US mily chief cancels Pak visit over anti-US protests WASHINGTON—Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey has canceled his visit to Islamabad, where he was to hold a meeting with Pakistani counterpart General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, due to continued wave of anti-US protests, the top US
commander said. “I originally planned to go to Pakistan to meet with General Kayani, and because of some of the issues related to that film, he and I discussed postponing that visit, mostly so that I would give him the time to deal with the issues he was dealing
with internally,” Dempsey told reporters. As a result of which, he did not go to Islamabad and instead spent time in Afghanistan, he said in response to a question. “With the available time, I decided to extend my trip in
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Anti-Islam film producer arrested NEW YORK: President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai exchanging views during their meeting held on the sidelines of UNGA.
Akmal lift Pak, Afghan must work Gul,Pak past together to defeat terrorism South Africa Zardari meets Hamid Karzai NEW YORK—President Asif two countries must join hands,
Petrol price to go down by Rs5.50 per litre STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Petrol products prices is likely to come down by Rs5.50 per litre. Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has also proposed to reduce diesel price by 30-35 paisas per litre, High
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Ali Zardari has said that destinies of Pakistan and Afghanistan were intertwined and the two countries must work together in confronting the shared challenges and issues. He said this during meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai here on Thursday. He said Pakistan has abiding interest in peace, stability and socio economic development of Afghanistan and will continue to support every effort of the international community in this regard. The President said Pakistan was supportive of an Afghan-led and Afghan owned reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said militancy, terrorism, narco trade, illiteracy with less economic opportunities were among the main issues being confronted by the two countries. To deal with them, he said the
SC rejects CS Balochistan report I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a report submitted by Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad on the province’s security situation during the hearing of a petition on missing persons, the law and order situation and human rights violation in Balochistan. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief
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Zardari’s finest hour at the UN WAJID SHAMSUL HASAN different man in a mood that is
resident Zardari did the nation and Muslim Ummah proud at the UN General Assembly session when he stood tall amidst world leaders to forthrightly p r e s e n t P a k i s t a n ’s case in its correct perspective as well resonate worldwide condemnation of the blatant act of incitement of hate against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the comity of nations. I watched his speech on Television and I saw in him a
true manifestation of how hurt a Muslim feels inside on the horrendous act of blasphemy. While not condoning violence he forcefully urged the international community not to remain a silent witness to criminalisation of the freedom of expression that endangers the global peace and security. As the sole spokesman of “the brave and courageous people” of Pakistan, Zardari underlined the enormous challenges faced by his resilient nation. He recounted the sacrifices in blood to fulfil its enormous commitment to provide better future not only to itself but to entire world moving from one crisis to another in
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he added. The President said the goal of completely eiminating militancy and terrorism from the region would remain elusive until an enabling environment is created where the militancy is automatically defeated. He said education and provision of economic opportunities would be instrumental in winning the battle of hearts and minds and weaning away youth falling into the traps of militants. Mr Zardari also emphasized upon the ned for the two countries to focus on financial mechanism involved in funding the terrorist activities. He said that there was a nexus between the large scale heroin trade and terrorism, adding we must urgently cut this cord. He said equally important in this quest was to offer alternatives to the people.
He said the hosting of an international conference on the issue of NARCO trade later this year by Pakistan was a measure of the commitment to collectively fight the menace and to promote real time substantive cooperation for effectively addressing the issue of drug production and trafficking. Emphasising the need for increased regional connectivity, the President that Pakistan was keen to extend Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement to the CentralAsian States for promoting trade and economic relations in the region. He said as a first step , Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan can sign the trilateral transit and trade agreement this year. Prsident Hamid Karzai thanked the President for the assistance being provided by Pakistan to his country. —INP
Watson,Warner destroy Indian bowling C OLOMBO —Pakistan, chasing South Africa’s modest 133-6, crashed to 76-7 in the 15th over before Gul and Umar Akmal combined to share a match-winning partnership of 49 in 27 balls. Gul smashed two fours and three sixes in his 32 off 17 balls before he was dismissed off the last ball of the 19th over by fast bowler Dale Steyn with nine more needed. But Akmal, who remained unbeaten on 43, and Saeed Ajmal steered Pakistan home with two balls to spare, Ajmal edging the winning boundary off Morne Morkel. “We were lucky to get there,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez.
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Nakoula had posted the movie on YouTube Nakoula was arrested after WASHINGTON—The man behind anti-Islam film was ar- federal probation officials deterrested for violating terms of his probation. The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video posted to YouTube that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested for violating terms of his probation, authorities said Thursday. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was convicted in 2010 for federal check and sentenced to 21 months in prison. Under terms of his probation, he was not allowed to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation mined he violated the terms of his supervised release, said Thoofficer.
mas Mrozek U.S. Attorney s spokesman in Los Angeles. A U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for Nakoula on Thursday afternoon. It was closed to media and the public. Protests have erupted around the Middle East over a 14-minute trailer for “Innocence of Muslims”. Though the trailer was posted to YouTube in July, the violence did not break out until Sept. 11 and has spread since, killing dozens. Nakoula, a Christian originally from Egypt, went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the trailer. The full story about Nakoula and the
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PM launches KKH projects Thanks China for road networks upgradation help OBSERVER REPORT HUNZA—Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday launched two landmark multimillion dollar strategic projects at the Korakorum Highway (KKH), aimed at restoring the
historic road linkage with China that was severed due to the artificial Attabad lake created as a result of landslides. The Prime Minister performed the ground breaking of re- alignment of a 17-km long section of the Karakoram High-
way (KKH). He also inaugurated the 510.42 million dollars up-gradation of a 335 km long section of the road from Raikot to Khunjerab that has now been widened and meets international standards of construction.
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killings turning Pakistan soon to be polio-free: Zardari Target GB into another
ISLAMABAD —President Asif Ali Zardari said the democratic government has taken on the challenge to eradicate polio from the country seriously and hoped that with the support of the international community, Pakistan would be made polio-free country. Talking to media persons after attending a high-level meeting on eradication of polio from the world, which was held here on the occasion of 67th session of the General Assembly of United Nations, the President said with the measures being taken by the democratic government Pakistan would be made a polio free country, says a message received here from New York.
Bill Gates, Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pakistan’s Goodwill ambassador to eradicate polio Ms. Aseefa Benazir Bhutto and President Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammad Ali AlMadani were also present on the occasion. The President while giving his comments on the issue of eradication of polio said dictators in Pakistan in the past destroyed all the institutions including the organization fighting the issue of polio. He said now the democratically elected government had taken a number of steps and the situation has improved and expressed the hope that the programme for eradication of polio would also be succeeded.
The President confidently assured the international community that Pakistan would succeed and win in this campaign to eradicate this crippling disease from the society to ensure safe future of coming generation. Bill Gates, Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while appreciating the efforts of Pakistan government to eradicate polio assured full help and support in achieving the goals in this regard. He said it is a good thing that international donors like Islamic Development Bank have been providing financial assistance and cooperation to Pakistan in the programme to eradicate polio and secure the future of the children.
Appreciating the conference on eradication of polio held here on the occasion of 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Bill Gates said, “It’s very encouraging that international community is serious in eradication of polio and there has been cooperation at global level in this regard.” Bill Gates, who had been providing financial assistance to Pakistan to eradicate polio, also acknowledged serious efforts and measures being taken by the present government and assured his full support and assistance till the achievements of the desired results of polio free Pakistan. Ms Aseefa Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s Goodwill
Ambassador while talking to newsmen said she is proud to take on the challenge to eradicate polio from Pakistan. She said, “I am much honored to be here among the important persons, who are working together to eliminate polio from the world.” Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari and the first women Prime Minister of the Muslim World Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto while replying to another question said, “I am determined to make Pakistan a polio free country.” She said it is pride for her as she represented here the people who are fighting polio and disability. She said, “I feel a special responsibility
towards fighting Polio in Pakistan as the programme was first launched by my mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.” Aseefa said, “Pakistan’s Ambassador for Polio Eradication, I am determined to carry forward the mission of my mother.” She said making Pakistan a polio free country is her aim adding “to secure Pakistan’s future, there is no option but to eradicate polio”. President Islamic Development Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammad Ali Al-Madani, who announced financial assistance of dollars 227 million for Pakistan to eradicate polio, said there is need for more coordinated efforts to make the world polio free.
Masood for more sports activities in Fata
Raja assures swift GB uplift
P E S H AWA R — G o v e r n o r Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Masood Kausar said we want to provide more sports facilities in FATA as it was as important not only for children but also for grown up people as any other activities in life. Addressing at the concluding ceremony of the 2nd Female FATA Sports Gala held here at Governor’s House, he said the door is open for public not only to share their problems but also tohold such kind of activities in order to encourage the budding youngsters of FATA to come up at national and international levels. He said we want to create a competitive environment in FATA to polish the hidden potentials of tribal youth. He said that a mega project of Peshawar to Torkham road is under-consideration and would soon be started to provide the best trade and journey facilities to the public in the region. The Governor said that our nation forgot the lessons of their elders which were adopted by the people western countries and as a result they were more advanced and developed in different fields of life. Secretary Social Sector Aftab Durani stated that not only second All FATA Female Sports GALA were held from September 24-27 but FATA Olympic Association and a proper Directorate for Sports had been established in FATA Secretariat on the directions of the Governor that year.
G ILGIT —Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said the federal government was fully aware of the difficulties of Gilgit-Baltistan and would provide all possible assistance for its uplift. The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of legislators and cabinet members led by Minister of Law Wazir Shakil who called on him at the Gilgit airport. The Prime Minister said self-empowerment, democracy, elections and the subsequent formation of legislative assembly and cabinet in Gilgit Baltistan were the gifts of the present government. He stressed the need for resolving the challenges with steadfastness and expressed confidence that “we will come out of these difficulties”. The delegation apprised the Prime Minister about the legislation carried out by Gilgit Baltistan Assembly to curtail sectarianism, which is first-ever such legislation in the country. They also sought financial support of the federal government to improve monetary health of Gilgit Baltistan. Earlier, the Prime Minister who arrived here this afternoon on a two-day visit was received by Governor Gilgit Baltistan Pir Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Ali Shah at the Gilgit airport.
Warrants for SHO issued OUR CORRESPONDENT FAISALABAD —The court issued arrest warrants of a station house officer (SHO) Batala Colony over noncompliance of orders. Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Ibraheem summoned SHO Batala Colony in a case repeatedly pending before the court but the SHO failed to comply with the court orders. Taking a serious notice, the judge issued non-bailable arrest warrants of SHO Batala Colony and directed the CPO to produce the SHO before the court at the earliest. The police claimed to have arrested 55 criminals from different part.
KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila during his visit to forward post at Sir Creek Areas.
Efforts on to introduce Pak culture in Indonesia STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Embassy in Jakarta has decided to organize at least one cultural or trade related event in every 45 to 60 days to introduce various aspects of the Pakistani culture to the Indonesian people. Members of Pakistani community and even Indonesians of Pakistani origin will be invited to assist the embassy in this regard, said Ambassador of Pakistan to Indonesia Sanaullah during a meeting with prominent businessmen here on Friday.
He said that maximum efforts would be made to provide embassy’s premises as venue and its public relationing machinery for the promotion of the proposed event. First of this activities is going to take place in the embassy on October 22 when one Pakistani origin Indonesian will be putting up Pakistan-made carpets for exhibition, he added. Ambassador Sanaullah said that the embassy was also in the process of creating a hall for small exhibitions which may take some time as it involves structural
changes in the building of the Embassy as well as the approval of the government of Pakistan. Meanwhile, the embassy will invite Pakistani businessmen to propose a fashion show and a bigger carpet exhibition-cum-sale show in March 2013. He said for the past two and a half years, the Embassy in Jakarta had been making an effort to introduce various aspects of the Pakistani culture cuisine, life and merchandise and in this respect, it participated in many ASEAN food festivals in Jakarta, Bandung and Bali.
No ban on local NGOs: NDMA OUR CORRESPONDENT Q UETTA —Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir has said there is no ban on local non-governmental organizations working in flood-hit areas of Balochistan. Addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club and later talking to APP here on Friday, he said “We have not imposed ban on local NGOs of initiating relief work in flood-stricken
districts of Balochistan,” he said, adding that however, foreign donor agencies and NGOs would have to get permission from NDMA and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in this regard. Director General PDMA, Tahir Munir Menhas was also present on this occasion. The NDMA chief said that if foreign donor agencies and NGOs wanted to carryout relief work in flood-hit districts of Balochistan including Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Jhal
Magsi and others, then they would have to get permission from NDMA and PDMA in this connection. He added that after getting approval from the relevant government authorities, foreign donors and NGOs could distribute the relief goods which already available in their stock adding that however, NDMA and PDMA would devise plan, under which the foreign donors and NGOs would be given areas to distribute relief goods.
Intl Heart Day
CPEIC to arrange programmes
Balochistan: Kashmala STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Muslim League Secretary Information and Member National Assembly who is also member of National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, has stated that target killing in Gilgit Baltistan is still continued, some elements are destroying peace of this region and fear has been prevailed in the whole region. She has highlighted that the people are scared while coming out from their homes after 7:00pm due to fear of target killings. She has also highlighted that in greater game of China and America, this region is strategically very important as its boarders are touched with China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and India and USA are keeping its eyes on it. She has also highlighted that the people of the area are blaming agencies for picking their near and dears. She has also showed concern that there are separate schools, colleges and even jails for Sunnis and Shias which are augmenting hatred
amongst them. She has warned that if Gilgit-Baltistan issue was no addressed, it will depict the picture of another Balochistan which we can not afford. She has urged upon
the Govt to address the issue on priority basis and settle peace there. She has said that all the administration is in control of Punjabis and the local people do not have an opportunity for jobs. She has also blamed KhyberPakhtunkwha Govt for not taking timely action of Gilgit Baltistan and Lolu Sar incidents.
Dry weather to continue I SLAMABAD —Mainly dry Mangla reservoirs was 11.364 weather is expected across the country during next 24 hours. Although weak seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan but no change is likely in the weather outlook shortly. The Karachi Met Office on Friday forecast a fair/ partly cloudy weather for the metropolis during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 32 to 34 degrees centigrade, the weather forecast said. It said mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region. All major rivers flowing normal: The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) on Friday said that all the main rivers, including Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej, were flowing normal. Tarbela and Mangla dams were at elevations of 1549.60 feet and 1206.25 feet respectively, which are 0.40 feet and 35.75 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and
MAF as compared to last year’s 11.875 MAF. According to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, weak seasonal low lies over northern Balochistan. Mainly dry weather is expected over most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. No
significant rainfall event has been reported by FFD, Lahore during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, all the major rivers are flowing below low flood level. Rainfall recorded in (MM) during past 24 hrs (upto 0800 pst): Kalat=02, Gilgit=trace. Dams position (0600 PST): Tarbela level:- 1549.60 Feet Max. conservation Level: 1550.00 feet. Mangla Level: 1206.25 feet; Max Conservation Level: 1242.00 feet.—APP
M U LTA N —Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology (CPEIC) has devised various programmes on International Heart day to create community awareness being marked on Sept 29 globally. Briefing a group of journalists on Friday at his office, Executive Director CPEIC, Prof Dr Rana Altaf said they were arranging a walk from Cardiology Centre to Multan Press Club at 2pm on Saturday(today) in connection with the day. He added that CPEIC was the second facility in Punjab offering Paediatric Cardiac surgery. Dr Rana Altaf said that two paeds undergo cardiac surgery daily in the facility in addition to the eight surgeries of adult patients in two shifts. The ED said a total of 5,487 angiographer, 1565 angioplasty and 1,329 other cardiac operations were carried out in 2011 adding that it had become a complete “Heart Vascular” centre now. The patients will be examined free-of-charge in addition to various tests on the day, he said. Prof Dr Rana Altaf said ‘Friends of Cardiology’ were donating generously to provide uninterrupted treatment to patients pouring into the facility from far and wide CHAMAN: FC soldier stands alert at Friendship Gate on Pak-Afghan border, on the right side Afghan family crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan. of the country.—APP
Altaf Hussain’s and USA attitude need close scrutiny SALAHUDDIN HAIDER
HE approach displayed by Altaf Hussain, and by USA government leaders over the blasphemous film, and the resultant agitations in Pakistan and the M u s l i m world, needs to be dispassionately studied. While the MQM leader, led from the front by having two remarkable meetings on the issue to emphasise the point that humility and civility must never be lost sight of even in the wake of gravest of provocations, the statements made by President Obama and his Secretary of State, though not enough to satisfy the emotionally charged atmosphere in the Muslim world, they nevertheless need to be
examined in proper perspective. The kind of environment in American society, its prevailing laws , the simmering heat of the presidential polls, all are factors, which must be kept in mind, by those, very fond of jumping the gun with their wild remarks. For those reciting Kalima, a debate on Islam and its norms, despite being an emotional issue, can not only be acceptable, but religious scholars will be keen to explain its merits to those wanting to understand, even to non-believers because arguments is the most civilized way of conveying your viewpoint. But it ought to be clearly understood by everyone that an attack on the Holy Prophet( pbuh) arouses uncontrollable passion even among the nonpractiising Muslims, because Mohammad (saw) and the Holy Book, are their souls and hearts. Any insult or even attempt at sacrlige can generate
the kind of fire, which will be extremely difficult to extinguish. The West does understand this well, but then some idiots or troublemakers, either by deliberate mischief, or in their fanaticism to hurt the Muslims sentiments, do cross the line. It has happened in Denmark, and many a Western country. Muslim’s reaction to their stupid action, is bound to be of anger, and incite sentiments that causes racial tension and may even lead to friction at international level. Little do such elements realize that by their unwise steps, they are not only causing worldwide upheaval, but also hurting in the process, their own country and its leadership. That’s’ what exactly has happened by the production of blasphemous film, produced with the help and financing from the Israeli Jews. Quite naturally, the Islamic world rose in protests and agitation to voice its resent-
ment, demanding international legislation to protect and ensure respect for the sanctity of the Holy Prophet and Holy Quran. Pakistan too saw countrywide agitation, but the government, whose leaders ought to have been among the first to voice their protest to America, remained in deep slumber, and woke up only when the agitation took a violent turn. The holding of the Ishq-e-Rasool day at official level, belated though, was still a welcome decision. However whatever happened last Friday in the name of Ishq-e-Rasool, was rightly condemned. Regretfully, however, while different political parties and religious groups had announced rallies and protest marches on the day, their leaders remained indoors. That was an uncalled for approach. The protest marches, needed to be channelized which was not
done. Almost all major political party leaders, whether in the parliament or outside it, appeared more concerned about their own security than that of their people or the State and its property. Merely a couple of smaller groups did have their leaders with their marchers, and naturally, were able to maintain peace at their level. Full marks to them. Those staying indoors must draw lessons from the rally brought out by MQM on the same fateful Friday. Its ministers, parliamentarians were also VIPs, but MQM is known for its discipline. Its rally on the day was the biggest of all, stretching over miles, comprising of countless heads, and was a remarkable show. Despite its huge size, it remained peaceful and disciplined throughout. Altaf Hussain addressed it to ask his followers and sympathizers to remain cool and com-
posed in their behavior, and avoid doing anything that might damage the image of Pakistan or Islam, which is a peaceful religion. It was a record rally, and would be remembered for long,long time to come for its orderly conduct. Unfortunately, not far from where this rally was held, deplorable acts of arson, looting at banks, and of ATMs, of cash and furniture, burning of cinemas, cars and even police vans, sent totally wrong signals to the world. Rightly so, Altaf Hussain held a seminar This Wednesday where he denounced those indulging in such heinous crimes, and bluntly told them that d those doing it, were outsiders, and not from Karachi. They acted totally against the Quranic scriptures and the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Why other leaders did not bother to hold such conferences, and refrained from addressing meet-
ings to convey to the people about their obligations and duties to the society, the country and the religion, is a mystery. Altaf Hussain has often taken the lead, and he did it again this time. The seminar was a great success and sent message to the outside world that except for a few, Pakistanis are a peace loving people, and respect all religions and Messengers of God Almighty. A great example of leadership was set by him for others to emulate. As for Obama and Hillay Clinton, they did make their government viewpoint clear to the world that blasphemy was an individual act and that the USA administration rejected and condemned it. The US embassy in Pakistan ran advertisements on TV, and even the consulate in Karachi did its bit to help people understand the American position on the subject. This was laudable and did help calm the situation, but if
America can trample all human rights under the patriots act in the wake of 9/11, and keep thousands of innocent people in Cuban jails for no rhyme or reason, it can also take steps to pass a legislation with the help and support of the congressmen and senators to ban the film and those likely in future to copy the present one. However the fact that election heat, at its peak now in USA, Obama or the democrats may perhaps had avoided causing unnecessary consternation at home. This is something that needs to be understood, for which dispassionate approach is compulsory. The American leadership merely made statements and ought to have taken some concrete steps to satisfy the Muslim sentiments. The fact that they did not go beyond a certain point depicts their limitations.
Two countries are ‘good neighbours, good brothers and good partners’ Ishq-e-Rasool Conferences in USA soon Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for In-
Sino-Pak relations sweeter than honey: CG
formation and Broadcasting Syed SALAHUDDIN HAIDER Zhang Jianxin has said that deep rooted, deeper than Sino-Pak friendship is “ spe- ocean and higher than mounSumsam Ali Bukhari has said that Pakistan community living in United States K ARACHI —The Chinese cial, exclusive, unique and tains. The two countries are would project the message of tolerance, peace and brotherhood of Islam by holding ‘Ishq-e-Rasool’ conferences in different cities of USA. According to a message received here from New York on Friday, the minister stated this while addressing a large gathering of ‘Ishq-eRasool’ Conference after meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in the US to attend 67th session of the General Assembly of United Nations. The President appreciated the efforts of Sumsam Bukhari for projecting the message of peace and friendship through such conferences. The minister said he had told the President that initially Pakistani community living in USA arranged ‘Sufi Conferences’ but keeping in view the incident of making of sacrilegious film, the name of the conference was changed to Ishq-e-Rasool Conference. The Minister said the President endorsed the decision to rename the Sufi Conference to Ishq-e-Rasool Conference and said such conferences would provide a platform to project the real image of Islam. These conferences will also help promote peace, respect and tolerance for every one and give due respect to all religions. Sumsam Bukhari said through these conference, the Pakistani community in the US would be able to project the real message of peace and highlight that everyone should give due respect to all the religions. He said Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) always taught to give respect and honour to all other religions. He said non-Muslims should give due respect to Muslims and must realize that they (Muslims) could not KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Women Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto, Information Technology Minister Muhammad Raza Haroon, bear anything blasphemous. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Federal Advisor on Textiles Dr. Mirza Ikthiar Baig snapped at cake-cutting ceremony held on the occasion of a reception in celebration of the 63rd Zardari’s UN visit successful anniversary of the People’s Republic of China hosted by Consul General Zhang Jianxin.— Staff Reporter PO Photo Javed Iqbal. I SLAMABAD —President Asif Ali Consul General in Karachi sweeter than honey”. It is “good neighbours, good Zaradri’s visit to 67th General Assembly session of the United Nations was successful as the President had conveyed the message of Pakistan to the international community regarding its commitment to fight extremism to ensure peace and security in the region. A senior diplomat, Ambassador Masood Khan, commenting on the visit of President Zardari to the United States, said the President deliberated in detail on the commitment of OUR CORRESPONDENT was to personally get first in Balochistan at Qila hand knowledge about needs Saifullah, Loralai, Sibbi, Dera Pakistan to fight extremism and terrorism, besides discussing different issues and challaneges being faced by the DERA GHAZI KHAN —The of people and further gear up Murad Jamali, Dera Allah Yar world while addressing the UN General Assembly, says a Pakistan Red Crescent Society relief and medical operations and Jhal Magsi. Each medical health unit message received here. “President Zardari conveyed the (PRCS) has announced to ex- on need basis to provide maximessage to the world in simple and direct words that Paki- tend medical cover to victims mum support to victims within comprises a doctor, a lady stan has been fighting extremism and terrorism, and ex- of flood affected areas for an- available resources. Nawaz medical officer, a dispenser, a tending full support to the international community in this other three months. Provision said over 16 medical teams of lady health visitor, two health regard,” he said. The President, who is in New York to lead of six water filtration plants for Red Crescent were working in promoters, an EPI technician. Khan, Rajanpur, flood affected areas and had The chairman said the PRCS Pakistan’s delegation to the annual meeting of the United DG Nations, held meetings with different world leaders, in- Jacobabad, Qambar Shahdad treated so far over 28,000 pa- was assisting a total of 52,500 cluding Afghan President, British Prime Minister, U.S. Sec- Kot, Nasirabad and Jafarabad tients mostly for scabies, diar- flood hited people (7,500 families) with food and nonfood retary of State and Chinese Foreign Minister, highlighted with capacity of 3,000 litres per rhoea and malaria. In Punjab, three mobile items, emergency health and Pakistan’s commitment to work for the peace and security hour would also be ensured, in the region on the sidelines of the session, Ambassador said PRCS Chairman Major health units are functioning shelters in the affected areas Khan said. Giving details of Thursday’s engagements of General (retd) CH Muhammad in DG Khan, Rajanpur and in collaboration with internaPresident Zardari in New York, he said that the President Nawaz Khan while distributing seven mobile health units in tional federation of Red Cross/ attended an important discussion on the eradication of relief items at a tent village set Sindh districts, including Red Crescent Societies Shikarpur, (IFRCs), International Compolio, which was attended by the world leaders, including up for flood affected commu- Jacobabad, Khairpur, Sukkurand Qamber mittee of Red Cross (ICRC), Co-Chair Bill and Malenda Gates Foundation. Ambassa- nities in DG Khan. He said the aim of his visit Shadadkot while six mobile other partners, national socidor Khan said in the discussion on polio eradication, the leaders from around the world vowed to capitalize on the to the areas where flood hit health units were functioning eties and local donors. progress achieved this year and to step up the fight to eradicate the disease.
brothers, good partners”, he stressed amidst a prolonged round of applause from the large gathering of invitees to the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic. Mr Jianxin said that this friendship, lasting since the founding of his country, has stood the test of time, and will continue to grow, as there was much to be achieved yet. The reaffirmation of the Chinese stand is indeed laudable in the wake of changing international scenario. His speech removed the misconception that ties between the two countries, had suffered recently. His country, he said, had made remarkable progress in all fields, touching a record growth rate of 8.8 percent till the first half of the current calendar year, but came down slightly to 7.8 percent in the wake of international economic melt down. He said Chinese development and progress was aimed at transferring its benefits to the welfare of its people. Responding to his heartwarming remarks, the Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah congratulated the Chinese
mission head here and his country’s leadership of the auspicious occasion. Both countries, he said, were very good friends, and their ties were indeed strong and timetested. He said it was sagacity of President Asif Zardari and his vision that these ties have been further strengthened. The Pakistani president visited China three times since taking over.On his last visit to the Peoples Republic, Qaim Ali said, he too was with him, and had the privilege to visit one of their projects which was an eye opener. China’s progress as economic and world power, is indisputed. After the national anthems of the two countries were played, the chief guest and the consul general, alongwith other VIPS cut the cake to celebrate the occasion. Prominent among those was the Sindh IT minister Raza Haroon, senator Haseeb Khan, consul generals of France, Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait, and the freshly arrived consul general of Sultanate of Oman Ali Ahmed Al-Qasimi. He has been a
Europe specialist, having served in England, France, and Switzerland, prior to coming here barely a week ago. Another interesting personality at the reception was Nicolas Plattner, the deputy head of mission of Switzerland in Islamabad. He is number two at the embassy, which actually means that he will be acting ambassador during the absence of Pakistan of the Swiss ambassador. He is a loveable personality, humble and jovial, and likes to discuss with his friends on regional and other issues. The consul and deputy head of mission of Germany in Karachi, Hans Juergen Paschke too had come alongwith the consul general Dr Tilo Klinner and his Russian wife. The Swiss consul general has just been back on the 16th of September after vacation. He is a charming personality and is engaged laboriously to develop the bilateral ties with Pakistan. Leading businessmen, journalists and elite of the city, were present to share the Chinese great day.
