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Sartaj in Washington Saudi King to visit Pakistan in February as Pak, US look to  Visit to open new chapter of Pak-Saudi Arabia cooperation further strategic ties GAUHAR ZAHID MALIK I SLAMABAD —In a massive

Delhi blames Pakistan for LoC violation NEW DELHI—India alleged Sunday that Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir on the morning of the 65th Republic Day by resorting to unprovoked firing for three hours. “At 6:15 am, when it was dark, there was unprovoked firing from Pakistani side. They fired about three RPG rounds and small arms on to the Kaman post (in Uri sector) on the Indian side,” General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division Major General Anil Chauhan told reporters. He said the aim of the firing was apparently to disrupt the peace and tranquility along the Line of Control. “Actually, it (the scene of firing) is adjacent to where the Pakistani posts are. So, it could be speculated that elements inimical to the Continued on Page 7

Gunmen shot dead Hindu temple guard

boost to Pakistan-Saudi historic relationships and renewed solidarity among Islamic nations Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz is likely to visit Pakistan by mid February. “This historic visit by the king will be a milestone in the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia”, a source said. Diplomatic sources are reluctant to confirm the date for King’s schedule visit but Pakistan Observer understands that the visit may take place in February. A high profile visit by Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain to China which was to take place on February 16, 2014 will be re-scheduled for a few weeks to honour and receive the

Saudi guest of honor. called on King Abdullah bin sible time. eration between the two nations President Mamnoon Abdul Aziz al Saud in Jeddah. According to officials King which have proved to be a long allies and all-weather friends. Officials say that at present Pakistan is faced with economic as well as security challenges and friendly states like Saudi Arabia can help Islamabad bail out of the fix. Saudi King Abdullah last visited Pakistan on February 1, 2006 when both the then President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz received the King at the Islamabad International Airport as a special gesture. Saudi Arabian top officials President Mamnoon Hussain Saudi King Abdullah bin Prime Minister Mohammad have made it clear that the holy Nawaz Sharif Abdul Aziz lands stands by Pakistan in all circumstances and will support Hussain had himself extended King Abdullah had accepted the Abdullah’s visit to Pakistan at it to meet economic and terroran invitation to the Saudi King invitation and had promised to this crucial time would open a ism threats. Continued on Page 7 on October 17, 2013 when he visit Pakistan in shortest pos- new chapter of brotherly coop-

TTP reiterates offer for talks Fazal asks government to stop operation in tribal areas TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—While the Taliban have reiterated their talks offer Sunday asking the Nawaz Sharif government to create “conducive environment for the meaningful dialogues”, the Jamiate-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman said the writ of the government must be restored at all costs through operation or parleys. Maulana Fazal, however, asked the federal government to effect ceasefire in the tribal region saying the war was only adding to terrorism. He also offered that Jirga formed by the

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam could play its role to restore peace in the tribal belt and other parts of the country. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a fresh talks offer on Sunday said the Taliban were willing to sit on the negotiating table with the government but the latter was required to clear its position in this regard adding the government appear to be doing politics in the name of dialogues. In a statement issued to the media TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed the leadership of the defunct organization was willing to enter into

meaningful and serious dialogue with the government from the day one and always displayed serious behavior in this regard. “The government is only doing the politics of propaganda and threats, the TTP said adding it was meant to impose war on the innocent tribals and appease America. He also accused government of doing propaganda through the official media about Taliban’s non serious behavior with regard to dialogue. The TTP spokesman said if at all the government wanted to hold meaningful and serious parleys with the Taliban it should create conducive atmo-

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sphere in this regard as it was the government’s responsibility to do so. “The government makes statements through media outlets to confuse the public whereas the TTP has responded positively to every delegation sent by the government including Maulana Samiul Haq but the government controlled media continued its propaganda against the Taliban,” the statement said. On the other hand the chief of his own faction of JUI Maulana Fazal ur Rehman who aslo happens to be ally of the federal government, said the Federal government must put an

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No agreement on aid, prisoners in Syrian talks

GENEVA—Syrians on opposite PESHAWAR—Two gunmen in SRINAGAR—Shops and busi- multaneously going for voting,” sides of their country’s civil war curity arrangements in place for the Peshawar shot dead a policeman standing guard outside a Hindu temple on Sunday, officials said, later fleeing the scene on a motorcycle. The attack, which occurred in the downtown Jhanda Bazar area, was the latest target connected to Pakistan’s minorities who make up some two per cent of the country’s population of 180 million. “It appears to be a militant attack. The gunmen killed the lone policeman on duty outside the Hindu temple and then escaped,” Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, told AFP. In November last year, a policeman standing guard

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Clashes leave 49 dead on Egypt revolt anniversary CAIRO—At least 49 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes that erupted Saturday during rival rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 revolt, the health ministry said. In addition, 247 people were injured, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The interior ministry said for its part that 1,079 people had been arrested during the demonstrations that came three years after the start of the uprising that forced longserving autocrat Hosni Mubarak to quit. The clashes broke out between protesters who support deposed Islamist Continued on Page 7

ness establishments remained closed and traffic remained off the roads in most parts of the Valley in response to a strike called by Hurriyat Conference leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mir Waiz Umer Farooq and other in support of resolution of Kashmir issue. Geelani appealed to people to boycott the Republic Day celebrations saying, “India has deprived the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their basic rights. Participating in its Republic Day celebrations has no meaning at all”. The Hurriyat hawk also called for boycott of the 2014 elections. “Those who value the sacrifices given by martyrs don’t vote and there is no logic in protesting against killings and si-

he said. Republic Day celebrations.Cell The effect of the strike was phones and wireless internet accentuated due to the strict se- connections across Kashmir Valley were rendered inactive. All mobile phone and wireless internet services were jammed by authorities this morning as a precautionary measure, official sources said. Security across the state was tightened Saturday on the eve of NEW DELHI—India is cel- India’s Republic Day celebraebrated its 64th Republic Day tions. Police set up security on Sunday amid strict security check points with sliding barriarrangements, while the still cades at all entry points into enchained people of Kashmir summer capital Srinagar and observed this as a black day, winter capital Jammu. Geo News reported. Random frisking and checkThe day was marked by a ing of people was being done at colourful parade that started at a number of places in Srinagar the Rajpath and culminated at to ensure disruption-free Indian the historic Red Fort. Republic Day. Similar security

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Twin cities on red alert, fear terrorism SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT was sparked off following the and Africans. According to arrest of a terrorist from sources the foreigners were be-

ISLAMABAD—A red alert warn- Islamabad following last week’s ing lured by terrorist networks ing was issued late last week following reports that terrorists might be planning to attack posh area of Islamabad. The warning alerted several foreign missions which warned their nationals to avoid visits to F-6, Super Market and Kohsar Market area of the federal capital. A cultural show scheduled in the same vicinity at Kuch Khaas was postponed at the eleventh hour and foreigners were advised by their missions to remain indoors over the weekend. The fear of terrorist action

explosion in Rawalpindi. There were reports that at least one or possibly two terrorists were still hiding somewhere in the twin cities and may be waiting for new orders from their masters. Sources say that due to fear of being caught the terrorists had stopped using their mobile phones but using third-party contacts for their operations. Last week security officials combed I-9 and F-6 illegal settlements looking for illegally staying foreigners including Afghans, Uzbeks, Bangladeshis

to carry out surveillance of targets to be hit by TTP bombers. Local security officials say that terrorists had hiden themselves in capital city illegal settlements where Christian community is concentrated. One such locality is also situated in F-6 area and the other is in G -7 sector. Meanhile in Rawalpindi alone Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhtar Omar Hayat ordered at least 112 search operations during last few days and at least 35 Afghan nationals were apprehended for deportation.

tried again on Sunday to find common ground, but a morning session focusing on the release of prisoners and an aid convoy to a besieged central city failed to produce an agreement, delegates said. The delegation for President Bashar Al Assad complained that the talks are avoiding the main issues and questioned their usefulness, while the opposition said the government negotiating team wanted to “lecture” instead of make decisions. Underscoring the immense hurdles facing the peace talks now in their third day, officials said Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN mediator, would hold separate meetings with the two delegates in the afternoon to try to resolve differences. The proposed convoy of aid to Homs, Syria, which has been under government attack for more than a year, would provide a tangible success for a peace conference beset from the start by low expectations. But the opposition accused the government of ‘stalling’ and said no progress had been made yet. Homs also once more came under mortar attacks from the government. Brahimi said the thorniest topic — a possible transitional government — will not come up until at least Monday. Syrian state-run news agency SANA said that while the government delegation underscored the need for humanitarian aid to reach all areas in Syria, “the delegation of the socalled ‘opposition’ continued to be obstinate and refused to talk about anything other than delivering aid to a small area in Homs city.” The Western-backed opposition, made up largely of exiled

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Suicide attacker strikes bus in Kabul, kills four K ABUL —A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people in Kabul on Sunday when he targeted a Ministry of Defence bus, officials said, confirming three people in the vehicle and one female bystander had died. The attack was the first major blast in the Afghan capital since Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on January 17 against a popular restaurant killing 21 people, including 13 foreigners. “The bomber was on foot when he detonated himself next to a bus carrying Ministry of Defence staff to work,” interior ministry spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi told AFP. Continued on Page 7

WASHINGTON—National Secu- course of the next six months to rity and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz has arrived in Washington to lead Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue with Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, as the two countries look to finalize a blueprint aimed at bolstering future relationship. The top-level Pakistani delegation includes Minister for Defense, Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and senior officials. The American interlocutors will include senior level representatives from the Department of Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USAID, US Trade Representative and from the Treasury. The officials will work to “put together a blueprint of where we can take this relationship over the

a year,” a State Department official said ahead of the revived ministerial dialogue that will focus on wide-ranging economic, energy and security areas. The Strategic Dialogue covers five areas of cooperation and detailed discussions take place at the level of working groups on energy, defense, strategic stability, economic and finance, and law enforcement and counterterrorism. The last Strategic Dialogue at the ministerial level was held in 2010. The Pakistani side is likely to call for expansion in trade ties, particularly greater access for Pakistani products in the U.S. market in line with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s policy.—APP

5 brothers, sister die in Hangu blast Killers of innocents neither humans, nor Muslims: Imran OUR CORRESPONDENT HANGU—Six children of an internally displaced family were killed when a live hand grenade, which they thought was a ball, exploded in their hands here on Sunday, police said. “Five boys and one girl were killed in the blast. One other child was injured,” local police chief Iftikhar Ahmed said. Details have it that children were playing ball with each other using a grenade and accidentally removed the safety pin

leading to the explosion. Officials said eyewitnesses had told them that the children found the toy-like bomb in a field and were playing with it when it exploded, killing five boys on the spot. Another police official said the children were all members of the same family who had migrated from the neighbouring Orakzai tribal agency. “The children died of shrapnel and shockwave injuries almost on the spot”, sources

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Security threat: Anti-polio campaign suspended in KP P ESHAWAR—An anti-polio campaign was postponed in Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw due to security concerns, officials said on Sunday. According to reports, the campaign will start from next Sunday. The campaign was postponed after attacks on polio worker. Attacks on anti-polio workers are common in terrorism hit province of KPK and its joint tribal areas. Most attacks on anti-polio teams occurred in lawless tribal areas of Pakistan and

Two dead, 14 injured as bus turns turtle

terrorism hit province of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw but Karachi, the largest metropolis and financial capital of the country also witnessing such attacks frequently. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban have repeatedly targeted health workers who are vaccinating againstpolio, accusing them of being spies. The violence has seriously hampered the immunization campaign in Pakistan, which is one of the three countries in the world where polio is

endemic. The resistance to polio vaccination by Taliban militants stiffened after the May 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in northern Pakistan as revelations surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency had used Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor, to run a fake vaccination campaign to gain access into Bin Laden’s hide out. Since then, Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks on the vaccination work and issued religious edicts

claiming that the United States uses it as a guise to run a spying network. Hard-line religious extremists also claim that the vaccinations aim to sterilize Muslims. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 3.5 million Pakistani children missed out on polio vaccination when over a dozen immunisation workers were shot dead in various parts of the country. WHO in recent days declared Peshawar as epicenter of polio virus in the world.— Online

Rulers have taken Washington, Delhi as guides instead of Makkah

L AHORE —Ameer, Jamaat e designs by pushing to the back these people who were being C HAKWAL —At least two Islami, Pakistan, Syed burner the APC’s unanimous compelled to run from pillar people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries when a passenger bus overturned on a main thoroughfare of Chakwal on Sunday, officials said. Police and rescue officials said the incident took place outside Chakwal city where a passenger bus went out of driver’s control and overturned on the sharp turn. A pedestrian and a passenger inside bus were killed on spot while 14 passengers were injured in the mishap, officials added. Rescue teams arrived at the scene and shifted those wounded to Chakwal District HQs Hospital. Four serious injured were shifted to Rawalpindi in critical condition. According to police overspeeding and race with another bus was caused the accident.— Online

Senator Saleh house attacked with hand grenade TANK—Unknown miscreants attacked residence of Senator Saleh Shah with hand grenade on Sunday but no loss was reported. Police said that unidentified motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade at the house of Senator Saleh Shah located in Murtaza area of Tank. The hand grenade partially damaged the house but all residents remained safe in the attack. The police cordoned of the area after the attack and launched search operation but the assailants managed to escape. Meanwhile, Senators and leaders of the political parties have condemned the attack. The provincial government taking notice of incident has directed the police authorities to arrest the culprits sooner and further beef up the security across the district.—INP

Taxi driver killed, man abducted for ransom WAH CANTT—A taxi driver was strangled to death after snatching his vehicle in limit of Taxila Police station on Sunday. Police sources said that some passerby spotted a body near HMC-III ground on Taxila - Hattar road and informed the police. On getting information, a police party reached there and shifted the body to Tehsil headquarters hospital for autopsy. Later the deceased was identified as Fayyaz Shah, a resident of Mohra Shah Wali Shah. Police sources said that some vehicle hijackers booked his vehicle and later killed him after snatching his vehicle. While in second incident, a man was abducted for ransom in limit of Wah Saddar Police station. Shoukat Mehmood reported to police that his brother named Mushtaq Mehmood was abducted by some unknown abductors and now demanded a ransom money Rs 0.5 million through telephone calls for his release.—APP

Munawar Hasan, has said that the government had taken Washington and Delhi as its guides and masters instead of Makkah and Madina and was keen to accept supremacy of India, the killer of lakhs of Kashmiris. In a video link address to the participants of the JI central workshop going on at Mansoora from Islamabad on Sunday, he said that in India, the self styled biggest democracy of the world, none of the minorities including Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians nor their worship places were safe. The JI Chief once again warned the government of the serious consequences of a military operation in North Waziristan, and counseled both the rulers and the Taliban to stop talking of guns and instead go for dialogue in their common good. He said the government was simply fulfilling the US

mandate for talks. He said that the foremost responsibility of a government was to safeguard the independence and sovereignty of the country. Therefore, it should make independent decisions instead of obeying US dictation. Syed Munawar Hasan asan said tha said that all the political and religious parties attending the APC convened by the government had authorized the government to pave way for dialogue with the Taliban and stop issuing threats every day. He said that the Federal Interior Minister as also the Prime Minister’s Advisor for Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Azis had accepted that Pakistan had fallen pray to terrorism because of joining the US war. Thousands of people, he said, had moved out from Waziristan under the fear of bombings by Pakistani jets in the bitter cold. Obviously,

to post would not speak good of the rulers, he added. The JI Ameer said if the government had sincerely desired peace, it would have opted for dialogue instead of going for operation. He said that an unannounced operation had been started while an impression was given wrongly that the government would use force after talks failed. The fact was that talks were never begun and the masses were being misguided through a wrong propaganda of the failure of talks. e said that He said the Taliban had shown willingness for talks but no response was given by the government. On the other hand, he said, Afghanistan President Karzai had picked up the courage to declare that he would not sign any agreement sans talks with the Pakistani Taliban.— NNI

PESHAWAR: People listening to the speech of JUI-F Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman during public gathering against price hike.

PTI terms PPO as black law MULTAN—Senior leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mahmood Qureshi has termed Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) as a black law, saying that it will turn the country into a police state. Addressing a news conference at his residence here on Sunday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the new ordinance was like imposition of a civilian martial law in the country. He appealed to opposition parties and Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) to oppose the bill and added that constitution cannot be negated for personal interests. The PTI leader explained that suspects would be arrested without any justification due to the bill. “Security forces can detain anybody sans arrest warrant and it will have no record”, he added Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the Supreme Court to take a suo moto notice to defend the constitution.—INP

FIRs lodged against nationalist party leaders HYDERABAD—The Hyderabad police have nominated the leaders of the banned nationalist party in the FIRs lodged against the miscreants involved in the 9 cracker attacks in the district the other day. According to the City police station, the President of Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) Shafi Burfat and other 5 leaders of his party including Lala Aslam Pathan, Hafeez Pirzada, Bachal Marri, Ali Ahmed Umrani and Jabbar Jathial had been booked for the cracker attack at Koh-iNoor chowk.

Similarly, PS Nasim Nagar has nominated Shafi Burfat, Lala Aslam Pathan, Hafeez Pirzada, Murtaza Chandio and Raheel Rind for the attack near the 15 Emergency Police post in Qasimabad. The police spokesman informed here on Sunday that 11 suspects who were arrested during the last 2 days had been identified as active workers of the banned party. However, the police would keep their identities undisclosed until they were remanded from the court, he added.—APP

Wapda expedites work on small dams for irrigation ISLAMABAD—Wapda has expe- importance for poverty alleviation

UAF to extend Laboratory School System FAISALABAD—University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has decided to extend its Laboratory School System in other parts of the province especially in Toba Tek Singh, Burewala, Vehari and Dera Ghazi Khan with innovative basic education solution. This was stated by Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor while addressing the 1st Alumni Association Meet 2014 of Laboratory High School here on Sunday. Dr. Khan Said that Old Boys Association Office has been inaugurated and data of successful and renowned Alumnus would be collected in order to streamlining the Office for the purpose of resource mobilization in the system. He said that Alumni Offices play vibrant role in rest of the World for upgradation of institutions with the help of Alumnus. Mian Muhammad Hanif, renowned business man and educationist urged the need for Old Boys chapter of Laboratory School and suggested Board of Governor comprising eminent personalities from all walks of life in order to run the school with pace and quality mechanism. He announced Rs 5 lakhfor the school and suggested to maintain a separate account for the purpose. Brig. Hamad Raza, Guest of honour shared his nostalgic memories of his school days and said that he was proud to be the Product of School System. He proposed that annual old boys meeting should be the regular feature of school and meeting should have to be scheduled every year in a ceremony of result announcements. Nadeem Aftab Sindhu, Chairman Mediacom stressed the need for launching scholarship programme for needy students with the help of old boys in this regard. He offered his firm commitment to provide resources for the purpose. He lauded the character building initiatives being practiced at Laboratory School since many decades.—APP

dited the work on constructing and socio-economic development small dams to irrigate over in the far-flung areas, besides con130,000 acres of land in various trolling migration from the backareas of the country, said an offi- ward areas, said the official. He said that Naulong, cial of Water and Power DevelWinder, Ghabir and Nai Gaj opment Authority. Talking to APP, he said Nai dams would be completed in Gaj dam was being constructed in three years adding that Naulong Sindh, Ghabir dam in Punjab, dam located in Jhal Magsi disKurram Tangi dam in Khyber trict of Balochistan has the gross Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. The dams water storage capacity of 242,000 would help storing 650,000 acre acre feet, with a command area of water, enough to irrigate of 47,000 acres, while the Winder I SLAMABAD —Pakhtunkhwa feet more than 130,000 acres of land. dam will store 36,484 acre feet Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) The official of WAPDA said of water and irrigate 10,000 acres chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai these projects are of immense of land.—APP has turned down the offer to join the federal cabinet and excused to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in center. According to reliable sources, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on behalf of Prime Minister Mian DERA GHAZI KHAN—Gudai arrested 13 persons on the Nawaz Sharif had invited the police have registered cases charge of power theft in the disPkMAP head to join the central against seven persons on charges trict, official sources said. Folgovernment. But Achakzai re- of electricity theft and torturing lowing the directives by the Superintending Engineer fused to join the federal cabinet, Mepco teams. A Mepco SDO, in an appli- Muhammad Shafiq Orakzai, saying that the alliance between PML-N and PkMAP will be cation to police, said Kashif and the team of the Pesco led by the CHAMAN: Afghan women enter Pakistan after crossing Pak-Afghan border. Officer kept limited to provincial level. Muhammad Imran had set up Sub-Divisional Achakzai said that his party illegal connections while a raid- Muhammad Asif Jan raided Taji will support the federal govern- ing team was tortured by Killay, New Bannu Adda, Kot ment but would not be a part of Shehzad of Block-11 and his Pasha, Ghuriwala and Mamakhel villages and arrested the cabinet, the sources added. accomplices. Police have registered 13 persons for allegedly stealThe sources revealed that the Interior Minister had also cases. It was earlier reported ing electricity. “We have aroffered a ministry to the PkMAP from Bannu that the officials of rested 13 persons and registered Peshawar Electric Supply cases against them,” an official ISLAMABAD—Swindlers have told that the recipient is very tion Authority (PTA) to device chief which was rejected by the Company (Pesco) on Saturday said.—APP him.—INP found a new way of cheating poor and needs the money ur- a mechanism for keeping strict innocent people in the name of gently, he began describing the check on misuse of SIMs. The BISP chairman also Benazir Income Support process. “Don’t worry, the money asked the cellular companies to Programme (BISP) by sending SMS from unknown numbers will be transferred directly to update record of SIM users and congratulating them on being your account. We will try to suggested that these companies nominated for Rs 25,000 prize make this process short for you. should provide a monthly reas part of Waseela-e-Rozgar Just tell us your ID card number corded to PTA for discouraging and the account number,” said such kind of practices. scheme. He also requested masses TAXILA/WAH CANTT—ConThe message reads: the man. Talking to APP, Chair“BENAZIR INKUM Sport Pro- man BISP Enver Baig informed not to respond to such messages tinuous low gas pressure in the gram ghr serway k teht ap ko Rs. that they had nothing to do with and report them immediately to adjacent areas irked residents. According to reports, resi25000 mubark ho. Ap ka num- such messages. He said that they take action against them, rather ber BISP mein register tha. Ap had filed a complaint with cyber them being fleeced in the hands dents of the area were pushed in the era of Stone Age as the Sui apna form le kr is per crime cell of Federal Investiga- of such people.—APP gas pressure is reportedly very 03215106803 call karien,” tion Agency in this regard. “We provided all numbers much low Taxila and Wah Cantt (Congratulations on winning Rs that increased the miseries of 25,000 under the Benazir In- we got from which such kinds masses. come Support Programme. Your of messages are being dissemiDr Residents of the area said name has appeared in the sur- nated to cyber crime cell to take F AISALABAD —CPO vey list. Take your form and dial appropriate action and protect Haider Ashraf has suspended that they have been suffering a innocent people from the trap of Station House Officer (SHO) lot as they are not able to perthis number.) Khurrianwala police station form their routine works timely On receiving this message, deceivers.” He said a few persons were Muhammad Ibrahim on public because of low gas pressure. this scribe called the number “Men have to go to office mentioned in the SMS to inquire apprehended who were involved complaints, poor performance without breakfast and children the way used by the people be- in the crime. Mostly unregis- and misconduct. tered SIMs were used for the hind this message. The CPO also ordered him often got late from school due A person on the other side purpose. to report police lines, state a to low gas pressure as female HYDERABAD: Member of Provincial Assembly Syed Awais Muzaffar Hashmi laying floral He said it was responsibil- press release issued here Sun- could not prepare food timely,” sounded very professional and wreath along with Senator Moula Bux Chandio at the shrine of Sakhi Abdul Wahab Shah informed a resident.—Online Jeelani (RA). meant business. When he was ity of Pakistan Telecommunica- day.—APP

Achakzai turns down offer to join federal cabinet

Seven booked for power theft, torture

Swindlers cheating people in name of BISP Waseela-e-Rozgar scheme

Continuous low gas pressure irks residents

SHO suspended


Security forces to deal terrorists with full force

Qaim awarded with doctorate degree KHAIRPUR—The 7th Convocation 2014

of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur was held on Sunday, Prof Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, Presided over the L AHORE —Federal Minister Convocation while the Chief Minister for Pakistan Railways, Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah was the Chief Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said Guest on this occasion. Qaim Ali Shah that attacks on security perwhile speaking the convocation said that sonnel and civilians will not he was glad to be among the scholars, be tolerated anymore and the researchers, educationists and intellecsecurity forces will retaliate tuals. He congratulated all the graduates the terrorist with full force. who are honored with degree and medals in the graduation Talking to media persons ceremony and said the graduates are potential trained huhere on Sunday, Khwaja Saad man resources and he believed that they would certainly Rafiq said the government serve society in better manner and contribute in the develshowed flexibility to possible opment of Pakistan. Chief Minister Sindh remarked that extent but now it has been after the landmark achievement of 18th Amendment, now decided that the forces the higher education is the prerogative of the provincial would not remain silent if tergovernments. He said that being the only University of rorists go on exploding upper Sindh, the SALU is and will always remain the bombs. government’s priority. Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that it is He said that Pakistan encouraging to know that the number of female students Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairhas increased in various academic disciplines of this uniman Imran Khan wanted the versity along with the establishment of department of Gengovernment to bend over der Studies. He said that majority of these girls belong to backwards before the terrorrural, low income and agrarian background. Syed Qaim Ali ists but how could the matShah directed the Sindh Forest Department to establish Sindh Forest Institute at SALU, Khairpur and announced HUB: Doctors busy in operating eye of a patient at Government Jam Ghulam Qadir Hospital where free Eye Camp is ter proceed when the other side go on targeting security to allocate the 75 acres of land for the housing society for arranged for public. personnel and innocent civilthe faculty and staff after the lifting the ban of allotment ians. from the Supreme Court. He prayed for the further developThe minister said that the ment of the SALU, Khairpur. On this occasion, Prof Dr. government always tried Parveen Shah in her presidential and welcome address congratulated all the recipients of degrees and medals on the successful completion of academic career. Prof Dr. Parveen Shah conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) to Syed Qaim Ali Shah Chief Minister Sindh on his meritorious services in socio-political field.—APP

Hashmi invites JUI-F to join sit-in against NATO supplies, drone attacks

Restoration of peace top priority

PESHAWAR—President Paki- our sovereignty and stabil- ganda against KP govern- has sent message to entire

PESHAWAR—Advisor to the prime minister and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Ameer Maqam has said that government is keen to restore peace and willing to hold talks with the Taliban for the purpose. Talking to media here Sunday, Ameer Maqam asked chairman PTI Imran Khan, JUI-S chief Maulana Sami ul Haq, JUI-F head Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Ameer JI Munawar Hassan to unearth the agenda of the Taliban. The PM advisor said that the government is desirous to restore peace, avoiding any anarchy or bloodshed. However, he clarified that any agenda challenging the writ of the government will not be accepted at any cost. Amir Maqam warned that if PTI led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government stayed away of the federal government efforts to eliminate terrorism, militancy would rise in the country. In reply to a question, he backed the stance of the PML-N government for offering peace talks to the TTP. However, he pointed out that the TTP continued to organise bomb explosions and targeted killings ignoring all calls for holding peace dialogue with the government. “We proudly claim this attack on Amir Muqam. It wasn’t a suicide attack as Amir Muqam claimed. We had planted improvised explosives and wanted to blow up his vehicle, but he once again escaped unhurt. We would utilise all our resources in hand but would eliminate him as we have declared him our enemy due to his ant-Taliban stance,” the TTP spokesman told The News from an undisclosed location using an Afghan cell-phone. Currently, Shangla has no deployment of army except an installation of the air force, according to a military official. The district has been handed over to the civilian administration after the military cleared it in 2009.—Agencies

stan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that his party’s sitin suspending NATO supplies and protests against US drone strikes were not aimed at political point scoring but meant to help the country get rid of so-called war on terror which has shaken the ideological basis of country besides putting

ity at stake. He stated this while talking to media persons on the occasion of PTI’s sit-in at Ring Road Peshawar for closure of NATO supplies. Javed Hashmi said that Jamiat-e- Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman should realize the fact that he will get nothing by his continuous propa-

ment instead he should join the PTI protests and sits-in which is the desire of every loyal Pakistani citizen. “JUI-F will be welcomed wholeheartedly if it joins protest for a noble cause which was not an issue of a single political party but question of survival of entire nation”, he added. He said that PTI sit-in

Asfandyar asks govt to restore writ of state C HARSADDA —Awami Na- through negotiations or by initiate peace talks with store law and order in the tional Party (ANP) head Asfandyar Wali Khan called for the federal government to restore peace in the country by negotiation or operation. “We need peace whether government achieves it

launching a military operation,” Khan said while addressing a public gathering in Charsadda on the death anniversary of Bacha Khan. He said that the government was given a mandate to

Taliban in the all-party conference (APC). The interior minister should tell if he held talks with militant groups. The ANP leader said that it was responsibility of the provincial government to re-

Power shortage ATTOCK—Provincial Minister for Industry Chaudhry Shafiq has said that the foremost priority of the govt is to overcome the shortage of electricity and its ample proof is that different projects of power generation are under completion at different locations. He said this while talking to Newsman during his visit to Attock. He said that under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif all the provincial ministers and other cabinet members are working day in and day out for the development of Punjab .He said at present different electricity generation projects which include 1000 MW project at Quaid-e-Azam Park, 6600 MW project at Gadani and 6600 MW project in Punjab are under completion and will certainly help control power shortage. He said an MOU has been signed with the Govt of Turkey under which 2 lac youth will be made skilled in different trades to enable them to seek jobs in and outside the country. All these youth will be made skilled in technical colleges and technical centers being run under TEVTA Punjab. He said the youth would be also trained in Arabic language so that they may seek jobs in Gulf countries. He said efforts are being made to establish new industrial zones. While replying a question the minister said that industrial zone may be set up in Attock district if found feasible. APP adds: He further said that an MoU has been signed with the government of Turkey under which 200,000 youth will be made skilled in different trades to enable them to seek jobs in and outside the country.

province. He said that PTI should stage a sit-in at Karachi port. Wali Khan pointed out that situation was getting out of control in the county.— Online

11 suspects arrested in search operation DERA ISMAIL KHAN—District police on Sunday arrested eleven suspects during a search operation conducted with the precincts of Dera Town, police confirmed. The search and strike operation was started on the directives of Provincial Police Chief, Nasir Khan Durrani. During the campaign, police raided 34 houses and apprehended eleven suspects for their alleged complicity in various crimes of serious nature. Police have also impounded five vehicles while investigation has been started against the arrested persons.—APP

Govt to provide security to journalists SIALKOT—Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said the government was taking effective measures to provide security to journalists and protect their rights. Talking to newsmen at Badiana in Pasrur tehsil on Sunday, he urged the media to promote a soft image of Pakistan in the world. He said journalists were the eyes and ears of society and they played a pivotal role in bridging the communication gap between the government and people besides playing an effective role in highlighting public problems and government initiatives for public welfare and development in the country. Later, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid also gave a cheque for Rs 0.5 million to the Badiana Press Club. It was reported earlier that the Opposition ‘walked out’ from the Senate on Monday after demanding the government provide security for journalists. Senator Zahid Khan said that “nobody from the government does anything,” stressing on the fact that there are poor security measures for journalists throughout the country. Zahid also stated that “Express News was targeted for the third time in the last few months and nothing was done about it”. On Friday, three people associated with Express News were killed when a van belonging to the channel came under attack near the Matric board office in Nazimabad area of Karachi. Earlier, State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, while condemning the attack on a media team in Karachi, said the government believes in the independence of media and would ensure security to journalists. Speaking to news reporters on Sunday, Sheikh Aftab said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee, comprising ministers for information and interior, which will contact media houses and journalists’ bodies to devise a strategy for security of journalists.—APP

word that masses of Pakistan want an end to unjustified drone attacks and US interference in internal affairs of the country. Javed Hashmi said that drone strikes kill majority of innocent civilians including women and children and they have been condemned and declared illegal across the globe.—INP

QUETTA: FC personnel checking a rickshaw at check post as security was beefed up in provincial capital city.

