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Nawaz urges Obama to end drone strikes Obama ‘confident’ of Afghan solution which helps protect Pakistan over the long term Strategic dialogue slated for March 2014 WASHINGTON—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday he urged President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan, touching on a thorny subject in relations between the two countries. Nawaz Sharif and President Obama were speaking to reporters after a 90-minute long oneon-one meeting at the White House’s Oval Office. “I also brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need to end ... such strikes,” said the prime minister. Obama said he wanted to prevent security cooperation ISLAMABAD—International from being a source of tension Monetary Fund (IMF) mission between the US and Pakistan. is arriving here next week to Obama said fighting terrorassess the country’s perforism was a challenge and was not mance against agreed targets easy, adding that he and Sharif before releasing the second discussed security and how they loan tranché of $550 million. can cooperate in ways that reAccording to reports, an IMF spect Pakistan. review mission is arriving on The Pakistani premier said October 28 for holding first they discussed building a conreview meetings. The mission structive relationship with will review progress on Pakistan’s arch rival India, in- WASHINGTON DC: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in one-on-one meeting with US President Barack Obama targets, both quantitative and Continued on Page 7 in White House, on Wednesday. performance criteria, before

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2 killed in Afghanistan rocket fire JALALABAD—Two members of a family were killed and three others sustained injuries on Wednesday when several rockets allegedly fired by militants hit a house in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, an official said. The governor’s spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai accused insurgents of firing several rockets at the district head-

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Girl burnt alive after gang rape LUCKNOW—In India, a minor girl was gang-raped by village youth and then burnt alive in an Uttar Pradesh district on Tuesday night. The girl sustained 80 per cent burns and died in a district hospital on Wednesday morning, police said. The incident took place in Sirsa Kalaar area of Orai in the Jalaun district of the state. The girl, a student of class eight, had gone to a farm to along with her elder sister. As the two were returning, three

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Tahir destroys Pak batting DUBAI—Leg-spinner Imran Tahir came to haunt the country of his birth, Pakistan, by claiming a maiden fivewicket haul to give South Africa an early control of the must-win second Test on Wednesday. The 34-year old finished with a career best 5-32 while fitagain paceman Dale Steyn took 3-38 to bundle Pakistan out for 99 all out in 36.4 overs at Dubai stadium before South Africa finished the day on 128-3.

3 extremist outfits banned ISLAMABAD—The Pakistani government on Wednesday decided to ban three international extremist organisations allegedly involved in insurgent activities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, BBC Urdu reported. The website quoted sources in the Ministry of Interior Affairs as saying that Chinese authorities and security agencies believed the three organisations were involved in extremist and insurgent activities in the Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang. The outfits banned include the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Islamic Jihad Union (IJU). The said bodies have been the subject of much concern in discussions between the Chinese and Pakistani civilian and military authorities. Ministry sources were also quoted as saying that Pakistan had been in contact with the Turkish and Uzbek governments over ETIM and IMU, and had learned that over half of the people constituting these bodies were individuals highly wanted by local authorities. The outfits include 10 ladies who reportedly trained other women for suicidebombing.—BBC

US lawmakers urge Nawaz to release Shakil Afridi W ASHINGTON —A group of immediately after the May 2, Lashkar-e-Islam.Royce and top United States lawmakers have urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to release Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who helped to track down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. “I specifically pressed the Prime Minister to release Dr Shakil Afridi and encouraged him to ensure that his nation is in fact a responsible and effective partner in countering terrorism, proliferation and violent extremism in the region,” Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, said. Afridi, who was arrested

OBSERVER REPORT 2011 operation by US comman- Congressman Elliot Engel, dos that killed bin Laden, was Ranking Member of House ForQ UETTA —Awami National convicted for treason over al- eign Affairs Committee along Party leader Arbab Abdul Zahir leged ties to militant group Continued on Page 7 Kasi was kidnapped on Wednesday in Quetta. Police took the ANP leader’s driver into custody who disclosed that their vehicle was intercepted Quetta’s Patel road by three W A S H I N G T O N —Foreign Sharif ongoing US visit, he on armed men in a white car. said that Afridi was not a hero Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani The gunmen forcibly took said Pakistan told the US that and was facing cases in courts. Kasi away, the driver said, addWhile responding to quesShakil Afridi had been ining that the kidnappers had also volved in criminal activities tions after A US congress subjected him to torture before and violated law of the land. committee on foreign affairs snatching away his mobile Speaking at a press brief- demanded release of Afridi, he phone and car keys. ing on Prime Minister Nawaz Continued on Page 7 Police sealed the area as a search operation went underway. Incidents of kidnapping for ransom have been on the rise in the province in general and in times faster than our own Milky universe.” The study was pub- Quetta in particular. Way. This could be a trademark lished online Wednesday in the of the universe’s early days, journal Nature. when hydrogen gas for star forAt first, the landmark dismation was much more plenti- covery was actually a little bit ful. of a let-down, the scientists said. “We wanted to figure out The team of astronomers how galaxies evolve,” said used images from the Hubble Steven Finkelstein, lead author Space Telescope to identify 43 ISLAMABAD—National Elecand University of Texas at Aus- possible faraway galaxies, and tric Power Regulatory Authortin astronomer. “One way to do then used state-of-the-art spec- ity (NEPRA) has raised the that is to push back deeper and trographic equipment at the electricity rates by 32 paisa per unit for September under deeper into the history of the Continued on Page 7 monthly fuel adjustment formula. According to NEPRA, Central Power Purchase Agency had sent the request to hike rates of electricity. The increase would be applicable on all distribution companies except Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).— INP

Afridi not a hero: Jilani

Newly detected galaxy is the most distant ever W ASHINGTO N —Scientists have discovered the most distant galaxy ever confirmed, whose light took just over 13 billion years to reach Earth, providing a snapshot of the early universe. The faraway system resides in the night sky just above the handle of the Big Dipper. One curious trait about the record-breaker is that it forms stars at an incredible rate, about 330 per year – over a hundred

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KARACHI—The National Database and Registration Authority on Wednesday revealed that out of the total of 92,000 votes polled in Karachi’s PS-114 (Karachi), 82,000 could not be verified by the government body. The revelation came as Nadra completed the verification process of ballots in the said constituency where only 10,000 of the total votes polled could Continued on Page 7

India warns Pakistan of ‘befitting reply’ over LoC violations S RINAGAR —Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday said a fitting reply would be given against such unprovoked acts from across the border. Mr. Shinde said additional BSF troops were being sent to man the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continuing ceasefire violations. “We will give a fitting reply to Pakistan,” Mr. Shinde told reporters here in his reaction to Tuesday’s firing by Pakistani troops. Asked about the infiltration attempts, Mr. Shinde said, “There are rivers and rivulets which are tough to fence. But we have discussed possible solutions”. Mr. Shinde had on Tuesday conducted an aerial tour of the fenced areas along international border besides surveying infiltration routes and damaged fencing and riverine border belts

with Pakistan lying between Akhnoor in Jammu district and Pahadpur (in Kathua district). Rattled by the spike in infiltrations in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Shinde did some plain speaking on the failure by the

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India continues violating LoC, Working Boundary ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has accused the Indian army of violating working Boundary in Sialkot sector again on Wednesday. Unprovoked firing and shelling occurred in the Chaprar and Charwah sectors displacing many people from their homes. In-

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Putin seeks closer coop with Pakistan MONITORING REPORT RUSSIAN President Vladamir Putin has called for closer relations with Pakistan in combating terrorism and the illegal drug trade. According to a Russian news agency, Putin praised his country’s plans of joint economic projects with Pakistan. During a ceremony to receive the credentials of 19 ambassadors, Putin stressed

Russia’s desire to not only promote political dialogue with Pakistan but also enhancing economic coordination. P u t i n said Russia and its neighbours in Asia had plans for projects in the energy and metal industries.

SC irked over no date from KP for LG polls OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —During Wednesday’s hearing of the case relating to the holding of local government elections, the Supreme Court expressed its displeasure that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not yet ready to hold the polls and that the provincial government was still debating over a date. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the administrations of Punjab and Balochistan said they had made preparations for the polls and were ready to hold the elections by Dec 7. Whereas, the Sindh government said it was ready to hold the elections on Nov 27. On the contrary, Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Lateef Yousufzai informed the court

that KP was still debating over a date for the elections and that preparations in this regard were not complete. Earlier on Monday, Yousufzai had informed the court that an amended law had been tabled in the KP provincial assembly with regard to the local government polls and that it would be adopted this week. He had said that delimitation had been delayed in the province because KP law minister Israrullah Gandapur, who was overseeing the entire process, was recently killed in a suicide attack. But delimitation has now been completed, Yousufzai had said during Monday’s hearing of the case. Also during the hearing, Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar said a draft had been prepared by the federal government in relation to the holding of municipal elections in Islamabad. However, a date had not yet been

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SC takes notice of Punjab AAG’s persistent absence ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court (SC) has taken serious notice of persistent absence of Additional Advocate General (AAG) Punjab from hearing of election petition against Mian Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister Punjab. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked “whenever this case is fixed for hearing Advocate General (AG) moves to Singapore. What is this all going on? The case was registered against Mian Shahbaz Sharif on his alleged role in attack on SC in 1997. Hearing of this case started in 2002.

A division bench of SC has issued notice to federation on an application whereby request was made to make Inspector General Police Islamabad respondent in this case. The application to make IG Police Islamabad respondent was filed to obtain a police inquiry report 2001 pertaining to attack on SC. The court told petitioner Shahid Orakzai that his petition would be heard. The hearing of the case was adjourned till the first week of November.— Online


50 percent women, children facing malnutrition’ F AISALABAD —Around 50 percent of women and children were facing malnutrition and 58 percent of total population is under the grip of food insecurity in the country. This was stated by speakers while speaking at the concluding session of a three-day international conference on “Emerged Issues in Nutrition and Food Safety” arranged by the National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here on Wednesday. UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan presided over the event while Dr. Ibrahim from Thailand; Dr. Aurang Zeb; and NIFSAT Director General Prof Dr. Faqeer Anjum also spoke. Vice Chancellor UAF Dr Iqrar Ahmad suggested that concerted multi-sector nutrition efforts were needed to address mother and child health and nutrition problems. He said in children malnutrition, a rate among children under the age of 5-year was 43.7 per cent. Talking about food security, he said Pakistan was blessed with four seasons and had potential to increase agri production manifold to ensure food security. Dr. Ibrahim from Halal Food Research Centre Thailand said Thailand was playing its due role in promotion of Halal food across the globe. Prof Dr Faqeer Anjum said the population of Pakistan was fast increasing. He urged scientists and all stakeholders to play their role in this regard. Dr. Aurang Zeb presented the recommendation of the conference. The moot suggested setting up National Institution of Nutrition to address the issue. The conference also recommended establishing the Pak Food and Nutrition Council; ensuring potable water for people; conducting tangible researches; making nutrition education part of syllabus; revise food rules as per pattern of Punjab Food Rules 2011; and enhanced efforts on the part of all stakeholders.—APP

Arrangements for pre-entry tests

Malik for early recovery of ANP leader Q UETTA —Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Wednesday directed the officials of the law enforcement agencies to ensure safe and early recovery of the kidnapped ANP leader, Abdul Zahir Kasi. He said this while addressing a highlevel meeting held here at CM Secretariat. Senior Balochistan minister Sanaullah Zehri, Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Inspector General of Balochistan Police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhaira, IF Frontier Corps, and Major General Ejaz Shahid were also present. “Elements opposed to peace would not be allowed to create law and order in Balochistan,” Dr Abdul Malik expressing his concern over the abduction of ANP leader said. He called upon QUETTA: Activists of ANP block the Quetta-Chaman road to protest against kidnapping of their leader Arbab Abdul the heads of LEAs to take allZahir Kasi. out effort for the early recovery of ANP leader.

Well-reputed officers posted in PR: Saad

LAHORE—Pakistan Railways the betterment of the depart-

HYDERABAD—Vice chancellor Univer- Minister

sity of Sindh (SU) Jamshoro Prof. Dr Nazir A. Mughal has asked the administrative and academic officers to finalise all arrangements for hassle-free pre-entry tests for all candidates. The candidates, who applied for admissions to various disciplines of Master and Bachelor Degree Programmes as well as M.S. and M.Phil in the University of Sindh and all its campuses. The pre-entry test for admissions to Master, M.S. and M.Phil Degree Programmes will be conducted on October 27 and the present test for admissions to Bacehlor Degree Programme will be held on November 3, 2013 at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro and all its campuses simultaneously. The Vice Chancellor Tuesday presided over a meeting in this direction at his office which was attended by Director Admissions Akhtar Ahmed Memon, Dr Anwer Ali Shah G. Syed, Dr Imdad Ali Ismaili, Bashir Ahmed Shaikh, Dr Saleem Chandio, Dr Noor Muhammad Jamali, Prof. Muhammad Yousuf Pardesi, Dr Abdul Rasool Abbasi, Dr Azhar Ali Shah, Dr Abida Tahirani, Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Dr Sarfraz Solangi and others. The meeting reviewed in detail the arrangements for conduct of pre-entry tests on the mentioned dates including the provision of facilities at the examination centres, seating and parking arrangements for the parents of candidates who will appear in the tests.—APP

Neelofar recommended for award of PhD PESHAWAR—Neelofar Asghar has been recommended for the award of Ph. D degree in political science after successful public defence of her thesis in a ceremony held at the Video Conferencing Hall University of Peshawar. The topic of her research was,” Unequal development in a Peripheral Capitalist State: A Case Study of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, 1947-77. The scholar found out in her research that unequal development was the logical corollary of capitalist growth creating contradictions of development. She added rapid accumulation of capital requires centralization of capital and concentration of forces of production in core metropolises which generates the dualism of development in the core and underdevelopment in the periphery. Poverty in the periphery is neither the poverty of its natural resources nor the poverty of its human resources, it is the enigma of capitalist growth, she said. The colonial legacy of instituting four different set of administrative procedures for FATA, FR, PATA and the settled districts implies cumbersome governance. This policy entails constitutional domain only for the settled districts whereas the major area of KP lurks outside the national and provincial legislation and legal ambit consequently they are outside the realm of politico-socio-economic development. This crisis of legitimacy impacts the KP as well as the federation of Pakistan critically, she concluded. Former Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar and Director Area Study Centre Prof. Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan was her Ph. D supervisor while Prof. Dr. Abdul Qayyum served as her external examiner. The ceremony was attended by Chairman Department of Political Science Prof. Dr. A-Z Hilali, faculty members and good number of students.—APP

KP PA pays tribute to Israr Gandapore P ESHAWAR —The provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here Wednesday mourned the death of the late Provincial Minister for Law, Israrullah Khan Gandapur and paid rich tributes to him. The session of the provincial assembly has been convened on the requisition of the joint opposition to mourn and debate the situation leading to the tragic death of Provincial Minister for Law, Israrullah Khan Gandapore in a terrorist attack in his Hujra at Kulachi, D.I. Khan. The late provincial minister was exchanging Eid greetings with his relatives and supporters when he was targeted in a bomb explosion. Soon after the recitation from the Holy Quraan the Deputy Speaker, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi on behalf of the members of the house and assembly secretariat asked the Secretary Assembly to lay Bouquet of flowers on the seat of the deceased provincial minister in the house. Some members also laid bouquets on his seat in their individual capacity. Moving scenes were witnessed in the assembly as several legislators were found crying in the house. Later, Mufti Said Janan of JUI-F read a fateha for the eternal peace of the departed soul of the late provincial minister. While, reading a written note, the Deputy Speaker, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi told the house that the special session has been summoned on the requisition of the members of opposition benches, whose aim was to debate the situation developed in wake of the tragic death of Provincial Minister for Law, Isarullah Khan Gandapore and to pay tributes to his services. He was of the view that the martyrdom of Isarullah Khan Gandapore is not less than the signs of doom day for his relatives. However, he said the grief and sorrow is not only limited to the family of the martyred, but a national tragedy. He said the gruesome incident has spread a wave of grief and sorrow across the country.—APP

Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the government has posted well reputed, talented and hardworking officers in the Railways. Addressing the participants of the 16th Midcareer Management Course Peshawar at PR Headquarters here on Wednesday, he said the best officer worked for the state not for politicians. He added that officers should only work for welfare of the state istead of their personal interests. He said honest officers had been given free hand so that they could appoint such workers who could work for

ment. The minister said the present administration had raised income of the PR without any additional expenditures and ensured train operation according to a timetable, adding that such reforms had been introduced in the department which would be helpful in reducing deficit of the department. Responding to questions of the participants, he said loan was being got for the Karachi Circular Railways for a period of 40 years on soft conditions and it would be reconstructed with the cooperation of the Sindh government. The minister said the PR

H AFIZABAD—Present government of Pakistan Muslim League is well aware of people’s problems and taking result-oriented steps for redressing them at their doorsteps. These views were expressed by MNA Mian Shahid Hussain Bhatti while talking to workers of Pakistan Muslim League (N) at Sukheki. He said that elimination of energy crises, poverty, unemployment and terrorism was the top priority of the present federal gov-

ernment. He said that construction work on the scheme of establishing Degree College for Women Sukheki was underway and this project would complete with the cost of Rs.100 million by the end of this year. He said that the Punjab government had released Rs.10 million to each parliamentarian for launching new development schemes. He said that construction work on new schemes would be launched within next month with the cost of Rs.30 million in the district Hafizabad under Punjab De-

New SIAD anti-polio drive from Oct 28 HYDERABAD—The district administration is launching a three-day Short Interval Additional Dose (SIAD) Polio Eradication Campaign from Oct 28 with the objective to make a consistent effort to root out Polio from Hyderabad district. Under the programme, Anti-Polio drops will be administered to 297,844 children of under five years age in all 53 Union Councils and Cantonment Board Hyderabad, said District Focal Person of Polio Campaign Hyderabad Dr Syed Masood Jafri while talking to this scribe on Wednesday. He informed that out of 46 Polio cases, detected in Pakistan during the current year, three are reported in Sindh therefore, there is need to make extra efforts to root out polio from the country. Most of Polio cases were reported from FATA and FR areas where 34 children were affected by Polio, he said and informed that seven cases were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two cases were reported from Punjab province during the current year. In view of such situation of eruption of Polio, Dr Jafri said the district administration has decided to launch a Short

Interval Additional Dose (SIAD) Polio Campaign besides the usual National Polio Eradication Campaign. For SIAD, he informed that 752 Mobile Vaccination Teams will be mobilised to carry out immunisation door to door in all 53 Union Councils of Hyderabad and in the limits of Hyderabad Cantonment Board. Besides, he informed that Anti-Polio Drops will be administered to under age children in 94 health facilities where fixed vaccination centres are already functioning. The district administration has also selected 61 transit points including the internal and external routes of Hyderabad as well as the railway station and bus terminals where Anti-Polio drops will be administered to under age children, he added. He informed that seven Zonal Coordinators will monitor the entire SIAD Polio Campaign and ensure the vaccination of all targeted children of Hyderabad. A three-day special anti-polio campaign Wednesday started in six districts of the Khyber Pakthunkhwa under which 1.5 million children under five years of age would be given an Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).—APP

MPA declared ineligible for holding fake degree A BBOTTABAD —An election moned the head of Ghotki tribunal on Wednesday declared Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mian Zia-urRehman ineligible for holding a fake degree allegedly issued by a Madrassa (seminary) of Ghotki, Sindh. The tribunal had sum-

Madrassa, who declared the degree of MPA as fake. Declaring Zia-urRehman, who was elected as MPA from PK-54 Mansehra in 2013 general election, ineligible, the tribunal ordered fresh polling in the constituency.—APP

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Dry weather likely in most parts of country

labourers were killed in separate mishaps here on Wednesday. According to Rescue 1122, a labourer Ishtiaq (28) was working on an was working on metro train electric machine at Iron Mar- I SLAMABAD —Pakistan MeDepartment in Lahore and Peshawar, ket when he got entangled teorological (PMD) on Wednesday foreadding dialogues were under with the machine.—APP cast mainly dry weather for process with the concerned most parts of the country governments. He said numduring the next 24 hours. ber of locomotives for goods However there were chances trains had been increased of partly cloudy weather from eight to 25 since he had conditions with light rain at taken over the charge. The minister said the de- F AISALABAD —Two women few places in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to the synoppartment had reduced train were killed and a girl sustained fares for five times and the wounds when unknown gun- tic situation, continental air fare would be reviewed after men opened fire at them on was prevailing over most parts every three months. He said intervening night of Tuesday- of the country. However, a shallow westerly trough was the PR did not facing over- Wednesday. According to police, uni- also prevailing over extreme staffing and nobody would be sacked from the depart- dentified gunmen barged into northern parts of the country. ment. Later, the participants a house located in Hajveri The weather would remain dry presented a shield to the min- Town of Faisalabad and in most parts of Punjab, opened indiscriminate fire at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,Sindh, ister.—APP the residents sleeping in the Balochistan and Kashmir durhouse. As a result of firing ing the next 24 hours. Shamim Akhtar and her daughThe maximum temperatures ter Sumaira was killed on the recorded during the last 24 spot while Noureen sustained hours in the main cities were velopment Programmee. serious wounds.—INP Islamabad 30 C, Lahore 32 C,

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CM reiterated that government is committed to provide security to the lives and property of its citizen. He directed the authorities concerned to devise concerted strategy to maintaining peace. “Outlaws involved in heinous crimes should be brought to book,” he maintained. Earlier, officials of home department and LEAs briefed the meeting about the steps taken for the improvement of law and order in Balochistan. Meanwhile Organizer Awami National Party Pukhtunkhwa Bashir Khan Matta has expressed great concern over kidnapping of former President of ANP Balochistan Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi and condemned the incident. In a statement here he demanded of the government to make efforts for the early recovery of Mr. Kansi and suo moto action by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. —APP

Karachi 34 C, Peshawar 29 C, Quetta 27 C, Skardu 23 C, Murree 19 C, Muzzafarabad 30 C, Gilgit 29 C, Faisalabad 33 C, Multan 36 C and Hyderabad 36 C. The Met Office on Wednesday forecast a partly cloudy weather with misty morning for the metropolis during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature will remain in the range of 33 to 35 degree centigrade.

Mainly hot and dry weather will prevail elsewhere in the region of Sindh and Balochistan.—APP


MPs show disrespect to ECP

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HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), on Tuesday, had to suspend membership of 26 lawmakers, who failed to submit man datory declaration of assets and liabilities despite repeated reminders and deadlines given by the Commission. They include Senators as well as Members of the National and four Provincial Assemblies and some of them are otherwise considered prominent, vocal or serious MPs. Lawmakers are supposed to be role model in every respect but their disrespect to laws that they themselves framed raises questions whether they were entitled to the coveted offices they have been elected to and discharging their responsibilities and duties as per dictates of the law. Declaration of assets is an annual exercise and even civil servants are also required to file these declarations with the objective of making an assessment whether or not a civil servant or public office holder is living beyond his means. Regrettably, behaviour of some political parties and many MPs is somewhat unbecoming in that first they did not submit details of election expenses despite repeated calls by the Election Commission and now they are dilly-dallying on the issue of declaration of assets. It is understood that all of them will finally submit these declarations to become eligible to participate in proceedings of their Houses but why not to meet the deadlines set by the law. This attitude is reflective of feudal and arrogant mindset and is also manifest in other things like lawmakers attendance of sessions, their behaviour and conduct on the floor of the Houses and behaviour with security people and general public. Apart from laws and rules and regulations, some of them also openly flout our traditions, values and moorings. There are Parliamentary leaders and chief whips of political parties but it seems the system is not working as it should. It is duty of the leadership of parties as well as institutions concerned to make all MPs follow laws and rules strictly and award exemplary punishment to those who are not amendable to discipline and show scant respect to rule of law.

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HE rejection of UN Security Council’s non-permanent seat by Saudi Arabia was a rare display of adoption of principled position by any country as most of the members of the world body aspire and lobby for long time to occupy the position and try to assert their views on different issues. This stand has earned more respect to the Kingdom world over in general and the Gulf in particular because a fair number of countries believe that the UNSC has been following the dictates of the super powers having the veto power and the non-permanent members are just considered as spectators. Saudi Arabia for a long time had been a principal and trusted ally of the United States and on major world issues it sided with the US and West. However, on some occasions, the Kingdom asserted principled position when the Saudi leadership felt that it was being taken for granted and its sovereignty and independence appeared to be eroding. For instance after the Gulf war Saudi Arabia asked the US to vacate bases in the Kingdom and Washington had to move its air and other arsenal to Qatar. Over the past few years Saudi Arabia had been very supportive of US initiatives for establishment of peace in various regions and for rooting out extremism and terrorism. But now it appears that tolerance and patience of Saudi leadership, which has always made its points politely and privately, has exhausted as the United States has failed to influence the resolution of Palestinian problem as well as its position and handling of other issues in the Middle East. The Kingdom enjoys lot of goodwill and respect among the Muslim countries and their leadership would certainly give due consideration to the position taken by Saudi Arabia on issues confronting the Ummah and that would mean loss of support so far enjoyed by the US. Anyhow the refusal to occupy the UNSC seat is in line with the traditions and history of Saudi Arabia that it displays periodically to assert its position that it enjoys in the comity of nations.

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N an epoch-making development, the Sultan of Brunei, on Tuesday, introduced Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery; amputation for theft, and flogging for violations ranging from abortion to alcohol consumption. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said a new Shariah Penal Code was official introduced and would come into force six months hereafter and in phases. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who has been ruling the country wisely and with vision since 1962, stands tall by making Brunei the first South East Asian country to have implemented Shariah in toto at the national level. He must be a satisfied leader at this great accomplishment and in fact this was evident from his remarks “By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is, therefore, being fulfilled’. We salute Sultan for showing true commitment to Islam and mustering courage to enforce Islamic punishments at a time when other countries including Pakistan are shivering in their pants over prospects of such Shariah enforcement for fear of Western countries, media and NGOs. The punishment of stoning to death is worth-mentioning because in Pakistan the Government has suspended death penalty and thousands of hardened criminals are languishing in jails. Stricter Islamic punishments are, in fact, a kind of deterrence against crimes of all nature and Brunei would reap fruits of this bold initiative as it would, God willing, become an icon and abode of peace. The situation would have been different in Pakistan as well if these punishments were introduced and implemented with the required commitment and sincerity. Islam is a complete code of life but rulers in the Islamic world are shy of taking moves towards enforcement of Shariah despite ardent desire by the British Prime Minister to make his country focus of Islamic modes of financing. We would urge other Muslim countries to follow the footsteps of Sultan Bolkiah in fulfilling their duty towards Allah Almighty.

