather for the metropolis on Thursday. The maximum temperature is expected between 10 to 12 C

6 C. On Wednesday, the highest maximum temperature of 27 C was recorded in Turbat and the lowest minimum temperature of -5 in Kalat. The weather of Swat district turned cold after the scenic Kalam valley has received one inch snowfalls during last 24 hours, forcing the people to wear additional warms cloths. According to Met Office Spokesman here,

one inch snowfall has been recorded in Kalam valley during last 24 hours that has turned the weather cold in Swat district. The weather remained very cold and dry in most parts of the country in last 24 hours, however, light rainsnowfall occurred at few places of Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan. A shallow westerly wave is prevailing over northern parts of the country and likely to mover eastward during the same period. Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, mostly partly cloudy to cloudy weather expected in northern parts of the country with chances of light rainsnowfall at one or two places of Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.—APP


Arbab advises workers to gear up for polls Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD—The Muslims of streets and main roads PESHAWAR—Federal Minister for Com- all over the country are all across the city.

munications, Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan Khalil on Wednesday asked PPP workers to start preparations for elections and informed masses about Govt and party achievements. He expressed these views while talking to party workers and different delegations from his electoral constituency. He said workers are the great asset of PPP who rendered selfless service for people. He said the Government has delivered great services for people in all spectrum of life during last five years that is big honour for the party. He said they will continue their political journey for the progress and development of the country. The federal minister said the designs of undemocratic forces have been foiled and all democratic political forces are supporting the government and fully aware that only PPP was capable to address the challenges. The leadership of PPP, he said, are working day and night for stability of democracy and are rendering matchless sacrifices for people and the country and had written a new history. He said that they are determined to face every situation with courage and steadfastness. Meanwhile he urged that all political parties to work together and take serious steps for the restoration of peace in the province. The governor of Balochistan Zulfikar Mugsi is a competent administrator, he has the ability to control law and order situation in the area, Changez said. He said that general elections would be held on time and it would be free, fair and transparent. Changez Jamali said that PPP believes in democracy and always struggled for the restoration of democratic system.

ANP proposes APC on terrorism Staff Reporter

Preparations to celebrate Eid Milad in full-swing geared up to celebrate the sacred occasion of Eid Miladun-Nabi (SAWW), the birthday of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) on January 25 with enthusiasm and religious fervour. In this connection in Hyderabad the faithfuls have decorated mosques, streets and houses with colourful buntings and fancy lights, besides finalising arrangements to hold public meetings and congregations on 12 Rabi-ul-Awal. The stalls carrying buntings, banners, badges, stickers and flags inscribed with the slogans of respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) are being set up in every corner of the city. Large banners and big bill boards are being displayed at different entrance points

‘Govt promotes democratic norms in FATA’ STAFF REPORTER

P ESHAWA R —The Khyber P ESHAWA R —Awami National Party Pakhtunkhwa Governor,

(ANP) has accelerated preparations for holding the proposed APC on terrorism and establishment of peace by approaching the political and religious parties of the country. The year 2013 could be made year of peace and harmony if all the parties united for elimination of bloodshed in the province, this was stated by KP Agriculture Minister Arbab Ayub Jan while talking to media persons here after inquiring about the health of injured Additional Session Judge Ihtesham Ali here at a local hospital. The bloodshed caused enormous damages to the economic wheel of the province which has reached to the verge of collapse, he added. The province could not afford more massacre of the innocent people, adding all the political parties should participate in the propose APC rising above party politics in order to save the province from further destruction and instability. Peace efforts should not be sabotaged he said and added that politicians should instead work for strengthening peace process. APC was not the political agenda of the ANP as it would only be held only on peace agenda therefore every party should put its input in it. Without peace neither people could be saved from destruction and bloodshed nor the province could be developed, he added.

Special programmes are being prepared to pay tribute and highlight the different aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Various social, cultural, educational institutions and religious organizations are finalising their programmes for celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) with religious fervour. The cultural organizations have planned competitions of Naat and Qirat by involving students and youngsters to guide them about the significance of this day. Meanwhile the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has declared public holiday on Jan 25th due to 12th Rabi-ul-Awal (1434 A.H).The declaration has been made for the celebration of the Eid Milad-un- HYDERABAD: An illuminated view of Sakhi Wahab Road decorated with colourful lights in connection with celebration of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PUBH) at Latifabad. Nabi (SAWW).—APP

Barrister Masood Kausar has said that the government was encouraging promotion the democratic norms in FATA. The people of the area could avail the opportunities of better and secured future and contribute for development of the country like a mainstream partners at the national level, he added. He was addressing at Governor’s House here on Wednesday after delivering the compensation cheques to heris of the levy jawans who have embraced martyrdom on the night be-

tween 26th and 27th Decembers last in FR Peshawar. The Governor said, “in democratic system, guns are not applied rather the verdict of the people supersedes other things and the people allowed to work for their own well being as well as for development of the society”. All such efforts, he remarked, are being carried forward at the desire of the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. Additional Chief Secretary, FATA, Dr. Tashfin Khan and other senior officials of the FATA Secretariat were also present on this occasion. Cheques to the tune of Rs 3 million to each families of 21 shuhada of Levy force

were delivered on this occasion while the two injured jawans got Rs 150,000 million. The Governor also announced to patronize the affected families in getting medical facilities as well as provision of employment to one person from each of them. He also assured to help in provision of higher educational facilities to the real heirs of the each shaheed. Referring to the tragic incident, the Governor also promised to equip both the jawans of the levy force as well as the Khasadar Force with the required standard of training and equipments and enable it to avoid happen-

ing of such incidents in future. He also paid tribute to the martyres and said that the entire nation fully share the grief of the affected families. There can never be any substitute to a human being and the provision of the financial help to the affected families is just an attempt to help them to ease their life to some extent, the governor added. It is because of this very fact, he added, such a big shaheed package is being provided to the affected families of martyrs which bears no precedence in the past. Referring to the points raised by the political admin-

istration of FATA, the Governor also assured to make the filling up of the vacancies of the Levy Force in FR Peshawar at the earliest. He also urged the tribes to fully cooperate with the administration in ensuring maintenance of peace to promote normalcy in the area. Earlier, Javed Marwat, Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar who also acts as Political Agent for the area highlighted the law and order situation in the area as well as the efforts underway for ensuring well being of the affected people. Fateha was also offered for the eternal peace of the departed souls of the levy jawans.

Medics observe strike against Dr Shahnawaz killing STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The doctors of all the three major teaching hospitals here Wednesday observed a day long strike against the brutal killing of Eye Specialist, Dr Shah Nawaz Shah and demanded arrest of the culprits. The doctors of Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar observed one day strike and did not attend the Out Patients Department (OPD) as mark of protest. However, operation theatres of the hospitals remained opened.

Measles controlled after 32 deaths in Balochistan Q UETTA —At least 32 chil- Qadir Nosharwani here on gency outbreak response,

UoP launches Alumni Association

dren have died of measles in Balochistan during a short span of time, however immediate response by the health department has brought situation moving from bad to worst thorough under control. “ We have a huge stock of anti-measles vaccines dispatched by the federal government as an outbreak emergency response to the deadly disease in Balochistan, said Director General Health Services Balochistan Masood

Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR—To frequently engage with

the graduating students, University of Peshawar has launched a broad base alumni association and a website to register the varsity students online. This association named as Peshawar University Alumni Association (PUAA) would be a forum available to the University students in addition to the ones of the, same kind, present at the constituent colleges and institutions of the varsity. The launching took place at a ceremony with Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr Qibla Ayaz as the chief guest. PUAA is an initiative to interact with family members of UoP, said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr Qibla Ayaz on the occasion. He added after thorough deliberation with senior faculty members the most appropriate title that came up for ad- PESHAWAR: A view of Lady Reading Hospital’s OPD during strike against killing of Dr dressing former UoP students was “Upeshians”. The for- Shahnawaz Ali who was gunned down Wednesday afternoon at his clinic in Liaqat Bazaar, Saddar. mal membership process for the alumni would start from Barrister Syed Masood Kausar the Governor Khyber HYDERABAD—The CommisPakhtunkhwa, who also happens to be a former student sioner Hyderabad Division and faculty member at Law College University of Peshawar, Ahmed Bux Narejo while takhe informed. ing serious notice of news appeared in a section of press January 15, 2013 regardQ UETTA —The United Na- received the equipment from Luc Siblot said that the food on ing release of toxic chemicals Jean-Luc Siblot, WFP Represecurity situation and malnutions World Food Programme trition amongst children and in the Kulri Baghar Feeder (WFP) on Wednesday sentative Pakistan. Farooq Azam Jan, Direc- women in particular are criti- causing mass killings of fish, handed over medical equiphas asked the officials conment worth of Rs 16.2 million tor Health Services, Ayad cal in Pakistan. During 2013, cerned to take preventive to the health department of the Naman, WFP Pakistan Head we are investing in nutrition measures into the matter. provincial government of of Logistics, Sami Baig, Chief department to overcome this He asked the Deputy Balochistan. During a cer- Provincial Officer, WFP problem, he said adding as Commissioners Jamshoro emony held at local hotel here, Quetta and Yasir Haleem, part of commitment to and Thatta, Chief Engineer Dr. Masood Qadir Head of Logistics, Quetta strengthen the capacity of Irrigation Barrage Nosherwani, Director General were also present. Address- the government, WFP has Hyderabad, Managing DiHealth Services, Balochistan ing the participants, Jean- been supporting.—APP rector Water.—APP

WFP donates equipment worth Rs16.2m to Health Department

Commissioner calls for report on toxic chemicals

Wednesday. Talking to APP, he confirmed that measles has hit 484 children, claiming 32 lives in different parts of the province in a very short span of time. “Federal government and other international donor agencies have donated enough vaccines to the Balochistan health department to overcome the alarming situation caused by the measles,” DG Health stressed. He noted that as an emer-

35,210 children in Naseerabad district and 58,967 children in Jaffrabad district have been administered anti-measles vaccines in last couple of days while during the drive launched in 22 districts of Balochistan in December last, millions of children between the age of 10 were vaccinated against the viral disease. To a question, Nosharwani said “there was no shortage of funds and vaccines”.—APP

Road safety awareness seminar STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—National Highways & Motorways Police (NH&MP) , Sector M-1 arranged a “Road Safety Awareness Seminar” at Khyber Union Hall, Islamia College University (ICU) Peshawar. Sector commander M-1, SSP Muhammad Tahir along with his team attended the proceedings to create awareness among the teachers, students community and the media for spreading the message extensively. Road traffic safety refers to the methods and measures for reducing the risk of a person using the road network being killed or seriously

injured. The users of a road include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, their passengers, and passengers of on-road public transport, mainly buses and trams. Best-practice road safety strategies focus upon the prevention of serious injury and death crashes in spite of human fallibility. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a million people are killed on the roads each year. A report published by the WHO estimated that some 1.2m people were killed and 50m injured in traffic collisions on the roads around the world each year.

Measures needed to reduce wasteful fuel consumption P EOPLE should try to avoid wasteful con sumption of POL products both in the public and private sectors besides adopting fuel saving measures in order to ensure that the consumption of these products is kept on the lower side to the minimum possible as Pakistan is relying largely on oil imports for meeting its requirements. These views were shared by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of, Future Technologies, Mr. Shoaib Ashfaq Qureshi, which imports and distributes innovative developed and tested technology based products including a gadget which gives as much as up to 25 per cent saving in fuel consumption without compromising on the mileage. In his thought provoking comments Mr. Qureshi emphasized that every time POL products are revised by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), more often upward and rarely downward. He therefore, feels like asking the motorists to avoid wasteful consumption of fuel

and travelling as much as possible and adopt fuel saving measures so that their POL expenses remain under check and control and country’s import bill also remains on the lower side owing to the reduced essential travelling. He said that it has also become imperative that developing countries like Pakistan should make long-term plans on priority basis for taking advantage of every available technology for reducing the fuel consumption in transportation sector to the maximum extent possible. He said many countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea besides neighbouring country India have been taking effective steps for many years together for fuel saving , adopted necessary legislations for this purpose over the years and are effecting appreciable saving in fuel consumption in varying ratio of more than 15 to 20 per cent. He said that adoption of fuel saving measures has become necessary for developing

countries like Pakistan in view of increasing number of all sorts of vehicles coming on road every year and more importantly that more than 85 per cent of our oil requirements are being met through imports from other countries. He said this is an alarming situ-

gas (GHG) emissions and automobile fuel economy standards have proved to be one of the most effective tools in controlling oil demand and GHG emissions from the transportation sector in many regions and countries around the world.

ation which calls for adopting fuel saving measures. As regards what needs to be done in Pakistan, he feels that many technological innovations require new thinking regarding how to measure and rate vehicle energy efficiencies and greenhouse

He emphatically said that this should also give confidence to policy makers of the country that ambitious targets for fuel efficiency are not only desirable but in fact are also achievable. He said for this purpose, developing countries like Pakistan

should make long-term plans for taking appropriate advantage of every technology available internationally to reduce the consumption of fuel in transportation. He said fuel saving measures need to be taken both in the public and private sectors, adding that for this purpose people need to be educated about which car they should buy, which vehicle suits best to their income level and requirements . He said the desirable fuel saving could also be ensured through improved traffic management, consumers behavior and driving habits and fuel saving gadget. In response to queries, he mentioned dying CNG sector and said people were not educated how to use it, low price of gas made it very easy for everyone to afford cars of big engine sizes because of CNG and when gas is not available, these consumers cannot afford petrol at its high prices. Hence there is dire need for creating awareness among the consumers in this respect, he added.

Farooq Foundation’s sports legends Air vice Marshal (Retd) Farooq Umar a former PIA chief and president of Pakistan Hockey Federation, now runs a Farooq Foundation, which apart from other useful contributions has been compiling a series of sports legends. Here is a snippet issued by Foundation on historic visit of Boxing legend Muhammad Ali to Pakistan way back in 1987 along with a couple of memorable pictures of the occasion. Muslim boxer world champion Muhammad Ali clays visit to Lahore 1987... a great legend ... a very good human being and a great name in boxing ... he was chosen inspite of alzhemer to light the great olympic torch during Atlanta Olympics 1996 ... due to Alzheimer and age he is these days not in very good health ... please pray for him... His Pet slogan against his opponents ... Ali will dance like a butter fly and sting like a bee ... and he proved it to be true...


India rightly concerned about Hindu terrorism

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NDIAN Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde surely deserves appreciation for mustering courage to publicly acknowledge the ground reality of growing Hindu extremism and terrorism by naming RSS and BJP as two of the dozens of entities that are linked to the phenomenon. Though the statement is widely being criticized by RSS and BJP but the Indian Government seems to be on the self-correction path as assertions of Shinde have been endorsed by Indian Home Secretary and External Affairs Minister as well. The statements of Indian high officials, backed by facts and figures, are breeze of fresh air as previously the entire focus of the Indian leadership had been on maligning Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. In this backdrop, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s declaration that Shinde’s statement on Hindu terrorism was based entirely on facts made available by investigative agencies is meaningful but more important are his remarks that terror has no religion and colour, which is a new dawn on the eastern horizon. Home Secretary RK Singh also named ten persons who were involved in terror attacks including Samjota Express and Makkah Masjid and Ajmer Sharif Dargah explosions. There have never been any doubt about growing Hindu terror as apart from RSS and BJP a number of other organizations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization), to name a few, have launched numerous violent attacks against Muslims and Christians. The driving force behind Hindu extremism, is Hindutva, a calculated scheme developed over the years along the lines of Nazism and Fascism to reestablish the supremacy of one race (Brahmin caste) by insisting on Varnashram (caste system), by imposing Sashtras (Vedism), by creating a common language (Sanskrit), by devising a common culture (Bharaty Sanskriti), and by enacting common laws based on Manu and Vedanta. It is this mentality that has led to incidents like massacre of Muslims in Gujerat and demolition of historic Babri mosque and persecution of other religious and ethnic minorities. The realization on the part of Indian leadership augurs well but it has to be seen whether it leads to any practical scheme of things to reverse the extremist tendencies.

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HIEF Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Tuesday gave the Sindh Government 24 hours to arrest the killer of MQM MPA Manzar Imam. He also expressed concern over performance of the provincial police and linked it to its politicization. The leaders of the Government never get tired of claiming that democracy was functioning in the country and all pillars of the state were performing their duties but we are sorry to point out that the performance of the executive is much wanting. Security of life and property is the fundamental duty of the Government but it is not carrying out even this responsibility and it moves only after the apex court intervenes or people come on roads to lodge protests. Shahrukh case and sit-in by members of the Hazara community are the latest instances of the Government’s pathetic attitude towards plight of the citizens. It seems that the executive has lost the initiative and merely reacts to the moves by the judiciary, which amounts to virtual collapse of the administrative machinery. You have police, intelligence agencies and an army of officers to look after things but the system is not delivering as those at helm of affairs have priorities other than good governance. We would urge the executive to realize its responsibilities as the Supreme Court is already under great pressure and over-burdened.

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HYBER Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister has revealed efforts were being made to begin dialogue with extremists before elections. Earlier Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan made a statement that he intends to convene an All Parties Conference and try to achieve a broad consensus for holding talks with the Taliban in order to bring an end to killings at the hands of the miscreants. We have been emphasising in these columns that extremism and terrorism can only be controlled through negotiations and addressing the concerns of the other side. Operations of all sorts and resultant killings are short term measures but no solution. The opposing viewpoints could be settled and long term solutions are possible only by sitting on the negotiating table. The US and Afghan Governments have been holding direct and indirect talks with the Taliban and in this scenario, we believe that the Pakistan government must use the services of people having some influence on Pakistani Taliban to stop violent activities and enter into talks. To give positive signal from the government, a beginning could be made by releasing some of the Taliban as had been done in the case of Afghan Taliban. Most of the Pakistani Taliban, rather a vast majority, are good Muslims and they understand that their future lies in Pakistan and its prosperity. No doubt there are some elements that have become a tool in the hands of foreign powers but they could be neutralized once negotiations start. The ANP that suffered a lot due to terrorism including the assassinations of senior Minister Bashir Bilour and son of Mian Iftikhar Hussain, fully realizes the anguish of the affected families and it is heartening that the KPK government is on the right track to achieve sustainable peace through negotiations with Taliban.

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Are CBMs leading anywhere? Friendly Fire

would perhaps be a wee bit impolite to butt in and point out to the powers that be that CBMs are at best the means to an end and should never Khalid Saleem be confused with the end itEmail: binwakeel@yahoo.com self. Over-obsession with CBMs could very well result in making the overall picture he recent incidents across murky and obscure. It would be in the LOC and the Indian the fitness of things to pause and take establishment’s somewhat ir- stock before we are totally engulfed rational reaction have underlined by the malady. once again the futility of a dialogue While on the subject of CBMs based on CBMs as against one between India and Pakistan, one may aimed at the settlement betimes of well be within one’s rights to pose the contentious issues between the the question: what happened to the two countries. It is becoming evi- much-vaunted back channel diplodent that our decision-makers macy? In the words of a screaming grabbed the wrong end of the stick headline in a newspaper some years in giving undue importance to back, it (back-channel diplomacy that CBMs. What went wrong – not all is) was “back to square one”. One has that surprisingly – was that instead little choice but to respectfully beg of the means to an end the CBM to differ. How could the process poswas allowed to don the mantle of sibly ‘come back’ to square one when an end in itself. This should never it was never intended to leave it in have been allowed. the first place? The sorry state of afWe, as a nation, appeared to be fairs is that the two interlocutors apafflicted with the debilitating dis- pear to have expended all their preease that may be called, for want of cious energy in merely marking time. a better appellation, CBMitis? Our The stage of leaping out of the startrelations with our neighbour appear ing blocks was apparently not part of to be stuck in a groove. And yet we their training lexicon. Sadly, such was go on doing more of the same. What the state of affairs that was! is hard to understand is why we Now that a new confrontation is must insist on immersing ourselves reportedly on the horizon, it may perheadlong in the sea of CBMs. Is not haps be in order to peep over the our cup already overflowing with shoulder and try to assess the trail trathem as it is? versed so far. In so far as the so-called As a matter of fact, we got so composite dialogue is concerned, any enamored with this matter that we movement to date has neither been went to the extent some time ago of forwards nor backwards, but rather advocating the cause of CBMs in sideways, more like that of hermit the United Nations General Assem- crabs on the beach. The only differbly. Our philosophy appeared to be: ence is that the crabs in question at what is good for the goose should least have a definite goal in mind. In be equally good for the gander. It our scenario, this is the one thing that

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is conspicuously missing in the ‘composite dialogue exercise’. Peaceniks on both sides of the border have long crowed about the basket of CBMs. None have paused to reflect, though, as to where – if anywhere – these CBMs have led the two countries! It is a sad state of affairs when an “accord” merely to “continue the dialogue” should produce exultant headlines in the press as has

The staggering number of CBMs notwithstanding, precious little appears to have been achieved in the nature of settlement of outstanding issues. One would have thought that with the easing of tension the various outstanding issues would by now have been well on the way to equitable and lasting settlement. happened several times over the past few years. It would be futile to record here that time and again our spokesmen have expressed ‘satisfaction’ over the ongoing dialogue - adding for good measure that Pakistan ‘is fully committed to this process’. This is all to the good. Expressions of optimism and manifestations of good intentions

are, no doubt, positive signs and should not be discouraged. However, much like the “flexibility” that the Pakistan side has so often been calling for, optimism too cannot be one-sided. Before going over-board, would it not have been advisable, therefore, to take a good hard look at what the other side is conjuring up? What is amazing is not so much the Indian tactics (one should be used to these tactics by now) as the somewhat inexplicable optimism that has been oozed by our side over the past many years. Our spokespersons have often bent over backwards to give a positive spin even to India’s assertions. The staggering number of CBMs notwithstanding, precious little appears to have been achieved in the nature of settlement of outstanding issues. One would have thought that with the easing of tension the various outstanding issues would by now have been well on the way to equitable and lasting settlement. The sea change that the world has gone through since nine/ eleven had lent credence to certain wooly assumptions that have, regrettably, turned out to be illusions as time passed. If one has placed the aforesaid on record, it is merely in the hope that the policy makers of both countries will see through the simulation and dissimulation that have characterized their past conduct. Given the state of the world today, the two neighbours can ill afford to traverse the same distorted path again, much as some lobbies may wish them to do so. The name of the game is to steer clear of the snares strewn on the path marked out by the CBMs.

What has TUQ achieved? ters filled with filth drowning the voices of the occasional legislators. Major Dr Ghayur Ayub honest chunks of developmental Email:turi555@hotmail.com funds were spent on their unending personal greed. Pakistan which was cont was in 1980s when a frail, sidered as one of the fastest growshort stature, old man entered ing economy in 1960s was thrown my OPD in PIMS. He was sup- in the gutter by the corrupt and powported by a colleague and friend erful politicians making it one of the who introduced him. ‘This is most corrupt states in the world. The Qudratullah Shahab Sahib, the au- embedded corrupt practices in electhor of ‘Shahab Nama’. I gently toral process became so strong that held his shaky hands and slowly nobody could challenge them. From made him sit. That was my first time to time the politico-religious meeting with the man who put players gave lip service to bring a Islamabad on the map of Pakistan change. It never happened. The frusas its capital. He remained my pa- trating tempo amongst the public tient for some times. One day dur- kept rising. ing conversation, he pointed in the They started looking for a mesdirection of Bari Imam shrine and siah. Imran Khan was the first messaid ‘Islamabad is the Dera of Bari siah who spoke of a change. People Imam’ Then he went into details as gathered around him in thousands to how he played instrumental role wishing for a speedy change. When in choosing that specific part of they saw his speed was not accordPotohar the capital of Pakistan say- ing to their wishes they started looking it was his intuition that guided ing for someone else. That someone him in that decision. His talks were else landed from Canada on Decemfull of spiritual warmth. ber 21st. His name was Dr Allama According to him Pakistan was Tahir-ul-Qadri-a knowledgeable going to play important role in glo- firebrand Islamic scholar. Three days bal politics and Islamabad being the later he gathered millions of people capital was going to be a catalytic at Minar-e-Pakistan and showed his capital in that game. Being a lead- uniqueness for he; Represented toling Islamic country it had to fol- erant Sufi Islam Identified correctlow the principles passed on by able major faults in elections. Promprophet Mohammad (PBUH). It ised to cleanse electioneering. Gave was for this reason the constitution three weeks to the government to was built on those principles. Over come up with solid correcting plan. the years, the corrupt legislators Announced a long march towards made those principles ineffective Islamabad on January the 13th. by repeatedly violating them He was precise in his timing and through corruption-filled election- that’s what people wanted-a quick eering where cheating, dishonesty, change. Three weeks later he landed and bullying replaced righteous- in Islamabad with a bang. Deep ness, uprightness and nobility. In down he knew the number didn’t the end, the parliaments became matter any more. Cameras were sale houses for those who could there to do the arithmetic. For him afford to buy seats through their ill it was the number of people at homes gotten money. Soon the assemblies glued to TVs which mattered. The and the senate became stinking gut- camera showed us the main 8 lanes