Environmental education wins big at WWF’s nature carnival P ESHAWAR —World

Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) in collaboration with Horlicks-GSK Consumer Healthcare Pakistan hosted the 16th Annual Travelling Nature Carnival on Sunday. More than ten thousand visitors and 80 schools from across Lahore participated in the event. Environmental education is the key objective and schools showed their concern for conservation by constructing 3D models on various environmental themes and giving live presentations and performances, said a press release issued here on Sunday. Winners of the 3D model competition were (2nd) Supreme Education School System, (1st) Beaconhouse Johar Town Junior (Category: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle); LGS Samanabad (3rd), Punjab School Junior (2nd),Laurel Bank Shalimar Campus (1st) (Category: Benefits of Trees); Beaconhouse Peco Road (3rd),

LGS Wapda Town (2nd), LGS EME (1st) (Category: Green Neighbourhoods); Haleem Campus (3rd), MiCasa School, Beaconhouse (Category: Health, Hygiene & Environment); Bahria School & College (3rd), LGS Township (2nd), SISA (1st) (Category: Disaster Management); Froebels International (3rd), LGS EME (2nd), Sharif Education Complex (1st) (Category: Watershed Management); The New School (3rd), Aitchison (2nd), Lyceum NGCS (1st), LGS Paragon (Consolation) (Category: Illegal Hunting); FC College (3rd) University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (2nd), Lahore College for Women University (Category: Environment Management Systems). Overall winners were SISA, Laurel Bank Shalimar Campus and LGS EME. Chief Guest Rana Mashoodullah Khan, Minister for Education and Sports (Punjab Government) was present at the occasion to present the awards to the win-

ning schools. He stated that he personally supports environmental causes and makes time to encourage youth to be environmentally aware and active. Ali Hassan Habib, DG WWF-Pakistan said, â•œenvironmental education should be a specific component of our school curriculum, in public and private schools both. We can only create an environmentally sensitive population by instilling awareness in our young ones.â•• WWF-Pakistan and Horlicks-GSK Consumer Healthcare Pakistan also engaged young and old alike through specially designed educational and informational activities including an art competition, quiz competition, essay competition, magic shows, environmental puppet shows, a lucky draw, live music and an environmental theatre performance. The carnival will also have food stalls.—APP

1,787 performed Hajj under UAE scheme ISLAMABAD—A total of 1,787 pakistanis have performed Hajj under the United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheme in last six years, said an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. Talking to APP he said the scheme was being sponsored by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Foundation. Giving year wise break-up, he said 289 people performed Hajj under the UAE scheme in year 2008, 268 in 2009, 210 persons in 2010, 341 in 2011, 450 in 2012 and 229 in 2013.—APP

peaceful resolution of issues through talks but it will only engage in talks in a dignified manner with those who are willing to reciprocate.

Those who will continue terror attacks and targeting public installations and killing innocent people would be dealt with iron hands, he added.—INP

Dry weather to prevail

ISLAMABAD—The Met office next 48 hours mainly cold and on Sunday forecast dry weather with cold night and hazy morning in the metropolis over the next 24 hours. Minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of between 11 and 13 degrees centigrade in most parts of the country. Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Moreover, mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, partly cloudy weather conditions expected in upper parts of the country. Foggy conditions expected at isolated places of plain areas of Punjab and Sukkur division during night/ morning hrs. Additionally in

dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, partly cloudy weather conditions expected

in northern parts of the country. In conclusion weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country. Coldest places reported in last 24 hours Skardu -10°C, Kalat, Astore, Gupis -05°C, Kalam -04°C, Gilgit, Hunza, Quetta, Rawalakot -02°C, Drosh -01°C.—APP

Students stage protest L AHORE —National

Students Federation (NSF) on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in front of Lahore Press Club against privatization of educational institution. A number of students carried banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against privatization of educational institutions and class based education system. NSF Punjab President Sanawar Farid Azad and

other urged the government to provide free and compulsory education for all children of the country. The asked the government to reduce tuition fee and provide cheaper travelling and accommodation facilities to the students. They also demanded the government to open new government educational institutions in proportion to the population and vowed to continue their protest.— APP

Maximum funds for prevention of diseases L AHORE —Punjab Minister WHO in this regard. for Excise & Taxation, Finance Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said the government is implementing a comprehensive plan for the provision of better healthcare facilities to the people and providing funds for the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Addressing a delegation of people at his residence on Sunday, he said that only a genuine leadership could steer the country out of existing crises. He said that for this purpose the government was using all available resources and cooperatiing with international donour agencies i.e UNICEF/

He said that billions of rupees were being spent on social sector development programme and for the provision of modern and standardized educational and healthcare facilities. The Pakistan Muslim League-N government is making all out efforts for ridding the country of terrorism, load-shedding and other issues, he added. He said that PML-N inherited load-shedding, terrorism and other problems from QLeague and Musharraf governments and had taken effective measures to tackle these issues due to which load-shedding had been reduced substantially.—APP

16 held with drugs, weapons MULTAN—Police claimed on Aslam, Kamran, Muhammad a revolver and four rounds. Sunday to have arrested 16 accused and seized drugs and illegal weapons. Police apprehended drug peddlers, including Gull Khan, Ghulam Shabir, Khadim Hussain, Yunis, Umer Draz,

Rafiq and Shehzad, besides recovering 19 litre liquor and 1.880 kg hashish. Muhammad Ashraf, Yamin, Shahid Ali and Muhammad Rehan were arrested with two pistols, a rifle,

Police held three butchers Muhammad Aamir, Imran and Sher Ali for selling substandard meat. Separate cases have been registered against the ac- HYDERABAD: Residents of Fakir Ka Pir burn tyres during protest against water cused.—APP shortage at main road.


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LMOST on daily basis suspected militants and people involved in other heinous crimes are being arrested across the country and Po lice and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) proudly present them before the media with their heads covered with hood. This demonstrates that the LEAs are quite vigilant and doing their best to rid the country of outlaws even by staking their lives in danger. But the question arises that after their arrest, how these suspects are proceeded against? According to reports most of them, if not all of them, get off the hook for one reason or the other. One can say without any doubt that even some who are established target killers are seen roaming on roads freely after getting scot free. If one recalls, thousands of people have been arrested in Karachi alone while many more in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan on charges of their involvement in acts of terrorism, sectarian or target killings over the past few months. The other day more than 100 suspects were arrested in Islamabad, but since their arrest, nothing is heard about cases against them or their fate. There are undeniable reports that while in jails, these notorious elements enjoy the VIP facilities and possess mobile phones to remain in touch with their handlers outside. When they are produced in courts, their lawyers, including non-availability of witnesses while the judges of the lower judiciary receive threats of dire consequences from people behind the accused, exploit the flaws in the preparation of cases and legal lacunae. If some witnesses show courage, they are killed and the accused are released due to lack of evidence. This is because of flaws in our laws. In our opinion, until and unless the policy against terrorism is devised in a way that those indulging in terror acts could not escape and awarded deterrent punishment, we are certain that the menace would not be controlled. At the same time, as in many other countries, the cases of terrorism or other heinous crimes should be tried on fast track basis and those proved guilty be given punishment within a week as that would send a strong signal to the outlaws that once nabbed for their crimes, they would not be able to escape from the clutches of the law. We hope the government would give a serious consideration to these issues while finalizing the new security policy.

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INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar has directed the Privatization Commis sion to initiate a summary for disinvestments of Lakhra Coal Power Project on priority basis after approval by the Council of Common Interests (CCI). The Punjab Government on its part has launched an unprecedented mega scheme for the installation of six coal fired power plants in Sahiwal, Sheikhupura, Jhang, Kasur, Rahim Yar Khan and Muzaffargarh that are projected to generate 6000MW of electricity. Private parties have been asked to submit their Expressions of Interest(EOIs) by the 28th of February, 2014 while policy incentives for these plants have been clearly identified. These steps indicate that there is ultimately a realization that coal is the only available indigenous and inexpensive alternative energy resource, which has the potential not only to ensure self-sufficiency in energy sector but also to generate surplus for future needs. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaking at a function in Karachi the other day also stressed the need to exploit Thar Coal as quickly as possible and assured Federal Government’s support to resolve the technical issues. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was even more upbeat and stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari will jointly perform ground breaking ceremony of the mining and coal based energy plants of Thar block on 31st January through which 660 MW of electricity would be generated in the first phase. The Sindh government has spent a huge amount of over Rs 20 billion for the development of infrastructure, provision of water and construction of roads to make the Thar coal reservoirs exploitable. We appreciate that the Federal and Provincial governments are paying due attention now on coal based energy as the country cannot afford generation through costly imported furnace oil and people and industry cannot foot the high cost.

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ASHMIRIS on both sides of Line of Control (LoC) and across the world, observed India’s Republic Day as Black Day on Sunday to draw world attention towards the fact that India’s claim of being a democratic republic is hollow as it has usurped the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination for the past over six decades. The day was marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, call for which had been given by the entire Kashmiri leadership who strongly condemned the daily affairs of the arrest, frisking and harassment of innocent Kashmiris by Indian troops and police in the occupied territory. The occupation authorities had deployed troops and police personnel in high numbers in Srinagar and other towns of the held territory to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations but agitated people came out at different places and raised anti India and pro-freedom slogans. In occupied Kashmir the teenagers and youth killing spree is going on unabated despite public protests. Thousands detainees whose detentions have been terminated by courts have not been released. India has let loose its occupation machinery to suppress the people of Kashmir. In fake encounters thousands of Kashmiri youths have been killed. Rapes and abductions constitute the worst used state revenge weapon. There was more anger across Indian held Kashmir as people denounced a military court verdict that exonerated five army officers involved in the killing of five civilians in Pathribal village 14 years ago. It was a living example of lawlessness and state terrorism as the occupation authorities proved that they do not consider the Kashmiris as human beings. The five civilians were killed by the Indian army under the pretext of being foreign militants and alleged involvement in the massacre of 35 sikhs in Chattisinghpora in May 2000. However, later it was proved that they were ordinary Kashmiri citizens. Protest demonstrations were also organized by the Kashmiris in Muzaffarabad and Mirpur and the participants delivered a memorandum to UN observers urging the world body to honour its resolutions on Kashmir. We hope that the international community would take notice of the sufferings of people and persuade New Delhi to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris.

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Desired role of media in Pakistan Dr Muhammad Khan Email: drmk_edu@yahoo.com

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N one of his recent article, Abbas Nasir, an established journalist and eminent writer advised the Government and military authorities to have a greater interaction with media in order to have a better image and close coordination, before taking any action against the terrorists and terrorism. The article entitled, “need to win media war” cites the examples of Swat-Malakand and South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on the one hand and tacking of the Lal Masjid operation on the other hand. The much desired military operations in Swat and SWA went well, whereas, the Lal Masjid operation had created a ruckus, locally as well as internationally. This bungled and improperly reported military operation created a negative impact among the masses, and TTP, banned terrorist organization exploited those public sentiments in its favour. Today, what Pakistan is facing in the form of enhanced wave of terrorism, has the major share of the fallouts of the Lal Masjid operation. Indeed, there is a great difference between perception and reality. There is even greater difference between misperceptions and the ground realities. In today’s highly globalized world, media has a major role of creating awareness among the masses. It also changes the perception or at time creates misperceptions. This all is done through the formulation of opinions about an issue or series of issues. In some cases, there are well or-

chestrated and thoroughly planned campaigns launched through media under vested interests of particular force(s). After attaining the desired results against opponent(s), it is found that, reality was entirely different from what it was portrayed. US invasion of Iraq is a case in point, where the allegation was that, Iraq had the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); later on it was revealed that, there were no WMDs in Iraq. The US and western media considered itself justified, as it feel that, such a media campaign was in the best national interest of US and Britain, though logics are contrary to this perception. Repeatedly, it has been observed that, Pakistan’s nuclear assets are subjected to hostile propaganda linking them with psychologically premeditated threats and obliqueangle-vision to project them unsafe and perilous for the region. Propagandists people like, Michael Kugelman naively argue that Pakistani nukes may fall in the hands of terrorists attacking sensitive air bases in Pakistan. The absurd propaganda contents further assert that Pakistan is producing tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) meant for actual battlefield use with conventional forces (for short range use against India). These propaganda campaigns are aimed at depicting Pakistan’s nuclear weapons as hazardous and risk prone. The fact of the matter is that, Pakistan’s nuclear assets are highly secured and under very responsible authority. These propagandists have never projected the bone of contention of nuclearization of South Asia; Kashmir dispute. If today, Kashmir dispute is resolved, nuclear arsenals

of Pakistan and India will become irrelevant. If people like Michael Kugelman have tried to create misperceptions about Pakistani nukes, there could have developed counter arguments based on fact and ground realities from Pakistani media houses that Pakistan has an unmatched command and control system of its nuclear arsenals. Unfortunately, at times it appears that, freedom of media in Pakistan is mostly misused. In this regards, there is a “war for ratings and the competition” among the various media channels and groups, which indeed is unhealthy. This unhealthy competition, as to who will be the first one to break information or news, ‘Breaking News’ has been most treacherous for the people and embarrassing for the state. In this regards, it has been observed that in most of the cases, the commercial and personal interests outweigh the social and morale responsibilities, disregarding the fundamental requirement of objective reporting and journalistic ethics. Resultantly incorrect and biased reporting is done which leads to creation of mistrust, uncertainty and formulation of misperceptions, thus, damaging the national interests and tarnishing national image and pride. Owing to domestic and external factors where secrecy has to be maintained, the media is ought to show more responsibility and cooperation with the state and its agencies. For the success of counter terrorism strategy both; dialogue or combating the militants, media should not leak or misreport an incident in such a manner that it becomes advantageous for the terrorists or the forces operating against the state of Pakistan. At time there

may be a requirement that, only filtered information has to be disseminated in the best national interest of the state. Therefore, the media must regard and adhere the rules set by the Government (Ministry of Information and Interior) to streamline the passage of information. Whereas, the freedom of media is desired but media has to respect the obligations imposed on it by the state and society. Owners and anchors of the media channels should be aware and conscious of the agendas of rival states and unfriendly global forces towards Pakistan, its institutions, nuclear assets and above all its national interests. Pakistan is faced with numerous challenges including the menace of terrorism, internal disorder, political instability, ethnic and sectarian divide, power and energy crises, poor governance, lack of speedy and fair justice, deteriorating law and order situation, militancy and separatist movements and psychological flinches leading to social digression. It is therefore mandatory that, any information communicated through media to the masses should be well researched, authentic and presented in a way to create positive image in the society. The projection of events and even the most horrendous and pessimistic incidents should be done in such a way that, the society especially the youth get a positive lesson. Indeed, as the most influential and rapid means of communication, media has a responsibility to create a sense of belonging and national integration among the people. — The writer is Islamabad-based IR analyst.

The difficulty of peace talks al Assad started with the moral and material support of their and especially AmeriAli Ashraf Khan Western can Friends, protests with the Email:balti@super.net.pk aim to topple the duly elected Assad government. It was the support for Assad coming HILE the prospect of from a substantial part of the Syrian peace talks with the population and from the army that Taliban in Pakistan seem kept Assad in place. Then the West to be remote, the world scenario is started insisting that Assad was a dicshowing that it is not Pakistan alone tator and has to go. Like US sponthat has trouble to stop fighting and sored Jihad in Afghanistan against find conflict resolutions. There are Soviet Union in 1980s now US was the loudly announced peace talks providing full assistance to Syrian of our neighbours, the Afghan gov- rebels and Al-Qaeda operatives, inernment of Mr. Karzai and his High cluding volunteers from US and EuPeace Council that for the last rope who might create a similar situcouple of years is trying to start ation that Pakistan is confronted with, peace talks before the foreign unable to locate foreign militants troops leave the country. So far Mr. hideouts in the country. While under Saddam there was Karzai doesn’t find partners in this endeavor for the Afghan Taliban no Islamism or terrorism in Iraq’s it who are the target of the process was introduced under US guardianare unwilling to take Mr. Karzai se- ship and is flourishing since they left riously denouncing him and his Iraq high and dry. The same has hapgovernment as American stooges. pened in Syria. When the ruling govBut there are other ill-fated ernment was destabilized and money peace talks also, the ones taking and weapons started flowing freely place in Montreux and Geneva, into the country Islamist and terrorSwitzerland between the different ist groups took the opportunity and sides of the civil war in Syria, orga- made use of money and weapons so nized by the UN. After three years freely available to start another fight of ongoing conflict that killed thou- for introducing an Islamic state. Tosands of Syrian people and de- day Syria is the most popular destistroyed whole cities and the liveli- nation for past time warriors from hood of countless people without a USA and Europe, and alone from the decisive victory for one or the other otherwise orderly Germany several side, there is recognition of the fact hundred Islamist warriors have gone that the conflict cannot be solved to Syria. But given the international militarily. The same game of de- power constellation with Iran and stroying national infrastructure was Lebanon supporting the anti-Assad seen in Libya to achieve US desire forces and with Russia – Syria’s for face change through much trum- trusted friend from the days of the peted Spring Revolution, which has Soviet Union-coming back in interbackfired now equally. The atroci- national business, the chances for ties in Syria have reached a level that Assad’s regime to survive have the world opinion is not condoning much improved. Therefore, the it anymore and the call for peace is rebels have reached an agreement heard. While originally the Syrian with the Assad regime to exchange Opposition to the regime of Bashar or release their prisoners that implies

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a big breakthrough in the stalemate. The hawks are now worried that this is another war which they started and which turns out to be unwinnable. The peace talks in Geneva are not expected to result into a permanent peace because the way Geneva – II were manipulated by first inviting Iran, a country that could be given the joint responsibility to guarantee peace was stopped from attending the talks only 24 hours before by withdrawal of invitation by UN. This attitude of US sponsors goes to prove that there is no common ground between the parties and the so-called Syrian opposition – residing in Istanbul and US – is not representing the Syrian people even not the Syrian fighters which means they have nothing to offer. Major parties in the conflict are not even sitting at the negotiation table such as the Islamist fighters who don’t want peace; still it is very encouraging that Iranian President has applauded the Geneva-II talks while addressing press in Davos in Switzerland. The scandalous behaviour of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as also peevish who one day invited Iran and then next day under US pressure proved himself an obedient servant and cancelled the invitation! The UN as convener of the conference has proven itself to be just another American stooge. What success can one expect for peace in Pakistan! Pakistan has been used as a facilitator in the US-sponsored war in Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden loaded with US dollars and arms had launched Jihad. Pakistan, Saudi Arab and UAE were the only counties that recognized Taliban government in Afghanistan to establish full diplomatic relation, then after 9/11 under threat of sending to stone age, if we do not cooperate with US, unfortunately Pakistan opted to play frontline role in

US proxy war in Afghanistan that has not only destroyed the national fabric but the complete financial and economic infrastructure that a burden of over $ 120 billion has been loaded on us while US has only reimbursed $ 15 billion or so. When economic and financial crunch became unbearable for US; they opted to wind up by 2014 from Afghanistan and to build consensus amongst different Afghan factions, Pakistan played the role of a facilitator for US in Afghanistan and not only released many leaders of Afghan Taliban arrested in various cases from Pakistani prisons but quietly witnessed Jail breaking in Bannu and D. I. Khan. When Pakistan decided to settle its issues with Pakistani Taliban uproar was created by killing TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack the day they were assembling to nominate representatives for talks with the APC approved dialogue. The APC sponsored peace exercise has been, therefore, flawed from the beginning. One could be maliciously happy about another exposure of the US to be a malignant manipulator in international affairs. But the situation is too grave for such feelings and failed peace talks in all cases – Pakistan, Afghanistan Syria and elsewheremeans more war, more destruction and more suffering. Pakistani nation is longing to see that day when Pakistani rulers will take decisions in the greater national interest of our solidarity and security and not act as a second fiddler of US. God grant our leaders the courage to change the things in our nation’s interest and provide wisdom to people to understand the difference and then strongly remain committed with it. (Ameen) God bless Pakistan. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

ESTERDAY, at a Geneva hotel and within the same room, representatives of the government of Bashar Al Assad and from Syrian opposition groups briefly met face-to-face for the first time in 34 months of death and destruction. Previously, both delegations had met with UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi separately to at least see if there were grounds for talks between the two bitterly divided sides. After all the bloodshed, horror and crimes against Syrians on all sides, it’s not surprising that the planned face-to-face meeting was postponed by a day. But now it appears as if both sides have taken the step to face their bitter enemy across a table rather than across a battered and bloodied street-scape littered with broken bodies. For getting the two sides into the same room, Geneva 2 can be considered a success. Now the real work begins. This meeting will never resolve the future of Syria. Both sides are too entrenched for that to happen. But this meeting can at least lay the groundwork for local ceasefires to be put in place; for barrel bombs to stop falling from the sky; for humanitarian aid to reach those millions displaced from their homes; and for food and medicine to reach those most in need. The easy step in a conflict is to reach for a gun and shoot. The hardest step is to sit across from your enemy – and talk. — Gulf News

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OUTH Korea is thus well jus tified when it shrugs off such calls from across the Armistice line and demands the Stalinist state to exhibit sincerity. The recent call for ‘reconciliation’ and an end to ‘hostile military acts’ has come from Pyongyang through an open letter to the South. Surprisingly enough, North Korea, during the last two weeks, undertook two major military exercises, testing its “guided tactical” missiles and engaging itself in a simulated war. The open letter, propagated in the media, not only expresses North Korea’s desire to work with its southern neighbour in addressing bilateral socio-economic problems but also extends a veiled threat in case a response is not forthcoming. This warning has come just days ahead of an annual military exercise between South Korea and the United States, making it a broader issue of peace and security owing to the unpredictable mood of North Korean leader Jim Jong-un. A similar warning last year on the eve of joint military exercises, known as Foal Eagle, led to an unusual surge in tensions, and as a quid pro quo Pyongyang also fired missiles across the Sea of Japan. Seoul has rightly said that North Korea has to prove its sincerity before any calls for resumption of ‘reconciliation and reunification’ dialogue, which were stalled during the previous regime of Kim Jong-il. As a curtain raiser, Pyongyang has to lower the level of animosity. The North Korea’s National Defence Commission, while urging Seoul to take ‘bold steps’, has stopped short of detailing its own version of reciprocity to end the standoff on the Peninsula. But the letter quoted the commission as saying: “The DPRK [North Korea] has already unilaterally opted for halting all acts of getting on the nerves of South Korea and slandering it.” Such a claim has to pass litmus test of time, and the best way to go is to open up the reclusive state and engage in open diplomacy with its neighbours and Western world. Seoul responded to the open letter by saying that existing tensions were result of “North Korea’s military provocations” and that “the current situation can be resolved if North Korea stops threatening and hostile rhetoric”. The extermination of Chang Song-thaek, Kim’s uncle, doesn’t show any climbdown in Pyongyang. What the young and ambitious leader says should be taken with a pinch of salt. The first thing that Kim has to do is to rehabilitate the world’s trust in his governance, and only then can he demand congeniality and cooperation. —Khaleej Times Lord, deliver me from myself. — Proverb


LoC: The art of presence Sadia Ayub Email:raza.sadia@yahoo.com

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Brigadier-level meeting of military officials of Pakistan and Indian Army took place to discuss ways to strengthen ceasefire along the LoC. the Indian delegation reportedly warned that peace at the LoC was linked to cessation of infiltration attempts by militants from the Pakistani side Earlier Indian army Chief General Bikram Singh said that India will not follow the “rules” in Kashmir if Pakistan breaks them. He was responding to an alleged Line of Control (LoC) violation by Pakistan. Singh added that Indian troops killed 10 Pakistani soldiers in a Decmeber LoC clash, whereas a spokesman of the Pak Army said that Pakistan has honored the Kashmir ceasefire agreement and called Singh’s comments “regrettable and counterproductive. The meeting at RawalakotPoonch crossing point took place under an agreement reached between the two sides at last month’s (Dec 24) talks between their heads of military operations — DGMOs — that called for two flag meetings between Brigade Commanders on the LoC for “peace and tranquillity” along the de-facto border. Moreover Pakistan and India pledged to uphold the 2003 Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire accord which had been left in tatters by repeated violations in last year. The truce breaches had put the nascent bilateral peace dialogue on hold. The meeting, in which the two countries agreed to a number of steps to keep the ceasefire accord intact, took place on the initiative of the political leadership of the two countries for ending tensions along the

LoC. A joint statement issued after the meeting of Pakistani DGMO Major General Aamer Riaz with his Indian counterpart Lt General Vinodh Bhatia stating “Both DGMOs showed their commitment to maintain the sanctity and ceasefire on the Line of Control”.The sources reminded that Pakistan Army’s initiative had made DGMOs meeting held at Wagah border on the Pakistani side, possible as it would help improve ambiance in contentious areas. It could pave way for resolution of political disputes causing grave anxiety in the region. The ceasefire across the LoC and working boundary had been holding for ten years (2003-2013) but in January last year Indians created the situation for the reasons known to them and again heightened the tension in August. Indians violated the LoC and working boundary for 416 times in 11 months, the sources revealed. Pakistan accuses India of 416 LoC ceasefire violations this year while the latter blames the former for violating the accord about 150 times. Repeated ceasefire violations this year — first after the attack on a Pakistani post by Indian troops in January and then after another in August on Indian border patrol apparently by insurgents — increased acrimony between the two countries. However, the biggest casualty was the peace dialogue which the two countries had resumed after the Mumbai attacks and none of its segments could meet last year. Problems were also faced in scheduling a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. When the two leaders finally met in September, they agreed to a meeting of the DGMOs for deliberations on the ceasefire violations.