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Talking to Taliban on the ideological frontier continues to stay. On the Muhammad Ali Ehsan other hand it is Email: muhammadaliehsan1@hotmail.com also now sufficiently clear that both the GovernHE last month APC endorsed ment and the army are disinclined and government offer of talks with reluctant in taking the ultimate risk of the Taliban, was rocked by a waging a declared war against the string of terrorist attacks all over the Taliban. The battles of choice that the country. One such attack took the life Army has so far fought in Fata have of General Sanaullah Niazi. The more been the damage control exerTaliban claimed the responsibility cises and not part of a Military camfor that attack. Neither renouncing paign that sought a defined political violence nor accepting uncondi- and military end. The risks are too tional offer of talks the Taliban de- high and the cost may be too damagmanded the withdrawal of Army ing and thus all that the guarantors of from Fata and the introduction of our safety and security can do is to Islamic system of government in the keep muddling through this war. On country, as their preconditions for the other hand the Taliban continue to talks. Both demands were unreason- gain time and regroup. They don’t acable and prompted General Kayani cept the Constitution of Pakistan and to make a public statement that ‘mili- will keep fighting until they create and tary will not allow Taliban to set achieve ‘Islamic Emirate of Pakistan”. conditions for peace’.Talks with the Why is there a need to talk to these Taliban for a while were thus shifted terrorists? Why call them our own to the back burner and they should people? Why even fear that waging have stayed there considering also war against them may divide us as a the recent position that TTP leader country? Are they not for the last 14 Hakimullah Mehsud took in his re- years the declared enemy of the State? cent interview with BBC. The mili- If they are the enemy then the only tant leader, besides other things, said reason we chose to negotiate with them in the interview that, “America is today is to acclaim their superiority and one of the two reasons that we have our peace offers only signal to them to conduct jihad against Pakistan. our weakness as a State. The other reason is that Pakistan’s General Musharaff and general system is un-islamic and we want Kayani have the proud distinction of to replace it with an Islamic system”. leading for 14 long years the PakiThese revelations tell us that the stan Army on the war against terror. war that Taliban have chosen to fight Now on the verge of his retirement

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General Kayani while addressing the cadets at the passing out parade at PMA said, “The Military will be more than happy if a solution to the problem is found through dialogue”. In my view the military endorsement of dialogue with Taliban as a prelude to Hakimullah Mehsud’s admissions to BBC in an interview is a big mistake. General kayani’s speech at the Military Academy and Army’s declared preference of holding talks with Taliban should only embolden the militants who can’t miss the General’s renewed military preference of fighting this war- not through the barrel of the gun that its soldiers carry but through the spoken words of the mouth – the art and specialty of the politicians. Hakimullah Mehsud can now surely ask the Army and the Government to explain‘if this was the endpoint why you politicians and ‘sipasallars’ pushed this Army for 14 long years to fight this war against us?’ Unfortunately for the Army and the Government this also is the question that today haunts the minds of the people of this country. The Taliban have blood of thousands of our army personnel’s and civilians on their hands and to presume that they will ever stop spilling innocent blood is a mistaken assumption . Wasting time in dialogue with Taliban will only encourage them to expand their demands and strengthen their position further. A compromise with them at this stage will also over long term nullify any short term gains that the Army boosts about. When nego-

tiations collapse and they surely will, all we would be able to tell ourselves would be that ‘we have allowed ourselves to be bullied yet again’. Without clearly defined political and military aims nations don’t go to wars. The big question that our political and military strategists and planners need to answer today is if dialogue was the favorable end they sought why so many innocent lives were allowed to be sacrificed? Why was this not pursued as the sole political aim right from the outset? Having made the choice to fight this war all our Generals and the senior Military and political decision makers were required to do was visualize the means to its favorable end. For 14 years neither did we fight the war nor negotiated a durable peace. Our Generals and politicians know that all talks with talibans have failed in the past. They even know this today that the peace proccess will fail yet again. The cost that the nation continues to pay is for the risks that our politicians and the Generals are not ready to take. A high risk optionbut the only option to root out terrorism from this country, is to fight against terrorists. Taliban in all their forms and shapes are terrorist organizations and all they deserve is state retaliation and punishment. — The writer a retired Lieutenant Colonel from Army is a research scholar who is doing PhD in civilmilitary relations from Karachi University.

Robbing the lower class Pakistanis most by inflation particularly in context of the rupee Shaukat M Zafar slumping to new lows and its cascading effect leading Email: smzafar101@gmail.com to price rise of food, electricity and petroleum products. The prices of basic neNFLATION is a steady increase cessities have increased exorbitantly in the prices of goods and ser that has upset budgets of many vices over a given period of households in Pakistan. Inflation has time. It is therefore an important de- plunged the country into long periterminant of the quality of life of ods of instability. Whenever prices Pakistanis. Inflation is Public En- shoot up, immediately it affects the emy No. 1 and people dislike it be- everyday consumption pattern and cause higher prices mean dimin- the living standard of almost every ished purchasing power. It is a tax Pakistani, except the looters and the that is very cruel to average Paki- corrupt, which grow filthy rich by stanis. Food price are not the only ‘other people money’ and can spend thing going up. Electricity and oil any amount for anything. The bills in Pakistan have risen faster country’s poor and lower middle than the overall rate of inflation for class is forced to cut back on food the last five years in a row. items Pakistan now has been in the Inflation is a growing money headlines for starvation deaths and supply. Our money supply is debt suicide by the hungry ones. The based. Every new rupee in circula- weakening rupee has made crude oil, tion is a new debt. This decreases fertilizers and other products, which the purchasing power of currency in Pakistan imports in large quantities, general by reducing the amount of costlier. State Bank aspires to be goods or services, a person can get known as “inflation hawk.” Politifor the same amount of money. This cians have won elections with promis why the economists get so upset ises to combat inflation, only to lose when the Federal Government starts power after failing to do so. U.S and the West have a tenprinting currency notes as there is no tomorrow. When the Federal dency of plundering resources from Government expands the money developing countries. The Multinasupply, it is a tax on all of us and it tional Corporations are free to do makes all of us poorer. In an infla- whatever they please with what they tionary environment, unevenly ris- get. Nobody is allowed to interfere. ing prices inevitably reduce the pur- Ironically, we are expected to rely on chasing power of poor and lower them to find a way out of the crisis middle class consumers, and this we are in. This has put our country erosion of real income is the single at risk. Due to loot and plunder of biggest cost of inflation. The State the resources of Pakistan, unemployBank’s mandate is the achievement ment and hunger have increased in and maintenance of price stability the country. Today, everything has which, in turn, is bound to provide turned into a commodity, i.e. everyan economic environment that is thing becomes an object of “trade” conducive to growth in savings and and commercialization. The concept investment. Sadly, our leaders seem of Pakistan being a welfare state has to have a never ending addiction to come to an end. The destruction of more paper money but State Bank the welfare state has also destroyed has no control over it. the notion that individuals can rely Pakistanis are worried that the on the community to provide for inflation is hard hitting the country them in times of need. and will ultimately hit their savings Pakistan is rich in natural rein the end. The poor and middle in- sources. Having Seventy eight percome groups have been impacted cent of world trade in their control,

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500 Multinational corporations view Pakistan as prime land for exploitation of raw materials for exportation and a vast market like 180 million people. Their “investment” in Pakistan rarely includes investment in local communities (creating jobs for local citizens or in the needs of the communities) that would improve their quality of life. When their time comes to pay tax they say they are not making any profit. Some of these international plundering corporations are claiming to be citizens of nowhere, reporting fragments of their accounting in different jurisdictions, setting up endless shell companies, and moving their money around so much that the tax authorities lose sight of where it is. Inflation consumes the small salaries that most people earn. Crime, disease, strikes and lockouts and widespread hunger are the signs of failure of neo-liberalism. Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) / Privatization has allowed international capital to buy state enterprises of Pakistan at very low prices, Tax Reforms under SAPs (like VAT) has placed a greater tax burden on lower middle and poor groups while foreign capital is receiving generous tax holidays, deregulation of the banking system has led to very high interest rates making most of the goods out of reach to the majority, elimination of subsidies and price controls, covered with rupee depreciation to price increases and reduced real earnings, free movement of foreign exchange has allowed foreign companies to repatriate their profits allowing them ‘laundering’ of ‘dirty money’ from offshore banking accounts, cost-recovery programmes in the health sector and education has increased the inequality, various NGOs funded by international aid agencies have gradually taken over government functions in the social sector, cuts in public sector employment coupled with bankruptcies of local companies has led to large increases in unemployment, and export orientation in agriculture is eliminating subsistence crops and therefore has accelerated the exodus of the un-

employed towards the cities. These policies have done nothing but exacerbated the already devastated economic and social structures of Pakistan. National debts are strangulating the country and Pakistan is today paying expenses on debt servicing even more than total defence, education, and healthcare budgets combined! Trade liberalization is a sword with two blades. Consider the many links between neoliberal policies and inflation. Pakistan’s vulnerability to the effects of changes in international prices has increased with trade liberalization. With the opening of our market, our country has become a supermarket of foreign goods, which are cheaper, killing our local industries, rendering more and more people jobless. Inflation has skyrocketed. The disparity between rich and poor has widened, and although a few may have benefitted from the effects of liberalized economy, the majority has been languished in further poverty and hunger. Playing in the hands of multinational corporations, the IMF is in fact dominated not merely by wealthy, industrialized nations, but—more narrowly—by the commercial and financial interests within those countries. The trade liberalisation policies introduced by the Government over the last ten years on the direction of IMF, have done more harm than good to our economy. Our rulers should know how to protect our own economy. All in all, make decisions based on our own conditions, but not simply to increase trade liberalization to please the U.S and West and their multinational corporations. The Pakistani people should resist all-out the liberalization scheme being pushed by the IMF which are sure to worsen the acute problem of unemployment, cause further destruction of productive forces and cause graver economic hardships of the Pakistani people.

— The writer is Islamabadbased former banker.

MNESTY International has intensified the debate on drones by terming the aerial killings equivalent to war crimes. Human Rights Watch too, after closely studying several random actions in the tribal areas of Pakistan and elsewhere in the Middle East, concluded that the attacks are in violation of international law. Both these reports have coincided with last week’s detailed findings by the United Nations rapporteur, who called the United States drone policy an act that undermines global security. It went on to say that more than 2,000 civilians had died and the US claim that only fugitive terrorist elements are targeted is erroneous. The question is: Will these human rights agencies’ dossiers have any impact on the policy-makers in White House and Pentagon? The answer seems to be a simple ‘No’. The reason is that US President Barack Obama and his aides are convinced that drones limit the extent of damage that otherwise could result in massive casualties. The White House insists that the aircraft are “kept on a very tight leash” and without them the US would have to “resort to more intrusive military action”. That is why Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had no qualms in saying that the US will continue to defend itself by sending down those unmanned aircraft. Notwithstanding the defence, the Obama administration will have to do a lot of soul-searching as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif brings up the issue of unmanned sorties in Pakistan in his talks with Obama. The premier seems to have a one-point agenda for the talks and that is to request Obama to end the drone attacks. Islamabad’s new policy of engaging the Taleban has hit snags as the latter has a precondition that aerial attacks should stop first. Will Obama let Nawaz Sharif heave a sigh of relief by promising to end these attacks?—Khaleej Times

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US moral fibre is seriously lacking

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URKEY, France, Brazil, Eu ropean Union, Mexico, and Russia. The list goes on. These are the latest to express their anger over revelations that the United States and its networks of listening and surveillance agencies spied on emails and telephone conversations. These aftershocks have been triggered by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggesting that the National Security Agency and its British counterparts evesdropped and snooped on their allies and partners as a matter of course and with the full knowledge and tacit approval of the White House. The words of condemnation are loud though one wonders if these nations, who have advanced electronic surveillance technologies and capabilities of their own, for security and economic purposes — are turning up the volume because the US has been seemingly caught red handed. Hardly, though sheer scale of operation outlined by Snowden seems to suggest that it exceeded all expectations and was carried on with such regularity that evesdropping & electronic snooping became normal course of operations. The standing of both Britain and the US has no doubt been harmed by their spying activities. For nations engaged in free trade talks with Washington, there is little to gain by trying to negotiate in good faith — the US delegations across the table certainly haven’t come to talks in good faith or with a clean slate. Those deals will get done, though not as swiftly nor as easily as Washington would like. What is obvious is that the spymasters developed and shared sophisticated software that trolled through billions of pieces of email from millions of people in the search for information deemed of value. What’s equally obvious is that any terrorist will have hidden those nuggets so deep that those programmes likely came up empty handed — save spying on us all. So when political leaders in London and Washington assume the moral high ground and lecture other nations about their failings, shortcomings or policies, they are speaking with all the authority of carnival hucksters — cheaters playing with a marked deck of cards. —Gulf News Cynicism is humour is ill-health. —H. G. Wells British writer.


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ELATIONS between Afghan and the US governments are now far from friendly. Wall of distrust has come up because of Karzai’s filibustering and abrasiveness. After sabotaging Doha peace process in June this year, he is now in two minds whether to sign or not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with USA, which would authorize US-NATO to leave behind a residue force and to retain some military bases in Afghanistan after 2014 and till 2024. The sticking points are grant of immunity from prosecution by Afghan courts to foreign troops and full liberty of action to conduct military operation against militants. In other words, NATO forces would be at liberty to carryout extra judicial killings and torture as heretofore. Although John Kerry’s recent visit to Kabul has made Karzai accommodative, yet he wants the deal to be approved by Loya Jirga which he plans to call in third week of November. If approved, the BSA will then be ratified by Afghan Parliament. The US leadership is getting impatient and has sounded October 31 as the cut out date to ink the Agreement, failing which it may opt for ‘zero option’ as in case of Iraq. The Taliban Shura has strongly opposed BSA and will reject it even if Loya Jirga approves it. The Afghan-US Strategic Partnership signed in Kabul in May 2012 was okayed by Loya Jirga but had not approved immunity to foreign troops. It was also ruled that ISAF would not undertake unilateral military action and that ANA would lead all operations. This time because of Taliban’s resurgence and weakened position of both ISAF and Kabul Government; possibility of Loya Jirga approving immunity to foreign troops is dim. Reportedly, Karzai is contemplating calling a selective Jirga and inviting only

those who will endorse the BSA. About 3000 elders, politicians and clerics are expected to attend. Karzai is banking heavily upon Mullah Ghani Baradar who has recently been released by Pakistan on his insistence to make some Taliban leaders agree to attend the Jirga. Notwithstanding that he was number 2 of Mullah Omar, but it will not be possible for him to affect any change in hard-held policy decisions of Shura except for trying to bridge differences between the Taliban and Karzai so as to arrive at a homegrown political settlement without outside interference. He could be a suitable choice to head Afghan High Peace Council since neither Burhanuddin Rabbani was acceptable to Taliban nor is his son Salahuddin. Karzai, whose writ doesn’t go beyond his palace in Kabul, is vainly trying to rouse Afghan nationalism by acting tough against USA and Pakistan. His ploys to shed away the label of American lackey and to present himself as a savior and an honorable Pashtun are not selling. The Pashtuns have not forgotten that he had sold his soul to the Americans to acquire power and how he mercilessly allowed the destruction of Afghanistan and presided over the oppression of the Pashtuns living on both sides of the Durand Line. It was unwise on part of Nawaz Sharif to give a helping hand to the untrustworthy drowning man trying to clutch at the last straw. He has become a liability for the US as well as Afghans and is in no position to give anything in return for the favors extended to him. while 36 Taliban prisoners have been set free by Pakistan on his request, Pakistan has not been able to get back any of the absconding terrorists like Maulana Fazlullah in Kunar and Faqir Muhammad in Kabul, enjoying the hospitality of their hosts. Karzai insolently acknowledged their presence in Afghanistan. He has been constantly talking ill of Pak Army and ISI and alleging without furnishing any proof that the duo is destabilizing Afghani-

stan. There have been several incidents of burning of Pakistan flag in Afghanistan but Karzai never apologized. On the contrary, when a single incident of burning of Iranian flag occurred in his country he promptly extended his apologies. He brazenly says that the goodwill and support rendered by Pakistan Establishment in 1980s to Afghans was to gain strategic depth and to make Afghanistan Pakistan’s 5th Province. He alleges that Pak military is forcing Afghans to recognize Durand line as international border. Although the US claimed that the left behind force was meant to impart training to ANA, build up its capacity, render technical advice and logistic support, and to hunt left over al-Qaeda operators numbering 75 or so, however, the initial figure of 25000-30,000 residual force negated the spelt out scope. The US hidden motive was exposed when it started haggling with Kabul over immunity issue and liberty of action. It couldn’t justify the stated strength and retention of nine military bases for chasing 75 Al-Qaeda elements. The strength has now been scaled down to 5000 to 10,000 owing to mounting differences between two sides and danger of BSA getting jeopardized. Likely bases for the reduced force are Kabul and Bagram in the centre, Mazar-e-Sharif in north and possibly Herat or Shindad in the west. It will however, be incorrect to conclude that reduction in size of residual force would reduce its combat potential. Combat strength is measured in terms of firepower and not the bayonet strength. The latter counts when the strategy is based on boots on ground. The ISAF abandoned boots on ground strategy in 2009 and relies heavily on airpower. After 2014, the stay behind force would remain confined to military bases and assist ANA by providing training, technical guidance, intelligence and firepower support. The bunker based residual force will be of little use to the not-so-disciplined ANA with high attrition rate,

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or for the harried Afghan government struggling to keep the Taliban at bay. It can at best provide air support to ANA to delay the fall of Kabul or any of the military bases. Or to arrange safe landing of the returning main force in case of a rethink in Washington in the wake of effective encirclement of Kabul and eminent fall of northern Afghanistan. The ANA will remain battle worthy as long as military aid to the tune of $4.1 billion flows in annually. The moment this aid is stopped or radically reduced, it would hasten the disintegration of ANA the way the national army trained by Red Army had fragmented in 1993. The US not only desires pro-US regime in Kabul to cater for its regional interests but also wants to avoid repetition of horrendous fallout of its hasty exit in 1989. It would like to give some respectability to its misadventure which has robbed it of its prestige, honor and glory. With only 14 months left for the pullout of ISAF, the obtaining operational environment in Afghanistan are gloomy and do not auger well for smooth transition. The endgame scripted by the US and its strategic allies has gone awry. Prophecy of doomsayers that 2014 and beyond would prove more bloody appears to be turning into a reality. The three major stakeholders – the Taliban, Kabul government and the US – are circling in respective orbits. All three distrust each other. In-house attacks in Afghanistan are not subsiding and so are cases of suicides by US-NATO soldiers. The spoilers on the sidelines with vested interests are sprinkling oil to keep the pot of terrorism and distrust boiling. Clash of interests has thickened the clouds of uncertainty and insecurity. Pakistan is the only country which sincerely desires peace since it is the most affected country and its peace is linked with stability in Afghanistan. —The writer is a retired Brig, defence analyst, columnist and historian.

Views From Abroad

The fight at hand: Yemen’s unity

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EARLY half of the popula tion in Yemen lives below the poverty line. Millions are food insecure and the country as a whole suffers from persistent corruption and endemic violence. While US drones roam the sky like ravenous vultures that are ready to strike and kill, Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is wreaking havoc on the ground. The central government of Sana’a, which has been responsible to guide a political transition towards democracy, transparency and equal political representation, is overwhelmed by the many challenges at hand: A rebellious North, a secessionist moment in the South and, of course, its own ineptitude and nepotism. Despite assurances to the contrary, there has been no concrete evidence that the self-serving elites that controlled Yemen under president Ali Abdullah Saleh is different from the current clique that reigns supreme. However, no other future scenario is as frightening as a division between North and South. It is an unsettling possibility that is plausible under current circumstances where secessionists are empowered by the central government’s failure to provide a real vision for the future, let alone offer a semblance of security anywhere in the country. The growing impatience was demonstrated on October 12 when tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Eden in the South of the country and demanded separation from the North. The date is significant, for it marks the 1967 independence of South Yemen, ending several decades of British colonialism.

But for nearly five decades since then, Yemen is yet to find political stability, economic growth and, most importantly, settle the question of its national identity. It has been two years and nine months since a large protest occurred in the Yemeni capital. Sana’a initiated what was quickly named the Yemeni revolution and ignited media frenzy that Yemen had officially joined the so-called Arab Spring. One of the most noteworthy dates of the massive protests against the 33-year role of Saleh was February 3. It was then that both Sana’a and Eden stood united under one banner. It was a momentous day because both cities once served as capitals of two warring countries. The youth of Yemen were able to fleetingly bridge a gap that neither politicians nor army generals managed to close despite several agreements and years of bloody conflicts. But that hopeful sentiment was never truly translated to a clear political victory, even after Saleh was deposed in February 2012. Since then, a National Dialogue Conference (NDC) was convened with representations from various political parties, major tribes, youth movements and delegates representing South and North. Its job was to usher in the process of drafting a constitution by organising a referendum and general elections. September 18, 2013, was recognised as a deadline for these major tasks to be accomplished, but that date slipped away. Even worse, deep divisions began showing between all parties involved. Initially, the dialogue attempted to explore commonalities between delegates representing the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), uniting the opposition. However, conflict soon ensued between members of the JMP themselves. JMP is made of sev-

eral opposition parties, including the Islamic-leaning Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah), whose core supporters are based in the North, and the secularist Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), based in the South. These two parties hail from entirely different ideological schools of thought and were not always united by their wish to defeat Saleh’s ruling GPC. There was a time in which the Islah, seen as Yemen’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, allied with Saleh to defeat socialists. “The socialist expansion emanating from the South bolstered the Brotherhood’s alliance with Saleh’s regime during the wars for the central regions (1978-1982) against what they called the communist tide,” wrote Farea Al Muslimi for Al Monitor. In those years, today’s Republic of Yemen was two different countries: A Marxist-Leninist South Yemen, and North Yemen. After years of conflict, in which both sides were used to channel regional rivalries and an international Cold War, they became united on May 22, 1990. Soon after the union, a process of democratisation, elections, wealth sharing and more was initiated, but quickly fell apart. Southern leaders began speaking of a conspiracy to deprive their less populated, yet wealthier southern and eastern parts of country of its resources by the tribaldominated North. In 1994, political conflict descended into civil war where South was defeated and thousands of its leaders and military men fled. Moreover JMP, which was slated as the united front of the opposition, became a major source of tension, for the socialists deeply mistrust the Islah and the latter, which strongly objects to any division of the country, is equally suspicious of its supposed political ally. Not that the South is united, for the Southern Movement

Hiraak is marred by division. Hiraak is composed of many political parties and factions and is torn by competing leaderships. On October 8, only a few days prior to the Eden rallies, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was installed following the ouster of Saleh, declared that the country’s national dialogue was about to bear a long anticipated result. In fact, it was only “a few days away” from establishing a “united and federal Yemen”. But his anticipated breakthrough seemed irrelevant in the face of discouraging facts, foremost among them being that factions affiliated to the Southern Movement were boycotting the talks. Also, the signing of any accord “has been put off as the two representatives of Saleh’s General People’s Congress walked out and the GPC suspended its participation, rejecting any bid to ‘harm the unity of the homeland,’” reported Arab News. Even if such an accord is ever signed, the dialogue conference cannot enforce any agreement that lacks a clear mandate and popular approval. Uniting a ‘homeland’ around similar ideals in a state of utter political and security chaos and rampant poverty is wishful thinking to say the least. Yemen must confront the terrible status quo that Hadi inherited from his predecessor, challenge the underlying reasons for inequality and poverty, avoid the trap of division as an easy answer to persisting problems, seek an end to American drone attacks and unite against political tribalism and Al Qaida. At the end of the day, a political agreement is a mere piece of paper if it lacks an egalitarian longterm vision and real partnership that unites all Yemenis, not just their political elites.—Gulf News

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HE old mother superior, stood at the gates of the con vent, she was in charge of. Her brood of young nuns and novices standing white faced around her, stared fearfully into the night, at the restless mob that stood outside. “Open the gates and let us in,” shouted the leader of the mob, “We will teach you to stop forcing us to convert to your religion.” “The gates are open.” Said the Mother

“You are being insolent,” shouted the leader. “Let us burn the building down,” shouted his assistant as he brandished a flaming torch. “You will only burn your mother to death,” said the Mother Superior. “My mother!”, whispered the assistant leader of the mob, looking hurriedly around. “Yes, she is housed upstairs in the Old Folks wing,” said the Superior, “she came to us when you threw her out of your house.” “You are mocking us,” said another young man in the group. “No,” said the old lady, putting her arm around a trembling sister, “I am only speaking the truth. During day some of your children study in school over here and in night we shelter some of your lonely

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rivatization of the national assets and state owned enterprises has become a hot topic after the Government has decided to lay off more than 30 entities and dispose them of. The institutions and enterprises reportedly being privatized include the national flag carrier PIA, a symbol of national cohesion and integration Pakistan Railways, strength of the nation Pakistan Steel Mills, the main repository of the nation National Bank of Pakistan and an institution to feed the poor people Utility Stores Corporation. These enterprises conceived and constructed in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s - once pride of Pakistan - were converted in 1990s and 2000s to ‘employment exchanges’ to accommodate the blue-eyeds and refurbish the bank accounts of the people in authority. These institutions are now in a fully dilapidated state and are being put on sale leaving the people at the mercy of the investors, if at all, they opt to operate these projects, though there are reports that the prospective buyers are more interested in the ‘real estate’ linked with these State owned enterprises. Moreover, it has been propagated and portrayed much that these are the ‘white elephants’, hence they are not likely to fetch befitting bids and so shall be disposed of at throw-away prices. It is further argued that it is not the job of the Government to operate airplanes, run trains, manage production units and factories, administer schools and act as a watchman for the households. Yes, it is not the job of the Government; then what is the job of the Government? Looting and plundering the money coercively collected from the poor masses through indirect and direct taxes. If to run and operate such icons of national honour and pride is not the job of the Government, then what are the portfolios the rulers might be interested in? It is said that social security, law & order, education, health, foreign relations, wealth of the nation and banks, management of currency etc. are the unambiguous responsibilities of the Government. If we look at our state of affairs, education and curriculum development is already leased out to West who are free to open, project and propagate their school systems, health is inaccessible to the people, the multinational pharmaceuticals are free to produce Pakistan-specific formula medicines and fix their prices, people are impelled to protect their households themselves by deploying private security guards; the State Police is there just to make money, indulge in criminal deeds and to harass those who do not, or can not, afford to hire security guards for themselves, national mineral resources are placed at disposal of foreign multinationals and the National Bank is already put on sale. Is it the job being well done? —Islamabad

Give India its due USMAN KHALID This is with reference to the recent interaction between India and Pakistan in New york, which proved only a farce and a negation to the Pak commitment to talks. We, as a continuing practice are very flexible and accommodating towards India. We allow India to get away with anything. The alternative to allowing India to get away with every excess and insult is to speak through actions that deliver the message to India and the world that Pakistan would not put up with the agenda or the attitude of India. The thing to do is not to get mad but get even: Denounce SAARC as an instrument of Indian hegemony, renounce its membership and establish bilateral (or multilateral if possible) friendship and defence treaties with members other than India. Order a judicial inquiry into the Agartala Conspiracy and other antistate activities leading upto and during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. Launch a protest with Bangladesh against death sentences awarded for elderly pre-1971 Pakistanis. Amend the Constitution of Pakistan to include the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan on the grounds that India has gone back on its agreement at the UN to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide their future in a plebiscite, which shows that India concedes that the people of the state want to join Pakistan. To warn India that Pakistan would take any action necessary to stop India from building dams on River Indus, Jhelum and Chenab in compliance with the Indus Basin Treaty. End the composite dialogue until the disputes over Jammu and Kashmir and River Water is resolved. In all the above Pakistan stands to lose little, certainly less than India. India has much more to lose by its policy of bullying neighbours and asserting its hegemony by a show of “getting away with” every excess and injury. Pakistan is the largest and most powerful among the neighbours of India except China. All of them expect Pakistan should stand up to the bullying by India. That Pakistan has remained silent in the face of demonization of Pakistan by Bangladesh and wanton massacre of Muslims in Myanmar. Surely Pakistan could co-ordinate diplomatic efforts with Indonesia and Malaysia to stop the genocide of hapless Muslims of Myanmar. Surely there is an alternative to talks, which includes ‘no talks’ and some other measures listed above. —Via email

mothers and discarded sisters.” “We will die for our religion,” said the leader of the group. “You nearly did,” said the Mother Superior again looking sadly at him, “during the riots five years ago, and we sisters nursed you back to health in our hospital.” “They are forcibly converting us,” shouted the mob as they poured in through the gates and started beating the poor screaming sisters. “If teaching and caring and healing is what you call forcible conversion,” said the poor Mother Superior, as she looked on helplessly, then there is nothing that I can say, except to plead guilty…..!”. —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

posited this money in my bank account”. And that was the end of it!! Allah Allah Khair Sallah. —Rawalpindi

Abusing powers during prosecution S ISRAR ALI The setting up of a committee by NAB to take up over 230 pending cases is seen as a positive step. An important aspect is while suspending the accused officials; they are allowed to continue to work in their respective positions. In most cases, this tends to be in conflict with the prosecution. Those who are facing charges and against whom cases are registered should be removed from their positions forthwith. They must be suspended so that they are not able to influence the investigations against them. This will ensure that they will not tamper with records, destroy valuable evidence against them and get the prosecutions aborted. They must be barred from using valuable resources of the respective institutions they are commanding to salvage themselves by footing their expensive legal expenses and engaging expensive counsels, etc. In various financial institutions and even a Bank where three Presidents or CEOs were reportedly sent home on corruption and other charges, dishonestly utilized the institution’s resources to defend themselves. Also, their other colleagues and senior executives who were equally responsible, charged or on interim bails which are not being confirmed, were still holding the same positions of authority, taking decisions while heading or being members on powerful committees. They enjoy all powers and pelf, effectively able to influence all inquiries and investigation proceedings against them and to tamper records and destroy valuable evidence. It is really surprising why even the regulators and watchdogs like the central bank etc. have failed to take notice of this gross negligence. When the investigating agency approaches for investigations, these people do not cooperate with them and also manipulate in every possible way to fail inquiries against them, denying the investigating officials’ access to evidence and records. They continue to play havoc with the public institutions and finances. The prosecution thus remains helplessly ineffective. While the state prosecutes the accused, the institutions allow spending resources and protecting them, thus acting against the state and prosecution. In such cases, the NAB and other state agencies are better advised to frame separate additional charges of abusing the position / authority and the institutions’ resources to protect themselves. —Karachi

Parliamentarians’ assets Follies may entrap C R J (R ) Assad again According to a news report, the OL

Pleading guilty Superior, “and there is no way we can force you to change your religious beliefs, but do tell me what you mean by forced conversions.” “Your schools are meant to teach your foreign Christianity,” said the leader of the group. The Mother Superior, put on her glasses and peered kindly at the leader of the group, “aren’t your two daughters studying in our school dear sir,” she asked. “Have they been forcibly converted yet?” “No,” said the leader vehemently, “but they have been behaving strangely once in a while.” “You mean they don’t follow you while your threaten their poor teachers in the middle of the night?”, asked the superior with a twinkle in her eyes.