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double road of Blue Area was filled with people looking like a straight line. It was this line which was going to make the difference as it reflected public sentiments against the corrupt politicians. And it was this line which,for some, divided ‘Haq’ from ‘Batil’. On one side of the line was TUQ and on the other side the government, the opposition, and religious groups which for decades have been playing with sentiments of the public. Ironically, Imran Khan, the promoter of the change could not be seen on either side. TUQ must have felt very lonely. Being an Islamic scholar, it was at this point he must have thought of Imam Hussain standing alone in Karbala. It was then the philosophy of Hussainiat against the philosophy of Yazidiat must have hit him hard. Being a thorough bread Sufi the philosophy must have strengthened his resolve. I am told by a reliable source that when he offered his chest for the bullets, he meant it. According to information, he decided to come out of the tanker after prayers and lead the procession offering his head as Imam Hussain did in Karbala. AAZ being Shia himself understood the consequences and ordered Rehman Malik not to attack and told the PM to send a team immediately. It was the wisest decision AAZ ever made and the historians will praise him for it. People ask if TUQ was talking of ‘Hussainiat’ why did he make agreement with ‘Yazidiat’? They forget that TUQ is an Islamic scholar. He knows the first chapter of Karbala was written by Hassan when he signed an agreement with Muawiya. Had there been proper implementation of Hassani agreement there would have been no Karbala. Hassan and Hussain were the two sides of one coin. TUQ knows that, and he intelligently

planned ‘Hussainiat’ but executed ‘Hassaniat’. He came to Pakistan to cleanse the corrupt practices (he called it ‘Yazidiat) in elections. Within a short span of four weeks he compelled the most corrupt government to sign the agreement while the rest of world was watching. With this agreement he broke the myth that the corrupt practices in elections cannot be eliminated. He did it single handedly. In a way he can be compared with Hassan Nasrullah of Lebanon. Before 2006, Israel was considered to be a wild bull of Middle East which could crush any neighbouring Muslim country. It was Nasrullah of Lebanon who broke the myth. Israel with all the American might could not defeat him and his NGO Hizbullah. Before the invasion, Israel promised America that within ten days it would destroy Hizbullah, kill Nasrullah and release the two Israeli soldiers held by Hizbullah. Despite of six weeks ferocious attack Israel failed in achieving its targets. The release of the two soldiers which was the main reason of attack remained captive. The non-victory of Israel became the victory for Nasrullah. In doing so he broke the myth of Israel been the bull of Middle East. Similarly, TUQ all alone had shown the Pakistanis that the unconquerable corrupt electoral practices can be conquered. He knows that if the agreement based on the philosophy of ‘Hassaniat’ has failed, the philosophy of ‘Hussainiat’ is still at hand. He showed his zeal, vigour, determination and commitment in those five days when he held the corrupt government from its neck but yet acted on the philosophy of ‘Hassaniat’. He can very well repeat it and act this time on the philosophy of ‘Hussainiat’

O lose favour in Washing ton was once political poi son for Israeli prime ministers. Twice during the 1990s, Israelis voted out leaders who quarrelled with the US president; the second one was Benjamin Netanyahu. So one of the more remarkable aspects of Israel’s current election campaign, which ends at the polls on Tuesday, is that Mr. Netanyahu hasn’t been afraid to play up his notoriously bad relations with President Obama. Last week the Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Mr. Obama had been privately repeating the observation that Mr. Netanyahu’s Israel “doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Rightly or wrongly, Israelis judged that to be a White House leak intended to damage the prime minister’s electoral chances. Rather than flinch, however, Mr. Netanyahu pushed right back, boasting that he had “rebuffed the pressure” that would have had Israel “curb our pressure against Iran” and withdraw to its 1967 borders. Evidently, Mr. Netanyahu calculates that being seen to stand up to this US president is good politics in Israel — and he may be right. A recent poll showed that half of Israelis believes the prime minister should pursue his policies even if they lead to conflict with the United States. The big story of the campaign has been the surge of farright parties that reject not only Mr. Obama’s view of Israel but also the two-state solution that has been US policy for more than a decade. This disturbing trend is partly the result of Mr. Obama’s poor handling of Israel, which he has not visited and where he is widely regarded as supportive of the nation’s defence but unsympathetic to its psyche. If the White House were trying to undercut Mr. Netanyahu, it would be guilty of the same poor judgment the Israeli leader showed in tilting toward Mitt Romney in the US presidential race. No scenario contemplated by political analysts foresees anyone other than Mr. Netanyahu emerging as prime minister from the bargaining that will follow Tuesday’s election. The question is whether the incumbent will choose, or perhaps be obliged by the electoral math, to include parties from the centre and left in his coalition. If he does not, Mr. Netanyahu could find himself isolated both within his own government and internationally: He is one of only two of the top 30 candidates from his own Likud Party to endorse Palestinian statehood. For that reason, the wise US policy would be to concede, and maybe even welcome, Mr. Netanyahu’s reelection while quietly urging him to construct a centrist government. In the coming months Israel and the United States will likely have an urgent need to communicate clearly and cooperate closely on the threat of Iran’s nuclear program; and they must try to preserve the prospect of Palestinian statehood. Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu may be political foils, but as each begins a new term their deeper interest lies in a reset of their relationship. — The Washington Post

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ROPERTY brokers — some operating in the tra ditional rental market — need to be brought under tighter vigilance as some of them still dare to defraud customers, despite strict guidelines by Dubai’s property regulator, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA). The latest news concerning one such agent’s disappearance from the market, after siphoning out money from customers, reflects the fact that some people are still misusing the system and are able to get away with it. Tenants have once again been taken for a ride. Although there is a good regulatory regime in place, the latest incident raises concern and needs to be dealt with an iron fist. The shareholders of the company should be chased to their home countries for violating the law of the UAE and defrauding people here. In a globalised world where personal whereabouts are not difficult to track down, law-enforcing agencies should be able to track them down. RERA should name and shame those companies, in addition to pursuing legal steps. There should be a system of rating companies based on their performance, including the option to black-list and ban them. — Gulf News

Never judge from appearances. —Proverb


Obama was contemplative! mirthful and jubilant occasions, was manifestly faint and listless. In a minor way, one would guess that he also Saeed Qureshi losing track of what he Email: qureshisa2003@yahoo.com was capturing from his teleprompter. I have a feeling that he did not go through full text of his uring the inauguration cer speech. emony for his second term Was he concerned about his seas the 44th president of the curity with a lurking fear that the United States, president Obama event might turn unsavory or there wore a sober and contemplative look could be some unpleasant twist all on his face. He was staring most of of sudden. Or was he reflecting the time in the space and was en- about the monumental challenges grossed in deep thoughts. One would that lay ahead of him and he had to guess as to what was weighing so address those as fast as he could. heavily on his mind. It was unlike While embracing his family memObama, otherwise an embodiment of bers and those near him, he remained confidence, to be caught in a pen- serious and barring one or two insive mood and apparently detached stances, he did not exude a cheerful with the company that was around countenance.But despite all these him. odd speculations about his serious He also stumbled for a fraction features, it was yet another historic of a second during the oath taking and memorable moment for him and but it was not as a glaring mishap as also for the United States of was during his previous oath taking America. For an African-American in 2009. In his speech it was evident person, to return to the highest and he was not in it and perhaps his the most powerful office of the presithoughts were scattered or that he dency, for the second time, in a lacked concentration as would be county with white majority robustly reflected on one’s face. The kind of speaks for the intellect, talent and broad smile he would splash on such genius of Obama. It also vouches for

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the love and the liking that the people of this great country have for him. It also eloquently testifies to the unshakable commitment of the American people in the abiding democratic culture that is beacon for the rest of the world. The will of the people prevails in this magnificent country and it is upon their choice that a leader assumes power. Abraham Lincoln the legendary president so expressively and forcefully defined the democratic tradition in United Sates as, “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Let us keep in mind that president Obama proudly and humbly calls himself the disciple and follower of that great president. Indeed he is treading the glorious path of President Abraham Lincoln who in those tumultuous times not only freed the slaves but rebuilt the federation on lasting foundation by winning the civil war. During his second term, president Obama’s most pressing priority would be to strengthen the faltering economy and bring it back on healthy tracks. Yet his more imperative task would be to reduce tension around the world. The first step towards that fabulous direction is to terminate or scale down the American military involvement in various parts of the world. His decision to

recall all the American troops from Afghanistan next year is a giant step that would help reduce the fiscal deficit caused by the heavy spending in Afghanistan. The dire need for America is to renew her commitment as an honest stakeholder for world peace and to bring about uniformity in promoting democratic and civil societies without discrimination. America needs to win the hearts and minds of the people through socio-economic aid and not by use of force. It would be an immortal achievement of Barack Obama if he translates into reality, the United Nations’ mandate, with regard to the creation of an independent state for the uprooted Palestinian people. Above all it is time that America presents itself as a friend and not a bully to the world.There was one glaring lapse in this pageant ceremony that would lurk in the minds of the Muslim citizens of the United States. The poet of the day Richard Blanco forgot to add the salutation “Salam” that the Muslims utter to greet each other like Shalom of the Jews and Namaste of the Hindus. Was it deliberate or unintended? —The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.

Solving Afghan quagmire Resolution press on by “AfOwned Process” Nawaz Khan, Beenish Altaf ghan (AOP) and the Regional Emails: nawazverdag915@hotmail.com, Resolution is by “Consenbeenishaltaf7@gmail.com sus of Regional Actors” (CRA). However, the Afhe land of massive resources ghan Own Peace Process is solely dewith a history of the most cru pended on Consensus of Regional cial wars is once again looking Actors. For that purpose, ethnic forward for its fate. The disastrous bridge amongst AIG needs to build decade of bloody war is a well prove up. In case of conflict of interests for the instability of Afghanistan. The among stakeholders dialogues, cononly option is to give the right to Af- ferences and meetings could be the ghan local to decide their own fate liberal alternative or needed solution while playing the facilitating role by for the hour. the regional powers and international By the assurance of regional accommunity. tors, CRA could be proved itself as a For that reason, in order to find a vital factor for building Afghan peace podium to success for Afghanistan which pays way for getting an ultimess two possible options can be mate result to facilitate grounds for deemed up in the brackets of “Natu- structuring a road map that would ral Resolution” and “Regional Reso- build an ethnic bridge among the AIG. lution”. Therefore, the said pathway Consequently, by the help of successcould be met only by engaging di- ful Afghan ethnic bridge, dissuade verse Afghanistan’s Internal Groups regional actors could be avoided and (AIG) i.e., Afghan ethnic, tribal, re- a futuristic stable Afghanistan would ligious and geographical groups un- be affirmed by taking proactive acder one umbrella. In order to congre- tions. Thus, this hope could be visugate the two resolutions by endeav- alized that Afghans would be able to ouring the equivalent ambition for reach at a long lasting solution for Natural Resolution and Regional peace, development and progress of Resolution could be that Natural their country. Since it is established

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facts that till the lost boot of US-led Western forces remain at the soil of Afghanistan, there would be no peace in Afghanistan and the region would be remain in disturbance. In this regard, Afghanistan issue has raised a question of perception predicament towards the US-led Western forces presence in Afghanistan as its practical depiction can be observed globally. Concurring to the fact, the “Perception” plays an imperative role in determining relations among international performers: there are two prevailing perceptions around the globe about the on-going US-led Western forces operations in Afghanistan. Firstly, according to the US-led Western perception about their forces is that these forces have been deployed for the safe guard of world for hunting the global terrorist and to get ride of the Afghan nation from the alQaeda terrorist networks and its likeminded flocks. Secondly, the other perception is in the view of Afghan and the regional local aspirations that these US-led Western forces are illegally occupied forces that have captured their Afghan land and violated its sovereignty. The only way to replace this miss-perception into omen

is “Regional Peace-Keeping Forces (RPKF)”. For getting rid-off that images two recommended strategies could be implemented in order to fill the gaps created by NATO untrained ANF. Even though by 2014 an expected security gap could be seen, nevertheless, it can be replaced by two Peace Keeping Forces i.e., SCO Peace Keeping Forces and UNO Peace Keeping Forces that could be expected as a positive alternative for ensuring peace and harmony in security situation in and outside the Afghanistan. Thus the first Strategy in this context; the SCO Peace Keeping Force can be formed as a best possible option that could not only be a very useful tool in training the ANF after pull-out forces but would also fill the Afghan security gap. The reason of an un-objectionable regional peace keeping force is that the SCO Peace Keeping Force would not be considered as an illegal occupied force because mostly regional countries are SCO permanent members and rest of them having the status of observer. —The writers work for IPRI.

Strange verification M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA

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lot is being said by Election Commission of Pakistan about verification of voter’s list before the general elections in Pakistan. Through the courtesy of your newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim. I live in Karachi. Last week, three people who claimed themselves to be representatives of election commission came to my house for the purpose of voter’s list verification. Due to working day, I was not at home. My wife and 20 year old son attended them. They asked my wife about head of family’s name, total number of family members and their ages. None of the EC representatives demanded our CNICs nor they asked for our CNIC numbers. I would like to ask honourable chief election commissioner if the way the verification of voter’s list is being carried out is right? Will I be able to cast my vote in the next general elections (if held) with such weak verifications by election commission? —Karachi

The way to follow

without any merit criteria because these scholars deserve this gadget the most. They need to completely concentrate on their research work and come out with new and innovaASIF MEHMOOD tive ideas to help our crises-riddled The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a Pakistan. great reformer. There was igno- —Rawalpindi rance in the society before the arrival of The Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Holy Prophet (PBUH) gave the message of Allah almighty to the ignorant people and tried to change FARHAN AHMED QADRI their wrong beliefs and rude behaviour through his action and by polite manners. So, in a nutshell, The Long March was indeed a sucwe can say that the Holy Prophet cess in paving the way for the PTI (PBUH) presented his life as a to show its strength in the upcommodel for whole world so that ing election whose slogan is also: people can get pleasures in this “We want change”.This long march world and get success in their eter- and Islamabad declaration, if fully nal life too. implemnted, will benefit the PTI, It is an admitted fact that this which should thank Dr Tahirul Qadri life is mortal. We have to leave this for paving its way for the election world for good. The Holy Prophet without having to have their tsunami (PBUH) has shown us a right path mounted on the present government. but the real problem due to which —Mississauga, Canada we are facing difficulties is to not follow the teachings of Islam and basic principles of life which the Holy Prophet (PBUH), has given to us. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) always propagated truth, honesty, RAFI AHMED brotherhood and love for humanity but unfortunately, we are not fol- What did Dr Qadri accomplish for lowing these golden principles. The the nation? The provisions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that all constitution he stressed upon are alhuman beings are equal but we are ready in place; it is only necessary going against it. All of us try to to implement them. It appears he maintain our uniqueness. Have we only succeeded in delaying the elecever thought about this? tions from 60 days (according to the No doubt, his life is a role constitution) to 90 days from the model for us. Our society has be- formation of the interim governcome the victim of countless evils. ment, i.e. from May to June. Cruelty and injustice is everywhere The only commendable act was among the human beings. Now we that of the great crowd that thronged have to come back and have to get the sit-in despite the cold to express rid of all evils. Now, there is only their belief and determination. At the way before us that we should spend end Dr Qadri praised some of the our life according to Islamic teach- government functionaries against ings. We should not forget that we whom the sit-in was organised. are “crown of creatures”, a status Where is the credibility? which has been given to us by Al- —Karachi lah Almighty. —Attock

Dr Qadri’s credibility

Quaid’s odds articulated

Israel’s politics of fear

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t feels like ancient history now, but in 1993 – the year of the Oslo Accords – Israel’s prime minister Yitzakh Rabin judged that his country was ready to make a momentous choice. Israelis, he confided to the author and politician Shlomo BenAmi, were tired of war. Secular and pragmatic, the young generation dreamed of a life of prosperity and normalcy their parents had never known. Israel, he reasoned, was emerging as a place of individualism, hedonism, even – to use a phrase then in vogue – “post-Zionism”. Cut to the Israeli election of 2013, and all the indications are that the current coalition of hard right and far right will be replaced – by an even more fanatical collection of Jewish nationalists, who are committed to accelerating the settlement and annexation of occupied Palestinian land. How did this happen? How did Rabin’s Israel of beachside cocktails and hi-tech startups morph into today’s land of yeshivas and yarmulkes? How did it become a

country whose rising political stars are people like Moshe Feiglin of Likud and Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home. Part of the answer has to do with demographics: Israel’s population has grown by two thirds since 1990, and most of the increase has come from three groups: religious nationalists, the ultra-Orthodox, and immigrants from the former Soviet Union. These groups have little in common, except a tendency towards anti-Arab chauvinism and a disdain for the idea of territorial compromise. Another reason for the country’s Rightward shift is that Israelis of all stripes have grown more cynical and pessimistic since the Oslo process ran aground at Camp David in 2000. According to the dangerously simplified narrative touted by the failed negotiators of those years, Israel’s strenuous peacemaking efforts were stonewalled by their Palestinian counterparts, who preferred to launch a violent Intifada than come to an agreement. Unwilling to raise their hopes again, even formerly dovish Israelis are resigned to the need to ‘manage’ rather than solve the conflict. Since, in their view,

peace isn’t on offer, they’ll settle for the next best thing: peace-and-quiet. As a result of these changes, Zionism is in the ascendancy again – but in a new, coarsened form. Whereas it was once informed by the collectivist ethos handed down from the first, pioneering generation of Israeli state-builders, the Zionism of Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett is rooted in something much more primal: fear. Like all demagogues, Netanyahu (who is sure to remain prime minister after the vote) knows the value of fear, and has spent the last four years frightening his people with the spectre of Iranian nukes, Palestinian terror and international anti-semitism. Even the squandering of his country’s most valuable strategic asset – its close relationship with the White House – has strengthened the Right, convincing voters that Israel is alone in a hostile world and must look inward for strength and safety. But this nationalist mood belies the fact that Israel is, in many ways, splitting at the seams. Trust – between Israelis and in their elected leaders – is at an all-time low. Twoand-a-half decades of privatisation

and deregulation have turned it from among the most egalitarian of countries to the most unequal in the Western world, alongside the United States. As society becomes less equitable and the political class grows more squalid and corrupt, fewer Israelis than ever say they value the good of society above their personal interests: 28 per cent today, down from 64 per cent at the beginning of the 80s. The paradox of Israel today is that the more fractured and atomised it becomes, the more it glues itself together by resorting to a belligerent form of nationalism. It is a country that projects its insecurity outwards, finding a comforting unity only in the face of external perils, real or imagined. The irony is that, with the West Bank pacified and the Gaza front quiet, the threat from Palestinian terror is at an all-time low. When Israelis glance up at the lengthening shadows on the iron wall they have erected around themselves, the shapes that increasingly menace them are their own. — Courtesy: The Telegraph

The PM’s crash course..! ven as the nation heard the Indian PM’s statements and speeches on the sad rape in the capital, the nation realizes that he is one of the worst public speaker’s who has ever occupied the PM’s chair. The PM is also troubled by his lack of oratory skills and recently it is rumoured invited a public speaking guru to give him a crash course. “I am very thankful you have come on such a short notice,”

mumbled the PM to the trainer. “What did you say Mr Prime Minister?” asked the trainer, hoping to get the PM to speak louder. “He said he doesn’t really need to be trained in this field!” said Sonia who had come to watch the PM being trained. “I am sure that isn’t what the PM said!” said the trainer. “That is what the PM said!” said Sonia. “That is what I said,” whispered the PM. “Now sir, the first point in the art of speaking to an audience is eye contact!” “Of course he’s got eye contact!” said Sonia. “Eye contact with everyone in the audience,” said the trainer. “Not necessary at all!” snapped Sonia, “as long as he has his eyes on me, that’s all the contact he needs!”

“The second important point,” continued the trainer as he put his hand on the PM’s shoulder, “is good posture! Learn to stand straight while addressing and …” “No,” shouted Sonia, “I stand straight, he stands slightly bent in my direction! Isn’t that our understanding Manmohan?” “Yes madam!” “Thirdly,” said the trainer, “you must learn to use your hands well!” “I do not understand!” said the PM. “Your gestures sir!” said the trainer, “all audiences look at your hands, they speak more than what your mouth says!” “His hands..” said Sonia. “Yes madam you have something to say?” “Will always be in the namaste position! And facing me!” “Yes!” said the PM brightly, “that is

what we had agreed!” “Fourthly,” said the public speaking expert, “be natural!” “He is, he is,” beamed Sonia. “Stress important words!” “Oh I mark them out before he reads them!” smiled Sonia. “Change your pitch!” said the trainer, “and vary your rate of speaking!” “I find that difficult sometimes,” confessed the PM, “because I am trying to decipher what madam has written on the sides of the paper!” “Okay Manmohan!” “What is it madam?” asked the trainer. “Thank you very much Mr Public speaking expert I am sure our dear Prime Minister has learnt a lot today, you may go..!” —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

from whom I have learnt even a word. But I cannot stop myself expressing something that someone would find offensive. I have attended many literary sittings in Karachi where the participants of a sitting don’t have much to say on the particular issue for which the literary sittings are organized. Invited at the rostrum, the participants start rephrasing what the host of the program researches for the issue who at beginning of the program shares with the audience. The host of these literary programs proves to be knowledgeable than of his/her distinguished guests. Some scholars have nothing to do with the particular issue of the program and start criticizing the lobbies of litterateurs and government of the past, present and some time the future. They express few words on the particular issue in the end of their speech. Few participants share what the glorious past of Urdu literature and enchant his / her audience with few names of English writers. Camouflaged their shallowness on the issue, some of them start advising the generations to come, actually they are the teachers. Almost all of them express their satisfactions and see the glaring future for the literature waiting. The participants use bombastic language for the praise of a writer and a book being launched on that occasion terming it to be the first and historic of its kind. I have never come across a participant who expresses his / her even slight dissatisfaction over the book being launched. They don’t dare to lose their friends no matter literary merits lost. The literary sittings can add many things meaningful as it proved to be an effective platform to produce many writers. The progressive movement in Urdu is a remembrance of its kind. The writers and poets would hold the literary sittings in a real sense where some time bitter opposition was expressed by the participants. I cannot predict how long these so called literary sitting will continue. We need a literary movement like the Progressive Writers Movement to correct these FARAH IQBAL LODHI entire tactics for which an English The drop scene of Dr Qadri’s long saying is appropriate ‘you scratch march didn’t leave us clear as to who my back I will scratch yours’. has gained what. Pakistan as a na- —Karachi tion has gained nothing much as corruption is still rampant. If Dr Qadri was against the government and the system, why did he invite the same government from the same system SYED SADAQAT HUSSAIN for dialogue? The agreement was signed by the same Prime Minister whom Dr Qadri called ‘ex’ and Pakistan is not an ancestral land or unearned ownership to any ruling chanted slogans against him. A foreign national could jam party or its family. It is an indepenIslamabad for days; he stayed in a dent, Islamic democratic State got comfortable container (which cost by huge sacrifices of Indian Musmillions of rupees) while his sup- lims under the leadership of Qauidporters shivered on streets and when i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. he ordered an end to the protest, the More than 2 million people were followers walked away without get- martyred who were living in differting any direct benefit. It forces me ent parts of India during the migrato think when simplicity crosses all tion and massacre in 1947. How ironic, leaders of two big its limits, it enters folly. political parties of Pakistan think—Karachi ing about to see the rule of Pakistan in the hands of their sons and daughters in future. They should be fully aware that Pakistan is not an Empire Estate. I sincerely hope that the unrealistic dream of corrupt M IQBAL leaders would not come true till the Shahzeb’s murder is a tale of a single patriotic Pakistani is alive. spoilt child. Unfortunately, this boy We are a Pakistani family and we was at the receiving end. Being a rise, or fall together, as one nation regular commuter in the vicinity of and as one people. They should Sea View, Zamzama, and other stand with us on every trial and play posh areas of Karachi, I could eas- a key role to resolve the nations ily see how the spoilt children of problems. The nation has suffered too feudal lords, corrupt bureaucrats, high-ranking police officials dis- much pain. The nation is wounded, play their fathers’ ill-gotten wealth it would not allow to get the hit on and power in the shape of expen- the same way again. Winning an election wont bring about the sive cars along with guards. They have cultivated a habit of change. We seek on its own. It only tit-for-tat and this intoxication often gives us the chance to make that resulted in murders as happened on change. People’s motives can divert Dec 25. Who is going to educate this the stream of change towards their new breed of spoilt brats? I have no way for which we have to prepare now as the time has come for the answer. real change in our horizon. —Karachi —Karachi

Long march vs tsunami

Views From Abroad Matt Hill

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Voice of the People

This is with reference to the letter ‘The oath of the Quaid-e-Azam’ by Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada in a local daily. The article perfectly and lucidly details the many travails and tribulations the Quaid faced when it came to appointing the governor general of the newly anointed Pakistan — himself. One really gets to understand the many facets under which the founding father had to operate when it came to overseeing the administration of the new nation. It is not every day one comes across such a well articulated article on the Quaid. —Lahore

Appeal to Punjab govt YASEEN AYAZ I want to gain the attention of the honourable chief minister of Punjab regarding the distribution of free laptops to meritorious students. Last year, laptops were distributed among M Phil, LLM and PhD scholars irrespective of any merit criteria while only those BSc and MA/MSc degree holders were awarded laptops who secured 70 percent in the semester system and 60 percent marks in the annual system in their last exams. This year, our bureaucracy has changed the criteria so that M Phil, LLM and PhD scholars will not be able to get this gadget. If we rationally see and analyse things critically, then we will come to know that M Phil, LLM and PhD scholars are more deserving of this gadget when compared to BSc and MA/MSc students because these scholars need it for their research work, thesis writing, assignment preparation and for making presentations. There are more than 100,000 laptops for this year and, in Punjab, the total number of M Phil and PhD scholars does not exceed 12,000. This is not a large number of scholars for the Punjab government to facilitate. It is our strong appeal to the Punjab government that laptops be given to M Phil and PhD scholars

Simplicity of folly?

Empire or a democratic State

Display of riches & power

Our literary sittings JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Before I comment on the participants of the literary sitting being organized in Karachi to laud the services of a litterateur or a book, I must share that I have a deep and sincere respect for my teachers and anyone

READERS are requested to type their letters legibly with double spacing and only on one side of the paper.

