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Hague: EU ready to toughen sanctions for Russia

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LUXEMBOURG—Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Russia on Monday that the EU was ready to impose tougher sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if it is not satisfied with Moscow’s response to Kiev’s peace plan. Speaking before a meeting in Luxembourg of European Union foreign ministers, Hague said leaders of the bloc’s 28 states would weigh Russian actions at a summit in Brussels on Friday. The EU has drawn up plans to impose a range of economic penalties on Russia but has held back from imposing them because of concerns among some member states about antagonising their major energy supplier—Reuters

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US missile defence system hits target in key test WASHINGTON—The U.S. missile defence system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defence Department said. The successful intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Groundbased Midcourse Defence system which provides the sole U.S. defence against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead. “This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile defence system,” said Missile Defence Agency Director Vice Admiral James Syring—Reuters

Netherlands beat Chile 2-0 SAO PAULO—Netherlands beat Chile 2-0 in their final Group B game after two late goals by substitutes Memphis and Fer on Monday. Netherlands finished on top of Group B and will face the 2nd placed side of Group A in the round of 16. The first half of the Netherland versus Chile Group B encounter in the World Cup ended in a goalless draw at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paolo. Both teams have qualified and are playing for top spot in the group. Jeremain Lens has replaced the suspended Robin van Persie for the Netherlands in Monday’s Group B game against Chile who have dropped injury doubt Arturo Vidal to the bench. Striker Van Persie, joint top scorer at the World Cup on three goals, was suspended after receiving two yellow cards in the first two games.—Agencies

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Shahbaz sets up fund for KP IDPs with Rs500m

RAWALPINDI: Supporters of Tahir ul Qadri mercilessly beating a policeman with sticks and bricks near the airport on Monday.

UAE to spend $2.5m to help IDPs DUBAI—The UAE will give $US2.5 million to 50,000 displaced families in the Bannu district of Pakistan. The first UAE humanitarian aid convoy is due to leave Islamabad on Tuesday to reach the families on Wednesday, before the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Officials estimate that more than 400,000 displaced people fleeing violence in the region arrived in Bannu last week, reports Khaleej Times. The Project’s administration said that the aid comes within the framework of the initiatives of The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his continuous efforts to provide the poor with a respectable and decent life. The UAE PAP said that 3,550 tonnes of food rations will be distributed in the form of 71kg food baskets, each containing various food products such as flour, rice, dates, sugar, salt, lentils, oil and tea, sufficient for one person.

Qadri: I am here to take revenge from govt Plane diverted to Lahore Sharif brothers are Hitler, Mussolini, no talks with them MUZAFFAR ALI/ UROOJ RAZA L AHORE / I SLAMABAD — “The Sharif government is a murderous state. They have killed many of our supporters. We have confirmed reports they have hired terrorists to carry out attacks on their opQadri’s address to party workers — See Page 7 ponents. The blood of those who sacrificed their lives won’t go in waste. I am here to take revenge from the killers for shedding the blood of the innocent people. Revolution is on the verge and they will accomplish their revolutionary mission through legal and peace-

SC maintains foreign travel ban on Musharraf ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday while hearing a plea filed by the federal government that challenged Sindh High Court (SHC) decision of granting permission to former President Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf to go abroad suspended the SHC decision and adjourned hearing for one month. The SHC on June 12 had ordered the removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL. The two-member bench of the SHC however itself had suspended the order for around two weeks giving the federal government time to appeal

against the decision before the Supreme Court. Later, the federal government filed a review petition in the apex court pleading that Musharraf not be allowed to leave the country as he would not return. On Monday the Supreme Court’s 5-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk suspended the SHC’s decision and summoned the hearing of the case after four weeks. The five-member bench of the Su-

ful way,” said Tahir-ul-Qadri during his media conference at Jinnah Hospital where he arrived accompanied with Gov-

ernor Punjab Chaudhary Sarwar and PML-Q leader Ch Pervez Elahi to enquire about

Govt gives due respect to all politicians: Ch Sarwar

Ebad plays key role

BEIRUT—Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group said Monday. The Syrian government has not commented on the airstrikes, which the Israeli military said hit nine targets inside Syria before dawn. The raids were in response to a cross-border attack the previous day that killed an Israeli civilian. The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Israeli strikes destroyed two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria’s 90th brigade. The Observatory collects its information through a network of activists inside Syria. The Israeli military said “direct hits were confirmed” on the targets, which were located near the site of Sunday’s violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified “launching positions.”—AP


nor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Monday said the government held all politicians in high esteem, and it would take every

KARACHI—Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan said Pakistan was passing through difficult time while the armed forces of the country were engaged in action against the terrorists in North Waziristan Agency. It was need of the hour that

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STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—At least 73 police personnel were injured when workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek pelted stones at them near airport in Islamabad on Monday. On the orders of the interior ministry, the police showed restraint and did not resort to the use of force against the protesters. Injured police personnel were shifted to PIMs, Polyclinic and District Headquarters Hospital Rawalpindi. Dr Tahirul Qadri, who drew tens of thousands of supporters to a sit-in protest in Islamabad in January last year, was due to arrive a week after nine people were killed in a previous clash with the police in Lahore. Several security men beContinued on Page 7

Islamabad airport was sitting on powder keg LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—It was just like a battle field around the areas of Benazir International Airport on Monday as charged workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik forced their way to the airport after removing containers to receive their leader—Allama Tahir Qadri from Canada. Dealing with a leader who has not small base of die-hard workers among a population of over

180 million people was not a difficult task, political experts in the capital said. But, the situation was allowed to worsen in the very beginning in the morning by closing the two cities almost completely in the face of a few thousand workers. Both the cities, particularly Islamabad looked like a ghost city with very thin traffic in the peak hours by closing and cutting of both the cities. Later, it proved a futile exercise as

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maximum assistance could be provided to the displaced persons. He said that Punjab government will continue to extend full cooperation till the return of displaced persons to their homes and their complete rehabilitation while relief items will also be provided in accordance with their needs. Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is passing through the most critical phase of its history and

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PR: Plane diverted to ensure safety, security of Qadri ISLAMABAD—Minister for Information and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said the Government was committed to providing all security measures to Chief Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr. Tahir ul Qadri and his plane was diverted to Lahore to ensure his own safety. Talking to a different news channels, he said the plane was also diverted due to security threats as any untoward incident could happen at surroundings of airport in Federal Capital. He said, “the government wanted to ensure safe arrival of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri to his home and that was why he was advised and requested to fly through helicopter”. “We want to save life of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri and also

want to avoid allegations levelled on us by PAT chief against the government regarding his security”, the minister said. The minister said that PAT workers worsened the security situation in the twin cities, making it possible for the militants to enter in their rallies and do any terrorist activity. “We were trying to explain the situation to Dr. Tahir ul Qadri but few people were instigating him, thus deteriorating the situation”, he said adding, this could help terrorists to achieve their targets. Senator Pervaiz Rashid further said the people from the cabinet of Pervaiz Musharraf had been seen around the PAT chief which raised the doubts

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Air strikes, ground troops kill 25 militants in NWA OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—At least 25 suspected militants were killed in air strikes and by ground troops of armed forces in North Waziristan as the number of Internally Displaced Persons, fleeing the cordoned area, crossed 430,000 on Monday. “Eight terrorist hideouts around Mirali, North Waziristan Agency were destroyed by jet aircraft early Morning today,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations. “Fifteen terrorists were

killed in the strikes. Tunnels were spotted in the targeted areas.” Meanwhile, 10 suspected terrorists were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Spinwam and Mir Ali areas, said the Army statement. “Two soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in exchange of fire,” it added. The statement said that the Pakistan Army troops have foiled several attempts by militants to flee the cordoned off area. Aerial surveillance, vigorous patrolling and cordon around the area housing terror-

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Rising political instability to inflict mammoth loss on economy


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Israel destroys Syrian army command centre

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PAT workers baton, pelt cops with stones, injure 73 policemen

LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government and the people of the province are with their brethren and sisters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who have been displaced in the war against terrorism and they will not be left alone in this moment of trial. Shahbaz Sharif has set up Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the displaced persons of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a sum of Rs.50 core has been deposited in the fund on behalf of Punjab government. The Chief Minister Punjab, Provincial Ministers and Assembly Members of Muslim League-N have donated their one month’s salary towards the fund. The Chief Minister in his appeal to the people said that the nation is fully supporting Ghazis and martyrs of Pak Army as well as the displaced persons with its prayers, life and property and all other belongings at this crucial hour. He said that philanthropists and well-to-do persons should

come forward and donate generously towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund so that

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HE country is at war for more than a decade and has braved $102 billion mammoth loss so far and Pakistan Armed Forces have launched a full scale operation against the menace of terrorism in North Waziristan. At the time of formal announcement of military operation, there was a complete unity among the political parties in the country. And because of the operation, political opponents of the government such as Mr Sh Rashid postponed his train march and likewise Imran Khan also announced to postpone public meeting at Bahawalpur but theLahore massacre exposed the country to massive surge in political instability. After the gory carnage of workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik and Minhajul Quran by Punjab Lahore police, all political parties sympathized with Allama Dr Tahirul Qadri. However, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lost its temper and again announced to hold public gathering and rally in Bahawalpur where Imran Khan

is likely to give deadline of unfolding of polling details of four constituencies of Lahore with a warning to take to streets and go for agitational politics if government does not meet the deadline. Now the mishandling by the government during the arrival of Allama Dr Tahirul Qadri will further help soar political instability. The way Emirates plane was diverted to Lahore by the government and a plan was carved out to bring Dr Qadri to his Model Town residence through helicopter was not less than a disastrous. It was feared the whole mishandling was going to be internationalized as Emirates threatened to first seek monetary penalty from the government and then file the case against the civil aviation for diverting the plane, then the Sindh governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad came forward and politically handled the situation which was earlier being handled administratively by Nawaz government. Dr Ibad showed political acumen and managed to convince Dr Tahirul Qadri to leave the plane. Pakistan’s

image has already been tarnished after the recent militants’ attack on Karachi International Airport owing to which some international airlines are now showing hesitance to keep continuing their operation in Pakistan. It is well known fact that Pakistan since its emergence has been experiencing political instability in almost every political era owing to which country’s economy has sustained huge losses. Pakistan witnessed the reasonable economic growth during the eras of dictators like Gen Ayub and Gen Musharraf and other than that Pakistan’s economy suffered a lot because of political instability. The incumbent government was earlier trying from pillar to post to attract the foreign investment in the country after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has stabilized the macro economic indicators but Lahore carnage coupled with poor handling of arrival of Dr Tahirul Qadir has stigmatized the whole achievements of Finance Minister which he got in first fi-

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Qadri doing politics on dead bodies PAT Chief should wait for Commission report on Lahore tragedy M ULTAN —State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri wanted to divert government’s attention from war against terrorists and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) but it would never shift its focus to Qadri’s agenda. Addressing a press conference at Mepco office, he said that country was in a state of war and the incumbent government was backing Pakistan Army. He said, had Dr Qadri been allowed to move to Lahore by road, there could have been any security risk and in case of any security problem, people would have pointed fingers on the government. He alleged that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was doing politics on dead bodies. About model town tragic incident, Abid Sher Ali said that the government wanted transparent investigation into the incident. He, however, added that Dr Tahirul-Qadri had also launched protest against PML-N government in 1990 and 1996. During PML-N tenures, the country’s institutions and economy got strengthened. But, some people preferred political point-scoring over country’s prosperity. He added that Chaudhry Brothers and Sheikh Rashid were political orphans. To a question about Gullu Butt, Abid Sher Ali stated that Butt was a national enemy. Abid Sher Ali also urged the media to focus on war against

terrorism and the plight of IDPs rather than focusing any agenda of a foreigner (Qadri). Lahore: Parliamentary Secretary on Tourism Rana Mohammed Arshad has advised PAT Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri to shun politics of agitation and support the government in implementing its people welfare policies. Talking to media at the Punjab assembly on Monday, he said, the government was engaged in war against terrorism and focusing all energies to purge the country of terrorism. He said, at a time when army is carrying out operation Zarb-e-Azb, Qadri’s protest could create unrest in the country. He added, PAT Chief should wait for report of judicial commission on Model Town tragedy. Islamabad: Federal Defence Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Monday, at a time when military operation is going on in North Wazirastan, we should not provide opportunity to terrorist to strike general public. In a statement issued here he said, Tahir-ul-Qadri should not endanger the life of people by staging demonstration on roads. Tahir-ul-Qadri should realize the general public agony and suffering in this hot weather, he said adding that it is unfortunate that he (Tahir-ul-Qadri) has bent upon halting Pakistan’s economic progress, which is the agenda of Pakistan’s enemies. The Minister said that all political

parties should work for helping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Tahir-ul-Qadri can also play his role in this regard. Terming most of the demands of Tahir-ul-Qadri as ridiculous, he said that these demands are aimed to get media attention. Khawaja Asif opined that any mature and sensible leader would not jeopardize people’s life when the country is at war with terrorists. “If Qadri Sahib does not like democracy then he should start his revolution from the county where he resides,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) baton charged police personnel and attacked on various police stations of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Talking to media he said PAT workers challenged law and order situation in the capital and attacked police force deputed to give them security against any CHAMAN: A health worker giving polio drops to a child travelling between Pakistan and Afghanistan through terrorist act. He further said Dr Tahir Qadri used Friendship Gate at Pak-Afghan Border as three day anti polio campaign started in city. to conduct an adventure in the name of revolution every one or two years but with no results and was just creating trouble for innocent masses. The PAT chief always talked about agenda of reforms but never announced a road map or a specific frame work for implementations of his objecP E S H AWA R — K h y b e r tives. —APP Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution for the settlement of Internally DisQ U E T TA —Pakistan Army and be dealt with an iron hand. placed People (IDPs) of They agreed to establish Joint Control Balochistan government have evolved Waziristan Agency in strategy in the wake of likely threats and Rooms at Provincial and District level with I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Railways has en- trained security personnel round the clock, North other provinces of the counblow back of the Zarb-e-Azb operation the help of all segments of civil adminishanced security of its tracks and stations an official source in the Ministry of Rail- try and providing them fitration and Law Enforcement Agencies. in South Waziristan. across the country with the help of provin- ways told APP. These Control Rooms will be working Commander Southern Command, The Railways is facing numerous chal- nancial support. cial governments specially in Sindh. ISLAMABAD —Federal MinThe resolution was preLieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua, round the clock for facilitating the citizens. lenges regarding security of passengers Pakistan Railways would ensure secuister for Housing and Works Inspector General of Police Balochistan Telephones will be installed in each Conand railway tracks so there is a need to come sented by former provincial Akram Khan Durrani will rity of passengers, railway stations and rail- up with comprehensive security policy to minister and leader of PTI, Mohammad Amlish Khan, Secretary trol Room which will be notified to the citiassume charge of his office way tracks, including installation of CCTV ensure safe journey for passengers.—APP Shaukat Ali Yousafzai. The Home, Akbar Hussain Durani Commis- zens. cameras and enhanced patrolling with more resolution was also signed on Tuesday (tomorrow). Citizens have been requested to intisioner Quetta, Qambar Dashti, senior miliby Opposition Leader, Member of the National tary and civil officials attended the joint mate any suspicious activity or presence Mulana Lutfur Rehman of Assembly of Jamiat Ulamasecurity conference held in Headquarters of unknown persons to these Control JUIF, Parliamentary leader of e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Akram Rooms. Citizens have also been requested Southern Command. PMLN, Sardar Aurengzeb Khan Durrani had been apAfter having reviewed the existing to intimate any terrorist activity in their Nalota, Parliamentary leader pointed federal minister on threat and likely blow back of Operation vicinity. It has been assured that particuof Qawmi Watan Party, Thursday (June 19). Zarb-e-Azb in Balochistan, various deci- lars of the citizens will be kept confidenSikandar Hayat Khan The prime minister has sions were taken to bolster the security tial. Sherpao, Parliamentary approved appointment of Citizens have been requested to coopof citizens. “Safety of the citizens and leader of PPP, Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani, MNA, security of all important installations will erate with the Law Enforcement Agencies Ali Shah Bacha and MPA as minister. be ensured at all cost,” meeting reiter- as these measures were being taken for the Muhammad Ali of Jamat He served as 23rd Chief ated adding that perpetrators of terror will safety of the citizens.—APP Islami. Minister of North West The resolution exFrontier Province (NWFP), pressed solidarity with the now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IDPs and expressed the province from September need to help them in this 29, 2002 to October 11, 2007. hour of need. The resolution Akram Khan Durrani said that they should be son of Ghulam Khan, was supported owing to their born in 1958 in the village difficulties and sacrifices. Mewa Khel, Surrani, Bannu. The resolution also recHe studied at Sikander ommended for arranging ISLAMABAD—Senate Standing Committee of only Rs 50 million for dualization of Khel Bala primary and high camps for them at other fa- on Communication and Postal Services Multan- Muzaffargarh-D.G.Khan Section schools and completed his vorable places and for an- Monday asked National Highways Author- of N-70 (80 km) and said project needed FA from Government Degree nouncing a better package ity (NHA) to stop providing access to Rs 1.5 billion for early completion. He College, Bannu. for their assistance. It stated housing societies and commercial projects urged the government to provide suffiHe also holds a degree cient funds to complete Multanthat allocation of Rs 7,000 on the motorway. of law and is a prominent The committee met at the Parliament Muzaffargarh-D.G.Khan section adding for a family was insufficient member of the JamiatHouse under the chairmanship of Senator that otherwise this small amount will go Ulema-Islam (F).—APP LANDI KOTAL: Khyber Rifles Commandant Col Mansoor Janjua giving prize to best to meet their needs.—APP Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advo- waste. recruit during passing out parade. Chairman NHA Shahid Ashraf Tarrar cate. The committee members asked the Chairman National Highways Authority said under the ongoing schemes, Rs 2,700 (NHA) to only provide access on million were given in PSDP (2014-15) for motorway on technical grounds and fol- bridge over Indus linking N-5 with N-55 at low international standards for inter- Nishtar Ghat. Rs. 600 million were given GHOTKI—The Sindh Excise for bridge over River Sutlej connecting changes. Police foiled a bid to Senator Zahid Khan said NHA should Pakpatan with Minchinabad (Baba Farid smuggle around 240 kiloP ESHAWA R —The Depart- take only those steps which benefit the Bridge). grams of hashish in a truck State Minister for Communication ment of Education, Univer- public and discourage the land mafia. at Sindh-Punjab border near sity of Malakand held a day- During the briefing of NHA Chairman, the Abdul Hakeem Baloch assured the comUbauro and arrested two P ESHAWAR —Chief Minister’s Complaint in countless numbers, he explained. long seminar on using ‘Re- Chairman of the committee while express- mittee that all suggestions proposed by it He told that the cell takes prompt ac- search tools and tech- ing dismay said all departments are bound would be followed and they have lot of reCell (CMC) Khyber Pakthunkhwa has resuspects. The In-charge Excise covered over Rs.20 million looted money tion on complaints it received round the niques’ on Monday in which to follow the instructions of committee and spect for the committee. The commitpolice station Siraj Samtio from the brokers for playing the role of week on daily basis without observing any students from various fac- provide information to it. tee meeting was attend by Senators informed that the narcotics middlemen for provision of jobs and other off day in order to provide relief to the ulties took keen interest. The committee directed the NHA chair- Muhammad Zahid Khan, Senator Nisar material were recovered dur- benefits to the applicants who approached people who are subjected to different kinds Dr Muhammad Zahid man to complete the projects on time in Muhammad, Senator Mir Hasil Khan ing snap checking near the them during the previous tenure of ANP of injustices for the resolution of their just Khan was speaker at the Balochistan and take action against those Bizenjo, Senator Muhammad Hamayun led coalition government in the province. problems. provincial boundary. seminar. A large number of elements who were involved in corruption. Khan Mandokhail, Senator Sardar In reply to a question, Alhaj Dilroze students, faculty members In an exclusive interview with APP here The arrested suspects, Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasir, Rozi Kakar Asmatullah and Malik Deen at his office, Chairman Chief Minister’s Khan said that the cell has so far referred of the university partici- Leghari showed reservations on allocation and Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah.—APP Shah, told the police that the Complaint Cell Alhaj Dilroze Khan said, only six cases to the National Accountability pated in the seminar. The consignment was destined in one case, the cell recovered Rs.1.2 mil- Bureau (NAB) involving big scams while speaker introduced research lion from the agent who had promised the fifteen cases are in the pipeline for sending tools and facilities which are for Karachi, he added. Samtio further informed complainant for provision of job in the Food to the Bureau. He told that as many as 30 available for researchers. He that the police had obtained Department as Food Inspector in the previ- corruption cases have been sent to the Anti briefly introduced end note, Corruption Establishment of which nine Medley, Google scholar and physical remand of the sus- ous regime. Similarly the cases wherein lacs of ru- have been disposed of while 21 are in the many other such useful pects for further investigapees bribe was taken by the brokers were process of being resolved.—APP tion.—APP tools for research. He said that these tools are useful for research as they make the work of researchers easy and enable the researchers to do more QUETTA—Lawmakers emphasized the urged the government to allocate more said that teachers were taking their work in a short time. All the need for taking solid measures to make funds for Frontier Corps, Police and Lev- monthly salaries regularly but they were participants took keen interdoctors and teachers bound to attend ies Force to combat terrorism. He said not going schools in several areas to im- est in the seminar. their duties at hospitals and schools, re- that Kharan, Khuzdar and several other part education to students. He said that At the end of the semispectively as saying they have been draw- districts have been facing prolonged law and order situation of Balochistan nar questions were asked was poor as politicians, doctors and ing their salaries regularly but they were power load shedding. about the tools introduced Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl MPA, Gul judges were attacked, people were forced by the speaker. Professor Dr. not attending their duties. Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali presided Muhammad Dummar said that students to flee the province. He urged the gov- Rashid Ahmed was the chief over the assembly session held, here on of several schools were studying under ernment to generate electricity from coal guest in that session. He Monday. Speaking in debate on tree as they have no rooms in their re- of Quetta, Chamalang, Dukki and Mach gave away the shield of Balochistan Budget 2014-15, Pakistan spective schools. Doctors do not attend to cater the need of the province. honor to the worthy Delivering his speech, Provincial Muslim League-Q MPA, Abdul Kareem their duties at hospitals. The government speaker. He appreciated the Nosherwani said there were school build- medicines provided to hospitals and fake Health Minister, Rehmat Saleh Baloch efforts of the Department of ings and students but no teachers. He medicines are being sold at private medi- said that no repairing and renovation Education for quality edusaid that many doctors were not attend- cal stores and drug inspectors have work of schools was carried out during cational endeavors. e said ing their duties at hospitals. He urged turned eye from the menace after taking last 15 years and no medicines and nec- research work needs hard the provincial government to sanction their lion share from the elements in- essary equipments were provided to hos- work, consistency and per- LOWER DIR: Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan addressing a meeting of Forest posts for doctors and teachers. He also volved in this bad business, he said. He pitals during last seven years. —APP Department. severance.—APP

Durrani to take Housing Minister charge today

KP PA passes resolution for IDPs settlement

Railway tracks’ security enhanced

Mily, civil officials attend joint security conference

Safety of citizens, security of installations to be ensured

NHA directed to stop access to housing societies on motorway

Drug smuggling bid foiled, 2 held

CM complaint cell recovers Rs20 million from brokers

Doctors, teachers absence echoes in BA

Seminar on using research tools, techniques held

Over 3,45,000 IDPs arrive from NWA: NDMA

IDPs to get Rs 7000 per month thru mobile SIMs B ANNU —National Disaster Manage- being registeredat check points, he in Bannu will start from today for which ment Authority (NDMA) Spokesman Brig Kamran Zia on Monday said so far more than 3,45,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had crossed over from North Waziristan. He said out of which 1100 had settled down in Dera Islmial Khan and 480 in Lakki Marwat while reset in the main camp, set up in Baka Khel, Bannu. He said food, cash and other basic facilities were being provided to IDPS of North Waziristan Agnecy. Talking to APP, he said Shelter, health, cleanliness, toilets, mosque, electricity cooked food, water and other facilities were being provided to the IDPs. He said NDMA teams under Member Operations NDMA, Brig Mirza Kamran Zia, had already been deployed in Bannu to assist FDMA (FATA disaster Management Authority) for IDPs’ handling and management. He said many families were comPESHAWAR: A large number of displaced families arriving to Bannu IDPs Camp as the military operation is continu- ing at the main camp as most of them were preferring to stay with host coming in North Waziritan. munities, adding, NDMA was expanding the camp by making additional arrangements. The camps were established since the operation was started, however, NDMA was providing food and financial assistance to all people,

Monitoring of teachers, students attendance

Balochistan schools to be linked with GPS, GIS

Q UETTA —The Balochistan government is going to link its schools with GPS and GIS system to monitor the attendance of teachers and students at educational institutions. This was said by Advisor to Chief Minister on Education, Sardar Raza Muhammad Baraich while speaking at a “Single School Teacher” seminar organised by non-governmental organization, Center for Peace and Development (CPD) here. He said that reforms were being introduced in education system of Balochistan. “We are going to install GPS, GIS and Finger Prints Reading systems at government-run schools to monitor the attendance of teachers and students,” he said adding that E-Learning Programme through video conference would also be introduced at schools. He said that presently 1.1 million children were enrolled at schools while 2.2 million children were still out of schools. He said that only 58,000 students out of total 1.1 million studying at schools reached Matriculate level and remaining left their schooling. He said that stakeholders and the community would have to jointly play their role to overcome the issue of dropout of students from schools.