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Election Commission has suspended the membership of 26 Parliamentarians for not declaring their assets by the deadline date of September 30, 2013. I simply fail to understand as to why did they not do so? What were they afraid of? These 26 are probably not aware of the power that their clout enjoys. Have the assets of any Parliamentarian been ever been scrutinized or investigated into? Has anyone been ever penalized for declaring his / her assets incorrectly or, ever made to pay the taxes according to the assets – declared and hidden? No one dare touch them even if they don’t declare 50 millions or so detected in their bank account as they can get away by simply saying, “I don’t know who de-

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Bashar-ul-Assad has only escaped a dreadful end. His fate might have delayed for the time being, but not skipped. It depends upon what he does now. The credit must be given to President Putin but much of the credit goes to Saudi Arabia that exposed it to Moscow man. Observers also give credit to Assad for his standing to odds and fighting to forces of rebellion. He proved himself strong. But events proved him lucky as well. Otherwise what he is trying to justify now is bound to lead to controversies. He dealt a blow to a US-Russian initiative for a peace conference, in an interview, saying the factors were not in place for it to be successful. “No time has been set, and the

factors are not yet in place if we want to succeed,” Assad told Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen. “Which forces are taking part? What relation do these forces have with the Syrian people? Do these forces represent the Syrian people, or do they represent the states that invented them?” Assad asked in typically defiant fashion. One would also advise Assad not to go for running the 2014 election and leave it to the people of Syria to choose someone else other than him. America is the enemy that never forgets its ‘friends’, and Russia may not come to rescue next time. —Lahore

NS in Washington, MS in Moscow F Z KHAN Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemingly started calling the shots, thanks to his recent win in the Middle East crisis. His firm stand against the US vow to attack Syria and the threat to attack Saudi Arabia instead worked well. Saudi Prince Bandar’s reported meeting with President Putin that led to Moscow moving its war ships to the Mediterranean is one of the reasons of Riyadh’s frustration, which was reflected in its rejection of UN Security Council’s non-permanent seat offer. But India has managed to cleverly hijack both the occasions; first at the UN during the General Assembly’s annual meeting where it succeeded in keeping at bay Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Manmohan Singh met President Obama in Washington right at the time of NS’ address to the UN General Assembly. So much so the session was said to be hijacked by two personalities: one was Bill Gates and the other was Malala. But thanks to Secretary Kerry, who timely stepped in, bestowed an audience upon NS and announced his meeting with President Obama for the last week of this month. Whatever comes out from it is matter of days, but the Indians, yet again, very cleverly coincided it with Manmohan Singh’s meeting with President Putin in Moscow with the latter’s win over Obama keeping in mind. Putin has reportedly played smart again as the MS has failed to strike a nuclear deal with Moscow’s ‘mystery’ man. MS is also visiting China in a bid to forge closer economic relations and ink a pact to ease tension along their disputed border. While the US has quietly ordered release of $1.6 billion military and civilian assistance to Pakistan, and ahead of NS’s meeting with the US President, Obama has called upon the Congress to revive the assistance to Pakistan worth $300 million “so that the Pakistan-US relations could be put in full gear”. However, analysts see New Delhi’s move ahead of time as compared to Islamabad’s lacking vision. In the changing paradigms, ahead of US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Pakistan has to move clear-headedly before making any further commitments on changes at top levels and shift in the anti-terror policy, only to appease a ‘weakening’ ally. Pakistan needs to tread carefully. —Islamabad

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Bosnia digging up mass grave hidden for 20 years T OMASICA —Forensics ex- details of the victims were Croats killed by separatist the sickening, all-pervading perts are excavating what may be the largest mass grave of ethnic cleansing victims in Bosnia, a site whose existence was known for years but exact location covered up by a Serb wall of silence, the state’s missing persons office said. The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has sentenced 16 Bosnian Serbs to a total of 230 years in prison for atrocities in the Prijedor area of northwest Bosnia where the Tomasica site is situated but not all mass graves have been found in the area. Bosnia’s Institute for Missing Persons had known for years about the Tomasica tomb but the exact venue and

known only to local Serb witnesses who had remained mum since the end of the 1992-95 war. “We conducted the investigation for two years and finally found people who were willing to talk,” said Mujo Begic, the forensic team supervisor. Some witnesses were former separatist Bosnian Serb fighters who could no longer keep the secret. Forensic experts, members of the International Commision of Missing Persons (ICMP) and Bosnian worke … At Tomasica, the whitegarbed forensic experts are recovering bodies of Bosnian Muslims, or Bosniaks, and

French reports on spying inaccurate: US WASHINGTON —The US intelligence chief said French newspaper reports about America’s espionage activities abroad contained inaccurate and misleading information, the latest flap stemming from US intelligencegathering efforts. Meanwhile, the United States faced anger on yet another front in the unfolding saga, this time from Mexico. The key US neighbor and ally to the south said it would investigate allegations that the United States spied on the emails of President Enrique Pena Nieto and his predecessor, in yet more fallout from leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday that millions of phone calls in France were monitored by the National Security Agency.

It followed up Tuesday by publishing details of US spying on French embassies around the world. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) meets US Secretary of State John Kerry at the foreign ministry in Paris, on October 22, 2013 While France told the United States to stop snooping on its citizens, the US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said in a statement Tuesday night that reports from Le Monde contained “inaccurate and misleading” information about America’s foreign intelligence activities. Clapper, the US intelligence chief, said the Le Monde report that the NSA collected 70 million recordings of French citizens was “false”, but added in a statement that he would not discuss details of US espionage.—AFP

Russia to boycott maritime court hearings MOSCOW

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would boycott maritime court hearings sought by the Netherlands in a bid to free 30 crewmembers of a Greenpeace ship that were detained during a protest against Arctic oil drilling. The announcement marks another step in an escalating feud between the two close economic partners that has also witnessed the brief detention of a Russian diplomat in The Hague and Moscow’s threat to ban some Dutch imports. The Russian foreign ministry said Moscow “has informed the Netherlands and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea... that it does not intend to take part in the tribunal’s hearings”. It added that Russia “remains open to settling the arising situation” without specifying what future negotiations it intended to pursue. The flare-up between two states whose friendship dates back to a 1697 visit by Tsar Peter the Great to Amsterdam is particularly embarrassing coming during a Russian-Dutch Bilateral Year aimed at promoting cultural ties. Handout picture released by Greenpeace shows the bail hearing for Greenpeace International activist … Russian authorities have charged the environmental group’s members with piracy — which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison — after they staged

an open-sea protest in September against oil drilling by the state-owned energy giant Gazprom. The activists from 18 countries have been placed in pre-trial detention until November 24 in the northern Russian region of Murmansk. The Dutch government said it expected a hearing to be held within the next two to three weeks before the Hamburg-based maritime tribunal. That legal action is the second step in the Dutch government’s attempts to have the Greenpeace activists released. The Netherlands has also started legal proceedings against Russia in the form of an arbitration process. The Russian foreign ministry said Wednesday that Moscow had also informed The Hague “it does not accept” rulings issued by the arbitration court because they may contravene the country’s federal laws. The court was established by the United Nations in order to help settle maritime disputes between states. Greenpeace’s legal council Daniel Simons said the group welcomed the fact that “Russia remains open to settling the case.” “That said, Russia cannot pick and choose which parts of the Convention of the Laws at Sea it will apply,” Simons said in emailed comments.— AFP

Serbs in one of the worst ethnic cleansing campaigns aimed at driving out nonSerbs in the country’s war. On Tuesday, the remains of 18 people were unearthed from the grave, which spreads across 3,000 square meters in uninhabited green hills. All the victims, men, women and children, were shot dead, forensics workers said. Many were wrapped in blankets. Begic said his team expected to find the remains of 17 children, the youngest an 18-month-old baby, from the Bacic family killed along with their mother, grandfather and uncle. As bulldozers removed layer after layer of thick clay,

stench of decomposing bodies rose. Forensic experts, members of the International Commision of Missing Persons (ICMP) and Bosnian worke … The first bodies at Tomasica were found at the depth of seven meters (23 feet) in August and the remains of 240 people have been exhumed to date - believed to be Muslim villagers from the Prijedor area. Witness accounts have established that around 1,000 people were buried there originally but there are indications that some were subsequently dug up and reburied elsewhere to cover up traces of the crime.

Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman for the Missing Persons Institute, said Tomasica could prove the largest single mass grave in the exYugoslav republic. The largest excavated so far, Crni Vrh in eastern Bosnia, contained 629 bodies. Bosnia’s war, touched off by its secession from Serbian-dominated federal Yugoslavia, killed around 100,000 people and gave rise to the worst atrocities in Europe since the Holocaust. The 1995 Dayton peace deal divided Bosnia into an autonomous Serb Republic, where Prijedor is located, and a Muslim-Croat federation. Ethnically motivated feuding continues to stall Bosnia’s bid to join the European mainstream.

Forensic experts, members of the International Commision of Missing Persons (ICMP) and Bosnian worke … Tomasica is one of almost 100 mass graves tracked down in northwest Bosnia since the war. The Prijedor region was a stronghold of ultra-nationalist Serbs during the war who sought to oust all Bosnian Muslim and Croat inhabitants to create exclusive Serb territory in Bosnia. Nearly 3,500 people went missing from Prijedor town alone. Suad Zeric, a Bosnian Muslim from a nearby town who was held in a Serb detention camp during the war, was able to identify one of four missing uncles among the remains at Tomasica.—Reuters

Kingdom tells world: UN has a problem ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM others would have com-

Saudi Arabia was one of the founding members of the United Nations in 1945. Since its establishment, Saudi Arabia has been one of the most active members and the one that paid its dues to the world body on time. I got my college degree from a New York institution, so I had many touring visits to the UN building. Some tour guides called it a matchbox because of its shape. Until a week ago, two things amazed me about the United Nations. The first one is that Switzerland despite not being a member of the United Nations has more influence in the world affairs than many powerful countries that are UN members (as observers). The second thing is that no resolution can pass without the American consent. But, now there is one more thing that caught me by surprise. It is Saudi Arabia’s decision to reject a two-year stint on the United Nations Security Council. But, was I really surprised? A few days before the decision, I had written an article in a Saudi daily (Al Yaum) titled, “Saudi Arabia’s message to the United Nations”. The article was published on Oct. 6 — two days after Saudi Arabia canceled its scheduled speech at the United Nations. Many analysts who know Saudi Arabia knew the Saudi government wouldn’t adopt this approach for the sake of diplomacy unless there is something in the air. In other words, the Saudi cancellation of the speech was the tip of the iceberg. But, many would ask if Riyadh had intended to reject the seat why didn’t the Saudis withdraw their nomination before the election. Afghan National Army officers jog during their inauguration ceremony at the Afghan Army Academy on the out- The answer is simple — had skirts of Kabul. the Saudis done so, many analysts would have said that Saudis were not sure of their win and they pulled out at the outset to save face,

Monitors protest expulsion of 16 candidates for Afghan president

K ABUL —The disqualification of 16 presidential candidates from Afghanistan’s presidential race prompted an outcry from independent monitors on Wednesday, while some victims accused the government of being behind the move. Cutting the number of candidates to 10, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said those disqualified had either retained citizenship of another country or failed to provide evidence of enough support. Western observers complained the process had been disorganized, with one senior official noting the final list was still being worked on just hours before the announcement.

Many are increasingly concerned about a repeat of the widescale fraud seen in 2009 because of deteriorating security and the flourishing trade in voter cards. The NATO-led force in Afghanistan is hoping next year’s vote will be credible enough to mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power before most foreign troops pull out by the end of the year. One ex-presidential hopeful, former commerce minister Anwar ul Haq Ahadi, told reporters his citizenship documents had no issues and that there must have been another motive. “By this act, the IEC’s leadership has lost its credibility,” Ahadi said.

Independent monitors said the watchdog’s processes lacked transparency because candidates had not been informed of its decisions until they were announced to the media. And even then, the IEC declined to say why it had excluded them on the grounds it would damage the candidate’s reputation. “The method ... disqualifying 16 candidates, was not transparent and it raises serious questions,” the chairman of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, Janan Spinghar, told Reuters. “The disqualified candidates should have been informed (first) and given enough reasons.”— Reuters

Thousands protest before Tunisia crisis talks TUNIS—Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital on Wednesday chanting for their government to step down, hours before ruling Islamists and opposition leaders were to start talks aimed at end months of political crisis. The moderate Islamist party Ennahda has agreed that the government it leads will resign in three weeks and make way for a non-partisan administration until new elections in the country where the “Arab Spring” revolts began in 2011.

The small North Africa country has been on edge since July when Islamist militants killed an opposition leader, sparking street rallies that threatened a democratic transition once seen as a model in an unstable region. Ennahda has agreed to step down after the negotiations to form a temporary caretaker government, set up an electoral commission to organize a vote and decide an election date. Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to

call for the departure of the Islamist-led ruling … Waving the red and white national flag, and banners reading “No going back,” and “Leave”, several thousand opponents of Ennahda packed the central Avenue Habib-Bourguiba in Tunis to demand the party live up to an agreement to step down. “There is no trust that this government will go,” said Saloua Faza, a teacher carrying a large Tunisian flag. “They have never shown us any good faith.” — Reuters

Meeting on Syria set for Nov 5

R OME —The U.N. Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet U.S. and Russian officials in Switzerland next month to try to prepare the way for a full Syria peace conference in Geneva, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. The trilateral meeting will be held in Geneva on November 5 with the U.S. delegation expected to include Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, the State Department official told reporters accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit to Rome. “We look forward to continuing this trilateral dialogue and reviewing progress towards convening the Geneva Conference on Syria,” the official said.— Reuters

Australian fire crisis eases SYDNEY—Australian firefighters battled massive wildfires in bushland around Sydney on Wednesday, but hot weather that could have caused a catastrophic megafire did not materialize, allowing authorities to tell some evacuated residents it was safe to return to home. However, the crisis was far from over with new fires igniting and strong winds fanning blazes in the Blue Mountains, a major commuter area of small towns west of Sydney. Air pollution in parts of Sydney has spiked with some neighborhoods blanketed in smoke.— Reuters

mented that there were some demands by the Saudis that weren’t met or that the Saudis saw many impending UN moves which would not have been in its interest and it did not want to be part of it. Also, Saudi Arabia would not have been able to veto any UN resolution. The veto power rests with the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China. Also, earlier there were several messages from Saudi Arabia to the UN which apparently many think tanks and observers missed. Last February, the Saudi leadership expressed its dissatisfaction over the United Nations approach to many of the issues in the region. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman said it loud and clear that the United Nations had been unable to solve many of the humanitarian issues such as the crises in Syria and Myanmar. To this day, analysts around the world are not sure if Saudi Arabia would reverse its decision. There are many countries especially in the Arab World that want to see Saudi Arabia become a member of the United Nations Security Council. Many Saudis were jubilant after Riyadh was offered a seat at the world body, but they have very high regard for the decision of the Saudi leadership that turned down the offer. Finally, Saudi Arabia which was (and still is) known for its approach toward major political issues became the first to deliver a direct message to the United Nations. World media handled the issue in different ways. The question is, “Is Saudi Arabia the only country that is not satisfied with the way the United Nations is run?” In fact, many countries in the world are not satisfied.—Courtesy Arabnews

Silicon Valley, spy agencies and software sovereignty HAROON MEER The privacy and technology world has been left reeling since the first reports came through based on information provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The releases paint a dreary picture of our current dystopian position, with the NSA going to extraordinary lengths to circumvent privacy and freedom on the Internet. From deliberately weakening public encryption standards to vacuuming up call records and metadata, from tapping internet junction points to “partnering” with technology companies to obtain client data, they have been nothing if not thorough. According to reports, USbased technology companies have been collaborating closely with US intelligence agencies and, thanks to the use of national security letters, are unable to even inform users when their private data is being siphoned off. The sole outlier who stood against this surveillance was secure email provider Lavabit, who opted to shutdown rather than sell out their users, but this resolve has been markedly absent elsewhere. The director of the NSA, along with other US govern-

ment officials, have made several statements to pacify their constituents by making it clear that they seldom spy on US citizens - unless they really have to. The rest of the world was left to face the harsh reality that our emails, phone calls and data are fair game. Every additional revelation hammered home the facts that foreigners using US-based services are routinely snooped on, and that technology bought from US companies has a chance of containing backdoors. For a world that has become dependent on software created by the US in general and Silicon Valley in particular - this is a grim place to be. The US has provided the rest of the world with fantastic technology, but at the cost of our technical independence. Moving away from dependency on US technology companies is far easier said than done. Creating a new Silicon Valley is a tired meme, and the number of stories entitled “Country X plans to build their own X-Silicon-Valley” are matched closely by articles detailing how, despite the best intentions, highspeed internet connections and faux-startup offices, successful duplication has failed.—Courtesy Aljazeera

Why Gulf states need a voice at the P5+1 DR. THEODORE KARASIK Arabia’s decided not to ac- negotiates Gulf security con- strain uranium enrichment in Sherman recently met, mark- ing seat on the UNSC. Spe- for a restructuring. GCC Sec- would be beneficial allevi-

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he upcoming P5+1 meeting of Britain, China, France, Russia, U.S., and Germany to discuss Iran’s nuclear issue is causing discomfort in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, specifically Saudi Arabia. While Iran presented its newest proposals to the West regarding how to make Tehran’s nuclear program more transparent in order to lift Western sanctions, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the GCC are displeased they are left out of the negotiations and their interests are not represented. As a result, Saudi

cept a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in protest. The objection is rooted in the Saudi desire to see the UNSC, as an international security mechanism, reflect the new geopolitics of the Middle East. A discussion and ultimately a change in the players involved in Iran’s nuclear activity from the P5+1 to a “P5+GCC+1” would help to reduce anxiety that the Saudi Kingdom and the GCC are being ignored. Such a diplomatic move is likely also to boost Gulf Arab confidence that they are part of the solution instead of being marginalized while the West

cerns. The P5+1 is a group of six world powers which joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program in 2006. The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, specifically the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The P5+1 is sometimes referred to as the E3+3 by European countries when Britain, France and Germany produce proposals to Iran. In Geneva this past week, Iran’s two-day meeting with the P5+1 ended a six-month halt after Tehran’s refused to re-

exchange for easing sanctions. Now Iran has put forward a new proposal to resolve the nuclear crisis that includes a freeze on production of 20 percent enriched uranium, a pledge to convert its stockpile to fuel rods and an agreement to relinquish spent fuel for an uncompleted heavy water reactor. The present composition of the UNSC has been unchanged since 1965, created in a different era with clearly altered security priorities around the globe and specifically in the MENA region. Underscoring the change in tone, senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi and his U.S. counterpart Wendy

ing the first direct nuclear talks between the Islamic republic and Washington since 2009. Iran and the P5+1 are expected to hold talks on a technical level before the next full meeting in Geneva in a few weeks, on November 7-8, 2013. Overall, Iran’s new tone, and new face, with a confidential powerpoint presentation in English, is adding to a growing sense of dismay in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. Iran’s overtures to the West, and vice versa, on the nuclear weapons program are anathema to Saudi Arabia and the GCC. As such, the Saudis struck back hard at the United Nations by declining a rotat-

cifically, the Kingdom called for the UN to be reformed: “Work mechanisms and double-standards on the Security Council prevent it from carrying out its duties and assuming its responsibilities in keeping world peace. Therefore Saudi Arabia…has no other option but to turn down Security Council membership until it is reformed and given the means to accomplish its duties and assume its responsibilities in preserving the world’s peace and security.” The GCC is backing Saudi Arabia’s rejection of its first rotating seat on the UNSC, praising the Gulf nation’s call

retary General, Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, “underlined the importance of Saudi Arabia’s call for the realization of a fundamental reform of the Security Council’s system.” The Saudis and the GCC should shoot even higher to sway their influence. In order to sooth Saudi and GCC concerns about a grand bargain that leaves the future security architecture of the Gulf shoreline to Iran and the West, Saudi Arabia and the GCC should express in strong diplomatic terms inclusion in any P5+1 negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program. This development

ate some stress due to their lack of presence. The spirit of moving forward through a true multilateral process would result in more enhanced, fruitful progression, providing a more stable foundation to resolve not only the Iranian nuclear dispute but other issues of concern in the broader Middle East region. After all, shouldn’t Saudi Arabia and the GCC be able to voice their own security requirements without external interference, especially when the development of potential nuclear weapons is involved?—Courtsy Alarabiya


US lawmakers From Page 1 with 15 members of this powerful Congressional committee met Sharif at the Rayburn House building at the US Capitol on Tuesday. “The house foreign affairs committee used this visit of the prime minister to engage in a frank and full discussion about a variety of issues critical to US national security,” Royce said.”We discussed promoting regional trade and greater trade with the United States. I also discussed the importance of education reform,” the Republican Congressman from California said in a statement after the meeting. A former co-chair of the influential Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, Royce in the past has been a vocal critic of Pakistan, mainly because of its inaction against terrorism, violent extremism and nuclear proliferation issues. Sharif is in the US on a fourday official visit to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday. After arriving in Washington on Sunday, he has had a host of meetings with the top leadership of the Obama administration.—Online

Only 11 pc verified votes From Page 1 be successfully confirmed. Son-in-law of former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Irfanullah Khan Marwat (Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz), had been declared as successful candidate from PS-114 defeating Abdul Rauf Siddiqui of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement with a margin of around 7000 votes in the May 11 polls. Rauf Siddiqui had filed a complaint against him alleging that Marwat had made the entire polling staff of the constituency hostage and rigged the elections, in blatant violation of the election laws. Following Rauf Siddiqui’s complaint, the election tribunal had on Aug 3 directed the Nadra to verify the thumb impressions of voters of certain polling stations in PS-114.

