Samjhauta ECP to act against MPs Zardari conveys concern over Express engine holding dual-nationality anti-Islam movie to Clinton catches fire Proceedings against Malik also to be initiated NEW YORK—President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday conveyed Pakistani government’s concerns over the controversial
Draft letter for Swiss officials to be presented in SC today President to address UNGA today
I S L A M A B A D —Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira says Law Minister Farooq H. Naek will present a draft letter to be addressed to the Swiss authorities in Supreme Courton NEW YORK—President Asif Tuesday. Ali Zardari has reached New Talking to newsmen in York to attend the 67th session Islamabad he said amendment of the United Nations General can be made in the draft on SuAssembly. The president will preme Court’s order. address the 193-member He said we are writing a letUNGA today (Tuesday). Continued on Page 7 During his four-day visit, President Zardari will hold meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chinese Foreign Continued on Page 7
Mukhtar’s brother joins PML-N SALIM AHMED
Today’s issue of Pakistan Observer carries a 2-Page Special Report on ‘82nd National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ on Pages 14 and 15.
LAHORE—Former Chairman PIA, Ch. Ahmed Saeed, who is brother of Federal Minister for Water and Power, Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar called on President Pakistan Muslim League-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here Monday. During the meeting, ex-
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700,000 affected in Balochistan flash floods STAFF REPORTER QUETTA —Flash floods triggered by record rains in Balochistan have affected around 700,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, officials said Monday. At least 51 people have died across the impoverished province of Balochistan and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday declared three districts as calamity-hit areas. He announced assis-
tance worth 2,600 million rupees for relief and rehabilitation work in the province where a torrential monsoon spell this month smashed a 30-year record, they said. Heavy rains lashed the province for 32 hours on September 11 and the meteorological department recorded 432 millimetres of rain, head of the provincial disaster management authority Akbar Durrani told newsmwn. Officials released the fig-
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ANF probing without fear, favour DG highlights organisation’s role ASHRAF ANSARI RAWALPINDI—Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) are engaged in investigating the Ephedrine case in the framework of directive of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and as dictated by law. Several arrests have been made including the accused owners of involved factories but
the final challan will be submitted to the court after completion of investigation. Director General, ANF, Major General Malik Zafar Iqbal told Pakistan Observer that his organization are investigating the case in a fair manner without fear or favour. However he was not ready to divulge cur-
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Drone strike Bilour’s kills 5 in NWA statement was M IRALI—The US drone hit killed at least five people on Monday in Mirali area of North Waziristan Agency. According to the security officials, at least five persons were killed when a US drone fired two missiles targeting a Continued on Page 7
personal: FO SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—The Foreign Office spokesperson said on Monday that announcement made by Minister for Railways Ghulam
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bound Samjhauta Express engine STAFF REPORTER caught fire near Mughalpura staI SLAMABAD —The Election anti-Islam movie to US Secre- sidelines of 67th session of Gen- sues, regional and international tion here on Monday. According to Railway DSP, Commission of Pakistan (ECP) tary of State Hillary Clinton, eral Assembly of the United situation wasdiscussed in the Javed Anwar, there were alto- on Monday decided initiate leThe meeting between the Nation.. meeting. Continued on Page 7 gal action against 12 lawmaktwo leaders, was held on the Whole range of bilateral isContinued on Page 7
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All major rivers flowing normal
Archaeological sites to be preserved thru planning
I SLAMABAD —The Federal
Flood Commission (FFC) on Monday said that all main rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej are flowing normal. According to daily FFC report, the reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela Dam has attained its Maximum Conservation Level of 1550.00 feet since September 12, 2012, whereas Mangla Dam is at elevation of 1206.25 feet, which is 35.75 feet below its Maximum Conservation Level of 1242.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs is 11.546 MAF as compared to last year’s 11.962 MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, weak Seasonal Low continues to prevail over Northeastern Balochistan. As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, mainly dry weather is likely to prevail over most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However, isolated thunderstorm/ rain may occur over Kashmir, Gilgit- Baltistan and upper catchments of Rivers Indus and Jhelum during the same period. No significant rainfall event has been reported by FFD, Lahore during the past 24 hours. The position of rivers inflow/outflow and the reservoirs level on Monday was as follows: Rivers Inflows Outflows Remarks (In Cusecs) (In Cusecs) Indus at Tarbela 71000 70500 Mean flows of 24 hours Kabul At Nowshera 24700 24700 Mean Flows of 24 hrs. Jhelum at Mangla 33200 20000 Mean flows of 24 hours Chenab at Marala 26800 4000 Flows at 0600 hours Barrages Inflows Outflows R e m a r k s (In Cusecs) (In Cusecs) Jinnah 105500 99500 Flow at 0600 hours Chashma 121000 103400 Mean flows of 24 hours Taunsa 130600 129600 Flow at 0600 hours Panjnad 40000 31700 Flow at 0600 hours Guddu 176400 176400 Flow at 0600 hours Sukkur 169600 130600 Flow at 0600 hours Kotri 144425 115330 Flow at 0600 hours Reservoirs Present Level Dead Level Maximum Present (at 0600 (Above Sea (Above Sea Level (ft) Live Storage hours).—APP
H YDERABAD —The government has allocated an amount of Rs 1399.206 million for completion of 130 development schemes of preservation and promotion of archaeological sites of Sindh province. The archaeological sites of the province are being preserved through scientific approach with comprehensive planning so that the cultural and historical assets of Sindh could be long lasting, that was informed by Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palijo while performing the groundbreaking of
public library at Gharo dis- Rs 24 million for completion trict Thatta on Monday. within one and half year. It was the first time ever in the history that protection and preservation of archaeological sites have been planned through scientific methods, the minister said. As compare to allocation of only Rs 0.8 million for preservation and protection of these sites in previous annual budgets, the minister informed that the present government has earmarked Rs 1399.206 million for the development of The library wa estab- these archaeological sites. lished by Sindh Culture Out of Rs 1399.206 milDepartment and it will cost lion, she informed that Rs
301.924 million have been reserved for development scheme of Mohan-Jo-Daro, Rs 492.267 million for protection, preservation, promotion and development of Makli Hill monuments, Rs 257.476 million for same purpose to Bhanbhore and Rs 347.539 million have been allocated for completion of development schemes at other archaeological sites of the province. In addition to these steps, she informed that legislation for proper preservation and protection of these archaeological sites is also in pipe line under which a permanent system
will be evolved to attend this job in proper manner and responsibilities. She claimed that even before executing these schemes, her management has made better atmosphere of museums at Mohan-JoDaro, Bhanbhore and other places as well. She also claimed that during her tenure as provincial culture minister, 150 books have so far been published by the provincial culture department as compared to only 135 books, published during last 40 years. In the past, she said that only two or three cultural centres were functioning in the en-
tire province but today, the department is establishing culture centres at each district and even seven more cultural centres are being established for Hindu communities at Hindu dominated areas where they can perform their cultural rites independently. The President PPP District Thatta Arbab Wazir Memon, Ex-MPA Ghulam Qadir Palijo, Member PPP Sindh Council Malik Luqman Malkani, Director Culture Muhammad Ali Manjhi and Additional Deputy Commissioner-II Muhammad Ismail Memon also spoke on the occasion.
Locals appeal for girls’ school OUR CORRESPONDENT KHANPUR—The residents of a nearby mauza Kaballaddar in Khanpur have appealed for girls’ primary school in their area, as a number of girls remain deprived of education. Citizens Jam Ghulam Ghous, Jam Hazur Bakhsh, Khalid Sindhi, Abid Sindhi and others while talking this correspondent on Monday said that unwillingly the families send their girls to a co-education primary school in Gorej. They regretted that a total of 308 children, including 105 girls, have to study in a compound in this school as the building is incomplete.
25080 tents, 16000 blankets, distributed in flood hit areas STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has so far distributed 25080 tents and over 1600 blankets and over 200,000 food packs in flood hit areas of the country, said an official. Talking to APP he said NDMA has distributed 7750 tents, 1000 blankets in Punjab flood hit areas. As many as 12,930 tents were distributed in Jacobabad, Kashmore and Shikarpur. While 4400 tents have been distributed in Jaffarabad and
Nasirabad areas. He said 3350 food packs, 290 tents, 380 plastic sheets, 130 blankets, 50 kitchen sets have been distributed in Nowshera, Pabbi, Tank, Peshawar and Dera Ismael Khan. One food pack contains 10kg rice, 1 kg black tea, 20 kg flour and 2 kg sugar. The cooked food has also been provided to the affected families. District Governments have been authorized to arrange relief items for the affected families through utilizing the funds provided by the relevant Provincial Di-
saster Management Authority (PDMA). In Sindh 66,933 food packs, 31,197 tents and 20 dewatering pumps have been distributed in Ghotki, Jacobabad, Thatta, Kashmore, Shikarpur and Khairpur, he said. In Punjab 108,270 ration packs, 45,000 mineral water (bottles), 36,000 rice bags and 37,000 flour bags of 20 kg each, 8469 tents, 15,000 blankets, 78 de-watering pumps have so far been distributed in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
NH&MW Police reunites four children with parents STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—National Highways & Motorway Police has reunited four lost and runaway children with their parents during the last one week. In the area of Taxila Motorway Police saw two children Zaryab Khan, 11 and Muhammad Adil, 09 r/o Khairabad, weeping and walking on the road. The NH&MP officers took the children into their safe custody and told
that they were left their homes due to some domestic problems with their parents. After hectic efforts the NH&MP officers succeeded to trace their brothers Fazil Taj and Wakil Khan. Later on after due verification from the people of area, they were handed over to their brothers. In second incident, local police Daska informed Motorway Police that a child named Adeel Tariq aged 08 years is traveling in AC Bus
No. BSA-351 and they further informed that the said bus is QUETTA: Activists of Awami Majlis-e-Amal throws shoe on the picture of American pastor Terry Jones, the mastertraveling on GT road near mind behind the blasphemous anti-Islam video film, during a protest demonstration outside Afghan Consulate. Jhelum and they requested to stop the said bus and took the child into their custody. On receiving this information the NH&MP officers stopped the said bus on Turki Toll Plaza I S L A M A B A D —Mainly dry weather forecast, maximum on GT road near Dinna and took the child into their safe weather is expected for most temperature expected in custody. Lather he was parts of the country but iso- the city and adjoining arSTAFF REPORTER handed over to the SHO lated rain is likely in Kash- eas to range between 27 STAFF REPRTER Thana Sheikh Ilyas Daska mir and Gilgit-Baltistan dur- degrees to 29 degrees CelP ESHAWA R —The political District Sialkot. ing next 24-hours. Accord- sius on upper side while administration of Bajaur ing to Met report on minimum range is expected P ESHAWAR —Participants of Agency (BA) has completed Monday,a weak seasonal to be within 10 to 12 degree seminar on Professional Netvarious uplift schemes of low lies over northeast Celsius. working of Khyber street pavements and drains Balochistan but no change The Multan Met office Pakhtunkhwa and FATA jourconstructions in various is likely in the weather out- has forecast dry weather for nalists has decided promoparts of the agency to facili- look for Tuesday. the city and its suburbs tion of coordination between tate thousands of dwellers. the journalists of KPK,FATA Meanwhile, all the major A press release issued by rivers are flowing in their and decided to establish a FATA secretariat on Monday normal state of flow. Rainprovincial level coordination stated that on special direc- fall recorded in (MM) durcouncil to resolve issues. The tives of the Political Agent ing past 24 hrs (upto 0800 council would comprise Abdul Jabbar Shah, the au- pst): Skardu=02. Dams poTribal Union of Journalists thorities paved 1047 meters sition (0600 PST): Tarbela (TUJ), district corresponlong streets in Malkana vil- level:- 1550.00 Feet Max. dents and decided to call lage of Tehsil Nawagai. general body meeting in conservation Level: 1550.00 About 915 meter exten- Feet. Mangla Level: 1206.25 during the next 24 hours. On Peshawar to evolve future sive street was paved in vil- Feet Max conservation Sunday, the highest tem- plans. lage Sikandaro of Tehsil Level: 1242.00 feet. Dry perature of 38.5 degree CelThe three-day joint semiUthman Khel, 387 meters weather forecast The local sius was recorded and low- nar held under the auspices street paved in Lashora vil- Met office has forecast dry est temperature 5.5 degree of Peshawar Press Club lage of Tehsil Khar, 844 meter weather for city and its sub- Celsius was recorded. On (PPC), University of long street paved in Ridow urbs during the next 24 the other side the Federal Peshawar, Mediotech and a Shagi village, 640 meters hours. Flood Commission (FFC) on German organization at Sumstreet in Ali Jan village, On Monday, the maxi- Sunday said that the Indus mer Camp Bara Gali was adaround 1717 meters long mum and minimum tem- River was still flowing in dressed by Vice Chancellor, streets have been paved in perature was recorded at low flood at Guddu Barrage University of Peshawar, ProBazar Shah Lugharai village 35.4 and 23.8 degree centi- with water discharge of fessor Dr. Qibla Ayaz, chairin Tehsil Mamund, 859 meter grade respectively. Humid- 700,000 cusecs. man, Department of Journalstreet paved in Umarai village. ity was recorded 80 per While maximum tempera- ism, Dr. Shah Jehan Syed, It said that 930 meter long cent at 8 am and 41 per cent ture recorded at Turbat = president, PPC, Saif-ul-Islam street was paved in Chargo at 5 pm. 41oC. Meanwhile, the Fed- Saifi, president, TUJ, Safdar village in Tehsil Salarzai, 1261 The Quetta will experi- eral Flood Commission (FFC) Dawar, Mohammad Shafiq meters street paved in Bar ence dry weather on Tues- on Saturday said presently (Mediotech), Lecturer Ali Khalozai and 1066 meters day with temperature rang- all main rivers including Imran and former president, long street paved in Aziz ing from 27 to 11 degree Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi TUJ, Ibrahim Shinwari. At the Kallay Badan to improve the Celsius, Met office said and Sutlej were flowing nor- end the participants degeneral sanitation of the area. here. According to the mal.—APP manded to abolish restricSimilarly. tions on press in FATA.
16 pavements, drainage schemes completed in BA
Weather to remain dry
Journalists decide to form coord council
33pc living below poverty:Report ISLAMABAD—According to our Common Wealth” by employs, Multidimensional ment. Referring to absolute conservative estimates, 33 percent of Pakistanis are living below poverty line. This was the finding of report “Clustered Deprivation: District Profile of Poverty in Pakistan” launched by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday. The study conducted by SDPI fills the backlog created by failure of governments to provide poverty estimates for the last 5 years which has created a huge policy vacuum in Pakistan. Even provinces, in post 18th amendment scenario, failed to provide poverty data, analysis and strategies and initiatives in this critical dimension. Speaking at the launch, expert called upon federal and provincial governments to immediately release poverty statistics and revisit policies to address acute poverty in Pakistan. The event also featured a distinguished lecture on “Rediscovering
Emeritus Professor, University of Bath, UK. Briefing participants on poverty estimates identified in study, Arif Naveed, Senior Research Associate, SDPI said, according to conservative estimate, 33 percent of household are living below the poverty line in Pakistan with numbers amounting to 58.7 million people. “Balochistan is the poorest of all provinces with 52 percent population living below poverty line, followed by Sindh with 33 percent, KPK with 32 percent and Punjab with 19 percent”, the report reveals. Refereeing to 46 percent rural poverty compared with 18 percent urab poverty, the author said, report identifies stark inequalities over the incidence of poverty across regions, between provinces and within each province. The author said that instead of traditional consumption based assessment, the report
Poverty Index which is the most comprehensive technique to measure poverty and uses education, health, assets and living conditions as indicators. This gives a theoretically rich data spread across the regions and districts in Pakistan, he added. Highlighting education and health as major drivers, the report calls for greater investments on human development and equitable distribution of public resources across the regions. Arif Naveed urged upon government to adopt multidimensional framework to assess human welfare and revisit rural development strategies in view of higher rates of poverty in rural area. Chairing the session, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI said, poverty should not remain merely a number game for government but requires deliberate measures and paradigm shift to invest on human develop-
poverty in conflict ridden Balochistan and Fata, he said, “when poverty and food security take an identity be its ethnic, religious or provincial, it leads to disintegration and destruction of social fabric of society”. He cited statistics from this latest SDPI report using multidimensional poverty index and SDPI’s Food Security Report 2009 and said, Both of these reports confirmed that out of 20 most poor districts in Pakistan, majority are from Balochistan. Dr. Geof Wood, Emeritus Professor, University of Bath, UK gave a special philosophical lecture on “Rediscovering our Common Wealth” at the occasion. The lecture discussed the issue of sustainability and reflected upon the question that, why should humans care about others not just in the present but in the future as well.—Online
Three Afghans held No concern with head money Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Political Affairs Mola Bux Chandio on Monday said that the government had no concern with the head money announced by Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour for anti-Islam filmmaker. Talking to media, Chandio said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)- led government had strongly condemned the video film against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was also going to take up the issue at the U.N. Assembly. “Pakistan is the first Muslim country, which protested against the blasphemous film at official level and announced a public holiday on Friday (September 21) as a day to show love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH), but the people who damaged public and private property showed disrespect to the great cause “, said Chandio. He said the people should protest peacefully as violence was not in the national interest. eanwhile, Awami National Party central leader and provincial minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that his party is a non-violent party and Bilour himself has explained that the statement is his personal one. Mian Iftikhar Hussain talking to VOA, said that , “Our party is a non-violent party and we love the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). If anyone desecrates the Holy Prophet, his punishment is death but there is certain criterion to prove the allegation.” ANP Senator Zahid Khan also expressed reservation about the statement and added that ANP is a secular party and it wants to resolve the issue according to the constitution and law. He said that Ghulam Ahmed Bilour statement is personal one.
Muslims’ unity urged Our Correspondent
R ENALA K HURD —State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Sumsam Bukhari said on Monday that unity among Muslims was vital to protect the honour of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Addressing a public gathering at Basti Rao Sahib, he said the west was playing a leading role in a clash among civilizations, adding that Muslims should follow teachings of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari would raise voice in the UN General Assembly for legislation against blasphemy. “Pakistan is not a terrorist state rather it is a victim of terrorism,” he added. Sumsam also highlighted development projects completed in his constituency NA-145. Earlier, he said that Islam is religion of peace, tolerance and harmony and has nothing to do with terrorism. Addressing the participants on the 9th death anniversary of Begum Sarfaraz Iqbar here he said, “There is no space for terrorism, militancy or extremism in Islam and those involved in such activities cannot even claim to be Muslims.” He urged people and media to project soft and true image of Islam aborad.”We are peace loving nation, like other nations of the world and having no link with extremism and terrorism.” The Minister said: “We wanted to move along with world, we are peaceful, we believe in love and humanity.” Samsam Bukhari said, that people who believe in hatred and promote enmity, their destination will be distraction. He said the country is facing variouschallenges but goals can be achieved through determination and commitment. He said, mother is unique gift from the Allah Almighty to human-beings and true reflection of love on the earth. He also urged people to follow the teaching of Sufia to get success in the world and in the day of judgment.
Violence hurts Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD—Special Assistant to Prime Minister and secretary-finance of PMLQ Ch Imtiaz Ranjha said on Monday that the cabinet’s decision to observe Youme-Ishq-e-Rasool (PBUH) was aimed at conveying to the world the anger and fury prevailing among Muslims over the anti-Islam movie. Talking to media here, Ranjha, however, regretted that violence and loss of innocent lives and properties during the protests had badly hurt the image of the Muslims in general and Pakistanis in specific. “In my view, peaceful observance of Ishq-eRasool Day would have sent more effective message to the world, especially to the west,” he said and added that better cooperation between the federal and provincial governments could have helped control damage. Calling upon the PML-N leadership to adopt prudent behaviour on national issues, Ranjha said that the violence would have been avoided if the Punjab government had cooperated with the federal agencies with an open heart. “If there were no violence on Youm-e-Ishaq-e-Rasool, holding the peaceful demos across country would have helped send a message of unity and peace to the world from the Muslims, especially from Pakistan,” he added. Urging Ulema and religious scholars to play their key role in sensitising the public at large on situation in the scenario emerging of the blasphemous movie, Special Assistant to the prime minister said that Ulema and religious leaders should impart proper knowledge to the faithful about their role and responsibilities as Muslims were facing a grave challenge from some quarters in the west. Denouncing an attack at a Church in Mardan.
Public coop imperative Our Correspondent
FAISALABAD—Regional Police Officer
Bid to smuggle 597 kg of hashish thwarted OUR CORRESPONDENT Q U E T TA —Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) foiled a bid to smuggle huge cache of drugs worth about Rs 1.4 billion and arrested the accused here late Sunday night. According to details, a special PCG team on a tipoff started snap checking at RCD Highway near Naka Khari Check Post in Windar. during search of a suspected oil tanker 597 kilogram of hashish was recovered from the secret chambers of a fuel tank. The truck was loaded with apple crates. The market value of the narcotic recovered was estimated to be about Rs1.4 billion in interna-
tional market. The drugtrafficker was taken into custody along with the vehicle and investigations were in progress. Meanwhile, Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel arrested three alleged suspected Afghan nationals with weapons here on M o n d a y. According to FC sources, the suspects, who had entered Quetta without traveling documents, were apprehended near Benazir Bhutto Bridge in Civil Lines area. The FC men also recovered arms and walkie-talkies from the possession of the detainees. The nabbed suspects were shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation. HYDERABAD: Children of Raheemi Sheikh Tribe hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Press Club.—INP
World Multidisciplinary Conference begins in SUIT
‘Education without character is meaningless’ STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference titled “Towards Better Pakistan” kicked off here in Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology (SUIT) with the theme for promotion of research-oriented studies at higher education level in the country. During the two-day international conference research scholars from different countries included Russia, India, Japan, United States, Britain Liberia and Pakistan will present papers.
In the inaugural session, Vice President, Sarhad University, Brig. (Retd) Javed Tipu was guest while Vice Chancellor, Peshawar Campus, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman and Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Professor, Dr. Qibla Ayaz were also addressed. In his inaugural speech, Vice President, Sarhad University, Brig. (Retyd) Sultan Tipu urged on concentrating higher education on research, which could be promoted through universities. He said that all industrial, commercial and defence activi-
ties depend on research and maintain the edifice on it. He stressed the need for character building of young generation adding that education without character is meaningless. He was of the view that there is no difference between a traffic sergeant collecting bribes on city roads and a teacher that intentionally remain absent of classes. In his speech, Vice Chancellor, Sarhad University, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman attributed all luxuries of life and technologies to education and research. He said that the two basic tasks that
the faculty members at higher seats of learning are expected to undertake are to educate, meaning impart knowledge, and to create further knowledge. He said that the two activities are however, interlinked. He termed education as the process of gaining information about the surrounding world. Information, he said can be only converted into knowledge with the catalyst called education. The education, he said teaches the right behavior and good manners making the people civilized and teaches how to
lead life. Dr. Saleem-urRehman said that education is the backbone of society and play important role in the economic growth of the nation adding that literate population is asset for any country. Appreciating the role of higher education Commission, he said the support of the organization has enabled the newly chartered universities to establish themselves and on the other mandated to follow quality criterion. The encouragement, facilitation and support of HEC, he said has resulted in a six times
increase in the number of international publications from Pakistan. He said that during the conference, almost hundred papers that will be presented in the conference ranges from education to engineering to computer science, information technology to communication, chemistry to pharmacy and health sciences, media sciences to economics to business studies and the like. In his keynote speech, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Professor Dr. Qibla Ayaz also stressed the promotion of research oriented education.
Rs 2.6b for rehabilitation of flood-hit areas
Monitoring team for transparent flood package distribution sought OUR CORRESPONDENT
monitoring system to ensue in Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and transparent and honest utili- Jhal Magsi district and at that QUETTA—Balochistan Min- zation of this fund. time, heavy funds were provided from the federal and ister for Inter-Provincial Coprovincial governments and ordination Dr. Ruqayya international donor agencies Saeed Hashmi has requested but complaints of dishonesty Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz in utilization of these funds Ashraf to establish a moniwere reported. She said that toring system for transparent Balochistan Focal Person on and honest use of Rs 2.6 bilFlood Situation, Cap (Retd) lion relief and rehabilitation Akbar Durrani has addressed package for Balochistan’s a press conference in which flood-affected areas. Talking he revealed that some organito media persons here on zations were provided funds Monday, she said, “It is worfrom the government for rethy that Prime Ministers Raja lief work in flood-hit areas of Pervaiz Ashraf has anBalochistan in 2012 but they nounced Rs 2.6 billion packshowed that they were NOWSHERA: A damaged police vehicle hit by blast at Shakai Interchange is seen.—INP age for relief and rehabilitaShe recalled that flash spending them from their own tion of flood-hit districts of Balochistan, adding that floods of 2012 had also resources. Appreciating the there is need to formulate a played havoc at a large scale Prime Minister Ashraf.