The DGMOs meeting could not be scheduled for three months for unexplained reasons. The breakthrough finally came with a Pakistani invitation which both sides described the meeting as “cordial, positive and constructive”. However, details agreed by the two sides showed that they were serious about lowering the temperature along their de-facto border. “The positivity at the meeting and the fact that it went so smooth is in itself a great confidence building measure,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said. Both sides agreed on “re-energising the existing mechanisms” for resolving complaints of violations and making the hotline contact between the DGMOs more effective. A mechanism for notification of inadvertent crossers was also agreed upon. “It was also decided to inform each other if any innocent civilian inadvertently crosses the Line of Control, in order to ensure his/her early return,” the statement said. Two flag meetings would be held for a follow-up of the decisions taken at Wagah meeting. “To carry forward the positive spirit of DGMOs meeting, two flag meetings between brigade commanders will be held on the Line of Control in the near future, to ensure maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the LoC,” the joint statement said. Recent meeting of DGMOs was very important to normalize the situation on border because Military to Military contacts have an importance indeed. DGMOs of India and Pakistan met after 14 years on Wahga Border. Both Generals met with the agenda to normalize the situation on LoC and to review the agreement of 2003. Maj. Gen Amir Riaz, DGMO of Pakistan Army was representing Pakistan and his counterpart Lt. Gen

Vinod Bhatia was representing Indian side. It was also decided in meeting to arrange flag meetings of Brigadier level to ensure stability in the region. Both countries agreed to ensure ceasefire agreement leading towards strengthening hot line contacts between DGMOs of two countries. DG ISPR said that DGMOs meeting was on political grounds. Undoubtedly, Army has a role in democracy in Pakistan because Army itself wants to build normal relations with India. This is worthwhile to mention in this regard that this is political problem but not military, because large scale violations on LoC would be backed by governments. This is a very fruitful development that both DGMOs met to discuss core issues on the ground. Govts of both India and Pakistan should come on the table to discuss main burning issues. Nawaz Sharif diffused political tension through his statement involving army to avoid further disturbance on LoC. In his previous govt. Nawaz Sharif showed his desire to maintain good relations with India but peace process was spoiled due to Kargil war and his ouster from power. But this time both political and military leaderships are on same page in various matters with mutual understanding and this credit goes to newly appointed commander of Pakistan Armed Forces Gen Raheel Shareef. Indian news agency PTI said that on his return from Pakistan, Lt Gen Bhatia told journalists that the aim of the meeting was to work out a protocol to defuse tensions and uphold the ceasefire on the LoC. Both sides had assured each other that they would ensure that there is no violation of the ceasefire in future. —The writer is a freelance colmunist.

Views From Abroad

Do not let the idea of India die Aijaz Zaka Syed

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S Dickens would put it, these are the best of times and worst of times for India. As the giant of a colorful democracy marks its 65 years as a constitutional republic, there is a great deal to celebrate. It also faces formidable and existential challenges. The country can rightly look back on its eventful journey of the past 67 years as a nation and huge strides it has taken in the shortest possible time with immense pride and satisfaction. Few countries can claim to have grown at such a frenetic pace in the face of such overwhelming odds without surrendering the independence of spirit and social and moral equilibrium. Given the humble beginnings of the journey in 1947 and the tough path of self-reliance that it chose under Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first prime minister, we have certainly come far and have managed to accomplish has been nothing short of a miracle.Today, India is not just one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a massive pool of talent and resources, it has established its presence in every sphere, from infrastructure to education to advances in science and technology. But more than the progress in economic terms, if there is one single most important feat of which Indians can be truly proud of, it is their democracy. The boisterous and unwieldy Indian democracy is nothing short of a living miracle given its size and the myriad adversities it faces in poverty, illiteracy and social and economic inequalities. Yet Indians have never given up on their country or about a better tomorrow. Many of them can’t read and are disillusioned with their representatives and parties. But they have never give up on democracy and the power of their vote to deliver change. Even during the most trying times in the nation’s history, like when Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency, or-

dinary Indians — or the common man, in Arvind Kejriwal’s language — never gave up. So if India has had such a spectacular and steady journey as a democracy, something that is rightly a source of envy to many of its neighbors, credit goes to the ordinary Indian. In a neighborhood plagued by instability and uncertainty, India remains a comforting oasis of peace and security. However, as the country marks another proud landmark as a constitutional democracy today, it stares at never-before-confronted challenges. Uncertainty shrouds the nation’s future. Dark clouds gather over the horizon. In the words of Yeats: The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned. The 2014 Republic Day is being celebrated at time when epic, groundbreaking changes are at the doorstep. India is on the cusp of change-and certainly not for the better. Change of governments and leadership is a matter of course and a healthy routine in a healthy democracy. Why should then one be troubled about the change of guard in Delhi? Especially when the one demitting the office is as inspiring as this one. The latest opinion poll by CNN-IBN and Lokniti promises the BJP an electoral windfall in the excess of 200-220 seats — its best performance yet. Not surprisingly, the Congress is in for the most memorable drubbing in its history. But you do not need pollsters and pundits to tell you how totally discredited and unpopular this government is. The UPA coalition is on its deathbed and Dr. Manmohan Singh is ready to act as its undertaker. Which is a pity considering what India has achieved under the UPA in the last ten years. It has managed to lift nearly 200 million people out of poverty, added to the purchasing power of middle classes and brought things that were considered inaccessible within the reach of ordinary people. The Right to Information, rural employment schemes, farmers’

welfare schemes, right to education and the recently acquired right to food and anti-graft law Lokpal are measures any government could truly proud of. While the failure to market these achievements effectively may be a critical factor, it is the series of corruption scams surfacing over the past couple of years and the uninspiring, uncommunicative leadership that really cooked the Congress’ goose. While Singh can be forgiven for not being a typical politician and people’s person, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi did not help with their equally remote and distant leadership style, leaving the party rudderless and creating a vast leadership vacuum at the top. If the sudden burst of energy and proactive leadership that Rahul has lately been displaying had come a bit earlier, the party wouldn’t be in the mess it is in today. Less than three months before the polls, it’s too little too late. If India’s young voters — and majority of them are young — identify with a divisive figure like Modi who is in his 60s, rather than with someone who is 20 years junior to him and definitely more reasonable and youthful, there is something seriously wrong with the Congress. It takes extraordinary talent to be this unpopular despite inheriting a rich political legacy and world’s largest political party. If India is pining for someone who is seen the world over as a mass murderer and a symbol of the worst forms of fascism and religious bigotry, the Congress is squarely to blame and history will never forgive the party for it. It is its corruption and its betrayal of people’s trust that is driving the voters into the arms of a party that has a long history of promoting religious strife and violence. It views vast sections of the nation — its religious minorities and oppressed groups — as second class citizens. The Muslims, a 200-million strong community, in its view doesn’t belong in India. What would be the country’s future under such a divisive

party and leadership? This is not an academic question and not something that only concerns Muslims and other minorities. A complex country of a billion people with myriad identities cannot afford the tyranny of one man and a divisive ideology that militates against everything that the Constitution celebrates and stands for — tolerance, freedom and equality. What is most disturbing about the whole business is total indifference and apathy of the socalled secular political parties. While Congress is in a coma-like state, there is no attempt by others to check the onward march of fascism. Twenty years ago when the BJP looked to take power in Delhi under Atal Behari Vajpayee’s leadership, a plethora of parties including the Left had rallied together to stop him. And compared to what is on offer now, Vajpayee now looks as benign as Santa Claus. While the Left remains marginalized, people like Nitesh Kumar, Mamata Banerjee and others who had the potential to check the onward march of fascism are content in their own cloisters. Mulayam has committed virtual political hara-kiri with his recent antics. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party seems to offer a tiny ray of hope amid this doom and gloom. But it was feared all along as a real possibility by minorities and civil society activists. As India celebrates the 65th Republic Day, there is little to celebrate. The very constitution that the Republic Day celebrates and which promises freedom, dignity, equality and security to all its citizens is under siege. It would be a great tragedy if all that this great nation has achieved over the past 67 years as a democracy and as a society that remains a source of inspiration to the world is squandered. Do not let Gandhi’s dream die. Do not let the enemies of Idea of India succeed. Aijaz Zaka Syed is a Middle East based writer and Editor of CaravanDaily.com —Courtesy Arab News

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AS speaking with a cousin of mine who lost his mother last week, and hence this column today: This happened at a funeral of a dear old aunt of mine who had well lived her four score years and ten: As the coffin was being lowered into the grave one of her little nephews eager to see how deep they were burying her, peeped into the hole and nearly slipped in. Most of us couldn’t help smiling but burst into suppressed

giggles as we heard a cousin saying in low undertone, “Ssssh this is a grave matter..!” At the last moment a minister was asked to preach a sermon for another minister who had suddenly fallen ill. Realising he had forgotten to ask if the deceased was a man or woman, he frantically tried to catch a mourners eye. Finally succeeding, he furtively pointed to the casket and whispered, “Brother or sister?” “Cousin!” came the faint reply. At another funeral, again of an old lady I watched her eighty- year old husband suddenly lurch forward to the open grave. Thinking he was going to throw himself in with grief I rushed forward and put my arm around to comfort him, but needn’t

have worried as he looked in and said, “Those grave diggers are cheating, it’s not six feet deep!” A doctor was once asked if he believed the dead would return some day, “If they do,” he replied, “I would change my job in a hurry!” Another doctor I believe who was walking through his local churchyard one day saw the gravedigger having a rest and drinking from a bottle. “Hey you!” shouted the eminent surgeon, “how dare you laze about and drink alcohol in here? Get on with your job or I’ll complain to the vicar!” “You’ll complain to the vicar?” asked the gravedigger. “Yes,” said the doctor, “Why ever not?” “I should have thought you’ll be the last person to complain con-

sidering all your blunders I’ve had to cover up!” I didn’t know gravediggers have such wit till I heard about a visitor who went to a cemetery and asked, “Are you the regular gravedigger?” “No ma’am,” he replied, “I’m just fillin’ in!” I realize that humour does take away dark mood and soothe myself as I remember another story: The goldfish died after living in a bowl that was in the family lounge. The baby sitter came over and noticing the empty bowl asked, “Where’s the fish?” Without hesitating, the family’s three year old shot back, “It don’t need to swim anymore, it’s flying with the angels..!” I smile through my tears. —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People A plea for Punjab Health Department SHAHZAD HUSSAIN BHATTI

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ublic Health Nursing School Attock is deprived of basic facilities and has become a citadel of worries, corruption and troubles. Apparently, school administration seems to have failed to coup up with problems and difficulties existing inside the school. The students who took admission in Lady Health Visitor Course (LHV) during session of 2013-2015 in this school are mourning their fate that why they got admission in this loblolly instead of focusing to their studies. When students arrived on 28 December 2014 for admission in hostel, they were astonished to see that no mattress, pillow, bulb and door locks were available. The students were advised to purchase these necessities by themselves. Although health department allocates sufficient funds to these schools and other units for purchasing of furniture, basic facilities and repairs but corrupt mafia in school misappropriates all these fund in result female student suffers. There is no water filter installed in school due to which girls are falling sick in shape of skin and stomach diseases after drinking dirty water and mostly have left for home. Another problem for which attention of the Punjab Health department is required is that the clerk of said school has demanded Rs. 5000/- each, as bribe, from ten girls, who were above 20 years at the time of selection to above mentioned course, for getting age relaxation from Secretary Health Punjab. It is worth mentioning that to get age relaxation is the responsibility of the principal of the school through departmental route. School administration is providing books to new admitted girls @ Rs. 4400/-. Many girls declined to get books declaring that they are poor and are unable to purchase new books. They will arrange books from old bookshops or from the seniors but they are threatening that they will have to face dire consequences if they are not prepared to purchase the books from the school administration. Parents of the affected female students appeal to Chief Minister Punjab and Secretary Health Punjab to look in to the matter personally and waive off all illegal demands raised by School Administration. —Attock

Sindh education system NAZEER MAZNANI In our rural populace, the learning levels of students are tumbling despite the massive investment in these sectors and the Sindh Province has shown worst learning outcomes and, therefore, is at the bottom. There is no denying the fact that we have a poor education system, especially in rural areas. When it comes to Sindh, the system is even worse not because of any budgetary constraints but because of maladministration of the systems governing education. The appointment of teachers on political basis or by other illegal means without due merit is one of the reasons for failure of education system in rural Sindh. In spite of all this, teachers, because of their associations, have managed to achieve time scales which have made their salaries attractive, while no other Province, especially in the education sector, has such attractive pay packages. The fact that Punjab and KP are performing better than Sindh is only because their appointments are, by and large, made on merit. I admire the Sindh education Secretary who has realized the problem and is all prepared to make the changes. The Secretary is being opposed because he is against ghost teachers and ghost schools. —Islamabad

Sorrows of women HASHIM ABRO Domestic violence, including wife beating, is a pervasive social problem in our Pakistani society. While women have recourse to the police and the courts, societal norms and limited infrastructure inhibit many women from seeking legal redress, especially in the rural areas. Social practices obstruct investigations into rape and the prosecution of the rapist, and many women are not aware of their rights under the law. The rape cases have alarmingly increased nowadays. For example, there are several articles in the press about violence against women throughout the country. Although illegal, the abduction of women and girls as a form of marriage still is practiced widely in the rural regions. Forced sexual relationships often accompany most marriages by abduction, and women often are abused physically during the abduction. Abductions have led to conflicts and clashes between families, communities, and ethnic groups. But nothing is being done to mitigate the miseries of womenfolk in Pakistani society, especially, in the rural areas. —Islamabad

Respect our brave Pak Army RAJA GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN For the last many months, I am noticing and observing that most of the politicians, columnists and a few of the Urdu newspapers, (but not all English Newspapers) are defaming the position of our brave Pakistan Army and discourage the most excellent morale of the Pakistan Army. This logic is not understood as to why they are defaming the good position of the Pakistan army. On the other side our Muslim League Government is also not taking any action against those anti-patriotic politicians, columnists and newspapers who are fully involved in such bad practice in spoiling the morale of the Pakistan Army. All such persons should note that it is only because of our braved and patriotic Pak Army that the Pakistan borders are fully secured and

it is the Pak Army which always comes to rescue and helps the people at the time of heavy floods, heavy rains, earthquakes etc. and saves the people at such occasions. Hence I will request the Prime Minister of Pakistan to take serious action against those elements who are defaming the Pakistan Army. We should also encourage our Armed forces so that enemy countries should not consider us as a weak country. Hence it is responsibility of all people of Pakistan to respect the Pakistan Armed forces and should prove themselves as patriotic and true citizens of Pakistan. —Rawalpindi

subsidised quality education, it deprived this country of the valuable human resource. Handing over education to the private sector has deprived this country of its valuable human asset. It is the work of a few scientists, which today provide most effective defence deterrence in the form of nuclear option. If only we had invested three to four per cent of our GDP in education, a large majority of innocent poor people forced to send their children to madrassahs located in the proximity of their residence would have had the option of providing education to their children in state-subsidised schools and colleges. —Lahore

Share trading of Zeal Pak Cement Musharraf first ASHFAQ SHARIF

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I approached SECP, KSE, CDC, Sind High Court and also the National Assembly to know as to when the Zeal Pak Cement shares would be disinvested as due to the suspension, the share holders have lost their investment amounts and now consider it as a FROZEN investment. Sorry to say that its trading was suddenly stopped by the orders of the Sind High Court, which still continues. My simple question is, what is the investors’ fault or mistake for which they are facing punishment? If due to any negligence or default by the company there was some irregularity in the process, then the company itself could be held responsible and fine could be recovered by SECP or Sind High Court; the suspension of the process is not a solution of the problem. Do you realize how many small investors’ amounts have been frozen and the investors are facing punishment. This is totally in-justice and torture from SECP or KSE or Sind High Court, as long as the suspension of Zeal Pak Cement shares continues. I wrote earlier two letters addressed to all concerned, namely No. AS/0025/13, Aug 29, 2013 to KSE, SECP, CDC, National Assembly, Senate and Sind High Court and again No. AS/0055/13, Oct 26, 2013 to KSE, SECP, CDC, National Assembly and Senate, High Court. Sorry to say that I have not heard any good news from any authority giving exact date when trading shall re-begin. —Karachi

Babar Sattar’s article ‘Musharraf first’ (Jan 20) is replete with dichotomies as the legal brain has swayed in the spheres of the Constitution, morality and politics to establish his point of view. It is the selective cherry picking of arguments from many orbits that makes it a jaundiced narrative. The fabled ethics of Cadet College, Hasan Abdal, at the very outset, is not only meant to castigate Musharraf but also imply mitigating the equal responsibility of the aiders, abettors and collaborators as defined under clause (2) of Article 6 of the Constitution. Musharraf is a punching bag these days, so what difference does it make if Babar Sattar also throws a few punches. I recall Bassanio’s line from Master Will’s Merchant of Venice in which he says, “If I can catch him once upon hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him”. —Karachi

Education: penny wise MALIK TARIQ ALI If Pakistan had continued to invest in state-subsidised education as it was doing till the 1960s, the country could have avoided unregulated growth of madressahs, some of which are nurseries for brainwashing and recruiting innocent poor for joining the ranks of terrorists, with an agenda to destroy this country from within. There was a time when the state invested in running government schools, colleges and universities of repute, which produced scientists like Prof Abdus Salam or those engaged in providing this country, a sustainable nuclear deterrent, doctors, engineers, sportsmen, philosophers and economists of repute, who helped develop infrastructure that we have today. These were schools and colleges, like Central Model School, Lahore; Government College Lahore, and D.J. Science College Karachi, where talented students who could not afford to get educated in private schools and colleges got admitted on merit and went on to pay back their country through knowledge acquired at state expense. Even the Trust schools and colleges like Islamia College Lahore, Islamia Collge Peshawar and missionary schools like St Anthony’s High School, Lahore, offered quality education to the people of this area, called Pakistan. When the state adopted the policy of ‘penny wise pound foolish’ by not offering

Shujaat’s offer AAMIR AQIL The prevailing hypocrisy in our society should be an eye-opener for all champions of democracy and justice. The uncertainty and graph of development is going down because of the high degree of hypocrisy in every field of life. Truth is a rare thing. However, the latest statement by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has raised a ray of hope that still there are some who are fearless and come forward on the call of their conscience to share the ‘sin’ with the man who was President, Chief of the Army and Supreme Commander of the Armed forces, now is being tried for ‘high treason’. The beneficiaries during Musharraf’s rule are the ones who are making a hue and cry to prove him a ‘traitor’. They forget that they themselves were a part of his government, the system and were in one way or the other, beneficiaries of his policies. The media, especially electronic, is in the frontline in the race to downgrade the one who gave them the freedom to speak. Today a battalion of TV anchors, who earn in millions, have forgotten that their exposure to the public etc is chiefly because of the man who is being called a ‘traitor’ by them. They should recall that it was Pervaiz Musharraf who opened up media to the private sector and gave these ungrateful media celebrities voice to speak what ever they like. In such an environment, the PML-Q President has offered himself also for the trial for high treason. It is a lesson for all those who remained associated with Musharraf. —Lahore

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Snowden: NSA engages in industrial espionage BERLIN —The U.S. National work he no longer has possesSecurity Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a German TV network. In text released ahead of a lengthy interview to be broadcast on Sunday, ARD TV quoted Snowden saying the NSA does not limit its espionage to issues of national security and he cited German engineering firm, Siemens as one target. “If there’s information at Siemens that’s beneficial to U.S. national interests - even if it doesn’t have anything to do with national security - then they’ll take that information nevertheless,” Snowden said, according to ARD, which recorded the interview in Russia where he has claimed asylum. Snowden also told the German public broadcasting net-

sion of any documents or information on NSA activities and has turned everything he had over to select journalists. He said he did not have any control over the publication of the information, ARD said. Questions about U.S. government spying on civilians and foreign officials burst into the open last June when Snowden, leaked documents outlining the widespread collection of telephone records and email. The revelations shocked Germany, a country especially sensitive after the abuses by the Gestapo during the Nazi reign and the Stasi in Communist East Germany during the Cold War. Reports the NSA monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone have added to the anger in Germany, which has been pushing for a ‘no-spy’ agreement with the United States, a country it considers to be among its closest allies.—Reuters

EU Parliamentarian: Talks with South Sudan’s ceasefire far from conclusive Iran improve int’l relations JACEY FORTIN

TEHRAN—Italy’s representa- eign Minister Emma Bonino’s re- the world powers sealed a six- the agreement, Iran and the six tive at the European Parliament Barbara Matera underlined the importance of talks between Iran and the world powers in enhancing the international relations, and called for the further expansion of ties between Rome and Tehran. “Recently, the relations between Iran and Italy have improved compared with the past and certain important and famous Italian companies are active in Iran at present,” Matera told FNA. She said that Italian For-

cent visit to Tehran has even laid more emphasis on the importance of the development of ties between the two countries. Asked about talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), Matera said while Tehran has agreed to limit some aspects of its uranium enrichment program, the world powers should relieve sanctions and “continue talks as an important step to improve the international relations”. On November 24, Iran and

month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides. Then after several rounds of experts talks on how to enforce

major world powers finalized an agreement on ways to implement the deal. And last Monday, a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has halted its 20-percent enrichment activity under its ground-breaking deal struck with the six world powers, paving the way for the easing of some western sanctions against Tehran. The US and the EU removed part of their sanctions against Tehran the same day.—FNA

Nepal makes headway in path to choose new PM KATHMANDU—Social democrat Sushil Koirala was named as candidate for the Himalayan nation’s prime minister by the Nepali Congress party on Sunday, clearing a major hurdle for the formation of a new government two months after an election. The party emerged as the biggest political group in the November election for a constituent assembly which also works as the parliament. But a new government has not been formed yet amid a row within the party over who should be the new leader. Koirala, who is also the party head, defeated three time former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in a vote by party legislators. Nepal, sandwiched between India and China, has been running under an interim constitution since the 2008 abolition of the centuries-old monarchy and the prolonged political deadlock has crippled the economy, forcing thousands to seek work abroad. Koirala must be elected by

a majority in the parliament, which holds its first meeting on Sunday and is yet to fix a date for the election of the premier. “Our priority is to form a government of national consensus, including all major political parties in the parliament. This is necessary to draft the constitution within one year,” said Dilendra Prasad Badu, a senior Nepali Congress leader. Koirala will need the support of the UML, a moderate communist party, to win as his party controls only 194 votes in the 601-seat parliament. Party officials said the leader is trying to persuade Maoist former rebels also to join a national unity government for stability in the impoverished mountainous nation that has seen five government changes since a 2008 election. But the former rebels fear that the Nepali Congress and the UML, the second largest group, could unite against it to water down their vision of a federal and secular republic.—Reuters

India village councils under scrutiny after rape NEW DELHI—In the hours after her 6-year-old daughter was kidnapped, screaming in terror as she was dragged away from home, Rimaila Awungshi appealed for help from the most powerful authority she knew — the council of elders in her rural Indian village. In her anguish, Awungshi told the village leaders what happened. She was a single mother to a beloved little girl named Yinring, whose name translates as “living in God’s shelter.” Her ex-boyfriend had refused to marry her or care for their child. But as the years passed and he never found a wife, his family demanded custody. “But I am poor, and I have no brothers, and the village authority doesn’t care,” Awungshi said in a telephone interview from her home in remote northeast India. Across much of rural India, these powerful and deeply conservative local councils are the law of the land. They serve as judge and jury, dictating everything from custody cases to how women should dress to whether young lovers deserve to live or die. They often enforce strict social norms about marriage and gender roles. These unelected and unregulated courts now are coming under fresh scrutiny after police say a council of elders in West Bengal ordered the gang rape of

a 20-year-old woman as punishment for falling in love with the wrong man. “We are going back to the 16th century,” Pradip Bhattacharya, a politician in West Bengal, said this week as news of the gang rape began to spread in a country already reeling from a string of high-profile cases of sexual violence against women. Village councils are common in India with vast rural communities, serving as the only practical means of delivering justice in areas where local governments are either too far away or too ineffective to mediate disputes. Often, the elders try to halt the march of the modern world, enforcing strict social norms about marriage and gender roles. In some of the most extreme cases, the councils have sanctioned so-called honor killings, usually against women suspected of out-of-wedlock sex. Known as khap panchayats in northern India, the councils act with impunity because villagers risk being ostracized if they flout the rulings. The courts can be especially harsh toward women, enforcing the most conservative aspects a patriarchal system that is deeply entrenched in Indian society. “She is 14 now,” Awungshi said. “I hope and pray she will come back to me on her own one day when she becomes a mother herself.”—AP

Tunisian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration called by Hizb ut-Tahrir to protest a draft constitution in Tunis.