IMF team From Page 1 sending a request to its executive board to release the second tranche of $550 million in December. Pakistan has met almost all performance criteria, qualifying for the next loan tranche, according to the report.Despite that Pakistan has missed the target by about $800 million on the indicator of building foreign currency reserves. Building the reserves is a quantitative target, having no adverse impact on the next tranche, the report said. —Online

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Nawaz urges Obama to end drone strikes cluding on Kashmir. Obama agreed saying Afghanistan and India were also on the agenda. Speaking to reporters later, Nawaz said that it was imperative that Pakistan puts its house in order first. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the definitive revival of strategic dialogue between US and Pakistan with March 2014 set for resumption of meetings. “Both leaders welcomed the resumption of the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and reaffirmed its importance as the suitable framework for guiding the bilateral relationship,” a readout from the joint statement read. The discussed the forthcoming Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue, which Secretary Kerry would be hosting in Washington by March 2014, will focus on people-centered initiatives and on results-oriented outcomes in support of the longterm stability, prosperity, and security of both the United States and Pakistan. In addition to that, the two countries also decided on the strategic priorities for the five working groups including: 1) Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism; 2) Economics and Finance; 3) Energy; 4) Security, Strategic Stability, and Non-Proliferation; and 5) the Defense Consultative Group. Obama also tried to reassure Pakistan on the status of Afghanistan, where US combat forces plan to withdraw next year. Obama said he was “confident” of a solution “that is good for Afghanistan, but also helps to protect Pakistan over the long term.” Obama hailed Pakistan’s sacrifices from extr e m i s m . More than 40,000 Pakistanis have died in attacks over the past decade. “I know the Prime Minister is very much committed to try

From Page 1 to reduce this incidence of terrorism inside Pakistan” and also wants to stop its export, Obama said. Ealier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a crucial meeting with US President Barack Obama at White House and discussed ways and means to further strengthen bilateral relations. The two leaders discussed the ongoing war on terror, drone strikes, situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s diplomatic relations with India and Pak-US trade relations. The meeting was first between the two leaders as before it they had telephonic conversation in May when President Obama congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the his party’s victory in the general elections and democratic transition in Pakistan. The two leaders agreed to work together to strengthen bilateral relations and to advance shared interest of a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan and the region. Pakistan and the US share convergence of views on a wide range of issues including peace and stability in South Asia and Middle East as well as elimination of extremism and terrorism. Following the meeting, Nawaz left for Andrews Air Force base to fly back to Pakistan. Prior to the meeting, officials in both countries were hoping to scale back tensions that escalated after the 2011 US strike within Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden and last year’s accidental killing of two dozen Pakistani troops in an American airstrike along the Afghan border. “We want to find ways for our countries to cooperate, even as we have differences on some issues, and we want to make

Afridi not a hero: Jilani From Page 1 said that courts would decide his fate. Jilani said that Pakistan had banned Lashkar-e-Taiba and any action against Hafiz Saeed could be taken only after availability of evidences. He said that crucial issues were being discussed including drone attacks, regional stability, and trade during the visit. The foreign secretary said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had given satisfactory answers to the questions asked by US delegations during the meetings. The Foreign Secretary said that the government’s policies on terrorism, extremism and economy have received positive responsePakistan will hold talks with United States for the civil nuclear technology and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with President Obama will raise the issue of bilateral cooperation in energy and other sectors, Jilani said.He said the objective of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States is to promote bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade and economy. To a question about US missile strikes in Pakistani tribal areas, the high official said Islamabad considers the drone campaign as violation of international laws and the issue would be on the agenda of forthcoming meeting between Obama and Nawaz Sharif.He said the two leaders would also discuss economy, trade, regional security and ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. He said that US trade delegations would soon visit Pakistan.—INP

sure that the trajectory of this relationship is a positive one,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Ahead of his talks with Obama, Sharif held a breakfast meeting with Vice President Joe Biden. Earlier, President Barack Obama welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House Wednesday afternoon as the two leaders discussed an array of issues, including areas of bilateral economic cooperation and regional security. Prime Minister Sharif was greeted by White House Acting Chief of Protocol on arrival at the White House as a band lined up on both sides of path leading to the Oval Office while American flags fluttered amid wintry breeze. The White House talks are being viewed with a great degree of interest in Washington, with the US looking to Pakistan’s help for Afghan peace as well as drawdown of its forces from the landlocked country on Pakistan’s western border.“The meeting will highlight the importance and resilience of the US-Pakistan relationship and provide an opportunity for us to strengthen cooperation on issues of mutual concern, such as energy, trade and economic development, regional stability, and countering violent extremism,” a White House statement said on the eve of talks. Prime Minister Sharif earlier met with US Vice President Joseph Biden, who renewed US commitment to fostering strong relationship with Pakistan. Senior Obama Administration officials assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a series of meetings during his official visit that Washington would assist Pakistan in speeding up From Page 1 the country’s economic development and overcoming energy villagers, including local goon Ram Bahadur, dragged her shortages. to a nearby area and gang-raped her, the girl’s family told the police. The family said that the girl threatened the assailants that she would tell the villagers, which prompted the trio to set her on fire. The assailants then escaped to be a bright signature of old- even as her elder sister rushed universe galaxies that are form- to the village and raised an ing stars at a high rate. Once alarm. But by the time family of found for a particular galaxy, an the girl and neighbours reached exact distance from Earth can be the spot, the girl had already sustained 80 per cent burns. calculated. The police station in-charge Although disappointing at first, finding only one Lyman- RP Pandey said that the girl’s alpha line actually is an intrigu- family has not lodged an offiing discovery, the scientists say. cial complaint. He however had added that One theory says that, after cooling down from the Big based on the information availBang, a cosmic fog of neutral able, police teams were raiding hydrogen gas cloaked our early different locations in pursuit of the assailants.—INP universe. “That was the case until the very first galaxies lit up,” said Harvard University astrophysiFrom Page 1 cist Avi Loeb, who was not involved in the study. “They pro- quarters, with one of them duced the ultraviolet radiation hitting a civilian house. The injured civilians were that broke up hydrogen.” Gradually, the universe shifted to a nearby hospital, he started a “reionization” process added. But Haji Nauman, a lo– first with bubbles of ioniza- cal, said four people, including a tion around individual stars, then child, were injured in the incident dwarf galaxies. As those grew and one of the injured was said in size and overlapped, forming to be in critical condition.—INP larger regions of ionization that eventually became today’s fully ionized universe. From Page 1 “Perhaps we are seeing the evidence that it ended right decided, said Khawar. around this galaxy,” said Loeb, The chief justice said all and this one happened to peek provinces were ready to hold the through the fog where the other polls except KP and also 42 candidates could not. emphasised that the court had Loeb also believes the un- high expectations from the fedusually high star formation rate eral government over the holdmay have to be re-confirmed. ing of municipal elections in While there are other galaxies Islamabad. that also birth hundreds of stars per year, they are often quite massive while z8_GND_5296 is considered a dwarf galaxy. “It’s not unusual to find small galaxies at those early times, but finding such a small galaxy making so many stars at once is unusual,” he said.—AP

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Newly detected galaxy is the most distant ever Keck Observatory in Hawaii to confirm their distances. In the end, Finkelstein and his colleagues could only retrieve data from this lone galaxy out of the 43. “We were first excited, then a little disappointed because we only saw one, and then excited again,” he said. “We would have hoped for some number bigger than one.” With advances in instrumentation technology, astronomers continue to stretch their detection capabilities further outwards from our own Milky Way. Because light takes time to travel such long distances, such remote objects allow them to peer back through time. Take the sun as a simple example, said study author and Texas A&M University astronomer Vithal Tilvi. Sunlight takes a little over eight minutes to reach Earth. “That means that when we are looking at the sun, we are actually looking at the sun as it was eight minutes ago,” he said. In comparison, the light detected from this outlying galaxy – with the official catalog name z8_GND_5296 – actually left the galaxy 13.1 billion years ago. This gives us a glimpse of the universe as it was 13.1 billion years in the past, when it was only 700 million years old. In other words, we’re looking 95 percent of the way back to the Big Bang. To put that into human terms, that would be like an 80-year-old watching an old video of himself on his fourth birthday. “From observing these distant galaxies, we can understand how the universe was when it

From Page 1 was very young,” Tilvi said. “There’s no other way to look into the past.” Setting out to find the most distant galaxy isn’t a single Eureka moment, but rather a careful process of confirmation and re-measurement. Further-away galaxies than z8_GND_5296 have been identified in the past, but failed a double-check process along the way. The team first perused a month’s worth of images from the Hubble Space Telescope for possible candidate galaxies. Hubble avoids the snags that Earth-bound telescopes can run into, like clouds and bad weather, to more easily spot the red blobs that signal a distant object. The same effect that causes a passing ambulance siren to change pitch as it zooms by – called the Doppler shift – makes the most distant galaxies appear red. Because the universe is expanding, the galaxy’s light moves away from us and gets stretched into a redder wavelength. “These galaxies from within the first billion years of the universe are so far away that they have shifted into the infrared, or redder than our eyes can see,” said Finkelstein. How red the light of the object is gives some sense of how far away it is, but a technique called spectroscopy is the true litmus test that accurately confirms the distance. The researchers spent two days at the W. M. Keck Observatory near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii, looking for a characteristic piece of data called the Lyman-alpha emission line. The Lyman-alpha line tends

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Britain to host meeting With the upcoming elections being the first Karzai will not compete in, and falling in the same year foreign troops withdraw, experts and the public alike are anxious about the durability of the fledgling government in Kabul. The official said that Karzai would also ask to Pakistan follow through with its promise to release Mullah Baradar, the Taliban’s former second-in-command, who was said to have been released last month in order to help facilitate peace talks with the insurgency. Although reports suggest Baradar was released from prison, it has been indicated that he remains under tight supervision by Pakistani authorities. The Afghan President is also expected to ask Islamabad’s officials to urge the Taliban towards talks by opening an of-

From Back Page fice in Saudi Arabia or Turkey. An attempt to kick-start negotiations in June crashed and burned as soon as it began when the Taliban opened a political office in Qatar amidst controversy around its apparent representation as an Afghan “government in exile.” British officials suggested the new summit comes at a time when Afghan and Pakistani leaders are more willing to work together toward peace with the Taliban than ever before. One of the reasons for this shift may be the emergence of Nawaz Sharif as the new Prime Minister in Islamabad, but more likely, it is largely a product of growing anxieties about what post-2014 Afghanistan will look like for either country if relations with the Taliban militancy remain as they

are. Meanwhile, Cameron recently visited British troops stationed in Afghanistan and spoke warmly about their accomplishments and the progress of Afghan forces. “I think you should not just be proud of this tour that you’ve undertaken but I think we should be proud what we’ve achieved in Afghanistan since 2001,” he said. “When British soldiers first went to Afghanistan in 2001 there was no Afghan army, there was no Afghan police, there was really no Afghan state...what you have helped to put in place is the start of a state and a society that can take care of its own security.” Britain has roughly 7,900 soldiers left in Afghanistan, with most of them based in southern Helmand province. The country has lost 445 soldiers to combat since joining the U.S. invasion in 2001.—INP

SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Environment Protection and Chairman Police Reforms Committee Col (R) Shuja Khanzada has said that Punjab government has enforced the decision of ban on unregistered mourning processions during Moharram-ulHarram due to security reasons. He said that all Ulema who will address the mourning processions should be licensed by the government and they must have to avoid use of objectionable material in their speeches. The Minister said that according to the directions of the Chief Minister Punjab, foolproof security arrangements will be made for peaceful Muharram-ul-Haram. In this connection, coordination committees have been formulated who will monitor and assure the security arrangements.

Shahbaz in Xinjiang to explore setting up solar energy plants URUMQUI—Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif arrived here Wednesday on a two-day visit to explore possibilities of setting up solar energy plants in Pakistan. On arrival, Mian Shahbaz Sharif was warmly greeted by the high officials of the Foreign Affairs Office of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Ambassador Masood Khalid and a large number of traders and entrepreneurs. Soon after arrival, the Chief Minister met with Mr. Li Jian Hua, the Chief Executive Officer of TBEA Group and later left for inspecting solar energy power plants in Xinjiang and its

adjoining areas. The Chief Minister Punjab said that addressing the energy crisis is one of the top priorities of the present government and in this respect he had a lot of expectations from this visit. He appreciated China’s keen interest and cooperation in addressing energy crisis and infrastructure development of the country. He pointed out that Pakistan Muslim League (N) government led by Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was committed to addressing energy shortfall thus returning brightness in the country. He said that meeting the en-

ergy shortfall will regalvanize economic activity, unleash an era of economic prosperity and brighten the country’s future. Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that when our factories and Mills will start getting power supply, they will function with full capacity, thus provide job opportunities to the common man. The Chief Minister appreciated the warm welcome accorded to him on his arrival and said it illustrated the warmth both sides have in our relationship. Later on, Vice Governor Xinjiang province, Mr. Mai He Su Ti Kurexi hosted a banquet in honor of the Chief Minister and his entourage.—APP

India warns Pakistan of ‘befitting reply’

Gilani not to appear

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Army and other security agencies to contain the damage in Samba terror attack last month that killed 10 people. During the Unified Headquarters meeting on Tuesday, Mr. Shinde, who was co-chairing the deliberations with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said that terrorists were roaming on the streets of Jammu for 35 minutes without being intercepted at any point. The Home Minister said it was a failure at many ends and all the loopholes need to be plugged immediately as otherwise terrorists will take advantage of lack of synergy between various agencies working for peace in the state. Meanwhile, India on Wednesday accused Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most serious cease-fire violation between the nuclear-armed neighbors in a decade. The attacks began Tuesday night in southern Kashmir after

India continues violating From Page 1 dia meanwhile claimed that a paramilitary soldier was killed while three other were injured in firing. The firing had continued till Wednesday morning.Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said villagers were fleeing their homes because of repeated firing from Pakistan.This is the latest in the ongoing violations of the Line of Control and Working Boundary between India and Pakistan where both countries hold the other was responsible for the attack.— Online

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India’s home minister visited the region to review security, Border Security Force spokesman Vinod Yadav said. Indian troops returned fire, but one guard was killed and six were injured by a shell fired at the Arnia post in the Jammu region, he said. At least 100 civilians were moved from the villages of Arnia and Ramgarh near the frontier, local Indian police officer Rajesh Kumar said. Hundreds more were sheltering overnight in government camps away from any gunfire, which had injured 12 civilians in recent days, officials said. Both India and Pakistan, however, have reported an increase in the number of crossborder attacks since the current Pakistani and Indian prime ministers held their first face-to-face meeting last month in New York and agreed on the need to reduce tensions.—PTI

He questioned why the chairman of NAB does not see the money laundering and other corruption charges which were mentioned in the Asghar Khan case. He made it clear that Gilani would not appear before the NAB or FIA. The spokesman said if there is any proof against Gilani, the courts should be approached. He said the former PM signed the summaries according to rules which were sent to him by the Establishment Division and other ministries. There was no crime in exercising the powers that were given to the PM under the constitution The spokesman said if any official indulges in unconstitutional matter after his appointment, the PM cannot be held responsible for that. The spokesman warned that if the former PMs were made accountable for everything then none would be ready to take up the high office of the country’s chief executive in future.—INP

COURT NOTICE In the court of Mr. Salim Jan Khan Judge Banking Court 11 KPK Banglow no 1 Afzalabad old Bara Road, University town Peshawar at camp court D I Khan Case no 156/1 of 10/10/13 date of hearing 24/10/13 Suit for recovery of Rs 391800ZTBL Tank Branch D I Khan VS Ahmad Yar Khan NOTICE VERSUS= Ahmad Yar Khan s/o Riaz Khan cast Kundi r/o Shah Alam district Tank. Where as the plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 391800/- against you under section 10(2) of the financial institution (recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby summoned to obtain leave of the court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication of the notice in the newspaper failing which an exparte decree shall be passed in favour of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court

Judge Banking court 11 Peshawar

COURT NOTICE In the court of Mr. Salim Jan Khan Judge Banking Court 11 KPK Banglow no 1 Afzalabad old Bara Road, University town Peshawar at camp court D I Khan Case no 161/1 of 10/10/13 date of hearing 24/10/13 Suit for recovery of Rs 361160ZTBL Tank Branch D I Khan VS Late Mohammad Zahoor NOTICE VERSUS= 1) Late Mohammad Zahoor through legal heirs 2) Mst Khadija Bibi Wd/O late Mohammad Zahoor 3) Mst Rubina Zahoor wd/o Mohammad Zahoor 4) Mohammad Wasim Shehzad ( minor) 5) Saad Nawaz 6) Fahad Nawaz Ss/o late Mohammad Zahoor 7) Sajna d/o late Mohammad Zahoor, All residents of Gara Chheena Tank, presently Islamia colony D I Khan. Where as the plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 361160/- against you under section 10(2) of the financial institution (recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby summoned to obtain leave of the court to appear and defend the suit with in 30 days after receipt / publication of the notice in the newspaper failing which an exparte decree shall be passed in favour of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court Judge Banking court 11 Peshawar


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Kurram Agency, the security forces foiled bid of a suicide attack on a check post at Zara Mela KARACHI: Fire fighters trying to control fire which erupted in Millennium Mall.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki on Wednesday. According to official sources, the suicide bomber detonated himself as he was challenged by soldiers on duty. No loss of life was reported in the blast.—INP

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China, India sign border cooperation agreement shopping Mall

FBR extends tax returns date ISLAMABAD—Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the date for filing tax returns for one-month. According to a spokesman of FBR, tax returns can be filed till 30th of next month.—Online

‘PS-114’ may harm PML-N KARACHI—As many as 63,000 votes, polled in constituency of PS-114 of Karachi, could not be verified, says a report on Wednesday. National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) report on the voting authenticity in the constituency reveals that over 700 voters cast more than one votes. Similarly 378 voters, who voted during the election, do not belong to PS114. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s Irfanullah Khan Marwat won the seat by taking over 37,000 votes from the area. Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rauf Siddiqi, former provincial minister of Sindh, was the runner up. Siddiqi’s lawyer Barrister Farooq Naseem, who represents MQM in legal affairs, has sought the report from NADRA, officials said.—Online

Beijing allays Delhi fears over Brahmaputra dam

B EIJING —India and China cerns over China’s plans to confidence-building accord on Wednesday signed a new agreement to strengthen cooperation on trans-border rivers that is aimed at allaying India’s concerns over new dams on the Brahmaputra and facilitating the exchange of flood data. The agreement, signed after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, said both countries agreed to strengthen their cooperation further on the trans-border rivers through the existing Expert Level Mechanism to provide flood-season data and emergency management. Under the new agreement, the Chinese side agreed to provide more flood data of Brahmaputra river from May to October instead of June to October that was in vogue under the previous agreements river water agreements in 2008 and 2010. India has expressed con-

Senate body seeks details of payments to IPPs I SLAMABAD —The

No peace, until drones stop: Fazl ISLAMABAD —Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has said that drone attacks are the biggest hurdle in establishing the peace in country. He said, drone attacks could not be tolerated, as they are open violation international laws as well as human rights. Declaring report of Amnesty International on the issue of drone attacks as supportive argument of JUI-F stance Fazl said, it is disappointing that report of Amnesty International has been published so late.—INP

CPNE deplores Taliban fatwa L AHORE —The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed its resolve to continue informing facts to the general public despite unfavourable circumstances and threats. This was stated at the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors Standing Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of the Council President Jamil Athar Qazi in Lahore.—NNI

Senate body on Water and Power has questioned the actual source of payment to Independent Power producers (IPPs) and directed the Ministry to give complete details in this regard. The senate body observed that after payment of Rs 480 billion of circular debt the power situation has worse and rather to improve power generation has reduced by 100 megawatt. “The ministry of water and power has not taken anything from IPPs after billion of rupees payment” senators said. The sub-committee on water and power that held here on Wednesday under convener ship of Senator Maula Bakhsh chandio showed concerned about payments to Independent Power Producers and asked the ministry of water and power to give details of payment mechanism to IPPs during two years ago. The legislative body also asked about total power generation through IPPs during last three years and inquired about their actual capacity. Senator Nisar Muhammad said that when GOP has paid the amount of circular debt then IPPs should produce power at their full capacity and continue same power generation. —Online

construct more dams which New Delhi fears could restrict the flows of the Himalayan river flowing from Tibet. China for its part assured India that its dams are run of the river projects not designed to hold water. In addition to the river water agreement, India and China inked several agreements on establishment of Nalanda University at Rajgir in Bihar for which China is one of the participating countries. The side also signed agreements to strengthen cultural exchange programme, Cooperation in Road Transport and Highways, Chinese power equipment service centres in India and agreements to establishing sister city relationships between Delhi-Beijing and Bangalore and Chengdu and Kolkata and Kunming. China and India signed a

to cooperate on border defence following a standoff between armed forces of the two Asian giants in disputed Himalayan territory earlier this year. The meeting on Wednesday will “inject new momentum and vitality into the China-India relationship,” Li said. The cooperation accord signed on Wednesday is aimed at averting border incidents. “I am sure it will help to maintain peace, tranquility and stability in our border areas,” Li said following the signing at a news conference, at which no questions from reporters were allowed. Both countries have decided to hold strategic defence cooperation under which they will have joint counter terrorism exercise in southwest china and also maritime cooperation.— Agencies

Weapons for NATO recovered from Karachi graveyard IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Intelligence agency has nabbed a target killer from New Karachi near 4-K bus stop. The accused confessed to the law enforcement agency’s investigation unit that he had gunned down 4 persons 2 including workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and that he was actively affiliated to a gang of land occupying mafia. On the other hand, Malir police arrested 3 alleged extortionists, Abdul Hafeez, Riaz Ahmed and Altaf. The extortionists had arrived at an agri farm to collect money in extortion. Mubina Town police arrested drug trafficker Soorat Khan and recovered illegal weapons from his possession. He was wanted to police for various heinous crimes as various cases were registered against him in different police stations in the city. On the other hand, Nabi Bux police nabbed Imran alias Japani after an encounter while his accomplice managed to flee from the scene. Police recovered illegal weapons from his possession. Po-

lice said that the accused was affiliated with a political party and during initial investigation, he had revealed to had been involved in around half a dozen cases of target killings including Lyari gangsters and political workers. Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers Sindh had dug out buried illegal weapons from a grave in Muhammad Shah graveyard. The cache of weapons thus recovered included 5 M16 rifles and 2 sub-machine guns and the make of the recovered weapons was for the use of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Mohammad Younus 35, was shot dead in Mohabbat Nagar within the limits of Malir City police station. Police said the deceased was affiliated with the Lyari gang war. He was standing beside his home at the time when he was killed by unidentified armed assailants on motorcycles. A young man was found dead near a vacant plot within the limits of Al-Falah police station. He was identified as Shakir 23, son of Fateh Mohammad.

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KARACHI—Fire broke out at a shopping mall near Dalmia road in Karachi’s Gulshan Iqbal town on Wednesday. Rescue services extinguished the fire after struggling for hours to fight the fire and evacuate the building. According to sources, the fire broke out inside the storage area of a shoe retailer. The fire quickly spread to the surrounding shops. Due to the intense smoke some shoppers fell unconscious and were evacuated with the help of rescue services and volunteers which included shopkeepers and area residents. Taking advantage of the commotion certain miscreants tried to use the opportunity to loot and plunder. Police resorted to aerial firing to disperse a large crowd that gathered outside the mall which the miscreants used to their advantage. —INP

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as well as international level. It will continue to support all efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability are all parts of the world. He said Pakistan being a part of one of the most volatile regions of the world and being a direct affectee of various developments at regional as well as international level, peace and stability is of great significance to it. The president said Pakistan has always been at the forefront in complementing UN efforts for peace and stability. We

have actively been engaged in various peace missions and have been contributing soldiers, policemen and civilians for peacekeeping in forty one countries over the last fifty three years. He said currently about eleven thousand Pakistani peacekeepers are engaged in peacekeeping missions. Mamnoon Hussain expressed the confidence that this moot will bring forth workable recommendations in resolving regional as well as international issues.—INP

US officer: Taliban will fight this winter

Woman gives birth to five babies in Peshawar

ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain has underscored the need for settlement of longstanding disputes through negotiations to ensure peace and harmony. Addressing an international seminar on ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution’ organized by National University of Science and Technology (NUST) here on Wednesday, the President renew ed Pakistan’s commitment for establishment of peace and stability at the regional and the international level. He noted that peace and stability leads towards socio economic well being of the people and promote a sense of security among societies. He said our commitment to international peace has been duly acknowledged by the international community and the world leaders. He said peace and stability are of great significance for Pakistan in view of recent developments at the regional and the international level particularly in the wake of 9/ 11 incident. The President reiterated that Pakistan was firmly committed to peace and supporting peace efforts at regional

B RUSSELS —A senior American military officer warned Tuesday that insurgent groups are expected to carry out an unusually aggressive campaign of violence in Afghanistan this winter, angling to create maximal disruption ahead of next year’s presidential elections and as Western forces continue to withdraw. Afghanistan’s rugged terrain and heavy snowfall have historically resulted in a summer fighting season followed by a winter lull, with the Taliban using the cold-

weather months to rest, retrain and try to further their agenda by quietly spreading political influence at the village level. This winter, militant groups are expected to continue their traditional influence campaign. But in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defense ministers here, the senior American officer said that intelligence reviews and Afghan reports painted a picture of a concerted insurgent effort to disrupt the elections, planned for April 2014.

P ESHAWA R —A woman in Peshawar on Wednesday reported to have given birth to five babies, Medics said. According to reports, Sabira, Bibi who was admitted in Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar for her delivery, unbelievably gave birth to penta, three of them were girls while two were baby boys. The mother and her offspring are in stable condition and will be allowed to leave the hospital soon.—Online

HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—A three-day Pakistan-India Peace Conference is beginning in Dubai from October 27, 2013, with vital issue of Kashmir to be discussed the next day among prominent Pakistani, Kashmiri and Indian representatives. This time the topics for Kashmir discussion have been picked up - (1) Kashmir solution efforts in the context of Simla Accord, (2) 4-point Kashmir proposal of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and (3) anyother way-out. Azad Kashmir will be represented by Sardar Usman Ali Khan, Chairman Youth Wing of Muslim Conference. PESHAWAR: The five new born babies. The original invitation was extended to ex-Premier Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, President Muslim Conference, but he has deputed Sardar Usman Ali Khan to deputize him in the conference.

Gilani not to appear before NAB/FIA LAHORE—Former Prime Minister and Vice Chairman of PPP Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani did not make any appointment and postings in violation of the constitution and rules, said his spokesman. He said allegations of corruptions against the PPP leaderwere nothing but a bundle of lies.

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Britain to host meeting to jumpstart Taliban peace talks

LONDON—British Prime Min- with Pakistani officials, though in the water and Afghan and ister David Cameron will hold a Number 10 summit meeting between Afghan and Pakistani leaders next week in hopes of getting the stalled Taliban peace process moving. Cameron made a similar attempt back in February when President Hamid Karzai met with Islamabad officials in Chequers, England that ultimately proved futile. At the Chequers summit, Karzai met

not the Prime Minister at the time Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. The leaders made a number of ambitious promises about peace negotiations and bringing peace to Afghanistan in a matter of months. Cameron announced the two South Asian neighbors would take steps to “achieve the goal of a peace settlement over the next six months.” But now, nine months later, reconciliation talks with the Taliban are dead

coalitions forces are coming out of one of the most violent fighting seasons on record just under a year away from the end of the NATO combat mission. A senior Afghan official said that at the upcoming meeting in Britain Karzai would demand that Pakistan prevent the Taliban from launching attacks during the spring Presidential and Provincial Council elections.

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HE number of people infected with tu berculosis (TB) or dying from it fell in 2012, but global progress on controlling the contagious lung disease is at risk from growing drug resistance. In its annual TB report, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on track to meet U.N. goals for 2015 of reversing TB incidence and cutting the death rate by 50 percent compared to 1990. Yet around 3 million people with TB are being missed by health systems, and “superbug” drug-resistant strains of the bacterial infection are putting progress at risk. “Far too many people are still missing out on care and are suffering as a result,” Mario Raviglione, the WHO’s director of the Global TB Program, told reporters in London. “And still the death toll from TB - a disease that is preventable and curable - is far too high,” he said.TB is often seen as a disease of the past, but the emergence over the past decade of strains that cannot be treated with existing drugs has turned it into one of the world’s most pressing health problems. Of all infectious diseases, only the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS kills more people than TB.In 2012, an estimated 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease, including 320,000 deaths among HIV-positive people, according to Wednesday’s WHO report, down from 8.7 million cases and 1.4 million deaths in 2011. The WHO says $7-8 billion a year is

needed for a full response to the global TB epidemic by 2015, and there is a funding shortfall of some $2 billion a year. Raviglione said insufficient resources for TB were the biggest hurdle to further progress, but welcomed advances in the development of rapid diagnostic tools that allow patients to be quickly tested for drug-resistant TB strains. He also praised success in the development of potential drugs and vaccines to combat TB, noting that 10 new or re-purposed anti-TB drugs are now in clinical trials. Still, on the frontline in poorer countries, many TB programs lack the capacity to find and care for people in hard-to-reach groups - such as the homeless and marginalized, who often live outside any formal or state health system. Weak links in what health experts call the “TB chain” -connecting proper detection and diagnoses to quality treatment and care - lead to people in these groups being missed.The WHO estimates that 75 percent of the 3 million missed TB cases are in just 12 countries, with South Africa, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan among them.On the issue of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), the WHO report said the problem was not only that the links in the chain were weak, but that links were not even there.The U.N. health agency estimates that 450,000 people fell ill with MDR-TB in 2012 alone, with China, India and Russia worst affected, followed by another 24 other countries.

President Mamnoon Hussain addressing the inaugural session of ‘International Seminar on Peace and Conflict Resolution’ at NUST.