Excise, Taxation dept seeks Fingerprint recruitment of 700 employees kits distributed among 17 PSs M —The Excise and Excise and Taxation DepartULTAN
Taxation Department has requested the Punjab government to allow it to recruit 700 employees to improve recovery and identify areas to bring into the tax net. Secretary Excise and Taxation Captain (R) Zahid Saeed told the media on Monday that the department was short of employees to ensure 100 percent recovery. He said they had submitted a request for recruitment of 700 employees including inspectors, clerks, constables, stenographers and others. He said existing staff would be promoted through department tests. Meanwhile, the Punjab
ment has recovered 20 per cent of the recovery target, said E&T Secretary Zahid Saeed on Monday. Briefing journalists, Zahid Saeed said that a Rs 18.8 billion target had been set for year 201213 while the target was 14 billion during 2011-12 and the department recovered Rs 13.2 billion. The secretary said that they were striving hard to ensure 100 per cent recovery. About low recovery, he said the recent spell of rains had affected the target because of late arrival of cotton in factories. About property tax, he urged the public to deposit.—APP
Governor thanks President for FATA uplift projects STAFF REPORTER
P ESHAWA R —The Khyber KHANEWAL—District Police Pakhtunkhwa Governor, BarOfficer Khanewal Rai Ejaz Ahmad said that complete fingerprint kits were being distributed among all the 17 police stations of the district in order to provide scientific method of investigations. DPO Rai Ejaz Ahmed said that finger tube black, finger print powder (Grey, White, Universal, Black), finger print powder (magnet), printing brushes, convex lens, cordon crime scene tape, electric scales, DNA tube, flashlight, plaster of Paris, iron scare (foot print sketch).
rister Masood Kausar has thanked the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari on his gracious decision of extending eight more laws to FATA in the ongoing efforts for mainstreaming the people in the socio- economic uplift process at the national level and ensured better living conditions for them. In his press statement issued here on Monday, the Governor while mentioning the new enactments - the extension of the Agricultural Produce and General Grading Act. 1937; the Seed Act, 1976;
(RPO) Aftab Ahmad Cheema said the public cooperation was imperative to overcome the increasing trend of street crimes in addition to maintain law and order situation in the division. Addressing a meeting at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here on Monday, the RPO said that police were facing a numerous problems for ensuring proper patrolling and maintaining law and order due to severe financial constraints. He said that lack of force was a basic cause for OUR CORRESPONDENT failure in overcoming crimes completely. However, due to hardworking of police officials as well as officers, the HYDERABAD —The District crime graph in Faisalabad was reduced up to 70 percent. Focal Person of Health Dr. He said that to maintain law and order was the first and Ashraf Memon has appealed foremost duty of police for which a committee would be to the parents to administer constituted on the pattern of Citizen-Police Liaison Comanti-polio drops to their chilmittee (CPLC) in consultation with FCCI. The RPO also dren of under five years age ordered for impartial inquiry regarding traffic challans during three days long Polio without proper reason and directed Chief Traffic Officer eradication Campaign being (CTO) Sardar Asif Khan to hold a meeting with FCCI memstarted from Tuesday in all bers for resolving traffic problems and challan related four talukas of Hyderabad complaints on top priority basis. Earlier, President FCCI district. In a statement issued Muzammal Sultan presented welcome address and highhere on Monday, he informed lighted the law and order situation due to unemployment. that two drops of anti-polio Former FCCI president Mian Aftab Ahmad, Chaudhary vaccination can save their Muhammad Boota, Hajji Muhammad Bashir, Hajji children from polio disease Muhammad Shafi, Hajji Muhammad Abid, Rana Sikandar which could lead disability Azam and Chaudhary Muhammad Asghar also spoke on the occasion. Later, FCCI memento was also presented MULTAN: Labourers busy in construction work of flyover during development work at among them making their fuRashidabad.—INP ture in dark. to the Regional Police Officer.
Parents urged to vaccinate children
Agricultural Pesticides Ordinance, 1971 Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997; Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control Ordinance, 1961; the Companies Ordinance, 1994 and the West Pakistan Muslim Personal Laws (Shariat ) Act, 1962 and said that it is indeed another milestone in the meaningful steps being taken for ensuring stable and better life condition for people of FATA, after far reaching reforms introduced in FCR and implementation of Political Parties Order, enacted on 13th August last year. Commenting on the new enactments, the Governor
has said that the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance, 1961 and Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997, will help in further streamlining the ongoing efforts of the government for ensuring direct participation of the tribes as equal partners for their economic uplift and protection and better management of natural assets of the area. Similarly the Governor said, the extension of West Pakistan Muslim Personal Laws (Shariat) Act, 1962 in FATA indeed will protect the rights of the women folk in particular as it has made registration of “Nikahnama”.
4 killed in encounter OUR CORRESPONDENTS S ARGODHA \V EHARI— Two persons were killed in an alleged police encounter in Bhalwal police limits on Monday. Bhalwal police signaled a suspect vehicle at Chak No 6 NB, but riders started firing on them. Police also retaliated and killed two accused identified as Munuwar Sahi and Qaiser Jatt of village Naugrain, tehsil Wazirabad. Their two accomplices managed to escape. Police recovered two Kalashnikovs, a 30-bore pistol and a number of empty bullets. The accused had allegedly killed eight people of a family including Muhammad Riaz Wrriach, his three children and a brother
at Chak No 6 NB on a property dispute on Eidul-Fitr. In Vehari, olice claimed on Monday to have shot dead two alleged robbers while their four accomplices fled. Six robbers entered the house of Haji Nazeer Ahmad at Chak No 94 WB at 6am. They fled with valuables and jewellery. Nazir Ahmad informed police which cordoned off the area. They intercepted the robbers near Chak 94 WB and shot dead two of them in crossfire while their accomplices fled. Police recovered a rifle and a pistol from their possession. DPO Vehari Ali Nasir has announced cash prizes for the police team. The bodies, yet to be identified, were sent to hospital.
Rehman Malik’s ridiculous charges against Punjab
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T is a common yet unfortunate culture in Pakistan to raise accusing fingers towards political opponents every now and then in a bid to put them in a tight corner. This blame game is hallmark of Pakistani politics and sometime few people come out with totally unacceptable proposition as Interior Minister Rehman Malik did on Sunday. The charges levelled earlier as well and repeated with full force on Sunday by the Minister that trouble-makers on the occasion of disturbances during ‘Youm-e-Ishaq-e-Rasool’ and a day earlier came from Punjab are so absurd that no one would believe them. He has gone to the extent of claiming that Punjab policemen came in white clothes to the Federal Capital to destabilize the PPP Government. In our view, by churning out this irresponsible and politically motivated statement, the Minister has lowered his own esteem as no one, even the ordinary PPP worker, would believe him on this account. Punjab Government has track record of nationalistic approach to issues and that is why it has not indulged in leg-pulling of the PPP Government during the last over four years despite dismissal of the provincial Government and imposition of the Governor’s rule by the Centre. The PML(N), has clear cut approach to the issues of national defence, security, law and order and democracy and therefore, it is beyond imagination that it would hatch any conspiracy to bring down the Federal Government through such dirty tactics. Even if, for a while, one accepts that Malik’s hallucination is a reality, then the question arises as to who played havoc with public and private properties in Rawalpindi, Lahore and other parts of Punjab. Would PML(N) militate against its own rule in the province? Or can there be a possibility that the Federal Government sent mercenaries to Punjab to destabilize its political rivals? No doubt, the main thrust of the protestors was towards Islamabad but the protest was not directed against the Federal Government but the American Embassy situated in the diplomatic enclave of the capital. We would urge Rehman Malik not to poison the political atmosphere by indulging in baseless theories as the country needs peaceful atmosphere for holding of the forthcoming general elections.
Weekly petrol jerks to people T
HE issue of unbridled hike in the prices of POL products is being agitated by people of Pakistan since long but the Government that claims to be government of the people seems least bothered over the plight of the masses. It has once again increased the price of petrol and CNG and as a consequence the prices of almost all items and services would go up further. Experience showed that yearly and quarterly review of the prices of petroleum products worked efficiently but the Government, in the name of deregulation, first went for monthly review, then fortnightly and lately adopted weekly review policy to burden the common man. We have been emphasizing in these columns that the practice of weekly or daily review of prices of POL products might be working alright in the West where rule of law exists and businesses are done under some principles. In our context, this is panacea for economic and financial trouble for people. Fares, transportation charges, increase in prices due to increase in cost of input and rates of various services are hiked whenever there is upward revision in prices but their rates are never readjusted downward when prices of POL products are revised downward. Due to this reason, the Standing Committees of both National Assembly and Senate have been urging the Government to discard the existing practice and go for monthly review but unfortunately the demand of Parliament has so far fell on deaf ears of Dr Asim Hussain. There are also reasons to believe that the prices of POL products are increased disproportionate to their increase in the international market. We hope that political parties other than the PPP would agitate the issue in right earnest and would not confine to their walkouts from the sessions of Parliament.
The dreaded white Talbanisation S
TABBING of two Pakistani immigrants in Athens on the margins of an anti-racism rally on Sunday should be a source of serious concern in the West where extremism is on the rise. Since the neo-Nazi group Gold Dawn won seats in Parliament in June elections, there has been a sharp rise in racist attacks on immigrant quarters of Athens. Similarly reports regularly pour in regarding harassment of Muslims in some other western capitals. The stabbing of Pakistanis is understandable because people are being infected with hate material by the media and fanatics under the pretext of freedom of expression without realizing that it would have dangerous consequences in the long run. Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular are being painted as extremists rather terrorists as a nation, which is extremely hurting. With racism on the rise, the western societies are now witnessing proliferation of religious divide through different means including legislation banning wearing of Hijab. This divide runs against their own interest because there are significant numbers of Muslims who are contributing immensely in the economy of those countries. We fear that the myopic view and blame game may give birth to what we call dreaded white Talbanisation. We would urge the West, particularly the EU countries to check emotional outbursts and propaganda against Muslims otherwise the incidents of stabbing and looting would give birth to more violence and once this culture is developed, the events take the ugly course and locals too become the victims of dreaded extremists. Need for common agreements on freedom of expression and right to live anywhere legally are all the more necessary if conflicts such as the latest sacrilegious film and cartoons are not to intensify.
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Need for interfaith dialogue at the University of Regensburge his Bavarian homeland - had quoted criticism of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by a 14th Mohammad Jamil century ByzanEmail: email@example.com tine Christian emperor Manuel II, who among other things misinterpreted Jihad and misquoted the slam is a religion of peace; it command, which had triggered proexhorts tolerance and expects tests throughout the world. In the of the Muslims to consecrate Holy Quran, Islam advocates reliand revere all religions. This is gious liberalism: “Let there be no borne out by the fact that none of compulsion in religion” (2:256). But the Muslim countries ever ventured Emperor Manuel was quoted as havto unleash a provocation of the west ing said: “It is one of the suras of the and the faith of its people. However, early period when Prophet it is none other than a western state Muhammed was still powerless and that provokes the religious senti- under threat”. Some liberal-demoments of the Muslims around the crats in the West had objected to the world. The recent sacrilegious film infecundity of referring to 620 years made in the United States that has old analysis, as it gave rise to prooutraged the religious emotions of tests and tension between the two Muslims around the world, includ- great religions. However, a stateing Pakistan, is not the first example ment from the Vatican City had said: of profanity coming from the West “The Holy Father sincerely regrets but there have been more of such that certain passages of his address profane and sacrilegious material in could have sounded offensive to the the past. Of the recent history, the sensitivities of the Muslim believbook by Indian-born UK national ers and were interpreted in a way that Salman Rushdie, “Satanic Verses”, does not correspond in any way to which was published in 1989, is still his intentions”. fresh in the memory for its blaspheQuite a few Muslim rulers and mous contents that caused the rulers from other religions showed worldwide protest. utter disregard to Allah’s commandIn September 2005, a Danish ments. If someone is not a good Musnewspaper had carried the carica- lim or a good Christian and does not tures of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) act upon the commandments, Islam followed by their publication in or Christianity is not to blame. MusNetherlands and elsewhere that had lims believe that God is the most hurt the feelings of Muslims Magnanimous and the most Mercithroughout the world. On 12th Sep- ful to His creation and his reward and tember 2006, Pope Benedict XVI forgiveness are not confined to any in his lecture to staff and students particular sect, discipline or denomi-
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nation but to all and sundry. “Those who believe (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabians - whoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve” (2:62). The Holy Quran exhorts Muslims to recognize and show reverence to all the prophets Allah had sent; and it is clear from the above verse that Allah will bestow His bounties on all who pursue His commandments. Anyhow, today Muslims are on the receiving end today. With the USled war on terror, none else but Muslim fraternity is targeted. Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kashmir are the places where Muslims have been persecuted, subjected to repression and foreign occupation. And they are fighting for liberation. In all these cases, Muslims have been pushed against the wall with the result that the world has become more violent, more radicalized and more dangerous place to live in. Against this backdrop, if a few hundred misguided elements out of 1.5 billion Muslims in the world resort to violence or suicide attacks, Islam or Muslim fraternity as a whole is not to blame. On the other hand, in many American states Evangelists use vitriolic and even abusive language on radio and other media not only against Muslims but also against Islam. If the western countries continue to misuse the right of freedom of speech to hurt Muslims and followers of other faiths, then they would make this world unsafe for the present and the coming generations. In 2008, the three-day Interfaith Dialogue Conference organized in Mecca by Rabita Alam-i-Islami had ended with a call to scholars and leaders of the Muslim World to develop mechanism
for dialogue and exchange of ideas with other faiths. More than 500 delegates from all Muslim countries had participated in the conference to discuss ways and means to effectively take on challenges of rigidity, ignorance and narrow-mindedness so as to make the followers of other religions understand the message of Islam and its potential to solve the problems facing the world. Many such conferences have been held in Saudi Arabia, Doha, Geneva and elsewhere but to no avail, as there is no reciprocation from the US and the West. Yet it is imperative to hold interfaith dialogue to make this world safer place to live in. However, the Muslim World should first forge unity in its own ranks whereby scholars representing various schools of religious thought should appeal to their followers to shun sectarian conflicts. Otherwise the West would raise the question that those who do not have unity among them, and do not show tolerance to each other, how can they show tolerance to other religions. Anyhow, the world is in turmoil, and the need for interfaith dialogue to achieve interfaith harmony has never been so great as it is today. The OIC should come out of the shadow of the super power America and used the leverage of oil and trade relations with the US and the West for making laws to punish those who commit blasphemous acts hurting the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims, or for that matter followers of any religion.. It should form a delegation which should visit capitals of the world to make a case in the UN. Leaders from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Malaysia should be included in the delegation. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.
Designs behind anti-Islam activities context, Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Denmark’s embassy in Sajjad Shaukat Islamabad in 2008, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org killing six people, saying it was in revenge for publication of caricatures. Notably, reprintemonstrations and violence ing of the caricatures about Prophet have hit more than 30 Is Muhammad (PBUH) and release of lamic countries by the Mus- a Dutch film against the Holy Qur’an lims who protested against blasphe- in 2008 was also part of the same conmous US-made film “Innocence of spiracy against the Muslims. The film Muslims,” produced by Israeli- equates Islam with violence, followed American filmmaker Sam Bacile. by the 9/11 terror attacks inside the In Pakistan, a national holiday was US, showing Islamic leaders preachannounced on September 21 to ob- ing inflammatory sermons against serve it as Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool Jews and Christians. It displayed that (PBUH) against the sacrilegious Europe is under threat from Islamic film. Violent protesters plunged the beliefs and practices. Besides, in May, country into chaos as 30 people 2010, a competition of the blasphewere killed in addition to wide- mous drawings about the Prophet spread damage to public and private Muhammad (PBUH) inspired by an property in nationwide protests. In American cartoonist on Facebook this regard, the American ambassa- including YouTube triggered demondor in Libya and three of his staff strations across the Muslim world. Those who are behind these fawere killed in an attack on the US. However, it is not the single natic entities intend to fulfill their poblasphemous act, in the past too; litical designs. In these terms, by such anti-Islam activities have been availing the international phenomena conducted by some elements, which of terrorism, Indo-Israeli lobbies are not only want to distort the image collectively working in America and of Islam, but also seek to create di- other European countries to manipuvision between the Muslim and late the double standards of the west Western the worlds. In this respect, in relation to terrorism and human on March 20, 2011, a US evangeli- rights vis-à-vis some Islamic councal preacher Terry Jones supervised tries. Israel and India are equating the the burning of a copy of the Holy ‘war of independence’ in Kashmir Quran by Pastor Wayne Sapp in a and Palestine with terrorism. If India Florida church, while similar sacri- considers Pakistan as its enemy numlegious act was done by the US ber one, Israel takes Iran in the same troops in Bagram base in Afghani- sense particularly due to its nuclear stan. In 2005, caricatures of Holy programme which is also negated by Prophet (PBUH) published in Dan- the US. However, all these similariish newspapers sparked deadly pro- ties of interest have brought the two tests in Muslim countries. In that countries to follow a common secret
diplomacy with the tactical support of Washington, targeting Pakistan, Iran, Syria, etc. Taking cognizance of the growing threat of global terrorism, which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations on cultural and religious lines, American and European governments have already started inter-faith dialogue especially between the Christian and the Muslim nations. But this measure is proving fruitless due to a deliberate anti-Muslim campaign, launched by the Indo-Israeli nexus. Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of some Indian, Israeli, American and Western politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on similar lines. It is because of these developments that a greater resentment is being found among the Muslims who think that the US in connivance with the Indo-Israeli lobbies is sponsoring state terrorism, directly or indirectly from Kashmir to Palestine, and from Afghanistan to Somalia. As a matter of fact, by hurting the feelings of Muslims through the previous anti-Islam activities, and the recent movie, these plotters intend to create a greater resentment among the Muslims against the Western world in general and the United States in particular. During each such occasion, protesters in the Islamic countries raised anti-US slogans, burnt American flags and targeted US embassies and installations. This was especially observed in Pakistan where leaders of the political and religious parties also delivered emotional speeches on this emotional matter.
These blasphemous activities against the religion of Muslims will result in the recruitment of more militants by the terrorist groups. Instead of curbing terrorism, it will cause more terrorism in the volatile countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc. Indo-Israel lobbies and US neoconservative think tanks which are funded by the Zionists and CIA, are secretly staging propaganda against Islam and Muslim countries. With the assistance of fundamentalist Christians and Jews, the recent blasphemous movie against Islam has been produced by them to incite the sentiments of Muslims around the world in order to show to the west that all the Muslims are fanatics and extremists. Another major aim behind is to unite the Islamic countries against the US-led western countries so that an unending rift could be created among them. So conspirators have been succeeded in their nefarious designs to a greater extent. Because, US and some European top officials have defended the anti-Islamic cartoons and film under the pretext of freedom of speech. Critics say that if western democracies have passed laws against anti-Semitism and denials of the holocaust, as to why there is no such law about anti-Islam moves. Nevertheless, it indicates double standards of these liberal and civilised countries which have further encouraged those who want to sabotage the world peace through division. Most alarming point is that if the anti-Islam activities of the Indo-Israeli lobbies coupled with Jewish and Christian fundamentalists are not being checked by the international community in time, the same will culminate in World War-III.
he raw numbers alone can be numbing. Over the past 18 months, more than 26,000 people have been killed in Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists. On Wednesday, however, the world’s attention was focused on a special group of Syrians who are not only innocent victims of this brutal civil war but also purposely targeted: Children. At a Security Council meeting, the United Nations special representative on children in conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said children in Syria are facing a “dire” situation. They are often tortured or sexually abused. Their schools are attacked or used for fighting. She also cited reports of the opposition Free Syrian Army using children in its forces. Her comments come after an official report in August to the UN Human Rights Council that found the Assad government responsible for 49 children killed last May in a massacre in the village of Houla. The report lays the groundwork for possible prosecution of Syrian leaders in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Private groups, too, are tallying the toll. Anti-Assad Syrian groups claim close to 2,000 children have died in the conflict so far. In July, a British-based group called War Child said the Syrian conflict is “disturbingly unique” in the deliberate targeting of children, citing reports of hundreds of children being detained by the regime. “Not one of [Syria’s] two million children and young people can now be considered safe,” the group stated. Ms. Zerrougui’s comments on Syria were part of a special Security Council session devoted to naming and shaming governments and armed groups that recruit, attack, or kill children. The council voted 11 to 0 to cite 52 such governments and groups, including Syria. Not surprisingly, Russia and China were among the countries that abstained, fitting a pattern by the two permanent Council members to protect the Assad regime. A strong reason to highlight the plight of Syrian children is to further the progress of the UN in its efforts over the past decade to protect children in conflict zones. Since 1999, it has passed eight resolutions on the issue, with positive effects in a few countries, such as Nepal and Afghanistan. In addition, former African warlords Thomas Lubanga and Charles Taylor have recently been convicted by the ICC for using child soldiers. Saving the children of Syria from more harm is alone worth a more intense international focus. But such efforts will also save the global momentum toward ending the abuse of children in war. Western leaders can do more to convince Russia and China to not stand in the way of a tougher UN response on Syria. The world has a special responsibility to protect the innocent, but most of all, children. — The Christian Science Monitor
he recognition for Dubai as a world-class destination for hosting events — conferences and exhibitions — once again highlights the position the emirate holds in its mastery of organising and staging major global events. Dubai has been hosting the annual Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises that have become benchmark mega festivals for the region. However, the city made its mark when it hosted the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in 2003 that attracted 16,000 participants. Meanwhile, Dubai Government is creating a board to further energise the events sector that contributes to its tourism and economy. In that context, the latest award from the International Festivals and Events Association, recognising Dubai as the World Festival and Event City 2012, reinforces its reputation as a global hub for events. It comes at the right time as the city gears up to host World Energy Forum 2012 next month. The recognition will also help boost Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020, that will further cement its position as a major events hub. — Gulf News Nothing matters very much, and very few things matter at all. —Arthur Balfour British statesman
Blasphemy: From books to cyber mode Voice of the People Aymen Ijaz Email: email@example.com
h! What a matter of agony and fury for the true believers of Islam?? Islam is a religion, which is based on the concept of Touheed-Oneness of Allah Almighty and Finality of Prophet (PBUH). It is mandatory upon Muslims to love Holy Prophet (PBUH) more than their own lives, wealth and family and to make no compromise where the question of Holy Prophet (PBUH) respect and dignity arises. Turning a blind eye towards the deep sacred sentiments which the Muslims hold for their Holy Prophet (PBUH) the western community has once again tried to enkindle violence and aggression among Muslims all across the world by introducing a modern version of blasphemy. I simply don’t understand what the westerners are up to? Why don’t they keep their hands off Muslims? Such sacrilegious acts have started from the infamous literature, text books since early 80’s through Salaman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses,
turned into September 2005 printing of 12 Danish Cartoons by a Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and finally the recent blasphemous movie by Sam Bacile. Few of the western authors, scholars and media persons have acted so ignorant and irreverent towards our Islamic beliefs and holy personalities, and tried to propagate false Islamic ideas and misleading religious history whether it is in the form of books, The Jewel of Madina (2008) by like Sherry Jones and the most recent one In the Shadow of the Sword (2012) by Tom Holland or screening of a controversial Channel 4 documentary film Islam: The Untold Story?. All these acts simply lead toward an agitation and violence among Muslims. It is just a foul play by the West to receive publicity and sensitize common readers through books, films and TV programmes, which would have disappeared without much attention in the international community if they have written on another less sensitive issue. As a reaction, we see public demonstrations, attack on the foreign embassies, diplomatic consulates, damage to government property (burning of buses,
breaking of street lights, electricity poles etc), and targeting of diplomats/ ambassadors. In the end, who should be actually blamed for starting the violent fire….the responsive Muslims or the initiator West? Why the Muslims are then entitled as extremists or religious lunatics? Taking the example of Europe, the Jewish holocaust is considered legally prohibited to even talk about as it hurts the Jewish sentiments. Why the treatment with Muslims is so discriminatory that after every few years their religious beliefs are tested, ignoring their feelings and sentiments? Unfortunately, the Muslims around the globe are once again hosting public demonstrations in Tunis, Tripoli, Khartoum, Cairo, Jordan, Qatar, Tehran, London and Jerusalem. In South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have strongly condemned this blasphemous act. The Afghanis have called the lawmakers for the cancellation of Pact with US burned an effigy of Mr. Obama in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, while in Pakistan all political parties have erupted in protests. Hundred of protestors rallied in front of US consulate Karachi. Majlis Wahdatul Muslameen called for
the handover of Terry Jones, an American Christian pastor linked with the film, who has drawn protests in the past for burning the Holy Quran and demanded Terry Jones trial in the sharia court. The Jamaate-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulemae-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) held protests in several cities including Peshawar, Karachi and Swat. Other organizations like Islami Jamiat-i-Talaba (IJT), Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) also organized protests and threatened to attack the US embassy and US consulates across country if the Pakistani government did not protest against the film. Apart from all this violence, the western media is silent, no ad hoc action has been taken and it seems to be just another attempt to enrage Muslims. One must notice that just the propaganda tool has been refined from books to cyber mode; the objective remains same i.e to instigate Muslims to create violence and uprising, and to portray them as religious fundamentalists and extremists in the eyes of the International community. —The writer works for IPRI.