PRCS extends medical cover to flood hit zones
Edu inevitable for development Staff Reporter
P ESHAWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Higher Education, Qazi Mohammad Asad said that researchoriented education is inevitable for the development of any country, saying private educational institutions are playing important role in research studies. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding session of the twoday international conference here at Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology (SUIT). The ceremony was also addressed by the Vice Chancellor, SUIT, Dr. Saleem-urRehman. The provincial minister for higher education said that in our country research was never given such importance, but now the era had changed and now only those countries, which promote research, will make progress. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said have no shortage of talent and our universities had best researchers, which are fully capable of leading the province towards progress and development in any sector. He said that with the holding of international conference, Sarhad University has opened new ways of research for other educational institutions of the province also. Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Arshad Abdullah has said that the provincial government is taking all possible steps for encouraging private sector institutions for pro- ATTOCK: Former President and President PML-N Nawaz motion of education and elimination of illiteracy. He ex- Sharif talking to media persons at the residence of MNA pressed these views while talking to a 15-member delega- Sheikh Aftab after condole with his on the death of his sister. tion of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, which called on him under the leadership of former MPA and provincial president, Dr. Mohammad Zakir Shah.
Foreign elements involved in Church blaze Staff Reporter
PESHAWAR—State Minister for National Harmony, Akram Masih Gill Friday said that elements involved in blazing the church in Mardan could not be treated Muslims or Pakistanis as they attempted to dent the solidarity of the motherland by working on agenda against existing inter-faith harmony in the country. Talking to media men after visiting Church at Mardan, he said that elements involved in the act would soon be brought to justice. He said that Christian community would not desist from any sacrifice for the survival and safety of motherland adding interest of the country should be foremost over our personal affiliations. Mehmoodzeb announces construction of PCC road in Dabbar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Technical Education and Mineral Development, Nawabzada Mehmoodzeb Khan has announced the construction of PCC road in Dabbar, Timergara and assured efforts for establishment of primary school, installation of new power transformer and drinking water scheme in the area. He was addressing a gathering held in the connections with the joining of Jamaat-e-Islami (J.I) affiliated families of Mehboob Khan, Farooq Khan, Ghuzaiz, Mehmood and their associates in PPP. Welcoming the new entrants into PPP fold, the provincial minister said that their new colleagues had selected such people-friendly political party, which is not limited to any particular area and having roots from Chitral to Karachi. Speaking about education related development schemes in his constituency; the provincial minister said that 12 schools have been up-graded to higher secondary while 14 each middle.
Transparent elections impossible: Nawaz RAZA NAQVI ATTOCK—President Asif Ali Zardari keeps considering the President House as PPP headquarters then the forthcoming elections could not be held in an neutral and transparent way. If next elections will be made controversial then we can never put the country on the track of development and prosperity. PML (N) Chief Mian Muhammad Nawz Sharif said this while talking to newsmen here at the residence of MNA Sheikh Aftab Ahmad. On the occasion Distt President PML (N) Javed Khan Bajuri, Secretary General Malik Asif Ali Advocate, City President Sh Ghulam Samdani, City General Secretary Iqbal Khan Bali and others were also present. Mian Nawaz Sharif said, we are in 21st century and it high time to get united and take the country out of present crisis. About the Baluchistan scenario PML (N) Chief said that although
PESHAWAR: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sabir Ahmad Khan addressing a meeting of Difa-e-Pakistan Council marches against Anti-Islam film, NATO and US.
SDO suspended over recovery target failure
UNICEF safe drinking water reaching 183,000 flood victims daily
ISLAMABAD—The United Na- The Fund urgently needs US this week, as well as jerry cans
F AISALABAD —A sub-divisional officer (SDO) was suspended while show cause notices were issued to six executive engineers (XENs) and 31 SDOs for failure to achieve the recovery target and check line loses in Sargodha and Jhang circles. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) Engineer Iftikhar Ahmad visited Sargodha and Jhang circles and held meetings to improve recovery. Addressing the meetings, he said tha judicious system of accountability had been introduced. He also issued show cause notices to three executive engineers and 15 SDOs while a warning was given to 5 SDOs of Sargodha circle. An SDO of Jhang circle was suspended on poor performance while show cause notices were issued to three XENs and 16 SDOs of the circle.
tions Fund for Children (UNICEF) has begun reaching 183,000 affected people every day with safe drinking water in Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh provinces after heavy monsoon rains that caused widespread flooding. The UNICEF response supports the Government of Pakistan’s on-going flood response in the worst-hit districts. Preliminary satellite imagery results from the multi-sectoral Initial Rapid Assessment - a joint initiative between the government and humanitarian community - indicate that 2.8 million people in 15 districts have been affected by the latest floods, including 1.4 million children (of which 392,000 are under the age of five). UNICEF’s Pakistan Deputy Representative, Karen Allen on Friday said that children from very poor families were among the worst affected by severe flooding, who needed immediate help.
$ 15.4 million to both scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months and to provide critical education, child protection, health and nutrition services. Using funds from an emergency loan facility, the UNICEF and partners have begun providing safe water via water trucking to 120,000 people in Jaffarabad and Naseerabad districts of Balochistan, 4,000 in Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab and 59,000 in Jacobabad and Kashmore districts of Sindh. The UNICEF and its partners have also installed water bladders in Jacobabad, with additional bladders due to arrive shortly across the floodhit areas of Sindh. In addition, 23,200 families in the flood-affected districts of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab will be provided with hygiene kits comprising soap, sanitary towels and water purification tablets
and water buckets to support safe water storage and prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Displacement due to damaged or destroyed homes is a serious concern for the health of vulnerable children, as the loss of access to safe water increases the likelihood of contracting and spreading water-borne and other diseases, such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia. Accordingly, in addition to responding by providing safe drinking water and sanitation, the UNICEF and its partners are assisting the government with life-saving health and nutrition interventions. The multi-sectoral Initial Rapid Assessment results indicate that three quarters of children in the five seriously affected districts are missing out on schooling, as schools have been damaged or destroyed or are being used to shelter displaced families.—APP
it is worsening day by day but we can surely control it if we politicians whether in govt or out of govt and the people become united on all fronts .he said, since 1999 our stance is unchanged, we have no double standards and our track record is its ample proof. We do what so ever we say. About the blasphemous movie, he said that this has injured the feelings of all the Muslims across the world and no Muslim can compromise on this issue. He said even Christians, Hindus and Sikhs are condemning it . However he said that protests must be peaceful and we must not inflict damage to any govt or public property during protests. He said on Yaum e Ishq Rasool innocent people lost their lives which is highly regrettable and must be condemned at all levels. To a question he said that he had no program to contest elections from Attock as his party QUETTA: Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf holding protest demonstration against alleged irregularities in leadership is available here. Public Service Commission Balochistan.
So Balochistan is a political issue
In name of autonomy
PPEARANCE of Baloch nationalist leader and former Chief Min ister of the province Sardar Akhtar Mengal before the Supreme Court to record his statement about the prevailing situation and the underlying causes of tension in Balochistan is being viewed a positive development in itself by different stakeholders. What Mengal said before the court is also significant and deserves to be given serious consideration by all concerned. Akhtar Mengal proposed a six-point plan to help restore sanity in Balochistan with focus on an end to the alleged enforced disappearances and presence of so-called death squads of the agencies. However, the sum total of his argument was the political deprivation of the province as, according to him, the leadership of Balochistan was not allowed to rule the province during the last sixty-five years. There is surely sense of deprivation in Balochistan and that is why an all-encompassing 18th constitutional amendment was adopted to respond to the aspirations of the federating units, strengthen provincial autonomy, give them ownership of their natural resources and accord them greater financial autonomy through increased share of provinces from the federal divisible pool under the new NFC award. As for political deprivation, ordinary Baloch can legitimately complain because he was effectively kept out of the loop not by the Centre but the provincial and local leadership. History tells us that Baloch leaders remained in power in one form or the other including Akhtar Mengal himself but they miserably failed to transform the lot of the common man. Their rule definitely brought a visible change in their life-style as they also acquired bungalows in Karachi and Islamabad and also abroad but the condition of layman remained unchanged as they stuck to the statuesque fearing political awareness would deprive them of the benefits accruing from the oppressive nature of the tribal politics. In this backdrop, it is also ironic that the Election Commission of Pakistan is seeking increase in number of provincial and national assembly seats from Balochistan and the political parties are endorsing the proposal. Increased representation of people of Balochistan in the elected houses would be a welcome initiative if it leads to increased participation of ordinary Baloch in provincial and national affairs but would serve no purpose if it results into accommodation of more influential people in these houses.
Hina condones drones in a sense F
OREIGN Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who otherwise is known for clarity of mind, has churned out a highly dubious statement over the highly sensitive issue. In her remarks that have caused surprise and dismay, the Minister, on Thursday tried both to endorse and oppose drone strikes at a time by declaring that the country supports US aims in its secretive drone war over Pakistani territory, but not the methods that are backfiring. It seems either the Minister has no true comprehension of the problem or is deliberately trying to cloud thinking of the people on the issue. One fails to understand the aims behind the provocative drone attacks that the Minister endorses as it is quite obvious that these are now being used as the dominating tool of the war on terror, which effectively means expansion of the war to Pakistan without UN mandate that is just confined to Afghanistan. Similarly, the United States claims its drones are killing none else but high value targets but the situation on the ground is quite opposite as the overwhelming majority of the victims are innocent women and children as well as ordinary local tribal people and that is why the strategy is causing more resentment and anti-Americanism. In a way, the Minister is also supporting the US contention of safe havens of terrorists on Pakistani side of the Durand Line to justify drone strikes. As for methods, the United States, through frequent but deliberate leaks tries to strengthen the impression that these have tacit approval of Pakistani authorities, as in one of the latest such leaks it has been maintained that the authorities concerned get a fax from the United States every month broadly specifying the areas where drone attacks are to take place and clearance of the skies during the period in those areas is considered as an approval by Pakistan. Pakistani Parliament has spoken clearly on drones considering them as trampling of the country’s sovereignty and people of Pakistan are also agitating these attacks and therefore, the Minister too should get her facts and approach right.
Pakistan’s tourism potential O
N the occasion of World Tourism Day, seminars and conferences held in different parts of the country highlighted the potential of tourism in the country and bottlenecks hindering its promotion. At a similar seminar organized by Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry, speakers called on the Punjab Government to announce a Tourism Policy to address the challenges facing the sector. In the first place, in the prevailing circumstances, it would be naïve to expect any breakthrough towards meaningful promotion of tourist activities in the backdrop of poor law and order and security environment. Not to speak of large-scale influx of tourists, conditions do not permit at the moment to ensure hundred percent safety of even delegates to conferences and seminars. The situation would likely remain so until and unless stability and normalcy returns to the country as and when the so-called war on terror ends with withdrawal of foreign invaders from neighbouring Afghanistan and also an end to the great game being played on the soils of Pakistan. But as for the potential, it is definitely there as the country has magnificent snow-capped peaks, mesmerizing lakes, scenic beauty, deserts, cultural and religious resources but these have not so far been exploited to the optimum level and even necessary infrastructure is lacking. As against this economies of many countries of the world like Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and Switzerland are thriving because of the due attention given to the tourism sector. It is time that federal and provincial governments make concerted efforts to develop the required infrastructure and facilities and create conducive atmosphere for tourism development.
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Trilateral Summit on Afghanistan strong and stable Afghanistan not only in the interest of Pakistan but also in the interest of the region. Pakistan had espoused a lot of exMohammad Jamil pectations for establishing an Email: email@example.com ideal relationship with Central Asian states that became independent countries afhe second round of trilateral ter collapse of the Soviet Union. It summit of Pakistan, Afghani was rightly so due to Pakistan’s strastan and the UK was held on tegic position, which is confluence the sidelines of the UN General As- and meeting point between Sinkiang sembly session. President Asif Ali of China, Iran and Central Asian ReZardari, President Hamid Karzai publics. And also because of its prinand Prime Minister David Cameron ciple city-port Karachi - the closest discussed the pressing issues in the trading port for this region, which is fight against terrorism and reaf- a convenient route for their trade with firmed their commitment to con- the western and other countries. But tinue to work for the goals of re- more than three decades of gional peace, stability and develop- internecine conflicts and civil warment and for the elimination of the like conditions in Afghanistan did not scourge of terrorism from the re- allow this idea to materialize. Unfortunately, Pak-Afghan relagion. President Zardari, while highlighting the importance of durable tions were in the past marred by depeace and stability in Afghanistan, cades of mistrust in varying degree underscored the need for an Afghan- under different shades of government, led and Afghan-owned peace pro- due to the lack of vision and ineptcess in Afghanistan. The fact re- ness on both sides. Continuous conmains that people of Afghanistan tact and dialogue between Pakistan and Pakistan are bound together by and Afghanistan has removed many faith, cultural heritage and shared a misunderstanding, and now both values, but unfortunately the rela- sides understand each other’s point tions have never been ideal, firstly of view, difficulties and compulsions. because of Afghan governments’ However, President Hamid Karzai support to Pakhtoonistan in the past, has not been consistent in his statewhich issue was buried under the ments; sometimes he lauded Pakistan’s help and at others resorted rubble of Afghan Jihad. In fact, the relations between to scathing criticism, perhaps because Afghanistan and Pakistan remained of certain anti-Pakistan elements in strained since day one, as Afghani- his cabinet. In an exclusive interview stan was the last country to accord with weekly TIME published in the recognition to Pakistan at the time last week of August 2008, Afghan the sub-continent was divided. Pa- President Hamid Karzai had ackistan, however, rightly views a knowledged the wrongs of the past,
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but did not name the US and the West. Referring to pre-Afghan war era he said: “Afghanistan was once a great place in perfect harmony with the rest of the world. Families sent their girls to university. But the world pushed us to fight the Soviets. And those who did it walked away and left all the mess spread around”. As recently as on 13th August 2012, President Hamid Karzai has confessed that the US-led war against terrorism has not been fought the way it should have been, and has brought only misfortune and grief to Afghanistan. But he continues to live with the hallucination that roots of terrorism lie outside not inside his country. In fact, the US had relied upon air power of ‘shock and awe’ and did not put enough boots at the time of launching attack on Afghanistan, with the result that some Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders had crossed over to Pakistan. And Pakistan had to fight those elements, and suffered enormously in men and treasure. President Karzai sat listlessly as the occupiers packed up the new power structure with their buddies of the Northern Alliance, grouping up the Afghan minorities of Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks. Being a Pakhtun, he could well imagine the disastrous repercussions of sidelining the Pakhtun majority community from this power dispensation. The community of erstwhile kings and king-makers was surely not to take kindly to this raw deal dealt to it. If he dispassionately examines the situation, he would surely know that what is now blighting Afghanistan so horrendously is not the Taliban insurgency but in reality a risen Pakhtun nationalism which is taking in its sweep not just the country’s east or south but the north and west as well. Furthermore, he should have put his foot down and told the occupiers bluntly that no fiefdoms would be tolerated, and that
it is Kabul’s writ that would run across the country. But he did not; and warlords entrenched in the country’s northern and western parts jealously guard their principalities. This, of course, is happening with the tacit, if not explicit, acquiescence of the occupiers, who have strengthened their favourites amongst the warlords by providing weapons and money. All said and done, it is for his own foibles, collapses and weaknesses that President Karzai today finds himself in a soup and Afghanistan in a pickle. He should have spoken up when he did not, and he should have demanded what he did not. The time has come that he should stop making Pakistan a punching bag of his own infirmities and lackadaisicalness. Over the past nearly four decades, this country has suffered colossally because of Afghanistan. And none can be more aware of this than he. It is an irrefutable fact that Pakistan bruised its back sorely during the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet invaders. He was then handling the PR job of a mujahideen faction based in Peshawar. And if he wants to know more about how terribly has the USled invasion and occupation of Afghanistan eaten into the very fabric of Pakistan, he has just to hold an exhaustive briefing session with his sacked spymaster Amrullah Saleh. He has been roaming about bragging boisterously how the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan intelligence agency, under his command had infested Pakistan’s bordering and adjoining settled areas soft vulnerably. Enough is enough. President Karzai must come to terms with the ground realities obtaining in Afghanistan and admit that both he and the occupiers have let down his country badly. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.
US security & drone attacks attacks. The history of Afghan conflict shows how it has been about disregarding the humaniRana Athar Javed tarian aspect in Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pakistan’s FATA region and thereby placing the questions of US security doctrines and hovering hat the US should learn of drones twenty-four hours a day, from history in irregular which terrorize men, women and chilwarfare is that the reasons dren. The ambition to conduct an asto fight a conflict change over time. sassination campaign cannot be raBy declining to accept the legitimate tionalized by a certain type of “means rationality on the basis of which and ends” theory (i.e. US national these changes take place will only Security & Pakistani civilians). By focusing determinedly on seincrease the dangers of the twentyfirst century. Thus there is aneed to curing national interests throughout alter the tactical-paradigm inherited the world, the US is no more immune from the post-9/11 war planning to the dilemma of “sending down” a because the conceptual construct new generation of terrorists, espebased on Cold War and war on ter- cially the youth from remote areas of ror had shown that every conflict Afghan-Pakistan border. The immetampers the universal standards of diate impact of “living under drones” civilian lives and, spread fear for the is that the general population feels future. The recently published re- powerless to protect themselves port, “Living under Drones, death, against deadly military technology of injury and trauma to civilians, the US, which evidently is also killquotes the experts’ findings that“the ing rescue workers. Thus, excluding dominant narrative about the use of the possibility of a fair assessment of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically their situation, and invariably verifyprecise and effective tool that makes ing the fears that the US is implethe US safer by enabling “targeted menting democracy and modernizakilling” of terrorists, with minimal tion without debating consequences downsides or collateral impacts. of their economic and military poliThis narrative is false”. (NYU Law cies for nations “other” than the Western world. There can be no peace School: the US). The report presents evidence without acknowledging the detrimen“of the damaging and counterpro- tal effects of current US drone strikes ductive effects of current US drone policies against a vast population of strikes”. The entire assessment is FATA because experts assessed that based on nine months of intensive “US strikes have facilitated recruitand investigative interviews with ment to violent non-state armed “victims, witnesses and experts”, groups, and motivated further violent who live in the region and are di- attacks… drones have replaced rectly being affected by these drone Guantánamo as the recruiting tool of
choice for the US (New York Times/ CNN – September 6, 2012). This assessment does not rule out success of those drone strikes that killed alleged “combatants” and alQaeda militants, however, serious concerns are raised about the original mission of securing Americans from terrorist attacks. Bonded by ideological constraints and perception, rather than formal threat of terrorism in the mainland, principally, the US tendered a very scanty record of precision of their drone strikes. FromJune 2004 through the mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2, 362-3,325 people in Pakistan of whom 474-881 were civilians including 176 children (- The bureau of Investigative Journalism). The number of “high-level targets killed as a percentage of total causalities are extremely low – estimated at just 2%”, an evidence that reflects that the US is struggling to maintain its so-called strategic mission and operational credibility. This outcome is also permitting differentiation between the US and Pakistan for a permanent inconvenience, and thus is providing a vehicle for mistrust and tactical inflexibility. Still, it is difficult to resolve strategic challenges of the world by threatening Pakistan because domestic sociopolitical evolution within its society sought to strengthen effective understanding of international security situation. But on the other hand, it can be argued that the present American strategy of national security is based on “unequal treaties”, and whenever internal security risk fluctuates in the US, the international security equilibrium tips against the weakest and hence impacting sovereign nations’ right to seek coalitions for their own advantage. The most
common and clumsy argument of the US national security decisionmakers is that the US dialogue on world peace is best served if an ambivalent Third World “stop suspecting” America’s interpretation of international security.The assessment of experts also describes the US drone strike practices parallel to “... [Undermining] respect for the rule of law and international legal protectionand may set dangerous precedents” for other countries of the world. The examples of revenge attacks and ideological aggression across Europe and the Muslim world are familiar to most as contributing to militants and radical forces. A realization that drone strike program alone is lethal, insufficient, and counterproductive- andits application is a persistent failure to truly appreciatelong-term nature of irregular warfare. Therefore, the US should “conduct a fundamental reevaluation of current target killing practices – taking into account all available evidence, concerns of various stakeholders and the short and long-term costs and benefits”. It is in this context that the future foreign and national securities policies of the US will ultimately be reflected in the behavior of international terrorists who ought to exploit overwhelming difference of policies between allay countries. If the subject matter of the US security includes knowledge and understanding of sufferings of civilians in Pakistan, the perspective of stabilizing Afghanistan and beyond will be heeded, despite the problematic question of American strategy for the region of South Asia. —The author is a Denmark-based National Security Expert and Defence Analyst.
he ongoing war of nerves be tween the National Confer ence and Congress on the issue of empowering panchayats again exposes the hypocrisy, deceit and doublespeak of the coalition partners. The chief minister’s opposition to the Congress demand for empowering the panchayats in the true spirit of the 73rd amendment of the Constitution of India in the name of nonexisting autonomy of the State defies logic as well as commonsense. For the purpose of these constitutional amendments can be best served by bringing similar amendments in the Constitution of the State through a special provision for empowering panchayti raj institutions and urban local bodies. In fact the State can go much further, learning from the experience in other parts of the country and enact more progressive laws for this purpose. Paradoxically, the National Conference has always used the slogan of autonomy not for democratic decentralization of power and polity but to concentrate power and authority and act arbitrarily through a highly centralized system of governance. The history of past over six decades show how the NC has betrayed the cause of greater autonomy, while shouting about it, imposing a worst kind of totalitarian regime on the people and depriving the people of their democratic rights. Instead of taking advantage of whatever autonomy still remains for the State within the Union to go for more progressive and pro-people laws and actions the NC in power has always used it to curb the people’s rights and act in most arbitrary and unjust manner. While the people in the State have been denied the benefits of comparatively more progressive and people-friendly laws and actions of the Centre in the name of autonomy, the NC governments have always followed the Centre in its antipeople actions and retrogressive laws. Most of the State laws concerning the welfare of the people, their democratic rights, safeguarding the interests of the working classes etc are quite retrogressive and fall much short of the central laws and actions. This is the case with most of our labour laws as well as the laws concerning the consumers including the Consumers Protection Act. Struggling for the right to selfdetermination and demanding plebiscite under the banner of Plebiscite Front for 22 long years Sheikh Abdullah returned to power through back door (without seeking people’s mandate) with Congress support and on New Delhi’s terms in 1975. He repeatedly declared that the State and Centre have to work on same wavelength. Though he wisely refused to extend Emergency provisions to the State the Sheikh mostly followed New Delhi’s diktats in imposing curbs on the peaceful protests against black Emergency and even got those involved with JP-led movement arrested under the draconian laws. The State government had no compulsion to follow New Delhi by extending the term of the State legislative assembly from five years to six years, undeniably an antidemocratic and retrogressive move. While the term of the Lok Sabha and other state assemblies was restored back to five years after Janata Party came to power in 1977, the NC government refused to follow the decision by reverting back to five years term for the assembly in the name of autonomy. Such instances where the people of the State were deprived of democratic rights and of economic and social benefits in the name of autonomy while condescending to further erosion of autonomy in various ways can be multiplied. There are numerous instances of such hypocrisy and doublespeak of the NC during the past three years rule of the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government. Whether on the question of withdrawal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act or other issues concerning people’s human rights the present government has always followed New Delhi’s diktats. There has been greater interference by the Centre in the State’s affairs now than three years ago and the present government has even followed New Delhi on the question of some key postings in the State administration. The issue of empowering panchayats clearly establishes that the NC rulers are using the slogan of autonomy only to oppose the empowerment of the panchayats and go for grass root democracy.—The Kashmir Times Civility costs nothing. —Proverb
Corruption shakes country’s foundation Voice of the People kidnapping, and the activities of organized crime, inShaukat M Zafar cluding for example drug trafEmail: email@example.com ficking, land grabbing and prostitution rings, are generating huge amounts of proarge-scale corruption, asset ceeds during the current regime. theft and international flows of Embezzlement, insider trading, bribstolen and laundered money ery and computer fraud schemes are have become a norm today. Corrup- also producing large profits and cretion and corrupt practices have be- ating the incentive to “legitimize” the come both systematic and endemic ill-gotten gains through money launso much that the average Pakistani dering. An increasing reliance on recame to accept it as a normal way of mote electronic accounting and banklife. Indeed, public office is now seen ing systems has contributed to an inas means of acquiring illicit wealth crease in the misappropriation of or enriching themselves through cor- funds through identity theft and other schemes. Sophisticated criminals in rupt conduct. Even though corruption existed Pakistan now use more and more from early period on negligible scale complex financial vehicles to conceal but the incursion of the corrupt civil the location and source of misapprodictators worsened the situation as in priated assets. Bribery scandals are every civilian government the rule of so frequent that the nation has lost law replaced rule of brute force when count with just a few found guilty by the craze for wealth and ill-gotten the courts. While corruption is by no means individual prosperity escalated. These evils have converted into a hydra- unique to Pakistan, theft and bribery headed monster on a fiery rampage; by officials weaken confidence in now after about four and half year public institutions, damage the priPPP regime sudden reached at climax vate investment climate and divested and holding our nation hostage. Ille- much-needed funding available for gal arms sales, smuggling, ransom investment and development. Unfor-
tunately the power of the dollar rules supreme in the ruling circles of Pakistan. Sorry for Pakistanis, unprecedented corruption and theft of assets, land grabbing, poor administration and lack of proper governance is sending them to the graves empty stomach in this dark regime. The country which should have been the bread basket of Asia, but not let it cannot feed its people let alone the whole of Asia. Very sad indeed. The Supreme Court of Pakistan is constantly emphasizing on early recovery of money and other assets doled out from the national exchequer in various corruption cases but Government is continuously defying the court orders. Our lack of enthusiasm about this issue is responsible for the recklessness of our so-called elected leaders. People are now going into politics not to serve but to amass wealth. Several corrupt Pakistani politicians, bureaucrats, and businessmen have their secret accounts in Switzerland, Zurich, Dubai, Johannesburg and several other countries. Illegally obtained money is shown as originated from a legitimate source. The irony of our democracy is that the leaders appear more powerful than those who elected them. This largely stems from the fact that the electorate is not interested in what the leaders do with
their money. The direction and course of our history has changed, our values and judgment has changed, and honesty and integrity were relegated to the background. For some, the worship of money has become the order of the day. We are going down and down in the world history books as a suicidal nation. This situation has a devastating impact on economy and political development in Pakistan. Corrupt conduct of our politicians is destroying socio-economic life of the nation, making economic planning difficult if not impossible, stifling implementation of infrastructural project, while it is concentrating wealth in the hands of a few individuals. In addition, it is promoting widespread poverty and large scale unemployment, inflation, destruction of efficiency in pubic institutions, destruction of ethical, moral, religious and democratic values, in which an unfair, unjust and inequitable environment is thriving. Our Corrupt politicians are killing the country and its residents. If this stolen money is recovered, no Pakistani would remain illiterate and without health cover and the government would be able to provide a house to each family. The country’s defence would be made unbeatable with a strong economy attracting more foreign investment.