—Editor Email:editorial@pakobserver.net


The quarrel continues

Abe administration goes astray over island dispute with China J YU LINTAO

APANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would work to put strained ChinaJapan relations caused by the territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands back on track at the first official press conference after his party won the general election last December. But a series of diplomatic and military moves of the new Japanese cabinet within weeks of Abe taking office were in stark contrast to the words of the new prime minister. Observers said recent moves taken by the Japanese Government lose sight of the essence of peacemaking in resolving the island dispute. They are counterproductive to revitalizing strategic and mutually beneficial China-Japan relations. Under the current situation, observers said both China and Japan should remain calm, prevent the escalation of the dispute and try to create a more relaxed atmosphere for talks. Diplomatic campaign: It is widely believed that Japan has moved swiftly to hem in China diplomatically since Abe’s new cabinet took office. Abe sent Vice Prime Minister Taro Aso to Myanmar at the beginning of January to bolster Japanese investment in the promising and underexplored market, where China already has a substantial presence. Shortly after, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida began his first trip as the country’s top diplomat to the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei and Australia. Meanwhile, with Abe’s visit to Washington postponed, the new prime minister chose Viet Nam, Thailand and Indonesia as the destinations of

his first official foreign tour. Chinese observers said these visits aimed not only to deepen economic ties with Southeast Asian countries but also to shore up its strategic presence in the region—ultimately as a means to encircle China. “It seems that Japan wishes to surround and isolate China by wooing other countries in the region, thereby gaining an edge in the Diaoyu Islands dispute,” said Jia Xiudong, a senior research fellow with the China Institute of International Studies. Abe’s diplomatic arrangement is meant to build a kind of international strategic landscape that favors Japan while standing against China, said Liu Jiangyong, a professor of international relations with Tsinghua University. Though the diplomatic debut of Abe’s second term as prime minister geographically steered clear of China, it nonetheless kept China at its diplomatic core in the region, said Liu. “The Abe administration is trying to strengthen ties with some Asia-Pacific countries to create a better international landscape for Japan, while attempting to sow discord between China and some of its neighbors for Japan’s own benefit,” said the professor. Despite similarly strained ties with Seoul over a separate territorial spat, Abe’s interactions with South Korea showed a greater eagerness to repair ties there. The Japanese prime minister recently said he hoped to establish a trusting relationship with President-elect Park Geun Hye as soon as possible. In early January, Abe sent former Japanese Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga to lead envoys to Seoul in order to mend bilateral rela-

tions. The envoys delivered a letter to Park, in which Abe voiced hope for progress in bilateral relations. During Taro’s latest visit to Myanmar, Japan announced

dispute with China,” Liu said. “Tokyo knows that it cannot confront Beijing directly, and that’s why it depends on its alliance with Washington while courting

ist think tank that rejects Japan’s “apology diplomacy” for its wartime misdeeds. Nine belong to a parliamentary association that wants the teaching of history in

Jia Qinglin (right), Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body, meets with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Beijing. that it will write off Myanmar’s other regional players that it can schools to present a better image overdue debt and provide a fresh collaborate with, including Aus- of Japan’s militarist era. They low-interest loan. And Japanese tralia and some ASEAN coun- deny most of Japan’s wartime media reported that during his tries,” Liu said. “But East Asian atrocities. latest Viet Nam visit Abe prom- countries still have wariness Recently, Sanae Takaichi, ised closer security ties with the about Japan’s moving politically head of the powerful policy reASEAN country, seeking to bol- right as well as Abe’s attitude to- search council of Japan’s ruling ster an alliance between Japan ward Japan’s past war crimes.” Liberal Democratic Party, said and other countries embroiled in It is not an exaggeration to Abe should issue a statement that territorial disputes with China. call Abe’s new cabinet right backtracks on some of Japan’s “Abe’s efforts to ease ten- wing. Fourteen in the cabinet previous apologies for wartime sions with South Korea, deepen belong to the League for Going actions and “protects the honor relations with ASEAN countries to Worship Together at Yasukuni, and pride” of the nation. So far, as well as his possible visit to a Tokyo shrine that honors war the Japanese Government hasn’t Russia in April are all essentially dead including some war crimi- officially apologized for forcing international public relations ex- nals of World War II. Thirteen sexual slaves from Asian counercises relating to Japan’s island support Nihon Kaigi, a national- tries to serve in Japan’s frontline

military brothels during World War II. “One of the major determining factors in international relations is national interest. There is no country that is willing to make an enemy of China within the Asia-Pacific region or even around the world. Although taking advantage of the disputes China has with some other countries may allow Japan to alienate a few countries from China, it is impossible to force them to antagonize China,” Jia said to Beijing Review. Heightened tensions: Besides the hasty foreign visits, the Japanese military has been maneuvering frequently since the inauguration of the new cabinet. Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have carried out an island defense drill and a five-day joint military exercise with the U.S. Air Force in the East China Sea. In the meantime, Japan is expected to increase defense spending for the first time in 11 years. The extra cash will be used to increase the number of military personnel and upgrade equipment. “Japan’s frequent military drills aim in one sense to deter China, but mostly intend to show the Japanese public its hard-line attitude toward the island dispute. Tokyo also wants to create an impression to the outside world that Washington would join hands with it to respond to China over the island dispute. But deterrence is of little practical significance for China,” said Jia. However, real dangers still pose a threat. Chinese and Japanese military planes shadowed each other in the vicinity of the Diaoyu Islands on January 10. A statement from China’s Ministry of National Defense said two Japanese F-15 fighters closely followed a Chinese Y-8 military

transport aircraft when it was on a regular patrol in airspace off China’s east coast. At the same time, a Japanese reconnaissance aircraft was also operating in that area. In response, China scrambled two J-10 fighters to conduct verification and monitoring. “The incident highlighted the lingering potential danger for friction between the two neighbors,” said Zhang Zhaozhong, a professor with the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army. Zhang said sending warplanes to safeguard China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands doesn’t mean China wants to solve the island dispute through open conflict. “Every step of China has been a response to Japan’s actions. It is simply self-defense, but shows that if Japan resorts to using force, China will certainly

“purchased” some of the islands from their Japanese “owner,” even though the islands appeared on China’s official maps several centuries ago. “There is no reason for Tokyo to refuse negotiations with China on the issue,” Liu said. During a press conference days before his first overseas tour, however, Abe reiterated his stance over the Diaoyu Islands issue, saying the issue is “not negotiable.” Jia of the CIIS said the tough stance of Abe could only harm the mutual trust between the two neighbors and make an eventual settlement of the dispute more difficult to attain. China wishes to improve relations with Japan, but it will not bow to unfair compromises or allow Japan to damage its core interests. While Abe started his ASEAN tour, former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama

Under the current situation, observers said both China and Japan should remain calm, prevent the escalation of the dispute and try to create a more relaxed atmosphere for talks. fight back,” Zhang said. Liu of Tsinghua University said the Diaoyu Islands issue is a persistent territorial dispute between China and Japan. To avoid the escalation of the current situation, the two sides should find a way to begin diplomatic negotiations. Both countries must engage in crisis management over the dispute. Recent tensions over the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea flared up in September 2012, when the Japanese Government

paid a four-day visit to China. Hatoyama held talks with Chinese officials and visited the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, in which Japanese forces killed an estimated 300,000 Chinese people following their December 1937 conquest of Nanjing, then capital of China. Analysts hope that the former Japanese leader would help build a communication channel amid tensions over the Diaoyu Islands. —Courtesy Beijing Review

Pakistan’s democracy America: The next energy superpower? weathering the storms ANTHONY FENSOM

SHAHID JAVED BURKI

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INCE mid-December, Pakistan has experienced political and economic volatility that is extraor-

man march on the capital. When the government did not oblige, 50,000 people set out on the Grand Trunk Road to Islamabad, taking 36 hours to complete the 300-km trek. Qadri

Five days later, Pakistan’s ever-active Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 16 other senior government officials for alleged involvement in what

Demonstrators protest the nation’s high court’s decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on corruption charges. dinary even by Pakistani stan- addressed the marchers re- was called the “rental power” dards. The fragile political peatedly; liberally mixing po- case. The case dates back to structure that began to be litical metaphors, he called 2008-2011, when Ashraf, who erected following the resump- himself a latter-day Mao was minister of water and power tion of civilian government in Zedong on a journey to at the time, oversaw large con2008 is now shaking. launch a system-cleansing tracts to rent power generaA key source of this un- jihad and initiate a Pakistani tors, which were needed to rest is Tahirul Qadri, a version of the Arab Spring. ease an electricity shortage Toronto-based Muslim cleric On Jan. 10, while Qadri that was costing the economy who arrived in Lahore in early was planning his march, two up to 5 percent of GDP. December. Ten days later, he suicide bombers sent by the Several reports in the print addressed a mammoth public extremist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and electronic media suggested meeting at the city’s Minar-e- a banned Sunni group, at- that the contracts awarded by Ashraf’s ministry were tainted. A key source of this unrest is The finance ministry called in the Tahirul Qadri, a Toronto-based Asian Development Bank, which confirmed that a large amount of Muslim cleric who arrived in money had leaked from the Lahore in early December. Ten agreements, and that many of the rental units generated much less days later, he addressed a than promised. The Sumammoth public meeting at the power preme Court took note of the city’s Minar-e-Pakistan grounds, ADB’s findings and started proceedings against Ashraf and other where, a year earlier, the senior officials, including several cricketer-turned-politician Imran from the finance ministry. Ashraf Khan had launched what he not resigned from the Cabinet, only to be brought back later as prime very appropriately termed a minister. political tsunami. In earlier times, crises of much lesser intensity would have Pakistan grounds, where, a tacked the Shia Hazara com- brought the military rushing onto year earlier, the cricketer- munity in Quetta, killing al- the political stage, as happened turned-politician Imran Khan most a hundred people. The in 1958, 1969, 1977 and 1999. had launched what he not Hazaras reacted to the attack Indeed, the army has ruled Pakivery appropriately termed a by making the coffins of the stan for a total of 33 years since political tsunami. dead a symbol of protest. independence in 1947. Qadri issued a 20-day ulti- They lined up the dead on But this time the soldiers matum to the government in Alamdaar Street, which runs have remained in their barracks, Islamabad to purge the political through the city’s Shiite com- for the simple reason that an system of rampant corruption, munity, and refused to bury awakened populace, an active reconstitute the Election Com- them until the government civil society, and a free and vimission, and appoint a caretaker dismissed inept and corrupt brant media would not tolerate administration to oversee the up- local officials, led by a local another venture into politics by coming vote. The caretakers, he nawab who spent more time the army. After almost five years said, should include technocrats, abroad or in Islamabad than of democratic rule, Pakistan is retired military officers, and in the provincial capital. The on its way to establishing a dujudges — and could remain in government succumbed and re- rable and representative politioffice longer than the constitu- moved the chief minister and his cal order. tionally permitted 90 days. Un- Cabinet, placing the troubled —Courtesy Japan Times. less the government took these province under the care of the Shahid Javed Burki, former fisteps, he would lead a million- provincial governor. nance minister of Pakistan and vice president of the World Bank, is currently chairman of the Institute of Public Policy in Lahore.

THIS year, the U.S. will likely surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the largest liquids fuel producer in the world. From previously challenging the “tyranny of oil,” newly inaugurated U.S. President Barack Obama enters his second term in office as leader of a potential oil and gas superpower. According to BP’s Energy Outlook 2030, unconventional sources will make the United States virtually energy self-sufficient by 2030, largely thanks to the shale gas revolution. “The U.S. will likely surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in 2013 as the largest liquids producer in the world (crude and biofuels) due to tight oil and biofuels growth…. Russia will likely pass Saudi Arabia for the second slot in 2013 and hold that until 2023. Saudi Arabia regains the top oil producer slot by 2027,” the London-based oil and gas giant said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecast that the nation could become a net exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as early as 2016, and a net exporter of total natural gas (including via pipelines) by 2020. For the Asia-Pacific region, potential U.S. gas exports could undercut higher priced gas from Australia and elsewhere, resulting in lower fuel bills for major importers such as Japan and South Korea. However, fast-growing China and India are expected to become even more reliant on imports to satisfy domestic demand, BP said in its report. With the world’s population seen reaching 8.3 billion by 2030 and income doubling in real terms from 2011 levels, BP expects an additional 1.3 billion people will require energy. This will result in global energy demand being 36 percent higher in 2030 compared to 2011, with almost all growth (93 percent) coming from non-OECD economies. The Asia-Pacific region will produce the most rapid growth in energy production, largely from coal, generating 35 percent of global energy production by 2030. The report states that unconventional sources such as shale gas, tight oil, heavy oil and biofuels will transform the energy balance of the United States. “By 2030, increasing production and moderating demand will result in the U.S. being 99 percent self-sufficient in net energy; in 2005 it was only 70 percent self-sufficient,” it said. Production from unconventional sources will provide all the net growth in global oil supply to 2020, and more than 70 percent of the growth to 2030. “Fears over oil running out

– to which BP has never subscribed – appear increasingly groundless,” BP’s group chief executive Bob Dudley said. “The U.S. will not be increasingly dependent on energy imports, with energy set to reinvigorate its economy.” Aided by gains in technology, the U.S. shale gas boom has already cut household energy bills by an estimated U.S. $1,000 a year and spurred a wave of industrial investment, reversing a 30-year trend of declining manufacturing jobs. According to Bloomberg News, at least five new U.S. steel plants are planned that would use gas instead of coal to purify iron ore, including a U.S. $750 million Louisiana plant by Nucor Corp. Chemical and fertilizer companies are also reportedly planning new gas-fueled plants, with some analysts saying cheap energy could result in a “re-industrialization” of the United States. While major shale gas and tight oil resources exist else-

serves have been unlocked in the U.S., with oil production following gas. This delivery has been made possible not only by the resources and technology, but also by ‘above-

Fossil fuels dominant: President Obama’s call in his second inaugural address for action on climate change has also received assistance from the gas boom.

The US will likely surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in 2013 as the largest liquids producer in the world (crude and biofuels) due to tight oil and biofuels growth…. Russia will likely pass Saudi Arabia for the second slot in 2013 and hold that until 2023. Saudi Arabia regains the top oil producer slot by 2027,” the London-based oil and gas giant said. ground’ factors such as a strong and competitive service sector, land access facilitated by private ownership, liquid markets and favorable regulatory terms. “No other country outside the U.S. and Canada has

In the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), natural gas-fired power plants produce around half as much carbon oxide emissions, less than a third as much nitrogen oxides, and one percent as

The US will likely surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the largest liquids fuel producer in the world. where, including in Australia, BP’s report noted that significant exploitation had thus far only occurred in North America, due to a range of market factors.

yet succeeded in combining these factors to support production growth. While we expect other regions will adapt over time to develop their resources, by 2030 we expect

much sulfur oxide as coal-fired plants. In light of this, the New York Times reports that the EPA is planning tighter emission standards to force power generators to switch from coal to gas. According to Japanese daily The National Resources Asahi Shimbun, the subject of U.S. Defense Council estimates emissions from current gas exports to Japan has already that coal-fired plants could be cut been raised in top-level talks by more than 25 percent by between the two allies, with Japan the end of this decade, helping the U.S. president achieve eyeing lower costs to a pledge of reducing total domanufacturers and households mestic emissions by about 17 from 2005 levels by along with a reduced trade deficit. percent 2020. Yet the oil and gas boom The United States may reap the will see fossil fuels remain domigains, but Asia’s policymakers face nant in the U.S. energy mix, with energy’s share of toa careful balancing act in ensuring renewable tal electricity generation forecast the region benefits rather than to rise from 13 percent in 2011 to just 16 percent in 2040, accordpaying the price of the energy ing to the EIA. revolution. Based on BP’s forecasts, the In a statement, BP group North America still to domi- world’s continued reliance on chief economist Christof Rühl nate production of these re- fossil fuels will see global said: “Vast unconventional re- sources.” greenhouse gases exceed

recommended levels above 450 parts per million of carbon-dioxide equivalent. BP estimates oil, gas and coal will each command market shares of around 26 to 28 percent by 2030, with non-fossil fuels such as nuclear, hydro and renewables remaining at around 6 to 7 percent each. Despite reduced energy intensity, growth in renewables and substitution of coal with gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are still forecast to increase by 26 percent from 2011 to 2030. “Most of the growth will come from non-OECD countries, so that by 2030 70 percent of CO2 emissions are expected to come from outside the OECD,” BP said. Renewables are anticipated to be the fastest growing source of energy, growing by 7.6 percent a year, but are only expected to provide 11 percent of global electricity production by 2030, up from 3 percent in 2011. Despite recent smog, China’s efforts to improve energy use are seen resulting in lower coal demand from 2020 and improved global energy intensity. Without the improvement, BP said the world would need to almost double energy supply by 2030. Changing energy mix: Natural gas is expected to be the fastest growing among fossil fuels at 2 percent a year, with shale gas seen supplying 53 percent of U.S. gas production by 2030. Coal growth will slow to 1.2 percent a year, with India overtaking the United States as the second-largest coal consumer by 2024 behind China. Oil demand will increase at just 0.8 percent a year, with its share of energy consumption falling to 28 percent by 2030. All net oil demand growth will come from outside the OECD, with half coming from China, India, and the Middle East alone. Despite the Fukushima disaster, nuclear energy output is expected to grow by 2.6 percent a year, compared to an average growth rate of 1.6 percent over the last two decades. 88 percent of growth in nuclear energy will come from China, India and Russia. By 2026, China is seen overtaking the United States as the largest producer of nuclear power. Four years later Beijing will account for 30 percent of nuclear energy production, according to BP. While long a major coal exporter, Australia is forecast to overtake Qatar as the largest LNG supplier by 2018, accounting for a quarter of global production by 2030. However, U.S. gas exports to Asia could undercut Australian LNG exports, while aiding major importers such as Japan and South Korea. According to Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, the subject of U.S. gas exports to Japan has already been raised in top-level talks between the two allies, with Japan eyeing lower costs to manufacturers and house-


PC proposes From Page 1 Senior MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar called upon political parties to set aside their differences and realize the sufferings of the people of southern Punjab. —NNI

Govt team From Page 1 nego-tiations with Tehrik-iMinhajul Quran leader Tahirul Qadri dur-ing the latter’s long march on Is-lamabad. According to the sources, the in-vitation for the meeting on Thursday came from the ECP following the government team’s request for it to the commission. The government team will brief the ECP over the agreement signed with Tahirul Qadri, sources said.

PML-N, JUI-F stage walkout should sit together to evolve new strategy against targeted killings at the financial hub of the country instead of blaming each other. On the indication of Chairman Senate Chief Whip Islamud-Din Sheikh went to PML(N) senators to pacify them and brought them back to the house by ensuring them on the behalf of the government that action would be taken against the incident. Whereas in National Assembly PML-N also staged walkout but Federal Minister for Defence Naveed Qamar calmed down its MNAs and took them back to the house. On point of order MNA from PPP Changez Khan Jamali said that Balochistan government had got several opportunities but they failed to take ben-

From Page 1 efit from them. Hazara community sat for three days in protest but no provincial government bothered to go there to satisfy the protestors, which shows that provincial government did not deserve to rule. He sad that due to incapability of JUI-F ministers, the circumstances reached to the point of no return. He said that the development funds of entire Punjab are being spent in Lahore only. Tehmina Daultana said that government is not interested in making South Punjab a separate province but it is busy in point scoring before elections just to win the hearts of the people but they can not get the votes by such dramas. Government wrote letter to Swiss authorities after sending Saraiki Prime Minister home.

Riaz Hussain Pirzada said while taking part in debate that the discussion of new provinces is baseless as if one province would be made, then the integrity of the country would be jeopardized. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) on Wednesday staged walk out from National Assembly (NA) proceedings on third consecutive day over the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan and suspension of Balochistan Assembly. Meanwhile, JUI-F Senators staged walk out over governor rule in Balochistan. Senator Beman Das demanded of the government to end governor rule in the province and give a chance to the assembly. On the other hand, Senators from FATA also walked out against killings of 18 tribesmen in Khyber Agency.—Online

PML-N leader Saifuddin Khosa joins PPP From Page 1 serious reservations on different policies of Pakistan Muslim League-N. Besides the PML-N is not serious for the creation of south Punjab. He said he is joining the PPP for its sincerity and efforts for the creation of the new province. Saifuddin Khosa said the Benazir Income Support Programme is helping the poor segments of society in South Punjab with full transparency. He said he has now joined the PPP and he will abide by its decisions. President of Women Wing of PPP Faryal Talpur welcomed Saifuddin Khosa for joining the party and said his joining will further strengthen the PPP. She

said his party has always followed the politics of principles for the welfare of the people. In his remarks, Secretary General of PPP Jehangir Badr said the PPP represents the will of the peoples and we welcome people belonging to all areas in its fold. He said we will bring social and economic changes in the lives of the people through joint efforts. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, speaking on the occasion, said each segment of the society has representation in the PPP. We do not forget our old workers but at the same time our doors are open for the new entrants.

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Rs100,000 From Page 1 fine on casting of judicial commission appointed held into the matter. From Page 1 The hearing was later ad- by the government for investigafake vote He said all political parties journed to Jan 29. tion or a NAB inquiry into the

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have always been taken on board on almost all national issues on internal as well as external fronts. The spirit of democracy was maintained throughout the tenure of the government. The Prime Minister said we give respect to all democratic forces, the proof of which is amicable solution of the issue of long march. The government took a lot of care of the participants of the long march, engaged them in peaceful dialogue with open heart. Resultantly, the long march ended in a peaceful way.

Pneumonia claims From Page 1 the fast-spreading virus. A resident of Thall said that announcements had been made on loudspeakers in mosques that all children with symptoms of the disease should be shifted to local hospitals and Basic Health Units. Another resident Aurangzeb Khan said that scores of children who died because of the ‘cold’ may have succumbed to pneumonia which went undetected.

After the hearing was adjourned, it was reported that bench number two has been delegated to hear the case concerning Faisal’s death. It comprises of Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. This bench is scheduled to hear the case on Thursday. March 2012, the Supreme Court had held the RPPs contracts non-transparent and ordered that these be rescinded. Meanwhile, Abdul Hameed, father of NAB official Kamran Faisal has categorically stated that his son was killed and appealed the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice and save the killing of hundreds of other Kamran Faisals. In an interview with a TV channel, Abdul Hameed said he believes he was killed by those who were affected by investigation in their cases or would benefit from his killing. “ Kamran Faisal was my only son and was a support in this old age. Now that he has been killed, I request the CJP to save the lives of hundreds of other Kamran Faisals” he appealed. He rejected the appointment

case and said these were delaying tactics. Mr Abdul Hameed also denied the assertions by NAB chief that Kamran Faisal had any domestic problem. He however said if there was any pressure it would have been from NAB or the court but Kamran Faisal did not share that with him. Meanwhile, Dr. Najma of Poly Clinic has revealed that Kamran was a normal person, not psycho-patient. Dr. Najma is a psychologist at Poly Clinic in Islamabad and her prescription slip was found in deceased NAB officer’s room. That slip created rumors that perhaps Kamran Faisal was a psycho-patient and under treatment of Dr. Najma. After revelation of Dr. Najma that Kamran was not under her treatment has given a new twist to the mysterious death of NAB officer.

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polling material, Rs450 million for election campaigning and Rs210 for purchasing ballot boxes and voting screens. The ECP recently slapped a ban on recruitments in government departments except through the federal or provincial public service commissions. The commission also took strong exception to the reports that funds allocated for many development projects were being diverted to the prime minister’s discretionary fund to be used for electioneering. A few weeks back, the commission had imposed a ban on all advertisements from the national kitty for electioneering by federal and provincial governments. Constitutionally, the ECP is empowered to take such steps to ensure fair playing field to all parties in the elections.