FATA & plight of tribal women Sadaf Nuri
ATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) is currently de clared to be the “forbidden or the no-entry zone” due to the rising incidences of insurgency and militancy. The inhabitants of this district are trying hard to cope with the deleterious conditions of the region. Unfortunately, since independence the region has not been given due share and attention in terms of its recognition and development. The tribal belt is mostly occupied by the Pashtoon tribes; the religious and cultural norms of the area are very stringent and rule much of the people’s lives. Pukhtoonwali is the code of honour of the locals who are mostly pathan very rigid in their allegiance to this particular code. It is binding on the people to obey having no option to deviate. The region is lagging behind in terms of its not only in terms of development but also as far as human rights are concerned . The overall living condition of people is quite pitiable but when it comes to the question of tribal women, they are living in deplorable conditions. Tyranny and oppression has made their life tedious and boring. The issue of women rights
has always been put under carpet. The tribal women perhaps even have no understanding of the status quo, though few voices are being heard to strive for al least basic human rights for the women. They are living in perpetual slavery and hegemony of the male. They have always been in a disadvantaged social position. The reason of this stringency is because the customary practices and traditional taboos are entrenched within people’s mind. Much of the tribal Pakhtoons are extremely conscious about their women’s honour. A lot of women are being killed brutally, in case of even of slightest doubts about fornication. Ironically enough, it seems that the notion of “honour” is always attached to the female. Honour has a very different meaning among the tribal people. Even a gaze from the outer world is not bearable and could result in disastrous repercussions. The tribal women in spite of their dismal condition continue to struggle; they contribute in order to make their livelihood still they don’t prove to be that productive. Other reasons include poverty, poor education and health issues which halts their progress. Most horrified aspect is of blowing up the girls schools by making religion a tool to justify their heinous
crime. Moreover, without education, fata woman would keep living a primitive and oppressed life. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (2011): 943 women have been killed in the name of honour and 4500 cases of domestic violence have been reported so far and unreported cases are countless and inhuman. Taliban’s intervention has further worsened the condition of women in the tribal areas. Their self anointed imposition of religion which is only more concerned about the women has closed down all the avenues of progress for the women. However, the writ of the state regarding justice for the helpless Fata women has also not been implemented and number of cases go unnoticed leaving the poor women on the mercy of jirga and societal laws. Aurat Foundation (2012) documented that cases of violence against women rose to 8,539 in which 872 cases were of rape and 610 incidents were of domestic violence. These statistics are quite alarming, depicting that the law and order is weak in tribal areas and is not applicable. The presence of parallel judicial systems is another factor that leads to concord between law and custom. The verdict of Jirgas and Panchayat mostly headed by the feudal and bureaucrats
is considered to be final. Sawara, Wanni, Karokari and marriage with Quran are other heinous crimes and social evils that women are prey to. Sawara and wanni are almost used interchangeably. Custom of child marriage is followed rigorously by the tribal people and some parts of Punjab. There adherence to these customs is historical. It is evident from the people’s behaviour that there is social acceptance of such kinds of acts. In order to resolve blood feuds and disputes young girls are handed over to the members of other tribes in exchange or resolution purposes. The volatile province of Fata needs serious attention. The government needs to work diligently and should make endeavours to ameliorate the current status of the poor women. Combating violence against women still remains as the biggest challenge for the nation to ensure possible security to its citizens. No country can excel without equal participation of women in the process of development. Isn’t paradoxical that the matter of equal rights for women is a far cry, women in Fata are even deprived of basic human rights. —The writer works for Islamabad Policy Research Institute.
Views From Abroad
What if Assad defeats insurgents? Lionel Beehner
he United Nations has accused the Syrian government of em ploying indiscriminate force against civilians, particularly in the battleground cities of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Some Western policymakers have noted that this could be the desperate tactic of a regime in its final throes. But this kind of indiscriminate force has defeated insurgencies before. Which raises the question: Can Bashar Assad succeed? Most sectarian civil wars, after all, end in stalemate or are won by the government. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein squashed a Shia uprising in the early 1990s, and the Algerian regime put down an Islamist insurrection in the 1990s. And in Syria itself, the scorched-earth operation of Assad’s father against the Muslim Brotherhood pacified Hama in 1982. Elsewhere, the use of indiscriminate violence has a mixed history. In the mid-1990s, Russia razed Grozny
to defeat the Chechen insurgency. The Sri Lankan government carried out a similar operation in 2009 to defeat the Tamil Tigers. On the other hand, Russia’s use of overwhelming force against Afghanistan’s mujahedin failed. Most counterinsurgents — in the Philippines, Colombia and Turkey — apply some mixture of discriminate and indiscriminate force. States employ indiscriminate violence for various reasons. Often, the aim is less to wipe out insurgents than to erode the rebels’ base of support among the population. Civilians, the logic goes, will side with whichever party can best protect them. The tactic also is aimed at raising the costs for outside powers to intervene. Indiscriminate violence creates greater refugee flows. The number of refugees fleeing Syria has eclipsed 2,000 per day, with the total seeking asylum in neighbouring states now about 200,000. By threatening to provoke an all out humanitarian crisis if an intervention takes place, this raises the cost of those providing relief to refugees.
Though this strategy could backfire against Assad — civil war studies show that indiscriminate violence usually pushes the population over to the rebels — the question is why Syrian sectarian minorities have still not shifted their allegiance to the opposition. Some have assumed that Assad’s fall is a foregone conclusion. But few have asked: What if he succeeds? Barring a major intervention, the balance of power will likely remain in Assad’s favour. The Free Syrian Army cannot defend population centres with its current arms or finances. The US has signalled it will not intervene, unless Assad uses chemical weapons, an unlikely scenario. The longer civil wars drag on, the more likely the government prevails. After the success of the troop surge in the Iraq War, Americans seem to believe that winning hearts and minds is the sole path to victory in counterinsurgencies. But most autocratic regimes care little about winning over populations. They care about eradicating the enemy and re-
maining in power. Indeed, an Assad stalemate would be catastrophic. It would embolden Iran at a time when Israel is twitchy to prevent it from going nuclear. It would embolden Assad, and push his regime even further into the hands of Iraq and Iran, which would further divide the Arab world along sectarian lines. Finally, it would provide a dangerous template for future regimes dealing with popular uprisings: Just hold out long enough, employ indiscriminate force and victory will be assured. The use of such indiscriminate violence by the Assad regime suggests the civil war in Syria has entered a new stage. While this kind of counterinsurgency could widen the opposition and draw more opprobrium from abroad, this might not be enough to unseat Assad, short of a Libya-style intervention. Hence, Washington would be wise to have a plan in place should Assad win the war. The writer is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. — Courtesy: USA Today
Pimples are a problem..!
any years ago, pimple faced, acne infested youth gazed with hope and expectations at an advertisement, which said, “Pimples are my problem, use Clearasil!” I thought of that ad, about teenagers trembling with new hope as they applied costly cream to pimply faces, then prayed, dreamt and wished those pimples away. But they didn’t go away, and today, when you look at middleaged faces, slightly scarred, they are those damaged by the dreadful acne. I thought of pimples today, as I recollect a real life incident: The hon-
orary secretary of a religious organization caught his chairman and treasurer bluffing the balance sheet, using headings that didn’t exist: ‘Seminars and Training’ appeared on the balance sheet, whereas no seminar or training had ever been conducted. ‘Literary Enhancement’ was another header; a roundabout way for the chairman to pick up some pocket money, getting remuneration not allowed by the trust rules. Then ‘Incentive Scheme’ in which the chairman gave away to friends and those he wanted to impress, free books he had authored, then wrote off the amount as an ‘incentive scheme’. The secretary then found attendance rolls signed, without the member being present. The trust rule for board members of a four year term with a one year gap, never followed, so the chairman could get a life term,
the minimum membership rule not adhered to and finally to cap it all, ninety blank cheques signed by the treasurer lying in the office, twenty of them signed by the second signatory too, showing the treasurer was not bothered how the staff spent the trust money! The secretary of the trust wrote and asked the chairman and treasurer for an explanation. A meeting was called: The chairman called a chartered accountant, supposedly a religious leader. ‘This is not a problem,’ thundered the CA, ‘It is a only pimple!’ But sir, pimples are a problem. The cause of pimples is dirt, dead skin cells or other matter trapped by body oil, within the duct. When this happens; bacteria grows, eventually causing acne. I remember childhood; a pimple on the face before a party or function
was disaster. You were doomed, because you knew the terrible little lump on your face, red and menacing would put you in isolation and if you did something terrible like scratching or breaking the protrusion, the scar remained for life. In the incident I’ve just mentioned, laws were broken, absolute irresponsibility seen, rampant cheating observed, but with all this, a CA who later the secretary found also taught good governance in his spare time called it a ‘ mere pimple!’ It was a mere pimple to him, but it’s these pimples that block honesty and honour. If you don’t want the world to classify you a fraud, a trickster, a swindler, then get rid of those pimples. Till then, pimples are a problem..! —Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sindh ki Khidmat? HASHIM ABRO
he incumbent insensitive rulers have not given anything to the people of Sindh but frustration, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. From the extravagant life style of rulers, it is evident that our present rulers have not learnt to live within their means; hence, extravagance is their hallmark. During my visit to various cities, towns and villages in the disasters-hit areas in the upper Sindh region along with one human rights organization, I found that all thinking and rationale people are angry with the provincial rulers because they opine that is government is wasting money-estimated to be in billions of rupees- one self-projection- the advertisements on the state-run- television PTV and a chosen few television channels during the prime time and also advertisement in the daily newspapers- on their front and back pages and sometimes special supplements-Indeed, incessant advertisements about a few gaudy and extravagant projects are the stupidest waste of provincial resources. This merciless wastage of money is being done in a province about which the shocking assessment is that where people, both, men and women, especially, the qualified young people are committing suicides, where 71 percent of the population does not have access to potable water, where thousands of schools are shut and millions of children can’t go to schools, where hospitals do not have requisite medicines such as snake bite injections, where disasters affected people are virtually dying of hunger, contaminated water and diseases. What the province needs is to stop ruthless wasting of money on non-productive activities and unnecessary advertisements and utilize that money over genuine public welfare and development. —Islamabad
Hatred for a religion M ASHRAF If followers of every religion start planning hatred against other religions and religious leaders, the international communities will be in chaos. Whereas, every human being owns religion of humanity by birth, he has God given right to choose any of the subsequent religions. Verily, God given rights shut everybody’s mouth for all criticism for everybody. Followers of subsequent religions are answerable to the Creator Almighty only. Almighty has created mankind and Gins with authority of choice. Choosing a religion with its procedures of prayers and worships is mankind’s birth right. Assuming that the person degrading and abusing others’ religions possesses perfectly normal mental health, some of the reasons for his denunciation of followers of any of the subsequent religions, are as follow:- He loves his own religion more than a particular religion and its teachings. His feelings that follow believers of his faith are continuously changing their religion for any other school of thought and belief. In blind love for his faith he gets annoyed and starts abusing that particular religion which according to his doubts, is converting most of his fellow believers. He himself gets strongly convinced about the authenticity of a particular religion but deep love and affiliation of his inherited religion forces him to react vehemently. Respect for his inherited belief exceeds respect for his religious teachings. Love and regard for inheritance have always been regarded supreme in comparison to justice, truth and logic in the history of mankind. God’s prophets including Holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) suffered a lot due to this mode of thinking and behavior. Some of the teachings of particular religion go beyond his wisdom which has been created limited like physical eyesight and hearing power, irritate him to abuse the whole structure of that particular religion. Hallucinations that the status acquired by him through his life long hard work is in danger due to another popular school of thought and that his figure is getting blurred day by day. Feeling that he is utterly incapable of earning his livelihood by any other means, he views a dark feature for himself due to day by day squeezing number of his fellow believers. A believer always defeated in debates and discussions of comparative authenticity of his faith with other particular religions. Except for excesses of Communism and Nazi school of thought, their have been very few examples of forced attachment to a particular belief. In general, there has been complete freedom of belief, prayers and worships of all kinds. Such background leaves no chance for extra ordinary planning and hard work for conducting disrespect for the personalities of various religions. An exalted credit goes to the believers of Hinduism who regularly visit Shrines of all other religions without any prejudice and hindrance. One is surprised to know about a person’s meticulous preparation, hard work and production of materials merely to display disrespect for certain personalities, who are wholeheartedly respected by the believers of all different faiths. It gives every indication of jealousy and nothing else. —Via email
***** RIZWAN JAMIL JAFFERY After reviewing the newspapers I could conclude is that we Pakistanis have become emotionally unfit. We have proven to the world that we are weak and we can kill our own people damage our own properties. The enemies are well aware now that all they need to provoke is a little ignite and rest can be done by ourselves. Rs.72 billion
is the estimated loss alone that Pakistan had suffered financially and emotionally the protests had left a dozen dead and more then 200 injured. If a world record was to be made for in humane people then Pakistanis would have definitely topped it and would have been proud of it. The incidents replicates a true example of how intolerant we have become and our conscience have far gone dead. I wish and pray for the safety of every person living in Pakistan who have now become vulnerable and been left to their own safety. —Karachi
**** UMME RUBAB In an already hyped reaction over a blasphemous film, courtesy an American national, a French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ shamelessly published blasphemous cartoons. As insensitive to someone’s religious sentiments as one could be the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault declared that there will be no action against the publishers. He exuberance and pride for being a national of a country that has no sensitivities over hurting other fellow beings, physically (Afghans) and mentally (Muslims) through their indigenous works under the ‘freedom of speech’ evil. French Foreign Minister Fabius while talking to French radio expressed his inability to stop the publication despite official requests was realistic when he wondered, “Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire.” The French magazine is notorious for creating stirs among various communities through publishing inciting material and was fire bombed last year after it released an edition that mocked radical Islam. Gimmicking under the law of freedom of speech, the government of France has ordered its embassies abroad for additional security measures amid concerns that France has been put up front to brace reactive violence just because the government failed to stop one of its extremists. It has also released a travel warning for its nationals in the Muslim world for Friday. Strangely instead of closing down the offending magazine the government of France has ordered boosting security at its embassies in the Muslim world. How France, the European country observed to have excelled in radicalizing its nationals against Islam and its values, will sustain its efforts to integrate its Muslim population, only time will tell. —Karachi
UN team visit UMME RUBAB The controversial visit of UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to evaluate missing persons issue, has brought Balochistan into spotlight as one of the most favorite playfield for hatching international conspiracies. Earlier this year, the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Dana Rohrabacher staged an unusual US congressional hearing on human rights abuses in Balochistan, accusing Pakistan’s intelligence agencies for enforced disappearances of Baloch people. Responding sharply, Pakistan National Assembly condemned such visit as a ‘threat to the country’s sovereignty’ and a tactics to apply more pressure on Pakistan Army for a possible military operation against Haqqani Network (HN) in North Waziristan. A lot of spadework on this well-documented conspiracy has been done in the past. The US has a vested interest in the area, as an alternative supply route for the residual army positioned in Afghanistan in the post-withdrawal scenario. The foreign-based Baloch organizations of Pakistani origin have guaranteed the Americans that the Baloch are natural US allies, and would like to share the Gwadar port with the United States, would not allow the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline through their lands and would fight the Taliban close to a US war the-
atre. On the top of it, India is exploiting the bad situation to accomplish her interests by providing financial and arms support to the insurgent forces targeting important strategic installments in Balochistan. The Indians have been prompting Baloch farmers to demand ‘independent Balochistan’ from Pakistan. Nonetheless, with the placement of independent judiciary, an enlightened civil society coupled with a vigorous media, redress of grievances - may it be political or economic, can be befittingly addressed to the entire satisfaction. Pakistan is confronted with challenges of enormous magnitude that require unity, harmony and mutual respect among all segments of the society and state institutions. As the cases of enforced disappearance are in the Supreme Court and the parliamentary committee is also looking into the matter, it is the duty of a mature and responsible media to avoid speculations about the episode. Let us defeat all the conspiracies hatched by our enemies and provide fair ground for the Supreme Court to decide the cases of enforced disappearances. —Karachi
The Swiss letter DR A P SANGDIL After the court ruling, Prime Minister Raja has new lease of life, maybe a short one. He is not as defiant as was the saint of Multan—Yousuf Raza Gillani. What sets the two apart is that PM Raja has seen hard days and risen from a position of a minor property dealer, while Gillani, a gaddi-nishin, had no dearth of freebies. He never earned an honest living for a day. However, the Swiss letter issue now seems over since Waseem Sajjad has met the President. What Aitzaz Ahsan and Babar Awan (PhD) couldn’t accomplish for the president, the Rhodes Scholar is most likely to manage it for him. Aitzaz and Babar loved publicity; Sajjad operates stealthily. He received four million to represent Gen Musharraf in the court but did not attend the proceedings even once. How cool! When Musharraf took over, Sajjad as chairman Senate was touring Germany. He quickly sent a message not to cancel his trip and withdraw protocol as he had changed sides. He is the most widely travelled Chairman Senate in country’s history. Previously I thought Aitzaz Ahsan would replace Sharifudin Pirzada but I have changed my mind. Waseem Sajjad is the candidate. —Oslo, Norway
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The Case For Optimism
UR world is more interdependent than ever. Borders have become more like nets than walls, and while this means that wealth, ideas, information and talent can move freely around the globe, so can the negative forces shaping our shared fates. The financial crisis that started in the U.S. and swept the globe was further proof that—for better and for worse—we can’t escape one another. There are three big challenges with our interdependent world: inequality, instability and unsustainability. The fact that half the world’s people live on less than $2 a day and a billion people on less than $1 a day is stark evidence of inequality, which is increasing in many places. We’re feeling the effects of instability not only in the global economic slowdown but also in the violence, popular disruptions and political conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. And the way we produce and use energy is unsustainable, changing our climate in ways that cast a shadow over our children’s future. The Heirs of Reagan’s Optimism. But I firmly believe that progress changes consciousness, and when you change people’s consciousness, then their awareness of what is possible changes as well—a virtuous circle. So it’s important that the word gets out, that people realize what’s working. That where there’s been creative cooperation coupled with a communitarian view of our future, we’re seeing real success. That’s the reason I try to bring people together every year for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Here are five areas in which there has been concrete, measurable and reproducible progress. Forget what you may have heard about a digital divide or worries that the world is splintering into “info haves” and “info have-nots.” The fact is, technology fosters equality, and it’s often the relatively cheap and mundane devices that do the most good. A 2010 U.N. study, for example, found that cell phones are one of the most effective advancements in history to lift people out of poverty. In Haiti, one of the poorest places on the planet, phones
have revolutionized the average person’s access to financial opportunity. Until very recently, banks in Haiti didn’t make loans. Since about 20% of the country’s income comes from remittances from Haitians working in the U.S, Canada, France and around the Caribbean, the banks concentrated on converting the dollars, francs and Canadian dollars to Haitian currency. While that kept the banks in business, it didn’t help the ordinary Haitian or change the fact that roughly 70% of the country’s people were living on less than $2 a day before the 2010 earthquake. As a consequence, only 10% of Haitians have a bank account. But around 80% of Haitian households have access to a cell phone. So the chairman of Digicel, Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, worked with a Canadian bank, Scotiabank, to provide a service that lets Haitians withdraw cash and make deposits and person-to-person transfers using their mobile phones without a bank account. By the end of 2011, this service had processed over 6 million transactions. Similar stories are happening in Africa. Only 4% of households in Africa have Internet access, but more than 50% have cell phones. Because counterfeit medications are a huge problem in sub-Saharan Africa, a CGI member created a company called Sproxil, which lets people in Africa (and now India) use cell phones to text a code on any medication they have to see if it’s counterfeit. Ericsson with the U.N., big investment firm Delta Partners and an NGO called Refugees United is helping families that have become separated because of conflict reunite using cell phones. Digging Out of the Debt Hole. Smart phones help restart the lives of many individuals, but they also help millions of individuals help restart the lives of others. We’ve seen how technological advances have democratized charitable giving as never before, allowing people to make a difference even if they don’t have much time or money to give. The 2004 South Asian
tsunami was the first natural disaster in which huge numbers of people who were poor or of modest means gave a little of their money because they could use global communication networks to do it. For example, Americans gave $1.92 billion toward tsunami relief, with a median contribution of $50. When the earthquake hit Haiti, Americans also gave a billion dollars, but that time the median was even lower, be-
cause by then cell-phone technology had enabled people to give as little as $5 or $10 simply by texting their favored charity. While governments, the private sector and foundations have long worked to combat major health crises, innovative partnerships among these three sectors have led to greater advancements in building lasting health systems in poor countries than any of those groups could have made on its own. Working together in innovative ways results in an exponential increase in the good they all can do. When my foundation began working to address the AIDS crisis in 2002, only 230,000 people in the developing world were getting treatment with lifesaving but expensive antiretroviral medicines. Today, in part because the pharmaceutical industry moved
from being a low-volume, high-margin business to a low-margin, high-volume one with guaranteed payments, that number is 8 million. A recent study found that with the exception of South Africa, treatment now costs on average just $200 per patient per year, and that number includes the cost of drugs, diagnostic tests, personnel and other outpatient costs. All of these savings have been achieved while also improving the profitability of the drug companies. So the good news is that we’re winning the global fight against HIV/AIDS. With the help of government-funded programs like UNAIDS and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which I think was President George W. Bush’s finest foreign policy achievement, together with the work of NGOs like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and companies like Coca-Cola, the idea of an AIDS-free generation has become a tangible goal rather than a dream. The troika of government, the private sector and foundations is seeking to improve health care for the long term. I was in Rwanda over the summer for the launch of that country’s Human Resources for Health program, which is addressing a critical shortage of health workers. Rwanda has only 633 physicians to treat a population of over 10 million. In partnership with 13 top-ranked U.S. schools, the program is addressing this deficit not by staffing clinics and hospitals with foreign specialists but by building a local, sustainable education system that will reduce the country’s reliance on foreign aid. Other good examples of innovation and cooperation have come through members of CGI. In 2010, the Dana-Farber/ Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center committed to improve cancer care in Haiti, Mexico, Jordan and Rwanda in collaboration with Partners in Health, co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, at their locations and other cancer facilities. Partners in Health has also teamed up with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and the Dana-Farber/
Brigham and Women’s center to open the Cancer Center of Excellence in Butaro, Rwanda— a part of the country that until four years ago didn’t have a basic hospital for a population of over 320,000. The new center goes beyond basics to supply world-class care, not just for local Rwandans but for the entire region. Finally, in the U.S., where Americans face an epidemic of childhood obesity, one way we’re fighting it is to have healthier beverage choices in schools. The beverage industry voluntarily committed to changing the mix in schools across the country by removing fullcalorie soft drinks and replacing them with lower-calorie, more nutritious options. At the beginning of the 2009—10 school year, 98.8% of all surveyed schools and school districts were in compliance with the guidelines, which meant that shipments of full-calorie carbonated soft drinks to schools had dropped by 95%. There’s no denying that too much of the world is still mired in an economic slowdown, but some of the brightest examples of significant and lasting opportunity are right under our noses. In tough times, it’s harder to accept that some economic instability is good—if there were no possibility of failure, there would be no room for success. In spite of all the recent criticism of free trade and free markets, it’s important to remember that in the 25 years leading up to the current economic crisis, more people worldwide moved from poverty to the middle class than at any other time in history. The problem is that the population is growing fastest in the areas least able to take advantage of the benefits of the modern world. Talent and intelligence may be spread evenly across the planet, but opportunity is not. All around the world, in poor countries and rich ones, the private sector, governments and nonprofits are combining their skills and resources to form networks of creative cooperation to boost local economies while addressing problems like climate change and poverty. Smallholder farmers in Africa are planting trees so they can not only harvest timber or fruit but also profit by selling carbon credits on the world market.— Special Courtesy - Time Magazine.