PPP’s pre-poll machinations casion to go into the streets and protest while he knew for sure that the ill-trained and police Ali Ashraf Khan ill-equipped force of Pakistan is in Email:firstname.lastname@example.org no position to prevent or even control riots once the masses are in the streets. By doing so he made himself rehe incident of the anti-Islamic sponsible for the death and injuries film maligning the prophet of of dozens of people nothing to talk Islam (pbuH) has been wel- about the commercial properties comed by the ruling party as a dis- which have been destroyed as a retraction from the burning domestic sult of street fighting between police problems which Pakistan and Paki- and protesters which appears to be stanis are confronted with such as part of some game plan. To make bad things worse Mr. growing poverty and rising prices, large scale unemployment, major Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, ANP’s Fedflooding in Sindh and Balochistan eral Minister of Railways belonging because of bad governance and to member party of the ruling coaliidleness of institutions, lack of tion has added another twist to the clean drinking water and a major already confused situation by offerenergy crisis which has been mis- ing a bounty of $ 100, 000 to whosohandled by this government but the ever will kill the producer of the film. responsible person has been made Knowing that his ANP brethren are Prime Minister instead of holding unlikely to risk their positions of him accountable. power and income he appealed to Rahman Malik, Minister of quote ‘his brothers’ the Taliban and Interior and handyman for all this Al-Qaeda to do the job. One fails to chaos in his wisdom instead of try- understand the logic behind governing to control and de-escalate the ex- ment stance to support and Ameriplosive situation which has come can President and Secretary of State about in the wake of the provocative releasing a TV commercial for Pakifilm announced a holiday so that stani viewers particularly to save each more people should have time and oc- others skin. On the other hand reports
are that Hillary Clinton thanked President Zardari for the successful handling of anti-US protestor, though this success included the loss of nearly 2 dozen lives and loss of properties worth billions of rupees. So much about the secular and anti-Taliban attitude of the ANP that Mr. Bilore said that there was no other way to lodge a protest and instill fear among the Western blasphemers other than to kill the moviemaker. One fails to understand why our government is playing with the sentiments of the people in Pakistan and in addition is receiving appreciation and thanks from US government, while the US President and Secretary of State are shown on TV commercials trying to fool the innocent people that they have no hand or involvement in this film making which the producer has done after collecting funds from 100 affluent Jews in US. US President while trying to convince Muslims of their impartiality. He has supported the film makers right of freedom of expression, so that more assaults will be made against Islam in the West in future. While they have made law to protect their false propaganda of 6 million Jews massacre. What a crude joke about their impartiality against Islam. That is why Mr. Bilore is not concerned about the situation of the railways in Pakistan which are at the
brink of total collapse with most locomotives needing repair, commuter jumping on other unsafe means of transport and giant locomotive workshops of North Western Railway and New Rebuild Factory at Risalpur turned into junkyard to pocket heavy commission on sale purchase of locomotives and carriages from abroad, the rails in bad shape and many trains closed while others are running with not hours but days of delay which would be his task to improve that. But this government has never even tried to solve the problems of the people on the ground whether it is railway, electricity, national productivity or job opportunities. One latest incident of the failure of government is the demand of North Waziristan to have access to Afghan cellular phone services due to failure of the Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) to ensure presence of its technical staff to repair faulty telephone lines, This means that Pakistan is losing hold over its own territory because state institutions are not working there any more and a total breakdown of governance. Is this the beginning of the crumbling of Pakistan? The breakdown of law and order and the non-existence of governance are a first step towards it and it is this government which is responsible.
Views From Abroad
A nuclear weapons-free world Ramesh Thakur
n a world beset by many grave problems that threaten to unleash a perfect storm at short notice, many people bemoan the dearth of responsible and high-quality leadership to point the way forward to a more prosperous, peaceful and just future. Yesterday’s leaders may no longer be in power but have much to contribute by drawing on their accumulated experience, wisdom and detachment from the everyday concerns of making and executing public and foreign policy. The two great existential challenges of our time are climate change and nuclear weapons. Their global inventories cast a strategic shadow over Asia through deployments, doctrines and targets. Asia also has three of the world’s four non-NPT nuclear-armed states (India, Pakistan and North Korea, with Israel being the fourth). India’s and Pakistan’s stockpiles are growing. China, meanwhile, has yet to join any
regime or plans to cut back on its nuclear arsenal, arguing that the numerical difference of its arsenal from that of Russia and the US puts it in a qualitatively different category. In recognition of the portents suggested above, around 30 former leaders last year established the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). Convened by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, the APLN’s goal is to inform public opinion and energize highlevel policymakers to “do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and ultimately eliminated.” Meeting recently in Singapore, the APLN lamented the loss of momentum on the intertwined agenda of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. In a statement issued on Sept. 13, 25 APLN members “expressed deep disappointment at the evaporation of political will” on nuclear disarmament over the past year, and called on governments to
apply “new energy and focus to ridding the world of the most indiscriminately inhumane weapons ever built.” A four-pronged strategy could re-inject momentum into nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament: normative, operational, strategic and political. Normatively, the most crucial task is delegitimization of nuclear weapons. How morally indefensible is the strategy of deliberately targeting millions of civilians? Strategically, all the nucleararmed states must recommit — publicly, firmly, unequivocally, and unconditionally — to the vision and goal of the elimination of all nuclear weapons and the conclusion of a universal and verifiable nuclear weapons convention that can take its place alongside the biological and chemical weapons conventions already in force. Instead, plans for upgrades, modernization or increased numbers and destructive power of nuclear arsenals by all the nuclear-armed states indicate that none is serious about nuclear disarmament. Politically, the
challenge is to make the bilateral, regional and global environments more conducive to deep cuts, disarmament and nonproliferation. This reassures those who feel threatened by neighbours or global powers, those who seek the comfort of the nuclear weapons of allies that their security needs will be met, as well as the nuclear-armed states that deep cuts and elimination of nuclear weapons will not make the world safe for major conventional wars. Unfortunately, from the Middle East to East Asia and the South China Sea, the strategic environment seems to have worsened recently, leading to a loss of political will for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. But making disarmament conditional on a prior resolution of conflicts and disputes, the APLN leaders said, “is just another way of saying disarmament won’t happen.” The writer is director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Australian National University. — Courtesy: The Japan Times
Mail or no mail..!
wo teenaged children who had just finished sending messages on their computer came and sat in their father’s study, “Tell us a story dad,” said the elder one while her brother nodded eagerly. “Once upon a time,” said the father, “we had postmen!” “Postmen?” exclaimed the girl, “something like postmortem?” “Or posthumous?” giggled her brother.
“Postmen,” continued the father grinning, “delivered mail!” “Like email?” “Snail mail was more like it,” said the father, “postmen picked up mail from post offices, got onto cycles and went from home to home delivering letters!” “Like the courier man!” shouted the boy and his father beamed at him. “However, unlike the courier boy, the postman never came to pick up a letter, you had to walk down a road till you came to a red box..” “Like a dust bin?” “And into that red box you threw in your letter!” “And the garbage man came and cleared the bin?” “Postman my son, the postman cleared the letters, took them to the post office, then
sorted all of them out and sent them to railway stations where mail trains took those letters to places where other post men picked them up and delivered them home!” “How long did all this take dad?” asked the breathless astonished daughter. “It was supposed to take a day, but most often took a week, sometimes a month, and in a few instances a letter was delivered decades later!” “And the postmen father? Where they good men?” “Especially on festivals son! That was one day more postmen were seen at your doorstep than letters received the whole year. They came with open grins and empty wallets which had to be filled.” “Why
dad?” “Well my girl, no money, no letter! Then there was the money order; by which people sent money through the postmen. After the postman gave you the money he waited!” “For a cup of tea?” “No for a percentage of the money you had received!” “Dad!” cried both the children, “thank god we live in another age of couriers and e mail!” The doorbell rang, the father looked up, “Who is it?” “A postman dad! He says he’s some in advance for his festival bakshish!” “Mail or no mail, at festivals they come without fail,” sighed the father. —Email: email@example.com
Break so-called democracy CHANGEZI SANDHU
e will have to break the old order of so called democracy. Question arises, Is any politicians of Pakistan fair and square with this nation or democracy? I would like to answer ‘’no’’. Every politician is doing selfish politics because they worked and are working for their self domains not for the nation’s interests, the political leg-polling of 1971 among Z.A Bhutto and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is an open example in Pakistan history. In the womb of time, I am unable to see charismatic leadership in our present politicians. I presume, military intervention and black sheep politicians are the main problem for real democracy so that we are unable to find the original form of democracy. The so-called democracy can be exposed by eradicating old political system, feudal system and military interference in national politics etc. We will be able to make this land prosperous, stable and peacefully finishing this plundering political system. —Islamabad
Competition for job FARAZ ALI As I am a business student, so this article will focus on job market for business graduates. I have not idea about job market for engineering or medical sciences graduates. Ups and downs in the job market are part of any economy which may be attributed to economic policies, labor laws, overall economic activity or impact of global economic conditions such as credit crunch of 2008 and great depression of 1930. Nowadays, Pakistani job market is very tight; there is huge competition for each job. This is reason why students go behind field of lesser competition rather than that of interest, in order to avoid stiff competition. For example, if a student possesses extrovert personality, he must opt for marketing or sales rather than technical fields like CA or ACCA which is in good demand and offers lucrative packages. Owing to increasing craze for CA or ACCA, more graduates have been produced against demand for them. As a result of this, ACCA’s even look for the lower package jobs offered for MBA’s. Recently, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) conducted on campus drive at IoBM for Management Trainee Program (MTO), in which 18 out of approximately 150 students qualified for the interview including me. Before test, I came to know that GSK was to recruit 5 MTO’s and I got relief after I cleared test and thought of 27% probability that I will be selected out of 17 others who also cleared the test. But on the day of interview, I was astonished to know that IoBM was one of the 7 other business schools competing for these MTO’s. Logically job deserves competition, even for internships, student faces competition and prove himself best. On Thursday 26th May, PSO conducted test for 1800 candidates for internships but only 250 are to be selected. —Via email
Plight of monsoon victims HASHIM ABRO While visiting various worst affected districts in Sindh on last weekend I logically concluded that the response of the related government agencies, both, federal and provincial, to the victims of heavy monsoon rains caused disaster and destruction is ruthlessly slow. This is why; the victims are dying of starvation, contaminated water and diseases. Regrettably, the proverbial chatter boxes parliamentarians from the said areas also do not appear to be doing anything to alleviate the miseries of their ill-fated voters in disaster. So far, more than 260 people are killed in this devastating monsoon rains triggered widespread flooding in the upper Sindh districts. In this dismal performance of concerned governmental organizations, it is proposed that the government must apologize to the people massively affected by its slow response to the torrential rains and flooding. Second, we must analyze…..what repeatedly causes this like tragedies and how all the services work, what should be done, what was not done, what we still need to do, both there and in other places where such things could occur. In this matter, how t o manage disaster we must learn from our brotherly countries such as Iran and Turkey and also other which are prone to disasters. —Islamabad
Landline phone connectivity MALIK SATTAR Being passionate about mobile telecommunications growth and penetration in our country, I had always underestimated the value and importance of landline telephony, which became apparent at the Ishq-eRasool day, observed recently. On September 21st, Ministry of Interior issued directives to block all kinds of cellular services in 15 major cities due to security concerns. Dur-
ing this suspension of the mobile phone services, the only mean of communications available was the landline connection. Media organizations, law enforcement agencies, health services, ambulances and other departments were dependant on landline connections. To say the least, we have become so dependent on mobile phones that we do not even have the landline numbers of our relatives, friends and important contacts. This incident is not isolated as the same happened on the night before Eid -Ul- Fitr, while the dicey security situation continuously requires suspension of cellular service on and off. We must not ignore the importance of alternate mean of communications, prima example being PTCL landline, which is easily accessible and available nationwide. The importance of landline number is even more in areas where cellular services are not available. It seems imperative that we should keep landline numbers of emergency services and important professional and personal contacts updated to avoid any inconvenience in an emergency situation like this. —Rawalpindi
Teaching of science NOUMAN KHAN In recent years particularly the last two years of my undergraduate study, I have come to the conclusion that such beliefs and comments persist only due to either limited understanding of the subject or the use of wrong analogies which further complicate the process of understanding. Being a student of science and engineering, I myself like to analyze the methods of teaching during attending the lectures. Trying to know how the analogies are made and whether they are made on a scientific and rational basis can also be one rare experience sometimes. From my experience, I am now more inclined to see teaching as an art than a profession; for it makes me curious why many people with claimed understanding of a subject can’t teach it in its right manner. An essential aspect which is widely ignored whilst teaching science is that it has history in itself; it is an evolution of the human understanding of nature stirred by his curiosity and therefore a search for answers. Surely this destroys the interest and curiosity which science offers in itself, and it is indeed agonizing to see science subjects taught more like an industrial or commercial process with success or failure results already at hand (in case of laws) or believed to be so (in case of theories). One must keep in mind science does not journey on a straight road; rather sometimes it takes U-turns. However the overall effect is that it advances, but not always in an aesthetically linear way. I believe the meaning of science should serve as the main frontier in its teaching. I would like to summarize my experience and understanding in three focal points. 1.Science is not only a conceptual matter; it is a history itself. Therefore each law or theory contains some premise which is fundamental to its understanding. With no or little background knowledge at hand, it is enormously difficult to convince the students to believe in the rationality of the subject. 2.Science has evolved through human curiosity; it is therefore fundamental to prompt the students by asking them those very same questions that once intrigued the scientist to work on the subject. 3.Science theories travel more in an uncertain way rather than in a straight fashion (the overall effect, however, is that science does expand with time in its content and firmness); therefore the present theories can be questioned in all rational ways. —Via email
Amnesty scheme? UMME RUBAB Government is going to launch an amnesty scheme to legalize untaxed money, not fair to call black money because some legal money is not supported by legal documents. Besides this scheme, there should be no-ques-
tion-asked scheme for investment in projects of national interest such as public roads and bridges construction on BOT; industry in the interior based on local mineral resources; power generation based on local natural resources; state-of-the-art public transport system; state-of-the-art health and education systems beyond 250 km from nearest big city, etc. These projects will boost employment, prosperity, economic progress, public facilities, revenue and goodwill for the government. Furthermore, it will attract money transferred abroad. So, incentives are the best options under the present circumstances. —Karachi
Co-education’s disadvantages MRS SAMREEN AAMIR A critical question while admitting your children in School. I admitted my daughter in coed but after the completion of grade 5 it seems that She is not enjoying and expressing her self completely in school with boys. It was quite a disturbing situation being a mother this perplex situation disturbed me a lot then I started gathering information. I realized that most of the missionary schools are offering segregated classes for boys and girls,and this is a fact that for positive development and retention of respect it is inevitable to have segregate classes . This is a fact that likes and dislikes of boys and girls are different , their interests are different , they can not feel and realize the facts of life ,the bitterness of life and the happy moments in the same way. Yet they can play with each other;s future easily while they are the teenagers . Supporters of separate schools believe that girls and boys, especially at the primary and secondary levels, need to be socially away from each other, during the period when sexual and emotional changes occur. Furthermore, they think that students spend too much time harassing or bullying each other, particularly the boys toward the girls, arguing that separate schools would help eliminate this serious problem —Via email
Examination system MUHAMMAD NADEEM It is an astonishing fact that every year our Universities grant a number of degrees to our students but we could not perform remarkably in scientific and social research yet. It is because our examination system is not flawless. First of all, our examination system is not based upon conceptual study. Students read and remember some important questions that are enough for getting high score in exam. Second weakness, perhaps the major weakness, belongs to the marking criteria of the papers. Universities take papers and send them to the relevant teachers for marking. For this, teachers are paid about forty five rupees per paper by the concerned university.Instead of marking the papers by themselves ,the honourable teachers allott these papers to their favourite students who mark the papers. In this way, sometimes a student of master degree marks the papers of master degree.Besides, these students are ordered not to give score above than a fixed level. I requested all the concerned authorities , particularly Higher Education Commission, to initiate the procedure of table marking, marking at a fixed place under the supervision of an honest officer, for Private students of Master degrees. Otherwise, we will produce a number of master degree holders but can’t inculcate the true spirit of education even into a single student. —Lahore
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Putting Syria Back Together Again
Bashar al-Assad may fall, but is the worst yet to come? NATHANIEL L. ROSENBLATT
The uprising in Syria is only getting bloodier. Prominent human rights organizations have estimated that the death toll from the conflict now exceeds 30,000 people. And it is only getting worse: More than 300 people were reportedly killed on Sept. 26, making it one of the uprising’s bloodiest days. Unsurprisingly, there has also been a corresponding spike in the number of people fleeing the carnage.
HE Office of the U.N. High Commis sioner for Refugees now puts the number of Syrian refugees at 235,300, with 103,416 people seeking asylum in just August. Those are registered refugees — the real number escaping Syria is likely to be significantly higher. As hard as it is to believe, the next chapter of the Syrian uprising after the fall of President Bashar al-Assad may be even more challenging. The protests in front of U.S. embassies in Cairo, Tunis, and Sanaa as well as the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya suggest that ending an autocracy is only the beginning of a long, complicated post-Arab Spring rebuilding process. Unlike in Tunisia or Egypt, the odds of a suc-
cessful transition to democracy may be even lower for Syria; research by Gene Sharp and others suggests that violent revolutions more often than not result in new, illiberal governments. This leaves Syria with a paradox: The more rebels wage a war against the Assad regime, the less likely they are to achieve democracy, reconstruction, or reconciliation. It also leaves the United States with a paradox: The longer it declines to intervene, the greater the costs the more deeply embedded Islamist radicals become and the stronger the enmity between Syria’s ethnicities and sects grows. The guns of Syria’s August are not growing quiet in September. The reality is that Syria will only get worse in the absence of international intervention. And whatever help the United States provides now will be dwarfed by what it will be asked to contribute in helping the country rebuild. This month at a conference in Berlin, the Syrian National Council estimated that $12 billion would be needed for immediate support in the first six months after the fall of the regime. But Syria’s troubles run deeper than its present crisis indeed, the country has several fundamental flaws that together will comprise America’s greatest foreign-policy challenge in the Middle East. First, regional powers view Syria’s diversity as an opportunity to establish permanent bases of influence. As in Lebanon, Syria’s future political parties will likely owe their allegiances to regional benefactors. With little experience in democratic competition, they will be ripe for regional powers such as Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Gulf countries to effectively buy
sizable voting blocs. In addition to these conflicting international influences, the country’s ethnic and sectarian tensions will cripple effective post-Assad governance. There will be violent consequences of this political fallout, as deep scars from the present conflict will likely lead to simmering violence in the post-Assad period. Former regime supporters will also attempt to play a spoiler role. The next Syrian government will only win confidence if it can judiciously prosecute former regime officials and creatively cooperate with disparate Free Syrian Army brigades to make concrete security improvements. Former President Hafez al-Assad, Bashar’s father, preached that security was more important than liberty; the new government must offer something better than this false choice. Finally, the Assad regime retains power today partly because it has reinforced the notion that democracy is the curse that burdens countries like Iraq and Lebanon. Although they face a ruthless crackdown, opposition ac-
Providing a legal basis to attack Iran JEFFREY H. SMITH & JOHN B. BELLINGER III
HE question of whether mili tary force should be used to prevent, or at least delay, Iran from building a nuclear weapon is again on the front pages. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have said they would consider a military strike against Iran. According to media reports, the necessary planning has been completed, and military options are “fully available.” But there has been almost no discussion of whether an attack by the United States would be legal under domestic and international law. This should be a priority. Law is important, especially in issues of war and peace. The United States has long maintained the right, under international law, to take unilateral, preemptive action to prevent an attack on the nation. We have, for example, never agreed to a “no-first-use” policy for our nuclear weapons. However, presidents who have authorized military actions have generally tried to demonstrate that they are permissible under international law. Under the U.N. Charter, member states may use force against another country only if authorized by the U.N. Security Council or in self-defense against an “armed attack” (which most international lawyers agree includes the threat of such an attack). President George W. Bush relied on the right to self-defense and a Security Council resolution to invade Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. He cited Security Council resolutions dating from 1990 as authority to use force against Iraq in 2003. President Obama has relied on
a self-defense rationale (or the consent of the country involved) to conduct drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The Security Council authorized the use of force against Libya in 2011. Ideally, any military strike against Iran would also be authorized by the United Nations. But a Security Council resolution is likely to be vetoed by Russia and China. To act unilaterally, the United States would have to argue that
an attack on Iran was justified as an act of anticipatory self-defense because the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is so great that we cannot wait until an attack is imminent.
But in the absence of U.N. authorization, many nations, including some of our allies, are likely to believe that a preemptive attack would violate international law, just as they believed the U.S. invasion of Iraq violated international law (despite the prior Security Council resolu-
tivists tell me their greatest challenge is not the regime — but trying to sell a liberal, democratic vision of Syria to its people. These challenges are, of course, interrelated,
and together they will lead to a weak, ineffective government unable to confront Syria’s myriad challenges prosecuting former regime members, reallocating scarce resources (Syria has lost more than half its water supply in the past decade), finding jobs for Free Syrian Army fighters, and overhauling its oligarchic crony-
The assault on co-existence M.J AKBAR
tions). With respect to U.S. law, the president must rely on either congressional authorization or his constitutional authority as commander in chief. Although the 1973 War Powers Resolution purports to require the president to terminate the use of U.S. armed forces within 60 to 90 days in the absence of congressional approval, presidents of both parties have questioned the constitutionality of the resolution and have committed U.S. armed forces for longer periods without a congressional mandate. Bush sought and received specific congressional authorizations to use military force against Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Then-President Bill Clinton relied solely on constitutional powers to conduct the Kosovo bombing campaign in 1999. Obama has relied on congressional authority to continue using force against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but he used only his constitutional powers to conduct the Libya bombings in 2011. The president could reasonably argue that he has constitutional authority to use force without congressional authorization because a nuclear-armed Iran is a real threat to the United States. But he would be on stronger legal and political ground if he first sought legislative approval. While many members of Congress might not object if the president were to proceed unilaterally, the Constitution gives Congress the responsibility “to declare war.” Congressional approval is important. A military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities might require multiple sorties over several days .— Couresy - The Washington Post.
capitalist economic system. Overall, Syria’s future challenge will be equal parts Libyan demilitarization, Iraqi de-Baathification, and Lebanese desectarianism. So, if bringing down Assad is hard, rebuilding Syria in the aftermath is going to be expensive, complicated, and messy. The complexities of the post-Arab Spring Middle East do not allow for simple solutions, but serious efforts are under way. The U.S. Institute of Peace-moderated “The Day After” project, for example which has brought Syrians together with technical experts to map out the elements of a societal overhaul, like writing a constitution and establishing rule of law is one attempt to frame the landscape of a post-Assad Syria. But forums like these remain theoretical if the United States does not start in-country development assistance to help pre-existing, identified grassroots opposition networks build the necessary tools to end the bloody stalemate and ensure Syria’s transition does not devolve into chaos and continued violence.—Courtesy - Foreign Policy. [Nathaniel L. Rosenblatt is a senior Middle East analyst at Caerus Associates, a strategic design consultancy focusing on complex conflict environments].
HAT is com-mon be tween the criminal com plaint against Rabbi David Goldberg for circumcising Jewish boys in Hof, Germany; the ban on minarets in Switzerland; the continual attempts by some European publications to offend Muslims; the attempt to convict a young Christian in Pakistan for blasphemy she did not commit; an attack on a mosque in Missouri, USA; or, most vicious of all, the recent film that injects lies and malice into public discourse through veins nourished by hatred? Each one is not designed to destroy the existence of the “other.” Their purpose is to poison co-existence, the fundamental basis of civilised living.
Anger is not always illogical, but there is no rationale that can justify each of these instances. Rabbi Goldberg was not trying to circumcise Christians; he was practising his own faith. To target minarets as a cultural crime in an age of skyscrapers is manifest prejudice, of the sillier sort. Provocative European publishers are not defending freedom of speech, which is their much advertised explanation, since nowhere in the democratic world does the
right to publish include the leeway to libel or defame, particularly when a lie can lead to public disorder. The Pakistani child was a victim, not a perpetrator, of fanatics who wanted to punish her and her kin for protecting Christianity in their theocratic environment. The bilious film about the Prophet of Islam was not made by a filmmaker, but by a bigot determined to provoke a violent reaction that would confirm in many innocent or naïve minds the image of Islam as a fountainhead of violence rather than what the word actually means, which is peace. The barbarians who killed four American diplomats in Libya duly obliged: hatred breeds hatred in an escalating cycle. Even the most dramatic example of pure, unadulterated terrorism, the destruction of New York’s twin towers on 9/11, was initiated not to destroy America’s existence, which is impossible even within the mindset of a maniac, but to breach an emerging international order founded on mutual respect, and the equality of nations. The planes that headed towards the White House and Pentagon were not ferrying troops who had been ordered to conquer Washington. Their purpose was to generate fear, hostility and war between the two largest religious communities in the world. They succeeded, but to an extent far lower than the expectations of terrorist masterminds, and yet far more than the young 21st century could stomach. The price has been high. The Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008 had a dual objective: to warp the India-Pakistan engagement, as fragile as it might have been; and to incite violence in India between Hindus and Muslims. It is satisfying to report that
the second wish failed spectacularly because Indians understood that such discord would mean a victory for terrorism. The most interesting aspect of this worldwide shadow war is that both the self-appointed commanders and their terrorist troops are almost wholly civilian. We are witnessing a rare phenomenon: people outside the power structure, working largely (but not always) on their own, can do more damage to social harmony than powerful regiments led by dictators, presidents or prime ministers. There are governments, of course, who are tempted to dip their hands in the sewer for political gain; and you can never rule out the unintelligent intelligence agency which believes in a strategy of destabilising civilian populations. But governments have not, exceptions apart, been in the forefront of these battle lines. Whatever their nature, despotic, democratic or in-between, governments know that fomenting terrorism debilitates the personal and institutional advantages of being in power through blowback damage. Even when legitimate armies are put on the field, governments calibrate the conflict. When governments fall into the grip of radical ideologues who have left common sense at the club bathhouse, the damage is startling, as was evident during President George Bush’s Iraq war. The most dangerous of today’s conspiracies are being manufactured in small rooms lost in the labyrinths of a big city by men who will not become internationally infamous unless they succeed. We do not know how many 9/11s or Mumbai attacks have failed, but just the thought is sufficient for a shudder. Failure is not any hindrance to fanatics. —Courtesy - The Star.
Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.
OLLOWING nine months of intensive research including two investiga tions in Pakistan; more than 130 in terviews with victims, witnesses, and experts; and review of thousands of pages of documentation and media reporting this report presents evidence of the damaging and counterproductive effects of current US drone strike policies. Based on extensive interviews with Pakistanis living in the regions directly affected, as well as humanitarian and medical workers, this report provides new and firsthand testimony about the negative impacts US policies are having on the civilians living under drones. Real threats to US security and to Pakistani civilians exist in the Pakistani border areas now targeted by drones. It is crucial that the US be able to protect itself from terrorist threats, and that the great harm caused by terrorists to Pakistani civilians be addressed. However, in light of significant evidence of harmful impacts to Pakistani civilians and to US interests, current policies to address terrorism through targeted killings and drone strikes must be carefully re-evaluated. It is essential that public debate about US policies take the negative effects of current policies into account. First, while civilian casualties are rarely acknowledged by the US government, there is significant evidence that US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians. In public statements, the US states that there
have been “no” or “single digit” civilian casualties.” It is difficult to obtain data on strike casualties because of US efforts to shield the drone program from democratic accountability, compounded by the obstacles to independent investigation of strikes in North Waziristan. The best currently available public aggregate data on drone strikes are provided by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), an independent journalist organization. TBIJ reports that from June 2004 through mid- September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474-881 were civilians, including 176 children. BIJ reports that these strikes also injured an additional 1,228-1,362 individuals. Where media accounts do report civilian casualties, rarely is any information provided about the victims or the communities they leave behind. This report includes the harrowing narratives of many survivors, witnesses, and family members who provided evidence of civilian injuries and deaths in drone strikes to our research team. It also presents detailed accounts of three separate strikes, for which there is evidence of civilian deaths and injuries, including a March 2011 strike on a meeting of tribal elders that killed some 40 individuals. Second, US drone strike policies cause considerable and under-accounted-for harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians, beyond death and physical injury. Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning. Their presence terrorizes men, women,
and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves. These fears have affected behavior. The US practice of striking one area multiple times, and evidence that is has killed rescuers, makes both community members and humanitarian workers afraid or unwilling to assist injured victims. Some community members shy away from gathering in groups, including important tribal dispute-resolution
bodies, out of fear that they may attract the attention of drone operators. Some parents choose to keep their children home, and children injured or traumatized by strikes have dropped out of school. Waziris told our researchers that the strikes have undermined cultural and religious practices related to burial, and made family members afraid to attend funerals. In addi-
tion, families who lost loved ones or their homes in drone strikes now struggle to support themselves. Third, publicly available evidence that the strikes have made the US safer overall is ambiguous at best. The strikes have certainly killed alleged combatants and disrupted armed actor networks. However, serious concerns about the efficacy and counter-productive nature of drone strikes have been raised. The number of “high-level” targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low—estimated at just 2%. Furthermore, evidence suggests that US strikes have facilitated recruitment to violent non-state armed groups, and motivated further violent attacks. As the New York Times has reported, “drones have replaced Guantánamo as the recruiting tool of choice for militants.” Drone strikes have also soured many Pakistanis on cooperation with the US and undermined US-Pakistani relations. One major study shows that 74% of Pakistanis now consider the US an enemy. Fourth, current US targeted killings and drone strike practices undermine respect for the rule of law and international legal protections and may set dangerous precedents. This report casts doubt on the legality of strikes on individuals or groups not linked to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, and who do not pose imminent threats to the US. The US government’s failure to ensure basic transparency and accountability in its targeted killing policies, to provide necessary details about its targeted killing program, or adequately to set out the legal factors involved in decisions
to strike hinders necessary democratic debate about a key aspect of US foreign and national security policy. US practices may also facilitate recourse to lethal force around the globe by establishing dangerous precedents for other governments. As drone manufacturers and officials successfully reduce export control barriers, and as more countries develop lethal drone technologies, these risks increase. In light of these concerns, this report recommends that the US conduct a fundamental re-evaluation of current targeted killing practices, taking into account all available evidence, the concerns of various stakeholders, and the short and long-term costs and benefits. A significant rethinking of current US targeted killing and drone strike policies is long overdue. US policy-makers, and the American public, cannot continue to ignore evidence of the civilian harm and counter-productive impacts of US targeted killings and drone strikes in Pakistan. This report also supports and reiterates the calls consistently made by rights groups and others for legality, accountability, and transparency in US drone strike policies: The US should fulfill its international obligations with respect to accountability and transparency, and ensure proper democratic debate about key policies. The US should: Release the US Department of Justice memoranda outlining the legal basis for US targeted killing in Pakistan; Make public critical information concerning US drone strike policies, including as previously and repeatedly requested by various groups and officials: the targeting geting criteria for so-called “signature” strikes; the mechanisms in place to ensure that targeting complies with international law; which laws are being applied; the nature of investigations into civilian death and injury; and mechanisms in place to track, analyze and publicly recognize civilian casualties.—Courtesy - GPF.