UK to hold referendum on EU membership

NATIONAL BRIE Six suspects held in Quetta QUETTA—Frontier Corps (FC) CHITRAL:Traffic jam near Lowari Top due to heavy snowfall. Wednesday detained at least six suspects during search operation in Saryab road area here. FC official told the media persons on Wednesday that FC using its police power overnight conducted search operation in Kali Kamalo area and held six suspected persons. The detained persons were shifted to undisclosed location for further inves- ISLAMABAD—Director General (DG) Federal Investigation tigation.— INP Agency (FIA) Chaudhry Anwar Virk has taken a serious notice Twin blasts in of posting of inefficient and inexperienced officers in his deCharsadda partment, violating all the rules CHARSADDA—A government and regulations and asked the boys primary school was blown Interior Secretary to order their up with explosives in Mirzai return to concerned departarea of tehsil Shabqadar here on ments. early Wednesday morning, howAccording to reports, the ever, no lose of life was re- DG FIA in a letter to the Inteported. According to details, rior Secretary has drawn the atsome unidentified militants tention of Interior Secretary that planted explosive device along 64 officers have been posted on the wall of the school which deputation in FIA in grade 17 to went off with a big bang. As a grade 20 on the approval of the result of the blast two rooms of Ministry. the school were destroyed. SeThe Director General curity sources said that no loss pointed out that under 1975 FIA of life was reported because the school was empty at the time of the blast. Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the entire area after blast and started search operation for hunting the culprits. —INP

DG FIA wants deputationists back to parent departments Act, officers from six groups namely , Accounts, Customs, Income Tax, Engineering and Legal departments and their affiliated departments could be send on deputation to FIA but by violating all the norms, officers from other departments have been sent on deputation. Some of them, he said, are contract employees and in the presence of inexperienced officers, administrative problems are being created. He requested the Secretary Interior that the practice of sending inexperienced and inefficient officers to FIA on deputation be not only discouraged but also rules be followed in letter and spirit. The Secretary has

been asked that officers not fulfilling the required criteria be sent back to their parent departments. According to sources, a total of 400 persons have been posted in FIA on deputation in different grades and many of them have been absorbed and regularized in FIA ranging from the rank of constable to Additional Director. These officers and officials were sent on deputation to FIA from PIA, EOBI, Evacuee Property Trust Board, NADRA, KPK University, Sindh Assembly Secretariat, Information department, Customs, Income Tax, Sales Tax, National Bank of Pakistan and other offices. —INP

System can’t be blamed for personal wrong-doings: Kaira

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4 killed in Budhbair firing

ISLAMABAD —Minister for Information and Broadcasting,

PESHAWAR —Unknown gun- Qamar Zaman Kaira on men killed four persons of a family after they ambushed a house in Gul Bagh area of Budh Bair Wednesday morning. According to police sources, the four people were killed in a firing incident that occurred in city area of Kaly Bagh, while the deceased were asleep in their room. The bodies of the deceased have been shifted to their native area in Khyber Agency. According to police, unidentified attackers entered a house in the area of Budhbair and sprayed bullets on the inmates. As a result of indiscriminate firing, four persons died on the spot. The deceased were identified as Zariab, Jangraiz, Amir and Khan Bahadur. Police remained unsuccessful in apprehending the culprits while the cause of the incident is still unknown.—INP

No quota for arms licenses ISLAMABAD—On a point of order in the National Assembly‚ Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that there is no quota for arms licenses after the Sindh High Court judgment. He said a Smart Card was introduced by the Interior Ministry in lieu of old license book. He said in order to cater to large number of pending licenses a second shift has been started in the NADRA offices to facilitate the public.— NNI

Govt-Qadri long march pact challenged in SC ISLAMABAD—A petition was filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday, challenging the written deal signed by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Allama Tahirul Qadri regarding termination of the long march on Jan 17. The petition, filed by Shahid Orakzai, argued that the pact was in contrast with the national sovereignty as it was signed with a foreign national. It said the federation has exceeded its administrative jurisdiction through this agreement. The federation, it continued, has no authority to make any such deal without the consent of President.—INP

Wednesday said system cannot be blamed for personal wrongdoings of politicians. Responding to a point of order by MNA Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the National Assembly, he said, if politicians change their loyalties for personal reasons, it cannot be termed as fault of the system. He said :”Politicians have their own inclination. If some among them continue changing their association with

political parties, it does not mean that all of them are not men of integrity.” Kaira said, masses have their own opinion about each and every politician. Therefore, the members should not defame the system through their personal opinions, he added. About the issue of new provinces, he said, article one of the Constitution can only be changed once the process under constitutional requirement is completed. Responding to another point regarding protest by Hazara community in Balochistan, he

ister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Wednesday dismissed the Indian held Kashmir government public advisory, telling residents to prepare for nuclear war by building basement shelters, as a pressure tactic. “India cannot impose even conventional war on Pakistan, and if it does, each and every child of Kashmir will fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistan armed forces against India,” said Majeed. Meanwhile, Indian-administered Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah described the nuclear warning as a “daft idea.” The State Disaster Response Force in a notice this week urged people to build shelters to prepare for a potential nuclear con-

which has been on edge after deadly border clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops. “What a daft idea!!!” Abdullah said in a post on social networking website Twitter, referring to the advisory which appeared in a local English-language newspaper. The notice instructed residents in the Himalayan region to build toilet-equipped underground shelters “where the whole family can stay for a fortnight” and said the bunkers should be stocked with non-perishable food. A ceasefire took hold last week in the territory after India and Pakistan agreed to halt crossborder firing that threatened to unravel a fragile peace process

Peace marchers call for Kachin riots end YANGON—About 30 Burmese activists set off from Rangoon on a 1,300-km journey by foot to the besieged town of Laiza in Kachin State, calling for an end to the ongoing conflict in Kachin State. According to a report in Radio Free Asia (RFA), the peace marchers said they expect to cover the 800-mile walk in about two months, during which time they hope to gather more participants and step up their peace campaign. The Burmese government

announced a unilateral ceasefire on Friday, following widespread condemnation from the international community, including a severe rebuke from Beijing after at least four bombs or artillery shells fell on the Chinese side of the border. Kachin military sources, however, accuse the Burmese forces of flouting their own ceasefire, and say the Burmese army continues to launch offensives around the Kachin rebel headquarters of Laiza.—AP

party wins an outright victory in the 2015 general election, the government would hold a referendum during the first half of the new five-year parliament, by the end of 2017. He said Britain, a member of the European bloc since 1973, did not want to isolate itself but disillusionment with the EU was “at an all-time

high” and it was essential to radically change the way it functioned. If reforms were not introduced, Britain could “drift” out of the EU, he warned. Cameron said that if he managed to secure terms he was satisfied with, he would campaign “heart and soul” for Britain to remain within the bloc. — AP

COAS witnesses war games

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NATO trooper killed in Afghan attack

said, every Pakistani shared their grief and the government also took necessary measures to console the protestors and to improve law and order situation in the province. He said on the very next day of the incident, the Prime Minister had sent Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahed Shah to resolve the problem. Later, the Prime Minister himself and myself reached there, listened to them and addressed their grievances. “The government dispensed its duties NEW DELHI—India’s main ophonestly and it is not just to talk position Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday elected unopcontrary to facts,” he said. posed senior leader Rajnath Singh as the political outfit’s new President, a day after the incumbent Nitin Gadkari quit the race to the post following an internal revolt in the wake of corruption allegations against him. Immediately after taking over the reins of the party from between the nuclear-armed na- Gadkari, 61-year-old Singh said tions, but tensions remain. State that he was not happy with the civil defence authorities in Kash- circumstances in which he was mir confirmed that they had is- taking over as the party chief. “I’m sued the notice on Monday but hurt by the false allegations on said it “should not be connected Nitin Gadkari. I am accepting this with anything else,” in an appar- post as a responsibility and not a ent reference to the recent bor- job. The whole BJP is with Nitin der flare-up. —AFP Gadkari,” he said. —NNI

AJK PM terms nuclear warning as ‘pressure tactic’ MUZAFFARABAD —Prime Min- flict in the disputed region,

LONDON—Sparking immediate criticism from his main European partners, Prime Minister David Cameron promised Wednesday to give British people a choice on EU membership. In a longawaited speech in London, Cameron vowed to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 giving voters a choice of staying in or leaving the European Union if his party wins the next election. He said he wanted to renegotiate the terms of Britain s troubled membership of the EU before putting the new agreement to a vote. But Britain s main European partners, France and Germany, warned it could not expect to operate by a different set of rules from the other 26 EU members. Cameron said the referendum would offer Britain a “very simple choice” — either to accept the outcome of the negotiations or to leave the EU altoOBSERVER REPORTER gether after four decades of membership.“It is time for the RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army British people to have their say,” Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq he said. Cameron said that if his Parvez Kayani visited Multan Garrison, Wednesday to witness the conduct of Corps War Games. These War Games are being held as part of Azm-e-Nau series exercises. On arrival, COAS was received by Lt Gen Abid Pervaiz, Commander Multan BEIJING—Pakistan and China Corps. have launched the bilateral consultation mechanism on regional situation including Afghanistan in Beijing. The consultation was cochaired by Director General of Department of Asian Affairs of Chinese Foreign Ministry Luo KABUL—One soldier with the Zhaohui and Director General NATO-led coalition forces of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry were killed Wednesday in in- Syed Abrar Hussain. The two sides had an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition forces depth exchange of views on reconfirmed in a press release. gional situation and Afghani“An International Security stan. The two sides agreed that Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died following an the Afghanistan issue concerns insurgent attack in eastern Af- regional security and stability‚ ghanistan today,” the ISAF said and the consultation between in the release. The brief press release disclosed neither the nationality of the victim nor the details about the incident under the ISAF policy, only saying —NNI

BJP elects Rajnath Singh as new party chief

the two strategic partners helps the two countries to coordinate positions and deepen cooperation‚ and contributes to early settlement of the issue. The two sides reiterated their support for the “Afghan-led‚ Afghan-owned” reconciliation process. They also reiterated the commitment to work with regional countries and the international community to help Afghanistan in achieving its objectives of peace‚ stability‚ progress and prosperity. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of consultation on regional situation including Afghanistan in Islamabad. —NNI

Indian Muslim cop goes to SC to save beard

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DELHI —Does growing beard by a Muslim policeman clash with his professional requirement in India as the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine the issue and sought response from the central ministry of home affairs to settle the dispute once and for all, Indian media reported on Wednesday. Zahiroddin Shamsoddin Bedade, a constable in the Maharashtra Reserve Police Force, was permitted by the Commandant to keep beard by a May 7, 2012 order with a caveat that it will be kept trimmed, neat and tidy. Five months later, the Commandant rescinded his earlier order saying the permission to grow beard till the rest of the service was not in accordance with the rules. “In future, if it is found necessary to grow bears temporarily during specific months, Bedade should get such permission from this office,” the

order said. Bedade challenged this order in the Bombay High Court, which dismissed his petition resulting in initiation of disciplinary proceedings against him by the police department. He moved the Supreme Court. A bench of Indian Supreme Court, Justices P Sathasivam and J S Khehar said this issue had arisen in the past before some of the High Courts and most had rejected demands from policeman to keep beard. The time has come for the apex court to examine the issue from the constitutional point of view and settle the controversy once and for all, it said and stayed the disciplinary proceedings against Bedade. The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay HC had held that police force being a secular law enforcing agency, it was of utmost importance that such force must have a secular image.—Online

Nawaz postpones PML-N Sindh leaders meeting SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Nawaz Sharif has postponed the meeting of PMLN leaders from Sindh scheduled for Thursday (today) in Lahore following killings of Joint Secretary of PML-N’s Sindh chapter Mian Taimur and his father Mian Arbab. Nawaz also telephoned Mian Ibrar, the uncle of Mian Taimur and expressed grief and sorrow over killings of PML-N leader and his father. He also lauded their services for the party. The PML-N President condemned the killings and demanded that the culprits be arrested at the earliest.

US rules out extradition of David Headley W ASHINGTON —The United States has ruled out extradition of the American born LeT terrorist David Headley, in lieu of providing critical information to the US agencies about various other terror outfits. The Mumbai attacks accused also agreed to co-operate with the government, as well as any foreign judicial proceedings held inside US through video conferencing or deposition, Attorney Gary S Shapiro informed a Chicago court. The attorney ruled out any extradition for the 26/11 accused under a guilty plea that the American had entered into with the US government and in lieu of the co-operation he extended to the government and the crucial information about various terrorist outfits that he shared with the American investigating agencies. —AP


Jet device injects drugs without needles T HE prospect of less painful medicine shots without needles came a step closer this month, as US researchers revealed how they have developed a device that delivers a controlled, tiny, high-pressure jet into the skin without using a hypodermic needle. While there are already several jet-devices on the market, they tend to be of an “all or nothing” design that delivers the same amount of drug to the same depth each time. However the new jet-injection device that researchers at MIT have engineered can be programmed to deliver medicine into the skin in a range of doses to variable depths in a controlled manner. A statement released earlier this week gives details of the new technology, with comments from study leader Ian Hunter, the George N. Hatsopoulos Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and some members of his team. Earlier this year, the journal Medical Engineering & Physics also published a paper where they describe the progress of their development. One advantage is a reduction in needle-stick injuries. For instance, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 385,000 cases a year in the US of health workers in hospitals accidentally pricking themselves with needles. Another advantage of a needle-less device is it may help improve compliance, for instance among diabetes patients who are reluctant to use hypodermic needles to inject themselves with insulin. Team member Catherine Hogan is a research

scientist in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. She said: “If you are afraid of needles and have to frequently self-inject, compliance can be an issue.” “We think this kind of technology ... gets around some of the phobias that people may have about needles,” she added. Scientists have been working for some time to find alternatives to the hypodermic needle. For instance, nicotine patches are one example of how to release drugs through the skin. But there is a limit to the size of the molecule you can use in a patch: it has to be small enough to pass through the pores of the skin, which rules out larger protein-based drugs, for instance, which are increasing in use. A jet injector device delivers a high-velocity jet that penetrates the skin. But while these are commercially available, many have spring-loaded designs, they are all limited by the fact they deliver the same amount of drug each time to the same depth of skin. But thanks partly to a “custom highstroke linear Lorentz-force motor that is feedback controlled during the time-course of an injection”, the MIT jet injector can deliver a range of doses to variable depth in a highly controlled manner. The feed-back control aspect of it allows the device to react in “real time” and adjust itself accordingly to meet the programmed instruction.The Lorentz-force motor is essentially a small, powerful magnet surrounded by a wire coil attached to a piston located inside a drug ampoule.

Libyan Chief Justice visits Lok Virsa I SLAMABAD —Justice Kamal people of Pakistan depicted in rich and the poor, the rulers B.A. Dhan, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Libya accompanied by his entourage visited National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) here at Shakarparian on Wednesday. This visit was coordinated by Federal Shariat Court. On arrival, he was received by senior officials of Lok Virsa Heritage Museum and briefed him about important aspects of Pakistan’s traditional culture with special emphasis on the mandate and functioning of Lok Virsa as a specialized body working towards documentation, preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage. Later on, he was given a round of the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as the Heritage Museum, spreading over 60,000 square feet of area portraying living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the

dioramas and cultural displays in the museum. However, the distinguished delegate took keen interest in the museum displays. He was particularly impressed by the “Hall of Sufis and Shrines” wherein the services of the Sufis and scholars has been creatively explained through dioramic form showing Sufi message of peace and harmony to the mankind. He was explained that the word “*Sufi”* is derived from Arabic word “Safa” meaning purity. Sufism is a mystic tradition encompassing a diverse range of beliefs and practices. This mystic Sufi tradition has existed in all parts of Pakistan and is a binding force that brings people of diverse cultures together. The saints whose shrines dot the landscape are the meeting place of the masses; the

and the ruled serve as a humanizing force in society at both cultural and spiritual levels. Lok Virsa’s officers further apprised that besides establishing this display, Lok Virsa has also published a series of books on the works of Sufi poets and saints such as Sultan Bahu, Baba Bhullay Shah, Sachal Sarmast, Laal Shahbaz Qalandar, Waris Shah, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, etc., The delegate also amazed to see the displays on folk tales, textile, and women at work, wedding rituals in Cholistan desert, silk thread and hall of architecture. Talking to Lok Virsa’s senior officials on the conclusion of the visit, Libian Chief Justice said “Pakistan has a very rich, diverse and beautiful culture which has been nicely presented in this museum”.— Online

RAWALPINDI: A beautiful illuminated view of Dhoke Charaghdin decorated with colourful lights in connection to Eid Milad.

PNCA Board takes decisions to revive film industry ISLAMABAD—Board of Governors of Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Wednesday took some important decisions for revival of feature film industry. Minister for National Heritage and Integration, Ms. Samina Khalid Ghurki chaired the 14th meeting which also accorded its formal approval for acceleration of matters pertaining to Film Wing of PNCA. It was decided to take a number of steps for preservation and projection of performing and visual arts and artists in their related fields of arts. The Chairperson also accorded approval to set-up another committee and nomination of convener.It also set up committees to review matters about visual and performing arts with particular reference to safeguarding, preservation and promotion of arts and artists. It was decided that committee set up to review the outgoing national cultural delegations, will be headed by a representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Board of Governors unanimously approved right of gratuity for employees of PNCA.—APP

Eid Milad arrangements

2200 cops to perform security duties CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The preparations to celebrate Eid Milad-unNabi, Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH) with great reverence and fervour, are in full swing while arrangements are being made to ensure foolproof security on 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal. According to the security plan finalized here in a meeting held in Commissioner Office, chaired by Commissioner Rawalpindi Imdad Ullah Bosal, it has been decided to impose Section 144 imposed on that day. All the teaching hospitals of the town would be on red alert while elaborate security arrangements would be made to ensure strict security on the day of Jashan-e-Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) on 12th Rabi-ulAwwal, which will fall on January 25 (Friday). Close circuit cameras are being installed on the routes of the procession, to be taken out on Eid Milad un Nabi. Heavy contingents of police would be de-

ployed on the routes. The meeting was briefed in this regard by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar and Regional Police Officer Capt (R) Muhammad Zubair. The DCO informed that Ulema have also been taken onboard and were asked for cooperation with security agencies. Religious scholars promised to cooperate with the security officials and the city administration on the day. The final traffic and security plans have been announced. Various social, cultural, educational institutions and religious organisations have also finalised programmes to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi PBUH. Big congregations would be held at various spots on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal, throughout the city under the supervision of religious organization. Arrangements to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi PBUH are in full swing across the city. A large number of buildings,

houses, shops, markets, mosques and shrines in the city are being decorated with colourful lights. Programmes, including Mahaafil-e-Naat, are also being finalised for the day. Meanwhile, Islamabad Police have chalked out an elaborate security plan for main procession of Eid Milad-ul-Nabi on 12th Rabi-ul-Awal and 2200 cops will perform security duties. Strict patrolling of police will be ensured during procession and other religious gatherings in the city. According spokesman , Islamabad police including Rangers and personnel of other law enforcement agencies will perform patrolling and security duties on this occasion and main procession starting from Sector G-7 will be completely cordoned off through heavy deployment. He said that procession will carried out from sector G-7 (Sitara Market) and it will culminate near shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmud at Aabpara market after passing through various routes.

Awareness about road safety CITY REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I —Senior Superintendant of Police (SSP) Farooq Azam on Wednesday urged the road users to take heed of road safety messages as most accidents that occur on the roads are caused by human error and can be avoided. He said this while addressing a seminar on road safetyeveryone’s resposibility jointly organized by Motorway Police and Faiz-Ul-Islam Higher Secondary School, Mandra.

Sudanese National Day

Sudanese desert radiating simplicity, innocence and love Islamic bondage is bedrock of relations; Mutual trust, a key to brotherly ties: Alshafie Ahmed Mohamed; Grand show bursts into emotions of sincerity and brotherhood LIAQAT TOOR

strong sense of affinity, broth- politicians from all shades of Members of diplomatic corps erhood and amity on this hap- political spectrum including including, a large number of HE desert of Sudan is al piest day of Sudan, Pakistani Syed Mushahid Hussain, Farid ambassadors from Arab and Piracha, parliamentarians, be- African countries, educationways considered in Paki elites thronged the show. It was a grand gala where longing to all parts of Pakistan, ists, students, mediamen, stan as centre of love for Islam and Prophet Muhammed (Peace be Upon Him) where flowers of simplicity, innocence, sincerity, peace and love bloom, giving a message to the world that darkness of intolerance, violence and inhumanity can not find its place here. Republic of Sudan, one of the closest friends of Pakistan has been taking new turns after passing through its difficult times. Emerging as one of the strongest countries in the North East of Africa, just across the Red Sea, Islamabad and Khartoum stood by each other like a rock on many occasions which put their relations on the highest pedestal. In this situation, a tall and articulate ambassador from this land of Nile, Alsahfie Ahmed Mohamed threw a grand show on Tuesday ISLAMABAD: Chief guest Federal Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Amevening in a local hotel to cel- bassador of Sudan Alshafie Ahmed Mohamed, Secretary General PML-Q Mushahid Hussain ebrate 57th National Day of Sayed, Ambassador of Egypt Said Hindam, Ambassador of Morocco Mohammed Rida El his country. In a massive re- Fassi, Ambassador of Algeria Dr Ahmad Benflis and others cutting the cake on the occasion sponse to demonstrate a of the 57th National Day of the Republic of Sudan at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

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Guests posing for a photo during the National Day reception of Sudan.

businessmen and friends of Sudan assembled to exchange greetings with the ambassador who looked like a Sufi with elderly wisdom attired in his traditional dress holding a stick in his hand. The ambassador along with his team was standing to welcome his guests on the occasion where a cultural troupe, especially invited from Sudan mesmerized the audience with melodious songs and tunes of the desert. Extending warm hospital to his guests, the eloquent ambassador who struggled to further cement Pak-Sudan relations in all spheres of life was standing in the centre of the show. On arrival of the chief Guest Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Minister for Railways, the evening burst into emotions of love and affection the people of both the countries were having for each other. After the National Anthems of both the countries were played, Alshafie Ahmed Mohamed was joined by the

Chief Guest and other eminent personalities to cut the ceremonial cake amidst applause by the participants. Two screens on the corners of the hall were radiating socioeconomic life of Sudan while music continued to enthrall the audience who stayed in the ceremony for two and half hours. The guests were treated with traditional dishes of Pakistan and Sudan. Pak-Sudan relations have been progressing on fast track, particularly in the fields of trade and commerce. Members of business community of Pakistan were rushing towards the emerging economy, for which credit goes to the ambassador and his team of diplomats. Pakistan and Sudan have stood by each other in the hours of trial. It has proved the time tested friendship based on Islamic brotherhood can not eclipse in any circumstances as people of both the states are the guarantors to such close affinity.


Lack of gas supply facility

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February 1 THE Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad is organizing a Public Talk on ‘Peacekeeping, Peace building and State4building in Afghanistan: Lessons from Liberia by Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loej, Chair of the International Board and Members of PLAN International and Former Special Representative of the UN, Secretary General for Liberia, at 1130 hrs at its premises. February 05 PRIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to chair Kashmir Convention to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day at the Auditorium Hall, Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad at 3:00 pm. Speakers include President AJK Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan, Prime Minister AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and others.

CDG imposes fines on 14 nanbais for overcharging R AWALPINDI —City District Government (CDG) is conducting raids to check price of roti while a number of nanbais who were found overcharging,imposed fines. Special instructions had been issued to the assistant commissioners to conduct raids and impose fines on those selling Roti at Rs7 as CDG has launched operation to check price of roti at tandoors. Assistant Commissioner City Fahad Azeem conducted raids on Tuesday in several localities of Waris Khan area and imposed fines to 14 nanbais. He warned that cases would be registered against the nanbais found overcharging and they would be sent behind the bars. He informed that the rates of roti have not been increased. It is pertinent to mention here that Wheat flour crisis has hit the city with the price of a 20kg bag jumping to Rs820 against the official rate of Rs670. After the increase, the prices of Roti and other wheat products like bread and rusk have gone up despite the City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR)s claim that there was no shortage of wheat flour or an increase in the prices. Tandoors are now selling Roti at Rs7 against Rs6 last week. Bread is available in bakeries for Rs55 against the previous price of Rs45. “Wheat and fine wheat flour prices have gone up so we have to increase the prices of our products,” said Altaf, the owner of a bakery in Kiani Road. Last week, the CDGR had increased the price of the 20kg wheat flour bag from Rs620 to Rs670 but the retailers refused to accept it and fixed the price at Rs820. The residents are being seen shuttling between one bazaar and another in search of wheat flour at the official rate of Rs670 per 20kg bag. Atif, a shopkeeper at Peoples Colony Bazaar, said the whole salers and millers had not been providing them wheat flour for the last two days.—APP

Body of newborn recovered RAWALPINDI—Dead body of a newborn baby was recovered from Fauji Colony here the other day. In the area of Pirwadhai police Station some unknown persons threw the dead body of new born baby in vacated plot in Fauji colony and escaped from the scene successfully. On getting information, police reached the spot and took the dead body of a new born into custody. Later on, they shifted him to hospital for autopsy. Police has registered the case and started thorough investigation.—Online

of the Farooq Azam Road, Shamsabad, Khayban-e-Sir Syed and other areas of Rawalpindi city have threatened to stage protest demonstrations and stop paying utility bills if adequate gas pressure was not restored forthwith. Talking to INP, the residents deplored government for failing to provide basic facilities to masses and said that they have been facing problems to carryout kitchen activities owing to low gas pressure. Muhammad Ajmal, resident of Farooq Azam Road said that people are pushed in Stone Age due to the artificial shortage of various commodities and added, “We use alternate methods to cook food and carry out other household activities”. “We receive inflated gas bills at the end of the month but hardly get gas supply during most part of the day,” he added. “We do not get adequate gas supply even during CNG closure under load management program,” Shoiab Abbasi, an-

They threatened to stage protests against low gas pressure and refuse to pay bills if situation did not improve. Meanwhile, residents of Bahara Kahu New Abadi have voiced strong protest against lack of basic amenity of gas supply to the area, The project of laying 1000 feet pipeline for supply of gas to the area has been approved and countless survey have been conducted but the area still stands deprived of the gas supply facility. Despite repeated announcements by chairman senate Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and claims made by coordinator Sibtul Hassan Bokhari, the dream of gas supply to this has become a distant dream instead of coming true, said a group of residents. All such announcements made by these two political leaders have proved false hopes and mere a gimmickry as all the politicians do, said Ghulam Hussain, a shopkeeper.

“We are forced to purchase costly gas cylinders in this blood curdling chilly weather and the age of skyrocketing prices of the essential commodities. We have to incur half of the domestic budget on purchase of cylinders and the remaining requirements are met out of credit amount we have to take from others every month, said Naeem Ahmad, a low paid government employee. “We have to daily go to the forest located at far off distance to chop wood to meet our kitchen requirements due to lack of sui gas facility”, said Jamil Ahmad, a laborer. The building of government middle school bears witness that all political leaders come here and make announcement for supply of gas but their slogans are never materialized, said Sul- ISLAMABAD: Children presenting a tableau during a ceremony organized by Volunteer Women’s Organization in honour of First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir tan Ahmad, a teacher. The residents have demanded immediate arrangements for supply of gas to the area otherwise they will be constrained to hold protest rallies till the acceptance of their demand.—INP/Online

Land mafia halts uplift work in Sector G-14 CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Land mafia has again become active in Sector G-14 and stopped workers of the construction company appointed for the development of the sector, after which the uplift work has been halted. Sources said that a group of affectees halted uplift work in sector G-14 and demanded

award of compensation before the start of development work. In this regard, an employee of the construction company said that providing security to them was the responsibility of the housing foundation. Allottees of the sector have appealed the concerned authority to take notice of the situation and deploy Rangers for the security of the workers of the con-

struction company. They also appealed to establish a permanent police check post in the sector and register cases against the elements involved in land grabbing and hindering development work. They said that they had made payment for the plots to get their houses constructed by the delay was causing a mental and financial torture to them.

PM recommends remission in prisoners sentences on Eid Milad

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has advised the President to grant special remission in the sentence of prisoners on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Rab-ul-Awal) falling on 25th January 2013. The Prime Minister has recommended total remission to female prisoners who are 60 years of age or above and to male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above who have undergone at least one third of sentence of imprisonment. Special Remission of one year has been recommended for female prisoners who have accompanying children and total remission to juvenile convicts (under 18 years of age) who have served 1/3rd of their substantive sentence. This remission will, however, not be applicable to the prisoners involved in such heinous crimes as terrorism, Antistate activities and culpable homicide.—INP

Volunteers engaged in educational institutes ISLAMABAD—In order to over-

ISLAMABAD: Models pose for photo during concluding ceremony of Beautician Workshop at Women Working and Developing Centre G-7.

