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Imran pledges to build new Pakistan Makes six promises with nation SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Saturday showed its political strength in Lahore ahead of May 11, 2013 general elections, as the party held massive public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan in which around 80,000 party office bearers from across the country apart from a large number of people hailing from different walks of life participated. The PTI leadership termed the gathering as a historical moment in the country’s political history, LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan waves to crowd during a large public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan ground on that has laid the foundation of a new Pakistan. Saturday. Cricket legend-turned politician Imran Khan led around 100,000 flag-waving supporters amid musical show and slogans of Prime

Exclusive Karachi delimitations alone smack of anti-MQM plot: Altaf IRFAN ALIGI

K ARACHI —The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain had said that he did not have any trust on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The MQM SHEIKHUPURA—At least 25 Chief had stated this while people, including women rejecting the decision that and children were killed and the ECP had announced to more than 70 others injured demarcate the eleven elecafter a passenger bus toral constituencies in collided with an electricity Karachi of which three were pole on Faisalabad road, of national while the rest were here on Saturday. of the provincial profiles. The According to Rescue MQM Chief had showed se1122 officials, the passenrious reservations on that deger bus fell on the road cision and had termed it was after the collision leaving tantamount to depriving the almost 25 people killed and more than 70 others injured. The bus was traveling to Faisalabad from Sheikhupura. Women and children were among the dead in sad STAFF REPORTER accident. The bus, registration number LRO-6078, was L AHORE —Former Speaker on its way to Faisalabad National Assembly Syed from Sialkot for a religious Fakhar Imam called on Presipilgrim. dent Pakistan Muslim The incident occurred League-N Muhammad due to the over speeding of Nawaz Sharif and Punjab the bus; they said. The bus Chief Minister Muhammad was overloaded as many Shahbaz Sharif at Model passengers were sitting on Town, Saturday and joined Continued on Page 6 Pakistan Muslim League-N. He expressed his confidence in the leadership of President Pakistan Muslim League-N. Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the decision of Syed Fakhar

23 killed as bus hits power pylon

Fakhar Imam joins PML-N

Any external force has no right of govt accountability: Nawaz

STAFF REPORTER L AHORE—Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said that elected government is accountable to the people, while army and any external force has no right for accountability of the government. While addressing a gathering here at Jamia Naeemia on Saturday, Nawaz said that we all must strive for better Pakistan. He said bad governance has defamed the country’s image abroad. ‘We need to decide what type of Pakistan we need and Pakistani nation should unite and place Pakistan on the top of the agenda,’ he said. Raising concerns about the country’s future, Nawaz

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MQM from the mandate of the people it had been enjoying for the last two and a half decades. Hussain said that the ECP had only chosen the port city where the MQM had been representing the masses of lower social classes, which he also termed was a conspiracy because the reasons were candid that the ECP wanted to divide the public mandate of the MQM and to marginalize the party’s vote bank. He warned that the people of the city and the workers of the MQM would never let that delimitation process happen and the con-

spiracy would be foiled. The MQM Chief also discussed the prevailing situation with the Co-Ordination Committees here in the country and in London and said that the decision of the ECP to re-define the electoral constituencies in Karachi was illegal and unconstitutional. He said that the ECP was taking prejudicial actions against the people of Karachi. People were forced to question the neutrality and impartiality of the ECP as it was taking illegal and unconstitutional steps while the elections were not far. Such

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Taliban threaten ex-President

Musharraf all set to arrive today D UBAI —Pakistan’s former Ishaq said that preparations military ruler Pervez Musharraf is all set to land in Karachi today (Sunday) morning to contest historic elections in May. The former military ruler also said that he was prepared to risk any danger to his life. All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Central Information Secretary Aasia

are in full swing to accord a historic welcome to their party chief. People of Karachi will receive the APML chief in an unprecedented historic manner, said Aasia Musharraf, who seized power in 1999 and left the country after stepping down in 2008, is wanted

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Nation celebrates Pakistan Day

ISLAMABAD—The nation celebrated 73rd Pakistan Day on Saturday with enthusiasm, fervour, high spirit and pledge to make Pakistan truly a democratic state. It was on this day in 1940 that the historic Pakistan Resolution was adopted in Lahore, which led to creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia. Special prayers were offered for the solidarity and integrity of the country at Mosques after Fajr prayers. The day dawned with 31 gun salute at the federal capital and 21 gun salutes in the provincial capitals. Change of guard cer-

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Filing of nomination papers begins today ISLAMABAD—Offices of District Returning Officers and Returning Officers will remain open on Sunday to receive nomination papers from the potential candidates for the National and Provincial Assemblies. According to Media reports, the process of filing

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B AGHDAD —The scars of US war in Iraq, some of them being horrible, are visible all around but a new, and vibrant, Iraq is all set to move ahead with deep roots in its centuries-old rich culture. The US invasion of Iraq, exactly a decade ago, with the first deadly missile strike on March 19, 2003, causing an estimated death toll of 200,000, has definitely failed to break the will of the proud Iraqis and they have genuinely stood up on their feet and with a style. “They think they have defeated us. But in

fact in final analysis, they stand defeated,” said an Editor of one of the largest-circulated newspapers confidently. The attackers had unleashed an assault in 2003 causing havoc to the infrastructure and a severe blow to the economy but Iraq is equipped with an unparalleled will and resilience to bounce back, this is the message one gets all around. Though all is not well yet the attempts to break Iraq into three is now a story of the past and barring a few stray incidents of attacks here and there the whole of the nation is all set to move ahead under the democrati-

cally-elected government to ther dent to the Iraqi version rebuild the country. of Al-Qaeda and a last nail in Iraq, like Pakistan and the coffin of extremism. To showcase the Iraqi resolve, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture has organized a series of activities and festivities to mark the Baghdad as Capital of Arab Culture 2013. This mega event being witnessed by a number of Ministers and senior functionaries of the Ministries of Culture of many Arab States reflects the resolve of the Government and the people of Iraq to assert the grandeur of the centuries-old culture of Iraq in all respects. other extremism-infested An interaction with some countries, may take a few prominent Iraqis revealed months more to cause a fur- that the monster of Shiite-

took bold decisions because he is is striving for securing future of coming generations. Since much of Khan’s support has come from young, middle class Pakistanis in the country’s major cities, he urged the youth not to afraid of anybody except Allah work sincerely for a bright futrure of the country. He criticized the United States drone attacks and said, “We want to clean up corruption. We want justice.” Khan hoped that the momentum from the tsunami plus rally will break the stranglehold of these two parties. He said he would not make falso promises and would tell the truth to the nation. Imran said Mian Sahid is

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First day of deliberations: ECP fails to tick caretaker PM STAFF REPORTER

travel to Islamabad during Earlier, the first round of the day, will be reaching the talks at the ECP ended withI SLAMABAD —The Election capital later on Saturday out a decision. The decision could not Commission of Pakistan evening. Bilal added that (ECP) ended consultative Isani was unable to take a be taken in the first round due meetings on Saturday without reaching a decision on the name of caretaker prime minister. The ECP will now reconvene again on this (Sunday) morning to finalise a name for the caretaker premier. The ECP member Roshan Isani, who was unable to

PML-N MPs body members react to govt letter to ECP STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission of Paki-

LAHORE—Members of Par- stan, Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan talking to media persons outliamentary Committee of Pakistan Muslim League-N for selection of caretaker Prime Minister Sardar Yaqub Nasir, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and Khawaja Saad Rafique in a joint statement regarding the letter written by members of government parliamentary committee to Election Commission have

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Iraq stands on its own feet, and with a style ZAHID MALIK

Minister Imran Khan. Imran Khan made six promises to nation before heavy rain that halted his speech. His promises are 1) I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan, 2) the PTI government will try to end the system of tyranny, 3) I will never take my money out of Pakistan, 4) I will never take personal benefit from government, nor will I allow my relatives to have personal benefits, 5) I will protect your tax money and 6) we will stand together with every Pakistani in or outside Pakistan. He asked party activists to remove him, if he not follow these promise. Before this, Imran said massive public participation in this gathering proves that change has come for a new Pakistan. He said he always

Sunni divide, an ugly head of which was seen in some parts of Pakistan as well, is subsiding and inter-marriages between the two communities are being witnessed in some parts of Iraq. The Under Secretary of the Ministry of Culture told this scribe that the Government planned a year-long celebration to demonstrate the cultural and archeological heritage of Iraq as a part of celebrations. These include a series of field trips for the visiting delegates to various historical sites and landmarks around Baghdad such as monuments, stat-

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morning flight due to a commitment. However, attempts to get on an afternoon flight were unsuccessful. He is now expected to board an evening flight to reach the federal capital. During their meetings on Saturday, Justice Riaz Kayani said that the ECP reviewed proposed candidates for the interim prime minister slot.

to the absence of the Sindh election commissioner, who will leave for Islamabad from Karachi at 7pm today. Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed told the media that the decision will be taken by tonight after the meeting resumes or by tomorrow “at any cost”. The meeting was headed

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Punjab Caretaker CM

Committee to deliberate on four names today STAFF REPORTER LAHORE —A meeting of the Punjab parliamentary committee is being held in the Committee Room “A” of Punjab Assembly on Sunday (today) to reach a consensus on the appointment of the caretaker Punjab Chief Minister. The parliamentary committee will finalise the name of the caretaker Punjab Chief Minister in terms of clause (3) of Article 224A of the Constitution. Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) has

given the names of Rana Sanaullah, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Iqbal Channar as members of the parliamentary committee while Pakistan People’s Party has nominated Ch. Shaukat Basra, Zulfikar Ali Gondal and Chaudhry Zahiruddin Khan for the panel, which would deliberate upon the caretaker Punjab Chief Minister. The PML-N had suggested the names of Justice (Retd.) Amir Raza Khan and Khawaja Zaheer, a former bureaucrat, for the slot of

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Landlord shot dead in Hafizabad

Tirah fighting displaced 80,000 people STAFF REPORTER

BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI P E S H A W A R — G o v e r n o r Khyber Pakthunkhwa Engr.

HAFIZABAD—A middle-aged Shaukatullah Khan has said landlord was shot at killed by two armed criminals yesterday. The motive of the offence could not be ascertained as yet. However, it is presumed that he was killed by his rivals. The police are investigating. According to police source, Syed Fiaz Ahmad, son of Iffat Ali was sitting in his ‘dera’ when two unidentified gunmen riding a bike opened indiscriminate firing resulting in his instantaneous death. The police started investigation into the murder of Fiaz Ahmad. ***** A minor girl in Atla Mirwan was forcibly raped by a young man of the same village. According to police source, 7-year-old Sumaira Bibi was alone in her house when a fiendish young man intruded into the house and forcibly subjected her to his animal lust. On the complaint of her father Haq Nawaz the police are investigating. ***** Two armed bandits deprived a villager of his bike, cell phone and cash at pistol point here. According to police source, Muhammad Asghar, son of, Nadeem, resident of Haveli Karimdad, was on way to his village. When he reached near Hinduana two armed dacoits intercepted him and snatched away his bike, cell phone and cash amount of Rs. 3000. The police are investigating. ***** A ninth class student Adil Shahzad was caught red-handed while using unfair means during Islamiyat paper in Kaleke Mandi.

that armed clashes between the banned rival militants outfits in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency has forced over 80,000 people to flee their homes in search of safer places. Talking to reporters after addressing distribution of Laptop among the position holder students of FATA here at Governor House, he said that, majority of the IDPs of Tirah valley have moved to Aurakzai agency while some of them have taken shelter with their relatives in Peshawar city area.

The FDMA authorities have been directed to provide the best possible help and assistance to the IDPs within their available resources. In reply to a question Governor Shaukatullah Khan said that blast occurred near the site of relief distribute point of WFP in Jalozai camp was being investigated from different aspects with main focus to ascertain as to why there was no security cordon on that particular day. He said proper steps have been taken to increase security measures in the camp and the distribution of relief items has been started again. To a question he informed that serious efforts

were underway for the recovery of the kidnapped Wapda employees and expressed the confidence that they would be recovered soon. The political administration and tribal elders have been directed to accelerate their efforts for safe recovery of the kidnapped employees. The government was in contact with the families of the Wapda employees. He said that he has ordered the concerned quarters to establish solar power computer labs in all the colleges and schools of the tribal areas. He told that annually 468 laptops would be given to position holder stu-

Governor Balochistan confers awards

Magsi rejects polls rigging impression in Balochistan Q UETTA —Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Governor Balochistan has categorically rejected the impression of any rigging in general elections 2013 in Balochistan. “Election Commission of Pakistan is completely authorized and independent in its decision, thus there must not be any ambiguity in the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in Balochistan,” Nawab Magsi said while talking to media here at Governor House. He said that Balochistan is not the only province faced with the poor law and order situation. He said that it is the re-

sponsibility of the interim available resources. To a government to ensure peace- question, he said that people are the best observer to say about the performance of the previous government. “Public could give better answer about the performance of the lawmakers whom they elected in 2008 polls,” he said. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Saturday conferred awards on six individuals belonging to various fields for their meritorious performance. Former MPAs, bureaucrats, members of civil society attended the ceremony held in connecful conduct of election across tion with Pakistan Day here the province by utilizing all at Governor House.—APP

Proposal to set up NFSC under consideration

dents of tribal areas comprising seven tribal agencies. Similarly the authorities have also been directed to make arrangement for the provision of same to the brilliant students of six FR regions. The distribution of laptops to shining tribal students would end their sense of deprivation as it were being given to students of other parts of the country. The Governor gave 43 laptops to top three each position holders of SSC and FA/FSc students belonging to seven tribal agencies at a special ceremony held at Governor House on Saturday. HYDERABAD: A group of students enjoying during a function at Sindh Museum to mark the Pakistan Day celebrations arranged by IMSA Institute.

No ghost schools in Talagang SHAFFAAT MALIK TALAGANG —School Survey Committee, formed on the directive of the Supreme Court, checked 440 schools in Tehsil Talagang and found the situation satisfactory as no ghost schools were traced out in entire Tehsil Talagang. The Committee, headed by Additional Sessions Judge, Talagang, Mian Muhammad Abdul Raffiq comprised Dy Education Officer Talagang Malik Arif; Assistant Education Officer (Headquarter) Malik Ahmed Nawaz Agral, President Bar Council Malik Nasir Jamal and Gen Secretary Bar Council Malik Riaz Mogla. Members of civil society welcomed this step of the committee and expressed satisfaction over the report that no ghost schools were found on the area; however, still a lot needs to be done to further improve the physical and academic condition of the schools. ***** Police Check-post at Mial, Talagang, seized heroin worth millions of rupees. According to details, Police Check-post Incharge Sub-Inspector Khalid Mehmood along with his team stopped a suspected car during snap checking. They found 15 Kg heroin under the back seats.

I SLAMABAD —A proposal is under consideration to set up a National Food Security Council (NFSC) for promoting diverse, affordable and nutritious food in the domestic market. The other objective of the council would be start food relating social protection schemes to reduce food insecurity. An official at Ministry of National Food Security and Research on Saturday said National Zero Hunger Programme based on success story of Brazil was also being worked out. He also highlighted the other measures STAFF REPORTER adopted to reduce food inse- WAH CANTT: Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, ex-Rector IIUI visiting books stalls after curity in the country.—APP inaugurating three day Book Fair at POF Central Library. PESHAWAR—A delegation of elders from the Frontier Region, Bannu called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukat Ullah at OUR CORRESPONDENT Ahsan Mahmood, Chairman fundamental theory on which has become the center of so- Governor’s House on SaturPOF Board, while addressing the foundation of Pakistan was cial, literary and educational day and apprised him some of W AH C ANTT —Students a colorful ceremony held at laid and should keep abreast activities and seeing such ac- the problems which the people should adopt the habit of book POF Central Library after the the youths about the tivities in the city, it is felt that of the area have been facing. reading in order to gain suc- inauguration of Mobile Li- thoughts of Quaid-e-Azam & POF administration is following The Deputy Commiscess in their practical life. POF brary, Iqbal Corner, Itfaal Cor- Allama Muhammad Iqbal. It the thoughts of Allama Iqbal sioner, Bannu, Syed Ahmad is the need of hour to seek and Quaid-e-Azam in its true Jan who also acts as Political administration is striving its ner and Book Fair. He said, “We shall have to guidance from the thoughts of letter and spirits. best to provide best platform Agent for F.R. Bannu also He further remarked that accompanied the delegation. to the youth in achieving the revive this lost tradition and Allama Iqbal. Prof. Fateh Muhammad beside producing arms & The delegation remained knowledge and it is the moral persuade the public especially obligation of the youths to give youths to spend maximum Malik, former Rector Interna- ammunition, POF administra- with him for sometime and preference to the book in their time in book reading. The POF tional Islamic university tion seems to promote firm- apprised the Governor about life. These views were ex- Chairman further remarked that Islamabad, who was the chief ness in the thoughts of their grievances being faced pressed by Lt Gen Muhammad we shall have to revive that guest, remarked that Wah Cantt youths by people of FR Bannu.

FR Bannu elders call on KP Governor

Students advised to inculcate habit of book reading

Pak Day celebrated in KP, FATA with new zeal, spirit STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Like other part of the country, the Pakistan Day was celebrated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA with great fervor and enthusiasm. In this connection Pakistan Tinhkers Forum and Janoon League Congress organized the Pakistan Day celebration here at Archive Hall with former Attorney General Abdul Hakeem was graced the occasion as the chief guest. The ceremony was attended by people from different walk of life, scholar, poet, writers who threw light on the sacrifices that had been rendered for the motherland. They said that the day of

23rd March has a great significance in the history of Pakistan therefore whole the nation should celebrate it with fervor and enthusiasm. The speakers said that March 23, 1940 is a landmark in the movement for Pakistan, the Muslims of the sub-continent adopted the Lahore Resolution which was the beginning of practical struggle for the creation of Pakistan under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. They stressed upon the people to follow the teachings of Quaide-Azam to make Pakistan a real Islamic welfare state. Earlier, national flag hoisting ceremony was also held at different places like Jinnah

Academy on main GT Road, followed by declamation contests. The contest was won by Bushra Wadood. Principal of the Jinnah Academy Wadood Khan was the chief guest. He also gave away trophies and certificates to the participants of the declamation contest held in connection with the Pakistan Day celebration. The Pakistan Day was celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm to commemorate passage of the objective resolution which laid the basis for the creating of Pakistan. The day dawn with a 21 gunsalute in the provincial capital and the special prayers were offered at the mosques for progress and prosperity of the

country. The national flag hoisted on important public and private buildings throughout the province and FATA. The day has already been declared a public holiday to facilitate the people for participating in day related activities. Various governments, political, cultural, social and other organizations have various programs to mark the day in a befitting manner. Meanwhile, Caretaker Chief Minister Justice(R) Tariq Pervez Khan in his Pakistan Day message said that Pakistan has been established to live forever and Inshallah, it will remain intact till the Day of Judgment. However, he underscored the need for pro-

moting brotherhood, tolerance and elimination of hatreds from the society so that to get it rid of the challenges facing the country today. Justice (R) Tariq Pervez Khan said the Day demanded us of making the pledge to make this country a citadel of peace and resolute of the problems with consensus. He said unluckily the country was plunged into problems of terrorism and militancy which coughed up hundreds of innocent lives and the blood was being shed from both sides. Violence could not be eliminated with violence but through peaceful means, he said, adding, that big issues.

Democracy roots getting deeper in Pakistan: Aziz I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n ’s Ambassador in Kuwait Iftekhar Aziz on Saturday said that it was heartening to see the roots of democracy getting deeper and deeper in Pakistan with the democratic institutions gaining new strengths. Addressing the ceremony to mark country’s 73rd National Day in Kuwait, he said the National Day celebrations this year came at a time when a democratically

elected parliament has just completed its term and the people are bracing themselves to elect a new leadership, says a press release received here today from Kuwait. A people’s representative parliament, an independent judiciary, a vocal media and a vibrant civil society are the pillars upon which the foundations of today’s Pakistan rest firmly’ he added. Earlier,

the ceremony started with the hoisting of Pakistani flag amid cheers from the jubilant participants. The National Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read to the audience, according to message received here. A large number of people representing cross-section of Pakistani community and officials of the Embassy were present on the occasion.—APP

Students can change destiny of nation OUR CORRESPONDENT HAFIZABAD—District Coordination Officer, Hafizabad, Dr. Farah Masood has stressed the need for rededication to make the country stable and prosperous by pooling all our resources and energies to materialise the dreams of Allama Iqbal and Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Addressing a function arranged to observe Pakistan Day and Universal Primary Education under the auspices of District Government and National Commission for Human Development here, she said that younger gen-

eration particularly male and female students were asset of the country and they could change the destiny of the nation if they concentrate on their studies and acquire knowledge for eliminating poverty, ignorance, unemployment and other problems. She deplored that those who were weeping over the present sad state of affair did not realise their obligations and responsibilities towards the nation. She said that if everyone realise his/her responsibility and work honestly and sincerely, all problems confronting the nation could be eliminated and no enemy could

dare put evil eye on us. She hoped that the future of the country was in the hands of students and she was optimistic that they would not frustrate the nation. Later, Muhammad Shahzad, Programme Manager NCHD, highlighted importance of primary education and stressed upon the parents to enroll their children for their better future. The DCO inaugurated the Universal Primary Education Campaign by enrolling two children. Later, the DCO gave away certificates to the students who participated in the speech contest and national songs, etc.