2,685 community schools educating KP, FATA students P ESHAWA R —As many as 106,000 children are getting information education in 2,685 community schools working in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under federal government’s initiative of increasing literacy rate. Provincial Director Basic Education Community Schools Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA Shah Karim Monday said that so far 80,000 children have received primary education from these institutions during the 19 years. Addressing a seminar on informal education, he said that there are 62 such schools in Swat districts while more are being set up.—APP

“Only 30,000 teachers out of total 57,000 of Balochistan professionally are trained. Therefore, the Balochistan government decided to arrange their professional training courses during summer vacations,” he said. National Party MPA, Dr Shama Ishaq, National Party leader, Dr Ishaq Baloch, Rahat Malik, Executive Director CPD, Nasrullah Khan Baraich, Additional Secretary Education, Muhammad Tayyab Lehri and Saira Aata also attended the ceremony. Govt to set-up Inter girls college, hospital in Mangocher: Balochistan government will establish a 30-bed hospital in Khaliqabad Mangocher area of Kalat district during the next financial year. Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan for Finance Mir Khalid Langove here Monday said block allocation of the funds for proposed hospital had been made in the provincial budget 2014-15 and work on the project will be launched soon. Besides, he said schemes for setting up of a sports complex, government Inter Girls College and a Sub Division Complex in the area had also been incorporated in the provincial budget for 2014-15. “ The present government has met the promises it made with area people during general elections,” he said and

added that the completion of these schemes will not only cast positive impact on local social life but also ensure quality health, education and sports facilities to the residents. Multan: A sixday teachers’ training workshop organised by National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), concluded here on Monday. District Education Officer (Secondary) Riaz Khan Baloch attended the concluding session of the workshop and praised NCHD on the initiative to improve the teaching skills of teachers in accordance with the modern standards. Teachers from Multan, Bahawalnagar and Khanewal districts attended the training workshop wherein they were informed of new ideas on staff capacity building and new concepts of teaching and training. These teachers should serve as master trainers to impart skills to their colleagues and make their training part of their professional life while imparting education to youth, Riaz Baloch said. District Manager NCHD Bahawalnagar Zia Ul Qadir, Incharge training Shagufta Parveen, DST Master Trainers Iram Rubab, Naeem Akhtar, and district programme manager education Muhammad Asif Tarar were also present.—APP

Slow pace of work on foreign funded projects flayed B AJAUR —The administration of Bajaur of installation of solar streetlights in Khar and agency Monday expressed concern over slow paced of works on foreign sponsored uplift projects and directed the relevant officials to complete the schemes in time without any delay. The directives were given by Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah during a meeting with the representatives of foreign funded organizations Multi Donors Trust Funded Projects) here in his office. The officials on the occasion briefed the PA about the development activities of the ongoing schemes. Officials of the World Bank sponsored project informed the political agent of its activities. He said works of 41 km long Emergency Rural Road project was in full swing and is trying to complete the project by the end of April 2015. The officials of Tribal Areas Rural to Urban Centres Conversion Initiative ( TARUCCI) also informed the participants about its activities. He said first phase

Sadiq Abad had been completed while the 2nd phase of installation of solar lights would be started after release of funds. The official said construction of road project in Khar was under way and would be completed by the end of August 2014. The political Agent asked the relevant officials to take all possible measures to ensure the completion of projects within stipulated time. Shah expressed reservations over standard of works in the scheme and said that most of development activities did not met with the standard set by the relevant international donor’s agencies. He directed the officials to follow the international standard and quality in the construction of schemes. He asked the relevant officials to ensure transparency and excellence in all development projects and serious action would be taken those who found in fraud in the schemes.—APP

FAISALABAD: A man purchasing solar panel system due to increase in loadshedding.

Youth kills mother

Couple among 3 killed over love marriage F AISALABAD —A mentally unbalanced youth killed his mother in the area of Sandalbar police station. According to police, 30year-old Shahbaz alias Shazli,resident of Chak 157RB got infuriated when his mother Nooran Bibi reprimanded him over a domestic matter. The accused hit his mother with a club and injured her severely. She was shifted to Allied Hospital where she breathed her last. The police said that during initial investigation it was found out that the accused was not sound mentally. However, he was arrested for investigation. Quetta: A couple along with their three-year-old child was killed by relatives over love marriage in Killi Almas area of provincial capital. According to police spokesman,”the victims were identified as Noor Muhammad and Ulfat Bibi had secretly married five years ago against the will of girl’s family members.” Following a tip off, a police party reached the site and took the bodies into custody. —APP

added. He said free transport was being provided for daily evacuations. All planning and execution was being jointly done by NDMA, FDMA, Army and civil administration, the spokesman added. Peshawar: The Internally Displaced People of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) will receive Rs 7000 per month through mobile Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) to ensure transparent, quick and speedy financial relief to the dislocated people in this hours of stress and need. Haseeb Khan, Spokesman of Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDA) told APP on Monday that an understanding with ZONG Cellular Company has been reached according to which it will provide free SIMs to registered IDPs for disbursement of monthly cash compensation for procurement of food items. He said this would ensure speedy distribution of relief amount among IDPs through a transparent mechanism. Haseeb Khan said distribution of ZONG SIMs has been started and 22 SIMs were distributed yesterday at Saidgai Check Post in FR Bannu. The official said distribution of SIMs

all arrangements have been completed. He said it was the landmark decision taken to address the financial problems of IDPs besides saving their times and money as distribution of money through SMART Cards and ATMs are time consuming and expensive that also required expertises. A large number of IDPs are still coming from North Waziristan Agency due to massive military operation against terrorists and militants there and are being accommodated at the relief camps. Hasseb Khan said 4,24,000 IDPs have migrated from NWA for which adequate arrangements have been made by the government with assistance of line departments and welfare organizations.He said a huge IDPs camp at Bakakhel in Bannu district have been setup with all basic necessities of life were provided to IDPs. In addition to eight washrooms/ bathrooms, ten shades, he said, availability of clean drinking water has been ensured. He said 20 water tanks were available to quench thirst of dislocated people. Food boxes with dates, juices, bisckets, mineral water bottles were also being provided to IDPs, he maintained. —APP

Rain likely across country ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast rain-thunderstorm in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moist currents from Arabian sea is penetrating into upper and central parts of the country. Westerly wave is also affecting upper parts of the country. Rain-thundershower is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, while at isolated places at Sargodha, Multan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur divisions during next 24 hours. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh hot and dry weather is likely in most parts of province. However, rainthundershower is expected at scattered places at Hazara division. Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of Balochistan province during next 24 hours. In Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan rain-thundershower is likely at scattered places during same time span. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during last 24 hours were Dadu 49øC, Shaheed Benazirabad, Turbat 48øC, Padidan 47øC, Moenjodaro 46øC, Sibbi, Larkana 45øC and Sukkar 44øC while highest temperatures remained Islamabad in 38øC, Lahore 38øC, Karachi 36øC, Peshawar 43øC, Quetta 35øC, Skardu 27øC, Murree 26øC, Muzaffarabad 38øC, Gilgit 29øC, Faisalabad 37øC, Multan 39øC and Hyderabad 41øC. The rainfall recorded during last 24 hours was Murree 41 mm, Islamabad 27 mm, Rawalakot 17 mm, Garhi Dupatta 16 mm, Rawalpindi 16 mm, Khanpur 11 mm, Barkhan 10 mm, Abbotabad 09 mm, Mangla 05 mm, Jhelum 04 mm, Jacobabad 03 mm, Kalam, Gujranwala 02 mm and Balakot 01 mm.—APP

Peace vital to prosperity SARGODHA—Commissioner Sargodha division Capt (R) Muhammad Asif has said that Islam teaches the lesson of peace and the government was working to restore peace and security in all areas of the country. Addressing the participants of Divisional Peace Committee, he said that the decision of operation was taken in the best national inerest.He stressed upon the Ulemas and religious organizations to play their role for the sake of country adding that the country’s prosperity was hidden behind peace. Regional Police Officer (RPO) Ahmad Ishaq Jahangir urged the Ulemas to cooperate for the provision of security during the month of Ramazan. Among the participants of the meeting were DCO Sargodha Saqib Manaan, DCO Khushab Amir Ijaz Akbar, DCO Mianwali Muhammad Khan Ranjha and DCO Bhakhar Malik Mumtaz Hussain and various Ulemas and religious party members.—APP

WWF, HRL ink MoU for carbon footprint reduction P ESHAWA R —World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has signed an MoU with Habib Rafiq Limited (HRL), for reducing their carbon footprint as part of the Green Office Certification Programme. Through this initiative, WWF-Pakistan will support Habib Rafiq Limited (HRL) to reduce their natural resource consumption, subsequent costs and carbon footprint, says a press release issued here on Monday. HRL is the first construction company in Pakistan to sign for Green Office Initiative which aims to reduce carbon emissions by adopting eco-friendly ways of conducting daily business activities. The programme also involves employees in a process driven and systematic way of reducing their carbon footprint by adopting sustainable work behaviour. Dr Ejaz, Senior Director, WWF-Pakistan and Naveed Iqbal, General Manager (Works), Habib Rafiq Limited signed the MoU. Both organisations hope that this partnership will lead to environmental sustainability, ultimately leading to reduction in carbon emissions. HRL employees at the head office based in Lahore will receive specific Green Office training. HRL will receive certification as a “Green Office” once it fulfils the criteria of the programme.—APP

HYDERABAD: Residents of GOR Colony holding a banner to protest against Tando Yousuf Police outside Press Club.

Police high ups alerted for any eventuality PESHAWAR—The Inspector General of Po- well thought and well rehearsal action.“We lice Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani has directed police high ups to prepare themselves for any eventualities and make full-fledged contingency plan in the back drop of ongoing Army operation against the terrorists. “The tempo of police ongoing search and strike operation must be reflected in police action against the terrorists in settled areas,” remarked the IGP while presiding over a meeting of all District Police Officers (DPOs) at CPO on Monday. Additional IGPs Operations, Special Branch and FRP, CCPO, DIGs CTD, Operation, Headquarter, PCU and all DPOs throughout the province attended the meeting. All DPOs presented a detailed briefing of law and order and possible reaction of the militants in their respective districts on this occasion. The police chief termed the ongoing operation as the survival of the country and directed the participants to ensure contingency plan for all eventualities and to identify the hub of militants and vulnerable places in their districts and launch intelligence led

have no other option but to win this war at all cost”, maintained the IGP and directed them to coordinate with the Rapid Response Force (RRF) in their districts and do Mock Exercise of their action against the terrorists by personally leading it. The DPOs were further directed to ensure compliance with the provision of the recently passed acts of Tenant Verification and Hotel Security Restriction Act. The IGP further directed the participants to adopt fool proof security measure for busy public places like markets, bus stand, cinemas and banks. The participants were also directed to check all vehicles particularly the motor cycles through Vehicle Verification System (VVS) and properly interrogate the arrested persons. The police chief pointed out that any police check post must serve two purposes i.e to create an effective deterrence against militants and ensure safety of the posted officials and directed the DPOs to personally visit check posts and ensure compliance with his discussion in this regard.—APP

Revolution will lead to Martial Law, you fool


A clear policy on use or sale of military drones becomes more urgent


EFORE arrival of PAT leader Allama Tahirul Qadri, which Qadri himself and his associates tried to give a dramatic and shocking turn, there was state of panic especially in the twin cities of RawalpindiIslamabad and Lahore. These cities were virtually paralysed as normal life was disrupted by the steps taken by the Government to maintain law and order. Schools and colleges were closed, examinations postponed, transport off the road and office goers could not make to their jobs. The way the Government reacted to the arrival of Qadri can be described as mishandling and foolishness, as Qadri got more publicity thanks to the panicky response of the Government than he could have received otherwise. Similarly, in our view, the attempt for a so-called revolution being made by Tahirul Qadri and supported by a few frustrated and sidelined politicians is rather devoid of sanity. In the first instance, the demand comes from the lot of politicians that stands rejected by the masses during elections and they are now using questionable machinations to dislodge a democratically elected Government that has been mandated by the people to run affairs of the country for five years. Secondly, there is a hell of difference between playing the role of an opposition and hatching conspiracies to undermine the system. The opposition is fully entitled to criticize the Government for its wrong-doings, corruption and bad governance yet all this should be well within the parameters of democracy. You could speak out against Government through media, hold public meetings at designated places and agitate issues on the floor of elected houses but you have no right to disturb normal life, create problems for the masses and above all make attempts to bring about so-called revolution through violent and negative means. When you create law and order situation, render the country immobile and resort to bloodletting then the chaos had always led to imposition of Martial Law in the past and now again it would end up in derailment of democracy, you fool. By now we would have learnt lesson from past experiences and mistakes but some forces that flourish during dictatorships are bent upon depriving the nation of the benefits of democracy and development. We warn them that there would be no place for them in the history and they would become victim of nemesis.

Ridiculous demand of halting operation A

t a time when operation Zarb-e-Azb was proceeding ahead with satis factory pace and producing desired results, leader of Pakistan Tehrike-Insaf Imran Khan has come out with a ridiculous demand. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, he demanded of the Army to halt the on-going operation to allow evacuation of IDPs from North Waziristan. One fails to understand whether it was off-the-cuff appeal to Army or a well thought out proposition. But one could either laugh or lament over this funny demand by a politician of the stature of Imran Khan. He is known for churning out statements that are against ground realities or go against the mainstream thinking, which shows that despite being leader of the third largest political force of the country, Imran Khan still lacks vision and sanity required of a national leader. Imran has rightly earned a position of respect in the country yet such half-baked remarks and demands are sharply in contrast to his overall stature and personality. It is really shocking that one should make demand for suspension of the operation in its midst which could allow terrorists to escape to safe havens elsewhere especially across the border. Imran should know that IDPs was a natural phenomenon of the operation and the planners and executors of the operation must have taken care of all aspects of the operation. The evacuation is taking place in an orderly manner and curfew is relaxed for the purpose. It is to give an opportunity to ordinary people to leave the area that so far ground offensive has not been initiated and only targeted aerial strikes are launched against terrorist hideouts. The demand could also be misinterpreted by the Army as erosion of support for the operation and therefore, could have demoralizing effect. Again, this could also be taken as a sign of encouragement by terrorists, who are on the run. We, therefore, hope that Imran Khan would revisit his thinking and avoid making such funny demands.

Khamenei rightly against US intervention in Iraq I

RANIAN Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Washing ton of trying to manipulate Iraqi sectarian differences to retake control of the country it once occupied. In remarks carried by Iranian media, the Iranian statesman who is also supreme authority in taking important decision said Washington is trying to portray the situation in Iraq as a sectarian war but according to him, what is happening in Iraq is not the sectarian war and US was using leftovers of Saddam Hussain regime to attain its objectives. In line with the UN charter, no country has a right to interfere in the internal affairs of any country. However one thing has become crystal clear that wherever the US put its boots, that country suffered the most and ultimately it was left to bleed for a long time to come. Same is happening in Iraq and Libya and it is feared that the next turn would be of Afghanistan as the US led NATO forces are going to withdraw by the end of this year. The United States provided support to opposition groups across the Middle East and Africa in the name of promoting democracy and called the uprising as Arab spring but today it is before every one that the two regions are in the midst of worst turmoil. It would be advisable for the American leadership to give serious thinking to their policy of intervention in any country, where there is some internal strife. But when situation gets out of control, Washington leaves that country in the midst of turmoil. It was Washington that helped Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form government twice and now he is being blamed as his nation collapses around him. Maliki is being accused that he didn’t bring enough Sunnis into his government, he didn’t distribute the resources well and he controlled everything from Baghdad. The Obama Administration bears a lot of responsibility for what is happening in Iraq. Now the American President is undecided about future US movement regarding Iraq and we would advice him to think twice before any more misadventure as there is all the danger of involvement of some other countries.

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Karzai’s hallucinations & shenanigans front-runner Abdullah Abdullah that killed 12 people. Abdullah had survived the assassination attempt when two Mohammad Jamil blasts including a suicide Email: bombing hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul ahead of run-off election. Afghanistan’s RESIDENTIAL candidate National Security Council (NSC), Abdullah Abdullah has asked which is chaired by President Hamid the UN to step in, vowing to Karzai, said in a statement that reject the result due next month be- Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistancause of ‘blatant’ fraud committed based militant group having connecin the vote a week ago. President tion with Pakistan’s intelligence Karzai in a statement said: “I not agency, was involved. This accusaonly accept this proposal but I see tion came after Afghanistan said that it as positive step towards ending it was pulling out of security talks these problems”. The UN re- in Islamabad in anger at cross-borsponded rapidly, saying it noted der attacks blamed on the Pakistani comments about a potential UN army, which it said were designed role but will wait to see further de- to disrupt the second round of its velopments. While Pakistan is sin- presidential election. But Afghan cere that Afghanistan becomes a government conveniently forgot that peaceful, stable, and economically at least four soldiers were killed and prosperous state, Hamid Karzai four others injured only a week bedriven by the lust for power con- fore that incident when militants tinues to work on power-seeking from the Afghan side of the border schemes. According to the Consti- attacked a military post in Bajaur tution of Afghanistan, Hamid tribal region. Karzai could not contest presidenThe Inter-Services Public Relatial election for third term, yet he tions (ISPR) had confirmed that the has been trying hard to find a way attack took place on Manozangal and to stay in power or have at least Moukha top checkposts and was resome relevance. Perhaps, call to the pulsed by security forces. UnfortuUN by Abdullah Abdullah to step nately, despite Pakistan’s cooperain and Karzai’s acceptance of the tion in liberating Afghanistan from proposal is a ploy stir crisis so that former Soviet Union, hosting milthe latter remains in power. Though lions of Afghan refugees for more it does not make much difference than three decades, cooperating in for Pakistan who is at the helm in the war on terror, and suffering in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai has treasure and men, President Hamid been badmouthing Pakistan, its Karzai has always been military and the ISI more than any- badmouthing Pakistan. He is unbody else. grateful to the US also, which has In first week of June 2014, Af- spent a trillion dollars in war on terghan government in a veiled refer- ror in Afghanistan, and maneuvered ence to Pakistan accused foreign in- to keep Karzai in power. On 30th telligence services of being behind March 2014 Hamid Karzai in a an attack targeting presidential phone call with U.S. Secretary of

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State John Kerry accused Pakistan of being behind a series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban. In fact, Pakistan has facilitated dialogue with the Taliban by releasing the Taliban leaders, yet President Karzai has been routinely making such accusations against Islamabad. Afghanistan and the US seek Pakistan’s cooperation in bringing peace in the war-ravaged country, and Pakistan has been doing all it could to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan. But Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), CIA and RAW had unleashed propaganda campaign against Pakistan. NDS feeds foreign missions and media in Kabul, and continues to insinuate that ISI is involved in providing material support to Afghan Taliban. Indian media also continues with its onslaught on Pakistan. In March 2014, the NSC had said the attack on the hotel was in fact the work of foreign intelligence services, and when it says foreign intelligence services it means the ISI. Last year, addressing ceremony on the occasion of International Women’s Day, President Hamid Karzai had said the Taliban were holding talks with America in Europe and Gulf but were conducting blasts in Kabul and Khost. At the same time, he said Taliban were not his enemy, and the people of Afghanistan had been tortured on the name of Taliban. One would not understand about his confused outpourings. President Karzai appears to be sour for being kept of the loop so far as talks with Taliban were concerned, whereas he had expected to be at the peace foray’s centre and lead the negotiations. It was perhaps because of Karzai’s acerbic remarks that a joint press conference of Presi-

dent Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel was cancelled. In September 2012 also President Karzai had stated: “The US led war on terror has not been fought the way it should have been, and has brought only misfortune and grief to Afghanistan”. But he himself is to blame in equal measure, as he never raised the right demands with the occupiers at the right time. Secondly, he enjoyed power, perks and privilege of head of the state for 13 years with the support of the occupiers. Even in previous elections when Hamid Karzai was declared elected, Abdullah Abdullah had accused the occupiers and Hamid Karazai for election fraud and had withdrawn from election race. Hamid Karzai has faced many crises in Afghanistan and survived through worst predicaments. But as a result of being in power for 13 years, he is well connected with influential war lords, local and foreign militants, foreign spy agencies like CIA, RAW and MI6 etc. He was fully aware about US secret war by CIA and Black Water aimed at conducting sabotage activities and target killings inside Pakistan. Hamid Karzai had facilitated such attacks to the detriment of Pakistan. To assassinate his opponents in Afghanistan is not a big deal for Hamid Karzai. If Abdullah Abdullah is assassinated prior to the announcement of results of run-off elections in Afghanistan, the world should not be surprised, as he will simply blame Pakistan/ISI and walk freely. Apart from Hamid Karzai, US and NATO forces are responsible for the fugitive Pakistani militants living in the Afghan state’s protected safe havens in the bordering regions of Afghanistan. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

Pakistan’s farmers face difficulties where goodies can fall their ways without any effort. And dare say that there are sucDr Zafar Altaf Icessful individuals that have done this through the political system. I have data of misdemeanors and the collection of HE budget has not been able assets that they have achieved after to allay the fears of the farm their elections. What does it take to ing community. It is rong to become a billionaire in Pakistan? A use the generic tersm of farmers for lot of boot licking and a lot of servilthe community is organized along ity. Mubashar Luqman is the latest different lines in the four provinces sufferer of this kind o activity where of Pakistan. Punjab’s farmers do not the lands of other peoples have been hold the key to either food secuirty taken away and given to cronies. I have been writing about the or to nutritional adjustments for the poor or the children of the poor. It land acquisition act of 1874 that it is a sad state that after so many de- is a colonial document designed to cades of independence we should make the locals suffer. In the hands still be struggling for the right of of the present goons it is much danthe poor t be looked after. The Bud- gerous weapon that will be used to get speech of the FM did little to break an independent and free sociallay these fears that farmers ety. As much as 3 to 4 million hecthave.In some of the farmers that i ares have gone out of agriculture beinterviewed recently they were not cause of the land acquisition authoriaware of the budget at all but looked ties in the Punjab. The other provto agriculture as a way of living that inces are minor players. They do not the Almighty had ordaned. So man have the distorted vision of the polimade mistakes and ignorance was ticians of Punjab. Out of the memory cast aside by these people. I am not there have been politicians with the surprised for none of them had ever total inherited assets of only Rs.1.5 read a newspaper. Surprising that lakhs and today they are in billions we should have these kinds of mat- of rupees with Rs. 40 billion in prize bonds. The prize bond is the new inters in the 21st C. Agricultural productivity has strument for whitening black money. suffered as a result. This produc- Not only that I had suggested that the tivity is no easy matter and requires electoral reform should be on eligiamongst other things a deep and bility for elections and any one with abiding passion for the subject. I assets abroad and bank accounts have been concerned with the ris- should be held to be ineligible. Any ing prices of vegetables and fruits idea how many politicians would be and despite my onslaught on the out of the political line up? As long as we have polices for economists that are perverting Pakistan’s social development I the few rather than the many we will have had no success. The reason continue to have hick ups like in seems to be that every one is look- Lyari, in Waziristan and in all those ing at the cheap and easy end of life areas that have a feeling of being


taken for ride by the federal government. The budget sir is inconsequential because the budget is not likely to change anything for any of the poor. So how do we go in to getting the poor to work and pray for Pakistan instead of bad mouthing the country? Bad mouthing in the federal government is a common phenomenon as also the taking of bribes and generally bastardizing the system. You will never hear anything good about anybody with the result that the bad mouthers stay together lest one of them bad mouths the other in their absence. So I enquired of the Ministry of food security what is taking place. I had heard that there was lot of congregation of also ran in the ministry. The reason turned out to be that they get together for hours and merely stay there so that no one passes the buck against them. So how can agriculture prosper? Is it not time that they should go to Baluchistan and to Thar to see what is happening there and to develop a production system for these ecological regions. The problem is with the ego. They will fetch the stars for you sitting in Islamabad but when they have to go to any place near this town they will have holes in their socks. When I tried to send them to Baluchistan their others-in law went in to the family way and how could a son in law be absent; all kinds of lame excuses. One had his hand bandaged and when I opened up the bandage there was no injury. What in any case are they doing in Islamabad and why should this research station not go nearer the farmer where technology could be easily demonstrated. My quest for technological breakthroughs is not

over yet. The other day I had a mutual fund manager come to see me and he had with him the doings of nano technology. In short the technology had raised the productivity of tomato production to 90 tons per hectare. This technology can be used for all vegetable crops. What then is the problem with our policy makers and our so called obsolete scientists? It’s in the head which is empty of all ideas and in fact the inability to study coupled with the inability to decipher the art of the possible is what is stunningly absent. Where the mind is blank there is complete indifference. It is the sensitive mind that seeks new initiatives. If Pakistan continues as it does then the end result is what we will have and seen at Karachi. Do not blame the foreign hand the malaise lies with us. But the human mind reuses to see the problem within but chooses to find it elsewhere. The projections of the limited mind are such. What can be done? Well for one the social scientists are not only economists but also Psychologists and anthropologists not to mention social psychologists. The organizational structure itself is full of cranks. I do not want to name them but there is no likelihood of any one getting anywhere unless these goons are removed. The political system is to blame to the extent that the system is allowing these people to use them for there own purpose. The paradigm shift that should be coming though will not. India has started a new initiative and want the bureaucracy to state what polices of the last government have not worked. Clever. —The writer is a retired Federal Secretary.

FTER several months of hiatus the United States is back raining down drone strikes in Pakistan – three so far this month. Another US drone recently attacked alleged terrorists in Yemen. And Secretary of State John Kerry has said drone attacks won’t be ruled out as the US plans how it will aid Iraq in its battle with insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The world associates the US with drone attacks. They can strike targets that would be hard to reach by any other means. These unmanned vehicles don’t put the lives of US military personnel at risk. Much of the time drones make “precision” attacks that avoid civilian casualties. And they introduce a certain fear in opponents – who knows when a drone is nearby and about to strike? No wonder other countries are eager to develop their own drone programs. According to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), four other countries already possess military drones: Britain, Israel, China, and Iran. Others are moving forward with programs, including India and Pakistan. And a stealth drone called Neuron is being jointly developed by Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Sweden. With drone use only increasing in the future, the US needs to maintain leadership not only in the technology of drone warfare but in addressing the ethical issues involved. As the US makes the decision to sell drones to other countries, it needs to include a set of standards on how they would be used. In doing that, the US would be forced to spell out more transparently what its own standards are. In many ways drone attacks are troubling. They have caused an unknown number of casualties among innocent bystanders, a tragedy in itself and a vehicle for turning public opinion in countries where drones are used against the US. Because drones don’t typically put US lives at risk, there will always be a temptation to overuse them. The legality of drone strikes, including questions of whether they respect the sovereignty of other nations, remains a murky area. Beyond how the US is using, or would be likely to use, drones lies another troubling scenario: Drones would provide an excellent means of delivering biological or chemical weapons. The US must weigh that possibility as it chooses to whom it would sell drones. The CFR report contains a number of other sensible steps the US should take to open up a pubic discussion of drone use. Among them: (a) US intelligence agencies should publish unclassified documents on the trends they see in the future use of military drones. (b) The US should conduct studies on how drones might be used in the future against US interests. (c) Administration officials should testify before congressional committees on the principles that guide US policy on drone exports. The US has yet to have a serious national discussion on the use of drone warfare. The pursuit of terrorists has taken precedence over questions about proliferation and rules of conduct. But as the use of drones spreads to other nations, setting a clear US standard for the world to follow becomes ever more important. —The Christian Science Monitor

People who are much too sensitive to demand of cripples that they run races ask of the poor that they get up and act just like everyone else in society. Michael Harrington

—US writer

Which revolution Dr Qadri is talking about? Voice of the People However, this ugly encounter seems to be immensely instrumental, though by default, in advancing Dr. Qadir’s mission of a revolutionary Saeed Qureshi change. The Punjab govEmail: ernment of PMN (L) has come under burgeoning pressure and looks like a URING the past two years, culprit although seemingly the chief Allama Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri minister had no role to play in the has staged three large rallies police firing that was not intentional in Pakistan. One was in Lahore on but spontaneous. December 23, 2012. The second Dr. Qadri has spurned all governmammoth rally was in Islamabad ment offers for a dialogue and reon January 14, 2013, where his jected the formation of a judicial comparty workers and devotees staged mission to probe the gruesome incia four-day sit- in agitation that cul- dent. On the contrary he alleged that minated in an agreement between the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the then PPP government and Dr. Punjab, IG Punjab Police, and cerQadri. This agreement titled tain ministers were behind what he “Islamabad Long March Declara- termed as the ‘premeditated murder’. tion” promised electoral reforms and The PMLQ stalwarts Chaudhry increased political transparency. It Pervez Elahi and Chaudhry Shujaat was in fact a convenient face saving Hussain have announced their unconway- out for both the sides. ditional support to Dr. Tahir Qadri in The latest third rally was held on his opposition solely to the federal June 17 this year at Model Town and Punjab government run respecneighborhood in Lahore in front of tively by Mian Nawaz Sharif and his the Dr. Qadir’s residence cum PAT( brother Shahbaz Sharif. Pakistan Awami Tehrik) secretariat. The deep seated political aniTragically it turned into a bloody mosity between these two groups is clash between charged members of a public knowledge. Imran Khan has PAT and Minhajul Quran on one side too taken an unequivocal stand in and the riot police on the other. This favor of Allama Tahirul Qadri and clash resulted in at least 8 deaths and even demanded resignation of the scores wounded. In comparison the chief minister of Punjab and his law previous rallies were rather peaceful. minister. His overtures seem to be

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merely fortifying the bulwark against Sharif brothers. One may recall that a few days ago Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Ch. Pervez Ilahi had a special meeting and even press conference with Allama Dr. Tahir Qadri in London. Their blind support for Qadri’s mission is not a secret as Chaudhry brothers are sworn enemies of Sharif brothers. One could even assume that the PAT rally could be an offshoot of the complete understanding between two inveterate opponents of Sharif brothers. Allama Qadri Sahib would look more credible and rather acceptable if he pursues his moral and political ambitions within the framework of the constitution and law. To bank upon aggression and mobilizing people with powerful rhetorical speeches and show of self-righteousness is meaningless. Such a strategy would backfire because it leads to chaos and commotion. If Maulana doesn’t revise his reformatory mission and reconstruction approach, his dream of turning Pakistan into an ideal Islamic state would never come true. Directing and monitoring an aimless movement while living a comfortable life in a distant secular and Unislamic land of Canada, looks hypocritical and contentious. Let him live in the slums of Pakistan and spearhead the movement and thus transform the destiny of the people of Pakistan. Example is better than

fiery orations or hollow precepts. Occasionally he talks of Tehrir Square that uprooted a might dictator. But Pakistan is not Egypt .Pakistan is now a democratic country. My hunch is that Dr. Qadri in somehow being used by the forces that are inimical to the incumbent government for one reason or the other. Dr. Qadri seems to be playing in the hands of some political figures who want to have short cut to power corridors. Mercifully the democratically PPP elected government completed its 5 years in power. Let the present government stay at the helm for the same constitutional period. It would be up to the people to reelect or reject it in the next elections. That is how the democratic tradition would be firmly rooted and flourish and that is what Pakistan is in need of. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri is blessed with enormous gift of public speaking and articulation. He has a huge and growing bulk of followers and also unlimited financial resources and a safe haven of Canada. He can utilize all these precious assets by entering the political arena of Pakistan like other leaders, contest elections and attain power to transform Pakistan into an abode of his liking and lookout. That would be the best and decidedly rational way to establish his program and plans. —The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.

