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Pakistan ready to offer all support for Afghan peace: PM Islamabad, Delhi tit for tat policy must end now Resolution

Curfew to be imposed in Karachi to recover arms: SC told Court for strategy against arms smuggling IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI—Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in an interim order, asked the Attorney with India through dialogue. and Kashmiris - were on board. stan through dialogue and said General of Pakistan to convene Hague welcomed Pakistan’s that he was impressed by a meeting with all the heads of However, he added that the departments concerned so that a strategy could be devised to prevent the smuggling of the narcotics and weapons to the metropolis. The CJP also directed the AG to present that strategy in the apex court today. The Attorney General of Pakistan on Wednesday during the hearing of the Karachi Lawlessness case under the suo motu notice at the Supreme court of Pakistan Karachi registry apprised the SCP that the Sindh provincial government had launched a campaign appealing

of Kashmir dispute needs all stakeholders to be on board

LPG prices up by Rs 7 per kg LAHORE—The price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has been inflated by Rs 7 per kilogram. The notification for the price hike shall be made public by 3rd November. According to the reports the global LPG price has inflated to 61 Dollars per metric ton. With the Rs 7 price hike the domestic cylinder would cost Rs 80. While for the commercial cylinder an additional 320 Rupees shall now be required. Irfan Khokhar, chairman, Continued on Page 7

Hakimullah Mehsood warns govt PESHAWAR—Banned terror outfit, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s chief Hakimullah Mehsood has said that sabotaging peace talks with them may lead to severe consequences. According to Britain based news website, the chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Hakimullah Mehsood has threatened that if the talks with Taliban are harmed, it would result to dire consequences for Pakistani government and its forces. He said that the only way to successful peace talks is by getting out of the US pressure. TTP Chief further said that his organisation is being wrongly portrayed in Pakistani and international media. He said that in the past, the government of Pakistan betrayed Taliban and if such

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Sensational win for SA SHARJAH—South Africa recorded a sensational one-run victory against Pakistan in the first day-night-day international here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing an easy target of 184, Pakistan were all out for 182 in 46.3 overs. Pakistan were moving steadily towards an easy win as they were 135 for three at one stage but lost the remaining seven wickets for 47 runs. Opener Ahmed Shehzad top scored with 58 followed by captain Misbah-ul-Haq (31) and Mohammad Hafeez (28). Among others, Umar Amin made 20 and Umar Akmal scored 18. For South Africa, left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell and leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed three wickets each.

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L ONDON —Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and was ready to offer all possible support in this regard. He also emphasized on the need of effective border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan so that the issue of cross border infiltration could be addressed. He was talking to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who paid a courtesy call on him here and discussed various issues of mutual interest. The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of the continuity of British Government’s support to resolve outstanding issues between Pakistan and India. He said that more than six decades of mutual mistrust between the two countries resulted into enhanced defence spending at the expense of their social sectors. This tit for tat policy must end now so that conditions of the people of the two countries could be ameliorated, he added. The Prime Minister further stated that Pakistan was keen to resolve all outstanding issues

Saudi Arabia Five soldiers martyred grants legal in SWA blast status to 800,000 Pakistanis Quetta bomb claims five lives JEDDAH—As many as nearly eight hundred thousand Pakistanis have got legal status in Saudi Arabia. This was stated by Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Naeem Khan during an interview with Arab News. He said Saudi Arabia has extended the amnesty deadline for expatriates till third of next month. He thanked King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Salman for extending the

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Pak delegation in Baku to attend Forum

TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—A road side explosion targeting military officials in South Waziristan agency Wednesday morning resulted in martyrdom of at least five soldiers and serious injuries to another. A series of improvised Explosive Device blasts in North Waziristan agency hardly a few days back had also left one soldier martyred and five others seriously wounded. Reports reaching here from Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan agency, and the mili-

tary sources said the unknown militants had planted an IED on a road side in Zatrai village of Tehsil Berwand that was detonated targeting the security forces at 9.30 in the morning. “Two of our soldiers embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) and four others were injured in the IED blast in Zatrai area of SWA”. Sources in the military told Pakistan Observer adding the victims were rushed to local field military hospital where the condition of three Army Jawaans was precarious. However, later they succumbed to

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Rs2.48/litre decrease in petrol price recommeded ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—Oil and Gas regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Wednesday sent the summary for new prices for November of petroleum products to the Ministry of Petroleum for November. According to the summary,

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Iran likely to drop Pakistan gas pipeline D UBAI —Iran will probably give up on a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project to supply gas to Pakistan, Iran’s oil minister was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency on Wednesday. “The contract for supplying gas to Pakistan is likely to be annulled,” Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told reporters on the sidelines of a gas forum in Tehran on Wednesday.

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Attacks innocent victims should receive compensation from US

LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and British Foreign Secretary, William Hague shaking hands prior to meeting on Wednesday. resolution of Kashmir issue was approach of reconciliation to- Pakistan’s efforts to create en- WASHINGTON—US House of possible only when all the three wards resolving all outstanding abling environment for negotiaRepresentatives Foreign Affairs stakeholders - Pakistan, India, issues with India and Afghani- Continued on Page 7 Committee member Congressman Alan Grayson has said that drone strikes in Pakistan could end tomorrow if the country wanted to and that no such attacks take place without the approval of Pakistan. The Democrat Congressman from Florida also said that he received no evidence from FAISAL ZAHID MALIK the Obama administration to Support from Pakistan, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN—Paki- suggest that there would be a “It was agreed on that a High Peace Council delegation which backed Afghanistan’s stani official delegation led by will visit Pakistan and meet with 1996-2001 Taliban regime, is Chief Minister of Balochistan Mullah Baradar in the near fu- seen as crucial to peace after Province Abdul Malik Baloch ture,” the statement from NATO troops depart — but re- arrived here to attend the third lations between the neighbours Baku International HumanitarKarzai’s office said. ian Forum which begins today The High Peace Coun- remain uneasy. The Pakistani government (Thursday). cil is the Afghan body charged Pakistani delegation inwith opening negotiations with insists Baradar, once the numcludes members of the National the Taliban insurgents as US-led ber two to Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, has Assembly of Pakistan, the NATO forces prepare to withbeen released and is free to meet former Deputy Speaker of draw from the country by the Pakistan’s Parliament, rectors of Continued on Page 7 end of next year. several universities and several known public figures. Meanwhile final preparations for the 3rd Baku International Humanitarian Forum to be held from October 31 to November 1 has reached the peak as

Baradar free to go anywhere he likes: Fatemi seeking peace with the Taliban will soon travel to Pakistan for their first meeting with key militant commander Mullah Baradar, officials said Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that a deal had been reached after talks on Tuesday in London with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

ing targeted operation against the criminals and now it was the responsibility of the federal government to play its role because delay in that regard would not be affordable, commented the CJP adding that perhaps, the institutional heads were lacking to apprehend that it was their city, country and all had to play their role for protecting the city, which was tantamount to protecting the country. It was a matter of great astonishment that the law enforcement agencies had the knowledge about the mafias but nobody was ready top launch a crackdown against them. The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered federal organisations and agencies to chalk out a comprehensive strat-

Drone strikes can end tomorrow, if Pakistan wanted: Grayson

Afghan negotiators to meet Baradar in Pakistan KABUL—Afghan negotiators

to the citizens to deposit their illegal weapons, which did not succeed and therefore the provincial government had decided to launch a campaign for the recovery of the illegal weapons from the residences of the citizens and to ensure maximum results trough the campaign, curfew would be imposed in the area that would be placed under search. The hearing was conducted by a 3-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed. The Sindh provincial government, Pakistan Rangers, police and intelligence agencies had achieved remarkable success in curbing the crime from the port city through the ongo-

Zanganeh did not state any further details in this regard. Iran has almost completed the pipeline to the Pakistan border, but Pakistan has made little progress on laying its leg of the long-planned pipeline, largely due to a lack of funds for the costly project and US pressure to drop it. Earlier this week, Pakistani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry reiterated Islamabad’s resolve to pursue

the project. “It (IP) should be seen in the context of acute energy crisis that we have in our country,” said the Pakistani official, adding that his government is pursuing the case to accelerate the implementation process of the project. Early in October, Pakistani Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked Iran to finance $2 billion in the construction of

Pakistan’s side of the IP gas pipeline project. The Pakistani petroleum minister said preparatory work was complete, but they had asked Iran to provide $2 billion for the construction work. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar asked his Iranian counterpart Ali Tayyebnia at a meeting in Washington this month to “look into the possibility of

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drop in drone strikes conducted in Pakistan by the end of this year. He said that had Pakistan wanted, drone attacks on its territory could end tomorrow if the country stopped facilitating the US strikes. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his recent trip to the US, had talked to President Obama on the drone issue after which the government had announced that the

results of the talks would be visible shortly and that the nation would see its positive effects in the coming days as the number of drone strikes would significantly be reduced by the end of this year. Pakistan has a strong Air Force which had the power to impose a restriction on its borders whenever it chose to, according to the Congressman who added that, such attacks

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Ulema urged to avoid delivering hatred speeches

Foolproof security plan finalized for Muharram I SLAMABAD —Security ar- here Wednesday to review Badshahi masjid Lahore rangements for Muhammarul-Haram have been finalised in almost all main cities of the country. APP correspondents from Sukkur, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Karachi, Peshawar, Kasur and Quetta have reported that a comprehensive foolproof security plan has been chalked out with the cooperation of district administration to avoid any untoward incident during MuharramUl-Haram. District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur Jawad stated this Qamar in a meeting held

Urology, Kidney Transplant Institute demanded FAISALABAD—Anjuman Tajran has demanded immediate establishment of an Institute of Urology & Kidney Transplant in Faisalabad. In a joint statement issued here on Tuesday, Khawaja Shahid Razzaq Sakka, President and Mehmood Alam Jat, General Secretary Anjuman-e- Tajran said that although the eminent urologists of the Punjab Medical College (PMC) and Allied Hospital were providing treatment to kidney and urine bladder patients, yet due to lack of ‘Research Facilities’ in these diseases, the patients were suffering a lot. They said that since Faisalabad region was ‘stone belt’ and the textile chemicals discharged by local industrial units had become instrumental for spread of urological diseases, the kidney & urological diseases in this region were rampant. They appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to accord immediate approval for the establishment of an Institute of Urology & Kidney Transplant in Faisalabad.—APP

security arrangements. All SDPOs and SHOs were present in the meeting. Sukkur: Senior Suprintendet of Police (SSP) Sukkur, Syed Fida Hussain Shah has said that security arrangements have been finalised for Muharram in the district. He said this while addressing a meeting of Ulema from all schools of thought at SSP office on Wednesday. The SSP said that a comprehensive security plan had been devised to provide protection to public and avoid any untoward incident. Multan: Khateeb historic

Moulana Syed Abdul Khabeer Azad urged the ulema to forge unity into their ranks and propagate messages of love, peace and harmony in order to defeat terrorism. Muzaffargarh: District administration would depute 1800 police officials and 1300 volunteers to maintain law and order situation in the district during Moharram. ASP city Rao Arif Aslam talking to APP informed that the administration had imposed ban on display of arms and using of loud-speaker for making speeches.

Faisalabad: Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) has imposed ban on availing leaves by traffic wardens in connection with Muharram-ul-Harram. Presiding over a meeting here Tuesday, CTO Imran Kishwar said that special duties are being assigned to all senior traffic wardens and traffic wardens from 1st to 10th Muharram-ul-Harram so it was decided to impose ban on availing leaves by traffic wardens. Bahawalpur: A comprehensive foolproof security plan has been chalked out by district administration to avoid any untoward incident

during Muharram-Ul-Haram. This was stated by the Assistant Commissioner General Capt (Retd) Khalid Mehmood has been appointed as incharge of the control room. He said that a comprehensive security plan has been finalized to ensure foolproof security of mosques, imam bargahs and procession routes during the month. Sargodha: Commissioner Sargodha division Iqbal Muhammad Chohan has said that a comprehensive security plan has been finalized for Moharram-ul-Haram after consultations with Ulema and Zakrins to maintain

peace in the division. In a meeting to review security arrangements, the Commissioner said that control rooms had also been established at the tehsil and district levels to ensure coordination and quick response to an emergency by the departments concerned. Karachi: Member of Sindh Assembly, Kamran Akhter on Wednesday said that everyone should play an active role to promote and maintain the environment of brotherhood and inter-faith harmony during the holy month of Muharram-ul-Haram.—APP

21 more reported with dengue virus SWAT—As many as 21 more Qadirabad Chowk under the patients have been confirmed with dengue virus during last 24 hours while 23 patients have been discharged from the hospital in satisfactory health conditions, said spokesman of Saidu Sharif Hospital, Dr Wasil Khan here Wednesday. He said that at present 59 patients including two children and 12e women were under treatment in the hospital. Dr Wasil informed that 15 patients including 3 women are stated to be precarious conditions. He said that 5039 patients have been admitted in the hospital for last 78 days among which 4834 were discharged after giving them required treatment. Faisalabad: Dengue awareness camp was held at

aegis of Government Millat Degree College Ghulam Muhammad Abad here on Tuesday. Deputy Director Prof Idrees Ahmed visited the camp and distributed informative material among people. Dengue awareness seminars were also held at Government College for Women Mamon Kanjan, Government Municipal Degree College and Government College Jaranwala, Punjab College for boys and Superior College. He said that dengue awareness camp will also be held at Government College of Commerce Peoples Colony Fawara Chowk on October 30. The objectives of holding camps were to provide awareness to youth about dengue virus.—APP

Effective representation of women in LG polls sought QUETTA—Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI) on Wednesday stressed the need for effective representation of women and other segments of society in the upcoming Local Bodies (LG) elections. Uzma Yaqoob, Chief Executive of FDI, a non-governmental organisation in a press release issued here said that the suppressed groups through their representation in the local government could fight for their rights enshrined in the constitution of the country. “The political parties claiming to be moderate did not bother to make women part of the cabinet,” she deplored. Uzma noted that FDI was struggling for the rights of the women and deprived seg-

ments of the society and raising voice to ensure their rights are being protected in line with the Constitution of the country. Expressing her concern over the plight of women in the quake-hit areas of Balochistan, she called for effective measures for the health facilities to the women folk. She feared that inadequate health facilities to women in remote areas of Balochistan was yet another men-made catastrophe increasing their problems manifold. Earlier, former Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Kanwar Dilshad has said that many political parties have serious reservations on new limitations of constituencies. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said local bodies

elections should be held on time despite reservations of political parties about new constituencies. He said election is a continued process it should be allowed to continue for making the country prosperous. Senior analyst Dr. Mehdi Hassan said local bodies are the basis of any democratic system. Through local bodies problems of the people can be resolved at the grassroots level. He expressed the hope that local bodies elections will strengthen democracy in Pakistan. Federal President, National Youth Assembly of Pakistan Hanan Ali Abbasi has said that Laptop scheme for the youth will enable them to enhance their capabilities in the best way.—APP

Robbers kill traffic warden

2 travel agents shot dead SIALKOT—Two travel agents motorbikes at Kutchery Road According

to police, were shot dead by unknown locality here on Wednesday. Muhammad Shoaib and Amir Butt were sitting in their travel agency when two unknown motorcyclists came there and opened fire at them. As a result, both the travel agents received multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot. Multan: A traffic warden was killed by dacoits and later one of the robbers was killed in encounter with police, in the precincts of Shah Rukan-eAlam police station. According to police, six alleged robbers were riding three motorcycles when Muhaffiz Police Squad signalled them to stop near general bus stand. Seeing police, the robbers opened fire at the Squad and escaped towards vegetable market. Muhaffiz Police Squad immediately circulated a message about the fleeing dacoits through wireless. A traffic warden Shahbaz received message about the robbers and managed to overpower one of the dacoit. The other BUREWALA: Governor of the Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar offering fateha accomplices of the robbers after laying floral wreath at shrine of Sufi Allah Dad Sahu at Sheikh Fazal to inaugurate shot at and injured the war127th Urs celebrations. den seriously. —APP

HYDERABAD: Businesses were closed in the city due to strike called by Jiyae Sindh Muttahida Mahaz against ‘Pakistan Protection Ordinance’.

MPs Women Council vows sustainable development

Over 0.35m people suffer from stroke every year

the role of women parliamentarian but also democratic process in the country. He said the SDPI would share its research work on different areas with women parliamentarians on the forum of the WPCSD for policy orientation and draft legislation and on any other matter the honorable women parliamentarians considered they need support on sustainable development in the country. Research Coordinator SDPI, Saleem, assured the women parliamentarian that SDPI would present its impartial, fact based and result-oriented findings to the council in its monthly meeting on the topics selected by the honorable women parliamentarians. The meeting of the WPCSD was attended by over 20 women Senators, and

stroke every year in Pakistan with more than 70% of them registered with “High Blood Pressure” and around 30% of them above years 45 age. Senior neurologist, Prof Abdul Wasay addressing a public awareness programme, jointly organised by NARF and Pakistan Stroke Society at Najmuddin Auditorium, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre iterated that “Stroke” is a preventable disease. “Majority of stroke cases could be prevented through effective control of blood pressure,” he said mentioning that as per available reliable studies even reducing 3 mm diastolic blood pressure could reduce stroke risk by 25%.”Blood pressure control and exercise are the key to stroke prevention,” reiterated the neurologist.—APP

K ARACHI —More than ISLAMABAD—Women parlia- would not only strengthen MNAs belonging to all po- 350,000 people suffer from mentarians, representing different political parties in both the Senate and the National Assembly Wednesday expressed their resolve to work for sustainable development in the country. The resolve was made at the meeting of “Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable Development,” a forum facilitated by Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad. Dr.Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, elaborating the objectives that the WPCSD would extend support to women parliamentarians in areas of research and legislation. He maintained that the SDPI’s legal wing would also extend its support to the honorable women parliamentarians on legislative drafting. Dr Suleri said the SDPI’s contribution

litical parties represented in the parliament. Addressing the meeting the women parliamentarians belonging to different political appreciated the initiative and termed the same extremely useful. They were of the view that the initiative would open a window of opportunity to them to learn from the experience of SDPI team on state of social services delivery besides the methods to improve it further. They also urged the SDPI to work along with them to curb domestic violence and crimes against women. The next meeting of the council would hold next month. The team of SDPI researchers would brief the women parliamentarians on the issue of energy issues in the country. Arifa Khalid Pervaiz, PML (N); Mussarat Ahmad zeb.—APP

Turkish reception was great SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

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T was really great. Tall, lanky and handsome Turkish Consul General, Murat Mustafa Onart, stood at the gates to personally greet guests coming to join him in celebration for the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of Turkey. The evening, the atmosphere at his Defence Society residence, offered a delightful touch to those present. An aura of romance. The vast lawns were dimly lit, and the hospitality was traditional. The turn out was impres-

sive indeed, as practically the entire diplomatic corp had showed up, from USA consul general Michael Dodman to Didier Boschung of Switzerland, French consul general Christian, Bahreini consul general Ibrahim Hejazi, Oman counterpart,attired in suit as usual, the Thai and the Korean consul generals, the Chinese consul general Ma You, and his vice consul Yin, the Russian consul general Oleg. Both Russian and the Chinese heads of missions are relatively new but they are pleasing personalities and quickly win over friends with their disarming smiles and friendly handshakes. They are true representatives of their respective countries. Mr Onart himself is a delightful person, extremely cour-

teous, and pleasant to talk to. He and the Sindh adviser Sharmila Farooqi, who was chief guest from Sindh government side, spoke highly of the traditional and fraternal ties that bind the two countries. Turkey has been in the forefront of supporting Pakistan, and in recent years this relationship has touch new heights. The Japanese consul general Aouchi talked with a touch of sadness about the recent natural disaster in his country. He said he had asked the Pakistani authorities if they needed any assistance for relief to the earthquake victims of Balochistan. No reply yet. However he felt that the Japanese economy, in melt down for considerable time, has begun to pick up again, thanks to the policies pursued by the

new Liberal Democratic Party, whose leader, the prime minister, had brought stability to Japan, which is a happy augury for a great country in the Far East. Kuwait and UAE are yet to send their replacements for Sohail and Muttairi, the two popular diplomats in Karachi who are now on new assignments since past few months. Muttairi perhaps has been made ambassador in Bosnia. The previous Russian consul general Andrey Demidov is now on vacation at home. Among the businessmen and entrepreneur were the newly elected President of the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry Amir Abdullah Zaki, a brilliant young man, very social and highly efficient in his

work, Yaqoob Tabani, chairman of the Tabani group of companies, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shalwani, secretary information to government of Sindh. A charming personality, Maria Paola of Family Educational Services Foundation, the Director of the Human Resources and Administration of Engro Foods, Kanwer Anwar Saeed, former vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Khalid Tawab, Byram Avari, the eminent hotelier of Pakistan and also honoray consul for Canada in Karachi, with his lovely wife, Goshpi. The food was sumptuous and thoroughly enjoyable. It reflected Turkish hospitality. In totality, it was a KARACHI: Murat M Onart, Consul General, Turkish Consulate General in Karachi, great reception, and may be re- acting Chirman Saleem Patel, M Anwar Gagai and others during the reception hosted membered for long. by Turkish Consulate.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki


500 UoP students awarded degrees Railway still in process of rehab ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique informed the House on Wednesday that it was not possible to spent billions of rupees over railway bridges blown up in Balochistan due to financial crunch and poor law and order situation in the province. Responding to a question, the minister said there was no proposal under active consideration to make Hernai-Sibbi railway section operational as after about 40 years of devastation, railways was still in the process of rehabilitation. The section was operational up to February 2006, when its seven major bridges were blown up by the terrorists, Saad Rafique informed the house. Rafique said it was the top priority of the ministry to improve the existing tracks. He said according to a preliminary estimate an amount of 6.5 billion dollar was required to establish Quetta-Zhob and Quetta-Taftan railway sections, adding, foreign investment was being arranged for the projects. To a question the minister said IG Railways along with his team was investigating the theft of railway tracks in Balochistan and other parts of the country, however, the support of judiciary would be required to bring the culprits behind the bar.—APP

Students asked to serve motherland with utmost honesty P ESHAWAR —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has said that mere taking degrees is not an end in itself, rather it is just beginning of the practical application of the knowledge and education you have gained here. “Be ready to play your role with utmost honesty and to the best of your abilities to serve your motherland and the humanity”, he added. Addressing as the chief guest in Convocation 2013 of University of Peshawar here Wednesday, the Governor who is also the Chancellor of the institution, further observed that in this

highly competitive age, success is subject to quality and its priority on all other aspects. To achieve the results, he remarked, quantity has to be matched with quality and the best way to address the issue is to religiously guard the sanctity of merit; maintain the recognized studentteacher ratio and ensure availability of desired standards of facilities. Universities where ever exists, the Governor pointed out, are the forum of innovations and creativities through which the societies and states benefit. “These are simply not the places of getting basic in-

formation, rather, the launching pads for learning, research and development of humanity”, he said. He expressed the confidence that University of Peshawar, under able and competent guidance of the Vice Chancellor and his team of Professors and Administrators will particularly focus on research, publication and development. Referring to certain points raised by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasool Jan while presenting the annual report earlier, the Governor said, indeed financial management is one of the major tasks in respect of every institution of higher learning

which will be tackled through joint efforts at every level. Earlier, the Governor gave away degrees gold medals to graduates. Amongst the gold medallists were Sobia Kakarr, Fatima Khalid, Maleeha Khattak, Ayesha Sultan, Mashal Khattak, Marya Bibi, Maryam Zahid, Huma Naz, Qurratul Ain, Salma Bibi, Adnan Khan, Amin S. Arsalan, Maasal Khan, Hussain Mahmood, Arif Jan, Asif Ali, Izhar Muhammad, Mazhar Iqbal, Bashir Khan, Shais, Shandan Mustafa, Ahmad Wali Khan, Imran Khan, Muhammad Hamid

Hostels for working women S I A L K O T —Provincial Minister for Women Development Punjab Hameeda Wahid ud Din has said that hostels for working women will be established in the district and work on the project would soon be started. She was addressing the participants of a seminar on Women Development held at Govt. Allama Iqbal College For Women Sialkot on Wednesday. MPAs Mrs. Shujaat Ali Pasha, Shabeena Zakarya and College Principal Mrs. Talat Imtnan Cheema were also present on the occasion. Hameeda Wahid ud Din said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had already established a separate ministry for women development to raise awareness about the rights, besides increasing quota of women in the government jobs from 5 percent to 15 percent. She said that no nation could make progress without giving basic rights to women, adding the PML-N government was making sincere efforts to ensure early participation of women in every sphere of life, besides, providing better atmosphere to them. The Minister revealed the Punjab government had established hostels for the working women in 16 districts of the province and now it was turn of Sialkot district to have hostel. Earlier, Hameeda Waheeduddin said that a hostel for working women in Sahiwal will start functioning from November 15 as a result of which working women could be able to enjoy best residential facilities at JHELUM: Inspector General NH&MP, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, DPO Jhelum, Afzal Ahmad Butt and SSP N-5 Northnominal charges. The minister said that she was visiting II Inkasar Khan are sitting on stage during ‘Road Safety Seminar’ organized by NH&MP. hostels set up in various districts and she would inspect facilities in women working hostels in Narowal and Sialkot at the end of the current month. She said that local women would be recruited for the hostels which would provide them job opportunities. Hameeda Waheeduddin said that all rules and regulations would be followed in the appointment of the staff and their performance would be monitored on regular I SLAMABAD —Speaker Na- less irregularities are the only The Speaker said that govern- I SLAMABAD —Turkey probasis. She said that generators would also be provided in work- tional Assembly Sardar Ayaz way forward for development, ment also focused on reforms vided a total of $3.4 billion to improve the quality of gov- (TL 6.7 billion) in aid to 121 ing women hostels where the facility is not available. She fur- Sadiq, has said elimination of ernance in the country. He ad- countries around the world ther said that the government wants participation of women in corruption, favouritism, nepovised the officers to demon- in 2012, according to the acevery sector of life besides ensuring protection of their rights tism and provision of good strate the will and ability to tivity report for the year 2012 and all out resources are being utilised for the purpose.—APP administration are top priormanage change while maintain- of the Turkish Cooperation ity of the government. He was ing continuity in policy where and Development Agency talking to a group of participolicy needs to be continued. (TIKA). The Turkish private pants and faculty members of He said “We can progress sector and nongovernmental the National Management further and counter the chal- organizations turned out, College Lahore (NMC), who lenges of militancy, extremism, with a share of $2.1 billion, to called on him at the Parliafloods, earthquakes, poverty, be a bigger provider of dement House on Wednesday. unemployment, energy and velopment aid than the TurkThe Speaker said the govwater shortages”. He appre- ish state, the share of which ernment is giving due ciated the efforts of NMC for remained at $1.3 billion (TL weightage to merit and comdeveloping competence in the 2.533billion), the H•rriyet daily petency and has revamped the civil servants, which may ad- reported on Tuesday. Turkey’s recruitment in civil services so that only competent people and prosperity of the country. dress and fill the gap between development aid, donated as “We are determined to the desired and existing out- grants, has steadily increased come to the top. He advised the participants that compli- strengthening democratic val- comes of public service de- in recent years.—APP ance of the Constitution and ues and institutions” he added. livery.—APP

Good governance key to success

HYDERABAD: Activists of House Officers action committee hold a protest in favour of their demands at civil hospital.