SC rejects CS Balochistan report
Punjab Youth Festival
Stage set for fourth phase
From Page 1 Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain resumed hearing of the petition filed by the president Balochistan High Court Bar Association against target killings, kidnapping for ransom and missing persons in Balochistan. During the proceedings, a joint reply from the federation and intelligence agencies was submitted in the court where the respondents contended that no military operation was being carried out in the province. It was also stated that ‘death squads’ did not exist within the agencies and that the intelligence agencies did not have any missing person in their custody. The chief secretary told the bench that a high level joint meeting was also held to discuss Balochistan issue that was attended by the defence minister, Army chief and the attorney general. The statement clearly mentioned that every political party in Balochistan is free to work in the province. Appearing before the bench, Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir prayed to the court for permission to present the federation’s reply, requesting the secretary’s written statement be deemed as minutes of the meeting between the prime minister, secretary defence, attorney general, information minister and the Director General of ISI which was held in connection with the missing persons.—INP
SBP check on terrorist From Back Page The Bank/ DFI shall verify identity documents of the customers from relevant authorities/document issuing bodies and where necessary using other reliable, independent sources and retain on record copies of all reference documents used for identification and verification. The verification shall be the responsibility of concerned bank/DFI for which the customer should neither be obligated nor the cost of such verification be passed on to the customers. Banks/DFIs shall not open or maintain anonymous accounts or accounts in the name of fictitious persons or numbered accounts. In the case of joint accounts, CDD measures on all of the joint account holders shall be performed as if each of them were individual customers of the bank/DFI. Government accounts shall not be opened in the personal names of the government official(s). Government account which is to be operated by an officer of the Federal/Provincial/ Local Government in his/her official capacity, shall be opened only on production of a special resolution/authority from the concerned administrative department duly endorsed by the Ministry of Finance or Finance Department of the concerned Government. Banks/ DFIs shall not provide any banking services to proscribed entities and persons or to those who are associated with such entities and persons, whether under the proscribed name or with a different name. The banks/DFIs should monitor their relationships on a continuous basis and ensure that no such relationship exists. If any such relationship is found, the same should be immediately reported to Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) and other actions shall be taken as per law. With regard to NGOs/ NPOs/ Charities’ accounts, the revised Regulations said that Banks/DFIs should conduct enhanced due diligence (including obtaining senior management approval) while establishing relationship with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/ Not-for-Profit Organizations (NPOs) and Charities to ensure that these accounts are used for legitimate purposes and the transactions are commensurate with the stated objectives and purposes. The State Bank of Pakistan also issued AML/CFT Guidelines on Risk Based Approach to banks to improve their Risk Based Approach (RBA). These Guidelines urged that banks/ DFIs may conduct their internal money laundering and financing of terrorism risk assessments (for their customers, products & services, transactions channels and geographic areas) with the purpose to develop their own policies and procedures, in order to identify, assess, manage and mitigate related risks on ongoing basis. It is always advisable that measures to prevent ML/FT risks are commensurate to the risks identified for effective mitigation.
ANKARA: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif meeting Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Friday.
Zardari’s finest hour at the UN From Page 1 what has come to be a century of terror. Zardari asserted Pakistan’s image as a lead player determined to bridge interfaith and cultural harmony across the globe in opposition to Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilisations” by fostering equality irrespective of caste, creed, colour or gender for eliminating poverty through equitable distribution of wealth and empowerment of all classes of people. Zardari nailed squarely the constant media diatribe against Pakistan aimed at blackmailing it with the objective of forcing it into a corner to make it dance to the tunes played by various vested interests with varied geostrategic ambitions. He was absolutely right in asserting that the sinister design behind the anti-Islam film was to provoke protests and violence in the Muslim world to weaken them internally and externally. Zardari did not lose his statesmanlike cool while conveying to the comity of nations the grievously injured feelings of the Muslims across the globe. Indeed, as he put it, in Islam the best revenge is compassion and the world at this critical juncture needed to follow the martyred leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s legacy of reconciliation and tolerance. He made an impassionate appeal to the world leaders to get down to bridging the ever-increasing widening of gulf so that God’s little earth is not plunged into a quagmire of violent polarisation from which there would be no pulling back. The President highlighted the inbuilt mechanism of compassion, mercy and forgiveness in Islam. He stressed what could be the panacea for resolving the issues emanating from increasing outrageous blasphemous acts. To pull the world back from the suicidal brink he pleaded for organising and mobilising saner, civilised and universally effective response for nipping in the bud all those conspiratorial elements who seek to make fortunes by sowing seeds of discord among communities and religions. A united approach to combat this other “form of terrorism” such as blasphemous
film makers can only be vanquished by pulling the rug from under the feet of fly-by-night carpet beggars who believe in making hay by dividing people and nations. Besides, President Zardari did not forget to raise his voice in support of the right of selfdetermination for the people of Palestine and the people of Jammu & Kashmir. He strongly conveyed his profound concerns to wake up the sleeping conscience of the international community to the never-ending plight of the people of Palestine and Kashmir—two of the oldest issues lying unattended in the UN morgue. He pleaded with the world leaders to fulfil the aspirations of the Palestinians and Kashmir people who have given blood in hundreds and thousand for the much promised right of self-determination. President Zardari harkened the world about the most counter productive drone strikes in total contempt to enormous sacrifices rendered by the people and armed forces of Pakistan as a front line state in the war against terror. In putting Pakistan’s case straight President Zardari highlighted by telling the world leaders: “I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan” but to tell how much wronged Pakistan has come to be. His words like that of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s in 1971 will resonate in the Hall of the United Nations for many decades to come. He said: • The people of Pakistan have already answered them. • The politicians of Pakistan have answered them. • The soldiers of Pakistan have answered them. • We have lost over seven thousand Pakistani soldiers and policemen, and over 37,000 civilians. • We have lost our Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti and my friend Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of our most populous province of Punjab, to the mindset of extremism. • And I need not remind my friends here today, that I bear a personal scar. • On December 27, 2007 knowing her life was under
threat from the mindset she had warned the world against, Pakistan’s first elected woman leader and my wife Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was martyred through the bullets and bombs of terrorists. • Terrorism and extremism have destroyed human lives, torn social fabric, and devastated the economy. • Our economy, our lives, our ability to live in the shadow of our Sufi saints and our freedom-loving forefathers have been challenged. • We have responded. • Our soldiers have responded. • So I am not here to answer questions about Pakistan. These painful words coming from a man whose brave spouse gave her life for freedom and empowerment of the people moved every one in the UNGA. It was not just forceful expression of a man hurt deep inside. His conclusion, indeed, must have left indelible imprint on all those present: “To those who say we have not done enough, I say in all humility: “Please do not insult the memory of our dead, and the pain of our living. “Do not ask of my people, what no one has ever asked of any other peoples. “Do not demonize the innocent women, and children of Pakistan. “And please, stop this refrain to do more. Zardari’s humility in his speech must have left enormous food for thought for the global leaders. They must have noted that though hurt yet he was not arrogantly defiant. His sincere pleading for “global cooperation, connectivity, and mutual respect” as “stake holders in each other’s futures” is the need of the hour. It is a question of now or never. By pursuing goals of peaceful co-existence sans discrimination, sans double standards and no preference to expediency over principles can guarantee a better, brighter, prosperous, progressive and peaceful future for this world. —Author is the High Commissioner for Pakistan to UK
PM launches KKH projects Prime Minister Ashraf, who earlier had an aerial view of the Attabad lake, the upgraded road and the proposed road alignment site, said that the new roads were part of an effort of the government to provide the people of remote areas a fast and easy linkage with the rest of the country. He said that the road would not only ease travel, but also help provide all facilities of life. He said it would further deepen the strong ties between Pakistan and China. He said that road links were known to bring progress and prosperity to the areas they touch and hoped that a new era of development would usher in. He said that road links were a priority of the government and recalled his meeting with Chinese leaders during his recent visit to China where the KKH’s upgradation and re-alignment were discussed. He appreciated and thanked the Chinese government for keeping its promise of despatching the required heavy machinery for completion of the project. Adding a new terminology relating to Pak-China friendship, he said that apart from being taller the mountains and deeper the oceans, it was also sweeter than honey. Prime Minister Ashraf said that despite the several challenges the country was facing, the
From Page 1 nation had to stand united, continue to strive for stronger democratic traditions and with tolerance continue to move ahead on the road to progress and development. He said that the tendency of pursuing negative thoughts needed to be done away with. Only with greater understanding and love, we can hope to achieve progress, he added. He said that Pakistan ranked top for rendering innumerable sacrifices in the fight against terrorism as it had lost precious lives of civilians and law enforcement agencies personnel. He said that the country also faced the challenges of global recession and economic issues, but expressed the resolve that it would rise above all such issues. The Prime Minister, who was here on his first visit to the scenic Gilgit-Baltistan, was briefed by the Chairman of National Highway (NHA) about the KKH project. He said that Pakistan’s northern areas were a treasure trove for those, who yearn for natural beauty and a must-go for tourists from any part of the world. He said that all measures would be taken to enhance facilities to the tourists from within the country and abroad. Prime Minister Ashraf said that he himself was a party
worker, belonging to middle class and was here on this seat due to the love of the workers and respect by the party leadership. He said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its allies were proud to have politically empowered the people of Gilgit Baltistan, as it was their due right. He said the Shaheed leaders of the party had always acknowledged the role of democracy loving people of the area and did all within their means to stand by them. The Prime Minister acknowledged that the government of Gilgit- Baltistan was striving hard to serve the masses, despite several challenges it was facing. He lauded the people and political and religious leaders of Gilgit-Baltistan for standing up for their democratic rights and said it would go a long way in helping them achieve all their cherished goals and democratic ideals. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Communication Arbab Alamgir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Governor GilgitBaltistan Pir Karam Ali Shah, Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah and Zhe Wang Le, Chinese Commercial Councillor, were present during the event.
LAHORE—The third phase of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012, the Tehsil level came to an end on Friday and the stage is now set for the upper one of the most challenging levels. But the participation in the Tehsil level carried its own style of excitement and pleasure where the participants enjoyed both the jittery and exhilarating feel. In this level of competitions Sports Board Punjab collaborated with several more departments for events like naat khani, qirat, cooking, horticulture, painting, photography, poetry, milli naghme, pets competition, cooking, family dressing, healthy baby, kitchen gardening, photography, have bull race, bull cart race, donkey cart race, horse race, dog race, tippling / pigeon flying, best agriculture produce and best livestock. And the departments that supported SBP hold these events included Population, Social Welfare, Livestock and Dairy Development and Education Departments. The last day of the Tehsil level was the most active of all as the events were concluding the hunger for winning among the participants was manifold while at different locations several of the events had already concluded but the sense of win was already prevailing. The main feature of the final day at Lahore was the 2.5 kilometres Fun Race conducted among the residents of all 19 Union councils of Iqbal Town. The race started at around 11 am from Nursery stop Joher Town near Canal road and terminated at Ayub chowk near Expo Center. On this occasion, MPA and Sports Convener, Saiful Malook Khokhar was the chief guest. He not only flagged off the race but also took part in it. His brother Afzal Khokhar was also present among the guests and participated in the fun race.
Anti-Islam film producer arrested From Page 1 video still is not known. A film permit listed Media for Christ, a Los Angeles-area charity run by other Egyptian Christians, as the production company. Most of the film was made at the charity s headquarters. Steve Klein, an insurance agent in Hemet and outspoken Muslim critic, has said he was a consultant and promoter for the film. Meantime, a number of actors and workers on the film have come forward to say they were duped. They say they were hired for a film titled “Desert Warrior” and there was no mention of Islam in the script. Those references were dubbed in after filming was completed. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia has sued to get the trailer taken down, saying she was duped.—INP
Rotary commits additional $75m to help end polio NEW YORK—Rotary International has made a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary, which has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI, announced the commitment at a 27 September high-level side event on polio eradication, convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The side event — “Our Commitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Poliofree World” — brought together leaders of the remaining endemic countries, and representatives of donor governments, development agencies, the GPEI partners, and the media to underscore the urgent need to finish the job of global polio eradication. Although the wild poliovirus is endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, other countries are still at risk for re-established transmission of the virus through its “importation” from the endemics. Ban urged UN member states to ramp up their support for the GPEI, launched in 1988 by Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The partnership now includes the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations
US mily chief From Page 1 Afghanistan,” he said. Dempsey said, he wanted his Islamabad trip to be a very private visit with General Kayani, the Pakistani Army chief. “I only changed the trip right at the end,” he said. “My purpose in going to visit General Kayani was to get his insights and his intentions in that regard,” Dempsey said in response to a question. Martin Dempsey and Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani planned to discuss options on how to root out the various terrorist organizations operating in Afghanistan, such as the Haqqani Network, while seeking sanctuary within Pakistan’s borders. Shortly after the attacks, Dempsey personally requested controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones to pull his support for the film, citing “the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause” against Americans in the Mideast. While no date has been set to reschedule the meeting with Kayani, Dempsey noted a continued dialogue with Islamabad on the future of Afghanistan will be key to maintaining security in that country and across the region. “I have always believed that the outcome in Afghanistan will clearly have to include some resolution of the groups that operate out of western Pakistan,” he said.—INP
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difficult times”, he added. Head of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar Akhtar Mengal said law and constitution had not been implemented in Balochistan and the control of Balochistan has been handed over to agencies. He said that the genuine Baloch leadership should be given priority over the hand-made leadership. Mengal said that his sixpoint charter should not be considered any different from the six-points presented by Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman. Defending his six-points earlier submitted in Supreme Court for the resolution of the Baloch issue, Akhtar Mengal said that it didn’t contain anything against the constitution or law of Pakistan, adding that the Baloch people will not held any talks if the charter was not implemented. He said that sensitivity of the situation would have to be considered and that none of the six points presented are against the constitution or law. He said law and constitution had not been implemented in Balochistan and the control of Balochistan has been handed over to agencies.—Online
Petrol prices From Page 1 Octane Blending Component (HOBC) by 10-15 paisas, kerosene oil by 50 paisas and petrol Rs5.50 per litre.
“There were a few bad shots early in the innings but in the end it was a great team effort. “I knew Gul could play big shots and the good thing is that everyone in the team is contributing. The bowlers did well to keep South Africa to a low score.” South African skipper AB de Villiers said he was proud of the way the team fought back after batting badly.— Agencies
Foundation. “This decisive moment is a matter of health and justice. Every child should have the right to start life with equal protection from this disease. That’s why I have made eradicating polio a top priority for my second term as Secretary-General,” said Ban. “Governments need to step up and honor their commitments to polio eradication if we are to achieve our goal of a polio-free world,” said Wilfrid Wilkinson, chair of The Rotary Foundation. “We are at a true tipping point, with success never closer than it is right now. We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk breaking our pledge to the world’s children.” “The evidence is clear: if we all do our part, we can and will end this disease. But we must act quickly and give ourselves the very best chance to succeed,” said Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the leading donors to the GPEI. “When we defeat polio, it will motivate us to aim for other great health and development milestones.” The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a new donor to the polio eradication effort, announced a US$227 million loan to Pakistan, which will cover the majority of the county’s polio vaccination campaign costs. The IDB also announced a $3 mil-
lion grant for polio activities in Afghanistan. In addition, Julian Fantino, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation, announced a “Three for One Polio Challenge Initiative” with Rotarians in Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through the initiative, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Gates Foundation will each contribute to the GPEI C$1 for every $1 raised by Canadian Rotarians up to $1 million. Upon completion, the initiative would generate a total of $3 million for the GPEI. These additional funding commitments follow action taken in May by the World Health Assembly, which declared polio eradication a “programmatic emergency for global public health.” Polio cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent since 1988, when the disease infected about 350,000 children a year. Although new polio cases are at an all-time low — fewer than 150 worldwide in 2012 as of 19 September – the $790 million funding shortfall through 2013 has already curtailed scheduled immunization activities in polio-affected countries. If eradication fails and polio rebounds, up to 200,000 children a year could be paralyzed.—Rotary News
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SBP check on terrorism financing made effective AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has made AntiMoney Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Regulations more comprehensive by revising the existing regulations M1 to M-5 of Prudential Regulations on Corporate/ Commercial Banking. While most of the requirements of the new regulations are in place, some of the ATIONAL RIEFS already requirements will be effective from October 31, 2012. These Police resolves regulations have been issued tomurder case day to all banks/ development FAISALABAD—After ninefinance institutions (DFIs) with month efforts, Balochni police a view to introducing a comprehave succeeded in resolving the hensive regulatory framework in double murder case of a man line with international standards and his daughter. A police to mitigate the various risks arisspokesman said that Ms. Abida ing from money laundering and Parveen, daughter of terrorist financing. Muhammad Boota, resident of The AML/CFT Regulations Chak No.7-JB Nishatabad, was provide a system of Risk Based married to her cousin, Khalid, Approach under which customresident of Chak 150-RB but ers will be profiled as per risk after sometime she disappeared involved. A framework of Scefrom her house. On the nario based ranking of customdirectives of City Police Officer ers has been developed, which (CPO), a special police team will help in detecting abnormal headed by SSP Investigation behavior or transactions during Mujahid Akbar was constitued. the course of relationship. The During preliminary investigarevised system will ensure clean tions, Maqsood, father of Khalid, confessed that he and his accomplices killed Muhammad Boota and his daughter Abida Parveen. —APP
Absent teachers suspended SARGODHA—Executive District Officer Ch Muhammad Munsha on Friday suspended eight teachers for absence. Education authorities sais on Friday the EDO education paid surprise visits to Boys High School and Girls Elementary School Chak 168/71, tehsil Sillanwali, and suspended eight teachers including Muhammad Ramazan, Shuja Zeb, Khadija Bibi, Amtul Mateen, Mateen Bibi, Amtul Basit, Asma Alvi and Balvi Sakeena. The EDO also directed the Deputy Director Education Sillanwali to retire teacher Allah Bukhsh for unsatisfactory performance. —APP
Man killed, two injured in accident SARGODHA—A youth was killed while two others were injured in a road accident in Bhera police limits on Friday. Police said Naseer Ahmed Nasir of Bhera along with his two companions was riding a motorbike when it collided with a truck near Chak 10. As a result, Naseer Ahmed died on the spot while Rana Ashraf and Aslam were injured. The injured were shifted to DHQ hospital in a serious condition. —APP
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Hina meets Iranian, Malaysian, Azeri counterparts NEW YORK—Foreign Minister two Foreign Ministers underlined underscored the need to take Hina Rabbani Khar met with her Iranian counterpart Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York. The two Foreign Ministers discussed various aspects of the bilateral relations and noted with satisfaction that the intense and frequent interaction at the leadership level had put the relationship on the right trajectory. In order to further broaden and strengthen the bilateral cooperation, the two Foreign Ministers emphasized the need for expeditious completion of the mega projects particularly in the energy sector. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and Syria. Given the complexity of the challenges the prevalent situation in the two countries could pose both at the regional and global levels, the
Bilore ready to announce another bounty TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—Senior leader of
the Awami National Party (ANP) and federal minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilore, says, he would not hesiQUETTA—At least four tate to announce another dollar persons have been injured by 100000 bounty if someone else unknown armed men here attempted to commit blasHanna Urak area of the phemy. Earlier he announced provincial capital on Friday. bounty on the head of blaspheAccording to Levies force, the mous film maker. victims were on way to Hanna Talking to media men here Urak in vehicle when armed after the Friday congregations, assailants riding a motorbike the ANP leader, however, said opened fire on them and fled he had not received any showfrom the scene. As a result of cause notice from party over anfiring, four of them sustained nouncing bounty for anti-Islam bullet wounds. Soon after the movie maker adding he hopes that incident, Levies Force reached the Party’s high command would the crime site and shifted the not ask him to withdraw his stateinjured to Bolan Medical ment. Complex. The victims were identified as Abdul Qadeer, Abdullah, Abdul Ali and Abdul Bashir.—APP
LAHORE—The Chief Justice of LHC Umar Ata Bandial on Friday served a contempt notice on Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah for not allotting quota to new Hajj tour operators despite court orders. During the course of proceedings, the counsel of Hajj tour operators Azhar Siddique said that 68 companies of Hajj tour operators have not been allotted quota.—INP
transactions above Rs. 1 million and in case of online transfers without any limit. Banks/ DFIs now have to capture, retain and provide at the beneficiary end, all relevant details of customers while transferring funds between the cities. In case of wire transfers, clear responsibilities of ordering, beneficiary and intermediary institution have been outlined for compliance of banks/ DFIs. Customers’ profiles should be linked with automated transaction monitoring software for creation of alerts in case of suspicious transactions/activities. Miscellaneous changes in the AML/CFT Regulations include removal of redundancies, removal of difficulties highlighted by banks/ DFIs during Compliance Forum, Risk assessment of new products and services, due diligence at the time of hiring employees, mandatory confirmation from customer when its profile will be revised, dormancy period has been prescribed as one year etc. Under the Regulations, every customer shall be identified for establishing business relationship.
Pak-Iran set to implement mega energy projects
Four hurt in firing
LHC summons Khursheed Shah
and transparent banking transactions on the one hand and will enable the country to meet international standards on the other. The provisions of Regulations introduce a system of comprehensive list of ‘Red Alerts’ in the context of Pakistan, which will trigger scrutiny of accounts and transactions to ensure that proceeds of crime are not processed through the banking channels. To address the issue of rigidity in obtaining documents for opening accounts, the list of identification and verification documents has been expanded and NADRA Receipt/ Token included as eligible document for opening of bank account. This will enable customers to open bank account by submitting any document issued by NADRA including CNIC, Passport, NARA, POC or even a NADRA Receipt/ Token. The new Regulations now require banks/DFIs to keep record for a minimum period of 10 years. With the view to tracing back the illegal transactions, it is mandatory on banks/ DFIs to obtain a copy of CNIC from occasional customers/walk-in customers conducting cash
Police officer dies while defusing bomb STAFF REPORTER
PESHAWAR—A veteran officer of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was killed and three men in uniform sustained injuries while defusing an explosive device here Friday morning. “In-charge of Bomb Disposal Squad Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Hukam Khan embraced Shahadat while defusing an explosive device planted by unknown miscreants on main frontier road, senior police officer said.
the importance of working closely with each other. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also met the Foreign Minister of Malaysia on the side line of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Foreign Minister noted that Pakistan enjoyed close and cordial relations with Malaysia and that the two countries shared common views on various global and regional issues. She informed the Malaysian Foreign Minister that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the ASEAN Community and hoped that Malaysia would continue supporting Pakistan’s case for the Full Dialogue partner of the Association. The two Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction at the improvement in bilateral trade and
measures to fully utilize the FTA to further expand and diversify the trade relations. Foreign Minister Khar particularly sought Malaysian investment in the tourism section. The two Foreign Ministers also resolved to work closely on the various challenges facing the Muslim Ummah and cooperate at the UN and OIC platforms to project the true peaceful message of Islam. They forcefully rejected the Islamophobic trends and condemned the recent blasphemous film. Foreign Minister also reiterated the invitation for the D-8 Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November this year. Ealier Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also met with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov Maharram oglu. —INP
Countrywide protests against profane film continue ISLAMABAD—Protests continued in various cities and towns across Pakistan against an antiIslam movie on Friday. Authorities had beefed up security in the federal capital and sealed red zone area of Islamabad. Security high alert was declared around the US consulates in Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Quetta. According to reports,
containers were placed around the red zone as well as the diplomatic enclave. In addition to that heavy contingent of police and Rangers were deployed. In Lahore the road leading to the US Consulate was plugged with containers and barbed wire has been laid around the sensitive buildings. Around 3000 policemen were alsodeployed in the city to meet any untoward incident. All roads heading to the US mission in Peshawar were alsoclosed and heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies were posted at the main road of the US consulate. Security was stepped up in Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province, to meet any unpleasant situation. Heavy contingents of police was posted at mosques and Imambargahs in Quetta. —NNI
Pak denies US media report about drone strikes ISLAMABAD—Pakistan foreign office has termed a US media report about drone attacks in Pakistan as baseless and concocted. Responding to a report carried by a US-based newspaper about drone attacks, the Spokesperson categorically rejected the insinuation made in the report and reiterated Pakistan’s longstanding position on drone attacks. Drone attacks are illegal, counterproductive, in contravention of international law and a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. There can be no question of Pakistan’s agreement to such attacks. According to the American news journal report, the government of Pakistan was informed in advance about the intended target areas and were conducted with tacit consent of the government and the Pakistani intelligence agencies.—INP
Mengal stresses 6 points
Nawaz to stand by Baloch people in their struggle ISLAMABAD—Head of PML-N Nawaz Sharif said that time has come to make reforms before we are faced with 1971 situation adding that we are with the Baloch people in their struggle for missing persons. Addressing a joint press conference after having a highlevel meeting with Head of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar Akhtar Mengal here on Friday the PML-N chief referring to the fall of Dhaka, said it was a high time that we rectify ourselves, adding that the matters of Balochistan should be taken up seriously. During the meeting, also attended by BNP’s Central Leader Sanaullah Baloch among other
leaders of the province, discussions took place over the coming elections and the name of the caretaker prime minister. The PML-N chief apprised the Baloch leaders of the PMLN’s recommendations on the Baloch issue. The BNP chief presented Sharif with his sixpoints for the resolution of the Baloch issue. Earlier on Thursday Mengal had submitted the six points at the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Balochistan law and order case Nawaz Sharif said the entire nation should sit together and deliberate on those circumstances which pushed the Baloch people so away from the rest of the country. Measures
should be taken to redress their deprivations before it becomes too late, Sharif added. He said if charter of democracy had been implemented than the situation in Balochistan would not have turned like this. He said in 1971 East Pakistan was separated from us as the voices of the public were not heard and now history is repeating itself. If this continues to happen I myself is thinking of becoming a rebel. Nawaz Sharif said that the murder of Akbar Bugti was one of the blackest days in the history of the country. “The Baloch leadership is passing through
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Diagnosis of rare brain disorder may take months
OCTORS often initially misdiagnose people with Jakob-Creutzfeldt dis ease, a rare brain disorder caused by misfolded, infectious prion proteins, according to new research. Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease, or CJD, is marked by rapid brain wasting and dementia and typically kills patients within a year after symptoms appear. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are about 200 cases each year in the United States. In the new study, researchers found 97 people with CJD received an average of almost four different diagnoses each before doctors made the correct call. Those alternate diagnoses included autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s and depression. Researchers said the early symptoms of CJD can vary widely, depending on where in the brain infected proteins accumulate. “There’s a lot of other things it could be, literally any disease that could affect the brain in a relatively rapid way,” said Dr. Richard Caselli, a neurologist from the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, who wrote a commentary accompanying the study in the Archives of Neurology. He said the search for a correct diagnosis, with multiple failed attempts along the way, is “obviously a very traumatic thing for families to endure.” It can also be expensive. CJD is not treatable, so although catch-
ing it early prevents patients from having to undergo more tests, it won’t change the course of the disease. On the other hand, Caselli said a number of other conditions that may come with similar symptoms, such as infectious meningitis, can be treated if they’re diagnosed quickly. That’s why neurologists try to exhaust every possible curable option before landing on a diagnosis of CJD. Dr. Michael Geschwind of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues found it took CJD patients almost eight months from the onset of symptoms until they were correctly diagnosed, on average. By then, most only had a few months left to live. The study included 97 people, age 26 to 83, referred to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center between 2001 and 2007. Seventeen of them had been correctly diagnosed with CJD at their first assessment - but it took much longer for others. Caselli said that because symptoms of different brain-related disorders often overlap, magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is typically the best way to see what’s going on in the brain and make a diagnosis. But even so, that doesn’t always work. “The more definitive one can be, the more one can save the patient who’s pretty oblivious through all this from getting dragged from one doctor to another,” he added.