Hidden hands behind terrorism Afshain Afzal


FTER the terrorist incidents in Taftan and Karachi, a statement was issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, “Secretary General is deeply concerned by upsurge of violence in across Pakistan and urges Government of Pakistan to further increase its efforts to address terrorism and religious extremism, including with view of protecting the rights of all the people to safely practice their religion freely and bring perpetrators of attack to justice.” After one week of Karachi terrorist attack, media including newspaper Dawn, quoting unidentified military and intelligence sources, claimed that the mastermind of the Karachi airport terrorist attack, Abu Abdur Rehman Almani, a key commander of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Islamic Movement of Turkestan was killed in a airstrikes by Pakistan Air Force

(PAF) jets and Pakistan Army in North Waziristan. The media did not fail to cash the opportunity by maligning other groups that terrorists of East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) were also killed in the same strikes, which is blow to TTP and ETIM network in North Waziristan Agency. It was also highlighted that Chinese government has recently pressurized Pakistani authorities to take action against Uighur separatists based in North Waziristan, striving to establish independent sate of East Turkestan. To further pressurize Pakistan, an amendment to Defence Appropriation Bill to stop US funding to Pakistan was tabled in US House of Commons. It highlighted that beside human right violations by the Pakistani government, the funding contributes to strengthening the security forces that kill and prosecute minority groups who are denied right of self determination. It was also highlighted that Pakistan is allied with terrorist elements and also communist China. However, the amendment was defeated to ensure continuity of US funding to Pakistan’s Armed Forces. The

fact cannot be denied that there exist hideouts of terrorists, drug barons, kidnappers for ransoms, outlaws and absconders in operation areas. However, they should not be mixed with religious groups, demanding enforcement of “Shariat” based on Islamic provisions of the constitution of Pakistan (1973). The ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation in vast area of North Waziristan including Bara and Khyber Agency, in which combination of fighter aircrafts, heavy artillery and drones, is claimed to be successful. The local inhabitants have been issued last warnings to leave their homes and move to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps; otherwise they will targeted along with suspected terrorists. Where operations by police, Para Military Forces and even Armed Forces of Pakistan are necessary to enforce the writ of the government and implement constitution, we should refrain from following ready-made strategic plans of foreign countries in our country. Such plans may be workable in other countries but not in ours. We need to understand that there are no religious

extremists groups who are challenging the authority of the government. The orthodox Muslims should not be targeted because of their faith. Had they been involved in terrorism, we would have witnessed country wide terrorism as a revenge of cold blooded killings of Hakim ullah Masood in Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, real son of Haqanni in Islamabad and terrorist attack in pre-partition orthodox Mosque cum Madrassa in Raja Bazar, Rawalpindi, where terrorist cut off hands and heads of students of Madrassa. It is an evidence of their innocence that all these incidents occurred in a single month but for next many months not even a single terrorist attack took place anywhere in Pakistan. It is high time that we should learn to differentiate between friends and foes, own people and aliens, fifth columnists and aggrieved ones. Once this is achieved, it would be much easier to enforce writ of the government, without firing a single bullet. — The writer is Islamabad-based columnist.

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A fateful decision now facing Palestinians Alan Johnson


HE kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers has brought the Pal estinian national movement to a crossroads. As the rescue mission for the students enters its 11th day, 350 arrests have been made in the West Bank, perhaps 200 are Hamas members – including dozens released in the 2011 prisoner swap for the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. “Everything coloured green [the Hamas colour] is being rounded up,” said an Israeli spokesman, “from a computer hard drive to [Hamas MP] Hassan Yousef. We want (people) to understand the meaning of having a Hamas foothold in the West Bank.” The choice – for a compromise peace or a glorious but never-ending resistance, the dull prose of the twostate compromise or the uplifting poetry of the one-state illusion – will decisively shape the fate not just of

the peace process but of the two peoples. The early indications are that the allure of “resistance” remains powerful. The official daily Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al Jadida has published cartoons mocking the three students and celebrating their capture. The Fatah Facebook page featured a cartoon of three rats dangling from a line, while Fatah activists instructed shopkeepers in the vicinity of the abduction to destroy their CCTV footage. Sweets were handed out on the streets (a traditional gesture of celebration) and many children have been photographed, smiling, with three fingers held high. Hamas is exultant, and though it denies responsibility, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that he had shared “unequivocal proof that this is Hamas” with several governments and would soon share that proof with the world. Abbas himself has taken a different road, unequivocally condemn-

ing the kidnapping in front of a gathering of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Saudi Arabia of all places. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has also urged Netanyahu to support a beleaguered Abbas, and urged a new alliance of “Israel, the world, and the moderate and pragmatic on the Palestinian side” to combine “against the terrorist Hamas and in that way bring back the chance of returning to negotiations and the twostate solution.” Livni called on Netanyahu to adopt different strategies towards Hamas and Abbas: “We need to act against Hamas and see if it is possible to cooperate with Abbas.” Yet preoccupied with Ukraine and now Iraq, the world seems to be in no hurry to join such an alliance. “Where are you?” asked Ron Prosser, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations last week – and he was talking not of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, but of the international community. A disturbing number of opinion-formers in the West struggle to see that the Pales-

tinians now face a fateful decision. The problem is partly psychological: the world infantalises the Palestinians, treating them as below the age of responsibility, always locating the source of their behaviour in Israel’s actions. Of course, Israel has to compromise and divide the land, making possible a Palestinian state. But if the Palestinians are treated as children, never held accountable for encouraging a culture of hate, then they will never make their own excruciating compromises for peace, and leaders like Abbas will always be isolated. And without those compromises – in a Middle East departing further from the norms of human behaviour by the day – Israel will not take risks for peace. Nor should it. The writer is Senior Research Fellow at the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM) and a Senior Research Associate at The Foreign Policy Centre. — Courtesy: The Telegraph



bungalow costing over three hundred crores is up for sale: A group feel that the bungalow has historical value for them and ask the government to buy it and convert it into a museum! So easy isn’t it? Tell Uncle Sam or Uncle Jaitley to buy it for them. But is it Uncle Jaitley’s money? When we hear about compensation or pay offs being given to people is it the government’s money that is being doled out? It certainly isn’t coming from the private coffers of the ministers who

announce the dole, though sometimes I wish it were, for then certainly there wouldn’t be that readiness to compensate so easily. That money is yours and mine! The taxes we pay for better services, unpotholed roads, drinking water, safer railways, flowing drainage lines etc, is what is being handed out as compensation! The three hundred and odd crores that these workers want from the government to buy that bungalow and convert into a museum, which I am sure will not have so many visitors to warrant such huge spending, is money that should rightly be going into giving us better services or stronger infrastructure. No money for safety shout railway officials as a train crash causes scores to die, because

the money for railway safety was spent on useless things, then watch as compensation is paid to the victims, sometimes running into millions. Apart from compensation, appeasement money is gifted around. We want free land to build statues for our leaders when there are no toilets for the people. We want airports where there is not much traffic but the leader has his home there. As I drive down the roads I see numerous pedestrian overbridges, with not a single pedestrian on them, naturally they are all down still running, hopping and darting between cars to get across, and dare you hit one, you’ll be hauled up, not they for not using the bridge, which was built for them with your

money and mine, but wasted! It is time we watched wasteful expenditure: No more do governments bother about what they spend money on but they certainly won’t if we start clamoring for accountability. “We are going to build a hundred feet statue in the middle of the race course!” “Sirs!” we shout, very respectfully of course, “We would prefer if you give us better roads, faster trains, more bathrooms with that money!” And you may be surprised when you see yourself being heard, and find with your initiative and of hundreds like you, words like ‘Compensation’ suddenly disappear from the politician’s dictionary..! —Email:

Agriculture & environmental conservation MUHAMMAD NOMAN KHAN


uring the past fifty years, agricultural development policies have emphasized the use of external inputs to increase the food production to meet population demand globally. But, on the other hand, increased land usage and enhanced global consumption of toxic pesticides, inorganic fertilizers pose a number of hazardous threats to environmental sustainability. Thus, the need of the time, is to reduce harmful environmental impacts of agriculture practices on priority basis. Farming community, the major stakeholder of agriculture, needs suitable technology transfer and information services to adopt sustainable agriculture practices friendly to the environment. To disseminate such services to the farming community, agricultural extension can play a distinguished role as it has an organized linkage system with research wing and farming community. In Pakistan, extension agencies can play a vital role by shifting technology transfer emphasis from the maximization of short-term production outputs, which may be attractive in economic terms but which cannot be sustained, to the promotion of technologies and practices without negative environmental consequences. It is very feasible in Pakistan for Agriculture extension agencies to boost up sustainable agriculture practices by using both traditional extension techniques and innovative communication technologies like radio, television and ICT etc. Also, it needs to strengthen linkages among extension agencies, government environmental departments, environment protecting NGOs and targeted farmer groups for environment conservation efficiently. —Via email

Another victim of target killing JAVAID BASHIR MQM MNA Tahira Asif was shot by the gun trotting assailants in Gulberg, Lahore. She was receiving death threats for quite some time. Despite her formal request to the concerned authorities, no security was provided to her. The question is whose duty it was to secure her. Every other Tom, Dick and Harry who is a functionary of the PML (N) government, gets VIP protocol and security in Punjab. It is unprecedented that an important political leader did not get security She was rushed to the Sheikh Zaid Hospital, and remained there in the ICU. She was bleeding profusely, and loss of blood added to her ever worsening condition. Several operations were done to stop bleeding, but all in vain. Her condition never stabilized, though she fought for her life. MQM leader Altaf Husain condemned the dastardly attack on her, and demanded the arrest of the assailants. We are shocked over the attempt to kill her. She finally succumbed to her injuries and passed away in the hospital. It is an irreparable loss to the Party and the family. May Allah rest her soul in peace and eternal tranquillity. —Via email

Waziristan operation & unity ANZA KANWAL The Punjab Police, while assaulting the Mihaj ul Quran Complex in Lahore, killed innocent people including women is absolutely inhuman, callous, deplorable and inappropriate manner. This kind of incident needed to be avoided at the time when Armed forces have launched a full fledged military operation in North Waziristan with the support of the government. All segments of society including media and major political parties supported the government decision to launch the operation to eliminate the menace of terrorism. However, it is very unfortunate that some elements in pursuance of their political interests appear to have lost sight of collective national goal of eliminating the scourge of terrorism and propagating that Army and government are not on the same page on militancy. Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and is facing terrorism and other challenges which can be countered only through national unity. In this critical juncture, political parties and religious leaders must postpone their schedules of train marches, protest rallies; political meetings as the country is facing serious security issues and concentrated efforts by the whole nation are needed to combat the menace of terrorism. —Rawalpindi

Loudspeaker & the voice behind PROFESSOR ALYA ALVI Nobody perhaps has ever taken serious notice of the biggest media house of the country - the mosque and the loudspeaker. While talking loud of containment of the TV channels and newspapers that allegedly toe the line of the enemy, we conspicuously forget keeping a close watch and making strict legislation for the Imams of the mosques who enjoy the biggest following as compared to any TV channel’s viewership. The success of operations, like the recently started Zarb-i-Azb, depends not only on the priceless sacrifices of our jawans and officers fighting under Gen Raheel Sharif’s command and Nawaz Sharif’s go-ahead, but it also depends on plugging all loopholes which are giving way to propaganda epidemic. For example, loudspeaker at the mosque rooftop is free of a PEMRA, Auqaf or Information Ministry ‘regulatory’ mechanism. Years have passed, yet we have not made any regular criteria of ap-

pointing Imams and Moazzins, who through their exploitative oratory tactics brainwash the followers in the name of religion and spread venom against our own people. In the last Friday sermon, I heard the Imam inciting the public against Operation Zarb e Azb, which has been no doubt started with full public and government support. The government must check such a sensitive aspect of society. The fact that most of the Deobandi school of thought’s passed out lot has maneuvered to occupy most of the mosques across Pakistan, their inner allegiance and support for the Taliban who are from the same school of thought is obvious. These are virtually the supply lines of terrorism that provide oxygen to extremism. The government must take the initiative as early as possible. —Rawalpindi

Promotion of regional trade JAVAID BASHIR America, Britain and other European countries have remained the exports markets of goods for the last few decades, The recent shift has been made to the Afro- Asian markets due ti increase in exports to these regions. Due to the increased unemployment, cost of production and financial crisis and economic decline has witnessed the shift to the other regions of the world. The general decline in the export orders have been the other reason, This has brought new trends in the exporting to African and Asian markets. Pakistan has seen marked increase in exports to other countries especially China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia , South korea, Taiwan and Sri Lanka. China and Afghan trade centers have become major attractions for exports from Pakistan. Pakistan earned $ 15.4 million from African markets and $ 10 million from American market. Pakistan has to change the exports strategy and introduce variety of products to different regional markets m, catering to their requirements. Cement, gold jewelery, hilal meat products, fresh vegetables and fruits to eastern markets. UAE is the third largest exports market , where goods are imported and later exported to the rest of the world sine they do not produce goods themselves. Exports to UAE have doubled in less than three years from Pakistan and has reached 10 million $$% volume. The Hilal meat products have been exported to Turkey, middle east, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Thailand India, Sri Lanka, etc. Millions of dollars could be tapped in the different regional markets. China and India can be very lucrative markets for our exports. The future is in the promotion of regional trade through exports. —Via email

Rising electricity rates MUHAMMAD NAEEM A friend of mine who lives in the hot USA state of Texas told me that his residence there which has a covered area of 2500 square feet is kept cool round the clock by a 5-ton central airconditioner. He also has a 24-hour deep-freezer and a refrigerator along with clothes and dishwashers and several other electric gadgets. His total monthly electricity bill during the summer months has never exceeded Rs. 20000 (US $ 200) per month. I live here in Pakistan and try to keep my 12x13 feet room liveable in scorching summer with one and a half- ton air conditioner which never runs more than 8 hours a day and I get an electricity bill of Rs. 24000 a month despite that heavy loadshedding. Similarly food items too are more costly in my country. This shows poor planning over the years by our rulers because electricity which is a secondary form of energy can be produced almost free in our country. Our elected rulers cannot be blamed for this because they come in power for a short time and even during this short tenure are kept intimidated by our powerful establishment. For as long as we continue to act as a proxy for other powers to keep regional power balance, all authority will remain with

our establishment and our people will continue to be milked by them in all possible ways. —Multan

Neglecting history SANAM TAJJAMUL MEHMOOD I am disappointed to say that in Pakistan students are totally neglecting history. Majority concern in business subjects and think that history has no worth in our life and no market value. The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know. They do not realize the importance of history in our life. We forget our history that’s why our image is so bad all over the world. The study of history is important because we learn from our mistakes and society can build upon past accomplishments. If there were no history then everyone would make the mistakes over and over again. An intelligent person would learn from other people’s mistakes. The many skills history majors learn prepare them for an almost endless array of career opportunities. Although some go on to graduate school and become professional historians , the majority go onto careers as diverse as Law , Business , Journalism , Public service even medicine. Anything that rewards clear thinking, good writing, and the ability to ask and answer complicated question about how the world works will be open to a well trained history major. —Via email

Advance school fee burden ASHFAQ SHARIF I want to drawn attention of Education Dept regarding private school charging June & July fee which is burden and problem for salaried group. As I paid my son fee for April and May 14 during April, 14, now got fee challan for paying June & July 14 fee in May 14, it means those school getting fees during May 14 for 3 months (May, June and July). But I am not getting 2 months salaries but suppose to pay my son 2 months school fees realized that? I condemn and regret this wrong practice and suggest June & July school fees must charged during the month of July. Education Department must take immediate notice of this issue and make measure to safeguard parents. —Karachi

High security check SHEHARYAR JAFFRI Sindh government put all the security agencies on high alert since the operation Zarb e Azb started in North Waziristan. The terrorist have given a clear threat that they will target Government offices as a revenge to this operation. A little request that I would like to urge to Sindh government is that they must review the security of the passport office. On daily basis 100s of common people come there for there passport related matters while there is only a single policeman on the gate for checking and safe guarding of the people. There is no scanner or metal detector on the main entrance. So government must take immediate initiatives for the security of passport office and must review all the security of the city, security is highly at risk. —Karachi

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Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin for dialogue M OSCOW /K IEV —Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported on Sunday, further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kiev to talk to the rebels. Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at separate ceremonies marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, both stressed the need to bring peace to Ukraine’s rebellious east. The seven-day ceasefire came under pressure almost as soon at it began on Friday night, with the government accusing the separatists of attacking its military bases and posts on the Russian border. The violence continued for a second night into Sunday. “Unfortunately, what we are seeing ... tells us that the fighting is still going on and last night we saw some active use of artillery from the Ukrainian side,” Putin said after laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. He said it was not clear whether artillery was used by the Ukrainian army or the “so-called paramilitary of the right-wing forces” supporting the government. He appeared to attach no blame to separatist forces. Poroshenko wants Putin’s unqualified backing for a 15point peace plan he announced on Friday, before meetings with the European Union in the coming week. These will include the signing on June 27 of an association agreement with the bloc which includes a free trade deal. In his comments published on the Kremlin website, Putin repeated his support for the ceasefire and peace plan in only general terms. “We need to ensure that all fighting is stopped,” he said. “Ultimately the political process

is the most important. It is important that this ceasefire lead to dialogue between all opposing sides in order to find compromises acceptable for all.” Poroshenko told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a phone call on Sunday that Russian separatists continue to attack Ukrainian forces, including with artillery, despite the ceasefire, the White House said. “The vice president reiterated that the United States was working closely with its G-7 partners to prepare further economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow did not take actions ... to stop the flow of arms and militants across the border and use its influence to publicly call on the separatists to lay down their arms,” the White House added. The insurgency in the largely Russian-speaking east erupted in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled the Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich. Russia subsequently annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and the West has accused Russia of supporting the insurgency. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Putin by telephone on Sunday to work for the resumption of talks to end the conflict, Hollande’s office said. The two leaders “reiterated the importance of ensuring full control of the Russia-Ukraine border to prevent the infiltration of gunmen and military equipment”, the statement said. In Kiev, Poroshenko stressed the need for dialogue, saying his plan “was specifically put together to ensure peace, the laying down of weapons and to establish, through talks, a single united state”, news agency Interfax Ukraine quoted him as saying.—Agencies

Israel detains 37 more Palestinians in West Bank crackdown RAMALLAH—Israel’s army said on Monday it had detained another 37 Palestinians overnight as it searched for three missing teenagers and extended a crackdown on the Hamas Islamist group it accuses of kidnapping them. There were no reports of clashes between the soldiers and Palestinians in the raids in the Israelioccupied West Bank, where the military says it has detained 361 people since the Israeli students went missing on June 12. The crisis has stepped up tensions in the West Bank which, along with East Jerusalem and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, the Palestinians want as part of a future state. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the latest operations took place in Jenin, a militant stronghold, and in the Hebron area, close to where the three disappeared while hitchhiking. “As part of on-going operations, (Israeli) forces detained 37 suspects and searched 80 locations,” the spokeswoman said. Palestinian officials said Israeli soldiers also entered Bethlehem and Nablus. Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the disappearance of the students - GilAd Shaer and U.S.-Israeli dual national Naftali Fraenkel, both aged 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19. Hospital officials in the West Bank said four Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli forces since the search for the teenagers began. Announcing an arrest made last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that security forces detained a Hamas member suspected of killing an Israeli police officer in an April 14 shooting attack

on his car in the West Bank. “I have ordered the destruction of the house of the terrorist who did this,” Netanyahu told reporters. Razing the dwelling would mark a return to a punitive practice, discontinued in 2005 as a Palestinian uprising waned, of destroying the homes of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis. Israeli officials said at the time that Palestinian hatred stirred by such demolitions - Israel’s B’tselem rights group lists 664 during fighting between 2001 and 2005 - outweighed any deterrent effect. An Israeli court would have to approve the razing of the Hamas suspect’s home before it could go ahead. Separately, Israel has continued its internationally criticised demolitions of Palestinian dwellings and other structures built without hard-to-obtain permits in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to B’tselem, 175 housing units in the West Bank and 72 in East Jerusalem were razed last year. The kidnapping of the three teens and subsequent arrests have also put pressure on a unity pact between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has urged the Western-backed leader to scrap the agreement. Abbas has condemned the kidnappings and his security forces have been helping in the search - cooperation that has stirred anger among Palestinians. But he has also called the Israeli sweeps “collective punishment” and his Palestinian Authority has sought to convene the U.N. Security Council to try to end the incursions.—Reuters

Polish government ‘under attack by crime group’: minister



WARSAW: Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Prime Minister Chancellery.

WARSAW—Poland’s government said on Monday it was under attack from a criminal conspiracy after a magazine published a new round of secretly recorded conversations that have embarrassed officials and left Prime Minister Donald Tusk under pressure to quit. The opposition has said the government should step down over the recordings, which included the central bank chief discussing ways to help the ruling party avoid election defeat, and the foreign minister calling Polish-U.S. ties

worthless. Attention in Poland has also turned to who could have carried out illegal surveillance on such a scale: the recordings took place at at least two Warsaw restaurants over an extended period and captured on tape more than a dozen officials, politicians and company bosses. “The government has come under attack from an organized criminal group,” Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in comments broadcasts by the TVN24 station.