FATA lawmakers to convince Taliban for lifting ban on polio vaccination P ESHAWAR —Secretary Social Sectors FATA Dr Aftab Akbar Durrani Wednesday said that efforts were on to address the issue of lifting ban on polio vaccination in North and South Waziristan agencies as bulk of cases have been reported from the region. Talking to APP here in FATA Secretariat, Dr Aftab Durrani said that parliamentarians from North and South Waziristan agencies have been tasked to held meetings with the Taliban leaders with a view to note down their major demands and to come up with the possible solutions that would pave way for lifting ban on polio vaccination.

He said that North and South Waziristan agencies were the biggest issues for the government in terms of polio vaccination and the recent outbreak of polio cases in these areas was the outcome of the ban imposed on inoculation by Taliban since June 2012. It is relevant to mention here that the ban imposed by Taliban on vaccination has led to a polio outbreak in the area that undermined the efforts made by the government with the support of partner organizations and derailed the progress made this year towards wiping out the crippling disease worldwide. Secretary Social Sectors

FATA said that Khyber agency was also a serious concern as 16 polio cases have been reported from the agency so far and it was in view of this grave situation that despite security challenges door to door campaign was started in Bara tehsil of Khyber agency with the support of Army and law enforcement agencies. He said that the first round of door to door campaign was successfully completed in the Bara tehsil where 13 children have been hit by polio in the present year and added campaign would continue in Bara till the disease was flushed out from the region.—APP

Turkey donated $3.4b in aid in 2012

Shinwari, Hayan Talaat and Khurshid Begum. Up to five hundred students were awarded degrees in the University of Peshawar Convocation-2013 ceremony held for the postgraduates of the session 2011. Twenty six outstanding performers were given gold medals for standing first in their respective departments, comprising 12 females and 14 males. Besides sixteen Ph. D and twenty three M. Phil scholars were also awarded the highest research degrees. Out of the five hundred students three hundred thirty three were females

while one hundred sixty seven were males. Degrees were given to students of six faculties and forty three departments. The event witnessed true Pakistani cultural norms as almost all the medal winners choose their parents for its conferment and requested the chancellor to put the honour round their necks. This turned the all the more joyous moments into a memorable one. Addressing the convocation ceremony Governor Shaukatullah offered his deepest felicitations to the graduating students, their teachers and happy parents.—APP

Rain, thunderstorm likely at isolated places ISLAMABAD—Rain and thun- Malamjabba 03mm, Risalpur, derstorm is expected at isolated places in north Punjab including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha division, Upper KP, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat divisions, Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan. Whereas dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country during next 24 hours, according to Pakistan meteorological Department. A westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 36-48 hours. While in last 24 hours, isolated rain-thunderstorm occurred in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions and Kashmir, and weather remained dry in other parts of the country. According to Met office, chief amount of rainfall during last 24 hrs in Parachinar was 44mm,

Balakot 02mm,while in Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Saidu Sharif, 01mm rain was recorded. Coldest places during last 24 hrs were Skardu 00øC, Hunza 01øC, Kalam, and Kalat 02øC, while hottest

places were ShaheedBenazirabad 37øC, Mithi, Sibbi, Turbat and Sukkur 36øC. Rain continued lashing provincial capital of Khyber Pakthunkhwa with intermittent intervals as seven milimeter rain has been received till Wednesday afternoon.—APP

SPARC delegation meets IG Prisons PESHAWAR—A delegation of legal aid and livelihood the Society for Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC) comprising of Akbar Ali Shah and Jahanzab Khan held a meeting with the Inspector General of Prison, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zakir Hussain Afridi in his office. The purpose of meeting was to share SPARC’s contribution in improving living conditions of Juveniles in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Prisons and plan for future interventions to improve living conditions of juveniles in jails. SPARC is providing support to the juveniles in jails in terms of daily use items, free

trainings to the juveniles. They also assured the prisons authorities for further collaboration and support in this regard. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Tourism, Sports, Archives and Youth Affairs, Mehmood Khan has said that the PTI government is giving top priority for making touristic spot more attractive and provision of all possible facilities to tourists. Presiding over a meeting regarding tourism policy in his office, he said tourism is backbone for the strengthening of the economy.—APP


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his brief but thought provoking address to the 9 World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in London, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented a sort of economic vision for the Islamic world and, if implemented, the plan has the potential to accelerate the pace of economic growth in Muslim countries. He spelt out five point strategy to realize the true socio-economic potential of the Islamic world that constitutes 23% of the world population. There is no denying the fact that the Islamic world has not only huge but productive human capital, vast natural resources and unique geo-strategic position. However, most of the Islamic states are at the bottom of the list of those who have benefited from mind-boggling technological developments, information revolution and movement of goods and services. This is mainly because of lack of a coherent and sustained approach and this makes the five points of the Prime Minister quite relevant and meaningful. He rightly called for greater focus on human resource development besides optimum exploitation of natural resources in the Islamic world. In fact, he was not speaking in a void as his Government has recently launched several schemes to harness potential of youth but more needs to be done in terms of allocation of budgetary resources and establishment of both institutions of higher learning especially those devoted to science and technology. Again, he has called for transformation from mere consumption economy to production of goods and services but this requires necessary commitment to promote research and development, which at present is lacking. As the West is somewhat reluctant to transfer technology, Muslim countries can make amends for by promoting intra-Islamic world cooperation and collaboration in different fields benefiting from each other’s experiences. Focus on private-sector led growth and collaborative growth models, would also be a right approach if monopolies are avoided but the most noteworthy point raised by the Prime Minister was about focus on transparent and merit-based governance. It is because of lack of good governance and trust that the United Kingdom has already attracted $20 billion of Islamic finance and is poised to attract more. As against this, the schemes launched in Pakistan have mostly turned out to be big scandals in which poor investors lost billions of rupees. This reflects poorly on the role and performance of the State Bank that is supposed to exercise necessary vigilance and monitoring to safeguard interests of depositors. Investment goes to safer places and therefore, Muslim countries especially Pakistan should focus on improving security and strengthening the system to restore confidence of the investors. N

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United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has always supported Paki stan economically and politically, has gone a step further in announcing launching of 21 new development projects costing over 184 million dollars under catchy ‘Assist Pakistan Programme’. Director of the Programme Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli said in Islamabad on Tuesday that these projects, being initiated at the directive of the President of UAE Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, include construction of a new road linking different regions and opening of a major hospital in Islamabad. UAE Government and its people deserve appreciation for consistently adopting pro-Pakistan posture and focusing on areas of cooperation that are directly linked to the well being of the masses. Infrastructure, health and education are key issues in Pakistan and the decision of the brotherly country to launch projects to help provide these facilities to people means much for Pakistan. Clean drinking water is a major issue in the country and it assumes greater significance due to wide prevalence of water borne diseases and therefore, the decision of the UAE to establish water treatment and purification plants in twelve villages would help overcome this problem. The keen interest of UAE in the progress and development of Pakistan and that too without attaching any conditions to the aid programme is reflective of the sincerity of purpose of the UAE leadership. A number of UAE-based companies are doing good business in Pakistan especially in telecom and banking and sky is limit for attracting investment from that country if proper planning is done. HE

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EOPLE of Pakistan are desperately waiting for ‘opportune’ moment for total and complete repatriation of over three million Afghan refugees that are still living in the country but Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has apprehended that in the after math of 2015 an increase in numbers is expected as it is a continuous problem and “an area that bleeds”. However, the Minister was of the view that Pakistan would be able to address the situation. Notwithstanding the optimism shown by the Minister about ability of Pakistan to handle the situation, the fact remains that the country can no longer afford presence of about three million refugees on its soil at huge security and social costs besides economic burden, which it has been left alone to bear by the international community. It is also regrettable that instead of realizing difficulties of Pakistan, some circles are raising accusing fingers towards the country by blaming that the refugees are being harassed. Pakistan had opened its border and provided shelter to millions of refugees on ‘humanitarian grounds’ after former Soviet Union forces invaded Afghanistan in 1979 though Islamabad is not a signatory to the Geneva Convention. Initially, the world community contributed towards their sustenance but now the international aid has diminished and schemes for voluntary return, devised half-heartedly, have borne no fruit as those crossing over to Afghanistan, return after availing the benefits and incentives. The remarks of the Interior Minister also mean that there could be turbulence and chaos in Afghanistan following withdrawal of NATO and American occupation forces from that country and this could lead to influx of fresh refugees to Pakistan. Similar fears were also expressed by Minister for SAFRON Retired General Abdul Qadir Baloch a few days back, making it clear that Pakistan will not welcome fresh influx of refugees from Afghanistan and use all legal channels in collaboration with the international community to block entry of Afghans on the border. While supporting the proposition of the SAFRON Minister we would urge that all existing refugees should also be repatriated at all costs by the extended deadline of 2015.

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Truth about Western help for Afghanistan the status of the further deployment of US and NATO after 2014 will be taken Ali Ashraf Khan troops by the Loya Jirga taking place Email:balti@super.net.pk on 23rd November. The US has been firmly stating that if this point is not accepted by URING a recent meeting of Afghanistan all troops would be rethe Foreign Ministers of the moved by the end of 2014 in which NATO countries in Brussels case it is expected that the Afghan that was attended by the Afghan For- army, police and other security ageneign Minister Bismullah Khan cies would collapse within a short peMohammadi as well the NATO rep- riod of time. The US has been deresentatives exerted a good amount manding that the agreement should of pressure on the Afghan Foreign be ready by the end of October this Minister to finally ratify the agree- year in order for the NATO to be able ment between the US and Afghani- to plan the next mission. stan about the number, tasks and staThis time frame is already not tus of the next NATO mission in the possible and the decision of the Loya country after their much publicized Jirga if left to decide freely would withdrawal. This has been reported be probably negative. That is why by the German newspaper Spiegel. the NATO during its recent meeting This agreement has been a bone of in Brussels threatened Afghanistan contention between the US and and the Afghan Foreign Minister that Karzai who refused to agree that if the consent for a new NATO missome 30,000 US soldiers serving sion under the NATO-favored rules after 2014 in that proposed mission would not come soon, not only the should be exempted from Afghan troops would be withdrawn comlaws and be tried under the laws of pletely but also financial aid that has their home countries. been promised to the country would President Karzai whose term is be cancelled. This threat is ample expiring in spring 2014 has drawn proof that the nerves of the NATO the wrath of NATO also by stating and the US are lying blank. Espethat the NATO forces have failed to cially the US that has been investbring any improvement in the Af- ing heavily in the Construction of ghan situation and has instead military bases in Afghanistan that caused only losses and hatred among are not only meant to serve the prothe Afghan people – a truth that ev- posed training mission for the Afery Afghan knows from experience ghan security forces after 2014 but but the West doesn’t like to hear. US also for the protection of US investForeign Secretary Kerry’s latest visit ments in the Afghan mining and ento Kabul also did not bring the ex- ergy sectors and security of oil and pected result; President Karzai in- gas procurement from Central Asia. sisted that the final decision about That is why they are now wary of a

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failure of their plans and thus the blackmail attempt. NATO and US leaders are forgetting that all their efforts in the past failed to bring about desired results in dealing with Afghan Taliban and this will surely not change next year, already now we hear about Afghan officers of special forces trained by the Americans who are changing loyalty and joining the Taliban together with their weapons and equipment. That is why the carrot and stick policy of the West regarding the outgoing Karzai will be a futile excercise to save their mission. But there is no doubt that a complete withdrawal of aid, after destruction caused by US and NATO forces misadventure, may see a complete and immediate collapse – a scenario that if not in the Afghan interest is twice not in the interest of NATO and US for the sake of their own investments. On the other hand there is no doubt that once the promised withdrawal is completed Afghan nation can do every thing to put their country back on the rail of progress and prosperity without any foreign army deployment to protect and promote their own desired agenda, therefore there is no need for a debate on how to maintain status quo after the deadline of withdrawal closing in 2014. Pakistan has historical relations with Afghanistan which due to some reasons remained luke warm in the past few decades but a hope is their that Afghans now realize the hospitality extended to the influx of the largest migration of refugees for almost three decades and the collateral damage Pakistan suffered on account

of this so-called War on Terror that US is planning to bring in India as a protector of US interest in Afghanistan which is not going to work. US is also playing a game with Pakistan. President Obama has been pressing Pakistan to cut the Pakistan army ties with extremist elements in Pakistan and has been demanding military operation in North Waziristan, which might be counter productive in future and people may not like it also. An example was seen when US Pakistan relations deteriorated over reportedly killing of Osama bin Laden on 2nd May 2011, then Admiral Mike Mullen accusing Pakistan Intelligence agencies for supporting an attack on US embassy in Kabul which was followed by an airstrike on Pakistan military check post at Salala killing more then 2 dozen soldiers that led to complete closure of NATO supply route for few months. The only respectable way out of Afghanistan for the NATO is to ensure an end to the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, which will bring a chance for peace to the Afghan people. Foreign troops even in a small number and with a training mission will prolong the war of the Afghans –Taliban and others against foreign occupation. So let us keep our fingers crossed and hope sanity prevails and peaceful withdrawal of occupation forces takes place as announced by US. Only then the normalization of Afghanistan relations with Pakistan becomes a possibility. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

Method in Indian madness Abid Latif Sindhu Email: abid.latif26@yahoo.com

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OUTH Block is no more a part of global south for the Foggy Bottom. Confusing? Not any more. The growing bonhomie between India and the US was bound to happen as a tete-a-tete of mills and boons connection. This is what the outside world is made to believe. So the south block (India’s external affairs ministry) is now part of the north and the Foggy Bottom (cliché for the US State Department) is a little misty sequestering of fleeing opportunities in this part of the world. Play on, tango around but set the tunes the generic way, a careless import will be an offbeat. In Rome do as the Romans do, in subcontinent let the Romans redo everything. Here we are again on the geographical benches sorting out each other at the famous Line of Control. Kashmir is again on the burner, back or main, still do not know. Any matters bilateral between Pakistan and India; the US remains out or just recently has developed the tendency to tilt towards the democratic bulge. India’s latest stance of continuous aggression by indulging in fire raids and targeting civilian population all along the LoC is not a tactical over reaction. It is absolutely a strategic move. These fire raids are redefining the pecking order amongst the protagonists. There is definitely a method and manna in these deep marauds. India is at a new bend of its historicism. It has not come here at its own. There are many candy kids in the carnival. Kashmir is a disputed territory and India does not even want to talk on the subject. There is a UN resolution saying so. India believes it to be a mere move in international political expediency. Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff has recently asked the US to use its good offices in getting

the problem solved. But America is quiet on the issue and the Indian foreign minister had clarified that only bilateral talks could be had on this issue. The LoC is getting pretty hot, more than what the furnace can withstand. India by its present misdemanour is trying to establish that LoC is more sacrosanct than the international border. The international law of territories is being refuted by blaming Pakistan for the acts which India is committing, an inverse prisoner’s dilemma. Already India has shown no regard for the thelwig principle during Sir Creek issue. The next violation will likely be in the Arabian Sea where India will try to assert its own version of law of the Seas. Pakistan’s perseverance will not accrue any positive response from India, rather the most likely new prime minister of India, Mr Modi will set the new pace of regional hegemony. Hegemony is the basic characteristic of any aspirant power. So tolerate. India’s military doctrine on Kashmir has silently changed (there is no need to make a mountain out of mole as was done to make Pakistan believe in the Cold Start which is still a dream far fetched). It has acquired the will of an aggressor and is demonstrating the same on the LoC. There are reports that they tried to infiltrate from the Sialkot sector, which was forcefully contested by the Chenab Rangers. In the last two months over 50 fire raids are made on the Pakistani territory, which resulted in the death of a number of soldiers and civilians, and a loss to the property. The focus is on the Working Boundary that is the border between Sialkot and Indian held Kashmir. There is a purpose in this. It is to give Pakistan a feel that Kashmir is even no more an issue which can have a political discourse. Working Boundary or LoC, these are as holy and sacrosanct as the international border between the US and Canada. The Indian government has

placed a huge order for drones, which will be employed all along the LoC. These drones will have both types, hot and cold. Interestingly back home the Indian business community, the magnets, the political elite and the strategic elite are dying to see Narendra Modi as the next prime minister of the country. For Pakistan year 2014 will bring many foreign policy challenges, a new government (not very pliant either) in the west and the sworn enemy to the east. As for now, the mantra of self determination is gone as far as Kashmir is concerned. The UN is silent and without the recognition of international community the right of self determination can not be determined. Is Pakistan fore closing its options in the name of peace? Isolation is a phenomenon of international relations which occurs when a nation is psychologically beaten on one hand and its pyrrhic status is drum beaten on the other. On the other hand telling Pakistan that panacea of all problems is to have good relations with India is not a buyable argument at this moment when Indian aggression is on the peak and barrel chested, they daily count Pakistani casualties all along LoC and Working Boundary. Granting the MFN status to the aggressor is what the IMF is pressing for again and again, corporate commedia. Nawaz Sharif’s recent summitry with Obama is believed to be comprehensive parleys, though immediate results are not expected. Again the US emphasized on terrorism and projected Indian concerns rather than listening to the Pakistani ones. Ironically the homework on this side of the divide was lacking. There is no ambassador of Pakistan to the US. Before the visit no briefings were arranged for the media, think-tanks or the strategic elite. Like Indian caucus, till today the Pakistani one could not emerge in Washington D.C. A majority of American lawmakers is probably predisposed towards India, courtesy their American qualified

NRI interns. The idea of hiring a PR firm is also ridiculous as one has to do its own PR, others just make you feel important for nothing. You just pay for the historic photo shoots with the leaders who take it as mere one of their public appearances. It is time to invest in something more concrete than the pipe dreams. Mr Prime Minister, please invest in your people. Human security if threatened will result in unfathomable chaos. The LoC, working boundary, ceasefire line or the international border are meaningless if the human resource is left to sun dry itself like the peppermint. Pakistan should have good relations with all the neighbours but come on have a look at the big brother who is way bent to wield the cudgel not in air but even beyond. The Indian Right is famous for extreme position which it takes against Muslims and also Pakistan. Their whole politics revolve on a political poker game of point scoring against Pakistan. Pakistan has to give a measured response both in terms of diplomatic outbursts and kinetic works. It has to do nothing more and also not less what Indians are doing to our innocent population of Kashmir and Sialkot. Beware that the method in the madness is not working on the working boundary. There is no exodus of local population from the area; rather this has once again forced the leadership of Pakistan to concentrate on the eastern border which anytime the trigger happy big brother can convert into a firing range. Cold start or the hot one can have an appropriate response, but big brother must answer one question. Is deterrence failing in the subcontinent or the threshold is coming down? Pray that the goon to catch the gooseberry remains away from the gopher or otherwise the foolhardy will cut the same tree where it nestles. —The writer is a freelance columnist.

HE mopping of Syrian chemical arms seems to be on schedule. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is relieved that Damascus enabled it to comb 19 of the 23 weapons sites. The stockpiles, under the international accord signed in Geneva, have to be disposed of by the middle of next year, but their production equipment must be destroyed by November 1 this year. This unprecedented cooperation between the OPCW and Damascus is a milestone achievement and goes on to buoy the dream of disarmament. It is for the first time in contemporary nation-state history that an international watchdog has been mandated with the task to destroy a sovereign country’s weapons, and that too after obtaining the country’s political consent. The fact that Syria is abiding by the timeline of disarmament is a good omen, and could embolden international mediation efforts to find a long-term solution for the war-torn state. The horrible statistics in the last two years, such as a hundred thousand deaths, more than 4.5 million people becoming homeless and the loss of infrastructure countrywide, tell a tale of death and destruction. It augments the need to bring an immediate end to the conflict. But the realpolitik presents a bizarre picture, wherein the international players are more preoccupied with managing the crisis than defusing it in an amicable manner. That is evident from the repeated failures that interlocutors have met in persuading the opposition elements for entering into a meaningful dialogue with the other stakeholders, including the regime of President Bashar Al Assad. The upcoming Geneva-II conference is in the doldrums, as none from the Syrian National Council, an umbrella of opposition parties in the diaspora, have consented to attend it. This makes the position of the rebels fighting on the ground with Syrian security forces quite untenable as there is no end to the dispute at hand. The Arab League and the West should make another attempt to broker a political solution to the crisis and compel Damascus and the opposition to sit down to jot a transition plan. — Khaleej Times

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HE embattled Iraqi govern ment of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki needs to find a new way to engage with its people. Al Maliki has to stop trying to impose security by force, even after this Sunday when Al Qaida affiliates exploded nine car bombs in Baghdad, taking the death toll to more than 5,300 Iraqis this year. On the other side of the sectarian divide, several Shiite militias in the south have stepped up their operations with funding and strategic direction from Iran, as they have assassinated leading members of Sunni tribes. It is a disaster that Al Maliki’s answer to all this is to use more force. He is heading to Washington in two days, and he is wrong to say that he hopes to prioritise getting more US military help to fight Al Qaida affiliates. Unfortunately, this is supported by the US ambassador in Baghdad, who has said that the US needs to “highlight the urgent need for the approval and quick delivery of military sales”. Force is not the answer. A minimum of security is required, but Iraq’s widespread tribal and sectarian violence has to be tackled in a much more wideranging manner. Al Maliki needs to counter corruption amongst his own officials. He must recognise that education needs special support after more than a decade of occupation, insurrection and civil war. If he does something about these issues, he will find that people will no longer be willing to support the violent extremists with which Iraq is cursed, as they have shown in the past when the government had a more engaged policy and violence fell while people’s hopes rose. — Gulf News Time and tide wait for no man. —Proverb


War on terror or crusade? However the crusade is on chooses has damaged justice and its way for the last twelve freedom, and made the world a more physically against us dangerous place. Shaukat M Zafar years on our own expense. The Pakistan has been a front line Email: smzafar101@gmail.com real terrorism started only “non-NATO ally” against the war on after crusade / so called war terror—in real terms crusade— on terror started by the U.S waged against us, due to which not HE People will soon summon President Bush. According to Am- only its economy has been destroyed one another to attack you as nesty International, “The ‘war on but also its frontiers and inside terripeople when eating invites terror’, far from making the world a tory has become unsafe. This war has others to share their food.” Some- safer place, has made it more dan- shaken the foundations of the state one asked, “Will that be because of gerous by curtailing human rights, and the society. More than 50,000 our small numbers at that time?” He undermining the rule of international lives have fallen victim to it during replied, “No, you will be numerous law and shielding governments from the last few years. Almost $100 bilat that time: but you will be froth scrutiny. It has deepened divisions lion have been lost. It is a prolonged and scum like that carried down by among people of different faiths and war against Muslims financed ena torrent (of water), and Allah will origins, sowing the tirely through bortake the fear of you from the breasts seeds for more rowing from IMF The country is (hearts) of your enemy and cast al- conflict. The overand different other on the brink of wahn into your hearts.” Someone whelming impact channels. Our asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what of all this is genu- disaster. Our rulers economy has is al-wahn?” He replied, “Love of ine fear—among have brought the reached at a very the world and dislike of death.” ( An the affluent as well US war to Pakistan critical stage. We authentic hadith recorded by Abu as the poor.” are sinking in the Dawud and Ahmad) U.S and West while the ongoing sea of debts. FightThis enmity toward Islam is es- continues to attack military action is ing the U.S war on pecially pronounced and many times Muslim lands — causing resentment terror has comprois the result of a well-thought-out Afghanistan, Iraq, among people. The mised our scheme the object of which is first Libya, Sudan, economy now and rulers should to shake the foundations of Islamic Syria, Kenya, threatens it in the beliefs and then gradually to demol- Yemen, Somalia, understand that future. Our indusish the structure of Muslim society Mali…. and now waging war against try has suffered an unprecedented deAfter staging 9/11 twin towers Pakistan. The own citizens is cline and, in many drama – today there’s a lot of fin- CIA’s drone camger-pointing over this plan even paign in Pakistan much more difficult cases, shut down or shifted to other within U.S and more and more has killed thouthan fighting countries. Reserves people believe that our own govern- sands of peaceful against have reached ment was behind the attacks, An citizens. Tony the US. alarmingly low. imaginary character was named as Blair’s proclamaThe expenses on “Al-Qaida” and it was alleged Al- tion of the inhuQaida had alliances in Egypt, Sudan, mane NATO bombing of Iraq and debt servicing have reached at unsusSaudi Arabia, Yemen, Ethiopia, So- Afghanistan as the last ‘Crusade’ tainable level and there are heavy malia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan sums up the evil thought process that paybacks. Add to these the budgetwhereas Potential safe-havens also has incapacitated the facade of the ary and balance-of-payments deficits. exist in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the democratic values of the West. Mili- There also are the difficult issues of Philippines. It was a well thought out tary attacks by U.S and NATO on inflation, rising prices and escalating plan to trap those Muslim countries these countries has meant death, de- unemployment. We have lost everyat its own choice. American Presi- struction and chaos which are still thing in a war waged by U.S even dent George Bush on 16 September going on. The global agenda pro- against us. Rather, the U.S is support2001 declared war on terrorism in moted by the US Administration in ing India with the purpose to tighten an unscripted and controversial com- the name of security is bankrupt of screws on Pakistan. It is well estabment saying, “This crusade – this vision and bereft of principle. In fact, lished policy of the U.S to provoke war on terrorism – is going to take a abandoning the rules invites every- violent extremist groups into action while, Realizing the situation, his body to play without rules. Ignor- in Muslim countries. Accordingly it inner sight he had reflected uncon- ing national boundaries gives oth- is supporting TTP, BLA and other sciously, Bush later withdrew the ers equal rights to do the same. Kill- criminal / separator groups operating word of “Crusade” and apologized ing people without trial or proof of in Pakistan. We have destroyed our tribal area for this remark due to the negative guilt invites anarchy. Violating rights connotations the term “Crusade” has at home, turning a blind eye to which was a largely autonomous zone to people, e.g. of Muslim faith. The abuses abroad and using pre-emptive straddling the boundary of Pakistan word crusade was not used again. military force where and when it and Afghanistan, which was estab-

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lished as a strategic buffer zone for British India. The tribal ‘Maliks’ were paid allowances to protect the roads and ensure the security of the inner border with administered areas. During the 1950s, Pushtunistan Movement initialed by Afghanistan badly failed to gain support amongst the tribes. Afghanistan’s refusal to recognize the Durand Line, and its subsequent support for the Pashtunistan Movement remained the main cause of tensions between the two countries. After independence Quaid-e-Azam, in spite of strong opposition by the bureaucracy and the Army, had decided to vacate the cantonment at Razmak. Quaide-Azam had full confidence in tribal people, and knew that loyalty of the proud tribesmen with the country was above board. Today men, women and children in the tribal area are subjected to almost constant trauma including fear of attack, severe anxiety, powerlessness, insomnia and high levels of stress amongst countless other problems. No less depressing is the situation in Balochistan. We must better understand our enemy and we must understand our role. We should follow the spirit of Islam. In the present war our national development has been compromised, education, economy and technology left backward, and our leaders have become cruel and unjust toeing external agenda. The country is on the brink of disaster. Our rulers have brought the U.S war to Pakistan while the ongoing military action is causing resentment among people. The rulers should understand that waging war against own citizens is much more difficult than fighting against the US. We should immediately enter into peace talks with our own people being used by international agencies. Getting out of the so-called war on terror / crusade against Muslims, ending military operation in tribal areas, provision of justice and relief to the poor is necessary to put the country on right path. This war / crusade are against our innocent people including women and children losing lives in the war.