Youth boosted to defend ideology, country at all costs Kharmang now GB district S KARDU —Chief

Minister Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Syed Mehdi Shah on Saturday inaugurated a new district Kharmang in District Head Quarters (DHQs) Tolti. According to the press release, Shah shed lights on the achievements of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Federal and Provincial Government of (GB). He said, PPP provincial government will continue its developmental activities in future for the welfare and betterment of the people of (GB). On the occasion, there were large number of public representatives, PPP office bearers, elites and people at the inaugural function. Pakistan Day celebrated in Baltistan: Like rest of the country ‘Pakistan Day’ was celebrated in Skardu and Ghangche, both districts of Baltistan on Saturday and national flag hoisting ceremony was also held at different places. The national flag ceremony was held in Yadgar-eShuhuda, Skardu and in high school ground in Khaplu, said a press release issued here. In Khaplu Haji Ismail Minister for local govt and rural development Gilgit Baltistan hoisted the national flag. Addressing the public meeting on this occasion, he stressed upon the people to follow the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam to make Pakistan a real Islamic welfare state. Function was attended by Deputy commissioner Ghangche Basharat Hussain, public reps, elites and large number of people. In Skardu assistant commissioner Skardu Capt. (R) Abid Ali hoisted the national flag at Yadgar-e-Shuhuda and offered Fateha to the Shuhudas of war of liberation 1948. In Skardu function was held under auspices of Bazme-Elmo-Fun Skardu in connection with Pakistan Day.—APP

No party tickets awarded yet: Muqam Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR —Central Vice President of PMLN Amir Muqam has said that his party has not yet finalized names of the contesting candidates for the 2013 elections from KP as its parliamentary board would announce their candidates in the coming two to three days time. In a clarification statement here, he said the party workers should not worry about party candidates and instead they should concentrate on preparations for the elections. The party leadership would take the final decision about award of tickets in two to three days time which will be formally announced at a function in Peshawar. The party has not awarded ticket to anyone yet in the KP, he said adding some elements wanted to create rift in the ranks of party by spreading baseless rumors. Opportunists to face defeat in polls: Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health, Syed Zahir Ali Shah has said that opportunists will be defeated in the upcoming general elections. Addressing a public meeting held on the occasion of the joining of the ANP and Jamaat-e-Islami (J.I) activists into PPP at Saeedabad, Shaheen Muslim Town, he said hatching conspiracies against the party is not new. However, he said those who are in search of backdoor to come into power will be defeated with the massive support of the people. Meanwhile, former opposition leader in Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raja Riaz Ahmad has constituted a three-member committee to participate in dialogues with PML-N for nomination of caretaker chief minister in the province. According to the PPP sources here on Friday, the committee comprises of Zulfiqar Gondal, Shaukat Basra and Chaudhary Zaheer Ahmad.

Ayat appreciates all political parties I S L A M A B A D —Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Dr Ayat Ullah Durrani has said that all the political parties played a proactive role in strengthening the democracy. Talking to PTV, he said PPP had restored the 1973 constitution in its original shape, adding continuity in the democratic process would build our good image among the community of nation. Both Pakistan Army and country’s establishment played supportive role in strengthening the democracy and this commendable role would be appreciated at every forum, he said. Replying to a question, he said that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would conduct free, fair and transparent elections. Dr Ayat Ullah said that PPP led government completed its constitutional fiveyear term for the first time in the country’s history. He expressed hope that PPP would win upcoming elections on the basis of its best performances. He said that dictators in the past had derailed the democratic process while PPP rendered great sacrifices for its restoration. Durrani said that democracy was the only solution of all the problems, adding that all the political parties should work under the Constitution of the country. PPP will return to power with masses’ support: Pakistan Peoples Party leader, Nazar Muhammad Gondal said that the PPP had its roots in the masses because of its leaders’ commitment to live and die for the people. Talking to APP, he said PPP would again return to power with support of people in upcoming elections.—APP

Mirwaiz flays Omar’s statement I S L A M A B A D —All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has castigated the puppet Chief Minster, Omar Abdullah’s statement regarding use of social media in the territory. The APHC Chairman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that it was unfortunate that the puppet administration was not even feeling ashamed of putting restrictions on the freedom of expression, KMS reported on Saturday. Omar Abdullah on Thursday indicated that the spread of rumours with malafide intention on social networking sites could not be interpreted as freedom of speech. “This is unfortunate that Omar Abdullah is interpreting the things in such a misleading manner,” he said, adding that the people of the territory had been devoid of the basic right of expression. “We in Held Kashmir do not have the right to express our opinion freely. We do not have even a right to raise our voice peacefully,” the Mirwaiz said and outrightly rejected the assertion of the puppet Chief Minister. Meanwhile, the APHC Chairman also castigated the Director General Police, Ashok Prasad, for his statement that proliberation leaders could not be released until the situation returned to normal in the territory. “Police itself creates law and order problem. They kill innocent people which evokes reaction,” the Mirwaiz said. “Give me one instance where Hurriyet leaders have asked people to attack police posts, break the windowpanes of vehicles, attack on houses, set property on fire?” he asked. In occupied Kashmir, the Imam of central Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Maulana Syed Naqashbandi, has condemned the continued house arrest of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, since February 9. Addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Maulana Syed Naqashbandi said that the puppet administration was suppressing the genuine voice of Kashmiris under a well planned conspiracy, Kashmir Media Service reported.—APP

GUL HAMAAD FAROOQI connection flag was hoisted country at all cost. They kistan on 23rd March 1940 on their way from Chitral to

at Deputy Commissioner Of- said that unfortunately we for creation of Pakistan and their homes. Senior journalist and poet at Commerce College hall which this country had being in 1947. Muhkamuddin, Jehangir under the chair of Deputy come into being and still He said that they had to Jigar and others also preCommissioner Rahmatullah we depend upon foreign face different internal and sented poems on relevant Khan Wazir. loans which is damaging external challenges. He topic. Later, cash awards and Some Students deliv- our dignity. Addressing said,”We should not allow prizes were awarded to stuered speeches on the im- the ceremony Deputy com- anyone to disturb peace in dents who performed excelportance of this day and missioner Rahmatullah our country.” lently. Awards were given to objectives of independence Wazir said that indepenHe said, “we should sup- students and heroes of of Pakistan. Prof Abdul dence is a gift from Allah port each other and partici- Chitral by non-government Sami and other intellectu- Almighty and we should to pate in social activities for organizations. A large numals highlighted Pakistan honour and respect this development of the country.” ber of students, teachers, Resolution and its impor- gift. Fatiha Khwani was also of- Assistant Commissioner and tance. The speakers He said that Allama fered for the soul of Army officers of district administrastressed upon the young Iqbal and other pioneers Colonel and other soldiers tion were present on the ocgeneration to defend the passed a resolution of Pa- who died in a road accident casion.

C HITRAL —The 73rd Paki- fice and a function was held failed to achieve the aim for after that Pakistan came into stan Resolution Day was celebrated at Chitral on Saturday. A number of functions were held to highlight the Importance of Pakistan Day and to create awareness about the situation in which the Muslims of the Subcontinent struggled hard and scrificed lakhs of lives to achieve this country. Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at a number of government buildings and schools and in this

World Health Day: KONPAL to arrange Mela next month KARACHI—KONPAL, Child Abuse Prevention Society in collaboration with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Pakistan Paediatrics Association will hold a Health Mela on April 7. The event is meant to commemorate World Health Day and is being actively supported by Medical and Social Committee of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, said the organisers on Friday. Citizens of all age group would be provided health education, information.—APP

Kashmiris destiny linked with Pakistan: Majeed RAO ATIQ MIRPUR—AJK prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid said that the historic day of 23rd March has the distinctive importance in the Islamic history of the Sub continent when Muslims of the Sub continent launched a decisive struggle under the dynamic leadership of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for their separate homeland for themselves and materialized the dream of great poet philosopher Alama Muhammad Iqbal. Addressing Pakistan Day ceremony in the capital city of Muzaffarabad on Saturday, the Prime Minister said Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of the partition plan. And Kashmiris have linked their destiny with Pakistan by adopting a historic resolution before the creation of Pakistan. He said they are rendering unprecedented sacrifices to

achieve this goal. Chaudhry Abdul Majid said a stable and prosperous Pakistan is a great guarantee for the success of Kashmir liberation struggle. Lauding the Kashmir Policy of Pakistan he thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for highlighting Kashmir issue at international level and taking keen interest in the development of Azad Kashmir. AJK Prime Minister said Kashmiris are determined to continue their liberation struggle till the right of selfdetermination is achieved. He urged International community to pressurize India to stop state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. He also urged the world community to play its due role to resolve Kashmir in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people. Chaudhry Abdul Majid announced to establish Pakistan National center in Muzaffarabad to highlight HYDERABAD: Sanan Qureshi Chairman JSQM and son of ex-chairman JSQM late Basher Khan Qureshi talking Kashmir issue. to media during protest rally against non-registration of FIR of murder of his father.

NA-34 PPP ticket demanded for Zahir

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parliamentary committee had formed a two-member committee comprised of senator Ahmad Hassan Khan and former parliamentarian Abdul Akbar Khan with the task to meet workers in PK-94 for awarding ticket on merit. Sources said that majority of the PPP workers in the constituency had not been satisfied with the performance of former provincial minister for technical education Mahmood Zeb Khan. The PPP workers had been demanding awarding party ticket to someone else instead of Mahmood Zeb Khan, sources said, adding that the two member committee would meet party workers and recommend suitable name for awarding ticket for PK-94. Similarly the PPP former MPA Dr Zakirullah Khan, according to insiders had also been facing difficulty to get party ticket for PK-97. Sources said that former state minister and MNA Malik

Brother kills brother over domestic problem

M HALEEM ASAD TIMERGARA—The local PPP workers have demanded of the party’s provincial and central leadership to award ticket for NA-34 to former district naib nazim Zahir Shah. Speaking at a news conference here workers of the PPP from different areas including Haji Ihsanullah, Taj Sultan, former councillor Bakht Munir and Umar Bacha warned to boycott elections if party ticket for NA-34 was awarded to person other than Zahir Shah. “We will not cast our votes for national assembly if our demand was not materialized by party leadership,” they said, adding that majority of the PPP workers in Dir Lower wanted Zahir Shah as their candidate. They pointed out that a specific lobby had been opposing him. Meanwhile inside sources in the PPP told this reporter that party provincial

Azmat Khan wanted to contest election on this seat. **** Experts of livestock have asked people to be aware of Zoonosis and take extra care to avoid various zoonotic diseases that spread in human from animals and in animals from human. The Relief International, an international organization under its ‘Livestock for life project’ arranged a three-day workshop for local journalists that concluded at the Chakdara yesterday. The speakers, project manager Jamal Nasir, Dr Muhammad Tayyab, Dr Hassan Khan, Dr Sadiqullah, Dr Hazrat Nabi and Hashmat Ali threw light on zoonotic diseases like tuberculosis, rabies, anthrax, diphtheria, congo, bird flu and lashminosis and said these become fatal if not cured in time. They also informed participants about their signs and symptoms, treatment and precautionary measures.

CM assures fair, free polls STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —A high level meeting to review the overall law and order situation and the preparations for the upcoming general election in the province and FATA was held here with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Tariq Pervez Khan in the chair. Addressing the meeting the chief minister reiterated his resolve to hold the upcoming general elections in free, fair and transparent

manner and peaceful atmosphere. He stressed the need of peaceful environment for the holding of fair and transparent election and directed the relevant quarters to take all necessary measure in time to maintain law and order and implement the code of conduct issued by the election commission of Pakistan for election campaign according to its letter and spirit. While briefing the participants of the meeting about preparations for the upcoming general election, Secretary Lo-

cal Government and Provincial Election Commission informed that there were a total of thirty five general seats of National Assembly and 99 seats of provincial assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while in FATA there were twelve seats of National Assembly. The meeting was informed that a total of 12001 polling stations and 34220 polling booths would be established across the province and tribal areas to facilitate 13.740 million registered voters to cast their votes.

Construction of link road demanded SHER GONDAL MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Residents of Wasu village have demanded construction of link road between Wasu and District Complex. It is about two kilometer long but due to its poor condition it is unfit for vehicular traffic. Residents and school going children have to travel on foot to reach their destinations. Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Faiz Gondal, taking to media persons here, the other day said that he along with other residents had been requesting authorities for construction of the link road but they did not pay any heed. ***** The lawyers’ community and the common public of Mandi Bahauddin have demanded that the Lahore High Court benches should be set up at five divisional headquarters of Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha,

Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan. For more than one month, court work in the five divisions remained suspended because of the continuous strike of the lawyers. The Punjab government has already recommended for the establishment of High Court benches at the divisions but the high-ups concerned are not paying heed to the issue. Litigants and the common public besides lawyers have shown grave concerns over the apathy of the authorities. As per an estimate, the plan would not cost much as no further recruitment of judges and staff is required. The LHC benches should be set up at the earliest. ***** PML N workers and voters have demand to nominate candidates in Mandi Bahauddin district who are well educated, honest and competent. Fiaz Ahmed Gondal Advocate who is a staunch activist of PML N

and people in general stressed that the candidates who are repeater and have bad reputation due to their poor past performance should not be considered for grant of tickets. Heavy donations of money for party fund should not be criteria for grant of tickets, they warned. Another activist Ijaz Ahmed Gondal said that Muhammad Aslam Faiz Gondal advocate is an old worker of PML-N and he is well educated, honest and competent and asked PML-N to consider him for grant of ticket for upcoming election on the seat NA 108. ***** A married woman namely Shehnaz, resident of Kuthala Sheikhan, a suburban village of Mandi Bahauddin, committed suicide after swallowing poisonous tablets allegedly over family dispute. She died before she could be evacuated to hospital for medical treatment.

K HANPUR —A brother was allegedly killed by his real brother over a domestic issue in the jurisdiction of Khot Samba police station here on Saturday. According to police sources, the deceased was identified as Muhammad Arshad. Faisalabad: A married woman committed suicide in Sadar police station limits. According to police, Anam,18, of Duddhiwala drank acid after quarrel with her husband over a domestic dispute. She was shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital but she could not survive. Police took the body into custody and started investigation. Five women, including three young girls, were abducted from different parts during last 24 hours. Hyderabad: An eightyear-old child was killed in a road accident on HyderabadTando Muhammad Khan road here Saturday. According to SHO SITE police Naeem Siddiqui, a speeding truck ran over the child while he was crossing the road.—APP

Fair partly cloudy weather likely I S L A M A B A D —Fair/partly Kalat, Zhob and Quetta. Stream cloudy weather has been forecast for Sunday in the metropolis, said a weather report on Saturday. According to the report, the minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to remain between 18 to 20 and 30 to 32 degree celsius, respectively. It said rain/ thunderstorm is likely to occur at one or two places in Zhob, Quetta, Sibi and Kalat divisions of Balochistan. Dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region, the weather report said. The local Met office has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of thunder storm and light rain for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded as 28.2 and 17.9 degrees centigrade, respectively. Humidity was recorded as 81 per cent at 8 a.m. and 54 percent at 5 p.m. Large areas of Balochistan were lashed by heavy rains with hail storm while upper KPK, and North Punjab had light drizzles on Sunday. According to reports heavy rain lashed Chaman, Sibi, Dalbandin,, Ziarat, Pishin, Sibi, Mastung,

and nullahs were flooded with water in most of the areas. Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree and hilly areas of KPK received light rain making the weather pleasant. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, widespread rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls coupled with hailstorm is ex-

pected in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu divisions during next 24 hours. In Sindh, mostly partly cloudy weather expected in most parts of the province with chances of light rain at a few places of upper Sindh during same time span. In Balochistan, scattered rainthunderstorm expected in Northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi divisions) while isolated rain may occur in Khuzdar and Makran divisions during next 24 hours.—APP


Heavy responsibility on ECP

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FTER inability of political leaders to sort out the issue of selec tion of Caretaker Prime Minister, heavy responsibility in this regard now falls on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with many observers believing that it would be a test case for neutrality of the Commission, which had been accused by Dr. Tahirul Qadri as representing political parties and custodian of their vested interests. Hopefully, the Commission would take a decision with consensus, depriving those who are in search of an opportunity to make it controversial. Barring planted disinformation about possibility of consensus on this or that candidate, it was a foregone conclusion that the Parliamentary Committee would not succeed in making a breakthrough. This was evident from composition of the Committee and limited mandate it got for picking up a name out of four on which no agreement could be reached between the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the now dissolved National Assembly. But it was highly distasteful on part of the members of governmental team and a former Cabinet minister to have passed public remarks against some candidates. This not only meant sabotaging of the process of selection of Caretaker Prime Minister at level of the Parliamentary Committee but also amounted to convey a rough message to the ECP. All this was unfortunate as everything is proceeding ahead perfectly as envisaged in the 18th Constitutional Amendment, which was unanimously adopted by all parties represented in Parliament. Any attempt to make any of the proposed candidates controversial is unfortunate as it means attack on the honesty and neutrality of that personality and no one has a right to do so. We firmly believe that the Election Commission would not be influenced by such pressure tactics and make a decision on the basis of its own analysis and expectations. The only objective of installing caretaker set-ups is to ensure impartiality of electoral process and therefore, the Commission should make a choice that could provide a strong umbrella to it in this regard. Any consideration to accommodate this or that party or interest could deprive nation of an opportunity to bring about a change throughballot.

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ccording to a report appearing in a section of national media, the Election Commission of Pakistan is set to request the Caretaker Government to remove political appointees, who were either inducted in last days of the outgoing Government or have been protecting party interests in different organizations and capacities during the last five years. This would be a welcome development and go a long way in moving towards ultimate goal of holding free, fair and transparent elections. No doubt, the Election Commission is independent and is fully empowered to take measures to realize this objective but it is understood that it has to rely on State machinery to carry out its plans. It is an open secret that political appointees wherever they are would try their best at their own level to influence outcome of the polls in favour of their political patrons and therefore, must be removed immediately from their posts. There should be reshuffling of higher bureaucracy while contracts of political appointees in different organizations, agencies and corporations be terminated forthwith. But even this exercise would end in futility if Governors known for their political affiliations and loyalties are not removed and a solution is not found to the key issue of cabinets representing various political parties. Caretaker PM and CMs would just be a joke if same political parties get representation in their cabinets as has been agreed upon them in the case of Sindh and KPK.

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HE Supreme Court has given police and rangers two weeks time to clear all “no go” areas in Karachi and ensure that life and property of citizens were protected as general elections were around the corner. The Apex Court has been hearing the case for quite sometime in the volatile city after taking notice of daily killings. The Supreme Court’s assertion of its authority to restore peace in the city would be lauded by people at large who are living under scare and there is no writ of the government. We expect that law enforcement agencies would take advantage of the order and go all out to nab criminal elements who have made the lives of the people miserable. These gangs were enjoying political backing but now that the caretaker is in place and considered as non political, the rangers and police would be having free hand and they need to act and deliver. After the Supreme Court order many criminal elements would go underground but the agencies must be having necessary information that must be used to arrest them. This is the time when business hub of the country could be cleansed of all anti social elements because there would be no political pressure of any sort on the police and rangers. The Court also directed provincial chiefs of police and rangers as well as the Chief Secretary to submit a statement within two weeks about the law and order in the city. We would stress that if there is no improvement in the situation during this period, it would be total failure of the two organisations and not only their chiefs be replaced but there should be complete overhaul including removal of police officials appointed on political basis to ward off fear of bloodshed during general elections.

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Will elections change system? One has been asked this question time and again as to why Dr Zafar Altaf the society does not protest more vociferously when it Email:dr_altaf@hotmail.com comes to public utilities break down. The civil society has tried but empathy sets in when akistan will be going to elec the decision makers are deaf and tions but are elections any in dumb. They ride the storm knowing dication of what will happen that state power is behind them. after these are held. The future is All elections are divisive and do uncertain and full of risks. That is the Pakistanis have the inherent cathe fear that friends have instilled pability to handle these aspects. In in me. Normally low specificity these low specificity activities elabofunctions like the present one are rate systems only increase the transdifficult to predict as there is very action cost but achieve little as the little monitoring or assessment that achievement is not quantifiable for can be made before the elections one or many forces and individuals take lace. Public choice in such may be responsible for what is going cases rests with the political lead- on and the accountability aspects are ership and what form this will difficult to pin point. Take the conemerge in is difficult to state. That flict case of the political power strucdiscretion on choice of candidate ture and the bureaucracy and the outis very much a factor in the politi- come of their actions for the welfare cal party leaders asking for fees for of the society. The low specificity getting a ticket. It has been stated work of just one organization such very frequently that the winners as Planning Division may be considwere not due to the personal excel- ered. The entire investment on brick lence of the candidates but due to and mortar in Islamabad helps no one. the prestige and the vote pulling We have been relying on the instituability of the leaders. That is why tions so derived to provide the neconce in awhile, no frequently, one essary where withal to helping the sees power structure from the uni- country achieve its social goals and form make their way to the leader- bring about harmony. Yet barring the ship positions in the civil gover- SC which dispense justice and pronance system. All such actions as vides a modicum of rule of law and good governance are of high trans- the FBR which is meant for collectaction costs and low specificity ac- ing revenue generated by Pakistanis tions. No matter how much one through the wealth created by the tries the accountability and good market place. governance issues emerge when the Did devolution achieve its obdecision maker and the public are jectives? The jury need not be out face to face-the action taker and the as the outcomes would have been consequential affected. Even then visible by now. The concept as a dethe ability to understand the conse- sirable one in as much as it did promquential actions are determined by ise that the provinces and ultimately the cognitive ability of the affected. the local governments were to be

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empowered to do their own work. Yet of the many amendments 102 were political ones. The ultimate actions were not achieved. The design flaws were there but the basics was that the three ways power structure had not been adequately examined to make this option successful? Low specificity activities with high transaction volumes require a considered approach to such actions. After all this would affect about 180 million people. In the private sector it is possible to develop a competitive structure and that has been assigned to the Competitive commission of Pakistan. They themselves are low specificity organization in a s much as their own functions cannot be determined in any way. But the private sector has an exit solution for if a private sector venture cannot perform that unit finds itself on the way out. In public sector and especially in the utilities there is no way to determine this. The discretion of the on the job worker is significantly important. The SHO and the Revenue system defy any solution. No power structure can make them do what they do not want to do. You and I may rant and do whatever is warranted but the revenue system and the utilities are in power at the level where only the voice of the locals matter. The dysfunctions are controversial and although you and I may know much about them these are difficult to handle. If the classic conflict between the political system and the bureaucracy is to be handled then power has to flow from the tp don. But that is never the case for the bureaucracy is charged with other responsibilities and a time may come when they will have to answer for what they

have done. So all that the standing committees have done is to bolster that conflict and this becomes a catch situation. So what do we have in public service- a catch situation that requires either an exit or a voice system? The former is part of a market solution for do we have the ability to sort out the railways and the other public sector institutions. The debate on what is wrong will go on but the debate on the solutions will never be exercised. What can be done? The organizational ambiguities have to be changed. One is dealing with purpose, process, clients and geographical areas. Try solving this matrix. Then there are embedded priorities of each of us. Add to this there are transactional intensities [Baluchistan Package etc] and the discretionary character of these individuals to handle. The Baluchistan package is a mess so far as agriculture is concerned. The selection process was such that the research effort that was already full of scandals has been again made the target of policies that are not conducive to the country. Take a lesson from China and promote not favorites but working personal. Prime Minister Li who was recently appointed has been given this job for his excellent performance in Fushon slum areas. He managed to improve the livelihood of 1.26 million people of that slum area. Where effort is rewarded and laziness taken to task the nation revives. Can the elections in Pakistan bind the people together? Or will there be hell to pay. Your gut feelings? Since we clog everything this time only one best option for that is what an unforeseen future seeks from you.