Book on child safety launched

ISLAMABAD—A book of Nigar Nazar on the issues related to safe environment for children launched here on Wednesday at office of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). The book “Say yes to keeping children safe”, was the 17th book of Nigar in which she wrote stories on measures imperative for children to protect themselves in any situation. Renowned literary figures Agha Nasir, addressing the launching ceremony, organized by Gogi Studios, lauded the efforts of the writer. He stated that moral eduction of children is as important as academic but unfortunately now parents cannot give much attention on the upbringing of their children due to their busy Artists perform during Dawar Mehmood’s play “Sawa 14 August” written by Anwar schedule. He informed that in past Maqsood, at PNCA.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir special attention would be given on the literature of children and these kinds of books with cartoon animations would help convey the message to children for taking safety measures and save them from social evils.—APP

Youth can play decisive role in country’s progress

ISLAMABAD—Secretary Minis- ties to the people living in the try of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Seerat Asghar Jaura on Wednesday said that youth can play a decisive role in any country’s progress and prosperity. Addressing the regional workshop on “Youth and Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges”, organized by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), he said that the greatest challenge in agriculture in Pakistan and regional countries is that the youth is shying away from willingly finding a career in agriculture due to lower return and fewer opportunities. He emphasized for providing entrepreneurial opportuni-

villages by creating conducive environment for the value addition of agriculture products through promotion of cottage industry. Addressing the workshop, Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad asked the Asia Pacific region to put their resources together to promote the agriculture sector for poverty alleviation and prosperity of their respective countries. He also highlighted CGIAR and NARS systems, strong partnership, capacity of local systems. He said CGIAR is a forum of international technical experts to help the member countries.

He said there is need to bring about sizeable innovations adding we have to contribute to knowledge in global science. Innovations in agri science are important to increase production. He also stressed for sustainable and solid partnership in term of science and other manners. Addressing the event,Agriculture experts stressed the need for launching short and long term training courses for young scientists at advanced research institution in both national and international level to lure them towards agriculture for sustainable economic development.—APP

Sabzi Mandi extortion case ISLAMABAD—An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday canceled interim bails of two accused extortionists of Sabzi Mandi after which they were arrested from courtroom. The two accused named Safdar Saddiq and Tariq Sadiq involved in receiving extortion money from Traders of Sabzi Mandi were produced before the court after expiry of their interim bails.—INP

Improving parliamentary performance ISLAMABAD—State Minister

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman special committee Senator Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani expressed concern over delay in development work of Senate Employees Cooperative Housing Society. Senate special committee met here Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hussani with member Syed Zafar Ali Shah and observed the affairs of housing society and progress made on the recommendation of previous meeting of the committee. Chairman of the committee expressed displeasure over the

proposal sent to CDA for alternate land by contractor and said that location of land was not defined in the proposed draft. The committee directed contractor to provide complete detail of alternate location of land to committee in next meeting. He also directed CDA officials to submit special audit report in front of committee in next meeting. Earlier, CDA officials told the committee that contractor would be allowed to start development work in the society but NOC of Environment department is mandatory. He said that according to layout plan transfer deed was is-

sued in 2009 but later on after changing of layout plan approval was not taken by CDA which was required within 90 days and society was ignored during the last four years. Committee stressed the need of proper access for housing society in accordance with the bylaws and directed to developer that 100 feet entrance should be given to society. Committee directed that present previous management and contractor along with required record in the next meeting and also called new contractor of housing society to present its complete record from starting of the society to till date.

AIOU’s directorate to regulate programmes CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to set up a full-fledged separate Directorate to regulate and supervise its secondary, Intermediate and Bachelor levels programs. It will work as permanent department under faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities to streamline the education, relating to under-graduate programs. The concept, objectives and working plan of the separate Directorate were thoroughly discussed at a senior officers’ level meeting held here on Wednesday at the University’s main campus.

Dr. Rashid A. Naeem, dean Faculty of social Sciences, presided over the meeting. The Directorate will formally start working after the approval the competent authority. It will coordinate in maintaining uniformity in academic standard of the relevant programs, bringing them at par other boards of Secondary and intermediate education.It will also maintain liaison with Inter Board Committee of Chairmen for attestation and accreditation of certificates issued at Matric FA and BA levels. The Directorate will monitor existing curricular, slybus, and schemes of students in or-

for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Baligh-ur-Rehman assured his complete support towards achieving the goals of improving parliamentary performance in Pakistan project. The delegation comprising representatives of European Delegation included Development Advisor Governaance and Democratisation Ms. Eva H. Atanassova and Team Leader, Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan Ms. Antira Jankevica met Baligh ur Rehman here in his office. The EU delegation briefed the minister about working, progress and future activities of Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan Project. The delegation also shared with Minister of State that the project is intended to facilitate the legislative process and oversight in Pakistan. Minister of State highly appreciated the support of European Union.—APP

der to further improve them and bring uniformity as par with the prevailing academic requirements. The committee was told that the Vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi has already approved the idea of establishing an independent Board for conducting under-graduate level programs in comprehensive and transparent manner. It was agreed that a program coordinator will be appointed for each Matric/FA and BA program. It was clarified that admission and examination system of such programs will keep working as per existing procedure.

Multi exhibitions showcase bridal collection in capital CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The fashion

Children perform a tableau after a marathon titled ‘Race for Survival’ under the auspices of World Marathon Challenge, at Rawal Lake View Point.

Senate body resents delay in Housing Society work

lovers of capital city are still tasting the flavours of outfits exhibitions started before Eid at the outlets of different designers presenting a collection of latest designs and prints. These outfits’ exhibitions featuring winter and bridal collections due to fast approaching of winter season and wedding season on its peak. Ayesha Atta, a new designer of the town, who believes in innovation and her works reflect the use of a sensible fusion of colours in a blend of traditional and con-

temporary styles. While talking to APP, she said, “I am a selftaught designer and have no formal training in fashion design. Big names in the fashion industry do not allow newcomers to grow up - a phenomenon found in almost all fields”, she added. She has arranged the exhibition of her new bridal and winter collection featuring formal, semi formal and party outfits and attempted to amalgamate ancient and modern elements in her creations. The styles and looks of the dresses made by her captured the essence of this change. Nearly a fifty of outfits in chiffon, linen and Soosee were

on display in winter collection. Clothes ranged from modern to traditional reflected the tones of winter through their dark colours. While the bridal collection was the one to watch out for, with an affordable price range, the designer put her creative skills to test and experimented with earthy tones, geometric patterns and traditional beadwork. Her exhibition has already attracted several buyers, especially since the rates are immensely affordable, along with the quality of the cloth. Similarly in M‚lange Boutique, a premier multi-label outlet founded by Samina Lakhani

stocks a diverse range of Pakistan’s most sought after designer labels all under one roof. This Islamabad based boutique maintains over 50 brands, is also serving as a single point, easy access platform to meet fashion needs for all seasons and bridal collection including jewelry, and accessories for the modern style-conscious woman. Moreover, ‘L’atelier’ by Shaiyanne Malik, a leading fashion entrepreneur, is also offering a variety of women’s designer apparel and accessories under a one-stop-shop concept. As many as 43 local fashion designers have gathered under one roof for the convenience of

shoppers. Both these boutiques are actively hosting exhibitions, trunk shows, and launches throughout the year to showcase its designers. A customer at L’atelier’ said, “ It is a channel, where we can reach to the country’s top designers with their latest outfits all under a single roof.” “Besides this, it offers fashion handbags, evening bags, fashion jewellery, fashion belts, hats, caps, scarves and shawls, hair accessories, fashion footwear, gloves and mittens, sunglasses and everything in fashion range, we do not need to go elsewhere,”she added.


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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

Police net 10 lawbreakers R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi police in its continued drive against anti-social elements have arrested 10 lawbreakers besides recovering 2120 grams charras, 14 bottles of liquor and one pistol 30 bore with four rounds from the possession of arrested accused. According to Rawalpindi police spokesman, Abdullah, Zeeshan, Sajawal, Mahmood and Khalid were sent behind the bars on recovery of charras. Bunni police held Akhlaq and recovered 10 bottles of liquor while Kahota police netted Khazir with two liquor bottles. Ashar was booked for having two liquor bottles. Meanwhile, Kalar Syedan police nabbed Sajjad as one 30 bore pistol with four rounds was recovered from him.—APP

Usman seeks report on appointments in FGEHF, PHA I SLAMABAD —Minister of State for Housing and Works, Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Wednesday directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) and Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) to submit a detailed report of all recruitments made during tenure of last government. A statement issued here said the Minister has taken notice of different illegal appointments made in FGEHF and PHA and desired to have a detailed report. The Minister said that Pakistan Muslim League (N) believes in merit and this step is to make sure whether these appointments were made strictly in accordance with prescribed procedure/rules and regulations, ensuring that no outside pressure was used in securing these recruitments. He emphasized the need to follow rules and regulations for every official assignment and there is no place for nepotism. He said the government was trying its best to make system fair and transparent.—APP

Super Market lacks civic amenities CITY REPORTER

R AWALPINDI —City police

ISLAMABAD—Super Market, has decided to bring the the largest ever business Mobile Verification System in center of federal capital lacks regard to prevent the incicivic amenities so much so dents of vehicles theft. that even filtration plant and Details said that Car-Liftlavatory are not existing ing cell of Rawalpindi police there. is all set to launch this moThis is internationally rebile verification system in puted business market but city. no arrangement has been Station Head Officers made by the Capital Devel(SHOs) will be issued special opment Authority (CDA) to Sim cards in this regard for provide clean drinking wathe verification of vehicle. As ter to the visitors as no filtraper this system, a Memorantion plant has been set up dum of Understanding therein. (MoU) will be signed with a Like wise no wash room mobile phone company and has been built despite the data of all stolen vehicles of fact that space has been altwin cities will be saved on located for these two facilione server. ties. Police personnel, having No work has been started special Sims, will text on the towards construction of specific given number and these two facilities so far and will get all concerned details the customers and the tradvehicles in reply. ers are forced to use contamiThis system will immedinated water for drinking purately verify the status of vepose. hicle. Sources said that this The citizens and traders system would be implehave demanded for immedimented in coming 2 weeks.— Chief guest Ambassador of France Phillipe Thiebaud is being briefed during an exhibition titled “The Man Who Wasn’t There” at Satrang ate provision of these two Gallery.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir Online facilities in super market.

Muharram arrangements by Oct 26 CITY REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I — C o m m i s sioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry Wednesday said a high level meeting would be held here on October 26 to finalize all arrangements to ensure peaceful observance of the Muharram - one of the most sacred Islamic months. Talking to APP, he said District Coordination Officers (DCOs) of Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum have been directed to prepare security and contingency plans for Muharram processions, which would be taken out in their respective areas.Small and big processions are taken out throughout the month to pay homage to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his progeny and companions, who rendered great sacrifice for the cause of Islam and

humanity.The Commissioner said consultation process was in progress with Punjab Cabinet Committee, intelligence departments and other quarters concerned to chalk-out a comprehensive and flawless security plan.“All available resources will be utilized to avoid any untoward incident”, he added. He said the Cabinet Committee, which has been constituted under the supervision of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, would also visit the Rawalpindi’s Divisional Headquarter to review the security arrangements.”A briefing is being prepared for the Cabinet Committee”, he said.Replying to a question, Chaudhry said the divisional administration was in constant contact with law en-

forcement agencies and all the departments concerned have exemplary coordination to thwart nefarious designs of the anti-social elements. He said troops of Pakistan Army and Rangers would be called in on requisition of the DCOs after approval of the Home Department for deployment in the most sensitive declared areas of the districts. Answering to a question, the Commissioner said efforts were being made to evolve consensus among all stakeholders to culminate mourning processions before the sun set as precautionary measure. “Stern action will be taken against the elements found involved in creating law and order situation. Besides, there will be strict monitoring on movements of banned outfits’ members”, he maintained.

CTP arrest 517 beggars Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Ch Nisar Ali Khan distributing certifiR AWALPINDI —City Traffic Federal cates among the position holders during ASI probationers passing out parade at Police Lines.

Police (CTP) have arrested 517 beggars from the main city roads during current month while nine cases were registered against the beggars. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi Syed Ishtiaq Hussain Shah said that city traffic police are trying to eliminate begging from the city roads and during their efforts, as many as 517 beggars were arrested and handed over to district police in the current month. He informed that the beggar children netted from city roads are later handed over to Child Protection Bureau. He further said that two special squads comprising an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), six constables and a lady constable, are working to nab the beggars. Directives have also been issued to the squads to register cases against the beggars and the report in this regard should be sent to CTO office on daily basis, he said. Ishtiaq Hussain Shah said concerted efforts should be made by the police and administration to eliminate the menace. In the past, departments concerned were reluctant to take any action against beggars particularly professional ones.—APP

Dysfunctional TUR machine R AWA L I N D I —Inoperative TUR machine installed in the urology department of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) has increased the miseries of patients. Details said, TUR machine is dysfunctional for last 6 months while hospital administration is only

verbally satisfying the patients. Sources said that hospital administration is not paying attention to repair this machine and operation dates of patients are being extended for last 6 months. Due to this situation not only the strength of patients

is increasing but also their medical condition is becoming critical. Patients and their family members have demanded from Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of this issue to solve their problem immediately.—Online

Police check post at PIMS I SLAMABAD—Federal Capital Police has issued the notification to establish a temporary check post in Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) to ensure the security of doctors. Details said, doctors of PIMS had demanded to increase the security in hospital after the certain incidents of violence against doctors by the attendants of patients. Remembering that the family members of a patient brought Dr. Rashid and Dr. Sammi of PIMS to violence few days before. After this incident check post incharge sub inspector Sardar Ali including 9 police personnel have been deployed in PIMS police check post.Young Doctors Association has demanded from the administration of federal capital to establish the permanent police check post in the hospital.—Online

Put your house in order; Nisar warns capital police ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has warned the police of federal capital to put its house in order otherwise corrupt personnel will be fired from department. On Wednesday, addressing to the passing out parade of police personnel here in, federal minister said “Pakistan is passing from its most crucial era and I pay tribute to those who sacrifice their lives for country”. He said, police personnel of federal capital will be provided every possible facility and government will also look after the necessities of their families. On this occasion he directed police offices and personnel to behave respectfully with people who visit them in regard of complaints because good behaviour could resolve half of the issue. Minister also warned that employees involved in corruption would be not tolerated in police department at any cost, while police should waste their energies to eliminate the crimes instead of being fearful at people. “Record of all police stations of federal capital will be made computerized till June 2014”, Chaudhry Nisar concluded.—Online

Projects for rural areas of Potohar R AWALPINDI —Agency for Barani Area Development (ABAD) has chalked out two projects for rural areas of Potohar which will cost Rs. 510 million while the projects summary has been sent to Planning and Development Department (PND), government of Punjab for approval. The projects, ‘Rainwater harvesting for rural areas of Potohar’ and ‘Pilot project for alternative energy in

command areas’, will help increase the cultivation area and the crops yield in Potohar region. According to Director Genral (DG), ABAD Tariq Javed Malik “Alternative Energy Project” is a pilot project under which tube wells of different areas will be converted to solar power from diesel engine. The project will be started in the areas particu-

larly where electricity facility is missing and the farmers of such areas would be provided 60% subsidy to convert diesel engine pumps to solar powered tube wells. Tariq Javed said that |Rainwater harvesting project for rural areas of Potohar” is a mega project under which the farmers will be given 50% subsidy to build rainwater collection system.—APP

Security threat for railway station C ITY REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I —Lack

of boundary wall has exposed railway station Rawalpindi to security threats. Despite installation of state of the art security equipment, railway station Rawalpindi stands insecure in terms of security as there are twelve points existing to enter into station due to broken walls and fractured fences erected on the way from Pori pull to railway

bridge. Any untoward incident can occur any time due to lack of security arrangements. The fences and the boundary wall erected around the one kilometer distance intervening between Pori Pull, Ratta road, railway godown road railway bridge stand worn and torn completely. Every can enter into railway station easily. The fences and walls built in front of railway po-

lice line and slaughter house stand demolished. The goods trains and employees working in the respective railway station offices have also been rendered insecure due to non existent of any security arrangement in Kola gate, Goods office gate and mechanical branch gate. The citizens have demanded immediate erection of boundary wall around the railway station to avert any terror related incident.

Special drive for ‘MotherChild’ healthcare from R AWALPINDI —The District Health Department will launch a week-long special drive to create awareness among women about healthcare of “MotherChild” and make the society healthier. Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal told APP Wednesday that Lady Health Workers (LHWs) would go door-to-door under the campaign being launched from November 4 to 9 and educate women about their health and taking preventive measures specially during pregnancy,

delivery and for infant’s health. Sharing details of the arrangements finalized at a meeting held here at the office of District Coordination Officer (DCO) to make the drive successful, he said LHWs have been directed to create awareness among mothers about importance of breastfeeding to newborns at least for initial six months. Besides, he said, children of two to five years of age would be given de-worming medicines while Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis-

B, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and Tuberculosis vaccinations would be administered to the children below two years of age. District Programme Coordinator Dr Javaid Iqbal said folic acid tablets would also be given to pregnant women to overcome food deficiency free of cost along with Tetanus injections. He said a healthy mother was essential for a healthy society and this message should be conveyed to every nook and corner of the district.—APP

Police arrest six gamblers R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi

Labourers busy in repairing a road during maintenance work in Rawalpindi.

police have arrested six gamblers besides recovering cash stake money amounting to Rs 4,700 and six mobile phones from their possession. According to details, New Town Police acting on a tip-off conducted a raid in Pindora area and arrested Ishaq, Naeem, Bota Masih, Muhammad Abid, Mushtaq and Tanveer who were allegedly involved in betting while playing cards. The police have accelerated its operation and conducting raids against antisocial elements on the directives of City Police Officer (CPO) Bilal Saddique Kamyana.—APP A man arranging bouquets to attract the customers at F-6 Flower Market.


Ban Ki-moon urged to help resolve Kashmir dispute Continued detention of Masarrat Aalam denounced

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Chief Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal handing over a Shield to President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob.

Indian police arrest Imam, his brother SRINAGAR—The authorities, instead of punishing the troops of Indian Border Security Force involved in the killing four civilians in Gool area of Ramban in July this year, have arrested the imam of a local mosque and his brother. Indian police arrested the Imam, Qari Shabeer Ahmed, and his brother, Abdul Lateef, from a seminary in the area, for allegedly instigating people against the BSF troops. Four persons were killed and over 40 others injured when the BSF personnel opened indiscriminate firing on villagers protesting against the desecration of holy Quran by the troops on July 18. The killings had triggered protests across the territory. A police Special Investigation Team raided the seminary where the two brothers were residing and arrested them. The arrest of the brothers has triggered a fresh wave of resentment among the local residents. “It is unfortunate that the police have not even questioned the BSF personnel who killed the innocent villagers and the victims are now being framed and booked,” a local resident told mediamen on the condition of anonymity.—KMS

Geelani castigates Omar Abdullah’ remarks

SRINAGAR —The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Yasmeen Raja, have appealed to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to take steps towards settling the Kashmir dispute by implementing the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Shabbir Ahmed Shah in a statement in Srinagar on the eve of the UN Day, today, deplored that the World Body had failed to implement its resolutions despite the passage of more than six decades. He said that the situation would turn from bad to worse if the UN did not take notice of Indian intransigence on

JKNF condemns authorities’ action against Hurriyet

the Kashmir dispute. Yasmeen Raja in her statement said that the UN had lost its credibility due to its dual and wrong policies and the small nations had lost faith in it. She said that the UN was yet to take solid steps for peaceful resolution of the two lingering disputes – Kashmir and Palestine. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the arrest of an Imam and his brother in Gool area of Ramban on the false charges of instigating people against the troops of Indian Border Security Force. He called for demon-

strations in the territory particularly in Banihal, Doda and Kishtwar areas after Juma prayers on Friday against the arrest. He also demanded prosecution of the troops involved in the killing of four people during peaceful protests against desecration of the Holy Quran in Gool in July, this year. The General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, talking to mediamen in Srinagar said that the UN’s failure to settle the conflict over Kashmir had resulted in the continued suffering of the Kashmiri people.

The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement in Srinagar denounced the continued illegal detention of its Vice Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt. In Islamabad, the AJK chapter of Syed Ali Gilani’s forum at a meeting chaired by its Convener, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, and the Chairman of International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, in a statement hailed the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, for underscoring settlement of the Kashmir dispute at the global level.—KMS

Founding Day of AJK government today

SRINAGAR—The Jammu and RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN by the valiant sons of the soil parts of AJK being orgaNational Front from the clutches of the In- nized by public and private SRINAGAR—Veteran Hurriyet tional Conference that when- ground realities has blamed Kashmir (JKNF) has condemned the MIRPUR —All is set to cel- dia-backed Dogra rule. organizations to commemoleader, Syed Ali Gilani has ever people in Delhi turn their Pakistan. It is not his jurisdiccastigated the puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah’s assertion that India should explore other options than negotiations to deal with Pakistan. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that Omar Abdullah was trying to appease New Delhi by demanding action against Pakistan. He said that Omar Abdullah had inherited enmity for Pakistan from his father (Dr Farooq Abdullah) and it was their favorite game that they in their abusive language always scolded Pakistan. “His (Omar’s) father also advised several times to attack Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It is favorite hobby for Na-

eyes towards them, they in order to appease them are left with only choice to curse Pakistan,” he said. The veteran leader pointed out that such rhetoric may be an attempt to bargain for the funds which they had received from the Indian army. He said that it was preplanned and a part of their folly and its sole purpose was to defame the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle. “Indian leaders are in a fix about the ongoing situation at borders and even have raised several questions about the situation and the contradictory statements made by armed forces. However, Omar Abdullah while ignoring the

tion nor he can announce a war against Pakistan,” he said. He added that India intended to play a role of regional power in South Asia and for this it had plotted to attack Azad Kashmir. Reiterating his demand for resolution of Kashmir as per the aspirations of the people, Syed Ali Gilani said that a war between the two countries could not be ruled out and unless the dispute was resolved, the borders would remain tense. “I want to reiterate my stand that Kashmir is not a border dispute between India and Pakistan, instead it is an issue related to 13 million people who face immense hardships.—KMS

India using Kashmir University for political purposes: KUSU S RINAGAR —The Kashmir India (NSUI), after getting a dia student unions. The stu-

University Students Union cold response in the KU last dent representatives resolved has said that India is using time had again started its ac- to chalk out a joint strategy the varsity for political pur- tivities with active support of against advances of Indiathe administration. However, backed student groups, it poses. The students union in a this time around NSUI has maintained. It said that the statement issued in Srinagar expanded its activities to col- NSUI activities in KU were said that the foray of students leges, north and south cam- supported by administration groups in the varsity backed puses of the KU and other with Vice-Chancellor, Talat by pro-occupation political universities of the territory, it Ahmad, leading the pack in a groups was aimed at further added. The statement said disgraceful show of hypocchoking the voice of resis- that the student representa- risy and puppetry despite it tance against Indian occupa- tives from Islamic University, that the university administraAwantipora, met with the tion had apparently banned tion in the university. The statement said the KUSU and expressed concern all political activities on the M IRPUR —Jammu & Kash- National Students Union of over the activities of pro-In- campus.—KMS mir people and rest of the world will observe October 27 as black day against the Indian invasion on Jammu & Kashmir this day in 1947, it was officially announced. Jammu & Kashmir people living either side of the LoC consider October 27 the black day in the history of state of Jammu & Kashmir when India landed her armed troops on this day 66 years ago against the wishes of the people of the state. The day is observed as black day by Jammu and Kashmir people every year to mark extreme resentment over the continued unlawful and forcible occupation of Jammu and Kashmir state by the Indian forces. Speakers will also reiterate their demand to right of self determination to Kashmiri people.—APP People protesting against atrocities perpetuated by Indian army in Srinagar

Black day on Oct 27

authorities’ action of preventing APHC leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan from paying tributes to the martyrs of 1993 massacre in Bijbehara town. Indian police had arrested Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and other leaders from Pampore on Tuesday when they were on their way to Bijbehara to pay homage to the martyrs. The JKNF spokesman in a statement in Srinagar deplored that every government institution was being used against the ongoing movement of Kashmiris and an undeclared ban had been imposed on the political activities of the pro-freedom leaders. “The irony is that India makes tall claims of being a democratic country but the Kashmiri people are yet to see its democratic face,” he said.—KMS

ebrate 67th Founding Day of Azad government of the state of Jammu & Kashmir on thursday–October 24 in a befitting manner and with a renewal of pledge to continue struggle for the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination. The Founding Day of Azad Jammu & Kashmir government is observed every year to celebrate the founding anniversary of Azad Jammu Kashmir government formed this day 65 years ago on October 24, 1947 after the AJK territory was liberated

The day will dawn with special prayers for the rest of the departed souls of the quake victims, early recovery of those injured and liberation of Indian held Jammu Kashmir as well as for the strength and prosperity of Pakistan, the ultimate destination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who had linked their destiny with it, they day they initiated their voice against the Indian-backed dogra regime several decades ago. It will be followed by rallies in various

rate the day. “AJK flag hoisting ceremonies at all district and tehsil headquarters will be the hall mark of the 66th founding day of Azad government of the state of Jammu & Kashmir to celebrate the historic day falling in October 24(Wednesday), it was officially declared. People from diverse segments of the civil society including social and political leaders and workers, representatives of all segments of the civil society will attend.

Ten people on death row SRINAGAR—The Asian Centre for Human Right (ACHR) in its report, ‘Mercy on Trial in India’ has said India had a total of 414 death row convicts at the end of 2012. Out of these 414 death row convicts, 10 are from Jammu and Kashmir. According to ACHR report received, Uttar Pradesh has 106 death row convicts maximum number of death row convicts in the country. With 63 death row convicts, Karnataka follows UP. Maharashtra has 51; Bihar (42); Delhi 27; Gujarat 19; Punjab 16; Kerala 14; Tamil Nadu 12; while Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh each had 10 death row convict prisoners. Out of 414 death row convicts, 13 are female. Maharashtra had maximum with five followed by Delhi (four); Punjab (two); and one each in Haryana and Karnataka.India currently has 21 death row convicts whose mercy petitions have been rejected by the President. While the Supreme Court had already adjudicated on the rejection of mercy petition of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar by the President, the writ petitions of the remaining 20 are under adjudication before the Supreme Court.—NNI

MUZA FFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed offering Fateha for the departed soul of Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her 2nd death anniversary .