— The writer is Islamabadbased former banker.

Views From Abroad

Afghanistan scramble for the TTP favour Dan Murphy

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HE US war in Afghanistan could turn into a pumpkin as soon as the middle of November. That’s when a national meeting of tribal leaders and other notable Afghans will hold a so-called Loya Jirga and vote on whether to meet the Obama administration’s terms for keeping troops in the country beyond the end of 2014. If they vote no, it will all be over but the packing, shipping, and destroying of military infrastructure. Whatever the Afghans decide about an extended US presence, the US involvement in offensive operations is sure to decline, just as its role in “nation building” is winding down. That means Afghans have gaps to fill when it comes to influence and power projection. As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, the US-installed and supported Afghan government is wasting little time. The plan? Make friends with the Pakistani Taliban and what’s left of Al Qaeda’s network in Pakistan. According to the article, which cites unnamed US and Afghan officials, the government of President Hamid Karzai is courting the Pakistani Taliban, who are close to what’s left of Al Qaeda in region, as a way to counterbalance the Pakistani military’s support for the Afghan Taliban. The story began with the US military’s arrest of Latif Mehsud, a senior Pakistani Taliban

member. At the time the arrest was announced earlier this month, the Karzai government put out the story that Mr. Mehsud was in Afghanistan to negotiate a prisoner swap. There were also suggestions that he was being approached as go-between for peace talks. But the Times story says the actual purpose of Mehsud’s visit was to promise aid to the Pakistani Taliban in their fight. It’s a cheap way for Afghanistan to project force and influence inside Pakistan and, in theory, make Pakistan more amenable to Afghan positions at future negotiations. Now, not content to be merely the target of a proxy war, the Afghan government decided to recruit proxies of its own by seeking to aid the Pakistan Taliban in their fight against Pakistan’s security forces, according to Afghan officials. And they were beginning to make progress over the past year, they say, before the American raid exposed them. Although Afghan anger over the raid has been an open issue since it was revealed in news reports this month, it is only now that the full purpose of the Afghan operation that prompted the raid has been detailed by American and Afghan officials. Those officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss secret intelligence matters. The story is thoroughly plausible. Karzai’s fear about Pakistani designs in Afghanistan has been one of the issues in the drawn-out negotiations over an extended US

military presence. Karzai has been pressing for US security guarantees with respect to the Pakistanis. While talks have not really gotten anywhere yet, Karzai and others in the government have been more than happy to reach out to the Afghan Taliban, recognizing them as a political force and military force that aren’t going away. Earlier this month Karzai said he’d like to bring the Taliban into a power-sharing government in Kabul. America’s and Karzai’s interests haven’t been aligned for years. The US said it wanted to establish a democracy in Afghanistan, but what’s resulted has been rigged elections awash in drug money and the halls of parliament filled with warlords. Even so, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better illustration of the futility and dysfunction of the current US effort than the Afghan government up to a direct Al Qaeda ally. The Pakistani Taliban have sought to hit US interests abroad: the US government has accused the group of being behind a failed car-bomb attack on New York’s Times Square in 2010, and has also claimed that Mehsud was personally involved. The stated purpose of the US war against the Taliban following Al Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington in 2001 was to remove the Afghan government that had given safe-haven to Al Qaeda and replace it with one that would never harbour a movement bent on attacking the US again. Now, the

Afghan government, installed on the back of US tanks, is negotiating a friendship with precisely those sorts of people. To be sure, it all makes a certain amount of sense from an Afghan perspective. They’ll seek advantage in their tough and violent neighbourhood wherever they can find it. Looking to Pakistan, they probably find few reasons not to. During the long US-led war in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s military has provided aid and occasionally direct support to Taliban units who were killing US troops, yet the flow of US military aid to Pakistan - and intelligence cooperation on going after militants inside Pakistan - was unabated. When the US determined that Osama bin Laden was hiding it in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, a short distance from the country’s capital, it couldn’t trust Pakistan enough to inform them of a pending raid. Yet doubts about possible Pakistani military assistance to Bin Laden have not curtailed the relationship with the US. So Karzai’s bet is that there wouldn’t be much in the way of repercussions for working with the Pakistani Taliban. Going on the history of the last decade, he’s probably right. The writer is a staff member for the Monitor’s international desk, focused on the Middle East. Murphy has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, and more than a dozen other countries. — Courtesy: The Christian Science Monitor

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HE doorbell rang and I opened the door. “Carpen ter!” said the middle aged man holding a measuring tape. “You want to change your door?” “Yes,” I said, “Three doors!” I watched as he pulled out the tape and held it against the first door, then placed the same tape at the bottom, then repeated the measurements to himself. “Why aren’t you writing it down?” I asked as he

struggled to remember feet and inches or was it metres and centimeters! “I don’t have a pen!” he said brightly. “So how did you expect to take the measurements back to your shop?” I asked. “I use my head!” he said. “All three doors? Feet and inches, length and breadth?” He looked at me sheepishly. “When I bring the doors here, we will adjust sir!” I had seen such adjustments before. Workmen bringing doors which were too large or too small, masons carrying in tiles which didn’t fit bathroom, and furniture bought in store looking totally out of place in some one’s drawing room. All because details had not been noted down. The couple going to buy new

furniture for their drawing room hadn’t measured their drawing room to see how big or small it was. “Oh no,” whispers the wife, “the sofa has taken up all the place, where will we put our dining table?” Or they find to fit their double bed in they would have to break wall and intrude into their neighbour’s flat! All this because we do not like to involve the detail! This happened last week. In my bathroom there were some wires sticking out, and my electrician told me it was dangerous. “But I don’t have the same tile to cover those wires!” I said. “No problem sir, I will put a small plastic board on it!” They came armed with electric drill, plastic board and four small screws.

And now for the last one week I have been staring angrily at a lopsided plastic board that grins back at me every time I use the cloak. “Hi!” it says, “How do you like my crookedness?” Yes that’s what we should call ourselves when we don’t manage the detail, “Crooked people!” Not because we are crooks, oh no, but that we are slightly tilted in our reasoning. Straighten up! We cannot be like the carpenter without his pen, or the men who put my plastic board without their plumb line. Start looking into the details, you can save yourself a lot of ‘adjustments’..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Breast cancer quest MISHA RIZVI

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eteriorating health nowadays is a significant issue. Cancer, the deadliest of the many diseases, has come out far in the limelight with the miracles of science. However, the public has still to be educated about the types of cancers and their causes, effects and treatments on a wider scale. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of aggressive cancer that women face worldwide. With the recent burst of technology, it is easier to fight against breast cancer and erase it from the body. It develops from breast cells and gradually the symptoms become clearer. Common symptoms of breast cancer are; a lump formed in a breast, swelling in the armpit and redness of the skin. Experts have observed that this kind of cancer is usually found in elderly women (age 50+) due to menopause. Additionally, obesity also plays a vital role in adding a risk of developing breast cancer. Getting it diagnosed is another problem in the process of expunging it out the system. Usually the doctors would go for Biopsy or an ultrasound. Many a times, especially in developing countries and rural areas women are shy towards medication and their own body examination but it is alarmingly important to see a doctor if symptoms are detected. Plus, it is essential to examine your body every month so that it is easily comparable in different times. Researchers have further identified that daily intake of fish oil has proven to lower the risks of breast cancer. Even though there are few things that women need to do to avoid breast cancer but an adult must have a protective behaviour and involve in physical activity, maintain a balanced healthy weight and breastfeed. This would help avoid risks of breast cancer and you can have a healthy lifestyle stress-free. —Karachi

A common struggle MUHAMMAD AZAM MINHAS Prime Minister of India is facing sabotage within his own team, designed to make him unviable as in his present position. Corrupts were always rewarded rather than dropped. To take the example of Vilasrao Deshmukh, during whose tenure as Chief Minister of Maharashtra more than 30,000 farmers committed suicide. Despite the severe strictures passed on him by the Supreme Court, which pointed out that he favored moneylenders rather than farmers! The PM was forced by the leadership of the Congress Party to give Deshmukh the portfolio that controls the administration of rural India, presumably, so that, he may make a dent in the population explosion by presiding over mass suicides of farmers. Of course, it is no secret that Deshmukh was one of the most generous contributing to the financial kitty of the Congress Party. Reliable sources in Mumbai often talked about huge suitcases filled-in with “mangoes” that would be sent frequently from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur to Delhi by chartered flights, so as to keep Deshmukh’s chair safe despite he made Maharashtra one of the worst-administered state in the Indian Union. And, now, in case of Pakistan, a state where 58 per cent of the population is food insecure and all that food insecurity is breeding communal violence, civil conflict and political instability. This is a state where the HRCP has to tell us that sectarian killings have increased. But, the leadership has no time for removal of such problems of the public after capturing the chair by hook or crook. Banking cartel, cement cartel, sugar cartel, steel cartel, LPG cartel and a rental power cartel so-onand-so-forth are on the rise. Lawmakers are lawbreakers — except afew — certainly. Millions are looking to Chief Justice for succour against the corrupt. And, in India, also, it is Chief Justice who is the hope of those eager to see transparency and accountability in the country! So, people of India and Pakistan, stand up against the leadership and compel them for working for their population instead of their personal gains through wars on the orders of their masters one way or the other. —Islamabad

Dangerous precedent SAMINA AMIR MALIK Our government has decided to initiate a dialogue with terrorists. In this respect they held an APC in which all parties agreed to a dialogue. Government even intended the release of Mullah Brother as an omen of trust and goodwill. And in return TTP murdered our senior Army officers in Upper Dir as a sign of trust and goodwill I guess. In my opinion dialogue or truce with Talibaan is impossible. Did our political elite and policy makers forget that these are the same people who fought brutally with each other after taking oath of a truce in Khana Kaaba. In the light of these facts I want you people to think if a truce is really possible with Taliban? Never possible, though dialogue is the best way to resolve that issue but unfortunately the Taliban are just pawns and players who control them do not want any peace. The main motive of TTP is just to destabilize the country, how can a dialogue make a party give up its reason to exist? Furthermore, the TTP is not a faction of Afghan Taliban, the Afghan leadership of Taliban has denied any link by any means whatsoever with TTP, rather they had vowed to launch offensive against TTP, so we must not mix these two. We have to acknowl-

edge and admit that Taliban will never surrender and give up arms, we must be very sure about our course of action. We must clamp down on them, we must be very sure about our policy and no confusion must be there. The Srilankan govt got rid of Tamil Tigers when they dealt with them with iron fist, the Indians stormed the Golden temple to get rid of Khalistan movement. Why not wipe the TTP from the face of the Earth at once? They use the name of Islam to destabilize an Islamic State, they must be punished for the acts of brutality they committed and for their ignominious atrocities that is below the dignity of humanity. There are some politicians in the country who maintain that the issue can be resolved by holding dialogues and some even suggest that the militants should be allowed to open an office for this purpose thereby recognizing them as a legitimate stakeholder. It is a dangerous idea. A country has its own well-defined stakeholders: armed forces, police, bureaucracy, economists, major political parties, ethnic and religious etc. These stakeholders play positive and constructive roles in the process of nation-building thereby strengthening the country. On the other hand there are elements that work for weakening the country by engaging in destructive activities. It is these non-stakeholders that are commonly termed as anti-state actors or antistate elements. While it comes as no surprise that the TTP has been adamant in its refusal to recognize Pakistan’s constitution and laws, it is distressing when the state not only fails to extend constitutional rights to all its citizens but circumvents these rights intentionally. —Islamabad

A bad guy is a bad guy ESCHMALL SARDAR This has now been established that the TTP is funded and supported by Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies, obviously in collaboration with the CIA and other networks, in order to keep pressure on Pakistan. One remembers when the Pakistan army was about to launch an operation in South Waziristan, the NATOUS forces deployed in Afghanistan removed seven posts from their side of the border allowing TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud and comrades to escape the Pakistan army advancement. Pakistan’s Salala post in the Mohmand Agency was obliterated by the Americans only because it had been effectively blocking infiltration routes into the Pakistani area from Afghanistan’s side. Mullah Fazlullah after escaping from Swat is continuously enjoying the hospitality of Afghan army under the nose of Americans, NATO and ISAF. Despite repeated requests by Islamabad the Americans did not help Pakistan to compel Kabul for handing him over to Pakistan. Despite the fact that the world media recognized that Fazlullah claimed the responsibility of attacking Malala, and strongly demanded action against him, nothing concrete was done on part of the US or NATO. The Kunar Province Governor continues to harbor him, along with his 1,500 diehard followers, who very often cross into Pakistan and safely go back after finishing the terror job. To reach their abodes in Kunar and Nuristan they travel from about 60km to 100km where the satellite surveillance facilities, sensitive ground gadgets and NATO-ISAF check posts can spot their movement, but unfortunately they deny having any knowledge of even their whereabouts. Remember Mullah Fazlullah’s recent act of great terror is the killing of GOC Swat Major General Sanaullah Niazi. After his martyrdom the Fazlullah terrorists must have taken 10 hours to return to their havens, was there nobody on the other side of the border in the know? On the other hand, one recalls, an AP report of a “truck-load

with explosives” used in Indian embassy bombing in Kabul traced its route through satellite to the Haqqani network in North Waziristan. America has long been pressurizing Pakistan to attack HN. The arrest of Hakimullah’s deputy proves the Indian and Afghan complicity with the TTP. This proves that Indian and Afghan governments are sponsoring terrorists in our territory. It also proves that TTP men are not our people, rather they are hired hands of our enemies. Calling them stakeholders is therefore unjust. Holding talks with the people who do not accept our state is therefore unconstitutional. Term terrorism must now be defined, so must the definition of terrorist be clear. Clearly they are traitors. The terrorists must be treated as terrorists who understand the language of gun. It is now upon our politicians, people, media and intelligentsia to get united and stand behind the Armed Forces for Sri Lanka-like final campaign to eliminate the terrorists who do not deserve leniency any more. “A bad guy is a bad guy, he must be eliminated.” —Peshawar

Plea to chairperson FBISE A CITIZEN I want to draw the attention of Chairperson FBISE towards a problem faced by me when I visited FBISE. I visited FBISE to apply for the equivalence certificate of my younger brother on Oct 2nd, I was given deadline of 1 week. I again went after 1 week but the equivalence certificate was not issued for some genuine reasons. Somehow, I managed to arrange the documents which were needed as per the rules and regulation of FBISE. Again I was given deadline of one week after Eid holidays. The University issued notification rejecting my brother only for want of equivalence certificate. It was definitely a great shock and cause of trouble for me but I managed to secure some time under the plea of the deadline of FBISE. It was 28th of Oct when I went to FBISE, that was third time in this regard to know either the certificate would be issued on given time (29th) or not. When I reached there, I enquired from the receptionist but he seemed boiled up and I had to face discourteous attitude from him, even he did not reply anything. He kept on staring me, locked the office and went out from there. Definitely, I wondered that there does not exist any higher authority for supervision and surveillance of lower staff. Where there exist the tension of career and admission, the University was canceling the admission of my brother, the attitude of receptionist made me more tense. Madam, Is this the way to entertain the visitors at FBISE? Can’t you post a receptionist who is well mannered, soft, humane and having a better family brought-up to deal with the visitors who come from far and near, even from the foreign countries, to get their issues resolved from this academic base office? Please hold an interview of the eligible staff and pick a few who are honest, men of integrity and well mannered for the reception. Also appoint a well-mannered duty officer to supervise the affairs of the receptions and resolve the issues of the visitors, who are by and large the students. The massive question mark on the progress of FBISE. —Via email

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Russia denies Italian reports on spying

Terrorism and the battle for heart and minds

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nied reports that its intelligence services spied on hundreds of foreign delegates at a Group of 20 summit in St Petersburg in September using gifts such as teddy bears, diaries and free USB keys. Quoting a report from the European Council’s security office to Italian intelligence services, Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily has reported this week that at least 300 such devices were issued at the September 5-6 summit and were revealed to be spy gear during security debriefing sessions last month. The report fuels controversy over international espionage after reports that U.S. intelligence services had conducted telephone surveillance of allied countries and leaders. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he did not know what the source of the latest allegations was. “This is undoubtedly nothing but an attempt to shift the focus from issues that truly exist in relations between European capitals and Washington to unsubstantiated, non-existent issues,” he was quoted as saying by RIA news agency. Tension between the United States and its allies has grown over reports that European leaders including German Chancellor Angela

U.S. intelligence services. According to Corriere della Sera, a regular debriefing with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and other EU delegates revealed they had been given souvenir USB keys and cables to connect smartphones with personal computers. It said EU officials alerted German intelligence services which conducted detailed tests on the devices. “These are devices adapted to the clandestine interception of data from computers and mobile telephones,” the newspaper quoted an initial report as saying. Daily La Stampa newspaper said the devices showed “anomalies” and signs of “manipulation” but it was not certain how much information had been collected by Russian spies. The reports appear to show a more traditional pattern of intelligence gathering than the reported U.S. snooping. The Guardian newspaper reported in July that British intelligence services had spied on G20 delegates at a summit in 2009, tricking some delegates into using free internet cafes apparently set up for their benefit.—Reuters

Suicide bomber dies in Tunisian tourist resort T UNIS — A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Tunisian tourist resort of Sousse, the first such assault since 2002 in a country now battling Islamist militants boosted by chaos in neighboring Libya. Police foiled another attack when they arrested a would-be suicide bomber at former President Habib Bourguiba’s tomb in the seaside town of Monastir, security sources said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamist-led government has been combating Ansar al-Sharia militants it says are tied to al Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate. “The two suicide bombers are radical Islamist jihadists. They are Tunisians, but they had been in a neighboring country,” said interior ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui, without specifying the country. The first bomber had initially sought to enter the Riadh Palms Hotel with a suitcase. But when he was not allowed in, he ran onto the beach and blew himself up, a security source said.

No-one else was hurt. The bombing is bad news for the vital tourism industry in Tunisia, which attracted 5.8 million mostly European visitors to its Mediterranean beaches and desert tours in 2012. Tourism is still recovering from the 2011 uprising that toppled the North African country’s autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. “We don’t know what the consequences will be right now, but in 24 hours we will find out. Whatever happens it will be negative because this is the first time they attack a hotel,” said Mohamed ali Toumi, head of Tunisia’s federation of travel agencies. Al Qaeda carried out Tunisia’s only previous suicide bombing in 2002 when 21 people were killed at a synagogue on the island of Djerba. Since the 2011 uprising, Islamists have pressed for strict Sharia law to be imposed in one of the Muslim world’s most secular countries, which has strong ties to Europe.—Reuters

Freed French hostages leave Niger after 3yrs in Sahara N IAMEY —Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years left Niger on a French government plane. The men, who were kidnapped in 2010 while working for French nuclear group Areva and a subsidiary of construction group Vinci in northern Niger, were freed on Tuesday after secret talks. A Reuters correspondent at Niamey airport said the four men boarded the jet with two French ministers, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, dispatched to pick them up. “I am very happy. It was difficult, the ordeal of a life-

time,” said Thierry Dol, one of the freed men. Fabius said the men were in a state of shock, having been isolated for so long. “They slept well, but on the floor as they are not yet able to sleep on mattresses,” he said. The men’s release gave Francois Hollande a boost a day after a poll showed he had become the most unpopular French president on record. No details have been given on the circumstances of the quartet’s release but Niger’s President Mohamadou Issoufou said they had been retrieved from northern Mali.— Reuters

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Assad: UN envoy peace talks can succeed only if aid to rebels stops B EIRUT —President Bashar opposition by saying that protest movement against being “held hostage” by teral-Assad told U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that talks to end Syria’s civil war would only succeed if foreign powers ended support for rebels fighting to overthrow him. Brahimi is in Damascus to met Syrian officials in an effort to shore up support for the faltering peace talks. State television quoted Assad as telling Brahimi, “the success of any political solution is tied to stopping support for terrorist groups and pressuring their patron states”. Assad’s government calls the armed opposition terrorists. The “Geneva 2” talks, tentatively planned for November 23, aim to start a political process to end the civil war in which more than 100,000 people have been killed. Brahimi has angered the

Iran, Assad’s main backer during the war, should attend Geneva. The rebels and political opposition say that any negotiations should be based on Assad’s removal. Assad and Iran, however, have said they will only go to talks that set no preconditions. Assad said that “only the Syrian people are authorized to shape the future of Syria.” Mohammad Riza Shebani, the Iranian ambassador to Syria, told reporters in Damascus on Wednesday that Iran was ready to attend the Geneva meeting. “Of course, everyone knows Iran’s efforts to help a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Iran’s absence from this meeting does not benefit the meeting,” he said. The Syrian conflict began in early 2011 as a peaceful

four decades of Assad family rule, but has degenerated into a sectarian civil war and forced millions to flee. A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee a besieged town on the edge of Damascus. Thousands remain trapped with little food, water or medicine. A source in the Ministry for Social Affairs said the evacuation from Mouadamiya had gone ahead with the help of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and some civil groups. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have used sieges to root out rebels from residential areas during the civil war that has cost more than 100,000 lives and displaced millions. The government says the residents of Mouadamiya are

Heavy fighting erupts near Congo-Uganda border

rorists. This is the third such evacuation from Mouadamiya and the United Nations says 3,000 women and children have already left. The opposition says 12,000 people face starvation and death in the town, which they describe as 90% destroyed. International pressure has mounted on Syrian authorities to open humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to besieged civilians but relief agencies say they have not been granted access. Meanwhile, Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria and could spread inside and outside the country, the World Health Organisation has said. The disease is caused by a virus transmitted via contaminated food and water.—Reuters