Libya, Egypt in talks over Tripoli diplomat hostages TRIPOLI—Libya’s government spokesman said. was in talks with Egypt to resolve a hostage crisis after gunmen kidnapped five Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli in retaliation for Egypt’s arrest of a top Libyan militia commander. Egypt says evacuates Libya embassy, Benghazi consulate after kidnappings Reuters Gunmen grabbed five diplomatic staff from their homes in the Libyan capital within 24 hours, including the cultural attache, after the powerful Islamist-leaning militia reported its commander Shaban Hadia was detained in Egypt. Kidnappers on Saturday later called Dubai-based Arab channel Al Arabiya, demanding Hadia’s release in 24 hours and put one of the Egyptian diplomats on the line to plead with their government to meet the demands. “They are still being held,” Libya’s Foreign Ministry

“Talks between the Libyan and Egyptian sides are at the top level, the prime ministers are talking to each other.” Hadia commands the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries, a powerful militia, which denied it was involved in the Egyptian kidnappings. The abduction of five diplomats in the Libyan capital illustrated the fragility of government control over former rebels and militias who two years ago helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolution. Heavily armed ex-fighters, militiamen and Islamist militants who battled Gaddafi forces have refused to disarm and often remain more loyal to their brigades, tribal leaders or local regions than to the new Libyan government. The Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries is nominally under the control of

chief of staff to work with the armed forces, but the militia has before used military muscle to make political demands on the state. Operations Room commanders denied any involvement in the diplomat abductions. But on Friday, they had warned of a response if Hadia were not released. The group said he was arrested visiting Egypt with family for medical treatment. The group was accused of briefly abducting Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in Tripoli in October last year. It initially claimed it had arrested the premier, but later denied that after he was released hours later. Egypt’s ambassador to Libya and other diplomats and their families arrived on Saturday back in Cairo after the government evacuated the embassy in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi as a precautionary measure.—Reuters

German defence minister signals greater role in Africa BERLIN—Germany’s new de- abroad — should boost its inter- merged into a European military fence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic. Ursula von der Leyen said she foresaw boosting the training mission in Mali from its current mandate of 180 personnel, with 99 now on the ground, to up to 250, and deploying a medical services airbus to back up the French mission in CAR. Asked by news weekly Der Spiegel whether Germany — often criticised for its post-World War II reluctance to send troops

national military engagement, she said “within the framework of our alliances, yes.” In crisis-hit African countries, Germany “cannot look the other way when murder and rape are a daily occurrence, if only for humanitarian reasons,” said Germany’s first female defence minister, a powerful member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet. “In Central Africa, a bloody war is unfolding between Christians and Muslims. We cannot allow this conflict to set the entire region ablaze,” she added. In the long term European national armies should be

because “unified armed forces are a logical consequence of an ever-increasing military cooperation in Europe,” said the minister who has been in her post for about one month. Development Minister Gerd Mueller meanwhile said Germany also planned to expand its aid activities in Africa, especially in Mali, speaking to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. French forces also intervened last month in CAR to try to stem violence between mainly Muslim Seleka fighters who had staged the coup last year and militias from the country’s Christian majority.—AFP

Tunisia to vote in new constitution TUNIS—Tunisia’s interim parliament was set to pass a muchdelayed new constitution, after the failure to form a caretaker cabinet showed deep political discord. The Constituent Assembly’s lawmakers have already vetted the new document line-by-line after painstaking negotiations on issues such as women’s rights and the role of Islam. The resulting fundamental law, which has been in the works for two years, is a compromise between the ruling Islamist Ennahda party and the liberal opposition. Lawmaker Karima Souid said the parliamentary session during which the new constitution is expected to be approved was postponed from the morning to the afternoon. The charter needs the support of two-thirds of the 217 assembly members to pass. But in a sign that Tunisia’s political class remains deeply divided, the technocrat prime minister chosen last month to steer the country to fresh elections announced after missing Saturday’s deadline that he had failed to muster sufficient consensus for a new caretaker cabinet. Mehdi Jomaa had been expected to submit his line-up to President Moncef Marzouki Saturday afternoon but gave a press conference shortly after midnight to say he would not. “I chose not to do it in order for a consensus to be reached,” he said. “I may be asked again (to form a new cabinet), or it could be somebody else.” Jomaa, the industry minister in the outgoing government, was tasked with ending the crisis which has gripped Tunisia since the assassination last year of two opposition MPs by suspected jihadists. The vote, initially announced for Saturday, was pushed back until Sunday to allow lawmakers to reform the rules of the confidence vote.—AFP

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hen representatives of the warring factions of South Sudan signed an agreement to end hostilities at a luxury hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Jan, 23, fervent applause and some high-pitched ululations erupted from the audience. The cessation of hostilities called for both sides to lay down arms within 24 hours. But on Friday evening, at around the time the truce was supposed to take effect, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, a spokesman for the opposition army, told IPS that the situation was far from calm. “We are fighting almost everywhere,” he said, pointing to clashes that erupted in the Unity State towns of Dangdok and Duar, in Dolieb Hill of Upper Nile State, and Mathiang in Jonglei State. “The government violated the cessation of hostilities before it began. We have the right to defend ourselves with all the means at our disposal,” Koang added.3 On Saturday, government military spokesman Philip Aguer said attacks were still occurring. “Rebel groups are attacking us; we are not seeing ceasefire from the other side,” Aguer told IPS, noting clashes north of Bor, the capital of Jonglei; and south of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile. “We are committed to the ceasefire and will continue to observe it, but also maintain defense. It is the right of everybody to act in self defence.” Political rivalries and ethnic tensions have long threatened stability in South Sudan, but the current conflict kicked off on Dec. 15 when animosity between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar, who was sacked by the president in July, sparked a clash inside of a military barracks in Juba. The ripple effect was devastating. Divisions between the country’s two largest ethnic groups – the Dinka, of which Kiir is a member; and the Nuer, largely loyal to Machar – spurred a worsening cycle of retaliatory attacks, murders, rapes, and looting. The three-week negotiating phase that just wrapped up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, has been subject to cynicism. The talks were slow, held up first by matters of protocol – agreeing on terms of reference and setting the agenda – and then by mediators’ trips to South Sudan. The talks were mediated by members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a bloc of eight East African countries. IGAD Envoy Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia’s former foreign minister, said during the ceremony that the signing was an “auspicious occasion,” but cautioned that “some settlements may only provide a temporary reprieve before violence escalates again.” The final agreement is far from conclusive. The opposition was unable to secure a key concession from their counterparts: the release of 11 people who were detained by the government on allegations of attempting a coup. The prisoners include several high-ranking former officials who were instrumental in facilitating South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011, including former Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) secretarygeneral Pagan Amum. “We claim that on our side that the politicians have been framed, and they are political prisoners. If they were out, it would nullify the government argument that this is a Nuer-Dinka thing,” opposition delegate Mabior Garang, son of the late independence hero John Garang, told IPS. “This is an uprising of the people of South Sudan. Once these people are released it will show the true national character of the uprising.” Representatives of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States have urged Kiir to release the prisoners as goodwill gesture. But government delegates deferred the issue to South Sudan’s Ministry of Justice, saying that the detainees will be released in accordance with due process. The agreement notes that “IGAD and the Partners of IGAD are firmly committed to undertake every effort to expedite the release of the detainees,” but does not include any similar commitment from the South Sudanese administration. The negotiations will now go on hiatus for two weeks, after which point both sides will come together once again to haggle over the thorniest issues: the detainees, long-term mechanisms for monitoring a ceasefire, and sustainable political reconciliation. As the process drags on, hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan are struggling to cope with a grave humanitarian crisis. But they looked to the talks with a some optimism, Edmund Yakani, a South Sudanese activist who runs a Juba civil society group called the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation, told IPS. “There are hopes that the agreement will stop the military confrontation, and that a ceasefire will bring about dialogue. But the citizens have some critical questions. They are concerned about the issue of representation – whether these negotiations are only representative of people in power, who don’t understand the real challenges facing the people of the nation,” he said. A disconnect between the delegates and their compatriots on the ground could render the cessation of hostilities agreement ineffectual. During the signing ceremony, Nhial Deng Nhial, who led the government delegation on behalf of Kiir, expressed doubts about the opposition’s ability to control the fighting. “What really worries us in terms of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities is the capacity of the rebel group, given that the bulk of the rebel army is made up of civilians who are not subject to military discipline,” he said. “An order to stop fighting may not be obeyed, and this will certainly make a mockery of the agreement.” Koang argues that the government is largely to blame for the clashes that took place on Friday, though the conflicts he cited occurred before the cessation was scheduled to begin. “The government is on the offensive, trying to force us back,” he said. Asked whether the opposition would stick to a defensive role only, he said it depended on the situation. “Sometimes when you are attacked, you resist and you get the momentum, and to keep the momentum sometimes there is a need for us to push back.” Currently the government is in control of three major towns in conflict zones: the Jonglei capital Bor, Unity capital Bentiu and Upper Nile capital Malakal. But the opposition says it controls most of the surrounding rural areas and maintains positions not far from the government-controlled cities. If the cessation of hostilities is adhered to, both sides will hang on to their territories while delegations work through the major issues. But some argue that lasting peace will require the factions of South Sudan to dig deeper than the causes of the current crisis. Opposition delegates in Addis Ababa called for the forces to exit the country, but Thursday’s agreement made no direct mention of the their presence. Koang said on Saturday that Ugandan troops were still active on the government’s side. —Courtesy Inter Press Service

Asia begins to see its big crisis VIJAY SIMHA

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sia has the world’s most populous countries China and India. It has the fastest growing economies again China and India. It has the biggest armies China, India, Russia and Pakistan. It has three nuclear powers. And now a fight over territory threatens to grow into possibly the biggest conflict of the year on the planet. On Jan. 22, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first top Japanese leader to give the keynote address at Davos’s World Economic Fo-

rum, where he put China down without naming it. He will be the first Japanese premier to be chief guest at India’s Jan. 26 Republic Day parade. This puts Abe at the heart of it. As he spends three days in India, Abe is expected to discuss Japan’s differences with China, with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. China and Japan are fighting over ownership of islands in the East China Sea. China calls them Diaoyu; Japan calls them Senkaku. Territorial disputes are different from terrorism. It is possible to take immediate and strong positions on terrorism. Countries do so. But it is not so

simple when it’s about boundaries, which is why land issues seem to last forever. India and Pakistan look set to bicker over Kashmir for another 30 years. And Japan and China have begun to get aggressive. Look at the tone of the five most important sentences Abe spoke at Davos. “If peace and stability in Asia is shaken, the effect on the rest of the world will be enormous. Trust, not tension, is crucial in Asia and in the rest of the world. This can only be achieved through dialogue and the rule of law, and not through forceful coercion. We must restrain military expansion

in Asia, which could otherwise go unchecked. Military budgets should be made completely transparent and there should be public disclosure in a form that can be verified.” Simply put, Japan and China do not trust each other. India and Pakistan too have trust issues but Kashmir is not an international pathway. It is a landlocked state that principally affects the three parties involved: Kashmir, India and Pakistan. China and Japan could drag India, South Korea and Russia into their dispute. The United States has already taken a position friendly to Japan. China is the second-biggest

economy in the world with a huge footprint of grey market goods in India. Japan is the third-largest economy with a big stake still in India although South Korean electronic products are racing away. India is number 11 right now but is expected to overtake Japan in 2028 and China in 2048 on its way to the top. This barely leaves space for a military crisis. Which is why Abe spoke of the colossal effect an Asian confrontation would have on the world. It is possible that New Delhi might feel for Japan. India has its own boundary problems with China and it under-

stands exactly what Abe means by forceful coercion. China is able to ratchet up stress levels at will. It did so over Arunachal Pradesh with India and it has done so over its air defense identification zone over the disputed East China Sea islands. China has the biggest army in the world. It has nuclear weapons. Japan has sworn after World War II never to wage war again. But nations can barely be expected to stay pacific if their boundaries are changed without consent. Abe has a more emphatic stance on military policy and security of Japan. He has spoken of using force to help al-

lies under attack. He also thinks Japan’s post-WWII peacenik constitution needs revision. Like all crises, the East China Sea dispute too has a backstory. China and Japan can go a long way into the past to justify current hostility. Pakistan and India do the same, as do the Koreas. Foes and friends need to know where they stand. It is possible to understand a vicious foe. It is difficult to get a sense of a bad friend. This is what gnaws at India, Pakistan, China, Japan and the Koreas. They are friends and foes. The scale of worry would be different if these countries had a pocketful of disputes. We

could leave it to them to sort things out. The trouble is that Asia is the engine that is expected to drive global economy for the conceivable future. This is why we need to take notice when Abe says the tension between China and Japan now is similar to the rivalry between Britain and Germany in the years before World War I. The market does not like mayhem. It is therefore possible that China and Japan might still scale back. But pride sees nothing. All it needs is a sense of wounded dignity for dawn to turn to twilight. —Courtesy Arab News


Saudi King to visit Pakistan From Page 1 Even before the expected visit of the King of Saudi Arabia, yet another important Saudi official, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz will arrive in Islamabad by next week to formulate collaboration between the two nations on security and other important issues. Saudi Arabia Interior Minister is scheduled to hold talks with Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other officials for an understanding on security, human trafficking, smuggling and extradition of prisoners and wanted people. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have reviewed defence relationship during the visit of Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Salman Bin Sultan only last week which took place within a few weeks of another high-profile visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on January 6, 2014.

Suicide attacker strikes bus From Page 1 “Initial reports from the police say that three people in the bus were killed and one female bystander.” At least nine people were wounded in the attack in the southeast of the city. A Taliban spokesman using a recognised Twitter account claimed responsibility for the blast. Nato combat forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan this year after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban, but negotiations have stalled over a deal to allow some US and Nato troops to stay after 2014. President Hamid Karzai on Saturday signalled that the bilateral security agreement (BSA) was close to collapse after he made a surprise decision last year not to promptly sign an agreed text. Washington has become increasingly frustrated by Karzai’s manoeuvreing over the deal, with some US politicians pushing for a complete US pull-out by December. “Afghanistan will absolutely not accept or sign anything under pressure,” Karzai told a press conference. “If they want to leave, then they can go and we will continue our lives... Our main condition is the practical start of peace process.The start of a peace process would mean that no foreigners can benefit from the continuation of war.”—AFP

TTP reiterates offer for talks From Page 1 end to the operations in the tribal belt as those were proving contra–productive. Addressing a Public rally in the KP capital, Maulana rapped the PTI led Khyber Pukhtunkhwa provincial government saying the writ of the government was not visible anywhere adding “Jeans wearing women were running the provincial government”. He alleged that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provincial government was ‘representatives of West’. He claimed that the provincial authorities were functioning under West financed Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

India observes day amid From Page 1 President Pranab Mukherjee unfurled the tricolour. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the chief guest at was Sunday’s colourful Republic Day parade, which is being witnessed by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of other political leaders and dignitaries at the Rajpath near India Gate. SWAT teams of Delhi Police, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of National Security Guard were deployed at various places while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos keeped a close watch along the Republic Day parade route. More than 25,000 personnel of the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces keept a tight vigil from ground to air during the parade. During the parade, spotters and snipers were positioned on highrise buildings along the 8-km-long route for Republic Day parade from Raisina Hills to Red Fort. On the other hand, Kashmiris observed black day aiming to draw the attention of the world community to the continued Indian occupation of Kashmir and gross human rights violations by the Indian army and police.—Agencies

SU ceremony

Hon PhD Degrees awarded to Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Syed Khurshid Shah STAFF REPORTER KARACHI.—University of Sindh

has awarded honorary degree of doctorate of Law Honoris Causa to its alumnae Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah opposition leader of National Assembly of Pakistan. The awarding of said degrees was witnessed in a ceremony that was held Sunday at a local hotel by University of Sindh. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Chancellor Sindh University Prof. Dr Nazir A Mughal while Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali Senior Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan was Chief Guest while Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj

Khan Durrani was Guest of Honour. Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan was honored with the Doctor of Law Honoris Causa degree by the University of Sindh one of the oldest University of Pakistan. Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan is the only Judge ever to receive such an honorary degree as he had made history. He is currently serving as Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and was previously a judge of High Court of Sindh and Federal Secretary of Law, Justice and Human Rights. The University of Sindh also awarded honorary Doctorate of Law Honoris Causa degree to Syed Khurshid Ahmed

Shah in recognition of his high attainment and commendable contribution in the areas of higher education and monumental services for people of Pakistan. His degree was received by MPA Kulsoom Chandio who is also member of the Syndicate of the University. The Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Prof. Dr Nazir Ahmed Mughal speaking on the occasion highlighted educational and research programs. The Vice Chancellor said that the University is oldest University of Pakistan providing higher education and research in 57 institutes and departments and also education in M.Phil leading to PhD program. The Vice Chancellor announced that the University is celebrating year 2014 as year of

Unity in Diversity on based of tolerance, restraint, mutual trust and mutual respect for each other. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali speaking on the occasion lauded efforts made by the University of Sindh in field of higher education and research. He also appreciated the University for awarding honorary degrees in recognition of services to its alumnae and expressed hope that the University would continue its tradition. Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani said that it is great honour for him and also for his family that Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan is honored with honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University of Sindh. He appreciated educational and research services of the University of Sindh.

No agreement on aid, prisoners From Page 1 Syrians, says Assad has lost legitimacy and can no longer lead a country after unleashing the military on largely peaceful protests nearly three years ago. The government says the rebellion is rife with terrorists and that Assad is the only person able to end the fighting that has killed more than 130,000 people. In the meantime, the homegrown rebellion has become a regional proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with foreign fighters flooding in on both sides. Homs was considered a promising place to start the negotiations. The city was one of the first areas that plunged into armed conflict in 2011. Neighbourhoods in the old city have been ravaged following repeated government assaults to reclaim control from rebels.—AP

6 children of a family die in Hangu blast From Page 1 quoted an official as saying. The bodies of deceased minors were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital, Hangu. The DPO said the house of the individual Fazl Gul is being searched for a possible terror link and have started an investigation into the incident. The police in charge of the area Taj Muhammad, while quoting the bomb disposal squad officials, said that it was a hand grenade bomb which caused the death of the six children. Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, strongly condemning the blast in Hangu on Sunday said, those who spill the blood of innocents are neither humans nor Muslims.

“We equally share the grief of the bereaved members of the family,” Imran Khan said in a message issued in Peshawar. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure provision of best medical facilities to the injured children. Meanwhile, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain also denounced the tragic incident in Hangu in which six children of a family were killed while another sustained injuries. “These savages who butcher children don’t even deserve to be called humans,” Altaf Hussain said. He urged the government and the armed forces to expeditiously devise a strategy to counter the menace of terrorism.

IHK remains shut on Indian Republic Day From Page 1 measures are being taken across the state. Governor NN Vohra took the salute at the Republic Day parade in Jammu at the Maulana Azad Stadium. CCTV cameras were installed at all sensitive locations in Srinagar and Jammu. Director General of Police Ashok Prasad Friday held a high-level security meeting in Srinagar to review the overall Customs official setting drugs, seized in the area of Gahar Phattak, on fire on the eve of security for Jan 26. international Customs Day. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Abdul Ghani Mir said security in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley has been Speaker Provincial Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani addressing during University of Sindh beefed up for the functions. He, Honorary Degrees Award ceremony at a local hotel. however added that the measures taken were part of routine the Police was more escalated and IRFAN ALIGI exercise by the forces around they had acquired more determi- K ARACHI —Karachi Police such occasions.—INP KARACHI.—Sindh Minister for nation to chase and eliminate the Chief, Shahid Hayat informed information, archives and local terrorist with full force. that 500 retired officers of Pagovernment Sharjeel Innam He said that the security kistan army have joined police Memon while expressing his pro- forces especially rangers and Po- force while 600 more personfound grief over loss of lives of 6 lice had bravely conducted their nel would join soon. cops in a tragic incident of terror- raids and arrested the terrorist and From Page 1 He added that police would RTA Secretary Ghazanfar Ali Home Department would be apK A R A C H I —Commissioner ism in Landhi said that the terror- would continue to perform their not be demoralized as they president Mohamed Morsi and Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui Qadri, Secretary PTA Ali Sher proached to impose Section 144 ist were coward as they were national obligation with due nahas called upon the public trans- Mirani, officers of Police and against the installation of CNG those backing the military, afraid of facing the cops from front tional fervour and spirit and the have worn uniform and they which ousted him in July after a believe in rendering sacrifices. porters to get the Compressed KMC, Director Media Commis- cylinders at inappropriate places and were conducting attacks in terrorist would never succeed in Talking to media on SunNatural Gas (CNG) cylinders of sioner Karachi Shabih Siddiqui in the vehicles which result in ac- single turbulent year in power. ambush. Those that inflicted their vested designs whether to Security forces have since day, Shahid Hayat said that their vehicles checked from any as well as officers of traffic po- cidents. colossal loss to cops would never RTA Secretary Ghazanfar Ali waged a bloody crackdown in be forgiven for their crimes and cause decline in morale of the se- “the jihad” in the city would standard institution to ensure the lice attended the meeting. The Commissioner ordered Qadri told the meeting that spe- which at least 1,000 people have they must be taken to task at all curity forces or push them at the continue until the last remainsafety of commuters. backyard. ing criminal is arrested. Chairing the 139th meeting that a team consisting of RTA cial snap checking was conducted been killed and thousands of Is- cost, warned the Minister. The Minister said that with “Police chase criminals of the Regional Transport Au- officials and Police should ini- at various locations in Karachi lamists arrested, including virThe Minister said that the ter- the recent attack on Police Van in thority (RTA), he said that 90 per tiate a crackdown against ve- along with relevant DSP Traffic, tually all top leaders of Morsi’s rorist had miserably assumed that Landhi due to which 6 cops em- and sometimes criminals atcent of CNG cylinders installed hicles using sub- standard CNG and Rs. 31,000 fine was charged Muslim Brotherhood move- they could ever cause the moral braced martyrdom, the Sindh pro- tack police personnel, which can not affect the morale and in public transport are sub-stan- kits and violating traffic rules. He over violation of route permits, ment.—AP of the armed forces and Police to vincial government and the secu- spirit of the police,” he mendard and therefore pose a serious also directed that the public trans- travel over roof-top of buses and decline while the fact was that the rity forces would accelerate their tioned.—Online threat to the commuters travel- port vehicles plying without other traffic violations. While submoral opf the armed forces and acts of chasing the perpetrators. ling in such vehicles and other route permit should also be standard and improperly installed CNG cylinders were also seized, motorists, said a handout issued challaned. From Page 1 Shoaib Siddiqui said that the he added.—APP here on Sunday. outside a Pentecostal church in Peshawar was also shot dead by unknown gunmen. In September, devastating double suicide attacks at the historic All Saints church in the From Back Page pledge by Prime Minister Abe main city area of Peshawar left officials to exert further efforts towards an early conclusion of velopment assistance at a sub- for the “Delhi Mass Rapid 82 people dead.—AFP the agreement. stantial level to encourage Transport System Project STAFF REPORTER Wasaya Siddiqui, Dr IRFAN ALIGI Abe, however, stressed the India’s efforts towards social (Phase 3 (II))” for 148.887 bilMuhammad Fayyaz Khan and importance of bringing into and economic development. lion yen, the “New and RenewKARACHI—Ahl-e Sunnat Wa Allama Taj Muhammad Hanafi KARACHI—Federal Minister force the Comprehensive The two prime ministers wel- able Energy Development Jamaat (ASWJ) had announced made this announcement while for Ports and Shipping Senator Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty comed the signing of the ex- Project (Phase II)” for 30 bilto stage a sit-in in front of Con- addressing a protest rally at Kamran Michael has directed (CTBT) at an early date. Singh change of notes for yen loan lion yen and the “Micro, Small the Chairman Karachi Port Karachi Press Club Sunday. sulate General of Iran in Karachi on his part reiterated India’s totalling 11.390 billion yen for and Medium Enterprises EnThe protest rally was pro- Trust (KPT) to start an anti-enon Friday. The protest sit-in would be staged in condemna- duced to condemn involvement croachment operation in those KARACHI—Police rounded up commitment to its unilateral the “Uttarakhand Forest Re- ergy Saving Project (Phase tion to publication, distribution of Iranian Government through areas that encroachers had il- around 68 suspects including al- and voluntary moratorium on source Management Project” III)” for 30 billion yen. Singh which would help reconstruc- on his part reiterated India’s leged terrorists during search op- nuclear explosive testing. and promotion of blasphemous its Consulates and cultural wing legally occupied. The two PMs also reaftion efforts in the wake of dev- commitment to its unilateral eration in different areas of Federal Minister himself in Pakistan for promoting sectariliterature in Pakistan by the Confirmed their commitment to astating floods that hit and voluntary moratorium on sulate of Iran in Karachi and its anism and imparting training to reached Karachi to monitor the Karachi on Sunday. Huge caches of arms were cooperate in the rare earths Uttarakhand in June last year, nuclear explosive testing. different sub-organisations in the terrorists, who conducted tar- anti-encroachment operation Singh appreciated Japan’s sector and shared “the strong as well as the signing of the also seized from the arrested. and in first phase two hundreds get killings of Sunnite scholars, Karachi including Khana-e Following the killing of six resolution” that the com- Exchange of Notes for grant high level of expertise and Farhang Iran (The Iranian Cul- students of Sunnite seminaries. unlawful houses on Karachi tural Department) and in protest They asked the Government of Port land were demolished on police personnel in Landhi area of mencement of commercial aid totalling 1.495 billion yen technology of high speed railto attending the meetings by the Pakistan as how much more evi- the direction of Federal Minis- troubled metropolis, police con- production of rare earths by for the Project for Improve- way (Shinkansen) system and ducted search operation after seal- Indian and Japanese enter- ment of the Institute of Child noted Japan’s interest in introIranian diplomats and in con- dences it would need to react over ter. ing entry/exit points and nabbed prises should take place at the Health and Hospital for Chil- ducing that system in India.— Federal Minister asked for the interference of Iranian Govdemnation to promoting the secOnline dren, Chennai. tarianism in Pakistan.ASWJ ernment for promoting terrorism all the encroached land record 26 suspects. Weapons were also earliest. Abe reaffirmed that Japan Indian Prime Minister confiscated from two arrested perto be provided to him. leaders including Maulana Allah in Pakistan. would continue its official de- Singh also appreciated the sons. Later, police conducted raids on a tip-off regarding the presence of criminal elements in Qayoumabad area of Karachi. From Back Page Around 42 suspected persons were arrested. According to po- government violates the spirit establishment of 18 hydel lice, three of the suspects belonged of the decisions of All Parties power stations has either K ARACHI —Karachi Police to a banned outfit. Conference (APC) of negotia- started or would start soon, Chief, Shahid Hayat informed The arrested militants identi- tions, then his provincial gov- which would complete in two that 500 retired officers of Pafied as Baitullah Mehsud, ernment will oppose the opera- to three years. The projects kistan army have joined police Shujaullah Mehsud, Ameerzada tion. would generate 20,000 mega- force while 600 more personMehsud, Faiz Ali, Shah Mehsud, nel would join soon. He said that a detailed watt electricity. Naimatullah, Noor Khan Mehsud, meeting with Prime Minister is He added that police would Javed Iqbal Mehsud and Khair scheduled on Tuesday and he not be demoralized as they Wali. have worn uniform and they is going to attend this first forMeanwhile, investigation mal meeting with full prepabelieve in rendering sacrifices. Talking to media on Sunwith the arrested is underway. ration. For this purpose, he At least six police officials said he had taken necessary day, Shahid Hayat said that were martyred and two others briefing from all departments “the jihad” in the city would From Page 1 were injured when two police ve- and all matters would be discontinue until the last remainhicles came under attack in Landhi cussed with the Prime Minis- interests of welfare of people, ing criminal is arrested. 6 and Landhi 3 on Saturday ter. Negotiations with Taliban rather I would say cross-LoC “Police chase criminals night.As per details, three police- and restoration of peace are trade or for maintenance of and sometimes criminals atmen were killed in a hand grenade first points. peace and tranquility along the tack police personnel, which attack on one police mobile, outFor the resolution of on- LoC (opened the firing),” he can not affect the morale and Ranger personnel showing to newsmen the weapons recovered from arrested persons dur- side house of MQM-H chief Afaq going energy crisis in the said.—Online spirit of the police,” he mening targeted operation in Quaidabad, Landhi. Ahmad in Landhi No-6. —NNI country, he said, work on the tioned.—Online

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Khattak refutes Fazl’s

Delhi blames Pakistan

500 retired Army officers join police


Three Islamists shot dead in Bangladesh

Lists of detainees, centres to be sealed ISLAMABAD—A decision has been taken to seal all lists of persons being held for interrogation by Army and intelligence A view of complete protest strike observed in Indian Held Kashmir on Sunday. agencies. The decision has been taken in light of DPO (Defense of Pakistan Ordinance) , according to which intelligence and security agencies would not be answerable to any authority, whatsoever regarding exact locations of interrogation centers located in FATA and PATA areas and related matters.—Online

India, Japan hit it off, take aim at China Sign eight agreements to boost relations

Chairman PEMRA to move IHC ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chaudhry Rashid Ahmed has decided to move a petition in Islamabad High Court against the pressure being put on him to quit. Well placed sources close to Chaudhry Rashid said that he has decided not to tender resignation as chairman PEMRA despite he was being hassled to step down.—INP

9 Taliban terrorists held in Karachi KARACHI—Police claimed to have arrested nine members of a banned outfit during an encounter in Surjani Town of the city on Sunday, officials said. According to SSP Orangi, weapons were also recovered from the arrested militants. “The militants came here from Waziristan for terror activities” Chaudhry Asad told media. The arrested militants were identified as Baitullah Mehsud, Shujaullah Mehsud, Ameerzada Mehsud, Faiz Ali, Shah Mehsud, Naimatullah, Noor Khan Mehsud, Javed Iqbal Mehsud and Khair Wali.—Online

Six foreigners held in Lahore L AHORE —After raids and search operations in Karachi and Islamabad, Punjab police on Sunday rounded up dozens of people including six foreigners during a search operation in different parts of the Lahore. The six foreigners belonging to African countries were arrested during a raid in Makkah Colony area. The arrested men have been booked under Foreign Act as they failed to provide identification documents. Dozens of suspects were held in a search operation conducted by police in Bhati, Lohari, Lower Mall areas of the city.—Online

2 gangsters held L AHORE —Sabzazar police claimed to have arrested two accused involved in stealing WAPDA transformer and copper wires and recovered stolen wires and other items from their possession. A special police team led by SDPO Sabzazar which conducted a raid and arrested the accused identified as Akbar and Abid of inter-district gang. During interrogation, they confessed to 15 incidents committed in different areas of Lahore, Sheikhupura, Warburton and Nankana Sahib.—APP