Islamabad residents decry overcharging by transporters I S L A M A B A D —Commuters creased fare and Rawalpindi which I resisted.” and residents have showed their anger over charging of inflated fares on Route No 1 in the federal capital, saying the authorities concerned were not paying heed to the injustice on part of the transporters. The commuters, talking to INP, said that the conductors and drivers start misbehaving if they object to the overcharging. They said that the public transport plying between Rawalpindi and Islamabad in-

Transport Authority (RTA) also issued a new fare list, increasing stop-to-stop fare from Rs13 to 15. The transporters charged the same fare in Islamabad despite the fact that stop-to-stop fare in Islamabad is Rs13. Rashid Minhas, a resident of Sector G-8/4, talking to INP, said, “I go to Ayub Chowk daily on public transport on Route No 1. The conductors started overcharging a few days ago and showed me a fare list issued by RTA

The transporters were charging fares fixed by Rawalpindi Transport Authority in Islamabad and the federal capital authorities were not taking any action to implement their fare list in its jurisdictions, he added. The residents and commuters of Islamabad have demanded of the high-ups and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) to take notice of the situation and ensure implementation of fares on all the routes in Islamabad’s territory.—INP

come shortage of teaching and other staff in education institutes run by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) in Bhara Kahu sector of the Islamabad, the heads of these institutes have hired volunteers. Officials of the educational institutes said that the cooperation of volunteers in this connection would bring positive change in education standard besides improving overall atmosphere of the educational institutes. They said that education system was badly affected due to the shortage of teachers and non-teaching staff in the education institutes. After evaluating the shortage of staff in these institutions, head of the educational institutes have started hiring volunteers to boost education in the said sector. However, exact number of the volunteers hired in education institutes could not be ascertained.—INP

PC-1 worked out on construction of underpass

RAWALPINDI—PC-1 has been worked out in connection with construction of underpass between district courts Rawalpindi and judicial complex. The estimated cost of this underpass stands at Rs 70 million. National Logistic Cell (NLC) has prepared PC-1 and sent it to the Highway Department Punjab. It will be further forwarded to secretary C and W and its final approval will be obtained from chairman PND. As per PC-1 underpass will be 270 feet long, 13 feet, 9 inch wide and 10 feet high. Depth of road will be 12 feet. Period of completion of work has been set ranging between one and one and a half month. In the initial estimate, a sum of Rs 10 to 15 million has been earmarked for utility services. ISLAMABAD: Principal Educators School, Tipu Road Campus Ms Hira, in a group photo- The project also includes shiftgraph with students who participate in The Educators 9th Regional Level Speech Contest ing of water supply pipeline and gas supply line.—Online 2013 at Islamabad Club.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Residents demand fixing of water leakage

ISLAMABAD—The residents of Street No.18 of Sector I-10/1 have demanded Capital Development Authority (CDA) to fix the leakage of water supplyline so as to stop continuous waste of water. The residents, talking to INP, said that the leakage was not only wasting water but also damaging the roads, adding that pipeline has been broken at three to four points but the civic body have turned a blind eye towards the matter. Muhammad Zahid, a resident of the sector said that wa-

ter leakage lead to wastage of sufficient amount of water but civic authority, instead of improving water supply to the dwellers of federal capital, even failed to fix the leakages. He said that complain was registered with focal person of the civic body in the area but to no avail, as no worker had yet turned up to repair the leaking water pipeline. Residents urged CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz to direct the concerned officials to mend the water leakage in the sector.— INP

IIUI installs new heating system ISLAMABAD —The Inaugural ning) IIUI including male & ceremony of Hydronic Heating System installed at Mariyam Block (Female Campus), Science & Technology Block, Faculty of Engineering & Technology Block (Male Campus) of the International Islamic University, was held at the female campus of the university on Wednesday. Prof. Dr. Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman, President IIUI inaugurated the new system. Dr. Zaitoon Begum, Director Female Campus, Engineer Tahir Khan, Director (Project &Plan-

Female faculty members and students were also present on the occasion. Prof. Dr. Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman said that the university administration is fully aware of the problems of students and trying to solve it on priority basis. He said that we are trying our best to provide each and every possible facility to the students so that they may keep continue their study and research work without any hurdle.—Online

Erroneous 5th, 8th grade roll slips perturb students

RAWALPINDI—Students, parents and teachers of Rawalpindi district have protested against the faulty roll number slips of 5th and 8th grade annual examinations under the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC). The students and parents, terming the education policy of the provincial government a failure, said that errors in the names, fathers’ names and subjects endangered future of the students. According to sources, total 99,745 candidates of 5th and 8th grade, including 54,245 of 5th grade and 45,500 of 8th grade, were dispatched roll number slips for annual examination. Many of the roll number slips have errors in candidates’ names, fathers’ names, roll numbers and subjects. The students and parents have started complaining to the teachers and administrations of their schools, who are blaming the PEC’s officials and authorities. Meanwhile, the PEC has established 5,742 examination centers in Punjab, including 270 centers in Rawalpindi district, for the annual examinations 2013 of 8th grade to be started on February 01.— INP

ISLAMABAD: Labourers busy in construction work of road near Zero Point in Federal Capital.

Allegations of corrupt officers in HEC denied

Police nab 21 outlaws

RAWALPINDI—The City Police ISLAMABAD —Repeated alle- stituted by the Prime Minis- in its drive against anti-social gations from the legislators against allegedly corrupt officers of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have been denied by a well placed official source with a submission that the Parliamentarians should always come up with solid evidences. The source told Online in a special discussion that role of HEC is just like a post office, HEC receives funding from the government in terms of recurring and development funding. He said that HEC spends this money on its multiple projects which are with HEC and universities on its stake. He added that more than 15000 scholarships awards have been issued to the students through National Scholarship Management Committee (NSMC), which was con-

ter (PM). The source stated that the funding from the government always audited by the government’s concerned department, then how the allegations of corruption can be raised against HEC’s high officials. “If the legislators have any proof against the alleged officials they should come up on respective forums, “he added. He said that the NSMC always use to select students for scholarship awards on merit basis, it doesn’t depend on personal likeness of HEC high officials. Earlier, the allegations were raised by the legislators on floor of the National Assembly while replying to a calling attention notice about irregularities in the HEC.—Online

elements on Wednesday arrested 21 accused from different localities and recovered illegal arms and drugs from their possession. Gujjar Khan Police arrested Ismael, Ali and Amjad and recovered 1030 grams charas, 455 grams charas and 12 bottles of liquor from them respectively. It also arrested Liaquat and recovered a 30-bore pistol from him. Saddar Baironi Police apprehended Khalid and Asif for carrying 220 grams charas and seven bottles of liquor respectively. Banni Police caught Javed, Rahat and Gulfaraz and recovered 18 bottles of liquor from them. Sadiqabad Police nabbed Shahrukh and Babar with 14 bottles of liquor, while the Cantt. Police held Aqeel and Imran for carrying five bottles of liquor, besides it arrested two drunkards namely Hassan and Islam.—APP


Indian Republic Day heaps miseries on IHK people Dialogue mechanism urged to resolve Kashmir dispute SRINAGAR—Miseries of the leading to the venue.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in a group photo with the delegation of Supreme Court Bar Association, AJK in Supreme Court.

JKPFL pays homage to martyr Yousuf Zangi S RINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League (JKPFL) has pays rich tributes to prominent freedom fighter Muhammad Yousuf Chopan alias Noor-ud-Din Zangi on his 13th martyrdom anniversary. To commemorate the sacrifices of Yousuf Zangi a meeting was held in PFL office Srinagar. The meeting was chaired by General Secretary PFL Ghulam Ahmed Paray. Speakers highlighted the work of martyr regarding Kashmir struggle. It is here worth mentioning that the martyr had impressed people with his honest struggle, reiterating the struggle of Kashmiri people for the achievement of freedom. The speakers vowed to continue the struggle against occupation of Kashmir by India. In his native home Bandipora prayer meetings were held and Quran was recited to seek eternal blessings for the soul of the departed leader.It is to be remembered that Indian troops had martyred Yousuf Zangi after arresting him in Bandipora calling it an encounter with Indian forces.—NNI

Govt responsible for killings: AJKPC

Fazl asks India to stop threatening Pakistan I SLAMABAD — Chairman of Special Committee of Parliament on Kashmir aulana Fazlur Rehman has asked Indian leaders to stop threatening Pakistan and accept the offer of resolution of all issues peacefully. “Pakistanis had taken care of their independence for the last 65 years and Inshallah do the same in future as well” the Chairman of Kashmir committee remarked. Maulana Fazlur Rehman observed that he repeatedly underscored the importance of Kashmir issue and stressed for its resolution because if it was not doe all other steps for peace n the sub continent would collapse like the house of cards.

He said Pakistan and India have inked treaties in the fields of transport, communication, sports, culture, immigration and trade which could not sustain a jolt at the Line of Control and came to standstill. The swan song of the Indian leaders for friendship and “amn ki asha” also stopped. The Chairman Kashmir Committee said India was making efforts for declaring the Pakistanis as extremists and terrorists. However we always emphasized that extremism and terrorism have no religion or country. Now the Indian Home Minister has admitted the existence of terrorist camps in India run by extremist Hindus . He said India should

clean its stead as soon as possible. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Kashmir was the core issue which should be resolved at the earliest possible. Unless it is resolved, efforts to settle other issues will not fructify. He said the Pakistanis know how to defend their homeland and the aggressor will be given a befitting response. He said Pakistan will continue its support for the genuine struggle of the Kashmiris till the Kashmir issue is resolved. He asked the government of Pakistan not to accord the Most Favoured National (MFN) status to India unless the reservations from the quarters concerned are removed.—INP

Salahuddin exhorts Hurriyat leaders to unite SRINAGAR— Reiterating his appeal to the Hurriyat Conference factions to unite and come to a common platform, United Jehad Council Chairman, Syed Salahuddin has said that no faction of the Hurriyat Conference should single handedly enter into a dialogue with New Delhi. He also rejected the idea of bilateral dialogue between any two parties for solution to the vexed Kashmir issue. “Bilateral dialogue cannot serve any purpose and could be harmful the interests of the ongoing movement. So if there has to be a dialogue, it must be tripartite, and only one faction of the Hurriyat Conference should not enter into dialogue with In-

dia”, said Syed Salahuddin while talking to KNS. On the Hurriyat Conference (M)’s recent Pakistan Visit, the Hizb Chief said that the situation demanded unification of leadership and therefore efforts should be made for reunification of all the separatist political forces. “I would urge all the pro-freedom Kashmiri leaders to get united for the sake of the mission. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Yasin Malik and all other leaders should exhibit a united strength and come on a common platform”, he said. “When all of them have the same goal, all are there for the

same mission, I don’t understand why they are not sitting on the same table”, wondered the UJC Chief, adding that the time had come when these leaders must reach a consensus and work together. Criticizing the former President of Pakistan Gen (rtd) Parvez Musharf, Syed Salahuddin said that the former dictator should have understood that by proposing the four point formula, he was losing his bargaining position. “If anyone had to gain from his formula, it was only India and none else”, said the Hizb Chief. He, however, was quick to add that political, diplomatic and public role can not be out rightly ruled out in reaching a consensus.—NNI

people have increased manifold as Indian troops and police personnel have geared up surprise frisking and checking across the Kashmir Valley in the name of so-called security ahead of India’s Republic Day on Saturday, 26th January. Strict security arrangements have been put in place in and around the Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the 26th January celebrations in the Valley. The personnel of police and CRPF have laid a siege around the stadium to prevent people from passing through the roads

Delhi has failed to suppress liberation movement: Naqash S RINAGAR — All

Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Islamic Political Party Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash has said that India has totally failed in suppressing the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement Mohammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India should come forward for just, honourable and lasting solution in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He stressed that United Nations Military Observers Group, stationed on both sides of Line of Control (LoC) for supervising ceasefire should also devise the mechanism to monitor the uncertain situation created by brutal operation of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and report the incidents of human rights violations date-wise to the United Nations. The APHC leader extended support to the strike call given by pro-freedom camps on January 26, the Indian Republic Day and stressed people to observe the day as a black day and re-

Waza castigates IHK authorities for rights violations

J AMMU — All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has said that the government was responsible for the killings of village heads as it has failed to provide security to S RINAGAR — In occupied them despite of threats. Kashmir, the All Parties “Omar government is reHurriyet Conference (APHC) sponsible for killings of the leader and the Chairman of members of panchayats — any Jammu and Kashmir Peoples killing of member of commuLeague (JKPL), Mukhtar nity in future would also be reAhmad Waza has castigated the sponsibility of government,” occupation authorities and their AJKPC chairman Shafiq Mir agencies for unleashing a reign told reporters here. He said the of terror in the territory. government has failed to protect Mukhtar Ahmad Waza vislives of the community memited the family of Abdul Hamid bers — who are being killing in Sheikh, resident of Laroo the Valley. Kulgam, whose family was haHe criticized the governrassed, torched and his two ment for adopting delaying tacdaughters were molested by the tics to provide security to the Indian police during a night panchayat members. “Such atraid. He expressed concern over titude indicates that government the way adopted by police to was deliberately silent on atdeal with civil cases. tacks on Panchayat members so Addressing a gathering outthat they don’t raise the issue of side their residence, he castiempowerment”. gated authorities for unleashing AJKPC General Secretary a reign of terror among the Anil Sharma termed the killing people and particularly in the of Habibullah Mir as a direct family. He said that police had target on AJKPC. “Habibullah committed grave human rights Mir was targeted because he violations Indian forces were was the most active and senior involved in rights violations and leader of AJKPC in Kashmir,” no one had been punished for he said adding if any Panchayat their crimes that they had done. member was targeted in future He said, “The territory has NEELUM: GOC 12 Div Maj Gen Najmul Hassan is being received at Taigian (Neelum then the government would be now become a police state and responsible for deaths.—NNI Valley) by Deputy Commissioner Saqib Munir. violating human rights has become the habit of Indian SAJJAD SHAUKAT

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N the one hand, India has been emphasising to strengthen the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with Pakistan to normalise relations between both the countries, but on the other, it has continuously been giving a greater setback to the CBMs in one or the other way, which shows Indian dubious approach. In this regard, Indian soldiers crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir on January 6, this year and attacked a Pakistani check post in Haji Pir sector, killing one Pakistani soldier and injuring many troops. Besides, Indian troops shot dead two Pakistani soldiers at Hotspring on the LoC on January 10 and 15. In this respect, the Pakistani Foreign Office summoned the Indian High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest on the repeated and un-

provoked attacks on Pakistani soldiers. The Pakistani foreign secretary also asked India to “thoroughly investigate the repeated ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian troops”, reiterating the offer to hold an independent inquiry through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which India flatly refused. There have been three blatant violations by Indian troops in five days, which have given a blow to the ceasefire of 2003 along the LoC. While in order to justify its open aggression, India concocted a fabricated story of accusing Pakistan of killing and beheading its two soldiers in the same area of the LoC. Despite the fact that Pakistan’s civil and army spokesmen have denied Indian baseless allegations of behead-

A spokesman for the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement strongly reacted to the Indian External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid’s assertion that all issues between Pakistan and India should be settled bilaterally without the involvement of the United Nations. The spokesman said that Kashmir was an internationallyrecognised dispute, which could not be resolved through bilateral talks. APHC leaders, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash in their state-

Army Chief General Bikram Singh also threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for the alleged killing of two soldiers in fighting near the disputed border of Kashmir, saying, he had asked his commanders there to be aggressive in the face of provocation. Earlier, India’s external affairs ministry had summoned Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir to protest the killing of the two Indian soldiers. Even Indian Prime Minister Singh allegedly said on January 15 that there could be no “business as usual” with Pakistan after a clash along the LoC in Kashmir in which two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated. However, ISPR spokesman stated that Pakistan has lodged a strong protest during a flag meeting between Pakistani and Indian military officials on con-

tinuous ceasefire violations including attempted raid by Indian troops on the LoC in which two Pakistani soldiers were martyred. Meanwhile, while referring to the recent breakthrough in bilateral ties Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has pointed out in wake of Indian propaganda that she did not see the recent violations of the LoC ceasefire derailing or setting back the peace process with India, explaining that the government and people of Pakistan were committed to normalising relations with India. Notably, Indian conflicting reports of Indian media and rulers have exposed New Delhi’s self-created story. In this context, some say that one Indian soldier was decapitated, while some reveal the beheading of two soldiers. India is

Mehmood Ahmad Saghar called upon international human rights organisations to take notice of the plight of the Kashmiris illegally detained in different jails of India and the occupied territory. In New Delhi, the participants of a two-day seminar organised by Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, New Delhi and Jinnah Institute, Islamabad through a joint resolution called upon the governments of Pakistan and India to evolve a result-oriented and monitorable mechanism of dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute.—KMS

Police implicating TeH activist in Sarpanch’s killing: Geelani SRINAGAR—The Chairman of implicating them in false cases.” of in a murder case of a Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that the Sopore Police was trying to implicate the Tehreek-eHurriyat member Abdul Majid Lone of Logaripora, Bomai, in the killing of Sarpanch to put a cover on its own failures and shortcomings. “Police is trying to implicate Lone in the killing of Sarpanch without any proof and evidence,” said Geelani in a statement from New Delhi, adding “It (police) are trying to make TeH workers a scapegoat to hide its own weaknesses by

“If Police and authorities do not change their undemocratic behavior and keep on choking the political space it would definitely pave way for revival of gun culture in the state,” Geelani said. “No doubt the role of Panchs and Sarpanchs is detrimental for ongoing movement but we believe in fighting our opponents in a democratic way. We also wish to get them into our fold and movement but in a civilized and polite way. Earlier police had tried to involve Tehreek leader Nasir Abdullah

Sarpanch at Palhalan and later on even Omar Abdullah announced that neither any Mujahid nor any political worker was involved in killings of Sarpanch,” said Geelani. Referring to the case of a Sarpanch, killed in Logripora Sopore, Geelani said the police called Tehreek worker Abdul Majid Lone and arrested him. “Police then subjected him to severe torture and he was compelled to confess his involvement in murder case,” he added.—NNI

MUZAFFARABAD: ‘Save the Ground’ Tehreek leader Khawaja Yasir Maqbol informing the district Administration about the civic difficulties.

Gowkadal massacre horrors fresh in memories SRINAGAR—Describing the horror of Gowkadal massacre, eye witnesses’ memories are still fresh. They still have the horrible scene, gun shots, and death ling on roads and injured crying for help before their eyes. One of the eye witness Farooq Ahmad Wani could not stop his tears while describing the scene. “I was posted as assistant executive engineer in PHE those days. There were non availability of drinking water in some localities of city. Curfew was imposed and I as a responsible officer got some curfew passes from Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to ensure drinking water through tanks to the general public. I was not allowed to proceed at Jahagir Chowk by CRPF and Policemen already deployed there”, said Wani. He said that

Indian dubious approach

ing its two soldiers, Indian top officials, the opposition party and media have perennially been launching a blame game to distort the image of Pak Army and Pakistan. In this context, Indian Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne stated on January 12 in threatening tone that India will be forced to consider other options, if ceasefire violations continue from the Pakistan side across the Line of Control. On the same day, senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rajnath Singh asked the Manmohan Singh-led government to stop all dialogue and confidencebuilding measures with Pakistan due to the alleged brutal beheadings of Indian soldiers and recall its High Commissioner to Islamabad over the alleged ceasefire violations. On January 14, Indian

ments called upon India to come forward for a just, honourable and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute as per people’s aspirations. The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League at a meeting presided over by its Secretary General, Ghulam Ahmed Paray in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to a martyred liberation activist, Muhammad Yousuf Chopan on his martyrdom anniversary, being observed today. In Islamabad, the APHCAJK chapter at a meeting presided over by its Convenor,

making noise with the assistance of its media to accelerate its venomous propaganda so as to show to the world that Pak Army is involved in violations along the disputed border of Kashmir, and Pakistan intends to derail the CMBs. Regrettably, our media is so engaged in manipulating internal controversial issues that the incident of indiscriminate firing on Pakistani soldiers at LoC could hardly get any coverage. Country’s media commentators have totally failed in countering Indian propaganda campaign in this respect. In fact, India is emphasising more on CBMs than to pay attention for the settlement of real issues. Notably, regarding the visit of India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Pakistan on September 9, 2012, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khar stated

he opted for Gowkadal route to reach at Habbakadal. “As soon as I reached at Gowkadal bride, CRPF men opened unprovoked firing on the procession resulting in killing of innocent Kashmiris”, he added. He said that there was no space to move towards to the safer place as bullets were coming from every side and he lied on the bride, adding, “My face on the ground was touching the burning charcoal. As soon as the gun shots stopped I made my head a bit upward”. He said that one of the CRPF shouted “Sir he is still alive” after he had saw him making movement. He said that officer pointed gun towards to him to kill but Wani quickly responded that he was a government officer on duty, adding, “It didn’t make any effect against the intention of that CRPF of-

ficer and he fired several bullets upon me resulting in deadly injuries”. He said the injured that could make any sign indicating him alive was shot dead. Terming the massacre intentional, an eye witness continues, “Another CRPF officer who saw me wants to kill me after sawing me alive. It was another colleague who said him that not to waste bullets as the injured (Wani) will die himself shortly”. The eyewitness, former Managing Director JK Cements Wani said that the injured persons were boarded in a transport. “I was observing the surroundings when I opened the eyes. It was moment of courage hearing the people around me speaking Kashmiri language and I found myself at PCR where I was referred to hospital for treatment”, said Wani.—NNI

that with her counterpart Krishna, she discussed all the outstanding issues such as terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, water and especially main dispute of Kashmir. Both the countries also signed agreements of liberalised visa regime and a memorandum of understanding on cultural exchanges in addition to agreeing on new crossLine of Control (LoC) Confidence Building Measures related to trade and travel. Nevertheless, implementation of these agreements has started. In this context, Islamabad also signed a number of trade agreemens with New Delhi, which allowed India exports of mutltiple items across the Wagah border. It is also likely to grant India Most Favoured Nation status, which permits trade in almost everything. But like Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his trip, S M Krishna had warned

that in case of Mumbai-like incident; relations between the two countries could lapse. As part of the CBMs, under the Aman Ki Asha initiative, recently renowned Pakistani and Indian media anchors, retired high civil and military officials including film stars have participated in various seminars and gatherings in both the countries to create favourable atmosphere to intensify the peace process, and to discuss practical solutions to the bilateral issues. By setting aside the CBMs, recently, India decided to erect a ‘floating fence’, anchored by submerged metallic meshes, along the disputed Sir Creek border area with Pakistan. Sir Creek which sits in the Rann of Kutch marshlands is the 96 km narrow piece of water between India’s Gujarat state and Pakistan’s Sindh province is sovereign part of Pakistan’s territory.—Kashmir Watch.


Fauji Fertilizer declares dividends KARACHI—Fauji Fertilizers Company has posted a profit after tax of Rs 20.839 billion for the year ending December 31, 2012 and announced a final cash dividend of Rs 5 per share. According to financial results announced here Wednesday, the profit before tax declined to Rs 31.020 billion compared to Rs 33.166 billion in 2011 and earning per share dropped to Rs 16.38 over last year’s Rs 17.68. The company made a record sale of Rs 74.322 billion during 2012.—APP

FM asks FBR to speed up collection momentum STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —A meeting of

Tax Reforms Coordination Group (TRCG) was held under the Chairmanship of Federal Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh at the FBR House here today to discuss proposals for upcoming Federal Budget 2013. Chairman FBR Mr. Ali Arshad Hakeem, in his opening remarks briefed the Minister about the various proposals prepared by FBR for Akbar given the upcoming budget. Fedadditional charge eral Minister for finance Dr. Observer Report Hafeez Sheikh, while chairing K ARACHI—Abid Javed the meeting, advised memAkbar, Chief Executive bers of the group to strucOfficer of the Trade ture their proposals in line Development Authority of with objectives of practicalPakistan (TDAP), assumed ity, expansion of business the additional charge of the and economy, reduction of chairman of Trading trade barriers and curbing of Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), after issuance of a notification by the federal government.

Bank holiday Staff Reporter KARACHI—The State Bank of Pakistan and all offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation including the Public Debt Offices will remain closed on 25th January, 2013 (Friday) being Public Holiday declared by the Government of Pakistan on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi [S.A.W.].

Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S.Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E.25 deposits) by the State Bank on January 24, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 97.7084, Japanese Yen Rs 1.1062, Pound Sterling Rs 154.9460 and Euro Rs 130.0792.—APP

smuggling. The Minister also stressed the need for increasing momentum of revenue collection to achieve the revenue target. He expressed confidence that FBR will achieve assigned budget target. Following a presentation by FBR’s Sr. Member (IRPolicy) Mr. Asrar Raouf, discussions were held on strategy to improve tax policy to increase revenues. The Tax Reforms Coordination Group also deliberated proposals regarding Tax Registration Scheme, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee (ADRC), Input Tax scheme, Zero Rating Facility, Sales Tax input adjustment pertaining to unregistered persons and review of Withholding Tax (WHT) and FED rates to facilitate business, reduce cost

of doing business, avoid economic burden, harmonize tax laws and promote industry while also improving tax collection. This was the first meeting of the TRCG for this year and it initiated the TRCG’s mechanism for public and private sector partnership in policy-formulation for considering proposals for the June 2013 upcoming annual budget. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem ul Haque and Members TRCG Mr. Abdullah Yousuf, Mr. Arshad Zuberi, Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad, Mr. Shabbar Zaidi, Mr. Ali Habib, Mr. Arshad Chaudhary and Mr. Ali ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh chairing the meeting of Tax Reforms CoordiJameel alongwith FBR’s nation Group held at FBR House. other relevant members.

Bumper wheat crop to lower flour prices

AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —Bumper wheat crop expected to cross estimated size of 24 million tons this year should help flour price cut to make life easy for the low income families. This was stated by Mr. Iqbal Dawood Pakwalla, Acting President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in a meeting with a delegation of the All Pakistan Flour Mills Association (APFMA) in Karachi

APFMA delegation comprised of Chaudhary Ansar Javed, Chairman Sindh Zone, APFMA, Mr. Pyare Lal, Mr. M. Yousef and Mian Hasan discussed recent developments in the market for wheat flour prices. Mr. Pakwalla said that wheat was one of the most important crops of Pakistan , with acreage of 8.8 million hectares and annual production of 24 million tonnes. At the same time, wheat flour, or atta, was the staple food of the country, supplying a ma-

jor part of the nutritional requirement in the average Pakistani diet. In view of the importance of atta, it was important to ensure that less-privileged households had sufficient access to this essential commodity, which was subject to seasonal fluctuations in price and availability During the meeting, Mr. Pakwalla expressed the hope that the crop of wheat this year would be more than the production estimate, which is likely to push the price of wheat products downward.

KSE places MSCL on defaulter’s counter KARACHI—Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) has placed Metropolitan Steel Corporation Ltd (MSCL) on defaulter segment with effect from January 24 for failing to hold annual general meetings (AGM) since June 30, 2011. According to KSE announcement here Wednesday, trading in the share of Metropolitan Steel will also be suspended from January 24. KSE said the company has been directed to rectify the default within 90 days period ending April 23 to avoid the start of delisting process.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson BISP Farzana Raja talking to Justine Greening, UK’s Secretary of State for International Development.