Iran: Nuclear trespassers thieves, not saboteurs

T EHRAN — Iran’s intelliK INSHASA —Heavy fight- surrendered to Ugandan latest incarnation of an eth- gence minister says four border authorities Wednes- nic Tutsi rebel group dising erupted as the Congolese army attacked one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels near the Ugandan border, forcing more than 10,000 Congolese to flee into Uganda, officials and humanitarian workers said We d n e s d a y. Among those crossing the border Wednesday was Bertrand Bisimwa, the civilian head of the M23 rebel movement, who was reported to be on his way to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, at the request of a mediator trying to bring an end to the 18-month rebellion, according to Uganda’s top military spokesman. Bisimwa does not face arrest in Uganda, which has been mediating failed peace talks between the Congolese government troops M23 rebels since December, said Uganda Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda. The talks stalled again earlier this month, and within days clashes erupted between United Nations-backed Congolese forces and the rebels. Another Ugandan army spokesman, Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma, said Wednesday that two M23 rebels armed with AK-47 rifles

day morning. Rwemijuma, who speaks for Ugandan forces near the Congo border, said the militants were believed to be M23 fighters. They were disarmed and are now “under investigation,” he said. Bunagana is believed to be the rebels’ last significant stronghold after a recent Congolese military offensive prompted the rebels to retreat the reason many Congolese are now crossing into Uganda with some of their prized possessions. Lucy Beck, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Uganda, said the Congolese crossing the border are now “too many to count.” Humanitarian workers on the Ugandan side of the border could hear gunfire from the Bunagana border post just a few kilometers (miles) away. The number of Congolese seeking refuge in Uganda rose from 5,000 to more than 10,000 within hours Wednesday, she said. Julien Paluku, the governor of North Kivu province, confirmed that clashes were under way near Bunagana. The M23 movement emerged in April 2012, the

satisfied with the Congolese government. Neighboring Rwanda, whose president is also an ethnic Tutsi, is widely believed to have provided weapons, recruits and training to the M23. Rwanda’s government vigorously denies the allegations, saying Congo’s government has failed to police its territory. M23 briefly overtook Goma a city of 1 million people last November but has been substantially weakened in the past year by internal divisions and waning Rwandan support, according to a United Nations group of experts. The Congolese military has capitalized on these rebel setbacks by pushing ahead with new offensives beginning in August that have been supported by the most powerful U.N. force yet. After years of only protecting civilians, the U.N. is now actively aiding Congolese soldiers in pursuing their enemy. In the last week Congo has scored a series of successes and taken back half a dozen towns from rebel control to the cheers of local residents waving palm leaves and running alongside their vehicles.—AP

people arrested earlier this month after sneaking into a nuclear facility were thieves, not saboteurs as originally believed. Mahmoud Alavi is quoted by the Iranian parliament’s news agency website Icana.ir as saying Wednesday that the four dug a hole under a concrete wall at the unspecified nuclear facility, apparently seeking to collect scrap iron to sell. The four were arrested on the spot.—AP

Egypt: Police storm university after student siege C AIRO—Egyptian security forces have stormed the main building of an Islamic university in Cairo after students who support the country’s ousted president besieged and attacked the offices of the university’s chief administrator. According to reports on Egyptian media, the police responded to a call for help from the university chief of Al-Azhar on Wednesday. The students’ assault came hours after security forces arrested a key figure of the Muslim Brotherhood.—AP

he first thing that we must realize is that the war on terrorism and extremism is a regional one. This is a war that has extended across the Middle East, while it also represents a threat to regional states, not just in terms of violence, but also division, fragmentation, and civil war. This war is placing the Arabs on one side, and the rest of the world on the other. The second fact is that we are facing a proliferation of terrorist organizations, radical militias, and extremist ideology, and this includes the Takfirist ideology of Sayyid Qutb promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood. These organizations are leading a battle for hearts and minds; a process through which they recruit their followers, distorting a tolerant and moderate religion. This issue is our topic for today, and this is something that is not new to the Arab and Islamic world; we have known this phenomenon since the emergence of the Kharijites. Following this, we saw the rise of Islamic extremism and extremists. It was only after people resorted to the sword that we saw the rise of groups fighting the entire world in the name of Islam. In Egypt, we saw the rise of terrorism in the 1990s until we witnessed the Luxor Massacre, the brutal slaying of 58 tourists. Years later, we have witnessed the cold-blooded murder of unarmed Egyptian soldiers in Sinai. Terrorism has not left any Arab state untouched, and this is something that can be clearly seen in Palestine, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. In some cases, this phenomenon has led to social fragmentation and division. When this reached New York, London, Madrid, Paris, and Moscow, the watching world failed to distinguish between those who follow a tolerant and humane religion, and the misguided few who have distorted our faith and been led astray. The story of terrorism is well known and has now entered its fifth decade. During this period, there has been much talk among Arab and Muslim intellectuals across the world about extremist groups hijacking Islam and interpreting and understanding its provisions according to their own desires and interests. This hijacking of our religion took place when the world began to view these extremists and radicals as representatives of Islam, not to mention our own Sunni Muslim youth. The essence of the battle for hearts and minds is the process to “renew” religion Major Islamic institutions in different Arab states were ineffective in their confrontation of extremist ideology and groups, either out of weak capabilities, an inability to deal with the challenges of the time, or because these institutions found it useful to go even further than these radicals in terms of espousing extremist views. Islam appears vulnerable to attack in the current global clash of civilizations. We are witnessing a stage of escalation and aggravation; however the price for this confrontation is being paid by the Arabs and Muslims, who are also its primary victims. The essence of the battle for hearts and minds is the process to “renew” religion. This does not mean promoting heresy, but rather promoting a different reading of Islam. Islam would not have been able to spread across the globe and survive until today if it did not have the capacity to absorb and contain different readings and understandings. As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, issues such as globalization, participation in decision-making, equality, and partnership, in a world that contains different doctrines and ideologies, has become the main task of this Islamic “renewal.” The Muslim Brotherhood successfully dominated the post-Arab Spring political arena by pulling off a major trick, namely putting on the mask of democracy, modernity, and the ballot box. However when the Brotherhood did indeed come to power, they took off the mask to reveal their true despotic face. What happened in Egypt was an important lesson for everyone, namely that such deceptions cannot last forever. As for now, we must ensure that this scenario is not repeated, while such deceptions must be exposed wherever they are. This cannot happen unless we understand the requirements of the age, and this is not just the task of religious scholars, but everybody. If we are wise, we will ensure that we spread knowledge and understanding throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Here, the “renewal” of Islam will be a message of civilization, promoting knowledge and understanding, particularly regarding the modern world and what is required today. If it is true that this “renewal” of Islam is our priority, then promoting development and growth is not far behind. This is because religious extremism thrives amongst ignorance, poverty, and social inequality—not just between different social classes, but also geographic regions. I do not know much about the social and economic conditions in other Arab states, yet the reality in Egypt is glaringly clear. During the major wave of terrorism that beset the country throughout the 1990s, 97 percent of those responsible for this came from Upper Egypt. Of this figure, 77 percent came from a single governorate, Minya governorate—the most underdeveloped of all Egypt’s provinces. As for today, the situation remains largely the same. Two-thirds of those who took part in the pro-Mursi Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-ins came from three southern governorates: Minya, Beni Suef, and Fayoum. While the majority of those who voted for Mursi in the Egyptian presidential elections also came from Upper Egypt. As for the rest of those who voted for him, they simply did not want to see a return of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. The bitter fact of the matter is that 62 percent of Egypt’s poor live in the country’s southern governorates. Therefore, there is a clear link between vulnerability to futile extremist ideology and economic and social conditions. In any case, there is a dire need for more studies to be carried out regarding the geographic areas where extremism and violent ideologies thrive. If results back up the analysis from Egypt, then we are at least halfway towards a cure. —Courtesy Alarabiya

Bahraini opposition shuns bogus dialogue EMILE NAKHLEH W ASHINGTON . —Bahraini opposition groups announced on Tuesday their opposition to participating in the dialogue that is supposed to start tomorrow. According to the Bahrain Mirror, the five opposition groups that signed the joint statement included al-Wifaq, Wa’d, al-Minbar, alTajammu’, and al-Ikha’. The statement maintained that during the eight months of the so-called national dialogue, the government exploited the process as a public relations tool and did not show seriousness of purpose, a clear agenda for

reconciliation, or a date certain to for closure. The government ignored the six points which the opposition presented at the beginning of the second round of the dialogue in late August.3 These points called for halting anti-opposition incitement, which the regime feverishly pushed through its media; promoting genuine national reconciliation; releasing political prisoners; and ending violations of peoples’ homes, such as breaking down doors; vigilante justice; and unlawful arrests. Since the hiatus in the dialogue in the past few weeks, regime arrests and repression continued unabated, viola-

tions of human rights proceeded at a faster pace, arrests of protesters, including minors, increased, fired workers have not been allowed to return, and the regime’s actions against the Shia majority became much uglier. The adoption of the 22 amendments by the pro-government legislature has given the prime minister and the king added “legalistic” leverage to proceed with their policy of sectarianism and discrimination. Sham trials and unreasonable lengthy jail sentences have been meted out to hundreds of protesters. The international community, including most Western countries, have condemned

these practices and called on the Al-Khalifa regime to cease and desist from these policies and begin a process of serious national reconciliation. Some mainstream opposition activists in the past week came under heavy pressure from their “friends” to participate in the dialogue. Tuesday’s statement shows the opposition did not succumb to the pressure from pro-regime elements to participate in the dialogue. They accuse the government, instead, of focusing on the “process” of the dialogue, not its substance. The regime continues to deprive some Bahrainis of their citizenship and push others to leave the country, while at the

same time giving Bahraini citizenship to Sunni foreign nationals in order to decrease the size of the Shia majority. Some within the opposition have supported participating in the dialogue, arguing it would be better to engage the regime despite its insincerity and continued repression. Other opposition activists fear that their non-participation would engender more regime violence, cause more deaths and injuries, and increase arrests and sham trials. Many mainstream activists within the opposition have shunned the dialogue because they doubted it would yield tangible results. The regime has spent much time on the

process of “a dialogue about the dialogue” and not on putting the country on a stable peaceful path. It relies on this charade to avoid making serious concessions to the Bahraini people. The ruling family’s refusal to respond to the people’s demands for power sharing and genuine political and economic reform will continue regardless of whether the dialogue resumes Oct. 30 or not. Al Khalifa’s actions against their people belie their public statements in defence of national reconciliation. Al Khalifa seem to be playing a dangerous chicken and egg game, which in the long run will deepen sectarianism and violence and will make national

reconciliation much more difficult. International human rights organisations, the European Union, and the United Nations have all seen through this game and have condemned these tactics and policies. The Al Khalifa family, like other Gulf Arab families, believes it is entitled to rule the country as it sees fit because it owns it. The regime hopes that perceived diminishing U.S. influence in the Arab region, especially the rift between Washington and Riyadh, will push the Bahraini crisis to the backburner of regional policy. The regime continues to buy nasty and deadly weapons to fight public demonstrations. Instead of bogus dialogue,

the king should exercise real leadership by having his son and crown prince lead a true national reconciliation dialogue in which all segments of society will participate. The decision of the five opposition groups against participation in the dialogue was correct and legitimate. The author is former Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at CIA, a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico, and author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World and Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society. —Courtesy IPS


Iran gas pipeline From Page 1 constructing the Iran-Pakistan pipeline on Pakistani side as well” because international sanctions were preventing Pakistan from raising finances on its own, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.—Agencies

Hakimullah From Page 1 things occur again then situation won’t be any good in the country. Mehsood also claimed that the drone attacks in the country are because of the approval by the Pakistani Government. He said that he will continue to work for the cause of Khilafat e Rashida in Pakistan. Earlier, the Prime Minister Nawaz urged Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhry Nisar to take all political stake holders into confidence regarding talks with Taliban.— Online

LPG prices From Page 1 LPG Association said the government should put in place a check and balance mechanism in relation to the price hikes while the ministry of petroleum should reflect on providing of a relief to the public. —Online

Rs2.48/litre decrease From Page 1 OGRA has recommended Rs2.48 decrease in the per liter price of petrol. The price of high Octane has been recommended to decrease by Rs2.67. The price of light diesel has been recommended to increase by Rs.0.64 while price of high speed diesel was recommended to maintain. Ogra recommended an increase of Rs.0.57 for kerosene oil. The notification for new prices would be issued today (Thursday) after approval from finance ministry. On other hand, price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has been recommended to be increased by Rs 7 per kg, which means Rs 80 per domestic cylinder of 15kg and Rs 320 per commercial cylinder.

Pakistan ready to offer all support for Afghan peace: PM tions. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Minister of State for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Acting Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad, and Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan were present during the meeting. Meanwhile, British Home Secretary Theresa May also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed matters related to cooperation on security and fight against terrorism. While appreciating UK’s support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, the Prime Minister termed Ms Theresa May ‘a friend of Pakistan’. The Prime Minister briefed the Secretary on legislation and other steps taken by the government to eliminate terrorism from the country. In this regard, he said that Protection of Pakistan Ordinance was promulgated to fight against extremism in Pakistan. The Prime Minister told the Secretary that enemy aliens had

From Page 1 been defined and terror would be treated as waging war against the state. Terror would be a federal offense, independent Federal Prosecution Service would be established, electronic evidence would be admissible in courts, special provision of joint investigation teams would be introduced and special high security prisons would be established for high value terrorists, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister further said that the government of Pakistan was strongly determined to root out extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. He said that Pakistan did not want the soil of either Pakistan or Afghanistan to be used against each other by alien enemies. Secretary May lauded the legislation done and various steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to eradicate the menace of terrorism. She also lauded Pakistan’s role in Global War on Terror (GWOT) and also acknowledged the huge sacrifices made by Pakistan in terms of human lives and economic

Curfew to be imposed in Karachi egy to control smuggling of arms and narcotics into Karachi. The CJP asked the federal government to provide manpower to the Sindh provincial government and if needed, the paramilitary forces should also be deployed in the city under the aegis of the Sindh provincial government. It was unavoidable to control the situation in the city or else the situation would not stay limited to Sohrab Goth, Yousuf Goth but would reach other parts of the country. Iftikhar Ch said that the ADIG Shahid Hayat was executing his duty quite diligently and thus the required results were produced and the criminals had fled due to his actions and the law and order situation had saliently improved. While referring to Ramzan Bhatti’s report, he also ordered that the apex court should be apprised about the consignment of weapons being dumped at the Karachi Port and the apex court

From Page 1 should also be apprised as who had imported it in 1994 and under what purpose the consignment was being shipped to the port city. It was imperative that the AG should convene a meeting with the officials of the Pakistan Coast Guards, maritime security Agency, Anti-narcotics force, Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Sindh Police and carve out a composite plan for the prevention of the smuggling of the narcotics and weapons to the port city, which report should be presented in the apex court on Thursday (today). The CJP had on one occasion reminded that Pakistan Rangers Sindh had in recent past during hearing stated that containers were opened during the tenure of the former Port and Shipping minister but he had retracted away from his statement. Later, the United States Consulate had dispatched a letter to the federal Bureau of Rev-

Pak delegation in Baku to attend Forum From Page 1 officials, academics and scholars from more than 100 countries arrived in Baku by October 30 evening. Several Committees and sub-groups are expected to take up the issue of Humanitarian Aspects of Economic Development and other related social and communication subjects. The Baku International Humanitarian Forum an annual event is attended by well- known political, scientific and cultural personalities from international community including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in the various fields of science and leaders of influential international organisations.

losses. The secretary assured the Prime Minister of all support in fight against extremism and terrorism. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs & National Security Sartaj Aziz, Minister of State IT & Telecom Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastagir Khan, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Fawad Hasan Fawad, Acting Secretary to the Prime Minister and Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan were present during this meeting. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that anything which hurts Pakistan’s sovereignty will not be accepted. Talking to media persons, he said that his current visit to the United Kingdom was bearing fruit due to the growing stronger bilateral ties. He said Pak-UK ties were on the high wave, growing stronger with each passing day. The UK accorded high importance to its ties with Pakistan, he added.—Agencies

The main objectives of the forum is to hold dialogues, discussions and exchange views on wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity. Meanwhile foreign delegates have lauded the inter-harmony policy of Azerbaijan which has helped bring closer under among different sectarian Muslim groups and promoted development of the nation. In a related development to mark the start of Islamic month of Muharram the Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office, Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade has called upon Sunnis and Shiites to pray together and take part in religious

ceremonies in Azerbaijan. Speaking at the event of the Gazi Council held in connection with the beginning of the month Muharram, the Sheikh ul Islam added “Today, tolerance, interreligious relations and an attitude towards other religions in Azerbaijan serve as an example for the whole world,” he said. However, also warned that “But there are forces willing to disrupt these relations. It is known that there is also interference from outside” and added “these forces do not want stability in Azerbaijan and sometimes they try to cause a clash among aspects of Islam, he added.”

enue which should be put under notice and should be asked as why the US consulate had written directly to the FBR. If the letter was Written on the basis of reports published in media then the letter should also be sent to the media houses and it should also be clarified as who was behind pushing the US consulate for writing such letter. However, in the letter, the US consulate had refuted claims about missing containers while he had not refuted the stuff inside those containers were also not missing. CJP asked the federal government, Pakistan Coast Guards, maritime security Agency, Anti-narcotics force should play their role because the apex court wanted that the smuggling of the narcotics and weapons to the port city be curbed.

Five soldiers Drone strikes can end tomorrow From Page 1 martyred were not possible without the sion of who lives and who does Using Iraq as an exFrom Page 1

their injuries raising the number of Shaheeds to five. The miscreants planning the Wednesday blast remained at large because due to continuous rain in the region the security forces could not launch operation against the terrorists as they do usually. There has been considerable increase in attacks on the military convoys in the recent days. There is frequent military movement between the North and South Waziristan agencies where the forces have been engaging the militants, challenging the writ of the government, since long. On the other hand the administration imposed curfew on Wednesday throughout the North Waziristan agency for three days. AFP adds: A bomb exploded Wednesday in a crowded car repair market in Quetta, killing at least five people and wounding 17, officials said. The blast struck near the main Double Road in Quetta, the capital of insurgency-hit Balochistan province, breaking the glass windows of nearby buildings and setting several vehicles on fire. “Apparently, the bomb was planted in a bicycle parked in the market,” Azhar Shah, a senior police official, told news agency AFP. A hospital official confirmed the deaths. “We have received five dead bodies and 17 injured people from the blast site,” said Rasheed Jamali, a doctor at Quetta’s civil hospital. A secondary bomb exploded at the scene as people were busy in rescue work. However, it was later clarified that the second blast was that of a gas cylinder exploding as fire caught a nearby vehicle.

Saudi Arabia From Page 1 amnesty deadline. Pakistani envoy also lauded the Saudi Immigration Department for its cooperation and support especially to the Pakistani community in achieving the legal status. He urged Pakistani workers to contact consulate general in Jeddah for achieving legal status and jobs.—Online

consent of the country struck. Grayson further said that it was possible that a similar situation developed in Pakistan and only then there would be an end to drone attacks. Moreover, he said Pakistan’s armed forces were capable of tackling militants and that in such a situation the US should not have blood on its hands. He added that there were only a handful militants in the country, whose numbers hardly run into hundreds, whereas the strength of Pakistan’s military was more than a million. Grayson was of the view that heirs of the innocent victims of drone attacks should receive compensation from the United States. Wondering as to why the deci-

not was taken thousand of miles away from Pakistan, Grayson said that the call was for God to make but drones were taking those decisions here instead. Earlier on Tuesday Congressman Grayson met with the family of a Pakistani elementary school teacher, Rafiq-urRehman, whose mother was killed in a US drone strike last year. Rafiq, who was visiting the US with his family on an invitation sent by Congressman Grayson, provided him with their accounts of the attack that killed the school-teacher’s 67year-old mother, Momina Bibi in North Waziristan. He also stated that “the way to stop drone strikes is through dialogue, not threats.”

ample, he said the war there ended after the Iraqi government had told US troops to leave their soil. He added further that the end to drone attacks would come only if a similar situation developed in Pakistan. After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s trip to the United States, his main advisor, Sartaj Aziz had said that America had not made a formal announcement that drone strikes will stop but they will reduce by the end of this year. Grayson however said he saw no evidence that Obama’s administration had implied a reduction in drone strikes by the year’s end. Grayson felt that the US should compensate the heirs of innocent victims of the drone attacks.—Agencies

Afghan negotiators to meet Baradar in Pakistan anyone to further the peace process. But the Taliban complain he is effectively still behind bars and Pakistani security officials last month said he was being held at a safe house in Karachi. Afghan officials believe that Baradar could encourage Taliban leaders to seek a negotiated settlement to end the 12year insurgency if he were fully at liberty. A Taliban office in Qatar that opened in June was meant to lead to talks, but instead it enraged Karzai after it was styled as an embassy for a government-in-exile. Karzai and Sharif met in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the fourth of a series of trilateral meetings designed to foster stability in the volatile south Asia

From Page 1 region. The meeting was considerably more low-key than one hosted by Cameron at his official country retreat in February, which ended with grand promises of a peace deal within six months. Karzai’s statement said that Sharif had agreed to make his first visit to Kabul soon since coming to power after May’s general election, but there was no immediate confirmation from the Pakistani side. In response to questions on the sidelines of the seventh regional workshop for judges, prosecutors and police officers in South Asia on countering terrorism at Islamabad, Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Af-

fairs said that Pakistan was providing security to Baradar after his release last month but it was not going to escort him anywhere. He said the Government did not want any harm to come to Baradar. He said Baradar is a free man and can go anywhere he likes. Baradar was still in Pakistan, he added. Pakistan is going to take all necessary steps in the Afghan reconciliation process. He said no dates were yet finalised for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kabul. Pakistan has faced criticism from Afghanistan that Baradar was being kept in prison and not allowed to interact with anyone. The matter was taken up by Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai when he met PM Sharif in London.—Agencies


Pak for strong partnership ties with Russia: Abid

Power shortfall reaches 3220 MW L AHORE —The shortfall of electricity has reached 3220 mega watt (MW), while electricity production has remained 9630 MW resulting in increase of loadshedding hours, media reported on Wednesday. Due to the increasing shortfall, the unannounced loadshedding hours have increased manifold. In urban areas people face 6 to 8 hours load-shedding while in rural areas the power supply cut has reached more than 10 to 14 hours. The currant demand of electricity is 12,850 MW, while hydro-power production is 2820 MW; thermal resources produce 1800 MW; production through Independent Power Producers (IIPs) is 5030 MW, which amounts total production of 9630 MW. So the total currant shortfall, despite the changing weather has decreased the demand of electricity, has reached 3250 MW, claimed National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) authorities. —Online

Zaheer given charge of Commissioner P ESHAWAR —Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Syed Zaheer-ul-Islam was given additional charge of commissioner and notification to this effect was issued on Wednesday. It should be mentioned here that the position fell vacant after the death of Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Anis during fire incident in the federal capital a couple of days earlier. Meanwhile, the provincial government issued notification of appointment of Syed Kamran Shah as Secretary Establishment Division and Syed Hidayat Jan as Secretary Environment, whereas, Badshah Gul Wazir was appointed as provincial ombudsman. INP

Karachi to have new district Observer Report KARACHI— The Sindh government has decided to carry out new delimitations in the city, sources say. The sources said that major changes would be carried out in the delimitations of four districts of Karachi while a new district was also expected to be carved out. They further said that a proposal to create a new district comprising Landhi and Korangi districts was also under consideration.

Irani forces fire Our Correspondent Q UETTA —Two persons were injured when Iranian border force opened fire on the Pakistani area near Panjgur on Wednesday.

M OSCOW —Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali has said that Pakistan believes in strong partnership relations in all spheres, political, economic and cultural with Russia. He stated this during his meeting with his Russian counterpart Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Sentyurin Yuriy Petrovich here on Wednesday. The Minister also said that 65-year old bilateral relations between Russia and Pakistan had exhibited strong resilience even during the times of political and regional challenges. The Minister was of the view that there was great room for improvement in relations between the two countries in QUETTA: A view of damage at the scene of back-to-back explosions at Double Road area killed at least five and several the field of energy cooperation, oil and gas and hydroinjured. power generation. “Pakistan is a big lucrative market for the Russian oil and gas export and Pakistan welcomes Russia’s participation in energy projects. We must strengthen existing mechanisms of bilateral

Verdict on Musharraf’s bail in Ghazi case reserved Police declare ex-President innocent OBSERVER REPORT

I SLAMABAD —The police team investigating the murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi has declared former president, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf innocent according to challan. The challan states that the petitioner could not present any evidence or eyewitness against Musharraf and thus the former president could not be held responsible. Earlier on Wednesday a local court reserved its ver-

dict in the case and will announce it on November 1. During proceedings of the case, Musharraf’s lawyer argued that his client had not issued any orders for the Lal Masjid operation. Meanwhile, the court of Additional Sessions Judge, Wajid Ali has reserved judgment on the bail application of former president, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi. The court will announce its decision on November 1. Earlier, the defence coun-

sel in the case, Ilyas Siddiqui argued that the orders to conduct the Lal Masjid operation were not given by Musharraf. Siddqui said prior to the operation, people in Islamabad were being kidnapped. He added that the police file did not contain any order of the operation given by the former president. According to the defence counsel, the Army had been summoned by the deputy commissioner Islamabad for the operation.