NEW DELHI—Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his visiting Japan counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed to further deepen the strategic and global partnership between the two countries as two democracies in Asia shared universal values such as freedom, democracy and rule of law. Singh said Japan is at the heart of India’s Look East policy. The meeting saw Abe, who is the first Japanese PM who attended India’s Republic Day celebrations as chief guest on Sunday, emphasize on the need for the two countries to contribute jointly to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world taking into account changes in the strategic

BSF gives sweets to Pakistan Rangers at Wahga border ATTARI—The Border Security Force (BSF) Sunday gave sweets and fruits to the Pakistan Rangers here to mark India’s 65th Republic Day. BSF officers and troopers walked up to the zero line at the Attari-Wagah border gate, 30 km from Amritsar, to met the Pakistan Rangers personnel. Sweets were also offered by the BSF to their Pakistani counterpart at the Hussainiwala border in Ferozepur district. Punjab shares a 553-km international border with Pakistan. The entire border is sealed with electrified barbed wire erected inside Indian territory.—Online

environment. While China has so far refrained from making any adverse comment about Abe’s decision to accept India’s invitation to grace the Republic Day Sunday Beijing’s likely response to Abe’s presence at the 26 January parade has been a subject of much speculation by international media. The Indian government has already clarified that the Republic Day parade is as much civilian as it is military. The two countries signed eight agreements including those for Japanese soft loans and ODA to India. In a media statement after the talks, Singh expressed satisfaction over political engagement and expanding defence and security cooperation between

India and Japan. In this context, Singh acknowledged the announcement of Japan’s National Security Strategy and the establishment of the national security council (NSC) of Japan. The two PMs expressed satisfaction with the launch of regular consultations between the secretary general of national security secretariat of Japan and India’s national security advisor. While welcoming Japan’s participation in the Malabar exercise and the meeting to discuss co-production of US-2 amphibian aircraft, Singh also noted that the discussion between the two countries for a civil nuclear agreement had gained momentum. Both sides directed their

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Govt to ensure writ of state: PR

LAHORE—Federal Minister for point. He said the government Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid holding previous governments responsible for leaving the country in the midst of terrorism and lawlessness vowed that the government would ensure writ of the state on every inch of the sacred land. In an interview, Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that all the parties in the Parliament are united to eliminate terrorism from the country. He said no one can be allowed to make Pakistani nation hostage at gun

offered a civilized way of settling issues to those who have taken up arms but they are resisting. He pointed out that in civilized countries world over, those taking up arms are warned and offered talks instead of going for all out action against them. The Information Minister said unfortunately the former governments did not show courage and left the country in an atmosphere of lawlessness and extremism. He said instead of conveying their reservations and concerns, the militants continued their acts of terrorism leaving no option with the government to ensure its writ at any cost.—INP

Kazakhstan, Pakistan mull launch of direct flights ISLAMABAD—Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Bakytbek Shabarbayev met with Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Burhanul Islam in Islamabad and discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation, including political, commercial and economic relations as well as launching direct flights between the two countries. In the context of bilateral cooperation the interlocutors also touched upon the exchange of top-level visits, development of inter-parliamentary cooperation, holding of the regular session of the Kazakhstani-Pakistani Intergovernmental Commission for Commercial-Economic, Scientific-Technical and Cultural Cooperation. Both Mr. Shabarbayev and Mr. Islam appreciated the current state of Kazakhstani-Pakistani partnership and reiterated the readiness to pursue the plans on further development of these relations.—INP

Fresh spate of violence in Karachi claims 5 more lives KARACHI—At least five people were killed in different incidents of violence across the city on Sunday. According to police, the people were killed in firing incidents that occurred in Orangi Town’s Gulshan-e-Ghazi, SITE area and Baldia Town’s Ittehad Town. A limb-tied dead body was found from Northern bypass while a body was also recovered from Malir River.—Online

DHAKA —Bangladesh police shot dead three activists from the country’s largest Islamist party in clashes on Sunday, officers said, amid allegations security forces are targeting opposition supporters for execution. Police said the three were killed during two separate gunbattles with bomb-throwing activists from the Jamaat-eIslami party in two southeastern towns, clashes that also left several officers injured. “They threw bombs at us and the joint forces opened fire in self-defence. A gunfight ensued,” a local police chief, Shahjahan Ali, told AFP. Jamaat said the men were instead arrested and taken to remote places where they were shot dead execution-style. The party said the deaths were the latest in a series of such killings. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a crackdown on opposition unrest after her victory in a January 5 general election, which was marred by

Pakistan naval ship on goodwill visit to UAE ABU DHABI—Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Alamgir arrived Zayed seaport Abu Dhabi on a goodwill visit to the UAE on Sunday and will be docked here until January 30. PNS Alamgir is being commanded by Captain Mohammed Munib PN. The good-will visit of PNS Alamgir will be important in further promoting and strengthening the already existing friendly and historical relations

ISLAMABAD—The Bench formed to review Musharraf’s appeal against court’s 31 July 2009 verdict against the 3 Nov 2007 emergency, is likely to undergo a reshuffle. Two former member Judges of Supreme Court’s 16-member Bench, Justices Ejaz Chaudhry and Ather Saeed have regretted to carry on with the Bench, whose replacement would be needed Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will announce about the decision today; while the appeal is to be reviewed tomorrow, Tuesday. The Bench includes four judges, Justices Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Nasir-ul-Mulk, Awais .S. Khawaja, and Sarmad Jalal Usmani., who formed part of former Bench which announced the 31July 2009 ver-

LONDON—Army chiefs have risk.The troops have been trained tify new constraints. It is a fact tion and tasked to protect the base some equipment will be gifted for possible “withdrawal in contact” from the huge base. Negotiations involving senior Afghan government officials and diplomats have been taking place to ensure that UK forces leave Afghanistan without being attacked, the newspaper said. The Taliban have already claimed that they are moving into Helmand and three weeks ago a joint ‘Taliban and Afghan Police patrol’ was spotted in Sangin the town where the majority of UK soldiers were killed. A senior source said : “Planning is at an advance stage but is constantly changing as we iden-

that we could leave fighting our way out. It is something we need to be ready for, but we want to avoid that. “We will maintain overwhelming firepower with Apache and fixed wing jets, which the Taliban cannot match and the aim is that the Afghan Army will cover our backs. “We expect the Taliban to make a lot of propaganda noise in the next few months as they try and win the information war.” The final deployment includes armoured, reconnaissance and infantry troops who are expected to be based in Camp Bas-

as any remaining equipment is packed and shipped back to the UK. More than £25 million worth of equipment at Camp Bastion is currently up for sale and advertised on a MoD website with items ranging from generators to tented accommodation and kitchen units. In addition, defence chiefs want to sell of hundreds of vehicles which they say will be more cost effective for the taxpayer than bringing them back to the UK, where the Army will have little use for them. But if they are not sold off,

between Pakistan and the UAE. The visit is aimed at building stronger military relationship between the two navies and promoting peace, security and stability in the region. During the stay, the captain along with his crew will visit various operational and training naval institutes. The visit will also give an opportunity to the crew to interact with officers and sailors of the UAE Navy.—INP

Noudaga village and shot him three times in his chest, shoulder and waist,” he said. Police said two young Islamists accused of murdering a ruling party official were also shot dead during gunfights between security forces and Jamaat protesters in the town of Debhata on Sunday. Jamaat also denied any gunfight, saying the pair were targeted for killing. A local rights activist, who did not want to be named and who has investigated some of the cases, said security forces are targeting activists from Jamaat and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and are even demolishing their homes with bulldozers. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, also expressed concern, saying there have been reports of BNP and Jamaat activists taken into custody and their bodies having “shown up with bullet wounds”.—AFP

NA meets today ISLAMABAD—The National Assembly (NA) will meet at the Parliament House here today (Monday). Besides regular business, it will debate current security and economic situation in the country. The meeting, which will be held in the Parliament House in the afternoon, will deliberate on how to tackle questions on security issues, economic challenges, energy crisis, gas loadshedding and others. The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police have been directed to make “unprecedented security” arrangements for the Parliament House during NA session.—Online

Bench reviewing Musharraf’s appeal can be reshuffled

UK Army chiefs plan to fight way out of Afghanistan drawn up plans for British troops to fight their way out of Afghanistan amid fears that Taliban will attack as they leave the country, the Mirror newspaper reported Sunday. Intelligence officers have warned insurgents may strike as our forces exit Helmand after the 13-year conflict, which has claimed the lives of 447 British troops. Top brass fear coming under fire while pulling out of Camp Bastion and General John Lorimer, the head of British troops, is overseeing contingency plans to minimize the

deadly violence and an opposition boycott. Jamaat, blamed for much of the violence in the runup to the election, said at least 59 opposition activists and party officials have now been shot dead since December 12 when it says the killings started. Police insist most of those who died were killed during clashes with security forces who were firing in self-defence. On Sunday one of the bodies, that of a Jamaat official and teacher, was found near a school at Noudaga village near the town of Kotchandpur. Police said he was killed after Jamaat activists attacked security forces at around 1.30am. Motiar Rahman, a Jamaat spokesman, rejected the police account and told AFP the gunfight never took place. “He was picked up by plainclothes policemen from the town headquarters a day before. We immediately informed the local press club and police. The forces took him near a school at

to the Afghans and other items will, in military terms be ‘disposed of’ blown up by bomb disposal specialists and avoid it falling into the hands of the Taliban. General Lorimer is overseeing plans to make sure that the withdrawal of soldiers in 2014 does not end in a battle as it did when British troops withdrew in 1842. Then the British garrison agreed a ‘peaceful withdrawal’ of forces from Kabul, but as they left the city and headed for Jalalabad they were attacked and hundreds killed.—INP

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dict. It is pertinent to note that one such appeal has already been dismissed. Besides Musharraf’s appeal is already four years late, and one member of Musharraf’s legal team Ibrahim Satti has opined that The Nawaz Sharif case was an excellent precedent, whence the court had accepted to review Nawaz Sharif’s much delayed appeal. That much-delayed appeal of Mian Nawaz Sharif, which among others was also approved by current Chief Justice, forming part of the then 5-member Bench. Mian Sahib had said that he was abroad, and when he had returned, Abdul Hameed Dogar

was the CJP, whose such authority Mian Sahib had outrightly rejected,( as unconstitutional. Following the very excuse of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Ibrahim Satti said that Musharraf felt that he was also abroad and when he did return, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was CJP, who had personal grudge against him; hence Musharraf had to wait for filing his appeal. Petitions filed by Sindh High Court Bar Association and Nadeem Ahmad had led the 14-member Bench of Supreme Court to declare the 3 Nov 2007 emergency by Musharraf as illegal and un-constitutional.— Online

Khattak refutes Fazl’s allegations STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that there is no reality in tall claims of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman carrying double standard in politics. In fact, he cannot remain out of power and had always carried the politics to appease his masters while PTI believes in the politics of principles and would prove iron wall against United States and West to protect national interests at all costs. Talking to media in Nowshera, the chief minister said that the PTI government had taken a clear stand on drone attacks and had compelled the United States to stop NATO supply through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the stand of PTI chairman, Imran Khan

and our provincial government is unequivocal, while the role of Maulana Fazl is before all. For getting the post of Prime Minister, Maulana had not only hinted at the following of US agenda, but also of the whole West. The chief minister said that law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is worse and we are facing the challenge of terrorism. The chief minister said that priority of the provincial government is the restoration of peace as this useless war has destroyed business activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, rendering industries closed and its people have come hand to mouth from price hike and unemployment. He said that in case the federal

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HPV test awareness, knowledge still low

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MERICANS are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma vi rus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that. “Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the introduction of testing and vaccination,” said Jo Waller, the study’s senior author. People seem to be more aware of HPV vaccination than testing, however, which is not surprising given the publicity around the vaccine, added Waller, a public health researcher at University College London. The Pap test, used to look for abnormal cell changes in the cervix, is much older and generally familiar to most people, but the newer HPV test looks for the virus that causes those changes, Waller said. The HPV test was only introduced in the 1990s and it’s used a little differently in each of the countries that were included in the new study, Waller pointed out. In the U.S., HPV testing is used as a screening tool in women over the age of 30. In both the U.S. and the UK, HPV testing is also used along with the Pap test to determine the next steps in treatment - for instance, biopsy. In the UK and Australia, the HPV test is also used to monitor treatment results. Waller said that many studies have attempted to assess the public’s knowledge about HPV and HPV testing, but they all used different methods and asked questions in different

ways, so it’s hard to compare the findings. “We wanted to use the same questionnaire to look at knowledge across three countries where HPV testing is used in different ways,” she told Reuters Health in an email. The researchers used an online survey to find out if participants in the U.S., UK and Australia were aware of HPV testing and HPV in general. The first question asked was ‘Before today, had you ever heard of HPV?’ Participants who responded ‘yes’ were then directed to 15 general questions about HPV. Participants were then asked ‘Have you ever heard of HPV testing?’ Those who responded ‘yes’ were asked six more questions about the test. Of the 2,409 men and women who answered the survey, about 61 percent had heard of HPV, Waller’s team reports in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Among those who had heard of the virus, only half were aware of the HPV test. Awareness of the HPV test was higher in the U.S. than in the UK and Australia. The participants who had heard of HPV testing, on average, answered less than half of questions about details of testing correctly. Overall, women knew more than men. Most of the survey participants did know, for example, that the HPV test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, and that a positive HPV test doesn’t mean a woman will definitely get cervical cancer.

Academic Excellence Awards

Seek education to serve country: Corps Commander CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said that we have no threat from India infact we have threat from the extremists between us adding he said “Pakistan should come first for us”. He was addressing all Pakistan Academic Excellence Award ceremony 2013 as chief guest of Federal Government Educational Institutions (C/G) held at FG Sir Syed College Mall Road Rawalpindi. Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said, “We are not Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi or Pathans we all are Pakistani. We should be proud on our identification as Pakistani. Pakistan is our identity.” He urged students to seek education not only to get degree but for serving of the country. “Education is essential for the development and progress the of the country”, said Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. He said that getting education was the most prime concern of a human being as it is the education which makes us social beings. He said, “The quality of a society or a nation entirely depends on the quality of its education and the students are the future of a nation”. Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Knowledge was found in books but life in the society. The job of an educational

Education expo at Pak-China Center

Leaves of trees are falling due to change in the weather in Federal Capital.

30 food outlets challaned

AIOU to setup FM-Radio channels

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STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD —CDA’s Directorate of Health Services (DHS) has challaned 30 food outlets and issued warning notices to 120 for not maintaining hygienic standards during last week. The DHS is continuing campaign against food outlets and restaurants to ensure serving healthy and hygienic food to the Capital’s residents. The campaign has been launched on the directives of Amer Ali Ahmed, Member Administration of Capital Development Authority (CDA). According to CDA sources, the DHS staff inspected shops and restaurants in different sectors of Islamabad and challaned 30 food outlets forviolating hygienic conditions.

I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal

Inquiry against CDA officials

Open University (AIOU) announced to set-up 30 FM-Radio Channels at regional headquarters as a part of distance learning system to facilitate its students in their educational pursuits as well as to promote community-based services. According to official handout, ViceChancellor of AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi has said that public service messages will be aired to inform and educate the people through these channels, particularly on education and health-related matters. He expressed these views while addressing the four-day

neering and Environment of CDA Sanaullah Aman has taken strict action against four officials for showing negligence in their duties. He ordered an inquiry against Assistant Director Parks Development, Chief Inspector Sanitation, Sub-Eengineer Sanitation and Sub-Engineer Sewerage for dereliction of duties. Sanaullah Aman visited Rose and Jasmine Garden, Shakar Parrian, Islamabad Highway, and sectors I-8, I-9 and I-10. He expressed dissatisfaction over dysfunctional street-lights and water filtration plants, and deteriorated condition of pavements and roads, besides cleanliness arrangements.—APP

cipals, teachers and students were also present on this occasion. FGEIs Directorate organized the mega event to distribute the prizes among the students belonging to the institutions of its 11 Regions Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Wah, Gujranwala, Multan,

Bahawalpur, Kharian and Fazaia, who excelled in the primary/ middle level scholarship exams, SSC-I, SSC-II, HSSC-I, HSSCII exams and BA/BSc Exams held during 2013. On this occasion Director FGEIs Brig Khush Muhammad Khan said that the FGEIs orga-

I SLAMABAD —A Mehfil-eMilad of ladies was held at Aiwan-i-Quaid in connection with Eid Milad-u-Nabi celebrations under the auspices of Nazriya Pakistan Council. The function was organized by Mrs. Farrukh Khan, a senior member of NPC Executive Committee. In her speech she said the Muslims should follow the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) to be blessed in this world as well as in the hereafter. She said the Muslim societies can come out of degeneration if they remain true to the message of Allah that was brought by the Holy Prophet

nize such events at Directorate and Regional level to promote and encourage the students who excelled in the exams and took positions in board and university exams. The ceremony was largely attended by serving and retired officers, Ex-Directors FGEIs, Parents and students of the intuitions.

Efforts underway to beautify capital CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal has said that CDA is duty-bound to provide all civic amenities to the residents. He said the Authority will utilise the existing resources to make the city beautiful, green, neat and clean. On the demand of residents of D-12, G-13 and G-14, he directed the CDA Member Engineering and Environment Sanaullah Aman to extend CDA’s sanitation services to the newly established sectors. He also directed the Engineering

and Environment member to make necessary arrangements for the collection and disposal of garbage from these sectors along with provision of other sanitation facilities. Following the directions of the chairman, Sanaullah Aman has instructed the formations concerned of the authority to finalise the arrangements to ensure cleanliness of these areas on daily basis. He said that on the request of the residents, the chairman has directed to provide regular sanitation services to these sectors and the same directions have been conveyed to the sanitation staff. The CDA chair-

man has directed the authority officials to launch a special antilitter drive from February 13 in the city. The cleanliness campaign will start from sectors of ‘I’ series in the first phase. To make this campaign a success, the authority will ensure participation and co-operation of citizen, traders, civil society, students and people from other walks of life in this campaign. Sanaullah Aman will supervise the campaign. Aman further said that in order to improve condition of public toilets at public places, instructions have been issued to authorities to immediately repair 34 public toilets.

Slums turning into residential areas ISLAMABAD—The slum areas are turning into well constructed residential areas, despite higher claims of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take action against the illegal construction in the areas. By putting dirt in the eyes of civic body, initially the dwellers peg their tents but later shape them into concrete houses. In sector G-7 slum area dwellers are busy in extending

the existing concrete houses. Encroachment continues in different shanty places by the slum dwellers in federal capital under the nose of civic body. The residents of slum areas always look for a chance to grab more space in adjacent to their encroached houses. The slums are located in F-6/1, F-6/2, F7/4, G-7/1, G-7/2, G-7/3, I-9, G8/4 and I-10/3 sectors.

The slum dwellers had also started erecting concrete shops in their vicinity. The residents have expressed concerns over these illegal expansions of the slums in presence of concerned and well equipped civic department. They also appealed the authorities to take stern action against the slum dwellers which are busy in expansion of their huts into well established houses. —APP

Ladies Mehfil-e-Milad at Aiwan-i-Quaid OBSERVER REPORT

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FM- radio Broadcasters workshop that concluded here on Sunday. The workshop was arranged by the Department of Institute of Information Technology AIOU for the training of the educational broadcasters. It was participated by the representatives of Universities and institutions having campus and community radio stations. The University has also planned to set up TV channel to educate its students as well as to serve on socio-economic affairs. Dr. Sangi said that this network will work in line with the local culture and language that leads towards socio-economic development.

I SLAMABAD —The two-day Expo ended at Pak-China Cultural Center here, which was participated by a number of educational institutions and students. Representatives of over 100 universities from the country and abroad, mainly from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Turkey, Germany, North Cyprus, UK, UAE and US participated in the expo. The exhibition allowed local and international faculty, admission officers and student counsellors to interact with over 25,000 top achieving Pakistani students directly on one-on-one basis and also give them the opportunity to enrol on the spot with many of institutions. Talking to APP at the occasion the representative of Laureate Hospitality Education (LHE), Osman Mahmood said that the institution will showcase academic programmes at Les Roche Hotel Management School and Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, two of the top three hotel management schools in the world. It imparts skills and training to students needed to gorw in the hospitality industry, he added.—APP

institution was to make both of them compatible by linking them together. Director General Human Resource Development Maj Gen Nadir Zaib, Director FGEIs (C/ G) Brig. Khush Muhammad Khan, GSOs-1 of the Regional Offices of the Directorate, Prin-

(PBUH). Other speakers included Tehrim Zafar and Dr. Sajida Shami. They called for promoting love and understanding among all the Muslims to ensure peace and harmony in the society. Some ladies recited Naats in praise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Those who recited Naats included Simeen Umar, Aimen Ghaffar, Faiza, Natasha and Humaira Shaeen. Members Parliament, teachers, Students and prominent civil society members attended the Mehfil-e-Milad. The participants of Mehfil-e-Milad appreciated role of NPC in promoting true Senior Executive Member NPC Mrs Farrukh Khan speaks at Mehfil-e-Milad organized by Nazriya Pakistan Council at message of Islam and ideals of Pakistan Movement. Aiwan-e-Quaid.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Delegation leaves for Brussels CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A delegation of the Senate Defence Committee led by its Chairman, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, left for Brussels to hold talks with senior NATO officials, members of European Parliament and representatives of different think-tanks on different issues. Commenting on the visit to Brussels, Senator Mushahid said in the context of withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan, the visit of Senate Defence Committee reflects Pakistan’s leading role in peace and sovereignty of the region. The other members of Pakistani delegation include Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Haji Adeel, Farhatullah Babar and Sehar Kamran. Earlier, Senator Mushahid Hussain inaugurated the firstever cyber security research center at Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) Islamabad. On the occasion, he said that cyber security is one of the most important issues of national security, and with the inauguration of the research center, it will get due importance. He expressed hope that the center will become a hub for rest of the digital world for information sharing and dealing cyber threats. The head of research center, Dr. Shoab Khan, Ammar Jafferi and other cyber security experts also exchanged their views on the event.


Haq Bahoo Conference

Islam is complete code of life C ITY REPORTER Zohr

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January 28 WORKSHOP for civil society and media on ‘consolidating Democratic Devolution,’ organised by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, at Serena Hotel, Khayaban-eSuhrwardy, Islamabad, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. January 30 CONFERENCE on ‘Revisiting Kashmir Policy,’ organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, at the IPRI conference Hall, House no. 6, Street 63, Islami Zabeeh Road, Sector F-8/4, Islamabad, 10 a.m.

287 vehicles impounded under special drive STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi City Traffic Police (RCTP) have issued 6391 challan tickets during the current month, recovering over Rs 1.9 million fine for tinted glass or not having proper number plates or without number plates. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah, in a statement on Sunday, said 287 vehicles and motorcycles were also impounded in different police stations under the special campaign against violators of traffic lwas. He said the CTP, in view of the security situation, started the special campaign and took action in accordance with the law against vehicles with tinted glass and those which did not have proper number plates. The CTO said fine was imposed on 354 vehicles for having tinted glass during the period and black papers were removed on the spot. Some 2847 vehicles and motorcycles, which were without number plates, and 3190 others with improper number plates, were penalized.

I S L A M A B A D —The annual ‘Melad-e-Mustafa (PBUH) and Haq Bahoo Conference’ was organized at the Jinnah Convention Centre by the ‘Islahee Jamaat & Aalmi Tanzeem ul Arifeen’ from the shrine of renowned Sufi saint Hazrat Sultan Bahoo (R.A.). Addressing the conference, Secretary General Sultan Ahmed Ali said that Allah has the ultimate authority and control over the universe. His laws and code governs everything in existence in the universe. His law governs all the phases of existence from creation to destruction and rebirth. We are only responsible for following His Law and spending the limited years of our lives in accordance with His will and make efforts to bring our societies and world in conformity with the rest of the universe.

If all other things are living as per His order, then why we human beings especially Muslims, are not able to implement His Law as our governing constitution and manifesto. Islam is the complete code of life reflective of the universal Law that has been revealed to us by Allah and not socialism, communism, capitalism or secularism. We have brought destruction upon this world by deviating from the Laws of his nature. This is the message of self-introspection and accountability of our actions given by the Islahee Jamaat. We must structure our lives, individually and collectively, in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, the way of the Prophets and Sufi saints. This is the only way we can overcome sectarian divisions and develop unified identity Sultan Muhammad Ali and Sultan Ahmad Ali sitting on the stage during Haq Bahoo confer- that promotes fraternity and harmony as Muslims. Bare ence and Milad-e-Mustafa held on Sunday.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

proclamations of faith are not enough to follow the path outlined by Allah and His Prophet (PBUH). What is required is accountability of the Self in anticipation of the final judgment. We must follow Islam to bring unity, peace and stability to the world. The reality of the ‘shahada’ or Islamic creed is not merely to accept Allah as the only divinity to be worshipped but to believe that He is Absolute and alone in the totality of all His sacred attributes. Our actions must reflect our singular dependence on all of His attributes to the exclusion of any other. Nazim-e-Aala Islahee Jamaat & Aalmi Tanzeem ul Arifeen, Al-Haaj Muhammad Nawaz Qadri emphasized that the teachings of the ‘Saints of Allah’ are indispensable for establishing peace and harmony in society. Allah has bestowed upon us the unifying and fra-

ternal identity of being Muslim. Sufi teachings are focused upon observation and experience of true love of Allah. That is why Quran calls them as those persons who are free from fear and worry of both the worlds. Hazrat Sultan Bahoo taught that one should remember Allah through remembrance with the breath (inhalation and exhalation with Allah and Hoo respectively) to bring oneself closer to Almighty Allah. It creates an everlasting bond with the Creator which reminds one of His permanent presence. The conference was attended by individuals from different walks of life including political, educational and literary circles as well as foreign diplomats and the general public. At the end of the event, a special prayer was said for the unity of the Muslim world and stability of Pakistan.

700,000 Police arrest 662 POs Around Illegal LPG children vaccinated in two months decanting continues CITY REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Rawalpindi police arrested 662 Proclaimed Offenders (POs) during last two months including 16 of top-10, one of top-20, 102 of A-category and 543 of B-Category. According to Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhtar Umar Hayat Lalika four police encounters took place in two months in which two cops got bullet injuries while two criminals lost their lives, another sustained injuries and nine outlaws were rounded up. He said Rawalpindi police smashed 17 dacoits gangs and arrested their 62 members during the period. Police also recovered illegal weapons including 31 pistols/ revolvers with 101 bullets, one Kalashnikov besides four stolen vehicles, six motorcycles and cash over Rs 3.3 million from the possession of the arrested accused.

During interrogation, the arrested gangsters confessed several incidentsof robbery, dacoity, snatching of vehicles and motorcycles and other crimes in different areas of the district. Hectic efforts were made to control the situation on various occasions that could have lead to grave law and order problem, he said. He further said, nine dangerous inter-provincial gangs were smashed as police rounded up their 31 members and recovered gold ornaments worth one million rupees, cash Rs 8,41,000, 11 stolen motorcycles, 81 stolen mobile phones, 15 pistols with 83 rounds and one carbean. RPO told that Rawalpindi police under its operation against antisocial elements conducted raids and recovered 39 stolen vehicles and 21 motorcycles. He said 124 vehicles and 613 motorcycles were impounded in different police sta-

tions during the period. He said, CIA under its separate operations arrested eight car lifters and recovered 12 stolen motorcycles. He informed that Rawalpindi district police, registered 642 cases against drug paddlers and bootleggers during two months and arrested 650 accused besides recovering over nine kilograms heroin, 110 kg charras and 6844 bottles of liquors. 415 cases were also registered against illegal arms holders while police netted 416 accused besides recovering 329 pistols, 37 guns, 13 Kalashnikov, four carbeans, one hand grenade, 40 daggers and 11,700 bullets. 15 cases were also registered against gamblers and police netted 80 persons while cash stake money amounting to Rs 3,44,180 and 35 mobile phones, three tape recorders, TV and two wireless phones were also recovered, he added.