Defence industry: British American Focus on Asia Is No Threat Leadership for a nuclear dreams, European reality weapons-free world THOM SHANKER & IAN JOHNSON
T’S a fair bet that there won’t be much serious dis cussion of Britain’s place in Europe at the Liberal Democrat conference this week, or when Labour gath ers in Manchester next week either. It’s a fair bet that there won’t be much serious discussion of Britain’s place in Europe at the Liberal Democrat conference this week, or when Labour gathers in Manchester next week either. Neither party knows what it thinks about these issues any more or, if it does, dares to say so with confidence. When the Conservatives meet in Birmingham, by contrast, Europe is likely to get more of an airing. Yet this will only come in the form of the Brussels-bashing, single-currency sneering and retro go-it-alone romanticism which passes for a European strategy in the modern Tory party. The eurozone crisis has made it even harder than it was already for British politics and the UK media to conduct an adult political debate about our role in Europe. This is bad enough in itself, but an important middleranking nation with Britain’s wealth and strengths needs to have a realistic strategy towards the rest of the world, including Europe – and we lack one. The absence is even more unfortunate at a time when many of the issues are dramatically embodied in the proposed merger – in effect, more a takeover of the former by the latter, than a true merger — between the British defence manufacturer BAE Systems and the Franco-German aerospace giant, EADS. Not only is this literally a very big deal – the merged company would be worth around •38bn. It also raises basic questions about British industrial, employment, R&D and defence policies in the 21st-century world. The answers to these questions ought to be consistent with Britain’s foreign policy priorities in the post-colonial, post-cold war era. But what are those priorities? The truth is that they are neither clear nor realistic. Much of the current rhetoric seems to hanker for what one commentator has dubbed “a new Elizabethan age”. In this conceit, popular in a section of the Tory party and even in parts of Labour, Britain can ignore Europe’s troubles, turn its back on the changing priorities of the US, and prosper as a dynamic, economically open, middle-ranking nation in new, developing markets alongside China, India, Brazil or Turkey. But this is an overoptimistic fantasy, partly because there is little evidence to support it and partly because the old links with the US and with the EU cannot be simply brushed aside. They still have their own logic. They still matter. The BAE-EADS merger highlights all this again. Britain has a large and controversial defence industrial sector, heavily supported by government. But Britain, like other European nations, is cutting back on defence spending. BAE has tried to compensate for this by trying to make itself a dominant player in the US defence market. Yet this too is contracting and BAE has lost a lot of money in the US. Now it faces a dilemma. In the new Elizabethan scenario, BAE would become a global defence buccaneer, building and selling in new markets. But the reality is that BAE is in decline, is dwarfed by US rivals and, in a market so sensitive to national security considerations, new markets are also new rivals. As a result BAE has been forced to fall back on a European merger for which there is some commercial logic – though less than before the eurozone crisis – and precious little political enthusiasm. Weekend reports suggested that David Cameron, characteristically and, on balance, to his credit, has decided to embrace the merger option. —Courtesy - The Guardian
EFENSE Secretary Leon E. Panetta has declared that the United States was not trying to contain a rising China, and he emphasized that with patience and effort current tensions between the giant rivals on opposite sides of the Pacific could be resolved. Mr. Panetta concluded a three-day recent visit in Beijing with a high-profile session with China’s presumptive next leader, Vice President Xi Jinping, an encounter that required Mr. Panetta to stay an extra day. He also participated in a discussion with future commanders at a People’s Liberation Army academy. The meeting with Mr. Xi in the Great Hall of the People was viewed as additional proof that Mr. Xi was clear of whatever physical or political ailments had pushed him from public view for two weeks and had prompted speculation about whether he would ascend to China’s top post. Mr. Xi greeted Mr. Panetta with a vigorous handshake and a broad smile, and he said the meeting “would be very helpful in further advancing” ties between the United States and China. Mr. Panetta echoed that sentiment. “We are two great Pacific nations with common concerns,” he told Mr. Xi. “We want to begin what you have called a ‘new model’ relationship, and we can begin with better military-tomilitary relations. I am convinced that we will be able to improve our dialogue.” According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, Mr. Xi addressed the heated sovereignty conflict with Japan over several tiny islands, strongly condemning Japan’s purchase of them as “a farce.” Mr. Xi was also quoted as saying to Mr. Panetta, “Japan should rein in its behavior and stop any words and acts that undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” But it appeared that the Chinese and American delegations were more intent on avoiding conflict over their often-competing policies, not arguing about them. For instance, after Mr. Panetta’s meeting Tuesday with the Chinese defense minister, Gen. Liang Guanglie, the general made public comments about the dispute with Japan, threatening Japan with
unspecified “further actions,” but made no mention of the fact that the defense secretary of Japan’s closest military ally was standing next to him. Mr. Panetta reiterated American policy that Washington would take no sides in territorial disputes across the region and was urging all parties to seek a peaceful, negotiated settlement. Mr. Panetta’s weeklong mission to Japan, China and New Zealand was intended to show allies that the United States’ planned strategic rebalancing toward Asia is a reality, not just talk. But he also was seeking to
reassure Beijing that the new American focus on the region, which includes shifting some military resources from others regions to Asia and the Pacific, is not a threat to China. “Our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not an attempt to contain China,” Mr. Panetta said Wednesday in a speech to People’s Liberation Army officers and cadets. “It is an attempt to engage China and expand its role in the Pacific.” Mr. Panetta said at the Armored Forces Engineering Academy that a Chinese warship would be invited to join a major Pacific exercise hosted by the United States in waters off Hawaii, and he lauded Chinese cooperation in antipiracy missions off the Horn of Africa. Mr. Xi’s meeting with Mr. Panetta coincided with remarks by a former chief executive of Hong Kong, Tung Chee-hwa, that Mr. Xi’s earlier absence from public view had been tied to a back injury sustained while swimming. Mr. Xi was not seen in public during the first two weeks of September, giving rise to a variety of rumors: that he had hurt his back, or had a heart attack or was in political trouble. Although Mr. Tung’s comments in a television interview in New York were not official, they were the first on-the-record remarks on the matter by a person close to the Chinese leadership. During Mr. Xi’s absence, Chinese officials refused
to comment. Mr. Panetta was asked to assess Mr. Xi and the intrigue surrounding his absence from public view. “Frankly, my impression was that he was very healthy and very engaged,” Mr. Panetta said during a session with reporters. “I guess you’ll have to ask them what issues were involved here.” He said Chinese leaders had urged that the American rebalancing in Asia not be solely military, but should include enhanced diplomatic and economic engagement as well. “These interactions made it clear to me that the leaders of both of our countries are sincerely working toward the same goal: to build a sustained and substantive United StatesChina defense relationship that supports the broader United States-China cooperative partnership,” Mr. Panetta said. “That is why an essential element of our rebalancing effort is the constructive bilateral relationship with China.” Mr. Panetta said he and his Chinese counterparts had discussed the expanding realm of computer network warfare. The United States has blamed people from China and Russia for many of the recent cyberattacks on American government computer networks. Despite the friendly official meetings this week, signs of underlying tensions lingered. On Tuesday, the American ambassador’s car was surrounded by protesters, apparently concerned about the island-sovereignty dispute with Japan, as it tried to enter the compound. The car, in which the ambassador, Gary Locke, was riding, was quickly freed by Chinese police officers and entered the embassy. “It was all over in a matter of minutes,” Mr. Locke told reporters traveling with Mr. Panetta. “I never felt in any danger.” While in Beijing, Pentagon officials also announced an accord on an issue that has vexed Washington’s relations with Tokyo, where Mr. Panetta visited earlier this week. Residents on the Japanese island of Okinawa had protested the deployment of the Marine Corps tilt-rotor troop transport called the Osprey, which has had a series of crashes. It had arrived in Okinawa but had been ordered not to fly. That ban has now been lifted and the Ospreys can fly, the officials said. But it was not clear how the deal would affect tensions on Okinawa.—NYT
N a world beset by many grave problems that threaten to unleash a perfect storm at short notice, many people bemoan the dearth of responsible and high-quality leadership to point the way forward to a more prosperous, peaceful and just future. Yesterday’s leaders may no longer be in power but have much to contribute by drawing on their accumulated experience, wisdom and detachment from the everyday concerns of making and executing public and foreign policy. The two great existential challenges of our time are climate change and nuclear weapons. With regard to the latter, between them, Russia and the United States hold 90 to 95 percent of the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. Their global inventories cast a strategic shadow over Asia through deployments, doctrines and targets. Asia also has three of the world’s four non-NPT nuclear-armed states (India, Pakistan and North Korea, with Israel being the fourth). India’s and Pakistan’s stockpiles are growing China, meanwhile, has yet to join any regime or plans to cut back on its nuclear arsenal, arguing that the numerical difference of its arsenal from that of Russia and the U.S. puts it in a qualitatively different category. In recognition of the portents suggested above, around 30 former leaders last year established the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). The advocacy group brings together former senior political (prime, foreign and defense ministers), diplomatic (vice ministers, foreign secretaries, U.N. undersecretaries general), military (service chiefs) and scientific leaders from 14 countries from South to East Asia and Australasia. Convened by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, the APLN’s goal is to inform public opinion and energize high-level policymakers to “do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and ultimately eliminated.” Meeting recently in Singapore, the APLN lamented the loss of momentum on the intertwined agenda of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. In a statement issued on Sept. 13, 25 APLN members “expressed deep disappointment at the evaporation of political will” on nuclear disarmament over the past year, and called on governments to apply “new energy and focus to ridding the world of the most indiscriminately inhumane weapons ever built.” A four-pronged strategy could re-inject momentum into nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament: normative, operational, strategic and political. Normatively, the most crucial task is delegitimization of nuclear weapons. How morally indefensible is the strategy of deliberately targeting millions of civilians? Those with nuclear weapons have subverted the NPT from a prohibition into a nonproliferation regime. All countries that have and seek nuclear weapons, or are increasing the size and modernizing the quality of their arsenals, should be subjected to international opprobrium. Far from prestige and respect accruing to the political, military and bureaucratic leaders, they should feel increasingly uncomfortable at being the object of disapprobation — tolerated until a better security system is created. To seek nonproliferation from others, they must prepare for nuclear disarmament themselves. Bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force and negotiating a new fissile materials cutoff treaty will also be powerful affirmations of the global anti-nuclear norm.—Courtesy - Japan Times.
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Israeli threats, nuclear program and Syria DAVID IGNATIUS
RAN may be on the firing line, but Presi dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was as calmly combative as ever Sunday, dis missing Israel’s military threats and predicting that nothing will happen in the nuclear talks until after the U.S. presidential elections. In an interview on the eve of his visit to the United Nations, Ahmadinejad seemed unfazed by recent months of speculation about bombing strikes or by the precarious state of Tehran’s allies in Damascus. Instead, he talked often about politics — including a reference to what he saw as the warweariness of the American public. The hour-long conversation was a case study in the bob-and-weave style, and unrelenting self-confidence, that has made
Ahmadinejad a survivor in Iranian politics and a particular nemesis for critics in the U.S., Israel and the Arab world. While he expressed a willingness to negotiate on a range of subjects, he retreated into generalities when pressed about details. His tone was calm, even in discussing a potential clash with Israel. “We, generally speaking, do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them,” he said early in the interview. “Of course, they would love to find a way for their own salvation by making a lot of noise and to raise stakes in order to save themselves. But I do not believe they will succeed.” Asked if he thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was bluffing in his threats to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, the Iranian president said he agreed with that view and asserted that this analysis was a “common consensus.” Ahmadinejad’s bland self-assurance is partly a matter of style, for no politi-
cian ever wants to display weakness before his adversaries. But in this third interview I’ve had with the Iranian president, I had the sense that he genuinely believes the world is going Iran’s way. He sees an America that is facing reversals across the Muslim world — in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and most recently, in dealing with the Arab uprisings. Close U.S. allies such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak are gone, and Ahmadinejad is still standing. In discussing Iran’s negotiations with the international group known as the P5+1, Ahmadinejad said Iran was willing to make a deal to limit its stockpile of enriched uranium. But he implied that the Obama administration wants to slow the negotiations down until after the November election, to avoid bargaining concessions that might embarrass the president. “We have always been ready and we are ready” to make a deal that will address the P5+1’s concerns, he said. “But experience has shown that important and key decisions are not made in the U.S. leading up to national elections.”
Ahmadinejad observed at another point in the conversation: “I do believe that some conversations and key issues must be talked about again once we come out of the other end of the political election atmosphere in the United States.” In talking about America, Ahmadinejad several times referred to a country that, in his words, is tired of “back-breaking expenses” of foreign wars overseas and where public opinion is trending against Israel. He didn’t cite evidence for these views. “Will the people of the U.S. accept meddling and intervention in the affairs of others?” he mused at one point, before answering his own question. “I don’t believe so. I believe the people of the U.S. are peace-loving people.” The Iranian president said Iran is eager to help broker deals to end fighting in Syria and Afghanistan. On Syria, which has been Iran’s Arab ally, he said he supported transitional elections for a new government. Asked if President Bashar al-Assad should be a candidate, he answered this was for Syrians to decide. It was hard to read
whether this represented any step away from Assad. On Afghanistan, the Iranian leader claimed he had no knowledge of a February 2011 invitation to Tehran for U.S. special representative Marc Grossman. But he in effect renewed the offer, saying that after the U.S. elections, Iran was ready for direct discussions with the United States about how to stabilize Afghanistan. The most intractable subject in any conversation with Ahmadinejad is Israel, and Sunday’s discussion was no different. Pressed why he continued to make comments that Israelis regarded as hate speech, he parried back with a series of questions about Israeli occupation of Arab territory. Asked to affirm Israel’s existence, he wouldn’t. Ahmadinejad’s term as president will end next year, so in theory this is probably his last visit to New York as Iran’s leader. But as he spoke Sunday, it seemed unlikely that this veteran counter-puncher will disappear from Iranian politics, or the world stage, without a fight. —Courtesy - The Washington Post
ECP to act against MPs holding dual-nationality
700,000 affected From Page 1 ures almost two weeks after the rains hit the sparsely populated province, which is struggling with a separatist insurgency and Islamist militants. Flash floods damaged crops over 380,000 acres of land in 13 districts, he said adding that the worst hit were Jaffarabad, Naseerabad and Jhal Magsi, where a large area remains submerged. At least 22 people have died in Naseerabad alone and eight in Jafffarabad, Durrani said. The remaining casualties were reported elsewhere in the province. Another 115 people were injured in the rains, which also killed 1,778 cattle. Around 700,000 people have been affected, many people suffered crop and property losses, Durrani said. “We have already distributed 6,670 tents and 2,378 metric tons of food items, while the prime minister promised to immediately rush 20,000 more tents,” he said. The government has set up several medical camps where treatment has been offered to nearly 3,000 people suffering gastrointestinal diseases and more than 2,500 cases of malaria. “We have not launched any appeal for foreign assistance. We are so far relying on own resources and we hope we can handle the situation,” Durrani said. He stressed the rescue work is over and rehabilitation work including repair of roads and infrastructure has started. He said the level of disaster was much less than 2010, when unprecedented monsoon rains triggered catastrophic flooding across the country, killing almost 1,800 people and affecting 21 million.
President to address From Page 1 Minister Yaung Gi Che and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The president will also address a ceremony regarding polio eradication organised by the United Nations and the Bill Gates Foundation. The session will be presided over by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Pakistan’s religious, political, social and common circles have expressed the hope that President Zardari will represent the real sentiments of Pakistanis and Muslims of the world against the sacrilegious film in his address to the UNGA. In this regard, all small and large religious parties of the country have urged President Zardari to adopt a bold stance.— INP
Samjhauta Express engine From Page 1 gether 312 passengers on board the train who were safe and secured. The DSP said that the fire brigade staff arriving at the scene of incident detached the engine from the bogies of Samjhauta Express and it proceeded to India after an alternative engine was arranged.—INP
5 people including 3 cops injured From Back Page he criminals were, however, swiftly transported to nearby Risalpur prison while the seriously injured police officers were admitted at to a hospital in Mardan for treatment. The Peshawar Police foiling a terror bid recovered and defused 35 kilogram of explosives planted in a push cart near Sheikhan area on busy Kohat road Monday morning. Police authorities said the unknown militants planted 35 kilogram of explosives in a push cart on road at Badhber Sheikhan, which they had planned to explode through remote control. The law enforcers on receiving information immediately called the bomb disposal squad, which reached the spot and defused the explosives. Senior Police officers said the explosives could have wreaked havoc if not defused timely adding a security forces convoy was perhaps the target of the miscreants. A very competent DIG of the KP police namely Abid Ali was also killed when his official vehicle was ambushed by the militants a few years back in the same area.
From Page 1 Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed said that, including the eleven already de-notified members of the Parliament and assemblies, the Supreme Court “had ordered the Election Commission to initiate proceedings against twelve lawmakers who had submitted false declarations regarding their nationalities”. “The EC has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the lawmakers and forward the complaints to the concerned session judges,” he added. Regarding Rehman Malik case, Ishtiaq said that the SC had forwarded his case to the Chairman Senate regarding his false declaration in 2008. “Once the Chairman receives the reference and for-
NEW YORK: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on President Asif Ali Zardari during his visit to attend UN General Assembly session.—DNA photo
UN world leaders meet amid frustration, turmoil members of the Security Council, paralyzing the only U.N. body that can impose global sanctions and authorize military action. Russia, Syria’s key protector, and China, have vetoed three Western-backed resolutions aimed at pressuring Assad to stop the violence and start political talks with opponents of his family’s 40-year dictatorship who began demonstrating against his regime 18 months ago. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig, the current Security Council president, said “change in the Arab world” will be uppermost in the minds of the leaders — as was the case at last year’s session. Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist who was sworn in on June 30 after the first democratic elections in the country’s modern history, will be addressing the 193member assembly for the first time on Wednesday. So too will Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who took office in February following more than a year of political turmoil and is now trying to steer the country’s transition to democracy. Last year, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas stole the spotlight with his submission of an application for Palestine to become the 194th member state of the United Nations. The United States, Israel’s closest ally, made clear that it would veto any application until the Palestinians and Israelis negotiate an end to their decades-long conflict. So Abbas is expected to come to the General Assembly on Thursday with a more mod-
From Back Page est proposal — to upgrade Palestine’s current status as a U.N. observer to a non-member observer state — but likely putting off the date for submission of a resolution to the assembly, where there are no vetoes, until after the U.S. presidential election in November. The Palestinians expect overwhelming support from the assembly for the enhanced U.N. status, which they hope will give broad international legitimacy to the pre-1967 lines as Palestine’s border and grant them access to U.N. agencies and possibly the International Criminal Court. With no sign of an end to the Security Council’s paralysis over Syria, Wittig said Germany chose to focus the council’s ministerial session Wednesday on something new and positive in the Mideast — “the emergence of the Arab League as a regional actor that has proved to be essential for conflict resolution.” The 21-member Arab League has shaken off decades of near total submission to the will of the region’s leaders and is seeking to transform itself following the seismic changes brought about by the Arab Spring. The league has supported the rebels who ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and suspended Syria in response to Assad’s brutal crackdown against his opponents. “This organization is promoting the values that the United Nations is standing for — human rights, rule of law, democracy, pluralism,” the fight against corruption and promot-
ing economic opportunity, Wittig said. Another issue looming large over the ministerial session is Iran’s nuclear program, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convinced that the Iranians are close to developing a nuclear weapon — which Tehran vehemently denies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will step down next year, makes his final speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Netanyahu speaks on Thursday, before a closed-door meeting of senior diplomats, and possibly ministers, from the six countries trying to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Secretary-General Ban met Ahmadinejad on Sunday and “urged Iran to take the measures necessary to build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The U.N. chief also raised the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric “from various countries in the Middle East” and “the grave regional implications of the worsening situation in Syria and underlined the devastating humanitarian impact,” Nesirky said. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said the U.S.-produced film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad will be at the top of the agenda of a ministerial meeting of its 57 members on the sidelines of the assembly.—AP
Zardari conveys concern over anti-Islam movie to Clinton From Page 1
Drone attacks and military cooperation were also discussed. Clinton greeted Zardari as “my friend” and introduced him to the new US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, whom she said she had just been sworn in so he could attend their talks. “We very much appreciate the strong response of your government,” she said, at the start of their meeting in a New York hotel, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, which opens on Tuesday. Zardari said it had been “a difficult time for all of us” before reporters were ushered out of the room. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar insisted on Friday that ties between the United States and Pakistan are improving after hitting a low following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani compound in May 2011, and a US airstrike in November which killed 24 Pakistani troops. “We have been through some of the most difficult times in our 60-year history,” Khar said before talks with Clinton in Washington, admitting “the last 18 months were very, very difficult.” But she said amid concerted efforts the two nations were doing “better than we could have expected to do in building the trust.” “We still have work to do to get our bilateral relationship to the point where we would like it to be,” Clinton acknowledged. “But we both recognize that we can achieve more when we work together on a focused agenda.” Asfandyar Wali, Farooq Sattar, Mustafa Nawaz From Back Page Khokhar, Ambassador Sherry ing factors have helped stabi- wear and an impressive 55% Rehman and others were also lized external account in the past and 13% surge in volumes of present during the meeting.— two months. Although Oil prices yarn and garments. In this back- Agencies stabilized in current quarter av- drop, upside to textile exports eraging at US$107/bbl to date, outlook has emerged as several coming off from peak of positives have played out in reUS$125/bbl level. As a result oil cent weeks namely 50% reducimports are up by a nominal 3% tion in GIDC, 150bps lower YoY to US$1.4billion in August Export Refinane ERF rates and wp12, however the future direc- impact of EU duty waiver apFrom Page 1 tion of oil prices will be worth proval which includes variants tracking. of cotton yarn, woven fabric, Ahmed Bilour does not repreWith QE having typically garments and select items of sent govt policy. Responding to the press depicted a rising oil price trend home textiles. any downside to oil prices will The impact of these devel- conference conducted by be capped for the time being. opments should start filtering in Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, MinisTextile exports down 2% YoY to headline export numbers from ter for Railways, in which he to US$2.16bn in 2MFY13. second quarter of financial 2013 announced a bounty on the head This suggests an implied and support broader CA posi- of anti-Islam filmmaker, the full-year target of US$12.5- tion. Moreover, in an environ- Foreign Office spokesperson 13bn (vs our estimate of ment where incremental benefit said that it was Bilour s personal US$12bn). While impact of from currency weakness is lim- view and has nothing to do with lower cotton prices have started ited i.e. Rs/US$ and Rs/Euro the official policy of the Govto emerge, there seems mixed parity firm, these positives ernment of Pakistan. Pakistan‘s Railways Minisvolume growth: flat volumes in should hold higher favour, it is ter Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on knitwear (2) 16% decline in bed expected. Saturday offered the “prize” for killing the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” and invited the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to take part in the “noble deed.” On Sunday, the United States denounced the $100,000 bounty offered by the minister. From Back Page
IMF to assess Pakistan’s debt repayment capacity and should support currency outlook (4.3% devaluation estimated in financial year 2013 there is a risk of the positives to be overshadowed by impending repayments to IMF (US$110m/ US$600m due in Oct/Nov this year which may lead to higher volatility in Foreign exchange market in the coming months, sources said. It is expected that commodity prices will continue to drive external account position and provide clarity on timing of potential return to IMF for another loan, where details from upcoming IMF talks will also matter to determine future course. The latest Current Account (C/A) data reflected a hefty surplus of US$1.24billion in Aug-2012 helped by US$1.12billion coalition support fund (CSF). Beyond CSF flows, follow-
Lok Rahs Theatre competition concludes
Bilour’s statement was personal
US slams Bilour’s bounty offer
bounty promised by the railways Egyptian Copt and convicted
LAHORE—A three-day Lok Rahs minister as a “prize” for killing fraudster, based in Los Angeles Theatre Competition 2012 concluded at National College of Arts here on Monday. The competition was concluded on September 23, but it was postponed for another day due to holiday on Friday. Best play, actor, actress, script, direction and best production design were awarded with trophies and cash awards. Students from various institutions’ drama societies of universities, colleges and schools participated in the event.—APP
the filmmaker. “This is not government policy. We completely dissociate (ourselves) from this,” a spokesman for the prime minister’s office told AFP. Violent nationwide protests to condemn the film left 23 people dead on Friday when police used tear gas and live rounds to fight back protesters. The producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is reported to be a 55-year-old
and currently out on parole. US reports say Nakoula wrote and produced the disrespectful film, using the pseudonym Sam Bacile before being identified. Police questioned him before he went into hiding with his family. The film has sparked outrage across the Muslim world, with protests reported in more than 20 countries and over 50 people killed in demonstrations or attacks. —AFP
Drone strike kills 5 in NWA From Page 1 compound in Mirali area of North Waziristan. “The compound was located in Khaderkhail village, some 40 kilometres east of Miranshah, which is the headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency,” the official added.—Online
wards it to us, then the commission will decide upon de-notifying Malik,” the Secretary ECP clarified. He further clarified that Senator Rehman Malik has not yet been de-notified and he is still a member of Senate and the interior minister. He also said that ” the Supreme Court had directed the commission to take fresh declarations from all the members of the parliament and members of provincial assemblies regarding their nationalities.” Ahmed was speaking at a press conference following a high-level meeting presided by Justice (Retd) Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim in Islamabad. The meeting was held to dis-
cuss the cases of dual-national lawmakers and to formulate the rules and regulations for the upcoming general elections. Earlier on Sept 20, the Supreme Court had ruled that lawmakers holding dual nationalities were not eligible to hold any public offices and declared all such lawmakers as disqualified. The ECP had annulled the assembly membership of the 11 disqualified lawmakers in accordance with the SC’s judgement. The lawmakers included Zahid Iqbal, Farahnaz Ispahani, Muhammad Ikhlaq, Ashraf Chauhan, Nadia Gabol, Amina Buttar, Jameel Awan, Waseem Qadir, Farhat Mahmood Khan, Nadeem Khadim and Ahmed Ali Shah.
Draft letter for Swiss officials to be presented in SC today From Page 1 ter as our reservations have been removed. He said the middle way for writing a letter was decided in the court. He said the letter would withdraw former Attorney General Malik Qayyum’s letter. To a question‚ the minister said we are firm on our stand that the President enjoys immunity. Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H. Naek called on Prime Minister Raja Parvez Asharaf to discuss the draft of the Swiss letter to be presented before the Supreme Court today. On September 18, PM Raja informed the apex court that he had authorized the law minister to take steps for the implementation of apex court’s directive in relevant para 178 of the NRO judgement.