Babar, Randhawa cases to be shifted to other districts IRFAN ALIGI

K ARACHI —Sindh government has decided that presently the cases including Wali Khan Babar, Nimattullah Randhawa Advocate and other cases of similar nature would be transferred to the other districts situated at far flung areas of the province. The importance of ban on the Viber, Tango, Skype and Whatsapp applications was also discussed and the provincial government said that the federal government would again be approached

for putting ban on those services for 3 months. This was decided in a meeting held at the Chief Minister House Wednesday to review the law and order in the metropolis. Sindh Chief Minister presided the meeting and was attended by Minister for Information Shajreel Enam Memon, Chief Secretary Chaudhry Muhammad Ijaaz, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Inspector General of police Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, Secretary to CM Naveed

Kamran Baloch, DIGs of Karachi and representatives from LEAs. The meeting was told that the ongoing targeted operation in the metropolis operation had achieved very positive results and the people of the metropolis from a worker to businessman had expressed satisfaction over the impact of the operation. With the launch of the operation, the people had started feeling they were secured and started to have their confidence on the law enforcement agencies.

cooperation such as InterGovernmental Commission and Joint Working Group on energy to make them more result oriented”, Abid Sher Ali Said and hoped that the third meeting of Inter-Governmental Commission and Joint Working Group (JWG) on Energy in December in Moscow this year would lead to tangible results.

The Minister also underscored the need to materialize mega projects like CASA1000 at the earliest. He welcomed Russia’s interest in financing the project with US$500 million and appreciated Russia’s full support in convincing regional states, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for participation in these projects. —INP

Imran should focus on children’s vaccination: PR

I S L A M A B A D —Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Wednesday said that Imran Khan couldn’t hit drones so he should focus polio vaccination to children. He reminded that the government has not changed its stance on the issue of drone attacks, rather the Prime Minister during his recent visit to Washington raised it with President Obama. Talking to media here, he said the whole nation stands united on the issue of drones and international community is also supporting Pakistan’s stance. The minister expressed the confidence that the government will be successful in halting drone strikes. To a question, the Minister said that the government is working on a plan to ensure cheap electricity through coal and alternative resources, adding hoped loadshedding will be overcome gradually. He said that work is underway to complete 6600mega watt coal power project in Gadani that would help improve the situation and provide cheap electricity to the people.“NEPRA (National Electricity and Power Regulatory Authority) fixes electricity rates not the government,” the minister added. Pervaiz Rashid said the present government has taken serious steps to tackle complex issues, which were ignored in the last five years.—Online

JSMM strike in several towns of Sindh OUR CORRESPONDENT D A D U — Several towns of the province of Sindh went on a strike on the call of Jeay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz and other nationalist parties, while four more cracker attacks on Wednesday morning rocked Dadu, fortunately, causing no loss of life here. JSMM and other nationalist parties have given this call for strike in protest against the unwarranted arrest and murder of their activists and in support of their other demands. A shutter down and wheel jam strike was ob-

served in Dadu, Khairpur, Jamshoro, Mehar, Tando Mohammad Khan and some other small towns of Sindh interior, while the life in Sukkur remained normal. Sindh University and Liaquat Medical University postponed their scheduled examinations on Wednesday in view of the precarious situation emanating from yesterday’s scores of serial cracker blasts in several towns of Sindh interior including Hyderabad and Karachi. Sindh University spokesman said that the B.A, B.Sc., B.Com and M.A papers have been post-

poned. On the other hand, some unknown persons hurled four crackers at Dadu new bus stop, new chowk and Qasai Mohalla in Mehar to terrorize the people and forcing them to remain confined to their houses. On Tuesday also as many as 33 serial cracker blasts had occurred in Karachi, Hyderabad, Kotri, Nawabshah, Larkana, Dadu, Nausheroferoze, and Khaipur that killed one person and two injured in Hyderabad, while three vehicles were torched in Kotri.

Imran threatens to use NATO supply as tool against drones CHINIOT —Chairman

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imr Khan has said that America would neither stop drone attacks at all costs nor it is in favour to end air strikes. “If drones would continue then NATO supply would be cut-off completely,” he threatened. He expressed these views

while talking to delegation of PTI workers here on Wednesday. He lashed out at the rulers that they were enjoying foreign trips not to save country’s interest but only to save and preserve their personal investment. Imran Khan reminded that talks about revolution were

only pack of lies while reality has been starting unveiling over masses, he added. “Every institute has reached to the highest level of corruption and rates of common use things including electricity, gas, petroleum have been raised during last four months,” PTI chief narrated..—Online

Aliyev meets Bulgarian Political processes must accompany UN peacekeeping former President in conflict zones to promote peace: Pakistan

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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN —President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov who arrived here to attend the 3rd Baku International Humanitarian Forum. President Ilham Aliyev lauded the enl-aged participation of foreign delegates and termed the participation of former Bulgarian President in the 3rd Baku International Humanitarian Forum as significant move. President Ilham Aliyev also noted that the international interest in the annual forum is growing every year and expressed his hope that the third Forum in Baku would hear fruitful discus-

sions over expansion of cooperation. Parvanov congratulated Ilham Aliyev on his victory in the Presidential election, praising his election for the third term as a testimony of the Azerbaijani people’s support of the policy carried out by President Ilham Aliyev. Georgi Parvanov expressed confidence that bonds between the two countries would continue to develop in an active and fruitful manner. Former Bulgarian president said he was happy to attend the International Humanitarian Forum in Baku again. President Ilham Aliyev praised Georgi Parvanov‘s contribution to boosting relationship between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.

U NITED N ATIONS —Paki- Decolonization) Committee those who implemented said, stan has called for political processes to accompany UN peacekeeping operations in conflict regions of the world in an effort to attain durable peace, saying capacity building of host countries and peace-building are indispensable for successful transitions. “We must also do more to resolve the long-standing inter-state conflicts and disputes on the UN’s agenda, for without this, our success will remain incomplete and peace unachieved,” Ambassador Masood Khan told General Assembly’s Fourth (Special Political and

on Tuesday. Pakistan, he pointed out, was host to one of the first peacekeeping missions, UNMOGIP, which continues to observe ceasefire along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan ambassador was speaking in the course of the committee’s comprehensive review of U.N. peacekeeping operations, in which Pakistan is a leading participant. Though the United Nations needed to develop regional capacities and oversee policy matters, there should be greater coherence between those who formulated the mandates and

them, he said, adding that it was high time to impart real meaning to that partnership. “Joining hands’ to make peacekeeping more effective was the best tribute the Organization could pay to the men and women who served that noble cause with devotion and “sweat and blood”. Masood Khan said that United Nations peacekeeping missions were operating in an evolving context, which had become increasingly demanding and often perilous. Current operational and policy challenges could only be addressed through collective action.Additionally, he

troop-contributing countries must have a greater say in policy matters and decision making greater coherence between those who formulate mission mandates and those who implement them. The Pakistani ambassador said In order to retain the credibility, legitimacy and general acceptance associated with United Nations peacekeeping, it was necessary to maintain the distinction between peacekeeping and peace enforcement. The use of force in United Nations peacekeeping must only continue at the tactical level, in accordance with basic principles, and clear

guidelinesand command and control. Use of force was no solution to the problem; peacekeepers could not afford to be seen as combatants. He said member States should examine how to promote civilian protection objectives through prevention and effective patrolling by the host authorities. Sufficiently staffed and resourced missions also guaranteed the safety and security of troops and personnel. The use of new technologies, such as information gathering, intelligence and surveillance, could enhance capacities.—APP


Smokers’ skin may age faster

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MOKERS are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins. Judges who didn’t know which twin smoked said the smoker looked older 57 percent of the time. That pattern held when both twins were smokers but one had smoked for many years longer than the other. “Smoking makes you look old. That’s all there is to it,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi said. “Besides lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, just one more good reason to stop smoking is that it’s definitely making you look a lot older,” she told Reuters Health. Tanzi is a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and George Washington University Medical Center. She was not involved in the new study but said it confirms what she and others see in practice. The findings are based on standardized photos of 79 pairs of identical twins taken at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland and his colleagues showed the photos to three trained judges, then asked them to grade each person’s wrinkles and age-related facial features. The twins were in their late 40s, on average. About three-quarters of them were women. Forty-five sets of twins included one smoker and one non-smoker. Smokers tended

to have more wrinkles and other signs of face aging. But the differences were often small. For instance, on a 0-to-3 scale, where 0 means no wrinkles and 3 is severe wrinkles, upper eyelids were rated at 1.56 among smokers and 1.51 among nonsmokers. Jowls were rated at 1.0 among smokers and 0.93 among non-smokers, on average. There was no difference in assessments of crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles based on smoking. Other factors related to skin aging like sunscreen use, alcohol drinking and stress at work were similar among smoking and nonsmoking twins, the researchers noted. Of the remaining 34 twin pairs, one twin had smoked for an average of 13 years longer than the other. Twins who had smoked for more years had more pronounced bags under their eyes and more wrinkles around their lower lips, according to findings published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.“It really just kind of confirms a lot of stuff that most people believed,” said Dr. Alan Boyd. He is a dermatologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and wasn’t part of the study team. “I can usually spot a smoker from across the room because of some of their facial skin changes,” Boyd told Reuters Health.Still, he said the study adds another layer of evidence by putting numbers on the effect of smoking on different parts of the face.

Wife of Saudi Arabian Ambassador Aljouhrah Abdullah Al-Raisi visiting a class room during a ceremony to donate essential education material, computers and furniture to Al-Farabi School for Children.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

EU to help strengthen electoral process CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A delegation of

European ‘Union headed by Mr. Michael Gahler, the member of the EU Parliament and Chief Observer for the 2013 EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Pakistan called on Secretary, Law, Justice and Human Rights. They discussed the democratic process in Pakistan in the aftermath of the General Election of 2013. Secretary Law apprised the delegation about the peaceful transfer of Power in Pakistan through democratic process and informed that the Election Commission of Pakistan has announced schedule for the Local Bodies Election which would strengthen the democratic process in Pakistan. The delegation apprised that the EU Mission will continue its help for further strengthening and consolidating electoral process and parliamentary democracy on the basis of international legal instruments rectified by Pakistan. The head of the delegation also presented a comprehensive report Students of a local school wearing traditional dresses as they take part in the Annual Day of compiled by [EU EOM] during the General Election 2013 to the their school in Islamabad on Wednesday. Federal Secretary.

Saudi Arabia highly values relations with Pak: Al-Arafi ASHRAF ANSARI I SLAMABAD—Saudi Arabian ambassador’s spouse Aljouhra Abdullah A Al-Arafi visited Wednesday Al-Farabi National Special Education Center for physically Handicapped children in the Federal Capital. She visited class rooms and facilities of the center, showing keen interest in its activities and achievements. She has donated specially

designed high quality chairs and computers for the children of the center. Addressing the children Al-Arafi said, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are brother Muslim countries and cooperation between them has been growing. Saudi Arabia she said, greatly values its relations with Pakistan. Director Al-Farabi National Special Education Center for physically Handi-

capped children Munir Ahmed Qureshi his in welcome speech thanked the spouse of Saudi Arabian ambassador for her generous donation for the center. He briefly mentioned achievements of the center. He said, recently two children of the center won gold medals in an international sports event in Malaysia. One student of the center has obtained LLB degree.

Shaheed-e-Millat photographs RAWALPINDI—Some 60 historic photographs of Shaheed-eMillat Liaquat Ali Khan were put on display at National College of Arts at Liaquat Bagh here on Wednesday. Senator Muhammad Zafar ul Haq, Leader of the House in the Senate inaugurated the exhibition. The Senator thanked Quaidi-Millat Memorial Committee for organizing the exhibition in which the life and his struggle for an Independent homeland was highlighted.—APP

Police nab 70 suspects during operation C ITY R EPORTER R AWALPINDI — At least 70 suspects were arrested by police personnel during search operations in different areas of Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

According to details, security men conducted raids in various localities of city including Mandi Mor, Chur Chowk, I.J. Principal Road situated in Pirwadhai and several other areas. During the operations,

police arrested 70 suspects. The arrested persons could not produce any documents pertaining to their identification or area of residence. The detained suspects were being interrogated.— INP

Turkish National Day

True deep-rooted feelings of brotherhood flow between two countries They work hand in hand for achieving common goals; Pakistan, Turkey are one nation two countries: Sadik Babur Girgin; Grand show exploded with a touch of colour and emotionalism LIAQAT TOOR

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OFT winter of Islamabad brought a touch of class, emotionalism and true feelings of brotherhood to a grand show staged by the new Turkish ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin on Tuesday evening to celebrate 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The sprawling lawns of the embassy premises was the central stage of the gala as hundreds of Pakistani elite belonging to different segments of society and a large number of members of diplomatic corps were part of the ceremony. The elegant new ambassador greeted all his guests to share the happiest moments of his country as after a decade of turmoil, the people of Turkey on 29th October, 1923, through the votes of their representatives in the Grand National Assembly proclaimed the republic. Federal Minister for Science Zahid Hamid represented

Pakistan government as Chief the colourful gala in the relaxed Politicians including Fazalurrehman, parliamentarGuest, whose arrival kicked off and cozy atmosphere. Sheikh Rashid and Maulana ians, retired diplomats and topranking army officers, Chief of Naval Staff Asif Sandhela, Air Marshal Athar Bukhari, businessmen, educationalists and mediamen graced the occasion. After ceremonial playing of national anthems and cutting cake, the guests settled down to listen to the speech of the ambassador who in an emotional tone said Pakistan and Turkey are one nation two countries. They are galvanized with deep-rooted feelings of friendship and brotherhood. They stood by each other in hours of need. The Ambassador used three languages in conveying his feelings including Turkish, Urdu and English. Zahid Hamid said both countries enjoy excellent relations and their links are growing with passage of time. Last Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Turkish Ambassador Sadik visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Babur Girgin, Naval Chief Admiral Asif Sandhila, Air Marshal Athar Bukhari and others Sharif to Turkey was a great cutting the cake during a ceremony to celebrate the National Day of Turkey.—PO photo by success which further brought Sultan Bashir the two countries closer to each

other. The guests were extended warm hospitality by the Ambassador and his team. They were treated with traditional and Pakistani dishes making the day a memorable for the guests. The gala was a show of strength of both the countries as brotherly and emotional feelings swept the show. The people and Governments of both countries share each other’s pain and happiness. Economic, commercial, political, cultural and educational links are getting stronger with each day passing. The flow of massive Turkish aid during devastating earthquake in 2005 and massive floods in 2010 is registered permanently in the hearts of Pakistanis. They have trusted each other in the past and can rely on each other in future. Emotionalism and mutual trust have become bedrock of relationship.


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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

Special anti-dengue drive R AWALPINDI —City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) Wednesday accelerated its ongoing anti-dengue drive by setting up six camps at different locations of the city aimed at creating awareness among public and registering their complaints. The camps have been established at Saidpur road, Commercial market, Dhoke Hassu, Pirwadahi Bus terminal, Khaban-e-Sir Syed and College road where concerned staff would perform their duties round the clock. Talking to APP, District Health Officer Dr Ansar said that Executive District Officer (EDO Municipal Services) Raja Zaheer Ahmed and EDOHealth Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal are supervising the entire campaign under directives of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He said health teams are regularly visiting the dengue affected areas where fumigation is carried out to destroy larva breeding. He said the team sprayed the anti-dengue chemical in union councils (UCs) 7, 8 17 and 18 on Wednesday, while UCs 9, 10, 11 and 19 would be fumigated on Thursday. The health officer said the drive, which is in full swing, would continue till November 9. He said that it was the responsibility of every citizen to play his role for controlling Dengue and protecting citizens from this dangerous disease by adopting all precautionary measures and taking steps for ensuring cleanliness and letting no place wet or stagnant water anywhere around them. He warned that the stern action would be taken at the staff deployed in the campaign, if they showed any negligence in performing their duties.—APP

R AWALPINDI —As many 20 policemen were awarded various departmental punishments by City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Bilal Siddique Kamyana on various charges. According to details, the CPO took action against the policemen here during a meeting which was chaired by him. Those who were awarded various punishments including forfeiture of service and Sansore included Inspector Nazir Ahmed, Inspector Muhammad Arshad, Sub-Inspector (SI) Munawar Khan, (SI) Muhammad Arshad, SI, Muhammad Ilyas, SI, Hasnat, SI, Safdar Hussain, SI, Dosat Ali, SI, Lal Khan, SI, Ahmed Yar, SI, Aziz Sultan, SI, Nadeem Akhtar, SI, Nazeer Hussain, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Aslam, ASI, Tariq, ASI, Farooq Akhtar. Constables Shahnawaz, Waqas Masood, Mubeen Jamal and Waseem Afzal were also awarded punishment of forfeiture of one year service.—APP Coordinator relief 10 Corps Lt Col Khalid Ashraf inspecting the trucks of relief goods for earthquake affectees.

Pak-Japan cooperation in development projects CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Pakistan and Japan should look into avenues where both the countries could venture into civil sector development projects. This was stated by Minister of Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain during a meeting with new designated Ambassador of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata here in his office. The Minister said that since defence cooperation with Japan was very limited therefore ventures on the civil side, where Japan could extend support were of much importance to Pakistan. The ambassador inquired about areas where Japan could contribute keeping in view the technical support which be extended to Pakistan.

On this, the Minister said that the second shipyard to be built in Gwadar would cater for the shipping business in the region.“It is going to be a deep sea facility and bring a lot of business to Pakistan, increasing Pakistan’s importance in the region,” he added.The Ambassador termed the proposal very fruitful in enhancing relations between the two countries. “The new Shipyard project will uplift shipping industry of Pakistan and serve as a good harbor for ships trading in the region. It will also act as a gateway to Gulf,” the minister stressed. Rana Tanvir commended the police structure of Japan and termed it a successful model to be followed by the rest of the countries including Pakistan. The ambassador also

termed Pakistan a country full of skilled workers and said that 50% youth of Pakistan were an asset for the country. Meanwhile, a delegation of Nigeria and Tajikistan met the Additional Secretary Ministry of Defence Production Maj Gen Raza Muhammad here at the Ministry of Defence Production. “Pakistan has a lot to offer to Tajikistan and Tajikistan has shown great interest in acquiring defence equipment which they termed as best quality and low cost when compared in international market.” This interaction at the government to government level will open a new chapter of our relationship with Central Asia,” the visiting head of Tajik delegation Maj. Gen. Maruf Hasanov said.

Solo exhibition of Alvi starts at JAG ISLAMABAD—A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Hamid S.Alvi started here at Jharoka Art Gallery (JAG) on Wednesday. This is the first exhibition by Alvi at federal city, comprising 30 pieces of art on display, whereas the exhibition will continue till Nov 10. Hamid S.Alavi was born in Karachi in 1951,and was educated at Karachi University. Needless to say,the city was inextricably linked to his work:the shanty towns,the pale monochrome of our buildings against the backdrop of ourmoody skies - it is all very raw,powerful,and inescapable for an artist. The opportunity to get into fine arts came late in his life, although he always had an artistic disposition; before being a painter he was an entrepreneur and fashion designer.However, business was not his territory and after suffering heavy losses, along with professional difficulties, he faced some personal misfortunes. Only after hitting rock bottom did he fully turn himself to art and first began painting with A.Q. Arif in 2006, in a shared studio. “What I am arriving at,I guess,is that point that I am another living proof of the revitalizing power of art.I began painting not looking to become a professional: it is therapeutic, and incredibly uplifting”, Alvi told. He said that art has embraced me and I continue my love affair with art by trying to portray with honesty,delicacy and incisiveness,the colours of my country.With the unswerving support of my wife,I have gone from strength to strength, both artistically and in my life, he added. The first day of exhibition was attended by large number of people from different walks of life.—APP

NPC to hold workshop on Safety of journalists

Police arrest three kite-sellers R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi Police have arrested three kite-sellers from different localities of the city. The police, on the special instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Bilal Siddique Kamyana, cracked down on violators of kite-flying ban, particularly during last 24 hours and arrested the ban violators. According to police spokesman on Wednesday, Rawalpindi Police recovered 10,585 kites, 201 string rolls from the possession of the arrested accused. Waris Khan police netted accused Mahmood Shakir and recovered 385 kites and two string rolls while accused Jahanzaib Umair was held for possessing 10,000 kites and 153 string rolls. In another raid conducted by Bunni Police, Irfan Gul was rounded up on recovery of 200 kites and 46 string rolls. Police have registered FIRs against those found selling kites and strings. City Police Officer (CPO) has issued special directives to all Station House Officers (SHOs) of the District that strict action will be taken against the concerned SHO in case kite flying in the area.—APP

PEC team visits IIUI

Women talking picture of calligraphy work during calligraphy exhibition at Rawalpindi Arts Council.

Pathetic sanitary conditions R AWA L P I N D I —Residents of shopkeepers and children More. and commuters of Adiala road have decried worsening sanitary conditions from Khawaja Corporation Chowk upto Gulshan Abad area. The residents said that heaps of garbage and mud have acumulated along both sides of the road which was creating problems in the smooth and safe flow of traffic. It also affects the health

who walk to various schools in the area, they added. Col (Retd) Farukh, a resident of Askari 7 said it is dfficult to walk to the bazaar as the footpaths have been occupied by the stall-holders and heaps of garbage adorn the road. It may be mentioned that the staff do not bother to cross the Chowk while their area limits are upto Dama

Similarly the Potohar Town administration is least interested to carry out the task of garbage collection and sweeping of the area. Rashid Ahmed, a resident said, some shopkeepers get the area sweeped within the limits of their shops and the rest is not cared of. Numerous complaints to concerned are of no use, he added.—APP

People walking on the railway track near Mareer Bridge, which may cause severe accident.

ISLAMABAD—A team of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) visited International Islamic University and exchanged views with Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai and President IIUI, Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh on progress of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the university. A presentation was also delivered to the team headed by Engr Prof Dr Anjum Khalid, NED- UET Karachi by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology while it also visited Mechanical Engineering Labs. In the meeting between PEC Team and Rector IIUI, future matters pertaining to FET and Mechanical Engineering Department were discussed. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai shared the views about higher education trends and future of engineering departments in the Pakistani universities. President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh assured all his support to the Dean FET and Chairman Mechanical Engineering Department for the labs, building equipment and hiring of new faculty.It was also vowed on the occasion that both sides would further strengthen mutual cooperation. University souvenirs were also presented to the PEC Team. The PEC Team concluded its visit with meeting to Dean FET, Chairman DME, Senior Mechanical Engineering faculty members and exchanged their findings about their visit.PEC team appreciated the establishment of additional 5new Labs in DME, hiring of 7new teachers, hiring of 6- new Lab Engineers.—APP

I S L A M A B A D —Journalists Safety Center at the National Press Club (NPC) here is organizing a day-long workshop on Safety of Journalists on Nov 6. This first-ever moot is aimed at providing acquaintance on safety to the working journalists based in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A number of renowned experts have been invited to hold various interactive sessions with the fraternity on the subject. President NPC, Farooq Faisal Khan urged the journalist fraternity to ensure their maximum participation in the workshop so that they be able to have full grasp on the subject thereby ensuring their own security by adopting various pre-emptive measures. He said registration of the interested participants has been started forthwith and would continue till Nov 5.—APP

Army dispatches relief goods for quake victims R AWA L P I N D I — P a k i s t a n Army Wednesday dispatched five truckloads relief goods for earthquake affected people of Balochistan to mitigate their sufferings in the winter season. It is the second consignment, containing relief items including flour, Ghee, sugar, pulses, around 500 tents, 1,000 blankets, 1,000 quilts, warm clothes, shawls, medicines and 15,000 litre juices, weighing 70 tons, worth more than Rs 7 million.

Senior Army officers were present at Race Course ground on the occasion. Talking to reporters, Relief Goods Coordinating Officer Colonel Khalid Ashraf of 10-Corps Rawalpindi said the Army has set up three relief camps in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to collect donations for the quake victims. The camps have been set up at F-9 Park Islamabad, Chaklala Scheme-III and Race Course ground here. On October 8, he said, in

the first shipment 40 tons, relief items were transported for quake-hit areas of the province, amounting to Rs 5 million. He said around 110 tons relief goods worth Rs12 million have so far been sent to Quetta for distribution among the affected. The officer appreciated the generous response of the people exhibiting national spirit and active participation in relief activities for their distressed brethren.—APP

Winter delights on high demand I SLAMABAD —Winter de- surges. lights are on high demand in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, as weather turns chilly. With cold wave people have started enjoying traditional local winter foods like “Gajar Halwa” (prepared with carrots and milk), “Doodh Jalebee”, boiled eggs, “Pakoras”, soup, fish, Kashmiri tea and coffee in twin cities. Shopkeepers and others have set up kiosks and stalls in almost all markets of the twin cities for these eatables as their demand suddenly

A restaurant manager at Melody market told APP that Kashmiri tea is high in demand these days, adding that he prepares two large utensils of tea on daily basis and it is sold like hot cakes. “Gajar Halwa” another irresistible favourite dish for the winter is not only a source of energy, but also adds colour and taste to the meal when served as dessert.It is also liked when served with tea. Besides, fried food like pakoras, samosas and vegetable rolls are also high in

demand during winter which are usually served with tea. Chicken Corn Soup is the most favorite and widely liked soup for the customers that also helps beat the cold besides entertaining the palate. A vendor Abid Abbas said that fish consumption multiplied in winter, which was evident from a dramatic surge in their sale during the cold weather. In addition to regular fish shops in the twin cities, the number of mobile fish vendors on bicycles and push carts have also increased as the demand for fish rises.—APP

Campaign against underage drivers R AWALPINDI —City Traffic lators under the campaign. Police (CTP) have impounded 324 vehicles and motorcycles in different areas and issued 2174 challan slips during month of October. The police took the action during a special campaign launched against underage drivers, driving without license, double parking and illegal parking. City Traffic Police (CTP) said under the campaign, strict action is being taken against the traffic rules violators and they are being dealt in accordance with the law. He said fines amounting to over 1.2 million were imposed on the traffic rules vio-

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain Shah said that the traffic wardens have been directed to take strict against underage drivers, driving without license, double parking at Murree Road and illegal parking in Raja Bazaar and at Mall Road and Peshawar Road. The illegal parking and double parking at roads create hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic, he added. He said that 1260 drivers were imposed fines on the violation of parking laws while 502 underage drivers and 412 who were driving vehicles without license were

fined during October. The CTO said underage driving is becoming a serious problem for the city. A special campaign was launched against the underage drivers in the city, he added. “The underage drivers, having no knowledge about traffic rules, cruise on their bikes and cars on the city roads, showing stunts, one wheeling, endangering their own lives as well as those of other pedestrians”, he said. All the sector incharges and wardens have been directed not to deal the underage drivers tenderly rather take strict actions against them, said the CTO.—APP

A poet reciting poetry during Mehfil-e-Mushaira at Rawalpindi Arts Council.