Of statistics and a fishy tale! Friendly Fire

as recorded in United Nations data, the world catch has actually been declining by an average of 360,000 tonnes per year! Marine exKhalid Saleem perts expressed the opinion Email: binwakeel@yahoo.com that the findings of the study published in the journal Nature that led to these conclusions have major implicaost tales one comes tions for world food supplies and for across these days are the contentious battles to cut back fishy. Some, to be sure, on oversized fishing fleets. The auare more fishy than others, but thors of the study note that the greatfishy nevertheless. One was look- est impact of the finding that catch ing through the archives of the past statistics have been inflated may be few years when one came across a to engender complacency about the fishy tale of immense proportions state of the world’s marine stock and revealed by the New York Times about “over-fishing”. So much for the fishy statistics! and emanating from China of all places. One craves the indulgence Now for the wider implications! of the gentle reader to go over Statistics, as is well known, is big some of the details. The tale, then, business in today’s world beset with goes something like this. It appears figures. All the world’s plans and that for years on end marine sci- strategies have been, and are, based entists had been raising the alarm essentially on statistical data. And that far too much fish was being who supplies this data? They are caught from the world’s oceans none other than the petty bureauand calling for drastic measures to crats who are well aware of the curb “wide-spread over-fishing”. powers of their super-pens. One The reported global yield of ma- decimal point this way or that can rine fisheries continued to rise dur- change the fate of the world. Genuing the decade of 1990s, mainly ine mistakes aside, a deliberate slip due to the statistics provided by of the mighty pen can create nothChina. According to the New York ing less than havoc. Nature’s study Times, evidence surfacing in the of the world’s fisheries should now 2000s revealed that there had been provide the incentive to carry out “substantial over-reporting” during studies in other vital fields too where faulty statistics, whether the 1990s mainly by China. What happened was that, un- willful or accidental, may have reder the system of matching result sulted in mischief. It should also lead to the obviwith plan, the same set of bureaucrats was responsible for not only ous conclusion that over reliance on counting the catch but also meet- statistical data can prove fatal. If ing targets to increase it. So, in only the international data processtypical bureaucratic fashion, they ing agencies were to look with a took the easy way out by simply wee bit of suspicion at the statistiexaggerating the count to meet cal figures supplied to them, they their allotted goals. As a result, might discover to their surprise that instead of rising by an average of all that glitters is not gold or – given 330,000 tonnes per year since 1988 the rocketing price of precious

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metal - even its nearest replica. Putting the matter of fisheries aside, one could perhaps turn to a wider canvas and take a closer look at the sorcery of statistics. Statisticians, whose forte lies in juggling with figures, often tend to forget that that figures alone – however impressive – cannot stand on their own. Figures are like the bones of a skel-

If one cares to take a closer look, one finds that modern civilization and all else connected with it are based more on figures and less on facts. As the Chinese fish saga shows, many, if not most, of these figures may be ‘doctored’ one way or the other. How can one possibly be certain that the population figures put out by a particular government are what they are purported to be? eton that need not only to be fleshed out with facts but also interpreted with circumspection as well as a sense of realism to project the true picture. This latter, regrettably is much too often lacking. Statistics can be used to prove anything and everything. Figures – taken on their own - can be devastatingly misleading. So-called technical experts have invariably had the regrettable tendency to take undue advantage

of the obscure tools of their trade to throw the layman off the right track. Give the statistician (and his cousin once removed – the economist) enough latitude and the two of them between them would weave the rosy web of wellstacked figures to boggle the simple minds of the unsuspecting common folk. We, in the Land of the Pure have spent the better part of our lives being led up the garden path by our economic planners with the help of a web of statistics. Even when the statistics are proffered as proof of the country well on the way to emulate the Asian tigers, the man in the street is left to ponder where his next meal is going to come from. Man cannot live by statistics alone. No wonder, then, that over the ages right-thinking people have invariably looked at statistics and statisticians with a generous measure of suspicion. If one cares to take a closer look, one finds that modern civilization and all else connected with it are based more on figures and less on facts. As the Chinese fish saga shows, many, if not most, of these figures may be ‘doctored’ one way or the other. Let us take another example. Now that everybody and his uncle have celebrated the “World Population Day”, has a thought been given to what havoc the statisticians may have played with the world population figures? How can one possibly be certain that the population figures put out by a particular government are what they are purported to be? Chances are that the figures may have been subjected to juggling and that too on a massive scale. The whole rigmarole of statistics smells fishy, as they say. It is hardly for us lesser mortals to challenge what may well turn out to be a truism!

he confiscation of funds from Cypriot bank accounts to help fund a bail-out will have sent chills down the spine of every saver in Europe. We are all used to governments taking our money – but not to them actually reaching into our savings in a brutal act of expropriation. Those Britons who have built their lives on the island will feel especially aggrieved by their hard-earned funds being depleted seemingly on the whim of the government in Berlin. What few people realise, however, is that an even greater act of larceny has been carried out in Britain. Indeed, it is still going on. Sterling has dropped by roughly a tenth since the start of the year, and by a quarter since the start of the financial crisis – and so has the value of our savings. Yet like inflation – which is pushing up the cost of living and squeezing wages mercilessly – devaluation is as subtle as it is vicious: to paraphrase Colbert’s famous dictum about tax, the goose has been plucked clean without even noticing. The difference, of course, is that Britain has control of its currency, and can soften (or conceal) the impact of its policies. Cyprus has no such luck. Its only option is bail-out and austerity; indeed, the haircut on savers may be the lesser of two evils. Without their unwilling contribution, a loan large enough to save the island’s banks would have left it with huge debts, prompting Greek-style cuts and even greater misery. Those in Brussels insist that this measure is a one-off, and that no precedent has been set. Based on their forecasting record, it is hard to be so sanguine. The euro has put intolerable pressure on its members, and will continue to do so – not least because of Germany’s reluctance to rebalance its economy. Despite tremors in the markets, Cyprus will not be the crisis that undoes the single currency. But it is yet another reminder of just how weak its foundations are. — The Telegraph

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ebanese infrastructure is slowly collapsing under the strain of coping with more than a million Syrian refugees, fleeing the bitter war in their own country. Every day, more people in desperate conditions are pouring over the border and there is little hope that they will be able to return home in the near future. Many of these suffering people had got out just before their homes were destroyed by shelling or bombing and they would have little to go back to when the fighting stops. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has thanked the Lebanese government for keeping its borders open to the 8,000 new Syrian refugees who are crossing into Lebanon every day at the moment. In the two years since the Syrian civil war started in 2011, more than one million refugees have come to live in Lebanon, which is more than 25 per cent of Lebanon’s indigenous population. The problem the Lebanese government faces is that mere words of thanks from the UN do not help the situation on the ground as hundreds of thousands of new residents need water, electricity and food. All this has to come from somewhere. Lebanon was simply not prepared for such a vast influx. Already the supplies are failing and the local population is starting to suffer. It does not help that the government is weak. Prime Minister Najeeb Mikati has been in office since 2011, when he replaced former prime minister, Saad Hariri, after ministers loyal to the March 8 alliance resigned, forcing the government’s collapse. Growing tensions led to a clash last week between supporters of Hezbollah and Sunni preacher, Shaikh Ahmad Assir, in Sidon which left three people dead. Mikati does not have enough authority to take the decisive steps that are needed to give his country a new political direction, as well as cope with the largest refugee crisis that Lebanon has had since the Palestinians first arrived in the country — triggering political unrest that led to the disastrous civil war. — Gulf News

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. —Proverb


Talks on Iran’s nuke programme Voice of the People

lished a report stating that by mid-2014 Iran will have enriched uranium to Muhammad Munir enough produce one or more nuclear Email: munirwarsi@yahoo.com bombs.Fuel to the fire was also poured by Iran’s statement promulgated on February this year he fourth round of talks be about the discovery of new deposits tween Iran and six world pow of uranium, which triples the proven ers over its nuclear program uranium reserves of the country. In was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on addition, in mid-February, Iran an26 February 2013.The six powers in- nounced the installation of new genvolved in negotiations with Iran in- eration centrifuges. They are able to cludes: Russia, U.S.A, China, enrich uranium three times faster to France, the United Kingdom and a level suitable for the production German. The previous three rounds of nuclear bombs. of negotiations of the “six” took Nine months ago in Moscow, the place in 2012 in Istanbul, Baghdad Iranian side proposed five suggesand Moscow. But there was no ma- tions of cooperation, and before the jor breakthrough on the issue. Opin- negotiations in Almaty “Six” was to ions of the world’s experts on this consider these proposals. During the question were divided into two press conference, Secretary of the camps. First group is of the view Supreme Council of National Secuthat each round is completed with rity Saeed Jalili noted with satisfacsmall concessions from Tehran tion that countries of “six” came to where as second group believes that the development of the proposals, in this game Iran only buys time for taking into account the remarks that the enrichment of uranium. There were announced by Iran in the past are many factors compelling Iran three rounds.In turn, the countries of to reconsider its bargaining posi- the “six” offered to shoot a number tion. Some of these factors include of sanctions against Iran, in execonomic sanctions, the turmoil in change for a reduction in the enrichits ally Syria and other issues in ment of uranium to a level of 20 Middle East. percent at an underground factory in The presence of Iran’s uranium the “Fordow”. Here the country of and associated conditions for its de- “six” made some concessions, as velopment do not give rest to the in- they had previously insisted on a ternational community. Recently, a complete cessation of work in the group of American scientists pub- area. In turn, Tehran proved the ne-

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cessity of 20 percent enriched fuel in connection with its use for medical purposes. Easing of sanctions will cover trade in gold and other precious metals. Recall that earlier European Union countries introduced an embargo on imports of Iranian oil, which came into force on 1 July 2012. These actions of the EU were explained by the fact that they wanted to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The same package of measures against Iran previously was conducted by Washington at the beginning of this year, with the introduction of the sanctions aimed at reducing the income of the republic from oil sales.Some experts tend to believe that if the above measures will lead Iran’s economy to a standstill, this country could launch military action in the Strait of Hormuz, which, in fact, is a trade artery for the Gulf countries and in general for the Middle East. It passes through 40 percent of the world oil traffic. And then it will be a boost for the whole of Western Europe. It is important that right after the completion of negotiations in Almaty, Saeed Jalili said that the next round of negotiations of the parties is agreed to be held in Istanbul on 18 and 19 March, and then again will return to Almaty on 5 and 6 April 2013. Moreover, the initiative of early resumption of the

talks came from Iran. Recall that earlier intervals between negotiations were much longer. Parties had never administered the next meeting so close to the date. This suggests that Iran is seeking the lifting of sanctions, and ready to meet the requirements of the “six”. According to the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, a meeting in Kazakhstan was “productive”. Replying to journalists in Paris, he said that if Iran goes to serious talks, it can lead to a lasting solution to the dispute over its nuclear program.Executive director of Association on arms control Daryl Kimball surprised that Iran is ready to continue negotiations in connection with the fact that presidential elections in Iran must be held on June. “So many of us were surprised that they agreed to a new round of negotiations, because there are many good political reasons why they could simply refuse to enter into any agreement in the near future”, - he said.For his part, the Assistant of Foreign Minister of China Ma Chzhaosyuyv in an interview with Chinese media also said that after talks in Almaty it was taken the first step toward the start of real talks on the Iranian nuclear issue, which will benefit the solution of this problem through dialogue and negotiations. —The writer is Research Fellow at IPRI.

Intolerance, illiteracy & PhDs within no time. Our retired rehired government officers, a majority of Babaas ( aged Hashim Abro vast old) are seen extremely intolEmail:hashimabro@hotmail.com erant of enterprising and energetic young talent in the public sector. Out of frustration egrettably, discrimination, this intolerant lot kills the future of prejudice, hatred, bigotry, ex the young officers. It is visible that tremism, impatience, social the voices of intolerance have beinjustice and terrorism is thriving our come extremely powerful in the in Pakistan society nowadays. Of all KPK, Punjab province and also these social evils, the greatest prob- Quetta and Karachi city. lem is alarmingly increasing intolThe curse of intolerance is also erance. I very much dislike the mon- visible in the Federal Capital, ster of intolerance. People have be- Islamabad, and upper and lower come intolerant to each other on the districts Sindh where the influx of basis of their religion, sect, ethnicity, intolerant elements from KPK, community, region and professions. FATA, Seriaki and Hazara regions, So much so our intellectuals, writ- have become the source of disorers, jurists have become intolerant der and squabbling in the tolerant of others. and pacifist Sindhi society. DisOnce you watch any television crimination, prejudice, bigotry, ex“ Talk Shows” or go to attend any tremism, social injustice and terrorworkshop or seminar, the curse of ism are not accidents, but these sogross intolerance becomes visible cial evils grow out of abject pov-

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erty, illiteracy, and socialization. The past successive regimes have done nothing to promote tolerance, toleration, human harmony and social justice in the society. We all decry intolerance, discrimination, prejudice, yet we are all intolerant, practice discrimination and prejudiced. Our electronic media and public sector organizations such as Higher Education Commission are focused on the production of a few hundreds PhDs. What miracles these few hundred or a few thousand PhD holders would cause in a society where there is an ocean of illiterate people and this sea of illiterate people is expanding massively. Would you believe me sir? In the upper and lower Sindh districts more than 70% boys and more than 95 percent girls never go to schools because people are poor and they never send their children to schools and somewhere where they want to

send their children to schools, there are either no schools or no teachers. The civil society and enlightened individuals must take a stand against intolerance for our Indus valley values of human harmony, tolerance and peace. Lets’ promote dialogue and education (universal primary education in the earnest sense instead of producing a few hundred non-productive PhDs degree holders) for peace and free our hearts from the impulse toward intolerance, hatred, prejudice and the rejection of others in the society. In this dismal scenario, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) can play the role of a catalyst to promote literacy in the illiterate areas and sufi and cultural institutes along with INGOs can promote the culture of tolerance and social justice where we live together like brothers and sisters in this country or may perish like fools and intolerant and illiterate people in the twenty first century.

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Return of old John McCain David Ignatius

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enator John McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” has been in the repair shop for a while, but it sure was rolling this week during an interview. The main theme was that Republicans should end their self-isolation and “start working for the American people.” Journalists have always had a soft spot for McCain (R-Ariz.) when he’s in the mode of bipartisan conciliator. And I don’t want to overstate the evidence of an hour-long conversation the other day in his Senate office. He remains a complex and mercurial man whose support for centrist policies has ebbed and flowed over the years. But he’s definitely in outreach gear right now. What seems to perturb McCain most is some Republicans’ willingness to harm the military as part of “sequestration” budget cuts. You can hear the Vietnam veteran and former POW speaking when McCain describes the military impact as “so appalling I can’t describe to you how

upset I am.” McCain denounced congressional moves that will idle a Navy aircraft carrier and reduce the readiness of the Marine Corps. Meanwhile, he complained that the “continuing resolution” will spend $5 million on a needless Pentagon science program for elementary schools and $11 million on a volunteer civil air program, and it will prohibit the retirement of C-23 aircraft the Army doesn’t want and state governors have rejected. This tirade about pork-barrel spending is vintage McCain, but what’s interesting is that much of the ferocity is toward his own party. Why is the GOP bending toward its isolationist wing? McCain said the party is suffering from “war weariness” and from its continued stress on spending cuts to the exclusion of other issues. Early in the interview, McCain mentioned that he has been talking with President Obama about immigration reform. When I asked if he had also raised Syria, where McCain has sharply criticized administration passivity, he said no: “I don’t want to get into an argument with the president.” That’s interesting for a com-

bative man who often can’t resist a zinger. McCain said he is talking bipartisanship now because “I really believe the American people are fed up.” He joked about a survey showing that Congress is less popular with the public than a colonoscopy as evidence that “we are really in serious trouble,” and that “Americans want us to work together.” He pointed to compromises he’s trying to work out with Senate Democrats such as Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer and even Majority Leader Harry Reid. The centre piece of McCain’s new outreach is his engagement with Obama, which reverses a long period of frosty relations that culminated in his recent battle against the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defence secretary. When I asked if the Hagel attacks were too partisan, he repeated his disagreements on principle with the nominee but then conceded: “I plead guilty to being combative, to being zealous, to overreaching sometimes.” McCain said many other prominent Republicans share his view that it’s time to walk back from the partisan cliff. “There is an attitude change

on the part of people who want to get this done for the American people. All politicians crave approval. That’s part of our DNA. When there’s such strong disapproval, that has an effect. “The Republicans have a problem,” he added bluntly. “The president’s [approval] numbers are going down, but not nearly as much as the Republicans’.” He cited the unsuccessful GOP Senate campaigns last November of Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri as evidence that “if we nominate people outside the mainstream, we’re going to pay for it.” What accounts for McCain’s new tone and the return of the happy warrior of the centre? Certainly, he’s prickly about recent comments that his jihad against Hagel showed he had become “bitter” or “angry.” Not so, he insisted. After surviving cancer surgery and torture in a North Vietnamese prison, “I’m the luckiest man who ever lived. I should have gone a long time ago. I don’t want to look back on any wasted days.” — Courtesy: The Washington Post

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hen you come to New York dad,” said my daughter over the phone yesterday, “We’ll drive down and see the Niagara Falls!” I remember the Niagara Falls. For years before visiting it the first time, I had seen pictures and picture postcards of the waters cascading down the rocky sides onto the river below. For years before seeing it, I had visualized the spectacular picture in my mind, but what I saw that day was beyond my wildest dreams. I traveled from

New York to Buffalo by the Greyhound, very comfortable and with all the luxury of an airplane. For company I had a young man from Japan and we two became good friends on the bus. I remember ever so often watching him open his Japanese to English dictionary so he could describe something to me, using the correct word. It was important to him that he said everything precisely and to the point. It’s no wonder they are a great nation today. We traveled through the night and in the morning reached Buffalo from where we changed buses to go to the Falls. From the bus station, we walked towards the falls, wondering what spectacular sound or scene would suddenly startle us. There was an eerie stillness; it was like that split moment before a magician shows his

biggest magical scene to the audience and indeed God here was the magician: Far away I heard the spray, it gently wafted through the stillness, like a curtain being opened and then before my eyes was the most incredible, breathtaking spectacle I had ever seen. Till date the magnitude of that scene remains frozen in my mind: The roar! Huge and powerful, like that of the lion, in the stillness of the jungle, it tore through the air, making me shudder with the sheer terror of the sound. The screaming river rushing across the edge of the horseshoe cliff and falling continuously with a resounding hoarse throated bellow thousands of feet below. I stood at the edge, shivering at the formidable might of nature at her furious best: A wild beast, unchained and unfettered,

it’s waters like rippling muscles, savage, brutally primitive. Yet strangely, as I stood and watched that scene that day, I felt a sense of peace descending on me. I had come to the Falls, beset by problems, suddenly the hugeness and grandeur of the power I felt made the problems small and inconsequential. My voice broke forth, and I sang, “Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting Thou art God, to endless years the same!” It was not just the might of the Niagara I saw, but a glimpse of the omnipotent power of its creator. “Yes my child!” I whisper, “We’ll travel to the Falls again, to thank Him for showing His unbridled power, that had given me quiet peace, many moons ago..!” —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

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he long-pending Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline has finally been inaugurated at an official level on March 11. The said project would likely boost economic growth in both the countries.For Pakistan, this is virtually an adequate choice to meet its energy crisis in terms of its price, which is linked with global price rather than keeping with the US advised Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline project under consideration. There appear hindrances over the pipeline issue both on a national as well as an international scale. At the international level, the US factor is one of the biggest hampers on its completion. And, lack of multi-billion dollars which the banks refused fearing US sanctions. It is sad that internally Baloch nationalists have been demanding a share in terms of job provisions. The truth is that UN Security Council sanctions against Iran have nothing to stop the gas pipeline legally. The sanction may only be placed by the US directly or indirectly. The European Union can play an instrumental role for vested interest of the US. This is oblivious and unfair as the US tactics is to try and keep Pakistan pulled out of the project. In Pakistan, the next incumbent government would hopefully pay attention to constructing the pipeline to meet the energy requirements of the country. —Zhob

Students’ behaviour UROOJ ADNAN This is with reference to the bus accident that took the life of a student in Faisalabad on March 19. I condemn the death of the student owing to the irrational behaviour of the bus driver. I am writing this letter to highlight the fact that other students started beating the bus driver following the accident, though the driver somehow managed to escape. I condemn this act because this is not the way to take revenge. Students should fight through the power of the pen. The law and order situation is at its worst but this is not the right way to express one’s anger. This act does not leave a good impression. Youngsters should not act rashly, and instead adopt a positive attitude to resolve all problems. —Karachi

Motorway woes MANSOOR SAEED I recently travelled on GT Road and the Motorway (M2 and M3) on my way from Islamabad to Multan and back. Travelling on GT Road has never been a good experience, and that is understandable since you travel through small towns and cities. The motorway (M2) experience has always been good and I have been impressed by the way the Motorway police conduct themselves. However, my recent travelling experience was an eye-opener. The performance of the Motorway police has deteriorated. Since I was travelling in the evening, I saw many vehicles without functioning taillights, headlights not working correctly, as well as people frequently driving on full beam and with HIDs. Another dangerous aspects was that people were overtaking vehicles from the left side, and failing to turn indicators on. Overspeeding is rampant; I saw a lot of vehicles racing as if it was an F1 track. I would advise the Motorway police to check all cars that enter the motorway to make sure they have functioning lights whether its day or night and harsh fines must be imposed since the only way people learn is when it hits their pocket. —Islamabad