“We don’t know who is behind this, we are not sure about that. It is being studied, I hope that the justice system will establish the identity of these people and their masterminds, that they will be identified and punished.” Excerpts from the secret recordings were published in the weekly news magazine Wprost. The government has said that the remarks of the officials who were secretly recorded were taken out of context, and that they had not broken the law.—Reuters

Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt, supporters stunned

Syria hands over remaining chemical weapons for destruction: sources

CAIRO—Three Al Jazeera journalists were Dutch woman and two Britons were sentenced THE HAGUE—Syria has handed jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after to 10 years in absentia on the same charges of aiding a “terrorist group”, seen as a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. “There is only one sensible outcome now. For the verdict to be overturned, and justice to be recognised by Egypt,” Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said in a statement. Judicial sources told Reuters the verdicts could be appealed before a higher court and a pardon was still possible. Egypt’s public prosecutor last week ordered the release of another Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah al-Shamy, on health grounds after he spent more than 130 days on hunger strike. The three were detained in late December and charged with helping the “terrorist organisation” by publishing lies that harmed national security and supplying money, equipment and information to a group of Egyptians. Egyptian officials have said the case is not linked to freedom of expression and that the journalists raised suspicions by operating without proper accreditation.—Reuters

over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday. The chemicals, roughly 8 percent of a total 1,300 tonnes reported to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), had been held at a storage site which the government of President Bashar al-Assad previously said was inaccessible due to fighting with rebels. The security situation in the area has now improved and the containers of chemicals have been taken by truck to the port of Latakia, the sources said. “(They were) just loaded on the ship a few minutes ago,” said one diplomatic source who is closely monitoring the handover process. The chemicals will be shipped out of the Syrian port of Latakia and transferred to a U.S. cargo vessel, the Cape Ray. The process of neutralising the chemicals will take weeks and Syria will miss a June 30 deadline to completely eliminate its chemical weapons programme, officials say. The bulk of Syria’s chemical stockpile has already been shipped out of Latakia, part of a multi-million-dollar operation involving at least 10 countries. Syria agreed last September to destroy its entire chemical weapons programme under a deal negotiated with the United States and Russia after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas CAIRO: Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed attack in the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.—Agencies stand behind bars at a court.

a court convicted them of helping a “terrorist organisation” by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s respect for media freedoms. The three, who all deny the charges, include Australian Peter Greste, Al Jazeera’s Kenya-based correspondent, and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of Al Jazeera English. The third defendant, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, received an additional threeyear jail sentence on a separate charge involving possession of ammunition. There was a loud gasp in the courtroom as the verdicts were read out and some relatives of the defendants broke down. Shaken and near tears, Greste’s brother Michael said: “This is terribly devastating. I am stunned, dumbstruck. I’ve no other words.” The three men had looked upbeat as they entered the courtroom in handcuffs, waving at family members who had earlier told journalists they expected them to be acquitted. One

Understanding the true spirit of Ramadan SAAD DOSSARI


Canadian Muslim friend, let’s call him “M,” spent the last Ramadan in Saudi Arabia — his first-ever Ramadan in the Kingdom. It was a different experience; he would not label it as good or bad, “it was just different,” he insists. The first jolt of surprise came when his office announced the new working hours during the holy month. He did see that coming, as a Muslim back home, he is used to fasting the long daylight hours during the Canadian summer days. Why an eight hours shift was reduced to six was beyond his comprehension! He tried his peers and subordinates first, the only common reaction he got from all of them was the sheer surprise directed at the question itself: “Of course the working hours should be cut, it is Ramadan my friend!” Most of his colleagues responded not noticing that they were only paraphrasing his question into an answer. When he pressed fur-

Ironies of Iraq without end despite the best-laid plans

ther, he got diverse answers from “We would be exhausted without food and water and tea all day long, man!” to “Of course to get more time dedicated to worshiping and reciting Qur’an.” Being the practical person he is, such answers did not cut it for him, what exhaustion they were talking about? He would understand if their job required any kind of fieldwork, but it was nothing but airconditioned offices and cushioned chairs. Getting more time to worship, why not thinking about doing their jobs as a way of worshipping nonetheless? So he decided to go to the management. Of course he would not try to question the cultural norms of the country. He knows how sensitive such matters are. Nonetheless, he wanted to talk business. Many of the deadlines and projects he committed to deliver would be impacted by such changes and he would like to define some priorities. The director’s response was, “No, all targets stay, no compromises!” Not only that, another project or two might be added to the list. No matter how business sense, logic and basics of project management he tried to

bring into his arguments, the director met them all with dead ears and coldness. He knew that it was impossible to accomplish such targets unless some drastic changes to the scope of these projects were made, but he would do his best along with the team to deliver. He just did not know that once the holy month started, there would be a sharp decline in productivity of his staff. Although the working hours have been already reduced, he noticed a lot of staff coming late in the morning and leaving early in the afternoon, the excuse was always a lack of sleep, they had to wait till Fajr (dawn prayer) before sleeping. The prayer breaks got suddenly longer than usual. The excuse was staying afterwards to recite the Qur’an. Needless to say, no deadlines were met, no projects were completed, and M left the country. It is fascinating how we stripped the month of patience and willpower out of its strongest essence and turned it into a month of resting and sleeping. The new traditions and customs we shoved into it have only weakened its spirituality. Ramadan, as we know it today, is way different

than the one our grandparents had, it is no longer the month of hard work and simplicity. We’ve turned it into a shiny example of consumerism and materialism. Ask your grandfather or father about the neighbours and family gatherings around the breakfast where everyone used to bring some homemade food or drinks to the table, and compare it to the most of us stumbling with filled shopping carts on the eve of Ramadan. Ask them about going to bed early so they could get up early and go to do their jobs, and compare it to the most of the sleepy heads resting in their offices during the holy month. Time has changed, life has changed, I know, but that is not an excuse to bury the simplicity and spirituality of the month and exchange it for laziness and profusion. It is the month of changing routines, to learn and exercise one’s patience and self-control, to go light on materials such as food and shopping, and be more connected to your God, to yourself. That what Ramadan is all about. —Courtesy: Arab News

ince almost no one is coming to the defense of U.S. Presi dent Barack Obama, whose opinion poll numbers continue to slide, why don’t I give it my best effort? After all, back in 2002, before the actual invasion of Iraq, the then-senator from Illinois and this American journalist were among the relatively few lonely Americans to oppose it. Now it looks as if the president’s dim view of this unnecessary war hasn’t changed, and neither has mine. In fact, the president’s consistency of vision and decision-making integrity should be applauded. Obama didn’t get America into this mess, and it is he who courageously proposed to get us out of it. People who say this president has no vision or consistency or is decision-adverse are almost psychotically counterfactual. The pressure on him now is to re-enter Iraq with U.S. forces that are all but pulled out. It will be impossible for Obama to resist completely. But his instinct is to rebid with a minimum and re-exit that force as soon as feasible. The instinct is based on solid reason. The war was a mistake from the start and committing new mistakes will not right the wrong. The bullheaded Bush administration concocted this Mesopotamia mayhem against the advice of some of its smartest allies, including the Germans and French — not to mention the sincere but quiet reservations of China — and persisted with its folly in full glare of the embarrassing absence of the United Nations Security Council approval that it had desperately sought. In September 2002, roughly six months before the U.S.-led and dominated invasion of Iraq, my column, appearing in the United States and Asia, argued that the Bush administration’s reasoning to go to war failed to include a clear focus on the Islamic world and its reaction. I deeply apologize for quoting myself, but here I go anyway: “It [a U.S. invasion] would be a cure far worse than the disease of Saddam if the result were a renewed and seemingly permanent geopolitical plague of terrorism. … The Muslim world is already angry enough to produce terrorists who carry out suicide attacks. If the attack on Saddam is mounted, there will be more willing recruits in the terrorist ranks.” That proved precisely the case, of course. The destructive clash of Sunni and Shiite civilizations was not tamed by the decadelong American occupation but instead inadvertently nurtured. America entered Iraq allegedly to blunt Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, which, as it turned out, did not exist. But what did exist back then was the Iraqi state. Now even that is in danger of disappearing. Continuing in 2002: “So here’s the paradox: The Bush administration may sincerely believe its topple-Saddam policy is in the world’s interest. … But the widespread perception in Asia and elsewhere is that what drives U.S. policy is not a broad global perspective but America’s narrow national interests (and perhaps the president’s secret wish to settle an old score for his father), and this administration’s exceptionally close relationship with Israel.” Without the international law benefit of Security Council sanction, the world-order argument was plainly shallow. The intervention looked, at best, like the U.S. acting presumptuously as the world’s policeman. Most of the rest of the world had a different perspective. People weren’t buying it. Whether we “stayed the course” or not, many people would die. The only question was, if we stayed, how many more Iraqis would die and of course how many more Americans. Obama, from the beginning and throughout, saw through the fog of this war to seek moral clarity and American relief in withdrawal. Nothing can be done now to prove his original judgment mistaken. No re-entry of American force, beyond a token measure designed to protect our embassy personnel, will do anything but deepen the tragedy. But for Obama to stay true to his vision, judgment and instinct, he must ride out the extremely uncomfortable unpopularity of openly conceding that the war of which he is now the prime custodian never made sense. This is the reality. Almost 5,000 American soldiers have given their lives in the occupation and at least 30,000 have retuned home with serious injuries. Another different and (I would argue) better reality is that, thanks to Obama, in the recent month of March (for example), there were no American troop casualties in Iraq, for the first time since February 2003. Even so, increasingly it looks like before too long Obama will become a political casualty of the war he did not start or ever believe in. Such is history’s ability to churn out paradox. —Courtesy: Japan Times

Blair’s betrayal of the veterans NEIL BERRY


-Day represented a great military and moral triumph — though it must also be acknowledged that the Soviet Union played a no less crucial part in vanquishing Nazism. Few could fail to be touched by the spectacle of now frail D-Day veterans gathering in Normandy to commemorate the heroic contribution that they made to the liberation of Europe. Yet D-Day has cast a long and fateful shadow, not least where recent Anglo-US policy in the Middle East is concerned. As he pressed for the toppling of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, Britain’s then prime minister Tony Blair plainly saw himself as resuming the fight against fascism spearheaded by the legendary British wartime leader Winston Churchill. It may be that Blair, currently re-affirming his faith in what can be accomplished by military force, derives inspiration from Churchill still. Certainly Churchill was the ultimate British exemplar of unapologetic bellicosity, especially when it came to dealing with Arabs. The Anglo-American struggle against Nazism was invoked ad nauseam in 2003 by Blair and US president George W. Bush, with Saddam Hussein portrayed as threatening Western freedom just as Adolph Hitler once did. Already, it was pointed out, he was guilty of genocide; he must not be given the chance to do evil on the scale of Hitler. Blair and Bush referred to the disastrous policy of ‘appeasement’ in the 1930s, making much of the need to avoid the mistake of Churchill’s despised prime ministerial predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, who tried to pre-empt war by negotiating with Hitler. If Blair saw himself as a latter-day Churchill, George W. Bush was similarly ready to assume the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the US president with whom Churchill planned the DDay operation. (Whether out of vanity or to underscore the historic pedigree of their partnership, Blair lent Bush a bronze bust of Churchill normally kept in 10 Downing Street.) Cynics may wonder how far the two leaders ever truly believed that they were saving the free world in the face of a new Hitler. Even before it became apparent that Saddam Hussein possessed no ‘weapons of mass destruction’, nobody could have seriously supposed that Iraq, crippled by years of punitive Western sanctions, remotely resembled the Nazi war machine. Blair and Bush alike were acutely aware that they confronted a king-size PR challenge in persuading international opinion of the legitimacy of launching a pre-emptive war against Iraq. This year the United Kingdom is pre-occupied with remembering the wars that it fought in the 20th century. The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be followed in August by the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. The official message is that British people must never forget the sacrifices made by their forbears to overcome German aggression in the name of freedom. Yet what should not be forgotten, either, is how in the 21st century, while proclaiming their humanitarian intentions, the UK and the US became perpetrators of just the kind of unprovoked military aggression they once purported to hold in abhorrence. The truth is that, in concert with George W. Bush, Tony Blair betrayed the legacy of the D-Day veterans, helping to further not the cause of freedom but lawlessness. —Courtesy: Khaleej Times

I am here to take revenge from govt the health of those injured supporters who got bullet injuries during Model Town mayhem. Dr Tahirul Qadri arrived in Pakistan on Monday to lead an anti-government alliance with the Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q) and other political allies. Talking to media at Jinnah Hospital, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said Nowaz Sharif played a role of Hitler while Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif as Mussolini. He said there was no precedent of the state terrorism and brutality unleashed against the workers of the political party in the political annals of Pakistan. He said even such brutality could not be found in the developing countries. He alleged that diversion of his plane from Islamabad to Lahore was an illegal act staged by the government and it was a tantamount to hijacking the plane. Tahir-ul-Qadri said he fulfilled his promise to coming back to country to lead revolution. He further said his presence in Pakistan meant a lot as he vowed to take revenge from the ruling party for assassinating his party’s supporters and said shedding blood could not stop the path of the revolution. He said it was his commitment to the nation that he could also sacrifice his life for the revolution since he deemed that without revolution, no change could be brought in the country. He said his revolution would be peaceful and fruitful. Appreciating the role of governor Punjab Chaudhary Sarwar, he said if the Punjab government as well as the former law minister Rana Sanaullah took advice from the governor Punjab, he firmly believed the sagacious governor would never allow the govern-

Rising political From Page 1 nancial year of Nawaz government’s rule. The country is facing over 7000 MW power deficit inflicting 2-3 percent loss on GDP growth every year and after end of one year, there is no let up as the coal based power houses will take 3-4 years to complete at Gaddani and generate electricity and the government has planned to add 7000 MW in the system in next 4-5 years. China has assured to invest $35 billion in Pakistan out of which $22 billion in power sector alone, but this all can be materialized if there exists political stability in the country. The government has the major role and responsibility to ensure political stability in the country. The government has been elected for 5 years time and it should handle the political issues politically not administratively and at the same time opposition parities should wait for next elections. It is now crystal clear that Nawaz government has sound economic team but weak political squad. If the government wants to implement its economic agenda and ensure foreign investment in the country, then it should not invite problems. One thing the government should keep in its mind is that investment gets parked where there is political stability, peace and tranquillity. Now let’s see how the government capitalizes the offer of China for investment in Pakistan?

Govt gives From Page 1 step for development of country. He said this during a conversation with Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Chairman Allama Tahirul Qadri in his plane at the Lahore Airport. The Governor said, the country was confronted with multiple challenges, therefore, a complete unity among political forces was imperative to rid the country of of violence and terrorism. He said, they would try to work together for national progress by setting aside all differences of the past. He said, all legitimate demands of Tahirul Qadri including provision of complete security, had been fulfilled. Earlier, when his plane landed at Lahore Airport, Tahirul Qari refused to get off the plane and demanded that he would leave the plane if Punjab Governor accompanied him to his Model Town residence.—APP

ment to unleash brutality against his party’s workers. He reiterated that he would not hold talks with the Punjab government since he believed Mian Shahbaz Sharif was not Khadam-e-Aala but in fact he was a high profile assassin. Earlier, the Emirates flight 612, carrying Dr Tahir-ulQadri from Dubai to Islamabad, was diverted to Lahore. After reaching the Lahore airport, when Dr Tahir-ulQadri was asked to disembark, he refused to do so and wanted to go to Islamabad instead. Qadri has called this state terrorism. He asked if the PMLN wants to shed more blood in Lahore. He requested the army to take notice, the corps Commanders to come over and take responsibility for his life. Only then will he leave the airport. He accused the PML-N of allowing terrorist organizations to work with the police and called this plane diversion a “political hijack.” More than 150 policemen in plain clothes were present at Lahore airport. A helicopter was also available at the airport. PAT supporters in large number managed to cross the barriers placed around the airport premises. The workers chanted slogans in support of Dr. Tahirul Qadri. The governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad intervened in the deadlock and convinced Qadri on behalf of the federal government to accept the mediation of the Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar. After this telephonic contact, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri decided to leave the airport conditionally and asked for the Governor Punjab to come at airport to accompany him. To

From Page 1 fulfill Tahirul Qadri’s demand, Punjab governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar arrived at Lahore airport and held meeting with Dr Tahirul Qadri inside the plane. The PAT chief said he agreed to come out of the plane because he considers Chaudhry Sarwar as his brother and not as representative of the government. Later, PML-Q central leader Chaudhary Pervez Elahi contacted Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri through telephone to wait for him as he also wanted to go to Jinnah Hospital with his convey. After arriving Chaudhary Pervez Elahi at airport, the convey left for Jinnah Hospital to inquire about the health of party workers who were injured in police firing during Model Town tragedy on June 17. Dr.Tahir ul Qadri, created embarrassing scene once he refused to get off the plane which was diverted from Islamabad to Lahore. A spokesman for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said that Qadri’s flight had been diverted to Lahore “to ensure safety of the passengers and aircraft”. Dr. Qadri told reporters from inside the aircraft that he would not disembark till his security was “guaranteed by the military”. Tahir ul Qadri refused to talk with government, and said that he would only speak to armed forces. At a time when Pakistan Army is fighting against the terrorists in “Operation Zarb e Azb” and also managing a huge number of IDPs, such political activity seems highly irrational. The whole nation is appreciating the Pakistan Army’s sincere efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism and the major political parties have also suspended political activities to

Ebad plays key role From Page 1 the whole nation shows solidarity with Pakistan Army as the troopers were laying their lives for the defence of the beloved country. Amid these challenges, any political or non-political blunder might lead to a gross untoward situation, which should be avoided. The Governor stated this while talking live on private television Monday in the aftermath of Qadri’s episode. The Governor played a pivotal role in cooling down the confrontation between the government and PAT. Of his role in that regard, Dr Ebad stated that the situation was creating severe anguish and a wave of uncertainty enveloped the country. The Governor said, he felt it was time to do something for the country and the people of the country and in that regard he contacted Prime Minister’s office, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar

Assailant From Back Page He said Abduzahir told him to hack at whoever he saw. CCTV showed video footage of Murzahti waving an axe towards a woman in the games room. Murzahti told CCTV that he and his accomplices surveyed the games room from the outside for about 90 seconds before staging the attack. “We thought it was an easy target to kill and run,” he said. “I was scared when people fought back. I didn’t expect them to fight back. They hit us with desks and chairs in the room...” He added, “When we tried to run, more people ran towards us with sticks. I thought we had no chance to escape.”

and sought their support and cooperation to play their role in cooling down the temperature. He said that the PM, federal interior Minister and Punjab CM and Punjab Governor gave him full support and endorsed his efforts after which he was able to approach the PAT Chairman Dr Qadri, who also honoured his efforts and conceded to allow Punjab Governor to accompany him to his residence in Model Town in Lahore. Thus the situation became normal. Dr Ebad said that he made a personal call to Punjab Governor for accompanying Dr Qadri to his residence for security concerns. Punjab Governor honoured and did accordingly. The Governor said that the diversion of Emirates Airliner jet from Islamabad to Lahore was a serious matter as it would have inflicted colossal damage to the reputation of Pakistan and it was imperative that the situation should be resolved at the earliest before it would be too late to mend it.

some extent due to the ongoing operation by Pakistan Armed Forces. The Pakistan Army is caught up with more important issues than to provide personal security to Dr. Tahir ul Qadri. Over 300,000 people have left their homes in NWA, in the name of Peace for Pakistan but Qadri is sweating for an unseen revolution. There were confirmed intelligence reports that the terrorists might react and security was put at high alert especially in Islamabad. The government claimed that intelligence reports feared a threat to the life of Dr.Tahir ul Qadri. In such scenario, the government was at liberty to carry out all possible measures to avoid any untoward incident by giving a lucrative target of PAT supporters outside Islamabad airport, to the terrorists. Had it been the only purpose of Mr. Qadri to arrive his home station, Lahore, he should have accepted the government’s decision of diverting the plane to Lahore. But the drama showed some hidden agenda of Qadri. Though, diverting the flight of a foreign airline would have its own implication in future and international airlines would reconsider its flight schedules for Pakistan but refusal by Dr. Qadri to get off the plane at Lahore Airport had put the crew and other passengers in a state of hostages which has not left a good message across the globe. Firstly Mr.Qadri refused to talk to any government representative and demanded his own security arrangements to reach his home. His demands kept on changing with the passage of time. At times he demanded Army for his security. Finally, he agreed to leave the plane once Governor Punjab, Chaudry Sarwar met him in the

Air strikes From Page 1 ists continue as the operation Zarb-i-Azb progresses as per plan, said the ISPR statement. On IDPs situation, the Pakistan Army said that curfew was relaxed from 6am to 4pm on Monday to facilitate evacuation of leftover local people. “414,429 IDPs have been registered so far at Saidgai check post. It is believed that remaining people will leave the area today.” For better management of IDPs at Bannu, Army Engineers Division has been tasked to assist the civil administration at Bannu and Dera Ismael Khan. Troops of the Engineers Division have already reached Bannu. The Army said that four relief goods delivery points have been established by its engineers division at Bannu, where food items, medical care and cash amount, as announced by the federal government, will be distributed by the concerned civil agency among IDPs of NWA. A field medical hospital by Army medical corps is also being established at Bannu to provide medical relief to the displaced people, it added.

Apex Court rejects Police report on targeted operation

plane and promised to meet his genuine demands. Qadri told the media that he agreed to Chaudry Sarwar merely due to his personal relations with him and he did not recognize him as representative of the government and then he asked Governor to sit in his car to accompany him till Jinnah Hospital. Interestingly, he also demanded live media coverage enroute his home. He kept on sitting in the plane for more than 5 hours and created an awkward situation for the airline, its passengers and for the government. Last year Qadri’s fiasco ended with none of his demands met, yet he managed to deceive this ignorant nation that VICTORY was achieved - it’s agreed that he got away with a great show at DChowk, making a fool of everyone including his poor and unfortunate brainwashed ‘revolutionists’ who are out again in their numbers. He could have avoided the lives lost in recent tragedy at Lahore by avoiding instigating speech to his followers which brought them on roads to face the bullets of Police. The government needs to address this issue amicably so that it does not lose its focus on operation against terrorists. It is beyond imagination that a leader who travels in business class, enjoys a lavish life in Canada having a luxurious Limousine car, puts the life of his supporters in danger through his instigating speech, does not recognize the government and puts the writ of government at stake by refusing state orders, creates an embarrassing situation by refusing to get off plane of international airlines and literally makes the plane and its passengers hostages, really believes in democracy and a democratic revolution???

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) while expressing dis-satisfaction on Police report about the targeted operation in Karachi ordered Police authorities to refurnish the said report. Police authorities were further asked to produce details about the arrest of accused and results of those arrests. Additional Inspector General of Police (Legal Branch) had submitted a 2 year report about lawlessness in Karachi The apex court passed that order during the hearing of Karachi Lawlessness Case at the SCP Karachi Registry Monday. A 3-member bench of the apex court heard the case headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani. Police had in that report claimed that mentionable decline in rate of heinous crime was reported in the port city such as rate of murders, target killings, kidnappings for ransom and extortion was reduced by 29, 62, 5 and 8 percent respectively. Two hundred and twenty five accused involved in target killings were arrested and onward legal procedures for court trials had also been completed and not a single accused could get release from jail on bail in those 225 cases as yet.

Shahbaz sets up From Page 1 is facing internal and external security challenges. He said that Pakistani nation is in a state of war and officers and Jawans of Pak Army are fighting against terrorists in the war for the survival and stability of the country.

Islamabad airport From Page 1 party workers managed to reach airport posing a great threat to it. The airport was just sitting on powder keg, an expert said. Qadri’s phenomenon and return were not so important event which was made fullblown event due to mishandling, mismanagement and over reacting to it. A group of people, might be well-knitted, loud and ideological armed cannot bring about revolution and make a big impact in any society. It would have better to allow it to take place as a routine matter and let it die out in a same way. But, the govern-

ment has over- reacted with an element of provocation by diverting the aircraft carrying Allama Tahir Qadri. Here the high drama began which continued for seven hours with full glare of media at Lahore airport, making the entire nation as hostage. Political issues should be tackled politically and it was a pure political issue. PML (N) has several stalwarts having experience to handle political issue like this Qadri’s protest. Thanks God, finally the issue was handled politically in which Governor Sindh Ishrat ul Ibad played a key role.

Plane diverted From Page 1 that Tahir ul Qadri came to give political life to allies of Musharraf. He said Dr. Qadri had hijacked an international plane and made the passengers hostage, adding, the situation was more like hijacking the plane as most of the passengers on board were from his party. The Minister said it was not

for the first time that Tahir ul Qadri was creating such a situation in the country as he had a history of similar acts in his entire political career. Dr Qadri was himself sitting in a first class in a cool and comfortable atmosphere whereas his followers were on roads in a hot weather, the minister questioned.—APP

14th Chaophraya Dialogue concludes OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—Key opinion makers from India and Pakistan, including parliamentarians, former diplomats, former military officers, media persons and policy experts met for the 14th round of the Chaophraya Dialogue here, organized by the Jinnah Institute (JI) and the Australia India Institute (AII). The Chaophraya Dialogue is the longest consistently running Indo-Pak Track-II jointly administered by the Jinnah Institute (JI) and Australia India Institute (AII) to encourage informed policy dialogue on Indo-Pak relations. The process is now in its sixth year and has so far led to 14 rounds of dialogue. The 14th round of the Dialogue focused on the significance of a new government in New Delhi and the opportunities it creates for Indo-Pak relations, particularly in trade and economic integration. A special focus was given to the ongoing election in Afghanistan and the prospects for peace and security in the region following ISAF’s drawdown towards the end of 2014. Par-

ticipants agreed to the following: They recommended that affirmative steps need to be taken for additional confidence-building measures (CBMs) to lessen the trust deficit, particularly the establishment of a hotline linking the two PMs. Other CBMs could include meetings between the two Army chiefs as well as the heads of intelligence agencies; They urged that measures agreed to during past dialogue processes be revived and steps be taken to implement them in letter and spirit; As part of the revitalization of bilateral relations, they urged the two governments to liberalize the visa regime for students, academics and journalists, in particular for correspondents to be stationed in each other’s capitals; Recalling the 7th round of trade talks in Islamabad in September 2012, as well as the joint press statement of commerce minters made on 18 January 2014 New Delhi, they welcomed the commitment of both countries to expeditiously establish normal trading relations; They reiterated the recommendation that India and Pakistan should explore the possibility of joint projects identified by Afghan authorities, in IT, training and education, telecommunications, healthcare, agriculture, etc., and consider the setting up of a collaborative fund for this purpose. They recommended that India and Pakistan should commit themselves to non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and urged that Afghanistan should not allow the use of its soil for actions prejudicial to peace and security in the region.

Qadri: Movement for revolution begins STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader, Dr Tahirul Qadri Monday said the campaign for revolution has been launched and the day is not too far when the world will see a revolution in Pakistan. “I will soon announce the date for waging a revolution in the country,” Dr Qadri told the workers and supporters who had gathered outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat to welcome their leader who arrived in Pakistan this morning. He accused Prime Minister Nawaz Shaif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif of making a failed attempt to hijack (his plane) and thanked Allah Almighty for saving his life. “There is no bigger terrorist than Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif,” he snapped. “I have no lust for anything. I am here to fight the war for the rights of women,

youths, labourers, tormented sisters and mothers of Pakistan,” claimed Dr Tahirul Qadri. He said all his luggage from Canada was in transit. “I haven’t left even a single pair of shoes in Canada. I am here to stay till we achieve our goal,” he added. “Now the ball is in the courts of the nation and the media,” he said. Dr Tahirul Qadri lauded his party’s men and women workers who lost their lives in Model Town last week. “I thank the men and women workers who scarified their lives on the night of June 16 and 17 while putting up resistance in the face of state terrorism.” “The plunderers will try to flee the country. But I won’t let them. I will put them behind bars and make them accountable for every looted penny,” vowed Dr Qadri.

SC maintains From Page 1 preme Court said that the court on April 8, 2013 directed the government to make sure Musharraf remained in the country until initiation of a criminal case against him for subverting the constitution. The order still holds to date. During the hearing Justice Saqib Nisar of the SC bench asked the Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt why the federal government wanted to move the SC on this issue when removal or putting someone’s name on the Exit-Control List (ECL) was the sole prerogative of the government itself. Upon this the attorney general

maintained that since the SHC had ordered the government to remove the accused’s name from the ECL the government was bound to do so otherwise it would have to face the contempt of the court. “We have approached the Supreme Court to set aside the SHC decision as Musharraf is required by a number of courts of law and is being tried in high treason case,” he said. Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem on this occasion informed the court that Musharraf wanted to leave the country to visit his ailing mother.

PAT workers From Page 1 longing to Islamabad, Punjab and Azad Kashmir Police sustained injuries in the attack of PAT supporters on late Sunday night in the adjoining areas of Islamabad airport. The PAT workers also attacked the Koral police station

and injured many policemen. Many others sustained injuries when the activists of PAT pelted them with stones and used batons. Many policemen suffered fractures and serious head injuries who were later shifted to different hospitals.

Sana, Shah didn’t appear before tribunal OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Former Punjab

American wins Miss India Worldwide title A BU D HABI —This year’s Miss India Worldwide competition, which was held in Abu Dhabi on Friday night, saw Miss India USA Monica Gill walk away with the title. Second place at the event in Al Raha Beach Resort went to Cynferth Turrian from Switzerland and third place to Priya D’Silva from Bahrain, with the pageant comprising rounds such as evening gown, ethnic, the talent contest and a Q&A section. Monica was handed her crown by last year’s winner Nehal Bhogaita from Great Britain, who is profoundly deaf and was the first differently-abled contestant to triumph in the contest’s history. —AP

Syria official warns of Iraq threat DAMASCUS— A Syrian cabinet minister warned on Monday that the dramatic events in neighboring Iraq threaten to implode the entire Middle East and undermine security in Europe and beyond. Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi also said reports that Sunni insurgents have started to transfer weapons and equipment from Iraq to Syria were true. The militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are carving out an ever-expanding fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border. —AP

Abdullah says open to talks K ABUL — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday he may end his boycott of the election vote count following the resignation of a senior official accused of fraud. “Now the door is open for us to talk to the (election) commission and talk about the conditions and circumstances that will help the process,” Abdullah told reporters in Kabul. Chief electoral officer Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. He told reporters on Monday that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down “for the national interest.”—Agencies

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Dr. Tahirul Qadri taking to media persons regarding Model Town incident on Monday. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was also present.