Indian HR defender backs Kashmiris inalienable right

Malik denounces use of black laws to curtail freedoms SRINAGAR—The Jammu and people during his visit to dif- leaders and activists and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik has denounced the use of black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act to curtail the basic freedoms of the people of the territory. Muhammad Yasin Malik in a media interview in Srinagar said that pro-India political parties of Jammu and Kashmir were making tall claims of being well wishers of the people, but had failed to get draconian laws revoked. He condemned the arrest of Zahoor Ahmad Butt, who is a JKLF leader and younger brother of prominent Kashmiri martyred leader, Mohammad Maqbool Butt. The authorities, invoking black law Public Safety Act against Zahoor Ahmad Butt, have shifted him to Sub-Jail Hira Nagar in Srinagar, today. APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan addressing party activists and groups of

ferent areas of Kupwara said that Kashmir was a political dispute, which needed to be resolved through political means. APHC leaders Zafar Akbar Butt and Syed Bashir Andrabi along with a delegation visited different areas of Shopian and paid tributes to Abbas Reshi Wani and other martyrs in the district. Hurriyet leaders Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Yasmeen Raja, Javed Ahmad Mir and Aasiya Andrabi in their statements emphasized that any solution to the Kashmir dispute other than right to self-determination would be unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement Chairman, Firdous Ahmad Shah while presiding over a party meeting in Srinagar denounced the illegal detention of Hurriyet

urged international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the situation. Kashmir Economic Alliance in a statement denounced the puppet regime and its agencies for subjecting people travelling on Kishtwar-Islamabad road to vigorous frisking in the name of security. Renowned Indian human rights activist, Professor N. Babaiah in an interview in Banglore, the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka, reiterating that the Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination urged the Indian authorities to give free hand to the Hurriyet leadership to propagate their ideology. Five persons including a woman were killed in different road mishaps in Jammu, Ramban and Rajouri districts of the occupied territory.—KMS

Foolproof security plan evolved MIRPUR—A foolproof security plan has been chalked out across Azad Jammu and Kashmir to avoid any untoward incident during Muharram-Ul-Haram here on Wednesday. Official sources revealed, that the District Magistrates and the District Police officer (DPO) as well as heads of all the police stations have been directed by the government to patrol in their respective jurisdictions to ensure the full maintaining of peace and order in the area before and after Muharram ul Haraam. DPO said that a comprehensive security plan has been finalized to ensure foolproof security of mosques, imam bargahs and procession routes during the month. The security pickets have been established at entry and exit points of the city and all the vehicles are being checked. It was reported earlier from Mir Pur that Professor Habib-Ur-Rehman has assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor (VC) of the staterun Mirpur University of Science & Technology (MUST), official sources declared on Wednesday. According to the details, AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, who is also the Chancellor of all the public-sector universities in AJK, had recently granted approval for induction of Prof. Dr. Habib ur Rehman as Vice Chancellor of MUST. MUST is the only staterun university of science and technology in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.— APP

Five persons killed in IHK

ISLAMABAD: AJK PML (N) Women Wing general secretary Almas Gardezi called on freedom movement leader Qayyum Raja.

Kashmiris Right to self-determination offered only solution to Kashmir sacrifices for dispute: Geelani freedom: Butt I Mohammad —The Hurriyet Chairman, SLAMABAD

ISLAMABAD—Leader of the leaders have said that any Yasin Malik in a media inAll Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) Chapter and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Tufail Altaf Butt has said that Kashmiris have offered sacrifices only for freedom and it should not go waste therefore Kashmiries intellectuals should use their resources in order to bring light to this core issue before national and international forums. Tufail Altaf Butt in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the people of Kashmir would not accept any settlement of the Kashmir dispute other than right to self-determination and this right was given by the UN in 1948. He also expressed deep sorrow on the sad demise of the daughter of a renowned human rights defender, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest her soul in perfect peace and also prayed for the family to endure this tragic incident with courage.—KMS

solution to the Kashmir dispute other than right of self-determination is unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the-then Indian Prime Minister, Jawahir Lal Nehru along with Sheikh Abdullah promised with the Kashmiris on November 12, 1952 that any solution to the Kashmir issue would be based on political aspirations of the Kashmiris. He said the United Nations passed 18 resolutions on Kashmir dispute for the purpose to resolve this long standing issue between two nuclear weapons holding countries of the World and the solution must be with accordance to the aspiration of the poeple of Jammu and Kashmir, this reality stand testimony to the fact that Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved through any other way other than the right to selfdetermination. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)

terview in Srinagar said that the pro-India political parties of Kashmir had failed to get draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) revoked. “The Assembly of the territory couldn’t save Afzal Guru from gallows whereas killers of Rajiv Gandhi were saved by their respective states. Senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah in his statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir had never been a part of India. He said that more than five lakh people had sacrificed their lives for freedom “if India can achieve freedom from British, “why India can’t be expelled from Kashmir,” added. APHC leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Yasmeen Raja Javed Ahmad Mir and Hurriyet leader, Aasiya Andrabi in their statements in Srinagar said that Kashmiris had not offered unprecedented sacrifices to live under Indian rule but to get rid of Indian bondage and to provide room for their children to grow up under perfect serene.—APP

S RINAGAR — Five persons including a woman were killed in different road mishaps in Jammu, Ramban and Rajouri districts. Further more, deteriorating conditions of the roads of Indian Held Kashmir are also main reasons of the casualties apart from the brutalities perpetuated by Indian Army in Kashmir. In a recent incident Two persons were killed when their vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban district. Three other persons identified as Shameem Akhtar, Mohmmad Shafi and Shahjahan were killed in Rajouri and Jammu areas.—KMS

Enforcement of law through stone pelting by Indian law enforcement agencies on Kashmiri youth in Srinagar.

Nawaz visits to infuse new spirit to Kashmir freedom struggle RAO ATIQ MIRPUR—“The recent visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to USA and his address in the United Nations General Assembly has infused a new spirit in the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement”, say Kashmiri intellect class. Airing these views in the popular current affairs program “Radio Forum” of Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur and Radio FM / 93 late Tuesday over the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to the United States, seasoned intellectuals representing diverse segments of the civil society including Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick, the ex chief Justice of AJK High Court, Ch. Muhammad Saeed, central Secretary Finance PML (N) AJK and ex President FPCCI and renewed writer and journalist Raja Soharab Ahmed Khan described Nawaz Sharif ’s visit overall beneficial to the Kashmir cause vis-àvis raising the importance

of the early peaceful settlement of the lingering conflict through the due involvement and support of the international community. The program, titled “The visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to USA and Kashmir issue” was conceived and produced by the Station Director Muhammad Shakeel and hosted by senior Kashmiri journalist and analyst Altaf Hamid Rao. Continuing, the guests of the program stated that in fact it was after an interval of many years that any democratic head of the government of Pakistan (elected Prime Minister) has comprehensively emphasized to implement the U.N resolutions on Kashmir issue to ensure its solution without further loss of time. “Prime Minister Sharif endeavored to persuade the U.S President Obama to use his influence on India to agree to allow Jammu & Kashmir people to decide their future through free and fair plebiscite un-

der the spirit of the U.N resolutions”, they observed. Sharing his views, seasoned Kashmiri politician and jurist Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick said “in view of hostile attitude of India on bilateral dialogue on Kashmir issue and denial by America to use its influence on India to initiate dialogue with Pakistan , it has become incumbent upon Pakistan to take new initiatives on Kashmir ”. Justice (Retd) Mallick continued that the freedom movement in Indian occupied Kashmir is at its full climax as the Indian occupation forces have also demonstrated their helplessness to overcome the freedom struggle against the forced and unlawful Indian rule. “The tempo of the Kashmir freedom movement suggest that it is right time for Pakistan to embark upon practical action to accomplish the logical object of the movement”, he said. “May be it is appropriate time that Kashmir

APHC leaders visit Shopian to pay Security check tributes to Abbas Reshi Wani posts headache for people

S RINAGAR — Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) has denounced the puppet regime and its agencies for subjecting people travelling on Kishtwar-Islamabad road to so-called security checks. As per media reports several check-posts jointly manned by Indian army and police have been installed on Kishtwar-Islamabad road during the last one-month after they had been abolished in 2002. The KEA Chairman, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, in a statement, termed the setting up the security check posts along the road as uncalled for. “The KEA views this step as a sinister plan to discourage the commercial activities and trade between the Valley and Kishtwar,” he said.—KMS

SRINAGAR —APHC leaders Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt and Syed Bashir Andrabi along with a delegation visited different areas of Shopian to pay tributes to Abbas Reshi Wani, who was martyred by Indian troops recently, and other martyrs. The delegation also comprised senior leaders of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement including Molvi M. Rafiq, Mohammad Shafi Kashmiri, Adnan Ahmed and Umar Ahmad. While paying tributes to the martyred youth, these leaders demanded the release of Reshi’s detained brother, Ishfaq Ahmed Wani, who is in illegal detention for last 15 months. Another youth, Tawseef Ahmed Wagey

was also arrested along with Ishfaq. Rich tributes were also paid to Engineer GM Khan, M Ayoub Butt, M Yaqoob Butt, Nazir Ahmed Wagey and Zabeeullah Hakeem. The people on the occasion demanded stern punishment to the troops responsible for the Gagran incident and called for removal of the camp from the area. They also visited Bunpora area of Shopian and condoled the demise of social and freedom activist Engineer Khursheed Ahmad Baba. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, against whom restrictions were eased on Tuesday after 235 days, will visit Shopian, Gool, Kishtwar and Sumbal to express solidarity with the family members of the youth, who were

martyred by Indian troops over the last few months. The spokesman for the forum led by the veteran leader in a statement issued in Srinagar said that police had removed the cordon around his residence in Srinagar, KMS reported. Syed Ali Gilani was put under house arrest by Indian police on March 9 soon after his return from Indian capital New Delhi at a time when Kashmir was simmering with anger over the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru. Gilani is a popular leader who has a large following in occupied Kashmir, spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan visited Hyderpora to enquire after the health of the ailing veteran leader.—KMS

policy adopted in 1947 – 48, under the guidance of Quaid-e-Azadm, deserves to be restored to attract the sympathy and support of the international community in aid of the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement”, he opined. Seeking the due involvement of Kashmiris in the talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue, the ex CJ of AJK HC further said that one of the opinions was that Pakistan now fully trust the wisdom and devotion of Kashmiri leadership and entrust the leading role to it so that Kashmiri leaders move forward at international forum to mobilize public opinion in its favor. “Obviously India which appears uncomfortable in Kashmir, would have to succumb to the international pressure and agree to give right of self determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, which New Delhi was denying at the might of her occupying military power in the held state under her traditional stubborn and hostile approach”, he concluded.

Current situation of IHK discussed SRINAGAR —The Executive Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic political Movement has in a meeting held with Firdous Ahmad Shah in chair thoroughly discussed the current situation of the territory. The meeting welcomed the release of the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani from continued illegal house detention and passed a resolution against the invoking of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) for more than time times on illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mir Hafeezullah. The participants of the meeting said that the matter of continued illegal detention would be raised al every forums and all channel would be utilised for taking the issue to the international human rights organizations.—KMS

Massacre and harassment in Kashmir

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n the modern era, vari ous forms of state terror ism continue by the Israeli armed forces on the Palestinians. While with the backing of Burmese military regime and the covert assistance of Hindus, recent bloodshed of the minority Rohingya Muslim community at the hands of the Rakhine extremist Buddhists in Burma (Myanmar) presents another such example. Similarly, during the Bosnian War (1992-1995), Serb forces slaughtered more than 10,000 Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina and buried them in the unnamed mass graves. That genocide was repeated in Kosovo where several men and women were murdered.

While these atrocities are still fresh in the minds of every Muslim, with the official backing of the government, massacre and harassment of Muslims by the Indian military including paramilitary troops in the Indian-held Kashmir has become a permanent feature. In this regard, instead of granting the people their genuine right of self-determination and holding plebiscite in the controlled territories of Kashmir in accordance with the UN resolutions, various sorts of state terrorism have become part of a deliberate campaign by the Indian Army against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has manifested in brutal tactics such as crackdowns, curfews, illegal deten-

tions, massacre, targeted killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation of women and killing of persons through fake encounter. In its previous report, Amnesty International has pointed out: “The Indian government’s disregard for human rights in Jammu and Kashmir means that in practice, people reportedly died in custody and that the whereabouts of the disappeared persons continue to be unknown, the government forces continue to commit serious violations of human rights. The Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of

the security forces. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, security forces personnel have extraordinary powers to shoot suspected lawbreakers, and to destroy structures suspected of harboring militants or arms.” Notably, after visiting more than 50 villages, Citizens Council of Justice (CCJ) published a report in Srinagar in September 2012, on human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir. On the basis of its survey, research and analysis, the CCJ report under the caption ‘Atrocity and Suffering’ revealed that a total of 502 people were either

murdered or enforcedly disappeared, 2,048 individuals were physically tortured, 6,888 were subjected to forced labour and 40 people were killed in custody by Indian security forces. 234 Mosques and 700 civilian properties worth 103.8 crores were destroyed in the garb of antiMujahideen operations, while after being released from jails freedom fighters, faced different detention periods. Over two decades of violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Rights Watch has documented several failures to ensure protection of human rights. It has called for the repeal of those laws, which provide the armed forces with

extraordinary powers to search, detain, and use lethal force, leading to numerous human rights violations. They also provide immunity for security forces. Their prosecutions, even where the facts are well established, are rare. It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages across the northern regions of Baramulla, Bandipore and Handwara. Then researchers and other groups reported finding thousands of single and mass graves without markers. In this context, in the last few years, rights groups discovered nearly 3,000 unnamed graves in various districts of

Kashmir. Recently, China’s leading News Agency Xinhua has unearthed more gruesome details on world-stunning unmarked graves in Poonch area of the Indian occupied Kashmir. It pointed out the statement of Sofi Aziz Joo, caretaker of a graveyard as saying, “Police and Army used to bring those bodies and directed me to bury them. The bodies were usually bullet-ridden, mutilated, faces disfigured and sometimes without limbs and heads.” Besides, on June 28, 2010, BBC reported, three men went missing in Indianadministered Kashmir in April, but their bodies were discovered near the Line of

Control. A senior officer of the Indian army had kidnapped them by offering them jobs as porters. The troops later informed the police that they had killed three militants. Kashmir ’s Law Minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar, says there have been several proven cases of fake encounters in the past 20 years. However, despite the employment of various forms of massacre and harassment in the Indian occupied Kashmir, the war of liberation by the Kashmiri people will continue until they get their legitimate right of self-determination. If New Delhi could not suppress the movement in the past, it cannot do so in future.—KMS


USA

107.46

104.92

UK

172.96

168.87

Euro

148.06

144.56

Canada

101.76

101.57

Switzerland

118.91

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Australia

102.00

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Sweden

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Norway

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Singapore

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Denmark

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Saudi Arabia

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Hong Kong

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Kuwait

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Malaysia

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88.07

Qatar

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UAE

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WB’s report urges govt to take remedial steps AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), A. Abdullah Zaki has expressed deep concerns and disappointment on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Index 2014 issued recently by the World Bank in which Pakistan has fallen to 110th position against 106th last year. President KCCI admitted that the World Bank has rightly identified some hurdles hurdles in starting a business in Pakistan, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. “The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has already been cautioning the government and

Avari expansion plan disclosed STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Avari International has unveiled its development and expansion plan here at an elite gathering with special focus on its UAE projects including Avari Dubai Hotel and Avari Dubai Apartments. The projects survived the financial crisis of 2009 and showed over 15 percent growth in FY 2011-12. Pakistanis are second top on the clientage list of Avari in Dubai. The hospitality chain has also announced its expansion plan in Pakistan with launch of another hotel in Lahore, also in Sialkot, Murree. In addition the group is also planning to introduce projects in Faisalabad, Islamabad, Sargodha and Bhorban which land acquisition and designing is in advance stage. Internationally the hotel also plans its chains at Abu Dabi, Qatar and other key locations of the world. Avari Dubai Hotels Cluster General Manager Ramzi Assily said they were committed to expand the business locally as well as globally. “We have already upgraded our previous properties to international standard, and our new projects will also be of class,” he said. Assily is in Pakistan now a days to invite Pakistani investors and travelers to make existing and upcoming projects of Avari international in UAE a success story as he believes that Pakistanis are ranked number two in terms of their clientage in Dubai. “There are around 600 hotels and apartments in Dubai with around 81,000 rooms and for us Pakistani clients are on second top on the list mainly due to the brand reorganization in Pakistan,” Assily said. He said their Dubai Hotel and Apartments are equally attractive for their guests however now the families have the option to enjoy independents apartments facility. He said the management of Avari was basically focusing on Expo 2020, for which Dubai is the frontrunner for hosting. The expo will continue for six months, rough estimate of visitors is 17.5 million with 180 exhibitors, which will boost the hospitality industry and others by creating some 400,000 jobs. Assily believes that this would be the perfect opportunity for a Pakistani hospitality name to get famous. “We want Pakistan to be number one in terms of clientage in Dubai,” he said. He said now the management was focus on apartments because their popularity among clients. Roughly half of the upcoming projects of the group will be in shape of apartments of mixed as the trend of renting apartments instead of hotels is on rise.

investment in Pakistan due to prevailing situation as no one will even think of visiting or investing in Pakistan after examining the revelations in World Bank’s report on ease of doing business”, Abdullah Zaki said, “We must act now otherwise we will have to suffer for decades.” Sharing his views on Pakistan’s lower ranking in paying taxes, Abdullah said that the Chamber has been asking the government to enhance tax net by taking more new taxpayers into the net and acting against government officials involved in tax evasions. He said that they have heard a lot tax evasion by government officials but it is peculiar that no action has been taken so far and even if they have acted, no info has been shared with the media or any trade association including KCCI.

Trading steady in cotton market STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The trading activi-

Gold Tezabi (24-Ct)45,860.00 Gold 22 Ct 41,930.00 SilverTezabi 770.00 Silver Thobi 710.00

other stakeholders about this situation from time to time and urged the decision makers to ensure an enabling environment for business community but unfortunately they were not paying any attention to these issues, resulting in further worsening the business climate of Pakistan”, he added. Commenting on Pakistan’s lowest ranking, 175th, on getting electricity, President KCCI said that the report says it takes 206 days to get an electricity connection against average 145 days in the region. He urged the government to immediately look into this matter as any negligence in improving the scenario will send a negative message abroad, particularly amongst foreign investors. “We have already witnessed severe decline in foreign direct investment and it will be very hard to attract new foreign

ties in cotton market remained firm with steady spot rate amid higher demand for fine grades, traders at Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said. The buyers made deals for all grades during trading session in all stations of Sindh and Punjab, while spot rate stood unchanged at Rs 6,750 per maund, traders added. Majority of the buyers and sellers were entangled in price war while deals for all grades changed hands on competitive prices in Sindh and Punjab sta-

tions at around Rs 6,425 per maund to Rs 6,775 per maund while production of the lint in the ginneries of Sindh and Punjab remained steady at around 21,000 bales, floor brokers said. Higher demand for fine grades in Punjab and Sindh stations was still providing strength to the overall prices of lint while sellers withholding fine grades in some trading stations were asking slightly higher price as some deals changed hands at Rs 7,000 per maund, floor brokers said. The general prices of all grades remained on firm footings on increasing demand as

deals also changed hands around at Rs 6,525 per maund to Rs 6,650 per maund, floor brokers said. In Punjab and Sindh stations spinners purchased all grade at around Rs 6,350 per maund to Rs 6,525 per maund on back of growing demand of yarn, they added. The secondary buyers bought all grades of lint including second grades for blending purposes at around Rs 6,150 per maund to Rs 6,175 per maund while the raw grade stuff was available at around Rs 6,000 depending on trash level, floor brokers said.

KARACHI: Salim Azhar of Pakistan Society for Training & Development presenting shield to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal.—PO photo

Women parliamentarians to work for sustainable dev in country STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Women parliamentarians, representing different political parties in both the Senate and the National Assembly, have resolved to work for sustainable development in the country. The resolve was made at the launch meeting of “Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable Development,” a forum facilitated by Sustainable Development Policy In-

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stitute in Islamabad. Arifa Khalid Pervaiz, PML (N); Mussarat Ahmad zeb, PTI; Shahida Akhtar Ali, JUI-F; Naeema Kishwar Khan, JUI-F; Shahida Rehmani, PPPP; Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, PTI; Rukhsana Jamshed Buttar, Ex-MNA-PML- N; Khalida Parveen, SenatorPPP-P; Suriya Amiruddin, PPP-P; Romina Khurshid Alam, PML (N); Farah Aqil, Senator-ANP; Shahjehan Muneer Magrio Rajpoot, PML (N); Sajida Begum, PTI; Asiya Naz Tanoli, PML (N); Saeeda Iqbal, Senator- PPPP were participated in the launch meeting. Elaborating the objectives of the Women Parliamentary Council for Sustainable Development, Dr.Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SýDPI, said that the

WPCSD would extend support to women parliamentarians in areas of research and legislation. He maintained that the SDPI’s legal wing would also extend its support to the honourable women parliamentarians on legislative drafting. Dr Suleri said the SDPI’s contribution would not only strengthen the role of women parliamentarian but also democratic process in the country. He said the SDPI would share its research work on different areas with women parliamentarians on the forum of the WPCSD for policy orientation and draft legislation and on any other matter the honourable women parliamentarians considered they need support on sustainable development in the country.

KARACHI: President of the KCCI, A. Abdullah Zaki along with Senior Member KCCI, Ateeq Ur Rehman, Capt. Raffat Zaheer, Saliya Senanyake, Zaki Ahmed Kamali, Capt. Kahlil Ur Rehman, Abdul Majeed Paracha and MAG Siddiqui pose for a group photo at IMMTA/ CILT National conference on “Excellence and Multimodel Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management” at a local hotel.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Codesharing between Etihad Airways, Korean Air AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI —Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, to include six new destinations. In the second phase of cooperation, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Korean Air services from Seoul Incheon to Honolulu, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Korean Air will place its KE code on Etihad Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, Muscat and, subject to government approval, Khartoum. The new arrangements augment the airlines’ existing codeshare services between Abu Dhabi and Seoul Incheon. Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said the expanded codeshare with Korean Air would enable both airlines to grow their networks in a mutually beneficial way and broaden their appeal to world travellers. “The three new codeshare destinations enhance Etihad Airways’ business and leisure travel offering to the Asia Pacific and North America. The flights to Honolulu and Vancouver, in particular, will provide convenient one-stop access from Abu Dhabi to these two popular North American destinations.

Ufone’s internship programme concludes STAFF REPORTER

Tax base broadening drive slowed STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has drastically slow down its drive of broadening extremely low tax base of the country after facing major setback of bouncing back of 22,000 notices sent out by the tax department to influential and wealthy tax dodgers due to wrong mailing addresses. Dr Muhammad Iqbal, SA to Chairman FBR, stated this while talking to journalists. He said that FBR wants to streamline the record of earlier notices issued to the non-taxpayers; therefore it has slow down the process of serving notices to broaden the extremely low tax base of the country, which is around 8.5 percent of the GDP, he added. Dr Iqbal informed that FBR has served only 1700

notices to influential and wealthy tax dodgers in the month of October against of 10,000 issued every month during first three months (July-September) of the current fiscal year 2013-14 mainly due to major blow, as twothirds of the notices, around 22,000, could not be delivered on the addresses given in the records of Nadra. The FBR wants to streamline the process of issuing notices to non-taxpayers, he added. Dr Iqbal said that FBR would start tax assessment of those non-taxpayers in November, which were given notices earlier but they did not respond. Above 500 new taxpayers had paid taxes Rs 20,000 on average, which is far better than the tax paid by the earlier taxpayers i.e. Rs 17,000 on average. The numbers of new taxpayers would improve with

the passage of time, he added. Dr Muhammad Iqbal, who is also head of FBR’s team for the coordination and monitoring of broadening of tax base activities, has said that FBR is committed to issue notices to 100,000 to influential and wealthy tax dodgers during ongoing fiscal year 2013-14 as committed with the international monetary fund (IMF). Talking about the differences with Nadra over wrong mailing addresses, the FBR’s senior officer said that both institutions are negotiating for sharing data of the non-taxpayers. However, he made it clear that FBR is not using Nadra’s data for issuing notices. Dr Iqbal said that FBR is using different sources including data of property and vehicles for broadening of tax base of the country.