M M Alam: A hero forever AIR MARSHAL AYAZ A KHAN (R) Air Commodore M.M. Alam was awarded Sitara-i-Jurrat twice for valour in air combat during the 1965 war with India. He was a squadron leader at that time. In the first air battle with Indian Air Force fighters exiting after attacking PAF Sargodah Air Base on Sept 7, 1965, he shot down five IAF Hunter fighters in one minute. He shot two of them with Sidewinder missiles and three with canon fire. Soon after he shot down four IAF Mystere fighters. By destroying nine enemy fighters, he became an air ace and an icon for PAF fighter pilots. A day earlier he had led an attack on the well-defended IAF Halwara Air Base, but was intercepted by several Indian Hunter fighters. Having shot down one Hunter he broke engagement and returned with his formation of four Saber jets. While over the Indian territory he warned Squadron Leader Sarfraz Rafaqui, who was on his way to attack Halwara with only three F-86 Sabre jets, that he must watch several IAF fighters over Halwara. A lesser man would have turned about. But the dashing Rafiqui in the highest tradition of Pakistan Air Force pressed on with the attack. The three PAF fighters were intercepted by several IAF Hunters. In the unequal air combat, the guns of Rafiqui’s Saber jet jammed. He asked Flight Lieutenant Cecil Choudhry to take over the command, but did not break away to exit. His crippled F-86 Sabre was shot down by Indian Hunter fighters. That day Pakistan Air Force lost the bravest fighter pilot. In his memory Shorkot Air Base was renamed Rafiqui Air Force Base. Cecil

Choudry broke the air combat after destroying one IAF Hunter. In due course of time M.M Alam rose to the rank of Air Commodore. He was a person of great integrity and character. Flying was his passion and Pakistan Air Force was his life. He believed in the highest standards of honesty in his official dealings and personal life. He felt lack of it in the way Air Chief Marshal Anwar Shamim ran the Pakistan Air Force. He thought it his duty to keep the Air Chief informed of rumours about lack of ethics in the way Air Force was being administered and run. Alam’s advice and criticism angered the Air Chief and was not well taken. M.M. Alam decided that the high prestige of Pakistan Air Force must not be tarnished and decided to inform President Ziaul Haq about the ‘goings-on’ in PAF. Shamim, as Chief of the Air Staff, was very close to the president, who did not endorse M.M. Alam’s complaints and grievance against the Air Chief. This was an unfortunate development. Air Chief Marshal Shamim ordered pre-mature retirement of Air Commodore M.M, Alam. As the Vice Chief of Air Staff, I felt grieved and unhappy that Pakistan Air Force had lost a competent officer of unblemished integrity. Alam felt deeply hurt and refused his pension. Air Chief Marshal Jamal Ahmed Khan, who took over the command of Pakistan Air Force after Anwar Shamim, tried his best to persuade M.M. Alam, who had no other income, to accept his pension, which was his legal and constitutional right. But M.M. Alam declined. M.M. Alam went out of sight. After some time it transpired that he had joined the Afghan Mujahideen to fight the Soviet army of occupation. One day several months later there was a knock on the door of my Islamabad house after midnight. I opened the door and found a starved person with a beard wearing the Pushtun cap. I did not recognise him till he said: “Can I come in”? I said: “Alam, what have you done to yourself?” Alam said: “I am starving, I had nothing to eat since two days.” The way he ate, proved it. He was very tired and slept for three days. Then he left and I lost contact with him. Apart from being a great fighter pilot, M.M. Alam was a good human being and a highly religious person. May Allah shower His blessings on Alam and give him a place in heaven. Amen —Via email

Terrorism in Syria M SUFIYAN RAZA AHMED The top most Syrian Sunni cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Buti was martyred by Salifist terrorist. This news rocked the globally and strong protest have been registered by Pakistan and the entire Islamic world. Sheikh Muhammad Al-Buti was a renowned cleric and the Imam of Ummayyad Mosque. The growing terrorism activities of Salifist are getting intolerable. The Salifist fundamentalist have destroyed many shrines in Libya after the Post civil war and this kind of news have been reported in Syria as well. This is an indication of waging a war against other Islamic sects. —Karachi

Technology & communication FURQAN H SHAIKH Today the world walks over the road of science and technology. Whether it is business, education, health, commerce, or economic conditions, a potential difference has always been found among them all. Good professionals of related areas and sectors are busy enhancing their business activities, debiting liabilities, and increasing proprietorship and capital through financing in tangible and non-tangible assets. And some successful layers have likely been adopted by analysts or professionals to explore the supply across the country and the world. In this way, science and good communication have played a vital role in the way of success because through science people can have pro-

grammed-human-like machine which is ‘robot’, that has decreased human efforts and also facilitated people and so many sectors of life, and it always operates according to the instructions that are assigned (programmed) by programmers/software engineers. Developing a robot needs a pale of logic. While good communication layer among different entities has knelt down the knees of unreliability, frustration, deprivation and also geared up the trust, forgiveness, love, and care. In my opinion, without computer technology, software technology and good communication environment, people and their life’s related sectors are zilch. This is because we are all integrated circuits of the globe which have different tasks and commands to operate. Therefore, having awareness about science and technology and importance of good communication environment, the authorities concerned should organise fairs and seminars at public places, science parks, district libraries, schools, collages and universities. And the print and electronic media should also take part in this initiative by publishing weekly articles regarding science and technology . It must invite computer scientists and engineers to share their important ideas on television for the sake of promoting technology and communication for all. And the profit-oriented organisations and non-profit-oriented organisations must also come forward to do the same with the help of goodnatured people, well-heeled business communities, industrialists, international welfare agencies, including Unesco, Unicef, UNDP, etc, with the coordination of the government. —Jamshoro

Renewable energy AZFAR KHAN We cannot gain by opting for solar energy unless we establish manufacturing facilities for solar equipment in our own country. We should first import solar panels (ready-made) and then, in cooperation with a renowned foreign company, establish facilities for production of the same locally. China would be a better option in this regard as it is much cheaper than Europe and the US. A panel comprises about 100 to 200 cells depending upon power which is required to be generated through these cells. These cells, which are quite costly, will initially have to be imported. But the real impact will only be made when we start manufacturing these cells also in Pakistan. As these cells would be required in millions if we go for a solar option in a big way, we’ll have to produce them locally. To manufacture solar cells, two types of raw materials are required: quartz and silica. Quartz is available in northern areas of our country. Some people there are raising walls of their houses utilising this raw material in place of bricks, without knowing its real worth. The other raw material, silica, is available in our rivers and being utilised by our bulbmanufacturing factories. As regards manpower, thousands and thousands of our educated young, men and women are roaming around without jobs. They possess diplomas and degrees in various engineering disciplines like electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering. People with these qualifications would be required to be deployed in manufacturing facilities. In foreign countries, people working on such projects are being paid $45-$50 an hour. To us, such manpower would be available at the rate of $3 an hour only, which comes to about Rs72,000 a month. To achieve this end, the only requirement is a will and commitment at the highest level of the government. —Rawalpindi

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23 killed as bus hits power pylon From Page 1 roof of the bus, police said. The causalities increased after the passengers were trapped inside the bus. Meanwhile, rescue officials have started to pull out the bodies and injured from the bus. The bodies and injured were shifted to a DHQ hospital in Sheikhupura. The deceased have been identified as 18 year old Faisal, Mumtaz BB, Shahzad Ahmed, Muhammad Arshad, Tuheed Ahmed, Rasheed Ali, Muhammad Ashiq and Hamza. Identities of other deceased are yet to be determined.—Online

Nawaz From Page 1 said the electricity loadshedding would loom large. He said the people should hold accountable the government, as President Asif Zardari his government had done nothing to address the issue. He said that there were no missile attacks, suicide bombings and loadshedding when he was at the helm of affairs, but former president General Pervez Musharraf brought terrorism to the country. He said during the next general elections the masses will have to decide what kind of the future of the country we need. He said joint efforts are required for country’s progress. He said that the mistakes done in the past must not be repeated now. If Allah Almighty provided an opportunity as a result of elections, the PMLN would render selfless services for the betterment of the country with focus on resolving all the issues faced by the country, he added. He expressed concern over state of economy in the country and said the government was printing currency notes of three billions of rupees daily while long hours load shedding has caused manifold problems both for the people as well as industry. However, he said that planning needs to be made for next 30 years. He said the problem of load shedding cannot be resolved in two years; however, issues could be resolved to the maximum with sincerity in five years. He said there exists vast natural resources in the country and load shedding problem can be overcome through exploiting these resources. There is need to produce 50,000 of MW keeping in view future needs, he said. Nawaz exhorted upon the Pakistani nation to unite and place Pakistan on the top of the agenda. “We all must strive for a better Pakistan.” He said joint efforts are needed for the country’s progress. The PML-N leader highlighted the achievements made by the PML-N during its previous tenure. He added that during last 65 years, the country was run either through dictatorship or courts. Had the PML-N government was not removed; the country was among the comity of developed nations, he added. He said, in 2008 their hands were tied and all the institutions were against the PML-N.

Iraq stands on its own feet, and with a style From Page 1 ues, squares, old markets and streets etc. All this reflects that the war on Iraq waged to destroy the alleged weapons of mass destruction with an estimated cost of more than two trillion US Dollars against the original estimated cost of 500 billion US Dollars could not erode the spirit of the people of Iraq in any way. Why did George W. Bush choose March 18, 2003. I am told by a senior functionary of the government to invade Iraq, rather than some day in July, or August or never?” Because he was afraid that further delay would give UN arms inspectors time to refute the accusations that Saddam Hussain was working on nuclear weapons. Anyhow, Iraq’s infrastructure has not fully recovered to the pre-war level. But Iraq has recovered otherwise too and now, every day Iraq will move forward. The ongoing cultural festival being attended by many personalities from across the region, mostly Arab and some nonArab, is step in the right direction.

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prejudicial actions taken in past had inflicted harm to the country instead of promoting harmony and brotherhood the East Pakistan and the West Pakistan, such decisions were taken that widened distances between the two wings and ultimately, the country broke apart, argued Hussain. Lessons were not learnt from the past due to which the remaining country was also moving towards disintegration, he regretfully asserted. If the prejudicial policies were not changed by taking lessons from the past, it would be highly detrimental to the country, he warned. The Co-ordination Committee should inform the people and the workers about the conspiracies being hatched against the MQM. The office-bearers and workers of the MQM should be informed that wicked plans LAHORE: People visiting the Lahore Fort and mausoleum of poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal on the had been devised to snatch the public mandate of the occasion of Pakistan Day. MQM and it was their basic constitutional and democratic

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emony was held at the Mausoleum of the Quaid and Quran Khawani took place for the departed soul. Representatives of all three armed forces and a large number of citizens were also present at the mausoleum. Governor and Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh visited the Mazar of the Quaid and laid floral wreaths. Several literary organizations held functions in different parts of the country to highlight the objectives of Pakistan Resolution. Pakistani community and embassies abroad also celebrated the Pakistan Day with pomp and show. In Beijing, Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khalid hoisted the national flag and read out messages of the President and the Prime Min-

ister at a ceremony at the embassy. China’s Minister for Transport, Yang Chuantang who was Chief Guest on the occasion, said whatever may be the changes in regional or international situation, China will continue to resolutely develop the relations with Pakistan. In New Delhi, Pakistani High Commissioner Salman Bashir hoisted the national flag at Chancery building to the tune of national anthem. The High Commissioner reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm determination to promote good, friendly and cooperative relations with all neighbours in particular India. He also affirmed the complete solidarity of the Pakistani nation with their

Kashmiri brethren. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs represented the Government of India at the Pakistan Day reception. Pakistan embassy in Ankara the Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat unfurled the Pakistan flag on the tune of National Anthem in presence of the Pakistani community, Pakistani students studying in Turkish Universities and Embassy officials. The Ambassador read out messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Ceremonies were also held in United Arab Emirates, Germany, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran, Afghanistan Indonesia and other countries.—INP

Musharraf all set to arrive today From Page 1 in Pakistan for conspiracy to murder and illegally arresting judges. “I will go by land, air or sea, whatever. even to the peril of my life this is the oath I took for the country,” said the former army chief of staff. Last year he delayed a planned homecoming after being threatened with detention. The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former president Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile. Speaking to a private TV channel, TTP

spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the group had set up squads of suicide bombers to assassinate Musharraf. “Suicide bombers are being trained and assigned to assassinate” the former president, Ehsan said. Moreover, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, has been given the charge of these suicide squads. Rasheed is a former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force who was on death row after getting convicted by a

field general court martial for engineering an attack on Musharraf in December 2003. He was among the prisoners who had escaped during the April 15, 2012 Bannu jail break. Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the US war on terror following the September 11 attacks and later launching a major crackdown on militancy in Pakistan. Musharraf is due to return to Pakistan on Sunday from Dubai, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.—Online

Italy’s Bersani tapped to form new govt R OME —Italy’s center-left servative alliance. Such a one else, a fresh face to polileader, Pier Luigi Bersani, was given the tough task Friday to form a new and viable government, which is badly needed to steer the country out of recession and get more Italians back to work. National elections last month produced no clear winner, but President Giorgio Napolitano said the 61-yearold Bersani was best positioned to create a government given “the most difficult circumstances” — a reference that while the political leader has a comfortable majority in the lower house, the Senate is split. The vote made plain may voters were disenchanted with mainstream parties and largely divided over which forces should lead Italy at this delicate moment. Bersani’s forces finished first, but he has ruled out a coalition with the next-biggest vote-getter, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s con-

move would risk further alienating the voting base of Bersani’s Democratic Party. But if he shuns Berlusconi, Bersani will need to win support from Parliament’s new third bloc, a populist, anti-euro movement founded by comicturned-political leader Beppe Grillo. Grillo has rejected a vote of confidence to support any established party — and in the required vote of confidence for a new government to go forward. Still, some Grillo lawmakers broke ranks over the weekend and voted to support Bersani’s candidate as Senate speaker, indicating the comic’s grip on his lawmaker’s might not be ironclad. Nevertheless, “I don’t think Bersani has a chance to put together a government,” said political scientist Robert D’Alimonte. If Bersani fails, Napolitano could tap some-

tics, like newly chosen Senate President Piero Grasso, a widely respected former antiMafia prosecutor, said D’Alimonte, a professor at LUISS university in Rome. Grasso could be tasked to form a technical government with a specific mandate, including rewriting the electoral law. Bersani pledged dialogue with political forces in the coming days, seeking a balance between “a government seeking the change expected by the Italians and one able to carry out reforms.” Outgoing Premier Mario Monti’s centrist forces finished fourth with around 10 percent of the vote. Monti, whose government was appointed in late 2011 to enact reforms and austerity measures to safeguard Italy from the continent’s debt crisis, continues as caretaker premier until a new one is in place.—AP

right to protest against this, directed Hussain. He told the Co-Ordination Committee, the people of the city, the workers and sympathisers of the MQM that they should cling to the pillar of the party and stay united and be prepared both mentally and physically as the days to come would be bitter, harsh and agonising. On the other hand, the Urdu-speaking people of Karachi and Hyderabad had been caught in panic and unrest had prevailed across the board over the ECP’s announcement for setting the eleven electoral constituencies once again. It was observed that the situation could lead to any worst untoward situation. It was also likely that the forces that had in recent past demanded the creation of a separate province in Sindh for the Mohajirs could also restart the movement while the sources privy to the ongoing political situation feared.

Filing of nomination PML-N MPs body members papers begins react to govt letter to ECP From Page 1 today From Page 1

nomination papers would continue till 29th of this month.The scrutiny of nomination papers would be held from 30th of this month to 5th of next month.Last date for filing of appeals against decisions of the Returning Officers regarding acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers would be 9th of next month. Tribunals would decide appeals by 16th of next month.Last date for withdrawal of candidature will be 17th and revised list of candidates would be published on 18th of next month. The elections will be held on 11th of May.—Online

said that government members have shown dishonesty by writing this letter as it was decided in the meeting that only information would be conveyed to the Election Commission of Pakistan by the parliamentary committee that the members of the committee have not agreed to any name for caretaker prime minister but the letter based on one sided objections written by the members of government committee have violated the privilege of all members of the committee. They said that if at all a letter had to be written, it would have been written with

mutual consultation and agreement by all members of the committee so that the Election Commission would have got information about the views of both parties. They said that in the present situation, parliamentary committee of PML-N has decided that they will also write a letter to Election Commission of Pakistan for informing it about their point of view. They said that members of the committee also informed the election commission that it should not take any decision before listening to the point of view of the members of PML-N parliamentary committee.

Committee to First day of deliberations From Page 1 deliberate on Chief Election Commis- from the four nominees put four names bysioner Fakhruddin G forward by the Pakistan Ebrahim. The commission, Peoples Party (PPP) and Paunder the constitutional pro- kistan Muslim League – today visions, had 48 hours to agree Nawaz (PML-N). From Page 1

caretaker Punjab Chief Minister. On the other hand, Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz had earlier proposed three namesMian Amir Mehmood, Asma Jehangir and Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa for this slot. Asma Jenhangir had already declined to this offer, hence, her name was excluded. The PPP named Justice (retd) Zahid Hussain in her place. The PPP withdrew the names of Mian Amer Mahmood and Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa for the position of Punjab caretaker Chief Minister and proposed the names of political analyst Najam Sethi and Justice (retd) Zahid Hussain. The PML-N, is however, stick to its two nominees. There is room for new names and the parliamentary committee will take the process of dialogue and negotiations forward on above four names.

on a candidate after the eightmember parliamentary committee failed to reach a consensus despite holding three meetings on consecutive days. The ECP has to choose

The PPP had proposed the names of Dr Ishrat Husain and Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso. PML-N’s nominees are Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Rasool Bux Paliejo.

Egypt confiscates shipments of military uniforms CAIRO— Cairo airport officials confiscated 10,000 pieces of military-style clothing on Saturday as officials in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria seized 25 tons of camouflage material used for making military uniforms. Maj. Gen. Yousri AbdelAziz, head of security at the airport, said the large shipment of items such as shirts and pullovers lacked proper shipping permits and was essentially being smuggled out of Egypt to Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi. Airport officials said an Egyptian businessman was trying to ship the uniforms

to a businessman in Libya. It was not clear what the uniforms would be used for in Libya, where the government has yet to bring militias fully under its control. Separately, a state prosecutor in Alexandria said officials are investigating a Chinese company after two of its shipments from China were found to contain 25 tons of material in the khaki and brownish-green style worn by soldiers. The company manufactures clothing in Egypt and sells abroad. All officials spoke anonymously because investigations are under way.—Agencies

RIKALA —At least 11 inmates escaped from a Greek prison after gunmen brazenly attacked the site with grenades and automatic weapons, kicking off a nightlong standoff between police and prisoners. Two guards were injured, one of them seriously. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, told the Associated Press that two of the escaped inmates had been found and arrested. He said they were hiding in a church not far from the site of the prison. The official added that all the escapees were Albanian. The incident occurred near the town of Trikala, in central Greece, some 320 kilometers (200 miles) northwest of Athens. As many as six gunmen attacked the prison after driving up to the site in a van and pickup truck, according to officials. The Ministry of Justice announced that gunmen using “two vehicles and very heavy weapons” attacked the prison’s outside guards, as well as a prison patrol vehicle and two police cars.—Agencies

Imran pledges to build new Pakistan From Page 1 joining hands with every body including Fazl ur Rehman but they cannot stop their march for a new Pakistan. Heavy rain caused suspension of proceedings of public gathering till the filing of this report. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said PTI has become a force to bring to an end the traditional politics of Pakistan. He said today country is passing through a critical time with high poverty and inflation and depilated economy. He highlighted the achievements demonstrated by PTI chief Imran Khan in the field of sports, health and education. He stated Imran Khan has achieved what was being labeled by many as unachievable by holding intra-party elections. “I supported Imran Khan by leaving the politics of traditional politics,” Qureshi added. He called upon people to support the PTI in the coming elections. Qureshi says the PTI, if voted into power, will end traditional politics and build a new Pakistan.

Fakhar Imam joins PML-N From Page 1 Imam to join PML-N. Sharif said that PML-N is a national party and has presented a revolutionary manifesto for the forthcoming general elections. Shahbaz Sharif said popularity of PML-N is increasing day by day and it will achieve a thumping success across the country in the forthcoming general elections.