Thousands flee North Waziristan on last day of evacuation WFP begins distributing aid to IDPs in Bannu OBSERVER REPORT P ESHAWAR /B ANNU —Residents of North Waziristan have until the end of Monday to leave the remote mountainous North Waziristan tribal region ahead of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army against militants. At least 430,000 people have fled the region into nearby areas of Pakistan as well as neighbouring Afghanistan, the biggest movement of refugees in Pakistan in years. “Today is the last day for the people to leave the tribal region,” a military official told Reuters by telephone from the North Waziristan capital of Miramshah. “The curfew will be then imposed and preparations made for the ground offensive.” Many of those who stayed behind, their number is unknown, said they could not afford to pay for cars to take them to safer places such as Bannu, where most refugees have settled. “Those who could afford it have left the tribal region, but some are still there and could die in the fighting as they don’t have any means to come out of Waziristan,” Zakirullah Khan said after arriving in Bannu. He said prices charged by drivers had soared to levels well beyond the budgets of those wanting to leave. Other residents complained the government was not doing enough to help them. Many opted to stay with relatives rather than official camps. Refugees said settlements in North Waziristan tribal region had been reduced to ghost towns. “In my entire life I have never seen

Waziristan so deserted and scary,” said Shad Mir Wazir, a refugee, adding that he saw a number of Taliban militants still hiding in some villages. Pakistan began Zarb-e-Azb, a longawaited military offensive aimed at eliminating TTP militants from their stronghold in the North Waziristan tribal district, last week, following a brazen attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi. The operation, involving air strikes, tanks and heavy artillery has forced the exodus of more than 400,000 people. It has left nearly 280 militants dead, according to the army, but the figure cannot be independently verified. Safiullah Khan, an official with a local non-government organisation partnered with the WFP, said a food distribution point in Bannu had begun providing rations including wheat flour, cooking oil, lentils and high energy biscuits. “We have made all necessary arrangements, which are enough to cater to ration needs of 15,000 families on daily basis,” he said. According to a government spokesman, a total of 404,819 people have so far left North Waziristan after the start of the military offensive. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme on Monday began distributing aid for hundreds of thousands of people who have fled a military operation in Pakistan, as refugees clashed with authorities over delays. Safiullah Khan, an official with a local non-government organisation partnered with the WFP, said a food distribution point in Bannu had begun providing rations including wheat flour, cooking oil, lentils and high energy biscuits.

Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer resigns Taliban release 33 professors, students KABUL—Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer resigned Monday in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. Amarkhail defended the conduct of the June 14 balloting and called on Abdullah to resume relations with the Independent Election Commission and honor an agreement he had signed to respect its decisions. “I want say that there has not been any pressure on me to resign,” he said at a news conference. “The only reason for my resignation is the national interest of my country so now Dr. Abdullah should end his boycott and ... and should respect the code of conduct that he had signed with the commission on the first day.” Abdullah is running against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the race to replace President Hamid Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. The standoff has upended the process after the Afghans received praise for a relatively smooth first round of voting on April

5, when millions of voters defied a Taliban threat of violence and cast their ballots. Whoever wins will lead the country as it faces a major transition from the only leader it has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban. He also will govern as the U.S. and its allies wind down their combat mission and international aid declines. Both candidates have promised to sign a security pact with the Obama administration that would allow nearly 10,000 American forces to remain in the country in a training capacity and to conduct counterterrorism operations. The delay in the announcement of a winner would mean another delay in finalizing that agreement. Abdullah and Karzai have proposed that the U.N. step in to mediate between the parties, and the U.N. mission in Afghanistan has said it stands ready to assist. Abdullah, a former foreign minister who was the runner-up in Karzai’s disputed re-election in 2009, won the first round but failed to gain the majority needed to avoid a runoff.—AP

law minister, Rana Sanullah and former secretary Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Tauqir Shah did not appear before the tribunal probing the Model Town incident, citing apprehensions over security situation. During the proceedings, the counsel of Rana Sanaullah adopted the stance before the tribunal that his client could not come due to the volatile security situation in Lahore in the backdrop of PTA leader Tahirul Qadri’s arrival. He said once the security situation improves, Rana Sanaullah will attend the tribunal’s proceedings and testify. Similar stance was adopted by Dr Tauqir Shah’s lawyer who said his client will have no problem appearing before the tribunal on any other day. Later, the tribunal summoned Rana Sanaullah and Tauqir Shah for the next hearing to be held on June 26.

Assailant apologizes for Xinjiang axe attack BEIJING —A teenager from Hotan in southern Xinjiang Autonomous Region has apologized for attacking people with an axe, in an exclusive interview with China Central Television (CCTV) on Sunday. Murzahti, 19, entered a games room in Hotan on June 14 intent on attacking innocent people. His two accomplices Abduzahir and

Abdughappar died from serious injuries after civilians fought back. According to the narrator of the news piece Abduzahir was the ringleader. Murzahti, who holds temporary jobs, told CCTV that Abduzahir said to him “those who wage a holy war and die for it will not be judged after his death and will go directly to heaven.”

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Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism


N a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children. “Ours is the third study to specifically link autism spectrum disorders to pesticide exposure, whereas more papers have demonstrated links with developmental delay,” said lead author Janie F. Shelton, from the University of California, Davis. There needs to be more research before scientists can say that pesticides cause autism, she told Reuters Health in an email. But pesticides all affect signaling between cells in the nervous system, she added, so a direct link is plausible. California is one of only a few states in the U.S. where agricultural pesticide use is rigorously reported and mapped. For the new study, the researchers used those maps to track exposures during pregnancy for the mothers of 970 children. The children included 486 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 168 with a developmental delay and 316 with typical development. Developmental delay, in which children take extra time to reach communication, social or motor skills milestones, affects about four percent of U.S. kids, the authors write. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children has an ASD, also marked by deficits in social interaction and language. In the

new study, about a third of mothers had lived within a mile of fields treated with pesticides, most commonly organophosphates. Children of mothers exposed to organophosphates were 60 percent more likely to have an ASD than children of non-exposed mothers, the authors report in Environmental Health Perspectives. Autism risk was also increased with exposure to socalled pyrethroid insecticides, as was the risk for developmental delay. Carbamate pesticides were linked to developmental delay but not ASDs. For some pesticides, exposure seemed to be most important just before conception and in the third trimester, but for others it didn’t seem to matter when during pregnancy women were exposed. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan speculated that the pesticides probably drifted from crops through the air, and that’s how pregnant women were exposed. The new study did not measure airborne pesticide levels, however. Landrigan directs the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and was not involved in the new study. “We already knew from animal studies as well as from epidemiologic studies of women and children that prenatal exposure (to pesticides) is associated with lower IQ,” Landrigan told Reuters Health. “This study builds on that, uses the population of a whole state, looks at multiple different pesticides and finds a pattern of wide association between pesticide exposure and developmental disability.”

Rawalpindi/Islamabad commuters made hostage with all roads blocked CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Residents and commuters of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad suffered the most on Sunday and Monday as all the roads and linkages were blocked by the Rawalpindi administration by placing trucks and trawlers. The commuters moved from road to road to find some entry point into Rawalpindi city on Sunday evening while returning from work from Islamabad and adjoining areas. There were long queues of vehicles on every road leading to Rawalpindi but the administration looked least bothered. The situation got worst on Monday morning when all the loaded trucks were parked on IJ Principal road from Faizabad to Railways carriage factory. Government and private sector workers who were to report for their duty in Islamabad shuffled on one side of the IJP road to find some opening for Islamabad but to no avail. What was more shocking was that some Ambulances were seen stuck on the road with emergency patients. Sev- Passengers using shuttle service to reach airport due to closure of roads for normal traffic. eral people complained that they were accused the Rawalpindi administration order problem. They said Pakistan was his mother. He said the dead body would unable to take dead bodies of their rela- for extreme measures without keeping created for peace and security of people decay if they did not reach home in tives to their villages out of Rawalpindi in view the difficulties and sufferings and not for vested interest of politicians, Chakwal by the afternoon. There were many others who had as all the roads were closed and no one of the people and said mere tendering whose frequent rallies and dharnas have of apology for inconvenience is not made their life miserable. One person similar complaints and none to adwas listening to them. The highly enraged relatives of the enough. who identified himself as Arshad at dress them. Many people said that all Many people told INP that public Benazir Bhutto airport told INP that he the political leaders were giving statedeceased said they had never witnessed such scenes in their life and it looked meetings and rallies should be constitu- was waiting for his son who was com- ments in support or opposition to that some foreign power has launched tionally banned and anyone violating it ing from Dubai to get out of the airport Tahirul Qadri but no one is concerned an all out war against Pakistan. They be arrested and tried for creating law and so that he is able to attend the funeral of about their difficulties.

Afghan Embassy Art Exhibition STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Afghan embassy will organize an art exhibition to collect donations for the victims of recent natural disasters in Afghanistan from June 27, the embassy said Monday. The exhibition will continue on June 27 + 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Rohtas Art Gallery, 57B, Street 26,Sector F6/2 Islamabad. Residents of several northern Afghan provinces, including Badakhshan, Takhar, Sartaj Aziz Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Philippe Samangan, Faryab, Jawzjan and Thiebaud Ambassador of France and others cutting cake to celebrate National Day of Baghlan have been hit hard by several unusual landslides and France. flash floods. These natural disasters have caused widespread loss of life, property, livestock and agricultural land and displaced tens of thousands of people from their villages and towns. The unprecedented suffering has brought an extraordinary response from fellow Afghans across the country of Capital Development Authority (CDA) C ITY R EPORTER bazaars regularly visit the fruit and vegetable who’ve rushed to help the vicISLAMABAD—Capital Development Author- market with purpose to fix the prices of the tims and survivors. ity (CDA) is executing a successful and re- commodities. To enhance and improve the security, sult oriented push to secure availability of fresh and hygienic fruits and vegetables in concrete steps have been taken at weekly bazaars. the weekly bazaars at cheaper rates. Security guards have been deputed at all Consequently fruits and vegetables are being sold in the Islamabad’s weekly bazaars gates with metal detectors. Similarly walk at rates lower than rates at other markets of through gates have also been installed. The bazaars’ administration has started the capital. A spokesman of Capital Development strict monitoring of sale of the eatables at Authority (CDA) while giving comparative prescribed rates and legal action is taken analysis of the rates stated that potato, on- against the violators. Licenses of different stall holders have ion, tomato, garlic, green chilli, bell peeper, bitter gourd, peas, apple, banana and peach been cancelled so far in this regard while fine are being sold at Rs. 72, 40, 35, 140, 60, 80, was also imposed on several stall holders 40, 100, 280, 100 and 140 per kg respectively against complaints of sub standard proviin other markets of Islamabad while these sions. The spokesman further said that weekly commodities were sold at Rs. 64, 28, 20, 80,28, 36, 20, 70, 120, 90 and 80 per kg re- bazaars administration is making efforts and spectively in Capital Development Author- devising mechanism to get these commodities of daily use directly from the grower thus ity (CDA) weekly bazaars last week. He added that the relevant functionaries minimizing the role of middle man.

CDA’s weekly bazaars rates lower than other markets

IHC directs Pindi CPO to initiate extradition process

Malaysia confirms rapist Pakistanis’ presence ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday submitted before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that the Kuala Lampur Interpol had traced the entry of the Pakistani citizen (a lawyer from Fateh Jang) who had allegedly left Pakistan for Malaysia after raping his niece. The FIA presented before IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui its correspondence with the Kuala Lampur Interpol in which the Malaysian authorities confirmed: “The accused entered our country on November 23, 2013. We have placed him on our immigration watch list.” The Malaysian Interpol authorities however sought “necessary documents via diplomatic channel” for extradition of the accused. According to the FIR registered with Rawalpindi’s New Town police station on

September 30, 2013, the Fateh Jang-based lawyer along with an accomplice raped his real niece who is a student of MBBS final year. The student from Gujranwala was residing with her aunt, Shazia Samad advocate the accused wife. Ms Samad was in England when the incident took place and was reported in police. The FIR said the lawyer left the house after committing the crime and also took away gold ornaments weighing 20 tolas and 2,200 pounds. As the matter was pending before a Sessions Court of Rawalpindi, the accused lawyer however obtained protective bail from Peshawar High Court (PHC) and escaped to Malaysia. The mother of the victim filed the petition in the IHC. She requested the court for the extradition of the accused and initiation of legal proceedings against him. FIA’s deputy director legal Qaiser Masood informed the court that in response

to their request Kuala Lampur Interpol confirmed presence of accused in Malaysia on June 9 and following receipt of information the agency wrote a letter to the City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi for initiating extradition process against the accused. He also produced the letter addressed to CPO Rawalpindi before the court. The court directed the CPO Rawalpindi to submit its reply in three days and adjourned the hearing. The petition alleged that the lawyer had started harassing, pressurising and threatening the petitioner the mother of the victim through telephone calls and was demanding that the case against him be withdrawn. The petitioner stated that lives of her family members were in danger particularly the rape victim, who was doing house job in a hospital and it was necessary to arrest the lawyer.

Shahid Akhtar Alvi promoted as Air Vice Marshal STAFF REPORTER

appointments he has served as Senior Air Staff Officer and Assistant Chief of Air Staff Security. He has also served as Air Attaché to India. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and National Defence University (NDU). He holds a Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. For rendering meritorious services to Pakistan Air Force, he has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

ISLAMABAD —The Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Shahid Akhtar Alvi to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Air Vice Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force in November, 1984 in GD(P) Branch. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron and an Operational Air Base. In his staff

PNCA workshop I SLAMABAD—Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) has arranged a weeklong (June 20 to 28) miniature painting workshop for the students at the National Art Gallery. A workshop on miniature painting of Basheer Ahmed would be a great opportunity for the students to meet an artist of such stature, experience, and to get first-hand knowledge of his techniques and styles. He is famous not only for his remarkable work but also for his contributions to the development and promotion of miniature painting.—APP

Ukraine facing ‘25th frame’ psychological warfare: Lakomov Interview

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ISLAMABAD—Hoping early Ukraine.” restoration of his country’s territorial integrity, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Volodymyr Lakomov has said that Ukrainians would never accept annexation of Crimea by Russia. Calling upon the international community including Pakistan for moral support to the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, a determined and clearheaded Lakomov said

In an exclusive interview with this scribe the Ambassador shared the agony and anxiety of the peace-loving Ukrainians after the Russia had militarily intervened into the Crimea region of Ukraine. “After military intervention and planting of so-called separatists in the usurped areas, Russia is now using the aggressive techniques of psychological warfare,” the Ambassador

said adding that “our people are being subjected to the 25th frame tool of negative propaganda for brainwashing of the patriot Ukrainians in the troubled areas.” “The aggressive designs of Russian agenda do not stop here and of late there have been repressive actions on part of the Russian occupying forces on the territory of temporarily occupied in Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the Ambassador said. “In light of continued operation of educational rights of

Ukrainains in Crimea, the Russian occupying forces started repression against journalists and all those who disagree with the violent and fraudulent occupation of peninsula by Kremlin,” reads an Aide-memoire the Ukraine government has written to UN and its members individually, as well. According to the Ambassador the Ukrainians were quite hopeful of the peaceful resolution of the issue especially after what he termed as successful elections of the new President. The Presidential initia-

tives including offer of widest possible autonomy including cultural and linguistic liberties to the Crimea people is a promising development. As a first step towards the peaceful settlement of the conflict Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko aimed at ceasefire and he expressed this desire in his Presidential address earlier this month. Lakomov, speaking about the conflict in the Crimea region, said that the whole world would have to respond to Russia’s ‘aggression’ and al-

leged that Russia could not accept Ukraine as an independent state. He was of the view that Ukraine heading to join the European Integration moves could be the main reason behind the Russian aggression as President Putin could not digest Ukraine progressing as a developed country. He described recently held referendum in Crimea as an engineered activity and was not true depiction the situation as only 32 per cent of the population had participated in it. On the other hand he mentioned of

the Presidential elections as a success having over 60 per cent turnout despite the fact that could not be held in the Crimean region. According to the seasoned diplomat Ukraine was ready to assist Pakistan in the quest for economic development. Ukraine’s vast experience in the energy sector as being exporter of electricity to several European countries could be of great help to Pakistan especially in getting rid of the prevalent energy crisis here, he concluded.

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June 26 DR Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Programme, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC will deliver a talk on “Insurgencies and Terrorism in South Asia: Lessons for Pakistan” at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, F-5/2 on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 am.

Section-144 violators being identified RAWALPINDI—Law enforcement agencies on Monday started screening footages of close-circuit TV cameras and TV channels to identify violators of the Section-144 imposed across Rawalpindi district on arrival of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri at Islamabad airport. Following directives of Punjab Home Department, LEAs gathered evidences and video clips for thorough examination and naming the violators so that due course of legal action could be initiated against them, for creating law and order situation.—APP

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has directed the Regional NABs to work closely with government departments to strengthen the regulatory mechanism and help them to establish built-in system of check and balance to eradicate corruption. “Prevention Committees formed by NAB should assist, advice and guide the regulators in their efforts towards bringing good governance through internal controls, accountability”, said the Chairman while talking to the senior officers during an Interactive Session on Awareness and Prevention of Corruption here at NAB Headquarters. He said that corruption in government spending has a negative impact on develop-

ment programmes and results in perpetual increase in cost of creation and maintenance of public assets. He maintained that all the efforts towards development and good governance are left meaningless if the menace of corruption is not tackled properly. He said that the menace of corruption has links to a multitude of vices. It leads to injustice, mistrust, suspicion and extremism. The twin menace of corruption and poverty are closely interlinked; a surge in one has a direct bearing on the other. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that NAB has been striving to eliminate corruption through a holistic and integrated approach. Irrespective of their status and social standing, NAB has prosecuted the corrupt and has recovered more than Rs.260 billion of looted public money so far.

He emphasized that the corruption is too complex a phenomenon to be controlled with the enforcement strategy alone. Controlling corruption on a sustainable and long term basis requires a broader vision and multi-faceted strategy, which banks heavily on Awareness and Prevention of corruption in addition to the old Enforcement approach. He said that this prevention and awareness process when synergized with enforcement will ensure that, the work pressure of Judicial institutions pertaining to procurements and contracts abuses is substantially reduced and corruption is ultimately curbed. “We have started a process of reforms to energize the existing accountability system to improve the efficiency in all spheres of NAB’s working from Awareness and Prevention to Enforcement and Prosecution”, he said adding

that special focus will be given to Awareness and Prevention activities to spread the massage against corruption. NGOs, Media and Corporate sector will be involved in developing awareness and publicity material. Character Building Societies (CBS) are being set up across the country to build an edifice against corruption. He directed that NAB must accord high priority to cases of cheating public at large and it is a serious offence under NAO. Many financial scams involving plundering of common man’s hard earned income and savings are being pursued by NAB, with the goal to recover the looted money and return the same to the rightful owners. NAB has undertaken concerted efforts to prosecute the master minds of such public frauds. “NAB is essentially a complaint driven or-

ganization. An exhaustive system of cognizance of cases has been formulated to standardize the selection of cases for processing. Priority is assigned keeping in view the case nature, the amount of money involved, the social impact and the number of affectees”, he said while directing the officers to ensure the recovery of the looted money from the swindlers. Chairman asserted that NAB alone cannot fight this war against corruption. It is a collective social responsibility. He called upon the intelligentsia and media to play a proactive role in to wipe out corruption from the sacred soil of our country. He expressed the hope that stakeholders will hold the principle of ‘zero-tolerance’ to corruption as only a team effort and concerted approach will help fight the challenge of corruption in country.

PM’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme being launched in AJK today STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Prime Minister’s 100 per cent Fee Reimbursement Scheme (PMFRS) for more than 3,300 post-graduate students of recognized public sector universities of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will be launched at Muzaffrabad on Tuesday. This was decided in a high-level meeting chaired by Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif here on Monday. The meeting decided to disburse 100 per cent educational expenses reimbursement cheques under the Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme (PMFRS) of more than 85 million rupees among the students of AJK. It merits mentioned here that the first ever 100 per cent PMFRS was launched in Balochistan by Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar on May 21 and successively by the Chairperson of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) in Peshawar, Multan and Murree earlier this month. The post-graduate students of interior Sindh and Bahawalpur also availed the reimbursement of 100 per cent educational expenses earlier this month. The meeting also decided to expand both the demographic and geographic coverage of the

PMFRS during the coming fiscal year 2014-15 for the students hailing from the less developed districts in addition to Southern Punjab, entire Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Interior Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and AJK currently undertaking MA, MSc, MS, M Phil or PhD courses from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) recognized public sector universities. The Chairperson said that out of total more than 40,000 post-graduate students belonging to less developed areas, so far more than 35,000 post-graduate students have benefitted across the Federation from Rs. 1.2 billion scheme launched to encourage the quest of higher education for students facing financial constraints. She said the scheme would sponsor 100 per cent educational expenses of the post-graduate students of less-developed areas of Southern Punjab, interior Sindh, entire Balochistan, KPK including FATA, AJK and GB before the end of fiscal year 2013-14. The Chairperson maintained that under the scheme, 100 per cent reimbursement of educational expenses upto Rs. 100,000 for the financially underprivileged students of the less developed areas of the country was a big leap forward towards attainment of higher education.

Construction work of Metro Bus project in progress at 9th avenue.

House wives in Rawalpindi decry over low gas pressure CITY REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Domestic consumers in Rawalpindi are still suffering from gas shortage as the pressure goes to near zero at the cooking time in the morning and evening. House wives in Khyban-e-Sir Syed, Satellite town, Sadiqabad, Dhoke Mangtal, Tanch Bhatta, Dhoke Chaudhrian and other areas in a survey told INP that they were expecting that in summer the supply

position would improve but they were facing the same problem. They said the SNGPL shuts gas supply on every Sunday evening around 7 PM which is time for cooking of food while there pressure on other days is not normal causing immense inconvenience to them. The house wives said that they have been reading in newspapers that there is no shortage of gas in KPK, Sindh and Balochistan and only Punjab is facing the crisis.

They said while every one cries that Punjab is victimizing other provinces but no one raises his voice for the step-motherly treatment with Punjab for the provision of basic necessity of gas to feed our children. They said that KPK and Balochistan politicians lodge strong protests when supply of wheat is stopped from Punjab for procurement purposes but they do not demand supply of gas to Punjab from the quota of the two provinces to mitigate the hardships of the housewives.

Rescue-1122 shifts 46 injured including 36 cops to hospitals R AWALPINDI—As many as 46 persons Airport (BBIA) and in Rahimabad area.

A man looking for valuables from the heap of garbage spread out along the roadside.

AIOU gets highest academic ranking in Asia STAFF R EPORTER ISLAMABAD—Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has received highest academic ranking in Asia in providing quality education to the millions of people, through distance learning system. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected office-bearers of Academic Staff Association (ASA). He said the new administration of the University has taken it as its mission to further upgrade the educational

CNG stations to remain closed in twin-cities today ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI— Compressed Natural Gas stations will remain closed in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad Monday (June 23) due to security reasons. This has been announced by the Sui Northern Gas pipelines in Islamabad. Stations on G.T. Road will however, remain opened as per schedule.—NNI

standard and provide best possible services to its students, as well as establishing a students’ friendly environment at its campuses throughout the country. He advised the University’s academic staff to lay greater focus on the quality of education in order to make the University’s degree a valuable document for seeking job-opportunity and servicing the society. The Vice-Chancellor assured that the University’s administration will work shoulder to shoulder with ASA for addressing their genuine demands, including their promotion to next grades. Dr. Nowshad Khan said a summery has already been sent to the government

for the constitution a Selection Board for grades’ promotion. Necessary procession is already underway to promote all those University’s lecturers as Assistant Professors who have done their Ph’D. The ASA’s officer-bearers assured the administration their full support in running the University’s affairs and their efforts to further enhance status of the University in academic pursuits. They thanked administration for their positive and favourable response to their demands. Earlier, the Vice chancellor administered the oath to the newly elected office-bearers of the ASA.

including 36 policemen of Punjab Police, injured due to stone pelting and physical brawl with the unruly activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), were shifted to allied hospitals of the city by Rescue-1122 on Monday. Talking to APP, District Emergency Officer of Rescue-1122 Dr Abdul Rehman said the rescuers shifted 28, seven and one injured policemen to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and Holy Family Hospital (HFH) respectively. While five, three and two protesters were shifted respectively to DHQ, BBH and HFH for medical treatment. Aggressive PAT workers, he said, smashed two ambulances of Rescue1122, each of them were engaged in carrying out rescue and relief operation outside the Benazir Bhutto International

Sources in the district government told APP that the city Police exhibited maximum restraint to use force in maintaining law and order, but despite of it some clashes took place between Police and PAT workers at different places mainly due to politically motivated aggression. PAT workers had reached here by dodging the so called security tiers from various parts of the country to welcome their leader Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri arriving at BBIA from abroad. Keeping in view the prevailing law and order situation in the country especially after launching the operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists and receiving threats to political leadership and sensitive installations, the government had imposed ban on various activities under section-144 to avoid any untoward incident.

Accordingly, Police devised a multi-laired security plan deploying around 6,000 policemen around BBIA, all exit and entry points of the city to protect life and property of the public. Aerial surveillance of the city, with special regard to the airport is being carried out. Taking advantage of the police’s visible policy of avoiding clash, they said the PAT activists breached the security net and somehow managed to get closer to the airport. The situation coupled with security alerts issued by the Provincial Home Department, the sources said, apparently sounded siren that Islamabad airport, in the prevailing situation, was not clear for landing of the plane carrying the PAT Chief. So, the airliner diverted its flight to Lahore airport for safety of on-board passengers including PAT Chief Dr Tahi-ul-Qadri, they added.—APP

PFL’s holds Global Education Fair STAFF R EPORTER I SLAMABAD —PFL (Preparation for life) a leading Educational consultancy hosted Global Education Fair providing great opportunities to students to study in World’s Leading Universities. The event was attended by a large no of prospective students and their parents along with representatives of academia, general public and media professionals. The participants showed keen interest to Study abroad and were excited to meet and discuss with

Representatives of leading International universities of Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Dubai. Over 16 Renown International Universities participated in the event and their representatives shared information about Scholarships opportunities, Visa and traveling related information with the students. The First event of the series was held on 21st June at Serena Hotel Islamabad. Exhibition was also held in two other cities ie Lahore on 22nd June at PC Hotel and 24th A view of covered sewerage manhole in the middle of highway may cause any mishap and needs the attention of concerned June PC Karachi. authorities.

Malik, others held to thwart Lal Chowk march SRINAGAR —Indian police and paramilitary forces arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with many party leaders and activists in his native Maisuma area of Srinagar, today. Placing concertina wires on all the entry and exit points in Srinagar and adjoining areas to prevent the JKLF leaders to lead the Lal Chowk March imposed curfew and strict restrictions. Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for the march to commence his Quit Kashmir programme. On the other hand, shutdown was observed in Kashmir Valley on the call of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. Police said that areas falling

under Maisuma, Kothi Bagh and Kralkhud police stations were sealed and the market places wore a deserted look while schools and colleges remained closed. Police used brute force on protesters in Shopian, Pulwama, Maisuma, Nowhatta and other areas of the territory and arrested dozens including JKLF leaders, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and Noor Muhammad Kalwal. They were proceeding towards Lal Chowk as part of Quit Kashmir campaign. Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two youth during a siege and search operation at Krank Shovan Colony in Sopore, today. Police arrested APHC leader,

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza when he along with his supporters tried to hold a protest demonstration in Srinagar. APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javed Ahmad Mir led an anti-India rally in Tral to protest against the recent killing of three youth by Indian army and police. Hundreds of people including children and women participated in the rally. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, on the occasion. Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai addressing a meeting in Srinagar reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue struggle for securing right to self-determination till success.—KMS

Zafar, Javed lead huge anti-India procession in Tral S RINAGAR —APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javed Ahmad Mir led a huge antiIndia procession in Tral in protest against the recent killing of three youth by Indian army and police. Thousands of people including children and women participated in the rally. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, on the occasion.Procession started from the residence of Tariq Ahmad Parrey in Lorigram and passed through the villages of all three martyrs and other areas. Addressing the procession, the APHC leaders paid glowing tributes to martyred youth and pledged to take the ongoing

martyrs mission to its logical conclusion. They said that Kashmiri martyrs internationalized the Kashmir dispute and no body would be allowed to exploit the sacrifices of martyrs. They said that resolution of Kashmir conflict was Imperative for both the countries involved in the conflict as it can lead to a deadly nuclear war between the countries, which had fought several wars in the past over the Kashmir dispute. APHC leaders said that Kashmir dispute was the main source of confrontation between the countries and delaying its peaceful resolution would continue to cast dark shadow over their peace and prosperity.—KMS

APHC leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Javed Ahmad Mir led a huge anti-India procession in Tral in protest against the recent killing of three youth by Indian army and police. Thousands of people including children and women participated in the rally.

Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, other areas under siege S R I N A G A R —Authorities placed Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk and adjoining areas under siege. The authorities imposed restrictions on public assembly in several areas falling under civil lines in Srinagar in order to prevent pro-freedom march and JKLF’s ‘Quit Kashmir’ calls. Official sources said areas falling under jurisdiction of Police Stations Maisuma, Kralkhud and Kothi Bagh are under siege with police and concertina wires sealing all entry and exit points of central market in Lal Chowk to stop protest marches. The marketplaces wore a deserted look while schools and colleges in the area are also closed in Kashmir valley. Indian police continued their search operations to nab the senior leadership of JKLF including its chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who according to JKLF has gone into hiding in order to lead the protest march, today.—KMS

Waza arrested to prevent from leading protest rally in IHK SRINAGAR—The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, was again detained when he along with his supporters tried to hold a protest demonstration against the grave human rights violations committed by Indian forces in the territory. The party spokesman, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the police action and said that Waza was scheduled to lead a protest rally from his residence to Lal Chowk. He said that police arrested Mukhtar Ahmad Waza from his residence and shifted him to

Sherbagh police station. He said that India was systematically violating the human rights of the people of Kashmir who demand right to self-determination. He said that people of Kashmir had laid down their precious lives for the liberation movement and it was responsibility of the international community to put pressure on India to give Kashmiris their birthright to self-determination. The spokesman also condemned the continued detention of party Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and urged the international human rights watchdogs to take a serious note of rights abuses perpetrated by Indian troops.—KMS

Sehrai vows to continue liberation movement till success S RINAGAR —The General Secretary of Tehreek-eHurriyet Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue struggle for securing right to self-determination till success. Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai addressing party members from Chadora and Badgam at Kramsho area of Badgam said that the people of Kashmir would not hesitate from offering any kind of sacrifice for their birthright and would secure it at all costs. He said that India could not hold its illegal occupation over Kashmir through military might for a long and the people of Kashmir would get freedom from Indian bondage.—KMS

APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, was again detained when he along with his supporters tried to hold a protest demonstration against the grave human rights violations committed by Indian forces in the territory.

Mufti Saeed’s cavalcade comes under attack SHOPIAN—Protesting people at Hirpora, Shopian on Mughal road, attacked Pro-India Peoples Democratic Party Patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s cavalcade with stones today. The villagers had come on the Mughal road to protest against the unavailability of power from last two months. “The village is without power supply from last two months as the transformer which burnt months back was not replaced till tomorrow,” a local resident said adding “Finally the transformer was installed a day before but a few hours after it got damaged again.” The locals pelted stones on police and vehicles on the Mughal road resulting in the chaos in the area. “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was on his way to Peer Galli at the time of protest and his cavalcade got stuck in the stone pelting,” locals said. However, Mufti’s cavalcade managed to leave the spot without any damage, they added.—KMS

Shutdown in IHK, today SRINAGAR—Shutdown was observed in Srinagar and other parts of the territory on the call of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. The authorities placed Srinagar’s Lal Chowk and adjoining areas under siege. Police said areas falling under Maisuma, Kothi Bagh and Kralkhud police stations were sealed and the concertina wires placed on all the entry and exit points. The marketplaces wear a deserted look while schools and colleges in the area are also closed. JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for a march to launch the ‘Quit Kashmir’ movement, today. As several JKLF cadres have been detained, Malik has gone underground.—KMS

Indian police and paramilitary forces arresting Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with many party leaders and activists in his native Maisuma area of Srinagar.

Al-Qaeda, Taliban have no scope in Kashmir: Geelani SRINAGAR—While terming the arrival of Al- Minister of India Rajnath Singh during their Qaida in the Jammu and Kashmir as hypothesis, the Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said that there is no scope of AlQaida and Taliban in Jammu and Kashmir. “Ours is a local and indigenous struggle so, the government wants to kill our youth and defame our sacred struggle in the name of Al-Qaida that is why they are creating the environment of Al-Qaida in the Kashmir.” Addressing a seminar, Syed Ali Geelani has accused the Government of India of hatching a conspiracy to change demography of Kashmir by planning to set up three cities for non-locals on 16,800 kanals of land in the Valley. Geelani said the move is aimed to “weaken the ongoing movement for right to self-determination” and “we will mobile public opinion and build consensus with pro-freedom parties to foil Delhi’s plan.” “I have credible information that Prime Minister of India, NarendraModi, and Home

S RINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R (JKLF-R) has paid glowing tributes to martyr, Feroz Ahmad Rah on his martyrdom anniversary. A JKLF-R delegation reached Mazaar-e-Shuhada and offered fateha for Feroz Ahmad Rah and all others martyrs of Kashmir. Later, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of party Chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar in which all the party leaders and activists participated. Farooq Ahmad Dar in his address said that Feroz sacrificed his life for Kashmir cause on June 23, 2008. He said the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris had compelled the entire world to talk about Kashmir. On the occasion the JKLF-R Secretary, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, while paying glowing tributes to all those Kashmiris who sacrificed their lives during the uprising in 2008 and 2010 and gant rulers of India to renege on their commit- pledged to continue the ment and pledge. “Indian rulers, with a chau- struggle till taking it to its vinistic and fascistic mindset, executed the logical conclusion..—KMS freedom icon Maqbool Butt on Feb. 11, 1984. Again they were brash and rash while dealing with the case of Afzal Guru. He too was hanged on Feb. 9, 2013 in Tihar jail Delhi. Thousands of Kashmiri freedom zealots have been languishing in Indian concentration camps and prisons for the last two decades. “The draconian Indian laws like AFSPA and DAA indemnify Indian armed personnel in Kashmir against accountability. So these draconian laws pro- S RINAGAR —Valley apple vide and guarantee immunity and impunity growers have complained to every Indian soldier in Kashmir who feels that the sub-standard pestielated to act like Gen. Dyer and kill the in- cides available in the market nocent people here.—NNI have caused scab disease to their crop. The growers alleged they have suffered losses this season as spurious pesticides are supplied in market leading to the decrease in the apple production by 50 per cent. Growers said North Kashmir villages like Darwa, Kachwa, Midan, Sheerpora, Kandi Sangrama are worst hit due to the usage of these fake pesticides. “Almost 50 percent of our production has been damaged due to the substandard pesticides. All the pesticides that farmers have used so far on the orchards have failed to yield any results. Our orchards have caught scab diseases,” said an apple grower Feroz Khan of North Kashmir, Sheerpora. Khan said the sprays of these pesticides have felled the leaves and crop contracted diseases.—NNI meeting with (Chief Minister) Omar Abdullah sought 16,800 kanals of land in three cities in north, south and central Kashmir to settle non-locals on the pretext of rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits,” Geelani said, addressing a seminar ‘MoujoodahSurat-i-Hall Kay Taqazay’ (Demands of Present Situation) at the conglomerate’s headquarters at Hyderpora here. “The Government of India plans to establish a medical college, two engineering colleges, four police stations and 12 schools each on 5600 kanals of land in these three cities so that people living there don’t need to move out of these zones. New Delhi can settle even Hindu extremists, RSS activists and armed persons in these cities. This move is aimed to change the demography of Kashmir,” Geelani said. Elaborating, he said, the Bharitiya Janata Party-led government wants to “change Muslims into a minority in Jammu and Kashmir.”—NNI

Satellite towns for K-Pandits aimed to divide civil society S RINAGAR —Azam Inqilabi, patron JK Mahaz-e-Azadi, while commenting on the deteriorating situation of Kashmir, has said in his statement, “We superciliously reject and denounce the arrogance based stand and stance of India vis-à-vis the OIC resolution on Kashmir. “We feel indebted to OIC for its sustained support to Kashmir cause of right to self-determination. Kashmir is a nuclear flashpoint and a fuse in the tinderbox of South Asia. Indian intransigence, obduracy and stubbornness has added to the vulnerability of South Asia. ‘It were the Indian rulers who promised a plebiscite and referendum in Kashmir to determine the political future of Kashmir. Alas! , Indian Chanakiyan and Machiavellian policy of deceit and dissemblance enticed the arro-

Kashmir craves for civil airport S RINAGAR —The demand for civil airport has gone shriller in Kashmir with stakeholder planning to approach to the centre government in this regard. The stakeholders have decided to approach to the centre government following union Civilian Aviation ministry’s rejection of a proposal by the state for setting up civil airport at Shariefabad in Srinagar district. Sources said after assessing the land at the site, the civil aviation ministry decided against the proposal and informed the state government that construction of civil airport at the proposed site won’t be feasible. “They cited the surrounding population and shortage of space as the reason and stated that it would hinder the flight of aircrafts there.” However, the stakeholders argue that had the state government been really serious about constructing a civil airport in Kashmir, they could have identified some other sites. President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Sheikh Ashiq told Greater Kashmir that the chamber will approach the Union Civil Aviation ministry as there is dire need of civil airport in Kashmir.—NNI

JKLF-R pays tributes to martyr Feroz Ahmad Rah

A view of Strke in Kashmir

Crop production down by 50% due to fake pesticides: Growers

Kashmiris have been robbed of all rights: Wani, Amjad Yousuf G ENEVA —Kashmir representatives Altaf Hussain Wani and Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan have said that people of occupied Kashmir have been robbed of all rights by the enactment of draconian laws. Altaf Hussain Wani and Sardar Amjad Yousaf addressing the 26th session of United Nations Human Rights Council Under agenda item 4 said that torture, extra-judicial killings, fake encounter, enforced and involuntary disappearances, arbitrary detention, rape, molestation, restrictions on freedom of speech and free movement constitutes routine of daily life in the territory. During last 24 years according to local and international human rights organizations, over 100,000 people of all ages and sex have been killed, 8,000 to 10,000 people have been subjected to enforced disappearances, nearly 10,000 women raped, thousands killed in fake encounters and thousands detained without trial in different de-

tention and interrogation centers, they deplored. The Kashmir representatives said in spite of the fact that the violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir were in direct disregard to the principles of international human rights and humanitarian law including Geneva conventions and the protocols additional thereto, no attention had been directed to address the issue at national or international level. An appropriate response is necessitated by the fact that the violations of human rights in Kashmir’s conflict have had a direct bearing on its civilian population. If the silence persists, there would be only one explanation that a Kashmiri life is viewed as less worthy than other lives. As long asIndia continues to isolate Kashmir from the rest of the world, it will never end violent acts on that unfortunate land and restore the rights and freedom of the people of Kashmir They said that the United Nations Human Rights Council

had a moral obligation to take note of the rights situation of Kashmir as Kashmir remained on the agenda of the United Nations as unresolved dispute. Altaf Hussain Wani and Sardar Amjad Yousaf said the pathetic state of human rights in Kashmir, highlighted vociferously by local, national and international organizations, do not show any prospect of improvement mainly because the concerned authorities enjoy an immoral immunity. The unabated incidents of extra-judicial killing, fake encounters and forced disappearances underline the worsening state of human rights in the state. The callous attitude of the state authorities is evident in the tendency of the establishment to justify the prevalence of abuse under the garb of quantifying incidents of violation. It conveniently forgets the universal truth that loss of even a single innocent human life is not acceptable in any civilized society, they maintained.—KMS

Port Qasim shipping activity KARACHI —Two ships carrying furnace oil and edible oil were berthed at FOTCO Terminal and liquid cargo Terminal respectively. Meanwhile five more ships carrying containers, chemical and edible oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 35% at the port on Monday where four ships namely KN Forest, Golden Trader, RBD Anima E Core and Sichem Falcon are currently occupying berths to load/offload cement, steel coil, urea, furnace oil and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours.—APP

PAT protest affected business activities ISLAMABAD—The traders community in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Monday said that Pakistan Awami Tehreek protest on the arrival of its patron-in-chief adversely affected their business activities. The traders community said that these kinds of issues can aggravate problems, demanding that there should be some specific places for protest demonstrations. They said that people are busy in shopping for Ramazan ul Mubarak, but due to protest of PAT, their business activities have been affected badly.—APP

ISE-10 index stays bullish ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) Monday witnessed a bullish trend as the ISE10 index was up by 33.93 points to close at 4332.27 points. A total of 38,000 shares were traded, which showed a negative growth of 47,100 shares when compared to previous day’s trading of 85,100. Out of 142 companies, share prices of 106 recorded increase while those of 36 companies decreased. The share price of Sanofi Aventis Pakistan increased by Rs 30.75 while that of Fazal Textile decreased by Rs 45.03 per share.—APP

Exports to EU increase after GSP Plus status: Dastgir I SLAMABAD —The exports from Pakistan to European % respectively during January-February 2014 compared Union (EU) during the first two months of implementation of GSP Plus have showed northward trend, said the Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan in a statement here Monday while revealing the statistics of trade. According to sector-wise trade analysis of exports to EU during January-February 2014 there has been a substantial increase of 30.68 % in textile garments from last year’s exports in January-February. The total exports of textile garments during the first two months of last year stood at $342 million while they jumped to $ 446.91 million during the same period this year posting an incredible increase of $104.91 million. Similarly, the volume of exports of home textiles to EU in JanuaryFebruary 2013 was to the tune of $214.18 which increased to $274.47 million during the first two months of this year making a remarkable addition of 28.15 % in trade volume in this sector. The leather and carpets sectors were also successful in making a strong mark and enhanced their share in the European market after the grant of GSP Plus since 1st January 2014 as they managed an increase of 15.20 % and 12.79

with the same period in 2013. The leather sector exported goods worth of $25.46 million in Jan-Feb 2014 while they could manage exports of about $22.10 million in Jan-Feb 2013. Similarly, during the same period last year the carpet sector fetched $ 8.76 million of foreign exchange while they leapt to $9.88 million this year. Commenting at this substantial increase in exports as a result of GSP Plus, Mr. Dastgir said that the fruits of successful economic diplomacy of the present government have become visible and the economic indicators have started to show positive trend. The Minister was of the view that numerous opportunities have presented themselves to Pakistani exporters as a result of trade negotiations with different countries and trading blocs and the Government is encouraging Pakistani exporters to make the best use of them. He said that the Government is working hard to enhance Pakistani exports to EU in the non-traditional sector as well. The Treaty Implementation Cell established on the directions of the Prime Minister shows Government’s earnest resolve to achieve maximum benefits out of such trade arrangements, the Minister said.—APP

10 development schemes worth Rs7.936b for Punjab approved L AHORE —The Punjab government on Monday approved 10 development schemes of different development sectors with an estimated cost of Rs7.936 billion. These schemes were approved in the 45th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Muhammad Irfan Elahi, says P&D Spokesman. Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting. According to Spokesman P&D, the approved development schemes included: Establishment of Public Private Partnership Cell in the P&D Department (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 879.412 million, Water Resources Development (through Construction of 200 Mini Dams along with Command Area Development) of Potohar Region, Barani Areas of Punjab (Revised 400 Mini Dams) at the cost of

Rs. 1108.450 million, Establishment of Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot at the cost of Rs. 1422.97 million, Widening / Improvement of Sialkot Eminabad Road km No 0/ 0 to 61/90 length 61.90 km District Sialkot & Gujranwala at the cost of Rs. 1044.948 million, Widening / Improvement Sialkot Wazirabad Rasul Nagar Kot Harra Jalalpur Bhattian Road (Section Qadirabad Road to Jalalpur Bhattian), km No. 92.00 to 133.09, length 41.09 Kms in District Hafizabad (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 307.111 million, Construction of Bridge on Rainy Nullah Kahan Jhelum PD Khan Road in km 11-12 Tehsil & PD Khan District Jhelum at the cost of Rs. 426.300 million, Widening / Improvement of Head Muhammad Wala to Karam Dad Qureshi Kot Addu Layyah Road Via M.M Road along T.P link canal length 47.10 km District Muzaffargarh at the cost ofRs. 975.270 million, Construction of Khurarianwala By-Pass Road, length 17.38 km District Faisalabad. (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 296.639 million, Dualization.—INP

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 June 24, 2014. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs. 98.7623, Japanese Yen Rs. 0.9690, Pound Sterling Rs. 168.0441 and Euro Rs. 134.0501.—APP

But nothing is better than the market, where the customer and the business deal directly with each other, because if you rip people off, word gets out. That business eventually loses its customers, and the good ones that serve people well get the business. You get government in there, and it’s just more money for the lawyers who write the bills. —John Stossel

KARACHI: Chairman Benazir Income Support Programme Senator Enver Baig and Chairman SITE Association of Industry M Younas Bashir signing MoU.

Govt to generate electricity upto 85 pc of installed capacity in Ramazan: Abid M ULTAN —State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said on Monday the government would bring power generation upto 85 percent of the total installed capacity in the country to reduce loadshedding during Ramazanul Mubarik. Addressing a press conference, he said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was taking keen interest to resolve electricity crisis. He said that they had been issued instructions to generate electricity to level of total installed capacity which was over 19,000 megawatt. Abid Sher Ali said that electricity transmission system could not afford the total installed capacity as it would get collapsed if the installed capacity was generated. He

alleged that past governments ignored improving of the transmission system. He, however added the Prime Minister had ordered inquiry into negligence shown in electricity transmission system. Abid Sher Ali maintained that there would be no loadshedding during Iftar, Sehar, and Taraweeh timings especially. He further informed that there would be equal distribution of electricity in the country. He said that there were 144,000 transformers and nearly 60 percent of these were overloaded. He observed that massive corruption was done in purchase of transformers during past regime. He also added the government would take stern action against the corrupt officials.—APP

SITE Association to impart vocational training under BISP KARACHI—Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and SITE Association of Industry on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to impart vocational training to BISP beneficiaries. BISP Chairman, Senator Enver Baig and SITE Association Chairman Younus M. Bashir were the signatories at the ceremony held here at the SITE Association’s office. The MoU is aimed at poverty reduction through providing jobs to the successful trainees in industries of SITE and to train skilled workforce available for the industries, said Chairman BISP Senator Enver Baig. He thanked SITE Association for providing training and jobs to BISP beneficiaries. This is a joint effort of the government and the private sector for economic empowerment of the poor families. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wants to bring the people out from poverty as soon as possible and make them self- sufficient. Due to limited resources, any government cannot afford to give money to the BISP beneficiaries for a long. Only solution is to give short trainings to members of these families and make them capable of find jobs or start their own businesses, he said. Chairman BISP said that BISP has 5.1 million registered beneficiaries. The fund for BISP has been increased to Rs 115 billion from Rs 75 billion. The monthly stipend for a beneficiary has also been increased to Rs 1500 from Rs 1000. He informed that BISP has already signed MoUs with other organisations for the same purpose. Senator Enver Baig assured the SITE officials that he would take up issues of trade and industry in Karachi especially of SITE with the concerned government authorities. He would also request the Prime Minister, Federal Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to have detailed meetings with the business community representatives from Karachi to discus and find solutions to their issues.—APP

MULTAN: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali addressing a Press conference at MEPCO office.

Ten Pakistani companies participating in SAITEX, AB7 STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Ten Pakistani companies, under the auspices of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) are participating in the 21st edition of Southern African International Trade Exhibition for Retail Products (SAITEX) and Africa Big Seven (AB7), which are being held, concurrently in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22-24, June 2014. This is the largest show of Sub-Saharan Africa wherein more than 1000 exhibitors from 52 countries are participating. The target of the fair is the retails sector with focus on importers, agents, distributors, wholesalers. International business interest in Africa is all time high as the research proves that seven out of world’s top ten fastest growing economies are in Africa. From Pakistan leading companies like Engro Pakistan, Habib Oil Mills, Ismail Industries, Khyber Chemicals, Denim Clothing, Maheen Textiles, Silver Lake etc are participating in the exhibition. South Africa is the most important and largest trading partner of Pakistan in the African Continent of 54 countries. South Africa is the biggest economy of Africa with GDP of 390 billion US and total trade of US$ 210 billion. Traditionally, it is called as

gateway to Africa and it plays critical role in the socio-politico and economic milieu of African continent. South Africa has FTAs with EU, member of BRICS, SACU, SADC, FTA with US (AGOA), and member of numerous other vital preferential trading agreements. South Africa imported goods worth US$ 285 million from Pakistan (2013) while the total South African imports were US $ 106 billion (2013), thereby, reflecting a huge potential for Pakistani goods. Pakistani exports to the Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 8% during 2013. Trade Commission of Pakistan has made all the arrangements for holding this exhibition including reservation of space, construction of stall, reception of the exhibitors, their B2B meetings, marketing of the show amongst the local business community etc. It is expected that contacts established during the show will materialize into concrete businesses in future. Around 20,000 visitors not only from South Africa, but also from all the Sub-Saharan African countries are expected to visit these exhibitions. Najm us Saqib, High Commissioner of Pakistan for South Africa visited the exhibition and assured all the exhibitors of fullest cooperation to make their stint productive and beneficial.—PR

11th International ‘My Karachi Exhibition’ concludes successfully STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Successful conclusion of 11th International My Karachi - OASIS of Harmony Exhibition 2014 despite poor law & order situation endorses the fact that people of Pakistan are peace loving and prepared to contribute in building up a soft image of the country. My Karachi-Oasis of Harmony” Exhibition was designed to be the avenue for interactive businessto-business linkages, planned to be the showcase for domestic and global products and services and is targeted for consumers and companies as the right place to buy and sell which was well responded as over 6 lakh people visited the exhibition during last three days, said Siraq Kassam Teli, leader of the Businessmen Group (BMG) and the former president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) while addressing a press conference at the conclusion of the exhibition at

expo centre in Karachi. He said that despite the unfortunate incident of terror at Karachi Airport the turn out was quite impressive, encouraging and reassuring that the malicious designs of the extremists cannot stall the growth and development in Pakistan. Teli however raised is voice of concern over what he called worsening law and order situation in Karachi, which in a way indicate the failure of the law enforcing agencies to rise to the occasion and deliver what they are supposed to, and expected by the nation. He however welcomed prime minister directive for blocking Afghanistan Subscriber Identification module (sim) being used in Pakistan, he demanded of the government that all prepaid SIMS should be blocked and reissued only on the addresses mentioned on CNIC besides enhancing advanced technological equipments to pin point the criminals on the spot. KCCI was willing to request the army chief to direct the concerned authorities to block these sims.

APFMA demands withdrawal of power tariff hike ABBOTTABAD—All Pakistan Flour Mills Association (APFMA) has asked the government to withdraw the decision of increase in power tariff with immediate effect to prevent an increase of Rs 20/ - per bag in flour prices in the country. The demand was made in a meeting of the Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) held in Nathagali, Abbottabad with chairman, and Mian Mehmood-ul-Hassan in the chair. The association also urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for approaching Supreme Court against restrictions on wheat movement during harvesting period. So in future the government of Punjab could create any such hurdles in the provision of wheat to the flour mills of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The association further demanded of the federal government for fixation of unified price of wheat for the whole country, while the central chairman of the association urged the flour millers to bringing improvement in the quality of flour to ensure the sale of quality flour in domestic market, but to also export it to other countries.—Agencies

Success of military action crucial for economic stability AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The President, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan K M Nauman has expressed his confidence that the military action against the terrorists will be successful in eliminating terrorism from Pakistan because restoration of peace is crucially important for economic stability in Pakistan. Addressing a Press Conference at the Karachi Press Club he hoped that along with the military action, the law enforcement agencies in Karachi will start a drive against anti-social elements involved in kidnapping for ransom and Bhata Khori (Extorsionism). He was dejected about this information pro-

vided by the Finance Minister that more than 60% of the population in Pakistan is living below poverty line .He emphasized that until and unless business is not allowed to flourish, the economic condition will not improve and the people will remain below poverty line. He was critical of the methodology used in increasing the minimum wage, as it should be done in a legal way through the Minimum wage Board. He was happy that the Finance Minister has given some of the concessions like subsidy on fertilizer and gas infrastructure development Cess. He also praised the Finance Minister in reducing the Sales Tax on the import of edible Oil Seeds from 17% to 16%. However, he em-

phasized that the country cannot come out of the present impasse until the peace prevail in the country. Nauman while reviewing the progress of the Pakistan National Business Agenda stated that, after 9 months of it’s launching, the issues raised in it are still having the same importance as before. He was, however, happy that government is trying to improve the regional trade and making efforts for increased production of electrical energy. However, he was critical about the ever-increasing power tariff, which is not providing a friendly business environment in Pakistan. Nauman also informed about some of the is-

sues discussed at the International Labour Conference held in Geneva. He informed that 2014 was the election year for the ILO Governing Body and it is a matter of satisfaction that the Government, Employer and worker’s representatives have been elected to the ILO Governing Body. The important discussion was on the application of International Labour Standards and it was noted that much improvement is required in the labour inspections in Pakistan. This is also important for improving the conditions, which are related to GSP, plus Conditions. Another important aspect was how to transfer informal economy into formal economy, as this is one of the aspect by which economic condition of the worker can be improved.





