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700,000 children upto five years of age were vaccinated during the anti-polio campaign in the Rawalpindi district, which ended on Sunday. District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randahwa said that about 1,365 polio teams carried out the campaign. “We have achieved the target,” Dr Randhawa said, adding the district administration provided security to the polio workers. Executive District Officer (EDO), Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal monitored the campaign and visited various areas to ensure the it remained fruitful.

RAWALPINDI—Despite clear

Encroachment in Said Pur

directions from Oil and Gas Regulatory (OGRA) against decanting of liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in residential areas, the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye and not taking strict action to control this practice. The authorities concerned have failed to check and stop the illegal business of LPG in Rawalpindi city as illegal Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) decanting is going unchecked and a large number of gas shops are not following safety measures. Several LPG decanting outlets are operating in the town in

the absence of standard safety measures, putting the lives of citizens at risk. A number of such gas shops in congested areas like Raja Bazaar, Committee chowk, Peoples Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhoke Seydian, Peerwadhai and other areas are operating without getting a license and adopting precautionary measures. According to the rules, LPG outlets have to follow various safety procedures but the rules are openly being violated in the city. LPG decanting from one cylinder to another using electric motors is prohibited but, the practice is continuing due to absence of strict monitoring by the authorities concerned. A LPG sale point is only

allowed to sell the gas in form of cylinders, but owners of LPG outlets often decant the gas illegally, making it a dangerous trade. This not only risks lives but also the property of the people. Though, a number of campaigns were started in the past to check the illegal activity in the city but no satisfactory progress could be made to curb the dangerous trade. Still small LPG shops are illegally being operated in the town and its adjoining areas. They are not following safety measures, putting the lives of people at stake. Several incidents of cylinder explosions had also been witnessed in the past in which several precious lives were lost.

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ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started discriminate action on the name of encroachment against residents of Islamabad’s Model village Said Pur, media reported. It has been reported that CDA demolished 18, 19 houses out of 274 during operation conducted the day before that create panic and sense of deprivation among poor populace of the area. Residents of the area told Online on Sunday that the houses of influentials were not touched during the so-called operation against encroachment while houses of poor were turned into debris. According to sources, the residents of the area all set to hold protest demonstration against discriminate operation of the federal development author- Customs official burning the drugs on occasion of International Customs Day. CITY RPORTER ity. It is pertinent to mention that N-league government had also R AWALPINDI —Police have started operation in Said Pur started a survey for gathering A participant gets award from MPA Muhammad Shawaiz Khan on the occasion of Punjab during 1999. details of the house tenants in Youth Festival. Rawalpindi district. The data of the tenants will be computerised STAFF REPORTER so as to ensure that it is availSociety of International Law, S TAFF R EPORTER able for use when needed. Robert Perito, Author of “Police ISLAMABAD—Extreme shortThe house owners have also I SLAMABAD —A seminar on in War: Fighting Insurgency, age in water supply has been been asked to inform the nearSTAFF REPORTER “Countering Terror & Crime - Terrorism and Violent Crime”, observed in I-10 sector of the est police station in writing Role of Police and Prosecution” Afzal Ali Shigri, Former IGP federal capital that doubled the while renting out their houses will be held on Tuesday (Janu- Sindh, Imtiaz Gul, Executive miseries of masses in the afI SLAMABAD —The shopkeepers throughout the district. Police critical steps to align education with the quality of business education have started encroachments of ary 28) at Crystal Ball Room, Director, Center for Research fected area. According to CITY REPORTER sources said that cases will be business needs and recommend in the country. This is the first of footpaths in Capital’s famous Marriott Hotel at 2:30 pm. The and Security Studies and Tariq sources, it has been revealed that registered against the owners low water pressure in water failing to comply with the direc- I S L A M A B A D — P r e s i d e n t actions to the emerging challenges the series of four conferences. Aabpara Market due to which pe- event will be organized by Cen- Parvez, Former Director Gen- pipelines irked residents of the eral, Federal Investigation ter for Research and Security destrians and customers are facin the business education. It is also Deans and Directors of the BusiMamnoon Hussain will inaugurate tives. area. City Police Officer, Akhtar international business education aimed at bridging the gap between ness Schools, industry experts and ing severe difficulties. Due to en- Studies as part of its Rule of Law Agency. Residents told Online that the The deliberations will atLalika has ordered SHOs of all conference today (Monday) at the Industry and Academia and to re- entrepreneurs will attend the con- croachments of vegetables, fruits, awareness and advocacy camwater of supply lines does not tempt to explain the role of Popaign. clothes and other stalls set up by flect on the key purpose of busiference. The conference will comPresident House. The National police stations, SDPOs and conThe distinguished speakers lice Station in countering terror- fulfil their needs and this comprise seven sessions with blend of shopkeepers, the customers and cerned SPs to complete the sur- Business Education Accreditation ness education in Pakistan. The conference, to be ad- Industry and Academia related top- residents have been facing acute from diverse backgrounds in- ism, lawyers perspective on the pelled masses to purchase water vey within two weeks and Council (NBEAC) is organizing a from Capital Development Aupresent a report to him. Police two-day International conference dressed by national and interna- ics. There will also be an exhibi- difficulties for parking their ve- clude Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Distin- challenges that the prosecution, thority (CDA) which is an extra the state of police in war and guished Expert on International have formed special forms in on “Emerging Challenges of Busi- tional speakers, will provide a tion of over 40 stalls of the local hicles or to walk on footpaths. The residents also claimed Law and President Research CRSS Project on Rule of Law. burden on their pockets. unique opportunity to share ideas industry and academic institutions this regard and distributed those ness Schools in Pakistan”. that the owners of bakeries have The international moot is be- on emerging challenges of business at the conference and will be open among public. The data is being collected ing held in collaboration with the education, and discuss innovative to public. Pakistan Tele-communi- also illegally set up ‘samosa’, in a bid to maintain law and or- Higher Education Commission ideas and solutions. NBEAC is the cation Company Limited (PTCL) ‘pakora’ stalls outside their shops der in the district and easily track (HEC) at Islamabad from January national accrediting authority, es- and Institute of Cost and Manage- while the concerned authority is tablished by the Higher Education ment Accountants of Pakistan are playing role of silent spectators down suspects in case of any 27-28, 2014. The conference will identify Commission (HEC), to enhance the main sponsors for the event. on all this illegal business. untoward incident.

Police start collecting tenants’ data

Business education conference today

Pedestrian face difficulties

Seminar on Countering Crime

Water shortage in I-10

Traffic congestion on roads R AWALPINDI —Citizens of Rawalpindi have urged the authorities concerned to take effective steps to solve the problem of traffic jams on the city roads. The citizens have called on the authorities concerned to devise a plan to solve traffic congestion in the city as frequent traffic jams on roads, including the road from Center Hospital to Marrir Chowk, Benazir Bhutto Road, Raja Bazar Road, Bank Road, Saidpur Road, Peerwadhai Road, Tench

Bhatta Road, Chungi Road and Murree Road create problems for them. The motorists said that they have to face inconvenience when they reach late at their destinations as traffic is not being regulated properly by the traffic wardens on several roads. Talking about traffic jam in the city, people belonging to different walks of life said several city roads have very much importance for the citizens of Rawalpindi but due to traffic

jam which has become a routine matter on these roads, the citizens are suffering great. Traffic jam on Moti Bazaar Road affecteds business, as the customers, especially women, do not come to markets, said a shopkeeper Altaf Ali talking to APP. The encroachments by the owners of motorcycle showrooms on Circular Road and their illegal commercial activities on the road also cause traffic jams. Lack of traffic signals in

Raja Bazaar and other important chowks of the city also create traffic problems. The traffic wardens also do not perform their duties properly, said motorists. The citizens said that strict checking of traffic rules violations, particularly on Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree Road) should be ordered. The commuters face big traffic problems on the congested Murree Road, especially from Mareer Chowk to Center Hospital due to heavy traffic

load, traffic mismanagement and rules violations. Driving on the Murree Road is enough to test the nerves of commuters, Atif, a commuter, said. He added, “We daily face huge traffic mess, particularly during peak hours.” The Committee Chowk underpass, Chandni Chowk and Sixth Road flyovers on Murree Road could not help control the traffic mess mainly due to wrong parking of vehicles and other traffic rules violations.—APP

A bomb disposal squad personnel checking a suspected bag near Poly Clinic hospital, on Sunday. The bag was full of fire wood instead of a bomb.


Pro-Indian politicians’ hands soaked with blood of Kashmiris Closure of Pathribal encounter case ‘act of terrorism’

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Minister of Finance Chaudhry Lateef Akbar, Minister of Forests Javed Ayub and Shoukat Javed Mir leading a protest rally to observe India’s Republic Day as Black Day.

Sajjad Lone pays tributes to Handwara martyrs ISLAMABAD—Kashmiri leader, Sajjad Ghani Lone, has paid glowing tributes to martyrs of Handwara massacre on their martyrdom anniversary and accused the then Indian Home Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, and Governor of Kashmir for the incident and other subsequent massacres in the Valley. On January 25, 1990, the personnel of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed 21 civilians in coldblood in Handwara. “Inhabitants of Handwara Ramhall, Langate, Qaziabad, Chogul and other surrounding areas who were protesting against the ghastly Gaw Kadal massacre and other human rights violations were indiscriminately, fired upon without any provocation leading to dozens of people losing their life in the ensuing bloodbath and scores of others being critically injured,” he said. Sajjad Lone said that it was one of the most gruesome carnages in the history of Kashmir after Gaw Kadal, Bijbehera and the down town butchery at the funeral of prominent Hurriyet leader, Moulvi Muhammad Farooq.—APP

India has no right of claiming to be largest democracy: Salahuddin SRINAGAR—United Jehad Council (UJC) led by Syed Salahuddin has said India had no right to boast about being the world’s largest democracy while it continued to “occupy” Jammu and Kashmir by dint of military means. In a statement, UJC secretary general Sheikh Jameel-urRehman said that India’s Republic Day had come to symbolize the “enslavement, genocide and oppression of lakhs of innocent people in places like Kashmir, Punjab and Northeast.” “It is a matter of shame for India that the country’s political leadership instead of fulfilling the promises made to Kashmiris continues to use military might to suppress the sentiments and aspirations of people,” Rehman said. Referring to Chattisinghpora and other “massacres,” Rehman said despite ample evidence India continued to shield guilty troops from prosecution. “This should also serve as an eye-opener for pro-India parties who shed crocodile tears at the murder of Kashmiris but in effect hold on to their chairs for the lust of power,” he said.—NNI

Two hotel employees found dead in Samba JAMMU—Two employees of a hotel were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Samba district. Officials trying to find the cause of deaths but still no success achieved. This sort of killing usually happens in Indian Held Kashmir and nobody knows who or from where someone comes and kill the innocent people of no matter of what sect or religion they belong to. In this recent incident two workers of a hotel who had been working in the hotel found dead in entirely mysterious and unexpectedly awkward way. Mushtaq Ahmed (20) and Ajay Kumar (19), working as housekeepers in a five-star hotel in Vijaypur area of the district, were found dead under in a room of the hotel.—KMS

UN resolutions remain still unimplemented: Mirwaiz Urges international community to resolve Kashmir SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq has said the Kashmir dispute has become a nuclear flash point in South Asia where a small incident could trigger a nuclear war. “In the present world, like other issues, Kashmir dispute has also become volcanic and if by any carelessness it explodes, it would break the uncomfortable peace in South Asia into smithereens and would gulp down millions of humans apart from unleashing interminable sufferings for the people inhabiting the sub-continent,” said Mirwaiz. Mirwaiz said in the present world, like other issues, Kashmir dispute has also become volcanic and if by any

carelessness it explodes, it would break the uncomfortable peace in South Asia into smithereens and would gulp down millions of humans apart from unleashing interminable sufferings for the people inhabiting the sub-continent. He said that it was significant to understand Kashmir issue through historical perspective, adding, it was due the historical baggage that Kashmiris are suffering and are under constant repression which hardly any other nation have gone through. At the time of partition in the sub continent in 1947, Huriyat (M) Chairman said Kashmir was not the part of the united India, adding, Kashmiris have always remained victim to the foreign

rules of those like Mughals, Dogras, and British. Due to Kashmir dispute, Mirwaiz said both India and Pakistan have fought wars and have armed themselves with nuclear weapons. He said Kashmir has thus become a nuclear flash point in south Asia where a small incident could trigger a nuclear war thus jeopardizing the security and stability of entire south Asia. Thus, Mirwaiz said like Afghanistan, Syria and Palestine where international community is playing active role in finding the solution, they do similar exercises to solve Kashmir issue and extricate the lives of millions of people in the sub continent from fear and threat.—NNI

Black Day

‘Reiteration of severe hatred against India’ RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN tering protest against the continMIRPUR—People at both sides of the line of control in Jammu & Kashmir observe Indian Republic day as black day to reiterated severe hatred against India with the demand for early grant of the right to self determination being denied by India since last 66 years at the helm of her occupational military power in occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Like other parts of AJK, people belonging to all shades of public opinion held protest rallies and demonstrations in Mirpur city and other parts of the district on Sunday to observe the Indian Republic Day as black day. The protest congregation was arranged by the National Events Organizing Committee Mirpur district, the joint forum of various organizations representing diverse segments of the civil society. Committee’s Chairman and D.C Ch. Muhammad Tariq chaired the rally. SSP Mirpur Raja Irfan Salim and other senior officials of various private and public sector institutions including ex Senior Vice President AJKCCI Muhammad Mubeen Khan were also present on this occasion. The city elders representing all segments of the civil society highlighted the importance of early peaceful settlement of the Kashmir problem besides regis-

ued forcible and illegal Indian occupation of a major parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing the meeting speakers including the City Administrator Ghulam Rasool Awami, Chairman National Events Organizing Committee Ch. Muhammad Tariq, Vice Chairman of the Committee Ch. Amjad Iqbal, President NonGazetted Employees Organisation AJK Ch. Gulzar Ali, President District Bar Association Sardar Ijaz Nazir, Secretary General Kashmir Press Club Sajjad Ahmed Jirral, President of Markazi Anjuman-eTajran Sohail Shujah Mujahid and Raja Khalid Mahmood and others expressed grave concern over the recent escalation on the line of control following the frequent incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian troops from across the LoC. Speakers called upon the world community to ensure peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Resolutions and Kashmiri people’s wishes. They said that Pakistan is incomplete without its jugular vein Kashmir. They said that people of Jammu & Kashmir would continue their struggle till the freedom of occupied Jammu Kashmir from Indian bondage and accession of entire Jammu Kashmir state to Pakistan – the ultimate destination of the people of the state.

They paid glowing tributes to the valiant struggling people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir for facing large scale Indian atrocities in the held territory. They said the sacrifices being offered by the valiant Kashmiri people would not go waste as the time was not far off when their struggle would be crowned with success very soon. Various political, religious, social and human rights organizations held anti-India and profreedom rallies and demonstration in various other parts of the Mirpur division comprising Mirpur, Kotli and Bhimbher districts to register protest against the inhuman attitude and continued large scale human rights violations by the Indian forces in the held state where people are continuing their indigenous struggle for the achievement of their birth right of self determination and for the freedom of the motherland from Indian clutches. Kashmiris in the Indian-held Jammu Kashmir state have launched their indigenous struggle since 1989 for the achievement of their fundamental right of self determination and for the liberation of the motherland from the Indian subjugation – which were being denied by India since last 66 years at the might of her over Eight occupying military and para military troops deployed in the held territory.

SRINAGAR—Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has thanked people of Handwara Town for observing complete shutdown against the massacre of 1990 and complete strike on the occasion of 26th January celebrations. Syed Ali Shah Geelani has also appealed people of Kupwara town to observe complete shutdown on January 27 on the occasion of 24th anniversary of massacre there in 1990. He said unless all the cases pertaining to innocent killings are investigated by a neutral Investigating Organisation, human rights violations coupled with killings will continue in Jammu and Kashmir. Appealing non government Human Rights Organisations to ‘Document’ all the cases of and disappeared and killed people by the Indian forces, he said that these organisations play a vital role in preserving the history. He said that we are proud of what we have done to keep the struggle alive. Praying for the martyrs of

Handwara and Kupwara, Geelani termed them as National Heroes of Kashmir and expressed complete solidarity with the aggrieved families. He said that sacrifices of the martyrs would never be compromised and struggle will continue till freedom. In a statement to Valley Media Service, appealing for the complete boycott of the 2104 elections, he said that people of Kupwara have offered most sacrifices and there is hardly any family who has not lost a member. He said that those who value the sacrifices given by martyrs, doesn’t vote and there is no logic in protesting against killings and simultaneously go for voting. He blamed politicians of playing with the freedom movement of Kashmir by begging for votes on the name of water and electricity. After forming government, these politicians do nothing for the cause except for shielding forces and India presents bad picture of Jammu and Kashmir by saying that the state has accessed with her. He said that there are clear

instructions for voting in Islam. It has to be offered to the deserving, and so far as politicians are concerned, their hands are soaked with the blood of innocent people of Kashmir and hence nobody should vote for them. Meanwhile, a complete boycott of the 26th January celebrations was observed in Held Kashmir. Geelani said that India has deprived people of Jammu and Kashmir of their basic rights, thus participating in its Independence Day celebrations has no meaning at all. Terming closure of Pathribal encounter as unlawful and an act of state terrorism, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that this shows that no one cares for the loss of innocent lives in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that this is a practical proof that Indian armed forces rule the state and nobody holds them accountable for killing innocent people. “To raise its voice against closure of the case, Hurriyat has decided to hold a joint emergency meeting of its executive council, general council and working committee and

other protest programmes. On January 27, Monday, the amalgam will organize a seminar at Hurriyat headquarters. Besides Hurriyat leadership, eminent political thinkers and legal experts are expected to express their views in the seminar. It will have deliberations on January 29, Wednesday, to analyze the far-reaching consequences of this decision. It will hold protest demonstrations in length and breadth of Kashmir on January 31, Friday, to protest against the Pathribal case decision. Hurriyat has appealed the Imams of All Masajid, Imam Barghas and Astans (Shrines) to raise voice against this injustice on Friday congregations. It will lead the protest demonstrations at selected places on the day to protest against the continuous imposition of black laws like Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) which is being used as a cover to provide immunity to government forces for the atrocities and acts of killings committed by them,” said a spokesman of the Hurriyat in a statement.—NNI

Handwara remembers cold-blooded massacre of innocent Kashmiris

Shabbir: Settlement of Kashmir dispute to improve —Normal life was At least 21 persons were of the involvement of BSF perPak-India ties hitH in Handwara town of north killed and 40 others injured sonnel in the killing of civilians, ANDWARA

Kupwara district fol- when BSF personnel allegedly justice continues to elude us,” he SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Confer- Kashmir’s lowing a general strike against resorted to indiscriminate firing added.

ence Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) senior leader Shabir Ahmad Shah has said relations between India and Pakistan would not improve until the final settlement of Kashmir issue. “The trade between India and Pakistan is a secondary issue. Nothing better would come out without resolving Kashmir issue. We want to make it clear that until or unless the core issue between two nations – the Kashmir issue is resolved, the relations between two countries will never improve,” said the senior HCJK leader Shabir Ahmad Shah while addressing a public gathering at Makhama, Magam, in central Kashmiris’ Budgam district. “We appeal to the government and people of Pakistan and the leaders of those nations supporting Kashmiris’ right to self-determination to utilize their positions in resolving the Kashmir issue by giving it top priority,” because this long pending issue has brought the forces of two Armies face to face so many times therefore both countries should realize the importance of talks and give a chance to peace to exist. Kashmir people who have been suffering already from both visible and invisible powers now must be given chance to live in peace. A spokesman of the HCJK in a statement quoted Shah. “The conglomerate will to reach out to people in every nook and corner of the valley,” he said.—NNI

Snowfall damages houses

the cold-blooded massacre of 21 civilians allegedly by the Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel on 25 January 1990. The markets remained closed and transport was off the roads. The government offices and banks also noticed thin attendance in the town. Congregational Fateah Khawani was held at Shaheed Mazaar, Handwara. People paid rich tributes to the martyrs and said that their sacrifices will always be remembered.

near State Bank of India, Handwara on same day 24 years ago. Abdul Rehman Sheikh, who lost his son Abdul Ahad sheikh in firing, said justice has been eluding him for the past 24 years. “My son who was selling newspapers was not part of the protest demonstration but BSF soldiers opened indiscriminate firing in the town killing him near a shop. He was innocent and supported me in feeding the family,” said Rehman. “Despite clinching evidence

Recounting the incident Ghulam Muhammed, a local resident said that thousands of people from Handwara and its adjoining areas assembled peacefully protesting against Gawkadal massacre in which 51 people were killed by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 21 January 1990. “The BSF troopers fired indiscriminately and without any provocation killing 21 civilians on the spot. Many were wounded in firing,” he said.—NNI

RAWALAKOT: AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and others offering Fateha on the grave of Pak Army martyred soldier Shoaib Asal.

HRW condemns dismissal of charges against Indian Army officers

SRINAGAR—The houses that S RINAGAR —Human Rights director at Human Rights Watch. Saurabh Sharma, Maj. Amit

suffered damages in Anantnag district belonged to Ghulam Rasool Wani. son of Mohammad Rafiq Wani resident of Adigam, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Nabi resident of Nowbug, Ghulam Nabi Bhat of Chandanwadan, Uttersoo, Rafiqa, wife of Ghulam Rasool Lone and Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Gani resident of Khurshroi Kalan, A house belonging to Abdur Rahim Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Madpora, Gund in central Kashmir’s Budgam district was also damaged due to snowfall. Three people, including siblings were injured as five residential houses collapsed in several area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag due to heavy snowfall. Meanwhile, an official of the MeT department said that Srinagar recorded fresh snowfall of 26.2mm (depth 10 cm), Qazigund 50.4mm (depth 20 cm), Pahalgam 66.6mm (depth 30 cm), Kokernag 44.6mm (depth 14cm) Gulmarg 11.7mm (depth 14cm). Kupwara district received rains. The minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at Srinagar minus 1.3, while Gulmarg, recorded the miniShutdown keeps bazaars and streets of Srinagar without people. Only Indian Army with mum temperature of minus 8.0 armed vehicles and dogs are seen wandering. degree Celsius.—Agencies

Watch said, “an Indian army court of inquiry’s dismissal of all charges against five officers for the high profile killing of civilians in Pathribal case demonstrates the military’s continuing impunity for serious abuses.” “The Indian government should urgently act on the recommendations of several commissions and repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which provides effective immunity for military personnel implicated in human rights violations,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia

Ganguly said on January 24, 2014, the army said “it was closing the case for lack of evidence against the army officers, who were accused in the March 2000 extrajudicial killings of five civilians in Pathribal and falsely claiming the civilians were militants who killed 36 Sikh villagers.” “The army’s case was only filed after it used the AFSPA to block the case brought by the civilian Central Bureau of Investigation against Brig. Ajay Saxena, Lt. Col. Brahendra Pratap Singh, Maj.

Saxena, and Subedar Idrees Khan,” she said. “Five villagers were abducted and murdered, yet the army has been allowed to absolve itself. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be repealed so that soldiers who commit serious crimes against civilians face trial in civilian courts and can no longer be protected from prosecution,” she said. “India needs to show it is committed to accountability and justice by repealing this terrible law,” she added.—NNI

Families of stranded drivers eye early return of kins B ARAMULLA —The family members of 27 drivers stranded in Azad Kashmir following the alleged seizure of brown sugar from a truck at Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) Salamabad on January 17 staged demonstrations on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road near Khanpora here, to press for early return of their kin. The family members including females urged the Government to ensure early return early return

of the stranded drivers. “We are in trauma after the incident. More than a week has passed but our loved ones have not returned. We urge both India and Pakistan to resolve the issue at the earliest so that all the stranded drivers reunite with their families,” said a women protester. Dejected over the events following the alleged seizure of the narcotic substance, the family members of the stranded driv-

ers said the drivers on both sides of the border have become victims of “most confused and complicated” trade on earth. The incident turned into a diplomatic row after AJK authorities refused to receive their 48 drivers and demanded that the arrested driver should be released. 76 drivers are stranded on both sides of the LoC, 49 in AJK and 27 on this side since the incident.—NNI


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MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 43550.00 Gold 22 Ct 39820.00 SilverTezabi 686.00 Silver Thobi 627.00

Profits of listed food, agro firms up 14pc to SR4.4bn in 2013 RIYADH —Profits of food and agro industry sector grew by 14 percent to reach SR4.4 billion by the end of 2013 compared to SR3.9 billion in 2012, according to a financial report. The Savola Group was the major driver of the sector profits as its share stood at 55 percent of the sector’s total profits. Profits of the group grew by 22 percent in 2013 to reach SR1.7 billion compared to SR1.4 billion in 2012, the report, prepared by AlEqtesadiah daily, said. The robust growth of its profits was mainly attributed to the realization of capital profits of SR231.4 million as a result of a land sale in Madinah to the Knowledge Economic City, the report said. Jazan Development Company was the second in rank to push the sector profit growth. It registered net profits of SR123 million in 2013 compared to losses of SR18 million in 2012, the report said. Ranking the third biggest profit driver, Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering Company posted SR569 million in 2013 compared to SR487 million in 2012, or an increase of 16.8 percent, the report stated. Profits of Almarai, meanwhile, grew by 4 percent to SR1.5 billion compared to SR1.44 billion in the previous year whereas Herfi Company posted SR191 million in profits in 2013 compared to SR181 million in 2012, the report said. Profits of other companies in 2013 were as follows: Halwani Brothers SR93 million compared to SR87 million.—Agencies

Weekly inflation dips 0.2pc STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on January 23 for the lowest income group up to Rs 8,000 registered a decrease of 0.2 percent as compared to the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 199.42 points against 199.82 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The weekly SPI has been computed with base 20072008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group also decreased by 0.17 percent as it went down from 209.14 points in the previous week to 208.78 points in the

week under review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review swelled by 9.54 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001-12,000, Rs.12,001-18,000, Rs.1800135,000 and above Rs.35,000 decreased by 0.19 percent, 0.19 percent, 0.17 percent and 0.15 percent respectively. During the week under review average prices of 09 items registered decrease, while that of 18 items increase with the remaining 26 items’ prices unchanged. The items which registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included tomatoes, onions, egg hen (farm), bananas, L.P.G. (1 kg cylinder), rice basmati (broken), red chilies powdered (loose), wheat flour

and vegetable ghee (loose). The items which recorded increase in their average prices included gram pulse (washed), milk powdered, salt powdered (loose), shirting, masoor pulse (washed), chicken live (farm), lawn, garlic, wheat, potatoes, moong pulse (washed), gur, long cloth, cooked dal (plate), washing soap, mash pulse (washed), sugar and rice IRRI6. The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included bread plain, beef, mutton, milk fresh, curd, mustard oil, cooking oil (tin), veg- ISLAMABAD: Shujaat Azeem Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation called on Federal Minister for Fietable ghee (tin), tea, cooked nance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar. beef (plate), tea prepared, cigarettes, georgette, sandal gents, chappal (gents), sandal (ladies), electric charges, gas charges, kerosene oil, firewood, energy savor, match box, petrol, telephone STAFF REPORTER call and bath soap. Denmark, India, Nepal, USA, UK, AfghaniSTAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Shujaat stan and Canada are re-exporting Pakistani Azeem, the newly ap- ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has become the third dates after quality enhancement and prepapointed Special Assistant largest country in the world that is export- ration of by-products, at a price that is four to the Prime Minister on ing dates to the rest of the world and with to six times higher than their import price,” Aviation called on the Fi- proper attention and appropriate interven- said Jawad. “Of the 300 varieties of dates nance Minister Senator tions this sector can flourish manifold. produced in Pakistan, Begam Jangi of Mohammad Ishaq Dar on The date sector offers substantial op- Balochistan, Aseel of Sindh and Dhakki of cient clearance of transit Sunday and discussed with portunities for exports, income and em- Dera Ismail Khan are the varieties which are him issues related to Avia- ployment generation in addition to eco- sought after the world over due to their exgoods. To a question about ratio tion Division and Pakistan nomic growth of the country, said an offi- otic taste,” said Jawad. He further said that dates could fetch of tax evasion, the FBR Chair- International Airlines(PIA) cial of Ministry of Commerce and Textile many more millions of dollars if focus was man said the Board had man- During the meeting Shujaat while talking to media here. aged to decrease this trend, Azeem apprised the FiThe annual production of dates in Paki- given to value addition such as the use of as this fiscal year, a total of nance Minister about the stan is estimated at around 535,000 tonnes dates in preparing date sweets, jams, choco890,000 taxpayers submitted issues and problems facing of which only 86,000 tonnes are exported lates and other products. Even the damaged their tax returns against the the Aviation Division and and the rest are either consumed locally or crop is used for medical purposes and date oil is fit for use in cosmetics. He maintained 711,000 during last financial PIA. perish, he informed. The Finance Minister year. Chief Executive Officer Harvest Trad- that the usage of dates increases during the To another question, he asked him to prepare a sum- ing Ahmad Jawad told that Pakistani dates winter season thus its price and demand said that Pakistan Customs mary after approval of the exports could be raised to $200 million from surges. Another report by the USAID revealed Chief Collector had recently Prime Minister, the Minister the current $28 million with proper processvisited India to improve and incharge, identifying the is- ing and packaging. Since 1999, per acre yield that lack of awareness about best farming share the Customs commu- sues and place them for con- of dates in Pakistan has not increased practices, improper fruit handling technication, as India wanted to sideration of Economic Co- much,whereas worldwide production in- niques, and an absence of developed processing facilities are major constraints inutilize the Wagha Border ordination Committee (ECC) creased by 166 percent, he added. trade facility to its optimum which is scheduled to meet Highlighting the problems, the CEO said hibiting profitable date production in Pakilevel, however, in this mat- on Tuesday, Jan28th so that that the country lacked storage facilities and stan. Farid, a date farm owner stated that usuter the Commerce Ministry a decision can be made on so exported some quantity of dates while had a lead role and the FBR/ them. the rest perish. Thus due to these problems ally the harvest season of dates starts in The meeting was at- the country had to import dates during the July in upper Sindh, during the monsoon Customs had to facilitate tended by Secretary Fi- month of Ramadan. season, they remain safe due to lack of rain them. The FBR Chairman said nance Dr Waqar Masood Importers of dates such as Germany, in these areas during harvesting. the Board was also focusing and Advisor to the Minison intra and inter-departmen- try of Finance Rana Assad tal communication and Amin. proper liaison, which was a prerequisite to improve substantially their efficiency and performance.