France confirms death of al-Qaeda chief Abou Zeid PARIS—The al-Qaida-linked warlord Abou Zeid was killed in combat with French-led troops in Mali in February, France said Saturday, ending weeks of uncertainty about whether one of the group’s leading commanders in the region was dead. In a statement Saturday the office of French President Francois Hollande said the death was “definitively confirmed” and that the killing “marks an important step in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.” C h a d ’ s president had said earlier this month that Chadian troops

killed Abou Zeid while fighting to dislodge his al-Qaida affiliate in northern Mali. French officials have maintained for weeks that the Algerian was “probably” dead but waited to conduct DNA tests to verify. Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, thought to be 47, was a pillar of the southern realm of alQaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, responsible for the death of at least two European hostages and a leader of the extremist takeover of the north. The French military moved into Mali on Jan. 11 to push

back militants linked to him and others who had imposed harsh Islamic rule and who are seen as an international terrorist threat. Abou Zeid was killed in operations in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali in late February, the statement from Hollande’s office said. One analyst warned that Abou Zeid’s death will not significantly weaken AQIM, as some analysts predict, and may in fact lead to greater unity among its factions.— LAHORE: A woman selling strawberries on her push-cart to earn money for her family. AP


New Zealand vs England 3rd Test

Finn’s career best keeps England in hunt A UCKLAND —Fast bowler after resuming the day at 250 sion starting with the removal Steven Finn equalled his career best Test figures of six for 125 as England fought their way back into the deciding third Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday. At stumps on the second day, England were 50 for two, 393 runs in arrears after dismissing New Zealand for 443 soon after tea. Finn, who in the morning session claimed the prized New Zealand scalp of Peter Fulton for 136, ripped out the tail taking the final four wickets in the space of 21 balls. England made an uncomfortable start to their reply when Alastair Cook was snapped up down the leg side by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Trent Boult for four at the start of the third over. Jonathan Trott reached 27 before he followed Cook back to the pavilion when Boult beat him off the pitch to be leg before wicket and England were two for 44. Nick Compton (12 not out) and Ian Bell (six not out) then took a no risk approach through to stumps with only six runs scored in the final nine overs. While New Zealand had reason to feel satisfied with their bowling, it was a disappointing end to the innings

for one. The overnight pair of Fulton and Kane Williamson added a further 10 runs before the final nine wickets fell for 183 on a placid wicket as Finn equalled his best figures of six for 125 set against Australia at Brisbane in 2010. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior was the other standout performer for England, taking five catches behind the stumps, including a spectacular one-handed diving effort to remove Fulton. The 34-year-old Fulton, who posted his maiden Test century, was in the middle for nearly eight hours and featured in a 181-run stand for the second wicket with Williamson (91). However, New Zealand will be disappointed no other batsman was able to reach a half century. Tim Southee managed 44 in a late cameo that included two sixes and four fours, but his dismissal in the third over after tea triggered a rapid end to the innings as the last three wickets fell in four overs. Finn ended sitting on a hattrick after removing Watling (21) and Boult in successive balls. England took three wickets in the morning ses-

of Williamson who was in sight of his fourth Test century when he edged James Anderson to Prior. Fulton’s marathon innings came to an end at 136 when he whipped Finn down the leg side only to see the athletic Prior just manage to get a glove to the ball and make the catch stick. Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor produced a quick 19 before he was caught and bowled to give Monty Panesar his only wicket of the innings.

Brendon McCullum’s dismissal on the second ball he faced was overturned on review. Replays showed the ball came off his pads, negating England’s appeal for caught behind, and that the ball would have gone over middle stump, negating the secondary appeal for lbw. From there McCullum (38) teamed up with Dean Brownlie (36) to add 68 for the fifth wicket before both fell before tea to end the only other New Zealand partnership of note.—AFP

SCJ Broad ............ 30-6-94-0 ST Finn ........... 37.3-8-125-6 MS Panesar ..... 47-17-123-1 IJL Trott ................... 6-3-9-1 JE Root .................... 2-1-5-0 AUCKLAND: Steven Finn leads England off after equalling his best figures during New Zealand vs England 3rd Test on Saturday. England 1st innings: Cook c Watling b Boult ... 4 NRD Compton not out .. 12 IJL Trott lbw b Boult ..... 27 IR Bell not out .................. 6 Extras (w 1) ........................ 1 Total (2 wickets) ............. 50 Fall of wickets 1-8, 2-44 Bowling ............. O-M-R-W LAHORE—Pakistan signed an TA Boult .............. 10-4-26-2 agreement o provide greater TG Southee ........... 6-4-12-0 support for cricket in AfghaniN Wagner ................ 2-0-6-0 stan by training players and It is Pakistan’s bowling more than useful addition, BP Martin ................ 7-4-6-0 staff to help lift the sport in the BENONI , South Africa— war-torn country. Cricket is fast Beaten by New Zealand in their which has kept them in this however. Imran Farhat reovertaking football as the most previous series, South Africa series. Mohammad Irfan, placed Nasir Jamshed last popular sport in Afghanistan are in danger of losing back-to- Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz time and it was a fine call. after the 2001 US-led invasion back home two-team series for were superb in Durban and Willowmore Park is not one brought down the Taliban re- the first time. They were the tourists will hope for more of the most recognised intergime, with the national team shoddy with the willow in the of the same. Irfan and Junaid national venues but it has qualifying for back-to-back fourth one-day international in took three wickets each while hosted 10 ODIs since 2006. World Twenty20s in 2010 and Durban and have lacked con- Wahab was miserly, conced- The ground was redeveloped 2012. sistency at the key time.To ing 16 runs off four overs. into a world-class facility and The sport was introduced avoid a defeat in Sunday’s Because he bowled only extra pitches were laid to imLAHORE—Defender by Afghan refugees returning Match, the selectors could re- a short spell, however, we prove consistency. It has been Mohammad Irfan is likely to be ousted from the national KARACHI—Former National Aftab 5-1 which included a rounds by ending the fine from cricket-mad Pakistan, place Rory Kleinveldt with have to wonder whether he rewarded with plenty of action. run of play of Babar Masih where they fled following the Kyle Abbott in the bowling is an injury doubt. Umar Gul South Africa captain Graeme hockey team for his irrespon- Champions Imran Shehzad, break of 53. 1979 Soviet invasion. Afghani- department while Quinton de could replace him but he has Smith has been ruled out of the Imran Shahzad dropped with a 5-2 victory. sible play in the recently con- Muhammad Sajjad with stan became a member of the Kock may usurp Graeme Smith been struggling with a final one-day international In the best of 11-frame cluded Azlan Shah Cup, in Abdul Sattar and junior semi-finals on Sunday, Abdul International Cricket Council who has been useless, averag- niggle himself. Sohail Tanvir, against Pakistan because of an which Pakistan finished at cueist Hamza Akbar entered the left-armer, would be a ankle injury.—INP Sattar takes on Imran in 2001 and in 2009.—Online ing 13. the bottom. the semi-finals of Jubilee InShahzad and Muhamad Sources told Dawn that surance 38th National Sajad faces rising cueist head coach Akhtar Rasool in Snooker Championship after Hamza Akbar. his report on the performance winning their quarter-final Quarter-final results: Imran of the national team had ex- matches in contrasting fashShehzad (Pjb) bt Abu Saim (Pjb) pressed his surprise over the ions at Karachi Gymkhana 5-3 (49-55, 65-07, 54-42, 87-18, irresponsible play by Irfan Billiards Hall on Saturday. 79-08, 55-58, 60-69, 57-39), during the tournament, inPakistan junior number Abdul Sattar (Sindh) bt Babar cluding scoring an own goal four Hamza from Punjab reMasih (Pjb) 5-2 (67-34, 71-30, MIAMI—On a day when rain in the match against South covered from 1-2 down to 10-78, 70-37, 68-26, 42-61, 64-01), left plenty of players waiting Korea, which ended in 2-2 beat province-mate Farhan Muhammad Sajjad (Pjb) bt around Maria Sharapova draw. Noor 5-4 after an exciting and Shahid Aftab (Pjb) 5-1(67-20, didn’t waste any time in a 6-2, Irfan, whose performance intriguing contest. 75-05, 10-69, 68-08, 118-13, 58- 6-0 second-round victory over was also not satisfactory at Former Asian number the London Olympics, had two Muhammad Sajjad the opening frame before 09) Hamza Akber (Pjb) bt Canadian Eugenie Bouchard also faced a disciplinary ac- looked in top form as he beating Abu Saim 5-3 while Farhan Noor (Pjb) 5-4 (12-69, 88- in the Miami ATP Masters and tion when the head coach routed another former Na- Abdul Sattar was lone Sindh 60, 73-06, 59-73, 69-44, 32-67, 07- WTA tournament. Sharapova, had suspended him for six tional Champion Shahid cueist to reach the last four 91, 59-58, 69-55).—APP seeded third even though her months for not reporting back triumph at Indian Wells last at the camp well on time after weekend saw her jump from attending a wedding certhird to second in the world emony in the month of Norankings, needed less than an vember. hour to subdue the 19-year-old The camp was set up for wild card. the Champions Trophy Even a brief power outage Peshawar and Bannu proPeshawar’s goal-keeper Shaista preparations, which was held PESHAWAR —Peshawar and that halted the match as the in Australia in December last Mardan setup final showdown vided great thrilling for the large played well and did not allow floodlights went out barely year. But later, PHF president after registering victories number of spectators who re- the Bannu strikers to score any slowed her. Qasim Zia reduced the sus- against their respective rivals sponded well with their cheer- goal. “It was a bigger surprise Peshawar on the other that it was all around the outer pension period from six in the ongoing Khyber ing hands, specially supportmonths to just one month, Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region ing Peshawar. Peshawar jolted hands managed their position courts as well, not just the staenabling the defender to par- Women Hockey Champion- by Bannu when it took the lead after conceding the goal. Their dium,” she said of the outage ticipate in the Asian Champi- ship being played here at Lala through Naila on the field at- forwards comprising Sana that plunged the court into ons Trophy which was held Ayub Hockey Stadium on Sat- tempt. The winger Irum Khan Liaqat, Yusra, Sidra, Anum and darkness. in the last week of December urday. Peshawar defeated travelled past two defenders Hina played well and made In the end however, it was in Doha, Qatar. Meanwhile, Bannu by 3-1 in a thrilling semi- from the center line and gave a some fine inroads as a result it just a small hurdle on a day free ball to unmarked Naila who was in the 33rd minute when the absence of two senior final match while Mardan faced when a three-hour rain delay players Rashid Mahmood tough resistance in the second did nothing wrong in dispatch- Peshawar succeeded in level- had matches backing up. “I and Rizwan Senior from the semi-final against Malakand as ing the ball into the net. After ing the tally 1-1 when Sidra was just trying to find a quiet training camp of Azlan Shah both were stretched to penalty taking lead, Bannu put in more sounded the board on a pen- corner where I could just rest pressure to double the lead but alty corner rebound.—APP Cup, is still a mystery.—APP shoot-out battle. and just wait it out,” Sharapova said of her approach to the rain delay. “I have been on the tour for many years and I have been part of a few delays ... you have to get out and just be ready, do a quick warmup, and be ready for the match.” Sharapova next faces Russian Elena Vesnina, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Croatian Donna Vekic. Victoria Azarenka, the Australian Open champion who is seeded second, although she’s dropped to No. KEY BISCAYNE: Maria Sharapova, of Russia serves to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 3 in the world rankings this during the Sony Open tennis tournament. “I feel like I’m in a good match points in the deciding week, withdrew before her possibility to play and today tennis shape, not physical tiebreaker. Ranked 81st, Davis scheduled second-round was my last test.” Azarenka, who like all Mi- shape right now,” said admitted she never expected match against US wild card Madison Keys with a right ami seeds received a first- Azarenka. “Even though I to even have the chance to ankle injury. The injury had round bye, is unbeaten on didn’t feel very good physi- play after watching Azarenka prompted Azarenka to pull out court this year, a 17-0 run that cally, I played well in Indian warm up in the morning. “I’m before her semi-final match last includes the Australian Open Wells and still won three so ecstatically happy,” Davis pretty good.” said. “I came here this mornweek at Indian Wells, but she and a title in Doha. But she has matches had held out hope she’d be twice surrendered matches by Azarenka was replaced in the ing with like no hope left that I able to play in Miami. “It was walkover, the first in January draw by lucky loser Lauren was going to get in, because I really obvious what the deci- at a Brisbane semi-final against Davis, who made the most of had seen Azarenka practicing sion was couple days ago al- Serena Williams with an in- her opportunity with a 6-1, 5- and stuff, but I just hoped and PESHAWAR: Player of Swat hit penalty against Mardan during Inter Region District Women’s Hockey Tournament ready,” Azarenka said. “I just fected right toe that resulted 7, 7-6 (9/7) victory over Keys. I wished and I prayed that I organized by Director of Sports Women at PU ground. Davis, 19, saved three would get in.”—AFP wanted to give my 100 percent from a pedicure.

Hockey player Irfan likely to face the axe

New Zealand 1st innings: PG Fulton b Finn .......... 136 HD Rutherford b Finn ... 37 Williamson b Anderson 91 Taylor c & b Panesar ..... 19 Brownlie b Anderson .... 36 McCullum b Trott .......... 38 Watling c Prior b Finn ... 21 Southee c Prior b Finn ... 44 Martin c Trott b Finn ..... 10 N Wagner not out ............ 2 Boult c Compton b Finn .. 0 Extras (b 4, lb 4, nb 1) ...... 9 Total (all out) ................ 443 Fall of wickets 1-79, 2-260, 3-289, 4-297, 5-365, 6-373, 7424, 8-436, 9-443, 10-443 Bowling ............ O-M-R–W JM Anderson ...... 30-8-79-2

Pakistan signs deal to lift cricket in Afghanistan

Smith ruled out of final ODI

Pakistan chase rare series win in South Africa

Hamza, Imran, Sattar, Sajjad in National Snooker semis

Sharapova cruises through as Azarenka withdraws

Peshawar, Mardan to clash in Inter-Region Women Hockey final


Country’s survival , future depend upon elections: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minis-

2 devotees die in road accident HUB—At least two devotees were killed and more than 70 others injured when a bus carrying pilgrims turned turtle here on Saturday. According to rescue sources, an over speeding bus carrying devotees from Karachi to Shah Noorani over turned due to overloading in Hub area of Balochistan near Shah Noorani More. As a result of accident two pilgrims were killed on the spot and more than six dozens others sustained wounds. The Edhi volunteers and rescue personnel reached the scene of the accident and rushed the injured to Government Hospital, Jam Ghulam Qadir where several injured people with serious wounds were referred to Civil Hospital Karachi.—INP

ANP’s manifesto today P ESHAWAR —Awami National Party (ANP) has finalized its party manifesto in connection with upcoming polls which would be announced today (Sunday, March 24). Sources in ANP told Online that the slogan of peace and prosperity is at the top of its manifesto while energy crisis including wind energy projects and unemployment were inculcated in the manifesto. Meanwhile, industrial development, independent foreign policy, cordial and friendly relations with all neighboring countries and provision of accessible education to the poverty stricken masses were part of the manifesto molded by the think tanks of ANP. —Online

Ramzan new NAB spokesperson ISLAMABAD—Muhammad Ramzan Sajid, a senior officer of the Federal Government has been appointed spokesperson of the National Accounability Bureau (NAB) Ramzan Sajid with 13-year experince as a public relations professional, has been recently posted Additional Director Media in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) HQ on deputation, said a press release. Prior to this posting, Sajid worked as spokesperson and Director Public Relations, Capital Development Authority (CDA), for around four years.—APP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari shaking hand with Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China, after conferring upon him award of Hilal-i-Pakistan at the investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e- Sadr.

President confers civil‚ military awards ISLAMABAD—President Asif Ali Zardari has conferred civil‚ military awards on eve of Pakistan Day celebrations on Saturday. As per details, an investiture ceremony was held at Aiwan-eSadr in Islamabad to awardcivil and military awards as part of the Pakistan Day celebrations. President Asif Ali Zardari decorated the recipients. The ceremony was attended among others by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf‚ Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari‚ Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza‚ former members of the Federal Cabinet‚ Senators‚ services chiefs‚ foreign diplomats and senior civil and military officials. Major Mujahid Ali was awarded posthumous Sitarae-Jurrat. Recipients of Nishan-eImtiaz included Saadat Hassan Manto‚ late Mehdi Hassan‚ late Munir Ahmad Khan‚ Muhammad Irfan Burney‚ Sherry Rehman and Dr. Asim Hussain. Hilal-e-Imtiaz was given to late Fauzia Wahab‚ Ansar Burney‚ Abida Parveen‚ late Josh Malih Abadi‚ Ansar Parvez‚ Ahmad Chinnoy‚ Anwar Maqsood‚ Fatima Surriya Bajiya‚ Masood Khan‚ MajorGeneral Ahmad Bilal‚ Zia Mohiuddin‚ Khalid Abbas Dar‚ Hamid Mir‚ late Abdul Hafeez Kardar and late Fazal Mahmood. Sitara-e-Shujaat was awarded to Maulana Hassan Jan Shaheed.— Online

US lawmaker ties aid to Pakistan with Afridi’s release WASHINGTON—A Republican

Senator with presidential ambition moved an amendment on the Senate floor to cut off all foreign aid to Pakistan until Shakeel Afridi, a key informant in the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, is released from prison. “Pakistan’s actions are unacceptable and not suitable for any country wishing to receive a single dollar from US taxpayers - especially considering FA/FSc exams their country is one of the largest postponed recipients,” said Senator Rand MINGORA—The Board of Inter- Paul, as he moved Amendment mediate and Secondary Educa- 379, to Senate Con Res 8, the tion (BISE) has postponed the Budget Resolution. —Online FA and FSc annual examination till May 15, owing to the general elections scheduled for May 11 next. The examination was scheduled for April 24, said Controller of Examination BISE Swat Syed Shahbuddin while talking to local reporters here on Saturday. He said that now the exams would commence from May 15, 2013 after the general elections.—APP

Free medical camp held PESHAWAR—A four-day free medical camp was organized by Directorate of Health FATA at Kalay, Orakzai Agency with a special team of doctors examined 2347 patients. According to detail, the free medical camp held under the supervision of program manager Dr. Niaz Afridi wherein 2347 people were provided free medical treatment besides conducting XRay and blood tests. The patients were also referred to general hospitals as well and many of them were provided free medicines.—APP

Rebels seize air defence base in southern Syria BEIRUT—Syrian rebels on Saturday seized a major air defence base in a strategic region in the south near the Jordanian border, the latest battlefield triumph for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, activists said. Fighters with a rebel group active in the south stormed and seized control of the base used by the 38th Division after a 16-day siege, according to a statement posted on websites of the group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. The base near the village of Saida is situated along the international highway linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Jordan to the south. Fighting in Syria’s southern provinces bordering Jordan and Israel has increased sharply in the past few days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of people, mostly opposition fighters, were killed in heavy clashes this week in the Quneitra

region along the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights. The Britain-based group, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said it had documented the deaths of 35 opposition fighters and that contact had been lost with more than 20 others believed to have died in the fighting. Dozens of others were wounded, the group said. The fighting in the area intensified midweek after rebels seized a village and parts of other villages, closing in on the strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and later annexed. If the rebels take over the Quneitra region, it will bring radical Islamic militants to a front line with Israeli troops. The rebel force comprises dozens of groups, including the powerful al-Qaidalinked Jabhat al-Nusra, which the Obama administration labels a terrorist organization.—AP

Issue of terrorism plaguing Pak-India ties: Sabharwal LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD —Wishing well for Pakistan on successful running of democratic process and the forthcoming elections, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal has said New Delhi wants cordial relations with Pakistan but issue of terrorism should be resolved affectively. In a very calculated way and using guarded language while informally talking to mediamen during a dinner hosted by him in honour of editors, anchorpersons and senior journalists at his residence here he said the government and the people of India are very sensitive and concern about acts of terrorism in India. The issue will continue to plague the smooth running between both the neighbouring countries.

Indian cricket team did not visit because of security problem in Pakistan. Referring to visa regime signed last year, he said it is moving well except two categories group and on arrival visas, which have some technical and procedural snags. Otherwise, visas are being granted under the agreement to the people including businessmen, he said. Sharat Sabharwal said he had met politicians in Pakistan including PML-Q leader Nawaz Sharif. India will continue its efforts to address issues with the next elected government. He said Election Commission in India is independent and powerful. It can make changes in administrative set up where it deems necessary. Democratic values and norms are deep rooted in India, he said.

ECP 400 teams to monitor polls process, campaigns STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Saturday constituted 400 teams to monitor election activities of candidates and election process in more than 1000 constituencies of the National Assembly and provincial assemblies. According to the information provided to media by the ECP, officers of Grade 17 and above of the district administrations will be heading the monitoring teams. Each monitoring team will be provided two video cameras, transport facility and security. Training workshops for the teams will be held in divisional headquarters from March 25 to 31 and the provincial election commissioners and other higher officials will impart training to them. The monitoring teams will report to the district returning officials and returning officers about the violation of the Election Commission by-laws by the candidates and their supporters. The reports of the teams will also help in estimating the election campaign expenditures of the candidates.

Barozai takes oath as Balochistan caretaker CM Q U E T TA —Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai took oath of caretaker chief minister Balochistan, here on Saturday. Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi administered the oath to Barozai. Outgoing chief minister Aslam Raisani and some members of his cabinet were also present on the occasion. Barozai belongs to the Sibi area of Balochistan. His father, Nawab Muhammad Khan Barozai, was the first speaker of Balochistan Assembly in 1970, as well as the chief minister of the province in 1970s. Barozai was also a caretaker provincial minister in the previous caretaker government in Balochistan.—INP

ter Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that forthcoming general elections are of extraordinary importance as the survival and future of the country depend upon these elections. He expressed the hope that masses through their votes would bring forward such an honest and sincere leadership as would transform Pakistan in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said that Pakistan is facing serious challenges like terrorism, loadshedding, corruption and economic crises and he believes that Pakistan Muslim League-N led by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is the only political party which is capable of resolving these problems. He was addressing separate meetings of leaders and officebearers of Pakistan Muslim League-N belonging to Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Chiniot, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Sialkot districts at Model Town,Saturday. Senior leaders of PML-N were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that there is no doubt that people want a real change and not empty slogans and hollow claims. He said that change and prosperity can be brought about in the life of the people through solid measures as have been adopted by Punjab

government in the service of the masses during last five years. He said that even the political opponents of the Punjab leadership have lauded the revolutionary steps taken in education, health, employment and other sectors in the province due to which the living standard of the masses has improved and they are benefitting from development projects. He said that he can rightly claim that PML-N government has introduced a real change in Punjab. He said the development activities, uplift projects and welfare programmes of the provincial government have been widely appreciated by the people.