Abusing Pakistan ‘inherited legacy’ of NC: APHC leaders SRINAGAR—Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference have lashed out at Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah over his statement asking Government of India to explore “other options” against Pakistan, saying his talk of “bullet for bullet” shows lack of understanding about the ground realities. Lashing out at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his statement against Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said it is his (Omar’s) “inherited enmity” for Pakistan from his father. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said that Centre will have to look at the possibility of responding in the

same way if Pakistan continued to “violate ceasefire” along the Line of Control and International border in the state.“Omar Abdullah has inherited enmity for Pakistan from his father. His father also suggested attacking Azad Kashmir several times in the past. Pakistan bashing is the favorite pastime of Abdullahs. They curse Pakistan just to appease New Delhi,” Geelani said. He said whenever National Conference feels it is losing power, it resorts to Pakistan-bashing to win over the support of New Delhi and to safeguard the chair. “Omar is trying to behave like ‘more loyal than the king’. By advo-

cating war with Pakistan, he has proved his childish thinking and political immaturity.”He said it is national Conference’s favorite game to scold Pakistan with their abusive language. “It is a favorite hobby for National Conference that whenever people in Delhi turn their eyes or when they feel there are other options for Delhi, they in order to appease them and as a precautionary measure are left with no choice but to curse Pakistan,” Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said. He said the Indian leaders are in a fix about the ongoing situation at borders and have raised several questions about the situation.—NNI

India’s brutality has turned Kashmir into a living hell GIORGIANA VIOLANTE

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HIS is the first time in weeks I have had ac cess to the internet. I have not been allowed to receive or send text messages for three months. Just like all Kashmiris my telephone has been barred from such contact. The local news channels have been banned. India controls everything here. And then kills it. The situation is horrific. Over these months of food rationing and persistent curfew whereby all is closed and the streets totally deserted in utter silence, suddenly a protest arises and then spreads throughout the whole city in a surge of frustrated and famished rioters

shouting ‘AZADI AZADI AZADI’ (freedom) until it dissipates suddenly into a cacophony of gunshots and clouds of teargas. I observe all this going on at a safe remove of only one metre by a big thick brick wall interrupted by the Mevlana Rumi gate to Kashmir University, where I am residing. I see through the iron bars hordes upon hordes of protesters being shot at randomly, and I stand there repellently incapable of doing anything. An endless cycle of silence and violence. The Indian army own total control and freedom to shoot at will, to shoot to kill, anyone whom they choose to. Last week a seven-year-

old child was beaten to death. You cannot accidentally beat a seven-year-old to death. It is not like a bullet that goes astray. I cannot see how a stone thrown by a sevenyear-old child can do sufficient damage to any man to warrant his being beaten to death. Children in this part of the world are tiny. A sevenyear-old is the size of a threeyear-old westerner. So what kind of person beats a tiny child to death when his stone throw must carry so little force that it barely deserves a shrug? This is such a common occurrence here. The other day I left the university grounds to visit a professor only one minute away. True there is curfew but

his house is in a private road attached to the university so I thought I would risk it. When I returned a roofless sumo vehicle full of ten Indian army thugs laughing and shouting came charging through the street waving their batons and guns. They headed for an old man and tried to hit him and then they knocked a fouryear-old boy off his tricycle. For fun. He was only 50 centimetres outside his house’s garden so that hardly counts as disobeying the curfew and yet they charged at him on purpose. They knocked him off the tricycle and then headed for me, which as a western woman I did not expect. I am living here within the

deserted university grounds, alone with the security guards and a few random professors and clerks. The university was evacuated three months ago when the troubles commenced and the students and school children all over the valley have experienced, as they always do, a great void in their education. The Indian army gun down eleven-year-old girls banging on the doors of pharmacists when it is clear that their disobedience of the curfew is purely out of desperation. How can a full grown man gun down and kill an eleven-year-old girl banging on a pharmacy door in an empty street? A woman kneeling on the pavement cover-

ing her face with her hands had her hands beaten to a pulp and they had to be amputated. Two weeks ago, on a Friday, I heard the usual impassioned pleads for freedom hailing from Hazratbal Mosque, which is just outside the university. For an hour the calls of ‘Azadi’ escalated and escalated until suddenly I heard a spray of gunshots. The shots continued sporadically over the next hour. I later found out that the mosque was raided by the army and people were beaten severely. Some died, of course. The Indian army have the right and the freedom to behave like this, invading places of worship simply because of

impassioned calls for freedom by a people who are being totally crushed and obliterated. This sort of thing happens every day. Total abuse of power by the occupying forces. But the people of Kashmir have no right to retaliate. Nor the freedom to even leave their homes. I cannot bear my complete and utter uselessness in this situation. As a rich westerner even I cannot get food. The other day myself and seven boys shared two carrots between us and a handful of rice. So how can these Kashmiris be managing when they have not been able to open their businesses for three months? How can they even have the money to

afford food, even if there WAS food to be had from somewhere? You risk your life in order to get food. How can you get food without leaving home? Yesterday a young boy working as a clerk in the university showed me his mauled arms and the gash in his thigh. His arms were black and purple with crusted blood from last week. His legs were obscene. Flesh made hell. ‘I went to get medicine’ he said, ‘and the army caught me’. I smiled and said, ‘Oh you people are always getting caught on the way to get medicine. Rubbish it was medicine’. —Courtesy thecommentfactory


LSE gains 15.95 points L AHORE—Lahore Stock Exchange on Wednesday witnessed bullish trend by gaining 15.95 points as the LSE-25 Index opened with 4422.69 and closed at 4438.64 points. The market’s overall situation, however, did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 2.454 million shares to close against previous turnover of 2.509 million shares, showing a downward slide of 55,300 shares. While, out of the total 84 active scrips, 18 moved up, 53 remained equal with 13 shed values. Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, Muslim Commercial Bank Limited and Mari Petroleum Company were major gainers of the day by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 6.90, Rs 3.50 and Rs 3.06 respectively. Lafarge Pakistan Cement, Pak Elektron Limited and National Bank of Pakistan lost their per share value by Re 0.92, Re 0.40 and Re 0.40 respectively. The Volume Leader of the day included The Bank of Punjab Limited with 535,500 shares, Faysal Bank Limited with 447,000 shares and Lafarge Pakistan Cement with 418,000 share.—APP

Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on October 24, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 106.4734, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0937, Pound Sterling Rs 171.9759 and Euro Rs 146.5287.—APP

PQ shipping activity K ARACHI—Four ships carrying containers, furnace oil and edible oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, FOTCO Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal on Tuesday, Port sources said here on Wednesday. Two more ships carrying containers, wheat also arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the port on Wednesday where total eight ships namely Najran, Sealand New York, Conti Lapislazuli, ILC Friend Ship, Thor Harmony, MT Karachi, Bunga Almanda and Chem Road Lily are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers.—APP

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” —Michelangelo

Govt attracting foreign investment STAFF REPORTER

emony of new entrant agreement which was signed between Yamaha, Japan and Ministry of Industries in the Board of Investment. The agreement was singed by Secretary Industries, Shafquat Naghmi from Pakistani side, while Mr. Yasushi Ito signed the agreement from Japanese side. On this occasion the Chairman, BOI highlighted the initiative and credibility of the present Government and investment opportunities available in Pakistan.

Yamaha was also supported by Minister for FiISLAMABAD—Chairman, nance, Senator Ishaq Dar and Secretary Industries Board of Investment(BOI) Shafquat Naghami to materiMohammad Zubair on alize this mega project for Wednesday said that all manufacturing of Yamaha steps are being taken by the motorcycle plant at Karachi. present Government to atMohammad Zubair also tract foreign direct investsaid that decision of Yamaha ment and development of loto establish its plant in Paki- President World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Washington DC. cal industry. stan will encourage other faHe said the local indusmous brands to invest in diftry would have to introduce ferent sectors of the modern technology to get economy as the country ofthe benefits of new policy fers more lucrative business formed by the government. opportunities as compared He said this while talking to to the regional countries. media, after the signing cerL AHORE —Punjab Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan has ganizers are offering prefer- exhibitors present themAMANULLAH KHAN said a master plan of 100mw ential terms for exhibitors selves as attractive future Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park has K ARACHI —Messe Berlin who book their stand by 1 employers, post job vacanbeen given final touch. “The cies online and to hold iniPML-N-led government is has announced to organize December 2013. The pricing structure for tial talks with job applicants taking measures on emergent a new international exhibibasis to end power crisis,” he tion on theatre, media and exhibitors at Stage Scenery on the stand. He said that a added. Talking to this APP on event technology – Stage, is transparent, includes all the Virtual Market Place would Wednesday, the minister said Set, Scenery as it has offered ancillary costs including wa- let exhibitors profile their the country could not make attractive services for ex- ter and electricity consump- companies both online and commendable progress with- hibitors at the new trade fair tion, separate fees for co-ex- 365 days a year, together starting from June 9 to 11, hibitors, a flat “eco” and with images and descripout electricity. “ Early solution of energy 2015. Preferential facilities waste disposal fee and man- tions of their products, sercrisis is imperative to over- will be available to exhibi- datory insurance for exhibi- vices and contact details. The online directory of come poverty and unemploy- tors and trade visitors on the tors. Numerous attractive ment besides promoting busi- Berlin Exhibition Grounds. services will be available to participants enables exhibiIt will be worth it to get exhibitors, enabling them to tors to get in touch with ness and trade activities,” he there first the Messe target new audiences and to trade visitors ahead of the said. He said the Punjab gov- Berlin’s country chief; cultivate their existing con- fair so that they can set up Sohail Aziz said that the or- tacts. A job exchange will let meetings on the stand. A view of signing ceremony of new entrant agreement between Yamaha and Ministry of ernment had inked several agreements with local and Industries held at Board of Investment. foreign power generating companies. He said Quaid-eAzam Solar Park was being set up over more than 10,000 acre land in South Punjab and a 100 megawatt project would be completed by early cloth increased from $683.880 cluded cotton (carded or STAFF REPORTER 2014. million to $711.330 million, combed), exports of which deAll possible resources, should be established in almost supply. AMANULLAH KHAN all the city of the country and He also asked NIP to en- he said, would be provided ISLAMABAD—The textile ex- showing positive growth of clined by 58.36 percent by falling from $0.377 million to $0.157 KARACHI—Federal Minister floated the idea of establishing sure availability of utility ser- for infrastructure at Quaid-e- ports from the country in- 4.01 percent. The other commodities million. Exports of yarn (other for Production & Industries industrial zones at the distance vices to the owners of the in- Azam Solar Park. Answering creased by 10 percent to $3.57 Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, has said of every 200 KM all along the dustrial units as per their a question, the minister said billion during the first quarter that witnessed increase in trade than cotton yarn) witnessed that all industrial zones should proposed rail link from Gawadar requirement.The Board of NIP the government was also of the current fiscal year as included knitwear, exports of nominal decrease of 0.77 perrecently approved the instal- working on hydle, solar, coal, compared to the correspond- which increased by 0.03 per- cent by going down from have their own captive power to Khanjrab. The work on the project is lation of a 48MW gas-fired bio-gas, biomass and other ing period of last year. The cent, from $575.171 million to $12.646 million to $12.549 milplants to avert industrial losses due to load shedding on ac- in full swing and so far NIP has power plant for KCIP and di- alternative sources of power overall textile exports from the $575.337 million and bedwear, lion while the exports of towels country during July-Septem- exports of which increased by decreased by 3.88 percent, from count of power shortage in the been able to complete 2.8 mil- rected to commission the plant generation.—APP ber (2013-14) were recorded at 25.81 percent from $448.291 mil- $190.926 million to $183.512 million gallons underground wa- in phases. The load will graducountry. $3.576 billion against the ex- lion to $564.005 million. During lion. The Industrial Minister ter reservoir, 50,000 gallons ally be increased in phases Trade Exports of all other ports of $3.251 billion during the period under review, the exduring his visit to Korangi overhead reservoir, under- keeping in view the requireJuly-September (2012-13), ac- ports of readymade garments textile materials increased by Creek Industrial Park (KCIP), ground UPVC water distribu- ments. SSGC has already sanccording to the data of Pakistan increased by 13.46 percent from 10.84 percent as their exports the flagship project of National tion network, pumping station tioned 9.7mmcfd of gas for the $420.460 million to $477.067 mil- increased from $99.734 million Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Industrial Parks Development along with back-up generator, power plant. He also took a The textile commodities lion, exports of art, silk and syn- to $110.543 million. Mean& Management Company underground sewerage net- round of the site and inspected that contributed in positive thetic textile went up by 28.63 while, the textile exports dur(NIP) here today expressed his work with manholes for each the construction work in AMANULLAH KHAN growth of trade included raw percent from $84.226 million to ing the month of September progress. Five companies satisfaction over the progress plot. cotton, exports of which $108.343 million while the ex- 2013 increased by 15.35 perHe said that entrepreneurs which include Mobil Askari, and directed the CEO of NIP to set up captive power plant in had been suffering due to load Farrukh Impex warehouse, K ARACHI—Trade & Indus- surged by 164.24 percent by ports of madeup articles (ex- cent and 15.98 percent when all the industrial zones devel- shedding and power outage so Furrukh Impex Garments MEK try has called for date growing from $24.835 million cluding towels and bedwear) compared to September 2012 the investment could only by and Al-Rehman Lubricants extention for filing income tax last year to $65.623 million dur- increased by 9.95 percent from and August 2013 respectively. oped by NIP on Fast track. $145.656 million to $160.149 mil- The textile exports in SeptemHe also said that NIP rejuvenated by ensuring the have already started construc- and wealth tax returns as ing the current year. ber 2013 were recorded at Exports of cotton yarn in- lion. wanted that an industrial zone industrial uninterrupted power tion on their respective sites. much of working hours lost due to Eid holidays. Meanwhile, the textile com- $1.270 billion, against the excreased from $541.299 million Gulzar Firoz, Acting to $587.567 million, showing modities that witnessed nega- ports of $1.101 billion in SepPresident of the Federation increase of 8.55 percent tive growth in exports during tember 2012 and $1.095 billion of Pakistan Chambers of whereas the exports of cotton the period under review in- in August 2013. Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has requested the Federal Board of Revenue to extend the last date for filing Income and Wealth Tax by Pakistan agriculture Re- emphasized on joint research Returns in view of the Eid STAFF REPORTER search Council (PARC) in with the private sector holidays. I S L A M A B A D —Agriculture collaboration with Asia Pa- through creation of excellent Gulzar Firoz, it was experts here on Wednesday cific Association for Agricul- research infrastructure. pointed out that October 30, Speaking on the occa- 2013 is the last date for filing stressed the need for launch- ture Research Institutions ing short and long term train- (APAARI) aiming to share sion, Secretary Ministry of income and wealth tax reing courses for young scien- the regional and interna- National Food Security and turns. However, due to the tists at advanced research tional knowledge and experi- Research, Seerat Asghar said long Eid break, the country’s institution in both national ences to encourage the that youth plays an decisive business houses have not and international level to lure youth in agriculture industry. role in any country’s progress been able to finalize their tax They asked for encourag- and prosperity adding youth returns. them towards agriculture for sustainable economic devel- ing young scientists for forms around 27 percent of In view of the above, opment. Addressing the a grant of patents and innova- national population. He fur- FPCCI has called for the workshop on “Youth and tion creating information and ther said that the greatest chal- deadline for filing income Agriculture: opportunities communication facilities to lenge in agriculture in Paki- and wealth tax returns to be and Challenges”, they asked discourage the repetitive re- stan and regional countries is extended up to November for involving the young sci- search as well as for timely that the youth is shying away 15, 2013 in order to allow entists in decision making scientific accounting of the from willingly finding a career the business community to scientists. For taking the re- in agriculture due to lower re- file their tax returns conve- KARACHI: Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan bodies. Jatoi being briefed on National Industrial Parks at FTC. The event was organized search to the end users, they turn and fewer opportunities. niently.

Solar park project to start production for 2014

Messe Berlin offers Pakistan exhibitors preferential terms

Textile exports up 10pc in 1st quarter, 15.35pc in September

Industrial zones to have captive power plants to avert losses

Trade, industry seeks extension in tax returns date

Experts for attracting youth in agri-sector to promote economy

Iran-Pakistan pipeline project brought to the spotlight TARIQ KHATTAK I SLAMABAD —Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) launched its latest research report here on Wednesday, seeking to bring the Iran-Pakistan Pipeline in the spotlight, and aims to create a dialogue for re-evaluating Pakistan’s Energy Equation. The report is an independent project of SDPI’s energy team, in light of existing data. SDPI report analyzes Pakistan’s natural gas sec-

tor, performance of gas-fired thermal power plants and the Iran-Pakistan pipeline project, and gives specific recommendations based on the report’s salient findings. One of its key research elements is a calculation of the real cost of electricity generation after injection of Iranian Gas, at the rate of the prevailing Gas Sale Purchase Agreement (GSPA). Presenting the report, Engr. Arshad H. Abbasi, Energy Advisor, SDPI, said that as gas and oil prices have become an outdated phe-

nomenon all over the world with the expansion of shale gas; Pakistan needs to renegotiate the gas price it intends to buy from Iran. He gave the example of Italy and Germany that took their cases to the International Court of Arbitration for delinking of the oil and gas pricing regarding their gas deals. He said that there is no point for cancellation of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline agreement but renegotiation of the gas prices under the prevalent situation under the clause 6.3.2 provided in the agree-

ment. To substantiate his argument Arshad Abbasi said according to the agreement rate for Pakistan is more than $15/ MMBTU if calculated in relation to the current JCC prices though Iran is supplying gas to Turkmenistan at a rate of $4/ MMBTU. He maintained that Pakistan has a combined power generation capacity of 24000 MW which it was unable to meet due to scarcity of natural gas supply to its power generation units. As of now, Pakistan has failed to dis-

cover new gas reserves, hence it required to imports natural gas to meet its growing energy requirements. Moreover, natural gas as a resource is of the utmost importance for Pakistan as it makes up for almost 50% of the country’s energy mix. Giving recommendations, he suggested that with around 105 TCF reserves of Shale Gas that can be effectively exploited to meet the country’s energy demands, Pakistan needs to follow the global shale gas initiative. He was of the view that by mod-

ernizing the existing thermo power plant the efficiency and production will increase considerably, in the result; Pakistan’s reliance on foreign resources will also decrease. While chairing the session Engr. Shamsul Mulk, former Chairman WAPDA/ Former Chief Minister KPK drew attention towards the consistent policy failures in the energy sector, which have led to the present high costs of electricity. He also asserted that as the cost of electricity generation from oil or coal sources

is much higher, natural gas is crucial for Pakistan’s energy sector. In this scenario, Pakistan needs to import gas but the importance of mutual benefits regarding the IP project cannot be ignored and Pakistan should not compromise on pricing issues. He stressed the need for building more dams and water reservoirs. Quoting the example, Shamsul Mulk said Egypt managed to survive 7 year long drought with the help of proper water storage system of storage over Aswan.

Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI highlighted that SDPI’s report on IP project presents an objective analysis of Pakistan’s energy scenario while taking into consideration the financial and economic ramifications of the project. He also emphasized the significance of this report and the IP project in the context of US-Pakistan relation as it is believed that Pakistan’s Prime Minister will have discussion about the country’s energy crisis with his US counterpart in Washington.


USA

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Canada

103.15

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Envoy sees improvement in ties with Malaysia STAFF REPORTER

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pects to see a visible improvement in investment relationship with Malaysia in the next one year amid the new government’s pro-business policies, says Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Shahid M.G. Kiani in an interview with stateowned Bernama News Agency of Malaysia. He said the government, led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, aimed to woo foreign investments to revejunate the economy and restore investor confidence by offering various incentives, says a message received from Pakistan High Commission to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) here today. “Pakistan has a robust trading relationship with Malaysia for over 56 years and now we are focusing on

UAE

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3.416

Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

46,114.00 737.14

Gold Tezabi (24-Ct)45,520.00 Gold 22 Ct 41,620.00 SilverTezabi 770.00 Silver Thobi 710.00

Netherlands to provide fiber boats with navigation system I SLAMABAD —The government of Netherlands would provide fiber boats to Ministry of Ports and Shipping on easy installments and cut-rates. These fiber boats will be having navigational systems, installed to navigate the right direction and limits of sea water, Ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan Marcel de Vink told Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael during a call on meeting here on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, during the meeting, both the sides discussed matters of common interest and decided that Netherland’s companies would provide the fiber boats to Baloch fishermen whose livelihood was merely depending on seawater. The navigational system installed in the boats would help the fishermen to navigate the right direction in the sea water so that they could remain in the limits of Pakistan sea waters and violation of international sea waters laws would be avoided. These fiber boats will be equipped with life jackets to ensure the protection of fishermen while they are navigating into the sea. Netherlands also offered the ports management courses to Pakistanis crew to develop the management expertise for ports administrators.—APP

Asian shares mixed HONG KONG—Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday, while the dollar sank after weaker-than-expected US jobs data raised expectations the Federal Reserve will keep its stimulus programme in place. The September report out of Washington showed the economy struggling to add jobs even before a twoweek government shutdown this month that analysts say probably smothered hiring even more. Tokyo tumbled 1.95 percent, or 287.20 points, to 14,426.05 as exporters were hit by a stronger yen, while Sydney fell 0.32 percent, or 17.0 points, to 5,356.1 and Seoul fell 0.99 percent, or 20.37 points, to 2,035.75. Shanghai gave up 1.21 percent, or 26.70 points, to 2,183.95, while in the afternoon Hong Kong eased 0.62 percent. However, emerging markets were higher on hopes for a continuation of the Fed’s easy money programme, which has been credited with funding an investment splurge in developing economies.—AFP

boosting the relation. “I’m sure there will be a visible improvement in investment,” he said. Besides welcoming investments from Malaysia, Kiani said, the Pakistani government was also keen to learn from Malaysian government institutions like the Employees’ Provident Fund, Permodalan Nasional Bhd and Tabung Haji. “We don’t have such investors supported by the government (in Pakistan), therefore we are keen to work and learn as there are serious considerations to set up similar agencies in Pakistan,” he said. Kiani said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, also visited Pakistan recently to assist and advise the government on improving the systems in the government and public corporations. He said

Malaysia was the largest foreign investor in Pakistan with US$656 million in 2008. It, however, declined sharply to US$2.3 million in 2012 due to economic difficulties in America and Europe, he said. Nevertheless, he said, there were economic opportunities amid the current difficulties as Pakistan was a fast-developing country with huge population and needed capacity to support its development. Kiani said with the Pakistan government’s commitment to bring stability and open trade policy, Malaysian investors should start explore the wide-ranging business and investment opportunities in Pakistan. “There are also Pakistani companies Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan with Patron-in-Chief NKATI Noor Ahmed Khan, CEO, NKI-DMC, Syed Usman Ali, willing to venture and invest President NKATI, Mehmood Rangoonwala, SVP Nasim Akhtar and other senior members are seen in the picture. abroad. “Therefore we need to share the opportunities available in Malaysia.

Exchange of delegations to be encouraged: Canadian HC STAFF REPORTER S IALKOT —High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan Greg Giokas has said Canada is intending to develop strong economical relations with Pakistan besides desiring to see Pakistani economy developed. He stated this while talking to industrialists and exporters here on Wednesday, the Canadian HC stressed upon the need of making effective joint efforts to boost mutual trade between Pakistan and Canada. He said Canada would encourage a regular exchange of the mutual trade delegations between Canada and Pakistan. Meanwhile, addressing a meeting at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Indus-

try (SCCI), he offered industrialists and exporters to invest in Canada and said Canada welcomed foreign investment by providing a top performing economy for business to innovate, grow and succeed. He said Canada’s fiscal strength provided operational certainty for business as it had a vibrant and transforming economy. He said Canada could be a gateway for Pakistan to the European markets as well. The Canadian HC pledged full support and technical assistance to ensure an easy access to the Pakistani business community to international Canada trade markets. He vowed to make all-out efforts to boost mutual trade ties between Pakistan and Canada, saying

that the time was ripe to further strengthen these mutual trade ties. On this occasion, SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir said most of the developed countries were importing surgical instruments from Sialkot. “In leather products and textile sportswear, we compete with other countries in quality and style,” he added. The SCCI president said there was no doubt to say that Sialkot made sports goods, surgical instruments, leather products, gloves of all sorts, textiles items, sports wear, martial arts uniforms & accessories, musical instruments, Kitchen Ware, Hollow Ware, knives, cutlery items and Military Uniform Badges etc could find a good market in Canada.

Gram sowing from Oct end till mid Nov

M U LTA N —Agriculture experts have advised growers of central and South Punjab besides districts of Multan, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Faisalabad to complete sowing of gram crop from Oct end till mid November to get good production. Sowing should begin from Oct end and conclude by Nov 15, however, in case of more fertile land or inter-cropping of gram in September sown sugar cane crop, the deadline for gram sowing was Nov 10, says a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department here. Gram (Chana) should always be sown by using drill or pore for better germination. The rows should be separated by one foot distance in case of low fertile or sandy soil and 1.5 feet in case of heavy fertile land in rainfed areas. Seed should be sown at the rate of 30-35 kilogram per acre and number of plants per acre should be maintained at 85,000 to 95,000 per acre. Seed should pass through grading process to ensure sowing of thick healthy gram to ensure better growth right from the start. Plant to plant distance should be maintained at six inch. Experts said inter-cropping of gram in September sown sugar cane crop had yielded good results.—APP

Telecentres to have more advanced facilities STAFF REPORTER

Establishment of Chamber of Industry Karachi decided STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI —Industrialists of Karachi and all other associations have unanimously approved the establishment of Chamber of Industry Karachi( CIK ) for which 11 members committee is formed. This committee will play its role for representation of industries in the light of legal formalities throughout the country. This is said by Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, during a meeting at his residence yesterday. President KATI, Syed Farukh Mazhar, Former Chairman SITE Association Dr.Arshad Vohra, Patron-inChief North Karachi Associa-

tion, Noor Ahmed Khan, Chairman SITE Superhighway Javed Ali Ghori, President All Karachi Industrial Alliance Mian Zahid Hussain, Muneer Sultan, Mehtabuddin Chawla, Dr.Qaisar Waheed, Chairmen & representatives of Landhi & Federal B.Area Associations were present at this occasion. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan has said that Chamber of Industries is initiated from Karachi as Karachi is economic hub of Pakistan and provides 67% revenue. It will be established by sitting with the representative of Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance, Director General

Trade. He further said that the aim of establishing Chamber of Industry is not confronted with Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Federation of Pakistan of Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Its aim is to point out the issues being faced by industrial sectors. He said that industries of the country were hanging in the air but now it is standing on the ground. Representatives of Korangi, Landhi, Federal B.Area, North Karachi, SITE Superhighway, SITE industrial areas of Karachi have formed Chamber of Industry Karachi for the revival of the economy of Pakistan.