NADRA, State Life agree to insure accidental death of SNIC holders ISMAIL DILAWAR KARACHI—NADRA in col-

laboration with State Life launches Accidental Death Insurance that offers monetary cover to every new Smart National Identity Card (SNIC) holder for first two years across the country inThere are so many cluding Northern Areas men who can figure (Gilgit-Baltistan) and AJK. costs, and so few who Chairman NADRA Tariq can measure values. Malik and Aziz Sidiqui, chair-

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HERE appears to be no let-up in the Euro zone crisis as the insuffient bail-out money announced by European central bank to pull the whole area in general and worst-affected countries, on the brink of collapse, in particular will not help over-come the mounting debt, spirling unemployment and shattered confidence. Across the atlantic, in USA, the story is not different. As the New Year is approaching, the people, instead of being in a festive mood, are worried about the fiscal cliff-a two pronged strategy of less government spending and hiking taxes- which is giving the common man jitters and nightmares. Whatever

happens in the number one economy of the world, the impact jolts the global financial markets. No doubt, the Asian markets slipped further last week following losses in Europe and on Wall Street after a third straight monthly contraction in US manufacturing activity. The disappointing US data followed poor numbers on factory activity from Asia and Europe but dealers looked forward to a European Central Bank meeting optimistic there would be new measures to fight the lingering debt crisis. Dealers have been broadly upbeat since ECB head, Mario Braghi hinted at a restart of its sovereign bond-buying programme to help underpressure Euro zone nations

man State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, signed an agreement Wednesday here at NADRA headquarter. Speaking on the occasion Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik said NADRA has issued over 92.8 million identity cards to adult population of Pakistan over the age of 18 years, being the custodian of national identification in Pakistan, NADRA envisaged an Accidental

Death Insurance program which will help government to promote socio economic culture and reaching out to the poorest of the poor. He said “Accidental Death Insurance through SNIC is the scheme to register the applicants for death insurance. The holder of SNIC will automatically be registered for the accidental death insurance of Rupees One Hundred Thousand (100,000) for the period of first two years.

Textile exports increase by 8.55pc STAFF REPORTER

I SLAMABAD —Textile group exports from the country during the first two quarters of current financial year posted a positive growth of 8.55 percent as different textile products worth US$ 6.4 billion exported against US$ 5.9 billion of same period last year. According the latest figures released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), exports of cotton yarn during the period from July-December 2012 grew by 39.0 percent as compared the exports of same period last year. During the period under review country earned US$ 1.09 billion by exporting about 366,108 metric ton cotton yarn which was recorded at 241,7738 metric ton worth US$ 0.7849 billion in the first 6 months of last financial year. Meanwhile, the exports of cotton cloth from the country increased by 12.08 percent and about 912,134 thousand SQM cotton cloth worth US$ 1.295 billion exported as compared 928,693 thousand SQM cotton cloth costing US$ 1.156 billion of same period last year, it added. During the period from July-December 2012 about 8,076 metric tons of yarn other then cotton yarn exported which was up by 53.94 percent against the exports of the period from July-December 2011. The country added US$ 26.44 million by exporting the yarn other then cotton which was recorded at US$ 17.176 million of same period of last financial year,the data revealed. The other textile products which registered positive growth in their exports including knitwear by 0.19 percent, towels by 12.77 percent and bedwear exports decreased by 7.16 percent, the data added. The textile group products exports which remained on down track during first six months of current financial year including raw cotton by 51.46 percent and the cotton carded or combed reduced by 85.13 percent, it added.

Trade Organizations Act to lighten govt’s regulatory role STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Trade Organizations Act was a twenty-first century legislation that sought to lighten government’s regulatory role while increasing formal role of women, small traders, and small manufacturers. This was stated by Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan while chairing the committee meeting here at Parliament House on Wednesday. The meeting was part of a rare joint sitting with the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, which was considering the Trade Organizations Act 2012 sent to

Rupee depreciation

Rising input costs worrisome for drug makers TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD—The rupee depreciation against dollar had adversely hit the pharmaceutical companies raising cost of their raw materials and packaging goods in last one and half year, whereas the industry is suffering from a price freeze since 2002, a source at pharma industry said today. The source said that average dollar value against rupee is close to Rs 99 in January 2013 as compared with Rs 59.09 in December 2001. The depreciation cost impacted negatively on the production cost of local and foreign pharmaceutical companies which have been facing embargo on the price surge on the medicines since 2002. The depreciation of rupee against dollars translates into multiplier effects on the production cost of drug producers because they have to import multiple raw materials not a single component, hence it broke the backbone of the com-

Impact of euro crisis on Asia suffering high borrowing costs. As expectations came true, the credit risks faced by key European Union budget contributors, including Britain, France and Germany, all of which now have negative outlooks due to the continent’s economic crisis, became higher. Singapore’s trade-driven economy contracted by 1.1 percent in the second quarter from the previous three month period as debt woes dampened European demand, a government estimate showed. The unexpected contraction, down from 9.4 percent growth in the preceding quarter was largely due to an

output drop in the biomedical manufacturing industry, the trade ministry said in a statement. Compared to a year ago, gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.9 percent, still within the government forecast of one-three percent expansion for the whole year and better than the first-quarter growth rate of 1.4 percent on the year. Singapore’s economy is seen as a symbol for Asia due to its sensitivity to demand from key markets like Europe and the United States. The figures have disappointed traders who were expecting better numbers. Up until now the Singapore economy has been pretty re-

silient, weathering the storm coming in from the Euro zone by diversifying across a range of sectors including oil and gas pharmaceuticals and electronics. But the headwinds are proving too strong as Asia takes a hit from slowing European trade. The manufacturing sector contracted six percent in April-June from 20.9 percent growth in the previous quarter, while the construction industry grew a modest 0.3 percent from 27.9 percent in the same time period. The services sector grew 0.4 percent in the three months to June, compared with 2.7 percent growth in the first three months of 2012.

the Senate after being passed unanimously by the National assembly in December 2012. Addressing the assembled Senators and MNAs, Chairman Khurram Dastgir Khan said that NA Commerce Committee had held very wide consultations with all stakeholders while considering the legislation. While no legislation could be perfect, but the Trade organizations act, as passed, was a twenty-first century legislation that sought to lighten government’s regulatory role while increasing formal role of women, small traders, and small manufacturers. A large number of MNAs and Senators expressed their

Global demand weakness for Singapore’s key exports – electronics and pharmaceuticals – was the primary factor dragging down secondquarter growth, DBS Group Research said in a report. “The simultaneous surges in electronics and pharmaceutical productions that drove GDP growth in the first quarter are not sustainable amid the global demand weakness,” the banking group said. “Europe remains the biggest risk and a fading growth momentum in the US is certainly not helpful,” the report said. The 27 nation European Union (EU) was Singapore’s second largest trading part-

panies to continue the production of few medicines as the government has not approved upward revision in the prices, said sources. Companies are bound to stop production of medicines because they could not incur losses further due to impacts of high cost of production due to increasing imports value of raw materials and packaging goods, he added. He gave an example of a drug used by patients with thyroid issues, around 7 companies have been given registration to produce it but only one multinational is continuing to manufacture the same that too below break even, due to immense pressure of input costs the local companies have been unable to produce the same drug. The effective authority should have ensured a smooth production of the same and continued availability at a reasonable price as patients are left either to get bugged by hoarder.

ner in 2011, with bilateral trade totalling 65 billion Euros ($79.3 billion). Exports to the EU totalled Sg$48.1 billion last year, while imports from the EU reached Sg$57.9 billion, official data showed. In the United States, persistent fears that the world’s biggest economy would not be able to boost growth despite massive efforts from the government and central bank continue to put a dampener on global markets. Asian markets rose after China reported its economy was slowing in line with expectations, quashing fears, data would show a “doomsday” scenario of the country heading for a rough landing. The economy expanded 7.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, the slowest pace for more than three

points of view on the legislation. Members of NA Standing Committee explained the rationale behind different key sections of the Act, and emphasized that any Senate amendment at this late stage will force enactment of the bill beyond the current Parliament. Chairman Khurram Dastgir Khan thanked the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce for approving unanimously and without amendment the Trade organizations act 2012 as passed by the National assembly. MNAs Haji Akram Ansari, Mrs. Shireen Arshad Khan, Mrs. Jamila Gilani, Ch. Iftikhar, Mrs. Tahira Aurangze, and Khawaja Sohail Mansoor attended the meeting.

LSE sheds 0.78 points L AHORE —Bearish

trend prevailed in Lahore Stock Exchange on Wednesday as it shed 0.78 points, following the LSE-25 index opened with 4061.63 and closed at 4060.85 points. The market’s overall situation, however, corresponded to an upward trend as it remained at 3.675 million shares to close against previous turnover of 3.030 million shares, showing an upward move of 644,300 shares.While, out of the total 102 active scrips 25 moved up, 11 shed values and 66 remined equal. Engro Corporation Limited, Adamjee Insurance Company and Dawood Hercules Corporation were major gainers of the day by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 2.02, Rs 1.65 and Rs 1.54 respectively. Fauji Fertilizer Company, Engro Food Limited and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim lost their per share value by Rs 1.76, Rs 1.15 and Re 0.22 respectively.—APP years but investors were relieved the figure was not worse and some focused on the possibility it would spur new stimulus. Also, the government is expected to further introduce monetary policies (such as a cut in banks’ reserve requirements), he said. China has since December 2011 made three such cuts, reducing the amount of money banks must hold in reserve. Such cuts are meant to free up funds for lending and thus boost the economy. The government has also cut interest rates twice since the beginning of June. China’s economy expanded at its slowest pace in more than three years as dire problems overseas started to hit home hard, of

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Career counseling session STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) organized an Open House Career Counseling Sessions for Intermediate, A level and O level students recently in Lahore, to help, guide, counsel and facilitate the prospective students about CA qualification, its scope, entry routes, RAETs, scholarships and job opportunities. Around 1100 students from different institutes all over Lahore attended the sessions with their teachers, parents and counselors. The initiative was undertaken to create awareness regarding a dynamic career option that contributes to personal growth and also steers youth of our country in the right direction. The ICAP is a professional body of Chartered Accountants in Pakistan, and represents accountants employed in public practice, business and industry, and the public and private sectors. At ICAP we realize that education, professional values and ethics are critical, and hold together the forces that continue to pull us towards globalization, yet persuade us to retain our distinctive identity.

Oil prices down S INGAPORE —Oil prices were down in Asian trade Wednesday as investors locked in profits from recent gains. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in Marc, was down four cents to $96.64 a barrel in the afternoon and Brent North Sea crude for March delivery shed 17 cents to $112.25. Prices had ended higher in overnight trades on signs of stronger economic growth in Europe and fresh economic stimulus measures announced by Japan’s central bank. Over the longer term, oil is likely to remain supported by encouraging news from Europe, the US and Japan, analysts said. A survey published on Tuesday showed that German investor sentiment was at its highest level since the start of the eurozone debt crisis in 2010, as the outlook for Europe’s top economy continues to brighten. The Bank of Japan, under pressure from the country’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to devalue the yen, adopted a 2.0 percent inflation target and announced plans to begin open-ended asset purchases next year in a bid to kick-start the struggling economy. In the United States, fears of a political gridlock over fiscal issues appear to have eased. —AFP

Need to curb smuggling thru fiscal measures ished during the Nawaz Sharif Regime have not been restored as yet. He therefore, sought FPCCI support in restoring and updating them to Customs Stations headed by a senior official of at least Assistant Collectors rank throughout the country”. The Collector Customs Preventive disclosed, “Out of the total size of smuggling, about 75% of the goods used to smuggle through Afghanistan which has now been shifted to Bunder Abbass, mainly due to lesser port handling charges as compared to other ports in the region”. Iqbal Dawood Pakwala, Acting President FPCCI in his welcome address stressed the need to curb smuggling as it is a twin menace which is eating vital of economic fabrics of the country. He informed that it discourages legal imports of goods and renders indigenous

industry uncompetitive against the smuggled goods on one hand and makes loss of revKARACHI —Long porous borenue to the government excheders with India, Afghanistan, quer on the other hand. Iran, China despite all the adSheikh Shakeel Ahmed ministrative measures taken so Dhingra, Vice President FPCCI far to curb the smuggling has underscored the need to adproved an exercise in futility dress the attitude of buyers and and as such there is a need to create awareness, among the contain the menace of smugconsumers through advertisegling through fiscal measures ment on print and electronic i.e. the total impact of duty and media and conducting semitaxes should be reduced to the nars about not to buy smuggled extent where the incentive of products including medicines smuggling is removed. as its contents include pork. This was observed at the Saquib Fayyaz Magoon, Federation of Pakistan ChamChairman FPCCI Standing ber of Commerce and Committee on Anti Smuggling Industry(FPCCI) where busisaid that smuggling of ness leaders discussed with livestocks from Pakistan to Af- MULTAN: Russian Trade Commissioner Yuri Kozlov visiting the citrus processing plant. collector customs preventive ghanistan is not only causing about the adverse impact of shortage of meat but also hides illegal trade on the economy. and skins, a basic raw material Khawar Farid Maneka, Collecconsumed by the tanning intor Customs Preventive while dustry for the production of replying to the concerns of the high value added leather and business community said that leather goods. check posts which were abolspective Ministries and ConSTAFF REPORTER cerned Organizations. It is STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Mr. Iqbal expected that the FPCCI semiOBSERVER REPORT Dawood Pakwala, acting nars will bring together stakepresident FPCCI has an- holders, experts, researchers, I SLAMABAD —Limited reISLAMABAD—Tetra Pak, the nounced holding of a series academia, policymakers and sources, inadequate stock of the concerned government of the country. We have gath- of global brands, foods, world’s leading food pro- of seminars in on different vi- departments at one forum trained manpower and lack of OBSERVER REPORT tal subjects related to trade cessing and packaging comproper coordination among ered a world of business and health and entertainment, industry in order to tackle providing a useful platform the institutions are some of K ARACHI —City’s tallest entertainment under one roof Rafi further said. It is a pre- pany, has awarded its Lahore and the challenges being faced by for discussion, interaction the reasons, owing to which building, which has been con- in the tallest building of the mier place of business and factory in Sundar Industrial the business community. and exchange of ideas. Estate the Factory of the Year biotechnology sector has not structed at a huge investment country in which the global top shopping in the country. In the first phase, FPCCI He added that all leading award in recognition of its Within this context, the issues will be organizing the seminar been developed to its full of Rs 7 billion, is all set to open notch brands of clothing, cossuch as the Energy Crisis in for public and corporate sec- metics, toiletries, food and cin- multinational companies and achievement in operational Pakistan and its Possible So- on “The Energy Crisis in Pa- potential. As a cross cutting efficiency, environment and field, BioTechnology has aptor with its objective to spur ema are available for the country’s business tycoons lutions, Automobile Sector, kistan and its Possible Solubusiness and commercial ac- masses, said Tariq Rafi, CEO of have set up their offices in safety performance within Textile Industry and its Future tions” in the first week of Feb- plications in agriculture, tivities in the state-of-art safe, SiddiqSons, the company Ocean Tower because they are two years since it com- Prospects, Global Warming ruary, 2013, which will be fol- medicine, energy, environsecure and world class envi- owns the project of Ocean facilitated with a dream corpo- menced operation. “We cre- and the Impending Water Cri- lowed by other seminars with ment and industry. In Pakistan, there are 26 institutions rate life in which business ated a stake in the ground by ronment. The high-rise project Tower. the gap of 15 days each. The engaged in education and sis, Food Security and the making this major investment The building has been meetings, seminars and dinis set to break the record of Global Financial Crisis and its schedule of these seminars research in biotechnology being the tallest building in the furnished meeting the stan- ners could be arranged in one of PKR 10.92 billion (92 milImpact on Pakistan are cur- will be announced shortly. In and genetic engineering. lion Euros) in Pakistan, and dards of international shopbuilding and their brand or country with 393-feet height this connection, the Federarently in plan/preparation. the hard work and dedication A National Commission and 28 floors whereas the ping centers and malls. It will company can gain a reputable The aim of the seminars tion has issued circular to its record is currently held by a be unique establishment hav- image in their relevant indus- of our local people have is to highlight the problems members advising them to on Biotechnology was esprivate bank building with the ing a shopping center, outlets tries, he added. It has been proved us right. By pursuing being faced and to evolve the actively participate in the tablished in 2001 to streamheight of 370-feet containing of international brands, lav- featured with modern and continuous improvement in possible solutions for eco- seminars. FPCCI has also in- line and promote research in this vital sector. According to 24 floors situated in Karachi ish food courts, corporate of- luxury lifestyle at par with glo- operation, our factory has vited research papers from official sources, during the nomic prosperity and develoutperformed previous fices and Business Club. bal standard. Its security syson I.I. Chundrigar Road. interested stakeholders, reOcean Tower will wel- tem will be managed by fool- benchmarks in world class opment of country. These searchers, academic institutes last few years, over Rs. one Ocean Tower is a state-ofseminars will discuss the properformance and productivbillion have been invested on come a large number of shopproof systems, uninterrupted art shopping center and busiposals and recommendation and others. Interested particiness center that has been de- pers throughout the country power supplies and fire secu- ity. I am confident that our of real stakeholders for on- pants/speakers may also get Research and development team will build upon this suc(R&D) in this priority area, veloped in this economic hub where they could buy goods rity compliances. cess and continue to exceed ward submission to the re- them registered with FPCCI. through various projects apthe expectations of our valuproved by the Ministry of able customers,” remarked Science and Technology Stefan Johansson, Managing (MoST) and the Higher EduDirector Tetra Pak Pakistan. cation Commission (HEC). “I am pleased to be a part KARACHI —Four ships C.V was achieved at the Port on A variety of Bt Cotton deof the winning team and I Sealand Washington, C.V Tuesday where a cargo volume veloped by the Centre of Exbelieve, passion of our Najran, C.V Hanjin Venezi and of 126,332 tonnes, comprising cellence in Molecular Biology people and mental fortitude M.T Mali Bu carrying contain- 91,458 tonnes imports and (CEMB) has been approved by is the driving force behind ers and palm oil were berthed 34,874 tonnes exports inclusive the Punjab Seed Council and our success in such a short at Qasim International Con- of containerised cargo carried is ready for plantation in the span of time,” remarks Tahir tainer Terminal and Liquid in 3,803 containers (2,085 im- field. To promote the R&D as Hafeez, Factory Director. Cargo Terminal respectively on ports and 1718 exports TEUs) well as commercial aspects of The selection process for Tuesday, port sources said was handled at the Port during biotechnology in the country, the Factory of the Year Wednesday. Meanwhile an- the last 24 hours. increased government sup3 ships C.V Hanjin Venezi, port is required for promulgaAward is based on a selec- other ship M.T Success tion of Key Performance In- Marlina-33 also arrived at outer M.T Mali Bu and M.T Al- tion of biotechnology legisladicators, employee satisfac- anchorage of Port Qasim dur- Saalm-II sailed out to sea on tion, defining standards in acWednesday morning while cordance with international tion and management voting. ing the same day. Berth occupancy was three more ships C.V Sealand practices and in establishing maintained at the Port at 57% Washington, C.V Najran and technology incubators and on Tuesday where eight ships M.V Star Eracle are expected to biotech parks in public sector namely C.V Sealand Washing- sail on same day afternoon. in major cities, official said. th Chairman PIA, Lt, Gen Asif Yasin Malik (Retd), presiding over the 346 PIA Board of International cooperation ton, C.V Najran, C.V Hanjin Four Ships C.V CMA CGM Directors meeting held at PIA Office, Islamabad. MD PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus Puccini, M.T Bunga Melati-VI, for capacity building in this Venezi, M.V Asian Express, also present at the meeting. M.V Tai Hawk-V, M.V Star M.T Success Marlina-33 and area through joint research Eracle, M.T Mali Bu and M.T M.T Maritime Suzana carrying projects needs to be actively Al-Saalm-II are currently oc- containers, palm oil and canola pursued, official said. MoST STAFF REPORTER cupying at berths to load/ seeds are expected to take may assist in the adoption containers, cement, berths at Container Terminal, and implementation of “NaI SLAMABAD—Speaking at a offload sand, fertiliser, palm oil and Liquid Terminal and Grain and tional Biotechnology and consultation on post 2015 diesel oil. Fertiliser Terminal respectively Genetic Engineering Policy MDGs development agenda, and Action Plan”. A record cargo handling on Wednesday.—APP From Page 13 MULTAN—Tourism DevelopDeputy Country Director, ment Corporation Punjab ficial data showed, fuelling over the broader global UNDP Pakistan, Jean-Luc (TDCP) has launched six tour expectations of more stimu- economy, which is still suffer- Stalon has said that Pakistan promotional programmes for lus moves. The world’s sec- ing the effects of the 2008-2009 is not expected to meet most promoting tours to scenic ond largest economy grew financial crisis. of the MDGs by 2015, and Employment figures in added that out of 16 targets spots in South Punjab which 7.6 percent in the second also included a rare opportu- quarter year-on-year, the Na- the United States, the world’s and 33 indicators – Pakistan nity to tourists to watch blind tional Bureau of Statistics biggest economy, remain lags behind on 25 indicators. said, the weakest since 6.6 weak and Europe is strug- He was speaking at a Indus dolphin. TDCP tour promotion of- percent during the depths of gling to overcome its sover- roundtable discussion on ficer Sheikh Ijaz told APP that the global financial crisis at eign debt crisis. I.M.F and ”Consultations on Post 2015 World Bank, after watching Development Agenda from the tour plans were finalized the start of 2009. “The slowdown was mainly the trends, have revised Pakistani Perspective” jointly on no-profit-no-loss-basis, however, indicated the cost of due to the continued deteriora- downwards their growth organized by UNDP and Susa tour can reduce in case of tion in the international envi- forecasts for both EU and tainable Development Policy tour groups having larger num- ronment, which further damp- America. According to many Institute (SDPI) here on ber of people. The sites in- ened foreign demand,” statis- economists, the conditions Wednesday. Dr. Vaqar Deputy cluded Cholistan tics bureau spokesman Sheng are not likely to change in the Executive Director, SDPI mod(Bahawalpur), Uch Sharif, Fort Laiyun told reporters. Chinese near future. It may take an- erated the proceedings. Munro (DG Khan), Head leaders have vowed to take fur- other couple of years before Discussing MDGs, JeanTaunsa where tourists would ther measures. Premier Wen things start changing for the Luc Stalon said that it was also have opportunity to watch Jiabao this week called good. Let us all hope for the one of the most fantastic iniblind Indus dolphin, Head stabilising economic growth, better in the days to come. tiative of United Nations with Panjnad, Lal Sohanra national the government’s “top prior- —write is former Director serious engagement of govEmigration, Consultant ernments on development SIALKOT: President SCCI Abdul Majeed Sheikh presenting a shield to Director Punjab park, and the tour of Multan ity”. Slowing growth in China Board of Investment Jalal Hassan. is also casting a further cloud I.L.O & I.O.M and reducing poverty. city’s historical places.

AMANULLAH KHAN

Ocean Tower: City’s skyscraper ready to break previous records

Tetra Pak achieves world class manufacturing in 2 years

FPCCI announces series of trade seminars

Limited resources, lack of manpower shrink growth biotechnology

PQ shipping activity

TDCP launches six tour promotional plans

Impact of euro crisis on Asia

Pak not expected to meet most of MDGs goals

Reckitt Benckiser celebrates 60 successful years in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan is celebrating over 60 successful years in Pakistan. On this occasion, the company has unveiled plans for another big investment in the form of a new manufacturing facility in Karachi. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the new factory, Mr Salvatore Caizzone, Executive Vice President Reckitt Benckiser Group said “Our Company’s vision is a world where people are healthier and live better. This investment decision

reaffirms our commitment to sumers healthier lives and providing Pakistani con- happier homes”. Talking to the reporter during an interview, Mr Caizzone said RB Pakistan is going to set up a manufacturing facility in Karachi, regardless of the persistent energy crisis in the country. “Decisions like these are not taken for the short term. We’re investing heavily in Pakistan because we have a positive outlook on this country,” he said. “We expect that this factory will create more jobs and will further cement RB Pakistan’s standing as a manufacturing and export hub within the RB world” Mr

Caizzone said. Reckitt Benckiser ’s existing Mauripur plant already exports products to a number of countries around the world in the Middle East, Far East, Africa, Latin America, European Union and Australia. “We have a very positive outlook for the country and Pakistan remains a very important market for Reckitt Benckiser.Pakistan is the world’s sixth largest nation, has a growing population that is very young and a middle class that is visibly emerging and has more spending power today than it did five years

ago”, Mr Caizzone commented. Heacknowledged that Pakistanis are passionate, driven and talented individuals who are able to outperform in any challenging environment. Therefore, Pakistan is a major export hub of talent in RB World andevery year 8 to 10 employees are exported to various markets globally. Every year RB contributes over Rs.1.7billion to the exchequer in the form of Customs Duty, Sales Tax, Federal Excise and other related taxes. It has a factory inKarachi and re-

gional offices acrossPakistan and provides employment to about5000 families via its large sales and distribution network. RB Pakistan is a consumer goods company engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of leading brands like Dettol, Mortein, Veet, Harpic, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Cherry Blossom, Disprin and Durex. It is a subsidiary of Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc, a global consumers goods leader in Health, Hygiene and Home, having operations in over 60 countries and headquartered in the UK.