ISLAMABAD: Police personnel trying to stop lawyers of Rawalpindi, Islamabad to enter into Diplomatic Enclave during a protest rally against antiIslam film.—PO photo Sultan Bashir
Pillion riding banned
ISLAMABAD—The federal interior ministry has imposed Section 144 for two days in the capital city that bans pillion riding. According to media reports, Section 144 has been imposed in the federal capital on Friday that will remain effective till Saturday. The ban has also been imposed on carrying weapons in the city. According to Sources, Federal interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired a high level meeting and Section 144 has been imposed in the federal capital. According to sources, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has issued orders banning pillion riding in Islamabad over concerns of terrorist attacks. He also dictated law enforcement officials to beef up checking of suspected vehicles within red zone area and at all entrances and exits of RAWALPINDI: Students stage play during a drama competition in connection with Islamabad, sources said. PoPunjab Youth Festival at Arts Council on Friday. lice told that a man has been arrested in connection with spraying bullets on Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Sher Mohammad while attacking Tarnol police station on Friday, September 21.—Online
Drama competition highlights social issues
CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Two dramas were staged at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in inter colleges and universities drama competition in connection with Punjab Youth Festival here on Friday. Member National Assembly Tahira Aurangzeb along with Naheed Manzoor was the guest of honor. The students of Government Khadija Umer Girls Degree College, Rawalpindi staged a play with the name of “Ghar tu Akhir Apna hai” which was written and directed by Rabia Rashid and
Nabeela Awan. The importance of education was highlighted in the play. The theme was that education gives awareness and gives ability to understand right and wrong. The second drama was staged by the students of Federal Urdu University. The title of the drama was “Umeed Abhi Baqi hai” and was written and directed by Waqas Aziz. The main subject of the drama was fanaticism and social evils and cure of these evils is education. Addressing on the occasion,MNA Tahira
Friday sees more anti-blasphemy rallies Security beefed up in Capital; Malik warns of attacks
STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD— Friday saw yet another spate of rallies against the blasphemous American movie, whence effigies of American rulers, film makers, and the notorious blasphemer priest Terry Jones were burnt. Traders, students, transporters, and various organizations including lawyers’ fraternity carried out rallies: while PML-N, JI and Pakistan Sunni Tehrik also participated with equal zest, in presence of heavy police and law enforcement personnel. JI carried out its protest rally at
Visa denial to foreign journalists condemned ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has condemned the denial of visas to foreign journalists and peace activists wanting to cover and participate in the party’s peace march and anti drone rally to South Waziristan. Two international fame journalists Carol Grayson and Abdulhalim Helali have been refused visa by Pakistan embassy in UK, the PTI said. The reasons given for refusal include excuses like that Waziristan is a no go area and that PTI cannot guarantee the security of those who it wants to take along. Another excuse is that the clearance for the visas to be granted would take around 2 months.—INP
Aurangzeb said that performance is a useful way for conveying the message because it is long lasting. She said that this act of RAC is commendable in which besides providing a platform to young generation of the region, it also educates practically. Education is the only way to resolve all the issues comprehensively, she added. Director RAC, Waqar Ahmed said that the Council is playing pivotal role for the advancement of fine arts and such kind of activities for the encouragement of youth will be continued.
‘Harms of noise pollution go unnoticed’ SANA JAMAL I SLAMABAD —The music blaring out of cars to annoying vehicle horns, from deafening fireworks at weddings to irritating chime of mobile phones, our ears are exposed to incessant battering that can take a serious toll on health. This unnoticed and often ignored form of pollution was the topic of discussion here at a symposium on “Effective Measures to Eradicate Noise Pollution” organized by Human Appeal International-Pakistan (HAI-Pak). In recent years, noise levels have gone up in cit-
ies with the increase in urban development but the issue has still not aroused public attention and is generally deemed as mere annoyance. “Noise pollution is not considered a serious issue in our society owing to its intangible nature” observed Dr Azra Yasmin, environmentalist and head of Fatima Jinnah Women University’s Environmental studies department, speaking at the seminar. Shahid Mehmood, a PhD scholar from Arid University, informed the hall-packed audience that “noise 140 decibels (sound level) can cause serious and immediate damage to health” while pro-
longed exposure to noise above 85-90 decibels can cause hearing loss. Disability from excessive sound also includes cardiovascular diseases, sleep disruption, diminished productivity. Today, millions of Pakistanis endure noise pollution every day caused by planes, road traffic, stereos, electronic gadgets et cetera. Traffic related noise, however, is said to account for nearly two-third of the total noise pollution in an urban area. “Air craft noise is one of the biggest form of noise pollution in the country” told Professor Dr Azra Yasmin. “What we lack is urban planning. Nowhere in the world are
residential areas and airports as close as in Pakistan” she maintained. The reason why airports are located far from the residential areas worldwide is to minimise the noise issues as it causes serious health problems such as hearing problems, sleep disturbance and decreased performance among the residents as well as environmental. Focus on individual responsibility is needed to create an environmentally friendly society since merely government legislations cannot help curtail noise pollution. This refreshing suggestion was the crux of the symposium. “Charity begins at
home. So let’s start from our homes and commit that we will not tease anyone in our homes, offices, neighborhoods and anywhere with a loud noise” said Nisar Ahmed, Country Director of HAI-Pak. “We can start from our offices and homes by launching ‘Green Office Campaign’ to spread awareness about noise pollution” said Shaheer Elahi from Human Resource Development Network (HRDN). “Silence zones should also be established and fine on unnecessary use of horns must be implemented” proposed DurreShawar, a student.
Gulzar-e-Quaid, as led by its leader Farid Piracha and local leadership, chanting vociferous anti-American slogans. Berating the refusal of American President Obama to punish and control the blasphemers, the speakers exhorted the imprudent rulers to wake up to dual standards of a distrustful America, who was engaged in an unrepentant genocide of tribals through drone attacks, while losing no opportunity to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims at any given moment. A huge rally of the District Bar Rawalpindi
lawyers reached the Shams gate of the US Embassy but were sent back by the security forces after they submitted their protest resolution. The participants of the rally offered Friday prayers at Constitution Avenue before proceeding towards the diplomatic enclave. Security in Islamabad has been beefed up in anticipation of anti-Islam film protests. The administration and police have sealed Red Zone in Islamabad to prevent protest against sacrilegious film. Meanwhile, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that no one would
be stopped for staging peaceful protest against the sacrilegious movie, but damage to public property under the cover of protest should be avoided. While talking to media out side the parliament here on Friday, he said that there is danger of suicidal and terrorist attacks in Quetta, Karachi and Islamabad and security has been tightened on Friday in view of the possible danger. On receipt of the possible information of entering terrorists into the capital, entry of all the vehicles was banned into the capital city after 01.00 PM.
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September 29 TO welcome autumn “Ottoman jewels” is now showcasing new and exquisite Turkish designs in silver, bronze and in cloth setting will be exhibiting different variety of gems in vibrant colours on Saturday and Sunday, at 44, street 29, F-8/1, from 11 am till 8 pm. October 1 THE Institute of Strategic Studies, is organizing a Public Talk on ;Drones” A Threat to US National Security’, by Ms. Ann Wright, Former US Deputy Ambassador and author of the book ‘Dissent: Voice of Conscience’, at 11:30 hrs at its premises. October 02 THE Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad is organising a seminar on ‘Pakistan in the era of turbulent diplomacy,’ a book authored by Dr Samiullah Koreshi at 11:30 pm at its premises, F-5/2 October 6 THE report on Devolution and Social Development by Social Policy and Development Centre will be launched on Saturday 6 th October 2012, at 02:30 p.m at Marriot hotel Islamabad. The report looks into the various aspects of the implementation issues of the 18 th constitutional amendment including the emerging issues. Continues LARGEST exhibition of Pakistani contemporary art celebrating 30 years of Rohtas Gallery is on at the National Art Gallery until October 24th. The exhibition is taking place in galleries 5,6, and 7 of the National Art Gallery. Gallery timing are Sunday to Thursday from 10 A.M. to 5 pm.
Transport facility to be ensured in schools I SLAMABAD —Senate subcommittee on Cabinet Secretariat here on Friday directed Federal Directorate of Education to ensure transport facility to all the schools and girls college attached with the it. The sub-committee comprised of convener, Senator Dr. Mrs. Saeeda Iqbal and two members Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan and Senator Rubina Khalid also asked FDE to maintain same education standard in all its institution. The meeting was informed that 76 posts were laying vacant in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), whereas 178 persons are working in it on deputation, adding that 49 FDE officials are also rendering services in other departments on deputation. Director General FDE, Dr. Shahnaaz Anjum Riaz, said that they are striving to maintain a standard in class rooms and for the purpose they prepared a plan of constructing 26 new blocks in different institutions but lack of funds halted the project. The meeting was also pointed out a major flaw in distribution of academic institutions in rural and urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory. Only 25 percent institutions were established in rural ares where number is students is much more higher than urban areas and 75 percent were constructed in Urban areas which created lots of problems for administration. Few institutions which were established in rural areas cannot have enough facilities and have limited sanctioned teaching and non-teaching staff which aggravated the problem to facilitate more students, FDE staff informed the meeting.—APP
tiveness of societies and commonality among peoples. Therefore, the knowledge and learning of these languages will not only make you cognizant of the issues faced by these societies but will also help you to create commonness among nations and develop national integration, he added. Moreover, with reference to seminar M.R. Shafaq presented his research article on the contemporary trends in literature of Pashto language, Washid Buzdar read his research article on literature in Balouchi language, Hakim Ali Baru highlighted the salient features of literature in Sindhi language, Dr Humera Ashfaq presented the case of literature in Seraiki language, Haris Khaleeq presented the current trends in English literature while Dr Abid Sial presented his research article on trends in literature of Urdu language with regards to different genres. Though the speakers highlighted the different distinctive features of each regional language, one thing which every one categorically stated was the literature of each these regional languages is as up to the mark as is the literature in Urdu language since literature of every language is
employed for the same purpose. I SLAMABAD —The knowlLiterature in all these regional languages and naedge and learning of different tional language of Pakistan regional languages of Pakipresent and raise the issues stan will lead to promotion of of life with equal justice and strong centre, federation, and force. Besides, the speakers nationalism, renowned poet at the seminar said that literaIftikhar Arif said while adture in these languages also dressing a seminar “Literature has a great deal of commonof Pakistani Regional Lanalities as we find the saint of guages and Contemporary Sindh convey the same mesTrends” at National Universage in Sindhi which was dissity of Modern Languages seminated by the saints in (NUML), Islamabad, Friday. Punjab or any other area. The seminar was arSpeaking at the occasion, ranged by Iftikhar Arif on beAbdul Hameed, Chairman Pahalf of Department of Urdu kistan Academy of Letters, Language and Literature and said that the arrangement of Department of Pakistani Rethe seminar is a worth appregional Languages of the Uniciating step as it will promote versity. Pakistani literature as a whole The seminar was presided and help students to underover by Abdul Hameed, Chairstand the richness of their man Pakistan Academy of culture and society. Letter (PAL), Dr Saeeda It is announced that next Asadullah, Former VC Fatima such seminar will be sponJinnah Women University, sored and arranged by the and Rector NUML Maj Gen Pakistan Academy of Letters, ISLAMABAD: PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif embraces BNP leader Akhter Mengal on his arrival. (Retd) Masood Hasan. he added. Dr Saeeda In opening address, Asadullah, Former VC Fatima Iftikhar Arif told the audience Jinnah Women University, that Pakistan has some very also appreciated the initiative distinct regions and each is by Urdu Department of enriched with a beautiful lanNUML. In the end Dr guage, culture and society. Roubeena Shaheen, Head of Their literature depicts the Urdu Language and Literature beauty and universality of ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Po- lice Medal and Pakistan Podepartment, presented those regional languages, dilice will ensure peace and lice Medal over outstanding R AWALPINDI —The utility shields to the guests and versity and commonalities of tranquillity in the city at ev- as well as courageous perfor- services on the Sixth Road speakers of the seminar. cultures, richness and primiI SLAMABAD —Federal gov- ery cost and forward the mance. Flyover project were causing ernment, as part of its secu- names of gallant cops for He also handed over the hindrance in initiation of the rity measures on Friday im- police medals who got in- cheque of Rs. 2,00,000 to the mega project expected to reposed section 144 and also jured but stood firm during brother of ASI Sher Ahmed solve the traffic problems. banned pillion riding for next the protests in bid to main- who got seriously injured to Sources said that Punjab two days in Islamabad. foil attempt of mischievous Highways Department would tain law and order. A meeting chaired by InThis was stated by In- elements to attack at Tarnol pay Rs32 million to WAPDA, terior Minister, Rehman Malik spector General of Police police station. The IGP also Rs25 million to Water and here reviewed law and order Islamabad Bani Amin Khan mentioned the spirit of those Sanitation Agency (WASA) situation in Capital and de- while addressing the gather- under training recruits who and Rs8.3 million NTC for the cided to further enhance the ing of cops who performed accomplished their duties shifting of utility services. security. The utility services induties during protests with great responsibility deSecretary Interior, Chief against blasphemous film in spite lack of resources to clude 36-inch diameter water Commissioner Islamabad, In- the city and foiled the de- them. supply line from Rawal dam, spector General of Police signs of mischievous eleBani Amin Khan said that 24-inch diameter water supIslamabad, DIG Security, rep- ments to harm public and police is not against the pro- ply line emerging from resentatives of Rangers, Fron- government property. tests but it will oppose those Khanpur dam, PTCL extier Constabulary and other The IGP distributed demonstrators who will try to change network and electriclaw enforcement agencies at- awards and commendation harm public property and cre- ity lines of 13 feeders of tended the meeting. certificates among these po- ate chaos. The IGP said that WAPDA go through the The meeting was in- licemen and said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Sixth Road flyover. formed that as per information Islamabad police is proud of Ashraf visited Pakistan InstiConstruction experts firing incidents and subver- gallant cops who have the tute of Medical Sciences hos- have been facing problems in sive activities can take place ability to counter any chal- pital to inquire about the shifting utility services during the protests. lenge with responsibility. health of injured cops and which cause nuisance in the The Minister said no- DIG Security Amed appreciated the performance initiation of work at the construction site. However, 10 ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters Abdul Hameed presenting a univer- body would be allowed to Mukaram, AIG Establishment of Islamabad police. enter the Red Zone or Diplo- Khalid Khan Khatak, SSP He said that best treat- piles were dug up for the consity shield to a speaker at seminar on Pakistani Regional Languages at NUML. matic Enclave.—APP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq, ment facilities are being pro- struction of ramp of flyover. A survey was conducted SSP (Headquarters) vided to the injured cops folMuhammad Yousuf Malik, all lowing the directions of Prime for the shifting of utility services of WAPDA services, SPs, SDPOs and SHOs were Minister. The IGP hoped for simi- water supply lines, and optialso present on the occasion. The IGP said that a spe- lar brilliant performance in cal fibre link the other day. Sources said that Sui gas cial committee has been con- future and said that stituted to evaluate the per- Islamabad Police will leave department has given deformance of police cops and no stone unturned to ensure mand notice of Rs15 million tion of District Implementation cient budget for health sector STAFF REPORTER it would recommend the protection to the lives and for the shifting of its utility Committee (DIC) for stringent to tackle the growing tobacco names for Qauid-e-Azam Po- property of citizens.—INP services. —INP R AWALPINDI—In next gen- enforcement measures, disease burden in Pakistan. He S TAFF R EPORTER headed by District Coordinapromised to highlight the receral elections, voters should of not vote for those candidates tion Officers (DCOs), re-noti- ommendations who smoke, appeal a groups fication of federal and provin- TheNetwork for Complete R A W A L P I N D I — D o c t o r s of 40 Rawalpindi politicians cial Advertisement Guidelines Ban on Tobacco Advertising, working in the allied hospibelonging to major political Committees was emphasized Promotion and Sponsorship tals and Rawalpindi Mediby leaders and district repre- in party meetings to include cal College have expressed parties of the country. This appeal was made sentatives of major political tobacco control in charter of grave concerns over unlawPakistan Peoples Party. from the forum of TheNetwork parties. ful allotment and occupaPoliticians resolute the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf tion of the residences and for Consumer Protection that was organized in Rawapindi enforcement of Prohibition of (PTI) which has recently in- hostels of the hospitals and to muster the local proticians Smoking & Protection of troduced its health policy, college. support for the enforcement Non-smokers Health Ordi- Farah Agha, President PTI The allotments of the of tobacco control laws in the nance 200 and Pakistan To- Rawalpindi & Islamabad houses and in the hostels bacco Vendors Act 1958 in a (Women Wing) suggested are done without following country. Nadeem Iqbal, Executive session for parliamentarians religious clergies to advocate rules and regulations and coordinator said that the lead- and politicians organized by people for quit smoking and once a house or room is alers of the political parties TheNetwork for Consumer following tobacco control lotted to a person, if belaws through Juma sermons. should take a queue from their Protection in Rawalpindi. Tahira Aurangzaib, MemFouzia Naz, General Sec- comes impossible to be vapoliticians and should not award tickets to the smokers ber National Assembly retary (Women Wing) Paki- cated from the occupant. According to sources, that it will jeopardize their (MNA) suggested parents to stan Muslim League (Q) sugcommitment to promoting play their role in effective man- gested to include tobacco residence of the Medical ner to reduce tobacco con- control in curriculums of Superintendent (MS) of public health. young children to save Paki- Benazir Bhutto Hospital Politicians endorse sup- sumption among youth. Sultan Mahmood Qazi, stani youth from tobacco haz- (BBH) Rawalpindi is occuport for complete ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promo- senior leader and Member ards. District representative pied by Holy Family Hospition and Sponsorship and ef- Central Executive Committee, of MQM suggested to ban- tal (HFH) MS, Captain fective enforcement of to- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ish tobacco sale points from (Retd) Dr Fiaz, where he is RAWALPINDI: Students reciting Naat during Mehfil-e-Milad at FG Post-Graduate Colbacco control laws. Activa- emphasized to allocate suffi- residential areas. living with his family. —INP lege for Women at Salma Masood Memorial Hall.
Section 144 imposed, pillion riding banned for two days
Politicians endorse support for tobacco control policies
IGP gives awards to gallant cops
Utility services hinder Flyover construction
Illegal allotments grip hospitals, medical college residences, hostels
Experts present proposals on non-conventional defence I SLAMABAD —Eminent ex- meeting of any committee of ing economy, social sector parliament could not be- fatal for Pakistan. He said endeavours in nuclear field. of perts on non-conventional defence, counter terrorism strategy, and Afghanistan and FATA issues put forth their proposals on Friday during an exclusive brainstorming session of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence held here to formulise policy guidelines for the government and the parliament. Dr Shireen Mazari, Salim Safi, and Tariq Khosa made their respective presentations during the session chaired by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, and attended by Senators Farhatullah Babar, Syed Faisal Raza Abidi, Sehr Kamran, Col. (retd) Tahir Mashhadi, Haji Mohammad Adeel, Raja Zafarul Haq and Ishaq Dar. The session, which was the first-ever public hearing
the Parliament, was also attended by a 13-member delegation of National Defence University (NDU), experts, students and journalists. Talking to APP, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the session had been entitled “towards a new defence strategy” which was aimed at making policy briefings for the parliamentarians. “We want to get the input by different segments of the society for devising a robust defence policy. In this regard, we have recorded all the proposals given by our analysts. Eventually, we will make public Defence Policy Strategy as policy guidelines which will be unveiled in January 2013,” he added. He said the defence policy guidelines would cover different aspects of the defence strategy, also includ-
and defence. “The people of Pakistan are major stakeholders of our defence policy and we will work to spread awareness among the public, the Parliament and the media,” he added. He said that the committee was aiming to cover three objectives through public hearings, including to review current issues pertaining to defence sector and to determine what changes are mandatory to the defence policy; and to provide new policy ideas and guidelines so that the country’s national defence policy represents emerging ground realities to better serve the people. Mushahid said it was time that the issues needed not to be kept secret from the public. He said that the
come supreme without practical contribution from civilian rulers and it could only get a lead role through playing a leadership role, innovation, ideas, better performance and taking initiatives. Senior journalist Salim Safi gave an overview of the law and order situation in Afghanistan and FATA. He pointed out that a new grouping was emerging in Afghanistan and in the fast changing scenario, no single group could emerge victorious in the war torn country. He proposed that Pakistan should support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led solution to the Afghan problem as keeping eggs in one or two baskets had proved counter-productive. He said that the situation was fluid in Afghanistan and any mistake could prove
that the people of FATA had become a sandwich between the rival forces and it was imperative for the government to bring the tribal areas in the mainstream and annul FCR and other black laws. During the session, Dr Mazari made her presentation on the nuclear programme. She gave her overview of the country’s achievements in the non-conventional defence. She also gave a comparative narrative between the country’s nuclear and missile programme and other nations, especially India. Mazari proposed that Pakistan should insist on its stated position on FMCT to safeguard its advantage against other nuclear countries as fissile material control may jeopardise its future
She said that Pakistan should launch a diplomatic lobbying to get India-like treatment waivers on the FMCT. She called for inducting Nasr Missile to the country’s armory to counter the “Colt Start” doctrine or limited war doctrine of India. Mazari said that Cruise Missile could break missile shield programme of India, which the neighbouring state had evolved with assistance from the US. She said that the country should spend more on the nuclear programme, which was a useful deterrence in the modern era Former DG FIA Tariq Khosa covered militancy and counter- terrorism areas and said that the government should also ban office- bearers of banned outfits instead
banning militant organisations. Khosa said that since the government had introduced effective laws to curb illegal transactions to the banned outfits through “Hundi and Hawala”, annual remittances had grown manifold. Regarding the Balochistan unrest, Khosa said that the government should revive policing across the province and the FC should be sent to bordering areas and police should replace Levis. Moreover, he added that the monitoring of highways should be assigned to the Frontier Constabulary. He said Baloch youth were very much loyal to the state and and they should be engaged and employed properly to end poverty in the province.—APP
AJK govt health package designed for common man
Buyer-seller meet held at Kashmir Haat SRINAGAR—In a bid to boost Valley handloom sector, Directorate of Handloom Development organized a buyer-seller meet at Kashmir Haat here. Shantmanu, Commissioner/Secretary, Industries and Commerce speaking to the buyers and sellers appreciated the role of Handloom Department in organizing such exhibitions. “The buyer-seller meets provide a platform to the local artisans where they learn new techniques and traits,” Shantmanu said, adding that in future such practice should be promoted in future too to boost the handloom sector. Pertinently, the buyer seller meet is the part of ongoing National Handloom Expo currently going at Kashmir Haat. The expo was inaugurated by minister for Industries, S S Slathia on Sep 17 and will continue till Oct 1. Mehraj ud Din Kenu, Director Handloom speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of handloom sector for boosting economy of the state. “Handloom is very vast sector; if it can be tapped properly it can provide employment to thousands of people in the state,” he said adding: “It is after gap of decades that a Handloom expo has taken place in Kashmir.” “Our local Tweed fabric production is sufficient to meet our local requirements. But we need to fully utilize it in order to help our state sustain local requirements of tweed,” Kenu said adding that “we are also selling items made of local tweed in the exhibition.” “Response from the buyers and sellers has been very good so far. These events will provide ample opportunities to local artisans, craftsmen to learn new skills and techniques from outside buyers and artisans,” he said.—NNI
Future Choice in to separate Kashmir SRINAGAR —The Ambience Group has announced commencement of its operations in Kashmir. The company under the brand “Future Choice” shall offer range of products like soft drinks, nimbu pani, namkeens, kitchen appliances etc. Piyush Kumar, Managing Director of the company speaking at a function here said there is a tremendous need for modern housing and hence kitchen appliances will meet the needs of the customers. “Our retail format business is divided into three initiatives viz. kitchen appliances, food and beverages and modular kitchen,” Kumar said, while giving a brief of the functions of the company. The function was followed by dealer distributor meet.—NNI
Over Rs 10m goods traded across LoC POONCH—Goods worth over Rs 10 million were traded across the Line of Control (LoC) between Azad Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point here, officials said. As many as 10 trucks rolled out from the Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) here to Azad Kashmir, they said, adding, these trucks carried bags of onions, bananas and coriander worth Rs 25,55,535. From Azad Kashmir, 14 trucks carrying bags of dry dates, herbs, mangoes and apple worth Rs 74,56,200 entered India, they said.Officials from both sides monitored transportation of these goods twice during the day.—NNI
Creation of 2270 new posts announced A H RAO MIRPUR—The government of AJ&K Friday announced a grand health package for the state including the creation of 2270 new vacancies for providing swift health cover to the ailing humanity across the region. The formal announcement to this effect was made by AJ&K Prime Minister Chaudry Abdul Majeed at a press conference in Muzaffarabad this afternoon. While speaking on the occasion the Premier lauded the efforts of his health minister saying it was a huge gift for the people of AJ&K and credit must be given to Sardar Qamar MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed addressing a press conference along with Ministers on Zaman. He expressed his hearthealth package. felt gratitude to the government of Pakistan which, besides its worst financial crises, gener-
Mufti assures support to RTI activists
IHK Valley shuts on Geelani’s call
vide GAD’s SRO no 279 dated 30/Aug/2012. They informed the Mufti that amended rules have virtually eroded all the powers of the State Information Commission and it would be a great loss to the RTI applicants and RTI applicants. While interacting with the activists, Mufti promised full support to the activists’ cause and also assured that in the coming assembly sessions his party
leader Syed Ali Geelani against Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s Jammu and Kashmir visit received partial response here. Shops, schools and business establishments remained closed and very few public and private vehicles plied on the city roads. However, government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally. The main markets in some far flung areas of the Valley remained shut. However, many shops in these areas remained open. Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in full riot gear were deployed in sensitive areas here to ensure security during the president’s visit. No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the city. The United Jehad Council (UJC) has supported the shutdown call.—INP
ously granted development funds to AJ&K government for mega projects. “This grand health package would help us coping with major issues faced in health sector, new and modern equipments will be installed in hospitals and shortage of medicine would no longer be a problem in our hospitals now”, he maintained. The Prime Minister assured that the package would be implemented fully and relief would be provided to the people with best of government’s capacity. The minister for health AJ&K, providing details about the package, stated that notification of the approval of the package along with 1082 new positions has already been issued saying that 727 professionals would be hired in next phase and another 500 vacancies will
Bhimbher district gets new DC, SP
SRINAGAR—Complete strike JAMMU—A delegation of the society at the appropriate forum would raise the issue and press was observed in Kashmir and SP Jamil Ahmed from the RTI activists and senior citizens and repeal the new RTI Rules for restoring all the powers of called by veteran Hurriyet MIRPUR—Senior bureaucrat led by Sangarsh RTI movement met chief patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his Jammu residence and apprised him about the recent amendments made in Right to Information Rules by the state government and the resentment amongst the general public. The delegates urged the former chief minister to raise the genuine concern of the civil
the anti-graft institutions like state information commission, State Accountability Commission and State Vigilance Organization. Former chief minister further reiterated that his party never supports anti-transparency moves and it was only during his chief ministership that the Jammu and Kashmir state became pioneer in introducing the RTI Act in year 2004.—INP
Kishanganga power project to meet 2016 deadline SRINAGAR—The work on Rs spected the 23 km long tunnel Permanent Court of Arbitration 3,642 crore Kishan-Ganga Hydro Electric power project in Bandipora district of north Kashmir is in full swing to meet the deadline of 2016. “Rs 1637.73 crore stand utilised on the 330-MW power project so far. About 10 km, out of 23 km long tunnel, has been completed,” officials said briefing Union Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal. “Venugopal, accompanied by Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan, made an extensive tour of Bandipora and inspected the Dam site of the project, 57 km from here,” an official spokesman said. He said the team, which also included MLA Bandipora Nizam-u-Din Bhat, MLA Gurez Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Director NHPC J K Sharma, Principal Secretary Power Sudhansu Pandey and District Development Commissioner Bandipora Manzoor Ahmad Lone, in-
which is in progress. During the visit, the spokesman said people of the area put forth various demands which include providing of better power supply and employment to unemployment youth in the power project. The ministers assured the locals that their genuine demands would be considered sympathetically and sought their cooperation in the execution of the power project aimed at overall development of the area. The Kishanganga Plant, located 5 km north of Bandipora, is part of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme that is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum River basin. Construction on the project began in 2007 and is expected to be complete in 2016. The construction on the dam was halted by the Hague’s
(CoA) in October, 2011 due to Pakistan’s protest of its effect on the flow of the Kishanganga River (called the Neelum River in Pakistan). Pakistan approached the Hague’s Permanent CoA, complaining the Plant violates the Indus River Treaty between the two countries by increasing the catchment of the Jhelum River and depriving Pakistan of its water rights. In June 2011, the CoA visited both the Kishanganga and Neelum–Jhelum Projects. In August 2011, they ordered India to submit more technical data on the project. India had previously reduced the height of the dam from 98 m (322 ft) to 37 m (121 ft). After Pakistan’s application was first rejected, the court asked India late September to stop constructing any permanent works that would inhibit restoration of the river.—NNI
of AJK government belonging to DMMG group Ch. Muhammad Tayyeb and Sardar Muhammad Illayas of Police group, have taken over the charges of their respective offices as Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Bhimbher respectively. The induction of both the officials came in to action in place of Deputy Commissioner Khawaja Muhammad Naeem and Superintendent Police Jamil Ahmed of Bhimbher district who were removed from their offices as a result of the inquiry report about the recent alleged police firing on a mob at the District Court premises in Bhimbher. Both of the removed DC Khawaja Naeem and SP Jamil Ahmed have been directed by the government to report to the Services & General Administration Department of AJK government with immediate effect, the sources told media here today The removal of both the DC Khawaja Muhammad Naeem
offices came in to action as a result of the protest by the local member of AJK Legislative Assembly Ch. Tariq Farooq belonging to the opposition benches over the ruthless police firing on a mob in front of the DC and SP offices at District Court premises in Bhimbher on Tuesday (September 18) last. The incident had claimed the one life of an opposition worker Abdul Hamid and injuring of another. Since then, the area was in the grip of severe tension and unrest. The tension had sparked to major street demonstrations between the local arch rival political groups in the area belonging to PPP and the PML (N) after a minor clash between two women while grazing cattle in the fields and later between the male members belonging to the two parties. Meanwhile, the newlyposted Deputy Commissioner Bhimbher Ch. Muhammad Tayyeb took over the charge of his office.
be announced in its third and final phase. “ so far, after establishing the government in AJ&K, we have created 1780 new posts with 2 medical colleges and third one in progress”, he added. The health minister observed that the PPP government was doing its best to implement on the election manifesto it had promised to the people of the state and this health package was one of those promises which have been fulfilled. “We had announced to reduce unemployment and today we are going to announce more than two thousand jobs for the people of the state as government of Pakistan is providing all necessary resources to maximize our efforts and complete the developmental projects along with provision of employment”, he held.