McDonald’s Sunflower cultivation on keeps gaining, 1.75 lakh acres in Punjab talks price hikes S IALKOT —Efforts

were afoot to bring over 1.75 lakh acres of land under oilseed providing Sunflower crop in various areas of Punjab, informed Agriculture department officials. Under a special directive of Punjab government, a detailed plan for the promotion of sunflower crop in the province has been chalked out. In Sialkot district Sunflower would be cultivated on 4000 acres of land. The tehsil wise break-up is: Sambrial 1500 acres, Daska 200 acres, Pasrur 2000 acres and Sialkot tehsil 200 acres. Sources in Agriculture department told APP on Wednesday that under the plan growers would be motivated to bring maximum land

under sunflower crop ccultivation in order to cope with the domestic needs of edible oil. Currently,only 30 percent edible oil is being produced within the country and 70 percent being imported to meet domestic needs every year, source said. Sunflower seeds have 40 percent oil content, and farmers could derive economic benefits and help in enhancing production of edible oil in the country,sources added. However,experts have advised the growers to use only recommended and authenticated variety of sunflower seeds for getting maximum output and follow the guidelines provided by agriculture department.—APP

N EW Y ORK —McDonald’s Corp.’s third-quarter net income rose by 9 percent as it kept defying a tough economy and attracting more customers. But those diners might want to get ready to pay more. The world’s largest hamburger chain, which has performed well throughout the recession and its aftermath, noted potential challenges like the rising cost of beef and higher labor costs. McDonald’s, a bellwether for the rest of the fastfood industry, hinted that it could raise menu prices for the third time this year. Companies of all stripes, from restaurants to clothing makers, raised prices this year as the cost for many raw materials spiked.—Newswire

High Commissioner of Canada Greg Giokas addressing members of Sialkot Chamber I SLAMABAD —Ministry of of Commerce. Information Technology and Telecommunications on Wednesday decided to introduce e-health, e-learning, ecommerce and e-agriculture services in telecentres established to facilitate people of far flung areas. The decision tend facilitation to members of MoU. STAFF REPORTER respective chambers. Indonesia’s Ambassador was taken in a meeting which I S L A M A B A D —Indonesia’s Ambassador Burhan in- to Pakistan, Pakistan’s Charge was chaired by Minister of Ambassador to Pakistan, vited Indonesian businessmen d Affairs to Indonesia, Syed State for IT & Telecom, Ms. Burhan Muhammad has said to come to Pakistan and see it Sajjad Haider and Consul Gen- Anusha Rahman here. The telecentres, in addiPakistan is a land of opportuni- themselves, adding that Indo- eral of Indonesia in Karachi, tion, will also house biometties and Indonesian business- nesia and Pakistan being first Rossalis Adenan and Ms. men can benefit by enhancing and second largest Muslim Maria Kazi, Commercial Secre- ric verification of SIM trade and economic coopera- country should trade with heart tary of Pakistan to Indonesia cards, Computerized NaIdentity Cards tion. “Pakistan is a gateway to and empathy. He also termed were present on the occasion tional Central Asia, Afghanistan and 2013 as historical year in bilat- along with office bearers of (CNIC), birth and death regWestern China. The image of eral trade relations between the Jakarta Chamber, officials from istration and computer Ministries of Foreign Affairs training for the youth. The Pakistan portrayed by western two countries. He said by awarding Pest and KCCI Chairman of Special meeting observed that media is misleading as the general security situation is not as Free Area Recognition Certifi- Committee for Liaison with In- telecentres would create bad as portrayed by media,” he cate for Pakistan Kinnow and ternational Chambers and employment and entrepreKARACHI: Zong team members handing over relief goods for Balochistan earthquake entry through MoUs Implementation, Junaid neurship opportunities. said while addressing a sign- allowing victims to Pakistan Red Crescent Society officials. Secretary IT, Akhlaq ing ceremony held at Mercan- Tanjung Priok Port of Jakarta, Esmail Makda. President KCCI all impediments in effective Aamir Abdullah Zaki said bilat- Tarar, Chairman National Datile Club, Jakarta. Karachi Chamber of Com- implementation of IP-PTA from eral trade relations between Pa- tabase and Registration Aumerce and Industry (KCCI) and September 1, 2013 were re- kistan and Indonesia were ex- thority (NADRA), Tariq Jakarta Chamber of Commerce moved and this MoU will fur- panding rapidly as both the Malik and senior officials of and Industry (JCCI) signed a ther enhance bilateral trade. governments had been work- Universal Service Fund Memorandum of Understand- President of the KCCI, Aamir ing seriously and sincerely for (USF) also attended the meeting for mutual cooperation to Abdullah Zaki and President of implementing Preferential Trade ing to discuss implementation of telecentre project. and South Asian countries upward trend was likely to AMANULLAH KHAN enhance bilateral trade and ex- JCCI Eddy Kuntadi signed the Agreement (PTA). have displayed their prod- continue in future as well, K ARACHI —Zubair Ahmed ucts at the exhibition. enabling the two countries Malik President FPCCI AND Around 100 enterprises to cross the $15 billion figTariq Sayeed patron in chief from Pakistan are exhibiting ure earlier than expected. Tariq Sayeed, former of Pakistan China Business their goods at the fair Council left to participate in wherein Pakistan’s official President SAARC CCI said the 14th Western China In- participation is being orga- that this annual feature has helped in giving exposure ternational Fair (WCIF) and nized by FPCCI. The crowd was at- to Pakistani and South Conference opened at Chengdu at the capital city tracted to Pakistani handi- Asian products in vast of Sichuan province in cen- crafts, leather goods, furni- Market of China as a result ture, food items including of that trade between South tral China today.. Pakistan business leaders rice and spices as well as Asia countries and China will be addressing the Con- gift items” informed Mr. has been increasing with ference and represent the Pri- Zubair Ahmed Malik, Presi- rapid pace since the incepvate Sector of Pakistan at dent FPCCI, adding that tion of the event in 2002 activities oragnised on the mutual trade between Paki- which would eventually stan and China had expo- help South Asian countries side line of the 5-day Fair. ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for IT and Telecom Division Anusha Rehman chairing a meeting with USF and “More than 50 coun- nentially increased during and Pakistan to reduce their NADRA team regarding establishment of Tele Centres in rural areas. tries, including Pakistan the past decade, and this trade deficit with China.

Indonesia can benefit by enhancing economic coop with Pakistan

Pakistan business leaders participate in China fair


Shah club clinch Charsadda Inter-Club Soccer title P ESHAWA R —Shah club clinched the trophy after defeating Shabqadar club in the final of the District Charsadda Inter-Club Football Championship played at football ground of the Sports Complex on Wednesday. District Sports Officer Charsadda Jamshed Baloch was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the match the players of both the finalist teams Shah club and Shabqadar club were introduced to him. The final match was started with the slow note and soon it took momentum when Shabqadar club took the lead through Faiz Muhammad on the field attempt. The early goal lead

gave boost to Shabqadar club forwards who made some incisive rallies of attack and as a result it was in the 23rd minute when Shabqadar succeeded in doubling the lead 2-0. It was a matter on great concerned for Shah club who managed their position and soon leveled the tally through Muhammad Zafar and Iqbal Khan on the field attempt. When the tally was 2-2, both the teams raided on each other territories to get any lead but they were failed till the end of the first session play. It was the second session in which Shah Club Charsadda scored two more goals through Muhammad

Fahim and Asghar Ali on the field attempt to make the tally 4-2 while for Shabqadar club Javed Khan reduced the margin on the field attempt in the dying moments of the final, thus Shah club won the match by 4-3. At the end, the chief guest Jamshed Baloch gave away trophies and cash prizes to the winners and runners-up teams. A total of 16 teams took part in the tournament organized by District Sports Officer. In his brief chat, Jamshed Baloch appreciated Assistant Commissioner Charsadda Saif-ul-Islam for extended all out support for holding various sports activities in the district.—APP

Asif, Pakistan’s modest snooker world champ I SLAMABAD —Rising sports stars regularly spout the cliche about not letting success change them, but in the case of Mohammad Asif,Pakistan’s sole current world champion, it seems to be true. The 31-year-old was given a hero’s welcome when he returned to Pakistan after winning the amateur world snooker championship a year ago, feted by politicians and media alike, Arab News reported. Asif is only the second Pakistani to win the world title, after Mohammed Yousuf, nearly 20 years ago, but his campaign nearly ended before it began. The shy, softly spoken Asif repaid their generosity with a fairytale win, beating England’s Gary Wilson 10-8

in the final. won in 2012. Now he has his sights set “I am ready to defend my on matching the achievement title and I am confident I will win it again,” Asif said ahead of the tournament in Latvia starting on Nov. 27. Asif helped Pakistan to victory in last month’s world team championship in Ireland and he said the experience has brought him added mental steel. “The recent wins have boosted my morale and have matured my game. I have learnt how to handle the pressure, which is key in snooker,” he said. Illustrious names like Jimmy White, James Wattana and Ken Doherty are all former amateur champions, of his professional counter- with the Irishman being the part Ronnie O’Sullivan, who only player so far to have in May successfully de- held both the amateur and fended the world crown he professional crowns.—APP

15 universities teams to take part in marathon KARACHI—Some 15 student teams from 11 institutions of engineering in Pakistan will be competing in the Marathon Asia 2014. An announcement here on Wednesday said that in all 157 student teams from 16 countries across Asia and the Middle East are preparing to hit the streets of Manila, Philippines, in February 2014 to compete in the fifth annual Shell Eco-Marathon Asia. It said that the mileage competition will welcome a record number of participating teams this year, as it moves for the first time from the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Luneta Park in the heart of Manila, the Philippines. Representing Pakistan are 15 teams from the country’s top 11 engineering institutions namely: NED University of Engineering and Technology, National University of

Sciences and Technology (NUST), Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, FAST National University, Iqra University Karachi, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Sahiwal, Air University, Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The teams have been designing and building their energy-efficient vehicles for more than a year. It was further pointed out that the success is not measured by speed- it is measured by who can drive a set distance on the least amount of fuel and become the most fuel efficient team by thinking creatively about energy effi-

ciency and putting new ideas into practice. “Pakistan is honoured to be a part of this great effort to design and build energy-efficient vehicles in the face of ever growing energy demands of an expanding population and economy,” said Communications Advisor at Shell Pakistan, Natasha Qamar. With the first urban track for Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Manila, participating students can experience firsthand the energy challenges faced by true urban environments. City centres will bear the brunt of the world’s surging population- rising to 9 billion from 7 billion by 2050- as well as the energy demands that come with it. Taking the challenge to the streets of Manila will demonstrate how new technology can work in the heart of real cities.—APP

KARACHI: Member of National Assembly Asif Husnain awarding shield to captain of winning team during Play for Peace Tournament at Rashid Latif Cricket Academy.

21 teams to feature in National U-19 cricket K A R A C H I —The Inter Region/Departments Under19 Cricket tournament will explode into action at different parts of the country from Friday with 21 teams in the fray. Besides 17 regional teams and five departmental outfits drawn in four pools are taking part in the event which conclude with the final on Dec 8 as per the draws released by Pakistan Cricket Board. Cream of country’s teenage talent will be at the display in the tournament. Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL) will defend their title in the three-day event. Pool “A” matches will be played in Karachi and Larkna.Pool “B” matches at Faisalabad, Mirpur, Islamabad and Sargodha.Pool “C” matches at Islamabad, Sheikhupura, Swabi, Peshawar and Sargodha while Okara, Gujrat, Bahawalpur and Mirpur will stage group “D” matches. After group roundrobin league matches top team from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals. Two 3-day matches of the tournament will be played in Karachi from Friday. Quetta will face Dera Murad Jamali at UBL Sports Ground and Karachi Whites face Lahore Shalimar at NBP Sports Complex Ground. Following are pools: Pool “A”: Quetta, Dera Murad Jamali, Karachi Whites, Larkana, Lahore Shalimar, Hyderabad. Pool “B” : NBP, ZTBL, KRL, Port Qasim, State Bank Pool “C” : Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore Ravi, Faisalabad, Abotabad. Pool “D”: Karachi Blues, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Sialkot.—APP

Sohail Abbas signs up for Hong Kong Leauge

All Pakistan Professional Bowling C’ship

hockey at 348. “We have had a few players in the past from Britain who were posted here on work, but no one as famous as Sohail Abbas,” Dillon said. “Jamie Dwyer [Australian

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Sports Club, Hong Kong have raised the stakes in their quest to dominate hockey this season by signing up Pakistani Sohail Abbas and other international stars. Abbas, a penalty-corner wizard, arrived in Hong Kong last Sunday and will be a “massive boost for the game”, the South China Morning Post quoted a leading official Sarinder Dillon. “Sohail is the biggest name to play in Hong Kong and everyone must take this golden opportunity to see him in action,” said Dillon, chairman of the Hong Kong Hockey Association, which this year is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Abbas, whose drag-flick has become legendary, is a former Pakistan captain and an Olympian. He was a key member of the national team who won a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games, defeating Malaysia 2-0 in the final, and holds the record for the most number of goals in international

Olympian and world player of the year] has also appeared in Hong Kong but he was here for a tournament, unlike Sohail who will be here for the next couple of months.” Punjab Sports Club

convenor Amarjeet Singh said Abbas would stay until the December break. He arrived with fellow Pakistani Olympian Waseem Ahmad. Canadian Olympian Sukhwinder Singh Gabber also arrived as Punjab ramp up the pressure on the rest of the 12-team Premier League in a bid to win the silverware for the first time in the club’s short history. Another Pakistan Olympian, Mudassar Ali Khan, is expected to join the club shortly. “It is great to have Sohail Abbas and the rest of the overseas stars. While our main aim is to win the league, we believe the presence of such stars will help raise the profile of hockey in Hong Kong,” said Singh. “They will encourage youngsters to take up the game, not only in our club but among other clubs too. Abbas, 38, a defender, will turn out for the first time for his new club on Sunday when Punjab take on KCC at Happy Valley.—APP

PSB for promoting sports I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n rate, Badminton, Volleyball ciation (POA) to meet the Sports Board (PSB) is aimed at promoting and developing standards of sports in the country comparable to the standards prevailing internationally. PSB annually organizes Inter Provincial Youth Tournaments in Provinces. During the last financial year 2012-2013, the PSB organized Under-16 Girls’ tournaments including Judo, Table Tennis, Athletics and Badminton. For Under-14 Boys PSB held championships comprising Swimming, Football, Table Tennis, Athletics, Ka-

University sports session from Nov 6 P E S H AWA R —The

sports session of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Women University for the year-201314 will start from November 6 and will continue till January 30, 2014 at various venues in which players from all the affiliated colleges would participate. The decision in this connection was taken in the 5th General Body meeting of the sports committee was held with VC of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Women University Professor Dr. Farhana Jehangir in the chair. Director Sports Maria Samin, Principals and Director Physical Education (DPEs) of all affiliated colleges attended the meeting. The meeting was started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Samina Bano, Principal of Government Girls College, Jamrud, Khyber Agency, followed by a melodious Naat by Shaheen, Principal of Bacha ISLAMABAD: Children taking part in a marathon titled “Race for Survival” under the auspices of World Marathon Khan Girls College, Challenge, at Rawal Lake View Point. Peshawar.—APP

and Hockey. PSB in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) organized Prime Minister Sports Festival in June 2012 and Pakistan Inter Board Sports 2012 in collaboration with Inter Board Committee of Chairman during December 2012 here at Pakistan Sports Complex. The National Games were also organized at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad from June 28 to July 4. PSB provided Rs106.2 million to Interim Committee of Pakistan Olympic Asso-

expenses on holding the said Games. The PSB plans to hold a variety of sports events during the current financial year 2013-2014 in all over the country. For Under-16 Girls tournaments including Table Tennis, Badminton, Judo, Athletics, Taekwendo and Wushu will be held. For Under-14 Boys competitions including Badminton, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Athletics, Karate, Swimming, Hockey and Football will be held.—APP

Roshan Khan Junior Open Squash from Nov 24 K A R A C H I —The fifth edi- said all the players will be tion of Parco Roshan Khan Junior Open Squash Championship will be held at PN Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex from November 24 to 28, Sindh Association (SSA) announced on Wednesday. Secretary SSA Muhammad Amir Khan said that championship is already registered with the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) as ASF Junior Super Series event and World Squash Federation (WSF) World Junior Circuit event. “A handsome prize money of $11,000 will be at the offer in the championship,” he revealed. Amir Khan, who is also Tournament Secretary, said championship is opened to boys and girls category. Boys will take part in Under-9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 contest while girls will figure in Under-9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups. He

accomodated from draw size 16 to 128. An Organising Committee under the Chairman of Jahangir Khan has been formed. President SSA Tahir Jamil Khanzada is Tournament Director, Abdul Samad Khan is tournament coordinator and Muhammad Naseem is tournament referee. As per the rules, wearing of protective eye wear is mandatory. They must be manufactured to an appropriate standard & worn properly over the eyes at all times during play. Last date of entry is Oct 31. Entries should be sent to Secretary SSA Muhammad Amir Khan, A23, Own Heights, Sir Shah Suleman Road, Gulshan-eIqbal, Karachi. Telephone No. 021-34051412 Cell 0300 2160593. E-mail: sindh_squash@yahoo.com.— APP

bowlers including 60 girls would be taking part in All Pakistan Professional Bowling Championship being played at Arena Club from October 25 to 27. “Event will carry a lucrative purse of Rs One million,” a spokesman of Pakistan Ten Pin Bowling Federation said on Wednesday. The event will see large number of girls participants for the first time in history. International Shabbir Lashkarwala will defend his title in the 3-day event. Ejazur-Rehman, Aleem Agha and Khawaja Ahmed Mustaqeem are other prominent bowlers to offer challenge to Lashkarwala. The winner of the championship will grabs Rs 100,000, runner-up take Rs 50,000 and third position will take Rs 25,000 with other subsidiary cash prizes. Top five amateurs will also be given free entry in the professional championship. In the meantime one-day Inter Media Bowling Tournament will be held at same venue on Thursday.—APP

Taimoor to lead NBP in U-19 cricket K ARACHI —Wicket keeper/ batsman Taimoor Khan has been named to lead a 17-member NBP squad in the Inter Region /Departments Under19 Cricket Tournament starting across the country from Friday. “We got three Pakistan junior players Aftab Khan, Saud Shakeel and Rafay Ahmed in our line-up,” Head of NBP Sports Division Iqbal Qasim said while releasing the team on Wednesday. NBP squad: Taimoor Khan (Captain), Danish Aziz, Muhammad Aftab, Tabraiz Dyer, Fahad Jan Sarhandi, Ashiq Ali, Saud Shakeel, Imran Dar, Muhammad Asghar, Asif Lakhoo, Hamesh Kumar, Saeed Ahmed, Abdul Sami Brohi, Rafay Ahmed, Hasan Raza, Muhammad Ilyas and Junaid Jamshed. Officials: Ishaq Patel (Manager), Aleem Musa (chief coach), Akhtar Sarfraz (coach).—APP

Trials for National Junior Athletics team tomorrow ISLAMABAD—Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) will hold open trials for selection of National Junior Athletics Team for participation in the Second South Asian Junior Athletics Championships. The South Asian Junior Athletics Championships are scheduled to be held from November 10 to 12 at Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. The trials will be held on October 25 here at Jinnah Stadium of Pakistan Sports Complex. The athletes aging below 20 years will be participating in the trials.—APP


Tahir, Steyn rock Pakistan in second Test D UBAI —Imran Tahir an- rica - in just 36.4 overs.

back leg. The second wicket was the big one though as Tahir bowled a flighted googly to which Misbah played outside the line and was hit right in front of the middle. Misbah reviewed the decision, but there wasn’t much of a case for him. The third one was off a quicker delivery that Adnan Akmal chose to play on the back foot, but it skidded past the inside edge on to the stumps to leave Pakistan in tatters. Pakistan were reduced from 52 for 2 to 60 for 6 in a matter of minutes as Tahir found the right length on the pitch. Pakistan hopes for some resistance in the second session disappeared as soon as Saeed Ajmal was run out by a direct hit. Then, Tahir picked up two more wickets in an over - Asad Shafiq went for a slog and missed a one while M Morkel ............. 5-1-12-1 straighter Pakistan 1st innings: Mohammad Irfan missed a Khurram b Steyn ............. 0 Imran Tahir ......... 13-3-32-5 googly. Babar played a few Shan Masood b Imran .. 21 South Africa 1st innings: shots but despite a 23-run Azhar Ali lbw b Morkel 19 Petersen lbw b Zulfiqar stand for the last wicket, he Younis b Steyn .............. 10 Babar ............................... 26 didn’t stand in the way for Misbah lbw b Imran ........ 2 GC Smith not out ........... 67 Pakistan’s second sub-100 Asad Shafiq b Imran ..... 10 D Elgar ............ c Azhar Ali score in Dubai. Steyn, who Adnan Akmal b Imran .... 0 b Saeed Ajmal ................ 23 had set the tone of the day Saeed Ajmal run out ....... 0 Kallis lbw b Saeed Ajmal 7 with a perfect outswinger to Zulfiqar Babar not out .. 25 Steyn not out ................... 3 dismiss Khurram Manzoor in Irfan b Imran Tahir .......... 0 Extras: (b 1, w 1) .............. 2 his first over after being Junaid Khan b Steyn ...... 4 Total: (3 wickets) ......... 128 deemed fit in the morning, Extras: (b 5, lb 3) .............. 8 Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-91, 3- cleaned up Junaid Khan to Total: (all out) ................ 99 119 collect his third wicket of the Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-38, 3- Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W innings with a reverse52, 4-60, 5-60, 6-60, 7-64, 8- Irfan ....................... 9-0-29-0 swinging full delivery. Junaid Khan ....... 12-2-34-0 76, 9-76, 10-99 South Africa, as Smith Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Saeed Ajmal .... 18.4-4-42-2 had said at the toss, wanted DW Steyn ....... 13.4-2-38-3 Zulfiqar Babar ..... 7.2-2-7-1 to make first use of the pitch VD Philander .......... 5-2-9-0 Azhar Ali .............. 2-0-15-0 and their bowlers made sure

nounced his comeback into Test cricket with a maiden five-wicket haul that embarrassed Pakistan as they were bowled out for 99 on the first day of the second Test in Dubai. Graeme Smith then steered his team into lead towards the end of the day with an unbeaten half-century and with seven wickets in hand, South Africa have already taken the driving seat in the Test. The day belonged to Tahir, who’s last Test figures in Adelaide had read 40-1260-0. He picked up three wickets in the last ten minutes of the first session and then added two more early in the second as Pakistan collapsed to 99 - their third-lowest score against South Af-

Two of those wickets, including that of Misbah-ulHaq, came in the last over before lunch after Dale Steyn had removed Younis Khan in the penultimate one, meaning Pakistan had all but frittered away the advantage of batting first on a pitch that is expected to aid the spinners later in the Test. Tahir was introduced as early as the 12th over of the innings, but bowled too full in his first few overs. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood, who were making gradual progress, were both happy to push him straight down the ground for comfortable singles. But one such full delivery caught the inside edge of Masood’s bat and hit the stumps after hitting his

Anderson’s maiden ton hands NZ advantage M IRPUR —Corey Anderson scored his maiden Test century with a calculated dominance of the Bangladesh attack. His 116 led the way for New Zealand as they ended the third day of the second Test on 419 for 8 with a lead of 137. Shakib Al Hasan’s fivewicket haul was the only solace for Bangladesh, who also had to endure a late, 84-run ninth-wicket partnership between BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi. On a pitch that is offering more turn every day, the stand further dented the confidence of the Bangladesh bowlers. Watling was unbeaten on 59 and Sodhi on 53, the legspinner’s maiden Test fifty. Bangladesh had a good start to the day, picking one of the two wickets they had sought desperately on the second day. New Zealand had added 20 runs in 3.3 overs before Ross Taylor edged Shakib to first slip for 53 off 79 balls. Williamson was the other wicket that the hosts wanted but they didn’t get the batsman for another couple of hours. While they focused on dismissing New Zealand’s No. 3, Bangladesh were blindsided by Anderson, who had made his debut in the first Test in Chittagong. Anderson made a quiet start, scoring just one run off his first 12 deliveries, but broke free with a four through longon off Sohag Gazi. He swiftly hit a few more fours before swinging a six off Shakib and brought up his fifty off 72 balls. At lunch, New Zealand were 51 runs behind, but Anderson had moved to 75 and Williamson was on 56.

Bangladesh first innings: ....................... 2 8 2 New Zealand first innings (overnight 107-3) P. Fulton lbw b Shakib .. 14 Rutherford b Shakib ..... 13 Williamson c Tamim b Razzak .......................... 62 Taylor c Nasir b Shakib 53 B. McCullum c Rubel b Shakib .......................... 11 Anderson c Gazi b Al-Amin ..................... 116 B.J. Watling not out ...... 59 Bracewell b Shakib ........ 17

MIRPUR: Corey Anderson of New Zealand exults after reaching his century against Bangladesh in 2nd Test. The pair ensured New Anderson playing and missZealand also maintained a ing for too long, and eventugood run-rate of 3.72. The first ally the batsman would hit out session saw New Zealand with a four. Predictably, he score 124 runs for the loss of played spin more than pace one wicket and, with the threat but dominated Shakib, Gazi of rain and a spinning track, it and Abdur Razzak. Against marked a shift in the momen- Rubel Hossain, who tested him on a few occasions from tum of the game. Thirty-odd minutes after around the wicket, Anderson the break, Anderson reached struck five boundaries. At the other end, his hundred with a glide through midwicket off Gazi. It Williamson steadily brought was an assertive innings - up his third successive fifty Bangladesh couldn’t get in the series with a four down the ground off Al-Amin Hossain. Williamson had a reprieve on 58 when Wagner b Nasir ............... 8 Mushfiqur dropped a chance I. Sodhi not out ............. 55 off Gazi, but fortunately for Extras: (b4, lb4, wb2, nb1) 11 Bangladesh, it didn’t cost Total: (for 8 wickets) ... 419 them too much as the batsFall of wickets: 1-31, 2-32, 3- man was out for 62. 101, 4-127, 5-267, 6-287, 7Razzak broke the 140-run 318, 8-335 stand as Williamson miscued Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W and holed out to Tamim Iqbal Al-Amim ............. 16-3-58-1 at deep mid-wicket. Seven Sohag Gazi ......... 34-8-77-0 overs later, Al-Amin had Shakib ............... 40-13-97-5 Anderson caught in the covRazzak ................. 19-1-84-1 ers for his first Test wicket. Rubel ................... 18-1-81-0 Anderson scored 116 off 173 Nasir ........................ 3-1-7-1 Mominul ................. 3-0-7-0 balls with 13 fours and a couple of sixes.—AFP

they were in to bat midway in the second session. Pakistan took to the field desperately seeking wickets, and they used both their reviews early in the innings once when Irfan hit Graeme Smith on the pads and the next time when the slip cordon was convinced Petersen had gloved one to the keeper - but both were turned down. Pakistan eventually struck through Zulfiqar Babar, who beat Petersen with an arm-ball and trapped him in front in his first over. Petersen belatedly asked for a review, but that call became the sixth review on the day to be turned down. Run-making had remained difficult throughout the day with two quality bowling attacks in operation and a slow outfield, but Smith and Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla’s replacement in the XI, added 54 runs for the second wicket, helping the team inch towards Pakistan’s total. The home team were slightly set back in their attack as Babar split his webbing and had to leave the field for almost an hour. Saeed Ajmal, though, was deriving enough turn from the pitch to trouble the batsmen regularly. He was rewarded with the wickets of Elgar and Jacques Kallis in the last hour. Smith went past his 38th Test half-century, but with four days and a lot of spin bowling to be negotiated, South Africa would do well to ward off any thoughts of complacency by keeping an eye on the scorecard of the previous Test at this venue.—AFP DUBAI: Imran Tahir celebrates the wicket of Shan Masood during Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd Test on Wednesday.