US stocks open higher N EW

Y ORK—US stocks opened higher Wednesday following solid earnings reports from leading technology companies. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 43.23 points (0.32 percent) at 13,755.44. The broad-based S&P 500 edged up 0.59 point (0.04 percent) to 1,493.15. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite added 8.84 (0.28 percent) at 3,152.01. The positive opening came after technology companies IBM and Google reported solid earning results Tuesday after the market closed. Apple is slated to report earnings later today.—AFP


Senate vote likely on assault weapons ban

Clinton: Nobody more committed to security

WASHINGTON —Senate Majority Leader WASHINGTON—Secretary of policy panels on the September presidential election. Washington and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, also and the Bureau of Near East Af- working for the department in

Harry Reid, a Democrat, signaled on Tuesday that despite earlier indications to the contrary, he may allow a vote on a possible ban on assault weapons. Reid, a longtime gunrights advocate from Nevada, recently indicated he would not permit a vote because the Republican-led House of Representatives was unlikely to go along with such a prohibition. But after a weekly meeting with fellow Senate Democrats, Reid told reporters he expects “to have a free amendment process” on gun legislation. That process could result in other Democrats proposing a possible resurrection of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic assault weapons that expired in 2004. A series of shootings in the last two months, including one at an elementary school in Connecticut in which 20 children and six staff were killed, has triggered a renewed debate on gun control. President Barack Obama proposed a package of measures last week to combat gun violence that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition clips, expanded mental health treatments and improved school security. Powerful gun-rights groups oppose a ban on assault weapons and could seek to unseat any lawmaker who backs it, as they have tried to do in the past. Reid said he expects the Senate Judiciary Committee, which opens hearings next week on proposals by Obama and others, to produce a bill. It is unclear if the measure will include a ban on assault weapons. “It may not be everything everyone wants. But I hope it has stuff that is really important,” Reid told reporters. In a speech in Reno, Nevada, on Tuesday night, Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association gun lobby, accused Obama of trying to take away fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to Americans under the U.S. Constitution. “They are God-given freedoms. They belong to us in the United States of America as our birthright. No government gave them to us and no government can ever take them away,” he told a hunting and conservation convention.—Reuters

State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Congress Wednesday that she is committed to improving security at U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide after the Sept. 11 raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Clinton, in probably her last appearance on Capitol Hill as secretary of state, said she is determined to leave the department and country “safer, stronger and more secure.” She told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that no one is more committed to “getting this right.” She was testifying about the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. She was referring to implementing the 29 recommendations of an independent review board that was highly critical of the State Department. Clinton was the sole witness at back-to-back hearings before the Senate and House foreign

raid, the independent panel’s review and steps the Obama administration has taken to beef up security at U.S. facilities worldwide. Clinton had been scheduled to testify before Congress last month, but an illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain forced her to postpone her appearance. Her marathon day on Capitol Hill will probably be her last in Congress before she steps down as secretary of state. President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed her, and his swift Senate confirmation is widely expected. Kerry’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Clinton’s testimony was to focus on the attack after more than three months of Republican charges that the Obama administration ignored signs of a deteriorating security situation in Libya and cast an act of terrorism as mere protests over an antiMuslim video in the heat of a

officials suspect that militants linked to al-Qaida carried out the attack. “It’s been a cover-up from the beginning,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the newest member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday. Politics play an outsized role in any appearance by Clinton, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and is the subject of constant speculation about a possible bid in 2016. The former first lady and New York senator — a polarizing figure dogged by controversy — is about to end her four-year tenure at the State Department with high favorable ratings. A poll early last month by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found 65 percent of Americans held a favorable impression of Clinton, compared with 29 percent unfavorable. Challenging Clinton at the hearing will be two possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates — Florida’s Marco Rubio

a new member of the committee. Clinton did little to quiet the presidential chatter earlier this month when she returned to work at the State Department after her illness. On the subject of retirement, she said, “I don’t know if that is a word I would use, but certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while.” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that Clinton would focus on the Accountability Review Board’s independent assessment of the attack and the State Department’s work to implement its findings. “Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the panel said in its report last month. The report singled out the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

fairs, saying there appeared to be a lack of cooperation and confusion over protection at the mission in Benghazi. The report described a security vacuum in Libya after rebel forces toppled the decades-long regime of strongman Moammar Gadhafi. The report made 29 recommendations to improve diplomatic security, particularly at high-threat posts. Nuland said Clinton “pledged not only to accept all 29 of the recommendations, but to have the implementation of those recommendations well under way before her successor took over. So I think she’ll want to give a status on that.” Asked for the number of State Department employees fired for their handling of Benghazi, Nuland said four people were put on administrative leave. They included Eric Boswell, who resigned from the position of assistant secretary of diplomatic security. But Nuland declined to say if Boswell and the others still are

some capacity. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a member of the Senate committee, questioned the status of the FBI investigation and whether any individual has been implicated. “My last understanding is that there is no one currently still being held for questioning, no one’s been prosecuted for this or held accountable even though the president promised that to be the case,” he said. Still, Barrasso insisted that the hearing will be respectful. Presiding over the Senate session will be Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. It would be unusual for Kerry to oversee the hearing. “My hope is we look at this as a positive constructive opportunity to build much greater security for our diplomatic missions across the world,” Menendez said. “That’s how I’m going to the hearing. I hope my colleagues have the same type of view.”—AP

Iran proposes nuclear talks in Egypt

10-year jail term

TEHRAN—Iran has proposed been pressing hard on the Iranian nuclear arms — repeatedly cit- threats of military action on its sanctions against Tehran last result of the sanctions and the BANGKOK —A Thai magazine editor was Cairo as a venue for restarting economy. ing a 2005 edict by Supreme nuclear sites by Israel — is summer, including a total oil West is waiting to see if the mea-

jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country’s draconian lese-majeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, editor of “Voice of the Oppressed”, a magazine devoted to self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was found guilty of publishing articles in 2010 defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The articles criticized the role of a fictional character meant to represent the king, public prosecutors said in a July 2011 report. Discussions about the role of the monarchy are forbidden. “The accused is a journalist who had a duty to check the facts in these articles before publishing them. He knew the content defamed the monarchy but allowed their publication anyway,” a judge said in passing sentence. The European Union Delegation to Thailand said the verdict and sentence undermined the right to freedom of expression. “At the same time, it affects Thailand’s image as a free and democratic society,” it said in a statement. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the ruling was “more about Somyot’s strong support for amending the lese-majeste law than about any harm incurred by the monarchy”. Rights groups say the lese-majeste law is used by Thailand’s powerful elite to silence political opponents, including supporters of pro-Thaksin groups. “The lesemajeste law works against the long-term interests of the Thai monarchy,” said David Streckfuss, a Thailand-based independent scholar and lese-majeste expert. “To a society that is becoming ever more politically conscious, the holding and trying of defendants seems arbitrary, petty and a clear violation of human rights.”—Reuters

Cleared of wrongdoing with socialite WASHINGTON—Gen John Allen, the top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has been cleared by the Pentagon of any professional misconduct in e-mail communications he had with a Tampa socialite at the center of the David Petraeus scandal that led to his resignation as CIA Director. The development could jumpstart Allen’s nomination to be the next commander of NATO, which was placed on hold after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requested a Pentagon Inspector General investigation in November. In a statement, Pentagon spokesman George Little said Panetta was “pleased to learn that allegations of professional misconduct were not substantiated by the investigation.” He added that Panetta “has complete confidence in the continued leadership of General Allen, who is serving with distinction in Afghanistan.” “The Inspector General determined that the allegations against Allen were unsubstantiated,” a Defense Department official said. The official said that with the determination, the case against Allen is closed. Allen’s spokesman in Afghanistan, Maj. David Nevers, did not have an immediate comment on the announcement. Allen, a Marine general, had been under investigation since mid-November when it was revealed that he too had engaged in significant e-mail contacts with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who was at the center of the scandal involving the affair between Gen. David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell. It was Kelley who first contacted the FBI office in Tampa last year after she received concerning e-mails that were later determined to have come from Broadwell. Those e-mails warned Kelley not to contact Petraeus, whom she had first met when he was the commander of U.S. Central Command, based in Tampa. At the conclusion of its investigation in early November, the FBI informed the Pentagon that it had encountered almost 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents of contacts between Allen and Kelley. At the time Defense officials said a small portion of those contacts were deemed to be “flirtatious” in tone.—Reuters

Zemin loses top party position BEIJING—Influential Chinese ex-President Jiang Zemin has been moved down the top leadership’s pecking order — at least in public — as the ruling Communist Party prepares for the final stages of a generational handover in power. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday in a brief dispatch that Jiang asked party leaders to group him with other retired elders when announced and seated at major formal events. Jiang used to be second to current President Hu Jintao in the protocol at major events, reflecting his status as former president. Xinhua praised Jiang’s request as “reflecting the noble character and sterling integrity and open-mindedness of a Communist.” The announcement comes as the party lays the groundwork for the final phase of its leadership transition this spring, when Vice President Xi Jinping will become president and other top Communist officials will be appointed to government positions. Xi succeeded Hu as party leader in November at a pivotal congress, in a transition that had been planned years earlier. Analysts said Jiang’s move has symbolic significance, but it remained unclear whether he would relinquish his behind-the-scenes influence on party affairs. “In terms of the symbolism, this is a step forward to mitigate and to guard against the so-called geriatric politics: the old men interfering, retired old cadres who have no position still having a big say in party affairs,” said Willy Lam, a China politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “But on a practical level, it’s difficult to prevent Jiang Zemin from still trying to do whatever he can to interfere in party affairs,” Lam said. “In the Chinese context, tradition dies hard and you have a long record of retired party elders still interfering in party politics.” It is unclear if Hu will fill the seat in the public hierarchy after Jiang vacates it. Hu has indicated a desire to fully retire from politics and urged greater transparency within party affairs based on equality and “democratic principle.” China’s political transitions are still in their infancy, since the days of strongman leaders such as Deng Xiaoping. —AP

talks with the U.S. and other world powers over its controversial nuclear program, the country’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Ali Akbar Salehi’s announcement was the latest indication of Tehran’s willingness to go back into the negotiations in hopes of wresting concessions from the West over stepped-up sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. Iran has also been trying to reach out to Egypt since the February 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak, seeking to resume relations with the Arab state and extend its influence in the Middle East. The Iranian foreign minister said Egypt has welcomed the Tehran offer and is now consulting about it with the six-nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Iran “has suggested that the next meeting be held in Cairo. Egypt has welcomed the proposal,” Salehi told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday. “Egyptian officials are now consulting with the six-nation group ... a date and a venue have not been finalized yet,” Salehi said. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and their deputies have been in discussions in recent weeks to restart the talks after the last round ended in stalemate in Moscow last June. Since then, Western sanctions have

The Moscow talks made no headway on the West’s main demand — that Iran halt its highest-level uranium enrichment,

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that called atomic weapons a violation of Islamic tenets — and says it only wants reactors for

embargo and banking restrictions sures force Tehran to give conthat make it increasingly difficult cessions at the negotiating table. for Iran’s Asian customers to pay The six-nation group wants for oil deliveries. Iran depends on Iran to halt its 20 percent level of uranium enrichment, close down its underground Fordo enrichment site and ship out its highergrade stockpile. Iran says it will never give up its right to enrich uranium but has indicated it may be willing to suspend the 20 percent level enrichment in return for specific concessions from the West, such as lifting the sanctions. Meanwhile, experts from the U.N.’s nuclear agency visited Tehran earlier this month but left making no headway in a separate probe of suspicions that Iran worked on atomic arms at the site southeast of Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency suspects Iran conducted tests at the Parchin site that could be used to detonate a nuclear charge. Tehran denies the allegations, saying Parchin is only a conventional military facility. Iran says the IAEA’s suspicions are based on forged intelligence provided by the CIA, Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI-6 and other intelligence agencies, and complains that Tehran has not been allowed to see the materials to respond to them. Tehran says any future visits This image shows Iran’s heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of to Parchin must be under a deal Tehran. Iran has floated specific dates for reopening talks with the U.S. and other world powers about its nuclear programme. that outlines the obligations of the U.N. agency and allows Tehran which Washington and others electricity and medical research. Germany. oil sales for about 80 percent of to inspect the documentation worry could quickly be turned Iran’s leaders know the only If the talks restart, it would its foreign currency revenue. Its against it. Another round of talks into nuclear warhead-grade ma- route to ease the economic pres- mark the first negotiations since income from oil and gas exports with IAEA is planned for Feb. 13 terial. Iran insists it does not seek sures — and possibly undercut the West stepped up unilateral has dropped by 45 percent as a in Tehran.—AP

Israeli election ends in dramatic deadlock JERUSALEM—Israel’s parlia- trist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) the “responsible” pursuit of a mentary election ended Wednesday in a stunning deadlock between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline bloc and center-left rivals, forcing the badly weakened leader to scramble to cobble together a coalition of parties from both camps, despite dramatically different views on Mideast peacemaking and other polarizing issues. Israeli media said that with 99.8 percent of votes counted, each bloc had 60 of parliament’s 120 seats. Commentators said Netanyahu, who called early elections three months ago expecting easy victory, would be tapped to form the next government because the rival camp drew 12 of its 60 seats from Arab parties who traditionally neither are asked nor seek to join governing coalitions. A startlingly strong showing by a political newcomer, the cen-

party, turned pre-election forecasts on their heads and dealt Netanyahu his surprise setback in Tuesday’s vote. Yesh Atid’s leader, Yair Lapid, has said he would only join a government committed to sweeping economic changes and a serious push to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, which have languished throughout Netanyahu’s four-year tenure. The results were not official, and there was a slim chance of a slight shift in the final bloc breakdowns. Addressing his supporters early Wednesday, when an earlier vote count still gave his bloc a one-seat parliamentary margin, Netanyahu vowed to form as broad a coalition as possible. He said the next government would be built on principles that include reforming the contentious system of granting draft exemptions to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and

“genuine peace” with the Palestinians. He did not elaborate, but the message seemed aimed at Lapid. Netanyahu called Lapid early Wednesday and offered to work together. “We have the opportunity to do great things together,” Likud quoted the prime minister as saying. The prime minister’s goal of a broader coalition will not be an easy one, and will force him to make some difficult decisions. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Lapid said he would not be a “fig leaf” for a hard-line agenda on peacemaking. A leading party member, Yaakov Peri, said Yesh Atid it would not join unless the government pledges to begin drafting the ultra-Orthodox into the military, lowers the country’s high cost of living and returns to peace talks. “We have red lines.—AP

through potential deal-making with the six world powers, which include the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus

6 family members killed in Syria rocket raid BEIRUT—Syrian activists say a government rocket attack has killed six members of a single family in the north of the country, where rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad control wide swaths of territory. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say that the rocket landed in the village of Abu Taltal in Aleppo province after midnight Wednesday. The groups frequently report government bombardment of rebeldominated regions. The Observatory said a father, mother and four children whose ages raged between two and 11 were killed. The LCC said the family name was Hazrouni. Syria’s crisis began in March 2011 and has killed more than 60,000 people, the U.N. says.—AP

Russian nationals evacuating Syria

US French troops airlift to Mali continues D JENNE —The US airlift of Bamako, delivering more than 80 French forces to Mali to fight Islamic extremists is expected to go on for another two weeks, Pentagon officials said, as hundreds of African troops from Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso and Senegal are now joining the French-led intervention. The Islamist fighters have controlled the vast desert stretches of northern Mali, with the weak government clinging to the south, since a military coup in the capital in March last year unleashed chaos. The U.S. Air Force is keeping between eight and 10 people at the airport in Mali’s capital to help with the incoming and outgoing flights, the Pentagon said late Tuesday. The U.S. Air Force already has flown five C-17 flights into

French troops and 124 tons of equipment, it said. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said between 700 and 800 African forces were arriving Tuesday in Mali. “We’ve been pushing all of the ECOWAS countries for more than a month now to look at what they could do in terms of available forces in terms of the kinds of capabilities that were required,” Nuland told reporters in Washington. She said Chad has also committed between 1,000 and 2,000 soldiers depending on the need, and they are on their way to Mali. “Chad is a country that does have a relatively robust and well trained set of forces,” she said.—AP

UK holding referendum on EU exit choice L ONDON —Prime Minister for us to settle this question about David Cameron promised on Britain and Europe,” Cameron

M ASNAA —Key Syrian ally the violence that Assad is lead- examinations before leaving the and, along with China, using its Wednesday to give Britons a said. His Conservative party Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport. The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow’s waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar Assad to hold onto power. The U.N. chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the Russian evacuations indicate “the continued deterioration of the security situation and

ing against his own people.” Four buses carrying about 80 people, mostly women married to Syrians and their children, crossed out of the country over land into neighboring Lebanon in the early afternoon. The land route was presumably chosen because of renewed fighting near the Damascus airport. The first of two planes sent to pick up the Russians took off late Tuesday from Beirut and landed shortly after 5 a.m. (0100 GMT) in Moscow. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, which sent the planes, said the passengers were being given medical

airport. It was unclear if any of them had been injured in the fighting. Russian announced the beginning of the evacuations on Monday, saying it would take out 100 nationals. The Russian Foreign Ministry says there are tens of thousands of Russians living in Syria. Many of them are Russian women married to Syrian men. The officials said thousands more evacuations could follow — possibly by both air and sea. Russia has been Assad’s main ally since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, selling arms, providing technical support

veto power in the U.N. Security Council to shield Damascus from international sanctions over the Syrian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent. But in recent months, Russia has started distancing itself from Assad. President Vladimir Putin said last month that he understands Syria needs change and that he was not protecting the Syrian ruler. Some inside the buses closed the curtains so they would not be seen by journalists waiting at the border. Most refused to comment and those who did speak said only they were going home to visit relatives.—Reuters

straight referendum choice on whether to stay in the European Union or leave, provided he wins an election in 2015. Cameron ended months of speculation by announcing in a speech the plan for a vote sometime between 2015 and the end of 2017, shrugging off warnings that this could imperil Britain’s diplomatic and economic prospects and alienate its allies. Cameron said Britain did not want to pull up the drawbridge and retreat from the world but that public disillusionment with the EU is at “an all-time high”. “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time

would campaign for the 2015 election promising to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership. “When we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice to stay in the European Union on these new terms; or come out altogether. It will be an in-out referendum.” Cameron said he wants Britain to claw back some powers from Brussels, a proposal that other European countries reject. Britain would do an “audit” to determine what powers Brussels had that should best be delegated to member states.—Reuters


New Zealand beat South Africa, win one day series KIMBERLEY (South Africa)— New Zealand beat South Africa in the second one day international here to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson’s superb unbeaten

New Zealand: Guptill c Du Plessis b Kleinveldt .......................... 0 B Watling lbw b Morkel .. 12 K Williamson not out ..... 145 Elliott b Kleinveldt .......... 48 B. McCullum b Morkel ... 17 Munro c Ingram b Tsotsobe .......................... 9 J. Franklin b Tsotsobe ........ 0 Neesham run out ................ 5 McCullum b Morkel ........ 19 K. Mills not out ................ 15 Extras: (lb4, w5) ................ 9 Total: (8 wkts) ................ 279 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-32, 3159, 4-188, 5-201, 6-202, 7211, 8-245 Bowling: ............. O-M-R-W Kleinveldt ............ 10-2-45-2 Tsotsobe ............... 10-2-38-2 Morkel ................. 10-1-71-3 McLaren ................. 8-0-57-0 Peterson ................. 9-0-45-0 Du Plessis .............. 3-0-19-0

career best 145 saw the tourists to a total of 279-8 while the hosts were all out for 252 in their reply to lose by 27 runs. New Zealands victory goes some way towards putting behind them their 2-0 test series defeat by the South Af-

ricans. Williamson’s knock was only the second century for New Zealand on their tour of South Africa and saw him bounce back from a disappointing Test series with a confident, stroke-filled innings. Despite Williamson’s heroics, South Africa were on course for victory until two run-outs in successive overs derailed their South Africa: run chase. Q. de Kock b Mills .......... 25 There were a total of five Smith run out ................... 66 run-outs as the hosts limped to Ingram b N. McCullum ... 79 defeat while the New Zealand F. du Plessis run out ........... 2 players shouted for joy and F. Behardien run out ........ 31 hugged each other on the field Miller run out ................... 14 as they retrieved some pride afMcLaren b Franklin ........... 2 ter losing both Test matches by R. Kleinveldt run out ......... 0 an innings. R. Peterson b Mills ............ 0 Williamson and Grant M. Morkel not out ............ 19 Elliott (48) laid the foundation L. Tsotsobe b Neesham ...... 9 for New Zealand’s total with a Extras: (nb1, w4) ............... 5 third wicket stand of 127 off 128 Total: (49.1 overs) .......... 252 balls. Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-167, 3Williamson reached his 174, 4-180, 5-211, 6-215, 7- third one-day international 216, 8-224, 9-232 hundred off exactly 100 balls Bowling: ............. O-M-R-W with 14 fours. He was hamMills ....................... 9-2-28-2 pered by cramp in the later McClenaghan ....... 10-0-51-0 stages of his innings but finN. McCullum ....... 10-0-56-1 ished with a career-best 145 Williamson ............. 3-0-22-0 not out off 136 balls with 17 Franklin ................ 10-0-52-1 fours and a six. Neesham ............. 3.1-0-20-1 It was the first century for Elliott ..................... 4-0-23-0 the tourists since Martin Guptill

Golf: Santos takes charge in Doha D OHA —Portugal’s Ricardo Santos set the pace among early starters Wednesday, firing a seven-under par 65 to take a one-shot clubhouse lead at the 2.5 million dollar Qatar Masters. The 2012 Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year carried his fine form from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships—where he had finished fourth—to the Doha Golf Club to set himself up nicely in calm conditions predicted for the tournament. Anthony Wall of England and Scot Peter Whiteford were a shot behind after shooting a 66 each while Aussie Brett Rumford and the English pair of Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood were a further shot down on 67. Santos, who last year created a sensation in Portugal by becoming the first player from his country to win the Madiera Islands Open began with a bang, shooting eight birdies, a bogey on the 11th hole somewhat blighting his round. The 30-year-old was simply

brilliant on the long holes, picking up birdies on the 591-yard first and the 639-yard ninth to put himself in contention for a decent finish if not the title on Saturday. Former winners Paul

Lawrie of Scotland, Dane Thomas Bjorn and South African Ernie Els could just manage par in the opening round, while Retief Goosen, another former champion, fared even worse, shooting a 74.—AFP

Pakistan Super League announces players slap LAHORE—Five base slaps of eration of international cricket the league including players, the players to be auctioned in Pakistan Super League were announced here on Wednesday and the highest base price of a player is US dollars 100,000 in Diamond category. This was stated by General Manager, PSL, Salman Sarwar Butt at a news conference along with Haroon Lorgat, consultant of the league, and Subhan Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Cricket Board at Gadaffi stadium. Salman Butt said the five categories announced also include Platinum UD dollars 75000, Gold US dollars 50000, Silver UD dollars 25000 and emerging US dollars 5000 to 10000. “These are the base slaps of each category and we will determine the value and placing of players in respective slaps based on their standing and ranking in the game, he added. He said broadcasting companies are showing overwhelming response to buy the televising rights of the mega event which will go in action on March 26. He dispelled the propaganda that the league will not be organized at its given time frame in the back drop of a negative campaign by the fed-

players association which has expressed security concerns over the participation of foreign players in PSL. “We don’t agree with their statement what so ever it is, we know we are up to a big task and

definitely we are going to achieve it with sheer hard work and commitment,” he asserted. He termed the players association statement a negative campaign which will serve no purpose and carries no weight as players are independent to take the decision of their participation with mutual consent of respective cricket boards, if they are in contract with them (boards). Haroon Lorgat said they are getting significant progress to launch the league and different quarters are taking keen interest in buying different products of

teams, TV rights ,title sponsorship and co sponsors. “We will be naming the title sponsor and co sponsors shortly,” he said. Salman Butt said players response to participate in the league is very encouraging and they look forward to a big participation of foreign players. To a question, he said, there is no option under consideration at the moment to shift the venue of the PSL in case situation is not conducive to organize the event in Pakistan. “Pakistan is the only option of the PSL for us” he said adding “We will be finalizing the venue in Pakistan shortly after taking into consideration all the important aspects.” Salman said the auction of the teams will be completed in February. Subhan Ahmed said PCB is fully determined to hold the league and it is in constant touch with the different cricket boards as far as the participation of foreign players is concerned. “We are getting good progress with each passing way to organize the league in a trend setting manner.” He said the statem\ent issued by players association will not restrict the foreign players to participate in the league.—APP

made a match-winning 101 not out in the second Twenty20 international in East London in December. Williamson and Elliott enabled New Zealand to recover from a slow start in which they were no runs for the loss of Guptill’s wicket in three overs after being sent in. On a ground with a history of successful run chases - with two over 300 having been achieved in one-day internationals, South Africa looked in control as Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram put on 139 for the second wicket. But former captain Smith called for a risky third run in the 31st over and was run out by a superb throw from third man by James Franklin for 66. In the next over new captain Faf du Plessis was run out by a direct hit by Nathan McCullum from short cover when he ventured out of his crease before being sent back. Ingram was caught at midoff for 79 three overs later and South Africa’s inexperienced KIMBERLEY: New Zealand players celebrate after taking the final wicket during South Africa vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI. batting line-up - weakened by the loss of suspended captain AB de Villiers and the injured Hashim Amla - were unable to regain the momentum.—AFP

Bryan brothers close in on Grand Slam record

Peshawar to host Int’l squash event: Qamar

Federer beats Tsonga in five sets to reach semis

The match ended with might expect from someone tryMELBOURNE—Swiss second you can physically see the changPESHAWAR—Vice President of seed Roger Federer was pushed ing of the guard happening. One Stephens upsetting the elder Wil- ing to get to a point she’s never Pakistan Squash Federation and former World Champion Qamar Zaman has said that Peshawar would host international squash event in March this year. Talking to APP, Qamar Zaman, who is also Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Squash Association, said that talks have been continued to invite four to five players from Malaysia, Egypt, Australia, England and India. He said hopefully the players would visit Peshawar in March this year for the International Squash event. He also lauded the efforts of the Pakistan Squash Federation for making the international event a reality. While announcing the first sixth month calendar, Qamar Zaman said that last year, the association organized record number of squash events including nine national events besides four National Women Championships. He said soon work on the international standard four glass wall squash complex at University of Peshawar would be completed and it is likely be considered a venue for the international event. He said the calendar events will be starting from February this year, followed by National Women Squash Championship at Abbottabad.—APP

Tunisia beat Algeria in Africa Cup

out to five sets before subduing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Federer defeated the French seventh seed, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3 in 3hr 34min on Rod Laver Arena and will meet Andy Murray in Friday’s semi. America’s Bryan brothers reached the Australian Open semi-finals Wednesday as they neared a new all-time record for Grand Slam men’s doubles titles. The identical twins, 34, beat Italy’s Daniele Bracciali and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy 63, 7-5 to reach Thursday’s semis, where they will attempt to reach their 23rd Grand Slam final. Victory in Melbourne would give the Bryans a new record of 13 major titles. They currently share the record of 12 with the Australian pairing of John Newcombe and Tony Roche. The top seeds will play the unseeded Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday. The other semi-final pits Spanish third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez against the Netherlands’ Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling, who are unseeded. In the women’s, top-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, fresh from their defeat of Serena and Venus Williams, beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4 to book a berth in the final. They will face the winner of the second semi-final, in which unseeded Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua face China’s Zheng Saisai and American Varvara Lepchenko. There are few moments when

that comes to my golfing mind was Jack Nicklaus standing on the Swilcan Bridge, waving to the crowd during his last British Open as Tiger Woods was teeing off, prepared to win at St. Andrews. And while this might be different as Nicklaus was past his prime, it had a little bit of the same feel. Sloane Stephens, a 19year-old American who has the eyes to be a champion and the stamina to live up to it, was paired against Serena Williams, possibly the best American women’s tennis player to ever hit a yellow ball on a court that has seen five trophy ceremonies set for Serena.