Hurriyet leaders arrested in occupied Kashmir S RINAGAR —In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police arrested several Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmad Shah and detained them in police stations. The leaders were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.The police arrested Syed Ali Gilani when he came out of his Hyderpora residence to offer Juma prayers and lodged him at the Humhama Police Station. Meanwhile, the police took into custody Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Javed Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Raja Waseem Lone outside the Freedom House in Srinagar and lodged them at the Saddar Police Station. They were scheduled to address a public meeting in Sopore town. The occupation authorities placed Hurriyet leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest.—Online
Geelani thanks people for observing strike SRINAGAR—Chairman
Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani thanked people for observing strike, a statement issued here by the amalgam said. “Kashmiris through democratic mode has sent a clear message to president of India that they don’t accept the illegal occupation of India,” Geelani said, adding, “Eyes of Indian leadership should open that people of Kashmir won’t bog down under suppressive means.” Geelani also congratulated Kashmir University scholars and students for registering their protest on president of India’s visit, the statement said. “They have cautioned Indian leadership that Kashmir University and other educational institutes can’t be allowed to be used as launching pads.” Geelani, according to the statement, advised Indian president Pranab Mukherjee that he advice his country’s policy makers to respect the claims of largest democracy and “allow people right of self determination.” Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the psyche of majority of Kashmiris and pro-freedom have been demanding end of MUZAFFARABAD: Leader of the Opposition in AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq New Delhi’s rule in the region.—NNI Haider addressing a press conference at MPC.
MUZAFFARABAD: Minister for Housing and Works Ch Muhammad Rasheed is being briefed about Kohala Road project.
Don’t link Panchayats with K-issue: Tarigami SRINAGAR—With the killings nerable. of Sarpanchs and Panchs triggering a wave of panic, State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and MLA Kulgam Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has asked mainstream and pro-freedom parties not to link the Panchayats with the larger political issue of Kashmir. Tarigami also slammed mainstream parties for ‘politicizing’ Panchayat election conducted last year, saying this is the primary reason for making grass root representatives vul-
Addressing a news conference at his Gupkar residence here, the CPI (M) leader minced no words in castigating mainstream parties for associating Sarpanchs and Panchs with them. “It is a known fact that the Panchayat election was held on non-party basis, but it is unfortunate that political tinge was given to these polls. When the elections were over, the parties indulged in mad race on claiming that numbers were with
them. This politicization made the lives of Panchayat representatives vulnerable,” he said. “Panchayat election was misinterpreted and everybody tried to construe it in his/her own way. Some claimed it is the end of political problem; some linked it with the larger political problem of Kashmir,” he added. At the same time, Tarigami while directly addressing the separatists, said that Panchayati Raj system won’t have any bearing on Kashmir dispute.—NNI
Kashmiris want cessation in all forms of violence: Mirwaiz N EW Y ORK —Stating that tal freedoms.” He said that “self determination and terror- lence and what is essential is to partners Kashmiris have been victim of ‘double standards’ by the powerful nations, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that people of Kashmir believe in cessation in all forms of violence. Addressing OIC Contact Group Meeting on Kashmir in New York, the Hurriyat chairman said in a statement sent to GNS, “We as a nation have loved peace and we invoke the support of OIC fraternity for bringing an end to the atmosphere of uncertainty, repression and denial of fundamen-
Kashmiris are the part of the global family and “as such we deserve your proactive role in ending our agony and pain.” “I am here to convey, the collective pain of my people which has taken different forms during the last sixty four years of the conflict. We became victims of cold war political dynamics after 1957 and at present our struggle for self determination is misrepresented and misinterpreted by those who have deprived us of our basic right to self determination.” He said that a line has to be drawn between a struggle for
ism”. “We condemn terrorism in all its hues and shades. Let it be known to the entire world that Kashmiris want a peaceful resolution of the conflict, they only want redemption of their pledged right of self determination in the United Nations charter, Geneva conventions, and the International covenant on the Economic and social rights and the international agreements reached at the United Nations security council between India and Pakistan,” he said, adding, “We believe in cessation in all forms of vio-
acknowledge the fact the present phase of Kashmir struggle is peaceful but the terror of the state has continuously haunted it and between 2008 to 2010 more than 125 young protestors were killed in cold blood.” Transformation of the atmosphere of violence and turmoil is essential for a productive and meaningful dialogue, he said. “OIC in conjunction with International Fora can facilitate this atmosphere. Dialogue is the key but prior to the dialogue the political will of the negotiating
should be forthcomming.” He said that Kashmiris welcome India and Pakistan engagement. “Recently we have seen India and Pakistan deciding to put the negotiating process back on its rails. India and Pakistan foreign ministers have recently met to demolish atmosphere of mistrust and move forward.” However, he said, Kashmiris are sceptical about the fact that how India and Pakistan dialogue on Kashmir would proceed and weather it would lead to a satisfactory settlement of the issue. “If his-
tory of Indo-Pak bilateralism on Kashmir is any guide, there seems little prospect for success except as has happened so often before talks have lasted over long periods without achieving anything substantial.” He suggested that the dialogue should be inclusive time framed and based on ground realities. “The authentic Kashmiri leadership should be an inseparable component of this engagement. The right to self determination in any dialogue process is non-negotiable because all fundamental freedoms flow from this basic right.” He said the issue of Jammu
and Kashmir was not a religious issue. “It is an internationally acknowledged political issue and needs a political settlement. I would like to inform this forum, that there is a growing concern even at the people’s level in India and Pakistan to resolve it.” Time and again, he said, Kashmiris have appreciated the positive role the Organisation of Islamic Conference has played to keep the Kashmir issue on the international radar screen. “And from time to time a number of resolutions have been passed during the different foreign ministers conferences and summit meetings,” he said, adding “It is
our concerted appeal that OIC develops a partnership with different international forums and institutions to evolve an international consensus, for the amelioration of the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have yet to choose a political destiny according to their aspirations.” According to a statement issue here, other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion inclide OIC secretary General Professor Akmal-ud- din Ahsan Oglu, Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, and foreign ministers of Saudia Arabia, Turkey, Nigeria.—NNI
Membership drive Staff Reporter L AHORE —The All Pakistan Anjuman-eTajiran (APAT) decided to launch membership drive for Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, announcing to provide membership of chamber to at least 2,000 small traders by March 31, 2013. The decision was taken at a meeting of the APAT Lahore chapter executive committee, presided over by central general secretary Naeem Mir and attended among others by Rana Shahbaz, Shahid Bilal, Ayyub Butt, Sheikh Fazal Elahi, Babar Ismail and Sheikh Israr. The meeting decided that APAT will field its candidates on all seats of the Associate Class in the next election of the Chamber. The meeting also declared to form 8 zonal committees to ensure access to all voters of the LCCI.
Constructors elections Staff Reporter L A H O R E —Constructors Association of Pakistan (CAP has elected Engr Akber Sheikh unopposed as Chairman for 2012-13. Engr Akber Sheikh has served APCA twice previously as Chairman. CAP is the representative association of the construction sector in the country interacting with national and international agencies for resolution of issues and improvement of project delivery system in the country. APCA Chairman is given an exofficio seat on the Governing Body of the Pakistan Engineering Council. Sheikh said that construction was the largest sector of Pakistan’s economy after agriculture, with the gross output about 10 percent of GDP which made it larger than the textile sector. He has vowed to make Construction Association of Pakistan a dynamic organisation worthy of the size of the industry.
Turkey, Exim Bank coop to Punjab in energy sector SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has been assured vigorous cooperation and investment by the Turkish government and Exim Bank in energy and other development sectors of Punjab province. During his visit to Turkey, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif called on Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Chief Executive Officer of Exim Bank Hayrettin Kaplan, separately in Ankara today. In his meeting with the
– Thomas A Edison
province, and special incentives and facilities are being extended for investment in energy sector. He said Turkish companies can benefit from investment opportunities provided in the field of energy in Punjab. He said that cooperation of Turkish government and Turkish companies is the need of the hour to overcome energy crisis in Pakistan. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz appreciated the policies and hard work of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for progress and prosperity of the province
Banks to operate during holidays for tax collection AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that all the field offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation (SBP BSC) and designated branches of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will remain open on Saturday (September 29) and Sunday (September 30) for collection of Government taxes and duties. Field offices of SBP BSC will remain open on September 29 till 8:00 p.m. and on September 30 till 10:00 p.m.,
while the designated branches of NBP will remain open on Saturday and Sunday till 8:00 p.m. SBP has also advised all the banks/ Microfinance banks (MFBs) to provide banking facilities on September 30 till such time that is necessary to facilitate the special clearing by National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT) to be held immediately after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. It may be pointed out that the NIFT will provide special clearing facility after 4.00 p.m. on Sunday (September 30) in
order to ensure that all receipts collected on Sunday (September 30) are credited to the Government Accounts on the same date. Banks/MFBs have been advised to incorporate the impact of September 30 clearings and the permissible activities by designated branches on the same day, in the books of accounts for preparation of their quarterly financial statements, , says BPRD Circular Letter No.23 issued to the Presidents/ Chief Executives of all Banks/ Microfinance banks today.
Bank of AJK’s stakeholders advised to more deposits RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN ing Director of the Bank of implications for due posi-
Azad Jammu and Kashmir on tioning of the bank. Speaking on the occasion man of the Board of AJK the Chief Secretary said “we Bank in Muzaffarabad on Fri- as stake holders of this state day. owned financial institution “All stake holders must must repose our confidence in come forward and patronize the bank and play due role for the bank by routing busi- its sustainable growth. Being ness”, the CS suggested. a state owned entity a sizeable Earlier a detailed brief- chunk of Government busiing high lighting strengths ness should have been routed and challenges being faced through the bank, therefore, all by the bank and measures government departments and to be taken by the govern- autonomous bodies of the state ment for obtaining the sta- must give priority to this bank tus of a scheduled bank and this is the way forward to was given to the partici- strengthen the bank, he added. pants. The Chief Secretary He also emphasized for inculsaid that he will explore all cating a merit and performance possible avenues for in- culture and commercial apcrease in capital and sort- proach to ensure its competiing out other procedural tive edge and sustainability.
MIRPUR (AJK)—“The Bank his appointment as the Chair-
of Azad Jammu & Kashmir has emerged as a profitable corporate entity of the Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in a short span of five years. Impressive performance in a highly competitive banking environment and its role as a national institution dedicated to bring Conversions rates a socio economic change by KARACHI—The following providing banking services rates will be applicable for and extending credit facilities conversion into rupees of throughout the state deForeign Currency Deposits, serves acclaim”. Dollar Bearer Certificates, This was stated by the Foreign Currency Bearer Chief Secretary of AJK govCertificates, Special U.S. ernment Muhammad Arbab Dollar Bonds and profits Shahzad while addressing a thereon by all banks and for reception hosted by Managproviding Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E.25 deposits) by the State Bank on October, 1 2012. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 94.7967, Japanese Yen Rs 1.2210, Pound Sterling Rs 153.8172 and Euro Rs 122.6480.—APP
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Turkish Energy Minister, negotiations were held regarding joint ventures in energy sector in Punjab and cooperation in finding alternative sources of power generation. Talking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that energy crisis has negatively impacted Pakistan’s economic, industrial and agriculture sectors and every segment of the society has been badly affected by loadshedding. He said that Punjab government has created a conducive atmosphere for foreign investment in the
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and assured that Turkish government would extend all possible help to the Punjab government to meet its energy needs. He said that Turkish companies have expressed their keen interest for investing in the energy sector in Punjab. He informed that an energy road show for Punjab would be held in Turkey in the third week of October which will Rashid Abdul Aziz Al-Hassan, leading Saudi Businessman called on Federal Minister be participated by all energy for Interior Rehman Malik. related companies of Turkey. The Chief Minister welcomed the announcement of holding energy road show and especially thanked the Kh Shahzad Nasir for Atari that the President of PakiSTAFF REPORTER Turkish Energy Minister. Industrila Estate, Adnan Butt, stan and the Prime Minister LAHORE —Pakistan Indus- Shahid Baig and Arshad Baig should understand the gravtrial and Traders Associa- here at the PIAF office. The ity of the situation and imtions Front (PIAF) Friday delegation informed the mediately issue orders for decried government for PIAF Chairman of the prob- their letter and spirit impleeight hours power cuts in lems arising out because of mentation. He hoped that this time the industrial areas of the an acute shortage of power, province and termed it a gas and repeated increase in the President or Prime MinSTAFF REPORTER ister would not convene conspiracy to cripple its their tariff. Engineer Sohail Lashari any meeting but would eneconomy. ISLAMABAD—The 16th meetThe Chairman PIAF En- said that two hours increase sure supply of electricity. ing of Competition Consul- gineer Sohail Lashari was in electricity load-shedding And if need arises for any tative Group (CCG) was held addressing a delegation of will not only curtail produc- meeting, the PM would call at the CCP Auditorium on leading industrialists in- tions but would badly hit ex- a meeting of businessmen Friday. cluding Vice Chairman ports and jack-up the graph to know about the conseThe meeting was LTIA Ahmed Haleem Khan, of unemployment therefore quences of repeated and chaired by the CCP Chair- Former Chariman Haroon the decision should be taken longer hour power cuts. person, Ms. Rahat Kaunain Shafiq Ch, Baber Mahmood back for the sake of economy. He said that the indus Hassan and attended by Ch., Ch Zaheer Bhutta and The PIAF chairman said Continued on Page 14 CCP Members Mr. Abdul Ghaffar, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Mr. Shehzad Ansar, Mr. Mueen Batlay, Secretary to the Commission Mr. Hayat Jasra, Registrar of the Commission, Mr. Ikram ul Haque Qureshi, representatives of the Pakistan Electronic Mesions and providing a guide- describing Pakistan Penal STAFF REPORTER dia Regulatory Authority line to upgrade the standard Court, Custom Act and other (PEMRA), Public Procure- I SLAMABAD —The legal re- of services, says a Press Re- relevant laws of Pakistan with ment Regulatory Authority, lease, received from regard to protection of IP Pakistan Engineering Coun- forms being carried out for Singapore here today. rights in the country. strict compliance of Intelleccil, Islamabad Stock ExParticipants of Judges IP Attorney Muhammad change, Pfizer Pakistan Lim- tual Property Organization Colloquium discussed valu- Majid Bashir, Judge Lee Seiu (IPO) Ordinance, which is at ited, Air Blue, Atlas Group, able consideration during Kin, L.T.C. 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Rawalpindi Sohail Nasir and ing Judges Colloquium, orgastan, ICAP, and daily BusiThey stressed the need Uzma Chughtaai Judge Child nized by the World Intellecness Recorder. tual Property Organization for enhancing capacity Protection Court, Lahore, (WIPO) with the assistance building initiatives to involve Faheem Siddique Member Inof European Union under maximum member of Pakistan spection Team, Registrar Trade Related Technical As- Judiciary from all over the Sindh High Court, Rashida sistance Programme TRTA, II country which would help to Asad , Abdul Sattar Member provide legal protection to Inspection Team Lahore High at Singapore. Court, Mr. Muhammad Ayub He also pointed out the the right owners. Different valuable recom- Khan District and Session keen interest and personal STAFF REPORTER efforts of Chairman IPO-Pa- mendations were made by the Judge Peshawar High Court kistan and Member of Na- speakers and participants, in- enthusiastically participated KARACHI—The Chief Execu- tional Assembly Hameed cluding district and sessions in routable sessions and fotive Officer under the author- Ullah Jan Afridi for putting judges from all the provinces cused on legal procedure to ity of the Board of Directors IPO-Pakistan on fast track by of Pakistan, public prosecu- be adopted for protection of of JS Investments Limited taking important policy deci- tors and IP attorneys while IP Rights. has announced interim dividend for JS Income Fund & JS Cash Fund for the first quarter of Financial Year 2013, ending on September 30, 2012. A payout of Rs. 2.00 per unit was approved for the and strong liquidity profile. Growth in overseas operaUnit Holders of JS Cash Fund STAFF REPORTER On account of healthy inter- tions is expected to be underand a payout of Rs. 1.50 per unit was approved for the KARACHI—JCR-VIS Credit nal capital generation, capi- taken in a cautious manner, Unit Holders of JS Income Rating Company Limited has talization levels have going forward. Fund. While demand for public reaffirmed the entity ratings strengthened over time, inUnit Holders who have of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) creasing the protection avail- sector credit has remained strong in the backdrop of ciropted for cash payout will at ‘AA+/A-1+’ (Double A able to depositors. HBL has the largest do- cular debt crisis in the energy receive cash payment while Plus/A-One Plus). Outlook mestic and overseas footprint sector and commodity financUnit Holders who have opted on the ratings is ‘Stable’. for bonus units were alloWith strong domestic amongst commercial banks in ing needs, demand for private cated units at the ex-dividend operations and franchise, Pakistan. With changing sector credit remained weak. net asset value at the close HBL has been able to achieve population demographics This along with deployment of of business on September 27, sizable growth in deposits steady increase in domestic fresh funds generated from 2012. The above entitlement resulting in an increase in branches is planned in se- deposits in government secuwill be paid to the Unit Hold- market share in domestic lected areas. Overseas assets rities has resulted in an iners, whose names appeared banking sector to 13.8% at represented more than one- crease in the bank’s exposure in the register of Unit Hold- end-1Q12. Ratings draw tenth of the bank’s resource to government & public secers at the close of business strength from the cost effec- base; profits arising from the tor entities to 40% of the asset on September 27, 2012. tive and granular deposit mix same were subdued in 2011. base by year-end 2011.
PIAF slates govt for power cuts
CCG unanimously supports CCP’s stance on ICH
IPO Ordinance enactment underway
Interim dividend for JS Income Fund, Cash Fund
HBL entity ratings reaffirmed by JCR-VIS
PML-N unveils economic revival plan STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Economic team of Pakistan Muslim League (N) comprising of Ahsan Iqbal, Deputy Secretary General PML (N), Kamal Ahmed, former Country Head Microsoft Pakistan and Engr Khurram Dastagir Khan, Member National Assembly and Chairman Standing Committee on Commerce visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) for sharing economic vision of their party with business community of
Federal Capital. Speaking on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal said that the role of business community is crucial for the progress and prosperity of the country as world is moving from geo-political structure to geo-economic system. He reiterated his party’s will of reforming current economic condition of the country by protecting investors and public interests. He further said PML-N’s economic team has prepared a comprehensive economic revival plan for uplift of the country’s economy.
He said that Pakistan was currently facing a serious energy crisis due to inconsistent policies of the government. Ahsan Iqbal said that PML-N has unveiled a roadmap to drive the country out of the current crises by adopting prudent economic policies and focusing on three main sectors i.e. energy, economy and education also mentioned as 3E Strategy which would help steer the country come out of the current challenges. Engr Khurram Dastagir khan said that Pakistan needs an economically liter-
ate political party and PML (N) has prepared a progressive economic vision for the development of all sectors of the economy. Kamal Ahmed said that there is dire need to improve the export of software products as our neighbouring nation India is exporting software products having worth of $69.1 billion while Pakistan’s export of software products stood less than $2 billion. In his keynote address, Yassar Sakhi Butt, President, ICCI said Pakistan is facing multiple issues hindering its way towards a robust eco-
nomic development and acute energy crisis is one of the major area due to which the economy is badly suffering while trade and industry are struggling for survival. President ICCI said that it is encouraging to know that PML-N has prepared a package for industrialists and an additional plan to offer interest-free loans for envisioned youth. These are commendable initiatives and will enable the industrialists as well as the youth of the country to be able to unleash their potential and play their part ISLAMABAD: Ahsan Iqbal, Deputy Secretary General in the economic progress of PML-N addressing business community at ICCI.
the country, he maintained. He expressed hope that PML-N under the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif would take measures to move Pakistan towards a knowledge economy by building modern infrastructure, preparing world class human resource, developing globally competitive high value agriculture & manufacturing sectors, strengthening national democratic institutions, establishing good governance & justice, alleviating poverty, protecting freedom of media, and providing quality social services to all.
LG achieves sale of 5m LTE smartphones STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—LG Electronics
KARACHI: The Board of Directors of Pakistan Petroleum Limited at the 61st Annual General Meeting held on Friday. The AGM approved 65 percent cash dividend and 25 percent Bonus.
Cotton production to increase 15m bales STAFF REPORTER M ULTAN —Chairman Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) Aman Ullah hinted at record production of cotton bales despite heavy flood followed by torrential rains in South Punjab. Talking to media here on Thursday, he said that this year the overall production is expected to grow up to 15 million bales of cotton. He informed the overall need of cotton bales for the country’s need was not more than of 13 million. In last year, about 1.5 million cotton bales were exported and this year its ratio would become doubled, he said. He said, if the Agriculture department would extend cooperation to growers, their production would get increased up to large extent. He called for provision of modern technology along techniques to farmers in order to get better production. He said ginners got Rs 30 millions relief of additional taxes following strong efforts of PCGA.
PQ shipping activity K ARACHI —Three
ships namely C.V CMA CGM Eiffel CGM, C.V Lantau Arrow and C.V Michaelas carrying containers were allotted berths at Qasim International Container Terminal during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, two more ships, containers ships (MSC Clementina), and oil tanker (AL-Salam-II) also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the period. Berth occupancy at the port remained 50% on Thursday where seven ships namely C.V CMA CGM Eiffel CGM, C.V Lantau Arrow, C.V Michaelas, M.V Ismail Deeb, M.V Fisher-D, M.V Star Sea Cosmos and M.V Shan Dong Hai Tong are currently at PQA berths to load/offload containers, cement,iron ore and fertilizer during the period. Cargo throughput during last 24 hours stood at 57,149 tonnes, comprises 27,749 tonnes imports and 29,400 tonnes exports, inclusive containerized cargo carried in 1,941 containers (700 imports and 1,241 exports TEUs) were handled at the Port. Two container vessels CMA CGM Eiffel and Michaols-s’ sailed out on Friday morning, while two more ships C.V Lantau Arrow and M.V Ismail Deeb are expected to sail in the afternoon.—APP
PPL’s AGM approves 65pc dividend, 25pc bonus STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) was held here on Friday. An announcement said that the AGM approved the financial statements together with the auditor’s report for the financial year ended June 30, 2012. It further approved payment of final cash dividend of 65 percent on ordinary share capital and issue of bonus shares in proportion of 1 ordinary share for every 4 ordinary shares held by members. This is in addition to an interim cash dividend
of 50% already paid to the shareholders, bringing total distribution for the financial year 2011-12 to 115 percent cash dividend and 25 percent bonus shares. On behalf of the PPL Board, the Managing Director and CEO Asim Murtaza Khan apprised members about the company’s performance, focusing on significant events of financial year ended June 30, 2012. He stated that the company is focused on fast-track exploration and development activities to bring new discoveries on stream through extended well testing and early production facilities, arrest production decline in
mature fields by deploying latest technology, installing booster compression facilities and enlarge portfolio of producing assets through local and international acquisitions. To this end, significant milestones were recorded in the period under review. Key among these were the production increase from PPL-operated assets, a first in the company’s recent history, enabled in part by effectively curtailing the decline rate of Sui Gas Field from 5 to 3 percent, significant progress in exploration activities in blocks acquired in 2009 and capturing business expansion opportunities on the international front.
NTRI urged to focus on production of green tea STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed has stressed the need for focusing on domestic green tea production to meet the requirements of the country. During his visit to National Tea Research Institute (NTRI) Shinkiari, the PARC Chairman said that the country could be self-sufficient in green tea, imports of which have now risen to 33000 metric ton. He said that NTRI should focus on green tea cultivation to make the country selfsufficient in green tea production. Chairman at NTRI, Dr. M. Azeem, Sardar Ghulam Mustafa, Dr. Naseer Malik, Dr. Abdul Hayee Qureshi, Dr. Farrukh S Hamid and other senior scientists were also present during the visit of PARC Chairman. On the occasion, Dr. Farrukh Siyar Hamid, Director (NTRI) briefed the Chairman about the history of tea cultivation and present status of its expansion in the
potential area of Khyber Pukhtoon Khawa. He also gave detailed briefing about present import of tea in the country i.e, 127,000 metric ton of black tea during the year 2011-12. Director NTRI said that Pakistan was the third largest
tion is more economical compared to the black tea. Green tea has been enjoyed by the people in China and Japan for thousands of years, not only for its taste but also for the health benefits associated with it. The secret of green tea
K ARACHI —Procter
importer of tea in the world. Chairman (PARC) was also informed that NTRI has produced 12 clones of high yielding potential and has established the progeny garden. The tea germplasm available in Pakistan are of Chinese origin and best suited for the production of green tea, moreover, the market price and consumer acceptability demands that green tea produc-
lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin, polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful anti- oxidant. The positive health effects of green tea are that it prevents cancer, reduce high blood pressure, anti-diabetes effects, prevent liver disease, food poisoning, antidepressant properties and weight loss factors.
lion people in the world. Contaminated drinking water is a major problem in several parts of the developing world causing diarrheal illness especially amongst children. As a result, thousands of children die every day. In Pakistan alone, forty percent of the country’s population is deprived of this basic resource, giving way to numerous ailments. The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program is the company’s focal philanthropic effort under its Live, Learn, and Thrive corporate cause. Since its launch in Pakistan in 2004, the P&G CSDW program has delivered over 718 million liters of clean drinking water in the country, touching the lives of
an estimated 5 million children. The CSDW program is a not-for-profit initiative specific to the developing world where P&G works with a diverse network of organizations and has just delivered its five-billionth liter in Malawi. The CSDW Program has reached millions of women and children – women like Lusiya Daniel. Each day, Lusiya collects water from a highly contaminated local well for herself and her nine children. Through the program, she receives P&G Packets at each clinic visit. “I’m so happy that I’ve been lucky to receive the 5 billionth clean liter,” Lusiya said, “and had there been a radio I would have danced to express the happiness that I have.”