Dar, Shujaat discuss CAA, PIA issues

Pakistan becomes third largest exporter of dates

Dutiable imports record 2.5pc growth: FBR Chairman STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Bajwa said on Sunday that dutiable imports recorded around 2.5 percent growth rate, despite devaluation of rupee, during first half of the current fiscal year. Talking to media after hoisting the national flag and addressing a ceremony on the eve of World Customs Day here at Customs House, he added that this growth rate was below against our set target. Tariq Bajwa elaborated that the less growth was mainly due to high percentage of non-dutiable imports, citing that 66 percent of the imports were non-dutiable because of FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), PTAs (Preferential Trade Agreements) and zero rating. While only 34 percent imports were being levied duties and their statics had shown only two percent of growth in terms of

rupee that was why the growth in Customs target was yet to be achieved and the efforts were well underway to achieve this target within remaining six months of the current fiscal year. The country, intending to use Pakistan as transit route, would definitely assess the time factors as the much time in cargo handling/clearing at our customs border station added to their overall business cost, he responded to a reporter ’s query. “Time is money; if a goods vehicle strands for three days, it definitely increases the truck fare, its crew expenditure and other factors cost the total business a lot,” he observed. Now, Pakistan was in a direct competition for transit trade instead of having a monopoly, and under the Prime Minister ’s vision of turning Pakistan into a trade and transit hub, he said, it was direly needed to upgrade our borders Customs stations for speedy and effi-

LABARD ensures job for a disabled every day: Malik STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Lahore Businessmen Association for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (LABARD) is help providing job to one disabled person per day. Talking to APP here Sunday, the LABARD President Pervaiz Malik said that Association, since its inception in 2000, had helped ensured job placement for around 3,700 persons with different kinds of disabilities. He said that LABARD had so far registered 13,469 disabled persons and provided counseling to 23,981, besides imparting vocational training to 7,882 individuals. To a question, Pervaiz Malik said, “Yes, we also have other services too, as we have so far extended educational assistance to 1,228 disabled persons, financial assistance to 3,821; medical assistance to 6,114; medical

treatment to 5,123 individuals, and provided aids & gadgets to 3,993; Qard-eHassana (Interest free loan) to 306; and Cornea Replacement of 491 blind persons.” He added that LABARD had by and large benefited a total of 56,556 people suffering from various disabilities. He said that LABARD had also enhanced scope of its activities by upgrading the existing disciplines in its training syllabus, besides, incorporating new training courses, which had been designed keeping in view the market and industry’s demands. Professional Cooking, AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design) and Graphic Designing courses would now be taught to the disabled students through modern gadgets and technology, he added. Pervaiz Malik mentioned specifically the training programs for the disabled per-

sons, which included Computer Foundation and Advance; Computer for Blind People; Mobile Repairing; Practical Book Keeping; AutoCAD; Office Assistant/ Secretarial Skill; Photocopy and Book Binding; Photo and Movie Editing; Industrial and Domestic Stitching as well as professional ethics and etiquettes. To a another query, he said that in addition to free technical education, the students were being provided Rs 2000 monthly stipend; free transport; award of certificate and tool kit as well as full cooperation for job placement and interest-free loan to start own business after completion of the course. It was a happy sign that a considerable increase was witnessed in the students, who intend to learn technical courses to play their role as effective members of the society.

Emerging markets bid to reassure Davos amid currency woes

Sindh Govt to establish 5000-MW coal-based power plants at Thar IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI—Sindh provincial D AVOS , Switzerland—Offi- government announced to cials from top emerging market economies, the star performers of recent years, were at pains to reassure the World Economic Forum of their countries’ stability amid turmoil in the currency markets. With the Argentinean peso plunging 14 percent in two sessions of panic selling and the Turkish lira hitting all-time lows amid political chaos, the stability of emerging markets sparked concern among the movers of shakers at the Davos ski resort. But delegates were urged to look beyond the shortterm volatility currently roiling the emerging markets and focus on the positive fundamentals. Turkey’s deputy prime minister Ali Babacan told the forum that despite the lira crashing through the key level of 2.3 to the dollar, this was not due to investors taking fright and pulling out of the country. “People who have longterm confidence in the country are still there and they have a long-term view, which is important for us.”—AFP

establish power plants in District Thar. The power plants to be established would be coal-powered and would be for power generation up to 5000 megawatts (MW). The local populous to be affected thus would be rehabilitated and a composite pan would be carved out for their rehabilitation and every effort would be made to ensure the least should suffer from the shifting. Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah made this announcement on last day of a 2-day conference held at a local hotel in Karachi. Dawood University of Engineering and Technology had in association with the Sindh provincial government’s Department of Energy organised the conference. The speakers at the conference had vehemently criticised Dr Samar Mubarak Mand for his ‘Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Thar Project’ and termed the project was not feasible. The said project had wasted

hefty funds of the Sindh provincial government and that the said project should stopped, which the Chief Chemist of the said project Dr Ashraf Motton had inaugurated. The speakers also demanded that a fresh feasibility of the UCG should be carried out from independent sources. Shah said that coal-based power plants for 5000-MW would be established at Thar while other power plants would be established at Keti Bandar and the Sindh provincial government would soon take initiatives to launch the programme. The Adviser said that as regards to means of communications, the Sindh provincial government would lay down Railway track from Thar Coal Fields Islamkot to Keti Bandar and coal would be transported from Thar field to Keti Bandar and the amount of coal in excess would be exported. The Adviser also said that the Sindh provincial government also had plans to establish coal-based power plants at Jamshoro and Gadani but the projects

were discarded due to environmental issues. He said that the Sindh provincial government had already completed its homework on Thar Coal and had allocated a sum of Rs 24 billions of which Rs 18 billion would be utelised this current fiscal year. He said that a certain segment of Thar population would get affected due to establishment of coal-based power plants and the Sindh provincial government would carve out a rehabilitation plan for them. He said that the Sindh provincial government wanted to produce thousands of MWs of electricity from Thar Coal and hence it would attract investment for billions of dollars and for that purpose, special incentives should be offered to the foreign investors. He also said that the former President and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari along with Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would lay the foundation stone of the coal-based power plants in Thar on Jan 31.

Telecom picking up pace with each passing year in Pakistan STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Telecom - considered as tool for advancement - has now revolutionized the way people connect and interact as a visible change in information communications sector is picking up pace with each passing year. It is the sector that has reduced distances, transcended borders and brought people together in way never seen in the entire human history. Traditionally Pakistan has been lagging behind in reaping the rewards of telecommunications technology, but last ten years remained crucial when expansion coverage areas and timely up-gradation of infrastructure to support more advanced infotainment solutions had helped changed the very dynamics of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Pakistan. Like previous few years, the telecom sector in the country also grew stronger in year 2012-13 with major indicators showed improvement. Now tele-density of the country reached around 76 percent with main contribution from cellular sector and revenues were at all time high of Rs. 440.2 billion. Mobile penetration has reached 72 percent with around 129 million subscribers. However, sector’s investment situation calls for an immediate influx of innovation in the form of 3G technology auction which can further improve the sector’s economic standing. A regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in its latest summary of year 2012-13 revealed Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) together added 8.1 million

new subscribers to their networks. Cellular operators cover 92 percent of the land area via 35,889 cell sites across Pakistan. Local loop sector has performed well as the total teledensity of both Fixed Line Loop (FLL) and Wireless Local Loop (WLL) services combined reached 3.6 percent at the end of 2012-13. The WLL segment has grown considerably over the past year while FLL subscribers have also risen slightly. The FLL and WLL segments are still being ruled by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). The tele-density of fixed and wireless local loop services stood at 3.6 percent as at the end of 2012-13 as compared to 3.3 percent at the end of 2011-12. The PTCL has contributed a lot to increase the teledensity of both the FLL & WLL segment since the company also holds 95 percent share in the FLL segment and 40 percent of the WLL segment. The dominance of PTCL in local loop sector is still very much intact and it performed well in the local loop sector during 2013. PTCL’s total local loop subscriber base stood at around 4.3 million. The share of the incumbent in the local loop subscriber base has also reached 73 percent. The incumbent still holds more than 95 percent share in the FLL segment of the overall local loop sector. The subscriber base of local loop sector has reached 6.4 million during 2012-13 as compared to 5.87 million as of June 2012. The broadband sector also showed reasonable growth with 2.72 million subscribers and 30 percent growth dur-

ing 2012-13. The remarkable growth of wireless technologies is an encouraging sign for the sector. Again PTCL currently leads the broadband market by a long margin with its EvDO services. Due to this, wireless technologies now own major share in the overall subscriber base as compared to fixed line for the first time ever in Pakistan. The year also witnessed unprecedented growth in mobile banking as the indicators such as M-banking agents registered a growth of 141.6 percent, increasing from 26,792 to 64,716, and the growth in m-wallet accounts was 126.4 percent, increasing from 1.4 million to 2.4 million. An official at PTA said M-banking segment of Pakistan has vast potential for growth in the coming years and Authority has developed procedures and mechanisms for receiving complaints and their subsequent satisfactory redressal. During the period, PTA received 31,266 complaints against telecom operators, 98 percent of which were successfully redressed. In 2012-13, the growing cellular subscribers, increased traffic and taxes encouraged telecom sector contribution to national exchequer, touching Rs. 124 billion mark. The revenues of telecom operators grew by 8.9 percent in 201213 up from Rs. 409.2 billion during same duration previous year. The increasing revenues from telecom sector indicate the strength and size of the market despite the economic difficulties and tough competition, especially in the cellular sector.

Moreover, revenues of Long Distance International (LDI) operators grew by over 200 percent. Telecom operators are now exploring new avenues to earn from, reducing dependence on the voice channels alone. Throughout the period, the Authority remained focused on realigning its strategic plans towards meeting the changing paradigms of the telecom sector. With increasing subscriber base and emerging facets of the telecom sector, it performed its regulatory duties with professional approach. The auction of spectrum/licenses for Next Generation Wireless Network (NGWN) services will be the pinnacle of technological advancement of cellular mobile services in the country and it has already accelerated the process to launch NGWN services in line with its vision for a technologically modern and financially stable Pakistan. It is expected that influx of 3G technology into the telecom market will further boost the revenues of the sector. Enumerating further, the PTA official also highlighted other endeavours including Mobile Phone SIMs sale documentation and verification processes. All telecom players are bearing fruits of joint endeavours especially of a regulator and we need to have with more professional and consumer friendly approach in accordance with changing dynamics of the telecom sector of the country. Protecting consumers and maintaining an enabling business environment for telecom companies should be remained a key priority so that 2014 - another year success can be seen which would also be good omen for the sector.


Aqeel, Heera reach AJCI tennis tournament final I S L A M A B A D —Top seed Aqeel Khana and Heera Ashiq will vie for the top Men’s Singles final of AJCl / PTF Open Raking Tennis Tournament 2014 here Sunday. The final match is scheduled to be played at 2.45pm. Aqeel khan eliminated 3rd seed Muhammad Abid of Lahore in straight set 7-6(6), 6-0. Both the player displayed high class tennis in the first set and the scorer went of to6-6 all in the first set as both the players hold their respective service and the set was decided on tie break. Abid was leading 6-3 in the tie break but Aqeel played some excellent passing shots and won the tie break at 8-6 by winning 5

points in a row. He was in full command in the second set and won the set without conceding a singles game by hitting forehand and backhand winners. In the second semi final, 4th seed Heera Ashiq of Lahore beat 5th seed Usman Rafiq also from Lahore in a well contest two set match 7-5,6-4. In the junior u-18 event, Syed Nofil Kaleem made another upset when he defeated 4th seed Muhammad Zaid Mujahid of Lahore in a trilling two set match 6-4,64. Top seed Muhammad Mudasir beat Hamza Malik of Karachi in straight sets 60,6-1 and will play final against S. Nofil Kaleem today . In the boys u-14 event,

Huzaifa Abdul Rehman will face Barkatullah of Peshawar in the final. Huzafia beat Saqib Umer in two set match 6-0,7-6(4) while Barkatullah beat Ilham Khan of Peshawar in straight sets 6-4,6-2 and final will be played at 9.30 A.M tomorrow. Aqeel Khan and Jalil Khan won the men’s doubles title by beating Yasir Khan and Shahzad khan in straight sets 6-4,6-4 by displaying powerful serve volley game. The match lasted one hour. Dr. Nazir Saeed, Secretary Information and Broadcasting will be the chief guest at the final and will distribute the prizes amongst the winners.— Online

District level sports contests from 29th M U LTA N —District level sports contests under Punjab Youth Festival-2014 will commence from January 29 at Sports Ground Multan. According to tehsil sports officers Muhammad Jameel Kamran (Sadar) and Farooq Latif (City), winning teams of four towns had been directed to acquire uniforms for participating in the contest. The officers said that contest of athelitics, tugof-war, kabbadi and armwrestling would be held on Jan 29 and all the players had been directed to reach the sports ground at 9 am. Football and cricket matches will be organised on Jan 30 and 31 and weightlifting and bodybuilding contests on Jan 31. Basketball and hockey matches will be played on February 1, badminton, chess, blaired, cricket (Tape Ball) on Feb 2, table tennis, karate, Desi wrestling and fun race on Feb 4.—APP

SBP win Governor Cup Inter-Banks regional tournament MULTAN—The State Bank of

Pakistan (SBP) Multan has won the final match of 10th SBP Governors’ Cup Inter Banks regional cricket tournament by defeating Bank Al-Habib. SBP won the toss and decided to bat first. Playing first, SBP made 178 runs in 20 overs by losing four wickets. While chasing the target, Bank Al-Habib could make 141 runs only with loss of eight wickets and SBP won final match by 37 runs. Shehzad Ali was declared man of the match as he made 83 runs and remained not out. MULTAN: State Bank of Pakistan team and officials with winner trophy of 10th SBP He was also declared as best Governors’ Cup Inter-Banks regional cricket tournament. banker player of the tournament. Veteran journalist Jamshed Rizwani was the chief guest while chief operating officer Shamim & company Amir Hameed was the guest of the honour of the ceremony.—APP

Ski-jumping

Damjan leads Slovenia’s top three clean sweep

S APPORO (Japan)—Jernej tage of it.” Damjan lifted his first skijumping World Cup in Sapporo Sunday, leading a clean sweep of the top three places for Slovenia, with many big names staying away just two weeks from the Sochi Olympics. The 30-year-old veteran jumped 138 and 134 metres (452 and 439 feet) to collect 255.0 points, followed by Peter Prevc on 254.4 points with jumps of 124 and and 137.5 metres. Robert Kranjec finished third on 253.3 after leaping 126 and 137 metres. Austrian Andreas Kofler leapt the day’s longest distance of 140 metres in the first round and finished fifth on 246.9 points. “Of course I’m more than happy,” Damjan said. “I’ve waited a long time for this to happen.” “I had some luck with the wind today and I took advan-

Prevc, 21, Damjan to win title on the same hill, increased his

who beat Saturday’s Okurayama overall lead

on the World-Cup leaderboard to 812 points after 19 events. Poland’s Kamil Stoch and Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer remained in

second and third spots on 721 and 670 points. They were among eight of 10 World Cup leaders who shunned the trip to Sapporo to focus on tuning for Sochi. Results: 1. Jernej Damjan (SLO) 255.0 pts (138-134m), 2. Peter Prevc (SLO) 254.4 (124137.5), 3. Robert Kranjec (SLO) 253.3 (126-137), 4. Michael Neumayer (GER) 249.8 (133.5134), 5. Andreas Kofler (AUT) 246.9 (140-130), 6. Noriaki Kasai (JPN) 245.2 (123.5-133), 7. Jan Matura (CZE) 243.0 (131.5-127), 8. Markus Eisenbichler (GER) 241.3 (130132.5), 9. Nejc Dezman (SLO) 236.3 (131-129), 10. Daiki Ito (JPN) 230.1 (128.5-125). World Cup standings (after 19 of 28 rounds): 1. Peter Prevc (SLO) 812 pts, 2. Kamil Stoch (POL) 721, 3. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 670, 4. Noriaki Kasai (JPN) 646, 5. Simon Ammann (SUI) 608, 6. Anders Bardal (NOR) 598.—AFP

Canada’s star snowboarder McMorris breaks rib ASPEN (United States)—Canadian Mark McMorris broke a rib at the Winter X Games on Saturday but said that he would still be chasing a slopestyle gold medal at next month’s Sochi Olympics. McMorris, the X Games Aspen slopestyle gold medalist in 2012 and 2013 and a favorite going in to Sochi, nabbed the silver behind fellow Canadian Max Parrot, despite being injured in a fall on his third and final run. McMorris, the topranked slopestyle rider on the 2013 World Snowboard Tour, vowed on Twitter that he would still pursue Olympic gold when the Winter Olympics gets under way in two weeks. “Thank you all for the kind words” he told his followers on the social networking website.—AFP

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif giving away trophy to Captain PAF after winning second Nishan-e-Haider Kabaddi final tournament in Sadiqabad.

scores 32 No need of ICC if 3 boards inDurant triple-double to lead Thunder given powers: Aamir

PHILADELPHIA—Kevin

I SLAMABAD —Former Test Programme (FTP). captain Aamir Sohail has said there is no need of International Cricket Council (ICC) if only three boards get powers to decide who plays who in future. A ‘working group position paper’ from the ICC’s Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) has proposed a structural overhaul of world cricket body, which will give decision-making powers and a larger share of revenues to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA). The “position paper” also recommends changes in the ICC’s revenue distribution models, administrative structures and the Future Tours

Durant picked up right where he left off on Saturday, scoring 32 points in a tripledouble to lead Oklahoma City to a 103-91 NBA win over Philadelphia. Durant, back on court after skipping Friday’s win over Boston to rest his sore shoulder, became the sixth player since 1990 to score 30 or more points in 10 straight games. He notched the fifth triple-double of his career and his second this season, adding 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Durant, who connected on 12 of 17 shots from the field and made all seven of his free-throws, is averaging 38.7 points on 59.6 percent shooting over his last seven games.—AFP

Sania-Horia lose Australian Open mixed doubles final MELBOURNE—India’s Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau failed to clinch the Australian open mixed doubles title as they lost to French-Canadian combination of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in straight sets in the summit clash on Sunday. Sania, who was gunning for her third mixed doubles Grand Slam title and second in Australian Open, and Tecau lost 3-6, 2-6 against the French-Canadian duo in a 58minute contest at the Rod Laver Arena. The French-Canadian LAHORE: Athletes participating in 100 meters race during Pakistan Railways Annual pair were clearly the better Athletics Championship at Railway Stadium. side in all departments of the game. Sania and Tecau, seeded sixth in the tournament, could not match up their opponents in service, return and rallies though they had lesser number of unforced errors.—Online L OS A NGELES —Kim ShinWook scored the only goal as South Korea battled past nineman Costa Rica 1-0 Saturday in a friendly in Los Angeles W A S H I N G T O N —American another setback. I have ahead of the World Cup. Midfielder Kim’s ninthK A R A C H I —Little known Lamont Peterson kept his In- showed I can get back up. “That’s my purpose in minute strike proved to be Abrar Ahmed of Karachi ternational Boxing FederaGolf Club (KGC) won the tion light-welterweight title life. I try to represent some- enough in a tempestuous brand new Toyota Car per- Saturday with a unanimous thing to people trying to find match that saw Costa Rica forming unique hole-in-feat 12-round decision over pre- a way out of their struggles have Christopher Meneses sent off for a straight red in as Waheed Baloch main- viously unbeaten Canadian and inspire them.” Jean, in his first world title the 68th minute and Mauricio tained his lead in 3rd Bank Dierry Jean. Judges gave hometown bout, fell to 25-1 but took his Castillo given his marching Al-Habib’s 3rd Rashid orders after receiving a secD.Habib Golf Tournament hero Peterson the triumph by first loss in stride. “Maybe it was just a mat- ond yellow in the 84th. scores of 118-111, 116-112 at KGC Ground. The narrow victory gave Abrar stole the limelight and 115-113, improving his ter of experience,” Jean said. of the day by hitting a 147 record to 32-2 with one draw “I’m definitely leaving with South Korea a good start to yards hole-in-one at the yel- before 5,668 at the Washing- my head held high. I fought their three-match North a hard fight. Life goes on.” American tour, which will inlow course 11th hole to ton Armory. For Peterson, the goal is clude a clash with Mexico on A day after his 30th birth1300 CC Toyota Corolla. First day leader day, Peterson revived his ca- a showdown with unbeaten Wednesday in San Antonio, Waheed Baloch maintained reer after being stopped for American Danny Garcia, who Texas, and a friendly against the lead by carding par-72 the first time last May by holds the World Boxing As- the United States in Los AnLucas sociation and World Boxing geles on February 1. second to enjoy an eight Argentina’s South Korea play in stroke lead after the Matthysse in the third round Council crowns, for an undisGroup H versus Belgium, Alpenultimate round of 54- of a catch-weight bout where puted title. “I would like to be con- geria and Russia in the World his crown was not at risk. hole competition. “I had to go out there and sidered the best 140-pounder Cup finals in Brazil later this Shafiq Masih jumped to second place with brilliant show people I have still got in the world. If it’s Danny year. Costa Rica are in Group 4-under-par 68 on the sec- it,” Peterson said. “Every time Garcia next, then that’s what D along with Uruguay, EnI think I have it easy there is it is,” Peterson said.—AFP gland and Italy.—AFP ond day.—APP

Golf: Abrar win car for hole-in-one

HYDERABAD: Youngsters playing cricket at dry bed of Indus River.

Aamir said the three boards (BCCI, ECB, CA), who were attempting to bring in the changes, on one hand advocated to keep politics out of cricket and wanted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to hold elections for their chairmens. On the other, they now wanted to scrap the future tours programme and instaed have bilateral tours. Were they not bringing politics into cricket themselves, he questioned. Talking to Pakpassion.net, he said how would the ICC justify so much money it had spent so far on reforms, if the three

boards were allowed to get what they were aspiring for. Regarding the appointment of next coach for national team, he said a head coach being a batting specialist and good strategist, should be appointed. “We already have a bowling coach and if the board wants to appoint Waqar Younis, then there is no need for Mohammad Akram to be around as bowling coach,” he added. He said had he been in the committee to select the head coach, he would have footage ready of all the current Pakistani batsmen at the the time of interview and ask the interviewees how could they plan to make Khurram Manzoor a better batsman.—APP

Boxing: Peterson hands Jean first loss to keep title

South Korea see off nine-man Costa Rica


Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Aussie Open M E L B O U R N E — Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he upset injury-troubled world number one Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. The eighth seed roared through the first two sets and overcame the distraction of a back injury to Nadal, and then the loss of the third set, to take it 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours 21 minutes. Nadal, who was chasing his 14th major title, looked as if he might pull out with the

serve it.” Nadal has had injury problems in the past in Melbourne. He missed the 2006 and 2013 editions, had to retire injured in 2010 and was hit by a muscle strain during his 2011 defeat to David Ferrer. “My team, I tried hard, thank you very much. Without them it would be impossible to be where I am today. Sorry to finish this way, I tried very, very hard,” said the devastated Nadal. “This year is one of the more emotional tournaments of my career.” Wawrinka, who also shocked world number two Djokovic in the quarter-finals, became the first man to defeat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open. Despite playing his first major final, he began nervelessly and after holding his opening two service games he made the first move, breaking Nadal in the fourth game. The Swiss again had a break point in Nadal’s next service game as he held his own serves without undue pressure. But he was three break points down serving out for his first ever set against Nadal, only to win the next five points with some magnificent serves to go one set up in 37 minutes. Fresh from the psychological breakthrough, Wawrinka broke Nadal to love in the opening game of the second with a cracking backhand return winner. The Swiss was in the zone, reeling off 12 consecutive points against the nonplussed Nadal, who received a time violation warnMELBOURNE: Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title ing for taking too long between points.—AFP after beating world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

Tetiana wins Osaka marathon OSAKA (Japan)—Ukraine’s Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko, running her first full marathon for a year, won the Osaka women’s marathon for the second straight year Sunday. After trailing in third spot, the 30-year-old began battling for the lead with Japan’s Yukiko Akaba and Karolina Jarzynska of Poland at 32 kilometres. She broke away after 37 kilometres to win the race in 2hr 24min 37sec. Akaba, the 2011 Osaka marathon winner who is due to retire from competition after this event, followed home in 2:26:00 with Jarzynska third in 2:26:31. “As usual, I tried to step up my speed in the second half and it went very well this time. It was great to have run with strong runners.”—AFP

back injury but he fought back to take the third set and force the match into a fourth set. It was a stunning result for Wawrinka, who had never taken a set off Nadal in their 12 previous meetings and won his first Slam title at his 36th attempt, the second longest wait on record. “For me it’s the best Grand Slam ever. I’m enjoying very much to play here,” Wawrinka said, who lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic in last year’s fourth round. “In one year a lot has

happened. Right now I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not. We’ll see tomorrow morning.” Wawrinka’s win was a rare shock at the top of men’s tennis after several years of dominance by the game’s top four players. The last outsider to win was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open. Injury-prone Nadal was in tears as he said: “Many thanks Stan, you really deserved it, I’m very happy for you. I had bad luck against you today but you really de-

ADELAIDE: Australia celebrate their 4-1 series win against England after 5th ODI on Sunday.