Appearing before a fiveJudge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the prime minister said under SC’s previous observation, he had authorized the law minister to fully cooperate with the Court in implementation of its directive in NRO, and pleaded that in face of various national and international issues and pressing engagements, he might be given personal exemption from appearing in the court. Accepting his request, the bench granted him exemption from personal appearance till further orders. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa while appreciating the stance of the prime minister, told him that they would have to adopt four steps onwards for implementation of its directive. Firstly, the authorization which
should be produced in writing, secondly, draft of the letter to meet the directives contained in para 178 and upto the satisfaction of the court, thirdly, dispatch to and receipt by the concerned Swiss and other authorities and fourthly, confirmation of such communication. Justice Khosa assured the PM that the bench would address Federation’s concerns and would not go beyond what they had written in para 178. Later, the bench adjourned hearing till September 25, and noted down in its order that the prime minister and the law minister had undertaken before the Court that authorization letter and draft of the letter would be produced before the court to meet requirement of direction in para 178 of the NRO judgement. —NNI
ANF probing without fear, favour rent status of investigation in view of the nature of the case being sub-judice. He said there are three categories of accused namely ones who committed, ones who allowed and those who influenced the officials wielding authority to allot quota of Ephedrine. The ANF investigators are probing the case in all the three dimensions and there is no question of showing leniency towards anyone of the three categories. To a question he said that quota of Ephedrine jumped to double quantity in 2010 over the previous year 2009. The quota of this chemical in 2009 was 15,000kg while it rose to 31,000kg in the following year. He said ANF had nothing to do with obtaining this quota or its
From Page 1 use. All authority lay with the erstwhile federal health ministry which was later devolved to provinces. The DG ANF agreed to this scribe’s suggestion that there was need to transparently monitor the use of chemicals which are used in medicines but can also be misused for making illicit drugs. Ephedrine can be misused in producing illicit drugs which bring fabulous gains to the smugglers and those involved in making of illicit drugs. Major General Malik Zafar Iqbal dispelled the general impression that ANF was a military controlled organization. He said the organization works under the civilian government
headed by the prime minister. Only a small percentage of its staff is drawn from Army. The DG though a serving general is accountable to the government. Explaining the nature of tasks of the ANF, he said we check supply and demand as well as promote awareness among people. ANF played a key role in making Pakistan ‘Poppy Free Country’. He pointed out that ANF’s role has been appreciated at international level in combating smuggling of drugs. DG ANF said, we are currently implementing Drug Free Lahore Project. ANF Academy was recently set up to provide training to its cadres in latest techniques required for their tasks.
Mukhtar’s brother joins PML-N pressing his full trust and confidence in the dynamic leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Ch. Ahmed Saeed announced his joining of Pakistan Muslim League-N. Welcoming Ch. Ahmed Saeed to the fold of Pakistan Muslim League -N, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that the popularity of PML-N is rapidly increasing, and the people of Pakistan would soon express their complete confidence in the leadership of PML-N, in the forthcoming general elections. On the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also
15 judges transferred LAHORE—The Lahore High Court on Monday issued posting and transfer orders of 15 additional district and sessions judges. According to a LHC notification, the AD&SJ who were transferred include Ashfaq Mahmood Sheikh from Hafizabad to Jaranwala, Shaukat Kamal from Jaranwala to Lahore, Shahid Mahmood from Layyah to Bahawalpur, Khalid Mahmood Bhatti from Bahawalpur to Lahore, Abdul Rehman from Liaqatpur to Muzaffargarh, Ghaffar Mehtab from Muzaffargarh to Bhalwal, Qamar Ijaz from Bhalwal to Khanewal, Sajjad Hussain Sindhar from Khanewal to Lahore, Muhammad Shafiq from Phalia to Khanpur, Waseem-urRehman Khan from Khanpur to Lahore, Muhammad Kaleem Khan from Rawalpindi to Lahore, Kh Muhammad Ajmal from Sadiqabad to Taunsa Sharif, Muhammad Aslam from Taunsa Sharif to Sadiqabad, Mushtaq Ahmad from Bahawalpur to Mianchannu.—APP
From Page 1 welcomed Ch. Ahmed Saeed into PML-N and hoped that the party would be further strengthened by his joining. Shahbaz Sharif said that all segments of the society are appreciating the principled stance, taken by PML-N for democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions. He said that people believe that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is the only leader who can bring
the nation out of current crisis and he is a ray of hope for 18 crore people of Pakistan. Shahbaz Sharif said that joining of PML-N by a wise personality like Ch. Ahmed Saeed proves beyond doubt that PML-N, under the inspiring leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, is fully capable of bringing about a real change in the country, besides solving problems of the masses.
First India-USAfghan trilateral talks in New York
Bugti murder case
WASHINGTON—The first trilateral dialogue between India, the US and Afghanistan would be held in New York on the sidelines of the 6th annual session of the UN General Assembly. The first of its kind meeting between officials from India, the US and Afghanistan would be held at the level of deputy foreign minister, informed diplomatic sources familiar with the preparations of the meeting said. The announcement in this regard was made during the India-US strategic dialogue held in Washington early this year, ISLAMABAD: Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer Zahid Mailk called on Chief of Navel Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila at Naval Headqurters on which was co-chaired by external affairs minister SM Krishna Monday. Executive Editor Pakistan Observer Gauhar Zahid Mailk alongwith some senior Naval officials is also present. and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. “Today we agreed to move forward with a formal trilateral consultation among our three
QUETTA—The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday summoned all investigation officers in Akbar Bugti murder case on October 02.ATC judge Muhammad Ismail Baloch resumed hearing of Akbar Bugti murder case. During the hearing the staff of crime WASHINGTON —The United branch submitted challan of States denounced a $100,000 the case in the court.—INP bounty offered by railways minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour’s SC admits Riaz’s statement for killing the maker of an anti-Islam film that has trigplea gered a wave of deadly, violent protests. Ghulam Ahmed Bilour Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The Supreme on Saturday offered the “prize” for Court of Pakistan has admitted killing the filmmaker of “Innobusiness tycoon Malik Riaz’s cence of Muslims” and invited the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to take part review petition against the in the “noble deed.” But the formation of the Suddle bounty offered was slammed by commission in the alleged financial impropriety between the State Department. US PresiArsalan Iftikhar and Riaz and dent Barack Obama and Secretary his son-in-law Salman Ahmed, of State Hillary Clinton “have both said the video at the core of for regular hearing, on Monday. The Supreme Court this is offensive, disgusting, and reprehensible,” a State Departhad taken a decision of appointing federal tax ombuds- ment official said. man Dr Shoaib Suddle as a one-man inquiry commission.
US, EU slam Bilour’s bounty offer
SC seeks report on YouTube ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court has asked the Attorney General to present report, in two days, about measures taken by the government to stop operation of ‘Youtube’ in Pakistan. ‘Youtube.com’ contains the blasphemous movie, which incited the emotions of Pakistani population and the Muslims all over the world. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary heard the suo-motu case against the release of inflammatory movie, ‘Innocence of Muslims’. Subsequently, the Supreme Court issued orders to the Attorney General Irfan Qadir to update the court about the blockade of the website that contained the controversial movie. —Online
Zardari’s dual office case LAHORE—The contempt case against President Asif Ali Zardari would be heard on September 27 in the Lahore High Court (LHC).The contempt case against President Zardari for not complying with the court orders in dual office case could not be heard due to public holiday on Friday.The larger bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial will hear the case on September 27, Thursday.—INP
BZU announces result MULTAN—Bahauddin Zakariya University on Monday announced results of MA Philosophy, Part-II (Annual System) Annual Examination 2011 held in January-February 2012. According to a notification issued here, a total of 13 candidates appeared in the exam including 3 boys and 10 girls and 6 were declared successful—APP
One drowns in canal BAHAWALPUR—One person drowned into a canal near Yazman on Monday, some 35 kilometers from here. According to rescue sources, Rasheed (20) was swimming in the canal and drowned. Divers tried to rescue him but failed. His body was recovered after hectic efforts. —APP
“But that is no justification for violence and it is important for responsible leaders to stand up and speak out against violence,” the official added in a statement. “Therefore we find Bilour’s announcement is inflammatory and inappropriate.”Pakistan government on Sunday distanced itself from Bilour’s comments, with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf rejecting the bounty offer even as new protests erupted from Turkey to Hong Kong. Meanwhile,the European Union deplored Monday the call by a Pakistani minister for a $100,000 bounty to be put on the head of the maker of an anti-Islam film which has sparked deadly protests around the world.
“We deplore the call for a bounty,” Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, told a press briefing. “We are particularly concerned that this call should come from a member of the government even if the prime minister… has dissociated himself” from the remarks, Mann added. Earlier on Sunday, the United States had also condemned Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour’s offer of the bounty to kill the filmmaker. Bilour on Saturday had offered a $100,000 “prize” for killing the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” — an amateurish film made in the United States — and invited the Taliban and al Qaeda to take part in the “noble
issues notice IMF to assess Pakistan’s toSCRegistrar FST debt repayment capacity Appointment of chairman
tance for two key reasons, AMANULLAH KHAN Pakistan’s midterm obligations I SLAMABAD —The Supreme KARACHI—Talks with IMF (US$3.3billion/1.3billion in fi- Court of Pakistan on Monday is-
authorities under post programme monitoring are due to begin Sep 26th, where Pakistan’s debt repayment capacity is expected to come under discussion. The recent stability in foreign exchange reserves and incrementally positive current account (CA) outlook provide cushion for near-term repayments. However, the upcoming meetings with IMF hold impor-
nancial year 2014-15 remain a concern, with US$8.5billion reserves expected to be held by June-2013, sources said. However the likelihood of return to IMF program in 2013 intact; and potential talks to form consensus on post-election implementation of macro reforms. Meanwhile current account position has turned incrementally positive
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5 people including 3 cops injured in blast 35 kg explosives defused TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR —A remote controlled explosion targeting a police van near Rashakai interchange in Noshehra district Monday morning left at least five people including three cops seriously wounded. The Police vehicle, damaged badly in the blast, was transporting criminals to the court. In the meanwhile the Peshawar Police foiled an at-
tempt to play havoc in the outskirts of the City by defusing heavy explosive material Monday morning. Reports reaching here said a Police van taking two accused to the court for hearing , when reached near Rashakai interchange was blasted with the help of a radio controlled explosive device allegedly by the militants in an attempt to get their detained accomplices released.
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sued notice to Registrar, Federal Services Tribunal (FST) for appointing chairman without the consultation of Chief Justice and adjourned the hearing till next week. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry heard the case against Registrar FST for the appointment of Chairman without seeking consent of the C.—INP
JI terms blasphemy world’s biggest terrorism LAHORE—The Central Shoora of Jamaat-e-Islami has termed the blasphemy of the prophets and sacrilege of revealed books as the biggest terrorism. The Shoora meeting chaired by JI Ameer, Syed Munawar Hasan, while condemning the hypocritical attitude of West regarding blasphemous caricatures and movies, through resolution, called upon the Pakistan government to convene an emergency meeting of the OIC for evolving a common strategy on the issue. —Online
UN world leaders meet amid frustration, turmoil UNITED NATIONS — Demo- pecially in Mali, and the first de- ering justice.” cratic uprisings across the Arab world and the Palestinians’ bid for U.N. membership sparked excitement and hope at last year’s meeting of world leaders. But with war raging in Syria, the Palestinian application sidelined, and deadly protests generated by an anti-Islamic video, the mood as this year’s U.N. gathering begins is one of disappointment and frustration. More than 120 presidents, prime ministers and monarchs meeting under heavy security at the U.N. General Assembly and in sideline events will also be preoccupied by rising tension over Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, al-Qaida’s inroads in the Sahel region of west Africa, es-
cline in years in international aid to help developing countries combat poverty. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon predicted that the ministerial session, which starts will be among the busiest ever, reflecting “the tumultuous time in which we live — a time of turmoil and transition.” It is also taking place “against a backdrop of widespread violence linked to intolerance,” he said. Ahead of the opening ministerial session, which President Barack Obama will address, the U.N. chief has invited leaders to the first high-level meeting on the rule of law on Monday, hoping they “will send a strong signal to the world’s people that they are serious about establishing wellfunctioning institutions and deliv-
Diplomats aren’t expecting any breakthroughs on the deadlock over Syria, which Ban said “will be foremost in our minds,” despite a number of sideline meetings starting Monday when the new U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi briefs the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors on his recent talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other leaders in the region. “To increase pressure and to increase the isolation of the regime of Assad is one of the goals of this week,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters Sunday. The Syrian conflict has bitterly divided the most powerful
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deed.”The State Department weighed in Sunday, with an official recalling that US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “have both said the video at the core of this is offensive, disgusting, and reprehensible. The official added: “But that is no justification for violence and it is important for responsible leaders to stand up and speak out against violence.” Therefore we find Mr. Bilour’s announcement is inflammatory and inappropriate,” the official said in a statement. A spokesman for Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday rejected the
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PM distributes cheques to victims of Lahore factory fire SALIM AHMED
LAHORE—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday said the government will extend all out help and financial assistance to the victims of fire incident in Lahore. Terming the fire incident in Lahore as a national tragedy, the premier said the federal government will extend full financial assistance to the victims. While addressing cheque distribution ceremony among the relatives of victims of Lahore fire incident here at Governor’s House, the premier said the government fully shares the grief and sorrow of the bereaved families.
nations,” Clinton had said at a joint news conference on June 13. The announcement was also reflected in the joint statement issued at the end of the strategic dialogue. “To support their efforts in Afghanistan, they agreed to hold a trilateral dialogue with the government of Afghanistan,” said the joint statement. However, both India and the US had clarified that the trilateral dialogue was not targeted against Pakistan, which has always been wary of New Delhi’s role in Afghanistan. Diplomatic sources pointed out that along with the IndiaAfghan-US trilateral dialogue, the United States would also hold another tri-lateral dialogue involving Pakistan, which would also be at the level of deputy foreign minister. —INP
Ten-minute workouts lure time-challenged exercisers
HE procrastinators, the super-busy, and the easily bored in pursuit of a manageable fitness routine may find what they seek in the 10-minute workout. Experts say what these short bursts of activity, sometimes called exercise snacking, lack in duration they can make up for in intensity. “You can get a good enough workout that can make real metabolic changes to your body,” said Liz Neporent, co-author of “The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan” along with fitness instructor Jessica Smith. “It can help you lose weight, reduce stress and basically give you all the benefits that we know come from exercise.” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that most adults to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderateintensity exercise each week. But multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes are acceptable and even people unable to meet the minimums still benefit from some activity, according to ACSM. Neporent, who writes on health and fitness, said mainstream science is finding that if you increase intensity you can decrease time. That approach can work for a lot of people, she said, because poll after poll has shown that the Number One objection to not getting a workout in is time. “The typical recommendation is to do 30 minutes, so if we told you that you could do 10 minutes at a time, you might actually
have a better shot at getting it done,” she said. To make the most of 10 minutes, Neporent and Smith favor a hybrid of cardio and strength exercises. “You want to get in something that’s heart-healthy, and something that’s good for your muscles and bones,” Neporent said. “A lot of our workouts (in the book) tend to be circuitweighted to maximize time.” They also promote the 10minute walk; the meal plan section extends the theme with recipes that take 10 minutes or less to prepare. Amy Dixon, creator of the “Give Me 10” DVD series of 10minute workouts, said studies show shorter, but more consistent, workouts can yield dramatic results. “If I had 10 minutes I would do fairly intense strength training, total body workouts with dumbbells or kettle bells interspersed with cardio intervals like jumping jacks,” said Dixon, who is Group Fitness Manager at an Equinox fitness center in Santa Monica, California. She’s seen too many people spend 60 minutes just going through the motions of a cardiovascular workout. “If you’re reading a magazine,” she said, “you’re not working out.” Dr. Carl Foster, a professor in the exercise and sports science department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, said there are unique advantages to high-intensity training for the young and the fit.
ISLAMABAD: Chief guest Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, High Commissioner of Malaysia, Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtabar and his wife Madam Habibah Mahmud cutting a cake to mark 55th National Day of Malaysia and Malaysian Armed Forces Day at a local hotel. Ambassador of Argentina, Rodolfo J. Martin, Lt.Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum, wife of Indonesian Ambassador, Akram Zaki, Ambassador of Phillipines, wife of Ambassador of Vietnam and others are also seen in the picture.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir
Wynne visits Air HQ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, visited Air Headquarters Islamabad today. The visiting dignitary called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force in his office. Both remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest.
Floral art society elects new body unopposed
Blackout continues at CDA offices STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD—Floral Art Society of Islamabad elected new office bearers for the next year unopposed in a meeting held here on Monday. According to results Samina Khan was elected president of the society who also rendered services on the same post last year, while Nasreen Amjad was elected as Vice President. The other newly elected members included General Secretary, Shabana Bangash, Joint Secretary, Rukhsana Ali, Finance Secretary, Sobia Riaz, Information Secretary, Salma Kamal and committee member Naheed Amin Hashim. Talking to APP Samina Khan informed that the society imparts floral art training.—APP
I SLAMABAD —The Capital Development Authority, (CDA) which is planning to establish an exclusive 100MW power plant for the city, has not yet been able to get the power supply to its offices restored, that was disconnected by the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on September 4. Mandated to run the developmental affairs of the Federal Capital, the CDA seems to be overpowered by the IESCO that has disconnected the power supply of its offices for non-payment of Rs1.75 billion dues. Both the CDA and the IESCO have been at odds since long over reconciliation
of accounts but every time the authority has to suffer power disconnection as it has no funds to pay the same. In the recent past, the IESCO also disconnected power supply to the Pak Secretariat and the Foreign Office as power dues of these buildings are paid by the CDA. However, it was restored after partial payment of dues but the basic issue lingered on. On the contrarily, CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal had claimed before media and the parliamentary committees to have resolved the power issue of the CDA, but a gigantic and noisy power generator installed close to his office refutes all of his claims.
ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Po- of police have also been de- ling in the city.
lice have tightened the security in Capital and extra deployment of police personnel has been ordered at worship places and important buildings, the official source said here Monday. The source said that Inspector General of Islamabad police Bani Amin has directed to beef up security in the federal capital and strict security measures have been directed at Masajid, worship places and other important locations as well as public places. Police presence has been enhanced at worship places, I SLAMABAD —Hundreds of markets and extra contingents employees and students of Quaid-i-Azam University, (QAU) on Monday held a peaceful protest rally to condemn the release of blasphemous movie. The protest was jointly organized by Employees Welfare Association (EWA), Officers Welfare AsSTAFF REPORTER sociation (OWA) and students of QAU. A large number of em- I SLAMABAD—The Muslim ployees, students and teach- Ummah should get united to ers of the university partici- check the nefarious designs and propaganda unleashed by pated in the rally. The protesters marched the anti-Islam forces regarding form University cafeteria to blasphemy and for the purpose Babu-ul-Quaid. They were a Muslim media organization be holding banners and plac- set up under the auspices of Orards with slogans expressing ganization of Islamic Cooperatheir anger against the blas- tion (OIC). Khalid Rashid Shahbaz, phemous act. Speaking on the occa- President of the Anjuman sion, Sayed Nazar Husain Taleem ul Islam and Mohtamam Shah, President Employees (Administrator) of Shah Faisal Welfare Association, said Jamia Islamia said this while adthat Muslims will never tol- dressing the Namoos Rasool erate blasphemy against the Maqbool (PBUH) conference Holy Prophet Muhammad here on Monday. He appealed to the Mus(PBUH). He emphasized the need of unity among the lims, particularly the people of Muslim Ummah and Muslim the Pakistan, to act according Leaders to counter the anti- to the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) while holding Islam propaganda.—APP
QAU holds protest to condemn sacrilegious movie
ISLAMABAD: General Khalid Shameem Wynne Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
Security beefed up in Federal Capital ployed there. Furthermore, parking of vehicles close to worship places would be banned during prayers. Police personnel in plain clothes are assigned the task to keep vigil on suspicious elements. Police Commandoes deputed outside sensitive locations have been alerted and special police teams have been constituted by each police station for effective patrolling in its respective jurisdiction. Area (beat) offices are also directed to remain alert while Falcon and Eagle Squads are also assigned the task for effective policing and patrol-
Complete coordination among all wings of Islamabad police including traffic police, Special Branch, City Police, Security Police, CID and Headquarters Police has been also ordered. It has been also ordered to start checking of hotels and guest houses in the Federal Capital in order to ensure protection to lives and property of the citizens. Checking at exit and entry points of the city has been further strengthened and police patrolling has been enhanced in order to avert any untoward situation, the sources maintained.—APP
Call to counter blasphemous propaganda rallies against the blasphemy so that instead of creating disharmony, the situation should be kept intact to save the property and life of their ellow brothers, including the worship places of the followers of other religions. He urged the youth to adhere to the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), which are the only guideline for the entire humanity and to ensure harmony, peace, progress and prosperity of the world. Khalid Rashid Shahbaz, who is also the president of the International Public Relations Association of Pakistan (IPRA-Pak), said that the Muslim world needed to work together with other countries towards having such a mechanism that ensure the respect of sentiments of people of all the
religions. He said,”the freedom of expression does not mean to create such a hatred atmosphere which demonstrates blatant double standards. “If the West considers the denial of holocaust a crime, then it should respect the Islam’s holiest personality and those elements who are involved in this crime should be given exemplary punishment so that nobody could dare to repeat such kind of immoral and unethical activity”. Shahbaz said that it was high time that “we should strongly condemn all the antireligious forces to stop this attitude otherwise they will have to face the anger of the Muslim Ummah, who can never tolerate such propaganda against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
PAL to announce Kamal-e-Fun Award 2010 ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is set to announce country’s most prestigious Award Kamal e Fun Award and National Literary Award 2009-10 on Wednesday (Sep 26). A penal of prestigious intellectuals, writers will decide about conferring the awards to the writers of best master pieces in various languages. PAL confers awards to Pakistani writers as a tribute to their services in the field of literature. The country’s biggest Kamal e Fun Award was initiated in 1997. PAL has so far conferred this award to Ahmed Nadeem Kasmi, Intizar Hussain, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, Ahmed Faraz, Shaukat Siddiqui, Munir Niazi, Ms Adda Jaffery, Sobhoghayan Chandani, Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch, Jamiluddin Ali, Muhammad Ajmal Khan Khattak, Abdullah Jan Jamal Deeni, and Muhammad Lutufullah Khan. PAL also confers National Literature Award to best literature books in category of Urdu poems, Urdu prose and various regional languages.—APP
Grand exhibition—celebrating art of Pakistan SANA JAMAL I SLAMABAD —The grand paintings, stimulating installation art, intriguing sculptures, and ingenious new media art at the impressive art exhibition delightfully tells the story of evolution of contemporary art in Pakistan. The largest art show in town that opened at National Art Gallery on Monday is being held to celebrate 30th anniversary of Rohtas Gallery, one of the oldest art galleries of Pakistan. The exhibition, arranged in three large galleries, features 100-plus art-
works by 65 artists, both ebrate the art of Pakistan, art time-honoured artists and galleries, as well as all the emerging talent, to pay homartists, who have become age to Rohtas Gallery’s deidentity of Pakistan, an idenvotion to the cause of art and tity that survives in the modits efforts in the development ern times with its rich heriof current art and artists in tage,” maintained Naeem the country. Pasha, architect and gallery The month-long exhibifounder. tion was opened by BrazilThe exhibition was a fine ian Ambassador Alfredo opportunity to witness how Leoni and attended by a Pakistani artists have devellarge number of artists, art oped their distinct styles and lovers and foreigners. different forms of expresCurated by Quddus Mirza, sion, from painting to miniaan artist and art critic, the ture, from digital to video and exhibition offers a wide range from installation to drawing of art display in terms of et cetera. style, imagery, content, techInstallation art and ISLAMABAD: Women viewing the exhibition in connection with celebration of 30 years mixed media remained the nique and medium. “It is an occasion to cel- of Rohtas Gallery at National Art Gallery. centre of attraction at the
show. Countless colourful, handmade books neatly organized on wooden shelves caught the attention of many a book lovers who were simply charmed by the dexterity of the artist, Hasnat Mehmood. The huge shimmering eagle, made of steel, an artwork by Adeela Suleman, greeted the audiences who made it to the remotest part of the gallery. A brilliant mirror and glass artwork by Huma Milji titled ‘Crystal Palace’ looked gorgeous from a distance but a close gaze revealed broken mirrors perhaps reflecting hidden troubles. Many other marvelous
artworks that delighted the art lovers were by Mehr Afroz, Beate Terfloth, Humaira Abid, Imran Qureshi, Nusra Latif, Talha Rathore, Shireen Kamran, Naiza Khan, Ali Raza, Salima Hashmi, Jamil Baloch, Amin Rehman, Mansoora Hassan, Nahid Raza, Noor Ali Chaghani, Sheherzade Alam, Anwar Saeed, Imran Mudassar, Faiza Butt, Naazish Ataullah, Nausheen Saeed, Wahab Jaffer, Masooma Halai, Shahid Sajjad, Haider Ali Jan, Ahsan Jamal, Sophiya Khawaja, Nadia Hussain, laila Rehman, Sabina Gillani, and Akram Dost.
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October 25 FEDERAL Minister for National Regulations and Services, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan will address a press conference Role of the Ministry in the flood affected areas at 03:00 p.m. at the Committee Room, Local Government and Rural Development Complex, behind State Bank of Pakistan, Islamabad. ***** SUSTAINABLE Development Policy Institute (SDPI) would organize a seminar to dig out root causes of conflict and the affect of aid on our economy at 3.00 p.m at SDPI auditorium. Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, will chair the seminar. October 6 THE report on Devolution and Social Development by Social Policy and Development Centre will be launched on Saturday 6 th October 2012, at 02:30 p.m at Marriot hotel Islamabad. The report looks into the various aspects of the implementation issues of the 18 th constitutional amendment including the emerging issues.
STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Despite the city administration’s high claims about checking and sealing of factories without proper security measures, fire incidents are still happening in Rawalpindi, spreading sense of insecurity among the residents. In a recent incident, fire erupted in a shoe factory in Bangash Colony, in the jurisdiction of Pirwadhai Police Station, and shoes and other objects worth millions of rupees were burnt. Workers of
Rescue 1122 and fire-brigade reached the spot and extinguished the fire. The authorities are busy in estimating the losses. According to the Rescue sources, fire erupted in a twostorey leather shoe factory owned by a local, Khawaja Khawar, in street No 2 of Bangash Colony due to some chemicals stored on first floor. On getting the information, four vehicles of Rescue 1122, three of TMA and one vehicle of Rawalpindi Cantonment board reached the
spot and put out the fire. In another incident, Tariq Ali, a resident of Karachi, sustained severe burn injuries when fire erupted in a hotel in Rawalpindi Cantt area. He was immediately sifted to a hospital for treatment. It is pertinent to mention here that TMA Rawalpindi and Cantt board had started a campaign against the factories without proper safety measures and sealed illegal and insecure factories but till now, they have failed in controlling the inferno incidents.
Petition against Kayani’s extension dismissed STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed a petition submitted against the extension of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s service terming it as ‘non-maintainable. A single member bench comprising Chief Justice IHC, Justice Iqbal HameedUr-Rehman heard the case regarding a petition filed against the extension of army chief ’s service. Justice Hameed said in his remarks during hearing of the case that according to the Army
Service Act matters related to the armed forces services cannot be taken up by High Court. The court while announcing its judgment dismissed the petition terming it as non-maintainable. It should be mentioned that a petition had been filed in the IHC by Col (retd) Inamur Rahim, challenging the extension granted to Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The petitioner said the exservicemen society, which represented hundreds of thousands of retired military men, had been expressing serious concern over extension
given to uniformed people because it would adversely affect the entire fiber of command, a hallmark of any disciplined force. He further said the extension of Gen Kayani was granted by the authority concerned in a mechanical manner. While granting a tenure extension of three years nobody bothered that it would surpass the age of superannuation (60 years) on April 20, 2012. As per the army list, the date of birth of Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is April 20, 1952, and under the Army Act nobody is permitted to remain in uniform after attaining the age of 60.
World Tourism Day to be observed on Thursday
Funds scarcity delays Khanpur Dam Phase-3 STAFF REPORTER R AWA L P I N D I — K h a n p u r Dam phase three project, started to cope with the scarcity of water in the city, is delayed due to the non-provision of sufficient funds by the government. The project was started in October 2010 with the estimated cost of Rs700 million and was to complete in October this year. The government released only Rs320 million to date, delaying the project. When contacted, CEO Cantonment Board, Rana Manzoor Ahmed Khan said that the major reason of delay in the project was delay in release of funds. “The government has not released even half the funds yet,” he added. He further said that if the remaining funds are provided, the project would be competed soon. With the construction of 10 underground tanks under the project, the dam would acquire additional capacity of one million gallon water. In the project, total 10 underground tanks would be constructed. Two of the tanks have been built having four lakh gallons of water, while six more tanks would be constructed.
Water leakage goes unchecked in Rose & Jasmine Garden ISLAMABAD—Due to underground leakage, 40 percent water of the city gets wasted but leakage of water at the jogging track in Rose and Jasmine Garden is continuing unnoticed. Despite water shortage in various sectors of the federal capital, underground water leakage and water wastage at some other points continue owing to the negligence of Capital Development Authority (CDA). Muhammad Shoaib, a citizen who frequently visits the park, said that water comes out from the jogging track and is being wasted constantly but the civic body was paying no heed to address the matter. “Water is coming out from the track for last three weeks but nothing was done so far to repair the underground water leakage,” he added. The CDA should repair all the leakages in order to stop continuous water wastage as residents in various sectors of the federal capital face water scarcity throughout the year.—INP
Non-payment of salaries
I SLAMABAD —United Nations’ (UN) World Tourism Day will be observed on September 27 with the aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. This year’s theme is “Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.” This year’s theme aims to highlight tourism’s role in a brighter energy future; a future in which the world’s entire population has access to modern, efficient and affordable energy services. Tourism, one of the world’s largest economic sectors, has already taken important steps towards this future improving energy efficiency and increasingly using renewable energy technologies in its operations.—APP
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry with delegation of Khanewal District Bar Association at Supreme Court building.
82 Jail wardens quit jobs ISLAMABAD: Activists of Joint Action Committee PIMS and Poly Clinic organized a R AWALPINDI —Eighty-two protest rally against anti-Islam American film. out of total 300 wardens deployed at Adiala Jail have quit their jobs due to nonpayment of salaries. According to the jail sources, the Jails Department, Punjab recruited new employees and deployed 300 wardens in the Central Adiala I SLAMABAD —The District before the court. The pros- sued notices to all respon- Jail. These warders got their ecution lawyer in the blasdents that the case will now and Sessions court hearing salaries of two months very the Rimsha Maseeh case on phemy case against Christian be heard in juvenile court. late, besides having some Monday ordered that the 14 girl Rimsha Masih told the The court also gave police a disagreement with the jail year old be tried by the Ju- Court that the girl is 21 years deadline till October 1 to sub- administration. venile Court on October 01. old and that the medical re- mit another challan in the Some of the newly reThe District and Ses- port that termed her as a mi- case. cruited employees, on the The prosecution lawyer condition of anonymity, told sions West judge Jawad nor was wrong. The prosecution lawyer also said that Rimsha had been INP that Rs1,600 per head Abbas resumed the Rimsha Maseeh case and issued no- had earlier challenged the sent off to Norway, however, were deducted from their salatice to transfer her case, and medical report, arguing that the Christian girl’s lawyer, Ad- ries as food charges, besides instructed the police to sub- the medical board was not set vocate Tahir Naveed Chaudhry giving them salaries after two said that Rimsha was still in months delay. “Majority of mit a fresh challan before the up on court orders. The court dismissed a Pakistan, but her location could the warders even do not eat juvenile court, while also ordering that accused Maulvi petition regarding hearing not be disclosed due to secu- from the jail kitchen,” he Khalid Jadoon be presented Rimsha’s case in a jail and is- rity hazards.—INP added. The sources said that 82 wardens gave up the jobs after receiving their salaries that needs the attention of ISLAMABAD—Kohsar police station and case was registered the thieves and recover the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and the Islamabad has busted a gang under section 380/457 PPC on stolen items. A special team under su- higher authorities of the jail of thieves who stormed in the August 10, 2012. Similarly, Dr Habib ur pervision of SP (City) includ- department.—INP house of Ambassador of Tunisia and took away Rs. 9,00,000, Rehman resident of House ing SHO Kohsar police stagold watch, two laptop and No. E-5/3, street Noo. 52, sec- tion Inspector Khalid Masood gold ornaments from their pos- tor F-6/4 also lodged another Akram, ASI Sohail Akram and session, a police spokesman theft report with Kohsar po- others started efforts and sucsaid on Monday. According to lice station on September 18. ceeded to arrest four thieves SSP Islamabad Yasen besides recovering stolen details, Eman Bangarah w/o Ahmed Bangarah resident of Farooq took serious notice of valuables including Rs. House No. 38-A, Main Service these theft incidents and as- 9,00,000, gold watch worth Rs. Road sector F-6/1 lodged the signed the task to SP (City) 7,00,000, two laptops and gold R AWALPINDI —Chief Ministheft report with Kohsar police Muhammad Ilyas to trace out ornaments from them. —APP ter Punjab Shahbaz Sharif would lay foundation stone of two mega projects besides inaugurating two other mega projects in NA-56 on Tuesday (today). According to the schedule, Shahbaz Sharif would first lay down foundation stone of Sixth Road Flyover and Urology Institute while later the chief minister will inaugurate gymnasium and Institute of Cardiology which would be followed by the speech. Commissioner Rawalpindi division Imdadullah Bosal held a meeting prior to the visit of the chief minister and directed deployment of additional traffic wardens in order to ensure smooth traffic flow. Moreover, DCO Saqib Zaffar and MNA Hanif Abbasi jointly visited the sites to ISLAMABAD: Secretary General PML (N) Iqbal Zafar Jhagra speaking during PML check the arrangement in this (N) Youth Wing General Council meeting at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir connection.—INP
Rimsha Maseeh case sent to Juvenile Court
CJ urges lawyers to assist courts in justice provision STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Monday said that a lawyer being a professional, always remains in the pursuit of the legal knowledge and he should work hard to assist the courts so as to provide expeditious and inexpensive justice to litigants at their doorsteps. He expressed these views when a 13-member delegation of Khanewal District Bar Association headed by its President Rana Jaffar Ali Khan and comprising other office bearers called on him in the Supreme Court building, Islamabad.
Talking to the delegation, the Chief Justice said, “Strong bar is a sine qua non for independent judiciary and where there is a strong bar, the institution flourishes.” Admiring the role of legal fraternity in the lawyers’ movement, he added that the movement was the struggle for principles. The legal fraternity, during the days of movement, struggled constantly for constitutionalism and independence of judiciary and their dream was materialized. The Bar members also appreciated the struggle and efforts of Chief Justice in the days of lawyers’ movement which is unique in the global history.
AIOU plans to promote basic education STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has devised a comprehensive plan to promote education in every nook and corner of the country through distancelearning system, said the university’s vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi. He said this while delivering his key-note address at the two-day international conference on basic education, held in Chinese city of Chengdu. The plan is also aimed at meeting millennium development goal, ensuring education for all by the year 2015. Those who attended the forum included former President of Philippine Mr Fidal Ramos, former Premier of Nepal Mr Bista, Minister for Education Sri Lanka and Secretary Planning Commission of India, says a message received here Monday. The Vice Chancellor gave
a comprehensive presentation in the conference on the efforts, being made by the government and the AIOU particularly for promoting basic education in the country through various means. He said, special focus has been laid on quality improvement, uniform access to educational resources, extensive training of teachers in ICT, establishment of reliable and accessible public ICT infrastructure for remote locations and introduction of vocational and socio-economic curriculum. The vice Chancellor said that Pakistan is signatory of international declarations on basic education. The present democratic government has provided constitutional strength to political commitment and free education is now constitutional right Dr. Sangi said open and distance education is also being tried at massive scale to overcome the problem of illiteracy.
The delegation informed the Chief Justice that the movement for rule of law, supremacy of Constitution and independence of judiciary instilled a new spirit and provided a common platform to lawyers to cooperate with one another for the larger good of the community. They also discussed with the Chief Justice, issues and matters pertaining to administration of justice and apprised the Chief Justice of their problems such as fixation of visit schedule of Consumer, Banking, Drug and other Courts at Khanewal. The Chief Justice assured them to take up the matter with concerned authorities.
45 motorcyclists booked ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has launched a special drive against onewheeling and booked around 45 motorcycles involved in unauthorized activity, posing life threats to citizens. Senior official of Islamabad Traffic Police told APP that under the campaign special teams have been tasked to take action against one-wheelei and the youth showing bike stunts on different roads. About 40 to 50 challan tickets are being issued per day to these offenders. He said Islamabad Traffic Police is fully committed to control accidents ratio in Federal Capital, added that bikers usually use wrong ways to escape from Traffic Police which may lead to accidents. The official said it is responsibility of parents to stop their children from committing this offence. He said media should also aware the public about negative aspects of onewheeling and bike stunts as many accident have taken place due to this activity.—APP
Gang of thieves busted
Shahbaz to lay foundation stone of two mega projects
ISLAMABAD: Chief Executive Officer Lead Pakistan Ali Tauqeer Sheikh and Dr Nabeela Ali posing for a group photo with the Board of Governors and participants during the signing ceremony of an MoU between Lead Pakistan and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, to strengthen resilience to Climate Change, at Islamabad Club.—PO photo
Advertisement bylaws challenged STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Advertisement bylaws and rate schedule of the district government have been challenged in the Lahore High Court. Moreover, the billboards installed on the car parking plaza at Fawara Chowk could not be removed despite the complaint of the taxation department, Rawalpindi, which may cause losses in the income of the district government. Besides, the district government had banned installation of any kind of billboards in the city in July, but allowed the TMA to set up hanger boards on 521 poles. Although, the TMA further
gave a annual contract of Rs6.2 million to a contractor. According to reliable sources, head of taxation department and Assistant Commissioner City, Quratulain Fatima had sent a summery to DCO Rawalpindi to remove billboards from car parking plaza, Fawara Chowk, but no action was taken on it. Now the district government devised a policy about the auction of billboard sites in the city and advertisement fee, but the advertisement companies have challenged it in the court. The district government had to face lose of millions of rupees last year and it is feared that it has to face the loss this year too.
500 science clubs established I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) has recently embarked upon some new initiatives for development of science culture in the country and has established 500 science clubs in high schools. PSF is making all out efforts to take science to the grassroots level of the society so that science can be understood through practical models and inquirybased approach. Talking to APP, Spokesperson PSF Rehana Batool said despite limited resources, phase-wise establishment of Science Clubs network in all the districts of Pakistan is on the cards.—APP
Mangla Dam water level rises to 1206.25 feet MIRPUR (AJK)—The water level in the reservoir Mangla dam is rising swiftly as it rose to the level of 1206.25 feet against the highest targeted level of 1242.00 feet, according to official sources here on Monday. Following heavy intermittent rains at the upper reaches of the Himalayan state of Jammu & Kashmir State. The dead level of water in the dam is 1040.00 feet and it was constantly rising rapidly, the sources told media here Monday. The water level was raised by over 166 feet against the stipulated dead level. The reservoir is being currently filled with the water for the future usage for irrigation purpose besides to boost power generation, the sources further said.—APP
Barrister Sultan hails Yaum-eIshq-e-Rasool (SAW) observance
Kashmiri students to observe Mukherjee’s stay as Black Week S RINAGAR — In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) has declared to observe the period of the President’s stay in Kashmir as Black Week to protest against the visit of commander-inchief of Indian armed forces to the campus. “A meeting of KUSU was held on Saturday wherein the week from September 2430 was de-clared as Black
Week in the wake of the president of India’s visit to the campus on the eve of annual convocation,” said a statement issued by the KUSU. It said the students of Kashmir University have “unanimously decided to boycott the event.” The KUSU statement said that students would wear black armbands and will hoist black flags in the campus as a mark of protest. “President of India is the
head of Indian armed forces who have perpetrated gruesome war crimes against the Kashmiris, from killings to rape to torture,” the statement said, adding, “In the wake of this stark reality it is highly gross and pathetic on part of the university authorities to invite the president of India as a chief guest in the event.” The statement added that Jammu and Kashmir was an “internationally-recognized dis-
pute pending settlement and the visit of Indian President is unethical and highly uncalled for, espe-cially at KU.” “It is yet another tragedy and a blot on a prestigious institute like University of Kashmir,” it added. KUSU also castigated the university authorities for “suspending the class work for three days in wake of the convocation, making the students suffer,” alleging that the campus had been “turned into a garri-
son causing much inconvenience to the students.” “It is yet another example of the totalitarianism of the administration and its priority is to abide by the hegemonic state diktat,” the statement added. The KUSU also lamented the politiciza-tion of the academic event. “Annual convocation at KU was supposed to be a purely aca-demic event celebrating academic excellence; however it has been
turned into a political event to further Indian state’s interests.” Students had also protested the forced evacuation and strict security measures put in place when in May 2008, the then President of India Pratibha Patil visited the university to inaugurate the controversial Institute of Kashmir Studies. Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to visit University of Kashmir this week. Mukherjee will arrive on maiden visit to the Val-
ley on Wednesday after assuming office in July this year to attend the university’s convocation ceremony. He is scheduled to hand out degrees and medals to outstanding scholars of the university on Thursday, September 27 during its 18th annual convocation. The students at the University hostel have decided to resist the moves to force them vacate the hostel on the eve of Mukherjee’s visit, the statement maintained.—KMS
World asked to press India to set HR records straight SRINAGAR—The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed a number of seminars, symposiums and roundtables and met some international personalities including Head of UN Human Rights Commissioner Asia Pacific, Rury Mungoven, Laura Schulke of International Human Rights Watch in Geneva. The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar
said that during these meetings and interactions, the Mirwaiz made a mention of blatant human rights violations by Indian armed forces in every nook and corner of occupied Kashmir. The APHC Chairman informed the world leaders of how the people of Kashmir were being eliminated in custody, subjected to arbitrary arrests and how the inmates were being deprived of basic facilities in contravention to the Geneva Convention..—KMS
Antony remarks flayed
KOTLI —Former AJK Pre- ISLAMABAD—The Chairman statement of the Indian Defense mier and central leader PPP Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said the decision to observe Yaum-e-Ishq-eRasool (SAW) last Friday was an ample proof of PPP leadership’s affection with Islam. Talking to APP here Monday he said Pakistani government led by Pakistan Peoples Party was the only Muslim government which had given protest call against the sacrilegious movie and that the Pakistani and Kashmiri nation fully responded the call. Barrister Sultan Mahmood hoped that President Asif Ali Zardari, during his address to the United Nation’s General Assembly, would raise the issue before the international community.—APP
of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has said that there is no need to change Indian map for the resolution of Kashmir conflict as Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad said that India’s claim was based on its military annexation of Kashmir, which Nations. He was reacting to a
Minister, AK Antony, who while referring to Pak-India current dialogue process closed all doors of reconciliation by saying that “maps can’t be changed through such talks.” The JKPFL Chairman questioned what the two countries were talking if there was no room left for flexibility and larger interest of humanity. He said that the Indian constitution was not binding upon the MUZAFFARABAD: First TATKO bus from Mirpur being received in city on Monday. Kashmiris.—KMS
Shutdown in IHK on Thursday ISLAMABAD—Complete
mir Media Service reported. In a statement issued in Srinagar, today, Syed Ali Gilani asked the president to fulfil the promises made by the Indian rulers with the Kashmiris to give them an opportunity to decide their future by themselves. Addressing a meeting of his party activists at Aharbal in Shopian, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, urged New Delhi to give up intransigence and resolve the Kashmir
dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations for ensuring permanent peace in South Asia. People staged forceful demonstrations at Goshbug in Naidkhai area of Bandipora after a throat-slit body of a missing youth was recovered. The Indian police did not allow Hurriyet leaders and relatives to meet the illegally detained Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi and other activists of the party at Rambagh Police Station in Srinagar.—APP
Deputy Sarpanch killed in Baramulla
shutdown will be observed in Indian occupied Kashmir on Thursday on the occasion of ISLAMABAD—In Indian occuthe Indian President, Pranab pied Kashmir, unidentified gunMukherjee’s visit to the termen have killed a deputy ritory. Sarpanch in Baramulla district. Call for the shutdown has According to Kashmir Mebeen given by the veteran dia Services, the gunmen barged Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, into the house Syed Ali Gilani, to convey the of the deputy Sarpanch, message to Pranab Mukherjee Mohammad Shafi Teli at that India had no legal and Nowpora Jageer in the district moral justification to conon Sunday evening and resorted tinue its illegal hold on to indiscriminate firing leaving S RINAGAR — In occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Kashhim in a pool of blood. Kashmir, senior leader of the Teli was rushed to a hospital All Parties Hurriyet Conferwhere he succumbed to his inence, Shabbir Ahmad Shah juries, police said. has said that Kashmir is neiThis is the second killing of ther a bilateral issue between Panchayat members in the disPakistan and India nor will the trict in last two weeks. Kashmiris accept any bilateral Meanwhile, the Indian posolution to the dispute. lice during house raids arrested Addressing party workers thirty-one Kashmiri youth from at different places during his Srinagar, Baramulla and visit to Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad areas.—APP Kulgam and Islamabad districts of the occupied territory, Shabbir Ahmad Shah maintained that there were three parties to the dispute and, therefore, called for its resolution through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris – the fundamenISLAMABAD—The mangoes tal party. received from Pakistan through The senior APHC leader the trade across the Line of Conreminded India that Kashmir trol (LoC) are selling like hot was neither its part nor would cakes due to high quality of the it be. Shabbir Ahmad Shah fruit. The President of the demanded immediate release Cross-LoC Traders’ Associaof all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activ- NEW YORK: AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan being presented flowers tion, Pawan Anand, in a media interview said that these manists.—KMS upon his arrival in New York. goes had reached the market when local mango season was over, Kashmir Media Service reported. These mangoes are selling at a price of Rs 80 per kg, which is quite high when compared to the rate of local mangoes. Bhola Ram, a local fruit vender in Rajouri, said, L ONDON — Mirpur in Azad S R I N A G A R — A p p e a l i n g the Jamaat Spokesper-son started by the enemies of Is- “We earn a handsome amount by Jammu and Kashmir will now Advocate Zahid Ali said in a lam against the most sacred selling these mangoes, as people be directly linked by road with people to stay away from statement. personality of the Prophet are eager to buy these without daily routine protests, the United Kingdom through a “Whosoever is desirous (PBUH) can be defeated much bargaining.” The Crossdirect bus service, says a report. Jamaat-e-Islami in oc-cupied of dem-onstrating his real at- firstly by presenting his real LoC Traders’ Association PresiKashmir has urged the folA new 4,000-mile bus route tachment to the Messenger of bi-ography and secondly by dent expressed concern over deconnecting the city Birming- lowers to follow the teachings compassion and mercy follow-ing his teachings in cline in the trade items. “We reham, will pass through seven of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) (PBUH) then it is essential letter and spirit and prove that ceived nine vehicles of mangoes countries, including Iran, before while showing their unflinch- for him to follow the Muslim Ummah is the in the recent trade at Chakka-dafinally reaching its destination, ing love and attachment for Prophet(PBUH) in each and best human group with high- Bagh, 20 more vehicles of manthe be-loved Prophet also known as ‘Little Birmingevery aspect of life to his best est character and morals and goes would reach here if timely (PBUH). ham’. “They must also accept possibility”, the state-ment the system of life presented clearance is given by the custoPassengers embarking on him as the ideal and follow added. He said, “Mere as- by the holy Prophet (PBUH), dian,” he added.—APP the epic 12-day journey are sertion cannot suffice but sin- if adopted can make this likely to be charged GBP 130 his teachings strictly which is cere action is also inevitable. world an abode of peace, justhe only way to be successful for a ticket, the Daily Mirror The vicious campaign tice and pros-perity”.—NNI both here and the hereafter”, reports.—INP
Kashmir resolution through tripartite talks stressed
Pak mangoes selling like hot cakes in IHK
Bus service from Birmingham to Mirpur to be launched: report
10 dead in Jammu region incidents SRINAGAR—Six per-sons are feared dead in the mishap,” he spot while another soldier feared dead in a road ac-cident in frontier district of Kup-wara, while four persons includ-ing two soldiers, died and 24 others were injured in separate road mishaps in Jammu region, officials said on Monday. Coordinator of the Disaster Man-agement Cell Kashmir, Amir Ali told media persons that a vehicle fell in a deep gorge at Cobra Morh near Karnah in Kupwara district on Sunday evening. “At let six persons are
said. “Rescue operations are on to retrieve the bodies and locate the injured.” Meanwhile an Army vehicle, which was on its way from Poonch to Bhimbergali area in the Poonch district, skidded off the Jammu-Poonch highway and rolled down into a deep gorge at Tota-wali-gali Monday morning, officials said. They said two soldiers, Lance Naik Vinod and driver Sepoy Shiv Kumar, died on the
Lance Naik Parmod was injured and has been hospitalized. In a separate incident, a matador carrying a marriage party skidded off the road and rolled down into deep gorge in Kalar-Chingus belt in Rajouri district last night, offi-cials said. In the mishap, the conductor of the vehicle Ankush Kumar and a seven-year-old girl Vidhya were killed and 23 others were injured, they said.—INP
Workshop on advanced cardiac life support held MIRPUR (AJK)—A two-day workshop on the topic of Advanced Cardiac Life Support was held here on Monday. The workshop was hosted by Kashmir Institute of Cardiology (KIC) Mirpur with the coordination of Al-Shifa International Hospital Islamabad. It was participated by dozens of senior and junior doctors from various parts of AJK be-
sides the commons engaged with the reputed social works organizations. Eminent Kashmiri social worker Ha se of any heart attack. Medical experts said the life of a human being could be saved through the immediately delivery of required first aid in simple means in case of falling of any persons unconscious due to suffocation or heart at-
tack at any place of huge gathering including public meetings, religious places or worships and educational institutions. They stressed on the common man besides the medicos to pass through the simple Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course to save the human lives in case of emergency.—APP
JI asks people to follow Prophet’s teachings
RAWALAKOT: Students of Government Girls Inter College Draik stage a protest demonstration against blasphemous film.
Police contradict Indian Army infiltration claims
Police clamp down on youth S R I N A G A R —Police have launched crackdown on youth al-legedly involved in “stonepelting” during recent protests that erupted across the Kashmir valley following the blasphemous film made in US. According to local sources, Po-lice is using video footage and photographs taken by undercover cops for arresting the youth. Police have so far arrested seven youth and are hunting for 17 more. “We have arrested seven
youth and are looking for 17 others,” a top police official in Srinagar said. “We are actively hunting for them. Hopefully we will arrest them in a day or two.” The top police official said that among the wanted youth, most are involved in setting ablaze a vehicle that belonged to the Mu-nicipality of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The official said that the list of wanted youth have been handed over to police officials in old Sri-nagar.