Maritime Policy yet to be nailed down STAFF REPORT I SLAMABAD —The draft of National Maritime Policy (NMP) has not been finalised despite the fact that it was prepared three-and-a-half years ago. Post-18th Amendment complications and reservations of provinces, especially Sindh and Balochistan, in finalising country’s maiden maritime policy was costing the nation billions annually. This was stated by former Naval Staff vice chief and National Centre for Maritime Policy Director General Vice Admiral (r) Asaf Humayun at a seminar on ‘Blue Economy - Potential and Prospects’ held at the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad. He said that 18th Amendment in the constitution had devolved mari-

time functions to the provinces which lack the capacity and vision to deal with them and had not been able to take up the delegated functions even after passage of more than three years. Maritime sector should be redeemed as federal subject so that the steps for improvement of this strategically significant resource could be ensured through a unified command and integrated approach. Noting that the policy had been drafted with the aim to bring comprehensive reforms in Pakistan’s maritime strategy and to address country’s dynamics of commerce and security, he said that delays in approval of policy have been affecting trade, economic activity and strategic interest of the country and are increasing

economic, environmental and security issues for the nation. Instead of organising port operations under a unified command or at least through a coordinated effort, the maritime sector of the country was being dealt separately by different ministries and provincial governments. There should be an integrated approach to get rapid and long-term advantages of national sea territories, he urged. The government should also form an executive body at the federal level to deal with maritime issues instead of the inefficient maritime coordination committee in which currently 18 secretaries represent different departments, he suggested.

I SLAMABAD—Ufone has recently concluded the second spell of its Summer Internship Programme (SIP) by organizing a Recognition and Graduation Ceremony 2013 in Islamabad. The internship that continued for a period of 6-8 weeks has provided the opportunity to around 84 students from major universities countrywide.This year Ufone ran a series of campus drives covering top 20 universities whereby the campus drive entailed online assessment and interviews for selection of quality candidates. Ufone did not only treat this event as the conclusion of SIP 2013 but also as the initiation of SIP 2014. A good majority of the key stakeholders including faculty members of NUST (NBS, EME, SEECS), Bahria, QAU, CASE, FAST and Szabist have attended the event. Ufone HR team exchanged views and feedback with them for improving the Picture shows internees along with the Ufone HR team at the conclusion of student strategy for SIP 2014. internship programme.

PPAF launches Euro 10m renewable energy project in KP TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD —Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) on Wednesday announced the launch of Euro 10 million multi-technology renewable energy project focusing on deprived and marginalized communities in 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Swabi, Karak, Bannu, Hangu and Lakki Marwat. The project is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Development Bank – KfW, and is envisioned to be followed by a second phase of Euro 12.5 million. A simple ceremony to this effect was held at Islamabad Club with former caretaker

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shamas-ulMulk in the chair. Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, Islamabad, Peter Felten, Head of Division, Crisis & Governance, KfW, Jens Clausen, CEO PPAF Qazi Azmat Isa and senior officials of PPAF and its partner organizations were also present on this occasion. The project is planned to be implemented through six well-reputed PPAF partner organizations, who will be working in close collaboration with the provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and local stakeholders. The project districts have been selected on the basis of poverty ranking and potential for availability of renewable energy resources. Overall objective of the project is to contribute to im-

provement of general living conditions and quality of life indices of the poor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project aims to increased access to energy for off grid, rural communities, reduction in use of fuel wood, kerosene and diesel as a source of energy for rural communities, increased employment and income generation opportunities for the poor through promotion of productive usage of the energy and strengthening of local civil society organizations and enhanced and inclusive participation of locals in decision making. The rural and off-grid communities of the Project districts will be supported with renewable energy interventions using different technologies, such as mini and micro

hydropower, solar lighting systems, solar-powered integrated water efficient irrigation. A limited number of renewable energy projects using windhydro-solar hybrid systems will also be piloted. The produced electricity will not only be used for lighting purposes but small and medium enterprises will be established, which will increase household income, add value to local products and transform lives of the poor and marginalized communities. In the emerging area of renewable energy, PPAF has so far supported the implementation of more than 700 renewable energy projects of diverse types and various capacities. These include mini/micro hydroelectric projects, solar lighting and water pumping sys-

tems, wind energy projects, solar-wind hybrid systems, pressurized irrigation systems and biogas plants. The carbon dioxide emissions of about 100 tons equivalent and other greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced through the implementation of renewable energy technologies so far, particularly through construction of Mini and Micro Hydroelectric Plants. Substantial improvements have been observed in local environment/ landscape and noticeable enhancement in wildlife and local forests. Additional benefit of renewable energy projects are in the shape of good health, especially for women and children in the form of reduction in indoor pollution, improved

lighting and heating facility. The turn-out to schools has augmented tremendously and children performance is noticeable in profile of their results through light at night. Communities are now more workable, secured and socially active. PPAF adopts a community-led and demanddriven approach for multisectoral interventions. Integral to project design is working proactively with poor communities and local, regional and national non-governmental partner organizations. Due diligence, implementation supervision, rigorous monitoring of inputs/ outputs, assessment/evaluation of outcomes and impact and quality assurance are hallmark of PPAF’s work philosophy.


Aamir surprises with dropping of inform Asad K ARACHI —Former skipper Aamir Sohail has expressed his surprise over dropping of inform Asad Shafiq from the opening match of 5-

match One-Day Internationals series against South Africa. “Asad has done well with the bat in the Test series and on the basis of his form, he (Asad) should have been in the playing XI,” he said in his comments on Wednesday. He praised the fighting spirit of Asad for his century in the second Test in Dubai and his half century in the first Test in Abu Dhabi. “There seems to be confusion in PCB as well in the national team. In my opinion Asad Shafiq deserved to be in the team on basis of his form,” he added. “There was talk going that Umar Amin should be in the Test team. But he did not an opportunity,”

former left handed opener, said. “This is good chance for us to build a team for 2015 World Cup by providing opportunities to youngsters to create a pool of players. “Whatever would be result of the match in the first ODI in Sharjah, Asad Shafiq should had been in the playing XI for the match,” he remarked. He expressed the hope that mistake of dropping will be rectified in the second match. Another former captain Wasim Akram in his comments on the television advocated for the inclusion of inform in the first ODI against the Protease. “It is always good to carry the inform players in the team,” he pointed out.—APP

KCCA may not be part of PCB election STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has failed to announce a new timetable for the election of KCCA zones which were postponed just a few hours before they were scheduled to be held. The election was to be held on October 23 and 24, but the PCB postponed it because of some ambiguity. So far the PCB has neither released the new schedule nor mentioned which type of clarity they wanted at the last moment. A marathon process was adopted for holding the election of which scrutiny of clubs was the most time-consuming part, but when all work had

been done the PCB election commission postponed the polls. Since the Islamabad High Court has directed that PCB chairman’s election should be held on November 2, it seems highly unlikely that the KCCA will be part of the process for PCB’s chairman election. It is pertinent to mention here that first seven zones election will be held and then KCCA election will be organised in which zone officials will cast their votes for KCCA’s president, secretary and treasurer. This is the first time in 40 years that Prof Sirajul Islam Bukhari is not going to participate in the electoral process in any capacity. The sports policy de-

bars officials from contesting for a third consecutive tenure in any position. This time he is supporting Nadeem Omar’s group. The local cricket clubs and organisers’ hopes were dashed by the PCB’s decision as they had done a lot of hard work for the election. They say that now KCCA election cannot be held before Ashura (10th Muharram) or may be postponed till after Muharram. A total of 164 presidents of scrutinised cricket clubs of Karachi will elect the officials of all seven zones of KCCA. The 21 elected representatives three from every zone will elect KCCA’s president, secretary and treasurer.

Around 60 cyclists to chip in National Cycling Race I SLAMABAD —Around sixty cyclists will be seen in action in Peshawar to Wah National Cycle Race that takes place on Sunday, a senior official of Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF) said. “It will be a spectacular event as country’s top cyclists belonging to affiliated units of PCF will chip in it,” Secretary PCF Azhar Ali Shah told APP. He said that the government officials in Peshawar

Shahroz’s brace in Agra Taj’s 2nd triumph

and Wah had assured all-out support to the PCF to hold the event in a befitting manner. He said that the organizing committee for the event had been formed. Chairman POF Wah, who will be the chief guest of the closing ceremony, will present cash prizes and trophies to the winners of the race, he said. Azhar said that the PCF was committed to promoting cycling in the country add-

ing that despite all odds the Federation succeeded in organizing the King of the Mountains Abbottabad to Nathiagali National Cycle Race and King of the Hills Islamabad to Murree National Cycle Race as per schedule of PCF annual event calendar. Such kind of competitive races not only promote cycling but also encourage and attract the youngsters towards healthy activities, he said.—APP

Hassanabdal Badminton facility at stake

I SLAMABAD —The badmin- further the administration KARACHI—Striker Shahroz ton facility at Hassanabdal is there is planning to fix the blasted two goals as Agra Taj Colony notched-up their second win when they defeated Bihar Colony 2-0 in Commissioner Karachi Inter Mohalla Football Tournament at the Peoples Stadium on Wednesday. Shahroz netted in the opening goal in 7th minute and doubled the lead in 22nd minute.However, afterwards Bihar Colony defended well. This Agra Taj’s second win in three matches in Rs 75,000 prize money event. In other match of the day, Nawalane Club and Baghdadi Club played 1-1 draw.—APP

being converted into a conference hall leaving the various badminton lovers passion for the game at stake. Talking to APP, International Badminton Coach Raziuddin Ahmad said that the badminton in Hassanabdal is the only hall in the city which is being converted into a conference hall. “The work is of converting the badminton facility into a conference hall in progress and the stage is nearly completed, which covers half of the badminton court,” he said adding that

chairs into the hall which will finish the game for ever. Raziuddin said this would prove as a great blow for the young player of the city. The coach said he visited the said venue and met with the senior players including Raja Iqbal, Waqar Tahir, Khalid Usman, Sajjad and Liaqat Ali of the Club and assured them for full cooperation to the save the game. “This act is against the vast mission of the Chief Minister Punjab who is supporting the sports in the province,” he said.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Wife of Saudi Ambassador Aljouhrah Abdullah Al-Raisi playing snooker during a ceremony at Al-Farabi School for Special Children.

HEC thrash AJK 9-0, Balochistan United beat Sindh STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —HEC women football team recorded a convincing 9-0 victory against AJK in the National Women Football Championship Qualification Round in Group D at Jinnah Stadium. Humaira Butt and Sumaira Parveen scored two goals each for HEC, while Farhat Batool, Fatima Zahid, Afshan Parveen and Rooma Abbas scored one each. Another scheduled Group D encounter didn’t take place after FATA women team pulled out of the tournament at the last moment. In a Group A match here at Aga Khan Gymkhana Ground, Baluchistan United Women FC defeated Sindh women team by 2-0. Khadija and Naina scored one goal each. Diya Women FC overpowered Baluchistan women 2-0. Afshan Altaf and Shiba Khan scored one each for the victors.

Shayan shines in Karachi Blues victory

24 players to feature in DA SKBZ Chess

Babar top scored for the side with 48 runs. Adeel Jahanzeb bowled lethally and grabbed five wickets. Shayan took two wickets. In another Group D match, at Zahoor Elahi Stadium in Gujrat, Sialkot Region defeated Bahawalpur Region by four wickets in a low-scoring encounter. In Pool A, Quetta Region recorded a massive 181-run victory against Dera Murad Jamali Region here at UBL Ground No 1. Karachi Whites defeated Lahore Shalimar by six wickets here at NBP Stadium. Hyderabad Region beat

Defence Authority SKBZ College Inter College Chess Championship being staged at DA SKBZ College, Khayaban-e-Rahat DHA on Thursday. Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP) is extending technical support in the conduct of the championship. Students from six SKBZ educational institutions will be battling for honours. A record 13-time National Chess Champion International Master Mahmood Ladhi will be the guest of honour at the presentation ceremony. MSAP have specially invited Pakistan’s chess legend Mahmood Lodhi to attend this event. Organisers have invited Director MSAP Tariq Rasheed Khan to be chief guest at the ceremony. International Master Shahzad Mirza will be the Chief Arbiter while Awwad Mirza and Muhammad Umair Kausar provide technical assistance on behalf of MSAP.—APP

ARACHI —As many as 24 O KARA —Shayan Jahangir before they were all bundled Larkana Region by 59 runs K players will be in action in hit a brilliant ton and later out in 40.4 overs. Yousaf at SMBBI Stadium in Garhi

captured two wickets to help Karachi Blues record a 58-run victory against Multan Region in PCB Regions/Departments Under-19 One-day Tournament at Gymkhana Ground here. In their Pool D match, Karachi Blues batted first and put on board a competitive total of 255 runs before being all out in 41.4 overs. Shayan scored 113 off only 111 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and two sixes. Saifullah Bangash scored 69. Murtaza Ali captured four wickets, while Tasawar Ali grabbed three. Multan managed 197 runs

Khuda Bakhsh. In Pool B, NBP defeated ZTBL by eight wickets at Bohranwali Ground in Faisalabad. State Bank overpowered KRL by 48 runs at Mirpur Cricket Stadium in AJK. In Pool C, Peshawar Region beat Islamabad region by four wickets at National Ground in Islamabad. Lahore Ravi bulldozed Faisalabad Region by 10 wickets at Sheikhupura Stadium in Sheikhupura. Abbottabad Region defeated FATA by three wickets at Gohati Cricket Ground in Swabi.— Agencies

Jadeed Khan stars in Afghan FC victory

Pakistani interest in World C’ship ends as Nasir falls

STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Jadeed Khan scored four impressive goals to help his side record a convincing 4-0 victory over Navy in Pakistan Premier Football League here. The result pushed Navy to the 10th spot and helped Afghan FC to secure the ninth place. KRL started their campaign in style with a 3-1 victory against fourth-placed WAPDA. Samar Ishaq, Rizwan and Kaleemullah scored one goal each to help KRL have a 3-0 lead before Arif Mehmood pulled a consolation goal for WAPDA. In another match, PACA recovered from a goal down to beat NBP 2-1.

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KARACHI: Players of KPT and Faisalabad Club are in form during a match of Pakistan Premier League at KPT Ground.

Hockey clubs scrutiny forms distribution begins STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The PHF’s electoral process has been started in Sindh as scrutiny forms have been distributed among hockey clubs in Karachi. The scrutiny process has also started in Hyderabad and will soon be held in other districts. The scrutiny forms are being distributed from Karachi Hockey Association’s (KHA) office by its secretary Farooq Khan. The PHF claims there will be no bias in the scrutiny process and all active

clubs will be part of the electoral process. It is learnt that at least 14 playing members should be included in the clubs’ teams. The age limit for the club player is 14 to 30 years, which is being criticised in the hockey circles because it deprives those players who are fit and playing hockey but have passed the 30-year mark. A senior hockey player said all countries took the benefit of their senior players to play with junior players. “The age limit condition is harsh,” he said. Many clubs lost their

voting rights in the last election without being given any logical reason. They are waiting for the electoral process to move forward so that it may become clear if the election is going to be impartial or not. Sources said that 40 clubs had voting rights in the metropolitan city before the previous election, but four years ago when election was held 20 clubs were deprived of their voting rights at the last moment. What happens this time will become clear on November 10 when scrutiny process is held.

PBSA meeting on Friday to decide top officials’ fate STAFF REPORTER

SIALKOT: Students playing volleyball during a match at a local college.

K ARACHI —The fate of the two Shaikhs of the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) will be decided in the Executive Committee meeting due to be held here at the Karachi Club Annexe on Friday. It may be recalled that Alamgir Anwar Shaikh and Munawwar Hussain Shaikh, who were elected for

a second term as President and Secretary of the PBSA respectively last year, submitted resignation in the EC meeting which was adjourned at the same venue earlier this month. Alamgir Shaikh, having kept a low profile after submitting his resignation, was unwilling to speak about the subject but he confirmed that the EC meeting of the PBSA

would indeed be taking place on Friday. In a brief conversation, the first after his return from Ireland about three weeks ago, he passed the impression that Ali Asghar Valika, acclaimed as the father of snooker in Pakistan, had been entrusted the responsibility to resolve the crisis and find a solution which was in the larger interest of the cue sports.

K ARACHI —Nasir Iqbal bowed out of the AJ Bell PSA World Squash Championship after being defeated by fifth seed Egyptian Karim Darwish in the first round at the National Squash Centre in Manchester. Darwish faced little resistance from 19-year-old Nasir and took only 28 minutes to record a convincing 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 victory to confirm his presence in the second round. Nasir had secured his place in the main rounds after defeating Germany’s Jens Schoor 11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 in the qualifying finals.

National women hockey to be held in Karachi STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The 28th National Women’s Hockey Championship would be held in Karachi at Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP) in January 2014, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) said on Tuesday. It said that the 16th meeting of the PHF’s Women’s Council was held at the HCP here the other day. The meeting was chaired by Khush Bakht Shujat, Chairperson PHF Women Wing, and attended by Tanzeela Aamir Cheema, Honorary Secretary PHF WW, Parveen Sikandar Gill, Prof Abida Tanveer, Tasneem Siddiqui, Shagufta Liaqat Randhawa and Najma Bhatti.


Qadir, Zaheer keen on PCB chairman’s job KARACHI—Former Test legends Abdul Qadir and Zaheer Abbas have expressed interest in the job of Pakistan Cricket Board chairman (PCB), after a court ordered elections for the post be held next month. Cricket administration in Pakistan has been rocked by months of wrangling between the courts and the PCB after then-chairman Zaka Ashraf was thrown out in May over his “dubious” election. The latest twist came on Tuesday when the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday briefly suspended caretaker chairman Najam Sethi and ordered elections for the post to be held by the end of November. Zaheer Abbas, a swashbuckling batsman in the 1970s, legspinner Abdul Qadir and

former opener Mohsin Khan ity to run Pakistan cricket ning, while Khan said he has have all said they are ready with honesty, know the experience for the job. to run. cricketing matters well and “If I am given the honour of serving as chairman, I would certainly bring about change,” said Khan, who was replaced as coach by Dav Whatmore in March last year despite guiding Pakistan to a 3-0 clean sweep of then-world number one Test team England. The turmoil at the PCB began after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body, demanded measures to end political interference in the sport. To comply, Ashraf — who had been appointed by then-president Asif Ali Zardari — stood for election “I will contest the elec- have the experience for the to the job and won, but was tions,” said Qadir, who took post.” Former captain, man- ousted following a legal 236 wickets for Pakistan and ager and chief selector challenge which argued that was also a former chairman Abbas earlier this month the process had been of selectors. “I have the abil- said he would consider run- flawed.—AFP

Clarke bounces back from injury with 88

Ponting ‘offended’ as Taylor wades into Clarke feud

SYDNEY—Australian captain Michael Clarke bounced back from a six-week injury layoff with a stylish 88 for his state side New South Wales Wednesday in an ominous sign ahead of the Ashes. Clarke has been plagued by chronic back problems since he was a teenager and was ruled out of Australia’s ongoing one-day tour to India so he could rest and undergo intensive treatment. At one point he feared he could miss the first Test against England starting on November 21 but made better-than-expected progress, launching his comeback in a Sheffield Shield clash Wednesday against Tasmania in Sydney, knocking 88 off 190 balls. The 32-year-old—widely seen as Australia’s best batsman—played a watchful innings, facing 103 balls for his half century, before being caught by Clive Rose off paceman Sam Rainbird’s bowling late in the day after valuable time in the middle.—AFP

Tsonga crashes out in Paris to see World Finals hopes vanish

SYDNEY—Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said he was “offended” after Mark Taylor blasted his feud with Michael Clarke, saying it should have stayed in the dressing room. Current skipper Clarke was reportedly furious when he learned ex-captain Ponting’s autobiography, released last week, contained concerns about his then-deputy’s attitude. The book also offers an unfavourable appraisal of Clarke’s ill-fated relationship with bikini model Lara Bingle, which ended in 2010 when he flew back from a tour of New Zealand to sort out his private life. Clarke bristled at a press conference on Tuesday when asked for his reaction to Ponting’s comments. “Ricky said that did he? Well, Ricky has my number,” he said. Ponting reportedly responded that Clarke “won’t read anything in the book that he wouldn’t have known about himself or how I felt

about it around the team”. Taylor, who was captain from 1994 to 1999 and is now a Cricket Australia director, said the players’ differences should have stayed behind closed doors. “The disappointing

thing for me was that this wasn’t left in the changeroom and it wasn’t sorted out in the change-room,” he told commercial radio late Tuesday. “Look, to me it

takes two to tango — I reckon Michael Clarke probably could have done more to appease the situation, and from what I’ve seen and read and heard in recent times, there’s no doubt Ricky Ponting could have done more as well.” Ponting said he was offended by the accusation that he had broken the sanctity of the Australian team change room, claiming the events were already public knowledge. “I’ve just given my side of it,” he told a breakfast function in Perth, Australian Associated Press reported, adding that he had contacted Clarke on Tuesday and they had made up. “I was actually really offended that Mark would come out and say that I would break what happens in the sanctuary in the change room. That’s not me. “I’m not out doing things like this to sell books,” he added. “Australian cricket is dear for me. It’s been my life for 20-odd years.”—AFP

Barca four points clear after 3-0 win at Celta M ADRID —Barcelona followed up Saturday’s win over Real Madrid with another victory when Alexis Sanchez set the champions on their way to a 3-0 success at Celta Vigo that put them four points clear at the top of La Liga. Unbeaten Barca have 31 points from 11 matches, with second-placed Atletico Madrid on 27 ahead of their game at Granada on Thursday. Third-placed Real, who are five points behind

Atletico, host Sevilla on Wednesday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino rested several key players for the game at Celta’s Balaidos stadium, including Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar, but the champions were still far too strong for the struggling Galician side. In-form Alexis, who netted a brilliant chipped effort in the 2-1 ‘Clasico’ victory against Real at the Nou Camp, grabbed the opener in

the eighth minute. Cesc Fabregas, who had a hand in all three Barca goals, stole the ball in Celta territory and when his low shot was saved by goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez, Alexis was on hand to clip home the rebound. Barca were 2-0 ahead three minutes after the break when a Fabregas snapshot from outside the area cannoned off the bar on to Yoel and ricocheted back into the net.—AFP

NAGPUR: George Bailey cuts off the back foot during India vs Australia 6th ODI on Wednesday.

Klopp extends Dortmund contract

LPGA welcomes 16-yearold Lydia Ko as member

B ERLIN —Jurgen Klopp has signed a two-year extension with Borussia Dortmund, keeping him tied down until 2018, the Bundesliga club said Wednesday. The 46year-old’s previous contract was due to run out in June 2016. His assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz also had their contracts extended to June 2018. “We are all still a bit in love with this club and the way things are done here,” said Klopp, who joined Dortmund in 2008 and led them to the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012. Club director HansJoachim Watzke added: “Since we shouldn’t separate things that go together, we’ve extended the coach and his team’s contracts.” Dortmund, who reached the Champions League final last season and also won the German Cup in 2012, are currently a point behind champions Bayern Munich in the league. Under Klopp, they have won 106 out of 180 league matches, just two shy of the record set by former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who won 108 out of 208 matches and led the club to their only Champions League success in 1997.—AFP

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P ARIS —French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw his hopes of reaching the seasonending World Tour Finals disappear after being eliminated from the Paris Masters by Japan’s Kei Nishikori. The former Australian Open finalist wasted two match points before double faulting in the final set tie-break to gift world number 18 Nishikori a place in the last-16. Despite serving 18 aces, a lethargic Tsonga let the second round match slip from his grasp losing 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 6-7 (7/9). It was due reward for the top ranked Asian player who refused to throw in the towel despite being overwhelmed in the opening frame. The 23-year-old, who earlier this year became the first Japanese player to reach the fourth round of the French Open since 1938, now faces his third successive Frenchman in Richard Gasquet for a place in the quarter-finals. Gasquet needed five match points earlier to beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 in the second round and that along with the elimination of Tsonga gave him a double boost in his bid to qualify for the World Tour finals in London. The 27-year-old and Verdasco traded blows for 2hrs 40mins, in front of a raucous Parisian crowd, before Gasquet finally made it through to the third round. The right-hander from Beziers forced a crucial break in the decider to go 4-3 up and this time he kept his nerve after blowing two match points BARCELONA: Lionel Messi didn’t score a goal, but was instrumental in creating opportunities for teammates in Barca’s win. in the second set.—AFP

A NGELES —New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has been granted full membership on the US LPGA Tour starting in 2014, commissioner Michael Whan said. Whan said he had reviewed Ko’s petition and agreed to waive the usual requirement that players must be 18 years old to gain full member status. “This decision ensures that Lydia can attend all of our LPGA rookie development sessions that take place in the early part of the year,” Whan said. The 16-year-old sensation has won the Canadian Women’s Open each of the past two seasons, her victory in 2012 making her the youngest winner in LPGA history at 15 years, four months and two days old. Ko, who announced her decision to turn pro last month, has already won four professional events as an amateur. In addition to her Canadian women’s Open titles she won the 2013 New Zealand Women’s Open as well as the 2012 Bing Lee Samsung Women’s NSW Open. Ko also finished second at the Evian Championship, designated a fifth LPGA major this year and has soared to fifth in the women’s world golf rankings. “I am very excited to become a member on the LPGA Tour,” the bespectacled teenager, who won’t turn 17 until April, said in a

statement. “It has always been my dream goal to play on the LPGA, and play against the world’s best players. I know that becoming a member is not only performing well, but to deal with re-

girls to take up the game, and go for it. “I believe this is only the start to my career and I have many new things to learn along the way. I am so grateful to get the opportunity to

sponsibilities very well. “Women’s golf is growing day by day and I would love to be able to inspire other

play with the players I look up to and respect. I can’t wait to start the season early next year.”—AFP

Posts for Sachin increase BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —Ever since Sachin Tendulkar has made his retirement plan public, the flow of posts at his home in Bandra have doubled up. This was revealed by two postmen, Shivaji More and Ashok Kumar Savitha, both assigned to deliver posts in master-blaster’s area. “There used to be at least 5-6 letters every day for Sachin Tendulkar but the numbers have increased to 10-15 on each of the two shifts”, they said. “Clearly this is due to Little Master’s announcement to retire from the game”. “We don’t know the contents of the letter. There

may be messages to revoke the retirement decision or fans may have been advising him what to do after his retirement”. “There are very few letters coming for him from foreign countries. Many of the letters are from Delhi’s Parliament”. . “No full address for letters to Sachin Tendulkar is required. He is an international icon. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai is more than enough to deliver letters at his home”. “We have been delivering the letters at his 19-A, Perry X Road bungalow in two shifts, one in the morning and the other in the evening. The posts in the forms of all formats, ordinary posts, registered letters or speed-posts are being collected by the security guard

or Sachin’s personal secretary”, they added. “Never we had a chance to meet Sachin Tendulkar or his wife, Anjali. Once we saw Sachin and could only say Hi to them”. “We see people gather outside his bungalow everyday hoping to get glimpse of Sachin”. Ashok Kumar Savitha is not interested in cricket but Shivaji More has interest in the game. He is keen to go to the Wankhede Stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test in Mumbai. “I shall pass on my request to him for the matchpass, let us see if I get it one”. The postal department is yet to come with the idea of having special stamps in honour of Sachin Tendulkar.