liams 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, but there was plenty of action in between those numbers. Williams dominated, struggled, left the court and broke a racket from start to finish, but it was the teenager who kept her cool the entire match and was able to leave the winner on Wednesday at Rod Laver Arena. The match started out like you’d expect. Serena, who was a day removed from losing her doubles match with sister Venus in the quarterfinals, wasn’t as aggressive as she normally is but allowed Stephens to make the mistakes late in an early set you

been in a Grand Slam. The set ended with Williams winning and was quickly opened with a break by Serena that had tennis fans expecting the expected. Williams would win, of course, and it was on to the next as the future American star would leave at the hands of our constant American champion. But the second set would be the decider. After Sloane broke back, the set got to 5-3 with Stephens serving to take it to a third set but nerves finally settled in and as we’ve already seen in this Australian Open, a professional couldn’t find the ability to finish off an opponent.—AFP

RUSTENBURG (South Africa)— Youssef Msakni scored in the final minute to give Tunisia a 1MELBOURNE: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 0 win over Maghreb neighbours in their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Algeria in a boring Africa Cup of Nations Group D match Tuesday. Known as the ‘Little Mozart’, Msakni curled a shot past Rais Mbolhi to bring some cheer to the small crowd that watched a typically cagey clash of North African football powers.—AFP L ONDON —Cricket’s world players’ union has advised its members to avoid the new but I have declined to be on this selectors professional. This BIPIN DANI Twenty20 Super League in Papanel. I have not been watching suggestion was not put in pracO BSERVER kistan because of the threat of the matches regularly and not tice and I had to decline the inCORRESPONDENT terrorism. following the game and there- vitation”, he added. The Federation of Interna- MUMBAI—Former Sri Lanka fore there was no point in ac“The reason this time is tional Cricketers’ Association cepting the post”, Mahes different and nothing to do with wicketkeeper Mahes say most international players one of the other the politics. How can I give LAHORE—The training camp are reluctant to play a part in the Goonatilleke has declined to Goonatilleke, eight nominees, said from Sri justice to the post when do not be the national selector. of national team to prepare for tournament, which will feature the current players ? I am not As recommended by the Lanka. the 6-Nation 22nd Sultan Azlan five teams and is scheduled to The 60-year-old Mahes interested in the post”, he Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) exShah Cup Hockey Tournament begin in March. Goonatilleke, who played five signed off. being played from March 9-16 FICA chief executive Tim ecutive committee, the NaThe current selectors, at Ipoh, Malaysia will be estab- May told BBC Sport: “I think tional Selection Panel (NSP) tests and six ODIs’ was considered by many as the finest Ashantha de Mel, Don will have two more members lished at National Hockey Sta- you’ll find the majority of curwicket-keeper produced by the Anurasiri and Hemantha as against the current three, dium from February 10. rent international cricketers will Wickremeratne are half-paid and accordingly, eight more island nation. “Leading teams of the coun- heed our advice.” This may not be the first in- by their board. “We are not try including Australia, New Former Australia spin names have been suggested to Zealand, Pakistan, India, Korea bowler May added: “The secu- chose from by the sports min- stance when the former fully paid. The travelling and wicketkeeper-batsman declined other allowances are paid by and Malaysia will participate,” rity consultants came back and ister. the selector’s post. “In the past the Board”, the current selec“I received a call from the said a spokesman of Pakistan said that the risk of touring Paboard official it was an honorary job and I had tion panel chairman, Ashantha Hockey Federation here on kistan in a cricketing sense is SLC (Kangadaran Mathivanan), asked the minister to make the de Mel said from Colombo. Wednesday.—APP unmanageable.—Online

Players urged to avoid new Pakistan league

Training camp of Pak hockey team

Mahes Goonatilleke declines selector’s post


Jet device injects drugs without needles T

HE prospect of less painful medicine shots without needles came a step closer this month, as US researchers revealed how they have developed a device that delivers a controlled, tiny, high-pressure jet into the skin without using a hypodermic needle.While there are already several jet-devices on the market, they tend to be of an “all or nothing” design that delivers the same amount of drug to the same depth each time. However the new jet-injection device that researchers at MIT have engineered can be programmed to deliver medicine into the skin in a range of doses to variable depths in a controlled manner. A statement released earlier this week gives details of the new technology, with comments from study leader Ian Hunter, the George N. Hatsopoulos Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and some members of his team. Earlier this year, the journal Medical Engineering & Physics also published a paper where they describe the progress of their development. One advantage is a reduction in needle-stick injuries. For instance, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 385,000 cases a year in the US of health workers in hospitals accidentally pricking themselves with needles. Another advantage of a needle-less device is it may help improve compliance, for instance among diabetes patients who are reluctant to use hypodermic needles to inject themselves with insulin. Team member Catherine Hogan

is a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. She said: “If you are afraid of needles and have to frequently self-inject, compliance can be an issue.” “We think this kind of technology ... gets around some of the phobias that people may have about needles,” she added. Scientists have been working for some time to find alternatives to the hypodermic needle. For instance, nicotine patches are one example of how to release drugs through the skin. But there is a limit to the size of the molecule you can use in a patch: it has to be small enough to pass through the pores of the skin, which rules out larger protein-based drugs, for instance, which are increasing in use. A jet injector device delivers a high-velocity jet that penetrates the skin. But while these are commercially available, many have spring-loaded designs, they are all limited by the fact they deliver the same amount of drug each time to the same depth of skin. But thanks partly to a “custom highstroke linear Lorentz-force motor that is feedback controlled during the time-course of an injection”, the MIT jet injector can deliver a range of doses to variable depth in a highly controlled manner. The feed-back control aspect of it allows the device to react in “real time” and adjust itself accordingly to meet the programmed instruction.

KARACHI: Libyan Supreme Court Chief Justice Mr Justice Kamal A B Dhan presents memorial shield to Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan at Governor House.

Sindh Govt declares 11th Rabi-ul-Awal as public holiday KARACHI—The Government of Sindh has declared January 24 (11 Rabi-ul-Awal) as a public holiday throughout the province on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi (SAWW) for all offices,autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies,corporations and local councils under the administrative control of government of Sindh. A notification to this effect has been issued by Services, General Administration and Coordination Department, Government of Sindh, says a hand out here on Wednesday.—APP

KARACHI: People carrying the coffin of Dr Hassan Alam who was killed in a target killing incident at Shahrah-e-Pakistan.

Parents must educate children about puberty: Maulana Aftab KARACHI—Social restrictions enter puberty and start getting guidance about sensitive matand existing cultural taboos shun discussion about sensitive issues in Pakistan. Only 29% girls and 41% boys, therefore, have access to correct information about puberty and hygiene. The remaining millions, in their quest for knowledge, often seek information from unreliable sources, which makes them vulnerable to exploitation and life threatening diseases. Prominent religious scholar Maulana Aftab Hussain Al Jawadi from Jamia Al-Kausar, Islamabd, in a statement issued to the press, stressed on the importance of parents educating their children and providing proper guidance about puberty. Maulana Jawadi said, “When adolescent boys and girls

young then it is the duty of their parents that they guide them properly about these changes.” Parents must communicate openly with their children about the physiological changes of puberty and how it is a normal aspect of growing up. They must also be informed about personal hygiene related issues. Maulana Jawadi also emphasized the role of teachers in imparting knowledge on sensitive personal issues. “It is the responsibility of teachers as well to make them [children] understand the emotional and psychological aspects of growing up,” Maulana Jawadi said. Maulana Jawadi went on to stress upon the significance of

ters. He said, “With this guidance we can save all our future generations from moral deprivation.”Open and honest communication between parents, teachers and children about sensitive matters provides comfort and confidence to children in that delicate transitional period of growth. Absence of such guidance causes anxiety, frustration and confusion and increases vulnerabilities to sexual abuse/ exploitation and life-threatening diseases. The lack of timely and proper information from the right sources also misleads the adolescent to wrong, illegitimate, immoral, exploiting & abusive sources of information and misconduct.—NNI

Ex-PM Muahmmed Ali Bogra remembered on death anniversary

Pakistan judiciary is fully independent: Dr Ebad STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan on Wednesday said the judiciary in Pakistan is fully independent, strong and well-supported by the masses. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has been playing a leading role and has given a new dimension to judiciary and its verdicts.That, nothing can harm the country having an independent judiciary, the governor said. He was talking to a delegation led by Chief Justice of Libya Supreme Court, Justice Kamal B.A. Dhan here at the

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —The Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida

FUUAST Abdul Haq Campus displays admission list KARACHI—The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Abdul Haq Campus, on Wednesday announced the admission lists of BS (1st Year), M.A. and M.Com. This was stated by the Director Admissions of FUUAST Abdul Haq Campus, Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan, here on Wednesday. He further pointed out that KARACHI: Leader of Muslim League (Functional) Pir Pagara talks to media persons after the last date for depositing of the joining his party by provincial President PML-Q Ghous Bakhsh Mehar Khan. fee is February 8.—APP

The trickle down effect of these reforms can be witnessed at the lower level and the people have been duly benefitted. He said the judiciary in Pakistan had won credibility and new identity throughout the world and was being held in high esteem. Chief Justice of Libya Supreme Court , Justice Kamal B.A. Dhan briefed the Governor about the judiciary’s working in his country and said it was very much independent even during the days of dictatorship. There were separate courts to deal with the political

MQM condemns killing of PML-N leader

K ARACHI — Former Prime Quami Movement (MQM) has Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Bogra was remembered on his death anniversary on Wednesday. Muhammad Ali was born in 1909. In 1943, Muhammad Ali became parliamentary secretary to Khawaja Nazimuddin, the then Chief Minister of Bengal in undivided India. Later in 1946, he became Finance and Health Minister of the province. After Pakistan came into existence, he was appointed Ambassador to Burma in 1948 High Commissioner to Canada in 1949 and finally Ambassador to USA in 1952. Khawaja Nazimuddin, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan was dismissed by the Governor General, Malik Ghulam Muhammad in April 1953, and Muhammad Ali Bogra was appointed Prime Minister on April 17, 1953 by the Governor General. After the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in 1954 by the governor-general, Muhammad Ali was again invited to form a new cabinet called “ministry of all talents.—INP

governor’s House. Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court Justice Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan was also present. The governor said that Pakistani people had rendered many sacrifices for the independence of judiciary. Today, he continued, “we see a bright future of the country only because of the independent judiciary”. He said the Government wanted and has been working for provision of easy, quick and inexpensive justice to the common man. For this purpose, he said, the judiciary was going through reforms.

strongly condemned the killing of the joint secretary of the PML (N) Sindh Mian Taimoor and his father Mian Arbab in the Defence area of Karachi. It said that the unending killing of people in different incidents of terrorism in Karachi is a part of the conspiracy to destroy peace.

The Co-ordination Committee said that the terrorist elements are killing workers and leaders of political parties in order to sabotage peace and order in the city. It warned that the terrorists would never become successful in their evil designs. It said that the elements involved in the killing of Mian Taimoor and his father and other incidents of terrorism are open enemies of the country. The Co-ordination Commit-

tee offered condolences to the PML (N) leadership and extended sympathies to the family members of the deceased leader. It demanded President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the killing of the PML (N) leader and his father. It urged on them to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Opposition parties demand voters’ verification under army supervision KARACHI—Various political parties, including PTI and PMLN, on Wednesday continued staging a sit-in outside the office of Sindh Election Commission, calling for the involvement of army in verification process of voter lists. Workers and leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) gathered outside the office of provincial election commission and staged the sit-in. Speaking on this occasion, PTI’s Nadir Akmal Leghari said that most of the Sindh’s parties were on same page on the issue of delimitation of constituencies in Karachi. PML-N’s Salim Zia said that army was not made part of the verification process despite the Supreme Court’s orders. Muhammad Hussain Mehanti of JI said that his party was not satisfied with the doorto-door verification of the voter lists. He urged the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to discharge its duties without any pressure.—NNI

Violence, traffic accidents claim six lives KARACHI: PML-N leader Irfanullah Marwat addressing the protestors during a sit-in demonstration outside Provincial Election Commission office.

Annual prize distribution ceremony held KARACHI—The annual prize Pakistan was facing growing come address said that the impordistribution ceremony function was held at Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Model High School Phase-IV here on Wednesday. Noman Ahson, Controller of Examination, Board of Secondary Education, was the chief guest. The chief guest said that education plays a vital role in the development of human personality. He stressed that education enhances mental power and sharpens human responses. Noman said that education in

challenges which could be countered by bringing a positive change in our outlook and priorities. He elaborated numerous changes in the examination system of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Board including development and implementation of an integrated examination system for SSC, secrecy and confidential workings, development of question bank, promotion of teaching methodology and steps to reduce the possibility of cheating in exams. Saulat Qasim, Principal, in her wel-

tance of co-curricular activities in the life of young students was of immense importance. She said that through such healthy activities children learn values of life like discipline, responsibility, self confidence, sacrifice and team work. The students later presented an impressive programme displaying their natural talent, initiative and energy. The programme also included display of tableaus like tales from Shakespeare and rhythmic.—APP

KARACHI—At least three persons have been killed and three others died in traffic accidents in different parts of the city on Wednesday. According to police, a young man, Aamir Ali, was deeply wounded in unidentified gunmen’s firing in Old City area. Later he succumbed to injuries. Three people died in road accidents in Golimar, Gulistane-Jauhar and Board Office area. Last night, Provincial Joint Secretary of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and his father were shot dead in Karachi’s Defence area. Mian Taimur and Mian Arbab of the PML-N were going somewhere in their car when unidentified gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on the vehicle. Both father and son were critically injured and later died in a private hospital, police said.—NNI


Some supplements can damage eyes

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ANY herbal remedies and nutritional supplements can damage the eyes, in cluding some alternative therapies that are used by people trying to correct eye problems, new research reports. According to a review of reported cases and medical literature, commonly used supplements including chamomile, ginkgo biloba, licorice, vitamin A and echinacea can cause a myriad of eye problems. Study author Dr. Frederick Fraunfelder explained that supplements become dangerous to the eyes when people take them in large doses. They can cause problems including severe conjunctivitis, eye irritation, retinal bleeding and temporary loss of vision, the study found. “Tell your physician what you take, as these products interact with other drugs,” Fraunfelder advises. “Recognize even herbal products and nutritional supplements have adverse reactions.” People who choose to take supplements that can damage eyes should schedule an eye exam before beginning the treatment, then visit an eye doctor every year to monitor their eyes, he told. Fraunfelder, who is based at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, explained that most people are unaware of how damaging supplements can be to the eyes. “Most consumers assume because a product is naturally occurring it is safe,” he said. As a result, about forty percent of people

who use alternative therapies do not discuss them with their doctors. To investigate which supplements can cause the most eye damage, Fraunfelder reviewed all eye-related case reports submitted to the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Registry of Drug-Induced Ocular Side Effects, which contains data from as far back as 1976. He also combed the medical literature for additional reports of eye problems caused by supplements. Fraunfelder, who presented his findings in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, found 30 instances in which canthaxanthine, a carotenoid that produces an artificial suntan when taken orally, caused changes to users’ retinas, including crystal deposits. The researcher uncovered seven cases in which people rinsed their eyes with chamomile tea to treat styes and irritation, and instead developed severe conjunctivitis. Echinacea is widely touted as useful for treating the common cold and flu, but Fraunfelder found seven cases in which users developed irritation and conjunctivitis after using it topically. The researcher also discovered five cases of temporary vision loss apparently caused by licorice consumption, and 71 cases of niacin causing eye problems. Fraunfelder noted that vitamin A is a particularly big threat to the eyes at high doses, and ginkgo biloba, a blood thinner, can cause retinal bleeding when combined with other blood thinners.

LAHORE: Students of Jamia Naeemia holds a rally in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) celebrations outside Press Club.

Sapna case: Plea filed to change investigation LAHORE—A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court seeking directions for entrusting investigation of Sapna Khan case to a high ranking police officer. The petition was filed by Missal Khan, father of Sapna Khan, submitting that a case was registered against former CM Punjab Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa and others for allegedly kidnapping and killing his exwife Sapna Khan, on directions of the Lahore High Court. He submitted that the case investigation was entrusted to DSP Safdar Kazmi who was not conducting the investigation on merit but also did not arrest the accused. He said that many applica-

tion was moved to police officials for change of investigation but to no avail. He pleaded the court to issue directions for entrusting the investigation of Sapna Khan case to a DIG level officer. Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the secretary cabinet division and principal National College of Arts (NCA) on a petition challenging NCA entry test results-2013 till February 1. The single bench comprising Justice Shujaat Ali Khan passed the order on a petition filed by Muzammal Abbasi, a candidate. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel Aftab Bajwa appearing before the court alleged that the

principal NCA and other teachers committed fraud in entry results to get their favourite candidates selected. He submitted that the administration deliberately reduced marks allotted by examiners on answer sheets of various candidates to get others selected. The counsel also presented some copies of forged answer sheets. He pleaded the court to set aside the entry test results and afresh test be ordered for admission. After hearing the arguments, the court expressed surprise over the situation and issued notice to the respondents for February 1.—APP

Minister pays surprise visit to Lahore Branch Canal SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Agriculture, Malik Ahmad Ali paid a surprise visit to Lahore Branch Canal to review annual desilting campaign and quality of work. He instructed Pumping station, Shalimar Distributory, BRB Canal, Thara, Korian Distributory, Shalimar and Wahga Mines and gave necessary actions to the concerned officers. Chief Engineer Lahore Branch Canal Nazir Anjam, Sub Divisional Officer Malik Sarfaraz and Ex-en Chak Bandi BRB Canal Mueen-Ud-Din

Sheikh and other officers of Irrigation Department were present on the occasion. In his briefing Chief Engineer Lahore informed that desilting work of Lahore Branch Canal has been completed in 15 days according to schedule. He said that an amount of Rs. 22 lakh has been spent on desilting of 19km long canal from BRB Canal up to Thokar Niaz Baig. Ex-en Chak Bandi BRB informed in his briefing that agriculture areas of Gujranwala, Lahore and Kasur are being provided irrigation water from BRB Canal, which has flow of 4000 cusec. He said the Canal is

closed during the desilting campaign, while necessary repair and cleaning of the canal is being completed. Provincial Minister said Pakistan has the biggest canal system in the world which is our national heritage. He said participation of formers should be ensured to protect this heritage and to benefit from vigorous campaign of desilting of canals. He said irrigation water is essential for providing of agriculture while desilting of canal is essential for providing irrigation water to the farmers. He appealed the citizens not to pollute canal water by not putting refuse.

Mosques to be illuminated on Eid Milad LAHORE—Mosques under the Auqaf Department will be illuminated on Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) on January 25 (Friday). All big mosques of the city, including Badshahi Mosque, Data Darbar Mosque, Masjid Wazir Khan, Hazrat Mianmir Sahib mosque and others, will be decorated with colourful lights and flags. Khateebs will highlight various aspects of the life and teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) during Juma sermons. Spiritual Mehfiles will also be held. Meanwhile, Seeratun Nabi Conference will be held here at Alhamra Hall on Thursday.—APP

Special meal to be served to jails inmates on Milad Un Nabi LAHORE—Special meal will be served to all 49, 348 under trial prisoners and convicts confined in various 32 jails across the Punjab province on Eid Milad Un Nabi. This was disclosed by Inspector General of Prisons Punjab, Mian Farooq Nazeer while talking to APP here Wednesday. He said that all jails will also be illuminated profusely. He said that on the directive of Chief Minister, the ration of all inmates had also been doubled throughout the province. The prisoners will be served special meal, which includes chicken quorma, beef biryani, sweet dish and tea followed by Naat competition and special lecture by leading religious scholars on the various aspect of holy prophet (PBUH) life. The IGP, in view of security risk on the occasion of Eid, cancelled the leaves of jail staff and directed to report back to their station of posting. In view of gazetted holiday, the relatives of prisoners have also been given special permission to serve home cooked meal to the inmates, he added. Superintendent Camp Jail, Ejaz Asghar said that besides special meal to 2945 prisoners , the jail will be docorated by tomorrow evening.—APP

LAHORE: An illuminated view of mosque on the Mall Road decorated with colourful lights in connection with Eid Miladun-Nabi (PBUH).

Felicitates LBA office bearers

Shahabaz for joint efforts to defeat dengue in future STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that dengue has been controlled effectively, but war against the deadly virus would continue till its complete elimination. He expressed these views while addressing a reception hosted for those government department employees who took an active part in the anti-dengue drive. Lahore Citizens Community Forum arranged the function at a local hotel on Wednesday. Special Health Assistant Khawaja Salman Rafiq, members provincial assembly, staff of concerned departments, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, and a large number of citizens were present on the occasion. The CM said worst virus of the history was faced with courage, commitment and determination and by the grace of Al-

mighty Allah and with the help of the entire government machinery and political companions no death was occurred due to dengue this year. “There were, 21,000 dengue patients last year with a death toll of 252 while this year only 252 patients had been reported with no death occurred.” he added. Shahbaz said that their war against dengue had yet not ended and every member of the society would have to play his role for the elimination of dengue virus. He said, a comprehensive programme would have to be evolved for preventing the outbreak of dengue virus in future. Chief minister lauded the performance of all those who took part in anti-dengue campaigns. Later, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq distrib-

uted commendatory certificates among the officers and officials of various departments who showed best performance during anti-dengue campaign. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated the newly elected office-bearers of Lahore Bar Association (LBA) on their success and hoped that they will come up to the expectations of the lawyers community. In his felicitation message to the President Lahore Bar Association Nauman Qureshi, he said lawyers played an important role for the establishment of independent judiciary and strengthening of democratic values. He said struggle of lawyers community for the revival of independent judiciary can never be forgotten. He urged the lawyers to play an active role for the provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to the people.

37 injured in cylinder blast L AHORE —As many as 37 people were injured in a cylinder blast at a restaurant, situated in Defence Phase-1 area on Wednesday. On receiving information, the Rescue Fire Service and other rescue teams rushed to the spot and started rescue operation. The rescuers provided first aid to 19 injured on the spot while the rest of victims who received serious burn injuries were shifted to Lahore General Hospital and National Hospital for treatment. Owing to blast, the building of restaurant was damaged and valuables worth thousands of LAHORE: Children suffering from measles disease being reported at Mayo Hospital. rupees were burnt to ashes. The cause behind the blast could not be ascertained, said Rescue 1122 spokesman.—APP

11 file nomination papers for PP-239 polls LAHORE—Eleven candidates have filed their nomination papers for the by-election in PP239 Vehari-VIII of Punjab Assembly. The election would be contested on February 18. The seat become vacant due to death of Sardar Muhammad Khan Khichi, Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab. Khaliq-ur-Rahman, a spokesman of Election Commission of Pakistan Punjab said that scrutiny of nomination papers would be completed by January 26, while the last date of filing appeals against decisions of the Returning Officer over rejecting/accepting nomination papers was January 28.—APP

has been put on high alert for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) cavalcades to ensure peace and tranquillity. Capital City Police Officer, Addl IG Nasim Uz Zaman told APP here Wednesday he had directed DIG, SSP, all Additional SPs, SDPOs of operation wing and SHOs to ensure checking of all vehicles along the routes of Eid-e-Milad processions to avoid any untoward incident. They have further been directed to take strict action against miscreants and law breakers. He said the Chief Minister had accorded highest priority to maintain sectarian harmony. He said that all police officers have also been directed to implement the government instructions in letter and spirit to maintain law and order besides

trolling on wireless fitted vehicles. Special police force will also be deployed at the identified sensitive and trouble spots on the occasion. The CCPO said that special contingents of police and armed commandoes will be deployed in all areas. Mobile teams have started round-the-clock patrolling under the supervision of concerned Additional SP and Sub Divisional Police Officers, he added. The police have finalised all security arrangements for 11 and 12 Rabiul Awal to cope with any untoward incident. According to spokesmen of DIG operations, 6 SPs, 36 DSPs, 82 SHOs, 476 sub inspectors & assistant sub inspectors and 5700 constables would be deployed in various places with the processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi

L AHORE —Defai e Pakistan Council (DPC) Steering Committee will observe Kashmir solidarity day on February 5 across the country with national zeal. Secretary General, Jamaate-Islami and chairman of the steering committee, Liaqat Baloch said this in his address at a meeting here. The meeting decided to hold a national seminar at Muzaffarabad on February 4 besides Kashmir Solidarity March in Lahore on February 5, in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. The heads of the parties in the DPC including Maulana Samiul Haq, Syed Munawar Hasan, Lt Gen. (rtd) Hamid Gul, Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi will address both the programmes. Liaqat Baloch, further said that the Indian occupation forces had stepped up their atrocities on the Kashmiris. The Kashmiri leadership was being put behind the bars, and their homes and shops were being demolished. He noted that firing by the Indian forces was continuing at the Line of Control and it had even beheaded two Pakistani soldiers. Baloch said that the Defaie- Pakistan Council was playing its role over and above politics, and for the defence of the motherland.—APP

Police recover abducted girl, kidnapper held

LAHORE—Special cell of CIA Police claimed to have recovered a girl who was abducted for ransom of Rs 1 million. According to police, two years old girl Jazbia daughter of Muhammad Sagir of Ichhra was abducted when she was playing outside her house. Later, kidnapper asked her parents to give them ransom amount Rs 1 million for the release of their daughter. After the registration of case, a special police team led by incharge of the cell conducted a raid and arrested the accused Sameer with abducted girl. (PBUH) and outside the mosques. The accused is relative of DIG Operations Tahir Ray abductee girl, police said.— directed the police officials to per- APP form their duties with responsibilities and utilize their all resources to provide security cover to people.—APP

Police put on high alert for Eid Milad-un-Nabi

LAHORE—Capital City Police intensifying round the clock pa-

DPC to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Feb 5

Dacoits held LAHORE—Model Town Division police have smashed two dacoit gangs and arrested its seven members and recovered mobile phones besides illegal weapons. DSP Model Town constituted a special police team which arrested four members Waheed, Raza, Sabir and Zeshan of Waheeda dacoit gang. The police also recovered four mobile phones and three pistols from their possession.—APP


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