“They are nabbing them and are handing them over to the police jurisdiction of East Srina-gar,” he said and added the ac-cused youth will be dealt accord-ing to law. “There is no conces-sion to youth who are involved in disruption of peace,” he said. In Islamabad (Anantnag) district of south Kashmir, police has so far detained seven youth for stone-pelting and street protests. In Baramulla, the police have so far arrested 17 youth
Major powers urged to broker settlement ISLAMABAD—Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Agha Syed Hassan AlMoosvi has urged the international community to play its role for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute through talks between Pakistan and India. According to Kashmir Media Service, the APHC leader was addressing party workers in Bandipora.—APP
SRINAGAR—Claims about in- Police in New Delhi, earlier this later ex-tended to Hafruda for- Line of Control.” creased infiltration, especially from Uri sector in North Kashmir, are being contested by J&K Police prompting Army to reas-sess the figures and workout a mechanism for providing more authentic information about the entry of militants into the state. The recent figures of about 100 militants having slipped into the Kashmir Valley this year seems to be an exaggerated figure, highly placed sources in the state home department said. Immediately after the conference of Directors General of
month, state police and home department flagged the issue and sought clarification about the number of militants who may have crossed over official sources were quoted by media in Srinagar. The input provided by Director General of Military Intelligence and Defence Intelligence Agency about infiltration of nearly 24 militants from Uri sector in the month of July could not be sub-stantiated either by the local army unit or state police, the sources said. Extensive search was launched in nearby areas which
ests in fron-tier district of Kupwara, the sources said, adding that Un-manned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) were pressed into service to as-certain the inputs but there was no corroboration of the input. Local Army commanders held series of meetings with police af-ter there were no telltale signs of any militant groups infiltrating into the Valley from Uri sector in a big way prompting a senior state police official to comment in one such meeting that either “the militants have vanished into thin air or that ghosts only crossed the
The J&K Police held series of meetings with local Army, Intel-ligence Bureau and other security agencies over the likely inflated number of infiltration, the sources said, adding that it was decided in-principle to work out a mechanism for more authentic information to ascertain the mag-nitude of infiltration. Sopore, popularly known as ap-ple-town, in North Kashmir has also been screened thoroughly by the state police and security agencies but no such activity has come to notice, the sources said.—INP
Rs 500 banknote Staff Reporter I SLAMABAD —Seven days have been left for exchanging old design and bigger size banknote of Rs 500 denomination from the field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation (SBP BSC) and branches of all banks. The State Bank of Pakistan and SBP BSC will neither exchange nor be liable to pay any value of such banknote to any person or a bank after October 1, 2012. The SBP has, therefore, again advised the general public in its own interest to exchange old design and bigger size banknote of Rs 500 from the field offices of SBP BSC and over 10,000 branches of banks across the country till the close of banking hours on October 01, 2012. It may be recalled that Rs 500 old design and bigger size banknote had already been demonetized and hence cannot be used as a legal tender. It can be only exchanged till the above mentioned date, a statement of the Central Bank issued on Monday said.—APP
PQ shipping activity K ARACHI —Shipping activity remained active at the Port Qasim during last 24 hours, where four ships carrying containers and furnace oil were allotted berths on Qasim International Containers Terminal and FOTCO Terminal during last 24 hours. Meanwhile one more ship scheduled to offload iron or also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the Port on Monday where total number of eight ships namely Asian Trader, Maersk Wyoming, MSC Namiria-II, Fisher-D, Ismail Deeb, African Albatross, Shan Donghi Tong and MT Lahore are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, cement, steel coil, urea and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours.—APP
Rates for conversion 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 September 25, 2012. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 94.5485, Japanese Yen Rs 1.2120, Pound Sterling Rs 153.2442 and Euro Rs 122.0716.—APP
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PM directs timely completion of hydropower projects STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed WAPDA to complete water and hydropower projects in the shortest possible time so that benefits of these projects could be beneficial for socio-economic uplift of the country. The Prime Minister was talking to Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman WAPDA who called on him at Prime Minister’s House Monday and apprised him about progress on various hydropower projects of WAPDA. The Prime Minister said that the timely completion of hydro power projects was vi-
tal for controlling floods along with mitigating water and power shortfall. The government is prioritizing the water storage projects, he added. The Prime Minister directed Chairman WAPDA to expedite the work on KACHHi canal, Rainee canal, RBOD-1 and RBOD-III. These projects would be instrumental in controlling the floods as well as for irrigation purposes, he added. The Chairman apprised the Prime Minister about the progress on eight on-going projects with cumulative capacity of about 1500 MW. Out of these, six projects of about 400 MW including Jinnah Dam 96 MW, Gomal Zam Dam 17MW, Satpara Dam 17 MW, Allai
Khwar 121 MW, Duber Khwar 130 MW and Jabban Dam 22 MW would be completed in 2012 while the work on NeelumJehlum with production capacity of 969 MW and Golen Gol with capacity of 106 MW was progressing at full swing, said the Chairman. The Prime Minister directed the Chairman to take up work on small and medium sized dams especially in Balochistan and FATA on priority. The Prime Minister also directed Chairman WAPDA to work on war footing to repair the breaches in the canal networks affected by recent floods in Sindh and Balochistan, so that the infrastructure could be restored.
PTCL holds customer engagement, awareness drive STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —In a massive
brand activation drive, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) launched a week long customer engagement and awareness campaign in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. As part of this town storming campaign, PTCL sales teams organized floats in various commercial areas of Austrian Ambassador Axel Wech meeting with Federal Minister for Water and Power Saddar, Commercial Market, Ch Ahmed Mukhtar. Bank Road, Fifth Road, F-11, Dubai plaza, Westridge and Kahana Pul where customers experienced PTCL’s innovative products and latest packages through live demonstrations given by PTCL staff. national markets could be STAFF REPORTER STAFF REPORTER The campaign also feathe primary reason why tured comprehensive door to door marketing by highly K A R A C H I — P a k i s t a n i stocks ended lower, amid I SLAMABAD —The exports trained and courteous PTCL stocks ended lower on fears of divestment by for- of sports goods from the staff offering customers first- Monday in line with inter- eign investors,” said Ahsan country during July-Auhand experience of PTCL national markets, traders Mehanti at Arif Habib Corp. gust (2012-13) registered products and services. The said. The Karachi Stock Ex- In the currency market, the 1.31 percent growth as the projects at hand and However, he said on campaign covered CBR change (KSE) benchmark Pakistani rupee ended against the same period of STAFF REPORTER those in the pipeline for con- completion of this project, Town, F-11, Westridge, Sat- 100-share index ended 0.50 slightly weaker at 94.51/ last year. The overall exports to the dollar, compared of sports goods from the ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Rail- trolling the losses are highly Pakistan Railways will be in ellite Town and Saddar areas. per cent, or 77.12 points, 94.57 to Thursday’s close of country reached to US lower at 15,375.52, on total capital and time extensive. a position to increase its revways (PR) is working on revolume of 85.78 million 94.46/94.51. Overnight rates $53.229 million during first two The projects will take enue base and cut its deficit habilitation of 27 locomotives in the money market ended months of 2012-13 against the shares. to help improve business considerable time and as to a considerable level. at 10 per cent compared to exports of US $52.543 million “There is some concern such no measurable answer Highlighting the measures operation and control deficit Friday’s close of 10.50 per recorded during same period about the global economic and losses. The department can be given at this stage. adopted to increase revenue, slowdown. The fall in inter- cent. of previous year (2011-12). When contacted, an offi- the official said commercial would receive spare parts cial on Monday said in order management of two Mail/Exwithin 13 months from date of effectiveness of the con- to improve business opera- press trains i.e. Business Train tract, signed in July this year. tion for controlling the deficit and Shalimar have been AMANULLAH KHAN launching Twitter browsing to follow their favourite ceAccording to Pakistan and losses, a number of outsourced to private parties STAFF REPORTER without any data charges for lebrities & their closest Railways, the percentage of agreements have been made this year while three new Dry friends’ comments and news success gained by the gov- for rehabilitation of locomo- Ports are being established in K A R A C H I — S h a i k h I SLAMABAD —For the first its valued customers. The new twitter service in real time. Ufone customernment to control losses of tives and added the project Public Private sector out of Mohammad Shafiq has been time in Pakistan, Ufone in Pakistan Railways during the of rehabilitation and procure- which one i.e. Prem Nagar has elected unopposed as Chair- collaboration with Twitter is will allows Ufone customers ers simply need to log on to mobile.twitter.com from their last four years till date can- ment of locomotives are been inaugurated while the man Pakistan Readymade Garcellphones, and get connot be determined at this highly time consuming and other two at Aza Khel and ments Manufacturer and ExMultan are in process. nected to one of the most porters Association stage because of fact that capital extensive. popular web sites on the (PRGMEA) Sindh Baluchistan planet, without having to pay Zone for 2012-2013 at the 19th for it. Annual General meeting held This surprising offer from on 18th September 2012. 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Atiq A. “The offer is so extra ordinary Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) the development of Pakistan’s Threats, Challenges, Monitor- Kochra, the outgoing Zonal first Brands Index Journal ing of counterfeit products & Chairman in his report narrated I could not believe at first but Lahore. Speaking on the occa- starting from next month, ensuring IP Law Enforcement the achievements made during US CG Micheal Doman shaking hand with MD PIA when I logged on, I realised Ufone meant it.” sion, Salim said it is indeed aimed at a nationwide Intellec- in Pakistan. That would lead 2011-12 and expressed the hope Muhammad Junaid Yunus at the airline’s head office. towards the establishment of that new team headed by an honor for him to be tual Property Survey. FPCCI President has ad- National Brand Security Coun- Shaikh Mohammad Shafiq will elected as President TiE Lahore. He has also con- vised all the associated Cham- cil comprising of all stakehold- continue the excellent work in the best interest of the assogratulated the new office bers of Commerce/Trade/In- ers under the FPCCI aegis. Advising Chairman Stand- ciation and its members. bearers of the association. dustry & Associations to esThe Indus Entrepreneur tablish Committees on Brands ing Committee Shaikh Rashid is a global non-profit organi- Protection & Promotion in their Alam “to commence consulzation focused on promoting institutions so that the process tation with all public & private of brands protection could be sector stakeholders in order to entrepreneurship. Talent, ideas and enter- ensured to the desired level. finalize the legal framework to prise define the core values He informed that in order to constitute the National Brands ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad of TiE in building the Entre- safeguard the business inter- Protection Council on techniStock Exchange (ISE-10) est of genuine brands manu- cal & intellectual basis”. preneurial Ecosystem. Monday witnessed bearish trend as the index slid by 17.72 points from that of yesterday to close at 3129.27. Talking to media, stock analyst M.M Hassan said the local stock market had witnessed bearish trend because of the profit taking. Besides, the major players taking the benefit of lower prices took heavy positions in fertilizer and cement sectors that helped the market to resist continued slide, he added. Total volume of shares traded was 22,600, which was down by 64,400 as compared to taht of a day earlier. Out of 133 companies’ shares traded, Former Governor Sindh Lt General (Retd) Moinuddin Haider addressing Hamdard the price of 43 increased while that of 90 decreased. Naunehal Assembly at a local hotel.
Pakistani stocks end lower; rupee weakens
PR pursuing locomotives rehab to improve operations
Ready-made Garments Association gets new chief
Salim Ghauri elected as President TiE Lahore
Country’s first ‘Brands Index Journal’ developed
ISE sheds 17.72 points
TAPI gas pipeline consortium discussed in Ashgabat ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan— format’, the information said. dends to all business entities and gas companies and finan- Central Asia - Turkmenistan Ashgabat hosted a meeting of the steering committee for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Plans on the formation of an international consortium were determined, the Turkmen Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said Monday. ‘Plans for the near future related to the accelerated implementation of the transnational pipeline construction project were determined at the meeting of the steering committee which was held in a constructive
Export of sports goods up by 1.31pc
Heads of ministries and representatives of all the project’s member states and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) attended the meeting. Participants have also considered and approved the main report of the meeting of the technical working group on TAPI gas pipeline project. Issues related to the technical aspects of promoting the TAPI project were agreed. According to the information, Turkmenistan has assumed specific commitments and is fulfilling them. This is a guarantee of additional divi-
that are interested in investing funds in this ambitious project. In May 2012 Turkmenistan signed a memorandum of understanding with transit Afghanistan on TAPI. Contracts on the sale of the Turkmen gas were also signed with the State Gas Systems of Pakistan and Indian GAIL ltd. An expert group in Ashgabat has also submitted its report following the business tour conducted in the major financial centres of Asia, America and Europe, Singapore, New York and London in mid-September to attract leading international oil
cial institutions in the consortium. Representatives of U.S. companies Chevron, Exxon Mobil, British BP, BG Group, German RWE, Malaysian Petronas and others were familiarised with the main terms of implementing the TAPI project and expressed their intention to participate. ADB has been acting as the secretariat in the TAPI project. It previously reported that after more than 20 years of complex negotiations, a 1800-kilometre gas pipeline which will connect one of the largest energy suppliers of
with a market in South Asia was one step closer to reality. This testifies an unprecedented new chapter in regional relations. The Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary state information service said that that besides economic issues, laying the transnational gas pipeline will enable the participating countries to solve a number of important social and humanitarian issues, including those related to the creation of new jobs, the formation of the transport and communication.—INP
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Pakistan vs Bangladesh World T20 2012, Group D
Bangladesh face uphill task
Bangladesh seek Pakistani help to tackle Ajmal P A L L E K E L E —Bangladesh
P ALLEKELE —Pakistan began their World Twenty20 campaign with success, after being made to wait for five days, beating New Zealand by 13 runs. But they looked a better side than the margin suggested; it was narrowed thanks to a late, and failed, onslaught by Ross Taylor. Their opponents, Bangladesh, who were beaten convincingly by New Zealand in their first game, can only hope to qualify for the Super Eights if they beat Pakistan by a sizeable margin. Bangladesh need to win by more than 36 runs to finish with a higher net run-rate than Pakistan. In the event that they win by exactly 36 runs, the net run-rates will be the same, in which case the ballsper-wicket taken will be the differentiator. Should Bangladesh be chasing, their net run-rate requirement will depend on the target set. For instance, if they’re chasing 150, they’ll have to score those runs in 15.4 overs or quicker. On current form, it seems like a struggle for Bangladesh. Pakistan have the best bowling line-up and their fielding is in good shape with Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal patrolling the hitting zones. Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez are a threat to Bangladesh’s left-handers at the top of the order. Both Tamim
PALLEKELE: Dav Whatmore has a word with Mohammad Hafeez during a practice session on Monday. Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are performance. Watch out for: Bangladesh’s spinners will Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 good players and will be ex- Nasir Jamshed has already watch out for. Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Umar pected to bounce back made a mark, but he also Shakib Al Hasan will be Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid strongly. The middle order is a knows the Bangladesh team one of them. His four overs Afridi, 8 Yasir Arafat, 9 Sohail capable one, comprising well, having played in the will again be crucial for Tanvir, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Mushfiqur Rahim, Dhaka Premier League for Bangladesh, as will his role Ajmal. Mahmudullah and Nasir three seasons, including the with the bat at No 3. New Mashrafe Mortaza injured Hossain. most recent one. He played in Zealand was a bad outing for his shin during practice, but Bangladesh’s bowling re- the Bangladesh Premier Shakib, who has the ability to is confident of recovering for mains a worry, with Shakib League for Chittagong Kings, fight back in the only way he the game. Having been cloband Tamim having said after and his performance for them knows: runs and wickets. bered for 117 runs in 12 overs, the game against New contributed to his selection in Team news: Pakistan left the Bangladesh spinners Zealand that spinners would the Pakistan side. The shot out Mohammad Sami and would, presumably, not be require some help from the that stood out during his half- Abdul Razzaq for the opening very high on confidence. conditions. Mushfiqur’s cap- century against New Zealand game. It’ll be interesting to see Mushfiqur and coach Richard taincy will also be tested in a was the lofted drive over ex- if one of them gets a go, with Pybus have a decision to make game in which his team is the tra cover. He did it twice qualification not yet secured. about who, if at all, to leave underdog, but is expected to against Nathan McCullum, Pakistan (probable): 1 out. Mushfiqur said at the preproduce a much-improved and it’s something Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran match conference that
Watson beats Lisicki to set up Sharapova match
Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Fawad to lead NBP in President’s Trophy
T OKYO —Britain’s Heather Watson beat world number 30 Sabine Lisicki in straight sets to earn a second-round clash with Maria Sharapova in Tokyo. The 20-year-old, who came through two matches in qualifying over the weekend, saw off Germany’s Lisicki 64 7-6 (7-3) at the Pan Pacific Open. Watson next faces Sharapova, who had a firstround bye as the second seed. British number one Laura Robson has risen to 57 in the world after reaching her first WTA final on Saturday. The 18-year-old had planned to play in Tokyo but her run to the final in Guangzhou, where she was beaten 6-3 5-7 6-4 by Su-Wei Hsieh, meant she was unable to make it to Japan for the qualifying rounds. Watson, ranked 78th, will hope to close the gap in the developing battle for the British number one spot in Tokyo, although she faces a huge test against Sharapova in round two. The pair have met once before, with the Russian prevailing in three sets at the 2011 US Open. However, Watson will be buoyed by her victory over Lisicki, who was ranked 12th in the world in May. A solitary break was
TOKYO: Heather Watson of Britain returns a shot to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their first round match of the Japan Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament. enough to give the Briton the ond, Watson dominated the opening set as she saved tie-break, moving to 6-1 and four break points and, after converting her third match two breaks apiece in the sec- point.—AP
KARACHI —Discarded Pakistan all-rounder Fawad Alam has been named to lead a 20member National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) squad in the President’s Cricket Trophy (Previously Patrons’s Trophy) starting from October 3. “On the basis of performances at the national and international level we have upgraded five Under19 players - Sami Aslam, Muhammad Nawaz, Umair Khan, Faisal Tahir and Imran Khan in our main squad,” Head of NBP Sports Division Iqbal Qasim said on Monday while naming the team. Three Pakistan test cricketers Khurram Manzoor, Umar Amin and Muhammad Talha have left NBP and joined Port Qasim Authority. NBP squad: Fawad Alam (Captain), Kamran Akmal, Nasir Jmashed, Sami Aslam, Umar Waheed, Bilal Munir, Muhammad Nawaz, Umair Khan, Rashid Riaz, Qasir Abbas, Aqeel Anjum, Hammad Azam, Amin-urRehman (wicket-keeper), Faisal Tahir, Wahab Riaz, Uzair-ul-Haq, Umaid Asif, Imran Khan, Raza Hasan and Anwar Hafeez.—APP
Bangladesh could consider going in with an extra seamer. There is a possibility that Abul Hasan could replace leftarm spinner Elias Sunny or fellow seamer Shafiul Islam, depending on what the team management believes is the right bowling combination. However, any tweaks in the batting line-up are unlikely. Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mohammad Ashraful, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Elias Sunny/Abul Hasan, 11 Shafiul Islam. Pitch and conditions: The pitch is again likely to favour batting but the seamers can expect some movement after sunset. Group D has been unaffected by rain so far. On Tuesday, the forecast is for clear skies. Stats and trivia: Sohail Tanvir still hasn’t been dismissed for a duck in his T20 international career, having played 10 innings in 24 games so far. Nasir Hossain, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful are the only batsmen in the Bangladesh team to have scored two half-centuries in T20 internationals. Quotes: “Pakistan are world class in all sectors and they have a Twenty20 pedigree in abundance. However, no team is unbeatable in this format. We have to be at our best and hope that best is good enough on the day.” Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal puts up a brave face. “We are not thinking as if we have already qualified [for the Super Eights]. We have to play well against Bangladesh. On certain days in T20, anybody can win. We are not going to take any one easy.” M o h a m m a d Hafeez, the Pakistan captain, doesn’t want his team to be complacent.—Agencies
captain Mushfiqur Rahim said feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal in their do-or-die clash against Pakistan on Tuesday. Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final group D match to advance to the Super Eights round but Ajmal’s danger looms large after the off-spinner took 4-30 in Pakistan’s 13run win over New Zealand on Sunday. New Zealand, who have already qualified for Super Eights, beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening group match. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Super Eights. Saqlain regarded as the inventor of “doosra” — offspinner’s stock delivery which turns the other way and is mastered by Ajmal — is currently serving as Bangladesh’s bowling coach. “Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced but we have to execute our plans on the field and it’s a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well,” said Rahim. Ajmal is the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 internationals with 64 and his wicket taking ability poses a real challenge for Bangladesh, who have lost all their five matches in this shortest format against Pakistan. “Playing Pakistan is a big challenge because their bowling is good but we want to put up our best to qualify for the next round,” said Rahim, whose team only reached the second round in the inaugural World Twenty20 held in South Africa in 2007. Since then Bangladesh have lost nine consecutive matches in World Twenty20 editions.
Arsenal showed character to come back against Manchester City M A N C H E S T E R — Vi t o Mannone has praised his Arsenal teammates for their determination after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Despite dominating for large parts of the first half the Gunners found themselves a goal down when Joleon Lescott headed past the Italian, however Laurent Koscielny fired home late on to salvage a hard-fought point. The keeper insisted the team must be mentally strong when playing the top sides in the league, something he hailed his team for doing against Roberto Mancini’s
men. “You need to show your character and show that you are ready for the big games,” he told the club’s official website. Mannone added, “Every team is difficult because there is not such a difference between sides [in the Premier League]. You need to perform well every week and get as many points as you can. “We did all we could do to put pressure on them. It shows great character to come back, especially against the champions.” The 24-year-old, who is enjoying a run in the first team after Wojciech Szczesny’s injury problems, has been in good form this season but was
partially at fault for City’s goal when he failed to deal with David Silva’s corner. Mannone was disappointed with his error but suggested that he made up for it with some good saves later on, namely when denying Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, while stating he is pleased to have helped secure the draw. “I was not happy with the goal obviously but I came back stronger with some saves,” he said. “The team performed really well and everyone gave everything to come back and get a point. Every save that can help the team, I am really happy with.”—AFP
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he feels blessed with a varied bowling attack, led by Ajmal. “What else can you want when you have such a variety in your bowling attack,” said Hafeez, who along with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi holds spin responsibilities, with rookie left-armer Raza Hasan in reserves. “As a captain it is a blessing for me. This is something I am very pleased to have that I have so many options in bowling and whenever I throw the ball to any of my bowlers he is ready to bowl,” said Hafeez. Hafeez, however, said Bangladesh will not be taken lightly. “We are not thinking that we have already qualified, we have to win against Bangladesh. They have lost their first match so they will come down hard on us. We are not going to take Bangladesh lightly,” said Hafeez.—AFP
Snooker body lodges strong protest K ARACHI —Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) has lodged a protest with different sports authorities of Pakistan for non inclusion of Snooker in the National Games. In a press release issued here on Monday, PBSA President Alamgir Shaikh said they had lodged a strong with Minister of Sports Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Secretary Sports Anisul-Hasanain Musavi, DG Pakistan Sports Board Amir Hamza Gilani and other sports officials for neglecting snooker. The protest had also been sent to President Pakistan Olympic Association Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Syed Asif Hasan, Deputy Speaker Punjab assembly Rana Mashood. The PBSA has earnestly requested the concerned authorities to induct snooker in national sporting extravaganza.—APP
Asim wins Chroma Open table tennis title L AHORE —National champion Asim Qureshi, put another splendid performance by winning the Chroma Open table tennis league title beating Umer Zaka 3-0 at Chroma TT hall here on Monday. Asim maintained unbeaten run in the event on his way to title, exhibiting precision and skills laced with brilliance and exhibition of variety of shots.
Yasir Bhatti got second position whereas Faryal Minhas and Mehboob Elahi got third and fourth positions respectively. Following are the results of the final matches, Asim Qureshi bt Umer Zaka 3-0, Mehboob Elahi bt Salman Virk 3-2, Asim Qureshi bt Yasir Bhatti 3-0, Asim Qureshi bt Mehboob Elahi 3-0, Faryal Minhas bt Umer
Zaka 3-0, Umer Zaka bt Salman Virk 3-0, Yasir Bhatti bt Faryal Minhas 3-1, Faryal Minhas bt Mehboob Elahi 30, Yasir Bhatti bt Salman Virk 3-1. A former national champion, Irfanullah Khan was the chief guest on the occasion and and gave away the cash prizes to the winners .Also present was organizing Secretary, Abdul
Qayyum Khan .The winner received a cash award of Rs10000, while the runners up and third and fourth place holders got Rs 000 and Rs 2000 respectively. Speaking on the occasion he praised the efforts of Chroma Chemicals for arranging the league on monthly basis and said this MANCHESTER: Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Vincent Kompany attempts an overhead kick as Arsenal’s league will unearth fresh German defender Per Mertesacker stands clear during the English Premier League football match between Manchester table tennis talent.—APP City and Arsenal at The Etihad stadium.