& Gamble (P&G) announced a milestone in its effort to save one life every hour through sharing clean drinking water. Nearly a decade ago P&G began providing clean drinking water in developing countries through its P&G Purifier of Water technology, and has just shared its 5 billionth liter – saving an estimated 26,000 lives and preventing over 200 million days of illness. The 5 billionth liter was delivered in Malawi, through a partnership with the University of North Carolina. STAFF REPORTER Global statistics are truly disturbing. Safe drinking waK ARACHI —September 28, 2012: Warid Telecom intro- ter is a problem for over 1 bilduces T20 World Cup Mobile Application which allows Warid users to become part of a world class enthralling T20 series. Experience the passion, walk down the pitch to a billion cheers and play the larger than life T20 World cup 2012. Users can play and guide their team for victory while batting or bowling through 20 grueling rounds of intense cricketing action. Users can select any team as their favorite and fight for the title. T20 World Cup mobile application for cricket fans is available for download for one month HUNZA VALLEY: Federal Minister for Communication Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan, Chairfrom 25th September 2012 to man NHA Syed M Ali Gardezi and Chinese construction experts on site visit of realign26th of October 2012. ment of Karakuram Highway at Attaabad.
Warid introduces T20 World Cup mobile application
PRGMEA sets up support fund for fire affectees AMANULLAH KHAN
P&G delivers five billion litres of water STAFF REPORTER
(LG) announced that it reached a new milestone with global sales of five million LTE smartphones to date. After reaching sales of four million LTE smartphones last month, an additional one million smartphones were sold in the month of July – one LTE smartphone roughly every two and a half seconds. LG released the first LTE smartphone “RevolutionTM by LG” in the U.S. in May of last year through the largest carrier Verizon Wireless and expanded its LTE target markets with its global LTE smartphones. Focusing on the key markets with LTE capabilities, LG saw strong acceptance by offering diverse LTE smartphones according to consumer needs. Currently, more than ten LG LTE smartphones are available in countries where LTE service is available, including Korea, U.S., Japan and select markets in Europe and Asia. Although Optimus LTE takes the title of the most popular LTE smartphone from LG with two million in sales, Optimus Vu: has sold over 500,000 units since March, demonstrating the device’s acceptance as it prepares for its global roll-out. And with the release of the industry’s first 2GB RAM LTE smartphone Optimus LTE II in May, LG saw the fastest sales among all LTE smartphones with this device reaching half a million units in the first 70 days. According to a report by Jefferies & Company, LG is the global leader in LTE patents with a value of over USD 8 billion.
Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has set up a support fund for the affected families who have lost their lives in the tragedy of fire in a factory in Baldia Town. A meeting was held in PRGMEA office following the terrible fire incident at a garment factory in Karachi, which was largely attended the leading textile manufacturers and exporters. During the meeting PRHMEA members offered their deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. It was decided that a support fund for the rehabilitation will be created immediately and all members of PRGMEA shall contribute in the same. The attendees offered their full cooperation and support to the affected families and resolved that the garment industry shall give employment to all the skilled workers while vocational training will be imparted to families and children of the deceased workers. PRGMEA decided to partner with a reputable NGO in order to rehabilitate all the families of affected in this tragic incident. It was further decided that PRGMEA shall formulate minimum fire and safety standards in order to create awareness among garment manufacturers. The participants also expressed their concerns regarding the media trial of garment industry over this sad incident. They said that a very negative image of the garment industry has been projected globally, which needs to be countered and the ground realities/facts needed to be given to the international garment fraternity.
PIAF slates From Page-13 trial productions had already nose-dived to alarmingly low levels only because of gas and power suspension and the recent government decision to add two more hours in to six hour electricity loadshedding would prove last nail in the coffin. The PIAF Chairman assured the delegation of his full support for withdrawal of the government decision to increase power outage. He said that how the industry would remain competitive if it is not ensured regular supply of electricity at cheaper rates.
Malik proposes SAARC Bank to promote regional trade STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The SAARC member states need to develop a Bank to enhance mutual cooperation and provide facility for letter of credit on fast track for the businessmen, Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik proposed. This would help promote trade within the member states, the Minister, who visited Male, the Capital of Maldives, he said this while addressing a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Interior Ministers’ Conference held there. He said SAARC Conference is a good platform to discuss regional anti-terrorism strategy which would go a long way in combating this menace. Rehman Malik said terrorism, extremism have caused
regional instability, adding that interactive process at government’s level should be initiated to stop regional crime. Drug trafficking, he said is effecting not only health of the people but has promoted mafia of extremists and criminal gangs. He stressed need for information sharing about criminal gangs at fast track. Calling for promoting religious harmony among the member states and outside region, he said, institutions should be developed to promote interfaith harmony within the member nations and promote the philosophy of interfaith harmony globally. The Minister also suggested opening of SAARC desk on interfaith harmony. He said Pakistan, its people and armed forces had offered great services and sacrifices in the
war against terrorism and to prevent the terrorists from fanning out to other parts of the country as well as the whole region. The war against terrorism would continue till its elimination, he added. He said Pakistani people are suffering due to terrorism for the last 10 years as thousands of innocent Pakistanis have lost their precious lives in the war against terror. He said that Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries are facing terrorism and there is a dire need of cooperation among the SAARC countries to defeat it from the region as well from the world. During his stay in Male, Rehman Malik, on the sidelines of his visit also held a meeting with his Indian counterpart, Sushilkumar Shinde to discuss issues of terrorism and security.
Pakistani Co awarded representation for Dubai Int’l Jewellery Week STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI: Chairman Businessmen Group Siraj Kassam Teli talking to staff after inaugurating NADRA Executive Center at KCCI.—PO Photo Javed Iqbal
Sayeed lauds Zardari’s UN address STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Tariq Sayeed, former President FPCCI, and founder and former President of the SAARC CCI has expressed his admiration for the stance adopted by Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, during his address at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly this week. In a statement issued here today, Sayeed said that Mr. Zardari had very rightly condemned the recent controversial film that had led to much unrest in Muslim countries throughout the world. He lauded the President of Pakistan’s position that the international community should criminalize such blasphemous content which led to violence and destruction and hurt the sentiments of over a billion Muslims around the world. He said
KARACHI—Despite addition of an architectural monument Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the importance of Dubai World Trade Centre can in no way be under-rated as the region’s best events and exhibitions venue. Of all the exhibition however, the Dubai International Jewellery Week stands out as the most attractive one in terms of visitors and shopping. This year’s glittering gala is estimated to record over 30,000 shoppers of gold and precious metals, diamonds, coloured stones and branded jewellery from over 300 exhibitors belonging to 30 countries including Pakistan. Having established itself as the Middle East’s best trade and retail sales platform, Dubai World Trade Centre, the event’s organizers have, with a view to facilitate Pakistani exhibitors, appointed Eventage as their authorized representatives in Pakistan for maximizing the country’s participation in this glamorous exhibition which besides counter sales, offers enormous business networking opportunities with international brands of gems and jewellery.
that Mr. Zardari’s appeal to use freedom of expression with responsibility was most needed in today’s world. At the same time, Mr. Tariq Sayeed also appreciated the President’s courageous stance regarding Pakistan ’s role in the war on terror and the sacrifices that the country had faced in this regard. He said that Pakistan had lost over 7,000 soldiers and 37,000 civilians to the cause of eliminating terrorism, which must be acknowledged by the international community. In this respect, he said that Mr. Zardari’s address to the UN General Assembly portrayed an accurate picture of the losses suffered by Pakistan, and expressed the hope that these would not be ignored by the comity of STAFF REPORTER nations represented at UNO. I SLAMABAD —Internet company wi-tribe gave its customers a reason to celebrate. Seven 50” 3D television sets and 8 all-new iPads (iPad 3) were distributed among 15 winners of a lucky draw yesthe LCCI has produced a terday at the wi-tribe head comprehensive trade infor- office in Islamabad and remation directory, which by gional offices in Lahore, all means should form an Faisalabad and Karachi. This draw was part of wiessential reference compendium for every firm having tribe’s special promotion business interests in Paki- held in August for customstan. The LCCI President ers who had recharged their Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior accounts throughout the Vice President Kashif Younis month. Speaking on the occaMeher and Vice President Saeeda Nazar said that the sion, Ali Fahd, Director MarLahore Chamber of Com- keting at wi-tribe said: “Our merce and Indsutry is the customers are always in a only chamber of commerce win-win situation, as being in the country that regularly a true customer-centric compublishes the Directory of pany in the broadband industry wi-tribe believes in its members. They said that LCCI Di- serving its customers in the rectory of Trade and Indus- most innovative and cretry has been designed to help ative ways in order to build business entrepreneurs to a lifelong relationship with know about the businesses. them.
wi-tribe rewards customers with gadgets
LCCI launches directory of trade and industry SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched its Directory of Trade and Industry that is one of the major contributions that the LCCI has made for enhancing the business activities. The data of LCCI 18000 firms has been classified into six main business categories covering manufacturers, exporters, importers, traders, indenters and service-rendering agencies. These categories have been further divided into business sectors and business subsectors. The directory has 24000 entries of its 18000 members. This time in particular,
First aid training for power distribution companies STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program organized training on First Aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the line staff of power distribution companies (DISCOs) at the Rescue 1122 training school in Rawalpindi. Linemen Safety trainers from all nine DISCOs of Pakistan participated which include participants from IESCO in Islamabad, MEPCO in Multan, PESCO in Peshawar, FESCO in Faisalabad, GEPCO
in Gujranwala, QESCO in Quetta, LESCO in Lahore, HESCO in Hyderabad and SEPCO in Sukkur. The USAID Power Distribution Program has to-date trained more than 500 linemen of DISCOs. The ‘Quick Impact Safety Training’ program is part of the assistance being provided by the US government as commitment to support Pakistan in reforming the power sector and helping power companies improve their performance. Besides this initiative USAID has also pledged to implement a number of assistance programs, including in-
stitutional improvement of power companies through capacity building and trainings in all functional areas including Human Resources, Governance, Finance, Engineering, Commercial, Communications and Outreach and Cost of Service & Tariff Design. “Statistics of deadly accidents in distribution companies present a very grim picture showing no signs of reduction, rather there have been an increase in the number of accidents over the last few years,” said Robert Dalton, Linemen Training expert of USAID Power Distribution Program.
Deficit cut with tax-hiking budget PARIS—President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigour to remain at the core of the euro zone. The package will recoup 30 billion euros (24 billion pounds) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year - France’s toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years. But with record unemployment and a barrage of data pointing to economic stagnation, there are fears the deficit target will slip as France falls short of the modest 0.8 percent economic growth rate on which it is banking for next year. The budget will also disappoint pro-reform lobbyists by merely freezing France’s high public spending rather than daring to attack ministerial budgets as Spain did this week in a bid to avoid the conditions of an international bailout. “This is a fighting budget to get the country back on the rails,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, adding that the 0.8 percent growth target was “realistic and ambitious”. “It is a budget which aims to bring back confidence and to break this spiral of debt that gets bigger and bigger.” With public debt at a post-war record of 91 percent of the economy, the budget is vital to France’s credibility not only among euro zone partners but also in markets which for now are allowing it to borrow at record-low yields under two percent.— Reuters
Kenya troops attack Somali rebel city M O G A D I S H U — K e n y a n the troops launched a pre-dawn attack on the Somali port city of Kismayu on Friday in an assault to drive the al Qaedalinked al Shabaab militant group from its last major stronghold. Fighting and shelling was taking place on the city’s beaches after a land and amphibious assault, city residents and rebels said. The loss of the southern port would deal a huge blow to al Shabaab as it is a lucrative source of revenue and a centre for operations over areas it has controlled in south-central Somalia since 2007. The group, which formally merged with al Qaeda in February, has been steadily losing its footholds under sustained pressure from African peacekeeping forces (AMISOM) and Somali government troops for
past year. While Kismayu’s recapture would go a long way towards stabilizing Somalia, which has lacked effective central government for the past 20 years, it may embolden the militants to resort to more guerrilla-style attacks. Kenyan military spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna said Kenyan soldiers and Somali government troops had advanced on Kismayu from the north, south and from the sea and was now in control of parts of the city. “We’re moving towards the main city. Our surveillance aircraft are monitoring every event taking place on the ground,” Oguna told Reuters. Oguna said there had been little resistance while Al Shabaab said it was still in Kismayu, the country’s second biggest city. Residents reported fight-
ing near the beach earlier on Friday, about 4 km (2.5 miles) outside the city, as military helicopters hovered overhead. “We saw seven ships early in the morning and now their firing looks like lightning and thunder. Al Shabaab have gone towards the beach. The ships poured many AU troops on the beach,” Ismail Suglow told Reuters. Locals said businesses were closed and many streets were deserted. Some masked men looked on from windows and balconies. “We can hear deafening shells and the town looks dead. We don’t know where to go, the jets are now flying over,” said Rukia Jelle, who was watching the scene outside her home with her five children. The Kenyan military spokesman predicted an easy takeover. “For now, we’re not everywhere. We’ve taken a
large part of it without resistance, I don’t see anything major happening,” he said. Al Shabaab, which was driven out of the capital Mogadishu last August and is fighting African Union forces in other parts of the country, said it would not give up Kismayu easily. “Going into Kismayu is not a piece of cake. We are still fighting them on the beach where they landed,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, told Reuters on Friday. “For us, this is just the beginning, our troops are spread everywhere.” Abdirashid Hashi, an analyst with the International Crisis Group said the loss of Kisamyu would be a “huge psychological blow” and a “significant loss” for the militants.
Israelis see no Iran war JERUSALEM—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year. Analysing Thursday’s address in which Netanyahu literally drew a “red line” on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to building nuclear weaponry, commentators saw his deadline for any military action falling in early or mid2013, well after U.S. elections in November and a possible snap Israeli poll. “The ‘decisive year’ of 2012 will pass without decisiveness,” wrote Ofer Shelah of Maariv newspaper on Friday. Without explicitly saying so, Netanyahu implied Israel would attack Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities if they were allowed to process potential weapons-grade material beyond his red line. Maariv and another mass-circulation Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, said spring 2013 now looked like Netanyahu’s target date, given his prediction that by then Iran may have amassed enough 20 percent-enriched uranium for a first bomb, if purified further. But the front pages of the liberal Haaretz and pro-government Israel Hayom newspapers cited mid-2013 Netanyahu’s outside estimate for when the Iranians would be ready to embark on the last stage of building such a weapon, which could take only “a few months, possibly a few weeks”.—Reuters
Strike against PM Monti’s spending cuts ROME—Two of Italy’s biggest unions marched through Rome on Friday to protest against Prime Minister Mario Monti’s cuts in public spending as opposition grows to austerity policies aimed at steering the country out of its economic crisis. The strike followed clashes between anti-austerity protesters and police in Madrid and Athens this week and coincided with labour unrest at the ILVA steel plant in southern Italy. “We are here to protest against Monti’s politics, because up until now he has just made the weakest pay,” said Pio Zappaterreno as he rallied with fellow members of CGIL, Italy’s largest union, in the city centre. Monti’s coalition passed spending cuts in August that included a modest downsizing of the public sector, where wages have already been frozen for more than two years, and cuts to state healthcare funding. University professors, public administration employees and health workers in the CGIL and UIL unions were to stop work in support of the march to the Colosseum. Garbage collectors were also joining the work stoppage. “At the moment I just can’t see a future that gives us any hope, particularly for the youth,” former soldier Emilio Amiraglia said at the march. The spending cuts followed unpopular austerity reforms.—Reuters
‘Hardline group threatens state’ N EW Y ORK—Tunisia underestimated the negative impact a small group of hardline Islamists would have on its ability to attract investors and reform its economy, President Moncef Marzouki said on Thursday. Marzouki, attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the first time since the Arab Spring protest movement swept him into power, told Reuters he is also calling for an Arab peacekeeping force to move into Syria to end its civil war. Speaking two weeks after protesters were killed and the U.S. Embassy was ransacked in the capital Tunis, Marzouki spoke to a group of executives and bankers in New York about his country’s political and economic reforms in hopes of attracting needed investment. The protests were sparked by Islamists who blamed the United States for a film that mocks the Prophet Mohammad.“Before we thought it was a minority and they have very few people and they are not dangerous. But now we realize that they are very, very dangerous,” Marzouki said. Tunisia’s violence erupted just three days after protesters in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi attacked the U.S. consulate, killing the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.—Reuters
them with guns at the frontline. Hashi said the fighters, who have been in Kismayu for the last five years, would have prepared for an assault they knew was coming after African troops seized Mogadishu, Afmadow, Baidoa, Beledw eyne, and Marka. “The area around Kismayu is all forest and jungle and they knew this would come. I am sure they have some contingency plans and have sent supplies outside the city,” he said. Kenya sent its troops into Somalia last October after the rebels were blamed for a series of raids on Kenyan soil targeting its security forces as well as Western tourists. On Thursday, residents said planes had dropped leaflets on Kismayu warning civilians to evacuate within 24 hours.—Reuters
Unprecedented clashes in Syria’s Aleppo
Steinbrueck to challenge Merkel BERLIN—Former German finance minister Peer Steinbrueck will lead the Social Democrats into the 2013 federal election against Angela Merkel, in what will be a polarised campaign because of his tough talk on banks and aversion to forming a coalition with her. The combative Steinbrueck wants to impose new restrictions on the financial sector and rules out serving in another “grand coalition” cabinet under the conservative chancellor. Sources in the centre-left SPD, which had been refusing to name its candidate until early next year, said party chairman Sigmar Gabriel would speak with other SPD leaders later in the day about nominating 65-year-old Steinbrueck. Known for his quick wit and abrasive style, he led Germany’s response to the banking crisis as minister in Merkel’s previous “grand coalition” government with the SPD from 2005-2009. The path was cleared for Steinbrueck’s candidacy after two other SPD contenders, Gabriel and former foreign minister Frank-Walker Steinmeier, stepped aside. Steinbrueck is likely to mount much sharper attacks on Merkel than the more diplomatic Steinmeier and could also siphon away votes from her Christian Democrats (CDU) because of his centrist economic views and reputation as a safe pair of hands. “Steinbrueck is definitely the most dangerous candidate because he appeals to the voters in the middle,” said political scientist Gero Neugebauer at Berlin’s Free University.—Reuters
“The die-hard members will continue with their destabilization strategy of targeted killings, suicide bombings and IEDs (roadside bombs),” Hashi told Reuters. “The lowlevel footsoldiers will just see them as a losing proposition,” he said. Hashi also said the loss of funding from local taxes would hurt them less as the group morphed into a more fluid guerrilla force. The rebels would have less need for finances to run urban areas and pay salaries, and would focus more on acquiring immediate supplies. Al Shabaab’s radio station, Radio Andalus, was still airing live in Kismayu, urging residents to take their guns and join the ‘jihad’, Suglow said. A woman named Halima said some residents who support the militants had joined
BEIRUT—Fierce fighting has several fronts, they added.
KATHMANDU: Rescue team members douse a Dornier aircraft that caught fire after it crashed.
Al Qaeda convicts flee in Iraq jailbreak TIKRIT—Dozens of prison- still on the run, among them fore fleeing. ers, including convicted al Qaeda members, escaped an Iraqi jail after militants dressed in police uniform attacked the prison and released them, security sources said on Friday. The jail, which housed some 300 inmates, was assaulted by gunmen driving police vehicles after a car bomb exploded outside the main gate late on Thursday, security sources said. Twelve prison guards and seven gunmen were killed in clashes. Security forces managed to regain control of the jail, in the city of Tikrit, early on Friday, but an official said more than 50 prisoners were
Russian opposition lawmaker banned from speaking in parliament MOSCOW—Russia’s Kremlin-controlled parliament on Friday silenced an opposition deputy for one month for calling fellow lawmakers “swindlers and thieves” - a phrase popular among President Vladimir Putin’s critics to describe the ruling party. Ilya Ponomaryov, a member of the opposition Just Russia party, was barred from addressing plenary sessions for a month from October 16. The leader of street protests against Putin’s 12-year rule over Russia described his punishment as part of a wider clampdown on dissent since the former KGB spy’s return to the presidency in May. The move came just two weeks after ruling United Russia party deputies expelled another Just Russia member of parliament, Gennady Gudkov, over allegations he ran a business, which is illegal for elected officials. Gudkov, who denies wrongdoing, has likened his expulsion to Soviet-era repression. Pono maryov, 37, said he expects he will also suffer Gudkov’s fate. The duo were among only a handful of deputies who have taken part in demonstrations against Putin.—Reuters
leading members of al Qaeda who had been sentenced to death on more than ten counts. “There was clear negligence and laxness by those who are in charge of this prison. The operation was pre-planned, well prepared,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of parliament’s security and defence committee, told Reuters. A curfew was imposed and helicopters hovered over the city, the home town of the executed former President Saddam Hussein. Around 20 escapees were recaptured overnight, but Zamili said it would be tough to track down the rest because they had destroyed prison records be-
“All documents, files, pictures and all identifications of those prisoners were burned. I think the security forces will find it very difficult to identify those who escaped.” Violence in Iraq has eased since its height in 2006-2007 when sectarian slaughter killed thousands. But Sunni Islamists and an al Qaeda affiliate still launch regular attacks, seeking to destabilise the country and undermine its Shi’ite-led government. Prison breaks are not uncommon. Last September, 35 prisoners facing terrorism charges escaped via a sewage pipe from a temporary jail in the city of Mosul, an al Qaeda stronghold.—Reuters
Mars images show old stream bed CALIFORNIA—Nasa’s Curiosity rover has only been on the surface of Mars seven weeks but it has already turned up evidence of past flowing water on the planet. The robot has returned pictures of classic conglomerates - rocks that are made up of gravels and sand. Scientists on the mission team say the size and rounded shape of the pebbles in the rock indicate they had been transported and eroded in water. Researchers think the rover has found a network of ancient streams. The rocks, which were described in a media briefing at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, were likely laid down “several billion years ago”. But the actual streams themselves may have persisted on the surface for long periods, said Curiosity science co-investigator Bill Dietrich of the University of California, Berkeley. “We would anticipate that it could easily be thousands to millions of years,” he told reporters. Satellites at Mars have long captured images of channels on the planet’s surface that were cut by some kind of flow, assumed to be liquid water. Curiosity’s discovery at its landing site in the equatorial Gale Crater provides the first real ground truth for those observations. By luck, the rover just happened to roll past a spec-
tacular example of the conglomerate. A large slab, 1015cm thick, was lifted out of the ground at an angle. “We’ve named it Hottah,” said rover project scientist John Grotzinger. The name refers to a lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The team is using names from this region to catalogue objects at Gale. “To us it just looked like somebody came along the surface of Mars with a jackhammer and lifted up the sidewalk that you might see in downtown LA at a construction site,” he joked. Scientists are now studying the images of the pebbles in the rock. The sizes and shapes will give them clues to the speed and distance of the ancient water flow. The discovery site lies between the northern rim of the crater and the huge mountain that rises up from its central plain. Previous orbital imagery of the region had hinted there might have been a water feature there. Curiosity’s conglomerates support that hypothesis. The current interpretation is that the rover is sitting at the head of an alluvial fan of material that washed down through the crater wall and across the plain, cutting many individual streams. Researchers even think they can identify the particular valley at the rim where the water entered the crater.—Reuters
19 dead in Neal plane takeoff K ATHMANDU —A
small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Friday, killing 19 people, including seven British and five Chinese passengers, an airline official said. The twin-engine propeller-driven Dornier aircraft, owned by private firm Sita Air, had taken off from Kathmandu for Lukla in the Mount Everest region when it crashed in a field near Kathmandu airport, police said. The weather was clear at the time and the cause of the crash was not immediately known. Four Nepali passengers and three Nepali crew were among the dead. Autumn is the peak tourism season in Nepal which has eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest. At least 11 people were killed in an avalanche in northwest Nepal on Sunday. In May, 15 people were killed when their plane crashed into a hill in northwest Nepal.—Reuters
German Jewish leader deters racist attack with gun BERLIN—A leading member of Germany’s Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting antiSemetic abuse, the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities. The Central Council of Jews in Germany said its general secretary, Michael Kramer, had endured a barrage of threatening insults from the man after leaving a Berlin synagogue with his two daughters on Wednesday. “The man threatened us and made clear he would have lashed out if the children had not been there,” the council quoted Kramer, 44, as saying on its website. Kramer then pointed to a gun he is allowed to carry for his personal protection to deter the man from attacking him. Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper carried a photograph of the young man that Kramer himself had taken at the time with his mobile phone. The man, with a partially shaven head.—Reuters
been reported Friday in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, a day after the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said a “decisive” battle had begun. Both residents and activists described the clashes as “unprecedented”, and said rebel fighters were attacking government positions on several fronts. The fighting had spread to previously peaceful districts, they added. On Thursday, the UN said the number of Syrians fleeing to other states could exceed 700,000 by the end of the year. More than half a million are believed to have already crossed into Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, but only 294,000 have registered with the UN. UN agencies and other humanitarian groups have issued a funding appeal for $488m (£300m) to help them meet the needs of the refugees. Activists said the start of the rebel offensive in Aleppo was announced in calls from mosques at about 16:00 (13:00 GMT) on Thursday. In interviews with foreign media and videos posted online, members of the Tawhid Brigade said a “decisive” battle for control of the city had begun. The offensive involved hundreds of rebel fighters attacking government positions on
“We wanted to surprise the Syrian army which had started to creep forward towards the southern neighbourhoods,” Bashir alHaji, the Tawhid Brigade’s commander, told the Guardian newspaper. “There are 6,000 fighters of the Tawhid Brigade taking part in the battle now, in addition to a few other brigades like al-Fatah and Ahfad alFatihin for the Turkmen.” He denied the FSA had declared “decisive” battles for Aleppo before. “We are not aiming to liberate the whole of Aleppo with this battle but to regain control of most of the city and get back as many neighbourhoods as we can.” The rebel claims could not be immediately verified, but activists and residents reported heavy clashes and shelling in the districts of Izaa, Saif al-Dawla, Sulaimaniya, on Thursday night and Friday morning. “The fighting is unprecedented and has not stopped since Thursday,” said Rami Abdul Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, told AFP news agency. “The clashes used to be limited to one or two blocks of a district, but now the fighting is on several fronts.—AP
Mosques discourage Libya demos to avert violence T RIPOLI —Mosque preach- peacefully sweeping an Islamers told Libyans on Friday to call off planned demonstrations against militia groups out of fear marches could lead to renewed bloodshed. The mufti of Libya, Sadeq alGharyani, said in a statement published by the LANA state news agency that a march called for later on Friday should be halted “because this march will not be secure”. “I call on the people not to participate in this march so that no blood is spilled,” he said. “There are some people who want to use these protests to cause violence.” At the Shara Zawiyah mosque in central Tripoli, the preacher called on believers to respect the mufti’s ruling and avoid demonstrations because it could not be guaranteed they would be peaceful. Similar speeches were delivered at mosques elsewhere in the capital and in Benghazi. Libya’s Interior Ministry said police had been placed on a maximum state of alert to prevent violence for three days beginning on Thursday. A week ago, Libyans held a massive, governmentbacked pro-democracy demonstration in Benghazi, the main city in the east, which culminated with protesters
ist militia, Ansar al-Sharia, out of its bases in the city. That demonstration subsequently turned violent when protesters stormed the headquarters of another militia group, Rafallah al-Sahati, which operates with the government’s permission. Eleven people were killed and scores injured in clashes at a Rafallah al-Sahati base. Civil society groups have been calling for a second round of “Rescue Benghazi Day” demonstrations, and a similar “Rescue Tripoli Day” demo to be held in the capital this week. Militia groups had said they would hold counter demonstrations of their supporters. But the government appears to have decided to discourage the anti-militia street movement for now, after enthusiastically supporting last week’s Benghazi demonstration when the army flew fighter jets overhead to salute protesters. Prime minister elect Mustafa Abushagur said late on Thursday any protests must be peaceful: “Demonstration is a national right in a democratic state, as long as it is disciplined and presents no danger to the state, and there is no loss of life.—Reuters
Workshop pleads youth activation for climate change D HAKA —The closing ceremony of South Asian Regional Training for Trainers was held at British Council in the capital on Friday. Bangladesh Youth Movement for Climate (BYMC), a voluntary youth platform organised the workshop in support with Oxfam, Action Aid and British Council. Twenty five young people from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka joined the workshop to strengthen the south Asian youth movement on cli-
mate change in Dhaka. The workshop focused on providing specific skills on ways to build a campaign, building a movement and online campaigning. Nazrul Islam, director general of ministry of foreign affairs, Farah Kabir, country director of Action Aid Bangladesh, Robin Davies, director, Partnerships and Programmes, British Council, Bangladesh, and Monisha Biswas, acting country Director of Oxfam GB were present on the occasion.—Star
Super Eights, Group 1, World Twenty20
Umar Akmal, Umar Gul script unlikely win C OLOMBO —Umar Gul and South Africa’s pace attack in serious trouble at 28 for 3. Umar Akmal pulled off a spectacular coup to bring Pakistan back from the brink to beat South Africa. The second round of the tournament started with two thrillers on Thursday and the fire carried over into Friday as the match swung three times.