Smokers’ skin may age faster

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MOKERS are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins. Judges who didn’t know which twin smoked said the smoker looked older 57 percent of the time. That pattern held when both twins were smokers but one had smoked for many years longer than the other. “Smoking makes you look old. That’s all there is to it,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi said. “Besides lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, just one more good reason to stop smoking is that it’s definitely making you look a lot older,” she told Reuters Health. Tanzi is a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and George Washington University Medical Center. She was not involved in the new study but said it confirms what she and others see in practice. The findings are based on standardized photos of 79 pairs of identical twins taken at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland and his colleagues showed the photos to three trained judges, then asked them to grade each person’s wrinkles and age-related facial features. The twins were in their late 40s, on average. About three-quarters of them were women. Forty-five sets of twins included one smoker and one non-smoker. Smokers tended to have more wrinkles and other signs of face aging. But the differences were often small. For instance, on a 0-to-3 scale, where 0 means no wrinkles and 3 is severe wrinkles, upper eyelids were rated at 1.56 among smokers and 1.51 among non-smokers. Jowls were

rated at 1.0 among smokers and 0.93 among non-smokers, on average. There was no difference in assessments of crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles based on smoking. Other factors related to skin aging like sunscreen use, alcohol drinking and stress at work were similar among smoking and non-smoking twins, the researchers noted. Of the remaining 34 twin pairs, one twin had smoked for an average of 13 years longer than the other. Twins who had smoked for more years had more pronounced bags under their eyes and more wrinkles around their lower lips, according to findings published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “It really just kind of confirms a lot of stuff that most people believed,” said Dr. Alan Boyd. He is a dermatologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and wasn’t part of the study team. “I can usually spot a smoker from across the room because of some of their facial skin changes,” Boyd told Reuters Health. Still, he said the study adds another layer of evidence by putting numbers on the effect of smoking on different parts of the face. The researchers didn’t take into account how many cigarettes people smoked each day. And although weight was similar between smokers and non-smokers, they didn’t know if differences in fat distribution affected facial appearance. Tanzi said toxins from smoking can speed up the breakdown of collagen, protein fibers that support skin and help it stick together. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen going to the skin, she said.

Business is seen closed at Safora Goth during strike called by Jiye Sindh Muttahida Mahaz.

MQM image being tarnished STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—Muttahida Quami Movement’s (MQM) Sindh Assembly members strongly condemned the extrajudicial killings of Dilshad Ahmed Khan and Ajmal Beig, raids on MQM’s workers and officers and illegal detention of workers. They said they did not know anything about their five workers picked up by the law enforcement agency In a joint statement elected representatives said that MQM’s public image was being destroyed under garb of operation against criminals and extortionists. In order to discredit MQM’s leaders of good repute and integrity, they had registered false and fabricated cases against them. MQM’s name was linked to the Mohajir Republican Army. Workers were being arrested and detained and subjected to inhuman torture, which caused the deaths of Dilshad Ahmed Khan and Ajmal Beg and disabled MPA Sharmila Farooqi cutting ribbon along with Chairman IEEEP and CEO of Badar scores of workers. Expo Solutions to inaugurate ‘IEEEP Fair 2013’.

Unity of Muslims: Key to rid of crises STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Islamic Spiritual Mission Pakistan (Islami Roohani Mission Pakistan) Patron-in-Chief Prof Dr Maulana Muhammad Maqsood Elahi Naqshbandi has said the poverty and despondency would only be rid after Muslims would stand united under the divine guidance and the Muslim had to refrain from acts and deeds of adultery and immodesty. He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press club Wednesday. No reforms could appeal us unless we would be ready to take a critical analysis of our acts and

Jinnah University admission schedule KARACHI—Jinnah University for Women (JUW) has announced admission schedule of its degree programmes viz BS, MSc, MS and PhD for the year 2014. The entrance test will be held on Nov 23, 2013 in 26 different fields under four faculties. Considering the role and importance of women in the economy of the country, the University is expected to launch two new departments this year. These departments will offer courses of BS, M.Sc and MS in food, agriculture and animal sciences and fisheries and aqua culture, said a JUW release on Wednesday. The minimum qualifications required for admission to the above two departments is Intermediate in (Pre-Medical).—APP

deeds and take on a passion of sharing the wounds and sorrows of the others and this was the prime theme of the Islamic Spiritual Mission Pakistan, which 3-day congregation would be held at Eid Gah located in Nazimabad, starting from Oct 31 till Nov 2, 2013. Prof Naqshbandi said that the country was passing through critical time and people were being left to wander from here to there. The economic situation of the country was reaching a state of devastation and the unemployed youth was set to waste their time and energy due to which the anti-social elements had been trapping such large number of the youth to get their

vested designs accomplished. It was the reciprocal responsibility of the state and the civil society that were should take a detailed review of our individual and collective attitude and seek Allah’s mercy and blessing to get rid of the chain of menaces. He said that the Pakistani nation could regain the lost dignity and it was only possible when we decide to avoid being indulged into trifles and stay united, which the need of the hour. Prof Naqshbandi said that none should be worried by his call for the unity of the Muslims as it would never be used against any religious community, Christian or Jews, Hindus or Sikhs.

BBSUL to have Pharmacy dept

Religious leaders urged to maintain harmony KARACHI—Deputy Commissioner, Karachi-East, Ganahanwar Ali Laghari has directed the officials concerned to ensure prompt cleaning of sewerage lines, removal of garbage dumped on lanes and thoroughfares with adequate provision for uninterrupted power supply during Moharram. Chairing a meeting in his office he said KESC officials are also being approached to ensure that there is no load-shedding at all on Moharram 9 and 10. Laghari said religious leaders have to particularly play their role in maintaining religious harmony among the people.

He also urged them to keep strict vigil on unscrupulous elements trying to create disarray among people and suggested that close coordination between religious leaders of different sects, and law enforcers could help maintain sanctity of the holy month. The DC-East said the routes of Moharram processions would not only be adequately guarded but will also be provided with all relevant facilities. He said cleanliness around Imambargahs must be initiated on priority basis and expressed his satisfaction that fumigation is being regularly undertaken in

the district. Meanwhile, Member National Assembly, Salman Mujahid Baloch alongwith DMC East Administrator, Manzoor Abbasi and Municipal Commissioner, Nazeer Ahmad Khalifo chaired a meeting to review arrangements being made to facilitate people during Muharram. Member of Sindh Assembly, Nishat Mohammad Zia Qadri reviewed the arrangements being made in Shah Faisal Colony and responding to the problems faced by the citizens, he said official concerned in close coordination with public representatives must address public grievances.—APP

Training to cope with terrorism STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Ten-day training workshop for senior police officers to enhance their professional capacity, especially investigation skills to cope with new trends of

terrorism and other serious crimes, successfully concluded here on Wednesday. The workshop titled “Basic Training Techniques and Investigation of Crime Scene” was aimed at creating master train-

ers for overall change in the police force. Twenty senior police officers deputed in police training centres, schools and colleges in the province participated, said a police release here.

KARACHI—Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Lyari (BBSUL), Prof. Rasheed Ahmed Shah has said that keeping in view the increasing demand of the field of pharmacy, the department of studies for Pharmacy will be launched in the BBSUL. He said that the government of Sindh has been requested to provide financial assistance to meet the requirements in connection with the setting up and running of the department of Pharmacy in the BBSUL. He said this while talking to a delegation of notables of Lyari, according to a statement issued on Wednesday. The VC BBSUL said that at the moment total five departments have been established in the varsity and after addition of Pharmacy, the numStudents enjoying themselves during Students’ Week at Karachi University. ber will rise to six.—APP

Rotavirus major obstacle: UNICEF AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Pakistan is striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) to reduce child mortality to 43 per 1000 live births by 2015, which was standing at 86 per 1000 live births in 2012 according to UNICEF. The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. The 4th goal or MDG4 is categorized by the reduction of child mortality which has to be

reduced by two-third to meet the MDG4 by the year 2015. According to WHO, 6.6 million children under five died in 2012. Almost 75% of all child deaths are attributable to just six conditions: neonatal causes, pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS. The aim is to further cut child mortality by two thirds by 2015 from the 1990 level. The way out is immunization and vaccination of children against these deadly diseases but unfortunately as per figures available in Pakistan viz. vaccination, more than half (53.0%) of Pakistani children do not get all the recommended vaccines. 6% of children have no vaccination at all. Punjab is highest in

vaccination with a percentage of 56 per cent while Balochistan is at the lowest ebb, 35 per cent. In Pakistan, private sector caters to the health care needs of 71.2% of Pakistan’s population. This sector is not taken on board while developing conceptual frameworks, planning and execution of immunization programs by the relevant ministries. There is lack of formal linkages between the government and private sector for national and provincial immunization programs. Exclusion of these key stakeholders from policy development and implementation is one of the causes of unsatisfactory coverage of immunization. Majority of these children are dying from infectious dis-

eases but many of these deaths are preventable. This trend also suggests that while parents are a bit caring for children under five years of age there seems some sloppiness in their attitude as far as infant and neonatal vaccination is concerned. If the parents get their children vaccinated without missing their due dates the mortality rates in these children can be brought down comprehensively. Data reveals that under five years of age mortality rate in 2008 was 87 out of 1000 live births while in case of infant mortality it was 71/1000. These ratios have to be reduced to 43 per 1000 live births by the year 2015 to meet the Millennium Development

Goals 4 which can only be made possible if children are timely vaccinated for prevention from those diseases. Although there are many diseases the children are vulnerable to until their fifth birthday but the experts feel that amongst these Rotavirus is a major public health issue in Pakistan at present. Approximately 100 children die everyday due to Rotavirus diarrhea. An estimated 1 in 40 infants experience a severe episode of rotavirus gastroenteritis annually in Pakistan. Pakistan is one of six countries that accounts for 50% of all rotavirus-related deaths worldwide. Almost 90% of all rotavirus cases were in children less than two years of

age. Some medical experts say that although the prevalence of disease is similar between developed and less developed countries but in developing countries, poor access to primary health care and poor nutrition results in more severe cases thereby, increasing the costs of treatment. Rota Virus also known as HRV has demonstrated high levels of efficacy over three years in Asian infants against severe RVGE (Rota virus gastroenteritis). The government, they feel, should expand the delivery network by utilizing private clinics as fixed immunization sites and making free of cost vaccination available in the private sector.

PIMA for stroke prevention programme KARACHI—Doctors have urged the government to initiate “National Stroke Prevention Programme” with major focus on public awareness campaign, formation of prevention guidelines and support for research related to stroke. Through the platform of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) on Wednesday they said that despite being third cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the country stroke has received little attention from health care authorities. PIMA President, Dr Misbahul Aziz, Neuro-physician Prof Muhammad Tariq and Neurologist Dr Abdul Malik cited Stroke as one of the unfortunate diseases in Pakistan. They said that due to poor post stroke care up to 40% die within six months and remaining 60% are added to the pool of disabled people. Mentioning that high blood pressure or hypertension is the top most cause of stroke they said as per National Health survey every third Pakistani above age 45 is hypertensive. Majority of these patients are unaware of their high blood pressure and they only find out once they have a stroke or heart attack, which is too late, said the doctors.—APP

Moot on head & neck cancer challenges KARACHI—Oncologists from South Asia will participate and share their experiences as well as medical research with each other during a regional moot focussing Head and Neck Cancer here on Saturday. The event with the theme Head and Neck Cancer-Challenges for Developing Countries will be addressed by Dr Anil D’ Cruz from India who would discuss the regional guidelines viza-viz the ailment. Dr AFM Kamaluddin from Bangladesh and Dr Arif Jamshed from Pakistan will share their work on role of induction chemotherapy in locally advanced head and neck cancer.—APP


Smokers’ skin may age faster

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MOKERS are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins. Judges who didn’t know which twin smoked said the smoker looked older 57 percent of the time. That pattern held when both twins were smokers but one had smoked for many years longer than the other. “Smoking makes you look old. That’s all there is to it,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi said. “Besides lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, just one more good reason to stop smoking is that it’s definitely making you look a lot older,” she told Reuters Health. Tanzi is a dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and George Washington University Medical Center. She was not involved in the new study but said it confirms what she and others see in practice. The findings are based on standardized photos of 79 pairs of identical twins taken at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland and his colleagues showed the photos to three trained judges, then asked them to grade each person’s wrinkles and age-related facial features. The twins were in their late 40s, on average. About three-quarters of them were women. Forty-five sets of twins included one smoker and one non-smoker. Smokers tended to have more wrinkles and other signs of face aging. But the differences were often small. For instance, on a 0-to-3 scale, where 0 means no wrinkles and 3 is severe wrinkles, upper eyelids were rated at 1.56 among smok-

ers and 1.51 among non-smokers. Jowls were rated at 1.0 among smokers and 0.93 among non-smokers, on average. There was no difference in assessments of crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles based on smoking. Other factors related to skin aging like sunscreen use, alcohol drinking and stress at work were similar among smoking and non-smoking twins, the researchers noted. Of the remaining 34 twin pairs, one twin had smoked for an average of 13 years longer than the other. Twins who had smoked for more years had more pronounced bags under their eyes and more wrinkles around their lower lips, according to findings published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “It really just kind of confirms a lot of stuff that most people believed,” said Dr. Alan Boyd. He is a dermatologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and wasn’t part of the study team. “I can usually spot a smoker from across the room because of some of their facial skin changes,” Boyd told Reuters Health. Still, he said the study adds another layer of evidence by putting numbers on the effect of smoking on different parts of the face. The researchers didn’t take into account how many cigarettes people smoked each day. And although weight was similar between smokers and non-smokers, they didn’t know if differences in fat distribution affected facial appearance. Tanzi said toxins from smoking can speed up the breakdown of collagen, protein fibers that support skin and help it stick together. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen going to the skin, she said.

Children enjoying themselves during Literature Festival at Children Library.

Children’s literature festival opens STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The seventh Children’s Literature Festival opened at Children’s Library Complex on Wednesday that attracted thousands of students from a large number of schools in Lahore and other parts of the country. The festival based on a theme “Unlocking the power of reading” aims at promoting love of reading among children so that they may become critical thinkers, ask questions, learn to access information from books and other sources, process that information, and form their own opinions. The two-day festival organized by Idara-e-Taleem-oAagahi (ITA) in collaboration with the Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) saw students, youth and families that kept the venue packed whole day. The book-lovers spread all over in the

festival to buy books from bookstalls or participate in different sessions including storey-telling, storey-writing and discussions on curriculum and textbooks, libraries and Right to Education. At the inaugural ceremony, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said the importance of supplementary reading and literature could never be undermined and added that only those nations had progressed that involved themselves in reading, writing and learning new knowledge. He said the Punjab government had worked a lot to improve curriculum and textbooks besides establishing good institutions for the better education and learning by schoolchildren. He said the Punjab government had also given a go ahead to include information on various historical sites in textbooks from Grade-I to X. Welcoming the Indian delegates, the education minister

Petition on judicial officers dismissed

said Pakistan and India should continue “fighting” against illiteracy, poverty, extremism and terrorism. He said Pakistan and India should enter into healthy competition and cited an example that the Punjab government broke India’s National Anthem recitation by 45,000 youth, which India again broke with recitation by 100,000 youth. “We will struggle to break this record again,” he added. Federal secretary education and training Ahmad Bakhsh Lehrri lauded the festival organizers for creating an opportunity for thousands of students to come out of their routine school environments and access to supplementary readings. ITA Director Programmes Dr Baela Raza Jamil said the festival had been organized to promote the culture of reading in children across Pakistan and enhance their capability to think creatively and critically.

PES provides service to 623 injured

LAHORE—Justice Nasir Saeed the judicial officers could not be LAHORE—Punjab Emergency Sheikh of the Lahore High Court Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the posting of six judicial officers including LHC Registrar Sardar Naeem Ahmad. The petition was filed by petitioner-counsel Muhammad Afaq and it was fixed as an objection case after Registrar Office put objection that the petition was not maintainable. During the proceeding, the petitioner-counsel submitted that

appointed in their district of domicile, as per National Judicial Policy. He submitted that six judicial officers including LHC Registrar were posted in Lahore which was their district of domicile. He contended that the postings were made against the National Judicial Policy. He pleaded the court to remove objection put by the court office.—APP

Service (Rescue 1122) provided emergency service to six dead and 623 injured people in 488 road accidents in all districts of the province in last 24 hours. As 103 accidents took place in Lahore with 127 victims, 45 in Faisalabad with 51 injured and 30 in Multan with 38 victims. According to the data of Provincial Monitoring Cell of the Rescue 1122, the staff shifted the injured to different hospitals.—APP

Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar presiding over inaugural session of 18th International Pharmacy Conference & Exhibition.

Govt to curb illegal hunting of snow leopard STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Central leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N and Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan will fully support the efforts of international institutions for the conservation of snow leopards as this species of facing the threat of extinction. He said besides legislation, effective measures will also be taken for curbing illegal hunting and trade of snow leopards in Pakistan. He said that the year of conservation of snow leopards will be celebrated on 23rd October every year. He expressed these views on his return after attending Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum in Bishkek, in Kyrgyz Republic. Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said that representatives of 12 countries including Pakistan, where habitants of snow leopards are found, despite threat of its extinction, participated in the conference.

PAMCO launches programme for winter season STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company has launched Kitchen Gardening program for the winter season for Lahorites, after the successful demonstration of pilot project in Model Town last year. As per program, PAMCO will provide Hybrid seeds, training material and technical backstopping free of cost to registered households. Talking on the occasion of seed distribution, Chief Executive Officer Mumtaz Khan Manais said that Kitchen Gardening is a low cost and residual effects free source of vegetable production so that people should adopt the method for hygienic and organic vegetables at domestic level.

Effective reforms in health sector: Tarar SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday said the government is committed to introduce urgent, visible and effective reforms in health sector for the benefit of ailing humanity. While addressing the inaugural session of the 18th International Pharmacists Conference and Exhibition on “Role of Pharmacists in Health System Strengthening” organised by Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA) here Wednesday, Saira Afzal Tarar said that in order to implement the agenda of “Quality, Transparency and Accountability,” the government at the first stage has appointed new capable heads of departments strictly on merit. At the subsequent stages, the government will change the curriculum of Pharmacy and

medicine up to the international standards. Such reforms will enable our doctors and medical professionals to be well recognized in this field internationally, she said. The Minister assured that the reforms in educational, manufacturing; distributing and professional stages will be adopted and implemented after due deliberations and consultations with the stakeholders. She emphasized the need to improve the quality of knowledge, skill and services of the workforce of this sector. While appreciating the 70% presence of females in the sector, she urged the female students to work with full dedication for better educational and professional standards. She further said that pharmacists due role which is to facilitate, guide and provide required medicine to the patients should be well inculcated in the students. Renowned expert Pharmacists,

LHC takes notice of acid throwing MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Lahore High Court on Wednesday took notice on a press report that a husband attacked his wife with acid. District & Sessions Judge, Faisalabad has been directed for looking into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. According to details, Asad Ali, a resident of Woddan village, had stopped his wife from visiting relatives. When she refused to listen to him Asad beat her up. In the evening they fought again when she demanded money to purchase some house hold items. When she was returning from the market, Asad threw acid. The

victim was taken to District Headquarters Hospital Jhang where her condition was reported to be critical. Dr Mubashar Hussain at the hospital’s emergency ward said that the victim’s face had burned the most and doctors were trying their best to save her eyesight. Ashraf Ali, a neighbour, told police that the couple had quarrelled every other day. Shah Jewna police registered a case and waiting for the medico-legal report. SHO said that the police were looking for the culprit who has gone into hiding. LHC Complaint Cell took serious notice of the news and directed the concerned D&SJ to look into the matter and submit report in a week.

manufacturers, pharmacy students of various Universities, office bearers of PPA and more than 1200 registered participants attended the Conference. The Minister also congratulated PPA for organizing such an extensive conference for better awareness of the workforce of pharmacy sector including students, pharmacists and manufacturers. Experts highlighted the importance and vital role of pharmacists in providing medical care and health services to the general masses. They explained the audience that presence of pharmacist in all hospital wards, medical stores and pharmacies is a general rule being practiced all over the world. The experts expressed their determination to work enthusiastically for uplifting the pharmacist role from medical storekeeper to an effective member of clinical team of health system.

New students welcomed STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Welcoming new students of Fall 2013, Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector, University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, said that this is a time to welcome a new future, new successes, a new world of leadership and competitiveness, and a lifelong journey of learning. As Muslims, Iqra is the key to salvation, faith, respect, knowledge and fulfilment. It was supposed to be the lead attribute of the newly formed nation of believers. Dr Hasan said that we must thank Allah for leading us to a world of knowledge. He was speaking to hundreds of students and parents who gathered today at the University campus to attend the special orientation session.

BZU classes from Nov 4 STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Chief Executive Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Lahore Campus, Munir Ahmad Bhatti has said that regular classes of all disciplines shall commence from November 04, this year. He said that some antieducational elements were spreading disinformation about closure of the campus, but as a matter of fact, the Campus shall start functioning from due date. Munir Ahmad Bhatti expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of faculty members in his office at Main Canal, Garden Town, on Wednesday. The Campus Director Mr. Ghulam Abbas Sargana, teaching and other administrative staff was also present on this occasion. The CEO further hoped this Campus would prove a milestone in educational panorama and would reveal new horizons of professional career for the students of this Campus in future. He said that we can compete with the world only through getting quality based education & BZU Lahore Campus would prove most suitable platform for the students to achieve their goals. He said that the atmosphere of competition would be encouraged among students for career building.

Anti-Dengue Day on Nov 3 STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab government will observe Anti-Dengue Day on November 3rd for enhancing the anti-dengue awareness among the masses. The mobile teams consisting of public representatives, officials, students, NGOs and Imam Mosques of the concerned locality will visit door-to-door and apprised the people regarding the preventive measures to check dengue. It was decided in the meeting of Central Dengue Response Committee chaired by Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan, here today. Besides, MNAs and MPAs of Lahore, Secretaires of concerned government departments, Commissioner and DCO Lahore,

principals of different medical colleges, Medical Superintendents of government hospitals, officers of special branch as well PITB attended the meeting. The Minister directed that celebrities of showbiz and sports also be included in awareness campaign. He directed that all the government departments should follow the SOPs of Dengue control in letter and spirit. He said that the government departments have two years experience of all such activities therefore, no leniency on the part of government institutions would be tolerated in ensuring dengue control activities. He said that every life is precious and we have to check dengue at any cost. While briefing the meeting, Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarrar in-

formed that, at present, 71 confirmed dengue patients are under treatment in different hospitals. He informed that after Lahore the worst affected district is Rawalpindi by dengue. He said that indoor dengue surveillance is being intensified because due to change of weather the mosquito would take refuge inside the houses therefore, the indoor surveillance is very vital to control dengue breeding. He said that Health Department has deployed additional officials as well as lady health workers for indoor surveillance. Commissioner and DCO Lahore, Secretary Schools, Secretary Information and Culture, Secretary Auqaf, Social Welfare and the officers of Special branch and PITB briefed the meeting

about the indoor as well as outdoor dengue surveillance and larvaeciding activities and steps taken for creating awareness by their departments. Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan directed that regular meetings of Town Emergency Response Committees (TERC) should be ensured under the leadership of local public representatives and all the town officers should ensure their presence. He asked the Secretary Information and Culture to include celebrities of showbiz and sports in the awareness campaign. He directed the Secretary Social Welfare to chalk out a comprehensive awareness plan for Anti-Dengue Day and the representatives of NGOs, Social Workers, Volunteers also be

taken on board for door-to-door awareness campaign. Minister Education also directed that the services of students of schools and colleges as well as girls guides also be utilized for antidengue campaign. He appealed to the people that they should keep their houses clean, remove solid waste and drain out the stagnant water to remove the hot spots of dengue. Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said that according to the directions and vision of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, all the resources are being utilized to ensure dengue control, while government departments should continue the anti-dengue campaign vigorously through active community participation.


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