Ten-minute workouts lure time-challenged exercisers
HE procrastinators, the super-busy, and the easily bored in pursuit of a manage able fitness routine may find what they seek in the 10-minute workout. Experts say what these short bursts of activity, sometimes called exercise snacking, lack in duration they can make up for in intensity. “You can get a good enough workout that can make real metabolic changes to your body,” said Liz Neporent, co-author of “The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan” along with fitness instructor Jessica Smith. “It can help you lose weight, reduce stress and basically give you all the benefits that we know come from exercise.” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that most adults to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. But multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes are acceptable and even people unable to meet the minimums still benefit from some activity, according to ACSM. Neporent, who writes on health and fitness, said mainstream science is finding that if you increase intensity you can decrease time. That approach can work for a lot of people, she said, because poll after poll has shown that the Number One objection to not getting a workout in is time. “The typical recommendation is to do 30 minutes, so if we told you that you could do 10 minutes at a time, you might actually have a better shot at getting it done,” she said. To make the most of 10 minutes, Neporent
and Smith favor a hybrid of cardio and strength exercises. “You want to get in something that’s heart-healthy, and something that’s good for your muscles and bones,” Neporent said. “A lot of our workouts (in the book) tend to be circuitweighted to maximize time.” They also promote the 10minute walk; the meal plan section extends the theme with recipes that take 10 minutes or less to prepare. Amy Dixon, creator of the “Give Me 10” DVD series of 10-minute workouts, said studies show shorter, but more con-sistent, workouts can yield dramatic results. “If I had 10 minutes I would do fairly intense strength training, total body workouts with dumbbells or kettle bells interspersed with cardio intervals like jumping jacks,” said Dixon, who is Group Fitness Manager at an Equi-nox fitness center in Santa Monica, California. She’s seen too many people spend 60 minutes just going through the motions of a cardiovascular workout. “If you’re reading a magazine,” she said, “you’re not working out.” Dr. Carl Foster, a professor in the exercise and sports science department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, said there are unique advantages to high-intensity training for the young and the fit. “There are things you gain that you can’t get from low-intensity workouts because you’re using muscle fibers that are sedentary in a walk,” he said. For the middle-aged or older, high-intensity exercise has its perils.
Thousands of empty wooden crates guted in warehouse fire K ARACHI —Thousands of
empty wooden crates were burnt to ashes due fire caused by unknown reasons here late Sunday night. According to details, the fire erupted in Dalmia Colony of Gulshan-e-Iqbal No 10 of the city. Thick smoke, which engulfed the neighbourhood in no time, proved to be suffocating for the dwellers who informed the fire brigades. A couple of fire tenders rushed to the scene and started efforts to put out the fire. The locals blamed that the damages would not have been so big if the firefighters had arrived in time. What could have possibly caused the fire to break out is yet to be ascertained. Firefighters did not rule out arson behind it. It should be mentioned that there are three openair warehouses with piles of KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire that erupted after a gas cylinder blast in Kharadar Area. empty to-be-sold wooden fruit crates on a piece of land in the middle a densely populated neighbourhood in the Dalmia area. It is yet to be known who granted permission to set up warehouses of such burnable merchandise without anyone on KARACHI—At least seven per- Karachi, assassins shot dead his brother in-law Nasir Hussain the lookout. INP sons were killed and several oth- one person and fled the scene. Rizvi received injuries. Armed men gunned down President KBA Association ers injured in various incidents of firing and a road accident in an unidentified man near Mehmoodul Hassan condemned dif-ferent localities of the city on Baloch Colony Bridge of the the attack and the lawyers boycity. cotted the court proceedings in Monday. Bullet riddled and tortured local courts against the incident. According to details, unThee persons died when an known armed men opened fire dead body of a youth was reat three persons in Jaffer Tayyar covered from Agra Taj, Lyari over speeding and reckless Society of Malir injuring three area of the city. Police said that driven dumper crushed them the youth was kidnapped, tor- while crossing Super Highway persons and fled the scene. KARACHI—Chief Justice of The wounded people were tured and then shot dead and his near Barack petrol pump. The bodies of the deceased Sindh High Court has ordered rushed to Jinnah Hospital where body was dumped in the said transfer and postings of some one identified as Sohaib Raza area. In Garden area of the city were shifted to hospital for District and Sessions Judges and suc-cumbed to his injuries and un-known gunmen opened fire medico-legal requirements. Meanwhile, firing incidents Civil Judges against the posts two including Mohsin Raza and at vehicle of a member of the lying vacant with immediate ef- Has-san Raza were under treat- Kara-chi Bar Association were reported in various areas across (KBA) Farhat Naqvi. He re- the city during which several people fect, in the public interest. ment. According to a handout isIn Sector 5-C/3 of North mained safe in the attack while sustained injuries.—INP sued here Monday, Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, District and Sessions Judge (BS-21) has K ARACHI — Pakistan Army been posted as Judge, Banking continued its relief operation to Court No.1, Larkana. ADJ Ms. assist the rain and flood Sadaf Asif has been transferred affectees. from Thatta to Malir vice Iqbal An ISPR press release isAhmed Khwaja transferred. sued here on Monday said that ADJ Iqbal Ahmed Khwaja troops from Pakistan Army conhas been transferred from Malir tinued to serve the affectees in to Thatta vice Ms. Sadaf Asif the areas of Jacobabad and transferred. Assistant Sessions Kashmoreand in the worst-hit Judge,Qazi Shah Muhammad areas during the recent floods. Azhar has been transferred from Boats of Army engineers are Hyderabad to Matiari.—APP busy to help the flood-affectees in moving to safer areas. More than 8,000 affectees have been rescued so far, the KARACHI: IGP Sindh Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari presiding over a high-level meeting about ISPR press release added. Helilaw & order at CPO. copters are being used extensively to deliver ration to marooned people.—APP
Seven killed, several injured in various incidents
CJ orders transfer, postings of ADJs, Civil Judges
Pak Army relief operation continues
PIA B-777 saffers damage while landing
Polo Ground to be constructed anew
KARACHI—The Polo Ground owing to constant use and KARACHI— PIA Boeing 777 in downtown Karachi would be out, lack of development works this aircraft engine was damaged as a bird hit it while landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International airport. According to details, the PIA flight from Islamabad was landing at Karachi airport when a bird hit its engine causing damage to engine No.1. The pilot however managed to land the aircraft safely. Sources said that several PIA aircraft have been hit by birds in the past few weeks causing huge losses to the airline. They said it has become almost a routine that birds hit the aircraft in Karachi and Islamabad but no attention is paid towards this danger. They warned that some serious mishap could take place any time if this situation continued.—INP
KU exam forms submission date KARACHI—The Incharge Semester Cell, University of karachi Prof. Dr. Hyder Rizwi has announced that last date for submission of semester examination form without late fees for students of the morning programme is on October 5. He said on Monday that after collecting from the respective departments, the duly filled and verified forms should be submitted in the NBP or UBL branches in the University of Karachi.—APP
constructed anew with an estimated cost of Rs 150 million. This was stated by the Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan.He was performing foundation-stone laying for the reconstruction of the Polo Ground here on Monday. MNA Khushbakht Shujaat, MPA Muqeem Alam, Administrator Karachi, Muhammad Hussain Syed, Metropolitan Commissioner, Matanat Ali Khan, Director general Parks and others were also present on the occasion. The Governor said that after the creation of Pakistan, this place had assumed historical significance as Eidgah and even today the main Eid congregation is held here every year. He stated that because of its location in downtown Karachi, the Polo Ground is every important park. However, Dr. Ishrat pointed
place has almost lost its attraction. He said that now the Polo Ground is being reconstructed according to modern architecture and present day requirements. The Governor said that now the Polo Ground would have a musical fountain, jogging track, big green patches, trees of various kinds and flowers. He pointed out that the spacious park spreading over an area of 20 acres would be completed in the next four to six months time. Dr. Ishrat said that before this the ‘Baradari’ has been completed where 600 vehicles can also be parked at one time and that has resolved the parking problem in the area to some extent. He also said that the financial problems of various local bodies organizations of Karachi would be resolved in a day or two.—APP
Notorious criminal killed in police operation
KARACHI—A member of gang
war was killed and arms recov- KARACHI: Trainee policemen being treated at Jinnah Hospital as 279 were affected by ered in exchange of fire while food poisoning at Razzaqabad Police Training Center on sunday his two accomplices managed to es-cape, when police conducted search operation against extortionists here on Monday. Station House Officer (SHO) was also injured in the firing. According to details, the Prof. Dr. Bina Siddiqui of police on a tip off regarding KARACHI—The national and and Biological Sciences presence of criminals and extor- international scientists have un- (ICCBS), Karachi University. ICCBS, in her plenary lecture, tionists con-ducted search op- derscored the importance and Around 600 national and said that the drugs of plant orieration in Shanti Nagar area of efficacy of drugs of plants and foreign scientists and research- gin have served the ages in the Dalmia. The criminals present in said that the drugs of plant ori- ers from 40 countries are par- treatment of human ailments, a house of the locality started fir- gin have served the ages as the ticipating in the symposium, while most of the indigenous ing at po-lice which led to en- mainstay in the treatment of hu- which is considered as one of medicine began as myth but decounter. In cross firing notori- man ailments and preservation of the most prestigious interna- veloped with time as the comous criminal, Shakoor Chakor, health. tional events in the field of natu- plex science of modern medicine. was killed while two of his croThey stressed the need for ral product sciences. She said that the docunies managed to flee. carrying out more research work The aim of the symposium Police recovered two on medicinal plants for develop- is to bring together the leading mented records of this journey Kalashnik-ovs and two hand ing more effective remedies for experts in the field of natural cover the Indian, Chinese, grenades from the possession of the treatment of various diseases. products sciences from all Sumerian, Egyptian and the outlaw killed in firing They were speaking on around the world and form glo- Assyrian civilization followed During operation SHO Aziz Monday, the third day of the bal partnership for sustainable by Greco-Roman, Arabian, MeBhatti police station, Safdar four-day 13th International Sym- utilization of natural resources dieval and modern periods. The importance of natural Mashwani also sustained posium on Natural Product for the common benefits of huwounds and was shifted to hos- Chemistry, being held at the In- manity and rapid development products, particularly those depital for treatment.—INP ternational Center for Chemical of the countries in the south. rived form plants for drug dis-
Need for more research work on medicinal plants stressed
Obstacles to adoption of Domestic Violence Bill deplored KARACHI—Parliamentarians, Bill. They on the occasion also number of women members of members of upper house (sen- certed opinion that once the bill presentation and adoption of the lawyers and activists on Monday took strong exception to a biased mindset of the bureaucracy towards women friendly legislation, specially those aimed at protection of women against violence. Participating in a round table discussion organized by Aurat Foundation on issues related to women legislation they particularly regretted hindrances caused in adoption of Domestic Violence (prevention and protection)
urged the women parliamentarians to rise above their respective party affiliations for the collective good of women in the country. Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Shehla Raza, Sindh Minister for Women Development, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto, former senator and former law minister, Iqbal Haider actively participated in the discussion moderated by Asim Malik of Aurat Foundation. A significant
Sindh Assembly were also present on the occasion. Shehla Raza urged the women parliamentarians to play their individual as well as collective role in motivating their men colleagues in passage of the bill, once it is presented before the house, with significant majority. The Domestic Violence (prevention and protection) Bill that has already been significantly vetted at different levels and already adopted by
ate) of the country, yet has been subjected to series of objections by different departments of the provincial government. It is currently lying with the home department and objections raised by them have not yet been shared with the women members of provincial assembly who had presented it as government bill as well as private bill during previous several occasions. The women members of Sindh Assembly were of con-
is introduced before the house time must be taken to extensively go through it in to and all members be taken on board about its relevance and importance. “Our aim would be to take all members of the assembly into confidence and motivate them for optimum support,” said Shehla Raza. Sindh Minister for Women Development, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto referred to hindrances created, at different levels, in the
law. She also extensively discussed measures adopted by the department to improve public understanding about the issue, efforts to mitigate it and need to mitigate the practice. Barrister Iqbal Haider said concept of offence without any sentence was an aspect that has been largely overlooked and parliamentarians must not ignore it as otherwise there would be little significance of the bill itself.—APP
Police arrest 118 accused in last 3 days KARACHI—The Karachi police in their on-going drive against criminals, arrested 118 accused during the past three days. A police statement on Monday said that those arrested included 31 absconders and three proclaimed offenders. It said that there were 12 encounters of the police with the alleged criminals and seven gangs of alleged criminals were busted during the period. In exchange of fire, two policemen also lost their lives. In all, 67 pistols, three rifles, one mouser, one repeater, one hand grenade, one dagger, mobile phones and cash of Rs. 115,000 recovered from the possession of the accused, the police statement further pointed out.The police have registered cases against the accused and started investigation.—APP
PPP Sindh reposes trust in Co-Chairman KARACHI—PPP Sindh Council in a resolution has expressed confidence in the leadership of Co-Chairman of the Party‚ President Asif Ali Zardari Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh Council in a resolution has expressed confidence in the leadership of Co-Chairman of the Party and President Asif Ali Zardari endorsing his sagacious policies and decisions. —NNI
Sugary drinks firmly tied to obesity: Study
EW research powerfully strength ens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic. A huge, decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans has yielded the first clear proof that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight, amplifying a person’s risk of obesity beyond what it would be from heredity alone. This means that such drinks are especially harmful to people with genes that predispose them to weight gain. And most of us have at least some of these genes. In addition, two other major experiments have found that giving children and teens calorie-free alternatives to the sugary drinks they usually consume leads to less weight gain. Collectively, the results strongly suggest that sugary drinks cause people to pack on the pounds, independent of other unhealthy behavior such as overeating and getting too little exercise, scientists say. Soda lovers do get some good news: Sugar-free drinks did not raise the risk of obesity in these studies. “You may be able to fool the taste” and satisfy a sweet tooth without paying a price in weight, said an obesity researcher with no role in the studies, Rudy Leibel of Columbia University. The studies were being presented Friday at an obesity conference in San Antonio and were published online by the New England Journal of
Medicine. The gene research in particular fills a major gap in what we know about obesity. It was a huge undertaking, involving three long-running studies that separately and collectively reached the same conclusions. It shows how behavior combines with heredity to affect how fat we become. Having many of these genes does not guarantee people will become obese, but if they drink a lot of sugary beverages, “they fulfill that fate,” said an expert with no role in the research, Jules Hirsch of Rockefeller University in New York. “The sweet drinking and the fatness are going together, and it’s more evident in the genetic predisposition people.” In a study, researchers randomly assigned 224 overweight or obese high school students in the Boston area to receive shipments every two weeks of either the sugary drinks they usually consumed or sugar-free alternatives, including bottled water. No efforts were made to change the youngsters’ exercise habits or give nutrition advice, and the kids knew what type of beverages they were getting. After one year, the sugarfree group weighed more than 4 pounds less on average than those who kept drinking sugary beverages. “I know of no other single food product whose elimination can produce this degree of weight change,” said the study’s leader, Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.
LAHORE: Activists of Journalists and Writers Association set on fire the effigy of American pastor Terry Jones during a protest outside Lahore Press Club.
Around 36,098 candidates appear in entery test by UHS STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Around 36,098 candidates including 11,110 male and 24,988 female appeared for medical and dental colleges‘ entrance test which was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore, simultaneously in 12 cities of the Punjab. The test, which started at 0900 hrs, went of peacefully at 20 centres set up in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khn, Rawalpindi and Hassan
Lok Rahs Theatre competition concludes L AHORE —A three-day Lok Rahs Theatre Competition 2012 concluded at National College of Arts here on Monday. The competition was concluded on September 23, but it was postponed for another day due to holiday on Friday. Best play, actor, actress, script, direction and best production design were awarded with trophies and cash awards. Students from various institutions’ drama societies of universities, colleges and schools participated in the event while people from different walks of life attended the event.—APP
Abdal. All the centres were locked at 0815 hrs sharp and no one was allowed to enter after that. A large number of police personnel were deployed at the centres to prevent any disruption of the examination. Bomb disposal squads and fire brigades were also made available at the centres to counter any untoward incident. The candidates and parents expressed their satisfaction on the arrangement made by UHS and the provincial government. The candidates who appeared in the test would
compete for 3305 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 16 public sector medical and 3 dental colleges respectively. Besides, there are 3050 MBBS seats available in 28 private sector medical colleges and 715 BDS seats in 12 private dental colleges of the province. UHS has uploaded the answer keys to the question papers of different colour codes on its website www.uhs.edu.pk. With the help of these keys, candidates can calculate their scores themselves. The official result will be announced in the first week of October.
PML-Q nominates party candidates for NA-131, PP-163 STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Amna Zulfiqar Dhillon, daughter of former MNA late Brig. (Retd.) Zulfiqar Ahmad Dhillon accompanied by Rana Ejaz Hussain called on Pakistan Muslim League President Senator Ch Shujat Hussain and Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi at their residence here Monday. Elahi said on the occasion that in the next general elections, Amna Zulfiqar Dhillon from NA131 and Rana Ejaz Hussain from PP-163 will be PML
candidates. Amna Zulfiqar Dhillon and Rana Ejaz Hussain assured Ch Shujat Hussain and Ch Parvez Elahi that they would come up to the expectations of the party leadership and work hard day and night to much strengthen the party in district Sheikhupura. Advisor to the Prime Minister Mohammad Basharat Raja, MPA Moonis Elahi, PML Punjab General Secretary Ch Zaheeruddin Khan and Ali Hayat were also present on the occasion.
15 judges transferred LAHORE—The Lahore High Court on Monday issued posting and transfer orders of 15 additional district and sessions judges. According to a LHC notification, the AD&SJ who were transferred include Ashfaq Mahmood Sheikh from Hafizabad to Jaranwala, Shaukat Kamal from Jaranwala to Lahore, Shahid Mahmood from Layyah to Bahawalpur, Khalid Mahmood Bhatti from Bahawalpur to Lahore, Abdul Rehman from Liaqatpur to Muzaffargarh, Ghaffar Mehtab from Muzaffargarh to Bhalwal, Qamar Ijaz from Bhalwal to Khanewal, Sajjad Hussain Sindhar from Khanewal to Lahore, Muhammad Shafiq from Phalia to Khanpur, Waseemur-Rehman Khan from Khanpur to Lahore, Muhammad Kaleem Khan from Rawalpindi to Lahore, LAHORE: President PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to Ahmad Saeed brother of Federal Minister Ahmed Kh Muhammad Ajmal from Mukhtar, who joined PML-N on Monday. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is also present. Sadiqabad to Taunsa Sharif, Muhammad Aslam from Bogus Degree case Taunsa Sharif to Sadiqabad, Mushtaq Ahmad from Bahawalpur to Mianchannu and Nasir Hussain from Minachannu to Bahawalpur. The LHC directed the officers to take charge of their tive role for their timely comple- at a cost of Rs.4 billion and a STAFF REPORTER new offices on or before Seption. Punjab Chief Minister subsidy of Rs.2 lakh was betember 28.—PP L AHORE —Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif ing given on each tractor LAHORE—The Lahore High Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz has said that it is the utmost while the project of distribu- Court on Monday sought a Sharif has said revolution- effort of the Punjab govern- tion of laser levelers had also reply from PML-N MNA ary programmes for the ment that the youth are given been started which would Syed Muhammad Salman youth initiated in the prov- their due right through revo- benefit the cultivators. Mohsin on a plea seeking He said that like the last directions to restrain him from ince at a cost of billions of lutionary programmes including laptop, self-employyear, the process of distriburupees are yielding positive STAFF REPORTER functioning as MNA. and encouraging results and ment scheme, provision of tion of more than one lakh The court also sought laptops among boy and girl parawise comments from youth are benefiting 200 buses for colleges. L AHORE —PML-N leader talented Talking to a delegation of students was also being deputy election commissenator Pervaiz Rashid has from these programmes. He stated this while talk- Assembly members, he said started this year and students sioner, Sahiwal Division. said that why those who that green tractor scheme, of evening classes would also ing to Assembly Members Justice Nasir Saeed plundered national exchesolar panels and bio-gas pi- be eligible under this scheme. quer during their era criticize here on Monday. The Chief lot projects had also been He said laptops of latest Sheikh passed the orders on Minister said it is the utmost a plea filed by Mian Naseem every public welfare project started during the current model will be distributed today. He said that Pervaiz effort of the government that year as well. He said that among the students this year. Muhammad Hotiana who Elahi considers it his duty to the youth are given their due other provinces were also He said that solar home pan- contested general election criticize every step of Punjab right through these and revo- following the programmes els would be given with a cost against the MNA in 2008. Earlier, the petitioner’s government only for the sake lutionary programmes and started for the youth by the of Rs.2 billion while sewing counsel arguing the case subof the opposition to PML(N). green tractor scheme, laptop, Punjab government machines would be distrib- mitted that the respondent self-employment scheme, proThat is why, Pervaiz Elahi The Chief Minister said uted among skilled women at MNA won election from NAdid not spare even Yaum-e- vision of buses for colleges, that a new identity had been a cost of Rs.1 billion. 165, Pakpattan. However, his Namoos-e-Risalat and like solar panels and bio-gas pilot given to the youth through He said that bio-gas pilot Rehman Malik, leveled base- projects have been started youth programmes and equal project will also become op- BA degree was found bogus less allegations against Punjab during the current year as well. opportunities of progress erational soon. He said that later and a case was registered The Chief Minister against him after election comgovernment, he added. He said stressed upon Assembly had become available to the 200 buses were being pro- mission decided to prosecute perhaps Pervaiz Elahi is pertalented youth. vided to the colleges in the the respondent MNA, the turbed over it why the killing Members to keep a watchful He said that 20,000 trac- province while 1200 buses and the ransacking which took eye on the standard of devel- tors were being distributed were being purchased for counsel pointed out. The counsel contended place in Peshawar, Karachi and opment projects in their respec- under green tractor scheme public transport. that the MNA could not hold Islamabad did not happen in tive areas and play their effecthe office as he violated variPunjab. ous provisions of the Senator Pervaiz Rashid peoples representative act said that Pervaiz Elahi is playby submitting a bogus deing the role of spokesman of gree. He pleaded the court federal government, that is that the respondent be rewhy, he finds nothing wrong strained to function as MNA in Peoples Party and finds and amount received in faults with PLM(N), othermale enterprises and prod- management, accessing fi- shape of funds to be utilized SALIM AHMED wise, he would have gone to uct/ services markets. Train- nancial services and negotia- in constituency be recovered Karachi and Peshawar for L AHORE —Citi Foundation, ing Service Providers (TSPs) tion skills. Vocational training from him.—APP delivering his lecture. the charitable arm of global which have been competi- component will include financial services provider tively selected under the crafts, embellished garments, Citigroup, has joined hands scheme will be used for this livestock management, taiwith Punjab Skills Develop- purpose. The trainings will loring etc depending upon ment Fund (PSDF) for fund- enable young rural women to the choice of each particiing vocational training of engage in income generating pant. In order to mitigate the L AHORE —Sustainable De- young women from PSDF activities, either by setting velopment of Walled City target districts (Bahawalpur, up an enterprise or expand- deprivation of the unemLodhran, ing their access to market or ployed and marginalized Lahore is holding a photo Bahawalnagar, L AHORE —The District adwalk through the Royal Trail Muzaffargarh). The founda- getting wage employment. A youth of four districts of ministration continued spedistinguishing feature of the South Punjab and to raise (Delhi Gate to Masti Gate) tion has extended a grant worth USD 30,000 to PSDF scheme is the inclusion of income levels through a con- cial drive against profiteers here on September 29. According to organizers, for providing core, voca- core skills – numeracy, lit- crete strategy, Punjab gov- in the city and the price control magistrates inspected the purpose of the walk is to tional and entrepreneurial eracy, communication, cre- ernment in collaboration with 265 shops and challaned 55 ativity and planning – in the training to sixty young the UK government’s Decreate awareness in the partment for International of them besides lodging 10 masses about hidden histori- women under PSDF’s third tracing package. The entrepreneurial train- Development (DFID) has set FIRs against the shopkeepcal points of the Walled City. scheme, Skills for Market ing component will also im- up Punjab Skills Develop- ers during last two days. The participants will be (SFM). DCO office sources said A distinctive feature of part skills in market analysis ment Fund (PSDF). Punjab taken to main monuments on Monday that and streets being restored by the scheme, SFM is to create and access, business plan Skills Development Fund is monitoringteams also impreparation, costing financial linkages between rural fea not-for-profit company esSDWCLP.—APP tablished under the Compa- posed fine worth Rs 34,100 nies Ordinance 1984 with an against the profiteers. DCO Noor-ul-Amin initial funding of 25 million pound sterling contributed Mengal instructed the magisequally by the Punjab gov- trates to continue crackdown ernment and DFID. The main against profiteers to keep the purpose of PSDF is to fund prices of commodities at reavocational training for the sonable level.—APP poor and the vulnerable youth in the target districts so that they have better opportunities for income generation either through selfemployment or wage employment. More than ten thousand candidates have already completed their training under PSDF’s first scheme, Skills for Employment, started last year. PSDF has recently signed contracts of about Rs.one billion with 40 training service providers for providing training to twenty thousand individuals in more than ninety different trades LAHORE: PPP leaders cutting cake on 24th birthday of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto under its second scheme, Skills for Job (SFJ). Zardari.
Shahbaz asks MPs to look after peoples welfare projects
LHC seeks reply from PML-N MNA
PML-N leader raps Elahi
Citi Foundation joins hands with PSDF
Photo walk on 29th
Drive against profiteering continues