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2nd Intel channel symposium 2014 hosted ISLAMABAD—Intel in Pakistan hosted second Intel® Channel Symposiums (ICS) for this year. The company showcased the latest range of desktops, mobile devices, servers, devices enabling Internet of Things and security devices based on Intel processors at the symposium in addition to conducting training sessions for its Intel® Technology Providers (ITP). Experts from Intel® discussed product integration techniques, sales and marketing best practices with the Intel® Technology Providers to help enhance customer experience and identify growth opportunities for their businesses. The symposium witnessed discussions around the channel achievements and partnership highlights of 2013.About 100 ITPs attended the event and the group deliberated on the future roadmap and focus areas of Intel®. This year Intel® has enhanced some of its offerings for the ITPs, including an improved Intel® Technology Providers website that offers a seamless browsing experience between the PC and other computing devices like tablets and phones, a new Intel® Retail Edge Mobile application to help retail sales people with the essential skills needed for the job and an improved Intel® Learning Network, which delivers a faster and more seamless training experience. Starting this year, a separate content repository in the form of an Internet of Things Community (IoT) will exist on the ITP portal help the channel learn about IoT solutions and provide guidance on selling to end customers. One of the main areas of focus in this year’s ICS is Intel’s 2014 desktop strategy which aims to (i) reinvigorate the category through compelling new products, (ii) reinvent the category through new form factors like the Next Unit of Computing and portable All in Ones and (iii) lastly remodel the category through brand new usage models and experiences. The symposiums will touch upon how new personal computing form factors like tablets and 2 in1s are an excellent growth opportunity for the channel. The other big growth opportunities to be highlighted this year include the Internet of Things and Servers.. From a server standpoint, the growth opportunity for the channel lies in build out of private and hybrid clouds, workstations especially in key segments like manufacturing and the small and medium business segments. Intel’s focus in the IoT space four main areas including Digital Signage, Intelligent Storage, Point of Sales (POS) and Surveillance will be highlighted at the ICS this year. McAfee is now branded as Intel® Security and at the symposium Intel will discuss how ITP can now be part of the revenue sharing pool when they sell Intel Security with the devices.—PR

KP PA passes budget 2014-15, finance bill 2014 P ESHAWAR —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday passed provincial budget for financial year 2014-15 and amended Finance Bill 2014. The House resumed proceedings on the demands for grants for different government departments and cut motions presented by the opposition legislators on them. The provincial assembly during the Saturday proceeding have passed only seven demands for grants for departments including provincial assembly, administration & establishment, department of finance, planning & development, information technology, revenue & estate and excise and taxation. In the morning session of the proceedings the opposition was once again not showing any flexibility was demanding voting on their cut motions. The opposition legislators were critical of the performance of the department of home affairs, prisons and police and were demanding reforms in them. The Speaker, Asad Qaiser while exercising his powers under 148 of the proceedings of the house announced the guillotining of all cut motions presented by the legislators paved way for presenting the remaining demands for grants one by one in the house for approval. The house in the second session of the day also approved the Finance Bill 2014 while including one amend-

ICH regime to reduce calls rate ISLAMABAD—After successful introduction of Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan through a transparent auction process, Ministry of IT has taken another major policy initiative to encourage and promote competition amongst telecom service providers in spirit of the De-regulation Policy. Ministry of Information Technology has issued a directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to discontinue the International Clearing House (ICH) regime established through an earlier directive to substantially deregulate the international incoming traffic terminating on Pakistani networks. —PR

ment of the Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao of Qoumi Watan Party. The appendix-II of the bill regarding revision of the slabs of professional tax also attracted criticism from opposition, while increase in tax on agriculture income even dismayed a treasury member, Samiullah Alizai. However, Senior Minister, Siraj-ul-Haq demanded the revision of all taxes and termed them in the interest of the province. He said that the provincial government has presented a poor-friendly budget and maximum relief has been extended to them. He said that the revenue collected from these taxes would be utilized for the development of the province. The senior minister later under Article 123 of the Constitution also laid the authenticated schedule on the table of the house. Later, on the demand of the PPP legislator, Nighat Yasmin Orakzai, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced the payment of two extra-salaries for the employees of the provincial assembly. He also committed that the provincial government through Deputy Commissioners (D.Cs) will seek recommendations regarding for awarding the bomb disposal units for disposing of 12-kilogram each bombs in Hayatabad and Charsadda. The speaker later announced the adjourning of the proceedings of the house till Tuesday 10:00 A.M.—APP

PRBF helping boost Pak-Russia trade STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —There remains a considerable gap in Pakistan Russia perceptions regarding each other’s business potential and the Pakistan Russia Business Forum is working to bring the two countries closer. This was said by Consul General of the Russian Federation in Karachi Mr Oleg N. Avdeev, at a dinner hosted by the PRBF to celebrate the Day of Russia. He said I very much appreciate the fact that the Pakistan-Russia Business Forum has organised this function to celebrate our national holiday - the Day of Russia at which prominent businessmen of Karachi and many office bearers of FPCCI, KCCI and KATI are present in large numbers. He added this event is not only observing Russia’s National Day but also celebrating the decades-old Russia-Pakistan relations which are increasingly gaining im-

portance in the present-day world. He concluded by saying the current status of the Russia-Pakistan relations reflects encouraging trends for the improvement of the entire gamut of our relationship. The recent increase in the frequency of bilateral contacts has given a strong boost to cooperation between the two countries. The President PRBF Mr Rauf Tabani who is also its Founder President said the organisation serves as a bridge to bring both countries together and Pakistan can benefit from Russian expertise in fields such as heavy industry, mining and oil and gas exploration. Mr Tabani said the PRBF had helped facilitate several business and trade delegations to and from Russia and stood ready to do even more in this respect. He suggested immediate establishment of air links between Russia and Pakistan and pointed out that there were four flights daily from Dubai to Moscow.

BBDO wins Cannes Lion for Pak L AHORE —BBDO Pakistan made history this week, winning the first-ever Cannes Lion for Pakistan. The agency won a Bronze Lion in the direct category for its work for Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights at the International Festival for Creativity in Cannes, the largest celebration of advertising creativity in the world. “Not a Bug Splat” scored four shortlists across the Promo & Activation and Direct categories, going on to take home a Bronze in Direct. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the civilian casualties killed in drone strikes and targets drone operators who often refer to those hit as ‘bug splats’. BBDO worked with local artists to install a super-sized portrait of a child in the fields of the heavily bombed northwest border region of Pakistan. Drone operators are confronted with the image, rather than anonymous ‘bug-like’ dots on their camera

screen, persuading them to think twice. The installation, part of French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out Movement’, was also designed to be captured by satellites to make it a permanent part of the landscape on mapping sites. Aamir Allibhoy, General Manager of BBDO Pakistan said of the win: “Having consistently seen the wonderful and recognised work produced by our neighbour across the border, securing the first ever Cannes Lion was a monumental achievement for Pakistan & BBDO. This milestone has given us and the entire advertising fraternity a true sense of pride and new sense of creative re-ignition for future success at award shows. I personally am glad that my team and I, in such a short time, have lived up to the creative potential and prowess that the BBDO name so proudly stands for worldwide.—PR

FPCCI urges surcharge waiver on goods

Malaysian palm cooking oil launched in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD—For the first regulations and requirements time, a 100 percent produced

been imposed on palm oil in-

vegetable cooking oil is available in Pakistan. At the product launching ceremony of Century cooking oil, Consul General of Malaysia in Karachi Abu Bakar Mamat stated that the consulate would continue to facilitate the efforts by Malaysian companies to expand the presence of Brand Malaysia in the country. Century cooking oil is a product of Pan Century Edible Oils Sdn. Bhd., an IOI Group owned company. Pakistan is the biggest export destination for Malaysian palm oil. In 2013, total exports of Malaysian palm oil and palm oil products were recorded at 1.5 million tons (MR 3.62 billion). Consumers can be assured of highest quality of palm oil in which stringent

high quality products, said Fairuz Hidzir, Regional Director of Malaysian Palm Oil Board stationed in Karachi, who was also present during the ceremony. Khalil (Private) Limited, is importing and marketing Century cooking oil in 100 percent original consumer packing from Malaysia. Khalil (Private) Limited, is setting up a unique logistics network of franchise outlets and stores, first in Karachi and then expanding to other cities in Pakistan. At the launching ceremony, Khalil (Private) Limited was represented by its Chairman, Chaudhry Mohammad Yusoof, Managing Director, Adnan Choudry and Director International Sales, Iftikhar Choudhary.—PR

KARACHI—Zakaria Usman, and packed Malaysian palm dustry in Malaysia to produce President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has urged Mr Tariq Bajwa, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to grant 100 percent waiver of Penal Surcharge on goods overstayed in warehouse and extend the warehousing period up to June 30, 2014. The FPCCI Chief elaborated, “This will facilitate the importers in release of such goods at comparatively lesser rate and ensure smooth supply of raw materials to the industry and consumer goods on the one hand and increase in revenue to the government exchequer on the other hand, thus boosting the economic activity in the country and reducing the liquidity crunch”.

Agri dept to guide farmers through ‘Plant Clinics’ LAHORE—The Punjab Agriculture Department has evolved a three-year multipronged “vegetable enhancement” plan costing Rs 410.87 million. Sources in the Agriculture Department revealed that the proposed plan would be carried out in 18 districts, including Sialkot, of the province. Under the plan “plant clinics” were being established across Punjab aimed at providing guidance to farmers about the agriculture. In Sialkot district, as many as 25 plant clinics were being established to facilitate the growers’ community of the area. The basic concept of the vegetable enhancement programme was to enhance

the year round supply of essential vegetables on sustainable and affordable prices by promoting vegetable cultivation, reduction in post-harvest losses and value addition with all means open field vegetables, tunnel technology, promotion of kitchen gardening, training of farmers regarding pre- and postharvesting techniques and value addition practices for making the province selfsufficient in vegetables. The increased production of vegetables would not only meet the increasing demand of the population of Punjab on one hand and also fetch share in foreign ex-

ISLAMABAD: Nokia organized ‘Connected Pakistan –3G/4G Perspective Conference and Panel Discussion’. Picture shows Syed Ismail Shah Chairman, PTA, Danny Atme GM Pakistan and Nokia Team; Qais Esraee Head of Sub-Region, Nokia and Igor Leprince Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa Region, Nokia along with Nokia representatives and panellists from telecom industry.

change earning on the other. Special attention under the plan would be accorded on tomato, onion, potato and chilies crops for overcoming the shortage. The efforts will be made through the programme to maximise the production of these essential vegetables to ensure the availability throughout the year. Under the plan small processing units for value addition would also be established in main growing vegetable districts, especially for preparation of paste, slice, jam, pickles, powder and dehydration of vegetables for its optimum use in the shortage period on cost sharing basis.—PR

Rahat launches new album at McDonald K A R A C H I —Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a renowned Pakistani singer of international fame, released his latest music album “Back to Love” at McDonald’s Pakistan. The well-renowned artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and McDonald’s Pakistan both are pretty excited about the release of this new album. The launch event was made even more exciting when Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sang a few songs from his recent album. McDonald’s support for this launch was greatly appreciated by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and he said that through this 25-day advertising campaign his fans will be able to get a free CD of his new music album. What’s more, fans will get prize coupons as well which can be entered into a lucky draw out of which 3 lucky winners shall be chosen for a free trip to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s concert in London. Commenting about his album, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said that the album has a lot of romantic songs, which he is sure the listeners will love. It’s an honour that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan chose McDonald’s as a platform to release his new album.—PR

KARACHI: The President Pakistan Russia Business Forum, Abdul Rauf Tabani and Chairman Siddisons Ltd and honorary Consul General of Serbia, Tariq Rafi, hosted a dinner to celebrate the National Day of Russia. Picture shows Consul General of Russian Federation Oleg N.Avdeev with hosts and other guests.

KARACHI: Internationally famed singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan addressing a Press conference at McDonald .

Al Hilal Bank plans $500m capital-boosting sukuk D UBAI —Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank plans to raise $500 million from a capitalboosting Islamic bond issue, a document from lead arrangers said on Monday. The transaction, which has a perpetual tenor but can be bought back by the lender after the fifth year, is earmarked to price in the area of 6 percent. Order books for the trade are currently worth around $1 billion, the document added. The sukuk will boost the bank’s Tier 1 - or core - capital. No timeframe for when the issue would complete was given in the update, but a market source told IFR - a Thomson Reuters unit - that it was expected to price on Tuesday. The unlisted Islamic lender, owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, has chosen itself as well as Citigroup , Emirates NBD, HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Standard Chartered to arrange the deal.—Agencies

KARACHI: The prominent businessman Kalim Farooqui, and his wife hosted farewell dinner to the out going Consul General of Indonesia and Mrs Rosallis Adenan, at their residence.

Daily opening & closing rates Total Volume (Lots): Traded Value (Rs):

8,810 2,481,843,799

Commodity .......................... Price Quotation .................... Open ............. Close CRUDE OIL ......................... $ Per Barrel ............................. 106.02 ............ 106.98 SILVER ................................. $ Per Ounce ............................ 20.665 ............ 20.780 GOLD ................................... $ Per Ounce ............................ 1,310.2 ........... 1,311.1 GOLD ................................... Rs Per 10 gms ......................... 42,084 ............ 42,104 MTOLAGOLD .................... Rs Per Tola ............................. 50,382 ............ 50,416 GOLD ................................... Rs Per Tola ............................. 50,382 ............ 50,416 RICEIRRI6 ........................... Rs Per 100 kg .......................... 3,575 .............. 3,572 PALMOLEIN ...................... Rs Per Maund ........................ 4,376 .............. 4,367 SUGAR ................................ Rs Per kg ................................. 46.87 .............. 46.83 ICOTTON ............................ US Cents per pound ............. 88.33 .............. 88.18 WHEAT ............................... Rs Per 100 kg .......................... 3,349 .............. 3,346 The total value traded was Rs. 2.482b. Number of lots traded was 8,810 and commodity index closed at 3,072. Major business was contributed by gold amounting to Rs. 1.21 b, followed by crude oil (Rs. 1.18b) and silver (Rs. 86m).

PCB to discuss Aamir in ICC meeting I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said the board will be pushing for a reduction in the five-year ban on young pace bowler Mohammad Aamir in the ICC Annual Conference to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday. An amended ICC anti-corruption code is likely to be implemented to facilitate a quicker return to international cricket for players serving longterm bans. The idea behind the move is to help the player get ready to play competitive cricket as soon as the ban period is over rather than wait for the ban to end before he can start training. Talking to media persons, a PCB official said the PCB Chairman has in-

quired the advice of legal representatives and he will try his level best to convince the ICC for a reduction in the young pacer’s ban giving him the permission to resume playing,” he said. However earlier when Amir had heard the news of the said amendment to be approved in June, he had appreciated the move. “To have that opportunity to re-launch my career a few months ahead of the ban could make a huge difference to me. It is a massive boost for me to hear this good news” the young bowler had said adding he is also grateful to PCB Chairman Najam Sethi for his efforts. The ICC meeting will end on June 28. The other mattes to be discussed

Armyman wins marathon race

Star Bidders bag Swiss team bridge

F A I S A L A B A D —Armyman Sayyar Khan has won the Marathon race organized here in connection with Lyallpur National Open Athletics Championship. As many as 25 athletes participated in the marathon race which started from University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and the participants covered 36 kilometers distance on different city roads and intersections including Jhall Khannuana Bridge, Canal Road Gattwala from where they took U-turn up to UAF. Armyman Sayyar Khan covered the distance in 49 minutes and stood first whereas another armyman Shahid Imran was declared second by covering the distance in 52 minutes. The third and fourth positions were grabbed by Wapda athletes whereas Navy athlete bagged fifth position and Punjab athlete stood sixth. District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal, District Officer Sports Chaudhary Tariq Nazeer, Organizing Secretary Tariq Sahi and other officers also witnessed the marathon race.—APP

in the ICC Annual Conference include amendments to the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, as discussed and agreed by the ICC Board in Singapore on 8 February, including the appointment of the new ICC Chairman. The key issues on the agenda also include the investiture of new ICC President; ICC Associate Membership application from Oman; Annual report from the Chairman of the AntiCorruption and Security Unit; Recommendations on cricket and development matters from recent committee meetings; Update on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and Update on the post-2015 commercial rights strategy.—APP

K ARACHI —Star Bidders won Karachi win against Mushahid 20.00 which brought Bridge Association (KBA) Bridge Tournament at Aslam Hall on Sunday night, said a KBA press release issued on Monday. Star Bidders having M. Azwerul Haque, Dr. Minhas Qidwai, Khalid Zaki and F. A. Naeem put up remarkable performance by annexing the title in a champions style. Star Bidders outscored Mushahid 15.52 in the opening round, they outpaced Foxy 17.58, had a tough time with Hai’s, still winning 11.50 and a sweeping victory against Sofital, they managed to have a clean slate by defeating Masood 14.54 in the last round and went home unhurt. Khalid Zaki and F.A. Naeem topped in Butler Scoring. Hai’s, comprising Zia Hai, Ali Hai, Tehsin Gheewala and Rubina Hai, edged out star studded Masood in the opening round 14.28, then lost two to Sofital 9.61 and Star Bidders 8.50, then had a moral boosting

them back to the front row. And in the last round they outplayed Foxy 18.30 Victory Points. Masood VI having renowned players like Rashidul Ghazi, Masud Mazhar, Gulzar Bilal, Hamed Mohiuddin, Ziaullah Baig and Ghufran Ashraf. Started with a deficit score against Hais 5.73, then won against Mushahid 13,43, edged out Sofital 18.20, Foxy 15.62 but they had a good beating by Star Bidders in the last round and they got only 5.46 out of possible 20 VPs. Earlier in the pairs contest, Tabraiz Javed - Khalid Nadeem had a tough time facing strong challenge from A.K. Bhurgri-Dr. Minhaj and Saleem Zaki-Tahir Dada. However, they rushed to the top in the last strides to win the contest having 63.89 percent score over A.K.Bhurgri-Dr. Minhaj 59.39 and Saleem Zaki-Tahir Dada.—APP

Sajjad notches 3rd win in World 6-Red Snooker KARACHI—Muhammad Sajjad chalked out his third second win in a row in the IBSF 6-Red World Snooker Championship in Sharm-ulSheikh (Egypt) on Monday when he beat Ehsan Heydari Nezhad of Iran) 4-2. Sajjad who with Asif, won World Team Trophy in Ireland last year who had already assured a place in the knock-out rounds, made a brilliant start by grabbing the first three frames. But Ehsan pulled the next two frames to make it 3-2. But Sajjad in defensive play won the low-scoring decider to seize 35-25, 3302, 69-0, 0-43, 0-71, 28-10 win. 2012 IBSF World Champion Muhammad Asif routed Marcin Nitschke of Poland 4-0. Asif with his controlled potting kept his Polish opponent under pressure before chalking out 38-23, 43-27, 48-10, 5813 win.—APP

WAH CANTT: Zafar Abbas Lak, President Pakistan Volleyball Federation with players on the opening match of 26 National Jr Volleyball Championship organized by POF Sports Board.

Cycling: Costa wins third straight Swiss title SAAS-FEE (Switzerland)—Portugal’s Rui Costa ence to see him through to a third title after won the Tour of Switzerland title for an unprecedented third time in a row after riding to victory in the ninth and final stage. Costa, 27, crossed 14sec ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema with Swiss Mathias Frank 24sec off the pace in third following the 156.5km run from Martigny to Saas-Fee. Germany’s Tony Martin, who had been wearing the leader’s yellow jersey since stage one, finished off the podium in overall fourth behind Costa, Frank and Mollema. World time-trial champion Costa, who finished third in the Tour of Romandie last month, sets himself up as a candidate for the Tour de France which starts on July 5. The Portuguese could count on his experi-

2012 and 2013, as the Lampre rider, leading a nine-man breakaway group, took Martin by surprise. Costa stage managed the race over the final two days in the mountains sticking close to Martin on the penultimate stage at the summit of Verbier to claim victory on the final beyond category climb at Saas-Fee. The Portuguese rider went off with a breakaway group under cloudy skies at the 46km mark with his advantage on the peloton, in which Martin found himself, more than two minutes 20km from the line. Attacking on the final two kilometre climb Costa left no chance to his fellow breakaway riders including home hope Frank, who had the consolation of second in the overall standings.—AFP

SHANDUR: Captain of Chitral Police team winner of Shandur Polo Festival receiving the trophy from chief guest.

Arham beats Nofil to win Jr. Tennis title I SLAMABAD —Arham Atiq hammered Syed Nofil Kaleem on Monday to clinch the junior First ACPL National Junior Hard Court Tennis Championship title here at the courts of Pakistan Sports Complex. Arham beat Nofil by 76(2), 6-0 and won a cash prize of Rs 20,000 along with winning trophy while Nofil pocketed Rs 12000. Ilham Khan won the boys under-14 title by beating Huzaifa Abdul Rehman in a thrilling three set match. Huzaifa won the first set at 7-6, Ilham won the 2nd set at 6-1. In the final set Ilham was leading 4-1 when Huzaifa conceded the match due to injury. Ilham was awarded Rs 10,000 while Huzaifa got Rs 6,000 along with shields and certificates. In Boys under-18 doubles final Talha Zubair and Hasnain Manzoor beat Syed Nofil Kaleem and Dawar Rehan 6-4,7-6 (4). Talha Zubair and Hasnain Manzoor claimed the title of Junior doubles when they eliminated top seed Syed Nofil Kaleem and Dawar Rehan in a well contested two set match 64,7-6(4). Talha and Hasnain won the cash award of Rs 10,000 while Nofil and Dawar pocketed Rs 6,000. Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas Patron PTF was the chief guest at the finals and distributed prizes among the winners.—APP

Murray, Djokovic take Centre Court stage L ONDON —Defending champion Andy Murray and last year’s runner-up Novak Djokovic take Centre Court stage as Wimbledon gets underway Monday with both men having points to prove. A proud Scot he may be but Murray, who ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion when he cruised past the Serb in the 2013 final, finds himself thrust into the role of British cheerleader following England’s World Cup football misery. Murray starts his campaign against baby-faced Belgian David Goffin, shrugging off any nationwide post-Brazil trauma, preferring to concentrate on a smooth start in the Wimbledon sunshine. The 27-year-old, who has not made an-

other final since last year’s Wimbledon history-making title, also wants to put those who have criticised his choice of Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach firmly in their place. “I think Amelie will help me. I’ve really enjoyed the last 10 days I spent on the court with her. It’s been great,” said Murray, who has reached at least the semi-finals on his last five appearances at the All England Club. Goffin, 23, is ranked at 104 and enjoyed a run to the third round in 2012. That came just weeks after he recorded his best result at a major when he came through qualifying to make the fourth round at the French Open, before losing in four sets to Roger Federer.—AFP

Prize money of Peace Cup enhanced to Rs 700,000 KARACHI—The prize money of the second best equipped stadium where all kinds of Peace Cup Ramazan Floodlight Cricket Tournament was enhanced from Rs 100,000 to 700,000 by sponsors Arif Habib Group. Details of the second edition of the event were announced by Arif Habib, Chairman of his group of companies, Samad Habib, Director Sports Muhammad Iqbal and Test umpire Riazuddin, who is also Tournament Director at a press briefing held here at Karachi Gymkhana on Monday. President Karachi Gymkhana Ali Rahim was also present on the occasion. Arif Habib, who is an avid cricket follower and veteran player, said besides developing a modern Lawai Cricket Stadium, Naya Nazimabad, they would be embarking upon developing hockey, football and indoor games gymnasium at their huge 12KM project. He said Lawai Stadium is one of the

cricket is being played from schools to clubs level and himself play there every Sunday. Director Sports Muhammad Iqbal, himself a former first class said a delegation of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had visited to inspect the ground facilities after they offered to host match of domestic circuit. He expressed the hope that PCB would be allocating Inter Region Under-19 and Grade-II matches to their Naya Nazimabad Stadium. He said they are awaiting for NOC from PCB for holding the event which they hoped to get within a couple of days. Tournament Director Riazuddin said matches of the event will be starting on June 27 to cover 31-matches. Umer Cricket Club will defend their title in the event.—APP

2nd Investec Test: Mathews heroics imperil England H EADINGLEY —Angelo Mathews summoned a career-best innings power and fortitude to raise Sri Lanka’s hopes of victory in the Headingley Test, and with it the series, as they left England’s attack weary and browbeaten on a pitch that allowed then no release. When Sri Lanka’s innings ended seven overs after tea, England faced a daunting target of 350. It would be the second highest fourth-innings score ever achieved at Headingley, dwarfed only by Australia’s 414 for 3 in 1948. England have a reshaped batting lineup and a captain searching for form;

Australia had Don Bradman. Mathews himself came to grief on 160, mistiming a full toss from James Anderson to Moeen Ali at midwicket. Anderson followed up by bowling the last man, Nuwan Pradeep, first ball, but the momentum remained with Sri Lanka. Mathews, displaying measured power and a calculating mind, played brilliantly. Alongside him throughout the afternoon Rangana Herath was unyielding alongside him, were only separated off the final ball of the afternoon session.

The stand between Mathews and Herath was only one run short of equalling the record in Tests on this ground when it was broken by a run-out. Mathews struck Moeen Ali too firmly to mid-on, changed his mind on a single that would have brought up his 150 and Herath, stranded in mid-pitch, was run out by Joe Root’s direct hit. Mathews played brilliantly. He was both brave and innovative against Liam Plunkett, who posed England’s greatest threat, either hooking the short balls or making room to carve through the leg side. —Agencies

SCOREBOARD Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 257 England 1st Innings: . 3 6 5 Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (overnight: 214-4) Karunaratne c Prior b Plunkett ........................ 45 Silva c Prior b Plunkett .. 13 Sangakkara lbw b Ali ..... 55 Jayawardene c Prior b Anderson ..................... 79 Thirimanne lbw b Ali ....... 0 Mathews not out ......... 149 Chandimal c Ballance b Plunkett .......................... 7 Prasad c Root b Plunkett 0 Herath run out (Root) .... 48 Extras: (b5, lb10, w10, nb5) .................................. 30 Total: (8 wkts) ............... 426 Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-93, 3-172, 4-176, 5-268, 6-277, 7277, 8-426 Bowling: ............ O-M-R-W Anderson ............ 22-4-77-1 Broad ................... 29-6-86-0 Jordan .................. 28-8-79-0 D.I. KHAN: Tehsildar Haji Abdul Rasheed and MD Cheshma Bahoo Flour Mills Haji Muhammad Shakil & Ahmad Plunkett ............. 28-2-101-4 Nawaz Malizai giving away winning Young Eleven Football trophy during Shaheed Police Football Tournament. Ali ......................... 19-0-68-2

HEADINGLEY: Dinesh Chandimal gets knocked off his feet during England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test

Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to close in on last 16 A LEGRE —Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation. Algeria´s first World Cup victory since 1982 moved them into second place in the group on three points behind Belgium, who beat Russia 1-0 earlier in the day to top the standings on six. South Korea and Russia, who drew 1-1 in their tournament opener, both have one point. The only Arab presence in the tournament, the ´Desert Foxes´ have never made it past the first round but are now in pole position to earn a spot in the knockout phase. Belgium have already booked one of the group´s two slots in the last 16.After seeing a 28-year World Cup goal drought end in a 2-1 loss to Belgium in their opener, the Algerians unleashed a goal scoring spree

on the Koreans, Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoumene Djabou all finding the net in an astonishing first half display of all-out attacking football. South Korea, however, were not about to throw in the towel and started the second half with an urgency missing at the start, Son Heung-min driving a low shot past Rais Mbolhi to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Asians continued to press forward and Ki Sung-yeung forced a sensational diving save from Mbolhi with a thundering long range shot. On the back foot, Algeria took the steam out of the Korean rally when Yacine Brahimi netted on the counter-attack making them the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match. The end-to-end action continued, the never-say-die Koreans pulling another one back in 72nd minute when Koo Ja-cheol scored from a scramble in front of the Algerian net to make it 4-2.—AFP

MANAUS: Portugal’s Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side’s second goal and tie the game 2-2 during the group G World Cup match between the USA and Portugal.

FIFA bans Cameroon’s Alex Song for 3 matches

Varela scores in injury time to earn a draw for Portugal M ANAUS —Portugal snatched a dramatic day would see both teams advance.

R IO D E J ANEIRO —FIFA equaliser deep into injury time to force a 2has banned Cameroon midfielder Alex Song for three games for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back during a 4-0 loss on Wednesday. Song was already automatically suspended for Cameroon’s final Group A match against Brazil on

ALEGRE: Algeria players mob Rafik Halliche after his towering header gave them a 20 lead against South Korea.