Ijlal Haider Zaidi passes away ISLAMABAD—Retired senior bureaucrat Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi died after protracted illness in Lahore on Saturday. According to media reports, Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi was 84. Besides holding key positions, he also served as Director General Radio Pakistan.— Online

24 inch gas pipeline blown up SUI—A 24-inch diameter gas pipeline supplying gas to Karachi city from Sui area was blown up with explosive device in Gopit area here on Saturday. The banned outfit Bloch Republican Army(BRA) has claimed responsibility in this regard. —INP

President for greater efforts to promote interfaith harmony ISLAMABAD—A delegation comprising of Shia Ulema, headed by Allama Sajid Hussain Naqvi, Saturday, called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-eSadr. The delegation included Shabbir Mesmi, Ramzan Toqeer, Wazarat Hussain Naqvi, Aarif Wahidi and Allama Mazhar Abbas. Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Ms. Shehla Raza and Ms. Mehreen Anwar Raja were also present during the meeting. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that during the meeting the President while emphasizing upon the need for greater efforts to promote interfaith harmony

Thunderbolt claims 3 FC men’s lives HANGU—Atleast three security personals were killed while five sustained severe injuries when a thunderbolt struck in the area of Orakzai agency on Saturday. According to media reports, three security personals were deployed on duty in the area of Godala located in Orakzai Agency. Unfortunately the rain started with thunderstorm as a result three security personals died on the spot while five others sustained severe injuries when a thunderbolt struck in the area of Orakzai agency. Later on, the injured personals were shifted to hospital for medical aid.—Online

US reaffirms support for free polls in Pakistan W ASHINGTON —The United

States has reaffirmed its support for timely and free polls in Pakistan following the landmark completion of the constitutional term of the government. The US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland at a briefing in Washington said that we look forward to timely, free, and fair elections that are going to result in the first civilian, democratic transition of power in Pakistan’s history. In response to a question, the spokesperson said it is up to the people of Pakistan to decide who their preventatives should be, according to their democratic process. In reply to a question whether the United States will send any observers for the polls, she said we obviously will look to the Government of Pakistan QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi administering oath to caretaker Chief Minister Ghaus Bux with regard to any help or supBarozai. port they might need.—Online

said that the religious leaders, scholars and Ulema have a critical role in promoting inter-faith dialogue and religious harmony. He said that it was disturbing to see that the values of tolerance and harmony were fast eroding during the present times. The extremists, the President said, have destroyed the peace of the society in the name of religion and added that the extremist mindset was not confined to any one religion or country. It was growing the world over and was an alarming trend. The Spokesperson said that the President also reaffirmed the resolve of the Government to continue fighting

against the forces of extremism and religious bigotry by promoting democratic values of reconciliation, tolerance and dialogue and by propagating message of peace and harmony. He reiterated that the Government would continue to undertake every effort for the protection of the vulnerable sections of the society and that no one would be allowed to misuse the name of the religion for their vested interests. The Ulema thanked the President for meeting and assured their continued support to the efforts aimed at promoting inter-faith harmony and protection of the vulnerable.—Online


Unplanned pregnancy warning to older women over 35 E

XPERTS fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age. The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone “too far”. Although fertility does wane, women can still fall pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties. Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show. In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women. There are many reasons why some women opt for an abortion - including birth abnormalities in the baby, which are more common when the mothers are older. But FPA says its anecdotal evidence suggests some of the abortions are because women wrongly assumed they could not get pregnant because they were too old. Aimed at women aged 35 and over, the FPA’s new campaign ‘Conceivable?’ reminds women to stay vigilant about unplanned pregnancy and to keep using contraception until after the menopause if they do not wish to become pregnant. Chief executive of the FPA Julie Bentley said: “Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies. “It sends an inaccurate message to women and society that only the young fall

pregnant and is leading older women to believe their fertility has gone long before it actually has.” She said women should realise it is entirely conceivable that just one night of unprotected sex in your late 30s, 40s and even 50s can end in an unplanned pregnancy. “Our helpline receives calls from such women, shocked this has happened to them. “They thought their age would protect them from becoming pregnant.” She said in general all methods of contraception were suitable for the over-35s. Women aged 30 to 34 continue to have the highest fertility rate - 113.1 live births per 1,000 women. But the rate among women aged 40 and over has more than doubled since 1988, from 5.1 to 12.6 per 1,000 women, and there were more than 26,000 live births to women in this age group in 2008, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Emily James of Marie Stopes International said: “Many older women facing an unplanned pregnancy are completely shocked to find themselves in this position many assume that their irregular periods are due to menopause, and are surprised to learn that they are in fact pregnant. “It is vital that women of all ages are provided with the information, support and advice they need when deciding whether or not to continue with an unplanned pregnancy.”

ISLAMABAD: Police band presenting national songs during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan Day, organized by Nazriya Pakistan Council (Trust) at Aiwan-e-Quaid.—PO photo Sultan Bashir

Enchanting performance by Police band at Aiwan-e-Quaid STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —In connection

ISLAMABAD: Children of Pakistan Sweet Homes participating in a peace walk to mark the Pakistan Day celebrations.

IIUI to establish Chinese Language Department STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Zhang Yiung Pao, Cultural Counselor of China in Pakistan called on Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). On his arrival Prof Dr Ahmad Yousif warmly welcomed the distinguished guest and exchanged views on matters of mutual interests and also

discussed need for cooperation in the areas of research and education between IIUI and Universities of China and Saudi Arabia. While talking on the occasion Dr Al-Draiweesh said that about 600 male and female Chinese students are studying in this university and are getting quality education of Islamic as well as modern sciences. He informed that IIU wants to estab-

lish “Chinese Language Department” in the university and initially one year diploma program of Chinese Language will be introduced and services of two senior teachers will also be hired from China, later on the said programme will be upgraded up to graduation level. Zhang Yiung Pao assured full cooperation regarding establishment of said department in the university.

with the weeklong Pakistan Day celebrations, the Nazriya-i-Pakistan Council arranged a beautiful and enchanting display of patriotic music played by the Islamabad Police band at Aiwani-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park. For about two hours, the band enthralled the audience comprising of students, families and a group of FC personnel deputed in the capital city by playing tunes of popular national songs such as Sohni Dharti, Jevay Jevay Pakistan, Ay Watan Pak Watan and Iss Perchum Kay Saae Talay etc. The display was so well received by the audience that some of them kept on dancing on the beats of these songs while many chanted the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad to express their love for the country. Apart from the Police band display, the event also featured screening of documentaries on Pakistan movements arranged by NPC in collaboration with the directorate of electronic media and publications, GOP. This event went on for three days starting form 21st March 2013, in the Aiwan-i-Quaid auditorium commemorating the historical events of the Pakistan movement. The celebrations will be concluded on 27th March 2013, with a grand annual gold medal ceremony and National Seminar to be presided over by the eminent scientist and scholar Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

Pakistan Day celebrations

Great fervour and festivity at Shakarparian CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) and Ministry of National Heritage and Integration celebrated Pakistan Day with a great fervour and festivity here at Shakaparian. In this regard, a special programme was organized at the Pakistan Monument Museum, where a group of students of local school sang national songs along with folk artist Javed Niazi. Their performances were highly appreciated by the visitors. In order to attract maximum number of visitors for joining in the celebrations, free entry was allowed by the management on the day. A cake cutting ceremony also took place at the Monument Museum which was performed by Joint Secretary of the National Heritage Ministry Mashood Mirza. Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly

Islamabad also performed on the Corporation, woodcraft works, diplomats from Turkey, Iran, Afoccasion. Besides cultural stalls calligraphy, truck art, embroidery ghanistan, Azerbaijan, RAWALPINDI—In connection of various countries, stalls of the and others were also set up. Uzbekistan and Cyprus, and Naheed Manzoor, flanked by RAC Resident Director Waqar with Pakistan Day celebrations Punjab Tourism Development and Jashn-e-Nowruz, Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Saturday organized Festival and an exhibition showcasing photographs of Pakistan Movement. Stalls depicting culture of all federating unites and GilgitBaltistan of Pakistan, and other countries including Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus were set up in the lawns of the Council as part of Nowruz Festival that was organized with the collaboration of The Diplomatic Insight. The main objective of the festival was to exchange culture with nations that celebrate Nowruz Festival. Besides a large number of the people from all walks, ambassadors and diplomats of various countries also attended the festival.Folk singer Qurban Niazi and his companions, and RAWALPINDI: Visitors taking interest in items displayed during an exhibition at Arts Counlocal bands of Rawalpindi and cil in connection with Nowruz Festival.

objective to raise awareness level of school children about their own culture and to develop their interest in a broader perspective, he said. “We believe that children need exposure to the world outside their immediate and local environs. Lack of opportunities and remoteness prevents them from stepping out of their local environs and see the world around.” Feeling this requirement in mind and to achieve these objectives, Lok Virsa has also launched a full fledged project on establishment of Children’s Folklore Society under which eight societies have already been set up in remotest parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkwa provinces, he added. A large number of residents of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, in particular students, youth and families visited Lok Virsa facilities and appreciated the activities presented by the organizers.

Nine arrested during raids on guest houses CRIME REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Shalimar Police have arrested 9 including four women during raids at guest houses recovering bottles of wines from their possession, a

Colourful Nowruz festival at RAC CITY REPORTER

known as Heritage Museum, also remained open for public throughout the day and entertained a huge number of visitors. Talking to newsmen, Executive Director Lok Virssa Khalid Javaid said, “this year we specially invited school children to participate in our programmes with a view to inculcate awareness among them about our rich cultural heritatge.” This idea was conceived by Asaf Ghafoor, Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration keeping in mind the educational potential of Lok Virsa’s facilities for the benefit of young generations, he maintained. He further added that Pakistani culture is diverse but it has unity in it. This unity in diversity needs to be explained to our children through cultural activities and folkloric expressions. Lok Virsa is trying to impart and communicate the characteristics of the Pakistani folklore with the

Ahmed inaugurated the festival, while Muhammad Asif Noor, Chief Editor The Diplomatic Insight and Khalid Zia Siddique contributed a lot to make the event success. At Nowruz festival, Naheed Manzoor said Nowruz Festival marks the beginning of the spring season, and Rawalpindi Arts Council has utilized this opportunity to present cultures of different nations at one place. She said Pakistani culture, and art and crafts have presented thoroughly for foreign delegates and the local public. PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the photo exhibition based on Pakistan Movement, which showcased over 75 photographs. Speaking on the occasion, he said the photo exhibition has presented a complete history of Pakistan movement. He said photographs have been taken so skillfully and preserved so properly that one feels witnessing images of Pakistan Movement from their own eyes.

police spokesman said on Saturday On the tip of Station house officer police station Shalimar inspector Ghulam Muhammad Baqir and ASI Mumtaz along with police team raided a guest house in sector F-11/3 and arrested 9 accuse including four women namely Muhammad Khalid, Usman, Ahmad Abdullah, Junaid, Usman Shazad, lady accused Saima bibi, Amana bibi, Sajida bibi and Ineela bibi

involved immoral activities. The police team recovered five liquor bottles from their possession. Cases have been registered against all the arrested suspects under relevant sections of law and further investigation is underway. Besides appreciating the performance of police, the SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has directed all police officials to ensure effective policing to curb criminal and anti-social elements.

Out of order signals I SLAMABAD —The dysfunctional traffic signals are creating enormous problems for the commuters of the capital city while traffic wardens deployed at these signals allow each side to go according to their own will without taking care of time which causes traffic jams. Due to the load-shedding most of the signals in the city often remains dysfunctional, whereas at some signals warden of the Islamabad traffic police (ITP) are deployed while there are no personnel’s deployed at most of the signal to control heavy flow of traffic. Rehan Abbasi, one of the commuters said that the long queues on traffic signals also causing inconvenience for ambulances, because it was not possible for ambulance and other emergency vehicles to rush through the heavy traffic. Another commuter said that it is not possible for one warden to control the heavy flow of traffic and suggested that it is necessary to deploy at least three to four personnel’s at each signal.—Online

Parents decry massive increase in fee by private institutions RAWALPINDI—With the start of every educational year but also of Pakistan to order the formanew educational year, private schools and colleges of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have increased fees beyond the reach of parents and putting them in a fix whether to continue the study of their children in these institutions. Moreover, rise in the prices of books and stationary has added to the miseries of the parents. Expressing their concerns over the issue, the parents said that the administrations of private educational institutions have increased tuition fee in thousands by minting huge money in the name of security fee, laboratory fee, computer lab fee etc. They said they have to pay not only the fees on the start of

spend huge money on books, notebooks and stationary. They said that the private schools and colleges receive commission on books from stationary shops and refer the students to the specific shops, resulting in rise in stationary and books prices. Furthermore, the parents said, this year the shopkeepers have increased prices of books and stationary up to 20 to50 percent. This situation created financial problems for them, they added.Parents sending their two to three children in these institutions are highly disturbed as they say that in addition to monthly fee, and books and stationary, the institutions are charging in thousands under different heads. The parents appealed to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court

tion of an authority to regulate the fees and other matters of the private education institutions pointing out that the owners of these institutions are in league with the bureaucracy and political government, who never take notice of the highhandedness. Meanwhile, office bearers of Private Schools Management Association said that they had to increase the fees keeping in view the current inflation rate. They said that increasing rents of buildings and inflation with every passing year were making it difficult to run the schools. Parents on the other hand say that due to heavy profit, these institutions increase the number of their branches but the facilities extended in return are negligible.—INP


Development projects dropped Staff Reporter KARACHI—Several development projects were shelved after the Sindh government failed to make up its mind on the local government system, sources said. They said that the frequent introduction and repealing of new local government systems in the city, apparently for gaining political mileage, also created reservations among global investors, hurting various uplift projects. Besides, they said, employees of relevant departments also remained unpaid for two months, adding that changes in local government systems also perplexed officials of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, who were still clueless regarding their actual working parameters. The Sindh Assembly adopted the Sindh People Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) of 2012 in last year after long deliberations between major coalition partners in the Sindh government. But after a very shot time the Sindh Assembly again reversed the SPLGO 2012 in February this year, restoring the Local Government Act of 1979.

KBP observes World Water Day as black day Staff Reporter LAHORE—Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) observed the World Water Day as Black Day against the Indian water aggression against Pakistan and cold attitude of the government in tackling this issue and giving no attention towards construction of Kalabagh Dam. Speaking at a gathering of growers, KBP President Sardar Zafar Hussein Khan and General Secretary Malik Muhammad Ramzan Rohari claimed that increasing water crisis around the globe was due to water aggression of different countries. He said this crisis was affecting 3.2 billion people directly throughout the world. They said this water aggression might result in another world war, adding that next target of world powers would be taking possession of water after capturing oil producing regions. They said Pakistan was also facing grave situation due to water aggression, adding that despite having hydraulic system of six rivers in Pakistan it had been deprived of water of three rivers completely.

$288m approved for wind power generation STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has approved a total of $288 million in financing for two Wind Power Projects poised to deliver much-needed electricity to Pakistan and Peru. According to a statement issued on Saturday by Alternate Energy development board (AEDB) it is stated that OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield said OPIC it would help diversify its energy production to include important contributions from renewable energy sources. “The wind power projects will enable both countries to take advantage of their massive renewable energy potential to help meet unmet demand for electricity,” Littlefield continued. “We are thrilled to partner with innovative U.S. companies

to bring these highly-developmental projects to realization. “The provision of clean and reliable electricity is an essential building block of any economy,” she added. The OPIC credit facility would help build a 50 MW wind power plant in Gharo-Ketti Bandar Wind Corridor, designed to generate 133 Giga Watt hours of emission-free electricity annually. Using GE Wind turbines, the Sapphire Wind Power plant would help Pakistan diversify its power generation beyond reliance on high-priced fuel oil by tapping vast renewable energy potential, which the Corridor alone possesses generation capacity of over 132,000 MW- virtually equal to the world’s entire installed wind capacity for 2010. Private Sector has been triggered to invest in Wind Power. Currently, 45 Wind Power Projects of around 3200 MW capacity are under process, said

the CEO of AEDB Arif Allaudin. Two projects of 49.5 MW and 56 MW (106 MW) belonging to M/s FFC Energy Limited and M/s Zorlu Enerji Pakistan have already been completed at Jhampir while another three projects namely Three Gorges First Wind Farm Pakistan Ltd., Foundation Wind Energy-I Ltd and Foundation Wind Energy -II Pvt. Ltd are under construction. Talking about the OPIC financing the CEO AEDB, Mr. Arif Alauddin stated that he has been trying for opic funding for Pakistan projects for some time, and is glad to see it coming now. OPIC is already funding a SSJD Energy’s 12 MW Baggass based Renewable Energy Project in Pakistan. In the Wind Sector, following Sapphire, Nauman Dar, President and CEO HBL, Faiq Sadiq, Head-Payment Services HBL, Akkas-ul-Hussaini, Divisional Head of Fina Energy of Turkey is the next Finance, Metro-Habib Cash and Carry and Bouzeneth, Benouda, Managing Director, Metro-Habib Cash and Carry at project in the OPIC pipeline for signing ceremony. Pakistan. CEO AEDB also stated that RE has already become the sector attracting the largest investment of any sector in the country.

Construction of dams for irrigation, energy needs stressed STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —To mark the World Water Day, different organisations, public and private sector entities held seminars and special function to highlight significance of rich water reservoirs in the country. The Department of Water Management, KhyberPakhtunkhwa University of Agriculture, Peshawar, organised a seminar to observe the Day. Former Chief Secretary, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Khalid Aziz was the Chief Guest on the occasion. On the occasion, the department Chairman, Prof Dr Jamal

Khan, Prof Dr Munir Khan, Rizwan Ahmad and Chief Planning Officer, Ahmad Saeed, faculty members and a large number of students were present. Dr Jamal Khan, while speaking on the occasion, explained about the different sources of water, stressed the need for provision of clean water in the country. If we can consume water resources through proper planning, it would complete our growing needs of water in future, he viewed. He informed that the water table graph had been considerably down due to natural and man-made disasters. Most of the population is compelled to consume contaminated water in the

present situation, he added. Other speakers, including Dr Gulzar, Dr Tahir Sarwar, Ahmad Saeed, Rizwan Khan, highlighted several proposals and suggestions for making consumable various sources of water. They stressed the need for proper planning for fully utilisation of abundant water reservoirs in the country. The speakers said that the water needed for irrigation, and energy would be fulfilled by construction of different dams under the comprehensive planning. Khalid Aziz, while addressing as chief guest at the seminar said that the water in a huge quantity is wasted due to negligence of people.

The only limits are, as always, those of vision. — James Broughton

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A target of Rs 43 billion has been set for auction of Ijara Sukuk during the third quarter of current fiscal year (2012-2013). Tender for Sale of 3-Year Government of Pakistan Ijara Sukuk (GIS) has been invited by the Director, Domestic Markets & Monetary Management Department (DMMD), State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi from the designated Primary Dealers in accordance with the provisions of DMMD circular No.05 dated 22nd March, 2013. Under this auction a target of Rs 43 billion has set for sale of Ijara Sukuk. Tenders will be received up to 11:15 hours on March 26, 2013 and opened the same day at 11:30 hours. State Bank of Pakistan has made it clear that single or all bids can be rejected without assigning any reason.

Mango exports to Japanese market STAFF REPORTER

New internet protocol ABU DHABI—The IPv6 project is the initiative championed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) as a means to prepare the UAE and its internet stakeholders for the looming IPv4 depletion and ensure business continuity. The UAE IPv6 Project aims to devise a National IPv6 Policy, Strategy and Implementation plan to be followed by an Implementation Phase to securing the healthy levels of growth in the UAE’s ICT sector and preserving its role in economic and social development. The 2nd IPv6 workshop on 19th and 20th of March comes as part of the IPv6 strategic project handled by TRA. Last year, an introworkshop was held by TRA and attended by government and private entities to explain the importance of their roles throughout the UAE IPv6 project. The 2nd workshop will prepare government departments and a range of private bodies for the inevitable transition to IPv6 and will focus on the need to incorporate the new Internet Protocol (IP) into their networks, applications and services.—Agencies

Ijara Sukuk target set

Shafqat Sultana, President First Women Bank presiding over a meeting of Board of Director of the Bank.

UAE to host annual meeting of Arab Financial Institutions DUBAI—The UAE will host the Export Credit Guarantee, Arab of Finance will be held to address Annual Meeting of Arab Financial Institutions and Fourth Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers on the 2nd and 3rd of April, in Dubai. The event will take place under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Annual Meeting of Arab Financial Institutions will be attended by representatives of Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Arab Monetary Fund and Arab Investment and

Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa along with the participation of Their Excellencies the Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors as well as general directors of Arab finance institutions and a number of regional and international observers and delegates, as the meetings are expected to have over 300 attendees. On the sidelines of the annual meetings of the Arab Financial Institutions, the Fourth Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers

several issues, including mechanisms to strengthen mutual coordination on fiscal policy amongst Arab countries to face the economic and financial developments, and to unify positions in international forums and meetings, as well as manage efforts in strengthening inter-Arab investments and financial flows to and from the Arab countries. The meetings will also include the reports submitted on following up the UAE Initiative in terms of economic development of the Arab countries.—Agencies

Immense Pak, Korea trade potential exists STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—There exists a great deal of potential to enhance the bilateral trade between the Republic of Korea and Pakistan. This was stated by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Karachi, Chang-hee Lee. He said this while inaugurating a ‘Basant’ festival at a posh hotel here on Friday.

The Consul General said that his efforts would be to further increase the bilateral trade between the two countries from its present level of dollars 1.6 billion. He said that he would do his best for further promoting the friendly relations between the Republic of Korea and Pakistan. The Consul General further said that he enjoyed attending

the ‘Basant’ festival. A number of stalls were set up to depict the culture of various areas. Chang-hee Lee visited the stalls and evinced keen interest in the exhibits on display. The General Manager of the posh hotel, Muhammad Azeem Qureshi, said that holding of the event was enabling the Karachiites to mark Basant and enjoy traditional foods.

Centralized implementing information sharing solution MoU signed STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited (CDC) has si gned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Life Insurance and Takaful companies of the country to implement a Centralized Information Sharing Solution for Insurance Industry (CISSII). The signing ceremony was held at CDC House, which was attended among others by senior officials of CDC, life insurance companies and SECP. On this occasion, Chairman State Life Insurances Corporation of Pakistan Shahid Aziz Siddiqi, CEO CDC Mohammad Hanif Jakhura and Commissioner Insurance Division - SECP Mohammad Asif Arif were also present. The life insurance companies signed MoU with CDC include State

Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, EFU Life Assurance, Jubilee Life Insurance Company, MetLife Alico Pakistan, Adamjee Life Insurance Company, Pak-Qatar Family Takaful and Dawood Family Takaful Ltd. During the ceremony all companies agreed in principle that a Centralized Information Sharing Solution for the Insurance Industry (CISSII) should be developed to bring in greater efficiencies and transparency in the industry for sharing of critical information to reduce fraudulent practices damaging the insurance industry in general and insurance companies in particular. Shahid Aziz Siddiqi, Chairman State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan said that CISSII is a first step towards mitigating risks and screening of bogus claims.