Rugby: Uncapped trio in Ireland squad D UBLIN —Joe Schmidt named three uncapped players in his first squad since becoming Ireland coach when he unveiled a 34-man party on Wednesday for next month’s Tests at home to Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. Leinster’s Dace Kearney and Jack McGrath were called up alongside Munster’s James Coughlan with the likes of Stephen Ferris, Richardt Strauss, Tommy O’Donnell, Jordi Murphy and Simon Zebo joined on the injured list last weekend by Donnacha Ryan (knee) and Iain Henderson (toe). As expected, veteran centre Brian O’Driscoll, in what the star midfielder has indicated will be his final season before retirement, was included. So too was Jonathan Sexton, with the Paris-based Racing Metro fly-half — one of the heroes of this year’s British and Irish Lions series win in Australia — the only player at an overseas club in the squad. For Schimdt, who guided Irish province Leinster to two European Cup triumphs before succeeding Declan Kidney as Ireland coach, the matches will give him his first chance to assess the strength of the national squad in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup in England.—AFP

McIlroy finishes Agony for Gunners as second at Korea Open Lewandowski scores late winner with late surge L

O N D O N — R o b e r t Lewandowski ruined Arsene Wenger ’s birthday as the Borussia Dortmund striker’s late goal clinched a 2-1 win against Arsenal in the Champions League. Arsenal manager Wenger turned 64 on the day of the game but Lewandowski played the party pooper as he netted a 82nd-minute winner at the Emirates Stadium to shatter Arsenal’s 100 percent record in Group F and end their 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The Gunners trailed to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s early strike, but France striker Olivier Giroud equalised before half-time. However, Poland’s Lewandowski had the final word with a typically predatory finish that underlined why he is one of the most coveted strikers in the world. Dortmund’s win lifted them level with Arsenal and Napoli on six points in a threeway tie at the top of the group heading into their return meeting with the Premier League leaders on November 6. “Dortmund were well organised to stop us from playing and we were not as good as we can be offensively,” Wenger said. “Some of our players were not as fresh physically as they have been. “We put ourselves on

Amir could get good news in January: Sethi LAHORE—Pakistan’s cricket Council (ICC) said Saturday acting chairman said Wednesday he was optimistic the game’s governing body would relax the fiveyear ban imposed on young paceman Mohammad Amir for spot-fixing. Amir, now 21, was banned along with teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for deliberately bowling no-balls in return for the promise of money during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England. All three players also served jail terms in Britain on charges of violating the Gambling Act. The International Cricket

that Amir ’s case would be reviewed after a revised anticorruption code was adopted. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in July had asked the ICC to relax the conditions of Amir’s ban to let him train atthe national academy and play first-class matches. The ICC will review the new code at a meeting in January and PCB chairman Najam Sethi said he was optimistic for Amir. “We hope good news will come in January,” Sethi told reporters at Lahore airport on his return from the ICC meeting.—AFP

the back foot with the first goal and were a bit naive with the second. “We have to look at ourselves for not being mature enough in situations like that. If you can’t win the game you shouldn’t lose it.” Back in London for the first time since last season’s painful Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp’s classy side seized control in the early stages with some fluid passing and a high-tempo pressing game

that stopped Arsenal establishing any rhythm. Dortmund winger Marco Reus went close to opening the scoring with a dipping strike that fizzed just wide from the edge of the area. With Mathieu Flamini sidelined due to a concussion sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Norwich, Wenger had recalled Aaron Ramsey, but the Welsh midfielder’s first significant contribution completely unhinged his team.—AFP

SEOUL—Former world number one Rory McIlroy made a belated charge to finish tied second at the Kolon Korean Open. The two-time major champ shot a four-under 67 at the $1 million OneAsia event, held on the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, south of Seoul. He put together his best round of the tournament with four birdies, one eagle and one bogey.—AFP

LONDON: France striker Olivier Giroud scores from close range in the Champions League.

Staying in Sachin’s heart is the top award, says fine artist Prafful Sawant BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Prafful Sawant, the 35-year-old Nasik-based artist was scheduled to take part in a painting seminar to be held in Pennsylvania, USA early next month, but had to cancel his trip because he has been assigned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to prepare a farewell painting art to be gifted to Sachin Tendulkar. Speaking from Nasik, he says, “It is going to be a

turning point in my life. I have never met Sachin but to prepare a special art-gift for him is the biggest achievement in my life”. “My interest in cricket is very limited. I have sent the few images to Sachin’s house yesterday but none of them is related to the game”, he says, adding, “the paniting assignment for Sachin Tendulkar will bring glory in my life”. “My whole family is in this business with father Bhimraj and brother Rajesh also the fine artists”. “My painting images sent to Sachin relate to the

historic monuments and I will be travelling to Mumbai to meet Sachin in a day or two. Once the discussions with Sachin are over and the art work is finalized with him, I shall prepare the best gift for him. It will take about a week or so to give final touch to the pairing”, he added. The artist has won as many as 17 international awards in the US, Germany and Australia. “Getting opportunity to prepare farewell gift for Sachin and to stay in his heart will be on top of these awards”, he signed off.


Rising drug resistance threatens global progress against TB

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HE number of people infected with tu berculosis (TB) or dying from it fell in 2012, but global progress on controlling the contagious lung disease is at risk from growing drug resistance. In its annual TB report, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on track to meet U.N. goals for 2015 of reversing TB incidence and cutting the death rate by 50 percent compared to 1990. Yet around 3 million people with TB are being missed by health systems, and “superbug” drug-resistant strains of the bacterial infection are putting progress at risk. “Far too many people are still missing out on care and are suffering as a result,” Mario Raviglione, the WHO’s director of the Global TB Program, told reporters in London. “And still the death toll from TB - a disease that is preventable and curable - is far too high,” he said. TB is often seen as a disease of the past, but the emergence over the past decade of strains that cannot be treated with existing drugs has turned it into one of the world’s most pressing health problems. Of all infectious diseases, only the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS kills more people than TB. In 2012, an estimated 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease, including 320,000 deaths among HIVpositive people, according to Wednesday’s WHO report, down from 8.7 million cases and 1.4 million deaths in 2011. The WHO says $7-

8 billion a year is needed for a full response to the global TB epidemic by 2015, and there is a funding shortfall of some $2 billion a year. Raviglione said insufficient resources for TB were the biggest hurdle to further progress, but welcomed advances in the development of rapid diagnostic tools that allow patients to be quickly tested for drug-resistant TB strains. He also praised success in the development of potential drugs and vaccines to combat TB, noting that 10 new or re-purposed anti-TB drugs are now in clinical trials. Still, on the frontline in poorer countries, many TB programs lack the capacity to find and care for people in hard-to-reach groups - such as the homeless and marginalized, who often live outside any formal or state health system. Weak links in what health experts call the “TB chain” -connecting proper detection and diagnoses to quality treatment and care - lead to people in these groups being missed. The WHO estimates that 75 percent of the 3 million missed TB cases are in just 12 countries, with South Africa, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan among them. On the issue of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), the WHO report said the problem was not only that the links in the chain were weak, but that links were not even there. The UN health agency estimates that 450,000 people fell ill with MDR-TB in 2012 alone, with China, India and Russia worst affected, followed by another 24 other countries.

Chairperson PPP (SB) Ghanwa Bhutto and others offering fateha for the rest of soul of Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her second death anniversary.

Nusrat Bhutto’s death anniversary STAFF REPORTER

Hakim Said wanted a positive change in society

KARACHI—The second death

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anniversary of Madr-eJamhooriat, Begun Nusrat Bhutto was observed on Wednesday here at Seventy Clifton, residence of former PM Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Fateha was offered for Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Shaheed Comrade Shahnawaz Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Chairperson, Pakistan Peoples Party (Shaheed Bhutto) Ms Ghinwa Bhutto, senior leaders of the party Saleem Bozdar, Haji Muhammad Ibrahim Jokhio and Azeem-un-Nabi, and a senior labour leader Khawaja Ahsan Tarani besides number of PPP(SB) workers attended the ceremony.

KARACHI—A function in the memory of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said on the occasion of his martyrdom day, comprised recitation of holy verses, Na’at, poetic homage, speeches, tableau and dua-i-Said, was held on the theme: “Children of Pakistan — Pride of Shaheed-iPakistan’ , under the auspices of Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi chapter at a local hotel. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan said that Hakim Said, because of his farsightedness, from the very beginning, had observed this fact that without the proper education, cultivation and training of its children – the future of the country, Pakistan could

not be able to become a prosperous, secure and developed country, that’s why he had taken practical measures to counter illiteracy by building educational institutions, including Hamdard Village School for the free education of village children. Chief guest and social worker, Shamim Kazmi while addressing the gathering of children said that Hakim Said wanted a positive change in our society and to achieve this purpose he started his work from children as he knew that children were the future of Pakistan and could bring the required change if they were adequately trained and educated. Hakim Mohammed Usman, said Hakim Said was a reformer so that he looked at the future of Pakistan – the children.

Senior Minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhru and Chief Secretary Mohammad Ejaz Chaudhry presiding over a meeting on Education Sector Reforms.

KESC lambastes Sher Ali’s statements STAFF REPORTER

Civil society’s assistance for education reforms KARACHI—Sindh Minister for Walfield (USIAD), Dr Suleman strengthened as well as the ComSheikh (SZABIST), Abdul pulsory Education Act has been

Nisar Ahmed Khuhru, KARACHI—Karachi Electric Education, has asked the civil society to help Haque (Zindagi Trust), Ms. passed while its mechanism is Supply Company (KESC) had Wednesday it would vehemently refuted the baseless charges by Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali. It had been complying with the Power Purchase Agreement with the NTDC, and had not been causing any loss to WAPDA as incorrectly claimed by Minister. In a statement issued here, the KESC demanded of the government to take notice of Minister’s misstatement, which could hamper the future privatization process of power distribution companies in the country. The State Minister seemed to be unaware of this development and his criticism could work against the interests of the government, which planned to privatize the state-run power companies in near future. It said that any unilateral action to disconnect the NTDC power supply to Karachi was not permissible under the bilateral Power Purchase Agreement signed between the NTDC and the KESC in 2010, for a period of 5 years. KESC had strictly been receiving 650-MW as per terms and conditions of the Agreement. Therefore, any such charges of violating the agreement were inaccurate and against records. The KESC said that the irresponsible remarks from the Minister that the power utility had been “choking the whole country” were nothing but to secure media attention. He had no right to blame KESC for WAPDA operating diesel-run power plants and it does not make sense to make such analogies between one company and national grid. The KESC also contradicted Minister’s claim of not operating its thermal generation plants and pointed out that these plants had been operating as per requirements and availability of fuel.

the Government in educational reform task so that fruitful results may be achieved. He said this while addressing the participant of a meeting regarding education reforms programme. The meeting was jointly presided by him and Sindh Chief Secretary, Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry. The Chief Secretary in his remarks emphasised upon punctuality and enhancement of enrolment in the educational institutions including those located in far flung areas so that literacy rate could improve sufficiently. He noted that programme for establishment of a tribunal for relevant cases of Education Department is underway in accordance with the legal procedure. The Secretary Education, Dr Fazal ullah Pechuho, apprised the meeting that revamping of educational managements is the fundamental need of the time. The delegates of international NGOs also spoke namely Ranely

Karachi falls in seismic zone: Commissioner K A R A C H I —Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Wednesday said all inhabitants of the metropolis as well as concerned civic agencies are yet to adequately realise that Karachi falls in a seismic zone. Chairing a meeting in his office to review measures required for mandatory adoption of earthquake proof infrastructural development schemes, with specific reference to residential, commercial buildings and road network, he regretted that people generally appeared to be indifferent towards their city’s earthquake prone location.—APP

Maliha A Kabani (Save the Children), Ms. Andro Shilakadre (UNICEF), Siddique Sheikh (FPCCI), Ms. Huma Mirza (Canadian Programme Support Unit) Dr Neelofar Javaid (DFID), Ms Baela Raza Jamil (ITA), Camille R. Baudot (First Secretary Canadian High Commission) and Martin Thomas (NDIE). Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddqui informed that in association with Education Department all bottlenecks are being removed in Karachi Division. Commissioner of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas Kamal Mustafa Shah and Ghulam Mustafa Phul also assured of extending their cooperation to this effect. After discussions, the Chief Secretary pointed out that the programme of “Adopt a school system”, School Consolidation Programme” and “Public Private Partnership Scheme” are being

underway for effective implementation. He also maintained that two thousand education supervisors are already preforming their duties. It was decided in the meeting that the Directors of Schools should submit the Assessment Report of District Education Officers, ADEOs and supervisors, while the promotion of AEDOs/ supervisors would be considered through community participation. The assessment report has been required within 20 days. The Directors were also advised to ensure disciplinary action against those unqualified on the basis of their demeritorious activities. In his concluding remarks, Nisar Khuhro emphasised upon strengthening confidence among the employees of Education Department. He said that lack of confidence must be redressed for smooth functioning of the Department.—APP

Bilawal salutes anti-polio volunteers STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian has saluted the anti-polio workers across Pakistan for carrying out nation’s campaign for eradication of polio to ensure physically fit and handicap-free generations in future. On the occasion of World Polio Day, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said some of the polio drive workers are performing in very difficult conditions created by some misguided elements but their commitment and valour

will always be appreciated by PPP. ‘My mother Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto launched anti-polio programme in Pakistan in 1994. As a mother, she was more concerned about the nation’s kids falling into handicapped lives due to non-vaccination,’ he added. PPP leader said People’s governments had always fought war against the polio and during the last government his sister Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was appointed as Nation’s Ambassador for anti-polio campaign as she is the child who was administrated the anti-polio vaccine.

International Teacher Training Conference

Commemoration of leading teachers STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —SPELT com-

Chief guest and social worker, Shamim Kazmi addressing at Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi Chapter at a local hotel. Sadia Rashid, President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan is also present.

memorates these 29 years of Leading Teachers Forward in collaboration with Habib Public School and the Oxford University Press starting Friday (today) at the Habib Public School, M. T. Khan Road, Karachi. The theme of the current 3-day event is “Surfing the ELT wave: new ways for a new generation” ELT Professionals and experts from across the globe and Pakistan are presenting and participating in this conference. The Key Note Address on the very interesting topic of “Best Practices in ELT: 10 Traits of a Highly Effective Teacher” is to be delivered by the renowned

educationist, Dr. Christine A. Coombe of Dubai Men’s College, Dubai, UAE at the inaugural session. A wide array of topics such as “English Teaching for the 21st Century,” “Teaching Language in Context through Literature,” “Strategies for Teaching English Abroad,” “Are we Professionals: What is our Code of Conduct,” “Language Policies and the Politics of Linguistic Choices in Pakistan,”“No More Boring Texts,” “Walky Talky Words” and others will be covered. The SPELT 29th Conference once again promises to feature some exciting sessions and touches upon key areas of professional development of teachers in the vital field of English language

teaching. The conference also includes symposiums on Leadership and Professional Development, Vocabulary, Creative Writing, and Research in ELT. There are book launches and signature sessions by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press. An interesting feature recently added to the conference are webinars which will be conducted by overseas experts from different universities and organizations including Vanderbalt University, University of Kuala Lumpur, Urban Planet, Andover Bread Loaf and Bread Loaf Teachers Network. For the past seven years the SPELT conference has also included an Urdu Strand that deals with innovative strategies of teaching Urdu at the

grassroots level. Scholars and luminaries such as Naomi Migliacci, Zakia Nasir, Dr. IshratSuri, Rukhsana Zia, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Richard Gorham, Linda Ragsdale, Brian A. Oliver Smith, John Eylas, Abbas Hussain, Judy Findlay, Dr. Cathy Ganske, Candie Moonshower, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Saulat Majid, Prof. Zakia Sarwar, Dr. Rauf Parekh, Fatima Shahabuddin and Dr. Arfa Syeda Zehra is presenting and conducting the plenary sessions. Over 1000 teachers from schools, colleges, universities, other academic institutions, educators, journalists and business professionals are expected to attend.

Munawar criticises Govt’s policies STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI—Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Syed Munawar Hasan said that the country was going towards destruction by the current policies of the government, adding that someone else was preparing the agenda of the present government He expressed these views while addressing a condolence reference, held at Idara-e- Noore Haq Tuesday in memory of late Shamim Ahmed, JI veteran worker and organizer of Idara-eTameer-e-Adab, Pakistan. JI Sindh Chief Dr Mairaj-ulHuda Siddiqui, JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Engr Naeem-ur-Rehman, former JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, prominent scholars and columnists Dr Moinuddin Aqeel, Azeem Sarwar, Saeed Usmani, President Idara-e-Tameer-eAdab Muzaffar Ahmed Hashmi, Secretary General Hakim Mujahid Mehmood Barkati and others also spoke on the occasion. JI General Secretary Karachi Naseem Siddiqui and others JI leaders were also present on the occasion.

BSEK form submission date STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced Wednesday extension in date for the submission of supplementary examinations form for the year 2013. The BSEK Controller of Examinations Nauman Ahsan had in this regard advised the candidates wishful to enroll them for the supplementary examinations-2013 to submit their forms along with late fee surcharge at the BSEK main office on Friday Oct 25 and Sat Oct 26. The BSEK sections concerned would remain open to facilitate the candidates, that could not submit their form on previous dates for any reason, the Controller adding that the supplementary examinations2013 would be starting from Nov 4, 2013 and hence, of forms would be acceptable.


Rising drug resistance threatens global progress against TB

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HE number of people infected with tu berculosis (TB) or dying from it fell in 2012, but global progress on controlling the contagious lung disease is at risk from growing drug resistance. In its annual TB report, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on track to meet U.N. goals for 2015 of reversing TB incidence and cutting the death rate by 50 percent compared to 1990. Yet around 3 million people with TB are being missed by health systems, and “superbug” drug-resistant strains of the bacterial infection are putting progress at risk. “Far too many people are still missing out on care and are suffering as a result,” Mario Raviglione, the WHO’s director of the Global TB Program, told reporters in London. “And still the death toll from TB - a disease that is preventable and curable - is far too high,” he said. TB is often seen as a disease of the past, but the emergence over the past decade of strains that cannot be treated with existing drugs has turned it into one of the world’s most pressing health problems. Of all infectious diseases, only the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS kills more people than TB. In 2012, an estimated 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease, including 320,000 deaths among HIVpositive people, according to Wednesday’s WHO report, down from 8.7 million cases and 1.4 million deaths in 2011. The WHO says $7-

8 billion a year is needed for a full response to the global TB epidemic by 2015, and there is a funding shortfall of some $2 billion a year. Raviglione said insufficient resources for TB were the biggest hurdle to further progress, but welcomed advances in the development of rapid diagnostic tools that allow patients to be quickly tested for drug-resistant TB strains. He also praised success in the development of potential drugs and vaccines to combat TB, noting that 10 new or re-purposed anti-TB drugs are now in clinical trials. Still, on the frontline in poorer countries, many TB programs lack the capacity to find and care for people in hard-to-reach groups - such as the homeless and marginalized, who often live outside any formal or state health system. Weak links in what health experts call the “TB chain” -connecting proper detection and diagnoses to quality treatment and care - lead to people in these groups being missed. The WHO estimates that 75 percent of the 3 million missed TB cases are in just 12 countries, with South Africa, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan among them. On the issue of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), the WHO report said the problem was not only that the links in the chain were weak, but that links were not even there. The UN health agency estimates that 450,000 people fell ill with MDR-TB in 2012 alone, with China, India and Russia worst affected, followed by another 24 other countries.

Fateha Khwani was held at the residence of Samina Khalid Ghurki on the occasion of second death anniversary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto.

Call for focusing on prevention of diseases STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu has said that developed countries are specially focusing on prevention of diseases as without controlling the diseases, the burden of expenditures on treatment cannot be reduced. He said this while talking to the mediamen at his residence who called on him here today. The Minister said that if the spread of diseases was not controlled the ever increasing expenditures on treatment cannot be reduced. He said that there is a need to promote awareness

among the masses against diseases so that people can save themselves by adopting preventive measures. He said that media is playing very effective role in creating awareness which should be further enhanced. Khalil Tahir said that people can prevent themselves and their children from numerous diseases like cholera, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea just by only washing hands before taking meals and after using toilet. He said that it is our vicarious responsibility to control the diseases through promoting awareness because without eradi-

cation of diseases, a healthy society cannot be emerged. The Minister said that every year government is allocating billions of rupees for providing treatment facilities to the people besides free vaccination against ten diseases of children including measles, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis etc. but due to lack of awareness a number of people cannot benefit from these facilities and their children become victims of fatal diseases. Khalil Tahir Sindhu said that only prevention and precautionary measures can save from the diseases like polio, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

Students of a local school holding placards during a ceremony in connection with the United Nations Day.

Death anniversary of Nusrat Bhutto LAHORE—The second death anniversary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto, former chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and wife of former PM Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the mother of former PM Benazir Bhuitto, was observed on Wednesday. The day started with Quran Khawani on her shrine at Garhi Khuda Bux and also in other cities of four provinces. PPP leaders and Parliamentarians visited mausoleum of Begum Nusrat Bhutto to offer prayers and laid floral wreaths on her grave. PPP had also organised various programmes across the country including AJK and GilgitBaltistan (GB) to mark the Day.Begum Nusrat Bhutto was born in 1929 in Isfahan, Iran. Before migrating to Pakistan, she was educated at the University of Isfahan where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Humanities in 1950. Begum Nusrat Bhutto rose to political prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when she led protests and demonstrations against military dictatorships and the nation lovingly started calling her ‘Madar-e-Millat.’She served two terms as a Member of the National Assembly from constituency of Larkana, Sindh. PPP leader Naveed Chaudhry reminiscing Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s contribution said that she was the one who laid foundation of the PPP women wing, she always lived with the party workers and won the hearts and minds of not only her own party men but received laurels from even the adversaries. Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah said that Nusrat Bhutto gave unforgettable sacrifices for cause of democracy in country. She not only lost her husband Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged and then her sons Shahnawaz Bhutto and Mir Murtaza Bhutto were murdered making her life a full tragedy, he said. —INP

101 new colleges constructed SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said that financial grant is being provided for up-gradation of higher education. He said that 101 new colleges were constructed while missing facilities were provided to 96 colleges during the last five years. He told that establishment of 82 new colleges has been planned while missing facilities will be provided in 68 colleges with a cost of Rs 1470 million. He told that funds to the tune of Rs 175 million have been allocated for different projects of commerce colleges in the province while Rs 266 million have been allocated for establishment of new universities. He said that new women universities are being established in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad for enhancing ratio of higher education among women While briefing to various delegations of the PML-N workers

LAHORE—The fourth “International Livestock Nutrition Conference” started at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore on Wednesday. Planning and Development Board Punjab Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi formally inaugurated the conference which has been arranged by the UVAS in collaboration with the Nutritionists Association of Pakistan. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development Punjab Dr Sajid Yoousfani, Nutritionists Association of Pakistan President Dr Mussaddiq Asif and Nestle Pakistan President Syed Yawar

Ali were also present. Presenting the welcome address, the Vice-Chacellor said that the conference comprises total eight sessions including five technical sessions on dairy nutrition, feed resources and manufacturing technology, beef nutrition, buffalo nutrition and nutrition of small ruminants. He said that 122 papers were received, 29 papers have been selected for oral presentation in the technical sessions whereas 70 papers will be displayed at the poster exhibition. He said that livestock sector plays an important role in the rural economy by supplementing family income and generating gainful employment in the rural population, particularly among the landless, small and marginal farmers and women.

Prof Pasha stressed on improving per unit animal productivity and moving from subsistence to market-oriented and the commercial livestock farming to meet the domestic demand and the surplus for the export. He said that it is need of hour to use livestock sector as an engine for economic growth and food security leading to rural population empowerment and socio-economic development. The Vice-Chancellor said that a two-tiered action plan is required: to develop systems, which provide profitability for the smallholder and maintain quality through the supply chain, while assisting the development of larger scale commercial farms. “Positioning smallholder livestock development as an in-

strument to rural poverty reduction and improved food security and nutrition,” he added. Being Flagship University in these disciplines, the UVAS has fully realized the needs of the sectors and initiated degree programs, trainings, research projects, technology centers and services to meet the challenges of growing industries, farming communities and stake holders. P&D Board Punjab Chairman Irfan Elahi said that the government is taking initiatives to boost national economy through strengthening existing livestock health and productivity, milk and meat processing and marketing. “We need not only to produce high quality professionals in every discipline but also to adopt modern methodologies

has finished all reserve seats of self-finance in professional colleges and only talented students are getting admission on merit. He said that talented girl and boy students are being given laptops while the male and female students obtaining first position in all the boards are sent abroad on tour to the prestigious universities of the world. The Finance Minister said that Punjab Educational Endowment Fund has been set up for providing scholarships to poor but talented students to enable them continue their studies. He said that students are studying at LUMS and FAST as the government had given scholarships first time in the history of the province. He said that foundation of a revolution in education sector has been laid through setting up of IT Labs in schools of the province while poorest of the poor students will also avail modern education facilities through the project of Danish School, he concluded.

Ban on unregistered Muharram processions SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Environment Protection and Chairman Police Reforms Committee Col (R) Shuja Khanzada has said that Punjab government has enforced the decision of ban on unregistered mourning processions during Moharram-ulHarram due to security reasons. He said that all Ulema who will address the mourning pro-

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regarding education sector, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that IT labs had been set up in more than 5000 high schools and 515 middle schools during last five years. He said that scholarships of 12 billion rupees are being provided to more than 50 thousand students within the country and abroad from Endowment fund. He said that more than 75 thousand teachers had been recruited on merit in a transparent manner for removing shortage of school teachers throughout the province. He said that modern science lab have been established in one thousand high schools of the province at a cost of one billion rupees. He said that government is implementing a comprehensive strategy for imparting modern education to the students and Rs. 244 billion will be spent on education sector during the current fiscal year which is 26 percent of the total budget of the province. Mian Mujtaba Shujaur-Rehman said that government

and techniques to keep pace with the scientific developments,” he said. Secretary Livestock Dr Sajid Yoousfani said that low productivity of animals was the major problem of livestock sector, which needs to be addressed by the on priority basis. He hoped that the conference will make fruitful recommendations for the solution of field problems. Dr Mussaddiq Asif and Syed Yawar Ali also spoke on the occasion. Later in three technical sessions, local and foreign experts spoke about various aspects of nutrition for efficient livestock productivity, dairy nutrition and feed resources and manufacturing technology. The conference will continue today.

cessions should be licensed by the government and they must have to avoid use of objectionable material in their speeches. The Minister said that according to the directions of the Chief Minister Punjab, foolproof security arrangements will be made for peaceful Muharram-ul-Haram. In this connection, coordination committees have been formulated who will monitor and assure the security arrangements. Shuja Khanzada has said that use of loud speakers during processions, posters and wall chalking containing material and display of fire arms

have been banned. Strict action will be taken against them who will violate the code of conduct. The Minister said that he along with Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Home Secretary Punjab and Inspector General Police Punjab is going to south Punjab to review the security arrangements regarding Muharram-ul-Haram. During this visit, they will go to Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghaz\i Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur where they will not only meet religious scholars but also take briefing on security arrangements from Divisional Coordination Committee.

Dr Saqib to lecture at Oxford & Cambridge MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib, founder and Executive Director of Akhuwat, has been invited to deliver lectures on Akhuwat’s model of poverty alleviation in world-renowned universities in the UK, including Oxford University, Kings College, Manchester University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Cambridge University amongst others. Akhuwat, the world’s largest interest free micro finance program, has gained international recognition for its unique model of poverty alleviation which is successfully being implemented by the people of Pakistan. Today, the Akhuwat model is being taught in various universities all over the world including Harvard University, USA. Dr Saqib will be in the UK till 29th October where in addition to lectures at universities, he will deliver lectures at various forums organized by members of the civil society. Groups, eager to spread the message of Akhuwat to more people, have already laid foundations for local chapters of ‘Friends of Akhuwat’ in different cities across UK. Last year, Dr. Saqib was invited to prestigious universities in the US, including Havard University, to discuss the Akhuwat has disbursed loans worth Rs 5.3 billion to over 350, 000 poor families in Pakistan.

Employees of All Punjab Male Nursing Department hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Press Club.

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