Countdown starts for World Cup 2nd round RIO DE JANEIRO—Monday signals the start being to cut in from the right side and then of four days of make-or-break matches at the World Cup, with teams either advancing to the second round or booking their flights home. Four games will be played every day, with each group playing its last two games simultaneously. All 32 teams are in action. Some have already qualified for the last 16, while others know they are playing their last match in Brazil. That’s certainly the case for Monday’s first pair of matches. The Netherlands and Chile meet to decide which of these already qualified teams finishes top of Group B, while defending world champion Spain and Australia are playing only for pride. Group winners are rewarded by playing the runner-up - in theory, a weaker opponent - from another group in the second round. By contrast, competition in Group A is live, with only Cameroon already out of contention. Host nation Brazil only needs a draw against Cameroon to be sure of advancing, while Croatia and Mexico meet for a winnertakes-all match. Arjen Robben, who scored twice in the 51 rout of world champion Spain, will be the player to watch when the Dutch go looking for at least a draw against Chile to seal top spot in Group B. His pace and dribbling are among the very best in the business, with his trademark move

shoot with his left foot. However, Robben will have to manage without his usual partner up front, Robin van Persie, who is serving a one-match suspension. Center back Bruno Martins Indi has also been ruled out with a concussion. For Chile, the team’s star midfielder Arturo Vidal has said he is fit to play, following a combination of knee surgery last month and a right Achilles tendon injury picked up in the tournament. He had to be substituted in both group games to date. Venue: Sao Paulo. Kickoff 1 p.m. local time (Noon in New York, 5 p.m. London, 1 a.m. Tokyo)

GOODBYE SPAIN It’s still hard to believe the team that won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 has been bundled out of contention after just two games in Brazil. Spain’s exit is set to herald the end of a few international careers - David Villa has already announced his retirement - and a younger generation is ready to come through. That could begin on Monday with a starting role for 22-year-old midfielder Koke. Australia will be without its inspirational forward Tim Cahill, whose superb volley in a 3-2 loss to the Netherlands is still a candidate for goal of the tournament. Cahill is suspended, while midfielders Mark Bresciano and Mark Milligan are unlikely to be fit.—AFP

Monday. FIFA says Song will complete his ban in Cameroon’s next two official matches. After Cameroon’s almost certain World Cup elimination Monday, it plays 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September against Ivory Coast and Congo. FIFA’s disciplinary committee also fined the Barcelona midfielder 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,300). Song was sent off in the 40th minute when Croatia led 1-0.—AP

Iran, Nigeria could face lottery to advance R IO D E J ANEIRO —After three games at the World Cup, it could come down to a lottery to decide which of two teams advances to the second round. Because of their previous results in Brazil, and the quirks of the FIFA tiebreaker system, there’s a possibility that Iran and Nigeria will face exactly that scenario after their last group games on Wednesday. If Iran beats BosniaHerzegovina 1-0 and Nigeria loses 1-0 to Argentina, the teams would be tied with four points and exactly the same number of goals scored and conceded. The teams drew 0-0 in their first game against each other, meaning the only remaining tiebreaker would be a drawing of lots. FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said the lottery would be held at the Maracana stadium 90 minutes after their games finish.—AP

2 draw with the United States and keep their World Cup hopes flickering. Silvestre Varela headed in a cross from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus to grab a vital point. The last-gasp leveller deprived the United States of a famous win which would have seen them complete a remarkable qualification from Group G, which also includes Germany and Ghana. It also saved Ronaldo and Portugal from an embarrassing first round elimination from a group they were firmly expected to qualify from. The result leaves the United States and Germany level on four points in Group G, with Portugal and Ghana on one apiece. A draw between the Germans and Americans in the final round of matches on Thurs-

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann hailed his team´s heroic display. “Obviously the last second is unfortunate but my guys were magnificent,” he said. “We just have to get a result against Germany. My guys went to the limit but now they have to pick themselves up and despite this result we will go into the game with a lot of confidence.” Portugal winger Nani had shot the Europeans into the lead on five minutes but Klinsmann´s side rallied thereafter and dominated for long periods. They got their reward when Jermaine Jones equalised on 64 minutes with a rasping shot. Then nine minutes from time Dempsey chested in a cross to put the US 2-1 up. It seemed as if that would be enough for victory but Portugal poured forward with one last desperate attack to score.— AFP

Balotelli alone may not be enough to keep Italy in


(Brazil)—Mario Balotelli alone may not be enough to keep Italy in the World Cup. Coach Cesare Prandelli has indicated that he plans to add Ciro Immobile in attack alongside Balotelli in the Azzurri’s showdown with Uruguay on Tuesday. Prandelli says Immobile is “a modern forward who knows how to attack deep, move between the lines and has a feeling for the goal inside the area. ... He’s a forward who helps the squad.” Italy needs either a win or a draw to advance from Group D. Immobile led Serie A with 22 goals for Torino - none of them penalties - before completing a transfer to Borussia Dortmund days before flying to Brazil.—AP

Villa gets nod in last Spain match vs Australia C URITIBA (Brazil)—David Villa was selected to start his last international match for Spain, which made seven changes to its starting lineup to face Australia in a World Cup Group B match between two teams already out of contention in Brazil. Villa was aiming to add to his record tally of 58 goals in his 97th - and final - appearance for Spain, which exits after a disappointing World Cup defense that opened with losses to Netherlands and Chile. Andres Iniesta earns his 100th cap for Spain, with goalkeeper Pepe Reina making his World Cup debut as a replacement for captain Iker Casillas. Defenders Raul Albiol and Juanfran Torres, PITTSBURGH: US soccer fans at The Claddagh Irish Pub react as Portugal scores to midfielders Santi Cazorla tie the score at 2-2 with less than one minute remaining during a World Cup soccer and Koke, and striker match against the United States. Fernando Torres were all starting for the first time in Brazil. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has played just 12 minutes in Brazil, was left on the bench following a training ground spat with coach Vicente del Bosque. S A O Brazil. Charles Aranguiz, who has a minor Adam Taggart replaces P A U L O — right knee sprain, will start the match in Sao suspended forward Tim Cahill in the Australia Chile has left Paulo. Coach Jorge Sampaoli brought in lineup, with Oliver Bozanic m i d f i e l d e r Felipe Gutierrez for Vidal. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was slotting in for veteran Arturo Vidal midfielder Mark Bresciano. out of its forced to juggle his lineup because captain s t a r t i n g Robin van Persie is suspended and defender Lineups: Australia: Mat lineup for the Bruno Martins Indi is out with a concusRyan, Ryan McGowan, Jason Davidson, Matthew World Cup sion. Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Group B de- Lineups: Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Daryl Matt McKay, Mile Jedinak, cider against Oliver Bozanic, Tommy Oar, the Nether- Janmaat, Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij; Nigel de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, lands. Matthew Leckie, Adam T h e Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt; Taggart. Spain: Pepe Reina, Sergio J u v e n t u s Jeremain Lens. Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Ramos, Raul Albiol, Jordi star underAlba, Juanfran Torres, Koke, went knee Eugenio Mena, Francisco Silva, Gary Medel; Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla, surgery last Gonzalo Jara, Charles Aranguiz, Marcelo month and Diaz, Felipe Gutierrez; Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta, Fernando has hurt his right Achilles tendon while in Eduardo Vargas.—AP Torres, David Villa.—AP

Vidal out of Chile team for Netherlands match

Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism


N a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children. “Ours is third study to specifically link autism spectrum disorders to pesticide exposure, whereas more papers have demonstrated links with developmental delay,” said lead author Shelton, from University of California, Davis. There needs to be more research before scientists can say that pesticides cause autism, she told Reuters Health in an email. But pesticides all affect signaling between cells in the nervous system, she added, so a direct link is plausible. California is one of only a few states in the U.S. where agricultural pesticide use is rigorously reported and mapped. For the new study, the researchers used those maps to track exposures during pregnancy for the mothers of 970 children. The children included 486 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 168 with a developmental delay and 316 with typical development. Developmental delay, in which children take extra time to reach communication, social or motor skills milestones, affects about four percent of U.S. kids, the authors write. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children has an ASD, also marked by deficits in social interaction and language. In the new study, about a

third of mothers had lived within a mile of fields treated with pesticides, most commonly organophosphates. Children of mothers exposed to organophosphates were 60 percent more likely to have an ASD than children of non-exposed mothers, the authors report in Environmental Health Perspectives. Autism risk was also increased with exposure to socalled pyrethroid insecticides, as was the risk for developmental delay. Carbamate pesticides were linked to developmental delay but not ASDs. For some pesticides, exposure seemed to be most important just before conception and in the third trimester, but for others it didn’t seem to matter when during pregnancy women were exposed. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan speculated that the pesticides probably drifted from crops through the air, and that’s how pregnant women were exposed. The new study did not measure airborne pesticide levels, however. Landrigan directs the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and was not involved in the new study. “We already knew from animal studies as well as from epidemiologic studies of women and children that prenatal exposure (to pesticides) is associated with lower IQ,” Landrigan told Reuters Health. “This study builds on that, uses the population of a whole state, looks at multiple different pesticides and finds a pattern of wide association between pesticide exposure and developmental disability.”

Poetess Dr Lubna Salman presenting her book “Aks Dar Aks’ to renowned poet Professor Sahar Ansari during launching ceremony at Karachi Arts Council. Film star Zeba Bukhtair and others are also seen in the picture.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

MQM condemns police maltreatment with PAT workers STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri hold demonstration at Numaish Chowrangi.—PO photo

CM asks Fed Govt to return share from unutilised GID Cess STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh government expressed its reservation over the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess and decided to approach federal government to distribute the collected money among the provinces under the Article 161 of the constitution. This was decided in the meeting presided by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah held at CM House Karachi Monday. Advisor to CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary Law Mir Muhammad Shaikh, Assistant Advocate General Sindh and other officers attended the meeting. The Advisor for Finance while brief-

ing the meeting, said that Gas Infrastructure Development Cess was imposed by federal government through legislation in the National Assembly in 2011 and it was supposed to be utilized for Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) Gas Pipe Line and Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline. He said that since 2011 to outgoing financial year collected amount of Rs131 billion had not been utilized because of the fate of projected gas lines as such this amount was lying with federal government, which must be distributed among the provinces under the Article 161 of constitution. The CM asked the officers concerned to approach the federal government for getting provincial share from this Cess with proper justification.

Movement’s (MQM) Coordination Committee strongly condemned brutally manhandling of Punjab police to workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in twin cities and other parts of the province. The Committee said government got panicked after hearing about return of PAT Chief Allama Tahir Ul Qadri. Police maltreatment with PAT activists in Khanna Bridge, I-Teen and Koral Chowk would definitely damage democracy and could lead another possible adventure of anti-democratic elements. It said PAT workers had all rights to welcome their leader and practice political norms. Government should stop using state machinery to suppress its opponents and victimizing them for its political achievements.

4 tortured bodies found from Baldia STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Four bodies were recovered from Baldia Town Monday. Police had shifted the bodies to hospital for medicolegal procedures. According to details, Police had on information recovered bodies of 4 fateful whose peripheries were tied up with rope and eyes were covered with black strips. Sings of torture were prominent and the bodies were riddled with bullets of 9mm pistol.Police could ascertain the identities of the deceased as yet and would be handed to families later.

Qaim invites Aussie investors for power, agri sectors STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah invited public and private sector of Australia to avail investment opportunities and lucrative incentives of tax holiday and other facilities here in Sindh in the interest of both sides. This he offered while talking to the High Commissioner of Australia Peter Heyward, who called on him at CM House Monday. The CM said that there were lot of opportunities of investment in Sindh, which in-cluded investment in coal and wind-based power generation, investment in education sector especially at education city in Karachi, agriculture development and export of agro products such as mangoes, sapota (cheeko) and other verities of fruits and food grain. He said that Sindh was blessed with huge qualitative

coal reserves at Tharparkar and Agriculture sector having good potential of investment. He said that at present so many other countries had expressed their interest of investment and we had signed memorandum of understanding with many of them. Some countries had also started working in power generation projects. He said that Sindh government will welcome the any investment from public or pri-vate sectors of Australia and even we were ready to provide the platform of public-private partnership mode of investment just to build the confidence of the companies intend to invest. While talking about the security problem, the CM said that after launching targeted operation against the terrorists, kidnappers, target killers and extortionist, the overall law and order situation had been much improved. Problem of law and or-

der in some parts of Karachi had been created because of influx of inhabitants of other province in Karachi after Swat operation in 2009 and added that many of them did not went back but stayed at Karachi and created problem. He said that now the situation had been controlled and we were after the terrorists, criminals, who were on run. In addition to Karachi, there was conducive atmosphere for investment, trade and commerce activities in rest of Sindh. The High Commissioner of Australia Peter Heyward while talking in the meeting ex-pressed his interest specially investment in coal-based energy power projects, agriculture development and import and export of agro products and fruits like mango to his country. He also expressed his satisfaction over the steps taken by the Government for maintain law and order.

Sharjeel condemns Dr Qadri, Fed Govt for ‘drama’ at Lahore airport STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Minister for information, archives and local government Sharjeel Innam Memon said he would personally condemn Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Ul Qadri for keeping the Emirate Airliner plane as hostage for 9 hours. He said the air traffic was already reduced in Pakistan while the whole drama staged by Dr Qadri in which he had held a foreign airliner’s plane as hostage for over 9 hours was tantamount to ruining image of Pakistan internationally. The Minister equally alleged federal government for being part of that drama at Lahore airport and said that federal govt had failed to show signs of serenity in its attitude and had utterly failed to deal with such situations amicably. He said Pakistan People’s Party had dealt with a more serious situation in Islamabad during a 5-day long sit-in by Dr Qadri and his

followers and the PPP had amicably resolved the situation politically. He said the country was passing through drastic hostile situation of terrorism and could not affird such blunders and dramas and hence the federal government and Dr Qadri should avoid staging such dramas in future. He said PPP would never become part of any adventurous move against democracy and the mandate of Pakistan Muslim leagueNawaz should be respected. All the disputes and issues should be resolved through political dialogue. The Minister said that whatever was screened in Islamabad on Monday morning was owing to the federal government and Dr Qadri and both were responsible for the panicking situation in the country, which deserved due condemnation. In reply to a question, Memon said that it was not necessary for Muttahida Qaumi Movement to follow the footsteps of PPP and vice versa.

Convert British music star Ashley Anthony advises Muslim youths to uphold Islamic values, shun sectarianism AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The dire consequences of the absence of Islam as the governing system of today’s society are manifesting themselves in all aspects of our lives, this was stated by the renowned British Rap Music Star, Ashley Anthony Chin who has converted to Islam as Muslim Belal. Talking to the media people at after his lecture to the general masses at Dreamworld Family Resort on Sunday evening, Belal said that the detrimental effects of not having the Islamic social system can be felt regardless of whether we live in the Muslim lands or elsewhere. There is nothing more painful than seeing our youth grow up amidst a non-Islamic atmosphere leading, in some cases, to Muslim youth losing their Islamic identity, their values and even their Deen. He

advised the youth of Pakistan to adhere to Islamic values in true spirit. He expressed his dismay over creating many sects in Islam who depict their own type of religion. “Although most of us would strive to maintain our Islamic identity within our family, we sometimes overlook who our youth are associating with when they are outside the house or on the computer. Islam has given us a road map to navigate through our lives in order to succeed both in Dunya and Akhirah. We must always abide by the hukm sharai’ in all aspects of our lives and choosing the right friends is no exception. Belal who was born in Gypsy Hill, London, England is visiting Pakistan on special invitation by the Dreamworld Family Resort and has arranged a public meeting at Dreamworld. Belal achieved an A grade in GCSE drama and left school at the age of 15 in 1999,

and embraced Islam at the age of 19. In 1999, he began his acting career in the BBC film Storm Damage directed by Lennie James. He then made his theatre debut as the role of Young Mal in Roy Williams’ Lift Off at the Royal Court Theatre. Since his conversion to Islam Chin has adopted the name Muslim Belal. In December 2005, under this stage name, he performed at the inaugural Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre organised by Islam Channel at the Islam Expo in Olympia, London. In February and March 2009, he toured with otherNasheed artists including Mecca2Medina and Poetic Pilgrimage on the “I am Malcolm X Tour”. In 2009, he released From the Streets to Islam, a CD in which he is being interviewed and responds to the questions by rapping. This was a preview to launching his first album Pray Hard, released August 2009,

under Halal Dawa Records. In October and November 2009, he supported Shaam on their UK tour. In October 2010, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event where he also released his second album The Transition. In November 2013, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event, where he also released his very best of compilation album Black Slave. His poetry combines spiritualism with social issues and his own personal history. Chin also works as a life coach and delivers workshops and talks at youth clubs, universities and events. In his visit to Pakistan he delivers lectures and record few TV interviews at Dreamworld Family Resort, Karachi. He has visited many countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Pakistan, etc. His mother and elder sister have also converted to Islam. In February 2014, Belal has also set up a charity NGO ABC Life.

Dr Pirzada condoles with Dr Mateen’s death STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor Ziauddin University in his condolence on the sad demise of noted academician Prof. Dr. Mateen Ahmed Khan, has said that he was one of our most distinguished educationists. I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Dr. Mateen. May Allah rest his soul in peace. In his condolence message, Dr. Pirzada Qasim said “Dr. Mateen’s sad demise is a great personal loss for me. He was one for whom I had the highest regard. Dr. Mateen was a scholar who had a deep understanding of our culture and values. He was one of our most distinguished educationists. His services in the field of administrative sciences and in establishment of IBA will always be remembered.”

Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism


N a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children. “Ours is third study to specifically link autism spectrum disorders to pesticide exposure, whereas more papers have demonstrated links with developmental delay,” said lead author Shelton, from University of California, Davis. There needs to be more research before scientists can say that pesticides cause autism, she told Reuters Health in an email. But pesticides all affect signaling between cells in the nervous system, she added, so a direct link is plausible. California is one of only a few states in the U.S. where agricultural pesticide use is rigorously reported and mapped. For the new study, the researchers used those maps to track exposures during pregnancy for the mothers of 970 children. The children included 486 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 168 with a developmental delay and 316 with typical development. Developmental delay, in which children take extra time to reach communication, social or motor skills milestones, affects about four percent of U.S. kids, the authors write. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children has an ASD, also marked by deficits in social interaction and language. In the new study, about a

third of mothers had lived within a mile of fields treated with pesticides, most commonly organophosphates. Children of mothers exposed to organophosphates were 60 percent more likely to have an ASD than children of non-exposed mothers, the authors report in Environmental Health Perspectives. Autism risk was also increased with exposure to socalled pyrethroid insecticides, as was the risk for developmental delay. Carbamate pesticides were linked to developmental delay but not ASDs. For some pesticides, exposure seemed to be most important just before conception and in the third trimester, but for others it didn’t seem to matter when during pregnancy women were exposed. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan speculated that the pesticides probably drifted from crops through the air, and that’s how pregnant women were exposed. The new study did not measure airborne pesticide levels, however. Landrigan directs the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and was not involved in the new study. “We already knew from animal studies as well as from epidemiologic studies of women and children that prenatal exposure (to pesticides) is associated with lower IQ,” Landrigan told Reuters Health. “This study builds on that, uses the population of a whole state, looks at multiple different pesticides and finds a pattern of wide association between pesticide exposure and developmental disability.”

PML-N govt has put country on road to progress, prosperity OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Provincial Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that PML-N government has put the country on the road to progress and prosperity in a year but political opponents want to derail the development process. He said that the nation has seen the real face of Tahirul Qadri on his arrival in the country and it has become fully aware that chaos and power is the manifesto of Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri. Talking to media outside Punjab Assembly, Monday, Law Minister said that being foreigner in what capacity Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri can ask for security from PakArmy. He said that Tahir-ulQadri had been demanding security while sitting in an aeroplane at Lahore Airport but he was not worried about the security of his political workers standing on roads and outside airport. He said that Punjab government had made special security arrangements for the protection of these innocent people at Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore but the way the workers of Awami Tehrik and Ch Pervaiz Elahi who is trying to gain political mileage by relying upon Tahirul-Qadri, damaged public property in Rawalpindi and tried to

Dr Qadri wants to create unrest: Saad LAHORE—Federal Minister

Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri visited Jinnah Hospital and inquired after the health of his Party workers who were injured at Model Town tragic incident.

PES provides services LAHORE—Punjab Emergency Service (PES) on Monday provided rescue services to the victims of 545 road accidents in Punjab during the last 24 hours. According to Rescue 1122, six persons were killed while 491 sustained serious injuries in these accidents. However, 255 drivers, 14 juvenile drivers, 83 pedestrians and 366 passengers were among the victims of these accidents. The statistics showed that 98 accidents were reported in the city which affected 109 persons placing the provincial capital at top of the list followed by 53 accidents in Faisalabad with 66 victims and Multan at third position with 46 accidents and 61 victims. As many as, 450 motorcycles, 62 rickshaws, 58 cars, 25 vans, eight buses, 15 trucks and 64 other vehicles and slowmoving carts were involved in these accidents.—APP

10 dev schemes of Rs7.936b approved LAHORE—The Punjab government on Monday approved 10 development schemes of different development sectors with an estimated cost of Rs7.936 billion. These schemes were approved in the 45th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Muhammad Irfan Elahi, says P&D Spokesman. Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting. According to Spokesman P&D, the approved development schemes included: Establishment of Public Private Partnership Cell in the P&D Department (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 879.412 million, Water Resources Development (through Construction of 200 Mini Dams along with Command Area Development) of Potohar Region, Barani Areas of Punjab (Revised 400 Mini Dams) at the cost of Rs. 1108.450 million, Establishment of Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot at the cost of Rs. 1422.97 million, Widening / Improvement of Sialkot Eminabad Road km No 0/0 to 61/90 length 61.90 km District Sialkot & Gujranwala.—INP

for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri was apparently hatching conspiracies to create unrest in the country. Talking to a private TV channel, he said at a time when Army was fighting agianst terrorists, Tahirul Qadri was busy in conspiring to create law and order situation. Khawaja Saad said the government did not want to arrest Dr Tahirul Qadri, adding the government would provide foolproof security to him. He said that Dr Tahirul Qadri usually changed his vision and opinions with the passage of time.—APP

LDA demolishes illegal construction LAHORE—Lahore Development Authority (LDA) special squad during an operation demolished various illegal structures of commercial and residential buildings in Allama Iqbal Town area on Monday. According to the LDA spokesman, LDA teams razed 09 structures including illegal 3rd floor of Asad Centre Moon Market, illegal 7 shops at plot no. 987 Ravi Block, second floor at plot no. 22 Gulshan Block while ground floor was sealed, illegally constructed 1st floor at plot no. 3 Gulshan Block, 1st floor Plot no. 13 Pak Block, illegal construction at Plot no 27 Hunza Block, 3 shops at Plot no. 266 Hunza Block, illegal sheds of China market on Plot no. 288/ 13 to 288/48 Sikandar Block while Plot no. 20 Pak Block was sealed due to illegal addition/alteration.—APP

take over control of Benazir Airport, created threats to airport security and the aeroplane of Emirates Airline had to be

Ahmed Khan said that due to childish act of Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistan has become laughing stock and it has further dam-

Pak-Army in operation Zarb-eAzb therefore this message should be conveyed to the world that Pakistani nation is

Provincial Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan talking to newsmen inside Assembly building. diverted to Lahore Airport but the so-called (revolutionary leader) staged a drama after landing. Rana Mashhood

aged the image of the country. He said that it was stance of Punjab government that the entire nation should stand by

united against terrorism. He said that despite rowdyism and injuring of police officials by the workers of Awami

back to the country besides chanting slogans. A road commuter Irfan Khalid told APP, that he had to go Lahore airport to receive his relatives who were returning the country but he could not leave for the airport as the roads were blocked. Another citizen said that there was huge traffic mess at Thokar Niaz Baig and nearby the Jinnah Hospital owing to the visit of PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri, adding that gatherings of PAT workers outside the hospital also irked the people who came there to enquire about the health of their beloved ones while the ambulances were also seen struggling to reach the destination, he added.—APP

goes to democratic vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

Qadri-Chaudhries’ alliance has become laughing stock OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Provincial Minister Bilal Yasin and Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique have said that Qadri and Chaudhries alliance has become laughing stock all over the world and the drama of Maulana has given nothing to the people except wasting their time. Whose agenda Tahir-ul-Qadri is acting upon, they questioned. They said neither there has been any role of Tahirul-Qadri in the past nor it would be in future. They said that same is the case of Ch. Brothers and they want to come into power through backdoor. In a statement, Bilal Yasin and Khawaja Salman Rafique said that there is a democratic government in the coun-

try and Pakistan is making rapid progress. They said that entire nation is united in the war against terrorism and the brave soldiers of Pak-Army are sacrificing their lives for safeguarding the motherland in operation Zarb-e-Azb. They said that every Pakistani is wondering whose agenda Maulana is acting upon and why he does not want to see the country progressing. Bilal Yasin and Salman Rafique said that Maulana wants to create chaos and anarchy in the country in the name of so-called revolution. They said that every citizen is deeply grieved over the tragic incident of Model Town. They said that on the request of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, judicial commission has started its work and in the light of its re-

port, deterrent punishment will be awarded to the persons responsible for this tragedy. They said that the way workers of Awami Tehrik damaged public property and tortured police officials in Rawalpindi is highly condemnable. Would Maulana, travelling in business class, like to tell the nation what kind of revolution he wants to bring, they questioned. Bilal Yasin and Salman Rafique advised Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri to show sense of responsibility in the present circumstances and will have to remain careful from political dwarfs. They said that people rightly ask Ch Pervaiz Elahi to tell what kind of cruelty he committed during his tenure and whether the tragic incident of Lal Masjid did not occur during his tenure.

LHC dismisses petition of Rai Zulfiqar LAHORE—The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed a petition challenging the election of 12 representatives of West Zone Cricket Association (WZCA) of Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) held on June 2. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan dismissed the petition filed by President, WZCA, Rai Zulifqar Ahmad. The petitioner through his petition submitted that the LCCA comprised of three zones and the representatives of these zones were eligible to take part in the election of LCCA. He submitted that WZCA council meeting was held on June 2 at Pakistan Cricket Board premises wherein 12 representatives of the zone were elected under the supervision of

Director Operations, Pakistan Cricket Board. The petitioner contended that the meeting of the council was illegal and as a result the election was also illegal. However, PCB’s counsel, Taffazul Rizvi, opposed the contentions raised through the petition. He contended that the elections of WZCA representatives were held as per rules and regulations. He contended that the petitioner attached forged documents with the petition to support his stance. He pleaded the court to dismiss the petition. The court after hearing arguments of the both parties dismissed the petition.—APP

PAT gatherings irk people LAHORE—Residents of the provincial metropolitan had to face problems owing to the arrival of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri at Allama Iqbal Airport as the PAT activists marched towards the airport to welcome their leader. Traffic mess at all adjacent roads to airport in the city including, The Mall, Airport Road, Ferozepur Road, and Thokar Niaz Baig, was also observed due to gatherings of the PAT workers who were also seen arguing with the policemen. The PAT activists were approaching Allama Iqbal International Airport to welcome their leader Tahirul Qadri who came

Tehrik in Rawalpindi, police displayed restraint. He said that the credit of peaceful end of the drama staged by Tahir-ul-Qadri

A vendor arranging fresh vegetables to attract customers at his roadside setup.