All information about fraudulent and bogus claims would be made available through Centralized Information Sharing Solution for Insurance Industry (CISSII) for signatory insurance and takaful companies in order to mitigate risks of fraudulent claims, he said, adding that similar kind of project has been running in India and other countries. Exchange of information between companies would also discourage bogus insurance agents, he added. Central Depository Company has been entrusted by Securities and Exchange of Pakistan (SECP) to undertake and implement a Centralized Information Sharing Solution for Insurance Industry (CISSII) as part of the plan to develop a comprehensive roadmap to promote a financially sound and technologically efficient insurance industry in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD—Pakistani Mango commercial shipments expected to reach in Japan in the coming summer said CEO Harvest Tradings, Ahmad Jawad on Saturday. As the Japanese government has already approved the quality of Pakistani mangoes which are superior in taste and have the potential of giving a tough competition to Indian mangoes which are already there in that market. Jawad said the VHT plants will be installed in Karachi and Multan and are expected to be imported from Japan by March 2013. With the investment of at least Rs 250 million, the concerned authorities here have already approved procurement of the plant especially for Multan district, the hub of mangoes. These plants will process at least 15,000 kilogram or 15 tones mango daily. Vapour Heat Treatment System uses hot saturated water vapour to heat the fruit slowly, treating possible fruit flies. In this regard country may export around $4-5 million mangoes to Japan subject to installation on time and meet the laid Atif R Bokhari, President & CEO, UBL, Mushtaq Chhapra, Chairman TCF along with other senior executives at UBL-TCF ceremony. down requirements.

Engro launches campaign to save environment STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Earth Hour provides an opportunity to the responsible organizations to think again on ways to reduce the environmental footprint by taking proactive steps to save our planet. Engro believes in training the employees and public at large for their responsibility to reduce the carbon footprint and providing a healthy & better life to the next

generations. Earth Hour is a global initiative led by WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities have been invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, 23rd March 2012 at 8:30pm for an hour to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when two million people switched off their lights. Later, Earth Hour had created

history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 135 countries, including the world’s most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders in a landmark environmental action. It also marked the start of something new – going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action on climate change. To commemorate the occasion Engro launched yet another innovative campaign to drive

awareness into action themed as “One Planet – One Future”. The campaign was aimed at raising the awareness level of employees as well as others with a pledge that they will not only actively participate in the earth hour activity but will also go beyond and make energy conservation a part of their daily lives and undertake sustainable environmental actions that go ‘beyond the hour’ to preserve and protect the planet.

Since its certification, Engro’s Green Office Initiative has advocated a culture of environmental responsibility so that our employees adhere to the strictest standards and ethics with regards to environmental protection, in turn reducing the effects of global warming and increased carbon footprint. As a result of our efforts we able to reduce our electricity consumption and registered a

27% conservation of electricity against the baseline in 2012. Similarly, a 32% decrease in paper usage and 52% reduction in waste against baseline benchmarks were also witnessed. These reductions resulted in a 31% reduction in our carbon footprint at the head office level. Engro Corporation and its associated Companies embarked upon a novel campaign to raise awareness of Earth Hour through

a roadshow at their head office under the Green Office Initiative led by Wajid Hussain Junejo in a step to show solidarity with the global activity to showcase support for climate change and reduce environmental footprint under WWF umbrella. Through the Earth Hour and related events Engro aims to play its role in creation of an environmentally aware society for a better and brighter tomorrow.


Good corporate governance vital for uplift

USA

98.10

97.90

UK

148.09

147.79

EURO

126.50

126.25

Canada

95.76

95.56

LAHORE—About eighty-five

businesses being run by families in the United States and European Union are quite successful mainly because of implementation of true corporate governance that is a key to growth and helps minimize wastages, as it leads to a good flow of capital minimizes corruption, risks and mismanagement besides lowering capital costs. It is imperative in a growing economy to boost investors confidence and good corporate governance leads to greater confidence. This was the upshot of speeches and presentations made at one-day training workshop on corporate governance jointly organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Switzerland

103.95

103.73

Australia

101.59

101.38

Sweden

15.19

15.16

Japan

1.0350

1.0329

Norway

16.90

16.86

Singapore

78.35

78.19

Denmark

16.97

16.93

Omani Riyal

250.00

246.00

Saudi Arabia

26.13

26.08

Hong Kong

12.63

12.60

Kuwait

344.43

343.72

Malaysia

31.28

31.22

Newzeland

80.75

80.58

Qatar

26.92

26.86

UAE

26.68

26.63

KR WON

0.880

0.0878

Thailand

3.312

3.305

S TAFF R EPORTER

(LCCI) and International Finance Corporation (IFC). LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, former LCCI president Tariq Hameed, Mohsin Ali from IFC, LCCI Executive Committee Member Shoaib Zahid Malik and Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Corporate Governance Altaf Hussain Turabi were also present on the occasion. The speakers shared their experiences with the audience regarding benefits of corporate governance and family owned businesses. They said that the companies that have good corporate governance structures always perform better than those that have weak governance structures. Speaking on the occasion, Farooq Iftikhar said that cor-

porate governance is an increasingly important area of focus for stakeholders in all organizations and particularly those listed on publicly traded exchanges. He said that compliance with applicable laws and regulations while establishing effective management systems in line with international standards require serious commitment on the part of entrepreneurs and proper guidelines to be provided by institutions like LCCI and IFC. Due to the ever changing societal norms, increasingly complex business environment and the recent corporate collapse of companies around the globe, corporate governance has emerged as an imperative issue at the forefront of organizational concerns.

FPCCI, TDAP seminar on second phase of Pak-China FTA tomorrow STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Federation Paki-

stan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), and Pakistan-China Business Council of FPCCI, in collaboration with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) will hold a seminar on “Second Phase of Pakistan-China FTA” here on Monday. The seminar will start by 10.30 a.m. at the Federation House. The seminar is a part of consultation among stakeholders for furthering and deepening Pak-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). MoU signing ceremony between Bank Alfalah and PAF. The Federal Secretary of Commerce, representing his Ministry, will be the chief guest. He will accompanied by high ranking officials from National Tariff Commission, Ministry of Industries, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Export Development STAFF CORRESPONDENT immediately withdraw SRO 98(I)/2013 dated February 14, Mian Sajjad also spoke on the Malik Tahir Javed urged Board (EDB) from the public SIALKOT—A meeting of Chair- SRO 140(I)/2013 dated FebruSTAFF REPORTER sector. occasion. the office-bearers of men of Trade Associations rep- ary 26, and SRO 154(I)/2013 L AHORE —Pakistan IndusHe said that the Informa- Anjuman-e-Tajiran Hafeez resenting all five-zero rated ex- dated February 28, as these trial and Traders Associations tion Technology has an impor- Center to forward their proport-oriented sectors and Execu- SROs were creating panic and Front (PIAF) would put in its tant role for the promotion of posals as PIAF has already tive Body of Sialkot Chamber harassment amongst the five best efforts to get resolved the trade and industry in today’s started the exercise for the was held under the Chairman- zero rated sectors. issues being faced by com- world therefore the policy preparation of budget proposThe representatives reitership of President Sialkot ChamKARACHI—Two ships arrived ber of Commerce and Industry ated their protest and expressed puter and mobile phone sec- makers should utilize all als. Secretary General of at the port to load/ offload con- (SCCI) Sheikh Abdul Majid, at solidarity with the protests tors, as it is preparing a set of available resources for the proposals for the upcoming promotion of this important Anjuman-e-Tajiran Hafeez tainers at QICT, palm oil at SCCI to record protest against staged by various zero-rated sector. Center presented the perfor- MW-1 on Friday, port sources the issuance of controversial stakeholders at Karachi against budget. He said that unrest all over mance report and highlighted said here Saturday. PIAF Chairman Malik SROs by Federal Board of Rev- the government’s policy of takTahir Javaid stated this while the country, particularly in the taken by the association Berth occupancy was 64% enue (FBR). ing arbitrary decisions in the addressing a gathering of Karachi has halted the eco- for the prosperity of the busi- at the Port on Friday where a The Chairmen of Associa- matter of imposition of taxes on Anjman-e-Tajiran, Hafeez nomic activities but hopefully ness community. He said that total of nine ships namely M.V tions expressed strong resent- export sector. Centre. The President new regime would take all more than dozen development KPS-I Alican Bey-Powership, ment against FBR’s policy of The Chairmen were of the Anjman-e-Tajiran, Hafeez stakeholders into confidence projects have been completed M.T Chem Road Nova, M.T imposing controversial SROs on view that SROs 98, 140 and 154 Centre Fayyaz Butt, Secretary at evolve policies for early re- successfully and inauguration Argent Bloom, M.T Dong-A- the export sectors without tak- would prove a futile effort to General Fayyaz Sheikh and vival of business activities in of a state-of-art lift system Iris, M.V Michaelas, M.V ing relevant trade bodies and enhance government revenue as was one of them. Chairman of the association the country. Nedlloyd Drake, M.V Cape stakeholders on board prior to it would pave the way for fake Flores, M.V Union Mariner, and issuance of SROs. refund claims and departmental M.V Recon Emere are currently The Chairmen unanimously corruption. They said FBR was occupying berths to load/ resolved that government should implementing policies resulting offload containers, palm oil, canola seed and wheat. Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume 47930 tonnes comprising 34415 tonnes import, 13515 tonnes exports and (14227) Tues was handled at the Port during last L ONDON —Global crude oil any surprises from Cyprus could 24 hours. prices diverged on Friday as give some momentum to the M.V Michael-S, M.T Dongtraders tracked efforts by Cyprus market.” Cyprus was Friday A-Iris sailed on Friday, afterto draw up a revised plan for a locked in “hard negotiations” noon M.V Nedlloyd Drake, M.T with a troika of lenders to save Chem Road Nova sailed on Sat- vital bailout, while winning sup- the eurozone member’s banking port from Chinese data. Brent urday morning. system and economy in general M.T Maritime Yanessa at North Sea crude for delivery in from ruin, government spokesLct M.V Ayala at Qict arrived May dipped five cents to man Christos Stylianides said. on Saturday as per schedule.— $107.42 a barrel in London early The European Union has afternoon deals. New York’s APP main contract, light sweet crude given Nicosia until Monday to for May, won 17 cents to $92.92 raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.47 billion) to unlock loans worth 10 a barrel. ISLAMABAD: A team of PTCL Medical Department providing free medical check-up and “There are no other eco- billion euros or face being healthcare facilities. nomic data for today in the choked from European Central United States or eurozone, so all Bank emergency funding in a eyes remain on Cyprus regard- move that would bankrupt the ing any further negotiations that island. “I think positive Chinese NEW YORK—The New York could avoid the country’s bankdata is keeping prices up, while ing system to default,” said Stock Exchange is readying plans to be able to operate with- Sucden brokers analyst Myrto the market waits for Cyprus to (3400 m3) of per capita avail- out human traders in case an- Sokou. “It seems quite an make a decision on its bailout STAFF REPORTER STAFF REPORTER ability of water for Asia. Dr. other disaster, such as uninspiring trading session for deal,” said Tony Nunan, risk at Mitsubishi Corp in I SLAMABAD —The UN de- Ahmad described the inter and Superstorm Sandy, forces the the oil market, with crude oil manager L A H O R E —The Pakistan clared world water day was cel- intra sector competition and its shutdown of its historic trading prices possibly consolidating Tokyo. Manufacturing activity in Readymade Garments Manu- ebrated in the provincial capital trend for low income, medium floor in downtown Manhattan, within the recent range, while China, the world’s largest energy facturers & Exporters Associa- of Balochistan Quetta under the income and higher income coun- The Wall Street Journal retion (PRGMEA) has rejected auspices of Food and Agricul- tries. Viz-a-viz he also presented ported. sales tax regime for export-ori- ture Organization (FAO) of UN the water consumption pattern NYSE Euronext (NYX) is ented industries under SRO with the presence of participants for industrially developed and preparing to submit details of the 154. from local, National and inter- agro-based economy dependent plan to the U.S. Securities and PRGMEA central chairman national organizations, civil so- countries. Exchange Commission, accordSajid Saleem Minhas asked the cieties and NGOs (farmer assoDescribing the water situa- ing to the report, which cited Lahore Chamber of Commerce ciation & IUCN). Dr. Iftikhar tion in Pakistan, the Chairman, people involved in the prepara& Industry (LCCI) and Federa- Ahmad, Chairman, PARC PARC stated that at the dawn of tions. If activated, the plan valuable services in social secSTAFF REPORTER tion of Chambers of Commerce graced the occasion as chief Pakistan the country was a wa- would represent the first time the tor and great contribution for & Industry’s regional office to guest of the celebration. In his ter-surplus country with a per 221-year-old exchange would LAHORE—Federation of Pa- evolving the best quality disstand up for the cause of indus- deliberations, he started with capita water availability of more rely entirely on computer sys- kistan Chamber of Commerce ease resistant rice seeds yieldtry. highlighting the importance of than 5000 cubic meters and tems, without the oversight of and Industry and SAARC ing higher per acre production He said that majority of the the day, scope, objective, need gradually with the population floor-based traders, the paper Chamber of Commerce and In- in the country. woven and knitted garment in- and gravity of this year’s theme growth from 35 million to 180 said. President FPCCI Fazal dustry Saturday greeted dustry comprises SME’s and are “International year of water co- million the country has reached The disaster plan would Shahzad Ali Malik, former Qadir Sherani and SCCI Pakilocated in Punjab and Lahore is operation”. He gave a brief on to a status of water stressed shift trading entirely to Arca, President, Lahore Chamber of stan chapter Iftikhar Ali Malik the hub of this trade. global water availability disclos- country with a per capita water NYSE’s all-electronic sister Commerce and Industry for while congratulating Shahzad He appealed to the LCCI ing the fact that only 0.007% of availability of less than 1000 market. It would replace award of “Sitara-i-Imtiaz” in Ali Malik said it was first time leadership to call the meeting of the total water body is available cubic meters. Dr. Iftikhar NYSE’s current backup plan recognition of excellent social in history that one of the priall zero rated sector trade bod- to human for use. Further, he Ahmad Chairman PARC por- that calls for the exchange to services. vate sector entity “Guard Agies in Lahore to understand the elaborated the distribution of trayed the major stakeholder of remain open in a limited capacThe Punjab Governor ricultural and Research Cencore issues involved in their fresh water among the conti- water as agriculture sector with ity while sending orders to Arca decorated him with civil award tre” after two decades continustand against SRO 154. for rendering remarkable and ous field experiences and trito be filled.—Newswire nents with the minimum figure 93% consumption.

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New BlackBerry phone launched in US in key test WASHINGTON—The newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone went on sale in the United States in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm. The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy. The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm’s last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. The touchscreen Z10 has already been launched in other markets, including Australia, Britain and Indonesia. The company also plans a model with a physical keyboard called Q10. While the launch lacked the crowds seen for the iPhone, an event held in New York’s Times Square and recounted on the BlackBerry blog showed interest among US customers to be the first to get the device just after midnight. “Here’s Manny, an eager fan who ‘just had to be the first’ to get his hands on the new BlackBerry Z10 in the United States,” said a caption for a picture on the blog. “He was met with cheers from the crowd as he held up his newly activated device.” But Daniel Ernst, an analyst at Hudson Square Research, said demand appeared to be sluggish in a check of retailers. “Today, we found no lines, no signage announcing the launch, and clerks told us they had very few pre-orders,” he said. The new device has received generally positive reviews, but analysts say it will be an uphill battle for BlackBerry, which has lost much of its market share. According to research firm IDC, BlackBerry’s global market share fell to 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, from 8.1 percent a year earlier.—APP

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in financial hardships and inconvenience to documented sectors and would adversely affect overall exports of the country. The Chairmen declared that if the government was sincere in its efforts to provide facilitation to the export sector, then FBR should immediately withdraw controversial SROs and restore prior status. They warned that if SROs 98, 140 and 154 would not be withdrawn forthwith, it would discourage the export sector and results in closure of export-oriented manufacturing units and lay off of workers and employees. They further resolved to continue their protests till their genuine demand for alleviation of problems of export sectors by withdrawal of controversial SROs would be accepted by the government.

Oil prices diverge, with all eyes on Cyprus recovery

RRGMEA rejects ST regime under SRO 154

World Water Day celebrated

NYSE prepares disaster backup plan: WSJ

user, improved in March after expanding at its slowest pace in four months in February, HSBC said Thursday. The British banking giant’s preliminary purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for China, a widely watched barometer of the health of its economy, came in at 51.7 for the month from 50.4 in February. A reading above 50 points to growth while anything below indicates contraction. However, the market remains jittery about a possible debt default by Cyprus. The withdrawal of ECB support for Cypriot banks could lead a possible run by customers scrambling to withdraw their cash, resulting in the collapse of the island’s financial system. Analysts fear this would cause contagion in the eurozone, which is already grappling with debt crises in other, bigger countries including Spain and Italy.—APP

Shahzad Malik greeted for Sitara-i-Imtiaz als successfully evolved several best quality basmati rice seeds which are not only popular at home but also more popular abroad. It may be mentioned here that his illustrious father late Muhammad Shafi Malik was also decorated with same civil award few years ago for unprecedented services in social sector by running 100 beds each two Mumtaz Bukhtawar Memorial Trust hospitals in city for free treatment of poor people.

In cutthroat global competitions China emerges as Asian giant RASHID AHMED MUGHAL

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LOBAL economic and financial crisis have hurt all the countries of the world-albeit with varying degree. No country is an exception. No one thought four years ago that the high tide of economic growth will turn into a economic tsunami which will engulf our entire globe. No one thought that China-the economic juggernaut and power house of Asia too will be affected by this El-nino.Yet it is a hard reality that this Asian giant, which did not see a growth rate of less that 10-12% in over a decade, is too be rattled by these crisis, not seen since the great depression of 1930’s. Foreign direct investment in China declined for the first time in three years in

2012, official data showed recently, amid economic turmoil in developed markets and a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing and exports. FDI, which excludes financial sectors, into China declined 3.7 percent to $111.72 billion last year from 2011, the commerce ministry announced. It slipped from an all-time high of $116 billion recorded in 2011 and was the first year-on-year decrease since 2009, according to previous figures. Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said, meanwhile, that in 2012, Chinese directly invested $77.22 billion overseas in non-financial sectors in 141 countries and regions, an increase of 28.6 percent from the year before. The investment figures come as China’s economy slowed throughout most of

2012, while developed economies such as the United States, the European Union and Japan largely remained weak. Economic growth in China has declined for seven straight quarters though recent positive signs have led economists to expect a rebound this year. The median forecasts in surveys of economists are for growth of 7.7 percent in 2012. Economists polled also expect the economy to grow 8 percent in 2013. The lion’s share of FDI into China comes from 10 Asian countries and economies including Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. That figure declined 4.8 percent last year to $95.74 billion. Investment from the European Union fell 3.8 percent to $6.11 billion. But investment from the United States and Japan increased. Inflows from the

US gained 4.5 percent to $3.12 billion, while those from Japan increased 16.3 percent to $7.38 billion. The growth momentum and tempo of investment from some developed countries including the United States and Japan was mixed. In 2013, the ministry is likely to keep fundamental policies on foreign investment stable and the overall size of FDI stable. However one significant change in the growth and investment strategies is notable. China is keen to promote overseas investment as part of its efforts to reform Chinese growth model and acquire important foreign assets in sectors such as enegy,mining and high tech industries. It is going to be a trend in the long run.It is highly likely that overseas direct investment will surpass foreign direct in-

vestment in the years to come. It seems to be national strategy to transform China from big exporter to big investor. The biggest rise in Chinese investment in a major market during January and February 2013 was in Australia where it surged 282%.It was followed by HongKong where it went up 156% and US by 146%,while in south east Asia,it went up by 114%.However it recorded a negative trend with regards to Japan, where it went down by 31% and Russia down by 46%. As regards income in-equality, the media made no attempt to show either China’s phenomenal rise in recent decades or the consequences of that rise, for the Chinese workers and society. According to a study, the top 10 percent of the population today account for 75 percent of national income. The wealthiest

five percent earn 44 percent. At the top of the Chinese pyramid there are 251 billionaires. At the bottom, more than 150 million Chinese who still live on less than $1.25 a day. The “market-socialism” that has apparently triggered the “phenomenal rise” can neither elevate the dollar-a-day Chinese labourer out of poverty nor even offer better living standards for the majority of Chinese. The World Bank’s China 2030 report worked out with China’s State Council (cabinet) and presided over by incoming Premier– envisages that the regime will maintain the largest strategic state enterprises, but roughly 100,000 governmentowned companies will be fully privatised. The world’s second-largest economy is not expected to return to double-digit growth, but

the economists’ predictions are a welcome spot of good news in a financial world assailed by the Eurozone debt crisis and lacklustre recovery in the United States. After seven consecutive quarters of slowing growth, China’s gross domestic product (GDP), will rise by 7.7 percent in 2013, according to the median forecast of 15 economists surveyed by AFP. The growth for 2012 was recorded at 7.8%. But the economy still faces challenges such as unresolved structural problems including overcapacity and reliance on investment-driven growth, said Yao Wei, Hong Kong-based economist with Society Generate. “We can’t get over-optimistic over the current recovery,” she said.China’s economy averaged GDP growth of 10 percent

in the decade to 2010. A slower rate of 7.0-8.0 percent is seen by economists as part of China’s natural economic evolution as spending on projects such as transport and utility networks are reined in. Never the less, the growth of China has been spectacular during the last two decades. It has been growing at a double digit rate since 20 years and has now become second biggest economy of the world, after USA.The predictions are that it is going to take over that role from US in 2030 which does not seem to be impossible, keeping in view the trends and growth model of China. —The writer is Former Director, Emigration, overseas employment and Protector of Emigrants, Consultant: I.L.O and I.O.M.