Pakistan put themselves in front with a strong performance in the field as their four frontline spinners wove a web around South Africa. But what should have been a straightforward chase for Pakistan turned into a comedy of soft dismissals and a surprising outfoxing of the batsmen by the South African spinners. Then, Gul and Umar Akmal took centre stage and shared a stand of 49 in 27 balls for the eighth wicket to inflict a demoralising defeat on South Africa. The pair stroked a series of audacious boundaries as they took on
South Africa innings: RE Levi b Saeed Ajmal ... 8 Amla c S Malik b Yasir ... 6 Kallis c Afridi b Hafeez . 12 Duminy b Yasir .............. 48 Behardien st Kamran b Hafeez ......................... 18 de Villiers b Umar .......... 25 JA Morkel not out ........... 9 Peterson not out ............. 3 Extras: (lb 2, w 2) ............. 4 Total: (6 wickets) ......... 133 Fall of wickets 1-8 , 2-28 , 328 , 4-66 , 5-110 , 6-123 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Raza Hasan .......... 3-1-12-0 Yasir Arafat .......... 3-0-25-2 Saeed Ajmal ......... 4-1-26-1 Hafeez ................... 4-0-23-2 Shahid Afridi ........ 4-0-26-0 Umar Gul ............... 2-0-19-1 Pakistan innings:
with Jacques Kallis and Albie Morkel the worst hit. To add to South Africa’s worries, Dale Steyn left the field with an injured ankle after being struck in his final over. South Africa will reflect on a number of tactical errors, rather than simply being outplayed. Talking points will centre on be AB de Villiers batting at No. 6, instead of higher up the order and Johan Botha and JP Duminy only bowling two overs each on a pitch that clearly had something in it for spinners Kallis and Albie Morkel could have been used less. For Pakistan the strategy may not matter. They take the points and the advantage in the group after looking as though they would at the halfway stage, almost giving it away and then snatching it back in some style to ensure their early efforts did not go to waste. Only JP Duminy had some measure of the Pakistan attack as the rest of the lineup were troubled and tied down by turn. Raza Hasan did the early containing job, setting the stage for the introduction of Saeed Ajmal, who bowled Richard Levi around his as the opener attempted a reverse sweep to the first ball he faced from Ajmal. Mohammed Hafeez accounted for Jacques Kallis, who slapped his first ball to cover and South Africa were
Despite the situation, AB de Villiers chose to hold himself back and Farhaan Berhardien came in ahead of him. He and Duminy shared a stand of 38 and built the platform De Villiers may have been waiting for. Behardien played two shots in anger before he was stumped and De Villiers finally made his entrance at No. 6. He had seven and a half overs to make an impact but managed 25 runs while Duminy continued to play the anchor role. He suffered from dehydration during his innings and vomited on the field but was able to bowl later on. Given the conditions, some may say he should have bowled more. Pakistan were in a worse situation than South Africa early on. Imran Nazir gloved an attempted pull to de Villiers and then Robin Peterson found turn and bounce to have Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed stumped in the same over. Kamran Akmal was bowled playing a cut that was not on off Johan Botha and Pakistan were 37 for 4. Umar Akmal played a Duminy-like innings, taking advantage of anything loose and full and holding back for the rest of the time. He was not shaken by Shoaib Malik handing a catch to third man, Shahid Afridi falling for a golden duck after smashing Duminy to the long-off fielder or Yasir Arafat fending a short ball to Duminy who took a spectacular catch Hafeez b Peterson ......... 15 at midwicket. The two dismissals Imran b Steyn ................ 14 Duminy was involved in Nasir b Peterson .............. 0 Kamran Akmal b Botha .. 1 looked to spell the end for Malik c Steyn b Kallis .. 12 Pakistan but Gul was reading Umar Akmal not out ...... 43 a different script. He made his Afridi c Morkel b Duminy 0 intent known when he Yasir c Duminy b Steyn .. 3 clubbed Kallis for back-toUmar c Peterson b Steyn 32 back sixes on the on-side, Saeed Ajmal not out ....... 4 picking up the length well. Extras: (b2, lb6, w3, nb1) . 12 Umar Akmal let Gul go wild Total: (8 wickets) ......... 136 while he held up his end and Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-30, 3- Gul obliged. Gul holed out to Petersen 31, 4-37, 5-63, 6-63, 7-76, 8-125 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W on the cover boundary but DW Steyn ............ 4-0-22-3 he had done enough damage. M Morkel .......... 3.4-0-33-0 Umar Akmal’s eyes lit up RJ Peterson .......... 4-1-15-2 when Morne Morkel offered JA Morkel ............. 2-0-26-0 him a full toss and he hit it J Botha .................. 2-1-10-1 flat over midwicket to leave JP Duminy .............. 2-0-5-1 Saeed Ajmal to seal the win JH Kallis ............... 2-0-17-1 with an outside edge to third man.—Agencies
COLOMBO: Umar Gul and Umar Akmal cross for a run during Pakistan vs South Africa, World Twenty 20 2012, Super Eights match.
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West Indies implode against Sri Lanka
GALLE—West Indies imploded in spectacular fashion to lose to Sri Lanka by five runs in a rain-affected match in Galle. Chasing a modest D/L target of 48 runs in eight overs, West Indies appeared well on their way with Tremayne Smartt getting a boundary off the first ball and nine runs in the opening over. The first ball of the second over resulted in a runout, but with previous match’s top-scorer Deandra Dottin opening her account with a boundary, the match was in West Indies’ control. Though Inoka Ranaweera’s double-strike in the third over injected some life into the game, West Indies continued to attack, taking 10 runs off the fourth over. Two overs and another run out later, West Indies needed 12 off 12 with six wickets in hand and were still ahead. However, the next six balls capsized the chase. The first was a dot ball and Chamani Seneviratna had Juliana Nero stumped off the second. Third ball saw the MEDINAH: USA’s Keegan Bradley reacts after making a birdie putt to win the ninth third run-out of the innings.—AP hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday.
Radwanska, Petrova reach final at Pan Pacific Open T OKYO —Defending cham- third-round pion Agnieszka Radwanska will play Nadia Petrova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open. Radwanska overpowered Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-1 Friday, while Petrova defeated Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Stosur took an injury timeout last in the first set to address a pulled abdominal muscle. Petrova will play for her 12th career title. It’s the second time she’s beaten two top-10 players in the same week - No. 7 Sara Errani and No. 9 Stosur - but she’s never beaten three. ‘’Nadia has been playing great tennis the whole week,’’ said third-ranked Radwanska. ‘’I’m very, very happy I could reach the final and fight for the title again. I’ll try my best.’’ Radwanska faced little resistance against the fifthseeded Kerber, who advanced to the semis when top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew on Thursday after a bout of dizziness in her
on I didn’t feel well,’’ Petrova said. ‘’But I got stronger and Wednesday. Radwanska broke Kerber stronger with every match six times, including in the fi- and am happy to be in the nal game when she con- final.’’ Stosur, who upset secverted her fourth match Maria points after tough resistance ond-seeded in the from the German. Radwanska Sharapova said the match was tougher quarterfinals on Thursday, than the score suggested. suffered an abdominal injury ‘’We played before and early in the match Friday. it’s always tough against ‘’I did something to myher,’’ Radwanska said. ‘’I had self in the third game of the to run a lot. She’s a great match,’’ Stosur said. ‘’I kept player and I really had to stay thinking it would go away, but focused.’’ Radwanska is try- it didn’t seem to. I got some ing to become the first player treatment for it and was able here to win back-to-back titles to keep playing, but it’s not since Lindsay Davenport in the ideal situation.’’—AP 2003-04. Petrova set the pace early when she broke Stosur in the first game and had nine aces en route to the L AHORE —The star golfers victory in Ariake Coliseum. of Royal Palm Golf and CounAny chance for a comeback try Club like Amir Mehmood, by Stosur was dashed when Mir Maaz Mehmood, Shoaib Petrova broke the ninth- Bokhari, Shahid Abbas and seeded Australian in the sev- very young Hussain Hamid enth game of the second set will assemble at the par 72 to go up 5-2. Royal Palm Golf Course on ‘’When I arrived here, I Saturday for an 18 holes comwasn’t sure if I was going to petition to give a demonstrabe able to play at all because tion of their golf playing skills match
Zaka Ashraf meets Majid Khan SPORTS REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf on Friday held a meeting with former skipper national team Majid Khan at his residence and discussed with him ways and means to further improve the domestic cricket structure in the country. According to PCB news release, Zaka briefed Khan about the measures being taken to revamp the domestic cricket set-up. He requested Majid Khan to give suggestions to PCB in this regard. They also shared views on the return of international cricket to Pakistan.
Royal Palm golf and emerge at the end of the 18 holes competition. While Amir is the guy with the soft swing, Mir Maaz started golf when he was an infant and even when he is out of practice he can hit real straight and not stray from the fairways , making a lot of his rivals envy him over this talent.—APP
Commission observes remarkable progress for Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing PESHAWAR—The IOC Coordination Commission for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games concluded its third visit to the Chinese City on Friday with the Commission members praising the strong progress made across all areas of the organization with just under two years to go to the second edition of the summer Games. The Coordination Commission, headed by IOC member Lambis Nikolaou, was particularly satisfied
with the development of the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) as a stand-out project well ahead of schedule. A visit was also made to the YOV site, which is part of a major City development plan that will become a housing facility, school and kindergarten after the Games, says an IOC release issued here. In addition, the Nanjing Organizing Committee (NYOGOC) underlined its commitment to delivering “green Games” with the integration of solar energy
and rainwater harvesting in the Village construction. Since the last visit of the Coordination Commission in October 2011, several milestones have been reached as the local organizers transition from the strategic to operational planning phase. Construction of the Youth Olympic Sports Park, one of the only sports venues to be built from scratch for the Games, began in February 2012. The Park will be home to hockey, BMX, rugby
and beach volleyball during the Games and afterwards be transformed into a community sports facility. After validating the qualification system this summer, the Coordination Commission approved the first version of the sports competition schedule, which will be fully integrated with the Culture and Education Program to ensure that athletes can balance their experiences both on and off the field of play.—APP
TOKYO: Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their semifinal match at the Japan Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.
Diagnosis of rare brain disorder may take months
OCTORS often initially misdiagnose people with Jakob-Creutzfeldt dis ease, a rare brain disorder caused by misfolded, infectious prion proteins, according to new research. Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease, or CJD, is marked by rapid brain wasting and dementia and typically kills patients within a year after symptoms appear. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are about 200 cases each year in the United States. In the new study, researchers found 97 people with CJD received an average of almost four different diagnoses each before doctors made the correct call. Those alternate diagnoses included autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer ’s and depression. Researchers said the early symptoms of CJD can vary widely, depending on where in the brain infected proteins accumulate. “There’s a lot of other things it could be, literally any disease that could affect the brain in a relatively rapid way,” said Dr. Richard Caselli, a neurologist from the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, who wrote a commentary accompanying the study in the Archives of Neurology. He said the search for a correct diagnosis, with multiple failed attempts along the way, is “obviously a very traumatic thing for families to endure.” It can also be
expensive. CJD is not treatable, so although catching it early prevents patients from having to undergo more tests, it won’t change the course of the disease. On the other hand, Caselli said a number of other conditions that may come with similar symptoms, such as infectious meningitis, can be treated if they’re diagnosed quickly. That’s why neurologists try to exhaust every possible curable option before landing on a diagnosis of CJD. Dr. Michael Geschwind of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues found it took CJD patients almost eight months from the onset of symptoms until they were correctly diagnosed, on average. By then, most only had a few months left to live. The study included 97 people, age 26 to 83, referred to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center between 2001 and 2007. Seventeen of them had been correctly diagnosed with CJD at their first assessment - but it took much longer for others. Caselli said that because symptoms of different brain-related disorders often overlap, magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is typically the best way to see what’s going on in the brain and make a diagnosis. But even so, that doesn’t always work.
KARACHI: Activists of Ahle Sunnat-wal-Jamaat holding protest demonstration against anti-Islam American film at Numaish Chowrangi.
Violence cannot be tolerated in name of protests: Shaikh K A R A C H I —Commissioner of Karachi, Roshan Ali Shaikh on Friday warned miscreants of stern action if they did anything violent in the name of protests against the anti-Islam film. In a statement, Sheikh said that those who organize rallies and protests in the city would be declared responsible if any unwanted incident occurred. “We will ensure peace in the city at any cost. Bloodshed and any violent incident cannot be tolerated,” he said. The commissioner said that no one would be allowed to violate the laws. It is to be mentioned here that protests and rallies are being held in the country against controversial anti-Islam film.—INP
Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Dean Hon Consular Corps Sindh receiving memento from Chief Justice Supreme Court of Morocco HE Mustapha Fares, in Babat.
SHC orders fresh medical report on Australian sheep KARACHI—The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday rejected laboratory reports on the Australian sheep suspected of being infected with harmful diseases, directing authorities to send fresh samples to London for further tests. More than 7000 sheep from a shipment of over 20,000 that was rejected in Bahrain on concerns over scabby mouth were inhumanely slaughtered en masse in Pakistan, to where they were forwarded. The Sindh Livestock Department ordered the cull, which was halted after Perthbased exporter Wellard and Pakistani importer PK Livestock secured a High Court injunction and thousands of sheep were brutally killed,
reportedly by untrained workers. The SHC ordered the fresh reports to be presented in court within three weeks. The Sindh High Court had ordered provisional testing by veterinary and microbiological experts of the nearly 20,000 sheep imported from Australia. There have been disputes within the medical committee over the medical condition of the sheep, which some say suffer from the highly dangerous anthrax virus. Justice Maqbool Baqar of the SHC, hearing the case on Friday, expressed his reservations over the report by the Islamabad national Laboratory, asking for fresh samples to be sent to Lon-
don for further tests and report to be submitted by October 19. The court also issued orders to the concerned Police superintendent for installation of CCTV cameras and security measures around the farm where the sheep are being kept. Also on Friday, Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig said a full investigation would be conducted by DAFF into the reports. Senator Ludwig said the live export regulation system worked and blamed Wellard on Thursday for losing control of its supply chain. It is understood representatives from the company were forcibly removed by armed police from the culling site.—Online
Altaf for active role in country’s peace STAFF REPORT K A R A C H I —The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the enlightened youths, elders, women and particularly the students would have to play an active role for eliminating the scourge of sectarianism and terrorism from the country and putting it on the path of peace and harmony. He was talking to the office-bearers of the MQM Lahore Zone on
telephone. Mr Hussain said that he had always worked for the feeling of mutual respect among the adherents of different schools of thoughts. “I had invited all the political and religious parties to think as the country is in the throes of internal and external conspiracies. My entreaties were thrown to the wind.” “I continued to strive for the awakening of national consciousness in people and today enlightened and
educated people belonging to the poor and middle classes are being attracted towards the Muttahida Quami Movement in large numbers in all the provinces of the country.” He asked the officebearers of the Lahore zone to speed up their efforts for making Pakistan an enlightened country under the political thoughts and philosophy of the MQM. He asked them to spread his message in districts, tehsils, and towns..............
Govt responsible for killing over 1,700 people this year
Financial assistance for poor woman’s son
She said that ration of killings has been increased about 200 percent in comparison of Pervez Musharraf ’s era; now people are realizing that Pervez Musharraf was real leader of the country. “Keeping in view this bloodshed situation, it could be say that Government is not existing in the country and innocent people have bee murdered on daily basis in every nook and corner of the country including Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan”, Aasia Ishaque further said. She said that due to worst law and order situation, existing foreigners are leaving the country and many foreign investors are not taking in-
of Rs 600,000 for grant of financial assistance to Ms. Samina Afzaal of Karachi for treatment of her son Danish. A CM House statement said that Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, had approved the said grant and the same was sent to Chief Minister Sindh for delivery to the beneficiary. Chief Minister Sindh further assured the mother of ailing child that further assistance will also be given to her. Besides, Syed Qaim Ali Shah also offered government job to her or any child of the lady, who requested the Chief Minister Sindh that her daughter is studying in ninth class but she is unable to meet her education expenses.—APP
K ARACHI —Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, KARACHI —Expressing grief education, lack of basic health terest in investing in our Sindh, Friday handed over a cheque facilities etc. county, resulting economical over the losses of 1,700 lives in this year, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has made federal and provincial governments responsible for this. In a statement issued here from central information secretariat, Aasia Ishaque, central secretary information APML said that external and internal elements are engaged in creating of ethnic and religious conflicts in the country, innocent lives are becoming the soft target of them. She said that killing of 1700 lives means; hidden evil hands have paralyzed 1700 families while people of the country are already facing many crises in shape of electricity and CNG loadshedding, joblessness, price hike, lack of standard
JI demands of SCP to take notice KARACHI —Jamaat-e-Islami the perpetuators of target kill-
ing are boosting sectarian violence,” he added. Mehnati further said that the government had been enjoying reconciliation and had indeed converted the metropolis into a slaughter house. To safeguard the falling rule of present government, it has handed over the city to killers and terrorists. He further said that the metropolis was being set ablaze, while the provincial and federal governments were enjoying the benefits. He was of the view that the government has no right to rule over masses, if it could not safeguard the lives and possessions of people. He demanded of the government to withdraw the so-called policy of reconciliation and KARACHI—Member National take solid action against terAssembly (MNA), Abdul rorists without any political or Waseem Khan along with of- any other affiliation.—Online ficials concerned inspected the sanitary conditions during visits to Sector 5-D New Karachi Zone here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, the MNA said there is a need to work actively to ensure provision of civic facilities to the masses, said a statement. He directed the officials concerned to ensure cleanliness and utilize all available resources to maintain a neat and health environment. Director Health and Sanitation, Ms.Shamoona Sadaf, XEN Building and Roads, Ms. Nazish Raza, Focal Person New Karachi Zone, Iqbal Ahmed Khan and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.—APP Karachi Amir Muhammad Hussain Mehnati has said that law and order situation has been deteriorating in Karachi, despite of the notice, taken by the supreme court of Pakistan. He said on Friday that the supreme court of Pakistan should once again pay heed to the situation in Karachi. He said that Karachi has been captured by terror and terrorists. “At one hand target killing was claiming several lives on daily basis, while at other
MNA Waseem reviews sanitary conditions
conditions are going to be bad day bay day, she added. She said that Pervez Musharraf himself worked hard for the foreign investment and welcomed every foreigner in the country with provision of all kind of facilities. APML leader said that only APML chief can pull out the country from this very bad condition and he can put all things on right path. She said that APML is working hard for the betterment of people and would contest next election from every seat of national and provincial and would won the election with overwhelming support of masses.—Online
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Civic safety moot next week LAHORE—Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122), Dr Rizwan Naseer has been invited to attend the Safety 2012 World Conference to be held in Wellington, New Zealand, from October 1 to 4. According to a Rescue 1122 spokesman, the invitation has been extended in recognition of performance of Rescue 1122 in injury prevention and safety promotion. The conference will be attended by world’s leading injury prevention and safety researchers, practitioners and advocates from more than 130 countries. The conference has been organized by the World Health Organization.—APP
French film festival held L AHORE —An international film festival was organized in Lahore by the Rafi Peer Theater with the help of the Alliance Française. Productions from France were amongst the most represented movie industries. Success of France’s new generation of directors and actors was such that a French Movie Festival will be organized separately next year. The selection demonstrated the variety of movies produced in France: Oscar winning movies (The Artists), comedies (Potiche), biopics (La vie en Rose, Coco before Chanel), romantic films (Paris). It also enabled the audience to re-discover the multiple characters of world famous French actors and actresses: Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve and Jean Dujardin.—DNA
LAHORE: Students of Government College University holding a demonstration against the blasphemous film.
Shahbaz Sharif scholarships Compensation to ex-owners of assets starts to brighten youth STAFF REPORTER SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The
Shahbaz Sharif ’s scholarship programme under the auspices of Punjab Educational Endowment Foundation (PEEF) would prove to be harbinger of a new and bright future of the nation beside ensuring rapid progress in Pakistan as under this programme Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has provided a rare opportunity to capable students to prove themselves in life.Shahbaz Sharif’s scholarships are being awarded purely on merit and in an entirely transparent manner. This was stated by Chairman Educational Trust
‘PESSI facilitates Expo to listed workers, strengthen poultry families’ sector: Khosa LAHORE: Security personnel blocked the road leading to US Consulate during a demonstration against blasphemous film.
Punjab to spend Rs 195b on education: Minister LAHORE—Provincial Minis- dents in the 36 districts ter for Education Punjab Mian Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman has stressed that education is top priority of Punjab government which will spend Rs. 195 billion on this vital sector during the current fiscal year. According to a hand out received Friday,he said this hefty amount is 29 percent of the total budget of Punjab. He said that government has ensured 85 percent teacher presence in the schools and literacy rate has increased from 59 % to 63 % during last four years. While talking to various delegations, Mujtaba Shujaur-Rehman said that Punjab Government has provided a sum of Rs. 10 billion to promote school education among marginalized strata and 1.5 million deserving stu-
would be benef during current year. The minister said that a sum of Rs. 46 billion will be spent on the school education sector to improve the standard.”Rs one billion was being distributed as stipends among girl students in remote to encourage female education”, he said. Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman said that Punjab Government had distributed 60 thousand education vouchers among the deserving students to enable them complete their education in their favourite school.
He said that the government had launched education survey in 19 districts so that to expand education vouchers scheme in other districts, especially in less developed areas. He said that Punjab Government aimed to setup women universities in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad during current fiscal year. He said that government increased endowment fund to rupees 10 billion,and 50 thousand talented and deserving students were getting scholarship for higher studies, this year.—APP
Zardari emerges Muslim world leader: Badr LAHORE—Pakistan People’s insisted Party Secretary General Senator Jahangir Badr said on Friday that President Asif Ali Zardari proved to be a Muslim world leader by presenting a clear stance on the blasphemous movie, Palestine and Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly. Jahngir Badr expressed these views in a meeting with delegation of labour leaders on Friday. He said the president had presented solid arguments on the movie and rightly demanded a ban on it, adding that he had also
on legislation against insulting Islam. “President Zardari has proved the PPP leadership has a universal vision and it cannot be browbeaten. It was the PPP that Islamised the constitution, notified Friday as weekly holiday, declared Qadiyanis non-Muslim and formed Islamic Ideological Council,” he added. He said the PPP had always proved that it loved Islam and its workers and leadership could sacrifice even their lives for it.—APP
L AHORE —Punjab Minister for Labour Haji Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi has said that Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) is providing modern treatment facilities to registered workers and family members. He said that PESSI provides free of cost treatment facilities, even for costly Bone Marrow Transplant, Cochlear Implant, Renal Transplant, Liver Transplant, Artificial Limbs, Cancer Treatment. He said that US $ 7500 have been approved for liver transplant in India for the mother of a worker Khuram Shahzad of Ghani Glass Limited. Presiding over the PESSI governing body members here on Friday, the minister said that Rs 380,000 were also approved for liver transplant in India of Qaisar Saeed’s mother. Qaiser is registered worker of M/S. Education Services (Pvt) Ltd. The minister said that a registered worker Muhammad Sarwar of M/S. US Denim lost his arms during work and PESSI approved Rs 900,000 for his treatment and artificial arms implant in India.—APP
Traffic police camp for learners permit LAHORE —A mobile learner permit van of the City Traffic Police will establish a 15-day learner permit camp at the Defence Housing Society PhaseI, L-Block Stadium, from Monday. The CTO Lahore said people along with ID card and its photo copy could come in the Stadium during 12.00 to 4.00 pm for obtaining a learner permit. After driving test, people will be issued permanent driving licenses after having complete time of learner permit. Policy of issuing driving license door to door is expanding to save time of employees, he added.—APP
STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Pakistan has huge potential of earning foreign exchange through export of chicken products as the local companies have achieved excellence in high levels of quality and international standards, this was stated by Sardar Latif Khosa, Governor Punjab. Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khan Khosa inaugurating a three-day International Poultry Expo-2012 at Expo Centre, Johar Town Lahore appreciatecj, the participation of Local and foreign companies, large number of poultry related experts, businessmen, industrialists and womenfolk in the international poultry show “Poultry Expo 2012”, being organized from September 28-30. Governor Punjab while visiting different stalls appreciated the arrangements of international poultry expo and said this expo gathered all the stakeholders of the industry on one platform and it would pave the way to uplift the industry. He said new approach; technology and equipments should be adopted and eventually both the economy and the industry would reap the benefits of it. He said poultry farming is the single largest rural job provider, engaging workers directly or indirectly and is engaged in socio-economic uplift of the rural population. He said government will provide all out support to strengthen the poultry sector in the country. 1\1eanwhile, Adil Sattar of K&N’s also received an award from Governor Punjab Latif Khan Khosa for producing best in class chicken products in the market. Moreover, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan will inaugurate K&N’s cooking competition on Saturday at main convention Hall, Expo Centre Lahore.
Chiniot and renowned industrialist Ch. Masood Iqbal while addressing Shahbaz Sharif ’s scholarship programme awareness seminar held at Government Islmia College Chiniot today. Member Provincial Assembly Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti, DCO Dr. Irshad Ahmad, EDO Education Mehr Ashraf Ali Haral, principals of different colleges, educational experts, notables of the area, PEEF scholars, their parents and a large number of girl and boy students were present on the occasion. Ch. Masood Iqbal said that it is an established fact that only those nations achieve progress and prosperity who are educated and the amount of attention to ensure educational progress in the province given by Punjab Chief Minister is unprecedented in the history of the country. He said that now brilliant and deserving boy and girl
students would not have to face financial difficulties to continue their education as under PEEF scholarship programme, the request form is sent directly to the homes of brilliant boy and girl students who show higher academic achievement in order to save the self respect of the deserving families, which is the most significant aspect of Shahbaz Sharif’s scholarship programme under PEEF system. He pointed out that many students are getting education under Shahbaz Sharif ’s scholarship programme not only inside the country but in the best universities of foreign countries which is a historic step. Member National Assembly Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti paid glowing tributes to the development vision of Punjab Chief Minister, who has arranged provision of educational scholarships to deserving, brilliant boy and girl students.
L AHORE —The Lahore Development Authority has started payment of compensation to ex-owners whose properties have been acquired for construction of Metro Bus System (MBS). This payment is being made at a rate determined by the District Price Assessment Committee. An amount of Rs 1.80 billion has already been released to the Land Acquisition Collector for this purpose. Ex-owners of properties situated from Ichhra to Bhatti Gate are being compensated in the first phase and an amount of Rs 85.41 million has so far been disbursed among 39 ex-owners of 17 kanals 8 marlas and 150 sq ft land along the route. Other owners of the acquired properties have been asked to contact the Land Acquisition Collector, LDA, with their ownership documents.
Published on Sep 28, 2012