Li sets sights on world number one M ELBOURNE —Li Na said she was ready to work hard to become world number one Sunday after clinching a popular Australian Open victory which looks set to accelerate China’s tennis boom. The Chinese star will re-

Gerrans claims record third Tour Down Under A DELAIDE (Australia)— Victoria’s Simon Gerrans celebrated Australia Day in style when he claimed a recordbreaking third Tour Down Under in Adelaide on Sunday. Riding in an Australian team on national day, the Orica GreenEdge rider finished in the leading group behind Germany’s Andre Greipel to win the seasonopening UCI World Tour event by one second from fellow countryman Cadel Evans. Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) finished in third, four seconds further back. The sixth and last stage, 18 laps of a 4.75-kilometre (2-

mile) circuit through central Adelaide, went perfectly for Gerrans, who took just a onesecond lead into the final day. Gerrans stayed in the front section of the peloton all race and never looked in danger of surrendering the ochre leader’s jersey he regained after Saturday’s fifth stage on Willunga Hill. “We made sure we stayed at the front, stayed out of trouble,” Gerrans said. “I’m really thrilled to come out unscathed. “The guys did a fantastic job—they kept me right up the front there out of trouble, well protected, to make sure I would avoid any

splits in the peloton and I finished right up there in the front. So it worked out beautifully.” Gerrans said it was particularly special to win on Australia Day in front of a massive crowd in central Adelaide. “It’s a huge honour to win the Tour Down Under and to cap it all off on Australia Day as well, and racing for an Australian team, it just doesn’t get much better,” he said. With bonus seconds available at intermediate sprints on laps six and 12, the Orica GreenEdge team were content to let a three-man breakaway go in the first lap.—AFP

turn to third in the rankings when they are released on Monday, just 11 points behind second-placed Victoria Azarenka, after downing Dominika Cibulkova for her—and Asia’s—second Grand Slam singles title. Li’s third ranking is the highest achieved by an Asian player and she acknowledged she now had a chance of supplanting American great Serena Williams, winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, as world number one. “Of course I have to win more matches or win more titles,” she said, when asked about the prospect in the early hours of Sunday, after her win at Rod Laver Arena.

Zvonareva bidding for third Pattaya Open

Australia stun England to snatch final ODI win ADELAIDE (Australia)—Australia pulled off a stunning five-run final-over victory over a nervy England in the fifth one-day international at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to sweep the series 4-1. England were bowled out on the fourth ball of the last over as the hosts fought back from what had looked like a losing position for most of the match. The visitors had restricted Australia to 217 for nine wickets with a tight bowling display, but themselves ended up all out for 212. Skipper Michael Clarke praised Australia’s spirited fightback. “A magnificent performance by the boys, with the ball especially,” he said. “I thought our batting was disappointing today,” Clarke admitted. “For us to win the game, we had to bowl England out.” And they did just that in dramatic fashion with England needing just six runs to win. The visitors contrived to turn another winning position into defeat. “We should have got over the line there. We got ourselves into a good position,” said captain Alistair Cook. “Credit to Australia: in the end they held their nerve better than we did. Poor shots were played under pressure.” Cook flies home on Monday after a miserable tour which included a 5-0 Test whitewash. “Australia have had a great summer against us and they have managed to win the critical times,” he said. “It has been a tough couple of months for us but, you know, we’ve got a lot of things we can work on.” “In 12 months’ time we should be in better shape for the World Cup,” in Australia and New Zealand next Febru-

ary and March. Both sides found batting difficult on a day when the bowlers were well on top on a slow drop-in pitch. George Bailey top-scored for Australia with 56 off 74 balls, while Joe Root hit 55 for England but took 86 balls to do it. Root fell flicking an attempted ramp shot straight to Xavier Doherty at short fine leg off James Faulkner at a time when England seemed to be cantering to victory. Danger man Eoin Morgan had just gone for 39 off 40 balls after he struck the first six of the game. He had looked the only really comfortable batsman on either side until he smacked Faulkner straight to Shane Watson at mid-off. Root just needed to stay at the crease but fell in a moment of madness. Wickets then tumbled rapidly and the required rate soared to a run a ball. England were unlucky at

the death to lose Ravi Bopara to a ball that bounced off wicket-keeper Matt Wade and just removed the bails as the batsman’s foot lifted off the ground. The stumping decision was a long time coming. But when Bopara walked off after scoring 25, England were in deep trouble on 209 for nine. Tail-ender Chris Jordan could not connect for a boundary and James Tredwell clipped Watson to the keeper with two balls remaining. Nathan Coulter-Nile finished with figures of three for 34 runs off his 10 overs and Clint McKay, who did much of the final damage, took three for 36. For England, paceman Stuart Broad had led the charge, snaring three key wickets for 31 runs off his 10 overs including two maidens. England wrap up the tour with three T20 matches starting in Hobart on Wednesday, Melbourne on Friday and Sydney next Sunday.—AFP

Australia innings: Finch b Broad .................. 7 Marsh c Cook b Stokes 36 Watson c Buttler b Broad 0 Clarke b Bresnan ............. 8 Bailey c Broad b Stokes 56 Maxwell b Stokes .......... 22 Wade b Broad ................ 31 Faulkner b Jordan ......... 27 Coulter lbw b Jordan .... 15 McKay not out ................ 1 Doherty not out .............. 1 Extras: (lb 9, w 4) ........... 13 Total: (9 wickets) ......... 217 Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-22, 343, 4-64, 5-112, 6-167, 7-176, 8-215, 9-215 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Broad .................. 10-2-31-3 Jordan ................. 10-0-37-2 Bresnan .............. 10-0-51-1 Tredwell ................ 7-0-28-0 Stokes ................. 10-0-43-3 Bopara .................. 3-0-18-0

England innings: Cook b Coulter-Nile ...... 39 Bell b Coulter-Nile ......... 14 Stokes c Marsh b McKay 0 Root b Faulkner ............. 55 Morgan b Faulkner ....... 39 Bopara st Wade b McKay25 Buttler b Coulter-Nile ..... 5 Bresnan run out ............ 13 Broad b McKay ............... 7 Jordan not out ................. 4 Tredwell b Watson ......... 0 Extras: (b 1, lb 4, w 6) .... 11 Total: (all out) .............. 212 Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-29, 390, 4-154, 5-157, 6-174, 7-194, 8-204, 9-209, 10-212 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W McKay ................ 10-1-36-3 Coulter-Nile ........ 10-1-34-3 Faulkner .............. 10-0-37-2 Doherty .............. 10-1-40-0 Wa t s o n .............. 6.4-0-35-1 Maxwell ................ 3-0-25-0

P ATTAYA (Thailand)—Two-

ADELAIDE: Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans won his record third Tour Down Under title.

time winner Vera Zvonareva continues her comeback at the $250,000 Pattaya Open this week after missing 18 months of competition with an upper respiratory illness and a right shoulder injury. The Russian is one of four wild cards in the WTA event and she will be playing just her third tournament since Wimbledon 2012. Earlier this month Zvonareva, who required surgery on her shoulder, lost opening round matches in Shenzhen and at the Australian Open. Winner of the Pattaya Open in 2009 and 2010, she fell in the 2011 semi-finals to eventual champion Daniela Hantuchova and in 2012 to Sorana Cirstea in the quarterfinals. “The difference is I’ve never really been out for this long. I know how severe my injury was. It’s going to be a challenge to come back - but I like challenges.”—AFP

Sir Jaddu’s family ‘satisfied’ with the tie result BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Ravinder Jadeja’s family is “happy” with the tie result in the ODI match against New Zealand. “Yes, we are happy and satisfied also with this result”, Jadeja’s sister, Naina, said over telephone from Jamnagar. “We do feel sorry for not being able to win the match but happy because New Zealand is now not ahead with the 3-0 result. It would have not been pos-

sible to save the series then”, she added. “We all sat in front of the TV set and didn’t wish to miss the final over, which was very crucial and important not only for my brother but country also”. “I admit India had nothing to lose even if my brother had tried for the second run but seeing ball reaching near to the fielder, he may have given up the hope”. India needed 18 runs in the final over. “Yes, there were few wide balls in the final overs, but realising no batsman left, Jadeja was not taking enough chances”, the sister added.

“My brother was also lucky to have been dropped in his innings and it was good for him”. The sister was not surprised with the adjudicators decision to award Man of the match to her brother. “Yes, I agree Martin Guptill scored more runs than Jaddu, but all-round performance of the player was considered. Besides taking two wickets, Jadeja played crucial innings and scored 66 runs”. The Indian team is back in form and I hope the team levels the series now”, she signed off.


HPV test awareness, knowledge still low

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MERICANS are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma vi rus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that. “Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the introduction of testing and vaccination,” said Jo Waller, the study’s senior author. People seem to be more aware of HPV vaccination than testing, however, which is not surprising given the publicity around the vaccine, added Waller, a public health researcher at University College London. The Pap test, used to look for abnormal cell changes in the cervix, is much older and generally familiar to most people, but the newer HPV test looks for the virus that causes those changes, Waller said. The HPV test was only introduced in the 1990s and it’s used a little differently in each of the countries that were included in the new study, Waller pointed out. In the U.S., HPV testing is used as a screening tool in women over the age of 30. In both the U.S. and the UK, HPV testing is also used along with the Pap test to determine the next steps in treatment - for instance, biopsy. In the UK and Australia, the HPV test is also used to monitor treatment results. Waller said that many studies have attempted to assess the public’s knowledge about HPV and HPV testing, but they all used

different methods and asked questions in different ways, so it’s hard to compare the findings.“We wanted to use the same questionnaire to look at knowledge across three countries where HPV testing is used in different ways,” she told Reuters Health in an email. The researchers used an online survey to find out if participants in the U.S., UK and Australia were aware of HPV testing and HPV in general. The first question asked was ‘Before today, had you ever heard of HPV?’ Participants who responded ‘yes’ were then directed to 15 general questions about HPV. Participants were then asked ‘Have you ever heard of HPV testing?’ Those who responded ‘yes’ were asked six more questions about the test. Of the 2,409 men and women who answered the survey, about 61 percent had heard of HPV, Waller’s team reports in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Among those who had heard of the virus, only half were aware of the HPV test. Awareness of the HPV test was higher in the U.S. than in the UK and Australia. The participants who had heard of HPV testing, on average, answered less than half of questions about details of testing correctly. Overall, women knew more than men. Most of the survey participants did know, for example, that the HPV test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, and that a positive HPV test doesn’t mean a woman will definitely get cervical cancer.

Speakers Provincial Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani addressing during University of Sindh Honorary Degrees Award ceremony at a local hotel.

Alleged terrorists among 68 arrested KARACHI—Police rounded up

around 68 suspects including alleged terrorists during search operation in different areas of Karachi on Sunday. Huge caches of arms were also seized from the arrested. Following the killing of six police personnel in Landhi area of troubled metropolis, police conducted search operation after sealing entry/exit points and nabbed 26 suspects. Weapons were also confiscated from two arrested persons. Later, police conducted raids on a tip-off regarding the presence of criminal elements in Qayoumabad area of Karachi. Around 42 suspected persons were arrested. According to police, three of the suspects belonged to a banned outfit. The arrested militants identified as Baitullah Mehsud, Shujaullah Mehsud, Ameerzada Mehsud, Faiz Ali, Shah Mehsud, Naimatullah, Noor Khan Mehsud, Javed Iqbal Mehsud and Khair Wali. Meanwhile, investigation with the arrested is underway. Customs official setting drugs, seized in the area of Gahar Phattak, on fire on the eve of At least six police officials international Customs Day. were martyred and two others were injured when two police vehicles came under attack in Landhi 6 and Landhi 3 on Saturday night.As per details, three policemen were killed in a hand grenade attack on one police mobile, outthe Police was more escalated and side house of MQM-H chief Afaq IRFAN ALIGI they had acquired more determi- Ahmad in Landhi No-6. —NNI K ARACHI —Karachi Police KARACHI.—Sindh Minister for nation to chase and eliminate the Chief, Shahid Hayat informed information, archives and local terrorist with full force. that 500 retired officers of Pa- government Sharjeel Innam He said that the security kistan army have joined police Memon while expressing his pro- forces especially rangers and Poforce while 600 more person- found grief over loss of lives of 6 lice had bravely conducted their nel would join soon. cops in a tragic incident of terror- raids and arrested the terrorist and He added that police would ism in Landhi said that the terror- would continue to perform their not be demoralized as they ist were coward as they were national obligation with due nahave worn uniform and they afraid of facing the cops from front tional fervour and spirit and the believe in rendering sacrifices. and were conducting attacks in terrorist would never succeed in Talking to media on Sun- ambush. Those that inflicted their vested designs whether to day, Shahid Hayat said that colossal loss to cops would never cause decline in morale of the se“the jihad” in the city would be forgiven for their crimes and curity forces or push them at the continue until the last remain- they must be taken to task at all backyard. ing criminal is arrested. cost, warned the Minister. The Minister said that with “Police chase criminals The Minister said that the ter- the recent attack on Police Van in and sometimes criminals at- rorist had miserably assumed that Landhi due to which 6 cops emtack police personnel, which they could ever cause the moral braced martyrdom, the Sindh procan not affect the morale and of the armed forces and Police to vincial government and the secuspirit of the police,” he men- decline while the fact was that the rity forces would accelerate their tioned.—Online moral opf the armed forces and acts of chasing the perpetrators.

500 retired Army officers join police

Terrorist, who martyred cops, would be taken to task

SU ceremony

Hon PhD Degrees awarded to Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Syed Khurshid Shah STAFF REPORTER KARACHI.—University of Sindh has awarded honorary degree of doctorate of Law Honoris Causa to its alumnae Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah opposition leader of National Assembly of Pakistan. The awarding of said degrees was witnessed in a ceremony that was held Sunday at a local hotel by University of Sindh. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Chancellor Sindh University Prof. Dr Nazir A Mughal while Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali Senior Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan was Chief Guest while Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj

Two-day wedding festival kicks off CITY REPORTER KARACHI—A two-day wedding festival kicked off at a local shopping mall here on Sunday. Pakistan’s renowned fashion designer Ghazala Humayun inaugurated the grand wedding festival. Famous fashion designers have put on display their traditional and desi designs at the festival and making the event more glamorous. The organizers announced a free mehendi application for 200 early visitors, besides providing them with free wedding card samples with personalized consultancy.

Khan Durrani was Guest of Honour. Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan was honored with the Doctor of Law Honoris Causa degree by the University of Sindh one of the oldest University of Pakistan. Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan is the only Judge ever to receive such an honorary degree as he had made history. He is currently serving as Chief Justice of Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan and was previously a judge of High Court of Sindh and Federal Secretary of Law, Justice and Human Rights. The University of Sindh also awarded honorary Doctorate of Law Honoris Causa degree to Syed Khurshid Ahmed

Shah in recognition of his high attainment and commendable contribution in the areas of higher education and monumental services for people of Pakistan. His degree was received by MPA Kulsoom Chandio who is also member of the Syndicate of the University. The Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Prof. Dr Nazir Ahmed Mughal speaking on the occasion highlighted educational and research programs. The Vice Chancellor said that the University is oldest University of Pakistan providing higher education and research in 57 institutes and departments and also education in M.Phil leading to PhD program. The Vice Chancellor announced that the University is celebrating year 2014 as year of

ASWJ to stage sit-in at Iranian Consulate IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI —Ahl-e

Sunnat Wa Jamaat (ASWJ) had announced to stage a sit-in in front of Consulate General of Iran in Karachi on Friday. The protest sit-in would be staged in condemnation to publication, distribution and promotion of blasphemous literature in Pakistan by the Consulate of Iran in Karachi and its different sub-organisations in Karachi including Khana-e Farhang Iran (The Iranian Cultural Department) and in protest to attending the meetings by the Iranian diplomats and in condemnation to promoting the sectarianism in Pakistan.ASWJ leaders including Maulana Allah

Wasaya Siddiqui, Dr Muhammad Fayyaz Khan and Allama Taj Muhammad Hanafi made this announcement while addressing a protest rally at Karachi Press Club Sunday. The protest rally was produced to condemn involvement of Iranian Government through its Consulates and cultural wing in Pakistan for promoting sectarianism and imparting training to the terrorists, who conducted target killings of Sunnite scholars, students of Sunnite seminaries. They asked the Government of Pakistan as how much more evidences it would need to react over the interference of Iranian Government for promoting terrorism in Pakistan.

Unity in Diversity on based of tolerance, restraint, mutual trust and mutual respect for each other. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali speaking on the occasion lauded efforts made by the University of Sindh in field of higher education and research. He also appreciated the University for awarding honorary degrees in recognition of services to its alumnae and expressed hope that the University would continue its tradition. Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani said that it is great honour for him and also for his family that Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan is honored with honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University of Sindh. He appreciated educational and research services of the University of Sindh.

Anti– encroachment operation by KPT STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Federal

Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael has directed the Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to start an anti-encroachment operation in those areas that encroachers had illegally occupied. Federal Minister himself reached Karachi to monitor the anti-encroachment operation and in first phase two hundreds unlawful houses on Karachi Port land were demolished on the direction of Federal Minister. Federal Minister asked for all the encroached land record to be provided to him.

Transporters advised to get CNG cylinders checked KARACHI —Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has called upon the public transporters to get the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders of their vehicles checked from any standard institution to ensure the safety of commuters. Chairing the 139th meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), he said that 90 per cent of CNG cylinders installed in public transport

are sub-standard and therefore pose a serious threat to the commuters travelling in such vehicles and other motorists, said a handout issued here on Sunday. RTA Secretary Ghazanfar Ali Qadri, Secretary PTA Ali Sher Mirani, officers of Police and KMC, Director Media Commissioner Karachi Shabih Siddiqui as well as officers of traffic police attended the meeting.

The Commissioner ordered that a team consisting of RTA officials and Police should initiate a crackdown against vehicles using sub- standard CNG kits and violating traffic rules. He also directed that the public transport vehicles plying without route permit should also be challaned. Shoaib Siddiqui said that the Home Department would be approached to impose Section 144 against the installation of

CNG cylinders at inappropriate places in the vehicles which result in accidents. He also called for implementation of court orders regarding public transport. RTA Secretary Ghazanfar Ali Qadri told the meeting that special snap checking was conducted at various locations in Karachi along with relevant DSP Traffic, and Rs. 31,000 fine was charged over violation of route permits, travel over

roof-top of buses and other traffic violations. While sub-standard and improperly installed CNG cylinders were also seized, he added. On the occasion, DIG Traffic Arif Hanif briefed the meeting about the traffic management in the city. Senior Director TCD KMC Muhammad Athar apprised the meeting about the implementation of the decisions taken in the Ranger personnel showing to newsmen the weapons recovered from arrested persons durlast meeting. —APP ing targeted operation in Quaidabad, Landhi.


HPV test awareness, knowledge still low

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MERICANS are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma vi rus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that. “Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the introduction of testing and vaccination,” said Jo Waller, the study’s senior author. People seem to be more aware of HPV vaccination than testing, however, which is not surprising given the publicity around the vaccine, added Waller, a public health researcher at University College London. The Pap test, used to look for abnormal cell changes in the cervix, is much older and generally familiar to most people, but the newer HPV test looks for the virus that causes those changes, Waller said. The HPV test was only introduced in the 1990s and it’s used a little differently in each of the countries that were included in the new study, Waller pointed out. In the U.S., HPV testing is used as a screening tool in women over the age of 30. In both the U.S. and the UK, HPV testing is also used along with the Pap test to determine the next steps in treatment - for instance, biopsy. In the UK and Australia, the HPV test is also used to monitor treatment results. Waller said that many studies have attempted to assess the public’s knowledge about HPV and HPV testing, but they all used different methods and asked questions in dif-

ferent ways, so it’s hard to compare the findings. “We wanted to use the same questionnaire to look at knowledge across three countries where HPV testing is used in different ways,” she told Reuters Health in an email. The researchers used an online survey to find out if participants in the U.S., UK and Australia were aware of HPV testing and HPV in general. The first question asked was ‘Before today, had you ever heard of HPV?’ Participants who responded ‘yes’ were then directed to 15 general questions about HPV. Participants were then asked ‘Have you ever heard of HPV testing?’ Those who responded ‘yes’ were asked six more questions about the test. Of the 2,409 men and women who answered the survey, about 61 percent had heard of HPV, Waller’s team reports in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Among those who had heard of the virus, only half were aware of the HPV test. Awareness of the HPV test was higher in the U.S. than in the UK and Australia. The participants who had heard of HPV testing, on average, answered less than half of questions about details of testing correctly. Overall, women knew more than men. Most of the survey participants did know, for example, that the HPV test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, and that a positive HPV test doesn’t mean a woman will definitely get cervical cancer.

A Delegation of Chinese machinery, Engineering company called on Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Shair on Sunday.

Legal notice has no value

LAHORE—The Punjab University (PU) spokesman has said that there is no value of legal notice sent by Judicial Activism Panel as PU administration is bound to obey the decision of Syndicate to lease 50 Kanal land. The spokesman said that a specific group disliked progress being made by Punjab University and it was trying to create hurdles. He said that the people making useless noise had been rejected by teachers in the recent elections and they would face the same fate outside the university. The spokesman said that Punjab University administration was following the policy of being self-reliant. He said that instead of increasing fee and putting financial pressure on poor parents, the PU administration, in the light of letters sent by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Chancellor, choosing other means to increase its revenue. The spokesman said that because of financial crunch, the HEC and the Chancellor has instructed the universities in their letters to use their assets for Customs official burning and destroying drugs on the occasion of International Customs commercial purposes to increase Day at Customs Check Post Wagha. income resources and the Syndicate’s decision was according to law. —Online

Govt should clarify antiterrorism policy

Training course for instructors concludes

LAHORE—Leader of the Opposition in Senate, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has asked the government to clarify its position regarding policies and strategies to deal with the menace of terrorism and extremism and call joint session of the parliament to debate over the issue. Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Aitzaz Ahsan said that government is in catch 22 situation, neither it can proceed over dialogues with Taliban nor can take decision to launch military operation against the militants. He demanded the government to call a joint session of the parliament to hold debate over the issue, get the view point of allied and opposition parties and then chalk out a plan how to tackle the problem of terrorism. —INP

LAHORE—A three-week inter- est on part of their national govnational training for instructors course, organized by the Emergency Services Academy in collaboration with National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), Nepal, and NDMA, concluded on Sunday. This training course was a part of the 4th Pilot Training Programme for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) in Pakistan. The course was organized at Emergency Services Academy whereas the PEER training courses are also being conducted in other Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines. The countries have been selected to participate in the programme based on their high seismic vulnerability, their need to improve disaster response capacity, and the inter-

ernments and civil society to participate in it. The main objectives of the training course were to establish and strengthen the capability of PEER countries to provide collapsed structure search and rescue and basic and advanced life support, beginning with the first responder and continuing through medical facilities. These courses also help in developing a training system that continually provides disaster response with qualified personnel for search and rescue and medical first response and medical facilities prepared to receive victims. Rescue 1122 was selected by NSET for 4th Phase based on performance standards and professional achievements in the field of emergency and disaster management.—APP

Resolving electricity crisis vital for progress LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minis- electricity projects is the prior- tion, Li Kan expressed desire to ter Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that it is essential to overcome the shortage of electricity at the earliest for the promotion of economic and industrial activities. Talking to a delegation of a Chinese company, China Machinery Engineering Corporation here on Sunday, the CM said that there were vast opportunities of investment in energy sector in Punjab and the government was offering special incentives for this purpose. He said that work was being carried out expeditiously on power generation projects. He said the Punjab government was setting up two coal based power plants of 660 megawatt itself and the cooperation of the Chinese company would be welcomed in this regard. Shahbaz Sharif said that provincial government has identified six sites for setting up of coal-based energy projects and installation work of power plants would be completed speedily and in a transparent manner. Setting up of coal-based

No moral Two gangsters justification to rule masses arrested

ity of the government adding that Punjab has large reserves of coal and the government wants to utilize these resources for power generation projects, however, power plants operated with imported coal would be established for the time-being, he added. He said that cooperation of Chinese company in mining of coal would be welcomed. The Chief minister said that new job opportunities would also be created through the mining of coal. He directed the provincial authorities and the officials of Chinese company should evolve a practicable roadmap for cooperation in energy and coal mining sectors. He said that China is a friend of Pakistan and extending commendable cooperation in different sectors. He said that collaboration of Chinese company with Punjab government would strengthen relations between the two countries. Director General China Machinery Engineering Corpora-

cooperate with the Punjab government in energy and coal mining sectors. He said that his company has worked on several energy projects in various countries of the world including Pakistan and also has expertise in mining sector. He said that his company will cooperate with the Punjab government in the sector of coal mining. He also gave a detailed briefing regarding the activities of China Machinery Engineering Corporation, energy projects in various countries improvement of power supply system and curtailing of line losses. Provincial Minister for Minerals Chaudhry Sher Ali Khan, Chairman Planning & Development, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Secretary Minerals and concerned official were present on the occasion. The delegation comprised Commercial Manager Jenny Wu and Chief Engineer Wang Qingjia, Chief Engineer Ali Raza, Consultant Adil Mahmood and Ashfaq Hussain Malik. —APP

Energy projects to rid of load shedding

CM condoles death of Akram khan Khatak CITY REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the death of Akram Khan Khatak, a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved family.

Suspended schemes of filtration plants LAHORE—The Punjab government has sought details of all those suspended schemes of installation of water filtration plants, construction work of which has been completed upto 60%. The schemes would be reviewed and work on them would be restarted after providing required funds, official sources told APP here on Sunday. The government had issued instructions for timely completion of all such development schemes of water filtration plants and sanitation etc. —APP

CITY REPORTER said, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif wooed local and L AHORE —Provincial Minister L AHORE —Sabzazar police sition in Punjab Assembly, Mian for Energy Chaudhry Sher Ali international companies to inLAHORE—Leader of the oppo-

claimed to have arrested two accused involved in stealing WAPDA transformer and copper wires and recovered stolen wires and other items from their possession. A special police team led by SDPO Sabzazar which conducted a raid and arrested the accused identified as Akbar and Abid of inter-district gang. During interrogation, they confessed to 15 incidents committed in different areas of Lahore, Sheikhupura, Warburton and Nankana Sahib. The police had traced many cases against them. DIG operations Rana Abdul Jabbar has announced cash and commendatory certificates for the raiding team. —APP

Mehmoodur Rasheed has said that sitting government has lost the justification to continue ruling the masses any further. Talking to various delegations of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which called on him at his office here on Sunday, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said that anti-masses policies of government and lack of interest in steps to tackle terrorism has fed up the general public from the government. He said that Punjab government has failed in all aspects and it gave nothing to masses but further added to their problems. The opposition leader said that government which came into power with tall claims of resolving all issues within 90 days failed to end loadshedding.—INP

on Sunday said the PML-N government was working on a comprehensive strategy to get the people rid of load shedding. “All energy projects will be accomplished through transparent process and according to rules and regulations,” he added. The Minister told this news agency that though overcoming energy crisis was an uphill task but the government was deadly committed to eliminate load shedding within next two or three years. In this regard, he

vest in energy sector. He said the CM had also offered all possible facilities to them. “A number of MoUs had already been inked with renowned Chinese, Turkish and Japanese companies and they have started installing their products on trial basis,” said the Minister. He particularly mentioned that since the inception of present government, the duration of load shedding had reduced considerably. But, he said, they would not remain silent till a complete end of energy crisis in the country.

LOS dual carriageway to be completed by May LAHORE—The Punjab government has given task to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to complete the construction of four lane dual carriageway from LOS Ferozepur Road to Multan Road along Sumnabad Nullah by May 30, 2014. LDA, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), SNGPL and Telecommunication departments have been

given timeframe to complete their work within the stipulated period for the timely completion of Rs 3.2 billion project. The LDA has already completed operation against illegally properties to vacate government lands from the squatters along Nullah to carry out construction of a dual carriageway from LOS, Ferozepur Road to the Multan Road. Hundredes of houses, shops and motor workshops have been constructed along both sides of the

drain inculuding LOS side and Poonch Colony side causing disturbance for the traffic and all these encroachments had been demolished. The LDA DG gave task to the Land Acquisition Collector, LDA to acquire private land along this drain from under the law after payments to the genuine owners. This project after completion would ease the traffic flow from the Ferozepur Road towards the Motorway M-2 and Lahore Ring Road via

Multan Road-Gulshan e Ravi. LDA Chief Engineer Asrar Saeed told APP here this evening that the existing drain would be widened from 12 metres to 18 metres while existing road would be widened upto four lane 60 feet wide carriage road. He said that estimated cost of Rs 3.2 billion include the structural compensation and land acquisition from the private owners. The Chief Engineer added that the Nullah would not effect the structure

of the road as international standards have been adopted for the structural safety of the road. He said that work on the project was in full swing and hopefully it would be completed within the timeframe given by the government. The contract of road construction had been given through open tender to a private construction company while LDA and National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK) will super- Activists busy in picking garbage during Worldwide Environmental Clean-up Campaign organized by World Mission Society Church of God. vise the project. —APP

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