Unplanned pregnancy warning to older women over 35 E

XPERTS fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age. The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone “too far”. Although fertility does wane, women can still fall pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties. Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show. In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women. There are many reasons why some women opt for an abortion - including birth abnormalities in the baby, which are more common when the mothers are older. But FPA says its anecdotal evidence suggests some of the abortions are because women wrongly assumed they could not get pregnant because they were too old. Aimed at women aged 35 and over, the FPA’s new campaign ‘Conceivable?’ reminds women to stay vigilant about unplanned pregnancy and to keep using contraception until after the menopause if they do not wish to become pregnant. Chief executive of the FPA Julie Bentley said: “Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies. “It sends an inaccurate message to women and society that only the

young fall pregnant and is leading older women to believe their fertility has gone long before it actually has.” She said women should realise it is entirely conceivable that just one night of unprotected sex in your late 30s, 40s and even 50s can end in an unplanned pregnancy. “Our helpline receives calls from such women, shocked this has happened to them. “They thought their age would protect them from becoming pregnant.” She said in general all methods of contraception were suitable for the over-35s. Women aged 30 to 34 continue to have the highest fertility rate - 113.1 live births per 1,000 women. But the rate among women aged 40 and over has more than doubled since 1988, from 5.1 to 12.6 per 1,000 women, and there were more than 26,000 live births to women in this age group in 2008, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Emily James of Marie Stopes International said: “Many older women facing an unplanned pregnancy are completely shocked to find themselves in this position - many assume that their irregular periods are due to menopause, and are surprised to learn that they are in fact pregnant. “It is vital that women of all ages are provided with the information, support and advice they need when deciding whether or not to continue with an unplanned pregnancy.”

KARACHI: Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and caretaker Chif Minister Zahid Qurban Alvi offering Fateha at Quaid’s Mausoleum on Pakistan Day.—Po Photo

Ebad welcomes completion of 5-year tenure by elected govt

Strategy evolved to control law, order: Alvi IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI—Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on Saturday said completion of five years tenure by the elected democratic government is good for the country. He was talking to media during a visit to the mausoleum of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on Pakistan Day, here. Dr. Ebad said “we should adopt the principles of ‘faith, unity and discipline’ to take the country on path of development. He said promoting the image of Pakistan across the world as a moderate and developed country is need of the hour. Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh, Justice (Retd), Zahid Kurban Alavi said Karachi is a city of lights and restoring peace in the city is a collective responsibility. He said practical and efKARACHI: Corps Commander Lt-Gen Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry conferring award fective measures will be taken upon an officer during a ceremony. to maintain the law and order in the metropolis.—APP

Corps Commander confers military awards STAFF REPORTER

K ARACHI —On behalf of President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Corps Commander, Lieut. Gen. Muhammad Ijaz Chauhadry conferred awarded upon various military officers, junior commissioned officers and soldiers in a simple yet impressive ceremony held at Malir Cantt Saturday. The honours were awarded to the recipients in recognition of their act of gallantry and outstanding performances in their respective fields and for their long meritorious services.

The recipients of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) were Brig. Anis Ahmed, Brig. Kamran Jalil, Brig. Muhammad Waseem, Col. Javed Mobin, Col. Shams Ud Din, Col. Sahibzada Sajjad Ahmed, Lieut. Colonel Qazi Saif Ullah, Lieut. Colonel Syed Asif Iqbal Zaidi, Lieut. Colonel Amer Ajmal, Lieut. Mahmood Ul Hasan, Lieut. Col.Faredoon Shah, Lieut. Col. Shakeel Nasir, Lieut. Col. Ahsan Ullah, Lieut. Col. Mohsin Ahmad, Lieut. Col. Muhammad Sohail Tariq, Maj. Ahsan Ahmed, Major Abdul Qudus Khan, Major Muhammad Amir Butt, Maj.

Mir Hassan Jamali, Maj. Malik Muhammad Khan, Maj. Faiz Bari Siddiqui and Maj. Motasim Hussain Khan. The recipients of Tamghai-Basalat were Havaldar Ghulam Abbas (Shaheed), Lance Naik Muhammad Saeed (Shaheed), Sepoy Mohassan Ali (Shaheed), Sepoy Faisal Mehmood (Shaheed), Sepoy Mujahid Hussain (Shaheed), Sepoy Muhammad Aslam (Shaheed), Sepoy Altaf Hussain (Shaheed). The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior armed forces officers and relatives of the award winners.

FJDC awards 75 BDS degrees STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Fatima Jinnah Dental College (FJDC) awarded 75 successful students that had qualified the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). Dr Ammar Hussain Pabany was declared valedictorian at the ceremony. Along with a cash prize, this top scholar was also awarded 8 gold medals. All in all, 16 gold medals, 12 shields and 114 certificates were awarded during the course of the ceremony. A total of 75 scholars graduated with their degree in Bachelors of Dentistry (BDS). The awarding of BDS degrees was performed in FJDC 16th Convocation held Friday at a local hotel. In addition, the

FJDC also celebrated its 20th anniversary. Abdul Haseeb Khan, Senator, was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Other dignitaries at the occasion included Karachi University Vice - Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaiser, FJDC Chief Executive Dr S. Baqar Askary, FJDC Director Dr S. Hussain Askary, FJDC Principal Prof. Dr Tasleem Hosein, and Karachi University Dean Dr S. M. Abbas Hussain. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, who was the key note speaker at the convocation said that the current status of budget allocation to education and health were not satisfactory. Lauding the parents of the graduates as well as the graduates themselves, he further added that Pakistan’s fu-

ture could not be an illiterate and unhealthy populace. Addressing those present at the convocation, Dr Muhammad Qaiser praised efforts undertaken by private sector for promotion of professional instruction. He appreciated the efforts undertaken by both FJDC and the graduates in their pursuit of professional knowledge. FJDC Principal Dr Tasleem Hosein also congratulated the graduates and urged them to maintain the high standards imbibed to them by their teachers at the university. He expressed admiration for the efforts of the faculty members of FJDC in instilling fine values and quality academic instruction to the scholars.

Al-Khidmat to set up medical camps KARACHI—The Al-Khidmat Welfare Society will establish free medical camps at six places in the metropolis on March 24. A statement of the organization said on Friday that vaccination facility against measles would also be available there. It said that lady doctors would also be deployed at the medical camp. General physicians, eye specialists will also examine the patients. The facility of sugar test would also be available, it was further pointed out.—APP

Sindh PPP Council meeting today K ARACHI —The meeting of the Sindh Council of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), will be held on March 24, at Hyderabad, the Secretary Information PPP Karachi Division, Lateef Mughal said on Saturday. President PPP Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah will chair the meeting of the party’s Sindh Council, to be held at the residence of PPP leader, Syed Ali Nawaz Shah Rizvi in Gulistane-Sajjad, district Hyderabad. The meeting will discuss the arrangements in connection with the death anniversary programmes of PPP’s founder Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto which will be observed on April 4.—APP

K ARACHI —The Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alvi Saturday attended DIS-CON2013 organized by Rotary International Dis-trict 3271 at a local hotel. Speaking on the occasion, the Caretaker CM lauded the efforts of Rotary International and said that there was poverty and problems of health, education, clean drinking water and social evils in most of the parts of interior Sindh. The society should consider about miserable life they were facing and should think how they would be passing night without elec-tricity and potable water. Rotary had always been in forefront, and they should come forward to assist the needy and deprived people. Alavi said that law and order situation was improving particularly in Karachi, which was worst since last many years and the Caretaker government had evolved a strategy to control the situation and curb the menace for which law enforcement agen-

cies have been directed accordingly. He said that in spite of minimum period of 3 months, the Caretaker government will fully strive to restore peace and bring the lights of Karachi back. Doors of the CM House would always be open to common man and the people could met the Caretaker CM on working days daily from 11:30 am to 01:30 pm at CM House. Regarding role of Sindh Zakat Council, the Care-taker CM informed that there was annual budgetary allocation of Rs. 90 million of Sindh Zakat Council and was being distributed regularly among needy, poor and deserved throughout the province. He added that 56,000 people were given Zakat regu-larly. He maintained that he had to bridge the gap and Rotary and Zakat Department should jointly work for help and assistance of needy people. He added that the 56000 recipients of Zakat were volunteers of Rotary International. With regard to Land Committee, he maintained that being Chairman of the Commit-

tee, Secretary Fi-nance, Secretary Law and few other members had worked in a transparent manner and had cancelled thousands of acres of land; and Committee after receiving payment as per market value had then allotted the land. He informed that an amount of Rs.14 billion was recovered from such allotees. He added that being head of various enquiry commissions particularly the Commission of 2011 – Conducting enquiry of target killing and sectarian killings, he had pre-sented reports on facts. Earlier, speaking on the occasion Iqbal Qureshi, Jalaluddin Shaikh, Muhammad Faiz Kidwaie and Past District Governor Aziz Memon highlighted the role of Rotary International in Pakistan. Aziz Memon informed that Rotary International was doing a lot for Polio-free Pakistan while efforts were ahead for provision of hand-pumps, organizing free eye camps, assistance for school, arranging open heart surgeries, provisions of clean drinking water and other health care.

Subzwari criticises Karachi delimitation KARACHI—Muttahida

Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Faisal Subzwari on Saturday said boundaries of several constituencies in Karachi were redrawn overnight, adding that the measure should be implemented countrywide and not simply centric to one city. Subwari’s statement comes in the wake of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s move for the delimitation of three constituencies of National Assembly and eight constituencies of Sindh Assembly in Karachi. The city has 20 National Assembly and 42 provincial assembly seats. Subzwari said MQM had always welcomed every legitimate call made by the election commission, adding that his party would approach the courts when it is time to do so. Alleging that the recent move had political incentives, he said the election commission should not be turned into a wrestling ground for political parties. Earlier on Friday, MQM chief Altaf Hussain termed the delimitation of 11 constituencies a violation of law and the constitution and said his party would chalKARACHI: Rangers showing recovered weapons during Manghopir Target Opera- lenge the ECP’s move in the tion.—PO Photo by Sultan Chaki superior judiciary.—NNI

No writ of govt as 7 more gunned down in city STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —The Supreme Court of Pakistan had heard the Karachi lawlessness case at the Karachi Registry and had issued orders to the heads of the Law Enforcement Agencies to ensure complete restoration of law and order in the metropolis. On the other hand, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan and the care-taker Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alvi had held more than one meeting with the heads of the LEAs and other top officials and had also di-

rected the heads of the LEAs to take concrete actions against the criminals and establish the writ of the government. It looked as if the law and order situation in the port city would improve and the writ of the government would prevail across the province especially the city of Karachi. However, the criminals acted more savagely and perhaps sent a message to the government that feared none. On Saturday, the target killers continued to wreaking havoc on the citizens as 7 were gunned down. Tortured

dead bodies were also found from different areas of the city. Unidentified militants on a motorcycle gunned Asim alias Mushki and Arsalan in Garden East Area. According to Police, the deceased were residents of Liyari and belonged to banned People’s Amn Committee. Tahir Khan was gunned down in Gulbahar Colony while a tortured body was found from Nazimabad No 2. The victim was tortured, killed and wrapped in a sack. In Korangi No 2-1/5, unidentified armed men had killed Faraz, a young man, who was sitting at a Pan shop. Faraz had died

on the spot. Bodies of a young man, Shahid, resident of Musharraf Colony and a girl were found from Ilyas Goth in Liaquatabad near Tin Hatti. An unidentified man was gunned down near Paracha Chowk in Sher Shah. On the other hand, Sindh Rangers conducted a targeted operation in Sultanabad, Manghopir and had held more than 100 suspects. The targeted operation was conducted in direct supervision of Sindh Rangers Director General Rizwan Akhtar.


Anxiety makes brain poor at math for some children

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STUDY from the Stanford Univer sity School of Medicine is published this week in Psychological Science showing that children who experience difficulty with math exhibit an altered brain function from anxiety.When it comes to equations and formulas, all you have to fear is fear itself it seems, with second and third grade students showing brain activity associated with panicky or frightened feelings, decreasing activity in the part of the brain that handles math. It’s certainly an interesting theory and if put into action, could provide a means of counseling children that have problems with math by way of improving their abilities.As Vinod Menon, PhD, the Stanford professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences who led the research confirms:“The same part of the brain that responds to fearful situations, such as seeing a spider or snake, also shows a heightened response in children with high math anxiety.” Menon and his team used functional magnetic resonance imaging brain scans on nearly 50 students with low and high math anxiety. The children were also assessed for math anxiety with a modified version of a standardized questionnaire for adults, and also received standard intelligence and cognitive tests. As Menon continues, math anxiety has been known about for a long time, but has

never really been studied in terms of its effect on students, and especially younger ones, when maths skills are built: “It’s remarkable that, although the phenomena was first identified over 50 years back, nobody had bothered to ask how math anxiety manifests itself in terms of neural activity ... You cannot just wish it away as something that’s unreal. Our findings validate math anxiety as a genuine type of stimulus- and situation-specific anxiety.” Essentially what he is saying is that his team’s observations show that math anxiety is neurobiologically similar to other kinds of anxiety or phobias. In theory, the process may work for many other issues that children and even adults have difficulty dealing with. Menon says that’s its also possible for someone who is considered good at maths to have a bad day and feel the anxiety that blocks his or her skills.Victor Carrion, MD, a pediatric psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and an expert on the effects of anxiety in children. Carrion, who was not involved in Menon’s research, is also an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, said:The results are a significant step toward our understanding of brain function during math anxiety and will influence development of new academic interventions.”

LAHORE: People visiting the Lahore Fort and mausoleum of poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

Change of guards at mazar of Allama Iqbal L A H O R E —A change of guards ceremony was held on Saturday at the tomb of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Pakistan day. Smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Airforce assumed guards duties at the Mizar-e-Iqbal. The contingent of Pakistan Rangers earlier performed guards duties at the tomb of Allama Iqbal. Incoming guards were inspected by Air Vice Marshal Asad Lodhi. The Airforce contingent moved to take positions at the four corners of the tomb. The ceremonial guard mounting followed wreath laying at the tomb of Allama Iqbal by Air Vice Marshal Asad Lodhi and offered Fateha.—APP

LAHORE: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaking during Mufti-e-Azam Seminar at Jamia Naeemia.

Water availability vital for increasing yield STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Water availability to farmers plays a key role in enhancing per acre yield and achieving the targets of agroproduction and food autarky. In this regard, it is quite essential to promote efficient use of water in the agri-sector so that all the farmers could get their equitable share of water. It is, therefore, imperative to sensitize the farmers as well as the general public about the efficient use of water resources so that this important boon may not get wasted.

General Manager Punjab Irrigation & Drainage Authority (PIDA) Mian Maqbool Ahmad stated this in an official circular issued to the field formation for promoting efficient use of water in the farming community by introducing latest water saving technologies. The GM-PIDA in the circular asked the field officers to include the aspect of efficient use of water in the capacity-building programs of Farmer Organizations (FOs). He said that promotion of efficient use of water is a col-

lective responsibility of the society adding that available water resources should be used with utmost care so that the lack of irrigation water could be curtailed and tailend farmers also get their due share. The farmers should also be sensitized about sowing such crops which need less amount of water, he pointed out. Similarly, the FOs also realize to the farmers and the general public that respect to water rights of the others should be treated as moral as well as social obligation.

PPP to form next govt: Samina L AHORE —Pakistan Peoples the democratic electoral pro- would vote the PPP on its perParty ensures continuity of democratic process and it would form the next government after passing through

cess. PPP Lahore president Samina Khalid Ghurki and information secretary Abid Hussain Siddiqui claimed this in a joint statement here. They said the PPP always wanted elections to be held on time as elections were soul of democracy. They said the PPP would serve the people with the same spirit after winning the elections. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab vice president Haji Azizur Rehman Chan has said conspiracies against democratic process will be failed and elections will be held on time. Talking to media here, he said people and workers of the PPP had sacrificed for democracy and they would never allow to damage democracy and democratic institutions. He hoped the people

formance and the PPP would form the next government in the country. He urged the people to elect such people who could ensure protection of national interests and rights of the nation. Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Shaukat Basra has claimed that the PPP would form the next government by winning elections as it always worked for rights of people. Talking to a private news channel, he said that recent PPP led government had strengthened democracy and national institutions in the country. Basra said that reconciliation politics of President Asif Ali Zardari had protected democracy in the country, adding the PPP leadership had sacrificed their lives for the country and democracy.—APP

Highlights of PTI’s meeting L AHORE —A large number of people from every locality of the city are pouring at Minar-e-Pakistan through motorcade processions with Pakistan Tehrike-Insaf flags and posters of Imran Khan. The public meeting of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf was scheduled to be held at Minar-e-Pakistan at 2:00pm on Saturday. The Lahorities had started their journey towards Minar-e-Pakistan in the morning. More them 20 thousand chairs are stated to have been placed at the venue of the PTI meeting. A large number of emotionally charged youth and women were also present at Minar-e-Pakistan to listen the speech of Imran Khan. Hundreds of special buses have also been seen coming from different districts of Punjab carrying Imran Khan’s supporters. Traffic mess was witnessed at many spots of the city due to the motorcade processions being driven to Minar-e-Pakistan. PTI chairman Imran Khan has reached Minare-Pakistan at 5:30pm. Thousands of PTI workers danced and raised slogans in favour of Imran Khan at his arrival. Prominent singer Sulman Ahmed presented songs at the stage. About 80,000 recently elected office bearers of the PTI from all over the country will take an oath during the meeting. Besides, PTI chairman Imran Khan is expected to announce PTI election manifesto at the meeting.—APP

PEF to provide quality education to poor students SALIM AHMED L AHORE—The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has opened the doors of quality education to 47 thousands poor and deserving students through its New School Programme NSP) in the province to eradicate illiteracy in the poor and far-flung hinterlands where school infrastructure is scarce or too inadequate to accommodate the poor children who could not afford their educational expenses. Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Anwar stated this while addressing the prize distribu-

tion function of a girls PEFNSP school on LahoreKasur road. Teachers, parents and girl students attended the ceremony in large numbers. Addressing the function, Raja Anwar said that NSP has emerged as a ray of hope for the poor children especially the girls who couldn’t go to afar places for studies on public transport or unsupportive cultural norms of their families also hamper their education. He said that partnership has been made with 421 schools in various districts under the NSP to promote quality education in the education-wise back-

Pakistan Day celebrated in Camp Jail L A H O R E —The Pakistan

Day was celebrated in a befitting manner on Saturday at Camp Jail and was participated by over 2,937 inmates. Superintendent Jail Ejaz Asghar addressing the prisoners highlighted the significance of the Pakistan Day and urged the prisoners to transform their lives in accordance with principles of Islam. He said government had launched a number of trade courses of short duration within the jail premises for all convicts to make them responsible citizen and earn livelihood respectfully in the society after their release. Several national songs were played and special meal with fruits and sweets were served to all inmates. Similar event also took place at Central Jail Kotlakhpat where Senior Superintendent Jail Mohsin Rafiq Ch was chief City District Government to guest and special meal with start indoor targeted spray im- sweet dish was served to mediately in Samanabad, all inmates.—APP Shalamar, Ravi Town and Wahga Town, from where dengue larva was reported. He said that government buildings and public schools should also be covered during the spray. He directed Peoples that inspection should be L AHORE —The Labour Bureau Punjab isconducted in the teaching hospitals to review the ar- sued a fact-sheet on Saturrangements for medical treat- day about the five-year tenment of dengue patients and ure of the previous governfunctioning of High Depen- ment. The fact-sheet redency Units. He also directed that revised guidelines of counts achievements of Dengue Experts Advisory the PPP-led government Group (DEAG) immediately including restoration of jube circulated among all the diciary and sacked employteaching hospitals. The meet- ees, amendments to the ing also decided to begin constitution, laws for the children and implementation on action labour, plan for research on dengue women, Benazir Income Support Programme and mosquito. development work. It said reconciliation politics was introduced in the country under the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and two major projects with China and Iran were signed in the larger interest of the country.—APP

ward areas. PEF-NSP school teachers’ capacity building is also done to improve and strengthen the educational standards, he added. He further said that promotion of girls’ education is the need of the hour so that our girls could play their due role in national mainstream. Various PEF programs have changed the destinies of poor children by providing them quality education in a conducive atmosphere near to their doorsteps, he concluded. The function was also addressed by the school principal. Later, the PEF Chairman distributed prizes among the brilliant students.

Call for boosting vector surveillance activities STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Secretary Health Punjab, Arif Nadeem has directed that vector surveillance activities should be accelerated to check the dengue breeding, while targeted indoor spray also be conducted in those towns where dengue larva have been reported. He stated this while presiding over a meeting of Technical Advisory Committee on Dengue in his office. Besides, Addl. Secretary Health (Tech) Dr. Anwar Janjua, DG Health Punjab Dr. Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Dean Children Hospital Lahore Prof. Dr. Tahir Masood, Principal SIMS, Prof. Dr. Hamid But, Dean IPH Prof. Dr. Muaz Ahmad, Prof. Muhammad Ali of Services Hospital, MS

Mayo Hospital Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, MS Services Hospital Dr. Rehana Malik, MS Lahore General Hospital Dr. Muhammad Hassan, EDO Health Lahore Dr. Inam ul Haq, EDO Health Rawalpindi Dr. Zaffar Gondal, EDO Health Sheikhupura Dr. Raffique Khan, EDO Health Faisalabad Dr. Abdul Rauf, EDO Health Nankana Dr. Mushtaq, EDO Health Multan Dr. Iftikhar Qureshi and other officers attended the meeting. The experts informed the meeting that since the situation is normal therefore, there is no need to initiate thermal fogging for dengue control, but technical method should be applied for larvae-ciding, while targeted indoor spry strategy be adopted for dengue check. Secretary Health directed the

PLB issues fact-sheet

Training workshop L AHORE —The Punjab Agriculture Department is holding a 10-day training workshop on “Information Science and Agriculture Journalism” from March 25. Punjab agriculture officials and other people concerned would participate in the workshop. Experts of print and electronic media and professors of journalism will deliver lecLAHORE: A woman selling strawberries on her push-cart to earn money for her family. tures.—APP


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